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Weekly Update for Week of April 26, 2021

Keeping our Community Safe

As we continue to learn virtually, we recognize how challenging and difficult this can be for families!  We are asking that you continue to stay home and follow the Province-wide stay-at-home order that is currently in effect.  This commitment will help us get the cases under control, so we can get back to face-to-face learning. 

For more information about COVID-19 in Halton, please click on the link below.

https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/Public-Health

Attendance

We recognize that it can be difficult navigating your household, while at the same time, being online with your children.  Given that we are remote, it is even more critical that you call in your child’s absence.  If we are unable to locate children with the automatic callouts, we then begin to call all the contact numbers we have.  Once we have exhausted those numbers and still unable to verify a child’s whereabouts, the last step in our Safe Arrival policy is to contact the police for a welfare check.  Please refer to the following link to reporting half-day and full, day absences:

Kindergarten Information Meeting

Within the next month, all families who have registered a child who will be starting Kindergarten in September of 2021, will be receiving an email with a link to our Kindergarten Information Meeting.  This meeting will not be held on a specific date but instead, the email will contain a link to the presentation to new Kindergarten parents that could be watched at any day or time at your leisure.  Please keep your eyes out for this email if you have a child who is registered to join our St. Scholastica Kindergarten Community in September. 

Class Placement Considerations for the 2021-2022 School Year

Soon we will be starting the process of creating “tentative” classes for the 2021-2022 school year. It must be emphasized that the placements will be tentative, as late year and summer registrations will undoubtedly affect our actual September 2021 school organization. We once again ask any families that will not be returning to St. Scholastica in September 2021 to inform the school office as soon as possible. 

The following information is to help you understand the process by which class placements are determined. We would also like to highlight the importance of embracing each new year as a new learning experience, growing as Catholic students and always striving to develop within the Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations.

Factors Addressed in Student Class Placement

When forming class groupings, the following factors are given due consideration:

  1. Equitable balance of boys and girls in each of the classes at any grade level.
    1. A range of academic ability and potential in each class at any grade level. A range of academic and behavioral needs shared among classes at any grade level (i.e. classes are not “streamed”).
    1. We try to place a student in a “straight-grade” class if he/she is graduating from a combined class, however, this is not always possible. All students may end up in a combined class at some point in time over their elementary schooling. Combined grades are excellent opportunities for student learning and should not be seen through a negative lens.
    1. Social considerations such as we try to place a student with a friend. Note, this should not be taken to mean that a student would be placed with his/her “best” friend. Children can develop new friendships and sometimes “best friends,” are not strong academic friends.
    1. Class size across the same grade levels are kept as equal as possible.
    1. Teacher professional judgment on the needs of the students.

The Process

The classroom teachers at a given grade will meet as a group to form class lists for the next academic year based on the criteria listed above. These lists are taken as proposals to the Principal. Alterations in class composition are discussed and tentative class lists drafted through a collaborative process.  Class lists then remain confidential and tentative pending necessary changes due to increased/decreased student enrollment.

Special Placement Considerations

Should extenuating circumstances or special considerations affect class placement for your child/ren, please direct these, in writing via email, to Mrs. Sweeney-Hurd at Sweeney-hurde@hcdsb.org. This email should outline the specific learning needs of your child. Emails will be received only until Monday, May 10th, 2021.

In all fairness and candor, the mere preference for one teacher over another does not qualify as an extenuating circumstance or special need.  As you know, staffing can change in June and over the summer and as such, emails specifying named teachers will not be considered.

MacLennan, LisaWeekly Update for Week of April 26, 2021