Happy June, Owls and Jays!
We hope you all enjoyed your weekend and were able to get outside and enjoy some nature. There have been some changes to the restrictions regarding parks, so though we can't play on the structures yet, we can start having picnics and family soccer games again. Woo hoo! Here is a graphic showing what is and isn't currently allowed at neighbourhood parks:
Also, great news for the avid campers among us, backcountry and Crown land camping is back! If you venture out with your kiddos, share pictures so that we can share to the website and Twitter; we love to see the adventures you're going on.
With everything going on all around in the world right now, some of you may be looking for books and resources to help you talk to your children about people of other backgrounds, cultures and religions. Check our Parent's Section and our Media/Youtube section over the next week or two for links and posts surrounding this topic.
An email was recently sent out from our amazing admin team which covered some important information, please check your email for this message. Some important things to highlight from this email were:
*Only improvement in learning will be taken into account. Report cards will be sent out electronically in the last week of June.
Teachers are working hard to complete report cards based on the observations that they took before March Break and any progress that they have seen through social media and communication with families during the period of quarantine and virtual learning. Please remember that all children will be moving forward in the fall and that only new progress will be documented.
*On May 19, 2020, the Ministry announced an extension of the closure period through to the end of June 2020 and that Districts may, in cooperation with local health authorities, develop and implement plans for safe staff temporary access to school buildings and for the retrieval and return of student personal belongings.
All teaching will continue virtually. As far as safety is concerned, this is great news. However we are all very sad that we won't see our Owls and Jays until after the Summer holidays.
*The OPH, the board, and schools are now developing plans for parents and students to pick up belongings. The pick-up dates will be scheduled during the last two weeks of June.
Thanks to the quick thinking of your brilliant Owl and Jay teams, just about everything was sent home in March, before the break. This hopefully means that this is one less chore for our families to have to worry about. If there is something that was left at school and you would like to pick it up, please let one of the educators know so that we can help you retrieve it. (You can go to contacts for a list of our contact info.)
*Kindergarten Information Night: A comprehensive presentation has been uploaded to the school's website. Please direct any new families to view the information there. Also do encourage any parents who have not as of yet registered their child to do so online.
A message about Virtual Jump Rope for Heart:
Every year Meadowlands students look forward to and take part in Jump Rope for Heart to raise funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. This year is no exception, well, it is; however, for those wishing to participate to keep their heart healthy and have some fun, here is a jump start to the event. The Virtual Jump is on June 19th. Your child's teacher will likely be forwarding this information as well.
Do-It-Yourself Kick-off video You can click to view.
Like always, we miss you all terribly. If you need help with virtual learning/teaching, need resources/contacts to help with mental health or you are just need someone to talk with, reach out to the educator team. As always, we are here for you and your family. All of our contact info can be found in the contact section of this website. Stay safe, stay happy and enjoy the beautiful weather we've been having.
- The Owl and Blue Jay Team
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