May 2021 Newsletter

May 2021 Newsletter
Posted on 05/03/2021

Dear Families,

On behalf of the entire team at Molly Brant, I would like to say a huge thank you and congratulations for the incredible work you are doing to support your child/children during this time of remote learning.  We always appreciate the participation and partnership of parents/guardians, but especially so right now.  We know that it is not easy to navigate the technology and organize your household to be on-line at specific times for learning and we appreciate the efforts that you are making. 

Thank you for continuing to communicate with educators about your child’s needs and celebrating the learning that is taking place.  It may look different than it does when we are together in person, but students are continuing to learn and grow. We recognize that every situation is different but having students join their virtual classroom and participate with their peers and educators as much as possible is an important part of maintaining connections and having a routine that feels familiar. 

Please prioritize your family’s safety and wellbeing and reach out if you have any questions or if you need additional support. 

Sincerely,


Ms. Fraser

May

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten RegistrationKindergarten registration is underway!  If you know a family in our area who has a child who will be turning 4 or 5 before the end of December 2021, please encourage them to register their child for kindergarten by completing the registration form that can be found on the LDSB webpage or Register Here 

Asymptomatic COVID Testing Available to Students

Covid testStudents are invited to participate in voluntary asymptomatic testing (no symptoms) for COVID-19 during designated times. 

Families must book appointments for students using the assessment centre’s existing booking process (online or by telephone). Walk-ins are not permitted.

  • Parent/guardian consent is required for testing of students under the age of 18.
  • This testing is only for students, staff and bus drivers who DO NOT have COVID-19 symptoms. 
  • Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 must self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19 at a Community Assessment Centre.
  • Learn more and review the schedule by family of schools at https://bit.ly/LDSBAsymptomaticTesting.


May is Speech and Hearing Awareness Month

From: https://www.sac-oac.ca/news-events/speech-hearing-month

Speech and Hearing awareness monthMany of us take our ability to communicate for granted, but the ability to speak, hear and be heard is much more vital to our everyday lives than most of us realize. For those who have difficulty communicating, everyday interactions can pose significant challenges. A communication disorder may prevent an individual from performing well at work, asking for help, hearing instructions at school or even saying ‘I love you’.

Each year, Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) dedicates the month of May to raising public awareness about communication health.

During the month of May, our daily announcements will feature information and tips about speech and hearing.


Parent Council

parent councilThe Parent Council will meet for their final meeting of the year on Monday, May 3rd at 6:00.  Thank you to Melanie Harman for serving as the Parent Council secretary for the majority of this school year.  Ms. Harman is stepping down at this time for personal reasons.  At the May meeting, nominations for the position of secretary will be taken from the floor. All parents/guardians of MBES students are welcome to attend. If you have not already indicated your interest in attending and would like to receive a link to the meeting, please email the school.  molly@limestone.on.ca

Attendance

Absent reportEducators will look for evidence of student participation through the instructional day to record daily attendance by 1:30 pm. If your child is unable to access any part of online learning (either synchronously or asynchronously) over a 24 hour period, please record their absence in the Safe Arrival System as usual. Wellness calls continue to be sent out automatically to those families of students who have not made contact with their teacher or participated in any form or learning. If you do not wish to receive a call, please use the automated Safe Arrival System to record the absence.

Temporary Teacher Change

FrenchMme Gigi, the core French teacher for students in Grade 1 to Grade ¾ needed to be away from work immediately after the April Break. Unfortunately, Mme Gigi is not able to return to work for at least the next four weeks.  Mr. Morris, who filled in for Mme Gigi earlier this year, will continue to teach the core French classes until Mme Gigi is able to return. We welcome Mr. Morris back and wish Mme Gigi all the best while she is away from work.


Help and Support



Wellness Supports

YOUTH HUB

Contact 613-308-9338 or email youthhubnapanee@kchc.ca.

FOOD SHARE PROGRAM

We continue to get support from the Food Share program. If your family is struggling, please reach out to the school and we will connect you with support from our local Food Share Program for bi-weekly deliveries to your home.

Online Wellness Resources

Kids Help Phone – Children and youth can contact Kids Help Phone 24/7 from anywhere in Canada, via phone, text or online chat.

Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use SupportProvides free online resources, tools, apps and connections to trained volunteers and qualified mental health professionals when needed

Anxiety Canada - Free online, self-help, and evidence-based resources on anxiety, including resources specific to COVD-19.