Dear Sunnyside Families,
It is hard to believe that the school year is now half over. It feels like we welcomed our students to the 2021-2022 school year just yesterday. Although we have not been able to bring our families into the school as we had hoped, we hope that you have been able to catch a glimpse of the amazing learning that is happening at Sunnyside through your child's Google Classroom and Sunnyside Weekly news stories on our website.
We look back at the first 5 months of school and are proud of our collective effort to provide school-wide community-building events, such as Terry Fox Run, Orange Shirt Day, Level Up Minecraft challenge, giving initiatives for the Veterans' Foodbank and Project Warmth, walking field trips to the Field of Crosses and other nearby destinations, learning on the land in our naturalization areas, Bell Let's Talk Day and spirit days.
As we work on the goals of our School Development Plan, teachers have been providing regular opportunities for students to express their knowledge orally. Teachers use strategies such as Think-Pair-Share and Number Talks to design learning activities that use language to build and share their understanding, using discipline-specific vocabulary for math, social studies and science. School staff have been working together to address students' social-emotional well-being by teaching social-emotional competencies in the classroom and schoolyard contexts. So far this year, we have focused on self-management, self-awareness and social awareness. Teachers are supporting students in being able to express their feelings and choose a strategy to help them: “When I feel ____, I can".
Beginning on Tuesday, February 1, you will be able to view your child's first report card online through your MyCBE/PowerSchool account. Teachers have assessed students in all curricular areas based on the outcomes from the Alberta program of studies of their grade from September to January. You will see comments about your child's achievement in literacy, mathematics and oral language, along with next steps that your child will be working on in the next term, with their teacher's support. Please have a conversation with your child about what they are proud of and help them to set a goal for the second half of the school year.
We look forward to more community-building initiatives in the upcoming months, including: a focus on empathy for Valentine's Day and Pink Shirt Day, Winter Olympics, working with our School Council to design an outdoor Learning Circle, in-school field trips and residencies and many outdoor learning opportunities. Parents will be invited to be a part of their children's learning at Student-led Conferences in March.
Yours in learning,
Dear Sunnyside Families,
The first month of school has flown by with establishing routines and getting to know each other. Teachers have gained insight into students' current academic abilities by administering diagnostic assessments for literacy and mathematics. This information is helping shape teachers' plans for the year. As a school, we are committed to improving student learning through responsive instruction and using assessment data to guide our decisions about the next best steps for each child. Teachers will formally share information about your children's learning at the end of November at conferences. We know that parents want to be involved in their children's education and hope that you have been exploring Google Classroom with your children to find out what has been happening in their classrooms. If you have questions about your child's learning, please contact their teacher.
Teachers have also been building community with their classes and finding ways to express feelings and develop empathy for others. We have had very rich learning about Terry Fox, Truth and Reconciliation and emotions, often using a picture book as a spark.
This week, conversations about gratitude have been abundant throughout the school. Students are very aware of what matters the most in their lives. Here are a few things that some grade 1 and 2 students in Room 6 are grateful for:
“I am thankful for my family because they make me feel safe and sound."
“I am thankful for belongings because I am glad I am living."
“I am thankful for art!"
“I am thankful for nature because all of the cute, cuddly animals. I am thankful for sisters and dogs because there is someone to play with."
On behalf of Sunnyside staff, I would like to wish all of our families a very happy Thanksgiving, full of what is most important to you. We are very thankful for all of you and for your trust in us to take care of your children every day.
Dear Sunnyside families,
The staff and I are very excited to welcome your children to the first day of school on Wednesday, September 1. We have a lot of information to share with you to make back to school run as smoothly as possible.
On August 18, the CBE shared re-entry information with all families. The information can be found on our school website: https://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/sunnyside/about-us/news-centre/_layouts/15/ci/post.aspx?oaid=2d492ee4-ef66-40f9-bada-c1109fe7a706&oact=20001
Key information for Sunnyside families can be found below, in order to keep our students and staff as healthy as possible.
The priorities of CBE for the 2021-2022 school year are:
o Learning Continuity
o Increased Opportunities for Students
· The following health measures will be in place to prevent transmission of COVID-19:
o Masks will be worn by all K to 12 students and all CBE staff. Students will be able to remove their masks during the day when they go outside and for mask breaks. More detailed information on mask use will be shared with you next week.
o Physical distancing will be used to space students out as much as possible and teachers will try to avoid students having to share items.
o Hand-washing with soap and water and hand sanitizing will be frequent.
o Classroom cohorts will be used at all times (students will stay with their class when they are inside the school and play with their class when outside for recess or lunch; students will enter and exit through the same doors at all time). Lunch and recess will be split into 2 groups to keep cohorts together.
o Students and staff are asked to complete the Alberta Health Daily Checklist: https://open.alberta.ca/dataset/56c020ed-1782-4c6c-bfdd-5af36754471f/resource/58957831-a4ab-45ff-9a8e-3c6af7c1622e/download/covid-19-information-alberta-health-daily-checklist-2021-08.pdf every day before coming to school and stay home when sick.
First Week of School Procedures for Kindergarten
· Kindergarten families, please refer to the email that was sent to you in June about staggered entry. The teacher will also send you an email on Monday with your date.
· Please meet the teacher at the WEST door (at the back of the school).
Wednesday, September 1
8:40 to 11:20AM
|Group 1 attends|
Thursday, September 2
8:40 to 11:20AM
|Group 2 attends|
Friday, September 3
8:40 to 11:20AM
|All kindergarten students attend|
First Week of School Procedures for Grades 1 to 6
· All grade 1 to 6 students attend for regular days for the first week.
Wednesday, September 1
8:40AM to 3:30PM
Thursday, September 2
8:40AM to 3:30PM
Friday, September 3
8:40AM to 12:00PM
|Regular Friday early dismissal|
All school supplies will be purchased by the school and provided to students. Later in the fall a fee will be added to your PowerSchool/MyCBE account for these supplies.
Students need to bring to school (please label all items with your child's name):
· A backpack
· Indoor running shoes that can be left at school
· Healthy snacks
· Water bottle
· Healthy lunch (grades 1 to 6 only)
· Extra masks
· Outdoor clothing (dress for the weather!)
Welcome Messages from the Teachers
· Our kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Palmer, will be sending an email to kindergarten families on Monday with staggered entry information for September 1 and 2. She will also be calling her students on Tuesday.
· Grade 1 to 6 teachers will be sending an email to their families by the end of the day on Monday with information about the first day of school. Please take note of your child's room number because classroom cohorts enter and exit specific doors (see below).
· If you do not receive an email from your child's teacher by noon on Tuesday, please email me at email@example.com .
Entry and Exit Doors
|Rooms 5 and 6||Front door|
|Rooms 3 and 4||South door|
|Rooms 7 and 8||West door (back of the school)|
School Hours for the 2021 – 2022 School Year
|Monday to Thursday Grade 1 to 6|||
|8:25 to 8:40AM||Soft Start|
|10:15 to 10:30AM||Recess 1 (rooms 3 and 7)|
|10:35 to 10:50AM||Recess 2 (rooms 4, 5 and 6)|
|11:30AM to 12:15PM||Lunch 1 (rooms 3 and 7)|
|12:20 to 1:05PM||Lunch 2 (rooms 4, 5 and 6)|
|Friday Grades 1 to 6|||
|8:25 to 8:40AM||Soft Start|
|Monday to Friday Kindergarten|||
|8:25 to 8:40AM||Soft Start|
All students are welcome to enter their assigned doors and go into their classrooms for relaxed entry between 8:25 and 8:40AM. Teachers will be in their classrooms to supervise and provide morning activities for students.
Arrival After 8:40AM
At 8:40AM, the doors will be closed so the supervisors can begin their duties working with students. Teachers will do their attendance shortly after the bell rings so we can ensure all children are accounted for. If your child arrives after 8:40AM, please bring them to the front door and ring the bell. Office staff will be waiting for them to check in.
If Your Child Will be Late or Absent
Please call the school office at (403) 777-6390, extension 1 and leave a message. Please state your child's name, teacher and the reason for absence.
Please email both your child's teacher and the office at Sunnyside@cbe.ab.ca to make sure that the message is received.
Visitors in the School
Due to COVID-19 protocols, parents are not able to enter the school with their children. Parent or visitor entry to the school is by appointment only at this time. If you would like to have a conversation with your child's teacher, please email them and set up a time for a phone or virtual meeting. This decision will be reviewed by CBE at the end of September.
We look forward to a wonderful year of learning and shared experiences at Sunnyside School!
Krista Schmitt and Sunnyside Staff
Dear Sunnyside Families,
It is with mixed emotions that I share with you that I will be leaving Sunnyside School at the end of the 2020-21 school year. I have been named the Principal of Battalion Park School for the 2021-22 school year. It has been a pleasure and privilege being the Principal of Sunnyside School for the last four years, and getting to know the wonderful students, parents and staff.
As I reflect on my time here, several things come to mind. The amazing commitment from the parents and local community to support the school and provide enrichment opportunities for the children. The thoughtful way the staff takes up the work and responds to the academic, physical, social and emotional needs of each child to enable all students to reach their full potential. The children, who breathe life into the building, and enrich the lives of each one of us with their joy, kindness and eagerness to learn. Finally, the way the entire community worked together for almost a year to mark and celebrate the 100th anniversary of this beautiful school. That was quite an accomplishment and just one example of the team mindset in this school. You are all truly the heart of this school and I will miss you!
The Calgary Board of Education is beginning the process of selecting the next Principal of Sunnyside School. Later today you will be receiving an invitation to provide input into the process. I will continue to share any information on this process as it is announced.
With deepest gratitude for the opportunity to be a part of this special school,
Black and Red Day: Thanks to everyone who participated in the Grade 4 Black and Red day! We love that school spirit!
Announcements: Our daily announcements have resumed. The Grade 5 class did the announcements each morning. This week, the theme of their announcements was having a Growth Mindset. Please see our scrolling news banner for two news stories written by Grade 5 students on these events.
Family Literacy Week: Next week is Family Literacy Week. Wednesday, January 27 is Family Literacy Day in Alberta. Find fun family activities at familyliteracyday.ca. Please refer to the scrolling news banner for our specific daily activities at the school.
Music: We have been working on listening for tempo, mood, and rhythm in different versions of popular theme songs during music appreciation. Everyone had an opportunity to sketch their impressions of the pieces while listening, and then were invited to share their preferences and to explain why. Some students commented upon how the music made them feel, and how the rapid rhythm made the music more exciting. Others commented upon the instruments they could see or hear and compared the songs to the original soundtrack. The videos will be posted on the Google Music Classroom with accompanying questions this weekend.
Parent and Community Expertise: Do you have a skill or hobby that you would be willing to share with our students? Last year we began compiling a list of parents and community members who have expertise (job or hobby) that would enrich the learning of the children and provide real world examples to make content relevant and come alive. We are looking for all professions and interests (for example: electrician, accountant, cashier, architect, artist, baker, carpenter, vet, doctor, engineer, fitness buff, food service professional, photographer, musician, athlete, etc). If you have a skillset that you are willing to speak to children about please email your child's teacher or the school with your name, profession/area of interest, and contact information, and we will make sure you are added to our list.
Next Year Intentions: It's hard to believe, but it is already time for the school to do some advanced planning for next year. On Monday, January 25, all families will receive an email regarding their next year's intentions for school attendance. While we are aware that circumstances may change for some families, having an approximate idea of the number of students who will be attending Sunnyside in the 2021-2022 school year will help us plan for staffing and programming. Families with Grade 6 students, it is also important that we receive your information, as the receiving schools look to us to collect it for them. Thank you in advance for providing us with your next year's intentions as soon as you can.
Google Classroom and D2L: We would like to remind parents that the Google Classroom Streams and D2L Activity Feed continue to be updated during in-person learning with a brief review of the day to day work and supporting documents. Please remember to check in regularly to keep up with what is going on in your child's classroom.
Cutlery: We are starting to see an increase in students who are coming to school with meals that require cutlery. Please ensure that your child brings the fork or spoon they may need in their lunch kit as we do not have cutlery available at school.
After School Play: With the abundance of snow that fell over the holidays, the children have made some amazing play structures outside. During the school day, these play structures are accessed by only one cohort at a time, following COVID-19 prevention protocols. Families who may wish to take their children to these play areas outside of the school day are encouraged to follow the Government of Alberta's Guidance for Playgrounds in order to use the area as safely as possible.
We had a great first week back with our in-person students. It was nice to see their smiles and hear the sounds and laughter of children in the building!
Spirit Day: Friday, January 22 the Grade 4 class is hosting our first Spirit Day of the year. The theme they have chosen is Black and Red Day.
Music: This week our music classes focused on learning a new cup percussion routine using the cups provided by the School Council. The routine features Kaboom Percussion and encourages students to develop their rhythm and play together in unison. A link to the video can be found in the Music Google Classroom.
Off-Site Risk Update: A new risk has been added to off-site activities related to the exposure to infectious diseases. Since many of our teachers are planning walking field trips prior to the end of the school year, we have emailed the updated Walking Trip Annual Letter to Parents with this new information.
Family Literacy Week: January 24 – 28 is Family Literacy Week. Wednesday, January 27 is Family Literacy Day in Alberta. Teachers will be including at home ideas on their Google Classrooms each day that week and we will be participating in a new literacy activity each day. In preparation for that week, we wanted to share that we will be participating in a Dress as Your Favorite Book Character on Thursday, January 28. We are looking forward to seeing which characters come to school that day!
Calgary Public Library: Even though local branches are temporarily closed, the Calgary Public Library is offering students some creative online supports you may be interested in checking out.
- Library at Home
- Brainfuse - connects students Grades 2 -12 to free online tutoring via chat and is available from 2 - 11 pm
- Solaro - offers students Grades 3 – 12 connections to AB Curriculum lessons, reviews, practice tests and study guides
- TumbleBook Library
I hope that the Winter Break, while different than previous years, provided an opportunity to connect with loved ones and enjoy some downtime. I know the snowfall just prior to Christmas certainly provided the chance to enjoy some outdoor fun for many of the staff members since the temperatures were not too cold.
We are happy to say that by all accounts the At-Home Learning from January 5 – 8 went well, with teachers and all students able to connect to continue with regular instruction. Thank you so much to all of our families for your support and perseverance. Great team work everyone!
As noted on the scrolling news centre banner this week, we now have our Music Google Classroom set up and it is available for all in-person and Hub students. We hope you get a chance to log on and check it out.
While we are pleased with the success of At-Home Learning, it was great to see the smiling faces of the students as they walked into the school to resume in-person learning. It certainly is a lonely place without them here!
We started the new year with a Professional Learning Day where we continued with our work on designing rigorous and worthwhile inquiries. This work has been an important part of the School Development Plan for the past several years. I am excited about the learning experiences the teachers have planned for the next few months.
Over the next two weeks, teachers will be working on Report Cards. You will notice that the parent view of student assignments is no longer available during this time period. Once Report Cards are complete, this feature will be available again. All Report Cards will be provided digitally this year. To support a smooth role out, there will be a staggered distribution from February 1 – 5.
This week, we will begin our Kindergarten registration for the 2021-22 school year. Please see the information on the Sunnyside homepage or the CBE homepage for more information.
Finally, you will notice a change on the organization of our website's main page. The 'Weekly Message from the Office' sent out each Friday on School Messenger will now be available under the Principal's Messages, while student-focused news stories will be highlighted in the scrolling news centre banner. We look forward to sharing more student work in this way.
Stay safe and stay healthy!
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!
Welcome to the 2019 - 2020 school year!
I hope that you have all had a chance to recharge and spend time with your loved ones. The staff is back, and excited to meet and reconnect with you and your children. We are currently getting our school ready for your arrival and busy preparing some amazing learning opportunities!
We will continue to operate on a Monday to Thursday full day schedule and a half day schedule on Friday for our Grades 1 – 6 students. We offer a morning Kindergarten class with the regular schedule beginning after their staggered entry days on either Tuesday, September 3 or Wednesday, September 4.
Grades 1 – 6 (Instructional Time)
Monday to Thursday 8:40am – 12:00pm
12:50pm – 3:30pm
Friday 8:40am – 12:00pm
Kindergarten (Instructional Time)
Monday to Friday 8:40am – 11:20am
Before school supervision begins at 8:25am.
Morning recess on Monday to Thursday is from 10:15am – 10:30am. Friday morning recess is from 10:15am – 10:28am.
Lunch supervision times vary. Please refer to the Lunch Program information below.
The first day of school is Tuesday, September 3.
We are happy to welcome back Mrs. Boyer from her maternity leave. As well, we would like to introduce the newest member of our staff Mrs. Jolene Lazaro as a Lunch Supervisor.
Our grade configurations remain the same for this year although some teaching assignments have changed.
Kindergarten Mrs. Tara Holmgren
Grade 1 Ms. Jocelyn Topper
Grade 2 Ms. Joan Elago
Grade 3 Mrs. Christine Salhab
Grade 4 Mr. Paul Millar
Grade 5 Mrs. Anne MacQuarrie
Grade 6 Mrs. Kristen Boyer and Mrs. Erin Cattani
Our support staff are:
Ms. Jan Tetrault – Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Mavis Clark - Education Assistant
Mrs. Dana Mckay – Library Assistant/Lead Lunch Supervisor
Ms. Karin Boychuk – School Assistant/Lunch Supervisor
Mrs. Jolene Lazaro – Lunch Supervisor
Mrs. Wen Xin Liu – Facility Operator
Meet the Teacher
Teachers will be contacting families Friday, August 30 to welcome students to their classes. In lieu of the Meet the Teacher evening typically held in the first week, we are holding individual Parent Teacher Meetings on Thursday, September 19 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm and Friday, September 20 from 8:00am – 12:00pm. These meetings will provide an opportunity for you to get to meet your child’s teacher, share important information about your child and learn about classroom routines and procedures. Due to the short time frame that the children will have been in school at that time, formal feedback on student learning will not be provided by the teacher.
After a thoughtful examination of our lunch program, including factors such as the increasing number of children who stay for lunch, the dynamics of a busy lunch space and addressing the variety of needs of the children in that space, the staff has decided to split the lunch eating and play times. The Division One students (Grades 1 – 3) will eat first and then go out to play. The Division Two students (Grades 4 – 6) will play first then come in and eat. Our goal is to create a lunch space that is responsive and conducive to student needs.
12:00pm – 12:25pm Grades 1 - 3 eat
Grades 4 - 6 play
12:25pm – 12:50pm Grades 1 - 3 play
Grades 4 - 6 eat
On days we have Fun Lunch, all students will eat from 12:00pm – 12:25pm and play from 12:25pm – 12:50pm.
If you are interested in eating with or picking up your child at lunch, please inform the office or your child’s teacher in advance in order for our lunch supervisors to be able to accurately account for all registered children. We will have your child wait in the office for you to sign them out.
Due to the alternating noon hour play periods, children who go home for lunch are welcome to be at the school to play with their peers during the corresponding time periods. For example, with parent permission, Grades 4-6 children can stay to play from 12:00pm – 12:25pm and then go home for lunch; Grades 1-3 children are welcome to return to school from 12:25pm – 12:50pm to play. Supervision will be provided.
School Council AGM
Our School Council Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, September 12 at 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Elections for a variety of positions will occur that evening. In addition, year-end annual and financial reports will be shared and a brief discussion regarding the year ahead will occur. If you are interested in contributing to the school community, learning about or serving on one of the executive or member roles, we encourage you to attend. The School Council is a great way to learn more about the school and support enrichment and enhancement opportunities. Everyone is welcome!
First Day Back
We will begin our day with a brief assembly in the Gym at 8:40am. Parents are welcome to attend and are invited to stay for conversation once their children have moved onto their classrooms.
Enjoy your long weekend! We are looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday!
What a busy couple of months October and November have been
Our 100th Anniversary work continues in earnest.
The students have been working hard on our Sunnyside commemorative book, each
class providing a different snapshot of the last 100 years. We have also set
the date for our 100th Anniversary formal celebration. It will take
place May 31, 2019 at 10:00am.
We are excited to inform you that our Grand-Friend reading
program is up and running. Each Wednesday afternoon, we have a dedicated group
of volunteer seniors come and provide all students with an opportunity to read
to them. Our numbers are increasing each week and we are always happy to have
more join. Thank you to our dedicated parent volunteers for the work they have
done to set this in motion!
In October, our students gave two fabulous performances at
the end of their SoundKreations Dance Residency. Grade 4 hosted Pajama Day and
we held another successful Pumpkin Parade Halloween morning where we saw
interesting and amazing costumes, sang songs and were treated to a large
variety of creative Jack-o-Lanterns. Mrs. MacQuarrie also began ‘Hand Bell’ club
for students from Grades 4 -6.
In November, the students had the opportunity to participate
in a residency with Alien Inline Skating, which was generously funded by our
School Council. We took our annual whole school field trip to the ‘Field of
Crosses’ and the Grade 6 class sang again at the Sunrise Ceremony. Grade 3
hosted four special events days – Twin Day, Universal Children’s Day,
Stampeders Day and Crazy Hair Day. Our Grade 6 class also had an opportunity to
take part in a Social Studies field trip that included attending the Grey Cup
Celebration Rally in Municipal Plaza. Mr. McAreavy began ‘Japanese Club’ for
students in Grades 5 & 6.
October and November have also been busy months for the
teachers. After analyzing our school data from the 2017-18 school year, we have
begun work on our two focus areas of literacy and numeracy. In literacy, we are
focusing our work particularly on improving the use of conventions in student writing.
We are creating common teacher and student assessments across divisions to
enable the children to progress through each grade with consistent language and
instruction in this area.
We have partnered with Rosedale and Rosemont schools to take
part in joint professional development in Math. Working in grade specific
teams, we complete a common math problem each month, and meet to discuss task
design, effectiveness of our lessons and examine student work to determine our
next steps in moving student learning forward. Having an opportunity to
collaborate with our peers enables us to reflect meaningfully on the work we do
and enhances our practice.
I’d like to thank all the parents who support the school in
so many ways; coming to Parent Teacher Conferences, attending special events, serving
on committees and councils, and volunteering in and out of the school. Your commitment
to our learning community enriches us all and is greatly appreciated.
Enjoy the month of celebration coming up!
Trudi Tallerico, Principal
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