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Weekly Update, October 16th, 2020


Dear Midnapore Families, 
 
We hope this message finds you warm and dry.  We know we have been so fortunate to have such a warm fall.  As the weather starts to get colder and snowier please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately.  Teachers will continue to take students outside daily for learning and physical activities.  
 
Each year, CBE schools work to create a School Development Plan (SDP) and this year Midnapore School’s SDP will have two main goals.  Our first goal will be to focus on improving student’s understanding and application of content specific vocabulary.  Midnapore’s second goal will focus on improving student's wellbeing by working to establish meaningful relationships between students and staff members.   
 
It was evident last week when students were focusing on, “What are you grateful for?”, that many relationships between students and staff have been established and are flourishing.  When asked, many students spoke at length about how thankful they were to be back at school and how much they liked their teacher.  Discuss with your child about the relationships they feel they are forming at school with other students and staff members. Who are the specific adults that they feel they can go to if they need help or support?  What strategies do they use when they get “stuck” with something?   
 
Over the last few weeks teachers have started focusing on content specific vocabulary and in many classes, we have seen word walls and vocabulary banks started.  Developing content specific vocabulary provides students greater access to engaging with different aspects of the curriculum.  For example, if a student is tackling a math problem and understands that adding, counting on, sum, combine, join, etc. means to “add” they can approach problems more confidently.  Ask your child about important or key words they have learned recently.  Throughout the year we will consistently revisit these two goals and are confident that we will see gains in our students as a result.   
 
Enjoy the weekend. 
 
Jean Hugill and Melanie Bennett 
 
Announcements: 
 
Attached are two documents that we would like you to be familiar with.  One is the “COVID-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist” provided by AHS.  Please use this tool daily with your child(ren).  Please do not send your child to school if they are exhibiting symptoms.  The second document titled, “Student Illness” outlines what families are responsible to do if a child(ren) is exhibiting symptoms.  
 
  
Please remember to send your child with a clean face mask every day. As well, we are not permitted to hand out cutlery to students.  If you child’s snack or lunch requires a spoon or fork please send it with them. 
 
 
On Thursday October 29th we will be having a costume day at school.  Students are welcome to wear costumes for the day (if they choose).  More information will be sent home by teachers in the following week. 
 
 
Friday Oct. 30th is a Professional Development Day for teachers and there is no school for students. 
 
 
 
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Midnapore School

55 Midpark Rise SE Calgary, AB, T2X 1L7
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School Contacts

Principal
Melanie Bennett
Assistant Principal
Jean Hugill
Education Director
Ann Ard
Trustee
Michael Bradshaw

School Information

Grades
K-06
Enrolment
412
Programs
Chinese (Mandarin) Bilingual Regular
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School Hours

Morning Start
8:00 AM
Dismissal
2:30 PM
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