Dear Rosedale Families,
We have enjoyed our first week back with students! It was wonderful to see how much they have grown, hear stories of summer and hear laughter in our halls again. Enjoy the long weekend, no school on Monday, September 7th, and we look forward to resuming again on Tuesday, September 8th.
A weekly email will go home from the school for parents to read and stay informed. Staff will begin their weekly updates to classes within the next two weeks. It has been a busy start up and we have focused mainly on health and wellness this week.
CBE information on Stage 1, 2 and 3 for minimizing risk during this time: CBE INFO We are currently in Stage 1.See the CBE re-entry videos for more information.
School calendar - ROSEDALE CALENDAR
Start-up packages will come out for your family next week to fill out forms etc.
In this message you will find information about:
Minimizing Risk (Parents and Staff)
Class Changes and Numbers
Alberta Government School Information on schools and physical distancing
Short Walking Field Trips
Grade 9 Sailing Meeting Online September 9th
School Fundraisers (Bottle Drive and Grocery Cards)
Supporting Other Children - donate today and see how to help other CBE students
Thank you for helping minimize risks to our students by:
- Using the daily COVID checklist
- Covid tests when necessary
- Having your children go home for lunch if they can
- Calling and or emailing in your questions and concerns (contact class teacher, office, Principal or Assistant Principal - email lists on our website)
- Putting a mask on your child when they arrive at school (please make sure your child is wearing a mask that fits before they get in line to enter the school)
- Parents / guardians wearing masks when picking up and dropping off children (we all need masks to model safety) when on school grounds
- Keeping children home when they are not feeling well / sick
- Considering siblings when one child is sick and not sending family in when one child is sick
- Calling 811 for guidance
- Not mixing students on our playground before and after school (this would interrupt our classroom cohorts)
- Not bringing in toys, balls, equipment from home (we will supply class cohorts with equipment soon)
- Double checking your child has everything they need each day to minimize adults coming into the building to drop materials off
- Sending students with more than one mask that fits their face in a clean bag, washing / discarding masks after use
- Sending personal hand sanitizers when possible (students can use these at their desks)
- Emailing class teachers with concerns
- Asking Grade 7 - 9 students not to go off campus to purchase lunch so our cohorts can be maintained
- Sending students back to school at 1:18 if they eat at home
- Understanding we cannot have adults in the building that do not work for the CBE at this time (we miss our parents and volunteers dearly)
- Letting us know when your children need extra TLC
- Limiting and keeping track of contacts with others outside of your family unit
Staff continue to minimize risk in our school by:
- Entering and exiting the building slowly in classroom cohorts
- Sanitizing hands upon entry
- Ensuring masks are worn at all appropriate times
- Mask safety lessons, monitoring and assistance for students
- Frequent hand washing with soap and water
- Separate Recess times for 1-5 and 6 - 9
- Eating lunch in classrooms
- Zoning students (rotating schedule) for recess/play times to keep cohorts from mixing
- Cleaning of PE equipment used in between classes
- No sharing of supplies / supplies provided for each student
- No sharing of computers
- Providing each child with an individual desk (no sharing)
- Removing group tables, carpets, chairs with any fabrics
- Sending students home when they are feeling sick or become ill, and follow up with parents and guardians
- Not coming to school when sick and calling in subs
- Having a COVID test before school began
- Staff room changes to ensure safety between staff
- Distancing and wearing masks
- Limiting and keeping track of contacts with others outside of school
- If there is a case of Covid at School we will follow protocols set out by the Alberta Government K-12 School Re-entry; Alberta Government
Alberta Government COVID - Student Illness as outlined by Alberta Government
We have close to 30 students who have enrolled on Hub Online learning and have had some teacher and class changes to accommodate this in our budget:
- Lisa Grant (grade 5 teacher) is supporting learners with Hub Online this semester. There will not be a replacement teacher provided for our school and we have created Multi-age classrooms for grades 3, 4 and 5
- Kate Blackburn (grade 9 Hum teacher) is supporting learners with Hub Online this semester - we will welcome a new teacher in her place and share with our community as soon as we have our new staff member placed at our school
- Mrs. Toghyani (Educational Assistant) is on a personal leave until April and we welcome back Educational Assistant Dione Abalos who is working with our grade 4 / 5 Multi-Age class this term
- We have combined grade 4 / 5 for a multi-age class taught by Mrs. Connell
- We have combined 3 / 4 for a multi-age class taught by Ms. Popis
- Both Mrs. Connell and Ms. Popis have had experience teaching multi-age classes (which are common in the CBE)
- We will provide more information on Multi-age classes and curriculum to Grades 3, 4 and 5 in the weeks to come
- Before we multi-aged classrooms we had 21 in Grade 3, 20 in Grade 4 and 15 students in Grade 5
- Our Grade 6 - 9 students are in our Jr. High wheel and share Math / Science / Hum and Option teachers so we were not able to multi-age with grades 6 - 9 due to numbers and the dynamics at our school for students and staff
- This was not expected and was not an easy decison to make.
- We will continue to do our best for all Rosedale Students with the support of parents and staff
Class sizes have been impacted and we are adhering to Alberta Government standards (link below) to minimize risk and maximize learning. Below are our class sizes currently attending school. Hub Online learning students are not included in this count and are enrolled in the Hub from September to the end of January.
|K||Gr1||Gr2||Gr3 / 4||Gr4 /5||Gr6||Gr7||Gr8||Gr9|
Total - 207
Funding for schools occurs using the total number of students in the school. We have had some new registrations and will send final numbers in to the CBE on September 11th for funding for our 2020-2021 school year and also share these with our school community.
Alberta Government School Information on schools and physical distancing:
Schools will follow detailed health guidelines to prepare for the return of students. For example:
• More cleaning and disinfection of high touch areas and shared equipment
• Allow for physical distancing when possible, which may include:
- Stagger pick-up and drop-off times
- One-way or marked hallways and designated entrance and exit doors - Leave space between desks and tables
- Stagger start and end-times for classes and lunchtime to avoid crowded hallways and lunchrooms
- Limiting bathroom occupancy
• When physical distancing is not possible, extra emphasis will be on hand hygiene, covering coughs and sneezes, and cleaning.
• Students, where possible, will be cohorted by class
For more information visit the Parent Guide section on the Alberta Government page.
Short Walking Field Trips
- We are using outdoor classrooms as much as possible but we have a wasp concern at this time and are being careful outside
- Classes may take students within walking distance without filling out forms
- If classes go off our school grounds you will receive an email and a written letter the day prior so you know where your child is at all times
Meetings will be online this year until further notice. All parents are welcome to attend. Links for our online meetings will be sent out in the Week At A Glance (weekly school update. We meet the third Wednesday of each month from 6:30 - 8pm.
There will be some School council roles opening this year. More information will be shared out next week.
Dates for our meetings online will be:
Rosedale School Association
This group meets to discuss and approve how funding dollars from our Casino fundraisers are spent when requests are made by the school. More information to follow next week.
Grocery Cards - you get 100% of the card you purchase and our school gets a percentage! This fundraiser is at no cost to parents and raises money for class supplies and trips.
GROCERY CARD ORDER FORMS
Why order grocery cards? And why is it so important for the class of 2021?
Rosedale School offers the entire school the opportunity to buy grocery gift cards. Some of you use these on a regular basis and some of you may not be familiar with them and their benefits.
When you spend $100 to buy a grocery card, you get a $100 grocery card. The cards can be used in store or at the gas stations (and you will still earn store points such as PCpoints, Air Miles, CO-OP rewards). The grocery stores donate a certain percentage (it varies from 2%-10%) of the card purchases to the school. They are basically “free" money for the school. The bigger our order for grocery cards, the greater the percentage the school gets back. Money earned through the grocery card program from most classes is pooled to benefit the entire school (art supplies, drama productions, math booklets, etc..).
All of the money that comes to the school through the purchase of gift cards by the Grade 9 student families, however, goes directly to the school trip fundraising account. Gift cards purchased through the school on a regular basis by Grade 9 families could result in us being able to add somewhere between $1,000 - $8,000 or more to our fundraising account by the end of our fundraising drive. Of course, it all depends on how many of us take part. If you increase your amount of monthly grocery gift cards purchases with family members, friends or neighbours who purchase through your 2021 fundraising family, then we benefit even further. And let's face it, in this time of quarantine, we all still need to eat! Money you already spend on groceries will subsidize the trip for the class.
Which stores are offering the grocery cards?
Safeway, Superstore, CO-OP, Shopper's Drug Mart and Lina's. You can purchase cards in a variety of denominations.
How do you order grocery cards?
Rosedale school sends out a monthly grocery gift card order form. Fill out your form and email it to Janni Zemp or have your child give it to their class teacher to bring to the office.
Thank you to our Grade 9 students for their work fundraising for their Grade 9 Trip at the end of the year. At this time we are not sure where our 9s will go but are fundraising with bottle drives and other events throughout the year.
If you plan to take in your bottles at throughout the year and want to donate the funds to our school, please take them to the North Hill Bottle Depot (336 41St Ave NE). We have set up an account called “Rosedale Sailors". All you have to do is tell the staff you'd like to donate your proceeds to the “Rosedale Sailors" and the profits will be put towards next year's trip!
2020-2021 Rosedale Bottle Drive Dates
Please put these Saturday 10am - 12:30pm dates on your calendar:
Supporting Other Children
Help other children in need at the CBE and Donate Bacpack Materials. Rosedale School accesses 'Education Matters' to provide backpacks and materials to some of our students each year. Please CLICK HERE to see how you can help.