Dear Killarney Families, January 11, 2021
We welcome the return of our students and staff on Monday with great joy and full hearts! Although there are many great things about online classrooms the crucial human connection is missing. Maria Montessori once stated what makes humans different from all other lifeforms on this planet are our brains and our hearts - the ability to think and the ability to love. We definitely feel the absence of others in our hearts and look forward to the days when we can get together wherever and whenever we wish. 2021 is our year!
Thank you for supporting your child(ren) through their online learning. Teachers put great time and effort into each day and were thrilled to “see" as many of their students as there were during class meetings. Special shout outs to the children who did some extra time with various support staff who went above and beyond their regular duties to ensure students were successful. Last week was a good indication of how learning would take place in the event a class or classes had to quarantine for the 14 days due to Covd-19.
Monday, January 11 (tomorrow) is the first day for Kindergarten registration. If you have a child who will turn 5 by December 31, 2021, they are eligible to attend Kindergarten this Fall. It is important to submit a registration form before Feb. 10, 2021 (our lottery date). More information on Kindergarten registration and access to the forms can be located at https://cbe.ab.ca/registration/registration/Pages/Kindergarten-to-Grade-9.aspx or just head to our school website.
Report Cards will be open for viewing on Friday, Feb 5th at 4:00. We will share more information about the report card in the upcoming Weekly Updates.
As previously shared, we did have some positive covid cases occur during the Winter break and a message regarding impacted classes was in emails sent from the CBE team. Killarney's status was deemed to be an outbreak as AHS declares a COVID outbreak when there are two positive cases within a 14 day period. AHS has informed us that this outbreak has now been declared over, as Killarney has had no new school cases since before the winter break.' Should 2 or more cases occur within a 14 day period of each other from the same school, a new outbreak will be declared for the site – and the outbreak will remain open for 28 days from the last onset of a case in that school. We thank those individuals for their openness and honesty in sharing the positive test results with us as it supported a timely response. Please remember to do the daily screening with your child before sending him/her/them to school and always to err on the side of caution. More information on Covid-19 and the screening tool is located on the CBE website https://cbe.ab.ca/about-us/school-culture-and-environment/health-and-wellness-in-school/Pages/coronavirus.aspx
Also please refer to the following if you traveled during the break:
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:
This means your child is unable to return to school for a minimum of 14 days after your return.
We will be hosting an “Open House" through an online platform in the upcoming weeks. Our school website will have information about our new format Open House. Watch for it on Friday! Please let perspective families know and that all are invited to learn more about what makes Killarney a wonderful school and Montessori a wonderful alternative program.
Our Lost and Found will be in the courtyard all this week in the am and pm. All unclaimed items will be donated to goodwill on Friday afternoon. We will ask teachers to take their class to do a once-over sometime during the week.
We look forward to a very busy January with the buzz of learning and the laughter of the children! Stay well and remain connected!
With Peace and Gratitude,
Lucene and Bonnie