Basketball is Back at EMHS

We are excited at EMHS to be able to offer basketball as an extracurricular activity for our students in the upcoming weeks. While we can’t run a typical “Basketball Season” given the current Covid Restrictions, we can provide an opportunity for our kids in grades 6-9 to get some exercise, learn the game and have fun with friends!

Keeping in mind the various protocols and restrictions from AHS, there will be several structures in place for our teams. Please read on to learn more.

  • Cohorts/teams will be made up of 9 players and one coach. Players will all be from the same grade level (e.g. gr 7) but may be from different classes
  • Students may NOT be part of another extracurricular cohort. e.g. A student cannot be on a cheer team AND EMHS basketball
  • Players will sign in each time they attend a practice
  • Players will sanitize their hands before and after each practice
  • Basketballs will be sanitized after each practice
  • Cohorts will not be mixed. One cohort (e.g. gr 7) may be on one side of the gym while the other cohort (e.g. gr 8) will be on the other side of the gym with the curtain down.
  • Players will wear masks into and out of the gym, but will not be required to wear them while playing
  • Coaches will wear masks at all times
  • Change rooms will be accessible if necessary (kids will be encouraged to dress for the activity so they do not need to change) but with very limited capacity
  • Physical Distancing – students will be 3m apart while receiving instructions, participating in drills etc.
  • Drills/Games – will be selected and modified to support the physical distancing expectations. Students will not be playing 3vs3, 5vs5 etc. as defending would not allow for appropriate physical distancing. Alternate activities around ball handling, passing and shooting will be used.

Should your child in grades 6-9 be interested in participating, he/she needs to sign up with his/her homeroom teacher no later than this Friday, February 26th. As we gauge interest, cohorts will be established and students will come home with a permission form. The only cost for this opportunity will be the cost of the team jersey that students will keep at the end of the activity. We anticipate this cost to be approximately $10.

We are looking forward to lots of skill development and fun with our kids.

Sincerely,

Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Ecole Meridian Heights School

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High School Transition is Upon Us Already!

Hello grade 9 parents,

It’s so hard to believe we are already at a place where we are planning for the transition of our grade 9 students into high school! Where has the year gone?

As with so many things this year in school and in our community, our transition process for our students will look somewhat different given our current COVID 19 protocols in place. Please read on to learn what this process will look like for your child as we are starting soon. For our Option 2 Teacher Supported At Home Learners your transition process is outlined at the end of this post so please take a look.

Gr 9 Students Transitioning to Memorial Composite High School

Our Grade 9 In Person learners will be supported in this transition by Mrs. Mulroy and our administrative team.

During the week of February 16-19 students will receive a copy of their recommended course placement for High School in the Core Subject Areas (ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies). You will know that this has taken place as Mrs. Mulroy will send an email to all parents asking you to discuss your child’s recommended placement with him/her. Please review this information with your child and sign and return the form to the school. You are welcome to reach out to Mrs. Mulroy or Mr. Patras with any questions you have about these recommendations.

On Friday, February 19th from 8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. counselors from MCHS will be at Ecole Meridian Heights School to present programming and walk students through the registration process. Your child will come home with a registration package at this time. Please review this with your child and make your complimentary course selections, returning the booklet back to the school.

It is imperative that parents have completed the online registration process prior to their child making course selections for high school. Students will not be able to register for their core and complementary classes if their online registration has not been completed. You can learn more about this registration process on our school website. Should you require any support in this online registration process please do not hesitate to reach out to our school secretaries for assistance.

MCHS will be hosting their Virtual Open House on Thursday, March 4th 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. This will serve as a great opportunity to learn more about the programming available for students and to meet some of the staff at the School.

Grade 9 Students Transitioning to Spruce Grove Composite High School

Our Grade 9 in person learners will be supported by our Administrative team to facilitate this transition.

Virtual School Visits will be happening between February 16th and February 24th. These will consist of three video presentations:

1. An Introduction to SGCHS

2. Core Course Overviews

3. Complimentary Course Overviews

During the week of February 22nd to 24th students will receive a copy of their recommended course placement for High School in the Core Subject Areas (FLA, ELA, Math, Science and Etudes Sociales). You will know that this has taken place as Mme Fortier will send an email to all parents asking you to discuss your child’s recommended placement with him/her.

These virtual visits will be followed up by a Virtual Open House from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, February 25th. At this time there will be videos for students to gain some insight into each of the complimentary programs and to ask questions of these teachers. Parents will receive this link via email from our school.

With your child’s report card on Friday, March 19th you will receive your child’s Course selection form which again indicates your child’s recommended courses for English Language Arts, French Language Arts, Science and Etudes Sociales. In addition you will be asked to indicate your child’s preferences for Complementary Courses on this form.

Finally, during the week of March 22nd – 25th, parents will receive a google form from Ecole Meridian Heights School asking you to enter your child’s preferred complementary courses for the 2021-2022 school year.

It is imperative that parents have completed the online registration process prior to their child making course selections for high school. Students will not be able to register for their core and complementary classes if their online registration has not been completed. You can learn more about this registration process on our school website. Should you require any support in this online registration process please do not hesitate to reach out to our school secretaries for assistance.

You can learn a bit more about this process in this letter from SGCHS.

Grade 9 Option 2 – Teacher Supported At Home Learners Transitioning to MCHS

Mrs. Crowley has been having conferences with students on their recommended placements since January and will be wrapping these up soon.

High School Counselors Virtual presentation will be taking place on Tuesday, March 2nd – 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. to discuss programming, registration etc.

MCHS will be hosting their Virtual Open House on Thursday, March 4th 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. This will serve as a great opportunity to learn more about the programming available for students and to meet some of the staff at the School.

Grade 9 Option 2 – Teacher Supported At Home Students Transitioning to SGCHS

Our Grade 9 online learners will be supported by Mme Watt, Mr. Cust and the Administrative team at Ecole Meridian Heights School to facilitate this transition.

Mme Watt and Mr. Cust will be allocating time in the upcoming weeks to watch the Virtual School Visits provided by the staff at Spruce Grove Composite High School. These will consist of three video presentations:

1. An Introduction to SGCHS

2. Core Course Overviews

3. Complimentary Course Overviews

These virtual visits will be followed up by a Virtual Open House from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, February 25th. At this time there will be videos for students to gain some insight into each of the complimentary programs and to ask questions of these teachers. Parents will receive this link via email from our school.

On your child’s report card on Friday, March 19th you see your child’s recommended course placement from Mme Watt and Mr. Cust. You will also receive a Course selection form from Spruce Grove Composite High School. You will be asked to indicate your child’s preferences for Complementary Courses on this form.

You can learn a bit more about this process in this letter from SGCHS.

We appreciate your time, patience and support throughout this process. Together, we can create a smooth and successful transition for our kids into the next step of their learning journey.

Should you have any questions about the transition process for your child either to Memorial Composite High School or Spruce Grove Composite High School, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or your child’s grade 9 teachers.

Sincerely,

Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Ecole Meridian Heights School

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February Updates From Ecole Meridian Heights School

It’s hard to believe that we’ve already flown through January and are approaching the Family Day Long Weekend! I certainly hope the weather improves for us all to enjoy the outdoors next weekend! In the meantime, please read on to learn a bit more about what’s happening at Ecole Meridian Heights School in the upcoming weeks.

Dress for the Weather – Just a reminder that as we see these super cold temperatures coming at us it is very important that our kids are dressed appropriately for the weather. While we remain inside for recesses when the temperature is below -23 degrees celsius, we do our best to get kids outside for much needed movement and fresh air at warmer temperatures than that. It is also important that kids are prepared for the cold weather in the case of a bus breakdown and/or to walk into and out of the school, while waiting to be picked up and/or while walking home. Thank you for helping keep our kids safe.

Winter Walk Day – due to the recent cold weather, we haven’t been able to complete our Winter Walk yet; however we are hopeful that we can do so later this week. The Winter Walk is a great way for us to model for our kids how things as simple as fresh air and walking is great for our physical and mental health!

Valentine’s Day Celebrations – as mentioned in previous emails, classroom Valentine’s Day celebrations will operate very much like Halloween celebrations did, with appropriate Covid protocols such as physical distancing, masking (for students in grades 4-9), hand sanitizing etc. Slightly different this time is that students in Kindergarten – Grade 6 are permitted to bring in Valentine’s day cards for their classmates. These cards must be in on Monday, February 8th to be quarantined and distributed on Thursday, February 11th. Any cards brought in after February 8th will be distributed after the long weekend. Please do not send in candy or other items to be exchanged with these cards.

Our students in grades 7-9 recently had the opportunity to buy a can of Crush pop to be delivered to their “crush” or some hershey’s kisses to be sent to a friend.

Kindergarten Open House – While it’s only February, plans are already underway for the upcoming school year. With that in mind, our Virtual Kindergarten Open House for our French Immersion students is this Tuesday, February 9th from 6-7 p.m., with our Kindergarten Virtual Open House for our English students being on Wednesday, February 17th from 6-7 p.m. You can learn more about how to access these sessions on our website or by calling our school at 780-963-2289.

Registration for 2021-2022 School Year – Yes, it’s already that time where registration for the 2021-2022 school year is underway. Please take a moment to complete your children(s) registrations as soon as possible. Not only does this information help you to ensure you have access to bussing should you need it, it allows us to start our planning for the upcoming year. With all of the changes we’ve undergone this year we would greatly appreciate your support by completing your registration even if you do not require bussing. Thank you so much for helping us in this regard. Should you require any assistance at all, please do not hesitate to contact our school secretaries at 780-963-2289. You can learn more about online registration on our website.

Lost and Found – Just a reminder that with covid protocols in place, our school lost and found is now housed in our office and is donated each week at the end of the day on Monday. You can see items that are available on our school facebook page. Additionally, if you believe your child is missing any items (mitts, gloves, toques and water bottles seem to be in abundance each week) please ask them to come to the office to look for their items.

That’s all for now! Thank you for your continued efforts to support our kids and staff.

Stay well,

Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Ecole Meridian Heights School

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January Updates from Ecole Meridian Heights School

Well we’ve had a few weeks to get our feet back under us and our kids seem to be adjusting very well. Those who have continued in Option 2 (online learning) have progressed pretty seamlessly in the new year, and our students who returned to us for in-person learning are adjusting well to being back in our school. It is so wonderful to have our students back with us seeing the school filled with laughter and learning!

Dressing for the Weather

While we’ve enjoyed some fantastic weather so far this year, we can see the temperatures dropping near the end of this week. We will still be having outdoor recesses whenever possible so please support your child in dressing for the conditions. Toques, gloves and a warm coat will be very appreciated by the kids as the weather turns on us.

Lost and Found

If you find yourself making weekly trips to the store for new toques and gloves, perhaps a check of our lost and found will save you some time and money! With the covid protocols in place this year we’ve had to change how we manage our lost and found. This year all items are stored in the office, where students or parents are welcome to come find their valued possessions! To make it even easier, parents are encouraged to check our School Facebook Page as Mme Pirot posts pictures of these items frequently. Items are donated to a local charity at the end of the day every Monday.

Student Drop off and Pick Up

Thank you to all of our families who have helped us to reduce the congestion in our hallways by dropping your children off between 8:36 and 8:45. We will continue to take attendance promptly after 8:45 a.m.

For those families dropping students off, we thank you for not entering the school parking lot during the posted bus times from 8:10 – 8:31 and 2:50 – 3:20. Ensuring that traffic is minimized when our students and buses are in the parking lot is one more way we can work together to keep our kids safe.

Also please remember that supervision is in place inside and outside of the school after 8:15 a.m. Prior to that time, the school is not unlocked and supervision is not in place so please remain with your children should they be dropped off prior to 8:15 a.m. After school, supervision is in place from 3:06 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. Kids must be picked up by 3:20 p.m. as there is not supervision inside of the school after this time.

Should you have any questions about these times, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at the school. We appreciate your support in keeping our kids safe.

Upcoming School Council Meeting

Please consider attending our next School Council meeting on Wednesday, February 3rd at 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. This meeting will be held virtually. School Council is a great way to connect with school administration, other parents, our Trustee and to learn what is happening in our school community! Should you be interested in attending, please rsvp to our School Council Co-Chairs, Mr. Blaine Bretzlaff and Mrs. Crystal Harnum at meridianheightsscchair@psd70.ab.ca

Winter Walk Day

We are excited at Ecole Meridian Heights School to be participating in the Winter Walk Day on Wednesday, February 3rd. Your child’s class will be going outside for a walk at some point during that day, exploring our local community, getting some fresh air and exercise and reconnecting with our environment. Please support your child by ensuring he/she is dressed appropriately for the weather.

That’s it for now. Stay safe 🙂

Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Ecole Meridian Heights School

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Updates from Ecole Meridian Heights School

Online Learning for all Students Jan 4-8

Don’t forget, our provincial government recently announced that all students, K-9 will be learning in an online format upon our return from Christmas break from January 4th – 8th. Your child’s teacher will be sending information to you later this week with google meet times, schedules, class structure, passwords and logins…all of the information you will require to support your children.

We have learned a lot from the last time this happened and while we would all prefer to have our kids in the school, we want you to know that working together we can make the best out of this learning challenge. We have witnessed, over the past few weeks, how amazing our gr 7-9 teachers, students and parents are and how their learning has continued during our recent transition to online.

If you have any questions or concerns about this transition, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher or any member of our Administrative team, Mr. Patras, Ms. Huisman or Mme Pirot.

Holiday Celebrations in School

Much like everything else during these Covid times, our Holiday activities in classrooms this year will look a little bit different. We made it work for Halloween and together we can do it again!

In order to provide the safest classroom environment possible, while still trying to provide a bit of Holiday cheer we are asking that parents be aware of, and follow, the protocols below.

– Please do not send in Christmas or Holiday cards or other items (e.g. Candy Canes, baked goods etc.) for your child to exchange with other students. We are asking this year that these exchanges not take place.

-We will not be having some of our usual Holiday meals and other class activities this year; however, parents are encouraged to send in treats and snacks for their own child to enjoy for the class activities on Friday. Please try to consider mixing in a few healthy choices where possible. Mandarin oranges are in season 🙂

-Teachers gifts – while there is, in no way any expectations around gifting towards staff, we know that some students want to thank their teachers and EA’s around the holiday season. We would ask you to consider donating to a local charity such as the foodbank or Kinsmen in place of these gifts. It’s a great opportunity to teach our kids about supporting their own community.

-In class activities – teachers will still be having in class holiday activities on Friday with their students, though the activities may look different. We will not be baking or sharing projects and materials for Xmas crafts and activities. Your child’s teacher will try to provide any necessary materials for individual students to do these activities and crafts. Where they are unable to do so, they may ask that you send in individual items such as a cookie to be decorated.

-Christmas Concert – while we are unable to host this in our typical way within the school gym, our amazing Music teachers, Mrs. Huedepohl and Mrs. Ausman are working with each class to record a performance. We will share this with our entire community as soon as we have finished.

Changes to your Powerschool Parent Portal

As you might be aware, starting on December 7th you will be able to access your Powerschool account and view not only your child’s attendance, but also his/her marks and assignments!

While teachers have been exploring this application during term 1, we still have much to learn and discover together with you. In the upcoming weeks you will receive information from your child’s teacher as assessments are posted. You can learn how to access this information in Powerschool in this short video.

As you can probably imagine, the use of this application will look quite different for a grade 9 student and a grade 2 student. As we consider the learning that takes place in a Jr. High classroom and the structure of many of these assignments, they likely lend themselves better to being posted with marks online.

When we look at assessment in our early years (K-4 classrooms), we recognize that much of the assessment is often not made up of paper and pencil tasks, but rather students performing skills and teachers engaged in purposeful observation and conferences with students. Those of you who had a chance to volunteer in your child’s Kindergarten class in previous years have probably seen this! Kids playing with the water table, play doh and sand…all at once!!!

Additionally, teachers will often conference with individual students to understand the progress they are making and the skills that students are exploring. While assessments such as these provide rich information for teachers as to what students know and can do and where to take the learning next, they do not necessarily lend themselves quite as readily to traditional marks and being posted online.

With all of this in mind, we recognize that this powerschool application will provide one more way in which we can work together to understand how our our kids are achieving. This new application provides one more tool for parents to stay connected with their child’s learning, however nothing replaces the conversations between teachers, students and parents so please do not hesitate to reach out at any time to speak to your child’s teachers.

That’s it for now, so on behalf of the staff of Ecole Meridian Heights School, we wish you a restful and safe Holiday Season.

Stay well,

Mr. S. Patras

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Important Updates from EMHS

Hello parents,

As you are likely aware, our provincial government recently announced additional measures to slow the spread of COVID 19 in our communities and province. While this will mean that we are going to be making some changes to how we deliver our programming in the upcoming weeks, working together, we know we can continue to provide a quality learning experience for our kids!

Grade 7-9 Students Starting Online Monday, November 30th

The first change that we are currently preparing for is transitioning our gr 7-9 students to online learning as of this Monday, November 30th. Rest assured that our school administration and staff are working hard to facilitate a smooth transition on Monday.

In the next day or two you will hear from your child’s homeroom teacher more information about how this transition will take place. You will be given the learning management system (e.g. Google Classroom; Class Dojo etc.), an initial schedule for learning, information about gmeets and work expectations, attendance and much more. We really appreciate your patience as we sort out these details for you and your children.

What to expect in this online learning

It is imperative that students and parents recognize how different this learning experience will be as compared to our emergency remote learning last spring. Some of the expectations in place are as follows:

  1. The online school day will model the in person school day in time frame. Students will be expected to be participating in gmeets or independent learning activities between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Students will NOT be required to be in gmeets for this entire time. Synchronous (gmeet) learning sessions combined with Asynchronous (independent work time) and “office hours” will form the majority of a student’s schedule.
  2. Programming will be provided for students for all core subject areas including English Language Arts, French Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, Science and Wellness.
  3. The expected hours of instruction will range between 16-20 hours/week to achieve the learning outcomes in all core subject areas.
  4. Students will be assessed on their understanding of the concepts explored during this time and learning will continue to be assessed in anticipation of the term 2 report card.
  5. Attendance will be taken at all gmeets and is expected. We understand that unexpected circumstances will arise which may result in a temporary absence from a class or classes. It is important that parents and students reach out to teachers to ensure they know what learning is being missed and how to access the material.

How you can begin to prepare for online learning for your child

  1. Please ensure that you have access to technology and WiFi for your child to complete his/her work. While phones can manage a few of the learning tasks, they are not the appropriate technology for the demands of this programming. A laptop or desktop that has internet connectivity, a camera and a microphone and an adequate processor is essential. If you are experiencing issues in this regard, please reach out to your child’s teacher to determine alternate plans.
  2. Create a functional workspace for your child. A table near a plug in, in a well lit area without distractions such as TV or other siblings (if possible) is ideal. Where this isn’t possible, just ensuring that your child can work somewhere with a table and chair to support good posture and engagement in lessons is helpful.
  3. Communicate regularly with both your child and his/her teacher. Reach out via email and ask your child’s teacher if he/she is completing assignments in a timely manner and to the best of his/her ability.
  4. Ensure your child’s teacher knows if he/she is struggling with the content. When kids are learning in person, teachers are excellent at recognizing the signs of struggle. It can be much more difficult to do so in an online learning environment. Please let us know as soon as you see difficulties so we can help.

Another important note:

Despite some of the rumors circulating out there, Christmas break HAS NOT been extended. We know that students in grades K-6 will also be joining online learning from January 4th – 8th, 2021. More information will be coming in the next few weeks for this transition.

Supports – We are in this together 🙂

Our amazing staff at EMHS. Right from our School Secretaries to Administration to our Awesome Teachers and our Fantastic Counselor, Mr. Kinney, everyone is here to help you and your child.

Please reach out to us at any time if you are struggling with the tech, learning or the emotional toll that this pandemic is having on us all. There are supports available that we are happy to connect you and your child with.

We’ve done this before, we can do it again working together.

Stay well,

Mr. S. Patras

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A Mid-November Check In

It’s hard to believe we’ve just passed fall break! If you were fortunate enough to have this time with your family I hope it provided you with the opportunity to rest, recover and relax, even for a short while. We’ve all certainly earned it!

Unfortunately with the increasing number of COVID 19 cases within our communities we are seeing the inevitable outcome, that many of us are classified as “close contacts” of a confirmed case of Covid 19. Please know that there is no judgment whatsoever from the school should you or your children find yourselves as a close contact of a confirmed Covid 19 case or should you or your child contract this virus.

Close Contacts of a Confirmed Covid 19 Case

Should your child be identified as a close contact of a confirmed Covid 19 case, you can find the necessary information/steps in this article on our school website. Scroll down to the section titled “Close Contacts of Confirmed Cases” and you will see it states:

Parent Notification of Covid 19 from the School

To this point, at Ecole Meridian Heights School we have been very fortunate to not have had an identified case of Covid 19 within our school. Should we encounter a case at the school, information regarding contacting close contacts and parents within our learning community can be found in this article.

Together we’ve supported our students safe and happy re-entry to school for the past 2 and a half months. Thank you for your efforts and cooperation.

Until next time

Mr. S. Patras

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November Updates from Ecole Meridian Heights School

Hello parents and guardians,

It’s hard to believe we’ve already had parent/student/teacher conferences, hosted Covid friendly Halloween parties in classrooms and we are preparing for Fall Break! Please take a moment to read on to learn what’s coming next at EMHS.

Teacher Supported At Home Learning and In Person Learning Updates

As you may be aware, November 16th is the next opportunity for students to transition from Teacher Supported At Home Learning back to in person learning at Ecole Meridian Heights School. We are excited to be able to welcome back more of our students.

If your child is currently learning in person at our school but you are considering having them transition to Teacher Supported At Home learning you must call or email our school office no later than Wednesday, November 4th. Any requests to transition to online learning after this date will not be accommodated until the following transition date after Christmas.

New Guidelines from AHS for Students Who are Sick/Displaying Symptoms

As you may be aware, Alberta Health Services has recently revised their symptom list and protocols for students who are displaying symptoms of Covid 19. All of these updates are outlined on our school website. Thank you for your diligence in screening your children daily at home prior to their arrival at school. Our efforts together are helping keep our kids safe.

You can learn more about the recent changes to the guidelines in the Stay at Home Guide created by Parkland School Division and the How Long to Stay at Home Guide from AHS.

Lost and Found

Just a reminder that our Lost and Found is taken to be donated at the end of the day every Monday. If your child is missing any items (we currently have one jacket, a few hoodies, many mitts, gloves and toques and one pair of running shoes) please ask them to come check at the office for their possessions.

Remembrance Day Ceremony

Despite the challenges presented by the various protocols in place for COVID 19, we recognize how important it is to acknowledge the sacrifices of so many of our Armed Forces through a Remembrance Day Ceremony for our students. While our ceremony will definitely look different this year, rest assured that we are working to create an online ceremony that will take place in all of our classrooms this Friday, November 6th.

That’s it for now. Stay well.

Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Ecole Meridian Heights School

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October Updates from EMHS

October has been a very busy month at Ecole Meridian Heights School, and there is still more to come!

Updated Covid Protocol for Students Walking or Being Dropped Off At School

For those students who are walking to school or being dropped off, we are now seeing enough flow to our students’ arrival that we can further compress this timeframe to allow our students into class more quickly. As such, effective as of Monday, October 26th, we are asking these students to arrive between 8:40 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. as attendance will be taken promptly after that.

Thank you for your continued flexibility and support as we navigate our way through these protocols and adjust accordingly.

Before and After School Arrivals

As the colder weather is beginning to arrive, we just want to remind our families that supervision begins at 8:15 a.m. and the doors to the school open that same time. for those students designated to be inside on that particular week (K-6 are inside and outside on alternating weeks). Prior to 8:15 a.m. students are not permitted in the school.

After school supervision runs from 3:00 – 3:20, after which any students who have not yet been picked up are expected to be with an older sibling outside or other arrangements need to be made by the family. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our School Administration.

Halloween Protocols

Much like everything else during these unusual times, while we are still excited to be able to celebrate Halloween with our students, it is going to look different this year so please read on.

Candy, cards and other food items – please do NOT send in candy and other items to be shared amongst students. Your child’s teacher will share with you a suggested “Halloween supply list” which will provide some ideas on food, treats and snacks for your own child. Unfortunately we will NOT be able to permit students to exchange candy and cards amongst each other this year

Lost and Found

With the colder days now having arrived, we are seeing more toques, mitts, gloves and scarves come our way. Please ask your child to check the lost and found in the office whenever they’ve misplaced an item as these are donated to a local charity each Monday. We will do our best to post pictures to Facebook but with the amount of items being collected it’s not always possible.

That’s it for now! Thank you for your continued support. We’ve had a great start and are looking forward to an awesome wrap up to November.

Until next time

Mr. S. Patras

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Picture Day, PTI’s, Orange Shirt Day and So Much More at EMHS!

As we wrap up September and are quickly approaching October there is much going on at Ecole Meridian Heights School! Please read on to learn more.

Orange Shirt Day – Wednesday, September 30th

Ecole Meridian Heights School will once again be supporting Orange Shirt day by encouraging all students and staff to wear an Orange Shirt on Wednesday. You can learn more of the story behind this initiative by watching this short Video from Phyllis Webstad.

Picture Day – Wednesday October 6th and Thursday, October 7th

We will be having our school pictures on Wednesday October 6th and Thursday, October 7th. For those students currently attending the school for in person learning, pictures will proceed similar to previous years, with additional protocols in place. Some of these protocols are social distancing, students in grades 4-9 wearing masks to the small gym, photographers wearing masks throughout, and fewer students at a time going for pictures. All students will have their photo taken on Wednesday, with Thursday being available for those students who are not in school on Wednesday.

For our students participating in the teacher supported online learning program, if you would like your child to have their picture taken at the school you must complete this form. Additional information such as scheduling, entering and exiting the school etc. will be provided later in the week. Pictures for our online learners will be taken on Thursday, October 7th.

Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences – Wednesday, October 14th and Thursday, October 15th

For our in person learners, our conferences will be held virtually this year in order to continue to minimize the number of guests within our school. Your child’s teacher will provide instructions on how to sign up for an online interview time later this week.

For our Teacher Supported At Home Learners, more information will be coming soon on when these interviews will be taking place. Please stay tuned 🙂

Ecole Meridian Heights School Code of Conduct

As you can imagine, supporting positive behavior for over 600 kids ranging in age from 5 to 14 requires a lot of teamwork and cooperation between staff, students and our parents. While teachers reviewed student expectations at the start of the year and continue to do so throughout the year as necessary, we would ask you to please review the Code of Conduct with your child at home. It contains information on our expectations around appropriate behavior during class, recess and before and after school as well as information on our dress code, technology policies and much more.

Should you have any questions about our Code of Conduct, please do not hesitate to reach out to any member of our administration.

Daily Self-Screening

Thank you so much for your efforts to continue to keep all of our students safe during these unusual times. Please continue to support us at the school by completing the Covid 19 Screening Questionnaire each day prior to sending your child to school.

That’s a lot to take in, so thank you so much for making the time to know what’s happening in our learning community.

Stay well,

Mr. S. Patras

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