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April 06
Monday Message: April 6, 2020

Dear Parents & Guardians,

 

We hope this email finds you well. The necessity for empathy and collective effervescence at this time is significant. Thank you for working with our teachers to enter into this world of online learning with patience and support. Many of our students have now connected with their online classroom communities. For the sake of consistency, Monday mornings will continue to be the time when you receive an email with your child’s weekly learning plan and when new learning tasks are posted within Google Classroom for completion. Please know, we appreciate your feedback and care as we navigate this new environment. We are all learning.

 

Paper learning packages are now ready for pickup at the school for those parents and guardians who have outlined this request to their child’s teacher. Last Friday, the CBE outlined protocols that must be adhered to, in order to distribute and then collect these materials for assessment.

 

We ask that you do the following:

1.     On Mondays, call the office and speak to Tammy or myself when you wish to pick up (and drop off) learning materials. This allows us to space pick-up times.

2.     Wait outside until your pick-up appointment time.

3.     Upon entering the building, use the hand sanitizer provided.

4.     Collect/return the documents from your child’s plastic folder from the table and then leave the school. These plastic folders will be wiped down after they have been handled with CBE approved cleanser.  

5.     Lastly, please, respect the social distancing protocols outlined by AHS during this process. We will have pylons around the area to assist with this.

 

Undoubtedly, supporting online learning for our students at Ramsay is our priority since it allows opportunity for greater connection, access to a variety of learning media and supports safe environments for our students, staff and the general public during this pandemic. We are committed to supporting families who would benefit from loaning CBE technology. Chrome Books are the recommended loaning device; however, we are not in possession of Chrome Books at Ramsay. We do however, have iPads that may be loaned (one device per family). The CBE Technology Loaner Program will be initiated during the week of April 13th. If you wish to learn more about this program, including the rules and regulations governing its use, please do not hesitate to contact me at jcscarrow@cbe.ab.ca or by phone at 403-777-8150 (2123).  

 

Sincerely,

Jill Scarrow ​

March 09
Monday Message: March 9, 2020

Dear Ramsay School Families,

 

It’s another busy week ahead! Our School Conference Manager opened up at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday morning and will remain open until 2:00 p.m. on March 19th. Student Learning Conferences are a great opportunity to learn about your child’s current achievement and next steps in their learning. If your child has an Individual Program Plan, these will be shared with you, including updated priority learning targets, conditions for success and key understandings.

 

Last week, we were visited by Constable Randy MacDonald from CPS. We are grateful for the support of CPS to help educate our school community around safe use of crosswalks and adhering to our playground zone. Thank you to the parents who consistently choose safety over convenience.  

 

The Gr. 3/4 Student Council meets today over the lunch hour to discuss and plan our next project for the school year. Last week, we met with the Gr. 5/6 Student Council. They determined the best purchases for our outdoor learning equipment, utilized over the lunch hour and recess. Students showed responsible decision-making during this process & we look forward to getting this new equipment into the hands of the students after Spring Break. This Friday, we celebrate another “Belonging Day” at Ramsay School and hope all staff and students can wear their Ramsay School t-shirts! As always, thank you to our students who show great leadership on Student Council.

 

Sincerely,

Jill Scarrow​ 

March 02
Monday Message: March 2, 2020

Dear Ramsay School Families,

Our last week in February wrapped up with a few special events, including Pink Shirt Day. Thank you to the staff and students who showed their support by wearing pink on February 26th and honoring the message that Ramsay is a place where we “Lift each other up!” Thank you to Ms. Harris for her leadership around the day’s learning and our school-wide reflection on interconnectedness & how every action makes a difference. https://ramsaygrade12harris.blogspot.com/2020/02/pink-shirt-day.html We can’t wait to see each class’s “ripple” displayed in our school. Ms. Elder’s class finished up their Open Minds experience at Mustard Seed School, which was another great example of the citizenship in learning students engage in at Ramsay: https://ramsaygrade45.blogspot.com/.

 

Finally, it’s March! We look forward to our School Council Meeting this Thursday evening at 6:00 inside our Learning Commons. All parents and guardians are a part of, and invited to attend this meeting. The CBE Board of Trustees posted a response to the 2020-2021 Provincial Budget on the CBE’s website: https://cbe.ab.ca/news-centre/Pages/board-of-trustees-response-to-2020-21-provincial-budget-announcement.aspx. As we begin to prepare for next year, we look forward to learning more about the changes to the K to 12 education funding framework, and expect to hear more over the coming weeks.

 

Sincerely,

Jill Scarrow

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February 24
Monday Message: Feb. 24, 2020

Dear Ramsay School Families,

 

With the continuous freeze and thaw cycles outside our front entranceway, we are constantly assessing safely around the stairs and pathways into the school. We are appreciative of CBE Facilities for the support to remedy this situation for the short, and long term. The landscaping that has taken place over the past few years has affected water drainage in this area. I will continue to keep you posted as we learn about the specific measures being implemented by our CBE Grounds Foreman in the coming weeks.

 

This week, we will celebrate Pink Shirt Day on February 26th. Pink Shirt Day is a strategy that supports our well-being goal within our School Development Plan. This year, we are actively, and intentionally supporting students to make responsible decisions and show care for self and others to support a sense of belonging. Students will be utilizing “kindness cards” and reflecting on how their actions create a ripple-effect throughout the school. Our K-6 students will also be honoring each other’s actions by filling out small pink paper shirts that will be entered into a draw for two t-shirts and donated books that highlight the theme of friendship. The draw will be held on February 26th. We are proud of the strong Citizenship in Learning at Ramsay School, and wish Ms. Elder’s class a wonderful week of learning in their Open Minds Program at Mustard Seed School.

 

Sincerely,

Jill Scarrow​ 

February 18
Monday Message: Feb. 17, 2020

Dear Ramsay School Families,

 

I hope you had a great Family Day weekend. This year’s theme at the Calgary City Teacher’s Convention was, “Sharing Ideas – Leading Learning” and our staff looks forward to sharing highlights of this learning together, next Friday afternoon. This is also the time of year, when we reflect mid-year on our school’s learning goals outlined in our School Development Plan by analyzing student achievement data. We are also in the midst of collecting teacher, student and parent perception data through the Accountability Pillar Survey. Thank you to the parents who have participated in the survey. We appreciate your input!  

 

We look forward to another great week of learning with our Animation Residency! Also, please check out our “news story” about the success of our school’s social action work around Canadian kids supporting the Australian Wildfires: 

http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/Ramsay/about-us/news-centre/_layouts/ci/post.aspx?oaid=d10df5da-9e68-461f-8023-4a6311c495f7&oact=20001. We are so proud of all of our Student Council members whose leadership around this project has made a difference!

 

Sincerely,

Jill Scarrow​ 

February 10
Monday Message: Feb 10, 2020

Dear Ramsay School Families,

 

Thank you to the parents who attended our School Council Meeting last Thursday evening. We appreciate your continued input and advisement, as well as support for student learning experiences at Ramsay School. This is the time of year when we begin to look ahead to planning considerations for next year. Thank you to the families who have returned the form indicating your child’s attendance at Ramsay next year.

 

The students in Student Council are excited to get their bake sale underway in support of the wild fires in Australia. They will be selling baked goods on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Further, I want to thank our Student Council representatives who worked to inform all of the students in our school about this global issue. For “Healthy Heart Day” on Wednesday, students will be working with their teachers around the themes of friendship, belonging and, as a part of their Mindfulness learning, heartfulness. Our Gr. 5/6 students are off to Rideau Park to attend their Jump Rope for Heart assembly that morning.

 

I wish all of you a fantastic Family Day weekend!

 

Sincerely,

Jill Scarrow​ 

February 03
Monday Message: Feb. 3, 2020

Dear Ramsay School Families,

 

This first week in February brings lots of exciting learning to Ramsay School. First, our Animation Residency begins. This is a great opportunity for students to represent their understanding through visual literacy & to become animators using software & their own drawings. Ms. Elder’s class will be visited by a representative from the Calgary Drop In Center to help inform students as they prepare for their Open Minds Residency at the Mustard Seed. Our grade sixes will be heading to Rideau Park to tour the building and start the process of their transition to grade seven. Thank you to Mrs. McGrath for facilitating this learning. Our Grade 3/4 class has taken the lead on creating “bat wraps” and “animal pockets” in support of the animals impacted by the Australian wildfires. Our Student Council will also be educating our school about this issue this week, by sharing their research inside each of our classrooms. They are also organizing a bake sale for Feb. 11th & 12th.

 

Last Friday, as a part of our Professional Learning Day, the teachers, Educational Assistants and I met with 400 other educators to hear Dr. Jodi Carrington speak. She is a powerful speaker and author of “Kids These Days: A Game Plan for (Re)Connecting With Those We Teach, Lead, and Love”. We all left feeling inspired and grateful for an awesome day of learning.

 

Lastly, I want to once again thank our School Council, Parent Association and school community for supporting the safety of our students. Our new sandwich board signs have arrived for the parking lot area, school bus zone & the drop-off zone. These areas will be monitored by the Calgary Parking Authority as well as the Calgary Police in the coming weeks, as we work to educate parents and visitors about the new signage.

 

Looking forward to seeing you on Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. in our Learning Commons for our School Council meeting.

 

Sincerely,

Jill Scarrow​ 

January 27
Monday Message: Jan. 27, 2020

Dear Ramsay School Families,

 

Thanks for those who were able to get out and volunteer for our Foothills Ski at School residency last week. There are only 5 schools chosen a year for this, so we appreciate the opportunity for our students.

 

Last Friday afternoon, the staff and I had a chance to engage in some professional learning with psychologist Don Braun, along with the staff from Rideau Park and Colonel Walker School. This was our third session learning about brain-informed strategies to support student well-being & self-regulation. For our upcoming PD Day on January 31st, we will be joining other Area 7 schools for a session with Dr. Jodi Carrington, as well as spending some time “in-house” learning from each other.

 

During the month of February, students and staff will have a great opportunity to learn through the arts. Through this upcoming residency with Quickdraw Animation, students in grades 1-6 will represent their conceptual understanding through short animations that they create in small groups, using their own drawings and animation software. Our kindergarten students will create animation flip books that connect to their inquiry into shapes and buildings. Teachers have thoughtfully planned what learning intentions students will engage through this work and we are all very excited to get started! This learning will take place over the months of February and March. On the evening of Thursday, April 30th, this learning will be showcased for families, where we will share both the learning process around animating & the completed animations students create. Please save the date for our Animation Festival!

 

Please stay tuned for important info from our Student Council about their efforts around supporting the wildlife impacted by the wildfires in Australia.

 

Sincerely,

Jill Scarrow​ 

January 20
Monday Message: Jan. 20, 2020

Monday Message: January 20th

 

Dear Ramsay Families,

 

We are looking forward to a great week ahead with our Ski at School Residency, Gr. 1/2 field trip to the Calgary Zoo and of course, some warmer temperatures!

 

On Monday morning, Kindergarten registration opens for families. All children within the CBE have a designated school. We are encouraging all families who are designated to Ramsay or are interested in registering for Kindergarten at Ramsay for the 2020-2021 school year to complete and submit a registration package. More information about registration within the CBE can be found here: https://www.cbe.ab.ca/programs/kindergarten/Pages/default.aspx. There is a specific process for out-of-bounds students within the CBE, which Ramsay School follows. Please drop by or contact the school with any questions about this.

 

Thank you, once again, to our parent volunteers who hosted family tours at our Open House last Thursday evening. The Open House was well-attended and many families appreciated the opportunity to visit our school, see evidence of the learning inside our building and gather a parent perspective around what makes Ramsay School a great place to learn. Another great source to see evidence of the learning that takes place at Ramsay is our Classroom Blogs available here: http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/ramsay/teaching-learning/classes-departments/teacher-pages-blogs/pages/default.aspx.

 

Lastly, the CBE has recently released K-9 Proficiency Scale Video for Families. The video outlines key changes and revisions to the K-9 proficiency scale and discusses the implications of these changes for assessment and reporting. Here is the link: https://www.cbe.ab.ca/programs/curriculum/assessment-and-reporting/Pages/default.aspx.

 

Sincerely,

Jill​ 

January 13
Monday Message: Jan. 13, 2019

Monday Message: January 13th

 

Dear Ramsay School Families,

 

With the extreme cold weather upon us, the safety & security of our students is paramount. At this time, the CBE plans to ensure all schools remain open. Students stay indoors when the weather is -20 (including wind) or colder. We always refer to our school website for the weather listing to determine the temperature. Please read here for more information from the CBE about extreme weather policy: https://cbe.ab.ca/news-centre/Pages/cold-weather-reminders.aspx.

 

I wanted to extend another sincere thank you to Regina Chan for organizing the Mindfulness workshop for our parent community last Thursday evening. It was successfully attended and we look forward to the Mindful Moments after school club starting in a few weeks for students registered. Supporting student self-regulation is an important strategy for our school development planning this year, and the teachers and I are really grateful that this after school program will be offered to our Grades 3-6 students through the YWCA.

 

Another extra-curricular opportunity, for Grades 3-6 students, that will be starting up on January 22nd during the lunch hour is choir. Thank you to Ms. Courtney for leading this student experience at Ramsay over the coming months. Parents, please watch for permission notices coming home this week.

 

On Thursday, January 16th, we will host our Open House from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.  and 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Thank you to our Student Council for their support organizing this, and to our parent volunteers for coming to assist us with tours for prospective & new families. We are excited to share what learning looks like at Ramsay School.

 

Sincerely,

Jill Scarrow​ 

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