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October 07
October 7th

Dear Parents,

We had another great week at Altadore School.  The students loved the first snowfall of the year, and our field and Owl’s Nest were filled with snowmen and snow angels.  With the early snow, we were able to practice getting in and out of our winter gear. We were very happy to see the students taking off their boots right when they entered to ensure our school stays clean and dry throughout the day.  We will continue to work with our youngest students to help them understand how to efficiently put on and remove their winter gear; they are already learning that boots must come off before snow pants! 😊 Any practice/support you can provide to help the young ones become independent in this area is most appreciated!


This past Friday, our staff engaged in a Professional Learning Day. These days are an important part of a teacher’s commitment to lifelong learning, and allow us to come together as a staff to learn, share, and collaboratively plan.  On Friday, we focused on interpreting our data, including math assessments, student surveys, and in-class assessments, and using that data to begin to create our School Development Plan. We will continue this important work this upcoming Friday as well.

This upcoming week is a busy one, with our sixes off to Outdoor School and our K-3 students beginning Alien In-Line skating.  Thank you so much to all of our parent volunteers who make it possible for our students to experience all of these extra opportunities.

Have a great week!  If there is any information you need or any way I can help, please do not hesitate to ask!




Meagan Lundgren

Assistant Principal

mllundgren@cbe.ab.ca


September 30
September 30th

Dear Parents,


Our annual Terry Fox Run was a great success on Friday morning.  The students were all geared up and ready to run in the rain just as Terry did!  We raised a significant amount of money to donate for cancer research - read to the bottom of the newsletter to see just how much!  Thank you to all of our students who ran with such enthusiasm, to the parents who came out to support, to Mr. Groarke and the Grade 5’s who organized the assembly, and of course to all of the volunteers who made things happen.

As I look outside and see the snow falling, it makes me think that the busy season for lost and found is about to start.  The days with variable weather mean that the coats, hoodies, boots and mittens that may be so important in the morning are often irrelevant and easily forgotten at the end of the day.  Please, please, please, in addition to sending your child to school in layers, we ask that you label their belongings. If you do, we will do our best to get lost items back to them.

Have a great week!  If there is any information you need or any way I can help, please do not hesitate to ask!


Kelly


Kelly Christopher

Principal

kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca


September 23
September 23rd

Dear Parents,


Thank you so much to all of you who came out to our school conferences on Thursday and Friday!  It was great to see your positive reactions to your child’s work on the walls, and to hear you praise your children as you walked out of the conference meetings.  A child’s success in school is the result of a strong partnership between the child, parent, and school, so it was encouraging to see the strong turnout of parents over the two days of conferences.


Conferences are a wonderful way to get an update on your child’s performance.  We also want you to feel informed about your child, the classroom, and the school at all points throughout the year.  Your child’s teacher sends out messages throughout the week, we send out the Weekly Update in conjunction with School Council every Sunday, and the school sends out messages via School Messenger as needed.  If you are not receiving these communications, please let our office know right away and we can correct the issue.   


Our staff would like to take a moment to say thank you to the parents at our school for getting your children to school on time!  There are many factors that can prevent a student from arriving on time, so we are thrilled to see that the number of late students we are seeing each day has decreased substantially since last year.  When children arrive on time, they are ready to learn and do not interrupt the learning of others. Let’s keep up the great work! 


Have a great week!  As always, please do not hesitate to contact us at the school if you have any questions or if we can help in any way. 


Meagan Lundgren

Assistant Principal

mllundgren@cbe.ab.ca


September 17
September 16th

​Dear Parents,

We are looking forward to seeing you at Conferences on Thursday and Friday. As a staff,

we view this as a very important time to get to know you and to learn more about your

child. We believe that sharing information early in the school year helps to establish

strong communication between home and school, which in turn benefits our children

academically, socially and emotionally.

As you book your conferences, please know that you are also invited to book a conference

with me - either to join in on a conference with the teacher, or a separate conference on

our own. Sometimes a conference with me is to make me aware of something that is

happening with your child, to problem-solve, or to share a school level idea or concern. I

welcome these conversations and your input, so please do not hesitate if something is on

your mind.

I understand that there is often the perception of the principal being a remote, formal and

fear invoking authority figure. This is not who I strive to be. When I am working with your

children, I often talk about it being my job to create a safe and caring school where we can

focus on student learning. I talk about the fact that I get to be everyone’s friend, and that I

get to help with problems- whether they are problems for students, teachers, staff or

parents. Please keep this in mind when you are considering whether or not to bring

something to my attention. If you are thinking about it, you probably should. If something

is keeping you awake at night, you definitely should.

Kelly Christopher

Principal, Altadore School

kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca​

September 05
Welcome Back!

Dear Parents,

I wanted to let you all know we had a wonderful first day of school at Altadore!  It was wonderful to see all of the smiling faces and to hear all of the comments about how much the students love their teachers already.  From an administration perspective things went very smoothly - thanks to all of the preparation the staff did to have everything ready for today.

You will find attached to this message a School Information Handbook with all sorts of information about how things work at our school.  Please take the time to read through it.  Teachers will be sharing the appropriate parts with their classes.

Altadore Information Handbook 

We have also included a calendar with all of the planned events for the month of September.  Please note a few of the things that will be happening right away:

Altadore Parent Calendar September 2019 

  • Thursday is our Welcome Back picnic from 5-7pm.  The forecast is great for the first time in a number of years and we are hoping for a great turnout!  Bring a blanket or some lawn chairs and get ready for some fun.  Music will be played in the compound for those who would like to listen or to dance. There will be food trucks for those who do not to cook supper and many families choose to pack something to eat or to bring some takeout.  Others prefer to eat at home and just come for the company.  Just as the teachers adapt and personalize learning for each of thier students, we hope you will do whatever works for you.  This is a great opportunity to meet the teachers, to reconnect with people you haven't seen all summer, and to get to meet new families.  See you there!
  • Tuesday, September, 10 at 6:30, there is a garden meeting and educational session offered by Janet Melrose, expert gardener.  All are welcome - those who have a bed in the Edible Garden, those who do some gardening at home and the curious non-gardeners.  It will be held at the school, either in the Edible Garden or the Learning Commons - dpeending on the weather.
  • Wednesday, September 11 at 6:30 is the first School Council meeting of the year.  This is open to all parents and is a terrific way to meet new people, to learn more about what is happening at the school, and to offer feedback about all of the different initiatives we undertake at Altadore.  Babysitting is provided free of charge.

I hope you are all hearing positive things at home right now.  As always, please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or I can help in any way!

Kelly

Kelly Christopher

 

Principal|Altadore School

kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca

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June 27
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe it is the end of the school year already!  The old adage that time flies when you are having fun is true!  When we think about all of the things that have been done in the time we have been at Altadore regardless of how long it has been, it is hard to believe we fit it all in.  This is truly a special school community and on behalf of the staff, we would like to thank all of you for everything you do to build community and to make this a great place for our students to learn!  We would also like to say that we believe the teachers and our support staff at Altadore are truly incredible and talented people.  Each and every one of them is focused on doing what is best for our children. Always.   

For those of you who are moving on to new schools – we wish you the best of luck. Please keep in touch and let us know how things are going for you and your family.  For those who are staying – we are looking forward to all kinds of new adventures next year.

Kelly Christopher, Principal
Karen Pope, Assistant Principal

June 24
We are Already at the End of the Year!

Dear Parents,

It’s hard to believe that we are already at the end of the year! As always it has been a busy year - there are so many “extra” things we do as a school community - and they are always connected to extending learning opportunities for our children! Thank you! It not only makes Altadore School a great place for students, it also makes it a dynamic and great place for staff to work and learn!

In this final Weekly Update of the year, I would like to extend a very public and heartfelt thank you to Karen Pope. When I first came to Altadore two years ago, she was absolutely instrumental in helping me get up to speed. Ever since that time we have worked extremely closely together. Her heart is always in the right place - with the students and the staff. Decisions were always made with their best interests in mind. Karen has helped me to be a better principal, and no one will miss her more than I do. I wish my colleague, my partner, my confidant and my friend the very best. Hillhurst School is luck to have you!

Kelly Christopher
Principal, Altadore School
kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca

June 17
Happy Fahter's Day and Thank You to Parents

Dear Parents,

Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads who are a part of our Altadore School Community! I hope you have all had a chance to create some wonderful memories today, as we have already had at our house. At school, we hear from your children each and everyday how important you are to them and how much they love you. As adults, we also know the vital role you play in guiding your children to grow and to learn! Thank you and congratulations!

I would also like to thank all of the parents who came out to hear more about our new school organization for next year and to ask questions. It is an honour and a pleasure to work in a community where everyone cares so much about our children and their learning. As a staff we are confident we are maximizing available resources in order to maximize the achievement, citizenship, character and personal development of our students and are happy to answer your questions. Finally, I would like to extend my personal thanks to each and every one of our teaches who came out last Tuesday to help with this presentation - especially as it came in the middle of a week they were busy writing report cards!

If you have any questions or if I can be of help in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kelly
Kelly Christopher
Principal, Altadore School
kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca

June 10
Owl's Nest Indigenous Name

On Monday, Saa’kokoto (Randy Bottle) gifted the Owl’s Nest with an additional Indigenous name which means Children of the Owl. As Blackfoot is almost completely an oral language, he is consulting with some other Elders to confirm the spelling of it. We will share it with you once we have it.

At the beginning of the ceremony, we announced to all of the students that Foster Garrison, our Grade 1 student who has been undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia, has finished all of his treatments. To mark this special occasion, he was given the honour of formally asking Saa’kokoto to name the Owl’s Nest with a Blackfoot name. After starting a smudge, Saa’kokoto spoke about the importance of name giving in the Blackfoot culture. It is how they acknowledge the land, as well as the beings of the land - the animals, the beings of the sky- the winged ones, as well as the beings of the water. He wanted to acknowledge the spirit of the land - the children of our school who use the space, as well as the owl for which it had already been named. Saa’kokoto explained how his culture sees the owl as very wise and a being that can see into the future. It is a messenger who tells us what we need to do to prepare for the next day and helps us to remember important things we need to do. It is also able to tell us about what to do to protect our children, our families and our community.

By granting the name Children of the Owl to our garden space, Saa’kokoto is following in the footsteps of his grandfather by teaching, singing an honour song, as well as by sharing ceremonies with us. It is a traditional way of leaving his way of life for future generations.

We are so very honoured and happy that he was willing to share this ceremony with us and are happy that he will come back to work with our students next year.

If you have any questions or I can be of help in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kelly
Kelly Christopher
Principal, Altadore School
kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca

May 27
Ceremony in the Owl's Nest

Dear Parents,

At 9:00 AM on Monday, June 3, we will be holding a special ceremony in our Owl’s Nest. At that time, Randy Bottle, the Indigenous elder we have been working with, will be granting the Owl’s Nest with a Blackfoot name. As a part of this celebration he will be conducting a smudging and explaining the purpose of smudging in the Blackfoot culture. After that, he will share the name he has chosen based on his knowledge of our school and how we use that space. In the past, CBE rooms, buildings and places have been granted Indigenous names, however we believe this is the first time this will be done with some CBE land. We believe this is a great honour.

Once the ceremony is over, we will enjoy some food that has been provided by parent volunteers and have some extra time to be outside and to enjoy our land both in the Owl’s Nest and on our field. All parents are welcome to join us! Please note that this ceremony will be happening outside - rain or shine! We will all need to come prepared to be outside for about 45 minutes.

On our calendar page, you will see our tentative calendar for next year. None of the bell times for Grades 1-6 have changed and you will be able to see some of the dates that have been reserved for the Christmas Concert, Grade 6 Provincial Achievement tests etc. TBD If you have any questions or I can be of help in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kelly Christopher
Principal, Altadore School
kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca

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Kelly Christopher, Principal

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kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca​


Karen Pope, Assistant Principal

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