Good Morning Westgate Families,
I hope you are all doing well. Today marks the beginning of the new online learning education model that the Covid-19 crisis has necessitated. Our teachers have been working diligently to rethink and reorganize instruction so that it aligns with the guidelines provided by Alberta Education and fits within the constraints imposed by physical distancing and the cancellation of classes.
Every Monday morning your child’s teacher will post a weekly learning plan in either D2L or Google Classroom. The weekly learning plan will describe a number of learning tasks that should take approximately five hours per week to complete. Completion of the tasks will allow students to achieve outcomes in Mathematics, French Language Arts and, for Grades 3 - 6, English Language Arts. The size and number of the tasks will differ based on the grade of the student and the learning outcomes addressed by the task. Some will be completed by students in their own time at their own pace. Other tasks will require students to use Google Meet to speak with their teachers and classmates in real time to practice French or receive support.
Teachers have designed the tasks in such a way that parents will be able to support students at home as required. Often this means that some of the instructions are in English although this will vary depending on the grade. Parents and students are welcome to email teachers with questions.
There will be growing pains as we all make sense of this new way of working. As teachers learn more about what is possible they will adjust their weekly plans to match their evolving understanding of learning online. More than ever we need to make sure that we are communicating our questions and concerns. For example, if you are finding that your child is taking a lot more or a lot less than five hours per week to complete the weekly tasks please communicate that to your child’s teacher.
If you have indicated that you do not have adequate access to technology or require paper-based resources we will be in contact with you this week to work out a plan to support you.
Let’s remember to be kind and patient with each other as we travel this road together. We wish you good health.
Scott Fehr Meghan Morden
Principal Assistant Principal