Ministry of Education
Provincial and Demonstration Schools Branch

In Touch – February 11, 2022

Date: February 11, 2022 | Categories: amethyst | Tags: newsletter

1515 Cheapside Street
London, Ontario, N5V 3N9
Tel. (519) 453-4400 / 1-866-640-0044
Fax (519) 453-4193
Website: pdsbnet.ca/amethyst
Twitter: @AmethystSchool
Mrs. Sherry Eacrett (Manager of Student Lodging)
Ms. Angela McHardy (Principal)

Amethyst’s mission is to provide a safe place where students, families and staff find support to learn, grow, discover and ultimately “Believe in Themselves”.

A reminder that students MUST pass the screening tool daily and show verification of this to attend school: COVID-19 school screening.

You can print result, screen shot, or email verification to your child’s teacher.

Anyone who is sick or has any symptoms of illness, including any not listed in the screening tool, should stay home and seek assessment from their health care provider if needed. If there are any symptoms of illness at school, parents will be called to pick up their child.

Congratulations to our award winners last week:

  • Liam G. won the WOW award
  • Ms. D’s History Class won the Golden Headset award
  • Sydney won the Kindness award

We have had a great week with the students. On Monday we will have a Spirit Day- students are encouraged to wear red, pink and white to school.

Next week we will have a presentation for all of our students with a focus on Black History Month that is being organized by Melissa Baidoobonso, our School Social Worker. We look forward to this great learning opportunity with virtual guest speakers.

The Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (OCMOH) has classified all provincial and demonstration schools and lodging as a high-risk congregate setting for the purposes of contact tracing, isolation and PCR testing.

A reminder that all students must complete the school screener daily and will need to verify this with staff each day. Screening should be completed at home before students board the bus for school. During the week our lodging students will complete the screening in the dorm.

Students are required to wear a well fitted cloth or medical mask.

As a highest risk setting, symptomatic students at PDSB schools and lodging (including siblings at our schools) will not be able to attend school in-person for 10 days from the onset of symptoms. Symptomatic people cannot test out of the requirement to not attend a Highest Risk Setting for 10 days. If a student is a close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 (either by a PCR or a rapid antigen test), they will not be able to attend school in-person for 10 days.

We have adjusted our lunch schedule to accommodate further distancing while students are eating unmasked as per public health directions. Our secondary students still eat at 12:00 pm and then go outdoors. Our elementary students start the lunch break outdoors and come in to eat at 12:30 pm. Please ensure students have the proper outerwear for the outdoor recess.

First term/semester report cards have been sent home in the communication folders along with instructions to elementary families for sending back signed copies. There are no signed copies that need to be returned for secondary students. Please contact your child’s subject area teacher if you have any questions about the report card. Term 2 IEPs will be developed and sent home on March 22.

Students need to pack their bathing suits as our pool is open for curriculum activities and students will be swimming each week.

We had a Parent Council meeting on Tuesday, February 8. Thank you to the parents who were able to attend. The minutes from the meeting will be sent out to all families. In the meeting, parents expressed that they would like to have a yearbook created for this school year. We are looking for your input on yearbooks and fundraising. We will be collecting information through a survey you can find here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdukQk3CgS6Sd0zULLCmPBYPdVOMK619FKvnwdQO0bZJejIxw/viewform?usp=pp_url

Please submit your responses by Friday, February 18th.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Ms. McHardy

Extended Day Program/Lodging Update

Hi Parents and Guardians,

In honour of Black History Month, there will be a display of “Freedom Quilts” in the Amethyst school.This week, students were given a set of patterns on paper for them to colour according to their preference. These will then be cut out and all the finished patterns will be combined to make a large quilt for display on the wall of a common area. There will also be additional information about the hidden code behind each pattern. A display of famous black Canadians and their contributions will also be a part of the showing. This will be displayed by Family Day weekend for all of Amethyst to view.

A newsletter was sent home to all parents regarding a Kindness Colouring Contest. The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is a non-for-profit organization that’s mission is to “Make Kindness the Norm.” If students would like to enter, please go to randomactsofkindness.org/rak-day and follow the instructions to submit the completed colouring sheet. Additionally, every person who enters the contest will receive a free RAK Day 2022 sticker in the mail. Five random entries will be selected to receive a RAK Day poster, lapel pin, a 2022 Kindness Calendar, along with a Make Kindness the Norm sweatshirt, water bottle, and baseball hat. Please refer to the newsletter for more information.

If parents are visiting for family night, unfortunately no outside visitors are allowed in the school at this time. Please text the dorm phone, email the student support counsellors, or call the dorm with information regarding family night pick up so we can have your child ready at the main doors.

DORM EXTENSIONS

  • Shark Tank: 1621
  • The Cave: 1699
  • Eagles Den: 1675
  • The Loft: 1686
  • The Knights: 1676

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

Student Support Counsellors