ROMS Parent Update - September 21, 2020
Dear ROMS families,
I am very pleased to report that our first full week of school was a success. Students were so happy to be back at school and their enthusiasm was contagious! There is a lot for students to learn about the new routines and safety protocols at ROMS. Our staff is doing an outstanding job of supporting students as they learn the new routines and safety protocols.
Staff are very happy to have our students back. Most of our students are back in class full time, but about 10% of our school population have chosen remote learning for the time being. These remote learners will have an opportunity to rejoin our school community later in the fall.
Below you will find some important information about upcoming events at ROMS, as well as some information about our new routines:
Virtual Meet the Teacher Night on Thurs, Sept 24 - Your child’s homeroom teacher will be inviting you to a virtual Meet the Teacher event via MS TEAMS. You will get a chance to put a face to a name, to hear about the class routines and expectations, and to establish a plan for how communication will occur this year. There will be an opportunity to meet your child’s teacher(s) to talk in more detail about your child’s learning at our scheduled Parent Teacher Interviews on October 7th and 8th. More information to come about this.
Early Dismissal Day on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 - students will be dismissed at 2:08pm in order to facilitate our Virtual Meet the Teacher event. Buses will come an hour early on this day.
ROMS Photo Day on Sept 24 from 9-1pm - this is an opportunity for students to have their individual photo taken. Our photographers will have COVID safe protocols in place - see the link below for more information about these protocols:. Remote learners are welcome to come to ROMS for their photo anytime during the day, but please access the GYM via the outside door at the back of the school (or wait for our retake day on October 29th).
Orange Shirt Day on Sept 30th - please encourage your child to wear orange on this important day. This year we will focus on classroom-based activities rather than school-wide events.
School Expectations - We will be reviewing our school expectations for behaviour with students over the next few weeks. Parents, please review the linked Saanich Middle School Codes of Citizenship with your child. The district code aligns with our school expectations.
Daily Health Check - We appreciate your help with doing a daily health check with your children before they come to school each day. You should have received a bright pink copy of the Health Check that you can keep at home, plus a copy to sign and return to the school.
Phone Messages for Students - With 600 students in our building, it is a challenge for us to facilitate the delivering messages to/from students. Email is the best way to communicate with your child's teacher and the office (firstname.lastname@example.org) Forgotten lunches, homework etc can be dropped off at the office counter. Only essential messages to individual children will be delivered throughout the day. As much as possible, please make arrangements with your child before you send them to school.
Students Signing In/Out - When students arrive late to school or need to sign out early for an appointment, they will need to sign in/out at the office as per our usual procedure at ROMS. The only difference for this year is that we ask parents to give permission for the student to sign in/out with an email to the teacher and the office (email@example.com) rather than coming into the school.
Visitors to ROMS - We are limiting visitors in our building at this time. If you are delivering a lunch/personal item for a student, please come to the office to drop it off. For all other visits, we kindly request that you make an appointment with a staff member for a phone or virtual meeting. If you do not have an appointment or need assistance, please contact the office at (250)479-7128.
Looking forward to the year ahead! Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these challenging times. We truly are all in this together.
Karen MacEwan, Principal