May 26 Letter home

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May 26, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We have really enjoyed welcoming the children of the essential service workers this week. As we prepare to welcome the whole school next week for partial in-class instruction, here is some information that you will find helpful.

K to Gr. 5 children with last names A to Jin-class learning on M and Th, remote learning on T, W and F

K to Gr. 5 children with last names K to Z – in class learning on T and F, remote learning on M, W, Th

Gr. 6 children with last names A to J – in-class learning on M and remote learning on T, W, Th, F

Gr. 6 children with last names K to Z – in-class learning on T and remoting learning on M, W, T, F

*** There may be exceptions in classes that may have unequal number of students attending on particular days.  As well, some Gr. 6 students who are vulnerable will be invited to attend two days of in-class instruction.

For the children who need bus transportation, the buses will be in service starting Monday for those students who are eligible. There will not be bus service for the curtesy riders.

To minimize the number of people using each of the doors, we have split the classes up.  The students will enter and exit from the four doors into the school (please see the attached map).

Group A – students of  Mme Cammell/Mme Warren, Mr. Georgy Embree, Mr. Dion, Mr. Hackett – enter through the front doors and use the stairs in the centre.

Ms Flamank’s and Ms Lapointe’s students will enter and exit through the outside doors of the classrooms.

Group D – students of Mme Knicely, Mme Lazar, Mme Petre and Ms McQueen/Ms Cote will enter and exit from the doors in the undercover area.

Group G – students of Mme Paquette, Mrs. Parker, Mr. Parker, Mme Garlock will enter and exit through the back doors on the east across from the outdoor classroom and use the stairwell connected to the doors.

Group H – students of Mme Farstad, Mr. Castrillo, Ms Pender and Mme Regnier will enter and exit through the back door on the west by the soccer field and use the stairwell connected to the door.

Children of the ESWs – use the outside doors of the music room and the library.

Parents and guardians will be asked not to enter the building unless they have urgent matters to discuss.  If so, they can come in through the front door and check in at the office.  Email or phone call inquiries will be the best.

To minimize student contact, there are markers on the ground outside the designated doors for students so that they know where to stand.  The teachers will meet the children outside at 8:50 am and lead them to the classes.  Parents are asked not to enter the school.  Once in the rooms, the students will put their jackets, lunch boxes (with snacks and lunch) in the cloak room. They will wash their hands.  The students are to only use their own supplies and not share with others.  You are welcome to send the children with masks and personal hand sanitizers if you wish. Please send with the children to school with labelled, filled water bottle as the water fountains are closed for now but the water re-filling station is open.

If you choose to have your children use the playground before and after school, they are at their own risk (see the playground poster) as the equipment will not be disinfected.  However, washing hands before and after play will minimize the danger.  AS well, please work with your child to minimize contact with others. During school, the K and Gr. 1 classes will sign up to use different parts of the playground at recess and lunch.  The other classes will sign up to use the playground during class time.  The children will be washing hands before and after the use.

First, the basic health and safety procedures will be reviewed with the students.  Please go over the “Returning to In-school Class Instruction”(attached) at home with your children that is attached before they come to school. During the in-class days, the students will be learning mostly hands-on lessons on literacy and numeracy.  The teachers will focus on meeting the individual learning needs of each child.  While the children are at school, we are going to incorporate as much outdoor learning as possible so the students will be outside a lot.  Please dress them appropriately for the weather each day including footwear.  In their classrooms, the children will be further placed in smaller pods consisting of 5 to 6 students so that their social bubble is kept to a minimum.  At recess and lunch, the children will play outside with their pods in designated parts of the field.  They will be supervised when playing by the administrators and the EAs.  Before and after eating, recess and lunch the children will be directed to wash their hands.  Before leaving the school for their day, the children will help tidy the room, put their supplies away and wash their hands.  They will pick up their jackets, lunch bags, water bottle and led out of the same doors as they came in by their teachers.  They will be dismissed at 3 pm.

This week’s science video deals with the field of paleontology.  Some questions regarding:  how did the dinosaurs become extinct?  Did all dinosaurs go extinct?  How do we know? What are fossils and what do they tell us about the lifeforms in the past? How are extinct forms of life related to present day species?  How can you make a cast of a fossil using molds?

https://sites.google.com/sd48.bc.ca/k-2-learning/home

Thank you for your patience.  We look forward to welcoming the students back at school!

Sincerely,

 

Ji Ai Cho

Principal

May 19 letter home

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Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope that you and your family have had a wonderful weekend!

As per Ministry of Education’s BC’s Restart Plan, this week, we are planning to move toward Stage 3 of the continuous learning plan starting June 1st. The students will be returning for in-class instruction for 2 days per week as well as continuing with online learning on the other three days.   To accommodate the health and safety measures including physical distancing and reducing physical contact, classes will be limited to less than 50% of the normal class enrollment.  As well, we will be following strict health and safety protocols including hand washing and disinfecting guidelines.  Five days per week school is available for children of essential service workers, students with disabilities/diverse abilities and students who require additional supports. The five days of in-class instruction for essential service workers’ children will start on May 25th who will be supported by the non-enrolling teachers in collaboration with the classroom teachers.  We will be in touch with the parents/guardians who are essential service workers this week to confirm the children’s return. The return to in-class instruction is a voluntary choice for the parents/guardians to decide at this time. We will be communicating the details of the return to school plan as soon as we have them finalized as we have to also consider the busing plan.  Please refer to the K-12 Education Restart Plan:

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/education/administration/kindergarten-to-grade-12/safe-caring-orderly/k-12-education-restart-plan.pdf

This week’s two science videos involve these questions:  What is lightning?  What is the connection between lightning and thunder?  How does can static electricity be produced?  How does static electricity affect objects?

https://sites.google.com/sd48.bc.ca/k-2-learning/home

We are looking forward to having the children back at school.

Sincerely,

Ji Ai Cho

Principal

One Stop Technology Shop for Parents

We’ve changed a couple of things to allow parents to find resources in “one convenient location”.   Here is the link for parents to access informative resources: https://sd48seatosky.org/resources-for-parents-2/

Thank you to the parents/guardians

Some of our staff have made a video to thank the parents and the guardians who are doing a tremendous job supporting the children at home at this time.  Please go the link:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MWrPUkmz4NSLhQSMqvBn_u4TXh-OTbrM/view?usp=sharing

May 12 Letter home

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May 12, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

This week, it was our pleasure to greet some of the students back at school.  For example, Mme Farstad had small groups of students come and garden with her.  As well, we are working with a few students a few times a week for short periods of time face to face to engage and continue with their learning.  We are so happy to see them and they seem to be enjoying this opportunity.  We thank all the staff for working so hard with the students remotely and in person.  We have all the safety protocols in place to ensure that everyone is comfortable but safe at school.  I have attached the ESQE COVID-19 School Health and Safety Plan for Small Student Groups.  Please read it over and discuss it with your children.  Thank you to the school’s Health and Safety committee for working on the protocols.

As per Ministry of Education’s BC’s Restart Plan, this week, the staff is working on school site at least one day.  During next week, the staff will be at school at least two days and on the last week of May, we are all here working to get ready to welcome our students.  At this time, we are uncertain about the days that the students are to return part time at school.  As soon as the date is known, we will let the families know.

This week’s two science videos involve these questions:  how is the water cycle related to weather, especially precipation? Why are clouds white?  What is a rainbow?  If you are interested in viewing, here is the link: https://sites.google.com/sd48.bc.ca/k-2-learning/home

We wish you and your family well.  We miss the children very much.

Sincerely,

Ji Ai Cho

Principal

 

SD 48 Google Classroom Support for Parents

In an effort to help parents better understand Google Classroom, we’ve included new resources to our:

SD #48 site: Resources for Parents (https://sd48seatosky.org/resources-for-parents-2/) section and

Online Teaching and Learning Support website (https://sites.google.com/sd48.bc.ca/online-resources-covid19/home)

 

Library News

Where in the world is my teacher? Où est mon professeur dans le monde?

Can you figure out where all these SQE teachers are dreaming of traveling to? Take the Quiz: http://www.quiz-maker.com/QO6AO8V

I hope you have fun participating in this quiz!  Be sure to check out hundreds of online non-fiction EPIC! books about all different countries around the world, in both English and French!  Go to: https://www.getepic.com/

Other great resources for online books, activities and much more can be found on the SQE Library Website! https://sites.google.com/sd48.bc.ca/sqelibrary/home

May 5th Letter home

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May 5, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope that you and your family are enjoying the beautiful weather.

This week, we are working hard to continue supporting the children with their learning.  While the majority of the children are learning remotely, we have some students who are not engaging.  Therefore, we will be asking those students to come in a few times a week for short periods of time to work with staff face to face.  We don’t want to have these children become vulnerable as learners.  We have all the safety protocols in place to ensure that everyone is comfortable but safe at school.  To ensure safety, any staff or student unwell are asked not to come to school.

On Friday, the staff will be involved with professional learning.  Many of us are learning about the Daily 5 and Math Daily 3.  Here is the link if you would like to find out more.  https://www.thedailycafe.com/daily-5  Some of us are continuing to learn more about virtual teaching/learning opportunities.

Last Fri, we went to visit the children of Mme Lazar’s class with homemade lunches.  We were delighted to see the children and I think the feeling was mutual.  We are going to deliver lunches to Ms Flamank’s students this Thurs.  We hope to continue making lunches for each class, visit the students and continue making connections.  Thank you to Ms Plathan for masterminding the event.

As well, I want to share with you a short, mindful art-based activities that parents and children can do together.  Thank you to our counsellor, Jodie Petruzellis for sharing.   This video will provide you with another opportunity to connect and build positive experiences while being at home together. This particular activity can be done with children from preschool up to 12 years old. Please when taking part in the activity try to take a curious stance, stay calm, and say little. At the end, together, you and your child can take the time to notice what you have created and what it felt like to draw together.  Finally, you can find a special place in the house to hang the drawing.  For the instructions, please go to https://youtu.be/2jpSVYEdw_A  Also, if you or your family members any need social emotional support, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Petruzellis at 604-213-1947.

I have also started to make and post videos on various science topics.  Recently, I heard that some of the primary students were experimenting with making volcanoes at home.  So, I thought that I could make a video about testing for acids and bases using purple cabbage juice.  Thank you to Ms Pender for recording.  If you are interested in viewing, here is the link: https://sites.google.com/sd48.bc.ca/k-2-learning/home  Some of the children may want to try this at home with you.  I will be posting a new video every week.

We wish you and your family well.  We miss the children very much.

Sincerely,

Ji Ai Cho

Principal

April 28 letter home

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April 28, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The staff is working hard to provide a connection and continuity of educational opportunities for all students in many different ways.  Whether a student is involved in the toilet paper challenge, a dance party or an inquiry project, the staff continues to engage the students.  We appreciate all the things the staff are doing.

This week, we are in the process of participating in the class reviews so that we can identify each student’s strengths as well as identify vulnerable students who are not engaging with virtual learning.  We can then put supports in the necessary places to help with families and students who are struggling with learning at this time.

Last Fri, we went to visit the children of Ms Lapointe’s class with homemade lunches.  We were delighted to see the children and I think the feeling was mutual.  We are going to deliver lunches to Mme Lazar’s students this Fri.  We hope to continue making lunches for each class and visit the students.

The deadline for the Yearbook order is coming up on Monday May 4th.  The Yearbook would be a great memorabilia especially for our Gr. 6 students.  The yearbook is $25.  Just follow the link:

ybpay.lifetouch.ca (make sure you use .ca not .com)      Our School ID Code is 13845520

If you are having any difficulty with technology or connecting to apps/programs, please contact Ms. Antonios, the librarian, for assistance at rantonios@sd48.bc.ca

We wish you and your family well.  We miss the children very much.

Sincerely,

Ji Ai Cho

Principal

 

Library News

The SQE Library has a new website.  You can access it here: https://sites.google.com/sd48.bc.ca/sqelibrary/home

Included on the site are English literacy resources, French literacy resources, English Language Learner resources, Meet the Author sites, Read Alouds, Online SD48 District Databases and child safe search engines that you may find valuable in this time of online learning.

The SQE Library is hosting the Chocolate Lily Book Awards online this year! The Chocolate Lily Book Awards are a chance for students to vote on their favourite picture book that showcases local BC authors and illustrators.  The final results will be announced on May 22nd, so you have until then to read the books and vote!

https://sites.google.com/sd48.bc.ca/sqelibrary/reading-challenges-and-books-clubs/chocolate-lily-book-awards

 

PAC News

 First Monday of the Month is always Popcorn Day and Spirit Day.  Why should that change?

Show us your virtual school spirit. Dress up in your spirit wear or any white and blue. Post a picture on our school Facebook page to show us your school pride. One name will be randomly chosen to win a prize.  Bonus entry if you are eating popcorn too!