Dear Parents and Guardians,
We have come to the end of our first week of distance learning. The goal this week was to welcome everyone into the virtual classroom and re-establish the connection between our teachers and students. It was not the kind of ‘back to school’ reunion we have always enjoyed following a break. There were no smiling faces in our hallways, no sounds of laughter by the lockers. It was not what we might hope for, but the best we can do in the circumstances, and it was great to see our staff and students come together again, if only virtually. Please remember that ALL students need to connect through their platforms and with their teachers, so if you have not yet logged on or responded to your teacher, please do so immediately.
We also had to deal with the loss of one of our students at St. Michael Catholic School which has affected us all in a very upsetting way. As a sign of our collective grief, our school flag will continue to be flown at half mast over the weekend. Please continue to keep the family and everyone in our St. Michael community in your thoughts and prayers. Please know that when we are able to come together, we will be honouring the memory of this loss in a collective and supportive way.
I want to thank you for your ongoing patience, understanding and support during this period. I know this is a challenging time. Many of our parents are balancing working from home, while also caring for loved ones, and now helping your children transition to distance instruction. This is also true of many of our staff who are caring for their own children and loved ones while learning new ways to support student learning. As with anything new, I know it will take some time before we fully adjust to this new way of teaching and learning, but as we all become more comfortable, it will get easier. We are in this together, and we will all keep doing the best we can to meet the needs of our students.
Please remember to check our school website https://elem.hcdsb.org/stmichael for more information, updates, staff emails (under Contacts) and other Board related news.
As we head into the Easter long weekend and look forward to the greatest celebration of our Catholic faith, we are reminded that even in our darkest hour, there is hope. Easter will feel different this year. We will not gather as a community at Easter Mass, and we will not be able to share a meal with extended family and friends. We will find new ways to celebrate this holiest of days at home.
I have attached the Holy Week at Home resources to help your family observe the sacred Triduum and celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord (Easter Sunday) from home. Please see the attachment/link at the bottom of this email.
I wish you and your family a blessed and joyful Easter celebration. Please continue to follow the advice of our public health professionals and stay well. Have a wonderful weekend. The staff of St. Michael look forward to connecting with our students again on Tuesday!