During the 2016-2017 school year, all KPR students writing the Ontario Secondary SchoolLiteracy Test (OSSLT) will be making use of a digital tool to demonstrate their reading and writing skills. To support their success, students will be able to take an ‘early opportunity’ on October 20th. If students are successful in meeting the standards of this test, they will have completed their literacy test requirement. Students who are unsuccessful, will receive feedback and support at the beginning of Semester 2 that will allow them to prepare for the regularly scheduled March 30th, 2017 OSSLT.
Parents and students can check out what the test looks like and experiment with a practice version by visiting this website:
Click here or go to the following link http://tinyurl.com/booksforClarketo purchase a Chapters/Indigo gift card and Chapters will make a donation to the Clarke library equal to 20% of what you spend. It costs you nothing extra and we get new books!!
The gift cards never expire. They are emailed to you immediately to be printed off and used either online or at a store to purchase anything that Chapters sells (even other gifts cards to give family and friends).~ If you don’t want to print them off, you can also access the gift card on your smart phone and the cashier can type in the information directly from your phone to access the gift card. Please use these gift cards for all your own purchases (just one extra step before you go to the store or shop online!) and as gifts. Print some off today to have with you for the next time you end up shopping at Chapters.
YOUR CLARKE CAFETERIA HAS SOME
Chartwells is introducing a NEW and CONVENIENT way to purchase food at the school cafeteria with our Zipthru Reloadable Card.
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Minds Matter @ KPR: Teaching students about mental health
All of us have mental health as part of our overall well-being.~ Just as they need to learn about physical health, children and teens need to understand their mental health and how to take care of it.
According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, one in five Canadian children and youth experience mental illness. Applied locally, this means 6,000 or more KPR students could be in distress at some point this year, while trying to cope with life. This statistic underscores the important role schools play in supporting child and youth mental health.
Under the province-wide health and physical education curriculum, students learn about mental health in elementary and secondary school.~ For example:
Grades 1-3 students learn to describe their emotions; appreciate how healthy and active living benefits their mental well-being; understand the importance of positive relationships with other children and adults; and learn strategies for seeking help.
Grades 4-8 students learn strategies for maintaining their mental well-being, coping with stress, and asking for help when they feel worried or sad.~ They also receive basic information about common mental health and substance use problems.~ Topics requiring sensitivity or maturity – such as using social media responsibly, reducing the stigma associated with mental illness, and supporting friends with mental health problems – are introduced gradually.~ Students also learn that seeking help is a skill, not a weakness, and they should speak with a caring adult if they need assistance with their thoughts and feelings.
Grades 9-12 students learn more in depth about signs and symptoms of mental health problems, finding sources of support, and checking the accuracy of online~ information.~ They also cover complex topics such as substance use, harmful behaviours, cyber-bullying, responding to stress and peer pressure, and suicide prevention.~ Teachers introduce these topics with sensitivity and care, in consultation with KPR mental health professionals.
For more information on the provincial curriculum related to mental health, visit
Have you lost a valuable item at Clarke? Please visit the Attendance office for any items that you may have lost. For any items which you believe have been stolen, please call 905-579-1520, press 0 and ask the police station to file a Stolen/Lost Police Report. This report is a way for police to return any valuables they may recover at a later time.
Register for Parent Conference on Mental Health
Have you registered yet for KPR’s free, annual Parent Conference on child and youth mental health? If not, you still have time! Registration continues until October 10 at [ http://www.kprschools.ca ]www.kprschools.ca for: 2016 KPR Parent Conference
Welcome back from Chairperson & Director
September 9, 2016 Dear Parents and Guardians: Welcome to the 2016-17 school year! It has been a pleasure seeing all those excited, eager faces at our schools over the past week. We welcome everyone to the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board (KPR
Grade 9 orientation events
Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board secondary schools are holding orientation events to help ease Grade 9 students' transition into high school for the 2016-17 school year. Details are: Municipality of Clarington Bowmanville High School – T