Updates for Families

 

May 13, 2022

Dear KPR Families,

What beautiful weather we are having! I hope everyone has a chance to enjoy the sunshine today.

As we enter the home stretch of the school year, I want to take a moment to recognize the students in Grades 3 and 6 writing provincial EQAO assessments in language and math during May and early June. EQAO results do not affect report cards, but they do provide information about student progress over time. We recognize the efforts of students, and the time spent by school staff who have helped prepare students for this provincial requirement. The EQAO website has information for families who want to learn more about the assessment. 

May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. In many countries, including Canada, 2SLGBTQIA+ people still face prejudice, discrimination, stigma, hostility, and even violence. In our schools and communities, we celebrate our differences and stand together – those identifying as 2SLGBTQIA+ and allies, to create safe, inclusive spaces for all our colleagues and community members. The Equity Diversity and Inclusion Calendar includes information about this date and other days of significance.

We are excited to recognize a Kindergarten educator team at Ganaraska Trail PS this week for their kindness, compassion, and ongoing commitment to family partnerships and communication! Learn more about their amazing teamwork and collaborative spirit in this week’s #WeAreKPR story. 

Sincerely,

Rita Russo,

Director of Education

 

KPR NEWS

School Screening Tool Update

As of April 25th, the federal government revised their travel requirements - vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear masks in public settings upon return from international travel.

Requirements are unchanged for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals who DO still need to mask in public settings (including school and child care) for 14 days upon return. Exemptions to this masking requirement include individuals who need to remove their mask for safety reasons; children under the age of 2; and children 2 to 5 who are unable to tolerate wearing a mask.

We remind everyone to continue using the school screening tool daily, and to follow the recommendations provided.  For more information about the travel requirement changes, please review the federal guidelines.

KPR schools and buildings continue to be mask-friendly environments where everyone’s personal choice about wearing masks is respected.

Policy Feedback Wanted!

KPR staff, families and community members are invited to provide feedback on Board Policy 7.1 Communications with the Community. 

Board policies and corresponding administrative regulations govern the day-to-day work of our schools and the Board. Policies are reviewed on a regular basis to ensure they remain up-to-date, culturally relevant and responsive. 

Taking into consideration feedback received before the end of June, recommended policy updates will be shared with the Board of Trustees in the fall. 



 

May 6, 2022

Dear KPR Families,

As Education Week and Mental Health Week come to a close, I am inspired by the actions of our KPR community, as we continue to emphasize how interconnected education and mental health are to student success. We continue to share student and staff progress and successes with #LearningMatters #BelongingMatters and #RelationshipMatters. We are fortunate to have access to resources from KPR’s Mental Health and Wellbeing team that include conversation starters, and other manageable and meaningful actions and activities. Thank you everyone for participating in our collective commitment to success and wellness for all. 

This week we also recognized May 5th as the National Day of Awareness and Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Gender diverse people with important learning, from KPR’s Indigenous Education Department. 

Looking ahead to next week, May 10 is Jordan’s Principle Day. In 2016, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) determined the Government of Canada's approach to services for First Nations children was discriminatory. Jordan’s Principle is a child first principle and legal rule named in memory of Jordan River Anderson, a child with complex medical needs from Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba. Jordan’s Principle ensures First Nations children receive the services and supports they need when they need them. This includes a wide range of health, social and educational needs, including the unique needs that First Nations, Two-Spirit and LGBTQQIA children and youth and those with disabilities may have. Please join me in learning more about this important issue, and sharing awareness with others.

May 12 is Moose Hide Campaign Day - a grassroots movement of Indigenous and non-Indigenous men and boys working together to end violence towards women and children. 

Thank you to all students, staff and families for their active participation in this important learning - together, we continue to prioritize the inclusion of authentic and diverse voices in all our school communities!  

Sincerely,

Rita Russo
Director of Education

 

KPR NEWS

Policy Feedback Wanted!

KPR staff, families and community members are invited to provide feedback on Board Policy 7.1 Communications with the Community

Board policies and corresponding administrative regulations govern the day-to-day work of our schools and the Board. Policies are reviewed on a regular basis to ensure they remain up-to-date, culturally relevant and responsive. 

Taking into consideration feedback received, recommended policy updates will be shared with the Board of Trustees in the fall. 

I ❤️ Public Education” OPSBA Campaign

In an effort to showcase the diversity of voices in public schools across the province, the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) and Ontario Student Trustee Association’s (OSTA-AECO) Public Board Council is asking students, schools or families to submit a short clip (three to five seconds) holding a small sign with the phrase/image: “I ❤️ Public Education!” Participants can write this in their “first language” (which may or may not be English) or any non-English language typically spoken at home. The submissions will be used to create a two to three minute video showing the full range of diversity of ages, faces, voices, and places that make up our provincial public schools, and their collective love of learning and the shared values of public education. More information is available on the OPSBA website.

 

 

April 29, 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

It’s wonderful to see students and staff participating again in so many activities beyond our classrooms - through arts events, clubs, sports and other extracurriculars, and we truly appreciate the significant role of school and community volunteers in making these memories possible. At this week’s Board meeting, as part of National Volunteer Week, we presented six volunteers with Accolades certificates in recognition of their valuable contributions to students and schools, and featured them in this week’s #WeAreKPR story!

There are also many significant events and calendar observances I would like to highlight. May is Asian Heritage Month, South Asian Heritage Month, Jewish Heritage Month, and Dutch Heritage Month and we recognize the valuable contributions of these communities and their participation in building a more diverse and inclusive country.  

To those celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr on May 2, we extend best wishes on this special day. The Equity Diversity and Inclusion Calendar includes more information about days of significance.

Education Week and Mental Health Week are recognized annually during the first full week in May and May 5th is the National Day of Awareness and Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Gender diverse people. KPR’s Indigenous Education Department will be sharing resources with schools, to support learning, raise awareness about this ongoing crisis, and take action. We remember the people who have lost their lives to colonial, gender-based violence, and their families and communities that live daily with the grief of losing loved ones.

Education Week is a time for students, educators and families to celebrate teaching excellence, student achievement and family partnerships with schools. Through education, we can develop knowledge, build confidence, and break down barriers to opportunity. Keep an eye on our social media next week as we share and celebrate the incredible efforts of students, staff, families and KPR school communities, in recognition of Education Week!

Canadian Mental Health Week provides an opportunity to reflect on the importance of mental health. The Canadian Mental Health Association’s campaign this year is #GetReal, with a focus on empathy. By checking in with those around us, and really listening, we can see things through their eyes and develop better understanding. Resources from KPR’s Mental Health and Wellbeing team provide entry points into conversations, as well as possible actions and activities that are manageable and meaningful.  

Finally, May 1 is National Principals’ Day! As educational leaders, principals and vice-principals communicate and collaborate daily with students, staff, parents and community members, in support of student achievement, success and wellbeing. The commitment and contributions of KPR’s school leaders are deeply appreciated and valued. We recognize KPR’s principals and vice-principals for their leadership, and ability to overcome challenges to find creative, meaningful solutions for students.

Special thanks to all ambassadors of KPR and public education – especially to our amazing students and families! Your positivity, commitment and continued support is appreciated. 

Best wishes,
Rita

KPR NEWS

Tutoring Programs 

As part of the Ministry of Education’s learning recovery plan for language and math, tutoring opportunities are available for students. More information is available on our website. Questions can be directed to: kpr_tutoring@kprdsb.ca

COVID-19 Updates

While our schools continue to promote respectful and inclusive environments where everyone’s personal choice about wearing masks is respected, we strongly encourage all our students and staff to wear masks indoors at school, in accordance with provincial and local recommendations.

We continue to work closely with our public health partners and will continue to provide important COVID-19 updates to our school communities and families. 

Please remember to stay home when sick, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, and continue to screen daily using the provincial tool at: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

 

April 22, 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Today, on EarthDay, I find myself reflecting on both our collective and individual responsibility to take care of the earth - to take only what we need, and give what we can to protect and preserve it. 

I was fortunate to be able to attend the virtual Environmental Symposium yesterday, along with 6,500 K-12 students, staff and community partners registered across both KPR and PVNC school boards. This year’s theme is Inspiring Hope and the enthusiastic participation at this year’s event was certainly a strong indicator of hope. 

KPR’s Indigenous Education Department has a different #ReconciliACTIONatKPR learning focus each month. This month, schools are learning about the land, climate change and Indigenous Climate Action. As we continue to learn and grow together, and inspire hope, let’s ask ourselves, what actions can I take to do better, now that I know better. Together, let’s commit to action.

Next week is National Volunteer Week, and I want to thank the many volunteers who make significant contributions and positive impacts on the educational experiences of students through extracurriculars, nutrition programs and lending support both in and outside of classrooms. At next week’s Board meeting, we look forward to honouring a few of our outstanding volunteers.

Yesterday was the first day of the Festival of Ridvan, and we extend good wishes to all those in our communities who will be celebrating. We also wish Orthodox Christian communities a meaningful Holy Friday. The Equity Diversity and Inclusion Calendar includes information about these and other days of significance.

Finally, April 27 is Administrative Professionals’ Day! Administrative professionals in KPR schools and Education Centres do so much important work every day, coordinating people and projects, in support of student success and we thank them for their contributions!

Happy weekend everyone!
Rita

 

KPR NEWS

Masking and COVID-19 Updates

While our schools continue to promote respectful and inclusive environments where everyone’s personal choice about wearing masks is respected, we strongly encourage all our students and staff to wear masks indoors at school, in accordance with provincial and local recommendations.

As we have throughout the pandemic, we continue to work closely with our public health partners and will continue to provide important COVID-19 updates to our school communities and families. 

Masking, coupled with other public health measures such as physical distancing, proper hand hygiene, and staying home when sick, continue to be effective strategies for reducing the spread of COVID-19. We ask that everyone continue to screen daily using the provincial tool at: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

By working together and following the guidance of provincial and local health authorities, we can help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

 

April 14, 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

As we come to the end of this short week, I am inspired by the participation from students and staff during the annual International Day of Pink yesterday - it was wonderful to see everyone wearing pink and showing their support for equity, diversity and inclusion and in particular, the 2SLGBTQIA+ community! 

Today is Vaisakhi and I’d like to extend best wishes for a wonderful harvest festival and a Happy New Year to those in our KPR community who celebrate this very important day. For those who will be observing Good Friday and Easter this weekend, or Pesach (Passover) from April 16-23, I would like to wish you a meaningful and joyful celebration. Next week, we will be recognizing additional days of significance including the First Day of the Festival of Ridvan and Holy Friday for those following the Julian calendar. The Equity Diversity and Inclusion Calendar includes information about these and other days of significance. 

This week I want to share another inspirational #WeAreKPR story featuring Child and Youth Worker (CYW), Emily Hildenbrand, and Educational Assistant (EA), Jeffrey Fay at Apsley Central Public School. This exemplary team works in partnership every day to support student success and make a positive impact in their school community!

As we enter into the long weekend, I would like to extend my sincere best wishes for a safe and restful long weekend. I hope you and your loved ones are able to safely connect and find joy and happiness during this weekend and throughout the spring season. 

Sincerely,

Rita

 

KPR NEWS

Masking and COVID-19 Updates

While our schools continue to promote respectful and inclusive environments where everyone’s personal choice about wearing masks is respected, we strongly encourage all our students and staff to wear masks indoors at school.

As we have throughout the pandemic, we continue to work closely with our public health partners and will continue to provide important COVID-19 updates to our school communities and families. 

This week we have shared home to families further information directly from the Durham Regional Health Department, and the Haliburton, Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit. Similar to information we shared last week to families on behalf of Peterborough Public Health, our local health unit partners strongly encourage the use of masks in indoor spaces as one of the most effective ways to protect ourselves and those around us. This recommendation was reiterated earlier this week by Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.

For those who have asked why, as a school district, we have not taken further action in this area, the Ministry of Education’s clear direction is that school boards are not public health authorities and do not have the authority to impose further health requirements for students and staff.

As such, while we cannot mandate mask use, we will continue to strongly encourage our students, staff and families to wear masks in school, in accordance with the provincial and local recommendations.

Masking, coupled with other public health measures such as physical distancing, proper hand hygiene, and staying home when sick, continue to be effective strategies for reducing the spread of COVID-19. We ask that everyone attending school continue to screen daily using the provincial screening tool at: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

By working together and following the guidance of provincial and local health authorities, we can help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

 

Online Graduation Requirements for Secondary Students

The Ontario Ministry of Education has mandated a new graduation requirement for secondary students to complete a minimum of two eLearning credits as part of the 30 credits required for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). This requirement begins with the cohort of students who entered secondary school in the 2020-21 school year, which means they are now in Grade 9 or Grade 10.

Students that choose to complete the Online Graduation Requirement for the upcoming school year (2022/23), are asked to contact the guidance department at their secondary school by April 19th for timetabling considerations.

Families who choose to opt-out of the requirement to complete two e-learning (online) courses in secondary school must complete the opt-out form prior to Grade 12 and submit the completed form to your child’s school. 

For more information about the online graduation requirement, please contact your child’s secondary school.

 

Virtual High School Registration for Quad 4

The opportunity to transition between Virtual High School and in-person learning for Quadmester Four is available to students until April 22, 2022. Students and families should contact their home school if they would like to request a transfer. 

 

 

April 7, 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians,

April showers bring May flowers! Spring is a wonderful time to reflect, and practice mindfulness and gratitude. When we are faced with stress, challenges and feeling overwhelmed, it can be helpful to remember the cyclical nature of both the seasons and many aspects of our own lives. I know you join me in looking forward to sunnier days ahead for us all. We’re also looking forward to some important dates coming up in the next week:

  • KPR schools are participating in the International Day of Pink on April 13. We wear pink to raise awareness and put a stop to bullying, discrimination, homophobia, transphobia, and transmisogyny in our schools and communities.
  • There are several significant religious days coming up later next week - best wishes to everyone who will be observing Vaisakhi, Good Friday, Easter and the Eve of Pesah. The Equity Diversity and Inclusion Calendar includes information about these and other days of significance. 

As a reminder, tomorrow is a PA Day for all students. KPR staff will spend the day learning about topics such as supporting student success, school goal setting, anti-sex trafficking support, Mental Health First Aid, as well as specific topics for each employee group.

Finally, I would like to give a shout-out to Courtice Intermediate School Teacher, Kaela Stewart, and the School Leadership Team who organized a fundraiser in support of World Down Syndrome Day. Staff and students brought in Toonie donations, which totaled $174.00 and on Friday, April 1st, staff and students rocked their funky socks to demonstrate support for diversity and people living with Down Syndrome. Way to go everyone!

Stay safe and well,

Rita Russo
Director of Education

 

KPR NEWS

COVID-19 Updates

There has been an increase in the number of COVID cases locally and provincially, and increased student and staff absences in some schools. We continue to monitor these situations and work with public health partners when absence rates rise over 30 per cent. In these cases, local public health partners may provide recommendations to specific school communities, to help stop the spread of illness.

Schools also continue to provide notifications about possible exposure with affected families, when we are informed of these situations. We thank students, staff and families for staying home when they are ill, and completing the provincial screening tool daily. We know that masks do help reduce the risk of spreading illness, and masking is still strongly encouraged by our public health unit partners, particularly for those who are at higher risk of serious illness.

 

Virtual Cooking Class – April 21

KPR families are invited to join us from your kitchen as we prepare a fabulous meal under the guidance of Indigenous Chef Charles Catchpole on Thursday, April 21, 2022 from 5:00 - 6:30 pm.

The event is being hosted as part of our Second Annual Virtual Environmental Symposium that will run on April 21 and 22, 2022, in celebration of the land. This year's theme continues to be 'Inspiring Hope' as we consider our connection to the environment and the land in which we live.  Once you register, you will receive the menu and a grocery list.

Please register online by April 13, 2022


Virtual High School Registration for Quad 4

The opportunity to transition between Virtual High School and in-person learning for Quadmester Four is available to students until April 22, 2022. Students and families should contact their home school if they would like to request a transfer.