Oct 16
Alex Munro School Updates | October 19 -23

Parents & Guardians,


A Message from the Alex Munro School Council Executive

The Alex Munro School Council welcomes all parents & guardians to join the conversation! The next meeting for the 2020/21 school year will be held on a virtual platform, Microsoft TEAMS, September 21st at 6:00pm. If you wish to attend this online meeting please send an email confirmation no later than 4:00pm on Sunday, October 18 to alexmunroschoolcouncil@gmail.com. All parents who rsvp will receive an email with details regarding the online platform and log-in information.


Emergency Procedures | Lock Down Drill Practice

Every year, students and staff engage in practice drills to prepare for the possibility of an emergency scenario in the school.  For example, fire drill evacuations are scheduled throughout the year at different times of day and in different seasons. This supports emergency preparedness and confidence in these practices. 

Next week, on Friday, October 23, students and staff will participate in a practice lockdown drill. In preparation for this drill, teachers will have class discussions to provide context and clear expectations for students. School Resource Officer, Constable Kevin Courchesne, will be present for this drill to act as an advisor.

Dressing for the Weather

This has been a truly beautiful fall season that has enabled students and staff to engage in outdoor learning and play under blue skies and warm weather. As the weather turns to cooler conditions, we wish to remind students to expect to be outdoors every day, often up to two or three times. For this reason, students are encouraged to come to school equipped to be comfortable in the outdoors with multiple layers, appropriate footwear, mitts and toques as required.

Promoting a Safe and Healthy Schoolhouse

We continue to encourage and support students with the following high impact health strategies:

Mask Use: Students are required to bring their own personal mask to school everyday.

Hand Washing and Sanitizing: Regular hand washing and sanitizing is required by all students and staff throughout the school day.

Physical Distancing: Students are learning to maintain physical distance from peers as is possible both in the classroom and the outdoors.

Kind Regards,
Karen Campbell
Principal




  


Oct 12
Public Health Update | October 12, 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian,

 

We have been notified by Alberta Health Services (AHS) that a case of COVID-19 has been diagnosed in an individual from Alex Munro School.

 

Our school remains open to in-person learning for all students, and we are working closely with AHS to ensure necessary measures continue to be in place to protect all staff and students. This includes the cleaning and disinfecting of all items touched by the individual, and the removal and storage of all items that cannot be cleaned and disinfected (paper, books, etc.)  in a sealed container for a minimum of 72 hours.

 

The school has already contacted each family or staff member affected by the positive case, and AHS will be following up only with those individuals. If you were not contacted, your child(ren) are not affected by the positive case.

 

All students directed to quarantine by AHS will be able to continue with their daily school work during the designated period through the online blog and Google Suite. They will not join Hub online learning.

 

We remind parents/guardians of students, as well as any staff/visitors/volunteers to monitor for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.The Alberta Health daily checklist can be found here. Please remember to complete the checklist each day prior to attending school.

 

If you/your child has any of the symptoms of illness listed on the Alberta Health daily checklist, please fill out the online Alberta Health Services COVID-19 self-assessment or call Health Link at 811 and stay home/keep your child at home.

We will continue to provide additional information to parents / guardians as it is available.

 

Sincerely,

Karen Campbell

Principal, Alex Munro School

t | 403-777-6600

klcampbell@cbe.ab.ca


Sep 25
Alex Munro School Updates | September 28 - October 2

​Dear Alex Munro Families,

As we approach the end of September it is evident that Alex Munro students and their families have bravely navigated the challenges and rewards of this year's back-to-school season. I wish to express appreciation for your patience, flexibility and open communication as we have worked together to launch the 2020/21 school year.

 

Parent Teacher Telephone Interviews

On September 25, teachers connected with parents to share information and gather insights regarding students learning needs. If you were unable to schedule an interview time with your child's teacher please ensure you complete the parent insight survey and forward it to the teacher at your earliest convenience. If you wish to schedule a conversation please communicate directly with the teacher to do so.

 

Lifetouch Student Portraits

On Monday, September 28 all students will have the opportunity to have their picture taken. After Picture Day, students will be provided with a picture day order form. Parents may order pictures on mylifetouch.ca using the Portrait ID and Access Code which can be found on your child's Picture Day order form.​

Terry Fox

In anticipation of the Terry Fox Event on October 2, Alex Munro students have been participating in daily training laps to improve their fitness, enjoy the beautiful Fall weather and to learn about Terry Fox, a legendary Canadian. Students have learned that 40 years ago Terry Fox was unable to complete his goal of running across the whole country. In Thunder Bay, in September 1980, roughly half way through his Marathon of Hope, Terry's health deteriorated and he was compelled to seek medical care. At the time, Terry encouraged all Canadians to help him complete this big dream. Terry said, Even if I don't finish, we need others to continue. It's got to keep going. Everyday for the next few weeks, students laps will be calculated into kilometers and recorded on a mural posted in the gymnasium as Alex Munro students continue Terry's Marathon of Hope from Thunder Bay to Victoria, BC.

Students may choose to contribute to the work of the Terry Fox Foundation by bringing in a Tooney for Terry. All proceeds will be collected by the teachers everyday next week.

 

Alex Munro School Calendar 2020/2021

Please see the Alex Munro School Calendar attached to the School Messenger sent to all families on September 25. Please note that all Statutory Holidays, Parent Teacher Conferences and Non-Instructional Days are identified on the side bar. The next non-instructional day for students is October 9.

Is Your Child Staying for Lunch?

If your child participates in the noon supervision program please review the following suggestions to support a successful experience:

  • Pack easy-to-manage items that students can open independently.
  • There is no access to a microwave or to hot water. Food must be eaten as it is packed.
  • Students are expected to bring their own utentils for use during lunch.
  • Students are encouraged to bring a personal water bottle.
  • The noon supervision program divides the time between the classroom and the outdoors. Students can expect to be outdoors everyday during lunch.

 


Sep 23
Alex Munro School Updates | September 21-25

Parent Teacher Telephone Interviews | September 25 8:30am – 2:00pm

On Friday, September 25 teachers will be connecting with parents and guardians on the telephone to share information and insights regarding students learning needs. Please review the following steps for booking a Parent Teacher Telephone Interview:

  • There is no school for students on September 25.
  • Telephone interviews are scheduled in 15 minute blocks from 8:30am – 2:00pm
  • The on line conference booking tool will open Saturday, September 19 at 8:00am
  • Log into your MyCBE account to book a 15 minute appointment with each of your student's teachers.
  • Teachers request that parents complete and return a student information survey prior to the interview time.These will emailed to all families early next week.
  • Please note, teachers will place the call to parents at the appointed time. Parents are requested to indicate the preferred phone number in the student information survey. This will support a smooth and timely transition between telephone interviews.

Self-Care in the Schoolhouse

Students are adapting the expectations and requirements of the return-to-school plan. We appreciate parent support in assisting students to continue to understand their roles and responsibilities:

Mask Etiquette: Students are encouraged to pack an extra face mask in their school bag. This enables students to change their mask as required. The school is equipped with a supply of masks in the event of an emergent need (i.e. lost, left at home, soiled) Students are encouraged to establish daily after-school routines for packing clean masks for the next day.

Hand Washing & Sanitizing: Regular hand washing and sanitizing is required by all students and staff throughout the school day. While these expectations are becoming routine for many students we continue to monitor and encourage students to demonstrate increased independence and compliance.

Water Bottles: Students are required to bring a bottle of water to school each day. Bottles may be filled in the classroom sinks as required. Please note the water fountains are closed for the duration.  

Dressing For all Kinds of Weather: Students can expect to be playing and learning outdoors every day. These regular fresh air breaks are essential for student well being. Please ensure your child is equipped to be in the outdoors for all kinds of weather.

A Message from the Alex Munro School Council Executive

The Alex Munro School Council welcomes all parents & guardians to join the conversation! The first meeting for the 2020/21 school year will be held on an online platform September 21st at 6:00pm. If you wish to participate in this online meeting please send an email confirmation to alexmunroschoolcouncil@gmail.com. All parents who rsvp will receive an email with details regarding the online platform and log-in information.

Orange Shirt Day | September 30

Orange Shirt Day is a day when Canadians honour the Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools. On this annual day of remembrance Alex Munro students will engage in conversations and activities to advance their knowledge and understanding of this chapter in Canadian history.

The Terry Fox Event | October 2

This year is the 40th Anniversary of Terry's Marathon of Hope. In the days leading up to this event, students and staff will engage in conversations about Terry's choice to contribute his time and talents to helping others. Terry showed us that anything is possible if you try. We can all make a difference in the world and change people's lives for the better.

​ 


Sep 11
Alex Munro School Updates | September 14-18

Dear Parents & Guardians,

As the second week of the school year comes to an end we observe students settling into their recently reorganized classrooms. In the days ahead, teachers and support staff will focus on developing productive learning routines and positive classroom culture. The provision of a safe and caring school environment in which students can learn and grow continues to be our priority. On going communication between home and school is more important than ever as we navigate the public health requirements to ensure schools are safe for all students.

Student Illness | If a Student Has COVID-19 Symptoms

Alberta Health Services is providing specific guidelines for schools to follow in response to student illness. Parents & Guardians are required to thoroughly review the information on the links in the school messenger (see below) regarding Student Illness & COVID-19 Daily Screening Questionnaire. Familiarity with the roles and responsibilities of home and school will enable families to anticipate a plan for picking up students experiencing illness within 60 minutes.

COVID-19 Self Screening Questionnaire 

Illness at School | If a Student Has COVID-19 Symptoms 

Parent Teacher Conferences

Due to the emergent changes in school organization we are making the following adjustments to the Alex Munro School calendar:

  • September 18 No School for Students - Professional Learning
  • September 25 No School for Students - Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences (information to follow)

A Message from the Alex Munro School Council Executive

The Alex Munro School Council welcomes all parents & guardians to join the conversation! The first meeting for the 2020/21 school year will be held on an online platform September 21st at 6:00pm. If you wish to participate in this online meeting please send an email confirmation to alexmunroschoolcouncil@gmail.com. All parents who have expressed an interest in attending will receive an email with details regarding the online platform and log-in information.

In the meantime,  you are encouraged to check out the Alex Munro Facebook page: Alex Munro Parent Association (AMPA).

Looking forward to connecting with you on September 21st!!​


Sep 04
Alex Munro School Updates | September 8-11

Dear Alex Munro Parents & Guardians,​

As the first week of this most extraordinary school year comes to an end, all of us at Alex Munro wish to acknowledge the invaluable partnership between home and school. Together, we are empowered to create a safe and caring environment in which students can learn and grow.

 

Re-Organization of Classes Due to Changes in Enrollment

 

Teacher staffing and class lists for the 2020/21 school year were developed in May and June based on expected enrolment. Due to the emergence of the HUB online learning option as well as a higher than usual number of families moving out of the neighbourhood, student enrollment is significantly lower than projected. For this reason, we are in the process of reorganizing students into fewer class groupings to take effect before the end of next week. In this context, students can expect changes to the composition of their cohort group, their main teacher and the location of their classroom. In the interests of creating an organized and orderly transition please review the following information:

 

  • Kindergarten students will not be affected by this reorganization
  • Students from Grade 1 -6 will be organized into 3 class cohorts in each multi-age grade team.
    • 3 classes of grade 1&2
    • 3 classes of grade 3&4
    • 3 classes of grade 5&6
  • Teachers will use their knowledge of students and their learning needs to create the class lists.
  • Students will be informed of these changes early next week. Parents will receive timely communication once the transition date is confirmed.
  • Parents are requested to discuss this with students to assist in their readiness for the transition.
  • Once students are established in their new classes parents can expect to receive an email introduction from the teacher with contact information for ongoing communication.

 

Student Illness

In accordance with guidelines developed by Alberta Health Services, students with symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19 are not permitted to attend school until certain actions are taken. During this first week of school we have become increasingly clear on what this means in a variety of scenarios and circumstances. The attached documents in the school messenger update to provide a useful guide in navigating these scenarios. Parents are encouraged to review this information carefully for future reference.

 

Self Care Strategies

Parents can support student well-being during school hours in the following ways:

 

  • Masks: Students are encouraged to pack an extra face mask in their school bag. This enables students to change their mask as required. The school is equipped with a supply of masks in the event of an emergent need (i.e. lost, left at home, soiled) Students are encouraged to establish daily after-school routines for packing clean masks for the next day.

 

  • Water Bottles: Students are required to bring a bottle of water to school each day. Bottles may be filled in the classroom sinks as required. Please note the water fountains are closed for the duration. 

     
  • Dressing For all Kinds of Weather: Students can expect to be playing and learning outdoors every day. These regular fresh air breaks are essential for student well being. Please ensure your child is equipped to be in the outdoors for all kinds of weather.

 

Back to School Information Packages

Yesterday, all students were provided with a back-to-school information package. This package includes: school calendar, bell times, CBE Communication, FOIP & Media consents forms. Parents are requested to complete and return the following:

  • Consent for CBE Use of Student Information
  • Consent for Use of Student Information by News Media

 

Eligible Bus Riders

All students who reside in the community of Country Hills are eligible to register for yellow school bus transportation to and from Alex Munro School. Please note that all students who are not currently registered for bussing will not be permitted to ride the school bus.

For more details please see the following link  https://www.cbe.ab.ca/schools/busing-and-transportation/Pages/default.aspx

For all additional inquiries please call the school at 403-777-6600

We wish you all a wonderful Labour Day long weekend. We look forward to welcoming students back to school on Tuesday.

 

Kind Regards,

Karen Campbell

Principal, Alex Munro

 


Aug 25
Back to School | Staggered Entry Plan

​​Dear Alex Munro families,

We look forward to welcoming our school community to the 2020-2021 school year.  To assist in adjusting to new rules, practices and procedures our school will welcome students back on a staggered schedule.  The purpose of the schedule is:

  • To ease the transition of students into school,
  • To spend time with smaller groups familiarizing them with our school health measures,
  • To facilitate physical distancing while teaching the protocols of our health measures.

We are sharing the schedule with you now to aid in the planning all families engage in as the start of the school year approaches. 

Details regarding first day routines and expectations will be posted on the Alex Munro website Friday, August 28.

Staggered Entry

Tuesday, September 1 

Student surnames that begin with the letters A – L

Wednesday, September 2    

Student surnames that begin with the letters M-Z

Thursday, September 3          

All students are expected to attend

 

Kind Regards,

Karen Campbell

Principal, Alex Munro 


Jul 02
Farewell | It's Summertime!

 

Dear Alex Munro Parents & Guardians,

As this most extraordinary school year has come to an end, it has given rise to many inquiries regarding school operations for the 20/21 school year.

At this time, the Provincial Government has communicated to all Albertans that the re-entry scenario will be determined by August 1, 2020. https://www.alberta.ca/k-to-12-school-re-entry-2020-21-school-year.aspx

Please know, we are dedicated to ensuring the return-to-school plan for Alex Munro students will be informed by the guidelines & best practices as outlined by the Provincial Government and the Calgary Board of Education.

In the latter part of August more precise information regarding school operations will be communicated through the following channels:

For now, the Alex Munro staff wish all students and families a safe and enjoyable summer break.

Kind Regards,

Karen Campbell

Principal, Alex Munro School

 

    

Jun 04
Learning Update | June 1-5

Hello Alex Munro Parents & Guardians,

Please be assured that your children’s teachers are continuing to provide on-line lessons and resources for students to engage in daily learning until June 26, the last instructional day for students. Even though the warm weather and longer days signal summer is approaching fast it also means 10% of the school year is still available for students to participate in learning. We respect and understand the challenges for students and families to sustain their motivation. As your family anticipates the final learning sprint consider the following strategies to lean in for a strong finish:

  • Hold a family team meeting to review and renew learning routines and strategies for success.
  • Make a plan for taking the learning outdoors every day.  While Literacy and Mathematics are a priority, generate a list of possibilities for combining head and heart. For example try dribbling a basketball while practicing skip counting or basic facts, track the sun’s travel across the sky by measuring your own shadow on the sidewalk, plant seeds in the garden and monitor growth.
  • Make the routines work for you. Do all your school work at once or break it up in manageable chunks. Use a timer to hold yourself accountable for completing your objective.
  • The provincial government indicates that students in Kindergarten to Grade 6 require approximately 5 hours of instruction with a focus on Literacy and Mathematics. This baseline enables families to organize the daily learning routines with maximum flexibility.
  • Finally, communicate with your child’s teacher to explore the challenges and possibilities for your circumstances.
  • The Learning Kits were developed to kindle interest and engagement in daily lessons. If you were not able to pickup your child’s learning kit on May 29 please contact Corina German cdgerman@cbe.ab.ca to arrange a time to visit the school.

Volunteers Required | Summer Watering Program

Every summer a roster of Alex Munro friends & neighbours sign up to take responsibility for caring for the garden for a one week period in July or August. Duties include watering the garden, as required, and light weeding. This initiative ensures the amazing outdoor learning spaces are cared for and attended to throughout the summer months. In late August, the responsibility for caring for the garden is resumed by staff and students.

We are currently recruiting:

  • 8 families to sign up for a week each week in July & August
  • A Lead Volunteer Coordinator to be the key contact and to provide a short orientation to weekly volunteers.

Please reply to Karen Campbell directly by email at klcampbell@cbe.ab.ca or by phone 403-777-6600 to inquire about this initiative and to count yourself in.

Alex Munro Parents’ Association (AMPA) Annual General Meeting

Parents and Guardians are invited to attend the AMPA Annual General Meeting scheduled to take place on June 15 at 1:00pm. This meeting will be held on Zoom, an online meeting platform, in compliance with public health restrictions. If you wish to attend please email School Council Chair, Ms. Candice Williams craigcandicewilliams@gmail.com no later than June 14 at 4pm for meeting details and password. The meeting agenda and relevant resources will be sent electronically prior to the meeting to enable attendees to be briefed on the issues to be addressed.

Grade 6 Farewell Event | June 25

Alex Munro staff are currently planning a Grade 6 Farewell event. The intention is to gather students together, virtually, to celebrate the transition to Junior High and to reflect on their collective experience & contribution to the Alex Munro community.More details will be provided closer to the date.

We sincerely hope that you and your family are well and feeling supported. 

Kind Regards,

Karen Campbell

Principal, Alex Munro

Jun 04
School Updates | May 29

Distributing Learning Kits | May 29 from 11:00am – 1:00pm

On Friday, May 22 we were pleased to distribute Learning Kits for over 60% of Alex Munro students. For those parents who were unable to visit the school we invite you to come to the school on Friday, May 29 to pick up a learning kit for your student(s). Check email for details.

Currently registering new students K-6 | Alex Munro

Parents & Guardians can on-line register new students for Kindergarten to Grade 6 by calling the Alex Munro office at 403 777 6600 or by emailing Corina German at cdgerman@cbe.ab.ca. Families are required to reside in the designated school boundary.

Are you planning to move?

Please contact the school if you do not expect to return to Alex Munro School in September 2020. This information is very helpful as we engage in planning for the next school year.

Kind Regards,

Karen Campbell



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