Walnut Grove PS

May, 2020 Newsletter

Walnut Grove PS

Principal: P. Lone

Vice Principals: S. Rofaiel, S. Stephen

Superintedant: Patrika Daws

Trustee: Carrie Andrews

Principals' Message

It is nice to see and feel that Spring has almost arrived, and our limited time outside might be a bit warmer.

As you already know by now, schools will remain closed until the end of May. Students will continue Distance Learning with their teachers. I have had numerous opportunities to visit many virtual classrooms, and the learning that is happening is simply amazing. Students are truly engaged in the activities and especially enjoy connecting with their teachers and their classmates. It brings a sense of school community back into their lives. I am especially pleased to see the variety of extracurricular activities available for our students, of all grade levels. Students can log into Google Classrooms for Music, Phys. Ed, Library Learning Commons/Maker Space activities and an Eco Club. Our staff have truly been committed to supporting student learning and student activities during this time of school closures.

The week of May 4-8 is Children's Mental Health Week. I encourage families to visit our school website and the PDSB website for a variety of supports available to families during this time. As well, teachers will have some health and wellness activities for students throughout this week.

It is my sincere wish that all of our Walnut Grove families are doing well, and remain safe throughout this challenging time. I think of you daily. Please stay connected to your child's teachers, and let us know how you are doing.

Take good care...

Mrs. Lone

Distance Learning

As Distance learning continues throughout the month of May, I would like to remind families of a few important things:

  • all students should be participating in online learning in their classrooms - students are being assessed and report cards will be written, so it is imperative that all students participate in virtual classroom learning. If there are specific concerns are challenges, please contact either your child's teacher, or contact me via email. We are here to help in any way that we can
  • the Board has approved Google Meet, and many classrooms are using this platform. It allows students and teachers to see each other while they are online. If you have any questions about this, please contact your child's teacher
  • devices that were LOANED to families in April, are expected to be returned back to the school in June. we will contact you about specific dates for returning these devices and chargers.

School Council

We will be holding a virtual School Council Meeting this month via Microsoft Teams. We will communicate with council members about what we know and understand thus far, and moving forward into June.

Time and date of this meeting have yet to be determined, but we will have a summary of the meeting in the June newsletter.

What's Happening at Walnut Grove

Online Classrooms and Distance Learning

Staff and students are taking full advantage of various online platforms to engage in excellent learning sessions every day. Teachers are using apps and resources that afford some of the most engaging learning experiences for our 21st century learners. Virtual excursions, online debates, audio and video captures of student learning, all characterize our school experiences now. Some of our students are even joining their classes across international boundaries, e.g. Japan and India. It is a truly awesome and unique learning experience for all.

Extra Curricular Meet Ups Online

Despite quarantine, our staff and students have been meeting up regularly on our virtual platforms to learn and develop their skills.

The Eco Team is hosting weekly Meet Ups where students get to "Show & Share" their horticultural adventures. They've also been encouraged to share their Earth Day challenges.

The Wolf Den group has put together a schedule of 'Spirit Days' on which students are encouraged to showcase their spirit wear and share pics on our school announcement slides.

The Newspaper Club is working diligently on their next edition of the Walnut Grove Gazette.

LLC Resource Website for Students and Parents

A collection of resources for students and parents to use when learning from home. A read aloud and LLC activity are updated daily.

Link: https://sites.google.com/pdsb.net/walnut-grove-from-home/home

Maker Club has also started and students are truly enjoying the activities and fellowship.

Walnut Grove students and staff are keeping busy with learning and discovery.

Each day brings exciting new opportunities for both students and staff to learn and grow.