Your child’s permanent classroom

Hello Coyote Families.

Thank you for all the positive messages being sent our way! This has been an enormous re-organizing challenge completed in a very short period of time.

I want to thank our teachers for working long after hours today to create class groupings, and to our office staff who are still here, as I write this message.

We are currently working through sending out emails to families with your child’s class for the year. When you arrive on Monday, you will meet your new teacher at the door (staffing not yet finalized, so teacher has not been included).

Your email will arrive from sysadmin@myeducation.gov.bc.ca

If you do not receive an email and you are on our face to face instruction list, please arrive at school on Monday and see anyone in an orange vest to direct you to the correct class.

A reminder that these learning groups are final. As we must keep students in their learning group, we are unable to make any changes. Thank you for your understanding during these challenging times.

On a positive note, we are very excited to see our students back at school. Have a wonderful weekend! Jennifer Jock

If you did not receive your child’s group location

If you did not receive your child’s group location for tomorrow, please attend at the scheduled time for your child. We will have a number of staff out front with your child’s location information. They will help direct you to the correct room.

Please also, connect with our office to be sure they have your correct email on file as we will be sending out further information with your child’s learning group in the coming days.

School Map to find your way

Please see this map to help identify your child’s classroom for tomorrow. All students will enter classes from the outside door which will be labeled. We will have many staff outside on site to assist with students finding rooms.

Student Room Assignments for Thursday and Friday

Information on your child’s room assignment for Thursday and Friday has been sent. Please look for an email from sysadmin@myeducation.gov.bc.ca. Please check your junk mail folders if you have not received this information. 

A reminder that students registered for Blended Learning do not attend this week.

Week of Sept. 8-11

Dear Parents and Guardians:  

We are currently well underway with our planning and preparations for a new school year. This year will look differently. Please see below for some key dates and information about the first week of school.

Students are not in attendance Sept. 8th and 9th. Teachers and staff will be undergoing health and safety training.

Thursday and Friday, Sept.10 and 11th – Coyote Creek First Day Procedures

 Grade 1-4 students in attendance from 9:00-10:00am.

You will receive a very important email by 12:00 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 9th from the school with the following information:

  1. Information regarding the classroom your child will be in for the 10th and 11th. This is not their permanent learning group. This is a group of no more than 10 students. Students will be participating in reviewing safety protocols for this school year.
  2. A map identifying the location of your child’s group room. It is important that all people on site remain distanced from each other (2 metres) at all times. Only students will be allowed to enter the classroom.
  3. Important safety protocols that must be followed by parents and students.

Grade 5-7 students in attendance from 11:00am -12:00pm.

 You will receive a very important email by 12:00 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 9th from the school with the following information:

  1. Information regarding the classroom your child will be in for the 10th and 11th. This is not their permanent learning group. This is a group of no more than 10 students. Students will be participating in reviewing safety protocols for this school year.
  2. A map identifying the location of your child’s group room. It is important that all people on site remain distanced from each other (2 metres) at all times. Only students will be allowed to enter the classroom.
  3. Important safety protocols that must be followed by parents and students.

Kindergarten students in attendance on either the 10th or 11th from 12:30 pm -1:30pm depending on their group.

Kindergarten parents were already sent an email with group information for their child and their schedule. If you have not received this, please call (604)597-0858.

New students who have a confirmed registration please go directly to your assigned classroom.

New students, not yet registered, or with unconfirmed registrations, please go directly to the tent set up near the front doors of the school for information.

Looking Ahead: Sept.14 and beyond

For students who are attending full time, face to face instruction, students will be in school regular hours starting Monday, Sept.14. Our school day starts at 8:30 am and ends at 2:30 pm.

It is important that students are dropped off as close to the start of day as possible and picked up immediately after school, to reduce the number of students gathering on the school grounds. Students who walk home, will need to leave the grounds immediately.

Students will need to bring the few supplies requested by teachers on Friday, a snack and their lunch. For health reasons, students will not be able to accept any dropped off items, including lunches. Please be sure to send your child to school with everything they may need.

As of the 14th, students will be in their permanent learning group. You will receive an email with this information at the end of the day on Friday, Sept. 11.

New Kindergarten students have their own gradual entry schedules sent to you earlier this week.

If you are not returning to school full-time, please be sure to review your option of the Blended Transition program at https://www.coyotecreeklearns.com/. The deadline for this option is Sept. 8th at 4:00 pm.

More information will be sent out about the return to school in the coming days. We look forward to welcoming students and families back to Coyote Creek.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Jock     Brenda Keller

Principal                  Vice Principal

Message from our Superintendent of Schools, Jordan Tinney: Options for Learning Presentation

Hello all,

If you would like more information on the new models for September, please see the following video message from Jordan Tinney, Superintendent of Schools.

It’s long…about 30 minutes but it allows you, of course, to zip ahead to the pieces that matter most for you and your family if you have children going to school.

The link is here: https://vimeo.com/454242865

If you have decided on face to face instruction, we will see your child on the 10th and 11th for one hour orientation sessions. If you are choosing the Blended Transition option, you will need to register to complete this form.

If possible, please register by this Friday, Sept. 4th (hard deadline is Sept.8 at 4:00 pm, after which students will be waitlisted).

A more detailed schedule of next week is coming soon.

Important Information for Next week and the Surrey Blended: Elementary Transition Model

Dear families. Thank you for your patience as we know you are all waiting for information about the start of the new year. From the survey we sent out last week, the district has heard from parents and created an additional option for students. Surrey Blended: Elementary Transition Model information is at the bottom of this post. If you are interested in this option, a response is required by no later than 4:00 pm Sept. 8th, through the link below.

The other option available to your child at Coyote Creek is to attend school full time.

Next week:

Next week, teachers will be spending the 8th and 9th reviewing health and safety procedures, and developing a safe environment for all students returning to school full time. Students do not attend school on these two days.

On the 10th and 11th, students attending full time in grades 1-7 will attend school for one hour in small groups of no more than 10 students following this schedule:

  • Grade 1-4   9:00am -10:00 am
  • Grade 5-7   11:00am – 12:00pm

Each group of 10 students will be in a different classroom to review health and safety procedures for the year. These small groups are not your child’s permanent learning group. Groups will be finalized and communicated to you via email by late in the day Friday Sept. 11. **It is very important that we have one email for your family we can contact you through. If you need to update your email, please send it as soon as possible to coyotecreek@surreyschools.ca 

Students who register for the Surrey Blended Elementary Transition Model will not attend school on the 10th and 11th. They will begin online orientation activities on the 14th, and are scheduled to start in schools the week of Sept.21.

Required Safety Protocols:

  • Parents are required to complete a daily health check with their child. If your child has any symptoms of cold/flu or Covid like symptoms, they must stay home. If they present with symptoms at school, they will be isolated and will need to be picked up immediately.
  • The parking lot is for staff only with no drop offs and pick ups.
  • We are encouraging a drop and go for all students. We will have many staff outside next week to help guide students to the correct classroom. A map will be provided to you early next week, with the classroom your child will attend. All students will enter and exit from their outside classroom door. For pick up, please do not gather outside the classroom door. We must have all people on site maintaining distancing protocols. It would be helpful if you have a designated meeting spot for pick up.
  • All schools are closed to the public, including parents. If you need assistance, please call the school.
  • It is critical you monitor your email for your child’s small group and classroom location for the 10th and 11th. If this has not been communicated to you by Wednesday Sept. 9th at noon, please call us at (604)597-0858.
  • Masks are not mandatory for students in elementary although we encourage their use if you feel it appropriate. All staff will be wearing masks in areas outside of their learning groups.

Our Kindergarten families will receive information specific to their child tomorrow via the email you provided us.

Surrey Blended: Elementary Transition Model Information:

On August 26th, the Surrey School District shared its plans to safely return to in-class instruction. These plans reflect the measures put forth by provincial health experts and the Ministry of Education and include the important steps our schools will take to safely welcome our students back in September.

We are confident in our plans, but we know that many of our families are nervous. In response to parent feedback and concerns, we will be offering an Elementary Transition Program that will available to all families who are not yet ready to have their child return to full-time face-to-face instruction when school begins in September.

This program is a combination of online and face-to-face learning through your local school, with a gradual transition back to full time in-class instruction by January 2021.

For more information on this transition program, please review the following resources:

All parents interested in registering for this program will need to complete this form by 4:00 p.m. September 8, 2020.

Thank you and we hope you are having a great summer.

Return to School Information

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Hello families. Thank you for taking the time to complete our district survey in order to allow us to collect information from families. The district has heard from parents and you can expect more information from us early next week.

Until then, enjoy this beautiful summer weekend and stay safe. Jennifer Jock

Important Survey for Families-Response needed by 10:00 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27.

Hello Coyote Creek families. Please complete this important survey on attendance confirmation as soon as possible, and no later than this Thursday, August 27th through the link below. I will be in contact again as soon as we have more information to share with you regarding school opening.  Sincerely, Jennifer Jock

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=z-m0CBOBDUK6B1L31N-KzTi7lUJND6ZJpfljwwL2dClUQ1hDVzFCMk9HOTFBVk9UNE03VkhaMDI1NS4u

 

 

Coming up next week- June 22-26- and looking towards September

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The 2019-20 school year was most certainly not what we expected. Challenging, ever-changing, and uncertainty are adjectives we used often as we worked to re-invent a school system, not just once, but twice! However, through all of this we made some wonderful discoveries. We can support our students in their learning whether it is online or in person. We can learn an incredible number of digital tools in a very short period of time. We discovered that learning for our students can still be full of rich experiences, even if online. We learned that we can still throw one great leaving drive-thru ceremony for our grade 7’s. We discovered that we are ready for pretty much anything and are prepared to work with students in September, no matter what the model looks like.

Jordan Tinney, our Superintendent for Surrey,  shared an important video with families last week. It is important to note, that while we will hope to have students all back at school full-time, we are planning to start with the same blended model as we are in now, with one important exception: coming to school will not be optional. If your child is in grade K-5, they will attend school two days a week. If in grade 6 or 7, they will attend one day a week. All other days will be taught through remote learning. Children with special needs and the children of essential service workers will have the option to attend up to 5 days a week. Please note that this is what we are planning for. Ultimately, we will take our direction from the government and Ministry of Education.

You can see the video here:

https://vimeo.com/430027360

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Communication:  As we move to the new school year, please monitor our communications carefully during the last week of August and first week of September for important school start up information. I encourage you to hit the “follow” button on this site at coyotecreeklearns.com for a, “coming up next week” email and occasional school blog posts to share what is happening within the walls of our school.

 

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School Supply Lists: School supply lists for next year will be located on our Coyote Creek Elementary site under the Student tab.

 

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Kindergarten: Please look for information in late August as to what the beginning of school will look like for our new Kindergarten students.

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Coming up next week: 

Last Days of School: For students in session, our last day of classes is Thursday. Just a reminder that while we would love to be able to see all our students next week, we sadly cannot have new students join our classes. We always try to make our decisions on what we can offer to do for all our students, and because the Ministry of Health regulations do not allow us to have all student at school at one time, it would be unfair to say yes to some and no to others. Our teachers will be reaching out to their students online to make goodbyes.

Summative Reports: Summative reports will be posted on FreshGrade on Thursday, June 25th. If you would like a paper copy, you can download one directly from FreshGrade.

Library Books: Thank you for all who have returned books to our bin outside the front doors. It will be in place Mon-Thurs. next week between 8:30 and 2:30. Please take a good look at home for any books.

Lastly, on behalf of all our staff, we wish you a wonderful summer break and hope that we all get to experience some normalcy; whether that means a stay-cation at home, or maybe visiting some great destinations in our beautiful province. Stay safe. Jennifer Jock

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