Dear Junior School Families,
As you are all fully aware, both GNS campuses were closed on March 10 out of an abundance of caution that was specific to our community. Subsequently, it was announced that all schools in BC will be closed for the foreseeable future. As a result, our teaching and learning will move to a system of online delivery that we are calling GO! (Gryphons Online!). We have been immersed in contingency planning and feel well prepared to make this transition.
During the initial phases, families will be contacted by their children’s homeform teachers, outlining the steps and expectations for the future, whilst giving the opportunity for technical troubleshooting, and allaying any anxieties or worries our students might have. On Friday of this week, we will send parents and students specific details about this as we approach the first day of GO! which will commence on Tuesday, March 31. Throughout there will be ongoing contact with all students, made by homeform and subject teachers using a variety of tools, including email and Google Meet.
We are very understanding of the support given at home, as GNS families work to provide an environment that is conducive to continued learning and engagement. Keeping a routine for your child is important to making remote learning a success. Work on devices, projects, etc., needs to be interspersed with activity and movement. Reading every day, both for pleasure and challenge, is expected on a daily basis.
To help establish a routine, we plan to have an assembly each week that we will send to you via video link. Homeform teachers will join with students in small groups daily via Google Meet to chat, discuss and otherwise maintain the important connection with their teacher and their peers. A number of activities/assignments will be sent home, with students being given some choice on how many they actually accomplish. There will be a minimum number of assignments that must be completed and, additionally, there will also be optional activities students may choose to do over and above what is required. Specialists will connect in with the learning, but not in a way that will overwhelm our students. Our primary focus will be keeping up with foundation skills in literacy and numeracy. Units of inquiry and specialist subjects will be included as appropriate, but not to the same extent.
We are mindful of the fact that we don’t want our students to be connected to devices for the duration of each day. Our teachers will try to ensure that learning is balanced and inclusive, and gives multiple opportunities for students to have access to exercise, the backyard, face-to-face conversations, inquiry-based activities, as well as creativity and play.
Thank you for understanding. We will continue to keep you informed and please do not hesitate to reach out with any further questions you may have as we begin this new journey in learning together.
Glenlyon Norfolk Junior School, Principal
P.S. We’re delighted to share with you that Darren Laur, the White Hatter, is running some free online workshops around digital safety and citizenship. These run at 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, March 26. More details available at www.thewhitehatter.ca
Pick-up of Materials Timetable
In anticipation of a possible complete shutdown of non-essential movement around the city, we will be opening up your child’s homeform classroom, Thursday, March 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to give you access to the materials (iPads, worksheets, etc.) your child might need for the resumption of the ‘virtual’ new term starting Tuesday, March 31.
When you arrive at the Junior Campus, during your assigned time (schedule below), please proceed to the cone indicating your child’s class. We shall be observing social distancing guidelines as outlined by Dr. Bonnie Henry, remaining 2 metres away from the next person. Spacing will be indicated on the ground by smaller cones.
Mrs. Giommi and I will be at the school to direct one person at a time into each classroom.
If, unfortunately, you can’t visit the campus during the designated time, please organize for another parent to pick-up your child’s things. Parents with more than one child are welcome to pick up any other children’s materials at the same time. Please bring a bag to collect any school supplies you want to take for your child’s use at home. We once again ask that you line up at your child’s class cone and observe social distancing guidelines.
Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten will not require any materials from school to resume regular classes. Therefore, we ask that you remain home unless there is something essential that you need to pick up from your child’s cubby. If you do need to pick-up something, please do so, under the direction of Mrs. Giommi, between 12:00 and 1:00 p.m.
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