March 25th, 2020



Dear Courcelette Families,

I want to take this time to check in and let you know I am here to support you. If you have questions or concerns, please send an e-mail directly:

You can also follow me on twitter: @GillanSamantha and the school @CourcelettePS

I would also kindly ask that you encourage other Courcelette Families to follow the Principal’s Blog. Please send them this link:

Or have them visit the school’s web page – there is a direct link to the Principal’s blog from there:

This morning the teaching staff and I met for a virtual meeting to discuss a variety of action items. It was amazing to see the staff and to hear everyone is doing well health wise. Please know they miss their students and look forward to connecting again.

At this time, we are working with the Ministry and the school board to develop plans to establish the delivery of curriculum. The goal as we understand it is to create teaching and learning conditions that will lead to the completion of the school year for all students and to support students in advancing to the next school year.

To achieve this, we are developing a plan that connects teachers to their students on a system-wide basis and offers teacher-led learning to the greatest extent possible. In doing so, such learning environments will need to take into account different types of learners and be accessible to all students/families, as much as possible.

At this time, please utilize the resources provided for learning at home by the Ministry of Education and the TDSB (see my blog post dated March 24/20) and below. As soon as a system wide plan is ready to launch, you will be sent information and that is when teachers will be connecting with students and their families regarding learning plans and next steps for covering the curriculum. Thank you for your understanding.

I recognize all of these changes are having a major impact on everyone’s lives. Our priorities have changed as we all do what’s necessary to stop the spread of COVID – 19. This time is unprecedented, therefore,  please understand that we are working diligently to respond in the most appropriate manner to the closure of the school system.

Here are some additional resources you may want to use with your family to support learning, mental-health and well-being. Tomorrow I hope to post information re: TDSB Virtual Library & please don’t forget the Toronto Public Library is accessible with an on-line digital library, including e-books that read to you and have accessibility features (enlarge print). You can also Dial-a-book in 16  languages. 416-395-5400.

Go to:

IMPORTANT: Should families need free wifi to access online teaching and learning. Please go to:

Mental Health and Other Supports

Anyone experiencing stress or crisis and requiring emotional support related to COVID-19 can access the following community resources:

  • Distress Centre of Greater Toronto 
    Call 416-408-4357, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
    Text 45645 between 4 p.m. and midnight
    Translation is available in many languages for crisis calls only
  • Kids Help Phone 
    Call 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
    Service is available in English and French
  • Gerstein Crisis Centre 
    416- 929-5200, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
    Translation is available in many languages

Need help to talk about COVID-19 and some of the stresses/fears staff, students & their families may be experiencing?

TDSB Resources

Ministry of Education Resources

This site is created by the Ministry of Education to provide supplementary resources for K-12 students focusing on math and literacy skills.

NEW RESOURCES suggested by Ms. Gillan


1)Scholastic Learn at home:


Teaching Remotely for Grades K – 12 | Free Resources and Strategies

Keep students academically active with 20 days of meaningful learning journeys


**Scholastic Canada has made many of their online subscriptions free until June 30th. This includes access to many online texts for students of all grades and reading levels.

 2) Pearson Canada has also opened access to some of their online learning resources for free for the next 90 days to help support students learning from home.

 3) Stories Read by Celebrities with follow-up activities for Math & Language

Storyline Online: Free online videos of celebrities reading picture books aloud in English for kids


Storyline Online

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Daytime Emmy nominated, Storyline Online, features celebrated actors including Viola Davis, Kristen Bell, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Wanda Sykes, Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Betty White and more reading children’s books to inspire a love of reading in millions of children worldwide.


4) A great online reading and math support for K-3 students.Unknown-1

5) STEAM activities for students of all ages. These are great family activities that will engage students and continue learning.

 SO COOL to watch & join in !!!!

6) Video art lesson once a day at 1:00 pm live at this link or check out previous art lessons





7) French books to read online


Free Digital Books and Online Reading for FSL – Mrs. Geek Chic

Larissa shares a long list of digital books and online reading sites for French immersion, extended and core FSL classrooms. Check it out!

Best Regards and stay safe,

Samantha J. Gillan


Courcelette PS












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