Aug 29
Principal September 2022 School Message


Welcome back Sundance School families. 

Gratitude is the new attitude!  We are all connected. 

We can’t believe that the 2022-23 school year is here! We are very excited to be welcoming back existing Sundance students and well as all our new families after the summer break. We hope you enjoyed your time with family and students are feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. 
The start of a new school year brings excitement and anticipation with new friends waiting to be made, old friendships reconnecting, teachers to meet, learning to experience and curiosity to be nurtured.
We have many exciting learning opportunities in store this year for students, with the new outdoor learning space near the Kindergarten doors, as well as the new curriculums; English Language Art and Literature, Mathematics and Physical Education and Wellness.   
We look forward to meeting you on our first day of school for all students in Grades 1-6 on Thursday, September 1. ​Our Kindergarten students will begin with staggered entry and will have received an email from the school indicating their date and time.  If you are new to Sundance and are unsure where to meet, look for a teacher wearing their supervision vest and they will be able to direct you to the proper meeting spot. 
Weekly Updates will be sent to families so ensure that you have 'Subscribed to Stay Informed' so that you don't miss out on important school news.

Jun 29
Principal End of Year Message
Dear Families

Another school year has come to a close and with summer arriving, on behalf of our staff, we wish each of our students and their families a safe, restful and relaxing holiday. We hope you are able to find time to enjoy the outdoors with lots of great weather and family adventures.  
We would like to thank all of the staff for their outstanding dedication towards the teaching and learning of our students. Their enthusiasm, devotion and commitment to our students this year has been exceptional. It has been a pleasure to work and learn with your children. 
Lastly, we would like to say a HUGE thank you to our school council and our wonderful parent volunteers this year.  We appreciate all that you do to support our students, so they have memories to cherish for a lifetime of fun and learning experiences, which they carry forward for years to come!  

Report Cards:  Online report cards will be enabled for viewing from June 28, 2022 (8 a.m.) to July 28, 2022 (8 a.m.). During this window, legal guardians / independent students are welcome to view report cards online. In order to access your child’s report card, you MUST have a myCBE account.

This is the account you use for paying school fees, booking learning conferences, and checking attendance/grades. The school will not be printing report cards to be sent home.  

A guide for parents can be found here: Accessing online report cards

Individual Program Plan's (IPP's) have already been shared with respective families. Please make sure you have signed the signature page and returned it to school with your child. Thank you. 

Staffing Update: The hardest part of this time of year is the many goodbyes as staff members move on to new opportunities. While it is sad to say farewell – we know that there are amazing adventures on the horizon for all our amazing staff. 
We would like to say goodbye and a sincere thank you to the following staff for their hard work at Sundance School.  They have inspired and supported our students over the years and will be greatly missed. Their impact on staff and students will be the legacy they leave behind. 
Mme. Kim – Grade 4, will be moving on to David Thompson and we wish her all the best at her new school. We will miss her creativity, her kindness and commitment to the students dearly. 
Mme Julie recently welcomed a new addition to her family; baby Levi was born just this week.   We extend our congratulations to Mme Julie as she begins her maternity leave. 
Mme Ashley – Kindergarten, has been covering a temporary contract, for Mme Lauren Richards who has also recently welcome a baby girl.  We thank Mme Ashley for joining us for this short time and congratulate Mme Lauren and her family and wish her well during her maternity leave. 
We would also like to thank Mrs. B, our library assistant, for everything she has done to make our Learning Commons / Library space a great place for students and staff. We wish her all the best during her retirement.  We will miss you Mrs. B! 

We are happy to announce two new teachers; Mme Jenna Sorrenti and Mme Katherine Peters who will be joining the Sundance team for the 2022-23 school year. We also welcome Mme Michele Hirsekorn who joins us as our new library assistant.  
The following temporary teachers will be staying on at Sundance: Mme Genesis Vega-Gonzalez, Mme Andrea Sulek and Mme Catherine Beaupré-Olsen.  Mme Cortney Middleton and M Kevin Olmats will be joining our team of temporary teachers.  
Please extend a warm welcome to our new staff. 
The staffing process is ongoing, and we will provide another update at the end of August as to which staff will be teaching which grades.  

School Organization - Grade Configurations: 
The following grade configurations and supports are anticipated for the 2022-23 school year: 
4 Kindergarten classes:  2 Mon/Wed and 2 Tues/Thurs 
4 Grade 1 classes 
3 Grade 2 classes 
3 Grade 3 classes 
3 Grade 4 classes 
2 Grade 5 classes 
2 Grade 6 classes 
K-3 Teacher
4-6 Teacher 
2 Educational Assistants  
These configurations are based on our best estimates for the number of students we expect in each grade. We currently have 455 students enrolled at Sundance. As with any year, our student population may change come September and our final configurations may be subject to change up until September 30. 
If numbers shift up or down at any grade, we may have to re-organize in the fall. Please note Teachers will be outside on Wednesday, September 1, and will have class lists to help you locate your child’s teacher.  

Back to School Information has been posted on our website homepage and details such information as our 2022-2023 bell times, staff and student return to school dates, link to school calendar etc. Classroom teachers will be sending out a welcome email to class families prior to the first day to introduce themselves and welcome your child to their class

School Updates: We are so excited to see new landscape projects commencing on our school grounds. Read more about the School Beautification Projects

Check out our Parent Resources website page for lots of information for families. Included on the page are details of courses provided for Chinook Learning  specifically designed for parents of CBE French Immersion students.

School Council has made a huge difference in the learning opportunities offered to our students throughout this school year. The funds provided by Council have undoubtedly enriched the learning for all of the students in our school. We thank you for your support of the fundraising initiatives which have enabled us to provide enhanced learning experiences for our students this year. including purchasing art supplies, phys-ed equipment, picture books, and building our technology resources to support student learning. Please think about joining School Council in the new year. 

Keep up to date with school events by bookmarking the Sundance School website homepage

Wishing all our families a wonderful summer break and look forward to welcoming you all back on September 1. Mark your Calendars..... Welcome Back Breakfast, Friday, September 16, 7:45 - 8:15am

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