Aug 29
Welcome Back 2022-23

Dear Families,  

Welcome to our new families, and welcome back to those returning! I hope you and your children had a wonderful summer break and created some good memories together. We are looking forward to welcoming students on Thursday, September 1st. You will receive a detailed message from the classroom teacher tomorrow. Also, we are working on finalizing the class lists and if your child is affected by any teacher change, you will be notified by the teacher. 

Here are the details about meeting places for the first day:  

Teachers will be outside to greet students near their designated meeting spots at 8:15 am. The warning bell rings at 8:27 and teachers will move with students into their classrooms. 

  • Grade 6 (Mr. Lee) – Doors off the baseball diamond (South doors) 

  • Grade 5 (Mr. MacDonald) – Doors off the baseball diamond (South doors) 

  • Grade 4 (Ms. Ferridge) – Use the compound doors 

  • Grade 3 (Ms. Thompson) – Doors off the baseball diamond (South doors) 

  • Grade 2 (Ms. Brandt) –Use the compound doors 

  • Grade 1 (Ms. Lemieux) – Doors by the field (East doors) 

  • Grade ½ ( Ms. Mondegarian) – Use the compound doors 

  • LEAD (Ms. Ngo ) – Near the Main doors 

  • Kindergarten (Ms. Fournier) – Doors by the field (East doors). Kindergarten students will have staggered entry on the first day as follows: 

  • Last name A – H Group attends from 8:45 am – 10:00  

  • Last name J – Z Group attends from 10:15 am – 11:30 am 

Please note we have early dismissal on Fridays, and September 2nd will be our first early dismissal day. Friday hours are 8:30 am – 12: 40 pm, 8:30-11:11 for Kindergarten students. 

If you require any support on Thursday morning, please feel free to check in at the office or ask any staff member for help. 

Remember no school on Monday, September 5th – Labour Day.  

We look forward to a great school year!!! 

Sincerely,  

Tejinder Kang 

Principal ​


Jun 29
2022 Summer Message

Dear Mount View Families, 

Yes, the 2021-22 school year is in history books!! Thank you for the amazing school year. I would like to take this opportunity to share my sincere gratitude to Mount View School families and volunteers for their time in supporting student learning experiences and for being there whenever we call upon them. Special thanks to our School Council and HSA for their tremendous support throughout this year’s activities for sponsoring field trips, supporting us with technology, and volunteering their time to help with school events.  

I am incredibly grateful for the dedicated team of the Mount View School community for their hard work and genuine care to support each learner with their unique academic and social-emotional needs to be successful at school. Thank you again, as I am proud to be part of this brilliant team. 

Finally, a huge thank you to our students. Despite many challenges of learning and living through a global pandemic, they not only persevered through the changes but also became stronger as a result. I wish all the best to our grade 6 graduates in their journey to junior high school, we will miss you. I feel blessed and honoured to be your principal. Thank you.  

I look forward to seeing all of you and meeting the new students joining the MVS in the new school year. Until then, enjoy, laugh, and have fun with family and friends. 

I wish everyone a relaxing and restful summer!!! 

  

“With gratitude” 

Tejinder Kang 

Principal ​


Dec 17
Happy Holidays!

Dear MVS Parents, Guardian/Caregivers, 

Happy Holidays!!! 

We are soon getting close to adding the 2021-22 school year in history books. It has been a testing time for us here at home and globally as we are navigating and living through a global pandemic for almost 2 years. I would like to share my heartfelt gratitude to the student, staff, and parents to be resilient in the face of these challenging times. We learned, grew, and worked together as a community to adapt and be flexible when needed and sure we are stronger together.  

I am incredibly grateful to the school council and their support and making every seasonal event a wonderful experience for studentsI look forward to strengthening our relationship in supporting student learning. 

I hope you take some ti​me to pause, reflect and cherish moments with your families and friends. Have an amazing winter break!!!  ​


Tejinder Kang

Principal, Mount View School


Sep 03
Welcome Back

Welcome back to the new school year 2021-22!!! I hope you all had good and safe summer break and your child is ready and enthusiastic to come back to school. As a new Principal at MVS, I am looking forward to know you and your child to best support their learning and well being at school. Our school is looking wonderful with fresh painted doors and walls and students will love to see their choice of color and murals in the entrance hallway.

As a parent, I know you are looking for information about start up, school guidelines and procedures to help your child prepare for the school. I will be providing you with detail message about the kindergarten and 1-6 school guidelines and entry plan soon in this week. Please refer here 2021-22-school-re-entry-information for the message sent by the CBE last week regarding few items about COVID guidelines, health measures to keep our students and school community safe and healthy. Here is the brief summary of the COVID guideline from the message:

After careful consideration, taking into account increases in COVID-19 cases and the vaccination rates for youth aged 12-19 in the City of Calgary, the Calgary Board of Education will mandate masking indoors for all staff and kindergarten to Grade 12 students for the start of the 2021-22 school year.  

Existing mask guidance, including exemptions, will be applied in the same manner as occurred during the previous school year. We are currently updating this guidance document and will provide details later in August. 

In addition, students, staff and families can expect the following health measures to be in place when classes resume in all schools on Sept. 1:

  • Students and staff will still be expected to use the daily checklist to identify if they should attend or stay home
  • Staying home when sick – students and staff who present with COVID-19 symptoms must stay at home until symptoms resolve
  • Proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of high traffic/touch areas
  • Enhanced ventilation in schools
  • Classroom cohorts in kindergarten to Grade 6
  • No unscheduled visitors, volunteers or external partners will be permitted in schools at the start of the school year
  • Public use or rentals of school facilities outside of school hours will be limited until January 2022

Some health restrictions will be lifted, including:

  • At the direction of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, schools will no longer inform close contacts of positive cases, but additional health measures may be implemented as the COVID-19 situation evolves, or if outbreaks occur
  • Lockers and change rooms can be used
  • Band and sports activities can proceed
  • Limited off-site activities will be allowed
  • Schools can be occupied for evening and weekend school activities

 

Also, CBE has opened a choice to register your child for online learning option for the 2021-22 school year. Please refer here Registration-re-opened-for-cbe-learn for the further details about the online option.

Please visit our school website https://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/MountView/Pages/default.aspx for all the information regarding school re-entry plans and school specific guidelines in coming weeks. Our school office will re-open on August 27th for phone calls until then please feel free to reach me via email for any further questions and clarifications.

I strongly believe together as MVS community we will be able to create safe and welcoming environment for our students and staff and will have an amazing 2021-22 school year. 

Sincerely,

Tejinder Kang

tkkang@cbe.ab.ca


Jun 25
Endings and Beginnings

Well here we are!  The final Friday Messenger of the 2020-21 school year!  I write this message to thank each and every one of you for the support you have provided your child as a learner this year through extremely challenging times.  As we know with every ending comes new beginnings!  We celebrated our K graduation into “big kid school" yesterday with a beautiful ceremony that was recorded for the Kindergarten families to access. And in the afternoon, the whole school and our Gr. 6 families participated in a virtual Farewell to see this incredible group of leaders off on their journey into junior high.  Both groups are so well prepared for what comes next for them, and we all wish them the very best success with their transitions in the fall. 

Our school is seeing new beginnings as well with that fantastic new coat of paint going up in the interior halls and offices that we hope will play up our Mount View mountain brand of Climbing to Higher Heights: Every Step Counts.  Many of our staff members will be returning but some may be changing grade groupings depending on how our registration looks in the fall.  As you know, we are sometimes adjusting classes right through September, although we always hope not to have too many surprises. 

Some of our staff, like our K's and 6's are also off on new adventures!  We congratulate Ms. Oppenheim and her husband on their soon to arrive baby!  Ms. Oppenheim will be spending next year celebrating her new beginning as a mom—the most important job of them all!  

We'd also like to congratulate Ms. Heggie, as she was the successful applicant over at Fairview Middle School, and she will be taking on a whole new beginning with the “really big kids" as a Gr. 8 Humanities teacher. We know that the students will benefit from the incredible skills, understanding and knowledge that Ms. Heggie has honed in her elementary teaching years.   

I have also had a surprise beginning this week when I was offered an opportunity to return to my home province of BC as a principal in the Invermere area.  I have loved every minute working with the community of Mount View and it is very hard to be leaving such an incredible group of kind students, caring parents and committed staff. However, I know that as I was welcomed with open arms and warmth, so will the next lucky principal who will learn and grow with the MVS community.  I have many ties to Calgary, so I know I will be back to visit, and I hope I can poke my head in to see how the paint job looks, to see how those K's are doing as Gr. 1 leaders, and to see how all of the students have embraced the maturity that creeps in with every new school year.  I thank you, from the bottom of my heart for sharing your community with me.  

Thank You! 

"It was June and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside."

Maud Hart Lovelace​



Jun 03
Letter to the Community

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

 

In keeping with our commitment to partner with you on matters of importance, I am writing to advise you of an important discussion that is being held with students throughout the week.  The recent news of the tragic discovery of the burial site at The Kamloops Residential School prompted questions by students and provided an opportunity to help students understand the issues and build compassion for one another.  

 

Mount View School students will be/have been given an opportunity to discuss and explore issues connected to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report, and provided opportunity to share their thoughts, feelings, and reactions.   These discussions may have included understanding the significance of National Indigenous History month, flags being flown at half-mast across the country and Orange Shirt Day, depending on grade. As a school committed to teaching care and compassion, the students were able to discuss what actions they could take in support of the children, families and communities suffering this tragedy. 

 

Throughout the coming month, we encourage you to answer your child's questions in an open and honest manner and within the context of your families' beliefs and values.  As a school, and a member of the larger Calgary Board of Education community, we are committed to fostering a safe, caring, and welcoming learning environment for all students.  We are also committed to acknowledging and supporting the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action for a better Canada for all of us.

 

Please contact the main office at 403-777-6300, if you have any questions regarding these conversations, or if you or your family require any additional supports.

Sincerely,

 

Teresa Vancise​


Apr 16
MVS Spririt Wear

Dear Mount View Families, 

Today all the students at Mount View were gifted a Mount View School t-shirt of their own. Last year we received a generous donation from Critical Mass, which allowed us to cover the cost of school shirts for every student in the school.  We thank Critical Mass for their donation, and patience when the process was derailed due to the pandemic.  A sense of community and belonging are so critical in a school and even more so while we are under covid-19 restrictions and can’t get together as a whole group yet.  

Going forward, we encourage students to wear their blue MVS shirts for school spirit days, when we get back to having field trips or off site activities, or other special days.  Our first School Spirit Day will be next week on Wednesday April 21, so please have the shirts washed and ready to go!   

The story of the graphics: Ms. Thompson worked with a team of leadership students over a series of lunch hours alongside our own Design Specialist Mr. Ian Regier, to create a unique design where the students picked every element, including the colour of the shirts. Students wanted to show us climbing up a mountain together as a whole school with Mackie at the top encouraging us to keep trying. The compass was included to know where we are going and to be guided in the right direction. The rope was added between each person to show we all work together and help each other out. The stars are there to represent the staff and peers who light our way. The leadership team felt this represented our Motto:  Climbing to Higher Heights: Every Step Counts.  We are so impressed with the work that the team put into designing this gift and are very proud to have such awesome designers and thoughtful planners at Mount View School!   Thank you for volunteering your time! 

Thank you so much to Mr. Regier for helping the students reach their vision, for getting the best deal possible so that we can even have extra shirts on hand for new students, and for organizing the printing and delivery. 

Thank you to School Council Chair Katherine Parsons for organizing all of the shirts by size for ease of distribution today. ​


Feb 19
Mighty Moments with Mackie

Another busy week of learning at MVS has come to an end!  May I say we are sooooo grateful that students were able to be outdoors for recess breaks again!  Having the chance for free play, getting extended exercise outdoors and a change of scenery from the classroom is such an important part of student wellness, brain health and being present for learning.   

The amazing designer Mr. Ian Regier helped us develop a student recognition form to celebrate Mighty Moments with Mackie. This week, teachers modelled recognizing students for showing kindness, or mastery or other positive traits, which they recorded on the Mighty Moments chit and then submitted to the office.  On Fridays, starting today, Ms. Lemieux then does a random draw, reads the Mighty Moment aloud to the school, and the students who are drawn come down to the office to pick up a desk pet (small animal shaped eraser).  All Mighty Moments with Mackie are then posted up on the bulletin board across from the office for students to read and once it is full, we'll send them home and redecorate with a new batch! Follow us on twitter for photos @MountViewCBE 

We have been very lucky this month and have not had any classes have to return to online learning at all.  We would love to hear feedback from all of you about the online learning model the whole school used in January—please see the link to a very quick survey in the weekly news post here:

Weekly News - School Council Survey​


Teresa Vancise

Principal


Feb 05
February News

Calgary never lets us get too excited about a mild winter does it?  Here comes the cold snapPlease make sure that your child(ren) comes to school with full warm winter gear every day, as if that windchill creeps above –20, rest assured we will be bundling everyone up to get outside to burn off some energy and have a break from their classroom spacesWe always have extra mitts and hats etc. in case someone loses something and please let us know if anything is missing and we can see if it made it’s way to lost and found.  

Some MVS students have been working on identifying and researching the geographic regions of Alberta and have posted geometric animal art representing animals across the regions as well as created a brochure to present their learning to their classmates and teachers. We are proud of the time and care students have taken with their learning.  

A group of students have been working their way through the Breadwinner Novel series by Deborah Ellis, and are currently applying their knowledge in small groups to present through character development, creating a campaign, writing and illustrating a children’s book, writing a newspaper article, or producing a talk show. The additional skills students build as they represent their learning in a variety of ways is as important as the content knowledge.  

Stay tuned next week to hear about what is happening in some of our other classrooms this month! 


Thank Yous 

It’s that time of year for the TD book give away for grade ones. These books are generously donated by the Canadian Children's Book Centre through sponsorship by TD Bank Group. Each child in grade one, including HUB students, receives a book to take home and read with their family. This year the book is a Robert Munch classic, Moira's BirthdayEnjoy your books Grade 1 students! 

Thanks Parent Council! Council nominated us to receive a recorded message from Mayor Nenshi talking to the kids about opportunities for KindnessMVS was selected and some of our students were able to submit a few questions that the Mayor will include in his recording that we will have in time for our Valentine’s Day on Feb. 10th 

Thank you to Nova Chemicals! Mount View School has been selected to receive our new Earth Rangers Virtual Presentation for free, thanks to sponsorship from one of our generous sponsors – Nova Chemicals. One of our Kindergarten students and her mom nominated MVS. Classrooms with curriculum links will participate in the virtual event at the end of March.​


 


Sep 17
Welcome Back

We are so happy to have students back with us both on site at MVS and in the Hub online program! MVS staff look forward to a great year of supporting students in Climbing to Higher Heights through taking academic risks, learning and growing.  Bring it on 2020-2021!

 

We are well into September and staff at MVS would like to thank everyone for their contributions to a safe and welcoming start up to our 2020-2021 school year! With many new protocols in place through the combined efforts of CBE and Alberta Health Services (AHS) working to keep us all as healthy as possible, it has been great to see how quickly students settled in to practice and learn our new processes so they could get right back to learning and discovering across the curriculum!

 

Enrolment

Student enrolment of 161 remains consistent at MVS.  We have a portion of our students who have started the year with Hub Online programming.  These students are important and valued members of our MVS school community and we are here for families to connect with at any time.

 

Covid-19

Please continue to watch our website or the CBE main website for the most up to date communications around Covid-19 protocols and information.  The Covid-19 Information page on the CBE site is always a good resource. Classroom teachers will have information on classroom protocols regarding masks, student supplies, indoor and outdoor breaks and individual cohorts. Please do not hesitate to check in with teachers for information or clarification.

 

We are following a mandated procedure that requires anyone showing symptoms as identified by AHS to refrain from entering the school. We understand that this is very difficult during cold and flu season and appreciate your support. Please monitor your child for symptoms each morning before sending them to school. 

Daily Checklist

If a Student Has Covid-19 Symptoms

 

Please contact Gabriela in the office if you need to come in for any reason, so she can set up a time.  Mask and physical distancing protocols are in place for all visitors throughout their time in the building.

 

School Opening Package

Please return these forms signed and dated by September 21:

  • Student Demographic Verification Form – please check the information carefully and note any changes
  • Consent for CBE Use of Student Information
  • Consent for Use of Student Information (Third Party)
  • Admirable Use of Technology Policy

 

Student Medical

Please ensure that we have the most current medical information for your child on file. If your child requires an Epi-pen or other medication, or has medical conditions/allergies that staff need to be aware of, please inform the classroom teacher and complete a medical form to submit to the office. 

 

Please ensure emergency contacts are in to the office and are kept current.

 

Staff

MVS would like to welcome some new staff members to our team this year.  We have hired Mascha Knoop as an educational assistant. Mascha has a broad understanding of student needs and will be a valuable member of our team providing student supports this year.

We were also able to bring on a part time literacy teacher this year, and we welcome Brigite Fournier to our team. Brigite will be working in all classrooms with teachers to prioritize and provide targeted literacy supports across the curriculum. 

In addition, our new Facility Operator, Dong Han joined us late last year.  

 

Our staffing as of September 15 is as follows:

 

Kindergarten: Allison Kaiser

Gr. 1/2: Lauren Lemieux & Emily Thompson

Gr. 3/4: Naomi Cowling & Sonia Oppenheim

Gr. 5/6: Mandy Jawanda & James Macdonald

LEAD:  Sandy Ngo

Literacy: Brigite Fournier

PE: Hanna Burger

Learning Leaders:  Sandy Ngo & Emily Thompson

Principal: Teresa Vancise

 

Administrative Assistant: Gabriela Laszlo

English Language Learner Assistant (LEAD): Angela Louie & Amal Soboh

Library Assistant: Melisa Pobee

Educational Assistant: Mascha Knoop

School Assistant: Heather Brownlee

Lead Lunch Supervisor: Heather Brownlee

Lunch Supervisor: Tracy Carruthers

Facilities Operator: Dong Han

 

 

Classroom learning communications

In the past, teachers have completed a weekly classroom blog that highlighted what students had worked on that week, and what was coming up. With our move to Google Classroom last year, and the more real-time glimpse into classroom learning that provided, we are going to see if maintaining the Google Classroom environment gives families this space to explore ongoing student learning without a separate blog platform.  Please let us know before mid-October if there is anything about the blog experience that you are missing.

 

At this time, any IPP and Parent-Teacher meetings will all be done remotely by phone or on a virtual platform. We will maintain 2020-2021 calendar dates unless otherwise notified.

 

School Events

Wherever possible we are modifying school events to continue to take place, starting with the Terry Fox Run on Tuesday, September 29.  Information will be sent home case by case for events that we are able to maintain. 

 

Many of our field trip partners are starting to reach out with modified plans for accessing their learning, so as they work through this with CBE, we hope that our students will be able to experience some of these enriching opportunities at some point throughout the school year.

 

Volunteer Reminder

If you are interested in volunteering should school/field trip access change, we do recommend contacting the office now to start the volunteer registration process as there is a Calgary Police Services component as well as the CBE process that can take some time to get through.

 

Every Step Counts,

Teresa Vancise (with the support of Kyra Bogensberger)

Principal, Mount View School



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