Week #4 of Distance Learning

posted May 7, 2020, 4:00 PM by Michelle McGarry

Dear St. Francis Families, 

I hope this communication continues to find your family healthy and managing these unusual times 

Happy Easter to all of you!  Christ is risen from the dead and, with Him, we are offered the hope of resurrection, new life and new hope. This is a powerful, fresh hope, and it comes to us this year at a time when we need it so desperately.  May we draw strength from the Easter message during these uncertain days. 

How was the first official week of distance learning for your family?  It is hoped that the establishment of five hours of learning will be a helpful routine within your family. There is no expectation to recreate the school day. Your child should be able to work on tasks with some independence. Please do not permit this to be a stressor at home; feel free to adapt the staff suggestions to your family needs.  Do stay in contact with your child’s classroom teacher should you have any questions or concerns about the learning or the newly added assessment component. We are here to support you.

This week’s Flipgrid topic is  Random Acts of Kindness. You are encouraged to make someone else’s day by doing an act of kindness without being asked. ( Make someone’s bed, load the dishwasher, clean up toys you did not play with, take care of all your pet’s needs for the whole day,  write a handwritten letter or card to a relative and send it to them via the mail, or anything else of your choosing - anything kind counts if this is not already an assigned chore).  Share your deed so we can all have great suggestions regarding ways we can help each other out! The classes with the highest number of submissions will win 1 indoor recess game for their class and 1 new outdoor recess ball. There will be a prize for each division: Kindergarten, Primary and Junior.

All school activities that are in addition to classroom learning have been canceled through to the end of May (i.e. sports teams, presentations, retreats, field trips, Mass). Currently, access to the school is strictly limited to days allocated by Ottawa Public Health for strict purposes. Last week, the school was opened to prepare Chromebooks for distribution to families that were without any access to distance learning. Contactless distribution went smoothly with much waving and messages of Happy Easter!  The school has been beautifully sanitized since then and one has to remain optimistic that our beautiful community will be back together soon. 

School Board personnel were in last week to pick up boxes of latex gloves to be shared amongst first responders.  We anticipate our School Board personnel will be in this week to pick up our 3D Printer to assist in the making of face shields. 

Do stay in touch with the school. Messaging from St. Francis School and the Ottawa Catholic School Board will continue to be shared on our website and our twitter account @AssisiOCSB  Should you wish to communicate with me, email is the best method. 

I hope and pray that you continue to be healthy. May God bless you and keep you safe.

Take care,

 Michelle McGarry and St Francis Staff