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October 25
Cold Weather, Halloween, Communication,

This year, we have welcomed many new families to our school community.  We have grown to over 200 students so far!  With the growth of additional students, we have been able to hire a very dedicated and hard working Education Assistant, Mrs. Shaista Kamran, to work with students in our classrooms.

Winter is fast approaching.  Parents, please ensure your child comes to school dressed for the cold weather.  Each day, children go outside for recess and daily physical activity.  Children will need gloves/mittens, snow pants, winter coats, winter boots and hats/toques for the Calgary weather. This may be a good time to check the lost and found items when you come into the school.  We have accumulated over 20 pairs of lost shoes, a few pairs of boots and coats; which may come in handy with the cold weather.

Children are talking about Halloween and their excitement over their costumes.  On Thursday, October 31st at 1:30 p.m., our school will have a Learning assembly, followed by a Costume Parade.  Families are invited to attend the Assembly and Costume Parade. Please look to your child’s classroom blog for more information.

Penbrooke Meadows adheres to the Calgary Board of Education nutrition policy. This policy ensures that all food choices provided by the school, establish an environment that is safe, caring and conducive to learning. It is important that we respond to a variety of food and health concerns such as sensitivity to food and nut allergies, cultural restrictions and unknown food additives that may impact student health. Therefore, we ask that you refrain from sending treats, baked goods and/or store purchased food items for your child to share with their classmates. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept these items and will return them to you. We appreciate your understanding and support to ensure that as a community, the health and safety of all of our students remains a priority.

We are committed to practicing open communication with our families and school community.  Please do not hesitate to contact us should you want to book an appointment to speak with administration and/or your child’s teacher.  Our goal is to provide the best possible learning experience for your child.  As partners in education, we can do this effectively with your involvement, your feedback and your voice.

Please check the school website for upcoming school events and dates to remember. 

November 1:                Professional Development Day – no school for students
November 8:                Remembrance Day Assembly
November 11:              Remembrance Day – No school
November 13:              School Council meeting
November 21& 22:       Parent-Teacher Conferences

Thank you.

Karon Hayes, Principal & Kim MacLeod, Assistant Principal

August 23
August 2019 Welcome Back
 

​Our wonderful staff would like to extend a warm welcome to all our new students and families to Penbrooke Meadows.  It is also great to see students and families returning to Penbrooke Meadows for another sensational year.  Students are already making friends in their new classes and are showing they are ready to take on new learning!

The area in front of our school has blossomed this summer! Children are thrilled to see their designs for the space come to life.  Their imagination sparked engagement to include the creation of a school wide plastercine representation, student architectural drawings, documentation of learning presentations to the staff, classrooms and school council.   Students dedicated their time, energy and dreams for the area, and are now ecstatic to see their vision actualized as our Naturalization Learning Space.  

Penbrooke Meadows adheres to the Calgary Board of Education nutrition policy. This policy ensures that all food choices provided by the school, establish an environment that is safe, caring and conducive to learning. It is important that we respond to a variety of food and health concerns such as sensitivity to food and nut allergies, cultural restrictions and unknown food additives that may affect our students’ health. Therefore, we ask that you refrain from sending treats, baked goods and/or store purchased food items for your child to share with their classmates. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept these items and will return them to you. We appreciate your understanding and support to ensure that as a community, the health and safety of all of our students remains a priority.

We are very excited about our plans for student learning this year.  Since communication is a priority for us, we will be featuring student learning in many ways; for example: classroom weebles/blogs, documentation of learning boards, school notices/letters, school messenger and our school website.  We will communicate school wide progress in posting annual reports, outcomes and school vision on the school website.   

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you want to book an appointment to speak with administration and/or your child’s teacher.  Our goal is to provide the best possible learning experience for your child.  As partners in education, we can do this effectively with your involvement, your feedback and your voice.

Remember to review the school calendar for upcoming events.

Thank you.

Karon Hayes, Principal & Kim MacLeod, Assistant Principal

Principal, Penbrooke Meadows


July 04
June 2019
 

​Dear Families

June means so many things to all of us.  It is a month of accomplishments, sharing, and celebrations. We experience many changes as our student’s transition into a new grade for next year. Our grade five students will be moving on to a whole new school setting and environment - whether it be Ernest Morrow, Dr. Gladys McKelvie Egbert, Dr. Gordon Higgins or another setting, we are very strategic and careful in the way our transition processes occurs, to ensure students and families have current information; such as open houses, family school tours and student visits to support this process.  If you have any questions regarding transitions, please call our office.

We also welcomed new kindergarten students with our Welcome to Kindergarten afternoon on June 7th.  It was an absolute joy to see families come to the school with their eager children excited to become part of our vibrant school community.

Our school council continues to be a generous support to our students.  The school community enjoyed the much-anticipated Western Cowpoke Lunch on Monday, June 17th.  School council and many volunteers provided a school wide lunch in conjunction with interactive games and interesting outdoor activities.  We are very thankful for the commitment and dedication of our school council.  The opportunity to work together as a community to support each of our students is at the heart of their dedication.  

Your voice is welcome in shaping the supports and activities provided to our students; such as transportation for field trips; swimming; fun lunches and school wide performances and residencies.  Special events such as our fantastic Family Fun Night and Meadows Mingle create opportunities to meet, greet, eat and enjoy a wonderful time together with our school community.  At our final school council meeting this year, parents had to opportunity to participate in a school community survey.  Parents voice that we should continue to have:  Breakfast club and Lunch programs, Running and Drumming clubs, Residency artists and swimming lessons.  Parents also voiced an interest in looking into the possibility of having a Before and After care program at the school.     

We waited an entire year for the school naturalization project to break ground. We are so thrilled that work on the project will commence the beginning of July, with a completion date near the end of August, beginning of September.  Students are very excited to see how their creative planning, drawings and designs begin to take form.  No doubt, there will be a buzz of excitement blossoming at the front of our school during the summer months.  We can’t wait to see the transformation of this space. 

As the end of the year approaches, we would like to remind families that we are not able to accept any food/treats or drinks sent to school for your child to share with their classmates. It is important that we continue to respond to a variety of food and health concerns such as sensitivity to food allergies, cultural restrictions and unknown food additives that may impact our students’ health.  Thank you for your support and understanding.

We would also like to take this opportunity to say goodbye to two vibrant members of our school community: Mrs. Pacheco and Mrs. Primas. Their contribution to students at Penbrooke Meadows is greatly appreciated.  Their dedication to engage all students as active learners towards success have been at the forefront of their work. We will definitely miss their positive energy and enthusiasm in our school, and wish them all the very best. 

Thank you to everyone for making Penbrooke Meadows a fantastic place to work, to play, and to join together as an exceptional learning community.  Be sure to view our school calendar​ for important dates for the 2019-2020 school year. See you August 15, 2019!


Sincerely,


Penbrooke Meadows Staff

May 01
May 2019
​May is going to be a busy and exciting month at Penbrooke Meadows.  Please view the calendar for upcoming dates and events.

Many students are once again excited to ride their bicycles to school.  We are reminding our students to walk their bicycles on the compound area where other students are playing, and to securely lock up their bicycles.  Safety is the number one priority, so we do ask for support from our families to ensure child(ren) are wearing bike helmets, have a user-friendly lock to secure their bike, and that bicycles are labelled as well.  Students will also need to keep their skateboards safely at home, as well as other outside play equipment; ex: baseball bats, Frisbees, etc.  Our school has an abundance of outside play equipment for our students to explore, discover and play with.

Swimming for our Grade one to grade six students begins April 29 – May 2, and May 27 – 30, for our Grade one/two students. On Thursday, May 9, 2019, we will be hosting our Thank You Tea at 2:00 p.m. We look forward to celebrating our dedicated volunteers who continuously support our vibrant school community.

Parent Council will host their annual Family Fun Night, filled with games, food and prizes on Thursday, May 16, 2019. Looking forward to seeing you there!


Sincerely,
Karon Hayes, Principal and Kim MacLeod, Assistant Principal.

May 01
February / March 2019
​Spring in Calgary is unpredictable.  The days get longer, the sun shines brighter and the tiresome winter clothing gets put away – not too soon though.  There usually are some snowy days that can occur even into the month of May.  February and March also have the occasional cool mornings, puddles and slippery cold mud. Please ensure that your child has warm dry clothing during this transition into Spring.  If possible, rubber boots are best during this time of year, and a possible extra pair of socks can be tucked into their backpacks.

We have a lot to celebrate at Penbrooke Meadows.  We welcomed Education Assistant Ms. Frehe and Literacy Teacher Ms. Hardy, to our school community.  February was our literacy month, where we set reading goals to reflect the 5Gs of Team Giordano.  Every Friday we had school wide D.E.A.R. time, as we proudly wore our red Giordano t-shirts.  We ended the month with a Literacy Day of school wide learning stations and an Literacy Evening for our families.  Children were able to take home a gift bag of learning stations / materials from the evening.

In March, we hosted an intriguing and fun musical, Press Start.  We invited student friends from Cranston School to be part of the interactive audience.  Thank you for joining us Cranston School!  Stars may be born in Hollywood, but at Penbrooke Meadows, all of our students show their star quality in a variety of thoughtful and caring ways.   Later in March, we were able to celebrate student learning with our Student Led Conferences.  Many families attended, as their own children shared their work, their successes and the growth they have achieved so far this year.

Please remember to view our full calendar​ for upcoming important dates and events.


Sincerely,
Karon Hayes, Principal and Kim MacLeod, Assistant Principal

January 11
January/February 2019

​January and February will be amazing months of activity and learning! We have our Artist in Residence, Jennifer Stables, returning to work with the grade 1 – 4 students, supporting the school wide focus in Math and Literacy. Bob Edwards School will visit our Grade 5 and grade 6 students; presenting information about the programs offered at the school for next year.  

Kindergarten Registration begins on January 14, 2019. If you have a child that will begin kindergarten in August 2019, we would encourage you to come to the school and register.  Current regulations state that children who will be at least 4 years of age on or before March 1, 2019, will be able to start kindergarten in the fall.  It’s always an exciting time to meet families and the children who will be joining our Penbrooke Meadows community of learners.

Our next School Council meeting will take place Wednesday, February 13 at 5:30 p.m. in the Learning Commons.  This is a great way to be involved with the school and stay informed about what is happening.  If you haven’t come before, please consider joining this great group of dedicated parents and find out what it’s all about!

Please continue to view our full calendar​ on the website to see important dates and upcoming events at the school.

Should there be anything that you wish to discuss with us, please do not hesitate to make an appointment to meet with your child’s teacher, or school administration.

Sincerely,
Karon Hayes, Principal and Kim MacLeod, Assistant Principal 

December 05
December 2018
It is hard to believe that we have completed three and a half months of learning and are already into December! Our November conferences reflected the intentional work teachers do with your child to support learning, as well as children being able to represent their learning and share their learning goals to their families. Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend the conferences. If you were unable to attend, please be assured that your child’s teacher will make every attempt to connect with you. 

In November and December, we have been able to hire four new staff members into our school community.  We look forward to working together in the coming months, as we continue to provide the best learning experiences for our students.  Please welcome:

-Lunch Supervisor:  Christine Scheps
-Library Assistant:  Laurie Haydu
-Education Assistant Kindergarten:  Michelle McCooeye
-ELL Teacher LEAD program:  Liza Pacheco

Mrs. Derosier will be doing a Professional Improvement Leave in the new year to complete her Masters.  We have hired Liza Pacheco, on a temporary contract.  Mrs. Pacheco will join Ms. Biggs and Mrs. Massey in the LEAD program starting January 10th, 2019. 

We also would like to extend our Congratulations to Mrs. Singh on securing an Education Assistant position at Grant MacEwan School.  We thank her for her dedication to the students at Penbrooke Meadows as a Breakfast and Lunch Supervisor and tireless volunteer in all grades.  We will miss her laughter, bright eyes and kindness towards everyone in our school community.  All the very best in your new position Mrs. Singh. 

With the holiday season approaching, we would like to remind our families that our school adheres to the Calgary Board of Education Nutrition Policy which recognizes the health and safety of all students.  Therefore, we continue to ask families to refrain from sending treats, baked goods and/or store purchased food items for your child to share with their classmates.  Your understanding and support is greatly appreciated.  
Our staff would like to send best wishes to our all of our Penbrooke Meadows school families for a safe & relaxing holiday break. We hope that you will take this time to spend precious moments with your loved ones and to care for yourself. We look forward to seeing everyone back in January, ready and excited to continue learning. 

Should there be anything that we can do to support students or any way we can help, please do not hesitate to contact us in the office.  We encourage you to make an appointment to meet with your child’s teacher, or school administration.  

Please review the December calendar for important dates and events this month.  http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/penbrookemeadows/about-us/calendar/pages/default.aspx​


Sincerely, 
Karon Hayes, Principal and Kim MacLeod, Assistant Principal

November 06
November 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It’s inevitable –winter weather is returning to Calgary.   At this time, please take an extra moment to make sure your child has gloves/mittens, warm hat/toque, winter footwear/boots, and a jacket/coat.  Each day classes will continue to go outside as part of Daily Physical Education; Healthy Living; lunch recess and before and after school arrival/dismissal times.  It is quite important that your child is dressed appropriately and is warm during these times. 

The Calgary Board of Education requires schools conduct two Lockdown practices during the school year. Our first Lockdown practice of the school year was October 22, which was announced to staff, students and the parent community prior to the practice date.  We had the Calgary Police Service in attendance to provide recommendations and/or suggestions for possible improvements.  The second Lockdown practice will be an unannounced practice, as recommended by the Calgary Police Service.  Thank you to the families who were able to speak to their child about the importance of lockdown practices. 

In November, the School Development Plan will be posted to our website.  The School Development Plan provides the professional direction of our school focus, towards improving student learning and engagement.  During our next School Council meeting on November 14th, parents will have an opportunity to participate in sharing their thoughts regarding our proposed School Development Plan.  We definitely appreciate your voice and interest and hope that if you have any questions regarding the School Development Plan, that you take a moment to speak to us.  http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/penbrookemeadows/Pages/default.aspx

Remembrance Day will be recognized on Thursday, November 8 during our morning Remembrance Day Assembly.  Families are welcome to attend. Poppies are available at the school and donations to the Veterans Poppy Fund are welcomed.  All students will be provided with a Poppy for the Remembrance Day Assembly.

Parent-Teacher Conferences will run on the evening of November 8, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., and the next day, Friday, November 9, 8:00 – 1:00 p.m.  Please refer to the school website for “How to Book a School Conference”.  http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/penbrookemeadows/teaching-learning/assessment-reporting/teacher-conference/pages/default.aspx. Should you require support for booking a conference, please call the office and we will do our best to support you.

At this time, we would like to welcome Ms. Haydu to our school community.  Ms. Haydu is our new Library Assistant and will be starting November 5.  In addition, we will be welcoming four University of Calgary students to our school community as they do their final year of student teaching.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you want to book and appointment to speak with administration and/or your child’s teacher.  As partners in education, we can provide the best possible learning experience with your child with your involvement and feedback. 

Thank you.

Karon Hayes, Principal and Kim MacLeod, Assistant Principal
Penbrooke Meadows

October 04
October 2018

Our Meet the Teacher conferences were well attended.  Thank you for your participation and commitment to your child’s education.  The first round of Parent Teacher interviews for all grades, including Kindergarten, will occur on November 8th and 9th.  
It looks like winter is at our doorstep.  Children will be going outside daily for recess and/or physical education.  Please ensure your child comes to school with warm winter clothing.   Further details regarding Calgary Board of Education Guidelines for Outside Cold Weather activities, is outlined on our website under the section Health and Wellness.

We are very excited about our plans for student learning this year.  As a school team, we provide insight to our community about staff learning and development.  We focus on creating engaging and authentic learning experiences for each of our students’ successes and achievements.  School wide progress is communicated on our website through the School Development Plan and Annual reports.  We also share our student learning in teacher blogs, school displays, documentation of learning bulletin boards and school wide events. 

Penbrooke Meadows adheres to the Calgary Board of Education nutrition policy. This policy ensures that all food choices provided by the school, establish an environment that is safe, caring and conducive to learning. It is important that we respond to a variety of food and health concerns such as sensitivity to food and nut allergies, cultural restrictions and unknown food additives that may impact student health. Therefore, we ask that you refrain from sending treats, baked goods and/or store purchased food items for your child to share with their classmates. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept these items and will return them to you. We appreciate your understanding and support to ensure that as a community, the health and safety of all of our students remains a priority.

As part of Health and Wellness for our students, Please take note of the changes to the Alberta School Immunization Program, set out by Alberta Education and Alberta Health Services, located on our website.

We have had a few staff updates in September.  Please welcome Ms. Rebecca Curran – Kindergarten Teacher, and Mrs. Cheryl Hayward – Math Learning Leader.

Dates to Remember | School Events

We are committed to practicing open communication with our families and school community.  Please do not hesitate to contact us should you want to book an appointment to speak with administration and/or your child’s teacher.  Our goal is to provide the best possible learning experience for your child.  As partners in education, we can do this effectively with your involvement, your feedback and your voice.

Thank you.

Karon Hayes, Principal & Kim MacLeod, Assistant Principal

​ 

August 23
Welcome to the 2018 – 2019 school year! 

Our wonderful staff would like to extend a warm welcome to all new students and families to Penbrooke Meadows and to our returning students and families.  Students are already making friends in their new classes and are showing they are ready to take on new learning and challenges.  

We are very excited about our plans for student learning this year.  Since communication is a priority for us, we will be featuring student learning throughout the school, teacher blogs and the school website.  As  a school team, we provide insight to our community about staff learning and development.  We focus on creating engaging and authentic learning experiences for each of our students’ successes and achievements.  School wide progress is communicated through annual reports, outcomes and school vision, as we utilize our website, school council meetings, displays, documentation of learning bulletin boards and school wide events to share our learning with the community.   

We will have our first School Council meeting of the year on Wednesday, August 29 at 5:30 PM.  Regular monthly council meetings are wonderful opportunities for you to provide your input on important issues at the school; find out more about what is happening and to ask questions or bring up ideas or concerns that may arise.  Following school council meetings, we have a second meeting of the Parent Society, which is responsible for fundraising events, and organizing upcoming casinos to support extra opportunities and resources for our students.  Meeting dates are located in the calendars on our website.

Please consider joining us.  We welcome your voice and input. 

Meet the Teacher conferences for Grades 1 – 5 will be on August 30 and August 31.  These conferences provide an opportunity for parents to share with the teacher about their child.  Students will be able to share their learning goals with their parents, and teachers will be able to provide classroom learning expectations.  Details regarding booking a time slot with your child’s teacher are provided in the opening package envelope, the page titled “Information for Parents – MyCBE”.  Kindergarten will have their first conference on Friday, September 21 during the day.  

Penbrooke Meadows adheres to the Calgary Board of Education nutrition policy. This policy ensures that all food choices provided by the school, establish an environment that is safe, caring and conducive to learning. It is important that we respond to a variety of food and health concerns such as sensitivity to food and nut allergies, cultural restrictions and unknown food additives that may impact our students’ health. Therefore, we ask that you refrain from sending treats, baked goods and/or store purchased food items for your child to share with their classmates. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept these items and will return them to you. We appreciate your understanding and support to ensure that as a community, the health and safety of all of our students remains a priority.

We are committed to practicing open communication with our families and school community.  Please do not hesitate to contact us should you want to book an appointment to speak with administration and/or your child’s teacher.  Our goal is to provide the best possible learning experience for your child.  As partners in education, we can do this effectively with your involvement, your feedback and your voice.

Thank you.

Karon Hayes, Principal & Kim MacLeod, Assistant Principal
Principal, Penbrooke Meadows

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