Apr
01
2020
YMM
News

FMPSD Steps up to Support #ABLearningatHome

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#ABLearningatHome is a provincial campaign, which started trending in Canada in fewer than 24 hours on March 30, 2020, thanks to #FMPSDLearningatHome featuring the FMPSD family on Twitter. And, we are inviting all of our amazing parents/guardians to highlight students working at home - including themselves. Teachers, please share your connections with students learning at home as well. 

Initiated by CASS (College of Alberta School Superintendents) #ABLearningatHome highlights education continuity efforts made by students, parents and teachers during these unpredictable times.

Vanessa McMahon has two children (photo below) at École Dickinsfield School. She appreciates the support provided by teachers during this pandemic. 

“Niko is in grade 3. His teacher, Mrs. Enwood has been amazing. She has sent home appropriate, manageable work that is fun and easily completed at home. She reminded us that it isn’t necessary to complete everything and that it should not add stress to our family. It is organized and clearly laid out. We have the options of using electronic resources, or paper and pencil. Mrs. Enwood has also sent the kids some positive emails, sharing what she and her family have been up to, keeping up the personal connection between teacher and student."

“Michael, who is in ECDP (Early Childhood Development Program) is provided great options for early learning by his teacher, Ms. Dhillon. She touched base with us to ensure things are going well. We have been submitting pictures of Michael’s activities via the Seesaw app, which is working very well,” McMahon adds.

Purva Sharma echoes similar sentiments. She also has two children in our system. 

“We really appreciate all that FMPSD has done to support students and parents since classes were cancelled. Starting from the resource websites that were shared earlier on to homework support, both Westwood Community High School, plus Walter and Gladys Public School teachers have been amazing with my children.”

“I appreciate quick answers from Ms. Chaisson when I’m helping my son, Ananya, who is in grade 5. Westwood teachers are there to help when my daughter, Snigdha needs assistance. She is in grade 8. FMPSD has truly done what’s best for kids ever since this situation. And, both my husband and I are thankful,” Sharma enthuses.

Jennifer Turner, FMPSD Superintendent, appreciates all the parents, students, and staff, who have come together and stayed together to make the best out of an unprecedented, ever-changing situation. 

“There truly are no words to capture my gratitude. In just a month, I’ve seen this community’s spirit, and it’s amazing. Thank you to our parents, who continue to share what a great job our teachers are doing. Thank you to our students, who are engaged at home, and connecting with their teachers. And, a big thank you to our teachers, and staff, who are working diligently to ensure they are the bridge to education continuity. Through #ABLearningatHome and #FMPSDLearningatHome campaign we are capturing and saving these precious moments. Please continue to share and connect with us through our social media channels: @FMPSD.”

Show us those photos FMPSD Family. We love seeing our parents and staff engaged with our fantastic students. 

Doing What’s Best for Kids. For more information on any of our 16 schools, visit: www.fmpsdschools.ca. For real time updates: follow us on Twitter: @FMPSD and like us on Facebook: Fort McMurray Public School Division. We are also on Instagram @FMPSD.

All COVID-19 information continues to be updated on our dedicated page: https://fmpsdschools.ca/covid.php

KIRAN MALIK-KHAN

Kiran Malik-Khan is the Communications Manager for the Fort McMurray Public School District, and national award-winning communications professional. She is a freelance journalist, a communications professional, and a poet. She loves sharing stories about unique people, events, and organizations. Kiran is the co-founder and volunteer public relations director for NorthWord magazine, Fort McMurray's first and only literary magazine. She is also the President/Co-founder of World Hijab Day Fort McMurray. A proud Pakistani-Canadian who grew up in New Jersey, she is a fierce advocate of Fort McMurray, multiculturalism, women's rights, and equality for all. Got a story nobody is telling? Send her ideas: DM and follow on Twitter @KiranMK0822.

Website: twitter.com/kiranmk0822

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