Continuation of Learning – Monday, April 6, 2020

Good Evening Samuel Hearne MS Community,

We hope that members of our School Community continue to be safe and are well during this unprecedented time.

As shared in our school communication earlier this week, this past week was one full of re-connection and communication as Teachers continued to reach out and check-in with Students and Families. Further, our Staff spent time meeting virtually this week, where Teachers continued to plan as we look ahead to re-establish Teacher-led learning beginning Monday, April 6, 2020.

As we all approach Monday with eagerness and excitement, many in our School Community may have questions about what teaching and learning will look like online, what expectations there will be of Students and how we are planning for Student learning moving forward. Please see the communications and information shared by Teachers via email, in Google Classroom posts or via Class Dojo which have outlined class and grade specific information surrounding many of these questions. Please feel free to reach out directly to your child’s Teacher using the communication/learning platform in place (Google Classroom and/or Class Dojo), as well as via email. As always, Parents/Guardians are reminded that should you have any questions or concerns, to please email me directly at Joseph.Romano@tdsb.on.ca. Also, please see the most recent letter from the TDSB Director of Education (Dr. John Malloy) for further details regarding TDSB Remote Learning, including a “Frequently Asked Questions” section.

Looking ahead to online learning beginning on Monday, April 6, 2020, many Families have inquired about accessing a device (such as a laptop, iPad, Chromebook) and access to the Internet. Earlier this week, parents would have received an email from the TDSB with a request for information regarding your access to a device and the Internet. If you may have missed that email, Parents/Guardians can still complete the online submission form by clicking the link below:
Device & Internet Availability Form

We look forward to our continued learning beginning on Monday, April 6, 2020! Moving forward, we will continue to communicate any updates and pertinent information as it is shared to keep our School Community informed in a timely manner.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Principal Joe Romano directly via email at Joseph.Romano@tdsb.on.ca.

Thank You!

Take Care,

Mr. J. Romano, Principal & Ms. N. Blackwood-Fuller, Vice Principal

 

School Community Check-In & Update

Good Evening Samuel Hearne MS Community,

On behalf of the Staff of Samuel Hearne Middle School, we sincerely hope that our Students and Families are continuing to be safe and are well.

During this week, you have received a variety of communications from our Teachers who have sent emails and shared messages on Google Classroom and Class Dojo, reaching out to Students and Parents/Guardians to check-in and reconnect. Please be sure to review this communication, and please take some time to complete the survey (Google Form) shared in the Google Classroom or posted on the Class Dojo of your child’s Teacher. The information collected with this survey will support our Teachers in their continued planning as we re-establish Teacher-led learning beginning Monday, April 6, 2020.

Further, as you have likely heard from recent TDSB and Ontario Government communications, due to the continued spread of COVID-19, all publicly-funded schools in Ontario, including those at the TDSB, will remain closed to Students until Monday, May 4, 2020. The government also said that as we approach this date, the decision will be reevaluated and that the closure may be extended based on public health advice. For more information, please read Minister of Education Stephen Lecce’s letter to Parents and Guardians.

As we know, these continue to be unprecedented and challenging times. The Staff at Samuel Hearne Middle School would like to remind all of our Students and Families that we are here for you. Although school will not look the same when we re-establish Teacher-led learning for all Students beginning on Monday, April 6, 2020, the focus of our Staff continues to be the learning, mental health and well-being of all Students.

We look forward to our continued learning beginning on Monday, April 6, 2020!

Moving forward, we will continue to communicate any updates and pertinent information as it is shared to keep our School Community informed in a timely manner.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Principal Joe Romano directly via email at Joseph.Romano@tdsb.on.ca.

Thank You!

Take Care,

Mr. J. Romano, Principal & Ms. N. Blackwood-Fuller, Vice Principal

 

Student & Family Mental Health & Well-Being Resources

Good Morning Samuel Hearne MS Community,

We hope that you and your families/loved ones are doing well, staying safe and healthy.

This week has certainly been one unlike most during this unprecedented time, where our return from March Break has looked and felt much different from our regular routine. It is in this time that we must highlight the strength of our School Community during a situation which is impacting us all in very different ways. The change in routines and feelings of separation from peers, educators and other important caregivers may cause distress. The resilience of our Students, Families and Staff is to be recognized during these challenging times.

At this time, we know from the Government of Ontario that schools will not re-open on Monday, April 6, 2020. When we have more information on new timelines, we will share this with our School Community as soon as possible. Further, as a reminder, please see our School Website Blog Post from Wednesday, March 25, 2020 and the most recent letter from TDSB Director of Education (Dr. John Malloy) for detailed information about resources designed to support Students and Families during school closures.

With this all in mind, it is important that we continue to consider and prioritize the Mental Health and Well-Being of our entire School Community, inclusive of our Students, Families and Staff. At Samuel Hearne MS and at the TDSB, we care about the range of emotions and questions Students of all ages may be experiencing in this uncertain and unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic and school closures.calendar-replace

Both school-based Staff and TDSB Professional Support Services share responsibilities for supporting Student well-being. While at home, there are a variety of Mental Health and Well-Being Resources for Students and Families available on the TDSB website. We remind our School Community that these supports continue to be available for Students and Families, and should you have any questions or concerns please contact Principal Joe Romano directly via email at Joseph.Romano@tdsb.on.ca. Further, please see our School Website Blog Post from Wednesday, March 25, 2020 which includes a variety of additional resources designed to support our Mental Heath and Well-Being, as well as continued Student learning.

Moving forward, we will continue to communicate any updates and pertinent information as it is shared to keep our School Community informed in a timely manner.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Principal Joe Romano directly via email at Joseph.Romano@tdsb.on.ca.

Thank You!

Take Care,
Mr. J. Romano, Principal & Ms. N. Blackwood-Fuller, Vice Principal

Restoring Learning During School Closures

Hello Samuel Hearne MS Community,

I hope that you are doing well and are keeping in a safe environment with those closest to you as we face an extraordinary situation that is affecting each of us in different ways.

As we know, we are currently facing an unprecedented situation where the concern of our school and of the TDSB continues to be the health and well-being of all students, staff and their families amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, we would like for you to know that the staff of our school is thinking of and wishes the continued health and safety of all Samuel Hearne MS students and families. 

We remind our School Community to stay safe by following all protocols and directives outlined by Toronto Public Health, Ontario Ministry of Health and government officials (such as social distancing) to ensure your health and safety, as well as the health and safety of others.

We also know that student mental health and well-being are important areas of focus. Both school-based staff and Professional Support Services share responsibilities for supporting student well-being. There are a variety of Mental Health and Well-Being Resources for students and families available on the TDSB website.

I am sharing this blog post to connect with you to share pertinent information and resources to support our students and School Community during this time – please see the sections below for further details:

A. Restoring Teaching & Learning In The TDSB:

You have likely spent some time reflecting on the impact our current situation is having on us all, and I know you have a lot of questions about how educators will be supporting students in their learning during the provincial school closure. What we know from the Ontario government is that schools WILL NOT re-open on Monday, April 6, 2020. When we have more information on new timelines, we will share that with you.

To support student well-being and learning at home in the 2 weeks ahead, please see the links below for resources currently shared by the Ontario Ministry of Education, the TDSB and Samuel Hearne MS:

In addition to the resources and information shared above, through the balance of this week and into the week of Monday, March 30, 2020 (2 week period), the goal of the TDSB and our school is to set our system up for success, focusing on restoring teaching and learning. In this 2 week planning stage, TDSB staff are gathering information, assessing needs, formulating plans to establish the delivery of curriculum and are exploring ways to provide students with access to the supports they need to stay well and learn. 

Please be sure to read the most recent letter (sent on Wednesday, March 25, 2020) to parents/guardians from TDSB Director of Education, Dr. John Malloy. As more information regarding this planning and related next steps becomes available, we will be sure to share this with our School Community.

B. Samuel Hearne MS School Community Communications Plan:

With this all, our communication with our School Community continues to be a priority. To support this at the school-level, below please find the ways in which we have communicated and plan to continue to communicate any and all updates with our School Community:

In addition, we ask our School Community to send any questions or concerns directly to Principal Joe Romano, via email at Joseph.Romano@tdsb.on.ca.

C. Resources & Pertinent Information From Important TDSB Partners:

Further, to continue to stay up-to-date with all information surrounding the impact of the COVID-19 situation, please see and continue to check the websites below for ongoing updates:

Moving forward, we will continue to communicate any updates and pertinent information as it is shared to keep our School Community informed in a timely manner.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Principal Joe Romano directly via email at Joseph.Romano@tdsb.on.ca.

Thank You!

Take Care,
Mr. J. Romano, Principal & Ms. N. Blackwood-Fuller, Vice Principal

 

Additional Student Well-Being & Learning Resources

Hello Samuel Hearne MS Community,

I hope that this message finds our Samuel Hearne MS Students, Families and Community safe and in good health.

In addition to our “Student Well-Being & Learning Resources” blog post shared on Monday, March 23, 2020, this message is being sent to share additional resources to support Student Well-Being and Learning during school closures.

Please see this information and applicable links below:

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  • Residents experiencing stress or crisis and requiring emotional support related to COVID-19 can access the following community resources:
    • Distress Centre of Greater Toronto
      Call 416-408-4357, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
      Text 45645 between 4 p.m. and midnight
      Translation is available in many languages for crisis calls only
    • Kids Help Phone
      Call 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
      Service is available in English and French
    • Gerstein Crisis Centre
      416- 929-5200, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
      Translation is available in many languages

We will continue to communicate any updates and pertinent information as it is shared.
Thank You & Best Regards,

Mr. J. Romano, Principal & Ms. N. Blackwood-Fuller, Vice Principal

Student Well-Being & Learning During School Closures

Hello Samuel Hearne MS Community,

I hope that this message finds our Samuel Hearne MS Students, Families and Community safe and in good health.

As communicated by the TDSB and the Ontario Ministry of Education, for the weeks ahead we will all be taking measures to ensure that our loved ones and ourselves stay cared for and are well.

With this, as we all recognize the need to social distance, we also understand that these are unprecedented times and each of us will be affected in very different ways.

To support Student Well-Being and Learning in the weeks ahead, please see the links below for resources currently shared by the Ontario Ministry of Education, the TDSB and more:

Further, to continue to stay up-to-date with all information surrounding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on school closures, please see and continue to check the websites below for ongoing updates:

Please know that our School Staff is thinking about our Students and Families during this unprecedented time. Stay safe and healthy. We will continue to communicate any updates or pertinent information as it is shared.

Thank You & Best Regards,

Mr. J. Romano, Principal & Ms. N. Blackwood-Fuller, Vice Principal

School News | Week of: 09/03/20

Hello Samuel Hearne MS Community,

This communication is being shared to provide you with School News from Samuel Hearne Middle School for the Week of Monday, March 9, 2020.


News You Can Use:

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  • The Parents as Partners Conference 2020 is on Saturday, March 28 and all parents are welcome!
  • This free conference – planned by parents, for parents – includes a variety of workshops and resources that will help any parent support their child in their achievement and well-being at school and at home
  • This year’s keynote speaker is Kim Katrin, an internationally acclaimed award winning educator, writer, artist & consultant. With a focus on student life, Kim explores how intersections of race, sexual orientation, and gender impact mental wellness. Emphasizing these connections allows for an inclusive discussion and a holistic focus on mental wellness and community engagement
  • Technology micro-sessions are also being offered to help parents develop their computer literacy as well as bring them up to speed on many applications used by TDSB students
  • Transportation, food and translators are all provided, as well as free day camp for children ages 4-12 to support participants attending the conference
  • Registration opens mid-February at https://www.parentsaspartners.ca/

TDSB Labour Negotiations News:

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Monday, March 16, 2020 – Friday, March 20, 2020 (March Break):

Student Nutrition Program Menu – March 2020:

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