Feb 03
Weekly Updates

​The Weekly Updates are now shared on the University School website's main page. If you would like to view an older update then you can find it by going to the News Cent​​​re​ or by clicking this link.

Sincerely,

Jeremy Lang

Dec 07
Weekly Update

​​December 4th, 2020

Hello UES Families, 

 

As you know, I was contracted by CBE as a retired Principal, only to fill in at UES for 6 weeks until Winter Break. A new Principal has now been appointed to University School to start after Winter Break. Here is the UES Message to Families from Mr. Jeremy Lang.

 

Here are a few quick updates for the week: 

 

Learning updates 

Two weeks before the winter break! Students are working hard and so are teachers. Do you wonder what teachers do during PD days? This Friday many of our staff were recertifying their First Aid training. All of our teachers have been involved in building our capacity around assessment and reporting practices, in preparation for February report cards. Teachers engage in a continuous cycle of instruction, assessment and adjustment, analyzing assessment data individually and with students, colleagues and school leaders to adjust instructional strategies and to articulate multiple avenues for the presentation of students learning against well understood outcomes.

  

Important Upcoming Dates 
Fri. Dec. 11              Kindergarten PM attends
Fri. Dec 18               Kindergarten AM attends 
                                 Spirit day: Sleepy Pajama day
                                 Last day of School before Winter Break
Mon. Dec. 21           Winter Break Starts
Mon. Jan. 4              PD Day - No School for students|
Tues. Jan 5              Classes Resume
  

 

Social/Emotional Wellness During Covid-19 

We recognize that this is a time that may cause challenges to student and family wellness. Please know that there are a variety of counselling supports available  to assist you or your children. 

  1. Access Mental Health: 403-943-1500 
  2. Calgary Counselling Centre: 403-691-5991 Only telephone and online counselling are available 
  3. Distress Centre: 403-266-4357 The call centre is closed, with staff working remotely. Support is still available 24/7. 

7.     Eastside Family Centre: 403-299-9696 Only phone and e-therapy services available  

8.     Kid’s Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 

9.     Mental Health Help Line: 1-877-303-2642  

10. Catholic Family Services - Rapid Access Counselling: 403-233-2360 or email intake@cfs-ab.org 

 

Food Supports during Covid-19 

  • Alberta 211 - call 211 for urgent food support 
  • The Calgary Food Bank - request food hampers by calling 403-253-2055. 
  • Check out www.foodfinderyyc.com on a regular basis as well as new food support locations are being added each week.  Some of these locations will offer lunch/dinner by registration or by drop in (some may even offer delivery) and some will offer food hampers 

 ​


Dec 07
Weekly Update

​November 29, 2020

Hello UES Families, 

Our students and staff enjoyed our Jersey/Hat/Teams spirit day this week! We are also enjoying being outside at least three times a day during this mild weather. 

Here are a few quick updates for the week: 

 

Learning updates 

As you know we are continuing with face to face learning for our students until Dec. 18th. We feel fortunate that we are continuing to work with your wonderful students. As per the provincial announcement last week, University School will remain open for in-person learning through to Dec. 18 pending any additional announcements.  

 

For the week of Jan. 5 – 8, students will be set up for online learning. More details on this will come forward in the weeks to come. CBE-specific information can be found HERE and Alberta Government information can be found HERE. To prepare for online learning from Jan. 4th to 8th we are requesting that all students have gone into Google classrooms. Our staff are working hard at creating classrooms with many resources and lessons. 

Thanks for your continued support with this! COVID-19 Parent FAQ 

 

Emergency Drills
This Thursday we will hold a lock down drill at University School.
 The safety of all students and staff of UES is of great importance. To that end, we work diligently to establish appropriate safety measures and precautions for the various situations that may occur and affect our staff and students. Fire drills are a long-standing expectation of everyone who congregates in a setting such as a school. CBE schools are required to have a minimum of six fire drills each school year and two lockdown drills.  

Our students and staff treat each drill as though it was the real thing and we are very proud of their performance during those drills. It is a reflection of the changes in our society that over the years we have added variations to our safety drills. The teachers spend time preparing and instructing students regarding their role during a drill of this kind at the beginning of the school year and again last month. Just like fire drills, every school in CBE is required to practice lockdown drills. Again, we take these drills seriously and we  practice as if it were the real thing. Two police constables assist us with these drills, and the drill is not over until a police constable unlocks the door.  

My own children have been through two real lockdowns, one when a coyote got into the building during a summer camp!  Each CBE school also has specific emergency preparedness protocols for missing children, bomb threats, environmental/exterior threats and evacuation to alternate site(s). Teachers are trained in first aid and have regularly review emergency plans with the children. We appreciate your support in these very important mat 

 

Learning MomentsHelpful questions beyond ‘What did you do in school today?’ 

Each teacher has a Google classroom that your student can access for review, homework or if they are home sick. All worksheets being used in class also go onto the Google classroom for students who are learning from home. If you are unsure of how to access the classroom, please email your students’ teacher. Should your child’s class be required to isolate, learning is intended to shift seamlessly online. This can only occur if students are familiar with log-in, general features and functions. All CBE students will be learning online from Jan.4-8. Please ask your student how to log in and show you around the platform!  

  

Reminder changes to student COVID checklist   

The Alberta government updated the daily COVID-19 symptoms checklist for children under 18. It took effect starting on Monday, Nov. 2. 

There are a number of government an​d Alberta Health Services resources available to help families understand the next steps of what they are required to do – when you must isolate, when to be tested, how long you must stay home and when you can go back to school. Visit the If a Student is Sick or has COVID-19 Symptoms page to learn more about: 

§  When you should keep your child at home 

§  What to do if your child is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 

§  What to do if your child is feeling unwell 

§  What to you if your child has been exposed to a positive case at school 

§  How your child can continue learning from home 

Families should follow the specific directions of Alberta Health Services Public Health and/or Alberta HealthLink 811 

 

Important Upcoming Dates 

Fri. Nov. 27              Kindergarten AM attends 
Thurs. Dec. 3          Revised date for practice lockdown drill
Fri. Dec. 4                PD Day- No School for students
Fri. Dec. 11              Kindergarten PM attends
Fri. Dec 18               Kindergarten AM attends 
                                 Spirit day: Sleepy Pajama day
                                 Last day of School before Winter Break
Mon. Dec. 21           Winter Break Starts
Mon. Jan. 4              PD Day - No School for students|
Tues. Jan 5              Classes Resume
 

  

Social/Emotional Wellness During Covid-19 

We recognize that this is a time that may cause challenges to student and family wellness. Please know that there are a variety of counselling supports available  to assist you or your children. 

  1. Access Mental Health: 403-943-1500 
  2. Calgary Counselling Centre: 403-691-5991 Only telephone and online counselling are available 
  3. Distress Centre: 403-266-4357 The call centre is closed, with staff working remotely. Support is still available 24/7. 

7.     Eastside Family Centre: 403-299-9696 Only phone and e-therapy services available  

8.     Kid’s Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 

9.     Mental Health Help Line: 1-877-303-2642  

10. Catholic Family Services - Rapid Access Counselling: 403-233-2360 or email intake@cfs-ab.org 

 

Food Supports during Covid-19 

  • Alberta 211 - call 211 for urgent food support 
  • The Calgary Food Bank - request food hampers by calling 403-253-2055. 
  • Check out www.foodfinderyyc.com  on a regular basis as well as new food support locations are being added each week.  Some of these locations will offer lunch/dinner by registration or by drop in (some may even offer delivery) and some will offer food hampers 

 


Nov 22
Weekly Update

Dear Families,

It has been an incredibly positive two weeks at University School. I have felt very welcomed by staff, students and families! 

As we are trying to spend as much time outside as possible please ensure that your student is dressed for the weather. Students are outside at minimum three times a day- recess, lunch break and gym. If your student needs mittens, hat, jacket or boots please let us know. 

Special thanks to parents who let us know in why their students are away and willingness to get sniffles checked out .

Thank You
Thanks to all in our community for continuing to keep our school community healthy. With the recent rise in cases it is even more important that we continue to follow protocols:

  • Masking
  • Handwashing 
  • Staying home with any symptoms
  • Physical distancing
  • We are now requesting that families remain outside when picking up or dropping off students. We will bring students up to the front doors and we always appreciate a phone call letting us know this is happening. 

New lunch schedules
In order to cohort our classes as tightly as possible, we are moving to 3 separate staggered lunch breaks. No class will come into contact with any other class outside at recess or lunch breaks.

Grade 1/2   11:00am-11:45am

Grade 3/4   11:45am- 12:30pm

Grade 5/6   12:30pm- 1:15pm

School Council Meeting | Nov. 24, 6:00 PM 
University School Council virtual meeting. This will be your opportunity to meet the school principal. Give feedback on school goals for the year and hear about plans for the school year and  how we are navigating learning. Please feel free to join us for all or part of this meeting. Click here to join the meeting

Student Progress
Many thanks to all the families that participated in Parent-Teacher conferences. It was terrific to “see” you and join you in talking about goals focussed on learning.  If your family was NOT able to attend conferences, please connect with your students’ teacher to set up a conference. Report cards do not go out until early February.

Learning Moments
Helpful questions beyond ‘What did you do in school today?’

This week, all students learned about perseverance and resilience. Ask your child: What story did you read to learn about these two words? What were some of the many ways Horten showed perseverance? What does resilience mean? How are we all showing perseverance and resilience during Covid

Safety

There are a few concerns about safety at University School that you can help to improve. There are a number of families dropping students off at the front entrance. Many times students are running across the road at parents’ direction, cars are doing U-turns or parking in the bus zone. Please take the time to make sure your student gets to school safely.

As well some students are arriving before 7:50 am. There is NO supervision available before 7:50 am. Please have your student arrive at 7:50 or shortly after. Classes do not start before 8:00am. A reminder that all CBE playgrounds are closed immediately before and after school to avoid non- cohorted gatherings. Please encourage your student to head straight home after school.

Google Classrooms
Each teacher has a google classroom that your student can access for review, homework or if they are home sick. If you are unsure of how to access the classroom, please email your students’ teacher. 

Please ask you student how to log in and have a look!

Upcoming Dates

Thur. Nov. 26           Spirit day: Sports Jersey/Hat day
Fri. Nov. 27              Kindergarten AM attends 
Mon. Dec. 1             Lockdown practice drill
Fri. Dec. 4                PD Day- No School for students
Fri. Dec. 11              Kindergarten PM attends
Fri. Dec 18               Kindergarten AM attends 
                                 Spirit day: Pajama day
                                 Last day of School before Winter Break
Mon. Dec. 21            Winter Break Starts
Mon. Jan. 4              University School PD Day - No School
                                 for students|
Tues. Jan 5              Classes Resume


Respectfully, 
​​​​​​​
Aleta Terlecki
Your New Acting Principal


Nov 22
Positve COVID Case

November 22, 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian,

 We have been notified by a family or staff member that a positive case of COVID-19 has been diagnosed in an individual from University Elementary school. At this time, the school does not have official confirmation from Alberta Health Services (AHS).

The school has already contacted each family or staff member affected by the positive case, and AHS will be following up only with those individuals. If you were not contacted, your child(ren) are not affected by the positive case.

 Our school remains open to in-person learning for all students, and we are working to ensure necessary measures continue to be in place to protect all staff and students. This includes the cleaning and disinfecting of all items touched by the individual, and the removal and storage of all items that cannot be cleaned and disinfected (paper, books, etc.)  in a sealed container for a minimum of 72 hours.

All students impacted by the positive case will be supported in maintaining course work during the designated period online. They will not join Hub online learning.

 We remind parents/guardians of students to monitor for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.The Alberta Health daily checklist can be found here. Please remember to complete the checklist each day prior to attending school.

If you/your child has any of the symptoms of illness listed on the Alberta Health daily checklist, please fill out the online Alberta Health Services COVID-19 self-assessment or call Health Link at 811 and stay home/keep your child at home.

We will continue to provide additional information to parents / guardians as it is available.

Sincerely,

Aleta Terlecki,
Principal, University Elementary School
t | 403-777-6240
adterlecki@cbe.ab.ca


Jan 27
Grade 4 Accountability Pillar Survey for Parents

Accountability Pillar Messaging to Parents/Guardians

Each year Alberta Education conducts the Accountability Pillar Survey from mid-January to the end of February. Alberta Education uses the Accountability Pillar as a way for school authorities to measure their success, and assess their progress towards meeting their learning goals. 

The Accountability Pillar uses a set of 16 indicators consisting of: student outcomes such as dropout and high school completion rates; provincial assessments of student learning; and surveys of students, parents/guardians and teachers on various aspects of quality.

Parents/Guardians of students in grade 4 will receive their survey in the mail from Alberta Education.  Students in grade 4 and all teachers will complete their surveys online at school. 

All surveys are anonymous and ask questions about experiences with University School.  The survey is not asking for feedback about Alberta Education and its policies; questions are in relationship to University School only.  

Questions on the survey are accompanied by a scale of responses (e.g., Strongly Agree to Strongly Disagree, Very Satisfied to Very Dissatisfied). Each of these scales includes a Don’t Know choice.  If you Don’t Know the answer to a particular question, please skip that question and go to the next one.

All parents/guardians receive the English version of the survey in the mail. Alberta Education also provides the survey in Arabic, Blackfoot, Chinese, Cree, French, Korean, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog and Urdu.  If you would prefer to respond to the survey in one of these languages, please tell Rebekah Graham and a copy will be sent to you. 

It is very important that parents/guardians complete the survey and return it to Alberta Education. Alberta Education and the public use the results of the Accountability Pillar Survey to assess satisfaction with the quality of education in our schools.  In addition, the Calgary Board of Education uses the information to improve teaching and learning for our students.

Your voice matters. Your participation in the survey helps provide important information on the quality of education your child is receiving. Alberta Education and the Calgary Board of Education thank you for returning the parent Accountability Pillar Survey promptly. If you have questions, please contact Rebekah Graham at 403-777-6240.

Interested in the results?  Look for them in school and the CBE 3-Year Education Plans and Annual Education Results Reports, posted to the school’s and CBE’s websites by November 30 of every year.​

Dec 11
December 2019

Quote:  Children desperately need to know - and to hear in ways they understand and remember - that they're loved and valued by mom and dad.

Dec 9 - 19 - Alien Inline Skating - Please pay $10.00 on-line

Dec 12 - Winter Solstice Lunch

Dec 19 - Pajama Day - Last day of classes before the winter break for students

Dec 19 - Report Cards go home

Dec 20 - Non-instructional day - Teacher Professional Development

Jan 6 - Non Instructional Day - No school

Jan 7 - Clases Resume

Jan 20 - Kindergarten registration for the 2020-21 school year begins

Jan 30 - 3:30-7:00 p.m. Student-Led Conferences 

Jan 31 - 8:30 12:00 - Conferences



Winter Solstice Lunch:  On Thursday, December 12th, 2019, please join us as we gather for a potluck lunch to take place in our classrooms beginning at 11:30 am and running through to 12:30 pm.  We encourage you to bring an item of food that is a family favorite and/or is unique to your culture to share with the others in your child’s class. We recommend that you bring enough food to feed 6-8 people.  Please ensure that none of the food contains nuts or nut oil. If your child has severe food allergies, please contact the school office to confirm a strategy for ensuring we avoid any adverse allergic reactions.  

In order to reduce our waste, we are asking families to bring their own plates and cutlery. Please also consider bringing extras to share with those who might have forgotten theirs.  


Great Learning Starts Here

Kindergarten is the start of an exciting adventure for your child. CBE schools are open to all children and are committed to embracing every student in a safe and welcoming environment.


Our kindergarten program is a half-day offered either in the morning or afternoon..


If you are looking to register your child at University school, you'll find everything you need to know to get started below. You can also check out the links on the right for some great kindergarten resources. Please click this link: https://www.cbe.ab.ca/programs/kindergarten/Pages/default.aspx


Registration for the 2020-21 school year will begin on Jan. 20, 2020​.


Cheers,

Rebekah Graham

Principal - University School


Sep 16
September Welcome Back!

Quote: “No one belongs here more than you.”  Brene Brown


Sept 12 - Pizza Lunch

Sept 13 - P.M. Kindergarten only

Sept 13 - Grade ⅚ Patrol Training 8:15-10:00

Sept 13-18  Individual conferences open for sign-up please sign-up

Sept 18 - Class and individual photos

Sept 19 - Meet the Teacher conference night - conferences will be open to sign up on Friday   

Sept 20 - Non Instructional Day/conferences

Sept 23 - Grades ⅚ Camp Evergreen

Sept 24 - Grades ⅚ Camp Evergreen

Sept 25 - Grades ⅚ Camp Evergreen

Sept 25 - Parent Council Meeting 6:00 P.M. 

Sept 27 - A.M. Kindergarten only

Sept 27 - Terry Fox Assembly/Run 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Oct 3  - Pizza Lunch

Oct 4 - Kindergarten p.m. only

Oct 7-10 - Lacrosse Residency 

Oct 11 - No School Teacher Professional Development

Oct 14 - No School Thanksgiving


University school Theme: 

Courage-Compassion-Connection


Thank-you Parent Council for organizing a very successful Pancake Breakfast.  It was great to see so many families enjoying breakfast together.  A special thanks to Carolyn and Sue for volunteering there time and support to make it a very special welcome back!


Kindly,

Rebekah Graham

Principal - University School


Jun 07
June 2019

June 11 –Grade 6 Social Studies Provincial Achievement Test

June 12- Grade 6 Math Provincial Achievement Test, Part A and B

June 13 – Grade 6 English Language Arts Provincial Achievement Test

June 14 – A.M. Kindergarten

June 17 – Grade 6 Science Provincial Achievement Test

June 21 – P.M. Kindergarten

June 25 – Grade 6 Farewell Assembly – 1:00 p.m.

June 27 – Sports Day – 12:45 – 2:00 p.m.

June 27 – Last day of classes


 

Hello Parents,

The end of the school year is upon us, but we are already looking ahead.

Our Welcome Back Pancake Breakfast is at 8am on Friday September 6th, 2019.  All families are invited to join their children. We are asking for a donation of $20.00 per family.

Please join us and also consider volunteering for this event. The signup link is below.

We need your help!

Thank you-The University Parent Council and Association.

https://signup.com/go/koErxft


Jan 14
Happy New Year

Welcome to 2019 at University School. It is our staff’s desire to create an exceptional learning community for your children. This year we continue to further our School Development Plan with a focus on math and literacy.  As well we have identified three areas of our work together which are: further our sense of belonging together, place based learning and Calgary Board of Education’s Math focus. We will strive to develop strong character in all of our students while providing a rigorous academic program.

This will be evidenced through our committed and focus on climate, curriculum, safety, students, personnel, and family and community partnerships.


It is important to me, as your principal, that everyone who steps through our doors are excited to be here and be a part of something new! Working together enables us all to meet the challenges and needs in a positive, fun and nurturing environment. Please call our school when you have questions or concerns. We wish your child a happy and successful school year and look forward to this exciting journey with you all.

 

Rebekah Graham

Principal – University School

rmgraham@cbe.ab.ca


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