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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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