Welcome (back) to School!

Things are a little different this year at Earl Haig PS but one thing that hasn’t changed is the care we parents and caregivers have for our kids as they start their new learning adventure. It is inspiring to see our teachers and administration jump into action as they navigate the new protocols set in motion for the 2020/2021 school year. Our children are enthusiastic and are adapting to masks, distancing, new routines and online learning right out of the gate.

If you’re not familiar with the School Advisory Council (SAC), we are the parent/caregiver group that organizes and runs events throughout the year to bolster community spirit and raise funds to support school needs. We meet with the administration and teacher representatives to discuss issues like facilities, student concerns, special events, and academic issues.

This will be a year unlike any other for students, teachers and the administration. Now more than ever we want to come together to create a successful, safe and caring environment here in our Earl Haig community.

This past spring as our children dove into remote learning the SAC also went online. The result was that we had more participants that ever before take part in our meetings. The voices of every parent and caregiver are valued as part of the School Advisory Council so please log in and join the conversation!

You do not have to take on an official role with the SAC to participate in meetings. Whether your child is learning in the classroom or taking classes online you are part of the Earl Haig family. We will have to be innovative and proactive this year to create opportunities for our children to thrive and connect. Your input matters and can effect real change.

Our first meeting will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, September 30th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Log-in info will be shared soon — keep an eye on this space or on our Facebook event page.

Become a member of the 2020/2021 Earl Haig School Advisory Council

You don’t need to be on the Council to attend meetings: everyone is welcome! However, Council does require some executive roles to be filled. Executives should plan to attend the majority of Council meetings. We meet most months (skipping December and March) alternating between Tuesday and Wednesday nights. If you are able to join, the executive the positions are for one-year terms, elected at the September meeting. You can read more about our council positions here.

If you are interested in an elected role, please fill out a Self-Nomination form, and (in true Covid-life style) take a snapshot of your completed printed form (or fill it out electronically) and email back to us by September 29th.

Earl Haig School Advisory Council depends on family, guardians, and the Earl Haig community to assist with planning, organizing, and staffing our events. We would love to have you join in the fun, so please think about your interests and time availability and contact us soon.

If you have any questions about council please send us an email.

Back to School Support Resources

With all that 2020 has brought, we anticipate that some of the children in your life may need a little extra emotional support with this year’s return to school — whether that return to school is in person, virtual, or homeschooling.

We hope you may find the following resources helpful as you navigate this first week of school.

McMaster Children’s Hospital: Back to School
A suite of informal videos on topics like general masking tips, managing school related anxiety, and physical distancing and autism.

Children’s Mental Health Ontario
Six Tips to Support Your Child’s Mental Wellness and Prepare for the Start of the School Year.

Holland Bloorview
Tipsheets and resources to support children with disabilities, their siblings and families during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Child Mind Institute
Strategies for supporting learning at home.

School Mental Health Ontario
Support for students and families on how to prepare for a return to school this fall.

TDSB: Hello, My Name is Covid
A video (illustrated by TDSB students) to help kids understand how Covid-19 is affecting this year’s return to school.

TDSB: Welcome Back to School
A short video narrated by a TDSB student with tips and strategies to help other kids have a safe, happy, and healthy return to in-person school.

NPR: Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus

A Free Printable Comic from Illustrator Elise Grave

The Coronavirus Quiz

Join Us for a Virtual Meeting with Principal Upeslacis

Please join the EH SAC as we host our new Principal Inga Upeslacis for a video meeting on the evening of Thursday, September 10th. Principal Upeslacis is looking forward to the opportunity to meet us over Zoom so that we can be “face to face” without masks!

The meeting will be divided into three sessions so that parents can join for their child(ren)’s grade level or be on for the full three hours. Please see the details of the format of the meetings below.

Meeting session times:
6:00 – Kindergarten Families
7:00 – Primary (Grade 1-3) Families
8:00 – Junior and Senior (Grade 4-8) Families

*all three sessions will use the same link/login noted below

Each meeting session will be 45 minutes long and will focus on the needs of the Grade of students as indicated. The first 5-10 minutes of each session will be allocated for Principal Upeslacis’ introductory remarks so that she can introduce herself to those who have just joined the call. After introductions, she would like to hear your questions about the upcoming year. Council would like to make the meeting run as smoothly as possible by organizing the Q&A portion of each session. Please anticipate that we will have time for 7-8 questions for each session. If you have a question in mind please email earlhaigschoolcouncil@gmail.com in advance. Along with your question/concern please include which Grade level of call you will be attending so we can put you on the list to speak.

Meeting Login Details

Topic: EH Meet Principal Upeslacis
Time: Sep 10, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84634445996

Meeting ID: 846 3444 5996