I have spent this week so far planning for what the next few weeks will look like. There will not be packages for you to pick up or anything like that. All of our learning will be online (unless there are special circumstances). But for the most part, unless we have chatted specifically on the phone about online learning, it looks like this is how we will be learning for the foreseeable future.
Most importantly though, take care of yourselves. Yes, we will be doing our learning online. But, and I say this emphatically, your mental and physical health is MOST important. Take care of yourselves, take care of each other, work on the weekly plan that I send out, ask for help when you need it. We are all learning as we go, us teachers included, and we will be taking baby steps with this new type of learning.
Ok, so on to a few things. Firstly, Mr. Melnyk asked me to pass this on:
"Hello Band Students. I hope you are doing well. If you already have your instrument at home, please feel free to review the pieces we performed at our concert, start working on the new sheet music, and try playing some new songs in your Essential Elements For Band book." - Mr. Melnyk 🙂
Secondly, please ensure you are checking your Surrey Schools email address and this website regularly (a few times a day). I would highly recommend, for those of you who have phones, to download both the Office365 Teams app and the Office365 Outlook app. If you don't have a phone be sure to bookmark these two items on your ipad/computer. I have found it very helpful to have my notifications on for both of these apps so that I know when messages have come in.
Thirdly, the basic plan at the moment is that on Monday each week, I will send you an overview of the week with the work that will need to be completed by Friday. I will also post it on here and email it to parents. There will be suggested lengths of time for each subject (Math, Literacy, PE), but these are just suggestions. You can choose to work more on one day and less on another, or spread it evenly throughout the days. There will also be posts on the website so please ensure you are checking it daily.
Finally, know that I am here for you. If there is anything that I hope you know about me is that I care about each and everyone of you. I have never focussed on teaching for the moment/year, but connecting with all of you so that you feel I can be leaned on, that I can listen and support you. You have my email, you also can reach me through Teams chat. For a private conversation in chat just start a new chat with only me. I will be there and be ready to connect. I will also be connecting through phone calls and audio conferencing - whatever is best for you. I have already communicated with some of you where you are just wanting to share something you have done, something that you are feeling, or something you are worried about. Even though we will not be face to face I am still that person you can turn to and rely on.
There is a lot to take in over our first few days and weeks but we will all get into stride. Together we will figure this out and be there to support each other!
Post A Response (P.A.R.):
What is your favourite memory from our class so far this year?