Firstly, we want to thank you for your support during these unprecedented times.  There have been rumours on social media in the last 24 hours, so we want to clarify that classes in our Alberta schools are indefinitely cancelled, but that does not mean that our students have finished their learning.  Devon Christian School continues to be responsible for the education of our students and their learning will be fulfilled in a creative way over the coming weeks.  The Devon Christian School Board and I met today to begin cultivating a plan for the continued education of our students.  We quickly realized that this is going to take some time to develop.  The Board has requested that the DCS staff use this week to create an initial education plan which will be released to the students and parents on Friday, March 20.  We request that you do not contact teachers to ask them for work for your children.  Staff are not able to supply that information at this time.  In the meantime, we encourage you to spend lots of time reading with your children and memorizing the multiplication facts (grade 3-9).  You could also take advantage of the many on-line free resources that are available.  We understand that students may be eager to pick up their personal belongings; therefore, students and/or parents are permitted to come to the school to pick up their items between 8:00 am - 6:00 pm on Wednesday, March 18.  For those students and/or parents picking up their items, they are expected to be in and out of the school within 15 minutes, with limited social interaction.  Garbage cans and recycle bins will be placed in the hallways to help with locker clean outs.  In regards to pre-kindergarten and bussing fees, they are not applicable for the months DCS is physically closed.  If you have not paid your March fees, we ask that you submit your March payment as soon as possible by e-transfer to [email protected] If you are unsure of how much you owe, please contact Mrs. Martens at [email protected]  If you have already paid for all of your pre-kindergarten and bussing fees for the 2019-2020 school year, you will be refunded for the months we are closed.  Many of our DCS families have completed their fundraising and volunteer commitments for the 2019-2020 school year already; however, some families still have a little way to go.  That is totally fine!!  We will be creative with providing a couple of more fundraising and volunteer opportunities for our families.  Once again, we want to thank you for your unwavering support during these trying times.  We are all in this together and we will overcome with the Lord’s help!!  When you feel your world is spinning out of control, always remember that God is still on His throne and He has everything under control.  “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10