Preparations Continue at EMHS

Hello again parents/guardians! As the days fly by we are quickly preparing for the return of our kids next Monday, August 30th! While some of the information you needed regarding COVID protocols was sent out in this previous blog post, we know there are additional questions about what’s happening for our kids so please read on!

Staggered Entry

Staggered Entry will only be in place this year for our Kindergarten students. Students in grades 1-9 will all attend on our first day (Monday, August 30th). If you are the parent of a Kindergarten student (either French or English), you will have received an email which included a quick survey for you to indicate your day and time preference for your child’s 1st day. We will be reaching out very soon to confirm those dates with all families. If you have not received this email please reach out to our office staff via email or at 780-963-2289 as we likely do not have a valid email address for you.

Lockers

For those grades who have access to lockers, teachers will be working with those classes and students to determine if they will be using lockers to start this year. In those circumstances where we can stagger the number of students at their lockers to provide appropriate social distancing, teachers may choose to use lockers. Where social distancing is not as easily achieved, teachers will continue to use bins and other storage plans within their classrooms. Your child’s teacher will clarify this in an upcoming email.

Emails from Homeroom Teachers

We know that many students and parents are anxiously waiting to hear who their child’s teacher will be this year. We appreciate your patience as we continue to finalize our class lists based on those students returning, others who are departing and the students new to our school community. With this in mind, you will be receiving your Welcome Back email from your child’s homeroom teacher by the end of the day this Thursday, August 26th.

1st day process

We know that the first day of school is an exiting one every year, and this year perhaps even moreso. With some of our kids returning to us after spending the last year and a half online there are sure to be lots of smiles and reunions amongst students and staff.

While we know that some parents would like to escort their little ones to class on the first day, with our current COVID protocols in place we are not able to have parents traveling throughout the school. In order to assist our students in finding their classrooms and meeting their teachers you will find many of our staff waiting outside the school as kids are dropped off or as they arrive from their bus. Staff will be there to greet our kids, to ensure they know what teacher they have (we can help if they forget) and to ensure they know how to find their classroom. Should students need assistance they will be walked to their classroom by a staff member or be assisted by one of our awesome grade 9 students who will ensure they arrive safe and sound to their teacher.

School Supplies

There are still a few questions around school supplies for this year. Please take a moment to find your child’s supply list on our school website.

That’s it for now! If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact me at the school via email at shaye.patras@psd.ca or give me a call at 780-963-2289. We are looking forward to seeing our kids back very soon!

Stay well

Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Ecole Meridian Heights School

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What’s New…and What’s Not at EMHS!

It’s hard to believe that we are almost ready to welcome back our students and families for another school year! I hope that each of you have had the opportunity to rest, relax and recharge as we prepare for the upcoming year.

As a parent of two PSD students myself, I know that there are many questions about how things are going to look for our kids upon their return in just a few short weeks. I strongly encourage all of our families to examine the Parkland School Division plan on their website and to review the Guidance for Re-Entry – Principal’s Handbook which has detailed information on all protocols to be put in place.

At Ecole Meridian Heights School many of our previous COVID protocols will remain in place as we begin this year; however we are able to make some adjustments to our practices based on the current context we are operating within. Below you will find information that clarifies a few of the protocols within the Principal’s Handbook and how they will look at EMHS as we begin the school year. These are, however certainly not all of the pieces in place so please refer to the Principal’s Handbook for further information.

Promoting Healthy Hygiene Practices

While EMHS will, of course, be implementing all protocols within the Principal’s Handbook, our students will support healthy hygiene by washing and sanitizing their hands throughout the day. There will be hand sanitizer available in all classrooms however we would also ask that parents send individual hand sanitizer with their children to be used throughout the day. In addition, we would encourage parents to send a water bottle with students to be filled at our stations throughout the day as opposed to using the water fountains.

Screening

Similar to last year, we would ask all parents to please complete the COVID 19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist with their child before each school day. If you have already submitted a pre-existing medical conditions form there is no need to do one again; however, if your child has developed any new conditions or you did not complete this form last year, we would ask you to do so prior to the start of this school year.

Responding to Illness

Similar to last year, we would ask that if your child is displaying symptoms of COVID 19 please do not send them to school. If your child develops any symptoms of COVID while at school he/she will be brought down to the office and asked to wait in the infirmary to be picked up by a parent/guardian. Wearing a mask while coming to the office and in the infirmary will be encouraged but is not mandated.

Cohorts

Again similar to last year, we will be using cohorts at EMHS this school year, however they will look somewhat different. Given the context last year, student cohorts were only within their homeroom classroom. We received several requests from students and parents to expand these cohorts to include all peers within a grade level. We are currently working on how this might look and will get this information out to everyone as soon as it is ready. Thank you for your patience.

Physical Distancing

Similar to last year, we will be limiting the number of guests within our school. As such, parents are asked to report to the office upon their arrival at school, but are not permitted to travel throughout the school. Should you need to see your child, we will be happy to bring them to you in the office.

Desks and tables will be spaced as much as is possible within classroom spaces. In addition, we will continue to use multiple entrances and exits in the school to limit congestion within our hallways to the greatest degree possible.

Drop off and Pick Up

With students using multiple entrances and significantly reducing hallway congestion, we will no longer be asking parents who drop students off or those students who walk to arrive slightly later. We would ask that students walking or being dropped off to arrive at school at the same time as those being bussed, 8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Masks

Masks will be strongly recommended for students (as is developmentally appropriate) at EMHS when in common areas and when appropriate distancing cannot be maintained (2m) but masks are not mandated. Students in K-3 will be encouraged to wear masks if they chose to do so and are able to use a mask properly; however, again masks are not mandated for this group.

Parents are encouraged to wear a mask when entering the school to report to the office but it is not required.

Situations may arise in which masks will be required within the school. For example when multiple students are working at a single cooking station in our kitchen for an extended period of time (approx 15 minutes or more) and cannot maintain adequate distancing. With this in mind, students must have access to a mask, should it be necessary. I encourage parents to reach out to me at the school to discuss any questions you may have around the PSD Masking expectations and how they will be adhered to at EMHS.

All students will be required to wear masks while on school buses, including on field trips that may occur throughout the year.

Hot Lunch and the Breakfast Program

The Breakfast program will remain in place for those students who need this service. Distancing will be maintained and all surfaces will be cleaned before and after eating.

Hot lunch will resume this year at EMHS as we move through September/October. More details will come in the upcoming weeks.

Extracurricular Sports and Activities

We will continue to offer extracurricular opportunities to our students as they become available. As we learn more about X-Country running to start the year we will send this information out. We will work together with Mrs. Huedepohl to determine how and when Magic Voices may be able to resume their wonderful work together!

Vaccination

As we learn more from Alberta Health Services about temporary clinics that may be set up in schools we will be certain to communicate this information to our parent community. EMHS students WILL NOT be vaccinated at school without written parental consent forms being completed prior.

As there are many more protocols in place to mitigate the risks posed by COVID 19 to our students and staff please do not hesitate to reach out to me at the school with any questions you may have.

The safety of all members of our school community is at the forefront of all we do. Working together we can help our students focus on a safe and fun return to school with friendships and laughter.

Take care

Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Ecole Meridian Heights School

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June Update at EMHS

Here we are, already well into June in perhaps the most challenging and unusual year we’ve all faced in our school, homes and community!

As some of our families are considering the upcoming school year please be aware that we will once again will have a Before and After School Care Program available on site at Ecole Meridian Heights School. You can learn more about this program on our school website.

Before I share just a bit about what’s been happening at Ecole Meridian Heights School I would like to take a moment to thank all of you, our parents, for all of your support this year! When we’ve called you because your child had a runny nose, you came running! When we told you your child had to learn from home for a few weeks, you adapted! When we made those unfortunate calls sharing the news that some of our students were close contacts of a confirmed Covid case you were understanding and empathetic!

While we only have a few more weeks before we wrap up this year, there’s lots happening for our kids so read on!

Under the leadership of our amazing counselor, Mr. Kinney, last week our entire school participated in the Mental Health Day for Alberta Schools. Grade level teachers determined what parts of the day best met the needs of their students and supported their kids through this important learning journey.

With the recent horrific discovery at the Kamloops Residential School, the staff at Ecole Meridian Heights School took our lead from Mme Laurin and worked together to try to begin to help our students understand just a bit more about the history of Residential Schools. Her announcements in the morning and her classroom weaving project helped bring attention to this tragic part of our History.

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Mme Gervais and Mme Cloutier joined in the conversation with their students completing this powerful display!

Despite the challenges we’ve faced this year and the various COVID protocols in place, we are thankful for the leadership of M. Nshole and Mme Pirot in helping our grade 8 and 9 in person and online learners for completing the Diplôme d’études en langue française (DELF). Preparing and executing this test under normal circumstances is a big job but this year it was monumental! We are proud of our students for their achievements!

While there’s been lots happening recently, there’s much more coming in the last few weeks! Thank you to Mme Pronovost for coordinating our K-2 track meet on Friday, June 11th. While there’s so much on everyone’s plate right now, Mme Pronovost has went above and beyond to make this fun day possible for our kids again this year!

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It only seems fitting to wrap things up by sharing about our Grade 9 Farewell. While it will again look a bit different this year based on current restrictions and protocols, we are excited to have our online students and in person learners joining us for one last celebration together. Friday, June 25th we will be holding separate ceremonies for our French Immersion and English grade 9 students acknowledging their time at Ecole Meridian Heights School. We are looking forward to a great program and light supper to celebrate our students. While we aren’t able to have parents in attendance, we will be livestreaming the event for all to enjoy! Details to follow on our school website, facebook page and via email to all grade 9 families.

Until next time,

Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Ecole Meridian Heights School

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Updates for our Grade 7-9 Students at EMHS

Parents/Guardians,

As you are likely aware, Parkland School Division has made the decision that we will not be administering Provincial Achievement Tests (PAT’s) to our grade 6 & 9 students this year. You can learn more about this decision on the PSD website.  

With this in mind, the grade 7-9 teaching team and administration have been discussing what this means for our grade 7-9 students who would typically write Final Exams in June. After much consideration and conversation, we have decided that it would not be beneficial to our students at this time for us to be administering cumulative final exams at the end of June.

While there are benefits to students writing final exams (such as having the opportunity to learn how to prepare for and write a cumulative exam, in addition to these exams providing one more piece of assessment information for teachers to inform them of students’ progress on learning outcomes) we recognize that the benefits of writing these types of exams in this particular year are far outweighed by the unnecessary stress that they can cause for some students and families in an already highly stressful school year.

Teachers will still be delivering instruction and lessons throughout the month of June, and will be giving a unit exam/assessment for the specific unit(s) that they are concluding the school year with; however there will be no cumulative final exams, nor will there be final exam week and schedule. 

While students will not be writing final exams in June, they will still be expected to come to school ready to participate in learning activities and to complete homework assignments as would be expected throughout the school year. Teachers may review important concepts that have been presented throughout the year in order to refresh students’ memories and to prepare them for the upcoming school year. In addition, students may be asked to complete diagnostic assessments similar to those at the beginning of the year such as the MiPi (Math Intervention Programming Instrument). Assessments such as these will not require students to study and will not be used as a grade for students’ report cards but rather to demonstrate student understanding of learning outcomes and to inform programming for the upcoming school year.

Should you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or a member of our administration at the school.

Thank you for all that you continue to do to support our students!

Stay well,

Grade 7-9 Staff and Administration

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Preparations for 2021-2022 at EMHS Begin

It’s hard to believe we are almost finished with the most unusual and challenging school year that we have all ever experienced. Thank you to all of our parents and students who have been, and continue to be so flexible as we’ve navigated through it together.

As we begin to consider not only the conclusion of this school year, but the beginning of next year, plans will begin to be put into place in the upcoming weeks and months. One important task that will be undertaken is the creation of class lists. With this in mind, I thought I would share this process with you to answer questions that you might have.

Though creating class lists might seem like a fairly simple process, there is actually a lot of work and consideration that goes into this important step in our planning. It’s not necessarily easy to capture in a blog post, but here goes.

To start the process, teachers reflect on several factors about their current students, including friendships, each individual student’s learning style/needs, current levels of achievement and engagement and social/emotional needs of each student. They then work with their grade level colleagues, (who have done the same reflection) to begin to create class lists that will work for whatever teacher might receive them in the upcoming year. Together, this grade level team considers these factors, along with other very important ones such as friends, social dynamics, providing separation for those who don’t always work well together and many more.

In this particular year, as with many things we are faced with one additional challenge to navigate. Because we have had many students learning online for periods of time since March 2020, we will be working with our online teachers to re-integrate these students into our learning community for the Fall of 2021!

One of the most important considerations, and one that I can assure you our teachers account for, is student friendships. Please know that teachers do work diligently to ensure that each child has at least one friend (and often more) within their class. While this can sometimes be a bit more challenging than it may first appear, our staff know how important having a friend in their class is to our kids learning and development.

With all of these things in mind, teachers create a first draft of class lists for the upcoming year to be reviewed by administration. After looking at these lists, administration adds any new students joining our community to each class list and seeks feedback once again from teachers. At this stage, with the initial draft of the lists almost completed, once the staffing placements for the upcoming year have been finalized, the receiving teachers examine the lists to provide any final feedback to their colleagues who created the lists and to administration.

In order to try to ensure that we get things right for all students, this process can take several weeks to complete and can go through several drafts. To further complicate things, sometimes things change along the way. For example, students leaving or joining our community in July and August require staff to further adjust class lists.

Should you have any questions about your child’s placement for the upcoming school year, please do not hesitate to reach out to our school’s administration.

We look forward to seeing all of our kids’ faces back in our school very soon.

Stay well,

Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Ecole Meridian Heights School

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Online Programming Information for EMHS

COVID 19 Update

As you are aware, the Alberta Government has announced that all students, Kindergarten through grade 9 will be learning online starting this Friday, May 7th. Students will return to in person learning on Tuesday, May 25th. While we will certainly miss seeing our kids in our hallways and on our playgrounds, we will still be providing learning opportunities online. You can learn more about this announcement on our school website.

While you can expect this online learning to look very similar to our learning after Christmas, your child’s teacher will be sending you all of the information you require to facilitate this transition. You will receive an email that provides information such as your child’s password and login, times of google meets and other relevant information.

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.
  5. Be available to support your child’s learning. For our middle years students this might mean checking in with them about their learning, checking their google classroom to see if assignments are completed and encouraging them to attend office hours for their teacher if they have questions. For our early years students they often require an adult right by their side assisting with logging on and helping to keep them online and engaged. We very much understand how challenging this sudden shift will be for many of our families so please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher or a member of our administrative team for support.

I would be remiss if I did not take a moment to thank all of our families for your flexibility as we all continue to navigate through these challenging times together. Together with your adherence to COVID restrictions in our community and our effective implementation of COVID protocols in our school such as masking, cohorting and physical distancing, we can minimize the risk to all of our students, staff and families and see our kids return to in person learning as soon as possible.

Thank you once again for your efforts in this area. Hang in there, we’ve almost made it through the 2020-2021 school year!

Take care

Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Ecole Meridian Heights School

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March Updates from Ecole Meridian Heights School


While spring doesn’t officially arrive for a few days, we are happy to be enjoying the great weather already. We wanted to take a moment to update you on a few things happening in our school community so please read on.


Online Registration for the 2021-2022 School Year

If you have not yet made the time to register your child for the upcoming school year, we would ask you to do so as soon as possible, no later than March 25, 2021. Your attention to this allows us to begin our planning for the upcoming school year. You can learn more about registration on our school webpage. Should you require any assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to our wonderful secretaries, Mrs. Anderson, Ms. Kirk or Mrs. Goertzen at the school office.

Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

As you are likely aware, our Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences are fast approaching. For our in person learners, next Tuesday, March 23rd and Wednesday, March 24th from 4-7 p.m. our teachers are hosting virtual conferences to discuss your child’s learning. At this point you should have received an email from your child’s teacher with a link to book your appointment. If you did not receive this email, please reach out to your child’s homeroom teacher. You can learn how to book your interview in this short video.

For our online learners, you will be receiving information about the dates for your child’s conferences from his/her teacher. If you have not heard from them, please reach out to them with an email to learn more.

School Council Meeting

Our next School Council meeting is tomorrow Wednesday, March 17th from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. This meeting will be held virtually. School Council is a great way to stay connected with what’s happening at Ecole Meridian Heights School, to provide input and to meet other parents, staff and our School Trustee. If you are able to attend please RSVP to our Council Chair at meridianheightsscchair@psd70.ab.ca

Term 2 Report Cards

As you are likely aware, your child’s report card will be accessible using your parent powerschool account this Friday, March 19th at 3:00 p.m. Should you have any questions on how to access the report card, please do not hesitate to reach out to our school secretaries.

That’s it for now so until next time stay well and see you soon

Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Ecole Meridian Heights School

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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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