Notre Dame News
April 9-17, 2020
Notre Dame has been delivering at home learning for 2 weeks. Our staff have been learning and adapting along side your child as to what great delivery and learning looks like. Thank you all for your patience, grace, and flexibility as we adapt in these unprecedented times. If you or child are struggling, remember we are in this together. We will work together to find solutions.
We continue to pray for our students and their families that they are staying healthy and working to embrace the challenges set before them. God Bless you and your family this Easter weekend.
Non Core Classes Deadline Approaching
Need some help with your tech? Running into an issue on your device or in Google Classroom? Not sure how to complete the video portion of your assignment?
Contact Mrs Vandermeer, your friendly neighbourhood Communication Technologies teacher @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Ministry Events
Prayer and Praise on Thursday at 8 am on Instagram and Zoom
Thinkfast on April 17-18 Click here to Register
Stay up to date by following our Youth Ministry team on Instagram.
Tips to Be Successful with At Home Learning
Routine is Important
- Routine is comforting for children and teens. In uncertain times, it helps them know and understand what to expect.
- A clear schedule and space for learning will help define your child’s day.
- Minimizing distractions will be important. Noise canceling headphones, apps that limit access to games or social media, or separating children with a physical or visual barrier can all assist you in creating a calm learning environment.
- While you are not responsible for teaching the content of the lesson, you can assist teachers in ensuring that learning remains a priority at home.
- Your enthusiasm for learning will set the tone for your child as to how he/she responds to remote opportunities.
- Don’t become overwhelmed! Many online companies and social media posts are flooding parents’ newsfeeds with “at home” learning opportunities. While you can explore these if you wish, the only necessary activities are the ones your school and teachers provide
- You can reinforce learning by playing games, watching movies, or reading books together.
- Engaging in family activities also increases feelings of connection and togetherness.
Your Family's Well-Being is Important
- Time for family prayer and reflection encourages spiritual connection and comfort.
- It is ok to limit screen time.
- Talk to your child about this change in their routine and seek out social connection with families or friends in ways other than face-to-face contact.
- Reach out to community supports or school staff if you feel overwhelmed.
Mental and Physical Health Supports
Our School Counselors or Family School Enhancement Counselor are available to talk on the phone, through email or even Google Meet should you have any questions or concerns or feel like they can be a support to your child(ren) or family.
Jill Meraw - Grade 10
Miguel Deschenes - Grade 11
Mallory Lussier - Grade 12
Rozalyn Vickery - Family School Enhancement
If you are in need, please know that we have food and resources available. To access support, please connect with a counsellor (see above) or send a confidential email to Rose McQuay.
We are sharing Help in Tough Times from Alberta Health Services that provide information and tips to support student, staff and parents mental health and well-being.