We hope that everyone had a wonderful long weekend! Over the weekend, I had an opportunity to reflect on the start of this year and just how thankful we are for the families and staff that make up our school community. This year is definately not our typical start up but it has gone much smoother with the help of our staff and support from our families. Despite the challenges, our re-entry to 2020-21 has been a relatively uneventful one and we are happy to see the faces of our students back in the classroom. We have alot of be thankful for and so much of it has to do with every single one of you - thank you!
We have missed all of our students and staff, and we are looking forward to seeing everyone back at school! We understand that families may feel anxious about the start of classes during these unprecedented times. However, we want to assure everyone that we are doing our very best to ensure a safe and successful start to the school year for our students, staff and families. Last week, we sent out details of our EFS Re-Entry Plan to families via School Messenger. It can also be viewed under "Back to School Information" on our website under Registration.
It’s hard to believe that June is
here and summer vacation is just around the corner! In recent months, our
entire school community has engaged in learning how to adapt to at-home, online
learning – and graduated with flying colours! We are so proud of all our
students, parents and staff for their commitment and participation which made
these last few months so successful! Our teachers and staff are missing these
final weeks with students as we wrap up the school year as we feel we haven’t
had an opportunity to fully celebrate all the successes of 2019-20. We are
working on creating a virtual end-of-year/graduation ceremony for our students
and families so that we can start summer vacation with a proper Emily
We want to express our heartfelt gratitude
to our entire school community for all that you do on a daily basis! From
students to staff, parents to service support professionals, volunteers and
associates – you are what creates this caring community and keeps it going on a
day-to-day basis. You are all amazing – thank you! We wish you all a relaxing,
fun and safe summer holiday – see you in September!
We are a strong community and we will get through this together! It has been a trying and busy time in the last few weeks leading up to this much deserved break and we wish to let you all know that we are here to support you. It is understandable that many of us have questions and uncertainty with the developments of school closures and recent health concerns. During this time I wish to remind you to monitor your emails for important communication from our school and the Calgary Board of Education. In addition, please visit the CBE's main webpage at www.cbe.ab.ca for ongoing updates. We will continue to keep you up to date on any essential developments regarding student learning and school schedules.
On behalf of everyone at Emily Follensbee, we wish you a safe, healthy and happy spring break!
We are starting to meet with our
specialists who help us with planning for students who are transitioning to new
programs. These decisions will be based on balancing the available program
spaces throughout the system and by offering new challenges to those students
who would most benefit from a transition to a new program setting. Fred will be
calling any families that will have a graduate from our program in the very
shortly. As Christine Meikle is our biggest feeder school we always work
closely with their team to ensure a smooth transition for our students.
As we begin our planning for next year, please let us know if you are
planning a move or will not be returning to Emily Follensbee next year.
As a staff, we put a great deal of time, effort and consideration into deciding
on class configurations, and the staffing resources allocated for our various
classes every school year. We will be receiving our spring and will start
the planning for the 2020-2021 school year. Remember, we are always open to
hearing your ideas, concerns and questions. Drop in or call or email (email@example.com ) at any time.
February is a month filled with everything to do with the heart, especially when it comes to kindess. This month we are practising Random Acts of Kindess to encourage positivity towards others. We wish to acknowledge the big hearts that all of our students, families and staff have. We see and experience acts of love, kindess and support of others every single day here at Emily Follensbee. We are very lucky!
Progress Reports and IPPs went home this month. We also wish to thank all the parents/guardians who attended Parent-Teacher Learning Conferences. It was great to see you all and we hope that you had an opportunity to discuss and share your child's success to-date.
Just a reminder - wear pink on Wednesday, February 26 to support anti-bullying! Help raise awareness by wearing pink and practice kindness to help make a difference!
Welcome to 2020! We are excited to see everyone back from the winter break. We hope that families enjoyed this time with family and friends. We are looking forward to what this year will bring to our students, families and our school. We will settle back into regular routine in January and prepare for Student Progress Reports, IPP's and Parent-Teacher Learning Conferences in February. We are excited to see what your child will achieve in the upcoming months!
Important Reminder | 2020 Accountability Pillar Survey
Each year Alberta Education conducts the Accountability Pillar Survey from mid-January to the end of February. Alberta Educations uses the Accountability Pillar as a way for school authorities to measure their success, and assess their progress towards meeting their learning goals. I encourage everyone to complete this survey when it arrives in the mail. The information that you provide is extremely important is the continuing development of programs.
If you would like to view the results of the 2018-19 Accountability Pillar Survey, please click here. You will find an informative summarization of the results under "School Development Plan Highlights".
It's hard to believe that September is behind us and we are starting October - Fall is here! September was a busy month with lots of fun activities, and students have now started to settle into their daily routines.
We enjoyed an amazing fall afternoon for our annual Terry Fox Run, Walk & Roll. Thank you to everyone who put on a pair of sneakers to support this great cause and raise funds for the Terry Fox Foundation. We haven't completed a final tally of donations but I can tell you that it exceeds our original goal of $850!
As Thanksgiving and our Fall Break approaches, we want wish all of our families an enjoyable holiday and offer our thanks for your ongoing support that you give to Emily Follensbee School. We are very fortunate to have so many amazing people who help our students daily. It is truly a team effort here and we sincerely are grateful for each and everyone of you!
We are excited to welcome back our students and families into the halls of Emily Follensbee! Summer was a great opportunity to relax and recharge, and we hope everyone enjoyed their break for some much deserved family time.
The year ahead is off to a great start with students enjoying the sunshine outside and getting settled into new schedules. We are planning for another year filled with learning, steps of success and of course - a lot of fun!
We want to remind families that it is important to review, fill in and return all forms that went home in the Student Welcome Packages. We know that it seems like alot of paperwork, but we require these forms to be filled out every year to ensure your child's information is current.
Another important reminder, our first Parent-Teacher Learning Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, September 5 from 12:30 pm to 7:00 pm. This is an important opportunity for families to meet with their child's teacher to discuss the year ahead.
It is going to be a great year and we look forward to it. We want to remind everyone that if you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us!
While our students and their families get to enjoy an extra long weekend (April 19, 22 & 23 - no classes), the staff from both Emily Follensbee School and Christine Meikle School will be participating in a 2-day workshop. This workshop will be facilitated by Linda Burkhart who is a well-known Teacher and Leader in the field of assistive technology, adaptive play and augmentative communication for children who face significant challenges. Linda has developed numerous adaptive equipment and strategies to support students, as well as authored a number of books which focus on the various areas of assistive technology and augmented/alternative communications.
We are excited to be continuing our own professional development in these areas so that we can extend new knowledge, strategies and technology to the students and families of Emily Follensbee. Communication is always the key!
(Hidden) Fred Bulloch, Principal
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