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 email@example.com, 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:
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!