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WEEKLY UPDATE FROM MR. BALLETTA – MAY 28, 2020

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May 28, 2020

 

Dear Parents,

Thank you to all families who have responded to out June opening survey. We still have roughly 10% of our families who do not adequately communicate with our newsletter, school or our forms. It is important for ALL families to respond even if it seems that it does not matter for your family particularly, as the lack of knowing what those 15 families are doing affects the plans for all remaining well informed and participating families. Please contact the school if you are having issues with correspondence from the school, or if you had any issues accessing any of the google forms. 

Monday, June 1st, we will be returning to start the Province of British Columbia’s Stage 3 of re-opening. Again, the return for students is strictly voluntary. 

The plan for In-school instruction starting June 1st until June 24th will be as follows:

  1. Grades K-5: 2 days per week (split for proper spacing)
  2. Grades 6s and 7s: 1 day per week, Fridays Only for 8:45- 2: 45p.m for all attending students.

NOTE: THERE IS NO MORNING OR AFTERSCHOOL SUPERVISION! 

The purpose of splitting up the grades and the days for the classes is to ensure there will be enough physical distancing space for all students while in and out of the building. This includes separate recess breaks and no sharing of materials, food, clothing or supplies.

The OLS Safety protocols both students and staff will be posted in the school and also on the School Website prior to Monday. We are following Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, and the Work Safe BC guidelines. 

These Guidelines include:

a.  Daily Family and Staff screening checklists before entry

Parents must evaluate their child’s health each day prior to coming to school and send to the office. A modified email will be accepted once the form is received at the beginning of your family’s attendance.  See attached OLS COVID-19 Workplace Health & Screening Form and on the school website. Once this form is received your daily attendance email to the office stating: “My family is NOT experiencing any symptoms as per Part A or been in contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 or travelled out of the Country as per Part B of the Checklist” today will suffice.

    • NO one will be allowed entry showing any symptoms of a common cold, influenza, COVID-19, or other respiratory diseases, may not attend school.
    • Students who have travelled outside Canada in the last 14 days, or who have been in contact with someone who travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days or have been in contact with someone who diagnosed with Covid-19 must stay home and self-isolate.
    • See Family Screening Checklist (OLS COVID-19 Workplace Health & Screening Form). This Form must be completed by each family PRIOR to entry on their assigned School Days. Please Note, Students will also be screened at school by their classroom teachers throughout the day if they develop symptoms while at school, they will immediately be sent home.

b.  Parents are required to walk their child to the back-door parking lot area ONLY and stand at a cone (a staff member of the school will do a quick a health check prior to the child being permitted to enter the back doors.

c.  If possible, we ask that parents please wear a mask.  Parents and other caregivers will not be permitted to enter the school.  

d.  All students will be allowed to go straight to class once they are assessed outside and they have washed their hands with the (70% Alcohol Only) hand spray bottles. No other chemicals types are used for hand washing!

e.  The back doors will be open from 8:30- 8:50 am daily.

f.  Students will line up 2m apart at the cones (if there are any backups to entry).

g.  Parents may park in the lot (Enter from the Pender street entrance ONLY!) follow the signs for cars! TURNER GATE IS WALK IN ONLY!

h.  Dismissal after school 2:30-2:45 p.m. will be similar as to practice appropriate physical distancing.

i.  Parents can park in the lot and STAY by their cars at 2:30 p.m. in the separated and marked stalls.

j.  Students will be walked out 2m apart starting with K and going grade by grade until Grade 5 on Monday thru Thursday.

k.  Grade 6/7s on Fridays will have the same procedures on Fridays.

l.  There is no playground open during morning or afterschool pickup or drop/offs! 

NO PLAYGROUND PLAY IS ALLOWED! PLEASE KEEP YOUR CHILDREN CLOSE TO YOU!

m.  Parents must stay in or beside their cars and students must go from cars to cones, and straight from the doors to the cars.

n.  All Surfaces will be wiped daily after use and washrooms will be cleaned twice daily. *Only Ministry approved cleaners will be used!

o.  Personal protection devices are optional for students however ALL STAFF will be using Masks or face shields and gloves where appropriate and when Social Distancing is not feasible.

p.  Recess and lunches will be separate for each class and there will be no large group gatherings

q.  Students will only be using their own equipment and there will be a limited number of group games they can play that doesn’t allow for touching. Students may bring games from home for their personal use only.

r.  Specialist teachers will be teaching from the school and be providing breaks for those students and teachers daily. All assigned work by specialists will be repeated and available for home use.

s.  Synchronous (teacher live directed) learning will be the same at school and online. Teachers may adjust their synchronous learning schedules to accommodate the new learning schedules from school, as well to help coordinate with students in other grades.

t.  Asynchronous learning (student directed homework) will not be led by the teachers but by other staff members such as student aides and support teachers at school. This work is the same at both school and at home. Deadlines will be adjusted so to give students working from home more time to complete.

 OLS PARISH UPDATE!

Father Richard has updated the return to Church requirements and the Project Advance notice: Please visit www.olos.ca for all updates and PLEASE continue to support our Parish Activities!

GR. 7 HOT LUNCH UPDATE!

Due to the current status of the pandemic, we will be cancelling all remaining regular and Grade 7 hot lunches for the rest of the school year.  There is a survey form for all families as requested by the Grade 7 Hot Lunch Committee. Please respond to their survey request below and Thank you to all our Grade 7 parents who have volunteered many hours and their time to create a beautiful legacy for all our students!

NEAT UNIFORMS UPDATE!

Please review the following parent information and information on OLS focus week!

NEAT UNIFORMS Parent Information 

NEAT UNIFORMS Focus Week

FRIDAY FUN FAMILY CONTEST! WEEK 2

Thank you to all the families who are participating in the Family Fun Fridays videos! We will be posting them all shortly as we are confirming the best way to access them for families.

The First challenge was to Walk/Bike Run- a thon of your family, walking, riding or running together was amazing!! Thank you for participating!

Week 2 Challenge will be FAMILY SPORTS DAY! Complete and send by Monday June 1st

Each. Family will have up to 10s – “use a timer or a count down and have someone as a score keeper” or count out loud. Have all family members 1 parent/ Adult and all children together to complete 1 of the 4 options below.

We will allow you to choose any 1 of the 4, or complete and film all 4! and submit to Mr. Stocker as before in Seesaw or Classroom. Again, they are to be completed together as a family!

The challenge is the Total in 10 seconds no matter how many plays. Each family member must play. Preschool, K /1 students can start half the distance of the challenge i.e. 5 ft.

Practise as much as you want but the 10s filming must be continuous!

The SPORTS DAY challenges are as follows. Preschool students are optional.

You will need a table or counter or floor space for a 10ft away start line and 10 seconds for a 10 second countdown for: 

1) MEASURING CUP Water and Tablespoon relay, how much water can a family fill in the Measuring Cup from a Bowl of water 10ft away and tablespoon relay. You can have the spoons filled and ALL can start at the same time as long as you go back and fill the spoons with the same water bowl and into the same 250ml measuring cup. Add some food colouring to see the level on the cup the end of the 10 seconds. 

2) Toilet paper EMPTY TUBE TOSS and a see-through Wastepaper Basket. How many total tubes you can toss into a wastepaper basket in 10 secs alternating shooters? 1 tube per shooter at a time and alternate family members count the tubes at the end that go into the basket after 10 seconds. You can hold all the tubes in your hands, but shooters must alternate. Pre, K, and grade 1s can start 5ft from around the basket. You can have the basket in the middle of the floor of all the family in a 10ft circle as long as you alternate shooters. 

3) Rolled up Sports Socks Bowling pins (Plastic empty 500 water or pop bottles) set up 10ft away 5 empty plastic water or pop bottles in a straight line close as possible together without them touching. You can roll or throw the socks at the “pins” once all 5 are down the last thrower sets them up again as many times in 10 secs you can.

4) Rubber Band Archery with empty plastic water or pop bottles knock off the kitchen or dining room table. Line up all the bottles on one of short (30-36inch) width side edge of a kitchen or dining room table.  Shooters must have their elbows down on the opposite side of the table and all shooters shoot rubber bands continuously for 10seconds as many as possible use any office sizes and you can have a pile beside the shooters. Count how many bottles are knocked off the table. (again, in a straight line as close as possible together without them touching) The outside of the plastic bottle bottom must be in line with the outside edge of the table. If time permits you can have someone reset the bottles that fall. Count how many bottles fall off in 10 seconds. Ie flimsy light bottles are easier than gatorades!

All families who enter will be eligible for family prizes, special passes and gifts at the end of June. Each family video per week sent will count as an entry form for the prize draws.

More details will be sent through your classroom teachers’ tomorrow!

Again, we are all grateful of Our Lady of Sorrows School and Parish Community. 

Please keep checking www.ourladyofsorrows.ca or www.olos.ca for updates!

Thank you to all, and please continue to stay safe and connected!

Sincerely,

Balletta, 

Principal