January through March can be somewhat slow, with seemingly endless dark and cold days. The return from a rejuvenating spring break, colored by brighter and warmer days, signifies the beginning of the mad dash to the finish line of yet another school year!
Prior to commencing our spring break, the reality of COVID again hit home for us. As you may be aware, we had multiple confirmed cases, primarily at one grade level, which resulted in that entire grade having to transition to online learning. Moreover, a number of teachers and students had to isolate for 14 days, part of that isolation occurring over the spring break. This unfortunate state of events reinforces for us the importance of strictly adhering to all protocols that have been enacted provincially and at the school level. Parents and guardians, I thank you for continuing to support the school in ensuring that students are acting most responsibly with respect to these protocols intended to ensure for the health and safety of all students, staff, and families.
Although this school year is not yet complete we are already in the process of planning for next year. For the 2021-22 school year our enrollment is projected to increase from our current 820 students to that of approximately 845 students. Next year our grade configuration will again be that of grades 4 through 9. We are planning on two grade 4 homerooms, five grade 5 homerooms, five grade 6 homerooms, six grade 7 homerooms, five grade 8 homerooms, and five grade 9 homerooms. If you know for certain or think there may be a possibility that you will be moving away from our school community or perhaps electing to attend CBe-learn, I ask that you please contact the school office as that will help in our planning for next year.
Students in grades 6 though 8 were given the opportunity just prior to spring break to select their complementary learning courses. We still have a number of students in grades 6, 7, and 8 who have not yet made their selections. I ask parents and guardians to please check in with their children and see if they have completed their selections and, if not, please ensure they finish doing so by the end of this week. This process is completed online in PowerSchool. If your child is experiencing any difficulty with this process, please don't hesitate to call the office and speak with Mr. Banack, Mr. Rieger, or myself. Students who do not complete their selections may find that they are placed in complementary classes where there is space remaining available and in courses which weren't their top choices
With spring blossoming upon us, keeping students focused can be challenging. Ways that parents can help support students to realize continual success include: contacting teachers as necessary, monitoring Brightspace D2L (accessible on our school website), visiting Iris (also accessible on our school website), asking your child about assignments and test results, making sure your child is dedicating some time every day for homework and final exam preparation, asking about special events scheduled on our calendar, and booking medical and dental appointments outside of school time when possible. Students in grades 6 through 9 will write final exams. A detailed final exam scheduled will be sent home in the coming weeks.
A hallmark of our school is the abundance of opportunities we provide for the reflection of student voice. One way in which we do this is through the administration of student surveys. Over the course of this year, students in grades 4 and 7 complete the Alberta Education Assurance Survey while students in grades 5, 6, 8, and 9 complete the OurSCHOOL Survey. Between these two surveys topics such as student academic engagement, quality of instruction, social engagement, emotional health, sense of citizenship, and physical well-being are measured. The information gleaned from these surveys is extensively utilized in our planning for next year as we continue to work towards enhancing the “whole school" experience for our students.
Just prior to Spring Break, we bid farewell to Mrs. Wendy Roy, who has been one of our secretaries for the last four years. Mrs. Roy was the friendly face you would often first see when entering our school or most pleasant voice that you would hear on the phone. We wish her all the absolute best as she begins this next great adventure in life known as retirement! I'm very pleased to welcome Mrs. Marliese Romanchuk to our staff, who will be taking over that position. As well, I extend a warm welcome to Mrs. Jacqueline Bristow who has joined our staff of lunchroom supervisors.
The next three months promise to be very busy as we race towards the finish line of the school year. Given all that will be going on, please stay tuned for more information through our weekly updates.
Wishing all an exhilarating sprint to the finish line!