Wildcat Weekly Update

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Dr. Bonnie Henry, has a mantra that she presents to her fellow British Columbians each day at her daily briefing, “Be Kind. Be Calm. Be Safe.” I love the power of these statements as well as their simplicity. Moreover, I love these statements because, these are three actions that I see happening all over our community. I am so very proud of all of our Wildcats and our community members for the leadership that they are showing during this pandemic and the time we are spending apart. We have students who participated in Earth Day Clean-ups with their families along their roads and in their neighbourhoods, students who are encouraging movements to say thank you to front line workers, families that are supporting our local agencies to help their neighbours. The list is endless! We are so very proud of all of you and everything that you are doing to Be Kind. Be Calm. Be Safe.

Keep sending us pictures and videos of your learning at home journey. We love to see them. Please remember that physical distancing does not mean social isolation, please reach out to me if you have any questions, need support, or would just like to chat. My email is [email protected] and my cell number for texts or phone calls is 705-731-7283.

In conclusion, please take some time to watch the Canadian Artists who have come together to record a special COVID 19 version of Lean on Me. It made my heart soar. It is sure to raise your spirits! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=athd5_CW_z0

All my love and admiration,

Jane Austin

NEWS

Extension of Learning @ Home

The Minister of Education announced yesterday that Ontario schools would remain closed until at least May 31, 2020. Access to school buildings and playgrounds is still prohibited at this time.

RAINBOW PROJECT TO SAY THANK YOU

What a gorgeous day it is today! While we are looking at a week of April Showers, we cannot forget that they do indeed bring May Flowers and we are all looking forward to seeing these fill our gardens. One of the beautiful results of rain showers is that we often get to see a RAINBOW when the clouds clear and the sun emerges. We are asking families to participate in a school wide project to say thank you to our Front Line Workers and to spread joy and kindness to our community. You can participate in a simple way by creating a rainbow. This might be done by drawing a picture on paper, with sidewalk chalk, dressing as a rainbow, let your creative juices flow! Step two is taking a picture or a short video of you with your rainbow and sending it to us at the school. Submissions can be sent to [email protected] or to [email protected] or to [email protected] Please send your pictures by Tuesday, May 5, 2020.

Family Learning @ Home Packages

Our amazing Parent Council wants to support our families at this time. They are putting together Learning @ Home Fun packages that will include some learning supplies and some items for play. The packages will be available to families for no-contact curbside pick-up at a date to be determined. Right now we need your help! If you wish to order a package for your family, please submit your family’s request by Thursday, April 30th. Here is the link to the sign-up form: https://forms.gle/dd9HpnkUEfidHVTv8

This will let us know how many packages to create and for what age of student(s). We will be in contact with families who have ordered so that you will know when and where the packages can be picked up safely.

May the 4th Be With You!

Next Monday is STAR WARS DAY! We cannot let this pass without a little fun. More information about the spirit day will be sent home separately to your emails and put on Facebook.

Haliburton Cares

If you are in need of a helping hand, there are people who can help! Life has changed for all of us in many ways since our schools have closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The school board and local service providers would like to share with you ways to find support for your family.

HaliburtonCares.ca is a website that has been created by Haliburton Highlands Health Services to provide Haliburton County residents with up-to-date information and resources. On this website you will find community supports including access to free and low-cost food and free wifi. You will also find information on how local service providers can help you including parenting and mental health support for children, youth, and adults, and immediate crisis support phone and text lines. HaliburtonCares.ca is updated regularly so please check back often or call 705-457-2941

Service providers and your schools are here to support you during this difficult time. More information about other resources will be shared as they become available.