Jun 28
Farewell Message

This school year has once again presented challenges due to Covid-19, but like last year, we were up to the task.  We started the continued challenge of Covid-19 restrictions, but we persevered.  Our students, parents and staff have been outstanding once again in meeting these challenges!

I am grateful to our students for how they have once again risen to the challenges of learning during a pandemic.  Their positive attitude and attention to following Covid-19 protocols when needed helped make this year a success!  The student's energy and excitement in the classroom and outside definitely helped everyone throughout the year.  Our students deserve a big thank you!

I am grateful to our parents.  This year required flexibility and patience as we navigated the different stages of the health restrictions.  Keeping students home when needed and demonstrating patience as we progressed through the year was greatly appreciated.  Parents have always been an important partner in their child's education and we thank you for your efforts and continued support!

I am grateful to our staff.  Their professionalism and tireless energy greatly contributed to our success this year.  It has been inspiring to be part of the Kenneth D Taylor team as we navigated the challenges of teaching children during a global pandemic, especially during times of staff shortages due to pandemic related protocols.  Our staff's commitment to providing the best education possible, regardless of the learning conditions deserves a big thank you as well.

Our school community was excited for the easing of health restrictions as we entered the second half of the school year.  Students were able to participate in activities such as working with buddies, listening to in person guest speakers, a Stampede Breakfast, a school wide sports day, and hosting a volunteer tea.  These events definitely made the year feel more normal.  Our school staff is excited about next year and all the possibilities that a new school year brings!

This year, we have four teachers leaving Ken Taylor School.  Mrs. Tara Moore, currently teaching grade two, will be going to James Short Memorial School to teach at the Early Development Centre.  Mrs. Kaur, a grade two teacher will be finishing a temporary teaching contract on June 30. Ms. Tomiwa Adejuwon, who taught music to our students, will also be leaving us this year as her temporary contract ends on June 30. We will miss Mrs. Moore, Mrs. Kaur and Ms. Adejuwon and wish them all the best for next year.  Another teacher that we will miss next year is Mrs. Krahn.  Mrs. Dawn Krahn is retiring from teaching.  She has taught with the CBE for 34 years and we wish her all the best in future as she begins a new chapter in her life.  

For those students not returning to Ken Taylor School next year, we wish you all the best in your new schools.  For those who are returning, we are looking forward to great year with endless possibilities.      

​Take care and have a safe and enjoyable summer,

Todd Faunt


Aug 27
Welcome Back

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We hope everyone had a great summer and we look forward to seeing our students on September 1.  Our staff is eager to get the year started, we are excited to have our new and returning students join us this year!

Teachers will be sending out welcome emails on August 27, if you have not received an email prior to August 30 please contact the office. This email will contain important details regarding the entry and dismissal on the first day of school.  Details such as which door your child is expected to enter and exit from the school each day and where to meet your child's teacher will be included in the email.   

This year, we still have a number of health measures in place due to Covid-19.  The measures are very similar to the measures that we had last year.  Students will be in cohorts and classes will have a designated door in which to enter and exit the school.  We ask that parents complete the daily check list for symptoms each day, if your child has any symptoms we ask you to keep them home.  Students are expected to wear a mask when entering the building, in hallways and in class.  Teachers will provide mask breaks during the day, lunch times will be staggered to reduce contact between cohorts of students.  For more general information, please go to https://www.cbe.ab.ca/news-centre/Pages/2021-22-school-re-entry-information.aspx.  Many of these measures will be re-evaluated at the end of September and may change. We will also be sending out more information specific to our school entry plan early next week.   If you have any questions after reading the general information from the CBE, please contact the office. 

We understand that there is a lot of uncertainty with Covid-19 and how it may impact our school year, please be assured the staff at Kenneth D. Taylor will work hard to make it a successful year for students!

 

Todd Faunt

Principal      ​


Jun 28
Summer has Arrived!


​This school year has been like no other; wearing masks, staying in cohorts, constant hand hygiene, learning from home and other measures that we undertook as we opened in September provided challenges that were very new to us.  Our students, parents and staff have been outstanding in meeting these challenges! 


I am grateful to our students for how they have risen to the occasion of learning during a pandemic.  Either learning from home or in person, students have shown great resiliency.  Their positive attitude and attention to following Covid-19 protocols helped make this year a success!  The student’s energy and excitement in the classroom and outside definitely helped everyone throughout the year.  Our students deserve a big thank you! 


I am grateful to our parents.  This year required flexibility and patience as we transitioned at different times from in person learning to at home learning.  Parents have always been an important partner in their child’s education, but this year, you were asked to go above and beyond! We thank you for your efforts! 


I am grateful to our staff.  Their professionalism and can do attitude greatly contributed to our success this year.  It has been inspiring to be part of the Kenneth D Taylor team as we navigated​ the challenges of teaching children during a global pandemic.  Our staff’s commitment to providing the best education possible, regardless of the learning conditions deserves a big thank you as well.   


We do not know what restrictions will be in place next year, but hopefully we will return in September with eased restrictions.  Regardless, we will be ready and look forward to seeing our students next year.  For students leaving Kenneth D Taylor, we wish you all the best in your new school.  I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful summer! 


Take care, 

Todd Faunt 

Principal  


Aug 30
Welcome to 2020-2021

Dear Kenneth D Taylor Families

I am looking forward to welcoming our school community to the 2020-21 school year. I want to assure you we are doing everything possible to ensure the health and safety of all our community members.

As you are aware on July 21, Education Minister Adriana LaGrange announced that all schools across the province will return to classes under Scenario 1 – in-school classes resume (near normal with health measures). In response, plans are well underway in our school to welcome our community of students as we adhere to current health guidelines.

CBE's Scenario 1 Information can be found on our website and outlines the measures we are taking to provide for the health and safety of our students. Please refer to this document for detailed information on health measures, physical set-up of schools, cleaning of schools, daily operation of schools and transportation. The actions described in the document follow the guidelines provided by Alberta Education's K-12 School Re-entry COVID-19 information: Guidance for schools re-entry Scenario 1.  We continue to refine information in our re-entry planning based on provincial and CBE guidance.

Please visit our website for our school re-entry plan for information on the actions and processes that are being applied to the specific context of our school.

 

Sincerely,

Todd Faunt​


Jun 29
June 29th Update

We have come to the end of an incredibly unique school year.  We want to extend a sincere thank you to parents/guardians for your continued support, patience, and compassionate understanding through this unprecedented school year. 

Alberta Education has been providing guidance for school re-entry in the fall.  We are currently working on a detailed plans based on recommendations from Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer.  Alberta Education has given school boards three possible scenarios to prepare for.  These three scenarios are:

  • Scenario 1: In-school classes resume (near normal with enhanced health measures)
  • Scenario 2: In-school classes partially resume (with enhanced health measures and online supported learning)
  • Scenario 3: At-home learning continues (in-school classes continue to be cancelled and online learning continues)

A final decision about how re-entry will look will be announced by Alberta Education on Aug 1, 2020.  Currently we are creating plans for all three scenarios and will be ready to implement our plans on any of these scenarios after the announcement on Aug 1.

Google Classrooms

Please note that as of the end of the day on June 29, 2020 teachers will be archiving their Google Classrooms.  Students will no longer be able to access or submit assignments, use Meet, or communicate with classmates and teachers on the stream. 

Appeals Day

Appeals day is June 29 from 8am-12noon. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s report card, teachers will be available via email during these hours.

Digital Report Cards

Report cards are now available digitally on your My CBE/PowerSchool account for viewing/printing. Please feel free to call the school or the MyCBE/PowerSchool helpline (403-817-6373) if you require assistance with accessing your child’s report card.

From everyone at Ken Taylor School, we wish you a safe and happy summer and look forward to seeing our students in the fall. To our students that are leaving us, all the best in your future educational endeavors. 

Take care everyone!

Todd Faunt.

Principal​ 
Apr 24
April 24th Update

Hello Parents,

We hope you are doing as well as can be expected in these challenging times.  Teachers continue to plan and deliver on-going learning for our students at home, but are missing the personal interactions that only can happen in a classroom.  If you are looking for additional tasks to do with your students, the following link:  https://www.cbe.ab.ca/programs/curriculum/learning-at-home/Pages/k-6.aspx may have some ideas for parents.  This link was shared with all parents before spring break, but we included it here just in case you missed it. 

We are currently making plans for the 2020 -2021 school year.  It is important for us to know if your child will NOT be returning to Kenneth D. Taylor School in September.  Also, If your child is in grade 4, please let us know if they are NOT going on to Simon Fraser School next year. 

Please reply to this email and let us know where you will be transferring to for the 2020-2021 school year.

Thank you and stay healthy,​

Todd Faunt

Apr 06
April 6th Weekly Update

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Last week your child’s classroom teacher should have contacted you to check in and gather information to plan next steps in the delivery of learning activities at home.  This coming week you should be receiving some learning tasks that your child can complete at home.  Teachers will be providing your child with tasks that will focus on what is most essential in numeracy and literacy.  Assigned work will be limited to 5 hours of learning time per week. Google Classroom and Google Meet will be used to facilitate the delivery, communication and support with these assigned tasks.  A paper and pencil option is available for families that do not have access to on-line learning.  Teachers will be in contact with you regarding how your child can access these tools.   If you have questions, please contact your child’s teacher by email.  Teachers will be on-line at home, checking emails during the scheduled hours that they have communicated to you.  They will endeavour to answer your questions, as soon they are able.  It is also important to continue to check your teacher’s classroom blogs on the school website.  Teachers will continue to use these blogs as a communication tool.  As you can imagine, this is a new way for our teachers to deliver instruction. We ask for your continued patience as we navigate this new way of teaching.  

Please know that we continue to miss seeing our students in person. We look forward to providing essential learning to our students at Kenneth D. Taylor. 

Take care and stay safe,

Todd Faunt


Sep 12
Principal's Update

Welcome to Kenneth D. Taylor School!  

We had a wonderful start to the year.  It was great to see many new families arrive at our school and returning families as well.  The first few days are always busy, but the students have settled into their classrooms very quickly and appear to be enjoying the first few days. 

Every year, schools in the Calgary Board of Education create school development plans.  The creation of the SDP will involve a systematic analysis of data and targeted actions to meet the needs of every student, with a particular focus on increasing achievement and reducing gaps for students who have been identified as not progressing as expected.  School development plans must include a literacy goal plus another Program of Study goal as well as a well-being for learning goal.     

This year, teachers will continue to focus on literacy and numeracy building on the professional development that was a part of last year’s school development plan.  Staff have already started to look at achievement data from last year to inform their practice in these areas.  A new focus for this year’s school development plan will be creating a well-being for learning goal.  This year, every school in the CBE will be creating a goal that could focus on areas such as resilience, student connection or mental health to enhance the well-being of students in the classroom.  The staff at Ken Taylor have already begun this work in their professional learning committees and look forward to continuing this work with our students.              ​

Jun 04
Principal Update

​Dear Parents/Guardians:

“There is nothing permanent except change.” Heraclitus

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela

“Some of our important choices have a time line. If we delay a decision, the opportunity is gone forever. Sometimes our doubts keep us from making a choice that involves change. Thus an opportunity may be missed.” James E. Faust

With these quotes as a context, I want to let you know that I will be transitioning to the role of Education Director in Area 7 for the Fall.

Working with you to establish a growing and thriving learning community at Ken Taylor has been, without question, an amazing and positive journey. I often refer to our school community as ‘the jewel of the North’ because of the wonderful, collaborative, and positive parents, students, and staff that make this work so rewarding. I have so enjoyed working alongside you, getting to know you, and seeing the growth in the learning and character of our students.

I look forward to continuing our work together until the end of the school year.

In order to inform the selection of a new principal at Kenneth D. Taylor School, Area 2 Director, Darlene Unruh, would be pleased to receive input from staff, students and parents of Kenneth D. Taylor School regarding the programming and leadership attributes you value. Please provide your input using the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/328G7F3

The survey will be open from June 3rd to June 14th, 2019.

Director Unruh will be interviewing candidates along with another Director and will make a recommendation to the Chief Superintendent regarding a candidate. Your input is taken into consideration as part of the hiring process. Your input is also shared directly with the successful candidate.

With heartfelt gratitude,

David Dyck

Principal​

Nov 29
Sharing Initiatives

I would like to express my thanks and gratitude to our School Council/Fundraising Association for organizing another very successful Christmas Market this past weekend!  Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy the music, food, shopping and positive energy of a market.

In the coming weeks, we have two opportunities to support other people, which come around in December:  our Christmas Hampers and, this year, a Christmas Store.

The Christmas Hamper Project:

This is a collection of gift cards or monetary donation, which is divided equally and shared with some of our Ken Taylor families who would benefit from this initiative at this time of year.  If you would like to participate in this project, please drop off your donations/gift cards at the office between now and Friday, December 14th.

The Christmas Store:

          This is an initiative to support the students and families at another CBE school, Catherine Nichols Gunn.  We are asking interested families to donate new or gently used items, which are then used to create a ‘Store’ where the students at C.N. Gunn can then bring some small change (loonies and toonies) and purchase gifts for their parents.  These children do not have the opportunity to buy a gift at Christmas for their parents.  The ‘Store’ is run by the grade 5-6 leaders who also giftwrap the items for the students.  Any money ‘raised’ by students purchasing the gifts is then used to help off-set the cost of these students’ Outdoor School learning experiences.  Please see a letter from Principal, Steve Wigglesworth which has more information:  Christmas Store info 2018.pdf 

On another note:  We also raised $1760 through the Indigo Adopt A School book campaign!  We will be able to use these funds to purchase books for our Learning Commons at an additional 30% discount J  Thank you to everyone who supported us through this campaign.

Warm Regards,

David​
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