It has been an extraordinarily busy few months. While school looks a little different, our students, staff and parents have been amazing at responding and adhering to all of the new safety protocols. Sanitizing and mask wearing are now normal routines in our day. Students understand Healthy Hands/Healthy Distancing. We now hear things like, “Hey, great mask!” as we walk through the halls. Our soft entry, with students being welcomed into the building in small groups beginning at 9:00 am has helped contribute to fewer students arriving late.
With 400 students attending in person learning and 151 students learning in HUB,teachers responded to changing times with increased creativity! We have cohorted bathrooms effectively, managed ways to continue to use our Learning Commons resources, problem solved mask wearing and storage, effectively organized our Terry Fox Run (virtually and in person), raising $417 which is the most money every raised at MPS, and are working to commemorate Remembrance Day virtually in classrooms this year. Whether students are in person learning or on line learning, parents are reminded that they are welcome to reach out to their child’s teacher or the school for assistance or with questions.
Please continue reading for a number of informational and ‘Thank You’ items related to our school startup and COVID protocols.
Stay kind. Keep well.
Lynette and Michelle
Each school year we consider carefully the organization of the school and the placements of each of your children. Schools are staffed based on an anticipated number of students projected by Calgary Board of Education. Due to COVID-19 and CBE's HUB online learning option for students this year, our overall enrolment has been impacted at all grade levels. After thoughtful consideration, we will be re-organizing our Grade 1-6 classes to provide the best possible learning environment for students during this school year.
At each grade level, we will be rearranging class configurations and temporarily assigning teaching staff to HUB online learning. This will require us to reorganize, and create new class lists, resulting in some children moving to a new homeroom teacher. Teachers have met together to determine new class lists, seeking to create balanced, vibrant classrooms. Grade teams will continue to work closely together to develop consistent learning expectations for all students.
On Tuesday, September 8, every child will meet at their current door to enter the building. Any students moving to a new classroom will join their new class communities during the morning. Please note, your child may be assigned to new doors for entering and exiting the building.
Be assured that every effort will be made to make these changes as easy as possible for all students who are impacted.
We thank you for your understanding of this process in support of providing the best possible learning environment for your child. As always, you are welcome to call the office with any questions you may have.
Lynette Zapp and Michelle Dodd
Dear MPS Families,
We have completed our third week of online learning! There has been a tremendous amount of learning for students, staff and parents and it has been amazing how each group has risen to the occasion. As a school, we have connected with nearly 100% of our families. Thank you to each of you for engaging with us, offering your appreciation, suggestions for improvement and thoughts in general regarding this process. Your feedback is valued!
Many students are engaged in learning, connecting with teachers daily or weekly. Families are sharing learning through Google Classroom, or via email to teachers. Classroom Meets have been very joyful, offering face-to-face, real-time connections for students and teachers. We all miss the daily interactions with your children and it is so nice to see and be able to speak with them! Teachers have been able to identify increasingly more effective ways to engage in online learning and have been very thoughtful and creative in their efforts. We hope their ongoing reflection and revising helps to make learning more approachable for everyone.
A reminder to families that all learning is presented at the beginning of the week, but left to families to determine when, if, and how much of the learning will fit into each family’s personal schedule. We are here for you if you require assistance. Please reach out to your child’s teacher or the school if you have questions or need support.
With the continued closure of school for students, traditional experiences for MPS students have been impacted. Outdoor School for Grade 5 students, the annual government focused trip(s) for our Grade 6 students, along with our year-end farewell assembly to celebrate our Grade 6 students as they transition to Jr. High/Middle School all, understandably, are not able to happen. We are grateful for the continued opportunities to connect with our students through Google Meet.
Here is an invitation for our MPS families to come together in song. Monday, May 4 is Music Monday. Every year, Monterey Park School participates with schools across the country singing and moving to a common song at a common time. This year the song is, Hymn to Freedom, by Oscar Peterson. We would love to continue this tradition with our MPS families. Here is how you and your family can participate!
On Monday, May 4, grab a brightly covered scarf/ribbon, your cell phone/iPad and YOUR FAMILY! At 11:00 AM, take your family outside into your front yard or on your driveway, click on this link, sing, and move to the song as we celebrate Music Monday as a community! Take a photo/selfie of your family participating and email it to your child’s teacher. We will be compiling all of the family photos submitted into a presentation with the Music Monday selection to create a music video of our own, Monterey Park Community celebrates Music Monday. We will then post on our website for all to enjoy! We hope you will join us.
The school is open from 9:10 AM – 3:50 PM to receive phone calls and inquires. A reminder that registration for Kindergarten continues online. More information is located online at Registration.
Stay safe and stay well! We miss you and continue to be here for you. Please reach out to the school or your child’s teacher if we can help in any way.
It has been an interesting week being in a building typically filled with the voices, energy and spirit of each or your children. A school is only a building without them. We miss our daily interactions with your child and you. As such, we are excited to reconnect later today with children and their families in learning!
We have all been working together…at a distance… designing learning to support our students in this new world of online learning. It is not learning as usual. Things will look different. Teachers have been intentional around meeting the requirements set out by Alberta Learning. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we enter into this platform beginning tomorrow!
Later today, you will receive an email from your child’s teacher. In this email, you will find all the information required to help your child into the new digital learning environments, called Google Classroom and Google Meet. Please be sure to open and read ALL documents teachers have posted. If parents do not want their child to engage in learning using these platforms, they must contact their child’s teacher directly to inform them. Each grade team has created its own ‘classroom’. Each student will receive a grade specific code to enter. On Friday, April 3, we will post a video to guide you through an exploration of the classroom.
On Monday, April 6, teachers will post learning for the week. Learning is presented in five lessons, or progressions, for Literacy and Numeracy (math). It is up to families how and when they will engage with the learning provided to best suit their family schedules. At some point next week, your child will also have the opportunity to enter Google Meet, where they will have an opportunity to hear from their teacher live, in real time. Teachers will communicate that information to families separately from the information provided on Monday.
This is a learning curve for many of us! Teachers are exploring all the possibilities that are open to them to communicate learning. If you require our help in any way to navigate through, we are here to help. Email your teacher with any questions or wonderings you have. As well, you may call the school during our open hours, 9:10 am - 3:50 pm, at any time if you require our assistance.
We understand that this is a stressful time for families, and that becoming your child’s teacher is not exactly what you had hoped. I had read a posting by a colleague, reminding families that being a provider, a parent and a teacher all at the same time IS hard work. You will do the best you can. When you have to choose between having your child do school work, or help as part of the family, choose what works for you. Invite them in! Have them help! Play games, laugh, and share. Be together. Margaret Wheatley talks about the joy we discover….when we are together. The potential for joy is always present. Take time with your family to find it.
We are in this together and we are here for you. Please contact us at any time if you need us.
Stay calm. Stay well. Stay Kind.
Dear Monterey Park Families,
It was so nice to see the many students and families at the school today to pick up personal belongings. As mentioned in the communication you received yesterday from CBE, these are unusual and challenging times. We have all appreciated the privilege to get to know and work with your children, and celebrate their achievements. As a community, we now look to support each other by staying safe and healthy.
Families and students have been reaching out to teachers for resources and ideas. In addition to the webpage information provided by CBE, MPS teachers have updated their Grade Team Blog to include suggestions for resources and websites and ideas, your child(ren) and you to access over the next week or so.
These are additional opportunities for families to engage in literacy, numeracy and wellness at home over the next week!
As teachers move into a well-deserved spring break, they will be away from email. I encourage you to keep accessing the CBE homepage for updated information and the AHS website for health updates.
Our Monterey Park School family wish you and your family time together shared in ways that bring joy and families together. Stay healthy and safe.
“Let us offer each other happiness and establish ourselves in the present moment .”
Tich Nhat Hahn
March 12, 2020
Based on the changing provincial and local response to COVID-19, the CBE has given us direction to postpone the following scheduled events:
Grade One Celebration of Learning – March 13, 2020 12:00-1:10 pm
- Kindergarten – All day Thursday (March 19, 2020)
- Kindergarten to Grade 6 – Thursday evening – 5:00 – 7:30 pm (March 19, 2020)
- Friday – 8:30 – 1:30 pm (March 20, 2020)
Scholastic Book Fair – Students may bring money to school to purchase books during school hours, Monday March 16 – Thursday, March 19. We ask parent to please not attend to make purchases with their children at this time. If your child needs assistance, please contact their teacher who will be happy to help.
A reminder there will continue to be no classes on the following days:
- All Kindergarten students on Thursday, March 19
- No classes for all students K-6 on Friday, March 20
All CBE schools have been given direction to postpone or cancel events that include populations from other schools and/or parents or other community members, such as Parent-Teacher Interviews, celebrations of learning, drama/musical performances, dances, athletic competitions, etc. This decision is effective from March 12 until the end of March break. This decision will be revisited during March break to determine whether events should be rescheduled.
Events outside of school hours that include the regular student and staff population of the school (school clubs, practices, etc) and scheduled field trips may continue at this time.
I know this may be disappointing news. Students and staff have spent a significant amount of time preparing for these events, but the health of our community is our priority.
Classes will resume after spring break on Monday, March 30 at 9:10 am.
For the most up to date information about the CBE’s approach to COVID-19 and the actions we are taking, please visit our website. Answers to frequently asked questions will continue to be posted as information becomes available.
Welcome back to the 2019-20 school
year! We hope that everyone enjoyed a
wonderful summer break with those you love to spend time with, doing the things
you love, including reading and enjoying the outdoors!
Our school office opened on August 28 and
school begins for students on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 9:10 am. Teachers will be calling students to welcome
them to their classroom from August 28 to August 30. Be sure to take our call!
Our early dismissal Friday hours have been
modified. Our hours on Fridays are 9:10
AM – 1:10 PM. Students are encouraged to
bring a more substantial snack on this day for their nutrition break.
As mentioned in June, we had a number of
staff move on to new opportunities. We
are pleased to welcome the following staff to Monterey Park School:
Beginning a new year is always inspiring,
and this year is no exception. We will continue our journey to deepen our
mathematical understanding with the guidance and expertise of Dr. Sharon
Friesen from the U of C. Joyful literacy
learning is at the forefront as well. We
are excited to savour our collection of new books for the Learning Commons with
students. Sharing them throughout the
year as they connect to concepts we are developing, and, just for the sheer
enjoyment of the stories, will surely inspire a love or reading!
- Kathryn Conway - CSSI
- Gabrielle Gilbert-Murray – Grade 1
- Cheryl Hayward – Grade 5
- Stephanie McFarlane – Grade 5
- Ashely Green – Grade 6
- Mursal Mohammad – Grade 4
- Karin Wall – Grade 1
Please mark your calendars to join us for
our annual community pancake breakfast and Terry Fox Run, which will take place
on Friday, September 13. Watch our
website for further information. We look
forward to welcoming new and previous families to school!
Lynette and Jasdish
Another year has come and
gone. September seems so long ago, when
we began our year. Yet, in the blink of
an eye, it is June and we have ended our school year. Each day of this year was graced with a gift
of one kind or another. Excitement about
new learning, laughter of students in the hallway, engaging conversations,
unexpected hugs, random acts of kindness.
Monterey Park School has received many gifts in the form of the support
of our School Council, our many volunteers, workshops, fieldtrips, in-line
skating, and the generosity of our families to support other members or our
community who are in need. We have much
to be grateful for and to celebrate!
On June 21 we celebrated our grade
6 students as they move on to the next chapter of their educational
journey. They have grown throughout the
year as individuals, learners, leaders and community members. Students explored the question ‘How do we
live together?’ throughout the year. The
Legacy Trip this year was comprised of 3 excursions to support this
learning. Students invited Mr. Hal
Eagletail to the school to address how the Tsui T'ina Nation governs, they then
toured Clagary's East Village to come to understand how decisions are made in an urban
environment, and completed their research by visiting the hamlet of
Rosebud. In Rosebud they met with local
governing officials and town historians.
We spent the later half of our
school year dwelling in story. First
with Bob Barton and then a number of different grades with Jeff Stockton. Both Bob and Jeff brought the power of oral
stories to our students and our work. We
were all inspired! We all know ‘that
moment, when literature becomes accessible and a door of the world
opens.’(Jane Yolen) That moment is what we aspired to for each of
our students this year.
Teachers shared the joy of reading daily
through picture books, fiction, poetry and non-fiction, offering the joy of
reading as just that, a joyful, precious gift. Volunteers
and lunch supervisors read daily with our Kindergartens and our Grade Ones
throughout the year to expand their experience with story. As author
Jane Yolen also states, “Stories pour into the hearts of children and
help make them what they become.”
Monterey Park students are readers! Take time this summer
to share the love of reading with your child. Let them choose the book
they most love to read to you.
Pick your favorite childhood book to read to them. Visit the public library. Celebrate your child as a reader and share the
love of reading in any language you choose!
It is with fondness and appreciation that we say farewell to some
staff members. Each has contributed
greatly to the learning environment and to the Monterey Park School
community. We send them off with all our
very best wishes.
- Ms. Hodgson announced her retirement
- Ms. Braaten will be taking a year off to travel and spend time in
different places in our beautiful country
- Ms. Ashby has accepted a position at Auburn Bay School
- Ms. Roger is moving into a System role as Indigenous Learning
- Ms. Retallack is the new teacher coordinator for City Hall School
– Chevron Open Minds
- Ms. McQueen, Ms. Scott, Ms. Wall, Ms. Innes, Ms. Murray and Ms.
Bohnert all joined us on temporary assignments.
We know they will find success within CBE
Families will be contacted in
late August by the school to advise students of their new teacher or their teacher to
welcome them to the new school year.
Thank you to
all our families for your continued support of your children in
learning. For following up on homework, reading nightly, communicating
with teachers and the school, participating in conferences, parent evenings,
School Council, fundraising and fun lunches. We couldn’t do it without
you. You, your children and your efforts on our community’s behalf are
appreciated. We look forward to our upcoming year with great excitement
and anticipation of all the possibilities yet imagined. Have a wonderful and safe summer break and we will see you again on September 3, 2019.
We are half way through our school
year! On January 31 we sent home our first set of report cards sharing
with families their child’s achievement in relation to the Alberta Program of
Studies. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your
child’s teacher. Our next face to face conferences will be in
As we move into February, we welcome
Alien In-Line skating to our school, who will be providing in-line skating to
all students as part of our Phys. Ed programming. We welcome back Canadian
award-winning storyteller, Bob Barton to the school. Bob is known for his
contribution to Arts Education, his work supporting literacy as well as his
literacy work with teachers at OISE-University of Toronto. Bob will spend
a week working with students in each classroom continuing to support their
literacy learning as they write, read and linger in the world of
poetry. For both these gifts, we gratefully acknowledge the
generosity of our Parent Society.
Grades 4, 5 and 6 students have the
opportunity to join us at the Young Writers Conference on
Saturday, April 27. Students who attended last year made presentations to
each of our Division 2 classrooms sharing their experiences from last years
conference. Students who are interested in attending will be joining Ms.
Retallack and Ms. Markle in a weekly writing club as a precursor to the
Each year Alberta Education surveys
Grade 4 students, parents and teachers on various aspects of education
quality. Parents of Grade 4 students are able to complete the survey
online or on paper, as they receive a copy of the survey in the
mail. All surveys are anonymous and ask questions about experiences
with your school. Your participation in the survey helps provide
important information on the quality of education your child is receiving, so
we encourage you to return your survey promptly.
This year on Monday, February 11 from
6:00 – 7:00 pm., we are offering an Open House for Grade 4 parents to complete
the survey either online or on paper, providing support and clarification as
needed. At 7:00, parents are invited to stay and join us for our monthly School
Grade 6 students begin to think ahead
to middle school this month with a visit from the Administration of Clarence
Sansom School when then share the opportunities that await them! Later in
the month, students will have an opportunity to see first hand what the school
and the programs look like when they do an onsite visit. Students will
gain an understanding of options and extra curricular experiences that may be
available. Clarence Sansom will host an Open House for
students and their parents on March 6, 2019 at 6:45-8:15 pm.
And, as one group of students look
forward to moving on, we are currently welcoming our youngest learners for the
class of 2019-20 Kindergarten. Kindergarten registration opened on
January 14 and continues throughout the year. If you have a child who is
eligible or you know someone in our community who does, please remind them to
register as soon as possible. All registered Kindergarten students will
be invited to our Welcome to Kindergarten event on Friday, May 24 from
2:00-3:00. Families attending this event will receive a Welcome to
Kindergarten bag for their child filled with ideas, books and resources to
begin readying for the fall!
“When you wish someone joy, you wish them
peace, love, prosperity, happiness... all the good things.”
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Each year students in all grades consider what it means to
belong. To live in community, be it our
home and family, our school, our neighbourhood or our city. December is a season of giving, family, and
the desire for joy, peace and happiness.
Students and their families gave very generously to The Veterans
Food Bank of Calgary providing 1,773 food items! This year was a school challenge to see which
grade could contribute the most.
Congratulations to our youngest students! Kindergarten students contributed just over
400 items. The Veterans Food Bank of
Calgary was overjoyed at our support.
Thank you to all our families for your support.
In the spirit of giving, the staff and families at Monterey Park
School will be supporting families in our own community. Leadership students have been visiting
classrooms to share how, as a community we can support families. Notices have gone home asking for donations
to help us create a joyful and happy holiday season for others. We invite you to consider making a donation and
fill out a leaf for our giving tree, sharing what you are grateful for, at the
school or when you attend our Winter Solstice Concert. Funds collected will be used to purchase food
and wish list items for families.
Mrs. Crisfield and our senior choir and handbells have been out to
share the love of music with the Monterey Park Senior’s Home and Village Square
Leisure Center. Audiences at both venues
were delighted by their performances. A
big thank you to all of the volunteers who supported both of these events by
accompanying students, loading and unloading equipment, tying skates, fitting
helmets and serving hot chocolate! We
cannot do these events without your support.
Our division two students have been practicing daily to perfect
their performances for the Winter Solstice Concert. Thursday, December 13
students will be performing at 6:30 (doors open at 6:15pm), with an afternoon
rehearsal that parents are welcome to attend on the same day at 1:30 pm. Please mark this date on your calendar.
In this season, we
wish you and your family joy, and peace, love, prosperity, happiness...all the good things.
We thank you in advance for your generosity to our community and
the larger community of the city of Calgary.
We look forward to welcoming everyone back to the start of a new year on
Monday, January 7, 2019.
Happy New Year and best wishes for all the good things,
Lynette Zapp and Jasdish Shahi
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