Oct 04
October 2022

Dear Highwood Families,

Everyone has settled nicely into the daily school routine and its been great that things are back to 'normal.'  We still ask that students continue safe and healthy practices such as regular hand washing (especially after using the washroom and before and after eating) and staying home if they are sick.

Here are just a few information items and reminders for the month of October:

  • School Development Plan
  • Lunch utensils and extra food
  • Morning entry
  • Important October dates


School Development Plan

Every year all CBE schools must create a plan based on student data on how they want to improve student achievement.  For the last two years teachers have worked with students to improve their oral use of subject specific vocabulary in Math (in Chinese) and Social Studies (Indigenous Education in English).  This year we will be building on this and will work with students to increase their reading/ recognition of subject specific vocabulary in Math (in Chinese) and Social Studies (in English).  For well-being, we will continue to work with students about kindness with the overarching theme of “How does kindness change the world?"

Lunch utensils and extra food

A friendly reminder to please pack a fork or spoon in your child's lunch bag every day.  As well, as the year progresses and children grow, we find that students get hungrier and require a bigger lunch and snack. 

Morning Entry

This year we implemented a 'soft entry' where students enter the school upon arrival between 8:05-8:20.  We ask that you do not drop students off before 8:05 as the school is not officially open at that time and we may not have enough supervisors.  As well, if students arrive after 8:20, they are considered late and must enter through the front door, collect a “Welcome Slip" from the office before they can proceed to class.  It is important that students arrive on time every day so that they can be a part of the class' daily morning routine and start the day off without feeling rushed.

Important October dates

Friday, September 30: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation- No school for all students

Friday, October 7: PD Day- No school for all students

Monday, October 10: Thanksgiving- No school for all students

Thursday, October 13: Picture Day

Friday, October 14: Monday/ Wednesday kindergarten attends school

Thursday, October 20: 1:00- Monthly Assembly    Hosts: Grade 2 Team

Friday, October 21: Tuesday/ Thursday kindergarten attends school

Monday, October 24: Grade 3 In-class Presentation- Mad Science;  7:00pm- School Council Meeting (online)

October 24- October 27: Ms. Parlee's class Open Minds SEED school

Friday, October 28: PD Day- No school for all students

Monday, October 31: Spirit Day!  Orange and Black Day

October 31- November 3: Ms. McSorley's class Open Minds SEED school

Sincerely,

Highwood School


Sep 16
September 2022

Hello Highwood Families,

The Alberta government has just announced that Monday, September 19 will be a day of mourning and NOT a statuary holiday.  Therefore, all students will be required to attend school on Monday.

Below are some reminders and updates to upcoming September events:

​September 16: Monday/ Wednesday Kindergarten attends school

September 19 & 20: Terry Fox Run.  Teachers will post on their Google Classroom which day your child's class will be doing the run.  We ask students to either wear their Highwood School shirt or something red.  We encourage students to also bring a “toonie for Terry" with all donations going to the Terry Fox Foundation.  Our goal is to raise $700.

September 19 & 20: Indigenous Drumming with Chantel Chagnon.

September 22 & 23: Meet the Teacher Conferences.  The purpose of these conferences are to provide parents with a chance to meet the teachers and share information about your child that you think the teachers should know.  They are optional and are only 10 minutes long.  Thursday, September 22 conferences will take place in the evening and will be online meetings only.  Friday, September 23 conferences will take place during the day (NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS) and will be in-person only.  Bookings begin on Thursday, September 15 at 9:00am via your PowerSchool account.  All bookings will receive a confirmation email (almost immediately) and those online meetings will receive a meeting link in that confirmation email.  If you do not receive a confirmation email, it means that you did not complete the booking process.

September 23: NO SCHOOL FOR ALL STUDENTS- Parent Teacher Conferences

September 26 @ 7:00pm: School Council Meeting- More details to come

September 29: Orange Shirt Day!  Students are encouraged to wear an orange shirt in recognition of Truth and Reconciliation​ Day.

September 30: NO SCHOOL FOR ALL STUDENTS- Truth and Reconciliation Day

OCTOBER: For various reasons, swimming lessons for kindergarten to grade 2 students will be cancelled.  We will reschedule something else for the K-2 students in the spring. 

Sincerely,

Christine Cheung

Principal


Sep 08
September 2022

Dear Highwood Families,

We made it through the first couple of days of school!  It was a wonderful school start.  Below are a few reminders for the month of September as well as some important dates. 

  • Volunteer Clearance
  • Help the Environment!
  • Mid-autumn Festival
  • Important September Dates


Volunteer Clearance

There are many fieldtrips coming up especially in the months of September and October and WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!  Volunteer Clearance can take weeks, so please complete this ASAP.  We recommend that all parents complete a security clearance.

All parents wishing to volunteer with in-school and off-site events MUST complete and pass a Calgary Police Services security check.  To do so:

  • Come to the school with ONE piece of picture ID (i.e. driver's licence, Canadian passport, or permanent resident card)
  • The school will provide you with a personalized letter with a special code on it that can only be used by you.  This letter and code are only good for 90 days.
  • With the letter and code, you need to complete the security clearance either in-person at the police station or online by following these instructions. CPS APPLICANT INSTRUCTION MANUAL 
  • Once this is complete, it can take several weeks to receive the results.  Once you receive the results, please share them with the school.
  • If you receive clearance, it will be good for 5 years and can be transferred to any CBE school.
  • If you have already received clearance from another CBE school, please call us to transfer this to Highwood School.
  • If you have received clearance from any other organization, unfortunately it cannot be accepted and you must apply for a CBE clearance.
  • Call the office (403-777-6200) if you are unsure if your previous CBE clearance has expired or not.


Help the Environment!

We are proud that Highwood School is one of the most environmentally friendly schools in the CBE.  We compost food waste and paper towels, use GOOS paper (Good On One Side), and recycle dried up markers, paper, and snack wrappers.  We even have solar panels to power up our school.  But we still need your help! 

  • We have quite a few students who forget to bring a fork, spoon or water bottle to school and the school provides them with plastic disposable utensils and cup.  These single use plastics are not environmentally friendly, so we encourage you to please ensure that your child has a fork, spoon, and water bottle in their lunch bag every day
  • If you or your work place have any GOOS paper that can be donated to the school, we'd love to have it and use the other side that's blank!  Please ensure that what you are donating is flat (not crinkled) and does not contain confidential information on the other side.  8.5" x 11" sized paper would be best.


Mid-Autumn Festival

At Highwood, we try to recognize important Chinese and Canadian cultural events and celebrations.  The Mid-Autumn Festival will be celebrated on Friday, September 9.  Your child's teacher will be providing you with more detailed information as well as food requests for classroom celebrations.  Please ensure that your child and the teacher is aware of any food allergies.

Important September Dates

2022-2023 HIGHWOOD SCHOOL CALENDAR 

Monday, September 5: NO SCHOOL- Labour Day

Friday, September 9: Early Dismissal- Tuesday/Thursday kindergarten attends school; Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations

Friday, September 16: Early Dismissal- Monday/Wednesday kindergarten attends school

Monday, September 17 & 18: Indigenous Drumming workshops with Chantal Chagnon

Thursday, September 22 (after school): Meet the teacher conferences (more information to come)

Friday, September 23: NO SCHOOL; Meet the teacher conferences (more information to come)

Monday, September 26: 7:00pm School Council meeting (more information to come)

Thursday, September 29: ORANGE SHIRT DAY- in recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we are asking all students and staff to wear an orange shirt; 9:00- Monthly assembly hosted by Grade 4s

Friday, September 30: NO SCHOOL- National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Sincerely,

Christine Cheung

Principal


May 03
May 2022

Dear Highwood Families,

Can you believe that there are only two months left of the 2021-2022 school year?!?  Covid has challenged all of us again this year, but we truly thank everyone for ensuring that your child is healthy when attending school and for continuing to follow many Covid protocols even though it is not mandatory to do so any more.  Your choices are why many of the staff and students have remained healthy.

Many Highwood students are hockey fans and with the playoff starting up, we encourage students to wear their favourite hockey team's jersey on game day.  We anticipate a C of Red at Highwood School! (But we also respect jerseys from other teams!)

Here are a few reminders for the month of May:

  • 2021-2022 Fees- please pay
  • Inform the school of any change to personal information
  • Volunteer clearance
  • Wearing appropriate footwear
  • Parking around the school
  • Important May dates                                                                 


2021-2022 Fees- please pay

In your PARENT PowerSchool account, you will see any 2021-2022 school fees that haven't been paid yet.  All students that have stayed for lunch at school will be charged a Lunchroom fee.  The school uses this money to pay for supervisors to look after students while they eat their lunch.  There may also be fieldtrip fees that are posted.  We ask that you pay all fees online as soon as possible. 

Inform the school of any changes to personal information

It is extremely important that the school has the most current information as possible.  If you've changed your home address, cell phone number, work phone number, or emergency contact people, please let us know immediately.  It is also important for us to know about any changes to health information (i.e. allergies; medications) and legal matters (i.e. custody agreements; restraining orders).

Volunteer Clearance

Thank you to the many people who have completed their volunteer clearance and have helped out on fieldtrips!  We have many volunteer opportunities in the remainder of the school year and would encourage more people to complete their volunteer clearance.  To do so, please bring your photo ID to the school office and a letter will be provided to you to either bring to the police station or use online to complete the volunteer clearance process.

Wearing Appropriate Footwear

As the weather improves, it is common to want to wear sandals to school.  For the safety of the students, we ask that students wear running shoes to school as they will be playing outside for recess, which includes climbing on the play structure.  Physical Education classes are also held outside more often, which will require students to run, kick balls, skip, etc. in their running shoes.

Parking Around the School

Parking around Highwood before and after school can be VERY CRAZY.  We continue to receive complaints from neighbours about cars blocking their driveways/ garages and even parking in their actual driveway!  PLEASE be kind and considerate to our neighbours and NOT block their driveways. It is very important that you pass this message on to family members (i.e. grandparents; aunties/uncles; family friends) who drive your children to and from school as we have noticed that many of these drivers who block driveways are not parents.

Important May Dates

Monday, May 2 @ 7:00pm: School Council Meeting (online)

Friday, May 6: Monday/Wednesday kindergarten attends school

May 9-13: Kindergarten-Grade 4 ELEV8 Lacrosse (in-school).  Thank you to school council who paid for this experience for all of the students!

Friday, May 13: Tuesday/ Thursday kindergarten attends school

Wednesday, May 18: Monday/ Wednesday Kindergarten Clay for Kids (in-school)

Thursday, May 19: Tuesday/Thursday Kindergarten Clay for Kids (in-school)

Friday, May 20: NO SCHOOL (PD Day)

Monday, May 21: NO SCHOOL (Victoria Day)

Wednesday, May 25: Spirit Day!  Western Day- students and staff are encouraged to get into the Stampede Spirit and wear their Western outfits to school

Thursday, May 26: Grade 3 (Ms. Shen Room 208) Fieldtrip to the Calgary Zoo

Friday, May 27: Monday/Wednesday kindergarten attends school

Monday, May 30: Grade 2 Fieldtrip to the Calgary Zoo; Grade 3 (Ms. Ma/ Ms. Ghelfi) Fieldtrip to the Calgary Zoo

Sincerely,

Highwood School


Mar 31
April 2022

Dear Highwood Families,

Here are just a few important items and reminders for the month of April:

  • Volunteer Clearance- Sports Day
  • Help the Environment!
  • Round 3 of Mask Distribution
  • Chinese New Year Outfit Donation
  • School Development Plan
  • Important April Dates


Volunteer Clearance

There are MANY fieldtrips coming up as well as a school-wide Sports Day in June and WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!  Volunteer Clearance can take weeks, so please complete this ASAP.  We recommend that all parents complete a security clearance.

All parents wishing to volunteer with in-school and off-site events MUST complete and pass a Calgary Police Services security check.  To do so:

  • Come to the school with ONE piece of picture ID (i.e. driver's licence, Canadian passport, or permanent resident card)
  • The school will provide you with a personalized letter with a special code on it that can only be used by you.  This letter and code are only good for 90 days.
  • With the letter and code, you need to complete the security clearance either in-person at the police station or online by following these instructions. CPS APPLICANT INSTRUCTION MANUAL 
  • Once this is complete, it can take several weeks to receive the results.  Once you receive the results, please share them with the school.
  • If you receive clearance, it will be good for 5 years and can be transferred to any CBE school.
  • If you have already received clearance from another CBE school, please call us to transfer this to Highwood School.
  • If you have received clearance from any other organization, unfortunately it cannot be accepted and you must apply for a CBE clearance.
  • Call the office (403-777-6200) if you are unsure if your previous CBE clearance has expired or not.


Help the Environment!

We are proud that Highwood School is one of the most environmentally friendly schools in the CBE.  We compost food waste and paper towels, use GOOS paper (Good On One Side), and recycle dried up markers, paper, and snack wrappers.  We even have solar panels to power up our school.  But we still need your help! 

  • We have quite a few students who forget to bring a fork, spoon or water bottle to school and the school provides them with plastic disposable utensils and cup.  These single use plastics are not environmentally friendly, so we encourage you to please ensure that your child has a fork, spoon, and water bottle in their lunch bag every day
  • If you or your work place have any GOOS paper that can be donated to the school, we'd love to have it and use the other side that's blank!  Please ensure that what you are donating is flat (not crinkled) and does not contain confidential information on the other side.  8.5" x 11" sized paper would be best.
  • Wednesdays during the month of April will be doing Waste Free Wednesdays.  This means we are challenging all students to have no garbage (or as little as possible) during snack and lunch.  This means using reusable containers and items that can be recycled or composted.


Round 3 of Mask Distribution

Before spring break we completed a second round of child mask distribution.  Starting April 1, we will do a third round of disposable child mask distribution.  If your child would like another 20 disposable masks, please bring a medium/large sized baggie to school. 

Chinese New Year Outfit Donation

Has your child outgrown their traditional Chinese outfit?  If so, please consider donating it to Highwood School. Every year we loan out traditional Chinese outfits (dresses, jackets, jacket/pants) for students who do not have one to wear during our Lunar New Year concert and on Lunar New Year day.

School Development Plan

Teachers are continuing to work with students to improve oral production of subject-specific vocabulary in Social Studies (related to Indigenous Education in English) and in Math (related to Numeracy in Mandarin).  We will soon do our post-test with each child to see how they have progressed.  These results are to inform us of next steps and task design and are not used for report cards.

Important April dates:

Friday, April 1: Ms. Chen Room 102 last day of Open Minds Library School; Monday/ Wednesday Kindergarten attends school

Monday, April 4- Friday, April 8: Ms. Yang Room 101 Open Minds Library School

Wednesday, April 6: Grade 3 and 4 National Math Contest

Thursday, April 14: Spirit Day- Color Day (wear your grade's assigned color)!

  • Kindergarten- red
  • Grade 1- green
  • Grade 2- blue
  • Grade 3- yellow
  • Grade 4- orange

Friday, April 15: NO SCHOOL- Good Friday

Monday, April 18: NO SCHOOL- PD Day

Tuesday, April 19- Monday, April 25: Ms. Yeung Room 201 Open Minds Stampede School

Monday, April 25- Friday, April 29: Ms. Jones Room 103 Open Minds Library School

Sincerely,

Highwood School


Jun 01
June 2021

Dear Highwood Families,

It's finally June!  It's been a challenging year full of new safety protocols and processes but everyone has done a fantastic job in keeping each other healthy and safe.  I would like to give a special 'shout out' to all of the Highwood staff who have been diligent about Covid protocols, especially when positive case numbers were really high and students were experiencing Covid fatigue.  Thank you to all parents who have been so supportive throughout the entire year in ensuring that your child and the Highwood School community were safe.  There have been lots of adjustments and sacrifices, but it has been a great lesson in 'how does kindness change the world?'

A few June messages:

  • Ensure that your child wears proper runners to school (outdoor shoes).  With the nice weather, students are having daily outdoor gym and recess and sandals/ flip-flops are a safety hazard.  We'd hate for anyone to get injured!
  • Students currently attending Highwood School will automatically roll over to the next grade.  You do not need to re-register or re-apply.  Current grade 4 students will automatically roll over to Colonel Irvine grade 5 Chinese Bilingual program unless you tell us otherwise.
  • If you have any friends or family who would like to be a part of the Highwood School family (and live in a community designed to Highwood), we currently have a few spots available in grades 1-4.  A reminder that students entering in grades 2-4 must take an entrance exam and be able to read, write, speak, and understand grade level Mandarin.  Please have them contact the school office for more information.
  • Please pre-register your child for the yellow school bus for the 2021-2022 school year via your MyCBE/PowerSchool Account.  The deadline is Sunday, June 6.  We ask that you register for the bus, even if you are unsure if your child requires it or not.  It is much easier to cancel your registration than add it after the deadline.  The school bus fee has not been confirmed at this time, but it is proposed to be $465.  You will require your child's CBE ID number to register.  If you do not have it, please send an email to highwood@cbe.ab.ca to request it.  We can only respond if you email us from the email address you have on file with us.  We check this email account on school days, during school hours so please don't wait until Sunday, June 6 to contact us.                                                                                  

Important June dates:

  • Thursday, June 3- Orange Shirt Day- we are encouraging all students to wear an orange shirt to school in honour of the 215 children found buried on the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School
  • Friday, June 4- Early dismissal; Monday/Wednesday kindergarten attends school
  • Sunday, June 6- LAST DAY TO PRE-REGISTER FOR THE YELLOW SCHOOL BUS
  • Friday, June 11- Early dismissal; Tuesday/Thursday kindergarten attends school
  • Monday, June 14 @ 7:00pm- School Council Meeting
  • Friday, June 18- Early dismissal; Monday/Wednesday kindergarten attends school
  • Thursday, June 24- Last day of school for Tuesday/Thursday kindergarten
  • Thursday, June 24- SPIRIT DAY!  Beach day!
  • Friday, June 25- No school for kindergarten (there is still school for grades 1-4)
  • Monday, June 28- Last day of school for all students
  • Tuesday, June 29- Appeals day                                                    


Stay healthy, stay safe!

Christine Cheung​
Principal


Mar 05
March 2021

​Dear Highwood Families,

It's March already and it's hard to believe that almost a year ago we had to all switch to emergency online teaching.  So much has changed since then and we've learned a lot about what to do and what not to do to ensure that everyone is safe.  Our teachers have worked hard to maintain their classroom communities by creating rich and engaging in learning environments.  At Highwood we are continuing our Covid safety protocols by keeping students with only their classroom cohorts, regular handwashing/ sanitizing, physical distancing, not sharing items, limiting the amount of people entering our school, and mask wearing.  Please help us by ensuring that your child has an extra mask in their backpack as we are finding that an increasing amount of students do not.  Even though we have extras in the office, it would still be a good idea for students to have an extra mask with them.

​In the month of March we have parent-teacher conferences.  For those in HUB, your interviews will take place on March 11 and 12 and are not booked through the school.  CBE may have sent you an email with instructions.  For those families who have students attending Highwood in-person classes, you may be thinking… “Didn't we already have conferences in February?"  Yes, we did!  These interviews on March 25 and 26 are for those parents who want to follow-up with teachers to see if there has been any progress since February report cards or want to discuss goals and strategies for their child as they finish off the last few months of the 2020-2021 school year.  If you do not think it is necessary to meet with the teachers, you are not required to book an interview.  Please note that the teachers may request to meet with you.  More information will be emailed to you soon about the conference booking process.

Important March dates:

March 5: Early Dismissal (Monday/Wednesday kindergarten attends school)

March 8: School Council Meeting RESCHEDULED to March 15

March 11 and 12: Online parent-teacher conferences for HUB students

March 12: NO SCHOOL (PD Day)

March 15: School Council Meeting (7:00pm via Microsoft TEAMS).  More information will be sent out closer to the meeting day.

March 19: Early Dismissal (Tuesday/ Thursday kindergarten attends school)

March 25: Spirit Day… Color Day!  Students in each grade will be asked to wear a certain color!

              Kindergarten: Red

              Grade 1: Green

              Grade 2: Blue

              Grade 3: Yellow

              Grade 4: Orange

March 25 and 26: Online parent-teacher conferences for in-person students

March 27- April 5: Spring Break

Tuesday, April 6: Students return to class

Stay safe, stay healthy.

Highwood School


Jan 13
January 2021

Happy New Year Highwood Families!

I hope all of you had a restful and relaxing Winter Break.  We are back to in-person school on Monday, January 11 and look forward to seeing all of the students again!  Just a reminder to ensure that you child wears a mask to school and has an extra mask in their backpack. As well, if your family travelled outside of Canada during the break, CBE has asked that you keep this in mind:

Return to School After International Travel

Students and families who have travelled outside of Canada are legally required to follow all provincial and federal travel restrictions upon arrival.

If your family is participating in the International Border Testing Pilot Program, your child may not return to school until they have tested negative on a second test 6 or 7 days after your arrival.

If you are not enrolled in the pilot program, your child must:

Here are a few important deadlines and dates that are coming up:

Friday, January 8:  Students currently in HUB who wish to return to in-person classes in February must indicate their intentions by NOON TODAY in your MyCBE/PowerSchool account.  A reminder that if your HUB student is returning to in-person classes and requires bussing and noon supervision, to please register and pay for it as soon as possible (especially bussing since they require time to assign you a bus stop).

Monday, January 11: Students return to in-person classes; School council meeting moved to Monday, January 18.

Friday, January 15: Early dismissal- Tuesday/ Thursday kindergarten attends school

Monday, January 18 (7:00 pm): School Council Meeting via Microsoft Teams.  More details will be provided closer to this date.

Friday, January 22: Early dismissal- Monday/ Wednesday kindergarten attends school

Friday, January 29: NO SCHOOL (PD Day)

New Kindergarten and Grade One Applications for the 2021-2022 School Year

Highwood School is now accepting new applications for the 2021-2022 school year!  We are unable to host an in-person open house this year due to covid restrictions, but an open house video as well as registration information can now be found on Highwood School's website.  Since parents are the best ambassadors of our program, please ensure that you tell your friends and family of our open house video.  The deadline to register is Tuesday, February 9 at noon and the kindergarten and grade 1 lotteries will take place on the morning of Wednesday, February 10.  If your child is currently attending Highwood School, they will automatically continue into the next grade and there is no need to re-register.  If your child is currently in grade 4, they will automatically be registered for grade 5 at Colonel Irvine School unless you tell us otherwise.

Stay safe, stay healthy!

Christine Cheung

Principal​


Sep 28
September 2020

Hard to believe that we have almost completed one month of school!  It went by quickly, as it was a very busy month reorganizing for HUB learning, learning new Covid procedures, and adjusting to our new 'normal.'  Students have done very well adapting to new safety expectations and it is obvious that parents have been reinforcing with students the importance of wearing a mask, washing/ sanitizing hands, and physical distancing.  Thank you parents for your help and support!

As cold and flu season approaches, students may present with symptoms that are similar to COVID-19.  We want to help clarify the processes outlined by Alberta Health Services in regards to 'symptomatic' students.

If you choose for your symptomatic child to NOT HAVE a COVID-19 test:

Albertans with symptoms are legally required to isolate for a minimum of 10 days if you have a cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat that is not related to a pre-existing condition.

The mandatory isolation period is 10 days from the start of symptoms, or until the symptoms resolve, whichever takes longer.

Albertans with chills, painful swallowing, stuffy nose, headache, muscle or joint aches, feeling unwell, fatigue or exhaustion, gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or unexplained loss of appetite), loss of sense of smell or taste, conjunctivitis (pink eye) need to stay home and minimize contact with others until all symptoms resolve.

If you choose for your symptomatic child to HAVE a COVID-19 test:

If you tested negative and have no known exposure to the virus, you are not legally required to isolate.  Students should stay home until all symptoms fully resolve so that you do not infect others.

If you become sick with cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat during this time, you must isolate an additional 10 days from the beginning of symptoms or until you are feeling well, whichever takes longer.

If a student has symptoms related to allergies or a pre-existing medical condition:

The student should be tested at least once before returning to school and have a negative COVID-19 result.

These symptoms would be their baseline health status.  As long as the cough or runny nose is always the same and does not get worse, the student can attend school.

Call the main office (403-777-6200 ext 0) to notify the school about your child's pre-existing medical condition so the school may keep a confidential record of his condition.

We are asking parents to err on the side of caution and keep students home with even the smallest symptom.  It is important that we work together to ensure that all students, family, and staff remain healthy and safe. 

The guidelines that were outlined above were taken directly from Alberta Health Services Student Illness information guidelines.  For more information, go to alberta.ca/covid19

I wanted to give a very special thank you to T & T supermarket who has generously donated 6000 kid sized disposable masks to Highwood School worth over $2500.  These will be put to good use as we often have students who have forgotten to bring a mask, have had their mask soiled and require a new one in the middle of the day, had a mask strap break, or is wearing a mask that is too large to properly fit their face.  In their letter to me, they expressed that:

At T & T Supermarkets, we know what it is like to stay open throughout a pandemic and the stresses that comes with it.  Schools are the next essential business we must keep safe and operating, and our teachers are the next frontline heroes.  We are happy to support our schools with the donation of these face masks to protect our beloved teachers and children.

Since T & T Supermarket exemplified our theme of “How does kindness/ empathy change the world?" we thought that we would pass on that kindness and Highwood School donated 2000 of those masks to the Calgary Board of Education to distribute to elementary schools who were in need.  My challenge to all Highwood families is to find ways, big or small, to show kindness and empathy towards others.  You never know how it will change someone's life, including your own!

I wish everyone continued health and safety!

Christine Cheung

Principal

Dec 03
December 2019

December is a month of giving at Highwood School.  To support community organizations such as the Mustard Seed and the Calgary Food Bank, we are having the 10 Days of Giving campaign.  For 10 school days, we are encouraging students to donate a different item every day.  Together we can make a difference!

The donation schedule is as follows:
 
Monday, December 2: soup (cans, cartons, or dry packs of soup)
Tuesday, December 3: dry pasta, noodles, rice, Mac and Cheese
Wednesday, December 4: toothpaste and/or toothbrushes
Thursday, December 5: soap
Friday, December 6: socks (all ages, all sizes)
Monday, December 9: toiletry items (brush, comb, lip balm, small tissue packages, band-aids, lotion)
Tuesday, December 10: shampoo and/or conditioner
Wednesday, December 11: canned meat, fish, beans
Thursday, December 12: canned fruit and vegetables
Friday, December 13: any food item!!!
 
December is when students receive their first report card of the school year.  It is important for you to understand the 4-1 achievement indicators that all CBE K-9 teachers use to grade students.  This year, the indicators are better defined and provide a clearer explanation of your child’s understanding.
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Report cards will be distributed to students on Friday, December 13 and Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on Wednesday, December 18 from 4:00-8:00 pm and Thursday, December 19 from 8:15 am - 5:15 pm. We encourage you to go online on December 10 starting at 9:00 am and book an interview time through your My CBE/PowerSchool Account. Students do not have school on Thursday, December 19 and Friday, December 20.  Winter break goes from December 21 to January 5, with classes resuming on January 6, 2020.
 
Have a safe and happy holiday with family and friends!
Christine Cheung, Principal
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CBE parents/guardians, watch your inbox for a letter from the Minister of Education regarding access to in-person learning. https://t.co/A2tKoYIlih #yycbe https://t.co/y5pO4p5G2h

There are no classes for CBE students on Friday, Nov. 25, because it’s a system-wide non-instructional day. Have a great long weekend! #WeAreCBE https://t.co/dZCQzZ4rJA

Students at @WillowParkCBE worked with artist and author Vivek Shraya to create a short promotional video in connection to Vivek's new book – Revenge of the Racoons. Check it out: https://t.co/Ei06Ulk5tW #WeAreCBE

CBE parents/guardians, watch your inbox for information from the Chief and Senior Medical Officers of Health in Alberta about influenza circulating in the province & measures individuals can take to reduce the spread/lessen the impact in schools https://t.co/hETIuEDknh #yycbe https://t.co/S5AxW9QgXP

RT @elboyacbe: Math and art…a beautiful combination! #wearecbe@yyCBEduhttps://t.co/Ekakdzn9l9