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Weekly Update Apr. 6

As we begin Holy Week, we pray for the staff and students of St. Benedict and all of our families. We pray for the church and our pastoral team and faith community. We pray for healthcare and frontline workers who continue to keep us safe. We pray for our leaders to be guided by God’s grace as they make decisions for our well-being. As Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Jesus’ journey towards the cross, may we be reminded that we are followers of Christ and may we enter in the mystery of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection with faith and hope.

Mental Health and Well Being

School Mental Health Ontario has some tips and resources to help to support student mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://smho-smso.ca/covid-19/

Kids Help Phone

Kids Help Phone is on a mission to ensure our young people are never alone as we all face an unprecedented global crisis with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each and every young person across Canada needs your help more than ever. Although we’re far apart physically, our young people must feel help is close. 

Because Kids Help Phone is an e-mental health service, we can remain open for young people across Canada 24/7 without any face-to-face contact. Kids, teens and young adults can still reach us any time — day or night — and from wherever they are. We’re receiving lots of questions from youth about the novel coronavirus and what it means for them. We’ll continue to support youth mental health and well-being during the pandemic. But no one can do this alone. We need you to keep the lines open 24/7 and let our kids know we’re here!

Need help now? You can reach a Kids Help Phone counsellor 24/7 at 1-800-668-6868.

Need help now? Text CONNECT to 686868

Communication

Please visit our website if you need to email any of our staff. You will now find all staff emails under Contact > Staff Directory. Please continue to have regular communication with your child’s teacher, reaching out to our administrative staff if we can further assist you.

Moving Forward. . .

What will your child’s learning look like in the days to come? As the Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce shared earlier this week, there are some specific guidelines around distance instruction you can expect:

Kindergarten-Grade 3: Five hours of work per student a week, focusing on literacy and math. 

Grades 4-6: Five hours of work per student a week, focusing on literacy, math, science and social studies.

Grades 7-8: 10 hours of work per student a week, focusing on math, literacy, science and social studies.

You should have already been in communication with your child’s homeroom teacher and the distance learning platform they will be using. Please do not hesitate to contact them by email if you have any questions.

We understand that this will be a period of adjustment as families develop new routines. Let us be patient with one another as we become familiar with these platforms. Let us be flexible as we work through the challenges. Let us continue to collaborate as partners in Catholic education for your children’s benefit. We look forward to learning with you and re-connecting online.

Sacraments: The Sacrament of First Communion will be postponed. More information to follow.

Trips: All trips are cancelled for the remainder of the year. We will be working in the next couple of weeks to provide refunds to families for all trips.

Digital Citizenship

As your children begin to post and interact online, please remind them about what it means to be a respectful digital citizen. Kindly refer to the board policy on the Use of Technology and Digital Citizenship for more details. Whether it be face-to-face or online, our expectations remain the same – we must all communicate with respect and courtesy.

Elementary Vice-PrincipalWeekly Update Apr. 6