The final month of 2020 is here, and I hope, like many of you, that 2021 brings an end to the pandemic and a return to some form of normalcy. Thank you to OLCS families for your diligence in keeping students home when they have been ill and continuing to support all of the new COVID-19 protocols
protocols, while ensuring academic standards are met and everyone is healthy and happy in the classrooms that have been implemented this school year.
The past few months have been busy for students and staff alike as we navigate the ever changing health of OLCS. Currently, Oak Lake Community School is in Code Orange, which has required reconfigurations of classrooms to ensure a minimum of 2 meters distance between all students. This meant the grade 7/8 class had to relocate to the gymnasium, the grade 6 class moved to the music room and all other classrooms rearranged their seating plans to accommodate the new health requirements.
Although these changes may seem quite drastic, students have proven their resiliency to adapt to our new normal. We all still come to OLCS to learn, make friends and have fun!
Due to COVID-19, it may appear that students are “missing out” on many experiences they would typically participate in at OLCS; however, with creative thinking and a willingness to adapt, new ways of keeping our community school vibrant have emerged! With the arrival of November, our goal was to ensure Remembrance Day was observed and all those who have bravely served and continue to serve our country were honoured. In lieu of our annual Remembrance Day service, OLCS hosted a virtual Remembrance Day service with each classroom connected through a Google meet. OLCS Student Council President, Georgie Smith, shared what Remembrance Day means to her, Legion President Pat Rampton’s message to students was shared by Mrs. Masson, while all other classrooms paid their respects through spoken poetry and Remembrance Day readings. To conclude, wreaths were laid to honour the sacrifices that our veterans made to ensure the freedoms and peace we enjoy today. The Grade 7/8 class, guided by Mr. Korol, Mrs. Williment and Mrs. Masson, showed their gratitude for the service and sacrifice of our local veterans by hand painting poppies on stones and respectfully laying them on their graves. These stones will serve as a permanent reminder of the respect and appreciation OLCS students have for all those who have served from our local community. We appreciate our local Legion’s support for this project as well as their continued sponsorship of the OLCS Remembrance Day Literary and Poster Competitions.
Report cards for Term 1 were sent home with students on November 20th. Parent- teacher conferences also took a different format this year as interviews were held either over Zoom or by phone call. We appreciate families taking time to discuss their child’s progress as we want the lines of communication open between home and school as we work as a team to support all students.
The Christmas season is now upon us, and again, will look quite different this year. Unfortunately, we are unable to host our traditional Christmas concert which we all love, but we assure you that we have been working to keep the Christmas spirit alive and well at OLCS! As always, students will continue to work towards their academic goals while we celebrate the season of giving and kindness. Through a collaboration between Mrs. Penner and Mrs. Williment, the Six Days of Christmas Kindness has been introduced to all students as a way to spread Christmas cheer to our community, our families and ourselves. So far, students have coloured beautiful pictures to help brighten the days of seniors living in personal care homes, they have demonstrated their appreciation for our local essential workers and seniors by creating and delivering hand crafted Christmas cards, kindness to our families was demonstrated through the creation of new ornaments to be lovingly placed on their Christmas trees as well as a family cookie decorating kit to encourage families to spend quality time together during this busy time of year. In the coming days, students will also show acts of kindness to the staff of OLCS, their peers and themselves. Student council has been busy planning a Spirit of The Season week for students and staff. Monday will kick off with a “Spirit of The Season” day which will have students dress in red/green and white. Friday will be their “Dream a Little Dream” pajama day. “Santa’s Ho Ho Ho Down”, “Ugly Sweater Day”and “A Tropical Christmas Vacation Day”will help round out the week and have students and staff having fun leading into Christmas break.
As 2020 draws to a close, OLCS would like to once again thank everyone who continues to support our students and staff. We offer our warmest wishes for a joyful, safe and healthy holiday season.