May 2020 Newsletter

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We hope this finds all of our students and families well. Upon receiving the news that all publicly-funded schools in Ontario, including those at the TDSB, will remain closed until at least May 31, we continue to move along on our journey of remote learning and teaching. Our primary focus remains the health and well-being of our students, staff and their families, while continuing to support students learning at home in a variety of

Our staff have embraced the Google classroom learning platform. Many have started to use video conferencing to connect with students remotely based on their own knowledge and comfort level as well as consideration of student and family circumstances. It is important for students and families to remember that remote learning for each class will be different and is based on the teacher’s professional judgement. Educators are welcome to use video conferencing but are not required to do so. The common goal is to
engage all students through a variety of different ways and using different strategies and online tools.

Watching your child participate in a virtual meeting with their classmates and teacher for the very first time can be an exciting event. There may be the temptation to photograph or record the session as a keepsake or to share with family/friends. Please note that any recording (video, audio, or picture) of any online activity either for personal or public use is not permitted and goes against TDSB’s Online Code of Conduct. As we participate in various online activities whether it be through G Suite for
Education or other supported online resources we are committed to everyone’s privacy, safety and well-being. Thank you for your continued support of our ‘Learn at Home’ initiative.

As we head into the final stretch of the 2019- 2020 school year the planning and organization process for next September has already begun. I want to reassure parents that staff and administration put a great deal of time and thought into the organizing of classroom groupings each year taking into account the Ministry of Education’s Primary Class Size which places a ‘hard cap’ of 20 students in Primary classes (Gr.1- 3). Teachers will meet with school administration to discuss the needs of each student. The
following factors are taken into consideration:

  • The academic needs and learning style of the child
  • The social/emotional/behavioural needs of the child
  • Support programs – care is taken when placing students who are supported by
  • special programs i.e. IEPs, Special Education, ESL
  • A range of ability levels of the students in the class
  • The class size (primary caps)
  • Parental input shared with the teachers regarding the following:
    • Academic needs and learning style of their child
    • The social/emotional/behavioural needs of the child.

(Please note requests for specific teachers will not be entertained.)

We appreciate your trust in our professional judgement in balancing the considerations mentioned above.

Keep well and keep safe!
M. Kanalec