Come read with us!
Friday, January 27th is Family Literacy Day and we are inviting parents to come to school to read with your child(ren).
Date: January 27th
Time: 12:30 pm to 12:50 pm
Place: Coventry Hills School - Your child's classroom
What: Bring a favorite story book from home to read with your child
Enter the school at the front doors and proceed to your child's classroom. Sign up below so we know how many parents to expect. Click the following link Come read with us!
We ask that parents stay in the classroom until 12:45 when students get ready for dismissal and then make their way outside to meet their child at their designated doors.
Student are invited to wear pyjamas as we celebrate Family Literacy Day.
If there are no longer any spots, come anyway and just send the teacher a direct email. We are just asking parents to sign up so we know how many to expect and can do a little organization.
Family Literacy Day is celebrated Nationally on January 27th
The theme this year is “Celebrate Your Heritage." Canada is a great diverse country full of different cultures. Take time to explore and learn about your heritage. Celebrate what you've found and share your culture with others. There's no better way to learn about your family, than together as a family.
ABC Family Literacy states: “Family literacy focusses on parents, grandparents and other family members to improve the reading and writing skills of the whole family. By reading to children and engaging in fun literacy activities regularly, adults actively keep their own skills sharp and also help children improve their skills. Family literacy activities strengthen the relationship between family members which, in turn, encourages lifelong learning. Without adult support and a strong foundation at home, a child is less likely to be successful and engaged in school."
Happy New Year Coventry Families,
We hope everyone had a wonderful winter break and was able to enjoy time together. January is a time to time for renewal and excitement and we set to our learning over the next few months. January is a busy time in classrooms and we hope everyone stays in good health as we start off this new year. I am excited to announce that Mr. Brown is returning back to work this week and we welcome him back to our learning community. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs. Karen Campbell, acting Assistant Principal for all her work and support of our staff and students during her time with us. Mrs. Campbell is looking forward to returning back into retirement pursuing her passions.
At the end of January, student report cards will be released to parents on Monday, January 30th. To access student report cards, parents will need to log into their MyCBE account. All report cards are now digital. If parents have not set up and accessed the My CBE account, please set it up now. The link is at the bottom of our school website page.
Our next School Council/CHEFS meeting will be held on Thursday, January 19 at 6:30 pm in our Learning Commons. We would love to have parents come to participate in our conversations and learn about our school. We will continue with the dual platform on in-person and virtual TEAMS meeting settings. Click here to join the meeting
Kindergarten registration begins next week on Monday, January 16th. For families who have a child who will be 5 before December 31st, their child is eligible for the 2023-2024 Kindergarten registration. We ask families to fill out the registration forms electronically and follow the steps. Visit our school website for more information Coventry Hills School.
From the school office, Mrs. Armstrong sent home demographic forms that are required to be updated each school year to family who did not access this information on the MyCBE account School Engage. If you received a paper copy of this information, please verify the information, sign it and return it back to the school. Coventry Hills School has a limited capacity and takes students who are within our designated area. If you have moved out of the neighborhood, let us know so we can update your child's file and share information regarding the 2023-2024 school year.
Benita Dalton, Principal
Dear Coventry Families,
With the year 2022 coming to an end, we can reflect on the warmth and caring of our school community. We have many things to celebrate as we have entered this fall with a renewed sense of learning in our classrooms. Teachers and students are working together in classrooms with engagement and cooperation. It has been somewhat challenging as many of our students and staff fell ill with the various viruses that have been circulating and the time it has taken to recover from their illness. Teachers has been instrumental in ensuring that student learning continued to be at the heart of their work despite so many students being away. Most recently, teachers have been preparing to communicate with parents about student learning in the upcoming report cards for the first term. Student report cards will be released to families on Monday, January 30th and can be accesses through your child's profile on the MyCBE Account. If you do not have an account established, register for one today by using the following link. MyCBE Account
On our school website, I have posted our annual School Development Plan, Annual School Results Report and Fees Report for 2021 – 2022. Teachers are collaborating in teaching teams, working together to create learning experiences that explicitly address our students' learning in three areas of decoding in reading, communicating math fluency of number operations, and engaging in respectful relationships and readiness for learning. We use our Friday, early dismissal time to analyze student learning and to plan significant learning experiences that allow for students to develop in these three areas as well as focus on professional development regarding the new Alberta Curriculum. For more information, please go our school website by clicking on the following link. Coventry Hills School - Our School. Information was presented regarding these documents at our School Council Meeting in November. We look forward to sharing our work at the next two council meetings in the new year.
Reminders from CHEFS, that Amber Van Dooren will be at the school for those families who have not picked up their vegetable orders or their purchases from the DFS fundraiser. She will be at the school on Monday, December 17th after school until 4:30 p.m. Please email her directly if you are arranging for your child to take home your items at firstname.lastname@example.org
This upcoming week is going to be a very cold outside. Just a reminder that we have blue days when the weather conditions become colder than -20 Degrees Celsius. Students can enter into any door at 8:30 a.m. and will be supervised in by teachers. Just a reminder that HugNGo is located at the front of the school and has 2 door locations in close range. It is a safe, quick, easy and efficient way to drop off students at school. In addition, students do not have to cross the street. The side streets around the school are very slippery so drive with care and give yourself plenty of time to get the students to school for the start of their class at 8:45 a.m. Lastly, we have many parents stopping in the middle of the road way to let children out of the cars. This is an unsafe and illegal practice which in many instances creates a backup of traffic behind the stopped car. At the end of the day, please be at school on time to pick up your child(ren) at their designated doors. We have had an increase of the number of students who are coming to the office to wait for their family members to pick them up. This puts an increase demand on the school staff as they are not required to supervise children after dismissal time.
We were saddened to have to cancel the Winter Celebration Gathering that was scheduled to happen on Thursday, December 15 due to the rise of illness within our school. It was our hope to be able to gather as a community to bring forward the spirit of giving by supporting extended community members during the holiday season. We have revised the event so that our students can still can part in the following activities with their buddy classes in the spirit of giving and helping those less fortunate. Thank you to our School Council/CHEFS for sponsoring the cost of supplies for this event.
· Kindergarten and Grade 3 students are marking bookmarks for the Coventry Hills Public Library located at Vivo
· Grade 1 and Grade 4 students are making Friendship and Reindeer tags for our local Firehall and Police Department to thank them for their service to keeping our community safe
· Grade 2 and Grade 5 students are making holiday cards for the residents at the NewPort Harbour Seniors Center
Our staff will be delivering these items to our community members before Thursday, December 22.
Join us for Festive Spirit Week! Students are encouraged to spread holiday cheer and show school spirit by dressing up.
Monday, Dec 19th
o Wear red or green
Tuesday, Dec 20th
o Wear your festive socks
Wednesday, Dec 21st
o Wear a festive hat or headband
Thursday, Dec 22nd
o Wear a festive sweater or shirt
Have a wonderful winter break as we ring in the new year. May everyone be healthy and safe over the holiday season and we look forward to seeing the students on Monday, January 9th.
Dear Coventry Hills School Families,
We are very much looking forward to sharing your child's learning progress at the upcoming parent teacher conferences this Thursday and Friday. Thank you for all those who have booked a conference already. Teachers will be reaching out to families who we have not confirmed an interview time. If you cannot make the interview time booked due to illness, we understand and teachers will hold a phone interview during your intended time. Note, that the teacher will be calling you from a “Blocked Number" so be prepared to answer during your interview time.
We are continuing to monitor our illness rates which have been improving and therefore we are going forward with our in-person interviews. For many of our families, this may be their first experience with in-person interviews. As a part of this process, we invite the student to also be at the center of the conversation regarding their learning. The purpose of this interview is to update families about the students' learning progress to date. During your visit, the teacher will be sharing work samples that demonstrate the students' progress in relation to the curriculum standards.
For your in-person conference, enter the school through our front doors. We would ask for your support in keeping our school clean by removing your wet shoes before going up to your child's classroom. There will be chairs outside your child's classroom to sit on if you arrive early. The teacher will greet you at the classroom door when it is your designated time. If it is your scheduled time, feel free to knock to let the teacher know that you have arrived and they can wrap up their interview with the previous family. As we know, as conversations start they can go a bit over. The teachers will be concise and if you have more to share, then a follow up conversation can be booked for another time.
Mrs. Armstrong will be available on Thursday and Friday in our Grand Hall to support families who have not signed up for their MyCBE Account. The MyCBE Account is critical for families in order to book conferences, pay assorted school fees, and to access student achievement information such as the January and June report cards. In addition, School Council/CHEF's is looking for ways to be able to share information with you. If you are interested in receiving updates from School Council/CHEFS, see Mrs. Armstrong for details. We will have our lost and found on display in our grand hall and we encourage all families to take a look as we are gaining quite a collection of lost clothing.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Thursday was a special day as we welcomed almost 100 parents and family member who joined us for our Remembrance Day Ceremony. It was lovely to be able to see so many parents out supporting our students. The Grade 5 students and teachers did a fantastic job of honouring those who have served for our freedoms. They shared thoughtful presentations about the meaning of peace including song, poetry, and dramatic tableau. The walls of our gym were covered in beautiful artwork to commemorate the day.
Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent Teacher Conference are just around the corner. All conferences will be conducted in-person at the school in your child’s classroom. Grades K – 5 Conferences will held from 4:15 - 8:15 pm on Thursday, November 24th and 8:00 am -12:00pm on Friday, November 25th. In addition, Kindergarten conferences throughout the day on Thursday, November 24 so no school for Kindergarten students.
The booking system will open on Thursday, November 17th at 8:00am for making appointments. The booking system will close on November 23rd at midnight. When you book your conferences, you will receive a confirmation email with the date and time. If you did not receive a confirmation email, please check the system.
A user guide has been linked has been attached as a resource to support you in booking your conference time. Parent Teacher Conference Bookings
Reminder: November 11th is Remembrance Day – No School for students.
Parent Teacher Conference Booking System opens up – November 17
Popcorn Day Nov 18 orders due by Sunday, November 13
Subway Nov 30 orders due by Friday November 25
Benita Dalton, Principal
Dear Coventry Families,
The cold weather has arrived and it looks like we will be experiencing some “blue days." At 8:30 am the doors open and students can enter the building at any door. During the day, if the weather is -20 Degrees Celsius, we stay in for lunch and recess time. It is essential that students bring warm clothes including boots, mitts, snow pants, hats for cold temperatures because we do go outside once it warms up to -19 Degrees. Reminder, with the colder weather comes slippery roads and many families who drive to the school to drop off their children. Allow for extra time so that your child will be at school on time. The first bell it to let students in and the second bell indicates the start of classes. Please ensure your child arrives in time for school.
For Remembrance Day, Coventry Hills School is supporting the Veteran's Food Drive. We are asking for donations of non-perishable Food items. We will be collecting items for this week and the boxes will be picked up next Monday, November 14th. Below is a list of Urgent items they require. For more information, families can click the following link: https://www.theveteransfoodbankofcalgary.ca/
Assorted Meats Juice - 1 Ltr Hotdogs Juice Boxes for lunches Chicken Dishwasher Soap/Pods Hamburger Canned Meats Lunch Meats Brown Sugar Bread Yeast All Purpose Cleaner Canned Fish Scented/Unscented Laundry Soap/Pods Canned Chili/Stew Unscented Liquid Fabric Softener Eggs Granola Bars Cheese - Block/Slices Vegetable Oil for cooking Ground Coffee Freezer Ziplocs - Medium/Large Coffee single serve pods Crackers Flour Rice Packets Mayonnaise Pancake Mix Cereal Bicarbonate of Soda Kleenex Tissue Boxes Baking Powder Gravy Packets Coffee Creamer Pudding Cups Ensure Canned Mushrooms Kitchen Paper Towels Evaporated Milk
We would also like to extend the invitation for families to join us for our Remembrance Day Ceremony on Thursday, November 10th at 10:45 am. Please fill out the RVSP by clicking this link Remembrance Day Assembly
Coventry Hills School Council's next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 17th at 6:30 at the school in the Learning Commons. We will still continue with the virtual format as well and will be sending out a link for families who wish to join us. Click here to join the meeting
CHEFS has coordinated many fundraising events. DFS Packages came home with grades 2 to 5 on Friday and we are waiting for more packages to come to the school for our younger students and will be coming home soon. Thank you to CHEFS for organizing this fundraiser.
Reminder: NO School Friday, November 11, 2022 -Remembrance Day
Dear Coventry Families,
Reminder that tomorrow is Halloween and we will be dressing up for the occasion. Students and Staff will be in costume. Please refer to my principal’s message from last week for detailed information regarding our day. We had class pictures and picture retakes last Wednesday and we will be sending home the class pictures in students’ backpack once they arrive. Teacher will post the arrival of class photos in their Google Classrooms so parents can watch for them coming home.
I would like to welcome some new staff members to Coventry Hills School. Miss Monds joined our Kindergarten team in early October. Mrs. Marnie Turner is our new part time Grade 5 teacher and Ms. Grocock is a new lunchroom supervisor. Mr. Brown continues to be away and has extended his leave. Mrs. Cathy Turner will be with us for the remainder of this week and then Mrs. Karen Campbell will be joining our staff until January. Mrs. Campbell is a retired principal who brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for young learners. Mrs. Jessa has also taken a leave and in her absence, Mrs. Nicole Hodgson will be taking over her class. Please join me in welcoming these new staff members to our wonderful learning community.
We would also like to extend the invitation for families to join us for our Remembrance Day Ceremony on Thursday, November 10th at 10:45 am. Please fill out the RVSP by clicking this link Remembrance Day Assembly
Upcoming Events this Month
- Friday, November 4 – no school for Kindergarten students
- Friday, November 11 - Remembrance Day – No School
- Friday, November 18 – Popcorn day orders due by the 12th
- Thursday, November 17th – School Council/CHEFS meeting at 6:30 pm
- Thursday, November 24 – Parent Teacher Interviews in person 4:15 pm – 8:15 pm
- Friday, November 25 – Parent Teacher Interviews 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
- Wednesday, November 30 – Subway lunch orders due by the 26th.
Dear Coventry Families,
The last few weeks have been busy with all sorts of learning. We held our second whole school assembly as we participated in Orange Shirt Day. It is so wonderful to be able to gather as a community. Students are learning how to gather and be a part of such a large group. In our grand hall, we have displayed many artifacts of learning of the learning that has taken place in our school as a part of our commitment to Truth and Reconciliation.
Increased Enrollment and Staffing Changes:
Coventry Hills School has experienced an increase enrollment for the 2022- 2023 school year and we currently have 622 students. This number was 40 students over projections and this will allow us to hire additional staff to support our students. We are experiencing larger class sizes for the first time in several years and we have decided to hire additional teachers in Kindergarten and Grade 5 as well extra Educational Assistant support. Miss Monds, our new Kindergarten teacher was able to officially start on October 3 and we reorganized so that we have 3 morning Kindergarten classes and 2 afternoon Kindergarten classes. I am currently in the process of staffing for the Grade 5 part time position. We have had two new Educational Assistants join our team temporarily and they are Ms. Taylor Stocker and Ms. Ginger Tuik.
Mr. Brown, our assistant principal will be away for a few weeks and in his place, I am pleased to welcome Ms. Cathy Turner. Ms. Turner is a retired principal who will be supporting the school during Mr. Brown's absence. She has been a great addition to supporting our students this past week.
Halloween is just around the corner. Coventry Hills School has a tradition of dressing up for the day. Monday, October 31st is a full day of learning and students may be participating in learning tasks related to the curriculum that incorporate elements of Halloween. Students will be connecting with their buddy classes at some time in the afternoon. We are not having class parties in celebration of the day so please do not send any editable treats. Coventry Hills does not share food items with students at any time throughout the year. We invite students to dress up for day in their costume and wear clothes underneath just in case they want to change at some point in the day. We ask that students do not wear masks and do not wear Halloween makeup that covers the face. Students are asked to leave their weapons at home and any accessories that may accidently left at school. These accessories are often distractions for young learners. Our school community consists of an age range and we ask that costumes be appropriate for young children.
With Halloween, comes the overconsumption of candy. In order to support student learning, we ask that Halloween treats be enjoyed and eaten at home. Medical research reports that sugar can have negative effects and at school, we see this as lower levels of concentrations in children, impact on mood and emotional regulation, increased stomach aches and tiredness due to sugar highs and lows. We want our students to continue to do their best in order to engage in their learning. Please continue to pack your child healthy foods for snacks and lunches. We appreciate your support and thank you for taking this into consideration in supporting your child while at school.
On November, 10th we will be having our Remembrance Day Assembly and we would like to extend an invitation to our families to attend. The Assembly will start promptly at 10:45 a.m. on November 10th for approximately 30 - 45 minutes. This is a somber assembly to reflect on the impact of war and why it is so important to acknowledge all those who serve to protect us both historically and presently. The Grade 5 students will be leading this assembly. We will be sending out a link for parents to let us know if they would like to attend and that way we can anticipate and prepare for parents to be a part of our assembly. Also, we would like to invite any students who participate in Guides/ Scouts or cadets to wear their uniforms. We are wondering if we have any musical parents in our community who play the trumpet who would be willing to play the Last Post and Reveille live for our assembly. If you are interested, please email Mrs. Bessemer at email@example.com by November 4th.
Picture Re-Take Day is Wednesday, October 26th. If you would like your child to have retakes, ensure you have indicated that on the picture proofs sent out by the photographer or if your child missed the original picture day, please email your child's teacher to indicate you would like them to have their picture taken on Wednesday. We are looking for 2 parent volunteers who can support us in the morning and to be a runner between classes to ensure things run smoothly for the photographers. If you have your volunteer clearance and can help us on Wednesday morning, please email Koreen Graumann at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and she will directly contact people by 1:00 pm on Tuesday, October 25th.
Healthy Hunger Subway Lunch is Wednesday, October 26. Subway lunches now requires more parent volunteers for us to continue with this program as we have organize the lunches. During Covid, Subway pre-packaged the lunches. I would like to extend a big thank you to those who have been volunteering; however, this is a big job for just a select few. If you would like to see the program continue we need more of a commitment from our parent community.
We are still looking for a couple volunteers to help pack and deliver to the classrooms on Wed Oct 26 11-12pm. If you can volunteer please click the link below to sign up. https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/5080a4dada929a4ff2-subway12
On behalf of the CHEFS fundraising team, we thank you for your participation! 🤗
Cold Weather Days Ahead:
We have enjoyed an unusual warm fall and now the tides are turning with the inevitable coming of snow and winter conditions. We have a huge amount of lost and found articles and I would invite parents to come and check for lost items before we start to pile in the winter articles. With the cold weather, just a reminder of our “Blue Days" in the morning, we open up the doors at 8:30 for students to come into the school so they do not have to wait outside. A “Blue Day" is when it is raining or when the temperature is colder than -20 Degrees Celsius. This time of year, can be tricky in knowing how to dress for the weather as the temperature can rise or fall greatly in a given day. We ask that students are prepared for cold weather and parents please ensure your child comes to school with hat, mitts, proper outdoor wear including coats, snow pants and boots.
The beginning of the school year is an exciting time. It was wonderful to be able greet so many familiar faces this year as I went to visit in classrooms. Last week, we had our Welcome Back Assembly in the gym with each grade group with the exception of our Kindergarten students. This has been the first time in almost three years we have been able to meet with large groups of students and to be all together in one space. During our assembly we had a chance to share information about our school, set student expectations, learn how to be a part of an assembly for our younger students, review the Three Pillars of Care and the Seven Sacred Teachings. We will come together as a larger school community for our first school-wide assembly for our Terry Fox Run.
Ask your child about the Three Pillars of Care which are:
Take care of yourself
Take care of others
Take care of this place.
This week we are focusing on Safety Week and we will have our first fire drill of the year. A separate school messenger went home regarding information regarding our safety drills. Information is posted on our school website as well.
School Forms and Annual Authorizations
At the start of the school year, we have a lot of information to share with families. Families received communication regarding student forms on September 2 regarding action required of guardians to complete the several forms in School Engage. The link was provided directly in the email. The due date for these forms is September 16th. If you are having difficulty completing the forms, please call our office and Mrs. Armstrong or Mrs. Graumann can assist you. In addition, next week we will be sending home communication regarding other annual school information and forms. Some of the information will be coming home electronically and some will be sent home with your child. Please fill out all forms that are sent home on blue paper and return them back to school by September 30th. Forms sent home electronically can be filled out by parents. If you are having difficulty accessing the forms, please contract our office directly at 403-777-6025 and we can assist you.
Meet the Teacher – Parent Teacher Conferences
This coming Friday, we will open Conference Manager to be scheduling times for Student Teacher Conferences on Thursday, September 22 from 4:15 to 8:15. These interviews will be virtual meetings through our TEAMS links and 10 minutes in length. Teachers will be posting a welcome information presentation in their google classrooms for parents to view prior to meeting with the teacher on Thursday, September 22. These presentations will provide information regarding our child's classroom setting. We will be sending home parent view point for parents/guardians to fill out prior to the interviews as well. This information sharing will allow teachers and guardians to have the opportunity to make the most of the interview time. Conferences can be book through MyCBE Account. The link is located at the bottom of our school website.
We will be sending out information shortly regarding volunteering at Coventry Hills School and we are looking for Volunteers for our Terry Fox Run Event on Tuesday, September 27th. In addition, CHEFS is looking for volunteers who can help organize and deliver popcorn and fun lunches on designated days throughout the school year.
Important Upcoming Events
Friday, September 16th – Popcorn Day
Thursday, September 22rd – Student Teacher Conferences – Meet the Teacher Virtual Teams Meeting
Friday, September 24th – PD Day
Monday, September 26th – Picture Day
Tuesday, September 27th – Terry Fox Run
Wednesday, September 28th – Healthy Hunger Subway Fun Lunch
Friday, September 30th – No School – National holiday Truth and Reconciliation Day
Monday, October 3 – Orange Shirt Day
Dear Coventry Hills School Community,
We had a great first day of school today!
It was such a joy to have our students back in the building. We were grateful to hear the joyful sounds of their voices in classrooms and hallways, and we eagerly look forward to the many exciting days ahead.
As we return to school, there are a few community expectations that we need to review with our parent community.
Firstly, we need to remind parents to obey all traffic laws when dropping off or picking up children. We understand that there is limited parking around the school, however dropping your child off near crosswalks, near intersections or in the neighbouring alleyways is not acceptable. Furthermore, stopping in the middle of the street to drop off your child puts you, your child and others at incredible risk.
Secondly, Grade 1 to 5 families are encouraged to please use the “Hug and Go" as a quick, convenient way to drop children off in the morning. The “Hug and Go", located along Coventry Hills Way NE, is where families can pull up, temporarily park the car, drop off the child and then drive away. Parents stay in their cars the entire time, which allows for efficient flow of traffic.
Thirdly, at the end of the school day, parents picking their children up from our compound area (at the back of the school) are required to stand at the perimeter of the compound as they await student dismissal. When parents gather too close to the school doors, teachers lose sightlines and cannot easily dismiss children. By standing further away, we can easily and efficiently dismiss children. When you see your child's teacher walk outside the doors, you can step forward to be easily seen. Once you have collected your child, please vacate the compound area so that other families can pick up their children with ease.
On a final note, I want to mention that Calgary Police Services were at the school today after school hours to assist us in locating a child who was temporarily missing. With police support, the child was located in a safe space and reconnected with his family. As we all establish our daily end-of-school routines, please remember to communicate changes to your child's pick up routine with our main office by calling us at 403-777-6025.
The safety of our students and their families is of the upmost importance and must be a shared responsibility by our entire community.
Thank you for meeting these community expectations and keeping our school grounds safe for students, families and school staff.
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