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Shape of the Week Ahead - May 19th - May 22nd

 

This Week at Bakerview

Continuity of Learning:  From Superintendent Godden’s Bulletin on Friday, May 15, 2020:

Many of you will have heard today’s Ministry of Education announcement that all schools in the province will move to “Stage 3” of the Education Restart Plan effective June 1, 2020. Dr. Henry and her team indicate that it is safe to welcome students back into our buildings provided that we follow the Public Health and WorkSafeBC guidelines which have been created for schools. Stage 3 involves:

  • Children in grades K-5 attending two to three days per week;
  • Children in grades 6-12 attending one day per week;
  • Children of essential service workers and students with vulnerabilities attending five days per week; and
  • Remote and online learning continuing for all students.

This will be voluntary for parents. More information is to come from the Ministry of Education, but the first step in our preparation is to gather from parents if they intend to send their children to school. Please assist us by encouraging parents to complete our district survey (https://bit.ly/ABBY-SURVEY-15MAY2020) so that we may plan accordingly.

Until a back to school plan has been created and communicated, online learning will continue.  Students should still work on projects and assignments as assigned by staff and remain at home.

  • GRADS: Convocation will be held at the Abby Arts Centre on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. A letter to all graduates was sent out last Tuesday with all the details, and more will be coming.  You can also check the website for information and updates.
  • The District Starfish Food Hamper program is up and running. Pick up times are scheduled for Wednesdays at BCL.  If you need food, please contact your teacher and we will arrange a time for you to come in for a pickup.
  • Applications for Abbotsford Junior Fire Academy are now available for any current Grade 10 and 11 students. Contact our careers teacher Kristi for more information and to request an application. kristi.goerzen@abbyschools.ca Deadline for applications is Monday, May 25th. Fire Academy Info.png
  • We had several more students’ complete courses this week! Check out our Bakerview Instagram account and Facebook account and stay connected to our school community via social media. Follow us @bakerviencentreforlearning on Instagram and stay tuned for Insta challenges with prizes!
  • Keep checking those emails and phones and just do your best. It is important that you stay connected with staff and your schoolwork. Remember: Teachers, Instructional support staff, Youth Care Workers, Indigenous Teaching staff and admin, we are all here to support you. 
  • Your final grade in each course is based on your participation/engagement in each your courses. That means responding to your teacher (via phone or email or Google classroom) and doing your best. There are no guaranteed passes so please be sure to connect with staff. If you are struggling, we can help.
  • Update on Garfield.  He stayed close to home this long weekend, in compliance with the Provincial Health Officer’s orders.  He did a lot of napping over the holiday break and is well rested going into this new week. Thanks Garf.

 

From Your Teachers

We continue to hard at creating new ways to engage, connect, collaborate and learn. This might include accessing our Google Classrooms, meeting up in Google Hangouts, sharing a picture/video/post or email of your learning, or just answering our phone calls because we know that not all of you have access to the internet. It is important for all students to continue to engage in their schoolwork. While we don’t want this to be overwhelming for anyone as well all learn how to navigate new learning platforms, students are expected to continue to engage in their coursework.

 

From Your Counsellor

It’s understandable if students are feeling affected by anxiety and uncertainty. We have been through a lot in the last few weeks and it’s important to remember that mental health is just as important as physical health. If you need anything, remember we are here for you.

You can email Aleece at aleece.bartlett@abbyschools.ca and she will get back to you.

If you are looking to connect with alternative resources in the community, please reach out and email Aleece for some options around those too.

It is beneficial for our mental health to connect with support systems, especially during these times.

There are supports in the community as well:

 

Food Resources

The school is working with community partners to try and continue the delivery of our lunch program and food hampers. If your family is need of food, please let our staff know as we have hampers to help. Please see below for a list of community food resources in Abbotsford.

 

Haven’t heard from us yet?

If you did not receive a phone call last week, please call the school 604 859 7820 (ext. 5403) or email belinda.brown@abbyschools.ca. If you haven’t heard from us yet, we need to update your contact information on file.

 

Limited or No Internet Access at Home?

Telus has set up a program for families who qualify for free monthly wifi. You can get more information by calling1-866-835-8744 or clicking on the link to see if you qualify. https://www.telus.com/en/about/company-overview/community-investment/how-we-give/cause-campaigns/internet-for-good

Shaw’s also keeping you connected
To support Canadians at this time we’ve opened up Shaw Go WiFi, Canada’s largest WiFi network, to everyone. Shaw customer or not, we know that, especially in times like this, it is important to stay connected. We also do not have data caps on our internet plans so that whether you need to work from home or connect with loved ones, you can do so without restrictions. https://www.shaw.ca/covid-19

 

Study Tips for New Online Learners

It’s understandable if students are feeling affected by anxiety and uncertainty. We have been through a lot in the last few weeks and it’s important to remember that mental health is just as important as physical health.

We hope you are finding stay and healthy ways to take after yourself. It takes a short amount of time, a 20-minute walk, listening to 20 minutes of your favourite music, a call to someone you haven’t talked to in a while, a few deep breaths or a full body stretch. Whatever it is, we encourage you to take measures to support mental well-being. If you need anything, remember we are here for you.

Here are a few tips to help you with your new online learning environment.

  1. Set goals for yourself, including goals for your learning AND your physical and mental health. Today I am going to ….
  2. Make a study plan and watch the clock. Think about your day at school and how often you get up, move around, interact etc. Try working for 45 minutes and then give yourself a 15-minute break. 
  3. Drink water. It not only helps your body; it can also improve your mood!
  4. Ask questions! Your teachers and classmates are learning along with you. Don’t hesitate to text, email or post a question in your Google classroom.

Current until: Monday, May 25th, 2020
Posted: Tuesday, May 19th, 2020