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Weekly Updates June 15th to 21st

This week is the final week for secondary students for this year. As challenging as it has been, we appreciate the dedication and hard work that each student has been able to bring to the table at this difficult time. We also want to congratulate all the ASIA 2020 Graduates. This year has been like no other and we truly believe that your resilience will bring strength to your character.

Family Remote Learning Survey

To help with planning, we ask that you take this survey on remote learning and how your student(s) have fared.  Students and staff have also received a similar survey.   Survey: https://bit.ly/2XXbQjS

Secondary

This week is Assessment week. Students have this week to demonstrate their learning in their classes through various methods including exams, exit interviews and final credit recovery. Teachers will enter final marks for next week. Report cards will be available online through the MyEd portal, the same as semester one. Students who did not show sufficient evidence of learning for their class will be timetabled to retake the class next year. A reminder that the Health Check MUST be done on the day of students coming in. https://bit.ly/2Xrpaex

MyEducation Login Instructions for Report Cards: (available after June 25th)

Go to https://www.myeducation.gov.bc.ca/aspen/logon.do
Login ID – Enter your student number (the same number you use to login to any school computer)
Password – Enter your password.  If you forgot your password, click on the “forgot my password” link (on the right-hand side) and follow the directions carefully.
Once logged-in you will find the report cards on the main page under “Published Reports”.  Click the PDF document to download, print, and/or save. 

Timetables – Ms. Gunia and Ms. Kohut are working on timetables for secondary students next year. Although we are not sure what September will look like, we are doing a few scenarios. Ms. Gunia or Ms. Kohut may be in contact with you to ask questions about electives, classes etc. Timetables will not go to students until September when the province dictates what school in September will look like.

Middle – Students will continue to come into the school on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday until June 25th. Together with their teachers, students are working on final projects, wrap up assignments and a final self-assessment. Middle report cards will be delivered to your email in the last week of June. A reminder that a health check MUST be done the day of students coming in.  https://bit.ly/2Xrpaex

Report cards will be emailed home to families. 

Grad Convocation – June 20th 2pm  Information for convocation is on our website at: and has been emailed to students and parents. It is also available on our website at: https://sumasmountain.abbyschools.ca/parents-students/grad

Repeat items

Library books/textbooks If you have any books your children are currently not using for study, you may drop them off at the school in the bin outside the front door. Not sure if you have a library book out? Contact the office at 604.850.5207

Lockers – locker contents have been bagged and are ready for pick up. To make arrangements please contact Ms. Gunia at 604.850-5207

Yearbooks – we have heard from our yearbook company that their production has been affected by the pandemic and the delivery of our yearbooks has been delayed. We are not expecting yearbooks now until the end of June. When we do receive the yearbooks, we will arrange for a drive-thru pick-up time.

Good news! Yearbook signing IS NOT cancelled!

ASIA Sumas Parents and Students: Yearbook Signing: SOCIALLY DISTANCED EDITION

We are excited to announce that the ASIA Sumas yearbook signing tradition is alive and it’s fully digital to suit our socially distanced students. 

Jostens has just launched a new platform, Yearbook Digital Signing Pages, that gives every student in our school the chance to create virtual signing pages, invite their friends to leave messages, and print out the final pages to keep with the yearbook as a permanent keepsake. This is free for every student whether they purchased a yearbook or not.

Here is the link to started with their yearbook signing.     yearbooksigning.jostens.com

Weekly Updates June 8th to 12th

The building was alive last week with students and staff! We are missing you all so much that even with about 18% of our students in the class, it was the small bit of positive energy that we all needed!

For those returning, just a reminder that the health check form must be filled in on the DAY of return. For example, if your child is attending on Tuesday, the form must be filled in on Tuesday. It is not valid if it is filled in the day or evening before.

ALL students are to report to the front entrance to make sure that students have completed the health check online form. Once again that form is at https://bit.ly/2Xrpaex and there is a QR code at the front entrance for easy access.

Awards Day – Instead of a day, our staff will be putting together an awards slide deck presentation. Look for this to come to your email box by the end of June!

Secondary – This will be the last week for google meets online and drop-in sessions with teachers. Next week, June 15-19 is assessment week. Teachers will be reaching out to students to take exams, exit interviews and final credit recovery. I must commend all of the students who have put their best into their classes in these bizarre times. Students have shown resilience and determination in ways that I feel will strengthen their character and make for positive members of our community. Onward and upward! Report cards will be available through My-ed as they were for the end of Semester 1 by the end of June.

Timetables – Ms. Gunia and Ms. Kohut are working on timetables for secondary students next year. Although we are not sure what September will look like, we are doing a few scenarios and one of them is a full return with a regular timetable. Ms. Gunia or Ms. Kohut may be in contact with you to ask questions about electives, classes etc. Timetables will not go to students until September when the province dictates what school in September will look like.

Middle – Students will continue to come into the school on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday until June 25th. Together with their teachers, students are working on final projects, wrap up assignments and a final self-assessment. Middle report cards will be delivered to your email in the last week of June.

Summer School - There is a second round of registrations for the Academic Summer School (at Abby Sr.) will go live on Wednesday, June 10 until June 19th.

Gr. 10 -12 Academic Summer School (via Abby Sr. / virtual model)

Brochure link:
https://summerschool.abbyschools.ca/sites/default/files/Summer%20School-Secondary-TriFold-2020%20NEW_0.pdf
virtual model delivery at this point; might potential explore blended learning dependent upon the orders of the Provincial Health Officer / Ministry of Education
inquiry / project-based learning environment
no Math being offered this year; Math will be offered at AVS exclusively
no Gr. 9 courses
dates:  June 29-July 24
registration is done online by the families directly.  The site goes live for registrations on May 14th at the following link:  https://summerschool.abbyschools.ca/secondary/registration

Courses offerings:

Grade 10 – English, Social Studies and Science
Grade 11 – Life Science, Chemistry, Literary Studies, and Physics ​

Grade 12 – Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, Physics, English, Social Justice

Repeat items

Library books/textbooks If you have any books your children are currently not using for study, you may drop them off at the school in the bin outside the front door. Not sure if you have a library book out? Contact the office at 604.850.5207

Lockers – locker contents have been bagged and are ready for pick up. To make arrangements please contact Ms. Gunia at 604.850-5207

Yearbooks – we have heard from our yearbook company that their production has been affected by the pandemic and the delivery of our yearbooks has been delayed. We are not expecting yearbooks now until the end of June. When we do receive the yearbooks, we will arrange for a drive-thru pick-up time.

Good news! Yearbook signing IS NOT cancelled!

ASIA Sumas  Parents and Students: Yearbook Signing: SOCIALLY DISTANCED EDITION

We are excited to announce that the ASIA Sumas yearbook signing tradition is alive and it’s fully digital to suit our socially distanced students. 

Jostens has just launched a new platform, Yearbook Digital Signing Pages, that gives every student in our school the chance to create virtual signing pages, invite their friends to leave messages, and print out the final pages to keep with the yearbook as a permanent keepsake. This is free for every student whether they purchased a yearbook or not.

Here is the link to started with their yearbook signing.     yearbooksigning.jostens.com

Weekly Updates June 1st to 5th

Dear Families,

This week we begin the next phase by welcoming students back into our building. This has not gone without lots of hiccups and roadblocks but through lots of work and scheduling, we feel that we have the start of a framework to help students return to the building voluntarily.

I’m sure there will be many questions and we will do our very best to make the process simple and accessible but we do ask for your grace to work out the kinks as we go.

We have worked out most of the details through a slide deck presentation that can walk you through how the return to school will work. You can access all of this on our website at https://sumasmountain.abbyschools.ca/announcement/information-june-1-25-2020

Middle school – One little change, we will be staggering the arrival/dismissal times for Grade 6 to 8.

Gr 6 & Gr 6/7 pods time will be 8:30 to 11:30

Gr 7/8 & 8 pods time will be 8:45 to 11:45

ALL students are to report to the front entrance to make sure that students have completed the health check online form. Once again that form is at https://bit.ly/2Xrpaex and there is a QR code at the front entrance for easy access.

Secondary school – to sign up for a 40 minute appointment with your teachers to have assistance and/or credit recovery, please go to https://sumasmountain.abbyschools.ca/announcement/information-june-1-25-2020 and follow the link to High School. Each teacher has a schedule to make sure only 6 students are in a classroom at one time. This is a support block time, and remote online teaching will continue.

Library books/textbooks If you have any books your children are currently not using for study, you may drop them off at the school in the bin outside the front door starting tomorrow, June 2nd.  Not sure if you have a library book out? Contact the office at 604.850.5207

Yearbooks – we have heard from our yearbook company that their production has been affected by the pandemic and the delivery of our yearbooks has been delayed. We are not expecting yearbooks now until the end of June. When we do receive the yearbooks, we will arrange for a drive-thru pick-up time.

Good news! Yearbook signing IS NOT cancelled!

ASIA Sumas  Parents and Students: Yearbook Signing: SOCIALLY DISTANCED EDITION

We are excited to announce that the ASIA Sumas yearbook signing tradition is alive and it’s fully digital to suit our socially distanced students. 

Jostens has just launched a new platform, Yearbook Digital Signing Pages, that gives every student in our school the chance to create virtual signing pages, invite their friends to leave messages, and print out the final pages to keep with the yearbook as a permanent keepsake. This is free for every student whether they purchased a yearbook or not.

Here is the link to started with their yearbook signing.     yearbooksigning.jostens.com

Lockers – locker contents have been bagged and are ready for pick up. To make arrangements please contact Ms. Gunia at 604.850-5207

Grad Convocation: Our new date for convocation will be Saturday, June 20th at 2pm. More information will be shared with grads and parents as the weeks go on.

Weekly Updates May 25th to 29th

Dear families,

As we move ahead with the next phase of opening our schools, you will have received an email from the school for either Secondary and/or Middle. As the only grade 6-12 school in the district, we have had to make two different schedules that work with what the district has decided around following the Provincial Health Office recommendations and what will work as our online education continues. Please be aware that the very most important task for us has been to make sure the school is safe for students and staff.  I’ve attached pictures of some of the measures we have put into place in anticipation of next week.

Here are some FAQs that have been provided in previous emails:

Before you can enter the building:

- Each student will need to have a parent complete a health screening survey each day that they attend.  This is required by the Provincial Health Office and WorkSafe BC.  Staff will be at the front doors of the school each morning ensure that students have had their parents complete this online survey prior to letting them into the building.  If students have not had their guardians complete this health check online the child will not be admitted to the school. These students will be required to be picked up by parents and removed from campus unless the survey is completed.  Each staff member will also complete this screening each day.

 This screening could take the form of:

- an electronic survey filled in by the parent each morning https://bit.ly/2Xrpaex

- a face to face screening done with a parent and staff member before entering the building

- the student bringing a paper copy of a screener completed by a parent at home.

 Q. What health and safety precautions will be taken?

- Recommendations from both Provincial Health Authorities and Worksafe BC will be followed at all times. In particular, all buildings will be implementing:

- Environmental measures such as: using outdoor spaces, having visual cues for physical distancing, frequent cleaning and disinfections

- Administrative Measures such as: decreasing density in classroom, staggering entry and exit times

- Personal measures such as: teaching to personal hygiene and physical distancing, washing hands frequently, and staying home from school when sick. We are committed to teaching students how we need to conduct ourselves in this new reality.

- There will be no socializing in the hallways and common areas. When students enter the building, they will go directly to their classroom. Students will empty their locker on the first day in attendance, and will not use lockers for the remainder of the year. All supplies will need to come and go with them each day. Backpacks will be allowed in the classroom and kept with the student.

- The entry, hallways, classrooms and bathrooms will be clearly marked in order to minimize physical contact and maximize physical distancing. Students will be asked to wash their hands upon reaching their classrooms, and again before they leave their classroom.

- Equipment and learning spaces will not be shared. All students will be required to bring their own learning supplies for the day.

- Physical distancing guidelines will be strictly enforced. If students are unable to follow these guidelines, they will be sent home to ensure the safety of themselves and others.

- Custodial staff will frequently clean main contact points throughout the day, and will do a deep clean of the building at the end of each day.

-Exterior doors will continue to be locked and our campus is not open to anyone without the health screening.

Q. Will there be transportation?

-the district is unable to have buses run at this time. Transportation will have to be arranged by families.

Q. What about PPE for staff and students?

- At this time masks will not be required of staff or students. Staff and students are welcome to wear masks if they wish to do so.

Q. What about students who choose not to attend?

- All students, including those who choose not to attend, will have opportunities to continue with their remote learning.

- A schedule will be arranged for students to collect locker items, return library books and instruments on Mondays’ and Fridays during the month of June. Please stay tuned for further details.

- All students who have borrowed a Chromebook from the schools are asked to return the devices to the school by June 19th. More information about this will come in the future.

Grad Convocation – Due to the newly amended ruling from the PHO, social gatherings in cars has been limited to 50 vehicles. We are working with parents to discuss how this affects our planned activity for June 11th. More info to follow as soon as we can gather the majority of responses from our parents.

Grad Drive-Thru – on another note, we welcome our grads to visit the school on Wednesday, May 27th or Thursday, May 28th from 1pm to 3pm to pick up their grad package! Staff will be on hand to celebrate the accomplishments of these grads. Come on by and see your teachers!!

HOMEWORK CLUB: Is your secondary child needing some extra support or one on one help? We have some help! Tuesdays 2-3pm and Thursdays 2:30-3:30. Students can sign in at meet.google.com and use the code: Asiaonlinehelp.

Grad Families: A reminder to the Grads to have their quotes/plans survey filled out by May 25th. This is on the google classroom Grad 2020. ALSO parents if you have any photos/video you would like to send to Mrs. Bennett personally for the convocation video, please send it to karen.bennett@abbyschools.ca or karen.bennett@learn34.com

SECONDARY STUDENTS- another reminder to sign in and connect with ALL of your classes. No classes have been cancelled and teachers are looking for you! Participation and engagement will be a large part of your assessment at this time. If your child is struggling, please have your child reach out and speak to their teacher and/or families you do the same. This week, the admin team will be calling some students who have ‘ghosted’ the school. We are concerned for you and we will be reaching out to make sure that you are all right and how we can best support you.

 

MIDDLE STUDENTS – Stay in contact with your teachers!  Every week, the teachers are collaborating to ensure that communication is clear and all in one place.  Weekly plans go home to every student and are the most important place to look for upcoming assignments, scheduled meet times, how to contact your teachers, log into remote classes and other useful information.  Please make sure students check their learn34.com emails and connect with teachers online.  Need clarification on how to access something or complete an assignment?  Please reach out and communicate with your teachers!  There are all here to support you.  As mentioned above, the admin team are starting to contact those families for whom teachers are expressing concern regarding contact and regular engagement.  Stay connected!

COUNSELLING Mrs. Kohut, Mrs. Stark, Ms Carli are also available for students to connect to.

Mrs. Kohut (jennifer.kohut@abbyschools.ca) has been setting up counselling online sessions for students

Mrs. Stark (gail.stark@abbyschools.ca) is also available if you need someone to lean on 

Ms. Carli (carli.schroeder@abbyschools.ca) has drop-in times for indigenous students to meet up online.

 

Weekly Updates May 19th to 22nd 

Dear families, you should have received information from the district regarding the reopening of schools on June 1st. This was sent home on Friday, May 15th and can be accessed at https://sumasmountain.abbyschools.ca/news/optional-k-12-class-instruction-start-june-1.  We are currently working with the district on what the reopening means for ASIA Sumas. We will have more information on how the return to school will impact your family by the end of this week.  

ICBC As the warm weather approaches and more families are encouraged to be more active outdoors, we’d like to remind you about ICBC’s road safety learning resources. These FREE online resources are available to teachers, educators, and parents of children from Pre-school to Grade 10.  

City of Abbotsford: On July 1st the City of Abbotsford will be launching a month-long Virtual Canada Day celebration in place of the traditional community celebration. The celebration may look a bit different this year, but Canada Day favourites can still be enjoyed from the comfort of home! The City is continuing to work with local artists and community partners to put together an online program, for residents to “Learn”, “Watch”, and “Play”. This virtual program will promote Abbotsford’s cultural diversity, as well as its arts and heritage sectors and above all Celebrate Canada – Celebrate Community. 

 Here are two exciting contests that we’d like Abbotsford Students to participate in: 

1.       The Virtual Pet Parade – Students can submit a photo or video of their pet for the July 1st Pet Parade. There will be prizes for best dressed, most original pet, and crowd favourite! 

2.       The 2021 Canada Day theme and artwork contest – Students can design and submit a theme idea and art wordmark for Abbotsford’s 2021 Canada Day Celebration. Voting for the top submission will take place throughout July and the winning submission will help shape next year’s Canada Day Parade and Family Festival. The chosen art wordmark will be featured on all Canada Day marketing material, electronic community signs, and the T-shirts! 

Submissions for both the Parade and Artwork contest will be accepted until June 15th at https://www.abbotsfordcity.ca/canadaday-2020 

Please contact the City of Abbotsford’s Special Events Team with any questions at econdev@abbotsford.ca 

HOMEWORK CLUB: Is your secondary child needing some extra support or one on one help? We have some help! Tuesdays 2-3pm and Thursdays 2:30-3:30. Students can sign in at meet.google.com and use the code: Asiaonlinehelp. 

Grad Families: A reminder to the Grads to have their quotes/plans survey filled out by May 25th. This is on the google classroom Grad 2020. ALSO parents if you have any photos/video you would like to send to Mrs. Bennett personally for the convocation video, please send it to karen.bennett@abbyschools.ca or karen.bennett@learn34.com 

SECONDARY STUDENTS- another reminder to sign in and connect with ALL of your classes. No classes have been cancelled and teachers are looking for you! Participation and engagement will be a large part of your assessment at this time. If your child is struggling, please have your child reach out and speak to their teacher and/or families you do the same. This week, the admin team will be calling some students who have ‘ghosted’ the school. We are concerned for you and we will be reaching out to make sure that you are all right and how we can best support you.  

 

MIDDLE STUDENTS – Stay in contact with your teachers!  Every week, the teachers are collaborating to ensure that communication is clear and all in one place.  Weekly plans go home to every student and are the most important place to look for upcoming assignments, scheduled meet times, how to contact your teachers, log into remote classes and other useful information.  Please make sure students check their learn34.com emails and connect with teachers online.  Need clarification on how to access something or complete an assignment?  Please reach out and communicate with your teachers!  There are all here to support you.  As mentioned above, the admin team are starting to contact those families for whom teachers are expressing concern regarding contact and regular engagement.  Stay connected! 

 

COUNSELLING Mrs. Kohut, Mrs. Stark, Ms Carli are also available for students to connect to.  

Mrs. Kohut (jennifer.kohut@abbyschools.ca) has been setting up counselling online sessions for students  

Mrs. Stark (gail.stark@abbyschools.ca) is also available if you need someone to lean on   

Ms. Carli (carli.schroeder@abbyschools.ca) has drop-in times for indigenous students to meet up online. 

Weekly Updates May 11th to 15th 

Dear Families, 

A very Happy Mother’s Day to our amazing Super Moms out there! This week we are welcoming our staff members back to the school. Each staff member is coming back for one day a week but nothing will change for you, just that our backgrounds will be more recognizable! We have two short weeks ahead of us now, with the May long weekend this week.  

PAC Meeting Due to covid-19 the PAC has proposed an amendment to the constitution Section IV - Election of Executive 1.) The executive will be elected at each annual general meeting in May, except in the event of exceptional circumstances where the council deems it necessary to reschedule to the first council meeting in September. Executive Council Elections will be scheduled in September of 2020 – This notice is to advise of the proposed change which will be voted on at the next Zoom meeting on May 12, 2020. Please email: asiasumaspac@gmail.com by May 12 noon to be added to the list for attendance. The instructions and passwords will be emailed out shortly after 12 noon on May 12th. Join from the comfort of your home! 

GRAD Parent Meeting We will be having an online Grad parent meeting on Wednesday evening at 7pm to discuss the plans for Convocation.  Bring your questions, we will do our best to answer all.  

Just go to meet.google.com on Wednesday, May 13th at 7pm 

The google meeting code is: pas-aafg-rvv 

HOMEWORK CLUB: Is your secondary child needing some extra support or one on one help? We have some help! Tuesdays 2-3pm and Thursdays 2:30-3:30. Students can sign in at meet.google.com and use the code: Asiaonlinehelp.  

SECONDARY STUDENTS- another reminder to sign in and connect with ALL of your classes. No classes have been cancelled and teachers are looking for you! Participation and engagement will be a large part of your assessment at this time. If your child is struggling, please have your child reach out and speak to their teacher and/or families you do the same. This week, the admin team will be calling some students who have ‘ghosted’ the school. We are concerned for you and we will be reaching out to make sure that you are all right and how we can best support you.  

MIDDLE STUDENTS – Stay in contact with your teachers!  Every week, the teachers are collaborating to ensure that communication is clear and all in one place.  Weekly plans go home to every student and are the most important place to look for upcoming assignments, scheduled meet times, how to contact your teachers, log into remote classes and other useful information.  Please make sure students check their learn34.com emails and connect with teachers online.  Need clarification on how to access something or complete an assignment?  Please reach out and communicate with your teachers!  There are all here to support you.  As mentioned above, the admin team are starting to contact those families for whom teachers are expressing concern regarding contact and regular engagement.  Stay connected! 

COUNSELLING Mrs. Kohut, Mrs. Stark, Ms Carli are also available for students to connect to.  

Mrs. Kohut (jennifer.kohut@abbyschools.ca) has been setting up counselling online sessions for students  

Mrs. Stark (gail.stark@abbyschools.ca) is also available if you need someone to lean on   

Ms. Carli (carli.schroeder@abbyschools.ca) has drop-in times for indigenous students to meet up online. 

 

Weekly Updates May 4th to 8th 

Dear Families, 

We are entering Week 6 of the new schooling. It is hard to believe it has been 6 weeks. Every night I have a journal that I write in. It is a 5-year journal that asks a question a day and the idea is to fill in a couple of lines for that day/year. I’m in my third year and I am seeing the theme of worried about my family, worried about the students, worried about the teachers and worried about what the next six weeks will look like. There is a lot of worry. The part I like about the journal is that I look back on past year’s entries and I can be reminded of the things I was doing, celebrating or just feeling at the time. My hope is that next year, I will look back at these entries and remember the worry but be thankful for the people around me that have helped us all through this.  Wishing you all a good week. Find time to be creative! 

Grads: all information is being emailed home AND is online at our website under Grads. All grads need to sign up for a time/date to present the capstone and/or dogwood projects. Please sign up at: https://forms.gle/hyZHVPdsceV3ZB1U8 

PAC Meeting Due to covid-19 the PAC has proposed an amendment to the constitution Section IV - Election of Executive 1.) The executive will be elected at each annual general meeting in May, except in the event of exceptional circumstances where the council deems it necessary to reschedule to the first council meeting in September. Executive Council Elections will be scheduled in September of 2020 – This notice is to advise of the proposed change which will be voted on at the next Zoom meeting on May 12, 2020. Please email: asiasumaspac@gmail.com by May 12 noon to be added to the list for attendance. The instructions and passwords will be emailed out shortly after 12 noon on May 12th. Join from the comfort of your home!  

SECONDARY STUDENTS- another reminder to sign in and connect with ALL of your classes. No classes have been cancelled and teachers are looking for you! Participation and engagement will be a large part of your assessment at this time. If your child is struggling, please have your child reach out and speak to their teacher and/or families you do the same. This week, the admin team will be calling some students who have ‘ghosted’ the school. We are concerned for you and we will be reaching out to make sure that you are all right and how we can best support you.  

MIDDLE STUDENTS – Stay in contact with your teachers!  Every week, the teachers are collaborating to ensure that communication is clear and all in one place.  Weekly plans go home to every student and are the most important place to look for upcoming assignments, scheduled meet times, how to contact your teachers, log into remote classes and other useful information.  Please make sure students check their learn34.com emails and connect with teachers online.  Need clarification on how to access something or complete an assignment?  Please reach out and communicate with your teachers!  There are all here to support you.  As mentioned above, the admin team are starting to contact those families for whom teachers are expressing concern regarding contact and regular engagement.  Stay connected! 

COUNSELLING Mrs. Kohut, Mrs. Stark, Ms Carli are also available for students to connect to.  

Mrs. Kohut (jennifer.kohut@abbyschools.ca) has been setting up counselling online sessions for students  

Mrs. Stark (gail.stark@abbyschools.ca) is also available if you need someone to lean on   

Ms. Carli (carli.schroeder@abbyschools.ca) has drop-in times for indigenous students to meet up online. 

HOMEWORK CLUB: Is your secondary child needing some extra support or one on one help? Mrs. Horner and Mrs. Beckett are opening Homework Club again. Please contact Mrs. Horner at ana.horner@abbyschools.ca or Mrs. Beckett at heather.beckett@abbyschools.ca  

JAZZBAND & VOCAL JAZZ – A reminder to please record your full video/audio performances of the selected pieces/songs for the virtual performance that we got the grant for from the City of Abbotsford. 

Yearbook Request Hello everybody! Have you managed to set up your own personal workspace over these past 3 weeks? Would you like to share the workspace you are currently in? We are looking to cover a page or so with your personal workspaces and feature it in the Yearbook. If you are interested in submitting your photos please send them over to the Google Drive https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1YZE41Zqr5F7jeo8TjW7arJRO3VUXR7r8?usp=sharing  

 

Weekly Updates Apr 27th to May 1st 

Dear Families, 

This past week we had a meeting with all our Grad 2020 students who have reached that milestone everyone is excited about, finishing their high school academic careers.  For these students, now should be a time filled with excitement and one to celebrate the last 13 years of public education. I’m sure you can all remember something about your grade 12 year. Maybe it was your prom, convocation, a grad camping trip, a grad party, your friends or a favorite teacher.  This year is going to be like no other. The district delivered an email last week stating that all proms and convocations would be postponed for this year and that each admin team would organize dates/times of the events that would work for their school. We are dedicated to make something happen for our grads and please know that the whole staff have been putting in ideas, making contacts and coming up with different plans as to what we can do to make 2020 special for our grads. Stay tuned, if any school is going to make something happen it is going to be the most creative school in the district, ASIA Sumas! 

Grads: all information is being emailed home AND is online at our website under Grads. All grads need to sign up for a time/date to present the capstone and/or dogwood projects. Please sign up at: https://forms.gle/hyZHVPdsceV3ZB1U8 

PAC Meeting Due to covid-19 the PAC has proposed an amendment to the constitution Section IV - Election of Executive 1.) The executive will be elected at each annual general meeting in May, except in the event of exceptional circumstances where the council deems it necessary to reschedule to the first council meeting in September. Executive Council Elections will be scheduled in September of 2020 – This notice is to advise of the proposed change which will be voted on at the next Zoom meeting on May 12, 2020. Please email: asiasumaspac@gmail.com by May 12 noon to be added to the list for attendance. The instructions and passwords will be emailed out shortly after 12 noon on May 12th. Join from the comfort of your home!  

SECONDARY STUDENTS- another reminder to sign in and connect with ALL of your classes. No classes have been cancelled and teachers are looking for you! Participation and engagement will be a large part of your assessment at this time. If your child is struggling, please have your child reach out and speak to their teacher and/or families you do the same. This week, the admin team will be calling some students who have ‘ghosted’ the school. We are concerned for you and we will be reaching out to make sure that you are all right and how we can best support you.  

MIDDLE STUDENTS – Stay in contact with your teachers!  Every week, the teachers are collaborating to ensure that communication is clear and all in one place.  Weekly plans go home to every student and are the most important place to look for upcoming assignments, scheduled meet times, how to contact your teachers, log into remote classes and other useful information.  Please make sure students check their learn34.com emails and connect with teachers online.  Need clarification on how to access something or complete an assignment?  Please reach out and communicate with your teachers!  There are all here to support you.  As mentioned above, the admin team are starting to contact those families for whom teachers are expressing concern regarding contact and regular engagement.  Stay connected! 

COUNSELLING Mrs. Kohut, Mrs. Stark, Ms Carli are also available for students to connect to.  

Mrs. Kohut (jennifer.kohut@abbyschools.ca) has been setting up counselling online sessions for students  

Mrs. Stark (gail.stark@abbyschools.ca) is also available if you need someone to lean on   

Ms. Carli (carli.schroeder@abbyschools.ca) has drop-in times for indigenous students to meet up online. 

HOMEWORK CLUB: Is your secondary child needing some extra support or one on one help? Mrs. Horner and Mrs. Beckett are opening Homework Club again. This week they will be online through Google meets, Tuesday, April 28th at 2pm. Drop in, ask your questions and they are there to help you out. Future dates and times coming! 

JAZZBAND & VOCAL JAZZ – A reminder to please record your full video/audio performances of the selected pieces/songs for the virtual performance that we got the grant for from the City of Abbotsford. 

Yearbook Request Hello everybody! Have you managed to set up your own personal workspace over these past 3 weeks? Would you like to share the workspace you are currently in? We are looking to cover a page or so with your personal workspaces and feature it in the Yearbook. If you are interested in submitting your photos please send them over to the Google Drive https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1YZE41Zqr5F7jeo8TjW7arJRO3VUXR7r8?usp=sharing  

DISTRICT INFORMATION: The district sent out a Continuity of Learning plan last week on April 23d. We’ve included it here for your referral: 

 

Weekly Updates April 20th to 24th 

Adjusting as we go! We have had lots of success and some setbacks as we navigate this journey.  Thank you for your flexibility as we continue to monitor and make changes to the way we deliver learning remotely.  Teachers, both middle and high school, are collaborating continuously to identify ways to make communication smoother, support more readily available, and tweak academic processes.  It is very clear that school is much more than a brick and mortar building where students assemble every day to learn. It is a place of social connections, face to face meetings and building of relationships. This is not lost on our staff members; they are doing their very best to make sure that students are cared for.  

For example, secondary staff meet twice a week to discuss scheduling and students who have not attended their classes or have not connected with their teachers. The care and attention that goes into each and every story behind the student is amazing. Teachers are concerned about their students both in wellbeing and keeping up with their classes.  Every week, teachers are tracking their connection with students, both directly using remote programs or on the phone, and indirectly in terms of the students online participation and engagement.  The moment teachers notice students absent from the learning established for the week, they work hard to collaboratively reach out to those families.  Teachers, EAs, support staff and Admin are all part of this process.  We are working together as a community to ensure that all of our students remain connected and engaged.

 In middle school, teachers meet every morning for a quick check in coffee time to set up the day and share their experiences. They also meet twice a week to discuss scheduling and students who they are also concerned about and to share their stories of students and their learning process.    

Students, your teachers care about you and your learning. They are doing everything they can to best accommodate the many, many different situations that families are facing. Please remember that they are human and if you are struggling, frustrated or just need a person to talk to, reach out.  

COUNSELLING Mrs. Kohut, Mrs. Stark, Ms Carli are also available for students to connect to. Mrs. Kohut (jennifer.kohut@abbyschools.ca) has been setting up counselling online sessions for students who need to talk. Mrs. Stark (gail.stark@abbyschools.ca) is also available if you need someone to lean on and Ms. Carli (carli.schroeder@abbyschools.ca) has drop-in times for indigenous students to meet up online.  

Secondary Students - another reminder to sign and connect with ALL of your classes. No classes have been cancelled and teachers are looking for you! Participation and engagement will be a large part of your assessment at this time. 

Next PAC meeting Join us on our Virtual Zoom Meeting, April 21st, 2020 - 7 pm  Please email asiasumaspac@gmail.com to obtain a password for the meeting by 12:00 noon Tuesday. 

Yearbook Request Hello everybody! Have you managed to set up your own personal workspace over these past 3 weeks? Would you like to share the workspace you are currently in? We are looking to cover a page or so with your personal workspaces and feature it in the Yearbook. If you are interested in submitting your photos please send them over to the Google Drive https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1YZE41Zqr5F7jeo8TjW7arJRO3VUXR7r8?usp=sharing 

Grads – We will be having an online Google Meeting this Thursday, April 23rd online at 10am. We will be sharing  information around convocation and prom.  

 

Weekly Update April 14th to 17th   

We hope you have had a restful long weekend. Our staff members have been hard at work learning how online platforms and google learning works remotely from their homes. All teachers will be accessible by email and many have added a google hangout meet time which works like setting office hours, similar to how a university would work when a student would visit a professor. This is so teachers can connect with their students, but also with their own families as they too are trying to figure out how their own children will be continuing the learning at home.  

As information is important and yet seems to be ever-evolving, we want to maintain regular and routine contact. At this end, we will continue to send out our weekly family communications (much like we have always done) to keep you updated and well informed.  In addition to receiving these updates weekly via email, you can find them archived on our website.  Anyone can access them.    

If you have any questions:  

  •  Emails to the school can be directed to sumasmountain@abbyschools.ca or call 604.850.5207  
  • All students should regularly check their Learn34 e-mail accounts for updates from the school and their teachers.   
  • The school district website (https://www.abbyschools.ca/) will also have information related to COVID-19.  

Secondary Students – All secondary students should be checking in with each one of their teachers a few times a week. This includes email, Google Classroom, Schoology, handing in assignments, google meets sessions and/or a stop in to google hangout office hours. Just as we do attendance daily, we will be monitoring who is not checking in and note this may affect how you finish your courses.  Please note that each class will have a different amount of time dedicated to studying. Some classes will require more and some less. For example, senior science courses will be heavier in knowledge and information whereas other classes may be less.   We recommend that students make education at home a priority by setting times for study and assignments including waking up at normal times and getting a good night sleep. 

Middle School Students – Overviews will be sent home at the beginning of the week to students via email and on google classroom. All middle school students should be checking in with teachers a few times a week. This includes email, google classroom, Schoology, handing in assignments, google meets sessions and/or a stop in to google hangout office hours. Just as attendance is done daily, we will be monitoring the connections to your teachers and participation in classes and assignments.   

ALL MUSIC AND PE STUDENTS – you need to log onto your Schoology accounts for your music and PE assignments. If you are having trouble, please email Mr Luongo at paul.luongo@abbyschools.ca or Mr Emery at greg.emery@abbyschools.ca  for help.  

From Mr Emery: Please visit your Schoology account regularly for all information related to PE including assignments, deadlines, discussion and resources, etc. If you are unable to connect to Schoology please email Mr Emery at greg.emery@abbyschools.ca. Mr Emery has signed our school up for a GooseChase. This is a fun way to involve the whole family in some activities. GooseChase is a virtual Scavenger hunt where students will earn points for participation  

Grads - All information, will be posted on the ASIA Sumas Mountain website (https://sumasmountain.abbyschools.ca/)   

  • "Grad 2020 Updates" (magenta coloured button on the main page (along the bottom or sidebar), or go under the Parents & Students tab, then Grad tab, then the "Grad 2020 Updates").   
  • "Weekly Family Updates" (yellow coloured button on the main page (along the bottom or sidebar), or go under Parents & Students tab, then Parent Info, then "Weekly Update Memos"). 

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What's Up April 6th to 10th

Dear Families, 

As information is important and yet seems to be ever-evolving, we want to maintain regular and routine contact.  To this end, we will continue to send out our weekly family communications (much like we have always done) to keep you updated and well informed.  In addition to receiving these updates weekly via email, you can find them archived on our website.  Anyone can access them.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email the school at sumasmountain@abbyschools.ca or call 604.850.5207. We will do our best to answer your questions. Also, check the district website for FAQs and district information at abbyschools.ca.  Thank you as always for your patience and support as we figure all this out!

GRADS check your email! Parents, have grads check their email. Will also post all info on the website available on the Magenta button at the bottom of the main page. As we find out more information, we will be contacting you via email and posting on the website. Please check frequently. 

WEEKLY UPDATES will be on website and can be accessed by the orange button at the bottom of the first page. 

COMMUNICATION All Students should have been in contact with homeroom teachers (Middle) or Block A teachers (Secondary). If you have not heard from teachers it is because they have tried numerous times to call the numbers on file with no success. Please reach out to your teachers through email. Teachers will be setting up office hours that students can contact them AND all teachers are available by email.  Plans for learning are going to be happening this week. 

LEARNING SPACES We recommend that you set up a work area not in a bedroom. This could be a part of your kitchen table, maybe a small table in the living room. Keep in touch with what your kids are doing!  Teachers will be making regular contact and digital/video chat will play a central role in keeping our learning community connected.  Keep this in mind when setting up a regular learning area.  

LOCKERS/BAND INSTRUMENTS This week, we will be calling students who indicated that they need to get into their lockers. The contents of the locker will then be bagged and brought down to the office.  When you arrive at the school for your appointed time, phone the office and Mrs. Gunia will bring the contents to the door for your pickup. You may also call Ms. Gunia or send her an email for a time that works for you. 

Educational Assistants EAs For students on an IEP, Mrs. Horner and Ms. Brodland will be reaching out to families to request permission for EAs to contact your children directly. Our EAs play a very important role in our school and we want to make sure students who need extra support are taken care of. 

OFFICE HOURS We have asked that our staff set their own office hours for students and parents. Please be cognizant of their work time versus their family time and reasonable expectations. Many of our teachers have children at home and they are also trying to help them with their online learning program. 

Week at a Glance 

Monday to Thursday April 6th to 9th  – Plans will start to go home from all teachers regarding expectations, weekly outlines and assignments. Please make sure your children are checking in with teachers. 

Monday & Tuesday, April 6th &  7th – Mrs. Horner and Ms. Brodland will contact IEP student families. 

Friday, April 10th – Good Friday 

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What's Up March 30th to April 3rd, 2020

As we navigate this unprecedented future, we want to stay as connected to you as possible. It seems like right now you can’t turn on the TV, radio, or even social media without being inundated with the challenges caused by the current pandemic.  You may feel there is too much information coming, or maybe not enough, either way we want to assure you that the teachers and instructional team at ASIA are working hard on a plan to support your child’s learning.  While we draw the map of this unexplored territory, we feel communication is something that we can rely on to move forward together.

The Abbotsford School District office will be sending out updates and a survey about the school plan for remote learning.  Please take part in the survey, it will help to plan for all situations. We ask that you look to the district website at abbyschools.ca for the most current news and to our own website where we will continue to post weekly emails at sumasmountain@abbyschools.ca under the tab Parents & Students >> Parent Info

The teachers and staff at ASIA Sumas will also be reaching out to you and your child by phone over the next few days to connect, answer questions and get some information from you. This will happen on Wednesday or Thursday, April 1st or 2nd. We are hoping that your phone number is current in our system. If you have changed recently, or want to check, please call the school and speak with Mrs. Gunia at 604.850.5207.

As is always the case, your children’s teachers are only an email away!  If you need to contact a teacher directly please use their school district email. A complete list of them can be found on our website under the ‘Our school >> Staff’ tabs at the top of the webpage.  We all will do our best to get back to you in a timely manner.

Schools are closed for all students at this time. We ask that you recognize that this for the safety of both staff and students and do not drop in.  That said, some of you may feel the need to access the school.  Perhaps there is something you left in your locker, or a textbook or supplies you would like to access.  If this is the case and you feel you need to access the school, we are asking that you hold off for now until we can create a schedule for families to follow.  This will allow us all to safely follow the social distancing rules established by our province.

To contact the school, Ms. Gunia, Mr. Horner and Mrs. Bennett will be in daily. You can contact us at 604.850.5207 or through the school email at sumasmountain@abbyschools.ca

For your own information, here is what the staff are planning for next week.

Week at a Glance

Monday, Mar 30th – Administrators and clerical in the school – connecting with teachers and working on implementing district planning.

Tuesday, Mar 31st – remote staff meetings held, planning begins for continuity of learning from home.

Wednesday, Apr 1st – Teachers will begin connecting with students and families

Thursday, Apr 2nd – Teachers will continue to connect with families, plan for next week

Friday, Apr 3rd – Plans for remote learning to be drafted, communication with ASIA Families soon, all info will be on our website

What's Up March 9th to 13th, 2020

Our final week before Spring Break! Wow, that went fast! This time of year we are already looking ahead to secondary course selection for the 2020-21 year. This week, students from Grade 8-11 will be coming home with a course selection sheet to make some initial decisions. Depending on the grade, students will choose their core academic courses and a selection of electives. Mrs. Kohut, Mrs. Bennett and Mr. Horner will be visiting each grade to explain the options available. Our website now has the course planning booklet available for everyone to look at. You can find that at: 

https://sumasmountain.abbyschools.ca/ourschool  Take a look, read the descriptions of the courses and make your selections. Parents, you are an important part in this process, and we ask that you discuss courses and possible pathways for post-secondary with your child, more for current grade 9-11 students. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Kohut, Mrs. Bennett or Mr. Horner. We would be happy to assist.  

Portugal Trip Cancelled – We were sad to hear on Friday that our Student Trip to Portugal/Spain has been cancelled. As you are aware, ongoing precautions are being taken to prevent further spread of the disease and the District did not want to put our students and teachers in potential harm’s way. 

COVID 19 update – Please refer to the District communication on the virus.  Here at the school our custodians have been instructed to be more vigilant on cleaning including doorknobs, stair railings and public surfaces. Students are also reminded to wash their hands regularly and avoid contact with their face. If you have any questions, please contact the School Board Office for information.   

Jazz Gala Tickets on sale now! Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 25th. This event sells out every year and we don’t want you to miss out. Go to Eventbrite  to reserve you spot! 

Goodbye and thank you Mrs. Wilsdon! We say a fond farewell to Mrs. Wilsdon for her fill in time here at ASIA Sumas. After Spring Break, Mrs. Bennett will be back fulltime and Mrs Wilsdon will head back to Mountain Elementary. We have so appreciated her presence here at our school and we are happy that she got a chance to be a part of the arts program even if it was for just a little while. 

PI DAY! 03.13 We have some fun activities planned.  1) Win a gift certificate for our pie making contest! Bring in your best pie to be judged and win a prize!  2) Students will show off by reciting pi to the highest number of decimal points. The winner will receive a $25 gift certificate so start memorizing! 3) Buy a piece of pie from the Grads for $3! 

Monday, March 9th  - Course planning starts today 

Tuesday, March 10th - District Jazz Band Day in Abbotsford; PAC meeting 7pm at the school 

Wednesday, Mar 11th - 7/8 & 8 classes new Arts Rotation change; Dance group to perform at Mountain Elementary. 

Thursday, Mar 12th  - Gr 6s to attend District French Concert 

Friday, Mar 13th – PAL 1   - Pi Day (a day early!!)