Teachers at Belmont shared a video of themselves singing to help remind students they are missed at school. (screen shot)

VIDEO: Langley teachers sing to students to keep connected during COVID

Local elementary school works to engage with students

Virtual classrooms may have temporarily replaced the traditional form of teaching in-class but one thing that can’t be replaced is human connection.

Teachers are working to find new ways to stay connected to their students and let them know they are missed.

“I think one of the great challenges right now is engaging with students and connecting to them,” said Tim Bonnar, principal at Belmont Elementary School. “Obviously we’re missing that opportunity to see them day-by-day.”

READ MORE: Teacher parades connect staff to student families during quarantines

To remind kids they are missed a former Belmont Elementary music teacher came out of retirement to re-write the words to the Belmont school song.

“It was a collaboration between our current music teacher (Kanata Soranaka) and our retired music teacher and they both put in a lot of work on that” said Bonnar. “Our former retired music teacher Jamie Thomas is well known in the community and retired last year after teaching 20 years at Belmont and he had actually written the school song… so he wrote some new words to go with it.”

[story continues below post]

Many Langley schools have been taking to social media to share uplifting messages with students and several have hosted community car rallies or parades to maintain a connection with students – something that has proven difficult to do in the pandemic.

“That’s one of the real benefits of school normally is that it provides so much connection for students and families, and us as a staff,” said Bonnar.

Belmont will continue to find creative ways to keep connected with its students, Bonnar added. An earlier car parade hosted by the school and the music video is just a start.

READ MORE: VIDEO: 150-car parade in Aldergrove lifts student’s spirits during self-isolation

“Our music teacher was doing some thinking around her role and how she can still be connecting with students and felt that one of the nice ways to do that was to create a video,” Bonnar said. “So she thought it would be a great idea to develop and create something and send that out as a way to connect with our students and families and just let them know we’re missing them and thinking about them and hope that they’re doing okay.”


@JotiGrewal_
joti.grewal@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Langley School District

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Virtual Langley Walk was a family affair for Brookswood resident

Usually, Karen Ayres goes it alone, but this year, thanks to COVID-induced boredom, she had company

Langley Township prepares for high water

The Fraser River is cresting soon and levels are relatively high

Two more COVID-19 cases reported by Langley Lodge

One resident, one staffer have tested positive for the coronavirus

Car failing to yield at new stop sign causes three-car crash and flaming aftermath

A Monday afternoon multiple-car collision saw no serious injuries reported to police

VIDEO: A Vancouver Island black bear takes weekend nap in eagle tree

Videos captured by Terry Eissfeldt shows the bear arriving Saturday night and sleeping in on Sunday

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

Thanks for helping the Langley Advance Times to continue its mission to provide trusted local news

George Floyd asphyxiated by sustained pressure: family autopsy

Death sparked a wave of protests across the U.S. and abroad

Suspect sought in alleged assault, hate crime on Metro Vancouver bus: transit police

The woman then allegedly punched the teenager in the head multiple times

COVID-19: B.C. commercial landlords can’t evict if they decline rent assistance

Emergency order ‘incentive’ for federal program, Carole James says

B.C. Hockey League prepping for 2020-21

League reviewing different scenarios and start times in compliance with provincial regulations

Investigators probe death of CN employee at Surrey rail yard

Transportation Safety Board is investigating an ‘occurrence that took place during switching operations’

Abbotsford International Airshow opening 50-year-old time capsule

Bronze time capsule was put together to commemorate AIA as Canada’s National Airshow

Most Read