Good afternoon to all our St. Michael Families!
I am sure you have all been inundated with the news of the school closure from the media and our Board, and from individual messages from your child(ren)’s teacher(s). As we end this week faced with the extended closure, here are a few important updates that we as a school can assist you with at home as we move through these times together:
Minister of Education Announcement – The Minister of Education Stephen Lecce announced that all schools will continue to be closed until at least May 4th. By now, all our teachers have reached out to either you or your child to connect and introduce them to their distance learning platform. This may look different in each grade, so please ensure that your child is able to log into their teacher’s platform. Starting on Monday, teachers will create some learning activities to complete at home based on the Ministry’s guidelines for distance learning at home during the school closure. In a nutshell, the expectations outlined are to provide work for students that equate to one hour a day from Kindergarten to Grade 6, and two hours per day in Grades 7 & 8. The focus in all grades is Literacy and Numeracy, and in Grades 4-8 an additional focus in Science and the Social Studies. Our entire school has attempted to reach out to all families, so if you were unable to connect please email your child’s teacher back! They are looking forward to hearing from you! The email addresses of each teacher can be found on our school website (under Contact). Also, a reminder the Minister has announced that this year’s EQAO Assessments have been cancelled, and all students will still receive a final report card. Please refer to further communication from HCDSB regarding expectations from the Ministry and refer to our school and Board websites for updates.
First Communion Celebrations – Message from the church: “First Communion celebrations (including First Reconciliation) are cancelled for the moment until further direction from the Bishop. At this time, any updates will be passed along to the school to post on our website and in email communications. It looks like the celebrations may happen after the summer. Stay tuned!”
May 4th – Schools are scheduled at this point to reopen on May 4th. Please continue to check our School Website, the HCDSB website (www.hcdsb.org), news reports and email communications from the HCDSB for any further information.
Renovation Update – If you have been by the school, you will see that the foundations have been created for the new childcare centre! Please remember that this is still a construction area, and all public parks and school playgrounds have been closed due to the pandemic.
Future Trips – Trips that were planned in April have been, or are in the process of, being cancelled. Information about refunds through Cash Online will come soon. This will also apply to funds for Quiznos for the month of April, and any other trips that may be cancelled should our school closure extend beyond May 4th. We will keep you posted when we have information about the future and will always ensure that the safety of our students will be the deciding factor on whether these trips will continue. In any event, funds will be reimbursed if necessary. I would advise to hold off on any future payments until further notice.
During this time of uncertainty, our Mental Health is the most important skill we all need to focus on. Stay healthy, follow the directions of our Provincial government, and we will all return together soon!
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!
This weekend is Palm Sunday. Even though we are not able to gather together in Church, please begin this upcoming Holy Week full of prayer and promise for a safe and healthy one during this most important time. God bless you all!
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