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Weekly Update: April 6, 2020

Living Holy Week following Jesus means learning how to come out of ourselves to reach out to others, to go to the outskirts of existence, to be the first to move towards our brothers and sisters, especially those who are most distant, those who are forgotten, those who are most in need of understanding, consolation and help.  There is so much need to bring the living presence of Jesus, merciful and full of love.”Pope Francis

Online Learning Platforms

HCDSB has approved the following platforms for distance learning:  D2L, Microsoft 365/Teams and Google Classroom.  All classroom educators have established one of these platforms for their class.  You will receive a message from your child’s teacher today outlining the learning opportunities for the coming week.  If you have not received a message from your child’s educator, please try connecting with them via email, Twitter, Remind, etc. which may have already been established earlier in the year.

Teacher-Led Distance Learning for Students

Our staff at St. Mary is committed to doing the best they can, under the current circumstances, in realigning their programs to a simulated environment. This allows students to complete their school year with success. ​ We are in the process of adapting and building staff capacity with this ​new model. However, we do recognize that each staff member is at a different stage with regards to how to deliver teacher-led distance learning for students.  Ministry expectations are that educators will prepare assigned work and provide feedback to students on the work they complete. Teacher engagement with students is expected but it will vary depending on varying circumstances. When a teacher ​has built capacity in delivering distance learning for students, they will opt to use various communication methods that would be most appropriate for the grades they teach.  According to the Ministry, real-time online interactions are not an expectation for educators. Thank you for your support and continued patience as we all navigate the unknown together.

Communication and Junk Folder

Some of our teacher communication is going to parents’ junk or clutter folders. Please make sure to check your junk and clutter folders so that you do not miss any communication. 

Support For Families

This is a difficult time in our lives right now. Some families may be struggling. This is understandable and for this reason HALTON FOOD FOR THOUGHT, FOOD FOR LIFE and FOOD 4 KIDS has put together a resource offering support to families. Please click HERE to access the resource. For those families that require support with other basic needs, other than food, please contact Ms Dobbie.

Refunds

We plan to issue refunds to parents for food items, trips, etc., that have been cancelled due to school closures. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this process in the upcoming weeks.

St. Mary Tip

Talking with Children -Tips for Parents:

ENCOURAGE OPEN CONVERSATION
You may not feel like you have all the answers, but it’s important to encourage children to ask questions. 

Here’s how:

  • Model calm behavior while providing information in a developmentally appropriate way
  • Provide reassurance, empathy and encouragement in the face of uncertainty.
  • For example, “I know things are different, but we will get through it together.”

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

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Elementary Vice-PrincipalWeekly Update: April 6, 2020