Oct 22
Wonder Centres

Dear Altadore Families,

Although we are not quite back to “normal” at school, there are little reminders each day that show us just how far we have come since COVID restrictions first went into effect. Last year, students were required to keep distance in class and were unable to gather in small groups, even within their cohorts. This year, we are able to have our (masked) students come together on the floor as a class, work in small groups within their classroom and out in the hallway, and move their desks into configurations other than just rows.

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Watching the kindergarten students explore the Wonder Centres, or seeing the Grade 3/4 classes playing chess with a partner, may seem trivial, but these social moments are so beneficial to a student’s development and learning. We are grateful that we are able to see this in our school once again!

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Next week, we will have another opportunity to experience what we used to at school when Fun Fit returns with in-person instruction. On October 27 and 28, we will have a Cricket Fun Fit, with each class learning about and playing this sport. On November 3 and 4, all students will participate in a Tennis Fun Fit. We are excited to have in-person Fun Fits again, and would like to thank our Fun Fit parent coordinator, Lindsay Holden, for helping to bring these enrichment opportunities back to our school.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kelly Christopher
Principall
kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca 

Meagan Lundgren
Assistant Principal
​mllundgren@cbe.ab.ca


Oct 18
Indigenous Education Professional Learning

Dear Altadore Families,

We wanted to remind you that there is no school for students on Monday, October 18. On this day, CBE staff will be participating in the first system-wide Indigenous Education Professional Learning Day. As all Altadore staff, including our support staff and facility operators, will be engaged in the learning, the school phones will not be answered and the doorbell may not be heard. Please email us if you require anything that day and we will get back to you at the end of the day.

On Monday, we will be learning from videos featuring Elders, Knowledge Keepers, other Indigenous leaders, and Indigenous youth. We will spend time as a staff going through the recent Indigenous resources added to our library, and exploring the extensive resources developed by the CBE’s Indigenous Education team. We will begin and end our day with a circle and smudge.

We look forward to the learning that will take place on Monday, and we are excited to continue to incorporate Truth and Reconciliation into the classrooms throughout the year.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kelly Christopher
Principall
kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca 

Meagan Lundgren
Assistant Principal
​mllundgren@cbe.ab.ca

Kelly Christopher, Principal Meagan Lundgren, Assistant Principal kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca mllundgren@cbe.ab.ca

Oct 12
Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! In the spirit of gratitude, we want you all to know how thankful we are for our Altadore community, and all that you do to support the school, the staff, and all of our students. THANK YOU!

Just a reminder that we have a Monday Professional Learning Day coming up - there is no school for students on Monday, October 18 All CBE staff will be focused on learning more about Indigenous Education and how we can implement some of the Calls to Action in the Truth and Reconciliation Report.

We hope you are having a great long weekend - we will keep this short and sweet, so that you can get back to spending time with your family!

If you have any questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kelly Christopher
Principall
kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca 

Meagan Lundgren
Assistant Principal
mllundgren@cbe.ab.ca


Oct 04
Reflections on Truth & Reconciliation

Dear Altadore Families,

Our students greatly impressed us this week with how respectful and curious they were when it came to our discussions around Truth and Reconciliation. From our kindergarten classes who examined the Acknowledgement of the Land, to our Grade 5&6 students who explored “The Secret Path”, the students were engaged listeners and active participants in class discussions about Residential Schools.

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Although Truth & Reconciliation week is over, the teachings do not end this week. We will continue to have discussions with our students about our country’s past, and what they can do as youth to move reconciliation forward. Our students have come a very long way in understanding the history and legacy of Residential Schools, but as you can see in these reflections from some Grade 5&6 students, they still have many more questions to explore.

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We want to take this opportunity to thank our Altadore families who continued with these discussions at home. We have heard from many students that they have engaged in dinner table conversations with their families this week. If you haven’t yet toured our Every Child Matters: Reconciliation in Action project in the front of the school, we invite you to do so!

If you have any questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kelly Christopher
Principall
kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca 

Meagan Lundgren
Assistant Principal
mllundgren@cbe.ab.ca


Sep 27
Garden Gallery for the National Week of Truth and Reconciliation

Dear Altadore Families,

Our Garden Gallery for the National Week of Truth and Reconciliation is complete! To us it is Reconciliation in Action.We have all reflected on what Altadore School means to us and represented our thoughts through words, pictures, symbols, and colours on our own “tree cookies”. These cookies were gathered from Treaty 7 land and prepared by parent volunteers. We have placed these cookies all around the Owls’ Nest or Sipistoy’pakaiks (see-pee-stew -boo-gags). We have noticed many different themes while exploring the students’ work, including learning, friendship, nature, and fun. A sense of belonging and pride in our school is evident. Next week we will move to age-appropriate discussions about how different it was for students in Residential Schools. For our youngest students, this means knowing that students had to spend a long time away from their families. Our older students will learn truths such as that the children in Residential Schools were mistreated and were often hungry. All lessons will end on a positive note focusing on what we have learned from this and what we can all do to foster reconciliation. We want our students to understand we can all work together to ensure that All Children Matter and that no one should be treated the way Residential School survivors were. Teachers will email parents as these conversations happen so that those who wish can follow up at home. The Garden Gallery has already touched the hearts of our students, and we hope you are able to come see it. It will be up until the end of October.

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If you have any questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kelly Christopher
Principall
kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca 

Meagan Lundgren
Assistant Principal
mllundgren@cbe.ab.ca


Sep 20
Changes to Entry Routines

Dear Altadore Families,

Thank you to everyone who came out to our first School Council meeting of the 2021-22 school year. We had over 50 families attend, with every class being represented. It is wonderful to see the enthusiasm and the commitment from our Altadore families. Let’s keep it up for October!

Change to Entry Routines: At the School Council meeting, it was brought to our attention that reducing the soft entry time in the morning to five minutes has created some issues for families. We heard from parents that the traffic congestion is a concern, and that a five minute window does not provide enough time to stagger drop-offs. On Friday at our staff meeting, the teachers decided the best way to address this concern was to return to a ten minute soft entry. This means that, beginning Monday, we ask students to arrive between 8:20 and 8:30. When they arrive they should go directly into school and be ready for learning at 8:30.
Thank you to the parents who brought this forward as an issue. We would also like to express our deep appreciation to all of our teachers who will be in their classrooms earlier in the morning to greet and supervise students.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kelly Christopher
Principal Assistant Principal
kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca

Meagan Lundgren
Assistant Principal
mllundgren@cbe.ab.ca


Sep 13
COVID Protocols and Practices

Dear Altadore Families,

Thank you to all of our parents for their ongoing communication and questions they have posed to us surrounding COVID protocols and practices. Many of you have been asking COVID questions, such as:

  • When do they n​​​​eed to stay at home?
  • What if they ​​are a little under the weather, but not really sick?
  • When do ​​they have to get tested? When can we get them tested?
  • When do th​ey have to isolate?

Here are some answers to these common questions:

Do not send your child to school if they have any of the following symptoms and they are not related to a pre-existing condition like asthma or allergies. They need to stay home for either ten days or until they have a negative COVID test and their symptoms are gone.

  • Fever (38 degrees Celsius or higher)
  • Cough (continuous, more than usual)
  • Shortness of Breath (continuous, unable to breathe deeply)
  • Loss of sense of taste or smell

Do not send your child to school for 24 hours if they have any of the following symptoms. If they are better (or significantly improved) after 24 hours they may return.

You may choose to have your child tested for COVID or not.

  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Pink eye
  • Sore throat
  • Generally feeling unwell

If my child has COVID, what do I do? If you think your child has COVID, but they have not been tested, it is recommended they get a test. If your child tests positive, AHS will require them to stay home for 10 days. They may access some of the learning activities their class has been doing via Google Classroom if they feel well enough.

What if my child is a close contact? AHS no longer requires close contacts of COVID cases to isolate. They may come to school as long as they have no symptoms. Should you decide to keep your child at home as a precaution because they have had direct contact with a positive case, you may contact your child’s teacher to see about any learning activities they can do from home.

Will I know if there is a positive COVID case in my child’s class? Beginning Monday, if a family informs us that a student has COVID, and they are willing to share that information, we will send a letter home. The only information you will receive is what class or classes are impacted, and what to do if your child starts showing symptoms. It is then your choice to determine if and how you would like to respond.

If you would like more information, please refer to the COVID-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist For Children or ask us and we will try to help!

Thank you,

Kelly Christopher
Principal Assistant Principal
kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca

Meagan Lundgren
Assistant Principal
mllundgren@cbe.ab.ca


Aug 29
As we get ready for this school year...

Dear Altadore Families,

As we prepare for a new school year, we know many of you have questions about what things will look like at school this year.  When we finished school in June we were hopeful, as I am sure you were, that COVID would be in decline and that it would be a minor consideration in our planning.  Unfortunately, that is not the case.

As you may have heard in the media, the Calgary Board of Education has decided to maintain a number of measures to mitigate the spread of COVID – 19, at least for September.  These measures will be re-assessed in light of the Calgary and Alberta context throughout the year.  We expect measures will change and evolve over time, just as they did last year.  The primary factors used to determine what measures would stay in place were maintaining the continuity of in-school learning, and prioritizing student events.

Below you will find a chart summarizing what will stay the same as last year as well as what will look different.

What will stay the same:

Arrival and Departure

  • Parents who pick up students during the day may call the school as they arrive or ring the outside bell and we will have their child meet them at the door.
  • There is no supervision of the creative playground before or after school. 
  • Students may enter the school prior to 8:30.

Masking

  • Masks will be mandatory for all staff, students, and visitors when inside CBE buildings and physical distancing cannot be maintained (except for when eating or during physical education). 
  • Accommodations can be made for individuals who require a medical exemption.
  • Students will be permitted mask breaks at the discretion of their teacher.
  • Masks should fit well and students should have extra masks in their backpack.

Cohorting

  • Students will be cohorted by class.  They will remain together throughout the day including at recess and lunch.
  • When outside, students will remain in the area designated to their class.

Hand Hygiene

  • Students will wash/sanitize their hands when entering the school, whenever they move to a different room within the school, and before they leave at the end of the day.

Enhanced Cleaning

  • High contact surfaces will be cleaned/disinfected multiple times per day.

Physical Education

  • Gym class will be held outside whenever weather permits

Shoes

  • Students will only require one pair of shoes at school until the weather turns cold.  These shoes should be appropriate to wear for gym and outside.

Music

  • Students will continue to have music in their classrooms.

Lunch

  • Students will eat in their classroom as a cohort.  They will stay as a cohort during the second half of lunch outside.
  • Students will eat outside whenever weather permits.
  • Students may not share food, including for birthdays, Halloween etc.
  • We will be able to offer Fun Lunches via Healthy Hunger.
  • There will be no milk program.

Conferences

  • Conferences on September 24 will be online.

Land-Based Learning

  • Teachers will prioritize spending time outside each day.

Ventilation

  • There is mechanical ventilation in all rooms allowing for direct exchange of outside air. 
  • Ventilation begins 2 hours before school starts and continues 2 hours after dismissal. 
  • Air exchange rates are maximized throughout the day.
  • Windows are opened when weather permits.

Student Supplies & Manipulatives

  • Students will use individual supplies whenever possible. They may not be cleaned between uses if they are used within the same cohort.

Illness

  • Students who exhibit any symptoms of COVID may not attend school.  Parents will be called to take their child home if they develop symptoms at school.

School Council

  • Monthly meetings will be held online.

Large Gatherings

  • School assemblies, Back to School Picnic, Sharing Night etc. will not take place until we receive new direction.

School Patrols

  • We will not have School Patrols this year.

 

What will be different:

Arrival and Departure

  • Students are asked to arrive between 8:25 and 8:30 (Last year was 8:20 and 8:30).

Learning Commons & Book Exchanges

  • Classes will now be able to visit the learning commons to do book exchanges.  

Volunteers & Visitors

  • Scheduled volunteers and visitors are allowed in the building.
  • This will begin gradually and will be focused on enhancing learning.
  • In-person residencies such as dance, visiting artists, and work with Elder Saa’kokoto may take place.
  • All volunteers and visitors must sign in at the front door.

Distancing

  • Distancing will occur whenever practicable and when it does not interfere with a learning activity. Students will continue to have an assigned spot in their classrooms.

Field Trips

  • Field trips are permitted by the Calgary Board of Education.  Decisions about specific trips will be made on a case by case basis.

 

We hope this will help you to visualize what things will look like when school starts!  Have a great weekend!​


Aug 24
First Welcome Back Message of 2021-22

Good afternoon Altadore families,

We hope you have all had a wonderful summer and are enjoying this last week of summer vacation with your children.  We are looking forward to the 2021-22 school year and hope your children are as well!  We continue to receive guidance from both the province and the CBE about the return to school, and we will share that information with you as it becomes available.  At this time, there are some details about back to school that we are happy to share:

First Day of Classes

Our first day of classes is Wednesday, September 1st, 2021.  We will have a staggered entry for kindergarten only, with students with the surname starting with A-L coming on Wednesday, September 1st, and those with a surname beginning with M-Z coming for their first day on Thursday, September 2nd.

School Hours

Our doors open at 8:25 each morning; this soft entry ensures that students are in class ready for learning when the bell rings at 8:30.  This is a change from last year when students entered at 8:20.  We ask that families do not arrive before 8:25 as there will be limited outdoor supervision before school. 

KindergartenGrades 1 - 6
8:30 am – 11:18 am (Monday - Thursday)
           OR
12:31 pm – 3:20 pm (Monday - Thursday)

8:30 pm - 12:15 pm (Alternating Fridays)

 

8:30 am – 3:20 pm (Monday - Thursday)

Staggered lunches:
11:30-12:15 Grade 3/4 
12:05-12:50 Grade 1/2
12:40-1:25  Grade 5/6

8:30 am -12:15 pm (Friday)

 

Fees

We provide school supplies for our students, with parents paying for these supplies in the annual Student Supplies Fee.  The other fee charged to families is for the Noon Supervision Fee for those students who will stay at school over lunch.  Information on fees will be sent home to families later in the fall.  Please note that fees do NOT need to be paid prior to the start of the school year.

You can find more information on the CBE school fees and waivers  page.

What to Bring

We ask that parents send their child with a water bottle, a nutritious snack for recess, and a packed lunch if they stay over the noon hour.  We do not require indoor shoes to be sent until the snowy winter months.  As students will not be changing shoes, we ask that parents send their child in shoes that are appropriate for gym class and outdoor play (please no sandals or flip flops).

Masks

Masking continues to be mandatory in CBE schools.  Please ensure your child's mask fits properly over their mouth and nose and stays on.  We ask that parents send extra clean masks in their child's backpack in case of lost or soiled masks. 

Class Assignments

You will receive an email before noon on Tuesday, August 31st from your child's classroom teacher.  The email will let you know where the teacher will meet the class on the first day of school.  If you have not received this email by the afternoon, please call the school and we will provide this information to you. 

COVID-19 Precautions

We continue to await more specific direction from the CBE regarding the finer details of COVID protocols and practices.  We do know that the following will be in place for the upcoming school year:

  • Continued mandatory masking
  • Students cohorted by class
  • Students eating lunch in their classrooms
  • Increased ventilation in classrooms
  • No unscheduled visitors in the school
  • Use of the Alberta Health Daily Checklist for students and staff
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of high traffic/touch areas

For more information about what the CBE is doing in consideration of COVID-19, please visit the CBE Re-entry page here.

 

CBe-learn Registration Re-Opened

The CBE is providing another opportunity for parents to enrol their child in the CBE's online school, CBe-learn.  Please note that if you register your child in CBe-learn, it is a full year commitment and they will not be connected to Altadore School.  If you have questions about CBe-learn, or would like to register, please do not hesitate to reach out to Kelly at kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca or call her at the school so she can discuss this option with you.

For more information on the CBe-learn approach, please visit here

We will continue to update you throughout the upcoming week.  As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. 

Take care,

Kelly & Meagan

​ 


Jun 24
End of Year Reflection

Dear Parents,

What a year it has been! As you know, at Altadore School we have spent the last two years encouraging students and staff to “Embrace the Challenge", and WOW – did we ever have opportunities to do that!  We thought last year was an unprecedented year, only to find that this year was a whole new world.  We have all learned the importance of being flexible, of planning for multiple scenarios, and of how to let go of routines, ideas, customs, and traditions.  The pandemic has forced us into new ways of thinking and doing things – sometimes for better, and sometimes for worse.  As we wrap up this first full year of teaching and learning in a COVID world, we wanted to take some time to reflect on a year none of us will ever forget. 

It is easy to focus on what we have missed this year:  the opportunity to connect with students and teachers from other classes, the smiling faces and gap-toothed grins, the freedom of movement within our classrooms and around the school, the classroom regroupings, playing with other classes at recess, field trips and school wide celebrations, and having volunteers in our classrooms.  The silver lining, however, is that our students have developed their persistence and resilience in ways they never would have otherwise.  Our students have learned to be flexible when faced with sudden and unannounced changes.  Following COVID rules, pivoting to online, heading back to school, waiting at home for a COVID test - they handled it all with few complaints.  Our students have become extremely tech-savvy, learning to keyboard and to navigate online platforms in ways they never have before.   They have learned what it means to be part of a global community, and how their actions have an impact on those around them.  They understand they are living in an “unprecedented time" that will be studied in the future, and in turn they are making much deeper connections to how history was lived by those before us and that it is not just facts and dates to memorize.  Our students have learned to sacrifice for the common good, and have developed their empathy and compassion for those who have had to sacrifice much more.  Above all, our students have learned to value relationships and opportunities, realizing that these must not be taken for granted. 

In closing out this year, we want to pay tribute to our teachers and all of our staff.  It has been an exceptionally challenging year in a profession that is never easy.  Throughout, they have maintained an unrelenting focus on building relationships, teaching, and learning.  They have overcome challenges - from speaking and being heard through masks, to rethinking how materials are used, to thinking about how to keep students apart rather than bringing them together.  Teachers by nature are social beings who have persevered through their own feelings of isolation when their only contact with most of their colleagues was through a screen.  That being said, the climate in our school has remained positive and focused on the good.  We know that is not the case everywhere, and for that we want to ensure all of you know how deeply we appreciate the work of each and every member of the Altadore staff.

Finally, we want to extend a huge thank you to all of you, our parents!  Your support has meant so much to the staff at Altadore.  From notes of appreciation, to meeting with us whenever we ask, to coming to pick your child up your child - again - when they have some minor symptoms no-one thought was COVID, to the individually packaged meals delivered to the school, we have always felt like our parents have our back.  Again and again we say that the sense of community is what makes Altadore School special, and that is because it is so obviously true to us.

Like you, we can't wait to “get back to normal", and to embrace more “normal" challenges.  We are so proud of our students, our families, and our staff.  THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Although we don't know any more than you in regards to what impact COVID will have in the fall, we are excited to welcome back students on Wednesday, September 1st, and we are hopeful that we can see all of you at our Welcome Back Picnic on Thursday, September 9th

We wish you a healthy, happy, and safe summer. 

Kelly & Meagan​


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