Monday, January 31st

UPDATE:

1. A Big THANK YOU to our Parkside student and parent community for all your efforts during on-line learning. We realize there were many different challenges and situations to deal with, but you handled all situations with a positive attitude. We thank you for that and we look forward to seeing our students tomorrow.

2. Tomorrow…Monday, January 31st will be Day 6 on our student schedule.

3. Chromebooks-We handed out a number of Chromebooks to support student learning and we are asking for those to be returned as soon as possible. We’d prefer that chrome books did not come with students in their kit bags, as they often get dropped in the snow or banged around on the bus. Please bring them to the main entrance, after 9 am. Please ensure the power cord is with it and has the sheet with provided you with, so we can cross you off the list.

Thank you for your help with this. Our students can’t use them at school until we have them all returned.

4. Masks-Masks are now mandatory for all students and staff ( and visitors ) during the school day, including school buses. Masks will not need to be worn outside.  A 3 layer mask is recommended, like the one we have provided for each student, or you may choose your own 3 layered mask.  How we wear the mask is important as well.  Students and staff will need to have them covering both mouth and nose to be effective. We thank you in advance, for your support in this area.

5. Testing Kits-Thank you for picking up your testing kits and mask.  We were very impressed with the turnout.   As per previous instructions, students should already have one test completed, another one tomorrow morning, then Wednesday and Friday mornings as well.  If at any time your child is not feeling well, or tests positive, please stay home, contact the school and we will support from there!

6. Students who are isolating-If your child is intending to come to school, but cannot due to isolating or a reason out of their control, our teachers will support as best as possible, just as if they were out for a sickness. Please reach out to your child’s teacher to let them know.

7. Students who are remaining home by parent choice-If you have made the decision to have your child remain home from school, we respect your decision. Please let your child’s teacher know or call our main office so we can record this accordingly. In this situation, teachers will not be responsible for providing schoolwork for your child as their time will be spent preparing and teaching in-person.  If you wish, you can follow up with the Dept. of Education’s homeschooling program.

8. Changes in routine for students: With tomorrow morning being our first day back, it will be important for our teachers to explain our newly assigned cohort groups, as well as our playground zones, entrances and exits. The expectation of handwashing and sanitizing will remain the same. We ask that all walkers and drop off students please come in the doors they normally would come in for our first day.  Any changes to these entrances and exits, for all students will be explained by their teachers.  Walkers and drop off must not arrive before 8:30, as we are looking to reduce congestion coming in.  We will also not have any outdoor supervision tomorrow, as we will have our students go straight to class so our teachers can explain how the playground access and supervision will be, going forward. 

Through testing, proper mask wearing, sanitizing, and cohorting, we hope to return to in person learning in a positive way tomorrow. Thanks again for the community support and looking forward to a GREAT WEEK!

Masks and Test Kits

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We have received the COVID-19 test kits and masks from the Government of PEI and they will be ready for pick up on:

Thursday, January 27, 8:30-3:00

Friday, January 28, 8:30-3:00

Specific to Parkside, we will have a drive up area (our busing area) where we ask that parents drive up to and receive their test kit and 3 layered mask for your child. We ask parents to stay in your vehicle and remain masked when rolling down your window to receive your test kit and mask for your child.

Students will be provided five tests this week to allow them to test before returning to school and during the first week. Additional tests will be supplied next week.

Unless there is an approved exemption, all K-12 students, staff, and visitors are required to wear masks in all indoor areas of school facilities, including in classrooms, while transitioning between classrooms and other school areas, staff areas, and while on school buses.

Masks will be provided. Please note that we will be following up with further information regarding additional mask supply later this week.

Testing Requirements

As outlined in the revised Back-to-School Guidelines provided by the Chief Public Health Office,

All students should take two rapid antigen screening tests, 48 hours apart (i.e. two days before and the morning before leaving for school).

If both tests are negative, the student may attend school. If either test comes back positive, the student must visit a testing clinic at the earliest opportunity. They cannot attend school until they’ve received a negative result from a testing clinic. Drop-in testing clinic hours:  https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/covid-19-testing-in-pei

Students in Grades K-9 should test at home the mornings of Saturday, Jan. 29 and Monday, Jan. 31 before leaving for school. They should then test at home the mornings of Wednesday, Feb. 2 and Friday, Feb. 4.

Students in Grades in 10-12 should test at home the mornings of Tuesday, Feb. 1 and Thursday, Feb. 3 before leaving for school.

Going forward all students should test at home on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week for the next two weeks (Feb 7, 9, 11 and 14, 16 and 18). In the event there is no school on any of these dates, children should maintain the testing schedule. Test results do not need to be reported to the school.

Here is a short video that may be helpful when testing your child for COVID-19.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRrcdgrGlR8&ab_channel=PrinceEdwardIslandGovernment

When to pick up your student’s tests and mask

Parents/guardians can pick up their child’s test kits and mask at the school during the following times:

Thursday, January 27, 8:30-3:00

Friday, January 28, 8:30-3:00

If there are extenuating circumstances that prevent you (or the student or another designate) from being able to pick up kits and a mask, please reach out to the school to discuss alternatives.

For parents who have students at more than one school, they are asked to pick up the tests and masks for their students at each school. Schools are being allocated the appropriate number of test kits and masks for their student population and won’t be able to provide additional supplies beyond their students.

Christmas Flea Market – Items Needed!

More items are desperately needed for our Christmas flea market.  Any gently used items (excluding clothing and stuffed animals) that you would be willing to donate to our flea market would be greatly appreciated.  We would love to have a nice selection of gift items for our students to purchase.  It is requested that all donated items be brought to school by Friday, December 10th.  Thank you for your support and generosity!

Christmas Flea Market

Great news, Parkside’s Christmas flea market is back this year! After covid cancelled the sale last year, we’re very excited that we’ve received approval to proceed with our annual flea market this December.  The purpose of our flea market is to give students the opportunity to purchase Christmas gifts for their family members. 

Any gently used items (excluding clothing and stuffed animals) that you would be willing to donate to our flea market would be greatly appreciated.  We will start collecting donations later this month.  Please have a look around your home over the next few weeks to see if you have any items that you would be willing to donate to our flea market. 

We thank you in advance for your support and generosity.

Book Fair Begins!

Our fall Book Fair has arrived and previews for students will take place Friday, October 22nd and Monday, October 25th.  Students will have a chance to see what is at the Fair and they will be taking home wish lists. 

The Fair will be an in-person one for students and staff only.  However, there will be a virtual Fair available to parents and anyone with the following link: https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5156489

The virtual Fair will run from 12:00 a.m. Monday, October 25th until 11:59 p.m. Monday, November 1st.

All purchases made online will be shipped for free to Parkside.  You will be notified when your item(s) arrive and you can either pick them up or they can be sent home with your child.

Please note that prices listed in the virtual Fair do not include tax.  Tax will be added when you go to the online checkout.  If you are sending money to school for your child to purchase directly from our school Fair, please check the prices included on their wish list; those prices include tax.

At the in-school Fair we will be able to accept cash, debit, and cheques made out to “Parkside School Library.”

Please share the link above with everyone you know who might be looking to buy some books for your child or someone else’s child.  All purchases benefit Parkside’s library. 

The Book Fairs we hold are the main source of funds for the library to purchase new books for the collection.  We appreciate your support of our library and your child’s education. 

Have a great summer!

Monday, June 28th marks the end of the school year for students. We wish everyone a happy and safe summer vacation. Please continue to read to your child over the summer break and have your child read to you. This will help them keep up their skills and maintain the level of reading that they reached this year.

We will see you in September! The first day of classes for students in September will be Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

$50 000 for Classroom Libraries!!!

We’re excited to announce that Parkside Elementary School is a recipient of this year’s Indigo Love of Reading Foundation #LiteracyFundGrant. With their help, we’ve been able to provide vital reading resources to our students to ensure every child has access to diverse and enriching books. Watch full video: https://bit.ly/3wrTNB5 Thank You #IndigoLoveofReading!

We’ve had to keep this a secret for quite a while. We are so pleased to finally be able to share this wonderful news with everyone. Thank you Indigo!!