Sep 29
A Great September at Riverside

Oki,

It has been a busy month settling into new grades, starting field studies, team sports and intramurals again and meeting our families at Conferences.

We are so glad to have parents joining us at our School Council meeting and love having parents again on outdoor walking field studies.  Thank you for your support with keeping our students safe, supporting your children at outdoor games and meets and continuously bringing care and consideration to our school community and the community at large.  

We have welcomed Elder Saa'kokoto to work with all students and we are working with the CBE Indigenous Education Team and Senior Leadership to move the work of the name change forward. At present, we are doing the background work for the exterior signage removal and will keep you updated once we have some timelines set. We will be engaging our community in new school logo/ design with the goal of having new Riverside signage in place by spring.

We encourage you to come by the school to see the art installation that went up today. We are so grateful for the voices of our students who came to us with this idea, and equally please to consult with Elder Saa'kokoto on the project.  This statement from our students speaks to the heart, passion and importance of the work. We couldn't be more proud!

Artist's Statement

Riverside's Grade Nine students have devoted time and effort to lay new art across the concrete Langevin signs on and around the school. Our inspiration is about moving forward and finding a way to make an impact on the community of Bridgeland without leaving a permanent mark on the land. The students and teachers found a way to incorporate many of their ideas and their own unique abilities to make the art. This represents all the time the students have spent learning about the past events, reconciling all the actions that have been taken, and it is a symbol of “remembering the past, but moving on towards a better future" to “respect, listen, and learn". Our hope is to spread awareness about our name change and reconciliation, and we invite you as our community to participate in this journey with all of us.

“Issuihtaa" is the Blackfoot name for Riverside.

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See the art installation here!


Aug 27
Welcome Back!

We are so excited to open the school next week and welcome students back! Teachers are busy meeting and planning for instruction and happily, we will be able to start field studies again. 

We have posted information for families detailing back to school information on the website.

Our School Council meetings are highly efficient and a lot of fun.. We have a dynamic team of parents who make a huge difference in our community. We will continue to be virtual meetings. More information and minutes from meetings are posted on our website.  A meeting link is sent via School Messenger to all families prior to meetings.

The first meeting will be Thursday September 16, 2021. We hope you can join us!

We are welcoming a number of new teaching staff this fall, all bringing a deep love of science and a wide breadth of experiences! As always, our staff remains highly professional, caring and curious beyond measure. Our School Development Plan will continue to focus on developing improved student wellness and communication skills through relationship building, inquiry and journaling.

We hope to see you outside at drop off, pick up and when we start our field studies again.

Watching students find joy in learning continues to propel us forward. Our hope is that we keep healthy and remain flexible, careful and wise.  

We are coming back strong, glad you are with us!

Nancy L Gillott

Jun 07
Name Change and Next Steps

Dear Families,

Welcome to Riverside School!

Thank you for your ongoing support as we work through the news that the CBE Board of Trustees has changed the name of our school. This name is not a temporary name, and effective immediately, our school will be known as Riverside School. We will continue to offer the Science Alternative Program.

Though this change is effective immediately, the CBE will phase in implementation of the changes over the next several months to allow us to focus on learning during the remaining weeks of the school year.

Over the course of the next few months, you may still see the Langevin School name. This is not an oversight, we are working through a process to make the changes necessary and this will take time. We know that these changes will continue into the 2021-22 school year.

There is a tremendous amount of administrative work that will be required to support this change. This includes signage, the name in the technical systems that the CBE uses, like PowerSchool and School Messenger, and materials/processes consistent with the already established CBE guidelines.

It is important that students and the community are involved in building our identity as Riverside School. While we are committed to creating opportunities for input moving forward, student learning and stability are the priority right now. This work will be ongoing into the new school year.

In June, the Board of Trustees will consider a new policy to address re-naming of schools across the CBE. If you are interested, please watch the CBE website at www.cbe.ab.ca for information and updates.

We are excited about working together and are committed supporting our welcoming and inclusive school community, under our new name. I will keep you updated over time about the transition process.

Thank you,

Nancy L. Gillott

Principal | Riverside School​


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