Jun 30
End of Year Message

June 30, 2020 Message to the Community

 

At the end of each year, it is important to reflect on our work in order to appreciate how far we have come.  This practice also helps us guide our thinking into next school year.  We want to acknowledge that this year, due to Covid-19, has been very challenging to say the least.  We also want to acknowledge that before and during Covid-19, our school consistently worked towards the achievement of our School Development Plan (SDP) goals.  In 2019-20, our School Development Plan goals focused on Literacy, Math and Well-being.  Specifically, we worked towards the following goals:

·       Students will improve their achievement in reading comprehension skills;

·       Students will improve their achievement in mathematical computation and strategies in the area of subtraction, division and shape and space;

·       Students will improve their ability to effectively use self-regulation skills and increase their resiliency in learning.

This year we worked on:

Literacy:

·       high impact reading comprehension strategies (annotate text, make connections, ask questions, translate in their own words, make a prediction, and other strategies)

·       literacy activities targeting inference skills in reading comprehension;

Math:

·       high impact mathematical computation strategies (meaningful mathematical discussions, productive struggle and challenge, active participation in reasoning and sense-making, intentional learning progressions and connections, procedural fluency developed from conceptual understanding)

·       focus on mental math

Well-Being:

·       weekly self-regulation for resilience skills building activities

We are proud of the work that our students, teachers, support and custodian staff, have done in the face of adversity.

 

Parent community and School Council:

While our staff and students worked hard towards the accomplishment of these goals, we want to acknowledge and thank our parent community who has been supporting our work and our students all year.  We want to recognize the work of our School Council and our Fundraising Parent Society.  We are very thankful for the support of our School Council, as they make a significant impact on student life and opportunities for further learning at school.  Our School Council is very welcoming and invites all parents wanting to make a difference in their child’s school life to join our School Council meetings.  More information is available on our website at: http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/bobedwards/get-involved/school-council/pages/default.aspx

Resources:

As we moved into a traditional calendar, we want you to feel connected to your school throughout the summer and wanted to share some resources with you.

Here is a list of resources and links to support your wellbeing and your ongoing learning this summer:

Ongoing Learning:

In order to support your child's ongoing learning during the summer months, you can visit:

·       https://www.cbe.ab.ca/programs/curriculum/learning-at-home/Pages/default.aspx

·       https://calgarylibrary.ca/events-and-programs/ultimate-summer-challenge/

Well-being:

  • Call the Distress Centre: 403-266-HELP (4357)
  • Call ConnecTeen: Call (24/7): 403-264-8336, Text (daily): 587-333-2724 
  • Kids' Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868

·       Youth Programs, Community Services, Fair Entry Fee Assistance:

·       https://www.calgary.ca/SitePages/cocis/Scripts/SubCategory-YouthPrograms.aspx 

·       https://www.calgary.ca/SitePages/cocis/Scripts/SubCategory-CommunityServices.aspx

The City of Calgary - Community services subcategory

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www.calgary.ca

·       https://www.calgary.ca/SitePages/cocis/Scripts/SubCategory-FairEntry-Grid.aspx

 

The Calgary Food Bank - Families needing urgent food support are to access help via Alberta 211. Food hampers can be requested from the Calgary Food Bank by calling 403-253-2055

Crisis Spport & Counselling for Children & Families.

COVID-19 Services Update: If you are experiencing difficulty getting through our phone lines, please email crtsupport@woodshomes.ca and someone will call you. Our e-therapy is also available at etherapy@woodshomes.ca.. Crisis and conflict are normal processes that everyone experiences at some point in their life.

www.woodshomes.ca

https://www.centrefornewcomers.ca/

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Home | Centre for Newcomers | Calgary

Centre for Newcomers is non-profit immigrant settlment agency offering services & language training for newcomers in Calgary.

www.centrefornewcomers.ca

https://www.immigrantservicescalgary.ca/

Immigrant Services Calgary

This May, we would like to recognize Volunteer of the Month Sandra Mabel Velandia Lopez. A long-time volunteer who was one of the first to help us with our Virtual Volunteer Programing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since 2015 Sandra has been an outstanding volunteer, helping out at Immigrant Services Calgary in a variety of different roles.

www.immigrantservicescalgary.ca

 

As well, attached to this message is an attachment from the Mustard Seed announcing the re-opening of their Neighbour Centre employment and advocacy services, and an attachment from Community iCooking: online family cooking classes in Marlborough.

 

Report Cards & Awards:

Report cards were made available online on June 26, 2020 on PowerSchool.  Parent and students can log in to PowerSchool and view the report card.  Last week, the PowerSchool system was overwhelmed and some families had trouble viewing their report cards. If you are having any difficulties accessing the report card, you can also view final marks and comments on PowerSchool by going to the Stems and Outcomes tab.

Academic, Athletic and Citizenship Awards information has been posted on our website.  Congratulations to all our awards recipients.

Re-Entry 2020-21:

We are working on a re-entry plan for the fall and are awaiting more information from the province.  We will be sending more information in August 2020. 

Please note that we are still accepting registrations for the 2020-21 school year.

 

We wish everyone a restful summer and we are very excited to see you all in the fall.

 

Martine Sawatzky

Principal, Bob Edwards School

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