“Gratitude helps us see what is there instead of what isn’t.”~ Annette Bridges
As many of us celebrate Thanksgiving, I want to take a moment to express my gratitude to the staff, students and parents of Coventry Hills School. We are an amazing community and I have seen firsthand the care that we have for one another. On many occasions in the last few weeks, so many have stepped in to help and express their gratitude. We are fortune to work with such support.
Recently, there has been bite in the air as the colder weather will soon be on its way. We have been so fortunate to have a nice autumn and the leaves have turned into a rainbow of fall colours. Thank you to Ms. Brady, our PE teacher who is outside every day with our students ensuring they have an opportunity to engage in meaningful physical education experiences. Students will continue to be outside in the elements for daily PE so that they can have space to have some fun and ensuring appropriate physical distancing. Please send your child(ren) dressed appropriately for our unpredictable fall weather that will soon be upon us.
Next week will be our first school council meeting. A School Messenger was sent our regarding the Annual General Meeting. All parents are welcome to attend our virtual meeting on Thursday, October 15 at 6:30. Information was sent out via school messenger on Friday. We will share the link again on Wednesday through school messenger. During this meeting, I will be introducing the staff and sharing information regarding our school start up and the Google Classroom for online instruction.
As new information regarding COVID-19 is released, I know the information can be overwhelming for families. At the school, we are working to ensure care and safety in our classrooms to eliminate as much risk as possible. Alberta Health has released a new AHS parent COVID guide. If you have any questions about the process, you can call Health Link at 811.
Monday, October 5 marks World’s Teacher Day! I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the teachers and support staff at Coventry Hills School. This September has been like no other. Despite this and all the changes that have come our way, we have come together as a strong, caring community. The teachers have put in endless hours preparing the physical environment and rethinking how to best teach under our new conditions. Although, not ideal as the teachers are missing being able to bring the students closer and having more cooperative learning experiences to support the students as they engage in their work, the teachers are doing an excellent job bringing learning alive.
"In this crisis, teachers have shown, as they have done so often, great leadership and innovation in ensuring that #LearningNeverStops, that no learner is left behind. Around the world, they have worked individually and collectively to find solutions and create new learning environments for their students to allow education to continue. Their role advising on school reopening plans and supporting students with the return to school is just as important.” ~ UNESCO Joint Statement.
Teachers have been flexible, supportive and creative to find the solutions that make Coventry Hills School a great place for learning.
This past we week we acknowledged Orange Shirt Day as September 30 was declared Orange Shirt day in recognition of the harm the residential school system did to children’s sense of self-esteem and well-being, as an affirmation of our commitment to ensure everyone around us matters. Teachers read age appropriate stories and readings to the classes as a way to acknowledge the important history of Canada and ensuring that it is important to matter and to the importance of diversity within our culture. Ask your child about their classroom events.
First School Council/CHEF’s Meeting of the Year
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will be hosting our Coventry Hills Council and CHEFS's AGM Meeting virtually throughout the year using a Microsoft Teams Application. We will be sending out a School Messenger containing the agenda and the link. Click on the link and it will take you directly to our virtual meeting. We look forward to connecting and collaborating with School Council/CHEFS in supporting our students. In addition, Ms. Dalton will be presenting information about the school’s fall operations and sharing information regarding teaching and learning. All parents are welcomed to attend this virtual session. More information from School Council/CHEFS will follow.
Google Classrooms are up and running! For students attending in-person, the Google Classroom is meant for teachers to be able to share blog information about classroom events. Teachers will be posting twice a week (Monday/Tuesday, Thursday/Friday) events that are happening. We are using the Google Classroom as a blog space this year to help both parents and students to be familiar with the platform so that it is seamless for students who are absent from school due to extended illness (3 days or more), self-isolation or COVID quarantine to access learning while they are absent. For those students who miss many days of school, they will have the opportunity to complete assignments and be connected to the classroom upon their return. Completing assignments is only meant for students who are away for extended periods of time and not for those who have just missed a day or two of school. If a child is too sick to complete assignments, teachers will support them upon their return to school. Thank you for partnering with us in your child’s education. Teachers have been communicating information regarding their Google Classrooms with families via email and our conferences. If you have any questions, connect directly with your child’s teacher.
Updates and Events
Thank you to all the families who returned their child’s school opening package information. All blue sheets are to be returned to school.
This Friday is a non-instructional day so there is no school for students. Teachers will be working on our School Development Plan for 2020-21.
Dear Coventry Hills Families;
Reminder to complete the parent view point that was sent out by classroom teachers. Thursday, September 24 and Friday September 25 is Parent-Teacher Conferences. Teachers will be calling from a “Blocked” number or a 777 number, answer it during your scheduled conference time. Teachers will attempt to get ahold of each family two times during the scheduled 15 minutes. Be prepared to receive their call. They look forward to talking with you and learning more about your child.
Recently, I am visiting classrooms to spend some time with the students. My hope is that in the next few weeks I will be in every classroom as least once. During my visits, I have shared the story, The Knowing Book and we discussed some of the ideas from the book. Some of the themes the students pick up on are insightful about life at school. Even though things are different some things remain the same. What remains the same is the following:
“School is a place where we make new friends.” Grade 1 student
“School is a place where we learn.” Grade 4 student and Grade 2 student
“School is a place where we care about one another.” Grade 3 student
“School is a place where we are kind.” Grade 2 student.
Daily Health Screening is required for school attendance. If you have answered YES to any of the questions, “students are not allowed to attend school. Please follow up with Health link at 811 or connect with your family doctor. In the school packages, we have asked all families to complete the COVID section to establish base lines for common health issues such as allergies, asthma etc that also are symptoms of COVID-19. It is imperative that students stay home when ill and the school is notified. Teachers are beginning to create their google classrooms that support students who are home due to symptoms over a longer period of time. Information regarding our Google classrooms will be sent out by teachers shortly.
Well, we have had a whirl wind of a school start up. Thank you for all your continued support of working alongside us as we have made changes over the last couple of week. My hope is that things will now settle. Starting this week, we will have some new staff joining the Coventry Hills School team. I would like to introduce Mrs. Stacey Hinks and Mrs. Nusrat Premji. Mrs. Hinks will be joining our grade 2 team as Miss Woo will transition to part time and join the grade 1 team. Mrs. Premji will be joining our Kindergarten team and teaching in the afternoon. The students did an amazing job of settling into the changes this past week.
Coventry Hills Staff
Please visit the Our Staff page.
Dear Coventry Families,
As the 2019-20 school year draws to a close, we would like to thank you once again for your continued understanding and support. These last few months have been challenging for all of us, and we could not have done it without you! We also thank our teachers and staff for all of their hard work to ensure that students stayed connected to learning while the delivery of quality education continued from home.
Our Reverse Parade was a HUGE success! It was wonderful to connect with our Coventry Families and provide warm wishes to those who will not be continuing with us in the fall. Please visit our Coventry Hills Website for pictures of our time together.
Don’t miss out on school messages! To ensure you receive important information from your child’s school and the Calgary Board of Education, please: Subscribe online to receive commercial electronic messages on school topics such as student fees, picture days, field trips and fun lunches. (The link will open into a separate website managed by SchoolMessenger, our mass communication tool.)
Our office hours will be open again from 8:15 am – 3:00 pm on, Wednesday August 28th, 2020. Our first day of classes is September 1, 2020 with our new school hours from 8:45 am- 3:30pm. Our first day protocols and our re-entry plan for fall will be emailed to families once plans are solidified. Students will know their teacher and homeroom number before school begins.
We are half way through the week and wanted to provide you with a few reminders:
· A paper copy of your child’s IPP will be available for pick up from the school on June 24th and June 25th from 8:00am-3:00pm. If you are unable to pick up your child’s IPP on these dedicated days, the school will hold on to your copy and will provide you with it in the fall."
· If you have used a Chomebook to support your child with online learning, please return it on June 25th and 26th during our office hours, 8:00 am- 4:30 pm.
· Given COVID-19 restrictions, June report cards will be made available online through MyCBE/PowerSchool, Friday June 26, 1:00 pm. Once logged in, select the “Report Card” tab to view the report card. If you are needing further instructions, please click on this link MyCBE: Accessing the Online Report Card
· “Come one, come all!”, to our Reverse Parade, on June 26th from 10:00am-11:00am. Teachers will line the sidewalk (from east to west along Coventry Hills Way) to say their good-byes and safe wishes for the summer holidays.
· Please ensure we have your updated email information so that we can communicate with you in August regarding the CBE school re-entry plan.
· Alberta teachers thank parents for their hard work during the emergency remote learning: https://youtu.be/nHp_CYWn4Cc
Happy Endings start with new Beginnings. Luanne Rice
Wow! It is hard to imagine that we would have had such a year. A year that made history. We hope everyone is safe and healthy as we begin to return back to a new normal in society. As we come to the end of the school year, the school and staff have been doing a lot to prepare for opening back up in September. Thank you to all those who responded to the CBE Survey regarding start up for Fall 2020. The CBE is responding to the return to school scenarios determined by Alberta’s Minister of Education. The Government will be releasing more information in August regarding how school jurisdictions will proceed in September for school openings. The CBE and Coventry Hills School websites will have updates throughout the summer as to what will be happening in fall. As a school, we are preparing and hoping for students to return. Thank you for all the support you have shown the school and teachers during these very different times. Thank you for partnering in your child’s education. We will be communicating with families in late August about specific plans and preparations for September. Please ensure that we have your most up to date email so we can update families with the most recent information.
We continue to be taking registrations so if you know of someone who has moved into the community recently, please let them know. In addition, Kindergarten registration is ongoing as well.
Coventry Hills Reverse Parade Invitation:
We will be hosting a Farewell reverse parade for our community on Friday, June 26th at 10:00 am to 11:00 am at the school. Students and families are welcome to travel to the school to wave at the staff who will be outside lined up in front of the school and field along Coventry Hills Way. We ask that families travel east to west in the same direction in order to comply with social distancing protocols. Families can choose to walk, ride their bikes or come by in their cars to wave at the staff. Staff members will maintain distancing from families to limit exposure. This is our opportunity to have a last farewell as the year comes to a close.
The end of the year is always difficult as we close one chapter in our story of school to open a new one. It is with a tinge of sadness that we say farewell to some of our staff members as they move on to other schools within the CBE. At this time, I would like to acknowledge the wonderful work and connections the staff has made with our students and families. The following teachers will be leaving us: Lisa Sloane, Michelle Hager, Kelly Lawrence, Karli Brinson, Kendra Lowe, Kristi Fagnan, Gurbir Heer, Salima Kassam, Erika Fredette, and Joan Laythorpe. For our support staff Marta Kluska, Dua’a Alramahi and Andrea Lausch will be going to new
schools, and Mrs. Downey and Mrs. Stecker are retiring. We wish the staff well in their future endeavors.
Benita Dalton and Joan Laythorpe
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I am writing to inform you that this is my last month as Assistant Principal here at Coventry Hills School. While I am very excited about my new AP position, I am extremely sad to be leaving this amazing community of learners, parents and staff.
Being a part of Coventry has defined my teaching career. For seventeen years I have called Coventry Hills my home; teaching grade 2, developing my leadership skills, and as assistant principal for the last three years. I know every inch of these hallways, every curious space within our playground and every room that holds the excitement for learning. It is the students, however, that I will miss most of all and the connections I have made with all of you. I feel privileged to have been here for so long, watching your children learn and grow.
Continue to be healthy and take good care of yourself and your loved ones.
Time flies and it is hard to believe it is the first week in June. 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 our students. Teachers and students are still engaging in our Google Classroom and completing and sharing learning. Sadly, there will not be any opportunity to gather as a school community before the end of the year and we are saddened by the fact. This is the time we usually come together to celebrate our achievements over the year and say farewell to those that are leaving us.
Thank you to all the families who have come to pick up their child(ren)’s belongings. We still have many belongings that have not been picked up. As we prepare for summer cleaning and classroom moves we will be packing up student belongings for storage until September on Wednesday, June 10th. If you would like to pick up your child(ren’s) belongings parents can come and pick them up Monday and Tuesday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. There is no need to set up an appointment time, just come to the office doors and we will greet you. After this day, student belongings will be sent home in September with students. If the student is not returning to Coventry Hills School, we will forward to the new school.
Please visit our school website often as this is a critical way for us to communicate during these times. Messages from the school and from the Calgary Board Education are available. 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. This link is also available on the school website.
For our families who have borrowed technology, we will be sending a notification about the procedure for returning the technology back to school. The official date is June 25th and 26th. Mrs. Laythorpe will be contacting families regarding the procedure for the return.
Ms. Dalton and Mrs. Laythorpe
Typically in the spring, we engage our community in understanding the school budget during a School Council meeting. In these adapted times, we are sharing the information with you here. Please click on the link to review our 2020 School Budget Fees Presentation.
Additionally, we are seeking support from you to better understand how you feel about school fees. Please take the about 8 minutes to answer this survey. This will support our planning in moving forward with fees requested from parents.
As communicated on May 15, the CBE is making adjustments to the start (entry) and end (dismissal) times of the school day at some CBE schools for the 2020-21 school year. We are making these plans for the beginning of the 2020-21 school year, however, the re-opening of schools is based on recommendations of the government. re-entry plans have not been finalized.
For the 2020-21 school year, our school hours will be:
Grade 1 -4
Monday – Thursday 8:45 a.m. Start time
3:30 p.m. Dismissal
Fridays 8:45 a.m Start time
1:00 p.m Dismissal
Monday to Thursday 8:45 a.m. Start time
11:35 p.m. Dismissal
Fridays 8:45 a.m. Start time
1:00 p.m. Dismissal
Monday to Thursday 12:40 p.m. Start time
3:30 p.m. Dismissal
Fridays 8:45 a.m. Start time
1:00 p.m. Dismissal
Lunch Hour: 12:05 pm to 12:50 pm
By informing you before the end of this school year, we hope you are able to make the necessary adjustments to your routines and make any required childcare arrangements before the start of the 2020-21 school year. Id like to thank you for your patience and support. We look forward to a great year in learning together next year!
Thank you for your continued support.
Have a great weekend,
Benita Dalton and Joan Laythorpe
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