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May/June Update

​Excerpted from our May/June newsletter
The days are slowly getting longer, and we are observing another turning point in the cycle of nature. The spring brings hopes for happiness and prosperity, but also honest reflection on how well we have done and the resolution to continue to evolve. Our staff will continually strive to improve our teaching practice resulting in an increase of student achievement. We believe that our work as a school is a collaboration between staff, students, parents and our community; we will continue to invite you to join our educational journey!
 
The March conference was an opportunity for everyone to connect. Thank you for attending our student-led conferences on March 22nd. We had a fantastic turnout, reaching 96% of our families! Our staff truly enjoyed a dinner organized by our School Council and many parent volunteers. On behalf of the Escuela Canyon Meadows staff, I would like to thank all of our families for bringing such an amazing selection of food!  During the week of student- led conferences, the school transformed into an exquisite art gallery, highlighting our students’ unique talents and gifts. The students were thrilled to celebrate their learning with our families. I observed many students grinning from ear to ear with their sunny smiles.
 
Thank you for sharing your voice through our school March Conference survey. We had 259 families complete the survey. Your input is analyzed by our staff and helps us to shape our school to become even stronger. Your voice matters to Escuela Canyon Meadows as we believe that you are partners in your child’s educational career! We feel very fortunate to have such a dedicated, committed and supportive parent group! Gracias!
 
We have received our bell times for the 2018-2019 school year from Planning and Transportation, and they will mirror our current bell times. Bell times are directly connected to transportation services. The cost of a yellow school bus is based on a block of time. The more routes a single bus can run during this block of time, the more cost-effective the transportation service is for the Calgary Board of Education. Aligning bus times allows a bus to run two or three routes during each block of time. If you require more information please visit the website that was used in May 2017 to help communicate bell time changes: https://cbe.ab.ca/news-centre/Pages/changes-to-school-bell-times-for-2017-18.aspx
 
We received our projected school budgets for 2018/2019 at the beginning of April and have been extremely focused on ensuring that all resources possible are allotted to students. We will have 17.5 classrooms with a music specialist. In light of current projections see below for class configuration 2018-2019.
§  2 AM Kindergarten and 1 PM Kindergarten
§  4 classes of Grade 1
§  3 classes of Grade 2
§  3 classes of Grade 3
§  3 classes of Grade 4
§  2 classes of Grade 5
 
 
In May and June, teachers and administration will be meeting multiple times to assign students to class lists for next year.  This is not a task taken lightly at Escuela Canyon Meadows.  Professionals who have worked with these children will engage in the discussion to determine the best possible placements.  We will revisit our classroom lists multiple times. We kindly request our families trust and respect the professional judgment of our staff.  Placement considerations will include multiple factors. Each class will consist of a heterogeneous mix of students.  The achievement and ability level, as well as the independent work habits of each student will be reviewed.
 
§     Classrooms will be balanced in terms of numbers of children with special learning needs, social/emotional concerns and English Language Learners (ELL)
§     As much as possible, each class will have a balance of gender
§     Children’s needs will be considered in terms of their working relationships with peers as well as their individual strengths
§     Children’s learning style
§     Chemistry of the classroom dynamics
 
Please understand that these are important decisions that need to be made by the educators in our school. Through your ongoing conversations with your child’s teacher, Canyon Meadows staff are aware of unique circumstances.  Class placements will reflect our sincere effort to create balanced classrooms where each child is valued, challenged and successful.  Tentative class lists will be created in early June, with the final adjustments being at the close of the school year. 
 
We are very excited with the launching of the new school website! The new website will allow us to post all the features of a traditional newsletter. Moving to an online platform allows schools to improve their communication methods. We have many exciting events occurring during the month of May and June; please visit our website for the most up-to-date information. The Canyon Meadows website allows for our families not to have to wait for the traditional newsletter. Effective September 2018 all information, previously included in newsletters (important dates, bell times, school calendar etc.), will be available on the school website.
 
While we look forward to many exciting events as we close out the school year, and we are also planning ahead for next year. We look forward to warm weather, new growth, developing new communication methods and to seeing our families at our year-end activities.
 
Thank you for your continued support as we work together in the best interest of our magnificent students!
 

Warm Regards, Sra. Bobbie Schmidt & Escuela Canyon Meadows staff​

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Canyon Meadows School

395 Canterbury Dr SW Calgary, AB, T2W 1J1
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Principal
Mrs Bobbie Schmidt
Assistant Principal
Mrs Lilien Perera Perez
Area Director
Ms Sydney Smith
Trustee
Julie Hrdlicka

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Grades
K-05
Enrolment
412
Programs
Spanish Bilingual
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Morning Start
8:00 AM
Dismissal
2:45 PM
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