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

Week of March 30-April 3

Hello Parents and Families,

Please find attached information for this week. The letter has also been emailed to each family.

Hello Parents, Guardians and Students,

As many of you are aware, I have taken over the Principalship of Ecole Central. Mr. Bennett will be working on preparations for the opening of the new school. I did not think my new role would begin in such an unprecedented manner but I want to reassure you that I will do my best to keep you informed along the way.

This letter will outline what you can expect during the next couple of weeks as well as provide you with a helpful link.

Information for March 30-April 3:

• In-class instruction has been cancelled and the school is not open to the public at this time.
• The office will be open for phone calls on Tuesday, March 31st from 10:30 am – 3:00 pm. For the remainder of the week, Mrs. Rouble and the administration will be available by phone between the hours of 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. You can also contact us via email at
krouble@prn.bc.ca and lcoteaubin@prn.bc.ca
• Please email Mrs. Rouble if you have any changes to your email address so we can ensure daily and weekly communication reaches you and your family.
• This first week back is a planning week for teachers, you can expect an email or a telephone call from your child’s teacher by the end of the week. The online learning plan is set to begin on Monday, April 6th. This Continuity for Learning Plan will continue to change over time as we all learn together. Thank you for your patience and thank you to all teachers and support staff for their work.
• Student supplies – Families will not be able to access the school to retrieve supplies this week. In the coming weeks, we will be setting up a system for pick-up of student supplies. Parents will be notified via email. This will be the same for any Hot Lunch and Québec refunds.
• Families can find district updates on COVID-19 and the ‘Continuity of Learning’ Plan at the District website: www.prn.bc.ca

As I mentioned, this week is a planning week for our staff. Our hard-working staff will be preparing the “Continuity of Learning” Plans for their students. These learning activities will not replicate the normal schedule of a classroom and will also look different from class to class. Our teachers will be working hard to create lessons and activities that will engage and enable students to continue their learning in different areas. We understand that this may be challenging for some families. We will do our best to ensure your questions are answered and your needs are met. You can expect an initial communication (email or telephone) from your child’s teacher by the end of this week.

If you have any questions you can call the school or email.

Thank you in advance for your patience and support. Together we are better- Ensemble ça marche!

Mme Côté-Aubin
lcoteaubin@prn.bc.ca

Ecole Central Beauty & The Beast Musical Update – March 1st, 2020

This year’s musical, Disney’s Beauty & The Beast, is right around the corner.

Our shows are Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 and Thursday, March 12th, 2020.  Below please find the times that students need to be present at the North Peace Cultural Centre:

Matinée Performances –  for SD60 Schools:

8:00am – Cast Members – (@ the Cultural Centre)

8:50am – Classes Meet @ School as usual

Evening Performances – for parents:

5:00pm – Cast Members – (@ the Cultural Centre)

6:00pm – Mme Phoebe, M. Gilbert, Mme Nouha, Mme Isabella, Mme Noémie, Mme Annie, M. Samuel – (@ the Cultural Centre)

6:30pm – Mme Janelle, M. Charles, Mme Brittany, Mme Stephanie, Mme Emily, Mme Lynn- (@ the Cultural Centre)

Tickets can be purchased online or in person at the cultural centre

Tickets are on sale now at the Cultural Center ($12 adult/senior, $8 for children 12 and under). Tickets can be purchased online or in person at the cultural center. You can purchase tickets at https://tickets.npcc.bc.ca/TheatreManager/1/login?event=1780

Costumes:

Costumes are coming together nicely. If you haven’t yet can you please send them in or let us know if you are in need of anything.

Silent Auction:

At this time we are still asking for your help with the silent auction. If you know of a business that may be interested in donating or would like to donate an item for the silent auction yourself can you please call Ecole Central Elementary School, at (250) 785-4511 or drop by the main office. Each donated item will be featured in one of our silent auctions on March 11th or 12th with a mention of each donor. We are also looking for a volunteer for each evening show to look after the silent auction table while the performance is occurring. If you are able to volunteer on an evening that you are not watching the show could you please contact us at the office.

Room Assignments: We have also included a map of where each room is located at the cultural center

Can’t wait to see you there!

Upcoming Dates in March 2020:

Here are a few dates to remember for March 2020:

5th – PAC Meeting – 6pm

6th – SD60 Band Indistrict recruiting tour – 11am

9th – Report Cards Go Home

9th – Beauty & The Beast Main Cast – all day

10th – Beauty & The Beast Dress Rehearsal – all classes, all day

11th – Beauty & The Beast Performances – AM School Show, Evening Show

11th – Early Dismissal @ 1:50pm

12th – Beauty & The Beast Performances – AM School Show, Evening Show

12th – Early Dismissal @ 1:50pm

13th – Student/Teacher Basketball Game @ 1:30pm

13th – Last Day before Spring Break