Dear Battalion Park Families,
Our annual Veteran's Association Food Bank Drive will be VIRTUAL this year!
The virtual food drive will take place ONLINE between Friday, November 6th and Friday, November 20th, 2020.
How do I donate to the VIRTUAL food bank drive?
- Head to bp.schoolcouncil.net
- Login to your Fun Lunches account or register to create an account
- Select individual items and/or packages to purchase for the virtual food drive.
- You can choose 1 item or a combination of items and packages. Any donation is greatly appreciated!
Please Note: We are unable to provide tax receipts for purchases made on the School Council Fun Lunches website. If you would like to make a financial donation, outside of our school food bank drive, please head to https://veteransassociationfoodbank.ca/ All financial donations over $10 are eligible for a tax receipt from the VAFB registered charity.
- Battalion Park school council will purchase the items and/or packages from our local Superstore in Westhills. The VAFB will pick up the donations directly from Superstore and distribute them out to veterans and their families who are in need.
GOAL: Last year we weighed all the donated items and then divided the total weight by the number of students in the school. Our goal is to beat last year's number of 4lbs/student!
Students - To keep track of our progress check out the HUGE display outside of the gym and school announcements of our progress!
LET'S GO HAWKS!
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Thank you for your support,
Battalion Park School Council
To find out more about the Veterans Association Food Bank head to https://veteransassociationfoodbank.ca/
It is no small feat that our students, parents and staff are managing as we try to keep our community safe during a global pandemic. Thanks to everyone who has kept your child at home or who has come to pick them up if they have shown any symptoms. Even if we suspect that the runny nose or the head ache might not be related to Covid19, we must all be very cautious and treat every situation seriously. Here are a few reminders about how you can help us mitigate the risk of transferring Covid19 virus:
- We ask adults who are picking up their children to mask up and physically distance from others
- Continue to screen your child every day before school. If the answer is Yes to any of the questions, please keep them home. Covid19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist
Terry Fox Run – We are determined to celebrate the Terry Fox legacy next week in a safe and fun way. Historically, our community has been an amazing supporter of this event and we hope that tradition continues. Our staff have offered fun incentives or challenges that we will do for each increment of money that is fund raised. We hope these fun incentives encourage more involvement. To keep our students spread out and staying within their cohorts, we will get to run in our school’s Terry Fox run during Physical Education classes on Sept 29, Oct 1 or Oct 2. On-line donations are our preferred method to collect for Terry Fox run.
This year is the 40th Anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope and Battalion Park is proud to be continuing the legacy of one of our greatest heroes. Please join us and support this wonderful cause by donating to: http://www.terryfox.ca/BattalionPark. Together, we can all make a difference.
Orange Shirt Day – On Monday, Sept 21 we were honored to have all classrooms listen to a Skype message from saa’kokoto, a local Blackfoot elder. Saa’kokoto talked to us about indigenous ways of knowing and understanding our world. We learned about the importance of how history can be passed down through oral story telling traditions, changing of the seasons, and the importance of observing our local surroundings. This introduction to First Nations, Metis, Inuit learning leads us nicely into a celebration of Orange Shirt Day, on Wednesday, Sept 30. Orange Shirt Day began in 2013 when residential school survivor Phyllis Webstad shared how her orange shirt was taken away on her first day at residential school. This story is an opportunity for students and staff to reflect on history, legacy and implications, to discuss stories of survival and strength and to share ways we can work together toward truth and reconciliation.
We invite your child to dress in an orange shirt on Sept 30 in commemoration of this day.
Noon supervision – students who stay for lunch must be registered. If you have not already done so, please access Noon Supervision registration through Powerschool.
No school tomorrow - Meet the Teacher Learning Conferences - As you know, there is no school tomorrow (Friday, Sept 25) due to Learning Conferences.
We hope this email finds everyone in our community doing well. This email is to advise you about:
Meet the Teacher Learning conferences (Sept 24/25)
Parent Viewpoint forms coming to you next week
Demographic forms coming home next week
Change in our lunch times
Meet the Teacher Learning Conferences
On September 24 and 25 we have scheduled our “Meet the Teacher Learning Conferences.” The intention behind this first round of conferences is to allow the teacher to get to know your child better. Teachers will be engaging you in conversation about how your child learns, academic strengths and areas for growth. Rather than discuss academic progress, this conference is designed to help school staff understand more about your child’s learning preferences, needs, and interests.
Due to Covid protocols, we cannot hold Learning Conferences in person. Meet the Teacher Learning Conferences will be conducted over the phone. When you book your conference time, please be sure to include your preferred phone number in the “School Note” section when you book your interview. Teachers will use that number to phone you at your scheduled time.
Meet the Teacher conferences are:
Sept 4, 4:45-8:15 and
Sept 5, 9:00-12:00
Grade 1-6 - School for students in grade 1-6 will continue with our regular times on Thursday, but there is no school for students on Friday.
Kindergarten - For Kindergarten there is no school for students on Thursday and no school on Friday.
To reserve your conference, please navigate to our school website and click on “Power School” at the bottom of the page. If you have not yet created your access to Powerschool, it is important to do so now. This allows you to book conferences, pay fees and view your child’s report card. Please consult the Help documents on Powerschool if required.
Finally, if you have any trouble accessing Power School and My School Conferences, please phone the office after 8:00am, Monday, Sept 21 to reserve your conference time on the phone (403-777-7187).
When booking your conference time, please select your child’s teacher’s name to see available times.
Parent Viewpoint Forms
Your child’s teacher will be sending home a Parent Viewpoint for (either hard copy or a digital form) next week. This form gives us an idea of who your child is and offers an entry point for the Meet the Teacher Learning conferences. Please submit these forms asap so your teacher can have them ready for your conferences.
These forms will be sent home with your child next week. We ask you to update any changes to address, phone number, etc. and send the form back with your child. Please remember to sign the last page of the demographic form.
Change of Lunch Times
We’ve made some recent adjustments to our timetable since our school was re-organized. Effective Monday, September 24 our new lunch times are as follows:
Gr 1, 3, and 5 – 11:30-12:20
Gr 2, 4, and 6 – 12:30-1:20
Students are still required to eat in their classroom and play outside with their cohort within their assigned area.
Change of Date for School Council Meeting
Due to an oversight, we scheduled our first School Council meeting on the same night as our Meet the Teacher Learning Conferences. As such, we will change our School Council meeting to Sept 29, 6:00-8:00. An agenda and Microsoft Teams link will be sent to your email box on Monday. In order to join our meeting, you are asked to download Microsoft Teams on your device.
Dear Battalion Park School Families
I am looking forward to welcoming our school community to the 2020-21 school year. I want to assure you we are doing everything possible to ensure the health and safety of all our community members. To that end, please carefully read this document in which our measures are outlined. As this is a dynamic situation, the Calgary Board of Education will adjust plans accordingly.
CBE’s Scenario 1 Information can be found on our website and outlines the measures we are taking to provide for the health and safety of our students. Please refer to this document for detailed information on health measures, physical set-up of schools, cleaning of schools, daily operation of schools and transportation. The actions described in the document follow the guidelines provided by Alberta Education’s K-12 School Re-entry COVID-19 information: Guidance for schools re-entry Scenario 1. We continue to refine information in our re-entry planning based on provincial and CBE guidance.
Please visit our school-specific plan on our school website for the actions and processes that are being applied to the specific context of our school.
Note - We are so grateful to have your support with our re-entry plan. Together, we will be able
to create a safe and caring environment for your child(ren). As there are still many moving
pieces to our in-person and hub registration, we cannot, at this time confirm the assigned
teachers to your child’s class. We greatly appreciate your patience. You will receive
another email on Monday, August 28 with details of where to meet on the first few days
Battalion Park School Families,
think that in life we get to write our own headlines. Our school year
could be remembered as a year of Covid19, where world economies were battered
and where classes for students were cancelled. While this is a big event,
it is certainly not the only headline. In September 2019, 460 students
started their school year at Battalion Park. Some might think this is a
boring story, but while going to school is common, the growth and development
in the year of a child is not. For some this was their first year of
formal school. For others, they came to BPS from near and far to join our
school. For all, it was a time to take another step forward in learning
academics, independence, friendships, and confidence. As we reflect on the school year, we encourage you to think about
the young person that your child is becoming and how their school experiences
help to forge that growth.
Our school staff remain grateful to you for your support and the
trust you put in us each day to work with your child. This support was
felt on March 15, 2020 as we transformed our school to remote learning. I
would like to thank our teachers and education assistants for making this huge
transition with little to no prior training or experiences – this was certainly
a year of growth for everyone.
year will be a different year. We hope that conditions in our society
allow students to return to school and plans are well-underway to prepare for
their arrival. As you have heard, the government has presented three
scenarios for return to school in September:
- Scenario 1 - In-school classes resume (near
normal with health measures)
- Scenario 2 - In-school classes partially
resume (with additional health measures)
- Scenario 3 - At-home learning continues
(in-school classes are suspended/cancelled)
about return to school will be sent to you from the Calgary Board of Education
in August and then closer to the return date, please look for more specific
plans directly from our school.
following information is provided to you now to assist in planning for next
- The 2020/21 School Calendar is now posted on our website.
- August 1 - Alberta government has stated they will
communicate plans for our return to school in September.
- Our school office is open on August 27.
- Families will receive a “Welcome to School” email from their
child’s new teacher on August 28. This email will include
information on first day of school procedures.
- September 1 is the first day of school for students.
- Litterless lunch -
Pack it in, pack it out!
Students will bring home any garbage, compost or recycling in their
lunchbox. Reusable containers are strongly encouraged. This allows
supervisors to sanitize desks and classrooms more quickly and
effectively. More info. to come.
year we are saying good-bye to some students and staff as they move on to new
schools and new experiences. Please join me in thanking them for making
our school a special place. Remember, “once a Hawk, always a Hawk!”
our staff to your family, we wish you a summer of peace, gratitude, and joy and
we look forward to seeing you on September 1, 2020.
With mixed feelings, we
are celebrating 3 of our teachers who have announced their
retirement from teaching; Mrs. Erickson, Mrs. Mah, and Mrs. Issler. We
are grateful that each of them for choosing to dedicate their lives to the
pursuit of student learning. In addition, we thank Mrs. Adams for her
amazing service to the students, parents, and staff of Battalion Park
School. These 4 professionals have, in their own way, given to our school
their countless hours and expertise. In the absence of gathering
physically to show them our thanks, I encourage you to join us in spirit, to
recognize their contributions. The following statements have been written
to you from our departing staff members:
I used to think having mixed feelings about retiring was a
cliché. Now I understand! The Battalion Park community has been a
wonderful place to spend 10 years. The parents and parent council are extremely
engaged and supportive. And your children are so creative and caring and
funny! Of all the schools I've taught at, the quality of the music
performed at Battalion Park has been the highest. That rollercoaster ride
of slogging through learning the music to limping through sketchy dress
rehearsals to watching the proud, excited faces giving their best yet at the
performance - what a thrill! The little moments during class when a
student creates something they're proud of, or succeeds at something they've worked
on, or skips into the music room with an eager smile on their face, or asks to
sing that song or play that game again - those are the gifts that the wonderful
students of Battalion Park have given me daily. If only I didn't have to
send them off down the hall again after only half an hour!
The next verse in my song will be about new experiences,
travelling across Canada and the United States with my husband in our rv.
"On the road again..."
It seems like just yesterday that I walked into Battalion Park as a
newcomer. Relatively speaking I still am, having only been at Battalion Park
for two years. It’s been a fantastic two years. There is no doubt that time
with your children is what I will miss most: daily greetings, conversations,
funny moments and gifts of appreciation, like notes, drawings and home-made
gifts will be treasured memories. The work you have put into building their
character has not gone unnoticed. Your support from volunteering in the school,
field trips, and ensuring completion of assignments and are appreciated.
Sincere thanks to all of you, particularly in this challenging situation with
remote learning. What I look forward to most in retirement is more
free time. I should say semi-retirement, as I do plan to work a couple of days
of week to ease the transition. Although I do have my sights set on working
with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, you may just see me at the local library or
bookstore if that doesn’t pan out.
A quote from a wise bear, Winnie the Pooh (A.A. Milne), sums up my
feelings about my leaving the school, this incredible career, and heading into
“How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so
I have been so lucky over the years to have met, worked, laughed and
cried with so many dedicated parents and staff at Battalion Park School. I am
proud to say that I was here when the school first opened filled with high
anticipation and excitement as a mini school with 5 classrooms and see it
continue to grow into a vibrant campus, two schools with one big heart. My
heart overflows with all of your support over the years, and the memories from
the last 20 years will last me forever. Most of all, I will miss the sparkle,
joy, and endless stories that BPS students bring to school every day. Thank you
for letting me be a part of your children’s lives over these years!
I have had a long enjoyable journey in my teaching career. I am looking
forward to spending more time with my family, travelling, and exploring new
pursuits (and maybe my golf game will improve). All the best to you!
Three years ago, I joined Battalion Park School and in my role as AP
I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with so many caring, talented and
dedicated professionals from our support staff, educational assistants,
teachers to my partner, Mr. Campbell. Thank you to the Battalion Park School
Council & Fundraising Society and to the many parents I’ve had the pleasure
of working with to provide children with the best learning experience possible.
The students are at heart of any school and BPS students are truly a special
bunch. Thank you for your energy, kindness and enthusiasm for learning.
You have made every day fun and rewarding. As much as children can learn from
adults, adults can also learn from children. And I have learned so much from
each of you! I will miss you all and this amazing school community. I must
admit, I am also very excited to begin my year off! I am planning to spend more
time with my family, pursue personal interests, travel when it becomes possible
again and enjoy our new puppy.
Please join me in thanking these 4 individuals for their
service to students, parents and staff of Battalion Park School and the Calgary
Board of Education.
We had a very good school council meeting last night – our last one of the year.
School Council at Battalion Park works so successfully because our parents choose to come to meetings to become informed and provide their thoughts and opinions on how our school runs. Thank you.
Particular thanks to: Zeyad Al-Ssalmani – School Council Secretary; Kristi and Brian McKinnon – School Council Treasurers; Jessica Moran – School Council Chairperson. These people have helped organize events, activities and ideas that have made a difference to our students and staff – thank you.
Finally, a big thank you to Brent Bromley who has been our School Council Vice Chair for the last three years. Brent’s approachability, humour, and dedication to our school leave us in a better place – thanks, Brent.
Following are some highlights from my Principal Report:
Student survey update
65 parents completed the survey. The first three questions provide the school with ideas / suggestions for moving forward next year. The last two questions queried how much parents feel we should charge for Classroom events (field trips, presenters, etc.) and Physical Education events (off-site experiences). Following are the results:
- $50 per student per year is supported by the majority of parents
- $20 per student per year for off site PE trips
Enhanced Educational Support (EES) Classes coming in the fall
We have been granted two special education classes to come to our school next year! These two classes will support students with developmental delays and provide personalized programming to develop student skill development in functional academics, communication, daily living and citizenship. Programming to promote social-emotional and physical wellbeing are also important features of the EES class. We look forward to seeing how our current students and our EES students grow and learn from each other. We hope you will join us in our excitement for welcoming these students and their families to our school.
Next year classes
Our student numbers at each grade are more unpredictable this year than in previous years. We have a few different plans for grade configurations next year:
Approximately 490 students
2 classes of K
4 classes of gr 1
4 classes of gr 2
2 or 3 classes of gr 3
2 or 3 classes of gr 4
2 or 3 classes of gr 5
3 classes of gr 6
Returning to school in September
Alberta Health Services (AHS) directs decisions regarding our return to school. They advise us there are 3 possible scenarios for Sept 1 return to learning:
- a return to normal operations (likely with moderate health and safety modifications);
- a partial return to school with more significant restrictions,
- a continuation of students learning from home.
A CBE task force is working to provide direction based on the scenarios provided by AHS. More information can be found on our website.
Hello Battalion Park Families,
We hope this email finds you and your family doing well. Battalion Park School Council is working to find the best and safest solution for issues that have come about due to the recent changes in the school year. That includes providing refunds for the Fun Lunch Program.
Due to these challenging times we have decided to move our April 15th meeting to:
Tuesday, May 12th at 6:00pm.
This will be an online meeting and we will send out an email with the platform and meeting link in early May. Mark the date in your calendar as we hope you can attend.
Please continue to follow the instructions from Alberta Health Services, if we all work together we can flatten the curve.
Battalion Park School Council
We will be providing an opportunity next week for one parent or guardian from each family to come and pick-up your child’s personal belongings (learning materials, shoes, etc.). Your child’s teacher will be contacting you with a specific date and time for your family. We will be following the guidelines below to keep everyone safe and would kindly ask you to do the same.
Guidelines for Picking-up Belongings
Do NOT come to the school if you are unwell in any way, have been in close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 or have travelled outside Canada within the last 14 days. Please be responsible and help prevent potential spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses.
Only one parent/guardian from each family will be permitted to enter the school (no children please).
At your given pick-up time, line up at the main door using the red pylons to ensure physical distancing (grades 5-6 in the mini and K-4 in the core).
Please enter the school when asked to do so. Please remember to keep a safe distance from others at all times.
Bags of student belongings will be set out in alphabetical order.
Lost & Found
In the core, there will be some shoes from the lost & found on display near the exit. If you spot a pair that belong to your child, you are welcome to take them with you.
If your child is missing another item that is particularly important to them, please let your child’s teacher know and we will do our best to locate it for you. The rest will be held safely and made available for all parents to look through at another time.
If your child has library books at home, please bring them with you to drop off in the bins provided.
More than One Child in the School
If you have more than one child attending our school, please come to pick-up all their belongings at the pick-up time given for your oldest child. All belongings will be gathered and waiting in one place.
Grade 3 Parents: We also have some cash refunds and cancelled cheques for you to pick-up. Please plan to come at your given pick-up time for grade 3.
Thank you for your cooperation in closely following these instructions in order to maintain everyone’s safety. Please contact the office if you have any questions.
Google Meet and Google Classroom
Dear Parents and Guardians:
In response to classes being cancelled and the need to move teaching and learning to an ongoing learning model, the Calgary Board of Education has decided to make both Google Classroom and Google Meet available to teachers and students. Both applications will be available for teacher-directed use later this week.
Both learning tools are part of the G Suite for Education suite of tools that all CBE students currently have access to. Adding Google Classroom and Google Meet will allow teachers to connect with their students both in real time and at a pace that suits student and family situations.
Grade 6 students will be using Google Meet and Brightspace by D2L. Students in Kindergarten to Grade 5 will be using Google Classroom, Google Meet and other Google tools in the CBE G Suite. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have questions about the tools they are using.
As with all CBE G Suite for Education applications, the data and information that is shared is stored within the CBE G Suite environment and is not accessible in the public domain. Teachers and students will use only first name and last initial to identify each other. If students use these tools, they will access them using their CBE G Suite ID (firstname.lastname@example.org). Teachers will work with their students to help them understand the risks in using online tools such as video chat.
Teachers will receive support and have opportunities to learn more about both Google Classroom and Google Meet as a way to connect with their students as we all adjust to teaching and learning from a distance.
Google Meet is a video conferencing application that enables teachers to host and students to join organized ‘meetings’ in real-time. Teachers can also record meetings and make the recording available to students to view later on. Teachers are able to share their screen and guide students through tasks and/or documents and websites they wish to share.
Google Classroom is an online platform that enables teachers to communicate with their students as well as assign and distribute assignments and work in safe, manageable, and an appropriate way. Students are added in the ‘classroom’ using their CBE G Suite ID (email@example.com).
Privacy and Consent
Students and their families received the School District Use of Personal Information document in Fall 2019 outlining how and why student data is shared at the CBE. Teachers will follow these policies and documents as they plan ongoing teaching and learning activities. If you have a concern with your child using these tools to support their learning, please contact your classroom teacher or Mr. Campbell.
Principal, Battalion Park School
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