I hope this
message finds you, your children, and your loved ones well, and safe. This is a very unprecedented time, filled
with a lot of uncertainty for many. On
behalf of the Bessborough School Staff, we want you to know that we miss your
children greatly, as they are a very important part of our lives.
past three weeks, our school staff has been working with School District and
Provincial Departmental Staff to develop programming and resources to help support
your children while they are at home. In
this email, you will find detailed information about programming and resources
available to you and your children.
the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development’s announcement of the
cancellation of the remainder of the school year, we have had additional
meetings with the School District, and School Staff to make additional plans,
and we will continue to do so.
If you have
any questions that are unanswered following this email, please email me
directly, and if I am unable to answer your question, I will contact someone at
the District or Departmental level to answer your question.
On behalf of
the Bessborough School Staff, I would also like to extend our appreciation to
all of the members of our school community who as Frontline Workers are
stepping up during this challenging time to meet the needs of others. Your hard work, long hours and sacrifices for
others show the leadership, grit and resiliency we hope to instill in our students
every day. Thank you for leading by
example and sacrificing for others.
Can I Expect From Bessborough School?
1) During the week of April 6-9, you
will be receiving a phone call from your child’s homeroom teacher to check in
on them and discuss with you, your family’s capacity for at home learning. We know that every family is facing a different
reality right now due to changes in parental work schedules, financial
stressors and numerous other factors. We
also understand that each family’s access to internet and technology at home
varies, and may evolve daily as many employees are being asked to work from
home. Sharing this information with your
child’s teacher will give us a better scope of our community’s needs and
capacity when planning learning activities for your children. The call will show as a “Private Caller,” or “No
Caller ID,” when your child’s teacher calls.
2) Following the initial phone call from
your child’s teacher next week, teachers will remain in contact with you via
email on a weekly basis. If you do not
have access to email consistently, please make your child’s teacher aware that
you would prefer a phone call to check in.
Teachers and School Administration will also be checking their emails
3) If you require letters for
Citizenship and Immigration, or the Canada Revenue Agency for income tax or
citizenship applications, please email me directly at Nicholas.firstname.lastname@example.org. Please clearly outline the requirements for
the letter and a copy of the letter will be drafted and forwarded to you via
4) If you require essential items for
your children from Bessborough School such as medications, eyeglasses or
assistive technology, please email me directly at Nicholas.email@example.com. Due to the current State of Emergency, school
access is restricted only to School Administration. During regular maintenance and security
checks, I will retrieve the required items and make arrangements with you for
them to be picked up or dropped off. At
this time, per direction from the Chief Medical Officer, parents and students
cannot enter schools at this time.
Further information regarding the retrieval of school supplies and
non-essential personal items will be released as soon as it becomes available.
5) All school affiliated fundraising,
including Home and School Fundraising is suspended at this time. We understand that many families have collected
orders for our Home & School Association Vesey’s Seeds Fundraiser. We apologize for the inconvenience this may
6) As announced by Minister Cardy, all
students will progress to the next grade level for the 2020-2021 Academic
Year. Understanding that every student
will have varying levels of preparation for their next grade level, our student
services team (guidance and resource teachers) and teacher teams will be
working as collaborative teams to
identify essential learnings and instructional practices that will focus on closing
any gaps from the previous grade level, while also allowing students to access
and master their new grade level curriculum.
7) We have been receiving numerous
inquiries about what the end of the school year will look like for students, especially
our current Grade 8 Students. At this
time, we have not set timelines as there is too much uncertainty given the
continually evolving situation on our province.
When current restrictions have eased, we will collaborate with the Home
& School Association to discuss what can be planned to ensure our Grade 8’s
have a proper send off to high school.
We will also continue to work with Mr. Daigle and his staff at Bernice
MacNaughton High School to ensure a smooth transition to Grade 9 for our
8) For our Pre-Kindergarten Parents, all
Pre-Kindergarten Events scheduled for the remainder of this school year have
been cancelled at this time. As the
current pandemic situation evolves, and information becomes available, we will
communicate to you what Kindergarten readiness events and activities will be
made available for your child.
Can I Expect From Anglophone East School District?
1) This previous week you should have
received a voicemail and email from Anglophone East Superintendent, Gregg
Ingersoll, outlining the student mental health program launched Thursday. Attached is a flyer outlining the program,
and how to access it for your child.
Information can also be found using the following weblink:
From 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday, guidance counsellors from all Bernice
MacNaughton High School Family of Schools, including Bessborough, Hillcrest,
Evergreen, Maplehurst and BMHS will on a rotational basis man a telephone line
and be responding to emails for students requiring guidance support. If you prefer to email Ms. Durelle, please
email her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
To access the service, please call 871-0091 or email SchoolCounsellingTeam2@nbed.nb.ca
2) You will be receiving a phone survey
from Anglophone East School District today to ask you four questions regarding
your ability to support learning at home.
Questions will focus on accessibility to the internet, accessibility to
electronic devices including computers and tablets, your ability to support
learning at home given all of the other factors and stressors facing families
at this time, and your access to community television services.
3) During the week of April 6-9,
learning resources will be published on the Anglophone East School District
Website. The nature of these resources
will be general and reinforce basic literacy and numeracy skills. Per direction from our Superintendent, the
primary focus, at this time is safety and student wellness. Additional learning materials will be made
available to families at a later time. These
materials are intended to support learning at home and are not prescribed
assignments. We understand that every
family’s reality is different at this time and there may not be capacity to
support learning at home.
Will This School Closure Affect My Children?
children are having difficulty adjusting to their new reality of being away
from school. Many are finding it difficult
to be away from friends, and adjusting to loss of activities and their regular
routine. Every child handles stress in
different ways. Some children may also
be concerned for loved ones including Grandparents, parents or family members
working in frontline or essential services.
At this time, the best advice is to do your best to support your
children by openly discussing their concerns, provide opportunities for physical
activity whenever possible and find a routine that fits your family to focus on
making memories rather than creating conflict.
You are not expected to re-create a classroom or school at home for your
children. Please reach out to our district mental health support line at
871-0091 if you require support for your child.
Expected From Me As A Parent?
We are all
facing a new reality that none of us were prepared for. We know that every parent is doing their very
best to support their children, and that support will look different for every
family taking into consideration work expectations, financial stressors, and
numerous other factors. We are here to
support you and your children. Education
will look very different for the next 3 months.
We have reasonable expectations and are here to help. We do not expect you to recreate a school
environment at home or have an expectation that all students will follow a typical
school day routine. Resources will be
shared with parents to support learning in a way that fits your reality. Your children’s teachers are there to support
you, and are only an email away.