Jan 27
Welcoming the Semester Change

“The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.” – Brian Herbert


Dear Archer Families,


As we begin Semester 2, I congratulate you on successfully completing your first semester!

New families, you've now experienced how quickly a semester goes by and might be thinking about how to manage time! I appreciate that we all take time to relax, but I also encourage you to build strength in academic learning. As you're looking over report cards next week and thinking about where you want to see your child progress next, try to consider what is in your control and take control. 


Today is officially Family Literacy Day and an excellent day to think about your home environment and community resources that could contribute to your student's success. Talking about homework assignments and projects, spending time reading together, cleaning out backpacks and binders, and generally promoting active learning by reading recipes, making shopping lists and researching shared interests all contribute to student success. 


Things to consider: Have you set up a distraction-free learning space, and are you doing homework with your child for a set amount of time each night? Have you connected with your child's teacher or the resource team at school, picked up a free library card from the public library or reached out to the Youth Center of Calgary Ogden or another enriching activity group to see how they can support learning? There are all kinds of connections to be made with arts and athletics that stimulate learning and build stamina within the school and the community.


When students and adults work together to create a supportive learning community, we drastically improve the quality of life and well-being of students, families and staff.


We are so happy that we can be together in person this year and continue our work to support our Sherwood students. There is a huge power in our coming together and being in person to learn. We are truly grateful for the connections we have made with our families this school year, and we look forward to what the next semester will bring for us all.


Karena Munroe

Principal, Sherwood School

#GoArchers, #ArcherProud​



Aug 29
Sherwood School Information - 2022/2023

"Be here. Be you. Belong." Brene Brown

 Dear Sherwood School Families:


Welcome to the 2022-23 school year. Our office officially opens tomorrow morning. We hope this communication finds you healthy, safe and rested after your summer break. We look forward to meeting you if we haven't already met you in person. To those we know, welcome back. We are excited to start this school year and have our school community together again! We are a school that fosters community, belonging and caring. We continue to draw from these shared values as we prepare for learning this school year. We're looking forward to forming meaningful connections within our learning community and supporting each unique individual learner to strengthen their connections with their selves. 


We are beginning our school year through a staggered entry as a soft way to introduce new students to the policy and protocols that keep our school safe and focused on learning. Buses will be running on their regular schedule for those registered for bussing. We will temporarily be housing Lakeshore Grade 6 students, and their buses will also be parked in front of our school. To keep our students safe, parents and guardians who are doing drop-offs should avoid 66 Ave and park on 20 st and 20 A street instead.  


Our bell times are: 

  • Monday to Thursday from 8:10 am to 2:50 pm 

  • Lunch: 11:42-12:17 (Elementary are inside for the first half and outside for the second)

  • Friday from 8:10 am to 12:30 pm 


First Day of Classes: 

  • Thursday, September 1 - All NEW-TO-SHERWOOD students in Grades 4-9 attend 8:10 am-2:50 pm.

  • Students will be welcomed in the main gymnasium, where they will meet their teachers and share in some NEW-to-Sherwood school orientation activities.  

  • Sherwood students will use the entrance by the parking lot and meet in the large gym— Lakeshore students will use the front doors near the office and meet in the small gym. 

  • Friday, September 2 - ALL STUDENTS Grades 4-9 attend 8:10-12:30 pm.

  • Students will be welcomed through the parking lot entrance and then meet in the main gymnasium, where we will have a short assembly, and then they will meet their teachers and head off to their classes.

  • Please note that homeroom changes are not entertained at this time and will only be considered under extraordinary circumstances and will only take place at the end of September. 


Important Start-Up Information:  

  • Please remember to send lunch and a snack, and a water bottle on the first day of school.    

  • There will be numerous forms during the first weeks of school. Please complete these forms and return them as soon as possible.  


Communication with families will take place primarily on the website and via email. However, teachers sometimes reach out via the telephone to check in on students and establish contact. We ask that parents try to answer these calls as establishing a connection with students and their families is essential to academic success. Of course, if you are unavailable, emailing with information would also be very much appreciated.   


Some questions they may ask would include:   

  • How are you and your child doing? Is there anything that you or your family needs assistance with?    

  • Does your child have access to a personal computer, laptop, iPad/tablet? Will they be bringing this technology to school? 

  • Do you or does anyone in your home have health concerns that you wish to share?   

  • What is the best phone number to call you during the day?   

  • What do you feel your child's strengths in learning and development are at this time? 

  • Do you have anything else you would like to share about your child's learning (including assessment updates)?    


If you do not hear from your homeroom teacher by 4 pm on Thursday, September 1, please email your responses to our Assistant Principal, Colleen Doyle, at cmdoyle@cbe.ab.ca. She will respond to your email to let you know we have received it and will forward it to the appropriate homeroom teacher.   


For those students entering Grade 7-9, please view the Complementary Courses (linked) webpage to get an overview of this year's enrichment opportunities. Mrs Doyle will be facilitating an additional option choosing session for those students who missed the first opportunity during the school day on Friday, September 2nd.

 

Invitation to Sherwood School Council Informational Meeting

You are invited to an information meeting about Sherwood School Council. The meeting is an opportunity to learn more about the work being done at Sherwood school and the different roles available to volunteers. We encourage you to join, attend and contribute to keeping Sherwood Strong. Sherwood School Council and Parent Society meet on the first Monday of every month at 6:30 pm either on Teams or in the Sherwood School Learning Commons. Our school council is responsible for much of what happens around the school, and our parent/guardian volunteers are so very much appreciated. 


Please join us on September 12th at 6:30 pm using the Microsoft Teams Meeting Link below.

Join on your computer or mobile app.

Click here to join the meeting

 

Meet the Teacher — Save the Date!

Parents/Guardians are asked to save the date for our “Meet-the-Teacher” evening. On September 22, from 5:30-7:00 pm, we will host an open house to strengthen our home and community partnership in learning. We hope to see you there! 


Guidance from the Calgary Board of Education emphasizes a shared commitment from everyone to engage in safe behaviours for our school year. We have accomplished so much by standing together in this regard, and we have every confidence that this year we will continue to keep our community safe. Moreover, we believe this year we will provide students with ever-engaging learning experiences and motivational lessons in character, build positive relationships and see success for every student within the Archer Community.   


As per the re-entry information for 2022-2023, we would like to remind you of the following expectations: 

  • Staying home when sick – students and staff who present with COVID-19 symptoms are strongly recommended to stay at home until symptoms resolve 

  • Those students who are at a higher risk for complications may choose to wear a mask. Sherwood School Community is respectful of all learners and mask choices.


We look forward to welcoming your learner(s) back to school and working with you to support their well-being through this academic year. Thank you for all you do to partner with Sherwood school to support learning for your child. 


Sincerely,  


Sherwood Administration 

Karena Munroe & Colleen Doyle



Jun 27
2021-2022 Year-End Message

"It always seems impossible until it is done." Nelson Mandella 

 

Thank Yous 

As this school year comes to an end, we would like to recognize our entire school community for their continued commitment to excellence: 

  • To our teachers and staff, thank you for all the work you put in day by day, and for the love, care and compassion you show your students; 

  • To our parents, thank you for your support and dedication to your children; 

  • To the School Council, thank you for helping us nurture student learning through fundraising and volunteering;  

  • And last but not least, to our students, thank you for your engagement and willingness to go the extra mile on your learning; we are very proud to have shared this journey with you. Big congratulations to all of you for a successful year, and to the grade 9 Graduates; I'm confident we have prepared you well for the challenges that await you in High School, remember to always believe in yourself, work hard, be kind and shoot for the stars! We look forward to meeting all our new students joining us at Sherwood from Banting and Best and Riverbend Schools alongside our families who have moved into the community. We would also like to wish students in grade 4 to grade 8 who are leaving Sherwood all the best at their new school, whether it be Lakeshore School in Mahogonay or another school in Calgary or elsewhere.


Report Cards

Tomorrow, report cards become available through My CBE/PowerSchool portal. Once logged in, you will see an additional tab titled "Report Card". Select this tab to view the report card. We are proud of our student's accomplishments and wish them the best in learning next year. Report cards will be visible through end-July, and then access will be turned off in preparation for the new school year.


Farewells  

At the end of the year, it's always bitter-sweet, on one hand, sad to say goodbye and, on the other exciting to think of new opportunities for incredible people. This year we say farewell to 15 outstanding staff. Mr Haffey will be joining RT Alderman and Ms Bosselle TB Riley, two very fortunate school communities in the Fall. We sincerely thank you both for your wise guidance and for sharing your expertise in our community; your future staff and students are lucky to have you! 


We'll be saying goodbye to several temporary teachers covering long-term leaves this last year. Mr Magrath, Ms M Taylor, Mr Stickel, Ms Eweka, Mrs Moar, and Mr Black, we cannot thank you enough for your commitment to students this year, you will be greatly missed, and we wish you all the best in your continued work with the CBE, maybe we'll see you in our halls and classrooms next year! 


Thank you and farewell to Ms B Taylor and Ms Wallace—Ms Wallace we can't wait to hear what lucky school you will end up at and Ms Taylor we’re so excited for you to be joining the Grade 7 team at Lakeshore School. We wish you all the best, and on behalf of the students at Sherwood, I thank you sincerely for making a difference. 


We also say farewell to some beloved support staff, Mr Solomon Kelati our favourite caretaker, Ms Trina Reinhart-Marshall, who was wonderful support for our younger students and Mr Ogryzlo (Mr O) who worked tireless throughout the entire school helping students in all grades and Mrs Hertzsprung who has been supporting students in the Learning Commons this year. You have all been integral to the success of this school year, and we hope we see you again and keep in touch in the future. 


And remember, once a Sherwood Archer always a Sherwood Archer! 


Congratulations

This year we will be welcoming Ms Shields into the role of Student Services Learning Leader, she comes with a wealth of experience and we’re thrilled she’ll be joining our team. We’re also happy to welcome Ms Pearson who will join us in the Fall while Mrs. Flight is off spending time with her lovely little one.


This year we will welcome back Mrs Martel, and Mrs Renaud after their time with their beautiful youngsters. We look forward to seeing Mrs Renaud light up our hallways this September, Mrs Flight in November and Mrs Martel in January. We wish good luck to Ms Tanner who will be spending time with family next year.


Programming Changes

Since April, we have been discussing the possibility of reconfiguring our grade elementary classes to include some carefully configured Grade 5-6 split classes. We discussed grade 5 students who would benefit from a 5/6 split and a 4/5 split. We have decided to carefully create Grade 4 pure classes and Grade 5/6 splits both, providing options for best fit and bringing the class numbers across all elementary classes to 25 students. We will be going ahead with this change in the Fall. 


Also, in the Fall, we will be implementing some of the Provinces' new subject curriculums, Grade 4-6 English Language Arts, Mathematics and Physical Education. We look forward to immersing ourselves in these resource updates and making connections to where we are already in alignment. 


Important Dates for Next School Year  

The office will reopen at noon on August 30th. Teachers will return on August 29th for the first three days of meetings and organizational times in preparation for the school year. New Student Orientation (Grade 4s, Grade 7s and all new students) is on Thursday, September 1st at 8:10 am to 2:50. Students will be greeted with an assembly in the Gym and then head off to their classes. We will welcome the rest of our students on Friday, September 2nd, at 8:10 am. Please view our website for further information over the summer months.   


School Hours

8:10 am – 2:50 pm Monday to Thursday

8:10 am – 12:30 pm Friday dismissal

Lunch hour 11:41 – 12:21pm


On behalf of the staff at Sherwood, we wish you a safe, peaceful and enjoyable summer with family and friends. 


Best Wishes, 


Dr Munroe, Mrs Doyle, and the entire Sherwood staff

Go Archers! 

#SherwoodStrong #StrongerTogether #ArcherProud



Mar 07
Thank You and Farewell

​Last week was an emotional one for me, I was so honoured with the amazing celebration that each grade group put together for me; speeches, funny stories, songs from the choir, cards, posters and so much more shared from our Sherwood Students. While it is very hard to be leaving, my heart is full with the kind words and actions of these incredible students. Sherwood students and staff are doing some incredible work and I am proud to have been a part of this story. Tonight I had the honour to have one last meeting with the Sherwood School Council and Parent Society, the ongoing supports for Sherwood have made a difference for students and staff alike. Sherwood is like a family with a history that spans back generations, thank you for inviting me in to be a part of this family. Saying goodbye is never easy, so instead I say farewell as you never know where our paths will cross again. Thank you Sherwood for all of the memories and learning along the way. I know you will do great things!

Mrs. Kohan

#SherwoodStrong #ArcherProud

Feb 24
Your Feedback is Important to Us!

We are seeking parent input on some important planning pieces for Sherwood. Each year, schools do planning work to improve and support student learning. During this week’s School Council meeting, we shared information about our School Development Plan, school fees and budget planning. 

Parent feedback is important as we consider school planning. When students, parents and school staff work together closely, students achieve greater success in their learning. We are asking for your feedback for the 2022–2023 school year. Please complete the Survey, sent through School Messenger.

Ms. Patricia  Kaiserseder, an experienced retired principal, will be in the role of Acting Principal until a new candidate can be hired. If you have not yet shared your input for Sherwood's new principal, this survey is still open and the information will be shared with the new principal once they are hired: Input for New Principal.

Feb 01
Basketball and so much more!

​January was definitley a speedy month that brought with it many chalenges and many successes. While the COVID Omicron variant took a toll on us all, we were so happy to be able to begin Basketball. While we may not be able to play other schools this season, our "in-house" teams are gaining skills and strategies and have had a lot of play time thanks to the generous donation of time from all of our amazing Sherwood Coaches. We hope that as we head into February we are able to continue to support our Archer teams with court time. February came in with a chill for sure! Please let us know if you are looking for any warm clothing to help make it to spring. This month also brings Teachers' Convention and the Family Day holiday, semester 2 for our enhancement options and a fresh start after our January assessment period ended with report cards. We look forward to sharing more with you in the weeks to come. Remember to check out the Archer Arrow weekly for updates.

Dec 17
Winter Break Message 2021

Dear Sherwood Archer Families,

We’ve made it to Break! It has been a very interesting year-we continue to wear masks and use hand sanitizer hundreds of times a day. With cohorts continued and classrooms as homes, we added some sports (#GoArchers, #ArcherProud) with volleyball games. We are so happy that we are able to be together in person this year and continue our work to support our Sherwood students. We have had many changes with so many Sher-Babies added to our family this year and this has provided the opportunity to add many new faces to our Sherwood team.


Connection … Connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” – Brené Brown 


We are truly grateful for the connections we have made with your children and with all of our families this school year and we look forward to what the new calendar year will bring for us all. From all of us at Sherwood School, we wish you and your families a wonder-filled holiday. Whatever your winter break traditions are, we hope you are able to take time to enjoy a little quiet, the sparkle of the snow, some laughter and cheer, remember to be kind to yourself and each other. Most important of all, take time to rest and rejuvenate so we can hit the ground running as we head into a new calendar year. We wish you all the best of the season and a Happy New Year. Here is to incredible things for us all in 2022.

This holiday season and winter break to take care of yourselves and each other. So… “Tag! You're It Sherwood families!".

Wising you all a safe and happy holiday season and winter break.

Tracy Kohan

Principal, Sherwood School




Jun 27
Year End Message 2020-2021

​Hello Sherwood Families!
We Made it through a COVID-19 year! It is hard to believe that the 2020-2021 school year is over.Congratulations to all of our Sherwood students for an amazing year! There were so many ups and downs, from; online to in-person learning, computer loans, paper copies, D2L, Google Classroom, Bongo, Google Meets, working from home, masks, cohorts, sanitizer, wash your hands, don’t touch your face, and our go to tagline of the year, “PIVOT”! At some points during the year we weren’t sure we would ever make it to the last day of school … we made it! 

A special and heartfelt congratulations to all of our incredibly strong Grade 9 students who spent their last year at Sherwood living through the most unusual of circumstances and challenges and yet came out stronger than ever. We are so very proud of your perseverance. One of the things I always think of at this time of year is the meaning of Farewell …It is not a goodbye, there is no finality to the word but a notion that there is a future connection to be made … Every ending is the start of a new beginning – an opportunity for change, new adventures and a chance to re-invent yourselves. Once an Archer, always an Archer! We can’t wait to hear about the amazing things you will do! I wish you the best. Best of luck and congratulations!

To all of our Sherwood families, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts – we know that this year had challenges beyond the constant uncertainty of school for many of you and we wish you all a healthy and safe summer. We look so forward to hearing about your summer adventures when we return September 1, 2021. 

Stay Well, Stay Safe Archers

#StrongerTogether #SherwoodStrong #ArcherProud #BraverTogether #StayStrongArchers 

COVID-19 Updates|

  • We will have COVID-19 updates to share in August. Please look for an email in August with our latest Re-entry plan and guidelines


Dec 18
Winter Break Message 2020

Dear Sherwood Families,

It has been an incredible start to the school year, and really – what can we say about 2020 (nothing I can write here!). As we break for the Winter Holiday, I am reflective of all we have been through with 2020 in the rear view mirror I hope that 2021 will bring a renewed sense of hope and a little 'normal' thrown back in – I am sure we could all use it now more than ever!

From all of us at Sherwood School, we wish you and your families a safe and healthy holiday. Whatever and however you celebrate this season, make sure you take time to enjoy the little things, be kind to yourself and each other and most importantly, take time to rest and rejuvenate. We wish you all the best of the season and a Happy New Year. Here is to amazing things in 2021, and to a year we hope will help us tuck 2020 away for good!

Please remember to take time this holiday season and winter break to take care of yourselves and each other. So “Tag! You're It families!".

​See you all on the screen next year (Jan 5, 2021).

Tracy Kohan

Proud Principal, Sherwood School


Aug 31
Welcome Back Archers! Sherwood Re-Entry 2020

Welcome Back Archers!

We are very excited to be welcoming back our Archers to the building after being away since March. We hope our school community has had a safe summer to connect with loved ones and recharge. We understand that in this new reality, returning to in person classes has caused some anxiety and many questions still linger. The CBE is currently working closely with Alberta Health Services and Alberta Education to meet health measures and help to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We can assure you that student and staff well-being remain our top priority.

We are really look forward to seeing our students once again. We want to provide information regarding start up details for next week.

Please refer to our Re-Entry Plan sent via School Messenger on August 28 and linked below.

First Days of School – to ensure that we can support all students we will have a staggered entry to start the school year.

Tuesday, September 1: Only Grades 4 and 7 students attend 8:10am-2:50pm

Wednesday, September 2: Only Grades 5 and 8 students attend 8:10am-2:50pm

Thursday, September 3: Only Grades 6 and 9 students attend 8:10am-2:50pm

Friday, September 4: All students Grade 4-9 attend 8:10am-12:30pm

    • There will be activities both indoors and outdoors.  Please dress accordingly


What to bring the First Day:

Students will wear one pair of shoes at school. Shoes must be appropriate for gym class and outdoor activities (Eg: running shoes vs. Flip Flops)

A backpack that is large enough to hold a large picture book or binder

A water bottle that will go home to be cleaned and refilled each day

A healthy snack. Students who will be staying for lunch will need a lunch kit for their lunch. Please ensure this kit is labelled and that all cutlery required

has been included.

Students will be provided two reusable masks on the first day, families are encouraged to send their children with thier own non-medical mask labeled with thier name.Please ensure your mask has appropriate

patterns and no offensive slogans or saying.

Please send a small Ziplock bag labeled with your child’s name where they

can store their mask during mask breaks.

​The school has many hand sanitizing stations for students to use. Students

may wish to bring small personal bottles of hand sanitizer that they can keep at their own spot. 



2020-2021 School Re-entry Plan . Sherwood Re-Entry Plan can be found here Sherwood 2020-21 Re-Entry.


Given the cohorting parameters and other restrictive guidelines set forth by the Alberta Government with respect to athletics, all Fall sports have been postponed. This includes any type of organized meeting, conditioning or skill development sessions, tryouts and practices. This decision will be re-evaluated on or before October 1, 2020.

 

Sherwood is looking forward to welcoming students back to school in September. As we prepare for a return to school, it is important to note that our ways of working together are changing and will be responsive keeping all students safe, and we all have a responsibility to ensure the safety of ourselves, and others. We are committed to ensuring that students learn new behaviours and strategies to minimize the risk of infection. We are excited about the school year to come. We understand there are many questions that remain, please watch your email for more updates as we continue the planning process. Thank you for your continued support as we reopen Sherwood and learn together how to live in our new reality.​ 

#StrongerTogether​  #SherwoodStrong #ArcherProud


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