Monday, 29 August 2016

Class Information and Reminders

In place of paper agendas, our class has an online classroom, website, and online calendar where all daily and monthly classroom/school information, assignments, events, etc. will be posted and updated regularly. Please visit and bookmark our website at this address, which includes the calendar:

mckendry78.blogspot.ca

In schools and the workforce, the use of technology on a daily and professional basis is commonplace. All students in the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) were given school email accounts with Google. These accounts are controlled by the HPEDSB secure online domain and are promoted as a safe and authentic way to develop responsible, career-oriented online skills. These email accounts can access all of Google’s online applications, including word processing, presentation software, and our online classroom. Students will continue to use these accounts in high school, so becoming familiar with them in grade 7 and 8 will help prepare them for navigating online classrooms in high school. Please encourage your child to login and use this account regularly, as they are now able to email their teacher questions or send assignments for feedback from home. As a reminder, their login for email is as follows:

username@apps.hpedsb.on.ca

A few key pieces of information about the class that parents / guardians should be aware of the first week are as follows:

  1. I did not send home a class materials list, as the publicly funded school system will provide necessary classroom supplies. If students wish to bring their own pencil case, coloured pencils, calculator, etc. they may do so, but it is not necessary. 
  2. Laptops and tablet computers are allowed and encouraged in class. School policy dictates that all small devices (cell phones, iPods) must remain in lockers at all times during the day. 
  3. Students are expected to have a change of gym clothes and appropriate, active footwear. 
  4. The class has a math assessment every Friday.

The beginning of the school year is a busy and exciting time for everyone. It is important that students familiarize themselves with the class routines in the first week and ensure they log into their Google accounts and bookmark our website/calendar. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Ian McKendry
Tweed Elementary School 
613-478-2714