Dear <<First Name>>,
The Waldorf classroom experience is designed to build strong relationships, enhance social, emotional learning, and create community bonds through seasonal events, festivals, assemblies, plays and more. So what does that look like now, with distance learning underway and students learning at home?
Through our Distance Learning program and on-campus Learning Centre and Preschool for essential service providers, our teachers and administrative staff have been working creatively to bring our multisensory, multi-faceted, human-centred curriculum to students. While this approach will never replace face-to-face connections, our students continue to thrive.
Earlier this week we shared two documents with families as we strive to embody compassionate-community. For your reference we have included them here again. Netiquette for distance learning at home and VWS Code of Compassion.
Distance education and digital learning are as new for us as they are for our students, and we are indebted to our enrolled families for the grace, encouragement, and advice that we have received. We have come a long way in the 6 weeks since we launched. Though students will have the option to return part-time to the classroom on June 1, we aim to continue to improve the distance learning experience for all.
While we will continue to use the Microsoft Teams platform for all classes, including for the submission of class-related materials and assignments, we are pleased to announce that we now have access to a Zoom license via the Ministry of Education. This license complies with B.C.’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, as it is routed through a Canadian server and includes added encryption which addresses the need for exemplary privacy, safety, and security measures. The Zoom platform will only be used for larger virtual gatherings, such as parent meetings, social/celebratory events, presentations, and even for class plays. Students, parents or community members wishing to attend school events hosted virtually via Zoom are not required to sign-up for a Zoom account.
Thank you again for your patience, partnership, and goodwill. And thank you to everyone who provided content for our newsletter this week. Your contributions are warmly welcomed, please send submissions for future newsletters to me at email@example.com. Please enjoy!
Communications & Events