Posted: May 3, 2020
Families of Shortreed,
In our morning announcements at school, we always acknowledge the lands in which we work and learning upon. Because we have not been able to share this with our students, I want to say that we, in the Langley School District, are honoured to work, learn, and play on the unceded ancestral lands of the Matsqui, Kwantlen, Katzie, and Semiahmoo First Nations.
We hope you had a decent week last week and an even better weekend. Thank you again for all your patience and support of your children during this difficult time. I know I have said it many times before but please show compassion to yourself. You are doing enough and this is far from easy to not only be a full-time parent but also support your child’s learning at home (and many of you continue to work as well!). A colleague of ours, Gail Markin, shares some good reminders in her blog/vlog – please take a few minutes to watch/read here.
For those classes using MyBlueprint, it was a challenging week as MyBlueprint’s server has been overwhelmed with the number of people using it. Teachers are continuing to work with this platform but an idea is to log in earlier in the morning (before 10:00) to get the details of the assignment and then post the pictures of the assignment later in the day (after 2:00). MyBlueprint continues to work on the server issues so hopefully, things will improve over the next few weeks.
I know it has been a while since we officially shared “some good things to talk about” so we are going to start back at it!
Good Things to Talk About
A National Honourable Mention for our Grade 5s! A HUGE congratulations to the Shortreed Grade 5 students and staff as this group was named as an honourable mention for the Spirit Bear Award by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society!!! This NATIONAL award honours “a group of young people who are demonstrating reconciliation in action to ensure First Nations, Métis, and Inuit young people have the same opportunities as other children.” Take a look at the message from the Caring Society (below) on the many ways our group has demonstrated reconciliation in action. We could not be more proud of the staff and students of the grade 5 cohort at Shortreed!!!
Connecting Through TEAMS – Last week, more teachers and staff started using Microsoft Teams to video chat with students individually and in small groups. It was wonderful to see the smiles on the faces of the kids and staff! If you have not had the chance to engage in a Teams video chat, please be patient as staff are learning the platform and this learning takes patience and time.
Grab ‘n Go Lunches – Some of our dedicated support staff (Mrs. Romas, Ms. Campbell, Ms. Elson, and Ms. Macklin) officially launched our Grab ‘n Go lunch program this past week. This program is for any families in our community who needs lunch. If you are interested, please email us at the school and let us know. Lunch is served at the back door of our office lobby between 11:30-12:30 each day.
Speech! Our grade 4s and 5s have been submitting their speeches to their teachers this past week. Ms. Bedard said she was so amazed at the efforts and work of her students in Div 2. Mrs. Parsons grabbed some popcorn to watch her student speeches at home. Mrs. Kirk and Ms. Fenech loved seeing and hearing their students sharing their passion and knowledge! We also had a student who was struggling to record himself so some staff attended a driveway speech from him! Thank you to all those who prepared, practiced, recorded and sent their speeches in! For those who have not yet sent them in, we look forward to hearing and seeing yours too!
Pets and Teaching From Home Some pets are making an appearance with the remote teaching. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram to catch a glimpse of the Shortreed Cats and Dogs of Remote Learning. 🙂
Get Up and Move! Are you looking for some videos to encourage your child to move? Check out the movement videos that our own Ms. Morrisey has created on her Workouts for Kids Youtube Channel!
Online Activities With School’s Out – Looking for some fun crafts and other activities for your child to do at home? Watch our own Ms. Campbell and some of the other School’s Out facilitators in their videos on their Instagram Account at @schoolsoutesss.
A Special Birthday One of our students, Ariel, is no rookie at facing challenges in life. She just started yet another round of cancer treatment.. the day before her 6th birthday. Before the changes in school, Ariel and her family were planning a big candy-land themed birthday party for her with all her friends. With the physical-distancing regulations in place, this party could not happen… so instead, her mom asked a few people to drive by for a parade. Little did she know that the community was behind Ariel in her battle for health and to make sure she had one heck of a birthday parade! Shortreed staff members, classmates, community members joined the TOL Firefighters, our RCMP Liaison Officer Cst. Moe, 10 Massive Tow Trucks, Elsa and Anna, and Santa Claus all came to wish her a happy birthday! Check out the pictures and videos from the Aldergrove Star shared on our Facebook Page. (Photo from the Aldergrove Star).
Thank you to all those people who supported our PAC’s Neufeld Farms Fundraiser. You helped raise over $1700 that will go back to families of Shortreed in need during this difficult time.
Here is an article in the Aldergrove Star that includes some of the fun things schools are trying to share at a difficult time. We have a few more ideas… so stay tuned.
Check out the infographic of the many ways that Langley School District (staff, students, and families) are doing their best to support remote learning.
The Week Ahead
This week is Teacher Appreciation Week but at Shortreed, we have a Staff Appreciation Week. Please take a moment to reach out to your child’s teacher or support staff member to show some appreciation. On behalf of Mr. Touzeau and me (Mr. Wejr), we want to say how continually amazed we are at the efforts of the Shortreed Staff; they are always willing to do whatever it takes, never give up, work incredibly hard, and do this all while caring deeply for the kids and families at Shortreed! THANK YOU, Shortreed Staff!
We have an At Home Spirit Day tomorrow!!! May the 4th Be With You! Show your Shortreed School Spirit and wear anything (or do anything) Star Wars related! Post your images or videos in the comments below our Facebook post (or send them into us) and have fun!
Have a good week!