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
The arrival of June reminds us that we are in the home stretch of the school year with preparations for the upcoming year well under way. We wish our Grade 4 students moving on all the best in Grade 5. The farewell celebration for Grade 4 students and their families is on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 26 – more details to follow. We express our gratitude to all our families for their support and openness in working with us for what is best for their child, their learning journey and our school community.
Thank you to the School Council and the Friends of Somerset School Foundation as well as our many volunteers for their tremendous support throughout the school year including a wonderful Sports Day on June 8. Special thanks to Joey for his leadership of the Spring Carnival and many other volunteers that brought our learning community together. Thank you to our past executive for their service and for members continuing on as well new parents getting involved to continue the wonderful tradition of support for students and the school. Your voice makes a difference and supports student learning.
Our final Somerset School Council and Friends of Somerset School Foundation meeting is on Thursday, June 7 at 3:45 PM – we encourage you to attend, everyone is a member! Your voice and involvement makes a difference and supports us in doing our best for students and learning. Babysitting is provided free of charge in the gymnasium courtesy of the Council and FSSF.
Maximizing Resources for Student Learning and Classroom Organization in 2018-2019
We are doing our best to maximize the resources we have, to allocate teachers and support staff for the school, to best meet the needs of all students in a safe and caring learning environment.
* All of our plans and grade configurations are subject to change depending on student need and enrolment changes by the end of June and at the start of the new year in September 2018.
We understand the importance of keeping class sizes at a reasonable level for all grades. In late June and early September 2018 we will re-evaluate the learning needs of the entire student population. We will determine if the configuration (classroom organization of students and use of our teaching & learning resources) continues to be the best approach, based on a variety of factors, for all students.
Factors such as a change in student enrolment at a particular grade level may mean adjusting the classroom and school organization in late June or early September and the re-assigning of teachers and support staff to different assignments. Currently our plan includes our Grade 2 and 3 students being in 4 combined classes for the 18-19 school year and kindergarten, grades one and four being in straight grade classrooms and TASC class. Should our enrolment go through a significant change it “may” also require other changes given the resources we have to utilize to organize and staff the school. We will notify you if such a change is required at that time. Thank you for your understanding and support as we do our best to meet the needs of all students with the resources we have.
Kindergarten and Grade 1 to 4 Registration
At this time we have two Kindergarten classes for 2018-2019 – one morning and one afternoon. If you know of a Somerset community friend or neighbour who has not registered their child for kindergarten please encourage them to contact the school for registration details and requirements.
Heart and Stroke “Jump Rope for Heart”
It is exciting to see the students feeling the joy of activity through skipping this past month. Jump Rope for Heart is a great way to inspire students about a healthy lifestyle and caring for others. On behalf of the Heart and Stroke Foundation we thank you for raising nearly $4 000.00. Students who participated in this voluntary fundraising effort will be receiving their recognition prizes by the end of June.
Starting the 2018-2019 School Year
The school office will be open for new registrations or questions on Wednesday, August 29, 2018. Students will begin their new year on Tuesday, September 4 at 8:25 AM. Kindergarten students will be given their scheduled start and AM or PM placement designations by the end of this school year.
Hello Somerset School Family’s – Did you know?
Fundraising efforts supported by the Somerset School Council and led by the Friends of Somerset School Foundation enhance student learning and student life at Somerset School.
Some examples where the money raised goes are the family picnic entertainment, sports day ice-cream, permanent benches for the 10th anniversary located out the front of the school, Canada 150 Fence Art Legacy Project, library books, physical education and music equipment, art supplies, hands-on learning materials for mathematics, science, language arts and social studies, sponsoring the costs of Outdoor Education field trips to Ann and Sandy Cross Conservation Area and other destinations such as Heritage Park, the Calgary Zoo and many others, theatre performances, a popcorn machine, hip hop dance residencies, home reading books, special needs resources, student agendas and technology.
The Somerset School Council, FSSF and volunteers, in cooperation with the school, organize and run the School Family Dance and Spring Carnival, the seven special treat days throughout the year and run and lead the Friends of Somerset School Foundation fundraising casino and other fundraising efforts.
A reminder that report cards go home for Kindergarten students, on their last day of school, which is Monday, June 25 and for Grade 1 to 4 students on Wednesday, June 27, which is their last day of school. We wish everyone a great end to the school year and a safe and enjoyable summer holiday coming up soon! Please go to www.cbe.ab.ca to keep up to date on system information and updates. On behalf of the staff and the Calgary Board of Education thank you for your continued support of Somerset School.
Yours in active learning and living - Mr. J. Gibb, Principal and Mr. Shoults, Assistant Principal
March 2018 Principal’s Newsletter Message - Welcome to March!
Somerset School is “A Place for Wonder” where day to day we encourage students to pose questions or respond to questions to promote curiosity, investigation and their desire to develop new and meaningful understandings. We look forward to Student Led Conferences March 22 and 23 where our students will share their learning, demonstrate their understandings and celebrate their achievements with parents and guardians before spring break. Information to book a conference will be sent out the week before the conferences. As always please contact your child’s teacher directly with any question or concerns or if needed, to book an appointment to further discusses their progress and achievement.
We extend a big thank you to our volunteers and our teacher committee for their help with our “Winter Sports Olympic Day” on February 23 and our Winter Olympic learning activities in the month of February. Our sports day activity was a cross grade team event that included friendly competition, lots of team work and a lively opening ceremony with students parading in the gym representing different countries from around the world. It was an amazing month of learning about countries around the world, cheering on and tracking the accomplishments of Team Canada and for students to reflect and set goals for their personal and athletic hopes and dreams. Thank you also to our Somerset School Council and FSSF for sponsoring this event by providing popcorn and hot chocolate!
We also recognized and participated in National Pink Shirt Day on February 28. We will continue with our daily anti-bullying work by supporting students to build their anti-bully response and prevention skills as well as building peer support efforts in our community like our grade 4 student leadership program - “Success Makers”. This is a team of trained leadership club students, wearing bright vests, who offer peer support, problem solving assistance and friendship on our playground daily at recess and lunch break. They also report issues to a supervisor when more intervention is needed. Thank you for working with us to voice any concerns so that together we can address any issues, respond with a plan and follow up together to make sure things are being resolved in a positive fashion for everyone.
Family Math Evening at Somerset School with Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks
Wednesday, April 4 6 to 7:30 PM
A written invitation and rsvp request went home with all students on March 5 – to help us with planning for the evening please let us know if you can attend with your child; all students must be with an adult family member.
This evening is connected with our School Development Plan focused on improving student’s ability to analyze, reason and apply skills and knowledge to solve mathematical problems as well as working with parents, guardians and family members as our partners in teaching and learning mathematics. For students it is a fun way to review and strengthen basic math skills and build strategies to approach and solve problems! For parents and guardians it is motivating and simple homework support, builds up children to feel more secure in their math skills to experience greater success, and the fun, hands-on games help your child with further developing their math skills and problem solving ability!
Ever Active Schools - #Dontwalkinthehallways
Notice the funny shapes making pathways throughout our school hallways? Research tells us that daily physical education and promoting student physical activity throughout the day helps students focus more on their school work and with that focus comes increased engagement and achievement in school. The fun “shape” pathways give students an opportunity, in a novel way, to move and balance while going from place to place in our hallways, activating their muscles, brains and elevating their heart rates too! This “positive” opportunity to move in school helps them to be ready again to focus on their learning and to have a boost of energy to do their best work when they are back in the classroom.
Kindergarten Registration for 2018-2019:
Open the door to a bright future by registering your son or daughter for the upcoming 2018-2019 kindergarten year in your neighbourhood at Somerset School - http://www.cbe.ab.ca/programs/kindergarten/Pages/default.aspx
We invite you to call the school at 777-7001 to register or for more information and to set up a visit to the school.
The 2018-2019 School Instructional Calendar
Please note we follow the “traditional calendar” and that school starts Tuesday, September 4 after the Labour Day Weekend. We will make the Somerset School 2018-2019 calendar available towards the end of this school year- it will have “dates unique to Somerset School “with the traditional “system” calendar framework to make a note of for your family planning. The Somerset School calendar will also be made available on our school website.
Digital Citizenship – Responsible Use and On-Line Safety Tips
Check out the link below to help raise awareness about the importance of being a safe and ethical citizen online. This site is a great resource to support you having conversations with your children about the media, digital literacy and safe use of the internet.
Choose Safety over Convenience and Respect our “No Idle Zone”
Choose safety over convenience – put children’s safety first by respecting all traffic laws in our school zone – especially parking 5 metres away from crosswalks and fire hydrants, following the school zone speed limit, dropping off children in safe spaces not in the middle of the road and encourage your child to always use marked cross walks for their own safety. Also remember take care of the air we share as we encourage a “no idle zone” around the school – thank you for your cooperation.
Our next School Council and Friends of Somerset School Foundation meeting is on Thursday, April 12th at 630 PM – everyone is welcome and baby-sitting is provided courtesy of School Council and FSSF. We also extend an invitation to all families to attend the Annual General Meeting for the Somerset School Council and Friends of Somerset School Foundation on Thursday, May 24 at 630 PM.
See you at Parent – Student Led - Teacher conferences on March 22 and 23. Remember no school on Friday, March 23. Come and celebrate your child’s learning! As always, we encourage you to please contact your child’s teacher directly with any questions or concerns you may have. We have many things to be proud of at Somerset School. On behalf of the Calgary Board of Education and the staff of Somerset School we wish you an enjoyable and safe spring break from March 27 to 31 and Happy St. Patrick’s Day! School resumes on Tuesday, April 3.
Yours in active living and learning- Jim Gibb, Principal and Tim Shoults, Assistant Principal
Somerset School is “A Place for Wonder” filled with questioning and investigating to develop new and meaningful knowledge and understandings. We look forward to participating in “National Pink Day – Anti Bullying” on February 28 to support efforts world-wide for safe and caring environments for all students and people everywhere. As an act of community building and deepening student’s sense of belonging, in support of National Pink Day, we will have our school Winter “Olympic theme” Sports Day on the morning of Friday. February 23. This event brings our students, staff and volunteers together in cross-graded teams for fun and team building -cooperative games. We also benefit from the ongoing support of Cst. Gemma, from Calgary Police Services, as part of being a “Start Smart Stay Safe” school - http://startsmartstaysafe.ca/
Together we can make a difference!
Welcome to January- Happy New Year! We would like to thank all of our students, teachers, support staff and the leadership of Mrs. Anderson, our music teacher, for their time and talents to make our “Winter Holidays – Christmas Celebration of Song” in December an enjoyable afternoon and evening for our students and families. Thank you for your contributions to the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank, The Giving Tree for gloves and toques as well as donations of jackets. These items were donated to a school with students in need of help with winter clothing.
Welcome to Our New School Website!
Our new website is mobile-friendly, has new navigation/structure, and follows updated content guidelines to assist in keeping information more current. It also includes some system information that is updated automatically so that parents and guardians don’t have to leave the school website to get the information they need most of the time. More information on the new website and the URL will be sent to parents and guardians via school messenger. We welcome your feedback.
New Security System Implemented at Somerset School – Front Main Office Doors Entry System
To further support a safe and caring learning environment for everyone at Somerset School we are part of a system wide project to have a security camera installed at the front main entrance of all schools. This system also includes a controlled entry system, at the front main office doors, that is monitored and controlled by the main office staff and the administrative team. This note is the first step to notify our school community, students and staff of the addition of this extra security measure and shortly after the implementation of the system.
In the very near future anyone seeking access to the school by the front main office doors will be first viewed on the security monitor and then granted entry by main office staff or administration. The system also includes a speaker for the person inside to communicate with the person outside and vice versa. During the school day all doors are locked except when supervised at morning entry time, recess time and lunch time by staff on supervision; continuing our past practices to best secure the building. Please contact the office with any questions or concerns.
Moving Forward Together: The Report Card and Assessment Process
Thank you to the many parents and guardians who attended Parent – Teacher conferences in December to learn more about their child’s progress and what is happening to support their continued academic achievement and personal growth. Your voice and involvement is a vital piece for a collaborative learning environment that is open and focused on student achievement. Your positive involvement and dialogue with us plays a big part in their achievement and enjoyment of school. Formal report cards will go home on Wednesday, January 31. As always please contact your child’s teacher directly with any questions or concerns. This first point of contact is the best first step to support student learning.
School Development Plan – Focusing on Continuous Improvement – Mathematics Problem Solving
Our School Development Plan focuses on continuous improvement in student learning through planned and intentional responses to evidence of achievement and data about the learning conditions that support student success. This year our focus is on mathematics and problem solving. Our shared goal as a school is that student achievement in mathematical problem solving will improve given that teachers increase the use of challenging mathematical problems for students to analyze and solve.
The teachers will actively support the students to learn procedural fluency (basic operations), conceptual understanding and reasoning to apply to problem solving in an environment that believes every student can be successful in mathematics with the right support. To help understand this approach to learning and student achievement we will have a School Math Parent Evening on Wednesday, April 4 – stay tuned for more details and an invitation to participate!
Kindergarten Registration for 2018-2019
January brings the opportunity to open the door to a bright future by registering your son or daughter for the upcoming 2018-2019 Kindergarten year at Somerset School. Registration for Kindergarten begins on January 22. Please come by the school to register. For more information visit the CBE website or call the school at 403-777-7001.
Accountability Pillars – We need your voice – Grade 4 Parents and Guardians
As an annual check-up on the education system, the Accountability Pillar provides an opportunity for Alberta Education and school authorities to ensure that we are equipping students for success. The Accountability Pillar uses a set of 16 indicators consisting of surveys of students, parents and teachers on various aspects of quality; student outcomes such as dropout and high school completion rates; provincial assessments of student learning; program of studies, citizenship and safe environments.
From late January to the end of February, Alberta Education will be conducting the annual Accountability Pillar Survey. In January, parents of students in Grades 4, 7 and 10 will receive a survey from Alberta Education. In February, students in Grades 4, 7 and 10 and all teachers will be completing their surveys online at school. All surveys are anonymous and ask questions about experiences with the school.
Your participation in the survey helps provide important information on the quality of education your child is receiving, so we encourage you to return your survey promptly. Survey results will be reported publicly as part of the CBE’s 3-Year Education Plans and Annual Education Results Reports in the fall.
Family Literacy – The Important Roles Families Play in Literacy Development
Instilling the joy of literacy is a gift for a lifetime for every person. We recognize and support the home and school connection to create environments for every student to develop the abilities and confidence to embrace and enjoy reading. Home literacy activities should be positive and pleasurable. Not only will children build vocabulary and background knowledge, but their well-being will benefit from the quality time they spend with their loved ones in the company of the text. Check out the link below and please contact your child’s teacher with any questions or concerns – together we can nurture the joy of literacy for life. http://www.cbe.ab.ca/programs/Documents/Family-Literacy-Brochure.pdf
A Safe and Caring School is Everyone’s Responsibility – National Pink Day for Anti-Bullying is Feb. 28
A safe and caring learning environment requires a concerted, collaborative and ongoing effort by homes, schools and the broader community. We are fortunate to have a community where home and school work closely together so that children are safe and have a voice in their safety and security. We work together to be part of the solution to prevent problems and solve problems as they emerge.
We need to also be aware of online activities/cyberspace, email, texting, etc., that can be an avenue for disrespectful behaviour and bullying actions. To further support our ongoing collective work for the safety and wellness of all students we are a Start Smart Stay Safe School supported by CST. Gemma of the Calgary Police Services.
Choose Safety over Convenience and Help Keep Our Air Clean
Choose safety over convenience – put children’s safety first by respecting all traffic laws in our school zone – especially parking 5 metres away from crosswalks, following the school zone speed limit, dropping off children in safe spaces not in the middle of the road and encourage your child to always use marked cross walks for their own safety. Also remember take care of the air we share as we encourage a “no idle zone” around the school – thank you for your cooperation.
In closing…an invitation to get involved….
Our next School Council meeting is on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 6:30 PM – everyone is welcome. Our next meeting is Thursday, Feb. 22 at 6:30 PM. Babysitting is provided free of charge as a courtesy by School Council and FSSF. We value your voice, opinions and questions as it helps to inform us on ways to continuously improve and best support student learning. Did you know that the Council and FSSF enhance learning at Somerset School by providing fundraising money for library books, physical education equipment, outdoor education field trips, special guests to the school like the Hip Hop Dance Residency and the Fence Art Artist in Residency and much more!
Yours in learning,
- Jim Gibb, Principal - Tim Shoults, A. Principal
on behalf of Somerset School
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