|St. Bernadette Elementary School Newsletter|
September 9th, 2020
• New video on Youtube
• Uniforms and Supplies
• Reminder of Learning Groups, Staggered Start/end Times and Drop-Off/Pick Up Routines
• Reminder of Fourth Option
• Welcome Letter from Mr. Barber
• At home screening process
• Reminder for Stingers Club Registration
Sept. 10th – First Day of School – Half Day
Sept. 11th – Full day classes
Sept. 14th – Stingers Club Resumes, classes as usual NEW YOUTUBE VIDEO
The school has produced a fun video for students and parents so they can see what school will look and feel like. To watch the video please visit our YouTube page:https://youtu.be/mVEoHLDJYH8
UNIFORMS AND SUPPLIES
We understand that getting all of your uniform pieces and supplies for the start of school can be a challenge. If you are missing part or all of your uniform, please do your best to wear a neutral colour dress pant (girls can wear a skirt if they desire) or dress shorts (preferably dark grey or black) with a neutral polo shirt (preferably white). With the weather projected to be hot in the upcoming days, boys are encouraged to wear the school shorts option and students can remove their sweaters when it gets warm. We ask that you try to have all your school supplies by Monday September 14th. Bringing just the basics (pen, pencil, notebook) is fine for this week.We hope that all families will have their uniform by Monday September 21st. If you still don’t have your uniform or supplies by that time, please contact the school so we can make further arrangements.
REMINDER OF LEARNING GROUPS AND STAGGERED START/END TIMES
We would like to remind you that September 10th is a half day. Your child’s LG and their start and end times are as follows:
LG1 – Kindergarten and Grade 1
LG2 – Grade 2 and Grade 3
LG3 – Grade 4 and Grade 5.
LG4 – Grade 6 and Grade 7
8:45am – LG2 – enter through the doors by the gym
8:45am – LG4 – enter directly into their classroom
8:55am – LG1 – enter through outside classroom doors facing the church
8:55am – LG3 – Grade 5 – enter directly into the grade 5 class
9:05am – LG3 – Grade 4 – enter through the doors by the gym
Sept. 10th – Half Day School dismissal
11:50pm – LG2 – exit through the doors by the gym
11:50pm – LG4 – exit directly out of their classroom
12:00pm – LG1 – exit through outside classroom doors facing the church
12:00pm – LG3 – Grade 5 – exit directly out of the grade 5 class
12:10pm – LG3 – Grade 4 – exit through the doors by the gym
Sept. 11th – Regular dismissal
School dismissal (except Wednesdays – see below)
2:50pm – LG2 – exit through the doors by the gym
2:50pm – LG4 – exit directly out of their classroom
3:00pm – LG1 – exit through outside classroom doors facing the church
3:00pm – LG3 – Grade 5 – exit directly out of the grade 5 class
3:10pm – LG3 – Grade 4 – exit through the doors by the gym
Wednesday School dismissal
2:05pm – LG2 – exit through the doors by the gym
2:05pm – LG4 – exit directly out of their classroom
2:15pm – LG1 – exit through the doors by the gym
2:15pm – LG3 – Grade 5 – exit directly out of the grade 5 class
2:25pm – LG3 – Grade 4 – exit through the doors by the gym
NEW KINDERGARTEN AND GRADE 1 DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP LOCATION
The task force team is reviewing the drop-off and pick-up location for younger students. We understand how difficult it is for younger children to independently enter and exit the school. It has been decided, through the help of Ms. Schollen, to have Kindergarten and Grade 1 use the exterior doors on the east side of the school for drop-off and pick-up. This will allow parents the option of bringing their child to the door of the classroom.Parents are reminded that they are not allow into the classroom, must wear a mask and must practice physical distancing from other children and parents.We will monitor this change closely to see how well families are able to physically distance, find appropriate parking, and safety drop-off and pick-up their child both at the door and in the parking lot. We will be monitoring to see if parents begin to gather, if procedures are being followed, if safety can be maintained and if it serves as a benefit to the child. If this option proves successful, then there is an opportunity to expand this option to grade 2 and 3 students. By having the school separated to an east and west side of the building, we can greatly reduce the numbers of students gathered in one area. OPTION 4On Tuesday September 1st, St. Bernadette’s was notified of the CISVA mandate to make a fourth option available to all families. Deacon Henk, Superintendent of Catholic Schools stated the following in his letter:
“It is the intention of the Ministry of Education that students return to full-time, in-person attendance at school on September 10, 2020. However, some families may not be ready to have their children return to full-time in-person instruction on this date. This option allows the child to receive an at-home learning package with limited grade-level support from a teacher. It is important to note that this support will not be the same as that which was offered following Spring Break 2020. The child will maintain their classroom placement at their current school and will be able to transition to full-time in-person instruction at selected dates in the fall (dates to be determined). This is not intended to be a full-year option. Normal tuition applies for this option.”
Further to this, the CISVA stated that the start date for learning for families that wish to select option 4 will be September 21st and that a return to school date will be October 13th or November 16th. A child will not be allowed to return to the school prior to these dates.
St. Bernadette’s is in line with the Ministry of Education in having all students return to full-time, in-person attendance at school on September 10th, 2020. We are concerned with the late start date of Option 4 for learning to begin and for a child to be out of the school for this long of a period of time, especially at the start of a school year where friendships are formed, safety lessons are taught, and routines are established. In the webinar, the school’s safety plans and in our newsletter updates, we have highlighted the importance of a safe and healthy return to school and that a trauma informed approach will be greatly beneficial to your child’s learning (please see the webinar powerpoint on the school website for more information). When making this decision it is important to reflect on the following:
Logistics – Will you be able to provide a schedule and a positive learning environment for your child with limited support from the school? Will you have access to sufficient resources at home so your child can continue their learning? Do you feel prepared to lead your child’s education during this transition period? Learning – Will you be able to ensure a high quality of learning from home? Will you be able to address the social, emotion, physical, and spiritual aspects of your child’s education? Do you have the resources necessary to provide your child with a trauma informed education? Will you be able to create a plan that addresses your child’s transition back into the learning environment after being out for several weeks?
If there is something specific about our restart plan that would necessitate you to refrain from having your child start the school year with in-person learning, please speak with me so that I can ensure that all aspects of our restart plan are clear and understandable.If after much consideration and reflection there is still a desire to have your child not begin the school year with his/her peers in the classroom, please send me an email by 4pm on September 9th, 2020 so we can further discuss the fourth option as described above. You can reach me at email@example.com
We highly recommend that everyone in K-7 wear a mask while indoors. We understand that some students are unable to wear a mask or are unwilling to do so. For those students who are able and willing to wear a mask, we ask them to do so while indoors and traveling inside of the school. Time spent outside is a break from wearing a mask. Families should provide children with a case or bag to hold their mask. These cases need to be breathable and not retain moisture. The CCDC recommends a paper bag for storage. What is important is that students have a place to put their mask when not in use. We were notified over the weekend that the order of reusable masks from the government is being delayed. In lieu, the government has sent us disposable child size masks to be used until the such time the shipment arrives (hopefully in the next few days). Children can wear any mask they want. We have also made an order for a third mask for children that should arrive in the next 10 days.
WELCOME LETTER FROM MR. BARBER
Dear Parents/Guardians, I hope this letter finds you well. My name is Nathan Barber, and I am the new Athletic Director and Physical Education Teacher at St. Bernadette’s. I have had nearly two years teaching experience with the CISVA, both as an Educational Assistant and as Athletic Director/Physical Education Instructor. I obtained my Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching degree as well as a Diploma in Sport Science.I have always had a passion for sports, and feel that physical education is an important aspect of child development. Although physical education is not for everyone, I hope to instil the fundamentals of physical education and create a fun environment for all. While there will not be inter school sports this year, the plan is to continue with “extramural” sports. Once classes begin, more emails will follow regarding sport activities. I thank you all for your support, and look forward to meeting with you in the near future. If you ever have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Warmest Regards,Mr. Barber
AT HOME SCREENING PROCESS
Every family must do an at home screening to ensure their child is healthy and is able to attend school. There is a form that you are to use as a checklist to ensure that you have check for all symptoms. The form is below and we suggest downloading it, printing it and posting it somewhere visible in your house.
STINGERS CLUB PAD FORM AND REGISTRATION
You should have received an email about registration for our Stingers Activity Club (before and after school care program). All registration forms need to be sent to email@example.com prior to their first day in the club.If you are unable to fill it out online, please send it with your child prior to their first day in the club.Furthermore, please remember to send the Pre-Authorized Debit form in with your registration. Both the PAD form and registration can be downloaded from this newsletter (please see below).Daily at Home ScreeningStudent-Daily-Fit-for-In-Class-AttendanceDownloadRead more.Stingers Club Registration 2020-2021Stingers-Club-Registration-Package-2020-2021DownloadRead more.Stingers PAD FormPre-Authorized-Payment-for-Stingers-ClubDownloadRead more.
Dear new families,In this section you will find information, updates and other items from previous newsletters that we feel are still relevant but not necessarily “front page news”. Please check this section weekly just to ensure you have not missed anything.
VENTILATION AND SAFETY UPDATES
On Monday we had BC Comfort spend all day at the school to assess and test our HVAC systems. They conducted a very thorough investigation and I am very pleased to report that they have concluded that we have excellent ventilation in our school. We have met or exceeded all industry standards. They were impressed with our large fresh air intake panels and commented on the good air flow in all the rooms. They inspected all aspects of our system, made some minor repairs and provided us with recommendations to keep our system healthy and in good working order. This is great news for our staff and students as it confirms that we will be able to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for everyone. Further more, we have procured more signage and traffic control structures to ensure children are safe when entering the school. Yesterday the entire staff went through an orientation that focused on our health and safety plans and what it means to be a trauma informed school. The staff is excited and ready to welcome your child into the classroom on September 10th and we are very prepared for the 2020-2021 school year.
MINISTRY APPROVAL OF HEALTH AND SAFETY PLANS
All of our plans were submitted for approval to the Ministry of Education. We have received confirmation that all our plans are approved and they have confirmed their alignment with the requirements set out in the COVID-19 Operational Guidelines and the Provincial COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines for K-12 Settings. We are very proud of all the work and effort that went into the creation and updating of our health and safety plans. I would like to thank the task force team of Ms. Cristina Ricafort, Ms. Boni Kosman and Ms. Laurie Bennett who joined me in the creation and implementation of these plans. I also wish to thank all the staff and teachers for their enthusiasm and commitment to see these plans in action. And I wish to thank all the parents for their trust, engagement and support. We are a strong community that strives to work together for the betterment of your children.
WELCOME NEW TEACHERS
I would like to take sometime to once again welcome 3 new teachers to our school. In Gr. 1 we welcome Kathlyn Buenvenida. Ms. Buenvenida comes to use from St. Francis Xavier School in Vancouver. There she also taught Gr. 1 and we are excited to have her join our team. In Gr. 2 we welcome Ms. Caroline Winship. Ms. Winship was previously at Star of the Sea school in Surrey. Ms. Winship brings a wealth of experiences and we look forward to her guiding our Gr. 2s in their sacramental year. We also have Nathan Barber joining our school as the Physical and Health Education (PHE) teacher. Mr. Barber comes to us from St. Anthony’s school in West Vancouver. We are excited to see him lead our sports teams and take on the duties as our PHE teacher and Athletic Director.
A Prayer to Start the Year
God of wisdom and might,
we praise you for the wonder of our being,
for mind, body and spirit.
Be with our children as they begin
a new school year.
Bless them and their teachers and staff.
Give the strength and grace as their bodies grow; wisdom and knowledge to their minds
as they search for understanding;
and peace and zeal to their hearts.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Resources
Used Uniforms – If you have used uniforms to donate or need a uniform for you child, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also drop off your used uniforms at the box located outside of our front doors at any time.
Stingers Club – For inquiries for registration or other questions regarding before and after school care, please email email@example.com
Shout Out Submissions – if you would like to recognize someone or a group in our community please email firstname.lastname@example.org
PEC Chair – If you have questions, concerns or comments for our Parish Education Committee, please email email@example.com Links
St. Bernadette Elementary Catholic School
13130 65B Ave
Surrey, BC V3W 9M1
phone: (604) 596-1101
fax: (604) 596-1550