Dear CIS Parents:
First I must thank our entire school community. The delay to begin classes after the Chinese New Year holiday has been a stressful and difficult time for everyone. I am grateful to our parents for their support, encouragement and patience while we navigate online learning and ensure every student continues to learn and grow during this time. I am grateful to our teachers for preparing academic content and engaging lessons for our students to foster and maintain their love of learning. I am grateful to our facilities staff for implementing new safety procedures and protocols that will help us to return back to school and minimize any risks to the well-being of our school family. I am grateful to our students who have been diligent in their studies and enthusiastic about online learning.
As a school we are continually monitoring the situation and we promise to keep our school community informed of any changes or updates. At the present time we are hopeful that the school will re-open on March 2 and our teachers are very eager to be face-to-face with your children again. We are receiving regular updates from the government and they have recommended a staggered start back to school. Once we confirm further details it will be shared with our entire school community.
I have been impressed with the videos, assignments and projects that our teachers have been sending to all of their students. I am sure some of our parents have even enjoyed the weekly workout videos from our Physical Education team. The online learning has proven what a strong and vibrant community we have, as our teachers, students and parents work together in harmony. We know online learning has been difficult for some of our families as they are travelling, working or do not have access to technology but we appreciate everyone for putting in their best effort and for remaining connected to their children’s teachers. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the staff and to ask for assistance if your personal circumstances limit your child’s ability to engage with the online content. Your child’s teachers are prepared to offer alternate activities and plans to suit individual needs. We are fortunate to live in a time where online learning is possible and that we have the means to continue helping our students to learn. It can also be seen as a valuable learning opportunity for our older students who will likely be required to submit assignments and work online in university.
For our students in grade 6, grade 9 and grade 12 that will be writing provincial exams everything remains on track for them to be successful and prepared for their exams. The cancellation of our professional development days, extending our daily hours of instruction, offering weekend review classes and ending school on June 30th will provide ample time to ensure our students able to achieve all their learning outcomes. We are excited for our graduation ceremony on May 29 and we have the full support of Alberta Education for the ways we are continuing to offer opportunities for our students to learn and to be prepared for their future.
Despite the challenges of the past few weeks I am encouraged by the positive attitudes of our school community and how evident it is that we are all share one common goal…and that is to have a safe, caring school that strives to provide the best possible education for your children regardless of the circumstances.
#WeAreCIS and Go Grizzlies!
Feb. 17th, 2020