Sep 28
September 28, 2021 Update

Terry Fox Run | Sept 29

Tomorrow is our Terry Fox run! During students Physical Education block on Wednesday, they will be running laps around the school field in recognition of the sacrifice and lasting legacy Terry Fox has left for Canada and the world. Students have been learning new Terry Fox facts daily and classroom teachers have led discussions and lessons on the importance of this Canadian historical figure. 

​We will be collecting monetary donations for the Terry Fox Foundation. The Terry Fox Foundation funds a variety of different cancer research projects such as lung, brain, breast, ovarian, colorectal, pediatric and blood. We are asking families to donate if they can! A toonie for Terry could go a long way to help end cancer once and for all. 

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation | Sept 30

There is no school for students on Thursday, September 30 while we recognize and honour residential school survivors, their families and communities.

Orange Shirt Day |October 1

All students are invited to wear orange shirts on October 1.   Students will be spending time reflecting in sit spots on our school grounds, and learning about the history and legacy of residential schools.

Welcome Back Package

Welcome Back Packages have gone home.  Please return all forms as soon as possible.

Covid Protocols

Health Checklist

Please ensure you and your child are completing the updated Alberta Health Covid Assessment daily.  If your child is exhibiting any of the core Covid-19 symptoms; they should stay home while they are sick.

 Updated Covid-19 Checklist

Please ensure you are sending at least one mask with your child every day.  The fabric ones work best as the disposable ones often break. 

  • Masks are required for all students, staff, and visitors entering the school.
  • Students will hand sanitize upon entry
  • Students will be in grade team cohorts
  • The playground is not available for use before and after school

Noon Supervision

If your child will be staying for lunch, please register through MyCBE/PowerSchool. Registration for lunchroom is on-going throughout the year and fees will be available for payment after registration starting on Oct. 15. 

Nut Aware School

​We need your help to ensure we are keeping all students and staff members safe.  As we are now eating lunch in the classrooms, we would ask that you please refrain from sending all nut products for snacks and lunches. 

Breakfast Program

Vista Heights offers a 'grab and go' breakfast program.  If students have not had breakfast, they can come down to the office to get a brown bag breakfast.  This usually consists of a protein (cheese, yogurt, or hard-boiled egg); Fruit (fruit cup or applesauce); and a grain (muffin or granola bar).

Hot Soup

Our Hot Soup program started on Tuesday, Sept 21!  Please note we are unable to accommodate any concerns around dietary restrictions including allergies.  We do not receive any soup that does not contain meat. (no vegetable soup).  If you have concerns around your child receiving soup, please let us know.

School Messenger

Please ensure you have subscribed to School Messenger so that you receive emails from Vista Heights and CBE System Updates.  School Messenger and the Vista Heights School webpage are the primary means of parent communication. If you require a paper copy, please let the office know

Thank you for all your support!

Karen and Andrea

 

 


May 13
May Update

I hope this update finds everyone healthy and safe.  Thank you for all you are doing to ensure learning continues online while students are Learning at Home.  I hope we can all be back together soon!

Learning at Home

I know this is a big transition for the next two weeks.  Please let us know if you need support through the Learning at Home phase.

Attendance

Attendance will be taken both am and pm during the Google Meet sessions.  If your child is unable to attend the Google Meet sessions, please email your child's teacher.

School Council| May 11, 2021

Please join us for the May School Council meeting tonight at 6:30 via TEAMS.  The link can be found on the Vista Heights School Council website. 

No School | May 21 and 24

Please note that there is no school on May 21 as this is a Professional Day, and May 24th is Victoria Day.  Teachers will not be online on these days.

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration started on January 11.  If you have a child that will be 5 on or before December 31, 2021, they are eligible to register for kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year.  Please see the Registration page on the CBE website.

Registration Link

Kindergarten Orientation

Our Kindergarten Orientation will be held virtually on May 20 at 6:30 pm.  A link has been sent to parents of incoming kindergarten students. If you are intending to register for kindergarten, please submit your forms to the office.

Thank you for all your support!

​Karen and Andrea

 

 


Apr 07
April Principal Update

I hope this update finds everyone healthy and safe.  I hope everyone had a great Spring Break.  I know the staff and students are excited to be back at work.

COVID Update

Covid case numbers are continuing to rise within the province.  We are reminding students about proper mask protocols.  This includes making sure the masks are covering both the chin and the nose. We are reminding students that they are required to wear masks in the hallways, bathroom, to and from recess and gym.  Please ensure your child has their mask prior to coming to school.  Please complete the AHS Self-Assessment Checklist with your child prior to attending each morning.  If your child has any of the symptoms outlined in the checklist, please follow the guidance listed from Alberta Health Services. At school, we use this document if a student presents with symptoms. 

We are finding that students need to have a spare mask in their backpack.  Masks often get wet if the students are outside or if they are wearing them for an extended period of time.  Please send a spare mask with students. 

We know that washing and sanitizing hands, masking, distancing and staying home when sick are the best protections against COVID and we continue to ensure these measures are in place. Your support is greatly appreciated.

School Council| April 13, 2021

Please mark your calendars and join us for the next School Council meeting on April 12, 2021 at 6:30 pm via TEAMS.  The link can be found on the Vista Heights School Council website. 

No School | April 26, 2021

Please note that there is no school on April 26 as it is a Professional Day.

​Hot Soup

Our Hot Soup program is up and running!  Please note we are unable to accommodate any concerns around dietary restrictions including allergies.  We do not receive any soup that does not contain meat. (no vegetable soup).  If you have concerns around your child receiving soup, please let us know.

Please mark your calendars-hot soup will end on April 22. 

Breakfast Program

​Vista Heights offers a 'grab and go' breakfast program.  If students have not had breakfast, they can come down to the office to get a brown bag breakfast.  This usually consists of a protein (cheese, yogurt, or hard-boiled egg); Fruit (fruit cup or applesauce); and a grain (muffin or granola bar).

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration started on January 11.  If you have a child that will be 5 on or before December 31, 2016, they are eligible to register for kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year.  Please see the Registration page on the CBE website.

Registration Link

Demographic Forms

We are required to have updated demographic information for all students.  Please ensure you have sent back your demographic form for each child at the school, and have signed and dated the last page.  If you have a child in HUB, please call the school to book an appointment to drop off the form.

Thank you for all your support!

Karen and Andrea

 


Mar 05
March Update

Wow!  Can you believe we are in March already? It seems like we just came back from Winter Break!  Our students are working so hard in their classrooms.

COVID Update

As the case numbers continue to grow, we are reminding students about proper mask protocols.  This includes making sure the masks are covering both the chin and the nose. Students are required to wear masks in the hallways, bathroom, to and from recess and gym. Please ensure your child has their mask prior to coming to school.  Please complete the AHS Self-Assessment Checklist with your child prior to attending each morning.

We are finding that students need to have a spare mask in their backpack.  Masks often get wet if the students are outside or if they are wearing them for an extended period of time.  Please send a spare mask with students. 

We know that washing and sanitizing hands, masking, distancing and staying home when sick are the best protections against COVID and we continue to ensure these measures are in place. Your support is greatly appreciated.

School Council| March 9, 2021

Please mark your calendars and join us for the next School Council meeting on March 9, 2021 at 6:30 pm. I will be presenting a proposal for a Shortened Friday for Professional Learning beginning in the 2021-22 school year. We meet virtually through TEAMS.

There will also be further opportunities to provide feedback as the consideration of the Shortened Day process progresses.  More information will be available on the Vista Heights website https://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/VistaHeights/Pages/default.aspx

Please use this link:

School Council meeting

Safety

We are noticing some safety concerns as the weather is improving.  Students are reminded to use safe practices when crossing the road, and they are not to be in the teacher's parking lot at any time.  We have also noticed that there are cars that are driving very quickly in the alley behind the school. If your child uses this pathway to get to school, please reinforce safe practices with them.  We will be sharing this information with our School Resource Officer as well. If you are picking your child up at the end of day, please be mindful of our bus zone. Please feel free to contact the office if you have safety concerns.

​High School Scenario Feedback

CBE is looking for feedback around future High School plans.  Please take a moment to check out the information on the CBE website for more information about providing your feedback.   

Parent Teacher Conferences |March 25 and 26

We are looking forward to meeting with you via phone call on the evening of March 25 and the morning of March 26.  Conferences will be booked using Conference Manager in PowerSchool.  If you are experiencing difficulty with booking a conference please call the office.  The teacher will call you at your booked time. Please answer the call if it says NO CALLER ID.

No School | March 12

Please note that there is no school on March 12 as it is a Professional Day.

Hot Soup

Our Hot Soup program is up and running!  Please note we are unable to accommodate any concerns around dietary restrictions including allergies.  We do not receive any soup that does not contain meat. (no vegetable soup).  If you have concerns around your child receiving soup, please let us know.

Breakfast Program

Vista Heights offers a 'grab and go' breakfast program.  If students have not had breakfast, they can come down to the office to get a brown bag breakfast.  This usually consists of a protein (cheese, yogurt, or hard-boiled egg); Fruit (fruit cup or applesauce); and a grain (muffin or granola bar).

​Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration started on January 11.  If you have a child that will be 5 on or before December 31, 2016, they are eligible to register for kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year.  Please see the Registration page on the CBE website.

Registration Link

Demographic Forms

We are required to have updated demographic information for all students.  Please ensure you have sent back your demographic form for each child at the school, and have signed and dated the last page.  If you have a child in HUB, please call the school to book an appointment to drop off the form.

​Spring Break | March 27-April 5

There is no school for students from March 27-April 5 for Spring Break. Students will return to school on April 6.

Thank you for all your support!

Karen and Andrea

Jan 11
January Update

Principal Updates | January

Welcome Back!

We are excited to see our students in person on Monday, January 11.  As outlined in the email to families; “As we continue to follow provincial direction, all of our schools will be resuming in-person classes on Monday, Jan. 11.  The decision to move between scenarios is made by Alberta Education in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health."

Thank you for all of your support while we were Learning From Home last week.

COVID Update

As the case numbers continue to grow, we are reminding students about proper mask protocols.  This includes making sure the masks are covering both the chin and the nose. Students are required to wear masks in the hallways, bathroom, to and from recess and gym. Please ensure your child has their mask prior to coming to school.  Please complete the AHS Self-Assessment Checklist with your child prior to attending each morning.

We know that washing and sanitizing hands, masking, distancing and staying home when sick are the best protections against COVID and we continue to ensure these measures are in place. Your support is greatly appreciated.

No School | January 29

Please note that there is no school on January 29 as it is a Non-Instructional Day

Hot Soup

Our Hot Soup program is up and running!  Please note we are unable to accommodate any concerns around dietary restrictions including allergies.  We do not receive any soup that does not contain meat. (no vegetable soup).  If you have concerns around your child receiving soup, please let us know.

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration starts on January 11.  If you have a child that was born on or before December 31, 2016, they are eligible to register for kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year.  Please see the Registration page on the CBE website.

Registration Link

Demographic Forms

We are required to have updated demographic information for all students.  Please ensure you have sent back your demographic form for each child at the school, and have signed and dated the last page.  If you have a child in HUB, please call the school to book an appointment to drop off the form.

School Council| January 12, 2021

Please mark your calendars and join us for the next school council meeting on January 12 at 6:30 pm. We meet virtually through TEAMS.

The link will be sent out on Monday, January 11, 2021

Report Cards| February 1

Report cards will be sent home on February 1.  They will also be able to be viewed via MyCBE/PowerSchool.


Thank you for all your support!

​Karen and Andrea


 


Dec 03
Principal Updates | December

COVID Update

We continue to follow the guidance of the Alberta Government, CBE and AHS with respect to protocols for COVID-19.  At this time, Kindergarten to Grade 6 students continue to learn in person.  We will be moving to online for one week after the Winter Break (Jan 4-8).  We will provide more information about this in the coming weeks.

As the case numbers continue to grow, we are reminding students about proper mask protocols.  This includes making sure the masks are covering both the chin and the nose. Students are required to wear masks in the hallways, bathroom, to and from recess and gym. Please ensure your child has their mask prior to coming to school.  Please complete the AHS Self-Assessment Checklist with your child prior to attending each morning.

We know that washing and sanitizing hands, masking, distancing and staying home when sick are the best protections against COVID and we continue to ensure these measures are in place. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Teachers were able to connect with parents via phone calls on November 19 and 20.  If you were unable to meet with your child's teacher during this time, please email the teacher to book a time for a phone call.

No School | December 4

Please note that there is no school on December 4 as it is a Non-Instructional Day

​Hot Soup

Our Hot Soup program is up and running!  Please note we are unable to accommodate any concerns around dietary restrictions including allergies.  We do not receive any soup that does not contain meat. (no vegetable soup).  If you have concerns around your child receiving soup, please let us know.

Demographic Forms

We are required to have updated demographic information for all students.  Please ensure you have sent back your demographic form for each child at the school, and have signed and dated the last page.  If you have a child in HUB, please call the school to book an appointment to drop off the form.

School Council| December 8, 2020

Please mark your calendars and join us for the next school council meeting on December 8 at 6:30 pm. We meet virtually through TEAMS.

The link will be sent out on Monday, December 7.

Winter Break| December 18-January 4

The last day of school before Winter Break is December 17.  We will return for our week of online learning on January 4.  Please mark your calendars.

Thank you for all your support!

Karen and Andrea

 


Nov 17
Principal Updates | November 16

Parent Teacher Conferences | November 19 and 20

We are looking forward to meeting with you via phone call on the afternoon of November 19 and the morning of November 20.  If you have not already booked your conference, please do so via PowerSchool.  If you are experiencing difficulty with booking a conference please call the office.  The teacher will call you at your booked time. Please answer the call if it says NO CALLER ID.

No School | November 20

Please note that there is no school on November 20 due to Parent/Teacher Conferences.

Hot Soup

Our Hot Soup program is up and running!  Please note we are unable to accommodate any concerns around dietary restrictions including allergies.  We do not receive any soup that does not contain meat. (no vegetable soup).  If you have concerns around your child receiving soup, please let us know.

Demographic Forms

We are required to have updated demographic information for all students.  Please ensure you have sent back your demographic form for each child at the school, and have signed and dated the last page.  If you have a child in HUB, please call the school to book an appointment to drop off the form.

COVID Update

We continue to follow the guidance of CBE and AHS with respect to protocols for COVID-19.  We are reminding students about proper mask protocols.  This includes making sure the masks are covering both the chin and the nose. Students are required to wear masks in the hallways, bathroom, to and from recess and gym. Please ensure your child has their mask prior to coming to school.  Please complete the AHS Self-Assessment Checklist with your child prior to attending each morning.

We know that washing and sanitizing hands, masking, distancing and staying home when sick are the best protections against COVID and we continue to ensure these measures are in place. Your support is greatly appreciated.

​Water Bottle Filling Station

​We would like to thank Vista Heights Enhancement Society for purchasing a touchless water bottle filling station.  Teachers have been training students on how to use the station appropriately.  Please feel free to send a labelled water bottle with your child.

 

Thank you for all your support!

 

Karen and Andrea

 

 


Nov 04
November Update

November Update

It's hard to believe we are already in November! Thank you for continuing to follow all of our protocols for Covid-19. Last week, new guidelines were announced by Alberta Health that removed runny nose and sore throat from the list of core symptoms.  These symptoms continue to be part of the secondary symptoms.  Yesterday, we sent home a new self-assessment guide for students.  Please ensure you are completing this with your child before they come to school. 

Please find information on the upcoming OurSCHOOL Student Survey.  This online survey will be given for all students the week of November 2 - 6th, to measure student engagement, increase student involvement and sense of belonging at school.

School Retakes

Students have been given their school photo proofs.  If you wish to order school photos, please return the order form by November 10.  If you wish to have retakes, these will take place on November 10.

Remembrance Day

There will be no school on November 11 for the observance of Remembrance Day.  We will be holding a virtual assembly on November 10. 

Parent Teacher Conferences

We will be holding parent teacher conferences on November 19 from 4:15-8:00 pm and November 20 from 8:00 am -12:15 pm.  There will be no school for students on November 20. More information will be forthcoming to book conferences.  Due to COVID-19, these conferences will be by phone call only.​


Oct 23
Principal Update | October 23, 2020

Hallowe'en Update

​I know that dressing up for Hallowe'en has been a tradition at Vista Heights, and I know how much the students enjoy this day.  In light of COVID-19, we need to adjust this tradition this year.  In past years, students would change into their costumes at lunch.  We do not have the space to accommodate this.  In lieu of this, we will be holding a theme day on October 29 instead of dressing up for Hallowe'en.  Students are invited to wear their favourite T-shirt to school.  This could be a Super Hero, Cartoon Character, or even just a T-shirt that holds a special significance.  Thank you for your understanding around the safety and protocols for Vista Heights School.  It is my greatest hope that we can resume the tradition of dressing up for Hallowe'en for the 2021-22 school year.

Masks

We are having many students who are arriving to school without masks.  Please ensure your child has at least one mask in their backpack.  Thank you for helping us keep Vista Heights safe.

Hot Soup

Hot Soup will begin on Tuesday, October 27.  The program provides soup, crackers, bowls, and spoons.  One bowl of soup is served to students whose families choose to participate.  Please ensure you are sending additional items in your child's lunch as one bowl of soup may not be enough food to get them to the end of the day. If you have not returned the soup form, and you would like your child to participate in the Hot Soup Program, please let the school know.

Forms

In September, we sent the Welcome Back package of forms (Demographics, Consent for CBE Use of Student Information, Student Health, and 3rd Party Consent for Use of Student Information) home with your child.  If you have not returned this package, please send the forms back by October 29.  If you require new forms, please contact the school. 

Protocol for picking up students early

We have instituted a new protocol when parents come to pick up students early.  We will have a hand to hand drop off.  Please ring the buzzer to let Angela know that you are here to pick up your child.  We will then bring your child out to you, and we will take care of signing the student out.

Cold Weather

This week has been colder than we are used to for October.  Please ensure your child is dressed for the very cold weather we have been experiencing.  We will be going outside for recess, and gym unless it reaches -20.

Professional Day

Please mark your calendar for October 30.  This is a non-instructional day and there is no school for students.

Have a wonderful weekend!

​Karen and Andrea​


Oct 13
Principal Update

Dear Parents/Guardians:

I hope all families had an opportunity to enjoy the long weekend with family whether it was virtual or in person.

COVID-19 Protocols

Students have been doing a great job of remembering to wear their masks to school.  While we do give students mask breaks during the day, we continue to remind students that they must be wearing their masks in the hallways and bathrooms. The students are doing a really good job of distancing and following the arrows in the school. All high touch surfaces are disinfected multiple times a day by our Facility Operator.

Cold Weather and Physical Education

We have been spoiled with lovely fall weather, however, as the temperature is starting to drop; please ensure you child is coming to school dressed to be outside with a hat, mittens, and a coat. Students are outside for Recess and Lunch Recess.  All Physical Education classes will be held outside until further notice.

School Council

Please join us for the next School Council meeting on October 13, 2020 at 6:30 pm.  At this time, all of our School Council meetings are held virtually.  Please see the link below for the School Council meeting tonight.  This is the link for the meeting:  https://join.skype.com/K4LhG3LTcpz3

School Messenger

It is very important that you have subscribed to School Messenger.  This is the primary means of communication for the Calgary Board of Education to notify parents of important information.  Information from the school will be sent via School Messenger.  Please let the office know if you will need a paper copy sent home with your child.

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​Student Code of Conduct

The CBE has a Student Code of Conduct, which students and families should know and understand. This information is posted to the Vista Heights School website, but we also wanted you be aware of its importance. Please read this information and review it with your child.

https://www.cbe.ab.ca/GovernancePolicies/AR6005-Student-Code-of-Conduct.pdf

School Pictures

School Picture Day is coming! We have booked October 19 for our school pictures. At this time, we will not have class photos due to COVID-19, but we will be doing individual photos.  Students that are registered in HUB will receive an email asking parents to book an appointment to come into the school to have their picture taken on this day.

Hot Soup

Vista Heights is very fortunate to have a partnership with Meals on Wheels for a Hot Soup Program.  Watch for the notice coming home this week to sign up!

Safety Precautions

We are required to hold 6 fire drills, and 2 lockdowns each school year. We held our first fire drill on October10, 2020.  The staff and students were able to exit the building in 1 min and 17 seconds.  We continue to refine our school safety procedures which include:

  • Locking all doors
  • A Fan-Out Procedure
  • Substitute Teachers – are provided with emergency information upon entering the school

Upcoming Events

October 30 – Professional Development Day ( No school for students)



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