CALVIN PARK UPDATE
April 5, 2020
As we heard last week from the Premier of Ontario, school closures have been extended until at least May 4th.To prepare for the next phase of remote learning, our staff have spent the past week reaching out to all families by email or telephone to ask about your child's access to technology and the internet. If you have not been contacted by your child's teacher, please ask your child to log in to Google classroom to look for messages from their teachers or email the teacher directly. Please contact Mrs. Suriyuth by email ( email@example.com) if you haven't been contacted by a staff member by the end of the day on Monday, April 6. We are making plans to provide Chromebooks this week to our students who need them and we will be communicating more about that once we have contacted all of our families.
These are unprecedented times and our staff is working together to develop plans to support your child's learning at home. Based on the guidelines from the Ministry of Education, it is suggested that Grade 7 and 8 students complete a minimum of 10 hours of learning each week with a focus on Literacy, Math, Science and Social Studies. These hours refer to the approximate amount of time that students will spend on learning activities assigned by teachers. This type of learning will look different - there is no expectation that a "normal" school day will be replicated at home. Our classes have all been using Google Classroom throughout the year so we will be continuing to communicate with students and families using that platform for remote learning. Please ask your child to log in to their Classroom and show you around. This week, staff will be sharing details about the routines and organization that they will be using with their students for remote learning and also providing some initial learning activities. Thank you for your patience as we work through this new reality.
We understand that each family situation is unique and that each family will determine what works best for them as we move forward. Throughout these times, what we care about most is the safety and wellbeing of each of our students and families. It is our hope that the learning activities that we provide over the coming weeks will help your family to establish some sense of routine during these stressful times.
The Limestone District School Board will continue to share information regularly and we suggest that you check these platforms for the most up-to-date information from our Board.
LDSB Website https://www.limestone.on.ca/
LDSB Twitter: @LimestoneDSB
LDSB Facebook https://tinyurl.com/wbhjtku
LDSB Instagram https://instagram.com/limestonedsb?igshid=1epyma6c0g5qd
In addition, please follow our Twitter account: @CalvinPark_LDSB
We really miss seeing our students everyday! We hope that our students and families are staying healthy by following the Health Unit recommendations for physical distancing, hand washing and staying at home. We also want to send a huge thank you to the front line workers - we are inspired by and so grateful for your courage and committment during these times.
Take care of each other, be kind, and stay well,
The Calvin Park Staff
A Message from the Director of Education, Debra Rantz (April 2)
IMPORTANT - Login Change for Office 365 and Google Suite
LEARNING AT HOME RESOURCES
Our Board and school use several electronic tools to communicate with families. The tools are part of the SchoolMessenger app which we use to share information by text, phone or email. In order to receive these messages you need to set up a SchoolMessenger account on your computer, tablet and/or by downloading the SchoolMessenger app on your smartphone. Once you register, you can set your preferences for receiving messages. This system uses contact information in our school database that you shared at the beginning of the year. Please inform the school of changes to contact info (phone numbers, email, and/or address) by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn how to:
- Set up a SchoolMessenger App account: set up your account, review your contact information and communication preferences, join teacher-instant messaging groups, and view all your alerts and messages in one place. Watch the video tutorial.
- Use the Communicate broadcast tool: choose how you will receive alerts including how to opt-in for text messaging. Watch the video tutorial.
- Use the Board mobile app: how to choose your schools, see your messages and report and review student absences. Watch the video tutorial.
Subscribe to school calendars: receive email alerts or download calendars or individual events to your personal calendar
ACCESS TO WIFI
Access to Online Reading
Accessing SORA E-Books and Audio Books on an iPad or Personal Device
2. Click on the SORA app on your iPad screen
3. Click on Find My School
4. Click “My School Isn’t Listed”
5. Type “Eastern Ontario Public Schools” or “Limestone”
6. In the drop down menu, click Limestone District
7. Enter your active directory username and password (LDSB credentials)
Accessing SORA E-Books and Audio Books on a Computer/Chromebook
2. Click on Find My School
3. Click “My School Isn’t Listed”
4. Type “Eastern Ontario Public Schools” or “Limestone”
5. In the drop down menu, click Limestone District
6. Enter your active directory username and password (LDSB credentials)