#KPRisAwesome Updates

#KPRisAwesome Update, March 20-24, 2017

Reasons why #KPRisAwesome

  • March Break was a life-changing experience for 23 students from Bowmanville HS when they journeyed to Tanzania with teachers Simon Walker, Andrea Anfossi and Chris Beatty.  The March 8-18 adventure with ME to WE included volunteering with local school children and community members, learning basic Swahili, learning about Tanzania’s culture and traditions through a local Maasai Warrior guide, exploring the Tanzanian plains on a safari, and much more.
  • Suzanne Robinson's and Joanne Taggart's Junior/Senior Kindergarten class at Harold Longworth PS recently held an Invention Convention in their classroom.  The event allowed the students to showcase inventions they had created and written about, to students from other Kindergarten and Grade 3 classes. Their ingenious inventions included:

     - Automatic Bed: with three easy steps your bed, pillow and comforter would automatically tuck you in, invented by Brinnley

     -  Robotic Vacuum: with batteries and a push of a button, Avery's vacuum would do all the cleaning

     - Fire Rescue Sled: made for fire emergencies in the snow and fully equipped, just like a fire truck, with a cab for firefighters and a ladder, invented by Rowan

     - Ladder: featuring a unique platform that could be folded down at the top to watch the stars, invented by Brennan

     - Flashlight: opens up to shine two lights that can go in different directions, invented by Korbin.

  • Anna Jagoe, a Grade 8 student at Brighton PS, is the second KPR student to earn the honour of attending the Rick Hansen Youth Leadership Summit May 20-22.  She and Kenner Intermediate student Julia Brady are among only 50 students chosen nationwide to participate in the event. The first-ever Rick Hansen Summit will bring together young leaders with and without disabilities to participate in activities focusing on accessibility and inclusion for people with physical disabilities.
  • Spring Valley PS was one of the three proud recipients of a $250 Award from the Willow Beach Field Naturalists.   Teachers Anne Evans and Fiona Koets and the Spring Valley Environmental Club applied for the award to create a butterfly garden and to enhance other gardens around the school. From left in the above photo are Anne Evans, students Claire, Kaite and Abby, and Karen Reynolds-Drew from the Willow Beach Field Naturalists.
  • Cobourg CI drama teacher Christine Stone offered high praise for “how awesome Shawn Davis and his construction technology students are” at CCI.  Take a look at this amazing, new, two-storey revolving set, designed by Shawn and built under his supervision by his senior construction technology classes. Check out the Awesome Opportunities section of this Update for information on the show.
  • Beatrice Strong PS welcomed more than 180 people to its third Literacy/Numeracy Evening for students and their families. Together, they learned and participated in many fun, educational activities and games they could play at home to support their children’s success at school. The evening ended with distribution of prizes.
  • KPR has stated its commitment to implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action on Indigenous Education.  As part of this commitment, the Board is dedicated to making sure all students – both Indigenous and non-Indigenous – learn about the rich contributions, history, perspectives and strengths of First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada. Recently, Melody Crowe worked with KPR's Outdoor Education Naturalists to incorporate Indigenous education into programming. 

  • Thanks to a donation of over $10,000 from Tree Canada, KPR has been able to vaccinate ash trees on our properties against the destructive emerald ash borer.  The funds came from Operation ReLeaf, sponsored by Tree Canada, TELUS and U-Haul.
  • The Lakefield Food Bank offered a special thank you to students at Ridpath Memorial Junior School for their donation of $100 and several boxes of food items to support their community.  Four students in teacher Tom Parsons’ class planned, prepared and sold treat bags, glow sticks and chocolate covered pretzels to bring in the donations.
  • Kudos to Vanessa Woodacre, teacher at the Annex in Peterborough, who wrote an engaging article titled Going Beyond Grit in OSSTF’s Winter 2017 Education Forum. “As a Community, Caring and Treatment Classroom teacher, I asked myself how I could incorporate non-cognitive skill-building into my daily practice,” she wrote. “I offered my students the opportunity to do yoga and meditation….The next week they asked if we could do it again. The students worked harder, better after each session. We also spent a great deal of time in nature, planting with our hands in dirt, a form of moving meditation. And I discovered that this often provided a safe place for students to talk.” 
    • Crestwood SS celebrated International Women’s Day by wearing purple, playing a soundtrack of empowering female artists, selling popcorn at lunch, and holding a Coffee House featuring student talent. Proceeds from the event put on by Student Council totaled $300, and will be donated to the YWCA Crossroads Shelter to support women escaping abuse and their children.
    • Here’s what Charles Bowman PS students think of their school: awesome! (Image to the left.)
    • Kudos to Bowmanville HS student Emma Harris, who was recognized at Queen’s Park by Durham MPP Granville Anderson. MPP Anderson noted Emma’s volunteer work as an agent of change for Toonies for Tummies, in support of school breakfast and lunch programs.

    Awesome opportunities:

    • Close to 200 students and teachers from secondary schools across KPR are expected at our 3rd Annual Raise Your Voice board-wide gender and sexuality conference, April 7. The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation are working with the Board to offer a full day of engaging and interactive presentations related to gender and sexual diversity. The conference will take place at Crestwood SS in Peterborough, from 8:45 a.m.-2:25 p.m. Friday, April 7. It is designed for students interested in LGBTQ+ issues, gender issues and social justice. The deadline for secondary schools to register 10-15 students each, along with an adult chaperone, is March 31. For details and to register, contact sarah_little@kprdsb.ca
    • Reminder: KPR invites Clarington families to join us for Community Activity Information Night at Harold Longworth PS, Bowmanville, March 28 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Many community groups that run programs after hours in KPR schools across Clarington will offer information, demonstrations and, in some cases, registration opportunities. The free Information Night will include child minding and light refreshments.  Groups attending will include those offering summer camps, sports, volunteer opportunities, dance, child care, seniors’ activities and after-school recreation programs. For details, email brooke_erickson@kprdsb.ca
    • Cobourg Collegiate Institute presents Michael Frayn’s Noises Off, April 4-7 at 7 p.m. The show involves nine student actors, an original theme song composed by a CCI student, a student stage manager, two student costume coordinators, and a brand new, revolving set. Feeder schools have been invited to attend matinee performances, while tickets for the evening shows will be sold at the doors ($10/adult, $5/student).  For further information, call teacher Christine Stone at the school, 905-372-2271.
    • Local school bus and taxi drivers who deliver thousands of students to school each day will take part in Student Transportation Services of Central Ontario’s (STSCO’s) annual training program next month. This year’s focus is on managing student behaviour and Ministry of Transportation requirements. Workshops will take place from 9:15 a.m.-1 p.m., April 6 at Baltimore Recreation Centre Arena; April 13 at Baker’s Hill Banquet Centre, Peterborough; and April 27 at Orono Arena & Community Centre. For details, contact jsloggett@stsco.ca
    • Beatrice Strong PS, Port Hope, will celebrate its 25th anniversary with an open house April 27, from 6-8 p.m. The theme will be Building Our Future; Remembering Our Past. For details, call the school at 905-885-9399.
    • The Ministry of Education is looking at transforming the way child and family programs are offered province-wide. As a result, local municipalities are encouraging families to offer their views on ways to improve early learning and child care for children ages 0-6 in their area. Peterborough-area families can participate in focus groups in Peterborough, Lakefield or Norwood, or complete a survey at  www.surveymonkey.com/r/ptboparentsurvey; for further information, call 705-748-8830, ext. 3495. Northumberland County encourages its families to complete a survey at www.northumberlandcounty.ca/EarlyYearsSurvey; further information is available on Facebook at   https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=northumberland%20county%20community%20%26%20social%20services.  Families in Durham Region, including the Municipality of Clarington, can complete the survey at durham.ca/ELCC ; for details, call 1-800-372-1102, ext. 3109.
    • Northumberland Child Development Centre presents Keys to Kindergarten, a program on children’s readiness for Kindergarten, Thursday mornings in Cobourg. Details are available at 905-885-8137 or info@ncdcent.com
    • Community Living Peterborough and Fleming College present Planning for the Best Possible Life, a conference for parents and caregivers of individuals with an intellectual disability, March 25 in Peterborough. For details, call 705-743-2412, ext. 547, or email kbrailey@communitylivingpeterborough.ca
    • As the season for graduations and proms approaches, KPR communities are seeking donations of formal wear and accessories for students who otherwise would have financial difficulty in obtaining them. Donations are being accepted now for Durham Region’s 4th Annual Gowns for Girls event, which will take place Wednesday, April 26, at Bobby Orr PS, 7 Waterloo St., Oshawa, from 3:30-6:30 p.m. On that date, students will be able to go to “shop” among the donated items; for details, email gownsforgirls@drps.ca.
    • Meanwhile, Karla’s Kloset once again is seeking donations of clean, gently used dresses for students in the Peterborough area.  While the open house date for students to “shop” has not been set as yet, Karla’s Kloset is seeking donations at this time. For details on having donations picked up or delivered, please email evcol63@cogeco.ca or amberdawn_stark@kprdsb.ca
    • The North American Indigenous Games are coming to Toronto July 16-23, with 5,250 athletes from across North America.  The event will include a week-long cultural village with nightly programming including traditional Indigenous teachings and cultural performances. Organizers also are seeking volunteers. For further information, visit naig2017.to
    • Paralympic Schools Week will promote inclusion in the classroom April 24-28.  The free event offers a variety of lesson plans and tools for teachers.  Details are available at Paralympic.ca/schoolsweek 

    Check out KPR’s Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Calendar to see important dates coming up in April and beyond.

    Share your #KPRisAwesome news!  Email judy_malfara@kprdsb.ca

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