May 5th Update

posted May 5, 2020, 1:52 PM by Brent Hopkins

Dear  Parents and Guardians, 


As we begin week 7 of Learning from Home we have several updates and information items we’d like to share with you.


Exams & PD Days


Last week the Minister of Education confirmed that, regardless of whether the school closure continues into June or not, there will be no final exams in high school courses.  All exam days and scheduled PD days are now instructional days for all students K-12.


High School Marks


By the end of this week all high school students will have been provided their ‘baseline mark’ by their subject teachers.  This is the mark determined based on work completed prior to the school closure beginning.  Marks will not fall below the baseline mark established.  The learning currently underway will help prepare students for their academic pursuits next year.  Additionally, assessments completed under our current Learning from Home model can result in improvement in course marks.  


Catholic Education Week: May 4-8, 2020


This week is Catholic Education Week and the week’s theme is Igniting Hope.


Students, families, and staff, through social media, are invited to participate by sharing messages of hope to the following:


Monday: For the ones we love, send a message of hope to someone in your family

Tuesday: For the ones who teach us, send a message of hope to your teacher(s)

Wednesday: For leaders, send a message of hope to a leader in your community/in the world (government leaders, school board leaders, your parish priest, Archbishop Prendergast, Pope Francis, etc.)

Thursday: For those in need and for those who care for them, send a message of hope to a nursing home, hospital, the Mission, Shepherds of Good Hope, frontline and healthcare workers

Friday: For yourself, send a message of hope, for today and the future. 


Run For It


The Run for It program is an 8-week mental health program for students that incorporates physical activity and weekly challenges to positively associate the effects of physical activity on mental health wellness. Since 2015, the Run for It program has helped thousands of Canadian students discover strategies to manage mental health, reaching over 200 schools and 4800 students in 17 Canadian cities in 2019.  Additional information available at: runforitprogram.ca/


Run for It has partnered with the Canadian Mental Health Association to develop a program that will allow students to:


• Discover the source of their COVID-19 related anxiety

• Take steps to self-care


This year’s program will shift primarily on-line.  Sacred Heart will once again be participating. Students interested in joining this year’s Run For It team are invited to send and email to Ms. Nelson to register (kelly.nelson@ocsb.ca).  



Resources 


CHEO will be hosting a free webinar for parents called the Pandemic Parenting Playbook on May 14th at 1:30 pm.  The session runs for 1-hour and is led by a panel of Mental Health Hub Specialists.   To register please visit: cheo.echoontario.ca/parent-caregiver-sessions/



The Canadian Centre for Child Protection’s website contains several resources for students and parents - including online safety tips.  For more information please visit: protectchildren.ca/


2020-21 Registration


Should you be aware of any families in the community who intend to register for next year and have not already done so - now is the time!  We are in the midst of staffing and scheduling for the 2020-21 school year. Registrations can be initiated online by visiting ocsb.ca/register/


As always, we hope that you and your family are safe and well.  


Brent Hopkins

Principal


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