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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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Last Printed: 2/1/2021 12:00 PM
Posted: Feb 23 2021, 3:00 PM
  

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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Last Printed: 2/23/2021 3:00 PM
Posted: Feb 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

Last Printed: 2/22/2021 1:00 PM
Posted: Feb 22 2021, 1:02 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​

Last Printed: 2/19/2021 4:00 PM
Posted: Feb 19 2021, 3:47 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​

Last Printed: 2/17/2021 10:00 PM
Posted: Feb 17 2021, 9:28 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

Last Printed: 2/7/2021 12:00 PM
Posted: Feb 14 2021, 2:52 PM
  

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


Last Printed: 2/14/2021 3:00 PM
Posted: Feb 14 2021, 2:52 PM
  
Last Printed: 2/10/2021 3:00 PM
Posted: Feb 10 2021, 2:08 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

 ​

Last Printed: 2/8/2021 5:00 PM
Posted: Feb 08 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

 

Last Printed: 1/19/2021 8:00 PM
Posted: Feb 05 2021, 4:15 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​

Last Printed: 1/22/2021 5:00 PM
Posted: Feb 05 2021, 4:14 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​

Last Printed: 1/24/2021 12:00 PM
Posted: Feb 05 2021, 4:12 PM
  

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​

Last Printed: 2/5/2021 5:00 PM
Posted: Feb 05 2021, 4:12 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​

Last Printed: 1/28/2021 12:00 PM
Posted: Feb 04 2021, 3:46 PM
  

​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.


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Posted: Feb 04 2021, 1:48 PM
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