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.


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 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

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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