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May 25
May 22, 2020

​“People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.” John C Maxwell 

In a time of constant change and uncertainty, we hope you and your children know we are here to support you and maintain a solid relationship with our community. Thank you for your ongoing support of our team and your child(ren) in their learning journey through this time. 

We recognize not everyone is at their best right now, or things can change and many of us are facing ups and downs. Some students are loving the routine of online learning while others are “losing that loving feeling” and are becoming disengaged. We acknowledge where things are at for you and your child and please know it is ok. The most important this is to maintain relationships with the school and your child’s peers. 

We care about you and your children and want to be another connection for you in our now seemingly “virtual” world.​

May 14
May 14, 2020

​I heard a phrase today that struck a cord; the days are long but the week seems to fly by. I am amazed how we all seem to be experiencing “long” days that may seem a tad monotonous, and how at the same time, we are half way through the month of May. 

You may be feeling invigorated by the time at home and the improving weather. I also hear many students are starting to lose their excitement to come to google meets and complete assignments….we understand. The most important thing we can be doing at this time is to maintain contact and relationship with your children, and a sense of community beyond the walls of your homes. Eventually, we will be back at school together. 

In a leadership webinar hosted by the ATA, Simon Breakspear, education leadership guru and researcher, encouraged us to “check the pulse” of our community. In the coming week, you will receive some short surveys to help us chart the path for learning through the end of the year, and provide feedback around decision making for next year. More information to come. 

We are anticipating a message from the Board regarding transportation and fees for the 2020-21 school year. Please check your email for this important message. 

Have a wonderful long weekend.

May 04
April 29, 2020

​As a staff, we hope this message finds you well. It is always strange to be working with students from a distance, and we miss our time with you and are thankful for families’ support of helping their child(ren) attend online lessons and discussions with their teacher; it is important at this time to maintain a connection. 

We have had families ask what we will do to address “missed” curriculum. The messaging from the Province is we are currently emergency teaching; we recognize this is not the norm for anyone and certainly there will be content students will not receive as planned. Our job as educators is to look carefully at our curriculum, throughout the year, to determine essential outcomes and key concepts for student learning. As in our combined classes, we are utilizing a conceptual understanding framework to determine how to approach learning experiences, rather than a “coverage” model where students memorize facts, and begin determining their own understanding and definition of ideas and concepts in relationship to other ideas. Our teachers are reading a common text to explore Conceptual Understanding in relation to their planning, task design and assessment. This framework requires teachers to know the curriculum deeply and analyze what is truly important for students to explore; “concept based units demand that students process information on the factual level while also discerning larger patterns and coming to deeper transferable understandings about conceptual relationships.” Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding, Elementary P.18. Concepts endure beyond one grade level, and reoccur throughout curriculum with increasing complexity and nuance. 

The current situation in our province and around the world will have an impact on many of us, yet in the future when reflecting on this time, few children will remember what lessons they were working on from home, but how they continued to connect with their peers, their teacher and their community. We recognize the need to be thoughtful in our approach to learning when we return to more typical teaching conditions, and our work will be to assess where students are at and program to their needs. We are confident our positive relationships with students and families, and communication between teams, we will have a strong understanding of what material may require further support and will plan accordingly.​

April 25
April 24, 2020

​The week has come and gone and we are moving into week 5 of ongoing learning from home. Please let your teacher know if you require any adjustments / or support to help make things manageable for your child(ren). 

Limit TV and exposure to news: Some families are reporting the never-ending new cycle is affecting kids negatively. If you notice a student is not themselves or seems to be struggling, check in with them and/or parents. Many kids can’t process the weight of the ongoing crisis and may need families to be aware of what the kids are exposed to, and how much time family conversation surrounds the current situation. 

Wellness Together Canada – Resource https://ca.portal.gs/ 

We recognize the significant strain that COVID-19 has placed on individuals and families across the country. Many people are concerned about their physical and mental well being. Canadians are being challenged in a number of ways because of isolation, financial and employment uncertainty and disruptions to daily life. Wellness Together Canada provides tools and resources to help get Canadians back on track. These include modules for addressing low mood, worry, substance use, social isolation and relationship issues. 

We have a number of Chromebook computers available for families to borrow if they are in need of additional devices (one per family) at the school. Please let Sra. Greenlaw know and you can come sign a form and collect a device. Please let us know if you require anything.​

April 16
April 15, 2020

Families, 

Please let us know if you are requiring a school Chromebook to support your child's learning - we have a limited number available to help you through the ongoing learning process. 

Updated information about assessment and reporting in this week's update. 

Thank you to families who have provided teachers with feedback on how things are going. Some teachers have sent out a brief 2 minute survey to understand what is working for you, and what suggestions you have. 

If things are too much, please do not worry. Take time to read with your child, play a game, do something together. We need to accept these are strange times and it is not intended to add to family's stress. Teacher time online will be key in supporting your child through the learning process. 


 
 
 
    


April 09
April 9, 2020

​Welcome to week 2 of our ongoing learning in the midst of an ever-changing world. We have seen a number of happy stories of how people are rising to the occasion and finding new ways to celebrate, connect and positively contribute to the world; your work supporting your children in their learning is an example of this. Teachers have been meeting online with groups of students as well as one-to-one and over the phone to reach out and connect with students. If you are experiencing difficulties with the scheduled time(s) provided or utilizing the technology, please let us know. We want to make this as easy on everyone as we can and recognize not everything will be perfect as this is new to all of us. Friday is a stat holiday, and teachers will be “unavailable” to support learning. With the holiday, learning plans will be available Thursday online and paper packages for those who have requested them will be outside tomorrow from 1:00 – 4:00 for pick up. Monday is a non-instructional day and teachers will be working remotely and available for questions / support online via email. Below are some resources and ideas to support learning at home. If you have found a particular site or resources you feel other families may enjoy or benefit from, please feel free to share with myself and I can share with the community. Sharing is caring!! We hope this finds you well and know we are here to support you and your families. Please let us know if you require anything.

Sincerely, Sra. Greenlaw​

April 03
April 3, 2020

I’m not sure how to start off this week’s update….welcome back from “spring break”?? The weather doesn’t look much like spring per se, and with the current state in our world, many of us had staycations we hadn’t planned on that seem to be going strong.

I am very proud of the work our school team has been doing this week to move to online learning in providing continuation of instruction. The government has determined elementary schools are to be providing 5 hours of work K-5 with a focus on literacy and numeracy, and grades 4 & 5 having additional integration of science and social studies topics, and of course, Spanish.

We have heard you loud and clear in your support for our work, for which we thank you. We know you are facing many challenges with changes to work situations, working from home, and now supporting your children in their learning. This week, our superintendents reiterated we are in a state of emergency teaching; we have not replicated exactly what we would typically do each day online; we are working to provide some structure and routine to your child’s day, and most importantly, time each week to meet online with students to maintain relationships and connection through learning.

We appreciate your patience and flexibility at this time; we are open to feedback on how we can make our plans for your child(ren) more accessible and manageable. We have not provided a concrete structure with formal “work times,” as many families, including the staff and their families are working to find a rhythm that works for them each day.

We hope this finds you well and know we are still here to support you and your families. Please let us know if you require anything.

 

March 12
March 12, 2019

The last few weeks have been very intense for many with the news changing daily with regards to COVID-19 and the drop in the Alberta economy. As adults, we often shoulder a lot for our children and need to occasionally check in with ourselves to ensure we are taking care of ourselves, particularly in stressful times. Please take care of yourselves and put your “oxygen mask” first before helping others.

 

Key messages for keeping school a safe and healthy place:

·       If your child is sick, do not send them to school. Please call the school to report their absence.

·       If you or your child have symptoms such as fever, cough and difficulty breathing, have travelled outside Canada or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, stay home and call Health Link 811

Budgeting for 2020-21

Many families have been asking what next year may look like. This is a very good question to which we do not have an answer at this time. We are attending meetings in the coming weeks about updates and changes for funding and planning in preparation for receiving our RAM (budget) mid-April. Information will be shared at next week’s Council & Enrichment meetings on Tuesday, March 17th at 6:30pm.​ 

March 02
February 26, 2020

The pace of learning has accelerated and we now have a great number of activities taking place in the school. We began our work with our Artist, Ewa Sniatycka on Tuesday and she will be working with all classes throughout the spring to help bring learning to life through the arts. Students participating in classroom based “Who Do You Tell” lessons will start classroom work this week through Spring Break. We have a number of field trips happening in the coming weeks and we will also be participating in a Latin dance residency in April and May.

 

Reminder to grades 4 & 5 families – PLEASE complete your Accountability Pillar Survey. Thus far, we have 28 of the 100 possible responses. This data is key in supporting the school in developing plans for improvement and a response of this size is not sufficient to give a clear picture of your views as parents. If you require a Random Access Code, please email Sra. Greenlaw tmgreenlaw@cbe.ab.ca to get a code before the survey closes this week.​ 

February 20
February 20, 2020

Line Danging Residency – Thank you SO much to Outlaw Country Dance Studio and their team who have provided a FREE residency this week to our students. Families have the opportunity to come in during their last class to see what they’ve learned and do some boot scootin’ with their kids. www.OutlawDance.com

 

Thursday, February 20th

9:50 – 10:15    AM Kinder – Sra. Castro & Srta. Paisley

2:45 – 3:15      PM Kinder – Sra. Castro

 

Friday – February 21st

9:10 – 9:40      Srta. Monica, Srta. Jenn

9:40-10:10      Srta. Van Eerden, Sra. Salamanca

10:10-10:40    Sr. Reyes

10:40-11:10    Sr. Gossen, Sra. Jackie

11:10-11:40    Sr. Perez, Srta. Kelsie

11:40 – 12:10  Srta. Tamara

12:30-1:00      Sr. Traxel, Srta. Paula

1:00-1:25        Sra. Wolf

 

Next week, lessons begin for students participating in the “Who Do You Tell” program. Please send in your permission form indicating your preference for your child’s participation in the program.

 

Reminder to grades 4 & 5 families – PLEASE complete your Accountability Pillar Survey. Thus far, we have 20 of the 100 possible responses. This data is key in supporting the school in developing plans for improvement and a response of this size is not sufficient to give a clear picture of your views as parents.​

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