April 27, 2020
This week we are completing a month into our stay at home, and our new on-line learning models. We appreciate all the families who have now created new routines and are working hard at keeping their children engaged in learning. Please remember to allow students to take breaks and to only do what they can. Some students may be having more anxiety as they may be starting to miss school activities and being with their friends. Please remind them that this will not last forever and that there are discussions this month on how to allow limited school openings later this month and into June.
Please continue to check our www.ourladyofsorrows.ca website for updates and links to the latest information from all relevant agencies
We will notify parents once we have been updated by the Ministry of Education, CISVA as well as the Ministry of Health. However, for now please continue to follow the guidelines and learning opportunities that your classroom teachers have created in seesaw and in Google Classroom. Please remember to contact the teacher during their class hours if you have any questions about the learning or how your child is adapting weekly to the activities.
Again, check out the Ministry of Education’s free resources for supporting social and emotional well-being.
We are sending a new link for the family needs assessment for May. It is similar to the April needs assessment; however, it is updated to reflect May’s goals. Section 2 is VOLUNTARY ONLY and allows for details and short answers if your family requires those specific needs. Please complete the survey by this Friday May 1st. PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW
Finally, thank you to all students for their self-portraits for Father Richard and attending the Family Mass this weekend! Many families joined on-line with the Our Lady of Sorrows Facebook and YouTube channels. We had over 150 family views for the 11:30 a.m. Sunday Mass, thank you! We are only 100 subscriptions short from our own YouTube channel, so continue to subscribe to YouTube and share the Live MASSES! We ask that families continue to tune in EVERY weekend and encourage your children to record the experiences in their prayer journals.
Mass has been a beacon of calm during this difficult time as a way to help families with their anxiety, and with the knowledge that God is still with us! Thank you for continuing to support the Parish, as they need to have us support them at this time as well! Please read the letter from Father Richard concerning Sacraments:
Message From Father Richard
As the weeks pass and we have no clear vision of the future or when all of this will end, I can certainly understand that there is a certain sense of frustration and even despair. Our good fortune is that we are a people of faith and that even in the darkest moments we can have hope. In an interview Pope Francis was asked if in these times he is an optimist? He answered that he is not an optimist, but he has hope, hope in God and in the goodness of mankind. That goodness shines forth in all the healthcare workers that risk their lives to care for the sick, in all those that provide us with nourishing food…farm workers, truck drivers, supermarket workers…and all those in uniform that step up to serve the community.
It is also a dark time for the people of Nova Scotia who have lost so many of their citizens, our fellow Canadians, in such a senseless act. We must be with them in many ways but most especially in prayer.
Celebration of the Sacraments
First communion at our Lady of Sorrows would have been on May 9th but has been tentatively rescheduled for September 26th. Teachers and catechists will make the appropriate arrangements.
The sacrament of Confirmation would have been celebrated by the Archbishop on June the 8th but this too will be rescheduled for the fall. As soon as we have the new date, we will inform you. As you can imagine it is difficult to plan ahead with so little known about the future.
Again, I am extremely proud of Our Lady of Sorrows School and Parish community and all the amazing work and support we are all receiving.
Thank you and please continue to stay safe and connected!
Mr. P. Balletta
Remember to stay up to date!
Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 29 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. through a statement, bringing the total number of cases to 1853.
Note: To date, 1114 people who had tested positive for COVID-19, have now recovered. The joint statement is now posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom – https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0020-000756
- The BC Centre for Disease Control’s COVID-19 dashboard: http://www.bccdc.ca/hea…/diseases-conditions/covid-19/data
- The Ministry of Education Keep Learning website: https://www.openschool.bc.ca/keeplearning/
- “7 Tips for talking to kids about COVID-19”poster on the Fraser Health website:https://www.fraserhealth.ca/health-topics-a-to-z/coronavirus/resources#.XqHcNc5KhPZ
- Mar. 27 – A joint letter for Parents from Minister Fleming and the BCCPAC: https://www.gov.bc.ca/safeschools
- Frequently Asked Questions “Continuity of Learning in the K-12 education system”: https://www.gov.bc.ca/safeschools
- Education Minister Rob Fleming announces on March 17, 2020 in-school classes are suspended until further notice. The Minister’s letter to parents and staff can be found at: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/education/administration/kindergarten-to-grade-12/safe-caring-orderly/218690-covid-letter.pdf
- Information about COVID-19, including information for schools and families, is regularly updated on the BC Centre for Disease Control site: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/childcare-schools
- All joint statements from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix are posted here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health
- The Provincial Pandemic Coordination plan: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/reports-publications/pandemic-provincial-coordination-plan.pdfKIDS and COVID-19 QA: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/coronavirus-(novel)#For–schools–and–childcare
- Ministry of Health response plans – https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/current-health-topics/pandemic-influenza
- Government of Canada – Novel Coronavirus in China Travel Health Notice: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/travel-health-notices/210