Dear Pacific Heights Families,
This past month has tested our strength, resilience and resourcefulness. I am hoping you are staying as well as you can right now.
Our wonderful teaching staff has been hard at work planning learning activities for the week and then touching base with students throughout the week to provide further support. Our staff recognizes that it is not easy for families to adjust to distance learning. We know there will be frustrations and there will be bumps, but our teachers are committed to their students and are doing all they can to help you along.
I am most impressed with how our community has stepped up during this pandemic. Parents have stepped up to teach their children at home – not an easy task! Our dedicated teachers have launched distance learning, working odd hours throughout the day so they can be there for their own families and for your children.
Please note that this Friday, May 1st, it is a professional day. This means our teachers will be busy learning through workshops they have signed up for and for this reason, your child may not have learning activities assigned for Friday.
Please remember that our ultimate goal is that we all stay healthy, physically and emotionally, and that we all stay engaged. Please know that each and everyone of you is missed. We will see each other soon and for me personally, that gives me great hope.
Please stay safe and healthy.
Good Deeds – Paying it Forward
Liam Kerry, in Ms. Beare’s class, has found a way to spread kindness to seniors living in retirement communities and long term care, to help combat the isolation and loneliness they are experiencing right now. Liam’s mom, Erika Kerry, has set up a program called the Grand-Friends pen pal program, which matches up seniors to kids to video chat, send emails, or have kids send in artwork and fun videos – all to spread cheer. The plan is that when this pandemic subsides, the grand-friends can meet in person and carry no their friendship. Click here to read the Peace Arch news article to learn more about this program.
Liam has been participating in the artwork and video portion of the program. Liam sends in all kinds of artwork, science experiments, and telling jokes. He enjoys spreading the cheer and says, “I do not want seniors to be sad cause they miss their families”.
Below is Liam holding the artwork he sent off to his grand-friend and a video of Liam doing a science experiment. Please do not conduct this experiment unless you have adult permission and supervision.