Oki Somerset School Families,
We are extremely excited to greet students for the first day of school Thursday, September 1st.
Below are a few notes about school start up:
Somerset School Calendar, Kindergarten to Grade 4, is available on the school website and can be found HERE. School hours are located at the bottom of the calendar with Soft Entry beginning at 8:15am.
First Day of School Email from Teachers – Individual teachers will be emailing their students/families a class specific email on Monday, August 29th in the afternoon. This email will contain information about class meeting spots, entry and exit doors for that grade/class, a picture of the teacher and specific information needed to get the first day off to a great start. Please watch for this email.
First Day of School Phone Call from Teachers – Individual teachers will be calling their students/families on Tuesday, August 30th in the afternoon. This phone call will repeat the information about class meeting spots, entry and exit doors for that class shared in the previous days email in addition to provide families the opportunity to share any addition information to ensure a success first week of school for students.
School Supplies – all student supplies are provided by the school. Students only need to bring with them an appropriately sized backpack, indoor shoes, healthy snack and water bottle (if they choose) and their lunch (if students are staying for lunch.) Additional information regarding Staying for Lunch can be found HERE.
MyCBE PowerSchool – can be found HERE. Information on how to set up your My CBE Account can be found HERE.
School Office – the office will be open beginning Monday, August 29th at 10:00am. Our daily office hours are from 8:00am – 4:00pm. Our school phone number is 403-777-7001.
Upcoming Important Dates
- Monday, September 5th – Labour Day - no school
- Friday, September 9th – Bottle Drive Fundraiser through School Council
- Wednesday, September 21st - Terry Fox Run
- Sept. 12th to Oct. 6th – Soccer Residency
- Friday, September 23rd (all day – no school for students) - Parent/Teacher Conferences
- Friday, September 30th – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – no school for students
Hand to Heart,
Somerset School Principal
School CALENDAR can be found HERE.
Somerset School Website (staff emails, calendars, school, forms, etc.)
MyCBE / PowerSchool account (attendance, reports, busing, fees, school conferences)
We are currently in the process of updating the Somerset School website. One of the changes which you will notice is the work our school community has been engaging in to support the development of both student and staff well-being.
A key element which flows throughout our work in ensuring Somerset school is a “welcoming,
caring, respectful and safe” learning environment which “respects
diversity and nurtures a sense of belonging and positive sense of self” is
the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to be well in every sense of the word. We need to be well emotionally, intellectually, physically, socially and spiritually.
Leaning into the Medicine Wheel as a key
visual for well-being, not only provides a visual framework to build our
conceptual understanding of wellness, it also supports the application of
First Nations, Metis and Inuit knowledge systems. The wisdom from other cultures and life experiences provides us with an alternative way to think about how we can raise strong resilient students. We know
in order to live well in society, one needs to be educated. Students who do not graduate with a grade 12
education usually experience a diminished quality of life. It is also important to note, not graduating impacts
not only the student's life, but the lives of their future children and
grandchildren are also negatively impacted.
We know having an educated Mind is
critical to lifelong success, but teaching the skills and creating the
environments from which students can be ready to educate their minds is also
This involves teaching and developing the
learning which occurs on the inside of a person. Learning which occurs in the ‘human
heart.” Teaching the Mind can come from
books, conversations, and other forms of communications, but we can only build
the heart or student wellness from providing students with ith
At Somerset School we are nurturing the heart, mind and spirit of our students by providing students with experiences to expand their abilities to:
1) show kindness and generosity by teaching and modelling the act of assuming good intent and forgiving the mistakes of others. Generosity involves showing respect for self, others, and the environment(s) we live in. These actions demonstrate the how we know we are good.
2) show belonging by teaching and modelling how to be friendly and cooperative with others. These actions demonstrate how important each of us are.
3) show perseverance in times which challenge us both academically and socially. This requires the development of an emotional vocabulary to support the ability to be self-aware and demonstrate self-control, patience, and independence. Independence is the action of being responsible for ourselves and our actions.
4) show curiosity and mastery which demonstrates what we are capable of.
This work is fuelled by the common goal of progressing students along the continuum of becoming "problem solvers, who think critically and are actively engaged in leading healthy lives of meaning."
Hand to heart,
Somerset School Principal
We hope everyone was able to enjoy their summer. It is very exciting knowing we will be welcoming students back to Somerset and are looking forward to working with families to ensure continued student growth and excellence.
On Wednesday, September 1 at 8:10am, teachers will begin meeting their students outside students assigned entry / exit points. Each grade level door will be labelled, and teachers will have a large sign with their name on it to help you see them. This is where students will meet, then enter the school, every morning and where your parents / guardians can meet you at the end of the day.
We want to assure you that the Somerset staff and administration continue to focus on health, safety, and learning. We are following the health protocols from Alberta Health Services and Calgary Board of Education. Last week, you received a message from Christopher Usih, Chief Superintendent of Schools, which shared information about the health protocols all CBE schools will be following. Below is a link to this message, please take time to read all the information provided to our CBE families:
I would like to highlight a few key points:
- There is mandated masking indoors for all staff and students (K to 12) for the start of the 2021-22 school year.
- No parents/visitors will be permitted in CBE schools at this time.
- All staff and students who present with COVID-19 symptoms need to stay home and follow AHS directions.
- Frequent hand washing and sanitizing will continue to occur.
- We are maintaining our cohorts from Kindergarten to Grade 6.
You can expect an email and phone call starting on Monday, August 30 from your child’s homeroom teacher outlining the first day as well as other pertinent information for returning to school. If you have not received an email or phone call from your child’s teacher by Tuesday, August 31 at noon please call Somerset School to let us know.
We are very excited to see everyone Wednesday, September 1 at 8:10am, and are looking forward to another great year at Somerset School!
Nathan Bane and Nathan deBoer
Dear Somerset School Community,
It is with great pleasure that I write this letter to you as the incoming principal of Somerset School. My name is Nathan Bane and I am truly honored to have been selected to join the Somerset School team.
Over the last 15 years, my work as a teacher, learning leader, and administrator has allowed me to develop a diverse background of extensive experiences moving learning forward in the areas of: literacy, numeracy, social emotional health, instrumental music, construction, career technology foundations, physical education, and science. These experiences span Kindergarten to grade 12 and include a variety of unique program settings. In my current K-5 setting, Keeler school, I developed a deep passion for early literacy and have been successful in ensuring all learners are provided equitable access to the supports and opportunities they require to reach their potential.
I have heard incredible things about the students, staff, and families at Somerset school and look forward to working alongside each of you to continue to collectively build Somerset school to be a place where students are empowered to solve problems and think critically as they become active and informed citizens who live healthy lives with meaning.
If I do not have the opportunity to meet you prior to the end of the 2020-2021 school year, please enjoy your summer and know I look forward to meeting each one of you when school begins in September 2021.
Incoming Principal, Somerset School
Calgary Board of Education
Dear Somerset School Families and Students,
It is with mixed emotions that I am writing to inform you that after thirty one years of teaching in eight different Calgary Board of Education schools as a teacher, Vice Principal, Assistant Principal and the Principal of Somerset School for the past eleven years, I have decided to retire effective June 30, at the end of this school year. It is time for new adventures, a new chapter in my life and to having more time with family and friends.
It has been an amazing journey of learning and growing as a person and an educator alongside so many students, their families and staff which I will be forever grateful for.
I would like to personally thank you and express my gratitude for your support during my time at Somerset School for working with us for your child’s learning and well-being. It has been an honour and a privilege to be a part of a community that has been so supportive, engaged and caring. A special thank you to the many parents and guardians who have served on School Council, the Friends of Somerset School Foundation and many volunteers who have played an integral role in enhancing the students learning experience, well-being and sense of belonging with our community.
To support the transition to a new Principal the position will be posted in the near future. The goal is to have the new Principal in place before the end of this school year to assist in the transition and planning for the 21-22 school year. We are fortunate to have time to work together for a smooth transition.
The Calgary Board of Education welcomes input from parents, students and staff regarding the programming and leadership attributes you value. A input survey link has been provided to our Somerset School community via school messenger on May 21 and will be open until June 1. The input will be shared with the new principal for Somerset School to inform their entry plan into the school.
With our strong team at Somerset School we look forward to a positive last part of the school year and a successful transition supporting the new Principal to prepare for 21-22.
Thank you for your continued support and involvement working with us for student learning and well-being.
We are excited to welcome our students back to school on Tuesday, May 25!
Jim Gibb, Principal
Welcome to a new school year! We deeply missed our students and school families last spring. Thank you everyone for your commitment and cooperation last spring to make the best of our online learning during our pandemic times. September is a time of building relationships and creating a sense of belonging, safety and overall well-being for all students and their families. Welcome to our new students and families to Somerset School. Our focus will be on student well-being & safety and student learning. It is heart-warming to have students back at school and we also extend a warm welcome to our students who have chosen to participate in the online “Hub” learning experience as they are still an important part of our school community too! For our families who have moved on, for various reasons, we wish you all the best.
We also need to acknowledge the outstanding work of our school staff – teachers & support staff, for their hard work planning for a successful re-entry and welcoming students back as well as our Facility Operator and Cleaner team for their preparation for the year and their daily diligent work.
We are in the process of evaluating our school enrolment, our staff and school learning configuration/resources as everything is subject to change, thank you for your understanding. We will keep you informed as to any upcoming changes as needed in the coming days and weeks in September.
A big thank you to all our students and their families for respecting and following the health and safety COVID 19 re-entry plans and AHS – CBE – Covid 19 protocols for a safe and healthy start. We thank you for your daily care and diligence in following the safety expectations each day for the entire school year with your children to support daily school and AHS preventative measures.
Thank you again parents and guardians for following AHS directives for health and safety by following the “daily student” screening for student health and wellness questionnaire/protocols each day before coming to school each day.
Please follow attendance procedure and if absent a reminder to call the school office for the reason of absence too. Thank you for your support as we work with you striving to keep everyone healthy and well.
For student safety - A reminder to check your “school messenger – school email" and our CBE main website
on a daily basis for updates from the school and/or system regarding:
- Safety updates and COVID 19 updates and safety measures and/or directives
- Teacher – classroom-grade team messages to families to support the students
- School messages/updates – general information, new directives, school wide alerts for safety measures, requests for feedback, follow up on form completion and submission
Thank you to our School Council and FSSF for their support of the school. Look out for information coming on our first school council “virtual" meeting of the year and the meeting schedule for 20-21. One of the greatest predictors of student achievement is strong working relationships between students, teachers, parents and the community. All parents and guardians are always welcome and invited to attend. Thank you to our volunteer executive and committee chairs for their leadership roles with our Somerset School Council and Friends of Somerset School Foundation, for the 20-21 school year, led by our Chairperson Michelle P.
Communication and Collaboration is Key for Student Success
To best support student learning we know open and constructive home and school communication is key. We encourage you to contact your child's teacher directly with any questions or concerns you may have with any issues via email or phone. Teachers will respond to you before or after school by phone or email – thank you for your patience and understanding. Please call the office with urgent or emergency matters. Working together sends a clear and important message to each student that we care deeply about their individual needs and that together, we have their best interests in mind to be safe, secure and successful.
Meet the Teacher Conferences
We will be sending out more information on the format, dates, times and details for this important part of the school year. We will focus on learning more about each student, their strengths, interests and learning and developmental needs and how to best work together for success.
Choose “Safety and Clean Air" Over Convenience
We encourage a “No Idle Zone" around the school. Respect the space around our pedestrian sidewalks and fire hydrants - park five metres away for the safety. Please stop making U-turn's in pedestrian cross walk area. The Calgary Police Service and Calgary Parking Authority will do patrols to support everyone meeting this safety expectation including photographic enforcement.
We also encourage citizens submitting complaints to the Calgary Police Service “online complaint form" as another way to support a safe zone for our students, their families and our neighborhood. Together we can keep the students and our community members safe!
We welcome families new to Somerset to contact the school our number is 403-777-7001. We are still welcoming new kindergarten registrations – contact the office for information as well as the CBE main homepage.
On behalf of Somerset School, our staff and the Calgary Board of Education, we wish you a healthy and successful school year!
Kind regards – Mr. J. Gibb, Principal and Mr. N. deBoer, A. Principal
Somerset School Families and Students,
We hope that all our students,
parents, guardians and families are healthy and safe. What a year it has been! We are in the home stretch with
preparations for the upcoming year well under way. We wish our grade 4 families
and students moving on to grade 5 all the very best in the future. The virtual
farewell celebration time and details for grade 4 students and their families
will be shared soon by Ms. Jongeling and Mr. Hitchcock.
We have accomplished a lot working together from last September to
now…here are a few highlights…
- We reflect on the many families that
attended the Family Picnic to help build community and strong relationships
with each other, teachers and administration to start the year
- The unveiling of our new buddy bench
honoring Mrs. Baines as part of our Terry Fox Run in September to help build a
place of belonging and inclusiveness for all students
- Orange Shirt Day – recognizing that “every
child matters” - school wide learning- to honour the Indigenous
children who were sent away to residential schools in Canada and learn more
about the history of those schools.
- The amazing volunteers that made in
school and out of school experiences like field trips and Scientist in the School
possible all through the school year
- Our Halloween Howl Family event in
October for a building community spirit and belonging
- The moving Remembrance Day Assembly
honoring those who have served and are currently serving
- National Metis Week –school wide
learning - held annually in November surrounding Louis Riel Day to remember
& honour Riel's leadership and bravery in leading the Métis people of
- Bullying Awareness week in Alberta – school
wide learning- promoting awareness and understanding of bullying,
its impacts and people and resources that can help; encouraging everyone to
learn where to turn when dealing with bullying.
- Our grade 4 leadership club and student
“Success Makers” being there for other students everyday on the playground and
as peer helpers in school activitiies
- The strong involvement and high parent
participation in our Parent-Teacher Conferences in November
- Our fabulous book fair in November with
proceeds purchasing more reading materials for the students
- Our communities generosity for food
bank/clothing donations during the holiday season in December
- The support of two live theatre
performances and a week-long hip hop dance residency sponsored by our School
Council and Friends of Somerset School Foundation
- Our Winter Play Day, school wide Mission
Impossible Obstacle Course challenge in physical education classes, our new
“Heart & Hustle” award and active living clubs offered by the teachers
- National Pink Shirt Day - “Kindness
Promise” and leadership club “Blizzard of Kindness” project to connect with all
students to make a difference - school wide learning - a day to stand against bullying, working
to raise awareness of bullying prevention and highlight where to turn if in
need of help
- Our Spring Concert “Celebration of
student learning” evening performance in early March
- Our fabulous School Council and FSSF
members who gave generously of their time and viewpoints to enhance student
learning as well as organizing and running our Fun Lunches and Halloween Howl
Family event in October for community spirit and belonging
- Our terrific team of teachers & support
staff who care deeply and make a difference every day!
With all this supporting our work to reach School Development goals for
student well-being, and student achievement in mathematics and literacy.
We also want to genuinely express our gratitude for the work that you have
done with the teachers and your children to support their “learning at home”
via the online learning platforms that were introduced in March. We will continue
to support you and your children in caring, empathetic and flexible ways for
the remainder of this school year. If you are looking for tools to support your
child and your family through this time, resources are available for student
health and wellness at this link CBE
Please also continue to reach out
directly to your child’s homeroom teacher for assistance and support too. More
information will be coming out to parents and guardians for the process for
year-end report cards, IPPs and student material pick-ups at the school
following the CBE – Alberta Health Services protocols for your health &
safety and the health & safety of others. We realize you may have many
questions about fees and more. You can find answers to frequently asked
questions here - visit this CBE page often as information is updated regularly.
So much has been learned from this experience and additional innovative ways
to further personalize learning to meet student needs as well as new ways to
communicate, collaborate and celebrate our work with our students and families
We are awaiting direction for the 2020-21 school year from Alberta Health
Services Alberta Education and the CBE and we will communicate with you as
information and direction becomes available. We feel inspired by what we have
achieved together as a community and believe that we are well positioned to
build on our strengths and continued collaborative efforts to have a successful
and meaningful learning experience in 2020-21 for all students and families.
you to School Council, Friends of Somerset School Foundation and our volunteers
for their tremendous support throughout the school year. Thank you to our
executive for their service, for members departing as well as ones continuing.
Thank you and welcome to our new volunteers for getting involved to continue
the wonderful tradition of support for students and the school. Information
coming on meeting dates for 2020-21.
Please note there is a message on our CBE home
page news from our Chief Superintendent regarding – “Racism and Schooling:
Public Education Plays an Important Role”.
We all need to work together to contribute to
Go to www.cbe.ab.ca
to keep up to date on system information and updates for the 20-21 start up
that may be available during the summer holiday break. Remember August 1 is the
current scheduled time for an announcement from Alberta Education regarding
more details for re-entry and the new school year.
On behalf of all the staff and the Calgary
Board of Education thank you for your support of Somerset School
We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable summer
Happy summer – stay well – stay active – stay
J. Gibb, Principal and N. deBoer, A. Principal
Dear Somerset School Families and Students,
These are unprecedented times and we hope that all our students, parents, guardians and families are healthy and safe. We really miss our students and their families. We look forward to the day students are able to attend classes once again at school. We want to genuinely express our gratitude for the work that you are doing. To the best of your current abilities, under these trying circumstances, thank you for working with the teachers and your children to support their “learning at home" via the online learning platforms that have been introduced in the past two weeks. We will continue to reach out and support you and your children in caring, empathetic and flexible ways.
Thank you for being open and honest with your child's learning challenges and concerns during this time. We will continue to be very conscious and responsive to addressing the changing needs and stressors that each family and their children may have in the coming days and weeks of this unexpected “learning at home" journey.
Health and Wellness – Supporting Your Child
We know that this situation is a stressful time for you and your families and that home life has changed dramatically. If you are feeling overwhelmed and are looking for tools to support your child through this situation, resources are available on the CBE website. Please also continue to reach out directly to your child's homeroom teacher for assistance and support too.
Technology for Students
Teachers have been actively working with you to address and overcome stressors, pressures and frustrations with online learning and technology. As we slowly move forward we are encouraged that issues and concerns are being addressed in a kind and effective manner realizing that this is still challenging for our families and our students. Somerset School is individually working with families in the need, to address this, thank you for your patience – stay tuned for more details.
In response, Education Matters, Calgary's trust for public education, has set up a fundraising campaign for the purchase of technology to ensure that all students are able to participate in ongoing learning while classes in schools remain cancelled. You can find more information about this campaign or how to donate here.
The Electronic Recycling Association is also accepting donations of computers and laptops, more information about this program is available here.
It is important to note that "ongoing learning" is not equivalent to online learning. The goal is not re-create a robust educational ecosystem online, but rather to provide temporary access to instruction and instructional supports for students and families during this global health crisis and cancellation of classes. Recognizing that this new learning platform has reduced instructional hours by up to 80%, (as directed by Alberta Education), teachers have been asked to identify and focus learning activities for essential outcomes from the curriculum. In doing so, teachers must consider what is reasonable and manageable for students and their families.
Additionally, parents must also consider what is reasonable and manageable given the context of your home environment. Empathy and flexibility are at the forefront of all our conversations as a staff, and we encourage parents to reach out to teachers and school administration with questions. Certainly, as this is only week 2 of ongoing learning, we all will need to make adjustments as we move forward.
Assessment and Reporting
While staff are engaging in many conversations with families, as we seek to be consistent across the CBE, and follow our direction from Alberta Education, you may find the following link helpful. The CBE's Ongoing Learning page holds important information and links related to assessment and reporting, accessing learning platforms and additional activities and ideas for families if desired. https://www.cbe.ab.ca/programs/curriculum/learning-at-home/Pages/default.aspx.
Frequently Asked Questions
Families have many questions about fees, assessment, final marks and more. You can find answers to frequently asked questions here - visit this CBE page often as information is updated regularly. Please also continue to reach out directly to your child's homeroom teacher too with your questions as well. For example, if after communicating directly with your child's teacher and you need to pick up or drop off materials at the school please work with them and we will set up an individual appointment at the school for pick up/drop off following the CBE – Alberta Health Services protocols for your health & safety and the health & safety of others.
We are in this Together
To our students – we miss you. We look forward to having you back inside Somerset School with you and your friends. We are thinking of you each and every day. Please continue doing whatever you need to do to remain healthy and to continue learning. Your teachers are here for you. You may reach out to them whenever you need extra support. You are not alone.
We thank all of you for your patience during this time. Even though we are separated, we are working together: each student, every day, no exceptions.
On behalf of Somerset School Staff we wish you and your families the very best, take care and stay well.
We are here for you – together we are stronger.
Jim Gibb – Principal and Nathan deBoer – Assistant Principal
Welcome to a new school year! September has been a time of building relationships and creating a sense of belonging for all students and their families. Welcome to our new students and families to Somerset. Thank you to our School Council and FSSF for sponsoring our Welcome Back Family Picnic entertainment. We had a wonderful turn out and students and families in attendance were able to connect with one another and our teaching staff. Please support our School Council and FSSF “Admazing Coupon Book Fundraiser” that helps enhance the learning experience for students with such things as guest performances, library books and physical education equipment.
One of the greatest predictors of student achievement is strong working relationships between students, teachers, parents and the community. The Somerset School Council and Friends of Somerset School Foundation first meeting is on Sept. 26. All parents and guardians are welcome and invited to attend. Thank you to our executive and committee chairs for our Somerset School Council and Friends of Somerset School Foundation for the 19-20 school year.
President— Stephanie Pollock
Vice President— Kelsey Sheptak
Special Events—Co Chairs – Stephanie Peachey, Jessie Moore, Kelsey Sheptak & Leilani MacQuarrie
Special Lunches—Wendy Kirby
Casino—Co Chairs - Michelle Proulx & Michelle Tolley
The upcoming meetings are Oct. 17 and Nov. 28 at 6:30 to 8 PM. Babysitting is provided courtesy of Somerset School Council and FSSF in the gymnasium.
Communication is Key – Our Door is Always Open
To best support student learning we know open and constructive home and school communication is key. We encourage you to contact your child’s teacher directly with any questions or concerns you may have with any issues. Working together sends a clear and important message to all students that we care deeply about their individual needs and that together, we have their best interests in mind to be safe, secure and successful.
Terry Fox Run and Buddy Bench in Celebration of Mrs. Baines – Sept. 27
Somerset School Halloween Howl Family Event
Choose “Safety and Clean Air” Over Convenience
We welcome families new to Somerset to visit the school. Our number is 403-777-7001. On behalf of Somerset School and the Calgary Board of Education, we wish you a terrific year!
Kind regards – Mr. J. Gibb, Principal and Mr. N. deBoer, A. Principal
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