Have you considered the new venacular we have learned over the last number of months related to the pandemic? Social distancing? Bubble families? It is a great example of how language changes, and how context can shift our understanding of vocabulary.
On Friday, I had the pleasure of working with Srta. Van Eerden's grade 2/3 class. We were able to generate vocabulary which is specific to the pandemic, as well as words that may have new meaning in the context of our current world.
We continue to be lucky (knock on wood) with our students continuing to attend school when healthy, and the limited impact of COVID on our day-to-day operations (again, knock on wood). With the increase in daily cases, it is important families know how to access their child(ren)'s Google Classroom, where learning materials and content is housed if/when students are to be learning from home in the case of close contact with a confirmed case, or we are directed by the province to learn outside of school.
Each child has a google account (firstname.lastname@example.org) and password. Teachers will make sure you have access to your child's information. Please sit with your child to go into the classroom, which for many students is very familiar.
At this time, we have not been given specifics of what the first week back following Christmas break will look like. Students will be learning from home, with online class meetings (Google Meets) and completing tasks with teachers and independently. More information will be shared when we receive specifics.
Minimum Hours of Instruction:
*Tentative (will receive specifics from CBE)
Average of five hours of work per student per week
Average 6-8 hours of work per student per week
Teacher availability: scheduled time outside of posted lessons.
No change to expectations for HUB learning.
Google provides excellent resources to help with signing into Google Classroom and joining a class, along with other supports.
We know the benefit for student mental health and learning in providing a predictable routine. We will prepare students for the upcoming shift in the coming weeks.
What a difference a week makes with the weather! Today, our second group of grade
4/5 students walked to Fish Creek for their field trip. Again, we are so impressed with the
kids’ willingness to have such a long walk and take in learning again in nature.
We again were gifted with the generous donation of hot chocolate for our students on
behalf of the Tim Horton’s on Elbow and Southland. Thank you to Alan and his team for
their support of our students and the community – if you are out and about, please buy
a Timbit or two as a thanks.
Students are enjoying the snow and the opportunity to get outside – they are showing
resilience in layering up and getting changed multiple times a day to get outside for some
play, outdoor learning and a mask break.
We are working to develop our school’s goals for our School Development Plan (SDP),
which will focus on Literacy and Well-Being for Learning. We plan to share our goals with
the community and the new format of 3-year SDP cycles, to allow for multiple years of
focus to support change and growth in support of the 3-Year Education Plan (below).
Literacy: Student achievement in reading to engage in learning will improve.
Staff will determine student reading level using a variety of experiences and
Students will receive feedback and instruction to develop personal reading
strategies to engage with grade leveled reading material.
Well-Being for Learning: The percentage of students who feel safe in school with a
network of support (teachers, adults and friends) will increase.
Students will be able to identify emotions and self-awareness language
Students will understand their emotional state affects their ability to learn and
engage with others.
Also, this week will be our “last chance for lost and found” where we will allow students
to see what has been collected and anything unclaimed will be donated after Friday.
Holy snow! Winter came overnight (literally), and we now have our first dusting of snow on the ground. With the change in weather, which is the reality of life in Calgary, we remind families to please dress their child(ren) for all weather to participate in learning outdoors and for recess breaks. We learn better with fresh air and movement and will be going out rain, snow and sunshine as we only keep students inside when the temperature dips below -20 C.
Tomorrow evening (Thursday, October 15th), we have our first Council(6:30) and Enrichment Society (7:30) meetings (virtually) with our new executives. We always welcome all families to attend meetings when they can, and to learn about the school. Tomorrow, Sra. Jackie will share life in her classroom and the work she is leading around Indigenous ways of knowing through land-based learning. Teachers are expected to develop their understanding of Indigenous perspectives and contributions as part of the Teaching Quality Standard, which is also reflected in the curriculum and aligned with the calls to action for Truth and Reconciliation.
We appreciate families doing all they can to keep students home when they are experiencing illness or symptoms of COVID-19. We know there is a lot of overlap between COVID and the common cold, and Alberta Health has updated information to help families know how to best proceed in determining whether to send their child to school.
Thank you for helping keep our school healthy and safe!
AHS Parent Guide
This week, families will have the opportunity to book appointments for parent/teacher conferences. Bookings open Thursday, September 17th at 4:00 PM. We are not able to welcome families to the building at this time and will be setting up online meetings or phone calls for 15 minutes per child (30 minutes for IPP students). When teachers have confirmation of bookings, they will send a unique code for families to use when signing in.
A change for this year: students in grades 1-5 will have early dismissal (1:25pm) on the Thursday conference days to allow teachers preparation time before conferences begin.
Thursday, September 24
No classes for kindergarten students
Daytime kindergarten conference appointments 8:30 – 12:30 / 1:15 – 2:30
1:25 PM Early Dismissal Grades 1-5
Evening K-5 appointments 4:00 – 7:00pm
Friday, September 25
No classes for students
Morning appointments 8-12
Hub families will have an opportunity to book an appointment with their hub teacher. This may be at a different time, depending on the school each teacher is based out of.
Eugene Coste Families,
We successfully completed our second week of classes! Thank you for your support in our return to school. We continue to learn how to best manage student movement and processes for hygiene in the school.
We are fielding numerous calls a day to determine what to do if a student is experiencing symptoms. Families are to complete the “COVID-19 ALBERTA DAILY CHECKLIST” with each child, daily, prior to coming to school.
We are using the guidelines provided by Alberta Health Services and the Government to support families to the best of our ability.
We appreciate your patience and understanding; we are airing on the side of caution in an effort to keep everyone healthy and safe, and thank you for calling to ask questions prior to sending children who may be experiencing symptoms to school.
We hope you are able to join us for our upcoming Enrichment & Council meetings next Thursday evening (Zoom meeting) and welcome families to get involved however possible. Positions are open and we appreciate everything our families do in support of the school.
Dear Eugene Coste Families,
Welcome back! It is starting to feel a bit more “normal" each day with our groups returning through staggered entry and developing new routines. Our staff are thrilled to see their students' smiling faces, even with their masks on.
We know there has been a lot of information flying at families in preparation for returning to school, including mask protocols, expectations for social distancing, etc. We have made a commitment as a staff to maintain distancing measures and mask protocols to the best of our ability, even with the relaxed expectations shared last week. We feel it is best practice to develop good habits starting day one as is easier to “ease up" on rules and expectations over time with direction from the province and CBE. Thank you for preparing your child(ren) to return to school; they have been very calm and respectful of others' space and seem to enjoy the new directional traffic and reminders in the halls. We have also noticed a significant sense of calm over lunchtime with the small groups eating and playing at different times. More than anything, we want students to return home each day with stories of their learning, playing with friends and enjoyment, rather than only speaking about COVID19.
We also want to recognize our “HUB" families who are still part of our Eugene Coste family who are partaking in online learning from home. To support this new opportunity, we reorganized prior to the first day of school, as Srta. Paula will be working as a HUB teacher, supporting grade 2/3 students from our school and a few other Spanish Bilingual sites. As an admin team, we are in communication with our System Languages Strategist who is supporting the work for HUB learning to assist in programming for our students with individualized programming needs. We are still your school and support network, regardless of if you child is being taught by a teacher who is from another Spanish Bilingual site, and any questions can be brought to us in support of your child(ren). More information will be coming out next week with live instruction the week of September 14-18.
For our new families, mail day is on Thursdays, when students will bring home information / notices, etc. Anything on a blue piece of paper indicates it is to be signed and returned to school. We will be sending out our demographic verifications and kindly ask you to update any change of information and please include the contact information for any caregivers who will be picking up / dropping off your child(ren).
Updated information is on our school's website: http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/EugeneCoste/Pages/default.aspx
Lastly, we can not do this work without you. Although we are not able to have volunteers in the school at this time, we want to thank you for your support in this first step of building resilience in your child; returning to “school" in whatever format, is very important to re-establish a sense of normalcy. School allows students to re-connect with peers and feel regulated through the routines they participate in and sense of accomplishment through their learning and relationships. We care deeply about their development as learners and as individuals and will be sharing our goals for student well-being throughout the school year. Please take care of yourselves with the increased pace of life – put your oxygen mask on first in supporting your kiddos.
“People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
John C Maxwell
In a time of constant change and uncertainty, we hope you and your children know we are
here to support you and maintain a solid relationship with our community. Thank you for
your ongoing support of our team and your child(ren) in their learning journey through this
We recognize not everyone is at their
best right now, or things can change and
many of us are facing ups and downs.
Some students are loving the routine of
online learning while others are “losing
that loving feeling” and are becoming
disengaged. We acknowledge where
things are at for you and your child and
please know it is ok. The most important
this is to maintain relationships with the
school and your child’s peers.
We care about you and your children and want to be another connection for you in our now
seemingly “virtual” world.
I heard a phrase today that struck a cord; the days are long but the week seems to fly by. I
am amazed how we all seem to be experiencing “long” days that may seem a tad
monotonous, and how at the same time, we are half way through the month of May.
You may be feeling invigorated by the time at home and the improving weather. I also hear
many students are starting to lose their excitement to come to google meets and complete
assignments….we understand. The most important thing we can be doing at this time is to
maintain contact and relationship with your children, and a sense of community beyond the
walls of your homes. Eventually, we will be back at school together.
In a leadership webinar hosted by the ATA, Simon Breakspear, education leadership guru
and researcher, encouraged us to “check the pulse” of our community. In the coming week,
you will receive some short surveys to help us chart the path for learning through the end of
the year, and provide feedback around decision making for next year. More information to
We are anticipating a message from the Board regarding transportation and fees for the
2020-21 school year. Please check your email for this important message.
Have a wonderful long weekend.
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