Nov 20
Principal Update November 20

Parent-Teacher interviews went very well, with just a few technology start-up glitchesWe want to thank our families for taking the time to book and meet with our teachers.  I was able to overhear several of the rich conversations about student learningIt was wonderful to see the partnership between our students’ families and our staffJust a few updates this week: 

Tuesday, Nov. 24 – Decade Day  

Tuesday, Nov. 24 – Lockdown – this will be our first of two mandatory lockdown drills this year.  Staff will be reviewing procedures with students prior to the drill that we will hold in the afternoon with the support of our Resource officer.  

Wednesday, Nov. 25Healthy Hunger lunch  

 

Reporting Absence and Late: 

  • If your child is going to be late, absent, or leaving early for an appointment, it is very important to call our Attendance Line at (403) 777-7290 (dial 1) and leave a message.   This is the easiest, and most efficient way to ensure that your child is properly accounted forYou can still inform the teacher of the absence, but this is not a substitute for calling the attendance line. 

Parent PowerSchool Account: 

  • Please check that your parent PowerSchool Account is active and working. Access to your child’s future report cards, paying school fees, applying for fee waivers, booking future parent student teacher conferences, and registering for bussing and noon supervision services are all found in this account. Please contact the school office if you need assistance on this. 

Book Fair Information: 

  • We are excited to offer a virtual book fair for our Simon Fraser Families.  You will find a link below that will take you and your child(ren) to a site to browse the books ahead of timeAll orders will be shipped to your home and shipping is free on orders of $35.00 and upThere is also free shipping on Family Night (Wednesday) from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. 

  • Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair started on November 17th and will continue to November 27th, 2020.   To shop, visit our school’s Virtual Book Fair site using this link: https://bookfairs-canada.myshopify.com/pages/5151965  

Before our Fair begins, click the link to:  

  • SAVE it to your browser  

  • WATCH videos of popular new titles  

  • PREVIEW our Featured Books 

Update | “C” and “D” Trips 

  • The CBE has made the decision that “C” and “D” trips will remain suspended for the duration of the 2020-21 school year. This means out of province and international trips e.g. our annual sailing trip, will not happen this year.  

Test Alert Across Alberta 

  • On Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 1:55 p.m., the wireless public alerting system will send out a test alert across Alberta. During the test, an alert sound will go off on compatible cellphones with a message letting the cellphone user know that the sound is part of a test, and there is no need for concern. 

School Development Plan, Fees Reporting and School Results Reporting: 

  • The Fees Report and School Results Report for the last school year are now posted on the website. By November 24, 2020, the Simon Fraser Three Year School Development Plan will also be available. Please feel free to reach out and connect with any questions or concerns you may have regarding these important reporting documents.  

Enjoy the continued warm weather.  It will be the perfect weekend for hitting the outdoor rinks and tobogganing hills. We look forward to a full week of learning with your children next week.   Please feel free to reach out to me at any time.  I have so appreciated the emails and questions from parents. 

Laureen  

Nov 13
Principal Update November 13


Simon Fraser's Remembrance Day Virtual Ceremony was held on Tuesday and our leadership classes did a beautiful presentation truly honoring the day.  The Principal's Council also presented their second Mental Health Minute on Thursday.  This week the students focused on supporting our students to know more about the different ways a person may experience anxiety and tips on managing healthy and unhealthy stress.  Please take the time to sign up for and attend a virtual parent-teacher conference.  Here are the updates for this week:

Upcoming Weekly Events:

  • Monday, Nov. 16 – School Council online Meeting at 7:00 pm (link below)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 17 – Twin Day / Healthy Hunger lunch 
  • Wednesday, Nov. 18 – early dismissal at 12:18 / online PST Conferences 3-7 pm  
  • Thursday, Nov. 19 – early dismissal at 12:18 / online PST Conferences 3-7 pm 
  • Friday, Nov. 20 – No School for students / online PST Conferences 9 am -1 pm 

Book Fair Information:

· We are excited to offer a virtual book fair for our Simon Fraser Families.  You will find a link below that will take you and your children to a site to browse the books ahead of time.  All orders will be shipped to your home and shipping is free on orders of $35.00 and up.  There is also free shipping on Family Night (Wednesday) from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

So save the date! Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair will take place on November 17th to November 27th, 2020.  When it's time to shop, visit our school's Virtual Book Fair site using this link: https://bookfairs-canada.myshopify.com/pages/5151965 

Before our Fair begins, click the link to: 

·       SAVE it to your browser 

·       WATCH videos of popular new titles 

·       PREVIEW our Featured Books 

Book Fines: 

· If you have received a notice regarding your child's overdue book but could not find and return the book, please pay the book fine online through your parent PowerSchool account. This fee will be added to your account by the end of next Friday, November 20. Please note, no cash will be accepted at the school. Thank you. 

Reporting Absences and Lates: 

· If your child is going to be late, absent or leaving early for an appointment, it is very important to call our Attendance Line at (403) 777-7290 (dial 1) and leave a message.   This is the easiest, and most efficient way to ensure that your child is properly accounted for.  You can still inform the teacher of the absence, but this is not a substitute for calling the attendance line. 
Reminder for PST Conferences online booking: 

· The November 2020 Parent Student Teacher Conferences are for In Class Students only.  

o   Nov.18 (3-7pm)  

o   Nov.19 (3-7pm) 

o   Nov.20 (9am-1pm)  

Please note, Nov. 18 & 19 will be early dismissal days. Classes end at 12:18 pm, and busses depart at 12:26 pm. 

· If you cannot schedule a meeting with a teacher, please contact that teacher directly to make alternate arrangements.  All of our staff email addresses can be found on our school website, and available on your PowerSchool Mobile App. 

· The parent-teacher interview is a very short window of time to discuss your child's current success in learning.  If you have any concerns regarding your child's academic or social and emotional well-being that needs additional attention, please be sure to reach out to us so that we can set up additional time to support.  

 Interviews will be booked through your MyCBE Parent Account.  The appointments will be conducted online for a maximum of 10 minutes each. 

A user guide is also available on the MyCBE/PowerSchool Technical Support for Students & Parents page to assist families: 

· Book a school conference 

· Join the online conference in Microsoft Teams on a computer, tablet or smartphone that has a mic and a video camera. 

· Connect by phone if you don't have access to a computer, tablet, or smartphone 

You can find step-by-step instructions for School Conferences in the Parent User Guide: 

· Parent User Guide - Booking a Conference 

·Parent User Guide - Joining Online Conference ​

Parent Council:

Our next parent council meeting is on Monday November 16 at 7 pm.   Parents are welcome to join the council on a regular basis or just drop in!  This week, I will be talking about the OurSCHOOL survey results.  Here is the link to join:

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

We look forward to connecting with all our families this week at Parent-Teacher.   When I talked to many of the students today they were feeling a bit dejected at the cancellation of some of their out of school activities.  I hope families can take some time to connect and enjoy some outdoor fun.  Let's all do our best to stay strong and get through the next two weeks! 

Thanks,

Laureen​

Nov 06
Principal Update November 6

Students from the Principal's Council presented our first Mental Health Virtual Presentation on Thursday this week.  Two members of the  council prepared an amazing presentation for the whole school.  The presentation supported students to consider healthy relationship skills including how to manage conflicts and how to be a good friend. The council is excited to continue their leadership work in the upcoming months with students, teachers, and parents! 

Here are the updates and reminders for this week:

Parent-Teacher Conferences

The November 2020 Parent Student Teacher Conferences are for In Class Students only.

  • Nov.18 (3-7pm)
  • Nov.19 (3-7pm)
  • Nov.20 (9am-1pm)

Please note, Nov. 18 & 19 will be early dismissal days. Classes end at 12:18 pm, and buses depart at 12:26 pm.

  • The conferences will be available for bookings starting on Nov. 9 at 7:00 am and ending on Nov. 20 at 1:00 pm.  Please visit the CBE my Conferences (instructions below).
  •  If you cannot schedule a meeting with a teacher, please contact that teacher directly to make alternate arrangements.  All staff email addresses can be found on our school website.
  • HUB on-line students will have interviews in December. Information will be sent closer to that date. 
  • Interviews will be booked through MyCBE PowerSchool Parent Account.  The appointments will be conducted online for a maximum of 10 minutes each.

Attached is a one-page Parent Cheat Sheet to help you with this process.

A user guide is also available on the MyCBE/PowerSchool Technical Support for Students & Parents page to assist families:

  • Book a school conference
  • Join the online conference in Microsoft Teams on a computer, tablet or smartphone that has a mic and a video camera.
  • Connect by phone if you don't have access to a computer, tablet, or smartphone

You can find step-by-step instructions for School Conferences in the Parent User Guide:

School Fees:

  • Parents will see that there is a $40.00 fee in their PowerSchool Parent Account that has been applied at the system level to cover off costs for individual and shared instructional materials.  At Simon Fraser, we purchased items for our students this year from this fee.  Ordering had to be completed in a timely manner and our current protocols were not in place.  In our current environment, items cannot be shared.  We realize many families were sent a supply list to cover off some of these items that could not be shared.  We do have materials that are for individual use like binders and paper, however, some teachers suggested that families may choose to buy items that exceed the quality of our purchases. e.g. binders with zippers.  We apologize if there has been confusion regarding this fee. 
  • The student supplies fee can be waived in accordance with central fee waiver processes, including the standard low-income waiver and the “new” centrally administered Extraordinary Circumstances waiver.

Coyote Update:

  • The wily coyote has disappeared.  We hope he is back at Nose Hill! 

Remembrance Day:

  • We are holding a virtual assembly this Tuesday starting at 10:20 to honor and commemorate those in the armed forces, past and present. Canadians at home and abroad have made countless sacrifices during times of war and conflict, and continue to serve during times of peace. On this Remembrance Day Simon Fraser students will honour these men and women by making wreaths in their cohorts and taking time to appreciate their service, their sacrifice, and, most importantly, their contributions toward peace. Our leadership classes have worked hard to put a beautiful tribute together.  This year marks 75 years ago that Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated. If you would like to join the virtual assembly please Click here to join the meeting

We hope our families have an amazing weekend!  I so enjoy each and every day with your children and look forward to another full week of learning next week!

Sincerely,

Laureen Lailey

Nov 02
Principal Update October 30

Happy Friday Simon Fraser Families,

Thursday was a fun day at Simon Fraser School.   Batman, dinosaurs, skeletons, and even Waldo showed up to get us into some Halloween spirit.  In a year with so many changes, this was a fun day to bring back a little bit of normal.  Please review the week ahead as there are some important updates:

 Locker Access:

  • We will be allowed to access student lockers in the upcoming weeks.  There are some processes and protocols that will need to be in place, so we will spend the next week putting a plan in place.  Students will not store their instructional materials in their locker and there will be limited trips throughout the day.  Stay tuned and we will provide a comprehensive update next week.​

Winter Months and Outdoor Time:

  • We will be meeting over the next two weeks to make some decisions regarding our physical education planning for when the weather turns cold.  We realize that we will have to ramp up our safety protocols and amend indoor activity if students need to be wearing masks.  We are actively planning next steps.  Physical education programming will continue to include outdoor learning so ensuring your child has warm winter clothing will be important.  We value our daily physical education programming as we know the positive impacts to student overall well-being!  

 

Teacher Weekly Update:

  • Please read through the teacher weekly updates.  Teachers are including important information on next steps in learning and current tasks that your child needs to complete.  Our teachers are committed to providing your child with feedback to improve their learning.  If tasks are not completed in a timely manner, and your child is not receiving this feedback, growth in learning can be impeded.   Please reach out to your child's teacher if you have questions about this.  The staff list is fully updated on the Simon Fraser School website.

Updated Protocols:

OurSCHOOL Survey:

  • We have completed collecting the OurSCHOOL survey and are now analyzing the results.  The data has made visible an important area of focus for our school in the coming months regarding the levels of anxiety our female students are telling us they are feeling.  These levels far exceed that of our male students. In the coming months, we will be meeting with our students to fully understand what this data is telling us.  However, we wanted to provide a resource out to all our families. An online learning opportunity offered by GirlPower Hour on November 5, 2020 from 12:00-1:00 PM.  The session is called “Kids & COVID; Anxiety Amped - How to Help."  If this is of interest please visit https://www.girlpowerhour2020.com/ to learn more and register.  Consider attending our next parent council meeting to learn more about the data collected from over 85% of Simon Fraser students. ​​

It looks like beautiful weekend weather and some golf courses are putting the pins back out! We hope all our families enjoy some amazing outdoor time.  We are excited to have your children back for a full week of learning.

Sincerely,

Laureen Lailey 


Oct 23
Principal Update October 23

The snow had come early; however, this has not deterred the children from heading outside and enjoying themselves.  Thank you to all of our families for ensuring your children are dressed for the change in weather.  Getting outside for at least 20 minutes at lunch is keeping everyone feeling regulated and ready to learn in the afternoon.  Here are the updates for this week:

Wily Coyote:

  • The coyote continues to make Simon Fraser, and the connecting school fields, their home.  We are keeping a close eye on its activity.  All the surrounding schools and community folks have called into the City of Calgary and Calgary Police, but the coyote continues to thwart any attempts to relocate him.  Please be sure to remind your child to watch for this wily fellow as he has been acting a bit aggressive towards staff at other schools in the early morning.  We want to keep everyone safe.

Halloween Dress-Up:

  • Students can wear their costumes to school on Thursday, October 29. Students will need to continue to wear their masks with their costumes. Please be sure your child's costume is appropriate and would be in alignment with the school dress code.  Please note, that students that come to school with fake weapons or alluring costumes will be asked to change.   

Principal's Council:

  • Our grade nine students on the principal's council have now met twice and have started planning their next steps in leading change at Simon Fraser.  The students felt that during this time students need strategies to manage their mental well-being! Starting in November, we will have a  five minute weekly virtual assembly where our council will be educating our student body on some specific ways for students to take care of their mental health. 

Mr.  Edmonds:

  • For personal reasons, Mr. Edmonds will be taking a leave starting this Monday.  Ms. Carol Hall will be the acting assistant principal in his absence.  Ms. Hall is a retired principal with the CBE and has a wealth of experience and knowledge that will support our school community during Mr. Edmonds absence.  We will all miss Mr. Edmonds while he is away.  Please feel free to reach out to myself or Ms. Hall during Mr. Edmonds' absence.  Her email is CAHall@cbe.ab.ca

Teacher Weekly Update:

  • Every Friday teachers send their weekly update.  Please note that you may not receive an update this Friday from some teachers due to the news today regarding the positive COVID case in our school.  The update will be sent on Monday to give our staff some time to take care of their own well-being!

We wish all our families a wonderful weekend.  We look forward to welcoming your children back on Monday.  A reminder that next week is a short week with Friday a time for our staff to professionally learn together. 

Sincerely,

Laureen Lailey​​




Oct 16
Principal Update October 16, 2020

We have had another great week at Simon Fraser School.  The students continue to follow the safety protocols and there is incredible learning happening both online and in our face-to-face learning.  We hope parents will consider joining us in our second parent council meeting this coming Monday at 7:00 PM.  Here are the updates and reminders for this week:

Healthy Hunger

  • If your child(ren) is absent on the day of special lunch, please call in and inform the office before noon on Wednesdays on how to handle the order in advance.  Parents can request that the special lunch order be redistributed to a sibling or come picking the lunch up themselves at lunch time. If we do not hear from you, then the lunch will be donated to another child who may not have a lunch.  We will no longer be calling families to notify them.
  • If you have not ordered your fun lunch yet, please see the attachment below for additional information and to order.  
HH Parents_signup.pdf

Hub Student Pictures and Pictures Retake Day

  • If you are a Hub parent and you have not signed up to schedule a time for picture day on October 22, please RSVP to Ms. O'Shaughnessy at vhOShaughnessy@cbe.ab.ca. We are booking times for families to minimize contact with others and keep everyone safe.  This date will also be an opportunity for retakes for all other students.

Parent Council Meeting

  • Our next parent council meeting will take place this Monday October 19, 2020 at 7:00 PM.  Please click on the link here to attend virtually.  All meetings will take place on Microsoft Teams going forward. 

Vaccinations

  • Just a reminder of the date for the grade 7 vaccinations is October 29.   

Cold Weather on the Horizon

  • Please remind your child(ren) to continue to dress warm in the weeks ahead.  We want all students to spend some time outdoors.  We will have classrooms open for 20 minutes into the lunch break; however, after that students will need to head out into the outdoors. ​

OurSCHOOL Survey

  • Please find attached a letter detailing the OurSCHOOL survey we will be completing with grades 6-9 next week.  The survey is set up to measure certain areas of school climate that are affecting our students' success and well-being.   The results of the survey will support us to take action to reduce vulnerability and improve learning, engagement and well-being outcomes.  To be able to do this, requires us having the right information at the right time to make informed decisions. The results are anonymous and will be used in our school development planning as well as cycles of continuous improvement throughout the year. 
OurSCHOOL survey info.docx

​Masks

  • A big thank you to all parents for packing extra masks and reminding their child to have an additional mask.  We did not have to provide many masks to students this week! 

I hope everyone stays warm and has some down time this weekend.  We look forward to welcoming all of your children back on Monday!

Sincerely,

Laureen Lailey

​ 


Oct 02
Principal Message October 2


We hope our Simon Fraser Families are all doing well and enjoying this beautiful fall weather.  We continue to be grateful each day for our time with your children at school.  The students continue to be doing such an amazing job following the mask wearing protocols.  We know that all the changes have been challenging, but we continue to have very few concerns regarding student and staff illness.  I hope this means all the measures you are taking at home and we are at school are paying off.  Here is this week’s updates and reminders:

Virtual Meet the Teacher:

Tuesday, October 6 is virtual meet the teacher! Parents can drop in online and hear from our teachers starting at 7:20. Myself and Mr. Edmonds have decreased the time of our town hall down to 15 minutes (not too many questions submitted for us to answer).  Therefore, the teacher presentations will begin at 7:20 and will also be emailed out to all families.  This way If you have one or more children, you won’t miss out!  Please download the skype app or software for free on one of your devices before Tuesday.

Families will be asked to mute their mic and have their cameras off. The chat will be open for questions that pop up at the time!  Here are the links for the evening of October 6. Please visit the website under Principal’s Message to access these links on the actual evening:

Town Hall with Admin

Grade 5

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

Grade 9  

Healthy Hunger/Fun Lunch Reminder:

Our first fun lunch is this Wednesday, October 7. Please see the attachment for all the information on Healthy Hunger. If you have any additional questions please contact simonfraserparents@hotmail.com .  The office staff at the school will not know the answers to your questions!  The password for Simon Fraser is Apples123.

Here is the list of the dates and choices:

Oct 7 Subway

Oct 14 Pizza Hut

Oct 21 Subway

Oct 28 Mucho Burrito

Nov 4 Subway

Nov 12 (Thursday) Pizza Hut

Nov 18 Subway

Nov 25 Chopped Leaf

Dec 2 Subway

Dec 9 Pizza Hut

Dec 16 Subway

Vaccinations:

Alberta Health Services has provided us with the dates for vaccinations this year.  We will have the students vaccinated in the cafeteria to allow for physical distancing:

Grade 7 October 29, 2020

Grade 6 December 3, 2021

back to school newsletter insert 2020(a).pdf 

Retakes and Photo Ordering:

Reminder that retakes for students in school and photos for Hub students will occur on October 22, 2020 from 8:30-11:30. 

Iris Learner Profiles and Individual Program Plans (IPPs):

Individual Program Plans are an integral part of planning for and supporting student learning. Teachers are meeting with students and contacting families to continue building out the conditions for success, current learning, priority learning cycles in Iris.  This year all students at Simon Fraser will be developing their student learning plan in Iris, starting with our students who have an IPP.   The learning plan can be accessed through Iris and the student’s school ID number and password at Iris.cbe.ab.ca.

 Important reasons for the student learning plan are to:

  • Support students to develop an understanding about themselves as learners.
  • Create opportunities for students to demonstrate their understanding in a learning context
  • Supports students to determine their own next steps in learning.
  • Provide opportunities for students to communicate with teachers about what they know and can do, the conditions under which they learn best, and what they need to learn next.
  • Ensure teachers can access information about student needs, interests and abilities to inform the instructional design process.
  • Ensure that what is known in one context, or by one teacher, is not lost in another.

​​​​​​​IPP’s will be sent to families before October 30, 2020 and will need to be signed and returned.  Students that are in the Hub will receive IPP’s by November 16th.

Absences:

Please be sure to call in your child’s absences so we can maintain an accurate record of attendance.  Also, if you are picking your child up early, please call the office and let us know. This will also save a phone call home.  Thanks so much!

Thanks to our families and students for another incredible week! Enjoy the weekend. 

Sincerely,

Laureen Lailey








Sep 25
Principal Update September 25, 2020

​​Happy Friday Simon Fraser Families.  Today, the staff spent the day recertifying their first aid, so you can count on safety at Simon FraserJ.  Parent council was well attended and a few new council members were added to the team.  Virtual meet the teacher is sheduled for October 6 so today’s update contains important information for parents.  Here is the week ahead and important updates:

Healthy Hunger/Fun Lunch

As a council we felt that both parents and students would love a once a week break from home made lunches.  Therefore, the parent council is organizing a fun lunch for each Wednesday in October, November and into December.  Only lunch providers that could pre-package and deliver the lunches by home room were selected for the purchase list.  Simon Fraser staff will need to distribute due to stay diligent around limiting guests. Please see the attachment for all the information on Healthy Hunger. If you have any additional questions please contact simonfraserparents@hotmail.com .  The office staff at the school will not  know the answers to your questions!  The password for for Simon Fraser is Apples123.

HH Parents_signup.pdf

Orange Shirt Day

  • Wednesday September 30th is Orange Shirt Day.  The event commemorates the residential school experience, and honours the healing journey of the survivors and their families, and to commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation. The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year. Please remind your child to wear their orange shirt if they have one.  We will also have orange ribbons available for any child who wants to participate. There will be many learning experiences embedded into our humanities classes in the coming days to support students to learn more about residential schools and reconciliation. 

Virtual Meet the Teacher:

  • Tuesday, October 6 is vitual meet the teacher! Parents can drop in online and hear from our teachers and from administration.  Myself and Mr. Edmonds will hold a virtual townhall from 7:00-7:30 to answer your questions. From 7:30-8:00 each grade grouping will be online.  The presentaitons will also be emailed out to all families so if you have one or many children you won’t miss out!

Families will be asked to mute their mic and have their cameras off, so we are asking that parents/guardians visit this online survey to pose questions to your child’s teachers or administration and we will do our best to answer the questions in the evening presentation. The chat will be open for questions that pop up at the time!  Here are the links for the evening of October 6. Please visit the website under Principal’s Message to access these links on the actual evening:

Grade 5

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

Grade 9 

Hub Families

  • Demographics and Consent forms need to be updated and returned to the main office!  Thanks so much for making this a priority in a time when parent contact is essential.

School Calendar

COVID 19: Student/Family Guidelines:

  • Alberta Health Services has updated their COVID 19 guidelines.  These guidelines for schools are easily understood and will support families to know what do to next if your child becomes ill.  Please continue to complete a daily health check with your child.
Laureen Lailey, Principal
Simon Fraser School


Sep 18
Principal Update Sept 18, 2020

The Week Ahead and Principal Update:

We are busy preparing for our first parent council meeting this coming Monday.  The Terry Fox Run was a huge success this week and with many students completing up to six laps of the field in memory and support of Terry Fox.  Please reach out at any time if you as a family have any questions or concerns.  Here are this week's updates:

 Parent Council Meeting 

·      We are excited to invite parents to the first parent council meeting on Monday September 21, 2020 from 6:45-8:45 pm.   Folks are invited to attend face-to-face or through Skype. The face-to-face will occur at Edgemont Community Association with a 20-participant cap.  Social distancing and mask wearing protocols will be followed.  Please RSVP indicating that you will be joining the meeting.  The invitation contains the link to RSVP and within the invitation you will see the link to join us virtually through skype. The first 15 minutes are for setting up the tables and chairs and the last 15 minutes are for clean-up. Meeting time will be 7-8:30. This meeting is the AGM and positions are open for those interested in joining the team. 

Hub Learning

·      All families with students enrolled in Hub learning received an email from their teacher(s) on Wednesday.  Teachers were busy in google classroom or D2L meeting with students and getting to know more about them as learners.   Formal learning and support for students will begin on Monday.  There have been some last-minute changes to teaching assignments over the past few days so, again, and I am sure you are tired of reading this from me, we thank all parents for their patience.

Demographic Verification Form

·      Were mailed home this week. Please complete as soon as possible with your signatures and the date you signed. You can drop them off at the office, mail them back to us or email back to SimonFraser@cbe.ab.ca.

Lifetouch photo day for HUB Students:

·      Lifetouch will be at Simon Fraser School on Thursday, October 22. HUB students are welcome to come in between 8:30 am and 11:00 am to line up in the hallway close to the gym and take your 2020-2021 photos on the stage. This is also retake time for students that were missing or unhappy with their original photo!

2019-2020 Yearbook Distribution

·      If you ordered and paid for a yearbook last school year, please stop by the office to pick it up. If your child came down to pick it up and there was not one for them, please log into PowerSchool to find out if you paid for one through your parent PowerSchool account from the fee receipt for 2019-2020.

Absence or late reporting: 

·      Please leave a message on the attendance line at 403-777-7290 extension 1. 

·      Emails are not working efficiently. If you still choose to email the teachers, please leave a phone message on the attendance line.

Leaving Early for an Appointment:

·      Please allow the office 10-minutes to locate your child.

·      Send your child to school with a written note for the office, your child can show it to the teacher as well.

·      Please ask your child to watch the time and ask to be dismissed by the teacher near the time of your arrival for pick-up.

·      Please allow yourself enough time to arrive at school for early pick-up.

Next week we will provide all our families with the full run down on joining us for our virtual meet the teacher evening on October 6!  Students continue to access the outdoors for learning many times during the day to have a break from their masks and reflect in the great outdoors.  Please keep reminding your child to dress for the weather as we sneak into the end of September.  Thanks again for all the support and never hesitate to reach out to give me feedback on tway to continue to build on Simon Fraser's amazing learning community.

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Laureen Lailey, Principal

Simon Fraser School


Sep 14
Principal Update Sept 11, 2020

Happy Friday Simon Fraser Families,

We had another successful week of learning!  Students are really getting into the groove of indoor and outdoor learning and it is wonderful to hear so much laughter and excitement both in the classroom and outside during lunch.  We know our families who have chosen online learning are anxiously awaiting next steps.  The update today will provide some clarity.

Here are this week's updates:

Hub Updates:

  • Families can expect to hear from their child's Hub homeroom teacher by end of day Wednesday September 16.  We are still waiting on additional details so that we can connect and officially start online learning. This was an incredibly complex process for our system and we are so thankful for everyone's patience and caring for our staff and students throughout. Teachers just received their teaching assignments yesterday and class lists will be ready early next week.   More specific details to come!
  • Once you receive the first communication from teachers regarding Hub learning, you will see that some of your child's teachers may not be from Simon Fraser.  We are putting processes and structures in place to ensure we stay connected with all teachers supporting our learners at Simon Fraser.    
  • We will continue to create opportunities for all families and their children who have chosen online learning with school based opportunities if and when possible.  Picture day was missed by our online learners and we know how important this day is for all students!  Therefore, we have set retake day aside so that our students learning on the Hub can book a time to come into the school and have their picture taken on October 22, 2020.  We know our families might be concerned about entering the building so just be sure to book a time.  We will send a link out closer to the date for sign-up.  

Transportation Update:

  • Transportation is working diligently to support all of our families to access bussing.  Please know that the reason for the delay is to ensure that each child has a seat on the bus and can travel safely.  If you have registered for bussing and have chosen to register your child for Hub online learning, please be sure to cancel bussing as soon as possible.  Hub students who remain registered for the bus could incur charges without cancelling. This will allow families waiting for bussing to be approved sooner.

Staffing:

  • We are going to be adding a teacher to our grade 6 and 7 team.  The class size in both of these grades increased due to low numbers in online learning.  Now that we have staffed the online positions, we are able to add a full-time teacher for another homeroom to these grades.  Ms. Salt will be joining us, teaching Humanities and one science class to both grades. Her official start date is September 28 and she is an exceptional teacher.  We will be working together to move students in a very thoughtful way and we also recognize that moving students in and out of cohorts may be concerning for some families.  The class sizes will be significantly smaller which will allow for more distancing and safety in the classroom.    

Meet the Teacher:

  • As a school community, we have chosen Tuesday, October 6 as our virtual meet the teacher evening.  We will start the evening at 6:30 with a virtual town hall. The first 30 minutes parents will have the opportunity to hear from myself and Mr. Edmonds. Families will be sent a link that allows them to ask their burning questions and this will help us create a presentation to respond to your queries! At 7:00, Parents will virtually connect with their grade team teachers on google meet and learn more about what is happening in learning for their children!  Families will receive more information and links to access this opportunity closer to the date.

Demographic Forms:

  • This year more than ever, it is so important for families to carefully check over your demographics form and return it to the school no later than September 23, 2020.  Families can scan and email, mail or drop off the forms. 

Parent Council:

  • Our first meeting is on September 21 at 7:00 pm.  We are currently working to secure a space for the meeting due to the limited access of external folks to the school.  We will be sending out a RSVP link so that we know how many folks are attending and how much space we will need.  This meeting will also include the AGM.  We have a few open leadership opportunities including:
    • Key Communicator
    • Vice President
    • Volunteer Coordinator

Mask Wearing:

  • Spend a few minutes reminding your child to stay safe and follow the mask protocols we have put in place when outside in the community or together on the school ground.  We know that this is the hardest part of being back together and the children are doing an amazing job of following through in the school it is just outside this gets tricky.  Just a few areas for improvement on this one!

Morning Drop-Off:

  • Please drop your child off by parking on the street.  The staff parking lot is not a safe location for drop off!  Thank you so much for your support on this.

Terry Fox Run:

  • Please see the attached letter outlining this year's Terry Fox Run!  Thanks to our amazing phys. ed team for supporting Terry's legacy.  Terry Fox Parent Letter 

Sorry for the extra-long update! We hope you have a wonderful weekend with your families and enjoy the amazing weather!  We continue to be grateful for each day we have working with your children in support of their learning, and we look forward to another week next week!

Sincerely,

Laureen Lailey

Principal, Simon Fraser School


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