June 2021 Newsletter

June 2021 Newsletter

 

Dear Molly Brant Families,

It is hard to believe we are in the final month of another school year.  It has been a year unlike any other and you and your children are to be commended for the strength, resiliency and flexibility you have demonstrated throughout this time.

Teachers will be preparing Term 2 report cards in the coming weeks. They will be considering evidence collected during “in person” and remote learning. This year has been exceptional in terms of remote learning, however assessment continues to be based on conversations, observations, and products (student work, projects, etc.). Teachers will continue to use these sources, their professional judgment, and their knowledge of your child to provide commentary on student progress. Students will be assessed based on grade-level expectations unless they have an IEP with modified expectations. Attending live lessons and small group sessions and/or completing assigned activities during remote learning will give your child's teacher a more complete picture on which to base marks and comments.

There are a variety of potential scenarios that may have occurred:

  • If your child has participated in online learning and submitted assigned tasks, this learning will be assessed and commented on within the final report card, along with assessment data collected prior to April 9th
  • In some cases where online participation is limited but enough assessment data was collected prior to April 9th, the student may receive a grade based on that information with a comment that reflects the assessment timeframe.
  • If your child has not submitted online assignments, you may see the comment: "Student is encouraged to complete tasks and to submit them for feedback and assessment during the term."

We recognize that in some cases families had to make critical decisions about what they or their child were able to manage at home to meet the needs of their family during remote learning. These are often difficult decisions and respected by the Molly Brant team.  As always, please do not hesitate to reach out should you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you for all you do at home to support students in their learning.  We know it is not easy. It is the positive partnership between home, school and our community that will help our students grow through this current situation.  We look forward to seeing everyone back at Molly Brant as soon as the time is right.  Take care of yourselves and each other.

 

Sincerely,

 

Alison Fraser and the Molly Brant Team

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Planning for next yearPlanning for Next Year
While there is still a month left in this school year, plans are already underway for next September.  Having an accurate count of the number of students in our classes is key to us having a smooth start-up.  If you know that you will not be returning to Molly Brant in the fall, please let our office staff know.  Families that have moved out of the catchment area during this past year, or families were moved off the wait-list for the 2020-2021 school year and still live outside of the catchment area, need to register at your home school.  Let us know if you would like to be added to our waiting list.  If there is room in our classes after the third week in September, you will be contacted and asked if you still wish to return to Molly Brant.

TeachersAs we prepare for next year there will be some staffing changes at our school.  Not all of the changes are known yet, but we do know that Ms. Jolliffe will be retiring at the end of June.  Ms. Jolliffe, has been a dedicated educator for 22 years, the majority of those years working in the communities of Rideau Heights Public School, Frontenac Public School and Molly Brant Elementary School.  During her time as a teacher, Ms. Jolliffe taught in the primary, junior and intermediate divisions.  Although she will be retiring from her official role as a teacher, we know that she will continue to support learning, public education and especially the students at Molly Brant during this next chapter in the adventure of life.  We wish Ms. Jolliffe the very best in her retirement!

Later in June, you will receive information about additional changes to the staff, along with the class organization that we will be starting the school year with.

Discover KindergartenKindergarten Registration
Kindergarten registration is underway!  If you know a family in our area who has a child who will be turning 4 before the end of December 2021, please encourage them to register their child for kindergarten by completing the REGISTRATION FORM that can be found on the LDSB webpage.



Grad CapSave the Date!
The Grade 8 graduation will take place on Monday June 21st.  Given the current situation in schools, along with provincial and local health restrictions, the plans for graduation have not been finalized.  As soon as we are in a position to commit to a plan, the graduates and their families will be made aware.  We are in need of help with some specific items related to graduation and any family member wishing to assist is invited to join a virtual planning meeting on Wednesday, June 2nd at 3:00.  Please contact the school for additional information on how to join the meeting.  A sincere thank you to the Parent Council who are helping to off-set the cost of graduation by contributing financially to the event.

parent councilParent Council Meeting
The final Parent Council meeting of the year will take place virtually on Monday, June 7th at 6:00pm. If you wish to receive the link to attend this meeting, please complete the form found at the following link: Parent Council Virtual Meeting Link Request

Every Child MattersEvery Child Matters
Flags across the Limestone District School Board, including at Molly Brant Elementary School, will be flown at half-mast in memory of the 215 children killed as a result of cultural genocide at a residential school in British Columbia.

We extend our sympathies to survivors, families and First Nations communities affected by this unspeakable tragedy.

Flags will remain lowered for 215 hours (9 days) - one hour for each child whose life was taken - from May 31 to June 8, 2021.

The discovery of this mass grave will serve as a difficult reminder for survivors of residential schools and their families, and a reminder of traumas they have endured. We will support students and families who will find this news triggering and are in need of support or resources.

The National Indian Residential School Crisis line is 1-866-925-4419. Kids Help Phone can be accessed 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 or visit the Kids Help Phone 
website for text and chat options.

Limestone recommits to our important role in educating our school communities about the shameful legacy of residential schools, and the ongoing need for Truth and Reconciliation.


Pride FlagJune is Pride Month!
Our school, like all schools in the Limestone District School Board, will be flying the Pride flag so that everyone knows that we are a safe and welcoming space.  The colours of the pride flag represent life, healing, sunlight, nature, harmony, and spirit.  The Pride flag is a celebration of diversity, and a visual reminder that we support every person in our community and our school, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

Molly Brant Elementary School is committed to providing a positive school climate for all students. We know that when students feel safe and supported in a healthy, accepting and welcoming school climate, they have greater success. We want everyone to see themselves in Limestone.

* The Board has confirmed with the Government of Canada’s flag protocol lead at Heritage Canada that where schools only have one mast/flagpole, it is acceptable to fly the Pride flag beneath the Canadian flag. Showing our support for LGBTQ2S+ does not diminish our respect for our Nation’s flag.

 

Vaccine for YouthCOVID-19 Vaccine Now Available for Youth 12-17
Youth aged 12 and older are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccination in Ontario. To ensure eligible youth have access to vaccines as soon as possible, KFL&A Public Health will be offering special youth vaccination clinics beginning the week of June 7 and continuing to June 28.

The Youth and Family Vaccination Clinics will offer the Pfizer vaccine, which is currently the only COVID-19 vaccine that has been authorized by Health Canada for use in individuals aged 12 to 17 years of age. The second dose interval for youth will be shortened to 56 days, and these clinics will run from August 9 to August 22. Appointments for the second dose will be arranged at your first clinic appointment.

Students and families attending Kingston Secondary School, Module Vanier, J.G. Simcoe PS, Rideau Heights PS and Molly Brant ES have the opportunity to attend clinics at Kingston Community Health Centres. Families have been sent booking information directly. 

If you are unable to book online, please contact KFL&A Public Health at 343-477-0172 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.


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