Dear MVS Parents, Guardian/Caregivers,
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 students. I look forward to strengthening our relationship in supporting student learning.
I hope you take some time to pause, reflect and cherish moments with your families and friends. Have an amazing winter break!!!
Principal, Mount View School
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.
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.
"It was June and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside."
Maud Hart Lovelace
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.
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.
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
Calgary never lets us get too excited about a mild winter does it? Here comes the cold snap! Please 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 spaces. We 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!
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 Birthday. Enjoy 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 Kindness. MVS 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.
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
Dear Mount View Families,
Well this year was one for the record books! I haven’t decided yet if we should hide that book at the bottom of a drawer or put it in the display cabinet! We packed a lot of twists and turns in and we know that for some families this year has brought a variety of challenges that will be ongoing, and for others it brought a variety of opportunities. As a community, please know that we are here to offer support in the fall where ever we can and to celebrate successes with you as well.
While all of the staff here at MVS would have loved to celebrate the end of the school year with their students in person, CBE made the decision to maintain the original level of safety standards to keep everyone healthy going in to summer break, and we certainly stand behind that difficult decision.
Both the Kindergarten and Grade 6 online Farewell ceremonies this week were wonderfully organized and executed by Ms. Kaiser, Mr. Macdonald, Ms. Jawanda and Ms. Ngo. Each child in attendance was recognized for their accomplishments this year, as they took part in their important transition ceremonies with our Kindergarten students heading into “Big Kid School” as they sang about in their graduation song, and our Gr. 6’s heading off to even “Bigger Kid School” at junior high! I know that they have had excellent preparation, even under the circumstances of Covid-19, and will do well next year with new teachers and in new schools. We often have visitors from the junior high schools throughout the year, so please know that Gr. 6’s are welcome to come see us next year as we can’t wait to hear how their adventures in your new schools are going.
Mr. Webber was so surprised this morning when he drove up to see all of the signs and decorations in front of the school! He was even more surprised when he went to his “broadcast room” and found all of the digital cards and messages running on the smart board and the room decorated with a Mine Craft theme and cards and gifts from you. We’ll post some photos on the website and @MountViewCBE so you can take a look too. He was invited to classroom farewells and got to share time with students to hear their reflections on the year, and to say goodbye. Mr. Webber has been such an important part of our learning community these past three years. He leaves behind the legacy of his work with students modernizing the learning commons, bringing in the creative tech and programming tools of Makey Makey and Ozobots and inspiring us all to think creatively about task design and integration across subject areas. In true Mr. Webber fashion, he has done an amazing job of teaching us and sharing his expertise with the students and the staff, so I know that we will be able to continue his work in a way that will make him proud (and we can always call him if we get really stuck on a tech question!)
We appreciate the trips you have all made in to collect your child’s belongings and learning materials. We completed our final round of drop off and pick up last week.
Any items not requested for hold will be disposed of.
Any of the items left in lost and found will be making their way to the donation bin next week.
• Student item pick-up: last morning to request a hold on student items not collected. Please call or email the front office by noon if you would like us to hold items for your child.
• Report cards: as report cards were published online this year, we are only printing paper copies if you are not able to access the digital copy. Please request a paper copy by noon and arrange a time for pick-up.
• Appeals Day: This is the last day to contact your teacher by phone or email with any questions or concerns about the final report card.
August 1st: Provincial announcement of return to school scenario (1/ full return, 2/modified or 3/online)
We will be leaving our little old school in the capable hands of a restoration crew who will be making sure that any water damage from the Great Storm Water Sink Explosion of June 2020 is properly managed and any repairs required are taken care of so that teachers can get classrooms ready in August.
We are preparing for a resumption of classes in September, and I will be working with our CBE leadership to be ready for which ever scenario is announced in August.
Check the Mount View School and CBE websites over the summer for any news.
Mount View School website
I am still waiting to hear about some positions that we have been able to post for the 2020-21 school year, so I will post the full staff list in my August communication. I can tell you that at this time, we are welcoming back our existing classroom teachers and support staff. If there are no big changes in our enrollment over the summer, we will be able to add a part time literacy support teacher to help get our students back on track, and some daily EA time. Class configurations are currently set in the same format as this year, but are subject to change right up until the end of September once our final enrolment registration period is complete.
On behalf of all of the staff at MVS, I want to thank you for your continued support throughout this year. This is a truly amazing community and we count ourselves truly fortunate to work with your children to build their skills and deepen their understanding.
Thank you all for a memorable first year at Mount View School. Have a great summer and let’s hope for only positive surprises going forward.
Teresa and Todd
Mount View Families,
hope that you were able to find creative ways to enjoy and connect with each
other as the options available to all of us became fewer this past week. Our
staff team at MVS are eager to get reconnected this week and start off on the
next leg of this journey together!
Some of you may be wanting to pick up your child’s personal items if
you weren’t able to before the break.
Please email or call to set up a time an adult is able to collect these
and Kelly will have them ready for you inside the front doors. We
will ask you to reschedule if you have: a cough, fever, or generally not
feeling well, travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days,
Student Learning Plan
would have received a recent email from Chief Superintendent Usih with more
information about the ongoing learning opportunities. Included in his message
was a link from the Ministry of Education with the expectations for the coming
weeks. If you haven’t already, please click on the link to guidelines to direct
student learning while in-school classes are cancelled.
schools are expecting to receive information and guidelines for delivering
student learning early this week. Once staff have had a chance to become
familiar with the platforms, your child’s teacher will confirm the platform for
delivery that we have chosen at Mount View and will let you know how they will
provide an introduction to it, course materials, as well as the best way to
reach them if you or your child has questions. We are planning to have teachers
engaging with their students regarding these next steps in their learning by
the middle of the week.
we move to a very different model, I understand that there will be a learning
curve for the children, their supporting adults, and the teachers, so I ask
that you keep the lines of communication
open with your classroom teacher(s) to share any pitfalls that come up so they
can do their best to address them in a timely manner and support your child’s
learning within the parameters of this current reality.
Monday, your child’s teacher(s) will connect with you (by email or phone) to
ask if your child has access to a device and the internet, or if a paper-based
learning package would be the option available to them. Teachers will be making
a plan to address the needs of students without these resources and to determine
how to support students with paper packages or possibly technology loans.
will also ask you how you and your family are doing and ask if there is
anything you or your family need assistance with. Please do not hesitate to let
them know if we can help make connections to CBE or community resources, as
schools often receive communications about services and supports that you may
not yet have come across.
quote Chief Superintendent Usih, “We recognize that learning at home presents
many challenges for our families. We do not expect parents to deliver the same
learning that students receive at school, but to do whatever they can to
encourage and support learning for their children while classes are cancelled.”
I want to stress the importance of choosing and focusing on your family’s
current priorities. We are here now, or when your family is ready.
always, your patience and grace is acknowledged and appreciated.
Mount View School firstname.lastname@example.org
to Higher Heights: Every Step Counts!
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