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


Nov 26
November Message

November has been a busy and exciting month!  Classes have visited Heritage Park, had “Scientists in the Classroom” and welcomed the ELEV8 Lacrosse Residency program to our school.  Many families attended our special Remembrance Day Assembly which honoured veterans through visual arts and the voices of students from Grade 1 – 6 singing inspirational songs.  There was a HAIR SHOW of interesting styles during our CRAZY HAIR DAY.  Students were invited to bring a donation to support Grade Six charities.

 We look forward to meeting with Families for Parent Teacher Conferences on the evening of Thursday November 21st and Friday November 22nd.  Conferences provide families with the opportunity   to learn more about your child’s strengths and areas for development that are critical to help them with their learning.  Conversations with your child’s teacher are a great place to ask questions and discuss specific concerns.  At Acadia School, we believe in ongoing communication between you, your child and the teacher in order to understand their achievement over the course of the year.​


Oct 24
October Principal's Message

It IS a great year to be an Acadian!  We are excited to have grown to over 360 students.  Acadia school welcomed more Kindergarten students than were expected and opened a third class in the morning. Mrs. Prigotzke is teaching this new Kindergarten class.  Our school also saw an increase of number of students in Grade 5 and 6.  To support these classes, Mrs. Prigotzke is teaming with the Grade 5 teachers to teach Science and Social Studies in the afternoon.

 

There was a GREAT turn out to the GOBBLE GALA family dance on October 10th.  Families enjoyed sharing their dance moves, browsing used books and buying special treats. The Grade 6 Leadership students raised over $700 for OUTDOOR SCHOOL through the sales of books and items at the concession stand.

 

Thank you to the Acadia School Advisory Society for organizing the CASINO on November 19th and 20th.  They do have a few more spots to fill for day and evening shifts.  Please go to GET INVOLVED/ SCHOOL COUNCIL on the website tab if you are able to volunteer.  These funds support events and materials that enhance student learning at Acadia School.

 

 ​Thanks,

Lisa Bartel

Sep 06
Welcome Back Update

To Our Acadia Families,

Wow!  What an exciting first week of school we have had here at Acadia!  I am excited to report that we are up in enrollment.  We were projected to be at 340 students and at last count we are at approximately 355 students and counting.  The majority of our students have registered in Kindergarten so we have been busy this week hiring a new Kindergarten teacher and setting up a new Kindergarten classroom which will start Monday, September 9. 

Here is a list of our current staff members at Acadia School:

Kindergarten am and pm Room 1 – Jen Arruda

Kindergarten am room 16 – Cayla Prigotzke

Grade one room 11 – Krista Galway

Grade one room 9 – Lisa Epp

Grade one/two room 12 – Jessica Oyelusi

Grade two room 2 – Carol Stubbs

Grade two room 3 – Roberta Fulmes

Grade three room 8 – Julie Traveson

Grade three room 4 – Alicia Bateman

Grade three room 5 – Crystal Moore

Grade four room 19 – Erin Brown

Grade four room 18 – Danielle Martin

Grade five room 15 – Lisa Lunnin

Grade five/six room 14 – Sonya Bradley

Grade six room 13 – Marianne Dyck

Grade 1/2/5/6 support room 16 – Erin Purdy

Music room 10 – Natalya Veresovaya

Assistant Principal – Donna Brown

Principal – Lisa Bartel

We have some new staff and we look forward to parents booking parent teacher conferences which will occur Thursday, September 19 (4-8pm) and September 20 (8am-10pm).  Families are required to book school conferences online through their My Cbe/PowerSchool account.  Information as to how to create a CBE/PowerSchool Account was sent home in your introductory package on the first day of school.  If you need support to create your account please call the school office at 403-777-8440.  Please note that the conference system will not be able for families to book conferences until TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10.

We invite all families to join us for our first school council meeting on Wednesday, September 11.  We meet in the library at 6:30 pm.  For this meeting I will be sharing more details about our increased enrollment and the exciting things we have happening at Acadia School this year.  If you wish to be fully in the know about what is happening at your child’s school you should attend school council.  We meet on a monthly basis and we do have a lot of laughs at our meeting. We also invite teachers from our different grade teams to  present at our school council meetings each month. Please also note that our major fundraiser for our school is our casino in which will be in November and we will be looking for volunteers to help us out with this. 

A final reminder for next week is that we will have our Terry Fox run on Friday, September 13.  Please watch your emails for more information to follow.

I would like to thank our Acadia Families for bearing with us as we worked very hard this week welcoming our new students, hiring additional staff, and creating new classrooms.  Our staff are very excited to be working with your children this year. 

If you ever have any questions or concerns, feel free to call the school at 403-777-8440 or to email me at labartel@cbe.ab.ca

Thanks,

Lisa Bartel

Principal​ 

Aug 30
Welcome Back

To Our Awesome Acadian Families,

Welcome back to Acadia School for another amazing year of learning.  Our office has been very busy since we opened on August 28 with new registrations.  We are expecting a significant increase in our enrollment which will mean some changes after our first day of school to accommodate all of our new students.  This is exciting news for our school as in my three years I have seen Acadia grow from 225 students to over 340 students possibly for this school year.  We will confirm numbers after our first week and we will start making changes to our school organization once we have confirmed numbers. 

As in previous years, our first day of school entrance activities for grades 1-6 students will be happening outside the school by the playground.  Teachers will be posting large copies of their class lists on the school wall for families to look at to identify their child’s teacher.  Teachers will be holding up large signs with their names, grades and room numbers so your child can stand by their teacher until we head inside the school at 8am to begin our school day. 

Our grade 1,2,3 teachers and their class lists can be found on the wall outside the Division one wing (this is the outside wall that faces west).  Our grade 4,5,6 teachers and their class lists can be found on the wall outside what was our grade 5 classes but is now our grade 4 class wing (this is the outside wall that faces North towards the playground).

Kindergarten families, just a reminder that September 3rd  and September 4th are our staggered entry days.  Students with the surnames starting with A-M will attend class with the parents on Tuesday, September 3 and students with surnames starting with N-Z will attend class with their parents on Wednesday, September 3.  On these days, parents will stay to complete paperwork and when completed they will be able to leave their child to attend their first day of Kindergarten then return to pick them up.  Students will then come to school at their normal class time starting on Thursday, September 5th (without their parents J)

Our Kindergarten hours are as follows:

Monday to Thursday AM class 8:00-10:49

Monday to Thursday PM class 11:51 to 2:40

Students attend alternating Fridays (Parents will be given a calendar when they come to school with their child on the 3rd and 4th.)  Please note that Kindergarten students will NOT have school on Friday, September 6th as our Kindergarten numbers are much larger than expected this year and if all the students who are currently registered do actually attend we will probably be looking at creating a second Kindergarten classroom.

Please know that Tuesday, September 3rd will be a very busy day as I expect more families to be coming in to register.  As Mrs. Brown our new Assistant Principal and myself will be outside on that morning helping students find their teachers so Mrs. Pinkett will be on her own in the office until we can come in and help her out. We ask that our families be patient as we ensure that all of our students are welcomed and settled into their classes. 

Our staff are very excited to begin our work with your children for the 19-20 school year.  I personally am excited to get to know all of our new students and their families.  We will see everyone on Tuesday, September 3 bright and early for our 8am start!

Thanks,

Lisa Bartel

Principal​ 

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