Return to Ferris School Year 2020-2021
Friday, August 28, 2020
Dear Ferris Parents:
We have been thinking about all of our families as we approach the start of this 2020-2021 school year. Our school startup will be different than previous school years, including having students go directly into their new classes on Thursday September 10th –more information to each family will be sent on Wednesday September 9th as we finalize our classes the first week. Mr. Campbell and I will be at the school along with admin assistants next week starting August 31st. Our office and the front entry of the school are still under construction, so we are located in a classroom and there is a temporary front door location. Parents are asked not to enter the school at this time. If you need to contact us—please call the school and we will return your call. We received messages over the summer, and will follow up with those next week.
We are working behind the scenes to get Ferris School ready for our staff and students. The construction crew is finishing up—though the school looks fairly disrupted—our construction crew have come a long way and we are close to finishing. The classrooms are all finished. The outdoor space near the entry is still in progress.
We know you have many questions about school start up—and we will endeavor to get information to you as soon as we can. Please watch the website and email for information next week. Should you have a more urgent concern or question please contact the office.
All Families---you should have received a survey from the district. We appreciate that the decision is not easy for many of our families—but we ask you to please submit by Sunday as it will help us so much with our planning. Watch the district website for updates about this--see attached more information about the transitional learning option from the survey.
Returning Students to Ferris-please check the school website next week and watch for emails for information regarding school start-up, we are still working on our organization and set up and will have important information for our parents to review especially regarding our Health & Safety Protocols.
Are you new to Ferris? Gr. 1-7-you will be contacted on Wednesday September 8th with information for coming to school—including where to go and who your child’s teacher will be, and please keep checking the Ferris School website for additional info from Sept 1-4th. The Richmond School District website https://www.sd38.bc.ca provided information to parents in July and August—and is an important source for you to check as well.
Do you have a kindergarten child starting this year? -there are changes to the gradual entry schedule and start date sent to you in July. Kindergarten students will attend for one hour on September 11th—time to be communicated with you next week—either morning or afternoon. The next week they will follow their new gradual entry times—you will be contacted the week of Aug 31-Sept 4th. The teachers and administrators are working on making some adjustments to the groups and your child’s time for attendance during gradual entry has changed. We are working to finalize this and will communicate more details early next week.
Be calm, be safe, be kind.
Mrs. Steele, Principal
Mr. Campbell, Vice Principal