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May 05
May Update

Our Crossing Park family is now into Week Four of Emergency Teaching. It has been a challenge for many and required a significant mindset shift. For many of our students, the change meant learning to share technology and resources with family members as well as remembering when they were supposed to Meet with their classes online. Thankfully, for most of our students, the adjustment was made and school, of a different sort, successfully progresses.


There is much speculation in the country and in the province about ‘opening up’. Please visit the Calgary Board of Education’s website (cbe.ab.ca) to view the most current information about the status of schools and education in our jurisdiction. 

The staff of Crossing Park School are doing their best to keep contact with their students and to keep them engaged in learning. If you need information or your child is struggling, please do not hesitate to contact the teacher by email. Teachers are not working at the school at the present time but are available by email to support you and your child.


 To support you and your technology questions, the CBE has established Technical Support for Students & Parents (https://cbe.ab.ca/support/Pages/Home.aspx) This service is available Monday-Friday from 0830-1630hrs. Please have your child’s student number, the child’s student email address and the child’s password nearby when to contact Technical Support for assistance.

As staff and students become more comfortable using the new platforms (Google Classroom and Google Meet), the work will evolve. Work will continue to follow the time parameters set by Alberta Education and the Calgary Board of Education. The major challenge will be keeping students engaged with learning and connected with school staff and their peers. Encourage your child to remain involved and remain connected. The staff look forward to working with each and every student every day whether face-to-face or through technology.


Be safe and stay at home when possible!​

April 07
Continuity of Educational Delivery

Dear Parents/Guardians,

It is hard not to recognize the world has changed over the last few weeks. Today, students would normally be returning to school following Spring Break. The Covid-19 pandemic has made this impossible. Instead, students will be provided with learning opportunities at home facilitated by their classroom teachers. This will be a new experience for everyone – students, parents and school staff. Mistakes will be made, errors will happen but we will all work through this together.

 

Beginning tomorrow, you and/or your child will be contacted by the classroom/teacher advisor teacher. They will gather information to help facilitate this new learning experience. Please note: if you receive a call from a blocked number, this is likely a school staff member reaching out to you. Once students have been contacted, teachers will set up communication tools that will support student learning. If you think you are missing information, please email the teacher or check the teacher blog. Teacher contact information is available on our school website under “About Us”, “Our Staff.”

 

By Wednesday, students will start seeing learning materials roll out to them. The focus for Wednesday and Thursday will be to ensure all participants in learning (including school staff) can function within the selected platform. For those who do not have a computer or access to the internet, an alternative method of program delivery will be established shortly. Further details will follow.

 

The school is also in the process of setting up a system for students to come and pick up their personal belongings. With over 800 students who did not pick up their belongings before the break, this is a major task! Please do not just drop in, wait for further information.

 

In addition to the school website and teacher blogs, the Calgary Board of Education website (www.cbe.ab.ca) is an excellent source of information for ongoing learning and Covid-19.

 

This will be a new experience for all. We will need to keep the lines of communications open between the school, students and parents. We do not know what the future holds, but for now know that we care about our students, we care about their education and we care about you, the community we proudly serve!

 

Take good care!

 

M.C. Black

Principal​

March 11
March Update

March is here! In terms of school, it is a short month of only fourteen instructional days leading into Spring Break. Spring Break begins on Friday, 20 March 2020. Classes resume on Monday, 06 April 2020.

Over the last few weeks, there has been a noticeable increase in the number of “near misses” involving vehicles and students. The primary issues are drivers failing to follow traffic rules and cars parking or stopping when it unsafe to do so. As a result, students face the risk of accident and injury. The Calgary Police Service and the Calgary Parking Authority have been made aware of these concerns and will more actively patrol the school area.


Stopping to drop students off in the parking lots and in front of the school continue to be concerning issues. Please do not drive into the parking lots to drop students off – the parking lot layout and staff arriving in the morning make these unsafe drop off points. Calgary Police Service continues to monitor the road in from of the school. Please remember that Martindale Blvd in front of the school is a NO STOPPING zone except for school buses. The police have ticketed and will continue to ticket offending drivers.


Spring Break marks the transition into the last third of the school year. It is not the time to ease up or give up on learning. Over the Break, encourage your child or children to read, to watch the news and engage in discussion about world activities. I hope all students will use this time to relax and return refreshed and ready to finish the last three months of the 2019-2020 school year!​

February 03
February Update

It is now the beginning of February and the second half of the school year is well under way. It is truly amazing to how the time has flown since the winter holiday! Our second round of Parent Teacher Student Interviews was held on 30-31 January 2020. Thank you to all parents/guardians who attended! Students achieve best when we all work together. 


On 03 February 2020, Junior High School students begin their new complementary courses. Assessment and comments for Semester One courses will be available online shortly.

In a school this large, it is not unusual to have staff changes for a variety of reasons mid-year. Ms Chan will join our Junior High and will be teaching Math/Science. Ms Saifeddine (a Crossing Park alumni) will be team teaching in Grade 2 with Ms Tonsaker. Ms Nazerali has joined the Grade 4 team. Ms Kenney and Mrs Ashby have returned to Kindergarten, Mrs Moore to Grade 2 and Mrs Bui to Grade 5. Welcome to all our new and returning teachers.


During February, teachers participate in the annual Teachers’ Convention. This is an opportunity for all Calgary Board of Education teachers to attend sessions that allow them to improve their practice as well as explore new resources to support teaching and learning. Teachers’ Convention will be held 13-14 February 2020 and there will be no classes those two days. A reminder – Monday, 17 February 2020, is Family Day. There are no classes!

I am often asked by parents what they can do to support their children and their learning. One of the most significant things you can do is encourage your children to read. Daily reading can have a huge impact on school success. It doesn’t matter what is read or what language it is written in, it is reading that matters. If you do not have books at your child’s reading level, they can be signed out through the school library or the Calgary Public Library. Every child should be a reader!​

January 10
January Newsletter

It is January, Winter Break is over and the school has resumed all normal activities. Report cards went home before the Break so parents and students are aware of their achievement and what students need to do to proceed to the next level in their learning. Junior High athletics are now in basketball season and we have four teams competing against other schools in the city. Crossing Park is one busy place!

During the month, there are two important events:

1.     Martindale Community Event – 23 January 2020

a.     Community resource fair from 6:00 - 7:00

b.     "Seeing through the Vape" presentation for parents from 7:00 - 8:30

c.     Movie night for the younger children from 6:30 - 8:30

d.     Our Grade 6 students will be selling snacks throughout the evening 

2.     Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences – 30 and 31 January 2020

a.     30 January 2020 – 4:00-7:00pm by appointment

b.     31 January 2020 – 8:00am-12:00pm by appointment

c.     Details on booking appointments will be available shortly

It is January and the weather has turned cold. If the temperature is -20C (with windchill) or colder, students are brought into the building at 7:45am and remain in the building throughout the day. However, it is important to dress your child for weather conditions. At the lower temperatures we are experiencing, all people are risk hypothermia and cold weather injuries if they are not dress appropriately. For further information, please visit: 

https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=1940&language=English 

We all want our students, whether in elementary or junior high, safe and healthy and preparing them for the weather is essential. Dress warmly, stay safe!​

December 04
December Update

It is absolutely amazing to think that December is upon us. As I reflect on the year to date, I realize how much goes on in a school like Crossing Park. Athletics and sports, a drama production, fundraising, celebrations of learning in addition to all the teaching and learning that occurs on a daily basis. The school is a busy place that offers many opportunities to our students outside the classroom. This is due, in good measure, to the staff who give of their time to provide our students with more than just academics.

December is a short month and Winter Break begins on 19 December 2015 at 1430Hrs. Classes will resume on Thursday, 09 January 2020.


As Canadians, we would like to assume that Christmas is a happy and joyful time for all. Sadly, this is far from the truth. Many families struggle throughout the year and the Christmas season is no different. It is a time for those who can to share with those who need our support. Citizenship is a significant focus of the Calgary Board of Education and our school. Supporting others is a way in which citizenship is demonstrated. No matter what you can do to help others at this time of year, please do so. Big or small, any support will make someone else’s life better.


December is a month of mixed emotions. Some look forward with excitement to the upcoming break, travel, visits and a departure from the regular routines of the school year. For others, it is a reminder of personal struggles, poverty and pain. It is not a time of joy and celebration. Take the time to remind your child/children that, perhaps more than any time of the year, it is the time to remember to be kind to everyone around you. It is the best gift to share!​

October 31
November Update

November already! Every year time seems to fly by faster and faster. As a school, we have survived Halloween and move forward into Remembrance Day – a time of year that holds much significance for me. As a veteran and a Canadian, I am aware of the significant sacrifices made by Canadians for Canada and the World throughout our nation’s history. It is not a pleasant story but it is part of our national identity. 

Throughout Canada’s existence, men and women have been involved in conflict around the world. Many were wounded, both physically and mentally, and thousands have sacrificed their lives for principles they were willing to die for. For most, these principles were not lofty or philosophical. They fought and died for, with and alongside their friends. They fought against some things and for others. They fought against tyranny and for peace. They fought against oppression and fought for freedom.

Whether in war, peacekeeping or peace operations, Canadians have claimed a place in world history. Canadians were there, gave their best, sometimes achieved their objectives and sometimes failed. Canada’s military has responded with their best to missions they have been committed to by their political masters. 

But sacrifice is not to be politicized. It should be remembered, honoured and reflected upon. November 11, Remembrance Day, is set aside as a day of national remembrance. However, the memories of sacrifice which have dotted the 152 years of Canadian history demand more than just one day. Each November 11 should serve as a reminder to Canadians to acknowledge and remember the sacrifice of those Canadians who were wounded or died in the service of our country and the world throughout the entire year. 

As a school community, we will recognize Remembrance Day on Friday, 08 November 2019. Led by our grade six students, our student community demonstrates their understanding of Remembrance and the impact the sacrifices of others has had on their lives.

During November, take time to remember. Take time to visit the many sites in Calgary that honour the sacrifice of Canadians – statues, memorials and cenotaphs. Take time.

 

For The Fallen

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

                                    ~ Laurence Binyon 

October 03
Fall Conferences

As we approach our first conferences of this school year, we will be changing our model slightly from previous years. We will be adding face-to-face conferences as a part of this event. These face-to-face meetings will be booked in through the MyConferences section of the MyCBE application. The schedule is as follows:

Elementary (1-6)

Thursday, October 10th

15:30-19:00 - Student Led Conferences 

Friday, October 11th

08:00 - 13:00 - Booked Face-to-Face Conferences


Junior High (7-9)

Thursday, October 10th

15:30 - 16:00 - Student Led Conferences 

16:00 - 16:25 - Grade Presentations

16:30 - 18:10 - Student Led Conferences ​

18:15 - 18:45 - Grade Presentations

18:45 - 19:00 - Conference Wrap-up

(You are invited to attend one of the two grade presentations)​

Friday, October 11th

08:00 - 13:00 - Booked Face-to-Face Conferences​

How to Book a School Conference

  1. Log-in to MyCBE / PowerSchool (www.cbe.ab.ca/mycbe ).
    If you do not have an account, follow the Create a MyCBE Account  instructions.
  2. Click on the My School Conferences icon.
  3. Click on the time slot that is available and convenient for you. Ensure pop-up windows are allowed.
  4. In the pop-up window, you will choose your child (you have the option to enter the student's name), the name of the parent / guardian is pre-filled, but can also be changed. 
You will need a MyCBE/PowerSchool Account to be able to book in conferences. If you have not created an account, please follow the instructions above. There will also be staff members available to help with the setting up of MyCBE/PowerSchool Accounts on Thursday evening. If you do not have access to the internet, please contact the teacher you are hoping to set-up a meeting with. 
September 04
September Update

This is the first week of September. It is hard to believe that school has been up and running for almost three weeks. Clubs have started, sports teams tryouts held, first soccer games played and plenty of academic work has begun! To say the school is full steam ahead is definitely an understatement!


On Thursday, 12 September 2019, the school will host its annual family BBQ. This is an informal event allowing families to connect with the school. Unlike in the past, money for food will not be collected in advance but rather, food will be paid for at the event. However, to ensure enough food, please complete and return your pre-order form to the school. Come out and learn what the school and school community are all about!

 

There have been a number of questions about school fees. Please be patient as the school doesn’t have current information right now. 2019-20 fees will be available in the fall of 2019, once the CBE budget is approved by Alberta Education. If you believe that you are eligible for a waiver, please visit https://www.cbe.ab.ca/registration/fees-and-waivers/Pages/Waivers.aspx for further information. In the mean time, I would encourage you to register for MyCBE/PowerSchool at https://sis.cbe.ab.ca/public/home.html if you have not done so already. 

 

Traffic safety is a huge issue and there have been far too many near misses involving our students. As in the past, the Calgary Police Service will actively enforce the traffic laws and regulations. Please do not stop or park in the no stopping zone on Martindale Boulevard to drop off students. Pedestrians have priority in crosswalks and you must stop for people crossing in a marked crosswalk. Do not drop off students in the parking lot. The parking lots are restricted to staff only and are not safe for dropping off your children.

 

I am excited for the school year to come - to watch the teaching and learning that occurs in each and every classroom and teaching space, to watch students work together and support each other, to see the smiles of success and celebrations of achievement reflect the excellence of the school. I am proud to be part of such a wonderful school community! ​

August 15
Welcome Back!

Welcome to Crossing Park School! Our school provides K – grade 6 educational services for half of Martindale and grade 7- grade 9 educational services to all of Martindale. Crossing Park is a large school with over 1150 students and 85 staff members. It has a diverse population, reflective of Canada, with many cultural, ethnic and language backgrounds represented. 

 

If you are new to Crossing Park, welcome to our school community! If you are returning, welcome back! I hope you all had a relaxing summer, are ready to return to school and are ready and excited to learn! 

 

At the end of the last school year, the decision was made to move away from “Leader In Me” (A Covey program) as it was no longer meeting the needs of the school in an effective way. This year will be a year of re-invention as we establish a new school culture that will emphasize the safety of students, respect for self and others, a growth mindset and the need to strive for excellence. This will be big work and students will play an important role in guiding this work forward.

 

I owe a big vote of thanks to our facility operators who have the building sparkling clean for the return of students. In a building as large as Crossing Park, this is not an easy task!

 

Traffic safety is a huge issue and there have been far too many near misses involving our students. As in the past, the Calgary Police Service and the Calgary Parking Authority will actively enforce the traffic laws and regulations. Please do not stop or park in the no stopping zone on Martindale Boulevard to drop off students. Pedestrians have priority in crosswalks and you must stop for people crossing in a marked crosswalk. Do not drop off students in the parking lot. The parking lots are restricted to staff only and are not safe for dropping off your children.

 

I am excited for the school year to come - to watch the teaching and learning that occurs in each and every classroom and teaching space, to watch students work together and support each other, to see the smiles of success and celebrations of achievement reflect the excellence of the school. I am proud to be part of such a wonderful school community!​

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