May 05
Update | May 2020

​Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope that this message finds you and your family managing these challenging times as best as possible. Please know that the Briar Hill School teaching team is incredibly grateful for the support you have been providing your children as they learn at home. Please accept my sincere appreciation for the time, energy and patience you have offered your children over the last seven weeks.
In addition to helping teachers provide ongoing learning in the areas of literacy and numeracy, we acknowledge that supporting wellness is a fundamental component of parenting at this time. The Briar Hill School team is passionate about sharing meaningful learning experiences, but are also trying to be mindful that parents have a lot on their plate. We don’t want to overwhelm you or add to any stress you may already be experiencing. We are all coping with a way of life that necessitates more than ever that we take care of ourselves and our families. We know that everyone’s situation is unique and we want to be respectful of that. This is precisely why I have been, and will continue to be, cautious about my communication with you. When it comes to structured learning, do what works in the context of your home and always make health and wellness a priority. Learning should be enjoyable. That means for parents too. As we work to deliver education content within the parameters set by our province, we aim to support and guide you, not overwhelm you.
Whatever your situation, it is important to recognize and acknowledge your circumstances. Remember to take care of yourself so you can take care of those around you. COVID-19 has upended the world for all of us. Remember to pause, and breathe, and let yourself notice the exquisite gifts that can be found in the midst of this global pandemic. Maybe now is the time to think about those things that are most essential, and to think small. Sometimes the magic lies in the tiny, subtle moments that make up the fabric of our days. Be sure to stop and find joy in the time you have with your children. These individual moments, strung together, will become a strand of special memories from this unique time in our history.
As you know, information about the COVID-19 situation changes daily and it impacts our lives greatly.  Please stay connected and visit our jurisdictional homepage regularly for updates pertaining to all CBE schools. If time permits, I encourage you to read our May 2020 Newsletter to familiarize yourself with some of the recent happenings at Briar Hill School.
This month, it is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Mr. Danny Cooper to the position of Assistant Principal (AP) effective May 25, 2020. Mr. Cooper is currently the acting AP at McKenzie Highlands School, where he has also served as Learning Leader.  He brings with him a portfolio of diverse experiences within the CBE.  This includes various teaching and leadership placements at elementary, middle and junior high schools.  Please join me in offering a warm welcome to Mr. Cooper. Click here to learn more about Mr. Cooper.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns please let me know and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Stephen Hart


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