Please see the attached letter from the Minister of Education.
Please see the attached letter regarding the continued closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We continue to pray for the well-being of our OLOL school community.
Good morning Our Lady of Lourdes Families,
I wanted to share some information with you as things are changing rapidly and I want to keep you informed. As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher. Electronic communication is best since no one is allowed in the school building to check calls left on the school answering machine.
As we move to teacher-led distance learning, our teachers have been working to contact students and families to find out who may need a Chromebook. If you did not hear from your child’s teacher, please contact the teacher(s). Emails are found on our school website: https://lourdes.wcdsb.ca/
We are expecting an announcement from the Ministry of Education with more details about the remote learning plan. An announcement introducing WCDSBLearn@Home was shared. Click the link for more information: https://wcdsblearnathome.wcdsb.ca/
I would also suggest that you continue to monitor announcements teachers are posting on your child(ren)’s classroom platform. Many of our planned events for the remainder of the school year have either been postponed or cancelled until further notice. Any events that have been cancelled will be refunded through Cash On Line. Please be patient as we work through this process.
The opportunity to receive Sacraments through the Church is on hold for now. Any questions about receiving sacraments can be directed to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish.
Please continue monitoring Newswire for any school updates as information is evolving quickly. We will do our best to keep you informed.
Please know that we are here to support you, as we walk as a hope-filled community of faith toward the Easter season.
We are praying that you remain healthy.
Our Lady of Lourdes CES
If your child currently uses Google Read and Write to support their learning, please see the attachment on how to activate the Read and Write app on a home device (laptops and chromebooks).
Attached is an updated handout, for those who prefer handouts.
In addition please see the ‘how to video’ link as follows.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Yesterday was the first day of the previously announced two-week closure of all schools in Ontario to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
I know that this is not easy for you. We have all been impacted by COVID -19 in some way. I know that many of you wanted to be in school. The staff at Our Lady of Lourdes CES wanted to be there to greet you. Our staff wanted to talk to our students about their March Break and wanted to dive back into teaching and learning. We wanted to feel the excitement of the first day back from March break. However, these are extraordinary times.
I want to let you know that both the school and the WCDSB wish to stay in communication with you and we will keep you updated on the latest developments, resources and any impact on schools and learning.
Best Health Practices: it is vitally important for all of us to monitor and follow the direction of medical officials.
I know there are many questions that you have regarding the continuation of learning. The Ministry of Education has launched a website: ontario.ca/learnathome where students can continue their learning for the next two weeks while schools are closed. I would also suggest that students review the work that has been completed in their classes to date. As the situation unfolds, the Ministry of Education will be providing more direction if schools are closed beyond the two-week period.
I know that for our grade 8 class this is a challenging time for you. You are concerned about your courses, graduation and your last year of elementary school.
Keep the Faith: our local diocese has a webpage with helpful resources so Catholics can remain in touch with their faith while churches are closed.
Stay Mentally Healthy: the WCDSB FOS Social Worker is available to talk on the phone or through email should you have any questions or concerns or feel like she can be a support to your child(ren) or family. The following website has valuable information to support student mental health during this time.
We know that the uncertainty, significant alterations to daily routines and structures, and changes to social interactions with important people in our lives can result in accumulated stress.
Please know that each and everyone of you are missed and that the staff at Our Lady of Lourdes CES will pray for everyone every day. We will see each other soon and for me personally, that gives me great hope.
Please stay safe and healthy.
Enclosed is your child’s report card, which is an important reflection of the work done throughout the school year, and the mark, learning skills and teacher comments traditionally give us a fulsome picture about a student’s learning.
In early January, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) directed its members to withdraw certain administrative services due to the failure to reach a new collective agreement with the government of Ontario. OECTA’s direction to their members includes the following:
· OECTA members shall not participate in the preparation and inputting of report card comments, including learning skills.
· Members shall input marks only on the report cards;
· Kindergarten teachers shall only input one sentence per frame;
· OECTA members in secondary schools shall not prepare progress report cards.
You will notice that the report card your child has brought home reflects these directives. With that said, Our teachers remain committed to the WCDSB’s strategic direction to nurture a culture of innovation and foster maximum opportunity for success for all. Reporting student achievement (of which report cards are one component) is the result of thoughtful and ongoing assessment and evaluation practices. Teachers continue to display professionalism in this regard and value your role and partnership.
We would encourage you to please read the report card, with care, along with your child, and discuss how it might foster goal-setting as the school year progresses.
We join you in hoping for a speedy resolution to the current labour situation.
Our Lady of Lourdes CES
Dear Parents / Guardians,
This email contains an update regarding the coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Attached is a letter which has been provided jointly by Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health.
The over-arching key messages centered around the fact that Ontario is very prepared and has effective protocols, which are currently operating very well, and the guiding principles that we do well to ground our response in the facts and what we know to be good practice.
To that end – we are encouraged to redouble our efforts in our schools to ensure:
· good hygiene – washing hands thoroughly and with soap or sanitizer;
· covering one’s mouth and nose when one sneezes or coughs;
· staff and students stay home when ill.
· It is also wise to get a yearly flu vaccine, available from clinics or pharmacies.
Also, for your reference, there is a link to the Ministry of Health’s dedicated website where up-to-date information will be shared about the virus and its spread. It is anticipated that there will be more cases and more spread before the outbreak is fully contained. That said – whatever we can do to foster calm, tolerant and informed responses to the crisis, will be in everyone’s best interest.