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Update March 7

March 7, 2017

On March 22 and 23, students and teachers will share student progress with families. Students will lead and be actively involved in the reflection on, and providing evidence for their learning. Research supports that active student involvement in their own assessment combined with descriptive feedback from teachers, peers and families improves student achievement. As you work alongside your children, please consider the following questions:

  • What is the goal?
  • Where are you in relation to it?
  • What can you do to close the gap?

During the conference, time will be set-aside for families to meet the teacher in a semi-private area and, if necessary, families are invited to book a private meeting at an alternative time. Please contact your child’s teacher as needed.

Please access https://webapps.cbe.ab.ca/MyAccount to indicate the time you intend to visit the teacher. This online tool is meant to help teachers anticipate your arrival, and to better budget their time, so they can spend a few minutes specifically with each parent and student. Plan to spend at least 30 minutes in advance of your scheduled time with your child examining their work. Utilize your scheduled time for you and your child to dialogue with the teacher.

Online booking opens Monday, March 20 at 6:00 AM. If you are having difficulties, please call the office at 403-817-3408 for assistance.

Our students always look forward to sharing their work and we all look forward to seeing you over the two days!

Sincerely,

Elbow Park Staff

 

Update March 2

Dear Families,

Evergreen Theatre Performance

Please join us tomorrow Friday, March 3 at 11:00 am as we celebrate our work with Evergreen Theatre. Be dressed and prepared to sit on the floor as we don’t yet have chairs and are still curing our gym floor. The staff and students are excited to share their work!

Traffic Safety Presentations

The Alberta Motor Association will be delivering pedestrian safety presentations to students on Tuesday, March 7. Our goal is to develop specific strategies and an increased sense of awareness when using streets in and around the school to ensure student safety.

For those looking for more information you are welcome to join the presentations:

Kindergarten             9:30-10:00

Grade 1/2      10:00-10:30

Grades 3-6     10:45-11:30

Also, there are some great resources at: http://www.waytobe.ca

School Council Meeting

Our school board trustee, Julie Hrdlicka will be joining us at council this month. Please join us on Wednesday, March 8 from 2:00-3:00 pm. Please see the attached agenda for our meeting.

Sincerely,

Carrie

 

Update Feb. 22

Dear Families,

Evergreen Theatre Residency

We are excited to welcome Evergreen Theatre to our school for the week of February 27 through March 3. Students from K-6 will be involved in working with a team of artists to explore science concepts through the arts. The artists will lead the school in the creation, rehearsal, and performance of a brand new, science inspired work of theatre. Combining arts with science education provides a basis towards creating vibrant self-expression and a deeper, more personalized understanding of concrete subject matter.

In addition to nourishing individual imagination and creativity, The Grow-A-Show program also develops a school-wide sense of teamwork and collaboration. Our week will culminate in a school-wide performance on Friday, March 3 at 11:00. Families are welcome to join us! Because our gym floor cannot yet hold chairs, as a member of the audience, please come dressed and prepared to sit on the floor.

CBE Math Strategy Engagement for parents

You should be receiving additional information via School Messenger regarding CBE’s Math Strategy and opportunities to provide input. You will have two opportunities to participate:

  • In-person engagement sessions: There are five upcoming opportunities for parents to engage in discussions with other parents about math education. There will be a short presentation followed by small group discussions at these meetings. Each session is limited to 100 participants, so please register early. If one session is full, you may register at any of the other sessions.
  • An online survey will be available from Feb. 22 to Mar. 15. We will send you a reminder once the survey is live.

For more information, or to register for an in-person session, please visit our K-12 math strategy page.

School Photography

A CBE photographer will be at the school next week to take photographs of the school and students that will be used for our official opening and will be added to the CBE collection for web and print publications. Attached, find the consent for use of student information form for this specific purpose. Please sign to indicate your consent and return to the school by Monday, February 27. If you do not indicate consent, we will make sure your child is exempt from any images.

School Safety

Thank you for watching out for our students! Please ensure that you are stopping and parking only in designated areas and not in the no-stopping areas in front of the school. Please remember that visibility as students cross in the designated crosswalks is severely hampered when you stop in front of the school.

Sincerely,

Elbow Park Staff

EPS Update

Dear Families,

What a wonderful day! It couldn’t have been a more magical start. We thank all of our students, staff, families and the community for working together tirelessly to return us home. Students and staff gathered together to celebrate our new school with a welcome assembly. Please find attached an impromptu clip of our first meeting together in our giant gym.

Please remind your child(ren) to bring their water bottle and indoor shoes for tomorrow. While we do have fountains, a bottle encourages them to drink more water, more often. In addition, students may exit any door at the end of the day. For ease of pick up, it might be best to choose a specific spot outside or ask your child to exit via a particular door consistently so that you can easily spot them.

As a staff, we have decided to have a flexible start to our mornings. Beginning next week, students are welcome to come into the school any time after 8:05 am, as they arrive in the morning. Outside supervision will still be provided for those who prefer to play outside and those who choose to come inside will be expected to mingle or work quietly in and around their classrooms, with supervision provided. This avoids congestion at the doors and allows for a calm, and hopefully more expedient, start to the day.  Attendance and learning will begin as usual at 8:20.  Because our building requires some continued finishing work, we need a few days to make sure our lock/unlock door mechanisms are working efficiently.

Please find attached, this month’s Leadership Link as well as the agenda for our School Council Meeting. School Council Meeting will be held Wednesday, February 8 from 2:00-3:00 pm in our Learning Commons. We hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

Carrie and Joanne

November 8

Dear Families,

A group of students from Elbow Park School were involved in a Mathematics focus group with Specialists from the Calgary Board of Education. Improving clarity and coherence in math teaching and learning practices has been identified as a priority in the CBE Three-Year Education Plan (2016-2019). As such, students had opportunity to provide valuable information on instructional and assessment practices as part of the engagement process in developing this strategy.

Every year, schools take time to analyze their achievement and perception data and use this information to set the direction in the School Development Plan. While our students perform exceptionally well, we are always looking for ways to improve and transform our practice. Over the past few years, we have examined closely and adjusted our practice around our students’ ability to communicate their understanding well throughout the disciplines with positive results. This year, our staff is involved in a cohort implementing CBE’s literacy strategy. Our inquiry question, “If we focus our attention on our students’ ability to read deeply for understanding and transfer, will students improve their overall ability to communicate/demonstrate their understanding across the disciplines?” retains our overall focus on the application of knowledge in authentic tasks.

Please be reminded that the “kiss and ride” zone in front of the school is a drop off zone only in the morning and afternoon. Be mindful of the access bus zone immediately before the crosswalk on the south side of Hillcrest Avenue. Should you park opposite the school, model safe crossing by using the designated crosswalk at all times.

From time to time, students are hungry during the day. Please talk with your child to see if they have sufficient healthy snacks to keep them nourished during the day. A few extra non-perishable snacks are always helpful to stow away in their backpack for those days when they need a little more or when lunches are forgotten. Students are encouraged to eat NUT free, healthy snacks and plenty of water during the school day. Please ensure that your child brings a water bottle and all the necessary utensils needed to eat their lunch to school each day.

Information about learning in classrooms is available on a weekly basis from your child’s teacher. Please remember to check classroom blogs, review emails and/or to contact your child’s teacher for important curricular information as needed. Your support in reinforcing, extending, questioning or engaging in conversations regarding books, concepts or current events are all great ways to participate in the learning. See the attached thinking apps for parents for ways to make thinking more visible in your home.

Please feel free to join us to pay tribute to those men and women around the world who fought and worked for the peace and freedom that we enjoy in Canada today. Our Remembrance Day Assembly begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, November 10. Please be reminded that this is a solemn and serious assembly of remembrance.

Attached, please find the Chief Superintendent’s message for November, discussing academic success in the CBE.

Carrie

Update Oct. 18

Dear Families,

Construction on our new facility continues to be fast and furious! While the construction schedule is very tight, currently, we are still projected to move in and open our doors in January. Due to a lack of available parking space, at our latest steering committee meeting, it was mentioned that there have been citizen concerns regarding parking adjacent to the building. Some tradespeople have had their vehicles towed. While we certainly understand the reasons for this, we ask for your patience over the next few months. Keeping tradespeople on-site and working is imperative to maintaining the construction schedule and opening our building on time.

Along with Mission Green Buildings and Donald Luxton and Associates, our grade 5/6 students are currently providing feedback on, and writing suggested new text for, our decorative, historic panel. This panel will also include key environmental features of the new building. The installation of this panel will be complete shortly after our move. Older students will provide interpretive tours to younger students and visitors to our building.

It is that time of year again! Please check your child(ren)’s head regularly for head lice. We have asked teachers to speak with their students about how to avoid the spread of lice – mostly through head to head contact. Please see the attached note from Alberta Health Services for tips.

Hard to believe that it is already the middle of October! Last Friday as a staff, we discussed the pros and cons of students wearing costumes on Halloween and the subsequent impacts on student learning. Our focus continues to be on providing quality, learning experiences that engage students. As such, students are asked to wear regular clothing on October 31. Classes will engage in learning related activities as dictated by their curriculums, which may include seasonal themes. As always, we appreciate your support and understanding as we make decisions in the best interest of our students.

Thanks to our parent society and the generosity of our parent community, we were able to host two authors during Wordfest. Ruth Ohi and Wesley King engaged students in understanding the work of authors and with their stories!

Please remind your children to dress appropriately for the weather conditions. Our students go outside as much as possible during the winter season for learning and for recess. In situations where buses are delayed or experience mechanical failure, it is important that students have warm clothing available in emergent situations.

Carrie

Update Sept. 26

September 26, 2016

It was wonderful to meet with families at conferences last week! Ongoing communication is essential for our success. Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher at any time to share valuable information, ask questions or seek clarity.

Teachers are currently working on their classroom blogs which can be accessed from our school website: www.cbe.ab.ca/b119

Teachers will update their blogs on a weekly basis and communicate via email, using SchoolMessenger. If you have nLt logged in to subscribe, please do so prior to September 30. After this date, if you have not subscribed, you will no longer receive some messages from the school. For further information, and to subscribe, please visit: http://www.cbe.ab.ca/news-centre/Pages/dont-miss-out-on-school-messages.aspx

Many thanks to parents who organized, volunteered and supported Fall Fair. We are lucky to have such an active, supportive and involved parent community! In addition, staff were treated to a delicious dinner and breakfast during our recent conferences thanks to the Staff Appreciation Committee. What a lovely treat!

Please join us for our annual Terry Fox Assembly and Run on Friday, September 30. Our assembly begins at 9:45 and the school community will run in the field from 10:00 – 10:30. Please join us in your comfortable gear to run or walk in support of the Terry Fox Foundation.

The rebuild of Elbow Park School continues to be on schedule. While there have been some hiccups in the order of work, Stuart Olson has made adjustments accelerating other areas of the schedule as they are able, in order to meet our occupancy deadline. Thanks to a group of parents who noticed an error on the information page where the minutes from the work at Rideau were posted in error. You can track progress and see video images of the construction at: http://www.cbe.ab.ca/schools/building-and-modernizing-schools/Pages/elbow-park-school.aspx Just a reminder that the January organizational days are our current move dates but will be used flexibly as needed.

Over the past few weeks, we have been working with students to maintain a safe and orderly lunch environment. Please take the time to review expected lunch behaviour as outlined in our student-parent handbook (attached, p. 6). Also attached for review with your child is the CBE code of conduct.

This month’s Leadership Link from the Board of Trustees invites applications of alumnus for a CBE Legacy Award. See attached. As always, should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Carrie

Update Sept. 21

Dear Families,

Congratulations and thanks to all the volunteers on a successful Fall Fair! What a wonderful opportunity for our community to gather together on such a beautiful summer evening. We appreciate all your time and effort to craft such a fun event for all.

Our first school council meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 21 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm. All parents are encouraged and welcome to join us!

Conferences are scheduled for September 22 and 23. At this time, teachers will share initial impressions and assessment of student learning to date, as well as invite families to share information and provide input into learning goals for the year. In order for students to assume ownership for their learning, it is important that they are part of the conference. We know there are times when a private conversation is warranted and we welcome you to contact us at any time with information, questions or concerns.

Please ensure your child has enough hearty food and snacks to last them throughout the day. It can be helpful to throw in a few extra non-perishable snacks that can be saved for those days when students are particularly active and may need some extra nourishment. We encourage our students to take home what is not being eaten in their lunch so that you can see how much they are consuming during the day. Involving students in making decisions about what goes in their lunch might help ensure they are eating what is sent. In addition, because we do not have water fountains, it is important that students have a water bottle at school each day.

With an increase in enrolment, there is also an increase in the volume of communication through the office each and every day. While we are always willing to help in emergent situations, it is important to note we are unable to facilitate the volume of phone messages regarding students’ after school activities. Our students’ safety is of the upmost importance. Please make sure your child knows where to go at the end of the day.

Our annual Terry Fox Run is scheduled for the morning of September 30. Students in grade 5/6 have taken the initiative and are working diligently to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. To date, students have raised over $3600!

Students from the Green Club have been visiting classrooms to rollout our school-wide recycling program. Bins, located in our hallways, accept recyclables (paper, cardboard, plastics, foils) and refundables (bottles, cans, juice boxes). The Green Club will rollout a composting program over the coming months.

Please find attached September message from Chief Superintendent, David Stevenson.

Carrie

EPS Update September 1, 2016

Dear Families,

We look forward to welcoming new and returning students and their families at our "muffin mixer" at 8:00 am on Tuesday, September 6. The mixer provides an opportunity to mix and mingle prior to school entry. Thank you to parents who have organized a morning snack to kick off our year!

Class lists will be posted outside the school and will indicate each student's teacher and room number. Families will be able to find teachers on the compound (outside the school). Teachers will have a sign indicating their name, grade and room. Please feel free to introduce yourself and your children to their new teachers. Teachers will gather students after bell time (8:20) and head to classrooms when they feel they are ready. 

Please find below a list of our teaching teams. Our current orgranization includes: one am kindergarten class, three 1/2 classes, two grade 3/4 classes, and two grade 5/6 classes. Teachers will work collaboratively to meet the needs of all students and students will have ample opportunity to work with a variety of peers within their grade group and across the school.

We are excited to welcome three new teachers, Mr. Burima, Ms. McNeil and Mr. Messeer, and to welcome back Ms. Montanaro fro  her maternity leave. In addition, all our lunch supervisors at Elbow Park will be new. Staffing for those positions is currently in process. Look for further information next week.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 403-777-6920. We are happy to help! Looking forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday!

Sincerely,

Carrie

Teaching teams:

Kindergarten        Carolyn Bell

Grade 1/2            Ethan Backwell, Kathleen Goodmanson, Wendy Hunt

Grade 3/4            Laurel Austman, Kevin Messer, Joliene Montanaro

Grade 5/6            Joe Burima, Sandy McNeil

Music/Gym          Julie Herman

 

EPS Welcome!

August 31, 2016

If you look at history, innovation doesn't come just from giving people incentives; it comes from creating environments where their ideas can connect.

~ Stephen Johnson

On behalf of the staff at Elbow Park School, welcome to the 2016-17 school year! We are excited about the possibilities for learning that lie ahead. The staff of Elbow Park School have worked diligently to prepare for the arrival of our students and their families.

We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our children can achieve their highest potential. We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and hope you know we will do our very best to support each child. Ongoing communication is essential for our success. Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher at any time to share valuable information, ask questions or seek clarity.

Over the coming year, we will continue our learning, finding innovative ways to work with students to develop the competencies outlined in the Ministerial Order by Alberta Education. “Literacy and numeracy are foundational to student learning. Being literate and numerate means going beyond the basic skills of reading, writing and solving simple arithmetic problems to acquiring, creating, connecting and understanding information.” (https://education.alberta.ca/media/3272731/guide_to_ed_2016.pdf) Critical thinking and deep learning opportunities for our students are necessary to ensure each student, in keeping with his or her individual abilities and gifts, will complete high school with a foundation of learning necessary to thrive in life, work and continued learning.  We must know the passions of our students and create learning opportunities based on these.  Our work will be to cultivate students’ ability to think, write, and create and provide opportunity to develop essential skills and processes for learning.

We are looking forward to an exciting start to the new year! As always, should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Sincerely,

Carrie

 

June 17, 2016

Dear Families,

Congratulations to students involved in Calgary Youth Science Fair, Science Olympics, and Young Writers' Conference on their participation and successes! Our students are eager and involved in learning both at school and in the community. We are very proud to celebrate their accomplishments. A generous thank you to both parents and teachers who support our students in these endeavors.

While we work to prepare for the successful finish to the year including numerous celebrations of learning, family BBQ, provincial testing, Volunteer Tea and Sports Day to name a few, this is also typically the time when schools plan for the upcoming year.

As discussed at school council, we have been busy reconciling our projected enrollment with our expected student numbers and beginning to think about how best to allocate resources. Last year, we made a commitment to a two-year cycle of multi-age classrooms because of differences in enrollment at each grade level throughout the school. Please know that we continue to put our students and quality learning experiences at the core of our decision-making.

For the first time in a number of years, there will be open rounds of postings for teachers to allow for teacher movement across our system. Because of this, staffing is uncertain, as teachers will have opportunity to apply to positions in other schools. Change is healthy for our profession, for students and for the community and it is likely we will have some new faces at Elbow Park School. As a result, decisions regarding classroom teaching positions will likely not be finalized until August. Any information that can be confirmed will be prior to the end of the school year.

Regardless of organization, classes will continue to be heterogeneous groupings that consider student learning needs, interests, social skills, learning styles, work habits, emotional development, independence and the teaching styles of staff. Teachers understand that their primary role is not to teach a particular grade or outcome but rather to teach individuals with an emphasis on learning how to learn. With an increased stress on literacy and numeracy development though competencies such as communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and social responsibility, our focus is on the skills and processes of learning embedded in experiences that mimic real work within the disciplines.

At Elbow Park School, quality teaching and learning means continuing to focus on the CBE’s three year plan, personalizing learning for each student, and continuing our work designing tasks that promote student agency, improve intellectual engagement and develop greater autonomy in learning. Independent learning is being fostered by work to develop self-regulation skills, developing persistence by providing multiple forms of feedback in learning, and in the development collaborative learning skills. Failure is embraced as important and necessary for learning. Shifting our focus to the effort and persistence required to complete challenging tasks while aiding students in building specific strategies and scaffolds that lead to success, develops a growth rather than fixed mindset regarding learning. For more information and ideas for how you can support your child at home, please visit the following links:

http://www.ascd.org/ascd-express/vol8/811-pease.aspx

http://www.hightechhigh.org/unboxed/issue10/mindsets_and_student_agency_contributors/

Please find attached, messages from the Chief Superintendent and our Board of Trustees. We have also attached our calendar for next school year. Another copy will be forwarded in the fall but we thought it might be beneficial for your planning. Please note, the organizational dates in January are flexible and will change if our opening date is delayed. Please be assured that we believe the December deadline for occupancy will be met.

Should you have any questions, we look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely,

Elbow Park School Staff

 

 

 

April 5, 2016

April 5, 2016

Dear Families,

April is National Poetry Month! Please find attached note from Calgary Reads with tips for sharing poetry at home. Poetry develops key outcomes from our program of studies, in addition to allowing students to explore figurative language and descriptive vocabulary that can be transferred for use in other forms of writing.  Through poetry, students can express ideas and explore passions in order to make a bold statement. For additional resources and ideas, please visit the following blog from Edutopia or contact your child’s teacher.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/five-reasons-poetry-needed-schools-elena-aguilar

Many students in our school use the software application Read&Write Gold. “Read&Write makes the web, documents and files more accessible. It’s a friendly, intuitive toolbar that assists students at all levels with everyday tasks like reading text out loud, understanding unfamiliar words, researching assignments and proofing written work.” Home-user access is available to all schools that hold a current license. If you are interested in exploring this tool at home, please refer to the attached for instructions on how to access, download and activate this tool.

As you are aware Alberta Education has developed Guidelines for Best Practices: Creating Learning Environments that Respect Diverse Sexual Orientations, Gender Identities and Gender Expressions. School boards throughout the province have been asked to use these guidelines to develop their own policies and guidelines. Please read the attached letter from the Chair of the Board of Trustees, Joy Bowen-Eyre and Chief Superintendent, David Stephenson regarding Bill 10 and other areas of key focus related to amendments to the School Act. Should you have any further questions in this regard, please feel free to contact Ms. Dayman.

Please find attached Leadership Link about ways you can be involved, informed and stay connected at the CBE.

Carrie

 

 

 

April 4, 2016

Dear Families,

Thanks to our students and families for their active participation in student led conferences in March. It was nice to see our students sharing progress towards their learning goals and able to discuss their strategies and next steps in learning!  We value your time and contribution to the learning process. If at any time, you require further information regarding your child’s progress, have a question or concern; please feel free to contact your child’s teacher to arrange a meeting time.

Many thanks to the Staff Appreciation Committee for providing both dinner and breakfast during our conferences. As always, we are treated royally and sincerely appreciate the time and care taken to ease our workload on these long days.

April is the time when we prepare to work on our school budget in preparation for the 2016-17 school year. We are all aware that the upcoming school year will require us to continue to provide quality learning experiences despite a challenging economy.  Based on current information, the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) is predicting a 27 million dollar budget deficit, which is much lower than in previous years. We are in the process of considering decisions for Elbow Park School based on our current economic reality and the information that we have to guide those decisions. Our projected student enrollment for next year remains relatively stable. Last year, we made a commitment to a two-year cycle of multi-aging as we transition back to our permanent location and our population stabilizes. Over the past few years, our school budget has been maintained by CBE to pre-flood levels and our hope is that this will continue for another year. I will keep you updated with further information when we receive our RAM (Resource Allocation Method) in the next few weeks. For further information regarding CBE budget process, please visit the CBE operating budget page. http://www.cbe.ab.ca/about-us/budget-and-finance/Pages/budget.aspx

Students in grade 3/4 continue to examine the idea of beauty, exploring the connection between people and place. Students have had opportunity to explore First Nations artifacts; stories and Elder Randy Bottle will join students in May to share stories and information.  Using First Nation tales as a model of powerful storytelling, students will incorporate these elements into their own stories. Students will work with photographer Darryl Pollock to capture through image their understanding of beauty and build on the idea that images and story are meant to convey messages.

Grade 5/6 students have immersed themselves in a simulation of the Iroquois Confederacy as they examine historical models of democracy. The Iroquois had clear rules and procedures for making decisions by representatives and consensus.  Working in their clans, students will recognize that ideas such as equality, consensus and respect for diversity that shape our current democracy are rooted in the past. These students will have opportunity to work with poet, Kris Demeanor as they more closely examine areas of interest and passion.

Students in grade one and two continue their exploration of Canada’s northern communities by researching areas of interest with a focus on the development of appropriate literacy skills in reading, writing and critical thinking.

Kindergarten students are developing questions for research related to animals of their choice, both wild and domestic. Learning about the needs and environment of each animal, students are working towards recreating the appropriate habitats. Students are exploring plasticine as a medium.

Thanks,

Carrie

Upcoming Dates:

April 5-7                      Grade 3/4 Photography residency

April 6                          Grade 5/6 Kris Demeanor

April 6                          Grade 1/2 Heritage Park trip

April 9                          Science Olympics – AM Olympic Oval

April 11                        Grade 3/4 Field trip rm 2 Museum of First Nations

April 12-14                  Grade 3/4 Photography residency

April 13                        School Council meeting 2:00 pm

April 14                        Fun lunch

April 14                        Wurst Fundraiser “Buy a Brick”  - 7 pm

April 15                        Bottle Thrive

April 18                        Jeff Stockton works with teachers and students

April 18                        Grade 3/4 Field trip rm 9 Museum of First Nations

April 20                        Grade 5/6 Spaceport trip

April 22/April 25          PD Days – No School

Science Olympics – Wed/ Thurs lunch

BOKS – Tues/Wed mornings

Intramurals – Mon lunch

March 7, 2016

Dear Families,

We would love it if you could join us for an informal sharing of the work students have been engaged in during our body percussion residency. This will take place Monday, March 14, 2016 at 2:00 in the gym.

Thanks to students in grade 3/4 for their leadership in encouraging us to celebrate Pink Shirt Day on February 24! Our students are working together to practice kindness and promote healthy relationships in their classrooms and communities.

Student-led conferences are Thursday and Friday. We look forward to seeing you!

Should you have any difficulty scheduling your conference, please contact Mrs. Hodgson for support.  Parents who require more than a brief check-in with the teacher or would like to discuss more sensitive information are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher to arrange an alternative time.

Our next school council meeting is Wednesday March 9 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm. Please feel free to join us!

Carrie

Upcoming Dates:

Mar. 7 – 9                   Body Percussion classes – all day

Mar. 10                       Story Theatre, production Fables, Fools and Fantasy 9:00 am and classroom workshops – all day

Mar. 10                       Conferences 4-8 pm

Mar. 11                       Conferences 8-12 pm, No School

Mar. 14                       Body Percussion classes am – sharing 2:00 pm

Mar. 15                       Jeff Stockton in classes – all day

Mar. 16                       Gr 3/4 Light and Shadow workshops am

Mar. 17                       Gr 3/4 Light and Shadow workshops am

Mar. 18                       PD Day No School

Mar. 21-28                 Spring Break – No School

Mar. 29                       Classes resume

Intramurals, Mondays lunch

Science Olympics, Tuesday/Wednesdays lunch

BOKS, Tuesday/Thursday mornings

Feb. 28 Update

Dear Families,

Please find attached, Board of Trustees Leadership Link, information regarding 2016-17 budget and public engagement, and a message from Calgary Reads – reading with babies and young children.

Our work understanding and transforming our library to a learning commons continues!  The library as learning commons functions as the hub of the school, the place where teachers and students collaborate, a place to experiment, practice, celebrate, learn, work and play. The learning commons is a flexible and adaptable space that changes based on the needs of the users. Think of it as a shift from the dining room where food (knowledge) is passively consumed to the kitchen where knowledge is created (and is sometimes messy)!

Materials and resources (including books) are made available for exploration and specific tasks and the necessary supplies are provided on a rotating basis. These tasks are all related to curricular outcomes; students display their work and thinking and encourage others to further develop or build on existing ideas. Currently, one task is to read a related text and to design your dream home.

As we get closer to moving to our permanent location, we are looking forward to the opening of our new learning commons and extending our learning. For more information regarding the evolution of a learning commons visit: http://aslc.ca/blog/library-2.0-a-journey-of-metamorphosis

(great links)

Our body percussion residency with Tasha Lawson of Tri-Tone Productions begins Monday. Each class will have six sessions with Tasha and her team! Body percussion combines creative movement with sound: rhythm, instruments and/or music. The residency will culminate in a sharing on the afternoon of March 14, time TBD. Additional details will be available once the team gets started working with the students.

On March 10 and 11, students and teachers will share student progress with families. Students will lead and be actively involved in the reflection on, and providing evidence for their learning. Research supports that active student involvement in their own assessment combined with descriptive feedback from teachers, peers and families improves student achievement. As you work alongside your children, please consider the following questions:

What is the goal?

Where are you in relation to it?

What can you do to close the gap?

During the conference, time will be set-aside for families to meet the teacher in a semi-private area and, if necessary, families are invited to book a private meeting at an alternative time. Please contact your child’s teacher as needed.

Where applicable, please access https://webapps.cbe.ab.ca/MyAccount to indicate the time you intend to visit the teacher.  This online tool is meant to help teachers anticipate your arrival, and to better budget their time, so they can spend a few minutes specifically with each parent and student.  Plan to spend at least 30 minutes with your child, utilizing your scheduled time, to dialogue with the teacher as needed. If you have more than one child, please do not book your appointments back to back as this will make it challenging to engage with each child.

Our students always look forward to sharing their work and we all look forward to seeing you over the two days!

Carrie

Upcoming dates:

Feb. 29 - Mar. 2         Body Percussion classes – all day

Mar. 3                         Kindergarten police visit

Mar. 4                         Kindergarten field trip Bow Habitat

Mar. 7                         Hep B immunization (grade 5) - am

Mar. 7 – 9                   Body Percussion classes – all day

Mar. 10                       Story Theatre, production Fables, Fools and Fantasy 9:00 am and classroom workshops – all day

Mar. 10                       Conferences 4-8 pm

Mar. 11                       Conferences 8-12 pm, No School

Mar. 14                       Body Percussion classes am – sharing pm, time TBD

Mar. 16                       Gr 3/4 Light and Shadow workshops am

Mar. 18                       PD Day No School

Mar. 21-28                 Spring Break – No School

Mar. 29                       Classes resume

 

Artist Trading Card Club, last day March 1, lunch

Intramurals, Mondays lunch

Science Olympics, Tuesday/Wednesdays lunch

BOKS, Tuesday/Thursday mornings

Feb. 4 Update

Dear Families,

            “Teaching is not rocket science. It is, in fact, far more complex and demanding work than rocket science.”  - Dr. Richard Elmore

Please find attached notice from the Chief Superintendent.  This month’s message is all about how our teachers contribute to student success. Over the past year, our teachers have been engaged in significant professional development in regards to task design and assessment to improve student engagement and achievement in numeracy and literacy. Jeff Stockton, CBE system supports and the Galileo Educational Network, have supported this work. Our teachers meet weekly to read professional research, examine and critically analyze student work, and collaborate to determine the best, next steps for students.  The effects of this work are evident in our school data and achievement results. Currently, we are putting the spotlight on improving the ability of our students to clearly communicate their thinking using evidence and reasoning. Teachers and students are working together to generate clear criteria for what success looks like and engaging in cycles of revision and improvement on tasks. Should you have questions about this work, please feel free to ask your child and/or to contact your child’s teacher at any time.

Our school science fair will occur on Friday, February 5. Seven projects from students in grades five and six will present to a panel of judges consisting of parent volunteers and volunteers from APEGA (The Association of Petroleum Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta). Other students and parents are welcomed to view projects after recess between 11:00 and 12:00.  Congratulations to all our students who have taken up their projects with passion and committed hours of out of school time. Good luck to all!

Bottle Thrive, in support of our partner school, James Short Memorial, is also occurring this Friday, February 5. The money raised goes toward the purchase of grocery gift cards to be distributed to JSM families by their principal, as these families require basic necessities. To support this initiative, simply collect and drop-off all of your recyclable cans, bottles and drink containers (i.e. milk, juice, wine, beer, water, etc.). Collection containers will be set up near the Elbow Park clubhouse for pick up between 7:30 and 11:00 am.

I hope that you are all able to enjoy a little time with your families over the upcoming long weekend. Fingers crossed for continued Spring-like weather! All staff will be engaged in their various conventions on February 11 and 12. We are looking forward to being inspired and excited to return after family day with renewed energy and ideas.

Carrie

Upcoming Dates:

School Science Fair                Feb. 5

Bottle Thrive                          Feb. 5

Convention                            Feb. 11/12     No School

Family Day                             Feb. 15           No School

Grade ¾ Councilor visit        Feb. 25 PM

Body Percussion Residency             Feb. 29, Mar. 1, Mar. 2

 

Ongoing: Spanish club, Artist trading card club, Intramurals

 

 

January 19 Update

Dear Families,

Happy New Year! We’ve had a busy start to the year – such a surprise to look and see we’ve made it to the middle of January, particularly with such nice weather. Upon their return, students built some marvelous snow forts that have diminished in the warmth and sunshine.

Please find attached a measles vaccine reminder from Alberta Health Services. This notice outlines the response taken when there is a school measles exposure and a reminder that two doses of measles vaccine are needed before the vaccine provides protection against measles and avoids possible exclusion from school in the case of an exposure.

As an annual check-up on the education system, the Accountability Pillar provides an opportunity for Alberta Education and school authorities to ensure that we are equipping students for success. The Accountability Pillar uses a set of 16 indicators consisting of surveys of students, parents and teachers on various aspects of quality; student outcomes such as dropout and high school completion rates; and provincial assessments of student learning. From January to the end of February, Alberta Education will be conducting the annual Accountability Pillar Survey.  In January, parents of students in grades 4-6 will receive a survey from Alberta Education.  In February, students in grades 4-6 and all teachers will be completing their surveys online at school. All surveys are anonymous and ask questions about experiences with the school. Your participation in the survey helps provide important information on the quality of education your child is receiving, so we encourage you to return your survey promptly. Survey results are shared every year in early November and are used to inform our School Development Plan and the 3-Year Education Plan. It is important to note that “don’t know” responses on the survey impact our results negatively. “Don’t know” responses count in the same category as the dissatisfied or very dissatisfied/poor or very poor/disagree or disagree strongly responses.  Parents who “don’t know” the answer to a particular question should skip that question unless they intend their response to count as a negative one.

Attached, is the Leadership Link, newsletter from the Board of Trustees for January 2016. Updates include information on finances, service units, Syrian refugees and an update on the Public Engagement Framework. Our trustee, Julie Hrdlicka, will join us at school council, Wednesday January 20 at 2:00 pm. Hope to see you there!

Carrie

 

Upcoming Dates:

Wed. Jan. 20              School Council 2-3 pm

Mon. Jan. 25               Jeff Stockton – all day

Thurs. Jan 28             Fun Lunch

Mon. Feb. 1                PD Day – No school

Wed. Feb. 3                Grade 1/2 Science Centre

Fri. Feb. 5                   School Science Fair – judging 8:30-10:30, 11:00-12:00 viewing open to other students and parents

Artist trading cards – Tuesdays

Spanish – Tuesdays and Thursdays

Intramurals – Mondays

Science Fair - Thursdays

November 30, 2015

Dear Families,

Please find the Chief Superintendent’s message for December and a copy of the Healthy Children news.

The season is fast upon us. The students and Ms. Herman are busy preparing for the winter concert! We look forward to seeing everyone there.  The evening celebration is Thursday December 10 at 6:30 pm. Our friends at Earl Grey also have an event that evening so parking might be a challenge. Please plan to arrive early or walk if weather permits. Each family will be provided with two tickets for the evening event. As in the past, should additional tickets become available, we will distribute via draw and Ms. Hodgson will notify families. Families are also invited to the dress rehearsal. Watch for more detailed information coming soon.

Kindergarten registration begins January 11th. We are happy to share information and provide tours for interested families in advance of or after the registration date.  Please refer your friends to our school. Here is some key information:

Elbow Park School is a warm, inviting and welcoming environment with a wide array of resources and supports available for all students. Our work includes a year-long inquiry idea or question, which students explore through their curriculums. A wide variety of artists and experts engage with students in authentic tasks so that work is deeply connected to the world in which they live. An integrated use of relevant technologies prepares students for their future. Students work in multi-age groups on an on-going basis to develop self-understanding, strong relationships and build community.

School results for 2014-15 are available on our school website: http://schools.cbe.ab.ca/b119/

(under the school information tab-publications)

These results provide a benchmark from which Alberta Learning can make some generalizations about how well the mandated curriculum is being addressed across the province at the grade 6 level. These test results are not intended to be used for student placement or promotion, teacher evaluation or for comparing schools. Each school sets their own context because of their unique circumstances. As well, the government recognizes that many important aspects of learning cannot be measured by one single paper and pencil test and that these tests should be set within a larger context. We do, however, look for trends that may inform our practice or suggest ways in which we may continue to improve.

Attendance

We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. When phoning or emailing your child’s teacher and/or the office regarding absences and lates, please be sure to let us know why the student is absent so that these are recorded accurately on the student record.

Did you know?

  • Students who miss 15 days of school per year will miss a year of school before Grade 12.
  • A student with 90% attendance will miss 4 weeks of school per year.
  • Being 10 minutes late for class every day means the student will miss 6 days of instruction over the year.

Calgary Food Bank boxes will be set up at the school beginning December 7, 2015. Please feel free to bring a donation or send along with your child. Most needed items include: canned soup, fruit juice, canned green veggies, canned tomatoes, canned fruit, peanut butter, canned fish, canned meat, pasta, rice, baby food, formula, and diapers.

Lost and Found

Please make sure your child’s items are labeled with their name and EPS. Clothing found outside has the potential to end up at the Lost and Found at either school. Names and school initials make it easier for us to return things to their owners!

Carrie

Upcoming Dates:

Dec. 4              PD Day – No School

Dec. 10           Winter Celebration 6:30 pm

Dec. 11           James Short Memorial Hamper Wrap-Up am

Dec. 18           Report Cards home – Last Day of Classes

November 30, 2015

Dear Families,

Please find the Chief Superintendent’s message for December and a copy of the Healthy Children news.

The season is fast upon us. The students and Ms. Herman are busy preparing for the winter concert! We look forward to seeing everyone there.  The evening celebration is Thursday December 10 at 6:30 pm. Our friends at Earl Grey also have an event that evening so parking might be a challenge. Please plan to arrive early or walk if weather permits. Each family will be provided with two tickets for the evening event. As in the past, should additional tickets become available, we will distribute via draw and Ms. Hodgson will notify families. Families are also invited to the dress rehearsal. Watch for more detailed information coming soon.

Kindergarten registration begins January 11th. We are happy to share information and provide tours for interested families in advance of or after the registration date.  Please refer your friends to our school. Here is some key information:

Elbow Park School is a warm, inviting and welcoming environment with a wide array of resources and supports available for all students. Our work includes a year-long inquiry idea or question, which students explore through their curriculums. A wide variety of artists and experts engage with students in authentic tasks so that work is deeply connected to the world in which they live. An integrated use of relevant technologies prepares students for their future. Students work in multi-age groups on an on-going basis to develop self-understanding, strong relationships and build community.

School results for 2014-15 are available on our school website: http://schools.cbe.ab.ca/b119/

(under the school information tab-publications)

Here is a summary of Grade 6 Provincial Achievement Tests completed in May/June 2015:

These results provide a benchmark from which Alberta Learning can make some generalizations about how well the mandated curriculum is being addressed across the province at the grade 6 level. These test results are not intended to be used for student placement or promotion, teacher evaluation or for comparing schools. Each school sets their own context because of their unique circumstances. As well, the government recognizes that many important aspects of learning cannot be measured by one single paper and pencil test and that these tests should be set within a larger context. We do, however, look for trends that may inform our practice or suggest ways in which we may continue to improve.

Attendance

We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. When phoning or emailing your child’s teacher and/or the office regarding absences and lates, please be sure to let us know why the student is absent so that these are recorded accurately on the student record.

Did you know?

  • Students who miss 15 days of school per year will miss a year of school before Grade 12.
  • A student with 90% attendance will miss 4 weeks of school per year.
  • Being 10 minutes late for class every day means the student will miss 6 days of instruction over the year.

Calgary Food Bank boxes will be set up at the school beginning December 7, 2015. Please feel free to bring a donation or send along with your child. Most needed items include: canned soup, fruit juice, canned green veggies, canned tomatoes, canned fruit, peanut butter, canned fish, canned meat, pasta, rice, baby food, formula, and diapers.

Lost and Found

Please make sure your child’s items are labeled with their name and EPS. Clothing found outside has the potential to end up at the Lost and Found at either school. Names and school initials make it easier for us to return things to their owners!

Carrie

Upcoming Dates:

Dec. 4              PD Day – No School

Dec. 10           Winter Celebration 6:30 pm

Dec. 11           James Short Memorial Hamper Wrap-Up am

Dec. 18           Report Cards home – Last Day of Classes

November 30, 2015

Dear Families,

Please find the Chief Superintendent’s message for December and a copy of the Healthy Children news.

The season is fast upon us. The students and Ms. Herman are busy preparing for the winter concert! We look forward to seeing everyone there.  The evening celebration is Thursday December 10 at 6:30 pm. Our friends at Earl Grey also have an event that evening so parking might be a challenge. Please plan to arrive early or walk if weather permits. Each family will be provided with two tickets for the evening event. As in the past, should additional tickets become available, we will distribute via draw and Ms. Hodgson will notify families. Families are also invited to the dress rehearsal. Watch for more detailed information coming soon.

Kindergarten registration begins January 11th. We are happy to share information and provide tours for interested families in advance of or after the registration date.  Please refer your friends to our school. Here is some key information:

Elbow Park School is a warm, inviting and welcoming environment with a wide array of resources and supports available for all students. Our work includes a year-long inquiry idea or question, which students explore through their curriculums. A wide variety of artists and experts engage with students in authentic tasks so that work is deeply connected to the world in which they live. An integrated use of relevant technologies prepares students for their future. Students work in multi-age groups on an on-going basis to develop self-understanding, strong relationships and build community.

School results for 2014-15 are available on our school website: http://schools.cbe.ab.ca/b119/

(under the school information tab-publications)

Here is a summary of Grade 6 Provincial Achievement Tests completed in May/June 2015:

These results provide a benchmark from which Alberta Learning can make some generalizations about how well the mandated curriculum is being addressed across the province at the grade 6 level. These test results are not intended to be used for student placement or promotion, teacher evaluation or for comparing schools. Each school sets their own context because of their unique circumstances. As well, the government recognizes that many important aspects of learning cannot be measured by one single paper and pencil test and that these tests should be set within a larger context. We do, however, look for trends that may inform our practice or suggest ways in which we may continue to improve.

Attendance

We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. When phoning or emailing your child’s teacher and/or the office regarding absences and lates, please be sure to let us know why the student is absent so that these are recorded accurately on the student record.

Did you know?

  • Students who miss 15 days of school per year will miss a year of school before Grade 12.
  • A student with 90% attendance will miss 4 weeks of school per year.
  • Being 10 minutes late for class every day means the student will miss 6 days of instruction over the year.

Calgary Food Bank boxes will be set up at the school beginning December 7, 2015. Please feel free to bring a donation or send along with your child. Most needed items include: canned soup, fruit juice, canned green veggies, canned tomatoes, canned fruit, peanut butter, canned fish, canned meat, pasta, rice, baby food, formula, and diapers.

Lost and Found

Please make sure your child’s items are labeled with their name and EPS. Clothing found outside has the potential to end up at the Lost and Found at either school. Names and school initials make it easier for us to return things to their owners!

Carrie

Upcoming Dates:

Dec. 4              PD Day – No School

Dec. 10           Winter Celebration 6:30 pm

Dec. 11           James Short Memorial Hamper Wrap-Up am

Dec. 18           Report Cards home – Last Day of Classes

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