Good afternoon Buffalo Rubbing Stone families,
It's been an exciting week, welcoming children back into our school! We've been happy to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones. We have 632 students enrolled at BRS this year: 157 are in the hub and 475 are learning in-school. All are valued members of our school community! We had our first in-school assembly today with each class connected through their classroom SMARTBoards. We all got to see each other electronically and come together in community to officially recognize the start of the 2020-2021 school year. More information about hub classes will be available next week.
Everyone is learning new routines and getting to know one another. We appreciate the effort people are making to be physically distant when meeting outside at the beginning of the day and at the end of the day. We will continue using these meeting spots as part of our morning entry and after school dismissal for the foreseeable future. Using these meeting spots supports a distanced entry into and exit from the building. Our students use these same doors every time they enter or exit the building so everyone is spread out, limiting traffic. Please contact your child's teacher by email, if you'd like your child to walk home alone or with an older or younger sibling. Kindergarten children must be accompanied home by an adult. Please remember the playground is closed for the 15 minutes before and after school (7:45-8:00 and 2:40-2:55) and to kindergarten students during the lunch break.
During staggered entry, all students received two reusable cloth masks provided by the Government of Alberta. Because it is difficult to maintain a physical distance of two meters in the classroom, everyone wears a mask much of the time. Staff and students are encouraged to take mask breaks only when they are able to maintain a physical distance from others. Frequency and duration of mask breaks for students and staff may vary based on the age and size of the group. For more information about the CBE mask protocol, please go to the CBE Website.
Thanks to everyone as we learn new safety protocols and find new ways to support the independence of our students. Some students are wearing lanyards that hold their masks when they are outside or taking a mask break. Please ensure your child's lanyard is a breakaway lanyard that will come apart if the lanyard is caught on something. Many students are wearing fanny packs in which to keep personal items. Lanyards or fanny packs are your choice. It's important to make decisions based on your child's needs.
Our summer weather this fall has been catching some students by surprise when it turns colder. Please ensure students are dressed for the weather as we spend time outside in the morning, at lunch, at recess, and during physical education. Teachers are also maximizing outdoor learning time.
On September 24th and 25th, we are looking forward to meeting with families at conferences. We will be providing information later in the month regarding how conferences will be conducted. The opportunity for parents, teachers, and students to talk together about learning is very important. We will be sending a Parent Viewpoint document home next week that can be completed online and returned to teachers by email. The information you provide will help us get to know your children better.
Also in September will be a modified approach to our Terry Fox Run on Friday, September 18th and we will recognize Orange Shirt Day on Wednesday, September 30th.
Looking ahead, even with the restrictions on guests and field trips, our calendar is full. School-wide activities and non-instructional days, are posted in our BRS Calendar. Click on the calendar view button for the month at a glance.
On our home page, you'll notice a CBE story about the Ship to Shore program. The article includes a quote from Mr. Blais! Many of our students valued their connection to Ship to Shore last year.
Thank you again for your support and encouragement. With all the uncertainty we have faced over the last few weeks, we feel good about our first steps and are very happy to have a building that buzzes with learning.
Take good care,