School Supply Pick Up
We are starting to get used to one thing that is constant… change! Our school supply pick up dates are now May 26-28th. This is earlier than originally planned as we will be having some students rejoin Willway on site on a voluntary basis starting on June 1st. We need to have all supplies sent home before students return to the building. Students who are coming to school will be bringing everything they need with them every day. It will be a “pack in, pack out” system to keep everyone as safe as possible.
Tuesday, May 26th
9-10:30 am – Parents of students with last name starting with A-K can pick up
1:00-2:30 pm – Parents of students with last name starting with L-Z can pick up
Wednesday, May 27th
9-10:30am- Parents of students with last name starting with L-Z can pick up
1:00-2:30pm – Parents of students with last name starting with A-K can pick up
Thursday, May 28th
9-10:00am -Parents of students with last names starting with A-K can pick up
1:00-2:30pm – Parents of students with last names starting with L-Z can pick up
We ask that only one person comes from each family to pick up supplies at our school . Please line up outside the gym doors on the basketball court. Arrive and walk down the left side of the building and exit around the right side of the building.
If you have classroom books or library books at home there will be recycling bins outside along the outer gym wall to place them in by Division. There will be no entry to the school, as we will be adhering to safe social distancing protocols at all times.
When you get to the front of the line your child’s supplies will be retrieved and will be placed outside for you. We can only distribute supplies to adult family members at this time.
If you cannot make any of these times listed, you may contact Mrs. Broughton firstname.lastname@example.org to make alternative arrangements.
Professional Development Day
Don’t forget that tomorrow (May 15th) is a professional development day. Remote learning will not be in session.
Thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate this together.
We hope you are doing alright during these challenging times. It’s definitely not the way we envisioned starting May. We are used to a spring buzz about the school and a level of excitement in the children. Instead, the hallways are quiet and classrooms are empty. We miss students, staff, and parents of our Willway community so much!
Drive by Parade- Friday, May 8th 1:00pm
We want to see the smiling faces of the kids once again! On Friday, May 8th at 1:00 pm Willway staff will be lining Mt. Wells Drive (socially distanced from each other!) to give a wave, share a smile and hopefully lift spirits. We hope you will drive by so we can see you and your family! Please start from the Humpback Road intersection and drive down Mt. Wells towards Sooke Lake Road. We will be lined up on the school side of the street. Staff will be there from 1-1:30.
School Supply Pick-up- Date changing…
If in-class instruction does not resume this spring, school supplies will be ready to pick up the last week of May. More information on the process of getting your child’s items will be coming out at the end of the month. All items belonging to students will be bagged by staff and labeled and prepared for a scheduled pick up time to ensure we get the supplies to families in a safe manner. We will also be asking for families to return any library books and classroom books at that time.
Grade 5 Leaving Celebration-June 23rd
As with all graduation celebrations this year, our grade 5 Willway grad will look different. However, our creative team is working on plans to have a virtual ceremony which we will still host on June 23rd at 11:00am. We feel it is important to recognize our Grade 5s as the transition from elementary school to middle school is significant. Our grade 5s have become learners and leaders and we are so proud of them. They are moving into a new phase of their educational journeys and it is important to honour them as they leave us.
We hope you are able to drive by the school on Friday. Together we are stronger.
This is just a reminder that Monday is a Non-Instructional Day. Teachers will be virtually engaged in professional development learning on Monday. The virtual school week will be Tuesday to Friday next week. Have a wonderful weekend.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We hope things are becoming slightly smoother as we work through this uncharted territory of remote learning together. Thank you for your kind, supportive feedback and encouragement as we work to learn new platforms and figure out how to transform what we were so comfortable doing with kids in classrooms into a virtual space. We miss your kids! We miss their laughs, learning, chatter and creative ideas. Please know that all staff are working tireless hours to make the best of this new situation.
It has been made abundantly clear to us that mental and emotional health during this time is what is the most important area to focus on not only for ourselves as adults but for our children. The learning opportunities provided by our teachers not only have an academic lens but one of whole body learning and health. Play is still the most important tool for our students to learn through and we are working hard to incorporate that as much as possible.
Please be kind to yourselves and do not feel that every task needs to be completed. We know some families would like more options and other families less. It is really important that you do what is right for your family and still keep a connection for your child with their class as best as you can. Read stories to your kids, bake, play card games, and go for walks in the sun. Some of the best learning opportunities that we as parents can provide come from everyday activities.
I look forward to seeing the students “virtually” for now but am eager for the day we can see them in person again. I am grateful for the team of adults working together to support our Willway students. Willway is truly an incredible team to be a part of.
If you need anything or have questions please reach out to myself or your child’s teacher.
Ms. Kendra Laidlaw
Hello Willway Families,
As we work towards setting up remote classroom learning, teachers have been looking into various educational platforms and apps. Please take the time to complete the online consent form named Online Learning Platforms Consent. For your convenience please click on this link: https://consent.sd62.bc.ca
Once your online consent is received, teachers will be able to include your child in the online learning tools chosen for the classroom.
We appreciate your support as we navigate these waters together.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We are missing our students here at Willway! Staff have been working tirelessly this week to check in with families, find and learn platforms that will work to deliver virtual learning and map out how to engage with students remotely in alignment with the Ministry of Education’s Continuity of Learning Guidelines. It has been fantastic hearing from parents via email or phone about the students. We look forward to reconnecting with them soon.
If you are needing to pick up medication or specialized equipment for your child that is currently at our school, please email Ms. Laidlaw at email@example.com to set up an appointment. We have a pick-up and drop-off system in place for returning these essential items. The district is asking that if you need to come pick up something, students are not brought with you.
Some frequently asked questions are below:
When will virtual learning begin for my child?
As per the Ministry’s guidelines, students will be engaged in their new learning platforms by April 14th. Willway teachers are currently working and learning collaboratively, albeit remotely, to make sure learning is consistent and manageable for families.
How many hours of work will my child be responsible for completing each week?
5 hours *SD62 Continuity of Learning Guidelines
What if my child doesn’t have a username and password for the Google Classroom?
All Willway students will have usernames and passwords to access their Google Classroom by the end of next week. We are in the process of creating accounts and will send them out to families sometime next week. At that time, you will receive a document that walks you through logging into the google classroom so that you are set up and ready to go by the 14th.
Is my child required to participate in school activities even though they are not physically at school?
Yes, it is advisable that your child communicates with their teacher(s) and class in order to ensure connection, engagement and accurate assessment.
We are keen to get back to doing what we love, but there is value in being able to take some time to make sure we are making considered, thoughtful and meaningful decisions.
If you need activities to keep busy over the next week please visit the Ministry of Education’s website https://www.openschool.bc.ca/keeplearning/
Ms. Laidlaw and Ms. Henson
Please see the letter below from Superintendent Scott Stinson. We will be sending out communications next week via email, the website and our app to keep parents informed on what to expect for learning. Our teachers will be working remotely to put together online and other learning opportunities. I would encourage you to look at the resources the Ministry sent out to families today as well as they are very good. We hope you are healthy and look forward to connecting soon. Stay safe!
March 27, 2020
Message to SD62 Families,
Dear Students and Families,
I hope this letter finds you all healthy and in relatively good spirits in this unprecedented time. I want to thank you for your patience as we draw to the end of our spring break and prepare for a very different conclusion to the school year. I know that many of you are concerned about your health and well-being as well as the continuation of educational programs.
By now, you will be aware that the Ministry of Education, under the advice of Dr. Bonnie Henry, the Provincial Health Officer, has closed schools to in-class instruction. Schools will continue to provide learning opportunities for students in a different and reduced manner.
Parents should not plan on dropping their children off at schools next week as per normal practice. If there is an urgent need for childcare please email the District at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ministry of Education has set the following four priorities for school districts at this time:
1. Maintain a healthy and safe environment for all students and families and all employees.
2. Provide services to support children of essential workers.
3. Support vulnerable students who may need special assistance.
4. Provide continuity of educational opportunities for all students.
Most of our staff will be working remotely from home for the next while as we await further direction from health officials. This will mean that schools will only be available to the public through pre-arranged appointments with the school principal or vice-principal. Signs will be located on all school main entrances indicating the best phone number or email address to contact school officials. This will allow us to ensure that our schools remain clean and disinfected for the safety of those staff that will be required to work on site.
Because this is all new to us, we will be asking teachers and other staff to use the week of March 30 to April 3 as a planning week. Teachers will begin to provide learning opportunities as soon as practical and no later than mid-April in keeping with the Minister of Education’s directions. During this time, you can expect your classroom teachers to reach out to you to check in and assess the ability of families to connect online for learning. This will take us some time to organize and fine tune, so we ask for your continued patience with us as we slowly get this up and running.
In these times of uncertainty and angst, families have many things to think about. While we want to ensure continuity of learning, we are also cognizant of overwhelming families with educational demands. Please keep in mind that there is no intent to replicate a regular school day virtually for all students. Teachers will be providing essential learning as well as opportunities for teachers to connect directly with students. We will also provide links to resources on our website for families looking to supplement their children’s learning.
The school district is also committed to supporting families of essential service providers. The Government of BC has developed a list of essential services to assist in this determination. When teachers reach out to families, they will be asking about this and directing families to an online portal to register for services.
To our grade 12 students, wondering about scholarships, graduation and post-secondary transition, we will be sending information out to you specifically in the coming days.
I would encourage parents to check our district website at www.sd62.bc.ca for the latest updates related to COVID-19 and the District’s response.
Please take this time to follow the advice of health professionals, particularly Dr. Bonnie Henry, by maintaining physical distancing, observing proper health etiquette and staying home as much as possible. It is important that while we distance ourselves physically we still maintain social contact. I encourage you to connect with your friends and family whether it be through text, email or phone calls. Let’s all look out for one another.
Superintendent of Schools, School District #62 (Sooke)
Congratulations! The list that shows the student acts that made great progress over the course of our auditions and made it into the show are posted on the games board.
Please rehearse over Spring Break to be ready for the performance in APRIL:
The show is April 9th 2020, the morning of the early dismissal – time: 10:30 am.
Thank you all students who auditioned and for those of you who did not make it this year – please try again next year 🙂
Mrs Sketchley, Mrs Battistoni and Mrs Hovelkamp