Sparling School Newsletter

August 30, 2021

DEAR SPARLING SCHOOL COMMUNITY,

Welcome to the 2021/22 school year! The Sparling Staff is excited and prepared to greet our students to a safe and caring learning environment. We understand that the start of this school year will still look a bit different, but the feelings of anticipation and excitement for the first day are still there. Last year, with the processes we had in place we did find there were some great benefits to some of our procedures. For example with staggered recesses all classes were able to enjoy the playground with less crowding and more space. As well, the staggered arrival allowed for our hallways to be quieter and less crowded which supported students being able to get ready quickly and right into their learning with less distractions. For this school year we will be continuing with a few of these procedures to not only support safety but also to enhance our student's learning experience.


The focus of this newsletter is to provide you with important information to review before our September 7 start date. We also encourage you to take the time to read through the BRSD Back to School Plan. Sparling School will continue to have all the safety measures needed in place including; cohort groups, staggered arrival/dismissal, hand sanitizing stations, and staggered breaks. A couple more important notes:


  • BRSD has indicated that K-12 students will need to wear masks in our common areas, hallways, when entering/exiting the building, and in times where distancing cannot be maintained. Students who ride the bus will also need to where a mask as per Alberta Guidelines at this time. We will have masks on hand as needed. If your child is in need of a mask exemption a doctors note does need to be provided and we will be reaching out to families to support this process.

  • Our teachers will be in touch with students and their families prior to September 3, 2021 to share first day of school information, review arrival/dismissal procedure, and welcome you to their class.


In our next newsletter we will include some exciting plans and goals for our 2021/22 school year! We would also like to welcome Cassandra Olsen to our Sparling Team. She will teaching our Grade 4 class this school year. Jon Skinner will also be continuing in the Assistant Principal role.


It is important that we continue to work together as a Sparling Community to ensure a positive, safe, and caring start to the school year. Remember we are only a phone call or email away if you need support or have any questions.


Thank you,


Mrs. Gutmann

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Staggered Arrival and Dismissal Information

For the 2021/22 school year we will be continuing to implement a Staggered Arrival/Dismissal. Along with helping to support physical distancing, we found that this process was beneficial to our studentsas they were able to get settled quickly into their classrooms and learning. We kindly ask that you ensure your child(ren) is dropped off/picked up during their timeframe. Students arriving on the bus will proceed to their designated door upon arrival.


Please remember

  • Students will need to enter and exit the school at their designated door.

  • Our supervision outside begins at 8:10am. Please ensure students arrive after this time to ensure their safety. Students are to line up with their class upon arrival and a staff member will welcome them into the building. There will be a labelled pylon placed outside to line up at and in case of inclement weather students will be allowed to enter the building and proceed to their classroom

  • Upon arrival students will need to use hand sanitizer or wash their hands when they enter the building

  • Students in K - 5 will need to ensure they are wearing a mask before entering.

  • Students will be dismissed during their specified timeframe out their designated exit

  • Parents are welcome to pick up their students near their exit doors.

  • Our playground is closed at the start of the school and will not be available for student use at this time. At the end of the day, teacher supervision finishes outside at 3:15pm. Please make sure to supervise your child(ren) on the playground after school.



Arrival: 8:20am - 8:30am

Dismissal: 3:00pm -3:05pm

Grade 1 (Ms. Schultz)

Grade 1/2 (Ms. Olson/Mr. McFeely)

Grade 2 (Mr. Murphy)

Grade 5 (Mr. Skinner)


Arrival: 8:30 - 8:40am

Dismissal: 3:05pm -3:10pm

Nature Kindergarten /Kindergarten (Mrs. Syrnyk)

Grade 3 (Mr. Lowe)

Grade 3 (Mrs. Muscarella)

Grade 4 (Ms. Olsen)



It is important that we work together as a Sparling Community to ensure safe arrival and dismissal from the school. We ask that parents do not send their child(ren) early to school and review these procedures prior to the start of the school year. Please refrain from using the Staff Parking lot for pick up or drop off. We have numerous staff members that arrive at staggered times and we want to ensure the safety of everyone.


Remember we are here to support you and if you or your family need to discuss an alternate arrival/dismissal plan, please contact us at the office and we would be happy to support. You will find attached a school map with labelled entrances and our staggered entry schedule.

School Arrival/Dismissal Map

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School Visitors

Visitors will be welcomed into schools on an appointment-only basis and masks are required. The intention is to reduce the number of community members that students are exposed to at school. If an in-person meeting is required we ask that an appointment is booked with our front office. We will be booking appointments, as much as possible, at the end of the school day to help support having minimal visitors during the day for safety purposes.


Appointments can be made by calling 780-672-0106. If you need to drop off an item or registration form, we ask that you ring the white doorbell located at the front door or call ahead.


Thank you for your understanding.

Daily Health Checklist

Families must complete the Daily Self-Assessment for Children Under 18 (pages 2 and 3 of the link) each morning, for everyone who is going to school. Anyone who is feeling unwell must stay home and is asked to follow the guidance provided in the self-assessment tool to determine their next steps. The self-assessment does not need to be brought to school each day. Students who come to school when they are unwell will be isolated. Parents will be contacted to return the child home as quickly as possible. A student with a pre-existing medical condition that may result in coughing (such as asthma or allergies) should ensure the school is aware of the condition.

KINDERGARTEN START DATES

Please note our Kindergarten Teachers will be reaching out to families at the end of August to confirm your orientation time and go over important information.

Nature Kindergarten (M/W with Alternating Friday)

Orientation Day: September 8, 2021

First Full Day: September 10, 2021

Tues/Thurs Kindergarten (T/Th with Alternating Friday)

Orientation Day: Sept. 7, 2021

First Full Day: September 9, 2021

Shine Bright Early Learning Program

We will be reaching out directly to all families who are part of our wonderful Preschool program this week. If you are looking to register for preschool please use the following application.


Orientation: Sept. 7- 10, 2021 (Teachers will book appointments)

Start Date: Sept. 13, 2021


Pre-K Application


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Breakfast Program & Nutrition Support

We are pleased to share that our Grab/Go Breakfast program will be continuing, with all health and safety protocols in place. With this in mind we will be offering to start the year only pre-packaged items such as granola bars, yogurt, apple sauces, fruit cups, and cheese sticks.