As the cold weather settled in last week, students continued to plug away at online learning. Sadly, we are still due for more bone-chilling days ahead.
A cold weather joke for you: What is the cosmetic product that has been manufactured in the Arctic for a long time? It is a cold cream!
But on the bright side, students are now back to in-person learning! Beginning Monday, January 17, students participating in in-person learning in the Rainbow District School Board (RDSB) returned to the classroom setting and transportation resumed. This return comes with enhanced safety protocols in school. The “COVID-19 Screening Tool for Children in School and Child Care” online survey has been updated to include more symptoms of COVID-19 and new guidance on testing and isolation. Please refer to this online tool in order to screen before attending school. Students at MSS and across the RDSB will confirm that they have completed the screening tool with their teachers in homerooms. The students’ daily attendance will serve as confirmation to this. If you are ill, with any symptoms, stay home. See the RDSB website for more information.
Sudbury Student Services Consortium released a notice that they expect higher levels of driver absenteeism that may affect busing. School bus route cancellations will be posted every morning on their website (www.businfo.ca) by 6:30 am. Parents will not be notified of cancellations by phone or email.
Even with the return to in-person learning, indoor high contact and high intensity extra-curricular activities are not taking place at this time. In-school support through teachers, the guidance office, the main office, and the social worker are still available for students to reach out to.
Just a reminder that there will be no exams, culminating activities, and/or evaluations worth 30 percent of a student’s final grade this semester. Friday, January 28 to Wednesday, February 2 are now instructional days which will maximize learning time for students. Friday, February 4 will remain as a Professional Development (PD) Day.
On Thursday, February 10, MSS is hosting a Grade 8 virtual parent and guardian information at 6:30 pm. Stay tuned for more information.
Joke of the week: A couple of icebergs in Antarctica are best friends. They grew up together and have known each other since they were ice cubes. One iceberg decides he’s tired of all the cold weather, he tells his best friend he’s going on a warm vacation for a couple weeks. A couple weeks pass by and he returns to Antarctica. His best friend immediately takes notice of the amount of weight his friend lost while on vacation. He says “you look amazing my friend, you really slimmed down! Was vacation everything you thawed it would be?”
Upcoming events include Grade 8 information night.
Until the next time, “Dream and Believe. Learn and Achieve!”