Apr 07
April 2021
Good afternoon Buffalo Rubbing Stone families,

I hope our brighter, warmer mornings and sunnier days are indications of beautiful spring weather ahead.  It seems many people had a restful spring break and are ready to make the last three months of the school year great!  We always plan for linear growth in student learning yet we often see exponential growth at this time of year.  All the hard work of the fall and winter comes to fruition in April, May, and June.

This week, we are reminding our students of the COVID-19 protocols in place to keep themselves and each other safe.  Please remind your children of the following AHS/CBE/BRS rules:

  • Use the AHS COVID-19 Checklist every day before coming to school and access the CBE website for other COVID-19 information
  • Enter and exit the school from your designated door only
    • Main door – deJesus, Rojas, Derby, Dorsey, Hodgins
    • East door (Portables) – Shaw, Doucette, Kollee, McEachern
    • Compound door – Straiton, Gallant, Clark, Plimmer, Hill
    • Playground door – McIsaac, Craig, Thomson, Gibson, Shepard, Montgomery
  • Wash or sanitize your hands when entering or exiting the building or a room in the building
  • Wear your mask properly at all times (other than during masks breaks)
  • Avoid large groups and be physically distanced even when outside
  • The playground is closed for the 15 minutes before and after school and is open to BRS students only during school hours.

These personal health measures, along with our school and classroom safety protocols, are important ways for us to mitigate risk.

In the spring, we always begin planning for the fall.  BRS is closed to only those families who live in our attendance area.  If you have moved during the school year or you will be moving over the summer, we are pleased to support your transfer to your 2021-2022 designated school for September.  Please contact the office so we can start the process.  The more accurate our attendance numbers are, the better able we are to plan for next year.  Similarly, your new school wants to be ready for your child's arrival.  Transfers to CBe-learn must be submitted by Friday, April 23.  CBE transfer forms need to be signed by the principal so it's important to contact me in advance of the deadline, if you are considering CBe-learn for your child(ren).  BRS hub students will be automatically enrolled in BRS (or Captain Nichola Goddard for grade 6) for in-person learning in September, unless parents indicate otherwise.

Another element of planning is engaging parents in important conversations through online surveys and school council conversations.  The Alberta Assurance Survey (formerly the Accountability Pillar Survey) was sent by Alberta Education to parents of our grade four students in late March.  This survey elicits parent, student, and teacher perceptions of the education students receive at Buffalo Rubbing Stone School; it is specific to your experience with our school.  Responses range from “very satisfied" to “very dissatisfied."  One of the responses is “don't know."  “Don't know" counts as a negative response.  If you don't know but you don't want your response counted as negative, please use “not applicable" or leave the question blank.  Next week, I will be sending a School Budget and Fees Survey, again specific to our school.  We will discuss this survey at our BRS School Council meeting on Thursday, April 29.  We deeply appreciate the time you take to complete these surveys.  They provide an opportunity for you to share your thoughts and they inform our plans for next year.  Finally, we encourage all Albertans to examine the Alberta Education Draft Curriculum and provide feedback to the government at https://www.alberta.ca/curriculum-have-your-say.aspx.

Take good care,

​Allison E.G. Bobenic

Principal


Mar 01
March 2021

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Good afternoon Buffalo Rubbing Stone families,

Every year I am surprised by how quickly the next few months fly by.  It's lovely to be starting school in the daylight again and, even when we return to daylight saving time on March 14, we'll still see the morning sun before learning begins at 8:00 am.

While we have much yet to accomplish in this school year, we're already looking ahead to next year.  If you have moved during the year or you will be moving before school starts again in September, please let the office know so we can support your transfer to your new designated school.  Buffalo Rubbing Stone School is closed to only those students who live in our catchment.  If you are uncertain about our school boundaries, please refer to our School Profile.

We are getting ready for learning conferences on March 11 and 12.  Conferences will be hosted on Microsoft Teams.  Please book your conference in your MyCBE/PowerSchool account; the system will open at 8:00 am on Thursday, March 4.  Once you have booked your appointment, you will receive an emailed meeting invitation.  Please click the link to join the meeting at your conference time.  If you would prefer a phone call, please be in touch with your child's teacher and provide the phone number at which you'd like to be called.  In this case, please expect the call to come from a private number.  There will be no school for kindergarten students on Thursday, March 11 and no school for all students on Friday, March 12 to accommodate conferences.  Please remember to include your children in the conferences.  It is important for students to attend conferences with their parents to celebrate successes together and set goals together.  The CBE document How is My Child Doing in School? may be helpful as you consider what you hope to discuss with the teacher during conferences.  It's important that you are a partner in your child's education. 

Our School Development Plan goals of increasing organization in writing and increasing student confidence and persistence, along with our school-wide focus on problem solving in mathematics remain in the forefront of our professional conversations.  Teachers meet (online of course!) in small and large groups to discuss student learning, imbed research-based practices, and calibrate the expected proficiency levels of students in each grade.  Developing a common understanding of the expectations we have of student success at each grade level and leveraging the strengths of a team of teachers are two of the many benefits of our collegial meetings every Friday afternoon.

I never tire of thanking parents for all you do to support Buffalo Rubbing Stone School.  We miss seeing you at school and deeply value all you do to make BRS a great place to learn.  Thank you!

Take good care,

Allison E.G. Bobenic

Principal


Feb 01
February 2021


Good afternoon Buffalo Rubbing Stone families,

The first half of our year has ended.  Report cards will be available on your MyCBE / PowerSchool account on Friday. Please use the online browser, not the mobile app.  There will be access instructions in the Buffalo Bulletin on Thursday.  Report cards summarize each student's achievement so far.  The half-way point of the year is a good time to reflect on where we began, how far we've come, and the work we need to do to achieve our goals by the end of June.  Look for comments about strengths and next steps in learning.

Thank you to everyone who participated in Family Literacy Day.  One hundred-sixteen students commented on the books.  We've been excited to come together as a school community in new ways.  Each of the books connected to the Circle of Courage and the themes of belonging, generosity, independence, and mastery.  One student commented, Home is everywhere, it does not matter where you are, it is about the people you are with!!! We enjoyed listening to Mrs. Neufeld read this story! Thank you!" Another student said, “These stories connect to both generosity and belonging, out of the four major elements in the circle of courage. In the book "Home is a Window," the mother is very generous when helping her daughter clean up broken dishes, to kissing her goodnight. Meanwhile, in the other book "The Scarecrow", the scarecrow generously let the baby crows live in his heart, although his purpose is to scare them away. Not only do these books represent generosity, they represent another crucial part, BELONGING! The first book, (Home is a Window) they represent belonging by having a large feast with special people in their lives, that make them feel like they belong in a loving family. With the other book, (The Scarecrow) the scarecrow himself, specifically shows belonging towards the little baby crows, hiding them from predators and playing from dusk 'til dawn. Friends, even though they are different, making each feel that they belong no matter the circumstances."  Sharing books is such a joy!

This morning we welcomed 22 students returning to in-school learning from the hub. Additionally, over the past few weeks we've welcomed 11 new students to BRS.  We've been reviewing safety protocols in the classrooms and working together to mitigate risk. 

One area over which the staff and I have little control is traffic safety.  It is essential parents choose safety over convenience and set a good example for students.  Recently we have had a few close calls that are very alarming.  Please remember that the school parking lot is reserved for staff only.  Dropping off or picking up students in the staff parking lot is prohibited.  Similarly, stopping or parking in the bus zone or in a crosswalk, or dropping students off in the roadway without parking are all prohibited.  Annually, the Calgary Police Service monitors school traffic.  They work first to educate then to ticket drivers as necessary.  Since we have not yet been monitored, I anticipate we may see police presence soon.  The mornings are especially challenging as our small students can be difficult to see in the dark.  Please make traffic safety a priority to keep all our students safe.

Adjacent to our school property are stormwater ponds.  The City of Calgary reminds us that, “Storm ponds have an important job to do. They protect the community from flooding and clean storm water. Because of rapidly changing water levels and poor water quality, a storm pond should not be used for recreational purposes like wading or skating."  We remind everyone to stay away from the ponds.

As always, we remind all students and families that our weather at this time of year changes quickly and our pathways can be slippery.  Please take extra care and dress for the weather.

Take good care,

Allison E.G. Bobenic

Principal


Jan 05
January 2021

Good afternoon Buffalo Rubbing Stone families and Happy New Year,

By now all students will have completed their first day back to school while learning at home.  Teachers have prepared engaging learning tasks for students to complete both online and offline.  They are working hard to make the at home learning experience very worthwhile.  Age-appropriate independent work will be a focus as students set learning goals and work to achieve them.  If your child is having difficulty accessing the Google Meets, please email the teacher directly.  Attendance is taken during Google Meets; children not in attendance will be marked absent.  Please contact the school, as you usually would, if your child is ill and unable to attend school.

As we near the half-way point in the year, it is a good time to reflect on where we began, how far we've come, and the work we need to do to achieve our goals by the end of June.  Teachers are assessing the progress students have made since September and collecting evidence of learning to determine report card marks and comments.  Expect report cards to be issued on your MyCBE/PowerSchool account during the first week of February.

The Minister of Education confirmed on Monday afternoon that it is expected K-12 students who typically learn at school will return to in-person learning on January 11.  Students and families who have travelled outside Canada are legally required to follow all provincial and federal travel restrictions upon arrival.  If your family is participating in the International Border Testing Pilot Program, your children may not return to school until they have tested negative on a second test 6 or 7 days after your arrival.

If you are not enrolled in the pilot program, your child must: quarantine (isolate) for 14 days, monitor for symptoms, and get tested if any symptoms develop, then isolate for at least 10 additional days from the beginning of symptoms or until feeling well, whichever takes longer.  This means your child is unable to return to school for a minimum of 14 days after your return.

Kindergarten Registration begins on Monday, January 11.  At BRS, our kindergarten program serves only the students in our catchment.  Typically, our morning classes are oversubscribed necessitating a draw.  Registration in kindergarten is NOT first come first served.  If either the morning or afternoon classes are oversubscribed, complete registrations received on or before noon on February 9 will be included in the draw on February 10.  Families will be notified of their AM or PM designation by email on or before February 26.  If there are little ones in your neighbourhood ready to begin kindergarten in the fall, please have their parents go to our BRS website for the information and forms they need to register.

Thank you again to the BRS School Council for organizing spirit wear.  Hoodies, t-shirts, masks, ball caps, and sweat pants were delivered to families during the week of December 14.  On Fridays in January and February, we are going to show our school spirit by wearing our spirit wear or school colours as follows:

  • January 15 – yellow or BRS spirit wear
  • January 22 – red or BRS spirit wear
  • February 5 – black or BRS spirit wear
  • February 19 – white or BRS spirit wear
  • February 26 – yellow, red, black, white or BRS spirit wear


If you haven't yet had the opportunity to participate in our Winter Art Walk around the exterior of the school, the art is still on the windows for you to enjoy.  Be sure to collect the letter clues in each window to solve the puzzle!

Have a great week of learning at home.  We miss you and look forward to seeing everyone on January 11!

Take good care,

Allison E.G. Bobenic

Principal


Dec 01
December 2020

Good morning Buffalo Rubbing Stone families,

At the end of each month, I reflect on the successes of the previous month and I set short-term goals for the upcoming four weeks.  When I look back on November, the Remembrance Day observance stands out.  Our grade five students served well as MCs, all our students worked hard learning to sign the chorus for the song Highway of Heroes and creating beautiful art, some of our students presented In Flanders Fields, and many of our students wrote post cards to veterans thanking them for their service to our country.  Thinking about sacrifice in the context of 2020 made this year's Remembrance Day different than other years'.  I am always deeply grateful for the thoughtful work our teachers do, supporting student understanding of complex concepts.  Another celebration relates directly to the safety and security of everyone in our school.  We have completed the three fire drills and the one lockdown practice required before the end of December.  Our students know how to evacuate the building quickly and quietly.  They know to meet outside at their classroom muster point, regardless of what they were doing before the bell rang.  Similarly, they know how to keep themselves and each other safe in a lockdown.  Three members of the Calgary Police Service supported our lockdown practice last week.  They were very complimentary of how well the staff and students did exactly what was expected of them.  Learning these protocols are important elements of personal responsibility and citizenship.

Our 2019-2020 School Results Report and 2020-2021 School Development Plan are posted on our BRS website in the sidebar of the About Us > Our School tab.  Thank you to the Buffalo Rubbing Stone School Council for consulting on these documents.  They examine where we've been and set the path for where we're going.  The 2019-2020 Report to Parents on Fees is posted in the sidebar of the Registration > Fees tab.  Please direct any questions about these annual reports to Mrs. Bobenic or Mrs. Neufeld.  We are always pleased to discuss the accomplishments and goals of BRS!

One of our School Development Plan (SDP) goals is to increase student confidence and persistence in learning.  Teachers and students are focussing on short-term goal setting and goal achievement strategies because a key factor in building confidence is personal accomplishment.  We encourage all families to think about short-term goals that students can work toward at home and celebrate as a family when achieved.  Goals need to be challenging enough that they are worth pursuing, yet achievable within a short time period… once achieved, it's time for a new goal.  The habit of goal setting and achievement is a big contributor to confidence and persistence!

Thank you to the parents who have been attending our monthly BRS School Council and Parent Association meetings.  We appreciate the opportunity to share the work of the school with you and we value your feedback.  There's no meeting in December; we'll meet again on Thursday, January 21st.  We are very grateful for important conversations about learning at the council meetings and for the financial support of the parent association.  So far this year, the BRSPA has invested more than $22,500 in our students' education to support the following enhancements:  Mathletics, Raz Kids, Starfall, Imagine, classroom math manipulatives, Ozobot robots, and STEAM lab materials.  All our students and staff extend a big THANK YOU to the parents who make this exciting work possible!

We hear a lot about pandemic fatigue in the news.  Adults and children alike may need support for positive mental health and healthy eating.  Please read the story in our newsfeed that focuses on the Social-Emotional Health and Food Support available in the community.  We teach our students that asking for help is a sign of strength.  It's important that adults model seeking and accepting help when it's needed.  There's always an opportunity for the people needing help one day to be the people providing help another day.

Finally, during our last week of school before the winter break, December 14-18, we will celebrate Spirit Week.  There's something exciting each day.  Please go to our BRS online calendar for all the details!

That's all for now.  We'll see you and your children at conferences later this week.  We're excited to share the progress made so far this year.  Conversations between parents, students, and teachers are an important part of the learning process.

Take good care,

Allison E.G. Bobenic

Principal​


Nov 02
November 2020


Good afternoon Buffalo Rubbing Stone families,

I hope you're feeling rested following our annual extra hour of sleep when returning to standard time.  It's nice having a little extra daylight to see everyone's faces each morning!

As I think back on October, there's much to celebrate.  The weekly highlights from teachers shine a light on the important learning students are addressing in school.  A big part of our work has been determining student strengths and learning needs.  Teachers have used their assessment data and observations to identify the focus of our School Development Plan.  Mrs. Neufeld and I shared the introductory work with the school council a few weeks ago.  Thank you to the parents who attended the meeting and provided some feedback.  We will continue fine-tuning our plan over the next few weeks; it will be posted on our BRS website at the end of November.  Central to our work will be developing confidence and persistence in learning and organizing student thinking to improve writing.  We will also be focussing on complex problem solving in math.

Our Buffalo Rubbing Stone School Council (BRSSC) is busy planning this year's selection of spirit wear.  The product list includes t-shirts, hoodies, jackets, sweat pants, and masks printed with our BRS logo.  Expect an online order link in the Buffalo Bulletin later this week.  To receive information about ordering spirit wear, please be certain you subscribe for commercial messages.  Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) prohibits us from sending commercial messages without your subscription.  Thanks so much to the school council and the sub-committee of parents working to increase our sense of community with spirit wear!

Mr. Blais has been teaching at BRS since the school opened.  He has been appointed to a new role, Learning Technology Specialist, so he will be leaving BRS at the end of this week.  It's always hard to say goodbye; we will miss him.  Ms. Gill has been appointed as our new grade four hub teacher.  She will spend some time with the class later this week and will officially begin her teaching assignment on November 9th.

School assemblies remain an important part of the way we celebrate in community and share our learning.  On November 10th, we will host our annual Remembrance Day observance connecting our classrooms within the school electronically, as we did for Halloween.  Hub students will be part of the assembly in their Google classroom.  We do not have a way to include parents in this very important tradition.  We look forward to the opportunity to have everyone together in the gym, whenever that might be.

Last year, we were unable to have class photos taken due to class closure.  LifeTouch graciously produced class composite photos that will be distributed later this week or early next week.  Remember, individual photo retakes are tomorrow.  Please send a note or return the proofs indicating you want your child to have a retake.

That's all for now.  We're looking forward to a great month and planning to maximize the beautiful weather with lots of outdoor learning.

Take good care,

Allison E.G. Bobenic

Principal


Oct 01
October 2020


Good afternoon Buffalo Rubbing Stone families,

Happy October!  At 24o this afternoon, it still feels like summer, but the 4o morning reminded me fall is here.  We continue to use the outdoors as much as possible so please be certain children are dressing for the weather.

Earlier today, some grade five students led the morning announcements with their observations of Belonging.  Belonging is one of the tenets of the Circle of Courage and fundamental to our work as a school community.  Our population is very diverse including students from 41 countries who speak 46 languages.  We deeply value the depth and breadth of the many cultures represented within our school and we are committed to maintaining and enriching the strong sense of community that helps define us. 

Teachers have begun work on our School Development Plan.  We will continue our focus on mathematics and literacy, along with their roles in all disciplines.  We are part of a CBE pilot using a new curriculum resource called MathUP.  This resource focusses on mathematical thinking and problem solving.  We are excited to ENGAGE with this resource, EMPOWER our students and teachers with rich mathematical challenges, and provide increased opportunities for students to EXCEL!  More information about the School Development Plan will be shared at the October School Council Meeting and on the school website in November.

Looking back on September, there are many reasons to smile.  We connected classrooms using technology, we engaged in the Terry Fox Run in small groups to maintain physical distancing and raise $813 for cancer research, and we recognized Orange Shirt Day as an important time to reflect on what we need to do to ensure that Every Child Matters.  Forty-three families joined us for our first Buffalo Rubbing Stone School Council (BRSSC) and Buffalo Rubbing Stone Parent Association (BRSPA) Meetings and most families connected with teachers during Parent-Teacher Conferences.

Students have adjusted well to using only their designated doors to enter and exit the school.  Ms. Derby has made some beautiful door signs to remind them of the doors to use; I expect they'll be posted on Monday.  Please remember, learning begins at 8:00 am.  Students should be entering the building no later than 7:57 am and are welcome to come in at 7:45 am.  Please remember dismissal is at 2:40 pm Monday through Thursday and, on Fridays, we dismiss at 12:00 noon.

Recess and lunch look different this year.  To ensure that we maintain the integrity of class cohorts, the recess and lunch breaks are staggered throughout the middle of the day.  The playground is open for in-school learners during school hours; it remains closed for the 15 minutes before and after school.  Classes have access to the playground one day each week during recess and one day each week during lunch to support appropriate physical distancing.

In October, we are looking forward to the seasonal changes fall brings and the many learning opportunities our teachers have planned.  There will be more information about Halloween in next week's Buffalo Bulletin.

Have a wonderful evening!  Take good care,

Allison​


Sep 04
September 2020


Good afternoon Buffalo Rubbing Stone families,

It's been an exciting week, welcoming children back into our school!  We've been happy to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones.   We have 632 students enrolled at BRS this year:  157 are in the hub and 475 are learning in-school.  All are valued members of our school community!  We had our first in-school assembly today with each class connected through their classroom SMARTBoards.  We all got to see each other electronically and come together in community to officially recognize the start of the 2020-2021 school year.  More information about hub classes will be available next week.

Everyone is learning new routines and getting to know one another. We appreciate the effort people are making to be physically distant when meeting outside at the beginning of the day and at the end of the day.  We will continue using these meeting spots as part of our morning entry and after school dismissal for the foreseeable future.  Using these meeting spots supports a distanced entry into and exit from the building.  Our students use these same doors every time they enter or exit the building so everyone is spread out, limiting traffic.  Please contact your child's teacher by email, if you'd like your child to walk home alone or with an older or younger sibling. Kindergarten children must be accompanied home by an adult.  Please remember the playground is closed for the 15 minutes before and after school (7:45-8:00 and 2:40-2:55) and to kindergarten students during the lunch break.

During staggered entry, all students received two reusable cloth masks provided by the Government of Alberta.  Because it is difficult to maintain a physical distance of two meters in the classroom, everyone wears a mask much of the time.  Staff and students are encouraged to take mask breaks only when they are able to maintain a physical distance from others.  Frequency and duration of mask breaks for students and staff may vary based on the age and size of the group.  For more information about the CBE mask protocol, please go to the CBE Website.

Thanks to everyone as we learn new safety protocols and find new ways to support the independence of our students.  Some students are wearing lanyards that hold their masks when they are outside or taking a mask break.  Please ensure your child's lanyard is a breakaway lanyard that will come apart if the lanyard is caught on something.  Many students are wearing fanny packs in which to keep personal items.  Lanyards or fanny packs are your choice.  It's important to make decisions based on your child's needs.

Our summer weather this fall has been catching some students by surprise when it turns colder.  Please ensure students are dressed for the weather as we spend time outside in the morning, at lunch, at recess, and during physical education.  Teachers are also maximizing outdoor learning time.

On September 24th and 25th, we are looking forward to meeting with families at conferences.  We will be providing information later in the month regarding how conferences will be conducted.  The opportunity for parents, teachers, and students to talk together about learning is very important.  We will be sending a Parent Viewpoint document home next week that can be completed online and returned to teachers by email.  The information you provide will help us get to know your children better.

Also in September will be a modified approach to our Terry Fox Run on Friday, September 18th and we will recognize Orange Shirt Day on Wednesday, September 30th.

Looking ahead, even with the restrictions on guests and field trips, our calendar is full.  School-wide activities and non-instructional days, are posted in our BRS Calendar. Click on the calendar view button for the month at a glance.

On our home page, you'll notice a CBE story about the Ship to Shore program.  The article includes a quote from Mr. Blais!  Many of our students valued their connection to Ship to Shore last year.

Thank you again for your support and encouragement.  With all the uncertainty we have faced over the last few weeks, we feel good about our first steps and are very happy to have a building that buzzes with learning.

Take good care,

Allison 



Jun 30
Farewell 2020

Dear Buffalo Rubbing Stone families,

When I was appointed principal, I told you I was looking forward to getting to know Buffalo Rubbing Stone’s students, staff, and parents. I said I would be focused on learning about our individual and collective strengths, gaining an understanding of our goals, and putting names to faces.  I’ve accomplished some of those tasks; the rest will need to wait until the fall.

In the grade five farewell google meet, I told the students and families that it felt peculiar to be saying goodbye when we’ve not yet had the chance for a proper hello.  While I’ve not yet had the opportunity to meet our students, I’ve been learning about them from our teachers.  I’ve learned that students at Buffalo Rubbing Stone School have strong relationships and participate in a vibrant learning community.  I’ve learned that risk taking is important here and that we count on one another for encouragement when we are learning.  I’ve learned that our motto: Engage Empower Excel and the tenets of the Circle of Courage: Belonging, Generosity, Independence, and Mastery provide a strong foundation for our work together. I’m excited to meet everyone in the fall.  

Today, Mrs. Neufeld and I met with the teachers to review the work of the year.  We discussed progress in reading comprehension as a result of the focus on making predictions, developing vocabulary, and using read aloud as a powerful strategy to engage in books.  We discussed progress in writing, particularly related to increasing detail through visualization and connecting with what we already know.  We discussed progress in mathematics due to a focus on math vocabulary, math energizers, and the concepts that are the foundation of the discipline.  Our teachers speak passionately and professionally about our students and the learning they are engaged in everyday.  We’re already making plans for September.

In closing, thank you for a very memorable school year – while other years will blend together in time, this year is one for the record books!  Students, I hope you’ve had a chance to reflect on your hard work and everything you’ve learned.  I hope you’ve thanked your parents for all they have done to support your learning – not just this year but every year.  I hope you feel proud of your accomplishments.  

Have a wonderful summer!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Bobenic

Jun 01
June 2020

Welcome to June Buffalo Rubbing Stone families!

As usual, June is a busy month as we wrap up one school year and prepare for another.  Ongoing learning continues with work in literacy and math for kindergarten to grade 3 students and literacy, math, science, and social studies for grades 4 and 5 students.  Sadly, there will not be any opportunity to gather as a school community before the end of the year.  We are preparing some video farewell messages.  While it’s a peculiar way to celebrate the year’s accomplishments and say our good-byes, it is our reality.  I’m confident we can honour the students and their work well in this format.  We will schedule student material pick-up beginning June 8th.  Please log into your MyCBE / PowerSchool account as though you were planning to book a conference.  Select “pick-up” from the drop-down menu, then choose your date and time by adding one of your children’s names to the schedule.  Plan to pick up all your children’s materials in the same 10-minute spot.   During your 10-minute spot, one adult from your family will come into the gym to pick up all your children’s work and personal belongings.  Please honour all the good health protocols to keep yourself and others safe.  Report cards will be online on Friday, June 26th.  We will not be printing hard copy report cards.

Thinking ahead to September, we have not yet had direction from the Province regarding re-opening protocols.  Please be sure to participate in the CBE  2020-21 Re-entry Survey for Parents.  Your voice is an important part of the decision making process.  The survey will be open until June 11th.

We anticipate our student population for 2020-21 will be 625 students.  If you know you will be moving over the summer, please let us know ASAP.  Our 2020-21 Organization for Learning is as follows:

4 – kindergarten classes (approx. 20 students each)

10 – grades 1/2 classes (approx. 20 students each)

10 – grades 3/4 classes (approx. 23 students each)

4 – grade 5 classes (approx. 25 students each)

1 – grades 1-5 Enhanced Educational Supports class (9 students) (replaces TASC)

You will receive an email from your child’s teacher on Monday, August 31st before school starts on Tuesday, September 1st.  Teaching assignments and class lists frequently change over the summer so no information is available before August 31st.

There will be a few changes to our school hours in the fall.  Monday through Thursday school will dismiss at 2:40 pm and the lunch break will be 44 minutes. The Friday kindergarten times will align with the whole school.

Monday – Thursday

Soft entry

7:45

School starts

8:00

Kindergarten Dismissal

10:55

44 minutes for lunch

Afternoon kindergarten starts

11:45

Dismissal

2:40

Friday

Soft Entry

7:45

School starts

8:00

Dismissal

12:00

The 2020-21 school calendar and school hours will be on our Buffalo Rubbing Stone website soon.

That’s all for now.  We think about you every day and really enjoy the time spent together in Google Meets.  We deeply value everything parents are doing to support student learning.  We are all doing our best.  I am grateful for our work together so far and I am looking forward to an engaging last month of school.

Take good care,

Allison​

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