Good morning! It is nice to welcome March and hopefully put the last of the really cold weather behind us.
Thank-You from The Manor Village at Fish Creek Park
You may recall that our students prepared Valentines for the residents of The Manor Village, and these were delivered to the residents on February 10th. Last week we received many “thank-yous" from the residence in the form of beautifully handwritten cards addressed to our students expressing sentiments like “bringing smiles to our hearts," “your cards made us feel loved," and your cards “put smiles on all our faces and few teas as well." Accompanying these were several photographs of the masked residents holding their Valentine's, eyes smiling. The messages and images brought a profound sense of pride in our students and our learning community who were able to share some joy with our neighbours in what is for many, a difficult and lonely time. We are showcasing these messages and images in our gathering area for our students to see how their small act of kindness made a huge difference in so many people's lives.
On March 11th and 12th, our teachers will be hosting virtual individual learning conferences to discuss current learning with families. The system will be open for booking today at 4:00. Conferences run for Kindergarten students on Thursday afternoon, Thursday evening and Friday morning. Conferences for grade 1-4 will occur on Thursday evening and Friday morning. If you receive this message, you will also receive an email from the booking system directly as another reminder.
Spring Picture Day
Thursday, March 11th is our Spring Picture Day hosted by Lifetouch. This is an opportunity for students that may have missed our fall photo day and for students that have joined Evergreen later in the year to have their photo taken and to be included in our yearbook. Please note that there will not be class photos (the group together) this year due to our Covid protocols.
Have a marvellous start to March!
We have been greeted by a blast of winter to remind us how good we have had it. Please ensure your children come with winter coats, toques, mittens and snow pants as we will still be heading outside for our breaks (recess/lunch) as long as the temperature is better than -20. In addition, if you are able, please include an extra mask in your child’s backpack as we have noted that we are supplying a number of masks to students. We have a limited supply to be used in unexpected situations, and are happy to provide these, but if you are able to provide a back-up mask in your child’s backpack it would be greatly appreciated.
Next Monday we welcome back several Evergreen students that spent their first semester learning online. We are excited to have them join their classmates for the remainder of the school year. Across the system, close to 3500 students are returning to in person learning in grade 1-12. As a result, there is some reorganization occurring in the Hub as the staffing needs will be different given these transitions. Since September, we have had the pleasure of having Ms. Andrews working as Hub 3 teacher out of Evergreen school. Unfortunately, for the reasons stated above, Ms. Andrews will not be continuing on with the Hub into semester 2. We thank Ms. Andrews for her contributions to our community and the communities she served in her Hub 3 classroom. We wish her every success in the next chapter of her teaching career.
Teachers have been busy completing their term 1 Report Cards. The system will be releasing these digitally the week of February 1st in a reverse alphabetical order according to school name. Based on that schedule, Evergreen’s are to be available to you on February 4th. If you do not see the reports in PowerSchool by Friday, February 5th, please reach out to the office so we can support you.
Pink Shirt Day is our anti-bullying awareness day and this year we will observe it on February 24th. Teachers will take this work up within their classrooms, and students who wish to are encouraged to wear pink to show their support for one another and to promote kindness. At our last council meeting a community member inquired about pink Evergreen shirts being available to purchase as they described some challenge in finding a pink shirt for their child to wear to participate in these days. Further, the idea came forward to have the pink shirt read “Evergreen Cares.” We have included the link to the store here. There is no expectation to buy; it is simply an opportunity if you are interested.
Finally, just a reminder that this Friday, January 29th, is a PD day and there is no school for students.
Welcome back! We sincerely wish to thank our teachers, our students and you for engaging in on-line learning this week. As we continue to follow provincial direction, all schools will be resuming in-person classes on Monday, Jan. 11. We are excited to welcome our students back. The decision to move between scenarios is made by Alberta Education in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health.
Parking & Drop Off
With the heavy snowfall we experienced over the break, we have accumulated snow on the streets in and around the south side of the school. These plowed snowbanks will create some challenges with drop off and pick-up on the south side of our school. Thankfully, our bus zone, and drop zone on the east side (front of school) have been cleared allowing clear access to these areas. You may want to allow a few extra minutes navigating these issues next week.
Daily Health Checklist
We remind everyone entering a CBE school they must monitor for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. Please complete the checklist each day prior to attending school. If your child has any of the symptoms of illness listed on the Alberta Health daily checklist, please fill out the online Alberta Health Services COVID-19 self-assessment or call Health Link at 811 and keep your child at home. If your child is feeling unwell, they must remain at home. As well, if they have had a COVID-19 test, they must not return to school until they get results, even if they are feeling better.
Evergreen School council will meet virtually this Wednesday at 6:30. If you are interested in participating in the meeting, please email email@example.com to receive the meeting link.
Please remember that we will try to do as much of our Phys Ed program outside as we can this year. This provides us all with some much-needed fresh air each day and a mask break as well. The weather has been outstanding so far and it looks good as we roll into the first part of January. Parents, can you please support your students in having all of the necessary clothing to spend up to 30 minutes at a time outside. This includes proper footwear, snow pants if necessary and coats that block some wind and wet. Also, PLEASE have students pack mittens and hats every day. Morning classes are generally colder than the afternoons, but any day can shift 15-20 degrees in a matter of hours.
For the week of January 11-15, we may be heading out for some winter walks on our community pathways for some PE classes. Give us a wave if you see us out there!
Kindergarten Registration 2021-22
Kindergarten registration for the 2021-22 school year begins on January 11th. With access to the school being limited for everyone's safety, registration is to be completed on-line. The following is the process to register students new to CBE who are Canadian citizens. If you have questions, please contact the school directly.
Required Documentation: For a list complete list of documents, see the last page of the registration form.
- Student Registration Form – Dependent Student; Save the file as “New Registration -" followed by the full legal name of the child/student.
- Proof of age; Canadian Birth Certificate or Passport.
- Proof of address; Drivers Licence of legal guardian.
The subject line of the email is to be “New Registration -" followed by the full legal name of the child/student. For example, if the full legal name of the child is Morgan Aubrey Smith, then the subject line of the email is "New Registration - Morgan Aubrey Smith".
Attach the registration form, proof of address and the proof of age, legal name and citizenship document to the email.
In the body of your email, please indicate your preference for AM or PM kindergarten class placement. Please note that although we will do our utmost to meet the needs of the families in our community, kindergarten placement in AM or PM is not done on a first come first serve basis nor can we provide any guarantees.
Until documents can be verified in person at the school, student registration is conditional. In the majority of cases, this will not be done until the health emergency is over.
Happy New Year to all! As you know, the first week after the break is online learning for our students (Jan 4-8th). The Alberta government wants to allow some extra time out of the school building after the holidays to make sure everyone is healthy and well for the return to school. We hope to return to in-person learning on January 11th.
Your teachers have set up their Google classrooms to prepare for the week. If you require any assistance accessing, please contact your child's teacher. We will do our best to troubleshoot password errors to allow your child to access their learning.
Alberta Education has emphasized that schools must take attendance every morning and afternoon. As such, teachers have scheduled live meet times in the morning and afternoon to facilitate this. If you are not planning to attend, please contact the attendance line to notify us of the absence.
I know the teachers are looking forward to connecting with their students virtually this week.
Thank you for your ongoing patience and support.
Normally, December is a month filled with school events as we have an opportunity to enjoy our winter concerts together, participate in the Mayor's Food Drive and share our best wishes of the season with one another. This year, the absence of these opportunities are profound, but through it all, our classrooms continue to be places of caring and connection. We are very proud of our students and our learning community as they continue to demonstrate resilience and joy.
This Friday is Pajama Day for our AM kindergarten and grade 1-4 students. Students and staff are welcome to wear their Pajama's to school on December 18th and enjoy some classroom based activities and celebrations. Our afternoon kindergarten students may participate on Thursday, December 17th, as this is their last day before the winter break.
In accordance with the provincial mandate, for the week of Jan. 4-8th 2021, our students will be learning online. Evergreen teachers and grade teams have been busy planning and preparing materials for this week. Teachers will be sharing the specifics with their students and families prior to winter break. In preparation, it is important that your children and or yourself know how to access their Google Classroom. Please confirm that your students know their username and password. For our youngest learners, teachers will be sharing this information directly with parents.
With our current restrictions, our winter break will look different than it has looked before; however, we wish you and your family rest, peace and hope in spite of the challenges all around us. If you celebrate Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas and to everyone a Happy New Year. Have a safe and happy holiday.
Good morning everyone, I am always taken aback how quickly the days, weeks and months go, and this year is no exception as we welcome December this week.
This week is the final week for our MRU Student Teachers. We know that their thoughtful planning, reflective practice and enthusiasm for teaching have enriched the classrooms they have been working in. We thank them for all their hard work and energy.
For our students in the Hub, your learning conferences occur this Thursday and Friday. You should have received notification of the booking process on Friday from School Conferences. If you require support, please contact the office.
This year, there has been a shift in our Report Card timeline. At Evergreen, we have often had our first reporting period coincide with winter break. This year that is not the case as the CBE has aligned our reporting period system wide to support students who may transition from Hub Online Learning to in-class instruction in February. All CBE report cards will be shared with families February 1-5, 2021. Report Cards will be available digitally again this year.
Friday is a system PD day so there is no school for students on December 4th.
Good Morning! This week, November 16-22, is National Metis Week in Canada. The Métis are one of three constitutionally recognized groups of Indigenous people in Canada whose ancestral roots are a combination of European and Indigenous. The Métis have a distinct culture and language as well as a shared history and many kin relations. Our teachers will be taking this work up within their classrooms this week.
Perhaps you had an opportunity to catch our own Mrs. Bridle on the Nature of Things Friday night. Our school, our students and Mrs. Bridle were featured prominently as the documentary explored Kids and Screens. It was very surreal to see our school and so many familiar faces on national television!
Learning Conferences are Thursday and Friday this week. As with our last Learning Conversations, these will be online and you will receive a link prior to the meeting. Many of you have already booked your appointments, if you have yet to, there is still time this week. To accommodate the kindergarten students, we have also designated Thursday afternoon from 12:30-3:30 for kindergarten conferences. Thursday is a regular day for students and Friday there is no school during conferences. If you need any support in booking the conference, please contact Ms. Coates in our front office and she will do her best to assist you.
We trust your Thanksgiving weekend was spent surrounded by those you love. Waking up this morning to frost was a good reminder that our cold weather is just around the corner. Please ensure your children are dressed for the weather as the temperature begins to dip. We anticipate that we will be adjusting our indoor shoe policy as winter boots once again become a necessity in Calgary. We will communicate this later this week.
We are in the process of developing our School Development Plan for the 2020-21 School Year. Every October we as a staff group examine our data and prioritize areas for instructional improvement to promote greater student achievement and well-being. We will be sharing the draft of the plan in early November with our learning community.
This Wednesday (tomorrow) at 6:30 pm we have our first opportunity of the year to meet with our School Council. We sincerely value our School Council’s partnership with us in building a rich learning community and providing meaningful enhancements for our students. This is a fantastic venue to learn more about our school and to add your voice to our learning community.
We are very thankful for the support of our students and their families during this year’s modified Terry Fox run. We are very pleased to announce that “Toonies for Terry” exceeded our goal of a toonie per student. When all donations were counted Evergreen is able to send the Terry Fox Foundation a cheque for $827. Once again, we are overwhelmed by our students enthusiasm for this cause and that 40 years later, Terry Fox is still an inspiration to so many.
Our picture re-takes occur next Thursday, October 22nd. This is an opportunity for any students that missed our first picture day, or students that would like to have a re-take. Classes will not be called down in groups, but rather we will ask for students requiring re-takes to come to the gathering area in their grade groups. If you are requiring re-takes, please email your child’s teacher to notify them, as sometimes students are unsure whether they are getting re-takes or not. Again, Lifetouch will have enhanced safety measures in place to promote social distancing.
Students will be welcome to wear their costumes to school on Thursday, October 29th as this is the last day of school before Halloween, which falls on a Saturday. In a year of so many restrictions, we thought it would still be important to allow students the option to wear their costume to school. We will take many photos on this day to include in our yearbook as well. Just a reminder that weapons and masks (the Halloween variety) are not permitted at school. Classroom based activities will be planned to incorporate Halloween themes and connect these to curricular outcomes.
Schools are remarkable places and so too are the children we have the privilege of serving. We are mid-way through September and in spite of all the things that are “different” about our start up this year, one thing remains the same, our students at Evergreen School are amazing. We have welcomed 313 students into our learning community for the 2020-21 school year. As I travel from class to class, I observe the energy and enthusiasm your children bring into our school. Their spontaneity, resilience and joy for learning and life are contagious and are a constant reminder of why we love what we do. My LOL (laugh out loud) moment came last week while supervising lunch in grade 1. One of the grade 1 students looked at my lanyard with my identification tag and picture and asked “Is this what you used to look like?” The picture is about 5 years old, so I wasn’t too wounded by the question, but yes, that was what I used to look like.
We communicated last week to the parents with students in room 82 and room 51 regarding some evolving staffing situations that directly affected these classrooms. We thought it important to summarize our staffing as it stands today for our entire community.
As referenced above we have 313 students registered at Evergreen. Included in this number are 40 students that opted for the HUB on-line learning environment instead in of face-to-face instruction. Each school is responsible to designate current staff to be HUB teachers to support these students in the HUB. At Evergreen, Mrs. Maronese volunteered to be the HUB 1 teacher housed at Evergreen. Also, the CBE placed Ms. Whitney Andrews at Evergreen to be a HUB 3 teacher. At Evergreen, HUB classrooms are made up of students from a variety of Area 6 schools.
All CBE schools are experiencing adjustments to their staff due to HUB teachers being identified and moving to the on-line environment. Many of these schools have had to collapse classes to meet the necessary staffing requirements. At Evergreen, we have prioritized maintaining our class sizes as much as possible. To that end, we had to look at how to best utilize some of the external classroom supports differently. We are all being asked to work in new ways and we believe our solution will allow us to maintain our current configurations and groupings throughout the building.
We have moved Mrs. MacDonald from her literacy/ELL position at Evergreen and into grade 1 in room 82 assuming the teaching responsibilities for the mornings. In the afternoons, we welcomed Mrs. Bridle into room 82. Mrs. Bridle continues to teach AM kindergarten at Evergreen but adjusted her hours to include the afternoons in grade 1.
In addition, our Assistant Principal, Ms. Broomfield joined Mrs. Engelking as a teacher in room 51 effective September 14th. Ms. Broomfield is thrilled to join the grade 2 team and especially excited to have her own group of learners to work with each afternoon. Mrs. Engelking will continue to be the literacy teacher in the mornings.
We are very fortunate to be able to avoid collapsing classes at this stage and to maintain smaller class sizes for our students. We wish to thank all our staff for being flexible and prioritizing the needs of students as we endeavor to support all learners that attend Evergreen both physically and virtually.
As teachers continue to get to know their students, we wanted to remind you that conferences are scheduled for Thursday, September 24 from 4:30 to 8:00 PM and Friday, September 25 from 8:00 AM to Noon. As we are not able yet to invite families into the schools, we will have to be creative in facilitating these important initial learning conversations. We are working with the CBE to employ one of the platforms approved for conferences (Skype for Business/Microsoft Teams). More information will be coming this week, but we wanted you to make note of the dates.
We want to learn more about each of our students from you, their families, and begin to set some learning targets and goals.
Please note that at this time, we are not setting up Conferences with students enrolled in Hub Learning. These conversations will be coming later in the term.
Thanks to all for continuing to utilize the daily checklist for COVID-19. We know students will feel unwell from time to time and we sincerely appreciate the efforts our parents have made to keep their child home when ill or to collect them from school if symptoms occur.
Our students have been doing a great job adjusting to masks and distancing whenever possible. Students wash and sanitize their hands regularly. We continue to have enhanced cleaning in our classrooms and at lunch and snack. We have taken measures to limit movement and traffic in hallways. As always, your support in reinforcing these safety measures with our students is greatly appreciated.
Picture Day is coming Thursday, September 24th at Evergreen School. While Picture Day may look different this year, the safety of the children remains a priority. Lifetouch has implemented comprehensive Picture Day safety protocols. After Picture Day, order pictures on mylifetouch.ca using your Portrait ID and Access Code which can be found on your Picture Day order form.
We are also extending the invitation to our HUB students to participate in Picture Day. HUB students would be accommodated between 1:30-2:30. Please note, due to our current restrictions we are only permitted to allow students into the building. Parents must wait outside for their child on Photo Day.
As always we value your feedback and support.
Welcome back! It has been a real joy to have your children back into our classrooms and hallways. We are so grateful for all of your preparation and communication in helping us through these first few days.
We wanted to highlight a couple of important items this week and ensure everyone had the current information, as we understand it and also revisit some of our safety practices.
Separate but Together... The World Needs Who You Were Made to Be!
Every year, we as a whole school connect around a big question or theme. This year, more than ever we would like our students to know and experience the importance of community, working together and how individual strengths and talents can be shared to make our school community great. As a launching point to this shared work/focus, each grade team will explore the message highlighted in the book entitled “The World Needs Who You Were Made to Be” by Joanna Gaines.
Thank you to our parents and students for social distancing and/or wearing masks at drop off and pick up times. We appreciate the efforts you make to ensure everyone feels safe and comfortable. Classes have worked to establish meeting spaces and teachers are meeting their students at 8:26 outside of their entry doors. The last bell rings at 8:30. Teachers will do a sweep at 8:30 to collect the students still arriving. If you arrive at your door and it is now closed, you are asked to enter through the front doors. School administration always does a “sweep” around the building to ensure no students are waiting outside their locked door.
Please note that we have two-drop zones around the school: the street at the front of the school on Everstone Drive and in front of the pathway on the south side of the school on Eversyde Close. Please do not leave your car unattended. When students are able to exit the vehicle more quickly the ‘drop and go’ zone works most efficiently for everyone.
We know that drop off and pick up times are very busy around Evergreen School. Please exercise the extreme caution around the school as we have a number of students that make their way to and from school on foot, scooters and bikes. Once on school property during our high traffic times students are asked to walk with their bike, scooter, or skateboard to eliminate any collisions that could occur.
We have emphasized with our students to use the crosswalks and cross at the corners. We ask you to help us with this message as safety is more important that efficiency and convenience. As expected, we have a regular Police and Bylaw presence in and around the school due to the traffic we generate.
We also have a number of families that walk with their dog to school. Please use our upper field to keep your beloved pets away from our high traffic student areas.
Thank you to our students and staff during our first week with masks in the building. It has been a learning process as we come to understand our current health situation in a school environment. Masks create barriers for the transmission of droplets and they are just ONE of our risk mitigating strategies. It is important to know and share that we are actualizing numerous strategies to reduce risk. Staying home when sick, isolating immediately if symptoms arise, physical distancing as possible, washing hands with soap and water, avoiding touching our faces, sanitizing work areas, high touch points and our hands, maintaining cohort integrity, practicing respiratory etiquette, staggering entry/break/dismissal times and posting signage are some of the other means of reducing risk.
All Students are asked to wear masks when travelling in the hallways, in common areas like the washroom and learning commons. Students are not expected to wear masks during Physical Education, Lunch or Recess.
Evergreen being a K-4 school has two divisions and the mask guidelines for each division is a somewhat different. Our guidelines for K-3 state that when students are working within their cohort (class) when the integrity of the cohort is preserved a mask is not required. For our grade 4 students a mask is not required when students are seated within their cohort(s) and physical distancing is achieved, including physical distancing from the teacher (teacher remains within a designated teaching space). Thank you for your questions and your support was we figure this out. If you have specific expectations of your child regarding the use of masks please communicate this with them.
We hope this information is helpful and encourage you to reach out to us if you would like some clarification or conversation regarding these topics. Thank you for partnering with us to make Evergreen a safe and healthy place to learn.
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