Mar 25
March/April Post

As a community, we have met many challenges during this school year; however, we have also achieved many successes.  Our students are resilient, compassionate young learners.  They show care and kindness to each other in an environment of mask wearing, physical distancing, hand sanitizing and “air" hugging.  We marvel at the way our students accept new ways of learning through virtual presentations, google classroom assignments, classroom tasks and school wide virtual celebrations.  

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enbrooke Meadows students come to school ready to learn because of the on-going time commitment our families pour into their own children's learning.  Parents, thank you for continuing to support your child's education.  When parents, families and educators work together, we can ensure that all students feel welcomed, safe and supported at school.

We are all partners in education!  

Below are a few reminders and calendar updates for March and April.

Spring:  Now that it is spring, it is lighter outside in the mornings.  We have noticed that students are arriving earlier than the relaxed entry time of 7:45 a.m.  There will be no access into the school before 7:45 a.m.  Please do not send your child(ren) to school early as there is no supervision outside until 7:45 am. 

 

Parking Lot:  Calgary Board of Education signs are posted at the entrance of the parking lot allowing only CBE employee parking access.  Please do not park or drive into the parking lot to drop off or pick up your children.  Please adhere to the posted signs for the safety of all our school community.

Masks:  Please send your child(ren) to school each day with a clean mask. Your support in supplying your own child with a clean mask is greatly appreciated. 

Water bottle:  Parents, please send your child with a clean, plastic water bottle for school.  Due to Covid restrictions, water fountains are closed for drinking.  Students are only able to fill their own plastic water bottle with water. Thank you. 

Thursday, March 25 – Parent Evening Conferences

Friday, March 26 – Parent Conferences, No School for Student
Monday, March 29 Monday, April 5 – Spring Break
Tuesday, April 6 – School resumes

Wednesday, April 21 – School Council Virtual meeting (Microsoft Teams link sent on April 21)

Monday, April 26 – Professional Development Day – No school for students

The staff at Penbrooke Meadows would like to wish our families a safe, healthy and restful spring break.

Take care

Respectfully,

Karon Hayes                                             
Principal                                                    


Jan 25
January/February Principal Message


Dear Penbrooke Meadows Families, 

We want to thank all of our Penbrooke Meadows Families for the remarkable work and effort you have done to support your children and our school community. The year 2020 was an interesting year with many challenges along with wonderfully unexpected highlights. We are truly blessed to be part of such a caring and supportive community. Together we have had to pivot from in-school learning to online learning. All staff have sincerely appreciated the kindness & patience we have received from families. We wish every one of you all the best for 2021!

Valentine's Day: Due to covid-19 and endeavouring, to avoid transmission, Valentine's Day will be acknowledged a little differently this year. We request that you do not send your child with cards (store bought or homemade) to exchange between their classroom friends. We continue to follow health measures as set out in Scenario 1 (In-School Learning).

As always, Penbrooke Meadows adheres to the Calgary Board of Education nutrition policy. This policy ensures that all food choices provided by the school, establish an environment that is safe, caring and conducive to learning. It is important that we respond to a variety of food and health concerns such as sensitivity to food and nut allergies, cultural restrictions and unknown food additives that may affect student health. Therefore, we ask that you refrain from sending any food/snacks/treats for Valentine's Day. We appreciate your understanding and support to ensure that as a community, the health and safety of all of our students remains a priority.

School Council virtual meeting: Your input and parent voice matters! Please find the meeting link in January 25 – School Messenger to parents.

As we leave January and move into February, below are dates that affect our school community.

​January 27 – School Council virtual meeting @5:30 p.m.

January 29 – Non-Instructional Day – No school for students

February 1 – Paper Copy Report Cards will be sent home (face to face instruction only – Hub students as per requested by a parent)

February 2 – Report Cards available on line through MyCBE

February 3 – Spring Photo Day

February 11/12 – Teachers' Convention – No school for students

February 15 – Family Day – No school

February 17 – School Council virtual meeting @ 5:30 p.m.

Please continue to check our website for the most recent information and updates. https://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/penbrookemeadows/Pages/default.aspx

We are committed to practicing open communication with our families and school community. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you want to book an appointment to speak with your child's teacher and/or administration. Our goal is to provide the best possible learning experience for your child. As partners in education, we can do this effectively with your involvement, your feedback and your voice.

 

Sincerely,

Karon Hayes Kim MacLeod Principal Assistant Principal


Dec 03
Principal Message – December 2020

​We have the most resilient and caring children at Penbrooke Meadows. Each day, we get to witness how children care for themselves and others by wearing masks without complaint. We observe children practicing physical distancing in physical education classes and playing thoughtfully during recess. Our children have done a remarkable job of remaining at their desks during instruction, and putting on their masks when moving throughout their class or leaving the classroom when needed. Children routinely hand sanitize when entering the school and their classrooms. As a staff, we marvel everyday at the wonder of children, and how through their actions, they show sincere care, love and respect for themselves, each other and the school environment. Amazing young citizens! 

​Student Conferences

Virtual Conferences: December virtual conferences reflect the intentional work teachers do with your child to support learning, as well as children being able to represent their learning and share their goals with their families. Thank you to all the parents who were able to schedule and attend the virtual conferences. Should you need support in booking conferences, please call the school office for assistance. If you are unable to attend the virtual conferences, please contact your child’s teacher. 

​January

​We anticipate a return to in-person classes on Monday, January 11th. We would like to highlight that on-line learning will look much different than it did from March-June of 2020. Teachers will be providing instruction throughout the day utilizing Google Classroom, providing students with opportunities to complete tasks and we believe students will be following their typical classroom schedule. Students have been practicing weekly signing in, completing work and uploading their assignments on Google Classroom so this should be relatively easy for students. Please check your messenger and our school website for more information in the coming days. 

​Upcoming Dates

Please check the school website for upcoming school events and dates to remember. 

December 3: Evening virtual conferences: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. December 4: Day virtual conferences: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
December 18: Early dismissal, Last day of in-person school for students January 4 – 8: At home learning for grade K-5/6 begin
January 11: In-person school classes Resume 
January 20: School Council virtual meeting @ 5:30 p.m.
January 29: Professional Development Day – no school for students

Parents, thank you for doing your part to keep everyone in our school community safe and healthy by sending your child to school with a clean mask and their own water bottle. Your support is sincerely appreciated.

​Well Wishes

Our staff would like to send best wishes to all of our Penbrooke Meadows school families for a safe holiday break. We hope that you will take this time to care for yourself and your family. We look forward to seeing everyone back in January 2021, ready and excited to continue learning. Please continue to check our website for the most recent information and updates. https://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/penbrookemeadows/Pages/default.aspx
Take good care, Respectfully Penbrooke Meadows Staff​

Nov 03
November News

Relaxed Entry

Our relaxed entry times are 7:45 – 8:00 a.m.  There will be student leaders at student doors during this time, as well as teacher supervision outside.  Your child will be able to enter the school through their door during relaxed entry times and go to their classrooms.  Their teachers will be supervising in their classroom.  After 8:00 a.m., all student doors will be locked. If you arrive after 8:00 a.m., please come to the front doors of the school and ring the bell for access into the building.
Inside the front doors, there is a hand sanitizing station to ensure regular hand sanitizing protocol is maintained. Your child will be required to stop at the office to advise office personnel that they have arrived.  We then encourage your child to go directly to their class. 

Dress for the Winter Weather

Of course with November, the colder weather sets in and the need for appropriate winter clothing is necessary.  Please ensure that your child has winter boots, gloves, hat/toque, snow pants and a winter coat labelled with their names on it. Children will continue to go outside for classroom and lunch recesses.  Should the temperature approach -21 degrees Celsius, with a wind chill, then students will be kept inside.  This is in line with Calgary Board of Education guidelines in which students must be prepared for outside activities in winter conditions not exceeding a temperature of -25 degrees Celsius.

Lost and Found

Just a reminder that the school can no longer have an area at the school to store lost and found items. If your child does leave any items behind, we can only return the items to them if their name is on it.  If there is no name on an item, we will not be able to store it at the school, and will be obligated to dispose oflost items.

Nutrition Policy

Penbrooke Meadows adheres to the Calgary Board of Education nutrition policy. This policy ensures that all food choices provided by the school, establish an environment that is safe, caring and conducive to learning. It is important that we respond to a variety of food and health concerns such as sensitivity to food and nut allergies, cultural restrictions and unknown food additives that may impact student health. Therefore, we ask that you do not send any products containing nuts, peanuts, tree nuts or foods that may contain nuts, into the classroom.  We are a Nut-Free School, as many of our students do have nut allergies.  We appreciate your understanding and support to ensure that as a community, the health and safety of all of our students remains a priority.
We have a few events that are happening this month and early December that we would like you to be aware of:

  • Monday, November 9:  Photo Retakes
  • Tuesday, November 10:  Remembrance Day virtual assembly.
  • Wednesday, November 11:  Remembrance Day – School Closed – Staff and Students
  • Wednesday, November 18 at 5:30 p.m.:  School Council invitation virtual meeting
  • Friday, November 20:  Non-Instructional Day – No School for students
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences:  December 3 & 4, 2020

We are committed to practicing open communication with our families and school community.  Please do not hesitate to contact us should you want to book an appointment to speak with your child’s teacher and/or administration.  Our goal is to provide the best possible learning experience for your child.  As partners in education, we can do this effectively with your involvement, your feedback and your voice.

Please continue to check our website for any school and/or system updates.

Thank you

Sincerely,

Karon Hayes, Principal

Kim MacLeod, Assistant Principal


Oct 20
Winter is Fast Approaching | October News

Dear Families,

Winter is fast approaching!  Parents, please ensure your child comes to school dressed for the cold weather.  Each day, children go outside for recess and daily physical activity.  Children will need gloves/mittens, snow pants, winter coats, winter boots and hats/toques for the Calgary weather.

Aligning with AHS Covid-19 health guidelines, we no longer have an area at the school to store lost and found items. If your child does leave any items behind, we can only return the items to them if their name is on it.  If there is no name on an item, we will not be able to store it at the school, and will be obligated to dispose of lost items. 

Halloween will look different this year at Penbrooke Meadows.  As part of Scenario 1 – AHS School Safe guidelines, our school will not have a school wide assembly or costume parade for Halloween. Instead, we have three options that staff and students can choose to do on the last full instruction day of October - Thursday, October 29:   

​1. Wear Orange/Black day;
2. Crazy Hat day;
3. Crazy Hair day.

Reminder:  Friday, October 30 is a System Wide Professional Development day – No school for all students.  

Penbrooke Meadows adheres to the Calgary Board of Education nutrition policy. This policy ensures that all food choices provided by the school, establish an environment that is safe, caring and conducive to learning. It is important that we respond to a variety of food and health concerns such as sensitivity to food and nut allergies, cultural restrictions and unknown food additives that may impact student health. Therefore, we ask that you refrain from sending treats, baked goods and/or store purchased food items for your child to share with their classmates. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept these items and will return them to you. We appreciate your understanding and support to ensure that as a community, the health and safety of all of our students remains a priority. 

We are committed to practicing open communication with our families and school community.  Please do not hesitate to contact us should you want to book an appointment to speak with administration and/or your child’s teacher.  Our goal is to provide the best possible learning experience for your child.  As partners in education, we can do this effectively with your involvement, your feedback and your voice.

Please check the school website for upcoming school events and dates to remember. 

Sincerely,

Karon Hayes, Principal

Kim MacLeod, Assistant Principal


Sep 18
Successful Start to the School Year!

We have had a successful start to a new school year!  It has been wonderful to see children and families once again, and to welcome our new families to Penbrooke Meadows School.

Parents, as you know, this year brings many changes for each and every one of us.  You may have noticed that communications are being sent to you through a variety of methods.  Some of you may receive the same communication many times, which might be somewhat frustrating.  Please know that we would rather over communicate timely information to our school community to ensure that all families are contacted quickly.  Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter.

In addition to COVID-19 related safety and health protocols in our school, we do need to remind our families about other health and safety measures we practice.

  1. Penbrooke Meadows Re-Entry plan reminder that students can not share any food or drinks. Children bring their own food and water bottle to school.
  2. Penbrooke Meadows adheres to the Calgary Board of Education nutrition policy regarding food being brought into the school.  Please do not send treats, baked goods and/or store purchased food items for your child to share with their classmates.
  3. Penbrooke Meadows asks that you do not send any products/lunches containing nuts (peanuts or tree nuts) into the school.  We do have members in our school community with severe nut allergies/sensitivities.
  4. Penbrooke Meadows follows Emergency Response procedures and will conduct 6 Fire Drill practices and 2 Lockdown practices throughout the school year. Fire Drill and a Lockdown Practice will be conducted this fall. More information to follow through school messenger and your child(ren)’s Google Classrooms.

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be done virtually this year.  Teachers will be sharing important information about classrooms electronically.  More information to come through school messenger.

Communication is a priority for us.  Please do not hesitate to contact us should you want to book a telephone or virtual appointment to speak with administration and/or your child’s teacher.  Our goal is to provide the best learning experience for your child.  As partners in education, we can do this effectively with your involvement, your feedback and your voice.

Please review the Re-Entry Plan and School Calendar at the links provided below.

Penbrooke Meadows Re-Entry Plan
Penbrooke Meadows Monthly Calendar

Thank you

Sincerely,

Karon Hayes, Principal & Kim MacLeod, Assistant Principal.


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