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​


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 


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