Week at a Glance- January 25 to January 29

Week at a Glance- January 25 to January 29
Posted on 01/24/2021
Week at a Glance

Hello Storrington Stingers,


We hope that this email finds all our Stingers well and healthy. 


We are all really excited to be returning to face-to-face learning on Monday.  On behalf of all the Storrington staff, we would like to send a big thank you to our Stinger community for all their support during remote learning.  We have truly appreciated your patience, perseverance, and commitment over the last couple of weeks.  It hasn’t been easy but collaboratively, we overcame the obstacles and barriers.  We are looking forward to welcoming back our Stingers and together, continuing with our learning journey.  


Please see the information below in this week’s Week at a Glance.  


Staffing News

On Friday, January 29, we say goodbye to Ms. Donna Morton, who will be retiring after dedicating her career to our students and their education.  Ms. Morton has been an Educational Assistant in the Limestone District School Board for the last 22 years, the last 7 of those years at Storrington Public School.   We have been very lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Ms. Morton and we wish her a happy and well-deserved retirement and we look forward to hearing all about her next journey.


Feminine Hygiene Products

Storrington will offer free menstrual hygiene products to students to remove barriers and ensure equitable access for all.

The junior/intermediate girls washrooms and the gender-neutral washroom at Storrington now have menstrual hygiene products in easily accessible locations for students.  

The products are free to students. Students may take items for use at school, or at home, as needed.


How to Support the Transition Back to School

A return after an extended break can sometimes be difficult for students.  When discussing the return to school, continue to be positive with your language and feelings about the return to school.  Acknowledge your child’s concerns and try to provide reassurance when/where needed.  Let them know that the Kingston area is in a really good place when it comes to the amount of COVID cases.  Allow for dialogue and try to answer any questions they might have.  Remember, children are perceptive and will look to us for direction.  

 

 Some Reminders for Our Return

As we return to face-to-face learning, here are some reminders for a safe and successful return:

-Please ensure that your child arrives to school with a water bottle, their pencil case, and a pair of indoor shoes.

-Since students in Grades 1-8 are required to wear masks and students in Kindergarten are strongly encouraged to wear masks, we encourage all students to have at least two masks available to them at school.  This will allow students to replace their mask if it gets wet or dirty. 

-Dirty masks should be replenished and cleaned on a daily basis.

-We ask that students refrain from bringing in toys and equipment.  All students will continue to have access to their classroom equipment bins for play at recess.

-Please continue to assess your child, every morning, for possible COVID symptoms. The COVID screener can be found at: COVID Screener

For more information and tips regarding our return to school, please visit: Return to School Reminders


Technology Return

If you borrowed a device (iPad or Chromebook) from the school, we are asking that you send the device back to school with your child.  Families are also welcome to contact the school to set up a time for drop-off.  We are hoping that all devices can be returned as soon as possible so that they can be used for in-class instruction.  


Family Literacy Day

Wednesday, January 27 is Family Literacy Day.  Family Literacy Day is dedicated to raising awareness around the importance of reading and engaging in literacy activities as a family.  To support Family Literacy Day, all students will receive a list of fun literacy activities that can be completed as a family. 

If you’re looking for a fun activity to do with the family on Wednesday, from 4:30 to 5:00 pm, families can sign up for a special event with author and illustrator Barbara Reid.  Barbara will be doing a demonstration on how to use clay to create a picture.  Her presentation will include sharing techniques you can use to make different things, followed by a question and answer session.  The activity is geared towards students in grades 1 to 6.  To register your child, please click here: Barbara Reid Presentation.  Space is limited so you will want to register as soon as possible to secure your spot.  


Bell Let’s Talk Day

Now more than ever, it is important to take some time to focus on mental health and well-being.  On Thursday, January 28, we will recognize Bell Let’s Talk Day.  Bell Let’s Talk Day is a day dedicated to raising awareness around mental health and creating positive change by reducing the stigma associated with mental health.  Within the school, we will be participating in several activities to further raise awareness and to educate students about mental health and the supports that are available.


Yard Supervisor Needed 

We are currently looking for a yard supervisor to cover daily, from 10:30 to 11:30 and 1:00 to 2:00.  Compensation is provided.  A valid CPIC is required.  If you are interested, please contact the office.


KFLA Public Health COVID Protocol

Now that we are returning to face-to-face learning, it is important that we continue to follow the KFLA Public Health COVID protocol.  


The KFLA Public Health protocol requires any students who are displaying a primary symptom (fever over 37.8, shortness of breath, cough, or loss of sense of smell/taste) to stay home, self-isolate and contact an assessment centre or health care provider.  It is also recommended that household members isolate until the child/student receives a negative test result.  

If a student has one secondary symptom (sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or muscle aches), they are expected to stay home for at least 24 hours after symptoms begin to improve.  


If a student has two or more secondary symptoms, students are required to stay home, self-isolate and contact an assessment center or health care provider.  Again, it is recommended that household members isolate until the child/student receives a negative test result. 

For more information regarding the updated KFLA Public Health COVID protocol, please visit:

KFLA COVID Protocol 

News from our Parent Council for the 2020-2021 School Year

If any parents/guardians are interested in participating on school council, please email Brittany Smith at mrssmithest2010@gmail.com.  Our next council meeting is on Tuesday, February 16 at 7:30 pm.


Week Ahead

Monday, January 25

-return to face-to-face learning

Tuesday, January 26

Wednesday, January 27

-Family Literacy Day

Thursday, January 28

-Bell Let’s Talk Day

Friday, January 29

-PA Day - no school for students


Upcoming Dates

Month of February

-Black History Month

Friday, February 12

-Pink, Red and White Day

Monday, February 15

-Family Day

Tuesday, February 16

-School Council Meeting at 7:30

Wednesday, February 17

-Report Cards Go Home

Wednesday, February 24

-Pink Shirt Day