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Message to Parents September 25th

In some ways, hard to believe we’ve just had our last full week of September! Marshalling in the morning has been going well. We will continue this practice for the time being. After test-running the system of divisional signs on the building (See attached photo), we will be spacing out the numbers to allow for more room between classes. Stay tuned on that front. We will still ask kids to line up on the field, as best lined up with their divisional number as possible.

Our Twoonie for Terry campaign went well. Thanks to all those who could support such a good cause.

Special thanks to PAC for their amazing support of the school. The increase to classroom funds was greatly appreciated.

Remote learners! Mr. Honer invites you to send him pictures of what you are working on at home for the monthly school video! Email him at thoner@sd62.bc.ca

Walking field trips: these happen on a regular basis at DC. My expectation is that teachers will let you know where and when this is happening, as well as the office. Teachers will leave their cell phone #’s with the office should a family emergency arise and we need to get a hold of your child.

What happens if there is a case of COVID in the school?

This is a question that is on many people’s minds these days. The district has updated their website, outlining the “what happens if” scenario around COVID. The direct link to follow is

https://www.islandhealth.ca/learn-about-health/covid-19/exposures-schools

 

Kindergarten classes, with the exception of Ms. Guterson’s class, will dismiss from their outside doors. Ms. Guterson will continue to dismiss from the divisional sign on the back field. Reminder: physical distancing is imperative to keep us all safe.

Remote learners: Ms. Ralph has been assigned to the intermediate (4,5) for DC, Savory and Ruth King. Ms. Heather Lait, principal at Westshore, is the principal overseeing this program. We have yet to be told who the teacher for grades 1,2 and 3 are. As always, as I have more info I will be sharing with you.

What is Orange Shirt Day (September 30th)?

In 1973 six-year old Phyllis Webstad was gifted a brand new orange shirt from her grandmother and wore it to the residential (mission) school she attended in British Columbia. Upon her arrival, school officials removed and discarded the shirt from her and replaced it with a school uniform. This greatly impacted the mental and emotional well-being of Webstad and symbolized that “her feelings never mattered.” September 30 was chosen as the date to commemorate all the children that attended residential schools as it was also the time of year that children had to leave their homes and communities to attend the schools. This annual campaign began in 2013 after Webstad shared this experience at a reunion with other survivors.

Visit the Orange Shirt Day webpage for more information and to access lesson plans at www.orangeshirtday.org.

Mr. Honer and Sockie will be wearing their orange shirts on September 30!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3vUqr01kAk

The Lets’ Read program will be kicking off for all DC Eagles October 5th! Please find attached the form should you need to print one off at home.

 

Here are some dates for you to consider:

September 28                  Non-Instructional Day. School Closed

September 30                  Orange Shirt Day

October 12                       Thanksgiving. School not in session.

October 15                       Photo Day^ (all physical distancing protocols are in place)

October 23                       Non-Instructional Day. School Closed

November 11                   Remembrance Day: school not in session

November 16                   Photo re-take day

November 20                   Non-instructional Day. School Closed

December 1                     1st day of Food drive.

December 11                   Report Cards home*

December 18                   Last day of school before Christmas Break

^ For those children doing remote learning, please contact Lifetouch directly and arrange for a photo to be done at their studio.

*note: many teachers have now adopted the “point of progress” reporting regime implemented by the ministry of education. By the end of October, you should have a good idea from your child’s teacher what this will look like.

 

On behalf of the staff at DC, have a wonderful weekend.

 

Terry