Thank you to our parent volunteers today who helped label and distribute all our rapid test kits and masks. As before, when you need/want more masks please let us know. The teachers have extras in their classes and will sent them home on request. As per the government and CBE announcements, mask wearing will no longer be required for our students starting on Monday. Families are encouraged to have conversations with their children to discuss their choices and the reasons behind how they will be moving forward. If you could please reinforce that some families will be choosing to continue to wear masks, while others will not. All choices will be honoured in our classrooms. Teachers will be reinforcing tolerance, kindness, and understanding. How appropriate that the first day of these new regulations coincidences with Valentine's Day! Thank you for your continued support and understanding.
As you know, further changes will continue to be implemented as the month continues. We will continue to follow guidelines as outlined by the provincial government and the CBE. We are very hopeful that our single classroom cohorts will be able to grow on March 1! Watch your email for further information from the CBE.
This week we also welcomed Mr. Littel to our building. He has had the opportunity to meet a great number of our students and is working to get to know more about each one of them. Both he and I are outside most mornings, please come and say good morning, tell us who your child is, help us learn a little bit more about each of our students and what's important to them.
Next week is a short one, only 3 days for students. There will be lots of changes and excitement. Sometimes those short weeks are especially hard for our young learners. With our own children we have used some of the strategies referenced here: https://www.ace.edu/blog/post/2018/04/20/5-simple-steps-to-build-empathy-in-students replace the word teacher with parent and you're set!
Enjoy some beautiful time together with your families.
Your AFS Administrative Team,
Helen Sharpe and Matthew Littel