Nov 06
November/December Principal Message

​Hello Chris Akkerman Families,

We are into ​our third month of the school year and we are so proud of our staff and students for their resiliency, hard-work and dedication to learning. Our in-class learners continue to come to school each day engaged in their work. Our HUB classes are running smoothly and it is amazing to see the learning happening online. We have such a wonderful community here at Chris Akkerman. Please read the important information below and review it with your children. We are excited for the next two months.

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is on Wednesday, November 11. There is no school for students this day. Our Grade 5 students and their teachers are busy preparing a wonderful Remembrance Day Ceremony for us to watch online. We will be participating in this ceremony on Tuesday, November 10 @ 10:45 am. If possible, please have students dress in their formal uniform on Tuesday. They can wear their regular uniform on Monday.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

As mentioned in a previous email, conferences have been moved to December 3 from 3:30 - 7:30 pm and December 4 from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm. There will be no school for Kindergarten students on December 3 as the K teachers will be having interviews that day as well. More information will come from the school regarding registration. Meetings will be online using Microsoft Teams. 

Virtues and Character Education

Character Education continues to be a vital part of TLC. In-class learners receive a minimum of 15 minutes of Character Education per day. During this time, we focus on learning about the virtue of the month (outlined in the agenda) and making connections. We celebrate the great learning each month in a Virtue Assembly put on by a specific grade. Due to the current circumstances, these assemblies are all done online on the last Friday of the month. Please ask your child to tell you about their learning during Character Education. 

School Council

Our next school council meeting will take place on Monday, November 30 @ 6:00 pm on Microsoft Teams. Thank you to all of the amazing parents who attended in October and who took on a leadership role in the council. We couldn't do it without our parents! If you have any questions about council, please contact admin at the school office or email chrisakkermanschoolcouncil@gmail.com. Further information will be sent out prior to our next meeting.

Winter Break

Our first break of the year is still a few weeks away but is from December 21 - January 3. The last day of classes for students before break is Thursday, December 17. December 18 is an organizational day for staff. Classes resume on Monday, January 4.

Safety in the school

We continue to follow all protocols from AHS regarding COVID-19. We emphasize distancing, hand-washing and masks. Please ensure you are completing the daily checklist for symptoms and keeping your children at home if they have any symptoms. Much more information can be found about this on the main page of our school website. 

Derek Siakaluk, Principal

Debbie Bauman, Assistant Principal




Oct 19
Important Information

  1. School Council - our first School Council Meeting is being held tonight at 6pm via Microsoft Teams. If you are interested in attending please make sure to complete the survey on our website to register.  A link to the meeting will be emailed out this afternoon. Please contact Debbie Bauman, Assistant Principal, at djbauman@cbe.ab.ca if you have any questions.
  2. Halloween – October 31 is on a Saturday and Friday, October 30 is a PD day. We will acknowledge Halloween on Thursday, October 29 by having a casual day. Students are encouraged to wear the colors black and orange or they can dress casual. Due to covid restrictions and the complexities of social distancing, we will not be having students wear costumes to school or any school wide activities. Also, no outside snacks or treats will be permitted. Individual classes will have small celebrations in their cohorts. 
  3. Remembrance Day – November 11 is a Wednesday this year and there will be school for students on that day. We will honor and acknowledge Remembrance Day on November 10 through a virtual assembly conducted by the Grade 5 teachers and students. 
  4. Parent/Teacher Conferences – these are being moved to December 3 and 4. Please mark your calendar. They were originally planned for mid-November, but we are pushing them back by two weeks. They will be done online. More information to come.​


Sep 21
School Council

Hello Chris Akkerman Families,

Would you like to be part of the School Council at Chris Akkerman? School Council is critically important to the success of our school and we rely on parents to join.

We will be holding our first online meeting on Monday, October 19 at 6:00 pm via Microsoft Teams. If you are interested in this opportunity, please complete the survey in the link below by October 2. This will allow us to monitor interest and make contact with interested families. 

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=hxMW71old0evNoC4_OTucyR9Yl6TWE5FnNMXLEtJVFVUOU5ZUkRYS1NXWTVWQ1BFVllLSDNCRUFWVS4u

We appreciate all of your support. ​

Thank you,

Derek Siakaluk, Principal

Debbie Bauman, Assistant Principal


Sep 07
September/October 2020 Principal Message

September/October 2020 Principal Update

Hello Chris Akkerman Families,

We are so happy to welcome your children back to school! It has been a long six months and our staff is thrilled to hear the chatter and see the movements of the students in our classrooms. The first week of September was a staggered entrance where we welcomed the students back in stages. All students return on September 8 to give us a good feeling of what it will be like with all of the safety protocols put into place.

About 40% of our students have enrolled in the hub online learning for this school year. More information will be coming to these families as we finish up the class organization and teaching assignments. Please stay tuned for that. All of our in-class learning students will hear from their teachers the week of September 7 with an introduction and information about what to expect for the year. We are excited for the great learning that will take place this year.

All of the important information regarding safety protocols and procedures during COVID can be found on our school re-entry plan and the CBE re-entry plan. Both of these plans can be found on our website. These are reviewed by teachers with the students and you are encouraged to review these with your children at home as well.

Please review the important information below. We appreciate all of your support and patience during these unprecedented times.

Attendance

Please make sure to contact the school at 403-777-8120 and leave a message on the absence line if your child is going to be absent or late for the day. This allows us to enter attendance accurately and not have to contact home. If you are dropping off your child late, please ring the doorbell and speak with the office, say goodbye to your child outside and we will ensure your child gets to their classroom safely. If you are picking them up early, please ring the doorbell and provide the name of your child and the reason. We will ensure your child meets you at the door.

 Communication

Please contact your child's teacher via email. They will be providing email addresses when they introduce themselves to you. We are going to limit the amount of people entering the building so there will be a decrease of face to face meetings. Any other inquiries can be directed at the office.

Regular emails will be sent out by the office to inform parents of important information throughout the year. If you are not receiving emails from the school, please make sure you have registered to receive emails.

Doors

To help with physical distancing, we are going to continue to use the doors we used during staggered entry. Grade signs are on the outside of each door.

Fees

Information on fees will come out in early October 2020.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

More information will come over the next two weeks about what September conferences will look like. They are scheduled for September 24 from 3:30 – 7:30pm and September 25 from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm.

Transportation

Please remember that if your child is taking the school bus, you need to register them on your PowerSchool account. If they haven't yet been registered, it will be weeks before they can take the bus. Please remember that routes, fees and transportation are scheduled by the system and not by the school. We are unable to change bus routes or bus stop locations. Please phone the office if you have any questions.​
Uniforms

Uniforms are still expected at Chris Akkerman TLC. Formal uniforms are encouraged on Mondays, but due to the current situation, formal uniforms will not be enforced. All students must have black indoor dress shoes.

Gardening

The Gardening Club would like to thank our Parent Council for funding the purchase of a grow light and plant cart system. It has been placed so that students can view the cart as they walk towards the Learning Commons. As of September, we have a number of forget-me-nots growing. Our intention is to plant them under the lilac trees next spring. We appreciate your ongoing support!


Jun 01
June Newsletter

Dear Chris Akkerman Families,

Hard to believe we are in the last month of the 2019 – 2020 school year and we are in the third month of continuous online learning. We are busy planning for next school and anticipating that school will begin on September 1 for all students. If we are asked to make alternate arrangements, this will be communicated by CBE.

 

Thank you so much for your support with your children and their teachers during this difficult time. This message contains essential information for you so please spend the time reviewing each section.

 

Report Cards – for the last reporting period of the year, CBE has directed all schools to use the online version of the report card for parents/legal guardians.  The report card will be available to view/print through MyCBE/PowerSchool account.  Once logged in, you will see an additional tab titled ‘Report Card’ – select this tab to view the report card. We will notify families when the report card is available for viewing on June 26.

If you have not already set up a MyCBE/PowerSchool account you will need to do this.  Instructions can be found here :  MyCBE/PowerSchool

June 26 – Last day of ongoing online learning classes. 

Appeals Day – June 29 – should you have questions of concerns about your child’s report card – parents are invited to contact their child’s teacher by e-mail.  All teachers will also be available from 8:00-noon (by e-mail) on Appeals Day.

IPPs – the process for this will be different this year due to our current situation. Teachers will be in contact with parents regarding their child’s IPP and hard copies of the IPP will be mailed home during the month of June.

Transportation - Families can register their child for yellow school bus transportation online.  Registration opened on May 19.  Please register using your MyCBE / PowerSchool account. Pre-registration closes June 14, 2020.


As you know, there have been significant fee increases for the 2020 – 2021 school year. Information was sent out about this. Fees for alternative program transportation have increased to $800/year for Grades 1-5 and $400/year for Kindergarten.

 

2020 – 2021 School Budget – there is information on our main page about our next budget next year. Please take the time to review this information and to complete the survey. More information will be shared at our last school council meeting on June 8.

 

Kindergarten – Beginning in the 2020 – 2021 school year, Kindergarten will move to an alternating full-day schedule. This is due to the CBE cancelling mid-day busing due to a decreased budget.  This information has been passed on to our new Chris Akkerman families starting Kindergarten next year. More information can be found on our main page.

 

Grade 5 Farewell – normally we would be holding a large-scale celebration at the school to recognize and honor our Grade 5 students who are moving onto Middle School. Our Grade 5 team has been working hard on ways to recognize and celebrate our students in an online fashion. They will be providing information and details around this farewell to Grade 5 parents this month.

 

Volunteers – We were so sad to not be able to hold a volunteer appreciation celebration at the school in May. We want to thank everyone who volunteered this school year before classes were cancelled. We couldn’t do this amazing work without your support.

Apr 30
May Newsletter

May 2020 Update

 

Hello Chris Akkerman Families!

 

We hope that you are all continuing to be safe and healthy during these difficult times. Even in these trying times, it is great to see teachers and students coming together to further their learning. The weekly tasks offered by teachers are rich and engaging and are focused on the essential learning outcomes needed to prepare the students for next year. We know that online learning at home is not ideal and we want to thank you for all of your patience and support. Many families are facing challenges like unemployment, working from home and isolation. We understand that, regardless of your situation, supporting student learning is not always the easiest task, but it is important. If you have any questions or require support in any way please reach out to the classroom teacher or to the main office.

 

The 2020-2021 CBE School Calendar is now available at: https://www.cbe.ab.ca/registration/calendars/Pages/default.aspx

 

Please get out and enjoy the beautiful weather, while staying safe and practicing social distancing. Spring is now upon us and playing outside is another great way for students to explore, learn and grow.

 

Thank you for being such a great learning community. We miss seeing our students in the school so much but know they are in good hands at home.

 

Derek Siakaluk, Principal

Debbie Bauman, Assistant Principal​

Apr 03
April 2020 Newsletter and Update

Dear Chris Akkerman Families,

 

As we enter this new phase of learning at home, we just want to let you know how much we miss being with your children every day. Teaching and learning is just not the same without us being present with our students. With that said, teachers have worked tirelessly at home this past week to ensure that students will be presented with meaningful tasks and that their learning will continue to the best of our ability.

 

Please remember the importance of maintaining structure and routine for your children at home. Ongoing learning plans will be posted on d2l each Monday at 9:00 am. These learning plans will outline five hours worth of numeracy and literacy tasks for your child to complete each week. Details around assessment and how teachers will collect student work will be outlined in the learning plans, and communicated with you by the teacher. Your child’s teacher will be your main contact so please email them if you have any inquiries.

 

Thank you for providing us all the information about your access to technology and how you and your child is doing. If at any point, the availability of technology becomes a concern, please let your teacher know. We acknowledge that during this unprecedented time comes a lot of anxiety and worry. We want to ensure the positive well-being of your child and family. Please reach out to your teacher or administration if you have any concerns about your child’s well-being and we will work together to ensure success over the next few months.

 

Remember that we are all in this together and this is new learning for everyone. We appreciate your patience with our teachers as we roll out ongoing learning plans and make adjustments as necessary. Teachers will also be providing information around opportunities to meet online as a class. I know they can’t wait to see your children!

 

Please stay safe and healthy during this time. Updates will be provided via email and posted on the website so please check it regularly.

 

Thank you,

Derek Siakaluk, Principal

Debbie Bauman, Assistant Principal​

Feb 27
March/April Newsletter

We are approaching the last days of winter (hopefully!) and soon it should be time to put away our winter gear. Until then, please remember to dress your students appropriately for the weather as the weather can change day to day. Also, a reminder to please come and check out our lost and found! It is getting full and all items will be cleared out before spring break.

 

We wrapped up February with our pink shirt day on February 28. This is a time to focus on acceptance, kindness and belonging. On February 27, our CAVA leadership group was able to attend the Hitmen game to celebrate the ‘Be Brave’ campaign. They had a great time and thank you to Ms. Scanlan and Mrs. Fontanne for making this trip happen. Two of our Grade 1 classes emphasized the importance of this with our virtue assembly around compassion. Thank you to all the teachers and students who put so much work into teaching us about the importance of compassion. It was great to see Chris the Cub too! Our virtues for March and April are enthusiasm and determination. These are two essential virtues for students to be successful in their learning. We will focus on these virtues through our Character Education and celebrations. Thank you for supporting this by having conversations about what they are learning in school with your children.

 

In February, we wrapped up registrations and held our lottery draw. We had almost 600 applications for only 100 spots. All emails will be sent out by March 3 indicating whether families have been accepted or have been put on the waitlist. There is no need to contact the school, all notifications will be sent out to families. If spots open up throughout the year, we will contact families on the waitlist, so emails may be sent out any time between now and September. It is amazing to see the interest in the TLC program.

 

As with every month, we are busy, busy, busy at Chris Akkerman School. This is the point when we, as teachers, do a mid-year check in to see how we are doing with our School Development Plan goals. We are busy analyzing January report card data to identify strengths and areas of growth. We continue to focus on reading comprehension, problem-solving and building connections. Our professional development and professional learning communities continue to revolve around these goals and allow teachers to improve their practice to enhance student learning. We perform very well at Chris Akkerman and will continue to do so as we focus on great teaching.

 

Conferences will be held on March 19 and 20. Information will be sent out via email about how and when to book. Please make it a priority to attend as this is a wonderful opportunity to sit down with your child’s teacher to discuss their learning, progress and areas of growth. Working collaboratively between school and home is essential for teaching and learning. Please ensure that your child continues to wear their uniform properly and complete their homework on a daily basis and support them with meeting the TLC uniform and homework expectations.

 

Our School Council continues to run well and we truly appreciate the efforts each member puts in. Our casino in December was successful and we are excited to look at how we can use this money to support the learning in our building. As we make decisions about purchases, we will keep our parent community in the loop. If you would like a say in some of the decisions we make on the council, you are encouraged to attend our monthly school council meetings. All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend. The next two meetings are on March 30 and April 27 at 6:30 pm in our Learning Commons.

 

Wonderful learning opportunities continue to occur here at Akkerman. In the next few weeks our Grade 2 and 3 students will be going on field trips to supplement their curriculum. The jazz band from Sir Wilfred Laurier School is coming to present to us on April 1. Our literacy committee has been implementing regular literacy activities throughout the months to allow different classes and grades to work with each other. We are also always excited to see the parents come in to read with students during our multi-language reading days. We have so many different cultures and languages at Chris Akkerman and we are always excited to share these with each other.

 

A master calendar was sent home at the end of February. Please put these on your fridge at home to remind yourself of the important dates for the next two months. A reminder that spring break is the week of March 23 and there is a long weekend for Easter on April 10. We hope you enjoy the time at home with your families.

 

Thank you for your continued support. Please contact the main office with any questions you may have.

 

Derek Siakaluk, Principal

Debbie Bauman, Assistant Principal​

Jan 06
January/February 2020 Newsletter

Hello Chris Akkerman Families!

Hard to believe that it is the year 2020! The time never stops flying by and we are excited about the great opportunities that await us over the next six months. We hope that everyone had a safe and memorable holiday spent with friends and family and that our students were able to get some rest. It is great to see their faces back at school!

 

January and February are going to be very busy months for us. Our Open House is on January 9 at 7:00 pm. This is an opportunity for families interested in TLC to come and get some information to see if their child would be successful in this program. If your child is currently attending Chris Akkerman, you do not need to attend the Open House. It is for new, interested families only. Registration begins on January 20 and ends on February 11 at noon. We are following the lottery process and all families will be informed regarding acceptance by March 3, 2020. Those families that are not accepted will be placed on the waitlist and may be contacted throughout the year.


Report cards are being sent home on January 30. Teachers are spending countless hours on these important documents to provide you with a clear picture of where your child is as a learner. Please send the envelopes back to the school with your child on February 3. If you have any questions about the report card after it is received, please contact the teacher.

 

We have some great field trips and other activities coming up within the next two months. Please refer to your master calendar with important dates. We will be completing our gymnastics unit and will continue to have virtue assemblies on the last Friday of each month. The virtue for January is commitment and for February it is compassion. We are also continuing with fun lunch on the 2nd Thursday of each lunch. Please remember that the purpose of these fun lunches is to raise money in order to provide deeper and richer learning experiences for our students. If you or your child chooses to not participate in the fun lunch, please just send them with a regular lunch and we’d ask you to not bring in fast food.

 

Parents often ask how they can support their child with learning and the best response is to always find time to read with them. Exposing them to many different types of literature and having conversations about what they read will always be beneficial for all students. Thank you for your support with this and with your child’s nightly homework. One of the best ways to help support the school is to attend and participate in our School Council Meetings. These fall on the last Monday of the month at 6:30 pm in our Learning Commons. Please come and join us.

 

Thank you again for all of your support and we look forward to a great 2020 together.

 

Derek Siakaluk, Principal

Debbie Bauman, Assistant Principal

Oct 28
November/December

Learning is in full swing here at Chris Akkerman! The past two months have been busy and we are excited to continue this business for the next two months. The focus is always on teaching and learning and we have established our goals for our School Development Plan for the 2019 – 2020 school year. We will be focusing on improving reading comprehension skills in ELA, problem-solving skills in Mathematics and building connections to improve student well-being. These goals will be the focus of our professional learning and the work done during our professional learning communities on Friday afternoons. As a staff, we will regularly reflect on our goals and student evidence of learning to track and monitor our progress.

Many important events are coming up prior to our winter break. Please refer to the school calendar to ensure you are aware of all these events. Parent/Teacher conferences are coming up on November 7 and 8. These are an excellent opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher to discuss their learning. Teachers will be prepared with evidence of learning to discuss and review with you. As in the past, appointments are booked using your MyCBEAccount. Please contact the office if you need support with this. Bookings begin on November 4.

We had our first school council meeting in September and were amazed by the turn out and success. We established a new council and are excited to work together this year. All meetings are on the last Monday of the month @ 6:30 pm. We meet in the Learning Commons and encourage all families to attend. The meeting will be on November 25 and there will not be a meeting in December.

Mrs. Costinak is busy preparing for our Grade 3 – 5 winter musical. The dates for these are December 4 and 5 and more information will continue to be shared throughout November. For your information, the following classes will perform on the following evenings: 

- Wednesday, December 4 – Mastin, Betcher, Depew, Cochlin, Bates, Vonka

- Thursday, December 5 – Szczepanski, Hockin, Korolis, Fensom, Peniuk, Fontanne

The last day of classes for students will be on December 19 and they return to school on January 6, 2020. While that seems far away, it’ll be here before we know it. We appreciate all of your support for our wonderful school community. It is our pleasure to work with your students each and every day.

Derek Siakaluk

Principal​

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Thank you volunteers for all your help in the 2019-2020 school year. The year would not have been the same without you. https://t.co/Pe1TYAYUV5

Hello families! Please stop by the front office and place a marker on the world map to indicate where your family originates from. We'd love to see you during Parent Conferences on Thursday night and Friday morning!

Thanks to all families and staff for a great first week of School! Please mark your calendar for our first parent council meeting on September 23rd at 6:30 pm. All parents are 😃welcome!

Kindergarten Orientation is tonight (June 13th) at 6:30pm. If your child has been accepted into Kindergarten at Chris Akkerman School for the 2019-20 school year, then you should attend this meeting. https://t.co/kFbpRuYxCs