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September 17
Welcome to a New School Year

Welcome to a new school year! September has been a time of building relationships and creating a sense of belonging for all students and their families. Welcome to our new students and families to Somerset. Thank you to our School Council and FSSF for sponsoring our Welcome Back Family Picnic entertainment. We had a wonderful turn out and students and families in attendance were able to connect with one another and our teaching staff. Please support our School Council and FSSF “Admazing Coupon Book Fundraiser” that helps enhance the learning experience for students with such things as guest performances, library books and physical education equipment.

One of the greatest predictors of student achievement is strong working relationships between students, teachers, parents and the community. The Somerset School Council and Friends of Somerset School Foundation first meeting is on Sept. 26. All parents and guardians are welcome and invited to attend. Thank you to our executive and committee chairs for our Somerset School Council and Friends of Somerset School Foundation for the 19-20 school year.

President— Stephanie Pollock
Vice President— Kelsey Sheptak
Treasurer—Kate Chang
Special Events—Co Chairs – Stephanie Peachey, Jessie Moore, Kelsey Sheptak & Leilani MacQuarrie
Special Lunches—Wendy Kirby
Secretary—Kimberley Brenton
Fundraising—Lynn Killen
Casino—Co Chairs - Michelle Proulx & Michelle Tolley

The upcoming meetings are Oct. 17 and Nov. 28 at 6:30 to 8 PM. Babysitting is provided courtesy of Somerset School Council and FSSF in the gymnasium.

Communication is Key – Our Door is Always Open

To best support student learning we know open and constructive home and school communication is key. We encourage you to contact your child’s teacher directly with any questions or concerns you may have with any issues. Working together sends a clear and important message to all students that we care deeply about their individual needs and that together, we have their best interests in mind to be safe, secure and successful.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Terry Fox Run and Buddy Bench in Celebration of Mrs. Baines – Sept. 27

Somerset School Halloween Howl Family Event

Choose “Safety and Clean Air” Over Convenience

We welcome families new to Somerset to visit the school. Our number is 403-777-7001. On behalf of Somerset School and the Calgary Board of Education, we wish you a terrific year!

Kind regards – Mr. J. Gibb, Principal and Mr. N. deBoer, A. Principal

 

October 23
October 2018

Welcome to the month of October! Happy Thanksgiving! We have much to be grateful for. September has been a time of building relationships and creating a sense of belonging for a collaborative learning environment in our school. Welcome to our new students and families to Somerset. Thank you to our community for your cancer research donations as part of supporting our September Terry Fox Run – well done Somerset!

Please see the following stories for updates and information.

School Council News

Communication is Key – Our Door is Always Open

We are grateful – thank you for making a difference

Somerset School 8th Annual Halloween Dance

Choose “Safety and Clean Air” Over Convenience

We welcome families new to Somerset to visit the school. Our number is 403-777-7001. On behalf of Somerset School and the Calgary Board of Education - Happy Thanksgiving!

Kind regards

Mr. J. Gibb, Principal and Mr. T. Shoults, Assistant Principal

June 15
June 2018

The arrival of June reminds us that we are in the home stretch of the school year with preparations for the upcoming year well under way. We wish our Grade 4 students moving on all the best in Grade 5. The farewell celebration for Grade 4 students and their families is on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 26 – more details to follow.  We express our gratitude to all our families for their support and openness in working with us for what is best for their child, their learning journey and our school community.

Thank you to the School Council and the Friends of Somerset School Foundation as well as our many volunteers for their tremendous support throughout the school year including a wonderful Sports Day on June 8. Special thanks to Joey for his leadership of the Spring Carnival and many other volunteers that brought our learning community together. Thank you to our past executive for their service and for members continuing on as well new parents getting involved to continue the wonderful tradition of support for students and the school. Your voice makes a difference and supports student learning.

Our final Somerset School Council and Friends of Somerset School Foundation meeting is on Thursday, June 7 at 3:45 PM – we encourage you to attend, everyone is a member! Your voice and involvement makes a difference and supports us in doing our best for students and learning. Babysitting is provided free of charge in the gymnasium courtesy of the Council and FSSF.

Maximizing Resources for Student Learning and Classroom Organization in 2018-2019

We are doing our best to maximize the resources we have, to allocate teachers and support staff for the school, to best meet the needs of all students in a safe and caring learning environment.

* All of our plans and grade configurations are subject to change depending on student need and enrolment changes by the end of June and at the start of the new year in September 2018. 

We understand the importance of keeping class sizes at a reasonable level for all grades. In late June and early September 2018 we will re-evaluate the learning needs of the entire student population. We will determine if the configuration (classroom organization of students and use of our teaching & learning resources) continues to be the best approach, based on a variety of factors, for all students.

Factors such as a change in student enrolment at a particular grade level may mean adjusting the classroom and school organization in late June or early September and the re-assigning of teachers and support staff to different assignments. Currently our plan includes our Grade 2 and 3 students being in 4 combined classes for the 18-19 school year and kindergarten, grades one and four being in straight grade classrooms and TASC class. Should our enrolment go through a significant change it “may” also require other changes given the resources we have to utilize to organize and staff the school. We will notify you if such a change is required at that time. Thank you for your understanding and support as we do our best to meet the needs of all students with the resources we have.

Kindergarten and Grade 1 to 4 Registration

At this time we have two Kindergarten classes for 2018-2019 – one morning and one afternoon. If you know of a Somerset community friend or neighbour who has not registered their child for kindergarten please encourage them to contact the school for registration details and requirements.

Heart and Stroke “Jump Rope for Heart”

It is exciting to see the students feeling the joy of activity through skipping this past month. Jump Rope for Heart is a great way to inspire students about a healthy lifestyle and caring for others.  On behalf of the Heart and Stroke Foundation we thank you for raising nearly $4 000.00. Students who participated in this voluntary fundraising effort will be receiving their recognition prizes by the end of June.

Starting the 2018-2019 School Year

The school office will be open for new registrations or questions on Wednesday, August 29, 2018. Students will begin their new year on Tuesday, September 4 at 8:25 AM. Kindergarten students will be given their scheduled start and AM or PM placement designations by the end of this school year.

Hello Somerset School Family’s – Did you know?

Fundraising efforts supported by the Somerset School Council and led by the Friends of Somerset School Foundation enhance student learning and student life at Somerset School.

Some examples where the money raised goes are the family picnic entertainment, sports day ice-cream, permanent benches for the 10th anniversary located out the front of the school, Canada 150 Fence Art Legacy Project, library books, physical education and music equipment, art supplies, hands-on learning materials for mathematics, science, language arts and social studies, sponsoring the costs of Outdoor Education field trips to Ann and Sandy Cross Conservation Area and other destinations such as Heritage Park, the Calgary Zoo and many others, theatre performances, a popcorn machine, hip hop dance residencies, home reading books,  special needs resources, student agendas and technology.

The Somerset School Council, FSSF and volunteers, in cooperation with the school, organize and run the School Family Dance and Spring Carnival, the seven special treat days throughout the year and run and lead the Friends of Somerset School Foundation fundraising casino and other fundraising efforts.

In closing…..

A reminder that report cards go home for Kindergarten students, on their last day of school, which is Monday, June 25 and for Grade 1 to 4 students on Wednesday, June 27,  which is their last day of school. We wish everyone a great end to the school year and a safe and enjoyable summer holiday coming up soon! Please go to www.cbe.ab.ca to keep up to date on system information and updates. On behalf of the staff and the Calgary Board of Education thank you for your continued support of Somerset School.

Yours in active learning and living - Mr. J. Gibb, Principal and Mr. Shoults, Assistant Principal​

March 06
March 2018

March 2018 Principal’s Newsletter Message - Welcome to March! 

Somerset School is “A Place for Wonder” where day to day we encourage students to pose questions or respond to questions to promote curiosity, investigation and their desire to develop new and meaningful understandings. We look forward to Student Led Conferences March 22 and 23 where our students will share their learning, demonstrate their understandings and celebrate their achievements with parents and guardians before spring break. Information to book a conference will be sent out the week before the conferences. As always please contact your child’s teacher directly with any question or concerns or if needed, to book an appointment to further discusses their progress and achievement.

We extend a big thank you to our volunteers and our teacher committee for their help with our “Winter Sports Olympic Day” on February 23 and our Winter Olympic learning activities in the month of February. Our sports day activity was a cross grade team event that included friendly competition, lots of team work and a lively opening ceremony with students parading in the gym representing different countries from around the world. It was an amazing month of learning about countries around the world, cheering on and tracking the accomplishments of Team Canada and for students to reflect and set goals for their personal and athletic hopes and dreams. Thank you also to our Somerset School Council and FSSF for sponsoring this event by providing popcorn and hot chocolate!

We also recognized and participated in National Pink Shirt Day on February 28. We will continue with our daily anti-bullying work by supporting students to build their anti-bully response and prevention skills as well as building peer support efforts in our community like our grade 4 student leadership program - “Success Makers”. This is a team of trained leadership club students, wearing bright vests, who offer peer support, problem solving assistance and friendship on our playground daily at recess and lunch break. They also report issues to a supervisor when more intervention is needed. Thank you for working with us to voice any concerns so that together we can address any issues, respond with a plan and follow up together to make sure things are being resolved in a positive fashion for everyone.

Family Math Evening at Somerset School with Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks

Wednesday, April 4 6 to 7:30 PM

A written invitation and rsvp request went home with all students on March 5 – to help us with planning for the evening please let us know if you can attend with your child; all students must be with an adult family member. 

This evening is connected with our School Development Plan focused on improving student’s ability to analyze, reason and apply skills and knowledge to solve mathematical problems as well as working with parents, guardians and family members as our partners in teaching and learning mathematics.  For students it is a fun way to review and strengthen basic math skills and build strategies to approach and solve problems! For parents and guardians it is motivating and simple homework support, builds up children to feel more secure in their math skills to experience greater success, and the fun, hands-on games help your child with further developing their math skills and problem solving ability!

Ever Active Schools - #Dontwalkinthehallways

Notice the funny shapes making pathways throughout our school hallways? Research tells us that daily physical education and promoting student physical activity throughout the day helps students focus more on their school work and with that focus comes increased engagement and achievement in school. The fun “shape” pathways give students an opportunity, in a novel way, to move and balance while going from place to place in our hallways, activating their muscles, brains and elevating their heart rates too! This “positive” opportunity to move in school helps them to be ready again to focus on their learning and to have a boost of energy to do their best work when they are back in the classroom.

Kindergarten Registration for 2018-2019: 

Open the door to a bright future by registering your son or daughter for the upcoming 2018-2019 kindergarten year  in your neighbourhood at Somerset School - http://www.cbe.ab.ca/programs/kindergarten/Pages/default.aspx     
We invite you to call the school at 777-7001 to register or for more information and to set up a visit to the school.

The 2018-2019 School Instructional Calendar

Please note we follow the “traditional calendar” and that school starts Tuesday, September 4 after the Labour Day Weekend. We will make the Somerset School 2018-2019 calendar available towards the end of this school year- it will have “dates unique to Somerset School “with the traditional “system” calendar framework to make a note of for your family planning. The Somerset School calendar will also be made available on our school website.

Digital Citizenship – Responsible Use and On-Line Safety Tips

Check out the link below to help raise awareness about the importance of being a safe and ethical citizen online. This site is a great resource to support you having conversations with your children about the media, digital literacy and safe use of the internet.

Choose Safety over Convenience and Respect our “No Idle Zone”

Choose safety over convenience – put children’s safety first by respecting all traffic laws in our school zone – especially parking 5 metres away from crosswalks and fire hydrants, following the school zone speed limit, dropping off children in safe spaces not in the middle of the road and encourage your child to always use marked cross walks for their own safety. Also remember take care of the air we share as we encourage a “no idle zone” around the school – thank you for your cooperation.

In Closing…

Our next School Council and Friends of Somerset School Foundation meeting is on Thursday, April 12th at 630 PM – everyone is welcome and baby-sitting is provided courtesy of School Council and FSSF. We also extend an invitation to all families to attend the Annual General Meeting for the Somerset School Council and Friends of Somerset School Foundation on Thursday, May 24 at 630 PM. 

See you at Parent – Student Led - Teacher conferences on March 22 and 23. Remember no school on Friday, March 23. Come and celebrate your child’s learning! As always, we encourage you to please contact your child’s teacher directly with any questions or concerns you may have. We have many things to be proud of at Somerset School. On behalf of the Calgary Board of Education and the staff of Somerset School we wish you an enjoyable and safe spring break from March 27 to 31 and Happy St. Patrick’s Day! School resumes on Tuesday, April 3.

Yours in active living and learning- Jim Gibb, Principal and Tim Shoults, Assistant Principal


February 12
Welcome to February!
Somerset School is “A Place for Wonder” filled with questioning and investigating to develop new and meaningful knowledge and understandings.  We look forward to participating in “National Pink Day – Anti Bullying” on February 28 to support efforts world-wide for safe and caring environments for all students and people everywhere. As an act of community building and deepening student’s sense of belonging, in support of National Pink Day, we will have our school Winter “Olympic theme” Sports Day on the morning of Friday. February 23. This event brings our students, staff and volunteers together in cross-graded teams for fun and team building -cooperative games. We also benefit from the ongoing support of Cst. Gemma, from Calgary Police Services, as part of being a “Start Smart Stay Safe” school - http://startsmartstaysafe.ca/ Together we can make a difference!

January 08
January Update

Welcome to January- Happy New Year! We would like to thank all of our students, teachers, support staff and the leadership of Mrs. Anderson, our music teacher, for their time and talents to make our “Winter Holidays – Christmas Celebration of Song” in December an enjoyable afternoon and evening for our students and families. Thank you for your contributions to the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank, The Giving Tree for gloves and toques as well as donations of jackets. These items were donated to a school with students in need of help with winter clothing.

Welcome to Our New School Website!

Our new website is mobile-friendly, has new navigation/structure, and follows updated content guidelines to assist in keeping information more current. It also includes some system information that is updated automatically so that parents and guardians don’t have to leave the school website to get the information they need most of the time. More information on the new website and the URL will be sent to parents and guardians via school messenger. We welcome your feedback. 

New Security System Implemented at Somerset School – Front Main Office Doors Entry System

To further support a safe and caring learning environment for everyone at Somerset School we are part of a system wide project to have a security camera installed at the front main entrance of all schools. This system also includes a controlled entry system, at the front main office doors, that is monitored and controlled by the main office staff and the administrative team. This note is the first step to notify our school community, students and staff of the addition of this extra security measure and shortly after the implementation of the system. 

In the very near future anyone seeking access to the school by the front main office doors will be first viewed on the security monitor and then granted entry by main office staff or administration. The system also includes a speaker for the person inside to communicate with the person outside and vice versa. During the school day all doors are locked except when supervised at morning entry time, recess time and lunch time by staff on supervision; continuing our past practices to best secure the building. Please contact the office with any questions or concerns.

Moving Forward Together: The Report Card and Assessment Process 

Thank you to the many parents and guardians who attended Parent – Teacher conferences in December to learn more about their child’s progress and what is happening to support their continued academic achievement  and personal growth. Your voice and involvement is a vital piece for a collaborative learning environment that is open and focused on student achievement. Your positive involvement and dialogue with us plays a big part in their achievement and enjoyment of school. Formal report cards will go home on Wednesday, January 31. As always please contact your child’s teacher directly with any questions or concerns. This first point of contact is the best first step to support student learning.

School Development Plan – Focusing on Continuous Improvement – Mathematics Problem Solving

Our School Development Plan focuses on continuous improvement in student learning through planned and intentional responses to evidence of achievement and data about the learning conditions that support student success. This year our focus is on mathematics and problem solving. Our shared goal as a school is that student achievement in mathematical problem solving will improve given that teachers increase the use of challenging mathematical problems for students to analyze and solve. 

The teachers will actively support the students to learn procedural fluency (basic operations), conceptual understanding and reasoning to apply to problem solving in an environment that believes every student can be successful in mathematics with the right support. To help understand this approach to learning and student achievement we will have a School Math Parent Evening on Wednesday, April 4 – stay tuned for more details and an invitation to participate!

Kindergarten Registration for 2018-2019 

January brings the opportunity to open the door to a bright future by registering your son or daughter for the upcoming 2018-2019 Kindergarten year at Somerset School. Registration for Kindergarten begins on January 22. Please come by the school to register. For more information visit the CBE website or call the school at 403-777-7001.

Accountability Pillars – We need your voice – Grade 4 Parents and Guardians

As an annual check-up on the education system, the Accountability Pillar provides an opportunity for Alberta Education and school authorities to ensure that we are equipping students for success. The Accountability Pillar uses a set of 16 indicators consisting of surveys of students, parents and teachers on various aspects of quality; student outcomes such as dropout and high school completion rates; provincial assessments of student learning; program of studies, citizenship and safe environments.

From late January to the end of February, Alberta Education will be conducting the annual Accountability Pillar Survey.  In January, parents of students in Grades 4, 7 and 10 will receive a survey from Alberta Education.  In February, students in Grades 4, 7 and 10 and all teachers will be completing their surveys online at school.  All surveys are anonymous and ask questions about experiences with the school.  

Your participation in the survey helps provide important information on the quality of education your child is receiving, so we encourage you to return your survey promptly. Survey results will be reported publicly as part of the CBE’s 3-Year Education Plans and Annual Education Results Reports in the fall.

Family Literacy – The Important Roles Families Play in Literacy Development

Instilling the joy of literacy is a gift for a lifetime for every person. We recognize and support the home and school connection to create environments for every student to develop the abilities and confidence to embrace and enjoy reading. Home literacy activities should be positive and pleasurable. Not only will children build vocabulary and background knowledge, but their well-being will benefit from the quality time they spend with their loved ones in the company of the text. Check out the link below and please contact your child’s teacher with any questions or concerns – together we can nurture the joy of literacy for life. http://www.cbe.ab.ca/programs/Documents/Family-Literacy-Brochure.pdf 

A Safe and Caring School is Everyone’s Responsibility – National Pink Day for Anti-Bullying is Feb. 28 

A safe and caring learning environment requires a concerted, collaborative and ongoing effort by homes, schools and the broader community. We are fortunate to have a community where home and school work closely together so that children are safe and have a voice in their safety and security. We work together to be part of the solution to prevent problems and solve problems as they emerge. 

We need to also be aware of online activities/cyberspace, email, texting, etc., that can be an avenue for disrespectful behaviour and bullying actions. To further support our ongoing collective work for the safety and wellness of all students we are a Start Smart Stay Safe School ​supported by CST. Gemma of the Calgary Police Services.    

Choose Safety over Convenience and Help Keep Our Air Clean

Choose safety over convenience – put children’s safety first by respecting all traffic laws in our school zone – especially parking 5 metres away from crosswalks, following the school zone speed limit, dropping off children in safe spaces not in the middle of the road and encourage your child to always use marked cross walks for their own safety. Also remember take care of the air we share as we encourage a “no idle zone” around the school – thank you for your cooperation.

In closing…an invitation to get involved….

Our next School Council meeting is on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 6:30 PM – everyone is welcome.  Our next meeting is Thursday, Feb. 22 at 6:30 PM. Babysitting is provided free of charge as a courtesy by School Council and FSSF. We value your voice, opinions and questions as it helps to inform us on ways to continuously improve and best support student learning. Did you know that the Council and FSSF enhance learning at Somerset School by providing fundraising money for library books, physical education equipment, outdoor education field trips, special guests to the school like the Hip Hop Dance Residency and the Fence Art Artist in Residency and much more! 

Yours in learning, 

- Jim Gibb, Principal 
- Tim Shoults, A. Principal 
on behalf of Somerset School  


 

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