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February 23
February 24th

Dear Parents,

 

As you may have heard, one of the most popular Phys Ed activities is currently happening in gym class:  gymnastics! Altadore is very fortunate to have a variety of gymnastics equipment, and our climber is always a highlight for the students.  Safety is a top priority at all times, and becomes the guiding focus during the gymnastics unit. Students begin on the floor and mats and once they have demonstrated their competency in this area, are able to progress to higher mats, beams, trestles, and eventually the climber.  

 

Our school’s focus has been to “Embrace the Challenge”, and the gymnastics unit allows students to demonstrate this each gym class:  each student is able to modify their activity on each piece of equipment, ensuring each student feels safe, yet challenged. On the uneven bars, we might see some students suspend themselves, others scurry across them like sloths, and still others inverting themselves and touching the ground with their hands while suspended by their legs.  Each student determines his/her own level of comfort and is encouraged to challenge themselves accordingly.  

 

We love to see the enthusiasm of the students during gymnastics, and have enjoyed watching them navigate through “Mission Impossible”.   We have our final week of gymnastics this week, and look forward to seeing the growth that the students have made over the past month.  

 

If you have any questions or need more information, please do not hesitate to contact us!


Kelly Christopher Meagan Lundgren

Principal Assistant Principal

kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca mllundgren@cbe.ab.ca 

 


February 09
February 10th

Dear Parents,

 

In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released 94 Calls to Action for Canadians; these are actionable changes that will help to rebuild relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. Our school continues to work toward Truth and Reconciliation through our actions and the opportunities presented to students, staff, and parents.  We are so grateful to have an ongoing partnership with Saa’kokoto (Elder Randy Bottle), who shares his stories with our students three times each year. Elder Randy will be at Altadore again at the end of this month, connecting curricular objectives to Indigenous ways of knowing. 

 

In addition to learning from Elder Randy, we are so fortunate to be one of only 24 schools across the country to host Phyllis Webstad and Canadian Geographic on Wednesday, February 12th.  Phyllis’ story of her time at Residential School inspired the nationally recognized Orange Shirt Day. We encourage parents to come and join our Grade 3-6 students at 9:30am that day to hear her powerful story.  

 

Last Thursday, Meagan hosted a Blanket Exercise at the school for parents.  The parents explored the history of Canada through an Indigenous lens, and ended the evening with a smudge and circle.  Thank you to those parents who attended; it is so wonderful to see parents engaged in the same learning as their children. 

 

If you have any questions or need more information, please do not hesitate to contact us!


Kelly Christopher Meagan Lundgren

Principal Assistant Principal

kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca mllundgren@cbe.ab.ca
February 05
February 4th

Dear Parents,

 

As we move into February, our attention often becomes increasingly focused on themes such as friendship and belonging.  At Altadore School, there is a strong sense of community that is a point of pride for our students, staff, and parents. Many of our structures and routines in our classrooms and throughout the school are intentionally designed to build our community and to increase the sense of belonging for each and every one of us. 

 

That being said, we also know that there is room for growth.  Surveys tell us that there is a cluster of students and parents who do not feel connected.  We also know that some of our students need support when they demonstrate inappropriate behaviour, when they witness inappropriate behaviour, or when they are on the receiving end of something that is “not right.”

 

We thought this would be a good time to highlight how we are approaching these issues.  First and foremost, we believe all of our students are at school to learn about citizenship, character, and personal development, in addition to their academics.  Just as meeting academic targets does not come easily for some, consistently meeting behavioural targets is challenging for others. When this happens (whether for academics, citizenship, character, or personal development), we put extra supports in place to help a child learn and grow.

 

At Altadore, we take all reports of inappropriate behaviour seriously and work with students and families to ensure everyone feels safe at school.  Whenever possible, we want all children involved in an incident to learn from the situation and understand how to avoid a similar situation in the future.  Sometimes a conversation, or situation- specific coaching, is all that is required; other times, consequences for inappropriate behaviour (all the way up to suspension from school) or school-wide actions (such as reorganizing how supervision of particular students will happen) need to be put into place. 

 

Bullying behaviour, as defined by Alberta Education is “repeated and hostile or demeaning behaviour by and individual in the school community where the behaviour is intended  to cause harm, fear or distress to one or more others in the school community.” Hostile, repeated behaviour with the intent to cause harm is rare at Altadore.  Unfortunately when it does occur, it is often underground, and has been happening for some time before it comes to the attention of one of our staff. As soon as we become aware of a bullying situation, our immediate focus is on supporting the victim and ensuring the behaviour stops immediately. What this looks like is very situation specific - and revolves around the the safety of the victim and their wellbeing.

 

Our goal is for all of our students feel safe at school, for them to have positive relationships with their peers, for them to feel connected to at least one adult at school, and for them to be happy to come into our community to learn each day.  If you are concerned about the way your child is feeling at school, please let your child’s teacher know. If that does not resolve the issue, please be sure to contact us. Open communication is critical to identifying any issues as early as possible.

 

This past fall, the CBE released a review of the CBE’s policy framework and practices related to bullying in CBE schools.  If you are interested in reading more about the findings and actions being taken across the CBE, please go here.

 

If you have any questions or need more information, please do not hesitate to contact us!


Kelly Christopher Meagan Lundgren

Principal Assistant Principal

kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca mllundgren@cbe.ab.ca 

 


January 26
January 27th

Dear Parents,

Report Cards:   Report card time is here!  Report Cards will be coming home on Thursday via school backpacks.  We believe report cards are a very important way to share information about each child’s learning.  It is by no means the only way - conferences, sharing nights, school performances, emails, and phone calls are all part of how we work to keep you connected with what is happening at school on a daily basis. All of our means of communication are important, especially if you are blessed with a child who is not as inclined to share updates.

A reminder that the descriptors for math have changed and that the criteria for how to determine what is a 1, 2, 3, or 4 have changed this year.  For more information, please refer to the Assessment and Reporting part of our website.

A big thank you to all of our teachers who have worked so hard to capture the uniqueness of every child with their comments.  If you feel they were able to do that with your child - please let them know. We would also like for you to feel welcome to contact your child’s teachers if you have questions about your child’s report card, if something doesn’t seem to fit, or if you would like some more information.  There is no need to wait until the sharing night in March or for conferences.

Bell Let’s Talk Day: Wednesday, January 29  The goal of this day is to build awareness, acceptance, and action in mental health. 84% of Canadians now say they are comfortable talking about mental health compared to 42% in 2012, but we also know there is a long way to go.  Almost all of us are either affected by mental health issues or have someone close to us who is. As appropriate for their grade level, teachers will be initiating a conversation about mental health with their classes on Wednesday, and you may also wish to follow up at home.

Please take part in the conversation, either with those around you or online.  We want it to become as normal to speak about mental health as it is to speak about physical health. Bell has committed to donate 5¢ for every applicable text, call tweet, social media video view, and use of their Facebook Frame of Snapchat filter.  For more information, please click here.

If you have any questions or need more information, please do not hesitate to contact us!


Kelly Christopher Meagan Lundgren

Principal Assistant Principal

kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca mllundgren@cbe.ab.ca 


January 20
January 20th, 2020

Dear Parents,

Report cards are one important way we use to communicate student learning to you.  Although assessment happens each day, in every classroom, parents often look forward to the report card to better understand how their child is doing in school.  This year, the Calgary Board of Education has made some changes to the report cards to with the goal of better clarity and consistency:

1.     There is continues to be a four-point scale:  4 – Excellent; 3 – Good; 2 – Basic; 1 – Not Meeting.  

  • A mark of 1 indicates that a student is not working at grade level. 

  • Marks of 2, 3, and 4 indicate that the student is working at grade level - at varying degrees of understanding.  

  • What has changed is the description of the 2 – Basic.  It now indicates a “developing” level of understanding of grade level material. In practice this means a child’s understanding may be “wobbly.” It could also mean that they have the concept but that they are not confident with it.  The student’s understanding is adequate and concrete, but is developing, and the teacher may need to adjust some planning and instruction for the student to ensure understanding.

  • In effect, this results in a narrower band of achievement which would result in a mark of 2.

  • It is important to recognize a 2 can mean a great achievement for some students.  The ultimate goal for most of our students is a mastery level of understanding, which is a 4. 

2.     The stems, or descriptors, for marks in math have changed to better reflect the curricular outcomes.  There is now a stem for each math strand taught a particular grade: Number, Patterns and Relations, Shape and Space, Statistics and Probability.  The curriculum itself has not changed: what we are teaching and how we are teaching has stayed the same.  What has changed is the categories used to report on student learning.

On our website, under Assessment and Reporting, you will find three parent resources that explain these changes in more depth.  We encourage all parents to explore these resources before the report cards are sent home.

·         How is My Child Doing in School?

·         Revised Report Card Stems for Mathematics

·         K-9 Proficiency Scale Video

If you have any questions or need more information, please do not hesitate to contact us!


Kelly Christopher Meagan Lundgren

Principal Assistant Principal

kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca mllundgren@cbe.ab.ca
January 14
January 13, 2020

Dear Parents,

We had a very good week coming back after the winter break. It is always interesting to see how quickly our students shake of any rustiness, how quickly routines come back into place, and which students have “blossomed” into a new level of maturity for learning. As we visit classrooms and talk to students, it is evident that there are some very exciting things happening and interesting learning opportunities for our students. Each January, we see an increase in questions from parents who are considering Altadore School for their children in the future. We are available to meet with parents who are unfamiliar with the school and to offer them a quick tour. Registrations for next year will begin on January 20. If you have any neighbours or friends who will have children of kindergarten age next year, please let them know. Please also share that there is no rush to come in right away. We will accept accept all students who live in our boundaries and morning/afternoon placement for kindergarten is determined by a lottery held in May. More details can be found below.

We also know this is a time of year when many parents, at a number of grade levels, start to think about junior high, and what is best for their child. With that in mind, we have invited Bradey Thompson, the principal at Mount Royal, to come and share some
information about his school at our School Council meeting on Wednesday at 6:30.

Please come if you are interested.

If you have any questions or need more information, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Kelly Christopher
Principal
kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca

Meagan Lundgren
Assistant Principal
mllundgren@cbe.ab.ca

January 07
January 7th, 2020

Message from Administration:

Dear Parents,



Welcome back everyone!  We hope you had a wonderful break filled with fun with family and friends, a bit of down time, and are recharged as we head into the full brunt of winter.  If your break was as good as ours, it will have been a great success!


Teachers are all at school today and are very busy. They are digging into assessments, observations and anecdotal notes about each of their students.   Their goal is to be able to share as much as possible about each child, in an understandable and concise way, on the report cards that will be coming out at the end of the month.  We know how important it is to you as parents to know what is going on with your child. Teachers strive to communicate with you in a meaningful way - often spending more than an hour crafting each report card so that it paints an accurate picture of your child at school.


There are some changes on the Kindergarten to Grade 9 report cards this year.  In short, the meaning of the indicators 1-4 is changing somewhat. We will be sharing more about this at the School Council meeting on January 15 and we will be sending more information home prior to the report cards coming out.  


We have also invited Brady Thompson, the principal at Mount Royal School, to come to the School Council meeting this month.  Mount Royal is our designated junior high school and most of our students transition to Mount Royal after Grade 6. He is more than excited to share information about their program and what they offer. We thought this would be a way to provide parents with students at all grade levels an opportunity to share in that excitement and to ask questions. 


If you have any questions or need more information, please do not hesitate to contact us!


Kelly Christopher Meagan Lundgren

Principal Assistant Principal

kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca mllundgren@cbe.ab.ca 


December 16
December 16th, 2019

​Dear Parents, 

We are looking forward to a wonderful week with a lot of excitement.  Christmas Concert preparations are almost complete, and we can’t wait to highlight the strength of our music program here at Altadore School.  A huge thank you in advance to Mr. Fraser for creating a wonderful school tradition with our concerts.  Thank you also to all of the teachers and staff who are working diligently to keep students focused and engaged in meaningful learning tasks all the way through right up until the last day.  

On behalf of all of the staff, we want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday!  We hope you all have time to relax and enjoy with family and friends, and to engage in whatever traditions you have for this time of year.  

Monday, January 6th is a Professional Learning Day at Altadore School, so the first day back for students will be on Tuesday, January 7th, 2020.  We will send out our first Weekly Update of 2020 on Monday evening that week.  

If you have any questions or need more information, please do not hesitate to contact us! 

Kelly & Meagan

December 09
December 9th, 2019

Dear Parents,


It is that time of year when we are closing in on our final preparations for our Christmas concerts.  We are very excited to see you and to be able to perform for you! All concerts will be held in the gym at 1:30 pm and 6:00 pm each day.  

  • Monday, December 16 - Grades 4-6

  • Tuesday, December 17 - Grades 1-2

  • Wednesday, December 18 - Kindergarten and Grade 3


We are only able to accommodate 2 spectators per family for the evening performances.  If you wish to have more people come, we ask that they come to the afternoon performance.  It is also important to note that all students will be attending all of the afternoon performances, so they do not need to come in the evening to see their siblings perform.  


For afternoon performances, we ask that you arrive at the school after 1:05 pm, as children are eating lunch in the hallways until that time.  Please note that on the performance nights, doors to the school will be locked until 5:30pm. We ask that students are in their classrooms by 5:45pm the night they are performing.  If you have any questions about the concerts, please contact Mr. Fraser at mefraser@cbe.ab.ca. 


The Grade five and six classes will be collecting food and cash donations at the concerts to support the Calgary Food Bank.  More information will be sent home from classroom teachers.


If you have any questions or need more information, please do not hesitate to contact us!


Kelly Christopher Meagan Lundgren

Principal Assistant Principal

kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca mllundgren@cbe.ab.ca 


December 02
December 2nd, 2019

Dear Parents,


In accordance with CBE guidelines, we would like to remind you all that when it is below about -20℃ with the windchill, we place “Blue Day” signs on all of our doors, meaning that the school is open before the bell and we do not want children waiting outside.  The blue snowflake signs will be posted on all doors on “Blue Days” and we welcome the kids in as soon as they arrive at school.


With the cold weather, we would also like to remind parents to ensure their children bring appropriate winter gear, even if they don’t wear it all in the morning to school. With our flexible recesses, teachers sometimes wait until later in the day when it warms up a few degrees to take their classes outside. 


More information will be coming home from classroom teachers shortly about our Polar Bear Club.


We have quite a collection of mittens and toques in our Lost and Found from this past week.  We do check all items in the Lost and Found for names, so please label everything clearly.


If you have any questions or need more information, please do not hesitate to contact us!


Kelly Christopher Meagan Lundgren

Principal Assistant Principal

kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca mllundgren@cbe.ab.ca 

 
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