Reaching Out

With the month of September almost behind us, students and staff alike are beginning to settle into a bit of a routine. At Ecole Meridian Heights School we are fully aware of the need for consistent communication between home and school and will strive to ensure that we make all important information available to our families in a timely manner.

With that in mind, I wanted to take this opportunity to remind our community of some of the ways we’ve been communicating between home and school, and to introduce one new way in which we are going to continue our efforts to keep you informed about what’s happening at Ecole Meridian Heights School.

Daily Announcements on our School Website

New this year, we are posting our daily announcements on our school website. You can find our announcements under the “For Parents” tab, or by using this link.  You will see the first announcement and simply need to click on it to view the remaining announcements.

Our School Website

If you are wondering what might be happening in our school, our website is a great place to start.  You can learn about everything from information on hot lunch to upcoming events on our school calendar. You can also access our monthly newsletter on our website.

Our School Sign Board

We have some awesome volunteer students (and occasionally our amazing secretaries:) who provide you with some brief information on this board, which is updated every few weeks. You will find this board on the corner of 41st ave and  43rd street.

Ecole Meridian Facebook Page

We do our best to update our Facebook page on a regular basis so please check in here for updates on everything from immunizations to sports!

School Messenger/email

If you are reading this message, you are a part of our email distribution list  and will receive emails throughout the year with reminders of upcoming events such as our upcoming Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences on Tuesday, October 8th and Wednesday, October 9th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

If you would like to reach out to your child’s teacher or a member of our administration via email you can find each of our addresses on our school website.

Ecole Meridian Heights Twitter Feed

If you’re like me, and use twitter as a learning and communication tool, you will appreciate the updates we provide on our twitter feed.  You will also find pictures, video and other information for our school on Mr. Patras’ twitter feed.

Meridian Heights School Advisory Association Facebook Page

We have a wonderful Parents’ Association that supports many initiatives throughout our school, including our recent Library renovation, that offers many opportunities for our students and parents. You can learn more about their work on their Facebook page.

Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

Please mark your calendar for Tuesday, October 8th and Wednesday, October 9th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. for our Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences. These conferences provide a great opportunity for teachers, students and parents to connect and discuss progress thus far. We strongly encourage you to bring your child with you for these conferences.

Phone Calls and In Person Meetings

We’ve saved the best for last. While we know that technology can support us in delivering information to large groups of people very quickly, nothing replaces face to face interactions and phone calls.

Please do not hesitate to call your child’s teacher or a member of our Administration (Mr. Patras, Mme Pirot and Ms. Huisman) as questions arise. Additionally, we would be happy to arrange a time to meet with you, should that be your preference. Because your child’s teacher works most directly with your child we encourage you to start there to address questions and concerns; however, we are happy to join you in that meeting and to figure things out with you and your child’s teacher.

Thank you for making the time to learn just a bit more about how we can ensure effective communication between home and school. We are excited to be working with you and your children.

Until next time,

Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Ecole Meridian Heights School


About Shaye Patras

I am a husband and father of two fantastic girls. I currently work as the Principal of Ecole Meridian Heights School in Parkland School Division in Alberta, Canada. I am excited to be continuing my administrative career in this learning community!
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