Dear EMCS Students and Families,
Despite the current circumstances, I am absolutely inspired by the world around us. In a short time, millions of people have adapted to living in new ways and come up with infinite possibilities to make the world a wonderful place – singing on balconies in Italy, rainbows in Quebec windows, many ways to honour our essential workers, instantaneous volunteer networks to help seniors …the list is endless! I was further inspired yesterday by the creative collective at EMCS!
Yesterday, staff spent the day in online meetings, wrapping our heads around new safety protocols and new ways to offer curriculum. All students and families should expect to hear from their A Block Teachers as soon as possible. In quick succession, other classroom teachers will be reaching out to find out what your learning environment and needs look like at home. Counsellors will also soon be sending home a message about supports currently available. Teachers will be starting to offer learning opportunities next week.
Given the current situation, we have also pushed our report card deadlines back by one week. Mid-semester reports will now be published on Wednesday, April 15th. This will accommodate not only the extra planning happening right now, but will also allow time for students to connect with teachers to complete any outstanding assignments. Teachers understand that everyone’s home learning environment looks different, and that students may need to submit their demonstration of curricular competencies in various ways. Please connect with teachers about your questions and concerns about outstanding assignments.
We are sensitive to the fact that many Grade 12 students may be finding the current situation particularly unsettling. While we do not yet have all the answers (e.g. what celebrations will look like) we will let you know as soon as we have the answers. We are confident that we can ensure opportunities for learning, graduation, transition to post-secondary and scholarships. You will be receiving more information about these from teachers and counsellors in the coming weeks. We are committed to honouring your graduating year in the very best way we can!
As always, we are here to help in whatever way we can. Our office is receiving phone messages at (250)642-5211 and emails at firstname.lastname@example.org.