Aug 29
Welcome Back to School

Hello Lake Bonavista School Families,


We are looking forward to welcoming your family to the 2020-21 school year!


As you know from the CBE and AHS messaging over the summer, we are doing everything possible to prepare for a safe and healthy return to school.​


Our School Calendar with school hours is available here: LBS 2020 – 2021.


Our school-specific re-entry plan can be found on our Back to School page under 'Resources' on the right side bar. Here


Staggered Start to School Year

We are beginning our school year by limiting the number of students entering the school over the first three days of September. The purpose of this plan is:

  • To ease the transition of students into school,
  • To spend time with smaller groups familiarizing them with our health measures,
  • To facilitate physical distancing while teaching the protocols of our health measures.

Due to bussing, staggered entry days are a full day of school.

If you have not heard from a teacher by Friday August 28 please contact  LakeBonavista@cbe.ab.ca and we will send you a room number to meet at on your staggered entry day.


Staggered Entry Schedule

Kindergarten families received an email in June with staggered entry details. Please have your child attend at the times given on either September 1, 2 or 3. If you need to find out your time, please email LakeBonavista@cbe.ab.ca 

 Tuesday September 1   

  • Students with last names A to G in Grades 1 to 6 attend
  • CBE Transportation begins

Wednesday September 2 

  • Students with last names H to N in Grades 1 to 6 attend

Thursday September 3 

  • Students with last names O to Z in Grades 1 to 6 attend

Friday September 4 

  • All students attend: AM Kinder and Grades 1 to 6
  • Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm

Staggered Entry  Drop Off and Pick Up - Grade 1 to 6

All students will meet a teacher on the south field of our school when they arrive. Staff and signage will help students find their teacher and classmates, according to the room number provided.

  • Parents dropping off children for school are asked to stay at the edge of our school yard and to maintain physical distancing.
  • Please agree on a safe pick up location for after school, prior to drop off.
  • Students are asked to independently join their class line on the south field when they arrive.
  • Everyone is asked to maintain physical distancing while on or near the school property.
  • Non-staff adults are to remain outside our school building.
  • Students arriving by bus will be met by a staff member and directed to their meeting place.

It has been many days since we have been together and some of our families are brand new to our school so it will take time for each of us to learn and practice all of the new protocols and processes. Please know that we will take care of each other and continue our focus on Montessori Grace and Gratitude.

 

Lake Bonavista School community is generous and thoughtful. We appreciate all the ways you are working together with us and we look forward to our return to the vibrant and exciting world of face-to-face school. 


Take care,


Carole Jones

Principal, Lake Bonavista School

Calgary Board of Education

school.cbe.ab.ca/school/LakeBonavista

Jun 21
June 2020 Update

Hello LBS Families,

Thank you to everyone for your support during these months of Ongoing Learning by engaging with us, offering your appreciation and suggestions for improvement, and sharing your thoughts regarding this unusual time.  Your feedback is valued!

 

We expect many of you are wondering what to expect when school resumes on September 1, 2020. We do not, yet, have any specific details related to whether classes will resume in a face-to-face format, continue online or start somewhere in between. We want to assure families that we are planning to welcome students back to learning, in some way! CBE will follow the guidelines and protocols set out by AHS with specific action plans for each division level school.

 

One of our hopes is that your children/our students are beginning to know that learning doesn’t happen only at school and that wondering, wandering, trying, struggling, questioning and trying again are all part of their learning journey.  Everyone’s mindsets are shifting and children are experiencing these shifts, too. Children can build confidence through this experience. Even during times of uncertainty, they can continue to learn and do hard things which develops skills that can lead to perseverance in the coming months and years, as the whole world attempts to cope with the impacts of this pandemic - culturally, financially, physically and emotionally.


We look forward to when we can return to the vibrant and exciting world of face-to-face school. Until then, we hope you and your family are safe, healthy and coping as best as can be expected. ​​

May 03
May 2020 Update

Thank you to everyone in our school community for your understanding now that we have moved from classes in school to providing ongoing learning. Alberta Education has mandated literacy and mathematics as priority areas for teaching and learning with K-6 students, so that is where we are putting our focus. We are committed to working together with students and families as we continue to build learning routines over the coming weeks.   

We are all in this together; families, teachers and school staff, and we know that 'ongoing learning' doesn't resemble or replace 'regular school'. This is emergency response teaching and learning during a pandemic is far from normal. All families have unique contexts, experiences and needs. If you are struggling in any way to make sense of this new learning environment, please reach out for support from your child's teacher.  


With school moving to online learning platforms, we appreciate that family members need to be our 'digital partners' to support students in this new environment and we will be relying on you to help children to connect digitally, to attend to 'school' and appropriately submit learning artifacts. We realize this shift in roles makes significant demands on families and appreciate everyone’s efforts to engage your children in meaningful, manageable learning experiences that work for your family. We greatly value your feedback related to how your children and your family are managing with these new expectations. 


As a result of the City of Calgary banning all large group gatherings until June 30, CBE has given us direction to cancel the following scheduled events: 

  • Annual Volunteer Celebration 
  • Staff Appreciation Week 
  • Kindergarten Spring Concert
  • Welcome to School events  
  • Talent Show 
  • Moving On Celebration (Grade 6 Farewell) 

It is difficult to contemplate a school without students and a school year without these beloved and meaningful events. Please know we will do our best to recognize and show our gratitude to our staff, our volunteers, our School Council and our grade 6 students in other ways. 


For the most up to date information about the CBE’s response to COVID-19, please continue to regularly visit the CBE website.   


As we know, Lake Bonavista School community is generous and thoughtful. We appreciate all the ways you are working together with us, even though we are far apart. We look forward to when we can return to the vibrant and exciting world of face-to-face school. Until then, we hope you and your family are safe, healthy and coping as best as can be expected. ​

Apr 19
April 2020 Update

Thank you to everyone in our school community for your understanding as we move from classes in school to providing ongoing learning. Alberta Education has mandated literacy and mathematics as priority areas for teaching and learning with K-6 students at this time, so that is where we are putting our focus.

We are all in this together; families, teachers and school staff, and we know that 'ongoing learning' doesn't resemble or replace 'regular school'. This is emergency response teaching, and learning during a pandemic is far from normal. We recognize that all families have different contexts, experiences and needs. If you are struggling in any way to make sense of this new environment, please reach out for support from your child's teacher.


As we move to online learning platforms, we appreciate that parents and guardians need to be our 'digital partners'  to support students in this new environment and that we will be relying on you to help children to connect digitally, to attend to 'school' and appropriately submit learning artifacts. We realize these make significant demands on families. We are committed to working together with students and families as we introduce new routines over the coming weeks. We greatly value your feedback related to how your children and your family are managing with these new expectations.


As you know, the city of Calgary has banned all large group gatherings until June 30. CBE has given us direction to cancel the following scheduled events:

Annual Volunteer Celebration

Staff Appreciation Week

Welcome to School events 

Talent Show

Moving On Celebration (grade 6 farewell)

 

It is difficult to contemplate a school without students and a school year without these beloved and meaningful events. Please know we will do our best to recognize and show our gratitude to our staff, our volunteers, our School Council and our grade 6 students in other ways.

 

For the most up to date information about the CBE’s response to COVID-19, please visit the CBE website. ​

Mar 16
March 2020 Update: Classes Cancelled

Hello LBS Families,

Please know that we are missing you and hoping you are doing well. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we navigate this new situation. 

We have made arrangements for student personal belongings to be picked up, if needed. If belongings in the school are needed before your scheduled time, please call the school: 403-777-6871 ex 0. Personal belongings include indoor shoes, water bottles, or items brought from home. Student supplies and materials such as workbooks, folders, pencils, scissors, etc. will remain at the school. Where possible, belongings have been gathered, bagged and labelled.

During these scheduled times, we would also like parents to return any library books, and a drop-off bin will be set up for you to do so. This opportunity is only in place if items are needed. If you do not feel the need to come into the school, please do not.


As per World Health and Alberta Health recommendation, we need to mitigate contact between one another as much as possible.  For that reason, staff will not be available to meet with families for any reason. We understand how disconcerting this is for many families. Although unfortunate, it is not advisable or possible given the current pandemic.

 

We ask that parents come to the front door, during the time slots allotted to them.

Tuesday March 17 and Wednesday March 18​​  
8:00 am - 2:45 pm  Student Last names: A - L

Wednesday March 18 and Thursday March 19​​   ​
8:00 am - 2:45 pm  Student Last Names M – Z

Please do not come to school if you are ill with respiratory illness symptoms (fever, cough, fatigue, and/or muscle aches). Alternate times to pick up student personal belongings will be made at a later time if you are currently ill or self-isolating. Also, please limit the number of family members coming into the building.

The CBE is working with Alberta Education and school authorities across the province to develop consistent provincial programming. This information will be communicated to you, as soon as it is available.

Thank you for all the kind messages of support. Our teachers are overwhelmed with messages of gratitude. We are thinking of all our students and families and will be in touch with further details as they become available.  Continue to monitor your email.

Continue to check the CBE main site and our school website for updates. AHS and 811 continue to be our best resources for health information and questions.

Our best next steps are to remember to be kind, compassionate and patient with ourselves and others.​

In kindness and gratitude,

Carole


Dec 04
Happy December

​I hope your family is enjoying the recent mild weather and taking lots of opportunities to get outside. Even though we have had lots of snow, it is not yet winter! At Lake Bonavista School, we love to learn outside so please be sure to send weather- appropriate clothes every day so children can be comfortable and ready to be outside in all kinds of weather.

Our Winter Concert is coming up next week (December 12 - daytime and evening concerts) and everyone is engaged in rehearsing, set building and decor. We look forward to welcoming your family to school on that day. Please see the Winter Concert news story on our front page and the recent School Messenger emails with all the details. 

Did you know we share school results information, our fees report and our current School Development Plan with you? Go to the Our School page: http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/lakebonavista/about-us/school/pages/default.aspx​ to find links to these documents.

Thank you for being part of our Lake Bonavista School community. We are so glad to be on this learning journey together.

The last day of school for 2019 is Thursday December 19 at 2:45 (except AM Kinder). We hope your family has a wonderful Winter Break and that you find lots of time to read every day, get outside and spend time with family and friends. 

See everyone back at school on Monday January 6, 2020!

Here are a few ideas for having fun with reading over the break and every day!

Read when children are in a good mood.

When everyone is feeling happy and relaxed is a great time to transfer those good feelings into a love of reading. When they may be feeling tired or grumpy, it can be a good time for them to flop onto the couch and listen to you read aloud, especially something funny.

Read aloud even after they can read to themselves

People of all ages love to listen to books being read aloud. Taking the opportunity to spend quality time together can strengthen relationships. Even when children don’t need us to read aloud to them, they really do need us to keep reading aloud. Reading aloud adventure stories, familiar favourites or the latest trending chapter book is a great way to explore stories.

Make it fun!

This is a big step in bringing up book lovers: make reading time FUN!

  • Make sure they see you enjoying reading.
  • Have them choose books they love.
  • Read and re-read favourites.
  • Ditch books that no one likes.
Make reading a fun, enjoyable time to connect, laugh, and chat together.(adapted from Everyday Reading Blog)

Aug 29
Welcome Back to School!

​Hello and welcome to the 2019 - 2020 school year as we greet our new and returning families. It is our privilege to share a year of learning with you and your children.

We are welcoming a new assistant principal to our school. Kim Durnford has been actively engaged in the work of getting to know our staff and is very eager to share her extensive expertise with everyone in our Lake Bonavista School community. I know that she looks forward to meeting each of you. Be sure to say hi and introduce yourself over the next few weeks.

It is with fondness and appreciation that we have said farewell to some of our staff members.  Each has contributed greatly to the learning environment and to the Lake Bonavista School community.  We send them off with all our very best wishes.​ Ms Rasmussen announced her retirement in June. Ms Grant is taking on the role of Indigenous Learning Leader. Ms Le Blond has moved with her family to the west coast. Thank you to each staff member. You will always be a member of the LBS family.

Please visit our classroom blogs here:Classroom Blogs.

School starts for students in Grades 1 to 6 on Tuesday, September 3rd. Class lists will be posted at 8:00 am outside at the east, west and south blue doors of the school.  Students and parents are requested to check the lists and meet their homeroom teacher at the location indicated. Details for Kindergarten staggered entry have been communicated through email with each parent.


Bussing information can be accessed on the CBE website as routes and stops are finalized.

Look for the Back to School news story, linked from the front page of our school web site for all the details for returning to school. 


See you soon!


Carole Jones


Jan 05
January 2019

​Happy New Year to all of our Lake Bonavista School families. We hope your holiday break included everything for which you were hoping. We are looking forward to everyone's return to school.

"When you wish someone joy, you wish them peace, love, prosperity, happiness... all the good things.”  Maya Angelou​

As we say hello to 2019, we would like to remind you of some important dates.

Monday January 7 - NO School for students, LBS Professional Learning Day (not CBE wide)

Tuesday January 8 - Welcome Back! Students return to school.

Please check our school calendar for details on registration for the 2019-2020 school year, our Open House, report card dates and other important information: http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/LakeBonavista​​

Dec 22
December Message

​As 2018 comes to a close, we would like to say thank you very much for all of your support and warm wishes. It was an exciting wrap up to this first part of the school year. We are so fortunate to have all of you as part of our wonderful school community. 

We are saying farewell and welcome back to a few members of our staff.

Thank you to Ms Isobel Ross, who has been on an exchange since January 2018. From arriving in the deepest, darkest cold to saying good bye during this balmy December, she has experienced the many faces of Canada. She has been a grade 5/6 teacher and a valued member of our staff. She is returning to her home school near Melbourne, Australia. We all learned from Ms Ross and we wish her well as she heads back to the southern hemisphere. 

Thank you to Ms Taylor Gierl for eagerly joining our school this fall. She has been teaching grade 1/2 since September and has formed strong relationships with students and staff. She is moving to Royal Oak School and we hope she will keep in touch.

Many of you know Ms Burnham and Ms Morden from their time as teachers at Lake Bonavista School. Ms Burnham has been on an exchange since January 2018 teaching in Ms Ross' school! She has travelled throughout Australia and we are happy to welcome her back in January 2019 to her grade 5/6 classroom.

Ms Morden's family has grown and she is returning from leave in January. She will become the grade 1/2 teacher in room 9. She and Ms Gierl have a strong transition plan and we look forward to Ms Morden's return.

In what ever way you celebrate this time of year, we hope your holiday is filled with family and friends with a perfect balance of activity and relaxation.

We wish you and your loved ones the happiest of holidays.

As we say farewell to 2018 and hello to 2019, we would like to remind you of some important dates.

Monday January 7 - NO School for students, LBS Professional Learning Day (not CBE wide)

Tuesday January 8 - Welcome Back! Students return to school.

Please check our school calendar for details on registration for the 2019-2020 school year, our Open House, report card dates and other important information: http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/LakeBonavista​

Thank you from everyone at Lake Bonavista School.

See you in 2019.

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