Sep 26
National Week of Truth and Reconciliation

Dear Parents,

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to meet teachers and participate in our Conferences last week. We had great attendance, and teachers were so happy to learn more from you about their students.   What a great start to the year!

The Fun Fit Ninja Obstacle Course was a huge success! Students were active, laughing and had lots of positive feedback. Teachers were pleased to see the course was adapted for each grade level and was appropriate for all skill levels.

This week is the National Week of Truth and Reconciliation. We will have Orange Shirt Day on Thursday, and there will be no school on Friday for the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. Please see below for more information about what will be happening at the school during this week, and for ideas about how to acknowledge the day with your family.

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions.

Kelly Christopher
Principal
kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca


Sep 16
Staffing, Terry Fox, Construction, School Council

Dear Altadore Families,

Staffing:  Welcome to Pat Kaiserseder who is filling in for Meagan Lundgren while she is recovering from ankle surgery.  We also want you to know that Mrs. Teresa Watson has resigned from the CBE as her husband has been transferred to Midland Texas.  Her last day of work will be on Friday, September 23.  She will be dearly missed - but we are happy she has such an exciting opportunity.

Terry Fox:  Thank you to everyone who supported our Terry Fox Run on Friday.  Our volunteers had everything set up for us, there was a great turnout of parents and siblings who joined us for the Run, and the weather cooperated!  It was wonderful to see.

Construction:  Construction continues along 16th Avenue.  It has now moved to the intersection of 16th and 45 Avenue.  The last we checked, that intersection is closed to both traffic and pedestrians.  Hopefully, it will be done soon.

School Council:  We had a great turnout of about 35 parents!  As soon as we have finalized the minutes, we will post them on the Altadore School website and put a link in the Weekly Update.

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions.

Kelly Christopher 
Principal   
kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca

Sep 12
Back to School Picnic

It was wonderful to meet so many of you at the Back to School picnic this past Thursday. Altadore School is known for its sense of community, and that was on full display as families gathered in the rain to visit and connect. Thank you to School Council for planning this event, and to all of you who were able to attend.

The rest of September is shaping up to be very busy, with FunFit, the Terry Fox Run, “Windows and Mirrors”, and Truth and Reconciliation week. We encourage you to read the rest of the Weekly Update carefully as there are many events and activities happening this month.

We would also like to let our families know that our Assistant Principal, Meagan Lundgren, will be on leave beginning next week for about a month as she has surgery for her “sloppy ankles” (who knew ankles could be “sloppy?!?”). Mrs. Pat Kaiserseder is a retired CBE principal with a lot of expertise, and we are thankful to have her come in and support Kelly in the office. Please welcome Mrs.
Kaiserseder when you see her around the school.

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


Sep 06
We Had a Wonderful First Two Days of School

Dear Altadore Families,

What a wonderful first two days of school we had this past week! At our staff meeting on Friday, teachers agreed that the energy in the school was palpable: the students were excited to see their friends, our newest students transitioned easily, and although there were a few hiccups - there always are when school is starting again - it went so smoothly overall.

We wanted to thank our amazing parents who ensured their children were set up for success: backpacks were organized, lunches were packed, students were on time, and the first day of goodbyes were sweet and encouraging. We also wanted to thank our incredible staff who are organized and positive - they were so excited to welcome students back into the building and it showed.

After two COVID start-ups, this school year felt much more “normal”. We are excited for a year filled with all of the things we have missed so much: buddy classes, classes mixing outside and inside, field trips, family events, concerts, and parents in the school. Our first community event of the year will be this Thursday. Our Back to School Picnic is always a fun time: you can meet other Altadore families, your children can play with their friends, and you don’t have to do dinner dishes! We hope to see all of you there!

For those of you who are new to Altadore, we will send out Weekly Updates like this each Sunday, or on the Monday if it is a long weekend.

We encourage you to reach out to us anytime - call the school, pop in, or email us if you have anything you would like to discuss.

Here is to a wonderful 2022-2023 school year!

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


Jun 27
Last Update of the Year and National Indigenous Peoples Day

Dear Altadore Families,

This is our last Weekly Update of the school year - wow! Where did the year go!?!?! This past week was a very special one, with the return of many in-person Altadore traditions, and the beginning of some new ones.

On Wednesday, we hosted our first National Indigenous Peoples’ Day whole school celebration. Our guest speaker, Tony Tootoosis, shared his personal story, and we were so fortunate to have two of our students, Amelia and Bashir, join Tony in two dances. We were blown away by their talent and passion and felt honoured to have these teachings shared with us.

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After Tony, Bashir, and Amelia danced, our school sang Kitsikakomimm and then we all joined together in a round dance. It was an afternoon of celebration and community and we are so happy with how it turned out!

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In honour of National Indigenous History Month, we also unveiled our new garden sign. Elder Saa’kokoto gifted our school the Blackfoot name, Sipistoy’pakaiks, meaning “Owl Children” for the Owl’s Nest, and we had a local artist create a beautiful sign that also includes a land acknowledgement.

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Thursday saw the return of Sports Day, and although the weather didn’t fully cooperate, we are thankful we all got to be outside in the morning and rotate through the fun stations. Lindsay Holden organized this huge event, and Amy Close donated a lot of her time as well to ensuring it was an organized event. Sportball accommodated our afternoon kindergarten class by hosting an event for them in the gym. Thank you to all of the parent volunteers who showed great flexibility that day: working in all types of weather, playing with the students, and being patient while we waited for the storm to pass. We are so thankful for our Altadore volunteers!

On Friday, we hosted our school’s Grade 6 Farewell. The Grade 5/6 team, along with Mr. Fraser, put on a beautiful ceremony that truly reflected the unique group of individuals that make up our Grade 6 class. From Ms. Miller’s slideshow, to the teachers’ speeches, the Grade 5 “Cups” song, to the joint performance of Kitsikakomimm that the 5/6s performed, it was an emotional and exciting way to end the week. We wish all of our Grade 6s the best as they begin junior high in the fall!

This week, we have our Summer Splash Monday evening, and our early dismissal on Tuesday for the final day of classes. We will be sending out a final School Messenger this week as well, with key information and the calendar for next year.

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions.

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


Jun 20
Another Busy Week at School

Admin Message

Dear Altadore Families,

We had another busy week at school with our Grade 6s writing four more Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs), our Grade 3/4s going swimming, and our Grade 3-6s having a second chance at a lacrosse residency. In addition to all of that excitement, the baby chicks hatched in the kindergarten classroom! The students were able to gently handle the chicks and even selected names for all of them. Other students loved stopping by to visit the baby chicks, as did staff, like Mr. Jerry!

This upcoming week is going to be even more busy than last: Monday we have the last Grade 6 PAT, Tuesday is Telus Spark for the Grade 1/2s and Heritage Park for the 3/4s. On Wednesday afternoon, we will have our school’s National Indigenous Peoples Day celebration (families welcome!), Thursday is Sports Day (families welcome to watch!), and Friday will be our Grade 6 Farewell. This week will truly be our busiest week of the school year!

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions.

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

 


Jun 13
Final School Council Meeting

Dear Altadore Families,

This week we had our final School Council meeting of the school year and we were so happy to see the large turnout to our first in-person meeting of the year. During that meeting, many School Council executives and members were thanked for their service as they are stepping down from their roles. We want to publicly thank these parents for their hard work over the years:

  • Margot Smart - Communications Chair. She is the person behind these Weekly Updates each week: she ensures the messaging is clear and timely. Thank you, Margot, for keeping us both so organized, and for always anticipating what needs to be shared next!
  • Katie Morgan - Fundraising Chair. Katie organized the Direct Donation campaign over the past few years, and has played an instrumental part in raising tens of thousands of dollars for our school. Thank you, Katie, for your hard work in ensuring the messaging went out to parents and the success of each campaign was widely celebrated.
  • Liz Hoogkamer - Treasurer. Liz has worked diligently during her two year term to ensure School Council funds are being spent out during the year in which they are raised, and that all of the funds raised serve the greatest need. Thank you, Liz, for your diligence and organization in this critical area of finance.
  • Kerry Parker-Smith - Secretary. Kerry takes careful notes at each of our meetings and is diligent about sharing those minutes with us in a timely fashion so they can be shared on our school website. Thank you, Kerry, for organizing all of the discussions into a reader-friendly and succinct format.
  • Maria deRegt - Vice-Chair. Maria organizes the Altadore gear, the food trucks for big events, and offers to help in a variety of other areas. Thank you, Maria, for your commitment to enhancing school culture at Altadore.
  • Meghan Reyes - Casino Chair - Meghan has spent a lot of time coordinating, scheduling, and re-scheduling casinos during pandemic times - no easy feat! Thank you, Meghan, for your tireless work getting volunteers for those long shifts, filling out endless forms, and communicating casino information to families.
  • Kim Trevino - Social Media. Kim ensures our families are updated on key school events through the Altadore School parent pages. Thank you, Kim, for ensuring the messaging to parents is consistent and clear, especially during these COVID times when things were constantly changing.
  • Diana Audino - Volunteer Coordinator. From teacher appreciation treat day sign ups, to school-wide event sign ups, Diana is the master of Sign up Genius and keeping people organized. Thank you, Diana, for your organized and clear approach to ensuring every event has the necessary volunteers.
  • Lindsay Holden - FunFit Coordinator. From sports day to gaga ball, and lacrosse to adventure running, Lindsay has organized many wonderful events for our school. Thank you, Lindsay, for always thinking outside the box and spending countless hours researching and reaching out to organizations. Your ideas bring a lot of joy to the students!
  • Jody Oikawa - Auditor. This may not be the most glamorous role, but it is incredibly important! Thank you, Jody, for ensuring our books are accurate and that the money is all accounted for.

All of our exiting School Council members have played a huge role in making Altadore the special school that it is. Thank you to everyone for your time and dedication over the years. We also would like to thank those people who will be stepping into these roles next year and look forward to working with each of you.

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions.

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


Jun 06
Next Year Plans, School Council, School Development Plan

​Dear Altadore Families,

As we are wrapping up our final month of this school year, we are also looking ahead and planning for next year. This Wednesday we will be having our in-person School Council AGM in the Learning Commons at 6:30 pm. Babysitting will be provided by some Grade 6 students. At this meeting, we will be sharing our current plans for the 2022-23 school year.

There are many variables at play when planning for the next school year, most significantly student enrollment. Our plans are based on our current projections, so they have the potential to change between now and September. We will share our plans for grade configurations, recess, lunch, and the number of classes and students expected at each grade, with the understanding that these are tentative.

We will also be sharing highlights from the year and updates on our School Development Plan.

We encourage parents and guardians to attend the in-person AGM if they have questions about the upcoming school year; if you are unable to attend, please feel free to email us or call us at the school.


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


May 30
Thank you to our Extended Community

Dear Altadore Families,

This is a week where we want to extend many thank you’s to our extended community!

Please take a moment to read through the information below about The HOOT and how much we were able to raise for the school. It is truly amazing! On behalf of all the students and the staff - THANK YOU! The support you offer truly helps us to offer many extras throughout the year and benefits us all. Once again we would like to extend our personal thanks to the HOOT committee, everyone who
attended or donated an item, as well as everyone who made a purchase!

This was also our week for our Volunteer Tea. It was great to be able to show our appreciation in person for the first time since the pandemic began. There were performances by Kindergarten, Grade One and Grade Two students - and they did a great job!

We also want to thank our School Council for the surprise treats on Friday for our staff - they made our meetings so much more enjoyable! 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


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


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