Hello Ron Southern Families
I hope that everyone is doing well and that you have heard great things from your children about an amazing first week. It is so wonderful to have students back in the building ready to learn. I cannot believe how well our students adapted to the new protocols and embraced their learning. We would like to thank all of you for your support during this “new normal." It certainly is an adjustment for us all.
Currently, we have 304 students enrolled at Ron Southern: 45 of our students are in the hub online learning and 259 are learning in-school. All are valued members of our school community!
Everyone is learning new routines and getting to know one another. We appreciate the effort people are making to be physically distant when meeting outside at the beginning of the day and at the end of the day. We will continue using these meeting spots as part of our morning entry and after school dismissal for the foreseeable future. Using these meeting spots supports a distanced entry into and exit from the building. Our students use these same doors every time they enter or exit the building so everyone is spread out, limiting traffic. Please contact your child's teacher by email, if you would like your child to walk home alone or with an older or younger sibling. Kindergarten children must be accompanied home by an adult. Please remember the playground is closed for the 15 minutes before and after school (7:45-8:00am and 2:30-2:45pm) and to kindergarten students during the lunch break.
Teachers are busy getting their google classrooms set up. A link to google classroom will be found on the school web page under 'Teaching and Learning' and classrooms will include weekly learning plans and support resources in the event of an absence or for parent information. Kindergarten to grade 2 parents will be provided log in information for their child's google classroom. Grades 3 – 6 students know their own log in information and can provide this to you.
On September 24th and 25th, we are looking forward to meeting with families at conferences. We will be providing information soon regarding how conferences will be conducted. The opportunity for parents, teachers, and students to talk together about learning is very important. We will be sending a Parent Viewpoint document home next week that can be completed online and returned to teachers by email. The information you provide will help us get to know your children better.
Also, we will have a modified approach to our Terry Fox Run on Friday, September 18th and we will recognize Orange Shirt Day on Wednesday, September 30th.
Our School Council meets on the third Wednesday evening of every month. This is a great way to engage with other parents, ask questions and get involved in a different way with your child's school. The first meeting is being held on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 6:15pm in the school courtyard (weather permitting).
Please ensure students are dressed for the weather as we spend time outside in the morning, at lunch, at recess, and during physical education. Teachers are also maximizing outdoor learning time.
Thank you again for your support and encouragement. We know it will be a great learning year at Ron Southern.
Zoe Serediuk, Ed.D on behalf of the Ron Southern Staff
Principal – Ron Southern School