Online Chess Tournament – Saturday, April 17th

Newfoundland and Labrador Upcoming Rapid Tournament Information
Date: Saturday, April 17th, 2021
Time: 2:30pm (Newfoundland time)

Registration is free for this tournament

The tournament will be played on a website called Lichess.org (https://lichess.org)

The only requirement is for players to have a free Lichess.org account. If you don’t have one, you can create one with an email address

Players must join the Newfoundland and Labrador Lichess.org Team on Lichess.org. It is open to everyone. You can access the club through this link: https://lichess.org/team/newfoundland-and-labrador. Membership is free. Once you are in the link, press the “join team” button

Once you are have successfully joined the team, you can register for the tournament. The link to join the tournament is here: https://lichess.org/swiss/Q9ERffa7

The format and time control for this tournament will be Rapid, and the time control is 10 minutes with a 5 second increment, meaning that players will play five games against five other players

Participants should be online at least 10 minutes before the tournament starts

Games are rated, meaning that you can win or lose points during the tournament

There will be a five minute break provided in between rounds

Make sure to have fun and enjoy!

If you have any questions or encounter any difficulty, please feel free to send an email to tbhatt_s@nlesd.ca before the tournament.

Thanks
Newfoundland and Labrador Online Chess Association

ChromeBooks have Arrived

Dear Parents / Guardians,

The new chromebooks have arrived and we have started distributing them. If you signed the agreement form, your child will be receiving a chromebook, a charger and a soft case.

We would like to remind you of the agreement that you and your child signed called “Chromebook Loan Agreement – Expectations for Responsible Use.

If you have already received a chromebook from the district before the last shutdown, that device needs to be returned asap and students will be issued one of these new devices. If your child has already been issued a SurfacePro or Chromebook through the Department of Education as part of their accommodations, they will not be issued another device.

We would like to remind you that you are responsible for damage, loss or theft of these items. These devices will need to be returned to the district at the end of Grade 12 or if they leave the school district. These devices are not to be tampered with, written on, stickered, or defaced in any way in any way. Do not remove the identification tags. If you do not want the device, please return it to the school.

At the moment, we are asking that the students use these devices for learning at home only. We are in the process of upgrading our wifi capabilities so students will be able to use them in school.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school.

Memo from District – Extra Curricular Activities

OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR

Chair: Goronwy Price

C.E.O./Director of Education: Anthony Stack March 29, 2021

Dear Families,

On Wednesday March 24, we learned during the Provincial Government’s Covid-19 briefing that organized community-based sports/recreational activities would be permitted for children/youth under Alert Level 2 as of Saturday, March 27. The Chief Medical Officer of Health also indicated, however, that the latest medical advice has not changed with respect to K-12 education.

Essentially, this means the vast majority of our high school students cannot access in-class instruction at this time. We recognize the detailed planning of administrators, and the creativity and hard work of teachers, in the provision of high caliber virtual learning these past months. However, we also recognize the pressures on teachers, students and families operating in an ongoing online learning scenario.

We believe that in-school instruction offers the optimal environment for learning and well-being for the vast majority of our students.

Extracurricular activities are highly valuable for many reasons, but these are not normal times. The District continues to stress the importance of making in-school learning a priority over non-essential activities and champions the notion of a safe community being a key factor in ensuring a safe school. To that end, there will be no change to the current prohibition on all extracurricular activities, including school sports. Any altering of this prohibition will only occur after careful consideration and consultation with our school communities. This is certainly not something that would be contemplated while we have thousands of high school students throughout the province unable to access in-school learning.

Again, thank-you to you for your patience and support during these unusual times. Student learning, well-being, and preparedness for the next grade level or post-secondary pursuits remain our primary areas of focus.

Sincerely,

ANTHONY STACK CEO/Director of Education

MDJH Updates

A few updates to share:

  • Tomorrow, Thursday, April 1, is a regular school day. Students will be dismissed at 2:10pm.
  • After lunch, students are expected to be in the building by 12:08pm. The warning bell at 12:10pm signals the time for students to move to their period 4 class and have their supplies ready to begin class. If students are not in the building by 12:10pm they will be marked Late Unexcused. Students should be in their seats and ready for learning at the beginning of class at 12:15pm.
  • Reminder that the PMF surveys are due on April 23. Parents are encouraged to complete this survey because this data is essential to help create our school development plan.
  • Studies show that attendance is linked to academic success. Please ensure that your child is attending daily.
  • School reopens after the break, Monday April 12, 2021. It will be Day 5.

Enjoy your holiday. We wish you all the best for a safe and enjoyable break with your family and friends.

Easter Coding Camps

Brilliant Labs Newfoundland and Labrador is pleased to announce that we will be offering Easter Coding camps during the Easter Break. Some of these camps will be virtual, dealing with 3D design/printing and scratch coding. Space is limited so please register soon. All of our camps are appropriate for ages 8-14.

We also are holding in-person camps in St. John’s, Grand Falls and Stephenville. Due to COVID-19 rules we are limiting these camps to 15 students per session. Students have to be masked, and physical distancing requirements will be adhered to.

We are also happy to announce a new partnership with Keyin College. It is their campus classrooms we will be using for the in-person camps.

If you want any further information please contact john@brilliantlabs.ca