First and foremost I hope you and yours are all well. For those working in healthcare, helping to put food on tables, medicine in cabinets or that we have working utilities, thank you.
This is an unprecedented time. We are interdependent and need to rise to this occasion by being responsible for our choices, actions and behaviours. KPR has been proactive in its consideration of staff, students and our communities. We continue to take direction from the Ministry of Public Health and Ministry of Education.
I have posted things on our Twitter feed but wanted to reach out to you all with support and resources for yourselves and our students.
We all deal with things differently. Caring for, and supporting others while taking care of yourself is important. CAMH (Canadian Association for Mental Health) offers answers to these questions.
Whether self-isolating or maintaining a 2 meter social distance, play has changed for the next little while. Here are some ways to stay physically active without destroying your home!
Your children can connect with classmates by posting positive messages on EDSBY, School Talk. I left this message there for them, “Welcome Students to a place where we can all share P*O*S*I*T*I*V*E messages. Let's each share a piece of good news or something fun to try! I'll start and you add on. Remember, what you post is public.”
If you have not registered with EDSBY, please do so.
Register also with School Messenger to get updates via email or text at
While change is a learning opportunity, it can also be stressful for children. A normal routine brings comfort and consistency to a child’s life. There are also many resources available to help with learning at home.
Set up a schedule using first (work) then (break) during the times of a regular school day. If you can, include two nutrition breaks and time for play. On line learning is not just plugging in to complete a task, it is engaging in conversations, sharing of experiences, building and connecting subjects to real life tasks. Sewing, cooking, budgeting, shopping, drawing, playing an instrument and cleaning are all life skills that integrate school subjects.
School boards, principals and teachers are utilizing this time to plan for distance learning which will ensure equity of access for all. Once schools are open we will invite parents to come and pick up the mobile technology we have to offer. This will require signed consent of liability from parents. In the meantime here are resources we know will help set up routines for your learners at home.
First, QE has paid for each of you to have access to these sites. Please email your teacher for details if you are not already set up. These are key learning sites for language and mathematics.
Learn at Home from the Government of Ontario
Canadian Homeschooler is focused on sharing Canadian materials, curriculum, products, and websites that are relevant and useful to families for their home education journeys.
Scholastic Learn at Home offers countless links and ideas for lesson plans, activities, books, and education tools for grades K-12 in Canada.
Learning Websites for Toddlers and Preschoolers
PBS Kids offers video’s, games, apps and educational series for kids ages 2-8.
Khan Academy will build understanding in math, science, and more.
French language learning!
Mystery Science with hands on lessons.
Intermediate senior math, science and humanities content.
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Thursday, October 3, 2019 Parent Update: CUPE Strike Action – School Closures Further to our message yesterday, and after extensive ...
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