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Dear Parents and Guardians of John Muir,

Thank you for being patient during this time of uncertainty.  I am sure that you have heard the Premiers announcement about elementary students having the option to return to in-school instruction in the future.  There will be information about the upcoming changes to schooling coming from the School Board soon.

In the meantime, we are organizing school supply and item pick up for our students. This is not an indication of school not returning. We are preparing for whatever comes ahead.  Going forward it will be safer to have fewer supplies and items at school. Our teachers have put all of your child’s belongings in a sealed bag.

Our pick up will be by family name. Please see the schedule below. Pick up will be through marked entrance/exit doors in the gym. Please line up outside one of the gymnasium entrances and we will pass supplies back to you. Please note this is not until Wednesday, May 20th and Thursday, May 21st.

Wednesday, May 20th:

8:30-10:00- Family names A-C

10:30-12:00- Family names D-J

12:30-2:00- Family names K-O

Thursday, May 21st:

8:30-10:00- Family names P-S

10:30-12:00- Family names T-Z

2:00-3:00 – People who could not make the other times.

Please drop off any books from our library or classrooms.

Thank you,

Merci, Hych’ka, Kleco Kleco
Gilakas’la, Marsee

Cory Meausette
Principal,

John Muir Elementary

 
 

Dear District Partners,

We are excited to announce  *NEW*   POPARD live-online Virtual Learning Series !

POPARD consultants will be hosting a new series of free live-online workshops aimed at helping parents and teachers who are supporting learning at home during the COVID-19 crisis

We are providing many options, including one, two and three-hour zoom workshops joined via a link on the day of the workshop. Others are one and two-day workshops that require prior registration (space may be limited!)

This new series is open to all school staff and parents and attendance is free.

More information about all of these events and registration links can be found on The POPARD page on ACT (Autism Community Training) website: https://www.actcommunity.ca/provincial-outreach-program-for-autism-and-related-disorders-popard

Select “POPARD live-online Virtual Learning Series” Section to view the different options.   Once you click a workshop, it will direct you to another page with full description,  Zoom and /or registration links

Join or Sign up for these workshops happening this week!

Thursday, April 30 : 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Teaching Functional Skills in the Home Environment for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Online)

No registration required – Click on Zoom link at time of workshop.

Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/94313622335  Meeting ID: 943 1362 2335

Friday May 1

1-Day Workshop – Managing Challenging Behaviour: Strategies for Coaching Families in Remote Learning (Online)

Limited seats are available for this workshop.

Registration is required to participate: https://reg.planetreg.com/E42213225882168

Advance registration is required for this workshops occurring next week!

Friday, May 1 : 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Transitioning from School to Home Learning: A Practical Guide for Parents (Online)

No registration required – Click on Zoom link at time of workshop.

Join Zoom Meeting  https://zoom.us/j/93592622577

Meeting ID: 935 9262 2577

Monday, May 4 – Tuesday, May 5 : 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

2-Day Behaviour Super Workshop (Online)

Limited seats are available for this workshop

Registration is required to participate: https://reg.planetreg.com/E4221629198272

 Monday, May 4  :  10:00 am – 11:00 am

Managing Behaviour and Learning at Home by Developing Structured Routines and Schedules (Online)

No registration required – Click on Zoom link at time of workshop.

Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/99875979857  Meeting ID: 998 7597 9857

Tuesday, May 5 : 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Communication and Social Interaction Games for Students at Home (Online)

No registration required – Click on zoom link at time of workshop

Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/99362406013 Meeting ID: 993 6240 6013

Wednesday, May 6 : 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

1-Day Workshop – Managing Challenging Behaviour: Strategies for Coaching Families in Remote Learning (Online)

Limited seats are available for this workshop.

Registration is required to participate: https://reg.planetreg.com/E4241085078383

Wednesday, May 6 – Thursday, May 7  9:00 am – 3:00 pm

2-Day Communication Super Workshop (Online)

Limited seats are available for this workshop.

Registration is required to participate: https://reg.planetreg.com/E42411395078400 

Thursday, May 7 : 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Supporting Social Communication Skills at Home (Online)

No registration required – Click on zoom link at time of workshop.

Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/93295201290 Meeting ID: 932 9520 1290

 
 

Are you looking for some music inspiration?  Please go to the following link and check in with what Ms. Wu is doing.  She has some videos to sing along with and some other resources to share.  Check it out at:

https://mswumusic.weebly.com/

Ukulele and Colorful Music Note Clipart Free PNG Image|Illustoon

 
 

Hi all, Do you have a library book at home?  Please cherish it and keep it safe we would love it back to John Muir in the future.  In the meantime Mrs. Panton has put together a website for you to visit with some resources.  Check it out at the link below.

 

Organized clipart library, Organized library Transparent FREE for ...

https://suepanton.wixsite.com/mysite-1

 
 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I wanted to take a moment to connect with you all.  In these unprecedented times, we are working hard as a school to find a way to support you and your children while you are at home.  I am incredibly proud of how quickly and professionally the John Muir team  has reacted in this time of crisis.  They have been creating learning activities and opportunities for our students as well as assessing how to best meet everyone’s needs all while working from home.  A couple of weeks ago we had never had a meeting ‘on-line’ and now we do it all the time.  This has been a steep learning curve for all of us, and for you as well, I am sure.

You can look forward to the  learning plans starting between now and next week.  Not all teachers will be starting at exactly the same time but everyone will be ready fairly soon.

Please refer to our school or district website regarding any information about COVID 19 protocols.

I wish everyone patience and kindness in this crazy time. Please see letter from our district counsellors.

Thank you,

Merci, Hych’ka, Kleco Kleco
Gilakas’la, Marsee
Cory Meausette
Principal,John Muir Elementary

 

A message from your District Elementary Counselling Team:                       April 3, 2020

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,

Please know that we are thinking of you at this very unusual, challenging time and are working hard to identify strategies for support and effective platforms for continued communication with you and your kids. We are here to help.

We realize that many of you are facing numerous challenges due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. In addition to having your routines disrupted, possible confinement to your homes and the ongoing uncertainty about the immediate future, resulting in questions regarding your child’s social, academic and emotional health. There are also many families dealing with health issues and financial worries. This can all create significant emotional distress for you and your kids.

As these ever-changing days can give rise to a variety of emotions, we would encourage you to limit your child’s exposure to the news and to develop simple (and fun) routines for everyone. This can help kids to feel a sense of safety, stability and comfort.

Here are some links with some helpful suggestions. Of course, each of your home situations are unique so please adapt and create a new “normal” that fits best for you and your families.

http://www.bcchildrens.ca/about/news-stories/stories/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-2

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/education/administration/kindergarten-to-grade-12/safe-caring-orderly/mental-well-being-information-resources.pdf

We will also be posting a list of community resources throughout next week.

In the interim, please email your school counselor, classroom teacher or principal if you have any questions, are interested in additional resources or would like to connect. We are in this together and miss seeing your kids!

We appreciate your patience as we work as quickly as possible in getting back to you.

Thank you,

Charmaine Campbell (John Muir School Counsellor)             chcampbell@sd62.bc.ca

 

 
 
Date
March 20, 2020

Dear Families,

I would like to start by thanking you for your patience and calm during this unprecedented global health crisis. We are thinking of those who are self-isolating and applaud everyone for being mindful of social distancing as this situation around COVID-19 continues to evolve. This is new territory for all of us and we appreciate your support as we continually assess the implications for our learning community.

Following the provincial government announcement that all schools in British Columbia will suspend in-class instruction until further notice, we are working on plans for the continuation of services and programming and exploring alternative methods to provide instruction as much as possible.

We understand that families have many questions and we are committed to helping you find the answers. In the meantime, we have compiled some resources for you to hopefully ease the anxiety you and your children may be feeling in these uncertain times.

First and foremost, your children are top of mind. We encourage you to talk with them about the current situation. Here are some websites that we hope are helpful.

The provincial government has produced an online self-assessment tool as well as a new website that is meant to be a hub with up-to-date non-clinical information on COVID-19.

British Columbians can also use the new provincial phone service by calling 1-888-COVID19, available seven days a week from 7:30AM to 8PM, with information available in over 110 languages.

The Ministries of Health and Education provide updates daily on the provincial government website. You can access them here.

We want to remind you that when we return from Spring Break schools will be closed to in-school instruction and we ask that you not enter them at that time. As we continue to work with the Ministry of Education on how we will support our students and staff while shifting the way we deliver education, we ask for your patience. It will not happen overnight, we won’t have plans ready to share on the first day back, but we will have answers soon.

We understand the importance of communication and will be providing families updates via email, social media and our District website, www.sd62.bc.ca.

Finally, we ask that families take all necessary precautions to stay healthy.  

Given that the Provincial Health Officer has advised against taking children to playgrounds, we are asking parents to adhere to this directive and not use school district playgrounds at this time.  Going for a walk with your family is a great way to get fresh air and stay active.

While we are physically distancing ourselves, we must continue to support each other. Whether it is a phone call, email or text message, please check in on one another.

Wishing you good health,

Scott Stinson, Superintendent of Schools

 
 

COVID-19 Letter to Parents – March 4 2020

 
 

Our Strong Start hours are:

STRONG START IS CLOSED UNTIL FUTHER NOTICE

Monday, Thursday, and Friday 9:15am – 12:15pm

Tuesday and Wednesday 12:15pm – 3:15pm

 

 

 
 

Academy Promo Package for Gr.5 Students

 
 

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Thanks for taking the time to look through this,

SD62 Communications Team