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

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​ 

Jun 08
Principals' Message May 11

Principals’ Update – May 11, 2020

Thank You!

Here we are on week six of on-line learning. Who, in their wildest dreams, would have ever thought we would be working in this unbelievable environment? We have greatly appreciated your willingness to accommodate this new way of being, and I cannot thank you all enough for everything you are doing! The encouraging emails you have sent to the teachers and to Kim and me have been wonderful. Thank you!

Our staff is amazing as they choose to see this incredible challenge as a learning opportunity and a creative way to work. By now, you and your child should be comfortable connecting to the teachers through the Google platform. We are following the Minister of Education’s guidelines of providing an average five hours a week of learning in the areas of Literacy and Mathematics for K-3 and Literacy, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science for Grades 4-6. Some teachers have also given you suggestions for other subject areas, such as Music, Phys. Ed and Art; however, they are not requirements.

We are very cognizant of how stressful this is for you and your family as you try to balance on-line learning, limited technology and still “work from home”. The teachers may have given some suggestions for you to schedule your day to accommodate all of these complexities. Please do what you can and let us know if we can help in any other way. Hopefully, the seasonal weather will prevail so the children can be outside in your yard as you schedule frequent breaks into their day. While they are outside, please remind your child of the importance of physical distancing for anyone who does not live in your house.

Thank you to all of the children who created a card or letter of caring, friendship and hope. I will deliver the cards and letters to Amica this week.

Many of you are wondering about your child’s shoes and belongings that remain in the classrooms. We know you are anxious to have the shoes back before the children outgrow them! 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. Some of the student’s work will need to stay at the school for the time being, as teachers will use their work as evidence of their learning from the period of January 31 March 15.

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 labelled. We will also have a rack of shoes from Summit.

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

Monday, May 11 Grade 1 9:00 2:00

Tuesday, May 12 - Grade 4 9:00 - 12:00

Wednesday, May 13 - Grade 2 9:00 - 2:00

Thursday, May 14 Grade 3 9:00 - 2:00

Tuesday, May 19 Kindergarten 9:00 - 2:00

The Grade 5 and 6 teachers will set up a time in June to return items to you. Should the weather be inclement, we will SchoolMessenger you and reschedule a pick-up time.

We will also have a large bin for you to return any library books, home reading books, Lion King Scripts or any other materials that need to come back to school.

School Council is working towards meeting virtually for this month. The agenda for this next 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 

Jan 27
January Principals' Update

Principals’ Update – January 2020

Happy New Year and welcome back to school!

For many of us, the New Year is the opportunity to make resolutions for the upcoming year. We make them with sincerity and yet, hardly a day elapses, our good intentions go by the wayside. Fortunately, in a school setting, we avoid that by being very much focused on the goals of our School Development Plan, not on resolutions. We use the New Year as an opportunity to reflect on what we have accomplished over the past 4 months and centre our attention on what we need to do to ensure we are moving forward with meeting our goals.

In November, we posted our School Development Plan on our website and discussed it with parents at School Council. Based on data from last year’s report cards, observations of student learning, Provincial Achievement Tests, and our Accountability Pillar Survey, we determined three areas of focus:

 Literacy – students will improve functional writing skills to communicate ideas in an effective and organized manner. 

 Mathematics - students will develop their skills in communicating their mathematical understanding. 

 Well-Being - students will demonstrate acts of empathy and kindness throughout the year both formally and informally.

For more information, please see our website http://school.cbe.ab.ca/School/Repository/SBAttachments/c2d4ea23- 48c6-4989-ae2c-51a8f26bd22e_SchoolDevelopmentPlan2019-20.pdf

Just before the Winter Break, we were in the process of working with students in understanding themselves as learners and the importance of setting authentic and relevant goals for learning. In some cases, the students have set multiple goals. In almost every case, the students have set manageable goals and the strategies they have articulated demonstrate they understand what they need to do to achieve those goals. Our students have clearly been an integral part of their own learning. Their daily assignments/projects, their own reflections, and their teacher’s feedback make it abundantly clear students are being successful. In so many cases, the students have connected their goals to what they already know about themselves. They are achieving their goals and know where they need to go next for continuous improvement. Setting the goals for success for students’ right at the beginning and making them part of the process is critical.

The report cards will be issued on January 30, 2020 and June 26, 2020. You will notice some changes to the report cards this year. Report card stems are categories used to organize Program of Studies outcomes and assessment information for communication to students and families. The mathematics report card stems have changed in order to make the report card clearer to students and families, and to connect report card information directly to the content of the program of studies.

All K-9 schools will use a common numerical indicator scale, which has distinct levels to provide the most accurate way to communicate student achievement. K-9 Common Indicator Scale: 

 4 - Excellent – The student demonstrates a mastery level of understanding. 

■ The quality of work within the body of evidence may be perceptive and/or insightful. 

■ The student consistently demonstrates this level of achievement. 

■ Students achieving at this level have excellent demonstration of grade level outcomes and can be confident of being prepared for further learning in this area 

 3 - Good - The student demonstrates a well-developed level of understanding. 

■ The quality of work within the body of evidence may be clear and/or well reasoned. 

■ The student consistently demonstrates this level of achievement. 

■ Students achieving at this level can be confident of being prepared for further learning in this area. 

 2 – Basic - The student demonstrates a developing level of understanding. 

■ The quality of work within the body of evidence may be adequate and/or concrete. 

■ The student consistently demonstrates this level of achievement. 

■ Adjustments to planning and instruction may be necessary for further learning in this area. 

 1 – Not Meeting -The student demonstrates a beginning level of understanding. 

■ The quality of work within the body of evidence may be vague and/or undeveloped.

■ The student consistently demonstrates this level of achievement. 

■ Targeted adjustments to planning and instruction will be necessary for further learning in this area. 

For more information on Assessment and Reporting, please see the CBE website. https://www.cbe.ab.ca/programs/curriculum/assessment-andreporting/Pages/default.aspx 


We greatly appreciate all the students who arrive for school on time. It is critically important for them to start their day on a positive note as the teachers give them information about the day’s expectations and help them to organize their day for learning. When a child is 15 minutes late, every day, they are missing 2,745 minutes or 45.75 hours of instruction. Even missing 5 minutes of instructional time every day adds up to a loss of 915 minutes or 15.25 hours over the course of the year. That is a significant loss of learning time! Alberta Education mandates all elementary students receive 950 hours of instruction and unfortunately, children are disadvantaged when they miss large amounts of time. Please help your children to ready themselves and get to school on time. We hope with your support, we can significantly decrease the number of students arriving late each morning.

We have to love Calgary weather and the fact we live in a climate notorious for unpredictable changes! We would like to remind you to ensure your child is prepared for the sudden changes in weather by having a warm coat, hat, mitts, and boots with them when they come to school. When temperatures reach -20 Celsius or colder including the wind-chill factor, students will be kept inside for recess or lunch breaks. The -20 Celsius guideline is comparable to other school jurisdictions in Alberta and across Canada. However, we will run the “Polar Bear Club” for students who would like to brave the colder weather (max. -25 Celsius). This is voluntary, however they must be dressed for the cold with a warm jacket, snow pants, scarves, mitts, boots etc. We will go out for a short while (15 minutes), and at any time the students are cold, they will be able to come back into the school. Thank you to the Leadership Team and other staff members who are willing to supervise and join The Polar Bear Club! During the winter, roads may also be congested and slippery resulting in possible bus delays. Parents/guardians whose children take a yellow school bus can view the status of their bus on www.myschoolbusmonitor.com.

From January to the end of February, Alberta Education will be conducting the annual Accountability Pillar Survey. In January, parents of students in grades 4, 7, and 10 will receive a survey from Alberta Education. In February, students in grades 4, 7, and 10, and all teachers will be completing their surveys online at school.

All surveys are anonymous and ask questions about experiences with the school. All parents/guardians receive the English version of the survey in the mail, but Alberta Education also provides it in Arabic, Blackfoot, Chinese, Cree, French, Korean, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog and Urdu. If you would prefer to respond to the survey in one of these languages, please let us know and a copy will be sent to you. 

It is very important that parents/guardians complete the survey and return it to Alberta Education. Alberta Education and the public use the results of the Accountability Pillar Survey to assess satisfaction with the quality of education in our schools. In addition, the Calgary Board of Education uses the information to improve teaching and learning for your children.

If you “Don’t Know” the answer to a particular question, please skip that question and go to the next one, otherwise want your response will unintentionally count as a negative one.

Your voice matters. Your participation in the survey helps provide important information on the quality of education your child is receiving. Alberta Education and the Calgary Board of Education thank you for returning the parent Accountability Pillar Survey promptly. If you have questions, please contact us at the school.

The Accountability Pillar uses a set of 16 indicators consisting of surveys of students, parents and teachers on various aspects of quality; student outcomes such as dropout and high school completion rates; and provincial assessments of student learning. Interested in the results? Look for them in school and the CBE 3-Year Education Plans and Annual Education Results Reports, posted on the website.

We are looking forward to seeing you soon in and around the school, at School Council, or during school events.

Laine Mulholland, Principal

Kim Howden, Assistant Principal

Dec 10
Principal's Update - December 2019

December is such an exciting month for students and staff at Dr. Roberta Bondar School. We recognize December is a time to share in the spirit of the season, and embrace our School Development Goal of Kindness and Empathy. To do that, we are participating in the Annual Mayor’s Christmas Challenge Food Drive supporting the Calgary Food Bank. Students are welcome to bring in food or cash donations until December 16th. We are hoping to have our boxes filled to the brim! When you come into the school, you will see a couple of Festive Trees waiting to be decorated with new hats, mittens, scarves, and socks. We would ask, if you were able, to please consider contributing to our trees. We will send all of our donations to the Inn from the Cold.

December is also the time when we celebrate the hard work of the past twelve weeks, and examine the gains the students are making in all aspects of their learning. It is wonderful to walk into classrooms and see the connections the students are making as they work independently, in small groups, or with the whole class. They are immersed in asking important questions, and using their experiences to understand new information. It is a time when the students move towards setting more innovative and challenging goals. Our students are embarking on a personal understanding of our inquiry question of “How will our curiosities inspire our path?” They are in a position to see how it connects to the curriculum as a whole, and the Competency of Social, Cultural, Global and Environmental Responsibility. A competency, as defined by Alberta Education is “an interrelated set of attitudes, skills, and knowledge that is drawn upon and applied to a particular context for successful learning and living. Competencies are developed over time and through a set of related learner outcomes that contribute to students becoming engaged thinkers and ethical citizens with an entrepreneurial spirit.”

As the students focus on their objectives, engage in the activities of the classroom, believe in their abilities, and construct new understandings of the world around them, we know they will be successful in reaching their personal highest potential.

Assessment and Reporting

The primary purpose of assessment is to improve student learning. Our provincial Programs of Study are in the process of changing and like many other school divisions in Alberta, the CBE is re-designing assessment and reporting practices. Across Alberta and the CBE, students will continue to develop strong foundations in literacy and numeracy, as well as important competencies such as critical thinking, problem-solving, global understanding and creativity, and the subject/discipline areas that are essential for students to become engaged thinkers and ethical citizens with an entrepreneurial spirit.

When teachers examine student learning, they are focusing on assessment “for” learning, and assessment “of” learning. What goes on in a classroom, on a daily basis, is the teacher’s assessment “for” learning. It is a broad-based assessment that promotes continuous learning, and involves the student understanding how they can improve. It is the kind of assessment that informs the teacher of what he/she needs to do to ensure the student understands. It is also an opportunity for the student to be involved in the assessment, and see it as part of the learning process. Examples of this “formative” assessment may be the teacher’s observations, anecdotal records, journals, learning logs, performances, projects, portfolios, and conferences with the student. The gift of formative assessment is that it is directly connected to the learning of the student and the teaching that ensues. Assessment “of” learning is evaluative and “summative”. This is where pencil and paper tests come in, including teacher-made quizzes, commercially produced tests, and standardized exams. This process of assessment “as” learning is ongoing and is a reflection of the interrelationship of the student, the teacher, and the curriculum. The report card marks and anecdotal comments are indicators of both “formative” and “summative” assessments.

One of the ways we communicate the progress of student learning is through the conferences with parents and the students, and the formal report cards.

In K-9, the achievement indicators (Excellent-4, Good-3, Basic-2, Not Meeting-1) signify the extent to which a student has demonstrated achievement of Alberta Programs of Study outcomes organized by report card stem. Please see the attachment “Report Card Indicators” for more information as the achievement criteria for each indicator.

Report card stems are categories used to organize Program of Studies outcomes and assessment information for communication to students and families. The mathematics report card stems have changed in order to make the report card clearer to students and families, and to connect report card information directly to the content of the program of studies. Mathematics teaching and learning will continue to provide a balance of building conceptual understanding, developing procedural skills, and problem solving. Mathematics teaching and learning will continue to draw connections within the study of mathematics and between mathematics, other disciplines, and student experiences.

The report cards will be coming home on January 30th, 2020.

Conferences

Thank you to all of the families who were able to come to the school and meet with the teachers to discuss the learning of their child. The staff was also most appreciative of all of the families who provided dinner for Thursday evening, and breakfast for Friday morning. The food was delicious!

Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair was a huge success. There was approximately $9 000 worth of materials sold, which means our school will receive around $4 200 in credit towards the purchase of books for our Learning Commons. We greatly appreciate your support of the Book Fair. We would also like to thank Mrs. Andriano for organizing the Fair, and all of the volunteers who spend hours setting it up, running the event and packing it up. Our Learning Commons Committee is looking forward to purchasing all the new resources.

Three Left Feet Dance Residency

Our students are having a wonderful opportunity to participate in the Three Left Feet Dance Residency. Along with their instructors, Allara, Ingrid, and Jillian, the students use the movement to become physically active and aware of how their body is able to move. The students are developing competencies of creativity, innovation, personal well-being, collaboration, and problem solving as they work together to learn new dance movements. It is such an exciting program! This experience is allowing our students to meet the outcomes of understanding and appreciating the art of dance, movement, music, performance, and physical activity. We greatly appreciate the Alberta Foundation of the Arts and the Dr. Roberta Bondar School Development Association for funding this residency. Please join us for the Performances on December 10th and 11th.

We anticipate that seating may be limited due the space required for the dancers. We would ask you to attend only those performances where your child is dancing. To honour the work of all the dancers would also ask you to stay for the whole performance.

Cold Weather

With the advent of winter, we are working hard to remind our students to dress properly for the weather. We are encouraging them to wear their coats, hats, mittens and boots. We have also noticed that our “lost and found” bins are full. If your child is missing an article of clothing, he/she should be checking the “lost and found” by the Launch Pad. It is important that the students dress warmly, as they are expected to be outside until the entry bells ring (8:30 and 12:35). We will post signs for a “Blue Day” when the temperature is below -20 or (-18 with a wind-chill); they may come into the school and wait in the hallways until the bell rings. If it is necessary to close the schools because of weather, it will be announced through the local media.

Have a wonderful Winter Break!

Laine Mulholland, Principal

Kim Howden, Assistant Principal

Nov 01
Principal's Message - October 28, 2019
Our school is continuing to grow! We have welcomed 563 students to Dr. Roberta Bondar this year. With the increase in numbers, and the growth in the Grade 2 classes, we made the decision, after the September 30 count, to re-organize and add a 5th Grade 2 class. This has allowed us to decrease the class sizes from 26 students to 21 students.

Whether we are forming classes in June, or after the start of the school year, the process is complex and involves the input of many staff members. We consider a number of factors to make sure the classes are diverse and balanced, such as gender, achievement, English Language Learning, complexity, friendships etc. We need to ensure we have a positive and engaging learning environment for each student.

Jill Brandt is the new teacher and she is delighted to be part of the Grade 2 team. She is looking forward to getting to know her students, meeting all of the families and being a committed member of the Dr. Roberta Bondar School learning community.

We would like to thank all of the parents for their support as we made this change.

Halloween 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, hiding one’s true identity, and of course, collecting copious amounts of favourite treats 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. Although, we will not be having “parties”, we will have time after lunch on the 31st (in the morning for the AM Kindergarten) for the children to don their costumes and parade throughout their wing of the school. In light of the fact we have a number of students with significant allergies, we would ask you provide an afternoon treat for your child. Knowing that they are going to be inundated with sugar during their trick-or-treating; could you provide something creative and nutritious? The possibilities are endless and should evoke some interesting conversation among their peers.

To continue the tradition started last year, our Student Council
Representatives want to invite our Dr. Roberta Bondar families to participate in the Dr. Roberta Bondar Great Pumpkin Contest. Families carve their own pumpkin at home and bring it to the school “Launch Pad” the morning of Wednesday, October 30th along with the completed form attached to last week’s Launching Our Week. This will give students two days to vote. Results will be announced on Thursday, October 31st. We ask pumpkins be picked up at the end of the day on October 31st. We will compost any pumpkins that have not been claimed. Families are encouraged to use their imagination and creativity in their pumpkin carving designs. Please ensure any lights are battery operated. We will be displaying the pumpkins in the Launch Pad. Our Student Council Representatives will do the judging.


We hope the children have a happy and safe Halloween!

Remembrance Day

November is a month in which we centre our attention on the virtue of honour.  Please join us on Friday, November 8 at 10:30 a.m. for our Remembrance Day Assembly.  We will honour the sacrifice others have made, so we may live in freedom and peace.  All students will be given a poppy and may donate to the Poppy Fund.  If your child is involved in Sparks, Brownies, Girl Guides, Beavers, Cubs, or Scouts, they are welcome to wear their uniform to school.

Crossing our busy streets

Our School Patrols have now been patrolling for two months. They are embracing their commitment to leadership and have taken their role very seriously.  We have a School Patrol Team on Strathcona Dr. and Strathlea Green as well as the team just west of the “Hug & Go” on Strathcona Dr.  Please use the Patrols to cross Strathcona Dr., especially when dropping off or picking up students from the north side of Strathcona Dr.  Even though it may be a little less direct, we want to encourage students, and remind families, always to cross the street at crosswalks. School Patrollers will be on duty 8:15 – 8:30 (M-F) and 3:10 – 3:20 (M-Th.) 12:15 – 12:25 (F).

The parking on Strathlea Green continues to be a problem during pick-up times. Please remember to wait for the bus to arrive, respect the no parking signs and refrain from double parking. Thank you for making student safety a priority!

Conferences

Each child, at Dr. Roberta Bondar School, is meeting with success, and we are very proud of their progress; we laud all of the students for their hard work and tenacity in meeting the challenges of the curriculum.  We invite you to come to the school during the conference times on November 21st and 22nd, to share in your child’s accomplishments and to see how your child brings a wonderful uniqueness to the learning environment.  Your attendance at the conferences sends a very powerful message to your child; learning is important and you are anxious to see him/her achieving goals.  Please plan to spend some time talking to your child about the work that they are highlighting. Some questions you might want to ask your child are:
  • How do you learn best?
  • What do you need to have in place to be successful?
  • Why did you choose the artifact?
  • What makes it important to your learning?
  • What are the next steps in your learning?
  • What people, resources, or tools can support you?
Conference booking will be open on Monday, November 18th at 6:00 a.m. Please go into your PowerSchool account to book your 15 minute conference with your child(ren)’s teacher.  We look forward to seeing you. 

Book Fair

Reading for pleasure unlocks the power of information and imagination, and helps children discover who they are.  Here is what you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills and a love for reading:


Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It is a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits. 
Book Fair dates: Nov 15-22, 2019
Shopping Hours: Monday - Wednesday 3:00 to 4:00 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM
Friday 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Special Event: Family Event Door Prize Ballot (Win $25 in books for your family plus $25 in books for your child’s classroom.)

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school.

Three Left Feet Dance Residency

Dr. Roberta Bondar School is excited to welcome Three Left Feet Dance Company to our school for a residency from November 25th to December 11th. Three Left Feet use stories from all corners of the globe and world-music to inspire students through a series of dance workshops. As part of the residency, teachers will design tasks, projects, and lessons in support of our inquiry “How will our curiosities inspire our path?” Students will explore the concept of curiosity and discovery through their work with the Alberta Program of Studies. Throughout the project, students will be highly engaged in the creative process, exploring different movements through the lens of the curriculum and our inquiry focus. The residency will culminate in performances for families to be held over two evenings, December 10th and 11th.

"Blue Days" for Inclement Weather

We are already anticipating a number of “Blue Days” for the winter season.  The CBE’s policy is “when temperatures reach -20 Celsius or colder including the wind-chill factor, it is recommended that students be kept inside for recess or lunch breaks. The -20 Celsius guideline is comparable to other school jurisdictions in Alberta and across Canada.”

We rely on the Weather Network and monitor the temperature throughout the day, knowing we will adjust our decision for the morning and lunch hour recesses. 

As always, we ask parents to ensure the students are always dressed for the weather.  We are encouraging students to wear their warm coats, hats, mitts, and boots.  

Enjoy our upcoming wintry weather!


Laine Mulholland, Principal
Kim Howden, Assistant Principal
Jun 28
June 26, 2019

 “Inquire, Innovate, Inspire and Imagine…” 

​Dr. Roberta Bondar School is the most amazing school! What a wonderful year we have had expanding our school to Grade 6. We have greatly appreciated the uniqueness of all of our learners, the supportiveness of parents, and of course, our highly skilled, Team Bondar! 

This week, we held the very first Grade 6 Farewell Assembly. It was a wonderful event and we greatly appreciated the efforts of the Grade 6 teachers, Mrs. Hercun and a group of dedicated parents who helped to make the afternoon such a success. Good luck to all of our Grade 6 students as they move on to Junior High School! 

Now, after 10 months of working hard and accomplishing a great deal, it is time to take a break and revel in the warmth of the summer sun. That being said, and after we rest, relax, play, travel, and spend time with friends and family, we look forward to a new school year and we will be ready to continue our important work together with your children.

Staffing
At this point in time, we are continuing to staff our school. We will be adding two new lunchroom supervisors and possibly a part-time teacher, depending on our final enrollment.

Sadly, we have needed to say goodbye to Mrs. Bradley as her contract has ended. She will be joining the substitute roster and we will love having her back at Dr. Roberta Bondar School.

Bell Times for 2019-2020
Grades 1 – 6
Monday – Friday - Entry - 8:30 am
Monday – Thursday – Dismissal - 3:10 pm
Friday – Dismissal – 12:15 
(Students in Grades 1-6 attend every Friday morning with the exception of non-instructional days. A calendar will be posted on the website and included in our Opening School Package.)

Kindergarten - A.M. 
Monday – Thursday- Entry – 8:30 am
Monday – Thursday – Dismissal – 11:20
Friday - Entry – 8:30 am – Alternate weeks 
Friday- Dismissal – 12:15 pm 

Kindergarten - P.M. 
Monday – Thursday- Entry – 12:20 pm
Monday – Thursday- Dismissal – 3:10 
Friday- Entry – 8:30 am – Alternate weeks
Friday - Dismissal – 12:15 pm 

A.M. and P.M. Kindergarten classes will attend on alternate Friday mornings. One week the AM students will attend, and the PM students do not attend. The next week the PM students will attend, and the AM students do not. A schedule of the dates has been provided to all of our Kindergarten families and will be included in the Opening School Package. 

School Opening for 2019-20
The school office will be open on August 28, 2019 at 8:00. 
The students’ first day of school is on Tuesday, September 3rd at 8:30 am and it is a regular school day for Grades 1-6. Busses will be running, please see the website for bus schedules, lunchroom supervision will be available, and Summit Kids Before and After Care will be open.

Classroom teachers will be sending you an email on Friday, August 30th welcoming your child to their class. Please know that class lists are not finalized until you receive the email and the lists are posted on September 3rd. 

Class lists will be posted at 8:15 am in the following locations:
Kindergarten – East Doors (by Summit Kids Entrance) – left of the entrance
Grade 1 – Parking Lot Doors – to the left of the entrance
Grade 2 - East Doors (by Summit Kids Entrance) – right of the entrance
Grade 3 – East Playground Doors – left of the entrance
Grade 4 – East Playground Doors – right of the entrance
Grade 5 – South Entrance – South East side of the school
Grade 6 - South Entrance – South East side of the school

Kindergarten
Kindergarten classes begin with a staggered entry. Students whose last name begins with A-L attend regular Kindergarten hours on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019.  Students whose last name begins with M-Z attend regular Kindergarten hours on Wednesday, September 4th, 2019. 
All students attend regular Kindergarten times on Thursday, September 5th, 2019. The AM Kindergarten will attend on Friday, September 6th, the PM Kindergarten does not attend on this Friday.  Please meet your teacher at the East Doors (by the Summit Kids Entrance).

PowerSchool
Over the summer, the Calgary Board of Education continue to use the student information system called PowerSchool. The system has a parent portal that allows families to access the services that are currently available through My CBE Account and Home Logic. It will allow families to track student attendance and grades, as well as register for services and pay fees in one convenient location. 

Fees 
We expect fees for the 2019-20 school year will be available in the new parent portal starting in August and throughout September and October. Families can begin to make fee payments as soon as they create a new PowerSchool parent portal account. Please check the parent portal regularly as fees may not all appear at once.

Transportation
Yellow school bus pre-registration closed in June 2019. The transportation team is currently creating routes for the 2019-20 school year based on the addresses submitted before the cutoff date. 

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you a wonderful summer and we will see you in September!

Laine Mulholland Kim Howden
Principal Assistant Principal
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