Jun 08
Principals' Update June 1, 2020

Principals’ Update – June 1, 2020

Kudos, Again!

This is such a remarkable School Community! You have been so supportive of everything we are doing, and I cannot tell you what it means to receive all of your encouragement. We know it has been difficult for you as you juggle all of the moving parts of your family’s life, and if there is anything we can do to help, please let us know.

The Calgary Board of Education and Dr. Roberta Bondar School are looking for your feedback with Re-Entry to School and the School Budget and School Fees.

Re-Entry Survey

With less than a month left in the current school year, planning is well underway for what the 2020-21 school year will look like for our students, staff and families.

Earlier this month, Education Minister Adriana LaGrange announced that the provincial government is considering three different scenarios when classes start again in the fall:

A return to normal operations and routines in schools.

Schools are partially re-opened, with some level of restrictions.

Schools remain closed and students continue learning from home.

To help the CBE consider how we would respond to these three possible scenarios, we have launched surveys for families, students and staff. We encourage you to go online and provide your feedback by June 11, 2020. A summary of results will be shared by June 30, 2020.

Parent Re-Entry Survey - https://engage.cbedialogue.com/en/projects/2020- 21-re-entry-surveys/engagements/2020-21-re-entry-survey-for- parents/sections/1

The CBE has created an internal task force with representatives from every service unit to lead the planning. All of our decisions will be guided by the advice of the province’s chief medical officer of health and Alberta Education guidelines. The safety and well-being of our students and staff will come first in any decisions we make.

We will provide more information in the coming weeks and over the summer to ensure all of our students are ready to return to learning as we begin the new school year on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020.

School Budget and School Fees

The purpose of this online engagement opportunity is to gather feedback from parents on school budgets and school fees to help inform the decisions we make, and in compliance with legislated and operational expectations. When students, staff and parents work closely together, students experience greater success in achieving their learning goals.

As you participate in this opportunity, please remember this is not a vote and it will not be possible to accomplish everything. We will thoughtfully consider all of the feedback we receive from you and other participants along with feedback from staff, student results and our school development plan, and our budget.

The decisions we make will support learning for all students.

https://drrobertabondar.cbedialogue.com/en/projects/budget-and-fees- survey/engagements/copy-of-copy-of-2020-21-school-budget-and-school-fees

This survey will be open from June 1 -15. A summary of the results will be shared on our website by June 30th.

Kindness Rock Project for Dr. Roberta Bondar School

As we look for ways to keep connected with the community, and honour the AHS protocols for the safety of all our community members, the “Kindness Rocks ProjectTM” inspired us.

Dr. Roberta Bondar School is excited to introduce its very own “Kindness Rocks” project. As a way to share messages of hope and kindness, we invite Dr. Roberta Bondar School students to find a special rock, paint it with a kind and uplifting message, and leave it somewhere in the community for someone to find. Our hope is these rocks will spread joy around our community and brighten people’s spirits during these challenging times.

Here is what you will need to do:

Find a nice, smooth, flat rock. If you cannot find one outside, they are also available at craft stores. One 3′′ to 6′′ in size will work best.

Paint a base colour with non-toxic paint.

Use paint, markers, or paint pens to create your artwork and write your

message. Be sure to add your first name (no last names please!) and Dr. Roberta Bondar School to the bottom of your rock so people will know from whom it is coming!

Add a top coat of non-toxic sealant to help protect your work.
Here are a few examples from the Kindness Rocks ProjectTM:

Once your rock is complete, go for a walk in your community and find a good place to leave it. Make sure you leave it somewhere where it will be seen! You can then take many walks around the community over the coming weeks and see how many other “kindness rocks” you come across! 

If you choose to participate, we ask that you have your rock ready and find a home for it by June 5th.

Return of Student Belongings

Many of you are wondering about your child’s shoes, belongings, previous assignments, notebooks, as well as other personal items that were in the classrooms prior to classes being cancelled. We will be putting all of the shoes and remaining belongings outside the front of the school on tables that are labelled with the teacher’s name.

We would ask that you “physically distance” when you come to the school, and only touch your child’s belongings. The shoes and/or belongings should be easy for you to locate as they are in bags and labelled. We will also have a rack of shoes from Summit.

As long as the weather holds, we would like to schedule:

  •   Monday, June 8 Kindergarten (9:00 - 2:00)

  •   Tuesday, June 9 - Grade 1 (9:00 - 2:00)

  •   Wednesday, June 10 - Grade 2 (9:00 - 2:00)

  •   Thursday, June 11 Grade 3 (9:00 - 2:00)

  •   Friday, June 12 Grade 4 (9:00 - 12:00)

  •   Monday, June 15 Grade 5 (9:00 - 2:00)

  •   Tuesday, June 16 Grade 6 (9:00 - 2:00)

If the weather is inclement. We will have the tables of belongings in the school. Please ring the doorbell and we will get the articles for you.

This would also be a great time to return any library books, home reading books or Lion King Scripts! Please put them in the bin outside the front door.

School Council

School Council will meeting virtually again this month (June 10th). The agenda for this month’s meeting will be SchoolMessengered to you and of course, the minutes will be posted on our website. We hope we will be in a position to extend an invitation to all Dr. Roberta Bondar School families to join us for subsequent Virtual School Council Meetings.

Laine Mulholland, Principal
Kim Howden, Assistant Principal​ 


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