I hope you all had a wonderful holiday break
and everyone is successfully transitioning back to a more regular routine. The staff
is feeling well rested and looking forward to welcoming their students back.
As we start the new term, teachers, in conjunction with
student input and curricular expectations, are busy designing worthwhile and rigorous
learning tasks to engage students across all disciplines. In addition, they are
also intentionally focusing on specific areas of need to support our students. We
spent our first day back from the Winter Break participating in professional
learning sessions aligned with the goals of our School Development Plan. These goals
were determined after analysing student learning data and perception data from
the previous school year. In November, our Draft 2019-20 School Development
Plan achievement and instructional goals in the disciplines of Literacy,
Numeracy and Well-Being for Learning were shared with the School Council. In December, after consultation and feedback from our Dialogue Session and online
survey with parents, our 2019-20 School Development Plan was finalized. You can
find a copy of our 2019-20 School Development Plan posted on our website under
About Us, Our School.
Yesterday, teachers learned how to use a new basic fact assessment
tool and they will be using it to complete a subtraction basic facts assessment
for each child during the month of January. The information gathered will be
used to inform teachers of the next appropriate instructional steps for
children and to inform our progress towards supporting our students in this
area. You will see the results of this assessment for your child on PowerSchool
posted at the end of January.
As part of CBE’s Assessment and Reporting, our first term report
cards were handed out on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. If your family was away on
that day, teachers will send the report card home with your child their first
Alberta Education requires that Individual Program Plans
(for those children who have them) are required to be reviewed and signed
mid-year. Please note the date set aside for this is Friday, Jan. 17 (a change
from the initial date of Jan. 31). Teachers will be contacting those families
with children on an IPP to confirm a time that works best.
Just a reminder, weekly updates from teachers and the office
come out each Friday. The update from the office is posted to the main page of
our website by early the following week and archived updates are located under
About Us, News Centre. Please refer to these updates for general curricular
information that you can use to support your child at school as well as
upcoming events to be aware of. Our yearly calendar is also available on our
website under About Us, Calendar. You may wish to refer to this calendar for
advanced planning as it varies slightly from the CBE calendar.
We are looking forward to a fun second part of the school
year with wonderful learning experiences and opportunities to connect as a school community!