Important email from Mr. Yee - #8

Hello parents/guardians and students:

As I begin this week’s communication and share my sincere hope that everyone in our Oakwood family continues to be well, safe, and healthy, I do so, ‘standing side-by-side with my fellow colleagues’ with a heavy heart.  We are all very sad at the loss of one of our family members, Mr. David Au.  He was a wonderful, caring man with an extremely BIG HEART, and one who welcomed any, and every student.  We will miss him dearly but I know we will get through this together as an Oakwood family --- because that’s what families do!!!  We organized virtual meetings with Mr. Au’s students on Thursday afternoon to connect with them, listen to them, answer questions, share stories, and support each other.  I was so happy to see our students’ faces again and to hear their stories of Mr. Au, brought joy to my day.  As mentioned in my letter on Tuesday, death is such a difficult issue and I encourage our families to talk about it in whatever way is appropriate for each family.  The most important thing is to teach our children to talk, to connect, and to reach out ---- we are never alone.

And speaking about ‘TOGETHER’, because of our abilities to look out for EACH OTHER, our Mayor has shared that we, as Torontonians can experience more and more “out of house” experiences this weekend but to remember our new realities of maintaining distancing, wearing cloth masks if distancing cannot be achieved, washing hands, and staying home if we are ill.  Continue the hard work…we all benefit together!

The Minister of Education has also shared this week that he will be making an announcement early next week about the remainder of the school year.  I know that many students are wanting to retrieve their belongings in the school however at this time, the school buildings remain closed until May 31, 2020 and entry is not possible.  As soon as information is provided by the Provincial Government, our Board will provide us at Oakwood with directions on next steps.

Other information:

  1. Last week, we launched an OCI Activities site that has been created to support well-being.  We’ve received many positive comments about the activities especially the “Guess that Baby!” and our OCI Toosie Slide!  Please check out the site this week as we have new content on there for you.  Again, the site is open for TDSB email addresses only so parents will need to connect with their child to access the fun: https://sites.google.com/tdsb.on.ca/ociactivitiessite/home.  Students if this link does not work you can also search in your Google drive under OCI Activities Site
  2. Mr. Tiberio and the Yearbook class have done a fantastic job again with the yearbook.  We’ve received inquiries from students about how to purchase this year’s edition remotely so our Office Staff have set up School cash online for yearbook purchases.  The link is on our website (click on the school cash online logo) or here https://tdsb.schoolcashonline.com/.  If parents are not already registered, an account can be created.  Just make sure you have your child’s TDSB student number (multiple children can be registered on the account).  Once registered, purchasing the yearbook is an available option.  So go on our website and get it…it is FUNomenal!!
  3. Lastly, yesterday was supposed to be our students' Prom, but given the circumstances it obviously could not happen.  I know our graduating students are disappointed --- our staff are saddened as well.  This is an event that staff look forward to each and every year as we share our joy in witnessing our amazing grads celebrate this milestone.  A few of us also love hitting the dance floor!  For these reasons, Ms. Bekiaris has organized and put together a video for our Grade 12s. This video will be sent out to them today, as a reminder that we are thinking of them and doing everything we can to make sure they have a proper send-off from their Oakwood Family.  Thank you Ms. Bekiaris!  As I write this communication today, I’ve heard already some comments from our Grade 12s: “I am absolutely astounded by the amount of hair in this video!”; “made me ball my eyes out, thank you”; “oh my gosh that was so sweet. Thank you for that. It really means a lot to us!”  ---- Students: you mean a lot to us!!!!  Families feel free to check out the video as well.

Please continue to reach out to your child’s teachers, as well as both Lesley and I as needed.  Our emails are:

steve.yee@tdsb.on.ca

lesley.wallace@tdsb.on.ca

Students: Continue to b3 – ‘Believe You Can’…‘Bust your Butt’… and ‘Be the Best you can Be!’

Teachers: simply…THANK YOU.

It’s Victoria Day Weekend!  I hope you all enjoy it.  Warmer and brighter days are ahead. 

Have a FUNomenal weekend and Oakwood, remember:

“Take care of yourself --- and each other,

Strive to be the best you can be,

Don’t be afraid to be different --- Be an ‘Original’, Take risks,

Think ‘outside-the-box’,

Think ‘Other’ ----- Think OCI!!!”

Steve.

Important email from Mr. Yee - #7

Hello parents/guardians and students:

I hope that everyone in our Oakwood family is continuing to be well, safe, and healthy.  Together, we’ve done a great job looking after EACH OTHER and it appears that our city is slowly reducing the restrictions because of our collective hard work.  Well done Toronto! ---  but we need to be even more disciplined now with physical distancing as we engage in more ‘outside-of-home’ opportunities.  Stay the course…stay smart…stay safe.

There are some important items that have recently been announced in May that I’d like to highlight:

The Ministry of Education has announced that there will not be formal exams this year in June.  This means that teachers will be adjusting the weightings and calculations for each course including the culminating activities.  Remember, all of your child’s efforts during our remote learning can lead to improved marks and ‘more Monopoly properties and money’!  So keep up the hard work and embrace the learning students!  

Also, there was a recent update from the TDSB regarding school events such as Prom and Graduation.  Unfortunately, our scheduled Prom will need to be cancelled or postponed until we receive further direction.  I know that Ms. Bekiaris and the Prom Committee have been looking at various options and creative ways to have a celebration but any decision on what this looks like will have to come in the near future when we have a better sense from Public Health and the TDSB.  Hang tight grads… we are THINKING outside-the-box!  Our graduation ceremony, Commencement, is scheduled for the Fall and there have not been any changes to that event at this moment.  

In other news this week, our Director of Education, John Malloy notified our Board of Trustees on Monday of his plans to retire from the TDSB in November.  Dr. Malloy’s focus has been on helping all students succeed --- ensuring that students have access to the programs, learning opportunities, and resources they require. His work and belief that equity and student voice be central to student learning have been impactful in our schools across the city.  Thank you Dr. Malloy for your leadership and excellence.

Other information:

  • I am pleased to share with you an initiative to provide critical support to our Oakwood families during this difficult time. The pandemic is impacting families’ abilities to secure food they need for their children and we know that many students rely on the school nutrition programs offered in our schools. The TDSB has been working closely with the Toronto Foundation for Student Success, who has secured funds to purchase food cards to grocery stores to help support our families.  Families are eligible for a $50 card per TDSB child. This amount is about the cost of a nutritious breakfast for a child for 30 days. Once families have registered online, grocery cards will be mailed directly to the address they provide. TDSB staff are also working to provide the cards to stores closest to the family’s address.  An email and voicemail message has been sent out to our families through School Messenger this week, inviting you to complete the registration online. I recognize that completing the registration form may be challenging for some, and, for those without internet, impossible. If you need assistance to access these cards, please contact our VP, Lesley Wallace and she will help in completing the form.  If a family wants to register more than 4 TDSB aged children in their household, separate applications are no longer needed (just tick off the required box in the application link and TFSS will register any additional children).  If you would like further information, please call the TDSB hotline (416-397-3488) or email foodforkids@tdsb.on.ca .
  • On Monday this week, an email was sent to Oakwood students/families about Mental Health Week and a site that has been created to support well-being.  If you missed it, staff at Oakwood have put together a whole site of fun activities including dancing, singing, cooking, MMA, Guess That Baby!  We have it all in one site.  Check back regularly as we are adding more content each week.  Please note that the site is open for TDSB email addresses only, so parents, you need to ask your child to give you a tour.  Have a look: https://sites.google.com/tdsb.on.ca/ociactivitiessite/home
  • Lastly, just sharing an Oakwood tweet with everyone in celebration of Education Week and Mental Health Week… https://twitter.com/TDSB_Oakwood/status/1258083576232448000 Laughter is the remedy for all!  Laugh at us...laugh with us...we just want everyone to laugh!

Continue to laugh, continue to smile, continue to share the moments with OTHERS.  If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to your child’s teachers and reach out to Lesley or I as well.  We are all happy to hear from you. 

steve.yee@tdsb.on.ca

lesley.wallace@tdsb.on.ca

This weekend is Mothers’ Day.  Thank you MOMS for all that you do for us and you deserve so much more than we give…you are truly SPECIAL!

Have a FUNomenal weekend and Oakwood, remember:

“Take care of yourself --- and each other,

Strive to be the best you can be,

Don’t be afraid to be different --- Be an ‘Original’, Take risks,

Think ‘outside-the-box’,

Think ‘Other’ ----- Think OCI!!!”

Steve.

Important Letter from Mr. Yee

Hello Parents/Guardians:

Hope everyone and their families are doing well and that we are all staying POSITIVE, SAFE, and HEALTHY.  It is certainly an unprecedented time we are living in, and at times, things seem so uncertain --- but please know that we have many people working to prepare for the ‘new’ learning ahead.  Also, please know that at Oakwood, our staff and community are CARING and that we collectively, have each OTHER.  We will get through this TOGETHER.

In line with ‘who we are’ at Oakwood, our first priority is for the well-being of our staff, students, and families.  During this time, we are very much aware of student well-being and mental health. Both school-based staff and Professional Support Services share responsibilities for supporting student well-being and we will do our best to continue our focus on this. There are a variety of Mental Health and Well-Being Resources for students and families available on the TDSB web.  Please access these resources as needed.

The Ontario government recently has shared that schools WILL NOT re-open on April 6th. When we have more information on new timelines, we will share that with you.  At Oakwood, we understand that parents and students are very concerned about this interruption to student learning.  We also understand the importance of teachers, administrators and all education staff to provide the learning opportunities and programs our students need.  As we are collaborating with all stakeholders to finalize how this direct support to students will be offered over the next while (post April 6, 2020), your child can access supplemental learning opportunities at:

Both of these links will help keep students learning and engaged during these first COVID-19 school closure weeks. The Ministry has said that these resources do not replace what students have been learning at school, but are intended to help mitigate the loss of learning during the COVID-19 shutdown period.

The TDSB has been working to resolve a number of challenges that lie in creating conditions where all students and teachers have access to devices and the internet and supporting our Special Education and English as a Second Language students. We are committed to working through all aspects of this situation quickly and effectively under these very difficult circumstances.  Once our plan is finalized, we will share it with staff, students and families. 

Please share any questions or concerns with me directly prior to April 5th, and I will do my best to respond in a reasonable timeframe given the circumstances.  My email is steve.yee@tdsb.on.ca.  Additionally, for the most up-to-date TDSB information please visit our dedicated COVID-19 information site.

Oakwood, remember:

“Take care of yourself --- and each other,

Strive to be the best you can be,

Don’t be afraid to be different --- Be an ‘Original’, Take risks,

Think ‘outside-the-box’,

Think ‘Other’ ----- Think OCI!!!”

Steve.

Important email from Mr. Yee - #2

Hello parents/guardians and students:

Happy Friday!!!! Hope you had the opportunity, yesterday and today to get some fresh air --- and enjoy the beautiful sunshine!  The sun does do wonders for our mind and it definitely always brings a smile to my face.  Let’s everyone remember to smile and thank those frontline workers who are THINKING OTHER.  Please do make sure that you do take care of YOURSELVES, and EACH OTHER and follow the “physical distancing” directive  --- We all must do our part.  Don’t forget to wash your hands!!!!

Thank you for your co-operation, patience, and understanding as we move forward with our “Oakwood-learning ahead”.  Over the last couple of weeks, our staff have been working extremely hard in their preparations, planning, and learning.  As well, I’m grateful for their diligence in reaching out and re-connecting with our students and families.  Checking in your children (and in some cases, yourselves) is so important and cannot be understated.  Many staff have reached out to me sharing how special it is to hear from students and bring some normalcy and routine back despite these challenging times.  At Oakwood, we remind the school each and every day to take risks, to not be afraid to do things differently, to “think outside-the-box” --- and now we are ALL here to “do things DIFFERENTLY”.  This time --- it is so different, that we’ve NEVER DONE THIS BEFORE!  … But one thing I want to remind us all is that we do have each OTHER: students, parents, and staff.  And we have each OTHER to support us all mentally, emotionally --- and of course, academically.  As we will be entering unchartered waters, we will be learning together with your children and responding to the situations and needs that arise.

I want to stress that next week (including Monday) is a ‘soft-opening’ to the learning ahead.  My focus and message to YOU, our students, our staff, and to our community is that:

Oakwood (teachers) will be:

  1. CARING educators and … humans
  2. Offering learning opportunities to our students
  3. Providing feedback to our students (through a variety of means/platforms and communication tools that make sense for Oakwood students and staff – ie. Email, phone, digital tools, Google platforms)
  4. Mindful of the guidelines around learning time per course --- learning time includes: teacher-led learning (can take many forms), work provided/assigned/distributed that augments or consolidates/demonstrates learning (articles, questions/responses/reflections, etc.) ---- of course, this will look very different for our DD learners
  5. Understanding of the complexities of our individual student situations

For your children, Monday will be similar to a ‘first-day/class’ where it’s about connections and it’s appropriately ‘light’ in terms of workload so that we can assess needs.  You may have heard this already from TDSB Director Malloy: “it’s not business-as-usual” and I reiterate that important point to everyone (students, parents, and staff) but I will confidently say, we at Oakwood, will provide important learning for our students because it’s ‘who we are’.  This week, we will be providing learning and we will build upon that learning as we move forward (of course, being mindful and responsive to all of our learners who we teach this year).  This is not a ‘light-switch’ but rather a ‘dimmer-switch’ where we will together, turn the light brighter for our students as we continue the learning ahead.

For our families with children in our DD program, of course the learning will look even more DIFFERENT however, the 5 focus points above still apply.  Our DD teachers will be in contact with you and best determine together how we can achieve our common goal of providing learning for your children.

Some important ASKS of you as parents and/or guardians: 

  1. Please answer a call to phone even though it may be from a ‘blocked call’ or ‘no caller id’ as this is likely one of your caring teachers trying to reach out to you and your child.  
  2. Please ensure that your child is checking their TDSB student email as there may be important information on learning and access to virtual classrooms from their teacher
  3. Connect with teachers through their email.  For ease of access and a list of emails for teachers, click HERE.

Again, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact myself or my amazing VP, Lesley Wallace at:

steve.yee@tdsb.on.ca

lesley.wallace@tdsb.on.ca

We will do our best to respond in a reasonable timeframe given the circumstances.

Please enjoy this beautiful sunny weekend ahead…be positive, and embrace the “Oakwood-learning ahead” together --- with our students!

Oakwood, remember:

“Take care of yourself --- and each other,

Strive to be the best you can be,

Don’t be afraid to be different --- Be an ‘Original’, Take risks,

Think ‘outside-the-box’,

Think ‘Other’ ----- Think OCI!!!”

Have a FUNomenal weekend all,

Steve

Important email from Mr. Yee - #3

Hello parents/guardians and students:

As we complete our week 1 of “Oakwood remote-learning”, I hope that everyone had a good first week and that students:  you enjoyed re-connecting with your teachers and each other.  This week was about figuring out ‘where we were ALL at’, ‘what OUR needs are’, and RE-STARTING your learning led ‘from a distance’.  Although staff may not be physically in front of you, we are WITH you --- working together to help you reach your highest potential.  More importantly though, is your health and well-being.  I hope that all of our students and families are coping well --- physically, mentally, and emotionally.  It is an exceptional time, and one that may present challenges but I know, because we are all here together --- we will ALWAYS have ‘each other’s back’ and support each other.  Our teachers will lead the learning but along with our guidance counsellors, Professional Support Staff, and administrators, we will also provide the ‘shoulder’ to lean on, and ‘ear’ to listen to when needed…so please continue to share with us and let us know how you are doing and feeling!

Late last week, Director Malloy sent out a letter to parents sharing some important points as we move forward (letter is attached).  Of particular note is the information on ASSESSMENT: 

Mid-term marks will be entered only for Grade 12 students by April 23, 2020, to meet the deadline to report grades to the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) and the Ontario College Application Service (OCAS). Marks will reflect work done up until March 13, 2020. However, formative assessments done post April 6 can be used to improve a student’s mark should students demonstrate further achievement of expectations.

 

For students in secondary school, teachers will assign learning tasks, projects and culminating activities. Teachers will communicate results and feedback to students about these marked assignments and results will inform students’ final course marks. Only demonstrated improvements in learning will be taken into consideration when assigning a final mark. Final marks will be entered in June, and will be based on work done until March 13, 2020, as well as after April 6, 2020. Summative and culminating tasks can be used for these final marks. All subjects a student is taking will be reported on in a June report card.

The information above on marks and assessment is important to know --- however, my communication to one of our grade 12 students earlier this week is also IMPORTANT FOR ALL STUDENTS TO HEAR: 

“Your learning and schooling at Oakwood is important to your personal readiness and preparations for post-secondary programs.  Education and Learning is for YOU.  All learning during school is important --- and the remote learning ahead is no different. 

 

To be clear: Yes --- your final marks will be no lower than the mark determined prior to March 13.  This mark is NOT the last report card mark but rather the mark based on your demonstrated learning of each course up until March 13.  Your important learning moving forward (remote learning) will prepare you for your next level of education as well as demonstrate your improved achievement in your current courses...your efforts and work put in during the remote learning period and remainder of the year can only improve your mark further so work hard and try your best --- because that is ‘what you do' and 'who you are'.  Remember our 3b's from last year: 

 

1. Believe You Can

2. Bust your Butt

3. Be the best you can BE!

 

Now… go do that!!!”

I know that many of you as parents and guardians share this same sentiment that I have for our students so please share this message with your child.  Let them know … IT’S ABOUT THEIR LEARNING --- So go embrace the learning!

Our Special Education department has passed along the following two links to videos that may be helpful to all learners.  Feel free to have a look and share with your child.

How to use the standard functions in Read and Write Gold.  This is a good, clear video from the company that created the program:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bp0to8a9Z0 

And, this is a video about the Voice Typing feature in Google Docs... it is a teacher video that sharing its capabilities for students:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39I_t30LV0s 

Also, if your child is has forgotten his/her password and needs to reset it, the password reset instructions for students are on our website here:

https://schoolweb.tdsb.on.ca/oakwoodci/Students/TDSB-Password-Reset-Assistance

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact myself or VP Lesley Wallace (who is amazing!) at:

steve.yee@tdsb.on.ca

lesley.wallace@tdsb.on.ca

As this time of year (in the Spring) is about hope, and renewal, please enjoy this long weekend with your loved ones.  It was a great first week back.  Please do make sure that you take care of YOURSELVES, and EACH OTHER and follow the “physical distancing” directive  --- and don’t forget to wash your hands.

Oakwood, remember:

“Take care of yourself --- and each other,

Strive to be the best you can be,

Don’t be afraid to be different --- Be an ‘Original’, Take risks,

Think ‘outside-the-box’,

Think ‘Other’ ----- Think OCI!!!”

Have a FUNomenal weekend,

Steve

Important Email from Mr Yee - #4

Hello parents/guardians and students:

I hope that all of our Oakwood family is keeping healthy and well. 

Thank you for your communication, on-going support, and whatever encouragement or assistance you have been able to provide your child during the remote learning thus far.  Asking your child a question like “how was your learning today?”…or “what cool and fun activity did you and your teachers do today?” is important.  Others may have tried saying something like “I’m sure your teachers would love to hear from you, so make sure you connect with them and let them know how you are doing…and what you need”.  And others, may be finding this whole ‘remote learning’/COVID 19 thing overwhelming --- that’s okay too.  The key is to just communicate with the school and we will support you and your child.  Our office staff have been amazing and have been diligently reaching out to families and students seeking out ways to support them and also, listening to your needs.  Remember, our remote learning can take many forms (phone calls, emails, Google Classrooms and Meets, and ‘print’ learning as well) but ‘what we do’ --- really focuses on well-being, connections, providing learning opportunities, and giving feedback. 

During these times, for me personally, I find that I’m thankful for the simple, little things… and that in my work world, I really appreciate all the minute things that parents, students, and staff are doing as members of our Oakwood family.  An example is a message I heard from a staff member this week sharing that a student communicated: “You guys are the reason I love going to school. I miss you guys…also thank you so much!”  Connecting with others and showing that you appreciate them makes everyone feel better --- gratitude is good for everyone’s well-being and health!  So pass it along, and thank someone today…the grocery store clerk stocking our shelves, or the bus driver we see on our route.  We are all in this together, and we all appreciate gratitude and kindness!

As we complete our week two of “Oakwood remote-learning”, I hope that our students are getting into a groove and have found a ‘sweet spot’ in balancing our school work and our lives.  “Keep learning, keep plugging away, keep ‘getting-at-it’, and enjoy it along the way” ---I know that our teachers are enjoying the connections too!  This week, Director Malloy has sent out an important letter to parents.  If you have not read it, I’ve attached it to this email and it’s also on the TDSB website in the ‘latest news’ section titled “Update on Remote Learning --- Message from…”.  Please spend time reading it over as there is valuable information on:

  • Online Safety for Students
  • Online Learning Platforms
  • Distribution of Devices
  • Student Assessment
  • Field Trips, Graduation and Other Events
  • Mental Health Resources
  • Contacting Staff re: Questions or Concerns

Also, the Director has highlighted five principles to guide our work as we move forward:

1.         Prioritize the health and well-being of everyone.

2.         Focus on the continuation of learning in a variety of ways.

3.         Maintain relationships and connection to one another.

4.         Engage all students, especially those who have historically been underserved and those who may not be able to participate effectively in remote learning for a variety of reasons.

5.         Build staff capacity to be effective in this remote space.

The health and well-being of everyone is the top priority during the school closure period and Director Malloy has provided video a message for students as we close out week two of remote learning:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F64u4loRHOY&feature=youtu.be

To our parents of students in our DD program, I hope that you are enjoying the connections with our teachers, support staff, and your children --- and that your child is smiling knowing that there are many people who really care about them!  Whether your children are hearing the caring voices on a phone or recording; seeing a video of their teacher’s faces (live or recorded); or doing an activity with you that was planned by his/her teacher …. We all are missing seeing your wonderful children’s smiles in person!

From our learning corner: the link below assists you in supporting your child’s virtual classroom access from home.  Please click the link below and access the “TDSB Virtual Learning Access - Google Slides”

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Sa_jjI28pZZy5Rlfz7iITsqka7N7sl6ICwzLVjCeiBM/edit#slide=id.p

If you have any questions or concerns, as always, please feel free to contact myself or Lesley Wallace at:

steve.yee@tdsb.on.ca

lesley.wallace@tdsb.on.ca

Although challenging --- as we approach the weekend, please continue down our path together with ‘physical distancing’ and washing hands.  For many of us, this may seem odd but that by distancing ourselves from each other, we are ACTUALLY caring for each OTHER.  Keep up the great work!!!

Oakwood, remember:

“Take care of yourself --- and each other,

Strive to be the best you can be,

Don’t be afraid to be different --- Be an ‘Original’, Take risks,

Think ‘outside-the-box’,

Think ‘Other’ ----- Think OCI!!!”

Have a another FUNomenal weekend,

Steve

Important Email from Mr. Yee - #5

Hello parents/guardians and students:

I hope that all of our Oakwood family is well, healthy, and continuing to THINK OTHER.  Our government officials and leaders in Public Health have commented on the great efforts thus far by all of us together to combat COVID 19; however, as move further and further down this road we need to be more and more disciplined and continue to maintain ‘physical distancing’, and be extra attentive in washing our hands.  With this focus in mind, please do not forget to prioritize the warm, essential, human ‘connections’ we have with EACH OTHER.  Healthy relationships are a vital component of health and well-being.  These meaningful connections that we have with each other help us all attain that long, healthy, and happy life that WE all want…so take time out of your day to reach out (in whatever way you can) and say hi to a friend or family member.  Just as we learn in grade 9 science in our Electricity and Circuits unit, this connection or current can be a ‘direct current’ that brings much needed ‘energy’ to someone bearing a heavy ‘load’---- yes…Mr. Abdelmassih has taught me well too!

As we complete our week three of “Oakwood remote-learning”, I hope that our students are trying hard and doing the best that they can.  Students: I know you CAN…and you WILL!!! I know our teaching staff are working extremely hard in thinking about the learning for all of their students in their classes.  Teaching in this remote environment is a complex and challenging task with many considerations, including access, equity, engagement and learning needs.  Our teachers are doing their best --- being mindful of the ‘we’ in the class (with the many different challenges that the ‘we’ face) and the needs of the ‘me’.  As I’ve mentioned about above, at Oakwood we prioritize health and well-being, connections and relationships --- and we are always THINKING OTHER.  Please remind your child to keep communicating with their classroom teachers, guidance counsellors, and our support staff.  Also, please ask your child to check their spam folders as some emails from teachers may be going straight to that folder because of the multiple recipients. If your child says that they haven’t heard from their teacher through email (and there hasn’t been a communication through Google Classroom), have them take a look in that folder as it might very well be there.  Oakwood is a collective team of caring adults and we are all here to help! 

If you have a question or concern, please do reach out to your child’s teacher.  They are wonderful and will do their best to help answer your query.  As always, Lesley and I are here to support you and your child as well and if there is a need, please communicate with us at:

steve.yee@tdsb.on.ca

lesley.wallace@tdsb.on.ca

Additionally, please see the attached newsletter from Trustee Stephanie Donaldson with updates.  As a reminder, Premier Doug Ford has announced that students will NOT return to school on May 4, 2020 as previously indicated. The Minister of Education is expected to provide further details in the days ahead.

From our learning corner:

Please click and see the recently published Parents/Guardians Guide to Google Tools. It offers information for families on Classroom, Meet, Chromebooks, Accessibility, Security & Privacy. It's a great place for families to familiarize themselves with G Suite for Education Tools. 

Lastly, have a FUNomenal weekend and Oakwood, remember:

“Take care of yourself --- and each other,

Strive to be the best you can be,

Don’t be afraid to be different --- Be an ‘Original’, Take risks,

Think ‘outside-the-box’,

Think ‘Other’ ----- Think OCI!!!”

Steve.

Important email from Mr Yee - #6

Hello parents/guardians and students:

I hope that all of our Oakwood family is continuing to be well, safe, and healthy.  If you haven’t heard, the Government of Ontario has announced recently that all publicly-funded schools, including those at the TDSB, will remain closed until at least May 31, 2020 as part of ongoing efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.  Please continue to check the TDSB website for schooling and education-related information.

In prioritizing “the health and well-being of everyone” (one of our TDSB guiding principles for remote learning), it is so important for parents (who are always looking after everyone else’s needs) to not forget to focus on “you” --- YOU MATTER!  Make sure that we are looking after our own health and well-being during these times.  In order to deal with all that often comes our way, having positive and effective strategies to cope with difficulties are integral.  One important strategy is to ‘focus on yourself’: make space to take care of yourself; take note of your own needs; and talk to yourself as you would a friend.

It’s also important during this time, to try to:

  • Acknowledge what you can and cannot control and adjust your expectations.
  • Maintain a positive attitude. It helps you cope with whatever comes your way.
  • Find little ways to embrace the change.
  • Connect with others.
  • Listen to your feelings and know that it’s ok to not to be ok.
  • Maintain a sense of humour – laughter can be a great way to cope.
  • Seek help when you need it

All of us can, and will be stronger because of EACH OTHER --- we’re in this TOGETHER!

As we complete our week four of “Oakwood remote-learning”, I ask for your assistance to continue encouraging your child to work as hard as possible and engage in his/her Oakwood learning from home right up until the end of the year.  Remind your child that school is about learning and it’s about continuously bettering themselves each and every day.  Your child should know by now his/her mark in their courses as of March 13.  Although the mark cannot go ‘down’, it certainly can go ‘up’!  Tell your kids: “If this was a Monopoly game, you are in the best situation playing with someone else’s money and properties --- no matter what, you can’t lose money so go out there and play to win more money…when you ‘win more money’, you get to keep it…if you lose, it’s not your money so there is nothing to lose --- go work hard, have fun, gain more money/properties, and improve your mark!!!”

From our learning corner:

Please visit this section of the TDSB Remote Learning site for some helpful technology resources for families including:

  • Accessing Google Classroom - A Guide for Families
  • Accessing Brightspace - A Guide for Families
  • Student Password & Device Webchat for Families (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday-Friday)

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do reach out to your child’s teacher.  They are happy to hear from you.  If situations arise and you need to connect with Lesley or myself, we are here to support you and your child as well.  You can reach us at:

steve.yee@tdsb.on.ca

lesley.wallace@tdsb.on.ca

This weekend looks beautiful with warmer temperatures and more sunshine.  Make sure we get outside for a walk and some vitamin D but please adhere to our physical distancing measures/expectations and look after EACH OTHER!

Have a FUNomenal weekend and Oakwood, remember:

“Take care of yourself --- and each other,

Strive to be the best you can be,

Don’t be afraid to be different --- Be an ‘Original’, Take risks,

Think ‘outside-the-box’,

Think ‘Other’ ----- Think OCI!!!”

Steve