During the month of April we were busy at Escuela Canyon Meadows celebrating Earth Day, “Día del Libro” and learning about Opera during music class.
For Earth Day, our students were able to be outside in nature in our Learning Meadows Garden. Some of our grade one students took a moment to speak to a tree and ask questions. We are not sure if the trees were able to answer back but the students certainly were able to meditate on the beauty of nature.
During “Día del Libro” the Spanish and Culture Committee planned various events that took place throughout the week, culminating with a wonderful Spanish read aloud by Sra. Trillo in a virtual school assembly.
For music classes this past month, Sra. García arranged an Opera Virtual School Tour with the Calgary Opera for our students. We did not have tuxes and opera glasses on but we felt like we were really at the opera; immersed in the magnificent music that is unique to the operatic setting.
As part of our opera experience, we had a virtual visit from Melissa Purnell, a Canadian (and Calgarian!) opera singer currently living and working in Italy. Melissa virtually joined us from Italy in a virtual school assembly. We were thrilled with her beautiful voice, her singing and her personal story. Che magnífico!
Following the Government announcement of May 4, we quickly prepared to move to at-home learning starting May 7. Our teachers, once again, have made a tremendous effort to create a smooth transition plan for a successful at-home learning experience. Every teacher has been in communication with their families to share details including schedules and instructions to join learning through Google Classroom and Google Meet.
For the month of May we had planned a Virtual Fine Arts Experience with Artist Ewa Sniatycka to continue connecting learning through the land in the Learning Meadows with visual art. This week some classes were able to engage in an initial virtual session with Sra. Sniatycka. We have postponed the rest of the sessions for when we return to in-person learning.
‘El Rincón de Español’ in our school website continues to grow with Spanish writing and pictures submitted by students. Please, take a moment to enjoy!
A huge thank you to School Council for their fundraising efforts during this difficult time to provide three new water fountains with water bottle filler for our students. Our students were excited upon their return from spring break to find the new water fountains already installed.
We thank our families for your diligence in keeping your children home when they have symptoms and also for your prompt response in picking up students when asked.
We are looking forward to being able to welcome our students back into the school for in-person learning on May 25!
“Reciban mi gratitud” / Receive my gratitude,
Sra. Lilien Perera Pérez