In June, Pembina Trails schools got creative and found new ways to safely hold year end traditions. Kindergarten orientations are always a great way to help our youngest students transition into school. This year, École Crane staff quickly adapted to the current situation and welcomed families to connect with teachers outside.
“Taking the time to meet with our new students and families is an investment. It is an investment of time to help create community and trust between our staff and the children and their parents,” shared Lorraine Châtel, kindergarten teacher, École Crane. “With the reality of this pandemic we don't know what the beginning of these new kindergarten students' school career will look like, so it is even more important for us to create an early connection with them. If anything, Learning from Home has shown us that it takes a strong home and school partnership to be successful.”
The experience gave students an opportunity to meet teachers and participate in games, music and physical activity. While planning for September is still underway, families left with a sense of comfort and excitement for the year ahead.