Dear Families,

I would like to congratulate families across the primary grades for the stellar punctuation, attendance and participation in online classes. Teachers have reported excellent engagement from students, which means that quality learning continues.  Well done all.  Thank you also to everyone who is helping out at home, especially with the younger learners who need more support than our older students.  We know it’s an adjustment to routines and we appreciate everyone’s support to keep our children thinking and learning.  Try to resist the urge to do things for your child while at home.  Developing self management skills such as independence and organization of learning spaces and materials is one positive of online learning.  Developing thinking skills as we try things, make mistakes and find creative solutions is another bonus to working from home. Developing research and communication skills as we experiment with different tools, develop new computer skills and share our learning in creative ways is another example of how this shift can benefit learning. While we wait for the opportunity to be back together in person again, let’s focus on the positive skills and understandings that can take place while learning virtually.

Of course, if you are facing challenges at home regarding technology or other learning, be sure to reach out to us.  We want to support you as you are supporting us.  We all want the best learning for our children and teamwork has proven to be the best pathway to success.

In line with the Ministry guidelines updated this week, and with a keen awareness of how young children learn best, all kindergarten online classes will now end at 12pm. KG 1, 2 & 3 teachers are always available for meetings during the afternoons if you are keen to connect with them and talk about strategies for best supporting your young child at home.  Some KG 1 & 2 parents received emails this week outlining the structure for our early years next school year.  If you have any questions at all or want to discuss the best placement for your child in August, please do contact either your child’s teacher or me.  You can also email Ms. Eiman with questions:

Today is Earth Day. Earth Day was first acknowledged in 1970, making today the 51st  global celebration of the event. Here is a great website where you can find a variety of fun ideas to try at home with your kids.  35 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day at Home

My kindest regards to those that continue to observe Ramadan. I wish blessings of peace and wellness for everyone during this special time of year.