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Letter from the Principal- 08/18/2020

Letter from the Principal- 08/18/2020
Posted on 08/18/2020
Letter from the Principal

Hello Stinger Families,

I truly hope that this communication finds you all well and healthy. 

I want to begin by introducing myself.  My name is Ean Pattison and I am very excited to be returning to Storrington Public School as your Principal.  Although it seems like ages ago, I was lucky enough to work at Storrington as Vice-Principal.  I have very fond memories of my time at Storrington and I can’t wait to continue with all the amazing things that make Storrington such an inclusive environment where everyone feels welcome.  I look forward to working with you and continuing our learning journey together. 

This is the first of many communications regarding return to school planning.  I am sure that, as a parent, you have lots of questions around school reopening and what it will look like for your child(ren).  Over the summer, the board has been developing our school reopening plan.  Please know that development of the plan is based on Ministry and Public Health information and guidelines.  If you haven’t already done so, I encourage parents to access the LDSB School Re-Opening Family Guide and FAQs for information regarding reopening plans.  Both of these resources can be found in the link below. 

https://www.limestone.on.ca/board/school_reopening_2020

Last week you should have received an Opt-Out Survey from the board.  The survey provides families with the opportunity to opt their child(ren) out of in-class learning and instead participate in remote learning.  The survey closes on Wednesday, August 19 and it is important for families who are choosing this option to complete the survey.  The survey can be found in the link below.

https://www.limestone.on.ca/cms/One.aspx?portalId=352782&pageId=28536999

In working together, there are many things that we can do to help prepare your child(ren) for a safe return to school.  We are very appreciative of any support you can provide to your child(ren) over the next couple of weeks.  Below are some things to think about when supporting your child(ren) during this time:

Take the time to talk to your child(ren) about some questions or concerns that they might have.  As much as possible, try to reassure and answer any questions they may have.  It is important that we are all using positive messaging about the return to school. 
Although we will be practicing many safety procedures during the first week of school, please take the time to review and practice some of these procedures at home.  It is important that students understand the importance and are familiar with physical distancing and wearing a mask.  As well, please continue to establish and practice proper handwashing and sanitizing routines. 

As you look to gather school supplies for your child(ren), we recommend the following:

·        2 or 3 comfortable masks (masks are encouraged for students in K-3 and are mandated for students in grades 4-8).

·        Labelled water bottle.  Students will not be able to access the water fountain but will be able to use water bottle filling stations.

·        School supplies (pencils, pencil crayons, crayons, scissors, erasers, etc).  Some school supplies will be provided by the school.  We will be minimizing the sharing of school supplies.  

·        Outdoor clothing that is suitable for a variety of weather conditions.  We will be spending more time outside and students will need to be dressed accordingly. 

As you continue to support your child(ren) during this time, we encourage you to reach out to other families in the community to share ideas and strategies.  As well, take the time to access community or board resources to support your child’s mental health and well-being.  Parents are welcome to email or call the school if you have specific questions regarding mental health resources and/or supports that are available to support your child(ren).
I will continue to provide families with information regarding school reopening via School Messenger email.  Please look for an email next week with information regarding start of school procedures and routines.  This email will provide detailed information around routines for the first day of school so that both parents and students are aware of the procedures that are necessary to keep everyone safe and healthy.  Going forward, I will use School Messenger email to ensure that parents are receiving important up-to-date information.  Parents can also access the school’s website to review the information being shared.

We are looking forward to the first day of school and the excitement that it brings.  Together, we will create an environment where students feel safe and have a positive learning experience. 

 If at any time you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email me at pattisonean@limestone.on.ca. 

 Sincerely,

 Ean Pattison
Principal