Week of May 25-29

Hello Parents and Students,

I know many of you are anxiously waiting to find out what the month of June will look like.  While I can give you a few details today, please check back later this week for further information.  This week, our staff will thoroughly go over as well as put in place all the safety protocols from the Provincial Health Officer and Work Safe BC.

Information for the week of May 25-29

  • Please read the following updates from the School district –  link to the District Continuity of Learning Plan Stage 3 https://bit.ly/sd60COLF2
  • Summary included below as well:
  • Our school will be offering a partial in-person schedule starting the week of June 1st. Students will be participating in smaller classes for two, back-to-back days. Classes will be at most half size and there will be health and safety protocols in place. Staff have been contacting families to ask if you would like your child(ren) to come back to school and whether they will need their seat on their usual bus to attend. Where possible we ask families to drive their students to the school instead of using the bus. For families that choose not to send children to school, remote learning support will be provided. The level of support and scheduled online events for remote learning will change from what was provided in April and May. The week of May 25-29, teachers will also be helping with the restart, so there may be some reduced online learning opportunities. Thanks for your patience as we prepare to re-open.
  • Please respond to the survey your child’s teacher sent out last week if you have not already done so.  Once we have all these results, we will be able to plan which day your child will attend school.
  • Parents that have chosen to have their children return to school can expect an email by Wednesday, May 27th, letting them know which two days their child will be attending. Group #1 will attend on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Group #2 will attend on Thursdays and Fridays
  • Last call for the garden beds: NEAT Garden Beds:  This year due to COVID 19- the program will not be available.  We would like to invite families to use the garden beds.  Please let me know if you would like to use one of the beds to plant some vegetables for your family.   
  • School Planning 2020-2021 – Please contact the office if you will not be attending Ecole Central Elementary next year. This helps with our planning for the upcoming school year. 

Information for the week of June 1-5

  • June 2020- Student drop off and pick up procedures: When school re-opens on Tuesday, June 2nd our drop off and pick up procedures will be adjusted. More information to come.  If your child does take the bus, please consider driving them to and from school if possible. 
  • According to District Guidelines, for Health and Safety reasons, please note for June parents/family members will not be coming into the school, except by appointment.
  • Supplies List:  We will be sending out a list of supplies on Thursday, May 28th with all the return to school information. 

I will email out a PowerPoint presentation with all the information for your child’s optional return to school later this week.  Thank you again for your patience.

Mme Côté-Aubin

Ministry information:

Week of May 19

Hello Parents and Students,

Happy Long Weekend!  I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend and spending some time doing something you love.  We are still waiting on direction as we move into this school year and what it will look like.  We are working together to ensure the return for your child in our school is in accordance with the Ministry of Education, the Provincial Health Officer and Work Safe BC guidelines.  I have attached the link to the SD60 website with pertinent information.  https://www.prn.bc.ca/

We will be contacting you by the week’s end.  Please stay tuned.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Please remember that the art card orders are due on Friday, May 22nd.
  • Please continue to encourage your child to complete as many assignments as possible.  Your child’s teacher is working hard to provide them with a continuity of learning and appreciate their efforts. 
  • One to one help is available.  Please reach out if necessary.   
  • Teachers continue to be available from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm each day.

This Week: 

  • Mme Sophie continues to do SEL (social and emotional learning) lessons with some students.  Reach out if your child would benefit from this at snoiseux@prn.bc.ca
  • NEAT Garden Beds:  This year due to COVID 19- the program will not be available.  We would like to invite families to use the garden beds.  Please let me know if you would like to use one of the beds to plant some vegetables for your family.   

Please check back later this week for voluntary return to class information

Mme Côté-Aubin

Week of May 11

Hello Parents and Students,

Happy Mother’s Day to all our amazing moms!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend celebrating your mothers.  We are still waiting on direction as we move into this school year and what our next steps will be.  Our superintendent has shared the key points from the Minister of Education last Friday in a newsletter.  You can find this letter here:

https://www.prn.bc.ca/wp-content/Letter-to-Parents-Staff_May-82020.pdf

A few things to keep in mind:

  • We have the codes for the art cards.  Your child’s teacher should have emailed these to you.  The orders are due on Friday, May 22nd.
  • Please continue to encourage your child to complete as many assignments as possible.  Your child’s teacher is working hard to provide them with a continuity of learning and appreciate their efforts. 
  • Please read through the feedback your child’s teacher is providing for their assignments.  Do not hesitate to ask questions if you do not understand something. 
  • One to one help is available.  Please reach out if necessary.   
  • Teachers continue to be available from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm each day.

This Week: 

  • Please continue to return your library books in the yellow crate at the front doors.
  • Mme Sophie continues to do SEL (social and emotional learning) lessons with some students.  Reach out if your child would benefit from this at snoiseux@prn.bc.ca
  • Teachers will be unavailable Tuesday from 10:00 am to 11:00 am for a staff meeting.
  • Some teachers will be sending an interim report this week.  Your child will receive one if they did not get one in February. 

As always, thank you for your support and your continued patience.

Mme Côté-Aubin

Week of May 4th

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Happy Sunday Parents and Students,

May is already here!  It is lovely to see the robins return and the grass start to turn green.  Our teachers are hard at work each day preparing assignments, having group and individual Zoom meetings and providing feedback for the assignments. 

A few things to keep in mind:

  • We have the codes for the art cards.  Your child’s teacher will probably be emailing them to you this week.
  • Please continue to encourage your child to complete as many assignments as possible.  Your child’s teacher is working hard to provide them with continuity of learning and appreciate their efforts. 
  • Please read through the feedback your child’s teacher is providing for their assignments.  Do not hesitate to ask questions if you do not understand something.
  • We have been sharing some of your photos to our Facebook page.  Please continue to send them to me if you would like them posted. 

This Week: 

  • Please continue to return your library books in the yellow crate at the front doors.
  • Mme Sophie continues to do SEL (social and emotional learning) lessons with some students.  Reach out if your child would benefit from this at snoiseux@prn.bc.ca
  • This Thursday is pyjama day!  Even if each day is pyjama day for some, show us your cool, funny or funky pyjamas!  Photos can be emailed to Mme Côté-Aubin (lcoteaubin@prn.bc.ca) or your child’s teacher.  We will post them to the Facebook page with your permission.  
  • Friday, May 8, 2020, is a ProD day.  Your child’s teacher will be busy doing some learning of their own.  Teachers will not be available on Friday. 

Thank you for your support and your continued patience.  We appreciate your feedback. As always, please reach out if you need any support.  We are here for you. 

Mme Côté-Aubin

Week of April 27th

Hello Parents and Students

Welcome to week three of online learning!  I am amazed each day with the level of commitment from our parents and students as you work your way through the assignments by our dedicated teachers.  Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need any assistance.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • We are still waiting for the Art card codes.  As soon as we have them, we will get them out to you so you can purchase your cards.
  • Continuity of Learning- Our teachers are doing the easiest and best learning opportunities for your child, please continue to encourage your child to complete the work that is provided for them. 
  • Do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions.  All our teachers are available between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm each school day.  They can be reached by email or by calling the school. 
  • There are a lot of rumours circulating about returning to school.  At the moment we do not have any direction or new information in this matter from the Ministry of Education and the Provincial Health Officer.

This Week:

  • Please continue to return your library books in the yellow crate at the front doors.
  • Mme Sophie is doing SEL (social and emotional learning) lessons (primary and intermediate) with some students.  If your child would benefit from these lessons and you want to be added to the list, please contact Mme Sophie to be added to her list at snoiseux@prn.bc.ca
  • This week is a show-off week!  Show us your artwork, your mad cooking skills, your bob the builder building projects, your green thumb gardening, etc.  Photos can be emailed to Mme Côté-Aubin (lcoteaubin@prn.bc.ca) or your child’s teacher.  We will post them to the Facebook page with your permission. 

As always, thank you for your patience.  We are here if you need us!

Mme Côté-Aubin

Week of April 20th

Sunday, April 19th, 2020

Happy Sunday Parents and Students,

Welcome to our second week of online learning.  Last week, our teachers continued to develop the Continuity of Learning Plans for their students.  The plans are very much a work in progress.  We appreciate all the feedback you have given us for our first official week of learning.  Once again, thank you for your patience as this is new to all of us! 

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Art Cards: Teachers will be emailing you a code.  If you want to purchase art cards with your child’s artwork, you will need to login to the site and choose the ones you want. 
  • Continuity of Learning Plans: We are beginning week 2.  The district has given us updated guidelines moving forward. 
  • You can expect 5 hours of learning each week (primary and intermediate).  This is a change from last week.  Teachers will be focusing on Numeracy and Literacy.  We will offer suggestions for physical education activities as well as SEL (social and emotional learning). 
  • How can we support your child’s learning?  What do you need from us?  Would you like paper packages with the assignments instead of the online assignments?  Please let us know. 
  • Mrs. Baker our counsellor has provided us with more options to help our students with anxiety and their social and emotional well-being.  Please see her message below. 

Everyday Anxiety Strategies for Educators (EASE)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the EASE team has been hard at work adapting EASE classroom activities for use at home by parents and caregivers to support children’s mental health and continuous learning.

EASE at Home is a collection of fun and practical strategies to help guide parents and caregivers in managing their children’s anxiety and worries in the comfort of their home during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Our new EASE ‘At Home’ activities are now live on our EASE website.

EASE at Home – K-3

EASE at Home – 4-7

Our EASE At Home activities are in the EDUC queue for inclusion in the Keep Learning BC website https://www.openschool.bc.ca/keeplearning/ – likely by early next week

Next Week:

  • Week 2 of the Continuity of Learning begins.  Please continue to encourage your child to complete the learning activities provided to your child by the teacher. 
  • While the focus is primarily 5 hours of learning per week, your child can do more or less.  We trust that you as the parent knows your child best and will know how much they can do.
  • School District 60 has a YouTube channel with a live stream for a primary read along.  Mr. Petrucci, our superintendent has read a few stories in French and has encouraged students to submit a picture to him.  Mr. Sloan, our musical producer has also read 2 very funny stories.  If you have not listened to them, I encourage you to do so.  Keep watching- some teachers from Ecole Central may make an appearance. 
  • Enjoy the sunshine!  Spend some time outside.  I know I am looking forward to some days spent on the rivers!    

Please continue to reach out with any feedback or concerns. If you have questions, you can call the school or email me at lcoteaubin@prn.bc.ca

Mme Côté-Aubin

Week of April 13th, 2020

Monday, April 13, 2020

Hello Parents and Students,

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter.  Welcome to your first week of official online learning.  Our teachers have been connecting with students and families all week.  As you are aware, the Continuity of Learning Plan will focus on the key areas of Literacy and Numeracy to start. The learning plans will continue to be a work in progress and we appreciate your patience. 

One of our priorities, as we begin this journey together, is to keep the learning at home manageable.  We recognize that some families have several children needing devices at the same time.  Please let us know if this is an issue. 

A few things to keep in mind:

  • We are not expecting you to fill your child’s day from 9:00-3:00 as they would at school.
  • Even though we have full trust in your abilities, we recognize that the classroom cannot be replicated at home.  Consider doing 1 hour (primary) – 1.5-2 hours (intermediate) of learning a day.   
  • During these worrisome times and heightened anxiety, especially for our students, the last thing we want is to add stress to their day.  Please complete the work as you can. 
  • If you need paper packages because of limited WIFI, let us know.  We can easily accommodate those needs. 
  • We recognize that there are many factors that will determine how you are working with your children at home.  Please set a routine that works for you and your family.
  • As the learning plans are shared, teachers will be incorporating your feedback as well as providing feedback to their students.
  • Teachers will still be required to complete report cards in June.  We are waiting on the direction of what these will look like. 
  • Teachers will continue to be available throughout the school day to help their students (9:00 am to 3:00 pm).
  • The format of communication and online platforms will vary by classroom, grade, and teacher.
  • School District 60 has many Parent Resources to help you navigate this new learning platform. 
  • The link is: https://www.prn.bc.ca/?page_id=4584
  • Please go over internet safety rules with your child since they will be spending more time online. (see below)

Internet Safety Rules

1. Assume any online information is not private. 

2. Using the delete button may not make it go away. Think before you post.

3. Your digital footprints lead to you and could be very long-lasting.

4. If something makes you uncomfortable, speak with a trusted adult.

5. Do not take a picture of yourself and send it to others when they ask you to.

6. Do not share your passwords.

7. Do good things. Be awesome. With great tools, comes great responsibility.

Thank You:

  • To our wonderful EAs-  for organizing and handing out all the students’ belongings.
  • To our hard-working teachers- they have worked many hours organizing and creating exciting online learning for our students.
  • To our loving parents- your support and your patience have been remarkable.  We know that many of you are overwhelmed with the number of emails you have been receiving.
  • To all the parents that drove by our school and waved to us on Thursday.  It was very emotional and brought tears to our eyes.  We loved seeing you! 

Next Week:

  • Online learning begins/continues.
  • Wacky hair day on Friday, April 17th.  Time to go “wacky” with your hairstyle since we cannot go to the hairdresser.  Don’t forget to send us some photos of your crazy hair. 

Please let us know if you need anything or have any questions.  We are all in this together and together we are always better.  Ensemble ça marche!

Mme Côté-Aubin

Week of April 6th

Hello Parents and Guardians,

I hope this letter finds you all well.  As you know, our staff has been working hard all week planning exciting and engaging learning opportunities (online or paper) as per the guidelines of the Continuity of Learning plan for your child.  Our teachers, as well as our Educational Assistants, have gathered and packed up all their belongings (see schedule below).  By now, you should have been contacted by your child’s teacher.  If you have not, please check your email or telephone messages. 

Here is the information for the upcoming week:

  1.  Teachers are preparing the learning plans for your child.  While we understand that some parents have been providing their child with learning opportunities already, it is important to try to complete the work the teachers will be sending home.  The teachers are working hard to ensure your child continues to learn therefore you are encouraged to complete the assigned work provided for you.  The teachers will be touching base with your child and will give feedback on the completed work.  As always, if you have any questions regarding the assignments, feel free to contact your child’s teacher.  All teachers are available between the hours of 8:30 am to 2:50 pm (M-F) by email and/or telephone. 
  2. Online learning will officially begin April 14th, however, some teachers may send some assignments the week of Monday, April 6th
  3. Reimbursement payments for Hot Lunch, Québec trip, and the Purdy Orders will be available for pick-up starting Tuesday, April 7th (Please see the schedule for pick-up). 
  4. If you have any library books, please bring them with you when you pick up your child’s belongings.  We will have a box outside to drop off the books. 
  5. Lost and Found items will be in the gym. 
  6. We are all living through exceptional times that may cause anxiety and stress.  Please know that we are all here to support each other.  Your child can also access the Kids Help phone line if they need extra support. This service is completely confidential.  Please find the contact for the service at: Kids Help Phone Website: https://kidshelpphone.ca/ Kids Help Phone Number: 1-800-668-6868
  7. Our elementary counselor, Mrs. Baker continues to be available to support our students, families and staff of École Central.  Your primary contact is your child’s classroom teacher or Mme Côté-Aubin and they will contact Mrs. Baker if there is a need to set up a time to connect.
  8. We have ordered Beauty and the Beast DVDs.  We will let you know when they are ready.  If you have not ordered your copy and would like one, please let me know by Wednesday, April 8th

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any concerns or if we can be of any assistance to you and your family.  Even though we are all practicing physical isolation, we are here to support you and work together through these difficult times. 

Sincerely,

Mme Côté-Aubin

Specific Information Regarding Pick-Up of belongings as well as Quebec and Hot Lunch Reimbursements, iPads-grade 6 students.

The information below will outline the process that we need to follow to ensure we are meeting Health and Safety Regulations related to COVID-19 process:  

  •  On Tuesday, April 7, Wednesday, April 8, and Thursday, April 9, we invite one parent/guardian to come to the school to pick up student belongings, school supplies, and work packages (as well as any Purdy’s orders, Hot Lunch and Québec reimbursements). Please do not bring children with you as they will not be allowed in the school. (Please see schedule below.)
  • You will be met at the gym doors close to the flag pole by a staff member acting as a recorder; we are required to log the name of every person that enters the school and to have a contact number on record. This will provide easier tracking if there were to be a case of exposure to the virus. PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE SCHOOL IF YOU ARE FEELING UNWELL.
  • Please be mindful and respectful of the social distancing requirements as you enter the school.  It is also important for you to be spaced 2 meters apart in line while waiting to check in with the recorder.  We will have cones set up to guide you.
  • Once inside, go to the designated line for your child’s classroom and select the bag marked with their belongings. Look through the lost and found items.  Once you have picked up all the belongings immediately exit the gym. 
Tuesday, April 7 Families with last names beginning with letter(s):
9:00-9:30 A
9:30-11:00 B
11:00-11:30 C
11:30-12:00  D
12:00-1:00 E, F
1:00-3:00 G, H
Wednesday, April 8
9:00-10:00 I, J, K
9:30-10:30 L
10:30-12:00 M
12:00-1:00 N, 0, P
1:00-1:30
1:30-3:00 S, T, V
Thursday, April 9
9:00-10:00 W
10:00-10:30 Y, Z