Marysville Memo

January 2021

DEAR MPS FAMILIES

If we learned anything in 2020, it is that life can send us unexpected events. It's times like these that help us focus on what is important - being grateful for the people and things in our lives, and knowing that we are stronger and braver than we thought we were.


We thank our families for your support of learning at home. We appreciate your commitment and perseverance! We know this can be challenging and we are here to support you the best that we can. Students will continue to participate in both synchronous (live) and asynchronous (independent) learning activities. Your child's teacher will have provided you with a schedule so that you are aware of when the synchronous learning activities will take place. If you or your child are having any challenges, please reach out to the classroom teachers or contact the school office. It is helpful for us to know how things are working (or not working) for students and families and we appreciate your feedback.

ATTENDANCE

Attendance will continue to be taken each day during the Virtual/Remote Learning period. A student is considered "present" if they engage in synchronous (live) and/or asynchronous (completing and submitting work) learning at any point during the school day. If your child will be completing asynchronous activities outside of the school day (e.g. during the evening), please let your child's teacher or the office know so they can be marked present. The Safe Arrival system will be calling out for unexplained absences each day between 2:30-3:00 pm. If your child will not be engaging in any remote learning on a particular day, families are asked to enter absences (e.g. sick) using Safe Arrival in School Messenger or inform your child's teacher.

ONLINE CLASS MEETING ETIQUETTE

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GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR LEARNERS

The Government of Ontario is providing one-time funding for parents to help offset costs during the 2020-2021 school year. Eligible parents or guardians will receive a one-time payment of:

  • $200 for each student up to age 12
  • $250 for each student or youth up to age 21, with special needs
  • NEW $200 for student age 13 to Grade 12, including students who are in secondary school that are over age 18

Applications open on Monday, January 11, 2021. The deadline to apply is February 8, 2021. Learn more on the government’s Support for Learners webpage

INDIGENOUS WORKSHOP

Unfortunately, due to the extended school closures, we will have to cancel our January Indigenous workshop with Knowledge Keeper, Judy Montgomery. We look forward to the next scheduled workshop which will take place on February 16th.

FAMILY LITERACY DAY - JANUARY 27

Family Literacy Day takes place every January 27th to raise awareness about the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family. Taking time every day to read or do a learning activity with children is crucial to a child’s development and improving a child’s literacy skills.


Family Literacy Day 2021 Theme: Travel the World Together!

Families may be restricted on their travel these days, but that doesn't prevent anyone from using their imagination to go exploring and travel the world together as a family – you never know what you’ll learn! Plan your dream trip, learn about another culture and open your mind to the world.


For more resources, check out ABC Family Life Literacy website at https://abclifeliteracy.ca/all-programs/family-literacy-day/

PA DAY - JANUARY 29

'Little STEMs' - JANUARY 29

For GRADE 1-4 GIRLS who enjoy designing and building, Queen's University is offering a fun, safe, hands-on activity for the upcoming PA DAY. This FREE online event focuses on building girls' confidence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. For more information/registration visit: https://connections.campbrainregistration.com/Home/Landing

MPS SCHOOL COUNCIL

The next virtual meeting is scheduled for February 11th @ 3:15pm.

All parents/guardians are welcome. Please email the school, or school council, if you would like to be added to the email list in order to receive the link to join the meeting.


2020-2021 elected council members:

Chair - Angela Macauley

Treasurer - Kayo Murakami

Secretary - Judy Gerber-vanVliet


If you would like to contact Parent Council directly, you can email them at mailto:northernang@gmail.com


Facebook: Marysville Public School - Parent Council

https://www.facebook.com/marysvilleps.pc/

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