February 9, 2024 QEB Family Communication

February 9, 2024 QEB Family Communication
Posted on 02/09/2024
Lunar New Year

February 9, 2024

Good afternoon to our QEB families,

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Lunar New Year and Maitreya Bodhisattva’s birthday are being celebrated on Saturday, February 10, 2024. Lunar New Year 2024 marks the beginning of the Year of the Dragon. Sometimes called Chinese New Year, Lunar New Year is an inclusive term referring to festivals in countries such as Vietnam, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia and others that take place at the same time and with many of the same traditions as in China. The festivals typically take place over multiple days. We wish health and prosperity to all who celebrate Lunar New Year and the birth of Maitreya Bodhisattva.

Destinations 2024 Virtual Open House Information: Destinations 2024 Virtual Open House Information Brochure

Destinations 2024-2025 Registration Information (Current Grade 7 QEB Destinations Students do not need to register for QEB Destinations Grade 8): Destinations 2024-2025 Registration Information

Student Absences -  Detailed information about SafeArrival can be found at HPEschools.ca/Absence. Please use the toll-free number, website, or mobile app to report your student’s absence in advance. The toll-free number is 1-833-568-2535. Links to the SafeArrival website and mobile app are available at go.schoolmessenger.ca

QEB Community Supports & Updates:

  1. Mental Health & Well Being Supports for Families:

    1. Kids Help Phone – 1 800 668-6867 or text CONNECT to 686868

    2. Children’s Mental Health Crisis Line – 613 966-3100 (15 years old and under)

    3. Quinte Health Care Crisis Line – 613 969-7400 (16 years +)

  2. We’re here to help! Please contact your child’s teacher or QEB Administration if you would like to connect with our Child and Youth Worker (Ms. Blakely) and/or have support getting connected to community resources.

  3. Children’s Mental Health Resource Poster: CMHS Resource Poster

QEB Information Items & Updates:

  1. Every Tuesday is QEB school spirit wear day! Wear your QEB gear or our school colours (Blue & Yellow) to show your school spirit!

  2. QEB Spirit Days:

    1. February 12 - 100th Day of School - Dress as a 100 Year Old

    2. February 14 - Red & Pink Day

    3. February 28 - PINK Shirt Day  - Kindness Week 

  3. French Immersion for Grade 4 September 2024 Information:

    1. HPE French Immersion Program Information 2024

    2. HPE French Immersion Registration Form 2024

  4. Thursday, February 15, 2024 6:00PM - QEB School Council Meeting: Our fourth meeting of the school year will be held in person and virtually.  If you would like to be a part of this meeting (and you were not in attendance last year or at our last meeting) please contact the office and we will share the information and virtual link. All parents/guardians with students in attendance at QEB are welcome to attend and participate on our 2023-2024 QEB School Council.

  5. Monday, February 19, 2024 - Holiday (Family Day)

  6. Wednesday, February 21, 2024 - QEB Grade 8 Graduation Photos - Grade 8 Composite Order Forms and payment need to be brought to the photographer on February 21, 2024 (order forms were sent home with students this week).

  7. A Virtual QEB Destinations Class Open House for the 2024-25 school year will be held online for new students / families on Wednesday, February 21, 2024 from 6:00-7:00 PM. 

  8. Pizza days are running with cheese pizza from Bourbon Street Pizza. Orders for Wednesday, February 21 & 28, 2024 can be placed through School Cash Online or paid by cash with an order form from the office.  Pizza is $2.50 per slice per week.  Cash orders are due by Friday, February 16, 2024 at the end of the school day (this is early due to the holiday on Monday).  Online orders will be accepted until Monday, February 19, 2024.

  9. Through our Food For Learning (FFL) program, we will be offering a hot lunch every Thursday and Toast or Cereal & Fruit every Friday for all students that would like to participate. Please see the calendar on our  QEB website for specifics regarding each hot lunch day - https://queeneb.hpedsb.on.ca/ 

  10. Kernels Popcorn is once again available for purchase Tuesdays & Thursdays at second break for $2.25.

QEB Student Teams & Clubs (currently running with staff involvement):

  1. QEB Student Council - Leadership team for intermediate students to further develop the QEB Purple School Community through student voice and involvement in fundraising and event planning for whole school participation.

  2. Rainbow Club - A club for junior/intermediate students with a focus on creating a safe space for student voice while students enjoy a variety of activities and cooperative games in the gymnasium.

  3. JEDI (Justice/Equity/Diversity/Inclusion) Club - A school-based equity club of intermediate students and staff working together to assist and inform our equity plan, considering different perspectives and setting priorities for our school and community.

  4.  Intermediate Basketball - Opportunity for students to try out for a team (will represent QEB at a tournament: Feb 20 - Intermediate Girls, Feb 22 - Intermediate boys). This will be an opportunity to develop their skills in basketball and sportsmanship.