Aug 31
Welcome Back to School

Hello Parents and Caregivers,

Tomorrow is our first day of school and our staff are excited to get to know all of our new students!  Tomorrow, please send your grade 1-6 students to school with a backpack, indoor pair of shoes, a healthy snack and a lunch if they are staying at school for lunch.  Please ensure that your child's teacher knows if they are to attend the Adventures Day Care program after school or is registered to take the bus after school.  Tomorrow is our first regular day of classes for grades 1-6 students so school will begin at 8:00am and dismiss at 2:40pm. 

If it is raining as we welcome our students into school tomorrow morning please know that we will follow our usual cold/rainy day procedures where teachers will welcome students at their entry doors and bring them straight inside the school so no one gets too wet!

Please remember to follow our covid protocols by wearing masks and trying to maintain physical distancing as teachers get to meet our new students.  Teachers will be heading outside at 7:45am to meet students.  They will bring the children into the school at 8:00am. Mrs. Langlois, our Assistant Principal, Mrs. Martin, our French as a Second Language teacher, and myself will all be outside tomorrow to help students find their teachers.  We will also have registration forms and transfer forms outside the main entrance of the school for any new students who may come to school tomorrow.  Kindergarten students will enter the main doors as part of their staggered entry procedures. 

We are still following our covid rules of no parents in the school unless required so we ask that if you aren't registering a student, please do not come into the school as the main office will be busy with registrations.  Please feel free to call the school at 403-777-8440 to make an appointment to meet with Mrs. Pinkett in the office if you have any questions that cannot be answered by telephone.  Students will also be bringing home an information package for parents at the end of the day tomorrow.

Again, we are excited to work with your children and we look forward to meeting everyone tomorrow morning.  Let's all hope for no rain!

Take care,

Lisa Bartel

Aug 30
Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year

Hello Parents and Caregivers,

We are excited to welcome everyone back to Acadia School for the 2021-2022 school year.  Teachers have been back to work setting up classrooms and getting the school ready for students to return.

We are very excited to announce that Stephanie Croft was able to remain at Acadia School and will return to teaching grade 5 for this school year.  Paige Maleganeas has returned from her maternity leave and will be joining our grade 4 team.  We are also excited to announce that this year starting in grades 3-6, Danielle Martin will be teaching French as a second language to our students. 

I would like to remind parents that teachers will be emailing out introductory emails, letting families know which classroom they will be and entry procedures for our first day of school Wednesday, September 1 at 8am (please know that our first bell rings at 7:58am giving students time to enter school to be ready for learning by 8am).  Teachers will be outside at 7:45am on that day ready to greet their new students.

Please remember that masks will again be worn in school and social distancing practices will be in place along with hand sanitizing and cohorting.

Students do not require any school supplies as all supplies are purchased in bulk by the CBE.  This year there will be a $40 material fee for families to cover these costs. More information will be forwarded to families in our opening day package which students will bring home on September 1st.

We look forward to working with all of our students and their families for the 21-22 school year!

Take care,

Lisa Bartel

Principal

 

Jun 25
Thank you to our Families

To our Acadia Families,

I would like to thank all of the families for their kind words this week as we make it to the end of this unprecedented school year.  I know that there have been many stressors as we worked through covid cases, moving from in-person to online learning, working through covid protocols, and many other complexities this year.  I am happy to say that we made it through all of these hurdles with smiles on our faces and happy, successful students which is our goal every year here at Acadia School.

To show our appreciation for all our Acadia Families have done to support us all this year, our students have made some recordings of them singing songs to show you our appreciation.  Our Kindergarten students will sing a song in the style of “You are my Sunshine" explaining everything they have learned this year.  Our grade 1-6 students will then sing the song “Wind Beneath My Wings" because families have truly been the wind beneath all our wings this year.  Unfortunately because of Privacy protocols, we are unable to show students faces on this video. Instead of seeing student faces, you will see some of the amazing art work created by our students this year.  Please enjoy this video with our thanks and appreciation of everyone's support this school year.  https://youtu.be/grt8ELdP8wI

Thank you for trusting us with the important work of teaching your children this year, it has been an honor and a privilege. I wish everyone a restful summer holiday.  If your family is attending a new school in September, please know that we will miss you very much here at Acadia.  If you are returning to Acadia in September, we look forward to seeing you all again on our first day of school, September 1, 2021 for a regular school day (8:00am - 2:40).  Kindergarten students will be notified via email about staggered entry times.   Please watch your emails in August to get updates about our return to school Covid protocols as I am assuming they could be changing throughout the summer.

Please note that our office will be closed for the summer holiday and will re-open August 27, 2021 at 8:00am-3:00pm.  Please note that regular office hours are 8:00am-3:00pm Monday to Friday. 

Take care,

Lisa Bartel

Principal

Jun 21
Truth and Reconcilliation calls to action for Acadia School

​Acadia School took some time today to celebrate National Indigenous People's Day.  During our celebrations we discussed who Indigenous people are to Canada and what we as Canadians can do to celebrate our Indigenous People. 

I would also like to share with our Acadia Families, Acadia School's Call to Action that we will be focussing on throughout the 2021-2022 school year as we continue to learn about and honor the Indigenous People of Canada:

In recognition of National Indigenous Peoples Day,

and in alignment with the CBE Education Plan,

Acadia School

acknowledges and supports the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action, and makes the following commitment to action for the 2021-2022 school year:

As a school community, we will commit to learning more about Indigenous peoples and cultures to build staff, student and community inter-cultural understanding, empathy and mutual respect through the Holistic Lifelong Learning Framework (Spirit, Heart, Body and Mind).

In making our commitment, Call to Action # 63 offered inspiration.

Date: June 21, 2021

Jun 26
Last Day of School

Hello To Our Acadia Families,

Hard to believe but it is officially our last day of classes for the 2019-2020 school year and I want to thank all of our families for their support this year as we all worked with the new reality of ongoing learning through the Covid pandemic.  We understand the toll that this took on our families and students as everyone became their child's teacher as you all worked through online learning or paper copies of school work these past three months.  Our staff have so missed your children and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunities that allowed them to connect with them through their Google Meets and Google Classroom experiences.  We will all be waiting to hear what the return to school looks like when the government announces this on August 1st but please know that our staff have already been working diligently to prepare for the return of our students.  We are excited to get back to in person learning in whatever form that may look like in the fall.

Just a reminder to any parents who were not able to pick up their child's report cards and school work these last three days that the school will be open Monday and Tuesday next week (June 29th and 30th) from 8am - 12pm for any parents who wish to come in and pick items up.  If you are unable to come in to pick up the report card, please remember that all report cards are available digitally on your MyCBE/Powerschool portal, so please access them there. 

We hope all of our families have a restful summer.  Take care of our students and yourselves, be safe and be well.  We are excited to see everyone for the first day of classes on September 1st!  Please watch your emails for updates as to our re-entry back to school in August.

Thanks,

Lisa Bartel

Principal ​

Jun 18
Picking Up Report Cards and Student Supplies

To our Acadia Families,

I wanted to let our Acadia Families know about our schedule for parents to come to school to pick up their child’s personal belongings starting next week.  Student materials will be arranged in the gym on tables labelled by teacher and classroom.  Student report cards will be available digitally on the My CBE/Powerschool app starting June 24 and we will have paper copies of student report cards and IPPs available for families to pick up as well.  Personal belongings will include student personal items that may have not been picked earlier this spring in addition to any school work/projects that teachers may have had at school to assess student work for report cards. 

To follow Covid protocols we ask families to come in to the school on their assigned day following these procedures:

·       Please send only one family member in to the school to pick up the student’s personal items and report cards if possible. 

·       Please follow social distancing rules of 2 metres between families.  Families may have to wait outside of the school if there are too many people in the gym at one time.  We will also have pylons and posters at each table indicating where families should wait if another family is picking up materials from the same table. 

·       The classrooms will not be open and most staff, including teachers, are continuing to work from home.  There will be office staff and some support staff available to answer questions if required. 

·       We ask everyone to please sanitize your hands upon entry into the school. 

If families are unable to make it to school to pick up their child’s report card and personal items, you may wish to send someone in your place to do so.  Please send that person with a note or some other identifier that indicates that they have permission to pick up your child’s report card as this is personal information.  We will also be accepting any returned library books and home reading books at this time.  Lost and Found will also be available for families to look through before being donated as well.

 

The schedule for pickups is as follows:

 

Date/Times

Surname Begins With…

Wednesday, June 24 8:00-3:00pm

A-G

Thursday, June 25 8:00am-3:00pm

H-O

Friday, June 26 8:00am-3:00pm

P-Z

 

By staggering the pick-up schedules we have approximately 125 families in each day to pick up their child’s belongings.  If you cannot make it in to pick up your child’s belongings and report card on your assigned day, please call the school at 403-777-8440 or reply to this email to make alternate arrangements.

 

Thanks,

Lisa Bartel

Principal​

Apr 17
Principal's Message

To our Acadia Families,

I hope that everyone is doing well and everyone has settled into our new reality of ongoing learning during this crazy time.  Please know that we miss your children everyday.  Working in a school that is silent except for the sound of the ventilation system is odd for the few of us working at the school each day. 

As promised, I am sticking with my promise to only email as needed as I know everyone is being bombarded by emails at this time.  I would like to remind parents that teachers are reaching out to connect with families and students to ensure that everyone is doing what they can during this crazy time.  As Parents and Educators, we understand how our children need to feel connected and safe so keeping them connected with their teachers, their school, their learning and their peers is important during this ongoing time of self-distancing.  I do hope everyone is taking advantage of the nice weather and going for walks and playing outside as each family is able to but also know that we are providing opportunities our students to connect in as many ways as we can through our online google meets. 

I encourage all students to participate in their ongoing learning in any way that works for you and your family, as I understand that families have different situations that impact their ability to access ongoing learning opportunities.  Do what you can do and do what makes sense for your family at this time.  Feel free to communicate this with your child’s teacher via email.  If you would like a phone call from your child’s teacher, please note that most teachers are working from home and that numbers may appear as unknown so please allow unknown numbers through to your phone during this time if this is possible.  Our teachers and Education Assistants want to work with our students and are willing to do whatever is needed including phoning students directly, emailing or setting up individual or small group Google Meets.  If you need anything, please reach out to your child’s teacher and let them know.  We are here to help and support.

Please give your kids a hug from all of us here at Acadia.  We look forward to when these hallways are filled with our amazing awesome Acadia Kids! 

 

Thanks,

Lisa Bartel​

Mar 17
Personal Belongings

Dear Acadia Families,

 

First of all, I would like our families to know how much we are already missing our students.  There are only a few times that schools are open with a full staff and no children and that is usually in August when we are excitedly preparing for a new school year or in June as we clean up in preparation for the following school year.  Being here at school in March with no students is very odd for all of us.  Please know that we are thinking about our families every day and wish everyone the best. 

 

We understand that families are wanting to collect their child’s personal belongings from school and we have been advised through guidelines, set out by Alberta Health Services, to create a schedule for families regarding pick-up of student personal belongings. 

 

Personal belongings include indoor shoes, water bottles, or items brought from home.  We will also be returning student’s money for our Texas donut sale orders and any medications that parents may have given to the school.  Please note that student supplies and materials such as workbooks, folders, pencils, scissors, etc. will remain at the school.

 

During this scheduled time, we would also like parents to return any library and/or home reading books, and drop-off bins will be set up for you to do so.

 

Mrs. Traveson and Mrs. Moore have also asked if their students can return their science projects that were assigned for homework last week so that they can be marked.  If they aren’t completed, please do not worry about passing them in.  Mrs. Lunnin has also asked that if her students have any completed homework, they can also pass it in when families come in to pick up belongings. 

 

We ask that families enter the building, through the front door, during the time slots allotted to them.  All student personal belongings will be on tables, by classroom in the gym.  Lost and Found items will be displayed in the foyer as well for families to look through.   

This opportunity is only in place if items are needed. If you do not feel the need to come into the school, please do not. Alternate times to pick up student personal belongings will be made at a later time if you are currently ill or self-isolating.

 

As per World Health and Alberta Health recommendation, we need to mitigate contact between one another as much as possible.  For that reason, staff will not be available to meet with families for any reason. We understand how disconcerting this is for many families. Although unfortunate, it is not advisable or possible given the current pandemic.  We will have few staff members in the gym to return donut money and medications but teachers will not be in the gym during this time.  

 

If you are exhibiting symptoms of respiratory illness (I.e. fever, cough, fatigue and/or muscle aches) please do not come to the school. Also,please limit the number of family members coming into the building. Where possible, our teachers have already gathered and labeled your child’s stuff for easy pick-up.

 

As our school staff is in the building and working, we ask that you come only at your pickup time scheduled for you under your surname. When the pickup times are finished, we will be doing a thorough cleaning of the school as per health recommendations.

 

 

DATE

TIME

SURNAME

Wednesday March 18

8:00 – 9:30 AM

Begins with A – E 

Wednesday March 18

9:30 – 11:00 AM

Begins with F – L 

Thursday March 19

8:00 – 9:30 AM

Begins with M – R 

Thursday March 19

9:30 – 11:00 AM

Begins with S – Z

 

Please contact me via email with any questions you might have.

 

Thank you for all the kind messages of support. Our teachers are overwhelmed with messages of gratitude. We are thinking of all our students and families and will be in touch with further details as they become available.  Continue to monitor your email.

 

 


Lisa Bartel​

Jan 17
January Principal's Message

​Hello to all of our Awesome Acadian Families,

I am happy to say that we have survived our first week of extreme winter cold weather and our students demonstrated Mastery and Independence as they made it through an entire week without any outside recess time.  Not being abe to go outside for fresh air sometimes makes it difficult to sit and focus on our learning but our classes did a great job getting lots of physical activity in to their days through gym times and some extra Go Noodle and Just Dance dancing opportunities.  As we all know in Calgary, our weather can change very unexpectedly, so please ensure that students are coming to school dressed appropriately. 

I want to remind our Acadia Families that we have many upcoming field trips happening at Acadia School the next few weeks. Mrs. Pinkett is also sending home payment invoices for these field trips and for previous field trips for any amounts owing.  I just want to remind families that any unpaid field trip monies comes out of our instructional funds so please try to remit any outstanding balances as soon as possible or please come and see myself so we can come up with some kind of a payment plan. Please note that we will never exclude any student from partiipating in a  field trip opportunity due to inability to pay for a field trip but as I said previously, this money does come from our school budget which impedes the schools ability to purchase resources required to support student learning. 

A reminder to families on January 24 at 10:30 will be our grade 4 celebration of learning.  I look forward to watching this presentation with our students and families.  Feel free to join us if you are able.  

As always, feel free to give me a call or an email if you have any questions about the exciting events we have going on at Acadia School.  You can also join us for our next School Council meeting on Feb. 12 at 6:30 pm in the library.

Stay warm,


Lisa Bartel

Principal


Dec 03
Principal's Message

​December greetings to our Acadia Families. 

 It’s hard to believe that our first term is almost finished here at Acadia School.  As I write this in the first week of December, teachers are hard at work completing report cards that reflect the learning and growth each one of our Awesome Acadia Students have achieved over these first months of learning.  Acadia School is truly a dynamic learning environment and I look forward to reading every student’s report card over the next coming weeks before they are sent home to parents.

December is again a very busy month.  We are excited to welcome back Sound Kreations to teach our students some amazing hip hop moves which we will present to our families the evening of December 12.  Please remember that if you volunteered for the casino in November, you will be receiving priority seating for our Sound Kreations December performance.  This is our small way of saying thank you to those families who were able to volunteer their time to raise money for our students.

Please remember that our December School Council meeting has been cancelled but we will meet again in the new year starting Wednesday, January 15 at 6:30pm in the library.  

Another reminder is that with the cold weather setting in, we are now having a resurgence of lice in our classrooms.  When a case of lice is reported to the office we send home information to the whole class advising parents as to how to check for lice and ensure the lice is completely gone from home.  Please note that we never share any identifying information about specific children to other families.  It is essential that if lice has been reported in your child’s class that you diligently check your child’s head over a couple of weeks as lice can be resistant to the medication and require repeated treatments to ensure that the lice is completely gone.  Please remind your children to not share hats, barrettes, scarves or anything else that touches the head or hair.  We will continue to remind students of this as well.  

Finally, I just want to say thank you again to our Acadia School community.  It is an honor and a privilege to work with your children every day.  Again, thank you for trusting us with this very important work with your children.  

Please remember that a paper copy of your child’s report card will be coming home with students on December 19th.  Students have no school from December 20th until they return on Tuesday, January 7 2020 (no school on Monday, January 6th).  

I wish everyone a safe and restful holiday and we look forward to resuming our work with your families in 2020.

Thanks,

Lisa Bartel


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