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January 27
January Updates

Wow!  January has just flown by!  We are very happy to have some nice weather to end the month!

Staffing Changes

We are very fortunate to be able to add a staff member to Vista Heights.  We would like to welcome Mrs. Dineen Brace to Vista Heights as our Resource Teacher.  Mrs. Brace will be supporting our students with small group support, and supporting personalized learning in our classrooms.

Flexible Recess

Many schools in the Calgary Board of Education offer a flexible recess break. Vista Heights had a trial of flexible recess during the last week of school, and will be continuing this practice moving forward.  This means that teachers will be taking their students outside for a 15-minute recess break when it makes sense for their learning.  Often a scheduled recess can interrupt student learning as they have to drop everything at that moment to go outside.  This gives students the opportunity to have the playground or field with just one other class.  At lunchtime, half of the students are outside from 12:00-12:20, and then come in to eat their lunch.  The other half of the students are eating first from 12:00-12:20, and then head outside for the remainder of the lunch hour.  The exception is when it is below -20.  We have blue days where students have different activities they can choose as it is too cold to be outside.

Report Cards

Report cards will be going home with your child on Thursday, January 30.  There have been some changes to Assessment and Reporting this year.  Teachers shared this information during the parent teacher conferences in November. You will see the indicator NATR for mathematics.  This indicator means that the strand of mathematics has not been fully taught and assessed.  Your child will receive a number indicator for the strands that have been fully taught and assessed.  The mathematics strands have also changed from last year.  CBE has created a video that explains all of the changes.  Please click on the link to view the video.

https://www.cbe.ab.ca/programs/curriculum/assessment-and-reporting/Pages/default.aspx

 

Professional Day Reminder

There is no school for students on January 31, 2020.  It is a professional day.

 

SoundKreations Artist Residency

We will be working with an artist in Residence from February 3-7.  The students will be learning about Slam Poetry.  We will have a Celebration of Learning at 1:30 on Friday, February 7, 2020.  Thank you to School Council for this great opportunity!

 

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December 19
Winter Break

Happy Holidays

 

Dear Vista Heights Families:

 

I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish all families an enjoyable Winter Break.  We have had a very busy 4 months, and we look forward to continuing our great learning in January.  We will see all students back and ready to learn on January 6, 2020!

 

Best regards,

 

Karen​

December 04
December Updates

​It’s hard to believe it is already December! We had a very busy November at Vista Heights! Here are a few highlights!

Grey Cup Committee Event

We were very excited to be able to have the Grey Cup Committee come to Vista Heights to share a bit of Grey Cup spirit with us! The Committee arrived with a band, clowns, the mascot Charley Horse, the Stampede Queen and Princesses, and the First Nations Princess. We were taught a line dance by the Stampede Queen and Princesses and danced to some great music by the Grey Cup Band. City Councillor Ray Jones was in attendance, and Mrs. Bose was “white hatted” on behalf of the school! The Grey Cup Committee also donated $1000.00 to the school, which we are very grateful for.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher conferences will be taking place on December 5 (4:15-8:00) and December 6 (8:00-12:30 pm). Please book your child’s interview through PowerSchool. The teachers will be providing you with important information about changes in the CBE report card. There is also additional information on the school website under Assessment and Reporting link.

Winter Family Night

We will be holding a Winter Family Night on December 12 from 6:00-7:30. This event will be focused on Mathematics. You will have an opportunity to play math games with your child and enjoy some treats and hot chocolate!

Winter Assembly

Please join us for our Winter Assembly on December 19 at 9:30 am. All of the classes will perform a short song, and we will also have caroling in the assembly.

Calgary Food Bank Drive

During December, in the spirit of generosity our Student Wellness Action Team (SWAT) is asking Vista Heights School to donate non-perishable food items to support those who need our assistance. Please bring your items to the drop boxes by the office. We are hoping to fill 3 large boxes or more. Thank you!​

November 07
Rembrance Day Assembly

We will be holding our Remembrance Day Assembly on Nov. 8 at 11:00 am to honour our veterans who fought for our freedom.  The classes of Mr. Harney and Mr. Pivarnyik along with Mrs. Lim have worked very hard for the Remembrance Day Assembly.  If you are able, please join us at 11:00 am in the gym for our Remembrance Day Assembly.

October 16
October Updates

I hope all families had a wonderful long weekend with family and friends!

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences were held on September 19 and 20.  Thank you for meeting with teachers to share information about your child to ensure they are successful in school.  I enjoyed meeting many of you as you entered the school.

 

Cold Weather

As the weather gets colder, please send your child with warm clothing.  We continue to go outside for recess until the temperature reaches -20.

School Council

We need your help!

We are holding our casino on October 18 and 19 at Pure Casino.  We have run low on volunteers for the Vista Heights School Enhancement Society casino night. We are in desperate need of volunteers in order to hold our casino.  Casino Funds are used for a variety of things for our school which have included building our school playground, field trips, Artists in Residence.

Would you, your spouse, family or close friends be able to help out? 

The shifts are as follows:

Chip runner or Cashier: October 18 and or 19th 10:00am-6:00pm (day shift)

Chip runner or Cashier October 18 and or 19th 6:00p-2:00am (Evening shift)

Count room: October 18 and or 19th 11:00pm-3:00am (closing shift)

Last time this fundraiser brought in over $65,000! 

Please contact Justin Murray at justinm188@gmail.com if you are able to help out

School Council

Our next school council meeting will be held at 6:30 on November 12, 2019. 

Hallowe’en

Students are welcome to dress up for Hallowe’en in the afternoon only on October 31. 

Students must not bring any accessories for their costumes that are of a violent or scary nature (no weapons, knives etc), and no masks.

Safety Precautions

We are required to hold 6 fire drills, and 2 lockdowns each school year. We held our first fire drill on October 7, 2019.  The staff and students were able to exit the building in 1 min and 17 seconds.  We continue to refine our school safety procedures which include:

·         Locking all doors

·         A Fan-Out Procedure

·         Visitors – are expected to regiser at the office

·         Volunteers – must complete a Police Information Check (PIC) and wear nametags at all times

·         Substitute Teachers – are provided with emergency information upon entering the school

 Upcoming Events

 Nov 1 – Professional Development Day ( No school for students)

September 17
September News

 Dear Families of Vista Heights School,

 

It is my pleasure to welcome you back to Vista Heights for another exciting year of learning.  We are happy to have both returning and new students as part of our Vista Heights Community. This year we have welcomed a new program to Vista Heights.  The Literacy and Learning (L & L) program is now part of our Vista Heights School Community. We have also added new staff members as part of this program.

 

Please join me in welcoming the following new staff to our school:

 

Ms. Candice Pearsall – Grade 3/4

Ms. Margo Joe Kong – L & L Teacher

Ms. Janet Jonsson – L & L Teacher

Mrs. Lisa Mitchell – Lunchroom Supervisor

Mrs. Dallal Omar – Lunchroom Supervisor

 

Student Learning Conferences

 

I would like to invite you to the ‘Meet the Teacher’ and Student Learning Conferences.  This is a time to share information about your child to ensure student success.  These will take place on September 19 from 4:15-8:00 and Sept 20 from 8:00 am – 12:45 pm.  Please go into PowerSchool to book your child’s conferences.  If you require assistance, please contact the office.   

 

Noon Supervision

 

Please go onto PowerSchool to register for Noon Supervision.  If you need assistance, please contact the office.  Please send eating utensils with your child as we do not provide these.

 

School Council

 

Our first school council meeting of the year will be Tuesday, September 17 at 6:30 pm.

 

Parent Handbook

 

A link has been added to our school website and Teacher Blogs.  Please take some time to review the Parent Handbook as there is important information about school policies and procedures.

 

I am excited to get to know the Vista Heights Community, and embark on our learning journey together!  Please do not hesitate to stop by the office or give us a call if you need any assistance. 

 

Best regards,

 

Karen Bose, Principal

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August 30
Welcome Back

August 30, 2019

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

I hope you have all had a restful summer!  I look forward to connecting with the Vista Heights community to build relationships with students and families.  This year, we are welcoming the Learning and Literacy program to Vista Heights.  Please note there will

be several buses parked on 24th Street.  This will be a designated bus zone. 

 

Grades 1-6

We are excited to meet students on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 for the first day of school. Class lists will be posted on the wall, and there will be signs with each teacher’s name to indicate where to meet the teacher.  It will be a regular day of school with the following hours:

 

Morning :  8:50-12:00

Lunch:      12:00-12:45

Afternoon: 12:45-3:09

Kindergarten Staggered Entry

Kindergarten classes begin on September 3, 2019.  Please meet your teacher at the West entrance.  For the first week of classes, we will have a staggered entry as follows: 

Please bring your child to the session you have signed up for.  Students will be in school for the week of September 3-6 in one of two sessions.

                 Session 1 -   8:50 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 

                                                OR

                 Session 2 - 1:00 p.m. – 3:09 p.m.

 

Please refer to the Vista Heights School website for additional information about Back to School.

 

I look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday, and have a wonderful long weekend.

 

 

Karen Bose, Principal

Vista Heights School

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June 10
June Message

As the school year ends, we take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped make this an amazing and successful year at Vista Heights School.  As well, this is the time of year when we reflect on the past year with pride and accomplishment and look ahead to the coming school year with excitement and enthusiasm.  As we consider this past year, we think about all the people who work to make Vista Heights the great place of learning that it is.  Part of this involves preparing to say ‘good bye’, ‘so long’ or ‘see you soon’.  To staff members who will be starting on different adventures in the new school year, we wish you continued success and we thank you for all you have given to the Vista Heights School community.   To our Grade 6 students moving on to Junior High, our wish for you is that you look back on your elementary school experience fondly, as the solid foundation on which you continue to build your educational success.  All the best to you in Grade 7!  To students leaving Vista Heights School for other reasons, our wish is that our school community made you feel welcome and that you will carry a little piece of Vista Heights School in your heart to your new school.  Good luck!  Lastly, we say ‘see you soon’ to all staff and students who will be returning to Vista Heights School in September.  Our wish for you is that you return to our school ready to continue to be the mindful and engaged critical thinkers that you are and to continue making Vista Heights School the amazing school it is. 

 

This message is bittersweet for me in that it is my last school website message as principal of Vista Heights School.  I would like to thank you, the parent community, for your support during my time at Vista Heights School.  Your commitment to student learning and caring for the community greatly contributes to the positive learning environment at Vista Heights School.  It has been an honour to lead the learning of students in this school community.  I am proud to say that I know every student and I am grateful for being a part of each student’s learning journey.  Serving as the principal at Vista Heights School has been an incredible and memorable experience and I thank you for the opportunity to work with your children for the past three and a half years.  It has been my absolute pleasure working with the Vista Heights School staff – the most dedicated, passionate and capable educators I have had the opportunity of working with.  Your children are in wonderful hands under the care of the entire Vista Heights School staff.

 

To everyone, have a safe and happy summer break.  May you and your family have a summer that brings you peace, joy and love.

 

Yours in learning,

Michelle Harvey, Principal​

May 15
Newsletter

At Vista Heights School, we respond to student behaviour, discipline and bullying by following the guidelines set out in the School Act as well as several Calgary Board of Education Administrative Regulations.

 

We are intentional in creating welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments in our classrooms, our school and our outdoor learning spaces.  We do this through:

·         Creating positive learning environments

·         Demonstrating and helping students develop empathy and citizenship

·         Celebrating diversity and belonging

·         Making clear the roles and expectations of student conduct

·         Explaining the consequences and impact on learning

·         Creating welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments

 

Together, students, parents, staff and the school community at large share a responsibility for creating these welcoming, caring, respectful and safe spaces.  In the CBE, all students must adhere to the expectations as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.  This Code of Conduct can be found within our school handbook on the Vista Heights School website and on the CBE website.  The Code of Conduct focuses on promoting positive behaviour, identifies acceptable and unacceptable behaviours and identifies the consequences of unacceptable behaviour.

 

Bullying is addressed within the Code of Conduct and in the Progressive Student Discipline Administrative Regulation.  Bullying is defined as “repeated and hostile or demeaning behaviour by an individual in the school community where the behaviour is intended to cause harm, fear or distress to one or more other individuals in the school community,  including psychological harm or harm to an individual’s reputation.  It can take different forms including physical, verbal, threats, and cyber”.

 

At Vista Heights School, we affirm that students, parents and school staff share the responsibility of working collaboratively to support positive school environments.  Students and parents both contribute to welcoming, care, respectful and safe school communities.  Parents are responsible for supporting their children in complying with the Student Code of Conduct.

 

Students at Vista Heights School have access to a continuum of intervention, supports and consequences that address inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour and builds upon strategies that promote positive behaviours.  At Vista Heights School, our progressive response to student inappropriate or unacceptable behaviour includes:

·         Appropriate and restorative responses to students’ misconduct that

o   addresses the harm caused.

o   considers factors that may have contributed to the problem.

o   encourages students to take responsibility for changing their behaviour.

·         Defining clear expectations for student and adult behaviour.

Progressive student discipline is different from punishment in that the discipline is individualized and designed to shape behaviour and provide logical consequences that are connected to the behaviour, and given with empathy, in a respectful tone, and are reasonable based on the behaviour.  It is about teaching the student rather than punishing the student. 


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Our school response to student misconduct and reports of bullying are treated seriously and in a timely fashion.  When brought to a staff member’s attention, reports of misconduct or bullying are dealt with in a personalized manner.  As with many things, the issue of student progressive discipline is not black and white.  Depending on the nature of the misconduct, there may be a variety of responses and consequences provided.  All reports of bullying are documented by teaching staff and forwarded on to Administration to be reviewed.  You can help your child deal with bullying by encouraging them to report all cases of bullying to a school staff member as soon as the incident occurs.  It is also helpful to review the definition of bullying with your child and to talk about the difference between bullying, being rude and being mean – as in the illustration below:

 

 

 

I welcome any questions or comments you may have about the Student Code of Conduct, Progressive Student Discipline or our school’s response to reports of bullying. 

 

Yours in learning,

Michelle Harvey, Principal

April 10
April News

Each spring, our school prepares a school budget for the upcoming school year. As we prepare the school budget, engaging with staff, parents and students is an important part of the process.  At our April School Council meeting, I shared a budget presentation.  The presentation slides as well as some other information can be found on our school website under Get Involved > Community Engagement > School Budget Engagement.

 

Within the CBE, the entire organization supports student learning.  75% of the entire CBE budget is for salaries and benefits.  Of every dollar, 27 cents go to services and supports that directly support the work of schools.  Of this 27 cents,


§  6 cents fund centralized student supports

§  4 cents fund service unit instruction supports

§  10 cents go to plant, operations and maintenance

§  3 cents go to transportation

​​§  4 cents go to board and system administration

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The other 73 cents of every dollar go directly to schools through the Resource Allocation Model (RAM).  This is the school budget and includes teacher/staff salaries as well as instructional supplies and materials.  RAM is deployed to meet the needs of all students at the school.  RAM funds are based on school enrollment (number of students) and student population complexity (for example, number of students designated as English Language Learners or number of students with identified exceptional needs.

 

Each April/May, school principals receive their RAM allocation and work to create a budget for the coming school year that meets the needs of all students in the school.  Some things the school principal considers as he/she plans the school budget include:


§  Priority outcomes and strategies for students

§  Supplies, resources and equipment required to support learning goals

§  Professional development

§  School Development Plan goals

 

I hope you had an opportunity to attend our April 9th School Council meeting.  If not, the information is on the website for your convenience.  In addition, please feel welcome to have your voice heard.  To add your perspective on school budget planning, please complete the survey at http://tinyurl.com/yxef4psr.  Your feedback regarding the following three questions is valued:


§  As a school community, we should continue doing…

§  As a school community, we should stop doing/change how we do…

§  As a school community, we should start doing…

 

I welcome any questions or comments you may have about the budget process. 

 

Yours in learning,

Michelle Harvey, Principal

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