Good Morning 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.
It’s hard to believe that we’re already in week 6 of Remote Learning. With this, I see how hard Students and Parents/Guardians are working to adjust to constantly changing times and new norms. I thank you for your efforts related to this.
Please see the sections below for our latest School Community Check-In and Update:
Samuel Hearne MS Staff Messages To Our Students:
The Staff of Samuel Hearne MS truly miss teaching and learning together with our Students. Each day as we work together remotely, we have continued to connect and we would like to share messages from each Staff member to our Students. We have created a video containing these messages, embedded below or by clicking/tapping the links below:
TDSB/TFSS Food For Kids Nutrition Program:
During the school year, Samuel Hearne MS operates a Student Nutrition Program (SNP), which offers food to Students at our School each day of the week. With this in mind, our School has been identified to be a part of the Toronto Foundation for Student Success (TFSS) “Food For Kids Nutrition Program”.
Through this program, each family of our School is eligible for a $50.00 grocery food card (per TDSB child) for local grocery stores. Once Families register online, grocery food cards will be mailed directly to the address provided. Parent/Guardians would have received an email and telephone call from TDSB regarding this last week, where specific details and instructions were shared.
To ensure that each Samuel Hearne MS Family is able to register, the registration information and link is being shared below – please be sure to review and complete this to apply for grocery food cards:
Further, please see the link shared below to access further details and information (including a “Frequently Asked Questions” resource) regarding the Food For Kids Nutrition Program:
If you have any questions or are in need of assistance in completing the Food For Kids Nutrition Program registration, please do not hesitate to please email me directly at Joseph.Romano@tdsb.on.ca. You may also contact our Community Support Worker (Steve Salfarlie) via email at Steve.Salfarlie2@tdsb.on.ca.
Mental Health & Well-Being Resources:Last week, the Staff and Students of Samuel Hearne MS recognized “Children’s Mental Health Week”, by participating and engaging in a variety of activities within our Google Classroom environments.
As we continue to focus on and support the Mental Health and Well-Being of our Students, Families and Staff, we remind our School Community of the Mental Health & Well-Being resources provided by the TDSB, as well as of the support offered by Kids Help Phone, both available at the following links:
- TDSB Mental Heath & Well-Being Resources During COVID-19
- Kids Help Phone @ 1-800-668-6868:
School Community Support & Resources:
Our School Community is reminded that should you require the services/support of our Settlement Counsellor (Fawzia Haji) or our Community Support Worker (Steve Salfarlie), please email me directly at Joseph.Romano@tdsb.on.ca for more information.
Further, please see below for a list of Helpful Resources and Links, all (and more) available at www.tdsb.on.ca:
- Remote Learning & Well-Being In The TDSB
- Community Supports & Resources
- 211 Ontario – COVID-19 Services & Supports
- City of Toronto – COVID-19 Resources Interactive Map
- Student Learning Resources
- Student Device & Password Help
- Toronto Public Library Digital Library Card:
- The Toronto Public Library (TPL) has launched a new initiative where residents who do not have a library card can now access “Overdrive”, TPL’s largest collection of ebooks and audio books using the new instant digital card
- These digital cards will expire September 1, 2020
- This service available for individuals 13 years and older
- For more information and to access the library digital services, please click/tap HERE
- Community Dash & Dine (please see image below):
The Staff at Samuel Hearne MS is committed to maintaining regular communication with our Students primarily through the Google Classroom environment. We understand that these have been challenging times for everyone. Please know that we are here to help you in whatever way that we can.
As always, Parents/Guardians are reminded that should you have any questions or concerns please email me directly at Joseph.Romano@tdsb.on.ca.
Mr. J. Romano, Principal & Ms. N. Blackwood-Fuller, Vice Principal