Posted: January 3, 2022
Families of Shortreed,
Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and winter break with your families. It was so magical to have a white Christmas and I loved seeing all of your pictures of our students in the snow on our PAC Facebook Group.
2022 has rolled in with further changes for us in the world of education and this has an impact on us all. A very important email from our superintendent Mal Gill was sent out on Friday. If you have not read it, you can access it here.
It feels like a long time ago (although the break really seemed to fly by!) but I wanted to say again how much I appreciated all of our students’ efforts and talents in our Christmas Concert. Another thank you to Mrs. Muller for putting a wonderful concert together!
Also, thank you to all those families who were able to donate to Sources Food Bank. We literally broke our sled and Mrs. T had to wear that lovely blow-up Christmas Tree costume!
As always, we are honoured to work, learn, and play on the unceded ancestral lands of the Matsqui, Kwantlen, Katzie, and Semiahmoo First Nations.
The Week Ahead
January is typically a rather quiet month in schools but this week will be a time to welcome back children of essential workers and those students with special needs. In addition to supporting those students in attendance, we will spend time collaborating and planning for the weeks ahead (as per the information sent out on Friday) to make adjustments based on the updated guidelines from the Public Health Officer. Any significant changes (schedules, practices, etc) will be communicated to parents prior to all students returning on January 10th.
For those who are sending their children to school, they can come to their classrooms at regular times and also be picked up there. Please complete the daily health check and send your child with a mask. Depending on the numbers, some classes may combine students (grade groups) to facilitate more opportunities for some extra support and learning activities for those in attendance. Please note that there will be no new curriculum taught this week.
Also, a reminder that there will be no online/virtual learning during the week of January 4th – 7th. Students may continue to practice daily reading and writing as well as physical activity outside. Some teachers will be reaching out to their students during the week.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me (Mr. Wejr) directly (firstname.lastname@example.org). We know these are difficult times for families as we continue to navigate this pandemic. We want to be sure we can reduce student and family anxieties as much as possible. If you are need of anything, be sure to reach out to the school.
We look forward to seeing a few of you tomorrow and welcoming all students back on Monday, January 10. As we gain more info and make any changes, we will communicate this with you.