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Week 3 - April 9th Update from Jody Prevost

posted Apr 15, 2020, 6:03 AM by Kathryn McCallum
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April 9th, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

First of all, we hope that this letter finds you and your family healthy and safe.  We want to thank parents for all that you are doing and for your hard work during these difficult times.   We are well aware that many are juggling their own jobs while parenting and dealing with a great deal of uncertainty.

As this week of Distance Learning at Home comes to an end, so does Holy Week.  Today being Holy Thursday, I encourage all of us to keep hope in our hearts during these challenging times. Holy Thursday commemorates Jesus’s command to serve others, modeled explicitly in the washing of feet and the celebration of the Eucharist.   The three days of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil are the highpoint of our entire liturgical year. Not celebrating together is very difficult, but know that your families are in our hearts.  

Prayer for Holy Week

God our Father,

This week we remember how your Son Jesus gave us his body and blood before giving up his life so that we might have everlasting life with you. 

Open our hearts, that we might learn to live as his disciples, and follow his example of self‐giving love. 

May these holy days open our hearts to receive all that you long to give us, and to live in the peace of Jesus, your Son.

We make this prayer to you in His holy name. Amen.

As you know, Phase 2 of “Distance Learning at Home” is emphasizing the delivery of grade level curriculum to the students.  We understand that families have unique challenges, but we must now try to shift the focus to learning while still supporting our students’ (and your own) well-being.

Generally, for alignment with the parameters set by the Ministry of Education for Phase 2, educators in Kindergarten through to Grade 6 are providing a combined total of 5 hours of school work per week which the students are asked to complete to the best of their ability.  We do recognize that this adds even more to your (already full) plates and we want you to know that our staff is here to help.  Distance learning is meant to be flexible, and encourages students to learn when they can, where they can and at any point within the day/week to allow for maximum flexibility for families to schedule what works best for them.  If your child finishes their educator-assigned school work early or you are looking for more, you can continue to access the learn at home idea links already provided in previous communications.

To address the suggestions by parents and educators, we have moved to sharing the work in an email at the beginning of the week. By now you would have received the first correspondence from the teachers of your children. At the beginning of each week following, the work will be ready to begin on Monday and the parents will be notified of that week's work (or have been provided a monthly plan).  Please know however, the educators will continue to be open to address any questions that you may have using the same methods of communication that have already been established between you and your child’s educator. Due to the Easter long weekend, teachers will be sharing work on Tuesday April 14, 2020.

Although we can’t meet face to face, St. Cecilia is a family and we are here if you need support. One thing for certain, we will get through this new learning journey together.

Stay safe! Stay healthy! Stay Home!

Easter Blessings to you and your family,

Jody Prevost