Jan 24
EMS Weekly Update: January 25-29, 2021

Good morning parents/guardians,

We are entering a short week due to student progress conferences on Thursday and Friday.  Your received an email last week with details on how to book a virtual conference or to request a phone conversation with teachers.  If you are having difficulty booking a conference, please call the school at 403.777.7800.  

It will also be colder this week - please remember that the doors for breakfast program do not open until 7:55am.  Student entrance doors do not open until 8:10am.  Please ensure that your child(ren) are dressed for the weather this week if you are dropping them off.

Important Dates this Week

  • Thursday, January 28
    • Friday Schedule (8:25am-12:15pm) - early dismissal for students.
    • Report Cards distributed to students.
    • Student Progress Conferences 1:00pm-8:00pm.
  • Friday, January 29
    • Non-Instructional Day: NO CLASSES FOR STUDENTS
    • Student Progress Conferences 10:00am-2:00pm
  • Monday, February 1
    • Start of Term #3.
    • Term #3 option classes begin.

MyCBE PowerSchool Account - YOU NEED ONE!!!

Need a Parent Account?

A MyCBE / PowerSchool Parent Account will allow you to access a number of supported technologies and tools at the Calgary Board of Education, including:

  • Access to your children's academic information (schedule, grades & attendance).
  • View your children's learning using Brightspace by D2L.
  • Register for transportation and noon supervision.
  • Pay fees online and request waivers.
  • Book school conferences.

LINK: https://sis.cbe.ab.ca/public/createaccounthelp.html​

EMS School Council Meeting - Monday, January 25, 2021

Our next School Council meeting is Monday, January 25 @ 6pm via Microsoft Teams.

Agenda: EMJHCouncilAgendaJan2021.doc 

Minutes from last meeting: Ernest Morrow council minutes Nov.23.docx 

Meeting Link: Click here to join the meeting

Cafeteria Menu: January 25-27, 2021

Monday, January 25 - Red lentil soup served with small size bun / salad $4.

Tuesday, January 26 - Butter Chicken Wrap served $5, Halal Butter Chicken wrap $5.

Wednesday, January 27 - Beef hot dog $3, Halal Beef hot dog $3.50, Vegetarian hot dog $3.50.

Thursday, January 28 - No lunch service.

Cold sandwich - Cold Deli sliced chicken $3.50.

Chocolate milk / Assorted juices / treats available. 

Thank you and have an amazing week!

Kevin Godfrey
Proud Principal
"THE" Ernest Morrow​


Jan 16
EMS Weekly Update: January 18-22, 2021

Good morning parents/guardians,

A big thank you from EMS staff for a great return to in-person learning.  It was awesome to have all our students return to the building - the energy was amazing to see again.  Updates for the week are as follows:

Student Progress Conferences

The 2nd round of Student Progress Conferences will be Thursday, January 28 and Friday, January 29.

  • Thursday, January 28: 
    • Friday Schedule for students: 8:25am-12:15pm.
    • Conferences are from 1:00-8:00pm
    • Conferences will be virtual (Microsoft Teams) or via phone call.
  • Friday, January 29:
    • Non-Instructional Day: NO school for students.
    • Conferences are from 10:00am-2:00pm.
    • Conferences will be virtual (Microsoft Teams) or via phone call.

Parents/guardians will receive an email from your child's Humanities teacher on Monday, January 18 with specific instructions on how to book a virtual conference or how to book a phone conference.  Please refer to the instructions and steps that will be contained in this email. 

We will be using Conference Manager as we did in October.  In order to use Conference Manager, you need a MyCBE / PowerSchool account. Conference Manager will open for bookings on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 @ 8am.

Need a MyCBE / PowerSchool Parent Account?

A MyCBE / PowerSchool Parent Account will allow you to access a number of supported technologies and tools at the Calgary Board of Education, including:

  • Access to your children's academic information (schedule, grades & attendance)
  • View your children's learning using Brightspace by D2L
  • Register for transportation and noon supervision
  • Pay fees online and request waivers
  • Book school conferences

To sign-up for a MyCBE / PowerSchool account, please use the following link: https://sis.cbe.ab.ca/public/home.html#create-parent-account

Return of School Chromebooks

If your child loaned a Chromebook from EMS during at home learning, please return it to the office ASAP.  We would like to get all of our Chromebooks back into circulation to support in-person learning on a daily basis.

Cafeteria Menu: January 18-21, 2021

Monday, January 18 - Jamaican Beef Patty served with Baked fries $4.50.

Tuesday, January 19 - Chickpeas curry served on brown basmati rice / salad $5.

Wednesday, January 20 - Buffalo Chicken Wrap $3.75.

Thursday, Januart 21 - BLT sandwich with small soup bowl $5.

Cold sandwich 

Hummus vegetarian sandwich $3

Cold Chocolate milk available. 

Please note the cafeteria is cash only - we do not have pre-pay or debit.

Thank you and have an amazing week!

Kevin Godfrey
Proud Principal
"THE" Ernest Morrow​


Jan 09
Return to In-Person Learning

Good afternoon parents/guardians,

Welcome to 2021 and welcome back to in-person learning!  As stated by the premier, in-person learning resumes on Monday, January 11, 2021.  Please note the following updates:

Return to In-Person Learning for All Students

In-person learning at EMS resumes Monday, January 11, 2021.

  • Breakfast program opens at 755am.
  • Grade level designated entry doors open at 810am.
  • Classes begin at 825am.

HUB students returning to in-person learning at EMS

The deadline to indicate that you would like your child to return to in-person learning was January 8, 2021 at 12 noon.  If you filled out the Notice of Intent through your myCBE / Powerschool account or called the school to inform - we have now received your request.

***A return to in-person learning for HUB students who submitted their request before the dealine DOES NOT START until Monday, February 1, 2021***

Until this date, HUB students will continue taking their classes online.  HUB students are expected to attend all virtual classes and complete all assigned tasks.

The HUB is not open for registration.  No students will be entering HUB learning for the remainder of the 20-21 school year.

EMS Parent Association Meeting: Tuesday, January 12, 2021 @ 6pm

Please join us for the next parent association meeting on Monday, January 12 @ 6pm.  This meeting will be virtual and will take place through Microsoft Teams.

Previous Meeting Minutes: Nov4,2020EMJHParentAssocMinutes.doc 

January 12 Agenda: Jan2021agendaAssoc.doc 

Teams Meeting Link: Click here to join the meeting  (If link does not work, email me directly at kmgodfrey@cbe.ab.ca and I will send you the link).

Student Expectations

All student expectations and COVID-19 protocols still remain in place.  Teachers will be spending time on Monday reviewing school expectations with students.

  • All students must be wearing a mask to enter the building unless a medical exemtpion is in place and on file.
  • Masks must be worn at all times in the building unless eating, drinking, or participating in physical activity.
  • All students must sanitize hands upon entry.
  • Students must try their best to physically distance themselves from others.
  • Students are not to share any personal items.
  • Students are to keep their hands and feet to themselves at all times.

Ernest Morrow is a safe and clean building.  We all need to do our part to keep it that way.

COVID-19 Daily Screening

All parents/guardians are expected to ensure their child(ren) are not sick and/or displaying signs or symptoms of COVID-19 before sending them to school each day.  If your child has symptoms and/or tells you they are not feeling well, they are not to be sent to school.  They are to stay home and you are to follow public health guidelines.  These can be found at https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx

Parents/guardians can also use the COVID-19 Daily Checklist: Covid 19 Daily Checklist.pdf 

If a student arrives at school sick and/or develops symptoms at school, parents/guardians will be contacted and expected to pick-up their child within 1 hour.

Technology Return (Chromebooks)

Chromebooks that were loaned from the school need to be returned starting Monday.  Students can bring the device and power cord to the office - school administration will inspect the device and sign-it back into inventory.

Please return these devices ASAP so they can be cleaned, isolated, and then put back into circulation so they can be used by EMS students in school.

Cafeteria Menu: January 11-14, 2021

Monday, January 11 - All Beef Hot dog $3.00, Halal Beef Hot dog $3.50.

Tuesday, January 12 - Meatballs spaghetti served with garlic toast/ salad $5.

Wednesday, January 13 - Baked chicken burger served with fries $5, Halal chicken meal $5.50.

Thursday, January 14 -  Red Lentil rice soup served with small bun $3.75.

Cold sandwich - Vegetarian hummus on whole wheat sandwich $3.50.

Chocolate milk available on Wednesday onwards.


Thank you and have an amazing week!

Kevin Godfrey
Proud Principal
"THE" Ernest Morrow​


Jan 02
EMS Weekly Update: January 4-8, 2021


Good morning parents/guardians,

Happy new year!  Hopefully your holidays were safe and you and your family have remained healthy.  Learning resumes on Monday - please read the entire body of this email as there is a great deal of information.

Upcoming Dates

  • Monday, January 4: Online learning (at home) for all students in Gr. 6,7,8,9.  PLP/LEAD students attend in-person learning at EMS.
  • Friday, January 8: Parents/guardians of HUB students need to inform EMS if they would like their student(s) to return to in-person learning.
  • Monday, January 11: In-person learning resumes for all EMS students.

Continued Learning at EMS

  • LEAD/PLP:
    • LEAD/PLP students continue in-person learning at EMS from Jan. 4-8, 2021.
      • Breakfast program and cafeteria lunch service will be available.
      • PLP/LEAD students to enter the school through the front doors.
      • Doors will open at 8:10am for breakfast program and for students entering the building.
    • All students return to in-person learning Jan. 11, 2021.
  • Gr. 6/7/8/9:
    • Gr. 6 students begin at home learning Jan. 4-8, 2021.
    • Gr. 7/8/9 students continue at home learning Jan. 4-8, 2021.
    • All students return to in-person learning Jan. 11, 2021.

HUB Learning

By Friday, January 8 at 12 noon, parents/guardians of HUB students need to inform EMS if they would like their student(s) to return to in-person learning.

  • HUB LEARNING students wanting to return to in-person learning at EMS starting February 1, 2021 must notify the school by January 8.
  • You MUST indicate your intention to return to in-person learning through your myCBE / PowerSchool account by 12 NOON on January 8.
  • All information to complete this process has been emailed to HUB families multiple times.
  • STEP-BY-STEP instructions on how to complete this process: https://cbe.ab.ca/support/Pages/MyCBE-PowerSchool-Hub-Notice-of-Intent.aspx

If you experience difficulty completing this process, please call the school between Jan. 4-8, 2021 (January 8 must be before 12 noon).

COVID-19 Protocols and Expectations

All expectations are still in place for students/staff in the building.  All families should be using the daily COVID-19 questionaire before sending students to school.  If students show any symptoms and/or state that they are not feeling well - they are to be kept at home and not sent to school.  If this is the case, please call the school to notify us of your absence.  Please also follow the guidelines of the checklist.

COVID-19 Daily Checklist: Covid 19 Daily Checklist.pdf 

We look forward to seeing all of our students return to learning!

Kevin Godfrey
Proud Principal
"THE" Ernest Morrow

 

Ernest Morrow School

1212 47 St. SE
403-777-7800​


Nov 24
EMS UPDATE | In-Person Learning for all Students Continues this Week

Good evening parents/guardians,

***In-person learning for all Gr. 6-9 students continues at EMS for the remainder of this week***

The government of Alberta announced changes earlier today to all schools for both in-person and at-home learning starting Monday, November 30, 2020.

Those changes are:

Changes for Grade 7-12 students

  • Move to at-home learning starting Monday, Nov. 30 to Friday, Jan. 8 (except during winter break).
  • In-person classes will resume starting Monday, Jan. 11, 2021.
  • Diploma exams are optional for rest of the school year (high school students).
  • There are no changes for students in CBE's Hub online learning or CBe-learn

Changes for Grade K-6 students (including Early Childhood Services)

  • Continue in-person learning until winter break.
  • Move to at-home learning during the week of Jan. 4 to Jan. 8, 2021.
  • In-person classes will resume starting Monday, Jan. 11.
  • There are no changes for Grade 1 - 6 students in CBE's Hub online learning or CBe-learn.

As more specific information becomes available, it will be passed along to you.  Please check your email regularly over the next few days for updates from EMS and the CBE.

Thank you,

Kevin Godfrey
Proud Principal
"THE" Ernest Morrow​


Aug 27
Staggered Entry

Good afternoon EMS families,

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year. Our teachers and staff are ready to welcome you back into the building. It has been a long wait and we are excited to see everyone! Without question, this school year will be a year like no other.
The reason for this message today is to let you know about our Staggered Entry Plan for all students during the first week (September 1-4) of school. We are beginning our school year this way to limit the number of students entering the school. The purpose of the plan is:

  • To ease the transition of students into school,
  • To spend time with smaller groups familiarizing them with our health measures,
  • To facilitate physical distancing while teaching the protocols of our health measures,
  • To allow each child and accompanying family member to have a successful and memorable “first day of school” drop-off.
    • ​​​​​​​Only students are allowed in the building.  Parents who are dropping children off will need to say their goodbyes near designated entrance doors.
    • While outside waiting for entry, students, parents, and families must adhere to social distancing.
    • Parents/guardians are encouraged to stay in their vehicles if possible.

Please see our Back to School page for our Staggered Entry Plan for the first week for Grade 6-9 Students

On these days, doors to the school will not open until 8:20am.  If you are dropping children off early, please remind them that they need to social distance from their peers.  Students will also be required to wear a mask on their specific re-entry day.  Please send your child to school with a mask.  If you do not have one, a disposable mask will be provided.  All students will be provided with two (2) reusable masks by Alberta Education, but they have not arrived at the school yet and there is no guarantee that they will arrive in time to be distributed to students on their specific re-entry day.  All students need to bring is a snack/lunch on this day.  Breakfast program and the cafeteria will not be available until September 8, 2020 at the earliest.

 
***Microwaves are not available for student use.  Please do not send your child with food that needs to be heated and/or re-heated***

​​​​​​​I recognize that this information comes to you less than a week away from the scheduled first day (September 1, 2020), and apologize for any inconvenience. We wanted to get this to you as soon as possible to make alternate child care arrangements for next week if required.

I think we can all agree that taking it slow while being intentional about safety is important given the circumstances. We appreciate your support in helping us get a strong start to the school year.

By the end of day Friday, specific information about school re-entry, set-up, and safety measures in place at EMS will be posted on our school website. You will also receive this information through email. You can also expect a phone call from your child's homeroom teacher on Friday.  If no one answers, a message will be left and an email will be sent to you by your homeroom teacher.

Thank you! We’ve missed you all, and can’t wait for school to resume. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at the school or by email.

Kevin Godfrey
Proud Principal
"THE" Ernest Morrow


Apr 03
EMS Learning Update

Good afternoon parents/guardians,

Spring break ends today and we are preparing to return to teaching and learning - albeit now from home.  Teaching and learning from home will be something new for all of us - rest assured, we will get through.  You will be getting two emails today.  This email will outline the plan for students for April 6-9 (no learning April 10 - Good Friday).  The second email today will provide information on Google Classroom and Google Meet.  These are the tools that EMS has choosen to support online learning from home.

Please remember that the school is closed.  Access to the school is by appointment only.   If your student requires access to the building to pick up an essential life item from their locker before we schedule locker cleanout and pick up (see below), you will need to call the school during office hours and make an appointment.  No one will be admitted to the school without an appointment being made in advance.  If your child is sick and/or displays any symptoms of COVID-19, we ask that you stay home as you will not be admitted to the school.  Office hours are as follows:

  • Monday-Thursday: 800am-300pm
  • Friday: 800am-1pm

We are currently in the process of creating a schedule for students to come to EMS and pick up their personal belongings.  As per AHS and CBE guidelines, we must limit the number of people that are in the facility at one time.  Once the schedule is created and finalized, instructions for sign-up will be emailed to parents/guardians.

Next week, home room teachers will be reaching out to all students in their group to check-in and see how they are doing and to also ask questions around learning from home.  The information provided by students/parents/guardians is essential for us as we prepare the best possible learning experiences for EMS students moving forward.

***Teachers will be reaching out primarily by phone (email if they cannot get an answer to a phone call) between Monday-Wednesday next week.  It is imperative that you answer the phone and/or reply to the email that is sent.***  If your contact information has changed since the beginning of the year, please reply to me directly so I can update our records.

Teachers will be planning and preparing lessons and tasks for your children from April 6-9.  Online learning will commence Monday, April 13.  A detailed schedule will be emailed to parents, posted in Google Classroom and posted to the school website next week. 

Access to technology and the internet may be an issue for you.  Paper packages of assigned tasks will be made available only to students/families who do not have access to technology.  Devices that suppport Google Classroom/Meet are desktops, laptops, tablets, smart phones, Playstation/Xbox that can access the internet...the internet is also required.  As of now, we are still awaiting direction on the distribution of paper packages to students from the AHS and the CBE.  Once that is received, a pick-up and drop off schedule will be established for each grade.

I would like to thank you for your continued patience and support through these difficult times.  Teaching and learning online from home is something that very few of us have done before.  Please know that EMS staff are a hardworking, dedicated group of educators that will support your child(ren) through uncharted waters.

Kevin Godfrey
Proud Principal
Ernest Morrow School​
Dec 04
Principal Introduction

I am thrilled to announce my new appointment as the Principal of Ernest Morrow.  I am currently the Assistant Principal at Samuel W. Shaw School in the community of Shawnessy in the SW. I have been at SWS for just over one year and have enjoyed working with the students, staff, parents/guardians, and members of the community. Previously, I was the Assistant Principal at Woodman School for three years and a learning leader/teacher at RT Alderman School and Midsun School.

As the current Assistant Principal of Samuel W. Shaw School, I will continue to focus on my responsibilities at SWS until a date has been determined for me to start at Ernest Morrow.  The school is in great hands with Ms. Reed as the Acting Principal and I look forward to meeting and discussing our transition plan.  I am very excited to collaborate with parents/guardians, students, and staff to continue to build a supportive and positive place for your children to learn.

Once I begin in the New Year, my goal over the first few weeks will be to understand who our learners are at Ernest Morrow.  I will be in classrooms working with students and staff as we work together to create safe and caring learning environments, life long learners, and future leaders of our community, province, and country. 

This will be an amazing journey and I cannot wait for it to begin.  Best wishes to you and your family as we get closer to the holiday season.

Yours in education,

Mr. Kevin Godfrey​

Nov 08
Principal Farewell
The purpose of this post is to let you know that on November 26th, I will be taking a position as Policy Coordinator for the Calgary Board of Education. I will continue to be principal of Ernest Morrow School until then.  As we wait for an announcement of the new principal of Ernest Morrow School, you can rest assured our students will continue to be cared for and the school looked after by Mr. Moses, the Assistant Principal, and the rest of our staff.  

I first want to say thank you for the privilege of serving your child. It has been my pleasure to be at Ernest Morrow getting to know our students. They are funny, serious, and challenging while still demonstrating that they have been raised with those really strong values of kindness and respect. These are amazing kids who have continued to rise to the challenges we present them and show us that they are highly able. Some of my favourite conversations were discussions initiated by the students around school finances, the need to study Black history, and the need to create a visually appealing place for students to learn. Ernest Morrow will have a special place in my heart.

I want to thank our School Council who continue to work towards supporting the school in creating a strong learning environment for students.

It has been an honour to work with the teachers at Ernest Morrow. We began a journey in March of 2017 to create Morrow, a place in which students feel safe and know they are going to get a quality learning experience. There have been many changes and the teachers are an amazing group who consistently demonstrate their commitment to our students. The teachers at Ernest Morrow are happiest when they get to talk about their students and ways to make learning more engaging and relevant. Your child is in good hands.

Finally, I want to thank you, the parents. It always takes time to build relationships in a new building, but you have been welcoming and have shown a willingness to work together in supporting your child. Many of you have shared wisdom and insights with us as a team. Parents, students and staff will be provided with the opportunity to respond to a survey around principal selection. Please look for that survey next week.

I am grateful for the trust you place in myself and the team at Ernest Morrow.  I wish you and your family much health and success in the future. We never say goodbye, but Farewell for Now Friend. My deepest respect to all of you.  

Sincerely,

Denise Sauverwald

Sep 14
Welcome Back!

Welcome Back!

It has been a fantastic start to the new school year. Both the students and teachers have worked hard to create a welcoming and safe learning environment for all students. Both students and teachers have commented on the change in atmosphere at the school this year.

One of our goals this year is to provide better communication and access to students’ learning throughout the year. The following offerings are available this year:

·         Website – our calendar will be updated consistently with school events and activities

·         Course Outlines – to be posted on the Teachers’ blogs, which you can find on the website

·         Teacher Blogs – updated to let parents know what is happening in class

·         Curriculum Sharing Nights – an opportunity to come and see your child’s work twice this year. This is not a parent-interview and is led by your child

·         Parent-Teacher Interviews – an opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher to review your child’s learning twice a year – Parents will book conferences online

·         Contact the teacher – Each teacher has provided parents with their email

·         Showcase – each exploratory will showcase the work students are creating, designing and solving problems 

Teachers are working incredibly hard to understand Power School, which is our new system for attendance, marks etc. The Power School app will allow parents to have up to date and timely information. For example, parents are able to check hourly on their child’s attendance. Teachers will be putting all assignments into Power School and each of the assignments will show parents how those assignments connect to the report card stems. We owe many thanks to Ms. Currie, our Admin Secretary for the many hours she has put into making Power School a success. An information package went home to help parents sign up for Power School. You will need:

Creation of MyCBE account

Your email address

Power School app – can download right to your phone!

With the exception of our specialized settings, all of our students are now riding City Transit. The students have found this transition to be quite easy and we have had positive feedback. I want to remind parents that there is support for the price of the bus passes through the Fair Entry Program through the City of Calgary at http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/CNS/Pages/Neighbourhood-Services/Programs-and-services-for-low-income-calgarians.aspx . They will send the passes to the school for your child. For parents who are seeking the rebate on bus passes, you will need to make sure you keep the passes. Rebates start and be available in October.

As a staff, we are all reading Discipline with Dignity. This book will support all of us in creating a learning environment that is inclusive of all learners and supports us in creating the safe and caring learning environment we want all students experience. Teachers are currently in the process of determining baseline assessments for all students in the building. We are assessing mathematics, writing and comprehension. The information from these assessments will inform teachers’ planning and our work around meeting students’ learning needs. The information from these assessments as well as the students’ work in the classrooms will determine our goals for the year in our School Development Plan. I look forward to sharing that plan with you at a School Council meeting.

Please get involved by attending the School Council meetings. We try to share information and answer questions of interest to parents.

Again, I want to thank you for the honour of working with your child. The students at Ernest Morrow continue to prove that they are highly able and want to grow and learn while taking on challenging work. 

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