An Important Message from Mr. Finch: March 27, 2020

March 29, 2020 - 5 minutes read

March 27, 2020

Dear Students and Families,

Welcome back everyone from what will undoubtedly be a Spring Break to remember for a long time. I hope and trust that you and your families are healthy and safe as we move into unfamiliar territory with regards to the remainder of our 2020 school year. This is a new experience for all of usand we will be doing everything we can to support you. We know that each day will present new challenges. I encourage you to try and frame these challenges through a lens of opportunities.  Let’s see what we can accomplish together.

Earlier this week, Superintendent Kennedy sent out a letter to all West Vancouver Schools families outlining our district’s plan to ensure a Continuity of Learning for our students. Moving forward, learning at Sentinel will look different for our students.  Please understand that our intent is not to replicate normal classroom instruction, but rather to provide opportunities for home learning during this very challenging time.  The purpose of this email is to provide families with school based updates and information specific to next week. We will continue to provide regular updates as planning develops and additional information becomes available.

Timelines for March 30 – April 3 

  • Next week staff will be reconnecting, planning and building their capacity to provide opportunities for learning remotely
  • By mid-week, your child and/or you can expect communication from their teacher(s) to check-in.  This most likely will be in the form of email or phone contact.
  • By Friday of next week, we are hoping that teachers will be in a position to provide students and families with a general learning overview for week two – focusing on essential learning

Access to the School Building

  • Next week, we will be communicating a plan that will allow students to access the building to pick up essential materials.  Access times will be scheduled to ensure Public Health guidelines are followed.  In the meantime, please do not physically come to school.

Access to technology and remote learning 

  • We anticipate that the majority of communication and learning will occur through our approved digital platforms, such as Google Classroom.
  • If you do not have a device or do not have access to the internet at home, please contact Vice Principal Dave Moroz at dmoroz@wvschools.cato arrange an appointment to sign out a loaner device.

How to Contact the School?

  • If you are needing to contact school personnel, please use email.
  • To contact an Administrator please note:
  • In the case of an urgent circumstance, please reach out to Mike Finch via email or by text/phone:  604-785-6011.

Supporting Remote Learning for Students and Families

As mentioned above, we anticipate that the majority of communication and learning will occur through our approved digital platforms. Teachers will share learning opportunities with students. Below are some helpful suggestions that may support remote learning.

  • Engage in the learning opportunities that present themselves
  • Encourage students to connect with their teachersregularly through our digital platforms
  • Develop a daily homeroutine where possible
  • Create a physical learning space at home
  • Monitor online activity and ensure that students take frequent breaks away from technology
  • Encourage physical activity and exercise
  • Practice patience and ease into remote learning
  • Maintain social connections by keeping in touch with friends and classmates remotely
  • Maintain physicaldistancing and follow public health guidelines

Additional Resources

The Ministry of Education has published a FAQ document regarding the Continuity of Learning.  It may be a helpful resource for questions you may have. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/education/administration/kindergarten-to-grade-12/safe-caring-orderly/bc-ministry-of-education-questions-and-answers-continuity-of-learning-k-12-education_system.pdf

I want to emphasize that for the week ahead, do not feel anxious or worried about missing work, assignments or assessments.  We will start slow to find our momentum.  Ourgoal is to communicate as clearly as possible as we move forward together in a different context.  We all need to remember that we are in uncharted water and as Superintendent Kennedy has mentioned repeatedly, we are in this together!