As the school year comes to an end, we want to convey our great gratitude to our Penbrooke Meadows families. This year had so many challenges, and each step of the way our families worked with the school community, so that we were able to continue teaching and learning with students. The positivity with which our families supported us through this year is greatly appreciated. I would also like to acknowledge and thank all of our Penbrooke Meadows School staff for their incredible work. The staff at Penbrooke Meadows is a group of people who are passionate about their work in service of all students.
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.
Ms. Jolivette will be leaving to join Janet Johnstone School to teach a new group of students; Mr. Worton has completed his assignment at Penbrooke Meadows. He has done a great job supporting our students with additional literacy and mathematics learning. Thank you, Mr. Worton! Ms. McGowan will be returning to our school community from Cbe-Learn.
It is with mixed emotions that we sadly say good bye to Ms. Hatanaka, our amazing school Resource Teacher. We wish her the best in her retirement! We will also miss Mr. Nagato, Ms. Mona Lisa, and Ms. Jenny, our fantastic facility operators. We appreciate how they have kept our school safe, clean and functioning throughout the two years of a global pandemic. We will definitely miss all of their positive energy and enthusiasm.
All the best to the staff who are moving on to new adventures!
Penbrooke Meadows looks forward to continuing our work in Literacy, Mathematics and Well-Being in the fall. Information about school start- up will be sent out to families in August. Please continue to check our website for updates and new information. Our school calendar is also posted on our website. August 15 - First day of school; View webpage for Back to School information & Penbrooke Meadows Modified Calendar
During the summer months, we ask that we all remember to do our Four Pillars of Care:
Take care of yourself; Take care of each other; Take care of our planet; Take care of the joy of learning.
Karon, Kim and the Penbrooke Meadows School Staff
Learn and Share | Penbrooke Meadows School Planning
We know we make better decisions to support student learning when we build understanding and work together. That's why we'll be sharing information about school planning and asking you to share your perspectives.
During this online engagement, you will have the opportunity to:
1. Learn About
- School planning, which includes the school development plan, school budget and school fees
- How the school development plan sets the overall focus and direction for a school to improve student learning outcomes
- How the school budget provides funding to implement our school development plan
- School fees and why they are necessary
Share your perspectives through an online survey open from March 1, 2022 @ 12:00 a.m., closing March 15,2022 @ 11:59 p.m.
Penbrooke Meadows Planning Survey: https://penbrookemeadows.cbedialogue.com/en/projects/penbrooke-meadows-2021-2022-school-year
The online survey takes 5 – 7 minutes to complete. Please take time to complete the survey.
Karon Hayes, Principal
February Principal Message
We have a lot to celebrate at Penbrooke Meadows!
Throughout the month of February, we will be acknowledging Black History Month and the many contributions the black community has made and continues to make in Alberta, and our country.
As Valentine's Day approaches, we would like to remind our families that our school adheres to the Calgary Board of Education Nutrition Policy which recognizes the health and safety of all students. Therefore, we ask families to refrain from sending treats, baked goods and/or store purchased food items for your child to share with their classmates. Your understanding and support are greatly appreciated.
This year we are so excited that our students will be able to exchange Valentine Cards with their classmates. Teachers will send out a classroom note to families, outlining how the card exchanges will happen in their classroom. Please note that Valentine card exchanges is optional, and not an expectation for students/families.
Our next Special Parent School Council virtual meeting will take place Wednesday, February 16 at 5:30 p.m. (meeting link sent out on February 15). The purpose of this meeting is to gather feedback from parents on school planning, which includes the school development plan, school budget, and school fees. When students, staff and parents work closely together, students experience greater success. Please consider joining this meeting and the group of dedicated parents. Your voice and input are truly needed!
Dates to Remember |
- Feb 14 | Valentine's Day
- Feb 16 | Virtual School Council Meeting @ 5:30 p.m. (Link provided February 15th)
- Feb 17 | Teachers' Convention – no school for students
- Feb 18 | Teachers' Convention – no school for students
- Feb 21 | Family Day – no school
- Feb 22 | Literacy Weeks begins (February 22 – March 4)
- Feb 23 | Pink Shirt Day
- Feb 28 | Scholastic Book Fair (February 28 – March 4)
Keep in Touch
We are committed to practicing open communication with our families and school community. Contact the office should you want to book an appointment to speak with administration and/or your child's teacher.
Karon Hayes, Principal
Kim Macleod, Assistant Principal
Please check the Penbrooke News Centre for school events and important dates. The following three important documents are posted on our School Website.
- Report to Parents/Guardians on Fees 2020 – 2021
- School Improvement Results Report 2020 – 2021
- 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.
Karon Hayes Kim MacLeod
Principal Assistant Principal
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
Karon Hayes, Principal
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.
Karon Hayes, Principal
Kim MacLeod, Assistant Principal
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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