Dear Vanier students and families:
In the Catholic tradition, this week is called Holy Week as we mark the somber events leading to Christ’s crucifixion and death and celebrate the joy of his resurrection on Easter Sunday. It is a week that elicits a wide range of emotions. In a similar way, we are all experiencing a wide range of emotions as we deal with the worldwide response to the Covid-19 pandemic as well as the uncertainly, at the school level, of what comes next for us all.
Ms. Ouellette and Ms. Brogdon have started an information website with resources for students and parents/guardians: https://vaniercatholicsecondarycounselling.weebly.com/ Please feel free to reach out to them if you or your child requires any additional supports during these difficult times.
Next week, on April 15, our teachers will commence a program to facilitate our students learning the remaining essential parts of each course from home. Here are the requirements that the Department of Education have shared with us:
We have heard some concerns about technology as we have been reaching out to families:
Starting Wednesday afternoon at 1 pm, we will begin distributing the contents of student lockers through curbside pickup or through delivery to homes. We will share the specific instructions on how to obtain the locker contents at the school or request delivery by email on Wednesday morning.
To be honest, I had hoped to send out more specific information and instructions about various things in this email. However, we simply don’t have all the information that we need, as a school, yet to move forward. Hopefully by Wednesday morning, we will be in a better position to do so. Thank you for your continued patience.
We hope that all our students will use this week to continue reading, trying new things, keeping physically active, and reviewing previous topics. Our Instagram page and school website have lots of other suggestions to keep busy, too!
As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns.
Ryan Sikkes, principal and Jeanette Gallant, vice-principal
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