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Important Update: The Ontario government has announced that, due to the continued spread of COVID-19, all publicly-funded schools in Ontario, including those at the TDSB, will remain closed to students until Monday, May 4, 2020.
For more information on the school closure, including Questions & Answers, click here.

COVID-19 UPDATE

Hello Churchill community (Parents/Guardians and Students),

On behalf of the administration team at Winston Churchill CI , we do hope this email finds you and your families mentally and physically well during this unprecedented time. We do miss seeing our students and staff and look forward to the schools opening back up! 

The Churchill team is getting prepared to ensure all students will be able to continue their learning during this time. 

Some Churchill teachers may be keeping their students educated and informed through Google Classroom, BrightSpace, Edmodo or any other platform that was used while school was in session.  

Teachers who did not have an electronic platform prior to leaving for the break, will be setting their up their online classrooms next week.

Please regularly check the Churchill website for information pertinent to our school.

The TDSB will be sharing directives in terms of teachers supporting student learning in the coming weeks and months.  Decisions and changes will be made regularly and in order to keep yourself updated, please check your emails regularly.  

The following sites are available to help you and your child at this time.  Keep safe!


Public Health and Other Supports

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html


Residents experiencing stress or crisis and requiring emotional support related to COVID-19 can access the following community resources:

  • Distress Centre of Greater Toronto 
    Call 416-408-4357, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
    Text 45645 between 4 p.m. and midnight
    Translation is available in many languages for crisis calls only
  • Kids Help Phone 
    Call 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
    Service is available in English and French
  • Gerstein Crisis Centre 
    416- 929-5200, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
    Translation is available in many languages

This site is created by the Ministry of Education to provide supplementary resources for K-12 students focusing on math and literacy skills.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/learn-at-home

For information and suggestions on how to talk to your kids about COVID-19 and some of the stresses/fears they may be experiencing.

https://www.camh.ca/en/health-info/mental-health-and-covid-19

Scholastic Canada has made many of their online subscriptions free until June 30th. This includes access to many online texts for students of all grades and reading levels.

http://scholastic.ca/education/free_digital_resources/

Pearson Canada has also opened access to some of their online learning resources for free for the next 90 days to help support students learning from home. 

https://www.pearsoncanadaschool.com/index.cfm?locator=PS3eZw

This site has great hands on STEAM activities for students of all ages. These are great family activities that will engage students and continue their learning. 

https://leftbraincraftbrain.com/28-days-of-stem-activities-and-steam-activities-for-kids/

This site has links to online virtual tours of many famous museums, zoos, aquariums, and theme parks to explore from home.

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/travel/a31784720/best-virtual-tours/

Should families need free wifi to access online teaching and learning.

https://www.shaw.ca/internet/wifi


Warm regards,

Nicole Aloise
Principal
Winston Churchill Collegiate Institute


UPCOMING EVENTS



Presentation by Dr. Carl James

 Winston Churchill CI will hosting a presentation by York University professor, parent advocate, and author Dr. Carl James. All Churchill community members are invited to take part. Please RSVP at Araa.vivekananthan@tdsb.on.ca

Date: March 4, 2020

Time : 5:45 - 8:00pm

Location: Library

 

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Churchill Showcase

 

Students applied their knowledge of Analytical Geometry and created beautifully complex geometrical artworks. The students were very excited to showcase their expertise in both Math and Visual Arts through a wonderful display. Many put in countless hours just to impress their peers, and this healthy competition created a collaborative learning environment that continued even outside of school. Great job to all of you!

 

 

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