January 2021 Return to School

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January 2, 2021

Dear Panther Families;

We hope that this message finds you rested and healthy after our holiday break. 

We are excited to connect with our students again on Monday, January 4th, 2021, although it will look a little different, due to the recent announcement from the Ministry of Education that schools will be closed during the week of January 4 – 8. Although the building itself is closed, learning will continue for our students via [email protected] remote classes. 

On Monday, January 4, educators will be reaching out to families to discuss accessing online learning platforms where work for the day is posted, and to provide information about the schedule and other learning opportunities available either for the day or during the week. Our focus on Monday will be communication and support. Please use this opportunity to clarify any questions you may have. 

Beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 5, our goal will be to follow the established school day schedule wherever possible. This means classes will begin at 8:40 via Google Classroom or See Saw. Student learning will be provided for large and small groups of students each day, in a manner similar to in-person classroom teaching. This includes teachers instructing and connecting with students in real time, and students working independently and in small groups while engaged in a virtual classroom with the teacher overseeing their learning and available for questions. We will follow our established lunch/recess schedule (10:20-11:00 and 1:00-1:40), with our school day ending at 3:00. Attendance will be taken, and students are expected to participate in the learning. 

Our hope is that we will see our kids’ smiling faces coming through the Parkview doors on Monday, January 11, which is the date that has been set for classes to resume in brick and mortar schools. We will update you should any further information become available. 

Thank you for your ongoing support and resilience as we work to comply with direction from the Ministry of Education. All we ask going forward is that you continue to be patient and work with us as we navigate these times together. We feel so fortunate to have such an amazing Panther community!

Best Regards, 

Mary Handley, Principal and Kim Newman, Vice Principal.