Ross Glen Road Runner Reporter

October 2021

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) In what ways will deepening our understanding and implementation of research-based literacy practices impact student learning?

  • Professional Learning around the Science of Reading and the five pillars of literacy

  • Impactful instruction (ELP-grade 6 small group instruction, differentiated instruction, skill inventories, implementing sounds walls, heart words. morphology

  • Collaboration with Division Optimal Learning Coaches

  • School Literacy Committee

2) To what extent can our focus on the wellness of students and staff contribute to the overall sense of wellbeing at Ross Glen School?

  • Motivational Monday with Nick

  • Relationships (among peers/adults)

  • Comprehensive School Health team (Health Champion, Wellness Champion, FSLW, Success Coach, admin) will plan staff and student activities

  • School Wellness Committee

  • Connection- opportunities to connect with others


Establishing classroom routines are essential. Our grade sixes are preparing for literacy centers by teaching the same center to each group, with a focus on the routines required for successful centers.

Meeting Spots

Please have a plan with your child for where to meet at dismissal time. If you meet your child at the back of the school, please find a location away from the tarmac as we have classes using that space for dismissal and we want to ensure physical distancing is taking place from our class cohorts.

Student Absences

We encourage families to use SafeArrival to report your child's absence, however if you do choose to phone the school and leave a voicemail regarding your child's absence, please state the reason why they are away.

With SafeArrival, you are asked to report your child’s absence in advance using any of these 3 convenient methods:

1. Using your mobile device, download and install the SchoolMessenger app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store or the link at The first time you use the app, select Sign Up to create your account. Select Attendance then Report an Absence.

2. Use the SafeArrival website, The first time you use the website, select Sign Up to create your account. Select Attendance then Report an Absence.

3. Call the toll-free number 1-833-219-9070 to report an absence using the automated phone system.

These options are available 24 hours/day, 7 days a week. Future absences can be reported at any time.

If you report your child’s absence in advance using the SafeArrival toll-free number, website or mobile app, you will NOT receive a phone call from the school.

Please report absences in advance using SafeArrival instead of sending notes or calling/emailing the school.

If you have children attending other schools, please continue to report absences using the existing procedures for those schools.

Attendance Codes

When reporting your child absent, please use the appropriate code. An example of when you would use the "unavoidable" code is if the child can't get to school due to a car not starting due to weather and there is no other way for the child to get to school.
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Daily COVID-19 Health Checklist

Alberta Health Services released a new daily checklist. Please refer to it daily prior to sending your child to school. You cooperation in keeping our school community healthy is appreciated.

Spirit Day Photos

Terry Fox Run

Orange Shirt Day


October School Events

Oct. 4th-8th: Inside Out Spirit Week

Wednesday, October 6th: Payment deadline for Oct. 15th Hot lunch

Sunday, October 10th: World Mental Health Day

Monday, October 11th: Thanksgiving Day - No School

Tuesday, October 12th: Picture Day

Friday, October 15th: Hot Lunch

Monday, October 18th: Professional Learning Day- no school for students

Wednesday, October 20th: Payment deadline for Oct. 29th Hot lunch

Friday, October 29th: Spirit Day Then is Halloween (student can be dressed up all day)

Friday, October 29th: Parties in the afternoon

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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

School Council

Thank you to our School Parent Council members for their hard work in supporting our school this year.

Chair: Jessie Ruckaber

Secretary: Megan Knodel

Treasurer: Nicole Nikiel

We would like to thank Elizabeth Gebhardt for her many years of service on School Council. She will continue to be an active member on council, but not be part of the executive.

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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