April 17th Update

posted Apr 18, 2020, 6:21 AM by Roisin Philippe

April 17th

Hello Parents and Guardians

We hope that you are able to continue to keep health and safety at the forefront of your day. Today at 1pm, our Minister of Education Mr Lecce, as well as our Premier Mr Ford held a press conference. The answer that was given when asked when the schools will reopen was that they are waiting for direction from the Chief Medical Officer. You should have received an email from the School board today outlining more information revolving around the Minister’s direction and additional support. Here is the link to the OCSB website where you will find the most recent updates.  

We will be continuing with our programming that we have been offering for the past two weeks. I want to thank our teachers and educators for working collaboratively and stretching their learning by finding new ways to provide learning opportunities for their students. We continue to explore, learn and share which techniques work best. I also want to thank all of the parents who have been patient as we navigate this new path and who have provided feedback to their teachers. It is wonderful to hear that those of you who have wanted to and who have found the opportunity to access the material the teachers have provided are finding it to be helpful. I can’t stress enough that the work that is provided is optional and is to be used at your discretion. If you are having difficulty accessing the work provided for your child, please email me so that I can put you in contact with the teacher. Please do not feel pressured to have your child complete all that is provided or even any of it, if this is not feasible for you at this time. This is not meant to add any stress. We know that this is not ideal but we are continuing to do our best to provide meaningful activities that are equitable for all students in the class. 

As we enter this online world in a deeper sense with our teaching, we are faced with certain obstacles that are difficult to solve from this end. We ask that you monitor your child’s activity online carefully, continuing to remind them to respect the etiquette rules of online chats, this includes emails from student to student, and to check with you before replying to an email that seems unusual. There are many scams that are appearing and we want to keep our students safe. 

We realize that some families are going through an especially difficult time financially at the moment. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me by email so that I can see how we can offer support. 

I would like to thank you for your contributions to our Wellness Fund! We continue to keep our students and their families in our prayers but we have a few that we say extra prayers for daily, one of them is our friend Ollie. We continue to collect money for his family as he undergoes treatment in Toronto. Our Wellness Funda can be accessed through School Cashonline through our school website.

We also have some exciting news to share with you. Our Vice-Principal Teri Shurb will be moving schools in August 2020. We want to thank her for all that she has done for our St George students and community at large and congratulate her on her new appointment as Vice-Principal at St Thomas Moore School. We will miss her next year but we know that this is an excellent learning opportunity for her as she moves forward in her administrative role. 

Grade 6 parents:  You should have received an email from me earlier this week with a survey for next year. It is very important that you complete this survey as soon as possible in order for us to plan for your child’s transition to grade 7. It should only take a few minutes to complete. There is a correction to that message. There is no need to complete an online registration if your child is moving to Notre Dame or another school within our school board. The only thing that is needed at this time is the completed survey. Sorry for any confusion. If you did not receive the survey and your child is in grade 6, please send me an email. Thank you for your support with this. 

Lastly, I would like to share another story with you. My story this week is in French and it’s one of Robert Munsch’s stories, so you know it is going to be silly! Les pompiers

Once again, please do not hesitate to reach out if you need support. Roisin.philippe@ocsb.ca

Have a wonderful weekend!