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

May 05
May Update

Dear Vista Heights Families:

We hope this update finds you and your family safe and adjusting to our ‘new normal’.  Please know that we are here to support you through “Learning at Home.”  Reaching out to others through ‘virtual communication’ with your loved ones can help us feel connected.  We hope with warmer weather you can access the outdoors while maintaining physical distancing.

Principal Blog

Please be sure to have your children check out the Principal Blog.  The focus is “Fill Your Bucket”.  I have created a challenge for students, so be sure to listen to the video until the end.  You just have to click on the picture of Mrs. Bose to get the video started!  I look forward to hearing from lots of students! Please see below for the link.

https://principalvistaheights.blogspot.com/

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.

Personal Belongings

We still have a number of personal belongings at the school.   If you have not yet picked up your child’s indoor shoes and checked the lost and found, please call the school to book an appointment.

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 enter the month of May!

 Best wishes,

 

Karen

 

Apr 03
April 2020

Dear Vista Heights Families:

 

I hope this message finds you well as we work together to navigate these challenging times. I wanted to send you a quick note so that you would be informed about the continuation of learning for your children. 

 

This week teachers have been very busy learning new technologies that they are excited to share with their students.  This is a new way of teaching and learning for teachers, students and families. We will navigate through this process together.  Please know that we are here to support students and families while we all learn together.

 

The students in Kindergarten – Grade 2 will be using their Blogs, (which the students are familiar with) as their main technological platform. The learning plan will be posted on the blog.  Teachers will be communicating with students and families via phone and email. Since the teachers are working remotely, when they call it will come up as Private Caller or No Caller ID. 

 

The students in Grade 3-6 will be learning a new digital platform, called Google Classroom.  There is information to follow about Google Classroom. Teachers will be communicating with students and families via phone and email to ensure they are able to access the Google Classroom. Since the teachers are working remotely, when they call it will come up as Private Caller or No Caller ID.

 

Mrs. Bose will also be adding to the Principal Blog, by posting a message each week and reading a story. There may even be a ‘fun’ activity for students to engage in!

 

All teachers have been able to reach most families via email and phone calls to check in.  Please call the school if you have not received and email or phone call from your child’s teacher, and we will work to connect you.

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Mar 30
March

Dear Vista Heights Families:

I hope this message finds you healthy, rested and taking good care of yourselves and your families. I know you received a message from our Chief Superintendent and I wanted to follow with a quick update around next steps for student learning at Vista Heights School during these unprecedented times in our lives.  https://www.cbe.ab.ca/news-centre/Pages/ongoing-learning-for-cbe-students.aspx

Staff will return to work on Monday with most working remotely from their homes. The office will be open with very limited staff, Mrs. McKie and myself,   Access to the office and the school is very limited. I realize there are some families that have belongings they wish to pick up. Please call the school and we can coordinate a time for you to come if necessary. The health and safety of our staff and you are both priorities. Thank you for understanding.

On Monday, staff will be preparing to roll out on-line resources and learning for students. Our first step will be contacting families to ask how each student is doing, if your family needs any assistance at this time, and about student level of access to on-line learning (access to a digital device and the internet). Once we receive this feedback from families, a plan will be put into place to support all of our students, including those with limited or no access to on-line learning. This plan will include information about how student learning will take place. 

I also want to remind parents of the guidelines set out by Alberta Education:

  • Kindergarten – Grade 3
    • Education content will focus on language/literacy and mathematics/numeracy outcomes of the provincial curriculum.
    • an average of (5) hours of work per student per week
  • Grade 4 – 6 
    • Language/literacy and mathematics/numeracy outcomes, with opportunity to incorporate science and social studies outcomes through cross-curricular learning
      • An average of five (5) hours of work per student per week

Thank you and take care of each other! Our staff are looking forward to connecting with you very soon,

Sincerely,

Karen Bose​

Feb 24
February Updates

It’s hard to believe we are at the end of February already!  We have had a busy month at Vista Heights! 

Staffing Changes

In February, we said goodbye to Mrs. Joe Kong (one of our L and L teachers in Grade 5/6) as she has gone on maternity leave.  In her place, we have Mrs. Candice Riopel covering for her until the end of June. 

Pink Shirt Day

February 26, 2020 is Pink Shirt Day.  Students are encouraged to wear a pink shirt (this is not mandatory) to celebrate friendship and kindness.  Students will meet with their buddies for an activity.

Accountability Survey

The Accountability Pillar Survey was sent to Vista Heights parents in Grades 4/5/6.  This survey provides feedback to Alberta Education on students’, teachers’ and parent/guardians’ opinions about their school, their school work and the opportunities their school provides. It also provides important information on the quality of education students are receiving.  The results are used by schools, school authorities, and government to see what’s working and what needs to be improved; and shared with the whole community.

If you have not yet completed the survey, it would be greatly appreciated if you could go online with the code provided or mail in the survey.  The deadline is February 28.

Student Led Conferences

As we look ahead to March, please mark your calendars for Student Led Conferences.  These will take place on March 19 from 4:00-8:00 and March 20 from 8 am -12:00 pm. The conference is an opportunity for parents to learn and engage with their child around their learning.  Conferences will be in hour long blocks, and will include a time to meet with the teacher.

SoundKreations

We had a great week with SoundKreations to create Slam Poetry.  We showcased our ‘work in progress’ with a Celebration of Learning.  Thank you to School Council for this great opportunity.

School Council

Our next School Council meeting is March 10 at 6:30 pm.

 

 

Jan 27
January Updates

Wow!  January has just flown by!  We are very happy to have some nice weather to end the month!

Staffing Changes

We are very fortunate to be able to add a staff member to Vista Heights.  We would like to welcome Mrs. Dineen Brace to Vista Heights as our Resource Teacher.  Mrs. Brace will be supporting our students with small group support, and supporting personalized learning in our classrooms.

Flexible Recess

Many schools in the Calgary Board of Education offer a flexible recess break. Vista Heights had a trial of flexible recess during the last week of school, and will be continuing this practice moving forward.  This means that teachers will be taking their students outside for a 15-minute recess break when it makes sense for their learning.  Often a scheduled recess can interrupt student learning as they have to drop everything at that moment to go outside.  This gives students the opportunity to have the playground or field with just one other class.  At lunchtime, half of the students are outside from 12:00-12:20, and then come in to eat their lunch.  The other half of the students are eating first from 12:00-12:20, and then head outside for the remainder of the lunch hour.  The exception is when it is below -20.  We have blue days where students have different activities they can choose as it is too cold to be outside.

Report Cards

Report cards will be going home with your child on Thursday, January 30.  There have been some changes to Assessment and Reporting this year.  Teachers shared this information during the parent teacher conferences in November. You will see the indicator NATR for mathematics.  This indicator means that the strand of mathematics has not been fully taught and assessed.  Your child will receive a number indicator for the strands that have been fully taught and assessed.  The mathematics strands have also changed from last year.  CBE has created a video that explains all of the changes.  Please click on the link to view the video.

https://www.cbe.ab.ca/programs/curriculum/assessment-and-reporting/Pages/default.aspx

 

Professional Day Reminder

There is no school for students on January 31, 2020.  It is a professional day.

 

SoundKreations Artist Residency

We will be working with an artist in Residence from February 3-7.  The students will be learning about Slam Poetry.  We will have a Celebration of Learning at 1:30 on Friday, February 7, 2020.  Thank you to School Council for this great opportunity!

 

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Dec 19
Winter Break

Happy Holidays

 

Dear Vista Heights Families:

 

I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish all families an enjoyable Winter Break.  We have had a very busy 4 months, and we look forward to continuing our great learning in January.  We will see all students back and ready to learn on January 6, 2020!

 

Best regards,

 

Karen​

Dec 04
December Updates

​It’s hard to believe it is already December! We had a very busy November at Vista Heights! Here are a few highlights!

Grey Cup Committee Event

We were very excited to be able to have the Grey Cup Committee come to Vista Heights to share a bit of Grey Cup spirit with us! The Committee arrived with a band, clowns, the mascot Charley Horse, the Stampede Queen and Princesses, and the First Nations Princess. We were taught a line dance by the Stampede Queen and Princesses and danced to some great music by the Grey Cup Band. City Councillor Ray Jones was in attendance, and Mrs. Bose was “white hatted” on behalf of the school! The Grey Cup Committee also donated $1000.00 to the school, which we are very grateful for.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher conferences will be taking place on December 5 (4:15-8:00) and December 6 (8:00-12:30 pm). Please book your child’s interview through PowerSchool. The teachers will be providing you with important information about changes in the CBE report card. There is also additional information on the school website under Assessment and Reporting link.

Winter Family Night

We will be holding a Winter Family Night on December 12 from 6:00-7:30. This event will be focused on Mathematics. You will have an opportunity to play math games with your child and enjoy some treats and hot chocolate!

Winter Assembly

Please join us for our Winter Assembly on December 19 at 9:30 am. All of the classes will perform a short song, and we will also have caroling in the assembly.

Calgary Food Bank Drive

During December, in the spirit of generosity our Student Wellness Action Team (SWAT) is asking Vista Heights School to donate non-perishable food items to support those who need our assistance. Please bring your items to the drop boxes by the office. We are hoping to fill 3 large boxes or more. Thank you!​

Nov 07
Rembrance Day Assembly

We will be holding our Remembrance Day Assembly on Nov. 8 at 11:00 am to honour our veterans who fought for our freedom.  The classes of Mr. Harney and Mr. Pivarnyik along with Mrs. Lim have worked very hard for the Remembrance Day Assembly.  If you are able, please join us at 11:00 am in the gym for our Remembrance Day Assembly.

Oct 16
October Updates

I hope all families had a wonderful long weekend with family and friends!

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences were held on September 19 and 20.  Thank you for meeting with teachers to share information about your child to ensure they are successful in school.  I enjoyed meeting many of you as you entered the school.

 

Cold Weather

As the weather gets colder, please send your child with warm clothing.  We continue to go outside for recess until the temperature reaches -20.

School Council

We need your help!

We are holding our casino on October 18 and 19 at Pure Casino.  We have run low on volunteers for the Vista Heights School Enhancement Society casino night. We are in desperate need of volunteers in order to hold our casino.  Casino Funds are used for a variety of things for our school which have included building our school playground, field trips, Artists in Residence.

Would you, your spouse, family or close friends be able to help out? 

The shifts are as follows:

Chip runner or Cashier: October 18 and or 19th 10:00am-6:00pm (day shift)

Chip runner or Cashier October 18 and or 19th 6:00p-2:00am (Evening shift)

Count room: October 18 and or 19th 11:00pm-3:00am (closing shift)

Last time this fundraiser brought in over $65,000! 

Please contact Justin Murray at justinm188@gmail.com if you are able to help out

School Council

Our next school council meeting will be held at 6:30 on November 12, 2019. 

Hallowe’en

Students are welcome to dress up for Hallowe’en in the afternoon only on October 31. 

Students must not bring any accessories for their costumes that are of a violent or scary nature (no weapons, knives etc), and no masks.

Safety Precautions

We are required to hold 6 fire drills, and 2 lockdowns each school year. We held our first fire drill on October 7, 2019.  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

·         Visitors – are expected to regiser at the office

·         Volunteers – must complete a Police Information Check (PIC) and wear nametags at all times

·         Substitute Teachers – are provided with emergency information upon entering the school

 Upcoming Events

 Nov 1 – Professional Development Day ( No school for students)

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