Weekly Update: January 18-22
“It is striking that the Lord spent most of his time on Earth living an ordinary life, without standing out. It is a beautiful message that reveals the greatness of daily life, the importance in God’s eyes of every gesture and moment of life even the most simple.” — Pope Francis
Thank you for another great week of online learning. We appreciate all the hard work by staff, students, and parents as we work together to navigate through our online classrooms. Although we cannot physically be together, it is great to get into some classes and see many smiling faces on the screen. We look forward to another great week at OLF.
During this period of remote learning, we continue to promote regular attendance, as it is important for students to remain engaged in their learning so they can stay on top of the curriculum and feel more connected to their peers while our school is closed.
As noted in PPM 164: Requirements for Remote Learning, schools are required to take daily student attendance throughout the period of remote learning.
Attendance will be taken twice daily: once in the morning and again after lunch. If your child is not able to attend or participate in remote learning on any given day, please report his or her absence, as you typically would during in-person learning through the SchoolMessenger Safe Arrival System: https://www.hcdsb.org/parents/report-your-childs-absence/.
We will be following our usual process of contacting parents and guardians when student absences are not reported.
Thank you for your continued support and partnership. Now, more than ever, ongoing communication between home and school is key to your child’s success and well-being.
Change in Learning Students – January
For those students who have chosen to change their learning format in January (face to face to virtual or virtual to face to face) this will be on pause until this remote learning period is complete. Please see the message sent by Director Pat Daly on January 7th below (last bullet point):
- Elementary schools will be closed for in-person learning between January 4-22, 2021.
- Beginning Monday, January 4th and ending on Friday, January 22nd, all elementary students will learn remotely from home.
- In-school instruction for elementary school students will resume on Monday, January 25, 2021.
- Students enrolled in the Virtual Elementary School will continue to follow their established schedules.
- The change in learning format between in-person and virtual instruction will be delayed until schools re-open for in-person learning on January 25, 2021.
Physical Education – At Home
Students will be expected to participate in physical education activities while learning from home. Teachers will provide activities for students and full participation is expected during this time. Please see the following checklist to ensure your child is in a safe environment while participating in these activities. If you have any concerns, please contact your child’s teacher directly.
Our Donations from Christmas – True North Aid
To Everyone at Our Lady Of Fatima Catholic Elementary School,
Happy New Year to all of you at Our Lady of Fatima. As 2020 has ended, we can say with assurance that this was a year of uncertainty and hardship on many. True North Aid felt the increased need for assistance from Indigenous communities in the north. But you were faithful and with your generosity, we were able to answer the call and to meet many of these needs.
We have many “Stories of Hope” that were shared throughout the month of December. And our hope is that you will share in these stories and celebrate with us because these are your stories, too.
We provided winter clothing, activity books, sports equipment, etc. to communities in Saskatchewan and Manitoba and shipped more than 1300 backpacks filled with school supplies. We also shipped twenty tons of flour (do you know how many 10 pound bags that is?)! There is more to be done but with your help, we are making a difference.
Here are some photos of the Métis children in Cole Bay Saskatchewan receiving Christmas gifts from True North Aid – which we contributed to.
Thank you for your continued support during these difficult times and we continue to pray that all of you stay safe and healthy. God Bless.
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Wishing you a great weekend – the Staff of Our Lady of Fatima CES