Dear Parent / Guardian
I would like to take this opportunity to send a thank you out to all our in person and Hub learners and families as the holiday season approaches. Students, parents and staff have worked together to ensure implementation such as hand sanitation, wearing of masks and social distancing are balanced with the wellbeing of learners. Staff have found creative solutions to maintain connection within the school community reading buddies, celebrations and assemblies, all done virtually. Most recently our parent volunteers began experimenting with virtual stories readings to classrooms with great success. Please take the time over the holidays to reconnect as families, laugh, and adventure outside together. On behalf of SVS staff have a safe and caring holiday break!
I am reaching out to you for support in ensuring the safety of all students attending SVS.
I would ask that as parents, we model appropriate social distancing during drop off and pickup of students. If your student is in close proximity to other children, please ensure the recommended spacing even though we are in an outdoor environment. If you choose to join student lines to say farewell and reassure your child please use a mask If other students are in close proximity.
Children are attracted to dogs by nature and a crowd will gather quickly to pet or say hello to our furry friends. Just a gentle reminder, that dogs are not permitted on school grounds and signage is evident around the property to remind the public. If you do include the family dog during drop off and pickup times please ensure you remain on the public sidewalk and prearrange a meeting spot with your children.
Finally, with redeployment of staff at dismissal we are no longer able to be physically present in the parking lot to monitor vehicles and student pickup and drop off. The parking lot is not for parent parking for pickup or drop-off as it is unsafe for pedestrian traffic during peak times. Please walk around the lot using the sidewalk to enter and exit with students before and after school.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support.
Dear Simons Valley Families,
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.
As you are aware on July 21, Education Minister Adriana LaGrange announced that all
schools across the province will return to classes under Scenario 1 – in-school classes
resume (near normal with health measures). In response, plans are well underway in
our school to welcome our community of students as we adhere to current health
CBE’s Scenario 1 Information can be found on our website and outlines the measures
we are taking to provide for the health and safety of our students. Please refer to this
document for detailed information on health measures, physical set-up of schools,
cleaning of schools, daily operation of schools and transportation. The actions
described in the document follow the guidelines provided by Alberta Education’s K-12
School Re-entry COVID-19 information: Guidance for schools re-entry Scenario 1. We
continue to refine information in our re-entry planning based on provincial and CBE
Please visit our school website http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/simonsvalley/ for
information on the actions and processes that are being applied to the specific
context of our school.
would like to take this opportunity to thank our students, parents and staff
for their flexibility, persistence and support throughout this school
year. This year our school community has faced restructuring of
classrooms to reflect current financial realities within our school and finding
ways to support all learners. Students have continued to learn at home
with the support of their parents and online teaching focused on literacy and
mathematics essential learnings during the public health crisis.
have been busy preparing our building and classrooms to meet the new
health measure guidelines for fall re entry to school. Our hope is that classes will
resume with near normal conditions in September. Please look for specific
announcements from the Minister of Education on August first for confirmation
of re-entry be it as usual, hybrid alternating days and cohorts of students or
continuation of at home online learning.
will be contacting students during the first three operational days August 27-28 and September 1 to introduce themselves. Our office will be open starting Monday August
24th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm by appointment to assist with registration and answer any questions
regarding lunch, bussing and admissions.
behalf of the staff at SVS, I wish all our students and families a safe and
healthy summer break. We look forward to seeing all your friendly smiling
faces in September.
Just a reminder to check the Simons Valley School website for designated times of when you can pick up your child’s belongings.
In keeping with guidelines for social distancing, please comply with the schedule.
Schedule for Pick-Up.pdf
Student last name (A-L) ONLY pick up on Thursday and Student last name (M-Z) Tuesday only.
Please only come during your time. Wednesday April 15th is an alternate date only to be used if you are unable to come in this Thursday or upcoming Tuesday.
LIBRARY BOOKS and HOME READING BOOKS
All SVS library books/home reading books can be returned the day of your pick up.
In addition, to the ‘Great Pick Up’, we will also have boxes available for food donations.
The Salvation Army Berkshire Citadel Community Church has been at the forefront of supporting many of our SVS families and this is one way we can help replenish their supplies. They are in need of canned fruit and vegetables but are grateful for any non-perishable items.
Be Brave, Be Kind, Stay Positive.
Dear Simons Valley 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.
March break is to continue as planned for the week of March 23-27, 2020. I ask all SVS 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 SVS
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.
Chris Snow / Gina Davidoff
Administrative Team, Simons Valley School
March 18, 2020 Re: Picking-up Critical Items and Moving Forward
Dear Parents and Guardians:
I would first like to extend thanks for the many emails we have received with well-wishes and care for our staff. This is a difficult and challenging time for our learning community. We understand the unprecedented health situation with which we are faced, however the interruption of relationships and learning has had an impact on us all. We hope this message finds you and your family maintaining good health and safe practices.
We know our students, parents and teachers have many questions about how our school year will proceed. Yesterday, an email was sent to all parents with suggestions for learning activities that students could do in the few days before the beginning of Spring Break holidays on March 20th. The Calgary Board of Education and Alberta Education are working hard to determine the best way for teaching and learning to continue on a long-term basis. Please be patient with us during this transitional period. In order to streamline communication, we are asking parents to limit questions and emails with teachers and office staff as they do not have any more information at this time.
There may be a need for some families to pick up critical personal items such as medication, inhalers, epi-pens, digital devices, etc. from the school before spring break. We are able to facilitate this but are asking families only to do so if it is necessary. All other student belongings will remain safe and available for pick-up when it is safe to do so (date and time to be determined). At this time, teachers will keep student work at school in order to complete and update important learning assessments. They will be returned to students when it is safe to do so.
Please contact our office at 777-6660 as soon as possible, if you feel you must pick-up critical personal belongings. Items will be made available for pick-up tomorrow, Thursday, March 19th between 9:00 am and 12:00 noon. We are asking that only one parent come to the school please.
As per AHS zero-tolerance policy, anyone with any respiratory symptoms (e.g. fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, including symptoms that may seem like a mild cold), will not be permitted to enter the building.
We wish you a safe spring break with your family.
I have received our finalized budget for the 2019/2020 school year for SVS. After reviewing our budgetary allocations, I have identified for layoffs, three Educational Assistants, two Lunchroom Supervisor positions and reduced the Library Assistant position weekly hours. I would like to thank Ms. Petersen, Ms. Stenbeck, Ms. Leung, Ms. O’Brien and Ms. James for their dedication and ethic of care that they have extended to countless students at SVS over the last four years. Their skill sets will be missed greatly by the students, families and staff at SVS.
In addition to these support staff positions, I have terminated early a 1.0 full time temporary teaching position prior to April 7th initial end date within our grade one team. Administration is working on scenarios involving redeployment and reorganization of remaining staff to meet the instructional gaps created by this shift. Affected students/ families will be contacted in the event of changes in classroom assignments or teacher redeployment well in advance of the February 3, 2020 end date.
SVS office staff will also be impacted as of February 3, 2020. With a reduction in hours, I am asking parents to inform the office no later than 3:00 pm if students will not be taking the bus or need to wait at the office area for appointments at dismissal. Of course, we understand and will take calls for unexpected circumstances. After 3:30, we will not have personnel free to take last minute parent calls as bussing and ensuring students are accounted for will be prioritized.
Program enhancements that have a direct budgetary cost to the school in the form of fee subsidies will result in the cancellation of the school wide ski program, swimming, and outdoor school for the 2019/2020 school year. We will be working with staff, council and students to explore alternate sources and funds for these enhancements for the upcoming 2020/2021 school year.
Welcome back to the 2019/2020 school year at SVS. We are anticipating student enrollment will be approximately 657 this school year by the end of September. Classroom configurations have not changed from the spring organisation of 25 classroom 1-6, Skill and 2 K rooms. We will be operating with a reduced music program from 1.0 to .6 of a position. We are happy to welcome Ms. Moncrieff to SVS who will be working with classrooms once per week to deliver music instruction this school year. As well, we are excited to have Mrs. Sutherland as part of the K team.
Lunchroom will look a little different this year, as we move back to staggered eating times. Division 1 will eat first and then go outside to play and Division 2 students will be outside first and eating second. Students in division 1 will be in the multipurpose space and DLC. Division 2 students will be in some classrooms, DLC and outside room 18.
Starting in October, we are going to attempt to reduce SVS ecological footprint by moving towards a “Pack it in and Out” philosophy. What we ask is that students bring lunch/snack in reusable containers .Once the item is consumed the packaging will be put back into lunch kits and returned home for recycling. If parents could provide a locking baggie for compost such as apple cores, yogurt tubes etc. they will also return home with the student for composting at home.
Please take a minute to go to our school website and view your child's classroom blog. This is a new way of communicating to you of what is happening in our classrooms. It can be found under the Teaching and Learning heading and then in the Departments and classes tab. Please note that Ms. Boston's site is requiring some technical updates and therefore you can visit Mrs. McGivern's blog for her information for the moment.
A big thanks to SVS Parent Council for hosting our K parents during the first 2 days of staggered entry and any other new families to SVS. It was a pleasure to meet our new families and have them meet key staff members and tour the building when it was full of kids excited to learn new things and meet new friends as the year begins.
Parent teacher interviews will be held on Thursday September 19th from 2-4pm and again from 5-7pm. Students will be dismissed at 12:10 ( our regular lunch hour) on that day. Interviews will continue on Friday September 20th from 8:30-1:30pm. Please contact Barbara Hordern at email@example.com if you require a translator by Tuesday, September 10th.
Mr. Chris Snow
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