Important Update From Alberta Education

Hello Everyone!

Happy Monday! I hope everyone is staying safe and happy in their homes. I have some updates for you from Alberta Education regarding what education will look like for the rest of the school year. Please visit this link and go through it as a family so all parents/guardians and kids understand what is expected of them.

Students must complete the required 5 hours of work per week and will be getting a final report card based on their at home work which will have to be submitting into google classroom. Mrs. Horsley and I will be delivering the exact same material so you can chat online to your friends or either of us to help you with the course work that will be delivered to you.

This is a challenging time, full of unknowns so we are still working out the kinks/specifics with Alberta Education and FMPSD.

THINGS WE DO NOT KNOW YET:

  • How we will be grading/assessing students for the final report card
  • If we are to complete the learning objectives we haven’t completed yet which were to be covered in term 3 OR if we are working on learning objectives that will be necessary to close the learning gap in order to be successful in their next grade
  • DATES/DEADLINES for teachers to start delivering coursework, as of right now we still do not have a start date although it should be given to us very soon.
  • Many more general and specific questions (AB ED & FMPSD are still working out all the details)

Thank you for all your patients during this time. This is only an UPDATE for you all as there are still a lot of details to work through at the moment. I will update you when we will be starting our coursework officially.

Cheers!

Ms. G

Important COVID-19 Update

Good Morning Everyone!

We have just heard a recent update from Jennifer Turner, our new superintendent of FMPSD. She says, “We place the health and safety of our staff, students, and families as our top priority. Due to the changing status of COVID-19 effective immediately, we will be restricting access to public schools to staff only. If there are students with medically necessary items such as medication, glasses, hearing aids etc. please phone your school and make arrangements to collect those items. Otherwise, we are asking students and families to please refrain from going to the school. We recognize this is a change in our previous messaging and apologize for any confusion or frustration that may result. The health and safety of all students and staff are our priority and we continue to try to respond to the best of our abilities.”.

So from this moment on, until you hear otherwise, we are not allowing any students or parents to come get any student belongings from the school unless medically necessary. Sorry about all the confusion, although we are doing our best to update you as we are updated and keep everyone safe at this trying time.

Stay well, enjoy your time at home with your loved ones, and please keep in touch if you need anything! Keep your food stocked, gas tank never lower than 3/4 full and keep up with the news.

Sincerely,

Ms. G

School Item Pickup Schedule & Info.

Hey Everyone!

Please return my personal books and library books on friday. I have set out all your stuff in your bins in the hallway. This should only take a few minutes. Please dump your bin of items in a large bag that you bring with you and grab everything from your locker. Take PEAK stuff and science fair projects. Only hallway access is permitted, no access to the classroom. Thanks!

Ms. G

COVID-19 Parent Resources

There are many good resources on the internet about how parents can support their children in regard to COVID-19.  FMPSD has a continuously updated, great covid-19 FAQs page for parents.

Some common recommendations are:

  • Be reassuring and model calmness
  • Make yourself available to your children/teens
  • Monitor television and social media
  • Maintain a normal routine to the extent possible
  • Give honest and accurate information that is age-appropriate. 

Below are resources to help guide you in your conversations with parents/students/guardians, and provide them with specific information on carrying out the above recommendations. 

  • Information to help parents recognize and reduce stress in themselves.
  • Parent section on what changes to watch for in their children and ways to support. 
  • For parents with children/teens who have anxiety. Gives direction on maintaining normalcy, listening actively, validating, limiting and monitoring media, when to seek more help.
  • This link has responses for parents on 4 common questions kids ask: What is Corona Virus; How do you get it; Why are some people wearing masks and should I; Can you die from the virus

Thanks everyone, stay well.

Natalie Doucette, Provisional Psychologist, MC. 

Grade 6L Update

Thank you for all your concerns and messages regarding COVID-19. At this time we do not know what academics will look like for at least a few weeks. We are waiting for further instructions from Alberta Education and FMPSD.

This means we are not to send home any lessons or homework until we know what the province will be doing in regards to education. So please respect that I cannot send anything home to the students at this time, until we are instructed to do so. Take these next few weeks to relax, read, and recharge with your loved ones.

Make sure to do the following things:

Also please wipe down any electronics or items of frequent use, properly. Washing your hands often with soap to happy birthday twice.

I wish you and your families all well and hope you are all doing okay. Please email me or reach out to me if you need anything.

Sincerely,

Ms. G

Eco-friendly Green Scene Science Fair Award

Hello Everyone!

Check this out if this applies to your child & their science fair project:

“FMPSD Green Scene is pleased to announce The Green Scene Environmental Award for two winning Science Fair Projects per school. Be creative! Topics in the past have included composting, waste reduction, renewable energy, alternatives to plastic, reforestation, plant, soil, air & water health. Think green, be green, let’s inspire!

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Cheers!

Ms. G

Parent-Teacher Interview Related Questions :)

Hey Everyone!

Tonight was successful because all my parents & students are so amazing and hard working! That being said there are a few questions I was receiving that everyone could benefit from:

  1. What is the best way to prep for the PATs in May/June? The KEY study guide! These books are amazing and what I am using to help prepare the students to be successful on their exams. They would benefit from working through them at home as they are PAT style questions and how the PATs will be worded. You can purchase them here. Mr. Toner is also going to buy some at some point and will be available to you for purchase through the school. I’ll let you know when/if those become available. But if you want to purchase them now, just click this link & you can order them yourself.
  2. Where can we find the Science Units (science curriculum) used in class? These are all uploaded onto your child’s google classroom. Please have your child show you where the PDFs are uploaded.

For any questions or concerns, please feel free to shoot me an email at kennedy.guilbeau@fmpsd.ab.ca or click here to write me a message from my website. Also contacting me through remind is probably the fastest way to get in touch. Thanks so much! See the rest of you tomorrow!

Cheers!

Ms. G