Dear parents and students:
One of the things that stands out in our building right now is the quiet. Our halls are usually full of sound: laughter, learning, song and dance. With all of our staff working from home (other than admin. one clerk and a custodian) this is a very empty space.
We miss all of our students very much and hope we can soon fill these halls and classrooms again.
While the halls are quiet, the learning continues. All of our teachers have been busy creating experiences and connecting with their students. We are also now looking at other layers of support. Our counsellor is reaching out to students and families, our Child Care worker is connecting with her kids, and our Learning Resource teachers are finding creative ways to continue their programming.
While the focus of our academics will continue to be in the areas of literacy and numeracy, our teachers in library, music, band and french are looking at ways to bring additional learning opportunities to their students.
A reminder to families that home learning will look different for each and every class. Each teacher has preferred digital tools and also different levels of experience. Please be patient with us, as this is a steep learning curve for many.
If you paid for a field trip, we will be processing refunds over the coming months. If you paid online, your payment will be refunded in the form you paid online through the SchoolCashOnline system. You will receive an email notification.
If you paid by cash or cheque, you will be refunded by cheque in the mail. Please be sure we have your current mailing address. If it has changed, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Currently we are not in the process of returning supplies. We do not yet know the timeline of our closure. If however, there are items that are absolutely essential (example: medication) to have that have been left at school, please contact us at email@example.com
In the meantime, we will keep all your belongings safe. If schools were to close for the remainder of the year, we will look at a process to return all of your belongings.
For a little good news, Premier, John Horgan provided a special authorization to the Easter Bunny as essential service. I’m sure our students were relieved this morning. Happy Easter everyone!