Nov 05

Administration's Message

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:  OR go to  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:

  • Fever
  • 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.

  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Painful swallowing
  • Stuffy nose
  • Headache
  • 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.

Oct 15

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

Aug 31
Abbeydale School Re entry Sept 2020
May 07
May Newsletter

Newsletter | May 2020

We were really excited to see your children join our Google Classrooms and now Google Meet.  We’re so proud of your children and the work they are doing in their Google Classroom lessons.  If you or your child are having difficulty submitting their assignments please email your child’s teacher for assistance. Thank you for your support of our ongoing learning!! 
The week of May 4 – 8 is Mental Health Week
Supporting Positive Mental Health and Well-being
We want all students to be successful in their learning, and we recognize that positive mental health enables students to fully participate in their learning. If you or your child are experiencing mental health or well-being difficulties, please let us know how/if we can help. Supporting student mental health and well-being takes a village: students, families, Alberta Health Services, community supports and school staff all play a role (please see CBE webpage for resources)
The work of the CBE is aligned with the work of Alberta Education. Alberta Education collaborated with school authorities, community partners and cross-ministry partners who shared their expertise in the development of a resource entitled, Working Together To Support Mental Health in Alberta Schools​. This resource is an invitation for schools, their partners and families to reflect on current practices, leverage current initiatives and consider how the promotion of mental health and well-being can be more effectively embedded in school and system policies, practices and services. As understanding about mental health and well-being, brain development, learning environments and school communities evolve; best practices will also change and evolve.
Update | Noon Supervision and Transportation Refunds
As you should have heard from downtown, CBE Finance will begin processing online payment refunds for noon supervision and transportation fees. Refunds will first be provided to online payments, crediting the payment card that was used for the original payment.
Once online refunds are processed, if they are unable to credit the original payment card, CBE Finance will begin contacting families about providing a refund through an electronic transfer of funds through online banking (known as an e-transfer). Families will require a MyCBE account for us to process an e-transfer. If you have not already created an account, you are encouraged to do so now to prevent delays. Visit MyCBE / Powerschool to create your account.  We anticipate that electronic refunds for noon supervision and transportation fees should be completed by the end of June. Thank you for your patience through this process.
Free bagged lunches
Youth Centres of Calgary (YCC) understands that these are difficult and uncertain times but one thing they believe should not but uncertain is free access to a healthy and reliable lunch.  This is available daily from 11am to 1pm to all ages and members of the community.  For more information contact Jane Wachowich at
We are continuing to follow Alberta Health Services and the Government of Alberta guidelines regarding Covid-19.  As you know group gatherings are restricted to 15 people.  As a result, we have cancelled all ceremonies and special events that we had planned for the rest of this school year.  The grade five teachers and administration are working together to see if we can celebrate the hard work and dedication of our grade five students using an on-line format.  More information to come soon. 
We want to remind all of our families that if you have symptoms such as fever, cough and difficulty breathing, stay home, complete AHS' self-assessment tool and follow the directions provided. 
Those of us at the school everyday miss hearing the beautiful voices of your children in our hallways!!  We hope that everyone is safe and healthy, please take care ❤️
Tresa Pedersen Wright                                               Greg Bennett
Principal                                                                      Assistant Principal
Feb 28
February Newsletter

​Newsletter | February 2020

February marks an emphasis on caring, sharing and being kind and respectful.  Our Second Step Program Lessons are centered on what we need to do to be a good friend and how to take care of ourselves in a positive way.  The month will culminate with a week focussing on anti-bullying.  We will have an assembly on Wednesday, February 26th to celebrate anti-bullying together.  All staff and students are encouraged to wear a pink shirt in support of anti-bullying.  In support of pro-social development we will be encouraging acts of kindness and will be giving out “I got caught” slips when students display these wonderful interactions.  We will also be having a dance residency this month; paid for by our School Council!  Students will be learning Hip Hop with inclusion of popular South American dance steps!  The residency by SoundKreations runs February 12, 18, 19, 20, and 21, with a performance on Friday the 21st (around 11:00am).  Everyone is welcome to come see the students’ moves!!!!
There are a few staff changes that have occurred.  Mrs. Titterington’s temporary contract to teach Music finished and we hired Ms. Andra Slavic to join our team.  Mrs. Anton has returned to the lunch room again and we are in the process of hiring an Educational Assistant to work in our Kindergarten classrooms.  Mrs. Pedder has returned to work in the lunch room. 
Kindergarten registration for the 2020-2021 school year opened at the end of January.  We have 14 registrations so far.  We will continue to take registrations through the rest of the school year.  At this time we are asking preferences for morning, afternoon, or full days as we do not know whether we will be offering full day or half day programming for Kindergarten next year.
In regard to our School Development Plan, we continue to work hard with students to increase their achievement in the areas of Mathematics and English Language Learning.  Ms. Horne, our Math Strategist is working with teachers on creation of 3- Act Math Tasks.  The intent of creating these kinds of tasks for students is so that they can participate in diverse experiences where they are using and talking about their strategies to solve a problem.  We want them to see relationships with numbers and “invent” their own strategies. The focus is on getting students to use their reasoning skills to solve complex problems.  Tasks are interesting because they often center on real life situations that need an answer so motivation is higher for students to find the answer.  Ms. Miller, our Literacy Strategist is coming to support teachers with strategies to enhance their guided reading and literacy activities.  She will be personalizing the work she does in each classroom based on teachers’ reflections and areas they have identified that they want to improve in.  Our strategists are fantastic supports for our school and we are delighted to have the opportunity to have their support in our professional development.
 The third area we are focussing on for our School Development Plan is in the area of Well-Being.  We are using the Second Step Program weekly in every classroom to support student’s learning of prosocial skills and preparation for leaning.  Students are setting weekly goals in the area of learning and social skill development.  Their goals are personalized for each of them and are written in their agendas.  Teachers support them through the week to utilize strategies to accomplish their goals.  Our Celebration of Learning on February 27th will be focussing on this area of development.  We’d love to see everyone come out for this Celebration of Learning to learn more about the Second Step Program.
As occurs annually, Alberta Education has sent out the Accountability Pillar Survey to all parents of grade 4 and 5 students.  The survey is meant to gather information from parents, students and teachers regarding the education provided at each school in the province.  If you are a parent/guardian of a grade 4 or 5 student, please complete the survey either in paper form or online so that you can have a voice in the education of your child.  If you need assistance, please see Mrs. Wright or Mr. Bennett at the school office and we will help you in any way we can.  If you want to do the survey online but don’t have a computer, we will lend you a laptop and a quiet space in the school (with a coffee or tea) so that you can complete the survey.  Your children and your children’s teachers will all be completing the survey this month.  Accountability Pillar Surveys must be completed before February 28th.
As a school community, we always try to work collaboratively with our partners.  Southland Transportation has requested that we give a friendly reminder to parents that the front of the school is only for bus parking and that vehicles cannot park there at any point throughout the day.  We appreciate your support in this matter and always enjoy hearing from you.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding the wonderful events taking place at Abbeydale School this month.
Tresa Pedersen Wright                                                  Greg Bennett
Principal                                                                       Assistant Principal
Nov 05
October Newsletter

Newsletter | October 2019

Administration’s Message

As we move into the early stages of October, we have some exciting news to share with you.  We would like to welcome to our staff, Scott Perrin our new Grade 4/5 Teacher.  Scott comes with a variety of experiences and a wealth of knowledge that will help him transition into our School community.  We are also excited that our school will have support from our System Area Strategists in the areas of Math and Literacy.  This system strategy will help build capacity from a school wide approach and will provide students and teachers with continued strategies and assessment practices that will support the overall learning of all of our students.  We are delighted with the wealth of knowledge and excitement these new staff members bring to our school community. Another important announcement regarding change is that some of our classrooms have shifted locations based on our ability to hire a new teacher.  The major classroom changes took place in Grade’s 4/5, Kindergarten and within our straight Grade 1 class.  It should be noted that all lineup locations remain the same for pickup and drop off. 
One final change that we would like to highlight is the shift within our lunch program.  As noted in our previous newsletter students are eating lunch in the gym in two groups.  Based on parent feedback we have made a few modifications to help students transition successfully into this part of the day.  Our grade 3, 4 and 5 students will all place their lunch bags in their classroom bin prior to going outside for recess at 12:00.  We are also making a daily announcement over the intercom to remind students to check that their lunch is in the bin.  Finally, if you are bringing lunch for your child, please bring it to the office prior to 12:00 so that our lunch supervisors can take the lunch to the gym for your child.
Literacy and Math will continue to be our primary focus this year as it is an integral part of the Calgary Board of Education’s three-year education plan. As a teaching and learning community, we have been focusing on analysing the results from last year’s School Development Plan.  We are pleased to report that the data indicates that students made progress in the area of Literacy last year but continued intentional work in this area is still needed. Teachers will be sharing their work in this endeavour at Student Led Conferences in November.  Look for our new School Development Plan on our website in early November.  We are pleased to announce that our first Parent Teacher Interviews/Meet the Teacher Evening and BBQ were well attended, thank you for your commitment to your child’s education.  Our interviews will be Student Led Conferences and will occur on November 21 (evening) and 22 (morning).  Look for a school messenger notice later in October regarding when you can start booking interviews as bookings will take place through an online format.  Step by step instructions will be sent via messenger when this is to take place.
Our Annual AGM Meeting occurred last week and we are excited to announce that our Executive Committee was elected in.  Our next Parent Council meeting will take place Tuesday, October 29 at 6:00PM.  We are excited to announce that our Parent Council will be hosting a special lunch event here at Abbeydale School through an online ordering system, Healthy Hunger (More information to follow).
On September 30 we celebrated the significance behind Orange Shirt day.  Our entire student body was present in a school wide assembly that supported people coming together in the spirit of reconciliation.  Extension activities were also done in the classroom to give perspective and context to the significance behind this important day.  Thank you to our Grade ¾ students for all of your hard work. 
We are pleased to announce that our Grade 5 patroller’s team will initiate their service to the Abbeydale Community on Tuesday, October 22 at 7:50 am.  Unfortunately, we must announce that our team is only able to support one crosswalk this school year.  The crosswalk directly in front of the school will be closed. 
Finally, our entire staff would like to wish each of you a safe and happy fall break holiday.  Our break starts on Monday, October 14.  Classes resume on Monday, October 21. 

Some housekeeping items:
All students who stay for lunch this year need to be registered. 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
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 always, we have an open-door policy and welcome visits from parents; please feel free to drop by!!
Tresa Pedersen Wright                                                              Greg Bennett
Principal                                                                                   Assistant Principal
Sep 16
2019/2020 School Curriculum

​Administration Curriculum Newsletter Message

September 2019

Our start up this year has been tremendously successful and we are delighted to be working with you and your children. As we move into the 2019-20 school year, our teachers and staff continue to support the primary values of the Calgary Board of Education: Students come first, learning is our central purpose, and public education serves the common good.

As you know, most of our grade one through five classrooms are comprised of combined classrooms this year. Already, we are observing the many benefits this philosophy of education provides for students; things such as: increased self-esteem, more cooperative behaviour, better attitudes toward school, increased pro-social behavior, demonstration of leadership, increased independence and enriched personal responsibility. Research, including collaboration and consultation with other colleagues within the Calgary Board of Education shows that students in combined classrooms perform as well or better than those in single-grade classes in math, language arts, science and social studies. Our teachers are embracing this opportunity to expand their knowledge and expertise in all curricular areas and are excited to provide creative and personalization of learning to all students. Please review the attached curriculum newsletter provided by your child’s teacher that outlines curricular objectives, assessment practices, and examples of tasks your child will be participating in throughout the course of this school year.

We are fortunate to have a variety of professionals consulting and assisting some of our students and staff, based on individualized student profiles. For example, in Kindergarten through grade five, some students benefit from the support of Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech Language assistance. Additionally, we are pleased to announce that the Calgary Board of Education has provided additional system support in the areas of Literacy, Numeracy, and Indigenous Education. The Literacy and Numeracy Strategists expertise will be shared amongst multiple schools in our area. Our Indigenous Learning Leader, Michaela Mistal, will be in our school two days per week working with some of our students. She will be supporting Indigenous Education and academic performance through working with Indigenous students, as well as supporting the strength and diversity of Indigenous knowledge systems within our school.

As always, your child’s classroom teacher is your key contact within the school who is happy to chat with you regarding anything related to your child. When our agendas arrive (they are on order), we encourage you to communicate daily important items that pertain to your child. If you need to speak to your child’s teacher, please leave a message through the office and they will return your call. Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Wright are also happy to collaborate as a member of your child’s learning team, we have an open door policy and will be delighted to set a meeting with you if you wish to have a conversation with us. When you come to the office or call in with a question, our office staff, Mrs. Pangia and Mrs. Rosebrugh are always eager to assist you.

All the staff of Abbeydale School look forward to a successful year collaborating with you and your family!

Tresa Pedersen Wright Greg Bennett

Principal Assistant Principal

Music Curriculum

In music, there are 3 specific learner expectations in the curriculum that are required for all students to learn, regardless of grade.

 Concepts

 Skills

 Attitudes

Concepts and Skills are then divided further into different categories. Musical concepts are rhythm, melody, harmony, form and expression. Concepts are built upon each year in a cumulative format. When students are in grade 5, they continue to work with and remember concepts that were taught in grade 1.

Skills used to develop these concepts are singing, playing instruments, listening, moving, reading (and writing) and creating.

It is important to teach these concepts and skills in a variety of ways. I like to plan 2 – 4 different activities in one lesson. This keeps students interested and always alert.

Some examples of activities that are used throughout all grade are:

 singing games

 accompanying singing games with non-pitched percussion instruments (ex. drums, rhythm sticks, triangles) and barred instruments (ex. xylophones, metallophones and glockenspiels)

 movement activities that allow students to explore different levels

 listening and drawing activities

 note reading using flash cards

 rhythm writing using popsicle sticks and rhythm cards

 simple rhythmic and melodic compositions

o Students are given simple words from known songs, where they use them to create their own patterns and then add instruments to create melodies

 recorder and ukulele in grades 4 and 5

Thank you

Alicia Giard

Kindergarten Curriculum

We look forward to partnering with parents/guardians to make this year fun and successful for all students.

Our focus for the school year is “Caring Kindergarteners” we will be learning what it means to be caring and then use these skills throughout different focuses. We will be starting the year with Caring about ourselves.

Our kindergarten program is play-based, in which students will learn most of the curriculum outcomes through centres and other play-based activities. Literacy is a main focus and is integrated into most centre activities. You can support your child’s literacy learning at home by establishing a routine of reading each day. Talking, drawing and printing their name are also important skills that children can practice at home.

Early Literacy

Students will become familiar with the letters and sounds of the alphabet, learn that writing communicates a message, and begin to communicate through drawing and printing letters. Students will learn about story by listening, retelling, and creating their own stories.

Early Numeracy

Students will count and represent numbers up to ten. They will measure objects by comparing length, weight and volume. Students will learn to sort objects and understand patterns.

Citizenship and Identity

Students will learn about what makes them and others unique, as well as learning how to contribute to a peaceful and cooperative community.

Environment and Community Awareness

Students will learn to care for the environment and the ways that they use their senses to interact with the world around them.

Personal and Social Responsibility

Students learn to become independent and how to care for themselves and those around them.

Physical Skills and Well-Being

Students will acquire the physical skills necessary to learn more complex games and sports throughout their school years. They will develop healthy habits for an active lifestyle.

Creative Expression

Students will explore a variety of materials and processes to create art, as well as express themselves through drama and music.


Throughout the year we will be supporting students learning by collecting data and recording observations. We will be writing anecdotal notes, completing formal assessments on taught skills and knowledge and completing the Early Years Evaluation (EYE). This information will be shared with families through an EYE report, two school report cards and two student led conferences.

Attached is the EYE assessment plate that we will use to observe your child’s skills and gain insight as to areas we can support your child over the course of the school year.

The full kindergarten curriculum can be found here:

Our goals this year are for kindergarten students to become kind, independent, curious, and happy members of Abbeydale School and community.

Thanks for your support!

The Kindergarten Team (Mrs. Cruz and Mrs. Romaines)

Grade 1 and Grade 2 Curriculum

This year many students will be learning in combined classrooms. When possible, the grade one and two curriculums will be taught together.

For example, in Science, both the grade ones and twos are required to explore and investigate through activities to develop questions, solve problems, interpret and reflect on what they are learning. This year the students will work on a hands-on building project that will cover the grade one unit of ‘Building Things’ and the grade two topic of ‘Boats and Buoyancy.’ All students will engage in learning about various materials, components, its purpose and construct a final product. Another example is in Social Studies, where the main focus in each grade is learning about belonging, different communities and community history. The grade ones main focus will be on Abbeydale/Calgary while the grade twos will be learning about three other communities in Canada.

Grade One

Grade Two


● Letter sounds and sight words

● Independent writing in sentence form

● Reading “just right” books

● Listening and responding to literature

● Metacognitive strategies

● Expanding vocabulary

● Independently writing short stories and paragraphs

● Reading and responding to “just right” books

● Listening and responding to literature

● Metacognitive strategies


● Patterns and Relations

● Shape and Space

● Number (addition and subtraction with answers to 20)

● Patterns and Relations

● Shape and Space

● Number (addition and subtraction with answers to 100)

● Statistics and Probability


● Creating Colour

● Seasonal Changes

● Senses

● Building Things

● Needs of Animals and Plants

● Exploring Liquids

● Hot and Cold Temperature

● Magnetism

● Buoyancy and Boats

● Small Crawling and Flying Animals

Social Studies

Citizenship: Belonging and Connecting

● My World:Home, School, and Community

● Moving Forward with the Past

Communities in Canada

● Canada’s Dynamic Communities

● A Community in the Past


Assessment will be ongoing throughout the year. Various methods such as observations, daily work, student conferences, Fountas and Pinnell reading assessments, subject interviews and exit slips will be used to help guide your child’s learning.

Guided Reading and Guided Math

During literacy and math blocks, we will be targeting specific reading and math skills through guided reading and guided math groups. During these times, the teacher will work closely with small groups of 4 to 5 students who are working on similar skills. Students will have the opportunity to observe the teacher modeling a skill, practice with the guidance of the teacher, gain independence, and master the skill before moving on.


Technology is integrated into all subject areas. We will be learning to log onto a computer, use Google programs such as Word to type, using the iPads and various education apps, starting the Raz-Kids reading program, and exploring with Ozobots.


For Health, we are using the Second Step Program for building skills for social and academic success. They will learn about emotion management, problem solving, skills for learning and empathy. As a school community, we are focusing on respect for ourselves, others and school. We will also look at the benefits of healthy choices and safety.

Physical Education

In gym we have been focusing on positive relationships and team building. We encourage the students to recognize the strength that all of their classmates have and work towards leading a healthy lifestyle. We will introduce these through units such as cooperative games, soccer, basketball, floor hockey, kickball, badminton, volleyball, dance, outdoor activities and gymnastics.


In art, students will explore the 4 main components of visual learning: Reflections, Depictions, Composition, and Expression. Art will be incorporated into projects in all of the major academic areas (Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and Math).

We look forward to a great school year ahead!

Mrs. Evans - Gr. 1

Ms. Comeau - Gr. 1/2

Ms. Heighton - Gr. 1/2

Ms. Rajan-Qamberi - Gr. 1/2

Ms. Tsay - Gr. ½

Grade 3 and Grade 4 Curriculum

Being Albertan: A Citizen’s Role in Our World

In our blended grade three and four classroom we will be focusing on conceptual understanding and the skills and attributes that carry on across curriculums. We will begin by exploring what it means to be a citizen and the impact we have on the world around us. Through the first few weeks of our term we will be exploring Alberta’s geography, geology and paleontology. We will explore a variety of rock types, fossils and formations, discuss their importance through the lens of both Alberta’s indigenous peoples and geologists.

We will continue exploring Alberta from a scientific and economic perspective through exploring our tourism industry and natural resources and the impact these have our Alberta’s people and the environment. Our grade four students will have the opportunity to dive deeper into Alberta’s quality of life, economy, resources, celebrations and traditions. Simultaneously our grade three students will discover and explore these topics from the perspective of citizens of Tunisia, Ukraine, Peru and India. After having their passport stamps in each country and region, our groups will report back on their experiences. In exploring Alberta’s history, celebrations and traditions our paleontologists will also unearth, examine and recreate art styles and mediums found from artists in Alberta’s past. Toward the end of the year, the historians will reflect on their own family heritage through creating their own family portrait with a variety of art mediums.

As we continue our exploration we will take on the roles of environmentalists through exploring the impact of waste in our world and how we can limit our carbon footprint. As we examine recycling and composting strategies we will extend our research into plant growth, life cycles and the important role plants and the environment paly our world. As our grade four mentors dive deeper into plant and organic matters, our grade threes will explore habitats, preservation and stages of growth for a variety of endangered species as we re-stamp our citizenship in Tunisia, Ukraine, Peru and India. In both areas students will be recognizing the important role plants and animals play in our world.

As our year progresses and students continue to examine the impact they are able to have on the lives of the people around them, they will develop their citizenship and collaboration skills through extensive group work and exploration of materials. Both grade three and four engineers in training will need to work collaboratively to create a bridge and a vehicle capable of transporting natural resources across the mountainous train of south western Alberta. Teams will need to work together in order to ensure the bridge and vehicle meet the specifications of the project engineer. Our engineers in training will have plenty of opportunities to test materials, research and document best practices required complete their mission.

Lastly, engineers in training will collaborate to create an audio and light/shadow show to share with members of their school community. The show will involve a variety of homemade instruments, sounds, lights, and handmade puppets. Each team will work together to create a concept for their show; advertisement, story, journal, educational etc. and will be encouraged to reflect on their role as a global citizen.

Health and Physical Education

Students will continue their journey through the Second Step program and develop their empathy and further understand the world around them. As a class, we will be discussing personal wellness, safety, how to develop healthy personal relationships and making strong life and learning choices. Health units are meant to create conversations around being a good person and choices that can show your respect for other citizens and your community. In addition, to basic gross motor skills (skipping, jumping, throwing) students will learn the importance of fitness, movement and effective communication while engaging in a variety of cooperative sports (dance, gymnastics, basketball, track and field, soccer baseball etc.).

Language Arts

-Journal and letter writing in response to world issues found in our essential question

-Research and recording skills through the use of text and technology

-Reading while exploring and utilizing metacognitive strategies

-Connections – I can connect to something I did/said/ heard… Someone once told me that…I once read something about….

-Asking Questions – I wonder..

-Visualizing – I notice…

-Making Inferences – I think…because…

-Determining importance – the main idea…

-Examining a variety of authors, media and materials

-Checking for understanding and reflecting on literature

-Organization of writing, legibility, cursive writing and keyboarding

-Grammar and punctuation through a variety of personal writing activities

-Story writing – character, setting, beginning, middle and end

Guided and Independent Reading

-Participating in “Joy reading and writing” in which students select a text to read independently or at a whisper with a peer, or writing about any topic in their free writing journals

-Participating in leveled guided reading groups in which the teacher selects a level appropriate text and promotes surface and deeper level comprehension. Reading levels will be assessed using Fountas and Pinnell bench mark assessments.

-“How would you…?” “Do you agree…?” “What would have happened if…?” “What effect does…?” “If you were…what would you…?”

-Support in identifying “good fit” books – when students are reading independently, they should require support for less than five words per page (five finger rule). Students are encouraged to read for about 15 minutes at home and will be able to bring home two books from our school library each week. We encourage you to read with your child as well to support their fluency and check their understanding. This could be right after school, reading to younger siblings before bed or even while you’re making dinner. The number one question we receive from parents; “Is there anything we can be doing at home?” The answer is always “Read!”

Math and Number Sense

Through the use of developing conceptual understanding of topics, we will be infusing math strategies and topics throughout our development of citizenship and identity. Students will explore height and weight through an engineering lens and statistics, data collection and decimals from a humanitarian’s perspective.

In grade three and four students will explore place value and numbers to 1,000 and 10,000 respectively. Grade three students will begin to explore the relationship between multiplication and division while grade four students will reaffirm their understanding and begin memorizing facts to 7x7.

We will also be introducing our grade three students to strategies for telling time on an analog clock and improving the fluency of our grade four students. Other topics include; mental math strategies, fractions and decimals, 3d shapes, estimation using numbers and pictures and addition and subtraction.

This year we will also be incorporating opportunities for leveled guided math sessions to provide students with teacher led conversations around new concepts and challenges. Students will be assessed through verbal conversation, interviews, written assessments and demonstration of skills using manipulatives.


Art will be intertwined throughout our regular programming through family portrait water colour art, sewing puppets for our light, sound and media production, and through sketching and exploring textures. As humanitarians we will also be searching for ways to use our artistic talents, skills, and abilities to help other people in our world.

Thank You

Ms. Joanna Swett – Gr. 3 / 4

Ms. Katreena Lowry – Gr. 3 / 4

Grade 4 and Grade 5 Curriculum

LANGUAGE ARTS - We will be focusing on reading skills such as:

*Journal responses

*Making predictions

*Asking leading questions that will enhance meaning

*Making personal connections and connections to text

*Building background knowledge through looking at picture cues

*Using post-it notes to encourage, reflect or make inferences to text as they read

*Defining importance in literature

*Using self expression and creative writing strategies to write different types of poetry

These strategies will be modeled by teachers to the students and practiced throughout the year. The students are expected to use them during their guided reading groups.

Discussions around “Just right” books will take place and students are encouraged to choose books at their reading level. They are expected to read 20 minutes nightly at home to enhance comprehension and fluency. We will incorporate our metacognitive strategies during our novel studies and shared reading in class. They will be responding to the text by making personal connections and relating to the main character. The students will be working on summarizing the main ideas within each chapter and creating a representation in their visual journals.

MATH - In math we are covering a variety of units such as:

*place value

*number concepts (including decimals) also using a variety of strategies to figure out the equations (drawing symbolic representations, making groups, using pictorial representations, expanding numbers and regrouping). We will incorporate problem solving skills all through the year in every math strand. We also will be incorporating inquiry based projects throughout each unit as a form of assessment.

*measurement- understanding what unit of measurement is most effective and understanding relationships between standard and non-standard units

*statistics and probability


*shape and space - geometry

*patterns and relationships


Our essential question this year is, “How does the land shape us?” This question is going to guide us in creating meaningful tasks that encompass the Social Studies and Science curriculum for our combined classrooms. We will revisit this question throughout the school year. In chemistry the students will be asked to bring in experiments from home to share with the class. They will be expected to explain how this relates to chemistry and changes within reactions of solids, liquids and gases. We also will look at weather patterns and relate the chemical and physical changes. We will also do many experiments and challenges during class time.

During electricity and magnetism and building devices, the students will be challenged to design an electrical security system that will incorporate a buzzer, light bulb and a motor that will all activate when their box is opened. They will work collaboratively in groups to achieve this. They will be expected to use simple and complex circuits as well as wheels and levers. We will be using Ozobots and Lego Mindstorms.

Other units covered his year include wetlands, plant growth, waste in our world, light and shadow and weather. We will be looking at some of these objectives in correlation with our visit to outdoor school.

Students will be given the opportunity to tell stories of “Canadian Historical Icons.” The students will participate in: debates, large group discussions, and working in small groups. Each opportunity contributes to their appreciation and understanding of Alberta’s and Canada’s history, people and stories thus contributing to their own sense of belonging and identity.

We will look at human needs and classify them into the categories of Survive and Thrive. Then we delve further into how these categories are met in each geographical region.

HEALTH - We will be focusing on respect for each other, ourselves and the school. We have been discussing how our actions have consequences which could be either positive or negative. The students will work towards developing an awareness that their words and actions impact others’ lives in crucial ways, which can be remembered for years to come. We will be practicing effective group work skills and valuing the opinions of everyone. We are using a program called, “Second Step,” that focuses on these skills using a visual and interactive approach. We will be introducing many virtues with the students and how these contribute to becoming a positive citizen in our community. We will also cover the Alberta Health curriculum for Human Sexuality.

ART - Our focuses this year are on composition of shape and space, reflection, depiction and expression of art. We will be exploring shading, recognising and applying dark and light values. We will integrate art into all subjects during the school year.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION - In gym we have been focusing on positive relationships and team building. We encourage the students to recognize the strengths that all their classmates have and work towards leading a healthy lifestyle. We will introduce these through units such as track and field, soccer, basketball, floor hockey, kickball, badminton, volleyball, dance and gymnastics.

ASSESSMENT – For all subjects, students will be assessed in many ways. We will be gathering formal and informal assessments through co-created rubrics for projects and writing, self-reflections, peer and teacher feedback, conversations, observations, anecdotal notes, exit slips, quizzes, tests, and through inquiry-based projects.

We look forward to a great school year!

Thank you

Mrs. Brandy Park – Gr. 4/5

Ms. Rita Kohli – Gr. 4/5

Ms. Sydney Palmer – Gr. 4/5​

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