Remote Learning for Behchokǫ̀ students

Our schools, along with the Department of Education, Culture and Employment and the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer (OCPHO), are continuing to work closely to provide updates and accurate information to families in a timely fashion. We appreciate everyone’s diligence and commitment to the health, wellness and safety of our students, staff and families.

As noted in the letter shared yesterday, we are following up to provide additional details on remote learning for your child(ren). If you have not already shared your email with the school PLEASE do so.

Staff at Elizabeth Mackenzie Elementary School and Chief Jimmy Bruneau School are working today (Tuesday, May 4) and tomorrow (Wednesday, May 5) on the specific details of those learning plans, including identifying technology needs and ensuring necessary resources are available to support students learning at home. Plans may vary across age groups and schools, and will be mindful of developmentally appropriate expectations and tasks.

By Wednesday night, your child’s teacher will reach out to you with additional details about your child’s schedule, instructions for how to connect to online learning (where appropriate), how to access “offline learning” packages, and information on accessing any resources or technology needed to support remote learning.

While there will be variations in what remote learning looks like for students, the information below provides a general description of what students and parents can expect.

Junior Kindergarten-Kindergarten

Teachers will provide suggested activities and helpful tips to assist parents in supporting this kind of learning. Parents can expect daily check-ins with students and their families to support them. The focus will be on providing families with:

  • Ideas that support hands-on learning such as baking, lego, block and rocks, and traditional activities,
  • Learning through play-based activities such as games, puzzles, puddles, singing, dancing, and traditional activities,
  • Selected students will be contacted to continue with speech and language through TinyEye or through EMES speech and language therapist (Deborah Allison),
  • Daily reading with online literacy (RAZ Kids) as well as books,
  • Daily math with online numeracy (IXL)
  • Primary focus for this group is oral language – lots of talking in both languages!

 Grades 1-2

 Teachers will provide additional activities and helpful tips to assist parents in supporting this kind of learning. Parents can expect daily check-ins with students and their families to support them. The focus will be on providing families with:

  • Short lessons in packages that focus on literacy, writing, math and cultural activities,
  • Daily reading with online literacy (RAZ Kids) as well as provided books,
  • Daily math with online numeracy (IXL) and workbook packages,
  • Selected students will be contacted to continue with speech and language through TinyEye or through EMES speech and language therapist (Deborah Allison).

Grades 3-6
Teachers will provide additional activities and helpful tips to assist parents in supporting this kind of learning. Parents can expect daily check-ins with students and their families to support them. The focus will be on providing families with:

  • Short lessons in packages that focus on literacy, writing, math and cultural activities,
  • Additional activities to be completed independently,
  • Daily reading with online literacy (RAZ Kids) as well as provided books,
  • Daily math with online numeracy (IXL) and workbook packages,
  • Selected students will be contacted to continue with speech and language through TinyEye or through EMES speech and language therapist (Deborah Allison).
Grades 7-9

Teachers will provide additional activities and helpful tips to assist parents in supporting this kind of learning. Teachers will connect for any online learning opportunities through Google. Parents can expect daily check-ins with students and their families to support them. In exceptional cases, offline learning packages may be provided to students who need them. The focus will be on providing families with:

  • Literacy (reading and writing), math, cultural based programming, science, social studies and health,
  • Additional activities to be completed independently,
  • Daily reading with online literacy (RAZ Kids) as well as books,
  • Daily math with online numeracy (IXL) and,
  • Selected students will be contacted to continue with speech and language through TinyEye

Grades 10-12

Teachers will connect with students on Google. Students are expected to attend their Google lessons. In exceptional cases, offline learning packages may be provided to students who need them. The focus will be on providing students with:

  • Course work to be completed online on Google Classroom
    • Computers have been distributed to each student
    • Turbo sticks to support internet services have been given out
  • Students must check their Gmail accounts every day,
  • These are credit courses all assignments must be completed.

Complex Needs

Students who currently access additional supports like SLP, OT, specific programming and/or one-on-one support will continue to receive:

  • Instruction to the best of our ability,
  • A device that allows them to continue to participate in their learning goals,
  • Task boxes specific to their needs
  • Daily contact from teacher, support assistant or PSTs to support with specific programming

Tłı̨chǫ Language, Specialized Services and Wellness Elders

  • • Reading and Behaviourial Interventionists will be reaching out to their students and providing recordings, live events or one on one support,
  • • Tłı̨chǫ learning packages will be prepared,
  • • Watch Facebook for oral language lessons,
  • • Regular contact from Tłı̨chǫ Yati and Immersion teachers, LLI and Behaviourist teachers and Wellness Elders.

Behchokǫ schools will continue to support families in need by providing food to the Friendship Center and families with high needs. If you need food for your family please contact the Friendship Center.

Families are under a lot of pressure during school closures. There are mental health and wellness supports provided by the school. Please reach out to the Child and Youth Care Counsellors or other mental health supports provided.

If your child requires a device or internet access please contact your child’s school. High School students should already have received a device and turbo stick. The remaining resources will be distributed as needed.

The TCSA appreciates your understanding and patience as we quickly shift to remote learning. Please ensure your child participates in their daily lessons. We will continue to provide you with updates and additional information as it becomes available. Please get vaccinated to protect our community and youth.

Masi,
Linsey Hope, M.Ed., B.Ed., B.Sc.
Director of Education
Tłı̨chǫ Community Services Agency
TCSA – 867-392-3000

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