Apr 04
Weekly Update | April 4

Hello everyone,

I hope you all had a great Spring Break. My trip to Utah was amazing!

JES | Planning for 2022-23 Student Cohorts

Classroom cohorts at Jennie Elliott is a process that takes teachers and the leadership team many hours of careful thought and consideration and is truly a year long process as individual teachers and grade teams work to understand the learning styles and needs of their students.

We have already begun the process of planning our 2022-23 school year. Each year we work to create class groups that support each student’s social, emotional and educational learning styles and needs. We welcome parent input as part of the process and as members of each child’s learning team. Due to the complexity involved in making class groups, please understand the final decision rests with the school in relation to what is educationally best for each student and cohort of students. Specific teacher requests cannot be accommodated and we will do everything we can to ensure your child has at least one “best” friend in their new classroom next year.

If you have any information you feel is relevant in support of your child’s learning needs please engage the FAQ and Survey and submit before 11:59 PM April 29th. Watch for this School Messenger, scheduled to send later tonight, specific to this.

CBE | Parent Resource - Literacy and Math Frameworks: Supporting Learning Excellence

On March 8 CBE presented the Literacy and Math Frameworks to the Board of Trustees and posted these to our public-facing website. To support families in understanding the ways in which these frameworks outline how we will approach teaching and learning in CBE, a parent resource titled: Literacy and Math Frameworks | Supporting Learning Excellence was created. We invite you to share this resource with your school community.

Link: Literacy and Math Frameworks | Supporting Learning Excellence  



CBE | AB Education - Learning Disruption Grant

We have received the update regarding funding for the Learning Disruption Grant from Alberta Education and have made the decision that all allocated staffing originally funded through the Learning Disruption Grant will be maintained until the end of the school year (June 30). Based on school specific grade 1 student data, there are some schools who will receive an increase in FTE from what was originally allocated in December 2021 to support interventions until the end of June. JES is one of these schools so we will be looking to resource that position as early as April 11 through to June 30, 2022.

Where is the money coming from? 

  • CBE has received just over $2.5 million from Alberta Education to support grade 1 learning interventions for the next 12 weeks through the Learning Disruption Grant. 
  • In February 2022, the Minister of Education approved the CBE Board of Trustees request to access $14 million from reserves to support COVID-19 measures and impacts. 
  • Together, with the Learning Disruption grant funding, the CBE is maintaining the current staffing levels until the end of June 2022.

JES |General Reminders

  • April 12 – Subway
  • April 15 – Good Friday | Non-instructional Day
  • April 18 – System Professional Learning Day | Non-instructional Day
  • April 19 – 22 – Kid Inventor Week
  • April 25 - School Council meeting


JES School Council | Meetings

Visit http://www.jennieelliott.ca/ for all that is School Council.

Weekly reminder that School Council meetings are open to all JES families and we invite you to attend! Look to the School Council’s website for meeting agenda’s. 
Meeting Schedule for the year is:
• Sep 27 – Meeting Minutes: http://www.jennieelliott.ca/
• Oct 25 - Meeting Minutes: http://www.jennieelliott.ca/
• Nov 22 - Meeting Minutes: http://www.jennieelliott.ca/
• Jan 24 - Meeting Minutes: http://www.jennieelliott.ca/
• Feb 28 - Meeting Minutes: http://www.jennieelliott.ca/
• Mar 14 - Minutes: http://www.jennieelliott.ca/
• Apr 25
• May 30
• Jun 20

School Council – Fundraising

April 1st: WINE RAFFLE TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE until April 13th! You have a chance to win TWO WINE GIFT BASKETS for your enjoyment so be sure to buy tickets online before the deadline. 

Join our FACEBOOK page or visit http://www.jennieelliott.ca/ for more details.

School Council has asked that I make certain that all Jennie Elliott families know that if for any reason you are struggling to make ends meet to reach out to School Council directly or through myself or your classroom teacher. Support can is available.

It’s been a busy week back but the buzz in the hallways is returning in conjunction with the easing of Covid-19 restrictions. By no means have we left Covid behind, as evidenced in my own family right now, but there is a new sense or feeling of excitement that we might finally be on the downward side. Your kids are doing a great job with supporting each other in wearing or not wearing masks, attending to washing or sanitizing their hands and rediscovering the playground without the constraints of grade team zones.

Have a great weekend. My plans are to fix everything I broke on my dirt bike and get it ready for the next adventure.


Stephen Ogilvie 

Principal, Jennie Elliott School



Apr 04
Weekly Update | Mar 18


Hello everyone,

This week has flown by…

JES | Covid-19 Updates

When we return from Spring Break we will continue to evaluate our school and the situation and
respond in manner that eases staff and students out of the Covid-19 protocols and restrictions. To date
we have:
Moving forward we have and will continue with:

Additional measures we are taking to ease out of the Covid-19 restrictions
  • Classroom configurations are being reset to encourage collaboration between students
  • Cohorting of students internally and externally is easing
  • ​Buddy Classes are being formed and integration opportunities for pour system classroom students are being engaged
  • Food for events such as end of year celebrations will be welcomed in as long as it arrives individually packaged.
    • ​Teacher may reach out to share ideas as to what could be sent in.
  • ​Outdoor Play area cohorts are easing as we return to play strategies reminiscent of pre-covid days

We will continue with this measured approach and fully anticipate, as people become more comfortable
with the easement of restrictions, that we will continue to expand cohorts and introduce opportunities
such as field trips and in person Artist in Residence opportunities.

JES |General Reminders

  • March 21 – 25 – Spring Break
  • March 28 – Classes resume
  • March 29 – Papa Johns Pizza
JES School Council | Meetings

Visit http://www.jennieelliott.ca/ for all that is School Council.

Weekly reminder that School Council meetings are open to all JES families and we invite you to attend! Look to the School Council’s website for meeting agenda’s.

  • Next meeting is April 25, 2022
  •  Meetings start at 7pm
  • Run for about 60 minutes
  • Through: MSTeams

Meeting Schedule for the year is:

School Council has asked that I make certain that all Jennie Elliott families know that if for any reason you are struggling to make ends meet to reach out to School Council directly or through myself or your classroom teacher. Support can is available.

CBE | Donations

New In-kind Donations Process
Individuals, businesses or community groups can donate goods to any CBE school using the new In-kind Donations Form, which is available on the CBE corporate website Donate page. If a donor reaches out to you directly please ask them to go through this process and they can specify your school in the donations form. Donation offers will be initially assessed by Corporate Partnerships before being offered to schools
based on the donor’s request.


I hope that you all have an opportunity to enjoy the break. I am off to a little town in Utah called Green River. Google it as it has an interesting history. The town is small and broken but we love it as it provides a great access point to endless dirt bike trails. If you were a fan of Looney Tunes cartoons and
watched Wylie coyote and the Road Runner you will know the type of terrain I am heading for. Here is a nice compilation of remastered cartoons for your viewing pleasure.

Take care, enjoy the break and get outside for some family fun time. See you all back Monday March 28th.

Stephen Ogilvie
Principal, Jennie Elliott School​



Mar 07
Weekly Update | Mar 4

Hello everyone,

Last night you will have received the message from our Chief Superintendent Mr. Chris Usih. Within this message Chief Usih
has shared out the initial steps moving forward in our efforts to return to a more normalized educational experience for your children. As a school we received this information just a few hours before it was sent to you. For Jennie Elliott there is much to consider as we determine how best to proceed in relation to our school and community. We ask that you allow us the time and space to fully understand the updates and adjustments or retraction of protocols before we make any firm decisions. As always our main concern is the health and safety of all who enter and through this our entire community.

Moving forward we will continue:
  • Virtual Parent Conference meetings March 10 and 11th
  • Soft Entry to school at 8:50am and 12:35 for PM Kindergarten
  • Staggered Lunch and Nutrition breaks
  • Rely on the daily checklist​ https://open.alberta.ca/publications/covid-19-information-alberta-health-daily-checklist

JES | School Planning Survey

School Planning Survey will be available until March 14, 2022. Please follow the link below to share your thoughts around our School Development Plan, Budget and or Fees. The survey is very short and should only take a few minutes of time.
When students, parents and staff work closely together, students achieve greater success in their learning. Your feedback is important to us as we engage in school planning.

JES |General Reminders

  • March 8 – Fun Lunch Edo
  • March 10 eve + March 11 all day – Parent Teacher Conferences
  • School Council meeting in December
    • ​​Next meeting March 14, 2022

JES School Council | Meetings

Visit http://www.jennieelliott.ca/ for all that is School Council.

Weekly reminder that School Council meetings are open to all JES families and we invite you to attend!  Look to the School Council's website for meeting agenda's.

Looking ahead - Tentative Meeting Schedule for the year is:

School Council has asked that I make certain that all Jennie Elliott families know that if for any reason you are struggling to make ends meet to reach out to School Council directly or through myself or your classroom teacher.  Support can is available.

 

​School Council – Fundraising

WINE NOT? Our 1st annual Jennie Elliott fundraiser is underway and if you don't know about it, be sure to join the Jennie Elliott Facebook page or visit http://www.jennieelliott.ca/ for more details to get involved.



Have a great weekend.
Stephen Ogilvie
Principal, Jennie Elliott School​
​​​






Mar 01
Weekly Update | Feb 25

Hello everyone,

I don't normally promote anything Edmonton but feeling aside for the Oilers I think this is a great initiative. 

Edmonton Public Library | Kitchen Table Classroom: Helping Your Child Learn to Read, Grades 3-6

Tuesday, March 1 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. the Calgary and Edmonton Public Libraries, in partnership with literacy experts Michelle Bence and Dr. Miriam Ramzy, are hosting a virtual session on the importance of foundational literacy skills for students in upper elementary school. Registration is required using the following link below. 

 

JES | School Planning Survey

The JES School Planning Survey will be available Feb 28.  Please follow the link below to share your thoughts around our School Development Plan, Budget and or Fees.  The survey is very short and should only take a few minutes of time.

When students, parents and staff work closely together, students achieve greater success in their learning.  Your feedback is important to us as we engage in school planning.

 

Veteran's Food Drive

Thank you for your generous donations to our Veterans food drive.  Although not yet calculated we were once again overwhelmed by the generosity and support of this initiative.  We have 5 different locations in which we were collecting food donations – each box was filled as seen in the picture below. 

 

AHS | Stay Home if Feeling Unwell

Now, more than ever, it is important that anyone feeling unwell must stay at home. Students and staff must use the daily checklist to identify if they should attend or stay home.

 

JES |General Reminders

  •  Black History Month
    • February 1 – 28th
  • Healthy Hunger | Fun Lunch / Snack
    • February 8 – Boston Pizza
    • February 14 – Kernals Popcorn
    • February 22 – Saucy Pretzel
  • Veteran's Food Drive
    • February 21 – 25th
  • School Council meeting in December
    • Next meeting February 28, 2022

 

JES School Council | Fundraising

COMING SOON! Starting March 1st, A brand new fundraiser will be introduced to Jennie Elliott School. Parents are sure to be excited about this one so be sure to join the Jennie Elliott Facebook page OR http://www.jennieelliott.ca/ for more details.

 

JES School Council | Meetings

Visit http://www.jennieelliott.ca/ for all that is School Council.

 

School Council Meeting Engagement Survey

Meeting Schedule for the year is:

School Council has asked that I make certain that all Jennie Elliott families know that if for any reason you are struggling to make ends meet to reach out to School Council directly or through myself or your classroom teacher.  Support can is available.

 

My daughter is flying back to Vancouver this weekend so I've just a couple more nights with the whole family being whole.  I will miss her but am also super proud of how she is attacking life.  Have a great weekend everyone. 

 

Stephen Ogilvie

Principal, Jennie Elliott School​


Mar 01
Weekly Update | Feb 16

Hello everyone,
If you have not received masks and your second Home Rapid Test Kit please watch for them next week. Volunteers were in and separated them out and got them to classrooms to be sent home. Some of you have returned your Kits – THANK YOU as we did not receive enough for staff and as such several have volunteered to go without. The Kits returned won’t go unused.

JES | Pink Shirt Day

Wednesday February 23rd is PINK SHIRT DAY! Students and staff are encouraged to wear anything pink to show support. Pink shirt day is not only about promoting and celebrating kindness within our school community, but about bringing an awareness to bullying and how standing up to bullying can create a Welcoming, Caring, Respectful and Safe work and Learning environment that is inclusive for everyone. Students will be engaged in various activities throughout the week that promote discussion around the question “How do we lift each other up?”. Watch our Twitter <https://twitter.com/JES_CBE > feed for samples of student learning.

JES | Veterans Food Bank Drive

November is long gone and the 'giving season' of December is in the past. Yet, veterans still need our help. In connection to this year's Pink Shirt Day theme, "Lift Each Other Up”, JES will be collecting non-perishable food donations for the Veterans Food Bank from February 22 - 25. As we discuss kindness and consider others in the community throughout the week, we encourage families to support this initiative. Donations to the Veterans Food Bank will be collected in the boxes located outside the gym doors in the front foyer.

JES | School Planning Survey
Each year to seek your support and feedback we send out an invite to answer a few survey questions related to our school development planning, School Budget and School Fees. From your feedback we feel more confident when making decisions. Examples of this, from previous survey‘s, are seen in our commitment to a Physical Education Specialist, Music Specialist, continuing with single grade classes, and keeping student / Teacher ratio’s as small as possible.
The survey is very short and should only take you a couple of minutes to complete. The survey will be open February 28 to March 11,2022.
• School Planning Survey Link: https://jennieelliott.cbedialogue.com/en/projects/2021-2022-jennie-elliottschool/engagements/school-planning-survey2022-jennie-elliott

Black History Month

In February, the Calgary Board of Education recognizes Black History Month by celebrating the contributions of Black Canadians in communities across the country. While it is a time to celebrate cultural diversity, it is also a time to learn and reflect on Canada’s history with racism, discrimination and the struggle for human rights. Within Jennie Elliott individual classrooms will engage in different ways that are meaningful to the age and grade level of their students. The following resources are a sample of the supports and access to information that we rely upon when engaging in such important work.

What is BHM:
Explained by kids: https://www.youtube.com/watchv=Lzt3gFgYVYk
Explained by an adult *for older
grades: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_5GZefBs4A 
(What does it take to build a
country? What is the cost?)
28 moments of Black Canadian History: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5n-4XSpl60&list=PLT9MbfNkf-UjoR-4wYeVWxiyxoIxQPlXF
  • This takes you to an introduction and then there are 28 videos sharing the stories ofBlack Canadians. I have NOT previewed all of them.
  • The ones I viewed were more mature, grades 5 and 6, just even with the vocabulary they use.
Library Books at JES:

Unspoken Words by Henry Cole is an excellent book to tell the silent story of slavery with pictures (wordless book). We also have one about Harriet Tubman, which would be appropriate for grade 4-6. I’m not sure who is pulling books for the front cabinet or it if a BHM theme for February.

These books are little comic-style biographies:
Martine Luther King Jr.- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ibs_2MSQZM
Rosa Parks- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4pUUvCdk9c
Jackie Robinson- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BoKW599lxE

Info about Africville:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wczEvF9Lk8g
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SwNa0H4s0s
Tells the story of segregation, oppression, and systemic racism.
*Amber Valley is a black community in Alberta to research 

Heritage Minutes:
Viola Desmond:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ie0xWYRSX7Y

The Underground Railroad:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZStWWVqkh0&lc=UggVOlscdjLd4ngCoAEC

Government of Canada:
https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/black-history-month.html

JES |General Reminders
  • Black History Month
    • ​ February 1 – 28th
  • Family Day – Non-instructional
    • ​February 21
  • ​Healthy Hunger | Fun Lunch / Snack
    • ​​February 22 – Saucy Pretzel
  • Veteran’s Food Bank
    • ​February 22 – 25th
  • Pink Shirt Day
    • ​February 23
  • School Planning Survey
    • ​Available February 28
    • ​​Survey Link: https://jennieelliott.cbedialogue.com/en/projects/2021-2022-jennie-elliottschool/engagements/school-planning-survey-2022-jennie-elliott
  • School Council meeting in December
    • ​Next meeting February 28, 2022
JES School Council | Meetings

Visit http://www.jennieelliott.ca/ for all that is School Council.

Weekly reminder that School Council meetings are open to all JES families and we invite you to attend! Look to the School Council’s website for meeting agenda’s.
  • Next meeting is February 28, 2022
  • Meetings start at 7pm
  • Run for about 60 minutes
  • Through: MSTeams: Click here to join the meeting
Looking ahead - Tentative Meeting Schedule for the year is:
  • Sep 27 – Meeting Minutes: http://www.jennieelliott.ca/
  • Oct 25 - Meeting Minutes: http://www.jennieelliott.ca/
  • Nov 22 - Meeting Minutes: http://www.jennieelliott.ca/
  • Jan 24 - Meeting Minutes: http://www.jennieelliott.ca/
  • Feb 28 -
  • Mar 14
  • Apr 25
  • May 30
  • Jun 20
School Council has asked that I make certain that all Jennie Elliott families know that if for any reason you are struggling to make ends meet to reach out to School Council directly or through myself or your classroom teacher. Support can is available.
• http://www.jennieelliott.ca/

My daughter arrives tonight! Not going to lie, I’m pretty excited to see her but in this message my PROUD DAD moment goes to my son who is studying Chemistry with a minor in Biology at Mount Royal University. He just received a letter informing that he has been placed on the Dean’s Honour role for the Fall 2021 semester. Each of the science classes he takes include labs that are as much work or more than the class itself. This effectively doubles his commitment. From my own memories of taking some science courses at UofC I know how demanding his schedule is. From a child who did not read until Grade 3 to the Deans Honour Roll confirms for me that the right perspective, perseverance, work ethic and a positive attitude will take you far in this world. We’ll be heading out tonight for a celebratory dinner of his choosing. Have a great Family Day weekend.

Stephen Ogilvie
Principal, Jennie Elliott School


Mar 01
Weekly Update | Feb 11

Hello everyone,

 

CBE | Covid-19 - Update

In light of the provincial announcement, February 8, 2022, there are many elements of day-to-day school operations that must be reviewed. As a system we will be taking a staged approach to this work. As a school we will wait for directives.  For now, please note the following important updates:

  • Masking
    • Monday, Feb. 14, masking for students will be optional.
    • Mandatory adult masking requirements (including staff, visitors, spectators etc.) remain in place beyond Feb. 14.
    • Further updates with respect to the provincial Stage 2 guidance and the impact on adults in schools will be addressed and more information will be provided.  
  • Visitors and Volunteers in Schools
    • Visitors and volunteers in schools are not required to show proof of vaccination effective immediately.
  • Daily Health Checklist
  • Shifts to Online Learning
    • Schools may continue to request transitions to online learning for individual classes and/or grades due to operational challenges. 

All other health measures including enhanced cleaning remain in place. We will continue to review measures in the context of provincial guidance and local context. Thank you for your patience and you can expect ongoing communication and updates.

 

Alberta Education | Rapid Test Kits and Masks – Second Shipment

Our second shipment of Masks and Rapid Test Kits have arrived IMG_6961.jpeg – odd timing with the announcement for certain but we are happy to split out the order and send them home next week. 

We are reaching out to Volunteers to work through the shipment to organize and distribute the Masks to classrooms.  When teachers have the Test Kits they will assign one box to each student and send home.  Please anticipate receiving these on or before February 25 but it will be dependent on how quickly we can secure Volunteers to work through the process.  Teachers will notify you by School Messenger when they are sending the Rapid Test Kits home.

 Fact-sheet: at-home rapid test kits for COVID-19
https://open.alberta.ca/publications/k-6-at-home-rapid-testing-program

Video : At-home rapid test
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4q7EuAbgE8

 

JES | Valentine's Day - Reminder

Sadly, Valentine's Day will remain off limits this year.  We are nearing the end of the restrictions, at least that is how it feels following Tuesday's announcement, and as excited by this as I am it is our professional responsibility and duty to your children and through them to you, our community, to stay the course.  Thank you for your support.  Help us make Valentine's Day as awesome for your children as you can but please adhere to the current Covid-19 protocols.

Due to Covid-19 Safety measures, Valentine's Day celebrations in classrooms will need to be celebrated differently than in past years. 

  • Students will not be able to distribute Valentine cards and/or treats to classmates. 
  • Shared party snacks (even prepackaged snacks) cannot be brought in.

 

JES | Veterans Food Bank Drive & Pink Shirt Day

November is long gone and the 'giving season' of December is in the past. Yet, veterans still need our help.  

In connection to this year's Pink Shirt Day theme, "Lift Each Other Up', JES will be   collecting non-perishable food donations for the Veterans Food Bank from February 22 - 25.  As we discuss kindness and consider others in the community throughout the week, we encourage families to support this initiative. Donations to the Veterans Food Bank will be collected in the boxes located outside the gym doors in the front foyer.  In advance, thank you JES community for your generosity!

 

JES | School Planning Survey

Each year to seek your support and feedback we send out an invite to answer a few survey questions related to our school development planning, School Budget and School Fees.  From your feedback we feel more confident when making decisions.  Examples of this from previous survey are seen in our commitment to a Physical Education Specialist, Music, straight grades and keeping classrooms as small as possible.  He survey is very short and should only take you a couple of minutes to complete.  The survey will be open February 28 to March 11,2022.

 

Black History Month

In February, the Calgary Board of Education recognizes Black History Month by celebrating the contributions of Black Canadians in communities across the country.  While it is a time to celebrate cultural diversity, it is also a time to learn and reflect on Canada's history with racism, discrimination and the struggle for human rights.  Within Jennie Elliott individual classrooms will engage in different ways that are meaningful to the age and grade level of their students.  The following resources are a sample of the supports and access to information that we rely upon when engaging in such important work.

 

What is BHM:

Explained by kids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lzt3gFgYVYk

Explained by an adult *for older grades: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_5GZefBs4A (What does it take to build a country? What is the cost?)

28 moments of Black Canadian History: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5n-4XSpl60&list=PLT9MbfNkf-UjoR-4wYeVWxiyxoIxQPlXF

  • This takes you to an introduction and then there are 28 videos sharing the stories of Black Canadians. I have NOT previewed all of them.
  • The ones I viewed were more mature, grades 5 and 6, just even with the vocabulary they use.

 

Library Books at JES:

Unspoken Words by Henry Cole is an excellent book to tell the silent story of slavery with pictures (wordless book). We also have one about Harriet Tubman, which would be appropriate for grade 4-6. I'm not sure who is pulling books for the front cabinet or it if a BHM theme for February.

 

These books are little comic-style biographies:

Martine Luther King Jr.- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ibs_2MSQZM

Rosa Parks- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4pUUvCdk9c

Jackie Robinson-  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BoKW599lxE

 

Info about Africville:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wczEvF9Lk8g

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SwNa0H4s0s

Tells the story of segregation, oppression, and systemic racism.

*Amber Valley is a black community in Alberta to research

 

Heritage Minutes:

Viola Desmond:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ie0xWYRSX7Y

The Underground Railroad:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZStWWVqkh0&lc=UggVOlscdjLd4ngCoAEC

  

Government of Canada:

https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/black-history-month.html

 

 

Ventilation in Schools - UPDATE

Ensuring proper ventilation and airflow in our schools is one of the health measures we have in place to support student and staff wellness.

After exploring a number of options to improve ventilation in our schools, we have made the decision to install upgraded MERV 13 filters wherever possible and these filters will be changed more frequently. In addition, all schools are mechanically ventilated and systems are set to maximize air exchange.  We have just received and installed the MERV 13 filters.

 

JES |General Reminders

 

JES School Council | Meetings

Visit http://www.jennieelliott.ca/ for all that is School Council.

Weekly reminder that School Council meetings are open to all JES families and we invite you to attend!  Look to the School Council's website for meeting agenda's.

Looking ahead - Tentative Meeting Schedule for the year is:

School Council has asked that I make certain that all Jennie Elliott families know that if for any reason you are struggling to make ends meet to reach out to School Council directly or through myself or your classroom teacher.  Support can is available.

 

Enjoy the weather this weekend everyone.

Stephen Ogilvie

Principal, Jennie Elliott School​


Mar 01
Weekly Update | Feb 4

Hello everyone,

We are putting the final touches to our annual School Planning Survey.  It will be available following a brief presentation at the next School Council meeting February 28th.  In looking back over previous year's survey results we see that we have a lot of support and receive fabulous feedback.  Your feedback shapes our decisions as we move forward into each new school year.  The survey this year is by design a little shorted and easier to complete.  We have seen in previous survey submissions that many start but do not finish or attend to all the questions.  This year's survey should take 4 – 7 minutes.  Watch the weekly update for more u=information.  A separate School Messenger email will be sent to help draw your attention and give you direct access to the survey.

 

IMPORTANT | Report Cards message from Nikki

Access to the online report card is only accessible until midnight tonight.

This is a reminder to Save a PDF copy of your child(rens) report card(s) for future reference.

JES |Black History Month

In February, the Calgary Board of Education recognizes Black History Month by celebrating the contributions of Black Canadians in communities across the country.  While it is a time to celebrate cultural diversity, it is also a time to learn and reflect on Canada's history with racism, discrimination and the struggle for human rights.  Within Jennie Elliott individual classrooms will engage in different ways that are meaningful to the age and grade level of their students.  The following resources are a sample of the supports and access to information that we rely upon when engaging in such important work.

 

What is BHM

Explained by kids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lzt3gFgYVYk

Explained by an adult *for older grades: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_5GZefBs4A (What does it take to build a country? What is the cost?)

28 moments of Black Canadian History: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5n-4XSpl60&list=PLT9MbfNkf-UjoR-4wYeVWxiyxoIxQPlXF

  • This takes you to an introduction and then there are 28 videos sharing the stories of Black Canadians. I have NOT previewed all of them.
  • The ones I viewed were more mature, grades 5 and 6, just even with the vocabulary they use.

 

Library Books at JES

Unspoken Words by Henry Cole is an excellent book to tell the silent story of slavery with pictures (wordless book). We also have one about Harriet Tubman, which would be appropriate for grade 4-6. I'm not sure who is pulling books for the front cabinet or it if a BHM theme for February.

 

These books are little comic-style biographies

Martine Luther King Jr.- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ibs_2MSQZM

Rosa Parks- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4pUUvCdk9c

Jackie Robinson-  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BoKW599lxE

 

Info about Africville

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wczEvF9Lk8g

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SwNa0H4s0s

Tells the story of segregation, oppression, and systemic racism.

*Amber Valley is a black community in Alberta to research

 

Heritage Minutes

Viola Desmond:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ie0xWYRSX7Y

 

The Underground Railroad

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZStWWVqkh0&lc=UggVOlscdjLd4ngCoAEC

  

Government of Canada

https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/black-history-month.html

 

JES | January 31 Non-Instructional Day

Thank you to school council for the YUMMY treats dropped off for our coffee break January 31.  When the box arrived it was full.  This is how I found it about 30 minutes later.  Smiles all around.

IMG_6950.jpeg

 

JES | Valentine's Day 

Due to Covid-19 Safety measures, Valentine's Day celebrations in classrooms will need to be celebrated differently than in past years. Students will not be able to distribute Valentine cards and/or treats to classmates. Shared party snacks (even prepackaged snacks) cannot be brought in. Please message this information out to your classroom families early. Feel free to plan alternate activities to celebrate the day in your classroom in a manner that reflects our focus on health and safety. 

 

AHS | Stay Home if Feeling Unwell

Now, more than ever, it is important that anyone feeling unwell must stay at home. Students and staff must use the daily checklist to identify if they should attend or stay home.

 

JES |General Reminders

  • Black History Month
    • February 1 – 28th
  • Healthy Hunger | Fun Lunch / Snack
    • February 8 – Boston Pizza
    • February 14 - Kernals Popcorn
    • February 22 – Saucy Pretzel
  • Teacher Convention | non-istructional days
    • February 17 & 18
  • Family Day | non-istructional
    • February 21
  • School Council Meeting
    • Next meeting February 28, 2022

 

JES School Council | Meetings

Visit http://www.jennieelliott.ca/ for all that is School Council.

Weekly reminder that School Council meetings are open to all JES families and we invite you to attend!  Look to the School Council's website for meeting agenda's.

Looking ahead - Tentative Meeting Schedule for the year is:

School Council has asked that I make certain that all Jennie Elliott families know that if for any reason you are struggling to make ends meet to reach out to School Council directly or through myself or your classroom teacher.  Support can is available.

 

Counting the days (14) till my daughter returns for a visit…  have a great weekend.

 

Stephen Ogilvie

Principal, Jennie Elliott School​


Feb 03
Weekly Update | Jan 28

Hello everyone,

CBE | Report Cards Available February 1 - UPDATE
SIS Support will be enabling the viewing of report cards on February 1 now, instead of January 31. This is a system wide adjustment for all schools / all report cards.

Alberta Education | Rapid Test Kits and Masks

 

Our Masks and Rapid Test Kits have been distributed to classrooms, staff and students. If your child(ren) were away this week we have held your Home Rapid Test Kits here at the main office. We can give them to your child when they return or if you prefer you can pop over and pick them up. We are happy to accommodate either way. Huge THANK YOU to our volunteers: JoAnn & Ava Retzer and Katherine Butler who came in within a moment’s notice to support. We are super grateful.

Fact-sheet: at-home rapid test kits for COVID-19

Video : At-home rapid test

BGC Childcare Needs Assessment Survey
Principals, please share the BGC survey (link below) with your school community, if appropriate.

Here is some info. from BGC you can include with survey link:
BGC (formerly Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada) is expanding into Calgary. By completing this survey, you will help towards research of understanding families' resources and needs specific for childcare. There are six survey questions, and it will take approximately five minutes of your time. This research will assist BGC better understand the gaps of childcare service in your community, resources available and the programs and services that are still needed. We appreciate you taking the time to fill this out by Friday, Feb. 11, 2022.
  • ​Link: BGC Childcare Needs Assessment Survey
AHS | Stay Home if Feeling Unwell
Now, more than ever, it is important that anyone feeling unwell must stay at home. Students and staff must use the daily checklist to identify if they should attend or stay home.

AHS | Reporting Positive Cases
The COVID-19 positive case notification process has changed. Alberta Health Services will no longer support schools to inform close contacts or the school community of positive cases. Schools will continue to monitor school absenteeism due to illness.
Please continue to inform your school if your child will be staying home from school for any reason. Schools will continue to monitor school absenteeism due to illness.

Additional Health Measures
Throughout the pandemic, the CBE has met or exceeded health measures recommended by government. These health measures include:
  • Staying home when sick;
  • A vaccination policy for employees, volunteers and CBE;
  • Mandatory masking for all students and staff;
  • Proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette; and
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of high traffic/touch areas
CBE | Prepare for Possible Shift to At-Home Learning
While maintaining in-person learning is a priority, schools are planning for potential transitions to at-home learning if required. The decision to transition individual classes or grades to at-home learning will be based on staff
availability and/or student absentee rates. All moves to at-home learning for entire schools or school authorities require approval or direction from the Minister of Education. Decisions to move individual classes or multiple classes within a school will be decided by CBE Administration.

We know the spread of COVID-19 has and will continue to impact staffing levels across the organization. Despite increasing our substitute teacher roster and continuously hiring new substitutes, we anticipate staffing challenges will occur.


JES | Valentine’s Day
Due to Covid-19 Safety measures, Valentine’s Day celebrations in classrooms will need to be celebrated differently than in years prior to Covid-19 protocols. Students will not be able to distribute Valentine cards and/or treats to classmates. Shared party snacks (even prepackaged
snacks) cannot be brought in. Classroom teachers will message this out to you and their students as well. I have asked that they plan alternate activities to recognize the day in a manner that reflects our focus on health and safety.

JES |General Reminders
​• No School - Non-Instructional Day
    • ​​​January 31, 2022
  • Ground Hog Day
    • ​February 2, 2022
  • Open House – Bishop Pinkham
    • ​February 8, 6:30pm
    • ​Please email bishoppinkham@cbe.ab.ca if you have any questions.
  • Valentine’s Day
    • ​February 14, 2022
  • School Council Meeting
    • ​Next meeting February 21, 2022
JES School Council | Meetings

Visit http://www.jennieelliott.ca/ for all that is School Council.

Weekly reminder that School Council meetings are open to all JES families and we invite you to attend!  Look to the School Council's website for meeting agenda's.

Looking ahead - Tentative Meeting Schedule for the year is:

School Council has asked that I make certain that all Jennie Elliott families know that if for any reason you are struggling to make ends meet to reach out to School Council directly or through myself or your classroom teacher.  Support can is available.


It looks to be a warm and sunny weekend. Hopefully this will be the trend for February. Hopefully I haven’t jinxed it think. Thank you to all who have taken time to reach out to your classroom teachers and us in the main office. The kind words and tokens of appreciation go a long way with staff who are feeling stretched.

  • WARNING | Proud Dad Moment - My Daughter, Gates, is studying Motion Picture Arts at Capilano University. It, in the Film industry, is a very difficult program to get into as it draws students from around the world. She has been a writer from the moment she could grasp a pencil… I see the same love for writing and storytelling in some of your children. She is now writing a Blog to support others in their journey as well as gaining experience and exposure. Take a look, follow if you see value in it, and feel free to engage if there is opportunity.
Check it out:
• Blog: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/view/writingwithfolklore
• Cap U - MOPA: https://www.capilanou.ca/programs-courses/programprofiles/
bachelor-of-motion-picture-arts-degree/

Stephen Ogilvie
Principal, Jennie Elliott School








Feb 03
Weekly Update | Jan 24

Hello everyone,

 

Alberta Education | Rapid Test Kits and Masks - UPDATE

We still have not received our shipment of Masks or Home Rapid Test Kits from Alberta Health.  When we do we will sort and distribute to each student and staff member as directed by Alberta Health and Alberta Education.  The shipment, when received, is directly from the government of Alberta and as such we have no ability to track its progress.  Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience.  Until then we continue to offer the same type of masks to anyone who arrives without or who requires additional masks throughout the day. 

 

Family Literacy Day - January 27, 2022

Family Literacy Day, a national awareness initiative, is held annually on January 27 to promote to families the importance of reading and other literacy-related activities. Making at least a little time each day for learning together is crucial to a child's development. ABC Life Literacy Canada encourages families to “Take 20." Take 20 minutes to make learning together a part of your every day and it can dramatically improve a child's literacy skills and help parents with their own skills, too. For more information please visit ABC Life Family Literacy Canada website.

 

CBE | Bishop Pinkham Open House – UPDATE

The Open House for Bishop Pinkham School will take place online from 6:30- 7:30pm on Tuesday, February 8th, 2022. If you are interested in learning more about the following programs, we encourage you to attend with your child. Student representatives, teachers, and administration will be available to answer your questions.

  • Regular English Program (Grades 7-9)
  • Late French Immersion Program (Grades 7-9)
  • Continuing French Immersion Program (Grades 7-9)
  • CBE – CSSI Program

UPDATED_BP_Open_House.pdf 

 

AHS | Stay Home if Feeling Unwell

Now, more than ever, it is important that anyone feeling unwell must stay at home. Students and staff must use the daily checklist to identify if they should attend or stay home.

 

AHS | Reporting Positive Cases

The COVID-19 positive case notification process has changed. Alberta Health Services will no longer support schools to inform close contacts or the school community of positive cases. Schools will continue to monitor school absenteeism due to illness.

Please continue to inform your school if your child will be staying home from school for any reason. If your child is absent due to concerns, anxiety or fears related to Covid-19 please let us know so we can record the absence as such.  This type of absence will be recorded as excused. The CBE and individual schools continue to monitor school absenteeism due to illness.

 

Additional Health Measures

Throughout the pandemic, the CBE has met or exceeded health measures recommended by government. These health measures include:

  • Staying home when sick;
  • vaccination policy for employees, volunteers and CBE;
  • Mandatory masking for all students and staff;
  • Proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette; and
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of high traffic/touch areas.

 

Additional Health Measures

Throughout the pandemic, the CBE has met or exceeded health measures recommended by government. These health measures include:

  • Staying home when sick;
  • vaccination policy for employees, volunteers and CBE;
  • Mandatory masking for all students and staff;
  • Proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette; and
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of high traffic/touch areas.

 

Alberta Education | e-Tutorials Gr 4-9

Alberta Education has made available pre-recorded tutoring sessions that support literacy and numeracy skills for students in Grades 4-9 though the e-Tutoring Hub. The e-Tutoring Hub offers sessions that students and their parents can access to build literacy and numeracy skills. 

Alberta Education expects a modest launch with only 4-5 pre-recorded resource videos, with more videos developed in the coming weeks. Later this year, these resources will be expanded to cover more grades and subjects and will include live tutoring. 

 

CBE | Ventilation in Schools - UPDATE

After exploring a number of options to improve ventilation in our schools, CBE has made the decision to install upgraded MERV 13 filters wherever possible and these filters will be changed more frequently. In addition, all schools are mechanically ventilated and systems are set to maximize air exchange.

Over the past two years, Alberta Labour, Occupational Health & Safety and Alberta Health Services have inspected CBE schools and determined that health measures in place are fully compliant with existing government recommendations. The CBE is exploring other ventilation options that consider the impact on school building systems and available resources. We will continue to keep you informed as information becomes available.

Ensuring proper ventilation and airflow in our schools is one of the health measures we have in place to support student and staff wellness.

 

CBE | Prepare for Possible Shift to At-Home Learning

While maintaining in-person learning is a priority, schools are planning for potential transitions to at-home learning if required.

The decision to transition individual classes or grades to at-home learning will be based on staff availability and/or student absentee rates. All moves to at-home learning for entire schools or school authorities require approval or direction from the Minister of Education. Decisions to move individual classes or multiple classes within a school will be decided by CBE Administration.

We know the spread of COVID-19 has and will continue to impact staffing levels across the organization. Despite increasing our substitute teacher roster and continuously hiring new substitutes, we anticipate staffing challenges will occur.

 

JES |General Reminders

 

JES School Council | Meetings

Visit http://www.jennieelliott.ca/ for all that is School Council.

Weekly reminder that School Council meetings are open to all JES families and we invite you to attend!  Look to the School Council's website for meeting agenda's.

Looking ahead - Tentative Meeting Schedule for the year is:

School Council has asked that I make certain that all Jennie Elliott families know that if for any reason you are struggling to make ends meet to reach out to School Council directly or through myself or your classroom teacher.  Support can is available.

 

Have a great weekend everyone.

 

Stephen Ogilvie

Principal, Jennie Elliott School​


Jan 13
Weekly Update | Jan 7

Hello everyone,

 

Normally I would be welcoming you all back from winter break but as is the case this is more of a 'looking forward to seeing you next week' type message.  I hope your time over the break was spent with those you love and participating in all that makes you happy.  It was too cold for Fat Biking most of the time so I was indoors with my family rediscovering my love of board games and short bread cookies.

 

JES | AM Soft Entry 8:50 - 9:05am

All doors will be open to students as always from 8:50 am to 9:05am each school day.  We offer the opportunity for entry upon arrival and internal supervision of students to help ensure we don't have too many children collecting at the entry ways, stairwells or in the hallways.  It gives us the opportunity to help each child enter in a safe and regulated manner, check in with them, and ensure that they have opportunity to sanitize and engage in wearing a mask.  It is for all of our safety within the school and community.  In reflection of this we ask that you also demonstrate proper mask etiquette when dropping off or picking up your children from these door ways especially if you have opportunity to speak with any staff during these tie periods.

 

CBE | COVID-19 Jan 10 return to School

The following was sent out to all from CBE January 6th but it is important to share out again and the most current information that I have as of end of day today. 

Masks and Rapid Test Kits

The government will be providing medical-grade masks and rapid test kits for students and school-based staff. In the initial phase, staff will receive kits to test at home twice per week for 2.5 weeks. More information about the tests and what to do with the results are posted on the Alberta Government website, including a video about how to use the test and a fact sheet translated into multiple languages.

We expect that these supplies will arrive by the end of next week. Information about distribution will come from your school/Area office once these items are available.

 

Stay Home if Feeling Unwell

Now, more than ever, it is important that anyone feeling unwell must stay at home. Students and staff must use the daily checklist to identify if they should attend or stay home.

 

Reporting Positive Cases

The COVID-19 positive case notification process has changed. Alberta Health Services will no longer support schools to inform close contacts or the school community of positive cases. Schools will continue to monitor school absenteeism due to illness.

Please continue to inform your school if your child will be staying home from school for any reason. Schools will continue to monitor school absenteeism due to illness.

 

Prepare for Possible Shift to At-Home Learning

While maintaining in-person learning is a priority, schools are planning for potential transitions to at-home learning if required.

The decision to transition individual classes or grades to at-home learning will be based on staff availability and/or student absentee rates. All moves to at-home learning for entire schools or school authorities require approval or direction from the Minister of Education. Decisions to move individual classes or multiple classes within a school will be decided by CBE Administration.

We know the spread of COVID-19 has and will continue to impact staffing levels across the organization. Despite increasing our substitute teacher roster and continuously hiring new substitutes, we anticipate staffing challenges will occur.

 

Transportation

Yellow school bus service may also be impacted by last-minute staffing challenges due to illness. Buses may be delayed or unable to run for the day due to driver availability. If your child's bus is delayed, please check the CBE transportation website for more information. Families should also have back-up plans in place if school bus transportation is unavailable.

 

Additional Health Measures

Throughout the pandemic, the CBE has met or exceeded health measures recommended by government. These health measures include:

  • Staying home when sick;
  • vaccination policy for employees, volunteers and CBE;
  • Mandatory masking for all students and staff;
  • Proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette; and
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of high traffic/touch areas.

 

Ventilation in Schools

Ensuring proper ventilation and airflow in our schools is one of the health measures we have in place to support student and staff wellness

Over the past two years, Alberta Labour, Occupational Health & Safety and Alberta Health Services have inspected CBE schools and determined that health measures in place are fully compliant with existing government recommendations. The CBE is exploring other ventilation options that consider the impact on school building systems and available resources. We will continue to keep you informed as information becomes available.

 

JES | Kindergarten Registration

Please continue to share this with any neighbors, family, or friends who will be considering Kindergarten registration for the 2022 – 2023 school year.

Kindergarten Registration across our board for the 2022 – 2023 school year opens January 17, 2022. The CBE has moved to a digital registration process that will go live January 17, 2022 through a new program called SchoolEngage.

  • New families (families who do not already have children in CBE schools) will need to create a SchoolEngage account first before registering their child(ren).
    • Following confirmation of this each family will receive their child's CBE Student ID# AND information on how to create their MYCBE account.
    • Both accounts will be linked once they click on SE link from their PWS parent portal account.
  • Parents with children attending school and have existing MyCBE / PowerSchool Accounts will automatically have a SchoolEngage Account created for them that will appear as a menu options on their accounts. Families will need to click on the SchoolEngage tab and it will take them to the online registration forms to register a new student.

 

Starting January 17, 2022, please visit the Registration page on the CBE website for further information.

 

CBE | Winter Break Travel

Once again, we remind families planning or returning from travel outside of Canada to keep informed about changing travel regulations and restrictions. This could impact your child's return to classes.

Travel information on the  CBE website:

Families considering international travel must follow direction from Alberta Health Services and the Government of Canada upon returning. Their guidance is subject to change. See:    

Link: CBE link for parents and staff

 

CBE | COVID- 19 Immunizations – Volunteers

As of Dec. 17, 2021, all volunteers must be fully immunized to volunteer in a CBE building or to participate in field trips. Medical exemptions or rapid antigen tests will not be accepted in place of proof of full immunization.  Volunteers will be required to provide the front office proof, QR Code, upon each entry.  This proof will be required each time you enter as we do not collect or store this information.

CBE's decision to extend its immunization policy to all volunteers balances our commitment to student, staff, and community safety with the value of parent involvement in their child's education and in their school communities. 

It is important to note that parents and guardians are not required to be fully immunized when picking up or dropping off their children or attending scheduled in-person meetings.  However, we ask that when doing so that you wear a mask.

 

JES |General Reminders

  • First day back to school
    • January 10, 2022
  • No School Council meeting in December
    • Next meeting January 24, 2022

 

JES | Lost and Found

Until further notice our Lost and Found will be temporarily closed to parent access to ensure we do not have people collecting within the main foyer.  We thank you in advance for your understanding.

 

JES | Commercial Messaging via School Messenger

Please ensure, if you want to receive messages regarding fund raisers that you set up your School Messenger account to accept commercial messages broadcast from the school.

JES School Council | Meetings

Visit http://www.jennieelliott.ca/ for all that is School Council.

Weekly reminder that School Council meetings are open to all JES families and we invite you to attend!  Look to the School Council's website for meeting agenda's.

Looking ahead - Tentative Meeting Schedule for the year is:

 

School Council has asked that I make certain that all Jennie Elliott families know that if for any reason you are struggling to make ends meet to reach out to School Council directly or through myself or your classroom teacher.  Support can is available.

 

I am sad to announce that I did not place even in the top three of our families Annual Ginger Bread house competition.  I went a little over board this year with some pyrotechnics I was certain would secure me the win… nearly set my kitchen on fire and came in 4th out of 4 entries when the judging was complete.

Can anyone name the Christmas move my Ginger Bread house was representing?

 

Thank you for your consideration of all that is within this weekly update.  Stay safe, stay positive and continue to love and support those around you.

 

Stephen Ogilvie

Principal, Jennie Elliott School


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