In the past week, we have witnessed with great concern the rallies and riots in the United States and around the world, the result of the violent deaths of African Americans amid the face of systemic racism. Pope Francis himself remarked this morning about the disturbing social unrest in the United States following the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd. He said: “My friends, we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life. At the same time, we have to recognize that the violence of recent nights is self-destructive and self-defeating. Nothing is gained by violence and so much is lost.”
As the end of our school year fast approaches, it is difficult to make sense of the unrest around the world. We live in uncertain times, trying to understand the plight of our global neighbors. We must turn our eyes to the anguish of those affected by racism and violence while also grieving and mourning the loss of human life.
Almighty and merciful God, Lord of the universe. All that you have created is good and your compassion for the sins of humankind knows no limits. We come to you to ask for peace in our world and its people: to abolish hatred; to restore friendship; and to instil in the hearts of your people the gifts of forgiveness and reconciliation. Prince of Peace, we pray for those who have been killed and impacted by these acts of violence and unrest. Heal and console their bodies and hearts, and give us the strength and courage to walk alongside them in their journey.
We pray this through your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
(Message from Chief Superintendent, Robert Martin)
As we begin our last month of school, we would like to take this opportunity to thank families for your continued engagement with remote teaching & learning. The guidance and support you have provided your children helps them to be more successful in their learning. Classes will continue until June 26th. Formal instruction will still be occuring in the upcoming weeks in order for teachers to assess student work and prepare our students’ final June Summary Report. Homeroom teachers will be sharing details on timelines for when assessments, class celebrations and optional activities will take place.
Fall Re-Entry Plan
Alberta’s Education Minister Adriana LaGrange has shared that the government is planning for three options in the coming year.
These options include:
- schools open for regular classes
- schools open for in person classes but with certain health restrictions that affect operations (hybrid model)
- teacher-directed remote learning to continue at home
Our division is currently planning for these three options in anticipation of Alberta Education’s announcement this summer.
Items to be Returned
Chromebooks and chargers must be returned to the school between June 22 and June 24, 2020. Please contact the office to make arrangements prior to dropping off computers at the school.
Textbooks, classroom/library books can be returned at any time during school hours. There is a box at the front entrance to collect these items.
If you wish to purchase a yearbook for the School year 2019-2020, please see the attached poster. Yearbook 2019-20
They are only available through the Lifetouch purchase website. Please purchase by June 26th in order to have one available in September.
They are $20 and will be delivered to the school in September. We will then distribute them to the students. We will either send the current Grade 6 students yearbooks with a sibling or forward them to the school they are going to next year.
Remote Learning Update- Assessments
Classroom teachers have been directed by ECSD to continue assessing student in English language arts, French language arts (for our French immersion students) and Mathematics. We will continue to report in Powerschool Parent Portal for these subject areas. On occasion, there may be an assessment in another subject (Religion, Science, Social Studies) if it is cross-curricular in nature. Your child’s teacher will communicate more information when formal assessments take place. Although we appreciate parent support, during these formal assessments, teachers would like to assess what students can do independently.
We know students and families are concerned about how students will be prepared for the next grade. When face-to-face classes resume, teachers will determine where students are in their learning and will plan accordingly. Teachers are prepared to re-teach important content if necessary.
If you have any questions about your child’s learning, we encourage you to contact your child’s teacher. Thank you for your support and understanding during this time.
Reminder: District’s New Reporting System on Power School
To assist parents in navigating the PowerSchool Parent Portal to view your child’s ongoing progress, please refer to the following site: https://sites.google.com/ecsd.net/parent-guide-to-new-reporting/home
This site will be updated with new information throughout the year. If you have any questions regarding the new reporting procedures, you can contact the school at 780-430-1121.
School Supplies for 2020 – 2021
School Supplies for September 2020 are now available for purchase from School Start. Please click here for more information.
Chromebook Purchase Option
Please note that Chromebooks can be purchased directly from Compugen’s Web portal (at reduced vendor pricing) for parents interested in purchasing a Chromebook for their child. Click on the following for more information: Chromebook Parent Purchase Program
If you have issues with Compugen’s online website, please contact:
- Anoop Sond 780-969-0060
- Brenda Stewart 780-670-5131
- June 23 & 24 – (10 am – 12 pm) Drive-by Goodbye Parade (details shared next week)
- June 26 – Last Day of School