As the PHO announced additional changes to the orders, here is the updated COVID-19 Safety Plan as businesses are required to review and update their plans accordingly!
As required by the PHO, an updated version of Momentum Learning's COVID-19 Safety Plan is now provided here.
If you have any questions about the plan, please contact us.
I'm off for a few days (hooray for the weekend!), but will be reviewing all of the new provincial COVID-19 regulations (you can too here) and orders, and updating my policies as required, at some point in time next week.
If there are any major changes that will affect my current clients for our sessions in the upcoming week, I will notify them directly.
For the moment, I'm taking some time to breathe fresh air and do non-work things! I hope you all get to enjoy the sunshine! it's a beautiful day so far!!
Definitely different than we're used to in the past, but I've been able to make it workable! We're getting used to speaking through both our masks and the barrier in-between. Sometimes I even break out the whiteboard markers and we get to write ON the barrier (although recent discoveries we made indicated this might not be the best idea 😂).
Ultimately though, practice makes perfect and we work with what we have available. There are many new skills that both students and teachers are continuing to learn and the good thing is that we can learn together!
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A few bits and pieces from the start of the school year!
I have re-opened for some in-person and online sessions with current clients. As there have (and will be) many changes for my highschool clients (especially at Correlieu), I am still expecting it to take some time for my current clients to get settled into a schedule that works for both of us while also accommodating the PHO protocol as a business within an office building.
At the moment I am not taking on new clients until my current ones are comfortably settled into their new schedules. My goal continues to be that at some point in time in this 2020-2021 school year I will be able to take on some new learners!
Access into the building is limited to clients only. Please use the provided methods of Contact on my Contact Us page on the website.
As required by the BC PHO, my Covid-19 Safety Plan is posted on my website (see the Covid 19 tab), my Facebook page, and outside my office prior to any client attending an in-person session.
I hope the first Term, Quarter and Semester goes well for all students!
A few bits and pieces before the school year officially starts!
I will be re-opening for some in-person sessions with current clients starting in September. As there have (and will be) many changes for my highschool clients (especially at Correlieu), I expect it to take some time for my current clients to get settled into a schedule that works for both of us and accommodates all the protocol we will be following. Therefore, I will not be opening up any leftover spaces for new clients at the moment, but hopefully at some point in time in this 2020-2021 school year!
Access into the building is limited to clients only. Please use the provided methods of Contact on my Contact Us Page
As required by the BC PHO, my Covid-19 Safety Plan will be posted on my website (see Covid 19 above), my Facebook page, and outside my office prior to any client attending an in-person session.
Best wishes for a fantastic start for all those students attending the orientation days later in the week, as well as the students learning from home (hooray for school in your pyjamas!)
🎂Momentum is 9 Years Old!🎂
A big thank you to past and present clients who have been part of my Momentum Family over the past 9 years.
You have helped me, and my business, grow in immeasurable ways. Each one of you I have worked with has helped me learn new skills and for this I am grateful 🤗💓
To all the clients I have yet to meet, I look forward to working and learning with you when the time is right!
Well, it's a bit of a waiting game to see what will happen come the start of school! I'm not sure what to expect either, and so for now I won't be taking on any new students until I get my current ones settled and underway, in whatever mode/method that may be.
My hope would be to have things sorted out by the end of September, and to know if I am able to start working with some new students. However, this is only an educated guess based on my previous Septembers, and as we all know, this one will look a little different in many ways! So, alas.... more lessons on flexibility and pivoting continue :)
In the meantime, here are some handy websites where you can check what is going on locally and provincially! It is also my experience that many organizations update their Facebook pages on a more regular basis than their websites (myself included), so you may want to check out those links first!
Also, for some lightheartedness, look at who was outside my office earlier this week when I was leaving just before it got dark!! Aren't they CUUUUUUUTE?!?!
I am starting down the road of re-opening under these new circumstances, so that in the future I'll be able to adapt to the changing situations.
By the fall I hope to be able to offer some in-person sessions. Before that can happen there are protocol and policies that need to be developed, as well as addressing the physical aspects of my office setup.
At the moment I have started to connect with my current clients. Being creative to find ways I can arrange and carry out effective and helpful online sessions is my first goal! I want to be able to create online sessions that are as close to my in-person sessions as possible so that I can keep the same atmosphere whether we're online or in person. However, I also need to be able to do this on a variety of platforms, as not every family has access to the same technology! Problem solving at its best
Therefore, you will understand that I will not be taking on new clients until I have tested and tried out a variety of ways and methods of working with my clients.
In the meantime, please feel free to contact me by the following methods:
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org,
Messenger - http://m.me/momentumlearningcentre
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/momentumlearningcentre
and I will do the best to answer your questions or make suggestions!
Our situation, both in education and life, has been changing week to week and I fully expect this to continue. The local school district, and all your wonderful teachers will be spending the next while contacting their families on an individual basis and planning how best to encourage and support learning in each of their students.
I think it is important to allow those changes and transitions to happen, and allow students and their families to discover a routine under these changing circumstances. This will take time, and that is normal and expected in this unprecedented situation. Therefore I am going to allow some time as well to learn myself what is happening in the education community before I discover how best I can apply my creativity and enthusiasm for learning to help my clients and the community.
🌿Current Clients - I have sent you another email update :)
🌿EBUS Invigilation (testing) Students - According to the EBUS website, testing protocols may change depending on the course, so please check each individual course page on or after April 8th.
🌿New Clients - At the moment, I am not taking on any new tutoring clients. Please stay tuned to this page, or my website www.momentumlearning.ca for new information and updates as they come!
The local school district is currently on Spring Break, and they indicated that they would be starting to develop a plan near the end of next week. Teachers will then go back to the schools (without students) on March 30th and plans will be able to develop from there. Once they get things in motion, then I too will be able to figure out how to best help my students!
🌿Current Clients - Please check your emails :) I will re-assess things on April 5th, and then go from there!
🌿EBUS Invigilation (testing) Students - Please read this email here https://ebus.ca/ebus-academy-amends-invigilation-policy/
🌿New Clients - Until I get my current clients settled, which will depend upon what happens in the local school district, I will not know if I will have room to take on new tutoring students.
Most likely my programs and method of delivery will change as well, so please stay tuned to to my Facebook page for any most recent updates
I'm a bit late sharing these pictures, but I'm still thoroughly enjoying the new look!
The 2018-2019 school year ended with tired walls and a tired orangy floor.... time for an office renovation! This is how I spent most of my summer.... painting, adding new flooring and trim (thanks to my talented other half), re-organizing, purging and throwing out!
The result, a more modern room that appears to have more floor space! My students are loving the lighting choices and when they come in, switch whichever lights they want on :D Plus, I'm so happy I have my standing desk as now we don't have to sit all the time either!
Yes! we are still open and busy working with a whole range of students from grade 6 to 12 at the moment. I still have a few students who I started with back in 2011. They're getting older, and soon will be graduating!
Since I last posted, I also took on a volunteer position of secretary for our local community choir, the Q City Singers, and alas, all of my social media updating has been focused mainly on the choir's page :) Just in case you also want to join a community choir ;) please check out their website and facebook page as well.
In the meantime, although I may not update my website as much as I'd like to the best way to contact me is either by email at email@example.com or through our Facebook Page.
Did you know school doesn't start until September 6th (Wednesday) this year? Also, if you're in grades 8-12 and have missed your school's recent updates, look below!
School District Calendar
In case you missed it, here it is!
You can always sign up to the newsletters for Correlieu by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, however here is the most recent newsletter from yesterday. It tells you how to set up the Remind app on your phone so you and your student can get all the most recent reminders without having to rely on newsletters being sent home. It also alerts you if there is a snow day or no-bus day!
Click Here for the August 28th Newsletter
If you aren't on QJS's newsletter emailing list (you'll get that information if your son/daughter is entering grade 8 this year), you can always check out their Facebook page. You don't need a facebook account to see these posts, but you will avoid the annoying 'please join facebook' popup.
Their first post of the year is below:
"But I have exams, and I'm sooooooooooo done!"
This is how my students are feeling, and I'm sure that teachers are also feeling similar! At some point in time our brains just stop, and then we're puzzled over the most simple questions, like the guy in this video.
(Although, yes, I do know that this truly is a brain-bending concept when you first learn it. )
They send you this in an email on the weekend with a little note saying "I thought of you when I saw this.. thought you might find it interesting"
This client knows that I have a hard time saying no. In fact, it is with her family that I realized I needed to start saying no and setting boundaries. One day after a session, I told her how much I appreciated working with her family because through working with them, I had been able to practice setting my boundaries without worrying that they would be upset. She is always encouraging and understanding. She reminds me that even if I say no, I don't need to feel bad, because she trusts that I always have their best interests at heart, and I do!
What great clients I have! Not only am I helping her child learn the ropes of school, but she is helping and encouraging me to learn this vital skill. I am blessed with the variety of clients that I get to work with; each one helps me learn something new or consider a different position that I hadn't thought about. Thanks for being part of my Momentum Family!
Just a reminder that end of semester exams are near!
For those attending Correlieu, the exam schedule has changed since you may have last done exams. This is because of the gradual change towards the new curriculum without the grade 10 and 11 Provincial Exams. Here is the Newsletter that has the new exam schedule!
For those students in grade 11, this is going to be a change! I know the idea of an entire block all day is overwhelming, but I'm sure your teachers will come up with some good solutions!
For those at QJS, from today's newsletter, here is the exam schedule!
Good Luck to all students!! You're halfway through the year!
Coming home from a rather stressful day working with my students, I was mulling over the prevalence of anxiety in my students. Then, later that evening I happened to notice a post that one of my teacher friends had shared and gave it a read. I often see different strategies for how to speak, and what to say to your anxious child. Some I can identify with, and some I cannot. However, I liked that this article not only gave 49 different ideas, but brief explanations as to why they may work for your own child or situation. I think too that some of these phrases would be very helpful to use for friends or family members!
I have included a screenshot below, but please click on the picture or link below to go to the article called "49 Phrases to Calm an Anxious Child" written by Renee Jain on the Positive Parents.org blog.
I'm sure throughout your child's life, you remember a point at which they were learning about Lowest Common Multiples (LCM's), or as they're known when studying fractions, Lowest Common Denominators (LCD's). Although they are possible to figure out in one's head, very slowly, you can also figure them out using a multiplication chart.
So, as one of my students and I were recently printing out a new copy of a 30 x 30 multiplication chart, we discovered this gem........... yes, it really is...... a LCM/CLD CHART!!
Although I couldn't find who actually made it up, and I couldn't find the original place on the website where this lovely chart was posted, I am thoroughly thankful for it, and have linked the address where I found it (thanks to a Google Image search).
Also, in case you're wondering, there is a great set of multiplication charts that I use and will include them below (click on the image for the link to the image, or the website where possible).
In a class where students are not allowed calculators, multiplication tables are generally allowed. So far, students of mine from grade 6 up have been allowed to use them in the classroom, so they might be worthwhile printing out for you too! They also look pretty snazzy in a sheet protector as well (kids enjoy using their pencils to follow the lines to the product).
Four days ago, I was in the middle of a busy day. I usually have my phone's volume turned off when I'm working with students, but for some reason it was on that day. Anyhow, I heard the usual trill of an email coming in, and since my student had taken a bathroom break, decided to check the email. It was from a parent, who's daughter had been doing research on Shakespeare and found my blog post here that I had written last spring!!
I was so excited about this, that in my response to her email I asked if I could share their story here on my page. Thankfully they said yes!
Thank you Sara and ava!
I want to share a heartfelt thank-you to Sara and Ava who reached out to me. When I originally set up the blog portion of my website, my goal was to share what I discovered in hopes that it would at least help one person. Being a very small business, you don't often know if or how your online presence affects others. Now, because of their cheerful email, I know I've helped them and therefore it's all been worthwhile!
Also, Ava has decided to join her school's 6th grade play. So, from me here at Momentum Learning Centre, I wish her the best of luck (or 'break a leg') for the play. Perhaps, once their play is ready, I'll even be able to share an update with you all too!
Here in Quesnel we currently have 2 high schools: QJS (grades 8-9) and Correlieu (Grades 10-12). Each school, as well as the school district has a different way of letting parents know what is going on. Gone are the days of paper newsletters sent home on Friday afternoons (to rot alongside the week's lunch leftovers, or on some occasions actually get delivered to the parent).
Below is the 2016-17 school calendar. This gives all the general holidays, Pro-D days and NI Days that all schools will be participating in.
Basic information is available on their website, however, for up to date weekly newsletters (posted right at the end of the school day), or info on "Snow-Days", their Facebook Page is constantly updated.
Keep in mind that you DO NOT have to be a Facebook User to see these updates (you just won't be able to comment on them). You may see a bar at the bottom of your page saying "please sign in or sign up" but you can safely ignore this.
An alternative, if you are a parent, make sure to get on their newsletter email list! If you haven't received the past few newsletters via email, then contact the school to make sure they have your email address correct.
Correlieu has a variety of ways to stay updated with student events. They no longer update their website with recent newsletters, but you can sign up to be on their newsletter list by phoning the school and talking to Jasmin in the office.
Additionally, some teachers as well as the school Principal, Mr. Hawkins-Bogle use the app REMIND to send out class or grade specific information and reminders. Here is the info they sent out in their August 31st newsletter about how to sign up for these notifications. Pick the grade that your student is in, and although all messages may not be of interest, it will keep you surely "In The Know" about what's going on at school. This is the system that also announces 'No Bus' days (or Snow Days), if you're not able to confirm with the school district website.
This applies to all students in the school district who may or may not take a bus to get to school. At 5am, on any day where the weather is questionable (dangerous roads, -32 or below), the school will update this part of their website.
To get their manually, go to www.sd28.bc.ca, then scroll to the bottom of the page where you see a picture of a bus. Click on this bus!
Additionally, click on the following link to read the school board's policies and procedures regarding cancelling bus operations for the day, read "COLD WEATHER/UNSAFE ROAD CONDITIONS: SCHOOL AND BUS OPERATIONS - COLD WEATHER NOTICE"
Regardless of whether your student takes the bus, walks, gets a ride, or drives themselves to school, the district encourages parents to "carefully weigh the hazards" before determining whether they should attend school that day.
I hope everyone was able to take some time to rest, relax and get refreshed for the new school year!
Fall is early this year, and I saw this picture on my morning's feed and thought that it was quite appropriate for the changes that always happen in our lives as school gets underway. All of a sudden we're hit with assignments, due dates, team sports starting, deadlines, new teachers and different expectations, as well as the general change of daylight and weather. It's hard to get everything completed that we feel has to be done!
Here's a little reminder that sometimes we just need to let some things go!
Graduation is always an accomplishment that should be celebrated. However, it is made even more special for me when I get to see "my kids" walk across that stage. Although I consider all of the students I work with "my kids" that are part of my big Momentum Family, I am not always able to work with a student through to grade 12. When I do work with students into their graduation year, I feel so privileged to be part of their growth and maturity. I hear about their wishes, wants and woes, and become a part of their life for this short time. It is these students who continuously re-affirm my purpose here at Momentum Learning Centre, and for that I am forever grateful!
A quote to remember that is applicable in all stops along the road of life, from my days as a 4 year old in Montessori Pre-school:
I can do anything, even if I need help!
I recently had a student come in, who's English class was studying Macbeth. As part of a project, she had to write an assignment using Shakespearean English! At first, that sounded rather daunting, but I found a couple of sites that definitely helped.
First of all, never forget "No Fear Shakespeare" which shows the play in both shakespearean English and then regular English, side-by-side, like this:
It makes it much easier to then figure out what is going on, if reading the play itself is proving difficult. It is also handy for parents who may have forgotten what is really going on in each scene or act.
My newest finding, in regards to writing in Shakespearean English, is two translators: English to Shakespearean (by LingoJam) as well as Shakespeare Translator (by Schmoop). Although, in translating, we did find some errors and things that didn't quite make sense, it sure made it easy to take a regular paragraph and translate it. Then, we could tweak it and make small adjustments!
Below is the first paragraph translated into Shakespearean English via the LingoJam Translator. You can see that capitals are lost, and you'll have to add them back in.
i recently had a student cometh in, who's english class was studying macbeth. as parteth of a projecteth, she had to writeth an assignment using shakespearean english! at first, that sound'd rath'r daunting, but i found a couple of sites that definitely holp. first of all, nev'r forgeteth "no feareth shakespeare" which shows the playeth in both shakespearean english and then regular english, side-by-side, liketh this:
and the Schmoop translator.
I recently hadst a inhorn man cometh in, who's English class wast studying Macbeth. As part of a project, the lady hadst to writeth an assignment using Shakespearean English! At first, that sounded rather daunting, but I hath found a couple of sites that forsooth holp.
Depending on what it is you're writing, one or the other translator will make more sense.
Can you imagine someone's annual Christmas Letter translated this way? Hahaha! That would be fun!