Week 7

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Hello Everyone 🙂


There are a few  items I would like to draw your attention to this week.  

  1. Jiu Jitsu workshops have been happening this week.  Thank you to Sean Valleau and Joe Elliot from Big Country for coming in and giving our students a glimpse into this fascinating sport.
  2. We Scare Hunger is underway.  Please support our community by sending in non-perishable food items before November 2nd.  All items will be donated to the Kawartha Lakes food Service.
  3. Field trips have run this week to the ROM and Trent University.  We have been so proud of our students and how they have represented the school and their families in the community.
  4. Our financial literacy workshops are continuing this week and next.  Steve Keller from the YMCA is providing an engaging learning experience for our students.
  5. On October 23rd a few of our teachers and students will be presenting our work on Executive Functioning at the TLDSB School Board Meeting.  We are excited to show them what we have been working on. You can live stream the presentation at https://tldsb.ca/ . The presentation will begin at 6:30 pm.
  6. A heads up on a few dates:
    • Oct. 25 – Photo Retake Day
    • Oct. 26 –  PA Day
    • Oct. 30 – Immunizations
    • Oct. 31 – Halloween Dance.  Dress up and bring a non-perishable food item.
    • Nov. 12 – 16:  Breakaway Week 2 focusing on French Culture and Community.  Watch for details next week.
    • Nov. 16 – Report Cards go home
    • Nov. 22 – Parent Teacher Interview Night
    • Nov. 23 – PA Day
  7. With the legalization of cannabis today, the Trillium Lakelands District School Board would like to make everyone aware of it’s response to the legalisation of cannabis.  You can find information on that on our website https://css.tldsb.on.ca/ 
  8. We have been hearing that some of our students may be involved in the use of a drug called Lean or Purple Drink.  Its main ingredient is prescription-strength cough syrup containing codeine. The cough syrup is mixed with other ingredients like lemon-lime soda and pieces of hard candy, like Jolly Ranchers. The purplish hue of the drink comes from dyes in the cough syrup. The overall color can change depending on the color of the Jolly Rancher or other hard candy added to the mixture. Brightly colored drinks with a faintly medicinal smell are very likely Lean.

Street names for lean include:

  • Purple stuff
  • Sizzurp
  • Drank
  • Barre
  • Purple jelly
  • Purple drank
  • Syrup
  • Texas tea

It is possible to take an overdose of codeine when abusing Purple Drank, resulting in an opiate overdose and death. Lean has also been linked to seizures and cardiac arrest. Purple drank is confirmed or suspected to have caused the deaths of several prominent users.

The most common way that kids get their hands on the cough syrup is by taking old, forgotten prescription medication found in the home of family and friends.  If you would like to get rid of your old medications as a protective action, your local pharmacy will gladly take them and dispose of them safely for you.

More information on Lean can be found here: https://drugabuse.com/library/lean-purple-drank/

Please let us know if you have any questions, comments or concerns.  Feel free to call us at 705-324-4352 or email us at infocss@tldsb.on.ca