Jan 04
Monday January 4, 2021

Dear Terrace Road Families, 

Welcome back! We hope you had a wonderful and relaxing break with those you love. January is here and we are excited to welcome back all students to online learning this week. Your child's teacher will be sending you an email by 8am this morning. If you have not yet received communication please let the office know and contact your child's teacher directly. 

Online Learning Expectations

This week's online learning experience differs from the “emergency teaching" model in the Fall in that students will be following the same general schedule they would if they were in person this week. Each student is required to attend school online for the full day during regular bell times. There is a mandatory morning and afternoon Google Meet with each teacher. Attendance will be recorded. As well all assigned coursework must also be completed each day. If you require paper materials to complete please contact your child's teacher directly.

Music Class

All students are invited to take part in drop in music lessons during this week with Mr. Avery. There are repeats of sessions to accommodate lessons outside of your mandatory learning times. Please see link for schedule: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1B5Mw-7PCeOafdn_NEpIRh4gvAPxxwLPsE-m9CuI0e2g/edit?usp=sharing


Front Doors of School

The front doors of the school are not operational this week as they are being replaced and reinstalled. If you need to pick up materials from the school please come to the teacher parking lot doors and either ring the bell or call the school. 

 

Kindergarten Registration

Online registration for the 2021 - 22 school year will begin on Monday, January 11, 2021. The registration process during a health emergency is found here.

  • Registration begins January 11, 2020.  No in person registrations are being accepted. 
  • Children born in 2016 and who turn 5 years of age on or before December 21, 2021 are eligible for kindergarten programming.  
  • At times, parents have requested their child be able to take 2 years of kindergarten. This is not an option as once they enter the system, they continue through the grades.
  • Children who are not resident to CBE may be enrolled in a Kindergarten program in CBE. However, enrolment in an early childhood services program does not guarantee enrolment for grade one in the school. Priority will be given to CBE resident students living in the designated attendance area for the school.
  • Parents / Legal Guardians / Independent Students who do not wish to provide the proof of age, legal name and citizenship document via email must contact the school and arrange a time to provide this in person before the registration form can be processed. Given that access to school buildings is limited at this time, it may take some time to get an appointment and we ask for your patience as we work to protect everyone's safety.

 

Hope to see your kiddos next week back for in person learning!

 

Sincerely, 

Tiffany Austin

Principal, Terrace Road School


Dec 16
Monday Message - December 14

Dear Terrace Road Families, 

We hope you are all reading to settle in for the upcoming Winter Break. As a reminder, our last day of school is this Friday December 18, 2020. We will return to school via online learning for the week of January 4-8, 2021, with the exception of our Paced Learning Program (PLP) class which will be returning in person for the week. 

Online Learning January 4 – 8, 2021

If you do not have access to technology for the week of online learning and would like to request paper copies of assignments please contact your child's teacher via email this week to make arrangements to pick up at the school on January 4, 2021. 

Staff have been busy making arrangements to meet your children online for this first week back in January. Please check your email at 8am on January 4. There will be important information from your child's teacher with a weekly schedule for your child to follow, along with instructions for where and how to access a daily schedule and activities. 

As a school, we have made a schedule to ensure that none of our online live classes interfere with sibling's classes at our school. Please note that your child will be required to log in to the live session at least twice daily for whole school meetings using Google Classroom. Attendance is mandatory and will be recorded both in the morning and afternoon.

It is also important to distinguish this online learning from the Spring's “Emergency Teaching." Online learning in January will follow a typical daily schedule similar to if your child was attending in person. All students can expect a combination of live whole group meetings, small group meetings, and independent time away from the computer to complete daily work. You will find specific information in the email you will receive on the first day back.

Schools will remain open and operational with administrators, front office, and custodial staff working from school sites. Teachers and Educational Assistants will work from home.

Holiday Festivities This Week

All students are invited to wear their pajamas to school on Friday December 18 for a school-wide Pajama Day. Festive sweaters are also encouraged! We ask that all stuffed animals stay at home this day to adhere to Covid-19 protocols. 

We will also be holding a school-wide musical assembly Friday morning for all students. We hope to have a link to share with you by the end of the day Friday so our families can also experience this special sharing time. A reminder that all HUB students are invited to submit winter artwork to piau@cbe.ab.ca by Tuesday morning at the latest to be included in our video. 

Additionally, we will have a special surprise courtesy of our very generous School Council at the end of the day Friday. All HUB families can pick up their child's surprise at the school before noon on Friday at the front doors of the school. ​

We wish all of you a safe and happy holiday and new year! Here is to an amazing 2021!

 

Sincerely, 

Tiffany Austin

Principal, Terrace Road School


Dec 07
Monday Message - December 7

Dear Terrace Road Families, ​

We hope you were able to get outside this weekend and enjoy the beautiful Calgary weather this weekend! 

Circle of Courage

At Terrace Road, we are focusing on the virtue of Gratitude as part of our introduction to the Circle of Courage as a school community. The Circle of Courage is a way of being within our school which reflects four universal needs: Belonging, Generosity, Mastery, and Independence. As we work towards our School Development Plan goal of building positive relationships, we are using this model to teach students about how to advocate effectively for their needs and problem-solve through challenging situations that may arise. If you would like to learn more about the Circle of Courage you can view this video here

School Council Tonight at 6:30pm via Teams

We will be holding our school council meeting via Teams tonight at 6:30pm. At this meeting, we will be discussing the updated goals of our School Development Plan as well as many other exciting learning opportunities that we are planning for. We hope you can join us!  Teams Meeting Link: Click here to join the meeting

For Hub Families – Call for Art!

This is an open invitation to all of our Terrace Road Tigers who are learning from home right now. Please share your wonderful artwork with us this week and we will add it to our winter assembly at school. Please take a photo of your work without your face included and send it to Ms. Au at piau@cbe.ab.ca. We can't wait to share your work with all of our friends at school. Please see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GBIl7eyC5Ifor ideas. 

Terrace Road has Twitter

Join us on Twitter @TerraceRoadCBEfor regular learning updates about exciting things that are going on @TRS! Currently, our staff are participating in the #DrJodyChallenge around acts of gratitude throughout the month of December. 

Gift Card Drive

As the holiday season approaches, we have been reflecting as a staff on the spirit of generosity and a variety of ways we can support each other during this time. In previously years, Terrace Road has been able to collect items for Holiday Hampers, however because of Covid restrictions, we have decided to hold a gift card drive instead. These gift cards will be provided directly to families in need in our school community to support food security and to purchase gifts for their family members for the holiday. This is why we are primarily asking for gift cards to: Superstore, Wal-mart, and Safeway. 

If you are able to contribute to this drive please either send the gift cards in a marked envelope for the office in your child's agenda or drop off directly to the school office. We will pick up from you at the front door. 

Additionally, if you are a family that would benefit from some additional support please fill out this form and we will do our best to try to support as a school or to find community supports to help as well. 

As always thank you to all families of Terrace Road School for your generous support of our school and school community as a whole. 

Sincerely, 

 

Tiffany Austin

Principal, Terrace Road School


Nov 30
Monday Message - November 30

Dear Terrace Road Families, 

I hope you all had a lovely weekend and had a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather outside while it lasts. As we look ahead into December we have a number of exciting opportunities coming up to spread Joy throughout our school before the holiday season begins. 

School Council Meeting – Monday December 7, 2020

We will be holding our next school council meeting via Teams on December 7 at 6:30pm. At this meeting we will be discussing the updated goals of our School Development Plan as well as many other exciting learning opportunities that we are planning for. We hope you can join us! It's a great opportunity for me to connect faces to names as I am just getting to know the TRS community. 

Teams Meeting Link: Click here to join the meeting

Professional Learning Day – No School Friday

A reminder that there will be no school for students on Friday as it is a PD Day for teachers. Teachers will be working on building knowledge around Indigenous Ways of Knowing and meeting in their professional learning community to enhance understanding around updated guidelines around assessment and reading instruction. 

Gift Card Donations

We know this time of year can provide some additional financial pressures on families. We would like to extend the offer to directly support families @TRS through a Gift Card Donation Drive. If you would like to send gift cards with your children in a marked envelope for the main office we would greatly appreciate your support. Wal-mart, Superstore, and Safeway would be ideal. Thank you so much for your consideration and generosity. 

Winter Assembly and Celebrations​

Terrace Road will be holding a winter celebration of learning to showcase the musical talents and accomplishments of our students in K-6. This will likely be an in-school event, however we are working on ways to share some of the learning with our school community as well. Stay tuned for more details to come!

Update:  January 4-8, 2021 

On November 24, 2020 Premier Jason Kenney announced important new health measures for all K-12 students in the province, including students in the Calgary Board of Education. 

· From January 4 to Jan 8, 2021, students will work from home and will meet with their classes at least once a day through Google Meet. Students will work on assignments posted in their Google Classroom, and upload assignments (depending on the grades and as required by individual teachers). 

· Attendance will be taken, students will be expected to engage in learning tasks and teachers will continue with programming and assessment as if students were here in person. 

· If a parent does not have access to technology, we ask they contact the teacher by December 12, 2020 so that arrangements can be made for paper copies of work to go home. Staff will not be available during the break and we want to be prepared for all learners. 

· Teachers have all been working with students to help them navigate the Google Classroom environments. Google Meet schedules will be sent home in the last week before the winter break. 

· Teachers have discussed these changes with students, using a discussion guide provided by the CBE. 

If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher for more information. 

 

Sincerely, 

 

Tiffany Austin,

Principal, Terrace Road School

 


Nov 23
Monday Message - November 23, 2020

Dear Terrace Road Families, ​

It has been a busy week at TRS as we have had one class isolating along with several other staff members. Thank you to all of you who have sent supportive messages during this challenging time to both myself and the staff members involved. For any families who have children impacted by the Pre-Alert that was sent out last week and have students in the class isolating, you can expect an additional communication from me prior to their return on Wednesday. 

I also wanted to thank you for your understanding regarding the CBE's commitment to maintaining privacy at this time for students and staff members involved. We are unable to answer specific personal questions in order to adhere to FOIP legislation. If you have questions about your own child's isolation period please contact the office. Please note that we take all of our direction from the CBE Covid Team and AHS in terms of who is considered a close contact as well as their isolation and return dates. 

Lockdown Tomorrow at 11:40am

We will be holding our first lockdown practice at 11:40am tomorrow with our School Resource Officer on site. Students and staff will be reviewing procedures prior to this lockdown. The office will be closed for the duration of the lockdown and we will be unable to answer phones or the door during this time. If your child requires a pick up between 11:40 and noon please make arrangements to pick them up before or after. 

Fun Lunch on Thursday

We will be holding our first Fun Lunch of the year through Healthy Hunger. Our school staff will be distributing items to those who have ordered just prior to the lunch hour. Thank you for your continued support of this fundraising initiative for Grade 6s and our school. 

Purdy's Fundraiser

Last call to order for our Purdy's Fundraiser! Please use the link: https://fundraising.purdys.com/1209342-79859to place your order. Pick up details will be sent out prior to the pick-up date. 

Upcoming School Council

We will be holding our next school council meeting via Teams on December 7 at 6:30pm. At this meeting we will be discussing the updated goals of our School Development Plan as well as many other exciting learning opportunities that we are planning for. We hope you can join us! It's a great opportunity for me to connect faces to names as I am just getting to know the TRS community. 

We hope you are staying warm and holding your loved ones close right now. 

“Hope is the thing with feathers. That perches in the soul. And sings the tune without the words. And never stops at all."
― Emily Dickinson

 

Sincerely, 

 

Tiffany Austin

Principal, Terrace Road School

 

 

 


Nov 16
Monday Message: Nov 16-20

Dear Terrace Road Families, 

I want to thank you all for such a warm welcome to Terrace Road School. What a beautiful community school you have and I feel very fortunate to be a part of it. If I haven't seen you outside yet you can find me in an orange vest. I am the same height as most of the students with blonde curly hair JPlease come say hi and introduce yourself!

Beginning today you will receive a weekly communication from me on Mondays about what is coming up and important information for you and your family. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out by email or phone. I would love to connect with you. 

Learning Conferences this Thursday and Friday

This Thursday evening from 4:00-8:00pm and Friday from 8:30am-1pm we have our school learning conferences via Teams. If you have not signed up please do so via your My CBE/Powerschoolaccount. If you need additional support please contact the office. Teachers will send you a Teams meeting link for your scheduled conference time. 

Reminder: Early Dismissal Thursday and No School Friday

There will be an early dismissal Thursday consistent with our typical early dismissal Friday times. Please make arrangements to pick your child up at the designated time on our half day Thursday. There is no school on Friday.​ 

Purdy's Chocolates Fundraiser

​Once again our school has an opportunity to partner with Purdy's to raise additional funds to support our students. If you'd like to support this very special initiative, please click the link below: https://fundraising.purdys.com/1209344-79859. After you've signed in you can purchase our amazing chocolates or invite others to join and support our Fundraising Campaign. The deadline for ordering is November 24, 2020. Pick up will be December 4 within the community. 

Door Update

The playground doors are almost finished. Final touches for glass and trim are underway. The next project will be the southwest playground entrance. Stay tuned for more updates as we move into the next phase. 

Colder Weather

As usual, Calgary weather can be unpredictable. We appreciate your support in sending students to school with many layers that they can add and take away throughout the day as the temperature fluctuates. Students continue to be outside for recess, lunch, and some Phys. Ed classes so it is important they are dressed appropriately for the weather. ​

Hope you all have an amazing week. I am looking forward to getting to know your beautiful children more and more each day. 

 

Sincerely, 

 

Tiffany Austin

Principal, Terrace Road School

 


Aug 21
August 21 Message

I hope that everyone has had a positive restful summer. I know that many families have questions about school re-entry. I would encourage you to read CBE email as much information is sent in this manner. As well the re-entry plan and updates are all captured in the link below.

COVID-19 Information for the 2020-21 School Year

Mrs. Au, Ms. Wu and I will be working on schedules and plans next week as we are receiving more information from the CBE on Monday. Once we have this information we will be sending this out. In addition, teachers will be connecting with students virtually before classes start. Please be on the watch for this information. We know that many of our students are unsure and anxious about returning to class so we feel this will support this re-entry.
As well, school council will be having an early meeting on Aug. 27 at 6:30 PM. If you would like to join this virtual ZOOM meeting, please send me an email and I will forward on your request. At this meeting I will discuss school re-entry to date and respond to questions. As well school council will discuss upcoming plans.

We will have changes to practises, protocols and schedules however all our staff are focussed on supporting your students’ growth academically, socially, mentally and physically. Please feel free to contact us at anytime with questions or comments.
As a staff we feel so fortunate to work in such a caring community and we have seen over the last months how courageous our students and families are.

Stay safe,

Kathy Andrews
Principal
Terrace Road School


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