Distance Learning Continues
While schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year, teacher-led distance instruction will continue in our virtual classrooms. 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. All of our educators have been working hard to provide meaningful distance instruction for students and we are pleased with the progress we have made in such a short period of time. With just over 5 weeks remaining in our school year, it is important that we continue to do all we can to keep your children (our students) engaged in their learning.
Our next step is to offer a variety of synchronous and asynchronous activities and instruction to maintain engagement and enhance the distance learning experience for our students. The expectation is that all teachers will continue to adapt their practice by offering a variety of both synchronous and asynchronous strategies.
Asynchronous activities -may include pre-recorded video lessons or discussion posts for students and teachers that do not take place in real time but can be accessed at any time.
Synchronous activities – could range from weekly check-ins with students via phone or Teams meetings, to the use of activity feeds on virtual learning platforms that allow both teachers and students to post and respond to questions, “virtual” office hours to work in small groups or answer questions, to video or audio lessons.
Our educators will use their professional judgment and the knowledge of the needs of their students to determine the most appropriate form of synchronous and asynchronous activities they will undertake with their students. As a minimum, you can expect your child’s teacher(s) to provide some type of synchronous communication on a consistent, weekly basis.
The following documents provide some guidelines for parents and students to help ensure safe and effective live online learning:
- Learning at Home – Live Online Learning Tips for Parents
- Learning at Home – Live Online Learning Tips Students
- Use of Technology and Digital Citizenship – Policy No. I-43 and Procedure No. VI-62
Access to Schools to Gather Personal Belongings
We know there are a number of students who left personal belongings in their lockers or classrooms. We are currently working with Halton Region Public Health on a plan that will allow students and/or parents to access our schools safely to gather any personal belongings that were left at school prior to the closure. More information will be provided as soon as a plan has been confirmed.
End of Year Celebrations–Attention Grade 8 Parents and Students
While this period of school closures due to COVID-19 has been challenging for many of our students, it has been an especially difficult time for our graduating students in Grades 8. The transition from elementary school to secondary school represent significant milestones for students, and for their families. It is a time all students, families and staff look forward to, and the last few months of the school year are typically marked with end-of-year trips, and various celebrations to commemorate their achievements.
As a school district, we are committed to ensuring that the Class of 2020 is honoured and celebrated. Every school in our district will hold some form of virtual graduation celebration in June. We are in the process of planning events to mark these special occasions and will be seeking your input on this. Parents and students please watch for communication shorlty as we seek your input and suggestions.
Resources Available for Families in Halton
We recognize that this can be a very challenging time for our families. Please know that we are here for you and that we care about you. Please visit the Board website for a list of resources available for families in Halton who may need some extra support during this time. As always if there is anything we can do to support you, please let us know via email.
Grade 6-8 Literacy and Math Summer Programs
The Halton Catholic District School Board’s Thomas Merton Centre for Continuing Education is pleased to be offering Literacy and Math Summer Programs for Grades 6, 7, and 8 students from July 6 – July 17, 2020 (Session 1) and July 20 – July 31, 2020 (Session 2).
Please note that due to the current COVID-19 situation, the health and well-being of our students continues to remain our highest priority. All Session 1 and Session 2 classes will be offered in a distance (e-learning) format this summer.
NOTE: Teachers will be committed to providing an engaging educational experience and interactive lessons in a virtual format to review the past school year, in preparation for next year. Educators will provide live and/or pre-recorded lessons for all students.
For program details, please review the following information sheet: Literacy and Math Distance Learning Summer Programs
New this year ~ online registration is available for Session 1 and 2. You may register your child for one or both sessions by filling out the following online form: Summer Distance Learning
The online form to register your child is due by Friday, June 26, 2020.
A Caring Family Member
Our Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectation for the month of May is
A Caring Family Member
- I love God, myself and my family.
- I care about and respect my ‘family’ at school, at Church, in the community, and the world.
- I care about and respect God’s creation and everything in it.
- Because I care, I pray for all my families, and I will live my life like Jesus.
Due to school closures, we will be providing parents with a different option for the Spring Kindergarten Parent Orientation. More information will be shared soon. Thank you for your continued support and patience.
Are you planning on moving before the end of this school year or in the summertime? If yes, please email our school secretary, Mrs. Pirruccio at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know so that we can update our information and prepare for September 2020.
Please follow us on Twitter @SJPIIOakville ~ We MISS our students and the laughter & joy in our hallways & classrooms!
Take good care.
Mrs. Choma and Mrs. Scannell