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June 30
Saying Thanks and Farewell

Dear Battalion Park School Families,


I think that in life we get to write our own headlines.  Our school year could be remembered as a year of Covid19, where world economies were battered and where classes for students were cancelled.  While this is a big event, it is certainly not the only headline.  In September 2019, 460 students started their school year at Battalion Park.  Some might think this is a boring story, but while going to school is common, the growth and development in the year of a child is not.  For some this was their first year of formal school.  For others, they came to BPS from near and far to join our school.  For all, it was a time to take another step forward in learning academics, independence, friendships, and confidence.  As we reflect on the school year, we encourage you to think about the young person that your child is becoming and how their school experiences help to forge that growth. 


Our school staff remain grateful to you for your support and the trust you put in us each day to work with your child.  This support was felt on March 15, 2020 as we transformed our school to remote learning.  I would like to thank our teachers and education assistants for making this huge transition with little to no prior training or experiences – this was certainly a year of growth for everyone.


Next year will be a different year.  We hope that conditions in our society allow students to return to school and plans are well-underway to prepare for their arrival.  As you have heard, the government has presented three scenarios for return to school in September:

  • Scenario 1 - In-school classes resume (near normal with health measures)
  • Scenario 2 - In-school classes partially resume (with additional health measures)
  • Scenario 3 - At-home learning continues (in-school classes are suspended/cancelled)

Information about return to school will be sent to you from the Calgary Board of Education in August and then closer to the return date, please look for more specific plans directly from our school.  

 

The following information is provided to you now to assist in planning for next year:

  1. The 2020/21 School Calendar is now posted on our website.
  2. August 1 - Alberta government has stated they will communicate plans for our return to school in September.
  3. Our school office is open on August 27.
  4. Families will receive a “Welcome to School” email from their child’s new teacher on August 28.  This email will include information on first day of school procedures.
  5. September 1 is the first day of school for students.
  6. Litterless lunch - Pack it in, pack it out! Students will bring home any garbage, compost or recycling in their lunchbox. Reusable containers are strongly encouraged. This allows supervisors to sanitize desks and classrooms more quickly and effectively. More info. to come.


This year we are saying good-bye to some students and staff as they move on to new schools and new experiences.  Please join me in thanking them for making our school a special place.  Remember, “once a Hawk, always a Hawk!”


From our staff to your family, we wish you a summer of peace, gratitude, and joy and we look forward to seeing you on September 1, 2020.


Sincerely,

J. Campbell​

June 23
Departing Staff Members

With mixed feelings, we are celebrating 3 of our teachers who have announced their retirement from teaching; Mrs. Erickson, Mrs. Mah, and Mrs. Issler.  We are grateful that each of them for choosing to dedicate their lives to the pursuit of student learning.  In addition, we thank Mrs. Adams for her amazing service to the students, parents, and staff of Battalion Park School.  These 4 professionals have, in their own way, given to our school their countless hours and expertise.  In the absence of gathering physically to show them our thanks, I encourage you to join us in spirit, to recognize their contributions.  The following statements have been written to you from our departing staff members:

 

I used to think having mixed feelings about retiring was a cliché.  Now I understand! The Battalion Park community has been a wonderful place to spend 10 years. The parents and parent council are extremely engaged and supportive.  And your children are so creative and caring and funny!  Of all the schools I've taught at, the quality of the music performed at Battalion Park has been the highest.  That rollercoaster ride of slogging through learning the music to limping through sketchy dress rehearsals to watching the proud, excited faces giving their best yet at the performance - what a thrill!  The little moments during class when a student creates something they're proud of, or succeeds at something they've worked on, or skips into the music room with an eager smile on their face, or asks to sing that song or play that game again - those are the gifts that the wonderful students of Battalion Park have given me daily.  If only I didn't have to send them off down the hall again after only half an hour! 

 The next verse in my song will be about new experiences, travelling across Canada and the United States with my husband in our rv.  "On the road again..."

Mrs. Erickson

 

It seems like just yesterday that I walked into Battalion Park as a newcomer. Relatively speaking I still am, having only been at Battalion Park for two years. It’s been a fantastic two years. There is no doubt that time with your children is what I will miss most: daily greetings, conversations, funny moments and gifts of appreciation, like notes, drawings and home-made gifts will be treasured memories. The work you have put into building their character has not gone unnoticed. Your support from volunteering in the school, field trips, and ensuring completion of assignments and are appreciated. Sincere thanks to all of you, particularly in this challenging situation with remote learning.  What I look forward to most in retirement is more free time. I should say semi-retirement, as I do plan to work a couple of days of week to ease the transition. Although I do have my sights set on working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, you may just see me at the local library or bookstore if that doesn’t pan out.  

Mrs. Issler

A quote from a wise bear, Winnie the Pooh (A.A. Milne), sums up my feelings about my leaving the school, this incredible career, and heading into retirement, 

“How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” 

I have been so lucky over the years to have met, worked, laughed and cried with so many dedicated parents and staff at Battalion Park School. I am proud to say that I was here when the school first opened filled with high anticipation and excitement as a mini school with 5 classrooms and see it continue to grow into a vibrant campus, two schools with one big heart. My heart overflows with all of your support over the years, and the memories from the last 20 years will last me forever. Most of all, I will miss the sparkle, joy, and endless stories that BPS students bring to school every day. Thank you for letting me be a part of your children’s lives over these years!  

I have had a long enjoyable journey in my teaching career. I am looking forward to spending more time with my family, travelling, and exploring new pursuits (and maybe my golf game will improve). All the best to you! 

Dorothy Mah ​

 

Three years ago, I joined Battalion Park School and in my role as AP I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with so many caring, talented and dedicated professionals from our support staff, educational assistants, teachers to my partner, Mr. Campbell. Thank you to the Battalion Park School Council & Fundraising Society and to the many parents I’ve had the pleasure of working with to provide children with the best learning experience possible. The students are at heart of any school and BPS students are truly a special bunch. Thank you for your energy, kindness and enthusiasm for learning. You have made every day fun and rewarding. As much as children can learn from adults, adults can also learn from children. And I have learned so much from each of you! I will miss you all and this amazing school community. I must admit, I am also very excited to begin my year off! I am planning to spend more time with my family, pursue personal interests, travel when it becomes possible again and enjoy our new puppy. ​

Mrs. Adams

 

Please join me in thanking these 4 individuals for their service to students, parents and staff of Battalion Park School and the Calgary Board of Education.

 

Kind Regards

Jeff Campbell

June 18
Highlights of School Council Meeting

Dear parents,

 

We had a very good school council meeting last night – our last one of the year.

 

School Council at Battalion Park works so successfully because our parents choose to come to meetings to become informed and provide their thoughts and opinions on how our school runs.  Thank you.

 

Particular thanks to:  Zeyad Al-Ssalmani – School Council Secretary; Kristi and Brian McKinnon – School Council Treasurers; Jessica Moran – School Council Chairperson.  These people have helped organize events, activities and ideas that have made a difference to our students and staff – thank you.

 

Finally, a big thank you to Brent Bromley who has been our School Council Vice Chair for the last three years.  Brent’s approachability, humour, and dedication to our school leave us in a better place – thanks, Brent.

 

Following are some highlights from my Principal Report:

 

Student survey update

65 parents completed the survey.  The first three questions provide the school with ideas / suggestions for moving forward next year.  The last two questions queried how much parents feel we should charge for Classroom events (field trips, presenters, etc.) and Physical Education events (off-site experiences).  Following are the results:

 

  • $50 per student per year is supported by the majority of parents
  • $20 per student per year for off site PE trips

 

Enhanced Educational Support (EES) Classes coming in the fall

We have been granted two special education classes to come to our school next year!  These two classes will support students with developmental delays and provide personalized programming to develop student skill development in functional academics, communication, daily living and citizenship. Programming to promote social-emotional and physical wellbeing are also important features of the EES class.  We look forward to seeing how our current students and our EES students grow and learn from each other.  We hope you will join us in our excitement for welcoming these students and their families to our school.  

 

 

Next year classes

Our student numbers at each grade are more unpredictable this year than in previous years.  We have a few different plans for grade configurations next year:

 

Approximately 490 students

 

2 classes of K

4 classes of gr 1

4 classes of gr 2

2 or 3 classes of gr 3

2 or 3 classes of gr 4

2 or 3 classes of gr 5

3 classes of gr 6

 

Returning to school in September

Alberta Health Services (AHS) directs decisions regarding our return to school.  They advise us there are 3 possible scenarios for Sept 1 return to learning: 

  • a return to normal operations (likely with moderate health and safety modifications);
  • a partial return to school with more significant restrictions, 
  • a continuation of students learning from home.

A CBE task force is working to provide direction based on the scenarios provided by AHS.  More information can be found on our website. 

Sincerely, 

J. Campbell ​

April 14
BP School Council Meeting

​Hello Battalion Park Families,

We hope this email finds you and your family doing well.  Battalion Park School Council is working to find the best and safest solution for issues that have come about due to the recent changes in the school year. That includes providing refunds for the Fun Lunch Program. 

Due to these challenging times we have decided to move our April 15th meeting to:

Tuesday, May 12th at 6:00pm. 

This will be an online meeting and we will send out an email with the platform and meeting link in early May. Mark the date in your calendar as we hope you can attend. 

Please continue to follow the instructions from Alberta Health Services, if we all work together we can flatten the curve. 

Thank you, 

Battalion Park School Council​​

April 09
Picking up Student Belongings

​Dear parents, 

We will be providing an opportunity next week for one parent or guardian from each family to come and pick-up your child’s personal belongings (learning materials, shoes, etc.). Your child’s teacher will be contacting you with a specific date and time for your family. We will be following the guidelines below to keep everyone safe and would kindly ask you to do the same.  


Guidelines for Picking-up Belongings 

  • Do NOT come to the school if you are unwell in any way, have been in close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 or have travelled outside Canada within the last 14 days. Please be responsible and help prevent potential spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses. 
  • Only one parent/guardian from each family will be permitted to enter the school (no children please). 
  • At your given pick-up time, line up at the main door using the red pylons to ensure physical distancing (grades 5-6 in the mini and K-4 in the core). 
  • Please enter the school when asked to do so. Please remember to keep a safe distance from others at all times. 
  • Bags of student belongings will be set out in alphabetical order.  


Lost & Found 

In the core, there will be some shoes from the lost & found on display near the exit. If you spot a pair that belong to your child, you are welcome to take them with you. 

If your child is missing another item that is particularly important to them, please let your child’s teacher know and we will do our best to locate it for you. The rest will be held safely and made available for all parents to look through at another time. 


Library Books 

If your child has library books at home, please bring them with you to drop off in the bins provided. 


More than One Child in the School 

If you have more than one child attending our school, please come to pick-up all their belongings at the pick-up time given for your oldest child. All belongings will be gathered and waiting in one place. 

Grade 3 Parents: We also have some cash refunds and cancelled cheques for you to pick-up. Please plan to come at your given pick-up time for grade 3. 


 Thank you for your cooperation in closely following these instructions in order to maintain everyone’s safety. Please contact the office if you have any questions. 


Schedule for Parent Pick-up of Student Personal Belongings
Wednesday - Mini Thursday - Mini Wednesday - Core Thursday - Core Friday - Core
9:30 Bergman A-J 9:30 Banks A-J 9:00 Zollner A-J 9:00 Tuttle A-J 9:00 Jenson AM A-J
9:30 Zollner K-Z 9:30 Tuttle K-Z 9:30 Jenson AM K-Z
10:30 Bergman K-Z 10:30 Banks K-Z 10:00 10:00 10:00
10:30 Henderson A-J 10:30 Cornwall A-J 10:30 George AM A-J
11:30 Mason A-J 11:30 Asmundson A-J 11:00 Henderson K-Z 11:00 Cornwall K-Z 11:00 George AM K-Z
11:30 11:30 11:30
12:30 Mason K-Z 12:30 Asmundson K-Z 12:00 Kounougeris A-J 12:00 van Ellenberg A-J 12:00 Jenson PM A-J
12:30 Kounougeris K-Z 12:30 van Ellenberg K-Z 12:30 Jenson PM K-Z
1:30 Moir A-J 1:30 Croteau A-J 1:00 1:00 1:00
1:30 Boothman A-J 1:30 Patrick A-J 1:30 George PM A-J
2:30 Moir K-Z 2:30 Croteau K-Z 2:00 Boothman K-Z 2:00 Patrick K-Z 2:00 George PM K-Z
2:30 2:30 2:30
3:00 Issler A-J 3:00 Mottershead A-J 3:00 Mah A-J
3:30 Issler K-Z 3:30 Mottershead K-Z 3:30 Mah K-Z

Sincerely, 

J. Campbell

 

March 31
Google Meet and Google Classroom

Google Meet and Google Classroom

Dear Parents and Guardians:

 

In response to classes being cancelled and the need to move teaching and learning to an ongoing learning model, the Calgary Board of Education has decided to make both Google Classroom and Google Meet available to teachers and students. Both applications will be available for teacher-directed use later this week.

 

Both learning tools are part of the G Suite for Education suite of tools that all CBE students currently have access to. Adding Google Classroom and Google Meet will allow teachers to connect with their students both in real time and at a pace that suits student and family situations.

 

Grade 6 students will be using Google Meet and Brightspace by D2L. Students in Kindergarten to Grade 5 will be using Google Classroom, Google Meet and other Google tools in the CBE G Suite.  Please contact your child’s teacher if you have questions about the tools they are using.

 

As with all CBE G Suite for Education applications, the data and information that is shared is stored within the CBE G Suite environment and is not accessible in the public domain. Teachers and students will use only first name and last initial to identify each other. If students use these tools, they will access them using their CBE G Suite ID (username@educbe.ca). Teachers will work with their students to help them understand the risks in using online tools such as video chat.

 

Teachers will receive support and have opportunities to learn more about both Google Classroom and Google Meet as a way to connect with their students as we all adjust to teaching and learning from a distance.

Google Meet

Google Meet is a video conferencing application that enables teachers to host and students to join organized ‘meetings’ in real-time. Teachers can also record meetings and make the recording available to students to view later on. Teachers are able to share their screen and guide students through tasks and/or documents and websites they wish to share.

 

 

Google Classroom

Google Classroom is an online platform that enables teachers to communicate with their students as well as assign and distribute assignments and work in safe, manageable, and an appropriate way. Students are added in the ‘classroom’ using their CBE G Suite ID (username@educbe.ca).

 

Privacy and Consent

Students and their families received the School District Use of Personal Information document in Fall 2019 outlining how and why student data is shared at the CBE. Teachers will follow these policies and documents as they plan ongoing teaching and learning activities. If you have a concern with your child using these tools to support their learning, please contact your classroom teacher or Mr. Campbell.

 

 

Jeff Campbell

Principal, Battalion Park School

jdcampbell@cbe.ab.ca

March 30
March 30 Update

Dear Parents

 

We are hoping that this email finds you and your family well as we determine how we will be with this new normal and continue learning from home. 

 

Alberta Education has provided us with a clearer picture about what learning will look like for elementary-aged children.  This week our staff is working to plan for learning to meet these directives.  To that end, teachers will be phoning each family today to check in on you and to ask about your child’s access to computer technology.  Many of these phone calls will show up as No Caller ID.  Please answer this call so you can connect with your child’s teacher.  With the understanding of our students’ ability to access technology from home, we will be able to plan for the continuity of learning.  Further information will be coming out this week. 

 

Remember, maintaining a balanced and consistent routine; including regular sleeping and eating times, breaks for activity and outdoor time, safe socialization and healthy boundaries on screen time are very important to bringing normalcy to our days.

 

Please take care of each other.​

March 20
March 20 Update from Battalion Park

Dear Battalion Park Families,

Thank you to all members of our “Hawks” school community for your cooperation and adherence to the guidelines outlined by AHS during the retrieval of personal items.  For those members who still have personal belongings within the school, rest assured they will be safe and available upon our eventual return to school. 

March break is to continue as planned for the week of March 23-27, 2020.  I ask all Battalion Park School students, parents and staff to recognize this is a “break” and it is meant to be a time to enjoy family and to stay safe.  During March Break, I anticipate communication will be less frequent, however I still encourage you to check your email for system messages, and I will re-connect with our community after the March break.  

We continue to better understand the unusual and challenging events of classroom cancellation.  We don’t want to overwhelm students and families with programming expectations or offerings while we settle into day 5 of this new reality.  In addition, it is important that consistent messaging and resources are offered to students across the CBE and Alberta. The resources found on the CBE “Learning At Home” webpage  have been reviewed by CBE staff and offer wonderful learning opportunities for students to engage in.  Again, I encourage everyone to become involved in things that interest them and provide some physical and mental rigor.  Maintaining a balanced and consistent routine for children; including regular sleeping and eating times, breaks for activity and outdoor time, safe socialization and healthy boundaries on screen time are very important to bringing normalcy to our days.    

These past week has been met with a lot of mixed emotions.  Hallways and classrooms are quiet and simply make up the structure of a building.  The children, whose laughter and energy is greatly missed, is clearly what make our Battalion Park a strong and vibrant school.  As we learn new words and protocols such as social distancing and self-isolation, we are challenged to contemplate things that matter most and we are faced with uncertainty.  Uncertainty is heavy!  However, this notion of a “new normal” offers up the opportunity to re-align and take note of what is most important, what is truly valued and connect with loved ones. 

I would never have thought that I would be quoting the Chief Medical Officer of Health in Alberta, Dr. Hinshaw, but her advice is now more important than ever.  Dr. Hinshaw tweeted “The days and months ahead will be difficult for all of us.  We need to face this pandemic together and respond to this extraordinary crisis with extraordinary kindness. I want to remind Albertans: it is together that we will overcome.”

Take a deep breath, be kind to one another and take care of yourself, family and friends. 

Sincerely,

Jeff Campbell

Proud Principal of Battalion Park School​

September 12
Welcome Letter to Parents!

​Dear Parents, Students and Guardians,

 

Welcome back to school.  I read an article over the summer that recommended that taking time every day to show gratitude for those things that we are grateful for.  I’m sure I speak for all staff when I say that we are grateful to be a part of such a wonderful community of students, parents and staff – it’s an honour to walk alongside you and your child(ren) through their school learning journey. Starting from this position of gratitude, we are well positioned to enjoy the successes and to take on the challenges that face us on the road ahead.  

 

The following 6 updates are important as we begin our year.

 

1. One of our first challenges to this school year actually happened last spring, when our staff and School Council parents faced difficult decisions with respect to how we would staff our school for this school year.  As you may have heard in the media, schools are facing reductions in staffing as a result of the anticipated provincial budget.  We knew we would be receiving more students this year, however in order to keep our class sizes smaller, we eliminated our French as a Second Language program and we reduced our Physical Education/Health Specialist time.  While we value these courses for our students, French as a Second Language is not mandatory and we were providing students with more physical education and health than is required by Alberta Education, we opted to take this route to ensure our class sizes did not climb too high.  As this is a change for our school, I would be happy to discuss this with anyone who is interested.  I’m confident that we followed a thorough process and then made a difficult decision in the best interests of our students.

 

2. This year we have more students than were anticipated.  Despite the staffing reductions mentioned above, our afternoon Kindergarten class has 32 students and our grade 4 classes have 30 and 32 students.  As such, we are able to hire a new teacher who will be assigned to some of our grades with a higher number of students.  Currently, we are planning for the addition of this staff member; more information will be shared soon.  

 

3. We have had some exciting changes to our staff.  Mrs. Patrick taught grade ½ last year and this year she is teaching grade 2.  Mr. Boothman (formerly our Physical Education and Health teacher) is now teaching grade 3!  Miss van Ellenberg taught grade 4 last year and will be teaching grade 1 this year.  Finally, we welcome Mr. Clayton Bergman to our staff as one of our grade six teachers and a Learning Leader.  For a complete list of our staff, please consult our school website under the link, “About Us”.

 

4. It is our pleasure to announce a new key parent to our School Council.  Mrs. Jessica Moran is our new School Council Chairperson.  She, along with Vice-Chair Mr. Brent Bromley, will be working with Mrs. Adams and myself to organize the activities of our School Council this year.  Our first task was to welcome all of our new Kindergarten families to our school.  It’s great to see the vitality and fresh perspectives this group will bring to our community.  Through our conversations with these new families, we emphasized some key messages that are important for us all to hear.

 

The “parent-advantage” is a real thing at Battalion Park School.  We are able to bring many extra activities and resources to our school because of our parents.  A reality, however, is that many of these activities are driven by a small number of parent volunteers.  In order for our school to keep this advantage, we need parents to be involved.  Throughout the year there will be several requests for help (Fun Lunches/Snacks, Welcome Back Picnic, Halloween Dance, attending monthly School council meetings, etc.).  Please consider being a community builder by becoming involved in these activities.

 

Remember the “gratitude-attitude”.  Don’t keep your gratitude all bottled up.  Show your gratitude to the staff who work with our children every day.  Our staff thrive on those little notes, comments and emails that come from the heart.  I still have cherished notes from my first year teaching -  don’t do the math on how long ago that was!

 

5. On September 19 and 20 we have scheduled our first set of Learning Conferences.  This is an opportunity for parents to share their understandings of their children with the teacher.  Specific times for Kindergarten families and for Grade 1-6 are as follows:

 

Kindergarten:

Sept 19

9:00-12:00, 1:00-3:30, 4:45-8:15

 

Sept 20

9:00-1:00

 

Grade 1-6:

Sept 19

4:45-8:15

 

Sept 20

9:00-1:00

 

Note – there is no school for Kindergarten on Sept 19 and 20.  There is no school for grades 1-6 on Sept 20.

 

Finally, our Welcome Back to School Picnic is scheduled for Thursday, Sept 12, 5:30-7:30 pm in the West Field next to the Mini building.  If the weather is in-climate, we will re-schedule to Sept 26.  School Council needs a few volunteers for this event.  We hope to see you out there to meet your neighbors and celebrate our learning community.

 

Kind Regards,

 

Jeff Campbell

Principal


September 06
Wecome Back and 2019 Summer Reading Challenge

​Dear Students and Parents


Welcome to Battalion Park.  For our students we hope this year will be characterized by wonder, curiosity and development of a sound foundation of skills for future learning.  For our parents, we encourage you to participate and become involved in our school.


There are many updates to provide regarding our school this year, however our main purpose for this email it to remind you about the Summer 2019 Reading Challenge.


Students who were with us last year were informed about a reading incentive program in which families were invited to visit Calgary public libraries.  Following each visit, students could fill out some responses to questions about each library.  The reading packages are called “Summer 2019 Reading Challenge” and are still accessible on our school website (from the school’s main page, click on View All Stories).             


This year we are very lucky to have 3 iPads to give away to 3 students who hand in their packages by this Friday, September 6.  


We will draw names and announce the winners on Monday or Tuesday of next week.


Good luck to all


Sincerely,


J. Campbell

Principal


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