“The joy of the Lord is your strength (Neh 8:10). The joy of the Lord is the great strength we possess which drives us to continue being witnesses of life. Today let us ask for the grace of this joy, which is a fruit of the Holy Spirit.”Pope Francis
Distance Learning for Students
As our second week of distance learning ends, we hope that parents and students have begun to set a routine that best suits their family and learning needs. Remember the guidelines set by the Ministry of Education, and do the best you can to continue learning while remaining safe, happy and healthy. Please also continue to access the distance learning resources made available to you on our school and board websites.
Thank you to all the staff, parents and students for continuing to work together to support this new learning model. Together we can achieve anything!
We continue to pray for our community, the front line workers and those suffering during this time. Please keep following the advice of our Public Health professionals as you care for yourselves and your family. Be safe and well!
Accessing Websites for Teacher-led Distance Learning
There are three main websites that students will be using to access their teacher-led distance learning:
- Google Classrooms
- Brightspace D2L (Desire to Learn)
- Microsoft Office 365 (includes Office applications such as Word, OneNote, and Teams)
Your child’s teacher will have communicated which site your children will be using to access their learning, along with the required usernames and passwords.
Students can also access D2L and Office 365 sites from the board’s public website here by choosing the correct program from the column on the right-hand side of the webpage.
If you have trouble accessing the sites, please contact your child’s teacher, and be patient as he or she works through the problem with you.
There are many helpful sites for parents and students posted on our school and Board websites. They include tips, guidelines and resources to help support families in distance learning. Please continue to check the websites regularly as more information gets posted. You will also notice there is a new tab called ‘Learn at Home’ at the top of our landing page of our school website which contains many valuable resources.
Home School Communication
Now more than ever the relationship between home and school is key to your child’s success, and we will continue to keep the lines of communication open with our parents. Please note that this week each teacher has posted their classroom, “Week At A Glance”, which outlines the next steps and learning opportunities for the coming week on their classroom platform. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any concerns about their learning.
St. Mary Tip
Use Attention to Manage Behaviour
Kids will naturally crave attention while stuck at home all day.
Parents can give attention thoughtfully to encourage good behavior:
Children may respond to stress in different ways such as being more clingy, feeling anxious, withdrawing, showing anger or agitation.
- Give generous praise for being flexible.
- “Actively ignore” (don’t acknowledge) minor problem behaviour.
- Use time together as a motivator: “We can play a game if you do your schoolwork while I take this call.”
- Respond to your child’s reactions in a supportive way, listen to their concerns and give them extra love and attention.
The #HCDSB Social Work team has put together a list of resources available for Halton families who may need some extra support during this time. See this list of resources here: https://bit.ly/3aEdmem #TogetherApartHCDSB
We continue to draw on our faith and offer prayers for the safety and well-being of those who are sick, and those who are working on the frontlines to care for them.
K. Dobbie & D. Comito
Principal Vice- Principal