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.
Next week marks the end of the school year for students, and
what an unusual ending it is. We had
hoped to have an opportunity to somehow connect with our students and their
families prior to the end of the year if the Alberta Health and CBE guidelines
allowed. Unfortunately, we are not in
that place yet, and as nice as that would be, we do not want to have an event
that encourages groups to gather in our community or around the school. We understand that this is very disappointing
for some of our students and families.
We know that teachers have some fun activities planned in their Google
Meets this week and will be doing their farewells through this platform.
Many of you have made your way into the school to pick up
your child’s shoes and learning materials. If you have not, our office is open
Monday-Thursday next week from 9:00-3:00.
We will not be able to store these materials beyond next week, so please
make every effort to collect them. These
items are currently bagged, labelled, and organized in the gym for your
Given our current restrictions, the CBE has decided that all
schools will report digitally this year, and my guess is this will become the
new normal. Student Report Cards will be
available online through your PowerSchool account no later than June 26th. We will provide more details next week to
support you in accessing your child’s report card.
We are preparing for a resumption of classes in September,
although Alberta Education will not determine which scenario (1/ full return,
2/modified or 3/online) until August 1st. Regardless, we are organizing for both
Evergreen and Dr. Freda Miller students to be housed at Evergreen at the
beginning of the school year.
Finally, we fully intend to share our staffing for the
2020-21 school year, but just today, we received notification that the
information was not yet finalized and we would have to wait until later next
week for placement confirmations. We
want to thank you for your continued support throughout this year. We work in an amazing community and we count
ourselves fortunate to work with your children and yourself, doing as much as
we can to consolidate their skills and deepen their understanding.
We trust this message finds you
well as we continue to be observing the regulations from Alberta Health.
As unusual as this school year is ending, and as uncertain as we are about what
September will look like, we are still in the process of planning for next
This year, our transitions at
Evergreen School have been anticipated and well documented. As you are
well aware, we have had our enrolment impacted by the opening of Dr. Freda
Miller. Obviously, this has an effect on our staffing as we have more
staff entitled to positions at Evergreen than we have positions.
Unfortunately, this means we will have to bid farewell to several of our
staff. We are still in the staffing process, and cannot share details at
this time. However, we wish to thank them for their commitment to
Evergreen School and our students. We know that they will be a welcomed
addition to their new schools in the fall.
In looking forward, we are
excited at exploring the opportunity to create new grade teams, leveraging
varied skill sets to broaden, balance teams, and form strong collaborative
partnerships. We are expecting around 325 students next year at Evergreen
across our K-4 designation. Currently we are planning for three classes
per grade and we will announce teams and grade assignments closer to the end of
Through our redeployment of
staff, there may be situations that allow a teacher to move up with their
students to the next grade, commonly known in schools as
"looping." We will be reaching out to families to initiate
a conversation around the opportunity where the current teacher could
potentially “loop” with their students. Perhaps not "looping"
in a traditional sense as our population has changed so much, but an intentional
“tumbling up” nonetheless. In an abbreviated year, this may provide some
continuity as the teacher and the students have an established relationship and
a deep understanding of each other.
Finally, many of you have
ventured to the school to return school materials and to pick up student
materials. We understand that some of you were not able to make it last
week. Our office is open from 9:00-3:00 Monday-Thursday and from
9:00-12:30 on Friday and we will gladly accommodate you.
followed by the sunshine has certainly re-established the green in Evergreen,
and around our fair city. We hope this
message finds you and your family well as we prepare to bid farewell to May and
As promised, we
are ready for the materials exchange. We
have items that belong to you and your students may have items that belong to
us. We have had a number of families
look to drop off school materials like library books, home reading books, etc.
and we would facilitate that at the same time as the student materials pick up. There will be drop off bins provided.
We have done our
best to collect materials that belong to your children and placed them into
labelled bags. These bags are organized
in our gym on tables by classroom to allow parents to quickly locate their
child’s materials. We have also moved
all of the shoes and placed them in the gym beside these class tables. We hope
your child can describe their shoes, or you have a solid recollection of them,
as many shoes are not labelled.
Please use the
To allow ease of
entry and direct access to the gym we would ask that you use the compound gym
entrance. The doors will be left
We made the
decision to not lay out the lost and found as we feel like this would
have people potentially lingering as they sort through the items looking for
their child’s belongings. Maybe this is over cautious, however I hope you
understand this decision as it could mean multiple people touching items in
their search for their child’s belongings.
In an effort to
not bring too many people together at one time, we invite you to come according
to the schedule below.
Monday, June 1:
9:00-12:00 Last names
starting with A-B
12:30- 3:00 Last names
starting with C-F
Tuesday, June 2:
9:00-12:00 Last names
starting with G-J
12:30- 3:00 Last names
starting with K-L
Wednesday, June 3:
9:00-12:00 Last names
starting with M-O
12:30-3:00 Last names
starting with P-R
Thursday, June 4:
9:00- 12:00 Last names
starting with S-V
12:30-3:00 Last names
starting with W-Z
you come for your child’s materials, we invite you to take a bag of sidewalk
chalk for Evergreen School’s “Chalk our Walk…Together-Apart.” As you are
well aware, our school community is undergoing a transition this year, as we
welcome Dr. Freda Miller into our community. With the advent of COVID-19, our
students and staff have lost the chance to say goodbye to each other and to
this school year. By giving each child a gift of chalk, we hope to connect our
students, staff and families again and encourage positive interactions (safely
- following social distancing guidelines). Watch your child’s Google Classroom
for videos and ideas for creative games and art ideas for the chalk! Thank you
to the Calgary Foundation and Connect First Credit Union for their grant and
spreading the sunshine to Evergreen School.
As always, thanks
for your ongoing support. If you require
anything of us, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
As we welcome a new month and some beautiful weather, we see a return to some of our favorite and not so favorite outdoor activities. This year, I have no excuse for not having a green lawn like my neighbours, and my daughters, while reluctant, will learn the spring craft of caring for our lawn as winter recedes and spring emerges. I welcome the help!
We hesitate to embrace the new normal we are all experiencing because it is so not normal. As educators, we chose this profession because we have deep seeded beliefs in the importance of teaching, encouraging, and nurturing the students entrusted to us. We are very pleased to offer the Google Classrooms in the interim, but they are no substitute for the daily, face-to-face interactions with our students and you their parents. The students that wander by our office windows to say hello are making the best of the situation and are so resilient, but they too have shared a longing for the day when they can return to school to see their friends and their teachers. Sadly, we will have to wait and hope for September.
Yesterday our Premier announced that schools would not be reopening this school year. When class cancellations were announced on March 15th, we had all hoped that this would be a temporary measure but alas, it is not. Previously we had offered an opportunity for parents to collect “essential items” that their children required. With the Premier’s latest announcement, we will be organizing remaining materials for our students and providing an opportunity in the weeks ahead for parents to come and gather these learning and personal items. More information will be provided in the coming weeks.
The timing for Evergreen is especially difficult as we have a transition looming in the fall as we prepare for the opening of Dr. Freda Miller School. While we have no updates to share at this time, I know how hard Mr. Craig, Principal of Dr. Freda Miller, is working. He cannot wait to meet his learning community and share his vision for the new school. We have sat with him for two weeks and can attest to his passion for this project and his emphasis on building a vibrant and engaging learning environment for his students and his staff.
Thank you for all the encouraging messages you have sent to us over the past several weeks, and thank you for your ongoing partnership with us in your child’s learning. It is so valued and more important than ever before.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Another week has passed and we dare to believe that spring is slowly circling Calgary. This week we were so thrilled to see some of our students riding their scooters and bikes, walking in the community and around the school, enjoying some improved weather (social distancing observed). We even had some sidewalk chalk messages outside of our entrances to lift our spirits.
Kim and I feel somewhat like the gorillas in their enclosure at the Calgary Zoo as students have wandered by our office windows, knocked on the glass to wave and say hello. These are real reminders of how much we are missing our daily interactions with our students and their families. More than ever our connections as families, friends and as a learning community are critical to sustaining us through these uncertain days. We will get through this together!
We are very proud of the efforts our teachers have made to take their teaching online and connect with their students through their Google Classrooms. Remember parents, we recognize that you may be dealing with a number of competing stressors and are doing your best to cope through these COVID times. The learning opportunities, activities and resources teachers have provided are offered to you as just that, an opportunity to support ongoing learning in our current reality. We know that each family will make decisions as to how best to balance and engage with the virtual classroom. We are here to support you in anyway possible. Please let us know if we can help.
On Monday, we will welcome the Principal of Dr. Freda Miller, Mr. Mike Craig, into our building as he officially begins to get organized for the upcoming school year. There are many busy days ahead and I am sure Mr. Craig will begin messaging his learning community with important information for Dr. Freda Miller families in the coming days. Through my conversations with Mr. Craig, it is obvious that he is excited to return to, and reconnect with the Evergreen community and open a new school.
Just one more message to send….have an EVERRIFIC weekend!
We hope you have all had a good spring break and enjoyed time with your family both inside your homes and out walking in the community. We also hope you are all well and are taking care of each other. Thank you so much for your patience as we work out the details and determine what on-line learning will look like for our Evergreen students. These are unprecedented times for everyone. We understand that all this uncertainty is challenging for many of us and that our students, your children, need routine and predictability to feel safe and thrive.
In the coming weeks, learning will look different for all our students. We appreciate that learning from home presents many challenges for you. We do not expect parents to deliver the same learning that students receive at school but to do whatever they can to encourage and support learning for their children while classes are cancelled.
Beginning early this week, you will be hearing from your child’s teacher. Your child’s teacher will connect with you to determine your child’s access to technology at home, including access to a computer and the internet. We are also making a plan to address the needs of students who do not have access to these resources and to determine how to support students with paper packages or technology loans. Your child’s teacher will let you know how they will provide course material and the best way to reach them if you or your child has questions. Students in grades K to 3 may access learning through a variety of platforms. Your child’s teacher will confirm the platform that they have chosen later this week. In addition, your child’s teacher will provide you with more information about what you can expect from them in terms of assignments and tasks, how to submit any work, and resources and supports you and your child can use to support their learning at home. They will also ask you how you and your family are doing and encourage you to connect with wellness supports and resources within the CBE and in the community.
For the most part, we would expect that your children will be engaging with their teachers regarding next steps in their learning by the beginning of next week.
Each grade at Evergreen may be doing things a bit differently and that is ok. Every learner is different, and we will work together to support your child’s learning. We want to assure you that we will get through this together. We are here for you and your children.
I hope this message finds you healthy and coping with our current reality. As uncertain as these times are, I hope you find encouragement, strength and perhaps even some joy and laughter as you navigate this uncharted territory as a family. As we head into March break, I wanted you to know our thoughts are with our students and their families.
I wish to thank our teachers for their flexibility over this past week, as circumstances have been rapidly changing. We are in a critical time of change, and we are working diligently as a system and as a staff to provide support to our students and community. Details will be forthcoming following March break, and I will do my best to notify you of developments as they occur.
I also want to thank you, our learning community for the messages of support and concern you have sent our way. These examples and others have made it abundantly clear to me that we are in this together and have reminded me of how fortunate I am to be a part of this learning community. The motto below our school emblem above states We Belong Together. Based on the evidence all around me from students, parents, and staff, we could absolutely add We Are Better Together!
Dear Evergreen Parents and Guardians,
I hope this message finds you healthy and safe. Obviously, this is an unusual time and as of right now, we do not know how long classes will be cancelled.
We would like to offer you the opportunity to come to the school to pick up essential student personal belongings and medication. Epi-pens and medication may be picked up in the office. At this point teachers would like to keep student work for assessment purposes.
It is not required that you pick up these items. If you choose not to, we will keep the items until you are ready to do so.
Our office will be open for pick-ups from 9:00 to 3:00 on Wed. March 18- Thurs. March 19. If you need these essential belongings, please contact the office at 403 777 6288 so we can have the items ready for you. Please DO NOT bring your child. Due to our care and concern for everyone’s health, conversations will be kept to a minimum. This is NOT a time to meet with staff.
To ensure the safety of our community we are being asked to limit the numbers of people in our building at any given time. We would ask that you attend at one of the times listed below based on the first letter of your child’s last name.
Spring break, March 23 - 27, will continue as scheduled. During spring break schools will be closed.
We know you have many questions regarding your child’s education. We will continue to update you as we receive direction from Alberta Education and the Calgary Board of Education.
Thank you for your patience and support.
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