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Oct 16 Message


Dear OHS Families,  
We hope you enjoyed a lovely holiday weekend with your families and loved ones. Even if you could not come together in person, our hope is that you made connections with those who fill your bucket. We are thankful for each of our students, parents, and staff members who continue to make Olympic Heights a joyful place to be each and every day. Your support and commitment to support student learning is seen and appreciated greatly.  
 
Joy 
Our Learning Plaza continues to bring a source of Joy for students as they walk by each day. Students and staff members have contributed videos, photos, and music to display on our tv as they walk by throughout the day. We are part of such a talented learning community and it has been a pleasure to see their hard work on display. Thank you to the staff members who continue to support this work.  
 
Important: Current Email on File 
It is imperative that the school has an updated and current email on file at the office. In the event of a Positive Covid-19 case at the school you will be notified by AHS by email only and no longer a phone call. If you need to update your email please call the office. 
 
Music Updates 
In Music this month, students have been working on connecting music with expression. Students have studied a variety of pieces, describing their moods through art, text and discussion. They have also explored how music can enhance a story or film. We have been applying this connection between music and expression by choosing the best pieces of music to fit a story or scenes in a movie.  
 
Students have also been reviewing and learning new rhythmic concepts at their grade level. Students have been reading, writing, dictating, creating and playing our rhythms. As an alternative to singing, students have been learning poems and chants to still enjoy music together as a class and practice speaking to rhythm.  
Moving towards November, students in division 1 will begin to play with rhythmic instruments, and continue to learn poems, chants, and explore movement along to music. Students in division 2 will be working with a variety of instruments to prepare for our cover of a Canadian song as part of the CBC Music Class Challenge. 
 
Fun Lunch is Coming! 
We are so pleased to announce that we are able to hold Fun Lunches again this year through Healthy Hunger! Strict protocols are in place to ensure food is individually wrapped and handled safely. As parent volunteers are not able to help this year, our school staff will ensure a smooth delivery. Our first Fun Lunch will be Pizza on October 29. This will coincide with our Halloween celebration day. Watch for more updates next week! 
 
Picture Day 
Our students came dressed to impress for Picture Day yesterday. The day ran very smoothly. Three photographers from Lifetouch remained socially-distanced from students and masked at all times. You can expect to see these photos within the next few weeks. Thank you to our staff members who supported each class transition so this day could be a success.  
 
Grade 6 PATs – Cancelled 
The decision has been made to cancel Grade 6 PATs this year due to continued disruptions as a result of the current pandemic.  
Our school has made the decision for Grade 3 students to complete the written component of their Student Learning Assessment (SLA) in October. This information will serve as baseline data to support our School Development Plan.  
 
Cold-Weather Planning 
As the temperature continues to dip below what we have previously enjoyed the last few weeks, it is important students come to school dressed for the weather. This includes dressing in layers and ensuring that clothing and shoes are appropriate for changes in weather throughout the day. Many of our students continue to enjoy Phys Ed outside and will need to ensure footwear that is water and snow resistant.  
Have a wonderful weekend!
Sincerely, 
 
Olympic Heights School Staff
 

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875 Strathcona Dr SW Calgary, AB, T3H 2Z7
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Karen Barry
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Tiffany Austin
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Lori Cooper

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K-06
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