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Welcome Back Newsletter

Welcome Back Newsletter
Posted on 09/01/2020
Welcome Back

Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year
On behalf of all the staff at Storrington Public School, we would like to welcome our newest Stingers and welcome back our returning Stingers. We know that this year is going to look different but we are looking forward to seeing all the excitement and smiling faces on the first day of school. We know students will do an amazing job following the guidelines and protocols as we safely transition back to 'school life' and they  continue with their learning journey.
We are really looking forward to working with all our students and supporting their academic, social and emotional growth. As partners in education, we are excited to continue our work together in ensuring your child's success. 
Please know that we value the relationship between the school and home. Lines of communication are always open and we welcome parental input and feedback. If at any time, you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact the school.
All the best for a great year,
Mr. Pattison

Our Amazing Staff!!
We are very fortunate to have an amazing staff at Storrington.  Please join me in welcoming back our staff.   

FDK (A)    A. Freeland
FDK (B)    L. Flanigan
Gr 1/2      L. Kuhnke
Gr 1/2      S. Coleman
Gr 2/3     C. Bolthouse
Gr 3/4    S. Gifford
Gr 4/5     J. Roberts
Gr 6/7     S. Pare
Gr 7/8     A. Freeland
French    A. Dannenberg
SST        B. Jackson
Planning L. Brooks
SSC        M. Telford
ECE(A)    K. Griffin
EA          D. Morton
EA          J. Mundell
EA          S. McDonald
EA          K. Dixon
EA          L. Boyle
OA          J. MacGregor
Custodian C. Brown
Custodian W. Putnam
Principal   E. Pattison

Importance of Screening
It is really important that students are screened every morning, prior to coming to school, for the following Covid related symptoms:

Fever
Chills
New or worsening cough
Barking cough
Shortness of breath
Sore throat
Difficulty swallowing
Runny, stuffy or congested nose
Lost sense of taste or smell
Pink eye
Headache that’s unusual or long lasting
Digestive issues (nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain
Muscle Aches
Extreme tiredness
Falling down often
Sluggishness or lack of appetite

 If a child displays one or more of these symptoms, the school will be contacting parents to come and pick up their child. 

LDSB Mask Policy
A reminder that all students in the LDSB (K-12) are required to wear masks inside schools and on buses, allowing for appropriate medical exemptions.  We know that this will be difficult for some of our students and we will encourage them to wear their mask throughout the school day.  
*If parents are picking up their child at the end of the day, we ask that parents wear a mask when they access the school yard and continue to wear their mask until they have exited the school yard.

Storrington Welcome Video
Please visit the following link for our Welcome Back Video:

https://youtu.be/nhbGlHmAZn4

Included in the video are details around morning, dismissal, drop-off, recess and hallways routines and expectations.

Outdoor Clothing
Outdoor clothing that is suitable for a variety of weather conditions.  We will be spending more time outside and students will need to be dressed accordingly. 

Tree Nut Aware and Scent Free School
Please remember that we are a tree nut free school and have students with severe allergies to tree nuts. When packing lunches, please refrain from packing anything that might contain tree nuts. As well, we also have staff and students that have sensitivities to scents. We ask for your support in not wearing scented perfumes or colognes. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding in ensuring the safety and well-being of our students and staff.

Allergies and Medical Information
If your child has a serious or significant medical condition (asthma, diabetes, anaphylaxis, epilepsy), that has not been shared with the school, please connect with Mr. Pattison to share all pertinent information. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the school.

Litter Less Lunch
In being environmentally friendly and to reduce the amount of garbage in landfills, we ask that all students bring in a litter less lunch to school.  As well, in trying to reduce possible contact points between students, we will not be able to continue with our recycling program.  In looking for ways to limit our ecological footprint, please discuss with your child all the things that you can do to make their lunch more eco-friendly.

Staggered Entry
A reminder that students who have a last name beginning with A-L will attend on Thurs Sept 3,  Tues Sept 8 and Thurs Sept 10.   Students with the last name beginning with M-Z will attend on Friday Sept 4,  Wed Sept 9 and Fri Sept 11.

Drop-Off and Early Dismissal Reminders
A reminder that access to the school building is restricted to students and staff. 
We ask that all information regarding early pick-up be communicated with the classroom teacher prior to pick up.  If you’re unable to communicate early pick-up, with your child’s teacher, we ask that you call the school to let the office know.  Once you get to the school, please ring the buzzer and we will bring your child our to you. 
If you need to drop off your child, after the start of the school day, please buzz the front door and wait socially distanced from any other parents who are outside.  Your child will then be let in.
It will be very important to have children at the school on time this year, and where possible to schedule appointments outside of school hours.

Attendance and Reporting Your Child’s Absence
A child's regular attendance at school has a direct impact on their academic success and school readiness. It is important that students arrive on time and participate in all aspects of the instructional day.

If your child is going to be late or absence there are three ways to report your child’s absence. 
1)  Use your mobile device by downloading and installing the SchoolMessenger blue app or access it from the LDSB mobile app.
2)  Use the SafeArrival website at
https://go.schoolmessenger.ca
3)  Call the toll-free number at 1-855-257-9349

Please do not call the school directly to report your child’s absence.

Communication Tools from the School
We use several tools to communicate information from school to home.  Weekly reminders will be sent out using our Communicate broadcasting system.  Parents can also access our school website at www.storrington.limestone.on.caor our Twitter account @StorrPS_LDSB. 

Agendas
Some classes use agendas as a form of communication between home and school. Please use this as a tool for communication with the school and classroom teacher. We encourage all students to bring in $5.00 to cover the costs of the agenda.

Forms
At the beginning of each school year, there are lots of forms that need to be signed and returned. We ask that all parents review, sign and return any applicable forms. This information is important to ensure that we have up-to-date information and contact numbers.