In keeping with the Alberta Teaching Quality Standard and the Leadership Quality Standard, the Calgary Board of Education has designated Monday, October 18 as a non-instructional day to support us in developing and applying foundational knowledge of First Nations, Metis, & Inuit cultures and ways of knowing for the benefit of all students. This work has been guided by Elders and Knowledge Keepers. All teachers, facilities, and support staff will be learning together, and we look forward to integrating new understandings and strengthening existing understandings and further integrating them into our community at Ron Southern.
It has been a wonderful start to the year. Students are already deeply engaged in the learning process, and teachers are enjoying getting to know our students as individuals and as learners, planning rich and engaging tasks that allow each child to persist in developing their skills. We are looking forward to our annual Terry Fox Run on Friday, September 17. A running schedule that protects student cohorts has been developed using our regular gym schedule and the run will take place over the course of the morning.
Our first Parent Society/School Council meeting will be held virtually on Wednesday September 22nd from 6:15pm to 8pm– the agenda will be as an Information Session for the upcoming Casino as well as the principal report. School Council meetings are a wonderful opportunity to learn about our school and student learning and we welcome all parents/guardians to join us at these meetings.
Dear Ron Southern Families,
We have officially completed our first week of learning and have thoroughly enjoyed having our students back with us. Our enrolment increased substantially this year, and we have loved meeting all of our new students from EES to Grade 6 and their families. All of our students have settled in to our covid-safety routines, including masking, sanitizing, and distancing with ease; we are so grateful for their dedication to keeping our school community safe.
School startup is a busy time of year, and our teachers are hard at work getting to know your children as learners. We want to ensure that we foster a love of learning, confidence, and resilience in our students from an early age, as this supports success through school.
We're happy to see our new picnic tables and benches being used on the playground, and we are seeing great interest from our students in accessing our new outdoor classroom space. We can't wait until the fences come down!
Startup packages (including demographics verification forms) will be sent home with students on Wednesday, September 8. Please ensure that you complete the forms within this package and return them to school with your child as soon as possible. These forms must be updated each year to ensure we have the most current contact information in case of an emergency.
For families with students who walk home for lunch, please note that these students should be returning to school at the end of their 40-minute lunch block. Lunch time supervision is only provided to students who are registered in our lunch program.
We are planning for our virtual/phone meet the teacher event on September 23/24. More information will be provided in an upcoming Trailblazer update. This will be an opportunity for parents to help us get to know their students, and parents of any students who have an individual program plan can provide input at this time to develop the document. IPPs will be sent home the first week of October.
A reminder that the CBE will recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30. All CBE schools will be closed.
Our school's Trailblazer Weekly Updates will be emailed to our families every Wednesday afternoon and posted on our school webpage. Please take the time to review these emails as they always include important information and will keep you up to date about events during the year. Here's to a wonderful school year ahead.
Thank you to all our wonderful Ron Southern families who have done an amazing job pivoting with us to online learning. It certainly has been a year like none other! A reminder that this is not emergency teaching as it was last spring. The expectations are more rigorous and students are expected to attend all classes and small group sessions. We do keep attendance for music and small groups as well as whole group classes. Absences create learning gaps for children which we want to avoid. If your family is struggling with the home learning requirements due to personal circumstances please connect with your child(ren)’s teacher(s) and we will come up with a solution to support your family. Similar to attending school in person, establish a regular routine of waking up early enough to eat a good breakfast, be dressed and ready for learning. We are working hard to ensure your children are having a quality learning experience. We would prefer to see their happy, eager faces in person but we must make the best out of a challenging situation. Thank you for your understanding and support.
We hope you had a relaxing Spring Break and had a chance to get outside to enjoy some nice weather. Thank you to our students for wearing blue yesterday to retroactively recognize World Autism Day, which occurred during the break. It’s so hard to believe we only have three months of school left! There is no doubt it has been a complex year but we are so proud of our students and community who have risen to the challenges that come with a pandemic. Spring is the time when we begin thinking about our plans for next year. We encourage you to attend School Council meetings in order to have the most up to date information about school budget and organization.
Dear Ron Southern Families;
We are past the mid-year point in the school year that has been like no other. Our students and teachers continue to attend to the academic rigor of the classroom through engaging and real-world issues which keeps us grounded in the learning process. I am so impressed with the learning that is occurring in our building – from wearing pink to demonstrate our understanding of the impact of bullying and the importance of kindness and empathy, to amazing projects that our hub students have engaged in, deep work around reconcillation from our grade 3 /4 team, community walks with the EES students and all our grades’ commitment to the work of improving student writing. Learning and the sense of community are thriving at Ron Southern.
On behalf of all the staff at Ron Southern School, we wish you and your family a happy new year! We hope you were all able to have a happy and restful break, to enjoy some of your family traditions, and to create some new ones in this time of COVID. We hope that during 2021 you will all be healthy and happy. We look forward to continued collaboration with you.
We are excited to welcome our students back to in-person learning starting on Monday, January 11, 2021. As we move into the next part of our school year we will continue to work on our school development plan goals of pre-writing and writing as well as respectful relationships and problem-solving.
Kindergarten registration for the 2021-22 school year is ongoing, and we look forward to welcoming our new students in September. Please contact the school should you have any questions regarding how to register.
Hello Ron Southern Families
I hope that everyone is doing well and that you have heard great things from your children about an amazing first week. It is so wonderful to have students back in the building ready to learn. I cannot believe how well our students adapted to the new protocols and embraced their learning. We would like to thank all of you for your support during this “new normal." It certainly is an adjustment for us all.
Currently, we have 304 students enrolled at Ron Southern: 45 of our students are in the hub online learning and 259 are learning in-school. All are valued members of our school community!
Everyone is learning new routines and getting to know one another. We appreciate the effort people are making to be physically distant when meeting outside at the beginning of the day and at the end of the day. We will continue using these meeting spots as part of our morning entry and after school dismissal for the foreseeable future. Using these meeting spots supports a distanced entry into and exit from the building. Our students use these same doors every time they enter or exit the building so everyone is spread out, limiting traffic. Please contact your child's teacher by email, if you would like your child to walk home alone or with an older or younger sibling. Kindergarten children must be accompanied home by an adult. Please remember the playground is closed for the 15 minutes before and after school (7:45-8:00am and 2:30-2:45pm) and to kindergarten students during the lunch break.
Teachers are busy getting their google classrooms set up. A link to google classroom will be found on the school web page under 'Teaching and Learning' and classrooms will include weekly learning plans and support resources in the event of an absence or for parent information. Kindergarten to grade 2 parents will be provided log in information for their child's google classroom. Grades 3 – 6 students know their own log in information and can provide this to you.
On September 24th and 25th, we are looking forward to meeting with families at conferences. We will be providing information soon regarding how conferences will be conducted. The opportunity for parents, teachers, and students to talk together about learning is very important. We will be sending a Parent Viewpoint document home next week that can be completed online and returned to teachers by email. The information you provide will help us get to know your children better.
Also, we will have a modified approach to our Terry Fox Run on Friday, September 18th and we will recognize Orange Shirt Day on Wednesday, September 30th.
Our School Council meets on the third Wednesday evening of every month. This is a great way to engage with other parents, ask questions and get involved in a different way with your child's school. The first meeting is being held on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 6:15pm in the school courtyard (weather permitting).
Please ensure students are dressed for the weather as we spend time outside in the morning, at lunch, at recess, and during physical education. Teachers are also maximizing outdoor learning time.
Thank you again for your support and encouragement. We know it will be a great learning year at Ron Southern.
Zoe Serediuk, Ed.D on behalf of the Ron Southern Staff
Principal – Ron Southern School
What an unusual last day of
school for students. Our office will close on Tuesday, June 30 at noon,
reopening August 26 at 9 am. Information regarding the reopening
of schools will be shared after August 1.
As we wrap up our school year I
wanted to keep families up to date on further staffing changes.
Please join me in congratulating
Mike MacKenzie as he tries Middle School, moving to Samuel W Shaw. Lyndsay
Servos is joining the Ron Southern team, teaching with Allen Wideman. Enrolment
numbers have not been finalized and, as a result, we have not made a final
decision as to whether we will have 5/6 multi-aged class configurations or
straight grade 5 and grade 6 classrooms.
We would also like to welcome
Allison Jackson and Jennifer Stanford to our team. Allison is teaching music
and kindergarten. Jennifer is teaching grade 2.
In addition, Mary Lou Aiken is
teaching one of our new Enhanced Educational Supports classes. The Educational
Assistants supporting the new EES class include Heather Johnson, Karen Bates
and Silvia Carr-Peterer.
I would like to thank both Kari
Burton and Kelty Lacey and wish them all the best as they await information
about their placements within the Calgary Board of Education for the 2020-21
school year. Kim Spiller will return in April 2021 from maternity leave.
Samantha Jozsa will begin a maternity leave in September 2020.
Please take a moment to provide feedback
to my Education Director regarding the hiring of a new Principal.
Our year end farewell video,
which is unlisted, can be watched again at https://youtu.be/wNm6EOjUP3c
It has been a privilege to be the
Principal of Ron Southern School. I wish each of you a peaceful, healthy
All the best,
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