All events related to Heritage Fairs are suspended until the end of the school year. This was announced recently by the provincial Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage.
The Young Citizens program, managed by History Canada, will proceed as planned. All students who are completing a heritage fair project or independent research project on a topic of Canadian history are eligible to participate. This year, students will not need to present their project at a school or regional fair first.
Information on this year's program can be found at www.YoungCitizens.ca and the Getting Started page will provide students with all the forms and steps they need to compete to participate.
Given that students will have limited access to museums, subject matter experts and filming locations, History Canada is looking at adjusting this year's criteria to focus more on the content and research, and less on the production of film.
3/27/2020 2:00 PM|
Mar 27 2020, 1:56 PM|
Please visit the attachment below for information regarding a memo to parents from the Deputy Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development:
DM PARENT Memo March 20.pdf
3/20/2020 6:00 PM|
Mar 20 2020, 6:03 PM|
Education and Early Childhood Development
Essential workers will not be required to pay double child care fees
20 March 2020
FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government is working to minimize the financial impacts that child care facility closures are having on parents.
“Next to the health and safety of children and staff, our decisions have been guided by how we can limit the financial impact on New Brunswickers,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “Our early learning and child care staff are working to ensure that needs of parents are balanced with the need to ensure that quality, affordable child care will still be accessible once operations can resume.”
The department has committed to covering the fees of anyone who has lost their income due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. It will also continue to provide parent subsidies as scheduled. Parents are encouraged to visit the department’s website for more information and to determine if they qualify for assistance.
Essential service workers will not have to pay double fees for their child care services. This includes those paying to reserve a space at their usual child care facility but whose child is attending one of the emergency child care facilities. In this situation, the department will cover the costs of emergency child care. Parents should notify the department to ensure they are not double-billed.
This also means that parents must continue to pay to hold their space at a centre that has not laid off its staff.
“We understand this is difficult for many New Brunswickers,” said Cardy. “Paying for a service you do not use on a snow day is one thing but paying for weeks or months is another. Our department’s immediate focus has been ensuring essential needs are met. In the coming weeks, we will continue to explore how we can address identified gaps.”
Information for essential service workers will be available through the department’s parent portal or by calling 1-833-221-9339.
The directive that people who have travelled internationally on or after March 9 still applies, and travellers are to avoid early learning and child care centres for 14 days.
3/20/2020 12:00 PM|
Mar 20 2020, 1:57 PM|
Office of the Premier
REVISED / State of emergency declared in response to COVID-19
19 March 2020
FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government today declared a state of emergency under section 12 of the Emergency Measures Act to enhance measures to help contain the spread of COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus).
“The health and well-being of every New Brunswicker must remain our number one priority,” said Premier Blaine Higgs. “With the support of the of the chief medical officer of health, and with the support of the all-party cabinet committee, we are taking this extraordinary measure to provided greater assistance to the health-care sector fighting the spread of COVID-19 in the province.”
As a result of this declaration:
- All food and beverage businesses will be reduced to take-out and delivery service only.
- All lounges and special facilities licensed under the Liquor Control Act will stop admitting patrons.
- All swimming pools, spas, saunas, waterparks, gymnasiums, yoga studios, dance studios, rinks and arenas, tennis courts, soccer and baseball fields, climbing walls, escape rooms, ski hills, golf courses, arcades, amusement centres, pool halls, bowling alleys, casinos, cinemas, libraries, museums, zoos, aquariums, barbers, hair stylists, esthetics service providers, sugar bush operations, and theatres or other live performance venues will stop admitting members of the public.
- Schools, colleges, universities and private schools must be closed to students. Institutions which have students in residence are permitted to allow them to remain in residence until they can safely return home. Online course delivery may continue.
The premier reiterated that construction activities continue and that they are not prohibited under this declaration.
Other measures under the declaration of state of emergency include:
- All businesses in retail sales will stop admitting patrons, except: grocery stores; pharmacies; repair garages; post offices; financial and lending institutions; retailers of fuel, hardware and automotive parts; convenience stores; animal and fish feed providers; and corporate and agency stores of NB Liquor and Cannabis NB. All businesses required to stop admitting patrons are permitted to sell online or over the phone and to arrange delivery or pick-up of purchases.
- Every person directed by a physician to self-isolate will obey.
- Every person who has been outside Canada will self-isolate within their home for 14 days after their return to Canada, and, if they experience symptoms of COVID-19 during that period, will remain self-isolated until they are free of symptoms. This requirement does not apply to people exempted by the chief medical officer of health.
- Owners and operators of all other premises at which people may gather in large numbers will take all reasonable steps to prevent gatherings of more than 10 people.
- All regulated health services providers will cease operations unless the services to be provided are to address essential health care or an emergency health-care situation.
- All unregulated health services providers, with the exception of those that are providing direct support to regulated health services providers, shall cease operations immediately.
- Owners and managers of all workplaces and organizers of all activities will take every reasonable step to ensure minimal interaction of people within 2 metres of each other and carry out advice to minimize risk as issued by the chief medical officer of health.
- All owners and managers of all workplaces will reduce to critical functions and will take every reasonable step required to prevent people who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 from entering the workplace, in accordance with advice issued by the chief medical officer of health or Worksafe New Brunswick. They will also take every reasonable step required to prevent people from entering workplaces who have travelled internationally in the previous 14 days.
- All licences, registrations, certificates and permits issued by the Province of New Brunswick valid as of March 16, 2020, shall remain valid until May 31, 2020 unless suspended by a court or by other authority under an Act of the Province.
- The right of landlords under section 19 of the Residential Tenancies Act to require tenants to vacate for non-payment of rent, and the authority of residential tenancies officers under section 22 of that act to evict tenants for the same reason, are suspended, until May 31, 2020.
The declaration is available online.
“This declaration provides us with the tools we need to ensure the safety of New Brunswickers. This is not a decision we took lightly,” said Higgs. “We are confident that these measures will result in New Brunswickers taking the necessary actions.”
No new presumptive cases of COVID-19 were reported in the province today. There are still 11 cases in New Brunswick: seven confirmed; and four presumptive.
“Although we have no new cases today, we know there will be more cases of COVID-19,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health.
3/19/2020 6:00 PM|
Mar 19 2020, 5:34 PM|
On behalf of our
District Education Council (DEC) Chairperson and Vice Chairperson, a decision
has been made to POSTPONE
the upcoming public DEC meeting from this Thursday (March 19th) to Wednesday, April 8th
at the Carleton North High School. This meeting will also include Public
Meeting #3 Conclusion: Policy 409 – Multi-Year School Infrastructure Planning for
the Carleton North Area.
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3/13/2020 8:00 PM|
Mar 13 2020, 8:05 PM|
Education and Early Childhood Development
Update on COVID-19
13 March 2020
FREDERICTON (GNB) – The following update on COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus) was issued today by Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health:
The health and well-being of New Brunswickers is our top priority.
Public Health would support a government decision to close schools in New Brunswick for two weeks in response to COVID-19. While we recognize the significant impact such a decision would have on families, students, schools and the entire community, this measure would help keep our residents safe.
People may still be travelling and, as the spread of COVID-19 is continuing to escalate internationally, additional measures should be considered.
Such measures should not extend to operators, staff or youth within early learning and childcare facilities at this time. The current risk assessment indicates that the risk of children acquiring COVID-19 is very low and the risk of them having serious disease outcomes is even lower. Early learning and childcare facilities operating within schools should also remain open at this time.
Daycares should screen for the virus by asking parents if their child is unwell and if they have travelled in the last 14 days.
Early learning and childcare facilities operators and staff who have travelled outside the country are asked to monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days after they have returned to Canada.
Operators can access information online to guide them in implementing appropriate measures within their facilities.
Like our health-care workers, the role of early learning and child-care providers is a crucial one and I recognize their contribution to ensuring that essential services can continue to be provided to New Brunswick families.
3/13/2020 5:00 PM|
Mar 13 2020, 4:53 PM|
Please view the attachment for Frequently Asked Questions & Answers pertaining to the Coronavirus (Covid-19):
3/11/2020 5:00 PM|
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Mar 10 2020, 10:04 PM|
Oromocto High School has captured the title of School of the Year in a new provincial contest geared toward celebrating the achievements of New Brunswick women during International Women's Day on March 8.
Students of all ages were invited to submit either a video, a poster or a story about a woman who inspires them. Entries were received from all regions of the province. These entries will be featured in the International Women’s Day Magazine and International Women’s Day E-zine, which will be shared province wide. The top five submissions were featured at a March 6 event, they were as follows:
- Sana Hashmat, Fredericton High School
- Kenzie Auger, Woodstock High School
- Gabby Byrne, Woodstock High School
- Elianna Pitre and Shelby Henry, Superior Middle School, Bathurst
- Vera Chen, Fredericton High School
Oromocto High School was awarded the School of the Year certificate for their demonstrated support of International Women’s Day 2020.
Cindy Kimove, English and sociology teacher at Oromocto High School, said roughly 80 of her students from three classes took part in the competition, the highest level of participation for a school in the province.
"Students wrote about women who were generous and selfless," said Kimove. "A lot of them chose their family members or a coach who had played a big role in their lives. The sociology students wrote a lot about New Brunswick women who had come to Canada as refugees and they overcame obstacles to be successful. Overall, it was an exercise that seemed to resonate most with students who had strong women in the lives to provide them with examples of compassion and resiliency."
Kimove assigned the project to encourage students to try out a wide variety of writing assignments.
"They will need to have the skills to write a recommendation for others, or to advocate for themselves when it comes time to apply for post-secondary opportunities and scholarships, so it seemed like a good stepping stone for them," Kimove explained. "After beginning the assignment, it became clear to me that a lot of the students had never taken the time to reflect on the strength of the women in their lives. It opened the door for conversations to take place around what defines 'successful, inspiring, strong,' etc. I felt that writing for someone other than themselves provided the students with a chance to grow both as writers and as people."
Kimove said her students were surprised and excited to win the title of "School of the Year."
"I’m glad we won this award rather than one of our students being singled out, because it gave confidence to some of the students who aren’t the strongest writers, and showed them that their words and thoughts were valuable. It was therefore a team effort and we could all share in the success equally, regardless of academic ability."
Another announcement on International Women's Day was the establishment of the VIVE (Visionary, Inspirational, Vibrant, Empowering) Award by Service New Brunswick Minister Sherry Wilson, who is also minister responsible for Women's Equality. The deadline for award nominee submissions is Nov. 1, 2020. Winners will be honoured at the 2021 International Women's Day celebration.
“Women’s roles and contributions are often not part of the history books, yet they have many significant and inspiring stories that should be told; stories of courage, strength and perseverance,” said Wilson. “The inspiring women in our lives may never appear in any history book, but we can create our own recorded history by highlighting these women through the VIVE Awards.”
Shown in the photo below is Oromocto High School teacher Cindy Kimove with the award won by her students for School of the Year in a recent International Women's Day contest. The winners were announced March 6 at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.
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The Perth Andover Middle School Bears recently came home from Acadia University's 2020 Robotics competition with the first place Gracious Professionalism Award.
The four-member team included Jacob Durepos, Miles Pacquette-O'Neil, Lachlan Moore and Kyelee Michaud.
The Bears competed against hundreds of middle school students from across the Maritimes in the First Lego League where teams worked together using robotics to create and innovate a solution for a challenge related to an issue in their communities. They also participated in robot game competitions which showcased their engineering, design and programming skills.
"The students learned more about coding and the power of teamwork and cooperation," said teacher Michael Grant, team coach. "They learned how to give and take feedback from teammates as well as the judges and they had fun!"
Perth Andover Middle School was invited to get involved in the competition by Brilliant Labs, a not-for-profit, hands-on technology and experiential learning platform based in Atlantic Canada which works actively within ASD-W schools.
Grant said his students practiced at school for the competition and received extra coaching from Brilliant Labs coordinator Helene Bard. They entered the contest wearing their own bright red school t-shirts donated by Atlantic Potato Distributors in Perth-Andover.
Overall, they experienced authentic learning - that is how their skills can be transferred to a real life setting. At the same time, they had the opportunity to visit a well known university and speak to students and professors involved in computer science at the post-secondary level.
Shown in the photo below are members of the Perth Andover Middle School Bears team (left to right) Coach Michael Grant, Jacob Durepos, Miles Pacquette-O'Neil, Lachlan Moore and Kyelee Michaud with Principal Claudine Dionne.
2/25/2020 4:00 PM|
Feb 26 2020, 9:13 AM|
Concentration, memory skills, critical thinking and logic for playing the game of chess continue to produce medals for students in ASD-W schools.
Derrick Grant, Grades 6-12 numeracy coordinator for ASD-W, said six schools recently took part in a chess tournament held at Oromocto High School for students competing at the high school and middle school levels. Players competed in double elimination style playing up to six games to capture medals and become eligible to play in the provincial championships scheduled for April 18 in Edmundston.
Ridgeview Middle School, Nashwaaksis Middle School, Gagetown School, Harold Peterson Middle School, Fredericton High School and Oromocto High School students attended this event. Medal winners were as follows:
Grade 12: Gold, Leo
Cui (FHS) and 2019 provincial champion.
Grade 11: Gold, Cynthia
Cui (FHS) and 2019 provincial champion; Silver, Spencer Merryweather (FHS)
Grade 10: Gold,
Aaron Meyer (OHS); Silver, Tom Wielemaker (FHS)
Grade 9: Gold, Max
Yang (FHS); Silver, Tal Tepfer (FHS)
Grade 8 : Gold,
Silas Moss (HP); Silver, Andrew Mabey (HP)
Grade 7: Gold, Jacob
Connor (NMS); Silver, Gabe Strickland (RMS)
Grade 6: Gold, Peyton
Tobin-Jardine (NMS); Silver, Carter Mulholland (RMS)
Another tournament for middle school students also took place in Marysville with competitors entering from Bliss Carmen Middle School and George Street Middle School. Winners were as follows:
Grade 8: Gold, Jacob Cheng (BCMS)
Silver, Grady Coy (BCMS)
Grade 7: Gold, Colin Partridge (BCMS)
Silver, Leon Liu (GSMS)
Grade 6: Gold, Raktika Galwa (BCMS)
Silver, Ben Craik (GSMS)
This students also move on to the provincial tournament in Edmundston.
Shown in the photos below are (1) medal winners from the six-school tournament held at Oromocto High School; (2) medal winners from the middle school tournament held in Marysville for students from Bliss Carman Middle School and George Street Middle School.
2/25/2020 12:00 PM|
Feb 25 2020, 11:51 AM|
Over a truckload of goods and supplies was delivered to the Fredericton Homeless Shelter on Family Day, Feb. 17, thanks to the efforts of three Grade 4 students at Hartland Community School.
Brooklynn Whelan wanted to find a way to make a difference for homeless people trying to survive the cold winter months. With the support of her classmates, Marlee Girdwood and Vada Bradstreet, they spearheaded a school-wide campaign to collect donations for the homeless shelter.
"Together they formed a group, Hartland Helps Homeless, and they began speaking to others about it," said their teacher Deidre Cowperthwaite. "They sent out information sheets about their group, spoke to the elementary student body, and also our Grade 8 entrepreneurial students. As items started coming in, word got around the community about what was happening."
The generosity of their classmates and the community mounted up with donated clothing, blankets, books, toilet paper and other essentials filling the back of a truck and two cars for their delivery to Fredericton's homeless.
"It was a very rewarding experience for all involved," Cowperthwaite remarked.
Shown in the photo below are Brooklynn Whelan, Marlee Girdwood and Vada Bradstreet, Grade 4 students at Hartland Community School.
2/21/2020 2:00 PM|
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