#KPRisAwesome Update, April 17-21, 2017
Every Day is Earth Day at KPR!
As this door at Clarington Central SS states, every day is Earth Day at KPR. Students across the Board are participating in a variety of special events this week to recognize Earth Month in April, and Earth Day this Saturday. East Northumberland SS students offered a special nod to recycling with Trash N Fashion during Spirit Week. Watch for more Earth Day-related photos next week.
Raising funds to fight cancer
- Once again, KPR schools are among the top fundraisers in Ontario in the fight against cancer. According to a letter from the Terry Fox Foundation, KPR high schools were among the top 21 province-wide, with East Northumberland SS 4th at $36,700.21; Adam Scott CVI 8th at $17,965.79; Thomas A. Stewart SS 11th at $16,870.60; Cobourg CI 15th at $15,085.62; and Crestwood SS 21st at $12,935.84. Together, those five secondary schools raised almost $100,000 in this school year alone.
- Meanwhile, 27 schools are ready to welcome the Pedal for Hope cycling team and raise funds for pediatric cancer research. KPR schools have been involved in the Cops for Cancer Pedal for Hope campaign since its inception in 2005. They have played a major role in helping to raise well over $2 million. Pedal for Hope’s visits to KPR schools throughout the Municipality of Clarington, Northumberland County and Peterborough County and City will take place April 24-May 12. Information is available at pedalforhope.ca
More reasons why #KPRisAwesome
Adam Scott CVI student Frances Emery will represent the Peterborough Regional Science Fair at the 2017 Canada Wide Science Festival in Regina, Saskatchewan in May. Frances’ project, The Effects of Phytohormones on Mushrooms, won Best of Fair at the recent Peterborough regional event. Frances also qualified for the national science fair last year. Congratulations go to Frances, to the hundreds of KPR students who entered projects in the Fair this year, and to the many who won awards at the event.
Northumberland Hills PS ended a full week of bullying awareness and prevention activities last Thursday with Rainbow Day. Students and staff wore rainbow colours to show that everyone is welcome and included at the school. Meanwhile, at M.J. Hobbs Senior PS, homeroom classrooms collaborated to create a puzzle demonstrating the importance of inclusion and acceptance. At Charles Bowman PS, following the Day of Pink, staff wore their BE YOU shirts as an excellent reminder of the importance of being true to oneself, and accepting of others.
- Congratulations go to Graham Beer and fellow students from Cobourg CI, who were featured on @CityNews regarding their visit to the ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The students shared their story about their visit to France, and why it was so important to them.
June Govier and Linnaea Louling-Fligg, Kindergarten students at Edmison Heights PS, were so disturbed by news reports about the war in Syria that they came to school determined to help. After presenting what they knew to their classmates and teacher Jaclyn Mercer, they worked with their class to plan a way to help the people affected by the Syrian war. According to their teacher, the students “were pretty persistent about wanting to help, so we researched local charities and organized a series of fundraisers.” By the time they had finished, the class had raised $154.85 to support Safe Haven for Refugees Peterborough. Jaclyn says she could not be more proud of the students and their parents, and Safe Haven’s Lisa Clarke was thankful for their support when she came to pick up their donation.
Students at Hampton Junior PS and Hobbs Senior PS were thrilled when they learned about hoop dancing – and got to try it out themselves – when they were learning about First Nation culture and tradition.
- School Councils: have you registered your two representatives yet to attend KPR’s annual Trustee – School Council Dialogue? The event will be held Thursday, May 4, from 6-8 p.m. at the Clarington Beech Centre in Bowmanville. The Dialogue will include dinner, discussions on promoting mental health and well-being at school, and informal table conversations with trustees and members of senior administration. To register for the free event supported by our Parent Involvement Committee, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 877-741-4577, ext. 2018, by May 2.
- S.T. Worden PS in Courtice is focusing on mental health with two special events for students and families. Staff has organized a day-long, whole-school conference on mental health for Friday, April 21. All students will participate in age-appropriate activities such as yoga, zumba, making healthy smoothies, martial arts, drumming and photography, to discover activities that make them feel happy and relaxed. Unstoppable Tracy from the Rick Hansen Foundation will kick off the morning with a presentation about resiliency. S.T. Worden School Council is piggy-backing off the student event with a Health and Well-Being Family Fun Night, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. Many of the same activities will be available, in addition to making “stress kits”, meditation and creating life-boards. For details, contact the principal at email@example.com or 905-436-0715.
- Meanwhile, Armour Heights PS is planning a Chill Fair for May 10, for students, parents and educators. The Fair will include displays and information prepared by Grades 7-8 students on positive ways to manage stress, develop resiliency and support mental well-being. It will run from 9:15 a.m.-1 p.m. For further information, contact the principal at firstname.lastname@example.org or 705-742-6001.
- Seven KPR elementary schools between Cobourg and Bowmanville will participate in Choirfest 2017, a celebration of young voices, May 3 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Port Hope United Church. The non-competitive event will include each choir singing a short set, constructive feedback from an adjudicator, a group song involving all choirs at the end of the day, and special guest singers. For details, call Ian Jack or Karen Wood at Newcastle PS, 905-987-4262 or email email@example.com
- At Percy Centennial PS, Warkworth, school council and community volunteers are working hard on beautifying the school gardens for Earth Day and for the school’s 50th anniversary. The celebrations will start with an open house at the school Saturday, June 3, from noon-2 p.m., followed by an alumni concert at the arena from 2:30-4:30 p.m. For further information, call the school at 705-924-2202.
- Sexual Assault: The Roadshow, a participatory art gallery in a shipping container travelling across Ontario, will spend the month of May in the parking lot of PACE @ PCVS (Peterborough Alternative and Continuing Education at Peterborough CVS). At each of the Roadshow’s stops, local anti-violence agencies will work with local artists and participants to create exhibitions and workshops that “talk back” to sexual violence. For details, visit kawarthasexualassaultcentre.com or call 705-748-5901.
- In honour of National Youth Week, the Peterborough Human Services & Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) has a variety of special events planned. The week will open with a special arts event titled R U Ready 2 See Something, Say Something, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. at The Venue. Youth and special guests will take the stage to express what mental health means to them, through music, dance, photography, spoken word and more. Activities continuing until May 7 will include an E-Factor Job Search Skills workshop, Chillin’ & Grillin’, World Town Planning Day, Murder Mystery, Manga Portraits, a Scrambled Legs obstacle course, Litter-ly Art and I’m Kind of a Big Deal: Unboxing Identities workshop. For details, visit ptboyouth.com
- The HSJCC also presents Youth Voices: Developing Strategies to Work With Young People Transitioning from Youth to Adult Services, May 3. The conference will run from 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the Evinrude Centre in Peterborough. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 705-748-6711, ext. 2041
- Youth ages 10-21 who live or attend school in the City of Peterborough are invited to apply for positions on Peterborough Youth Council. Application forms are available online at www.peterborough.ca , at City Hall in the Recreation Division, or by emailing email@example.com. Application deadline is Friday, May 12, 4:30 p.m.
- Meanwhile, Grades 7-8 students living in the riding of Northumberland-Peterborough South are invited to apply for the Kim Rudd Youth Leadership Awards. One individual and one group award are available to recognize outstanding philanthropic contributions. To apply for either award by June 1, please send a one-page message to firstname.lastname@example.org, or to MP Kim Rudd, 12 Elgin St. East, Unit 4, Cobourg, ON K9A 0C5
Check out KPR’s Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Calendar to see important dates coming up this month and beyond.
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