Jun 30
2021-22 Year End Message

As our year comes to completion I want to take a moment to reflect on Panabaker’s 21-22 school year. I want to start by thanking everyone involved in the successes we had this year; our students, parents, teachers, support staff, community supports, local businesses, community residents, administration, Area Office, and of course the Calgary Board of Education in general. This has been a year of transitions, as our Covid-19 response kept everyone on their toes as we learned to pivot through this difficult time. Our school community responded with strength, unity, and pride. We overcame, we showed our resilience, and we found success at every bend. For that I am eternally grateful and proud of our entire school community.

As a school we worked diligently to offer specific, intentional, and meaningful interventions to ensure students were able to recoup skills and concepts that were challenging during the pandemic learning. This intervention is captured in our school development plan, and the success of this is reflected in our student achievement and growth. Our staff committed countless hours to analysis, preparation, and delivery to best serve the educational goals of all our students. Our parents worked closely with us to support the needs of their individual students, and as a group through parent council to support the entire population. We were able, throughout this challenging time, to simultaneously target our school culture and develop a sense of belonging and safety for our student body. Wrapping itself around all of this work was our schools dedication to reconciliation and our goals to recognize and celebrate all cultural diversities in our student population with a particular focus on our Indigenous truth and reconciliation commitments. It has been a busy year, but a fruitful one as our students blossomed academically, socially, and athletically.

We celebrated multiple divisional championships in volleyball, junior boys and girls brought home the title banners, in badminton our senior team won the divisional championship, and in track & field our senior boys finished in first place with our overall team taking third. What an incredible year! Within all of this we ran clubs and intramurals every single day, our gym is always a hub of activity. We at Panabaker are firm believers that strong athletes create strong students and a strong school culture. The successes on the athletic field are reflective of our successes in the classroom. Go Panthers!

With the end of a school year we always face a time of goodbyes and welcomes with staff. This year is no different, we find ourselves with some key staff members moving on, but also being populated with new energy and expertise. We say good bye to our Assistant Principle Mr. Llewellyn, but welcome our new Assistant Principal Ms. Roach. We send off Ms. Crecco, Ms. Locke, and Ms. Poulin as they embark on new positions within the CBE and in the UK. However, we welcome to our team Mr. Doerksen, Mr. Deighton, Ms. Easton and Mr. Halle who all bring unique talents and passion to the halls of Panabaker. We also wish well to our newest staff members on temporary contract Ms. Godwin and Ms. Fedotova as they find their way to new buildings and new positions as their individual careers develop in the CBE.

On behalf of Harold Panabaker School, we wish Mr. Llewellyn all the best in his new personal adventure next year. Mr. Llewellyn has been passionate and dedicated to supporting staff and student success. He connected with the community to build relationships and his legacy as a panther will continue in his absence.

So as with every year we faced many changes and challenges but our Panthers proved up to the task. We look forward to seeing you all in September and ask you to check the school website for back to school information. Please enjoy a summer filled with family and fun, take time to recharge, and enjoy the return of the Calgary Stampede.

Sincerely,

Shelly Li
Principal

 


Jun 28
Year End Message

As we wrap up this unforgettable year of teaching and learning through a pandemic, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the students, teachers and parents of Harold Panabaker School for your enduring support and partnership. Whether we were in school or learning from home, we talked together, supported each other, and have remained a strong community despite the many challenges that we faced navigating through the reality of a pandemic.

Undoubtedly, this year has provided staff and students many opportunities to learn the importance of adaptability and resiliency when embracing changes with open hearts and minds, learning to sacrifice for the common good, developing empathy and compassion for others, and most importantly, practicing the value of caring for each other as a community. Staff, students, and families demonstrated grace and understanding when asked to follow new norms and routines. Whether it was being masked, quarantined, social distanced, cohorted, or switched between on-line and in person classes the Harold Panabaker community worked together to support one another through these many changes. Though inconsistency and uncertainty where a new part of our world, we continued to strive to find ways to create connection, unite and support each other, and care for the social, emotional and academic well-being of our students. We are proud of the work staff and students accomplished to provide the following community and learning experiences and supports: virtual Chinese New Year Celebration, skating on the community rink, land-based learning in Fish Creek Park, fundraising to support a family that lost all their belongings in a house fire and a student who lost his parent to Covid-19, virtual talent show, modified Sports Day, Gr. 9 Drive-by Farewell with a DJ, and daily intermural activities throughout the year including basketball, volleyball, badminton, and table tennis. All of these experiences and opportunities helped maintain our sense of community, belonging and the Panther spirit of resilience. All of the above could not have happened without the dedication and contribution of the Harold Panabaker staff, the enthusiastic participation of our students and the support from our parents. A big thank you to you all! Thank you and well done to an incredible group of professionals and a big hug to all of our lovely students. 

We want to pay tribute to all of our staff. This school year has been exceptionally challenging in a profession that is never easy. Throughout the year, they have put commendable effort into maintaining their focus on teaching, learning and relationship building while overcoming many challenges: learning and developing various resources that are used for on-line teaching, designing activities that bring students together intellectually yet keep them apart physically, talking through masks the whole day, helping students when they are sick and willingly working one-on-one with students who’s needs exempt them from wearing masks. Through your actions, you have modelled what empathy, compassion and devotion means in life.

We would also like to extend our sincere thanks to our community partners, School Council members, and parents and guardians for whole heartedly supporting our students and our school. You showed your care through organizing fund raising events, purchasing 18 Chromebooks for the students, supporting students and families who needed support, working with your child when they were home learning on-line, coming to pick up your child when they had some minor symptoms to ensure the safety of others, etc. Your support has meant so much to the staff at Harold Panabaker and we have always felt like our parents have our back. 
To our students, we are very grateful for your flexibility, resilience, positive attitude persistence and amazing talents. For those returning next year, we look forward to seeing you back in SeptemberReturning families will receive a welcome email in August with information about the 2021-22 school year, including any relevant health and safety measures based on government guidelines at that time.

To those who are leaving our school, we hope you feel Harold Panabaker School has provided you with guidance and the skills needed to developed the attitude, work ethic, and confidence needed for your academic future. All our best wishes to you.

Although we are not certain at this moment what impact COVID will have in the fall, we are excited to welcome students back on Wednesday, September 1. Please watch your emails in August to get updates about our return to school plans and Covid protocols. We will update you all with this important information as it becomes available.  Please note that our office will be closed for the summer holiday and will re-open August 27, 2021; our regular office hours are 8:30am-4:30pm Monday to Friday. 

Wishing everyone a safe, healthy and enjoyable summer break. On behalf of all the staff of Harold Panabaker, we look forward to being together again next school year.

 


Dec 15
Happy First Week of Classes in 2021

Happy New Year Harold Panabaker families,  

I hope that all of you had a chance to relax and enjoy the holidays despite the unprecedented challenges that we have been facing!  

For the week of January 4-8, on-line learning will occur for all Gr.5 – 9 students except the students in the ALP Program and some of the students in the L & L Program who chose to attend in-person classes. As we continue with on-line learning this week, we cannot emphasize enough the importance of student attendance and engagement in both synchronous and asynchronous learning environments. Learning is progressive and it is imperative for students to keep up with their school work. Parents, your support in ensuring your child(ren)'s active participation in on-line learning is greatly appreciated. We will contact you through email or phone calls if your child misses his/her classes. 

All students will return to in-person learning on January 12, 2021 (January 11 is a PD day for our school and there will be no classes). We are looking forward to the time when we are together again! 

I would like to thank Nicole Weber for her exceptional leadership of Harold Panabaker during my absence. All her hard work and dedication is greatly appreciated.  

Please stay safe and well. We look forward to a happy and bright 2021! 

Sincerely,  

Shelly Li­­­, Principal


 

Nov 25
Covid Confirmation by AHS

November 25, 2020

 Dear Parent/Guardian,

 On November 25th, the school used a PreAlert message to notify our community of a positive case of COVID-19 that had been reported by a family or staff member. At that time, the school did not have official confirmation from Alberta Health Services (AHS). The purpose of this message is to inform you that AHS has now confirmed this case.

 The school had already contacted each family or staff member affected by the positive case and now, AHS will follow up. If you were not identified as a close contact, then your child(ren) were not affected by the positive case.

 We remind parents/guardians of students to monitor for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.The Alberta Health daily checklist can be found here. Please remember to complete the checklist each day prior to attending school.

 If you/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 stay home/keep your child at home.

We will continue to provide additional information to parents / guardians as it is available.

 If you have any questions, please contact me directly.

 Sincerely,

 Nicole Weber, Principal

t | 403-777-7890​


Nov 25
Covid Confirmation by AHS

November 25, 2020

 Dear Parent/Guardian,

 On November 25th, the school used a PreAlert message to notify our community of a positive case of COVID-19 that had been reported by a family or staff member. At that time, the school did not have official confirmation from Alberta Health Services (AHS). The purpose of this message is to inform you that AHS has now confirmed this case.

 The school had already contacted each family or staff member affected by the positive case and now, AHS will follow up. If you were not identified as a close contact, then your child(ren) were not affected by the positive case.

 We remind parents/guardians of students to monitor for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.The Alberta Health daily checklist can be found here. Please remember to complete the checklist each day prior to attending school.

 If you/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 stay home/keep your child at home.

We will continue to provide additional information to parents / guardians as it is available.

 If you have any questions, please contact me directly.

 Sincerely,

 Nicole Weber, Principal

t | 403-777-7890​


Nov 25
Covid Confirmation by AHS

November 25, 2020

 Dear Parent/Guardian,

 On November 25th, the school used a PreAlert message to notify our community of a positive case of COVID-19 that had been reported by a family or staff member. At that time, the school did not have official confirmation from Alberta Health Services (AHS). The purpose of this message is to inform you that AHS has now confirmed this case.

 The school had already contacted each family or staff member affected by the positive case and now, AHS will follow up. If you were not identified as a close contact, then your child(ren) were not affected by the positive case.

 We remind parents/guardians of students to monitor for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.The Alberta Health daily checklist can be found here. Please remember to complete the checklist each day prior to attending school.

 If you/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 stay home/keep your child at home.

We will continue to provide additional information to parents / guardians as it is available.

 If you have any questions, please contact me directly.

 Sincerely,

 Nicole Weber, Principal

t | 403-777-7890​


Nov 25
Covid

November 25, 2020

 

 

Dear Parent/Guardian,

 

We have been notified by a family or staff member that a positive case of COVID-19 has been diagnosed in an individual from Harold Panabaker School. At this time, the school does not have official confirmation from Alberta Health Services (AHS).

 

The school has already contacted each family or staff member affected by the positive case, and AHS will be following up only with those individuals. If you were not contacted, your child(ren) are not affected by the positive case.

 

Our school remains open to in-person learning for all students, and we are working to ensure necessary measures continue to be in place to protect all staff and students. This includes the cleaning and disinfecting of all items touched by the individual, and the removal and storage of all items that cannot be cleaned and disinfected (paper, books, etc.)  in a sealed container for a minimum of 72 hours.

 

All students impacted by the positive case will be supported in maintaining course work during the designated period online. They will not join Hub online learning.

 

We remind parents/guardians of students to monitor for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.The Alberta Health daily checklist can be found here. Please remember to complete the checklist each day prior to attending school.

 

If you/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 stay home/keep your child at home.

We will continue to provide additional information to parents / guardians as it is available.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Nicole Weber

t | 403-777-7890

nweber@cbe.ab.ca​


Oct 19
Introduction-Acting Principal

As you probably know by now, the principal of Harold Panabaker, Shelly Li, has taken a short leave and I will be her replacement during this absence.

I thought I would tell you a little about myself. I worked for the CBE for 40 years before I retired with a diverse and extensive background-I have been an elementary teacher, physical education specialist, resource teacher, principal of both elementary and middle/jr schools, system principal of planning and transportation and taught at the university level. My schools include 11 sites ranging throughout the city in both high and low economic areas, high ESL populations and a variety of special needs programs such as PLP, L&L, ACCESS and TASC.

I believe students come first and as educators we must do everything we can to help students teach their full potential and develop a love of lifelong learning. I will continue the excellent leadership that Mrs. Li has demonstrated and continue with the direction of the school. I Iook forward to meeting you and working together to enhance the learning community of Harold Panabaker. ​

Please feel free to contact me at anytime if you have any concerns or just would like to introduce yourself to me at nweber@cbe.ab.ca. I will continue to keep Panabaker a safe and secure learning environment for both staff and students.

 


Jan 06
January Newsletter

​Dear Parents and Guardians,

Happy New Year Harold Panabaker families and welcome back to school! The New Year is always an opportunity to re-establish a focus on learning and to reflect on the changes we want or need to make and resolve to follow through on those changes. So as we begin 2020, I want to assure everyone that we will continue to be dedicated to meeting the needs of each and every student at Harold Panabaker, and the high expectations in academics success and student behavior will be the focus of our work.

To achieve these goals, our teachers had a meeting on Friday, January 10 to review and re-establish academic and behavior expectations together as a team, which centered around four Harold Panabaker Values: Respect for Self, Respect for Others, Respect for Environment and Respect for Learning. The values and expectations will be shared and reiterated with our students during our school-wide assembly on Wednesday, January 15. Further classroom discussions will be held on a regular basis to ensure a common understanding of the expectations among the students.

To achieve our School Development Plan achievement goals, which are: writing to develop, organize and express information and ideas (Language Arts), developing number sense and applying strategies for computation and estimation (Mathematics), and students feeling that school is a safe and caring place, we have implemented the following changes:

• Hired an additional Gr. 8 Math and Science teacher,

• Hired an additional Gr. 5-7 English Language Arts and Social Studies teacher,

• Hired an additional education assistant, to enhance support to ALP and L & L programs, and to improve academic experience and behavior support for all of our students.

These programming decisions were made in consultation with our staff and alongside numerous conversations with our Educational Director, Darlene Unruh. Director Unruh has spent significant time in our building getting to know our students and is working with each of her school sites to ensure that student success is the focus of our work at HPS.

I am grateful to be your principal and appreciate the time and efforts you give every day to support your children, our staff, and our community. We are off to an exciting new year to continue our journey of learning, improvements, and achievements!

Shelly Li, Principal

Christmas Hampers

Our students, especially our Leadership Class students, parents, and staff members worked hard to make the holiday season a brighter one for many families. With your generous donation, we were able to offer baskets of gifts and gift cards to some families that needed that support.

Mandarin Program Open House

We will be hosting a Mandarin Bilingual Program Open House on January 16, 2020 beginning at 6:30 PM. Our open house is intended for families considering enrolling their children in the Chinese (Mandarin) bilingual program (Gr. 5-9) for the 2020-2021 school year.

Digital Report Cards For last year’s and this year’s report cards many schools have chosen to provide reporting information online rather than printing paper report cards. This is an Eco-friendly and cost effective option for providing reporting information to parents and guardians. The report cards are viewed through Power School using the same platform that parents use to pay fees online.

Schools that have provided the online format have reported that it is quite easy for parents, guardians and students to access the information and that if a parent requires a paper copy they can print one from their home printer or visit the school’s office to request that one be provided.

At the December School Council meeting, this information was shared with parents. We would like to have further discussions regarding this at the next Parent Council meeting on January 15, 2020. Please join us to provide your valued input regarding digital Report Cards.

Accountability Pillar Survey: Information for Parents/Guardians

Each year Alberta Education conducts the Accountability Pillar Survey from mid-January to the end of February. Alberta Education uses the Accountability Pillar as a way for school authorities to measure their success, and assess their progress towards meeting their learning goals. The Accountability Pillar uses a set of 16 indicators consisting of: student outcomes such as dropout and high school completion rates; provincial assessments of student learning; and surveys of students, parents/guardians and teachers on various aspects of quality. Parents/Guardians of students in grade 7 will receive their survey in the mail from Alberta Education. Students in grade 7 and all teachers will complete their surveys online at school.

All surveys are anonymous and ask questions about experiences with Harold Panabaker. The survey is not asking for feedback about Alberta Education and its policies; questions are in relationship to Harold Panabaker only.

Questions on the survey are accompanied by a scale of responses (e.g., Strongly Agree to Strongly Disagree, Very Satisfied to Very Dissatisfied). Each of these scales includes a Don’t Know choice. If you Don’t Know the answer to a particular question, please skip that question and go to the next one, unless you want your response to count as a negative one.

All parents/guardians receive the English version of the survey in the mail. Alberta Education also provides the survey in Arabic, Blackfoot, Chinese, Cree, French, Korean, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog and Urdu. If you would prefer to respond to the survey in one of these languages, please tell Shelly Li, Principal of Harold Panabaker and a copy will be sent to you.

It is very important that parents/guardians complete the survey and return it to Alberta Education. Alberta Education and the public use the results of the Accountability Pillar Survey to assess satisfaction with the quality of education in our schools. In addition, the Calgary Board of Education uses the information to improve teaching and learning for our students.

Your voice matters. Your participation in the survey helps provide important information on the quality of education your child is receiving. Alberta Education and the Calgary Board of Education thank you for returning the parent Accountability Pillar Survey promptly. If you have questions, please contact Shelly Li.​

Aug 27
Website Update

As I write this message, I am thinking about the school year ahead.  A lot of changes for our school and a lot of changes for me personally.  

This year, our Mandarin Program will have 75 students from Grade 5-8.  Our regular program includes students in graded 7-9 will have approximately 225 students.  This gives us approximately 300 total students for the year.  We have added one new teacher to our staff, as well we are on the hunt for a couple of other new teachers who we hope to add this week.  I am pleased to welcome Steven Privat who is a math and science teacher to our staff and will announce other additions as the year progresses. 

On Tuesday, we will welcome our students by introducing them to their home room teacher, providing each student with a locker and a timetable and we will take them through a short run through of their schedules.  Students will be dismissed at 12:30 and buses are scheduled to take students home.  Please ask your child to bring a pen or pencil with them.  On Wednesday, we will have a regular school day  We are looking forward to seeing the students we know and getting to know the students who are new to our school.  

In September, we will start our Jr and Sr volleyball teams.  We also will welcome all the students who want to be part of X-country team.   Volleyball and X-country are open to student in grades 6-9.  

On September 16th, our grade 8 students will be going to Camp Horizon for an over night stay.  The students will be involved in team building activities including ropes courses and giant swings.  Please return field trip forms as soon as possible.  We will schedule a parent meeting prior to the trip with the expectations that all students attending the trip will have a parent present at the meeting.

On a personal note, I am retiring from the CBE at the end of November. The process of finding the next principal will begin in early September.  I hope to have the opporunity to have transition time with the new Principal.  I will try to keep you up to date as regularly as possible.  I also will do all I can to leave the school in the best shape I can.  I have very much enjoyed my time as the proud Principal of Harold Panaker School

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