May 20
We Had a Very Busy Week

Dear Altadore Families,

We had a very busy week, despite it only being four days! Our Grade 6 students wrote their first Provincial Achievement Test for English Language Arts, and they did a wonderful job navigating this new experience. Our students were very well-prepared for the exam and they embraced the challenge with positive attitudes and serious focus.

We had our “C of Red” day for Game 1 of Round 2, but there was also a lot of blue and orange in every classroom! We have many Oilers fans in the school, and although there has been some banter between fans of both teams, the students have been respectful of one another. The energy in the school was palpable on Wednesday! We love seeing team pride like this!

On Friday, our staff engaged in various professional learning opportunities, from attending a workshop on the Science of Reading, to exploring the new curriculum in grade teams. Our staff is also working hard right now figuring out school organization for next year. We hope to share many of our plans for the 2022-23 school year with parents at the next School Council meeting. As always, do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have anything you would like to discuss.

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


May 13
Spring is in the Air

​Dear Altadore Families,

Spring is certainly in the air at Altadore School! It is great to see our classes outside more often for gym, to work in the Edible Garden, for SOGO Adventure Running. We always enjoy seeing students curled up with a good book or engaged in writing in the Owl’s Nest, at one of the picnic tables, or even in a corner of the creative playground.

Looking ahead there are a couple of things we would like to draw to your attention. If you know of someone who is planning to have their child come to Altadore next year, and they have not yet registered, please encourage them to do so as soon as possible. Likewise, we appreciate it when families who will not be returning next year let us know. We are very deep into planning right now - and small changes in our registrations can have a big impact on the creation of classes, school organization, and how we deploy our staff.

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


May 06
What a Week!

Dear Altadore Families,

What a week! There is certainly a lot going on at Altadore! All classes had at least one session with Janet Melrose, an expert-gardener, to kick things off for the season in the Edible Garden.

Our Grade 5/6 students spent Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at Kamp Kiwanis learning about the environment, trees and forests, sky science, archery, canoeing, and much more. They had a blast! This is a highlight of elementary school for any student who attends - and this year was no exception. A huge thank you to all of the staff who spent time with the students at the camp: Beth Mackenzie, Jenny Miller, Melanie Hutton, Mackenzie Harley, Alison Predika, Bobbie-Jo Edison, and Ken Pullan. When we both went out to camp, we were so impressed with the time and effort the staff spent to ensure this was the best experience possible for each and every student that attended. We would also like to extend our appreciation to School Council, who contributed $70 per student toward the cost of Outdoor School.

We could not finish our message this week without mentioning the HOOT. As we visited classes this week, we could see students working to finish off individual art pieces and add the final details to the class projects that were auctioned off. On behalf of the Altadore Staff, we want to add our voice to all the thank yous mentioned below. The support we receive from our parents and our school community, through events like the HOOT, not only makes Altadore a wonderful place to work, it also allows us to provide many fun and enriching school experiences for our students. Thank you!

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


May 02
The Lowdown on Events

Dear Altadore Families,

It has been a few years since we have been able to gather for traditional Altadore events, like The HOOT and Summer Splash. For those who haven’t experienced these events before, here is the lowdown:

Friday, May 6 - The HOOT! This is a FUNdraiser put on by School Council. It is an 18+ social event and auction. It is very popular amongst our parents and a great opportunity to make new connections within our school community. A few tickets continue to be available for purchase below. Please contact Kelly if the cost of attending is a challenge.

Wednesday, June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples’ Day This is a day to celebrate the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Indigenous peoples of Canada. Our classes will recognize this day in a variety of ways.

Thursday, June 22 - School-wide celebration of Indigenous culture. We are planning a special outdoor celebration in the afternoon that families are invited to attend. Stay tuned for more information.

Thursday, June 23 - Sports Day - This year, events will happen throughout the day. Students will visit a wide variety of stations with their friends, collecting stamps from each station. We will need many volunteers for this day, so stay tuned for sign-ups in June!

Friday, June 24 - Grade 6 Farewell. Our Farewell celebration for Grade 6 students and their families will be at 10:30. Refreshments and cake will be served after the ceremony. We want to give our Grade 6 students a proper send off!

Monday, June 27 - Summer Splash - 5:00 to 7:00. All families are welcome to come to this picnic and the celebration of the beginning of summer. There will be food trucks, water fights, and lots of laughter. This is a highly anticipated event for many of our older students. We can’t wait to show newer students and families what it is all about.

Tuesday, June 28 - Last day of school! We will have a clap-out for our Grade 6 students as we dismiss at 12:15.

We hope to see many of you in-person at these exciting events!

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


Apr 22
Experience Our Second Winter

Dear Altadore Families,

During this short week, we had the wonderful opportunity to experience our second winter! Despite the wet conditions, the students had a great time in the snow rolling huge snowballs and building snowmen taller than any adult in the building. Although we made the most of the weather, we are excited for warmer spring temperatures.

As the weather warms, classes will begin eating outside again at lunch. We will also see more classes take their learning outside into the Owl’s Nest (Sipistoy’pakaiks in Blackfoot) and surrounding green spaces.

Warmer weather also means that each class will begin their gardening sessions in May, participating in one session per week.

On another note, our first week with our author-in-residence, Cathy Beveridge, was a huge success! We are hearing great things from students and teachers alike, so please ask your child about the work Cathy is doing in your child’s class.

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or if we can help.

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


Apr 19
What a Special Weekend it Was

Dear Altadore Families,

What a special weekend it was, with many of our families celebrating Easter, Ramadan, or Passover. Whether or not you marked a religious event, we hope you all had a bit of time to do something special!

Today is a Professional Learning Day for teachers, and they are attending a variety of system-wide, virtual sessions in different subject areas and/or looking at different topics that affect student learning.

One of the questions parents often ask is what are we doing to help our students with mental health, especially in light of the pandemic that continues to swirl around us. Much of what we do is rooted in research and shared with us by psychologists such as Dr. Jody Carrington.

She speaks about how teachers and parents can help children by focusing on building connections, and by being with someone when they become dysregulated - or in her words “when they flip their lid.” We provide time and space to talk about difficult things. We provide in-the-moment coaching with strategies such as taking a deep breath, taking a short break, going for a walk, laughing, getting a drink of water in order to help our body to calm. Once we start to calm, we are able to focus on more than what is happening to us.

The idea is that with time, practice, support, and modeling, we (as in all of us) learn how to do this with more success. This is a very short capsule of what Jody Carrington has to say - and an oversimplified version of what our staff does to support students. Our hope is to give you a bit of an idea of the work we do day in and day out. If you are interested in learning more, please read below about the virtual session for parents that our School Council has arranged with Jody Carrington on Wednesday. She is based in Alberta and has been very well received by parents, educators, and first responders. We believe this session is well worth your time.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or if we can help.

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


Apr 08
Volunteer Opportunities

Dear Altadore Families,

It is the season of volunteer opportunities at Altadore School! Our spring is fully booked and many of our events require volunteers! If you want to spend the day outside running a station for Sports Day, go to Telus Spark with the 1/2s, go for a walk to Sandy Beach with the 5/6s, sketch outside with the 3/4s at a local park, or explore Granary Road with the kindergarten students, we have a opportunity for you!

Each class will be going on at least one off-site field trip, and there are many other opportunities to volunteer within the school! We also welcome volunteers who can read with students, organize home reading books, laminate, help out in classrooms, and organize bulletin boards. We also need volunteers for School Council events like The HOOT and the Grade 6 Celebration.

Attending School Council, reading the Weekly Update, and checking messages from classroom teachers are great ways to learn about volunteer opportunities.

If you are available to volunteer in the library, Mrs. Watson is looking for help with a variety of low stress but extremely useful jobs on Mondays and Wednesdays. You can come once - or often! Just email alwatson@cbe.ab.ca so she knows you are coming or if you would like to know what you are getting into!

As you can see, there is no shortage of opportunities to get involved at the school right now! If you haven’t already started the police clearance process, feel free to swing by the office with your photo ID during school hours and we will get your started!

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or if we can help.

Kelly Christopher Principal kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca

Meagan Lundgren Assistant Principal mllundgren@cbe.ab.ca


Apr 04
Spring is in the Air

Dear Altadore Families,

Spring is definitely in the air and with the nice weather comes a very busy last season of school! So many of our classes are taking more of their learning outside on the land; the Owl’s Nest, or Sipistoy’pakaiks (“Owl Children” in Blackfoot), has been utilized each day this week, and classes are planning more off-site visits within walking distance.

It is starting to feel more like pre-COVID times as students are working closely together in groups, we have in-person residencies again, and the planning for field trips is in full swing! We are also pleased to announce that after a two year hiatus, outdoor school is back! Our Grade 5/6 classes will be at Kamp Kiwanis from May 3-5. More information about a parent meeting will be sent home from the Grade 5/6 team in the upcoming weeks.

With the return of many Altadore traditional events, like The HOOT and Sports Day, our spring will be busy, but also incredibly fun and engaging.

We are looking forward to having more parents in the building, attending field trips, and celebrating with us in person for the Grade 6 Farewell and the Summer Splash.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or if we can help.

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


Mar 18
Changes

Dear Altadore Families,

We hope you have all had a wonderful Spring Break! The week leading up to the break was an exciting one, with our new Gaga Ball pit being used by all of the classes in the gym. If you don’t know what Gaga Ball is, we encourage you to ask your child - it is such a fun game!

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With the return to school this week, we will have some changes related to COVID that we wanted you to be aware of:

Morning Entry

Doors to the school will be unlocked between 8:20 and 8:30 each morning. Students will be able to enter the school during that time, and should be in their classrooms ready to learn by 8:30. The exception will be the front door, where we will continue to greet the Kindergarten students. Teachers will not be at the doors sanitizing hands, but children will be able to sanitize or wash their hands if they wish upon entering the classroom.

Music

Starting after Spring Break, music with Mr. Fraser will be in the music room. We are excited to have the students back in the room. Singing will also be resuming in this last part of the year.

Field Trips

We are now able to book field trips and each grade team is eagerly planning some off-site learning for our students. As always, we encourage parents to get a volunteer police check so they can attend these fun activities. Stay tuned for more information!

Traditional Altadore Activities

We have been asked about some activities that we traditionally offered before COVID. Here is the latest information:

  • Outdoor School for Grades 5/6 will be going ahead the week of May 2-6 for two nights and three days. The exact dates are to be confirmed.
  • Drumheller for Grades 3/4 will not happen this year as there are no dates available for classes to go
  • Swimming lessons will not be offered this year because Glenmore Pool no longer offers lessons due to staffing shortages.

We are excited for the spring & the last part of the school year!

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or if we can help.

Kelly Christopher Principal kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca

Meagan Lundgren Assistant Principal mllundgren@cbe.ab.ca


Mar 14
Volunteer

Dear Altadore Families,

Thank you so much to all of our Altadore families who participated in Conferences on Thursday and Friday. We work really hard to maintain communication with parents throughout the year, to celebrate successes and to determine next steps or areas of focus. That being said, there is nothing like some dedicated time to focus on each one of our students.

If you were unable to attend Conferences, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher if you would like to find time to meet over the next little while.

As Covid restrictions relax, we anticipate that there will be significantly more opportunities to volunteer in classrooms, on field trips, and at School Council events than there has been over the last couple of years. Just a reminder that in order to volunteer in the school and/or with students, you need to have a Police Information Check that has been completed for the CBE in the last five years.

If you have not had a police check done for the CBE, or your previous check has expired, now is a great time to do one! You need to come into the school office in person, with picture ID, and we use that to give you a letter with a unique code that you use to apply with the Calgary Police Service.

The best thing about doing it now, is that the wait time with CPS is very short - about a week or so. We anticipate that with things opening up, this will soon increase to about six weeks. Just sayin’...

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or if we can help.

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


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