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October 16, 2020 Laurier e-News

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Ms. Chung singing with Kindergarten students.

Dear Laurier Families,

We were pleased to welcome back some of our students on October 13th, who chose to return to in-person class instruction from the Learning from Home Transition option. The next re-entry for our option 4 students is November 9th and their families will receive a survey in this regard.

Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Plan/Goals: 

Please click on the above Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Plan/Goals link to review our two main goals as part of our three-year school plan. You can also find our school plan at our school website. Our focus of inquiry has been the Critical Thinking needs of our diverse learners and the awareness of and appreciation for Aboriginal cultures. Please see below our two school goals, as part of our three-year plan:

1) To develop critical thinking skills in our students, guided by the principles of Formative Assessment to support student self-assessment 

2) To increase knowledge, acceptance, empathy, awareness and appreciation of Aboriginal histories, traditions, cultures and contributions among all students

Digital Responsibility:

At Laurier, we teach digital responsibility to our students using the 4 C’s of 21st Century Learning. We place a great emphasis on teaching around creativity, collaboration, communication, and community. The world we live in also requires that we teach our students the skills that will help them be good digital citizens. As part of the applied design, skills, and technology curriculum, we teach the students the knowledge of how to be good digital citizens.

We expect students to practice social responsibility and good digital citizenship when using technology. As Laurier students, they are expected to S.O.A.R. online, at school, at home, and within the community. In order to support responsible online citizenship at home, it is important that parents also reinforce these expectations by monitoring their children’s online behaviour when students are using technology. It is important that we help students with the choices they make while gaming and/or participating in social media sites. We would like to take this opportunity to remind parents how they can support their children at home with safe and responsible digital citizenship:

  • Be aware of what your child is doing online with regards to both gaming and social media
  • Be aware of who your children are communicating with in the digital world by making yourself aware of what your son or daughter is doing online, and who they are talking to.
  • Only allow your son or daughter to join/participate in sites that they are willing to have you participate in as well.
  • Limit the amount of screen that your son or daughter has in a day. Consider having Wi-Fi-free hours where the Wi-Fi is switched off or unplugged at night.

Please review the Government of Canada’s Digital Citizenship Guide for parents if you need any more information on this topic, or need any help facilitating conversation about digital citizenship with your child: https://www.getcybersafe.gc.ca. If you have any questions or need support please do not hesitate to contact your child’s classroom teacher and/or myself. 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Wednesday, October 21: Virtual PAC meeting @6:30pm - Please see below-
  • Friday, October 23: Provincial Professional Development Day for Staff - Schools closed for students -
  • Tuesday, October 27: Fire Drill @1:20pm
  • Friday, October 30: Halloween - More info to come

Laurier PAC News: 

Laurier PAC (laurierpac.weebly.com): Please click on the following link to access the Welcome notice from the Sir Wilfrid Laurier Elementary Parent Advisory Council (Laurier PAC), which can also be found on the PAC website. The Laurier PAC invites all parents and legal guardians to the October PAC meeting, which will take place over Zoom - an agenda will be posted to laurierpac.weebly.com/pac-meetings.html. Your opinion is important, and we want to hear from you. 

Topic: Sir Wilfrid Laurier Elementary PAC Meeting 

Time: October 21, 2020 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) 

Zoom meeting access: Please join using the Zoom info in the email linking to this e-newsletter - if you do not have this link or need help, please email laurier.pac@gmail.com.

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at school.  I wish you a restful weekend.

Armin Samiei

Principal

Sir Wilfrid Laurier Elementary School



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