September 5th Message to Grade 7/8 Students

posted Sep 5, 2020, 2:18 PM by Brent Hopkins

September 5th, 2020

Dear Grade 7& 8 Students, 

We wanted to let you know that we’re looking forward to your school start this week.  Things will be a little different, but there is still a great deal to look forward to.  For our grade 7s - Welcome to Sacred Heart!  We hope you’re excited to be a part of our school community. 

Our school has a staggered start this year:

  • Grade 7: Tuesday, September 8th

  • Grade 8: Wednesday, September 9th

  • Grade 9-12 (Cohort A): Monday, September 14th

  • Grade 9-12 (Cohort B): Tuesday, September 15th

Some students will be learning through the Virtual Academy this year and others will be attending in-person.  If you opted for online learning your teachers will be reaching out to your families prior to school starting.  Virtual Academy classes start the same day as in-person classes do (Sept 8: Grade 7, Sept 9: Grade 8).

Yesterday your parents/guardians were informed by email of your homeroom assignment.  When you arrive for your first day of school there will be staff at the entrances and in hallways to help guide you to your classroom.  All of our grade 7&8 classrooms will be on the third floor this year.  All of your classes will take place in the same room (with the exception of Physical Education).  Your teachers will be moving from classroom to classroom so that you don’t have to.  

We will not be using the cafeteria at lunch.  Instead, you will be eating lunch in your classroom. To minimize the amount of garbage in classrooms we will be adopting the Litterless Lunch system you likely used in your elementary schools.   At this point there will not be any cafeteria food service in place, but that could change later in the year.  We’ve altered our schedule so that grade 7 and 8 students will have different lunch blocks and we’ve modified the in-class/outside portion of lunch for several homerooms so that only ¼ of our grade 7&8 students are out for recess at once.  It sounds complicated, but it really isn’t.  

When you arrive at school you will notice that there are markings on the floor to indicate which side of the hallway or staircase you should be walking on.  There are also signs that will help you.  These changes, like the requirement to wear masks, are all in place to ensure everyone in our school community is safe.  We will be here to help you get used to the new school routines. 

You have an important part to play here at school.  The physical distancing, handwashing and mask wearing protocols we’ll all be following are not suggestions - they are requirements.  Your teachers will be reviewing our school practices with you.  We know that you will do your part.  It won’t take long to get used to our new routines. 

We are all very fortunate to be able to return to learning.   Whether you are learning from home or attending in-person each day, remember to do your best.  There are lots of people to help you along the way.  

Enjoy the long weekend.  We look forward to welcoming you back to school this week.  Go Huskies!

Mr Hopkins


Some additional information for your Parents/Guardians who are also being sent this message:

Reminder to please refer to the message sent to parents yesterday (Template Link) for information on start and end times, a list of suggested items and drop-off/pick-up information.  Yellow school buses will not be running this week. 

Main Office Procedures

Grade 7 and 8 students who arrive late are able to go directly to their classroom from 8:05-8:40 am.   

AFTER 8:40 students arriving late need to check into the main office.  Students will line up outside the office at least 2 metres apart.

If you need to pick up your son/daughter before the end of the school day we ask that you do so before 1:45 pm.  

Please communicate with the main office by phone if a student is going to be late, absent or needs to sign out. If you are picking up your child please call the office once you have arrived at the school or provide your son/daughter with a note that they can present to staff when it is time to leave.  Unfortunately, visitors (including parents) are not permitted in the building unless an appointment has been scheduled.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we prepared for the new school year.  Please continue to visit our school website We’re also on Twitter @SacredHeartHS. 

Thank you for your continued support of our school community.