Dec 02
Dec 2020 Jan 2021 Newsletter

Administration's Message

Dear Abbeydale Parents/Guardians:

We know we have mentioned this many times but feel it is still important to comment again.  We appreciate all of the efforts from our parents, students and staff as we continue to follow our safety protocols.  We are committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our students, staff and community.  Students are doing a great job of wearing their masks, maintaining physical distancing, hand sanitizing, washing their hands, following arrows in the hallways, and not using the playground before and after school.  Thank you for your support! 

At our School Council meeting on November 23, 2020, we reviewed data collected at the end of June 2020 in relation to our 2019-20 School Development, results of the Alberta Education Accountability Pillar Survey, and our Calgary Board of Education CBE Student Survey results. We also shared our draft of the 2020-21 school year School Development Plan (SDP) and got agreement from the parents in attendance to move forward with the priorities and goals we recommended.  We will be continuing to focus on the areas of reading, well-being in our SDP. In Reading, we have outlined a three-year plan, which states that student's achievement in reading will improve.  Our vision is to break down specific skills of reading in each of the three years and apply high impact strategies as a school wide initiative.   For our well-being for learning goal our three-year plan in this area is to assist students in developing the skills to independently problem solve in their interactions with their peers.  Our School Development Plan can be viewed on our school website and on our documentation board outside of the school office. https://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/abbeydale/Pages/default.aspx

When we analyzed our Alberta Education Accountability Pillar Survey results there were many highlights that we would like to share. These results were compiled from parents, students and teachers within our school community. Abbeydale School received an overall measure evaluation of excellent in the areas of Safe and Caring Schools, and School improvement within our school. Furthermore, we maintained our standard from last year within the areas of Program of Studies, Education Quality, Work Preparation, and Citizenship. The one area that was maintained from previous years, and which continues to be a low standard of measure is parent's being involved in decisions at the school level. Although this is a unique school year and parents are not able to see the great work our students are doing, as a school community, we are working to provide more opportunities (like completing surveys) for parents to be part of decision making in our school.

Our CBE OURSCHOOL Student Survey was administered to our Grade 4 and 5 students in October and assisted us in determining our goal for well-being for learning.  77% of students indicated that they have positive relationships at school.  The Canadian average is 82%.   Although there were additional areas that our students recognized as areas of focus, the data supports the creation of a school wide vision around building positive relationships and problem solving with peers. 

As we move into the first week of December, we would like to update you on our staffing changes.  Our Grade 5 Educational Assistant, Shannen Tickell will be leaving us after the

Winter Break.  We wish Shannen all of the best and hope she stays in touch.  Further to this, we would like to welcome Rajinder Dal to our school. Rajinder has worked in a number of schools and will be a welcomed addition to our Abbeydale team.  Her first day of work will be January 4, 2021.

Abbeydale School's winter break will begin at the end of the day on Friday, December 18th and will run until Sunday, January 3rd.  In January, as stated by the government of Alberta, students in Kindergarten to Grade 6 in Alberta will join the grade 7 – 12 students in the province in at-home learning for one week January 4 – 8, 2021).  We anticipate a return to in-person classes on Monday, January 11th.  We would like to highlight that on-line learning will look much different than it did from March-June of 2020.  Teachers will be providing instruction throughout the day utilizing Google Classroom, providing students with opportunities to complete tasks and we believe students will be following their typical classroom schedule.  Students have been practicing weekly signing in, completing work and uploading their assignments on Google Classroom so this should be relatively easy for students.   Please check your messenger and our school website for more information in the coming days.  If you need to borrow technology for at-home learning, please email Mrs. Wright to make a formal request at tcpedersenwr@cbe.ab.ca.  More information will be coming about this week of at-home learning and use of technology as we are provide with updates.

Fun events/Important Dates

During our final week before the winter break, staff and students are encouraged to participate in our fun and festive dress up week.

Monday, December 14th – Crazy hair day
Tuesday, December 15th - Warm sweater day
Wednesday, December 16th - Red and white day
Thursday, December 17th – Festive dressing day
Friday, December 18th – Comfy clothing day AND Last day of in-person learning before the winter break
Monday, January 4th – At-home learning for grades K-6  begins
Monday, January 11th – We anticipate all students will return to in-school learning

From all of the staff from Abbeydale School we wish you and your families a very Happy Holiday Season that is filled with lots of fun, laughter and all good things. 

​Tresa Pedersen Wright                                  Greg Bennett

Principal                                                         Assistant Principal


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