Escuela Glenmeadows Tiene Talento is this evening at 7:00 pm on our Escuela Glenmeadows Youtube channel. Thank you to our School Council and supporting parents for the planning and organization of this great evento/event!
LINK DIV I: https://youtu.be/_6mVHE5IxW4
LINK DIV II: https://youtu.be/1JRXm_uvFfw
This week, while students and staff are engaged in online learning, our facility operator and cleaners have had the opportunity to do a thorough cleaning of all school areas full time. They have washed and waxed all floors and disinfected all chairs and desks in all classrooms! In addition, our support staff, noon supervisors and school assistant were able to disinfect music resources, organize common areas such as the Music room, Workroom, Physical Education room and Basement.
A friendly reminder that we are looking for feedback on our 3 year School Development plan that was presented at the Parent Information Night this past Wednesday. Please have a look at the School Development Plan Information in this edition of Sabes Que?
The Spring Concert/Volunteer Tea is still in our plans. Students are scheduled to return back to school on May 25, and at that time, we will resume that work. We anticipate the Spring Concert/Volunteer Tea to be ready by Mid June.
On May 27, we will host a virtual Welcome to Kindergarten and grade 1 session for registered future families. More information will come to families soon.
Estamos ya en linea/we are now online! Other than a couple of glitches that were promptly resolved, we had a great start. This great start would not have been possible without teachers setting their students up for success and parent support at casa/home.
Gracias/Thank you to the school Council/Society for providing us with a coffee gift card for teacher/staff appreciation week! We feel fortunate to have such a caring and dedicated group of padres/parents!
This Martes/Tuesday, at the School Council meeting, 7:00 pm (see the invitation in this edition), we will speak about this year's School Development Plan. We know we make better decisions to support student learning when we build understanding and work together. That's why we'll be sharing our school results and school development plan and asking you to share your perspectives with us.
During this online engagement, you will have the opportunity to:
- About the current school development plan
- About the process for developing the school development plan
- How the school development plan is used
- How your child's learning needs are being accommodated
- Share your perspectives on our school development plan through an online survey open from May 11 to May 26, 2021.
We continue to be committed to a high standard of teaching and learning practices while online learning. Should you require student resources/materials or technology, please manden/send us an email, and we will be happy to support you.
El sol/the sun should have a positive impact on everyone's mental and emotional well-being given the hermoso clima/beautiful weather! At school, we are ready for next week's Semana de Español/Spanish Week. At home, try playing this Don Quixote de la Mancha music and see what your child(dren) do:
Next Martes/Tuesday, the school administrative team will share the 2021/22 School Budget along with a proposed school structure. If you would like to know of the details, please attend the meeting at 7:00 pm. The link will be found in the School Council/Society information in this Sabes Que?
The roof contractors tell us that they only have three more weeks of work and then our school roof will look like nuevo/new!
With the weather being so nice, we welcome students using their bicycles. Any alternative means of transportation needs to be secured at the bike racks found on the compound. Please see the picture.
Hug and Go
A friendly reminder to bring your children to school starting at 8:55 am. We continue to have some vehicles coming last minute and students running to make the last bell. Let's work together to have a calm and enjoyable start to the day. Also, please be courteous and follow the City of Calgary bylaw and signs posted. Gracias!
Glenmeadows School will be engaging in a School Budget and Fees Survey. The school budget is the resource we have to implement our school development plan and other supports for student learning. Some of the factors we consider are:
- What are the priority outcomes and strategies for students?
- What supplies, resources and equipment is required to support learning goals?
- Do we need to invest in professional development or mentoring?
The purpose of this online engagement is to gather feedback from parents to help inform the decisions we make, and in compliance with legislated and operational expectations. When students, staff and parents work closely together, students experience greater success in achieving their learning goals.
We kindly request that you participate! This is the link to the survey:
The survey will close April 30, 2021. If you have any questions or comments regarding the survey, please contact Carmen Fandino.
Today and tomorrow, we will hold parent-teacher conferences online. By now, I believe we all feel a little more comfortable with virtual technology and hope that it will cooperate with us! All teachers will have a variety of assessments that will demonstrate areas of strength and growth for each student. We look forward to your thoughts and ideas to continue to collaborate in the important journey in learning.
Over the past few weeks, we have had a significant increase in students coming late to school. A friendly reminder to parents who drive their children to the school that the soft entry is at 9:05 am so that students are ready to learn at their desks at 9:10 am. We have begun to send letters to parents of children who are late to school (9:11 am and later) on an ongoing basis, and this has made a difference. Thank you!
We have had a number of concerns from staff and parents regarding the Hug and Go, use of the back alley, and the drop of and pick up of students at the staff parking lot.
Hug and Go area: A friendly reminder that this is an area where you pull your vehicle behind the car in front of you. You say goodbye to your child, and they independently get off your vehicle. We have experienced some parents getting out of their cars for a variety of reasons. By being ready to drop off quickly, we can maintain an even flow of traffic which helps everyone use the limited space effectively. Should you and your child require extra time, please use other safe areas near the school. Thank you for your attention, parents!
Back Alley: Please be mindful that our students and parents utilize the back alley to walk to school. We kindly request that this area not be used as a drop zone.
Staff Parking Lot: A friendly reminder the staff parking lot is not to be used at any time. During non-busing times, please use the Hug and Go. Gracias!
As a school, we are working on a Stem and Spanish week, and also our Kindergarten, grade 2, 4, and 6 Spring Concert for May 6! Stay tuned for more information.
Carmen and I had the opportunity to meet with each teacher on Monday and Tuesday of this week to speak about their student report card data. The purpose of these meetings was to provide teachers with an opportunity to analyze their report card data as it pertains to our School Development goals and as an articulation of CBE Assessment and Reporting Guidelines as represented through their body of evidence. Teachers shared some tasks, assessments and rubrics, as well as informed us of their next steps in teaching and learning. The time we spent with each teacher allowed us to celebrate the great work they do, provided us with an opportunity to give them some feedback, and ultimately gave us insight into whole school data which is fundamental for us to further our School Development Plan goals for this year.
Both Carmen and I were excited to see the wealth
of student-created work that had been assessed based on specific learning
intentions from the Alberta Program of Studies. Teachers’ assessments had
strong rubrics, and a variety of feedback tools, including student
We are pleased to see an extensive collaboration between grade teachers and divisional groups (Div I K-3 and Div II 4-6) as pedagogy, unit planning, assessment, tasks, and personalization of student learning is visible in their work.
We feel confident that teachers will have ample student artifacts to demonstrate where students are at in the Alberta Program of Studies during Parent-Teacher Conferences on March 11 and 12.
In 2021/22, all schools in CBE will transition to PowerTeacher Gradebook software where teachers will input their grades/comments, and parents will see them as teachers assess the tasks. For parents with junior or high school students, you will already know how valuable it is to know how students are doing on an ongoing basis.
This week’s focus was around respeto/respect and
embracing our differences as human beings. We spoke about bullying, racism,
black history month, and indigenous topics as part of our Character Education
and Health programs. We have amazing children who are respectful, safe, and
caring. This, I feel, is a direct result of having great parents, teachers, and
other valued adults in their life. Thank you for fostering a great
learning environment at Escuela Glenmeadows School! Our work in this area
is not over as building citizens with exceptional character is something that
we all engage in daily and not as an isolated event.
We want to draw your attention to the CBE High School engagement process as your voice is critical to decisions CBE will be making around the future of the Spanish Bilingual program. Your voice matters now, and it will impact the future of your child's aspirations for the Spanish Bilingual Program when they enter High School. For more information, please visit the following CBE link https://cbe.ab.ca/get-involved/public-engagement/Pages/High-School-Engagement.aspx
Next week is the K-6 Escuela Glenmeadows Juegos de Invierno/Winter games! Thank you to Sra. Styles, Sra. Gamundi, and the wonderful parents who supported with lessons and resources to make this happen. Please ensure your children come with their full winter gear as they will be outside for gym.
The administrative team will meet with individual teachers next week to have conversations about their whole classroom and individual student report card data. The intent is to reflect and support our assessment practices related to the CBE Assessment and Reporting documents.
I wish to thank our School Society for supporting the school with funds exceeding $8,000.00 dollars which will translate into Spanish, Stem, literacy, and Covid related resources!
The virtual drumming residency was a great success with students and staff! The virtual piece did not come without some technical glitches. Nonetheless, we came out strong and learned various rhythms from Africa, Latin America, and some Indigenous. We wish to express our sincere appreciation
to the School Society and parents involved in writing the grant from Alberta Music Education Foundation (AMEF) for One World Drumming, and the matching EGSS grant to make this happen.
Today was Cabello Loco/Crazy Hair Day, and students came with a variety of eccentric hairdos. What a fun day we had!
Next week we will be immersed in CBE Cares and Black History Month. Students will continue to learn about a safe, caring, and welcoming environment where we all respect each other, value our differences and celebrate our and others' accomplishments. For more information about CBE Cares, please visit the following CBE link:
We hope you had a chance to read your child’s report this week. If you have any questions, teachers will be happy to speak with you about any area of concern. On March 11 and 12 we will be holding virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences once again. We will provide you with more information about these meetings as we get closer to these dates.
I will be gathering report card data from this term to celebrate the excellent work that teachers are doing as well as areas that require tweaking to ensure we are closing gaps in student learning.
This week, students have been engaged in specific learning outcomes from the Alberta Program through daily mini-lessons. The topic this week was the New Assistant Principal. There is great writing in both English and Spanish that demonstrates the strength in content and organization! Their writing, is both creative, well developed, and clear. Well done students!
Next week is Teachers’ Conventions, and the following week on Monday, is Family Day. We wish everyone a safe and relaxing time so we can be recharged and ready to learn when we are back on Tuesday, February 16, 2021.
This week was “un poco frio/ a little cold". Thank you to parents for ensuring their children were ready to meet the weather challenges by having all their winter gear on. As students did not go outside, for the most part, this week, students ate their meals first and on the second half, took part in a variety of options within their classroom, for example, science video, chatting/socializing (Covid measures in place), drawing, and other activities. Students were very respectful of their environment and each other. Muchas gracias estudiantes!
friendly reminder that you will have access to report cards next week through
Power School. Please see the dates and instructions in this week's Sabes Que to
access report cards. If you have any comments or questions, please email or
book a time to speak with your child’s teacher to discuss their progress
report. Additionally, today you will be receiving via email your child’s
classroom teacher’s Curriculum Newsletter for February to June 2021. The
document will outline what students will be learning for all subject areas
during that timeframe. At the very top of the document, you will find a
link to the Alberta Program of Studies grade overview as well as links to all
subject areas for your child’s grade.
I have been informed by Lifetouch that we will have class pictures this year at no extra cost. We have chosen February 24 for this to take place. The pictures will be taken in their classroom cohorts, and staff and students will need to continue to adhere to AHS and CBE guidelines and wear their masks. Perhaps students can wear their favorite mask on that day. Class pictures will undoubtedly be a picture to keep for posterity/sentimental reasons and historical records in their personal lives!
Elvis, Sr. Noriega has left the building. All staff and students had a chance
to say adios to him. Our CBE Area Director 6, Michelle Howell, and I had the
great opportunity to meet and interview three strong candidates who really want
to be part of our Camino a la Excelencia/Journey to Excellence. After deep
conversations and reflection, we submitted the successful candidate’s names
into our CBE Chief Superintendent’s office and hope to hear soon with a
possible approval. I hope that I will share the name and professional
profile very soon. A start date will be worked out between their
Principal and me. Although students are sad to see Sr. Noriega go, they
are beginning to get very inquisitive and excited about who the new Assistant
Principal will be.
Tomorrow there is no school as it is a professional development day. We will be immersed in Spanish oral language and writing learning workshops.
From February 16 to 19, we will have One World Drumming offer a virtual drumming residency for students. Grade 1-6 will receive 3 30 minute blocks while Kindergarten will receive 45-1 minute in total instruction. We appreciate the school Council and parents for supporting a Music grant and funds to make this residency possible.
On Monday February 1, we will welcome back five returning students from CBE Hub learning. We will have one grade 1, two grade 2 (in two different classrooms), one grade 3, and one grade 6 student. Eighteen students will remain in The Hub, learning until the end of the school year. Each one of the Hub learning students and families are very much a part of our Escuela Glenmeadows School.
Teachers and the school administrative team are working on finalizing student assessments to ensure students' grades reflect accurate and ongoing data, both with achievement indicators and with valuable comments. Once again, parents will be able to access report cards online for this school term. Please see this Edition of Sabes Que to review how to access report cards. In June 2020, there were some challenges for parents accessing Report Cards. For this year, CBE has designated a few days for parents in different schools to access the document. The hope is that by having parents on various days, the system will not be overwhelmed and will work efficiently for all parents/guardians.
We are already working collaboratively with A.E Cross Junior High staff to personalize student transition plans, and to set up virtual open houses for both students and parents. This coming Monday at 10:00 am, A.E Cross staff will engage in a virtual presentation for our grade 6 students to highlight their awesome English and Spanish Bilingual Programs.
Escuela Glenmeadows families, it is with mixed feelings that I shared with students and now with you that Sr. Noriega will be the new Assistant Principal at Senator Patrick Burns Junior High starting January 28, 2021. Sr. Noriega diligently, effectively, and enthusiastically worked with staff, parents, and myself to open this school back in 2018. His vision for the Spanish Bilingual, STEM programs, and instructional structures are some of the areas he will leave as legacies in our school. For all his hard work and contributions, we are indebted to him. We wish him all the best at his new school. The Assistant Principal position for our school has been posted, where instructional leadership, Spanish Bilingual, STEM, technology, and resource will be requirements. Michelle Howell, Educational Director, and myself will conduct the interview process for this position and determine a best fit for our great school. Please join me in pushing Sr. Noriega out ASAP.
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