Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We are looking forward to the return of staff and many of our K-12 students on Monday! It will be good to be together after many weeks of virtual interaction. As of today, we are expecting over 100 K-7 students and close to 50 high school students participate in a return to in-class instruction, beginning on Monday, June 1st. Staff are already at school arranging classroom furniture to “Give Space” for the learners returning to class next week.

We have closed the Return to In-Class Instruction Sign-up Form; however, if you are interested in having your child(ren) return to school in June, it is required that you contact the school ahead of time so we can prepare accordingly. Our Continuity of Learning Plan (PDF) and schedule can be found on our website, along with our Health and Safety Plan (PDF).

Please take some time to review these important reminders for our return to school in June:

  • Part-time return for K-7 students is 8:30am-12:30pm, Monday to Thursday
  • Part-time return for High School students is 8:30am-12:30pm, Tuesday and Thursday ONLY
  • Drop-off (AM) is between 8:30-9am; Pick-up is between 12-12:30pm.
  • There will be no before or after school supervision/care – unless formally requested. Students will not be allowed to use the playground before 8:30am or after 12:30pm.
  • Parents are encouraged to respect drop-off and pick-up windows so that staff can take a lunch break and transition to supporting at-home learners.
  • Primary students are to be dropped off and picked up at exterior classroom doors
  • Intermediate students are to report immediately to their cabins
  • High school students are to enter the building and report immediately to their home rooms – which will be listed on the main entry doors
  • Please note that staff will be focussed on supporting in-class learners on Monday-Thursday mornings, but are committed to continued support of at-home learners in the afternoons and on Fridays.

This week, elementary teachers will be providing a return to school letter that outlines instructions and a list of school supplies for in-class instruction time. High school students are asked to bring one bag/backpack with a snack, water bottle, binders, textbooks, and basic personal school supplies (pencils, pens, calculator, etc.). To manage technology needs, if intermediate or high school students have a school or personal laptop they are using at home, it would be helpful if they brought it with them for their in-class learning.

Next week, staff in high-vis vests will be present in front of the school to welcome and direct students and staff to their classrooms and address any questions or concerns. The office will be open from 8am-4pm, but parents are encouraged to conduct business virtually (email, website) or by phone. Signage will be posted on the main doors and throughout the building to reinforce our key health and safety message: “Give SPACE, CLEAN with Care”.

A few final notes. Planning is underway for Kindergarten, Grade 7, and Grade 12 graduation events. We are planning a drive-in style Grade 12 “Roast and Toast” evening on June 18th, and Kindergarten (AM) and Grade 7 (PM) drive-thru style graduation ceremonies for Friday, June 19th. Details will be shared with students and parents in the coming days. There will be no year-end BBQ event, but we are working on sharing a slideshow of pictures for families to enjoy in their homes.

As always, your feedback is important to us. Thank you to those who completed our 2020/21 Tuition Survey. If you haven’t done so, please take a few minutes this week. We are heading into elementary class composition/class list discussions and making final adjustments to our high school schedule, and finalizing our 2020/21 budget for our virtual Spring Society AGM at 7pm on Wednesday, June 17th. Next week, we will share an agenda with links to attend and participate in this meeting.

Will see many of you next week, but blessings to all as we finish out this most memorable, 2019/20 school year!

Shalom.

Shane Nelson
Principal