Hello CJP Families!
We would like to welcome new families who joined us over the winter break. It is always nice to have new faces and new friends join our community. This past week we also had a great opportunity to meet many, many new community families and prospective Montessori families. We are always energized by speaking about our amazing school and sharing stories of our amazing learning community. You all make it easy to share great things about CJP. With Kindergarten orientation opening on January 17 I am reminded of how quickly time passes for those already in our building and how exciting the unknown is for those starting their public school journey in September.
This week we returned after an extended winter break. We all returned with a bit of hesitation and also the confidence in knowing CJP staff pivot quickly to continue to provide our learners and staff with the safest environment possible in the context of a pandemic. We can’t forget our community. Thank you for sending your children to us on a daily basis, trusting that we will do our very best to keep them safe. Thank you also for keeping your children at home when they are not well. Our community thanks everyone for being diligent in using the AHS Checklist daily, taking your child’s temperature daily, and for keeping your children home when they are feeling unwell.
The facts for the first week of school in January 2022; The school no longer receives updates from Alberta Health when a child tests positive for covid. There continues to be some families who notify us that their child or a sibling in the family is positive. We are grateful to those who are diligent in following the guidelines from Alberta Health when their partially vaccinated child is a close contact or tests positive. When you do this you are demonstrating your care for the larger community. For this – we all say thank you! Families have been quick to respond to our request to pick up their child when they are un-well.
The reality, as a community, we are calm. We are diligent about sending our children with masks and reminding them to keep distance from others and wash hands (or sanitize) often. At the time of writing this, we still have no idea when our masks and rapid tests will arrive. There are many schools in the NW that have not received their shipment. When they arrive, we will let you know. We are also painfully aware that Covid is in our community, in our school. With almost 600 children and adults in the building every day, it would be foolish to think we are free from Covid. When we look at attendance in some of our classes, or watch as some children leave the building feeling unwell – we know Omocron is present. Today our staff are strong, the virus has not yet affected them. We are hopeful this continues so as not to interrupt face to face learning. We will be sharing more information at School Council this week should you like to hear more details about what is happening here at CJP.
Different from this time last year, there is no stigma faced by those who test positive for Covid-19. I stand strong in my belief that our community understands no one seeks out Covid-19 and no one would try and inflict any harm to our community. I am so impressed with how supportive, kind and thoughtful our community has been in the days since our return to school. Thank you for your generosity, kindness and calm. Thank you for your kind words of support and your silent cheers of support as we continue to do all we can to keep our amazing community safe. Yet again evidence that we are all in this together.
Dr. Bettesworth and Ms. El-Geubaly