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Friday, March 27 Update

Friday, March 27 Update
Posted on 03/27/2020

Dear Bondarians, 


We have now come to the end of our first week of school closures. Our Bondar staff have reached out to all families through electronic communication, and when unable to connect with families online, through telephone calls. If you have not yet been contacted by your child(ren)’s teachers, it may because our contact information is not current, so *please* reply to this email providing your name and the name(s) of your child(ren), and your updated contact information. This will be very important in the coming weeks to ensure that you have the most updated information. 


We understand that this is a challenging time for all of our families, and our goal is to support families as best we can. We are in contact with Ottawa Public Health, the Education Foundation, and other community and social service agencies. We are here for you and your child(ren), and we would ask that you reach out if there is any way we can support your family during this time.


At this time, teachers and support staff will be assisting families and students in accessing and making use of the resources shared through the Ministry of Education Learn at Home link (also available en Français) and our OCDSB resources link. Teachers will provide guidance and suggestions on the specific resources and activities that would best align with the material that was being covered in class prior to the school closure. Teachers may also provide additional Learn at Home resources through various platforms, which may include SeeSaw, private YouTube channels, GoogleClassroom, email, etc.. 


These resources provided will help students to review and practice concepts that have already been taught, and we hope that these resources will be used as part of a daily routine that involves physical activity, time outside, quiet reading, and family time. Establishing a routine for your child’s day will help to keep them on a regular school schedule and provide a smooth transition back to school.  We will make a point of sharing learning activities and resources that do *not* require students to be on screens.


We would also like to share the following resource from “The Cut”, which contains some helpful tips for working at home with your children:

   https://www.thecut.com/2020/03/how-to-work-from-home-with-kids.html

  • Sleeping in is okay - builds the immune system
  • Choose to do some learning during the morning as this is the most productive time for children
  • Collaborate on the flow of the day, and activities that will be covered...work from their strengths - limit screen time and put it at the end of the day 
  • Plan outdoor/fresh air time - at least an 1hr
  • Spend time reading - at least for 1hr: family reading is fun!
  • Chore time - teaches responsibility
  • Cook something together - math is imbedded in cooking
  • This is a stressful time for everyone...be easy on each other...and remember to laugh...it’s good for your mental health. 

We wish you a safe and restful weekend with your family.  If you have questions please feel free to email us at robertabondarps@ocdsb.ca  and we will do our best to respond in a timely manner. 


Be well,

Deb Woods and Jeff Griesbach




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