Hello St. Paul Families,
On May 19th, the Ministry of Education announced that they are extending the school closure period for all students for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. This decision has been made as a safety precaution to protect our students and help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community. All HCDSB schools and workplaces will remain closed until Friday June 26, 2020. We will be providing details on how staff, students and parents will be able to enter the school safely to gather their personal items, return instruments, library and textbooks and technology that has been shared in the near future. Thank you for your patience and support of your children during this time.
Distance learning continues – Thank you for your incredible support with distancing learning from home. You are doing a fantastic job and we appreciate all of your efforts in keeping your children in routine and engaged in academic tasks during the school closure. The staff at St. Paul school are all here for you and your families. Please reach out to us if you need any support from the school.
Please review the Message from Mr. Daly around Distance Learning…
Distance Learning Continues:
While schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year, teacher-led distance instruction will continue in our virtual classrooms. Our focus since the beginning of this period of extended school closure has been to keep the health and well-being of our students, families and staff at the forefront, while providing continuity of learning for our students that is flexible and accessible. During this time, many of our teachers have explored a variety of teaching strategies and formats to engage students in distance learning. All of our educators have been working hard to provide meaningful distance instruction for students and we are pleased with the progress we have made in such a short period of time. With just over 5 weeks remaining in our school year, it is important that we continue to do all we can to keep your children (our students) engaged in their learning.
Our next step is to offer a variety of synchronous and asynchronous activities and instruction to maintain engagement and enhance the distance learning experience for our students. The expectation is that all teachers will continue to adapt their practice by offering a variety of both synchronous and asynchronous strategies.
Asynchronous activities -may include pre-recorded video lessons or discussion posts for students and teachers that do not take place in real time but can be accessed at any time.
Synchronous activities – could range from weekly check-ins with students via phone or Teams meetings, to the use of activity feeds on virtual learning platforms that allow both teachers and students to post and respond to questions, “virtual” office hours to work in small groups or answer questions, to video or audio lessons.
Our educators will use their professional judgment and the knowledge of the needs of their students to determine the most appropriate form of synchronous and asynchronous activities they will undertake with their students. As a minimum, you can expect your child’s teacher(s) to provide some type of synchronous communication on a consistent, weekly basis.
The following documents provide some guidelines for parents and students to help ensure safe and effective live online learning:
- Learning at Home – Live Online Learning Tips for Parents
- Learning at Home – Live Online Learning Tips Students
- Use of Technology and Digital Citizenship – Policy No. I-43 and Procedure No. VI-62
HCCEF 24 HOUR FAST – JUNE 3-4, 2020:
Please consider joining our St. Paul Team as we share some love/support to families in need in partnership with the Halton Catholic Children’s Education Foundation.
We are fasting to help us to connect to our neighbours who are in need – people who are forced to fast by their poverty. Struggling HCDSB families need your help to purchase food and other basic necessities. Please be kind, be generous and consider donating for the HCCEF 24 Hour Fast. You can do a one-time donation to help support students/families in our HCDSB community. Thank you!
Click on the link to join the team.
Here is the direct link for this Sunday mass. https://youtu.be/xVsSHUgExpQ
The mass will be available at 5 p.m today. As we continue to join in spirit to celebrate the eucharist, I want to assure you on behalf of Fr. Roshan and myself that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Particularly, I want to thank those parishioners who continue to call to inquire about our wellbeing. We are well. I also want to thank those who have been contributing financially, for the ongoing functioning of the parish. And a few of you have inquired about ways to support the parish. There are three ways you can do that.
First, you can send a cheque to the parish office through regular mail or you can drop it off at the mail slot in the parish office door.
Secondly, you can go to our website and find on the first page a link for online donation through Canada helps. Here is the direct link, COVID-19 Parish Fund – Diocese of Hamilton
COVID-19 Parish Fund – Diocese of Hamilton
Thirdly, you can also, sign up for pre-authorized giving. For your benefit, I am attaching the form. If you are choosing to do this, please send the form along with an empty cheque.
Once again thank your ongoing support to the parish and to one another. Let us continue to grow in love with God and to our neighbours. Let us care for each other.
With love and Prayers,
Francis Salasiar CSC
Have a great week everyone!