Esta semana/This week was Math/Science week! Please see the various student pictures on this edition of Sabes Que to see the great academic task students engaged in. It was awesome seeing how class buddy grades presented to each other! Thank you to the teachers who lead the Math and Science week, Srta. Rivas and Sra. H. as well as all teachers and staff.
Me gustaria traer a su atencion/I want to bring to your attention some important dates that will be coming up. You will find these and other important dates on the right margin of each Sabes Que edition. Specific details will be coming from your teachers or on Sabes Que as we approach important dates.
17 – Class Picture day (Teacher email will come today)
30 – A.E. Senior Band school performances (Teacher email will come today)
2 Fiestaval (Ongoing on Sabes Que)
10 – Open House Kindergarten and grade 1 (Ongoing on Sabes Que)
13 – Volunteer tea @ 11:05 to 11:35 am in the Gym (emails to come)
24 - Grade 6 Farewell from 10 to 11:00 am in the gym (emails to come)
23 – Sports Day/Indigenous Games/Staff v/s grade 6 soccer: Game 12:30 to 3:00 pm (emails to come)
Hoy/Today our Kindergarten, grades 1, 3 and 5 participated in the Spring concert. I believe that all of us were awed by the amazing talent and skills students demonstrated in their musical skills, singing, dancing as well as Spanish language proficiency. A huge thank you to the teachers, Sr. Casas , Srta. Rivas, Sra. Fandino and parent volunteers for the great organization of this event. Parents, you have amazing children!
La próxima semana/Next week is Science and Math week! We look forward to teachers implementing fun and creative ways in which students will be able to engage in science and math even more than before! Again, thank you, teachers. I also wish to thank the parent volunteers who support us with the Maker Space and resources to make science and math fun and engaging for students!
En Mayo/On May 20, PD Day, teachers will engage in creating heterogeneous classes for the next school year. Our lenses when creating class lists are Students at risk, on IPP's, Gifted, leadership, English Language Learners, behaviour, academics, social, best fit with teachers and many more. Please know that teachers and the school admin engage in this very complex task with a high degree of thought and intention. As a result, only reach out to Sra. Fandino or me if your child would be at a detriment socially for a particular request. I know that all our teachers are amazing professionals and we trust our gems (students) with all of them. The other parts of our PD Day will include, Indigenous and STEM learning opportunities for staff.
Nuestros fondos/Our funding allocation for the 2022/23 school year has been shared with staff and School Council. Our funding is a couple of thousand dollars less than last school year. However, we will be able to maintain the same staffing school structure as this year. You will note single-grade configurations and low-class sizes with supports. Please take a look at the proposal we will be submitting to CBE this coming month. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
Este fin de semana/This weekend, it is expected that the Alberta Government will be making decisions that will impact Covid-19 restrictions. Over the week, CBE leaders will gather to see what the implications will be for our schools. As a result, please be patient with us regarding any news that will impact students and staff as well as the structure of the running of the school (i.e.- cohorting, etc) until next Friday.
Rapid test kits and masks went out on Tuesday. If you have not seen them, please check your child's backpack.
Este Martes/On Tuesday, our School Council approved the funding of a two-week Latin Dance residency for $4200! The residency will take place from March 28 to April 7, 2022. The service provider will be Marcos Ravelo, Director of Havana Cuban Dance Studio. Marcos worked with us in 2018 and has worked with many of our Spanish bilingual schools. Classes will continue to be cohorted and no partner dance will occur this year to continue safe Covid-19 measures. Thank you School Council for your support!
A friendly reminder to please let us know if your child(ren) not be returning next school year by Friday, March 11. Your information will support our organization for the next school year. Grade 6 students will be transferred to A.E Cross directly unless we hear from you.
You may wonder what the CBE criteria are for going online. The criteria take into account the following areas: Staff absenteeism, unfilled positions, student absenteeism due to illness and student absenteeism due to others. We and CBE closely monitor the needs of the whole school, supporting stability whether in person or online and managing resources. As we have had some staff absences, please know that we do have substitutes taking their days. These days can range from 5 to 10 working days based on AHS recommendations. I will update you when there are prolonged days when the teacher is away. Once again, we thank all of our Glenmeadows staff for their hard work, dedication and for going above and beyond, despite their own personal circumstances. Our staff members are our students' and our heroes.
Use of student cell phones at school. We remind parents that communication for students while at school should occur through the main office. Cell phones are permitted for educational purposes only under teacher and parent consent. We understand that some parents have provided cell phones to their children; however, cell phone use while at school is prohibited for the following reasons:
- We are unable to monitor whom children are texting or calling. This can be a huge security risk for your child.
- We cannot monitor personal use of internet content, music selection, and/or video viewing, searching, and sharing.
- The school is not liable or responsible for the loss of any device.
Should your child have a cellphone with them, they must be kept in their backpacks and in silent mode, failure to do so may result in the student being asked to take the device to the office to either be picked up after school by the student or by an adult. Taking pictures and videos with any device is strictly prohibited on school premises.
We thank you for supporting teaching and learning at your school, Escuela Glenmeadows. Camino a la Excelencia/Pathway to Excellence.
We greatly value the voice of students at Escuela Glenmeadows School. Many of them in upper grades have engaged in opinion letters (English and Spanish) to me and Sra. Fandino. As a result of their voice, we have some changes and initiatives coming this week and month. For example, grade 6 students will now have two lunch recess playground structure times, students will be able to sign-out some recess equipment early in the morning starting at 8:50 am (through grade 6 student leaders) from the soccer field, and students will be invited to show their Winter/December spirit by wearing any attire that represents their culture/religion/belief such as Santa hats, sweaters, cultural attire. Gracias students for making Escuela Glenmeadows School a great and fantastic place to live and learn!
Next week, we will welcome Michelle Howell, our CBE Area 6 Educational Director. Together we will visit classrooms and see the great teaching and learning that occurs in our building. Together, we will also review our School Development Plan and strategize for the personalization of student learning.
We have been very fortunate to, in addition to the .4 allocated last week for our grades 1 to 3 teacher, we have now an additional .6, for a total of 1.0 full time teacher until March, 2022. The additional teacher, Veronica Valdes, will help the school structure to support students in Literacy and Mathematics. Gracias Alberta Education and CBE!
Grades 2, 4 and 6 are preparing the Winter concert with great enthusiasm and amazing work ethics. The performance will be shared in our School Youtube channel on December 17 at 9:30 am (as students will also view it at that time in the school). Muchas gracias a los estudiantes, profesores de clase y Sr. Casas.
Muchas escuelas elementarias/Many elementary schools in CBE are beginning to post summative student marks online. Summative is the result of in-class tasks, quizzes, projects etc based on a unit of study. At this time, we will be posting 2 summative marks in English, Spanish and Mathematics. As we all travel the road of learning how to use this tool, we will increase the number of reports in the future.
Tu/You will be able to view the marks this Monday November 22, 2022 by 5 pm. To view the marks, please visit the How To CBE site:
During our Parent Teacher conferences online this coming Thursday and Friday, teachers will also focus on English, Spanish and Math. Please let teachers know if there are specific areas you wish to discuss with them so that the 15 minute conference time is sufficient.
Le damos la bienvenida a/We welcome Veronica Valdez who will be working as a .4 Teacher in our school as part of the Alberta Government grades 2 and 3 Learning Disruption funding. Veronica's contract is from end of November to end of March 2022. She will also work at Canyon Meadows Spanish Bilingual School as a .6 teacher.
Estoy muy orgulloso de/ I am very proud of our grade 5, 6, and 1-6 Colour Guard students for their participation in our Remembrance Day ceremony this past Wednesday. I want to thank our grade 5, 6, and music teachers and admin team for organizing the ceremony and creating the video. If you did not get a chance to view the ceremony, please visit our school youtube channel at https://youtu.be/i93f0Jtd2i4.
Hoy/today, as you know, was a PD day. Our focus was on the CBE Mathematics Framework, creating specific grade level common Spanish/English vocabulary that will serve for teaching/learning practices as well as guides for students and parents prior to engaging in each math unit. In the afternoon, we had a CBE Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Team workshop. We learned about promoting respectful, safe, welcoming and inclusive learning environments for all. As a result of this workshop, we reflected and changed our practice to achieve an increased inclusive environment for all stakeholders.
Como parte de nuestro/as part of our PD day, we allotted some time for teachers to make classroom orders that benefit all students deemed above and beyond funding from CBE. We are very grateful to our School Society and all parents who support fundraisers/casinos as they are the ones who fund these extra resources!
Le damos la bienvenida a/we welcome Sra. Allepuz as the permanent teacher for her grade 3 classroom for the rest of the school year. Sr. Penate has been on leave for two years, and after this period, his contract ended in our school. We wish Sr. Penate health and success in a future school.
Estudiantes/Students who chose to dress up today came with great enthusiasm. They were very respectful and responsible for their daily routines, expectations and highly academic rigorous tasks. I was so proud of all students for not making this day a distraction from their daily learning! I was also very proud of teachers for setting students up for success the days prior and for creating meaningful and authentic tasks based on today's theme.
Do you know how your children are doing academically? On November 25 and 26, teachers will have an opportunity to discuss with you how your children are performing against the Alberta Program of Studies outcomes. Our priority for student progress will be on Literacy, Numeracy and Spanish. However, if time permits, they will also report on other subject areas. More information will come on Sabes Que on November 12, 2021.
Profesores/teachers are inviting Carmen and me to observe full lessons for the purpose of teaching and learning feedback and reflections. Our focus for this round of observations includes personalization of student learning and multiple entry points so that each child can enter learning at their level. We are utilizing the Core Four Look Fors Guide as an observation tool https://www.edelements.com/hubfs/Downloads_(White_Papers,_Slides,_etc.)/PL%20Core%20Four%20Look%20Fors%20(%20Walkthrough%20Guide)%202019.pdf. Our school motto applies to all staff, Camino a la Excelencia/Path to Excellence.
Our school budget is a healthy one. As a result, no teaching surplus nor classroom restructuring will be necessary. Last year, in addition to our 20 hour School Assistant, we hoped to have two additional School Assistants, one extra at 20 hours and another at 15 hours per week. As a result of losing some students from the end of June to September 30, we will only be able to have two School Assistants, one at 20 hours and one additional School Assistant at 15 hours. By hiring the extra School Assistant at 15 hours, we will be just under our CBE reference point for a school our size.
CBE has requested that K-12 parents be able to see summative marks on Power School. By the end of next month, you will be able to see your child's summative tests/assignments and projects online. More information will follow on this.
Les damos las gracias/we thank our School Society for paying for the reading Program Raz Kidz. This has been set up and will be available to students from grades 1-6. If you are not familiar with Raz kids, please click on the following link Raz-Kids
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