Jun 30
That's a wrap!

​Hello Pratt families,

It is quite unbelievable that we are at June 30th!  It has been a  marathon of a year and we look forward to the 22-23 school year being even busier and better!  The year has been a great success for students at Pratt so I want to take a moment to thank the parents, students and staff.  The perserverance of families to ensure the very best for their students is commendable and we believe students are well positioned to continue their learning successfully next year.  This is a combination of effort, caring and resiliency on the part of students, teachers and parents.  It truly does work best when we work as teams and I continue to see this over and over.   It has been a great pleasure to see students working towards achieving their goals, staff supporting alongside and parents cheering them on.   

As you may be aware, Grade 4 students will remain at Royal Oak School for the  22-23 school year which means that we have spread our wings inside of the building a bit.  With the passing of 6 years since the opening of William D. Pratt School and the continued thirst for knowledge and growth, several staff have chosen to take the opportunity to spread their wings and seek positions in passion​ areas. This means, there have been staff changes for this fall.  I will be finalizing this over the next week and will post a list of staff for the 2022-23 school year.     

I wish you all a most amazing summer, filled with much opportunity and joy.  

Warm regards,

Janice Luchenski



Jun 07
June Updates


We cannot believe that it is June already and hope that you have had a chance to take a look at the Sport Court project taking shape behind the school.  Badminton has wrapped up very successfully and our track meet is coming up this week. 

We have made some careful transitions in the school coming as close to normal as possible.  Leo Barbe joined us at the school for the first assembly in several years.  Grades 7-9 participated in two assemblies to listen to his message of "I can...I will".  We want to acknowledge that this seems like a simple mantra to move forward with, while recognizing that for many it is not so simple.  We are here to support!

With the goal of keeping families informed, we want to provide some year end updates.  Staffing will not be finalized until nearly the end of June so please look for year end information through School Messenger.  For those families planning to join us in September 2022, please know that this is our main mode of communication so please ensure we have correct information and MyCBE account set up.  

Please see dates for upcoming Provincial Achievement Tests on the schedule below.  We also want to remind our Grade 9 families about our year end celebrations, as well as to sharing details about the end of the year. 

Important Dates

  • A reminder - if you are moving, have moved out of Royal Oak/Rocky Ridge area or are  planning to have your child attend elsewhere, we truly appreciate you letting us know as soon as possible.  We will be able to ensure a smooth start to the school year if you inform us.
  • June 8 at the Foothills Athletic Park for the track and field meet.  We have 102 athletes representing William D. Pratt School and wish them every success.  Thanks goes out to parents who are volunteering at the meet.
  • Our Grade 9 Farewell will take place on June 9 at the school - we know that many of our community members have been engaged in planning to make this event very special, including the week long spirit days.
  • All library books are due back on June 10th. 
  • Our final WDP School Council meeting will take place on Wed. June 15. 
  • School-wide lessons and activities will take place on Tuesday, June 21st to honour National Indigenous Peoples Day. 
  • The last day of complementary classes for students will be on June 24.
  • The WDP Color Run will take place on June 24!
  • Regular full school days will continue until June 28.  Following PAT exams at grades 6 and 9, the remainder of instructional time will be spent preparing for provincial achievement tests, completing CTF courses and participating in PE. 
  • Grades 4,5,7, and 8 will have regular classes until June 28. 
  • Report cards will go live on June 28. 
  • June 29 Appeals Day 8 am-12
  • June 30 Non-Instruction Day

PAT Schedule: 

Tues, June 14 – Gr 6 ELA Part B 

Wed, June 15 – Gr 6 Science  

Thurs, June 16 – Gr 6 Social Studies 

Fri, June 17 – Gr 9 Math Part A /Gr 6 Math Part A 

Mon, June 20 – Gr 9 Social Studies/ Gr 6 Math Part B 

Wed, June 22 – Gr 9 Math Part B 

Thurs, June 23 – Gr 9 ELA Part B 

Fri, June 24 – Gr 9 Science 

Please note, it is not possible to write exams ahead of these dates, as these are secure provincial exams and we cannot open them until the day of the actual exam. All exams start at 9am. 

Transportation Registration Deadline approaching 

Yellow school bus registrations launched on Wednesday, May 11. You may register using your MyCBE account

If families are considering transportation services for the next school year, they must register by the deadline to ensure yellow school bus service for the first day of classes. There is no financial obligation for registration; families have until the fall to cancel without a fee. 

The registration deadline is Wednesday, June 8. 

Thank you for your ongoing support. ​


Apr 26
Spring Updates

​It is great to see our students on field trips!  In the past week we have had students at Calgary Zoo, The Police Interpretative Centre and for Sushi as students study Japan.

The next couple of months will continue to be busy, as  we have students in Grades 6 and 9 writing Provincial Acheivement Tests (PATs) in English, Math, Science and Social Studies.  Students are preparing for upcoming Badminton tournaments, and shortly we will be into track and field season. 

We are planning a Stampede Breakfast for the end of May, more details to follow nearer the date.

We are also preparing to say Farewell to our grade 9 students, with transition meetings happening with our high school partners shortly and a celebration for students  scheduled in June.

We are also planning our ever popular Colour Run- in person for June 24th. 

As always please reach out if you have any questions.





Dec 25
Happy Holidays from us to you!

Dear Pratt Families,

From all of us at William D. Pratt School, we wish you a wonderful winter holiday!

Enjoy local highlights of Calgary through the winter equinox, and the many celebrations over the next two weeks.  We hope everyone remains safe over the break and we look forward to seeing you when we return on Tuesday January 4, 2022.

Through the generosity of this amazing community, Adopt a Family provided support for 11 families this year.  THANK YOU!!

Thank you for entrusting your child's education to us at Pratt – we value and acknowledge you sending your precious gifts to us each day.

The Maverick team​

Oct 08
Happy Thanksgiving!

​Hello Maverick Families,

We are wishing you the very best weekend hoping that you are able to spend some quality time with loved ones with current Covid guidelines in place. 

We have much to be thankful for as our students are enjoying many of the "normal" things at school - lockers, CTF, Band, sports teams.  Grateful turkey.jpg

Our Grade 5 grade team has taken on a Food Drive with the Food Bank as they are thankful for all they have in their lives and want to share. 

Grade 5 also created an art display for the gathering space during Truth and Reconciliation week.  They created an orange shirt which consisted of paper cranes. ni'tokska means one and students created the art installation based on an article they read entitled "Paper cranes honour the children".  ​They wanted to share that:

We wish to stand as ONE

We wish to to be ONE family

We wish to be ONE voice 

Orange shirt paper cranes.jpg




As the weather becomes cooler, and the days shorter, we look forward to the changing season and continue to work towards living in harmony with our environment.  We thank families for ensuring that students are well when they come to school and remaining home when they are ill for any reason. As a staff, we constantly reflect upon the academic progress of students while supporting social and emotional needs.  We have had a very successful and rewarding start to the year for all even with safety protocols firmly in place.  

Please consider connecting with School Council if you are interested and able to be involved with school opportunities.  We are looking forward to our first Fun Lunch on October 14th, and our next School Council meeting on October 20th at 6:00 pm.  

Thank you for your ongoing and continued support!   ​



Jun 28
Yippee - summer is here!

June 28, 2021

Dear Pratt families,

Congratulations on making it through this year!  What a ride it has been for everyone but you need to know that students have been learning all year long!  Alongside content in each discipline, students (and sometimes parents) acquired the skills to:

  • work online,
  • manipulate data and assignments,
  • monitor their submissions,
  • make friends in person and online,
  • meet and engage with new teachers both in person and online,
  • check their PowerSchool, D2L,Bongo, google meets and shared documents,
  • give and receive feedback from peers and teachers,
  • review achievement assessment,
  • access their report cards
  • importance of hand hygiene
  • so on and so on. 

The staff at WDPratt would like to thank all of our parent community for the support they have provided for their children and for our staff as we all worked together to achieve student success. Messages on our sidewalk and parking lot this morning is only one indicator of the support provided.  THANK YOU!!!

Kids did great!.jpg

Departing staff members:

At this time, I am able to confirm that the following teachers will not be returning to Pratt for the 2021-22 school year.  We are sorry to lose their expertise and collegial contributions, however, we know they are moving to new opportunities to share their gifts at other schools.  They will be missed as colleagues and as part of the Pratt family - as always, it is farewell not goodbye. 

Grade 4: Ms. Daya, Ms. Pinhal; Grade 5: Ms. Clarke, Mr. Freeman; Grade 6: Ms. Eagleson, Grade 7: Ms. Muller, Mr. Ndamukong; Grade 9: Ms. Pentelichuk;  PE: Ms. Smith.

September 2021: At this point in time, we await governmental direction for the start up of the school year.  However, Mr. Fettes and Mrs. Lemke have been busily entering Grades 7-9 students into chosen complementary classes for fall, with the assumption that we are going to be running a regular schedule.  However, we have another schedule prepared, if the need arises, for a plan similar to this year.  Supplies: Please see our school website for supply lists for Grades 7-9.                             

September organization for staff and classroom configuration/numbers, as of June 28, are outlined below:

Grade 4 Mrs. UlvelandGrade 7Ms. Barton
 Mr. Weeks Mr. MacKay
 Mr. Lawson Ms. Noullett
 Ms. McLeod Ms. Stone
 Mrs. Kazmaier Mrs. Nickel
   Mrs. McKeown
   Ms. Marquette
Grade 5Mrs. StrohbachGrade 8Mrs. Cameron 8/9
 Ms. Thomas Mr. Dowhan 8/9
 Mr. Desrochers Mrs. Truss
 Mr. Luu Mrs. Simmonds
 TBD Ms. Diakowski
   Mrs. Sihota
Grade 6Mr. PittsGrade 9Mx. Beech
 Mr. Musto Mrs. Friesen
 Ms. Fillmore Mr. Vaast
 Mr. Watson Ms. Horne
 Mr. Lee  
PEMr. HowatDesign/ConstructionMr. Blakeley
 Mr. VahaahoMusic/BandMrs. Grunsell
 Mr. CoombeFoodsTBD
OfficeMs. TrnskiEducational Mrs. Proulx
 Mrs. LemkeassistantsMrs. Moore
 Mrs. Gillette Mrs. Kruger
LCMrs. Wood Mrs. Chen
Lunchroom Mrs. BurdettMrs. ChishtiMrs. Pringle
SupervisorsMrs. MahgoubMrs. SmithMrs. Knipe
 Mrs. AndersonMrs. Elms 
Facilities Mr. WolfeMr. SanhuezaMrs. Sangha
 Mrs. LiuMrs. Chu 
A. PrincipalMr. FettesPrincipalMs. Luchenski

 

Although we did not have tours for incoming students this year, Ms. Simmonds and staff members have been working hard to prepare students for next year.  There have been introductions, whether in person or online dependant upon whether students are currently in school or online. 

While we will be closed for summer, the office will re-open for new registrations, transfer and general inquiries on August 24th at 9:00 am.

Wishing all of you a most excellent, safe and restorative summer!

Janice and the entire Pratt team!


All items in lost and found will be donated in a couple of days - please have your child check! 

                                                          

                                               


Jan 24
January 25, 2021

Looking forward to some joyful learning in 2021!  We are so happy to have students back in the building and appreciate their diligence to mask wearing and using hand sanitizer. It looks like our balmy January weather is changing this week. Students, please make sure you are wearing appropriate clothing for going outside for Lunch Break.

Grade 7 vaccinations will take place in school on January 27.  This is to complete the series of vaccinations that would have normally been completed in Grade 6.  These were missed due to school closures in the spring last school year.

January 27 is Family Literacy Day.  For this reason, we would like to remind our families about access to Calgary's Public library and their support of CBE schools.  Despite Branch closures, the Calgary Public Library continues to partner and support CBE schools and students through innovative, creative programming and offerings. Some highlights include:

  • Librarian-on-Call Service - connects educators with knowledgeable Library staff to identify areas of support for classroom or online teachers. Visit the website for more information.
  • Brainfuse - connects students Grades 2 -12 to free online tutoring via chat and is available from 2  - 11 p.m.
  • Solaro - offers students Grades 3 – 12 connections to AB Curriculum lessons, reviews, practice tests and study guides     Link: Calgary Public Library

Another resource is TeenBookCloud. All CBE students and staff have access to a paid subscription for TeenBookCloud (6-12) resources through the Calgary Public Library (CPL). Users can access the resources from school, library, home, and on mobile devices. TeenBookCloud is a curated database of e-books and other digital content for Middle/Junior/High Schools. The collection features over 1,000 titles, including Graphic Novels, enhanced e-books with full audio narration and highlighted text, classic literature, national geographic videos and more. Link: Access CBE Log-in information

On Jan. 28, Bell Let's Talk takes place.  This year, we have an increased focus on Mental Health and this is needed more this year than ever. Teachers may choose to talk about this day throughout the week and not just on Thursday.  Please stay in touch with your child about what they are learning and how it is affecting them.  This year join in the conversation with them at home as well!    https://letstalk.bell.ca/en/

Please remember that Jan. 29 is a Non Instruction Day, which means no school for students.

Looking ahead, please make note of several important events on February 1Report cards are available online through MYCBE PowerSchool portal.  Please reach out to your child's teachers if you have any questions or concerns about the marks.

We look forward to and will be welcoming 18 Hub students returning to in school learning on Feb.1.  System wide adjustments may shift Hub staffing as well as in school staffing for the second semester so will update families as we have updated information.   Additionally on Feb 1, Lifetouch will be in the school to complete the traditional Grade 9 Photos- Hub students will be contacted shortly for a plan to include them.

If you are interested in purchasing a yearbook for your child, you have until February 1 to place an order for this year. Yearbooks will be delivered to students by the end of June 2021. Pre-ordering is essential to ensure your child receives a book, as we only books that have been pre-ordered.

Feb. 11/12: Teacher's Convention – no school for students;   Feb. 15:  Family Day – no school for students.   

March 10-12: Parent –Teacher conferences ONLINE – more information will be announced. 

March 29 – April 5: Spring Break; April 6: classes resume

REMINDERS: School doors opens at 7:45 am to all students. Students must enter through their assigned entrance and follow health protocols, including wearing a mask and sanitizing their hands upon entry.  Anyone entering the school must review the self-screening tool prior to entering the school and cannot be admitted if they are feeling unwell. 

- Lunchtime:  Students are inside to eat for 20 minutes and then outside for 20 minutes – please have students dressed appropriately for weather.

- PE periods: All Students should be dressed for current outdoor weather.

- Parents picking up students early or for appointments are asked to notify the Attendance Line in the morning to sign out the student rather than coming inside the school or sending notes and the student will meet you outside.  The Office will input the departure time so teachers are aware and able to send the students out without disrupting the class.  Early notification will also allow PE teachers outside with students to be aware of the dismissal. 

- For parents who need to drop off items for their students throughout the day, there is a table just outside the front door.  After you buzz, you can say you are dropping off an item, and you may place your item on the table.  Please make sure the student name is clear on the item and we will call the student to pick up their items.

Absents-Lates-Early Dismissals: Please call the main school number 403-817-3520 and press 1 for the Attendance line to report a student absence, late arrival or early dismissal. Parents will receive notification if their student is late or absent without cause.

- We ask that parents communicate with staff through e-mail and phone.

-Please make note that our office staff is reduced to 1 on Fridays which makes it very challenging if students are arriving late and being picked up early.  Please have patience with phone calls as it may not be answered immediately as we support students and staff in the building.  Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding

 

Stay healthy and well,

Janice​


Jan 08
Update - January 8, 2021

Hello Pratt families,

 

We hope that you all had a restful and safe break.  On line learning this week went well and we are proud of all of our students, families, teachers and staff who worked so hard to keep learning available.

You should have received an email from our Chief Superintendent, Mr. Christopher Usih, outlining the CBE's continuing policies regarding coming back to school and our commitment to keeping everyone safe.  We are very pleased to have all students (other than Hub students) returning to in school learning on January 11, 2021.

As a reminder of processes for William D. Pratt school, please make note of the following items:   

Safety & Hygiene Requirements:

1.    All students are required to have a mask and wear it when instructed (having an extra clean mask in the backpack is a good idea)

 

2.    Students must arrive on time at their designated doors – this is to keep all grade cohorts together and minimize interactions with other staff and students.  Doors are opened at 7:45 am and closed just before 8:00 am.  Due to hygiene protocols, students should be arriving early enough to be IN THEIR CLASSROOM before 8:00 am.  Students arriving late must come to the front door and sign in at the office.  Entry doors have not changed over the break.  As a reminder:

 

    1. Grade 4 – Enter/Exit through the outside door by the baseball field.
    2. Grade 5 – Enter/Exit through the door off the back of the school closest to the East field.
    3. Grade 6 – Enter/Exit through the main school doors
    4. Grade 7 – Enter/Exit through the door between the main door and the end of the school.  Please DO NOT cut through the parking lot.
    5. Grade 8 – Enter/Exit through the compound door located at the back of the school closest to the South field
    6. Grade 9 – Enter/Exit through the side door off of Royal Birkdale Drive NW

       

3.    Students and staff need to remain diligent about using hand sanitizer or washing their hands before and after leaving a class room; before and after eating; and washing their hands after using the bathroom. 

 

We are also pleased to let you know that our Covid-19 “outbreak" status previously declared by Alberta Health Services, is now officially over. 

Should 2 or more cases occur within a 14 day period of each other from the same school, a new outbreak will be declared for the site – and the outbreak will remain open for 28 days from the last onset of a case in that school.

 

Technology Return

As our return to in-class learning approaches, we have made a plan to ensure the prompt return of all borrowed Chrombooks and iPads, safely to the school  In an effort to do this, please follow the procedures outlined below.  These measure are to keep everyone safely distanced, and to keep the devices safe.

1.  ALL devices must be returned by a parent/guardian.  DO NOT SEND BORROWED DEVICES BACK WITH YOUR CHILD/REN.

2.  All devices must be FULLY CHARGED and turned ON

3.  Please book a time through Conference Manager.  Only book one timeslot, even if you have multiple devices.  You will book with Mr. Fettes and return the device to the Learning Commons Outside Door (it will be clearly marked)

4.  Arrive at your appointed time at the Learning Commons door.  Please ensure that you are wearing a mask.  You will be asked to sanitize as you enter.  If there is someone ahead of you, do not enter until that person leaves.  Please be prompt, but not early, as we have many appointments to get through.

5.  Devices will be inspected for damage on the spot, and then removed from your account if everything is in order.  An email receipt will be issued.

6.  All devices must be returned by end of day on Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

7.  If you are unable to do the drop off on the specified days, please contact me (jjluchenski@cbe.ab.ca) or Shauna Lemke (sdlemke@cbe.ab.ca)

8.  If you are feeling unwell; have travelled outside of the country during the break, or are exhibiting any signs of illness, please do not return the device at this time.  Reply to this email and we will set an alternate, safe time.

 

Thank you for your support,

Janice

 

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Dec 14
Happy Holidays!


We extend a huge thank you to all of parents and students who have maneuvered with us as we all deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.  Our students and staff all worked exceptionally hard as we put in the last few weeks before Winter Break. 

We have had a couple of new bulletin boards put up by our fabulous lunch room staff.  Two of them are titled “I'm Grateful For…".  All students are encourage to put up a note indicating what they are grateful for…it can be something that happens at school; or at home.  We believe this will foster an attitude of thankfulness and allow everyone to see the good in everyday happenings.

I know that I am grateful for students who are energetic and curious, families who are encouraging and thoughtful, community that is supportive, colleagues who are enthusiastic and engaged, my family who is remaining well even at a distance as well as the blue sky and mountains that we gaze upon every day.

A reminder that we will have a “Spirit" week here at school and hope that our online learners will join with us in taking a moment to relax and enjoy the joy of the season.

Spirit Days are:

          Monday, December 14 – Holiday Hat Day

          Tuesday, December 15 – Holiday Sock Day

          Wednesday, December 16 – Holiday Character Day

          Thursday, December 17 – Holiday Sweater Day

          Friday, December 19th – Holiday Pajama Day

I hope you all have a chance to rest and relax a bit over the holiday season.  The staff at Pratt, wish you and yours, the very best of this holiday season.  Please stay well and create memories with those close to you.  We will be recharged and ready to go online on January 4, 2021.  See you then!


    


Oct 19
October 19-23

Hello Pratt families,

I hope everyone was able to stay cozy this weekend and do some reading!  When you did go online, I hope it was to order your pumpkins and Rocky Mountain Chocolate offered to you by our School Council. We are also having a Pratt Pride week October 19-23, so each day, staff and students will be displaying our collective school and community Pride by wearing Pratt clothing (Monday), any sports team jerseys (Tuesday), Red and White (Wednesday), funny socks (Thursday), and western wear (Friday). 

We apologize for the confusion regarding school picture retakes – we WILL have retakes on Thursday Oct. 22.  Online Student Learning Conferences will take place on November 18, 19 and 20th.  More information will be sent out to book your 10 minute online sessions through Microsoft Teams.

Staff have been finalizing IPPs, analyzing student skill sets and planning to meet student needs since the beginning of the year.  Staffing has mostly settled and we are moving forward in a manner that is as near normal as possible.  We continue to shift to provide lunchtime supervision with the cooler weather while working to maintain cohorts, provide sufficient distancing and give staff a lunch break.  When students go outside, please work with us to ensure they are prepared to be outside.  Students need to be dressed for Calgary's ever changing weather especially in our blue sky neighbourhood, which often brings weather changes quickly.

Why are students wearing masks all day?  Students are free to remove masks when outside or during strenuous physical activity, however, distancing is the concern we encounter.  Staff encourage distance and removal of masks, and in many cases, students are choosing to continue with mask wearing to allow them to be closer together.  While all of our tables face the same direction, we haven't the ability to provide the mandatory distance between students during lessons and work time.   With the increased number of cases in the city, we must remain vigilant.  It is for these reasons, that students may be wearing masks the majority of the day unless they are eating.

Does my child need to sanitize AND hand wash so much using CBE products? Based on our re-entry protocols, the location of classrooms, sanitization stations and handwashing, grades are following similar but slightly altered protocols to ensure that their hands have been sanitized at minimum and washed if possible.  Students sanitize or wash hands dependent upon their activity, their travel within the school, if they are eating, if they have used the washroom.  We are aware that some individuals are affected more by these practices than others and strive to be as sensitive towards those individual needs as possible. 

Thank you for your continued support of our efforts to keep everyone safe,

Janice  

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