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?!?!
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:
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 was looking over my Facebook feed yesterday and happened upon Quesnel Junior School's weekly update. Each week, they update what has been going on. This is a GREAT resource for parents as well, as we all know that what happens at school does not always get communicated at home. Anyhow, within their post was this truely EXCITING opportunity for those students needing help in Math at QJS as well as some grade 7's!! Below, I've copied the section from their Weekly Update (and made bold the important information).
Second semester is officially underway, marking the half way point of this school year. This is when students begin to lose a bit of focus on their studies. Hopefully by identifying this problem, it will help everyone to remember to keep their focus on their academics.
This is amazing!! free math tutoring arranged by a local school themselves. I'm so glad to hear of this! Please do take advantage of this great program being offered!
For your convenience, the school phone number is 250-992-2131, and Mrs. Knauf's email address is email@example.com