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Principal's Message

Weekly Update - April 9, 2021


Hello Everyone,
As you will read there are two Covid-19 related messages below.  I want to assure you that as we return from Spring Break we are continuing to attend to the health and safety of staff, and students within Jennie Elliott school.  We have and will continue to reinforce and take time to highlight all health and safety protocols for students and staff.
 
Sent on behalf of the Board of Trustees and the Chief Superintendent of Schools                      
The Board of Trustees and Administration of the Calgary Board of Education have taken the time to carefully review the draft provincial curriculum and current realities within our system. The CBE has decided not to participate in the draft curriculum pilot in fall 2021. This decision considered the significant impacts of the pandemic and the importance of focusing on the immediate learning needs of students across our system.
While we appreciate the government's intention to redesign the curriculum for the benefit of student learning, we have concerns similar to those expressed by educators, academic staff, parents, and community members. 
As the largest public school board in Alberta, we believe it is vitally important to provide Alberta Education with feedback on the draft curriculum. In the fall, we will gather meaningful feedback through focus groups with classroom teachers and curriculum specialists. Staff, parents/guardians and community members are encouraged to continue providing feedback to Alberta Education:
https://www.alberta.ca/curriculum-have-your-say.aspx?utm_source=google&utm_medium=sem&utm_campaign=K6&utm_term=Have-Your-Say&utm_content=sitelink
The CBE supports the goal of strengthening the curriculum to prepare students for the future. We trust that government will consider all the feedback gathered across the province and make the necessary changes prior to implementation in September 2022.
 
JES | Covid-19 Updates 
Earlier in the week we had an incident that prompted us to review our processes with all staff in regards to how we send students to the Office for Covid-19 screening.  In conversation with the family it was recommended that a communication be provided to all families as an update.  As we are consistently dedicated to improving our processes and keeping all families informed I wanted to take this opportunity to share how we have responded to improve our practices. 
Up to date, teachers have followed the process of informing the office via phone that a student is on their way for consideration of Covid-19 symptoms.  The office then receives the student and transfers them to the health assessment room for further assessment.  When in the room either myself or Mr. Derdall engage the student in an AHS screening assessment for symptoms of Covid-19.  If, following completion of the AHS screening tool, the student is determined to have symptoms of Covid-19 the family is contacted to pick-up their child. 
In review of the above process it has been determined that the addition of a follow up call from the office to the teacher is required to confirm the student has arrived to the office.
Both Admin staff in the front office have been part of the conversation and supported in the determination of this update and all staff have been informed of this process.  All teaching staff have been directed to review with their students where the office and health assessment rooms are located and ensure they have the confidence to exit their classroom and make their way to the main office unescorted to avoid the potential for further spread. The safety of all students is of great importance and as such we strive to improve at every opportunity.
 
AHS | COVID-19 information
Alberta is seeing new strains of COVID-19 spreading in the province. These strains are called variants of concern (VOC) because they spread more easily than other strains and may cause more severe illness. While the new COVID-19 variants of concern spread more easily, they do spread in the same way. This means the same types of preventive strategies will be effective.
Updates to AHS COVID-19 websites continue to be made, so it is important to always refer families and staff back to AHS information.
https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16944.aspx
 
School Council | Updates – School Council Meeting
Reminder that School Council meetings are open to all JES families and we invite you to attend!  There is no obligation to volunteer.  School Council Meetings start at 7pm and for the 20/21 school year will be held through Microsoft Team meeting link below.  
Next meeting is April 12, 2021
Click here to join the meeting
https://teams.microsoft.com/dl/launcher/launcher.html?url=%2F_%23%2Fl%2Fmeetup-join%2F19%3Ameeting_NTc1NTc2NmMtYThiYy00ZTljLWIyYTEtODdmMDA5NjdjNTkx%40thread.v2%2F0%3Fcontext%3D%257b%2522Tid%2522%253a%2522ef161387-255a-4777-af36-80b8fce4ee73%2522%252c%2522Oid%2522%253a%252257689b04-e815-4bea-aaab-7e844efc0e70%2522%257d%26anon%3Dtrue&type=meetup-join&deeplinkId=809afbf2-21af-4b57-b648-e96a85f78476&directDl=true&msLaunch=true&enableMobilePage=true&suppressPrompt=true
Look to the School Council's website for meeting agenda's.
http://www.jennieelliott.ca/
 
Mrs. Drinkwater | Education for Reconciliation 
Thank you to all those who participated in the bingo fun over spring break. Our winner was a grade 5 student who will receive her book sometime next week.
Yesterday after school, I was so fortunate to participate in professional learning in the form of a book study with roughly 30 colleagues from JES, Capitol Hill School, and Somerset School. We gathered virtually to dive deeply into a beautiful book, Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. The focus of this book study is to better understand Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and explore how that can be brought into our teaching practices. Discussions focused on our connections to the land, environmental stewardship, and learning about another's worldview.
I think we can all agree that this year has been unique and complex (I am sick of unprecedented). In the complexity we are faced with there have also been some amazing opportunities. Prior to Covid-19 it would have been far more challenging to bring three schools together to share in professional learning. I am grateful for the gifts that have come to light this year. Leaving the school last night as our first meeting ended and chatting with others who were involved, there was an energy and life that came pouring into the conversation. I came home on a Thursday with energy and enthusiasm for the land around us and gratitude for the opportunities and that this unique school year has offered
Robin Drinkwater
Learning Leader, Jennie Elliott School
 
JES | Social Media
Jennie Elliott School Council will be taking over and moderating the current Facebook page. Please make sure to check them out to see what school council is up to. The school will be transitioning to using Twitter as a means to share what is happening in our classroom and school. You don't need any app's to view our Twitter page, simple click here: https://twitter.com/JES_CBE or if you do have Twitter, follow us @JES_CBE and turn on post notifications.
 
JES | Attention Families of Grade 4 Students
Update: Education Assurance Survey:  We have been notified by Alberta Education that there has been a delay in mailing out the Parent/Guardian Assurance Survey information. Grade 4 Parents/Guardians are strongly encouraged to complete the Assurance Survey online once they receive the information from Alberta Education in the mail. The Assurance Survey is now open and closes April 23, 2021.  Last year, JES only had 11% of eligible respondents complete the survey.  To be more responsive to the wants and needs of all Jennie Elliott families we are hoping to encourage more participation in the survey.  By providing your input you help us get a clearer picture of how best to continue to supporting your children. Your voice matters and your participation in this survey helps provide important information on the education your child is receiving. Alberta Education and the Calgary Board of Education thank you for completing the parent Assurance Survey. If you have questions, please contact Mr. Jaydon Derdall at jwderdall@cbe.ab.ca.
 
JES | Attention Families of Grade 6 Students
Good evening Grade 6 Parents:
Bishop Pinkham School has extended the deadline for enrollment into our Late French Immersion program! 
If you or your student(s) are interested in learning another language and you have not already submitted an application, please submit a registration/application form to:  bishoppinkham@cbe.ab.ca
Forms are found on our school website at: https://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/bishoppinkham/registration/register/pages/default.aspx
We would also like to invite any of the Grade 6 parents that would like to join us at our Parent Council/BPPA meeting on April 15 at 6:00pm.  Join online meeting
https://meet.lync.com/calgaryboardofeducation/sepicard/HGKJIFUH
Bishop Pinkham School
 
Mr. Clarke | Daily Dose
Welcome back! I hope you all had an amazing and restful Spring Break. Hopefully you all had the chance to disconnect and take a well-deserved break!
Today's quote comes from a six-year old (pretty smart little person). I think it sums things up nicely:
My teacher thought I was smarter than I was – so I was.
When we have high expectations, push our students to be their best and tell them they can do more than they think they can, they respond by doing just that. Thank you for challenging your students every day.
To kick of the final run to the end of the year, today's Daily Dose is a Daily Double!!! The first song is a Dolly Parton classic. As we come back after the break, it is all about getting back into the swing of working 9 to 5. The second song from John Denver focuses on the importance of finding those things that make you happy and get you through the tough days. It can be something as simple as sunshine on your shoulders. Enjoy your Daily Double Dose!
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4OzdyxbOuU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyvRs9p5hT8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diwuu_r6GJE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yx0ClF6DnFU
 
Have a great weekend everyone,
Stephen Ogilvie
Principal, Jennie Elliott School​
 

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Stephen Ogilvie
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Simon Clarke
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Jaydon Derdall
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David Dyck
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