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Important Notice!

March 31st, 2020
 
Hello Huband Families:
 
Today and tomorrow teachers are taking turns coming to school to pick up laptops and other must-haves. Thank you so much for keeping us all safe by not coming to school to pick up your child's things. We will get to that! Yesterday we had a long, virtual meeting to talk about our plans and share the work to be done. I am so grateful to work with such a team of caring professionals. 
 
You will receive a phone call and possibly also an email from your child's teacher this week. Please call us at the school if your contact information is out of date! Teachers will be looking for your input and your needs regarding technology.
 
If you are struggling with food security, please email Gracie at gracie.macdonald@sd71.bc.ca confidentially; there are supports available. Robb Prescott, our valued counselor, is also available to talk with you or your child. The school's Facebook page @hubandpark and website https://huband.comoxvalleyschools.ca/ will be updated as often as possible with information, links and resources in the coming days. While teachers are getting their planning and connecting set up, please consider reading, and playing games (cards, board games, outdoor games) as much as possible with your children. Cook together. Teach your children a hands-on skill. Sadly we have to cancel the cookie dough fundraiser, so money from that will be reimbursed as soon as we can organize. Thanks to Sabrina Hysa for all her work on this. 
 
Our year-end field trips have now been canceled (camp, track, and field, big house, beach day). It is a sad time and it was very emotional for me to be in an empty school today thinking about all you all at home. If we all try to stay at home, this will eventually end. 
 
Email or call me any time, 
take care,
Gracie MacDonald
 
March 30th, 2020
 
Hello Huband families,
 
First of all, we hope that you are all safe. We miss you. As you know, the province has suspended face to face instruction, and we will now be leading students to learn from home. Our goal is to maintain supportive connections and provide some routine and learning for your children. Our building may be closed, but our hearts are open.
 
BIG PICTURE FOR THIS WEEK:
Only Gracie, Bill, Alison, and Jackie will be working in the building next week.
Teachers will be making contact with all of their students and parents. Expect a phone call sometime next week. We want to reconnect kids and teachers and gather some important information for us to move forward in your child’s learning. Next week teachers need some time to plan as well as connect with each child and with you.
Families, please do not come to the school. We will set up a system for you to get your child's belongings down the road.
 
BEYOND NEXT WEEK:
Teachers will work towards providing learning activities for students focusing on literacy, numeracy, and social-emotional connections. There will be a mix of activities and as much choice as possible. It will look different in each class and for each child, just like how school was before the break, and our plan is for students to do school work for at most two hours per day. There will be plans for online learning, or if you prefer, paper-based learning.
 
INFORMATION FROM THE DISTRICT
We are in very fluid times and everything in this e-mail may change come Monday. The best source of information is our School District https://www.comoxvalleyschools.ca/. Please don’t believe anything you see or hear unless it’s from a trusted source. Ask Gracie or Bill if you have questions or concerns!
 
IMPORTANT
We know that many of you are anxious, nervous, worried, scared. We know that we have very trying times ahead and we know that we are going to make mistakes. Our plan is to take things slowly, carefully and with compassion. We ask for your patience and 2-way communication along the way. Starting on Monday, you can contact us at school in the usual ways:
 
Email your teacher if it’s a class-related issue or email jackie.thipthorpe@sd71.bc.ca, gracie.macdonald@sd71.bc.ca or bill.green@sd71.bc.ca.
Please, take care of yourselves and your loved ones. Get rest, relax, laugh, and enjoy your last few days of holidays. We’ll figure this out, together, starting Monday.
 
Gracie, Bill, and the Huband team

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