Dear PYP Families:
I hope you are well. It has been an exciting week as we welcomed students back to school. This month gives us an opportunity to develop and support both in-class and at-home programs. I hope you and your family are adjusting well to the new schedule and routines.
As recommended, the children here at school are spending lots of time outside. As I passed them on the playground, I asked them a few questions and they had lots to share.
What are you enjoying about being back in school?
- I love being with my friends
- I get to see my friends in real life.
- We get to go outside and have fun.
- Being with my friends makes it easier to work.
- I was lonely at home, but I am not at school.
- I use the computer less now, so I get less headaches.
- Doing my work on paper is easier.
- I don’t’ have to do my work on Seesaw.
- Having fresh air and not being at home a lot.
- It is not boring
- School is harder at home, so I like being here to learn.
- I love the forest. It is so fun!
- The day feels shorter
- Making a book together.
- I get some time away from my brother
- I like that there is no mute button at school.
What is challenging about being at school?
- We wash our hands so much.
- Social distancing is hard.
- We can’t play tag.
- We can’t share toys
- There is no hugging
- We can’t use the whole playground
- Our parents can’t come in the school.
- It is hard to get used to the changes
Many other schools in Canada haven’t opened yet. Do you have any advice for them?
- Use a pool noodle to show how to stay 2 metres apart.
- Make sure the kids have friends in their group.
- Separate the desks 2 metres apart.
- You shouldn’t have carpet in the classroom. It is hard to clean.
- Only invite ten students into a class each day.
- Remind everyone there is no touching.
- Give every class a playground space.
- Go outside a lot.
- Wash your hands a lot.
- Keep hand cream in the classroom. Our hands get dry from all the washing.
- Be happy with everyone together.
- Make presents to welcome the students.
- Learn, and wash hands.
I always appreciate the genuine honesty of students. It is wonderful to be able to connect with them in person and virtually. I look forward to the day when we can all be together.
Until then, take care of yourself and others.