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May 25

​May 25, 2020
 
Dear parents and guardians, 
What a time we are living in.  Everyday we seem to be faced with a new challenge and new adventure.  I don’t know about you and how you are managing on your end, but I can tell you that in my world, everything seems to be amplified.  The good times with my child and me in the same house seem better than before and the times when one of us is ‘off’ life seems worse than it was before.  I keep having to remind myself that nothing about this situation, this time in our lives, and indeed in the history of the world, is anywhere close to the ‘normal’ that we shared before March.
During this incredibly unpredictable time, full of ambiguity and uncertainty, please be mindful and remember to slow down or even stop every once in a while.  Pause and consider not only the challenges but also the silver linings, and there are many if we take a moment to see them.  Take the time to be humble and kind even when, at times, that may not be the feeling that is washing over you in the moment.  And know that the current ‘ongoing learning’ situation for students and families is not learning as it was, nor is the manner of learning that most of us would choose.  The current teaching and learning mode is ‘emergency teaching and learning’.
All that being said, over the past eight weeks, we have seen some students rise to the challenge and even embrace the current way of being and learning.  We have also experienced students and families struggling to make things work – and for some they just don’t work right now.  The glimmer of hope on my horizon is that at some point, things will become more settled and we will find a new balance in, perhaps, a healthier and more open way of being.  But for now, we continue to stay informed as best we can, and continue to adjust to the world around us as best we can.  We need to lean on each other and to be empathetic and compassionate in the process.  Nobody knows anyone else’s reality and with the distances this virus has created, often it is difficult to judge where each person is and how best to help and support.
So parents/guardians, first and foremost, be well yourselves.  Second, help your children find healthy routines that work for all of you and your family dynamic.  Focus on ensuring your close relationships are supportive, loving and intact.  The school and work pieces will then settle into their places.  Reach out to us and others to help you find the support(s) you need.  We will do our best and we will carry the teaching and learning piece.  And please lean on us to carry that teaching and learning piece.
Gentle reminder, we are not is not business as usual.  Students in grades 5 and 6 are expected to engage in learning 5 hours per week – that is one hour a day, Monday to Friday.  Students in grades 7 – 9 are expected to engage in learning 10 hours a week – that is two hours a day, Monday to Friday.  When students were coming to school, they were engaged in 5 to 6 classroom hours per day (just under 30 hours per week in school) with and expectation of 1 to 2 hours of homework depending on age and grade.  The two learning situations cannot be compared to one another. Besides the time and access to teachers, instruction, follow up, etc., the learning space and situation is different for each child and each household.  So, at this unique time, we all just need to slow down a bit.  Breathe.  We are all doing the best we can with what we have.  When classes held in the school start up again – and I do not know when or how right now – we will all need to adjust, again, meet student learning where it is and continue moving forward from there.
As for this year, we had seven months of regular schooling out of 10 month school year.  Your children had seven months of supported, targeted and planned access to person to person instruction and learning support.  The past 2 months, we have needed to adjust to many, many changes around us including teaching and learning.  And it is on-going teaching and learning in a new environment and manner.  Wilma Hansen students would have been engaged in school learning activities to June 26 with June 29 and June 30 already scheduled as PD and System Non-Instructional days – no school for students.  So, until we are told otherwise, that is our plan:  be available and have learning plans for students until the end of June.  In past years, we have also supported students and families with transitions to new grades and in some cases, new schools.  All of that work and support will continue, albeit in an adjusted manner given our current situation.
Like most of you, I do not know what will happen and how things may shift from one day to the next.  I choose to remain optimistic and draw strength from every small way that brings us one cautious step closer to the way we were.  Last week my dentist called and as much as I dislike going to the dentist, there is a glimmer of past routines emerging.  I still follow the news and carry a huge debt of gratitude for frontline workers who have, and continue to, put themselves at risk for the rest of us.  And I choose to remain optimistic with the view that all of this is happening for a reason, even if that reason is not clear but could be as simple as a message to the world to slow down, take stock o, and celebrate those you hold dear, and do the best we can to be a kind, compassionate and caring humans.
Continue to take care of yourselves and take care of each other.
Sincerely, 
Kat Siska, Principal​

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Wilma Hansen School

963 Queensland Dr SE Calgary, AB, T2J 5E5
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School Contacts

Principal
Katarina Siska
Assistant Principal
David Pugh
Education Director
Ann Ard
Trustee
Michael Bradshaw

School Information

Grades
05-09
Enrolment
376
Programs
Regular
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Morning Start
9:10 AM
Dismissal
3:40 PM
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