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Weekly Update May 25, 2020

What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Extension of School Closure

On Tuesday, May 19, the Ministry of Education announced that it is extending the school closure period for all students for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. While it saddens us deeply to know that we will not be returning to finish off the school year together face-to-face, we understand that this decision has been made as a safety precaution to protect our students and help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community. 

Teacher-led Distance Learning will continue via our virtual platforms for the remainder of the school year. As Mr. Daly stated in his email to parents on Friday evening, “Our focus since the beginning of this period of extended school closure has been to keep the health and well-being of our students, families and staff at the forefront, while providing continuity of learning for our students that is flexible and accessible. During this time, many of our teachers have explored a variety of teaching strategies and formats to engage students in distance learning.”

Our staff will continue to work diligently to engage our students in meaningful learning for the next five weeks. Please continue to provide us with your feedback so that we can better meet your children’s learning needs by adapting our practice.

Access to Schools to Gather Personal Belongings

We know that when and how you will be able to retrieve your children’s personal belongings is on many of your minds. The school board is currently working with the Halton Region Public Health Department to plan a protocol for parents to access our school safely to gather any personal belongings that were left behind prior to the school closure. Once we have been given a protocol that will ensure everyone’s safety, we will be communicating that with you.

Grade 8 Graduation

Our Grade 8 teachers have been meeting virtually to strategize how best to honour and celebrate our graduates in a safe and meaningful way. We are currently in the beginning planning stages for a virtual ceremony to take place in the end of June. Our Grade 8 teachers will consult with their students and parents as we organize this milestone event.

Literacy and Numeracy Summer Programs for Students in Grades 6, 7, and 8

The Thomas Merton Centre for Continuing Education will be offering Literacy and Numeracy Summer Programs for HCDSB students in Grades 6, 7, and 8. There will be two sessions; Session 1 will run from July 6 – July 17, 2020, and Session 2 will run from July 20 – July 31, 2020.

Please note that due to the current COVID-19 situation, the health and well-being of our students continues to remain our highest priority. Therefore, both Session 1 and Session 2 programs will be offered through a Distance Learning format.

For program details, please review the following information sheet: Literacy and Math Distance Learning Summer Programs

Online registration is available for Session 1 and Session 2. You may register your child for one or both sessions by filling out the following online form: Summer Distance Learning

The completed online form to register your child is due by Friday, June 26, 2020

School Yearbooks

You can now purchase your 2019-2020 school yearbook through School Cash Online. The cost for a yearbook is $22. They will be given out in the Fall.

Ministry of Education Consultation

The Ministry of Education has shared a document called Ontario’s Framework for Continued Learning which describes its framework for preparing for learning in the 2020-2021 school year. It is inviting people to share their feedback through written submissions as described below:

  • You can provide a written submission with your input, ideas or data by sending an email to EDU.consultation@ontario.ca. Make sure to:
    • include your name and the name of your organization
    • use “Ontario’s Plan to Reopen Schools” in the subject line
    • attach your submission as a PDF or Word document

Moving? Please let us know!

Please let the office know as soon as possible if your child(ren) will be attending another school in September by emailing Mrs. Cerqueira at cerqueirad@hcdsb.org. This information helps us with our planning as we begin to think about building tentative classes for next year.

Weekly Update May 25, 2020