This Week at RBE – September 8, 2020

Posted: September 7, 2020

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Welcome back, Bulldogs! It has been a long, strange summer full of planning, news-following, re-planning, reading, collaborating, and re-re-planning, all to make this September awesome and safe. We hope that you all managed to take some time to relax, enjoy the weather (whether good or bad), and are returning to school excited and optimistic.

Welcome New Staff

We are pleased to welcome some new staff to the Bulldogs Nation. Mrs. Alsop joins us teaching Kindergarten. Mrs. Cline, our new vice-principal and Ms. Merrell will be teaching grade 3&4 students. Ms. Lincke and Ms. Kramer are new Special Education Assistants. Mrs. Lawlor is our new Child & Youth Care Worker. We also get to welcome back Ms. Moshkina, SEA, and Mrs. Whin-Yates, teaching grade 4 until winter break.

Health Check Forms

On Thursday & Friday of this week, parents will need to confirm their children’s health with classroom teachers upon arrival. Please plan to attend with them at drop-off. After that, please sign and return the Health Check Form. This form is your confirmation that if your child is exhibiting symptoms, they will not come to school. It needs to be filled and signed ONCE and returned to the school. We suggest you keep a copy to help guide your daily checks. Staff undergo the same self-assessment daily. To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to protect our school community and beyond, it is critical that kids not come to school sick.

Communication from the school

We have sent frequent emails over the summer. These do not seem always to get through to all parents. Our investigation suggest that this might be a provincial-level challenge with the school administration system used to send these messages. One way to ensure that you receive these communications from the school is to subscribe to updates from this website, as we will place the same information here as we send by email. We also will place a link on the school facebook page. If you have not been receiving emails from Mr. Oliver via the ‘sysadmin@myeducation.gov.bc.ca’ email, please use one of these methods for keeping tabs on what we’re sending. The email block is a challenge that we cannot resolve at the school level.

Parking

Our driveways and parking lots present significant organizational challenges at the school. Please do not leave your car along the curb. Drop & go only! With two waves of arriving students, social distncing will be impossible in the parking lot and between waves if cars are left parked. Park a couple of blocks away and walk the rest, if you must drive at all.

Playgrounds

Please note that school playgrounds are closed before and after school, to prevent cohort-mixing of students and to help preserve social distancing. When you arrive, please wait at the designated space to drop off, and leave the grounds once your child has come in. Kids who are old enough to go straight to their designated space without adult escort are encouraged to do so. When you pick your child up after school, please collect them and leave the school grounds, as we are working to keep social distancing as best we can. Also please note that the school grounds are closed for public use during the school day.


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The Calendar

Monday September 7

  • Labour Day Holiday

Tuesday September 8

  • Staff Safety Orientations
  • School Setup
  • Students do not attend

Wednesday September 9

  • School Setup
  • Students do not attend
  • Class assignments delivered through welcome letters from teachers.

Thursday September 10

  • Student safety orientations
    • Grade 1-5 Students with last names beginning with A-L attend 8:40-11:50

Friday September 11

  • Student safety orientations
    • Grade 1-5 Students with last names beginning with M-Z attend 8:50-12:00

Monday September 14

  • First full day of school for grades 1-5.
  • First day of Kindergarten Gradual Entry