On behalf of all our staff, we wanted to reach out to let you know that we are thinking of our students and families, and hoping you are all keeping well. Please continue to follow the advice of Halton Public Health to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
As you know, on Tuesday it was announced that schools will remain closed for the rest of this school year. We have come a long way over the past 7 weeks of distance learning and we thank you for your ongoing support. Our goals since the beginning of this period of extended school closure have been to keep the health and well-being of our students, staff and families at the forefront, while providing continuity of learning for 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 both synchronous (real time) and asynchronous instruction that is available to students at any time of the day. Teachers are providing content, posting videos, engaging in virtual discussions and having live connections with students. Our Special Education department has been connecting with students as well, supporting them with their needs in one-to-one virtual settings.
Many of you will have heard the messages from the Minister of Education over the past couple of weeks around the Ministry expectation that schools should be providing synchronous instruction. With six weeks remaining in our school year, it is our goal that we continue to do all we can to keep our students engaged in their learning. Teachers will continue to adapt their practice by offering a variety of both synchronous and asynchronous strategies. For some classrooms this might include the addition of weekly “check ins”, virtual office hours and MS Teams chat times.
We share in our community’s concern for our students and families during this crisis (COVID-19). A number of families may face challenges to meet their basic needs during this time. As a school community, we continue to assist HCCEF (Halton Catholic Children’s Education Foundation), Holy Cross HELPS and our Holy Cross Parish. If your family is able to support any of these organizations, you can do so through our School Cash Online. We will continue to celebrate our next spirit day, Colour Day, on Friday, May 29th in a virtual manner. We look forward to seeing pictures of students wearing bright colours of their choice, through the distance learning platforms and our St. Brigid Twitter – @StBrigidHCDSB
We are currently working on plans to recognize our Grade 8 graduates. Teachers are seeking feedback from students and parents. We encourage students to communicate their ideas about this recognition with their teachers during their weekly check-ins.
Our Catholic School Council continues to meet virtually. We will hold our final meeting of the year, next Tuesday, May 26th. Any communication you wish to share with our Council prior to the meeting can be shared via our email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wishing you and your families a wonderful weekend!
C. Lanois, Principal
G. Butt, Vice Principal