A “Sneak Peek” of Ecole Meridian Heights School and At Home Learning Information

Well, we are almost there! In just a few days we will be welcoming back so many of our students to Ecole Meridian Heights School and we are really excited. While many of our processes and procedures will be very different to start the year, we know that the most important pieces of our work have not changed. Doing everything we can to support your child’s and our staff’s safety and well being, and re-establishing those caring and supportive relationships will be at the forefront of our efforts next week!

Many of you have reached out recently asking if you are able to come into the school with your child and/or to see your child’s classroom space. While we can’t accommodate guests into our school at this time, we can do our best to try to show you some classroom and common area spaces.

Pictures of our School

Instead of creating a massively long post with many images like the one below, I’ve posted pictures of our school, including a Kindergarten, Gr 2, Gr 4 and Gr 8 classroom, our hallways, entrance and much more on my twitter account so please take a look here. Be sure to scroll down to see the pictures. Click on the image to see with more detail and clarity 🙂

Teacher Supported At Home Learning

Thank you to all of our parents who’ve been so patiently awaiting more information for this program. As you are likely aware, approximately a week ago PSD Deputy Superintendent Mark Francis sent out a message informing families that this programming will be starting on Tuesday, September 8th.

What we know now is that your child’s teacher will be reaching out to you next Wednesday, Sept 2nd or Thursday Sept 3rd to introduce themselves. At that time they will provide more information on supplies, schedules and much more.

As always, please continue to reach out with questions that arise. While it can take a bit of time for us to be able to work through all of these, while simultaneously preparing for your kids (and working with them starting next week) we will be certain to respond as promptly as possible.

We look forward to seeing our kids in person on Monday and online Tuesday, September 8th. Have a wonderful weekend.

Mr. S. Patras

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Preparing for our First Day of In Person Learning at EMHS

Hello parents,

Thank you for your patience as we continue to work with our teachers preparing for your kids’ return to Ecole Meridian Heights School next week. If you have had the opportunity to review our Parent Re-Entry Handbook you will have learned about our staggered recesses and school arrival and departure processes (if you have not yet been able to do so, I will summarize these processes near the end of this post); however the handbook does not address our procedures for the first two staggered entry days.

Staggered Entry Dates

As a reminder, all students whose last names start with the letter A-K will attend on Monday, August 31st with all students whose last names start with the letter L-Z attending on Tuesday, September 1st. All Ecole Meridian Heights School students will be attending on Wednesday, September 2nd.

Teacher Welcome Letter

You will have received a welcome back email from your child’s teacher either today (Thursday) or tomorrow (Friday) which will outline classroom specific procedures such as which door to enter the school from, sanitizing protocols, their picture and much more.

Upon Arrival Monday or Tuesday

When your child arrives at school on Monday or Tuesday, you can expect to see many staff on the front sidewalk of the school wearing our supervision vests and ready to welcome your children back to our school. At that time, we will help your child learn which door they should be entering the school in. If they do not know where their door is, they will be escorted by a staff member to that entrance and into their classroom (if necessary) where their teacher will be waiting to welcome them!

Student Drop Off on the 1st day

If you are dropping your child off at school on the first day, in order to adhere to the EMHS protocols and PSD protocols, you will not be able to enter the school with your child. We realize this is a big change for some of our parents, especially those of our youngest kids, but rest assured that we will help them find their way and make sure they are cared for!

In order to further reduce congestion, if you are able to drop your child off between 8:40 a.m. and 8:55 a.m. it would be much appreciated. For those who are unable to do so, we absolutely understand. We would also ask that when possible if you are dropping your child off please do so on either 43st in front of the school or on 44 Ave beside the school. For some of our younger students who need to be escorted to the front of the school by parents, please ensure you maintain social distancing while doing so. If at all possible, please remain in your car and allow your child to walk to the supervisor at the front of the school where he/she will be assisted. As has always been the case, please do NOT enter the bus lane until after 8:35 a.m. when all buses have departed.

Student Drop off  Procedures after Staggered Entry Days

When possible, please drop your children off between 8:40 a.m. and 8:55 a.m. to reduce congestion. If your child arrives between these times, he/she can enter in the main doors of the school and proceed directly to their class without a late slip as attendance will be taken at 8:55 a.m.

Where possible, please remain in your vehicle when dropping your children off at the school. If they require an escort, please bring them to a supervisor or to the front doors of the school. Parents are not permitted at this time to escort their children to their classrooms.

Student Pick Up Procedures after Staggered Entry Days

All students will be dismissed in stages near the end of the school day to reduce congestion inside and outside of the school. Children walking home or being picked up will be dismissed as the last groups with students with last names A-K exiting at approximately 3:15 p.m. after buses have departed and students with last names L-Z departing at approximately 3:20 p.m. If your child MUST leave prior to that time please indicate this to his/her teacher and we will be happy to accommodate.

When picking up your child, where possible, please remain in your vehicle. If your child needs to be accompanied to your vehicle please come get them from the front of the school while maintaining social distancing.

Please keep your eyes out for the next post coming out which will show pictures of our school and many of the measures being taken!

Mr. S. Patras

 

 

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Sharing More About Our Return To School at Ecole Meridian Heights

With our return to in person learning at Ecole Meridian Heights School just over a week away, I know that there are many questions. I am hopeful that this post will answer a few of these questions. If you have questions that remain, please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email at spatras@psd70.ab.ca or at the school at 780-963-2289. Working together we can facilitate as smooth of a transition for our students as possible.

This blog post will focus on some of the Physical Distancing measures that will be in place within our school community. If you haven’t yet had a chance to read my previous blog posts on Promoting Healthy Hygiene Practices and Enhanced Cleaning and Disinfecting Practices, please consider doing so to learn more about our efforts in those areas.

Physical Distancing

Field Trips – no field trips (in school or out of school) will be booked until further notice. At this time we do not see the benefits of these learning opportunities as outweighing the risks of unnecessary travel on school buses and the challenges of social distancing in other environments. Walking field trips within our community (e.g. Rotary Park) will still be considered on a case by case basis. Parents will be informed of these field trips prior to them taking place.

School Assemblies – given our large student population, and the challenges that would pose for social distancing, we will not be hosting in person school assemblies until further notice. The staff at Ecole Meridian Heights School will be exploring how we might host virtual school celebrations in the upcoming months.

School Visitors – in aligning our practice with the PSD Guidance for School Re-Entry Plan , there will be a very strict protocol around school visitors. We will not be inviting presenters into our school until further notice. Additionally, it is imperative that parents report to the office upon entering the school. Should you need to speak to your child, we will bring your child to you. Parents will not be permitted to move throughout the school. We appreciate your support in this change to our school practice.

Hot Lunch – while we are cautiously optimistic that we will be able to offer our hot lunch program this year, we will be revisiting how to best facilitate this in October. We appreciate your patience as we work towards sorting this out.

Microwaves and Lunches – Students will NOT be permitted to share lunches with peers. Additionally, microwaves will not be available to start the school year. We appreciate that this will require changes to lunch preparations for our students and we thank you for supporting us in this regard.

Classroom Set Up – in order to facilitate as much space as is possible within our classrooms, all unnecessary furniture has been removed from every classroom. Extra book shelves, tables, searing and furniture etc. has been removed to provide more space within our classrooms.

Additionally, we have been able to put desks in most classes to replace tables, and have spaced these as far apart as is possible. Desks are arranged in rows with all students facing the same direction.

Communal Spaces within EMHS – seating in the front foyer and hallways has been removed (with the exception of two seats in the front entry for parents registering at the office). Additionally, seating throughout the school in the circle and in the basement has been removed at this time. Minimal seating (approx 4 seats) remain in the jr. high “gathering area”.

Altered Routines within the School Day – We will be making significant efforts to reduce the traffic volume within our school hallways throughout the school day. Students will NOT be moving from classroom to classroom. In the past, students would go the music room or students in grades 5-9 may move to a different teacher for FSL or ART, or perhaps Math or Science etc. Teachers will be moving between classrooms as opposed to students.

Upon Arrival At School in the morning– specific processes for student pickup and drop off, as well as for the before school recess, a.m. recess and lunch recess will be coming very soon. Thank you for your patience.

Note: a reminder that school doors will not be open prior to 8:15 a.m. and supervision will not be available prior to that time as outlined in emails last May and June). We are happy to be able to offer Out of School Care for those families who wish to access it. You can learn more on on our school website.

Traffic Flow within the school – students will notice directional arrows in the circle of  our school and in some hallways. In addition, each class or grade level will have a specific, labeled exit and entrance to the school, including using the emergency exit doors within classrooms and portables to reduce the number of students entering in any one place. More information and pictures will be coming soon.

Signage supporting Physical Distancing – students and parents will notice markers within the front foyer to support Physical Distancing. Additionally, signage will be placed at each bathroom indicating capacity.

While there are many more strategies in place to support Physical Distancing, including our procedures for student drop off and pickup and recesses (information coming soon on these), I am hopeful that this gives you just a bit of information about our plans for the return of our students to in person learning.

Stay tuned for more information in the upcoming days 🙂

Sincerely,

Mr. S. Patras

 

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Some Information around Teacher Supported At-Home Learning at EMHS

One of the more common topics parents are asking about as we prepare for a return to school at Ecole Meridian Heights School is what the Teacher Supported At-Home Learning will look like.

Perhaps the most common question that has arisen with respect to at home learning is when can students transition back into the classroom? The dates at which students will be invited back into the in person learning are as follows:

Monday, October 5
Monday, November 16
Monday, January 4
Monday, February 16
Monday, April 6

For those parents of French Immersion students, we are happy to let you know that we will be working collaboratively with Ecole Broxton Park School on our at-home learning program. At this time is that the vast majority of our parents have chosen to have their children attend in person classes to start the school year. In order to provide a French Immersion teacher to support those students at home, we will be combining students from the two schools to create classes/cohorts.

The staff at both Ecole Meridian Heights School and Ecole Broxton Park School will be working closely together to ensure that as students transition from at home learning to in person learning, their programming will continue as smoothly as possible. Teachers will be teaching the same units at the same time and will be working together on assessment conversations. When you choose to have your child return to in person learning, he/she will be welcomed back to Ecole Meridian Heights School!

For students in our English program who are participating in at home learning, we continue to work on the structure and format of this programming. We are fully committed to providing quality programming for these students and we continue to work on the details of this programming. As soon as we have more information to share we will reach out to you; however, please do not hesitate to call me at the school with questions that you might have.

While I’ve had the opportunity to speak to many of you to answer your questions, there are others who I have not yet been able to connect with but rest assured I continue to make calls daily.

I look forward to speaking to many of you in the upcoming days.

Enjoy your weekend

Mr. S. Patras

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Questions and Answers Continue at Ecole Meridian Heights School

With the start of a new week, I have had the chance to begin calling many of our parents to discuss questions and concerns that were shared in our recent online survey, as well as reaching out to many of you who have taken the time to email me. I appreciate your patience as I work through these various conversations, and please know that if you’ve emailed or asked a question in the survey, I will follow up with you as soon as I am able.

During my conversations, a few common questions have come up that I thought I would try to shed some light on, acknowledging that it seems like our understanding of COVID 19, and the corresponding implications for school changes almost daily!

When will I know who my child’s teacher is for in – person teaching?

While in a typical year we would be much closer to finalizing class lists, this year will require a bit more time. As I speak to parents and as they are able to make decisions on whether their children will learn online or in person I am able to continue to refine our class lists. Your child’s teacher will reach out to you upon their return later next week between Wednesday and Friday.

When will we know more about the online learning, such as start date, teachers, format etc.?

Similar to the answer above, as we finalize who will be participating in online learning those teachers will reach out to our parents to welcome children into their class. This will take place next week between Wednesday and Friday.

Can I change from online learning to in person learning or vice-versa?

We realize that in these highly unusual times, we all are going to have to be extremely “flexible”. We are asking that parents confirm a decision for in person or online learning for their children (if they have not done so already in the PSD survey) by this Friday, August 21st. You can either call the school to let us know (780-963-2289) or you can email our office staff at meridian@psd70.ab.ca  . There will be designated dates throughout the school year when students will be welcome to transition from virtual learning back to in person learning or vice-versa. Additionally, we are happy to work with families who have unique circumstances that require more conversation.

What happens if my child has a pre-existing condition such as seasonal allergies? Will he or she be sent home?

Please ensure that your child’s powerschool account indicates any medical issues which we should be aware of such as asthma, seasonal allergies etc. If your child presents with symptoms similar to COVID 19, even if it may be tied to his/her pre-existing medical condition, you will be asked to pick up your child and to take him/her for testing. Once he/she receives a negative test he/she will be welcomed back to school. This will help us establish a “baseline” of symptoms for your child. Unless he/she presents with new or increased symptoms from the established baseline, he/she will be able to remain at school.

Will an entire class be sent home if one student gets sick or shows symptoms of COVID?

No. If a student shows symptoms of COVID 19, the student will be placed in a separate room and monitored by staff (if necessary) until they can be picked up by a parent. The student will be asked to wear a mask if they are able to. If two or more staff/students in a cohort have symptoms of COVID 19, the school will follow outbreak notification procedures and will contact Alberta Health Services, who will direct the response.

If one of my children gets sent home as a result of displaying symptoms of COVID, do all of my kids have to remain at home?

Parents will be directed to contact Alberta Health Services, who will direct them as to the appropriate response, which will be dependent upon several factors.

What are the learning options for my children if they start in school but have to learn at home due to illness or other circumstances?

If a student has to temporarily learn at home, we will work with you to determine if he/she is best served by transitioning to a virtual class or if his/her learning can be maintained with the classroom teacher for a few days.

What happens if a student in my child’s class gets sick?

While we await further direction from Alberta Health Services in this area, at this time what we know is that if a child is sent home for showing signs of COVID 19, other students within the class will NOT be immediately sent home. Alberta Health Services and the Zone Chief Medical Officer of Health will assist in these matters. I am hopeful that further clarification will be provided within this area in the upcoming days/weeks.

While there are many more questions coming our way, I am hopeful that this information provides you with a little more clarity on what you can expect at Ecole Meridian Heights School.

Keep an eye out in an upcoming post for information on some of our social distancing strategies such as our new drop off and pick up routines, new recess structures and much more.

Stay well and see you soon!

Mr. S. Patras

 

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The Planning Continues at EMHS

Hello again parents/guardians,

I want to continue to connect with you to ensure that you are aware of the planning that is currently underway within our school community, and also to encourage you to please reach out with any questions that you might have as we prepare for a return to school in the upcoming weeks. We recognize that some of our students will be returning in person, while others will be accessing one of the on-line options available through PSD. Please feel free to reach out with questions regardless of which group your children fall into. We are here to help!

I am hopeful that you were able to take a few minutes to read my previous post, Updates from Ecole Meridian Heights School where I shared some of the plans in place at Ecole Meridian Heights School around how we intend to work with you and our children to Promote Healthy Hygiene Practices. Today’s message is intended to provide you with information on what Enhanced Cleaning and Disinfecting will look like at Ecole Meridian Heights School. While I can’t cover everything that will be in place, please read on for some of the highlights in our particular context.

Enhanced Cleaning and Disinfecting

  • Custodians and Administration Working Together – I will be working closely with our head custodian, Ms. Jackie Hyde, to ensure that we are cleaning those frequently touched surfaces as often as possible. Things like door handles, water faucets, the handrails going downstairs etc. We will be establishing procedures to ensure that sanitizers are available throughout our school as required, in addition to many other protocols to support our staff and students.
  • Vending Machines – In order to allow Ms. Hyde to focus her work on the most important areas, we will not be using the vending machines to start the school year. We will ensure that parents and students are informed if/when we reopen these machines. Thank you for your understanding in this regard.
  • Opening Doors, Windows etc. – where possible, we will be opening both interior and exterior classroom doors to reduce the need for students to touch the doorknobs and to increase air flow within the classrooms. We are fortunate that some of our classrooms have windows as well as others having exterior doors that can be opened.
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting within the Classroom – each classroom will be provided with a cleaning/disinfecting product that is safe for student and staff use. Students will be asked to clean common surfaces such as a chromebook before and after they use it. For example, teachers may spray the keyboard and screen and provide students paper towel to wipe the surfaces.
  • Soft Surfaces and other Difficult to Clean Items – these items, such as cloth furniture, stuffed animals (in lower grades), reading carpets etc. have been removed from all classrooms at this time.

While these are only some of the measures we are taking at Ecole Meridian Heights School with respect to Enhanced Cleaning and Disinfecting, I am hopeful that this provides a bit more information to each of our families. Should you have any further questions in this regard, please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email at spatras@psd70.ab.ca or by calling the school.

Watch for more information coming soon!

Stay well,

 

 

 

 

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Updates From Ecole Meridian Heights School

Despite the fact that we are still a few weeks away from the return of our students to Ecole Meridian Heights School, you can be assured that we are working diligently to create the conditions necessary for the most safe return to school for our staff and students as is possible. As you can appreciate, there is much work to be done, and many questions to be answered. Further complicating our work is the ever growing research and new information around COVID 19 and its impact on our return to school. We truly appreciate your patience and support as we work on our return to school at Ecole Meridian Heights.

As you are likely aware, the Alberta Government has provided many documents relevant to our return to school, including the 2020-2021 school re-entry plan.  In addition, Parkland School Division is currently working on our specific return to school plan which will align with the expectations from Alberta Education. The implementation of these guidelines will most likely look somewhat different within different school contexts. As such, it is my intention to try to provide information and updates in the upcoming days and weeks on how these plans will be implemented at Ecole Meridian Heights School.

Because there is much to share, each post will address one of the Practices as outlined within the re-entry plan. Today’s post will be focused on Promoting Healthy Hygiene Practices for our students and staff.

Handwashing, Coughing, Sneezing

  • Staff will teach and reinforce with students consistently throughout the first weeks of school (and as required moving forward) proper handwashing, coughing and sneezing techniques. Posters will be displayed in washrooms and at all sinks throughout the school to support proper handwashing techniques. You can help us here by working with your children on this at home prior to their arrival.

Masks

  • All students in grades 4-9 will be provided 2 re-usable masks on the first day of school. Students are welcome to wear an alternate mask provided by parents as long as it appropriately covers the nose and mouth. The mask needs to fully cover your face from the nose (above the nostrils) to the chin and be worn without gaps between
    the mask and face. You can learn more about types of masks, caring for your mask etc. in this document provided by the Alberta Government.
  • Students are asked to bring a ziplock bag labeled with their name to place their mask in when it’s not being used.
  • Students in grades 4-9 will wear masks and will be reminded to ensure that their nose and mouth is covered while wearing the masks. Students in K-3 will be supported by staff should they choose to wear a mask.
  • Masks will be worn by students in grades 4-9 in all common areas (e.g. our hallways, jr. high gathering area, bathrooms etc.) and when instructed to within the classroom based on the learning activity taking place.  Masks will not be mandatory within the classroom at all times. Teachers will indicate to students when masks may be required within the classroom environment. You can learn more about mask usage within our school in this document.
  • Should a student forget or lose their mask, or should their mask be damaged, a temporary mask will be provided to the student so that parents do not have to come to the school.
  • In order to help your child get used to wearing a mask, you may consider having them wear a mask for a short period of time each day. If you are in Edmonton or other locations that require mask usage, consider bringing your child with you. This will allow them an authentic opportunity to practice wearing their mask and will provide them with an opportunity to see others doing so as well.

Hand Sanitizer

  • As outlined in the various re-launch documents and guides, hand sanitizer will be available at our main public entrance and in each classroom. As kids enter the school and proceed to their classroom they will be instructed to sanitize their hands before entering. We would encourage students to have their own personal sanitizer as a matter of convenience. Students may wish to sanitize their hands when outside at recess or may prefer to use their personal sanitizer prior to putting on their masks, as opposed to leaving their desk and going to the washroom to wash their hands or to leaving their desk to go to the sanitizer within the classroom.
  • Students will be expected to sanitize their hands upon leaving and entering any classroom or other instructional space such as the gym
  • Parents who enter the building will be expected to sanitize their hands upon arrival and report directly to the office. Parents will not be permitted to move throughout the school. Should a parent need to see their child, we will bring the child to the office. Thank you in advance for supporting us with this practice as we know it represents a change from our current practice.

Handwashing

  • Appropriate hand washing techniques will be reinforced to students consistently within the first weeks of school by classroom teachers and support staff. Additionally, hand washing posters will be displayed in every bathroom and near the sinks throughout the school.
  • All sinks within the school will have soap and paper towels, increasing the number of spaces that students can access to wash their hands. We have sinks within the “loop” of our school and within several classrooms that will be available for student use.
  • While it will take planning and time, teachers will ensure they provide time for students to wash their hands after activities such as recess, lunch, physical education etc. We will have several strategies in place to make this process as smooth as is possible under the circumstances. For example, staggered entry times, various entrances, use of classroom sinks (where possible) are just a few of the ways in which we will manage handwashing for our students.

Water bottles

  • We strongly encourage students to bring their own water bottle to be used and filled throughout the day, as opposed to using the water fountain. This will reduce the need for students to leave their classroom.

While there is much more I could share regarding our efforts to supporting Healthy Hygiene Practices for our students, I hope this provides you with a bit of information on how the staff at Ecole Meridian Heights School will work in this practice. Additionally, I would encourage you to continue to support these same practices at home (e.g. proper handwashing, coughing and sneezing techniques) in order to facilitate a smooth transition to school for your children. Working together we can help our kids build these new habits.

Please keep your eyes out for my next post, which will touch on Enhanced Cleaning and Disinfecting within Ecole Meridian Heights School.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email at spatras@psd70.ab.ca.

Stay well.

 

 

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Staffing Updates at Ecole Meridian Heights School

While many questions remain for the 2020-2021 school year, we are beginning to gain a bit of clarity within some of our plans and we would like to share those with you. Today we are able to share with the changes to the teaching team at Ecole Meridian Heights School for the upcoming year. Please read right to the end to learn of a very special celebration.

We want to wish Mrs. Lindsey Johnson, Mme Lachapelle, Mme Le Norgant, Mme Currie, Mme Crowley, Ms. Schulte and Mr. Herman all the best as they take on various new journeys in their professional life. Each of them have served our community and students admirably over the past several years. Their absences will truly be missed.

With those teachers exploring other pathways, an opportunity arises for new members to join our learning community. We are excited to welcome several new teachers to Ecole Meridian Heights in September. We are excited to welcome back Mme MG and Mme Waterman to our team. We have truly missed them both. Also joining our school will be Mme Little, Mrs. Howe, Mme LeBritton and Mme Romyn. We are excited for the new gifts they will bring to our community.

One final note… while we are so excited for Mme Sonia as she will be retiring at the end of this year, we are sorry to see her leaving our school community. Mme Sonia has touched the lives of so many of our students and families in her time at Ecole Meridian Heights School.

There will be a goodbye parade for any students and families who wish to drive by and thank Mme Sonia on Thursday, June 18th at 7:00 p.m. Any and all families are welcome to make posters or signs, or simply drive through our parking lot and wave to Mme Sonia to thank her for her contributions to our school. In order to ensure the health and safety of all involved, and to keep traffic flowing, we would ask that vehicles feel free to drive through our front parking lot where Mme Sonia will be, but would ask that vehicles please not stop and that all passengers remain inside their cars.

We hope to see many of you at the parade for Mme Sonia.

Stay well,

Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Ecole Meridian Heights School

 

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January Updates at Ecole Meridian Heights School

I would like to begin by wishing a Happy New Year to all of our wonderful families! We hope you had a restful holiday spent with family and friends. As we look towards what is shaping up to be a pretty cold week, we want to work together with our families to ensure our kids are safe and warm 🙂

You can learn more about the PSD indoor recess policy, potential bus cancellations and all other relevant information on our school website.

As you are likely aware, there was quite a bit going on at Ecole Meridian Heights School in the month of December, highlighted by our many Christmas Concerts, so read on for a quick summary of December and a heads up for what’s coming in January.

Christmas Concerts December 2019

You can catch a glimpse of what was happening in the video below.

If you’d like to see a few more pictures and videos of our concerts, take a moment to check out my twitter feed @shayepatras  and just scroll down a little bit to see more! We would love to hear feedback on our concerts from this year to make them even better for next year so please reach out with questions, comments and concerns that you may have had.

Report Cards

As you are likely aware, Report Cards for term 1 were published to your Powerschool account. If you have not had a chance to view your child’s progress yet, please take a look. Should you need any help accessing the report card, do not hesitate to call our school office. If you have any questions about your child’s progress, please reach out to his/her teacher. We would be happy to discuss this further.

Jr. ATB Grand Opening

We were excited to host our Grand Opening for our Jr. ATB program! We have an awesome student-led Board of Directors and bank employees and are accepting student deposits each month on every second Tuesday. Our next banking day is this upcoming Tuesday, January 14th during our lunch hour in the small gym. If you have any questions about this program, do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or the office.

Messages of Resilience

We were very fortunate to have had the opportunity to have two special guests join our school community in December to share a message of resilience and overcoming obstacles. Starting with a magical performance…

and concluding with a powerful message to our grade 7-9 students from “Mr. I” on his personal journey overcoming immense obstacles and his ongoing journey towards recovery. You can learn more about Mr. I’s message in this article published in the Edmonton Journal.

Looking Ahead

While that gives you a bit of a glimpse into the activities of December, as we look ahead into January you can anticipate…

  • School Council – our next meeting is this Tuesday, January 14th from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in our school library. All are welcome to attend!
  • the Accountability Pillar Survey – coming for students in grades 4-9 and parents of students in grades 4&7. You can learn more about this survey on the Alberta Education website  or on this document created for parents.
  • Jr. ATB Banking Day – Tuesday, Jan 14th
  • Round 2 of Immunizations – Tuesday, Jan 28th – more info to come

You can always learn more about what’s happening in our school through our daily announcements on our website  (just click on the first announcement to see all messages) or on our school calendar on our website.

Until next time,

Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Ecole Meridian Heights School

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Some Important Information from Ecole Meridian Heights School

As we wrap up November and move into December, there are many things happening at Ecole Meridian Heights School that we would like to make our parents aware of, so please read on.

Report Cards Available on December 6th

You will have access to your child’s report card at approximately 3:30 p.m. on your Powerschool Account. If you need any assistance accessing your account, please do not hesitate to contact our awesome secretaries at the school.

When you access your child’s report card, you will notice some significant changes to the format and information. You can learn everything you want to know about the revised report card in this 3 minute video.  Additionally, you can learn more on our school website.

Family Games Night Wednesday, December 4th

Please consider coming out to the Stony Plain Public Library this upcoming Wednesday, December 4th from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. It’s a great opportunity to spend time with some of our staff and other families from our community. We are looking forward to seeing many of you there.

Term 2 CTF/Options Starting Soon

For those parents who have children in grades 7-9, your child will be selecting his/her options for term 2 this week. Option choices and information are posted within your child’s google classroom and on our school website. Please feel free to review the options available with your child.

Jr. ATB is moving along!

We are really excited that our Jr. ATB program is moving forward nicely. We hosted our start up assembly, students in grades 4-6 have completed job applications, been interviewed and hiring has been completed! Those students who are on the board and/or who are our Jr. ATB banking staff completed their training on Tues, Nov 26th at lunch. They are excited for our Grand Opening and first day of banking on Tuesday, December 3rd! There will be more information coming home with your child in the upcoming days.

Christmas Concert Preparations are Underway!

Our students and Mrs. Huedepohl and Mrs. Ausman are working really hard to provide you with an amazing concert experience again this year. Please confirm your child’s concert date and time on our school website.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or our school office. We look forward to celebrating with all of you.

We look forward to seeing you in and around our school this month.

Until next time,

Mr. S. Patras

Principal, Ecole Meridian Heights School

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