Jun 14
Huge Thank You to School Council

Dear Altadore Families,

We would like to begin with a huge thank you to our current School Council, who always ensure our students and staff are well taken care of! The time, energy, and generosity of the Council allow our students to have so many “extras” at Altadore. Thank you to everyone who sat on council, who attended the meetings this year, who volunteered their time, or those who donated money or other resources. We would like to particularly thank Dayna Jansen who lead the Council as Chair during two very unprecedented years. From effectively navigating the transition to online meetings, to her willingness to get involved in so many different initiatives, we are so grateful for her leadership during this time. Thank you, Dayna, for all of your hard work the past two years! We would also like to take this time to welcome Julie Lowry into the Chair position. Julie has been involved with Altadore School in various ways over the years, and we are grateful and excited that she has offered to step into this new role!

We would also like to take this opportunity to share that we will be continuing with the same multi-graded configuration that we implemented this year. We are planning to have three Kindergarten classes, five Grade 1/2 classes, four Grade 3/4 classes, and four Grade 5/6 classes. Just a reminder that registration is ongoing, so the number of classes could change in September depending on changes to enrollment.

As always, please reach out if you have anything you would like to share or discuss.

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

Meagan Lundgren
Assistant Principal
mllundgren@cbe.ab.ca


Jun 07
Kamloops Residential School

Dear Altadore Families,

Thank you to all of you who have supported those impacted by Residential Schools in various ways: by wearing orange, by further educating yourself on the reality of what happened at the schools, by putting out shoes or teddy bears, and/or by engaging in conversations with your children. One of our commitments at school is to teach children about the richness and diversity of Indigenous peoples and cultures, yet we also have a commitment to teach the truth about our country’s history and the impact Residential School have had - and continue to have - on individuals, families, and communities.

These are not easy conversations, but they are important ones to have, and not just on Orange Shirt Day each September. We would like to thank you for the many positive emails we received this week from parents who wanted to share with us how they had continued these conversations at home.

As parents, you know your children the best. If something worked particularly well at home in navigating these teachings, we would love for you to continue to share these ideas with us. If you have any suggestions for us in terms of our future commitment to teaching truth and reconciliation at Altadore, we invite you to contact us with your ideas.

Before we end this week, we would like to do a special shout-out to our teachers. Teaching in hot weather brings forth its own challenges. The hot classrooms make children understandably sluggish, phys ed plans have to be adjusted to ensure students stay safe in the heat, and there are many reminders to drink extra water, put on a hat, and seek shade during recess time. Our teachers came up with many creative solutions to the intense heat this week, and we would like to thank them for their flexibility!

As always, please reach out if you have anything you would like to share or discuss.

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

Meagan Lundgren
Assistant Principal
mllundgren@cbe.ab.ca


May 31
Back-to-School Learning

Dear Altadore Families,

What a week! There has been so much that has happened, it is hard to believe we have only been back to in-school learning for a week. Routines have been re-established, and the learning is ongoing. Thank you to all of you who helped your children log on, who helped clarify something they were working on, or who gave children who are able to work independently the chance to do so. We were delighted to see all of the personal, yet so important. interactions happening between students.

In the office, much of our focus is on planning for the end of the year, and on back-to-school in the fall. This week we had our Kindergarten Parent Orientation, and we hope to be able to share some more details next week about a farewell for our Grade 6 students that will be held in the morning of June 25.

As always, please reach out if you have anything you would like to share or discuss.

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

Meagan Lundgren
Assistant Principal
mllundgren@cbe.ab.ca


May 21
Return to In-Person Classes

Dear Altadore Families,

As the government announced this week, we will be returning to in-person learning after the long weekend. At Altadore, we have been fortunate to have very few COVID cases overall this year and we want to thank all of you for helping to contribute to that. We ask that you continue to keep your children at home if they are feeling ill or have any Covid symptoms, and that you send your children to school in well-fitting masks. At school, we will continue to follow our COVID protocols, including spending as much time outside as possible and keeping windows open. More than anything we hope to continue in-person for the remainder of the school year.

Our two weeks of online learning ran very smoothly, and again we would like to thank all of you for your support. We know it can take a lot of work on your behalf to support your child with this form of learning. Although our students have missed out on some formal learning opportunities this year due to the pandemic, they have also learned some critical life skills during this time. It is wonderful to see how computer and tech literate our students have become over the last year, and to witness the resiliency and flexibility they have learned during this time. When we think back to online learning last March and compare it to how things went these past few weeks, we are so impressed with the growth and competency we have seen in our staff and students. They are very comfortable with online classes now, and have learned so much in the past year.

We look forward to seeing each of your children in person on Tuesday. We have missed hearing the laughter in the classrooms and can’t wait to see all of the students try out the new playground these next few days. As always, please reach out if you have anything you would like to share or discuss.

Kelly Christopher, Principal

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

May 10
The First Week of Online Learning

Dear Altadore Families,

Welcome to the first full week of online classes!  As working mothers of CBE children, we both know exactly how difficult it is to try to fulfill your work obligations while also supporting your children’s learning at home.  We want to reinforce and reassure you that we know you are all doing your best.  If there are times when your child must miss a class Meet because you have a big meeting at the same time, or your child is tired from being on the computer and needs a mental health break to play outside, we want you to know that we understand. 

As parents, you know what is best and realistic for your child.  Our teachers have been working hard to plan a realistic, engaging schedule, but we recognize that each student - and each family - will need to figure out what works best for them.  Be kind to yourselves these next few weeks and remember that we are all doing the best we can in these unprecedented times.  We are all looking forward to returning to in-person learning. 

To end, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the amazing parent volunteers who came out on Saturday for the playground build.  We were happy to learn that AHS defined this project as a worksite and not as a social gathering.  We were able to proceed as long as we followed all of the usual COVID protocols, such as masking when working close together.  

It was a cold, wet, muddy day, and yet the parents worked tirelessly to create this exciting new space for our students.  It was wonderful to hear the laughter and the light-hearted banter amongst parents, even when they were soaking wet and tired.  What has always made Altadore stand apart from other schools is our amazing sense of community, and the playground build on Saturday truly personified how wonderful our Altadore parent community is.  Thank you to all of the volunteers, and to Dayna Jansen and Katie Morgan specifically, for their tireless work!

We know that many of you, and especially your children, are wondering when the playground will be open and ready to use.  Right now, we are waiting for some inspections to be completed and students should be able to start playing on this awesome new equipment within a week or so.  We also want you to know that part of the playground (the spiderweb/net) is on backorder from Korea and will be installed as soon as it arrives.  

As always, please reach out if you have anything you would like to share or discuss. 

Kelly Christopher, Principal
kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca            

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


May 03
May 3 | Edible Garden and the Playground

Dear Altadore Families,

What an exciting week it has been outside at Altadore: the first white crocus flowers are blooming in our edible garden and the new playground build has begun! It was heartwarming to see students gathered around the fence to eat their snacks while watching the construction workers. The kids clapped when the equipment was removed, and shouted with excitement when the bobcat started to remove the gravel. When the construction crew took a short break, one student asked, “Can you ask them to keep working? We NEED this new playground!” The kids have been very respectful of the temporary fencing and can’t wait to play on the new structure.

We would like to thank everyone who signed up to help with the upcoming playground build. School Council is still looking for some volunteers and supplies for Saturday - please see below for more information. The students and staff are so excited to see the structure when we come back to school the following Monday!

As always, please reach out if you have anything you would like to share or discuss.

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


Mar 21
March 22, 2021

Dear Altadore Families,

As administrators, we ensure that we touch base with teachers after School Conferences: we want to hear how they went, what follow-up we need to be aware of, and what can be done on our end to support students. After our discussions last week, there was a common sentiment among teachers that we felt was important to pass onto our families.

Every teacher - every single one of them - shared that the parents this year expressed that they were exceptionally grateful for the work the teachers are doing. At Altadore, our teachers are fortunate to have incredible engagement and frequent praise from parents, but our teachers felt that during this year - more than any other - they have consistently felt supported and appreciated by families.

This has not been an easy year for teachers. Many teachers have had to adjust their style of teaching to adhere to COVID protocols; they are missing carpet time, group work, regroupings, and the ability to join other classes for recess, buddies, and celebrations.

Despite the challenges of the year, our teachers have put in an incredible amount of work and have been flexible, creative, and innovative in their planning to ensure your child is engaged, challenged, and safe.

It cannot be understated how much it means to our teachers to hear parents acknowledge the challenges of the year and recognize the work the teachers are doing. We had a family drop off ice cream treats for our staff this week, we had School Council fill our staff washrooms with wonderful soap products, and we had parents who expressed their gratitude during the Conferences. The acts of kindness we have witnessed from you, our parents, over the past week alone are rejuvenating and are so appreciated.

Thank you for being active in your child’s education. Thank you for recognizing the hard work of our teachers. Thank you for your ongoing support of Altadore staff and students.

On a final note, we just wanted to remind you that the next Weekly Update won’t be sent out until Tuesday, April 6 due to Spring Break. As always, please reach out if you have anything you would like to share or discuss.

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


Mar 09
March 8, 2021

We are looking forward to our School Conferences at the end of this week.  Pre-COVID, it was tradition to invite parents to a Sharing Night the week before conferences, so that children could demonstrate their learning, show off their impressive work, and to set a foundation for the conferences.  Sharing Night is one of the gatherings that we miss the most as a staff, as we love to welcome parents to celebrate the  hard work they have been doing. 

Since we are unable to gather for Sharing Night, conferences have become an even more critical opportunity to hear about your child’s learning, accomplishments, and areas of growth.  These will be our last conferences of the year, and we would love to have all families attend.  We encourage parents to have questions or topics in mind that they would also like to address in the discussion.  What are you seeing at home?  What do you feel your child could benefit from?  What questions do you have about your child’s work?  Performance? Behaviour?  Conferences allow you as parents to learn about how your child is at school, but they also allow the teacher to learn a little more about what supports or routines are in practice at home.

We also want to remind you that you do not need to wait for conferences to speak with any of our teachers.  We pride ourselves on being available and on the strong relationships we are able to build across the community. 

Please see below for more information on booking School Conferences.

As always, we want to thank each and every one of you  for your support throughout this unprecedented school year.  Please reach out if you have anything you would like to share or discuss.

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


Feb 01
February 1, 2021

Dear Altadore Families,

Altadore School is fortunate to have an incredibly active School Council that enriches the learning experience for our students. We are very grateful for the ongoing support of all of our parents, especially this year when there have been so many school traditions, events, and practices that have had to be adjusted due to the pandemic.

Although we are unable to host guests or volunteers in our school, we have been able to reintroduce residencies through a virtual format. In January, we welcomed Elder Randy Bottle (Saa’kokoto) and Rocks and Rings curling. This week, we begin our Hip Hop dance residency through Sound Kreations and our Grades 3-6 students begin virtual writing classes with author Sigmund Brouwer.

During our Professional Learning time on Friday, our staff commented that it is beginning to feel more like Altadore with the extra opportunities the students have had this last month. Part of what makes Altadore so special is all of the enrichment activities our students receive, and we are thankful that we have been able to find a way to bring these opportunities to our students, even during COVID. We would not be able to host Fun Fits, arrange residencies, or have guest speakers come into our classrooms without our generous School Council. Thank you!

As always,we want to thank our families once again for your support throughout this unprecedented school year. Please reach out if you have anything you would like to share or discuss.

Kelly Christopher , Princiopal

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



Jan 25
January 25, 2021

Dear Altadore Families,

It has been a great week! From Kindergarten to Grade 6, all of our students loved the Rocks and Rings curling program that we brought into the school. They have learned some of the usual curling vocabulary such as: rocks, stones, house, hog line, draws and take outs. The teachers also enjoyed being able to engage the students in different activities and appreciated that there was a minimal amount of equipment that needed to be sanitized. Based on the feedback from students and teachers, we will definitely be bringing this program back in the future!

We would also like to welcome Mrs. Penny Wannamaker to Altadore School. She will be taking over the teaching in Mr. Johnson and Mrs. Watson’s class. Mr. Johnson asked to return to the sub roster as he felt he needed to spend more time with his family right now.

Mrs. Wannamaker will take over his teaching assignment for half days beginning on Monday. When Teresa Watson goes on maternity leave, Mrs. Wannamaker will also take over for her and teach full days for that class.

Thank you once again for your support throughout this unprecedented school year.

Please reach out if you have anything you would like to share or discuss.

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

1 - 10Next

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Blog Tools

 ‭(Hidden)‬ About this blog

About this blog
Welcome to SharePoint Blogs. Use this space to provide a brief message about this blog or blog authors. To edit this content, select "Edit Page" from the "Site Actions" menu.
​​


Kelly Christopher, Principal

Email |
kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca​


Karen Pope, Assistant Principal

Email |
kjpope@cbe.ab.ca​​

​​