Reminder: Register For The TDSB/TFSS “Food For Kids Nutrition Program”

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Good Morning Samuel Hearne MS Community,

This message is being sent as a reminder to register for the TDSB/TFSS “Food For Kids Nutrition Program”.

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 this last week, where specific details and 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.

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

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.

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:

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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:hq_coping_1Last 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:

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:

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.

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.

As we look ahead to week 5 of our Remote Learning, as a School Community we are proud to continue to share our successes as we engage in learning online. 

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

Mental Health & Well-Being – Virtual Children’s Mental Health Week:
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. That is why during the week of Monday, May 4, 2020 – Friday, May 8 2020 we will be recognizing “Virtual Children’s Mental Health Week” by providing our Students with a variety of activities and resources focusing on mindfulness, physical activity & health and opportunities for relaxation and fun. Please be sure to check our Google Classroom spaces for these activities and resources.

Further, 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: 

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Remote Learning Update – Message From The Director of Education:
Please see this letter sent on Friday, May 1, 2020 from the TDSB Director of Education (Dr. John Malloy) for an update and information regarding TDSB Remote Learning.

Learning Sessions For Parents/Guardians & Families:
Starting the week of Monday, May 4, 2020, TDSB will be hosting family learning sessions for Google Classroom and Brightspace. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the technology being used to support TDSB Remote Learning and how you can support your children with this at home.

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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), to 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:

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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

 

School Community Check-In & Update

Good Afternoon Samuel Hearne MS Community,

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

As we move forward with week 4 of our remote learning, we would once again like to extend our most sincere thanks to our School Community. Students continue to engage online and our Staff continue to share the successes of our Students.

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

Extension of School Closures Announced:

Please see the letter sent to TDSB Parents/Guardians on Sunday, April 26, 2020 from the TDSB Director of Education (Dr. John Malloy) for updates and information regarding TDSB School Closures. As noted in the letter, Minister of Education Stephen Lecce announced that all publicly-funded schools in Ontario, including those at the TDSB, will remain closed until at least May 31, 2020 as part of ongoing efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. As more information becomes available, details will be shared as soon as possible by the TDSB.

Please be reminded to continue to check your email for important updates from the TDSB, from your child’s Teacher and from the School. Google Classroom, Class Dojo and TDSB email continue to be the main spaces for/methods of classroom-based communication, between Students and their Teachers.

Helpful Resources & Links:

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), to 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:

TDSB Library Items Email:

Some Students and Families may have received an email from the TDSB Library Department/Library Help Desk regarding fines, overdue and missing books.

Please be advised that such emails were sent out in error due to a technical issue, and at this time there are no overdue notices being sent in relation to any TDSB Library items. If you have received such an email, please disregard it and apologies are shared for this error.


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

 

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.

As we move through week 3 of our remote learning, our Staff continue to share the successes of our Students as we engage in learning online. 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. 

With this all in mind, please click/tap below to view a video message to our Students from TDSB Director of Education, Dr. John Malloy:
 
As we continue forward, please be reminded to continue to check your email for important updates from the TDSB, from your child’s Teacher and from the School. Google Classroom, Class Dojo and TDSB email continue to be the main spaces for/methods of classroom-based communication, between Students and their Teachers.

Helpful Resources & Links:

Please see below for a list of Helpful Resources and Links, all (and 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

School Community Check-In & Update

Good Evening Samuel Hearne MS Community,

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

As we continue through week 2 of our remote learning, we would once again like to extend our most sincere thanks to our School Community. Students continue to engage online with great success and those concerns regarding technology are being worked through together.

Please be reminded to continue to check your email for important updates from the TDSB, from your child’s Teacher and from the School. Google Classroom, Class Dojo and TDSB email continue to be the main spaces for/methods of classroom-based communication, between Students and their Teachers.

Further, please see this letter sent on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 from the TDSB Director of Education (Dr. John Malloy) for further updates and information regarding TDSB Remote Learning. As noted in the letter, you may have heard that Premier Doug Ford announced yesterday that Students will not return to school on Monday, May 4, 2020 as previously indicated. As more information becomes available, details will be shared as soon as possible by the TDSB.

TDSB Device & Internet Request Form:

As we continue our remote learning, some Families have asked about access to devices (such as a Chromebook or an iPad) and the Internet to support Student learning. As a reminder, in previous weeks Parents/Guardians would have received an email, telephone call or postal letter from the TDSB with a request for information regarding your access to a device and the Internet. If you may have missed that communication, Parents/Guardians can still complete the online submission form by clicking the link below:
TDSB Device & Internet Request Form

With this, some Families have asked about the timelines for receiving devices/Internet access after submitting the TDSB Device & Internet Request Form. Families expecting a device will receive an email or call from Purolator providing them with a delivery window. Please click/tap HERE for more information.

Helpful Resources & Links:

Please see below for a list of Helpful Resources and Links, all (and more) available at www.tdsb.on.ca:

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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

 

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.

Our Staff would like to extend our most sincere thanks to our School Community as Teachers and Students re-engaged in remote learning beginning this week with great success! We understand that the initial process of sorting through password/log-in issues and navigating to the appropriate Google Classroom space may have been challenging, and we appreciate the resilience of our Students and Families as we worked through these concerns together.

TDSB Device & Internet Request Form:

As we continue our remote learning, some Families have asked about access to devices (such as a Chromebook or an iPad) and the Internet to support Student learning. As a reminder, last week Parents/Guardians would have received an email or phone telephone call from the TDSB with a request for information regarding your access to a device and the Internet. If you may have missed that email or telephone call, Parents/Guardians can still complete the online submission form by clicking the link below:
TDSB Device & Internet Request Form

Further, some Families have asked about the timelines for receiving devices/Internet access after submitting the TDSB Device & Internet Request Form. Families expecting a device will receive an email or call from Purolator providing them with a delivery window. Please see this letter from the TDSB Director of Education (Dr. John Malloy) for further details regarding TDSB Remote Learning, including a “Frequently Asked Questions” section.

Helpful Resources & Links:

Please see below for a list of Helpful Resources and Links, all (and more) available at www.tdsb.on.ca:

As a reminder, Good Friday is this Friday, April 10, 2020 and Easter Monday is this coming Monday, April 13, 2020. We wish our Samuel Hearne Middle School Community a wonderful long weekend, and we look forward to re-connecting online on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.

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

 

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