It has been an interesting week being in a building typically filled with the voices, energy and spirit of each or your children. A school is only a building without them. We miss our daily interactions with your child and you. As such, we are excited to reconnect later today with children and their families in learning!
We have all been working together…at a distance… designing learning to support our students in this new world of online learning. It is not learning as usual. Things will look different. Teachers have been intentional around meeting the requirements set out by Alberta Learning. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we enter into this platform beginning tomorrow!
Later today, you will receive an email from your child’s teacher. In this email, you will find all the information required to help your child into the new digital learning environments, called Google Classroom and Google Meet. Please be sure to open and read ALL documents teachers have posted. If parents do not want their child to engage in learning using these platforms, they must contact their child’s teacher directly to inform them. Each grade team has created its own ‘classroom’. Each student will receive a grade specific code to enter. On Friday, April 3, we will post a video to guide you through an exploration of the classroom.
On Monday, April 6, teachers will post learning for the week. Learning is presented in five lessons, or progressions, for Literacy and Numeracy (math). It is up to families how and when they will engage with the learning provided to best suit their family schedules. At some point next week, your child will also have the opportunity to enter Google Meet, where they will have an opportunity to hear from their teacher live, in real time. Teachers will communicate that information to families separately from the information provided on Monday.
This is a learning curve for many of us! Teachers are exploring all the possibilities that are open to them to communicate learning. If you require our help in any way to navigate through, we are here to help. Email your teacher with any questions or wonderings you have. As well, you may call the school during our open hours, 9:10 am - 3:50 pm, at any time if you require our assistance.
We understand that this is a stressful time for families, and that becoming your child’s teacher is not exactly what you had hoped. I had read a posting by a colleague, reminding families that being a provider, a parent and a teacher all at the same time IS hard work. You will do the best you can. When you have to choose between having your child do school work, or help as part of the family, choose what works for you. Invite them in! Have them help! Play games, laugh, and share. Be together. Margaret Wheatley talks about the joy we discover….when we are together. The potential for joy is always present. Take time with your family to find it.
We are in this together and we are here for you. Please contact us at any time if you need us.
Stay calm. Stay well. Stay Kind.