Wildcat Weekly April 15th

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Hi everyone!
I miss you all so very much and am sending this message with wishes for your safety and wellness. The leadership that I am seeing in our community is astounding. It makes me so proud to be a Wildcat. I am trying in these times of being apart to “look for the helpers”. These are the leaders who are making our community safe during these exceptional times. I see all of our families who have loved ones that work at the Haliburton Highlands Health Services, the Ontario Provincial Police, our local municipal governments and provincial and federal governments, the pharmacies, the grocery stores, gas stations and all of our other essential businesses. Our helpers are also the families who are looking after each other, their neighbours and their loved ones, and who are staying home for each other. I would encourage you to look for the helpers in your day too. There are many and they are making a difference.

Learning at Home

We are now in our second day of Week 2 of Learning at Home. It is important for us to hear about your experiences thus far. It is through your feedback that we can all work together to make this work best for our families. I encourage you to let your child(ren)’s teachers know how things are going. You can use the Goldilocks Principle: too much, too little, or just right! Remember that our intent is to keep things simple and to keep things small. These are exceptional times filled with all kinds of challenges for all of us. We recognize this and we are here for you.

The intention of learning at home is to enrich students and their experience while we are apart. There are many ways that students are being enriched by their daily interactions as a family that need to be valued and acknowledged: following a recipe to help prepare a meal or to bake is math; setting the table, making our beds or helping with the laundry are great ways that we learn about procedures; making maple syrup is chemistry and biology and building a fort is technology. We are constantly learning and we have been given the gift of time to explore the many ways we learn outside of the traditional school setting. Embrace this learning! Value it! We love to see pictures of your learning in action. Please share them with us on Facebook @Archie Stouffer Elementary School or email them to me.

Contact Information

I do have a special request that you send us any updated contact information as soon as possible as needed to [email protected] or call me on my cell to provide it please. While we are apart, we are trying very hard to make sure that we know that everyone is safe. In order to do this, we need to be able to contact you. Michelle is doing a terrific job ensuring that there is contact with families, but it makes her job a little more difficult when she doesn’t have the most current contact information. THANKS!

Morning Announcements on You Tube

I would encourage you to subscribe to our Archie Stouffer You Tube Channel to keep up with our morning announcements. Mr. Buchanan continues to work with his leadership team and this week so far both Owen and Grace have acted as anchors right from their homes. How amazing is that!

Spirit Day: O Canada

It is important that we do not forget the value of FUN. To this end, we are inviting families to participate in an O CANADA theme day on Friday. Wear your most patriotic gear. I’d also encourage you to sing our National Anthem together or on your own. Send us a video in your Canadian-wear singing O Canada. We’d love to compile these into a single video to share with everyone.


I will leave you with this PSA from Dr. Emily King. It resonated with me as I am sure it will with you.

Public Service Announcement

Parents: What we are being asked to do is not humanly possible. There is a reason we are either a working parent, a stay-at-home parent, or a part-time working parent.

Working, parenting, and teaching are three different jobs that cannot be done at the same time.

It’s not hard because you are doing it wrong. It’s hard because it’s too much. Do the best you can.

When you have to pick, because at some point you will, choose connection. Pick playing a game over arguing about an academic assignment. Pick teaching your child to do laundry rather that feeling frustrated that they aren’t helping. Pick laughing, and snuggling, and reminding them that they are safe.

If you are stressed, lower your expectations where you can and virtually reach out for social connection. We are in this together to stay well. That means mentally well, too.

Please remember that social distancing does not mean social isolation and as always, I encourage you to reach out if you require support or just want to talk. My email is [email protected] and my cell phone is 705-731-7283.

With love and admiration,

Jane Austin

HFOS Distance Learning Mission Statement

We will support meaningful learning opportunities with a goal

to remain connected in our communities

and with our school families.

Our Mantra

Keep it small and keep it simple.