McNews
April 14, 2020
Dear Parents,

I don’t know if you have heard or not but we are currently experiencing a WORLD-WIDE PANDEMIC I am wondering how you are doing with all of the added pressures of not only working at home but also helping to support your child as they are experiencing a whole new way of learning. Your children are very flexible, and for many, they are learning the tools quite quickly. The challenge of course is for your child to learn how to work on digital platforms when most of their experience is playing on digital platforms. Ie video games and social media.

There are particular etiquettes and skills that students need to learn to successfully navigate and participate in a video conferencing for example. Thank you for the work that you are doing in supporting their learning. You are a hero! I am imagining the following is, to some degree, your new reality:

  • difficulty getting kids out of bed and to bed at a decent hour
  • children fighting with each other
  • WIFI crashing when everyone is working on a device
  • not understanding what the teacher wants and having to help your child who also doesn’t understand what to do and is having a meltdown
  • realizing how much you HATE video conferencing and if you have to help your child with ONE more Zoom meeting…
  • negotiating peace treaties with your children who are getting tired of each other
  • trying to get your children to go outside together as a family for a walk, bike ride etc
  • trying to think of what to feed everyone
  • organizing trips to the grocery store
  • needing more groceries than ever before because everyone is home and eating a lot
  • multiply all of that by the number of children you have and the expectations from each campus and each teacher
  • AND you didn’t sign up for this!

Many of our teachers are also experiencing what you are as well. Many of them are working at home with all of the same parenting challenges and responsibilities that you have. We truly all are in this together. Let’s continue to have patience and compassion for each other. We are going to move more slowly than many of you will like but as an admin team we know that this is the compassionate and caring way forward.

This week will be a continuation of last week with a focus on learning how to work in a digital environment and:
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Bible
  • Service
  • PE
  • French

In the coming weeks we will be adding an Inquiry project. By the end of April, we will have many things that your children can chose to do as extra challenges, and we will continue to stay the course with our CORE understandings.

Please remember that there are three pillars in our approach:
  1. Faith-building
  2. Relational
  3. Enduring understandings

Remember, if you have any specific questions about your child’s off-site learning contact their teacher directly. We want to be able to support you while you support your child.

Be well. Be strong. Be brave. Live steady.
All is well…Jesus is on the throne.


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