May 07
Admin Message - May 7, 2021

Dear Parents & Guardians,

It was great to see almost all of our students successfully log-in to their online lessons today.  We understand that this quick transition has created many challenges for families, and we appreciate the efforts you have made to have your child attend their scheduled lessons with their teacher.  Our past experience with online learning (using Google Meet and Google Classroom) will benefit everyone in the coming weeks, however, we are very well aware of the impact that this shift has on families and their abilities to manage work schedules, with school schedules and the complexities that result.

Our staff find themselves in the same predicaments as many of you and are trying to juggle work obligations with family commitments.  We are all in this together!  Please reach out for anything that we can help support you with.  We know that everyone is doing their best within these tough circumstances.

This Sunday is a day to celebrate all the mothers and mother figures.  We hope that all of our MLS mothers, step-mothers, guardians and foster parents have a wonderful day filled with love and appreciation!​

This coming week we also have several families that will be celebrating Eid al-Fitr, which is a reglious Muslim holiday that marks the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan.  Although your celebration will look different this year, we hope you are able to enjoy the holiday with your immediate family at home.


Sincerely,

Dayna McComish​

Apr 30
Admin Message - April 30, 2021

Dear Parents & Guardians,

With the warm weather this week, many of our classes took field trips to the Aspen Forest to continue learning from the land.  Some classes have been visiting their sit-spots while others have been looking for Indigenous plants.

As the weather continues to get warmer, the number of jackets and sweaters that are left outside at recess increases. Please ensure that your child's clothing is well labelled, so if it is found it can be returned.

This coming week is Mental Health Week.  On the first Wednesday in May, Albertans are invited to wear a hat to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health, and students are encouraged to participate.  


Sincerely,

Ms. McComish​

Apr 23
Admin Message - April 23, 2021

Dear Parents & Guardians,

Today we were thrilled to welcome back our students that have been online teaching since last week.  There was a buzz in the air at the Kiss & Go from parents dropping off their children.  The excitement  continued as students bounced their way into their classroom to greet their teacher and friends face to face.  We would like to extend our gratitude to each of you who were supporting your child's learning at home.  

At the School Council meeting on Wednesday, I was able to share information related to our projected budget for the 2021-22 school year.  Detailed information can be found in the Budget and Fee Engagement Survey referenced in last week's Admin Message.  To access the survey please click here

During the meeting we also shared an exciting event happening in Mrs. Rupert's kindergarten class.  The day after the meeting, the excitement continued and we would like to share it with you.  (Video Link) At the end of May, Mrs. MacKenzie's kindergarten class will also have have a different mystery class pet arrive.

Reminder: 

Monday is a PD Day and there is no school for students!


Sincerely,

Dayna McComish

Apr 16
Admin Message - April 16, 2021

Dear Parents & Guardians,

First and foremost we would like to thank those families and staff that have been impacted by the isolation this week, having some students transition to learning at home. You supporting your child's learning at home is greatly appreciated. We also are grateful to our staff this week in their flexibility. As you may or may not be aware, there has been an shortage of substitute teachers and support staff. As a result teachers have had to be very flexible, sacrificing their prep time and covering for each other. 

Highlights from each grade can be found on your child's Google Classroom and many teachers have included photos and vidoes of the learning happening each week.  Some highlights from this week include:

Kindergarten students in Mrs. Rupert's class are very excited about their new classroom pets.  They received mystery eggs and have been making prediction while observing the eggs that are in their classroom. Some of their predictions so far include turtles, crocodiles, snakes and birds.

EES students have been busy building their vocabulary with regards to plants and places to visit within our community (ex. Calgary Zoo, Saddledome).

Grade 4 students started learning about plants as well as finalizing their Rube Goldberg designs. 

Grade 3 students learning about the ear and sound vibrations in science, as well as fractions as parts of a whole in math.

Grade 2 students have been engaged in experiments related to creating items that will sink and/or float, as well as learning about stories from the past and how they connect to the present.

Grade 1 students have been building and refining their playground designs and learning about ways to measure things to solve problems.

 

Budget and Fee Engagement Survey

At the School Council on Wednesday, April 21 we will share information with parents regarding school budget and fees.  There is also a parent engagement survey regarding budget and fees for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year.  Please consider taking a few minutes to provide your input.  

To access the survey please click here.

School Council Meeting: Wednesday, April 21 at 7pm

Click here to join the meeting


Sincerely,

Dayna McComish​

Apr 09
Admin Message - April 9, 2021

Dear Parents & Guardians,

The first week back from Spring Break was very busy at MLS!  Highlights from each grade can be found on your child's Google Classroom and many teachers have included photos and vidoes of the learning happening each week.  Some highlights from this week include:

Grade 4 students participated in a virtual field trip with the Glenbow Museum to learn about the affects the fur trade had on the Indigenous people and more about the different nations of  North America and Alberta.​ 

Grade 3 students started their Hearing and Sound unit in science, which includes Mr. Rushton visiting classes as guest sciencist! He has visited Mrs. Huurman's class this week, and will be visiting other in the weeks to come.

Grade 2 students started their Boats and Buoyancy unit in science. This week they used a Cartesian diver to begin developing an understanding of buoyancy.

Grade 1 students have been learning about how Indigenous communities are integral to Canada's character and are  making connections to the Indigenous and diverse cultures found in our communities.

Kindergarten students have been learning new dances in physical education. Ask them to show you a dance they have learned! They have also be learning how to measure items with non-standards units (e.g. blocks).

EES students have been busy building paper mache volcanos and learning about the plant life cycle.

 

School Request

If your family plans to move out of our designate school zone before the beginning of the 2021-22 school year, please inform the office as soon as possible.  We have began planning for the upcoming school year, and it is important that we are using accurate enrollment numbers.  As mentioned in prior messaging, families who have moved out of our designated school zone need to register at their new community school.


Sincerely,

Dayna McComish

Mar 26
Admin Message - March 26, 2021

Dear Parents & Guardians,

Students at MLS have been engaged in a variety of learning tasks this week, including our virtual Spring Assembly hosted by Mrs. Taylor.  We recommend that you take some time to visit your child's Google Classroom for a snapshot into their weekly learning at school.  Some examples include, grade four students learning about simple machines and testing their juice box cars, grade two creating trading cards of people who contributed to the Calgary Stampede and Miss Skunta and Mrs. Huurman's class taking care of our school by removing all garbage on the school grounds.  Also, this week several classes took part in a virtual field trip to the Calgary Opera, where they viewed the performance of Hansel and Gretel. 

We hope that all MLS families are able to enjoy a safe and relaxing Spring Break!  While being mindful of the restrictions that are currently in place, we hope that everyone is able to enjoy time together as a family outside enjoying the many adventures available within our community and city. 

We look forward to welcoming everyone back to school on Tuesday, April 6th.​

Sincerely,


Dayna McComish


Mar 19
Admin Message - March 19, 2021

Dear Parents & Guardians,

With Saturday March 20 being Spring Equinox, I thought I would share an exerpt from the March Indigenous Education Newsletter:

Spring Equinox: A Time for New Beginnings

The upcoming spring equinox on March 20th marks an important passage of time. As shared by Elder saa'kokoto, soon the snow will melt, the ice will break, and the first thunder will be heard, bringing songs and ceremony to Blackfoot Territory. Circle teachings often connect the colour yellow to the East and the season of spring. These teachings differ between Indigenous cultures but one thing remains constant, that the bright yellow of the sun rises in the East each morning, bringing with it a new day and new possibilities. The season of spring is much the same - a time of new beginnings as life begins again for the plants and animals who have rested through the winter and are just awakening, and for the new babies who will be welcomed into the natural world. For us two legged beings, perhaps it is a time of awakening as well. The new season is an opportunity to move on from any darkness in our lives, and to embrace the light and new possibilities surrounding us.

We have seen an increase in the number of students riding their bikes to school this week, and the weather in the upcoming days will definely continue to feel like spring.  We hope you are able to spend some time outside as a family, exploring the land and looking for signs of spring together.

On Thursday, March 25 at 1:30pm we will be hosting our Spring Virtual Assembly.  A link for those who would like to attend is noted below.

HUB Family Request

We have designated pages within our yearbook for our HUB learners.  For those wanting to submit a photo of their child learning at home, please email a photo as an attachment to dmmccomish@cbe.ab.ca.   In your email, please include your child's name and grade. ​

Sincerely,


Dayna McComish


Mar 12
Admin Message - March 12, 2021

Dear Parents & Guardians,

We would like to thank our School Council for providing teachers with individually packaged pizza on Thursday evening before conferences.  The time between dismissal and the beginning of conferences does not allow us to venture out to get supper, so your generosity and thoughtfulness was greatly appreciated by all.

As I dropped into a few conferences, it was great to see some students attending with their parents as teacher's celebrated individual student success while identify next steps for learning for the remaining months of the school year.  We hope that the student work samples that were sent home in advance helped provide clarity to your conversations with the teacher during a time when we are unable to invite families into the school.

Wednesday, March 17 is St. Patrick's Day, which creates an opportunity for a Spirit Day!  We encourage those wishing to participate to wear something green.


Sincerely,

Dayna McComish​

Mar 05
Admin Message - March 5, 2021

Dear Parents & Guardians,​

It has been very busy at McKenzie Lake School the past couple weeks. On Friday mornings, Mr. Rushton and I teach physical education, so teachers are able to meet and plan for their upcoming week.  We recently traded groups, and have really enjoyed engaging with students from new classes.  Teaching students on Friday is always the highlight of our week.  To keep informed on the learning occurring in your child's class,  we encourage parents to make a habit of checking their Google Classroom on a weekly basis.  Examples of learning from each grade include:

Grade 4: Took a virtual reality field trip to Alberta's oil sands, using VR headsets

Grade 3: SuperFlex visited classrooms, while students learned about social skills and self-regulation

Grade 2: Ariel Clipperton (2020 Stampede poster artist) virtually met with students, which inspired students to begin creating their own multi-media Stampede Poster

Grade 1: Writing non-fiction books, related to their animal research

Kindergarten: Completed writing and illustrating their very first book

EES: Learning letter sounds through Jolly Phonics and creating sentences related to animals they like


Teacher Conferences

By Wednesday, you will receive an email from your child's teacher that includes a link to join their Virtual Conferences.  Teachers will also be sending home assessed student work samples, which will be used to help support the conversations regarding your child's learning progress during conferences.  If you have yet to sign up for a conference, please go to www.cbe.ab.ca/mycbe

Grade 4 Families

Mountain Park School emailed all families of all students designated to their school for Grade 5.  Within their email, included a link to their Virtual Open House (https://youtu.be/6qZw_hJWSts).  All McKenzie Lake School students currently living out of area, have been designated school for their community for Grade 5.


Sincerely,

Dayna McComish


Feb 26
Admin Message - February 26, 2021

Dear Parents & Guardians,

This week many students attended the Telus Be Brave #EndBullying Online Event, hosted by the Calgary Hitmen.  This was a great way to kick off Pink Shirt Day, as students focused on the importance of kindness and inclusivity. 

It is hard to believe that next week is March!  Teacher Conferences are scheduled for March 11 & 12, and you are able to begin booking your conference time starting Thursday at 3:00pm.  Specific information related to conference times and booking will be sent in a separate email later today.

Mrs. MacKenzie and Mrs. Wilson realized that Tuesday, March 2 is Dr. Seuss Day and decided this created a great opportunity for a last minute Spirit Day. I wonder which of them will bring the most Seuss spirit?  Anyone wanting to participate is encouraged to wear a bow tie or a funny hat.

Safety Request:

During morning drop-off, we are asking families to choose safety over convienience.  If you park across the street from the school, please use the crosswalk.  We have seen an increase in the number of families having their child exit the vehicle into the street.  The Kiss & Go provides space for families to pull over and park their vehicle before children exit. 

 

Sincerely,


Dayna McComish​


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RT @UsihChristopher: Province seeking feedback through a survey (link embedded in document). “The feedback will help us refine the draft K-6 curriculum before it is implemented across the province. All elementary students will be learning from the new curriculum in 2022-23.” https://t.co/YulPHp7Iyc

RT @Andrea_sm3: Our grade 4 HUB buddies and Miss. Stone taught us how to make catapults as part of their study on simple machines. @mckenzie_lake @Justine18836875 #wearecbe #cbehub @dmmccomish @KenzieRushton https://t.co/oBPQ0vBdsP

Thanks to School Council for providing supper on own Student Conference evening. Our teachers are so appreciative!! @MLSCommunity @dmmccomish @MckenzieKinder1 @sarahdreger2 https://t.co/Rh3F852ira

RT @MlsSkill: Our EES classes have been working hard to make their own story based on "Dear Zoo." They are superstars at recreating their sentences in our predictable chart writing work! @mckenzie_lake #wearecbe #inclusion https://t.co/TnGIjyR9Yu

What a fun day it was!! https://t.co/AJ2gx21B8J