SD83 New Daily Health Check

Under the advice of the Ministry of Health & Education, the daily health check list which parents have been asked to do each day has been updated, and School District #83 is adopting the new check list.

1.    Key Symptoms of Illness

Does your child have any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Cough or worsening of chronic cough
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Nausea and vomiting

2.    International Travel

Have you returned from travel outside of Canada in the last 14 days?

3.    Confirmed Contact

Are you a confirmed contact of a person confirmed to have COVID-19?

If you answered “YES” to any of the above symptoms, and they are not related to a pre-existing condition (e.g. allergies), YOUR CHILD SHOULD NOT ATTEND SCHOOL.

If only one symptom (excluding fever) is present: your child should stay home and can self-monitor/be monitored for 24 hours from when the symptom started. If the symptom continues past that window or worsens, seek a health assessment. If the symptom improves, your child may return to school when they feel well enough.

If your child has a fever, or if two or more key symptoms are present: seek a health assessmentA health assessment can include calling 811 or a primary care provider like a physician or nurse practitioner – the assessment will determine whether a COVID-19 test is recommended.

If you answered “YES” to questions 2 or 3use the COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool or call 811 to determine if you should seek testing for COVID19.

RETURN TO SCHOOL

After a period of illness, when is it safe to return to school?
If a COVID-19 test has been recommended as part of a health assessment, follow the guidance provided by the health professional you’re working with.

If a COVID-19 test is not recommended by the health assessment, your child can return to school when symptoms improve and they feel well enough to do so.

For more information, please go to https://sd83.bc.ca/2020/10/09/school-district-no-83-adopts-the-new-daily-health-check-list/.

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents,

At this time our school district is considering adjustments to the daily health checks parents do each morning with their children before sending them to school.  In the mean time, we have been instructed to keep working with the current document (attached).  Thank you for your understanding and for helping to keep our students and community safe!

Sincerely,

Glen Overgaard, Principal

Principal’s Update

Dear parents and guardians,

By now, you should have received a welcome letter from your child’s teacher with some specifics about class routines and where to meet Thursday morning.  My apologies that it took us longer than hoped to get these out to you! If you have not received a letter we have included them below for you to review.

Thank you to everyone who was able to fill out the survey.  We heard from a lot of you!  If your child will not be at school tomorrow and you have not filled out the survey, please either complete the survey ASAP (link here) or contact us so we know if we need to hold a seat for your child.

Please remember to do the student health with your child each morning (attached) and do not have your child attend if they have any symptoms.

For more information feel free to give us a call or connect by email.  I’ve also included my previous welcome message below and the other important information in the attachments.

Thank you once again for your patience, kindness, and understanding.  

We look forward to seeing our students tomorrow morning!!

Kind Regards,

Glen Overgaard, Principal

Welcome Letters

  • Mrs. Lindsey Stark

Good Morning Grade 4/5 families,

I hope you have all had a wonderful summer and are eager to get back to school after an extended time away. Thank you for your patience as we have been putting together plans for this unusual start up. I am so excited to see your smiling faces and welcome you at school tomorrow morning. Tomorrow will be a full day of school so make sure to bring your lunch and a full water bottle as the water fountains will remain closed.

There are a few changes throughout the day to keep us all healthy.

1. Please arrive at school between 8:20 and 8:30. I will unlock our classroom door starting at 8:20. The playground will be closed before and after school so please do not arrive before 8:20. To avoid any congestion, students can come in as they arrive, hand wash, get their belongings organized and proceed to their desk where they can read a book or complete an activity.

2. To allow for collaborative activities we are in a cohort with Div. 2. Even though we are grouped together, we are still insisting there be no physical contact between anyone. We will keep a 2-metre distance from students who are not in our cohort. Students are welcome to wear a mask but it is not a requirement.

3. Our classroom is nut-aware, so please do not bring food items that contain nuts.

4. I will begin dismissal at 2:20. Students can wait to be picked up or start walking on their own. If you plan to pick up your child, please do so between 2:20 and 2:30.

As many of you already know, Mr. Overgaard and I will be splitting the teaching time this year. Regularly, I will be in the classroom for full days on Monday and Thursday as well as Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning. Mr. Overgaard will be in the classroom Tuesday morning, Wednesday afternoon and Friday.

If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to reach out. My email is llepine@sd83.bc.ca

I am eager to see all of you! If you don’t plan on sending your child to school and haven’t already contacted Mr. Overgaard, could you please do so as soon as possible.

  • Mrs. Laura Tomlinson

Welcome back to school!  I am happy to welcome you to Division 2.  This year, we will have Ms. Bateman in our classroom until December as a student teacher.  We are so excited to see everyone on Thursday.  It has been a long time since many of you were at school and there will be a few changes in routines to help keep everyone healthy.   

Drop-Off: 8:20 to 8:30.  Our classroom door will be open.  Students will be invited in to wash their hands and get themselves settled for the day. 

Dismissal: 2:20 to 2:32.  Students will be dismissed to walk home or be picked up.  If you are picking your child up, please maintain physical distancing from others.  

Playground:  The playground will be closed before and after school. 

Cohort:  Our class will be in a cohort with Division 1.  This allows us to collaborate for learning activities throughout the year. 

Water bottles:  Children will need to bring a full water bottle to school each day.  Please label the bottle with your child’s name.  Water fountains are closed at this time.   

Masks:  Children are welcome to wear masks; however, they are not required for students K-5.  We will maintain physical distance where possible within our cohort and all physical contact will be avoided. 

Nuts:  Our classroom is a nut aware classroom.  Please do not send any snacks with nuts of any kind as one of our classmates is allergic.   

Learning Outdoors:  We will be taking our learning outside as often as possible.  Students should be prepared to be outside everyday, rain or shine.   

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email me at ltomlins@sd83.bc.ca.  If your family is choosing not to return on to in person learning at this time, please contact the school as soon as possible.   

I am looking forward to a spectacular year!

  • Ms Karen Quinton

Dear Division 3 Families,

Welcome back! I am excited to be your child’s teacher this year! Things will look a bit different as we adjust to new ways of learning and teaching, but I am confident that we will have an AWESOME year if we commit to working TOGETHER. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s learning or development, please connect with me via email, phone (250-832-4950), or make an appointment for an in person meeting. Here is some information for you about tomorrow and Friday.

Please complete the daily health check each day before school with your child and do not bring your child if any questions are answered “yes”. We want to keep all students and staff safe! Playgrounds are CLOSED before school. Students may be dropped off between 8:20 and 8:30 and are to line up on the south side of the school (opposite side from parking lot). If your child arrives after 8:30, access into the school will be at the front door. Parents are allowed access into the school by appointment only at this time. Parents are to pick-up students between 2:20 and 2:30 at the south side of the school while keeping physical distance. Playgrounds will be CLOSED during this time.

We will be doing LOTS of handwashing and learning about ways to keep our germs to ourselves and not spreading them to others. There will be many activities, lessons and games to teach the children safety procedures and protocols. I have arranged our classroom to minimize contact between students. Each student will have his/her own pencil box of supplies (pencil, scissors, glue stick, crayons, eraser) and math toolkit (counters and various manipulatives). We will have carpet time together, share books and maintain a focus on safe play-based learning including centres. We will be spending more time outdoors so children need to have appropriate clothing.

Please send your child with a fruit/vegetable snack along with a full water bottle and lunch. Indoor shoes and appropriate outdoor clothing will be needed. Agendas, home reading, sight words and spelling lists will be tackled in the upcoming weeks once the children have had time to learn, practice and settle into the new routines of being back at school.

Let’s remember to give ourselves, our children and others the time, patience, reassurance and encouragement to adjust to the restart of school.

  • Ms. Jennifer Lee

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

Welcome to kindergarten and grade one! My name is Jennifer Lee and I am so excited to be your child’s teacher this year at North Canoe Elementary School. We have a wonderful group of kindergarten and grade one students, and I am confident that this is going to be an amazing year filled with lots of fun and interesting learning activities. There are a number of things I would like to inform you about as we get this school year started. 

Learning Together

We all learn differently! Students are all at a variety of learning levels and all benefit from a mixture of learning strategies. Instruction will be focused on meeting the needs of all students, regardless of their learning level. 

Home Reading

A home reading program will be implemented in late September or the first week of October, where your child will bring home books each night to read independently to you (or with you).  This extra practice is essential to successful reading progress.  Children need to be free to experiment and attempt tasks without fear of failure.  Our role as teachers is to create an environment that is safe, where children feel comfortable enough to take risks with learning. 

Library Book Exchange

Thursdays are our library days. More information will be coming out soon regarding library book exchanges and how that will look with new COVID-19 regulations.

Homework

One of the best ways parents and guardians can help their children learn at the beginning of the year is by making sure they are well rested. Learning (and relearning) school routines is very tiring, and the school week seems so long at the beginning of the year. Please check the agenda daily for activities and for homework updates. Reading and practicing weekly words should be done on a nightly basis to help with regular school routines.

For additional ideas on things you can do at home to support your child with their learning, please see the attached sheet called Things to do at Home.

Agendas

Mr. Overgaard has ordered agendas for our class and they should be here by next week. For now, any important information that needs to be shared with parents from the school will be sent home on paper, or by email. 

Once we have agendas, students will be bringing home their agendas daily to be signed and brought back the next day. Please review what was written in it and take time to sign or initial the entry so I know that you saw what was written. Also, please check the front pocket for notes. It is very important that your child brings it to school daily, as this is an excellent way to keep informed with what is going on in our class.  The agenda is also a way of communication between school and home.

Volunteers

If you are interested in volunteering please just let me know in your child’s agenda or by emailing me! My email is jelee@sd83.bc.ca .

Water Bottles

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, students will not have access to water fountains at school. Students must bring a clean and filled water bottle to school each day. Water bottles will also be sent home at the end of each day to be returned home for cleaning.  In the case that your child finishes their water before the end of the school day, there is a water bottle refill station across from the office that students can access.

Snacks

Our days are quite long, especially for younger students, so nutritious snacks are recommended to be sent to school each day. Each morning before first recess, students will be required to eat one snack that is either a fruit or a vegetable. It is also strongly recommended that your child has a good breakfast and gets to bed early each night to help your child keep alert and ready to learn each day.

Lunch

Our school does not provide microwave service. Families wishing to provide a hot lunch for their children may send this to school with your child in a thermos. Note: please ensure that the lid on the thermos is not too tight for your child to take off by themselves. 

Allergy Aware

North Canoe Elementary School is a nut aware school, and some of the students at our school have peanut and nut allergies. Please pack alternative snack choices for your child to eat at school that do not contain peanuts or nuts. Thank you.

Extra pants and underwear

Accidents unfortunately happen at school sometimes, and this can include students getting pants wet or dirty outside, or students having an accident. Please ensure that your child has a clean pair of pants and underwear in their backpacks each day in the event that an accident does happen. If an accident does happen, you will be notified that your child had to change pants and underwear in either a note sent home, or in person at the end of the day. Dirty pants and underwear will be sent home in a plastic bag. 

Indoor Shoes

Please ensure that your child has a good pair of supportive indoor running shoes. Sandals and slip-on shoes are not considered supportive or safe, especially for some physical activities we will be doing in the gym. 

Weather Prepared

As we approach the cooler fall and eventually winter season, please ensure that your child comes to school dressed appropriately for the weather each day. For the fall season, this might include a warmer fall jacket, closed-toed shoes, pants, and a sweater. For the winter season, this might include a winter jacket, snow pants, winter boots, mittens, and a toque. 

Absences

Please report all absences to the office (250-832-4950). If possible, please send a note in the agenda to inform me as well. 

Child Pick Up

If you need to pick up your child early you can indicate that in the agenda, and we will make sure your child is ready to meet you early. 

Additional Information:

Be sure to visit our school website, and please check it regularly as we will be continuously updating it with reminders and important school information.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me at the school (250-832-4950)  or my email jelee@sd83.bc.ca.

Thank you for your commitment to your child’s education, and I look forward to meeting you all!

Sincerely,

Ms. Jennifer Lee

Kindergarten and Grade One Teacher

Kindergarten Gradual Entry

A big welcome to all our returning parents and guardians and a HUGE welcome to all our new families and all of our new kindergarten students!!  Thank you for your patience as we have been putting together plans for this unusual school start up.

Gradual Entry for Kindergarten this year will be as follows:

Monday September 14:  1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Tuesday September 15:  10:30 am – 11:30 am (with grade 1s)

Wednesday September 16:  1:00 pm – 2:20 pm (with grade 1s)

Thursday September 17: 8:30 am – 11:45 am (with grade 1s)

Friday September 18: Full day kindergarten begins (8:30 am – 2:20 pm)

*Please drop off and pick up your child outside the parking lot entrance.  Your child’s teacher will meet you there and help students line up (with distance).  Please remember to keep physical distance yourselves as well from other families (2m).