Sparling Newsletter

Oct. 5, 2020

Dear Families,

October has arrived! Our students are enjoying the lovely fall weather daily for their recess breaks, physical education, and various learning activities. It is wonderful to see the changing colors! This is also a great time to check and see where your warmer coats, toques, mitts, and boots are as we know the colder temperatures are approaching.

Sparling School is committed to sharing updates of what is happening at the school daily on our Twitter page and our School Council Facebook page! Please follow us to see the various updates of the amazing things happening. At our Oct. 2 Collaboration Day with teachers, one of our areas of focus was to support literacy and numeracy here at Sparling. In each newsletter you will find a tip for each of these areas to help support your child at home.

With Halloween approaching you will find information below in the newsletter regarding costumes, treats, and how we will be celebrating here at Sparling for the 2020/21 school year. Thank you for your support.

As always if you have any questions or concerns please contact us at the office anytime.


Mrs. Gutmann

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On Oct. 29 our school will be celebrating Halloween and we want to ensure a safe and fun day for our students. Our wonderful staff will be planning some afternoon activites and crafts to enjoy and students are asked to arrive in their costumes for the day. We are asking families to consider the following as you prepare for this day

  • Students need to be INDEPENDENT with their costume and this includes going to the bathroom.
  • Students need to arrive in costume and we encourage minimizing any accessories as we want to make sure all items make it safely home for the weekend
  • Keep costumes simple so students can move freely during recess and gym
  • At this time we ask that no inflatable costumes are sent

Lastly, we ask that no treats are sent to share with friends or with the class at this time. We will be providing a couple pre-packaged treats for our students to enjoy on behalf of the Sparling Staff.

Thank you for your support and understanding! Stay tuned for more information regarding how Sparling School will be sharing pictures in lieu of a Halloween Parade.

Sparling Safety Reminder!

Crosswalk & Staff Parking Lot

Please ensure you are using the crosswalk when entering or leaving school. It is vital we model this for our students as we have a very busy intersection. As well we need to ensure we are not dropping off or picking up from the staff parking lot. Thank you for your cooperation.
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Illness Protocol/Procedure

Sparling School follows the AHS guidelines and the BRSD School Re-entry plan. If a student or staff member shows Covid-related symptoms during the school day, they will leave the school as soon as possible and be isolated in the meantime. When a student is sick, the student will continue to wear a mask if they can do so safely. Covid related symptoms requiring a person to isolate legally are:

  • Fever
  • Cough (worsening)
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing (worsening)
  • Sore Throat
  • Runny Nose

When a student needs to go home with one of the above symptoms we need to follow Alberta Health's guidelines at this time. For a student to return to school they will need to be at home for 10 days and be symptom free or if a COVID test is done and is negative he/she can return if symptom free.

If your child has a pre-exisitng condition please contact us at the school and we can provide you the medical form needed.

Literacy Idea for At Home

Learning Letters on the Go! All you need is a paper plate, marker, and scissors. Have your child find the letter and fold it down! You can practice with uppercase and lowercase letters or if your child knows their letters already change to sight words!!

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Numeracy at Home!

Try sorting and adding numbers. Once sorted you can always start some adding or subtracting questions to expand the activity.
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Friends of Sparling Fundraising Letter

Lockdown Parent Letter - Information

Canadian Parents for French

If you are interested in joining Canadian Parents for French, CPF Membership Fees 2020-2021 are free to March 31st, 2021. CPF is a national organization that provides information and support to parents and access to resources and youth opportunities for learning and using French as a Second Language. Find out more information by visiting the CPF website:

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Sparling School Council Meeting

Monday, Oct. 26th, 6:30pm

5216 52 Avenue

Camrose, AB