Happy Spring Break citizens of Nellie. It is hard to believe that it has been a full year since our world changed and the way we organize, structure and work in our school has shifted so dramatically. I feel so blessed to have walked this journey with the incredible learning community that we call the Nellie Family. Through this past year you have come together over and over again to support each other and provide exceptional learning opportunities for our students. Through your love, care, sharing and giving you have consistently put student learning and family support first. You have shared your time, talents and resources to ensure that your children/students have had the best opportunities despite all of the challenges and road blocks they have faced. Over the spring break please find times and spaces to celebrate with your families and take joy and comfort in the knowledge that you have not only survived this past year but you have been able to thrive as a community. Over this next week play with your children, walk your dogs, go outside on adventures and look for the many things we can be grateful for. I am grateful for a learning community who cares so much, who works so hard and who knows how very precious and important our young people are. I am grateful for all of you, for who you are and for what you have brought to improve the lives of our students at Nellie. Thank you all so much.
Please take some time to review the many exciting news stories and the grade team pages on this site. You will be amazed at all of the incredible work happening at your great school.
Nellie McClung School is truly a remarkable learning community. We have students, parents/guardians and staff who work together to ensure individual growth and achievement for each student. “Sparking Creativity/Growing Together is our school motto. At Nellie we strive each day to grow and develop by working closely with each other. We focus on learning opportunities that stem from and grow creative understanding. Fine arts, problem solving, academic rigor, writing and resiliency are pillars for the way we deliver programing and engage in the learning.
This year we have two School Development Plan Goals that we are focussing on. We are building strategies and opportunities to help students improve their writing and their ability to be resilient. Ask your children what they are doing in their classrooms to address these goals.
During this pandemic, we are noticing that many of us and our students/children are struggling with resiliency. A top Canadian researcher, Dr. Michael Ungar lays out a number of strategies that should be in place to help improve resiliency:
- Structure – Children and adults need defined structure and routines in our lives.
- Accountability – Goals must be set and we must hold ourselves and our children accountable to meeting the goals.
- Needed – Everyone needs to be needed. Children need to hear and know that they are needed at school and at home.
- Love From Others – We all need loving relationships.
- Supportive Relationships – In addition to close intimate relationships, we need relationships with others who support positive growth in our lives.
- Powerful Identity – We need to know what we stand for, what we believe and why.
- Sense of Control – Children are just like adults in their need to have a voice and a say over certain aspects in their lives.
- Rights and Responsibilities – We need to know our rights and our responsibilities in our relationships, our work and school places and society.
- Basic Needs – We need our basic needs met…food/clothing etc.
- Physical Well-being – We need to be healthy and know how to take care of our physical health
- Financial Security – We need a consistent income or understanding that financially we are going to be OK.
- Positive Thinking – The use of positive self-talk is very important.
This year Nellie is working with your children to improve their ability to be resilient. By ensuring that the 12 needs above are met at school and at home we will continue to be partners as we work to improve our students ability to manage this ever changing world. The past year has been challenging for everyone, but we know that our children/students don’t have the same life experiences to draw from to help them situate and understand all the changes. By regularly addressing these needs we will continue to help our students build their resiliency.
Thank you for walking this journey with us. We know that students are grieving the loss of field trips, performances, social events, parties, learning celebrations and the like. Together we will continue to make learning engaging, we will model for our students how to be resilient and we will look forward to days when we can play and learn in less restrictive ways.
Thank you for always supporting this great school.
Hello Friends and Family of Nellie,
Where did October go? This has been a very different year at the school but we all still hold up our vision for our school daily. Sparking Creativity/Growing Together is the motto we created two years ago and it is as relevant now as it has always been. We know that we have students in the Hub, students behind their masks and families feeling separated from the daily interactions at the school. We have a School Council wanting to be more involved. We have parents and communities missing their volunteer opportunities to read in classes, help students with math or go on our amazing field trips. Yes things have changed significantly, however, the meaning and the vision that we hold true continues to guide what we do and how we do it at Nellie. Today a parent who has a student working in the Hub emailed me and thanked me for connecting our Hub students to our Halloween Story Day and virtual parade of costumes. Two days ago a student who has never written or read before read me two complete sentences that he had just written in his writing journal. Last week our School Council started a clothing drive to help support those in our community who need some extra winter clothes. Our staff, students and parents are sparking creativity and we are seeing it in the excellent school work each day. Growing Together also looks different these days. Our spirits, wisdom, dreams and ambitions are still collaboratively working to support every student at Nellie. We now do it in virtual meetings, or wearing masks or staying 2 metres a part. The strength of this great school is our wonderful people. Our students, parents and staff consistently find new and better ways to support learning at Nellie. This year our School Development Plan is going to continue to focus on improving student writing and resiliency. We will be assessing student work and achievement through a number of different data collection tools and sharing the results with you. I would like to thank our new School Council who worked through our initial thinking about our SDP and I look forward to sharing last year's results report with them at the next meeting. Please remember that all parents and staff are welcome to attend our PAC meetings.
Have a great day, enjoy the math and writing challenges, have a safe and fun Halloween and thank you for making our school so special.
Hello Friends and Family of Nellie McClung School,
Thank you all for your kind and gentle support as we work together to come back to school. It has been a very different but a very exciting September at Nellie. We are learning new things in new ways and as always coming together as a Learning Community to support and care for our children and students. At Nellie we are so blessed to have so many talented staff, creative students and dedicated parents who are resilient and willing to work together to find new ways of reaching our goals.
Some of you have children learning in the Hub. You are still apart of the Nellie family. You are trying to balance the work, home, school life in a way where your child works primarily in the virtual world to complete their school work. Although technology is fantastic and has opened up so many opportunities for us, it also poses some significant challenges that you and your family are working through. Thank you Hub parents for your patience, persistence and your positivity as you try to navigate a landscape and a learning methodology that is so very new to all of us.
Many of you have chosen to bring your children to school. With the uncertainty of Covid, the restrictions and protocols in place and the possibility of having to keep your children at home for extended periods of time, you have found yourselves in a situation you have never had to live through. I know that you are feeling the pressures of school, family and work and trying to figure out how to juggle all of the pieces and keep your families safe. Thank you for being so diligent and following all of the safety measures in place while at the same time being exceptional parents, helping with homework and providing the needed support to your children.
School looks different this year but together we are finding ways to support our students and this great school. Our School Council is meeting, organizing and planning for our students’ future. On Oct. 6th at 5:30 you are all welcome to our on-line AGM. Whether you are interested in holding a position on council or wanting your voice to be heard, we need you to be a part of PAC. Please try to make some time on the 6th to join us.
As I talk to parents, students and staff the same theme returns over and over again. Our wonderful school is still filled with hope, love and care. We continue to reach for new opportunities and strive to ensure that each of our students are successful at school. Thank you for being a part of this community. Thank you for your positive contributions to our school. Thank you for believing that together we will work through the challenges as we provide an exceptional learning environment for our students.
Thank you for all that you do to create such a wonderful learning community for our students and families. This has been a very different year and I know that it will probably be a very different summer for you and your family. My hope is that you hold those around you close, find places and spaces to enjoy the great people around you, find ways to celebrate, relax and recharge and time to build and create. As a school community we are not certain of what our plans will look like moving forward. We will need to be wise and thoughtful as we imagine a different way to educate students, build community and celebrate learning. I know that together we will do what is needed to ensure that not only are our students and families safe but that they are thriving in our community.
The staff at Nellie McClung want to wish you a happy, healthy and joy-filled summer. We look forward to September and all of the possibilities that will exist for our wonderful learning community.
Hello Friends and Family of Nellie McClung School,
Thank you for your hope, your
support, your laughter and your sharing.
This has been a very challenging time for everyone and yet through it
all you have managed to be great caregivers, home schoolers, partners, parents
and neighbors. When we had families in
need at the school, you stepped up and provided the gift of food and money to
help them out. This extra support has
had a tremendously positive impact on 4 families in our community. Thank you so much.
As people are settling in to new realities, we have been receiving more
and more correspondence around schoolwork and access to schoolwork. Please remember to give yourselves the
permission to do what works best for you and your family. The Alberta Government has mandated that 5
hours of schoolwork, on average, be provided to each elementary student each
week. This guideline helps set a
standard but we all know that each of our children are different and each of our
family situations are different. Some
parents are working from home and some are going to work. Some families have had to deal with layoffs
while other families are dealing with cramp quarters. Some families feel like they have excessive
time on their hands and others feel like there are not enough hours in the day.
Please do not feel guilty about how much or how little work your student is
doing in this current crisis. You are
doing the best that you can in the time that you have to support your family
and those around you. The school has
created learning opportunities and experiences to support learning in your
home. You can pick and choose from the
offerings or do all of the work provided.
If you need more work, you can check out the extra resources provided
and/or join the admin. classroom at egdcfao.
As we live in this uncertainty, we are also starting to make decisions
for the next school year. What
structures should we put into place to make our school the best that it can
be? How many staff are we able to hire
and how should they best be deployed? What should our class configurations look
like? How can we best utilize the resources that are available to us? Staff and parents will have an opportunity to
voice their opinions as we have “Fireside Chats”, “Fierce Conversations” and
open dialogue so we make good decisions together.
As always, I welcome any feedback that you may have. If you have any
questions, concerns or comments please call me on my cell at 587-777-6331
or e-mail me at email@example.com . We wish you all happiness and good health and
can’t wait to see you all again soon.
Darren Dyck, Principal
Message from Kelly
Nellie Families. We are SO grateful for the opportunity to be a part of your
lives during these times of social distancing. One question that we hear often
from our families is how to manage screen use
through plans, rules, and limits. There are signs that screen use is becoming a
problem including; screen use is interfering with sleep, on-line
school or family interactions; Your child complains about being bored or
unhappy without access to technology; oppositional behaviour when you set
limits on screen time; Screen time is interfering with offline play, physical
activities or socializing with friends and family; and negative emotions after
interacting online, playing video games or while texting. It's Important To Set healthy boundaries with your child.
Create a family Schedule -- The link below is one example of creating
schedules with a variety of templateshttps://www.cdc.gov/parents/essentials/activities/activities-structure.html
Tips from MediaSmarts -- (a Canadian not-for-profit charitable organization for
digital and media literacy.) https://mediasmarts.ca/sites/mediasmarts/files/tip-sheet/tipsheet_parental_controls_0.pdf
Talk to Your Kids and Set Boundaries and Expectations
internet access is a privilege that should not be abused and that it can and
will be taken away if they do not meet your expectations.
Lock up Your Router: Set Router-Enforced Time Limits for Internet Access
Most routers have a setting which gives
you the ability to cut off access to the internet at a certain time of day. You
lock your doors at night, right? Do the same for your internet connection.
Enable the Parental
Control Features on Your Child's Game Systems and Mobile Devices
Parents, we overlook the fact that kids can get
to the internet via game consoles, iPods, and cell phones. It's important to
set internet parental controls on all personal devices. These gadgets have web browsers just like your home PC
Use Downtime Schedules to
Pause Devices with Ignite WiFi Hub.
With Ignite WiFiTM Hub, you can use
Downtime Schedules to bring designated devices offline to make sure the whole
household gets a good night’s rest, focused study time and more. While paused,
these devices will not be able to access the internet via your Ignite WiFi
Are you familiar with the common saying,
"moderation in all things"? Kids certainly don't, especially when it
comes to Internet access. With TELUS, you have full control over your WiFi,
there are two ways, here is how:
Principal, Nellie McClung School
I would like to thank the students, staff and parents for all of their
hard work and commitment to their school.
We are blessed to have so many people come together to improve the
learning opportunities for our students.
McClung School is so fortunate to have such supportive and committed parent
volunteer groups. It is wonderful to see
all of the parents who come out to the different events at the school or who
give of their time to go on field trips.
Without your gift of time, many of our extra-curricular or co-curricular
events would not be able to happen. I would also like to thank all of the
parents who come out to the School Council meetings and offer their voice into
the decision making process. Nellie
McClung School is grounded in democratic principles and we value the different
voices within our community. The next
School Council meeting is April 16th at 6:00 pm. Everyone is welcome.
parents raise money for the school and they spend money on excellent items for
the school. Our “Fill Our Buckets”
campaign was a great success. Look at
some of the wonderful items our Parent Fundraising Society just purchased for
Our School Council needs your help. Our biggest fundraiser every 18 months is our
casino. Currently our Volunteer Coordinator is looking for volunteers to sign
up. All positions must be filled in
the next month. The casino is
held at Cash Casino; 4040 Blackfoot Trail S.E.. Newbies are welcome as no experience is
required. Please go to our sign-up
genius and sign-up. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040E4FACAC29A7F94-casino
Like all of the school months, March promises to be an
exciting and learning filled month. From
trips to Open Minds, to floor hockey tournaments, to Bridge Club Tournament, to
Movie Night, to the production of the Wicked Witch of the Wetlands, to
Student-Led Conferences to Spring Break our kids, teachers and parents are
going to be busy exploring and learning.
Please have a good look at the calendar as it is packed full this month.
As always, I welcome any feedback that you may
have. If you have any questions,
concerns or comments please call me on my cell at 587-777-6331, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or just stop in for a visit.
The Nellie McClung School Community continues
to pull together to make a difference in the lives of students and
families. I want to thank all of you for
all of your help and support of the many programs at our school and of course,
for the generosity you show each other each day.
Our Evergreen “Build a Show” residency was a
great success. Learning Science through
drama was an excellent way for our students and staff to explore curriculum
content in a tangible and tactile way. A
great bit thank you to our students, staff and parents who worked with our
artists to create such meaningful experiences and performances.
I would also like to thank our parents for
not only their moral support but for their financial support as well. Your “Fill Our Buckets” campaign raised over
$8800.00!!!! Thank you so much!!!!
At Nellie we
are committed to providing you a voice…
time with your children each month to review the school website and
newsletter. We are hoping that each
student will respond to the Math Challenge every month. Nellie staff and students are continually
working to improve these communication tools.
I hope you are able to hear your students’ voices in our newsletters. Each class is using the newsletter as a tool
to improve student writing.
In the near
future, you will soon see a link for a Parent
Survey on our website. Please take a
moment to share your thoughts and ideas with the school. Your responses will be used as the foundation
for decisions that will be made for future programing at the school. In addition to our Parent Survey, students in
grade 4 and their parents are asked to complete the Alberta Education Pillar
Survey. Students will be answering the
questions on-line at school and parents will be sent a copy of the survey to
your home. Last year we had over 80%
compliance rate, which really provides for reliable data. Your voice does make a difference…please let
it be heard.
This will be
a busy place in February. Students will
be learning the exciting game of lacrosse with ELEV8. Some students will be participating in our
Floor Hockey Exhibition Game. Grade 2’s
will be involved in “Teachers’ Pet. Our
5/6 students will be learning about late immersion. The whole school will be learning about
Growth Mindsets through our Yoyo performance. In addition to our regular
curriculum programs, students will also be involved in field trips, Valentine’s
Day festivities, 100 days celebrations, fun lunch and lunchtime clubs and Pink
Shirt Day. Our calendar is full…stay
tuned for details.
been many questions about our new AP. We
are happy to welcome Kelly Knight to the Nellie Family. Kelly has worked for the board for a number
of years as a teacher, learning leader and math coach. We welcome her expertise and look forward to
having her work with students, parents and staff to help improve student
achievement. Kelly will be starting
later this month.
As always, I welcome any feedback that you may have. If you have any questions, concerns or
comments please call me at 403-777-6250 local 2123, e-mail me at email@example.com or just stop in for a visit.
Darren Dyck, Principal
At this special and festive time we want to pause and wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanuakah, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year. We are so blessed to have such amazing parents, students and staff in our learning community. We have a community who cares for each other and works together for the betterment of all. Thank you for all that you do and all that you are. Your commitment and dedication to the folks in our community is the real difference.
Have a great holiday. We will see you on January 7th.
I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. This has been such a remarkable year full of new successes, new hopes, new dreams and some new special people in our Nellie Family. I am so thankful for all of the wonderful people that come together time and time again to make life better for our community and for the world in which we live. I hope that this special and holy time of year brings happiness, peace and hope for you and your family. As each of you celebrate your family customs, traditions and beliefs please intentionally take the time to create special memories with those you love.
As we move into the busy month of December, we look forward to many special events. Our Winter Concert will certainly be a highlight. Make sure that you join us as we take time together to honour the work of our students and celebrate this special time of year. December will also see the Grade 5/6s heading off to the pool, the Grade 4s learning at the zoo, our clubs swing into full force and of course the annual carolling week will help us strengthen our musical skills.
Student Achievement and Academic Excellence in writing, math and student resiliency are the focus of our School Development Plan this year. Please take some time to read our Annual Results Report (posted on our website) and celebrate with us the great successes our students have had. As we stop and honour the excellent work of students, staff and parents, we also continually look at what the next best steps at Nellie are. Our research is identifying school-wide improvement needed in the area of writing, operational math and student resiliency. To this end, we have entered into significant professional development and student-growth opportunities this year. Our teachers are creating meaningful learning experiences that are targeting specific areas we need to improve.
This year has also been a year of cutbacks, layoffs and struggles for many of our family members. This year the School Council and staff would like to invite you to join them in the Nellie Giving Tree initiative. This year we would like to provide gifts and hampers to Nellie students and their families who may need a little extra joy in their world. Perhaps due to financial struggles or emotional turmoil many of our very own students and their families need a little something special this year. If you know of a student or family who may need a special gift or if you would like to donate to our tree, please send me an email or give me a call.
Thank you all for working hard to create the best school in the city. You are a very committed community always putting students first, continuously striving to build strong relationships and consistently working hard to improve the possibilities for our children. Thank you for taking this journey with us and thank you for always holding to the highest possible standards.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.
(Hidden) Darren Dyck, Principal
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