Dear Coventry Families;
On September 21st Coventry Hills School will host our annual Terry Fox Run. The Terry Fox Run is a charity event that we take part in to honour Canadian hero and cancer research advocate Terry Fox. This year K to 5 students will be running/walking a course on our school field. Our school run will take place from 2:45pm to 3:15pm.
Students are encouraged to support cancer research by donating a "Toonie for Terry. "We will be collecting funds in the office from September 12th to September 28th. Last year we raised $1600, let's see if we can reach $1700!
We would love to have volunteers to support our running in the field and to encourage our students to keep running. Parents are required to have completed their Annual Volunteer Registration Form sent home in the packages last week along with the CPS volunteer clearance. If you are available to help us out, please click on the following link Terry Fox Volunteer Sign Up
Thank you to all the parents who came out for our first School Council/CHEFS meeting of the school year. It was great to see some new faces. Every parent is a member of our school council and it is a wonderful way for families to learn about events happening at hour school. Thank you to the Council for all their work they do to serve our school community. The School Council and CHEFS send out correspondence to our school community through school messenger and through paper copies sent home with your child. Have a look at all the wonderful events including our Fun Lunch Healthy Hunger events that are coming soon.
At our Council meeting, we shared information about how we are working with the concept of “Story “as a curricular lens in designing curricular tasks for our students this year. Teachers have been creating essential questions related to their curriculums about the concept of story and they will be sharing this information during our Open House sessions this Thursday. Please remember to register for our Open House. Information is posted on our school website.
This week teachers worked with our Indigenous Artist in Residence, Chantal Chagnon who shared teachings of the medicine wheel, shared teachings of Indigenous drums and worked with staff in singing and drumming to Indigenous songs. We are looking forward to planning how she will work with our students starting October 2nd. Thank you to CHEFS for sponsoring this learning experience for our students.
Dear Coventry Families,
We have had a wonderful start to our school year. This week is our first full week of learning and it already feels like we have been in class for a while as all the students have settled back into learning and found their groove. Ms. Baker and I have been doing classroom visits and sharing the story Because by Mo Williams. The story is about a girl who falls in love with music and becomes a musician “because" she had a chance to go to see a concert by a famous conductor. The idea of the story is that we never know when a small action will lead us toward a new passion or a learning experience just “because" we have had an experience or opportunity.
Our first School Council and CHEFS meeting is coming up this Thursday, September 14th. We sent home previous communication regarding this important meeting and we look forward to seeing parents at our in-person meeting Thursday night in our Learning Commons.
Thursday, September 21st, is our annual Terry Fox Run and we will be looking for volunteers. More information will be coming out to parents. Later that day, we will be hosting Coventry Open House Meet the Teacher and Family BBQ. See poster attached. We ask parents to attend these important meet the teacher sessions. These sessions will include important information regarding your child's year of learning and the new Alberta Curriculum. Parents can sign up for the grade group session they plan on attending by clicking on the link to Sign up for teacher presentation link. We will be hosting 3 repeat sessions for each grade starting at 4:15, 5:00 and 5:45. This will allow parents to attend session for each of their children depending on the grade(s) they are in.
Ms. Dalton and Ms. Baker are also hosting a volunteer information session in the Learning Commons during our Open House. If you are interested in volunteering during the 2023-2024 school year, please register for their session by clicking the following link Volunteering Session
School Council is hosting our family BBQ and needs parent volunteers to support this event including the set up and take down as well as cooking the food. We have attached links for the BBQ below as well as the QR code in the poster that can be scanned with your personal cell phones for the link.
BBQ Food Order => https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080A4DADA929A4FF2-family4
BBQ Volunteer Sign-up
Just a reminder that the Apple Fundraiser event closes tomorrow on Wednesday, September 12 and orders will be sent through. A flyer was sent home containing information the first week of school. If you are interested you can go to this link. Davidson Apple Order Form
School council is also looking for additional support for other events such as volunteers to help with the Davidson Apple delivery and Popcorn sorting volunteers. If you have volunteer clearance and can help out, please register by clicking the following links.
Popcorn Sorting Volunteer (all dates)
Davidson's Apple Delivery
This week we sent home our school packages containing important information about our school. In addition, School Council and CHEFS sent home information including their first newsletters. Additional newsletters from our School Council and CHEFS will be sent out electronically and uploaded to our school website. Please return all blue forms to the school as soon as possible. In addition, families who lasts name starts with A to M have received communication regarding the updating of student demographic forms, media releases, etc. Please fill out the forms as soon as possible according to the deadlines provided.
Important dates for September
Thursday, September 14 Food Trucks School Council/CHEFS meeting starting at 6:30 pm
Thursday, September 21 Terry Fox Student School Run 2:45 – 3:15. Volunteers needed.
Thursday, September 21 Coventry Hills Back To School BBQ starting at 3:30
Thursday, September 21 Coventry Hills School Teacher Open House
Friday, September 22 No School For Students – Non – Instructional Day
Monday, September 25 Student Picture Day for all classes
Monday, September 25 Popcorn delivery to classrooms
Wednesday, September 27 Subway Fun Lunch
Thursday, September 28 Orange Shirt Day Recognition and Assembly at 9:15 am
Friday, September 30 No School – National Truth and Reconciliation Day Holiday
Dear Parents and Guardians,
This beginning of the school year has been a busy one as teachers have been preparing for students starting on August 31st. The hustle and bustle of preparing classrooms and setting the stage for learning is important. I know that everyone is a little nervous the night before school about the prospects of the year to come. We are looking forward to meeting our students tomorrow.
First Day of School
We are asking all students to come around the back of the school to the compound area to meet up with their classroom teachers starting around 8:30 a.m. Teachers will be outside with the safety vests and signs with their names on them. If you are unsure of your child's teachers, we will have large charts that have your child's name on them to help you locate the correct teacher. In addition, Ms. Dalton, Mrs. Baker, Mrs. Bessemer and Ms. Brady will be outside also supporting families and directing them to the right location.
Our school day starts at 8:42 a.m. when the first bell rings and teachers open for doors for students to come in. Then second bell indicates that classes have started. On the first day, teachers will be staying outside a little longer to ensure they have all of their students before proceeding into the school to begin their day.
End of Day Pick Up
For many of our young students, we have family members who come to the school to pick up their child at the end of the day. We ask if you child is in grades 1, 3, 4 and you come to the compound area, that family members stand back at the edge of the compound so that the students can come outside with their classroom teachers. Teachers will bring classes far into the compound area and as each child is dismissed, they will make sure they are connected with the right person. If you would like your child to walk home on their own, please email your child's teacher directly. For students in grade 2 and Kindergarten, they will be dismissed from the west side of the school. Again, please provide space to allow the teachers to walk out with their students. For our grade 5 students, they will be released out the doors on the east side of the school.
We ask parents to arrive on time so that your child is not waiting long. If older siblings are coming to pick up their brother or sisters we ask that they behave in a caring, respectful manner that promotes welcoming, safe and caring CBE schools.
Traffic around our school- Be Aware!
It is an exciting time in our community with the opening of Old Trail High School. Many of the students will be walking, riding or driving to their new school for the first time tomorrow. With the location of the new high school we are anticipating more congestions on the main roads around the school starting at about 8:30 due to the start time of the Old Trail High being 9:00 a.m. We ask for our community members to watch out for our students. For those who are new to our school, we have a HugNGo zone that is located in the front of the school on Coventry Hills Way. Students of all ages can be dropped off at this location and an adult will ensure they will get to their designated doors for students in grades 1 – 5. The wonderful thing about our HugNGo is that the children do not need to cross the roads and they are safe on our school grounds. Please consider using this service instead of parking your cars and then walking your child to the school compound.
See you all tomorrow!
Ms. Dalton, Principal
Sports Day Thank You
I wanted to send a big shout out to all the parents that came to help-out and support our sports day on Monday. Thank you to the staff who are always so creative in developing the events and creating such a fun environment. In the end, the weather turned out perfect and the kids had a blast. Fun Times and great memories.
Medication at School
For those families who keep medication at school in the office, please plan to pick up your students' medication on or before June 29. We cannot keep student medication at school over the summer. Please contact the office via our email or call 403-777-6025 ext 0 between the hours of 9 – 2 to speak with Mrs. Armstrong or Mrs. Graumann regarding to how you will pick up the medication for your child
You can send your students' medication back to school with them on August 31, along with their completed Student Health Plan paperwork for the new 2023/24 school year.
As the year ends it is a time of transition and farewells. We will be saying goodbye to our grade 5 students on Wednesday, June 28th as we celebrate the students and their achievements with their families at our Grade 5 farewell assembly. The grade 5 students have been working hard to prepare for their special day and to celebrate the coming to an end of their time at Coventry Hills School. The end of the year also brings changes to our staff. This is a year of employment opportunity for our staff with such growth in our system and the opportunity for new experiences. I would like to personally thank all the staff who have contributed our community to help us grow and learn. We will say goodbye to the following staff members.
Mr. Hebert, Ms. Kostiuk & Mrs. Prawdzik are retiring. They have had a wonderful career with the Calgary Board of Education with a combined total of over 90 years of service. They have touched the lives and fueled the minds of thousands of students over the course of their careers. Each of them has left their mark on education and it lives in the lives of the children. I would like to thank them for the dedication to our students at Coventry Hills School and the Calgary Board of Education.
- Mrs. Joubert will be moving to Northern Lights School
- Mrs. Premji will be moving to Belfast School
- Miss Brown, Miss Pacunayen, Miss Ta, & Miss Petersen will be moving onto other positions not yet determined.
- Mr. Brown of course, as we already shared will be leaving Calgary and moving to Vancouver Island.
In addition, we will be losing some of our lunch supervisors as they transition onto new schools or different careers paths. We will be saying goodbye to Mrs. McIllwain, Mrs. Ringuette, Mrs. Hauser and Mrs. Kapur. They have been a wonderful addition to the school and supporting our Lunch program.
Each of these professionals have had a significant impact on the students at Coventry Hills School. We wish them all the best in their new school communities and in their next adventures.
Finally, another change to our school has been the loss of Mrs. Tracy Gale-Hansen who worked as an Educational Assistant and a Lunchroom Supervisor for many years. Late last summer, Mrs. Hansen fell ill and had a short but brave battle with cancer. As Mrs. Hansen and her family dealt with the devastating news of her diagnosis, she passed away shortly afterwards in September. Mrs. Hansen worked with many of the students over the years as well as being a member of our Coventry Hills Community and a parent at our school. Many of the students have asked us about Mrs. Hansen and her family has now given us permission to share with the community at large about their loss. Mrs. Hansen loved art, planting gardens and was a strong advocate for children with diverse needs. Mrs. Hansen touched the lives of many in our community and she will be missed.
We will also be welcoming new staff members to our school next year:
- Mrs. Kathleen Hamm will be joining us from Tuscany School
- Mrs. Koostra will be joining us from Saddleridge School
- Ms. Robyn Chaperone will be joining us from CBE Learn
- Mrs. Jennifer Le will become a part of our Leadership team as she has accepted the position of Learning Leader in our grade one team.
- Mrs. Julie Baker will become our new Assistant Principal
I want to wish everyone a wonderful summer holiday and we look forward to the students returning to us on Thursday, August 31, 2023
“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” BB King
It is hard to believe that the end of the year is just around the corner. This year, we have grown as a community and the students have learned so much. Now is a time of transition as we get ready for the new school year. Teachers will be sending home student work and materials so please ensure your child has a bag big enough to carry home their work and learning artifacts. Please look on your child’s Google Classroom for more information. Report cards will be released electronically and parents can access them through their MY CBE account on our school website. They will be available to download as of June29th to July 28th if parents want a paper copy.
On Monday, we will have our Sports Day so send your child dressed for the weather including a hat, sunscreen and to dress in layers if they are wearing a “jersey” as the students will be spending several hours outside and it may be hot. Thank you to the volunteers who are supporting us. It sure is helpful.
This week, our lost and found will be packed up on Thursday and taken to donation. We will be having students go with their classes to claim any items by Wednesday. If you know your child is missing something, we invite parents to come and check it out before it is packed up.
This week will be having many events as a community. For our final week, we will be having various events for students at a
- Monday, June 26th – Sports Day - Jersey Day – Wear your favorite team jersey or your Coventry Hills shirts
- Tuesday, June 27th – Western day.
- Wednesday, June 29th – Grade 5 Farewell
- Thursday, June 29th – Last Day of School – Beach Day
- Friday, June 30th - Appeals Day 9:00 am to12:00 pm.
On Wednesday, June 21, Coventry Hills School renewed our commitment to Truth and Reconciliation through education. We continue to maintain our focus on the Seven Sacred Teachings and look forward to our work with Land based learning.
“In recognition of National Indigenous Peoples Day,
and in alignment with the CBE Education Plan,
Coventry Hills School
acknowledges and supports the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action, and makes the following commitment to action for the 2023-2024 school year:
Our school will utilize the Seven Sacred Teachings to strengthen and build upon our shared understanding of character, community and cultural inclusivity. A focus within this commitment will be to use Land-based learning in an integrated way with our curricular studies across the grades.
In making our commitment, Call to Action #63.1 and #63.3 offered inspiration.
Date: June 21, 2023
We have posted on our website our commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation with a presentation sharing our learning for each grade group this year. In fall, 2023 we will be working with Chantal Chagnon, an Indigenous storyteller and artist. We look forward to learning from her teachings and continuing to develop our story as a learning community.
Dear Coventry Families,
All of our classroom placements are very carefully thought out and we identify each child's learning needs as we build equitable classroom settings for all students. We take into consideration:
- Academic abilities including areas of strength and next steps in learning,
- Behavioral considerations,
- English Language Learners,
- Peer combinations that may or may not be suitable in supporting a positive learning environment.
- Teacher/student relationships
Class list preparation is a very thoughtful process that takes many hours of conversation and planning on your child's teacher, grade team and school administration to balance individual classrooms, classroom pod combinations and the grade cohort as a whole. We will begin this process at the beginning of June. As partners in your child's education, parents also know their child best. Requests will be considered for educational purposes only. If you would like to make a classroom placement request, make your request based on the following criteria that is not specifically requesting a teacher but RATHER your request is based on educational needs including the type of learning environment you child requires to be successful. We also understanding that relationships are important to your child's success. The teachers work to ensure that each child has a friendship they currently sees in the classroom environment that supports your child's school success. If you have some sound education reasons for consideration for your child's placement please email your request stating your educational reasoning by Tuesday, June 6th to Cindy Armstrong at email@example.com and your child's current classroom teacher with the subject line: Classroom Placement Request. We will take your request into consideration when finalizing class lists but there is no guarantee we will be able to accommodate the request. I realize that you are making these decisions with best intentions for your child, but we also look at the whole school and the dynamics of each class setting. Remembering that our teachers are working together in teams so your child will be receiving the benefits of all their graded classroom teachers.
Class placements will not be shared until August 31 as we do many changes over the course of the next few months to balance class lists. Teachers will be sending out letters of introduction in their first few days of returning to work in August.
We are working hard at preparing for next year and a part of this process is to create new class lists for the 2023-2024 school year. We are forecasting our class sizes to range from 20 – 25 students per class depending on the grade. As a school we are committed to trying to keep our class sizes small and we are projected to have over 600 students. Currently our enrollment is about 40 students under our project number and if we do not have the registrations required, we will have to reorganize in the fall.
|Grade ||Student Numbers ||Number of Classes ||Students Per Class |
|K ||83 ||4 ||20/21 |
|1 ||103 ||5 ||21/22 |
|2 ||111 ||5 ||22/23 |
|3 ||110 ||5 ||22/23 |
|4 ||97 ||4 ||24/25 |
|5 ||100 ||4 ||25 |
|Total ||606 || 25 classrooms |||
Dear Coventry Families.
Wow! What a fantastic turn out we had for our School Dance. What a phenomenal job all the parent volunteers and School Council did in preparation for this event! Fun was had by all and the students enjoyed spending time with families and friends. There were so many amazing costumes. A special shout out to Amber Van Dooren, the school dance coordinator who made all of it possible and for Nikki Pike who did such a wonderful job on the Star Wars Decorations. The volunteers spent many hours setting up to make it such a special evening and then taking down all the decorations and cleaning up afterwards. In addition, I would like to thank the Nose Creek Leadership Students and their teacher supervisors who came to support this community event. School Council is looking for volunteers to support our Casino Fundraising Event taking place on Thursday, May 25 and Friday, May 26 and will be sending out a message later this week. School Council is ready to plan their next school event: a June BBQ on Friday, June 2 at 1:00 p.m. They will be sending out information very soon and will be again looking for volunteers to support this community event.
Our Volunteer Tea will be this coming Friday, May 12th from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. We are looking forward to celebrating our volunteers who support our school in so many ways. Remember to RSVP by clicking the following link: Volunteer Tea RSVP. The deadline is Wednesday, May 10 at 3:00 p.m. This way we can ensure we have enough snacks and seating available for everyone in our Learning Commons. The program will start about 9:40 a.m. and teachers will be stopping by in person to share their gratitude with those parents who have supported them and their students over the year. We hope to see many of you there.
Dear Coventry Families,
May is a month full of events, starting off the month with Hats On for Mental Health. We will be participating in Hats On for Mental Health on Wednesday, May 3 to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health. Students are invited to wear hats in support of this cause. Classes will be having age appropriate conversations with the students about positive ways that make us feel good about ourselves.
School Council is excited to be hosting a Star Wars themed School Family Dance on Thursday, May 4th starting at 6:00 pm. All tickets were sold online, please refer to previous School Messengers sent out by School Council. This is a special event as it provides an opportunity to open our doors and bring our school community together. We look forward to seeing so many families at the dance. Just a reminder, that it is a School Council hosted event and it requires parents to be at the event to supervise their own children. There are still opportunities to volunteer for the dance, click here if you can help out. School Council is also planning a school picnic in June. Further details will be coming out soon.
There is no school for students on Friday, May 5th. Teachers will be working on learning about new resources that support the new curriculum, assessment as well as making plans for Indigenous World People's Day in June.
Alien-Inline Skating begins the week of May 8th. Just a reminder that a message will be sent out regarding when the payment for skating is available online. We are looking for volunteers to help out with the younger students in assisting them with putting on their equipment so that they have lots of time for skating. Remember to bring a helmet. All other equipment is provided. We ask that students use the companies skates instead of their own as they are for indoor use only and protect our gym floors.
Thank you to those families who responded to our school survey regarding next year. With the warm weather many students are beginning to use their bikes and scooters. We ask families to please review safety precautions with their child to ensure that children are walking their bikes/scooters across the cross walks and to dismount as they wait for traffic to stop. We want to ensure everyone's safety this time of year and the sun can be blinding for drivers making it hard to see.
Important Upcoming Events
Wednesday, May 3 – Hats On for Mental Health Day – wear a hat to school
Thursday, May 4 – Grade 5 Open House at Nose Creek School 5:00pm - 5:45 pm
Thursday, May 4 - School Dance – Doors open at 6:00 pm
Friday, May 5 – No School for Students – Professional Development Day
Monday, May 8 – Alien Inline starts for classes – check out Google Classroom for Schedules.
Friday, May 12 – Volunteer Tea – starts at 9:30 am. Doors will open at 9:15.
Thursday, May 25 – Casino CHEFS Fundraising Event – Volunteers needed
May 26- Casino CHEFS Fundraising Event – Volunteers needed
Eid Mubarak! For those families in our community celebrating Eid and who have been observing Ramadan. Eid is a day of sharing and caring and we wish families who are celebrating a wonderful Eid this year.
With Springtime comes our time to continue with our safety drills. In anticipation of warmer weather, we attempt to hold these drills on warm weather days. Last Friday, we did experience a complication with our fire drill and our Facility Operator had difficulty turning off the alarm system in a timely manner. Due to the intensity of the bells and the length we stayed outside, we practiced a warming huddle where we ask students to make circle and “huddle" close to stay warm. We were able to enter the building after 10 minutes after the alarms were turned off.
Planning for next year. Thank you to all families who filled out the quick survey regarding Plans for Next Year and staying or moving from Coventry Hills School. Plans for Next Year Survey Link This information is valuable as we make school organizational plans. Currently, the CBE is projecting 626 students for our school and we are under by about 30 students. If you know of someone who has a child ready to start kindergarten, please encourage them to register if they have not. In addition, if you know your family is moving, please notify us by calling the office to let us know your new address and we can support the transition to the new school.
Alien In-line skating in happening again this year for all of our students during the month of May. A notice was sent home Monday regarding the program as a part of our Physical Education program. Please return these forms as quickly as possible. In addition, the payment for the inline skating experience will be uploaded into student accounts soon. A message will be coming out from the office when payments can be made.
Saturday, April 23rd is Earth Day. We acknowledged Earth day by turning off our lights for an hour of our day to help save energy. Ask your child what special ways they developed awareness of how to protect our Earth this week. Here are some ideas families can do at home. Family Earth Day Activities
This week was National Volunteer week. We know just how valuable volunteers are and they are a part of our learning community. We would like to take time to honour those who have dedicated their time to support our students in their learning. We will be sending out a separate message regarding our annual volunteer tea. We would like those who have taken the time to volunteer to save the date of Friday, May 12th from 9:30 to 10:30 as we would like to acknowledge to support that have been provided to our students. Please register by clicking here Volunteer Tea by April 29th so we know approximately how many to plan for. We look forward to seeing you there.
A Message from Nadine Guard – Coventry Hills School Council Chair. We are fortunate to have volunteers work in our school to support in-classroom / off-site field trips, Subway Fun Lunch & Popcorn Days, as well as numerous other activities, fundraisers and responsibilities within our school. A SHOUT OUT TO ALL OUR COVENTRY HILLS SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS!!!
Volunteers play an important role in supporting our schools and to recognize our Coventry Hills School volunteers, we will be hosting a Volunteer Appreciation Tea on Friday May 12th from 9:30 - 10:30am. If you have had the opportunity to volunteer or plan to volunteer before the end of the school year, we welcome you to join us in an opportunity for the students and staff to say "THANK YOU!!!"
Benita Dalton, Principal
We hope students and families had a wonderful spring break as many of the students had exciting stories to share about their adventures during their week off. The spring weather has arrived and the snow is quickly melting making our fields and area around the compound muddy. In the last week of March, students were slipping and falling on the muddy ground. Hopefully things will dry up quickly. In the meantime, we may need to close sections of our field or naturalization space until conditions are better and have dried up.
Spring is known as a time of new beginnings and that is no exception for us at school. April is the time when we begin to look into the following 2023 – 2024 school year. Our next year's budget is set to be released at end of this week and we will begin to forecast our organization for the 2023-2024 school year. At this time, our school is considered a “Limited Capacity" school because of our high enrollment and availability of classroom space. At this time, every classroom in our school is being used. Coventry Hills School boundaries are changing to include all of the Covehaven section of Coventry Hills that was shared with or previously designated to Northern Lights School. This is a new transition and we will be expecting several new families to join us from this area. Coventry Hills School only accepts students from within Coventry Hills Community within our designated, so if families have moved over the course of this school year and have yet to update their school demographics forms please call the office and Cindy Armstrong will send home documents to be verified and updated so that we have the most up to date information. It is always a big transition to move schools and we are sad to see our families go. Unfortunately, we do not have the physical space for out of area students and the only alternative would be to increase class sizes.
For families who have children in coming into Kindergarten or are currently registered, please take the time to fill out a short 3 question survey to help up anticipate our class sizes for next year. Click on the following link What are you plans for the 2023-24 School Year. We will close this survey on Thursday, April 20th. Thank you in advance for taking time to fill it out.
Make sure to read the School Council and CHEFS newsletters that were sent out on April 3. Nadine Guard and Amber Van Dooren have added detailed information regarding the work of School Council and CHEFS. In addition, in the CHEFS newsletter, there is a link to the Coventry Hills Casino Fundraising Event looking for volunteers on May 25 and 26th. This is a significant fundraiser that brings in approximately $60,000 to $70,000 worth of financial supports for our school.
Important Dates Ahead
Tuesday, April 4th – CBE Understanding Anxiety Session for Parents (link sent in previous school messenger)
Friday, April 7th- No School for students– Good Friday
Monday, April 10th – No School for students– Non-Instructional Professional Development Day
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