Nov 25
November Update

​Dear Parents/Guardians, 

Remembrance Day Assembly

On November 10 our students and teachers engaged in a moving Remembrance Day Assembly. Our Grade 4 students proudly lead the event by sharing their reflections, poetry, a shadow performance and singing. Every class created a wreath that was presented by students. This assembly provided another opportunity to reflect and appreciate those who lost their lives for us to have the peace we enjoy nowadays.

Student Learning Conferences – Nov. 24 and 25

November Parent Teacher Student Conferences provided the opportunity to learn more about your child's progress in learning.

To support ongoing communication about your child's academic development, teachers record summative assessment information in PowerSchool.

  • MyCBE is used to access attendance, assignments and assessment information via a web browser.  
  • PowerSchool App is not supported within CBE. This App is not owned by CBE, therefore CBE is unable to customise or troubleshoot the App.  

Parent and legal guardian support on accessing attendance, assignments and assessment information is available through Technical Support for Students & Parents. This includes a video that clarifies how to access student achievement information, including report cards:  

December Winter Concerts, Dress Rehearsals and Holiday Tour

  • ECM is happy to be able to put on concerts again after two long non-performance years! Our students are spending many hours preparing for their concerts and Holiday Tour.  Attendance at the kindergarten daytime concerts and grade one to four evening performances is highly encouraged.
  • Our school's focus this year is on Kindness and Actions of the Heart.  Filling someone's bucket and showing courtesy and care is a big part of what we do here at ECM.  You will notice our songs have a focus on gratitude, compassion and empathy with a festive touch.  The students have been the inspiration for these pieces and they are very excited to share them with you.

     
  • The students have been learning choral etiquette and techniques to further enhance their projection, enunciation and expression.  Please enjoy the beautiful repertoire they have prepared for you. 

 

  • Our grade 5 students will participate in a Holiday Tour. They will perform at Robert Warren school and at The Manor Village, a retirement Home near Fish Creek Park. Our grade 5 students will 'fill the seniors' bucket' with their kindness.

We appreciate your continued enthusiasm and support of our Music Program here at Escuela Canyon Meadows and we look forward to seeing you during the concerts and dress rehearsals.

Saludos cordiales,

​Sra. Perera Pérez, Principal

Sra. Gutiérrez, Assistant Principal

Srta. Cotton, Music Specialist 


Oct 28
September - October Updates

October 28, 2022

Hola familias de nuestra Escuela Canyon Meadows,

We are almost at the end of the second month of school and the first signs of winter have arrived. During September and October, our teachers and students have been deep into learning while our Faculty learns and implements the new ELAL (English Language Arts and Literature), Mathematics and PE&W (Physical Education and Wellness) curricula.

Indigenous Education

September 30 was the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation; therefore, during that week we honoured our Escuela Canyon Meadows Commitment to Truth and Reconciliation reinstated on June 21, 2022. Students and teachers engaged in various activities such as:  going outside to look for signs of fall, collecting leaves, sketching the land, acknowledging and sharing gratitude for the land, and engaging in Indigenous Read-Alouds in the Learning Meadows. Through land-based art and stories we will continue to learn more about Truth and Reconciliation.

On October 7th all teachers and support staff engaged in the CBE's 2nd Annual Indigenous Education System Professional Learning Day. This year, Piikani Blackfoot Elder Leonard Bastien gifted the day with the name Maatoomsii' Pookaiks which means “Children First."

We started the day by deepening our learning on Truth and Reconciliation by watching a video with Keynote Speaker, Dr. James Makokis.  We then participated in land-based learning experiences with Dr. Joshua Hill, Mount Royal University Indigenous Education Professor, at the Voitier's Flats in Fish Creek Park.

Dr. Joshua Hill introduced our staff to Core Routines such as: Sit Spot, Owl Eyes, journaling, learning from plants and animals, Indigenous storytelling, and Rose Hip Harvest to make and enjoy a delicious tea. Our staff is committed to continue to provide a caring, respectful and welcoming learning environment for each and every student at Escuela Canyon Meadows.

Ongoing Communication and Student Learning Conferences

In September we had our first Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences. Our next Conferences are on November 24 and 25 during which you will learn more about your child's progress in learning.

To support ongoing communication about your child's academic development, teachers record summative assessment information in PowerSchool throughout the reporting period.

Students and families are encouraged to use the MyCBE parent account portal, rather than the PowerSchool App, to access information about attendance, assignments and grades. Click on the following link MyCBE: Accessing Attendance and Assessment Information for instructions on how to find your child's attendance, assignments and grades.

Each homeroom teacher continues to have a Google Classroom to maintain an online presence. Click on the following for How to Log into Google Classroom for Students.

Student Code of Conduct

Escuela Canyon Meadows continues to be a vibrant and caring community of learners including students, staff, and parents. The safety, well-being, dignity and positive spirit of our community are valued and supported through clear, consistent expectations. Click on the following link to review the CBE Code of Conduct and CBE Progressive Student Discipline regulation which outlines the roles and expectations for our students to promote a positive and inclusive learning environment at Escuela Canyon Meadows.

Attendance

Regular school attendance has a huge impact on a student's academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life.

We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. When students miss too much school it can cause them to fall behind academically.  Regular school attendance is an important life skill on the path to graduation and future employment.

Please ensure that your child attends school every day and arrives on time. Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:

  • Listen and show an interest in your child's day.
  • Encourage your child to do well in school and praise their success.
  • Help your child maintain daily routines such as, eating breakfast, turning off electronics two hours before bedtime and going to bed early.
  • If possible try to schedule dental and medical appointments after school hours or on days off from school.
  • Send your child to school unless sick.
  • It may be a concern if your child is often sick, complains about going to school and/or struggles with school work.
  • Ask for help from the school before the problem gets too big. No problem is too small.

Let us know how we can best support you and your child so they can attend school regularly and punctually. 

Reciban nuestros saludos cordiales,

​Lilien Perera Pérez                                     Cecilia Gutiérrez

Principal/Directora                                    Assistant Principal/ Vicedirectora 


Aug 26
Welcome Back! ¡Bienvenidos!

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​


Jun 27
June | 2021-2022 School Year End Updates

​June 27, 2022 

Dear Escuela Canyon Meadows Families, 

The 2021-2022 school year has come to an end and with excitement we welcome the summer break! 2021- 2022 was another year in which we all demonstrated courage, kindness and resilience. The unconditional care and support from Escuela Canyon Meadows families and the commitment, hard work and perseverance of our staff allowed us to accomplish another successful school year within the context of a pandemic. Making all efforts to ensure the health and safety of our students has been of utmost importance at our school, with the support of our parents/guardians. Thank you so much! “¡Muchas gracias!” 

We proudly say goodbye to our grade 5 students. On June 23 we gathered as a community with our grade five families to celebrate their accomplishments. We were able to pay tribute to these wonderful students through an in-person Farewell celebration. It was fantastic to have our parent community back in the school! 

I welcomed our grade five students during my first year at Escuela Canyon Meadows as Assistant Principal. It was an honour to see them grow during their first six years of schooling. Sra. Gutiérrez, our Assistant Principal had the privilege to teach many of our grade five students in their grade two and grade four experiences. We now send them off to middle school with incredible second language skills and more maturity and wisdom. We are certain they will make us all proud! ¡Bravo estudiantes de quinto grado! Felicitaciones. 

June is also a time of the year in which we say goodbye to some staff members and welcome others. 

Staffing Updates 

We bid a fond farewell to: 

- Sra. McKenzie is retiring from the CBE bringing her very successful career as a professional educator to a partial close. Sra. McKenzie will be a substitute teacher commencing Sept. 2022. 

- Srta. Dalke has accepted a position at Eugene Coste School. 

- Sra. Harms finishes her temporary contract as Music Specialist. 

- Sra. Palacios finishes her contract as an Education Assistant. 

We extend a warm welcome to: 

- Sra. Switzer who has already returned from leave on May 2022. 

- Sra. Ramirez who is joining our teaching staff. 

- Srta. Cotton who is joining our teaching staff, Music Specialist. 

Grade Configuration for 2022-2023 

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

Kindergarten 4 classes (2 morning, 2 afternoon) 

Grade 1        3 classes 

Grade 2        3 classes 

Grade 3        4 classes 

Grade 4        3 classes 

Grade 5        2 classes 

Please note that our grade configurations are dependent on the number of students returning to ECM for Fall 2022, therefore, grade four and grade five may need to be combined into five classes of grade 4/5 students if needed. 

Upon our return from the summer break, week of August 29, our teachers will welcome students to their homeroom classes by sending a Welcome Letter via email to parents/guardians. 

Thanks to our gracious School Council for their fundraising efforts during this difficult time. We are thrilled and thankful to have been able to welcome volunteers back in the school this year. 

We are looking forward to the 2022-2023 school year! We wish every family a joyful summer. 

See you Thursday, September 1, 2022! ¡Los esperamos con toda alegría! 

Saludos cordiales, 

Sra. Lilien Perera Pérez, Principal 

Sra. Cecilia Gutiérrez, Assistant Principal ​

May 27
May: A Month of Celebrations

​May has been a month full of celebrations! We were happy to see so many parents attend the Visual Arts and Storytelling Celebration on May 19. Students created a unique piece of art with the guidance and support of visual artist, Ewa Sntiatycka and their teacher. Teachers and students learned and practiced new art techniques.  They researched, gathered and organized ideas to create or re-tell land-based stories. We are proud of the collaborative work that resulted in a magnificent bilingual learning experience for our students while honouring our Commitment to Truth and Reconciliation. Thanks to the School Council for the continued support that allows us to provide such artist-in-residence experiences for our students.

Thanks to our volunteers who joined us on May 27 for the Volunteer Appreciation Parade! With you, our volunteers, our school is full of laughter and magic. Everything you do to help makes a difference.

June is almost here! Please continue to read our weekly Sunday emails with updates and to visit our school website to stay informed about our school year processes and 2022-2023 planning.

​Saludos cordiales,

Sra. Perera Pérez and Sra. Gutiérrez


May 13
Visual Arts & Storytelling Celebration

​We are very much looking forward to our Visual Arts & Storytelling Celebration on May 19. Our Artist-in-Residence, Ewa Sniatcycka, has done a fabulous job with the students. We are happy that one parent per family can come to school in person to be part of their child's celebration. See you soon!

Apr 26
April Updates

Dear Escuela Canyon Meadows Families,

Thank you to everyone who participated in our school planning engagement winter 2022. We know we make better decisions to support student learning when we build understanding and work together.

The feedback we received is compiled in the documents (see list below) shared in our Community Engagement page and will be thoughtfully considered in making decisions about school planning.

* Online survey results 

* Online survey results/comments

* Virtual Meeting evaluation summary

* Virtual school council meeting results/comments

Saludos cordiales, 

Sra. Perera Pérez

Sra. Gutiérrez


Mar 18
March Updates

Dear Escuela Canyon Meadows Families,

During the month of March, our students have learned to in-line skate, engaged in Indigenous story telling (grades K, 1 and 2), and had conversations with Elders (grades 3, 4 and 5).

This month we also welcomed the Robert Warren Administration Team who visited our grade 5 students in-person. Our students and teachers have also engaged in the “Acts of Kindness” and “The Kindness Window” initiatives created by our Library Assistant, Sra. McNelly. A student in our Advisory Group reflected, “everyone is happy and is writing nice comments on it. The “Acts of Kindness” initiative is going really well.” 

With the province moving into Step 2 of the three-step approach to lifting public health measures as of Tuesday, March 1, our students have enjoyed playing with other cohorts during their scheduled recesses. Our Student Advisory Group shared their feedback “The cohorting being lifted is working well, everybody is happy about that!”

Our final Student Learning Conferences also took place. It was another time to celebrate our students’ accomplishments in their learning. During this past Student Learning Conferences, you had the opportunity to learn about your child’s progress and achievement in relation to the outcomes of the Programs of Study. I recommend continuing going through your child’s Google Classroom and IRIS to stay informed. In addition, your child’s summative assignments are posted in Power School (access through MyCBE/PowerSchool). 

We were thrilled to welcome families that chose to do in-person conferences at the school.  

The Student Advisory Group (comprised of grade 4 and 5 students) has taken the initiative to create “The Riddle of the Week”. Our students and teachers have enjoyed solving these Spanish riddles. Our Student Advisory group awards the Riddler Trophy every Friday to the class that makes the best effort to solve the riddle.  

In April/ May our students and teachers will be engaging in the Virtual Art residency with artist Ewa Sniatycka. We are looking forward to this land-based art learning opportunity. 

We encourage you to participate in our next School Council meeting on April 25. The Robert Warren Administration Team will be present. They will showcase the “Welcome to Robert Warren” video shared during Robert Warren Administration’s visit to our grade 5 students on March 14. 

Immense gratitude goes to Escuela Canyon Meadows gracious School Council for their continuous appreciation for our teachers by providing a special dinner during March Student Learning Conferences.  

Thank you for supporting our second hybrid Book Fair with Scholastics Books. Our students have enjoyed purchasing books in-person with the gracious support and coordination of our Library Assistant Sra. McNelly. 

I wish everyone a restful spring break. Take the time to create many new memories with your loved ones.

With gratitude, 

¡Nos despedimos compartiendo mucha gratitud! 

Sra. Lilien Perera Pérez

Sra. Cecilia Gutiérrez​


Mar 06
March Updates

Dear Escuela Canyon Meadows Families,

Please, review the updates below to stay informed.

Covid Update

In alignment with the CBE revisions of health measures following the provincial announcement that it has moved to Step 2 of its three-step approach to lifting additional health measures, please see below. 

The following is an adjustment to our school routines that will be effective Monday, March 7. 

  • Grade 1 to 5 students will be able to engage in play with students from other classes within their scheduled outdoor recess blocks.

We will continue to have a soft entry from 7:45 to 8:00 am. We will also continue to follow the current recess and lunch schedules. 

Our students are excited to be able to spend time with peers from other classes during outdoor recess. We encourage parents/guardians to have conversations with your child this weekend about inclusive and safe play. For a long period of time our children have been engaging in play only with peers from their classroom cohort. The opportunity to spend time with others outside of their classroom might be overwhelming and create worries so our teachers will be having conversations with students to reinforce our school motto to be kind. We are grateful to count on your support.

Student Learning Conferences

It is the time of the year again to meet with your child’s teacher during the upcoming Student Learning Conferences on March 10 and 11. Conferences are virtual or in person. You may sign into MyCBE/PowerSchool account to review Assignments posted by your child’s teacher.

ECM Truth & Reconciliation Commitment

In conjunction with the Calgary Public Library our grade 3, 4 and 5 students will engage in a virtual conversation with an Elder the week of March 14, 2022. Our kindergarten, grade 1 and 2 students will participate in an Indigenous story-telling event facilitated by their homeroom teachers.  

These events are precursors to our land-based art residency that will take place in April and May. 

School Planning Engagement Winter 2022

Share your perspectives through an online survey open from February 16, 2022 to March 16, 2022. 

   To complete the survey, please click here.

   To review our school development plan, please click here. 

   To access information about school budget and fees, please visit our School Website > Get Involved > Community Engagement

Your input is important to us, and we appreciate you taking the time to share your perspectives.​

Saludos cordiales,

Lilien Perera Pérez, Principal

Cecilia Gutiérrez, Assistant Principal 


Feb 13
February Updates

​Dear Escuela Canyon Meadows Families,

Please, review the updates below to stay informed.

School Development Plan

To learn about our School Development Plan (SDP) Goals and Instructional Actions please access the 3-year SDP through our school website: Home > About Us > Our School > Resources > School Development Plan-2021-22

Physical Education Residency

All of our students from kindergarten to grade five will be participating in the Alien In-Line Skating sports residency from February 22 to March 9. This residency is part of our physical education program. Canyon Meadows School Parent Council is covering half of the entire cost so the price of the residency will be $8 per student. We will let you know when CMS has loaded this fee in to our fee management system for payment through MyCBE/PowerSchool. 

Alien In-Line will be providing certified skating helmets, but for best hygiene and comfort, we suggest that each participant bring in their own certified skating helmet. Alien In-Line will be sanitizing their equipment in between each class session.  

Staff Update

For your information, Sra. Bradley is on leave until further notice. 

Arctic Winter Games

This Tuesday, February 15th, we will celebrate the 'Arctic Winter Games' at ECM. The students will participate in different Indigenous, and Winter Olympics inspired activities outside on the land.

Please ensure that your child is dressed for the weather on that day as we will be outside for approximately 1.5 hours. Our 'rain date' is the following day Wednesday, February 16th.


Respectfully,

Sra. Lilien Perera Pérez, Principal

Sra. Cecilia Gutiérrez, Assistant Principal​​



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