Sep 26
Week at a Glance Sept 26-30

 THANK YOU   THANK YOU   THANK YOU

o   Our SC yearbook committee for such an amazing job on the yearbook and for all the work in getting it out to everyone

o   All of you who participated in and donated to the Terry Fox Run on Wednesday. We raised $3825.00

o   All of the parents who came out to our Meet the Teacher Open House – It was amazing to have you all in the building again

                             Reminders

o   Please continue to support us with our Pack in –Pack out initiative. Our garbage cans still have a lot of wrappers etc.

o   Please help us out by not sending your child to school if they are not well. There are lots of fall bugs out there and we are trying to stay healthy.

           Monday September 26

 

           Tuesday September 27

o   Fun Lunch

           Wednesday September 28

 

           Thursday September 29

​​o   Orange Shirt Day

           Friday September 30

o   No School - National Truth and Reconciliation Day​

           Up Coming Dates

o   September 29 – Orange Shirt Day

Our school will be recognizing Orange Shirt Day on Thursday September 29th. 

Orange shirt is a “day to honour children that survived residential school, and to remember the lives that were lost. Wearing orange is a symbol of respect and mourning." (healthiertogether.ca) 

To honour this important day each class will recognize the day in their own way through stories, videos, discussion and/or art. Each grade team will create a visual project, an image that represents an act of reconciliation. 

Your child is invited to wear an orange shirt on September 29th to recognize the significance of the day. 

Below are a couple of resources to assist you in your conversations with your child:

https://www.orangeshirtday.org/

 

https://schools.healthiertogether.ca/en/get-the-latest/resources-for-families/articles-for-families-with-children/talking-with-your-child-about-orange-shirt-day/?version=0#:~:text=Schools%20in%20Alberta%20and%20across,symbol%20of%20respect%20and%20mourning.

o   September 30 – Truth and Reconciliation Day – No School

o   October 7 - No School PD day

o   October 10 – No School Thanksgiving

o   October 21 – Walk for Wenjack

o   October 25 – Fun Lunch

o   October 28 – No School PD day

o   October 31 – 2:30 - Halloween parade

           School Council News

o   Hug & Go Volunteers - We are in need of volunteers to run our daily Hug and Go program. The commitment requires approximately 20 minutes of your morning time, from 8:10 am to 8:30 am, with a minimum commitment of one day per week. If you are interested please e-mail drbshugandgo@gmail.com

o   Social Media - Follow our Instagram and Facebook group to keep up-to-date on the latest news from School Council: 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2690411341251592/

https://www.instagram.com/drbsda/

o   School Council News

Call for Agenda Items - Our next School Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 11 at 6:45pm. In following with our consent agenda format, please send any agenda requests to DRBSCouncilChair@gmail.com and we will attempt to include as many items as possible within the time allotted for the meeting. Please have your agenda items submitted by the end of day Sunday October 2 so we can finalize and distribute the agenda to the school community.

 


Sep 16
Week-At-A-Glance September 19-23

             Reminders

o   Please continue to support us with our Pack in –Pack out initiative. Our garbage cans still have a lot of wrappers etc.

o   If you would like to donate to the Terry Fox Run our fundraising link is https://schools.terryfox.ca/5554.

o   We will be having a Meet the Teacher evening on Thursday. There will be three sessions for parents and students to visit classrooms. 6:00 – 6:15; 6:20 – 6:35; 6:40 – 6:55. Teachers will prepare a short presentation and have a few minutes for Q&A. Please go with your child to see their classrooms.

     Monday September 19

o   Patrols begin

o   Photo retakes

     Tuesday September 20

 

  Wednesday September 21

o   11:00 – 11:30 AM Terry Fox Run   All families are welcome to join in the fun!

   Thursday September 22

o   6:00 – 7:00pm Meet the teacher night

     Friday September 23

o   No School

        Up Coming Dates

o   September 29 – Orange Shirt Day

o   September 30 – Truth and Reconciliation Day – No School

 

      School Council News

o   Hug & Go Volunteers - We are in need of volunteers to run our daily Hug and Go program. The commitment requires approximately 20 minutes of your morning time, from 8:10 am to 8:30 am, with a minimum commitment of one day per week. If you are interested please e-mail drbshugandgo@gmail.com

o   Social Media - Follow our Instagram and Facebook group to keep up-to-date on the latest news from School Council: 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2690411341251592/

https://www.instagram.com/drbsda/

o   Welcome Package - This helpful guide is attached again for anybody that missed it the first time around!DRBS Welcome 2022-2023 (1).pdf


Sep 13
What is Happening at DRBS the Week of September 12th

Dear DRBS Families,

A great first week to school!

Here is what is happening this week:

Tuesday - First fun lunch of the year!

          6:45 School Council meeting the school

Wednesday - Picture Day – Bring your J

Reminders:

Pack in- Pack out – we are asking students to take all their waste from lunch and snacks home. Please send reusable containers when possible.

Terry Fox Run – will be held on Wednesday September 21 – More info to come, however, you can donate to support us at https://schools.terryfox.ca/5554

Forms – please take a few minutes to go online and fill in the school opening package.

Parking and drop offs – you know the drill - PLEASE help us keep the bus loop free. It is a NO STOPPING area. Again this week we couldn't unload in a timely way because of illegally parked parents.

Upcoming dates:

o September 21 – Terry Fox Run

o September 22 – Meet the teacher night

o September 23 – PD day – No School

o September 27 – Fun Lunch

o September 29 – Orange Shirt Day

o September 30 – No School – National Truth and Reconciliation Day 

 

Have a great week!

DRBS staff​


Sep 02
Weekly Update

Dear DRBS families,

Seems like we never left!

Thank you to all of you who came out to see your children start school yesterday. We had an amazing start up. This morning we had our first assembly since I have been here. It feels so great to be back to business as usual.

Just a few reminders:

Parking – please use the Hug and Go or park in the community and walk so and to keep our bus loop clear and all students safe.

Dogs on the playground – When coming to drop off or pick up your children if you bring your dog keep them on a leash and well away from the playground structure and other children, We have some students who are allergic and others who are fearful. Also be sure to pick up after them.

Snacks, Lunch and a Good night's sleep – students need lots of energy throughout the day. September is a hard month as students go through a lot of adjustments returning from the more relaxed schedule of summer. Please help your child have the best day by getting lots of rest and bringing healthy food choices with them for the day. Remember: we are packing out all of the waste we bring into the school so students will be taking home all the garbage and recycling from their snacks and lunches.

Dress for the weather – you know what they say in Calgary – if you don't like the weather wait 15 minutes! Please be sure your child has appropriate clothing as the day can change and we go outside daily.

New Volunteers – If you are in need of a security clearance please come to the office starting Tuesday September 6, 2022 and the office staff will help you.

Upcoming dates to remember:

September 5 – No school Labor Day

September 13 – Patrol training for Grade 6

September 13 – Fun Lunch

September 13 – 6:45 School Council meeting

September 14 – Pictures

September 22 – Meet the teacher evening

September 23 – No School Professional Development Day

September 27 – Fun Lunch

September 29 – Orange Shirt Day

September 30 – No school – National Truth and Reconciliation Day

 

Have a great long weekend!

DRBS Staff​


Aug 31
Welcome Back!

Dear DRBS families,

Tomorrow is the big day! We get to see your amazing children again after what I hope was a glorious and fun filled summer.

Teachers have been working hard all week to prepare and are anxious to meet their new students. We have a great year of learning planned for all and look forward to having parents in the building with us as part of the journey.

Families will be receiving a welcome email later this afternoon with details about tomorrow from their child's teacher. Here is some of the information.

First day:

Grades 1 to 6 will be meeting on the field. Teachers will enter the field at 8:25 to meet their classes. All staff will have a balloon tied to them for easy recognition.

Kindergarten is a staggered entry, please meet you teacher at the west doors by the bus drop off.

Here are the colors:

Kindergarten – Red

Grade 1 – Orange

Grade 2 – Yellow

Grade 3 – Green

Grade 4 – Blue

Grade 5 – Light Purple

Grade 6 - Violet

Admin and support staff – Silver.

If you can not find your grade please ask anyone with a silver balloon for help.

Parking:

Please do not park in the bus loop or staff parking lot tomorrow. We need to be able to move the buses in and out as well as ensure the safety of all our students. It will be a beautiful day so walk if you can or street parking is available throughout the neighborhood. We will be closing off the bus loop and lot entrances as well as having monitors in these areas to help with congestion.

Class Assignments

Staff have spend many intentional hours planning and balancing class lists to provide the best learning experience for all students. Teacher and friend requests were not taken into consideration, however, teachers made sure all students have friends in their class.

Lunch Room

This year we are going to implement a pack in – pack out practice. Students will be asked to bring home all of the waste from their lunch to recycle at home. We are hoping to collectively do our part to increase awareness and caring for our planet! To help us out it would be great if snacks etc. were sent in reusable containers that can be taken home and washed out.

Grades 1 to 3 lunch time: 12:15 to 1:00pm

Grade 4 to 6 lunch time: 11:30 am to 12:15 pm

 

Hours:

Tomorrow will be a full day. Fridays we dismiss at 12:15. There is no school on Monday September 5, 2022.

A message from transportation:

“As we begin this school year, our transportation service providers are facing a qualified bus driver shortage. At this time, the route your child is assigned to does not have a regularly assigned driver. This means there is an increased chance of delays in scheduled pick-up or drop-off times. Please make sure your family is prepared if there are delays on the route in the event their bus is delayed or canceled on short notice. 

Please be assured our transportation service providers are continuing to recruit and train drivers. Thank you for your patience and understanding."

A message from the CBE:

New Attendance Code Communication:

As part of CBE's commitment to “acknowledge and support the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action" (CBE Education Plan, 2021-24), a new attendance code has been introduced for the 2022/2023 school year. The new Cultural-Spiritual-Ceremonial (CSC) attendance code offers an excused absence from school to recognize and support Indigenous cultural revitalization for CBE students who self-identify as Indigenous, and their families. Many Indigenous students and families rely on their Indigenous culture, spirituality, and ceremony to support their health and well-being. This includes the right to traditional hunting and gathering experiences.  

 

While the CBE has introduced the CSC code as an act of reconciliation, the code can be accessed for all students and is intended to support participation in cultural, spiritual or ceremonial events. CBE recognizes that these activities may not be considered by many families as a Religious Holiday (RH), and the inclusion of the CSC code will allow for a more inclusive response to reporting these absences. The RH code will remain available when this more appropriately captures the reason for absence. 

 

Code Description Explanation 
CSC Cultural-Spiritual-Ceremonial Student is absent to participate in a cultural, spiritual or ceremonial event. 

Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow!

DRBS staff​


Jun 28
2021-2022 YEAR END MESSAGE

Dear DRBS Families,

How fast this year has gone! It's hard to believe today will be our last day with students. We have had some amazing times over the last 10 months and look forward to a great summer and fantastic new school year.

As we make our way into summer here are a few reminders and pieces of information.

School start up:

School starts again for students on September 1, 2022. The office will be open for new registrations and other business on Monday August 29, 2022.

On August 31, 2022 all students will receive an email introducing their new teacher and providing information for the first day. Staff will meet with their new class September 1, 2022 on the field at 8:25.

Our school hours will remain the same next year as will our lunch breaks.

We have a number of staff who will be leaving us as well as several new staff.

Congratulations to the following who are moving on to the next adventure:

  • Robert Coulas – moving to an administrative position at West Ridge School
  • Jenna Cunningham – moving to an administrative position at Griffith Woods School
  • Elizabeth Comber – retiring!!
  • Malcolm Knoll – going back to school to complete a Master Degree
  • Lindsay Gregoire – taking a leave of absence to be with her lovely daughter
  • Jolynn Bell – moving to another school

Please join us in welcoming:

  • Tessa Ethier
  • Allyson Evans
  • Robert Cuculea
  • Brenda Labrecque
  • Victoria Orton

As well we have a number of temporary teachers returning as we have a number of new babies in the Bondar family!

  • Devanee Clark
  • Britnee Litzenberger
  • Cameron MacLellan
  • Amanda Payette

Returning teaching staff:

  • Evelyne Lamontagne
  • Kim Howden
  • Sandra Roberts
  • Deb Hercun
  • Rhonda Hoggard
  • Esther Bakshi
  • Lydia McLeod
  • Roni Gorrie
  • Anne Nicholls
  • Blair Jamieson
  • Andrea Dabrensky
  • Marcia Goss
  • Lisa Talbot
  • Lindsay Oliver
  • Shawna Davey
  • Jodi Prazak
  • Wes Vanderlinden
  • Grace Postchaman

Front Office Staff:

  • Nadine Yacey
  • Bobbi Clark

We also have a large number of support staff who will be returning as well.

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

Thank you to School Council for all your support this year! With your help we did so many great things; SoundKreations Dance, Elder Shirley, Lacrosse, musical instruments, the Christmas store, sports day, grade 6 Farewell, Patrols party and much more. You are always there when we need.

The first School Council meeting will be Tuesday September 13. 2022. More info to follow in the fall.

Thank you as well to all of you who turned up to our pancake breakfast and performance. We had a great time and hope you did as well! The Calgary Stampede brought a photographer. Here is the link to some of the photos. More will be coming so keep as eye out!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/aj_baxter/link

A SHOUT OUT to the many parents who were here today to make the sports day such a great success. Lucked out with the weather again! Here are some photos from today.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Nu-y8xYx8zd59ChqKoktZFQhO17DWc-P?usp=sharing

And most importantly THANK YOU to all your amazing children who are our reason for being! They make coming to work at Dr Roberta Bondar a joy!

Have a safe and fantastic summer.

Evelyne Lamontagne

Principal DRBS​​


Dec 01
Principals' Update - Nov. 30, 2020

Dear parents,

 

Hard to believe it is December this week, holidays are fast approaching! I hope you are all safe and looking forward to some time with family.

 

This week:

*    Monday November 30 – Student Learning conference booking opens

*    Thursday  December 3 – Student Learning Conferences 4:30 to 7:00 pm

*    Friday December 4 – Student Learning Conferences 8:00 am to 1:00 pm

 

SHOUT IT OUT!!!

Thank you to all the staff and students who participate in kindness week! It is amazing to see all the great things we do in our community.

 

COVID update

I know many of you are feeling anxious right now about sending your child to school. As you have seen this past week we had students test positive for COVID. When this happens you will receive a Pre-Alert letter from me. As there is a time lag between when the school is notified by the parent and when AHS processes the case. This results in multiple letters for each case. All these notifications can get confusing and it may seem like there are more cases than there actually are. Additionally when there are 2 or more cases it is declared an outbreak; which results in more letters!

 

At this time we have 2 students who have tested positive and all measures that need to have been taken are underway.

 

When a student tests positive the following happens:

1.    School is notified either by the parent or CBE/AHS personnel

2.    The principal works with CBE and AHS to determine when the periods of contact where, and who are the close contacts. These people are then notified

3.    After this, the general school community receives a letter to indicate there is a positive case

4.    A few days later, when AHS had reviewed the case, this process repeats – resulting in each family receiving additional letters for the same case. (this is where things can get confusing)

5.    If there is more than one student who tests positive potentially an outbreak is declared and another set of letters.

 

Every time we have a positive case the exact same process is followed, even if the 2 cases are from the same household or the same classroom, they are considered 2 separate cases and this process is followed separately for both.

 

After each case is determined, a special cleaning crew is sent to the school for a detailed and deep cleaning of all impacted areas.

 

To date we have not at any in school transmissions at Dr. Roberta Bondar. I am proud of how well our students and staff respect the protocols and the great job they are doing of protecting themselves and each other.  We will continue to keep you as informed as possible as we work through these challenges together.

 

Parking update

Thank you to all the parents who have taken up the challenge to improve the traffic situation before and afterschool. The past week was much better! Keep it up. HUG and GO is working extremely well also so take advantage of it!

 

December Activities

Between school council and our teachers, we have a number of activities planned for the school community in the weeks approaching the holiday. Some are geared towards holiday fun and others are to support our goal of connection and gratitude. There will be more information coming out about these in the coming days. Get out your Santa Hat and Ugly Christmas sweater is that time of year!

 

 

Online Learning

The week after the Winter Break we will be moving to online learning. This will be in place until January 11, 2021. At this time there are a variety of learning platforms and communication systems being used through out the school and district. It is important we develop consistency for all students so we are able to support families, teachers and schools in this transition. To this end all Online Learning will be taking place on the Google Classroom platform from Dr. Roberta Bondar, and all communication to families will be through this format or messenger. It is very confusing for families with multiple children to be expected to know and follow numerous systems.  As we get closer to this date we will be working with families to be sure they are able to log in to Google Classroom and have the technology needed to continue learning while we are away from school. More information will be coming as we work out the details.

 

Have a great week.

Please reach out should you have any questions or concerns.

 

Evelyne Lamontagne

Principal Dr. Roberta Bondar


Oct 23
Principals’ Update – October 16, 2020

​Principals’ Update – October 16, 2020​

As you know, I have decided to retire, and today is my last day at Dr. Roberta Bondar School. Officially, I am principal of this wonderful school until October 23, 2020, and Evelyne Lamontagne will begin as principal on October 26.

This was a particularly difficult decision, as I have loved every minute of being a classroom teacher and a school leader. The highlight of my career has been the past 4 years where I have had the honour of opening Dr. Roberta Bondar School and getting to work with this amazing community. Our school motto of “Inquire, Innovate, Inspire and Imagine…" has been the hallmark of the work we do at this school. Our motto invites every child to ask questions, be creative in looking at the world from multiple perspectives, and consider the multitude of possibilities. We continue to personalize learning to embrace the uniqueness of each student and ensure every child is successful.

That being said, I am ready to pursue new challenges, projects and spend more time with my family. As you may know, I have a son, a daughter, and two beautiful granddaughters whom I adore. I am looking forward to becoming part of my granddaughters' bubble so I can hug them, bake cookies with them, and share every aspect of their lives!

On to other things…

 

Hallowe'en at Dr. Roberta Bondar School

Halloween is always an exciting time for children…the anticipation of dressing up, taking on the persona of another character, and hiding one's identity are all the hallmarks of this spooky celebration! We want to capitalize on the enthusiasm of this day and channel the energy into the curriculum. As always, the staff will engage the children in relevant, meaningful and authentic tasks that make sense to the work being presented in the classroom. This includes their world of seasonal events.

This year, due to COVID protocols, if children would like to wear a costume, we would ask they wear their costumes in the morning for the day, as we are not able to have them change at the lunch hour in the washrooms. If the classes were having a special 'snack time', we would ask you provide a treat for your child. We are not able to have the children share food this year.


Keeping Each Other Safe

Masks are mandatory in our schools for all students from kindergarten to Grade 12 with a few exceptions. CBE mask guidelines should be followed in all schools. It is costly for our schools to provide disposable masks if students forget to bring their own masks and reduces funding available to be used for educational purposes. Schools should encourage families to provide at least one mask per child to bring to school each day. It is also important that students continue to protect each other and the community as a whole both on and off school property. When leaving school students should continue to observe physical distancing where possible and to wear a mask when distancing is not possible. Interior and exterior signage is being created to help remind students to be safe once they leave school grounds.

COVID-19 Updates, Information & Resources

It can be confusing for families to understand when their child must stay home, when they need to isolate, if they need to be tested and when they can come back to school. Check out the new page on the CBE website - If a Student is Sick or has COVID-19 Symptoms, which includes CBE and Alberta Health Resources that clearly explain what to do if their child is sick. https://www.alberta.ca/k-to-12-school-re-entry-2020-21-schoolyear.aspx#toc-3

Provincial Achievement Tests Cancelled

Due to the continued disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the CBE will not be administering Grade 6 and 9 Provincial Achievement Tests in the 2020-21 school year. We believe this is the right decision in a year where direction from Alberta Education and Alberta Health continues to evolve rapidly.

Teachers will remain focused on delivering the programs of study for all courses and will continue to assess student achievement based on the grade level outcomes as determined by the Province of Alberta.


Boomerang Lunch Program

School lunches can generate a lot of waste, meaning an impact on the environment. The new School Re-Entry Plan asks staff and students to pack-in and pack-out all food each day. That is essentially the same as a boomerang lunch! Waste Reduction Week is Oct. 19 - 25.

Laine Mulholland                    Kim Howden

Principal                                  Assistant Principal


Sep 11
Principals' Update - Sept. 11, 2020

​Principals’ Update – September 11, 2020

Welcome back to Dr. Roberta Bondar School!

We greatly appreciated everyone’s flexibility and support as we worked through the start-up of this very unusual year. Our staggered entry process worked well, as a third of the school arrived each day. Everyone was excited to be back, students, staff, and of course the parents!

COVID-19 Protocols

As you are aware from our Re-Entry plan (posted on our website), we are doing everything we can to ensure public health measures are followed to the tee! Parents, we cannot do this without your help. Please follow all health measures that have forwarded to you, and that are posted on the Alberta Health Services website.

Please use the COVID-19 ALBERTA HEALTH DAILY CHECKLIST attached. If your child has any symptoms, as outlined by AHS, however mild, please do not send them to school. This is going to require all families to have a back-up plan if their child is ill. I know this is going to be difficult for some families, but it is essential if we are going to keep our students and staff safe and healthy!

All students and staff are required to wear masks when they come to school. We ask when you accompany your child to school; you also are wearing a mask.

Children will meet their teacher outside (wearing masks, of course) at a designated spot. For now and until our entry processes are more established, we will be using all doors around the school to ensure a smooth entry with no hallway crossovers. The hallways will be taped with directional arrows. As soon as your child enters the class, they will need to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer. Students will be asked to sanitize or wash their hands frequently throughout the day. Each child will have their own set of materials and will not be sharing items.

“Soft-Start Entry” Bell – 8:25 am

This year, we are being asked to have a “soft-start entry” into the school to offset the loss of instructional time as the students transition into class. The students will be able to meet their teacher at their designated spot and a bell will ring at 8:25 to let students know they can start coming into the school. The instructional bell will ring at 8:30. Students are not late at 8:25; however, they are late if they arrive at school after the 8:30 bell. Please 2 | 3 plan to arrive at school on time for the soft-start entry bell. The creative playground will be closed before school starts and after school.

Class Confirmations

You will be receiving an email on Friday confirming your child’s teacher. We greatly appreciate your patience as we having been trying to work out the number of teachers we need to assign to the Hub, and how we are going to configure the in-school classrooms.

Our in-school classes will become “cohorts” or “bubbles” of students, similar to what you may have established with your family and/or close friends. Each class will work together, have lunch together, and play together. This means our teachers will work very hard at building a tight, supportive sense of community with each of the children, and the class as a whole. In order to ensure contact with others outside of their bubble is limited, students will have recesses with their own class. This has taken a fair amount of thought and organization, and the details of how it will work will be part of next week’s update.

The use of masks in classes for all children will be critical, as physical distancing in our classrooms with our flip tables will not be possible. Children will have opportunities to remove their masks when the teachers take them outside or to an area of the school where there is more space to distance (i.e. the gym or the Launch Pad).

Students will be having most of their PE classes outside, weather permitting. Please ensure your child dresses for the weather.

Music will come to their classroom, rather than having students go to the music room. Our music room is smaller than the other classrooms and has no window to open for ventilation. All of our other classrooms do have windows that open.

Conferences – September 24th & 25th

This year, we will be having “virtual conferences” with families and teachers. You will need to book a 15-minute conference time through PowerSchool. The teachers will then send you a Skype Invitation to have a virtual conference. Our conference bookings will be:

Grade 1-6 

Thursday, September 24th - 4:30 – 7:30 

Friday, September 25th – 8:00 – 1:00 

Kindergarten 

Thursday, September 24th - 8:30 – 11:30 AM Classes

Thursday, September 24th – 12:30 – 3:30 PM Classes

Thursday, September 24th – 4:30 – 7:30 AM & PM Classes Friday, September 25th – 8:00 – 1:00 AM & PM Classes

Conference Booking

Conference booking will open on Thursday, September 17th at 6:00 am and will close on Tuesday, September 22nd at 11:59 pm. This will give our teachers a day to set up the Skype meetings.

School Council – Tuesday, September 22 - 6:45pm

Our first School Council meeting of the year will be on September 22 at 6:45 PM using the Microsoft Teams platform. If you would like to attend the meeting, please RSVP by September 20th using this Google Form: 

Link to Google Form​

The agenda for the meeting and the School Council newsletter will be forwarded to you in another SchoolMessenger email. Please ensure you have signed up to receive SchoolMessenger emails (opting to receive ‘commercial’ emails as well in order to be a part of all of their emails that refer to fundraising.) Information as to how to set this up was in your Opening Package sent home earlier this week. If you are a parent of a Hub class, you may pick your package up at the school. 

We look forward to a great year with your children!

Laine Mulholland Principal

Kim Howden Assistant Principal


Jun 29
Principals' Update June 22, 2020

Principals’ Update – June 22, 2020

What an incredible year this has been. We have appreciated everything you have done to support your child(ren)’s learning in school and learning remotely. Your understanding, flexibility and willingness to embrace ambiguity as we adapt to a new way of being has served your children well.

Report Cards On-Line

It is that time of year to report student achievement through a report card. The report cards will be available digitally on June 26th . We are asking you to view the report card through MyCBE/PowerSchool. Once logged in, you will see an additional tab titled “Report Card”. Select this tab to view the report card. Should you wish to have a printed report card, please contact the school to arrange a time for you to safely collect it from the school on June 29th or 30th. 

Re-entry Planning for 2020-21

On June 10, Education Minister, Adriana LaGrange and Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced the preferred and likely scenario is that students will return to daily in-school classes in September. The government will share its final decision by August 1 st regarding which scenario will be in place at the beginning of the school year. The government has also provided public health guidance for schools and the measures that would be required or suggested to reduce risks.

The CBE has a task force responsible for making plans for re-entry. This task force is preparing for the three different scenarios (normal operations, inschool classes with additional health measures and at-home learning). The team will consider these new government guidelines and how they will be implemented in our schools and workplaces. We expect that we may have to move between scenarios at different points in the year based on government direction as the COVID-19 situation evolves.

Class Assignments for 2020-21

We are continuing to refine the class lists for 2020-21 with our staff. As you can imagine, the process for creating these lists is complex. There are a number of things we need to consider and balance, such as gender, language, learning complexities and styles, academic achievement, social and emotional needs, and relationships. We are making plans for re-entry and preparing for the three different scenarios that will classroom assignments as well.

Prior to school opening on September 1st , you will receive an email from the classroom teacher welcoming your child to their class. They will also be giving you information as to what the re-entry process will look like.

Staffing

At this point in time, we are continuing to staff our school. We are in a position to hire a part-time Physical Education teacher, a part-time Education Assistant, and a new Lunchroom Supervisor.

Mrs. Gregoire will be starting her maternity leave shortly. We wish her well as she welcomes the new addition to her family. She will be on leave for the 2020-21 school year. Sadly, we need to say goodbye to Ms. Brandt and Ms. Amerongen as their contracts have ended. Both will be joining the substitute roster and we hope to see them back at Dr. Roberta Bondar School. Don Lukinuk, our Facility Operator was on leave and has now been detached from our school. His temporary replacement, Louis Santos has been returned to the Absence Relief roster. We are pleased to welcome Alex Lee as our new Facility Operator.

Transportation

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on our system and families, CBE has extended the transportation pre-registration deadline to June 30, 2020. Register online using your MyCBE / PowerSchool account.

Reasons to Pre-Register 

 If you do not pre-register for transportation service prior to the end of June, we will not include your address as bus routes are planned. This year, routes will not be posted on our website. Only registered students will receive stop information for their primary address. If you do not register, you will not be able to view a stop location for your child(ren). It may take several weeks to add a student to a route in the fall, and congregated stop locations are only reviewed once per year. As a result, your stop location may be much further away from your home, as your address was not included in the route planning. 

 The use of a ZPass ridership card is mandatory to assist in contact tracing, and only registered riders are provided a ZPass ridership card. Families may request a replacement card through their PowerSchool Parent Account. 

 There is no requirement to pay at the time of registration, and there is no financial penalty if you register for bus service and cancel before the cancellation deadline of September 30, 2020.

Radon Testing

Earlier this year, a radon gas study was conducted in 27 CBE schools. This work was initiated as part of a change in the building code when our new schools were designed and constructed and included several older schools.

Detectors were placed throughout the school by a certified Radon Professional and left for about three months between October and March of this school year. The devices were then sent for analysis.

The CBE Indoor Environmental Quality team received the reports.The results confirm that the levels in our school are well within the Health Canada guideline for radon (below 200 Bq/m3) and no further action is required at this time.

We would like to wish all of our Grade 6 students well as they move on to Junior High School. If you are moving schools or communities, we hope you have a good year in your new location.

To all of our families, have a wonderful summer break, and we will see you back on Tuesday, September 1st! 

Laine Mulholland, Principal 

Kim Howden, Assistant Principal

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