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Additional PA Day this spring
Like all school boards across Ontario, KPR has added a PA Day to the current school year.~ The additional day is required by the settlements negotiated last fall by the provincial government and teachers’ federations.~ Friday, March 11, 2016 – the Friday before March Break – is now a designated professional activity day.~ Students will not attend school that day, but KPR staff will participate in professional development activities focused on provincial education priorities.

Hwy 2 Lane Closures
One eastbound lane will be shutdown on Highway 2 in Clarington starting Friday. The closure will be from Hancock Road to Solina Road daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s to coincide with construction of Highway 418, the link from Highway 401 to Highway 407. Blackbird Infrastructure Group says it is in order to make it safer for the egress and ingress of trucks. The closure will be in effect from January 29th to February 29th. On February 2nd and 3rd, one lane westbound will also be closed from 9:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m. for surveying.

Parking Lot:  School parking lots are designed to provide parking for school staff.  As our school decreases in population, we have many available spaces for visitors. We would strongly encourage all visitors to use a parking space when you must leave your vehicle to pick up a student.  While we dont have an actual designated “Kiss and Ride” lane, many parents use the fire lane (yellow striped lane beside the school sidewalk) to drop off and pick up students.  Please remember that these are not parking spots, and we ask that you not leave your vehicle parked along the sidewalk.  The Board considers all students not on a school bus to be “walkers”, and if you are choosing to drive your children, you are part of the parking lot congestion.  Generally everyone is able to be safely in and out within a ten to fifteen minute time period.  A little consideration of others as well as exercising patience before and after school will go a long way to facilitate ease of movement in and out of the lot.  Please watch for our students, they are our most precious resource.    

The February/March 2016 Newsletter has been posted.  Fewer than thirty students' families requested hard copies, and these have been sent home.  If you would like a hard copy of the newsletter, please contact the office.

Bark Lake dates have been booked.  Grade 8s will be enjoying their traditional June trip to Bark Lake June 20-22, 2016.  Further information will start coming home in mid to late January.  

Grade 8 Grad has been scheduled for June 27 2016

Attention Grade 4s and 5s!
Want to ski and ride free this winter? The Canadian Ski Council’s SnowPassTM lets you ski and ride three times at EACH participating ski area for $29.95. That’s a lot of skiing and snowboarding right across Canada!
To join in, you need to be in grade 4 or 5 (or 9 or 10 years old) and live in Canada. Every skier and snowboarder is welcome, especially if you’re a beginner.
You only need to apply once for a~SnowPasstm and it’s~valid until the end of grade 5. This means if you apply in grade 4 the pass is valid for two years.

School Council Fundraising/Hot Lunch Committee NEEDS YOU!  School Council members are asking for your help.  We like to offer a weekly hot lunch to students, but we are in need of volunteers who can come in once a week (Fridays usually) to assist in organizing and distributing the hot lunch between 11 and 12pm.  Our faithful volunteers have students in grade 8, and this will be their last year of School Council involvement here at Lydia Trull.  We are also looking for volunteers to "learn the ropes" this year with a view to taking over next year.  Please contact the office if this is an area of interest for you!

Parent Conference cancelled, other mental health resources available
Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, this year’s Parent Conference, scheduled for October 17, is being cancelled.~ Both KPR and our Parent Involvement Committee, which sponsors the annual conference, are deeply disappointed that we will be unable to proceed with the 2015 mental health conference for parents and guardians.~ We wish to reassure our school community, however, that there is a wide variety of resources available to help parents and guardians in supporting their children’s and teens’ mental health.~ They include:
  • the wealth of practical information available on www.kprschools.ca, at the following links:
  • support available from community agencies and organizations, which are listed on the above KPR website links
  • resources available from Psychological Services and Social Work Services staff who serve KPR schools
  • local hospital emergency departments and crisis lines, including Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 or at kidshelpphone.ca
  • Parents Reaching Out events focusing on mental health planned at many individual schools, thanks to provincial Parents Reaching Out grants announced for this year.

We look forward to being able to resume the annual Parent Conference in future years.~ In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact your principal or vice-principal should you have any concerns regarding your child’s or teen’s mental health.

We are delighted to return to Lydia Trull for the upcoming school year.  All students are already busy reconnecting with friends, practising new routines, and learning new academic material.  

If you have changes to your contact information, please either come into the office or inform the office in writing.  We will not release students during the school day to alternates unless we receive written authority from the parent/legal guardian.  Junior and Senior Kindergarten students will not be released to alternates at any time without written direction.   The office is open Monday to Friday, 8:15 am to 4:00 pm.  

We do not call students to the office in anticipation of your arrival for pick-up during our instructional day.  The exception to this may be if the pick up is expected to occur during the outside Nutritional Break (11-11:40 am; 1-1:40pm). We work to maximize our learning time, and students sitting at the office waiting the arrival of a parent are missing out of classroom instruction.  While it is more convenient for you to have a child ready and waiting, we also know that there may be unanticipated delays at your end such as meetings, phone calls and traffic.  Thank you for your patience and understanding in this regard.

The Lydia Trull community has been featured in this KPR Video!  

Math for 21st Century Learners

MEDICAL ALERT:  We have several students with severely compromised immune systems attending Lydia Trull P.S. While they are well enough to attend school, it is important that they avoid contact with contagions.  We would ask that you not send students to school demonstrating symptoms of illness such as fevers, vomiting, infections, etc.  We want to make our school safe for ALL students.  Thank you for your consideration.

Safe Arrival:  If your student is late / absent, please inform the school @ 905-438-9648

Our school is NUT AWARE!  Please refrain from sending your child to school with any nut products.  Thank-you!

Safety at School:  When arriving at school in the morning, please have students proceed to their designated area to wait for the bell.  When the weather is rainy, students may enter the building upon the double bell at 9:45 a.m. and proceed to their classrooms.  Parents are asked not to accompany students to classrooms/coat hooks.  If you have a message for the teacher, please send a note in the agenda or leave a message with the office.  Students who arrive after the bell at 9 a.m. must sign in at the office. Unless otherwise arranged with the office, at the end of the day all students will meet their parents/guardians/caregivers outside the building at their entrance/ exit doors.  

No Dog Policy :  Please be reminded that Board policy states dogs are not allowed on school property. We ask that all dog owners respect this policy as we have students who have severe allergies or are terrified of dogs, no matter the size. Thank you for your co-operation.

School Yard Supervision:  The school yard is supervised each day beginning at 8:45 and ending at 3:30. For safety reasons, students are not to be dropped off before 8:45 and are to be picked up by 3:30 at the latest. There is no supervision at the front of the building before/after school.  All students are to proceed to the back of the building.  Thank you for making sure your children are safe.

Kiss & Ride:  Please be aware that the area at the front of the school adjacent to the parking lot is designated for Kiss and Ride. We ask that students exit the vehicule on the right side in order to avoid possible dangers from oncoming cars. In addition, we request that you honour the Kiss and Ride concept, entering and exiting this area in a timely fashion. If for any reason you need to come into the school, we ask that you park your vehicle in the lot and then make your way into the school. This will eliminate any congestion as this is a very busy area before and after school. We thank you for your cooperation and support in keeping our students safe.
Fragrances & Scents:  In the interests of the well being of our school community, we are requesting that individuals refrain from using strongly scented products. Exposure to fragrances, cologne and scented hand or body lotions can cause allergic reactions, asthmatic symptoms and migraines, as well as general discomfort for certain individuals.  In some cases, reactions can occur to even relatively mild scents, so we are asking for everyone to be aware and accommodate those that suffer from these sensitivities.

Thank you for your cooperation and we appreciate your support of our efforts to provide a healthy environment for our school.

Hot Lunch Forms:  In the interest of efficiency and some confusion around orders, we cannot accept any late hot lunch forms. If they are late, they will be returned to you.

Homework Help offers live, one-on-one tutoring Sundays to Thursdays from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m., as well as lessons, tips and resources that are available at any time.  

For information on Homework Help for KPR students, please contact Jennifer Canning jennifer_canning@kprdsb.ca or Todd Pottle todd_pottle@kprdsb.ca.

Designated Lunch:  Our designated lunch is the first Nutrition Break, from 11:00 am to 11:40 am.  Students may depart the building with parental/guardian permission after signing out at the office, or remain at school to eat.  ALL students will remain at school for the second Nutrition Break, from 1:00 pm to 1:40 pm.  This is to ensure the safety of all students as attendance is taken upon arrival in the morning and after the first Nutrition Break.  Please attend to this change in routine from previous years.

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