Dear David Thompson School Families,
I am looking forward to welcoming our school community to the 2020-21 school
year. I want to assure you we are doing everything possible to ensure the health
and safety of all our community members.
As you are aware on July 21, Education Minister Adriana LaGrange announced
that all schools across the province will return to classes under Scenario 1 – inschool classes resume (near normal with health measures). In response, plans are
well underway in our school to welcome our community of students as we adhere
to current health guidelines.
CBE’s Scenario 1 Information can be found on our website and outlines the
measures we are taking to provide for the health and safety of our students. Please
refer to this document for detailed information on health measures, physical set-up
of schools, cleaning of schools, daily operation of schools and transportation. The
actions described in the document follow the guidelines provided by Alberta
Education’s K-12 School Re-entry COVID-19 information: Guidance for schools reentry Scenario 1. We continue to refine information in our re-entry planning based
on provincial and CBE guidance.
Please visit our school website
https://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/davidthompson/Pages/default.aspx for information
on the actions and processes that are being applied to the specific context of our
Principal – David Thompson School
Dear David Thompson families,
Thank you for your patience as
we have worked through some necessary planning in preparation for resuming
structured learning opportunities for your child(ren). I understand there has
been plenty of uncertainty about what learning is going to look like moving
forward. I can assure you that we are going to work on key learning outcomes
at-home within the parameters established by the province and CBE.
For students in grades 5 and 6,
education content will continue to focus on language/literacy and
mathematics/numeracy outcomes, and there will be opportunity to incorporate
science and social studies outcomes through cross-curricular learning.
Teachers will assign an average of five hours of work per student per
week. Education content for students in grades 7 to 9 will average 10
hours of work per week that focuses on core mathematics, language/literacy,
science and social studies curriculum outcomes. Teachers will work with
their students and parents on the delivery of these materials.
Course content will be
delivered primarily through D2L and Google applications; however alternate
means of accessing learning materials will also be provided as needed.
Starting tomorrow, teachers will be contacting families to inquire about
student access to technology and internet services and also to determine who
may need these alternate means of delivery. Also, in order to ensure
consistency, weekly blogs will continue to be updated and sent out in the
Friday message, and grades will continue to be posted in PowerSchool.
This week, teachers will focus
on connecting with families, providing review materials through D2L shells,
Google applications or via email. Through our Friday message, we will
send out updated blogs that will describe that work students will be doing next
week, along with a schedule of virtual meeting times using Google Meet.
This application will allow students to video conference with teachers to ask
questions and get feedback. The application also allows students to
connect to the virtual meeting space by telephone. In addition, teachers
will be available by email to answer your questions. See the attached letter
regarding the use of Google Meet and Google Classroom.
This is an unprecedented time
for all of us. As we adjust to our new reality, we know our work will
evolve as we gain a greater understanding of individual situations and use of
online platforms. We also know we won’t get it perfect right out of the gates,
but we are committed to continued improvement in providing meaningful
educational programming to our students within the current context.
We would like to thank you in
advance for your ongoing understanding. Stay safe and take care of each
On behalf of all of the staff at David Thompson School, it
is my pleasure to welcome you to 2019-2020 school year. For those of you
whose children have attended our school last year, we are so glad to have you
returning. In addition, for those of you whose children are joining us this
year, we are pleased to have you as a part of our school community.
The beginning of a new school year provides us with the
opportunity to reconnect with students, families and colleagues, as well as
share stories of a summer well spent. It also provides us with an
opportunity to reflect on past successes, set new and ambitious goals, and
build new relationships.
Back to school information is currently located in the
featured stories on our homepage, or by clicking here. I also encourage
you to explore our website, which provides extensive information about our
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any
questions, concerns or comments. I look forward to working with all members of
our community this upcoming school year!
Principal, David Thompson School
Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! I look
forward to continuing to work with our students, teachers, and
parents/guardians to develop a school community that is warm, caring, safe and
respectful. Our staff would like each student to have a strong
sense of belonging in our community of learners and to be really proud to be a
David Thompson Tiger! Our teachers are committed to supporting our
students to reach their potential and to build the skills and knowledge that will help them
to be successful in the future.
I encourage you to explore the various tabs in our new
website. It’s a great way to find out what events are going on at
this school, what our expectations are of students, how to contact teachers, or
to get updates from our School Council.
If you have any questions, our main office will be happy
to assist you.
Welcome to our new website. To find details on important events, click on "Calendar" at the top of the page. To find School Council information, click on "Get Involved" then "School Council." To order fun lunches, click on "Teaching & Learning" then "Parent Resources."
If you are looking for other content, try entering the key words in the search bar in the top right. It will help you locate the link more easily.
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