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Weekly Update, September 18th, 2020


Dear Midnapore Families, 
 
We have enjoyed another week of school and ended today with a beautiful fall day.   
 
Although we were not able this year to participate in a whole school Terry Fox event many classes used their gym time to run a route in our school field.  It was heartwarming to see so many red faces after students worked hard to stay moving for the entire time.  Kids get such joy from just running freely.  This weekend ask your child about Terry Fox and any key learning that stood out to them from conversations they had at school this week.  Important themes such as bravery and persistence were discussed.   
 
Students also continued to spend time learning and engaging in activities outdoors.  Everyday objects can be collected and used to express ideas and stories.  Even older students enjoy exploring and interacting with objects found outside.  This morning at the crosswalk we were greeted by a grade 6 student carrying a large pile of leaves to school that he wanted to use for an art project.  Ask your child what they enjoyed doing outside at school this week.   
 
We know that things look different at school.  This week we interviewed some Grade 1 and 6 students and asked them, “Can you explain what is the same about school?” and, “Can you explain what is different about school?”  These statements stood out: 
 
“We still get to see our friends.” 
 
“We get to see our teachers.” 
 
“I think a lot of things are the same, the only thing that has really changed is that we try to keep distance from each other.” 
 
“We are spending more time outside, which is my favorite thing, it is special to be with nature.” 
 
“We are learning that you really have to take things one day at a time.  Today is today, and tomorrow could be different.” 
 
“In math, we’ve been doing similar things, just more independently than last year.” 
 
“Last year we were at tables and this year I have my own desk.” 
 
“We are still doing Go Noodle, which is my favorite thing.” 
 
 
Announcements: 
 
Next Friday will be our “Virtual Meet the Teacher” day.  Parents will use their, My CBE Power School account to book an appointment with their child’s teacher.  The My CBE Power School Conference Booking System opens to parents on Saturday September 19th, 2020 at 8:00AM. Please visit www.cbe.ab.ca/mycbe to book an appointment. If you are having trouble booking a conference, please call the office next week.  
 
 
This conference is an opportunity for you to share with the teacher the unique learning needs of your child.  Please email your teacher directly with the preferred phone number that you have for the teacher to call for this conversation before 4:00 PM Thursday September 24th, 2020.  As this conference is intended as an opportunity to share about your child learning needs, we would ask parents to limit questions directly related to COVID-19.  If you have any questions about COVID procedures at Midnapore School, please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Hugill or to me, Mrs. Bennett. 
 
 
HUB families:  Conferences for HUB students will be scheduled at a later time.  Please do not book conferences next Friday.   
 
 
We know that many families are curious as to how our school is operating on a day-to-day basis given the new COVID regulations.  We are currently working on a “Welcome Back” video and hope to share it with you next week.   
 
 
Attached are two documents that we would like you to be familiar with.  One is the “COVID-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist” provided by AHS.  Please use this tool daily with your child(ren).  Please do not send your child to school if they are exhibiting symptoms.  The second document titled, “Student Illness” outlines what families are responsible to do if a child(ren) is exhibiting symptoms.   
 
 
Student Demographic Forms were sent home last week.  It is imperative that we have current contact information for the unlikely event that we need to contact trace.  All forms must be signed, dated and returned to your child’s homeroom teacher as soon as possible even if no changes have been made to your information.   
 
 
If you have any Midnapore Home Reading books from last Spring, please return them to the school ASAP. 
 
  
Save the date: 
 
 
School Council Meeting: Tuesday September 29th @ 6:30 PM.  This meeting will be virtual, and a link will be sent out closer to the day.  School councils are an important part of developing a strong and united school community, please consider attending.  
 
  
 
Have a wonderful weekend, and we look forward to greeting our students on Monday! 
 
Jean Hugill and Melanie Bennett ​
 

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Midnapore School

55 Midpark Rise SE Calgary, AB, T2X 1L7
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Principal
Melanie Bennett
Assistant Principal
Jean Hugill
Education Director
Ann Ard
Trustee
Michael Bradshaw

School Information

Grades
K-06
Enrolment
493
Programs
Chinese (Mandarin) Bilingual Regular
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Morning Start
8:00 AM
Dismissal
2:30 PM
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