Montcrest Goes Mobile (MGM)
While our physical campus has been closed at the direction of public health officials, we’ve launched our online learning framework, Montcrest Goes Mobile.
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The overall strategy of Montcrest Goes Mobile (MGM) focuses on the relationships between teachers and classmates and their individual needs, aligning with our school’s Mission. Teachers continue to deliver a robust curriculum varying in content and volume, depending on the age of student. The strategy to roll out in phases is thoughtful in its approach to engage students and bring them along gradually in order to promote longer term success and to assist teachers preparing lessons in a new modality. You will see different phases of the online approach being introduced, including specialists, co-curriculars, clubs and community building events extending your child’s school day in the days and weeks to follow.
May 20, 2020 - Erin Corbett's Video Update
May 4, 2020 - Update from Erin Corbett - Video Message
April 24, 2020 - Erin Corbett's Video Update
Please watch here: https://vimeo.com/411501610
April 14, 2020 - Update from Erin Corbett - Online Message
As you have likely heard, Premier Ford announced this afternoon that schools will not reopen in early May and that the Government of Ontario is extending the Declaration of Emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act for a further 28 days. You can read the full press release here. We will continue with the roll out of MGM and are making tweaks and improvements in response to your feedback last week. Rest assured, we were prepared for this eventuality and have been putting pieces together in the background for our students and families.
In my last video to you all, I shared that I wanted to have the opportunity to connect with families in the coming days and weeks. Given the latest update from the Premiere, it felt important to find the opportunity sooner rather than later. I want to thank the MPA, and particularly Candra Reynolds & Lindsay Evans for relinquishing their Cocktails and Conversations slot this Thursday evening so that I could host a gathering for our Montcrest families. We will reschedule their important conversation on Boosting Your Families Nutrition at a later date.
This Thursday, at 7:30pm I will provide a summary of results from our first parent satisfaction survey, give you a sense of where the school is at and our plans moving forward, as well as provide an opportunity for you to ask questions. If you would like to send me questions in advance, please feel free, alternatively, there will be opportunity during the event.
Please feel free to join me and other members of the Montcrest team at the following zoom link (community members, please check your email from Erin Corbett on April 14 or email email@example.com for the link).
Join Zoom Meeting
Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020
I hope that you are able to join me on Thursday, but I will also be hosting coffee times and “grape juice” times for grade groups starting next week. If none of these offerings work and you would like to connect, as always, please reach out and we will find a suitable time.
This has been a taxing time, to be sure. I try to find strength in the simplest of things and am encouraged by your children’s resilience and the kindnesses I have experienced in our community. Thank you all for your continued support of Montcrest School. I look forward to connecting soon.
Warmest wishes and big hugs,
Head of School
April 3, 2020 - Erin Corbett's Video Message - Montcrest Goes Mobile Update
March 31, 2020 - School Closure Update from Erin Corbett
You can look forward to another instalment of “Live from Casa Corbett” later this week, but given today’s Provincial update regarding school closures due to the global pandemic, I wanted to provide you with an immediate update.
Premier Ford and Education Minister Lecce, announced that Ontario public schools will remain closed until May 4, 2020. Please read the official News Release here.
You will read in the release that at this time, Private Schools are still closed until April 13th. This is because we fall under the Declaration of Emergency, which “only allows closures to be extended for one 14 day period at a time”. Since the announcement of school closures in early March, we have repeatedly stated that Montcrest would follow the directives provided by our Government Officials to ensure the safety, health and well-being of our students, families, faculty, and staff. As such, Montcrest School will align with today’s directive from the Government and extend our school closure until at least May 4, 2020. Ultimately, we will not return to school until it is deemed safe to do so.
My video update this week will provide details on the next phase of Montcrest Goes Mobile and future opportunities for our community to connect in the coming days and weeks.
Thank you for your patience and support during this constantly evolving situation.
See you soon on a screen near you!
Warmest wishes and big hugs,
Erin Corbett – Head of School
March 20, 2020 - Erin Corbett's Video Announcement for Montcrest Goes Mobile - MGM
In the spirit of joining our teachers in trying new things, please watch this imperfect video (approx. 11 minutes) meant to address, at a very high level, what the next 2 weeks at Montcrest School will focus on.
Your homeroom teacher will send you specific details regarding your child’s online learning offering on Tuesday afternoon. Our programming will begin Wednesday morning at approximately 8:30-8:45am.
Please watch here: https://prezi.com/v/t8cvkvr_rbep/
Take care and I hope that you are all well.
“Talk” again soon.
Head of School
March 16, 2020 - Update from Erin Corbett
As the COVID-19 response continues to evolve, I thought that I would reach out with a brief update so you didn’t think I was slacking and had stopped thinking of all of you!
These are some of the questions that I have been receiving from families:
I need something from the school!
If you are in need of anything from the school for your child, please contact me to arrange suitable pick up. If you have been travelling and are in self-isolation, we can find another option.
Will anyone be at the School on a regular basis?
We will have a very small skeleton staff on a rotating shift, effective immediately. This will include your Head of School, a facilities team member, and possibly a member of the Finance or IT team.
What does the two week school closure mean for my child’s learning needs?
We are in the process of establishing online learning plans, teacher videos, 1:1 and small group online conferencing, etc. This will look different depending on the age and stage of your child, but there will be plans for all of our students JK – Grade 8. Your homeroom teacher will be in touch on Tuesday, March 24th with an initial plan for the following days. Teachers will use a variety of platforms (again, matching age and stage) including: Seesaw, email, Zoom, Google classroom and the rest of the Google Suite and various other applications. We will focus our energy initially on Mathematics, Reading and Writing for all grades with additional work in other curricular areas in the upper elementary and middle school years. Specialists will also be providing things for students to work on and Learning Support teachers will be connecting with students 1:1 and in small groups online.
How are the teachers and staff preparing for this?
We will be virtually meeting with all faculty on Monday, March 23 for our scheduled PD Day. Monday and Tuesday will be dedicated to planning and collecting materials for a digitized environment and each teacher will have a member of the Academic leadership team to support them in planning and execution. Our IT department will be assisting faculty with tech needs and we will run operations using the tenets of an effective remote workplace.
Will Montcrest be extending the school year to accommodate for this disruption?
At this time, we are exploring all options. When there is more information to be shared, rest assured I will do so.
What if the closure lasts longer than 2 weeks?
We are dealing with the information that we have now but should the closure last longer, we will continue with an online environment and reevaluate as necessary.
I have another question that you haven’t answered.
Email me! firstname.lastname@example.org. Once school is back in session next week (online) your main contact will be your teacher, but I will still be here to support everyone as best I can.
This is certainly an unprecedented situation to navigate. Our Montcrest community is strong though and, while it will be unusual, we will manage it with typical Montcrest flare!
If any of you find yourself in a situation where you need assistance of any kind, please reach out. We are better together and can support you and your family if you’re in need.
You can count on hearing from me again later this week.
Take care and talk soon!
Head of School
March 12, 2020 - Update from Erin Corbett
I have had the opportunity to connect with our Board of Governors and they all agree that we will follow the guidance of our Provincial Government. Montcrest School will close for 2 weeks following Spring Break. This means that we will reconvene classes on Monday, April 6th.
I regret any inconvenience that this causes you, but know that you appreciate our continued position to follow the advice and guidance from our Government agencies. At this time, it seems prudent to take this easy step to assist in managing any spread of COVID-19 to our community.
I will be connecting with our Leadership team and faculty over the coming days in order to establish a plan for on-line supports that we can provide to our students during this closure. We will also be determining the requirements for any on site staff, but will be looking for further guidance from Toronto Public Health prior to any decisions on that front. All of this to say, we have a few details to iron out over the next week but you can rest assured, you will hear from me again soon!
As always, reach out any time.
Head of School