Monthly Archives: March 2020

INTRODUCING WCDSBLearn@Home

Dear Parents / Caregivers,

As you may be aware, on March 20th the Ontario government launched the Learn at Home online portal to provide resources for families so students can continue their education while schools are closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

Learn at Home offers all students high-quality, made-in-Ontario math and literacy resources, created by Ontario-certified educators, in both English and French.

Elementary resources are designed to help young students learn at home with interactive activities that encourage participation through entertaining and stimulating digital content.

High school content was designed with a focus on STEAM courses and ensure core competencies and skills are reinforced. The government is also providing access to course content for students who take the initiative to refresh and extend their learning.

In conjunction with this important initiative, our staff continue to work very hard creating a plan to ensure that your child is connected to local learning opportunities on an ongoing basis as we navigate our way through these very challenging times.

If you have not already, you will soon be contacted by your child’s teacher to check in, explain what to expect in coming weeks and discuss any specific learning or resource needs. We look forward to moving to teacher-initiated learning beginning on Monday, April 6.

To assist in that process, we have developed our own WCDSBLearn @ Home website.

In coming days we will be adding resources and information to help keep the learning process moving forward – including a link to all of the outstanding resources and ideas that were provided during #STEAMDays, as well as some important mental health and well being information.

The site will be updated regularly, as new resources become available.  But starting April 6th you child will have regular Teacher-led learning coming directly to them.  We are using the time to ensure we have equity of access and consistency in terms of how we are moving forward during these exceptional times.

We also want to again acknowledge that this could be a time of great uncertainty and anxiety for our students. We are truly blessed to have our faith and prayer to aid us at this time.  Our God walks with us always and the Holy Father reminds us that prayer is a sign that we are not alone.

Finally – we encourage you to continue closely following any and all directives from our governments and Region of Waterloo Public Health.  As a global community – we have never been more connected by an event or issue and now is the time to do everything we can to ensure we can soon return to life as we knew it not so long ago.  We wish your family good health.

Please remain confident that we are here to support you, as we walk as a hope-filled community of faith toward the season of Easter and the re-birth it brings.

Refunds for Cashonline purchases

Hello families – we are starting to process our refunds for any purchases that were made through Cashonline.  This would include Pizza monies and field trips that have been cancelled due to the closure.  Please be patient as we work through this process.  Thank you for your support.  Enjoy the sun today Angels!

Update from School Staff

Dear Angel Families,

These are definitely trying times and the staff of St. Michael School wanted to send a quick note to let you know that we are all thinking of you and your families.  We know that this time can be difficult and we hope that you are ensuring your safety and practicing social distancing.  A special thank-you to those who are working in essential services right now as you are keeping our community going.  We are appreciative for all of your contributions.

We held a virtual staff meeting today in which ALL staff of St. Michael School were able to gather together in community.  It was clear that staff are missing the relationships with their students.  Please know that we are with you during this time.  All teachers will be reaching out to touch base with each family shortly.  You may receive a phone call, email or a message via Google Classroom or D2L.  Teachers are looking forward to connecting with their students and to see how things are going during this unprecedented time.

As directed by the Ministry and the Board we are providing you with a few resources you may find helpful at this point. Please understand that you are not expected to engage in all of the activities provided but rather to use the resources as you see fit for your family and their needs.  Take care Angel families.

WCDSB STEAM Days + Learn At Home

A Letter from the Director Education:  Letter to Parents School Closure COVID 19 Mar23 20

 

Special Message from the Chair of the Board & Director of Education

March 24, 2020

Dear Parents / Caregivers –

Since last we reached out to you, the global situation in relation to COVID-19 has continued to worsen and here at home we have seen unprecedented actions taken by our federal and provincial governments.  As you know, schools are now closed and it would appear that this will stretch beyond the Easter weekend, although exactly when we might return to face to face learning is not yet clear.  These decisions are being informed by a concern for preserving the health and safety of all, and in this regard we know that each of us shares this common goal.  Nonetheless, the news that students will be home indefinitely may be disconcerting to you and your child.

We want to assure you that at the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, we will be working to the best of our ability and in collaboration with the province, to ensure that your child is connected to learning opportunities.  We will use the initial two weeks for the board to support our teachers in establishing at least an initial contact with all of their students through the most appropriate means possible, including mail, phone, email or other channel.  We will try to use this time to establish what is needed to support teacher-led learning and to aid you as families, to the best of our abilities under the circumstances.

We also want to acknowledge that this could be a time of great uncertainty and anxiety for our students.  We would encourage you to visit our board website where a number of resources can be found that may be helpful to you or your child, as you navigate this time.  We are also truly blessed to have our faith and prayer to aid us at this time.  Our God walks with us always and the Holy Father reminds us that prayer is a sign that we are not alone.

While we are in the process of “gearing up”, we would remind parents that WCDSB has launched #STEAMDays, a fun and interactive way to be connected to activities that have a daily focus on science, technology, engineering, the arts or mathematics.  Further, the Ministry of Education has launched the website Learn at Home and you are encouraged to visit that site for learning activities.

Finally – we encourage you to closely follow any and all directives from our governments and Region of Waterloo Public Health.  As a global community – we have never been more connected by an event or issue and now is the time to do everything we can to ensure we can soon return to life as we knew it not so long ago.  We wish your family good health.  Remain confident that we are here to support you, as we walk as a hope-filled community of faith toward the season of Easter and the re-birth it brings.

Sincerely,

Loretta Notten                                                              Bill Conway

Director of Education                                                  Chair of the Board

Staff Parade Cancelled

Hello Angel families,

We are sorry to inform you that we will have to cancel our staff parade.  Due to the increased heightened messaging pushing us to not only social distance ourselves – but to STAY HOME – we will not be able to move forward with the parade.

We are overwhelmed with the amount of support by our amazing parent community ready and willing to support our school community and to enhance the connections between our students and staff.  It is truly what makes us people of faith.  With much deliberation and through, we have to be the models that our government is asking us to be and with that we have had to make the decision to try to find another way to connect.

Please continue to be safe and practice social distancing.

Sending love your way,

The staff of St. Michael School

STAFF PARADE – WEDNESDAY MARCH 25TH AT 12 NOON!!

Hello Angel families!

We are certainly in uncharted territory with the Coronavirus and the social distancing that has been taking place.  I have received numerous emails from the staff wondering how they can connect with students over the next two weeks of social isolation.  We will continue to connect you with the online resources that have been laid out by the Ministry along with our very own STEAM Days taking place through WCDSB. These resources are there to help your child academically but we also want to support the social needs of your child as well.  We miss them incredibly and want them to know.

Our staff has organized a STAFF PARADE that will take place this WEDNESDAY MARCH 25th at 12 noon!  Staff who are able to participate will be driving down the streets of our school community looking to wave and say hello to our students – who we miss terribly!  We ask that you practice social distancing and have your children – and yourself – wave from your driveways as we stroll by in our vehicles!  This is just one way to show that we care and cherish the relationships we have with our students.  We are all trying to shine a little bit of sunshine wherever and whenever we can!  We hope to see you our on your porches and driveways on Wednesday Angels!!