Nov 20
November/December 2020

As we move into the winter season, the continued challenges that COVID-19 brings with this type of weather are multiplying.  I would like to thank all who have been so supportive of our needs to keep students as healthy as they can be while they attend school.  That has involved extra efforts on the part of parents picking up children and taking them home when they become ill with listed COVID symptoms, and in turn having them tested to be sure they are COVID free and able to return to school after symptoms have subsided.  Your prompt connections and communications with us through all of this is very much appreciated!

Turning the focus now on what is happening in our school, I draw your attention to the following….

  • Safety for students inside our building continues to be at the forefront during the pandemic.  We ask for your continued understanding of not entering the building beyond our front foyer unless cleared by our front office.  Signage has been posted in the foyer explaining our processes at this time.  It is also important that any email communication about student absences from school or hub class, pick-ups for appointments, etc. come from an 'adult's email account' and not the student's email account.  This helps us verify that it is the adult communicating the information with us.
  • Be prepared for online learning in a moments notice should there be a requirement by In-person learners and teachers to pivot to this type of learning.  Know that classroom teaching staff are prepared to do this should the situation warrant it – either for individuals who have to be at home for a time or for whole classrooms required to isolate.  I remind you that it is of outmost importance that you are signed onto Google Classroom with your child and their teacher.  If you have not yet done this, please reach out to your child's teacher for further assistance.
  • Submit your demographic information and forms to the office as soon as possible if you have done so.  This information is required by the school and essential in assisting us with the most up to date communication information and permissions that you grant the school as a parent (media release as example).  With the expanded use of online connections, this is more important than ever.
  • Bussing route changes/adjustments for students must be communicated to the school office please as soon as possible.  For seating plans and contact tracing purposes it is essential we are aware of any adjustments to students riding on a different route.  An email to brentwood@cbe.ab.ca or a phone call (403 777-6130 ext.0) to our secretaries would be much appreciated.
  • In-person and hub learners have their parent teacher conferences on the same date – December 3 and 4 respectively.  The ins and outs of booking those interviews via conference manager, as well as instructions about using TEAMS for online interviews will be sent via school messenger.  Specific details about P/T Conferences for Hub learners will come directly from the system.  Please review all information sent to you at your earliest convenience.
  • Thank you to our grade 5 team of staff and students for an excellent Remembrance Day online presentation.  The sentiments expressed via an online environment (O' Canada done in sign language, poems read by students, a heart felt video, a moment of silence) as well as other essential messages delivered by students were very important in reminding us that this day should never be forgotten.  Moreover, a sincere thank you goes to all who contributed to the donation fund for poppies ($225) as well as the contributions for our cash drive for the foodbank ($300) is very worthy of recognition.  The veterans of Calgary have personally expressed their sincere thanks and gratitude for our continued support in these tough financial times.  Bravo Brentwood!
  • A huge thank you goes out to our School Council and Fund Raising Society for their most recent financial support for Brentwood students and staff.  They have graciously supported the purchase of many necessary things to carry on programming for our students in the 'new' environment we find ourselves – support includes items for our travelling music program, online learning program licenses (Brain Pop, Math up) agendas, future online virtual presentations by outside agencies (John Dunn arctic explorer, Matt Wilhelm MDX champion have been booked thus far), Pumpkinella, and the Christmas sweater prize draw to name few.  Without their continued financial support, these things won't not be available for our students.  Please check the school website for the latest council and society meeting minutes that gives greater details of their continued work in supporting Brent wood School.
  • More online student presentations are on the horizon.  As we progress through the school year, each grade level will be sharing a 'mini virtual assembly' with respect to their work in building student resilience and well being (our Character Education focus).  Each of these online presentations will be shown to all In-person and Hub students at various times of the year via our school YouTube channel.  Dates and times for each of these presentations will be shared via school messenger, so that all can view the presentations.

Last but not least…I encourage everyone to continue to be vigilant doing their part to keep us all as safe as possible.  It is more important now than ever for all to reduce their cohorts, continue social distancing, wash hands often, and wear a mask!  The cost of doing these things is cheap.  The cost of not doing them is astronomical.  Thank you for your support in this critical matter!

Be well and stay safe,​

Mr. Michayluk, Principal​


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