Jun 21
Principal's Message

Dear Coventry Families,

 

This is our last full week together and we are looking forward to these last moments with our students.  It is a busy one as students engage in reflection about what they have learned this year in relation to the Seven Sacred Teachings.  Each Child is writing an 'I am' poem to share our personal histories.  This poem will be shared with next year's teacher as an introduction to their new classroom community. On June 21st, we will be sharing our commitment to Truth and Reconcilation as a part of Indigenous World People's Day. 

This Friday is our annual sports day – Colourful Coventry.  Just a reminder to wear the designated colours for the grade team. In the last message, information was given for each grade. Check your child's Google Classroom to look up their colour. School Council has sponsored the purchase of a popsicle for each student, so on Friday in the late morning, all students will be given a popsicle. If you have concerns regarding this, contact your child's teacher directly.

June is a time of change.  This is the time of year when teachers make transitions to other opportunities with the Calgary Board of Education.  To date, we have confirmed that some of our staff are moving on and there are still positions to be filled throughout the CBE so there may be other teachers moving as well.  We should have most positions confirmed by next Monday, June 27th. We have been so fortunate to have these teachers be a part of the Coventry Hills School Staff and we wish them all the best as they move onto different schools within the CBE.

We would like to extend our appreciation for our temporary contract teachers who came in to cover for short term contracts as positions are created or teacher leaves occurred.   Ms. Monds, Ms. Finlay, Ms. Pritchard, Ms. Petersen, and Mr. Clarke spent their first year(s) of teaching with us and we wish them well as they move onto other positions and continued success in their teaching careers.  Mr. Corriveau and Mrs. Turner, our grade 4 and 5 Learning Leaders will be heading to new schools and continuing in the Learning Leader position at their new schools. I would like to thank them for partnering to lead our Coventry Hills Staff in the work of the CBE and sharing their expertise with us.  Mrs. Ta and Mrs. Hinks are going on leaves next year to pursue other opportunities and we wish them well in their new adventures, they will return back to another school in the CBE in the 2023- 24 school year. Mrs. Rosenthal will be on maternity leave all next year and we look forward to her return in the 2023-2024 school year. Mrs. Verstraete is also moving on to a new a new teaching position at a school in the southwest. Thank you to the teachers and their tireless service. The teachers have created strong bonds with the students and have made a mark on our school.  We will also say goodbye to Mrs. Best, our Adminstrative Assistant who has been covering for Mrs. Cindy Armstrong who will be returning in September. 

Our last day of school is Tuesday, June 28th.  We will be hosting a grade 5 Farewell Assembly for the grade 5 students and their parents in our school gym. We will have a short assembly with the student body who will attend virtually to say farewell to our grade 5 students.  Grade 5 parents, you will have received an invitation from your child already and teachers will be emailing more information to families.  We will start our assembly at 9:30 am sharp. Thank you to School Council/CHEFS for donating a legacy tree that will be planted in our school Naturalization Space next week. 

 Wednesday, June 29th is our Appeals Day 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. If parents have concerns regarding their child's report card, please call the office at 9:00 to set up an appointment to discuss it with your child's teacher. 

Report Cards will be released on Tuesday, June 28th. We are no longer printing report cards so please see the information below regarding how to access MYCBE/Powerschool account to see your child's grade.  See below with more information that was sent home to families from Chief Superintendent Usih.

Online Report Cards

Families will be able to view online student report cards for all K-12 students on June 28, 2022.

Parents and Guardians can log in to MyCBE to view student information, including report cards, comments from your child's teacher, assignments and grades, and attendance information. For best access to information, log in to the MyCBE Portal instead of using the PowerSchool App.

Need help? Check out the video tutorials, user guides and other technical support on the MyCBE Technical Support Page.

ID Numbers

Your child's CBE ID Number is required to register for a MyCBE Account. This number can be found on your child's CBE ID card or on their report card. If you do not have a MyCBE account and do not know your child's CBE ID number, contact your child's school before the end of the school year.

Check for Outstanding Fees

Parents are encouraged to check their MyCBE account for any fees that may be still outstanding for the school year. All payments should be received by June 30. CBE has a waiver process for families who can't afford to pay the fees. Waiver applications for the 2021-22 school year must be completed by June 30.

Sincerley,

Benita Dalton, Principal​


Oct 13
Gratitude

“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.

Sincerely,

Benita Dalton
Principal


Oct 05
Oct. 5-9, 2020 Update

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

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.

Sincerely,

Benita Dalton
Principal


Sep 21
Sept. 21-25 Update

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.


Jul 06
CHS Update June 29

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.)

 

Coventry 2020-2021

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. 

 

Happy Summer!

Benita Dalton​

Jun 24
CHS Reminders June 14

Dear Families,

 

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

 

Best Regards,


Joan Laythorpe

 

                                          
Jun 20
CHS Weely Update June 22-26

Happy Endings start with new Beginnings. Luanne Rice

Dear Families;

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.

Farewell

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.

Sincerely,

Benita Dalton and Joan Laythorpe​

Jun 09
CHS Update

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.

 

Sincerely,

 

Joan Laythorpe​

Jun 06
CHS Weekly Update June 8-12

Dear Parents,

 

 

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

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