This has been quite a year. I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude to students, staff and community for your flexibility and perseverance as we collectively navigated the numerous challenges presented by COVID.
On a personal note, I would like to thank this community for your support and all the work you do for Nose Creek School. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with this community. Although we may not have had all the same opportunities this year, in the past, we could always count on volunteers to support the many programs at Nose Creek School including Healthy Hunger, field trips, special events, athletics, fine and performing arts, robotics, fundraising, etc. In particular, I would like to highlight the hard work of Nose Creek's School Council who work tirelessly in the background to help all these opportunities come to fruition. Even during a pandemic they were able to find ways to continue to support Nose Creek.
As we transition to summer holidays, I would like to extend best wishes to the Grade 9 students moving to high school and any students leaving the community.
For those staying at Nose Creek School for next year, the staff will be eager to welcome you back on September 1, 2021. There is some back to school information posted on the website, but please continue to check the school's website for the latest information regarding school start up in the fall should there be changes. Information provided includes what to expect on the first day, supplies, bell times, etc.
I know I am going to miss being a Kodiak, but the time has come to take on new challenges. To that end, I would like to extend a warm welcome to Tammy Jeffrey as she transitions to be Nose Creek's principal in the fall.
Have a safe and happy summer break,
Cathy Shellenberg, Principal
In recognition of National Indigenous Peoples Day, and in alignment with the CBE Education Plan, NOSE CREEK SCHOOL acknowledges and supports the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action, and makes the following commitment to action for the 2021-2022 school year:
We will maintain an annual commitment to Aboriginal education issues, including building student capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect.
In making our commitment, Call to Action # 63iii offered inspiration.
Today marks the first day of Semester 2. For some, this day has brought about some changes including Hub students who are meeting new Hub teachers and Hub students who have chosen to return to in-person classes. Grade 9 teachers in both Hub and in-person are working on grade 10 course recommendations and course selections for our Grade 9 students. Grade 9 parents and guardians please watch for information and instructions coming soon regarding those course sections.
During Semester 2, we are continuing to follow our COVID protocols and are working to keep everyone safe. This means that we will be maintaining the homeroom cohorts and students will continue with a CTF option wheel that is similar in format to Semester 1. For the most part, students will stay in their classes and the teachers will rotate to their classroom.
One thing I appreciate about dealing with a global pandemic is that COVID has helped shine a light on the importance of kindness. In the spirit of working together, I would like to remind everyone that Pink Shirt Day is February 24. Every year we wear pink shirts on the last Wednesday in February to show our support for anti-bullying. Although we wear pink shirts on this day to show that bullying is not tolerated, this is an important message for everyday. In support of our efforts to promote anti-bullying, our School Council has teamed up with Mad Monkey Apparel to offer pink Be Kind. #kodiakkindness T-shirts and Hoodies. We hope these shirts will be worn on more than just Feb 24 as a reminder to be kind and support each other. The deadline to order is February 8, 2021. Shirts can be ordered from https://stores.inksoft.com/nose_creek_school_pink_shirt_da/shop/home
I would also like to take this opportunity to remind students, parents and guardians to be careful as they move around our school and community. Pedestrians are reminded to use the crosswalks and drivers are reminded to watch for those pedestrians and stop for them. As well, parents and guardians please be mindful or where you are stopping and pulling out from for drop off or pick up. Many people are moving about and we don't want any one to get hurt. You are also reminded that the parking lot is for staff only.
Catherine Shellenberg, Principal
I am sure for many that was a very different holiday break than previous ones. This week, with the exception of our PLP students, all students are attending their classes online. We look forward to resuming in-person classes next week on January 11, 2021. The COVID-19 procedures and protocols that were established before the break will continue. Families are reminded to keep students home who are showing any symptoms and/or are required to quarantine to comply with international travel requirements. As well, we request you inform the school if your student has tested positive for COVID-19. Families are also reminded that there will be no access to Lost and Found. Please ensure your student's belongings are clearly labelled so we can attempt to return items to their owners.
The first couple weeks of November have been busy with learning throughout the building and online. Below are some updates related to our Remembrance Day Assembly, Parent Teacher Interviews, COVID processes, and Jacket Racket.
Our Remembrance Day Assembly looked a little different this year. However, with the collective efforts of staff and students, we were able to have a Remembrance Day “Assembly" together while still staying apart. With the use of our PA system, classroom student emcees, and a common presentation put together by our Remembrance Day Team and coordinated by all the staff, we were able to have a synchronous assembly without leaving our classroom cohorts. The collective efforts of everyone to make it work demonstrated the strength of our Kodiak SPIRIT.
Parent Teacher Interviews on Thursday, November 19 will also look different as we all transition to a new way of having interviews online. We have been working hard to make sure everything is in place for it to go as smoothly as possible. That being said, there is a possibility of technical glitches. We appreciate your patience as we work through these new processes. If for some reason your interview is interrupted by technical issues, the teacher(s) will be reaching out to connect with those individuals some other way and/or time on Thursday or Friday.
COVID-19 update: I just want to clarify the process for identified positive cases of COVID-19 that has recently changed. When we receive communication regarding someone in NCS getting a positive test result, there is a process that we follow that helps determine if there are any staff or students that would be considered close contacts. If there are, then communication goes to those individuals first providing them with directions to isolate. Then a communication is provided to the whole community that there has been a reported positive case. The second communication to the whole community is for information purposes only and does not require action. Only those with the specific dates of isolation need to take action. I hope this helps clarify the communications that have been sent out recently.
Thank you to all the NCS students and staff who donated jackets to the Jacket Racket. Over 175 jackets were collected to be donated! NCS is lucky to be part of such a supportive and caring community.
Catherine Shellenberg, Principal
It is hard to believe that we are already at the end of October. Halloween at school will look different this year. Unfortunately, to maintain our cohorts and guidelines, we have had to cancel our usual Halloween activities. Individual classes and teachers may choose to do something. Please reach out to your child's teachers if you have questions about that. Reminder that Friday, October 30 is a PD Day.
As has already been communicated, we have had our first positive case of COVID-19. Thankfully, we have worked hard to maintain cohorts and COVID guidelines. Due to these processes, we were able to clearly identify the close contacts. Those students and staff identified were able to quickly pivot to online learning during their time of required precautionary isolation. As processes and procedures are updated by AHS and then CBE, we will also continue to update our processes. We appreciate the support of families in reinforcing the importance of wearing a mask and physical distancing.
Catherine Shellenberg, Principal
It is hard to believe that we are already three weeks into the school year. All families should have received email information from their student's teacher(s), whether it be for in person learning or Hub learning, introducing themselves and giving some information about the year and their programs as well as contact information. Despite the “new normal" and the processes and guidelines related to learning through a global pandemic, we are happy to be reconnecting with students and engaging them in their learning. I am sure things will evolve and adjust as we progress through the year.
In support of our program, I would like to recognize and thank T&T Supermarket for their generous and thoughtful donation of 12000 masks to our school. It is their way to help us maintain safe operations in the school for students and staff. These single use masks will allow us to provide a temporary solution for students who have forgotten their mask, or a disposable option for staff as required.
Catherine Shellenberg, Principal
Dear NCS Families,
We are beginning our school year by limiting the number of students entering the school over the first two days. The purpose of the plan is:
- To ease the transition of students into school,
- To spend time with smaller groups familiarizing them with our health measures,
- To facilitate physical distancing while teaching the protocols of our health measures.
Because of bussing, staggered entry days are full day.
The students have been divided into 2 groups according to their last names for the staggered entry:
- A – K come Tuesday, September 1
- L – Z come Wednesday, September 2
- All students come Thursday, September 3 and Friday, September 4
Each grade will have a designated entrance and exit. On the first 2 staggered days, there will be designated spots for students to line up (maintaining a 6ft distance between students) near their designated door. The following doors have been designated:
- Grade 5 – East side door
- Grade 6 – West side door
- Grade 7 – West back door
- Grade 8 – Front Door
- Grade 9 – East back door
- PLP – Front door
More details regarding the school's re-entry plan will be provided on Friday, August 28 and Monday, August 31.
Wow, it seems like just yesterday, the pandemic was declared
and we were heading into Spring Break. It
is hard to believe that summer holidays are around the corner. To that end, there are a few things that I
would like to mention.
June 26th will be the last day of ongoing
learning. Report cards will be available
at noon on the 26th through PowerSchool. The morning of June 29th is for
It has been an interesting blend of busyness and calm with
ongoing learning and preparing for next year.
I have been so impressed with the positive way staff, students and
parents adapted to the change and continued on.
Reflecting on the year and the adaptations that have been made due to
COVID, I appreciate:
Staff for pivoting with only a moments notice to
continue to connect with students and their families and find a whole new way
to provide ongoing learning
Students who continued to be engaged in the
learning and online school activities
Parents and guardians who supported both their
student(s) and the staff so that we could have ongoing learning and enrichment
Looking towards next year, I would like to send my best
wishes to the grade 9s as they prepare to go to high school and any students
who will be leaving Nose Creek School.
I would also like to welcome new students joining the Kodiak
family next year including new grade 5-9 students from Harvest Hills.
If I do not have the opportunity to connect with you before
the summer holidays, have an excellent summer!
Mrs. Shellenberg, Principal
During these unprecedented times, I wanted to reach out to our Kodiak family and let you know that we are thinking about you. I know this level of uncertainty can cause anxiety and stress. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to figure out what this new normal for student education will be. Although we may be separated physically, it doesn’t mean that we are not here for you. I encourage you to reach out to us with questions and concerns. That being said, I want you to realize that during Spring Break I have encouraged NCS staff to take a break, recharge and focus on their families. These are very challenging times for them as well. After the break we will be in touch with updates.
Until then, be safe and look after yourself and your family.
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