Ross Glen Road Runner Reporter

Summer 2019

Ross Glen School


“Fostering responsible citizenship through holistic development”


“As a professional learning community, we are committed to nurturing holistic development, promoting life-long learning and encouraging our students to become responsible citizens.”

Ross Glen School Goals

1. Improving Quality Evidence of Learning for ALL Students through Effective Assessment & Reporting Practice.

2. Increasing Literacy for ALL Students through Impactful Instruction.

On-Going Focus: Improving the School's Collaborative Response Model (CRM) to better support student learning.

Registration for 2019-202

Please contact our office ASAP if your registration has not been submitted.

Preparing for a Successful 2019-2020 School Year

Ross Glen Staff


Early Learning Program (ELP): Mrs. K. Biech

Kindergarten: Mrs. J. Johnson

Grade 1: Mrs. M. Brudevold and Mrs. E. Gebhardt

Grade 2: Mrs. S. Boodhoo and Mrs. H. Ast

Grade 3: Mrs. T. Pfeifer and Mrs. B. Campbell

Grade 4: Mrs. R. Schmitt and Ms. K. Kuehn

Grade 5: Mrs. S. Mandel and Miss J. Roth

Grade 6: Mrs. S. Barnes and Miss A. McDougall

Music: Mr. D. Maier

Classroom Support Teacher (CST): Mrs. H. Gust

Vice-Principal: Mr. E. Kruger

Principal: Ms. N. Mastel


Educational Assistants: Mrs. Cottrell, Ms. Gardiner, Mrs. Neufeld, Miss Sulz, Mrs. Henders, Mrs. McNaughton, Mrs. Blott

Administrative Assistant: Miss J. Foster

Library Clerk: Mr. P. Albano

Custodial Staff: Mr. C. Vick Mr. O. Morales and Mrs. B. Watkins

Teachers on leave:

Miss A. Bohonos (returns December 2019)

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Meet YOUR Teacher

All students and parents are welcome to drop by the school on Thursday, August 29th between 5:30-6:30 to meet your child’s teacher. Class lists will be posted in various locations in the hallway. Once you have checked the list (a school map will be attached), you can make your way to the classroom, visit with your teacher and take pictures of your child in their new classroom. We will also have a photo booth set up in the upper elementary boot room. We look forward to visiting with our students and families.

Welcome Back BBQ Information

The Welcome Back BBQ will take place from 6:30-7:30 on August 29th. The charge will be $5 per person and families can pay with cash that evening.


The morning session is from 8:25 a.m. to 11:51 a.m. The afternoon session is from 12:40 p.m. to 2:40 p.m. If your child arrives late, please have them check in at the office.

If you are picking your child up throughout the day, for appointments or if they are sick etc., please check them out at the office.

Our goal is to honour our instructional time and limit disruptions for our students and staff. If you are dropping something off for your child, please drop it off in the office and we will ensure your child receives it.

Visitors in the school

Any visitors, including parents, in the school must also sign in at the office. This is part of our safety plan to ensure we know who is in the building as your child(ren)'s safety is our number 1 priority. Also, if an emergency situation arises, we can ensure all students, staff and visitors are accounted for whether we remain in the building or evacuate. When you sign in, we will provide you with a visitor pass so all adults and children know you have signed into the school.

Honoring our Instructional Time

Thank you for allowing us to be part of your child's educational journey. We are here to educate their minds and hearts, and our core commitment is to provide them with quality programming. Out of respect for our staff and students' learning time, we ask that classes are not interrupted. If you are needing to get a message to your child, or their teacher, please call the office and leave a message. Miss Foster will forward the message to the student or teacher at a time that is appropriate. We also ask that items that need to be delivered to your child are dropped off at the office to ensure classes are not interrupted.


A friendly reminder that parents/grandparents are to park on the street while dropping off or picking up children. To keep students safe, we do not want them walking through the staff parking lots. This includes not using the staff parking lot to drop children off. We thank you for your support in keeping the students safe.


September School Events

Thurs. Aug. 29th - Meet YOUR Teacher and Welcome Back BBQ

Tues. Sept. 3rd - First day of school for students

Tues. Sept. 10th - BATUS Band and Bugles performance

Tues. Sept. 10th - School Council Budget Meeting at 7pm

Fri. Sept. 20th - Staff Development Day - no school for students

Fri. Sept. 27th - Spirit Day

Ross Glen School Clothing

We are happy to announce we have a new line of Ross Glen clothing available to our school community for purchase! We know school clothing creates a sense of belonging, builds a feeling of community, and encourages school pride. We are excited to offer this to our students and school community!

Sales will take place directly on our online store. Families are able to order and pay for their choices directly.

Stay tuned for more information.

Full-Time Kindergarten Programming

We are excited to announce full-time programming for children in kindergarten starting in September 2019. Medicine Hat Public School Division believes in the importance of building a solid foundation in the early years. To enhance our strong early childhood program, we will offer a full-time option for kindergarten aged children. This will allow all children the option to receive additional programming to support the development of early literacy, early numeracy, motor skills and social emotional growth in child centered learning environments.


Families should notify the school of their intent to register for the optional full-time program for kindergarten children. Registration will be confirmed upon receipt of the full -time kindergarten payment form. Registration dates are as follows:

  • JUNE 4 – JUNE 26, 2019: Families can visit their in-area school or school of choice to register for full-time programming. First come first serve, children that are registered before JUNE 26, 2019 will have a guaranteed spot in a full-time program in MHPSD.

  • JUNE 27 – AUGUST 26, 2019: Families are asked to visit the MHPSD central office to register for full-time programming at 601, 1st Ave SW, Medicine Hat AB, T1A 4Y7. Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. While registration will continue over the summer, we are unable to guarantee full-time programming options after June 27, 2019. If a full-time space is available in September, families will be accommodated. **Please note, summertime registrations will be confirmed by the end of August.

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Summer Activities

Many children forget some of what they've learned or slip out of practice during the summer months. Try these strategies to help your reader improve his/her reading during the summer and beyond:

  1. Six books to summer success: Research shows that reading just six books during the summer may keep a struggling reader from regressing. When choosing the six, be sure that they are just right — not too hard and not too easy. Take advantage of our amazing Medicine Hat Public Library. Ask for help selecting books that match your child's age, interests, and abilities. Libraries often run summer reading programs that motivate kids to read, so find out what's available in your area. Also check Scholastic book lists for recommendations.
  2. Read something every day: Encourage your child to take advantage of every opportunity to read. Find them throughout the day:
    • Morning: The newspaper — even if it is just the comics or today's weather.
    • Daytime: Schedules, TV guides, magazines, online resources, etc. For example, if your daughter likes the food channel, help her look for a recipe on the network's Web site — then cook it together for more reading practice.
    • Evening: End the day by having your child read to you from the book he is currently reading (one of the six books, above). Have him rehearse a paragraph, page, or chapter before reading to you. Rereading will help him be more fluent — able to read at an appropriate speed, correctly, and with nice expression.
  3. Keep reading aloud: Reading aloud benefits all children and teens, especially those who struggle. One benefit is that you can read books your child can't, so she will build listening comprehension skills with grade-level and above books. This will increase her knowledge and expand her experience with text, so that she will do better when she reads on her own.

It's hard to keep up a reading routine in a season packed with distractions and diversions. These suggestions will fit into a busy schedule and make reading fun!

Family Learning Ideas for the Summer

Make math games part of family fun

“I’ve got a number,” is a great way to give your kids a math workout on a long road trip. Come up with a number between one and 100. Take a mini white board and write down math clues to help your kids guess the number. For example: I’ve got a number. It’s divisible by five but not by two. It’s also known as a “quarter.” It’s one-fourth of 100. See how long it takes your kids to guess “25.”

Scrabble is a great vocabulary builder

What is more fun than scoring 14 points with that pesky Q, except maybe watching your 7-year-old make the word “zebra” for 16?

Encourage your child to keep a summer scrapbook

Keeping a scrapbook of summer fun, even if that fun takes place in the backyard, encourages your child to develop storytelling skills, writing skills and to explore their own creativity. What a great thing to share with their new teacher/class in September.

Don’t forget free time in the great outdoors

No matter how important it is to keep some structured learning going on over the summer, it’s equally important to give your children time to explore the world independently with no agenda. Plan a camp-out in the backyard and spend the night stargazing. Who knows? Maybe learning the names of the constellations will spark an interest in the Greek myths, or even space travel.

Cook with your children

This is one of the best ways to integrate math, reading and following directions. Let your child design the menu too! Help your child put together their favorite recipes in a cookbook.

Plant a garden

Your child will gain responsibility and pride as they watch their plants grow and thrive.

Learn a new word each week!

Hang it on the fridge and see who can use it the most times throughout the week.

Did I mention READ?! If your child does nothing else this summer make sure he/she is reading!

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School Council

Thank you to our School Parent Council members for their hard work in supporting our school this year. Here is our School Council Executive for the 2019-2020 school year:

Chair: Elizabeth Gebhardt

Secretary: Megan Knodel

Treasurer: Janine Stuber and Nicole Nikiel

Spirit Day Lunch Coordinator: Terri Lees

Spellathon Coordinator: Amanda Knodel

Our first meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 10th at 7pm.

Ways to Connect

There are many ways to stay in touch with our school.
Please feel free to connect with us through our multiple platforms.

Our website is:


School Facebook page:

Twitter: @RossGlenSchool

Student Insurance Coverage

Student Accident Insurance (Provided by School District)

Medicine Hat Public School Division is pleased to provide basic Student Accident Insurance to eligible students. Eligible full-time students are automatically covered under the basic student accident insurance at no cost to parents.

Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance (Optional – Parent Purchased)

Additional insurance plans are available for more comprehensive coverage. Medicine Hat Public School Division gives parents the option to purchase a more comprehensive accident insurance coverage that provides coverage 24 hours per day.

To learn more about student insurance coverage, please go to