May 26
Parent Communications and Updates - May 26

Hello all,

We hope you are doing well and enjoying the sunshine when you can.  We are including a number of updates below.  Some of which are new and others a reminder.

Staffing updates

We want to say thank you to Ms. Betty Pond for all the work she did with the music program. Her passion for music was evident everyday.  Betty was covering a leave for Mrs. Louis AuYeung. Mrs. AuYeung is now back at Hillhurst and we want to welcome her back to the team.  We also want to congratulate Mrs. Josephine Cesario, our outstanding admin secretary, for becoming a permanent member of the Hillhurst staff.  Josie has been on a temporary contract, but has now been given the position permanently. Finally, my title of Acting Principal has been changed to Principal.  I am very excited to join the Hillhurst community on a permanent basis and I very much look forward to our continued work together.

Budget

The CBE has released information about the budget for 2020-2021 and related information about school fees. Important information for parents can be found on the CBE web site.

An announcement regarding transportation for the 2020- 21 school year was also recently shared. You can find details here: Transportation Fees for 2020-21. Gate families; please click the separate link within the original e-mail with instructions on how to register for transportation.  Please do this by June 14th.  If you have any questions, please phone the school office.

Parent Engagement

Parents are invited to engage in our planning process through a survey that will be sent out in the coming week. Please watch for an invitation to provide input into planning decisions. Further engagement will occur at our next school council meeting set for June 10th and 6:30pm.

When Will We See You Again?

The staff at Hillhurst School have been missing our students and their families. We collectively put together, under the direction of Mrs. Klassen, a video to show our faces and our support to everyone who is part of our learning community. You can view the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GV7oPLgiMNg&t=1s  Additionally, staff often decorate the sidewalk in front of the school with chalk messages.  We are missing you all and cannot wait to get back to a normal routine.

We are making plans for the beginning of the 2020-21 school year, however, the re-opening of schools is based on recommendations of the government. Re-entry plans have not been finalized. We will communicate any and all information as soon as we have been provided with details.

 Technical Support for Parents

Technical support is now available for students and parents. https://www.cbe.ab.ca/support/Pages/Google-Apps-Gmail.aspx

 

Ongoing Learning Update

Your child’s teacher is your first point of contact for all questions.  Information, tasks and learning continue to be shared via Google Classroom, and Google Meet sessions continue to be scheduled throughout the week for student learning and to ensure student connection.  Staff are committed to meeting the needs of all students. Should you need help with anything, please contact your child’s teacher.  School administration is also here to help.

Supports

This continues to be a stressful time for everyone, and we want to remind you that we are here to help.  Additionally, here are some resources for you or anyone who may need support. https://cbe.ab.ca/about-us/school-culture-and-environment/health-and-wellness-in-school/Pages/Positive-Mental-Health.aspx

School Access

We are aware that arrangements will need to be made for students to retrieve any remaining items from the school. We will put a plan in place for students to retrieve their items before the end of June. A plan will be communicated classroom by classroom and follow social distancing protocols. In the meantime, all student belongings are secure. Should you urgently need an item, please call or e-mail the office and we can make a plan to help.

Planning for 2020-21

All CBE schools are in the process of organizing for the next school year. This involves school budgets, staffing and class configuration, transportation and timetabling, and other organizational considerations. We will share information about this work through these weekly updates.

Thank you for your continued support.

Wishing you all the best,

Chris Giffen, Principal

 

 

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