Dear NCS Families,
We are beginning our school year by limiting the number of students entering the school over the first two days. The purpose of the plan is:
- To ease the transition of students into school,
- To spend time with smaller groups familiarizing them with our health measures,
- To facilitate physical distancing while teaching the protocols of our health measures.
Because of bussing, staggered entry days are full day.
The students have been divided into 2 groups according to their last names for the staggered entry:
- A – K come Tuesday, September 1
- L – Z come Wednesday, September 2
- All students come Thursday, September 3 and Friday, September 4
Each grade will have a designated entrance and exit. On the first 2 staggered days, there will be designated spots for students to line up (maintaining a 6ft distance between students) near their designated door. The following doors have been designated:
- Grade 5 – East side door
- Grade 6 – West side door
- Grade 7 – West back door
- Grade 8 – Front Door
- Grade 9 – East back door
- PLP – Front door
More details regarding the school's re-entry plan will be provided on Friday, August 28 and Monday, August 31.
Wow, it seems like just yesterday, the pandemic was declared
and we were heading into Spring Break. It
is hard to believe that summer holidays are around the corner. To that end, there are a few things that I
would like to mention.
June 26th will be the last day of ongoing
learning. Report cards will be available
at noon on the 26th through PowerSchool. The morning of June 29th is for
It has been an interesting blend of busyness and calm with
ongoing learning and preparing for next year.
I have been so impressed with the positive way staff, students and
parents adapted to the change and continued on.
Reflecting on the year and the adaptations that have been made due to
COVID, I appreciate:
Staff for pivoting with only a moments notice to
continue to connect with students and their families and find a whole new way
to provide ongoing learning
Students who continued to be engaged in the
learning and online school activities
Parents and guardians who supported both their
student(s) and the staff so that we could have ongoing learning and enrichment
Looking towards next year, I would like to send my best
wishes to the grade 9s as they prepare to go to high school and any students
who will be leaving Nose Creek School.
I would also like to welcome new students joining the Kodiak
family next year including new grade 5-9 students from Harvest Hills.
If I do not have the opportunity to connect with you before
the summer holidays, have an excellent summer!
Mrs. Shellenberg, Principal
During these unprecedented times, I wanted to reach out to our Kodiak family and let you know that we are thinking about you. I know this level of uncertainty can cause anxiety and stress. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to figure out what this new normal for student education will be. Although we may be separated physically, it doesn’t mean that we are not here for you. I encourage you to reach out to us with questions and concerns. That being said, I want you to realize that during Spring Break I have encouraged NCS staff to take a break, recharge and focus on their families. These are very challenging times for them as well. After the break we will be in touch with updates.
Until then, be safe and look after yourself and your family.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Happy New Year! NCS staff hopes everyone had a wonderful break and was able to enjoy time with family and friends. If you have been following the news reports prior to the holiday break, there was much information regarding the Education budget.
his has resulted in some required modifications at the school level to meet those budget requirements. Luckily, with some flexibility we have been able to maintain our homeroom and class schedule. To accomplish this, however, we have had to make some modifications to our RTI (Response to Intervention) program.
We are currently assessing our RTI needs and will be creating a new structure to meet those needs without a designated RTI teacher. Ms. Johnson, who had been designated as the RTI teacher, will be filling in for Ms. Rudolph, a grade 7 teacher, who is on a general leave for the second half of this year.
Principal, Nose Creek School
Over the past six years, the community of Nose Creek School
has raised $65490 for CIBC Run for the Cure.
I would like to congratulate Donna Logan for her tireless work getting
us all organized and being Captain of the Nose Creek Kodiaks team. Due to
her leadership and the incredible participation and support of our students,
families, staff and greater community, our school was the recipient of the 2019
Prairies Impact Award for Community Team Spirit! This award is a true reflection of the Kodiak SPIRIT in our school.
It is hard to believe that it is the start of a new year
already. This community continues to be
filled with enthusiastic students, supportive parents and a dedicated
professional staff. It is as a school
community that we strive to improve and achieve success.
Nose Creek School is an exciting place of learning,
engagement and activity. The staff at
Nose Creek is committed to continuing the excellent work they do every day with
our students. We encourage students to
get involved in the many opportunities that exist in the classroom, on teams,
with clubs, and extra-curricular events.
Parents and guardians are also encouraged to get involved. Two ways to get involved are by volunteering and/or
attending School Council meetings.
Volunteers are greatly appreciated and are needed in many different
areas of the school. If you are interested in volunteering, please stop by the
office. School Council meetings are an
excellent way to have input and learn what is happening at the school. They are held at the school the third Tuesday
of the month at 6:30 pm. Our first one
is on September 17. All parents and
guardians are welcome.
Parents and Guardians,
Every year at the end of June, the Calgary Board of
Education prepares a report called the Three-Year System Student Accommodation
Plan (SSAP). It identifies schools with student accommodation challenges
over a three-year timeframe.
Accommodation challenges vary but some common
issues include schools being too full, schools with declining enrolment or a
shift in student demographics. Sometimes the issue affects only one or two
schools, and other times a group of schools need to be considered together.
In developing the SSAP each year, CBE
Property, Planning and Transportation employs several sources of information,
including annual census data.
School has been identified in the CBE’s 2018-2021 SSAP.
our school part of the 2018-2021 SSAP?
Your school’s student enrolment will be affected by the opening of a new
school nearby. Opening new schools means some students are able to attend classes
closer to home, but it also creates excess space in the schools they previously
attended. Accommodation planning is a collaborative process that allows us to
carefully manage scenarios like this and consider all practical options.
are some of the possible changes we could see?
If the new school is in the same community as your school, it may
require a change to one or more of the school’s attendance areas or grade
configuration changes between existing schools in the community.
If the new school is in a new and developing community which
currently attends your school, one of the following changes may be required:
from the community where the school is being built will be designated to the
school when it opens.
alternate use for the excess space could be identified for your school (e.g.
accommodate students from a different new and developing community, lease of
space, other CBE programming or CBE administrative use).
configuration changes between existing schools in the community.
When will we know
Some accommodation challenges identified on the 2018-2021
SSAP will require attention this fall. Some will be monitored and may not
require action for a year or two or even longer. If a change is required at
your school, you will be notified well in advance.
will students, parents and staff be involved?
Sometimes there are options to be explored with school communities before a
decision is made. Other times there is really only one possible solution, which
means school communities will not have opportunity for input on the decision.
The appropriate level of involvement is determined by guidelines in the CBE’s
community engagement framework, called Dialogue.
How will you
communicate with us when you know more?
School principals will take the lead in circulating
information to their school communities, using methods familiar to them. When more
information is available, your principal will communicate directly with you via
email or a printed letter. The school will also post updated information to the
school website, share information at school council meetings and communicate
through other methods as needed.
How will you
communicate with families new to our school?
Information will be provided at the time of registration to
help families understand that the school has been identified on the SSAP and
there could be changes affecting the school in the future.
How can I learn more
about the SSAP and how the CBE manages space for students?
Visit our Managing
Space for Students page on the CBE website. If that information doesn’t
answer your questions, please email email@example.com.
What if I have other
questions specific to my school?
Please contact your school principal. They will also be
sharing information about this at their November school council meetings.
Principals may not be able to answer all the questions you
have but will work with others at the CBE to provide school communities with
the information that is important and relevant to them.
October 1, 2018
We would like to start by introducing ourselves. I am Cheryl Whittaker and am assuming the
position of Acting Principal at Nose Creek School while Mrs. Shellenberg is on
leave. I had an opportunity to get to
know the students, staff and community last year while assuming the acting
principal position when Mrs. Shellenberg was away on the Japan school trip. It
is a privilege to be back at Nose Creek School to work with such incredible students, wonderful
dedicated staff, and supportive families that are part of the school’s learning
am Rod Bauer, the new Assistant Principal at Nose Creek School. As September has
come and gone I have been able to meet and talk to numerous student and parents
alike. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the last month and look forward to working with
everyone as the year processes.
Our school year commenced September 4, when we
welcomed our returning students and our incoming grade four students. During
welcome week all students participated in the daily theme activities. There are
currently approximately 930 students grades 4-9 at Nose Creek School.
September also held a number of events including our
Welcome Back Breakfast, Meet the Teacher, Monster Truck, senior volleyball tournament, Escape Room, band clinic, Healthy
Hunger Lunch, sponsored by school council FANS, and Run for the Cure. Run for the Cure offered a weeklong list of
activities and the school raised over $14,000 for breast cancer research. This
year Nose Creek School was recognized for raising the most money by a school in
Calgary. Soccer, cross-country and volleyball have also been occurring this
During the year we will be holding fire drills and
practice lock downs. When we conduct
these drills we reinforce behaviours that will assist us should we need to use
them in a real emergency. Our staff
members are well trained and will respond appropriately to situations that may
arise. During September we held our first
Office hours are Monday thru Thursday 8:00 to 3:30 and
Fridays 8:00 to 1:00. If you need to
contact a staff member outside of these hours please leave a message on the main
office line or on the staff member’s direct line. If your child needs to be
contacted during instructional times please call the main office and a message
will be relayed to your child. Please
refrain from calling or texting your child directly during instructional hours.
Should you have questions about the educational
program for your child please talk with your child’s homeroom teacher, grade
level learning leader, Ms. Tudin (Resource Teacher), Mr. Rod Bauer (Assistant
Principal), or Cheryl Whittaker (Acting Principal). We will be pleased to answer your
questions. All grade level teachers and
learning leaders’ names are located on the Nose Creek School website. Each
teacher also has their own blog to provide information of current program of
studies and upcoming events.
We have had the great pleasure of
meeting with school council. If any
parents or guardians would like to be part of Nose Creek’s School Council we
meet the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm in the school’s learning
commons. Nose Creek
dynamic group of people that work together to promote excellence in education
at our school. We discuss the
“happenings” at the school, review goals and directions established in the
School Renewal and Development Plan, and participate in conversation about
programs and activities for our students.
is vital to the school community. Their
hard work and efforts allow for many of the events and programs at the school
to take place. When our
parents (and other interested folks) volunteer, funds are raised to enhance the
educational program at the school. Nose
Creek staff very much appreciates the efforts of volunteers to assist in the
education of our students.
Volunteers are vital to our school and the school is always looking for more. There are a variety of capacities where
volunteers are required: fieldtrips, projects/special assignments in
classrooms, assisting in classrooms with miscellaneous needs, reshelving books
in our library, creating displays, to name a few. In order to volunteer at Nose Creek School you need
to have a current police clearance with the Calgary Board of Education and have
filled out a Volunteer Registration form.
If you have already had a police check done, they are good for 5 years. Please
check with the main office to ensure this paperwork is current. We welcome
volunteers and appreciate their hard work.
A few reminders for upcoming events.
- Picture day is tomorrow Tuesday, October 2nd.
- Escape Room Showcase is October 4th.
- There will also be no school Monday, October 8th for
- Riverwatch field study for grade 8 students is on Thursday, October 11th.
- School council meets on October 16, at 6:30.
- Our first round of vaccinations is Wednesday, October 17th.
- Junior volleyball tournament will be October 18th - 20th.
- Camp Horizon grade nine trip will be on Thursday, October 25th.
- Our second system non-instructional day will occur on Friday, October 26th.
There will be no school for students on non-instructional days.
We would like to take this opportunity to express our
gratitude and honour in being able to work with your student and yourselves as Assistant
Principal and Acting Principal at Nose Creek School.
C. Whittaker Rod Bauer
Nose Creek School
Nose Creek School
Friday, September 21, 2018
Please see the below updates
and changes to the School Immunization Program from Alberta Health Services.
With your consent, children in Grades 1 to 9 who are missing immunizations
will be offered immunizations at school.
On October 17,
students in grades 4-8 that require vaccines will be called down as well as
any grade 9 student starting a series of vaccinations (students new to
country or behind on the routine vaccine schedule).)
On January 23, all
grade 9 students will be called down for those needing their dTap,
Meningococcal vaccine as well as students in other grades requiring further
vaccines or that were away during the first round.
There will be a third round
of vaccines in the spring-date to be determined, and this will include any
students in all grades requiring second or third doses of vaccinations or
needing catching up due to absences during the previous rounds.
Changes and Updates to
the School Immunization Program
Alberta Health has made
changes to the school immunization program that will take effect in the
2018/19 school year.
What is changing?
HBV and HPV vaccines
Currently in Alberta, Grade 5
students are offered three doses of vaccine for Hepatitis B (HBV) and three
doses of vaccine for Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Alberta is moving from
a three-dose vaccine schedule in Grade 5 to a two-dose vaccine schedule in
Grade 6 for both HBV and HPV vaccines. Alberta Health has made this
change to align with the evidence, which shows that administering two doses
at least six months apart will provide children with good protection against
Hepatitis B and Human Papillomavirus diseases.
The Grade 9 school
immunization program including the diphtheria, tetanus and acellular
pertussis (dTap) and Meningococcal (MenC-ACYW) vaccines will continue to be offered.
The HBV vaccine given in a
two-dose series is approved for children 11 years up to and including 15
years of age. In Alberta, the majority of students are 11 years of age
in Grade 6, therefore HBV immunizations will be offered in Grade 6 rather than
The HPV vaccine given in a
two-dose series is approved for children 9 years up to and including 14 years
of age who have a well-functioning immune system. HPV immunizations
will be offered at the same time as the HBV vaccine, in Grade 6 rather than
Grade 5. A three-dose series will continue to be offered to students
with compromised immune systems.
In the 2018/19 school year,
public health nurses will be reviewing the immunization records of all
Alberta students from Grades 1 to 9 to assess immunization status. You
will be contacted if your child is missing immunization information.
With your consent, your child
can be offered the immunizations they are missing at school. You will
continue to have the final decision on immunizing your child.
As per current practice, if a
highly contagious vaccine-preventable disease, such as measles, occurs at
school, children with missing immunization information or declined
immunization may be excluded from school to protect their health. In some
cases, children may need to stay home for several weeks.
Below is an outline of the
changes that will occur to the school immunization program in the 2018/19 and
2019/20 school years.
2018/2019 School Year
Students in Grade 5 will not
be immunized with the HPV and HBV vaccines, as they will be offered the
vaccines the following year in Grade 6.
With your consent, children
in Grades 1 to 9 who are missing immunizations will be offered immunizations
2019/2020 School Year
Students in Grade 6 will be
offered immunization with the HPV and HBV vaccines as a two-dose series.
With your consent, children
in Grades 1 to 9 who are missing immunizations will be offered immunizations
Alberta Health Services,
Public Health will work closely with the schools and school authorities to
ensure that immunization does not interfere with students taking the
Provincial Achievement Tests.
More information on
immunization and Alberta’s routine immunization schedule and changes to the
school immunization program is available at www.health.alberta.ca/health-info/immunization.html
If you have any questions
about immunizing your child, please contact your school’s public health
nurse, call 811 or visit http://immunizealberta.ca/.
Alberta Health Services
Cheryl Whittaker, Acting Principal
Rod Bauer, Assistant Principal
Hello and welcome to our new website!!
The change is part of a system-wide upgrade of all CBE school websites to a new standard. While any technology change takes some getting used to, we hope you'll appreciate the new features such as being able to view it on your smart phone, and being able to find anything on the site using the search tool at the top of the page.
I invite you to explore the pages and check back often for the most current information about Nose Creek School. You can also watch this space for periodic updates and announcements of school-wide importance. As always, should you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me anytime.
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