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April 5th, 2020
Good evening HSB families,
I hope you were able to enjoy some quality time with your families this weekend, and perhaps spend some time in the sunshine and fresh air. I believe that finding small ways to incorporate “normal routine” into our very abnormal lives right now helps us keep things on an even keel. There are some important things I needed to let you know about, so forgive the length of this letter.
Communications with families:
We will be calling every family on a weekly basis to “check and connect”, with the goal of re-establishing and maintaining contact between the school and our families and students. Teachers play such a profound role in the lives of their students that we would like to ease the impact of their missing each other on a daily basis. Some teachers may even suggest connecting the class through video conference to catch up with each other, which is a nice way for students to experience a bit of ‘normal’, and reduce the sense of isolation some of them might be feeling. Please don’t be alarmed if you notice that the calls are coming in as blocked numbers, as we have asked our staff to maintain their own privacy when calling from home.
Weekly Pedagogical Kits:
Every week, the Ministry of Education is providing us with pedagogical kits which teachers are personalizing for their students. These will be emailed to students (using their NFSB email accounts) every Monday, and will also be available on the HSB website. We remind you that the activities are completely optional for students, and are based on what has already been taught this year. None of it will be used for evaluation purposes. Our desire is for our students to keep their brains active, but that’s all.
Resources for you to keep handy:
We have compiled a long list of resources that we are happy to share with you, accessible on the HSB website, and we can also direct you to 211, Open School, and the NFSB website. As well, parent and student emails will continue to be an important means of communication between us.
What we don’t yet know, unfortunately:
We have not been told how the Ministry is managing marks, diplomas, or when we are coming back this year. We also still don’t know about Grad. We have not yet postponed our plans for the Ceremony at the Agora on June 5th, or for the Grand March and Prom on June 6th. We are all keeping our fingers and toes crossed that we will be back in time for this to go forward. However, no one can predict exactly when things will start getting back to normal, and if we learn that we cannot hold these events in June, then we will let you know as soon as possible what the new plan is.
For those of you who are still working while the rest of us are huddled at home, I offer you my heartfelt thanks for doing what you’re doing. Even this bizarre new lifestyle would not be possible without you.
For all of you who are staying home to help flatten the curve while you try to figure out how to entertain your kids, keep in touch with elderly family members, stay connected with friends, and not go completely stir crazy, I thank you too. We will get through this together, and come out the other side stronger and wiser.
And for any of you who may have be worrying over an ailing loved one, I wish you courage and comfort.
Take care, stay safe,
Lynn L’Esperance Claude
This letter was sent to all our families by email on April 5, 2020.