Dear Primary Families,
Thank you for continuing to be part of this journey with us as we wrap up Week 6 of distance learning. Below are some key things we wish to highlight as we look forward to the week ahead.
Synchronous sessions in Primary
As we conclude our first week balancing synchronous and asynchronous sessions for all subjects across Primary, with the exception of PE, we want to celebrate the level of engagement we have seen from students in both their homeroom and specialist classes. Our aim is to continue to make the process for joining Google Meets as smooth as possible for families. To do this, your child's homeroom teacher will include the meet times in the weekly overview board. For families that may need an additional reminder, please add those slots to your personal calendar so that you can remind your child to access the Seesaw link for that class. We will also aim to create direct links to the meets in the Seesaw classes so that it is easier for students to join. Below is the updated schedule for synchronous sessions with specialists with the new times for G5 Band.
Polishing digital protocols for students
We are very proud of the level of digital citizenship that our students have continued to demonstrate over these past few weeks. As we hone our digital practices, there are a few reminders that we would like to mention.
Though we have not been able to say hello to each other on campus each day, our Primary students, teachers, and families still continue to find ways to stay connected to each other. A glimpse into some of those ways in the recent weeks have included: engaging with live and recorded stories and songs; creating collaborative books; sharing our "laugh out loud" moments of the week; sharing the 'small moments'; sending tributes to close friends; participating in weekly live meetings with homeroom and specialist teachers; having student check-ins; providing peer feedback on work posted by classmates (i.e. science experiments, writing projects, research projects); 'observing' teachers' digital classrooms and a whole lot more. Despite our physical distance, our connections remain strong. We value these moments and view them as the foundation for maintaining a strong learning community. Thank you to our students, teachers and families for being part of this process. We are truly grateful!
Process for class lists for 2020-2021
As we near the end of the school year, we have begun the complex process of creating classes for the 2020-2021 academic year. This process considers many factors such as peer dynamics, gender balance, student support across different areas, and learning styles. Your child(ren)'s teachers have had the opportunity to watch them grow and develop over a year and will take into consideration many factors in making sure that each child is placed in a class where he/she will thrive next year. If you feel there are any additional factors that you would like the school to consider about your child's placement, please email the Primary Principal (firstname.lastname@example.org) before Monday, 11 May. Please know that we can make a note of the things you wish to have considered, but we cannot guarantee that all of them will be met. Thank you for trusting that we will use our best professional judgement in this process.
Please continue communicating with us
Please use our tech support form if you or your child needs additional support with Seesaw and/or Google Meet and let us know if you have any other issues or challenges.
Have a wonderful rest of your week and a relaxing weekend,
Darlene Huson, Primary Principal
Christine Kelly, Primary Assistant Principal of Teaching & Learning/PYP Coordinator
Tony Potts, Primary Assistant Principal of Technology & Innovation/Tech Integration Specialist
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