Dear Abbeydale School Families,
As we look back at this school year, I'm reminded of the incredible work that parents, students and the staff at Abbeydale school have done. Beginning this year, in the midst of a pandemic brought with it a new set of protocols and practices to ensure the safety of all. From mask wearing, to hand sanitizing to reorganizing how we set up classrooms and move in the building. This year has been one that is like no other and throughout all the uncertainty and change, we have continued to work together to provide support, encouragement and, most importantly, focus on caring for students – their well-being and their learning. On top of the changes that Covid has brought, Abbeydale saw staffing changes, as we said farewell to Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Wright and welcomed Mrs. Crane and myself. We know that change is not always easy and this year has brought its fair share. It's amazing to think of the journey we've had this year and the tremendous resiliency that our community has shown.
Summer will soon be upon us and couldn't come at a better time for students and for our staff. We encourage the families of Abbeydale to use this time to connect with one another. Read together, play together, share experiences together and talk with one another. As the world slowly starts to open back up, we encourage you to enjoy time with your child/ren and do so reflecting with a spirit of gratitude. As a new member to this community, I'm so impressed with the work that has already been done and the culture that has been established. I'm appreciative for a parent community that is supportive and welcoming. I'm thankful for a student body that is friendly and excited for opportunities to learn. I'm extremely grateful for a staff that has taken on so much behind the scenes and continue to support one another and students in the face of uncertainty and constant challenges.
I want to thank everyone for all that you've done to contribute to this year being a success. We hope that all Abbeydale families enjoy a safe and wonderful summer and we look forward to welcoming students back on August 17th.
For more information regarding back to school start up, please visit our Back to School Information page on our website.
Principal, Abbeydale School
As a teaching and learning community we continue our focused work in assisting students to further develop their ability around the mechanics of reading. Students continue to implement strategies associated with letter sound association and word study skills. Teachers are continuing to learn new strategies through our professional development to enhance student learning in the area of literacy. Our latest professional development on January 29th was in the area of Collaborating with Colleagues and assessment related to the mechanics of reading. In divisional groups teachers compared and analysed the English Language Arts curriculum, our report card stems and CBE assessment checklists in order to determine accurate levels of proficiency in reading and reading comprehension for their grade levels. This is work that we are doing in schools as well as across the CBE. We are happy to report that our teachers are pulling high impact strategies from our book study, Equipped for Reading Success, by David Kilpatrick. The book supports our School Development Plan in providing strategies are in alignment with our specific targeted strategies focused on letter sound association and word study skills.
We have a lot to be thankful for at Abbeydale School this year! To celebrate, we are going to be enjoying our 100th day of school together on February 18th with school wide activities! There are a few ways your family can help to celebrate; Students can dress up as a 100-year-old person (you can do a quick google search for ideas) or students can dress up as though they're going to a fancy birthday party! Teachers will be leading activities in their classrooms and we will be inviting all of our mini-100-year old to show off their costumes to the school during our virtual assembly. We hope you’ve had a happy and healthy 100 days and continue this trend for the last 84 days of school!
We are excited to welcome back four students who have been participating in Hub Learning as they transition to in-person learning here at Abbeydale School. Just a reminder that students are required to come to school with two masks, one to wear and one extra in case it needs to be changed during the day. We will happily assist in reminding our new students of other protocols we have implemented in ensuring we follow our CBE COVID protocols.
When temperatures reach -20 Celsius or colder, including the wind-chill factor, students will be kept inside for recess or lunch breaks. The current temperature is taken from our Abbeydale School website. If the temperature is above -20 Celsius we will be having outdoor recess and lunch. Please ensure your child has a warm coat, boots, mitts/gloves and a hat every day. We will also be participating in Winter Walk Day on Thursday, February 4th. Classes will individually take part in in our winter walk activity by travelling around the school and school community.
Due to COVID-19, Valentine’s Day celebrations will look different this year. In order to minimize risk of transmission, students are NOT to bring in Valentine’s Day cards or treats to share with their classmates. Students and classes will be participating in a door decorating fun activity and will have the opportunity to share their warm wishes for others using a variety of activities.
Our Grade 5 leadership students are quite excited about the many activities and events they are planning for the upcoming days of school. For the month of February, they have identified some key dates where they are requesting all students participatie in. For February 8th they are requesting all students wear black and white clothing. For February 9th, they are requesting all students wear Red in support of Valentine’s day. Additionally, they are requesting all students wear rainbow colours on the 10th of February in support of our LGBTQ community. As February is a very busy month and there is much to celebrate we have two school wide events taking place. Our Grade 3’s will be supporting all students in our Anti-bullying week activities from February 22-26th. One important date to note is our Pink Shirt Day on February 24th. Please remind your child to wear something pink on this day.
Please join us in wishing Mr. Greg Bennett great success as he transitions to his Assistant Principal position at New Brighton School. Mr. Bennett has worked collaboratively with students, staff and parents to ensure that Abbeydale School is a safe and caring environment for all! He has helped build a fantastic community where all students are appreciated, respected, and encouraged to reach their greatest potential. He will be missed by all!! Mr. Bennett’s last day at Abbeydale School will be Friday, February 19th.
February is a busy month with many important dates to note that all parents, students and teachers should be aware of.
Thursday, February 4th- Winter Walk day- Dress warm
Monday, February 8th- Wear Black and White- Student leadership activity
Tuesday, February 9th- Wear Red- Student leadership activity
Wednesday, February 10th- Wear Rainbow colours in support of LGBTQ
Thursday, February 11th- Teachers/Support Staff Conventions- No School
Friday, February 12th- Teachers/Support Staff Conventions- No School
Monday, February 15th- Family Day- No School
Thursday, February 18th- 100th day of School celebration
February 22-26th- Anti-bullying week
February 24th- Pink Shirt day
Dear Abbeydale Parents/Guardians:
On behalf of all the staff at Abbeydale School, we wish you and your family a happy new year! We hope that during 2021 you will all be healthy and happy. We look forward to continued collaboration with you.
As you know, the week of January 4 – 8 is at home learning. Students are expected to participate through their google classroom account. Teachers will post the daily/weekly schedule on their google classrooms so that students and parents can anticipate when the class is meeting and what tasks are being assigned. Attendance will be taken twice a day, AM and PM. Please email your child’s teacher if you have any questions. We anticipate that students will return to in person learning on Monday, January 11.
We are so proud of our students for their acts of showing compassion in December! We “caught” students in acts of compassion and created this display on the documentation board across from the office, isn’t it fantastic!!
Documenting acts of compassion is just one way that we are creating a positive, caring environment at Abbeydale School. Every month for the rest of this school year, as a whole school we will be focusing on and encouraging students to demonstrate a “virtue” that helps them build positive relationships with others (as part of our Well-Being for Learning goal from our School Development Plan). Our “virture” for the month for January is inviting others to join in, February is showing care and concern, March is fair ways to play, April is identifying similarities and differences in others, May is respecting different preferences, and June is being assertive. Teachers will be emphasizing the virtues of the month in their social skill development lessons and reinforcing them throughout the day.
Through the month of January there will be some staff changes occurring. We welcome Rajinder Bal, educational assistant who will be starting on January 4. Melissa Cooper, grade 5 teacher will be returning for a few weeks in January to continue teaching grade 5 until Brandy Park returns from her leave. Shazia Rajan-Qamberi will be starting a leave on January 11 and we will welcome Andra Slavik back to Abbeydale to teach grade 3 until the end of the school year.
For parents whose children are currently participating in Hub on-line learning, if you wish your child to return to in person learning, the deadline for providing notice of intent is 12:00 noon on January 8. You must complete the Hub learning notice of intent online through your MyCBE account.
Take care, stay safe and healthy,
Tresa Pedersen Wright and Greg Bennett
Principal and Assistant Principal
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 email@example.com. 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
Happy November Abbeydale Parents/Guardians:
We are pleased to share with you some staffing changes as we adjust to our increasing enrolment and finalize our budget. We have received increased funding to support our Kindergarten students and will be splitting our one large class into two smaller classes. Therefore, we are in the process of hiring a new 0.5 teacher, Mrs. Suzanne Diermann. Mrs. Diermann has experience in teaching kindergarten and grade one. She brings a lot of knowledge and expertise in early literacy and will be a welcome addition to our school community. Further to this, we would like to welcome back Mrs. Giard who was on a leave. Mrs. Giard will be coming back to Abbeydale School to continue her previous role as our Music teacher, and will also be teaching one of the Kindergarten classes. As we welcome back Mrs Giard, we must say goodbye to Ms. Slavik. Ms. Slavik did a great job of creating strong relationships with our Kindergarten students, settling them into the routine of school and providing music for all students and will be deeply missed!!!
Our next round of Parent/Teacher Conferences will take place, Thursday, November 19 and Friday November 20. These conferences are a time to hear how your child is doing in school and for them to walk you through some of the learning that is occurring each and every day here at Abbeydale School. Unfortunately, we won't be able to do in-person meetings this year and will work off the Microsoft team's platform. Parents who have booked interviews at Abbeydale School in the past year should have an account already and will receive an email with a link to book your interview. When you click on the link you will be able to book your interview with your child's teacher, or our music teacher. If you have never booked interviews at Abbeydale School before please go to this website to book your conference: https://webapps.cbe.ab.ca/MyAccount/Account/LogOn. OR go to www.cbe.ab.ca scroll down and click on my CBE account. The conference is named “November Conferences". Parent teacher interview bookings open on Tuesday, November 10 at 4:00 pm. If you have difficulties booking your parent teacher interview don't hesitate to call the office and we will help you book it. Parents of all students, Kindergarten through to grade 5, will have Thursday evening (4:00pm – 6:00pm), and Friday morning (8:30am – 12:30pm) to choose interview times from. There will be regular school for all students on Thursday, November 19 but not on Friday, November, 20.
Last school year our School Development Plan focused in the academic areas of literacy and mathematics. As a school community, we also focused on a wellness goal, specifically in goal setting. We are pleased to report that the data indicates that all students made progress in the area of Literacy last year but continued intentional work in this area is still required. Through consultation with our teachers, school council and report card data, we have determined two areas of priority for this school year. In division 1 we will be intentionally focussing on the mechanics of reading. In Division II we will continue to focus on the mechanics of reading but will put specific emphasis on the high impact strategies to assist in reading comprehension. Both of these areas will continue to be our primary focus this year as they are an integral part of Abbeydale School and the Calgary Board of Education's Three-Year Education Plan. Analysis of data from the Alberta Education Accountability Pillar and the CBE OURSCHOOL Surveys, demonstrates that our focus in the area of goals for student well-being should be centered on assisting students positive relationships. Our final copy of our School Development Plan will be posted on our website at the end of November.
This year's Remembrance Day Assembly will be led by students of Mrs. Evans and Miss Kohli's class. This event will take place Tuesday, November 10 at 10:45am here at Abbeydale School. This event will be shared through an online platform for all classes to take part in. Classes will remain in their homerooms and will take part in this assembly while physical distancing and remaining within their cohorts. Please ask your child about this important assembly.
Some housekeeping items:
All students who stay for lunch this year need to be registered for the lunch program. Registration, payment and waiver application can be done online at
If at any time you require assistance, please contact the school. Noon supervision registration is required regardless of method or time frame of payment schedules or waivers. The cost of our lunch program is $275 or $27.50/month.
With that there is also a $10 Incidental Activity Fee that helps provide enhancements to the noon hour program. This would include the purchase of board games, DVDs, gym equipment that could be used over the noon-hour by students accessing the noon supervision program particularly during inclement weather when students are unable to go outside.
This year there is also a $40 Student Supply fee for every student grade 1-5 and a $20 Student Supply fee for all Kindergarten students.
A reminder that this is Calgary and we have some crazy weather in this part of the world! Please ensure that you have your child dressed for the weather of the day. It is the policy of the Calgary Board of Education that recess may be held indoors when the temperature is at or below minus 20°C (including the wind chill factor). We feel very strongly that it is important that the children are able to go and enjoy the outside playgrounds so please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately.
As you are aware, the students at Abbeydale School are spending as much time as possible outdoor this year. This includes physical education classes. It is imperative that all students come dressed and prepared to be outside. We are suggesting that children dress in layers, boots, mitts and hats so that they can be warm whilst exercising outside. Additionally, please ensure your child(ren) bring at least two masks to school each day. Providing disposable masks are very costly and reduces the school funding for educational purposes.
Student Illness / Symptoms:
You should get tested if you have any COVID 19 symptoms. If your child(ren) have any of these symptoms you are legally required to isolate for at least 10 days from the start of their symptoms or until they resolve, whichever is longer:
- Cough (new cough or worsening chronic cough)
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (new or worsening)
If your child(ren) have any of these symptoms, stay home and minimize their contact with others until their symptoms resolve: Your child can return to school after 24 hours of these symptoms if their symptom is improving. Testing is not necessary if your child has only one of these symptoms and if it improves after 24 hours. If the symptom does not improve, gets worse or another symptom develops, continue to keep your child home until their symptoms go away.
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Painful swallowing
- Stuffy nose
- Muscle or joint aches
- Feeling unwell, fatigue or severe exhaustion
- Gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of appetite)
- Loss of smell or taste
- Pink eye (Conjunctivitis)
If you are unsure please call Health Link 811 for guidance. Please ensure you are completing the Screening Questionnaire daily with your child(ren) prior to sending them to school every day.
Happy October Abbeydale Families,
As we move into our second month of school, our students, staff and families continue to adjust to our school and the CBE re-entry guidelines. Thank you to those who support our new protocols and safety guidelines. We would like to welcome to our staff: Andra Slavik, Kindergarten and music teacher, in for Mrs. Giard who will be returning in early November. We are excited that this year we will have two learning leaders, Shazia Rajan-Qamberi and Denall Evans. Our learning leaders will work alongside all teachers and our administration in supporting students and staff through strategies developed within our School Development plan.
Thank you to all of our families that were able to connect with their child’s teacher over our Meet the Teacher/Parent-Teacher Conferences. We recognize that phone interviews were out of the norm, but feel the response of parents and staff was positive all around. If you were not able to connect with your child’s teacher, please write a note in your child’s agenda to set up a time that you are available by phone. Ms. Slavik will be in touch with the Kindergarten parents who requested a phone interview when she returns.
As we begin to move into October the weather is definitely changing and there is a strong chill in the air. As you are aware, the students at Abbeydale School will be spending time during their day and their physical education periods outside this year. It is imperative that all students come dressed and prepared to be outside. We are suggesting that children dress in layers, so that they can be warm in the morning and peel off the extra layers as needed during the day.
At this time, we would like to make families aware of the CBE Student Code of Conduct. Please read through the attached and share the information with your child in a way that you deem appropriate for their age. A modified version of the student code of conduct can also be found in your child’s agenda.
We would also like to remind families that all children are required to have masks at our school because in most classrooms we are unable to ensure physical distance of six feet. Thank you to all the parents for ensuring your child(ren) has 2 clean masks at school each day. We appreciate your continued support. We have also noticed that masks are often getting wet so having an extra one available to use is a great idea.
Tresa Pedersen Wright, Principal
Greg Bennett, Assistant Principal
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