It is the end of the first week of May. The weather is improving and students can spend more time outside for physical education and community walks. After spending most of the last few months indoors, the opportunity to go outside is met enthusiastically by both staff and students!
One of our focuses over the month of April was to update physical education equipment and expand the range of activities that students can participate in. This includes carts of outdoor balls available for use at any time both for gym and for class-centered activities. Being able to offer diverse physical activities is good for students and enhances their desire to try new activities.
With the reduction in health protocols in the building, Midnapore has been able to re-implement across grade activities that have long been a strength of the community. Older students work with younger students supporting classroom activities as well as acting as junior coaches and officials for lunchtime sports. This has benefits for all participants and helps build community across grades.
With the warmer weather comes safety concerns. Young minds think “play" and may forget the traffic safety rules that keep them safe. Classes will take some over the next week to remind students about traffic safety. Additionally, warm weather brings the sun. Some students can struggle with sun exposure. If your child is one of these, please encourage then to wear a hat and bring sunscreen for outdoors. We want all students to take all necessary precautions to be safe!
Thursday, 19 May 2022 is our community 'Re-connection' evening. This is an opportunity to come and visit our school, meet teachers face-to-face, explore an art walk and observe a Lion Dance. This is not parent conferences and, if there is a need to discuss your child, please contact the teacher to arrange a time for that. There will be an opportunity to 'find' your child's missing clothing at the lost and found tables and to contribute to our UNICEF fundraiser supporting children in the Ukraine. Thanks to our two student leaders who are the driving force behind this initiative. The evening begins at 5:30pm and runs until 7:00pm. This is a 'drop in' evening and you are welcome to come, experience and leave when you want!
Midnapore School's greatest strength is being a community that works and learns together. When we work together, great things happen. Thank you for all your support!
It is hard to believe that April is here! Students have returned from Spring Break and all the regular routines of school are back in place. Although thoughts of spring weather float through our heads, the reality of Calgary’s climate means who knows what tomorrow will bring!
In April, the process for preparing for the next school year begins in earnest. Budgeting and staffing are completed during April and submitted in May. These processes reflect the number of students projected to attend the school in the next year. Budgets and staffing are finalized in September once the number of students are confirmed.
On Tuesday, 05 April 2022, Midnapore School had its first off campus trip in two years. The Grade 6 students travelled to MidSun School to learn about junior high school and the opportunities that a new school and new grade will offer. Students arrived back excited and equipped with cool new shades!
As opportunities present themselves, more classes are exploring the chance to get students out of the building and explore their community, visit other sites in support of curriculum and to experience learning outside the school building. The benefits of experiential learning are huge. Sadly not all desired destinations are prepared for student groups but that number will get smaller as organizations gear up following the lifting of restrictions.
We are excited to see you all on Thursday, 19 May 2022. The school will host a drop-in “Re-connection” evening (5:30-7:00pm) to welcome the community back into the school. This event not about discussing student progress but rather on meeting staff face-to-face, seeing the building and doing an “art walk” of student work. School Council will be present to share information about its activities. Please join us if you are able!
Thank you for your continued support of your children and Midnapore School!
March is here! In terms of school, it is a short month of only fourteen instructional days leading into Spring Break. Spring Break begins on Friday, 18 March 2022. Classes resume on Monday, 28 March 2022.
Last week the protocols related to Covid-19 were removed. Midnapore School, like all other schools, are determining how to ease out of the restrictions without upsetting the routines which have been in place. This process will continue throughout the remainder of the year. As a school community, we are looking forward to seeing older students supporting younger students, celebrations and performances and field trips. I can’t wait to see what the 2022-2023 school year will look like!
On Thursday, 10 March 2022, and Friday, 11 March 2022, Midnapore School will host virtual Parent Conferences. Please sign up through your MyCBE / PowerSchool account. If you are unavailable during the set time, please contact your child’s teacher to make alternative arrangements.
The last day of classes before Spring Break is Friday, 18 March 2022. Spring Break marks the transition into the last third of the school year. It is not the time to ease up or give up on learning. Over the Break, encourage your child or children to read, to watch the news and engage in discussion about world activities. I hope all students will use this time to relax and return refreshed and ready to finish the last three months of the 2021-2022 school year!
As always, thank you for your support! Parents and Guardians are an important part of the Midnapore School community!
It is now February and the weather conditions today remind us that winter is not yet over! Even the groundhogs are optimistic! Ensuring that your children dress for weather conditions is essential to their well being as they travel to and from school. The ever-changing weather conditions in Calgary can make this a challenge as the temperature can swing many degrees up or down throughout the day!
In terms of instructional days, February is a short month. That does not make it any less important to making progress in school. Teachers continue to focus on moving academics forward with a strong emphasis on literacy and mathematics. This focus is driven by the School Development Plan which is available for all parents to read on the Midnapore School website.
Despite some activities being limited, Midnapore School continues to celebrate notable cultural events. Students continue to be involved in school-based activities related to Chinese New Year and the arrival of the Year of the Tiger. Grade 1 students will celebrate “100 Day” – the completion of the first one hundred days of school. Classes will also recognize Valentine’s Day through in-class activities.
A reminder that Thursday, 17 February 2022, and Friday, 18 February 2022, are Teachers Convention. There are no classes on these days. Monday, 21 February 2022 is Family Day. School will reopen for classes on Tuesday, 22 February 2022.
A big thank you to the Midnapore School Council. Thank you for all the support you provide to our school community! I would like to encourage parents, who are interested in getting involved, to join our monthly virtual meetings. Another way to be involved is by supporting Midnapore School Council’s casino fundraiser. Two days of work brings a significant benefit to the school community. The casino runs 08 and 09 March 2022. If interested, please sign up at up https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f45acae2ca0fac25-fundraising.
I am grateful to belong to a school community that works together for the benefit of the students who attend Midnapore School. All your efforts and support are truly appreciated. When we work together, great things happen!
Students are in their second week of classes since the end of the extended Winter Break. Routines have been re-established and students are happy to be in-class and with their peers. It is business as normal. As a school we continue to follow all the health and safety protocols to ensure that students and staff have a safe and healthy environment for learning.
Shortly we will receive the face masks and rapid testing kits that the Alberta government is providing for staff and students in all Alberta schools. As soon as they are available, the school will communicate with you that they are ready to be distributed and how that will look. Stay tuned!
January is also the month in which the Mandarin program celebrates Chinese New Year and shares that celebration with the rest of the school. This celebration will reflect current guidelines and restrictions but will be recognized throughout the school.
At the end of January, report cards will be available for online viewing. If you are unable to view your child’s report card through MyCBE / PowerSchool portal, please contact the school.
As this is Calgary, there is no predicting the weather. When I moved to this city in 1979, the first thing I was told was “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes”. Please ensure that your child is dressed for the weather – as unpredictable as that is. Unless it is -20 (with wind chill) or colder, students will go outside for recess, fresh air and play!
As always, thank you for your ongoing support of your child, our staff and our school. Together we are a great team!
M.C. (Mike) Black
It is December! It is hard to believe how fast the school year is going. In two short weeks, Winter Break will begin. It is an opportunity to relax and recharge the batteries for the remainder of the school year. It is a great time to gather and read as a family, enjoy conversation and just to hang out with friends and family.
Although I have only been at Midnapore School a short time, I see daily that this is a school community that cares for its students, its staff and the wider community. I have come to appreciate the “hellos” throughout the day, the interactions with students and the cheerful “see you tomorrow” that I hear regularly. This is a school where someone new quickly “belongs”!
As Canadians, we would like to assume that Christmas is a happy and joyful time for all. Sadly, this is far from the truth. Many families struggle throughout the year and the Christmas season is no different. It is a time for those who can to share with those who need our support. Citizenship is a significant focus of the Calgary Board of Education and our school. Supporting others is a way in which citizenship is demonstrated. No matter what you can do to help others at this time of year, please do so. Big or small, any support will make someone else’s life better.
December is a month of mixed emotions. Some look forward with excitement to the upcoming break, travel, visits and a departure from the regular routines of the school year. For others, it is a reminder of personal struggles, poverty and pain. It is not a time of joy and celebration. Take the time to remind your child/children that, perhaps more than any other time of the year, now is the time to remember to be kind to everyone around you. It is the best gift to share!
“Together we can change the world, just one random act of kindness at a time.” ~ Ron Hall
M.C. (Mike) Black
On Monday, October 18, all Midnapore School staff members participated in our first Indigenous Education Professional Learning Day. It was an exciting day on many fronts – to have all staff learning together (including facility operators and support staff members), to hear the wise words of many of our local Elders (provided through system videos), to engage in our book study using the book “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer, and to take part in land-based learning activities around our schoolyard and over in Fish Creek Park.
Sarah Gordon-Cooper, our regular program Kindergarten teacher (who has recently been certified as a Forest School instructor) led us through our land-based learning activities. Staff members were able to conduct field trip risk assessments for walking field trips within close proximity to our school. Staff were able to participate in land-based learning activities they could potentially use to engage students at different grade levels. Staff were also involved in rich discussions to explore Indigenous world views, reflect on their own understandings and then given time to plan for future learning activities with students. We believe this day will lead to the further creation of rich, meaningful, land-based learning activities for Midnapore students.
If you have questions about any of our staff professional learning opportunities, please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher or to Mr. Bhardwaj (Assistant Principal) or myself.
With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world. -Dalai Lama
These wise words from the Dalai Lama identify and represent a goal we have at Midnapore School for developing skills, attitudes and knowledge in our students so that they will be prepared to go out and build a better world. From Kindergarten to the end of Grade 4 or Grade 6, Midnapore School staff have worked to promote curiosity, provoke deep thinking, and excite and engage the learners who walk through our doors each day.
In addition to creating learning experiences focused on the basics of reading, writing, math, science and social studies, it has been our wish to support students in developing self-advocacy skills and self-awareness so that each one of you who leaves our doors has the confidence to speak up for yourselves; recognizing your own learning strengths, abilities and challenges. Many of you have had the added challenge of learning - not just in English – but in Mandarin! The richness of learning another language will give you a big advantage in your lives.
This year has had the added challenge of living and learning through a global pandemic! All of you quickly learned the “new" school rules – sanitize your hands, maintain social distance, wear your masks in the hallways. By following those rules, you helped to make sure that our school was a safe place to learn.
It can feel sad to say good-bye. Not only are students moving on, but a number of staff are also off to further adventures. We will truly miss Mrs. Bennett, Mrs. Stewart, Ms. Duan, Ms. V. Ms. Ikuta, Mrs. Busch, Mrs. Reese, Mrs. Hebert, Ms. Fan and Ms. Boettcher. They have all left their mark on Midnapore School. But we are also happy for them as we know that they are moving on to other adventures in their lives. We wish them the very best that life can offer!
Thinking about all of you Grade 4 and 6 students today, I am confident that your experiences here at Midnapore School have helped you better understand the world and, perhaps more importantly, better understand yourselves. On behalf of all the staff here at Midnapore School I want to congratulate you on your learning accomplishments so far. Whether you are moving on to Harold Panabaker School or MidSun or even another school in another part of the world, we have confidence that you will use your skills and understandings to connect and learn with others – and help to make this world a better place.
Many of us have been spending a great deal of time this winter indoors. Provincial COVID protocols have us staying close to home and limiting our contact with others. For myself, and many of our staff, this has meant more book reading, board-game playing and TV watching. The Midnapore School Wellness Committee has recognized this and is encouraging all staff and students to now “get up and move” by declaring March – Movement Month!
Every week there will be movement challenges throughout the school. Our first challenge was the Jumping Jack challenge in which individuals were shown how to do a jumping jack and then asked how many jumping jacks they could do in 30-90 seconds. At the time this message was written, Room 3 (Mrs. Hook’s class) was in the lead, with Room 12 (Ms. Alexander’s class) close behind. The newest challenge is to hold a plank position for 30 seconds. Winners of the challenges will be rewarded with extra recess time.
Now that the weather is warming up, we hope to be doing a lot more movement and overall learning outside. We know how important it is to get fresh air and exercise! Please ensure your child is dressed for the weather each day, so they can be comfortable participating in outdoor activities.
Dear Midnapore Families,
We hope you and your family members are looking forward to the upcoming Winter Break.
We want to start our message this week with a, “Thank you.” Thank you to the Midnapore Families for all the support over the last four months. Midnapore Families have been amazing this year. We know that you have gone out of your way to help our students stay safe and healthy during this Global Pandemic. We know you are keeping your child(ren) home when they are sick and picking them up immediately from school if they become unwell. We have appreciated all your kind messages and notes of support around this since the start of the year. Midnapore staff are looking forward to the Winter Break but will also be excited to see your children return to us in the New Year!
We have posted a new video to each of the Google Classrooms. It is a very special message from Mrs. Pynoo, please make sure that you watch it over the weekend with your child(ren)!
This week at school, staff and students have continued to work on connecting with one another and our community. The grade 3 / 4 classes did an outstanding job of spreading joy to one another by sharing kind notes and words and by showing appreciation through helping each other out. They also participated in writing letters to residents of a local long-term care center. One student wrote,
My name is L. I am a grade 3 at Midnapore School. I hope you and your family stay healthy during the Christmas Season. I hope you have a very great Christmas! I like to build snowman during the winter. What do you like doing? I wrote a letter to Santa and he will come on Christmas Eve. I hope he comes to your home too.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Today, we celebrated the last day before Winter Break by sharing jokes, poems, dances and songs - one of our teachers even brought in an Accordion and played for her students! There were tons of smiles and lots of great outfits.
This past Wednesday, teachers sent home packages for our week of on-line learning. If you have any questions about what was sent home, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child(ren)’s teacher. We just ask that students do their best that week.
Enjoy the Winter Break Midnapore Families!
Melanie Bennett and Jean Hugill
Important messages for HUB families:
Families have the option to return their child(ren) to in person learning on February 1st. If you would like to have your child(ren) return to Midnapore School in February you must complete a Notice of Intent. This was the message sent by CBE:
Legal Guardian(s) / Independent Students will have the Notice of Intent option available to them through MyCBE/PowerSchool from the evening of Dec. 7, 2020 to noon Jan. 8, 2021. Legal Guardian(s) / Independent Students can make changes to their selection up until noon Jan. 8, 2021.
Please visit this following website for specific instructions: https://cbe.ab.ca/support/Pages/MyCBE-PowerSchool-Hub-Notice-of-Intent.aspx
Virtual Open House, Thursday Jan. 7th at 6:30PM. Please visit our School Web site.
Our next School Council meeting will be held virtually on Jan. 26th at 6:30 PM.
(Hidden) Shelly Pynoo, Principal
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