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Weekly Update – January 3-7, 2022

“May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you. May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.”

– Numbers 6: 24-26
Happy New Year to our Guardian Angels CES Families!!!! We officially Welcome Back our staff and students to the virtual classroom on Wednesday, January 5th.

Thank you to our Guardian Angels CES community for taking precautions and following Public Health Guidelines over the holidays and keeping your loved ones safe!

While we certainly recognize this is a time of unease and trepidation, we want to remind everyone of the stellar job you, your children and this staff has done, in keeping everyone safe and healthy here at Guardian Angels. We will meet these new challenges the same way we always do, with faith and trust in each other and a recognition that we are the sum of all our parts, and we will get through this together.

Please see below for some important info items as we begin 2022:

REMOTE LEARNING UPDATE

Remote learning will be provided for all students in accordance with PPM 164: Requirements for Remote Learning, which provides specific expectations around synchronous learning. Learn more: https://learnathome.hcdsb.org/return-to-school-2/remote-learning/

The following links and documents provide some guidelines for parents and students to help ensure safe and effective live online learning:

Access to Your Child’s Learning Platform:

ATTENDANCE

Students are expected to be online and ready to start learning at 8:30am each day where attendance will be taken. Up until 9am, if a student joins the class meeting they will be considered late. After 9am, students will be considered absent and the automated absence system will call to verify the student’s location. This process will be also occur after lunch, when students are expected to be online and ready for the afternoon session which begins at 12:30pm each day, and system will again call by 1pm.

It is important that if there is a planned late or absence for your child(ren), that you enter the information in the Safe Arrival program. This can be done through the SchoolMessenger mobile app, the SchoolMessenger website: go.schoolmessenger.ca​, or by calling toll-free at: 1-844-445-4505. This is the same process that has been in place for in person learning.

TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS

We recognize that some students in our community do not have access to equipment, devices and/or internet (Wi-Fi) to enable them to access or fully participate in teacher-led instruction in an online environment. A parent/guardian may request the loan of a device/equipment and/or access to internet/wifi to support distance instruction.

To request support, please complete and submit the attached form. NOTE: Parents/Guardians requesting a device/equipment for multiple children, are asked to submit a separate form for each child.

https://forms.office.com/r/SvbzuejQPD

For those who completed the online survey requesting a device – please wait for the office to contact you before you come to pick up the device. We have had over 150 requests for devices and are awaiting for additional devices to be shipped from the Board Office to us, as we have sent out all of those we had in the school.

PIZZA and POPCORN DAYs

We will adjust the dates for pizza and popcorn once we return to in-person learning to account for the missed days.

FAITH & WELL-BEING RESOURCES

We recognize that this period of remote learning will create additional burdens on our families and staff. 
Here are a list of supports for families to access during this difficult time:  

TAKE 15 MINUTES JUST FOR YOU

“Working on our emotional health is just as important as taking care of our physical well-being,” says Camille Quenneville, CEO of CMHA Ontario.

Having good emotional health is a fundamental aspect of fostering resilience. Keep in mind that having good emotional health does not mean you are free from negative emotions. It’s about having the skills and resources to manage the ups and downs of day-to-day life. Here are some ways to tend to your emotional well-being:

Write out your feelings. When we put our feelings into words, we are actively constructing and making meaning of our emotions. Without words for emotions, our feelings might seem unclear to us. Naming and writing about our emotions helps to ease anxiety and decreases our anger or fear response.

Acknowledge your grief. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to everyone experiencing a wave of losses: economic, social, physical and emotional. It’s important to take the time to acknowledge and mourn these losses. For more information on this topic, check out our resource on loss and grief during the pandemic.

Do something small that brings you joy. Take a photo, bake a treat, spend some time in the garden. Whatever works for you and is a healthy way to cope.~https://ontario.cmha.ca/take-15-minutes-just-for-you/

Hawken, ChristopherWeekly Update – January 3-7, 2022