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Weekly Update January 10-14, 2022

Happy new year! We hope that you all had a wonderful holiday with your loved ones. We kindly ask you to please take a few minutes to read the information below.

Remote Learning Extended

Ontario school boards have been required to move elementary and secondary schools to teacher-led remote learning on January 5, 2022.  Elementary schools will be closed for in-person learning until January 17, 2022 – all elementary students will learn remotely from home. In-school instruction for elementary school students will resume on Monday, January 17, 2022.

Teacher Absences

There may be times when your child’s teacher must be absent due to illness or other reasons. When this happens, we do our best to ensure a supply teacher is assigned to cover the class for the day.  Unfortunately, due to ongoing demands across our school district, supply teachers are not always available to cover every absence on any given day.

When a supply teacher is assigned, they will take attendance in the morning, and again after lunch, as per our usual practice. Your child will work on the asynchronous activities that have been posted in D2L, and the supply teacher will be available to answer questions and support students through these activities.

If a supply teacher is not available, your child will work on the asynchronous activities posted on D2L.

Regardless of whether a supply teacher has been assigned to cover the classroom teacher’s absence, your child’s Core French/Science/Arts class will proceed and the FSL/PTM/Arts teacher will be online to provide synchronous instruction, as scheduled.

We will communicate with parents and guardians when a classroom teacher is absent, and let you know if a supply teacher has been assigned.  

Thank you for your ongoing flexibility, support and understanding during this period of remote learning.

Attendance

Attendance continues to be an integral part in student learning. While students are participating in Remote Learning, they are expected to be in full attendance and participating in their classes. Educators will be taking attendance twice daily (as we regularly do in the mornings and the afternoons). If you know that your child will be away, please report absence in the Safe Arrival System. If your child is marked absent by the educator without you reporting the absence, you will receive a notification. We appreciate your support and understanding.

Health and Physical Education Curriculum in a Remote Learning Setting

Please see the attached document regarding information and a checklist for parents/guardians whose child/ren will be participating in the Health and Physical Education Curriculum in a Remote Learning setting. Remote-HPE-Parent-Guardian-Information-and-Checklist

Pizza Lunch Orders

Due to the school closures, in school learning and virtual school learning entry change dates we will send out an email to parents advising them about Pizza refunds and future ordering.

Pizza orders placed from October 27/21 – January 12/22

We will distribute pizza lunches for the two remaining weeks of ordered pizza lunches when schools reopen for in school learning. Any students who will not be returning to in school learning and ordered pizza for the above date will be refunded.

Pizza Orders placed for January 19/22 – February 23/22

All pizza orders will be fully refunded.

Future pizza orders will be offered once we return to in school learning

Advanced New Registrations for 2022-2023 School Year

To facilitate planning for the 2022-2023 school year, we encourage all families intending to register new children at St. Nicholas (including Kindergarten registrations) by following the guideline posted on the front page of our website: New Registrations 2022-23 School Year. Online registrations are now open. Once you’ve registered online, the office will contact you for further instructions to complete your registration.

We look forward to welcoming our new kindergarten students and their families in the Fall 2022!

Change in Learning Environment

Information regarding changing your child’s learning environment from in-person learning to the virtual school or vise versa, went out to parents this week. Please note, if you do request a change of learning environment to the virtual school, your child will be demitted from St. Nicholas and registered at the virtual school St. Clare of Assisi and they will have a different classroom teacher(s). You will no longer be receiving any messages or communication from our school as you will be registered with the virtual school (this is different from the process last year). If you are interested in changing your child’s learning environment, the deadline to apply is January 14th and more information can be found here.

We wish our families a safe weekend and encourage our families to check our board website for any important updates!

We anxiously await our students return on January 17th! Keep safe!

Mr. Agro and Mrs. Spotswood

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Spotswood, ChristineWeekly Update January 10-14, 2022