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Update for April 20

Weekly Update April 20, 2020

Update on Teacher-led Distance Learning

Thank you for your support as our staff works with you to continue our teacher-led distance learning. Your patience and willingness to work with us through some technical challenges made a huge difference. As with anything new, we know it will take some time before we fully adjust to this way of teaching and learning, but, as we all become more comfortable, it will get easier. We are in this together, and we will all keep doing the best we can to meet the needs of our students. Our students will have the content and the feedback they need to be successful and meet with success in the years to come. The board has added some additional tips and supports for parents on our school website. You can access them from the red Learn at Home tab on the top left corner of the site. Please remember that the online learning environments are intended for communication between students and educators. If you have questions, you can contact your child’s teachers through the apps they were using throughout the course of the year or through their board email accounts which have been posted on the Contact>>Staff Directory page on our school website.

Lunch Programs

Our school board has made the decision to CANCEL all school food programs that were planned through the remainder of this school year.  Although at this time, schools are scheduled to re-open for students on Monday, May 4, given the current uncertainty and the rapidly changing developments of this health situation, the decision was made to cancel all food programs for the remainder of the school year.  

Refunds will be given for all Milk/pizza days/hot lunch days that were paid through School Cash Online. If you paid through cash or cheque, we will issue a reimbursement once our school re-opens. 

Distance Learning Resources

If you are still having issues connecting with your child’s learning platform, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the classroom teacher. Please continue to check the school and Board websites for tips and resources to help support families during this transition to distance learning. Here’s a tip below:

Having Trouble Logging in Multiple Children on D2L?

In households where multiple children need to log into D2L on one device, there are options that will allow two or more students to be logged in to their class portals at the same time. This will help reduce the number of sign-ins needed and make accessing D2L classes easier and faster for students. 

For detailed instructions, visit the HCDSB Learn at Home website and access the following page: https://learnathome.hcdsb.org/d2l/

Supports for Families

We are experiencing a crisis in our world right now. This can impact our well-being in so many ways – financially, physically, and emotionally. It is so important that we watch out for one another through this time of trial. Our school board has published a list of helpful resources you can access. In addition, here is a list of resources and supports available through the Halton Region. COVIDHalton-ResourcesDownload

Halton Catholic Athletic Association (H.C.A.A.) Spring Athletics – CANCELLED

In light of the current COVID-19 health situation, our school board has made the decision to CANCEL all H.C.A.A. Spring Athletics that were planned through the remainder of this school year. Although at this time, schools are scheduled to re-open for students on Monday, May 4th, given the current uncertainty and the rapidly changing developments of this health situation, the decision was made to cancel all H.C.A.A. sports games, tournaments, and practices for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

For more information, please visit the H.C.A.A. website: https://hcaa.ca/

Cancellation/rescheduling of Graduation

In light of the current COVID-19 health situation, we have had to make the very difficult decision to CANCEL/POSTPONE our Grade 8 Graduation Ceremony, which was to be held on Monday June 22, 2020.

Although at this time, schools are scheduled to re-open for students on Monday, May 4, given the current uncertainty and the rapidly changing developments of this health situation, the decision to cancel the Graduation Ceremony was made in the best interest of student safety and well-being.

The graduation from elementary school is a special moment in the life of a student and his or her family. It is a time to celebrate the successful completion of their elementary school education, and the transition to secondary school. We know our students and parents will be very disappointed. We share in your disappointment and are committed to exploring alternative ways to celebrate your son or daughter’s Grade 8 Graduation. This may mean rescheduling our graduation ceremony to a later date. It may mean finding ways to commemorate this milestone within a virtual setting. Together, we will find a way to honour and celebrate your child’s Grade 8 Graduation in these extraordinary times. The health and well-being of our students, families and staff is our greatest concerns.

Elementary PrincipalUpdate for April 20