Good afternoon everyone. 2018 has started out with a bang! January was a splendid month with many exciting learning activities. Here is the January 2018 edition of ‘Telling Our Story’:
Artist in Residence – Evergreen Theatre
Green Dot Mornings
A Visit from Pepper
Scientists in the School
Snack Shack Preparation
Thank you for taking some time to view ‘Telling Our Story’.
February 14, 2018
Please read this letter from our Superintendent, Mr. Chris Smeaton:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the students, parents, and staff for all the support you have given me. Our Lady of the Assumption School is a wonderful learning community. I am excited about the opportunity to serve the learning community at Father Leonard Van Tighem School, but I will miss all the terrific people at OLA.
This year we decided to implement the Collaborative Response Model (CRM) here at Our Lady of the Assumption School. CRM is a process created by Jigsaw Learning (Kurtis and Lorna Hewson). The CRM is designed to meet the needs of all learners in a school community. There are three essential components to the CRM: Collaborative Team Meetings, Assessments, and Pyramid of Interventions.
Collaborative Team Meetings: Time is embedded in the regular week for teachers to collaborate and discuss the learning needs of their students. Collaborative meetings are structured with an agreed upon agenda, student-focused, on task, and action-oriented.
Assessments: Assessment data is gathered from all students. The data is used to drive instruction and help identify students on the continuum of supports (or pyramid of interventions).
Pyramid of Interventions: A visual organizer is created to identify current levels of support. Tier I is universal, and students only require high-quality classroom instruction. Tier II includes students that need additional classroom supports. Tier III includes students that would benefit from additional school supports. Finally, Tier IV includes students that require intensive school supports.
CRM is a comprehensive school-wide system that ensures no student slips through the cracks. Please click on this link to see more information about CRM from Jigsaw Learning http://jigsawlearning.ca/
It will take us some time to establish our CRM here at school, but we are committed to providing high-quality classroom instruction and supporting all of our learners.
Hello from Our Lady of the Assumption School. Sorry for the lateness, but here is the latest edition of ‘Telling Our Story’. Pretty soon we will be posting the January edition.
Red and Green Day
December was a wonderful month. Thank you for taking some time to look at the excellent activities last month.
Please see the below letter from Evergreen Theatre regarding the Artist in Residency program we are having at Our Lady of the Assumption School this week. Also, thank you to the Alberta Foundation of the Arts, Prime Catering, and our own Parent Fundraising Committee for sponsoring this outstanding opportunity for our students.
Alberta Education Survey
Alberta Education is conducting the annual Accountability Pillar Surveys from January to end of February 2018. These surveys are very important and help guide our school. Parents of students of grade 4 will receive a survey mailed to their homes directly from Alberta Education. In February, all students in grade 4 – 6 and all teachers will be completing their surveys online through the school.
All surveys are anonymous, and no reports will be issued if the number of respondents is fewer than six to further protect the privacy of respondents. Respondents are expected to answer the questions based on the experiences they have had at our school.
We strongly encourage your participation as the results help us identify our school and jurisdiction’s strengths and weaknesses. Survey results will be available to jurisdictions by the start of May 2018 and will be reported publicly by jurisdictions as part of the Annual Education Results Reports in the fall of 2018.
Also, please note if you answer “don’t know” on the survey questions, it indirectly becomes a “no” response. Please see the below example:
The Accountability Survey will report that only 11% of our parents believe “High School students demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for learning throughout their lifetime.” Please contact me if you have any questions regarding any questions on the survey.
Thank you for participating in the survey.