Friday File

May 20, 2022

Message from the Principal and Vice-Principal

We had another productive and exciting week at Fieldstone, and we are all excited for the Victoria Day long weekend!

Our Spring clubs have now ended, and we are glad that those who participated enjoyed themselves so much and thank our teachers very much for hosting.

On Wednesday, some of our Grade Seven and Eight students took part in the Gauss Math Contest. Congratulations on this extraordinary achievement! Our Grade Five and Six students attended the FPA Movie Night, enjoying pizza and treats, and some down-time with their peers.

As a school, we participated in the Jump Rope for Heart Event on Friday. This wonderful event is held to celebrate the benefits of being physically active and practicing healthy habits while raising money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Thank you to everyone for their donations! Your support is greatly appreciated.

A friendly reminder to please check out the FPA Fundraiser with Terra Cotta Cookies. Purchases can be made until May 22nd, and orders will be delivered to the school on June 3rd. Please see below for more information.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Kind regards,

Ms. Ginie Wong and Ms. Leanne Martin


FPA FUNDRAISER – TERRA COTTA FROZEN COOKIE DOUGH

We are raising money for Fieldstone Day School and participating with Terra Cotta Cookies to bring you delicious, peanut and nut-free cookies you will love (they also have gluten-free and vegan options!). Each package contains 40 frozen cookie dough drops you can store in the freezer for…well, probably not too long as they are too yummy to resist.

How to participate?

Our fundraiser is 100% online. Simply share the link to our school’s page (below) with your family and friends so they can click on the “START SHOPPING” button below and start shopping. Terra Cotta Cookies website will recognize that you came from our school’s page and will assign the commission from your sale to us.

https://fundraising.terracottacookies.com/current-fundraisers/fieldstonedayschool/

How long is the fundraiser running?

May 9th – May 22nd, 2022

When will we get the cookies?

The cookies will be delivered to our school on Friday June 3rd.

Students will be given cookies to bring home at dismissal.

Our volunteers will organize and distribute the cookies to students and parents directly. Please make arrangements to ensure that your order is received.

Enjoy your cookies!


JUMP ROPE FOR HEART EVENT – DONATIONS

Our Jump Rope for Heart Event was a success! Thank you for your participation and your donations! If you haven’t had a chance to donate, you can please use this link to donate online – Jump Rope for Heart – Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada – or bring in a donation to the Main Office on Monday.


GRADE 3-8 – CAMBRIDGE PROGRESSION TESTS

During the week of June 13 to 17, students in Grade Three to Eight will write Cambridge Progression Tests. Grade Three students will write Mathematics and Science papers, and Grade Four to Eight students will write Mathematics, Science, and English paper. Please click HERE to view the schedule by grade.


REMINDERS 

FPA Grub Day and Pizza Lunch

May 27 – Casual Clothes/Dress Down Day  

FDS NEW STUDENT REFERRAL PROGRAMME

We are introducing the New Student Referral Programme for the 2022-2023 Academic Year. If you refer new students to Fieldstone and they enroll, you will receive a $1,000 tuition subsidy or cheque per new student as a token of appreciation.

Morning Arrival and Dismissal/School Access 

At this time, our morning arrival and dismissal routines remain unchanged, granting entry to the school for staff and students only. If you require access to the school, please contact frontdesk@fieldstoneschool.org in advance. 

Parking Lot Drop-off/Pick-Up Loop – Reminder 

Please do not park in the drop-off/pick-up loop of the parking lot, as this will block other cars from being able to enter and exit school property safely. If you are waiting to pick up your child(ren), please park in a parking spot, and not the parking lot loop. Thank you in advance for your assistance. 

Tutorials – Students are encouraged to attend tutorials for extra help in core subjects and for violin. Please inform your child’s teachers if you would like your child to attend their tutorial. The schedule can be found here. 


Lunch Form – The June Lunch Form can be found HERE


WEEKLY UPDATES

Kindergarten to Grade Four

Grades Five to Eight 


IMPORTANT DATES

Monday, May 23, 2022 Victoria Day – no classes

 

Friday, May 27, 2022 FPA Pizza Lunch and Casual Clothes/Grub Day
Monday, May 30, 2022 G8 – Canada’s Wonderland

 

Monday, June 13, 2022 G3-G8 Cambridge Progression Tests begin

 

Sunday, June 19, 2022 Happy Father’s Day!

 

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 Last day of school!

 

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 Virtual Closing Ceremony

 

 


FDS HOUSES

House Points

Carr = 1077

Fox = 1019

Peterson = 1145

Richler = 1128

House Colours and House List

Carr

dark green/green

Fox

red

Peterson

navy blue/blue

Richler

grey

Please find our House List HERE      


CHARACTER PIN PROGRAMME

By completing task booklets for the Character Pin Programme, students can earn House Points for each pin that they earn, in addition to the nice Character pin they will receive.

Please click here to access an introduction to the Character Pin Programme and the PDF versions of the task booklets for students to complete. Please email Ms. Martin for more information.


UPDATED GUIDANCE REGARDING THE USE AND HANDLING OF RAPID ANTIGEN TESTS

In an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19, reduce absenteeism, and to continue to support our school communities, Fieldstone will offer rapid antigen test kits for symptomatic students and staff. In alignment with the updated testing guidance from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, when a student or staff member returns from an unplanned absence, they are able to receive a rapid antigen test (RAT) kit, to be used only if the individual is experiencing symptoms compatible with COVID-19.

The Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table has updated the recommendations for how to complete an oral/nasal swab used for rapid antigen testing. This is an optional swabbing approach. Directions on how to collect a sample can be found here: https://www.ontariohealth.ca/sites/ontariohealth/files/2022-02/COVID-19RapidAntigenTests-HowtoCollectaSample.pdf

You may also reference this how-to video for a nasal swab: https://youtu.be/EWSFJ1JoUd0

Please note: When rapid antigen tests are used according to instructions, they do not pose a risk to the health of Ontarians. Note that the liquid in the tubes can irritate your eyes and skin and is dangerous if swallowed. If the liquid accidentally touches your skin, wash it with plenty of water. If it touches your eyes or mouth, rinse with plenty of water for 15 minutes and contact your healthcare provider or the Ontario Poison Centre (1-800-268-9017) for assistance.

Important note: Parents or guardians may choose to administer this screening on children who may need help (i.e. younger children).

Please note that the Chief Medical Officer of Health has updated guidance for anyone who has had a positive test result (molecular/PCR or RAT). Individuals who receive a positive test result should not participate in antigen testing for 30 days from their COVID-19 infection (based on the date of their symptom onset or test). After this period, symptomatic individuals can resume COVID-19 rapid antigen testing in accordance with: https://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/docs/contact_mngmt/management_cases_contacts_omicron.pdf


Lifting of Health and Safety Measures in Schools – Effective March 21, 2022

Masking & Staff Personal Protective Equipment

In alignment with community masking requirements, masks will no longer be required for students, staff, and visitors in schools and on student transportation. Eye protection for staff will also no longer be required.

We know that many students and staff may choose to continue to wear masks at times, or consistently for the remainder of the school year. We encourage school boards and schools to promote respectful, welcoming and inclusive practices and communications within their school communities.

A reminder that under current federal travel requirements, upon return from international travel, individuals must wear a mask at all times when in public spaces (including schools and child care), maintain a list of all close contacts for your first 14 days in Canada, and monitor yourself for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

On-site Confirmation of Screening

Daily on-site confirmation of screening for all students and staff will no longer be required. Staff and students should continue to self-screen every day before attending school using either the COVID-19 school and child care screening tool, or a screening tool designated by the local public health unit. The screening tool has been updated to align with the updated COVID-19 Integrated Testing & Case, Contact and Outbreak Management Interim Guidance: Omicron Surge.

Local public health units may designate a commensurate or more restrictive screening tool for local use.

Toronto Public Health – Vaccination Campaign for Grade 7 to 12 Students 

All Grade 7 to 12 students are eligible to receive the meningococcal, human papillomavirus, and hepatitis B vaccines, if they have not already received them.  

Starting this March, students will be able to get vaccinated at Toronto Public Health’s vaccination clinics.  

Please view the attached Parent’s Package and Consent Form. 

Each student will need their own appointment prior to attending the clinic. Appointments can be booked at www.tphBookings.ca/tph/studentvaccines.  


CONNECT Parent Portal

Effective next week (April 11), Fieldstone will be delivering report cards electronically via Parent Portal.

This parent-friendly website will allow you to:

  • access real time absence reporting
  • student timetable
  • view current elementary report card information
  • and more

The process of setting up an account will only need to be completed once. You are strongly encouraged to set up the Portal in advance to ensure your username and password allow access to the Portal.

To access this portal, please click on the following link:

https://connect.edsembli.com/ON/Private/FIELD/FLDDS/Portal/viewer/login/login.aspx?LoginType=P

  1. Once on the Parental Portal, enter the username sent to you by the school in a separate email.
  2. Create a password.
  3. If you had a password and it was forgotten, please on (click here to request a password change) and follow the instructions provided.

Please note that report cards will not be available for download yet. FDS June report cards will be available for download starting July 8.

If you require assistance, please email frontdesk@fieldstoneschool.org.