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April 04
Updates From Bessborough School

Good Morning Parents,


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.

Over the 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. 

Following 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.


What 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 daily.

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  Please clearly outline the requirements for the letter and a copy of the letter will be drafted and forwarded to you via mail.

4)    If you require essential items for your children from Bessborough School such as medications, eyeglasses or assistive technology, please email me directly at  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 cause.

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 students.

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.

What 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


To access the service, please call 871-0091 or email


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.


How Will This School Closure Affect My Children?

Many 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.

What Is 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.