John Oliver Secondary School Ms Ink

April 1 2020 Update

I hope this finds everyone as well as can be under these unprecedented circumstances.

There is no doubt that we are all witnessing historic events unfold before us, so the number one priority is the health and well-being of you and those around you. For the next week or so, take this time to focus on your physical and mental health. Relax, spend time with your family, call and check in on those family members that may be isolated alone or be lonely (especially your grandparents!), virtually hangout with your friends, go for walks with the people you live with, etc.

With that in mind, this is also an opportune time to be an active witness to what is happening around us, so if you are able to, record your thoughts, observations and questions about what is going on as we navigate through this.  There are many profound opportunities for us to leave an impact in the midst of so much uncertainty through our observations and records. It can also be very therapeutic to journal like this and record your thoughts.

If you need someone to talk to, remember that our school councillors are still available. You can contact me by email and I can put you in contact with them. As well, if you would like to talk to someone who is not a teacher or councillor you can call or text Kids Help Phone. To start using the texting service, text CONNECT to 686868. The phone number for Kids Help Phone is 1-800-668-6868. It is a 24/7 service so you can contact them ANYTIME. Here is the website if you’d like to access resources:

Further updates and information will be provided next week; the school will be issuing formal communications via your emails so check your emails regularly; if you have questions do not hesitate to contact me by email. I will be available from 8:30 – 3:30 on weekdays. We will get through this together.

Be safe and stay well,

Ms Ink


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