Welcome New and Returning Battalion Park Hawks Families! I hope you had a wonderful summer and enjoyed time with family and friends! The teachers have been looking forward to the start of the year and meeting your children. We are happy to report the first two days of school have gone smoothly and the children are settling in nicely.
We have welcomed:
- two Kindergarten classes
- three Grade 1 classes
- three Grade 2 classes
- three Grade 3 classes
- two Grade 4 classes
- two Grade 5 classes
- three Grade 6 classes
- two Enhanced Educational Support (EES) classes
Our enrolment has increased since school ended in June and as a result some of our class sizes are larger than we initially staffed for in the spring. We are actively working with our Human Resources department to examine staffing options and we will update families when any staffing decisions have been made.
If you are new to Battalion Park School, you will have noticed that we have two campuses. The main building (also known as the Core) and the modular building (also known as the Mini). All students move between both buildings as we have our Physical Education classes and Learning Commons/Library Exchange located in the Core and our Music program and Maker Space classroom located in the Mini. Both spaces have an office but we ask families to come to the Core office for any school-related business.
Thank you so much for all of your support with the transition back to school. Your partnership in your child's education is very important to us and vital to your child's success.
We are looking forward to an fun, educational year ahead with lots of opportunities for program enhancements for children and community building events for our families!
Dear Parents / Guardians,
With the end of June fast approaching and summer holidays on the horizon, we send this information to our families to ensure you are aware of some information regarding year-end as well as Sept 1.
Digital report cards are now available and can be accessed through Powerschool. Through these report cards, teachers have reported your student's progress in relation to their Alberta Education Programs of Studies outcomes. Powerschool can be accessed from the Battalion Park School main home webpage or by clicking here. If you need support/assistance in accessing your Powerschool account, help documents are embedded on this site or please call our office.
We have announced the retirements of Ms. Zollner, Mrs. Henderson, Mrs. Croteau and Mr. Campbell. Along with these retirements, Mrs. McKenzie Cornwall and Mr. Gaukel are moving to other positions and schools within CBE. Today, we were also notified that one of our long-time cherished teachers, Ms. Mottershead, was successful in her application to become a new teacher at Children's Village School! Also departing from our school staff are Ms. Amy Brooks and Ms. Ashley Irvine, who have been working as Temporary Education Assistants in our school this year. Finally our thanks to Mrs. Donna Eccleston who has been doing an amazing job as a Facility Cleaner in the Mini and Core buildings. We are grateful to all of those staff members who have helped make our school a better place for our students – we are a because of you. We had initially said good-bye to Ms. Sienna Moren, our Kindergarten teacher, but just today we were informed that Ms. Moren can stay at Battalion Park School next year! Congratulations to Ms. Moren!
Our last day for students this year is Tuesday, June 29. Classes resume on September 1. Our Back to School document is posted on our school website (Under Registration). Within this document, our school hours, calendar and other start up information is included. Please note that our school times have not changed significantly. Next year we will resume our “soft entry" time, however the soft entry will start 5 minutes later (8:40). School classes start at 8:53. Two lunch times will be provided. Grade 1-4 will have lunch at 11:30-12:14. Grade 5-6 will have lunch at 12:30-1:14. Monday to Thursday, classes will be dismissed at 3:40 and on Friday classes are dismissed at 12:30.
We are hopeful that at some point our current COVID19 Safety protocols will be relaxed. At this point we anticipate that September 1 will involve Safety Protocols that are very similar to our current practices. Once more direction is provided by Alberta Health Services and Alberta Education, we will provide families with further updates.
2020-21 has been a school year for the record books. We are so grateful to have had such wonderful students and parents with which to work and we hope to return to our more regular events next year. From our family to yours, please have a safe and happy holiday.
Battalion Park School
Calgary Board of Education | www.cbe.ab.ca/battalionpark
t | 403-777-7187
I hope this message finds you and your family staying safe, healthy and enjoying the warm weather. Life in our school continues to hum along in June. Students and staff are still engaged in learning throughout the month, ensuring students cover their grade level outcomes. Planning for next year is well underway including determining bell times, teacher assignments and designating students to next year’s classes. Very soon, we will be able to communicate our bell times with our families to provide time to organize schedules for September.
At this time of year, we recognize and thank teachers who have dedicated themselves to a full career of teaching and who are now retiring. Mrs. Croteau, Ms. Zollner and Mrs. Henderson deserve our thanks and gratitude for choosing to become teachers and contribute the lives of children and youth. In a “typical” year we would hold an assembly in which we could gather to thank them in person. Instead, I encourage you to join us in spirit, to recognize their contributions. These teachers have written the following message to our students and parents:
With only one month to go, I'm preparing myself to begin the next phase of my life. It's hard to believe that 13 years have gone by since I joined the staff at BPS! Time goes by so quickly, and I'm convinced it moves faster as we get older! I'm very grateful to everyone I've worked with during my time at Battalion Park. It is truly a place where people genuinely care for each other and work together to make every school day the best possible for our students. I have met some wonderful teachers and parents, and of course, some wonderful kids. Even after 39 years and 9 months of teaching, I still get that incredible warm and satisfying feeling when I see my students being excited about learning and successful in whatever they're trying to achieve. So, in one more month, I will achieve 40 years of teaching. I'm looking forward to being able to delve more deeply into my music, travel (when we can), and spend time with my 93-year old mother. Many thanks to the parent community for your vital support through all these years. Thank you, kids, for being YOU! You may see me next year as a volunteer!
It has been a pleasure to work with the families of Battalion Park School for the past 13 years. Every year I am gifted an amazing group of students who become like ‘family’ by June. It’s hard to believe I first encountered this school on my neighbourhood walk, at the beginning construction phase, thinking…”wouldn’t it be amazing to teach there?!”. Who knew, that I would not only get to teach at that school, but finish out my career. ‘Retirement’ still seems a bit surreal, but I am looking forward to some time for hobbies, reading, gardening, house stuff, my family, and sleep! At least for the first year. After that, my vision has always been to return overseas to teach again in Singapore. Who knows…perhaps you will look me up and visit me there? In the meantime, I will cherish the many stories, experiences, and memories from the students, colleagues, and families from Battalion Park School.
How fortunate am I to say that most of my teaching years have been spent at Battalion Park. I joined the staff the year before the Core school opened, teaching the “senior” Grade 3’s in the Mini. The excitement and challenges of being part of a team to open a new building and expand the school to K-6 remains a career highlight and I feel a huge sense of ownership and pride in the ways the school has evolved. Since that first year, I happily bounced back and forth between Grades 4 and 5, between the Core and the Mini. Seven different classrooms and approximately 400 children. These children, their parents and the amazing staff members I have worked with have forever etched a place in my heart. You have enriched my life and for this, I thank you. Being a resident of Signal Hill, I hope to run into you in the community - please stop me and say hello.
Please join me in thanking these teachers for their service to students, parents and staff of Battalion Park School and the Calgary Board of Education.
Dear Hawks Parents/Guardians
We hope this message finds you and your family staying healthy. Our school remains vigilant with our COVID19 Safety Protocols. It’s great to see so much cooperation for these protocols - every little measure helps us all stay a little safer. While we have masks, sanitizers and other rules, what remains the same is the importance of relationship, belonging, and learning. We have a number of updates for you today.
Keeping us all safe
Our students are really good at remembering to wear their masks, but I’ve noticed that some of our parents who pick up and drop off our students could work on remembering their masks. As variants with a higher rate of transmission have become the dominant strain, I would ask parents to please wear a mask when you pick up and drop off your children.
Other ways you can help keep us all safe at school are:
- observing the 30km/hr limit in our school zone (please watch your speed as you drive down the hill on Sienna Park Drive)
- no U-turns
- no Jay walking between cars/busses (please use the cross walk)
- no parking in the bus zone or in front of driveways across the street
- keeping your child home if they are symptomatic or sick
- notifying us if your child is positive or a close contact
Thank you. Every little bit makes us all a little safer
Art Cards by Kids
By now you should have received some amazing art work from your child(ren) as card samples! We are so excited to have been able to bring this fundraising opportunity to the school, giving the kids the opportunity to showcase their talents, teachers the opportunity to incorporate the project into their classwork, and families the opportunity to purchase some treasured memories.
Please refer to the ordering instructions found inside the sample cards that were sent home. The deadline for ordering is Wednesday, April 14.
Thank-you for your support of this wonderful program!
(Note from the editor, many thanks to Wendy Karl and Nichola Smith for the many fund raiser activities this year, including bottle drives, Cobb’s Bakery program, Davidson Apple drive, and Art Cards by Kids. The money we raise from these fund-raisers is going to the construction of two outdoor Gaga ball pits!).
School Council Meeting this Week
Dear Fellow Parents,
Tuesday night, April 13 we will be having a School Council meeting at 6:00pm. It will be hosted on Microsoft Teams (see link below). We encourage you to join us by logging into this sight around 5:50, to help us ensure we start our meeting on time.
We hope to see you there.
What: Battalion Park School Council Meeting
When: Tuesday April 13, 2021 at 6:00pm
Where: Microsoft Teams
Why: Battalion Park School Council meetings provide an opportunity for members of the school community to provide input in decisions that impact the school and the students' learning success!
***Please visit our BPS Council website to review the minutes from the last Council meeting, to see the monthly financials and the agenda for the upcoming meeting.
On the Agenda:
- Grade 1 and Hub teachers presentations
- School Council Committee updates
- School Development Plan information
- budget and fees information
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School Plans for Next Year
This week we will be sending you a quick form to fill out on your phone or computer to indicate what school plans you have for your child for next year.
* Note - Hub on-line learning is discontinued next year. If you would like on-line learning next year, you must enrol your child in CBe-learn. The deadline by which to enrol for CBe-learn is this Friday, April 23. Access this link to find out more information.
Surveys coming to parents
There are a few surveys coming to parents. The Alberta Education Assurance Survey was mailed to parents recently. We encourage grade 4 parents to complete this survey to let us know how you think we are meeting your students' learning needs.
Very soon, our school will be sending a Budget and Fees survey to parents. This survey intends to inform you about our budget and fees and solicit your opinions of how we assign fees and allocate budget for next school year. We hope to see a high rate of return for this survey as well.
Stay safe everyone and, as always, thanks for your support.
Proud Principal of the Hawks
Dear Hawks Families,
Our School council typically meets once per month and at those meetings a different group of teachers offers a presentation highlighting their work with students. These presentations highlight the learning tasks and projects for that grade, including a focus on our School Development Plan work. This week our grade two teachers, Mrs. Patrick and Ms. Mottershead, as well as our Music Teacher, Mrs. Smith, presented highlights from their programs.
Our School Development plan is like a business plan in which we focus on specific areas of learning. This year our School Development Plan focusses on:
- Using graphic organizers and visual thinking routines to help students organize thoughts, information and ideas
- Teach positive social skills
Mr. Nyrerod, our Assistant Principal, presented some exciting work we've been doing around Indigenous Education with our students. He talked about how we have been working closely with Sa'akokoto, a local Blackfoot Elder, to help us understand Indigenous ways of knowing.
Our next meeting is April 13 and our grade 1 and our Hub teachers (grade 2, 3, and 6) will be presenting. We hope to see you there.
We are grateful for all the fundraising that School Council has been able to offer this year. At a time in which our activities are so impacted by COVID19 safety protocols, Wendy Karl and Nichola Smith have found creative ways to host fund raising events. Our fundraising this year hopes to raise enough money to pay for an outdoor Gaga ball court and also to pay for Virtual Residency experiences for each class.
For more information about Fundraising and other School Council activities, please visit their website at https://bpschoolcouncil.ca/
We are trying to be very safe and cautious with our lost and found items this year. We encourage you to label your child's clothing items they bring to school to help minimize items that stay in the Lost and Found. Mabel's Labels is another fundraiser we are doing this year. If you buy labels for your child's clothing, a portion of the proceeds goes back to our School Council!
I've recently engaged support from Calgary Police Services and Calgary Parking Authority to help us with some challenges with traffic around our school. We ask that parents help keep our students safer by:
- slowing down to 30km/hr
- using our cross walk (in front of the Mini building)
- parking only in designated areas (please don't park in the bus zone or in front of our neighbor's driveways. Consider parking in the Community Center lot).
- no U-turns
Remember we have lots of little people at our school. They need you to be extra cautious for their safety.
One of the changes we have implemented this year is our staggered start. This means that children can arrive in the morning anytime between 8:35-8:55. Please consider coming closer to 8:35-8:40 as this helps to reduce traffic around our school.
February 24 is Pink Shirt Day. This special day originated when two Nova Scotia high school students inspired Pink Shirt Day by organizing their fellow students to wear pink in support of a Grade 9 boy who was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt. Bullying can happen to anyone, anywhere. On Feb. 24, Pink Shirt Day is a time to encourage Albertans to stand up to bullying when they see it in schools, communities, workplaces, at home and online. Please encourage your child to wear a pink shirt to stand up against bullying!
Our continued thanks for your support. From helping your child learn on-line to keeping them home when they are sick to showing kindness and appreciation to our staff … you have contributed to your child’s education this year in many ways. Thanks for making our school community stronger and more caring.
Dear Hawks Families,
Whether your students attend to their learning through the Hub model or whether they come to our school building every day, it's been great to see our students. Our staff has had a wonderful winter break and has returned to school well rested and keen to resume the important work of learning. Teachers are very busy this month. In addition to their daily work of planning, teaching and assessing student work they add report card writing to their evenings and weekends throughout January. So if you are considering sending your teacher a nice email… now would be a good time.
BPS Hawks Gear
We hope that everyone is enjoying their HAWKS gear! The level of school spirit is amazing to see with the students and staff! Thank you very much for purchasing and contributing to a positive experience for our students. GO HAWKS!
Due to significant delays in shipping our back ordered items will be delivered to students ASAP when we receive them.
If you have any questions regarding your HAWKS gear please head to https://bpschoolcouncil.ca/council/ and email the BPSC Chair from the website.
Apparel ordering will stay open until January 31, 2021 https://bpschoolcouncil.ca/shop/
Depending on interest we may open another round of orders in the late spring.
PS - please join me in thanking Mrs. Jessica Moran, School council chair, for arranging our BPS Hawks Gear this year.
School Council Meeting – Thursday, January 21 @ 6:00pm
- This year our School council meetings are run through MS Teams. A link will be sent to all parents next week. This month our grade 3 teachers are presenting highlights about their program. Mr. Nyrerod, our Assistant Principal, will also be updating parents on the wonderful work that is being done with our students and a local Blackfoot Elder, Saa'kokoto.
- School council meetings are open for all parents to attend. These meetings provide a venue for parents to hear about upcoming events provide input to decisions that impact the school and the students' success.
- Please visit our BPS Council website to review the minutes from the last Council meeting, to see the monthly financials and the agenda for the upcoming meeting. https://bpschoolcouncil.ca
We hope to see you there.
Cars and Children
We are seeing an increasing concern around student safety before and after school and we need your help. With almost 400 children being picked up and dropped off each day, we need to be very cautious to ensure our students are safe. Our students are between 5-11 years old and sometimes younger siblings come to school to pick up their brothers and sisters. As much as parents and teachers talk with children about being cautious around traffic, they are still learning. Please observe the following driving practices to help us keep our students safe:
- No U-turns in front of the school
- Please cross the street only at our cross walk
- No parking in the bus zone
- No pick ups/drop offs in the Staff Parking lot (Kidzinc parents can use the parking lot before 8:00am and after 5:00pm)
- Maximum speed in our Playground zone is 30km/h
- Please watch for students crossing the street
School Fundraiser – Bottle Drive – January 19
This year we have some incredibly dedicated parents who are helping raise money for the school. They have been very cautious to create fund raising opportunities that do not put undue financial pressure on our families. Our next fundraising opportunity is a bottle drive! We hope your family will be able to donate your refundable containers so that all proceeds can come back to our students! Here are the details:
- January 19, 7:00am-6:00pm
- Bring your bottles to the Community Center parking lot (by the skating rink)
- There will be a big truck there to deposit your bottles
Hip Hop Dance, Anyone?
Mr. Boothman, our Physical Education teacher, has organized a great experience to help students learn about Hip Hop within our dance unit. SK Interactive is a local Calgary company that has been teaching students Hip Hop dance for several years. With COVID19, they have moved their platform to on-line/virtual to engage our students! Our Hip Hop dance fun will begin on January 18! We will be sending another email soon with more details.
Keeping us all safe
Our thanks to parents who have been asked to keep their children home if they have any symptoms. This helps keep us all safe. The daily health screening tool is located here.
Dear Battalion Park Families,
Our annual Veteran's Association Food Bank Drive will be VIRTUAL this year!
The virtual food drive will take place ONLINE between Friday, November 6th and Friday, November 20th, 2020.
How do I donate to the VIRTUAL food bank drive?
- Head to bp.schoolcouncil.net
- Login to your Fun Lunches account or register to create an account
- Select individual items and/or packages to purchase for the virtual food drive.
- You can choose 1 item or a combination of items and packages. Any donation is greatly appreciated!
Please Note: We are unable to provide tax receipts for purchases made on the School Council Fun Lunches website. If you would like to make a financial donation, outside of our school food bank drive, please head to https://veteransassociationfoodbank.ca/ All financial donations over $10 are eligible for a tax receipt from the VAFB registered charity.
- Battalion Park school council will purchase the items and/or packages from our local Superstore in Westhills. The VAFB will pick up the donations directly from Superstore and distribute them out to veterans and their families who are in need.
GOAL: Last year we weighed all the donated items and then divided the total weight by the number of students in the school. Our goal is to beat last year's number of 4lbs/student!
Students - To keep track of our progress check out the HUGE display outside of the gym and school announcements of our progress!
LET'S GO HAWKS!
For any question please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your support,
Battalion Park School Council
To find out more about the Veterans Association Food Bank head to https://veteransassociationfoodbank.ca/
It is no small feat that our students, parents and staff are managing as we try to keep our community safe during a global pandemic. Thanks to everyone who has kept your child at home or who has come to pick them up if they have shown any symptoms. Even if we suspect that the runny nose or the head ache might not be related to Covid19, we must all be very cautious and treat every situation seriously. Here are a few reminders about how you can help us mitigate the risk of transferring Covid19 virus:
- We ask adults who are picking up their children to mask up and physically distance from others
- Continue to screen your child every day before school. If the answer is Yes to any of the questions, please keep them home. Covid19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist
Terry Fox Run – We are determined to celebrate the Terry Fox legacy next week in a safe and fun way. Historically, our community has been an amazing supporter of this event and we hope that tradition continues. Our staff have offered fun incentives or challenges that we will do for each increment of money that is fund raised. We hope these fun incentives encourage more involvement. To keep our students spread out and staying within their cohorts, we will get to run in our school’s Terry Fox run during Physical Education classes on Sept 29, Oct 1 or Oct 2. On-line donations are our preferred method to collect for Terry Fox run.
This year is the 40th Anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope and Battalion Park is proud to be continuing the legacy of one of our greatest heroes. Please join us and support this wonderful cause by donating to: http://www.terryfox.ca/BattalionPark. Together, we can all make a difference.
Orange Shirt Day – On Monday, Sept 21 we were honored to have all classrooms listen to a Skype message from saa’kokoto, a local Blackfoot elder. Saa’kokoto talked to us about indigenous ways of knowing and understanding our world. We learned about the importance of how history can be passed down through oral story telling traditions, changing of the seasons, and the importance of observing our local surroundings. This introduction to First Nations, Metis, Inuit learning leads us nicely into a celebration of Orange Shirt Day, on Wednesday, Sept 30. Orange Shirt Day began in 2013 when residential school survivor Phyllis Webstad shared how her orange shirt was taken away on her first day at residential school. This story is an opportunity for students and staff to reflect on history, legacy and implications, to discuss stories of survival and strength and to share ways we can work together toward truth and reconciliation.
We invite your child to dress in an orange shirt on Sept 30 in commemoration of this day.
Noon supervision – students who stay for lunch must be registered. If you have not already done so, please access Noon Supervision registration through Powerschool.
No school tomorrow - Meet the Teacher Learning Conferences - As you know, there is no school tomorrow (Friday, Sept 25) due to Learning Conferences.
We hope this email finds everyone in our community doing well. This email is to advise you about:
Meet the Teacher Learning conferences (Sept 24/25)
Parent Viewpoint forms coming to you next week
Demographic forms coming home next week
Change in our lunch times
Meet the Teacher Learning Conferences
On September 24 and 25 we have scheduled our “Meet the Teacher Learning Conferences.” The intention behind this first round of conferences is to allow the teacher to get to know your child better. Teachers will be engaging you in conversation about how your child learns, academic strengths and areas for growth. Rather than discuss academic progress, this conference is designed to help school staff understand more about your child’s learning preferences, needs, and interests.
Due to Covid protocols, we cannot hold Learning Conferences in person. Meet the Teacher Learning Conferences will be conducted over the phone. When you book your conference time, please be sure to include your preferred phone number in the “School Note” section when you book your interview. Teachers will use that number to phone you at your scheduled time.
Meet the Teacher conferences are:
Sept 4, 4:45-8:15 and
Sept 5, 9:00-12:00
Grade 1-6 - School for students in grade 1-6 will continue with our regular times on Thursday, but there is no school for students on Friday.
Kindergarten - For Kindergarten there is no school for students on Thursday and no school on Friday.
To reserve your conference, please navigate to our school website and click on “Power School” at the bottom of the page. If you have not yet created your access to Powerschool, it is important to do so now. This allows you to book conferences, pay fees and view your child’s report card. Please consult the Help documents on Powerschool if required.
Finally, if you have any trouble accessing Power School and My School Conferences, please phone the office after 8:00am, Monday, Sept 21 to reserve your conference time on the phone (403-777-7187).
When booking your conference time, please select your child’s teacher’s name to see available times.
Parent Viewpoint Forms
Your child’s teacher will be sending home a Parent Viewpoint for (either hard copy or a digital form) next week. This form gives us an idea of who your child is and offers an entry point for the Meet the Teacher Learning conferences. Please submit these forms asap so your teacher can have them ready for your conferences.
These forms will be sent home with your child next week. We ask you to update any changes to address, phone number, etc. and send the form back with your child. Please remember to sign the last page of the demographic form.
Change of Lunch Times
We’ve made some recent adjustments to our timetable since our school was re-organized. Effective Monday, September 24 our new lunch times are as follows:
Gr 1, 3, and 5 – 11:30-12:20
Gr 2, 4, and 6 – 12:30-1:20
Students are still required to eat in their classroom and play outside with their cohort within their assigned area.
Change of Date for School Council Meeting
Due to an oversight, we scheduled our first School Council meeting on the same night as our Meet the Teacher Learning Conferences. As such, we will change our School Council meeting to Sept 29, 6:00-8:00. An agenda and Microsoft Teams link will be sent to your email box on Monday. In order to join our meeting, you are asked to download Microsoft Teams on your device.
Dear Battalion Park School Families
I am looking forward to welcoming our school community to the 2020-21 school year. I want to assure you we are doing everything possible to ensure the health and safety of all our community members. To that end, please carefully read this document in which our measures are outlined. As this is a dynamic situation, the Calgary Board of Education will adjust plans accordingly.
CBE’s Scenario 1 Information can be found on our website and outlines the measures we are taking to provide for the health and safety of our students. Please refer to this document for detailed information on health measures, physical set-up of schools, cleaning of schools, daily operation of schools and transportation. The actions described in the document follow the guidelines provided by Alberta Education’s K-12 School Re-entry COVID-19 information: Guidance for schools re-entry Scenario 1. We continue to refine information in our re-entry planning based on provincial and CBE guidance.
Please visit our school-specific plan on our school website for the actions and processes that are being applied to the specific context of our school.
Note - We are so grateful to have your support with our re-entry plan. Together, we will be able
to create a safe and caring environment for your child(ren). As there are still many moving
pieces to our in-person and hub registration, we cannot, at this time confirm the assigned
teachers to your child’s class. We greatly appreciate your patience. You will receive
another email on Monday, August 28 with details of where to meet on the first few days
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