Friday, May 1 Update

Friday, May 1 Update
Posted on 05/01/2020

Dear Bondarians, 

Today as we move into May, we recognize how difficult this situation is for all our families, whether you are working from home while caring for children, or going outside the home as frontline workers.  All our staff, from Kindergarten to Grade 8, would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your partnership, support and hard work over the last seven weeks.  

Many of you took part in the OCDSB Survey asking for your feedback on the Learn at Home model. The results have been released, and out of 7,000 responses, the number one concern was managing the multiple family stresses and pressures during this time. Thank you to those parents who have shared information with your child(ren)’s teachers regarding barriers to accessing ‘Learn at Home’ activities.  Our staff are working hard to offer a wide variety of activities to our students to support learning interests, skills development, and that they can complete with a greater degree of independence. We also recognize that sometimes the best response is to take a pause from structured online learning activities and focus on spending time together as a family having fun. Feel free to check out @BondarBlazers for active / body break activities.  Please continue to share your feedback with us as we appreciate being kept ‘in the loop,’ of how we can best support our Bondar families.

In discussions with our students we are hearing that they continue to have questions about Covid 19, social distancing, and rules for going outside. With so much information about Covid 19 across the media, and with different rules in different jurisdictions across Canada and around the world, it is easy for a young person (or adult) to become confused. When talking to students, our staff have referred to the current City of Ottawa rules around Physical Distancing, including the benefits (and importance) of spending time outside. Having said that, we seek to engage students in conversations and activities that have nothing to do with Covid 19 and social distancing, to give us all a much-needed break. (In keeping with the theme of ‘taking a break,’ please see the Daily Acts of Kindness and Daily DPA challenges below - please continue to tweet pictures at  ‎@BondarBlazers )

To our parents who speak Arabic, we are pleased to share this translation of the OCDSB ‘Learn at Home’ model, and this how-to video for using ‘Google Classroom’  (please note that not all classes are using Google Classroom as part of their Learn at Home plan.

We would like to remind all parents that our school and OCDSB support team is available to support families who are experiencing challenges during this time. Whether those challenges are related to student mental wellness, financial, or other, we are connected to the multiple OCDSB and City of Ottawa resources which are available to support our community. Please reply to this email at at to access support.

We wish you and your family a restful and safe weekend.

Be well,

Deb Woods and Jeff Griesbach

Bondar Daily DPA Challenge /

Daily Acts of Kindness


Monday May 4

Tuesday May 5

Wednesday May 6

Thursday May 7

Friday May 8

Daily DPA Challenge

Do as many burpees in a row as you can.

Do as many “one-legged” squats as you can (equal number for each leg).

Make up a dance to your favourite song. 

Run in one place for 1 minute, then do 10 sit ups. Repeat this at least 2 times.

Go for a walk in your neighbourhood with your mom. 

Daily Acts of Kindness

Tidy up one of the rooms in your house.

Vacuum or sweep one of the rooms in your house.

Call a friend or family member to let them know you’re thinking of them. 

Tell a funny joke to everyone in your house. See how many people you can make laugh. 

It’s Mother’s Day this weekend, make your mom a handmade card or gift! 

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