Dear Highwood Families,
It's finally June! It's been a challenging year full of new safety protocols and processes but everyone has done a fantastic job in keeping each other healthy and safe. I would like to give a special 'shout out' to all of the Highwood staff who have been diligent about Covid protocols, especially when positive case numbers were really high and students were experiencing Covid fatigue. Thank you to all parents who have been so supportive throughout the entire year in ensuring that your child and the Highwood School community were safe. There have been lots of adjustments and sacrifices, but it has been a great lesson in 'how does kindness change the world?'
A few June messages:
- Ensure that your child wears proper runners to school (outdoor shoes). With the nice weather, students are having daily outdoor gym and recess and sandals/ flip-flops are a safety hazard. We'd hate for anyone to get injured!
- Students currently attending Highwood School will automatically roll over to the next grade. You do not need to re-register or re-apply. Current grade 4 students will automatically roll over to Colonel Irvine grade 5 Chinese Bilingual program unless you tell us otherwise.
- If you have any friends or family who would like to be a part of the Highwood School family (and live in a community designed to Highwood), we currently have a few spots available in grades 1-4. A reminder that students entering in grades 2-4 must take an entrance exam and be able to read, write, speak, and understand grade level Mandarin. Please have them contact the school office for more information.
- Please pre-register your child for the yellow school bus for the 2021-2022 school year via your MyCBE/PowerSchool Account. The deadline is Sunday, June 6. We ask that you register for the bus, even if you are unsure if your child requires it or not. It is much easier to cancel your registration than add it after the deadline. The school bus fee has not been confirmed at this time, but it is proposed to be $465. You will require your child's CBE ID number to register. If you do not have it, please send an email to email@example.com to request it. We can only respond if you email us from the email address you have on file with us. We check this email account on school days, during school hours so please don't wait until Sunday, June 6 to contact us.
Important June dates:
- Thursday, June 3- Orange Shirt Day- we are encouraging all students to wear an orange shirt to school in honour of the 215 children found buried on the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School
- Friday, June 4- Early dismissal; Monday/Wednesday kindergarten attends school
- Sunday, June 6- LAST DAY TO PRE-REGISTER FOR THE YELLOW SCHOOL BUS
- Friday, June 11- Early dismissal; Tuesday/Thursday kindergarten attends school
- Monday, June 14 @ 7:00pm- School Council Meeting
- Friday, June 18- Early dismissal; Monday/Wednesday kindergarten attends school
- Thursday, June 24- Last day of school for Tuesday/Thursday kindergarten
- Thursday, June 24- SPIRIT DAY! Beach day!
- Friday, June 25- No school for kindergarten (there is still school for grades 1-4)
- Monday, June 28- Last day of school for all students
- Tuesday, June 29- Appeals day
Stay healthy, stay safe!
Dear Highwood Families,
It's March already and it's hard to believe that almost a year ago we had to all switch to emergency online teaching. So much has changed since then and we've learned a lot about what to do and what not to do to ensure that everyone is safe. Our teachers have worked hard to maintain their classroom communities by creating rich and engaging in learning environments. At Highwood we are continuing our Covid safety protocols by keeping students with only their classroom cohorts, regular handwashing/ sanitizing, physical distancing, not sharing items, limiting the amount of people entering our school, and mask wearing. Please help us by ensuring that your child has an extra mask in their backpack as we are finding that an increasing amount of students do not. Even though we have extras in the office, it would still be a good idea for students to have an extra mask with them.
In the month of March we have parent-teacher conferences. For those in HUB, your interviews will take place on March 11 and 12 and are not booked through the school. CBE may have sent you an email with instructions. For those families who have students attending Highwood in-person classes, you may be thinking… “Didn't we already have conferences in February?" Yes, we did! These interviews on March 25 and 26 are for those parents who want to follow-up with teachers to see if there has been any progress since February report cards or want to discuss goals and strategies for their child as they finish off the last few months of the 2020-2021 school year. If you do not think it is necessary to meet with the teachers, you are not required to book an interview. Please note that the teachers may request to meet with you. More information will be emailed to you soon about the conference booking process.
Important March dates:
March 5: Early Dismissal (Monday/Wednesday kindergarten attends school)
March 8: School Council Meeting RESCHEDULED to March 15
March 11 and 12: Online parent-teacher conferences for HUB students
March 12: NO SCHOOL (PD Day)
March 15: School Council Meeting (7:00pm via Microsoft TEAMS). More information will be sent out closer to the meeting day.
March 19: Early Dismissal (Tuesday/ Thursday kindergarten attends school)
March 25: Spirit Day… Color Day! Students in each grade will be asked to wear a certain color!
Grade 1: Green
Grade 2: Blue
Grade 3: Yellow
Grade 4: Orange
March 25 and 26: Online parent-teacher conferences for in-person students
March 27- April 5: Spring Break
Tuesday, April 6: Students return to class
Stay safe, stay healthy.
Happy New Year Highwood Families!
I hope all of you had a restful and relaxing Winter Break. We are back to in-person school on Monday, January 11 and look forward to seeing all of the students again! Just a reminder to ensure that you child wears a mask to school and has an extra mask in their backpack. As well, if your family travelled outside of Canada during the break, CBE has asked that you keep this in mind:
Return to School After International Travel
Students and families who have travelled outside of Canada are legally required to follow all provincial and federal travel restrictions upon arrival.
If your family is participating in the International Border Testing Pilot Program, your child may not return to school until they have tested negative on a second test 6 or 7 days after your arrival.
If you are not enrolled in the pilot program, your child must:
Here are a few important deadlines and dates that are coming up:
Friday, January 8: Students currently in HUB who wish to return to in-person classes in February must indicate their intentions by NOON TODAY in your MyCBE/PowerSchool account. A reminder that if your HUB student is returning to in-person classes and requires bussing and noon supervision, to please register and pay for it as soon as possible (especially bussing since they require time to assign you a bus stop).
Monday, January 11: Students return to in-person classes; School council meeting moved to Monday, January 18.
Friday, January 15: Early dismissal- Tuesday/ Thursday kindergarten attends school
Monday, January 18 (7:00 pm): School Council Meeting via Microsoft Teams. More details will be provided closer to this date.
Friday, January 22: Early dismissal- Monday/ Wednesday kindergarten attends school
Friday, January 29: NO SCHOOL (PD Day)
New Kindergarten and Grade One Applications for the 2021-2022 School Year
Highwood School is now accepting new applications for the 2021-2022 school year! We are unable to host an in-person open house this year due to covid restrictions, but an open house video as well as registration information can now be found on Highwood School's website. Since parents are the best ambassadors of our program, please ensure that you tell your friends and family of our open house video. The deadline to register is Tuesday, February 9 at noon and the kindergarten and grade 1 lotteries will take place on the morning of Wednesday, February 10. If your child is currently attending Highwood School, they will automatically continue into the next grade and there is no need to re-register. If your child is currently in grade 4, they will automatically be registered for grade 5 at Colonel Irvine School unless you tell us otherwise.
Stay safe, stay healthy!
Hard to believe that we have almost completed one month of school! It went by quickly, as it was a very busy month reorganizing for HUB learning, learning new Covid procedures, and adjusting to our new 'normal.' Students have done very well adapting to new safety expectations and it is obvious that parents have been reinforcing with students the importance of wearing a mask, washing/ sanitizing hands, and physical distancing. Thank you parents for your help and support!
As cold and flu season approaches, students may present with symptoms that are similar to COVID-19. We want to help clarify the processes outlined by Alberta Health Services in regards to 'symptomatic' students.
If you choose for your symptomatic child to NOT HAVE a COVID-19 test:
Albertans with symptoms are legally required to isolate for a minimum of 10 days if you have a cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat that is not related to a pre-existing condition.
The mandatory isolation period is 10 days from the start of symptoms, or until the symptoms resolve, whichever takes longer.
Albertans with chills, painful swallowing, stuffy nose, headache, muscle or joint aches, feeling unwell, fatigue or exhaustion, gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or unexplained loss of appetite), loss of sense of smell or taste, conjunctivitis (pink eye) need to stay home and minimize contact with others until all symptoms resolve.
If you choose for your symptomatic child to HAVE a COVID-19 test:
If you tested negative and have no known exposure to the virus, you are not legally required to isolate. Students should stay home until all symptoms fully resolve so that you do not infect others.
If you become sick with cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat during this time, you must isolate an additional 10 days from the beginning of symptoms or until you are feeling well, whichever takes longer.
If a student has symptoms related to allergies or a pre-existing medical condition:
The student should be tested at least once before returning to school and have a negative COVID-19 result.
These symptoms would be their baseline health status. As long as the cough or runny nose is always the same and does not get worse, the student can attend school.
Call the main office (403-777-6200 ext 0) to notify the school about your child's pre-existing medical condition so the school may keep a confidential record of his condition.
We are asking parents to err on the side of caution and keep students home with even the smallest symptom. It is important that we work together to ensure that all students, family, and staff remain healthy and safe.
The guidelines that were outlined above were taken directly from Alberta Health Services Student Illness information guidelines. For more information, go to alberta.ca/covid19
I wanted to give a very special thank you to T & T supermarket who has generously donated 6000 kid sized disposable masks to Highwood School worth over $2500. These will be put to good use as we often have students who have forgotten to bring a mask, have had their mask soiled and require a new one in the middle of the day, had a mask strap break, or is wearing a mask that is too large to properly fit their face. In their letter to me, they expressed that:
At T & T Supermarkets, we know what it is like to stay open throughout a pandemic and the stresses that comes with it. Schools are the next essential business we must keep safe and operating, and our teachers are the next frontline heroes. We are happy to support our schools with the donation of these face masks to protect our beloved teachers and children.
Since T & T Supermarket exemplified our theme of “How does kindness/ empathy change the world?" we thought that we would pass on that kindness and Highwood School donated 2000 of those masks to the Calgary Board of Education to distribute to elementary schools who were in need. My challenge to all Highwood families is to find ways, big or small, to show kindness and empathy towards others. You never know how it will change someone's life, including your own!
I wish everyone continued health and safety!
December is a month of giving at Highwood School. To support community organizations such as
the Mustard Seed and the Calgary Food Bank, we are having the 10 Days of Giving
campaign. For 10 school days, we are
encouraging students to donate a different item every day. Together we can make a difference!
The donation schedule is as follows:
Monday, December 2: soup (cans, cartons, or dry packs of soup)
Tuesday, December 3: dry pasta, noodles, rice, Mac and Cheese
Wednesday, December 4: toothpaste and/or toothbrushes
Thursday, December 5: soap
Friday, December 6: socks (all ages, all sizes)
Monday, December 9: toiletry items (brush, comb, lip balm, small
tissue packages, band-aids, lotion)
Tuesday, December 10: shampoo and/or conditioner
Wednesday, December 11: canned meat, fish, beans
Thursday, December 12: canned fruit and vegetables
Friday, December 13: any food item!!!
December is when
students receive their first report card of the school year. It is important for you to understand the 4-1
achievement indicators that all CBE K-9 teachers use to grade students. This year, the indicators are better defined
and provide a clearer explanation of your child’s understanding.
Report cards will be distributed to students on Friday,
December 13 and Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on Wednesday,
December 18 from 4:00-8:00 pm and Thursday, December 19 from 8:15 am - 5:15 pm. We
encourage you to go online on December 10 starting at 9:00 am and book an interview time through
your My CBE/PowerSchool Account. Students do not have school on Thursday,
December 19 and Friday, December 20.
Winter break goes from December 21 to January 5, with classes resuming
on January 6, 2020.
Have a safe and happy holiday with family and friends!
Christine Cheung, Principal
The month of October has been very busy for teachers in
collaborating to set goals and developing strategies for our 2019-2020 School
Development Plan. During PD Days, early
dismissal afternoons, and lunch hour meetings, we have been looking at our
report card data from the last school year, analyzing results, and making
decisions as to what we need to focus on with students this school year. As a result, we have decided to continue our
goal from last year that teachers will create opportunities for the exploration
and application of key subject-specific vocabulary, so that students’ ability
to communicate understanding will improve.
During upcoming PD Days, early dismissal afternoons, and afternoon
partnering sessions with our Learning Leaders, teachers will be designing
intentional tasks that are focussed on developing subject-specific
vocabulary. Together, we will also be
analyzing student work, teacher tasks, and various assessment results that will
provide us with specific feedback related to student progress and next
steps. We are also working together with
Area II Literacy and Math strategists and using their expertise to build
capacity and knowledge in teachers.
A very special thank you to the parent volunteers who came
out to our volunteer prop-making day on Saturday, October 26. It was a very productive day, full of
creativity and collaboration. We will be
hosting a second volunteer prop-making day on Saturday, November 9. We need many volunteers to help us finish
making many more props for our big Lunar New Year concert celebration on
Tuesday, January 21 at 7 pm. Please sign
up to volunteer if you can at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0F4DAEA923AAFB6-highwood1
as we would really appreciate the help!
I hope to see you at the next School Council meeting on
Monday, December 2nd at 7:00pm!
you believe that your child has been in school for one whole month
already?!? Lots of rich language
learning has already taken place, and students have been using and
experimenting with both Mandarin and English through songs, poems, and
conversations. Thank you parents for
your support at home in getting homework completed, checking D2L, doing nightly
home reading, setting up an evening routine that is suitable for your child,
and getting them to bed at an early hour.
All of these things make a big difference to your child’s learning.
are many field trips planned for the month of October and in order for classes
to be able to go, a certain number of parent volunteers must accompany the
class. If there are not enough
volunteers, field trips may need to be cancelled. If you are interested in volunteering, you
MUST have a cleared CBE police clearance on file (clearance through other
organizations cannot be accepted). We
encourage all parents to complete a volunteer clearance form (that is good for
5 years) just in case… you never know when you have a day off and can help us
out! To apply, you need to stop by the
school first, bring your driver’s licence as a form of ID, and the school will
print you a letter that you will use to apply at the police station or online. Plan for the approval process to take at
least 4 weeks, so apply as soon as possible.
Please take the time to apply for a police clearance as we would love to
have you volunteer with us… even if it is only for an hour!
the weather is always changing, please remember to dress your child
appropriately for various weather conditions.
It is a good idea to dress them in layers, as it is often cool in the
morning and warm in the afternoon.
Students go outside for recess in the snow and in light rain. Students only stay inside for recess if the
temperature is -20°C or colder with the wind chill.
A special thank you
goes out to Highwood School Council who funded the addition of a traverse wall
in our gym. On the afternoon of Friday,
September 27, teachers completed a 3-hour training session to learn how to use
the wall properly and safely with students.
The traverse wall will be used in conjunction with the gymnastics unit.
to a new school year! This year will be full of learning and laughter,
challenges and change. Our hope is that your child works to their fullest
potential and acquire the skills to be able to communicate, understand, read,
and write in both Chinese and English. Even in a month’s time, you will
be amazed at how much language your child has learned and how much academic and
personal growth will have taken place.
Teachers work hard every day to personalize
learning for each child, but also design tasks that are engaging, meaningful,
and relevant. As partners in educating students, we ask parents to
support your child in these ways:
- Ensure that your
child gets plenty of sleep at night. This means an early bedtime,
especially for those students who need to get up early to catch the bus or
attend Kids Come First.
- Have a quiet place
for your child to do homework and to do nightly reading.
- Have a consistent
routine in place (i.e. a set time that homework is always done; a set time for
home reading; a set time bed time)
- Pack a healthy snack
and lunch every day. Remember that as the school year progresses; your
child’s appetite grows as they physically grow, so you will need to pack more
- If you drop your
child off, it is important to drop them off on time. It is good for your
child to be part of the classroom’s daily routine from the very beginning of
the day. It also ensures that they will not be missing any important
activities or lessons.
the coming days and weeks, a lot of important information will be sent to you
via email, D2L, or in your child’s agenda bag. Please make it a habit to
check all three on a daily basis.
Looking forward to a fantastic school year!
Can you believe that there are only two months left in this
school year?!? It will be a very busy
two months though! In the month of May
we have Celebration of Learning evenings, Alien Inline skating, Vivo Open Minds
School, and various fieldtrips. Thank
you to all of the parents who have volunteered to help us out, as we certainly
could not be providing these off-site educational experiences without your
support. As a small way to show our
appreciation for all that you do, parents and grandparents who have volunteered
at Highwood School this school year are invited to attend our Volunteer Tea on
Thursday, May 23 at 1:00. Please email
or call the school to RSVP. It will be a
fun afternoon filled with food and student entertainment.
May is also the month that we start preparing for the
upcoming school year. It is VERY
IMPORTANT that you register for the yellow school bus before May 31 if your
child needs to take the bus to go to and from school for the 2019-2020 school
year. Even if you are unsure if your
child requires the school bus, I would encourage you to still register for the
bus and then cancel your contract at a later time if necessary. As well, it is around this time that I
receive the 2019-2020 school budget and need to make some staffing
decisions. I encourage all parents to
complete this short three question survey, as your feedback is always
Next time you’re at
Highwood School I invite you to check out our School Development Plan bulletin
board located next to the school office.
It displays many rich samples of student work that reflect the on-going
work that we are doing around student acquisition of subject-specific
vocabulary. I also encourage you to ask
your child about the work and strategies they are learning and doing in class
that is intentionally focused on acquiring subject-specific vocabulary.
Thanks for all that you do to support your child and the
school. I know that during the past
eight months you’ve supported your child with studying, reading in two
languages, dictation, and various projects.
Know that you’ve had a big impact on your child’s learning and we are
appreciative of the time and effort that you’ve put into helping your child
acquire a second language. It’s hard
The month of November was a very busy
one and it certainly couldn’t have been possible without the support of
Highwood School parents. Thank you for
your generosity in donating to VETS Canada, a non-profit organization that
supports veterans and their families. We
raised over $900! Thank you to all of
the students who put together a very touching assembly, honouring those that
fought for our freedom and reminding us that peace and love starts with
Parent volunteers were also extremely
appreciated during our many fieldtrips, K-2 swimming, and Grade One Open Minds
School at Telus Spark. We like to offer
these rich learning opportunities for our students, but it can only be possible
with dedicated parent volunteers who are willing to give up their time to
support the students and teachers.
November was also our school’s cheque writing campaign where we raised over
$7000. Given the realities of our
current economic times, we are very appreciative of every dollar that was
donated to the school. Please be assured
that all of the money goes towards students and supporting student events, learning,
As we enter into December, we
continue to ask Highwood students and families to give to those in need. We are doing things a bit differently this
year, but are still continuing to support The Mustard Seed with the “Warm Feet
for the Street” campaign and The Calgary Food Band with The Mayor’s Food
Drive. We will be doing a reverse advent
calendar! Every day, students will be
asked to bring one specific item to donate.
With all of the items collected, it will either be donated to the food
bank or put together to create stuffed socks for the Mustard Seed. A reminder that with toiletry items, small
travel size would be preferable so that they can be stuffed into socks. We encourage you to donate what you can. Bins will be set up in the main hallway, so
students are welcome to donate items even after the day has passed.
The donation schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, December 5: soup (cans,
cartons, or dry packs of soup)
Thursday, December 6: dry pasta,
noodles, rice, Mac and Cheese
Monday, December 10: toothpaste
Tuesday, December 11: soap
Wednesday, December 12: socks (all
ages, all sizes)
Thursday, December 13: toiletry items
(brush, comb, razors, lip balm, small tissue packages, band-aids, lotion)
December 14: shampoo and/or conditioner
December 17: canned meat, fish, beans
December 18: canned fruit and vegetables
Wednesday, December 19: any food
A reminder that report
cards will be distributed on December 14th and parent teacher
conferences will be on December 20th and 21st. Students are on winter break from December 22nd
to January 6th, with school resuming on January 7th.
Happy Holidays! Wishing you and your family health and
Principal, Highwood School
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