Dec 18
Weekly Update, December 18th, 2020

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, 


“Hello, 

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! 

From L.” 


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 


Announcements:


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. 


Dec 04
Weekly Update, December 4th, 2020

Dear Midnapore Families, 

 

We hope that this email finds you enjoying some nice weather!  Throughout this past week there were many classes that took advantage of the fabulous weather we have been having and took their learning outside.  We were lucky enough to join in with Ms. Fan’s grade 1 students who were outside on Thursday practicing, “Mindful Listening”.  After the activity was completed, we asked the students how it made them feel and students responded with, “Being out here makes me happy.” and, “I now feel calm.”  We encourage everyone to get outside while you can! 

 

We need your help!  On Thursday January 7th at 6:30 PM Midnapore School will be hosting a, ‘Virtual Open House’ to showcase our Mandarin Bilingual and Regular Programs.  The Open House will include videos from the school as well as a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ flat sheet.  Please share this date with new or potential families that are coming to or may be interested in Midnapore School.  Attached are two brochures about our Mandarin Bilingual Program.  Please share these as well!  If you have a social media account, such as Facebook or Instagram help spread the word!  Post the brochures there! 


Mandarin Bilingual Flyer 1.pdf

Mandarin Bilingual Flyer 2.pdf

 

Today, teachers spent time creating online learning plans for the week of January 4th to 8th.  These plans will be shared with students and families before Winter Break but there are some things that you could start doing now.  It will be essential that you and your child(ren) know how to log into their Google Classroom.  If you have not had an opportunity to try this yet please do so as soon as possible.  If you do not know how to access your child’s Google Classroom please contact the teacher directly.  Before January 4th plan to set up an at home learning space for your child(ren).  This should be a spot where your child can be properly seated and away from potential distractions.  We will be sending home some supplies for that week, but your child will also need a pencil, eraser and pencil sharpener.  If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher.   

 

Enjoy the weekend! 

 

Jean Hugill and Melanie Bennett 

 

Announcements 

 

  • The Province has recently updated the “COVID-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist” and “Student Illness” Checklists.  Please see the attached documents to familiarize yourself with the new requirements.  They outline 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 your child’s snack or lunch requires a spoon or fork please send it with them. 

 

  • January 4th – January 8th - All Kindergarten to Grade 6 students learning online. 

 

  • January 7th at 6:30 PM – Virtual Open House 

 

  •  Our next School Council meeting will be held virtually on Jan. 26th at 6:30 PM. 

 

 

 

 

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Nov 27
November 27th, 2020

Good Afternoon Midnapore Families, 

 

We hope that this email finds you well. 

 

We have posted a new video to each of the Google Classrooms.  Please spend time over the weekend watching the video with your child.  It highlights specific work done in our classrooms connected to literacy development as well as student wellness.  There are clips from students in Kindergarten, Grade 3 and Grade 6 sharing their work and understanding as well as pictures from all grades.  After watching the video ask your child about key words or terms they have learned recently (encouraging them to use it in a sentence) as well as if they have used our school new sensory tools.   

 

As was announced earlier this week, from January 4th to January 8th students in grades K – 6 will engage in school online.  It will be essential that you and your child are able to log into their Google Classroom during this week.  Please ensure that you know your child’s login credentials and password prior to Winter Break.  If you do not know how to access your child’s Google Classroom please contact the teacher directly.  More direction will be provided leading up to Winter Break about what families can expect that week to look like for their child(ren).   

 

On Thursday January 7th we will be hosting a virtual Open House at 6:30 PM.  During this event we will showcase our Mandarin and Regular Programs.  Please encourage new or potential families that you know to mark this date in their calendars.   

 

 

A huge shout-out to all families for continuing to be diligent about keeping their child(ren) home when they are sick and picking them up immediately from school if they do become ill during the day.  This has been an enormous help in ensuring that students, staff and all families stay safe and healthy.  Thank you! 

 

 

 

Announcements 

 

  • The Province has recently updated the “COVID-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist” and “Student Illness” Checklists.  Please see the attached documents to familiarize yourself with the new requirements.  They outline 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 your child’s snack or lunch requires a spoon or fork please send it with them. 

 

  • Monday November 30th is the last day to hand in Picture Re-Take orders at the school.  Following this date, orders must be placed online. 

 

  • December 4th - No School for students, Professional Learning Day for teachers 

 

  • January 4th – January 8th - All Kindergarten to Grade 6 students learning online. 

 

  • January 7th at 6:30 PM – Virtual Open House 

 

  • Thank you to all the families who joined our virtual School Council Meeting on Tuesday night.  Our next School Council meeting will be held virtually on Jan. 26th at 6:30 PM. ​


Nov 20
Friday November 20th, 2020

Good Afternoon Midnapore Families, 

 

It was truly a pleasure to connect with so many of you over the last two days.  Teachers love to share how students are progressing in their learning and Parent / Teacher Conferences provide one of the best opportunities to do so.  Teachers reported that despite a few technological glitches they were able to share through the Microsoft Teams virtual meetings how their students have been doing.  Teachers said that it was so nice to be able to, “put a face to a name” with parents they have not yet met.  If you were not able to connect with your child’s teacher for whatever reason, please feel free to reach out to them!   


As you know, we have been working hard this year to develop a strong sense of community at Midnapore School.  This week again, Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 students were really engaged with this topic.  Kindergarten students explored, ‘The Golden Rule’ through story and learning activities.  They discussed ways they can show kindness to one another and how to, fill each other’s buckets.  Grade 1 and Grade 2 students worked to develop personal understanding of vocabulary such as, ‘Belong’, ‘Group’ and ‘Community’.  If you have a child in Kindergarten, Grade 1 or Grade 2 ask them about their learning community and how they can contribute positively to it. 

 

Next Tuesday, November 24th at 6:30 PM we will be hosting a School Council / Fundraising Society Meeting.  School councils are an important part of developing a strong and united school community, please consider attending this meeting.  The meeting will be held virtually, a link and the agendas will be sent out on Tuesday morning.  

 

Next Friday we will be having Midnapore Moves Spirit Day!  We will be encouraging all students to dress up in a way that showcases how they love to move!  Students can wear jerseys, baseball caps, dance outfits, biking shorts, hiking tops or skateboarding shirts!  Anything the shows how they love to move their body.  Throughout the day we will do some fun whole school challenges, like, “Can you do Jumping Jacks for 1 min without stopping?” or, “Showcase your best dance moves during this dance break!”  We encourage all students to participate! 

 

If you haven’t had a chance yet please watch the latest Midnapore Video that was posted to all the Google Classrooms.  It highlights work around connections and relationship building as well as how we observed Remembrance Day.  It also includes a special message from Ms. Pynoo! 

 

Enjoy the weekend, 

 

Jean Hugill and Melanie Bennett 

 

Announcements: 

 

  • The Province has recently updated the “COVID-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist” and “Student Illness” Checklists.  Please see the attached documents to familiarize yourself with the new requirements.  They outline what families are responsible to do if a child(ren) is exhibiting symptoms.  

  • Friday December 4th is a Non-Instructional Day and there is no school for students.

 


 


 

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Nov 13
Weekly Update, November 13th, 2020

Good Afternoon Midnapore Families, 

 

We hope this email finds everyone enjoying their Friday!  Despite the chilly weather this week students have been enjoying playing outside in the snow! 

 

We have posted a new Midnapore Video to all the Google Classroom.  Please watch it with your child this weekend.  It highlights work around connections and relationship building as well as how we observed Remembrance Day.  It also includes a special message from Ms. Pynoo! 

 

We are happy to inform our community that the signage for the designated bus zones along Midlake Boulevard has been changed. This will provide all parents additional legal parking options and ultimately a safer environment for the students to be picked up and dropped off. Parents should be aware that parking in the designated bus zones is an offence under the Alberta Traffic Safety Act and enforcement action may be taken should they choose to stop or park in these designated zones.  Our bus zone begins from the corner of Midpark Rise and Midlake Blvd., to our first school field entrance, just passed our school parking lot. From our bus sign to St. Teresa of Calcutta School, there is free parking. 
 

Please note where the bus zone is, to prevent you from being ticketed and for our bus to have plenty of parking space. 

 

When dropping off or picking up your child from school please ensure that you are driving safely through our school zone and ‘Kiss and Go’ area.  As the roads continue to be snow and ice covered this is extremely important for the safety of our students.   

 

As you know we are holding virtual Parent / Teacher Conferences next Thursday and Friday (in school students only, HUB students will have conferences in December).  This will be an opportunity for you to connect with your child’s teacher about their progress so far this year.  The Conference Booking Manager opens today at 6:00PM.  Please use this link to book a conference:  www.cbe.ab.ca/mycbe. 

 

Announcements: 

 

  • The Province has recently updated the “COVID-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist” and “Student Illness” Checklists.  Please see the attached documents to familiarize yourself with the new requirements.  They outline 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. 

 

  • Teachers will continue to take students outside daily during PE, for recess, mask breaks and learning activities.  Please ensure that your child comes to school dressed appropriately and ready to be outside.  If you need support in getting warm winter wear for your child, please do not hesitate to reach out to us directly.  

   

  • There will be early dismissal Thursday November 19th (12:05 PM) and no school Friday November 20th 

 

  • Save the date!  Our next School Council meeting will be Tuesday November 24th.  Everyone is welcome! 

 

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Nov 06
Weekly Update, Friday Nov. 6th, 2020

Good Afternoon Midnapore Families, 

 

We hope this email find you enjoying what might be the last of our snow and ice-free roads! 

 

As we have been sharing, our School Development Plan (SDP) this year focuses on building positive connections at school and acquiring content-specific vocabulary.  This week again we saw lots of evidence of this happening in our building.   

 

Currently grade 1 and 2 students are exploring the topic of ‘belonging’ and throughout the week they have been thinking about the different groups that they belong to.  Today, a student was able to explain how he belongs to many groups, his family, his class, his school and his community.  His belonging book was full of details and he was proud to share his learning and work.  

 

Another way we continue to foster positive connections at Midnapore School is through the use of our ‘Sit Spots’ outside.  Again, this past week the weather was outstanding and many students spent time in their Sit Spots.  We joined in with some grade 5 / 6 students this week and when we asked them about to tell us about their Sit Spots this is what they said: 


  • I like coming to my sit spot, it calms me.  I like how warm it is outside and how the wind feels.  We visited here a lot at the start of the year and now we have come back out again.” 


  • We sit down and look around; you get to listen and feel.  I like coming out to the sit spot, it’s fun, one time we saw birds doing silly things.  I see things that I wouldn’t normally notice, because usually I am talking and playing and running with my friends.  I feel happy and calmer, I spend time with nature and think about my surroundings.” 


  • “A sit spot is somewhere where you go to relax and enjoy nature.  I like the sit spots; it feels relaxing watching nature and the insects.  We’re usually here for 20 minutes, and that is a good amount of time.” 

 

The students articulated the importance and potential impact of taking the time to slow down and connect with what is around you.  One grade 6 student explained that she has designated a sit spot at home and how she enjoys her time there as well.  Ask your child if they have used Sit Spots at school and if they have, see if they would like to make one with you at home!  Visiting your Sit Spot weekly with your child could be a great way to connect with them! 

 

Next Tuesday morning we will be hosting a whole school virtual Remembrance Day Ceremony.  Many classrooms have been engaging in Remembrance Day activities and during the Ceremony Grade 5 and 6 students will be sharing a poem and reading some writing.  We will also be listening to a song together and observing a minute of silence.  A local legion branch has dropped of Poppies and we will be handing them out to students on Tuesday morning.  The legion is accepting donations for the Poppies, if you would like to contribute please send something in with your child.   

 

We need your help!!  Our students and staff continue to do an outstanding job of maintaining the integrity of our classroom cohorts during the school day.  They are also continuing to adhere to proper mask-wearing, handwashing, sanitization and cleaning protocols.  We are noticing that at pick up and drop off times many families are not maintaining a 2-meter distance or wearing masks.  We know that pick up and drop off can be a great time to connect with your child’s teacher and would ask that if you are going to be speaking with the teacher please have your mask on and that if you are visiting with another family outside of your cohort please maintain a 2-metre distance.  Also, during the day we only allow one class at a time to visit the Creative Playground as it can be a close contact, high touchpoint space.  If you are taking your child to the Creative Playground after school, we would encourage you to have your child uses hand sanitizer before and after and if there are already many children at the playground to come back later. 

 

Announcements: 

 

  • The Province has recently updated the “COVID-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist” and “Student Illness” Checklists.  Please see the attached documents to familiarize yourself with the new requirements.  They outline what families are responsible to do if a child(ren) is exhibiting symptoms.  

  

  • Please remember to send your child with a clean face mask e​very 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. 

 

  • Teachers will continue to take students outside daily during PE, for recess, mask breaks and learning activities.  Please ensure that your child comes to school dressed appropriately and ready to be outside.  

  

  • There will be no school on Wednesday November 11th, 2020. 

  

  • Early dismissal Thursday November 19th (12:05 PM) and no school Friday November 20th 

 

  • We will be hosting virtual (through Microsoft Teams) Parent Teacher Conferences on Thursday November 19th (from 2:30 PM to 6:30 PMand Friday November 20th (from 8 AM to 12:00 PM).  This will be an opportunity for your child’s teacher to share student progress from the start of the year.  Bookings will open next Friday November 13th at 6:00 PM.  Mrs. Stewart will send out booking instructions next week.  ​


Oct 30
Weekly Update, October 30th, 2020

Good Afternoon Midnapore Families, 

 

Wow!  Wow!  Wow! We had such an amazing day today at Midnapore School!  We are sure that students will come home excited to share about the day's activities.  We met as a whole school through Google Meets several times to share stories, poems, jokes and dances.  Students were truly elated to see each other through the classroom Smartboards.  As classes joined into the Google Meets they would wave excitedly to each other.  Mrs. Hugill and Ms. Duan each shared a Halloween Book and Mrs. Peterson’s class showcased a dance they have been practicing in PE.  Over the last two months we have intentionally looked for ways to connect as a whole school community given our COVID Protocols and today really highlighted to us the importance of this focus.  Last year as a staff we read the book, ‘Kids These Days’ by Dr. Jody Carrington and she says time and time again, “We are wired for connection.”  Today was evidence of this.  If you haven’t read any of Dr. Carringtion’s work, she is an Alberta child psychologist who promotes and speaks about the significance of making meaningful connections with kids.   

 

Throughout the week students also continued to learn new vocabulary.  Often times teachers will have students showcase thier learning through writing.  Here is part of an example from a grade 4 class where students were writing Five Senses Poems: 

 

Winter 

“It smells like fluffy cotton candy.  The smell is hot chocolate with a waffle.  I can hear kids screaming in the background.  It sounds as beautiful as a piano playing Christmas music.  I see kids ….” 

 

While reading with your child this weekend as them to pick out or highlight new or interesting words.  Have your child explain the meaning in their own words.  Look for opportunities while you are out and about to introduce terms they may have not heard before.    

 

Please remember, tomorrow is a Professional Development Day for teachers and no School for students. We hope that everyone enjoys the weekend! 

 

Jean Hugill and Melanie Bennett 

 

Announcements: 

 

  • As was shared earlier this week, Mrs. Pynoo will be off work a little longer focusing on her recovery.  We know that many students miss her, and we will be sending her a “warm wishes” basket.  If your child would like to contribute a card or note, please send it with them to school on Monday. 

 

  • Attached below 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. 

 

  • Teachers will continue to take students outside daily during PE, for recess, mask breaks and learning activities.  Please ensure that your child comes to school dressed appropriately and ready to be outside.   

 

  • Please return any borrowed Library books your child may still have out from last school year as soon as possible.  Please assist your child in looking around the house, in any vehicles, or any other place the book may have been taken.  If you are new to our school and have books out from them please return them to us and we’ll make sure they get to your previous school.  If you are unsure if your student has books out please visit the Learning Commons section on our website for instructions.   https://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/midnapore/teaching-learning/learning-commons-library/pages/default.aspx 

  • On our website you can also observe instructions on how your student may be able to borrow Library books. 

 

  • October 30th, no school as it is a Professional Development Day 

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Oct 30
Weekly Update, October 23rd, 2020

Dear Midnapore Families, 

 

We hope this email finds you preparing to drink hot chocolate or go sledding! 

 

Things at Midnapore School continue to run smoothly as we start to look towards November.  Throughout the week many students were highly engaged in further developing their reading strategies.  Ask your child they read and what reading strategy they are working to improve.  While visiting Mrs. Jenkins and Mrs. Reyes classes, we noted that students were able to describe and apply the ‘Making Connections’ strategy to the class read aloud.  ‘Making Connections’ is a highly effective reading strategy that helps students to develop a deeper understanding of text.  While reading with your child this weekend talk to them about making, ‘Text to Self, ‘Text to Text’ or ‘Text to World’ Connections.  Ask your child, “What do this story remind you of?”, “How is this story similar / different to your life”, or “What were you feeling when we read that?”. 

 

Next Tuesday at 6:30 PM will be our second School Council meeting.  Attending School Council meetings is a great way to keep informed about important information at the school and meet other Midnapore families.  The meeting will be held virtually, and a link for will be sent out on Tuesday morning.   The meeting agenda is attached below.  

 

Enjoy this snow this weekend. 

 

Jean Hugill and Melanie Bennett 

 

Announcements: 

 

  • Attached below 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 Oct. 29th we will be having a Costume Day at Midnapore School.  Students are welcome to come to school dressed up if they choose.  If your child is planning on coming to school dressed up please help them to ensure that their costume is appropriate (no weapons or frightening dress-up).  Students will be engaging in regular activities such as PE and recess and their costumes should not prohibit them from doing so safely.  Following COVID-19 guidelines, students will still be required to wear a mask at various times throughout the day and are not permitted to share any food / or other items such as pencils / stickers etc. 

 

  • Teachers will continue to take students outside daily during PE, for recess, mask breaks and learning activities.  Please ensure that your child comes to school dressed appropriately and ready to be outside.   

 

  • Please return any borrowed Library books your child may still have out from last school year as soon as possible.  Please assist your child in looking around the house, in any vehicles, or any other place the book may have been taken.  If you are new to our school and have books out from them please return them to us and we’ll make sure they get to your previous school.  If you are unsure if your student has books out please visit the Learning Commons section on our website for instructions.   https://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/midnapore/teaching-learning/learning-commons-library/pages/default.aspx 

  • On our website you can also observe instructions on how your student may be able to borrow Library books. 

 

  • October 30th, no school as it is a Professional Development Day 

 

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Oct 16
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 students 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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Oct 16
Weekly Update, October 9th, 2020

Dear Midnapore Families, 

 

We have enjoyed yet another fantastic week at Midnapore.  If you have not had a chance yet, please take time over the weekend to watch the video posted in your child’s Google Classroom.  It showcases some great work and student voice. 

 

This week at Midnapore we focused on a theme of “Gratefulness”.  Each day students took time to reflect on what they were grateful or thankful for in their lives.  Throughout the week I met with classes and students shared that they were thankful for: 

  • “My sister, because she will play and laugh with me”. (Gr. 1 student) 

  • “That I can play outside with my friends.” (Gr. 1 student) 

  • “I am grateful for my cousin.” (Gr. 1 student) 

  • “I am grateful for my school and pizza.” (Gr. 1 student) 

  • “My cat Milo.  I love when my cat snuggles with me.” (Gr. 3 student) 

  • “My family and friends, we love to watch movies and play games together”. (Gr. 3 student) 

  • “My amazing mom, she makes the best food.” (Gr. 3 student) 

  • “Books.  I love Phoebe and the Unicorn.” (Gr. 3 student) 

  • “My big loving family that is always there to help me.” (Gr. 4 student) 

  • “That we can come back to school.” (Gr. 4 student) 

  • “My family, because they help me and school because I can learn.” (Gr. 6 student) 

  • “The beautiful weather.” (Teacher) 

  • “My health.” (Teacher) 

 

Many classes also took time to do writing connected to this theme.  When reflecting upon a drawing that a grade 4 student had done, she answered the prompt, “This is a picture of what I am grateful for.” with the following: 

 

  • “I am grateful for my dad because he always helps me and really takes a moment to think about my problems then he gives me a solution.  I am also thankful for my mom because she packs my food and helps with my social life which is extremely helpful.  My friends! How could I forget them? They are so kind.  I don’t even know how I lived without friends! Anyways, there is still one more thing I am grateful for......*drumroll* it is fiction books of course.  They take me to a land with magic creatures and excitement.  Who couldn’t love them (no one)?  Those are just some of the things I’m thankful for (I just couldn’t write them all). 

 

The voice of this student really came through in her writing and the picture accompanying it was excellent.  

 

Students also spent time this week celebrating the ongoing amazing work of Mr. Ade and Mr. Jerome, our Facility Operator and Cleaner.  Each class created a poster or cards recognizing their hard work and our appreciation.  Students wrote the following messages on the cards and posters: 

 

  • “Thank you so much for keeping school clean and safe.” 

  • “Yah! Yah! Thank you for all your work.” 

  • “Thank you for keeping the school COVID-19 free and making our lives more safe! Wow! 18 rooms in one day! That’s a lot.” 

  • “Thank you for cleaning our school.  Thank you for sanitizing everything. Thank you for keeping our school clean and safe.” 

  • “Thank you Mr. Ade and Mr. Jerome for cleaning and making our school, classroom and desks sanitized.”  

 

Over the weekend we would encourage all families to spend time together talking about what they are thankful for.   

 

Enjoy the long weekend! 

 

Jean Hugill and Melanie Bennett 

 

  • 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. 

 

  • No School Monday October 12th 

 

  • No School Friday October 30th   

 

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