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Principals' Message May 11

Principals’ Update – May 11, 2020

Thank You!

Here we are on week six of on-line learning. Who, in their wildest dreams, would have ever thought we would be working in this unbelievable environment? We have greatly appreciated your willingness to accommodate this new way of being, and I cannot thank you all enough for everything you are doing! The encouraging emails you have sent to the teachers and to Kim and me have been wonderful. Thank you!

Our staff is amazing as they choose to see this incredible challenge as a learning opportunity and a creative way to work. By now, you and your child should be comfortable connecting to the teachers through the Google platform. We are following the Minister of Education’s guidelines of providing an average five hours a week of learning in the areas of Literacy and Mathematics for K-3 and Literacy, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science for Grades 4-6. Some teachers have also given you suggestions for other subject areas, such as Music, Phys. Ed and Art; however, they are not requirements.

We are very cognizant of how stressful this is for you and your family as you try to balance on-line learning, limited technology and still “work from home”. The teachers may have given some suggestions for you to schedule your day to accommodate all of these complexities. Please do what you can and let us know if we can help in any other way. Hopefully, the seasonal weather will prevail so the children can be outside in your yard as you schedule frequent breaks into their day. While they are outside, please remind your child of the importance of physical distancing for anyone who does not live in your house.

Thank you to all of the children who created a card or letter of caring, friendship and hope. I will deliver the cards and letters to Amica this week.

Many of you are wondering about your child’s shoes and belongings that remain in the classrooms. We know you are anxious to have the shoes back before the children outgrow them! We will be putting all of the shoes and remaining belongings outside the front of the school on tables that are labelled with the teacher’s name. Some of the student’s work will need to stay at the school for the time being, as teachers will use their work as evidence of their learning from the period of January 31 March 15.

We would ask that you “physically distance” when you come to the school, and only touch your child’s belongings. The shoes and/or belongings should be easy for you to locate as they are labelled. We will also have a rack of shoes from Summit.

As long as the weather holds, we would like to schedule:

Monday, May 11 Grade 1 9:00 2:00

Tuesday, May 12 - Grade 4 9:00 - 12:00

Wednesday, May 13 - Grade 2 9:00 - 2:00

Thursday, May 14 Grade 3 9:00 - 2:00

Tuesday, May 19 Kindergarten 9:00 - 2:00

The Grade 5 and 6 teachers will set up a time in June to return items to you. Should the weather be inclement, we will SchoolMessenger you and reschedule a pick-up time.

We will also have a large bin for you to return any library books, home reading books, Lion King Scripts or any other materials that need to come back to school.

School Council is working towards meeting virtually for this month. The agenda for this next month’s meeting will be SchoolMessengered to you and of course, the minutes will be posted on our website. We hope we will be in a position to extend an invitation to all Dr. Roberta Bondar School families to join us for subsequent Virtual School Council Meetings.

Laine Mulholland, Principal

Kim Howden, Assistant Principal 


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