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August 26, 2022

Dear Escuela Canyon Meadows Families,

Welcome back to the 2022-2023 school year at Escuela Canyon Meadows! We are excited to welcome staff and students back to what we hope will be a more typical start to the school year. We cannot wait to see our students on September 1! 

Our school office opens on Monday, August 29 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.


Staffing Updates

In September we say goodbye to some staff members and welcome others. 

We bid a fond farewell to:

Sra. Jones, Educational Assistant is retiring from the CBE.

Sra. May Reynaldo, Facility Operator accepted a position at a CBE school.

We extend a warm welcome to:

Sr. Cansdale who is joining our staff as our new Facility Operator.


Grade Configuration for 2022-2023

At this time, we confirm that we will have the following grade configurations:

Kindergarten 4 classes (2 in the morning, 2 in the afternoon)

Grade 1  - 3 classes

Grade 2  - 3 classes

Grade 3  - 4 classes

Grade 4  - 3 classes

Grade 5  - 2 classes

Please note that class configuration may vary depending on student enrolment throughout the month of September. We appreciate your understanding and support.

First Day of School Procedures

The first month of school is an important time for our students as they adjust to routines, expectations and our unique bilingual learning experience.

We are beginning our school year by welcoming all our Kindergarten to Grade 5 students since Thursday, September 1 following ECM regular school schedule:

AM Kindergarten

Monday – Thursday 7:55 – 10:45, Friday 7:55 – 11:55 (alternating Fridays – please refer to School Calendar on school website)

PM Kindergarten

Monday – Thursday 11:50 – 2:40, Friday 7:55 – 11:55 (alternating Fridays – please refer to School Calendar on school website)

Grades 1 to 5

Monday – Thursday 8:00 – 2:45, Friday 8:00 – 12:00

Friday, September 2 Staggered entry for Kindergarten only:

Kindergarten AM attends: 7:55 – 9:40

- Kindergarten PM attends: 10:00 – 11:45

Kindergarten students will use the Playpark doors for school entry and dismissal.

On Tuesday, August 30, teachers will send a Welcome Letter to their students. Assigned entry door and Room number will be included in the teacher Welcome Letter.

Kindergarten AM and PM classes will be created for Tuesday, September 6. Parents/guardians will be informed of your child's teacher name via email on Friday, September 2.

On Tuesday, August 30, teachers will contact (via phone call) parents/guardians of students that will benefit from a transition meeting. Parents/guardians will book a 10 min. meeting for these students to meet their teacher on Wednesday, August 31 in the afternoon.

Thursday, September 1 - To ease the transition of students into the school please follow the process below:

Please note the soft entry start time has changed to 7:50 am.

7:50 to 8:00 – Kindergarten: Students follow a soft entry protocol to enter the school directly to their classroom through the Play Park Doors.

7:50 to 8:00 - Grade 1 to Grade 5: Look for sign with Homeroom Teacher name, room number and class list on the compound (concrete area around the school) to join the teacher and class, then enter the school.

From Thursday, September 2

7:50 to 8:00 - Kindergarten to Grade 5: Students follow a soft entry protocol to enter the school directly to their classroom through their designated entry door. Teachers will meet students in their classrooms.

We encourage your family to review our school website together to be familiar with the guidelines for building a healthy school community at Escuela Canyon Meadows. A few important housekeeping items to be aware of:

1. Each child needs to have a pair of indoor and outdoor shoes, labelled with their name. Please ensure the indoor shoes can be used for daily physical education and remain at the school at all times. Students are required to change their footwear when they enter and exit the building. Please also ensure your child has a large sized backpack.

2. Students are not permitted to enter the school via the front doors. The exception to this is if the student is late. Otherwise all students enter and exit from their grade specific doors. Kindergarten doors face our playground structure.

3. We are a “nut" aware school. We have students with severe allergies that are life threatening. Please avoid sending nut products to school. Each Kindergarten student needs a healthy snack at school and Grade 1 to Grade 5 requires two snacks and a lunch.

4. Parents/guardians will drop off and pick up their child(ren) near their designated doors. This is extremely important to ensure the health and safety of our students. The school does not provide after school supervision; please ensure you are on time.

5. Please ensure all after school arrangements are made at home (i.e., play dates). This allows the school to ensure safety of our students. If your child takes the bus, please ensure you are on-time as Southland Transportation will have another route following. Please use the mybusstop app to receive school bus information. Calling Southland Transportation directly is the best course of action if you need to get a message to the driver. Kindergarten students are only released to a parent or an approved designate. Students regularly picked up by an adult are to remain on the bus when no one is at the bus stop to meet them. If there is no one at your child's bus stop the bus driver will wait a few minutes and then proceed with finishing the route. If there is no contact with the parent, the   bus driver will bring your child back to the school.

6. Parents new to CBE, please sign up for MyCBE/PowerSchool as this is where you will pay your fees online and book your parent-teacher conferences.

7. Our final reminder includes ensuring immediate, clear and open communication. We work together and follow a three-step protocol to ensure your voice is heard. Our goal is to collaborate together to effectively solve problems at a school level.

i. If you have a question or a concern, your first step is to contact your child's teacher.

ii. If you feel your question or concern has not been adequately addressed, then please contact Mrs. Rau (Administrative Secretary) to make an appointment with Sra. Gutiérrez (Assistant Principal).

iii. If you feel your question or concern has not been adequately addressed by our AP, please make an appointment with Sra. Perera Pérez (Principal) through Mrs. Rau.

At ECM, we continue to be committed to student well-being and safety, excellence in teaching and learning, and to working collaboratively with staff, parents and students to ensure a robust bilingual education for our children.

We are looking forward to seeing you on Thursday, September 1! ¡Estamos muy emocionados de verlos pronto!

Saludos cordiales,

Sra. Perera Pérez, Principal

Sra. Gutiérrez, Assistant Principal​


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