Welcome back to another exciting school year in KPR!
On behalf of the Board of Trustees and senior administration, we are pleased and excited to welcome students, staff and families back to our elementary and secondary schools on Tuesday, September 5.
We hope during the summer that our students and families have found ways to rest, recharge and spend time together. There is nothing that brings us greater joy than welcoming thousands of students back to our schools, and sharing in their excitement and energy.
Our schools are safe, inclusive and vibrant places where we set high expectations for success. We continue to focus on seeing all students as capable learners, sparking their curiosity and elevating their voices. We know how important it is for students to feel seen, heard and reflected in the learning resources, spaces and people around them.
Together, we will continue our work to create equitable conditions for positive learning, well-being and success for ALL students. We remain committed to our mission in all we do - we inspire our students to excel in learning, succeed in life, and enrich our communities.
As you prepare your child and your family for the excitement of the first day and all of the learning and firsts for the year ahead, please know that we are as excited as you are, and we look forward to continuing to work in partnership to support student success.
Well-being is just as important as learning, and is foundational to all types of success. In closing we are sharing the Mentally Healthy School Support Package, as a valuable resource to support student mental health and well-being as we enter the 2023-24 school year.
Please check out the KPR website, or contact your school office, if you have questions about school or need more information. If you are on social media, you can follow us @kprschools.
Best wishes for the year ahead! Together #WeAreKPR
Steve Russell Rita Russo Chairperson of the Board Director of Education
As you may know, bus driver shortages have been an ongoing issue for many school boards for several years, including here at KPR.
We are very excited that our bus operators have shared that, at this time, all KPR bus and transportation routes currently have drivers for the start of the school year, and that they continue to recruit and hire spare drivers. This good news is thanks to a targeted recruitment campaign, to attract more bus drivers in our area.
Our thanks to staff at Student Transportation Services of Central Ontario (STSCO) who have been working with bus operators on a regular basis and throughout the summer to monitor ongoing recruitment and training efforts.
Throughout the upcoming school year, we will be sharing more information about how KPR staff are learning and working together on Professional Activity (PA) Days to support students’ success.
Staff at elementary and secondary schools will be engaged in a full day of learning during the August 31 PA Day. Among the areas of learning for staff on this day are: School Improvement Planning, Workplace Violence Awareness, Curriculum Implementation and Mental Health.
Just two weeks into the new school year, students are becoming more familiar with routines and school is back in full swing. I have had the pleasure of visiting schools over the last couple of weeks and I continue to be inspired by the curiosity and determination of students, and the innovation and passion of staff. KPR truly is an awesome place to be!
The start of the school year provides many opportunities for students to make new connections, build meaningful relationships and get involved in their school and community. Participating in activities at school and learning new skills can contribute to student well-being in many ways.
Next weekend, KPR is participating in the Peterborough Pride Parade. Everyone is welcome to join us to show pride and allyship, and to support and celebrate people of all sexual orientations and gender identities; to honour those who have paved the way for equal rights; and to contribute to building accepting attitudes, safe and inclusive spaces in our schools and communities. Peterborough Pride Parade is Saturday, September 23, at 1:30 pm, beginning at Peterborough City Hall.
Lastly, with several important days of significance coming up in the days ahead, including two Jewish holidays, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and Powley Day recognized by Métis communities, I invite you to visit KPR’s Events Calendar to learn more about these important observances and others.
Wishing you a lovely weekend.
Rita Russo Director of Education
Curve Lake Pow Wow
The 70th annual Curve Lake Pow Wow takes place tomorrow and Sunday. Everyone is welcome to attend the annual celebration of ceremony, dance, and song. The Curve Lake Pow Wow website contains important cultural information to inform your participation.
Annual Parent Conference
Save the date – KPR's Annual Parent Conference is returning the morning of Saturday, October 21 as a virtual event, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Jean Clinton!
Through the context of building resilience and healthy relationships, Dr. Clinton will share practical strategies to empower parents and caregivers to support their children during important transitions and create conditions to help them thrive throughout their educational journey and beyond!
More details and registration information are coming soon!
The Office of the Commissioner of Human Rights, Equity and Accessibility (COHREA) is fully accessible and available to all students, staff and families to report any issues of concern, and in particular human rights-based issues of discrimination and harassment that involve a breach of the Human Rights Code, and barriers to accessibility under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The Commissioner’s Office promptly reviews, assesses and determines necessary next steps for addressing all complaints.
While we continue to encourage students, staff and families to first address concerns directly with those involved in the situation, e.g. the teacher, principal, manager or superintendent, concerns may also be reported confidentially, through the online reporting tool – Report IT! More information about the COHREA is available on the Board website or by contacting the office directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
New Language Curriculum Grade 1 to 8 – A Guide for Parents
Ontario’s language curriculum for Grades 1 to 8 was updated last spring by the Ministry of Education for implementation beginning this September. The parent guide below provides an overview of the knowledge and skills that students will learn in each grade. Language, Grades 1 to 8: a guide for parents (gov.on.ca)
Grade 9 English – A Guide for Parents
A new de-streamed English curriculum was recently released. More details about the new Grade 9 English course are available on the Ministry of Education website.
September is always a flurry of activity at KPR, with many students, staff and families participating in events and community-building opportunities such as the annual Terry Fox days, school council meetings, open houses and so much more.
While this month has been filled with much energy and excitement, our school communities have spent this week engaging in reflection and age-appropriate learning and discussion about the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, which is recognized on September 30.
This is a solemn day of remembrance, and a time to recognize the tragic history and harm caused by residential schools. We honour First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children and communities impacted by the residential school system and remember those who never returned home.
In recognition of this observance, flags will be flown at half-mast at KPR schools and education centres this weekend. As a learning institution, we remain committed to Indigenous knowledge, culture, and perspectives and applying a lens of reconciliation to all that we do. More information about this day is available from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and the Government of Canada.
This year, we are sharing more information about how KPR staff are learning and working together on Professional Activity (PA) Days to support students’ success.
The September 29 Professional Activity (PA) Day will focus on the following areas:
Student Safety and Well-Being (Anti-Sex Trafficking, Cyber Security and Privacy Awareness)
Curriculum Implementation Elementary – Literacy
Secondary – Literacy, Assessment and Evaluation, and
School Improvement Planning
Thank you to everyone for supporting a successful start to the school year – and especially to all KPR teachers, custodial, maintenance and trades staff who we will be highlighting in social posts next week on National Custodial Recognition Day on Monday, October 2, and World Teachers’ Day on Thursday, October 5.
For more information on days of significance coming up next month, including Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and Two-Spirit Peoples (MMIWG2S) Honouring and Awareness Day on October 4, please visit KPR’s events calendar.
Director of Education
Parent Conference - What My Child’s Behaviour is Telling Me
We are excited to announce that registration is NOW OPEN for KPR’s annual Parent Conference! Join us on Saturday, October 21, from 9:30am – 11:30am for this FREE virtual event, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Jean Clinton.
Through the context of building resilience and healthy relationships, Dr. Clinton will provide parents and caregivers the opportunity to learn about self-regulation strategies, how to overcome and manage challenging behaviours and tips for supporting healthy, positive, social behaviours.
For more information about this event, and to register, please visit our website.
Rowan’s Law Concussion Awareness
The last Wednesday in September every year is Rowan’s Law Day – a day to increase awareness about the dangers of concussions. These Concussion Awareness Resources can help students and families recognize the signs and symptoms of concussions.