Preparing for the New School Year

posted Aug 23, 2020, 11:38 AM by Margarita Ziroldo
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Thank you to our parent community for your patience as we make preparations for the safety of your children.  Please check your emails regularly for updated messages from the school or board as things can change quickly.  

The "must have" school items identified with student name:
K - Gr 6:
Backpack 
Lunch bag 
Refillable Water Bottle
Mandatory Mask *NEW* for Gr 4-6; We suggest attaching a lanyard to avoid losing them

Kinder:
Spare set of clothing
yoga mat

Suggested school items for Gr 1 - 6:

Hand sanitizer *NEW*
Pencil case or pencil box 
Sharpened pencils (2-4) 
Large glue sticks (2) 
Ruler
Children’s scissors (1) 
White Eraser (2) 
Pencil sharpener with cover (1) 
Facial tissues (1 box for the classroom) 
Highlighter markers (2) 
Sharpened pencil crayons- box of 12 (1) 
Washable, unscented markers (1 box, thick or thin) 
Earbuds or headphones* (with student name)

Preparing for the new school year

In Person:

  • Practice wearing a mask for longer periods of time

  • If your child is unable to wear a mask for medical reasons, get a doctor’s note that can be shared with school

  • Talk to your children about what social distancing is and what 1 and 2 meters looks like

  • Teach proper hand washing and hand sanitizer use with the reasons why it’s important 

  • Try to calm any fears about Covid and about being away from home/family for the day (it has been 6 months of togetherness!)

  • Check the Back to School Plan FAQ for any questions that you may have

  • Check the bus planner website for updates and information

  • If taking the bus, remind children of the importance of keeping their mask on, staying in their seat, sitting in their assigned seat only

  • Start going to bed earlier

  • Reduce gaming times

  • Make a list of lunch and snack ideas together as a family

  • Create a school day chore list (packing lunches/snacks, setting the dinner table, washing dishes, putting backpacks away, putting agendas out to be signed)

  • Set up a family routine/ schedule/ calendar of events

  • Set up a homework station with all of the necessary tools available and decide on a time for homework completion

  • Younger students can practice using their school bag and lunch containers

  • Older students can set academic and personal goals and a list of actions to help with achievement

Virtual School:

  • Check the Back to School Plan FAQ for any questions that you may have

  • Practice logging in to your child’s school account (find that password from June!)

  • Start going to bed earlier

  • Reduce gaming times

  • Make a list of lunch and snack ideas together as a family

  • Create a school day chore list (setting the dinner table, washing dishes, tidying workspaces and bedrooms)

  • Set up a family routine/ schedule/ calendar of events

  • Set up a work station with all of the necessary tools easily available

  • See the above “In Person” list if you plan to send your child(ren) to school following Progress Reports

  • Older students can set academic and personal goals and a list of actions to help with achievement


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