Hello Thunderbird Families:

Our ‘Spring Break’ is nearing the end and we sincerely hope everyone has enjoyed their time. As announced by the Premier of Ontario this past Monday, the return to school next week will be remote. We have been through this before and our staff have been preparing to ensure we have a successful remote learning period again for our Thunderbirds.

Monday April 19th ~ Asynchronous Learning Day: This will be our first day ‘back to school’ and students will be engaged in asynchronous learning. This day will be like our adapted learning ‘Snow Days’. Teachers will post work on their virtual classroom by 9:30 am for students to complete during the day.

Tuesday April 20th ~ Synchronous Learning begins: We will proceed with our regular school bell times 9:10 am – 3:40pm. Teachers will post their class schedule on their virtual classroom that includes blocks of time with other teachers. (e.g., French/Phys. Ed/Health/Music/Drama/Dance etc.). Attendance will be taken both morning and afternoon. Classes will begin each day with O’ Canada, and morning prayer.

Breaks and lunch will be shared with you by the educator in their classroom schedule. The ministry outlines the minimum number of scheduled synchronous learning time to be offered to students each day:

What is remote learning? This is learning that occurs when classes are taught ‘at a distance’ and when students and educators are not in a conventional classroom setting. Remote learning takes place in times of extended interruption to in-person learning. Remote learning can be asynchronous OR synchronous and can be taught online through a Learning Management System (LMS). At St. Daniel School, all of our classes have a Brightspace D2L class site OR a Google Classroom. This is where teachers share their announcements, learning tasks, and any other links.

What is asynchronous learning? This is learning that is NOT delivered in real-time. Asynchronous learning also allows for the learning to happen on your own schedule. The teacher will post learning content and activities to be completed.  Asynchronous learning may also involve students watching pre-recorded and/or videos as part of the lesson and completing assigned tasks. Teachers will be accessible and available to connect with students until the end of the regular school day.

What is synchronous learning: This is learning that happens in real-time. Synchronous learning involves the teacher interacting ‘live’ in a virtual place AND at a set time using text, video, or voice communication (i.e., via Google Meet or Microsoft Teams). Synchronous learning time enables educators/staff to instruct and connect with students in both whole class and small group settings. Synchronous teaching does not mean that teachers and students are in front of the camera for the entire day. Synchronous teaching involves some time for a lesson and then even some possible asynchronous work for the students with the teacher being available for questions from students, either through email or an open meet link. Synchronous learning can also mean group work in which a small google meet can take place with a few students at a time.

Please see the attached Virtual Learning Code of Conduct to further help support your child’s learning remotely. This Virtual Code of Conduct was developed in consultation with the Waterloo Catholic DSB Senior Administration team. It is important that all of our schools have consistent expectations in the virtual learning environment to promote and ensure student success.

Virtual-Learning-Code-of-Conduct

Be sure to check your emails as we have shared specific details that pertain to our students.

We extend our gratitude to you AGAIN for your continued support as we all do our best to adapt to the changes and challenges that remote learning presents to us. We are truly in this together and we all want the same outcome: the absolute best for your children. Let’s remember to be patient, understanding, and compassionate with one another throughout this remote learning time. We are here to help, and we encourage you to connect with us early on if there are questions or challenges due to remote learning.  Our partnership will continue to be strong – even if at a distance!

Wishing you all continued health and wellness!

Mrs. Giglio-Chiasson                      Ms. Weber                             St. Daniel School Staff
Principal                                            Vice Principal