Jan 05
January 2021


A huge thank you to our families who made time to meet with our teachers during our virtual student learning conferences in November! We thank you for your patience if you experienced any difficulty connecting with your child's teacher. If you were unable to connect, or if you have other concerns our teachers are happy to make arrangements to meet with you virtually any time to discuss your child's learning. We also really appreciate that so many of you have taken the time to join us for the monthly school council meetings. We are moving to use the Microsoft TEAMS application which you likely downloaded for your student learning conferences, for the next council meeting January 14 at 6:30pm. Keep an eye out for the School Messenger that will give you the link to join this school council meeting.

We continue working to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our staff & students. Our parent enhancement society has asked us to look into installing water bottle fillers for our students. We have received a quote and school council/parent enhancement society has approved the funding to proceed with 2 units, one upstairs and one downstairs. We look forward to providing an easier way for our students to fill their water bottles while at school.

As directed by our Premier, all school authorities are expected to offer at-home learning opportunities after the winter break. Here is some more information about K-6 At-Home Learning (Scenario 3) January 4 – 8, 2021:

Parent Information

Our teachers and staff have done an excellent job in supporting online transitions throughout the fall in response to positive COVID-19 cases. We are confident that all of our teachers will be able to move successfully to online learning Monday, Jan. 4. It is important to recognize however that this transition is not to remote emergency teaching like your child experienced last March to June. Rather, the goal is to provide temporary access to instruction and supports while our students are learning at home.

General Information

All school authorities are expected to offer at-home learning opportunities for their students.

* The Alberta Education 2020-21 School Re-Entry Plan provides expectations for the education system when moving to at-home learning for the 2020-21 school year based on the number of instructional hours. These instructional hours are minimums and the document states: “local school authorities have the flexibility to increase hours beyond these minimums." 

* Teachers of Grades 1-6 will continue to follow the Scope and Sequence documents.

* Students continue to be responsible for actively engaging in learning and diligently pursuing their education.

* School authorities, parents/guardians and students must continue to follow public current health measures.

Instructional expectations

 For elementary students (Grades K-6) who are taught by a generalist, the teacher will create specific, real-time instruction (synchronous mini-lessons for subject areas throughout the day/week) and opportunities for total class and small group instruction. Like face-to-face classroom instruction, there is no expectation that the teacher is online with their entire class for the full school day. Effective teaching and learning practices involve micro teaching, student practice and independent work (asynchronous) with support from the teacher in groups, whole class and individually.

* Unlike the spring, teachers will continue to meet the learning outcomes for all core subject areas and have specifically outlined instructional and student support opportunities.

* The class time may include mini lessons, small group teaching and/or responding to individual questions.

* Teachers may record direct teaching portions of their lessons. This will support those families that are sharing technology. The entire lesson will not be recorded.

* Teachers will continue assessing the progress of their students.

* Assessment will be ongoing throughout the at-home learning period.

Learning Blocks for Dr. J.K. Mulloy students:

Learning blocks will consist of synchronous / interactive lessons / mini lessons followed by teacher availability to support individuals and groups of students. Students will be expected to be online at the start of each learning block for the interactive portion of the lesson and attendance will be taken once in the morning and once in the afternoon. If your child is not present, they will be marked ABSENT - Unexcused. Teachers may use part of each block for small group support and instruction. Teachers may consider using recorded videos to support asynchronous learning opportunities.

Our teachers are expected to provide instruction or be available online support for 3 hours per day during regular school hours 9:10 am to 3:50 pm.

Here is what to expect during the first week back:

Dr. JK Mulloy – Daily Online School-Wide Learning Plan 
9:10 – 9:45Class meeting (Synchronous) – Set daily expectations (attendance)/LB #1
9:45 – 10:15Learning Block #1
10:15 – 10:45Learning Block #1
10:45 – 11:00Recess Break*
11:00 – 11:30Learning Block #2
11:30 – 12:00Learning Block #2
12:00 – 12:30Learning Block #2
12:30 – 1:15Lunch Break
1:15 – 1:45Independent Learning
1:45 – 2:15Independent Learning
2:15 – 2:45Afternoon check in (attendance)/Learning Block #3
2:45 – 3:15Learning Block #3
3:15 – 3:45Learning Block #3

 

We look forward to getting back to normal soon and appreciate all of your flexibility and support during these unprecedented times. If you have any questions about what learning will look like specifically for your child, please contact your child's teacher directly and if they can't answer your questions, they will forward it on to us! Ms, Lay, Mrs. Van Oosten, Ms. Judy and I will be working onsite during school hours for the Jan 4 to 8th week. 

Just a reminder to HUB students that if you are planning on returning to in person learning February 1, 2021 you must complete the form provided for you on your MYCBE/PowerSchool account by January 8, 2021.

We are still following AHS notification of positive Covid cases, so if your child receives a positive test result when classes resume in person, please contact the school so that we can send a pre-alert to notify possible close contacts at school and keep our community as safe as possible.​

I hope that you all have had a safe and restful winter break, and we can't wait to see your children again in person January 11, 2021!

Here is to a fresh new year!

Sincerely,

Anne Markovich

Principal

 


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