1. INTRODUCING – WCDSBLearn@Home
Dear Parents/Caregivers –
As you may be aware, on March 20th the Ontario government launched the Learn at Home online portal to provide resources for families so students can continue their education while schools are closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
Learn at Home offers all students high-quality, made-in-Ontario math and literacy resources, created by Ontario-certified educators, in both English and French.
Elementary resources are designed to help young students learn at home with interactive activities that encourage participation through entertaining and stimulating digital content.
High school content was designed with a focus on STEAM courses and ensure core competencies and skills are reinforced. The government is also providing access to course content for students who take the initiative to refresh and extend their learning.
In conjunction with this important initiative, our staff continue to work very hard creating a plan to ensure that your child is connected to local learning opportunities on an ongoing basis as we navigate our way through these very challenging times.
If you have not already, you will soon be contacted by your child’s teacher to check in, explain what to expect in coming weeks and discuss any specific learning or resource needs. We look forward to moving to teacher-initiated learning beginning on Monday, April 6.
To assist in that process, we have developed our own WCDSBLearn @ Homewebsite.
In coming days we will be adding resources and information to help keep the learning process moving forward – including a link to all of the outstanding resources and ideas that were provided during #STEAMDays, as well as some important mental health and well being information.
The site will be updated regularly, as new resources become available. But starting April 6th you child will have regular Teacher-led learning coming directly to them. We are using the time to ensure we have equity of access and consistency in terms of how we are moving forward during these exceptional times.
We also want to again acknowledge that this could be a time of great uncertainty and anxiety for our students. We are truly blessed to have our faith and prayer to aid us at this time. Our God walks with us always and the Holy Father reminds us that prayer is a sign that we are not alone.
Finally – we encourage you to continue closely following any and all directives from our governments and Region of Waterloo Public Health. As a global community – we have never been more connected by an event or issue and now is the time to do everything we can to ensure we can soon return to life as we knew it not so long ago. We wish your family good health.
Please remain confident that we are here to support you, as we walk as a hope-filled community of faith toward the season of Easter and the re-birth it brings.
2. READ AND WRITE HOME INSTALL INFO FOR PARENTS ON HOME DEVICES
Please refer to written instructions or video re how to install Read and Write at home:
3. MESSAGE FROM FATHER ALEKS AT ST. AGNES CHURCH
Dear Families, this health crisis has affected all of us, and certainly our daily lives. The situation continues to change so quickly, and with parish churches closed until further notice, there have been inquiries about the upcoming celebration of First Communion Masses.
We will have to wait on making a decision about changing dates, as it will be determined by directives from the Government of Ontario and the Diocese of Hamilton. We will keep you up to date as the awful situation continues.
Even though we can not gather personally for Mass in our parish church of St. Agnes, I welcome your family to worship as a community through internet live-streaming. Below are the options from the website.
Holy Mass is steamed from St. Agnes: Monday to Friday at 7:00 PM, and Saturday & Sunday at 10:00 AM.
Mass is accessible live through Zoom Cloud Meeting. Zoom can be loaded on your phone, tablet, or computer.
Click here: https://zoom.us/j/5053488770
* Please join us five minutes early to ensure that you have a little time to work out any difficulties connecting. You can also test your connection at any time by clicking the link. If you see a message that states “Please wait for the host to start this meeting”, your system is ready for Mass!
I keep all of you in my prayers, especially those who are, or may become, ill.
4. RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES
Please check out the following websites, which may be helpful to families as we cope with COVID-19: