Week 11 MPB Community Memo- November 15-19
First Day Procedures and MPB Parent Handbook
First Day Procedures
A welcome message to the 2021-22 School Year
Sent out on School Messenger August 27th, 2021
Good afternoon MPB Families,
I would like to take an opportunity to welcome any new students and families to our wonderful MPB community, on behalf of all of our staff. I am thrilled to be part of MPB as your new Principal and look forward to meeting everyone and welcoming all of our staff and students back for our 2021-22 school year.
Our first day of school for returning SK to Grade 6 students is Tuesday September 7th, and our amazing MPB staff is working hard to ensure we will be ready to welcome and support your child(ren). I will be sending more information in the next week, to inform you of our protocols and procedures for the coming school year, including first day procedures, covid safety protocols, morning and end of day procedures, school protocols (i.e., recesses and lunches), as well as other helpful start up information. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we prepare. In the meantime, I wanted to assure you that there was a plan in place.
Kindergarten Orientation and Gradual Entry for Year 1 (JK) and 2 (SK) Students -2021/2022
The staggered start will ensure a successful school entry for new kindergarten students. It is expected that students (and their parents) will feel anxious or nervous about their first day. Your child’s team of educators will be communicating with you next week to share information about the transition to school process, our orientation and gradual entry for Kindergarten. It will look a little differently this year since some Kindergarten students have never been inside the building of the school yet - even if they are in second year Kindergarten.
Our school team will communicate your scheduled orientation visit, that is an opportunity to meet your child’s educators virtually or outdoors. As per OPH protocols, visitors/ parents are not allowed to enter the school building at this time. An in-person outdoor meeting will allow children to have a quick visit to their new school & classroom during this orientation, and then they return home for the day with their parents. Orientation Meetings will be scheduled Tuesday Sept 7th - Thursday, Sept. 9th. Teachers will offer some appointments on Friday, September 3rd, as needed. Your child’s teacher will communicate your scheduled orientation visit time, start date and group number (1,2,3), only if they are new to JK or in SK and new to MPB (e.g., attended the Virtual Academy last school year)
Staggered Start Dates Schedule:
Friday Sept 3rd, 2021: Scheduled Orientation meetings
Tuesday Sept. 7th, 2021 : First Day of classes for returning kindergarten and Grades 1-6 Students; Orientation meetings
Wednesday Sept.8th, 2021: Group 1 Students begin attending; Orientation Meetings
Thursday Sept. 9th, 2021: Group 2 Students begin attending; Orientation Meetings
Friday Sept. 10th, 2021: ALL students, Year 1 (JK) and Year 2 (SK) are in class; Group 3 students begin attending
Our wonderful staff and I will work with you and your children to support a smooth transition. We will do everything we can to engage your children here at MPB to make learning meaningful and fun! Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns or questions. Have a wonderful weekend!