I am looking forward to welcoming our school community to the 2020-21 school
year. I want to assure you we are doing everything possible to ensure the health
and safety of all our community members.
Just a reminder that we are having a staggered entry next week. The schedule is as follows:
Tuesday September 1 – Students that are in Grade 1, 3, and 5 will attend
Wednesday, September 2 – Students that are in Grade 2, 4, and 6 will
• In cases where students have a sibling in the same classroom, we will
use the eldest school-aged child’s grade to determine family groupings
for school attendance(in other words, your children will attend the day
the eldest child is required to attend).
*Effective Thursday, September 3 regular programming will begin with all
Dear Rosscarrock Families,
Thank you to all members of our school community for your cooperation and adherence to the guidelines outlined by AHS during the retrieval of personal items. For those members who still have personal belongings within the school, rest assured that they will be safe and available upon our eventual return to school. For those families with medical supplies stored at the office, please contact the main office to make an arrangement for pick up on March 30, 2019.
Rosscarrock’s School office hours on Friday, March 20, 2020 will be 8:00am - 1:00pm, as we transition into March break. March break is to continue as planned for the week of March 23-27, 2020. I ask all Rosscarrock School community members, including our staff, to recognize this is a “break” and is meant to be a time to enjoy family and to stay safe. During March Break, I anticipate communication will be less frequent, I still encourage you to check your email for system messages, and I will re-connect with our community after the March break.
We continue to better understand the unusual and challenging events of classroom cancellation. We don’t want to overwhelm students and families with programming expectations or offerings while we settle into day 5 of this new reality. In addition, it is important that consistent messaging and resources are offered to students across the CBE and Alberta. The resources found on the CBE “Learning At Home” webpage have been reviewed by CBE staff and offer wonderful learning opportunities for students to engage in. Again, I encourage everyone to become involved in things that interest them and provide some physical and mental rigor. Maintaining a balanced and consistent routine for children; including regular sleeping and eating times, breaks for activity and outdoor time, and healthy boundaries on screen time are very important to bringing normalcy to our days.
These past week has been met with a lot of mixed emotions. Hallways and classrooms are quiet and simply make up the structure of a building. The children, whose laughter and energy is greatly missed, is clearly what make Rosscarrock a strong and vibrant community school. As we learn new words and protocols such as social distancing and self-isolation, we are challenged to contemplate things that matter most and we are faced with uncertainty. Uncertainty is heavy! However, this notion of a “new normal” offers up the opportunity to re-align and take note of what is most important, what is truly valued and connect with loved ones.
I would never have thought that I would be quoting the Chief Medical Officer of Health in Alberta, Dr. Hinshaw, but her advice is now more important than ever. Dr. Hinshaw tweeted “The days and months ahead will be difficult for all of us. We need to face this pandemic together and respond to this extraordinary crisis with extraordinary kindness. I want to remind Albertans: it is together that we will overcome.”
Take a deep breath, be kind to one another and take care of yourself, family and friends.
Dear Rosscarrock Families,
If you’re like me,
your head has been swirling with emotion these past four days, and for good
reason. The COVID-19 pandemic has
brought our year to a screeching “PAUSE”-a pause with no clear end in
sight. Special things, which we’ve been
anticipating (Camp, Lacrosse, Bike Month, etc) have been canceled. When I walk around the empty classrooms and
hallways, I am sad, but I am also filled with happiness. The experiences we’ve shared at Rosscarrock
have molded us into an inseparable group.
And I thank you for creating that for all of us.
There’s nothing I, or anyone, can say to make up
for that time you are losing in what is supposed to be one of the most playful
years of your life.
But I can offer
some encouragement. Right now, you have the power to
make the most out of this unfortunate situation. If over a decade of teaching
has taught me anything, it’s that people your age are resilient and innovative.
Your generation can navigate multiple worlds and bounce between physical and
digital spaces with ease. You are part of the most racially and ethnically
diverse generation, and you embrace those differences in ways adults seem to
I can also offer
some advice. Help one another and your family. They need you. Do your
grandparents or your elderly neighbors need groceries? Offer support. Some
teachers may even need your help as many try to transition to online learning.
We need you. Go for a walk by the school and read all the messages teachers and
staff have posted for you. We want to
see your faces from the other side of the window reading them.
Keep your head up
and keep fighting. Our country needs you because you provide hope for our
future. This year may not be what you envisioned, but I’m eager to see what you
do with it.
Based on the changing provincial and local response to COVID-19, the CBE has given us direction to postpone our Parent Teacher Conferences (Student-led Open House) scheduled for March 18 & 19, 2020. The Kamp Kiwanis presentation that was scheduled for the evening of March 18th is also cancelled.
All CBE schools have been given direction to postpone or cancel events that include populations from other schools and/or parents or other community members, such as Parent-Teacher Interviews, celebrations of learning, drama/musical performances, dances, athletic competitions, etc. This decision is effective from Mar. 12 until the end of March break. This decision will be revisited during March break to determine whether events should be rescheduled.Events outside of school hours that include the regular student and staff population of the school (school clubs, practices, etc) and scheduled field trips may continue at this time. I know this may be disappointing news. Students and staff have spent a significant amount of time preparing for this event, but the health of our community is our priority. For the most up to date information about the CBE’s approach to COVID-19 and the actions we are taking, please visit our website. Answers to frequently asked questions will continue to be posted as information becomes available.Thank you, Brenna Fraser
The purpose of these conferences is to provide your child the opportunity to share their accomplishments and celebrate all they have learned this year.
Please note, we have made some changes to this year's conference schedule:
On Wednesday, March 18, all students along with their families are invited to come to Rosscarrock School any time between 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Plan on being here with your child for about 30 minutes.
There is no need for you to sign up for a conference time.
Your child will lead you through a series of activities and displays that showcase their learning.
If your child's teacher feels there is a need to formally meet to discuss you child's learning, they will contact you to schedule a meeting time. These meetings will take place on Thursday, March 19, between 8:00 am to 12:30 pm. You do not need to sign up as the teacher will contact you directly.
The Scholastic Book Fair will be taking place in the Library on both of these dates. You are invited to please visit with your child to shop for books.
We look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday evening, March 18, for a night of celebrating our learning!
The PLP Classroom at Rosscarrock will be hosting
a Holiday Bake Sale on Friday December 13th for all of the students at
Rosscarrock School. Treats cost 25 cents each and students are
limited to two treats until all of the students have had an opportunity to buy
something. There will be a variety of items.
With this week’s weather comes the reminder that it very important to wear appropriate winter clothing to be prepared to go outside for daily recess and lunch breaks. This includes a winter hat, warm jacket, mittens/gloves, snow pants and boots. Keep in mind that we are outside everyday when the temperature is above -20 degree Celsius, so take a quick look at what you child is wearing before they head off to school. If you are like many families in Calgary this year, who are finding purchasing new jackets and boots a financial burden for your family please contact the school office and we can help to connect you with an organization that will help ensure your child is outfitted for the weather.
This morning, teachers will meet students between 8:15 and 8:30 at Rosscarrock Community Centre to take part in Calgary's Bike to School Day. You can bike, walk, or scoot. Just make sure you wear a helmet and follow safety rules! We can't wait to see how many kids come out!
The first full week of May is nationally recognized as Teacher
Appreciation Week. Rosscarrock will join other communities around the country
in honoring and celebrating the commitment of our outstanding teachers. Because
we know it takes a village to run a successful and loving school, we have
chosen to celebrate all of our employees this week. From maintenance, to administrative
and support staff, and everything in between! Our wonderful employees have
chosen to work in an invaluable profession where the standards, expectations,
and challenges are ever changing.
Our educators and staff provide hope to the diverse array of children
growing up in Rosscarrock. They display patience, understanding, and
persistence in their dedication to the success of our young learners. As
students find their passion and hope for the future, we grow stronger. Without
a doubt, our employees contribute in unifying our community. They remain a
reliable constant in our student’s lives and provide stability when our kids
face seemingly overwhelming obstacles. Simply put, they are the glue that holds
our students together; providing instruction and personalized learning while
acting as caretakers, counselors, coaches, mentors, and role models.
Although we truly appreciate the meaningful work that our educators do
every day, not just this one week in May, I encourage our community, students,
and administrators to take a moment to recognize and appreciate our faculty and
staff this week. When sharing your photos on Facebook and Twitter make sure to
use the hashtag #Thanksrosscarrock and
@rosscarrock so we can see how our schools are celebrating!
It is my privilege to extend a heartfelt message of gratitude for the
work that our educators do. I have personally witnessed their effort,
dedication, and sacrifice. I am incredibly honored that our teachers and staff
have chosen Rosscarrock as a place to make a difference in the lives of others.
You can now follow us on Twitter @rosscarrock
See live updates of student learning!
(Hidden) Brenna Fraser, Principal
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