BULLETIN #13 – April 9, 2020
Commencement of Distance Learning
Last week your teachers took the time to contact your families and began planning what the learning will look like for your children. This week, teachers began to send out some “schoolwork”. Why did I put schoolwork in quotations? Because it’s definitely going to look different than work that our students would be doing if they were at school. Hopefully families will be able to set up a routine at home that can include some work, some play time and even the kids helping out around the house. I know that many of our students like the routine that school provides for them so setting up daily timelines and routines and maybe even “recess” may help you as you learn to navigate learning in your home.
Missing Your Friends?
We are hearing from teachers that many McNeely Mustangs (particularly the younger ones) are missing their friends. Of course they are. In this time of social distancing, many of us are craving the human connection that we get every day when we are at school. That is missing right now. How can we help to fill that? My family has taken to calling other family members (we rotate each day) on FaceTime. My two children have enjoyed getting updates from the grandparents and we have talked with them more this month than any time since they moved away from Richmond. Why not help your son or daughter connect to one of their friends with a call on FaceTime, WhatsApp Video Chat, House Party or Zoom.
Getting Outside and Staying Safe-Why It’s Important
Many of your teachers will be presenting healthy living exercises for your children. This is very important for us both physically and mentally. We can still go outdoors, we just have to do it carefully. Here are some ways stay safe while outdoors... We can still go out for a walk with our immediate family unit as the roads aren't crowded. If you meet someone it's easy to walk to the other side of the street etc or wait for other to pass. My family has noticed that people are friendlier now than ever before when we see someone. We say hi and keep our space.
Here is a link from Provincial Health Officer (PHO) Bonnie Henry about staying healthy while being able to get outside: