We hope that you and your family are doing well during this time. It has been a busy week and hope that you and your child(ren) were able to continue engaging in work on Google Classroom. Our staff have been very eager to provide support and feedback on the work which has been submitted. Please take a moment to read the items below, as they pertain to resources that you can access at home and a class placement reminder.
CMPS Library Resources:
Parents can access our school virtual library and resources with their child. When accessing the line below, please note that you must log in with your child’s user id and password.
Class Placements –Reminder
As a reminder, for families wishing to submit a class placement request, please note requests after May 8th will not be considered. If you wish to submit a request, please note that specific teacher requests will not be taken. Requests can include suggestions such as learning preferences and learning environment structures that will benefit your child. During this process, many factors are taken into account, such as Ministry and Board guidelines, individual needs, academic achievement, emotional and social development, behaviours, gender balance, English Language Learner and Special Education needs and work habits. Please note, the final decision for the placement of all students at Carrville Mills rests with the Principal and Vice Principal, in consultation with staff. Thank you in advance for your support and confidence in making the best possible choice for your child’s class placement for next year.
Online Resources and Tips
Typing Program: If you are interested in having your child learn to type; consider trying one of these free-online typing programs. https://www.todaysparent.com/family/fun-typing-games-for-kids/
Great Resource Page Posted on our YRDSB website: http://www.yrdsb.ca/Students/Pages/Online-Resources.aspx. This resource page connects you to activities connected to all subject areas.
these two updates were emailed to families last week:
1. Hot Lunch Cancellations and Lunch time activity programs
2. Grade 8 Graduation
We hope that you and your family are managing well during this time that we find our local and global society in. Your sense of calm, perseverance and resilience will bode well at this time.
As we enter Week 2 of teaching and learning, we hope that all students are able to engage in online learning. This week, families that require technology for students to use will be available for pick-up. Families that have requested technology, via the YRDSB questionnaire, will be contacted by the end of the day on Tuesday, April 14th, outlining the parameters for their scheduled drive-through pick-up.
Wellness and Mental Health
As your family continues to adjust to our current change in the environment, it would be important for everyone to be mindful of ones’ wellness and mental health. You are encouraged to take some time to read through the following information and access the various links as needed.
Actions to support Mental Health
Exercise and eat healthy
Maintain good sleep habits
Practice gratitude and mindfulness
Connect with family and friends virtually or over the phone
Prevent and manage stress when it happens
Tips for Speaking with your Child about COVID-19
Home and schools, when they are open, are safe places. School staff work with families and public safety providers (public health authorities, local emergency responders, hospitals, etc.) to keep you safe.
We all have a role to play in staying safe and healthy.
Don’t dwell on the worst possibilities. Although there is no absolute guarantee that something bad will never happen, it is important to understand the difference between the possibility of something happening and the probability that it will affect you or your school.
A global pandemic may be difficult to understand. Doing things that you enjoy, sticking to your normal routine at home. While practicing social distancing, remember that there are other ways to communicate with family and friends (video calling, telephone, social media, etc.) and doing so may help us feel better and keep us from worrying about the event.
Students can be part of the positive solution by participating in healthy activities at home and school when it reopens, learning the messages from public health, and seeking help from an adult if they or a peer is struggling with anger, depression, or other emotions they cannot control.
Some additional Math and Language Supports for home
The Board and Ministry have provided many resources to support learning at home. In addition, last week, teachers began to provide specific learning tasks and learning, through feedback for their students. Also, please don’t forget to access these previously published Ministry of Education Kindergarten to Grade 6 print resources that illustrate several math and language connections that you can try at home.
Reading and Writing: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/literacynumeracy/parentguideliten.pdf
Some families have contacted the school via email regarding our hot lunch program. Please rest-assured that a process for refunding families will take place once we have direction from the Ministry of Education regarding school-reopening. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
With the change in our learning environment, one key aspect of staying connected is to ensure that we communicate with you via email and our school blog. In light of this, we are moving away from our monthly online newsletter to more frequent parent emails and blog posts. Please take a moment to review the following information:
1. We have some staffing changes at this time. Ms. Persaud has begun a personal leave of absence. As we work through the hiring process, several of our Carrville Staff and Grade 4 team members have taken on the online teaching of this classroom. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Also, two other changes occurred prior to the March Break. Firstly, Ms. Chudy and Mr. Mourgelas have begun personal leaves of absence. Please give a ‘virtual’ welcome to Mr. Sellar and Ms. Unal as they have joined our teaching staff in the K/1 and Grade 6 classes respectively.
2. Technology Survey – If you require technology for your student to access online learning from home, please be sure to visit the Board website; www.yrdsb.ca and complete the technology survey. Technology distribution to students and families will be coordinated centrally from the Board office, not at the school level. Please stay tuned for more details coming the week of April 13, 2020.
3. Online, Teacher-led learning will begin on Monday, April 6, 2020. Teachers have been reaching out to families this past week to ensure everyone is aware. The vast majority of our community has been contacted. If you have not heard from your child’s teacher yet, please know they will continue to reach out to you. Please check your email (junk/spam folder) and be sure to answer calls that show up as ‘unknown’. If you have any problems accessing online learning for your child, please contact your child’s teacher. Also next week, teachers will be sending out notifications (either posted on Google Classroom or a parent email) about their daily office hours. These are real-time office hours, where staff will be accessible online in order to support your child as they work through their learning tasks.
The staff is looking forward to connecting and learning with their students again. This new format of learning is new for all of us. Let’s move slowly, ask questions and learn together as a community.
Thank you in advance for all of your support and patience. In closing, be well and take care of yourselves and your families. Looking forward to next week.