WEEKLY UPDATE

June 15 to June 19, 2020

St. Augustine School

 Restart Plan Update

 

 

 

A thank you once again to all staff, students, and volunteer parents on-site and at home who have helped to make our partial return to school successful and safe.  Week 2 went very well.

Enjoy some photos of our voluntary partial return here:  SAS June Restart

REMINDERS

  • For on-site students:  As per the CDC, parents, if your child has ANY of the symptoms below, he/she CANNOT be at school. 
    N.B.  If you child exhibits any of these symptoms, you will be contacted and asked to pick him/her up immediately:

    • ​stuffy or runny nose

    • fever

    • chills

    • cough

    • shortness of breath

    • sore throat and painful swallowing

    • loss of sense of smell

    • headache

    • muscle aches

    • fatigue 

    • loss of appetite

CHANGE OF SCHEDULE FOR FINAL WEEK OF SCHOOL

Because of the shortened week June 22-25, here is the schedule for ON-SITE students the last week of school:

  • GROUP A - Monday, June 22 ONLY

  • GROUP B - Tuesday, June 23 ONLY

  • Essential Service Worker children may attend BOTH Monday and Tuesday 

  • REMOTE LEARNING ONLY - Wednesday (NO STUDENTS, including ESW, will be on-site Wednesday)

  • Thursday is school mass at 9:30am - NO on-site learning

MONTH-AT-A-GLANCE

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  • SUNDAY, MARCH 31  

    • PENTECOST SUNDAY

  • MONDAY, JUNE 1

    • BC Education Restart Plan begins

  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3

    • No LIVE Zoom lessons; only ASYNCHRONOUS support offered on zoom

  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10

    • New Kindergarten/new families ZOOM social at 7pm

  • MONDAY, JUNE 15

    • DEADLINE:   Talent Show Submissions

  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17

    • Theme Day:  Fun Day!

  • THURSDAY, JUNE 18

    • Grade 7 Parents Farewell Social 8pm

  • SUNDAY, JUNE 21

    • Happy Fathers' Day!​

  • MONDAY, JUNE 22

    • Grade 7 Farewell Parade/Celebrations

  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24

    • 9:00am ZOOM session (all students)

    • 11:00am to 12:30pm DRIVE-BY CAR PARADE

  • THURSDAY, JUNE 25

    • LAST DAY OF SCHOOL 

    • 9:30AM VIRTUAL SCHOOL MASS

    • DISMISSAL AFTER MASS

MONDAY DEADLINE:  TALENT SHOW

 

Parents, the deadline to submit your talent show video is Monday, June 15. Submit your videos here:  SAS Talent Show 2020.  Click on the "Add to Album" symbol at the top right-hand corner to submit your video.  It will be vetted for approval before being shared with the greater community.  N.B.  Do NOT include your child's name nor grade level anywhere in the video.  Remember the criteria:  1) 2-3 minutes long and 2) appropriate content and attire.

GRADE 7 PARENT SOCIAL & GRADE 7 FAREWELL 

Monday, June 22 at 7:00pm, we will be celebrating our departing students.  Details are almost finalized and will be communicated to Grade 7 families early this week.

Grade 7 Parents, don't forget that Thursday, June 18 at 8:00pm, there will be a virtual Grade 7 Parent Social, a tradition for our Grade 7 parents as they mark this special time, as well.  Ms. O'Hara will send you the ZOOM information by email.

FUN DAY Wednesday, June 17 

This Wednesday, June 17, we will have a Fun Day themed day as a school.  Mrs. Erceg and Mrs. Patzer have prepared a series of suggested Fun Day activities for teachers to use on their zoom sessions Wednesday.  Details can be found here:  VIRTUAL FUN DAY 2020 Memo to Families.   Please, be sure to read your classroom teacher's Weekly Overview this weekend for information specific to each grade level, as well.  

TEXT BOOK/MATERIALS DROP-OFF:  June 15-19
 

If you haven't already received it, your teachers will let you know which school textbooks/school material will need to be returned to school before the summer.  We have set up the gym with tables for each class.   

 

At your convenience, you are asked to come to the school to drop off the textbooks/supplies (as per your teacher's instructions) between Monday, June 15 and Friday, June 19 during the following hourly blocks:
 

  • 9:00am to 10:00am

  • 11:00am to 12:00pm

  • 1:30pm to 2:30pm

  • 3:00pm to 4:00pm. 

 

Please, park in the neighbourhood and walk to the gym.  You will enter the gym through the laneway doors;  the south door closest to 8th Avenue will be the entrance, and you will exit through the north door, closest to 7th Avenue.   Only 5 people will be allowed in at at time.   This will also be an opportunity to return all outstanding library books.  Your teachers will also indicate if there are any items (projects, school work, etc.) that need to be taken home, which will be placed at the grade level tables in the gym for you to pick up.  Please, bring a bag if your teachers indicate there are items to pick up.

LOOKING AHEAD:  FINAL WEEK OF SCHOOL

PLEASE, MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THESE SPECIAL EVENTS THE LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL:
 

Monday, June 22

Final Day for on-site Group A students (ESW students may attend)

Grade 7 Farewell Celebrations at 7pm
 

Tuesday, June 23

Final Day for on-site Group B students​ (ESW students may attend)
 

Wednesday, June 24

NO on-site learning​

9:00AM zoom - Class recognitions on zoom

11:00AM - 12:30PM:  CAR PARADE around the school block (see below)
 

Thursday, June 25

9:30AM​ Final School Mass of the year (live-stream)

Report Cards sent home electronically, password-protected (*parents wishing to receive a hardcopy instead, please, contact the office)

SCHOOL DRIVE-BY CAR PARADE 

June 24 at 11:00AM
 

We hope you can join us Wednesday, June 24 from 11:00am to 12:30pm to parade in your cars around the school block.  The teachers and staff will line the sidewalks (physically distanced, of course) along Arbutus and 8th Avenue to wish you all farewell and a happy summer.   We are asking that you take a few minutes to drive by with your child(ren) and allow us to celebrate with them, even if only through a car window at 6 feet away. Please, wave and say hi but keep driving to keep the parade of cars moving. 

There will be NO 11:00am Zoom session on this last day of remote learning, so we hope you can participate in our drive-by parade.  I hope that these few minutes of connectedness will bring your children and our staff some joy to end this unprecedented school year.   Do not forget, however, that the true end to the year will be at our live-streamed mass at 9:30am Thursday, June 25.

 

There are close to 250 families in our school, so to help ease the traffic/congestion we are asking families with surnames ending A - L come between 11:00 and 11:45, and  families with surnames ending M - Z come between 11:45 - 12:30pm.

 

We ask that you remain in your cars and travel south along Arbutus then west along 8th Avenue.  Please, to reduce congestion, do NOT drive along 7th Avenue.  This event will occur rain or shine.  We hope you can join us!

QUARANDANCE 2020 

Mrs. Erceg and Mrs. Patzer have extended the deadline for dance routine submissions to Friday, June 19.  The video submissions so far have been incredible!  Great to see some siblings and even some parents join in on the fun!  Submit your dance video and enjoy those of others here:  Quarandance 2020

DEPARTING STAFF 

If you missed missed the announcement in the June Newsletter, please, have a look to see our staffing changes for next school year.  The announcement is on the last page of the June 2020 Newsletter.  Join us at our final mass June 25 as we honour our departing staff at the end of mass.

If you haven't already done so, please, sign the

BROADWAY SUBWAY PROJECT PETITION.

YEARBOOK DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 30 
 

IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK.  PLACE YOUR ORDER BY THE EXTENDED DEADLINE (JUNE 30) HERE:

 YEARBOOK 2019/2020

The cost is $28 for the softcover and $37 for the hardcover.

Orders must be placed by JUNE 30

 

Yearbooks will be delivered in bulk to the school, and we will distribute the books to the students at the beginning of the new school year in SEPTEMBER. 

 

The yearbook has the optional bonus of making FOUR personalized pages for FREE in the back of the book.

If you haven’t taken advantage of this cool feature, perhaps this is the year to try it!

There is no cost to personalize, just be sure to complete your pages by June 20th.

 

If you have any questions about the yearbook or the ordering process, please, feel free to email us at

 st.augustineschoolyearbook@gmail.com

SCHOOL UNIFORMS 

If you missed last week's uniform focus week, please, contact NEAT Uniforms directly to place your order for next September.  Here again is NEAT's LETTER TO PARENTS explaining online ordering. Please, do so ASAP to get your uniforms in time for September.

PARENT RESOURCES

Our complete Parent Resources link is available on the school website as part of our Communication Hub.

REFERENCES

Below are new documents recently made available on the Ministry of Education website regarding the K-12 Education Restart Plan include:

REMOTE LEARNING UPDATE
 

ESSENTIAL!  Parents, please, ensure you start each week by reviewing your class' Weekly Overview on the school website HUB.  The content is not only different each week, but there may be some exceptional ZOOM links and other information that your teacher has set up  and indicated for specific to the week.  

HAVE A LOOK!  Please, visit our school website for a new Learning Commons and Literacy Resources link created by Mrs. Moffat.  As of June 1, PHE, Music, and French will no longer have LIVE learning blocks.   

 

REMINDERS: 

  • All students are expected to  check in daily for attendance during at least one of the three  Learning Blocks (9:00-10:00, 11:00-12:00, and 1:30-2:30). 

  • There are NO Learning Blocks Wednesday afternoons, only the 9:00am and 11:00am Learning Blocks.

  • Remember to limit your child's daily learning to the following:

    • Primary (K-3): 1-2 hours maximum daily​

    • Intermediate (Gr. 4-7): 1-3 hours maximum daily
       

A REVIEW OF KEY ASPECTS OF REMOTE LEARNING AT SAS

  • Do not forget to use the communication hub on our school website to begin your week.  Scroll down towards the middle of the page to view classroom links for announcements and the week's overview.  Teachers will have their links updated before Monday of each week.

  • In an effort to streamline communication between home and school and to make communication more efficient, all learning opportunities, lessons, and assignments will be explained and communicated EXCLUSIVELY on the website and through SeeSaw and/ or Google Classroom.

  •  SEESAW *- Kindergarten to Grade 3 and specialists (PHE, Music, and French) are using Seesaw to post learning activities. 

*N.B. For Seesaw, parents/students should be using the CLASS app and NOT the Family App during remote learning to access the learning activities and to post work.

  • GOOGLE CLASSROOM - Grades 4 to 7 and specialists (PHE, Music, and French) are using Google Classroom to post learning activities.  Some intermediate classes are using a combination of Seesaw and Google Classroom.  Your teachers specify this in their weekly overview.

Mary, mother of eternal light, good Joseph faithful and just.

Jesus, morning star so bright, in you we put our trust.

On this day we praise and thank you for the mighty works you do;

As we face this new reality, we keep our hope in you. 

Amen.

St. Augustine School

Contact: office@saschool.ca 

tel: 604.731.8024 • fax: 604.739.1712 

2154 W. 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC  V6K 0E3 Canada

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