Dec 15
Happy First Week of Classes in 2021

Happy New Year Harold Panabaker families,  

I hope that all of you had a chance to relax and enjoy the holidays despite the unprecedented challenges that we have been facing!  

For the week of January 4-8, on-line learning will occur for all Gr.5 – 9 students except the students in the ALP Program and some of the students in the L & L Program who chose to attend in-person classes. As we continue with on-line learning this week, we cannot emphasize enough the importance of student attendance and engagement in both synchronous and asynchronous learning environments. Learning is progressive and it is imperative for students to keep up with their school work. Parents, your support in ensuring your child(ren)'s active participation in on-line learning is greatly appreciated. We will contact you through email or phone calls if your child misses his/her classes. 

All students will return to in-person learning on January 12, 2021 (January 11 is a PD day for our school and there will be no classes). We are looking forward to the time when we are together again! 

I would like to thank Nicole Weber for her exceptional leadership of Harold Panabaker during my absence. All her hard work and dedication is greatly appreciated.  

Please stay safe and well. We look forward to a happy and bright 2021! 

Sincerely,  

Shelly Li­­­, Principal


 

Nov 25
Covid Confirmation by AHS

November 25, 2020

 Dear Parent/Guardian,

 On November 25th, the school used a PreAlert message to notify our community of a positive case of COVID-19 that had been reported by a family or staff member. At that time, the school did not have official confirmation from Alberta Health Services (AHS). The purpose of this message is to inform you that AHS has now confirmed this case.

 The school had already contacted each family or staff member affected by the positive case and now, AHS will follow up. If you were not identified as a close contact, then your child(ren) were not affected by the positive case.

 We remind parents/guardians of students to monitor for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.The Alberta Health daily checklist can be found here. Please remember to complete the checklist each day prior to attending school.

 If you/your child has any of the symptoms of illness listed on the Alberta Health daily checklist, please fill out the online Alberta Health Services COVID-19 self-assessment or call Health Link at 811 and stay home/keep your child at home.

We will continue to provide additional information to parents / guardians as it is available.

 If you have any questions, please contact me directly.

 Sincerely,

 Nicole Weber, Principal

t | 403-777-7890​


Nov 25
Covid Confirmation by AHS

November 25, 2020

 Dear Parent/Guardian,

 On November 25th, the school used a PreAlert message to notify our community of a positive case of COVID-19 that had been reported by a family or staff member. At that time, the school did not have official confirmation from Alberta Health Services (AHS). The purpose of this message is to inform you that AHS has now confirmed this case.

 The school had already contacted each family or staff member affected by the positive case and now, AHS will follow up. If you were not identified as a close contact, then your child(ren) were not affected by the positive case.

 We remind parents/guardians of students to monitor for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.The Alberta Health daily checklist can be found here. Please remember to complete the checklist each day prior to attending school.

 If you/your child has any of the symptoms of illness listed on the Alberta Health daily checklist, please fill out the online Alberta Health Services COVID-19 self-assessment or call Health Link at 811 and stay home/keep your child at home.

We will continue to provide additional information to parents / guardians as it is available.

 If you have any questions, please contact me directly.

 Sincerely,

 Nicole Weber, Principal

t | 403-777-7890​


Nov 25
Covid Confirmation by AHS

November 25, 2020

 Dear Parent/Guardian,

 On November 25th, the school used a PreAlert message to notify our community of a positive case of COVID-19 that had been reported by a family or staff member. At that time, the school did not have official confirmation from Alberta Health Services (AHS). The purpose of this message is to inform you that AHS has now confirmed this case.

 The school had already contacted each family or staff member affected by the positive case and now, AHS will follow up. If you were not identified as a close contact, then your child(ren) were not affected by the positive case.

 We remind parents/guardians of students to monitor for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.The Alberta Health daily checklist can be found here. Please remember to complete the checklist each day prior to attending school.

 If you/your child has any of the symptoms of illness listed on the Alberta Health daily checklist, please fill out the online Alberta Health Services COVID-19 self-assessment or call Health Link at 811 and stay home/keep your child at home.

We will continue to provide additional information to parents / guardians as it is available.

 If you have any questions, please contact me directly.

 Sincerely,

 Nicole Weber, Principal

t | 403-777-7890​


Nov 25
Covid

November 25, 2020

 

 

Dear Parent/Guardian,

 

We have been notified by a family or staff member that a positive case of COVID-19 has been diagnosed in an individual from Harold Panabaker School. At this time, the school does not have official confirmation from Alberta Health Services (AHS).

 

The school has already contacted each family or staff member affected by the positive case, and AHS will be following up only with those individuals. If you were not contacted, your child(ren) are not affected by the positive case.

 

Our school remains open to in-person learning for all students, and we are working to ensure necessary measures continue to be in place to protect all staff and students. This includes the cleaning and disinfecting of all items touched by the individual, and the removal and storage of all items that cannot be cleaned and disinfected (paper, books, etc.)  in a sealed container for a minimum of 72 hours.

 

All students impacted by the positive case will be supported in maintaining course work during the designated period online. They will not join Hub online learning.

 

We remind parents/guardians of students to monitor for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.The Alberta Health daily checklist can be found here. Please remember to complete the checklist each day prior to attending school.

 

If you/your child has any of the symptoms of illness listed on the Alberta Health daily checklist, please fill out the online Alberta Health Services COVID-19 self-assessment or call Health Link at 811 and stay home/keep your child at home.

We will continue to provide additional information to parents / guardians as it is available.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Nicole Weber

t | 403-777-7890

nweber@cbe.ab.ca​


Oct 19
Introduction-Acting Principal

As you probably know by now, the principal of Harold Panabaker, Shelly Li, has taken a short leave and I will be her replacement during this absence.

I thought I would tell you a little about myself. I worked for the CBE for 40 years before I retired with a diverse and extensive background-I have been an elementary teacher, physical education specialist, resource teacher, principal of both elementary and middle/jr schools, system principal of planning and transportation and taught at the university level. My schools include 11 sites ranging throughout the city in both high and low economic areas, high ESL populations and a variety of special needs programs such as PLP, L&L, ACCESS and TASC.

I believe students come first and as educators we must do everything we can to help students teach their full potential and develop a love of lifelong learning. I will continue the excellent leadership that Mrs. Li has demonstrated and continue with the direction of the school. I Iook forward to meeting you and working together to enhance the learning community of Harold Panabaker. ​

Please feel free to contact me at anytime if you have any concerns or just would like to introduce yourself to me at nweber@cbe.ab.ca. I will continue to keep Panabaker a safe and secure learning environment for both staff and students.

 


Jan 06
January Newsletter

​Dear Parents and Guardians,

Happy New Year Harold Panabaker families and welcome back to school! The New Year is always an opportunity to re-establish a focus on learning and to reflect on the changes we want or need to make and resolve to follow through on those changes. So as we begin 2020, I want to assure everyone that we will continue to be dedicated to meeting the needs of each and every student at Harold Panabaker, and the high expectations in academics success and student behavior will be the focus of our work.

To achieve these goals, our teachers had a meeting on Friday, January 10 to review and re-establish academic and behavior expectations together as a team, which centered around four Harold Panabaker Values: Respect for Self, Respect for Others, Respect for Environment and Respect for Learning. The values and expectations will be shared and reiterated with our students during our school-wide assembly on Wednesday, January 15. Further classroom discussions will be held on a regular basis to ensure a common understanding of the expectations among the students.

To achieve our School Development Plan achievement goals, which are: writing to develop, organize and express information and ideas (Language Arts), developing number sense and applying strategies for computation and estimation (Mathematics), and students feeling that school is a safe and caring place, we have implemented the following changes:

• Hired an additional Gr. 8 Math and Science teacher,

• Hired an additional Gr. 5-7 English Language Arts and Social Studies teacher,

• Hired an additional education assistant, to enhance support to ALP and L & L programs, and to improve academic experience and behavior support for all of our students.

These programming decisions were made in consultation with our staff and alongside numerous conversations with our Educational Director, Darlene Unruh. Director Unruh has spent significant time in our building getting to know our students and is working with each of her school sites to ensure that student success is the focus of our work at HPS.

I am grateful to be your principal and appreciate the time and efforts you give every day to support your children, our staff, and our community. We are off to an exciting new year to continue our journey of learning, improvements, and achievements!

Shelly Li, Principal

Christmas Hampers

Our students, especially our Leadership Class students, parents, and staff members worked hard to make the holiday season a brighter one for many families. With your generous donation, we were able to offer baskets of gifts and gift cards to some families that needed that support.

Mandarin Program Open House

We will be hosting a Mandarin Bilingual Program Open House on January 16, 2020 beginning at 6:30 PM. Our open house is intended for families considering enrolling their children in the Chinese (Mandarin) bilingual program (Gr. 5-9) for the 2020-2021 school year.

Digital Report Cards For last year’s and this year’s report cards many schools have chosen to provide reporting information online rather than printing paper report cards. This is an Eco-friendly and cost effective option for providing reporting information to parents and guardians. The report cards are viewed through Power School using the same platform that parents use to pay fees online.

Schools that have provided the online format have reported that it is quite easy for parents, guardians and students to access the information and that if a parent requires a paper copy they can print one from their home printer or visit the school’s office to request that one be provided.

At the December School Council meeting, this information was shared with parents. We would like to have further discussions regarding this at the next Parent Council meeting on January 15, 2020. Please join us to provide your valued input regarding digital Report Cards.

Accountability Pillar Survey: Information for Parents/Guardians

Each year Alberta Education conducts the Accountability Pillar Survey from mid-January to the end of February. Alberta Education uses the Accountability Pillar as a way for school authorities to measure their success, and assess their progress towards meeting their learning goals. The Accountability Pillar uses a set of 16 indicators consisting of: student outcomes such as dropout and high school completion rates; provincial assessments of student learning; and surveys of students, parents/guardians and teachers on various aspects of quality. Parents/Guardians of students in grade 7 will receive their survey in the mail from Alberta Education. Students in grade 7 and all teachers will complete their surveys online at school.

All surveys are anonymous and ask questions about experiences with Harold Panabaker. The survey is not asking for feedback about Alberta Education and its policies; questions are in relationship to Harold Panabaker only.

Questions on the survey are accompanied by a scale of responses (e.g., Strongly Agree to Strongly Disagree, Very Satisfied to Very Dissatisfied). Each of these scales includes a Don’t Know choice. If you Don’t Know the answer to a particular question, please skip that question and go to the next one, unless you want your response to count as a negative one.

All parents/guardians receive the English version of the survey in the mail. Alberta Education also provides the survey 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 tell Shelly Li, Principal of Harold Panabaker 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 our students.

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 Shelly Li.​

Aug 27
Website Update

As I write this message, I am thinking about the school year ahead.  A lot of changes for our school and a lot of changes for me personally.  

This year, our Mandarin Program will have 75 students from Grade 5-8.  Our regular program includes students in graded 7-9 will have approximately 225 students.  This gives us approximately 300 total students for the year.  We have added one new teacher to our staff, as well we are on the hunt for a couple of other new teachers who we hope to add this week.  I am pleased to welcome Steven Privat who is a math and science teacher to our staff and will announce other additions as the year progresses. 

On Tuesday, we will welcome our students by introducing them to their home room teacher, providing each student with a locker and a timetable and we will take them through a short run through of their schedules.  Students will be dismissed at 12:30 and buses are scheduled to take students home.  Please ask your child to bring a pen or pencil with them.  On Wednesday, we will have a regular school day  We are looking forward to seeing the students we know and getting to know the students who are new to our school.  

In September, we will start our Jr and Sr volleyball teams.  We also will welcome all the students who want to be part of X-country team.   Volleyball and X-country are open to student in grades 6-9.  

On September 16th, our grade 8 students will be going to Camp Horizon for an over night stay.  The students will be involved in team building activities including ropes courses and giant swings.  Please return field trip forms as soon as possible.  We will schedule a parent meeting prior to the trip with the expectations that all students attending the trip will have a parent present at the meeting.

On a personal note, I am retiring from the CBE at the end of November. The process of finding the next principal will begin in early September.  I hope to have the opporunity to have transition time with the new Principal.  I will try to keep you up to date as regularly as possible.  I also will do all I can to leave the school in the best shape I can.  I have very much enjoyed my time as the proud Principal of Harold Panaker School

Jun 11
Welcome To Our New Online Home

Hello and welcome to our new website!!

The change is part of a system-wide upgrade of all CBE school websites to a new standard. While any technology change takes some getting used to, we hope you'll appreciate the new features such as being able to view it on your smart phone, and being able to find anything on the site using the search tool at the top of the page.

I invite you to explore the pages and check back often for the most current information about Harold Panabaker School. You can also watch this space for periodic updates and announcements of school-wide importance. As always, should you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me anytime.​​​

Steve Nimmock

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