Remote Learning Weekly Update - June 4, 2021
Dear Selby Families,
While the news that we will stay in virtual learning may not have been surprising, it was not the news many of us were hoping for. We know that there are many feelings attached to hearing that we will not be returning to face-to face learning this year. We also know that for many of you, learning at home is not easy, or not what you 'signed up for.' I assure you that many of our staff feel the same way. We were really hoping for a couple of weeks to see each other's (masked) faces in person and get some closure to the year. However, we shall move forward with our smiles on and make the best of this month of June!
Please continue to have your child/ren log in to their team/google classrooms to stay connected for a few more weeks. The last day of school is June 24. This is not only important for their academic progress, but also for their social and emotional well-being as well. Teachers are working so hard to make learning engaging and accessible while at home: there have been many virtual trips, lots of cooking lessons and demonstrations and many hands-on experiments and inquiries.
We are still finalizing our plans for our Grade 8 Graduation but we have decided to release the Virtual Ceremony on Friday, June 18 so families can plan a fun evening together celebrating. Before we determine if any aspects of this can happen in-person, we need to wait for the Public Health Unit and School Board to provide us with updated safety protocols.
Next week we will have a Selby Spirit day on Friday, June 11 - please wear any Selby Spirit wear or purple and yellow to remember and share our Selby pride!
Enjoy the PA day and weekend, Selby Stars! We miss you lots!
Ms. Witley and the Selby Staff
Teachers are now preparing Term 2 Report Cards. They will be considering evidence collected during "in person" and remote learning. This year has been exceptional in terms of remote learning however assessment continues to be based on conversations, observations and products (student work, projects, etc.). Teachers will continue to use these sources, their professional judgment, and their knowledge of your child to provide commentary on student progress. Students will be assessed based on grade-level expectations unless they have an IEP with modified expectations. Attending live lessons and small group sessions and/or completing assigned activities during remote learning will give your child's teacher more fulsome evidence on which to base marks and comments. As well, some units and strands may only be taught during the remote learning period. These units will be assessed based on the evidence of learning online (e.g. observations, conversations, products).
There are a variety of potential scenarios that may have occurred:
- If your child has participated in online learning and submitted assigned tasks, this learning will be assessed and commented on within the final report card, along with assessment data collected prior to April 9th.
- In some cases where there isn't enough information or assessment data to inform the report card due to limited online participation or assessment data collected prior to April 9th, you may see the comment: "Insufficient evidence of student work."
- In some cases where online participation is limited but enough assessment data was collected prior to April 9th, the student may receive a grade based on that information with a comment that reflects the assessment timeframe.
- If your child has not submitted online assignments, you may see the comment: "Student is encouraged to complete tasks and to submit them for feedback and assessment during the term."
- We recognize that in some cases families had to make critical decisions about what they or their child were able to manage at home to meet the needs of their family during remote learning. These are often difficult decisions and are respected by our staff.
Your child's report should give a clear indication of the progress made to date and provide next steps for learning. Undoubtedly, this year has been exceptional in all ways and our students have demonstrated a great deal of resilience navigating not only the disruption to learning but also the platform of virtual learning. As a staff, we will continue to focus on assessment/evaluation and use this information to inform our practice and approach to learning moving forward.
Selby May Wellness Challenge
In June, we commemorate National Indigenous History Month 2021 to recognize the history, heritage and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.
June is Pride Month in Canada -Let's Celebrate Love, Diversity and Inclusion!
June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day
June 24 - Last Day of School and Dress Fancy Day!
June 25 - PA DAY - NO SCHOOL
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COVID VACCINES NOW AVAILABLE FOR YOUTH 12-17
See the full story on the LDSB website HERE.