Sep 04
Sunalta updates for September 7-11

Dear Sunalta Students and Parents,

It was a successful re-entry week at Sunalta School for our in-person students. We are so happy to have your child(ren) back with us! Thank you for completing the self-screening assessment with your child before sending them to school every day.

Each week we will send you updates and information to keep you informed about our exciting school plans.

Daily Soft Entry – From 8:30am-8:40am your child(ren) can enter their designated door with their mask on and go directly to their classroom. Instruction begins promptly at 8:40am. Division 1 students use the front door (closest to the street) and Division 2 students use the compound door (closest to the playground). Out-of-school care students will be escorted to their classroom. Please do not drop your children off in the staff parking lot. We dismiss at 3:21pm Monday-Thursday and 12:21pm on Fridays.

Lunchroom – we have a private lunchroom program that is also our out-of-school care. The letter and enrollment forms are on our Back to School Sunalta page. Lunchroom begins on Monday. If your child(ren) are going home for lunch please let the office know sunalta@cbe.ab.ca

Reminders:

  • Demographic paper copy went home today. Please make changes and return. It is important that you provide us with a minimum of two phone numbers that we can always contact.

Hub/Staffing: Staffing for the 2020-2021 year is still in progress. We will be able to provide you with more information by the end of next week at the very latest. Thank you for your understanding. There was a strong interest in the Hub online learning and we are being flexible in considering how to support all Sunalta students.

Have a wonderful long weekend and we look forward to seeing our students again very soon!​



Aug 31
Welcome Back!

Looking forward to seeing you!

 

August 31, 2020

Dear Sunalta Families,

We want to sincerely thank you for your steadfast belief in Sunalta School. We are working diligently to prepare for welcoming your children to the new school season! Things may look different this year but one thing remains the same, our commitment to the education, health and safety of your children.

We know building relationships is a fundamental piece of school.  Please be aware that classes and school configuration are still going to need time to be finalized. Staffing updates will be shared once confirmed due to the Hub process and system shifts, therefor we thank you for your patience and compassion.

Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, September 1st please be reminded that we have staggered entry this week with the exception of Friday September 4, 2020.  Friday September 4, 2020 ALL students will attend 8:40 – 11:30.

  • Students grades 1 through 6 with last names starting with A – K will be attending school from 8:40 – 11:30.
  • Students with last names starting with L- Z will be attending school from 12:30 – 3:20.
  • A gentle reminder that parents who come onto school grounds will be expected to wear a mask, model physical distancing and say goodbye to your child outside before they enter the school. 

Kindergarten:

  • Tuesday, September 1st, only children whose last name begins with A to G
  • Wednesday, September 2nd, only children whose last name begins with H to M
  • Thursday, September 3rd, only children whose last name begins with O to Z
  • Friday, September 4th, ALL children from the AM kindergarten class attend school. 

 

  • Division 1 (Kindergarten and Grades 1 – 3) will be meeting on the front compound of the school, south doors.  Please meet at your grade number.

 

  • Division 2 (Grades 4 – 6) will be meeting on the back compound of the school, north doors.  Please meet at your grade number.

 

Please wear a (labeled) mask. Students will be given 2 cloth masks tomorrow provided by the Alberta government. Masks will be worn inside of the school.  Please provide a labeled Ziploc bag for your child's mask.

We are asking that families start the first day back to classes with our new procedures. It is necessary that students be assessed using the self-screening form daily before school. This is not to be sent. The following link will allow you to download the most current Alberta Health daily checklist. Please print a copy of the Screening Questionaire. Students showing symptoms as described on the screening questionnaire must remain home.

Our new safety and hygiene protocols are important and we will make every effort to keep everyone in our school safe and well. We encourage families to read both the CBE re-entry document found on the front page of the CBE website as well as our Sunalta re-entry planning document that was shared on Friday, August 28th and located on our website.

Please bring a labeled water bottle that must go home each day as well as a snack, backpack and indoor shoes. Please do not bring any personal items such as toys. 

Thank you for your support and willingness to work with us through these unprecedented times.  We are so excited to see you all! We have missed your children and are looking forward to welcoming them back to Sunalta School.

Sincerely,

Sunalta Staff

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Sunalta School

536 Sonora Ave SW Calgary, AB T3C 2J9     403-777-8590






Aug 27
Welcome Back! Staggered Entry Sept 1-4, 2020

 

Dear Sunalta Families,

We look forward to welcoming our school community to the 2020-2021 school year. You should have received a message from CBE with updates and videos regarding back to school. As we complete our final stages of the Sunalta Re-Entry plan with our staff, our intention is to send you a school-specific process on Friday, August 28.

To assist in adjusting to new safety rules, practices and procedures, our school will welcome students back on a staggered schedule. The purpose of the schedule is:

  • To ease the transition of students into school,
  • To spend time with smaller groups familiarizing them with our school health measures,
  • To facilitate physical distancing while teaching the protocols of our health measures, and
  • To support student and staff well being as successfully begin our 2020-2021 school year.

We are sharing the schedule with you now to aid in the planning that all families engage in as the start of the school year approaches. 

Staggered Entry:

Tuesday Sept.1st  

     8:40am-11:30am grades 1-6 students with last names A-K

     12:30pm-3:20pm grades 1-6 with last names L-Z   

Signs will be posted with your child's grade level as a meeting place (socially distancing) in the morning and at the end of the day. ie: Grade 1 student would go to the sign with the number 1

Wednesday Sept.2nd

     8:40am-11:30am grades 1-6 students with last names A-K

     12:30pm-3:20pm grades 1-6 with last names L-Z 

Signs will be posted with your child's grade level as a meeting place (socially distancing) in the morning and at the end of the day. ie: Grade 1 student would go to the sign with the number 1

Thursday Sept. 3rd

     8:40am-11:30am grades 1-6 students with last names A-K

    12:30pm-3:20pm grades 1-6 with last names L-Z 

Signs will be posted with your child's grade level as a meeting place (socially distancing) in the morning and at the end of the day. ie: Grade 1 student would go to the sign with the number 1

 Friday Sept 4th

All grade 1-6 8:40am – 11:30 am  

Signs will be posted with your child's grade level as a meeting place (socially distancing) in the morning and at the end of the day. ie: Grade 1 student would go to the sign with the number 1

Process for entering and exiting the building to meet families or attend out-of-school care will be shared this Friday.

For Kindergarten students:

Morning and afternoon times will be the same as above.

Tuesday Sep 1 Morning class Kindergarten last name A-G 8:40-11:30am

Tuesday Sep 1 Afternoon class Kindergarten last name A-G 12:30-3:20pm

Wednesday Sep 2 Morning class Kindergarten last name H-N 8:40-11:30am

Thursday Sep 2 Afternoon class Kindergarten last name H-N 12:30pm-3:20pm

Thursday Sep 3 Morning class kindergarten last name O-Z 8:40-11:30am

Thursday Sep 3 Afternoon class Kindergarten  last name O-Z  12:30-3:20pm

Friday Sep 4 All Morning Kindergarten students come 8:40-11:30am

Note: there will not be an afternoon Kindergarten class on Friday as they will rotate on a weekly basis due to early dismissal Fridays.

Parking: is limited. Please do not use the school parking lot as it is designated for staff only

 

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Jun 28
Farewell to Grade 6 Students

To Our Outstanding Grade 6 Class of 2020
It is my honour to share in the celebration of your final year, this June 2020, at Sunalta School. I hope you feel the pride we share in your accomplishments; in your friendships, your academics, and your leadership. You have made a positive impact at this school and we thank you for your contributions, collaboration, and above all, your kindness. This is a significant milestone (one of many to come) and should be a time of reflection as well as a moment to consider the future.
 As you move on to a new school and exciting adventure, please take with you the many happy and joyous memories you have of Sunalta School and hold them close to your heart. Relationships are the key to a happy life, and our wish is that you feel a little sunnier and brighter because of your time in this building.
Sunalta School, as you know, is an architectural landmark in Calgary and as such, connects you to a little piece of history. You will always be able to remark, “I went to that beautiful, old school with amazing kids and great teachers!” As your first years of school are the building blocks of learning, I hope you remember some of the strong and skilled staff that shared excellent pieces of advice and learning. You have engaged in a rigorous academic experience and many of you have remarked at how grateful you are to have been at Sunalta. Our staff wish you great success. Also take the time to thank your families for being there for you as you’ve experienced some challenges as well as many celebrations during your elementary years.
It is a privilege to have been your principal in your last year at Sunalta School. I have cherished the opportunity to observe you making responsible choices as well as taking risks, both in the classroom and in your own lives. I also wish to send my appreciation to your families for supporting and caring for our community school in many unique ways. Thanks to each and every one of you for making the world a better place. I hope you continue to share your gratitude and kindness with others, be optimistic about your future, and continue to be outstanding sunny Sunalta alumni.
Jun 23
June 15 Updates

Our staff send thanks and gratitude to all of you for staying alongside us as we finish off our school year in a new way! One more week of ongoing learning will be shared with you and we look forward to our final Google Meet times. The Grade 6 students will be taking part in classroom virtual farewells on Friday and we wish them great luck and all the best as they move on to their new schools and experiences. Sunalta alumni are known for their leadership, kindness, and strength in learning. We hope they will come back to visit as they will truly be missed.
Sunday is National Indigenous Peoples Day. It is a day recognizing and celebrating the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Indigenous peoples of Canada. Our staff and the CBE Indigenous Ed Team encourage families to share in the celebration of the beginning of the summer solstice. Check it out on Twitter at CBE Indigenous Ed Team@Indigenous_cbe
Student Belongings – if you were not able to pick up student belongings or drop off books/kindergarten envelopes, please come to the school next week between 9-2pm and we will direct you to the library where items are still available. Any belongings not picked up by June 30th will be donated.
Report Cards - We are intending to share 2019-2020 report cards with families online given the COVID-19 restrictions, through MyCBE/PowerSchool. Once logged in, select the “Report Card” tab to view the report card after June 25th. If a printed report card is required, please contact us through school email at sunalta@cbe.ab.ca to have a copy of your child’s report card printed and available for pick up on June 29th. If you have difficulty accessing your Power School account, please contact the parent account help line at (403) 817-6373. A copy of your child’s report card will be placed in their Official Student Record (OSR) by June 30th. If you have trouble accessing MyCBE/PowerSchool please click here
See your teacher – staff will be driving around the neighbourhood around our Sunalta school on Monday at noon. We would love to see lots of waves and big smiles from our students and families.
Jun 06
June Updates

Our first full week of June. Thank you to all of the students that have sent a happy picture or quote to our artist, Vania. They are looking beautiful and the artwork and art quotes are a real treasure.
 Over the past week I have heard that some children and families are losing steam with maintaining the on-going remote learning. I understand – I really do. What is most important right now is to know that there is no right or wrong way to get through this situation and we know how you are feeling. We have all weathered a great storm and everyone has different familial circumstances. Our staff want to reiterate that you and your child’s physical and mental wellness continue to be most important. We have all appreciated you connecting with the staff and sharing the ups and downs of the emergency teaching and most importantly, how your child is doing. Thank you for being with us.
As we start to wrap up this year, I will provide you with as much information as possible to finish off the final reporting, transitions and making sure next year preparations will be as smooth as possible considering the ambiguity we are living in during the current times.
Student Belongings Pick Up: Our staff will be bagging and tagging student items. A pick up time for these items will be provided next week to be prepared for the week of June 15-19. Unfortunately we do not have space in the school to store these items over the summer. Anything not collected will be donated.
School Council Meeting: Our final school council meeting will be on Skype on Wednesday, June 10th at 6:30pm. A brief reminder will be sent out on Tuesday. Here is the Skype for Business Link
IPPS Mailed Home If you child has an Individualized Program Plan (IPP), they will be mailed out via Canada Post the week of June 15th. A copy of your child’s IPP will be filed in their official student record (OSR) at the end of June. If you have not received your child’s IPP by June 24th, please call the school. For a student that lives in more than one home, we will send it to the first address in PowerSchool. If you have questions, contact your child’s teacher or Ms. Vieweger at lmvieweger@cbe.ab.ca
Staff Drive By Visit our staff will be having a vehicle parade on Monday, June 22 at noon. Our route is still to be determined, however, it will be within our walk zone boundaries.
Budget and Fee Engagement If you haven’t completed our Budget and School Fees survey, please consider completing it. This feedback will inform our decisions for the 2020-2021 school year. Here is the link for the survey: Sunalta Budget Engagement Survey
 “Creating Together during the Spring of COVID-19” An Art Project for the Sunalta School Playground!
Art teacher Vania is presenting an exciting art opportunity for all Sunalta School and Scarboro community students!  Students K-6 can draw or paint an art work that reflects this very unusual spring season. Simply take a picture of the artwork with your student’s first name and grade, and send it as an attachment to artprojects.vania@gmail.com.   If you need inspiration, look up “Vania Dimitrova Art” on YouTube.  Vania is hoping to create a beautiful art installation from all of the images. 
Bridges Program Shift Sunalta School has been the home to one of CBE specialized settings known as Bridges for Grade 1-3 students in Room 20. This program will be leaving our school at the end of June as it has not had the enrolment required to sustain the setting and students were travelling a great distance to attend. In the fall of 2020 the setting will be at another school with the CBE. We want to thank Ms. McFarlane, Mr. Crowhurst and the our students in Bridges for being contributing members of our school community.
Budget and Fee Engagement
We are asking all families to take a few moments and provide us some feedback on our budget decisions, given the parameters for which we have control, and some feedback around school fees. This feedback will inform our decisions for the 2020-2021 school year. The survey is currently open and will remain open for two weeks until June 12, 2020.
May 22
May 22

Dear Sunalta Students and Parents,
Spring Showers bring May Flowers!! Everything is blooming, the birds are chirping, and the grass is looking greener every day (notes Mr. Mitchell). Our staff hope you are all spending some time in the fresh air taking in the signs of Spring. During our PD Day on Friday, Ms. McFarlane shared with us a special 5 senses mindful experience. When you are outside try: 5 things you see, 4 things you hear, 3 things you smell, 2 things you can touch, and 1 thing you can imagine! A wonderful way to feel calm and present!
Classes for Next Year - Teachers will be sitting down in the near future to put together classes for next year. This is a thoughtful process that takes into account such things as academic strengths/needs, inclusive supports required, student working relationships, student leadership, learning styles and individual personal attributes. Getting the right balance takes a considerable amount of time and contemplation.
On-going Learning/Report Cards – our on-going learning delivery will remain status quo for the remainder of the current school year. Our last day of online learning classes will be June 26th. Report cards will be available for on-line viewing in Power School My CBE / PowerSchool after the 26th. Thank you so very much for supporting your children with their lessons and please remember a family’s well-being and mental health is most important during this complex time in the world.
"Creating Together during the Spring of COVID-19” An Art Project for the Sunalta School Playground!
Art teacher Vania is presenting an exciting art opportunity for all Sunalta School and Scarboro community students!  Students K-6 can draw or paint an art work that reflects this very unusual spring season. It could be a rainbow, birds, butterflies, pets, bunnies, landscapes, the school, uplifting sayings, even thank you quotes. Simply take a picture of the artwork with your student's first name and grade and email it to Vania.h.atanasova@gmail.com.   If you need inspiration, look up "Vania Dimitrova Art" on YouTube. Vania is hoping to create a beautiful art installation from all of the images.
Have a great weekend and stay well!
Apr 27
April 27, 2020

Dear Sunalta Families:
Wishing all of you a bright, sunny weekend. As Einstein said, Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. As Earth Day was on Wednesday, there are many opportunities to get outside and celebrate our Earth. Our Eco Warriors would have loved to have had a school-wide celebration in recognition of our care for the environment and the Warriors work on environmental awareness this year. Their giant mural “Wash your hands” is still taped to our stairwell and is a gentle reminder of their care for ourselves, each other and the environment.
On Tuesday night, with patience and understanding, our School Council and Parent Society endeavoured to host our monthly meeting through Skype. We are thankful for all those that were able to connect with us and feel blessed for the care and humour everyone brought to the meeting. Our school community shared that their children are healthy and well and families are supporting each other during this stressful time. Next week they will have updated information regarding the Think-a-thon, Grade 6 Grad and Extra-curricular activities. A big thank you to Stacey, Renee, Norma-Jean, and Nancy for leading the meeting! They are excited to have a strong following on their Facebook page as they keep our Sunalta families connected and informed. To follow them go to the link https://www.facebook.com/groups/328658737970830/?ref=share
As always, our Sunalta staff would like to thank our families for their support, compassion and kindness.  We are thankful to you for supporting our new Mathletics program. Staff completed a professional learning training session yesterday to better understand the possibilities. Students will receive instructions and login information over the next week (grades 1-6).
Another useful link from a magazine that we usually send hard copies of is:   http://www.calgaryschild.com
Thank you to Olga and Adele for assisting Ms Harnett and our staff in creating a poster of our message to our families from our well-loved staff.
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Mar 24
March 20, 2020 Update

 
Principal Message March 20, 2020
 
Dear Sunalta Families
As I wrote earlier, it has been a challenging week and we have missed our students dearly. None of us have ever experienced such an event as the one we are in currently and we all have questions and concerns, as well as worries too. Thank you for your understanding, support and patience as we work through these unchartered times. Your messages to staff of kindness, understanding and care are greatly appreciated.
Today, you should have received a message from Christopher Usih our Chief Superintendent of Schools. The most current information was provided for your review.
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.”
More information will be forthcoming on the front page of the CBE corporate site www.cbe.ab.ca Be kind to one another and take care of yourself, family and friends. Let our students know we are thinking of them and look forward to seeing them again. Thank you all for your understanding, support and patience. #albertacares
 
If you are a parent of a student at Sunalta School, consider connecting with our School Council Facebook Page Sunalta elementary school parents and look at our Twitter posts SunaltaSchool@SunaltaCBE
 
Sincerely,
Christine McCrory
Principal, Sunalta School
 
Sunalta School
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Feb 27
Sunalta Winter News

Sunalta School maintains a high level of academic success and a multitude of exceptional experiences to build a strong community school within our vibrant city.  
 
Learning/Science Fair: Did you know our Learning and Science Fair has been an annual event for over 20 years? Certainly a highlight for students to learn from others and recognize the incredible achievements of our young learners. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our celebration evening as well as gratitude to our judges for volunteering their time and expertise. Our students and their families loved sharing their passions with our larger community! Four groups will continue on to the Calgary Youth Science Fair (CYSF) in April 2020.
Some student quotes:
              “…kids are busy in school learning the curriculum. The learning fair gave us the chance to share our lives and interests outside of school. It encourages us to share topics that we think other kids will be interested in.” (gr 6)
              “I felt happy and glad I had a partner and friend to work with.” (gr 2)
              “kids need to learn from each other, especially from different grades.” (gr 3)
              “I was exhausted to have to explain my project over and over, now I know how teachers feel” (gr 3)
              “I was nervous and it was hard. My friend and I met a lot and had to compromise on our ideas.” (gr 5)
              “being able to do the research and work at home was a great time with my parents” (gr4)
              “the person that tells the other person learns a lot about it too!” (gr 1)
              “I felt really proud. I know how I’m going to make my presentation even more interesting next year” (gr 5)
Professional Learning:
On January 31 our staff spent the morning with three of our Alberta Health Services team (Speech and Language, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist) that support our school. The topic was understanding Executive Functioning which is how are brain takes in new information, remembers, and is able to retrieve information previously learned. We discussed how we can best support students with flexible thinking and the development of social skills, setting and achieving goals, and being able to prioritize tasks. As well, an emphasis on understanding and trying new teaching strategies to support working memory and self control were shared. As our School Development Plan is centered around math discussions and higher-order thinking, our experts shared their knowledge regarding mental flexibility, teaching conceptualization, and the ability to reflect on completed work to ensure it is correct. We are intending to continue to build our collective understanding of this important (and teachable) topic.
 
School Council: School council updates are on our website including January minutes. Mr. Bradey Thompson, Principal, Mount Royal School, shared some great tips and tricks for transitioning to Grade 7 and an overview of our proud community feeder school.
Pink Shirt Day: On Feb 26th - Take your kindness to new heights! This Pink Shirt Day, and every day. Let’s Lift Each Other Up!! The theme for this year’s Pink Shirt Day is “Lift each other up”; a simple but powerful message encouraging us to look beyond our differences and celebrate the things that make us unique. When we lift each other up, we see past the things that separate us and see instead the things that unite us as people.
 
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Marie Bowen

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