School Community Remote Learning 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.

This week, our Students and Staff are engaging in Week 5 of Remote Learning. We appreciate the continued communication and collaboration of our families during this time.

Please see the sections below for our latest School Community Remote Learning Check-In and Update:

A. NEW – TDSB ELEMENTARY SWITCHING UPDATE:

  • Prior to the Winter Break, the TDSB asked all elementary school families to indicate if they wanted their child(ren) to be considered for a switch from in-person (in-school) to virtual learning (at home) or from virtual learning (at home) to in-person (in-school) learning
  • With the help of this survey information, the lessons learned from previous switching experiences and following Toronto Public Health (TPH) guidelines, the TDSB has decided to proceed with a final switching opportunity, where space is available, in February 2021 for those families who indicated interest in the December switching survey
  • Please click HERE for more information/details, sent to parents/guardians via email by the TDSB on Friday, January 29, 2021

B. REMINDER – TDSB ONLINE SURVEY FOR STUDENTS & PARENTS/GUARDIANS:

  • The TDSB will be surveying both parents/guardians (JK to Grade 12) and students (Grades 6 to 12) during the week of Monday, January 25, 2021 to learn more about experiences to date related to mental health and well-being, student engagement and learning
  • Please click HERE to access the survey
  • The TDSB thanks families in advance for your participation

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C. REMINDER – WARD 18 MENTAL HEALTH & WELL-BEING FORUM:

  • You are invited to attend the upcoming Virtual Ward 18 Mental Health & Well-Being Forum – please see the flyer below for full details:

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Please Click/Tap HERE To Complete The Registration Form


D. NEW – TDSB RECOGNIZES AFRICAN HERITAGE MONTH IN FEBRUARY:

  • The TDSB is the largest and one of the most diverse school boards in Canada
  • Nearly one-quarter of our students were born outside of Canada, and collectively, we speak more than 120 languages
  • Understanding all cultures is essential to the success of our young students today as they transform and transition to be our future leaders of tomorrow
  • During the month of February, the TDSB is proud to recognize and celebrate African Heritage Month
  • It is an occasion to celebrate the many achievements and contributions of peoples of African descent to Canada and the world
  • The chosen theme for 2020-2021 is Kujichagulia: Self Determination
  • African Heritage Month Celebration Launch:
    • Date: Monday, February 1, 2021
    • Time: 1:00 PM
    • Link/URL: Please click HERE
    • Everyone is welcome to join for a virtual celebration that includes speakers and entertainment

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E. NEW – FEBRUARY IS CHINESE HERITAGE MONTH IN THE TDSB:

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  • The TDSB is proud to recognize Chinese Heritage Month (CHM) during the month of February 2021
  • This year is the Year of the Ox: Loyal, Honest, Responsible, Hard-Working and Logical
  • Many Chinese Canadians will celebrate Lunar New Year on Friday, February 12, 2021
  • Lunar New Year is also known as the spring festival and begins with the first moon of the lunar calendar and ends on the first full moon of the lunar calendar 15 days later
  • Though celebrations will be altered this year because of the pandemic, the spirit and joyfulness will remain the same through virtual events and in-home family-based festivities
  • The TDSB is pleased to share a brief slide deck on Chinese Heritage Month
  • For more information about these initiatives, please visit TDSB official Chinese Heritage Month website

F. UPDATED – SCHOOL COMMUNITY RESOURCES:

  • Please click/tap HERE to access a listing of School Community Resources shared with our School Community via our school website (www.SamuelHearneMS.ca)
  • Please click/tap HERE to access the new TDSB Community Support Hub to connect with our Community Support Worker and to access resources and supports within our School Community:

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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!

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