Oki, Tansi, Danit'ada, Aba-wath-tech, Paarutit, Bounjour and Hello Rosemont families,
Principal messages take the form of Rosemont Reminders and will now be linked in the News Centre, as well as shared through email to Rosemont families.
Oki, Tansi, Danit'ada, Aba-wath-tech, Paarutit, Bounjour and Hello Rosemont families,
The beginning of the school year has flown by, almost as quickly as the leaves change colour. Rosemont students have been connecting and reconnecting with their peers and staff. I am always impressed with the care and consideration students have for other members of our school community and the learning they are experiencing. I enjoy spending time in each classroom and observing students working collaboratively, while developing strong relationships with their peers and teachers. Student learning, achievement and well-being continue to be the focus of our work. Teachers have also been working diligently to know your child's strengths and understand both their academic and social/emotional needs. The pandemic and its ongoing impact have highlighted a wide range of issues and questions related to mental health social and emotional well-being of all students. Supporting students is a whole-school endeavour, focusing on equity and equal access to high-quality instruction. Rosemont School has leveraged our strong school community, to ensure each students is feeling welcomed, safe, cared for and respected. Using the CBE's Holistic Lifelong Framework and UNESCO Four Pillars of Learning as our anchor, we continue to cultivate a sense of belonging.
Rosemont staff continue to collaboratively review students learning data from the following sources: Alberta Education Assurances Survey (student and parent data), CBE Student Survey, Report Cards, student work samples, Provincial Achievement Tests and teacher created Writing Attitude Survey. These data sources provide rich information specific to our student's achievement as it relates to the outcomes of the program of studies for their grade level. Overall, students at Rosemont School meet or exceed provincial standards across disciplines. This data also identifies areas for teachers provide support for continued student learning. Between March 2020 and June 2021, many CBE students, families and schools were impacted by inconsistent attendance, periods of online instruction, unusual daily processes for accommodating cohorts and COVID-19 restrictions. As a result of learning interruptions caused by the pandemic, some students have returned to school not having had a consistent access to the Program of Studies in some content areas. Teachers at Rosemont School are actively identifying where these areas might be for each student, focusing on the essential components of our curriculum, and providing time addressing any unfinished learning from previous grade. Teachers use a variety of teaching methods, such as direct instruction, conferences, extra practice, grouping and re-grouping. We have also carefully considered the way in which we deploy staff to leverage our Collaborative Response – that is, the strategic way which we meet student needs. To this end, we have extended our Response to Intervention teacher position from 0.3 to a 0.7 full-time equivalent. Ms. Ashlyn Vanderlinde and our Assistant Principal, Mrs. Rebecca Jones, will be providing specific intervention to support students in learning some of the essential skills they require as the progress through their learning. This support will focus on reading, writing, and mathematics.
Communication About Your Child's Learning
Teachers work to make learning visible for our families through snapshots located within teacher blogs and in weekly email messages to families. These include learning intentions from the classroom and ways that you can support your child at home through the reinforcement of concepts explored in class.
It is important that you know how your child is doing at school. The CBE document, How is My Child Doing? is a good resource to review. Your child's learning and progress with the outcomes in the Alberta Program of Studies will be communicated formally and informally throughout the school year.
Formal Communication: January and June, 2022 Report Cards, November 2021 and May 2022, Student Learning Conferences
Informal communication: conversations (in-person, phone), email, student work samples
Program information: fall orientation, teachers blogs/emails and website, My Child's Learning A Parent Resource.
As partners in education we also welcome parent feedback and input in a variety of ways. Please feel free to contact your child's teacher with any questions you might have or call the office to arrange for a meeting.
Oki, Tansi, Danit'ada, Aba-wath-tech, Paarutit, Bounjour and Welcome Back Rosemont families,
We are excited to be getting everything ready to welcome students back on Wednesday, September 1. All students in Grade 1 through Grade 6 are starting school on Wednesday. Our Kindergarten students will have a staggered beginning.
Our school is organized similarly to last year. We do not know the full impact of Rosemont families choosing to register in CBE Online, but we anticipate being able to keep this configuration in place.
- Kindergarten – Ms. A. Vanderlinde
- Grade One – Ms. McLean
- Grade Two/Three – Mrs. Stephenson
- Grade Two/Three – Ms. Dhah
- Grade Four/Five – Mrs. Reschke
- Grade Four/Five – Mrs. Rowan
- Grade Four/Five – Mrs. Brar and Mrs. Milligan
- Grade Six – Mrs. Wenzel-Curtis
- Music / STEM – Mrs. Erickson
- Bridges – Mrs. Hamilton
I would like to provide you with more information about our re-entry through the document, Rosemont Back to School Information link on the Back to School section of our website. You can expect to know more about our hours, calendar, safety measures, staff contact information, and more!
Your child's teacher will be calling to personally welcome you back and to touch base about what the first day will look like. Please also expect an email to provide you with more information.
As a reminder, with the current health measures in place, we are able to welcome parents in Rosemont School with an appointment. Please give us a call, 403-777-6230 and we will set up a time with you.
Dear Rosemont Families,
It has been a wonderful school year. The students and staff had a great time celebrating the last day of school together. Rosemont School families, students and staff show that this is a strong community. We are incredibly proud of these students as the demonstrated strength, resiliency and compassion. We celebrated the last day of the 2020-2021 school year with an assembly acknowledging and thanking everyone for their dedication, perseverance and “heart" work. We could not have done this without the ongoing support of our families. To each and over single one of you… THANK YOU! You support has been incredible.
We are saying farewell to a few staff today. These individuals have jumped in the Rosemont Community with both feet.
Ms. Jeftic is on to a new adventure and is heading back to university, chasing her dreams!
Ms. Tupper is an amazing teacher, she joined Rosemont not too long ago and we were so lucky… she will be heading off to new teaching adventures in the fall
Miss Amy - We are sad to see Miss Amy move on from Rosemont School… she is heading to a new adventure at Alex Munroe school… she will be missed.
Mrs. Arseneault – Mrs. Arseneault is also off to a new adventure; taking more time for golf, spending time with her family and travelling; this is how she will spend her days during Retirement. We are so happy for her and will make sure we keep in touch
Ms. Dhah – We are so thrilled to have had you join Rosemont School this year. She has kept quite busy teaching grade one and math in Grade 4/5. We are happy to know that Ms. Dhah will be off to her own new teaching adventure in the fall.
We want to wish you all the very best that summer has to offer. Stay safe and take care. We are looking forward to seeing you all on September 1, 2021, information about back to school can be found on our Rosemont Website or click on the link here.
Diversity is having a seat at the table. Inclusion is having a voice. And Belonging is having that voice be heard. – Liz Fosslien
Oki, Tunsai, Danit’ada, Bonjour and Hello Rosemont Families,
The Calgary Board of Education’s mission, each student in keeping with their individual abilities and gifts, will complete high school with a foundation of learning necessary to thrive in life, work and continued learning, lives within Rosemont School.
Our Board’s priorities for student success are Achievement, Equity and Well-being. As Principal of Rosemont School, I am very proud of our students as they continue to progress, while navigating uncertainty and complexity of a global pandemic. We acknowledge there has been disruption to student learning this year due to movement from in-person to at-home and various isolation and quarantine requirements. However, learning was ongoing, and our students continue to both achieve learning excellence and meet the outcomes in the Alberta Program of Studies. Rosemont School staff are committed to understanding where each student is starting from, take the position of strength and competency, access diagnostic assessment, carefully design tasks, provide intervention, and differentiate instruction.
Specific to Rosemont School, students and staff identified achievement, equity, and well-being as areas of focus for the 2021-2022 school year. I would like to take this opportunity to provide an update about achievement and equity in writing, and well-being and equity in developing a sense of belonging and positive relationships.
Achievement and Equity in Writing
After carefully reviewing student writing, staff identified the following goal; Each student, in keeping with their individual ability and gifts, will demonstrate improvement in the skills required to communicate in writing across the disciplines. Staff provided daily opportunities for students to write in all disciplines and aligned student achievement through collaborative assessment of writing during our Professional Learning Community. Teachers calibrated their assessment using the story writing rubric and the learning progression in the CBE Assessment and Reporting Guide. Students worked with their teachers to internalize learning intentions and used success criteria when self assessing their own writing. Staff developed a Writing Attitude Survey to better understand student perception of writing and were able to see evidence of positive growth when comparing the survey administered over time. Our students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 have shown excellent achievement when writing. Equity in writing is considered during the design of each writing opportunity teachers create. The image below shares what we strive for as educators, moving from the same instruction/tools (treatment) for all, to equitable developed instruction/multiple tools (treatment). Everyone receiving the instruction and tools needs to be successful with learning outcomes and ultimately, removing the barriers while increasing skills so all students are accessing all learning occurring in their classroom. Teaching through a lens of equity normalizes instruction that meets the diverse needs of students and ensures all are learning in a welcoming, respectful and safe environment.
Equity and Well-Being for Learning
CBE and Rosemont School are committed to providing inclusive learning and work environment. Rosemont School has a unique school culture that represents the needs and
expectations of students, staff, parents and school community members. Our school also reflects a “unified CBE culture of inclusion,” inclusive of physical ability, mental ability, gender identity and gender expression, sexual orientation, cultural and linguistic diversity, race, ancestry, gender,
religious beliefs, socioeconomic status and family composition.
CBE CARES, Collaboration for Anti-Racism and Equity Supports, has communicated a need to address racism and discrimination in schools. Every student should have the opportunity to succeed personally and academically regardless of background, identity or personal
circumstances. CBE CARES has had discussions on emerging issues related to equity, antiracism and inclusion within CBE and its school communities and work sites; gathered information, ideas and suggestions for promoting anti-racism, equity and inclusion in CBE schools and workplaces; and to develop strategies to advance anti-racism, equity
and inclusion within the CBE. “We know the battle for equality and social justice is often fought in public institutions. Given
that public education serves the common good, we are uniquely positioned to continue to advance social change. It is not enough to acknowledge that racism exists; education leaders must disrupt practices and structures that tend to serve some students and not all. While there
is a lot of good work happening across the CBE, there is always room for improvement.” Usih,2020. (https://cbe.ab.ca/news-centre/Pages/racism-and-schooling-public-education-plays-animportant-
Rosemont School has taken up this important work and has identified the following goal as stated
in our School Development Plan: The number of students, in keeping with their individual abilities and gifts, who feel a sense of belonging and have positive relationships with their peers and school staff will increase. This work is proactive and driven by education. Our staff have completed professional learning through the CBE Inclusive Education Community of Practice, Guiding Framework for Inclusive
Education to develop a common understanding and language about inclusion. We use the Four Pillars of Learning and focus on Learning to Be and Learning to Live Together as the foundation of our Rosemont Days. Each staff member has completed the CBE Bullying and Prevention
Course to develop a common understanding of; what is conflict, rude, aggressive or bullying behaviors?
Staff worked to ensure each student has one teacher who is their “Go-To” adult within the school to reach out to when needing support, participated in Sharing Circles, and helped all students understand how to recognize positive relationships and belonging through modeling, role playing
and problem-solving opportunities. CBE’s Student Code of Conduct outlines the roles and expectations related to student
conduct, promotes positive learning environments for each student, and helps students learn how to develop empathy and become good citizens within and outside of the school community. If students report negative behaviour by a peer, as the parent or supportive adult, please contact your
child’s teacher. We follow up on every report and support students in dealing with these concerns to ensure our learning environment respects diversity and fosters a sense of belonging.
Services for Students with Complex Learning Needs and English Language Learners
Students who present with complex learning needs or who are English language learners are supported in our school by our student learning team, which includes: administrators, our resource teacher, our classroom teachers, and our Area 3 student services support specialists, along with
designated education assistants. This team is responsible for supporting teachers in differentiating
classroom instruction, as well as accessing additional resources and services for students, as deemed necessary through regular reviews at our school learning team meetings.
Please check out our @RosemontCBE Twitter page to see example of our latest work.
Principal, Rosemont School
"We are diverse, all of us. We all have strengths, we all have stretches and we all need to get better at something. The difference in teaching to diversity, however, is that we don't start with our deficits, we start with our strengths" - Shelley Moore
Oki, Tunsai, Danit'ada, Taanishi, Bonjour, and Hello Rosemont Families,
At our last School Council meeting, I had the privilege of sharing the progress staff and students have made towards our two learning goals as outlined in our School Development Plan. Rosemont school staff are committed to continuous improvement, as Dylan William shared, “Every teacher needs to improve, not because they are not good enough, but because they can be even better." I would like to share more about the progress make towards our well-being for learning goal. When students feel they belong and are cared for in a welcome, safe and respectful learning environment, student achievement will improve. The 2020-2023 School development plan can be found here, on our Rosemont School website: https://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/rosemont/about-us/school/pages/default.aspx
Well-Being for Learning
Our well-being for learning goal is, increasing the number of students, in keeping with their individual abilities and gifts, who feel a sense of belonging and have positive relationships with their peers and school staff. To meet this goal, we have committed to key instructional actions, such as; participating in the Inclusive Education Community of Practice and CBE Bullying and Prevention Course, and using the Four Pillar of Education as a foundation for our Rosemont Days, and collective work as a school community.
Staff participated in the CBE's Inclusive Education Community of Practice, Guiding Framework for Inclusive Education to develop common understanding and language about inclusion and the benefits of creating learning environments that value student diversity. Specific to this, we further dove into understanding the learning environment, regulation, curriculum adaptions, and student voice.
Staff also completed the CBE Bullying and Prevention Course and developed a common understanding of the following, “What is conflict, rude, aggressive or bullying behaviors?" This is language we use with students. The Education Act, and all Alberta school boards including the CBE, define bullying as repeated and hostile or demeaning behavior by an individual in the school community where the behavior is intended to cause harm, fear or distress to one or more other individuals in the school community, including psychological harm or harm to an individual's reputation. Bullying is not a normal part of growing up and does not build character. Although conflict, rude, and aggressive behaviours are not bullying, they also must be addressed as they can be hurtful. Students and staff work together to ensure our school is a welcome, safe, respectful and caring environment.
During our Pink Shirt Day assembly, our Grade 4 and 5 students led this learning with our entire school. They shared their insights and perspectives on how Rosemont School is a kind, inclusive, and strong community. One way Grade 4 and 5 shared they will stop bullying is by building their ability to communication with each other, including active listening. They built a talking stick, adding details to it that represent each member of the classroom and it will be used during sharing circles or class meetings.
We continue to build our collective understanding of the Four Pillars of Learning with a focus on Learning to Be, and Learning to Live Together. As a UNESCO candidate school, we are committed to developing our understanding of our place in the world, peace, intercultural dialogue, sustainable development and quality education. Mrs. Wenzel-Curtis shared a great video about UNESCO called, Learning to Live Together in Peace, Global Citizenship Education, please check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuKzq9EDt-0&feature=share Our Grade 6 students led this work and have created a large display in the Learning Commons, making this visible for all students and staff.
Grade 6 students also taught our school about the national Moose Hide Campaign. In 2011, the campaign was born out of the hope an Indigenous man, Paul Lacerte and his daughter, Raven had to end violence towards women and children. Lacerte and Raven were hunting for moose near the Highway of Tears in British Columbia. The moose they hunted would feed their family for winter and pro vide a moose hide for cultural purposes. While they were there, they became aware of the sorrow inthe communities along this stretch highway. The Moose Hide Campaign aims to distribute 10 Million Moose Hide squares across Canada. Please see more information about the campaign here, https://moosehidecampaign.ca/home/about-us.
Lastly, students are growing in their understanding of how to recognize positive relationships. All students in Kindergarten to Grade 6 have participated in a Well-Being Student Survey to identify which behaviours or actions contribute to the feeling of belonging. For example, students in Division 1 have responded to the following statements; someone says thank you to me if I help them, I help my friend feel better when they are upset and I tell my friends what I like about them. Division 2 students have worked diligently to construct their own survey. Taking time to create a common understanding of the purpose of the survey. Grade 4, 5 and 6 students brainstormed questions that would provide them with a robust understanding of what belonging looks. Some of the questions they constructed are; when I have a problem that is not about school work I an get help from an adult at school, I have a trusted peer at school that will support me, I know the expectations at school and make good choices and I show respect for my classmates cultures.
Please check out our @RosemontCBE Twitter page to see example of our latest work.
Principal, Rosemont School
It doesn’t matter when we start.
It doesn’t matter where we start.
All that matters is that we start!
Happy New Year, Rosemont Families!
We were thrilled to see students back learning at home this past week and are very proud of their hard work. A big thank-you to all parents/guardians for your work in supporting your child while learning at home. Your commitment to your child’s learning was evident. I am also incredibly proud of our school staff who continue to provide rich learning opportunities for students in a variety of curriculum areas and met regularly to connect with and teach new skills.
Move to In-Person Learning, Scenario 1
The Minister of Education confirmed on Monday afternoon that it is expected K-12 students who typically learn at school will return to in-person learning on January 11. We continue to ensure all safety guidelines and protocols in place including wearing a face mask, hand washing/sanitizing, physical distancing and staying home when sick. Our fantastic facility team, Mrs. Martinez and Ms. Wong continue to work diligently to clean and sanitize throughout the day.
Reminder - International Travel
Students and families who have travelled outside Canada are legally required to follow all provincial and federal travel restrictions upon arrival. If your family is participating in the International Border Testing Pilot Program, your children may not return to school until they have tested negative on a second test 6 or 7 days after your arrival.
If you are not enrolled in the pilot program, your child must:
Kindergarten Registration begins on Monday, January 11. Our Kindergarten program serves the students in our catchment. If you have a little one at home or know someone in our community, please let them know they can register! Registration information, including the forms needed, are on the Rosemont School website. Please call the school if you have any questions.
In the coming weeks we will be posting our virtual open house on the Rosemont School Website for both prospective Kindergarten and students in grades 1-6 who may be new to our Rosemont community.
Lost and Hopefully Found – Virtual
We continue to have a Lost and Found in the school but wanted to find a way to make this virtual, this way parents/guardians can peek and see if their child has any items here. Each item is numbered, so if you recognize something, please connect with your child’s teacher or the office so we can ensure we get these “lost” items found again! The lost and found items can be found here on our website. Our check under About Us, Our School, and Resources.
Social/Emotional Wellness at Rosemont School
We recognize that this is a time that may cause challenges to student and family wellness. Please know that there are a variety of counselling supports available to assist you or your children.
Access Mental Health: 403-943-1500
Calgary Counselling Centre: 403-691-5991 Only telephone and online counselling are available
Distress Centre: 403-266-4357 The call centre is closed, with staff working remotely. Support is still available 24/7.
Eastside Family Centre: 403-299-9696 Only phone and e-therapy services available
Kid’s Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868
Mental Health Help Line: 1-877-303-2642
Catholic Family Services - Rapid Access Counselling: 403-233-2360 or email email@example.com
Food Supports during Covid-19
Alberta 211 - call 211 for urgent food support
The Calgary Food Bank - request food hampers by calling 403-253-2055.
Check out www.foodfinderyyc.com on a regular basis as well as new food support locations are being added each week. Some of these locations will offer lunch/dinner by registration or by drop in (some may even offer delivery) and some will offer food hampers
Michelle Chastko, Principal
“STANDING IN THE early morning chill, clearing the car of snow, scraping ice from the windows, I look up and around me at the morning filled with things to see: the way the ice fog magnifies the mountains in the near distance so that it appear closer, the ballet of cat tracks in the snow, the bare trees like arterial networks in the dimness, the house slumped like a great sleeping bear under the white rug of winter. It occurs to me that the secret of fully being here, walking the skin on this plant, is to learn to see things as though I were looking at them for the first , or last time. Nothing is too small then, too mundane, too usual. Everything is wonder. Everything is magical. Everything moves my spirit… and I am spiritual." – Richard Wagamese, Embers – One Ojibway's Meditations
Oki, Tunsai, Danit'ada, Taanishi, Bonjour, and Hello Rosemont Families,
As we move closer to the Winter Solstice and the end of 2020, this is a perfect opportunity to reflect on the amazing families, staff and students of our Rosemont School community. As Wagamese shared, “nothing is too small then, too mundane, too usual. Everything is a wonder. Everything is magical," and there is so much to be thankful for. We are committed to the success of each and every student and together we continue to ensure Rosemont School is a welcoming, safe, caring, and respectful learning environment for all. As parents and guardians, your commitment to your child's education and well-being is evident. Your ongoing conversations with teachers, your contributions to our events and the perspectives you share during School Council ensures that we have an inclusive learning environment with a commitment to excellence in student achievement.
Commitment to an Inclusive Learning Community
Rosemont is an ASPNet Candidate School
As an Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet) Candidate School, the students, staff, and parent community of Rosemont School have committed to promoting UNESCO's ideals by undertaking projects that prepare young people to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex world. ASPnet teachers and students have the chance to work together to develop innovative educational approaches, methods and materials at the local, national and global levels. There continue to be significant benefits of this program for students who will become future global citizens in our world. As an overview:
The themes of UNESCO are interwoven in our Alberta Program of Studies, the priorities of the Calgary Board of Education and are central to our School Development Plan. At its core, Rosemont School has made a commitment to an Inclusive Learning Community where all members respect diversity, equity and human rights; support the intellectual, special, physical, emotional and spiritual development of each child; respect the values of cooperation, trust, caring, sharing; and have a commitment to racial harmony and gender equality. The Four Pillars of Learning are the language we use with students to connect this learning across all classes from Kindergarten to Grade Six.
The Pillars of Learning are the foundation of our school and are part of our school song, which you can see here, on our website. During the 2019-2020 school year, students took part in many different learning opportunities, such as World Change Club, Rosemont Days, Food that Fuels, Student Vote Climate Change Initiative, Season of Giving, Buddy Activities, Carnaval and Collaboration with Piitoayis Family School.
The current global pandemic has required us to be creative in the ways in which we continue this work but also provides us with a unique contextual learning opportunity. We have decided to focus on the inquiry question, how do we know we are making a difference? Each class, from Kindergarten to Grade 6 will come together around this question. Noticing and naming the impact we have leads to students understanding their place, interwoven in our community and our global community. We will continue to learn together through Rosemont Days, Carnaval, Season of Giving, Terry Fox Run, Walk on Mohkínstsis (Orange Shirt Day), Metis Week, Veterans Food Bank collection, Remembrance Day Service to name a few. Each of these help us see that we are all making a difference!
Season of Giving
At Rosemont School, we continue to work towards making our school a special place for all members of our school and our community. To support our sense of belonging, students have organized Spirit Days, decorated trees in our natural area, dressed up our fence and put up winter art in windows. We are all getting very excited to share our own version of the Nutcracker and have begun to bring in non-perishable food items for the Calgary Food Bank. Students continue to make us proud of their desire to connect, and bring light and joy to others.
On behalf of all the staff at Rosemont School, we want to wish each and every one of you the very best that this season brings, health and happiness. We are all members of the village that keep us all strong. We will miss seeing your child and connecting with you, but we look forward to catching up and sharing wonderful stories when we return to online learning on January 5, 2020.
"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success."
Oki, Tunsai, Danit'ada, Taanishi, Bonjour, and Hello Rosemont Families,
It is hard to believe we are in our third month of school! The weather has changed which means we are spending more time inside, although we continue to spend some time outside each day. Students have really enjoyed the recent snow as they are able to be creative and build and play in new ways. As a reminder, students will need to be dressed to be outside during our colder days. In the event the temperature hits -20 C (with or without wind chill) students will not be going outside during recesses.
You may have noticed when you are picking up or dropping off your child, evidence of student learning in our windows. Those are special gifts from our students to you, our community. We will have to wait to welcome you all back into our school, but for now, please come by while you are out with your family and take a peek!
Your child's teacher communicates information about their learning in many different ways. The primary purpose of ongoing communication is to improve student learning through conversations between educators, students, their families, and other professionals. Ongoing communication supports students and families in building an understanding of individual student achievement over the course of the reporting period, so the information communicated in the report card is both expected and easily understood. Communication takes the form of phone calls, e-mails, meetings, student learning conferences, sharing student work, blogs, Google Classroom and report cards, to name a few. I encourage you to take every opportunity you have to best understand how your child is progressing.
Student Learning Conferences are just around the corner, on Thursday, November 19 (evening) and Friday, November 20 (day). This is an important opportunity for parents/guardians to meet with your child's teacher to discuss your child's learning and to celebrate their achievements. Due to COVID-19 guidelines we will use a virtual option. These conferences will take place either through Microsoft Teams or by phone, based on your preference. The MyCBE conference booking system will be open on Saturday, November 14 for families to sign up. The following questions found in the document, A Parent's Guide to Assessment and Reporting provide a good framework for the Student Learning Conferences.
Questions you might ask your child about how they are doing in school:
- What are you looking forward to in school tomorrow?
- What was the most difficult thing you did in school today? What was the easiest for you? What did you enjoy?
- How do you think you have improved over the last week/month/etc.?
- What would you like to improve on? How do you plan to improve?
Questions to ask your child's teacher to find out how they are doing in school:
- How is my child doing in class?
- What do you see as my child's strengths?
- Where can my child improve?
- What can we do at home to support my child's learning?
Teachers will continue to communicate information about programming which allows parents to understand what their child is learning and see examples of the types of learning experiences in which their child is engaged. This information is communicated through email, blogs and Google Classrooms.
Rosemont teachers engaged in professional learning in October taking a deep dive in to student achievement data from many different sources. We analyzed data from student work samples, formative assessments, such as Fountas and Pinnell Reading Assessment, Report Cards, OurSCHOOL survey, Accountability Pillar Survey, and 2018-2019 Provincial Achievement Tests, to best understand where our students are achieving well and where there are gaps. We confirmed that Rosemont students, overall, achieve at a high standard, across all disciplines. But we see writing and well-being for learning as places where we would like to support an increased achievement in student learning. We used these findings to create a draft copy of our School Development Plan (SDP). Our 2020-2021 SDP is the first year of a three year process, each year is an incremental progression from the previous one. The draft copy of our 2020-2021 SDP, as well as our 2019-2020 Fees Report, will be shared at our upcoming School Council meeting, on November 25th at 6:30pm. I will be seeking your feedback on our development plan and budget priorities.
As I close this message, I want to thank you for your continued support of Rosemont School, our staff and all our Red Fox families. "Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success," resonates soundly as we move through this uncertain time. Please know your commitment to student success, learning and well-being is evident and we continue to work together, as a strong community.
Dear Rosemont Families,
Sitting Bull shared these wise words, “Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children." Each member of our community, our families, students, system, facility, teaching, and support staff have worked together to provide a safe school start-up. We are very proud of our students as they have embraced new protocols and adjusted to wearing a mask, hand sanitizing/cleaning, and physical distancing. They have shown flexibility and awareness about their role in providing a safe and caring school environment. We will continue to follow Alberta Health Services guidelines and work in collaboration with Alberta Education to ensure student learning continues.
Rosemont School staff are committed to the personalization of learning and the design of learning tasks that develop students' conceptional understanding and foundational skills as well as the intentional focus on well-being for learning. Personalization of learning, as referred to in the CBE document, Making Teaching & Learning Visible, begins with engagement. “It is highly intentional and responsive that intensely attends to each student's learning so that all student can participate, progress and achieve." (pg.3). Our School Development plan will capture this focus and outline our targeted approach to literacy and well-being for learning. We will share our plans with parents/guardians at our School Council meeting on October 21. Please consider attending this meeting, it begins at 6:30pm.
Rosemont Days are an integral part of our school culture as they provide an amazing opportunity for our community to come together around similar learning intentions. The first Rosemont Day focused on re-connecting to our red fox logo, motto, and school song. Each class shared beautiful artwork of red foxes and what they learned about their tenacity, resourcefulness, familial connection, and intellect. Students discussed how these traits connect back to who they are. We will come together each month as a school community for Rosemont Days with the goal of Well-Being for Learning with increasing resiliency when encountering uncertainty.
Student Learning Conferences are important opportunities for families to have one-on-one conversations with teachers to share information about student progress, growth, and achievement. They are an excellent place for students to discuss their progress and share evidence of their learning. Rosemont School will have our first Student Learning Conferences on November 19-20, 2020. Due to the ongoing restrictions on in-person meetings, we will utilize Microsoft Teams to meet with each parent/guardian in a secure, private online environment. These will be scheduled using the Conference Booking Manager on your MyCBE account.
Report Cards summarize individual student achievement in relation to the Program of Studies and/or Individual Program Plans. Students attending in-person or Hub online learning will receive their first report card during the week of February 1-5, 2021 through PowerSchool and MyCBE.
Thank you for your continued support of Litterless Lunches and how we are working to decrease our environmental footprint by Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling. Our response to current safety restrictions has also highlighted the importance that any wrappers, juice boxes and other disposables will be sent home in your child's lunch kit.
(Hidden) Allison Bobenic, Principal
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