Aug 25
We Are Excited to See You Sept. 1

Hello Annie Foote Families!

It is our sincere hope that you have enjoyed your summer, spending time with friends and families and enjoying the beautiful weather. We are excited to see all of our returning students on September 1, 2022.

Please note we will be finalizing class lists and families can expect to hear from their child’s teacher by the end of the day on Tuesday, August 30, along with information about our opening day.

Our office will be open on August 29 for any questions or concerns you might have.

We are so looking forward to a wonderful school year! Please do not to hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. Our office email is anniefoote@cbe.ab.ca, phone line is 403-777-6680.

Kindest regards,

Ms. Brown and Mrs. Sarhan


Jun 24
June Year End Message

Dear Annie Foote Families,

It is hard to believe we are at the end of the school year. This year has been another filled with many ups and downs, twists and turns, but as expected our students and school community showed resilience and perseverance. We end the year with hope, as the last final COVID restrictions are being lifted, and with the spirit of optimism for a new school year.

I am pleased to share that for the first time in over two years, we held two mini assemblies in our gymnasium just last week. It truly was a milestone for me as Principal, as it was the first time we were able to gather in a large common space. Being together again was a reminder of what is important. As Dr. Jodi Carrington always says, “we are built to have connection”.  It is those connections; the relationships we form amongst each other, which supports well-being, academic growth, and character development.

As always, it is vital for us to recognize the support that our families show us every single day. By working together, we have been able to navigate these unpredictable times and have grown closer as a community. That being said, we are saying goodbye to many of our staff members this year, with the opening of Prairie Sky School.

We wish all the best to the following teachers:

Ms. Virk
Ms. MacNeill
Ms. Vause
Ms. Bruce
Mrs. Armstrong
Ms. Bronn
Mrs. Zens
Mrs. Lewendon
Ms. Clachrie
Ms. Dvorkin
Mrs. Iafolla
Ms. Foxton
Mr. Makasiar
Ms. Sampson
Mrs. Holmes

Lunchroom:
Ms. Carroll
Mrs. El-Ghandour
Mrs. Abouzeid

Retirements:
Ms. Sughrue
Mrs. Rygus

I will leave you with this quote from Anne Frank, which truly speaks to what I have seen from this great school community during the global pandemic.

“Everyone has inside of​​​ him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!”

As we end this year and look forward to the new school year, I wish everyone a happy, healthy, and wonderful summer with so much joy! Our final day with students will be on June 28​ and please remember to check your PowerSchool account to view report cards online. They will be available on June 28 as well.

Our office will reopen on August 29 and we will welcome students back to school on September 1.

Take care of yourselves and each other. See you in September!

Kindest Wishes,

Ms. Brown

 

Jun 22
Truth and Reconciliation Commitment

Dear Annie Foote Families,

Yesterday we celebrated National Indigenous Peoples day with many exceptional learning opportunities for our students. All schools within the CBE are continuing to engage and find ways to action change within our communities. As we continue to demonstrate Annie Foote School’s commitment to Truth and Reconciliation, we would like to share our recommitment and personalized goal with the school community. We look forward to sharing more information about our goal, as well as hearing your input, at our first School Council meeting on September 15, 2022.

Please visit Our School to view our Truth and Reconciliation Commitment.

I invite you to reach out to me personally if you have any questions or feedback for us. The school office number is 403-777-6680 and my email is tmbrown@cbe.ab.ca.

Kindest regards,

Ms. Brown
Princpal


Dec 17
December 2021

Hello Annie Foote Families,

Thank you for helping us with another successful start to an exciting school year! As usual we had a busy start to the school year but it is wonderful having students in classrooms busily learning and improving each day. We have had an outstanding first term with many opportunities for our students to demonstrate their learning and even have some fun!

It was terrific to see the number of parents and students who participated in our recent Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences held virtually during November. We hope that parents have had a chance to review their student’s progress through Term 1 and discuss any concerns with teachers. I encourage all parents to stay connected with the school as we know that your involvement has a positive impact on student learning and social well-being. Our next round of Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences is scheduled for March 10th and 11th, following first semester report cards being made available during the first week of February.

Wishing students, parents, and staff a restful and rejuvenating Winter Break. I want to thank all of you for the contributions you make to support the success of your students. They have worked hard this semester and deserve a well-earned break! Our first day of school in the New Year will be on Tuesday, January 4th starting at the regular school time.

Happy holidays and kindest wishes,

Ms. Brown


Jun 25
Year End Message June 25, 2021

Hello Annie Foote Families, 

I am finding it hard to believe that we have arrived at the end of the 2020-2021 school year!  

Students and teachers have learned new ways of working together this year and I am so pleased with the support and engagement from our school community. These have been challenging times and we have moved through it by working together, supporting one another, and taking it one day at a time. 

June is usually a busy month at Annie Foote with many culminating events taking place. This year, many of these events are not able to take place in the same way. We have adjusted many of our activities, such as our year end Sports Day; Grade 6 Farewell Assembly, and Patrollers celebration, just to name a few. I am beyond impressed with the flexibility and understanding of our students as our celebrations could not happen in the traditional ways we were use too.

As we conclude this school year, we wish our Grade 6 students well on their transition to junior high. Sadly, we will say goodbye to several of our staff members. This year we are saying farewell to Ms. Miner, Ms. Davies, Ms. McGinn, Ms. Naicker, Ms. Vause, Ms. Lawrence, Ms. Clachrie, Ms. Dvorkin, Ms. Cave, Ms. Featherstone, Ms. Birdi and Ms. Arannilewa. We wish them all the absolute best in their next adventures. 

Our last school day together is Monday, June 28th. You will be able to view your child's report card online via your PowerSchool account as of June 26, 2021. We are looking forward to our 2021-2022 school year. Further information about our start-up and classroom assignments will be communicated to you in August. Also, please check our website for any important updates.

Thank you to everyone for your ongoing support. I feel blessed to work with the Annie Foote families, and wish you all a wonderful summer. Be safe, be healthy, and have fun! 

 

Kindest Wishes,
Ms. Brown

Jun 21
Truth and Reconciliation

Dear Annie Foote Families,

As we continue to demonstrate Annie Foote School’s commitment to Truth and Reconciliation, we would like to share our personalized goal with the school community as we celebrate National Indigenous Peoples day. We look forward to sharing more information about our goal, as well as hearing your input, at our first Parent Council meeting on September 16, 2021.

Here is a quote I truly believe in:

"If you create a collective vision and voice then you will ultimately create a truly transformative change because when you have everyone "buying in," you will see empowered individuals begin to empower their families, which will in turn empower entire communities." (Crooks, Chiodo, Thomas, Burns & Camillo, 2010). 

I invite you to reach out to me personally if you have any questions or feedback for us. The school office number is 403-777-6680 and my email is tmbrown@cbe.ab.ca.

Please visit Our School to view our Truth and Reconciliation Commitment.

Kindest Wishes,

Ms. Brown
Principal
Annie Foote School


Mar 25
March Message

Hello Annie Foote Families,

We are looking forward to our School Conferences tonight and tomorrowPre-COVID, it was tradition to invite parents to ‘Student Led’ conferences, so that children could demonstrate their learning and celebrate the impressive work they have been doing.   

Since we are unable to come together, 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 like to address in the discussion.  What do you feel your child could benefit from?  What questions do you have about your child’s work?  Conferences allow you to learn more about your child at school, but they also allow the teacher to learn a little more about what supports, or routines benefit your student at home. Please remember you can reach out to your child’s teacher at anytime of the year, you do not have to wait until conferences.

As we move into Spring Break, we want to thank you for your support throughout this unique school year, and we hope the break provides students with an opportunity to recharge and get ready for the final three months of school! We know the pandemic has been wearing on us all, but there is a light at the end of this tunnel. Here is one of my favorite quotes:

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness”  Desmond Tutu​

Please reach out if you have anything you would like to share or discuss.  On behalf of all our staff, be safe and be well.

Kindest wishes,

Tania Brown


Oct 13
October Message

Good day Annie Foote Families,

I wanted to take a moment to share a few thoughts I had during this Thanksgiving weekend. I hope you all enjoyed some time with family and friends, all while adhering to the health protocols, and maybe even a moment to yourselves.

During my moment of reflection I thought about how fast this weekend actually came! Where did this past 6 weeks go? It was a school start up like no other, lots of changes, lots of adjustments but it was accomplished with excellence. While navigating uncharted territories, the Annie Foote staff always kept students' best interests at the center of every decision we made.

Our students are coming to school everyday smiling at us with their “eyes", as they have adjusted amazingly to the mask guidelines. Our parent community has been supportive of these new protocols, and we cannot thank you enough for that. This new health measure has been implemented with ease.

When I reflect on the teachers, I have an abundance of gratitude for them as they have risen to this unbelievable challenge with grace and professionalism. They have been busy rethinking and redesigning the way they teach, all while collecting assessment information for each student to ensure their learning plan is intact. I am in awe with the students and staff as I am only one of a few lucky people who can indeed, travel throughout the school and see first hand everything in action. Learning is happening and children are happy.

Items for your review:

  1. Please continue to monitor your child for symptoms of illness and keep them home until they have resolved.
  2. Please remember to register your students for lunch time supervision. You can do this through your PowerSchool Account.
  3. Please send your child to school with a healthy lunch and snacks. This will help us reduce visitors coming into the school, as we do our best to meet the new COVID food drop off restrictions. As always, if there is an emergency, please call the office.
  4. Please send in your updated demographic forms ASAP.
  5. Please ensure we have your accurate e-mail address on file. AHS protocols have changed and the school is required to provide this information to support contact tracing.
  6. October 30th is a system wide professional development day, there will be no classes. Students will return to school on November 2nd, 2020.
  7. Lastly, On October 29th, students can choose to wear costumes or orange and black if they prefer. We kindly ask that only “COVID approved face masks" are worn and there are to be no swords, or items that could be viewed as weapons. Students must wear their costumes before coming to school as staff will not be able to support costume dressing/changing.

NOTICE

WE will be having our Annual General Meeting of the school council VIRTUALLY on October 22nd at 6:30 pm. We would love for you to attend! This will be an online meeting through Microsoft teams. A link to the meeting will be sent by October 21st. This meeting will include a report from myself on the happenings at school. There will also be a call for parents to volunteer for positions on the board, hence it will be a little longer than usual, but we welcome your presence!

Kindest wishes,​

Ms. Brown


Sep 11
Welcome back Annie Foote Families!

​We are so excited to see you again!  To the families who are new to Annie Foote this year, we are happy that you have joined our learning community!  We know many families have opted to participate in the Hub, you are still a part of Annie Foote School and we want you to continue to feel connected to us! Thank-you for helping to make our staggered start a success.  It was a huge help to our staff as we were able to focus on smaller groups of students to practice routines around wearing masks, physical distancing, sanitation, lunch and recess procedures to keep us safe.  Please remember to complete the Covid-19 checklist for symptoms each day, and do not send your child to school if they exhibit any of the symptoms.  This is going to be a unique year and we look forward to this journey together!

Kindest Wishes, 

Ms. Brown

Jun 24
Closing the School Year

Good Day Families of Annie Foote School,

It seems like it was just yesterday that I wrote to introduce myself and we had just moved into ongoing learning. Here we are now, closing the school year with a feeling of hope. Thank you to all the students and community members who have welcomed me into this new role. It is an honour to serve as your school principal.

Over the past nine weeks I have seen teachers, support staff and office staff work harder than they ever have. Even though, they themselves were living through this pandemic never once did they forget that our number one priority is our students and families, who they often put ahead of themselves. I am so proud of how our staff has risen to this challenge and I am full of gratitude because they make Annie Foote the caring and welcoming place it is.

I would also like to thank our School Council for their ongoing support through this transitional time. I encourage all our families to consider joining this group in the fall. We welcome your voice and support. As the saying goes, “It takes a village to raise a child.”

One of the highlights the past two months, in a school with no students, has been joining online classes. Seeing the students faces brought me so much joy. We are anticipating welcoming students back to school on September 1, 2020. The Alberta government will share its final decision in August. Once we have been given our directions, we will be in touch with further information.

I’d like to remind you to please register for transportation through your MyCBE/PowerSchool account. This is vital to support the planning of bus routes for our students. There is no requirement to pay at this time.

Report cards will be available for viewing online, through your MyCBE/PowerSchool account June 25, 2020. If you have any questions or concerns please contact your child’s teacher directly.

Here are some staffing updates to inform you about:

  • Mrs. Berg retired this year. We wish her all the happiness in her future.
  • Mrs. McAndrews, Mrs. Chandra and Mrs. Tahir will also being leaving Annie Foote School. They all have been a gift to our students and we wish them the very best as they continue their careers with the CBE.
  • Mrs. Tanner, currently is on maternity leave and will not be returning to Annie Foote as she pursues a school closer to her home.
  • Ms. De Jong is also leaving us as she will be moving to Lethbridge, taking on a music specialist role.

We wish all our staff who are not returning the very best.

On behalf of all our staff, we wish you and your families the most wonderful summer. Please take good care of yourself and each other. We will see you soon!

Kindest wishes,

Ms. Brown

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