KPR is seeking comments from students, parents, guardians, staff and community members regarding the proposed school year calendar for 2019-20. Please review the proposed calendar and comment using the online survey available on the home page of www.kprschools.ca by Monday, December 10, 2018. The dates being proposed for Winter Break next year are Monday, December 23, 2019, to Friday, January 3, 2020. Last day of classes before the break would be Friday, December 20, 2019, with students returning to class Monday, January 6, 2020. First and last days of school, March Break and PA Days can all be viewed on the proposed calendar.
Our Second-Semester Life Drawing session will begin on Wednesday March 20th, and continues for 6 weeks until April 24th Wednesdays after school from 3-5:30. The cost is $99 which includes materials.
Life Drawing – drawing from the nude model - is a tremendous learning opportunity for any artist. Our drawing coach Anne Hoover (a local artist and designer with decades of experience) brings a different model to pose for the class for each session. Each week she teaches a different element of drawing: line, value, techniques, composition fore-shortening and so on, while encouraging and giving one-on one advice during the 2 ½ hour drawing session. All students come away with increased skills and confidence, as well as an improved portfolio – indeed, post-secondary art institutions all agree that having life drawing experience is a real advantage to students applying to their programs.
Check out the TAS Edsby Life Drawing page for more information about the benefits of Life Drawing.
You can find the permission letter on the Edsby page – please have it signed by a parent if you are below 18, and hand it in to Mr. Bigg.
TAS students' artwork featured on front cover of Magazine!
The cover of Rapport magazine was created by Lacey Todd. A 15-year-old, grade 10 student at Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School in Peterborough.
Rapport,: Journal of the Ontario History and Social Science Teachers Association is produced annually.
Lacey used the fine art technique of jelly mould to create the featured piece.
"I am honoured that my artwork was chosen. I aim to be a graphic artist and have learned a lot from the Integrated Arts program at TAS. I am thankful to Valerie Kent of Cavan Art Gallery who has taken me under her wing and taught me a variety of art mediums".
The piece celebrates Canada 150, Tout est Possible. Everything is possible. Red and white are for the Canadian Flag. Blue is for the sky is the limit. Gold is for the sun shining on Canada and the future is golden.
Pictured above is Lacey Todd and Risa Gluskin, Editor of Rapport Magazine
We wanted to share with you an exciting opportunity for students who continue in French through to Grade 12. The Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board is offering the DELF exam free of charge to students enrolled in Grade 12 French during the 2018-2019 school year. This exam is an internationally recognized assessment of language proficiency. Upon successful completion, students receive a diploma awarded by the French Ministry of National Education (France), attesting their level of language proficiency. This certificate is valid for life and can help to facilitate a range of career and educational opportunities for your child.
Please see the attached letter for more information. Students are also encouraged to bring their questions to a TAS French teacher.
Monday January 21, 2019 - Please be advised that, due to extremely cold temperatures and high wind chills, and out of concern for the safety of students waiting for buses, all school transportation services for PVNC , KPR and Mon Avenir will be cancelled for Peterborough, Northumberland, Clarington and Campbellford areas served by STSCO.
Please Note that due to the extreme cold temperatures, the School Council Meeting for tonight, Monday January 21, 2019 has been cancelled. The next School Council meeting will take place Monday February 25th, 2019 @ 6:30 pm in the Library.
8:45-10:30 All classes are to remain in class and complete quiet activities until the 10:30 release time. Some senior exams will run until 11:30 am.
10:30 – 11:00 Students can be in library or cafeteria, but are not to stay in hallways. Students will be allowed to go to lockers during this time period but they must exit the hallway immediately.
Lunch 11:00 – 12:00
Period 2 12:00 – 12:50
Period 3 12:57 – 1:47
Period 4 1:54 – 2:45
Friday January 25 - PERIOD 2 EXAM
Start Time: 8:45 am
Monday January 28 - PERIOD 3 EXAM
Start Time: 8:45 am
Tuesday January 29 - PERIOD 4 EXAM
Start Time: 8:45 am
Should there be a snow day Exams will be moved to the next day and exams will proceed in the same order. Please check the school Web Page for further information.
There will be NO cafeteria service from January 25th to February 1st.
Textbooks must be brought to the exam room to be returned to the teacher.
The regular school bus schedule is followed during examinations.
Students who are ill on the day of an exam must call the attendance secretary to report the absence and will be required to present a medical note to administration in order to arrange an alternate time to write the missed exam.
The Exam period will run from January 25th to January 31st. There are no classes February 1st.
January 23, 2019 - Please be advised that, due to inclement weather, projected freezing rain, continued rain and resulting icy road conditions, busing and school transportation is cancelled today for all of the STSCO jurisdiction, including Peterborough, Northumberland and Clarington areas. Schools will remain open but STSCO busing is cancelled for those KPR, PVNC and Mon. Jamot schools served by STSCO.
Phone Number, Web Address, Phone App Coming for Reporting Absences
KPR, student safety is our highest priority, and we thank families for adopting
the automated safe arrival system to help ensure students arrive safely at
school each day.
this September, we will be introducing a new automated Student Absence
Reporting System. Therefore, you will need to create a NEW account to
report your children’s absences online.
will receive an email in August with instructions on how to create your new
account and download the mobile app. You also will receive a magnet in
September with the new Student Absence Reporting System details.
Unfortunately, since ownership of the reporting software has changed, we cannot
simply transfer your child’s information to the new system.
Many parents and guardians have been wondering what effect the legalization of marijuana will have on KPR schools. In short, KPR schools will treat cannabis in much the same way they treat alcohol: students of any age will not be allowed to use marijuana at schools, on school buses or field trips.
Once the new federal law comes into effect this October 17:
non-medical marijuana use will be legal only for those age 19 and older
any student, at any age, could be suspended for possessing or being under the influence of cannabis at school
any student who shares marijuana with others younger than 19 could be expelled from school
it will be illegal for adults to use cannabis on, or within 20 metres of, school grounds
it will be illegal to drive under the influence of cannabis, and drivers age 21 or under will not be allowed to have any cannabis in their system.
If you have any questions about cannabis at school, please speak with your principal or vice-principal. Further information on the new law is available at Ontario.ca/cannabis. Information on how to talk to your child about cannabis can be found at Cannabis Information – CAMH.
KPR wishes everyone a happy holiday. We hope that this time allows for some much needed rest for students, staff, parents and guardians, and allows families opportunities to celebrate together.
While the holidays can be joyous, they can also be difficult for some. We wanted to provide families with some resources you may find useful over the holiday season. Our mission is that all students remain safe, and this includes their mental and physical well-being.
Mental health is a state of well-being; it is relevant to all of us. According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, in any given year, one in five people in Canada experiences a mental health crisis or illness. It is important to us that we remind everyone to use resources that are accessible to all. These include:
the Be Safe App, a free mobile app that aims to help young adults make healthy decisions during a crisis; it can be downloaded onto cell phones from https://besafeapp.ca/
Kids Help Phone, also available 24/7, at 1-800-668-6868 or text “CONNECT” to 686868
Four County Crisis line, available 24/7 for Northumberland and Peterborough County residents at 1-866-995-9933
Durham Mobile Crisis Services, available 24/7 for anyone experiencing a crisis, at 905-666-0483 or 1-800-742-1890
Connex Ontario Mental Health Helpline, provides information about mental health services in Ontario 24/7, at 1-866-531-2600 or www.connexontario.ca
Ontario 211, a free helpline that connects people to community and social services in your area, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling 2-1-1.
Your family also has access to your closest hospital, as well as to regional supports serving specific areas of KPR.
Let's keep our mental health and the mental health of those we love and care about in the forefront. We encourage you to use community support services if you ever find yourself or someone near and dear to you struggling and in need of assistance.
Once again, we wish everyone season’s greetings, a Merry Christmas, and safe holidays.
New Kindergarten families are invited to attend one of our five, free upcoming regional Kindergarten Information Sessions. Current Kindergarten families are also welcome to attend. Parents and caregivers will learn about the Kindergarten Program and the new provincial Kindergarten report card. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet with community agencies and partners that serve families, and together, we will provide strategies to help prepare your child for Kindergarten and support your child at home.
Starting high school in September? We invite current Grade 8 students, parents and guardians to join us at Grade 8 information nights to learn about the variety of programs available to help learners meet with success.
Several schools have already held their open houses; parents can contact those schools directly for program and registration information. Contact information is available in the Find A School section of www.kprschools.ca
The following open houses are coming up:
Bowmanville High School, Bowmanville – January 16, 6 p.m. Kenner Collegiate Vocational Institute, Peterborough – January 16, 7 p.m. Clarington Central Secondary School, Bowmanville – January 17, 6 p.m. Courtice Secondary School, Courtice – January 17, 6:30 pm. Port Hope High School, Port Hope – January 17, 6:30 p.m.
Do you have concerns about your child’s social, emotional or mental health that may be hindering their ability to thrive at school?
KPR schools have skilled clinicians who can support your child and you in finding answers. School Board Counsellors have professional degrees and specialize in work with children, youth and families. Please contact your School Principal for more information.
Mental health is an important part of our overall well-being. Students experiencing mental health issues may have problems with mood, focus, behaviour and their ability to relate to peers, maintain friendships, do well in school and participate in activities.
But where can parents and guardians go for help if they are concerned about their child's or teen's mental health? For more information, and suggestions for helpful resources, visit: