Dia de los Muertos/Halloween, students and staff had a fantastic learning time infusing the Spanish Language and Culture within the various CORE and supplementary subject areas throughout the school day. As you can tell from the picture on the right, we had many exciting characters in attendance that day.
The main focus for our PD day today is to engage in marking the Mathematics standardized assessment, MIPI, and school-wide writing samples. These assessments will provide us with data that will help us know where students are at and where teachers need to focus to personalize learning. In addition to these assessments, CBE has offered sessions for teachers to engage in their areas of interest/growth.
Student pictures will be sent home this coming week. Lifetouch, at this time, is having some challenges creating the class composites and cannot guarantee that they will be offered. Please stay tuned for further information in this regard.
During our last School Council/Society, we had 29 parents in attendance. Furthermore, we had existing parents take familiar roles as well as new parents take vacant positions. Thank you to all parents who take active roles, attend meetings, and to those who support the school in a variety of ways to make Escuela Glenmeadows School a great learning place to be in!
Alberta Health Services has shared the great news that the Covid-19 outbreak at Escuela Glenmeadows School has been lifted. We appreciate all parents who send their children healthy, continue to use the self-screening tool and when students are sick, keep them at home. In addition, we are very grateful to all parents for coming into the school grounds wearing their masks – juntos podemos!
We have received the great news from CBE infrastructure that our school roof will receive an upgrade. This will come at a considerable cost to CBE, but the funds will be well-invested to keep us all safe.
At our last School Council meeting, we shared with parents that our decentralized school budget is $20,000 for the school year. The amount is $5,000 below the CBE referent point. The reason for this lower funding is we lost about 23 students who moved to communities outside our city or moved to their community school. In addition, the CBE has a new equity funding model across all schools, which fund schools as per need basis. Nonetheless, we can work with this budget, in part, due to the School Society supporting the school with some extras.
Our various school assessments, such as report card data and various surveys with students, staff, and parents, show that our School Development Plan should focus on Literacy, particularly on the stem of organization and content. In the area of Mental Health, the surveys show that we should focus on students showing increased respect for themselves and others. Our data in this area was ranked as “very high” last year, while this year is ranked as “good.” We would like to have the scores back in the “very high” range. We are currently working on a draft to add a Spanish Oral Language goal to our SDP that will enhance students' ability to speak the language in the classroom and within the school.
Thank you to everyone for your continued support in bringing your wonderful children with high spirits and ready to learn on a daily basis.
I want to express my sincere gratitude to our amazing staff at Escuela Glenmeadows School. As a result of the implementation of several changes due to Covid-19 at our school, teachers have:
- an increased number of supervision days (due to having several staggered recesses)
- strong online presence (Google Classroom) for students who are away
- extra cleaning responsibilities of surfaces and materials in the classroom
- strategizing for teaching and learning that is so different from the past as students can not be close together or share resources
- increased reminders around safety (mask-wearing, social distancing)
- strategizing for a lower time in teaching and learning due to the many extra safety routines
- responding to an increased number of students who are emotionally fragile due to Covid related challenges
- responding to an increased amount of concerned parents regarding the classroom and the many changes
Our teachers, our heroes, remain standing strong, dedicated to what they love doing, and that is teaching your children in a safe, caring, and welcoming school. Please take the time to thank our teachers for their hard work as they will accept the gratitude and will give them the strength to keep going!
As part of our PD day, we planned our academic year utilizing the CBE Scope and Sequence alignment for all subject areas so that both face to face and Hub teachers ensure they are covering the same subject outcomes.
We also engaged in strategizing for the personalization of student learning based on low, medium, and entry points tasks. The central part of our work today included the identification of assessment practices in writing at each grade level in order for teachers to gather student baseline data. The information collected from the student writing will serve teachers to close gaps in writing outcomes, particularly in the areas of Content and Organization.
I would like to share with you the link to the Learn Alberta Parent Guide overview for each grade level and subject. http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/mychildslearning/index.html This link will provide you with an overview of what your children will learn this school year.
If you would like to look at the Alberta Program of Studies documents in detail, please visit https://www.alberta.ca/programs-of-study.aspx#toc-1
On October 20, during the School Council meeting, we will share school data that will inform our School Development Goal for the next three years.
Today, we welcomed back the student cohort and staff that were away due to the Covid-19 positive case as well as the students and staff in the Before and After School care. I am pleased to inform you that students and staff are well, and glad to be back at school. We celebrate the resiliency and hard work that staff and students placed in maintaining the academic work from home.
Yesterday all classes took part in the Terry Fox run. Although it was not held as a whole school event due to social distancing, each class engaged in the reason why we all take part in this worth while event/fundraiser. Thank you to the students and families who were able to contribute to this charity. Please know that we will continue to accept donations until next Friday.
As a staff, we will begin to look at data that will guide this year's School Development Plan. Once we analyze the data, identify areas for growth and strategize, we will bring our draft to the school council for their input.
Next Friday is our first PD Day. We will be engaging in subject specific Scope and Sequence, Personalization and creation of a whole school writing sample that will assist each grade level acquire baseline assessments for their students.
It was so exciting to see students back physically at school after six long months. Staff and students came excited and wanting to be at Escuela Glenmeadows School.
Indeed, for some students, the first few days of school were a bit unsettling emotionally as they did not know what all the changes would be for this school year. I can testify that staff and students have demonstrated that they have great resiliency and can adjust successfully quite well and quickly to new situations and routines. It has only been the first week, and new routines/expectations (School Re-entry Plan) are now part of an everyday culture at Escuela Glenmeadows School.
As a staff, we wish to thank each one of you for all your kind words of encouragement and support. You have all done a tremendous job having your children well prepared with masks, knowing about social distancing, and preparing the children to understand the importance of safety. You have all followed expectations of drop-off and pick-ups. The first week of school went smoothly and successfully. This is what teamwork is all about!
Final numbers for online Hub learning have been received officially for our school. As a result, our final classroom numbers and structure until February will most likely be shared on our next edition of Sabes Que. Both CBE and our school are working at a fast pace to ensure learning for the Hub begins between September 14-18.
We know that because of Covid-19, government policies and funding methods, we live on a day to day basis. This means that our school structure may change depending on Alberta Health Services, Provincial policymakers, and CBE senior leadership. We strive to keep you informed as we continue the journey on these unprecedented times. Our commitment is to continue to have a safe, welcoming, caring, and successful academic year with strong Spanish Bilingual program and a STEM focus.
What do we all need? I believe that we need to continue to show grace towards each other. Please continue to extend kindness, courtesy towards children, parents, teachers and the school administrative team. Know that everyone has the best interest and intentions, and are working hard for each child. Please understand that what we know one moment may change the next. Again, I believe everyone needs to show grace and rise to imaginable high standards of humanity during these unsettling times.
It has been
over two months since online crisis teaching and learning began. We only
have one more month left until the end of the school year. Children will
undoubtedly benefit from going outdoors, experience the wonderful seasonal
changes, and play outside.
Monday, Erick and I will present our school budget planning for the 2020/21
school year. We have used the number of students based on the survey
results families have returned into us, indicating whether they will or will
not return. At this time, we only had 3 students who will not be returning.
If anything changes for families and their expression of interest to return
changes, we ask that you please notify us.
official! We are pleased to welcome Calgary Child’s Play Before and After
School Kindie care! Please share the news with prospective families who
may have Kindergarten aged children. Students who use the Before and
After School care and transportation, will only be charged the Kindergarten
transportation cost of $400 and not the two-way regular alternative
transportation cost of $800.00. Please note, there is no midday transportation
for kindergarten students any longer.
currently working on our staffing designations for our next school year.
At this time, all of our continuous staff members and visiting Spanish teachers
are returning. This is exciting news for everyone!
We received our School budget allocation for the 2020/21 school
year this past Thursday from CBE. We all expected a reduced budget given the
economic state of the province. We believe that we will be able to continue
with the same student/teacher ratio as well as a similar school organization
/structure. We will give you more information as we continue to explore
possible scenarios for our school further.
This past Friday, our teaching staff spent time sharing
technological tools that allow them to be more effective online. Our teachers
have been very resourceful in finding technology tools that will enable them to
create lessons that are engaging, clear, and focused on their Alberta Program
of Studies remaining essential outcomes. As Erick and I visit our virtual
classrooms, it is great to see students on time and ready to engage in large
groups, small groups, and individual face to face conversations. As always, if
your child needs one on one support or clarification, you or your child,
depending on the grade level, can email the classroom teachers.
Although early to know what September may look like, the Education
Minister did speak about possibilities and how the government is working with
school districts. I am sharing a Calgary Herald article on this. https://calgaryherald.com/news/k-12-fall-classes-may-require-ppe-social-distancing-and-staggered-attendance/
Our method of online teaching is evolving on a daily basis so that
our delivery is increasing more effectively. As an administrative team,
we work with teachers with their planning and structures for online
delivery. We appreciate your support for your children in attending and
engaging in school work. We had Darlene Unruh, Area 6 Director take part
in our staff meeting, where we spoke about Assessment and Reporting as it
pertains to our current COVID-19 realities.
We are currently working on our School Declaration, hours, and
minutes of instructional and non-instructional time for the next school
year. Once we have a draft, we will present it to both staff and parents
for their input.
On Monday of next week, we will be sending a video created by our
teaching and support staff that will have pictures of teachers and music and
lyrics with a message of hope in Spanish. We hope that this video will,
in some way, reconnect our school community. The song chosen by all staff
is Color de Esperanza/Color of Hope by Diego Torres.
Here is the link to the video: Staff Video for Students and Parents
Today Erick Noriega and I made a school wide announcement over the
P.A system about COVID-19 in a child-friendly language that supports the
message from Alberta Health Services that the contagious risk is low in Alberta.
We reminded students to:
- Wash their hands for 15-20 seconds and if they want to sing
happy birthday in either English or Spanish for the duration of the task
- Respect personal space amongst each other
- Avoid touching their faces with unwashed hands and
- if they are sick, to stay at home
We also shared all adults are all working together to reduce the
risk of contracting the virus. To this
end, CBE and our school have postponed
events such as:
- Parent-Teacher Conferences
- Science Fair and Science Olympics and
- Book Fair
We understand that many parents have many questions at this
time. Please know that CBE is actively
seeking direction from Alberta Health Services.
We will provide you with the best information we have at that time on an
ongoing basis. I have received many
e-mails with positive and supportive feedback, as well as suggestions. As always, we welcome suggestions and
feedback. Each e-mail is considered, and if required, it is passed on onto CBE.
We appreciate you visiting the CBE FAQ before calling the school
at this time. The website is: https://www.cbe.ab.ca/about-us/school-culture-and-environment/health-and-wellness-in-school/Pages/coronavirus-faqs.aspx
Please know that CBE is working directly with AHS and the Calgary
Emergency Management Agency (CEMA). We have also set up an internal task force
to address necessary planning and issues.
- Caretaking staff in all schools have
increased cleaning and disinfecting protocols on high touchpoints
(example: doorknobs, light switches, desktops, etc.) throughout CBE
- Noon Supervisors will increase the level
of cleanliness with the tables and seats as well as wear gloves on a daily
- We ask that all students wash their hands
prior to eating lunch and snack time on a daily basis
- CBE schools will remind students of good
hand washing techniques, and new posters will be provided to reinforce
- The CBE has a supply contract for all
necessary soap, sanitizer, and cleaning/disinfecting supplies. This supply
is reliable and readily available.
- If your child is sick, do not send them
to school. Please call the school to report their absence.
- If you or your child have symptoms such
as fever, cough and difficulty breathing, have travelled outside Canada or
have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, stay home and call Health
We are taking all direction from AHS. If you have further
questions, please call Health Link at 811. School staff are unable to answer
Erick and I are currently working on our Thursday and Friday plans
for what will now be grade group planning and Professional Development
work. We will continue to focus on
The ice is melting in Calgary and is posing some challenges
both in the city and around our school.
We continue to remind students to walk carefully and avoid icy areas
Kiss and go main road and side
Ice and water puddle covering
the side walk
Called 311. The city will
dispatch a crew today to resolve the situation
Paved path between playground
structure and new portables
Ice and water puddle
A wooden platform will be built and
placed in that area as an interim solution by early next week. A longer term solution will include the redirection
of a raindrop gutter coming off the corner of the new portable. This will avoid the water and ice
accumulation in that area.
To alleviate student congestion
in this area and allow for a smoother transition of students into the school,
we will have our grade 4 students enter and exit through the West doors (by
soccer field). We will monitor this
transition for effectiveness.
Other Areas as required
Our interim facility Operator,
Susan, has been requested to place gravel in all paved walkways that are icy
on a daily basis prior to the start of the school day.
Parents/Guardians, I wish to share with you that the
drainage system that had been proposed for our school compound to alleviate
water/ice accumulation will be delayed. The reason for this is that the new
government, as you are aware, has lower funds to school districts across
Alberta. As a result, CBE will have to service schools that are on a priority
list based on need. Please note that our
school remains on the list, but will no longer be considered for this year. We
continue to receive timely and effective support from the CBE grounds department
and Area 6 office when required. We will
strive to continue to address issues as they arise in a timely and effective
manner given the resources we have as a school and system.
Next week, we will continue our gymnastics unit, and will
welcome Jaqueline Guest, our writing Artist in Residence. We thank our School
Society for providing the funds for this worth while academic learning
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