Ross Glen Road Runner Reporter

November 2020

Ross Glen School

Vision

“Fostering responsible citizenship through holistic development”


Mission

“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. In what ways will providing quality feedback impact student literacy growth? (assessment and literacy)

2.How will implementing and revising school processes enhance school culture?

ENGAGED COMMUNITY

COVID-19 Daily Checklist for Children Under 18

A new COVID-19 daily checklist for students will take effect on Monday, November 2.


  • All other Albertans who are 18 and over, including school staff, will continue to use the Alberta Health daily checklist that was previously posted online.
  • Both checklists are available here.
  • Symptoms of runny nose and sore throat have been removed from the mandatory isolation checklist for Albertans under 18.
  • The core isolation symptoms for children are now one (or more) of the following: cough, fever, loss of taste or smell and shortness of breath. If a child has any of these core symptoms:
- They are to isolate for 10 days OR have a negative COVID-19 test result and feel better before they return to school or other activities.
  • If a child has one of the following symptoms: chills; sore throat or painful swallowing; runny nose or congestion; feeling unwell or fatigue; nausea, vomiting, diarrhea; unexplained loss of appetite; muscle or joint aches; headache; or conjunctivitis (pink eye):
  1. The child should stay home and monitor for 24 hours.
  2. If their symptom is improving after 24 hours, they can return to school/activities when they feel well enough to attend. Testing is not recommended.
  3. If the symptom worsens after 24 hours, or if additional symptoms emerge, or if the child has any two symptoms from this second list, they are to continue to stay home, and testing is recommended but not required. The child can return to activities and school when their symptoms have resolved AND it has been 24 hours or more since their symptoms started.

Grade 4-6 Students and Masks

Thank you for working with us as we all do our best to navigate the realities of this COVID pandemic. Your child(ren)’s safety and wellness is our first priority.


We ask that you please discuss the following important reminders with your son/daughter.

  • At the start of the school year, we provided each Grade 4-6 student with 2 re-usable masks. The rate at which students are asking staff for disposable masks is increasing and our supply is limited. Please ensure that your son/daughter is bringing a reusable mask to school each day.
  • Please ensure that your child’s mask is being washed regularly and is clean.
  • Masks, for students in grade 4-6, are required in all common areas (hallways, boot rooms, on the school bus, when 6 feet cannot be maintained with those outside of their class cohort, when working face to face with members of their homeroom class cohort, etc).
  • We have started to notice there is a slight decline in students wearing masks when and where they are required. It is a current mandate from our provincial government to follow these protocols to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Please speak to your child(ren) about staying consistent with mask use in the areas listed above.


We continue to be grateful for your support during the pandemic. It remains our goal to have a safe and positive year of learning experiences at Ross Glen School. Please call us at school if you have any questions.

November School Events

November 4th - Deadline to order Hot Lunch (for November 20th)

November 10th - Virtual Remembrance Day assembly

November 11th - Remembrance Day - no school for students

November 12th - Non-operational Day (no school)

November 13th - Non-operational Day (no school)

November 18th - Deadline to order Spirit Day Hot Lunch (for November 27th)

November 20th -Wear Blue in Support of World Children's Day (actual day is November 20th)(https://www.un.org/en/observances/world-childrens-day)

November 20th- Hot Lunch

November 23 - Report cards emailed home

November 25/26- Virtual Parent Teacher Interviews 3:30-6:30 (times arranged directly with classroom teachers)

November 27th - Spirit Day (with hot lunch)

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World Children’s Day marks the anniversary of when the UN General Assembly adopted both the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in 1989. It is celebrated annually with the purpose of improving child welfare worldwide, and to promote and celebrate children’s rights worldwide.


If you would like more information on World Children’s Day, or the Declaration on the Rights of the Child, please visit https://www.un.org/en/observances/world-childrens-day .


Please join us in wearing blue on November 20th! Share your photos on social media and use the hashtag #goblue2020. By wearing blue (the colour of the United Nations flag) you will show your support for Universal Children’s Day, and promote an environment that values and celebrates the rights of every child to thrive.

2020-2021 Calendar - November Change

At October's School Board meeting, the Board of Trustees of Medicine Hat Public School Division voted to support a change to the calendar for the month of November. By shifting the PD day from the 20th to the 13th and making it a non-operational day and by closing school on the 12th they have created a short holiday beginning on Remembrance Day.
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Hot Lunch/Spirit Day

Our October Spirit Day and lunch was a success. We have decided to offer 2 hot lunches a month (one being Spirit Day with a dress up theme and one only being a hot lunch). Lunches can be purchased through School Cash Online.

For November, it will be pizza and we are in the process of working with other restaurants to ensure the additional health and safety guidelines can be met.

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Please keep in mind that if other lunches are dropped off, they are required to be delivered to classrooms by a staff member, and make additional work for the staff. We encourage you to order hot lunch or pack your child a regular lunch.

Thank you for understanding.

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Ross Glen School Clothing Items

We are happy to announce we have a new line of Ross Glen clothing, and other items, available to our school community for purchase! We know school clothing, and other items, 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!


This year, options will include masks, neck gaiters, mini hand sanitizer bottles, and fanny packs (to keep masks, and other items, safe while the students are enjoying playing at recess).


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


The link for ordering is https://www.teamfs.ca/store/c84/Ross_Glen_Elementary_School.html.

School Council

Thank you to our School Parent Council members for their hard work in supporting our school this year. Elections took place on Tuesday, September 22nd. Here is our School Council Executive for the 2020-2021 school year:


Co-Chairs: Elizabeth Gebhardt and Jessie Ruckaber

Secretary: Megan Knodel

Treasurer: Nicole Nikiel

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Tru Earth

School Council has found a remarkable new eco-friendly product our families can purchase through an online store created just for our school. Our school will earn 20% of the profit from every purchase, which will help fulfill our fundraising needs while doing the earth a great deal of good! All products purchased ship directly to the purchaser, with no shipping charges.

Tru Earth Eco-Strips are the smartest way to clean laundry, period. They are ultra-concentrated, hypoallergenic, and eco-friendly; just one strip will power through dirt and grime in all types of washing machines, including high-efficiency (HE). Additionally, they are:

• paraben-free

• phosphate-free

• free of added dyes

• free of chlorine bleach

• free of 1,4-dioxane

• biodegradable

• vegan

• NO PLASTIC BOTTLES! ZERO WASTE!

• MADE IN CANADA!

• the perfect choice for a fundraiser we can run all year!

You'll find several other eco-friendly products on our online store (produce bags, wool dryer balls, washable makeup remover pads, metal straws, bamboo cutlery…)

Our school earns 20% profit on every purchase* we make through our online store for the entire school year.

Please note: on subscription purchases, profit is earned on initial purchase only. Visit our online store at https://fundraising.tru.earth/rossglenschool

All products purchased ship directly to the purchaser, with no shipping charges. The campaign remains open until the end of the school year, so you can place orders at your convenience and replenish your stock as needed while supporting our cause. When you use Tru Earth Eco-Strips, you will feel confident that you are taking care of your family and their future on this planet. If we all make the switch to Tru Earth, our profits will really add up!

Please share our school store https://fundraising.tru.earth/rossglenschool with friends and family everywhere. Our school will earn profits on their purchases as well. Our school store is open now. Be sure to check it out and place your orders right away!

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: http://rossglen.mhpsd.ca/

Email: rossglen@sd76.ab.ca

School Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RossGlenSchoolMedHat/

Twitter: @RossGlenSchool