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Weekly Update January 10-14, 2022

 “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” Jimmy Dean

Thank You!

Thank you to all our staff, students and parents for a very successful first week of online learning for all! We want to acknowledge how challenging the move to online learning is for everyone ~ staff, students, and families. We are grateful to our staff for the many extra hours of work they put in to create engaging and relevant content for the online environment. We are grateful to our students for showing up, and demonstrating their own resiliency in learning online, which is never ideal, and to all our families who supported their children any way that they can to keep the learning happening! We pray that this period of remote learning is short-lived, we want nothing more than to be all together in the school building again!

Attendance

During this period of remote learning, we continue to promote regular attendance, as it is important for students to remain engaged in their learning so they can stay on top of the curriculum and feel more connected to their peers while our school is closed. 

Our school day begins at 8:50 AM and again after lunch at 12:50 PM with whole class group meetings. Our teachers will be taking attendance during these meetings. If your child is not in attendance at these meetings, they will be marked as absent. Please continue to use our to report your child’s absence in School Messenger. We will be following our usual process of contacting parents and guardians when student absences are not reported. 

If your child is unable to attend class meetings for reasons relevant to your family situation, please contact your child’s teacher. We recognize how difficult this time is for families and know that each family situation is unique. We would like to work with you to adapt the learning environment to meet your family’s individual needs and in special circumstances can adapt our attendance protocols for your current situation.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership. Now, more than ever, ongoing communication between home and school is key to your child’s success and well-being. 

School On-Line Learning Etiquette – in accordance to our Safe School and Bully & Prevention Plan

School is all about learning academics, but whether we are online or face-to-face, it is also a place where we learn to socialize with others. Manners are a crucial part in anyone’s life; school etiquette teaches children how to behave in a way that is kind and respectful to everyone. In our global society, it is important that we learn how to get along with others. Effective communicators are able to present their ideas, their needs, and information clearly, honestly and with sensitivity to others. A responsible citizen promotes equality, democracy, and solidarity for a just, peaceful and compassionate society that respects and affirms the diversity of the world’s people and cultures. Teaching etiquette will equip students with the tools that will help them interact in the professional world. These skills will also help children resolve issues such as misunderstandings and arguments in their everyday life as well.

As a school community, we are going to have an emphasis on school etiquette. This is part of the work of our Safe School Action Team. During this period of remote learning, our focus will be on Online Etiquette. Our students have made great strides in learning how to use technology, and making sure that they are treating others with respect in our online Catholic community.  We request your continued partnership in reviewing expectations and modeling positive online behaviours in your home. Below you will find a few items that we will be reviewing with our students.  We ask that you also review them as a family to support a safe, welcoming, and inclusive experience for all during these challenging times. 

BEFORE a Meet

  • Be dressed and ready to participate.
  • Be seated at a desk or table, if possible.
  • Be finished with snacks and meals so you are not chewing/drinking or distracted.
  • Remind family members you are going to be online and background noise can be heard when your mic is on.  You might make your own “On Air” or “Do Not Disturb” sign to cue others in your home.
  • Put away cell phones so that you can refrain from “outside” chats and participate fully in the lesson.

BEFORE you click “Join”

  • Check your background on screen.
  • Test your microphone

DURING a Meet:

  • Mute your microphone when your teacher is speaking, or it is not your turn.
  • Try to be on camera, unless asked to turn it off.  It is encouraging for your teacher and class to see your positive “body language” on screen (e.g, nodding, thumbs up, smiling, hand up)
  • If you need to step away, put it in the chat or make a “T” to with your hands to indicate “time out,” instead of interrupting with your voice. 
  • In Breakout rooms or whole group discussion, remain on topic.  Use a notepad to remind you of the question being asked or to jot down something to help you remember what you would like to say.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions (out loud/in Chat, if accessible).  This is how we learn!
  • Everyone appreciates manners (e.g., please, thank you, excuse me, raising a hand)
  • Understand that it is not the time to conduct personal conversations with classmates/friends.  These conversations interrupt and distract from learning time.
  • Participate!

AFTER a Meet: Look ahead to know what you will be working on next or when you need to meet again. Then…

  • Step away from all devices and the TV.
  • Take a body break. Walk away from your workspace.
  • Bend. Stretch. Get some fresh air.
  • Have something to eat.  Drink some water.

Communication with School Staff

Please connect with your children’s’ teachers regarding any concerns you may have regarding your children’s’ learning. The best way to reach the teachers is via email. Please note that teachers will be engaged in their virtual classroom during the instructional day and may not be able to respond immediately to inquiries. Please allow 24 hours for them to respond. We ask also that you send your emails during working hours to respect teachers’ time with their own families.

Change in Learning Environment

Information with regards to changing your child’s learning environment from in-person learning to the virtual school, or vise versa, was emailed from the HCDSB to families this past week. If you are interested in changing your child’s learning environment, the deadline to apply is January 14th, 2022. Please see prior emails, website or hcdsb.org.

The information is also available in other languages on our Board website. 

Mrs. Riesberry

Riesberry, JulieWeekly Update January 10-14, 2022