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Good Evening Families of George Street Middle School,

Please find, below, a letter from Dr. Jennifer Russell, Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Province of New Brunswick.  After a busy weekend of testing, Public Health is confirming that self-isolation is ending at 11:59 PM tonight, Sunday May 2, for all except the "close contacts" who have been directly contacted and told to self-isolate for 14 days.  Details are provided in the letter.

Classes will resume at George Street Middle School on Monday, May 3.

If you have school related questions, please reach out to school administration.  If you have district, operational questions, please reply to this message. If you have self-isolation, testing or other COVID related questions, please send your inquiries to COVID-19NB@gnb.ca .  Please indicate that your question is related to the recent self-isolation at George Street Middle School.

Thank you very much for your cooperation during this past week.

George Street_May 2 Message.pdfGeorge Street_May 2 Message.pdf

Sincerely,

David McTimoney, Superintendent​

Last Printed: 5/2/2021 8:00 PM
Posted: May 02 2021, 7:22 PM
  

May 1, 2021

To: George Street Middle School Families

Attached please find a letter and personal video message from Dr. Jennifer Russell, Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Province of New Brunswick. The letter will offer some clarification on what families can expect today and tomorrow. 

George Street Letter May 1 Dr. Russell.pdfGeorge Street Letter May 1 Dr. Russell.pdf

Dr. Russell Video Message to GSMS Families.mp4Dr. Russell Video Message to GSMS Families.mp4

Sincerely,

David McTimoney, Superintendent​

Last Printed: 5/1/2021 3:00 PM
Posted: May 01 2021, 3:15 PM
  

​April 28, 2021

To: Families of George Street Middle School

Attached is a letter from Dr. Jennifer Russell, Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Province of New Brunswick. Within, you will find updated instructions regarding the response to a positive case of COVID-19 associated with George Street Middle School.  

Letter to GSMS - Dr. Russell.pdfLetter to GSMS - Dr. Russell.pdf

Thank you,

David McTimoney, Superintendent

Last Printed: 4/28/2021 8:00 PM
Posted: May 01 2021, 2:54 PM
  

April 30, 2021

To George Street Middle School Families

Attched please find an update from Dr. Jennifer Russell, Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Province of New Brunswick. This letter will offer some clarification on why some individuals are being invited for a second COVID-19 test. 

George Street Middle School Update April 30.pdfGeorge Street Middle School Update April 30.pdf

Sincerely,

David McTimoney, Superintendent​

Last Printed: 4/30/2021 10:00 PM
Posted: Apr 30 2021, 9:07 PM
  

April 27, 2021

​To: Families of Fredericton High School

Re: Potential Covid-19 Exposure at FHS

This is to inform you that there is a possible COVID-19 exposure for a small group of individuals at Fredericton High School. We are working with Public Health officials to identify the individuals who may have come into contact with the virus.

We understand you may feel anxious over the coming days. Public Health officials will contact you if your child has been in close contact with the virus.  Unless Public Health officials contact you, your child can continue to attend school in person on the assigned day.     

It is natural to want to know if your child may have been exposed to the virus. Public Health officials will inform those who are at risk of the next steps, but to protect the privacy of students and school personnel, other details (including names) will not be released.

Because of the presence of the variant in our region, Public Health is asking that the entire school community monitor for symptoms. If your child is showing one or more symptoms, please have them isolate and get registered for a test by:

  1. Registering online for a test by clicking “Get tested” on the GNB corona virus website (https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/corporate/promo/covid-19.html), or
  2. Contacting Tele-Care at 811.

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

Sincerely,

David McTimoney, Superintendent​

Last Printed: 4/27/2021 7:00 PM
Posted: Apr 27 2021, 6:43 PM
  

April 27, 2021

Dear Families of Saint Mary’s Academy,

As of midnight tonight, April 27, 2021, the Edmundston Region in Health Zone 4 will move to the Orange Alert level.


Tomorrow, April 28, students will resume in-person learning at Saint Mary's Academy.


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 full 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 reassure 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.

Thank you for your patience and continued commitment to keeping yourself and those around you safe.

Sincerely,

David McTimoney, Superintendent​

Last Printed: 4/27/2021 4:00 PM
Posted: Apr 27 2021, 3:19 PM
  
April 26, 2021

Attached below is an important message from Dr. Kimberly Barker, Regional Medical Officer of Health for Health Zones 2, 3, and 4 for the Province of New Brunswick. The letter offers specific instructions in response to a confirmed case of COVID-19 associated with George Street Middle School.

George Street Middle School - Important Letter for Parents - April 26.pdfGeorge Street Middle School - Important Letter for Parents - April 26.pdf

Last Printed: 4/26/2021 9:00 PM
Posted: Apr 26 2021, 8:59 PM
  
April 23, 2021

Re: Update on High School Learning

Pleae be advised that, based on the recommendation of Public Health, the Provincial Government Cabinet and the All-Party Cabinet Committee on Covid-19 have decided high school students will not return to full-time in-person learning this school year. This applies to those schools that currently follow a “blended learning” model. 

Within ASD-W, 7 of our 19 high school settings are using a full blended learning model. They are:

  • Leo Hayes High School
  • Fredericton High School
  • Oromocto High School
  • Southern Victoria High School
  • Carlton North High School
  • Woodstock High School
  • Nackawic Senior High School
Three of our high school settings are using a partial blended learning model. They are:
  • ​Saint Mary's Academy
  • John Caldwell School
  • Tobique Valley High School

 It is expected that full-time in-person classes will resume for all students when the new school year begins in September.

Thank you,

David McTimoney,

Superintendent

Last Printed: 4/23/2021 6:00 PM
Posted: Apr 23 2021, 5:26 PM
  

 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

Last Printed: 1/27/2021 12:00 PM
Posted: Apr 23 2021, 1:47 PM
  

April 22, 2021 

Anglophone West School District (ASD-W) has completed a review of the grade configuration at Bath Community School (BCS) and has confirmed that the configuration of Grades K to 8 at BCS will remain. The District Education Council (DEC) supports this conclusion.

Currently, approximately 120 students attend BCS in grades K to 8. In addition to this, approximately 40 children attend the Early Learning Center at the school. The review focused on the suitability for the middle-level students (Grades 6-8, approximately 40) to either remain at BCS or move to Florenceville Middle School.

ASD-W Principal Tanya Whitney was asked to conduct the review and make a recommendation to the Superintendent of Schools, Mr. David McTimoney, with a simple, final report. Ms. Whitney consulted with students, staff, parents, and other stakeholders from March 15 to April 9 and submitted a final report on April 14, with a recommendation. The report was formally presented to the DEC at the April 22 public DEC meeting.

The full report can be found here:Bath Community School Grade Reconfiguration Review April 2021.pdfBath Community School Grade Reconfiguration Review April 2021.pdf

Should the DEC recommendation of building a new K-8 school in the Carleton North catchment area become approved and funded by the Province, steps will follow to close Bath Community School, Bristol Elementary School, Florenceville Elementary School, and Florenceville Middle School in favor of the new structure.  Currently, this proposal sits at #6 on a Major Capital Construction provincial priority list for the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.  As such, the concept is considered a long-term plan for schooling in the area.

Last Printed: 4/22/2021 7:00 PM
Posted: Apr 22 2021, 8:41 PM
  

April 15, 2021

To the Families of John Caldwell School,

As of midnight tonight, April 15, 2021, the Grand Falls Region of Health Zone 4 will move to the Orange Alert level. Specific to ASD-W, this change will impact John Caldwell School only.

The Orange Alert level means staff and students will still be required to follow specific safety measures, particularly around mask-wearing, however in the Orange level, masks are not required while students are engaged in sports activities during physical education class.


As in the Red Alert level, extra-curricular music activities, such as choir and band are not permitted, however sports activities are now limited to practices within a single team. Please review the full details of the Orange level 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 COMPARISON CHARTY

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 following these directives as they change. By doing so, you are reducing the risk of transmitting the virus and keeping yourself and those around you safe.

Sincerely,

David McTimoney, Superintendent​

Last Printed: 4/15/2021 5:00 PM
Posted: Apr 15 2021, 4:21 PM
  

Summerhill Street School SPCA Fundraiser

On Thursday April 1st students at Summerhill Street School presented a vanload of pet supplies and $250 to the Oromocto SPCA.

 This student-led initiative was inspired by a class discussion about how animals are being affected by the pandemic. Grade 5 French Immersion student, Morgan B., backed by her teacher Mme. Lavoie, her schoolmates, and her principal Mrs. Atherton, set out to fundraise for the SPCA.

Morgan chose the SPCA because she loves animals and she adopted her cat, Zoey, there. “With the pandemic, many businesses are closed so I thought that the SPCA might be in the same situation with fewer donations because people were not able to work due to Covid-19. It’s important we help because they are a charity and that means they depend on us to stay open.”

The fundraiser involved the whole school. Mme. Lavoie encouraged students to decorate donation boxes and helped the class work on ways to promote the event. Posters and morning announcements were made, and teachers emailed families for support. The response was overwhelming.

A total of $250 was raised and a van full of items including paper towels, laundry detergent, canned tuna and salmon, dry and wet dog and cat food, Cheez Whiz, toys and chew bones were donated. The money came from a dress up day where students donated a $1 to dress up as their favorite animal.

The SPCA was presented with the items and money on Thursday April 1st. They were very thankful for the donation and impressed by the generosity of the students.  SPCA volunteers said that Summerhill students were very thoughtful and kind.

Along with being a successful fundraiser, the event was an invaluable educational opportunity that encouraged students to communicate in both French and English. Mme. Lavoie, who mentored the project, shared that there were many lessons learned. “The money had to be counted, deposit prepared and rolled which was a wonderful Math life lesson. We made predications and charted our progress during the week. They used art and creativity with posters and boxes, with very little guidance from me as their teacher. I was merely the coach and let the students generate their thoughts and ideas via discussions. There was a lot of teamwork in this very special project that brought everyone closer together.”

Principal Atherton shared that at Summerhill there is a focus on student leadership and responsibility. “When Morgan wrote her letter to me asking for permission to hold this activity, I was more than happy to say yes to her request. It really brought a smile to my face to see how excited the students were, especially in grade 3, to be involved with something like this. They couldn’t wait to participate and help the SPCA.”

This project was the epitome of kindness and community and is summed up well by student Tanner M.: “I learned all animals can be helped with acts of kindness. Just donating one little thing makes a big difference. If everybody donated something small, it makes a big difference. Animals give us love and support. For some people they help them get through the day.”

Morgan, who spearheaded the campaign, asks that people continue to support the SPCA and reminds us that “animals make us feel better so we should help them feel better too!”


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Last Printed: 4/15/2021 12:00 PM
Posted: Apr 15 2021, 11:20 AM
  

​Consider Becoming a Candidate for your Anglophone West District Education Council.

Your District Education Council (DEC) needs people who are dedicatedand passionate about the education of students in your district andacross the province. The DEC hires and evaluates the superintendent,develops policies, monitors the performance of the district and setspriorities for the district education plan.

Candidates do not need previous experience - just a willingness to learnhow DECs use policy and oversight to shape the future of education.Elected members work together to make decisions for all students andschools in the district.

DEC members will be elected with the municipal elections on May 10th, 2021 and will serve a 4 year term.

Learn more about your local DEC at www.asd-w.nbed.nb.ca

Learn more about becoming a candidate for DEC at www.electionsnb.ca

Learn more education governance in N.B.at www.decnb.ca

Friday, April 9, at 2:00 PM is the deadline​!


Last Printed: 4/7/2021 2:00 PM
Posted: Apr 12 2021, 2:05 PM
  

April 10, 2021

High School Families of ASD-W,

Changes were announced to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD) “Return to School” plan on March 19 that would see all high school students return to full-time in-person learning as early as April 12, 2021.  Plans were communicated with you in recent days. In ASD-W, 7 of our 19 high school settings have been in a full “blended learning” model for schooling, with another 3 schools following a partial “blended learning” model.  The “blended learning” model is designed such that students learn at school one day and then learn from home the next day.

As the COVID-19 pandemic presents us with ever-evolving situations, we are often required to adjust accordingly to new information. As a result of our current circumstances in the province and out of an abundance of caution, the shift to full-time in-person learning for high schools in the province following a blended-learning model will be delayed. In consideration of presumptive cases of COVID-19 variants in Health Zones 1 and 2, this delay will allow for more physical distancing in high schools and minimize the number of possible contacts should there be an outbreak in a school.

Schools that have been following a blended learning model will continue with this model.  For those schools who have not been following the blended learning model, there is no change.

Our provincial government’s Cabinet and the all-party cabinet committee on COVID-19 will revisit this decision based on the advice of Public Health during the week of April 26.

Further to this and in response to the “lockdown” level of alert for the Edmundston region of Health Zone 4, Saint Mary’s Academy will revert to full remote learning from home, effective Monday, April 12.  The school principal will reach out to you this weekend with further details.  Please note…this is for Saint Mary’s Academy only for ASD-W schools.

The EECD “Return to School” plan is a living document that changes to reflect on new information and best practices, as advised by Public Health. Collaboration with Public Health will continue and we will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

When EECD first announced the Return to School plan last spring, we knew that this would be a school year like no other. Over the past year, you have been flexible and patient as this plan has been updated. Thank you for your understanding, patience, and ongoing cooperation this year.

Sincerely,

David McTimoney, Superintendent

Last Printed: 4/10/2021 9:00 PM
Posted: Apr 10 2021, 8:29 PM
  
Hello ASD-W Families,

On Monday, April 12th we will be welcoming most of our high school students back to school on a full time basis (in person learning every day). This change has required us to make some changes to our transportation plan as there will now be more students travelling on our buses daily.

Due to the increased number of students on our buses, we will be requiring all students in all grade levels (Kindergarten-12) to wear a mask at all times while travelling on a bus. Siblings and students who are sitting alone will also be required to wear a mask.

In the Yellow Phasel Bus Drivers are not required to wear a mask as they are behind a curtain.In the Orange or Red phases, Bus Drivers are required to wear a mask.

Please click this link for full details: high-schools-full-time.pdf (gnb.ca)

​Please make sure your student has a clean mask every day for bus travel. Thank you for your continued cooperation and patience as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 Global Pandemic. 

Last Printed: 4/9/2021 3:00 PM
Posted: Apr 09 2021, 2:44 PM
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