Sep 22
Glendale School Update- September 17, 2020

Dear Glendale Families, 

We hope that everyone is well! The first 2 weeks have flown by, and we are busily preparing learning opportunities for all students at Glendale. We continue to be so proud of the way all of our students have responded to the current context in which we find ourselves in schools, in relation to COVID-19. Our learning community is strong and resilient, as is our greater Glendale Family-- this is reflected in your children daily. 

We want to remind families that there is no school tomorrow, September 18, as teachers are taking part in professional learning, and grounding themselves in the work for the year. There is also no school next Thursday afternoon, September 24, or all day Friday, September 25,  as those are designated conference and professional learning days. 

We have plans for the Terry Fox run coming up soon. There will be more information to follow in the days ahead. 

Conferences

As you know, our in-person conferences cannot happen this year. However, it is deeply important to us to come to know each of you and your children. This will enable us all to support the learning and open communication between all stakeholders in our building. Teachers will be phoning you in the week ahead to discuss your child, goals you may have for your child's learning, and any other pertinent information that you would like to share that might allow us to know your child better.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, our office is open, as is our phone line and email. Take care and talk to everyone very soon, 


Kristin and Dan​


Sep 09
Glendale School Update- September 4, 2020

Dear Glendale Families,

We hope that the weekend has gotten off to a good start for all of our families. We imagine that there were some tired kiddos coming home today! We are so proud of our students for tackling this week with such positivity and exuberance. Having them in the building literally and metaphorically brought life back into the building after being vacant for so long. 

This week, we had learning happening in all corners of our School grounds... the Alberta Wilds, the Courage Garden, the field, classrooms... it was beautiful to see students and teachers up to the task. One of the best parts of our year so far has been the ability to think outside of the out of the box-often when we don't know what to do, the most creative solutions are born, and we witnessed that this week as teachers and students were forced to rethink what teaching and learning will look like for the time being. Thank you for all of your coaching and teaching with your children at home in terms of masks, sanitizing and safety during the pandemic at school.

A Look Ahead:

1. It is a long weekend! There is no school for students on Monday, September 7th.  We will see everyone again on Tuesday morning in the field.

2. Teachers will be sending out their new classroom twitter handles soon. Please give them a follow on twitter. Our school-wide twitter handle is @glendalecbe if you would like to follow us.

3. We will continue to send out our weekly communications from each class and Administration every Friday afternoon before 5 p.m. We ask that families use teachers as their main points of contact when asking about classroom tasks, routines and experiences. The teachers are far more likely to understand the context of the day's events, and they are more than happy to engage in communication with you. That said, we are also eager to communicate with you should you need anything at all.

4. Please remember to tag all belongings with your child's name as we will be removing all lost and found items on a weekly basis. 

5. If you send sanitizer from home, that is great- please make sure your child knows not to share. 

6. We appreciate your vigilance around the health screening process before and after school with all members of your family. 

7. Current provincial protocols require us to contact parents to come and pick their child if he or she reports COVID-19 symptoms of any kind. We are unable to contact *811 on your behalf, and ask that parents please do so upon picking up their child in order to seek the advice, and next steps, from professional health care workers. 

If you have any questions or concerns, or you would like to provide some feedback, please feel free to contact us at any point in the office via email or phone. 

Please have a safe and restful weekend!


Kristin and Dan​


Apr 01
March 31, 2020

Glendale Update- March 31, 2020
 

Dear Glendale Families, 

We hope that this email continues to find each of you well. If, for some reason, you are not receiving these update, but you are viewing them from a spouse's email, please let us know and we will do our utmost to ensure you receive communication directly in the future. 

We have been meeting virtually, and in person as a staff, in order to move the work forward in a different way with your children. As a school, we have been collecting work and tasks, and developing new approaches to teaching and learning over the past few days. Our primary format for school will be a Google Application called Google Classroom. This is where teachers will post assignments, give feedback, and arrange meetings with students. CBE aquired the licence for Google Classroom on Monday, and we are earnestly endevoring to learn the features of this digital platform as quickly as possible so that we can connect directly and easily with each learner we serve.  We think you and your child will find it very easy to use once we have it all organized. 

It is very important that parents have their child's school google mail, which is 'childname@educbe.ca'. Teachers will be emailing these out tomorrow, along with passwords for the younger students. Kindergarten through grade 2 should all have the password Glendale1. Tomorrow, once you receive your child's email address, please try to log in to google with that email address and password. We have more than half our our population (of our youngest ones) who have never logged on before, so we want to ensure that every child has access and the support to get to the information they need.  This is a dauntinng task, but we will do our very best to support you through it.Should you have any issue logging in, please let Kristin or I know, and we will reset the password for your student. If we can't fix it, we will help connect you to someone who can.

As you can imagine, rethinking and restructuring all that we know about learning and teaching in order to provide the best education possible for our students is no small feat. Our teachers have been working tirelessly in order to provide the schooling children need from now until the end of the school year. We thank you for your patience, and please know that we are putting in many long hours so that we can provide you the very best for your child.  Their education means the world to us, and thoughts of them help boost our spirits when things seem tremendously difficult.  

As always, we continue to believe that communication between school and home is one of the most important factors in education in any child's education. Please feel free to contact us or your child's teacher at any point if you have any questions or concerns as we work through this process together. We can't promise that things will be perfect, but we can promise we will always strive to do our very best for the sake of the children we serve.

Wishing you continued health and safety, 

Kristin and Dan​

Apr 01
March 30, 2020

Greetings Glendale Families- March 30, 2020
 

Good morning Glendale Families,


Words cannot express how much we are missing your children this morning.  We hope that this message finds you all as well as can be expected, despite turbulent times.

You have our unwavering commitment that learning will continue.  Staff met this morning to further discuss plans for moving forward.  Our priority today is to connect with all of you by phone to see how you are doing, and to ask some questions about what you have available to support your child(ren)'s learning from home.  This will include items such as paper, pencils, crayons, technology, etc.  Once we know what each family has to use, then we will provide a learning plan for your child(ren) based on what you have.  It is important to know that you will not need to go and gather extra things/devices in order to support learning from home.  Once we have the information, teachers will make a plan that will work for you.

The health and safety of our families is of paramount importance.  Parents and guardians, please take good care of yourselves.  You must be well in order to support your family--If Dan and I can support you in any way, please reach out to us.  We love and value your children as if they were our own and will strive to support and nurture them, even from a distance.

Learning tasks that are worth your child's time and attention are very important, and we will be sending these opportunities your way very soon.  Any opportunity your child has to read, write, look at mathematics from practical real-world context will support their learning.  Of equal importance, is to support children in understanding their role as a citizen of a community (whatever that community may look like at the moment...) and that any small thing they can do to help throughout the course of a day will help them grow and feel as though they can contribute to making the world a better place to  be.

Dan and I will be in touch via email again this afternoon.  

Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of a wonderful community.  We are grateful to serve and support in any way we can.


Talk to you soon,

Kristin and Dan​

Apr 01
March 30 pt. 2

Glendale Update #2- March 30, 2020
 

Dear Glendale Families,


The teachers were very heartened today after connecting with you.  They are continuing to work in teams to develop short and longer term learning plans for your children.  A learning plan will consist of a group of tasks specific to your child and grade that they can choose from to work on throughout the week. Teachers will be available via email during the day (from 8:30 - 3:15 most days) should you need to connect at any point.


There will also be opportunities for your children to be in touch with teachers using Google Classroom and Google Meet.  We are in the process of learning about how this new platform works so that we can have everyone access it from home.  This involves setting up logistics as well as passwords.  This will keep us very busy throughout the remainder of the day today and tomorrow.  Hopefully, by Wednesday, we will have instructions to help you connect in.  


CBE has just acquired access to Google Classroom and Google Meet.  Normally, at the beginning of the school year, we would send home forms for you to sign to communicate your consent.  Because we are mid year, and need to do things digitally, we are asking for "reverse consent" via email. Please email us back only if you DO NOT consent to using this platform.  


All content and tasks will be delivered in a way that students can log in at any time, any where, and be able to complete the tasks in whatever fashion works best for your family.  The 'meet' part of the platform will be optional and can be recorded to watch at a different time.  As with every platform we use, your child's information is kept secure, and they will only interact with their teacher (through Google Meet) or join a classroom conversation hosted by their teacher with other students connected into the session (imagine a virtual 'meeting').  At no point will they have access to anyone other than their teacher, and their information, account name and password will never be shared. Anything they submit in terms of work will only go directly to their teacher and will not be archived or saved long term. If you have questions, please reach out to us directly and we will answer them.

If you were unable to pick up your child's items at the school before spring break, and would like to arrange to do so, please phone the school and Mary will arrange a time for you to come and grab the items, which have been tagged and bagged. If you are unable to make it in, we understand and will make other arrangements. 

Dan and I will be in touch again via email first thing tomorrow.  Until then, please take good care and let us know if there is anything you need.


Here is another Lullaby from Mrs. Strome: https://youtu.be/FiBPNyBBbds

In case you missed it, here is Mr. MacDonnell's reading of Stone Soup: https://youtu.be/cF9k0K8xGgY


Talk to you soon,

Kristin and Dan​

Apr 01
March 20, 2020

Glendale Update March 20, 2020
 

Dear Glendale Families, 

We want to take time to wish everyone a safe and restful Spring Break. We hope that you are adjusting to a new normal in your households, even if it is day by day. The teachers at Glendale want to ensure that you know we are all in this together, and that after the break, we will continue to support your child's learning. 

Alberta Education is in the process of working out some province-wide guidelines and we will be sure to communicate details as soon as we have them. 

Like everyone, teachers will be taking Spring Break to recharge themselves, and to be with their families and loved ones. 

We have one last video that we want to share with your family before we officially sign off:  HERE

In case you have not yet seen Mrs. Strome's lullaby she sang for Glendale, it can be found HERE

Take care, everyone, and stay safe,

Kristin and Dan​

Dec 09
Weekly Update Dec. 6

Glendale Weekly Update- December 6, 2019
 

Dear Glendale Families,

It was a wonderful week, filled with learning and community!  We enjoyed our third Glendale Family Day on Monday, and created holiday cards for Canadian 
Armed Forces members who are stationed away from home over the holidays. The beautiful cards will be loaded onto a cargo plane at CFB Trenton and distributed around the world! This Tuesday was known as International Giving Tuesday, and it was yet another example of the generosity of Glendale Families. We collected hundreds of pounds of food and supplies for the local Veteran's Food Bank. The donations were delivered today--thank you so very much to all for their participation and contributions.

The Glendale Tree(s) of Angels tradition is well under way! All gifts and donations will go to families in our Glendale community to brighten their holidays.  Please spread the word to any and all who might be interested in supporting our families. We welcome everyone who wishes to contribute--if they are uncertain, they can come and visit us in the office and we can answer questions and give suggestions. It has been a hard year for many Calgarians, and any small bit helps and makes a difference.The deadline for contributions is Tuesday December 17th. Glendale staff will organize and wrap everything, and Dan and I will personally ensure that the gifts arrive to our families. This wonderful tradition is one of the many reasons that we are so proud to be part of the Glendale community.

Important Dates and Reminders:

  • Thursday, December 12th is our second annual Glendale Family Pot Luck (5:30pm-7:30pm at the school).  Families are invited to bring a food dish to share. Please avoid nuts in your selections, as both staff and students have severe nut allergies.  We will eat picnic style on the floor of the gym, so you may wish to bring a blanket or two for your family to sit on.  Entertainment will begin once we have finished eating!
  • Thursday is also the last day with our current cohort of Student Teachers from the University of Lethbridge. They have been an integral part of our staff since November and we wish them the very best in the next phase of their teacher training.
  • Monday, December 16th is our Glendale Winter Concert. We invite our families to come and enjoy an evening of song with us. The concert will take place in the Gym from 
  • Thursday December 19th is the last day of classes for 2019!  This Thursday will be an early dismissal half day.  Students will head home at 12:00.  School resumes on Monday, January 6th, 2020.

Thank you so muck for all of your continued support, 

Kristin and Dan​

Nov 25
Weekly Update- Nov. 24, 2019

Weekly Update November 24, 2019
 

Dear Glendale Families, 


It is hard to believe that we are nearing the end of November already! We are sure that everyone's thoughts are turning to the upcoming break in December. Thank you to all the families who were able to join us for Parent/Teacher conferences on Thursday and Friday. We know that teachers greatly appreciate the opportunity to connect, as do we. One of our teachers commented, “The best part of interviews is that we get to see our kids through the eyes of the people who cherish them most...”


If you were unable to attend this round of interviews, please know that you can touch base via email with your child's teacher, and every effort will be made to meet up in the next week or so. 


Please remember that report cards will not be going home until the end of January this year. This longer time frame aligns with most other schools within the Calgary Board of Education, and it also gives teachers more time to collect information about your child as a learner, particularly with the shift in mathematics outcomes on the report card. 


Here are some reminders:


  1. In-line skating starts this week on Monday. Please feel free to send a properly fitted helmet with your child, as well as clean socks. I have attached the schedule as it now stands. Glendale In-Line Schedule 
  2. Please consider signing up to Volunteer for our Alien In-Line to help tie skates for little kids!
  3. We have our 2nd annual Glendale Family Potluck on December 12, with entertainment provided. The potluck will run from 5:30 until 7:30. Everyone is invited!!
  4. There is no School Council in December.
  5. Our Winter Celebration is on Monday, December 16th from 6:30 until 7:30.

During this difficult budgetary time within the Calgary Board of Education, please know that we will make every effort to communicate updated information as it becomes available. If you have any particular questions or concerns, please contact Kristin or Dan in the office, and we will be more than happy to provide clarity and answers to the best of our ability. 


Thank you for your kind words, and for being so present in our community school. Our school would not be the place it is without our amazing parent community. 


Kristin and Dan​

Nov 15
November 15, 2019

Glendale Update- November 15, 2019
 

Good Morning Glendale Families,

What a wonderful week of learning we have completed here at Glendale School. Visitors to the school noted a 'buzz' in the hallways, which is a sign to us that students were engaged and working well on numerous projects and assignments.

Yesterday, we had our second Glendale Family Day, where we gathered in our family groups for 45 minutes and took part in a 'top secret' building challenge with marshmallows, toothpics and numerous other materials. All of the students stepped up and found their role within their family groups. We particularly appreciated the energy and creativity of our younger students, and the patience and leadership of our older students. We look forward to our next Glendale Family Day in December.

Some reminders for next week:

1. Class photos and retakes are on Monday in the morning.

2. We have School Council at 6:45 on Monday Evening- everyone is invited!

3. School Conferences will open for booking on Monday at 12 pm. Please remember that actual conferences will be on Thursday evening from 4:30 until 7:30 on Thursday, and then on Friday from 8:30 until 1:30. If you have any difficulties booking, please let us know and we will help you out!

4. There is no school for any students on Friday due to conferences. 

5. Please check our school website for updated Calendar Information: http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/glendale/Pages/default.aspx

6. For Alien In-Line Skating on the last week of November, students are allowed and encouraged to bring their own helmets if they are in good condition. Alien In-line lasts from Monday November 25 until Friday, November 29. 

During this difficult time in the Calgary Board of Education, you have our commitment to provide you with updates for our school as they become available. If you have any questions, concerns, or require further information around the current CBE budget, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at the office. 

Thank you for your kind words of support this week.  We are very fortunate to be part of your community.

Gratefully,

Kristin and Dan


Nov 08
Glendale Update- November 8, 2019

Glendale Update- November 8, 2019
 

Dear Glendale Families, 

Dan and I want to say, with unwavering belief, that your children are the reason that we come to work every day. 

Despite the current political climate, we are able to carry on with steadfast purpose because of our students and their families. Your children bring us joy, purpose, and a reason to believe in the calling we have as public educators. We are grateful for your support and commitment to our Glendale community, and to public education as a whole.

It was wonderful to see so many families join us for our Remembrance Day assembly.The care and work that our students and their teachers put into practicing and arranging the pieces was evident during the assembly as we gathered to recognize the sacrifices made by those who served, and continue to serve for our country.

Our choir is honoured and very excited to perform both the Canadian and the American anthems at the Hitmen game tonight! The choir has spent two hours every week in order to be ready for tonight's performance.  If you are not at the game, please check Twitter later on tonight for a glimpse.  We would like to send and extra special thank you to Mrs. Strome and Mrs. Alefantis for leading our choir.

Please remember that there is no school on Monday, November 11th, due to Remembrance Day.

Next week, we have our next Glendale Family Friday on the 14th (Thursday this time, so that we can include our friends in Kindergarten).These Glendale Family days allow us to gather as an entire community to play, learn and colloborate together. This month's Glendale Family Day focus will be a building challenge! Stay tuned for details!

As always, we remain honoured to serve this wonderful learning community.

Kristin and Dan​

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