October is here and with it a sense of gratitude for our students, teachers, staff and families who have supported us in our re-entry to in-person classes this fall. Our students and staff continue to show a high degree of resilience and patience as we navigate new ways of teaching and learning here at QES. We may have to do things a little differently, but we are taking on the challenge!
This year we ran the Terry Fox Run in our classroom cohorts, setting individual and classroom goals to reach our school-wide target of 1000 laps. Collectively we ran 1594 laps! A shout out to Mr. Tinaburri for sharing his survivor story and putting together a video to help our students understand the importance of this initiative. Huge thanks also to our QES School Council for making a donation to the Terry Fox Foundation in honour of our efforts. We are so proud of our wolf pack!
On September 30, our students participated in Orange Shirt Day, making important connections and building new knowledge of the residential school experience in Canada. I had the pleasure of participating in several small focus group activities and am moved by the deep empathy our students shared and their curiosity and determination to further explore acts of reconciliation within our school community. We will continue on this learning journey together!
We are also grateful for the tremendous fall weather that has allowed us to explore joyful learning opportunities outdoors. We will continue to incorporate these learning opportunities into the fall and winter and want to reiterate the need for students to dress for the weather! Being outdoors is a fantastic opportunity for rich learning experiences as well as a chance for mask breaks. We continue to work with students to practice physical distancing measures outside so that they can enjoy safe and healthy interactions within their classroom cohorts. A reminder that if your child is still finding mask guidelines challenging, to please reach out to their homeroom teacher or myself to develop a plan for safe masking breaks.
I am so grateful for our QES staff, each who have a vital role to play in keeping our learning community safe, clean and focused on learning. The health and safety of our students and staff remains our top priority. It is essential that students stay home when ill to prevent the spread of symptoms across classmates and cohorts. We recognize and appreciate the challenges this creates for busy parents and we are deeply thankful for the support we have received from families thus far. Teachers will continue to reach out to families who require support for learning when at home. Please do not hesitate to connect with me should you have any questions.
I wish you all a safe, happy and healthy Thanksgiving.