November 25th, 2020
Announcements Wednesday, November 25, 2020
We acknowledge that we are in Mi’kma’ki, which is the traditional ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq people.
From Mr. Lewis:
When students go outside at lunch time, they must go outside dressed for the weather. You will not be permitted to come back inside to get your jacket, hats or gloves. Remember to wear it all outside when you are dismissed at 11:45.
Recently, it has come to our notice that some parents are choosing to keep their children at home. Families may be anxious due to an increased presence of COVID cases in the local area; however, schools remain open at this time for full learning. Families and staff will be notified by Public Health if there is any risk identified in our school community. In regard to sending work packages home, there is no at-home learning support until we receive notice from HRCE and Public Health. However, some of your child’s teachers may already be providing work outlines/homework instructions on google classroom and your child can always check there for work should you continue to choose to keep your child at home.
Please visit our website elj.hrce.ca for information regarding COVID under the heading Our School – General Information. Also, attached to this message is a document from Public Health regarding Contact Tracing in Schools and an FAQ regarding COVID-19 in Schools.
Parent Teacher Meetings:
Parent-Teacher meetings will be held using Google Meets for this reporting period. Teachers will share the on-line invitation link for their google meet when interview schedules are finalized. When you access the link, the teacher will give you permission to join at your scheduled time. Your child is familiar with using Google Meets and can help you set it up. ***Also, attached is a link to the Education and Early Childhood Development web page where you can scroll to Parent Technology to find a brief You Tube video on how to use Google Meets. There is a whole lot of more interesting information on this site as well so do take a moment to visit***!
Parents/guardians can join a meeting from any email address; it does not need to be a Gmail account. If Parents/guardians choose the dial-in option for a Google Meet, there will be long distance charges as all calls are routed through the US. It is important to respect the time allotted for the meeting as other parents/guardians will be waiting to meet with the teacher.
Parent-teacher meetings will be held on Thursday, December 3, from 1 to 3 pm and from 6 to 8pm in 6-minute blocks. Instructions for parents on how to book your parent-teacher meeting on-line will be sent home in an Alert Solutions message. The on-line booking system,OPTIS, link follows: www.parentinterviews.com/ellenvale and is on our school website - elj.hrsb.ca (select Our School and then For Parents). OPTIS will be open to parents on Monday, November 23, 9am, until Tuesday, December 1, midnight. After December 1, you may contact Mrs. Cottingham in the school office at 435-8420 to book an appointment. Report Cards will be coming home to you on Wednesday, December 2.
PowerSchool Portal Access:
Access to grades and comments is disabled in the Student/Parent Portal from November 2 until December 3. Students and parents can access the portal for schedules, attendance and other information, while teachers work on report cards in PowerTeacher Pro during this time.