Sep 11
Principal's Weekly Update


Happy Friday ALS Families! 

Week two of the 2020-2021 re-entry is complete! The nice weather has provided extensive opportunity to smooth student and staff transition to our new protocols. It would seem that as a community we are settling into teaching and learning in our new spaces and ways. We will continue to take each day at a time. As a staff I can share that we are doing everything we can, given the tools we have to work with and the areas over which we have authority and control, to keep all of us safe and able to continue learning in our school.

We started the week with new Homeroom assignments. Provided no additional wrenches are thrown our way, I believe these assignments to be final.  Teachers should have emailed you earlier in the week to introduce themselves to you.

Students have been great in following our new safety protocols. They have been wearing their masks, using their cohort doors and sanitizing as asked and I want to publicly thank you and them for working with us on these elements of re-entry.

On a less pleasant note, we have started to receive community concerns around student behaviour when off campus. I am hoping you can reinforce the importance of being a positive community contributor with your child. We share spaces with our neighbours and we do not want to be seen as a nuisance or irritant in the community. Nobody likes gaggles of teens lounging on their lawn, destroying property, using inappropriate language or showing a lack of respect. Additionally, for our Citadel students, we have also had concerns around ALS students on property at St. Brigid while they are still in session. Our day ends a full hour before and some of our ALS students have been spending the afternoon at St. Brigid while classes there are still in session. This impacts the outdoor space and safety for these CSSD students. Again, if you wouldn't mind, please chat with your child about the importance of being respectful and aware of those around us and how our actions, even unintentionally, can negatively impact others.

 

Reminders – Old and New:

Picture Day

September 21 is Picture Day. Protocols and changes to make this process smoother will come out at a later date.

Overdue Library Books

Any books taken out prior to the March shut down are now overdue. Please return any library or novel study books you might have at home to our Learning Commons. All items returned will be quarantined and properly sanitized before being made available in our collection.

Student Illness

When students indicate to a staff member that they are unwell with any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19, students will be sent to the office and asked to wait in our infirmary for a parent to pick them up. The school will call parents who are then expected to pick up students within an hour. Please speak with your child about this. Students that indicate they have a symptom, but then retract their disclosure once they realize they will have to go home, will still be sent home. It is important that students are honest about their symptoms and they need not worry about missing school. Student and staff safety and well-being is our number one priority at this time.

Students and staff must assess their health daily. If they feel ill, they must stay home, and take the AHS Online Self-Assessment tool to determine if they should be tested.

When your child is ill:

  1. Work through the following self-assessment survey with your child to determine if your child will need to self-isolate: https://myhealth.alberta.ca/Journey/COVID-19/Pages/Assessment.aspx
  2. If your child's symptoms could be caused by COVID-19 or by a known pre-existing condition (e.g., allergies), we recommend that he still should be tested for COVID-19 at least once to confirm that it is not the source of their symptoms before entering or returning to the school. 
  3. Should your child test negative and have no symptoms they are welcome back into the school environment. 

     
    Arbour Lake School Council AGM and Meetings

    Our next School Council meeting is on September 22, 2020 at 7pm. The meeting will be virtual. We will be using Skype or Zoom and will be sending out the link prior to the meeting time. Please consider joining us for our AGM.

    If at any time I can be of service, please contact me at nmlisi@cbe.ab.ca. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

     
    Sincerely,


    Nancy Lisi


Sep 08
Southland - Positive Covid-19 Case

September 8, 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 working for Southland Transportation.

 

Alberta Health Services (AHS) has identified through their investigation that no students were identified as close contacts so there should be no increased risk of COVID-19 from this exposure. Healthlink staff will contact any parents/guardians as necessary to highlight the importance of self-monitoring and provide information for those who wish to access testing.

 

Southland Transportation has removed the bus from use for enhanced cleaning. For more information on the steps Southland is taking in response to COVID-19, please visit our website.

 

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,

 

Nancy Lisi

Principal​


Aug 25
Staggered Entry Plan

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Dear Arbour Lake School Families,                                                                

 

We are in the final stages of completing our Arbour Lake School Re-Entry plan that will contain information specific to our school.  The complete Arbour Lake Re-Entry plan will be posted on our website and emailed to you on Friday, August 28th

 

However, there is an important part of the re-entry plan that we wanted to share with you today because it will require child care arrangements and we wanted to give everyone a full week to plan for this change.

 

We are implementing a Staggered Entry Plan for September 1-3. This will allow for an orderly orientation of students to the new realities, rules, practices and procedures of the school environment. A staggered start will also provide opportunities for ensuring student understanding of the importance of new safety practices and protocols and the importance of compliance, while ensuring sufficient physical distancing in the first few days of school.

 

All staggered starts will follow regular bus schedules and students will be at school from 8am – 2:31pm.

 

STAGGERED ENTRY PLAN

 

Tuesday, September 1                        Grades 5 and 7

Wednesday, September 2                  Grade 6 and 8

Thursday, September 3                      Grade 9

Friday, September 4                           All Students attend regular Friday schedule (8am – 12pm)

 

Homeroom teachers will meet students outside. Teachers will have signs with their names on them. Students will meet teachers in the following areas:

 

  • Grade 5, 6                   North Field
  • Grade 7, 8 and 9         Outside the Main Doors         

     

    Teachers will escort students in single file to their grade assigned doors and then to classrooms. Moving forward, these doors will be the ones students will access on a daily basis.

     
  • Grade 5           North Door adjacent to the north field
  • Grade 6           NW Teacher Parking Lot Door
  • Grade 7           SW Door adjacent to the ball diamond
  • Grade 8           Main Entrance
  • Grade 9           Middle SW Door

     

     

    PARKING AND DROP OFF

    Please do not enter OR park in the school parking lot. Additionally, please do not park on the west side of the school along Arbour Lake Road. This is our bus drop off zone.

     

    Parents dropping of students for the first time and wishing to see them make contact with their homeroom teacher may do so by following social distancing protocols. Moving forward we thank you for respecting our safety by remaining outside and not congregating in groups during drop off and pick up times.

     

    We look forward to welcoming our children back to school and encourage your to stay up to date through the CBE and Arbour Lake School websites.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Nancy Lisi,

    Principal

    Arbour Lake School

 


Jun 12
Reminders & Information

Hello ALS Families!

 I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week. As we begin to wrap up the year, please let me know if you need any assistance or if there’s anyt

Below you will see some updates and reminders for you. Have a great weekend and enjoy the SUN!

  

Updates, Reminders & Announcements:

Questions about High School?

Our grade 9 team has put together a video that helps answer some questions about transitioning to high school. The video has been posted to the grade 9 D2L shell, but we’ve also provided it to you here: https://youtu.be/yefD5Qb98eM

 

Next Year Transportation – Bussing Services

Please help us plan yellow school bus routes for next year by pre-registering before June 14, 2020.

We know that there are many unknowns and we do not yet know what September will look like for return to school. We understand that you may not have finalized your decisions for September. However, if you do not pre-register by June 14, we will not include your address as bus routes are planned. It may take up to 4 weeks to add a bus stop for you, and congregated stop locations are only reviewed once per year. As a result, your stop location may be much further away from your home, as your address was not be included in the route planning. There is no requirement to pay at the time of registration, and there is no financial penalty if you register for bus service and cancel before the cancellation deadline.

This link will take you to the CBE Transportation page and will show you the steps to register your child.  https://www.cbe.ab.ca/schools/busing-and-transportation/Pages/default.aspx

 

IPPs Being Mailed Home

In order to comply with the FOIP Act and CBE guidelines, Arbour Lake will be mailing IPP reports via Canada Post.  Arbour Lake will not be sending these documents by email.

  • The CBE does not require a signature for IPP reviews in June.  
  • The copy you receive is yours to keep. ​​
  • IPPs will be mailed on June 8 IPPs will be mailed to your child’s addressWe will use the address listed in PowerSchool.
  • For a student that lives in more than one home, this will be the address of the ‘lives with’ parent/guardian in PowerSchool.
  • If needed, please call the school at 403-814-3390 prior to June 8 to update your PowerSchool demographic information.
  • If you have any questions about your student’s IPP please contact your child’s teacher or Ms. Gereluk our Resource Teacher at ekgereluk@cbe.ab.ca.
  • A copy of your child’s IPP will be filed in their official student record (OSR) at the end of June.
  • If you have not received your child's IPP by June 19, please call the school.

Technology Loan Returns

If you have a Chromebook or laptop on loan from ALS, please make arrangements with the main office to return any borrowed technology between June 22-26. Call 403-777-7310 or email nmlisi@cbe.ab.ca to make drop off arrangements.

 

Personal Belongings Pick Up

When classes were cancelled, all lockers not emptied were emptied, bagged and tagged. If your child did not pick up their locker belongings, please make arrangements to do so prior to June 30th. We do not have storage space in the school and remaining items will be donated to charities. Call 403-777-7310 or email nmlisi@cbe.ab.ca to make pick up arrangements.

  

Budget and Fee Engagement

Thank you to those of you who have provided feedback on this. The survey remains open until midnight tonight.

Below you will find a link our School Budget and School Fees Survey. We are asking all families to take a few moments and provide us some feedback around our budget decisions, given the parameters for which we have control, and some feedback around school fees. This feedback will inform our decisions for the 2020-2021 school year. The survey is currently open and will remain open for two weeks until June 12, 2020. School Budget and School Fees Survey Link

 

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May 29
Updates and Budget/School Fee Survey

Hello ALS Families!

We are now entering the last month of the 2019-2020 school year, and what a year it has been so far!! This week I do have a few messages for you and some important asks of you.

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Staff Drive-by Visit – June 5

Our teachers have truly been missing our students and so, on June 5th, starting at 12:30pm in Scenic Acres, we will be driving by to see their faces!  Attached you will find the route we will be following and information around approximate times that we will be close to your home.  Please come out and give us a wave, we really want to see you and feel that human connection, if only from our vehicles. J

 

Yearbooks

For our yearbooks, Jostens has put together a digital signing page so that students can still sign yearbooks. We really think it would be fun for our students to have access to this page – even if students didn’t purchased a yearbook, they are still able to sign. Attached to this message are the instructions to sign the ALS 2020 yearbook. Please be reminded that yearbooks will be available in September and we will provide dates, times and details for pick up when we have that information.

 

June 5th Organizational Day – Non Instructional Day for Students

As we continue to follow the calendar as set out at the beginning of the year, regardless of the changes we’ve had to make due to the COVID-19 crisis, I wanted to remind students and families that June 5, 2020 is an organizational day for teachers and a non-instructional day for students. Teachers will not be available to students on this day.

 

Budget and Fee Engagement

Below you will find a link our School Budget and School Fees Survey. We are asking all families to take a few moments and provide us some feedback around our budget decisions, given the parameters for which we have control, and some feedback around school fees. This feedback will inform our decisions for the 2020-2021 school year. The survey is currently open and will remain open for two weeks until June 12, 2020.

 

School Budget and School Fees Survey Link

 

I hope you are doing well and that you are able to sit back and relax a bit this weekend. If you need to get in touch with me for whatever reason, please feel free to email at nmlisi@cbe.ab.ca.

 

Take care and be well!

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May 20
Welcome Grade 5s

Hello Arbour Lake Families - Old and Incoming! 

Normally around this time of year we are hosting an Open House to welcome our incoming grade 5s. Sadly, this year we are unable to do so face-to-face, but we have put together a virtual tour and a quick meet and greet with teachers! 

We cannot wait to meet our new Grade 5s when school resumes and we are all able to come together again in a safe and healthy way. In the meantime, know we are here waiting to welcome you all!

 

https://youtu.be/-bxhX27u3-4​

Apr 21
2020-2021 Course Selections

Hello Coyote Families!

I hope you are all safe and well!!  Information went out last week to families around course selection for next year students in grades 6-9. To ensure that all families receive this information, I have posted the message and that attachements below. 

Please contat Ms. Melaine Bond at mkbond@cbe.ab.ca if you have any questions around course selections. Alternatively, please feel free to contact me at the school Monday - Friday or via email at nmlisi@cbe.ab.ca.


2020-2021CFT Offerings Gr. 7-9.pdf2020-2021CFT Offerings Gr. 7-9.pdf


Course Request Instructions.pdfCourse Request Instructions.pdf


April 17 - Principal's Weekly Message.pdfApril 17 - Principal's Weekly Message.pdf


Feb 28
Pink Shirt Day

​This past Wednesday, February 26th was Pink Shirt Day. Two Nova Scotia high school students inspired Pink Shirt Day by organizing their fellow students to wear pink in support of a Grade 9 boy who was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt.

 
As educators working with young people, we spend a great deal of time helping our students understand when they have been the victim of bullying OR when they have experienced a classmate being unkind.  Alberta Education defines bullying as a conscious, willful, deliberate, repeated and hostile activity marked by an imbalance of power, intent to harm and/or threat of aggression. It can be verbal, social, physical, or cyber-bullying.  Bullying is not a normal part of growing up, and does not build character.
 
Everyone has a role to play in promoting healthy relationships and creating positive social environments that prevent bullying in our schools, communities and workplaces. This week as a jurisdiction, we have spent time with a laser focus on bullying. At ALS we have talked about when given the choice, to choose to be kind.  Our students spent some time this week thinking about their part in promoting a safe and caring learning community.
 
What I want to make crystal clear, is that while Pink Shirt Day comes once a year, our focus on being kind and ensuring a safe, caring, respectful and inclusive learning and work environment, is something we do every day at Arbour Lake School. If every at any time you feel we are not meeting this commitment to you and our students, please contact me.
 
I would also like to take this opportunity to wish Ms. Veronica Cogan our very best as she transitions over to be the administrative assistant at Westview School at the Calgary Young Offenders Centre. Ms. Cogan has been at ALS for two years and we will miss her!
  
Have a great weekend everyone!
 
Ms. Nancy Lisi
 
 
The Week Ahead at Arbour Lake School:
 
Mon-Wed
Mar 2-4
Banff Music Retreat
Tuesday
Mar 3
Principal’s Advisory Council - Lunch
Friday
Mar 6
Jr. Model UN @ Sir Winston Churchill School
 
 
 
 
 
Feb 21
Busy Four Day Week!

We have had a lot going on this week.  Our grade 5 students all went down to the Glenbow Museum this week either on Tuesday or Wednesday.  They had a great time and I want to thank the parent volunteers that took time to accompany the students. I know how busy everyone is, but please know how much we appreciate it when our parents are able to get involved and be a more visible part of our school community. I know not all parents can volunteer and totally understand that, but I did want to thank those that are able to, it makes a huge impact in the work we do with all our students.

 
Our grade 8s had their first taste of their Mobile Escape project on Wednesday.  The teams worked collaboratively to ‘escape’ in their time limits.  By all accounts it sounds like they had a blast!!  Stay tuned to more updates via Twitter and here as this project continue to unfold.
 
Our wrestling season came to an official close this week with the wind up party on Wednesday. I want to congratulate our wrestlers on a great season and thank our coaches and volunteers for their time, effort and commitment to our team.
 
A group of our young leaders, along with over 1,100 other middle and junior high school student leaders within the CBE, spent all day yesterday at the Genesis Centre participating in My World Conference. Participants learned from local, national and international organizers and activists. Student leaders heard from and engage with a variety of presenters speaking about local and global social justice issues.
 
Finally, our band students at the Alberta International Band Festival this afternoon.  The Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a performance platform for outstanding junior high/middle school, high school, and community bands. All bands are adjudicated against a standard performance rubric established by the Festival Committee. We wish them a stellar performance and look forward to hearing about their experience.
Jan 30
Report Cards

Report Cards will be available today at 3:30pm on line.  If you are unable to access your child’s report card, I have sent out information to help you via my weekly email home.  Report Cards will remain accessible online for parents until May 1st 2020 when we begin to plan for final reports. After May 1st the reports will not longer be accessible to you.  Please note that report cards are not saved online and will ‘disappear’ so please do print a copy if you need to hard copy of the report.

 
Ms. Bond and I have been a bit busy this week dealing with some issues involving comments made by students, in chats, using platforms such as Instagram and Snap Chat.  Under section 36 of the Education Act, administration may take disciplinary measures when “the student’s conduct whether or not the conduct occurs within the school building or during the school day, is injurious to the physical or mental well-being of others in the school.” I wanted to highlight this for you as very often, students, and sometimes parents, are surprised to hear that disciplinary measures are being taken by the school as a result of something that happened outside of school hours.
 
As principal, one of my primary responsibilities is to ensure the safety and security of the learning environment at ALS. What happens outside the school can, and often does, impact this environment. In sharing this with you this week, I want to ensure that parents are made aware of the laws and regulations that govern my role as principal. Below are links to administrative regulations that include our Student Code of Conduct in the CBE and the regulations that we follow when disciplining students.  I’ve also included a link to the new Education Act in case you may be interested in checking that out as well.
 
 
 
 
 
I also want to reiterate what I’ve stated in the past, and that is that our students are amazing young people, and while I’m brining this topic to your attention, this does not in any way detract from the fact that the students at ALS are remarkable humans. It is human to make mistakes and we expect this. We own these mistakes, accept the consequences, learn, grow and move on
 
Finally, I've sent out a system notification around the coronavirus. Please take a look.
Tomorrow is a non-instructional day for students. I wish you all a wonderful extended weekend with your kids.  Please feel free to reach out at any time if I can be of assistance or answer any questions for you. My email is nmlisi@cbe.ab.ca.
 
 
Ms. Nancy Lisi
 
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