Week #6 of Distance Learning

posted May 7, 2020, 4:04 PM by Michelle McGarry

Dear St. Francis Families,

This weekend, Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced that all publicly-funded schools, including all Ottawa Catholic Schools, would remain closed until at least May 31, 2020. The extension is based on expert advice from the Chief Medical Officer of Health and health officials on the COVID-19 Command Table. We continue to hope and pray for the day we can gather together again as a Catholic community of learners.

As you continue to support your child’s learning at the amount and pace that works for them and your family, please continue to provide feedback to your educators. It is challenging for us to adjust the learning experience since we don’t see the students on a daily basis!  For junior students, we welcome them to communicate their successes and advocate for their learning needs by emailing their teachers directly.

Deep Learning:

Education within the OCSB focusses not only on the mastery of literacy and numeracy skills. Deep Learning seeks to develop the “Six Cs”: character, citizenship, collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking, within a faith-filled context. Here are some examples of deep learning in a distance learning context

Citizenship is the skill that allows your child to connect with people with diverse world views and perspectives diplomatically. 

Challenge your child to think about others in their neighborhood and how they might be feeling, things that they might be experiencing that are different from their experience.  

How can we help them?  A prayer, a message in the window, a picture on the driveway...

Character is one of the more apparent skills that your child will need throughout their whole life. 

How is your child interacting with others at home?

Have some discussions about the importance of traits like perseverance, resilience, humility, and kindness. Add to our Random Acts of Kindness  Flipgrid

Communication is an essential skill that will help your child interact with others, express their thoughts, feelings, and ideas. 

How can your child express their thoughts, perspectives, and opinions in a productive way?  

Schedule some time to work specifically on listening skills.  Make it a game.

Critical thinking is the ability to thoughtfully evaluate information and arguments by seeing patterns and making connections. 

Provide opportunities for your child to ‘figure it out’.  Do not be quick to give them a solution.

Ask them to explain their thinking.  Why might that work?  What else could you try?

Collaboration is a skill that allows your child to work well with others. 

Living in times of physical distancing creates a wonderful opportunity to practice collaboration within the family!

A family game or project can help your child to recognize their own unique talents and abilities while accepting, valuing and building upon the strengths that others bring to the table.

Creativity is a valuable skill that God has placed in each of us. It allows your child to take an idea and turn it into a reality.  Add to our Creativity   Flipgrid

“think outside the box,” be resourceful, and take risks to come up with innovative ideas and solutions to problems.

Ask your child to design a machine that would clean their room, a way to save water, a city that doesn’t need electricity


Next week is Catholic Education Week! Although we will miss celebrating Mass together, our Open House, and a variety of other activities we had planned, we will be highlighting the benefits of Catholic education!


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

Take care,

Michelle McGarry