Aug 26
Welcome Back! ¡Bienvenidos!

August 26, 2022

Dear Escuela Canyon Meadows Families,

Welcome back to the 2022-2023 school year at Escuela Canyon Meadows! We are excited to welcome staff and students back to what we hope will be a more typical start to the school year. We cannot wait to see our students on September 1! 

Our school office opens on Monday, August 29 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

 

Staffing Updates

In September we say goodbye to some staff members and welcome others. 

We bid a fond farewell to:

Sra. Jones, Educational Assistant is retiring from the CBE.

Sra. May Reynaldo, Facility Operator accepted a position at a CBE school.

We extend a warm welcome to:

Sr. Cansdale who is joining our staff as our new Facility Operator.

 

Grade Configuration for 2022-2023

At this time, we confirm that we will have the following grade configurations:

Kindergarten 4 classes (2 in the morning, 2 in the afternoon)

Grade 1  - 3 classes

Grade 2  - 3 classes

Grade 3  - 4 classes

Grade 4  - 3 classes

Grade 5  - 2 classes

Please note that class configuration may vary depending on student enrolment throughout the month of September. We appreciate your understanding and support.

First Day of School Procedures

The first month of school is an important time for our students as they adjust to routines, expectations and our unique bilingual learning experience.

We are beginning our school year by welcoming all our Kindergarten to Grade 5 students since Thursday, September 1 following ECM regular school schedule:

AM Kindergarten

Monday – Thursday 7:55 – 10:45, Friday 7:55 – 11:55 (alternating Fridays – please refer to School Calendar on school website)

PM Kindergarten

Monday – Thursday 11:50 – 2:40, Friday 7:55 – 11:55 (alternating Fridays – please refer to School Calendar on school website)

Grades 1 to 5

Monday – Thursday 8:00 – 2:45, Friday 8:00 – 12:00

Friday, September 2 Staggered entry for Kindergarten only:

Kindergarten AM attends: 7:55 – 9:40

- Kindergarten PM attends: 10:00 – 11:45

Kindergarten students will use the Playpark doors for school entry and dismissal.

On Tuesday, August 30, teachers will send a Welcome Letter to their students. Assigned entry door and Room number will be included in the teacher Welcome Letter.

Kindergarten AM and PM classes will be created for Tuesday, September 6. Parents/guardians will be informed of your child's teacher name via email on Friday, September 2.

On Tuesday, August 30, teachers will contact (via phone call) parents/guardians of students that will benefit from a transition meeting. Parents/guardians will book a 10 min. meeting for these students to meet their teacher on Wednesday, August 31 in the afternoon.

Thursday, September 1 - To ease the transition of students into the school please follow the process below:

Please note the soft entry start time has changed to 7:50 am.

7:50 to 8:00 – Kindergarten: Students follow a soft entry protocol to enter the school directly to their classroom through the Play Park Doors.

7:50 to 8:00 - Grade 1 to Grade 5: Look for sign with Homeroom Teacher name, room number and class list on the compound (concrete area around the school) to join the teacher and class, then enter the school.

From Thursday, September 2

7:50 to 8:00 - Kindergarten to Grade 5: Students follow a soft entry protocol to enter the school directly to their classroom through their designated entry door. Teachers will meet students in their classrooms.

We encourage your family to review our school website together to be familiar with the guidelines for building a healthy school community at Escuela Canyon Meadows. A few important housekeeping items to be aware of:

1. Each child needs to have a pair of indoor and outdoor shoes, labelled with their name. Please ensure the indoor shoes can be used for daily physical education and remain at the school at all times. Students are required to change their footwear when they enter and exit the building. Please also ensure your child has a large sized backpack.

2. Students are not permitted to enter the school via the front doors. The exception to this is if the student is late. Otherwise all students enter and exit from their grade specific doors. Kindergarten doors face our playground structure.

3. We are a “nut" aware school. We have students with severe allergies that are life threatening. Please avoid sending nut products to school. Each Kindergarten student needs a healthy snack at school and Grade 1 to Grade 5 requires two snacks and a lunch.

4. Parents/guardians will drop off and pick up their child(ren) near their designated doors. This is extremely important to ensure the health and safety of our students. The school does not provide after school supervision; please ensure you are on time.

5. Please ensure all after school arrangements are made at home (i.e., play dates). This allows the school to ensure safety of our students. If your child takes the bus, please ensure you are on-time as Southland Transportation will have another route following. Please use the mybusstop app to receive school bus information. Calling Southland Transportation directly is the best course of action if you need to get a message to the driver. Kindergarten students are only released to a parent or an approved designate. Students regularly picked up by an adult are to remain on the bus when no one is at the bus stop to meet them. If there is no one at your child's bus stop the bus driver will wait a few minutes and then proceed with finishing the route. If there is no contact with the parent, the   bus driver will bring your child back to the school.

6. Parents new to CBE, please sign up for MyCBE/PowerSchool as this is where you will pay your fees online and book your parent-teacher conferences.

7. Our final reminder includes ensuring immediate, clear and open communication. We work together and follow a three-step protocol to ensure your voice is heard. Our goal is to collaborate together to effectively solve problems at a school level.

i. If you have a question or a concern, your first step is to contact your child's teacher.

ii. If you feel your question or concern has not been adequately addressed, then please contact Mrs. Rau (Administrative Secretary) to make an appointment with Sra. Gutiérrez (Assistant Principal).

iii. If you feel your question or concern has not been adequately addressed by our AP, please make an appointment with Sra. Perera Pérez (Principal) through Mrs. Rau.

At ECM, we continue to be committed to student well-being and safety, excellence in teaching and learning, and to working collaboratively with staff, parents and students to ensure a robust bilingual education for our children.

We are looking forward to seeing you on Thursday, September 1! ¡Estamos muy emocionados de verlos pronto!

Saludos cordiales,

Sra. Perera Pérez, Principal

Sra. Gutiérrez, Assistant Principal​


Jun 27
June | 2021-2022 School Year End Updates

​June 27, 2022 

Dear Escuela Canyon Meadows Families, 

The 2021-2022 school year has come to an end and with excitement we welcome the summer break! 2021- 2022 was another year in which we all demonstrated courage, kindness and resilience. The unconditional care and support from Escuela Canyon Meadows families and the commitment, hard work and perseverance of our staff allowed us to accomplish another successful school year within the context of a pandemic. Making all efforts to ensure the health and safety of our students has been of utmost importance at our school, with the support of our parents/guardians. Thank you so much! “¡Muchas gracias!” 

We proudly say goodbye to our grade 5 students. On June 23 we gathered as a community with our grade five families to celebrate their accomplishments. We were able to pay tribute to these wonderful students through an in-person Farewell celebration. It was fantastic to have our parent community back in the school! 

I welcomed our grade five students during my first year at Escuela Canyon Meadows as Assistant Principal. It was an honour to see them grow during their first six years of schooling. Sra. Gutiérrez, our Assistant Principal had the privilege to teach many of our grade five students in their grade two and grade four experiences. We now send them off to middle school with incredible second language skills and more maturity and wisdom. We are certain they will make us all proud! ¡Bravo estudiantes de quinto grado! Felicitaciones. 

June is also a time of the year in which we say goodbye to some staff members and welcome others. 

Staffing Updates 

We bid a fond farewell to: 

- Sra. McKenzie is retiring from the CBE bringing her very successful career as a professional educator to a partial close. Sra. McKenzie will be a substitute teacher commencing Sept. 2022. 

- Srta. Dalke has accepted a position at Eugene Coste School. 

- Sra. Harms finishes her temporary contract as Music Specialist. 

- Sra. Palacios finishes her contract as an Education Assistant. 

We extend a warm welcome to: 

- Sra. Switzer who has already returned from leave on May 2022. 

- Sra. Ramirez who is joining our teaching staff. 

- Srta. Cotton who is joining our teaching staff, Music Specialist. 

Grade Configuration for 2022-2023 

At this time, we anticipate that we will have the following grade configurations: 

Kindergarten 4 classes (2 morning, 2 afternoon) 

Grade 1        3 classes 

Grade 2        3 classes 

Grade 3        4 classes 

Grade 4        3 classes 

Grade 5        2 classes 

Please note that our grade configurations are dependent on the number of students returning to ECM for Fall 2022, therefore, grade four and grade five may need to be combined into five classes of grade 4/5 students if needed. 

Upon our return from the summer break, week of August 29, our teachers will welcome students to their homeroom classes by sending a Welcome Letter via email to parents/guardians. 

Thanks to our gracious School Council for their fundraising efforts during this difficult time. We are thrilled and thankful to have been able to welcome volunteers back in the school this year. 

We are looking forward to the 2022-2023 school year! We wish every family a joyful summer. 

See you Thursday, September 1, 2022! ¡Los esperamos con toda alegría! 

Saludos cordiales, 

Sra. Lilien Perera Pérez, Principal 

Sra. Cecilia Gutiérrez, Assistant Principal ​

May 27
May: A Month of Celebrations

​May has been a month full of celebrations! We were happy to see so many parents attend the Visual Arts and Storytelling Celebration on May 19. Students created a unique piece of art with the guidance and support of visual artist, Ewa Sntiatycka and their teacher. Teachers and students learned and practiced new art techniques.  They researched, gathered and organized ideas to create or re-tell land-based stories. We are proud of the collaborative work that resulted in a magnificent bilingual learning experience for our students while honouring our Commitment to Truth and Reconciliation. Thanks to the School Council for the continued support that allows us to provide such artist-in-residence experiences for our students.

Thanks to our volunteers who joined us on May 27 for the Volunteer Appreciation Parade! With you, our volunteers, our school is full of laughter and magic. Everything you do to help makes a difference.

June is almost here! Please continue to read our weekly Sunday emails with updates and to visit our school website to stay informed about our school year processes and 2022-2023 planning.

​Saludos cordiales,

Sra. Perera Pérez and Sra. Gutiérrez


May 13
Visual Arts & Storytelling Celebration

​We are very much looking forward to our Visual Arts & Storytelling Celebration on May 19. Our Artist-in-Residence, Ewa Sniatcycka, has done a fabulous job with the students. We are happy that one parent per family can come to school in person to be part of their child's celebration. See you soon!

Apr 26
April Updates

Dear Escuela Canyon Meadows Families,

Thank you to everyone who participated in our school planning engagement winter 2022. We know we make better decisions to support student learning when we build understanding and work together.

The feedback we received is compiled in the documents (see list below) shared in our Community Engagement page and will be thoughtfully considered in making decisions about school planning.

* Online survey results 

* Online survey results/comments

* Virtual Meeting evaluation summary

* Virtual school council meeting results/comments

Saludos cordiales, 

Sra. Perera Pérez

Sra. Gutiérrez


Mar 18
March Updates

Dear Escuela Canyon Meadows Families,

During the month of March, our students have learned to in-line skate, engaged in Indigenous story telling (grades K, 1 and 2), and had conversations with Elders (grades 3, 4 and 5).

This month we also welcomed the Robert Warren Administration Team who visited our grade 5 students in-person. Our students and teachers have also engaged in the “Acts of Kindness” and “The Kindness Window” initiatives created by our Library Assistant, Sra. McNelly. A student in our Advisory Group reflected, “everyone is happy and is writing nice comments on it. The “Acts of Kindness” initiative is going really well.” 

With the province moving into Step 2 of the three-step approach to lifting public health measures as of Tuesday, March 1, our students have enjoyed playing with other cohorts during their scheduled recesses. Our Student Advisory Group shared their feedback “The cohorting being lifted is working well, everybody is happy about that!”

Our final Student Learning Conferences also took place. It was another time to celebrate our students’ accomplishments in their learning. During this past Student Learning Conferences, you had the opportunity to learn about your child’s progress and achievement in relation to the outcomes of the Programs of Study. I recommend continuing going through your child’s Google Classroom and IRIS to stay informed. In addition, your child’s summative assignments are posted in Power School (access through MyCBE/PowerSchool). 

We were thrilled to welcome families that chose to do in-person conferences at the school.  

The Student Advisory Group (comprised of grade 4 and 5 students) has taken the initiative to create “The Riddle of the Week”. Our students and teachers have enjoyed solving these Spanish riddles. Our Student Advisory group awards the Riddler Trophy every Friday to the class that makes the best effort to solve the riddle.  

In April/ May our students and teachers will be engaging in the Virtual Art residency with artist Ewa Sniatycka. We are looking forward to this land-based art learning opportunity. 

We encourage you to participate in our next School Council meeting on April 25. The Robert Warren Administration Team will be present. They will showcase the “Welcome to Robert Warren” video shared during Robert Warren Administration’s visit to our grade 5 students on March 14. 

Immense gratitude goes to Escuela Canyon Meadows gracious School Council for their continuous appreciation for our teachers by providing a special dinner during March Student Learning Conferences.  

Thank you for supporting our second hybrid Book Fair with Scholastics Books. Our students have enjoyed purchasing books in-person with the gracious support and coordination of our Library Assistant Sra. McNelly. 

I wish everyone a restful spring break. Take the time to create many new memories with your loved ones.

With gratitude, 

¡Nos despedimos compartiendo mucha gratitud! 

Sra. Lilien Perera Pérez

Sra. Cecilia Gutiérrez​


Mar 06
March Updates

Dear Escuela Canyon Meadows Families,

Please, review the updates below to stay informed.

Covid Update

In alignment with the CBE revisions of health measures following the provincial announcement that it has moved to Step 2 of its three-step approach to lifting additional health measures, please see below. 

The following is an adjustment to our school routines that will be effective Monday, March 7. 

  • Grade 1 to 5 students will be able to engage in play with students from other classes within their scheduled outdoor recess blocks.

We will continue to have a soft entry from 7:45 to 8:00 am. We will also continue to follow the current recess and lunch schedules. 

Our students are excited to be able to spend time with peers from other classes during outdoor recess. We encourage parents/guardians to have conversations with your child this weekend about inclusive and safe play. For a long period of time our children have been engaging in play only with peers from their classroom cohort. The opportunity to spend time with others outside of their classroom might be overwhelming and create worries so our teachers will be having conversations with students to reinforce our school motto to be kind. We are grateful to count on your support.

Student Learning Conferences

It is the time of the year again to meet with your child’s teacher during the upcoming Student Learning Conferences on March 10 and 11. Conferences are virtual or in person. You may sign into MyCBE/PowerSchool account to review Assignments posted by your child’s teacher.

ECM Truth & Reconciliation Commitment

In conjunction with the Calgary Public Library our grade 3, 4 and 5 students will engage in a virtual conversation with an Elder the week of March 14, 2022. Our kindergarten, grade 1 and 2 students will participate in an Indigenous story-telling event facilitated by their homeroom teachers.  

These events are precursors to our land-based art residency that will take place in April and May. 

School Planning Engagement Winter 2022

Share your perspectives through an online survey open from February 16, 2022 to March 16, 2022. 

   To complete the survey, please click here.

   To review our school development plan, please click here. 

   To access information about school budget and fees, please visit our School Website > Get Involved > Community Engagement

Your input is important to us, and we appreciate you taking the time to share your perspectives.​

Saludos cordiales,

Lilien Perera Pérez, Principal

Cecilia Gutiérrez, Assistant Principal 


Feb 13
February Updates

​Dear Escuela Canyon Meadows Families,

Please, review the updates below to stay informed.

School Development Plan

To learn about our School Development Plan (SDP) Goals and Instructional Actions please access the 3-year SDP through our school website: Home > About Us > Our School > Resources > School Development Plan-2021-22

Physical Education Residency

All of our students from kindergarten to grade five will be participating in the Alien In-Line Skating sports residency from February 22 to March 9. This residency is part of our physical education program. Canyon Meadows School Parent Council is covering half of the entire cost so the price of the residency will be $8 per student. We will let you know when CMS has loaded this fee in to our fee management system for payment through MyCBE/PowerSchool. 

Alien In-Line will be providing certified skating helmets, but for best hygiene and comfort, we suggest that each participant bring in their own certified skating helmet. Alien In-Line will be sanitizing their equipment in between each class session.  

Staff Update

For your information, Sra. Bradley is on leave until further notice. 

Arctic Winter Games

This Tuesday, February 15th, we will celebrate the 'Arctic Winter Games' at ECM. The students will participate in different Indigenous, and Winter Olympics inspired activities outside on the land.

Please ensure that your child is dressed for the weather on that day as we will be outside for approximately 1.5 hours. Our 'rain date' is the following day Wednesday, February 16th.


Respectfully,

Sra. Lilien Perera Pérez, Principal

Sra. Cecilia Gutiérrez, Assistant Principal​​



Jan 09
Welcome Back! ¡Bienvenidos! Happy New Year! ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

Dear Escuela Canyon Meadows Families,

¡Feliz Año Nuevo! Happy New Year!

The New Year has arrived and we are thrilled to welcome our students back to in-person learning on Monday Jan. 10. We hope you’ve had some time to rest, recharge and create many new memories. 

At Escuela Canyon Meadows we will continue to follow COVID-19 guidelines and protocols to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment for our students and staff members. Student well-being and learning continues to be of utmost importance. 

As you prepare to return to school, please review the email sent to families on January 6 from our Chief Superintendent including back to school and COVID-19 updates. 

It is important that if your child(ren) is feeling unwell, they remain at home. Please use the daily checklist to identify if your child(ren) should attend school or stay home. 

We wish you all the best in the New Year. All of us at Escuela Canyon Meadows look forward to another successful term with our students. 

Respectfully,

Sra. Lilien Perera Pérez, Principal

Sra. Cecilia Gutiérrez, Assistant Principal​


Dec 17
December 2021 Wrap-up


¡Hola familias!

​The holiday season has arrived! It is time to stop and enjoy precious moments with our families. At Escuela Canyon Meadows, we continue to thrive within the current challenges. With your support, we have stayed strong and resilient and continued to provide our children with high quality bilingual education and most of all, a welcoming, caring, and safe place to learn.

During the month of December, we have enjoyed School Spirit days on Fridays wearing fun festive clothing to celebrate the season. Our grade four students proudly led the food bank drive to help those in need and to give our school community the opportunity to demonstrate kindness and caring for others. The grade four students made daily announcements in English and Spanish to remind their fellow students to contribute. The grade four students also made posters to advertise for the food bank drive.

Some of our students made creative and colourful holiday cards for the seniors in the Manor Village at Fish Creek Park. This project will delight, cheer, and 'glitter' J the seniors who receive the cards. We are pleased our students and teachers engaged in this act of kindness.

Our kindergarten, grade one and grade two students and their teachers shared their Virtual Celebrations of Learning through their Google Classrooms this last week of school. Both teachers and students are proud of celebrating their accomplishments with their families.

Staffing Update – Music Teacher Change at ECM

Sr. Purnell's teaching assignment at Escuela Canyon Meadows ends today, December 17, 2021. Sra. Rosalyn Harms will be our new music teacher, effective January 4, 2022. Sra. Harms received a Bachelor in Education and a Bachelor in Music at the University of Calgary. She is a Woodwind Instrumental Specialist with experience as a music teacher, mentor and musician. Sra. Harms wishes are: “to be an inspiring and empowering force in children's lives, so they are excited and motivated to learn."

Today our students and staff were told of this change and had the opportunity to bid a fond farewell to Sr. Purnell in our Celebration Assembly.

We warmly welcome Sra. Harms and look forward to having her join our Escuela Canyon Meadows family in the New Year.

Our Gratitude and Best Wishes

The love, care and kindness that every member of our community expresses to our staff and students does not go unnoticed. We are grateful! The success of our students is the result of the efforts and dedication of our tight community. We are in this together! Thank you for your acts of kindness and for being our partners in education.

Muchas gracias a todos por su apoyo, dedicación, y colaboración. Gracias a nuestros esfuerzos conjuntos, nuestros alumnos reciben la educación, el amor y el cuidado que merecen. Les deseamos a todos unas felices vacaciones y un próspero año nuevo 2022.

Have a restful and well- deserved holiday break. Stay healthy and safe. All the best in the New Year!

With gratitude,

Lilien Perera Pérez, Principal

Cecilia Gutiérrez, Assistant Principal

 

 

 

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