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Posted on 01/04/2021

Our first week of remote learning is done and we’re on to week number two.  We know that remote learning has been extended through our January 22nd PA Day (at least) and will wait for more news about returning to in person learning from the Ontario government and the Ministry of Education.  

Staff members and families have shared how well things went overall last week.  Even with this early success, it is important for us all to acknowledge that learning (and teaching) from home is not easy work.  Everyone is doing their best and we need to be gentle with ourselves and each other as we work through the challenges.  A huge thank you goes out to everyone in our school community.  We are successful together!

Questions About Aligning the Orleans Wood and Terry Fox Schedules

One challenge of remote learning is working out the flow of the day.  For families who have students at Orleans Wood and Terry Fox, the different start and end times plus staggered nutrition breaks and recess times poses a challenge.  A few families have reached out to both schools to ask about aligning our days.  

Unfortunately, there are a number of logistical reasons why the timetables need to stay aligned with our regular day schedules at this time.  For example, both Orleans Wood and Terry Fox have system classes that have recently returned to in person learning.  These class schedules impact multiple other class and educator timetables.  Students in these classes use school transportation which is shared with other schools.  Both schools also have staff members who have commitments with other schools and/or OCDSB virtual schools.  

Hopefully, there is enough flexibility through the asynchronous learning times to make things work for our shared families.  The educators at both schools understand that the next number of weeks will pose unique challenges for each family and understand if this impacts class participation from time to time.

Access to a Chromebook and/or WiFi

If you require access to a Chromebook, the school has a limited number available and may be able to lend one to you.  If you do not have access to the internet because it is not available where you live, there are a small number of hotspots available from the OCDSB.  Please call the school office (613-837-4622, then press 0) to let us know if you need access to a Chromebook or WiFi and we will do our best to accommodate your request. 

SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, January 20th - New to Kindergarten 2021 Virtual Info Night

With the 2021 Kindergarten registration week (for new kinders starting in September 2021) set to run from January 18th to 25th, Orleans Wood ES will be hosting a virtual information session on Wednesday, January 20th at 6:30pm.  Please share this date and time with any neighbours, friends, or family in our school area.  The session will be streamed live on YouTube.  More details will come soon.  Participants will be able to ask questions using this link: https://forms.gle/sneeDuroVuhueDCo6.

OWSAC News

January Council Meeting Cancelled - Next Meeting is February 18th

With all of the time that families are spending online this month, our school council co-chairs suggested to cancel the January meeting. Instead, all are welcome at our next meeting on Thursday, February 18th at 7pm using the following link: meet.google.com/hkn-qgjk-nce.  Please join us to get updates from the principal and a staff representative about important school issues and to learn more about our fundraising and community building activities for this year.

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