Week at a Glance- November 8 to November 12

Week at a Glance- November 8 to November 12
Posted on 11/07/2021
Week at a Glance

Hello Storrington Stingers,

 

We hope that all our Stingers are safe and healthy.  

 

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


Digital Acceptable Use and Freedom of Information Form

All families are encouraged to fill out the Digital Acceptable Use and Freedom of Information form for each of your children who attend Storrington.  To access the form, please visit: Digital Acceptable Use and Freedom of Information Form. If the Digital Acceptable Use and Freedom of Information Forms are not completed online, we will send home paper copies of the form to be filled out.  


School Climate Survey

School boards are required to conduct school climate surveys of students, school staff and parents at least once every two years as one way to gather data that supports creating a positive school climate. School climate may be defined as “the learning environment and relationships found within a school and school community”. A positive school climate exists when all members of the school community feel safe, included, and accepted, and actively promote positive behaviours and interactions.  


The goal of this anonymous survey is to collect student voice regarding their perspectives on current school climates. This school-based data will provide indicators related to site-specific perceptions on safety and bullying, pathways and transitions, achievement and learning, human rights and equity, mental health and substance use, and overall sense of belonging. This information will enable staff to create responsive, site-specific equity actions to cultivate a more equitable and inclusive school climate.


The survey will be open to students in Grades 4 to 8 to access from November 15 to November 30.  Students will complete the survey during class time.  If you wish to opt your child out from taking the survey, please notify the school by November 12.


Virtual Open House Video

Due to COVID-19, we have had to reflect on and adapt our practice to meet the current COVID-19 guidelines.  Many of the things that were past practice and important to our school community, such as our annual Corn Roast and Open House, are no longer allowed due to current guidelines and restrictions.  We understand the importance of these activities and will continue to reflect on how we can still provide these opportunities while ensuring all our Stingers stay safe and healthy.   Although we can’t have our open house, our Storrington staff have created a video of their classrooms to share with their families.  Virtual Open House videos will be emailed to families on Wednesday, November 10.  

 

Indigenous Education Month

National Indigenous Veterans Day is recognized every November 8th.  It is a day where we commemorate the military contributions of Veteran Indigenous Canadians.  Indigenous peoples, nations and communities have contributed to military service, including serving in major wars.  They brought great skills and strengths that were beneficial to the Canadian military.  


Remembrance Day/Poppies

On Thursday, November 11, our Storrington Stingers will be commemorating Remembrance Day.  This is an opportunity for our Stingers to honor those who have served and continue to serve our country.  With the current COVID-19 guidelines, we are unable to come together as a school for an assembly. Instead, our Stingers will commemorate the day in their own classes, as each of the classes will watch a school created, virtual Remembrance Day assembly.  We encourage all our Stingers to wear red and black for Red, Black and Poppy Day.


As well, all students will be given a poppy from the Royal Canadian Legion.  Students are encouraged to bring in a donation to support the Legion.   


Hot Lunch Orders

Today at noon, is the deadline to place hot lunch orders for Wednesday, November 10 (pizza) and Friday, November 12 (pasta).  The online ordering is open to order for November 17 (pizza) and November 19 (pasta).  The ordering window for those dates will close on Sunday, November 14 at 12:00.


Reporting Your Child’s Absence- COVID Related Absence

When reporting your child’s absence, there is a new absence code that should be used if the absence is COVID-related.  Please use the code, “COVID Related”, when:

-your child is sick with COVID-19 symptoms and are going for COVID testing 

-your child is waiting for the results of the COVID test

-you have decided to self-isolate your child for 10 days


Importance of Daily Screening

A friendly reminder to our school community around the importance of screening your child every morning using the COVID-19 School & Child Care Screening Tool.   


Prior to students attending school, please assess for the following Covid-19 related symptoms:

Fever and/or Chills

New or worsening cough

Barking cough

Shortness of breath

Decrease or loss of taste or smell

Digestive issues (nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain)


If a child displays one or more of these symptoms, the school will be contacting parents to come and pick up their child.  Your child and their siblings will have to go home and self-isolate until:

-they receive a negative Covid test result, or

-they receive an alternative diagnosis from a health care professional, or

-it has been 10 days since their symptom onset.


News from our Parent Council for the 2021-2022 School Year

A reminder that all parents/guardians are welcome to virtually attend school council meetings.  Our next school council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 1 at 6:30.

 

Week Ahead

Monday, November 8-Indigenous Veterans Day

Tuesday, November 9-Grade ⅞ Immunization

Wednesday, November 10-Hot Lunch (pizza)

Thursday, November 11-Remembrance Day

-Red, White and Poppy Day

Friday, November 12-Hot Lunch (pasta)

Sunday, November 14-Hot lunch orders due at noon


Upcoming Dates

Week of November 15 to November 19- Bullying Awareness Week

Monday, November 15- Grade 2/3 trip to Pump House Museum

Tuesday, November 16-Louis Riel Day

Thursday, November 18- Picture Retakes are Due

Friday, November 19- Kindergarten Initial Observations and Progress Reports Go Home

Wednesday, December 1- School Council Meeting at 6:30

Monday, December 13- Favourite Shirt Day

Tuesday, December 14- Red, Green and White Day

Wednesday, December 15- Silly Hair or Hat Day

Thursday, December 16- Holiday or Ugly Sweater Day

Friday, December 17- PJ and or Plaid Day