School Community Check-In & Update

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.

Beginning today, we move forward with week 8 of our remote learning. With this, I see how hard Students and Parents/Guardians are continuing to work 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:

TDSB/TFSS “FOOD FOR KIDS NUTRITION PROGRAM”:

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Overview/Background:
  • 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”
Program Details:
  • 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 families provide
  • Parent/Guardians would have received an email and telephone call from the TDSB regarding these details, where specific instructions were shared
Program Registration Information
  • 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:
Registration Questions & Support:
  • 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.
GRADE 8 STUDENT & FAMILY INFORMATION:

Grade 8 Graduation:

  • As we look ahead to the completion of the 2019/2020 school year, the Staff of Samuel Hearne Middle School have plans being developed for our Graduating Grade 8 Class of 2020
  • In the coming days, further information regarding Grade 8 Graduation will be sent directly to our Grade 8 Students and Families

Grade 8 Student Letter From TDSB Director of Education Dr. John Malloy:

  • Our Grade 8 Students and Families are reminded to view the recent letter sent by TDSB Director of Education, Dr. John Malloy

Grade 8 To Grade 9 Summer School Opportunity @ Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute:

  • The Grade 8 to Grade 9 transition program at Birchmount Park C.I. will operate once again this July
  • The program is for Students who have selected Birchmount Park C.I. for Grade 9
  • The program focuses on developing each Student’s literacy and numeracy skills in preparation for high school, and provides Students with an opportunity for both artistic expression and physical activity
  • Successful Students will earn a high school credit
  • Current Samuel Hearne MS Grade 8 Students will be/have received application information via their TDSB email
  • Please click HERE for more information and for the online application
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THE RE-OPENING OF TDSB OUTDOOR AMENITIES:

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TDSB STUDENT DEVICE/ACCOUNT/PASSWORD TECHNICAL INFORMATION & SUPPORT:

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As Students continue to engage in our remote learning program and receive Student Devices from the TDSB, some families have shared technical questions regarding devices, Google Classroom and Student Accounts/Passwords.

Please see below for a variety of TDSB Student Device/Account/Password information and resources:

2020 GRADE 3 – GRADE 8 REMOTE SUMMER LEARNING PROGRAM @ OAKRIDGE JPS:

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MENTAL HEALTH & WELL-BEING RESOURCES:

hq_coping_1As 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:

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 and accessible by clicking/tapping the video/link:

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, with more available at www.tdsb.on.ca:

As always, Parents/Guardians are reminded that should you have any questions or concerns please email me directly at Joseph.Romano@tdsb.on.ca.

Thank You!

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