Information for Grade 5 Students

May 11, 2020

Hello Grade 5 Parents/Guardians and Students!

We hope you are well and are all keeping safe!  As you can well imagine, the process we had usually followed for Grade 5 students transitioning over to South Queens Middle School has changed.  The purpose of this letter is to explain the process for this year.  Please read the information carefully.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Stewart at or Ms Thorburn at 


We are still waiting on more direction from the SSRCE as a region but we are looking at producing a video that informs students of the building layout and the staff that will be working with the Grade 6s.  Stay tuned for more information on this topic.


If your child would like to join band next year, Ms Wilson has developed a form for you to fill out with their preferences.  Please fill out the form using this link: 

The information from this survey will go directly to Ms Wilson so that she can plan for next year.

French Immersion:

If your child is interested in being enrolled in the French Immersion Program at SQMS, please watch this video from the South Shore Regional Centre for Education:

Also, please watch the video from some of our Grade 6 and 7 students speaking about the French Immersion Program at SQMS:

If, after watching these videos your child is still interested in being enrolled please do the following: 

  1. You will find in the attachments of this email an information sheet and a registration form.  Please fill out the information on the registration form and return to the school.  You can return the form two ways: by email at or by mail at PO Box 1288 Liverpool NS B0T 1K0.  It is important to have these forms returned to the school by May 31, 2020


  1. Please fill out the survey that was created using information from the SSRCE French Immersion Policy using this link:


The information from this survey will go directly to Mr Tutty so that he can plan for next year.

Please, if you have any questions at all do not hesitate to ask.  A copy of this letter will be given to your child’s Grade 5 teacher as well so they will be able to forward any questions you have as well.


We look forward to working with you and your child!


Thank you

South Queens Middle School Staff and Admin

SSRCE Update: May 8, 2020

Premier Stephen McNeil announced this afternoon that all public schools in Nova Scotia will remain closed and that learning for this year will wrap up on June 5. Teachers will continue to work remotely after June 5 to complete assessments and other tasks. More information will be provided when available. To read the news release click here.

Sincere thanks and appreciation for everything you are doing at home to support the learning of students. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to adjust to our current circumstances. We know this has not been easy and I encourage you to stay in close contact with your teachers and your school administrators. And remember, SSRCE staff are here to help and support.

Items to remember:

  • Students in grades primary - 9 will receive a term two report card by mid-May. These report cards will be emailed to parents and reflect work that would have been completed up to March 13. Schools will also be in contact with families if an email option is not available. 
  • Students in Grades 10 - 12 will receive interim grades posted in PowerSchool by May 14, 2020. 
  • All students will receive an end of the year report card. 
  • Students following an Individual Program Plan will continue to be assessed based on their individual outcomes. 
  • Students who are on-track to graduate will graduate and students who are on-track to proceed to their next grade level will move to their next grade on time. 
  • Teachers and schools will work with students to improve their marks during the pandemic. 
  • High school students will be assessed and evaluated on modified coursework that is completed to the best of their ability. 

Our focus will continue to be on supporting our students’ learning, well-being and overall success. Please take care of yourselves, families and neighbours; and continue to follow all of the public health COVID-19 protocols. Accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets can be found at The SSRCE Regional Office will remain closed to the public, with most staff working remotely. Please call 902-543-2468 or 1-888-252-2217 where you will be directed to the appropriate staff member. Please continue to check the SSRCE website for information and updates.

Please stay safe & stay well,

Paul Ash, Regional Executive Director

SSRCE May 2020 Update

The May 2020 Regional Update is available for your reading pleasure. Thank you to our families, staff and school communities.

Click here to read more -

SSRCE Assessment Update: April 30, 2020

Hello everyone,

Thank you for your incredible work. Learning at home is difficult and we realize this is not a normal school year for teachers or families. Our learning and life challenges have been compounded by the recent tragic events in our province.

As we learn and teach during this pandemic, educators have adjusted their approach. They have turned their lessons and assignments to focus on key curriculum outcomes. Teachers have been responsive to individual students and circumstances and have been creative and student focussed in their ability to change learning activities and assignments.

No student will be penalized because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Teachers, principals and all education staff will continue to reach out and support students and families to the best of their ability. 

Students in Grades Primary to 8 will receive a Term 2 report card by mid-May. These report cards will be shared electronically through the student GNSPES accounts. They will also be emailed to the parent email addresses on file at each school.  If the electronic option is not available, schools will be in contact with you to make other arrangements.

Students in Grade 9 will receive a comment on their progress not a grade by mid-May. Students in Grades 10 to 12 will receive an interim grade that will be shared with students and families and will be communicated through PowerSchool no later than May 14, 2020. 

For more infomration regarding the assessment of your child, please reach out to your Principal, Teacher or visit -

Stay safe and stay well,

Paul Ash, Regional Executive Director - SSRCE


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