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​Year End Update

​Please see attached Newsletter in the document section below.​​

LKDSB Summer Engagement Program (1).pdf

June 2022 Update

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May 2022 Update​

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April 2022 Update

Please see attached Newsletter in the document section below.

March 2022 Update​

Please see attached Newsletter in the Document section below​

​February 2022 Update

Please see attached Newsletter

Addition to important dates - Feb 23 is pink shirt day for Anti Bullying ​Day​

January 2022 Update
Please see attached newsletter


December 2021 Update

From the Office

We are just one week away from the Winter Break.  It has been fantastic to be back to in person learning again and we have so enjoyed all the joy and learning that students have demonstrated this fall.  We are grateful to everyone for the continued support while we operate with restrictions/in circumstances different from what we might hope for.

Our weather at this point is quite unpredictable in the jumps and dips in temperature.  Please be sure your child leaves home with sufficient layers to stay warm in some of the rather damp and cold conditions we are experiencing.

The final day of classes before the Winter Break is December 17th and classes will begin again on Monday, January 3rd, 2022.

With a heavy heart, I need to take this opportunity to bid my Dawn-Euphemia family farewell.  After almost 5 ½ years, next week will be my last week at Dawn-Euphemia.  I'm headed to a new adventure at a new school but am forever grateful to the amazing students and staff who have made these years the absolute best!!

I'm pleased to share that your new principal beginning January 3rd, 2022 will be Mrs. Rachel Pickering.  I'm very certain that she will love her time here and all the wonderful adventures we have at Dawn-Euphemia.

From all of the staff at Dawn-Euphemia, we extend our wishes for a wonderful and healthy holiday to all our students and their families!

Holiday Dinner

There are many different holidays that our families may celebrate this time of year and no matter the theme one of the most special aspects is the opportunity to spend time and hopefully a enjoy a meal together as a family.  Our Dawn-Euphemia Family Holiday Dinner is just that, a chance for us as a school family to share a meal and make memories together.  While this year must continue to look different from our large gatherings in the gymnasium of past years, we are thrilled that as a school we will be enjoying a special dinner together (though apart in our classroom cohorts) next Wednesday, December 15th.  This special event has been paid for by an incredibly generous donation from Tom & Charlotte Hamulecki and we are so grateful for their thoughtfulness.

Screening Confirmation

Please be aware that during the two weeks following the winter break it will again be a requirement that confirmation of completion of the Covid19 screen for school has been completed each day.  Parents of children in FDK through grade 3 will again receive an automated email that can be used to confirm completion.  Students in Grade 4+ will be able to confirm completion at school.

Rapid Antigen Tests

Each student will be sent home on Thursday, Dec 16th with a package of 5 Rapid Antigen Tests.  A suggested testing schedule and instructions for administering the tests will also be provided.  This is a voluntary offering.  If you would prefer this not be sent home with your child(ren) please simply notify your child's classroom teacher.

School Council

Our wonderful group of parents on school council have some big ideas for how we can continually make Dawn-Euphemia an even more amazing place for our students.  As we look toward hopefully planning a larger scale project we would like to hear more from those who might be interested in participating.  If you are not already on our contact list for council please complete the form at this link to be included in communications as we plan for our next meeting.​

https://forms.gle/a5ME1kYE9LnqgvSB8

 

School Playground

Please be advised that our playground equipment will be closed until the Spring.

The Ontario School Board Insurance Exchange advises the closure of school playgrounds due to the following reasons:

Freezing temperatures - At temperatures below 0 deg. C, very few types of protective ground surfacing remain resilient enough to offer any degree of protection to a falling child - regardless of depth. If the ground cover is frozen, the play equipment is NOT safe for use. Snow build-up - Snow can cause two problems on a play structure - first, it can make play surfaces very slippery; secondly, it can create suffocation hazards if the openings at the end of tube slides or similar structures become closed in by drifting snow. Ice or freezing rain - As noted above, ice or freezing rain can make play surfaces, hand grips and stairways very slippery, increasing the risk of slip and fall injuries. Clothing - Winter clothing is much different than normal clothing. Synthetic materials, such as nylon, reduce sliding resistance, particularly on plastic slide beds. This can increase the travel speed on this equipment to a dangerous level, and if combined with frozen ground cover, as described under Item (1), can increase the chance of injury. Winter clothing is also very bulky and is more likely to have drawstrings or hooks and clips which can become entangled in components of the equipment. All scarves should be kept inside of the child's coat. Please remind your child to not use the playground equipment during non-school hours for these safety reasons.

School Absences and Safe Arrival

Our Safe School Policy requests that if a student is going to be absent, please notify the school at (519) 692-4035. We have an answering machine to record this information before or after school hours.  It is essential for safety reasons that we are aware if your child is not at school.

If we have not heard from you, a telephone call must be made to confirm the absence.    Students arriving late must report to the office upon arrival.

Inclement Weather

We are fast approaching the time of year when winter weather may be hazardous when travelling on the roads.

Buses that have been cancelled in the morning, due to inclement weather, will not return students in the afternoon. If parents drive students to school in the morning, they are responsible for picking their children up by afternoon dismissal at 3:10.

In the event of dangerous fog conditions, morning buses will be cancelled immediately. However, when morning buses are cancelled due to fog, students will be bussed home after school. The decision whether to cancel the morning buses will be made by the bus operators.

Parents should listen to their local radio station, or check the transportation web site at:  www.schoolbusinfo.com

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Fall Update 2021

Greetings from Dawn-Euphemia School

We are thrilled to be back to school and continuing with face-to-face learning. The daily Covid screening continues to be a requirement each day, though results only need to be reported to the school on days when your child is not attending (whether or not they passed the screen).  If your child is ill, please confirm the result of the Covid screening by calling the school and leaving a message or by emailing Mrs. Carther at Elly.Carther@lkdsb.net  

Please continue to be cautious and consider keeping children who may have passed the screen but are not healthy at home until they are well enough to join their classmates at school to avoid circulating some of the nasty colds that seem to be currently on the rise.

Remembrance Day

On Wednesday, November 11th, staff and students at Dawn-Euphemia will recognize Remembrance Day with a virtual service at 10:20 a.m. Poppies will be distributed to the students that morning.  Donations for poppies and to support the Legion efforts can be sent in with your child that day.

Progress Report Cards

Dawn-Euphemia Progress Report Cards will be sent home on Friday, November 12th

Parent/Teacher interviews will occur via a scheduled Google Meet for the parent that the teacher will individually schedule, or with a phone call at a scheduled time.  The interviews will take place at some point between Monday, November 15th to Friday, November 19th.

Terry Fox Event

We are pleased to share that we had another successful Terry Fox event this year! Students and families raised funds to support the Terry Fox Foundation.   We are grateful for the contributions made to this important cause and to Ms. Cobb and Mr. Cobb for their work to ensure that this event was able to occur for the whole school.

Treaties Recognition Week

This week, November 1st-5th is Treaties Recognition Week.  Included below you will find the Traditional Territorial Acknowledgement being used in all LKDSB schools.  Many conversations are happening throughout the school this week and at other times as this is an important conversation to support students in understanding the history of the area we inhabit, the important heritage of the Indigenous peoples and the importance of building intercultural understanding, empathy and mutual respect.

 

Following is the Territorial Acknowledgement observed each day in our classrooms.

We acknowledge that the land on which we are gathered is part of the traditional territory of the Chippewa, Odawa, Potawatomi and Delaware Nations.

These Indigenous Nations, known as the Anishinaabeg and Lunaapeew, agreed through their ancestral languages to the mutual sharing of the land, with obligations and responsibilities to the environment.

Today these responsibilities and obligations extend to all Peoples.

 

Cross Country

Nothing like a nice run in the fresh air.  We were so proud to have so many of our Eagles excited to run cross country this year.  Students began with recess practices in the field and ran qualifying times to compete at the Central Division run.  25 students represented the school and made us proud with everyone finishing their races.  Qualifying to compete at the District level, which turned out to be quite the dreary day, Olivia W., Aliyah B., Wyatt L., and Alyssa C. showed us they could tough it out and ran great races despite the cold and wet conditions.

 

Intermediate School Teams

As you will be aware the Medical Officers of Health for both Lambton and Kent County have added a layer of preventative measures to the public health protocol for both counties.  All recreational facilities must implement the requirement of vaccination for all individuals 12+.  Parameters for school teams have been determined to be that students must be currently 12 years of age to participate, students who are 11 turning 12 even in grade 7, may not.  Those students who are 12+ must provide proof of vaccination of at least the first dose as of Nov 1 and the 2nd dose by Nov 30.  Based on the size of our student population, the number of our players who would not yet be 12, and those who would be unable to participate we have determined we do not have enough students to field intermediate teams at this time.  Mr. Cobb and Ms. Cobb will still be operating an intramural style training program within in the school day that we are able to make work within the current safety framework.  While we are disappointed to miss out on some league play we know students are looking forward to continuing their skills work with their teammates and fantastic coaches.

Nutrition Program

Our Nutrition Program has been up and running since the beginning of school.  Daily deliveries include fres​h fruit, often apples, bananas and oranges, or fresh vegetables.  We are excited to receive these deliveries each week from the OSNP and are grateful to Mrs. Elliott for prepping snack bins for every class each day before beginning her day. 

School Absences and Safe Arrival

Our Safe School Policy requests that if a student is going to be absent, please notify the school at (519) 692-4035. We have an answering machine to record this information before or after school hours.  It is essential for safety reasons that we are aware if your child is not at school.

If we have not heard from you, a telephone call must be made to confirm the absence.    Students arriving late must report to the office upon arrival.

School Bus Information

Bus Information — Zone 6

Information regarding radio stations carrying cancellations, policies and routes can be accessed at:   www.schoolbusinfo.com

Inclement Weather

The Lambton Kent District School Board has developed administrative procedures, which will assist parents on mornings when dangerous fog conditions exist.

Buses will not be delayed because of fog. If dangerous conditions exist, morning buses will be cancelled immediately. However, even when morning buses are cancelled, students will be bussed home after school. The decision whether to cancel the morning buses will be made by the bus operators.

Parents should listen to their local radio station, or check the transportation web site at:  www.schoolbusinfo.com

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Important message to Dawn-Euphemia school parents/guardians

Lambton Public Health notified the Lambton Kent District School Board on Saturday, September 25, 2021 that there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Dawn-Euphemia School community. Please note: The school remains open.

Lambton Public Health is working closely with the school community and is contacting any individuals (students and staff) who may have been in potential contact with the virus. Lambton Public Health will only notify close contacts of confirmed cases. If you have not been notified (either by letter or telephone call), your child has not been in close contact with the confirmed case.

Families are encouraged to remain vigilant and follow the health and safety protocols in place to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19, including completing and following the directions of the daily school screening assessment tool before your child attends school. Together, we will continue to support a safe operation of schools.

Click on the links below to read a letter and fact sheet from Lambton Public Health.

·         Public Health Letter

·         Fact Sheet



School Council Indication of Interest Form

We will be hosting our first virtual school council meeting on Monday, September 27th, 2021 at 6:30pm.

This is our initial meeting for the year, during which we will be establishing roles on council and filling those roles.  Nominations for those roles should be forwarded to the office ahead of this meeting, in the absence of easy access to these forms, a nomination via email will be acceptable.

Please follow the link below, prior to Sept 27th, if you wish to participate in this meeting.  This link is to a form to collect contact information so the virtual meeting link can be shared for this meeting.

 

School Council - Indication of Interest


 

Sept 3, 2021

Dear Dawn-Euphemia Students and Families,

We can't wait!!!! The staff of Dawn-Euphemia School are so very much looking forward to welcoming you and your child(ren) back to school for a safe start to the 2021-2022 school year.

In order to support the successful transition back to school and assist students with learning school health and safety procedures and risk mitigation strategies, we'd like to refer you to the Reopening and Operating Our Schools document located on the LKDSB website

  • Students in SK – Grade 8:  All students in SK through 8 will begin school on Tuesday, September 7th, 2021 
  • Students in JK:  Half of the Junior Kindergarten students will attend school on Wednesday, September 8th  for one day. On Thursday, September 9th, the remaining students (those who did not attend the previous day) will attend school. On Friday, September 10, all Junior Kindergarten students will attend school.   These arrangements have already been communicated with JK families.

  • Below you will find the current class organization and staff assignments.
     
FDKL. Rickman, J. Doom, T. Kirk
Grade 1/2S. Cobb
Grade 2/3L. O'Phee-Caron
Grade 4T. Kirk, B. Cobb
Grade 5/6J. Zimmer
Grade 7/8B. Clark
French, Learning CommonsJ. Jaques
Student SupportL. Rickman, C. Elliott


Many of the school procedures from the 2020-2021 school year will remain in place with small adjustments outlined in the Reopening and Operating our Schools document.  We are committed to supporting safe and welcoming transitions to school for our students and families. In addition to supporting student learning, staff will help students refamiliarize themselves with school and health and safety routines to reduce the opportunities for transmission of COVID-19 and move forward into a new and exciting school year.

Much like our entry plan last year this is a multi-layered approach with various safety measures to mitigate opportunities for the transmission of COVID-19. The implementation is a shared responsibility between Lambton Kent District School Board (LKDSB) staff, local Public Health, family households, students and Chatham-Kent Lambton Administrative School Services (CLASS). By collectively implementing the plan, our schools will minimize risk for our students and staff.

School Arrival Procedure

Students will arrive on their bus as per usual.  At 8:45 students will be released from their buses in a staggered format to create appropriate physical distancing and proceed directly to their entrance door and enter their classroom.   Students in Grades 1-8 must be wearing masks to enter the school, unless otherwise exempted.  

Your child will enter the school and exit the school through a designated entrance/exit door.  Your child's entrance/exit door will be designated by class assignment and we have been able to utilize our additional entrance.  Grade 7/8 students will enter at the door closest to the bus drop off point (proceeding down the hallway that passes the office).  Grade 4 and 5/6 students will enter through the junior door that enters the building nearest the washrooms.  Grade 1/2 students will enter their cloak room door.  Grade 2/3 and FDK students will enter the primary doors.  Grade 2/3 students will be able to use the cubbies in that entrance and FDK students will have cubbies inside of Room 4.

Please note: To maintain cohorts and contact tracing, parents/guardians WILL NOT be permitted to enter schools at this time, except in case of an emergency or a pre-arranged appointment time. 

Cleaning Protocols

Cleaning protocols will align with the Ministry of Education Guidelines and will focus on cleaning high touch surfaces (washrooms, eating areas, doorknobs, light switches etc.).  Risk mitigation strategies will also be in place to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 (e.g. physical distancing where possible, masks and PPE).  Hand hygiene etiquette by students and staff throughout the day will also support the maintenance of a clean and safe school environment.

School Visitors

Parents/guardians and all non-essential visitors will not be permitted to enter schools at this time, except in the case of an emergency or if a pre-arranged appointment time has been made with the office.  As we settle in to this year we will review the addition of non-essential visitors.

Communication between parents/guardians and teaching staff or administration will continue to be through phone calls, email and classroom digital platforms.  Please check these platforms and the website regularly for updates. 

Screening

Parents/guardians are required to assess their children daily and report whether they are experiencing any signs of illness and are expected to keep them home if they are. Parents/guardians should refer to the Daily Screening Questionnaire for Parents/Guardians/Students Before Attending School to perform daily screening of their children before arriving at school.  NEW* All students/(or their caregivers for younger students) will be required to report the results of their daily screen to the school each day.  More information about this process is being finalized and information and direction around methods of reporting will be shared with families.

Please refer to the Daily Screening Questionnaire for Parents/Guardians/Students Before Attending School for more information about current symptoms and to save this link for use.

All students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 must not attend school and should seek appropriate medical attention as required, including getting tested at a COVID-19 testing center.

Masking

Students in Grades 1 to 8 will be required to wear masks indoors in school (medical, non-medical or cloth masks are acceptable), including in hallways and during classes. Outdoor times like recess can be used as opportunities to provide students with breaks from wearing masks as long as the students are organized to remain within their cohorts. Students in Kindergarten are strongly encouraged to wear masks in indoor spaces but not required. 

Student Transportation

CLASS is planning service for all eligible students; there is no need to register for busing. Go to https://cklass.ca/services/student-transportation/address-eligibility/  in order to confirm your eligibility for transportation. Students will be assigned a bus seat and will be required to wear masks. Additional information is available on the CLASS Student Transportation website: https://cklass.ca/services/student-transportation/

Download the MySBI app for school bus updates during the school year, including school bus delays and weather cancellations.

Student Pick Up or Drop Off

If a student must be picked up or dropped off they will need to enter and exit the school on their own.  As pick up can be a very busy and congested time it is important that buses are utilized whenever possible.  If you are picking up your child you will need to wait outside of the school, at the main entrance, appropriately physically distanced from any others outside as well.  Staff will ensure they have identified a parent/guardian before releasing a child from the building.  Children will not be released to a waiting vehicle as you will need to be present to meet them on the sidewalk to escort them safely when there may be other moving vehicles.

Personal Student Items

Each student will be designated a location for their materials (coat, backpack, etc.) and any personal items (e.g., backpack, clothing, water bottles, food, etc.) should be labeled. 

Lunch and Food Services

Based on our school location students will not be permitted to leave school property during lunch (unless being picked up by parent or designate) and will be required to bring their lunch and snacks to school daily.  Students will eat their lunch with their class in a designated area. Students will not be allowed to share any food.

Students should bring labelled refillable water bottles.  Drinking fountains will be closed, but refillable water stations will be open.  If you do not have a refillable water bottle, please contact the school.

School Cash Online

School Cash Online will be used for families to purchase items like lunches, field trips, spirit wear, etc., in the event we return to offering such items.  Using School Cash Online will support safety measures like physical distancing and no handling of cash.  More information will be sent home to families later in the year as we progress to processing funds again.  Visit the school website https://www.lkdsb.net/school/dawneuphemia to learn more about School Cash Online (click on the orange School Cash Online button).

Recess and Playgrounds

Elementary students will have the opportunity to enjoy recess. At this time, Medical Officers of Health have advised that outdoor activity has reduced risk and that playground equipment may be used. Classes will be assigned specific areas of the playground/schoolyard at recess. Students will practice hand hygiene before and after the break, masks will be worn while transitioning in and out of the building but may be removed outside with reasonable physical distancing being observed.

Student Learning

Classes will be able to continue to learn with their homeroom and support teachers.  Scheduling designed to minimize student movement will reduce congestion, transitions and student-to-student interaction between classrooms.

For additional information about programming, read the Reopening and Operating Our Schools plan section on Programming: Elementary.

Special Education Staff Support

Teachers, Educational Assistants and other special education support staff essential for daily academic programming in the classroom will use personal protective equipment when physical distancing is not possible. Information about Special Education staff support is available in the Reopening and Operating Our Schools plan. Should you have any specific questions about your child, please follow-up with the school.

Individual Education Plan

Individual Education Plan (IEP) and Plan of Care for students will be reviewed and updated in consultation with families and school staff as we begin the 2021-2022 school year. Parents and guardians can expect to receive an updated IEP and/or Plan of Care.  If parents and/or guardians have any questions or concerns, please contact our Resource Teacher Mrs. Leslie Rickman.

Mental Health

Families are encouraged to contact the school to discuss any concerns regarding their child's transition to school. For additional resources, please access information at: https://www.lkdsb.net/Board/Community/MentalHealth/

Reopening Our Schools Plan

For additional information about the LKDSB's Reopening Our Schools Plan, please visit the LKDSB website. Please communicate any relevant information with your child's emergency contacts.

We look forward to a safe and welcoming start to the 2021-2022 school year. Should you have any specific questions about your child, please contact the school at 519-692-4035 to speak to their classroom teacher.​​


Looking to get vaccinated? Information is distributed on behalf of Lambton Public Health. Should you have any specific questions about this information, please follow-up directly with Lambton Public Health.

Upcoming Community vaccination clinics poster.pdf

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Dawn Euphemia Public School
4587 Bentpath Line, Dresden, ON, N0P 1M0
519-692-3888
Principal: Lucy Rizzetto
Bus Zones: 4, 5, 6BUS STATUS

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