Oct 15
Admin Message - October 15, 2021


Dear New Brighton families, 

It was another busy week here at NBS. We made it through another school picture day while trying got keep the students looking as picture-perfect as when they arrived at school. It is always tricky when class picture times fall after outdoor recess or lunch especially when it is a windy day. We will have a retake day on November 3rd if you are not happy with the one from this week.

Yesterday was our first pizza lunch of the year and it was another success for those students who participated. This month will be a double Healthy Hunger month as we have decided to have a Kernels Popcorn snack day on October 29th to have it coincide with our Halloween/Pajama Day activities. Popcorn Snack Days are one of the few that our kindergarten students can participate in as well.

​Monday, October 18th is a Professional Development Day and the first of what is to be an annual system non-instruction day of professional learning focused on improving academic achievement and well-being for Indigenous students. A design team from School Improvement has been collaborating to plan this full day of professional learning for all CBE staff, focused on “establishing the conditions under which the learning aspirations and the potential of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students will be realized". As a staff, New Brighton School is very excited to begin this learning journey that we will continue throughout the year as we participate in the University of Alberta's Indigenous Canada course.

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Single Strand Lanyards

​Some students have been using single-strand lanyards to secure their facemasks and prevent their loss or contamination. Although this is a handy item to use single strand lanyards without a safety release mechanism (either velcro or an engineered plastic clip at the back), are a prohibited item in CBE schools as they can present a choking or ligature risk to anyone wearing one. These lanyards can be grabbed by another student or caught on playground equipment resulting in serious injuries. 


Students who bring these devices from home are not permitted to use them on CBE property and we are asking parents not to send them with their student(s). Any lanyards with the breakaway release mechanism are permitted.


Staff Parking lot

We would like to thank our dog owners who are walking their dogs to school on a leash and saying their goodbyes from the sidewalk or school ground boundaries. We truly appreciate everyone’s effort in this regard and we have seen a significant improvement now that the word has gotten out. 


Now we are hoping we can see the same improvement in our parking lot and student drop-off and pick-up times. We are asking for your help in making New Brighton School a safe place for our students to attend. We continue to experience difficulty with the parking situations around the school. The signage is very clear where parking is permitted and is placed in a manner to allow all our children to walk to school in a safe environment. Our Bus Zone is designed to allow the buses an easy/safe approach and departure from the front of the school.  


Our staff parking lot is at its maximum capacity and having parents drop students off in the parking lot is against school board regulations. This is due to the fact it creates a very unsafe situation for our children walking to school who use the sidewalk that crosses over the entrance to the lot. The staff parking lot is for staff only with the only exception being the two handicap spots. We have students who will require access to one of the spots and we currently have 2 students who also access those spots every day.  


Calgary Parking Authority continues to be contacted by a number of our neighbours who have had their driveways and garage doors blocked by parents/guardians of students attending our school. We strive to do our best to be good neighbours and as parents/guardians of students at New Brighton School, you are all representatives of our school community. Unfortunately, the actions of a few can reflect on the whole, and we were saddened to hear about the lack of courteousness being offered to our neighbours. 


Please read the reminders from The Parking Authority to familiarize yourself with the City of Calgary Parking Bylaws. They state: 


Please be courteous and consider the following when dropping off or picking up your children from school.  


- Avoid double parking 

- Watch for signs indicating ‘No Stopping’ and ‘No Parking’ zones 

-  Leave 5 metres (16 feet) between your car and any crosswalk markings. This will ensure children are visible when they enter the crosswalk.  

- School bus zones must be kept clear so children can step off the bus and onto a curb instead of exiting into a busy street. 

-  Parking too close to stop signs, yield signs or intersections makes it difficult to see children in the area and obstructs the view of other motorists. A distance of 5 metres is required. 

-  Blocking entrances to garages or driveways angers neighbours. Stay back at least 1.5 metres (5 feet). 


All parking infractions in school zones are subject to a minimum $50 fine. 


Please park responsibly and help make streets safe for our children.



Fun Kernels Popcorn Snack Day

We will be having a Kernels Popcorn Snack day on October 29th. The last day to order will be October 23rd by midnight. If you are interested in having a popcorn snack for your child please make sure to get your order in by then. To order any of our Fun Lunches you need to set up an account online at https://healthyhunger.ca/ .  

*Kindergarten can participate in this fun lunch.*



PD Day Monday, October 18th – No School for Students

Remembrance Day Monday, November 11th – No School

PD Day Friday, November 12 – No School for Student


Lost and Found 

Every Friday in my Admin Message there will be pictures of our lost and found items. If you see an item that belongs to your child please email the school at newbrighton@cbe.ab.ca with the subject Lost and Found. Once we hear from you, the item will be delivered to your child’s classroom. The best way to avoid this is to make sure you label all your child’s belongings.  

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Sincerely,  

Patrick Murphy  


Oct 08
Admin Message - October 8, 2021

Dear New Brighton families, 

As we head into the Thanksgiving Day long weekend, we are hearing a lot of things in the media and around town that makes it more and more difficult to find things to be thankful for. I believe a lot of this comes from living in a great country where we have become accustomed to having access to so many wonderful things. As these things are taken from us, we tend to focus on the losses and not the amazing positives that are still there ensuring that we as a society are getting through these difficult times.

As is usually the case when I need some inspiration or good advice, I ask the experts, our students. They are always honest and usually unfiltered, as one did not hesitate to point out that judging by the amount of grey hair I have, I am probably in my seventies. With an added 20 plus years onto my life, I felt it was time to find out what we should be thankful for. The simplicity and innocence in their answers should have us all reflecting and returning to appreciating those things right in front of us. A few of my favourite responses were:

- my dog

- my parents

- the park

- our first responders

- all the hospital workers

- my teachers

- the colourful leaves

The top two response that came up over and over was my parents and my family. Hopefully, the thought of being your child's number one thing to be thankful for is enough to make you recognize how, despite all the negatives in our world right now, you are valued and loved. 

The staff of NBS wished that this long weekend everyone has a chance to spend some quality time with those who are thankful for you and who you are thankful for having in your life. Maybe a family walk with the dog to the park to enjoy the colourful leaves. Please stay safe and follow the guidelines to support our health care professionals that we are all so thankful for.

NBS Families Fundraising Efforts

We are proud to announce that our Terry Fox Run brought in just over $800 in donations for The Terry Fox Foundation for cancer research. Our Every Child Matters donations raised $732 to the Orange Shirt Society to help their work in “supporting Indian Residential School Reconciliation, creating awareness of the individual, family and community inter-generational impacts of Indian Residential Schools through Orange Shirt Society activities and to create awareness of the concept of Every Child Matters"

CBE Student Survey- Academic and Well-Being Survey 

Students in K-3 at New Brighton School will be taking part in our system-wide academic, as well as our Well-begin survey in support of identifying student perceptions. Both surveys are optional in the K-3 setting but are valuable data sets to determine student perceptions. Both surveys will be administered at school and will be done using our school technology. 

Student questions and responses are created in a student-friendly nature. All students who require assistance will receive the support they require. The survey will be administered by each student's homeroom teachers and will take place over the next two weeks. Our office administration will assist our Kindergarten students in completing the survey to ensure they are supported with each question. Student results and feedback will be generated for our school and public viewing and will be shown within our School development plan soon.   

​Fun Lunches 

We will be having a Little Caesars Fun Lunch on October 14th. The last day to order will be October 9th by midnight. If you are interested in having a Little Caesars lunch for your child please make sure to get your order in by then. To order any of our Fun Lunches you need to set up an account online at https://healthyhunger.ca/ .  

*Unfortunately, fun lunches are not available for kindergarten students*

 

Thanksgiving Day Monday, October 11th – No School

PD Day Monday, October 18th – No School for Students

 

Lost and Found 

Every Friday in my Admin Message there will be pictures of our lost and found items. If you see an item that belongs to your child please email the school at newbrighton@cbe.ab.ca with the subject Lost and Found. Once we hear from you, the item will be delivered to your child's classroom. The best way to avoid this is to make sure you label all your child's belongings.  

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Sincerely,  

Patrick Murphy  

 


Oct 01
Admin Message - October 1, 2021

Dear New Brighton families, 

Today New Brighton School recognized Orange Shirt Day by having all our students wear their Every Child Matters t-shirt. Throughout the morning our classes gathered outside around the Circle of Knowing and all the students who are new to NBS were given a rock to add to the circle. This is meant to be a symbolic gesture that builds a sense of belonging while demonstrating our whole school community's commitment to Truth and Reconciliation. Today was truly powerful to observe and demonstrated that 'Every Child Matters.'

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We would once again like to give our deepest thanks for our Parent Council's generous donation to ensure every child in our school is included.

Our Terry Fox Run was another huge success this year and we would like to thank Ms. Lysak who put together a video that was shared with every class virtually before grades went outside to run the perimeter of our school field. One lap was 0.5 km and classes were using this information to calculate how far they went as a class and we will see what our final results will be next week. Each grade grouping ran together with our AM kindergartens joining the grade ones and the PM kindergartens joining our grade 4s.


Bike/Scooter/Skateboard Safety

It has been great to see the number of students and families finding healthy ways to get to and from school every day. Not only is this a good lifestyle choice but it also helps to diminish the parking issues that we often find around the school grounds. The more families walking and riding bikes/scooters the fewer cars we have looking for parking spots.

We would like to remind everyone that we need to walk our bikes/scooters/skateboards on school grounds to prevent any collisions with pedestrians. Also, the school parking lot is off-limits at all times whether you are walking or riding. This is a very busy place where it is difficult to drivers to see individuals while coming and going. Our parking lot is used throughout the day by different CBE service vehicles and families requiring access to handicapped parking stalls for pick up and drop off.  

Fun Lunches 

We will be having a Little Caesars Fun Lunch on October 14th. The last day to order will be October 9th by midnight. If you are interested in having a Little Caesars lunch for your child please make sure to get your order in by then. To order any of our Fun Lunches you need to set up an account online at https://healthyhunger.ca/ .  

*Unfortunately, fun lunches are not available for kindergarten students*

PD Day Friday, October 8th – No School for Students

Thanksgiving Day Monday, October 11th – No School

Lost and Found 

Every Friday in my Admin Message there will be pictures of our lost and found items. If you see an item that belongs to your child please email the school at newbrighton@cbe.ab.ca with the subject Lost and Found. Once we hear from you, the item will be delivered to your child's classroom. The best way to avoid this is to make sure you label all your child's belongings.  

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​Sincerely, 

Patrick Murphy 

 

Remember to follow us on Twitter @NewBrightonSch1


Sep 24
Admin Message - September 24, 2021

Dear New Brighton families,

We officially said goodbye to summer on Wednesday and have welcomed fall, which is what I believe to be the shortest of our seasons here in Calgary. The beautiful colour changes never seem to last very long with our climate, so it is best to get out and enjoy them while you can. Hopefully, this weekend will provide you with an opportunity to get out with the family and enjoy it.

Our students have been enjoying the weather and the ability to be outside for recess and their lunch break, but to my surprise, the topic of all their conversations when I was outside with them was our Scholastic Book Fair. I am not sure if it had to do with the fact that they have been in lockdown on and off for the past 18 months, or if they were just that excited to see all the new books and other items. Mrs. Gall our library assistant did not have our final numbers but has said this was definitely the most successful Book Fair she has been a part of, which is great for several reasons. The first is getting books in the hands of our students, but also the school's library will grow with the proceeds from the sales. So if you are like me and your child came home with more erasers and posters than books, take some solace in the fact that there will be more books for them to sign out for free from our school library in the near future.

I would like to thank all the families that took the time to join us virtually for our Parent-Teacher conferences. The technical difficulties have diminished greatly since we started with these and our sign-up rate has been excellent. If you happened to miss your appointment or were unable to attend please reach out to your student's classroom teacher to set up another time that would work for both of your schedules.

​Orange Shirt and Truth and Reconciliation Day

A reminder that Truth and Reconciliation Day is this Thursday, September 30 and there will be no school. Next week our classes will be learning about the meaning behind this day and also the story behind Orange Shirt Day and how in recent years it has become a way to recognize and honour the Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools across Canada. We used this day as part of our journey of Truth and Reconciliation and to continue to teach and learn about the history of those schools. 

As I mentioned early this month, the New Brighton Elementary School Parent Association has generously donated funds to allow for each student in the school to receive an Orange, Every Child Matters T-Shirt with the New Brighton School logo. This donation will ensure that each one of our students will be included in our activities throughout the year when we will be asking students to wear their t-shirt. Examples could include field trips to Nose Hill, Fish Creek Park or Blackfoot Crossing.

We are keeping our fingers crossed that we will receive the order by Sept. 29th but there are no guarantees. We will have our Orange Shirt Day here at NBS the day after the T-shirts arrive, while still honouring the Sept. 30th Truth and Reconciliation Day.

We are asking that families consider making a donation of $2.00 or more that will go to the Orange Shirt Society. Donations will support their efforts in, “fostering Residential School reconciliation, raising awareness across Canada of the continuing intergenerational impacts of the schools and the concept of Every Child Matters." Every student will receive a t-shirt regardless of whether a donation is made.

We would once again like to give our deepest thanks for our Parent Council's generous donation to ensure every child in our school is included.

​Terry Fox Run

New Brighton School will be hosting a Terry Fox Run this Wednesday, September 29 to honour this courageous, Canadian icon and champion of cancer research and awareness. We will begin our event with a short virtual assembly before heading outside to run a supervised course around the perimeter of the school field. All students will be participating so we ask parents to ensure your child has appropriate outdoor footwear for running/walking on Wednesday.

This event is designed to raise awareness and funds for cancer research; therefore we are asking students and staff to contribute a “Toonie for Terry" if possible. Participants can bring their Toonies to their classroom teacher anytime throughout the week.

Fun Lunches

We will be having a Subway Fun Lunch on September 29th, the day of our Terry Fox Run. The last day to order will be September 25th by midnight. If you are interested in having a Subway lunch for your child please make sure to get your order in by then. To order any of our Fun Lunches you need to set up an account online at https://healthyhunger.ca/ . 

*Unfortunately, fun lunches are not available for kindergarten students

School Council Dates for the Year

All of our School Council and Parent Association meetings are held virtually and are open to any families of New Brighton School students. We look forward to seeing you online on the following dates:

-   November 17, 2021

-   February 16, 2022

-   May 16, 2022 (AGM)

A link to the meetings is sent out a few days before through School Messenger and the Council Facebook Page.

Lost and Found 

Every Friday in my Admin Message there will be pictures of our lost and found items. If you see an item that belongs to your child please email the school at newbrighton@cbe.ab.ca with the subject Lost and Found. Once we hear from you, the item will be delivered to your child's classroom. The best way to avoid this is to make sure you label all your child's belongings. 

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Student Code of Conduct

Every year we remind families of the Calgary Board of Education Student Code of Conduct. The link to this important document can be found here.

Sincerely, 

Patrick Murphy 

 

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Sep 17
Admin Message - September 17, 2021

Dear New Brighton families, 

  

This was our first full, five-day week at NBS and it was a busy one. Unfortunately, we were greeted with no internet or phone lines first thing Tuesday morning but were able to have a technician out and get us back up and running before morning recess. Wednesday we had our first School Council meeting of the year, Thursday we had our first fire drill of the year and were very impressed with the student’s response to evacuating the building and remaining silent while outside.

 

The Alberta Government announced new restrictions on Wednesday that included some for schools. CBE Chief Superintendent Christopher Usih, sent a message to all parents that clarified the impact that this would have on CBE schools. I have reposted the pertinent information for our school from his message below. 

The Calgary Board of Education has reviewed these new health measures. Our plan for the 2021-22 school year, shared with you on Aug. 18, 2021, already exceeds all the new government health measures, including:

  •  mandatory masking for all students K-12 and all staff
  •  co-horting for elementary students K-6
  •  work from home direction for non-school based staff

As part of the government direction, school boards continue to have the ability to implement measures that exceed provincial guidance. We will review our health measures plan to determine if any measures need to be strengthened to further protect students and staff. Key areas to be reviewed include, but is not limited to, the presence of scheduled volunteers, guests and partners in schools and off-site activities/field trips.

We will continue to notify families of self-reported cases within schools and support AHS with outbreak notifications and investigations.

This situation is evolving. We will continue to review and adjust our practices based on new information. Any adjustments will consider further direction from the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Alberta Education, attendance rates at schools and existing active case counts in the Calgary Zone.

 

MyCBE Account 

If you have not created your myCBE Account please take the time to go online and create one. This is what you use to sign up for our upcoming Virtual Conferences in September as well you will be able to pay fees online etc. You only need to create an account once and it carries over from year to year. Click here to create an account. 

 

My CBE Power School Conference Booking System Opens to Parents – Friday, Sept 17 at 4:00 pm


Book your Virtual Conferences (no in-person conferences)

The Virtual Conferences are set up for Grade 1-4 and Kindergarten separately. You will have to select each schedule separately if you have a child in Kindergarten and in grades 1-4.

Select the teachers with whom you want to book conferences. You will see each teacher’s schedule. After booking your appointments, you can print off your schedule. You will also receive an email confirming your bookings. You can log into the system at any time to view your bookings, print, cancel or re-schedule appointments.


Important Dates and Times for Booking Conferences online:


Friday, September 17 at 4:00 pm – Start scheduling your conferences

Thursday, September 23 at 8 AM – Conference Booking System closes for Kindergarten booking

Thursday, September 23 at 2 PM – Conference Booking System closes for Grades 1-4 booking

(*if you need to make changes to your booking after the system closes, please call the school at (403) 817-3516 ext. 0)


Kindergarten Conference Times

Thursday, September 23 – Conferences from 8:00 – 11:45 AM, 12:45 – 3:00 PM and 4:00 – 7:30 PM (No School for Kindergarten Students)

Friday, September 24 – Conferences from 8:00 – 12:00 PM (No School for Students)

                                   

Grades 1-4 Conference Times

Thursday, September 23 – Conferences from 4:00 – 7:30 PM

Friday, September 24 – Conferences from 8:00 – 12:00 PM (No School for Students)

  

Fun Lunches 

We will be having a Subway Fun Lunch on September 29th, the day of our Terry Fox Run. The last day to order will be September 25th by midnight. If you are interested in having a Subway lunch for your child please make sure to get your order in by then. To order any of our Fun Lunches you need to set up an account online at https://healthyhunger.ca/ .  

 

Clothing Donations  

We are looking for clothing donations for students who have accidents at school and need a clean change of clothing. If you have any gently used clothing items male or female size 7 to 10 that you could donate to the school please contact the office at 403-817-3516. This will ensure we do not receive more than we require.  

  

Lost and Found  

Every Friday in my Admin Message there will be pictures of our lost and found items. If you see an item that belongs to your child please email the school at newbrighton@cbe.ab.ca with the subject Lost and Found. Once we hear from you, the item will be delivered to your child’s classroom. The best way to avoid this is to make sure you label all your child’s belongings.  

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Sincerely,  

Patrick Murphy  

 

Remember to follow us on Twitter @NewBrightonSch1 


Sep 10
Admin Message - September 10, 2021

Dear New Brighton families,

Two weeks in and our students are already used to their routines and expectations inside and outside the school. The weather is allowing us to get outside as much as possible for recess, lunch recess, PE and even some community walks. It has also allowed for students and parents to ride bikes, scooters and skateboards to school, which is something that we always love to see. Please remember to be safe by wearing a helmet and always lock up your bikes.

This week we had our first virtual assembly of the year welcoming students back to school through a live Teams Meeting. We were able to introduce our front office staff members and our facility operators, Mr. Altura and Mr. Mapalo to all the students so they could put some names to the faces behind the masks. The admin team was able to read the book, Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox, by Danielle Daniel, which may have got your student thinking about what animal they feel like. Our staff certainly have heard some creative ideas inspired by the book.

Our student information forms have been sent home and we ask that they be returned no later than next Friday, September 17th. Parents/guardians must carefully review the form and make any required corrections on it. All Demographic Forms must be signed by a Parent/Guardian (whether there are changes or not). Students must return all signed forms to their classroom teacher.

Changes to School Staff

This week brought some exciting news for one of our staff members and the next step in her career. Mrs. Jenny Vandewerfhorst accepted the position of strategist for Area 5 of the CBE. We are all thrilled for Mrs. V. and we know she will be amazing in her new role; however, she will be dearly missed here at NBS. The good news is New Brighton School is in Area 5 and we look forward to having the opportunity throughout the year to have Jenny back to support us in her new role. We have made it clear that we are expecting preferential treatment over her other schools, but she has been reluctant to commit to that on paper as of yet.

Mrs. V's departure has meant that we have had to shuffle a few staff members around and welcome back some familiar faces. Mrs. Leah Clare will be taking over Mrs. V's role in PE and resource, which leaves us with a vacancy in grade 2. The vacancy in Mrs. Clare's class will be filled by Mr. Paul Butt until the end of February when we will welcome Mrs. Robyn Paul back from her maternity leave. Paul Butt is very familiar to the students at New Brighton School from his time teaching here last year on a temporary contract and has graciously agreed to return to us until the end of February.

Dogs on School Grounds 

We would like to thank our dog owners who are walking their dogs to school on a leash and saying their goodbyes from the sidewalk or school ground boundaries. We truly appreciate everyone's effort in this regard. I know it is sometimes hard to understand that our beloved companions could be intimidating to anyone, but it can often cause fear through the eyes of a young child who is unfamiliar with it.  

Amazing Volunteers!

A group of amazing volunteers spent the last weekend of August revitalizing our school gardens. The areas are unrecognizable thanks to their efforts and already we have teachers looking to incorporate them into their classroom instruction. Our sincerest appreciation goes out to those wonderful individuals!

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MyCBE Account

If you have not created your myCBE Account please take the time to go online and create one. This is what you use to sign up for our upcoming Virtual Conferences in September as well you will be able to pay fees online etc. You only need to create an account once and it carries over from year to year. Click here to create an account.

2020/2021 Yearbooks

Our Yearbooks have been delivered to those students who purchased one last year. We have a very limited number of extras in the office for any families who are interested in purchasing them for $30 each. Please email the office at newbrighton@cbe.ab.ca if you are interested and we will sell them on a first-come-first-served basis.

Clothing Donations 

We are looking for clothing donations for students who have accidents at school and need a clean change of clothing. If you have any gently used clothing items male or female size 7 to 10 that you could donate to the school please contact the office at 403-817-3516. This will ensure we do not receive more than we require.  

​Lost and Found 

Every Friday in my Admin Message there will be pictures of our lost and found items. If you see an item that belongs to your child please email the school at newbrighton@cbe.ab.ca with the subject Lost and Found. Once we hear from you, the item will be delivered to your child's classroom. The best way to avoid this is to make sure you label all your child's belongings. 

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Smoking/Vaping on School property 

Please help keep our school grounds a safe and healthy place for all of our students by not smoking or vaping on school property. This is not just a Calgary Board of Education rule but a City of Calgary Bylaw.

A person must not smoke or vape: (a) in a public premises, a workplace or a public vehicle; (b) in, on or within 5 metres of a: (i) outdoor pool; (ii) outdoor skating rink; (iii) playground; (iv) skate park; (v) sports field; or (vi) transit property; to which the public has access as of right or by express or implied invitation; (c) within 5 metres of an entrance or exit to a public premises

 

Sincerely,  

Patrick Murphy 

 

Remember to follow us on Twitter @NewBrightonSch1

 




Sep 03
Admin Message - Sept. 3, 2021

Dear New Brighton families, 

Our first three days of the 2021/2022 school year are officially behind us and we can safely claim that they were a success. Our experience with last year's re-entry plan and covid guidelines allowed for a much easier start to this year. We recognize that the return to school is a huge event in the lives of our students and their families and this year has brought with it new optimism that we are on track to getting back to normal. One of our Area Directors described it as hoping for a hybrid year where we start with our cohorts and health guidelines in place and end the year with larger cohorts and fewer restrictions. We understand that everyone has differing opinions on the safety protocols we have in place, with some feeling we have not done enough and others feeling we have gone too far. Where ever you may stand on the issue, we appreciate the support and understanding from all of you as we continue to navigate our new reality. 

As everyone would have noticed by now we have had some good news with the removal of the blue fencing around our school grounds. This has improved the access to our exterior doorways and allows for families to spread out when dropping off on picking up students. However, we still have limited space in the front of the school and we are reminding parents/guardians to use a “Kiss and go" drop off and pick up with your child(ren) from the perimeter of the school grounds. This will help up maintain social distancing and allow for classes to organize themselves for entry and exit.

It is also very important to have a designated meeting spot for 3:20 pick-up times. All students in grades 1-4 will be dismissed from their exit doors and are to go immediately to the meeting spots that they have identified with their families. Please ensure you have not chosen a meeting place in the school parking lot. Kindergarten is the only age group where teachers will wait for a parent to arrive before dismissing students. All students have been taught in class that if they get to their meeting spot and there is no one there to pick them up after five minutes that they are to come to the office through the front entrance of the school for help.  

Changes to School Calendar

With the addition of Truth and Reconciliation Day on September 30th, we have made some changes to our Yearly Calendar. The updated calendar is now online on our school web page and can be also be accessed by clicking here.

Lost and Found

Every Friday in my Admin Message there will be pictures of our lost and found items. If you see an item that belongs to your child please email the school at newbrighton@cbe.ab.ca with the subject Lost and Found. Once we hear from you, the item will be delivered to your child's classroom. The best way to avoid this is to make sure you label all your child's belongings.

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Clothing Donations

We are looking for clothing donations for students who have accidents at school and need a clean change of clothing. If you have any gently used clothing items male or female size 7 to 10 that you could donate to the school please contact the office at 403-817-3516. This will ensure we do not receive more than we require. 

 

Parking Lot and Crosswalk Safety 

With the sidewalk back open on the east side of the school we are once again asking students and adults not to cut through the parking lot. This creates obvious safety concerns when we have such a full parking lot and so many students. Please remember that the parking lot is for staff only, and as it is currently, we do not have enough spaces for staff.  

We ask all adults to set a good example for the over 550 students who are watching you cross the road to get to the school. When you jaywalk and do not use the crosswalks you are sending our impressionable students the message that it is okay for them to do the same. Not only is this against the law, but it also is not the message we want our students to get. 

 

Are you setting a good example?

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Label items 

Our Lost and Found is growing once again and the majority of the items being found are masks. To ensure your child's mask, or any other belonging gets returned to them please make sure you write their name on them. ​

A few other important reminders that have become apparent on week 1 are: 

· The school will not be supplying utensils for student's lunches. If your child needs a spoon or a fork to eat their lunch please pack one in the lunch kit. 

· A reminder that dogs are not permitted on school grounds 

· Students will be spending their PE classes and recess breaks outside and are required to have appropriate footwear to participate safely. Sandals and flip flops, although weather-appropriate are not suited for physical activity. 

· The new creative Playground is off-limits to the public during school hours. Our students will be using it during the day and we cannot have members of the public using it at the same time for safety risks. 

 

Sincerely,

Patrick Murphy


Jun 25
Admin Message - June 25, 2021

Dear New Brighton Families, 

​With the support of an entire community, we not only survived a year like no other, but we also thrived. Despite many obstacles, we will take away a lot of learning to make next year even better than before. Many new routines and protocols have proven to be very beneficial and we will continue with them even after things return to normal. For example, our soft entry allowing students to enter the building up to 15 minutes before our start time will continue next year. This allows for some non-instructional time for students and teachers to build relationships and learn about each other while easing themselves into the day.

Today was our last day with students, yet it marked the first time this year that we gathered as an entire school. Ms. Lysak led each grade 3 class in a drumming performance in the middle of our field with the other classes spread out, socially distanced. It was a heartwarming moment that struck a chord with many of us as we realized it was the first time we could see all of our students at once. It was the perfect event to share on an ideal stage, and the grade 3s made us all proud. 

At this time we are looking to return to school with the same protocols and routines that we currently have in place. Classes will be in cohorts and our entry and exit to and from the building will remain in place. This summer we may hear updates around lifting some of the rules so please continue to check the CBE home page for updates. We will also be sending out information at the end of August to update families regarding our return to school.

At the end of this update, we have shared the links to videos of our creation of the Keeping the Circle Strong project and our Activity Day events called the Most Magnificent Thing 2.

Staff Update

We have a few more staffing updates to share. We are sorry to be saying goodbye to Ms. Stricker in grade 4 Hub, Mrs. Gardner in grade 3, Mr. Butt in grade 2, Mrs. Paul (currently on maternity leave), Mrs. Cabral in EES, Mrs. Koester EA in EES and Mrs. Singh in the lunchroom. We know that these amazing staff members will be deeply missed but they will be wonderful additions to the next school in their futures. We thank them all for making this year a true success story and look forward to our paths crossing again someday.

We would like to welcome Mrs. Darla Wutzke to our New Brighton Staff. Mrs. Wutzke comes to us from Douglasdale School and is very excited to be joining our NBS community

Follow Us on Twitter!

You can now follow us on Twitter at #NewBrightonSch1 . Mr. Bennett has been hard at work updating our new account so check out the great things that have been happening here the past few weeks. 

2020-2021 Yearbooks

Just a reminder for families who ordered a School Yearbook that they will not be in until September. All families will be notified once they have arrived.

Report Cards

Report Cards are now available to be viewed online through your MyCBE Account. Please following the link to access your child's report card. https://sis.cbe.ab.ca/public/home.html 

Thank you Casino Volunteers

New Brighton School and the New Brighton Elementary Parent's Association (NBEPA) would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the community members who volunteered at our very successful Deerfoot Inn Casino Fundraiser on Friday, June 18th and Saturday, June 19th – THANK YOU! This was an incredible opportunity for our school to earn a substantial amount of money in just two days, and it was remarkable that our volunteers were able to pull together and fill our shifts on such short notice.

If you were unable to join us this time and are interested in joining our next event, follow the NBEPA page on Facebook and/or join us for our next School Council/NBEPA meeting on Wednesday, September 15th at 6 pm

Video links

https://youtu.be/dIuGIBNyhTA - Keeping the Circle Strong Video

https://youtu.be/8g7XakEAR3Q - The Most Magnificent Thing 2 – Activity Day Video

Sincerely,

Patrick Murphy

 


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