March News

Posted March 1, 2020

 

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February was  a busy month at Kortright Hills! We had a variety of safety presentations, and participated in wheelchair basketball activities. Our students also engaged in lessons and activities to recognize Black History Month. March will be another busy month. Students are hard at work and are enjoying this time where they are focused on academics.

We have our fingers crossed that Spring is around the corner! With the upcoming changes in weather, please be sure to send your child/children with proper indoor and outdoor clothing.

On behalf of the staff, have a fantastic March Break with your family.

Sincerely,

Mr. Hussain & Mrs. Irwin

 

Parent Council

We hope you can join us for some of the excellent Parent Council-led events coming to the school and community in the next few months.  

Guest Speaker Presentation: EPACT (Educating Parents and Children Together)

Topic: Cyber Safety, Child Exploitation, Human Trafficking, and Crime Stoppers. These sessions are designed to delve into the hazards facing students online, and give solutions to parents and youths on how to protect them. 

Audience: Parents and children 12 years old and over

When: April 7th from 6:30 – 8:30pm KHPS Library

Save the Date! Our annual Ice Cream Social will be held on Thursday, June 4th

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Library Learning Commons Update

Our library continues to be a very busy place!  Several boxes of new books recently arrived, including a variety of fiction, non-fiction, and graphic novel selections.  Students have been enjoying the new titles. Thank you to School Council for continuing to support our library, as well as parents, students, and staff who support our Scholastic Book Fairs.  Our students and staff appreciate your support in allowing us to keep our library filled with engaging and up-to-date books for all grade levels. 

Blue Spruce voting & celebration information will be coming home later in March for our Kindergarten – Grade 2 classes. 

Forest of Reading programs will continue until late April for our Grade 3 – 8 students.  Students who are participating in the Forest of Reading programs are asked to please return books as soon as they have finished reading them so that other students have access to them too.  

We have multiple copies of each of the novels, but the program is very popular and we have over 150 students participating this year (Grades 3 – 8).  The books are also available through the Guelph Public Library and ebooks may be accessed through Overdrive on UG2GO (https://webapps.ugdsb.on.ca/ug2go/). If families wish to read the books together (shared reading or read aloud), that is absolutely encouraged!

To view the books for each program, please visit the library website Forest of Reading page.  Links to the blogs are also posted on the library website or can be accessed through UG2GO.

Blue Spruce ~ Kindergarten – Grade 2  http://bit.ly/BlueSpruceKHPS

Silver Birch Express ~ Grade 3 & 4  http://bit.ly/SBExpressKHPS

Silver Birch Fiction ~ Grade 5 & 6  http://bit.ly/SBFictionKHPS

Yellow Cedar Non-fiction ~ Grade 5 – 8   http://bit.ly/YCNonfictionKHPS

Red Maple Fiction ~ Grade 7 & 8  http://bit.ly/RMFictionKHPS

Thank you for your continued support of our Library Learning Commons programs,

Sheila Morgan          [email protected]

Teacher Librarian     Library Learning Commons Website: http://bit.ly/KHPSLLC

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Anti-Bullying at KHPS

In an equitable and inclusive school climate, all members of the school community feel safe, comfortable, and accepted.  Staff and students value diversity and demonstrate respect for others and a commitment to establishing a just, caring society.  

An equitable, inclusive education system encourages and enables all students to learn and to fulfill their potential.

Staff will:

Provide a safe environment for students who report bullying (protection from retaliation).

Students will:

Treat each other respectfully.

Parents will:

Model positive ways of getting along with others.

This insert was taken from our Bully Prevention Plan. This can be found at:

https://www.ugdsb.ca/kortright/resources/bullying-prevention-plan/

Class Disruptions

It is a goal not to disrupt learning that takes place in classrooms.  If parents are bringing in something for their child(ren), please bring these items to the office with their name and grade on it. These items will be distributed at recess breaks throughout the day.  Parents picking up students are asked to come to the office and wait for their children to meet them.

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Reminder about Parking

The front of the school is a very busy place between 8:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. and 3:35 p.m. Buses, cars and students are prominent during these times and parents are reminded to respect the safety measures that are in place. The parking lots of the school are not to be used as drop off points for our students during these hours.

Parking is available in designated areas along Ptarmigan Drive, Merganser Drive and Mallard Court. Parents are also reminded to have their children cross at the cross-walk at the front of the school, if they should be picking up on the other side of the street. We please ask that you not block anyone’s driveway when picking up your child(ren).

Please choose safety over convenience! ​

Visitors to the School

If you are visiting the school or coming in to pick up your child we ask that you go to the office first and sign in.

 

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LET’S TALK (NOT TEXT) ABOUT SCREEN TIME 

Are screens the new smoking? Parents and students are invited to learn more about the many impacts of screens on our lives and how we might foster a healthier relationship with them.  Come and join us Thursday, April 23 from 6:00p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the John F. Ross CVI – E.L. Fox Auditorium, 21 Meyer Drive, Guelph. Admission is free, but tickets do need to be secured in advance by visiting https://screenagersbyugdsb.eventcombo.com.   

This free event will present two documentary films (SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age and Screenagers and NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience) followed by a discussion moderated by Sylvie Smith, an addictions counselor at Homewood Health Centre.   

ABOUT THE SCREENAGERS FILMS:

Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston was compelled to make a movie when she found herself constantly struggling with her two kids about screen time. Ruston felt guilty and confused, not sure what limits were best, especially around mobile phones, social media, gaming, and how to monitor online homework. Hearing repeatedly how other parents were equally overwhelmed, she realized this is one of the biggest, unexplored parenting issues of our time.    

SCREENAGERS:  Growing up in the Digital Age (2016) was the first feature documentary to explore the impact of screen technology on kids and offer parents and families proven solutions to help youth and their families find their way in a world with instant access to screen time. In Next Chapter: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience (2019, 69 minutes), the filmmaker finds herself at a loss on how to help her own teens as they struggle with their emotional well-being. She sets out to understand these challenges in the context of our current screen-filled society. In particular she explores the issue of how as parents and educators we can empower teens to overcome challenges and build emotional agility, communication savvy, and stress resilience. 

 

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Monthly Environmental Activities to help Celebrate our Planet

March 28th is Earth Hour!

It is vital to teach our children to respect and take care of the environment.

 Join the global Movement! Celebrate Earth Hour on March 28th at 8:30pm. 

Earth Hour’s mission is uniting people to protect the planet by raising awareness of about climate change and encouraging positive action.

“Earth Hour was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then it has grown to engage more than 172 countries and territories worldwide.”

Earth Hour is more than an event. It is a movement that has achieved massive environmental impact, including legislation changes by harnessing the power of the crowd.”

Click here to see a short video clip of Earth Hour’s story around the world and click here for the Earth Hour 2020 official video.

Ideas for your family to do for Earth Hour!

Earth Hour belongs to you. Celebrate your commitment to the planet with your friends, family, community or at work – in your own way.

A simple event can be just turning off all non-essential lights on March 28th from 8:30-9:30 pm. For one hour, focus on your commitment to our planet.

To celebrate, you can:

  • prepare a candle lit dinner
  • talk to your neighbours, or invite people over
  • stargaze, or go camping in your backyard
  • play board games, or charades
  • host a concert, or a sing-a-long
  • create or join your own community event
  • have an Earth Hour every month

The possibilities are endless!

Quotes and information taken from: https://www.earthhour.org/

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Information from Public Health:

March is Nutrition Month and dietitians across Canada are talking about how healthy eating is about so much more than food! Cooking together as a family is a great way to help kids learn food skills, put math into action, develop confidence, and have fun.  Starting at age 2 kids can help in the kitchen with age appropriate tasks. As kids get older involve them in all stages of the process – planning, shopping, food preparation and clean up. Can you imagine a time when they can make you dinner? In the meantime extra help in the kitchen is always welcome and it is a great way to connect with your kids at the end of the school day. Make a plan to cook and eat together this month. Check out these Family Friendly Cookbooks developed by the Guelph Family Health Study. Bon appetite!

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Visual health is an important part of overall health and wellbeing. The Ontario Association of Optometrists recommends that children have their first eye exam at 6 months-old, again at 3 years old, yearly after that, or as recommended by an eye doctor. In Ontario, children and youth 0-19 are eligible for a FREE comprehensive eye exam every 12 months through OHIP.

Parents may be the first to identify a potential vision issue. If you notice your child showing any of these signs, book a comprehensive eye exam with an eye doctor.

  • Headaches or irritability
  • Avoiding near or distance work
  • Covering or rubbing the eyes
  • Tilting of the head or having unusual posture
  • Using a finger to maintain place while reading
  • Losing place while reading
  • Leaving words out or confusing words when reading
  • Not doing as well as they could in school 

Information for Junior Kindergarten:

If required, children in JK qualify for one pair of free glasses through the Eye See…Eye Learn® program. Children born in 2015 are eligible for the Eye See…Eye Learn® program until June 30, 2020. CLICK HERE for more information.

Information for Senior Kindergarten:

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health offers free school-based vision screening for SK students. Vision screening does not replace the need for a full exam by an eye doctor on a yearly basis or whenever there is a concern. CLICK HERE for more information.

If you need help finding an eye doctor, you may search for one at www.findaneyedoctor.ca or call our Let’s Talk Parenting line at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 3616 for help.

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