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March 30
March 30th Update

Dear Escuela Canyon Meadows Families,

We hope you had a great spring break at home with your loved ones.  Many of us took the time to reconnect with family over spring break. We want you to know that our students were never far from our minds.  We miss our work with them every day and are still in a bit of shock that we are living through a pandemic that, unfortunately but understandably, is keeping us from working alongside the children and doing the work that we love. 

We want to know how you are doing as a family during this unprecedented time. Your child’s homeroom teacher will be connecting with your family. We are looking to gather information about what tools and resources you have access to in order to begin planning for online learning.  Your child’s homeroom teacher will be contacting you to find out if you do not have access to:

A computer

iPad

Tablet

Smart phone

The internet

If you do not have access to any of the above tools, please let your child’s classroom teacher know, if your only option is a paper-based learning package. 

The learning that takes place in our classroom spaces each day looks very different than it will online.  Please know that the relationship between student and teacher is a very important part of learning.  Working online does not provide the same opportunity for the teacher to connect with students to know more about how they are approaching their learning.  Frequent conversations and check-ins are invaluable for teachers to establish exactly what students know, what they need next and how they can demonstrate their understanding.  Online learning will be a significant adjustment for all stakeholders- the students, the teachers, and you as parents.  Simply put, online learning cannot replicate the work that takes place inside a classroom.  What we are committed to is to help keep the minds of our students engaged and stimulated through tasks that can be done at home.

Thank you for your patience as CBE worked closely with Provincial agencies to begin the work of online learning.  There is still work to be done in this area so please be vigilant in reading all CBE communication that will be sent out over the coming days and weeks. What online distance learning will look like at Canyon Meadows will be communicated later this week through school messenger (email) and on our website. We will align our distance learning to the requirements stated by Alberta Education:

  Kindergarten – Grade 3

  Focus on language/literacy and mathematics/numeracy

  Teachers will assign an average of five (5) hours of work per student per week

  Grades 4 – 5

  Focus on language/literacy and mathematics/numeracy outcomes; opportunities to incorporate science and social studies outcomes through cross-curricular learning

  Teachers will assign an average of five (5) hours of work per student per week

For this week, as usual, there is access to learning tasks and links for students to use each day on the classroom blogs. An example of this will be access to RazKids, which will provide literacy opportunities in English and Spanish. 

We know that the pandemic has created a multitude of complex situations for families.  Please know that we will do our best to support your family- please let us know if you need help connecting with resources to support your family.

Wishing you and your loved ones health during this challenging time,

Sra. Schmidt                Sra. Perera Pérez

Principal                       Assistant Principal


March 20
Warm Wishes

Dear ECM Families,

We have been thinking of you and your family and hope you are staying healthy, safe, and warm. ​Our school is not a community without the laughter, stories and hugs from our students. We miss the interaction and connection with all of our students and families. As you know, there is not an area of the globe that has not been directly impacted by COVID-19. Thank you all so much for how well you have handled this challenging situation.  Be present and watch for signs of “kindness”. I have observed many random acts of kindness over the last few days and this awareness has lifted my spirit.​     

We want to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a restorative Spring Break. Our staff are looking forward to continuing our strong connections as we are given more system/provincial direction around learning. We are all in this together and we are here to support your child’s learning and wellbeing.

After Spring Break, please connect with your child’s homeroom teacher through email. I know our teachers would appreciate hearing from their students.What an authentic writing opportunity! Take good care of yourselves and your loved ones.

Stay safe, stay healthy.

Sra. Schmidt, Principal of Canyon Meadows​

March 09
CANCELLED - Student Learning Conferences

​Student Learning Conferences are designed to provide students with opportunities to share their learning with their family so that parents better understand where their child is at in their academics. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment. Upon arrival, please enter directly into the classroom. Please note there will be other families in the classroom during this time.

You will be seeing evidence of your child’s learning (e.g. samples of assessed student work, student reflections etc.). Please review your child’s work and craft any questions that you may have after reviewing the evidence of learning. 

After reviewing your child’s evidence of learning, you will have a chance to meet the teacher for fifteen minutes and you may ask questions such as:

• What gains has your child made over the past months? 

• What gains have been made on the parent’s goals? The student’s goals? 

• What are the best next steps for your child and how will they be supported? 

• How has your teacher-parent communication been working? 

By the end of the student learning conference, you should be able to answer the question, “How is my child doing at school in his/her wellbeing and academically?”

Sincerely, 

Bobbie Schmidt

Principal 

February 27
March Update

At this time of year it is a great time to remind your child of your family’s after school protocols

Ensure you are stopping and carefully looking in all directions before entering a street.

·         While playing with friends ensure your parents know where you are at all times.

·         Avoid traveling through alleyways.

·         When going to and from places of play ensure you are either traveling with a friend. If you don’t have a friend to walk with, tell your parents/caregiver what time you will arrive or return.

 

Canyon Meadows School provides outside supervision from 7:45 to 8:00 a.m. (before school), 10:10-10:25 a.m. (morning recess) and 12:00-12:30 p.m. (lunch recess). Canyon Meadows School dismisses at 2:45 p.m.  We do not provide supervision after school. if you choose to allow your children to play on the school grounds after 2:45 p.m., then we know that you will monitor your child’s safety and ensure they are acting with kindness.  Ongoing communication with the homeroom teacher is essential when changes are made to the daily routine of your child. Thank you for your support in establishing clear routines with your children. Working with us provides a safe and caring learning environment for all students. 

 

Bobbie Schmidt​

February 07
Open House Reflection

Thank you for sharing your appreciation of the work we do with our brilliant students each and every day with other families! We had a great turnout for our Open House evening, and kindergarten registration has been strong. The families enjoyed meeting and conversing with our kindergarten and grade one teachers. During the tour many families commented that their interest in the International Spanish Bilingual program was due to a neighbour or friend showcasing the learning and relationships fostered at Canyon Meadows School. We also heard multiple comments on how our school represents learning through the visual arts within a rich cultural component as demonstrated by the high quality of student learning displayed.

During the presentation the following topics were discussed: an introduction to Canyon Meadows International Spanish Academy, an overview of the Spanish Bilingual Program and admission procedures. Parents watched current student-created videos highlighting our one school rule, ‘Be Kind’ and video of the many performances, events and celebrations we host throughout the year. They also enjoyed watching a live performance by Sra. Switzer’s grade two class.

Just a reminder that current kindergarten students are automatically registered into grade one.  There is no need for parents to come to the school or call the school to request a grade one placement.

To close, I kindly request parents choose safety over convenience. Please keep our little ones safe when dropping them off or picking them up from school. We encourage parents to model good safety by using the crosswalks. Please take a moment and watch for children and parents in front or in back of your vehicle before putting your car in gear. Thank you for keeping our precious little ones safe!

Bobbie Schmidt

Principal, Escuela Canyon Meadows, ISA

 

January 14
​Frosty Greetings from Sra. Schmidt – Blue Day Recess Time

 I hope you are all managing to stay warm.  This deep winter freeze brings fond recollections of the roaring fire my father would stoke at our farmhouse when I was growing up in Saskatchewan. 


While staying cozy and warm at Escuela Canyon Meadows, we are creatively engaging our students during indoor recess and adding some extra movement to our classroom activities to make up for our lack of outdoor exercise during this arctic cold snap. Our lunch supervisors are well prepared offering many choices for our students including choice of puzzles, drawing, board games, mandala colouring pages and building with K’Nex. Our Education Assistants are providing clubs that provide students with movement breaks. 


A big shout out to our teachers who have been offering clubs over the lunch hour including bunco dice game, weaving, colour therapy, Mexican art, card making, friendship bracelets, felt knitting, crafts, building a ship, puppet making and utilization of the bouldering wall. Teachers have been incorporating some strength building activities, stretching and dance into their movement breaks between subjects.


If you have any questions about what these blue days are looking like here at Escuela Canyon Meadows, ask your child, as we have been working hard to keep them engaged and active. I actually think the students are hoping for the cold weather to linger a bit longer.

 

Warm regards,

Sra. Schmidt​

December 20
January Update

​“In learning a foreign language, a child can transfer to the new language the system of meanings he already possesses in his own. The reverse is also true – a foreign language facilitates mastering the higher forms of the native language. The child learns to see his language as one particular system among many.” – L.S. Vygotsky

Happy New Year Escuela Canyon Meadows Families, 

​Reflection

We trust your holiday was filled with love, laughter and warm memories. Our hope is that everyone was able to celebrate the season in ways that brought joy to your heart and peace to your life. The winter break is over and everyone has returned rested and re-energized.  December was an extremely busy month with five winter learning celebrations, a Festive Assembly, report cards and our Student Learning Conferences.  If you were unable to meet with your child’s teacher, please contact them to arrange for a conference. Our goal is to have 100% participation as you are a partner in your child’s educational success. We wish to thank our school council for the wonderful dinner that was provided on the evening of our conferences. The New Year allows us time to reflect on the 2019 school year and set goals for 2020.

Generosity and Gratitude

The gift of giving was clearly demonstrated at ECM during our holiday events. Thank you for giving to the Mayor’s Annual Food Drive. Many struggling Calgarians were supported through the holidays because of your generosity. We are also inspired by the generosity of our students and how these acts nurture their developing sense of citizenship. I also wish to say thank you to our families for the wonderful donations to our annual craft and bake sale, and our winter draws! The funds raised directly impact our students at Escuela Canyon Meadows! Thank you to the parents who have paid their school field trip and residency fees. These opportunities extend and enrich the learning experiences of our students. We kindly encourage all families to pay at their earliest convenience through MyCBE/PowerSchool. 

Clubs

Staff will be offering lunch hour clubs when we have a "blue day." Blue days occur when the temperature registers below minus 20 degrees with wind chill and students stay inside for recess. Many of you paid the incidental activity fee which helped us purchase many items for the lunch hour clubs. Some of our clubs include but are not limited to: Theatre Puppets, Card Making, Friendship Bracelets, Origami, Weaving, Dice and game cards for Bunco, Lego, Needle felting, Zentangle and Kindness rocks. We are grateful to our teachers for volunteering their time to provide these activities.

Welcome New Families

Registration opens for kindergarten and grade one new registrations. We encourage all families to register as soon as possible. We will be hosting an open house on the evening of Thursday, January 16th, at 6:30 p.m. Please share the open house information with your friends and family who are eligible for entrance, and encourage them to attend. Your voice is our reputation!

Warm Wishes,

Sra. Schmidt, Principal & Sra. Perera Perez, Assistant Principal


November 29
December update

Greetings everyone and happy blissful December! I am enjoying the fresh snow, as the floating snowflakes enhance the winter wonderland feeling outside. The colder weather often spurs families to recall warm memories while sipping on hot chocolate by the fireplace. I am sure everyone is thinking of our upcoming winter holiday, but we wanted to make sure you had one last update to send you on your way. Here is a look at what is going on at Escuela Canyon Meadows as we wind down the 2019 year. 

Learning Reflection

We have one school rule, “Be Kind”. Being kind is the norm at ECM and our students will express that to you. The theme of kindness has been emphasized in classroom inquiry, discussions, class field trips and in our upcoming Winter Learning Celebrations. Students and teachers have been engaging in many discussions about what it means to be kind, and a multitude of ways to express kindness and generosity towards others. Our school has also been the recipient of generosity and kindness from the many parents who volunteer their time to support students and teachers in classrooms, participate in school council and support fundraising initiatives. Gracias!

Our first formal report card time is upon us. As a school, we have been working closely with the staff at Eugene Coste School as well as with specialists in assessment from the Calgary Board of Education, in order to align our assessment and reporting practices. Our goal is to provide clear ongoing communication with parents about student learning. Teachers are working with their students every day in classrooms with the goal that students themselves will be able to articulate what they know, how they know it, and what they need to learn next. Families can support their child in this work by engaging in conversations about what they are learning in school, what they need to do to grow and progress, and by referring to the online classroom agenda. We are looking forward to Parent Teacher Conferences before our winter break! As a friendly reminder, report cards will be posted online this year. Parents will access information about their child’s achievement and report card comments through the MyCBE/PowerSchool portal.  Should you wish to have a printed report card, please contact the school.

Winter Learning Celebrations

Escuela Canyon Meadows staff and students invite and welcome our families to join us for the Winter Learning Celebrations hosted by the classes of Kindergarten through Grade 3. We are always thrilled to see you and thank you for encouraging and supporting the talents of our students!  Do you have visions of sugarplums? OK, sugarplums may not be on the menu, but we certainly look forward to our highly anticipated bake and craft sale, hosted by our School Council during out winter learning celebrations. Thank you for generously donating your time and resources to support our students!

Kindergarten students will perform during school hours. Grandparents are welcome to attend the dress rehearsals.  Students are asked to wear their festive clothes. Any special costume requirements will be communicated directly by the classroom teacher. Please note, for the evening celebrations (Gr 1-3), the doors to the school will be opened at 5:45 PM. Upon arrival, parents will proceed to the gym and your children will proceed to their classrooms. To send us off with holiday cheer, our grade 4/5’s will host a festive music assembly on the last day of school. While families are at the learning celebrations we invite you to donate to our annual Mayor’s Food Drive and browse through the lost and found items. All clothing items not claimed by December 19th will be donated to charity.

The theme for our December Learning Celebrations is around the spirit of KINDNESS. Kindness, in all its forms, is valued in all cultures. Our teachers have been discussing kindness and different ways to be generous with our time, possessions and actions towards others. Our celebrations will represent kindness though song, dance and videos. 


On behalf the staff at Escuela Canyon Meadows, we wish you and your family a wonderful winter holiday! We look forward to seeing you on January 6, 2020!

Warm Regards,

 Sra. Schmidt

Principal​ 

November 01
November Update

Report Cards  

The first report card of the school year will be posted on December 16 at 2:45 p.m. and can be found on MyCBE/PowerSchool.  Last year’s report cards were posted on MyCBE/PowerSchool and a hardcopy for each student was sent home. We have had a full year to transition to going paperless so starting this year, the school will not be printing hardcopies for all students. However, if you require a printed report card, please contact the school.

For more information and a better understanding of what your child’s report card tells you, please click on the following resources:

How_is_my_child_doing.pdfHow_is_my_child_doing.pdf

New stems for Math.pdfNew stems for Math.pdf

Be Kind

Our one school expectation is that our students are kind to themselves, others and our school. Developing kindness allows our students to have empathy and be more tolerant of others’ uniqueness. Teachers are weaving the lessons of kindness through their inquiry questions. For example, our kindergarten students are focussed on the question: “How can I help my world be a kind place?” Our grade four and five students are exploring the question, “How do my actions impact my identity?” Our School Development Plan includes a well-being goal; allowing our school to be intentional and explicit with developing the skills to appropriately express emotions and understand how our actions impact others. We will be using the strategies identified in the Zones of Regulation Program to develop common expectations and consistent language across the school. Together we build a culture of kindness where all members or our community know they belong and that they matter to the Escuela Canyon Meadows family.

Latin Dance Residency

We had a spectacular turn out for our Latin Dance Performances! Coming together creates a sense of belonging and builds school community while celebrating our rich and diverse culture. A special and heartfelt thanks to our dedicated and committed Parent Society for subsidizing the cost of this residency!

Staffing Update

Escuela Canyon Meadows works in partnership with post secondary institutions to provide a rich learning experience for future Spanish bilingual teachers. We wish to welcome Sr. Dexter Fuhrman and Sra. Claudia Gomez, our new student teachers, from the University of Calgary. Sra. Kim and Sra. Bradley will be their mentors. Having student teachers in class will help our students gain an understanding of some of the key elements in teacher work today: collaboration, establishing collegial relationships, and working skillfully with others to plan, instruct and assess student learning. Sr. Fuhrman and Sra. Gomez will be with us from November to mid-December and then from mid-February to the end of April. 

Volunteering    

The staff at Escuela Canyon Meadows School recognizes that our volunteers are the heart and soul of our school community. Volunteering is about commitment, caring, and helping others. It's about working together with others who share a common goal to bring about positive change. Volunteering is a prime example of active citizenship and builds a sense of community and belonging.

For security reasons, all volunteers and visitors must sign in at the office before going into the school. You will be provided with a badge to identify you as a volunteer. This process helps us know where you are in case of an emergency. All volunteers must comply with the Calgary Board of Education's volunteer security clearance process. 

Supervision and Dismissal

Please use the designated crosswalks. We wish to keep all of our little ones safe.

We have teacher supervision from 7:45-8:00 a.m. and during morning recess 10:10-10:25. We dismiss at 2:45 p.m. (2:40 for kindergarten). Please note that we do not have after school supervision. Students in kindergarten and grade one must have a parent or parent-designated adult to be released to. If your kindergarten or grade one child takes the bus, he/she will be taken to the bus at the end of the day.  

Every family should discuss with their child(ren) end of the day routines; e.g. when and where parents or parent-designated adults will pick them up and what to do in the event of an unexpected change of plan. Our teachers have reminded students that if they have not been picked up by 2:50 p.m., they are to look for a teacher dismissing their students, or come back into the school and go to the office. 

We kindly request any after school arrangements, such as playdates etc., be made at home. Thank you for your support in establishing clear routines with your child(ren) and for picking them up promptly at the end of the day.

Sra. Schmidt



October 02
October update

What a positive vibe we had during our September Conferences! We believe our parents are partners in learning, and once again, we achieved a great attendance rate of 95%. Through your book purchases from our annual Book Fair, ECM was able to receive a $1470.00 credit to purchase new books for our Learning Commons! Thank you for giving back to our school!​

At Escuela Canyon Meadows, we are fortunate to house a positive, respectful and caring group of students. Nonetheless, it is our role to be diligent around creating a safe, welcoming and caring learning environment for everyone.  Our model, based on the words from James Comer, “No significant learning can occur without a significant relationship”, has guided the staff to form authentic relationships with students and their families during the month of September.  This belief allows our staff to really know students as learners, understand their unique personalities, actively address social/emotional situations, and aligns with the CBE policy under progressive student discipline.  Please refer to CBE’s system wide student conduct in your child’s front matter of the agenda for corresponding Administrative Regulations 6005, 6006 and 6007. 

When an incident is shared with you from your child, please know that the teachers are the first point of contact and school administration needs to take into consideration a number of factors, including developmental appropriateness, parameters, previous steps taken and any other relevant circumstances.    As a school, we communicate with all involved parties and we cannot reveal details pertaining to other students or their families as per the Freedom of Information and Privacy (FOIP) guidelines.  Every situation is of our utmost importance and deserves our full attention. We administer meaningful consequences, which can look different from case to case and must adhere to progressive discipline. This process starts with the classroom teacher, and based on the unique circumstances may involve a meeting with our Student Learning Team. It is through this process that we strategize and when necessary create and implement a school success plan. In some situations, we are able to involve system personnel. It is our aim to create a welcoming, caring, safe and respectful learning environment where we work collaboratively with families at Escuela Canyon Meadows.

As a school, we have instituted one significant rule:  Be Kind (Be kind to yourself, others and our great school).   Our students from Kindergarten to Grade Five are very familiar with our one school rule and often hold each other accountable. I close by sharing an occasion this week where a six year old shared that he will, “work on getting better at telling the rest of the class how to actually do the Golden Rule.” As I listened, I could not help but hear this as a powerful example, in the language and deeds of even our youngest learners, that indeed there is much being taught here at Escuela Canyon Meadows. Our Spanish Bilingual Community has wonderful children.  In the end, we want each and every child to succeed, know that they matter, belong, are safe and feel their learning and social/emotional needs are being met.

 

 

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