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Sherry Norton Graham, Principal at Gibson-Neill Memorial Elementary School, was inspired to bring storybooks to life and the school community together through a school-wide art project.

Each class contributed one collaborative art piece representing their collective creative interpretation of a particular thematic or artistic element of a storybook of their own choosing.

A total of 40 collaborations are now on display, transforming Gibson-Neill into an art gallery.

The young artists imagined and designed their projects based on stories that ranged from happy to hopeful, written in both French and English. Students who shared their thoughts on the projects said they “felt proud”, that “everyone was helping” and that “even though some classes used the same book, all were different looking.”

“Every year we are very involved with the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and we are not able to work with them this year. This collaborative art project was a great way to bring a gallery to our school,” said Principal Norton Graham.

To be mindful of social distancing, teachers have been rotating their classes through the school, taking them on gallery walks to view and discuss another class’s work. Prior to each gallery walk the teachers are reading the picture book the other class used for their inspiration.

Some classes have written letters to another class telling them what they liked about their artwork and others set up virtual discussions through Microsoft Teams, allowing students to interact and ask questions online. “It is exciting to see the students building their skills as both consumers and creators of art.” said Principal Norton Graham.

Discussions evoked important conversations on how to better understand and process emotions, a topic particularly relevant to young people as they navigate Covid-19. This school-wide project brought students, teachers, and classes together through the power of art and words, providing inspiration and a sense of community at a time at a time when it was needed most.


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2/1/2021 12:00 PMFeb 23 2021, 3:00 PM2/1/2021 11:47 AM
  

Hello ASD-W Families,

If you are looking for something fun and educational for the whole family over the March Break, Anglophone West School District is offering workshops (guided-learning, live and instructor-led) and courses and resources (self-directed learning) to grow your digital skillset.

Student and Parent Workshops (Guided Learning) 

There are 3 workshops available. Please see below and click on the “Meeting Link” to join the session. You may wish to add these session links to your calendar beforehand, so you have quick and easy access to join the presentation.

SESSION #1

THE REMOTE CLASSROOM: TEAMS FOR FAMILIES (K-12) FEATURING COCO GAUFF

Rising tennis star, Coco Gauff shares tips and tricks for using Microsoft Teams. This free one-hour training session will show families how to be productive and successful while students are learning through Teams.

Tuesday, March 2nd @ 6:00PM Meeting Link

Or 

Wednesday, March 3rd @ 1:00PM Meeting Link

SESSION #2

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY: CREATE COOL PHOTOS AND STOP MOTION ANIMATIONS (GRADES 2-12)

In this free two-hour workshop, students eight years and older will explore digital photography concepts by taking and editing photos, and then creating a stop motion animated video.

Wednesday, March 3rd @ 6:00PM Meeting Link

SESSION #3

DESIGN AND CREATE YOUR OWN VIDEO GAMES WITH MAKECODE ARCADE (GRADES 2-12)

This free camp teaches students eight years and older how to design and build video games using block coding and fundamental gaming and coding concepts in MakeCode Arcade. 

Thursday, March 4th @ 6:00PM Meeting Link

Courses and Resources (Self-Directed Learning)

ASD-W is also partnering with Microsoft to offer families a comprehensive and growing number of learning opportunities and resources. A full library of free resources is available on the Microsoft Educator Center. These resources are open to the public and include courses, learning paths, tutorials, and other supports. Resources are available in 3 tiers: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced and can be filtered by Duration, Subject Area, Age Group, Skill Development, and Tool. 

For full details on our offerings and contact information, please see the attached PDF.

ASDW Microsoft Learning Resource Offerings for Familes March 2021.pdfASDW Microsoft Learning Resource Offerings for Familes March 2021.pdf

Thank you,

Matt McGuire,

Technology Subject Coordinator (K-12), Anglophone West School District

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2/23/2021 3:00 PMFeb 23 2021, 2:58 PM2/23/2021 2:58 PM
  

February 22, 2021

 RE: Graduation Celebrations 2021

 Dear Families of ASD-W Grade 12 Students,

 Graduation is the culmination of many years of hard work and a much-anticipated milestone for your children. It is a time where recognition and celebration are in order. Last June, we saw that recognition and celebration could still exist, although it needed to look different during the time of a global pandemic.

 It is with regret that once again, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will not be able to move forward with traditional graduation activities this year. These activities include a large-scale graduation ceremony with many in attendance, prom, safe grad, and other banquets and events.

 The following guidelines will apply to ASD-W high school graduation ceremonies:

  •  Graduations will be scheduled in the month of June 2021 and will follow the Public Health measures in place at that time.
  •  Criteria will be given to schools for the effective planning of graduation ceremonies.  It is important to note the maximum gathering size of the Provincial Recovery Level will have to be respected. ie: (Red, Orange, or Yellow).
  •  High schools will be required to develop a plan this spring and submit it to their Director of Schools for approval.
  •  Families are asked to watch for word from the school administration for updates and details.

 Despite the changes to the guidelines, I am confident that each school will do something very special to recognize the graduates and usher them on to the next chapter in their lives with pride and confidence. We saw some wonderful examples of this in June 2020.

 Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we navigate these challenging times.

 Sincerely,

 David McTimoney,

Superintendent, Anglophone West School District

2/22/2021 1:00 PMFeb 22 2021, 1:02 PM2/22/2021 12:30 PM
  

Families of Hubbard Avenue Elementary School,

I have confirmed that the classroom environment at Hubbard is now warm and safe.  With this, we are prepared to move back to “in-person” learning on Monday, February 22.  There are some important points to note with this decision:

  • The heating pipes, although mostly repaired, remain a concern that we will need to monitor carefully.  The concern is that they may fail again.  The repairs have been done with some patch-work and replacement of some piping in an easily accessible area.  The system is repaired enough that will allow the heat to flow and the air quality in the classroom setting is safe.
  • The gymnasium will be closed for the week.  This is for precautionary reasons.  Physical Education classes will continue, but just in a different location.
  • Knowing that the heating system could fail again at any point, it is important for staff and families to have a back-up plan if we need to move to remote learning on short notice. 
    • The heating system could fail early in the morning which would result in school being canceled for the day and a subsequent shift to remote learning the next day.
    • The heating system could fail during the day which might result in students being sent home early and shifting to remote learning the next day.
    • The heating system could fail in the evening which would require communication from the principal or me and shifting to remote learning the next day.
  • Officials from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD) and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DTI) have been working with us tirelessly on this emergency situation.  Collectively, we have been exploring options for a long-term fix that may or may not involve a temporary partial or full relocation of students to another building for their learning.  A variety of options are being explored and I hope to have more information to share later next week on the next steps.

This message now confirms the plans for next week, taking us to March Break.  We will use the school as long as we are able and revert to remote learning only if required.  Please remember that the switch to remote learning could be communicated at any time.

The safety and comfort of students and staff remain the priority.  Efforts of Hubbard staff to ensure continued learning in this unique circumstance have not gone unnoticed and are appreciated.  Commitments by students and their families are also recognized during this unusual time.

I look forward to sharing more information with you towards the end of next week.  Have a nice weekend.

Sincerely and with thanks for your patience,

David McTimoney, Superintendent​

2/19/2021 4:00 PMFeb 19 2021, 3:47 PM2/19/2021 3:46 PM
  

February 17, 2021

RE: Recurring facility issues at Hubbard Avenue Elementary School

Hello Families of Hubbard Elementary,

Thank you very much for your continued patience regarding the facility issues at Hubbard Avenue Elementary School.  We continue to work on finding a resolution.  At this point, our short-term fixes have not worked in the manner we had hoped.

The primary reason for the building emergency is leaks found in the piping associated with the boiler system in the school.  Repair workers have attempted to fix the leaks with clamps and patches and a section of piping was replaced.  It is complicated work as much of the piping is found in tunnels beneath the school.  We have found that when a series of leaks are repaired, new leaks can arise.  These leaks exist through very small pinholes in the piping.

Before the work on the piping, independent testing was done in the tunnel areas for the presence of asbestos in the pipe insulation for the heating system.  These results showed no presence of asbestos. 

When leaks exist, moisture builds up in the surrounding air and on the walls.  This can result in the growth of mold.  To ensure proper air quality, testing has been performed by officials from “Research & Productivity Council” (RPC) for the presence of different types of molds in the air.  This testing was primarily in the tunnel and associated areas close to where the heating system was disabled.  Testing was also done in a variety of spaces around the school to ensure the safety of staff and students upon return to school once repairs are completed.  WorkSafe NB has also contributed to the process.  At this time, the results are in line with Health Canada guidelines and give us no cause for concern for the safety of the educational environments for staff and students.  We are watching for another set of tests to come in.

Our continued concern is that the heating system will get repaired only to spring new leaks in the days that follow.  Officials from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD) and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DTI) have been working with Anglophone West Facility staff and experts from the private sector to get a handle on the extent of the problem.  We will need to determine if a better fix can be put in place that will allow for a dependable return to school or if we need to examine other options.  We will also need to think about a long-term plan.  I know that making “2-day decisions” is not beneficial for anyone.

As school principal Bev Loker-French noted earlier today, remote learning will need to continue for the rest of this week.  While I won’t confirm it this evening, there is a possibility that remote learning will need to be extended into next week, leading us to March Break.  While I apologize for this inconvenience, I want to share this possibility now so that arrangements can be considered in advance.

I offer my gratitude to the staff of Hubbard who are doing their best to maintain meaningful learning experiences for all students at Hubbard.  I know this isn’t easy.

We will maintain communications with you as information becomes available.  The safety of students and staff will always be the priority. 

Sincerely,          

David McTimoney,

Superintendent, ASD-W​

2/17/2021 10:00 PMFeb 17 2021, 9:28 PM2/17/2021 9:25 PM
  

February 7, 2021

RE: Recurring facility issues at Hubbard Avenue Elementary School

Hello Families of Hubbard Elementary,

Over the past week we have been dealing with some heating facility issues at Hubbard Elementary. Your patience has been much appreciated. This weekend our team and others continued to work on the boiler system and, unfortunately, there were some setbacks.

This means:

  • We will need to switch to remote learning for the week of February 8th as more work is required to fix the heating system.
  • Monday will be an operational day for teachers to prepare their lessons and for IT staff to organize technology; therefore, there will be no instruction for students. Remote learning will recommence on Tuesday, February 9th.


Classroom teachers will be connecting with students electronically each morning and once again in the afternoon. Teachers will also provide independent work for students, each day.

 All teachers will be preparing take-home packages for their students. The school will be open for package pick-up tomorrow, February 8th, between 2:30pm and 4:30pm. For families who have indicated a need for a device, these will also be available for pick up at that time. Your classroom teacher will reach out prior to the end of the day, Monday, with specific instructions for week.

This time away from the building will allow for staff and other experts in the field to fix the problem, re-engage the heat, test for air quality, and monitor the success of the work prior to having staff and students return to a safe and comfortable environment.

I would like to thank you in advance for your continued patience as we work through this. This decision was made with the safety and comfort of our staff and students at the forefront.  I will connect with you again at the end of the week with an update.

Sincerely,          

David McTimoney, Superintendent

2/7/2021 12:00 PMFeb 14 2021, 2:52 PM2/7/2021 11:46 AM
  

Sunday, February 14, 2021

 

RE: Update on Hubbard Avenue Elementary School Closure 

 

Hello Families of Hubbard Elementary,

 

As you are aware, we have been dealing with some facility issues at the school over the past two weeks. Your patience throughout this time is much appreciated. 

 

To date, several repairs have been completed including work on the boiler system, which is required to get the heat circulating once again. 

 

There is, however, some repair work that is still needed. Officials from the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure are scheduled to check on the work on Tuesday, February 16, in the morning. Additional cleaning and air quality tests will also need to be done and reviewed.

 

This means:

 

  • Students will continue with remote learning on Tuesday, February 16, and Wednesday, February 17. Please remember there is no school on Monday, February 15 due to the Family Day holiday.
  • Unless there are any issues with the air quality test results or the progress of the final tasks at hand, in-person classes will resume on Thursday, February 18.  We will let you know either way on Wednesday afternoon.

 

Once again, I would like to thank you for your continued patience as we work through this. Please know that we always make these decisions with the safety and comfort of our staff and students at the forefront. We are very appreciative of the efforts of teachers, students, and families during this time of remote learning.

 

I will connect with you again on Wednesday with an update.

 

Sincerely,​

David McTimoney,

Superintendent, ASD-W


2/14/2021 3:00 PMFeb 14 2021, 2:52 PM2/14/2021 2:52 PM
  
2/10/2021 3:00 PMFeb 10 2021, 2:08 PM2/10/2021 2:04 PM
  

Hello Families of Saint Mary’s Academy, John Caldwell School, Andover Elementary School, Perth-Andover Middle School, Southern Victoria High School, Donald Fraser Memorial School and Tobique Valley High School.

As of midnight tonight, February 8, Health Zone 4 will move out of Lockdown and into the Red Alert level.

This means schools in Health Zone 3 and 4 who are currently engaged in remote learning will return to in-person learning on Wednesday, February 10.

 It should be noted that while classes are in session, there will not be a continuation of remote learning as it was over the past two weeks. Those high school settings that follow a blended learning model will restart according to the schedule communicated with families by the school. Those who are on a personalized learning plan will continue as per their plan.

To allow for a smoother transition back into the classroom, students will not attend school, in person, tomorrow, Tuesday, February 9. Instead, teachers will make one final connection with students for remote learning in the morning and provide some classroom instructions for the following day. Teachers will use part of tomorrow to prepare for the week ahead and the physical return of students.

Based on the provincial government’s Covid-19 Recovery Plan, schools in Health Zone 4 (Saint Mary’s Academy and John Caldwell School) will follow the Red Level Directives, which state that schools will remain open with enhanced health and safety measures including:

  • Students and staff stay home if they have even one symptom of COVID-19.
  • School staff are actively screened when they report to work each day. Parents screen their children each morning prior to sending them to school.
  • If a positive case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the school will close for a minimum of three consecutive days to allow for contact tracing and the school will become a testing site for staff.

Neighbouring schools who were impacted by the lockdown (Andover Elementary School, Perth-Andover Middle School, Southern Victoria High School, Donald Fraser Memorial School and Tobique Valley High School) will be at the Orange alert level as they are located in Health Zone 3.

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has provided documents which outline both the Orange and Red Level directives. At this time, it may be helpful to review them. The documents can be found here:

Changes in Directives for the Red Level

Changes in Directives for the Orange Level

 Thank you again for being patient, understanding, and working with us to make this experience as positive as possible.

 Sincerely,

David McTimoney

 ​

2/8/2021 5:00 PMFeb 08 2021, 4:35 PM2/8/2021 4:35 PM
  

January 19, 2021

RE: RED ALERT LEVEL IN ZONE 3

Hello ASD-W Families,

As of midnight, on January 19, 2021, Health Zone 3 (Fredericton Region) will move to the Red Alert level.

 

Specific to ASD-W, Health Zone 3 includes 67 of our 69 schools. Our remaining two schools are in Health Zone 4, and are already at the Red Alert level.

 

I would like to assure you that we continue to work closely with Public Health and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD) to do our best in ensuring your safety, health, and well-being.

 

Based on the provincial government’s Covid-19 Recovery Plan, schools will follow New Red Level DirectivesThis means, schools will remain open with enhanced health and safety measures including:


  • Students and staff stay home if they have even one symptom of COVID-19.
  • School staff are actively screened when they report to work each day. Parents screen their children each morning prior to sending them to school.
  • If a positive case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the school will close for a minimum of three consecutive days to allow for contact tracing and the school will become a testing site for staff.

The EECD has released a document which outlines Red Level directives specific to schools and early learning and childcare facilities. The full document can be found here:

Changes in Directives for the Red Level

A summary of the enhanced safety measures laid out in this document is as follows:

MASKS:

  1. Students are required to wear a mask at all times including outdoors and in play during sports activitiesEXCEPTIONS: When they are working silently on their own or eating.
  2. Masks must be worn at all times on buses.
  3. All employees must wear a mask at all times EXCEPTIONS:  When they are eating or sitting alone in a closed office or room.
  4. School-age children and those teaching them are expected to bring two clean masks with them each day.

MUSIC:

  1. ​Use of wind instruments and singing are not permitted.
  2. Extra-curricular activities, including SISTEMA, theatre, choir and band are not permitted.

 

PHYS ED:

  1. ​Activities that allow for physical distancing such as yoga, dancing, walking will be employed.
  2.  Interscholastic, extra-curricular and intramural sports are not permitted.

 

TRAVEL:

  1. Necessary travel only is recommended in and out of Red level zones, however, people can continue to travel within the province for work, school, essential errands and medical appointments. 
  2. All field trips will be cancelled.

 

A comparison chart outlining community directives for each of the levels, including the Red level, can be found on the New Brunswick Government website here:

 

RECOVERY LEVEL COMPARISONS CHART

 

For more information regarding the pandemic as it relates to schools, please also refer to the "Return to School – Direction for School Districts and Schools" document, which sets provincial expectations and standards for the safe operation of our schools during the pandemic. It can be found at this link:


RETURN TO SCHOOL DOCUMENT

As a final note, I encourage all families to be more diligent then ever with wearing masks, hand-washing, and social distancing. These actions can make a major impact on keeping our schools, children, and communities safe.

Thank you,

David McTimoney, Superintendent

 

1/19/2021 8:00 PMFeb 05 2021, 4:15 PM1/19/2021 7:39 PM
  

Message from Superintendent to Families

January 22, 2021

Re: Zone 4 Lockdown – Impact on Schools

Dear Families of Saint Mary’s Academy and John Caldwell School,

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government made the decision to put Health Zone 4 on lockdown for a period of 2 weeks, from Saturday, January 23 at 11:59 PM to Saturday, February 6 at 11:59 PM, inclusive. This will impact our schools in the area (Saint Mary’s Academy and John Caldwell School) and early learning and childcare facilities.

All Kindergarten to Grade 12 schools in this zone will close and move to virtual learning. Teaching will be done by distance, through the Teams platform and through learning kits for students. Please refer to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s website for more information on changes in directives.

Distance learning requires that each student has:

·       a device at home to connect online (a computer, a laptop, a tablet or a smart phone);

·       the student’s username and password for Office 365 / Teams;

·       access to Teams on the device they will be using;

·       the student’s reading books; and

·       the student’s textbooks, if necessary.

Families who do not have a device should contact their principal.

Here are the different ways in which distance learning will be done by grade level:

Grades

Type of learning

Contact with teacher

K-2

Paper-based

Daily check-in

3-5

Paper-based with some technology

Routine teaching engagement

6-8

Technology-based

Regular teaching

9-12

Technology-based

Regular teaching

 

Here are some examples of activities that your child's teacher may organize:

Synchronous activity

Learning takes place in real time and at the same time for the teacher and the student.

·       the student receives real-time explanations, instructions and feedback; and

·       the student participates in the discussions and in the real-time assessment.

Asynchronous activity

Learning which does not happen at the same time for the teacher and the student.

·       The student receives explanations, instructions and feedback;

·       the student works individually or in a team online;

·       the student consults learning resources, watches explanatory videos, reads, organizes small group meetings, and receives feedback in writing, on video, or otherwise; and

·       the student is autonomous, becomes familiar with distance learning, and develops strategies to continue learning.

Technological devices

If you are not comfortable with the software used for distance learning, ASD-W has resources available for you at the following link on our website:

Technology Resources for Families and Students

Technical support

If your child has a computer used for distance learning or has borrowed a laptop or device from school for the period of time that the learning is at a distance and you need technical assistance, with Office 365 Pro Plus (home connection and installation), Teams, OneDrive, Power School, Desire 2 Learn (D2L), Wi-Fi, you can contact the Bell Call Centre at 1-833-453-1140 (option 2 for service in French). This center is open on school days from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If your child has a laptop or device provided by the school's learning support services (due to learning difficulties, reading difficulties, etc.) and for medical reasons and you need technical assistance regarding Office 365 Pro Plus, Teams or OneDrive, please contact the Neil Squire Call Centre at 1-855-450-3287.

Daycare

It is the responsibility of the parent to send their child's school materials and activity suggestions to childcare if the wish is for the child to continue to work while there. Childcare facilities will provide quiet learning time and space.

Ongoing communication

I understand that this news may raise questions or concerns, but please be assured that steps are being taken to protect the health and safety of all. 

We continue to work closely with the Office of Public Health.

We will continue to communicate with you by email and/or telephone to keep you informed of the situation.

School staff members continue to dedicate themselves every day to ensure that all students under their responsibility are on the path to their educational success. They do their best to achieve this, with the tools and hours allocated to them. They are human beings, like you, who are living the global pandemic. They cannot always be present as they would like to be for their students; they too will experience challenges with this new mode of distance learning.

Children and young people look to the adults in their lives to guide them on how to react to worrying and stressful events. Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about any anxieties and remind them to treat one another with kindness and respect, in person and on social media.

 

Thank you for being patient, understanding and working with us to make the experience as positive as possible for our students. 

 

Thank you for your cooperation as we navigate this challenging time.

David McTimoney

Superintendent, ASD-W​

1/22/2021 5:00 PMFeb 05 2021, 4:14 PM1/22/2021 5:26 PM
  

January 24, 2021

Re: Health Zone 4 Lockdown – Impact on Schools in Health Zone 3

Dear ASD-W Families with students at Andover Elementary School, Perth-Andover Middle School, Southern Victoria High School, Donald Fraser Memorial School and Tobique Valley High School.

The government’s decision to put Health Zone 4 on lockdown for a period of 2 weeks will impact our schools in the neighbouring Health Zone 3 area. More specifically, Andover Elementary School, Perth-Andover Middle School, Southern Victoria High School, Donald Fraser Memorial School and Tobique Valley High School, will all be impacted.

Due to a significant portion of the school community (staff, students and casual staff) living within Health Zone 4, and the operational challenges this presents, the decision has been made to move all 5 schools in this region of Health Zone 3 to distance learning as of Tuesday, January 26. Distance learning will continue until Friday, February 5, at this time.

Monday, January 25 will be an operational response day for these schools. This means there will be no teaching. On Tuesday, students will learn from home, either virtually through the Teams platform, or through paper-based learning kits. Specific school instructions from administration and classroom teachers will follow.

Distance learning requires that each student has:

  • a device at home to connect online (a computer, a laptop, a tablet or a smart phone);
  • the student’s username and password for Office 365 / Teams;
  • access to Teams on the device they will be using;
  • the student’s reading books; and
  • the student’s textbooks, if necessary.

Families who do not have a device should contact their principal.

Here are the different ways in which distance learning will be done by grade level:

Grades

Type of learning

Contact with teacher

K-2

Paper-based

Daily check-in

3-5

Paper-based with some technology

Routine teaching engagement

6-8

Technology-based

Regular teaching

9-12

Technology-based

Regular teaching

 

Here are some examples of activities that your child's teacher may organize:

Synchronous activity

Learning takes place in real time and at the same time for the teacher and the student.

  • the student receives real-time explanations, instructions and feedback; and
  • the student participates in the discussions and in the real-time assessment.

Asynchronous activity

Learning which does not happen at the same time for the teacher and the student.

  • the student receives explanations, instructions and feedback;
  • the student works individually or in a team online;
  • the student consults learning resources, watches explanatory videos, reads, organizes small group meetings, and receives feedback in writing, on video, or otherwise; and
  • the student is autonomous, becomes familiar with distance learning, and develops strategies to continue learning.

Technological devices

If you are not comfortable with the software used for distance learning, ASD-W has resources available for you at the following link on our website:

Technology Resources for Families and Students

Technical support

If your child has a computer (used for distance learning) or has borrowed a laptop or device from school, and they need technical assistance with Office 365 Pro Plus (home connection and installation), Teams, OneDrive, Power School, Desire 2 Learn (D2L), or Wi-Fi, you can contact the Bell Call Centre at 1-833-453-1140 (option 2 for service in French). This center is open on school days from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If your child has a laptop or device provided by the school's learning support services (due to learning difficulties, reading difficulties, etc.) and for medical reasons and you need technical assistance regarding Office 365 Pro Plus, Teams or OneDrive, please contact the Neil Squire Call Centre at 1-855-450-3287.

Daycare

For those who will be sending their children to daycare for the full day, you may wish to send your child's school materials and activity suggestions to the childcare center if you wish for your child to continue working while there. Although childcare facilities are not required to provide direct instruction similar to a school, they can provide quiet learning time and space.

Ongoing communication

I understand that this news may raise questions or concerns, but please be assured that steps are being taken to protect the health and safety of all while, at the same time, continuing with meaningful instruction.

As always, we will be working closely with the Office of Public Health.

We will continue to communicate with you by email and/or telephone to keep you informed of the situation, as required.

School staff members continue to dedicate themselves every day to ensure that all students, under their responsibility, are on the path to success. They do their best to achieve this, with the tools and hours allocated to them. They are human beings, like you, who are living through the global pandemic. They may not always be as present as they would like to be for their students as they too will experience challenges with the move to distance learning. We appreciate your support of our teachers.

Children and young people look to the adults in their lives to guide them on how to react to worrying and stressful events. Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about any anxieties and remind them to treat one another with kindness and respect, in person and on social media.

Thank you for being patient, understanding and working with us to make the experience as positive as possible for our students. 

Thank you for your cooperation as we navigate this challenging time.

David McTimoney

Superintendent, ASD-W​

1/24/2021 12:00 PMFeb 05 2021, 4:12 PM1/24/2021 11:45 AM
  

February 5, 2021

Re: Status of learning for ASD-W schools in lockdown zone and neighbouring schools

Hello Families,

The decision to put Health Zone 4 on lockdown has impacted two schools in Health Zone 4, and five schools in the neighbouring Health Zone 3 area. More specifically, Saint Mary’s Academy, John Caldwell School, Andover Elementary School, Perth-Andover Middle School, Southern Victoria High School, Donald Fraser Memorial School and Tobique Valley High School, are impacted.

This is to inform you that teaching will continue to be done by distance in these 7 schools, while Zone 4 is in lockdown.

We will be watching closely for a classification change and will inform you as soon as it is determined to be safe and manageable for staff and students to return to school. 

Please be assured that we continue to put the safety of our students and staff at the forefront.

We will communicate with you again by email and/or telephone as soon as we know of any changes.

Thank you for being patient, understanding, and working with us to make this experience as postivie as possible.

Sincerely,

David McTimoney​

2/5/2021 5:00 PMFeb 05 2021, 4:12 PM2/5/2021 4:10 PM
  

Wolverine and Little Thunder: An Eel Fishing Story by Alan Syliboy

Watch as Superintendent McTimoney reads this universal story of friendship and problem-solving, which reinforces the importance of the relationship between the Mi'kmaq and eel.  

Little Thunder and Wolverine, a trickster, who is strong and fierce and loyal are best friends, even though Wolverine can sometimes get them into trouble. Their favourite pastime is eel fishing, but that all changes one night, when they encounter a giant river eel—an eel that is too big to catch. An eel that hunts people!


WATCH NOW​

1/28/2021 12:00 PMFeb 04 2021, 3:46 PM1/28/2021 11:39 AM
  

​With our students and families safety being top of mind, we are closing schools in the Anglophone West School District today due to unsafe driving conditions.


2/2/2021 10:00 AMFeb 04 2021, 1:48 PM2/2/2021 9:47 AM
  

Health Zone 3 Moving Back to Orange Alert Level

January 26, 2021

Hello Anglophone West School District Families,

As of midnight tonight, January 26, 2021 Health Zone 3 (Fredericton Region) will move back to the Orange Alert Level. This will affect 62 of our 69 schools, with two from Health Zone 4 and five from Health Zone 3 (that border Health Zone 4), remaining in a state of remote learning at this time.

The Orange Alert level means staff and students will still be required to follow specific safety measures, particularly around mask-wearing. Also, extra-curricular music activities, such as choir and band are not permitted in this phase and sports activities are limited to practices within a single team. Please review the details of these directives by clicking on this link:


ORANGE LEVEL ALERT

 

A comparison chart outlining community directives for each of the different levels can be found on the New Brunswick Government website here:

 

RECOVERY LEVEL COMPARISONS CHART

 

I would like to assure you that we continue to work closely with Public Health and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD) to do our best in ensuring your safety, health, and well-being.

Thank you for your continued commitment to reducing the risk of transmitting the virus and for keeping yourself and those around you safe.

Sincerely,

David McTimoney, Superintendent

1/26/2021 2:00 PMFeb 04 2021, 1:46 PM1/26/2021 1:03 PM
  

UPDATE: Hubbard Elementary School will re-open on Thursday, Feb 4. Heating issues have been resolved. A huge thanks to the team who worked on this and to all the families and students who have been so patient. ​

2/3/2021 4:00 PMFeb 04 2021, 1:45 PM2/3/2021 3:47 PM
  

UPDATE: Hubbard Elementary School will re-open on Thursday, Feb 4. Heating issues have been resolved. A huge thanks to the team who worked on this and to all the families and students who have been so patient.


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​Oromocto Education Centre Schools

9/3/2020 3:00 PMJan 29 2021, 8:55 AM9/3/2020 2:33 PM
  

​Woodstock Education Centre Schools

9/3/2020 3:00 PMJan 29 2021, 8:55 AM9/3/2020 2:35 PM
  

​Fredericton Education Centre Schools

9/3/2020 3:00 PMJan 29 2021, 8:54 AM9/3/2020 2:32 PM
  

​This year ASD-W faciilities reduced spend and carbon footprint.

11/18/2020 12:00 PMJan 29 2021, 8:48 AM11/18/2020 11:59 AM
  

 Enjoy a virtual gallery tour and be inspired by this inpirational collection of art from our students and educators. 

Click here:

Winter art exhibition.pdfWinter art exhibition.pdf

1/27/2021 12:00 PMJan 28 2021, 3:35 PM1/27/2021 11:57 AM
  

​This document from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development outlines the directives to follow during the Lockdown Alert Level.


Alert Level Lockdown 2021.01.22.pdfAlert Level Lockdown 2021.01.22.pdf

1/22/2021 8:00 PMJan 22 2021, 7:35 PM1/22/2021 7:35 PM
  

​Please find attached the Red Alert Level Change in Directives document from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Devlepment. This document outlines the changes in directives that will take place in schools and early learning and childcare facilities in a region of the province that has been placed in the red level.

Red Level Alert Directives​




1/17/2021 9:00 PMJan 21 2021, 8:41 AM1/17/2021 8:27 PM
  

UPDATED JANUARY 20, 2021

Dear ASD-W Families,

 

We have shared a great deal of information recently about how our schools are working to support the safety of our students and staff as we navigate and adjust to COVID-19.

 

We understand that some families and students may feel anxious to be returning to school. Attending school is important for learning and development. It provides a supportive community and structured routine that allows children to thrive. Public Health has worked closely with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to develop a Return to School plan that supports a positive environment for children to learn, while ensuring protective measures are in place for the school community.

 

It is important to note that you play an essential part in the effectiveness of these safety measures. We have a shared responsibility to help reduce the risk of COVID-19, by knowing what symptoms to look for and what to do if you spot them. Below you can find a list of Frequently Asked Questions related to your child’s health, returning to school, and COVID-19. These are subject to change as we learn more about COVID-19. The most up-to-date information can always be found on the GNB website.

 

Does my child need to be screened for COVID-19 symptoms every day before school? What does that look like?

Parents are responsible for reviewing the screening questions with their child(ren) prior to leaving for school and only sending their child to school when they are well.

If a child has 1 or more of these symptoms of COVID-19, families should keep the child home from school and call 811 or their primary healthcare provider for advice:

•             Fever above 38 degrees Celsius

•             A new cough, or worsening chronic cough

•             Sore throat

•             Runny nose

•             Headache

•             A new onset of fatigue

•             A new onset of muscle pain

•             Diarrhea

•             Loss of sense of taste

•             Loss of sense of smell

•             In children, purple markings on the fingers and toes

 

It is important to talk to your children about these symptoms so they can be aware of them and self-identify them to you or their teacher.

 

  

Will students have their temperature checked at school or on the bus?

Students will not be required to have their temperature taken prior to entering their school or boarding the bus. Instead, parents/guardians are asked to check for signs of fever, like flushed face or chills, and/or take their child’s temperature prior to leaving for school as part of the screening process.

 

These symptoms seem a lot like the common cold. Am I really supposed to keep my child home from school every time they have these symptoms?

In the past we might have thought it acceptable to attend school if a child had “just a cold” or felt “a little sick”, however we are now working together during a global pandemic. While we still believe that “Attendance Matters”, preventing the spread of illness is critical.

 

If a child displays 1 or more symptoms of COVID-19, they must stay home and call 811 or your primary healthcare provider should be contacted to determine whether COVID-19 testing is required and for advice.

Students will not be penalized for staying home due to valid health concerns.

 

My child has allergies or a constant runny nose. Do I have to keep them home?

Students who have been identified by their primary healthcare provider as having asthma, seasonal allergies or who suffer from chronic runny nose/nasal congestion are not required to stay home based on these symptoms alone. Consider the list of symptoms when determining if your child should stay home from school. Are their symptoms different from what they usually experience? Do they have any other symptoms? If yes or you are uncertain, call 811 or your primary healthcare provider.

 

Will my child be sent home from school if they have symptoms?

As in previous years, if a student alerts their teacher to feeling unwell, the teacher will notify a parent/guardian to pick up their child. The student will be supervised in an area where physical distancing can be maintained and will wear a mask while they wait to be picked up. If you get an urgent call regarding the health of your child during the school day, you will be required to pick them up as soon as possible, consistent with school practice.  It is important all families have a plan in place in case they need to pick-up their child from school early. A sick child will not be sent home on the bus. Educators are not medical experts. It is important that you speak to your children about self-monitoring and what symptoms to be aware of so they can notify you or their teacher if they feel unwell. ​

 

Can the school or Public Health test my child for COVID-19 without my permission/parental consent?

No, testing is at the parent/guardian’s discretion. However, if a child is not tested, Public Health may require that child to remain home and isolate for 14 days.

 

My child had 1 symptom and stayed home. When can they return to school?

If a child has 1 symptoms of COVID-19, families are asked to contact 811 or their primary healthcare provider to determine if COVID-19 testing is required. If COVID-19 testing is required, Public Health will inform you when isolation may be lifted. If testing is not required, they can return once fever (with no medications) and other symptoms have been resolved for 24 hours or if they have been directed to do so by a health care professional.

 

My child has health issues. Should they attend school at all this year?

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s health, you must consult with your child’s primary healthcare provider.

 

If a student has a medical condition and is recommended by a health professional not to attend school in person this year, a learning plan will be provided by their assigned teacher with educational support. If a student has an immunocompromised household member who is required to stay home as recommended by a health professional, and this condition prevents the student from attending school, the student will be provided with a plan to continue learning at home. Families will be required to provide medical documentation in these cases.

 

If your child has received a recommendation from a health care provider to remain home from school this year, please contact your child’s school.

 

I am nervous to send my child back to school. Can I request the school provides them materials to learn from home?

If a parent/guardian chooses not to send their child to school, the parent/guardian is responsible for their child's learning. At this time, teachers at K-8 are not required to provide home learning materials or meet on Teams with students who remain at home. At high school, teachers will continue to post learning materials on Teams, however, we encourage students to attend classes in person on their designated days to receive direct instruction from their teachers. Those who have been informed by Public Health that they must self-isolate will receive learning materials and instruction from their teachers. ​

 

For those of you who have chosen to keep your child home at this time, we have made available Family and Student Resources on our website. This site provides families with activities and ideas to support education at home and keep your child engaged in learning. We encourage you to also check with your child’s school as teachers may be posting homework and assignments on their Teams site if they are currently using it for this purpose.  ​

 

 

Does my child have to wear a mask?

Every student is expected to have two clean community masks with them every day. Masks must be washed frequently and should be labeled with their name.

​​​​During the Red phase, students from K-12 are required to wear a mask on the bus. Students K-8 must wear masks at all times in school unless eating or sitting quietly at their desk. Students in grades 9-12 must wear a mask at all times in school except when eating. This includes outside and during physical education class, for all grades. ​

We recognize some children will deal better with wearing a mask than others at first. Students are more likely to be comfortable wearing a mask if they see members of their family wearing one at appropriate times, too.

 

Does it matter what mask my child brings to school?

When worn properly, wearing a mask can reduce the spread of respiratory droplets.

·       Non-medical face masks, also known as community masks, should:

·       be made of at least 2 layers of tightly woven material fabric (such as cotton or linen)

·       be large enough to completely and comfortably cover the nose and mouth without gaping

·       allow for easy breathing

·       fit securely to the head with ties or ear loops

·       be comfortable and not require frequent adjustment

·       not cover the neck

·       not be made of plastic or other non-breathable materials

 

What happens if someone at my child’s schools is diagnosed with COVID-19?

If someone tests positive for COVID-19, Public Health will work with the school to notify your school community while maintaining confidentiality.

Public Health will:

·       Do contact tracing to determine which individual(s) require self-isolation and possibly the need to be tested. This could include a class, classes, the entire school and others.

·       Inform close contacts, who were required to self-isolate, when their isolation is complete and able to return to school/work.

If a positive case of COVID-19 is confirmed at a school during the Red level, the school will be closed to students for a minimum of three days to allow for contact tracing. During this time teachers will be supporting students’ learning at home​

 

How can I support my child(ren) and their school community?

Families have an important role to play in the safe attendance at school. Families can positively impact their children and contribute to the health of their communities by:

·       modelling the behaviours needed to limit the spread of COVID-19, such as hand washing, proper cough and sneeze etiquette, physical distancing, mask wearing in public, and staying home when sick;

·       monitoring children daily for symptoms and calling 811 or your primary healthcare provider if symptoms are present;

·       talking to your children about COVID-19 and what symptoms to be aware of.

 

Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we work together towards the start of an exciting and healthy new year!

 

David McTimoney

 

Superintendent ​

1/20/2021 2:00 PMJan 20 2021, 1:49 PM1/20/2021 1:48 PM
  

January 17, 2021

RE: RED ALERT LEVEL IN ZONE 4

Hello Families of John Caldwell School and Saint Mary’s Academy.

As of midnight, on January 17, 2021, Health Zone 4 (Edmundston Region) will move to the Red Alert level.

 

Specific to ASD-W, Health Zone 4 includes Saint Mary’s Academy in Edmundston and John Caldwell School in Grand Falls

 

I would like to assure you that we continue to work closely with Public Health and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to do our best in ensuring your safety, health, and well-being.

 

Based on the provincial Covid-19 Recovery Plan, Saint Mary’s Academy and John Caldwell School will follow the New Red Level Directives.

 

In the Red Alert level, schools will remain open with enhanced health and safety measures including:

  • Students and staff stay home if they have even one symptom of COVID-19.
  • School staff are actively screened when they report to work each day. Parents screen their children each morning prior to sending them to school.
  • If a positive case of COVID-19 is confirmed, the school will be closed for a minimum of three days to allow for contact tracing. The school would also become a testing site for school staff.

The Red Alert level means staff and students will be required to follow enhanced safety measures, as follows:

 

MASKS:

  1. Students are required to wear a mask at all times including outdoors and in play during sports activities.EXCEPTIONS: When they are working silently on their own or eating.
  2. Masks must be worn at all times on buses.
  3. ​All employees must wear a mask at all times.EXCEPTIONS:  When they are eating or sitting alone in a closed office or room.
  4. School-age children and those teaching them are expected to bring two clean masks with them each day.

MUSIC:

  1. Use of wind instruments and singing are not permitted.
  2. Extra-curricular activities, including SISTEMA, theatre, choir and band are not permitted.

 

PHYS ED

  1. Activities that allow for physical distancing such as yoga, dancing, walking will be employed.
  2.  Interscholastic, extra-curricular and intramural sports are not permitted.

TRAVEL:

  1. Necessary travel only is recommended in and out of Red level zones, however, people can continue to travel within the province for work, school, essential errands and medical appointments. 
  2. All field trips will be cancelled.
Full details of the community directives for each of the levels, including the Red level, can be found on the government website here:

 

RECOVERY LEVEL COMPARISONS CHART


Later this evening we expect the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to release a document which outlines Red Level directives specific to public schools. This document will be posted to the ASD-W website as soon as it is received. Please take the time to review this document in full, and follow the instructions as described.

 

For more information regarding the pandemic as it relates to schools, please also refer to the "Return to School – Direction for School Districts and Schools" document, which sets provincial expectations and standards for the safe operation of our schools during the pandemic. It can be found at this link:


RETURN TO SCHOOL DOCUMENT

As a final note, I encourage all families to be more diligent then ever with wearing masks, hand-washing, and social distancing. These actions can make a major impact on keeping our schools, children, and communities safe.

Thank you,

David McTimoney, Superintendent

 

1/17/2021 7:00 PMJan 17 2021, 8:27 PM1/17/2021 6:58 PM
  

Good Evening Woodstock High School and Townsview School Families,

Following consultation between the schools, the district and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, we can confirm that the current remote learning in place at your schools will continue until Thursday, January 21, inclusive.  Students can return to school, in person (and as per the previous schedule for WHS), on Friday, January 22.  This will allow for those who are in self-isolation...staff and students alike...to finish their precautionary measures and allow full operations to be back in place on Friday, January 22.  Please note...if a staff member or student has instructions from Public Health to remain in self-isolation beyond January 21, those directions remain in effect.

I have had very positive feedback on the commitment of students and their engagement with learning.  I am grateful to the teachers and staff who are working hard to make sure the learning continues in a meaningful way.  If you have questions about the continued learning specific to the classes, please reach out to the appropriate classroom teacher or school administration.

All the best and stay safe!

David McTimoney, Superintendent​

1/14/2021 7:00 PMJan 14 2021, 6:43 PM1/14/2021 6:37 PM
  

January 11, 2021

 

Re:  CONFIRMED CASE OF COVID-19 AT NEW MARYLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

 

Dear Families of New Maryland Elementary School,

 

This is to inform you that a positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed at New Maryland Elementary School.

 

We are working with Public Health officials to identify any students and school personnel who may have been in contact with the virus. To protect the privacy of students and school personnel, details, including names of those affected, will not be released.

 

At this time, we ask you to model calmness, kindness and respect, in order to keep anxieties down. Children and young people look to adults in their lives to guide them on how to react to worrying and stressful events.

 

Public Health officials will contact you if your child has been in close contact with the confirmed case and will tell you if your child needs to self-isolate. If you are not contacted by Public Health officials, your child can continue to attend school and is welcome to return tomorrow, January 12. If you have been contacted by Public Health, please follow their instructions carefully.  

 

If your child is showing any symptoms of COVID-19, you should:

  1. Register them online for a test by clicking "Get Started" on the GNB Corona Virus website (www.gnb.ca/coronavirus) or,
  2. Call Tele-Care 811 or,
  3. Contact your primary care provider. 

To reach the Fredericton and Upper River Valley Public Health general inquiry line, please call (506) 325-4621 or 453-3071 between 8:30am – 4:30pm.

 

We will continue to communicate updates to you through School Messenger and our website.

 

Thank you for helping keep our school, community, and province safe.


Sincerely,

David McTimoney

Superintendent 

1/11/2021 5:00 PMJan 11 2021, 6:55 PM1/11/2021 6:55 PM
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