After two weeks as principal of Christine Meikle School, I have to say—I am smitten. There are some truly remarkable people here, doing brilliant work for and with each young person in our school. The students are amazing—fun, interesting, clever, passionate, busy people, effortfully engaged in important learning experiences. I have started to build relationships with our partners within the CBE (e.g., our psychologist, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists) and beyond (e.g., Society for the Treatment of Autism, Pediatric Home Care, JB Music). I am looking forward to connecting with our parent community as well. In addition to parent council meetings, which are held on the third Tuesday of every month, I am open to suggestions for how we might work together in service of student learning. For those of you who may have missed my letter of introduction in April, here is a little bit about me:
Over the course of the last 25 years, my career with the Calgary Board of Education has offered countless opportunities for new learning—I've taught in regular community classrooms and specialized classes, worked centrally as a learning specialist supporting schools across the city, and taken part in some really interesting and innovative projects. In and through these varied experiences, I've developed a passion for mathematics and the arts, flexible structures for curriculum, student voice and agency, and personalized learning for both students and staff.
Most recently, I was assistant principal and then (briefly) acting principal of Children's Village School. As an administrator of a unique setting, I came to understand many important dimensions of how to care for the wellbeing of students and staff, and how to make the most of a highly specialized approach to teaching and learning. I am a committed advocate for each and every child entrusted to our care.
What else? For the past two years, I have been away from work in order to pursue a PhD at the University of Calgary. I am the parent of three grown children, and the proud noni to six grands. I know I am biased, but I have to say—they are spectacular. I recently made the move to a small rural community outside of Calgary so that I can be nearby while they are young. I have come to love the quiet of small town living and the luxury of long, uninterrupted time with podcasts and audiobooks on my daily commute.
Although COVID-19 protocols limit the ways we can meet in person, my virtual door is always open—please feel free to call or email with any questions, concerns, insights or celebrations you'd like to share.
Alison Van Rosendaal
Dear Parents and Guardians of students at CMS,
As many of you know, it’s with very mixed feelings that I announced my retirement effective at the end of February. I have had a very rewarding career at the CBE where I have had so many amazing opportunities to work with wonderful children, families and colleagues. I’ve worked as a teacher, a specialist, a psychologist and an assistant principal and learned throughout the way. With each of these experiences, I’ve always said to myself, “Wow, could it get any better than this?” But clearly being Principal of Christine Meikle School is definitely the highlight of my career. Everyday, I go to work and see miracles happen. I see students who are excited about learning and showing off their impressive new skills with pride. I see staff excited to come to work and make a difference for your children and have a can-do approach to any challenge they face. I also see you, our students’ parents and care givers, show your love, your resilience, dedication and support everyday. You have all been so inspirational to me!
I am very happy to let you know that Alison Van Rosendaal will be the new principal of Christine Meikle School. Alison has the experience, intelligence and heart to be a wonderful leader at Christine Meikle School. With Alison Van Rosendaal and Deb Blayways at the helm and the amazing staff we have at the school, Christine Meikle School will be in excellent hands.
It’s been an honour to meet you, to work with your children and to be part of their journey. I want to thank you so much for everything you do and letting me be a small part of your life.
All the very best,
Dear Christine Meikle School
Thank you for all your support
and the hard work that you have done to support your children and our
school. We have had a great school year that ended in a very
unexpected and strange way. You have all been so amazing! Our
teachers and classroom staff have worked hard to stay connected with your
families and we've been very successful in this endeavour.
Our Parent Society has graciously
offered to buy each of our students a 2010-2020 Year Book. This year book
is being created right now by the LifeTouch and will be ready for distribution
this fall. Those of you with students who are graduating will receive the
books at the long awaited graduation ceremony or by mail.
We are planning for next year and
would like to remind you that school will start for our students on Sept. 2, 2020. Remember that this is a day later than other schools because we
use the first of September as a professional development day for our staff to
learn more about their new students and the programs that will best meet their
learning needs. We look forward to seeing our returning students and our
new students on Sept. 2.
We will be in contact with you
before school starts to share information about the coming school year and
introduce you to you child’s teacher.
We wish you all a wonderful,
healthy and fun summer.
All the best from your team at Christine Meikle School.
Sandy Mann and Deb Blayways
Dear Parents and Guardians of Christine Meikle School students,
On behalf of all of the staff at Christine Meikle School, it is indeed our pleasure to welcome you to a new and exciting school year. For those of you whose children have attended our school in the past, we are so glad to have you returning. For those of you whose children are just entering Meikle we are pleased to have you as a part of our school community.
Your child’s teacher will be contacting you within the next few days to introduce themselves and begin the school year of working closely together as a home/school learning team to ensure that your child has a very successful school year at Christine Meikle School.
As part of the learning team we ask that students come to school with the materials they need to have school. If your child needs shirt protectors, communication devices, other equipment, and/or medical materials please ensure that your child has these labelled and with them on the first day of school. For those students to access Home Care, our Home Care nurses will be at school on August 30th. Please feel come by and meet with them in the morning of the 30th and drop off any materials that they will need to care for your child.
Our first School Council Meeting is scheduled to take place on September 24th from 6:00 – 7:00pm. We would to invite you to attend. School Councils are a wonderful opportunity to be involved with the school. We will be electing our new board members at this meeting.
Assistant Principal, Andrea Byrne, and I want to welcome all of you to what we hope will be your best school year yet. We look forward to meeting each and every one of you. Please do not hesitate to stop by the office or to give us a call if we can assist you in any way.
Best wishes to you and your family,
Principal Assistant Principal
Sandy Mann Andrea Byrne
Happy 2019 to all our Christine Meikle families. We’ve had a very busy and active start to our new year! We are lucky at our school that even when the weather outside is frigid, our students have the opportunity to walk, roll and bicycle around our school halls. Movement and physical activity is very important to us at our school. It helps to keep us healthy, active and supports our student’s self-regulation, which is always a plus for our students.
We have received several donations and community opportunities to our school which totally support our active student initiative. Triwood Community Centre has opened their doors to us and our students can go skating there during the school day. We are just starting to take advantage of their generous offer and have brought several small groups to Triwood to get involved in games and activities and we are hoping to expand this opportunity to more or our students in the coming weeks. Comries Sports Equipment Bank donated new skates and helmets to our students which we will be using as we take students ice skating at Triwood Arenas. We also received a grant of $5000 from the Good Life which we are going to use to purchase exercise and physical education equipment that is suitable for our students.
We have been holding a special event for our students each month. On January 23 we had an energetic Indigenous Dance performance. Our students loved the dancing and the drumming. Many of our students joined in the dance and were quite excited to participate. On Friday, February 22 Michael Goosen came back and played music for our students. Once again his show was a terrific hit and our students danced and joined in with both song and dance. March’s performance has yet to be confirmed, but we have great plans in the works.
Incorporating Indigenous ways of learning is an important part of our work in education. Our staff have been working with the Diversity team to learn more about ways to involve our students in rich and meaningful hands-on experiences that highlight these learnings.
We would like say thank you to all who participated in our modified school calendar survey! Parent voice is so important and we appreciate your input. Because of parent input, we did decide to stay with our traditional school calendar year. You have another opportunity to share your opinions and give feedback about our school to Alberta Education. All of you would have received the Accountability Survey from Alberta Education and we would be very grateful if you filled it out and shared your thoughts about the school. Many of the questions may not seem to apply to your child and our school, but please answer the questions that you think are relevant.
Our next School Council Meeting is on March 12 at 6:00 – 7:00. Come and be involved. There is always great learning and sharing of ideas at our meetings.
Rememeber: March 21 is the last day of classes before Spring break for Students. We return to School on April 1.
Thankyou for your continued support. Wishing everyone a safe and relaxing Spring Break.
Sandy and Andrea
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Classrooms at Christine Meikle continue to be busy.
A typical November event is a performance from Hoja. Thank you to Emma F and her family for providing this opportunity for the school. We certainly appreciate Emma giving us a gift on her birthday!
We also gathered as a school community for a Remembrance Day Ceremony. Classrooms presented their wreaths and learned about Remembrance Day through videos and music.
Thank you to families for supporting the two fundraisers we have had, Farm to School Vegetables and Fundscrip.
The weather has even been cooperating, allowing for some nice community walks.
December will have two exciting events for students. We are debuting a special musical performance for our students from Mike Goossen & Jesse Shire on the morning of December 14th. The highly anticipated Policeman’s Ball will be held on Dec. 21.
We look forward to seeing you at the next School Council Meeting on January 8 at 6:00 PM. At this meeting, we will be exploring the possibility of moving to a modified calendar for the 2019 – 2020 school year. Parent feedback and discussion are very important in this information gathering process.
Sometime in January we will be rolling out our new Christine Meikle School website. Look forward to a more colourful and appealing website. Our hope is to have updates on school news and events updated weekly. We are looking forward to this new platform.
Remember: December 21 is the last day of school for students. We return to School on January 7.
Thank you for your continued support. Wishing everyone a safe and relaxing winter holiday.
Sandy and Andrea
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