Jan 11
January Update

Principal Updates | January

Welcome Back!

We are excited to see our students in person on Monday, January 11.  As outlined in the email to families; “As we continue to follow provincial direction, all of our schools will be resuming in-person classes on Monday, Jan. 11.  The decision to move between scenarios is made by Alberta Education in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health."

Thank you for all of your support while we were Learning From Home last week.

COVID Update

As the case numbers continue to grow, we are reminding students about proper mask protocols.  This includes making sure the masks are covering both the chin and the nose. Students are required to wear masks in the hallways, bathroom, to and from recess and gym. Please ensure your child has their mask prior to coming to school.  Please complete the AHS Self-Assessment Checklist with your child prior to attending each morning.

We know that washing and sanitizing hands, masking, distancing and staying home when sick are the best protections against COVID and we continue to ensure these measures are in place. Your support is greatly appreciated.

No School | January 29

Please note that there is no school on January 29 as it is a Non-Instructional Day

Hot Soup

Our Hot Soup program is up and running!  Please note we are unable to accommodate any concerns around dietary restrictions including allergies.  We do not receive any soup that does not contain meat. (no vegetable soup).  If you have concerns around your child receiving soup, please let us know.

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration starts on January 11.  If you have a child that was born on or before December 31, 2016, they are eligible to register for kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year.  Please see the Registration page on the CBE website.

Registration Link

Demographic Forms

We are required to have updated demographic information for all students.  Please ensure you have sent back your demographic form for each child at the school, and have signed and dated the last page.  If you have a child in HUB, please call the school to book an appointment to drop off the form.

School Council| January 12, 2021

Please mark your calendars and join us for the next school council meeting on January 12 at 6:30 pm. We meet virtually through TEAMS.

The link will be sent out on Monday, January 11, 2021

Report Cards| February 1

Report cards will be sent home on February 1.  They will also be able to be viewed via MyCBE/PowerSchool.


Thank you for all your support!

​Karen and Andrea


 


Dec 03
Principal Updates | December

COVID Update

We continue to follow the guidance of the Alberta Government, CBE and AHS with respect to protocols for COVID-19.  At this time, Kindergarten to Grade 6 students continue to learn in person.  We will be moving to online for one week after the Winter Break (Jan 4-8).  We will provide more information about this in the coming weeks.

As the case numbers continue to grow, we are reminding students about proper mask protocols.  This includes making sure the masks are covering both the chin and the nose. Students are required to wear masks in the hallways, bathroom, to and from recess and gym. Please ensure your child has their mask prior to coming to school.  Please complete the AHS Self-Assessment Checklist with your child prior to attending each morning.

We know that washing and sanitizing hands, masking, distancing and staying home when sick are the best protections against COVID and we continue to ensure these measures are in place. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Teachers were able to connect with parents via phone calls on November 19 and 20.  If you were unable to meet with your child's teacher during this time, please email the teacher to book a time for a phone call.

No School | December 4

Please note that there is no school on December 4 as it is a Non-Instructional Day

​Hot Soup

Our Hot Soup program is up and running!  Please note we are unable to accommodate any concerns around dietary restrictions including allergies.  We do not receive any soup that does not contain meat. (no vegetable soup).  If you have concerns around your child receiving soup, please let us know.

Demographic Forms

We are required to have updated demographic information for all students.  Please ensure you have sent back your demographic form for each child at the school, and have signed and dated the last page.  If you have a child in HUB, please call the school to book an appointment to drop off the form.

School Council| December 8, 2020

Please mark your calendars and join us for the next school council meeting on December 8 at 6:30 pm. We meet virtually through TEAMS.

The link will be sent out on Monday, December 7.

Winter Break| December 18-January 4

The last day of school before Winter Break is December 17.  We will return for our week of online learning on January 4.  Please mark your calendars.

Thank you for all your support!

Karen and Andrea

 


Nov 17
Principal Updates | November 16

Parent Teacher Conferences | November 19 and 20

We are looking forward to meeting with you via phone call on the afternoon of November 19 and the morning of November 20.  If you have not already booked your conference, please do so via PowerSchool.  If you are experiencing difficulty with booking a conference please call the office.  The teacher will call you at your booked time. Please answer the call if it says NO CALLER ID.

No School | November 20

Please note that there is no school on November 20 due to Parent/Teacher Conferences.

Hot Soup

Our Hot Soup program is up and running!  Please note we are unable to accommodate any concerns around dietary restrictions including allergies.  We do not receive any soup that does not contain meat. (no vegetable soup).  If you have concerns around your child receiving soup, please let us know.

Demographic Forms

We are required to have updated demographic information for all students.  Please ensure you have sent back your demographic form for each child at the school, and have signed and dated the last page.  If you have a child in HUB, please call the school to book an appointment to drop off the form.

COVID Update

We continue to follow the guidance of CBE and AHS with respect to protocols for COVID-19.  We are reminding students about proper mask protocols.  This includes making sure the masks are covering both the chin and the nose. Students are required to wear masks in the hallways, bathroom, to and from recess and gym. Please ensure your child has their mask prior to coming to school.  Please complete the AHS Self-Assessment Checklist with your child prior to attending each morning.

We know that washing and sanitizing hands, masking, distancing and staying home when sick are the best protections against COVID and we continue to ensure these measures are in place. Your support is greatly appreciated.

​Water Bottle Filling Station

​We would like to thank Vista Heights Enhancement Society for purchasing a touchless water bottle filling station.  Teachers have been training students on how to use the station appropriately.  Please feel free to send a labelled water bottle with your child.

 

Thank you for all your support!

 

Karen and Andrea

 

 


Nov 04
November Update

November Update

It's hard to believe we are already in November! Thank you for continuing to follow all of our protocols for Covid-19. Last week, new guidelines were announced by Alberta Health that removed runny nose and sore throat from the list of core symptoms.  These symptoms continue to be part of the secondary symptoms.  Yesterday, we sent home a new self-assessment guide for students.  Please ensure you are completing this with your child before they come to school. 

Please find information on the upcoming OurSCHOOL Student Survey.  This online survey will be given for all students the week of November 2 - 6th, to measure student engagement, increase student involvement and sense of belonging at school.

School Retakes

Students have been given their school photo proofs.  If you wish to order school photos, please return the order form by November 10.  If you wish to have retakes, these will take place on November 10.

Remembrance Day

There will be no school on November 11 for the observance of Remembrance Day.  We will be holding a virtual assembly on November 10. 

Parent Teacher Conferences

We will be holding parent teacher conferences on November 19 from 4:15-8:00 pm and November 20 from 8:00 am -12:15 pm.  There will be no school for students on November 20. More information will be forthcoming to book conferences.  Due to COVID-19, these conferences will be by phone call only.​


Oct 23
Principal Update | October 23, 2020

Hallowe'en Update

​I know that dressing up for Hallowe'en has been a tradition at Vista Heights, and I know how much the students enjoy this day.  In light of COVID-19, we need to adjust this tradition this year.  In past years, students would change into their costumes at lunch.  We do not have the space to accommodate this.  In lieu of this, we will be holding a theme day on October 29 instead of dressing up for Hallowe'en.  Students are invited to wear their favourite T-shirt to school.  This could be a Super Hero, Cartoon Character, or even just a T-shirt that holds a special significance.  Thank you for your understanding around the safety and protocols for Vista Heights School.  It is my greatest hope that we can resume the tradition of dressing up for Hallowe'en for the 2021-22 school year.

Masks

We are having many students who are arriving to school without masks.  Please ensure your child has at least one mask in their backpack.  Thank you for helping us keep Vista Heights safe.

Hot Soup

Hot Soup will begin on Tuesday, October 27.  The program provides soup, crackers, bowls, and spoons.  One bowl of soup is served to students whose families choose to participate.  Please ensure you are sending additional items in your child's lunch as one bowl of soup may not be enough food to get them to the end of the day. If you have not returned the soup form, and you would like your child to participate in the Hot Soup Program, please let the school know.

Forms

In September, we sent the Welcome Back package of forms (Demographics, Consent for CBE Use of Student Information, Student Health, and 3rd Party Consent for Use of Student Information) home with your child.  If you have not returned this package, please send the forms back by October 29.  If you require new forms, please contact the school. 

Protocol for picking up students early

We have instituted a new protocol when parents come to pick up students early.  We will have a hand to hand drop off.  Please ring the buzzer to let Angela know that you are here to pick up your child.  We will then bring your child out to you, and we will take care of signing the student out.

Cold Weather

This week has been colder than we are used to for October.  Please ensure your child is dressed for the very cold weather we have been experiencing.  We will be going outside for recess, and gym unless it reaches -20.

Professional Day

Please mark your calendar for October 30.  This is a non-instructional day and there is no school for students.

Have a wonderful weekend!

​Karen and Andrea​


Oct 13
Principal Update

Dear Parents/Guardians:

I hope all families had an opportunity to enjoy the long weekend with family whether it was virtual or in person.

COVID-19 Protocols

Students have been doing a great job of remembering to wear their masks to school.  While we do give students mask breaks during the day, we continue to remind students that they must be wearing their masks in the hallways and bathrooms. The students are doing a really good job of distancing and following the arrows in the school. All high touch surfaces are disinfected multiple times a day by our Facility Operator.

Cold Weather and Physical Education

We have been spoiled with lovely fall weather, however, as the temperature is starting to drop; please ensure you child is coming to school dressed to be outside with a hat, mittens, and a coat. Students are outside for Recess and Lunch Recess.  All Physical Education classes will be held outside until further notice.

School Council

Please join us for the next School Council meeting on October 13, 2020 at 6:30 pm.  At this time, all of our School Council meetings are held virtually.  Please see the link below for the School Council meeting tonight.  This is the link for the meeting:  https://join.skype.com/K4LhG3LTcpz3

School Messenger

It is very important that you have subscribed to School Messenger.  This is the primary means of communication for the Calgary Board of Education to notify parents of important information.  Information from the school will be sent via School Messenger.  Please let the office know if you will need a paper copy sent home with your child.

 Stay Informed.png



​Student Code of Conduct

The CBE has a Student Code of Conduct, which students and families should know and understand. This information is posted to the Vista Heights School website, but we also wanted you be aware of its importance. Please read this information and review it with your child.

https://www.cbe.ab.ca/GovernancePolicies/AR6005-Student-Code-of-Conduct.pdf

School Pictures

School Picture Day is coming! We have booked October 19 for our school pictures. At this time, we will not have class photos due to COVID-19, but we will be doing individual photos.  Students that are registered in HUB will receive an email asking parents to book an appointment to come into the school to have their picture taken on this day.

Hot Soup

Vista Heights is very fortunate to have a partnership with Meals on Wheels for a Hot Soup Program.  Watch for the notice coming home this week to sign up!

Safety Precautions

We are required to hold 6 fire drills, and 2 lockdowns each school year. We held our first fire drill on October10, 2020.  The staff and students were able to exit the building in 1 min and 17 seconds.  We continue to refine our school safety procedures which include:

  • Locking all doors
  • A Fan-Out Procedure
  • Substitute Teachers – are provided with emergency information upon entering the school

Upcoming Events

October 30 – Professional Development Day ( No school for students)



Sep 21
Principal Update

September 21, 2020

Dear Vista Heights Families:

I hope everyone had a restful weekend!  I'm glad the smoke seems to have cleared.  Please ensure that your child(ren) come dressed for the weather.  We will be spending as much time outside as we can while the weather is nice.  Physical Education with Mr. Pivarnyik is outside, and students often need a jacket depending on the time of day.

School Messenger

Please ensure you have subscribed to School Messenger so that you receive emails from Vista Heights and CBE System Updates.  We are moving toward sending information through school messenger instead of sending paper copies home.  If you require a paper copy, please let the office know. As well, parents are able to view Principal Updates on the Vista Heights school website and Mrs. Bose's blog.

Forms

Last week you received a package of forms. Please ensure you review the forms and send back the demographic, medical and media forms as soon as possible. The student health form needs to be returned even if no medical concerns exist – please put N/A and sign.

COVID-19 Protocols

As we navigate the new normal of COVID-19, parents are required.to assess their child(ren) for symptoms of Covid-19.  Please refer to the checklist of symptoms that was sent home last week. If students exhibit any of the Covid -19 symptoms, they must not come to school. If students exhibit symptoms of Covid-19, they will be isolated in the infirmary, and we will be calling parents to come and pick up their child within an hour.  Please ensure you have an emergency contact in the event your child becomes ill.  If your child has symptoms of COVID-19, please call 8-1-1 or complete the AHS Self- Assessment for guidance and testing.

Student Learning  Conferences

We will be having Parent Teacher Conferences on September 24 from 4:15-7:45, and September 25 from 8:00-12:45. Please log into PowerSchool and book your conference through the Conference Manager.  The interviews will be a phone call.  The teacher will call parents at the booked time. The phone will display NO Caller ID. There are no face to face interviews at this time due to COVID-19.  Please do not come to the school

Nut Aware School

We need your help to ensure we are keeping all students and staff members safe.  As we are now eating lunch in the classrooms, we would ask that you please refrain from sending all nut products for snacks and lunches. 

Parent Handbook

We are in the process of updating our Parent Handbook.  Please stay tuned for information about the updated version for 2020-21.

Thank you for your support!

​Karen and Andrea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sep 10
September Update

Dear Vista Heights Families:

Welcome Back!  We had a very successful entry into school last week!  With staggered entry, the students had an opportunity to learn and practice new routines.  I was so impressed with how quickly the students are incorporating these routines into their day.

This week you will receive a package of forms. Please ensure you review the forms and send back the demographic, medical and media forms as soon as possible. The student health form needs to be returned even if no medical concerns exist – please put N/A and sign.

COVID-19 Protocols

As we navigate the new normal of COVID-19, parents are required to assess their child(ren) for symptoms of Covid-19.  Please refer to the checklist of symptoms that was sent home last week. If students exhibit any of the Covid -19 symptoms, they must not come to school. If students exhibit symptoms of Covid-19, they will be isolated in the infirmary, and we will be calling parents to come and pick up their child within an hour.  Please ensure you have an emergency contact in the event your child becomes ill.  If your child has symptoms of COVID-19, please call 8-1-1 or complete the AHS Self- Assessment for guidance and testing.

Staffing

We have a few new staff members at Vista Heights.  Please welcome the following educators to Vista Heights!

Ms. Andrea Robichaud – Assistant Principal

Mrs. Angela Klassen – Grade 1/2

Mrs. Risikat Agunbiade – Grade 5/6

Ms. Candice Pearsall is back at Vista Heights teaching Grade 3/4

School Council

Our first school council meeting of the year will be Tuesday, September 15 at 6:30 pm. Please see the School Council link on our website for the link to the virtual meeting.

Teacher Blogs

Classroom blogs are being set up.  Please take a moment each day to review your child(ren)'s blog messages.

Student Learning Conferences

Please mark your calendars for Sept 24 from 4-8 and September 25 from 8-12:30 for Student Learning Conferences. There will be more information that will be forthcoming about how these conferences will be structured. 

Nut Aware School

We need your help to ensure we are keeping all students and staff members safe.  As we are now eating lunch in the classrooms, we would ask that you please refrain from sending all nut products for snacks and lunches. 

Late Arrivals

Soft Entry begins at 8:35 until 8:50 am.  If you arrive at school and the door is closed, please ensure you come around to the front door to be let into the school.

Thank you for your support!  We are looking forward to an amazing year!

Karen and Andrea

 

​ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Aug 31
September Re-Entry Plan

Dear Vista Heights Families:
I am looking forward to welcoming our school community to the 2020-21 school year. I want to assure you we are doing everything possible to ensure the health and safety of all our community members.
As you are aware on July 21, Education Minister Adriana LaGrange announced that all schools across the province will return to classes under Scenario 1 – in-school classes resume (near normal with health measures). In response, plans are well underway in our school to welcome our community of students as we adhere to current health guidelines.
CBE’s Scenario 1 Information can be found on our website and outlines the measures we are taking to provide for the health and safety of our students. Please refer to this document for detailed information on health measures, physical set-up of schools, cleaning of schools, daily operation of schools and transportation. The actions described in the document follow the guidelines provided by Alberta Education’s K-12 School Re-entry COVID-19 information: Guidance for schools re-entry Scenario 1. We continue to refine information in our re-entry planning based on provincial and CBE guidance.
Please visit our school website www.cbe.ab.ca/vistaheights for information on the actions and processes that are being applied to the specific context of our school.
Sincerely,
Karen Bose
Principal​


Jun 16
June Update

Dear Vista Heights Families:

We hope everyone is healthy and safe as we begin to see a relaxing of restrictions.  The playground is now open, and it has been great to see some students coming to the school to enjoy this.     

Principal Blog

This week’s blog is a safety video on crossing the street at the corner.  I know this is a difficult corner, and it is not very visible.  I thought I would share a video with the students about safety.  I have noticed some students cutting through the parking lot to get to the playground. This is an unsafe practice.  Please remind your children to use the sidewalk. Thanks for helping to keep everyone safe!

https://principalvistaheights.blogspot.com/

Picking up Personal Belongings/Report Cards

We will be asking parents to call and book an appointment to pick up students’ personal belongings and report cards.  These will be available for pick up on the following dates:

June 24-26 – Kindergarten to Grade Four

June 25-26 – Grade 5/6 – Rooms 5 and 6 (this is due to the Grade 6 Farewell on June 24)

You will also be able to log into PowerSchool, and view your child’s report card as of June 24.

School Re-Entry

An email was sent to all CBE parents on Friday about re-entry into school in September.  If you did not receive this email, please see the following link on our school website. 

http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/VistaHeights/about-us/news-centre/_layouts/ci/post.aspx?oaid=bc5d0b11-f0af-4dc2-98f3-5130dd3e56c0&oact=20001

Kindergarten Registration

Did you know kindergarten registration is ongoing?  If you have a child who is going to be 5 years old as of December 31, 2020 and live in the Vista Heights area, they can register for Kindergarten.  Please share this information with any Vista Heights community members who you know may have a Kindergarten age child.  It is helpful for us to have kindergarten registrations as we plan for the 2020-21 school year.  We are looking forward to meeting our youngest learners in the future!

A reminder that Kindergarten registration for the 2020-21 School year continues, with registration now online.  You can find information regarding the registration process at:


Registration Process During a Health Emergency

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our school office.

Planning for the 2020-21 School Year

If you know that your child will not be attending Vista Heights school in the 2020-21 school year, please call the school office to let us know.  This information will help us as we move forward with our planning for next year.

We are in the process of determining class lists for the upcoming school year. The placement process is done with great thought and many voices are considered. We work hard to look at all the possibilities: teachers’ passions, cohort of children so the classes have diversity and become a community.  This will process will not be fully completed until August. Please know that we have the best interests of your child, and we will inform you of your child’s classroom teacher on the first day of school.

Supports during the Covid-19 pandemic

Nutrition Supports

When school buildings are closed, regular breakfast and lunch programs will not be available. Here are some resources and supports that can help your family if food or other supports are needed during the upcoming weeks. It is important that you always check the websites of organizations however, as their locations, hours or procedures may change day to day.

 

Wishing you health and happiness as we end the 2019-20 school year!

 

Best wishes,

 

Karen

1 - 10Next

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Blog Tools

 ‭(Hidden)‬ About this blog

About this blog
Welcome to SharePoint Blogs. Use this space to provide a brief message about this blog or blog authors. To edit this content, select "Edit Page" from the "Site Actions" menu.
​​

Kindergarten registration for the 2021-22 school year is underway. Learn more about our revised registration process due to health measures in our schools https://t.co/tTKL9hXOyl #WeAreCBE #yycbe https://t.co/VpVWmuDFoU

An important update from @southlandbus about contact information for yellow school bus routes #WeAreCBE #yycbe https://t.co/x4yqylGF4Y

RT @JackJamesHS: The walls are up! First day back from at-home learning & we are back in action on our @HomesByAviYYC house build! Very exciting to see the progress over the next couple weeks 🔨 @yyCBEdu #wearecbe https://t.co/NlplTSQuFv

We’ve shared an update with CBE families with important system information for the return to in-person classes on Monday, Jan. 11 https://t.co/p09i5rbicO #WeAreCBE https://t.co/CpONd60YPq