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Weekly Update from Beaconsfield - April 28, 2020

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Dear Beaconsfield Parents/Guardians,

As we near the end of April, the cherry blossoms outside my office window and around our school are starting to bloom. If you have time, I would encourage you to come to our school and look for signs of Spring with your child/children on our school grounds. Beaconsfield School grounds are looking particularly fine right now as VSB gardeners have been hard at work trimming trees and laying down new soil.

In a similar vein, you are likely watching change and growth in your child or children as the days and weeks go by. As parents/guardians, I imagine you are learning things about your child or children that you never knew (their areas of strength and need!). Staying calm and breathing when teaching our own children is key. I have to remind myself of this on a daily basis when teaching my children. Indeed, a positive, safe and healthy connection with our children is critical and should be top priority as we navigate this complex context.

It certainly has been helpful to have consistently good weather since the middle of March. Being on screens for school, for fun and for connecting with others certainly reinforces the need for outside time. If you'd asked me at the outset of the year what skills I would be learning in 2020, I'm not sure that I would have responded with "badminton, chess, frisbee, and vegetarian cooking!" My favorite family activity in this COVID 19 context has been 'frisbee hiking'. What about you?

As you know, it is our priority as Beaconsfield staff to connect and communicate with students and families and offer Continuous Learning Programs in the best ways we know how. As a staff, we have been learning a lot about technology, Microsoft TEAMS and virtual meetings. We have also been reminded that whatever the form a school takes, that it is important for us to stay healthy and connected as a community. With that in mind, I hope you are reaching out to other parents and encouraging your children to do the same.

Over the past month, Beaconsfield families have been asked to restrict requests to collect only items needed to meet health needs. At this time, if you or your child has an item or two that you would like to pick up, please call our school office to arrange a pick-up time (604-713-4605 between 8:30 am and 2:30 pm). We have a distribution area set up at the back of the school which is open daily from 12-1 pm. We can make arrangements for you to drop by during this time or, if this time is just not possible for your family, let us know.

My thoughts are with you and yours. Please reach out and connect with us as needed.

Sincerely,

Mrs. L. Morden

Principal

lmorden@vsb.bc.ca

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