Nov 25
Principals Post November

Dear Families,

Please check the Penbrooke News Centre for school events and important dates. The following three important documents are posted on our School Website.

  1. Report to Parents/Guardians on Fees 2020 – 2021
  2. School Improvement Results Report 2020 – 2021
  3. School Development Plan 2021 – 2022

With the holiday season approaching and the continuation of COVID-19 health and safety restrictions, 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.

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.

We appreciate your understanding and support to ensure that as a community, the health and safety of all of our students remains a priority.

Penbrooke Meadows is committed to practicing open communication with our families and school community.  Teachers communicate through email, telephone calls, face to face conversations, School Messenger and Google Classroom. When school wide communication is necessary, the school communicates through School Messenger, Notes/Letters home to Parents and our school website.

We encourage you to contact your child's teacher should you have any questions or concerns.  If you need to speak with administration, please call the school office to book an appointment to speak with 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

 


Sep 27
September Principal's Post

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Regular school attendance has a huge impact on a student's academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life.

We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. When students miss too much school it can cause them to fall behind academically.  Regular school attendance is an important life skill on the path to graduation and future employment.

Did you know?

  • By grade 3, students with regular attendance are more likely to read at grade level. 
  • By grade 6, regular attendance is a predictor of high school completion. 
  • By grade 9, regular attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than test scores.    

Please ensure that your child attends school every day and arrives on time.   Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:

  • Listen and show an interest in your child's day.
  • Encourage your child to do well in school and praise their success.
  • Help your child maintain daily routines such as, eating breakfast, turning off electronics two hours before bedtime and going to bed early.
  • If possible try to schedule dental and medical appointments after school hours or on days off from school.
  • Send your child to school unless sick.
  • It may be a concern if your child is often sick, complains about going to school and/or struggles with school work.
  • Ask for help from the school before the problem gets too big. No problem is too small.

 Let us know how we can best support you and your child so they can attend school regularly and punctually. 

If you have any questions or need more information please contact us.  (403) 777-8230 #0​

Respectfully,

 Karon Hayes, Principal

 

 

 

 


Aug 17
August Principal's Message

Dear Families

Welcome back to Penbrooke Meadows!

    The first day of school is on Tuesday, August 17, 2021.  At this time, mandatory masking will remain in place for all staff and students. Students riding yellow buses will also need to wear masks. (LEAD program only) Parents, please send your child to school daily with a clean, sanitized mask.

In addition, students, staff and families can expect the following health measures to be in place when classes begin:

  • Students and staff will still be expected to use the daily checklist to identify if they should attend or stay home
  • Staying home when sick – students and staff who present with COVID-
  • 19 symptoms are strongly recommended to stay at home until symptoms resolve
  • Proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of high traffic/touch areas
  • Enhanced ventilation in schools
  • Classroom cohorts in kindergarten to Grade 6
  • No visitors, volunteers or external partners in schools at the start of the school year


We would like to welcome three new teachers to our school community.  Ms. Roberto in grade 2/3; Ms. McCowan in Kindergarten and Ms. Hooper in LEAD and Literacy learning.

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.

We are all looking forward to a new school year, and are excited to welcome new families and students to our school community.


Sincerely,

Karon Hayes, Principal                                               

​​Kim MacLeod, Assistant Principal


Jun 11
June - Principal Message

We have had another remarkable year at Penbrooke Meadows!  September began with a new re-entry health and safety plan consisting of mask wearing, hand sanitizing, physical distancing and cohort classroom arrangements.  Our students persevered through the new restrictions as thoughtful, kind and caring citizens.  We are so proud of our student community of learners.

The staff at Penbrooke Meadows would like to thank you, the parents and families, for all of the extra time and effort you have put in to helping your children learn from home.  Since the beginning of the year, teachers have prepared students to become familiar with google classroom, educational learning sites, uploading completed assignments and work while at school.  With your assistance, your child experienced success as learning pivoted from in-person learning to online learning with little disruption.  We appreciate your ongoing support!

Each year, we are grateful for the staff members who are dedicated to our school community.  We are thankful for the time we get to learn from each other and understand that some of our members will be moving on to other assignments and school locations.  It is with mixed emotions that we sadly say good bye to Mr. Jagrelius, Mrs. Gehmlich, Ms. Pacheco, Mrs. Barnes and Mr. Goring.  We will definitely miss all of their positive energy and enthusiasm.  We wish them all the very best in their next assignment.

Please join us for the last School Council Virtual meeting of the year.  Wednesday, June 16 @ 5:30.  A Microsoft TEAMs invite will be sent via School Messenger early next week.  We will be celebrating student learning and addressing street safety at the crosswalks.  Hopefully you will be able to attend and share your voice and feedback. 

We wish each of our students and families a safe and healthy summer.  Take time to care for yourself and each other.  It has been a most challenging year and you deserve a much-earned break.  Looking forward to what we hope will be a more “next to normal" school year in August.

See you then!

Penbrooke Meadows staff

​Dates to Remember

  • June 16 - School Council Virtual meeting @ 5:30 p.m.
  • June 18 - Welcome to Kindergarten–12:30 – 1:30 (front doors of school); View online presentation for more information 
  • June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day
  • June 25 - Sports Activity Day, Report Cards
  • June 29 - Appeal Day
  • August 17 - First day of school; View webpage for Back to School information & Penbrooke Meadows Modified Calendar​


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