Nov 17
Mid November Update

The first couple weeks of November have been busy with learning throughout the building and online.  Below are some updates related to our Remembrance Day Assembly, Parent Teacher Interviews, COVID processes, and Jacket Racket.

Our Remembrance Day Assembly looked a little different this year.  However, with the collective efforts of staff and students, we were able to have a Remembrance Day “Assembly" together while still staying apart.  With the use of our PA system, classroom student emcees, and a common presentation put together by our Remembrance Day Team and coordinated by all the staff, we were able to have a synchronous assembly without leaving our classroom cohorts.  The collective efforts of everyone to make it work demonstrated the strength of our Kodiak SPIRIT. 

Parent Teacher Interviews on Thursday, November 19 will also look different as we all transition to a new way of having interviews online.  We have been working hard to make sure everything is in place for it to go as smoothly as possible.  That being said, there is a possibility of technical glitches.  We appreciate your patience as we work through these new processes.  If for some reason your interview is interrupted by technical issues, the teacher(s) will be reaching out to connect with those individuals some other way and/or time on Thursday or Friday.

COVID-19 update: I just want to clarify the process for identified positive cases of COVID-19 that has recently changed.  When we receive communication regarding someone in NCS getting a positive test result, there is a process that we follow that helps determine if there are any staff or students that would be considered close contacts.  If there are, then communication goes to those individuals first providing them with directions to isolate.  Then a communication is provided to the whole community that there has been a reported positive case.  The second communication to the whole community is for information purposes only and does not require action.  Only those with the specific dates of isolation need to take action.  I hope this helps clarify the communications that have been sent out recently.   

Thank you to all the NCS students and staff who donated jackets to the Jacket Racket.  Over 175 jackets were collected to be donated!  NCS is lucky to be part of such a supportive and caring community.


Catherine Shellenberg, Principal

Oct 27
End of October Update

It is hard to believe that we are already at the end of October.  Halloween at school will look different this year.  Unfortunately, to maintain our cohorts and guidelines, we have had to cancel our usual Halloween activities.  Individual classes and teachers may choose to do something.  Please reach out to your child's teachers if you have questions about that.  Reminder that Friday, October 30 is a PD Day.

As has already been communicated, we have had our first positive case of COVID-19.  Thankfully, we have worked hard to maintain cohorts and COVID guidelines.  Due to these processes, we were able to clearly identify the close contacts.  Those students and staff identified were able to quickly pivot to online learning during their time of required precautionary isolation.  As processes and procedures are updated by AHS and then CBE, we will also continue to update our processes.  We appreciate the support of families in reinforcing the importance of wearing a mask and physical distancing.  

​Catherine Shellenberg, Principal



Sep 23
Thanks T&T Supermarket for the masks donation

​It is hard to believe that we are already three weeks into the school year.  All families should have received email information from their student's teacher(s), whether it be for in person learning or Hub learning, introducing themselves and giving some information about the year and their programs as well as contact information.  Despite the “new normal" and the processes and guidelines related to learning through a global pandemic, we are happy to be reconnecting with students and engaging them in their learning.  I am sure things will evolve and adjust as we progress through the year. 

In support of our program, I would like to recognize and thank T&T Supermarket for their generous and thoughtful donation of 12000 masks to our school.  It is their way to help us maintain safe operations in the school for students and staff.  These single use masks will allow us to provide a temporary solution for students who have forgotten their mask, or a disposable option for staff as required.

Happy Learning,

Catherine Shellenberg, Principal  


Aug 26
Staggered Start to the 2020-21 School Year

​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.  


Jun 15
June Update

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 appeals.
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 activities
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!
Be safe,
Mrs. Shellenberg, Principal
Mar 20
Thinking About You

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.

 

Kind regards,

Cathy Shellenberg

Principal​

Jan 07
Principal Message - Changes to RTI

​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.    

Sincerely,
Cathy​ Shellenberg
Principal, Nose Creek School

Nov 05
Congratulations

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.

 

Sep 10
Welcome Back

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. 
 
 
Oct 25
Three-Year System Student Accommodation Plan (SSAP)


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.

Nose Creek School has been identified in the CBE’s 2018-2021 SSAP.

Why is 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.

What 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:

§  Students from the community where the school is being built will be designated to the school when it opens.

§  An 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).

§  Grade configuration changes between existing schools in the community.

When will we know more?

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.

 

How 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 accommodation@cbe.ab.ca.

 

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. ​

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