Dec 18
December Message

Dear Families,

As we bring 2020 to a close we want to thank all of you for your dedication to keeping children safe, following safety protocols and staying home when sick. You have helped turn mask wearing into an expectation and a joyful experience when children get to design and select patterns of images they enjoy. We continue to launder any masks left behind and reuse them. If you happen to be missing a mask of a particular design please let us know and we will set it aside for the owner.

We have bagged all the items placed in lost and found. None of these have labels identifying a child’s name so we were unable to find the owner. This bag of items will remain in the school until the end of June so if you discover your child is missing something and you can provide details, we are happy to retrieve it and return to owner.

We hope everyone enjoyed our winter celebration. It is so wonderful to be able to share our celebrations in new ways. The staff loved the parent video created for us. It just goes to show how creative, dynamic and caring you are!

Teacher Appreciation committee – thank you! You always find ways to share appreciation for the staff of Tuscany School and we cannot thank you enough. You bring such joy to our hearts!

Kindergarten registration begins January 11th. We have completed our Virtual Open House that includes French Immersion grade 1 as students may enter the Early French Immersion program at either Kindergarten or grade 1. This will be posted on our website so share the word with neighbors in our communities to let them know to check out our website for information

We also know that spending time January 5th-8th online will be smooth. The teachers and students practiced going on to google classroom and working within this space to know how to access materials. The teachers have shared information about schedules and logging on for whatever your child needs so make sure you contact them if you have any questions. We are here to support our families as you work through this process. We will be back to “in person” learning” for January 11th unless we hear otherwise. We will keep everyone informed in the new year. Reminder: No school for students on January 4th as this is our Professional Development Day.

HUB online learning reminder: Should any of our students and families wish to return to in person learning on the school site February 1st, you must let us know by January 8th. This will allow for schools to be ready for an increase in student numbers within each school. Do not feel any pressure to return to in-person as HUB will continue to support your children for the rest of the school term until the end of June. Feel free to make the decision that best serves your family. We will continue to engage all families as we experience this year in such a unique way.

We have news to share around staffing at this time. Ms. Miller has been off on a small leave and we have had the opportunity to have Ms. Reese rejoin us for the time Ms. Miller is away. She will be providing music opportunities during the week of January 5-8th through your child’s

teacher. We are so grateful to have Ms. Reese back to cover this time and get to spend time with the students again.

It is with strong mixed emotions that I announce the departure of Mr. Jorgensen. Mr. J. has been a treasured member of Tuscany School for the past 5 years and is now ready to explore new opportunities. He has accepted the position of Assistant Principal at Wildwood School. They are very fortunate to have such a talented and caring person join their school. Mr. J. would like to share a few words.

“Dear Tuscany School Families,

I am writing to inform you that I have accepted the Assistant Principal position at Wildwood School. My time at Tuscany has been most memorable, with many meaningful relationships forged and cherished memories created. It does not seem that long ago that I arrived at Tuscany with my first day running the Pedal Heads Learn to Bike Program as well as being informed that I had best get practicing my dance moves for the surprise Flash Mob dance routine for the year end BBQ. The video is online - dance skills were on point - and I will leave you to search for it. There have been other amazing moments at Tuscany, such as the designing of the Gathering Space and the very first Indigenous opera with Elder Saa'kokoto and Calgary Opera, but the thing I will miss most are the people. There is something very special about the Tuscany School community, whether your home base be in Tuscany, Rocky Ridge or Royal Oak. There is such a high level of kindness, regard for each other and desire to ensure that all feel that they belong. I will miss the students, who brought a smile to my face every day, and my colleagues who were and continue to be the most dedicated and stellar staff.

I will be popping into Google Meets the week of January 5 - 8 to say goodbye to the students and wish them the best in their learning journey.

I wish all families a happy holiday and the very best in the New Year.

Mr. J”

We wish Mr. Jorgensen all the best as he takes on new challenges and shares his gifts with Wildwood School.

When one door closes, another opens and we will be bringing in a new Assistant Principal by the end of January following the interview process. I will make that announcement later in January. Mrs. Gainor, Mrs. Glowacki, Mrs. Krause and I will continue to provide strong leadership for all our staff, students and families.

For now, we will focus on the silver linings change brings. While we feel the loss of what we know and love, we make room for the new. Our constant evolution is what keeps us strong.

From the Tuscany Staff to all of you, may this holiday bring you light and love, joy and laughter, and lots of wonderful stories to share.​


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