Sparling School Newsletter
Sept. 17, 2021
DEAR SPARLING SCHOOL COMMUNITY,
Thank you to our school community for helping support a smooth start to our school year! We recognize that it takes the whole village to help ensure our staggered arrival, dismissal, and other procedures run smoothly! With the recent annoucements for the Government Alberta there are a couple things to note at this time.
- The Alberta Government mask mandate now applies in schools. This means for our Grade 4 & 5 students and all staff masks are mandatory. Masks are able to be removed in the classroom when working in their own student areas. Our Pre-K - 3 students masks are strongly recommended but not mandatory. Masks continue to be required on the bus for ALL students
- Students will be in cohorts, which is something Sparling was already implementing with staggered arrival, dismissal, and recess areas.
- The Daily Health Checklist is located in this newsletter and includes all the information we follow when a student shows symptoms at school both primary and secondary. Please be sure to review it at this time.
We would like to remind our families to please refrain from using or walking through our staff parking lot for pick up and drop off. Arrival and dismissal is a very busy time and we need to help support our students with using the crosswalk and sidewalks. We appreciate your cooperation as we help keep our Sparling Stars safe!
Our Sparling Staff is excited for the learning opportunities ahead this school year. This year we are working hard towards goals in literacy, numeracy and the social emotional well being of our students. In this newsletter you will see some highlights and information for each of these areas. Please feel free to reach out or join us at an upcoming school council meeting if you would like to know more! Most importantly Sparling continues to ensure our mission and vision are coming to life each day.
Sparling Stars - "Dream, Believe, Achieve"
Sparling Stars will grow and learn in an inclusive environment that is supported by: community involvement, relationships, early intervention, and collaboration to empower every child.
If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to us here at the front office. We are here to support all our families. Thank you for all your help during this busy start up to school.
Sparling Stars Can Read!
Consider making sure you take a few minutes each day to read to your child, talk about their day, or even play a board game! All of these help contribute to building their literacy skills.
Sparling Stars are Numeracy Ninjas
A great idea for fall is to simply practice counting wherever you can or play "I Spy" as you look for numbers in the world around you!
Social Emotional Well Being
Supporting our Sparling Stars!
- FSLW - Family School Liason Worker who by referral can meet with students individually to support mental health, coping with transitions or a difficult time, and much more
- MHCB - Mental Health Capactiy Building Team provides various classroom and small group progams to promote mindfullness, social skills, and much more.
- Calming Corner
- Nutrition Progams
- Sensory Room
Please feel free to reach out to us at the office if you have any questions or feel your child would benefit from any of our resources.
School Council Meeting
Tuesday, Sep. 28th, 7pm
5216 52 Avenue
RSVPs are enabled for this event.
However in the case your child does need a microwave from time to time, we will be able to accommodate warming it up in our kitchen. Thank you for your understanding.
Check out these websites for more ideas!
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.
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.
Daily Health Checklist
School Arrival/Dismissal Map
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.
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.