Jan 11
January 11, 2021

Dear Altadore Families,

Congratulations on a very successful week of online learning! We know that at the elementary age, online learning requires a lot of support from families and we are so thankful for this support. From an administrative perspective, the week went smoothly: students were able to log in, families were familiar with the Google Classroom platform, and teachers were available for support in between synchronous lessons.

Our staff spent time on Friday afternoon reflecting on the week. Our teachers repeatedly expressed gratitude for the enthusiasm of the students and the support of their families.

We had fantastic attendance for online learning and students were engaged and hardworking in both Google Meets and Classroom. Our staff were so impressed with the students’ ease with online learning, specifically celebrating the minimal reminders needed to mute mics in group discussion! Our youngest students in kindergarten received high praise from Mr. Fraser and their teachers for learning this etiquette so quickly! We have all learned so much and are so much more comfortable with online learning than we were last spring - it is wonderful to see increased student, parent, and teacher confidence in this area!

Although the staff missed working in person with the students, we unanimously agreed that the best part of online learning was being able to see each student’s entire face! We have sure missed their many smiles behind the masks and appreciated that online learning allowed us to see those smiles!

This week, we head back into the classroom for in-person learning. As always, Altadore continues to follow all AHS and CBE protocols and we strive to keep all of our students and staff safe and healthy. We look forward to the joyful noise that will fill our school on Monday.

Thank you once again for your support throughout this unprecedented school year.

Please reach out if you have anything you would like to share or discuss.

Kelly Christopher, Principal
Meagan Lundgren, Assistant Principal


Jan 08
January 4th

​​Dear Altadore Families,


Welcome back everyone!  I hope you were all able to have a happy and restful break, to enjoy some of your family traditions, and to create some new ones in this time of COVID.  As much as I missed seeing my extended family in person, it was nice to have more uninterrupted and unstructured time with my husband and children.  I hope it was the same for you!


Teachers have been very busy today getting ready for the online learning that begins tomorrow, as well as starting report cards that will be coming out in a few weeks.  We have included some general information about what the week will look like below.  If you have not already received more specific information your classroom teacher, you will by the end of the day.


Kelly Christopher

Principal, Altadore School

kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca



Dec 14
December 13th, 2020

​Dear Altadore Families

It is so hard to believe that it is almost time for our Winter Break! For me at least, it has never seemed like time has moved so slowly and so quickly - all at the same time! It has certainly been a year of contrasts. I know all of us have had to adapt to new realities - some of them easier to swallow than others. My deepest wish is that all of you find and are able to hold on to the people who are the most dear to you, that you are able to have the opportunity to do some things that bring you joy, and that you create memories you are able to treasure for years to come. If you are struggling, please know that you are not alone. There is a tremendous amount of support both within our school family and the community at large. Please reach out. There is light at the end of the tunnel and together we can get there! 

This is the last planned Update until Monday, January 4. That will be a Professional Development Day. Students will begin online learning for that week on Tuesday, January 5. 

 Thank you to all of you. I love being a principal and think it is the best job in the world! It is especially rewarding in Altadore. However, you celebrate this season, I wish you all the best! Be careful, stay safe, and have some fun! 

Kelly Christopher Principal, Altadore School kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca​

Dec 06
December 6th, 2020


Dear Altadore Families,


Thank you to all of the parents who have donated or helped organize the Staff Appreciation treats!  It meant a lot that parents would do something so special and unexpected.  As one staff member said - “This will make my entire day!”



As you all know, the first week back from school after the Winter Break will be Online Learning for students.  We have not yet received exactly all ot the details and parameters of what this will look like.  We do know that it will look different and that students will spend more time engaged in schoolwork than they did in the spring.  You can expect that students will be checking in with their teacher a couple of times a day and that they will have a few hours of schoolwork tasks to do each day.  As we have more information, we will let you know.


If you have any questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact me!


Kelly Christopher

Principal, Altadore School

kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca


Dec 01
Updates This Week (Nov. 30)

Dear Altadore Families,

I have just a few updates for you this week:

  • Meagan Lundgren is returning to school for a few hours a week starting this week, and is hoping to gradually build up the amount of time she is able to work as she recovers from her severely broken foot.To begin with, she will be supporting in the office and working one-on-one with students. Welcome back Meagan!
  • The highlight for me this week was on Friday, when we had all of our classes back learning in school. We continue to have a few students who are isolating because they are close contacts who had exposures to COVID - 19 outside of school. Thank you to everyone who is following the guidelines and working to keep us all safe!
  • The Alberta Government has announced that the first week of school in January, Kindergarten to Grade 6 will be doing remote, online learning. For us, this means that the Professional Development Day that had been planned for January 4 will continue, and that students will attend school via Google Meets and Google Classrooms on January 5-8. We will share more information about what this will look like as we have it.
  • We have just uploaded a number of new documents to the Altadore School Website. You can access them through the Altadore School website here
    • The draft School Council November Meeting Minutes can be found under the tab Get Involved, and then School Council.
    • The School Development Plan for 2020-2021 and the School Results Report for 2019-2020 can be found under the tab About Us, and then Our School.
    • The Report to Parents on Fees 2019-20 can be found under the tab Registration, and then Fees.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact me!

Kelly Christopher

Nov 23
Celebrate Success

Dear Altadore Families,

Thank you so much to all of the families who participated in School Conferences this week!  It is so nice to be able to see you to work together to celebrate successes, and to figure out next steps to address challenges.  The fact that we are not able to invite you into the school nearly as often makes us appreciate the times we can collaborate even more.  Our teachers are always open to phone calls and video conferences throughout the year.  If you have questions or concerns, please do not wait - it is almost always better to address issues before they fester.

It was a real treat to have 60 families attend our online School Council meeting on Wednesday.  We anticipated that there would be many of you who would like to have more information about how the school and the CBE have responded to the pandemic and in particular what actions have been taken in response to the positive cases linked to our school.  I felt it was a very positive discussion with thoughtful questions.  The outpouring of support for the teachers and the staff at the school was very appreciated.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact me!

Kelly Christopher
Principal, Altadore School
kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca


Nov 16
Take All Precautions to Limit the Spread

Dear Altadore Families,

First off, I would like to thank everyone for the way we all pulled together as we worked through the first cases of having individuals at school while infectious with COVID-19.  I know that it can be quite disconcerting to know some of our students may have been exposed and disruptive to figure out the logistics of having your child isolate at home.  Nevertheless, as a community, we figured it out and did some learning along the way.

More than ever, it is important for us to take all precautions to limit the spread!

At our School Council meeting on Wednesday, I hope to be able to speak to the process of how decisions are made when there is a positive case of COVID - 19 at school, how it has evolved - even in the last week, and to be able to answer questions.  If you are interested, please plan to attend.  The link is below and I will send it out again on Wednesday just before the meeting.

Tuesday is the last day for donations to the Direct Donation Campaign - please contribute if you can.  Any amount makes a difference!  As we are having fewer field trips and residencies, we hope to shift some of the funds raised to purchase new technology, make a significant investment in literacy resources, and update some aging equipment.

We will have our Conferences on Thursday evening and Friday.  These conferences are even more important this year when we cannot have a Sharing Night or invite families into the school on a regular basis.  It continues to be our hope to provide you with as much information as we can about how your child is doing at school.  Please see below how to arrange for a video conference via Microsoft Teams.

As a result of the Conferences, there will be no school for students on Friday. 

If you have any questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact me!

Kelly Christopher
Principal, Altadore School
kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca


Nov 09
Remembrance Day

Dear Altadore Families,

As I reflect upon Remembrance Day coming up this week, I think about the ugliness and devastation of war and the sacrifices so many soldiers and their families made for the greater good. As teachers, we often work to help our students understand that these people were real, that they had hopes and dreams, that they were often scared, and that it was so very hard. At the same time they made good friends, laughed, loved, and worked together. In short, they were just like us.

Somehow, that seems even closer and more relevant this year, as we live through our own historic time. One day, others will study the COVID - 19 Pandemic and our response to it. I hope that when they do they will be able to see that we made sacrifices for the greater good, and did what needed to be done - just as we do when we remember our veterans and their loved ones made. I hope that our children better understand that many who have gone before us had hard times and that things did get better - just as they will for us. We will do this. We will do it better if we do it together.

This year we will not have a Remembrance Day assembly. All classes will be taking time to commemorate the importance of the day. Students will all receive a poppy and share in a moment of silence at 11:00 on Tuesday. We are happy to accept and pass on any donations for the poppies.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact me!

Kelly

Kelly Christopher
Principal, Altadore School
kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca


Nov 02
What a Wonderful Halloween

Dear Altadore Families,

What a wonderful Hallowe’en Day we had on Thursday!  The students were so excited to be able to dress up and have fun.  They were proud of their costumes and eager to guess what all of the adults were.  For me, the highlight was to go into classrooms and see how hard they were working on their Hallowe’en activities.  There was so much learning going on!

On Friday, the teachers had the opportunity to attend several online professional development sessions related to best practices for teaching online and/or during a pandemic.  Talk about learning that is appropriate to the moment!

On Thursday, the provincial government provided a new daily COVID-19 symptoms checklist to guide when children can attend school.  We will send home a hard copy for your easy reference this week.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact me!

Kelly


Oct 26
Altadore Gear

Dear Altadore Families,

The first of the Altadore gear has arrived and many students were very excited to wear their new hoodies and t-shirts on Friday!  If you have not received your order - don’t worry.  The gear is arriving at the school as it is ready and it is only the first batch that has arrived so far.  Anyone who has Altadore branded gear is encouraged to wear it to school for our Altadore Fridays!  If you still want to order, don’t worry - the information and links can be found below.

On the advice of Alberta Health Services and the CBE, we will be reducing our outside cohorts to single classes effective Monday.  The purpose of this is to keep our classroom cohorts fully intact and to further reduce the chance of transmission within the school.  This means that at recess and lunch, students will only be able to play with children who are in their class.  We understand this will be difficult for a number of our students.  If this is the case for your child, please have them talk to their teacher and we will do whatever we can to ensure everyone is included and having fun outside.

As we work to limit contacts during the school day, we ask that you consider doing the same thing outside of school.  Our goal is to remain operational.  We know that suspending in-school classes has far more devastating consequences to our emotional and  psychological well being than the measures we are taking within the school context.  It is going to take all of us working together to get through this.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact me!

Kelly


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Kelly Christopher, Principal

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Karen Pope, Assistant Principal

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