Thank you to all the families for their active participation in our Learning Conferences held in March. Our students are so proud of their accomplishments thus far and certainly earned a well-deserved Spring Break.
We would also like to thank you for supporting our jersey day and fun lunch day – both were a huge success and we look forward to our fun snack day on Friday, April 16. Popcorn will be available for purchase at 2.00 a bag. Proceeds go towards the purchase of our water bottle station.
Following Spring Break, we will begin our Walk or Wheel Wednesdays to encourage families to walk or ride to school. This is a great way to get exercise and reduce traffic congestion. Hopefully our scooter rack will be installed soon and students can “scoot" to school, too.
Grade 4 parents have received the Alberta Education Assurance Survey (Accountability Survey) in the mail. Please take the time to complete this survey as your voice matters.
Thank you to our School Council for all their hard work put towards informing and encouraging families to complete the High School Engagement survey. I would also like to thank them for inviting our School Trustee to the next council meeting. Trustee Hurdman has accepted the invitation and we look forward to hearing from her on April 15 at 6:30 pm.
Let's hope the beautiful weather remains – please remember to send spare masks to school with your child. We have a very limited supply of disposal masks available for emergency use only. We also encourage all students to dress in layers so they are prepared for any kind of Calgary weather!
It is hard to believe that March begins next week. Before you know it, we will be getting ready for our Spring Break!
I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the parents and guardians who are using our drop and go in the mornings or parking and walking to school, even with the cold weather. We will continue to use our pylons out front to help drivers understand where the no stopping zone is in front of our crosswalk. Please know that the pylons are not a place where parents drop off their children. It is a no stopping area. We remind all families to be sure to use the crosswalk when crossing the street as jay-walking is illegal. We need to do our best to keep our students and families safe. We will be working with School Council and our CPS Resource Officer to hold a traffic blitz during the month of March. More information will come out at a later date.
I would also like to remind parents that students are to use the front door if they arrive late to school. All drivers should use the round-about by Monsignor Doyle and drop off children in our drop and go zone along Scurfield Way. Students know that they are to use the sidewalk that leads to our front door, come to the front door and ring the bell so they can be let inside the school. The side entry door is closed just after 8:30 as teachers need to go to class and begin teaching. Our little drive loop directly in front of our school is only used by emergency vehicles, buses and daycare vans as well as CBE distribution services. If you pick up your child early, please use the street for parking and not our loop.
Our third round of learning conferences will be on Thursday, March 11 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm and Friday, March 12 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. Please book your conferences through MyCBE/Powerschool which will open to parents on Sunday, February 28 at 7:00 am. Each conference time slot will be 15 minutes in length, so please be ready to receive a call from your child's teacher during your scheduled time. Learning conferences are an important component of the learning process and your child's learning journey. They are used as an opportunity to celebrate your child's successes and set goals for the next steps in learning.
Did you know that your children have an on-line learning portfolio? Please make time for your child to log into their Iris accounts and show you some of their learning tasks that they have accomplished or are working on – a great way to 'see' what they have learned after talking with their teacher. I have included a brief 'How to' info sheet on Iris at the end of my principal message.
As you can see, there is much going on at Scenic Acres School! Not only are we involved in many exciting learning adventures, we are also planning next year's calendar. If you know that you are moving out of the Scenic Acres community before September 2021 school start up, please contact the office so that we can adjust our school enrolment and plan accordingly for the 2021-22 school year.
In closing, I would like to send out a very special thank you to the special events committee for supporting our 'Community Valentine' task. The students and staff alike enjoyed the day celebrating kindness and generosity together. The students were also very happy to receive pencils and erasers on this special day. Thank you as well to the families who tried the sugar cookie recipe!
Stay safe everyone!
How to Access Iris
Go to our school website: www.cbe.ab.ca/b352
Scroll to bottom of page and click on the quick link Iris. Your children will be prompted to enter into their learning plan using their username (student ID number) and their password. Once they have logged in you will be able to look at the artifacts that they have posted.
Please remember that this digital portfolio is developmental in nature. Types of postings you may see are:
-Pictures or samples of work in progress
-A special accomplishment
-Recordings of reading samples
Our students are excited to share their learning plans with you. Please take the time to look at their artifacts, ask questions about their learning and help support them in identifying what the next steps are for them. Through your conversation and viewing of student work, you should have a better insight into your children as learners.
If you have any questions about accessing Iris, please contact your child's teacher.
January to March is such a great time of year that generates significant learning opportunities for students and we see tremendous growth in them academically, physically and socially. One can't help but notice and appreciate the level of student engagement when completing worthwhile learning tasks at our school.
The learning and growth occurs for teachers and support staff as well. We remain very aware of the correlation between student learning and professional development. As always, I am impressed with the commitment and effort that the Scenic Acres staff dedicates to professional learning. We look forward to having an opportunity to advance our individual professional growth plans at the annual Teachers' and Support Staff Conventions on February 11 and 12.
An important topic that I post about often is our traffic and pedestrian safety. Thank you to all the parents who are using the drop and go safely in the morning. Please do not block our driveway as it is against the law and our distribution truck and the daycare vehicle cannot exit safely when parents stop illegally to drop off their children. As well, the pylons set up at the front are to create a reminder for the 'No Stopping' zone set up by the city (bylaw). We ask that you please use the crosswalk to get across the street rather than jaywalking. Thank you for being positive role models for your children and for appropriately following the traffic laws.
When you pick up your children today you will see the community hearts created by all the students and staff. Our day started with a story and discussion about what it means to be kind. Students and staff spent the morning designing special valentines for all the people who have helped to keep us safe during the pandemic. We hope you enjoy these thoughtful acts of kindness. Thank you to the special events committee on School Council for providing each student with a Valentine pencil and eraser.
We hope your Family Day weekend is filled with fun and adventure! See you back at school on Tuesday, February 16.
Wow! I can't believe tomorrow is December 1. Although winter weather hasn't arrived yet, one never knows quite what to expect for the month of December. Please be sure to send your children with all the necessary clothing, including gloves, for this ever-changing weather we experience in Calgary.
Thank-you to all the families who participated in our learning conferences recently. Teachers reported that they had excellent conversations with families and that our students would be setting learning goals to focus on for the next few months.
Thank you to our school council and fundraising society for supporting our 'Welcome Sign' art endeavor. Thank you to Mrs. Morton and Mrs. Crawford for organizing the purchase of the plywood and primer. A huge thank you goes out to Mr. Crawford for all the sanding and priming of the plywood and the delivery of the plywood to the school. Finally, thanks to Ms. Pollard for implementing the art project and helping our students and staff create a special heart display.
The Premier's message on November 24 informed us that students in K to 6 will continue in-school learning until the winter break on December 18. During the week after the break, January 4 to 8, our students will learn online. For more information, please click here
Our teachers are prepared for this shift after the break and will be spending the next few weeks ensuring that our students are also prepared. Over the next week, elementary schools will receive further detail so that we may outline what online learning will look like for our students. As we receive this information, we will be sharing it with you. Thank you to all families for continuing to work with us to support student learning and safety this year.
We are thinking about our Scenic Acres families with children at either middle or high school learning environments as you navigate with your children the changes to learning. Please know that our SAS students have done a terrific job adjusting to our new normal, including mask wearing protocols and they continue to make us all proud.
As we seek to navigate these next few weeks with care, I will provide further updates as they become available. In the meantime, please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
The month of November has arrived so quickly and beautifully this year. We are really fortunate to have such a mild start to the month. Rest assured, though, the snow will be here soon!
We will be honouring Remembrance Day a little differently this year. On November 10th, students and staff will be holding a virtual ceremony with students remaining in their classrooms for the presentation. We will honour our veterans and hold our moment of silence at 11:00 AM. Poppies will be available for students at school, too. If you would like to make a cash donation for the poppy, your child can bring money to the school to deposit in the container from the Bowness Legion. There is no school for students on Wednesday, November 11th. Thank you in advance for your support.
Our second round of conferences will be on November 19th and 20th. Learning conferences are an important part of your child's learning journey. They are used as an opportunity to celebrate our students' successes and set goals for the next steps in learning. MyCBE/Powerschool will open up at 7:00 AM on Sunday, November 8th for parents to register for the upcoming conferences. Each time slot will be 15 minutes in length, so please be ready to receive a call from your child's teacher during your scheduled time. The telephone conferences will take place on Thursday, November 19th from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM and Friday, November 20th from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Please remember that Thursday is an early dismissal day for students in Grade 1-4.
Scenic Acres Learning Commons will be hosting its first ever Scholastic Virtual Book Fair from November 16th until November 27th. No need to leave your cozy house to come into the school. You can order from the comfort of your own home. Grab a drink, click on the link that will be sent to you, and start ordering. You can send the link to friends, grandparents, aunts, and uncles. Books make great Christmas gifts!! Also remember a percentage from our book fair goes to purchasing new books for our learning commons for the students to enjoy. More information will be coming soon.
In closing, I would like to recognize our students for their daily demonstration of the four components of the Circle of Courage-Belonging, Generosity, Mastery and Independence. Whether learning in the classroom or playing outside on the playground, our students fill us with pride each and every day.
The month of September has gone by so quickly and it appears that the warm weather will be with us a little while longer! One never knows what to expect weather-wise in Calgary, so please be sure that your children are dressed appropriately for the many changes in weather that may occur.
The first round of Learning Conferences that occurred in September were very successful. Thank you to all the parents/guardians that made it a priority to participate in a phone conference with their child's teacher. Conferences are an integral part of reporting student progress in the CBE. Along with conferences, we ensure ongoing communication between home and school, two report cards (January and June) and formal learning conferences in November and March rounding out the reporting process. Should you have any questions about how your child is progressing at school throughout the year, please contact the classroom teacher either by phone or email.
As part of their daily physical activity, students at Scenic Acres have been fortunate to receive soccer skills training from PASS with Soccer Scott during the week of September 28 to October 1. We'd like to thank the Scenic Acres School Enhancement Society (SASES) for making this authentic opportunity possible for all of our students.
Thank you to the students and parents who are taking advantage of the great weather and are walking or riding their bikes to school. Our traffic congestion in front of the school seems to be at a moderate level. We appreciate everyone using the appropriate crosswalks and not crossing the street illegally. There have been a couple of close calls with kids running out between parked cars, encouraged by their parents to do so. We ask that you work together with us to keep our students, your children, safe and follow the traffic laws appropriately.
Did you know that the students and families of Scenic Acres School raised $925.00 for the Terry Fox Foundation? Students and staff ran many laps during their PE classes on September 24 for our Terry Fox Run this year. Because the students participated with such enthusiasm, we will be scheduling a Crazy Hair Day in celebration. Way to go, SAS!!
Before I close, I would just like to remind parents/guardians that October 9 is a Professional Learning Day for teachers - students do not attend school. I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend spent with family and friends. We have much to be thankful for and I feel so fortunate to be a part of this great learning community.
Where has the week gone? I always find it surprising when Friday rolls around…Thank you for adjusting so well to our new normal this year! Staff and students are excited to be back and I have to say what a wonderful sight it was on Thursday to see all our students at school for the first full day.Parents/guardians please be aware of our new health procedures. It is necessary that students be assessed using the self-screening form daily before coming to school each day. The following link will allow you to download the most current Alberta Health daily checklist. Please print a copy of the Self-screening Questionnaire. Students showing symptoms as described on the Self-screening Questionnaire must remain home. If your child will be absent from school please contact the attendance line (403) 777-6193- press 1 for attendance line. You must state the reason for the absence and specify if the illness is Covid-related or not. We are required to keep clear records of all absences this year due to this unprecedented time.Daily ScreeningParents and caregivers must assess their children daily for symptoms of common cold, influenza, COVID-19, or other infectious respiratory disease before sending them to school. Anyone showing symptoms listed on the self-screening form must remain home. Stay Home If SickIf students or staff are ill with any common cold, influenza or COVID-19-like symptoms they must stay home and either isolate for 10 calendar days following onset of symptoms, or until symptoms resolve, whichever is longer. They need to contact 8-1-1 for guidance or complete the AHS Self-Assessment to determine if testing is required.Illness While at SchoolStudents exhibiting any signs of illness will be moved to the infirmary room (Rm 9). Parents/caregivers will be notified and advised to pick up their child immediately (within one hour). Parents/guardians must designate an emergency contact for student pick up if they are unable to do so. Within the Alberta Government's Pandemic Response, this is something that all families must adhere to.Your child will be bringing home two non-medical cloth masks that AHS has provided for all schools. Please wash and label these masks as they are quite similar in nature and we don't want students to lose them.We have many important dates coming up in September, so please mark your calendars. On Sunday, September 13, Conference Manager will open up at 7:00 am for parents to book their telephone conference with their child's teacher. On Wednesday, September 16, students will have their individual photos taken. On Thursday, September 24 there will be an Early Dismissal day for students in Grade 1-4 so teachers can prepare for the telephone conferences which run on Thursday, September 24, 3:00 pm-6:00 pm and Friday, September 25, 8:00 am-12:00 pm. There will be no school for students on Friday, September 25. We recommend that you print a color copy of the school calendar so you can be apprised of all the important dates we have this year.Please be reminded that the loop in front of our school is for emergency vehicles and delivery services only. Parents are to park along Scurfield Way before and after school and when they need to pick up their child early for an appointment.In closing, I would like to thank you for following our re-entry plan and keeping a safe distance from the students as they enter and exit the school. We encourage all parents to stand along the side of the school grounds by the trees and fence and/or along the sidewalk area when dropping off and picking up your child.Thank you for your continued support.
(Hidden) Carol Hansen, Principal
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