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Welcome Back to the 2021-22 School Year!


Hello Silver Springs School Families, 
 
The staff at Silver Springs School, are so very excited to welcome you to the new school year. We want to take this opportunity help to alleviate any worries that you or your child might be experiencing at this time of new starts and changes. 
 
Our staff is committed to keeping our students safe, to providing them with multiple opportunities to grow and learn, to knowing them as both a learner and a person, and to making this school year fun and engaging. Our teachers will work with each student to ascertain where they are in relation to the grade level program of studies and will take each student forward from where they are at. Our priorities will be focused on the continuity of student learning by providing greatest access to experiences that are most central to the student school experience.  
 
Student Safety at School 
As we enter this school year, we will be following Covid-19 health and safety measures as outlined by the Calgary Board of Education, which includes:  
- Mandatory masking for students in Kindergarten to grade 12 
 
- Students and staff will still be expected to use the daily checklist to identify if they should attend or stay home 
 
- Staying home when sick – students and staff who present with COVID-19 symptoms must stay at home until symptoms resolve 
 
-​ Proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette 
 
- Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of high traffic/touch areas 
 
- Enhanced ventilation in schools 
 
- Classroom cohorts in kindergarten to Grade 6 indoors, outdoor grade group cohorts 
 
- No unscheduled visitors, volunteers or external partners will be permitted in schools at the start of the school year 
 
 
 
These measures provide layers of mitigation that will help keep our staff and students safe and healthy. As we have learned more about the Covid-19 virus, some protocols have been adapted since last school year. One of these changes includes greater flexibility of how we group students when outdoors. The following information outlines how we, at Silver Springs School, will continue supporting a safe learning environment: 
 
Staggered Entry:  
8:25 AM – 8:35 AM 
Your child is welcome to enter the school and their classroom between 8:25-8:35.  
Students arriving after 8:35 are considered late and must check in at the main office. 
If required to line up at the doors before the first bell, students are encouraged to wear masks and socially distance when possible 
Entry and Exit Doors:  
Door #1– Kindergarten, Room 1 and Room 2 
Door #2 – Room 3 and Room 4 
Door #3– Room 8 and Room 10 
Door #4– Room 6 and Room 9 
Door #9 – Room 5 
Recess:  
Grade 1- 4: 10:15-10:30  
We will have the Gr. 1 /2 students play in one area and the Gr. 3/ 4 in another. These areas will flip from day to day to provide variety of play experiences. 
Grade 5 & 6: 10:30 – 10:45 
 As there will only be three classes outside at this time, the Gr. ​  5 & 6 students will have choice of where they can play within school boundaries and supervised areas. 
 
Lunch:  
           Grade 1-4:  11:44 – 12: 30 
           (Eat 11:44-12:07, Outside 12:07 –12:30)  
 
           Grade 5-6:  12:34 – 1:20 
           (Eat 12:34 – 12:57, Outside 12:57 – 1:20)  
 
           Fridays: 
           Grade 1 –4: 11:00 – 11:46 
           (Eat 11:00 – 11:23, Outside 11:23 – 11:46)  
 
           Grades 5 – 6: 11:50 – 12:23 
           (Eat 11:50 –12:13, Outside 12:13 –12:36)  
Students in Grades 1 / 2 and 5 / 6 will eat in their classrooms. Students in Grades 3 /4 will eat in the gym and classes will be placed in separate sections. Students will sit in every other seat rather than across from one another. 
 
Student School Supplies: 
Students will be provided with their own set of basic school supplies.  
The sharing of learning materials, such as math manipulatives and Phys. Ed. equipment will be prioritized. When required, hand sanitizing will occur prior to and after use.  
The Library will be open and students will be permitted to sign out books to use both in class and take home. 
 
Class Environments: 
We will begin the year much as we left, with students sitting in rows and space provided between desks.  
Teachers are still encouraged to keep materials and furniture in their rooms to a minimum to allow for greater spacing and movement. 
Students will be able to use coat hooks. Teachers will plan for strategies to stagger the number of students at their coat hooks at a time. 
 
School Organization 
When planning the school organization and staffing for the 2021-22 school year back in the early spring, our confirmed numbers were lower than projected. We unfortunately had to make some hard decisions to surplus staff and make organizational changes. By the end of June, our enrollment was slowly creeping up. We are happy to share that over the last week we have had a number of new student registrations. This means that we have been making some last-minute changes to class configurations. We are planning to start the school year with the following classroom and grade configurations, as we would like students to be able to start the year off in smaller groupings. We are hoping that all registered students will return to school on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 and that we will not lose any students to the CBeLearn registration that is still open until September 3, 2021. Based on these uncertainties, there may be a possibility of needed changes in the second or third week of school. 
  
Grade 
Teacher 
Room  
Kindergarten 
Mrs. Meredith Wilkes 

1 / 2 
Mrs. Tammy Neufeld 

1 / 2 
Mrs. Dana Downey 

1 / 2 
Mrs. Nicole Ballinger 
10 
3 / 4 
Ms. Danica Burrows  and New Hire 

3 / 4 
Mr. Chris Teixeira 

3 / 4 
Mrs. Rebecca Ibbotson 

5 / 6 
Mrs. Michelle Sherlow 

5 / 6 
Mrs. Beth Currie 

5 / 6 
Miss Becky Dumoulin 

Music 
Mr. Evan Avery 
 
 
School Theme – Belonging 
At Silver Springs School, we will start the year with a special picture book titled “Kindness Grows” by Britta Teckentrup.  We hope to bring this theme and messaging to life throughout the year in our K-6 classrooms. ​ 
This story will be a way to further define our school culture, help create a common school language, and provide a place to ground our curriculum and work with students in a year that will again not look quite like "normal". ​ 
 
 
 
This is going to be a great year!  
 
Sincerely, 
 
 
Michelle Ryskamp 
Principal, Silver Springs School 
 
Danica Burrows 
Assistant Principal, Silver Springs School ​
 

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Silver Springs School

7235 Silver Mead Rd NW Calgary, AB, T3B 3V1
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School Contacts

Principal
Michelle Ryskamp
Assistant Principal
Danica Burrows
Education Director
Christine Davies
Trustee
Dana Downey

School Information

Grades
K-06
Enrolment
237
Programs
Regular
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School Hours

Morning Start
8:30 AM
Dismissal
3:00 PM
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