Como saben/As you are aware, next Monday is a PD day. For this day, all CBE employees, including teachers, administrators, support staff, and support services, will be engaged in Indigenous Professional Learning focused on “establishing the conditions under which the learning aspirations and the potential of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students will be realized".
Hoy/Today and next week, teachers are analyzing assessment data for all students in Mathematics and writing. In addition, teachers are strategizing to close gaps and accelerating student learning. Next week, all students will be involved in Spanish Oral assessments to determine where they are at and what strategies need to take place for each student, class and whole school.
El gobierno de Alberta/The Alberta government will be offering a targeted rapid testing program for kindergarten to Grade 6 schools experiencing outbreaks, as vaccines are not yet available to this age group. Tests are expected to be provided for distribution to parents and staff starting in late October, and will begin with schools that are in an outbreak status at that time with 10 or more cases of COVID-19 that were infectious while in school. The rapid testing will be voluntary and will be administered at home for students and staff who are asymptomatic. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 refer to the Alberta Health Services website to determine when testing is required.
Volunteers and visitors: Scheduled volunteers and visitors to schools are permitted. However, schools may limit this access to individuals supporting student-centred events and have the strongest connection to curriculum. Prior to scheduled visitors entering the school they must complete the Alberta Health Daily Checklist. If a visitor answers YES to any of the questions, the individual must not be admitted into the school.
Existing partners, including outside agencies, that directly support student learning and well-being will continue to work with our schools. While in a school, partners must follow our re-entry guidelines including completing the Alberta Health Daily Checklist. Con el apoyo de/With support from the Board of Trustees, the CBE will require that all employees, volunteers and CBE partners be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 17, 2021. The CBE's vaccination requirement applies to all contracted service providers, tenants in CBE buildings and all volunteers.
The school budget was released yesterday. I would like to have some time to speak with our staff and school council before releasing some details.
Hoy/today we engaged all staff in analyzing student work in the areas of English and Mathematics. The data will allow teachers to close learning gaps and help students achieve greater success in school. The comprehensive school data will support our targets in the School Development Plan. In addition, today, we also created an Oral Language assessment from grades 2 to 6 to see where our students are at. We know that while online for the past two years, the oral language proficiency regressed due to the lack of opportunities to express the language authentically and spontaneously. Our aim, once again, is to have a Spanish Language program of studies learning outcomes data for each child to help us close learning gaps.
The Calgary Board of Education is requiring that all employees, volunteers and CBE partners be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Dec. 17, 2021. Employees who are not fully vaccinated or who do not declare their vaccination status will need to show a negative COVID-19 test result on a regular basis during the transition period.
Beginning next week, if three or more COVID-19 cases are identified within a five-day period in the same K-6 class, AHS will issue an “exclusion notification" which will require students in that class to shift to at-home learning for 10 days. The transition to at home learning from an instructional perspective will be reflective of the same approach used last year and we will provide further updates for your review to support this.
Starting this month, rapid testing kits will be provided to school authorities for distribution for K-6 schools, starting first with schools that are in outbreak status. This program will be voluntary. If families and staff choose to, asymptomatic students and staff will be provided with rapid testing kits to test at home, twice per week for four weeks. Symptomatic individuals should be tested at an AHS assessment centre. We are attending a meeting this afternoon regarding the process and will look to provide further updates as soon as possible.
Quiero agradecer/I want to thank all of our staff, teaching and support staff, for their great professionalism, enthusiasm, dedication to their work. Together we are helping each student achieve their best levels academically and emotionally.
We are very orgullosos (proud) of our students and staff for embracing, learning about and displaying citizenship around Truth and Reconciliation and cancer research through the Terry Fox foundation. Students not only participaron (participated) with all types of T-shirts but, most importantly, developed a deep understanding at their grade level of these concepts with the guidance of the significant tasks teachers created for them.
Next week, we should be receiving our school budget. This will determine our year budget and support staff personnel within the school. I will share an overview of our budget in the next edition of Sabes Que? (You know what?).
In October, students will be engaging in base assessments in English, Math and Spanish Oral language. The data for each student will support teachers in creating personalized strategies to cerrar (close) student gaps and advancing student learning. This set of data and many others will be shared with you for the November 25 and 26 Parent-Teacher Conferences. Student Progress from now until then is a joint responsibility between teachers and parents.
If you have any feedback, nosotros (we) are always happy to hear it, whether it is a compliment about the teacher, school or an area for improvement.
As summer moves to our rear view mirror and we welcome “El otoño"; we are happy to see how much students have readjusted to the routines of school ensuring everyone feels welcome, safe and cared for and diving into the excitement of learning. As I visited classrooms this week, a few students shared some of their favorite learning activities; they include: elections in grade 6, viewing wetlands in grade 5, “la mano" activity to understand stress response in grade 4, “el reto Español" in grade 3, the 5W sentence challenge in grade 2, the months in Spanish in grade 1, and choice centers in Kinder.
Teachers have been gathering some diagnostic assessments to further program for our students as well as engaging in conferences. We would like to thank all parents/guardians that have booked a conference this Thursday or Friday to partner with our teachers in building strong relationships to further support student success. If you were unable to make conferences, please reach out to your child's teacher.
We would like to thank our Escuela Glenmeadows School Society for the first fundraiser of the year – Admazing Savings Ticket Pack, and would like to remind our community that there is a Council and Society Meeting this Tuesday, September 28th at 7pm. https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpcuGqqz4pGdKtSa_jp795YI3JHfC0cgMx
“Mil gracias" to all parents that have encouraged their child to remain off the play structure at the end of the day as we continue to ensure COVID measures are respected.
Our PE Committee has been hard at work organizing next week's Terry Fox run, with the support of our School Council. Por favor, please note that we will not be gathering for this but rather respect our cohorts and run at different times. Students will be engaging in learning about Orange Shirt Day and understanding the Truth and Reconciliations' call to action. Please note that CBE honours Truth and Reconciliation Day so there is no school on September 30th. I wish you all an amazing weekend!/que tengan un buen fin de semana!
Thank you for allowing me to be your acting Principal while Sr. Suarez was away.
At the beginning of the school year, CBE made the decision to continue to implement tapa bocas (mask) as part of health measures. At Escuela Glenmeadows, we decided to keep all the health measures we had back in June, such as class cohorts, having cohort designated P.E areas inside and outside, designated areas for cohorts for hora de recreo (recess times), eating in the classroom, and many others. We feel that we have been responsive and responsible in our approach to keep our students and staff safe and avoided any back and forth measures. Continuity in school organization for students and staff promotes a sense of security and enhances our time to place our efforts into a high standard for teaching. We are very grateful to the parents who supported us with the continuation of the health measures this year. Your apoyo (support) for your children and the school are evident todos los dias (everyday)!
At Escuela Glenmeadows School, we continue to build strong positive relationships with students as we get to know them personally and as learners on a daily basis. Teachers are engaged in doing pre-assessments to calibrate where students are at various subject areas. A friendly reminder that during our online “Meet the Teacher" on September 23 and 24, teachers will listen to you to get to know more about your children. For this meeting, no progress reports will be given as we are getting to know students, and the data that we have now is not yet a substantial body of evidence.
Por favor (Please) know that I will be away from September 17 to September 27, 2021, to attend to personal family matters. If you require assistance, please contact Carmen Fandino, Assistant Principal email@example.com , who will take my role. Our Learning Leaders, Sra. Gysler and Srta. Rivas will take turns taking on the Assistant Principals position during my absence. They will have a couple of substitutes each in their classrooms during these days.
This morning we had a Welcome Back online assembly. We shared a video of each staff member saying something about themselves and their role in the school and dreams and hopes for this school year. Next week we will share the video with all of you to get to know our staff through our Escuela Glenmeadows School YouTube channel.
Today you would have received from your child a Terry Fox Foundation fundraiser information letter which includes an order form for Terry Fox Run T-shirts for your consideration (this is voluntary). Please ask your child if you have not seen the letter and form. The Terry Fox Run will be on September 28, 2021.
Teachers have read student files and the Parent Viewpoint forms you created for them to know your children better. On September 23 and 24, we will hold 15 minutes online Meet the Teacher Night. This is an opportunity for you to share more about your child and for your teacher to provide you with a simple snapshot of what they have seen thus far. Please know that teachers will not be reporting on any subject area as they are only beginning to assess students in various areas. We will be sending information on Wednesday, September 15 for you to book your conferences. Parents who have children with IPP's will be contacted before the conference manager for a 30-minute meeting. During the same week of Meet the Teacher Night, teachers will send you their class PowerPoint outlining areas such as communication, homework and any other classroom expectations for students, to name a few.
Esta tarde/This evening at 7:00 pm, you will be able to enjoy and celebrate student performances and celebrations of learning from Kindergarten, grade 2, 4 and 6. In addition, you will be able to view our expression of gratitude for all parents who could volunteer in various essential ways to increase educational student success. Por favor/Please see this edition of Sabes Que for further details and links.
For Lunes/Monday, June 28, our P.E committee is planning an extra hour of fun Indigenous-themed physical activity. This event will replace our annual “Sports Day" as due to Covid-19, we cannot have volunteers or break class cohorts. The activity idea and resources came from both admin, staff and great group of parents! We love collaboration, TEAM WORK!
We thank our padres/parent School Society for funding two touchless and filtered water bottle stations in our school. As a result of these purchases, students will be able to comfortably and safely increase hydration throughout the school day. Students are excited to use them cada dia/daily.
This year CBE has what we call “open rounds," opportunities for teachers to look for new horizons and opportunities within programs/schools. By the end of this month, we will share if there are any teachers whom we will be saying “los vemos pronto/we will see you soon". Although anything could change, on the last Sabes Que, I would like to share which teachers will be teaching each grade. Please know that we will not be accepting any requests for teachers for the next school year. Muchas gracias! We have incredible teachers, and they are all great professionals and profesores/ teachers.
Today all kindergarten, grade 2, 4, and 6 classes participated in the much-anticipated recording of the Concierto de Primavera/Spring Concert! At the end of the video, we will also celebrate all families/parents who volunteered in our school through various external supports for our students. Carmen and I will put it all together for families to see on June 11 at 7:00 pm through our Escuela Glenmeadows School Youtube channel. We will send everyone the direct link days before.
La próxima semana/Next week, teachers will assess their students on the same narrative writing task they did at the beginning of the school year. The purpose of this is to determine if students successfully closed gaps or excelled in that area. There is no studying for this as estudiantes/students should implement strategies learned and used all year long. This data will also be supportive documentation for the June report cards.
On Lunes/Monday, June 28, our last day of school, we plan to have a fun physical activity day following all protocols for class cohorts and all necessary Covid-19 school measures. This event will be in place of our usual Día del Deporte/Sports Day, which we cannot conduct as in years past due to Covid-19.
Escuela Glenmeadows Tiene Talento is this evening at 7:00 pm on our Escuela Glenmeadows Youtube channel. Thank you to our School Council and supporting parents for the planning and organization of this great evento/event!
LINK DIV I: https://youtu.be/_6mVHE5IxW4
LINK DIV II: https://youtu.be/1JRXm_uvFfw
This week, while students and staff are engaged in online learning, our facility operator and cleaners have had the opportunity to do a thorough cleaning of all school areas full time. They have washed and waxed all floors and disinfected all chairs and desks in all classrooms! In addition, our support staff, noon supervisors and school assistant were able to disinfect music resources, organize common areas such as the Music room, Workroom, Physical Education room and Basement.
A friendly reminder that we are looking for feedback on our 3 year School Development plan that was presented at the Parent Information Night this past Wednesday. Please have a look at the School Development Plan Information in this edition of Sabes Que?
The Spring Concert/Volunteer Tea is still in our plans. Students are scheduled to return back to school on May 25, and at that time, we will resume that work. We anticipate the Spring Concert/Volunteer Tea to be ready by Mid June.
On May 27, we will host a virtual Welcome to Kindergarten and grade 1 session for registered future families. More information will come to families soon.
Estamos ya en linea/we are now online! Other than a couple of glitches that were promptly resolved, we had a great start. This great start would not have been possible without teachers setting their students up for success and parent support at casa/home.
Gracias/Thank you to the school Council/Society for providing us with a coffee gift card for teacher/staff appreciation week! We feel fortunate to have such a caring and dedicated group of padres/parents!
This Martes/Tuesday, at the School Council meeting, 7:00 pm (see the invitation in this edition), we will speak about this year's School Development Plan. We know we make better decisions to support student learning when we build understanding and work together. That's why we'll be sharing our school results and school development plan and asking you to share your perspectives with us.
During this online engagement, you will have the opportunity to:
- About the current school development plan
- About the process for developing the school development plan
- How the school development plan is used
- How your child's learning needs are being accommodated
- Share your perspectives on our school development plan through an online survey open from May 11 to May 26, 2021.
We continue to be committed to a high standard of teaching and learning practices while online learning. Should you require student resources/materials or technology, please manden/send us an email, and we will be happy to support you.
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