Hi wonderful parents,
I just want to give you a sense of what things are going to look like as we move forward in this time of transition. Online learning will continue for all students, either part-time or full-time depending on your decision to send your child to school or keep them at home. Equitable access to learning and consistency are important as we balance in person and online opportunities so both programs will offer the same curricular content.
Starting next week, I will continue to post on Monday morning and there will be just one slideshow for the week. I am not sure if I will be available during the school day to check emails or respond to Google Classroom activity, I will do so as my schedule permits. I am also not yet sure if there will be Zoom meetings for those students not returning to school. I do, however, have every confidence that the structures and routines established over the past weeks will enable the students to continue working independently.
The schedule will look much the same (I will update the “Parent Resources” page with more detail):
- Reading: Je Lis and reading response
- Writing: Daily journal prompts (instead of French word work)
- Math: Problème du jour, Minute folle, Nombre du jour, Mathletics
- Second Step: Imagine Neighborhood
However, things at school will be VERY different. Please read through Mr Johnson’s email carefully as it provides important information in making your decision and what school will be like should your child return.
As always, thank you so much and let me know if you have any other questions.
I hope that you are all keeping well. It is so lovely to chat with the kids in our Zoom meetings and to see some of their work. Thank you for everything you are doing to make all of this possible! Please do reach out if there are any adjustments I can support with or any other help I can offer to keep things manageable and running smoothly.
This week has been busy amongst staff as we got word that it’s time to start planning what the next stage will look like for us. Using the survey that Ms. Swan sent out last week, a few more students will be coming into the school next week. This means that a few more teachers will be working in the school as well. We will see what Dr. Henry and Minister Fleming have to say today about plans for the rest of the school year.
For now, I will continue to offer online learning opportunities for next week but there will not be any Zoom meetings and there will be times that I am not available to respond to messages and emails.
Update on Second Step: we finished the unit on Emotion Management, bravo! In response to the current circumstances, they have created a fun new resource that I will share next week. The page provides daily activities for the whole week. No need to complete them all but you are welcome to if you like. I would suggest that you work through them in order as they are designed to practice and build on what came before.
I hope you all enjoy the long weekend!
Sorry for the mid-week message. I just have a little request that I’m hoping you can help me out with. At the moment, I have just one student signed up for Thursday’s meeting. Unfortunately, I am not able to meet with only one student at a time and would therefore have to cancel that meeting.
I am hoping for perhaps one of the following to happen:
- someone from Wednesday’s group might switch to Thursday.
- someone new might sign up.
- someone who has already attended this week might like to chat some more.
- the student signed up on Thursday might be able to join us on Wednesday.
Going forward, if ever I have only one student signed up, I will give it until an hour before the meeting and then I will have to cancel. So, if there are no changes to the schedule by noon on Thursday, the 1pm meeting will be cancelled.
Thanks for your support and flexibility!
Next week we are ready to begin exploring the online math platform, Mathletics. We will start with activities that review concepts the kids are familiar with from our classroom work. This will hopefully allow them to gain confidence while getting used to the program and terms/explanations in English.
I will email out the login information and assignments will be available on Monday morning. There is lots of material there to get started and I can adjust content as we go. As with Je lis, I will be able to view their account from the teacher dashboard to get an idea of their progress. Again, this is just one more tool in our distance learning kit, no pressure to add one more thing but it’s there should you need it.
Enjoy the beautiful weekend ahead and happy Mother’s Day!
Bonjour chers parents,
I cannot thank you enough for all you are doing right now! I am really enjoying chatting with the kids on Zoom and interacting through messages in the classroom. I hope that you’re all finding a way to make it work for you. I fully support any adjustments that you need to make to accommodate your circumstances and take care of your family.
Google Classroom: Sorry about the confusion around “mark as done”, it seems that you’re not seeing that. I was apparently misled by a tutorial. Try whatever you see that might indicate that it will return the work to me, it might be turn in, submit, return, etc. I’m not marking so no worries if you’re not doing the work this way, it’s just an opportunity for me to see what they’re doing and interact with them through comments. Feel free to post pictures in their daily assignment folder if you’re working on paper at home.
Reading: Since I am unable to evaluate student reading progress, please just read through all of the books at one level then move on to the next. For each colour read A first, then B and move on to the next colour. I will watch their progress and award badges for each level they complete.
We’ll take a Zoom break next week and meet again the following week.
I hope you all have a great weekend with time for rest and some fun 🙂
Thank you so much for exploring our online classroom with your children. The kids seemed to indicate that things are going fairly smoothly. I appreciate your questions, feedback and your patience as we figure this all out!
I’ve posted a “Parent Resources” topic where I will add information that you may need for reference. The weekly overview gives a general outline of the daily routines (please note that this document has been updated).
For next week, the slideshow will be posted as an “assignment”, please “mark as done” when finished for the day.
Reading responses will be in the daily folder as an assignment instead of a link in the slideshow. This allows each student to have their own copy to edit and submit. Please feel free to continue doing this work in a notebook if you or your child would prefer.
I have started adding one Second Step lesson a week, there is a video (about 15 mins) and a family support sheet with discussion and activity suggestions.
We have just licenced an online math program for the school. I will need to do some Pro-D and prep on that and will let you know when we’re ready to get started.
Our Zoom test run was fun! Thanks so much for doing that with them! It was really great to see everyone’s faces and hear their voices 🙂 Thanks for being so brave everybody! Next week, we will meet in smaller groups, I will add the sign up sheet to the daily folder and you all have access to edit. If your child would like to meet, please choose one of the three meeting times, we will keep these ones to about 10-15 minutes. These meetings are not required and your child will not miss any teaching. It’s just a chance to chat in French and connect with each other.
We have the go ahead to have our first Zoom meeting! We will start with one drop in session this Friday at 10am, I’m hoping to keep it to 30 minutes or less. No worries if you can’t make this one, there will be other opportunities. Your child is not obligated to participate, this is a choice up to them and to you. Please note that this would count towards your child’s French learning time for the day and you could therefore eliminate their journal entry.
Please have a chat with your child in advance, some things to prepare them for:
- Remember that this is a classroom meeting, it is expected that students participate as they would in a discussion at school
- There will be lots of listening and only a short time to share
- Students will speak in French
- Students should participate independently but a parent must be in the room
- I will keep everyone muted until it’s their time to share, we will have a chance to unmute everyone at the end to say goodbye 🙂
To be ready for our meeting, please be prepared to share some of your at home learning, you’ll only have about 1 minute. It might be:
- A good book you’ve read and why you liked it.
- Some art or a project you’ve made and why or how you made it.
I’m sure most of you have used Zoom by now. I will send out an email with the link to the meeting, there is no need to create an account but you will need to install the app in advance, click on the link and it will prompt you to do so. Please do not share the meeting link.
Parents please review this policy before Friday: https://zoom.us/docs/en-us/childrens-privacy.html
If you are in need of technology to engage in online learning opportunities, please let myself or Mr. Johnson know.
I am soooo looking forward to seeing everybody!
Thank you for getting the kids set up with their Google accounts. I hope you’re all finding the slideshows manageable and clear and that your kids are enjoying the books on “Je lis”. This week, we will attempt to resume work that follows our weekly school routines for French and math. I am confident in the students’ ability to do this work but I realize that it will be an adjustment to do it at home without me and the supports available in the classroom. If something is not working feel free to just stop the activity, let me know and I will do what I can to adapt or change it.
Please keep in mind that the expectation is that students are spending about an hour a day on French and math, plus around 15 minutes on reading. If your child is working happily and would like to finish something, that’s fine but there’s no need to push if it’s a challenge. If your child completes their work and is looking for more to do they can have fun exploring the activities in other topics!
I hope you’re all enjoying exploring the “classroom” 😉 It is a work in progress! Please feel free to send me a quick email, or message in the classroom and let me know how it’s working. I’m open to suggestions and will do my best to make it work for you.
The work for the week will come up as a “topic” with that week’s date, inside there will be a slideshow for each day. Each day will have a French and a math assignment. No need to “hand in” any work at this point, we will look at that once we settle in.
Library, La musique and Défis de la semaine (weekly challenges) topics will offer extra activities from Ms. Maddern, Ms. Lockwood and Mme Marika/M. Hemond, they will be updated regularly so feel free to check there if you’re looking for something else to do.
Parents, please see the Second Step topic with information on signing up for access to the Second Step website. This will continue to provide us with lessons, resources and exercises that help us practice the skills we need to grow in confidence and resilience.
Please feel free to print any sheets that I post for your child to use at home, you may also just use them as a template and do the work in a notebook (cahier), please do not save or share any digital copies as they are not licenced for this purpose.
Finally please note the intentional use of the term “learning opportunities”, I am offering activities that build upon the work that we have done so far this year but recognize that each family’s circumstances are unique. Some of you are bored and others are overwhelmed, please know that I am here to support you and I trust that you know what works best for your family.
I hope you’ve all been out enjoying the sunshine!
This week we are ready to begin implementing learning opportunities. We are all embarking on a new adventure in connecting and learning as a school community. As a group, we have talked regularly about being flexible and I think that this new classroom environment is going to put that flexibility to the test! I appreciate your patience as we figure out what works best for all of us. The students will need your help as we settle in and get things all set up up but my intention is for them to be able to work fairly independently once we get rolling.
We will be using G-Suite programs to organize our learning opportunities, including Google Classroom. I will send you an email explaining how to set up your child’s account and access the classroom. Please note that your child’s school email address may not be used for any other purpose whatsoever.
On Thursday, I will post my first learning opportunities slideshow. That gives everyone a chance to collect their things at the school today and tomorrow and set up their Google account. We will start out with very simple, familiar activities to test out the format and we will add on as we adjust. I’ll post again on Friday and then starting on Monday, I will post for the week.
Due to security and privacy concerns for both students and staff, we are not permitted to do any video conferencing at this time. The school district is working on this and I will fill you in as updates become available.
Let me know if you have any trouble and I’ll do my best to troubleshoot. Bonne chance!