Superintendent's Message - March
Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’ ~Robin Williams
In 2021, the spring equinox occurs on Saturday, March 20. Spring also brings feelings of hope, but there are scientific reasons why we feel more hopeful:
- Temperatures are more moderate.
- There is more daylight.
- The birds are returning.
- There are baby animals everywhere.
- You can go outside.
- The leaves and flowers are coming back.
- You can open your windows.
Like spring, school divisions are also amid rebirth, renewal and regrowth. We have begun our planning for a new budget and school year.
Clearview's planning for the 2021-2022 school year is well underway. The Alberta Government announced that Alberta's K-12 education funding would remain relatively consistent next school year. This good news has allowed us to begin budgeting for the new school year, and we will have more details on March 31, 2021.
As much as we hope that with the vaccine's announcement that the pandemic will be non-existent, we have no illusions that COVID will be eradicated by the time the start of school comes up. Therefore, as we review budget lines, we recognize the need to be vigilant with cleaning and following the Alberta Health Services guidelines and the Alberta Government protocols. Student and staff safety continues to be paramount in our planning for next year.
Our community is critical to us to develop a strong education system.
Clearview wants to ensure learner success. We can do that by developing local goals and strategies that address Divisional priorities and align with Alberta Education priorities while reaching out to our community through stakeholder engagement. Our community is critical to us getting this right. We look to build a sense of "assurance" that Clearview is developing a strong educational system that puts student learning at the core of its work. In January, we provided our community with an opportunity to tell us what we should be considering as we enter into the budget season. We want to thank all of you who participated. We are just beginning to wade through the data, but preliminary themes from the exchange are:
- Quality Staff
- Literacy and Numeracy
- Supports available for all students to be successful.
Thanks again for participating in the ThoughtExchange!
What is Early Learning like in Clearview?
Just like spring, we have new beginnings with our Early Learning program. Our shared responsibility is to ensure that your child's first school experience will be a time remembered with joy and a sense of accomplishment. I am proud of Clearview's First Choice Kindergarten programs. The Kindergarten teachers are outstanding and strive to provide enriched, varied, age-appropriate and positive learning experiences for all students with a strong emphasis on Literacy and Numeracy skills.
- What is kindergarten?
Kindergarten is a play-based education program where children discover, explore, and learn about the world around them. Clearview aims to engage children's imagination, creativity and curiosity and help them develop that love of learning. The Kindergarten Curriculum can be found on the Alberta Education website.
- Kindergarten Videos are available for parents to learn more about their teacher and school.
If you are interested in learning more about our Kindergarten Programs, please visit each school website to meet the teacher, see the Kindergarten classroom and learn more about what your child will be doing in a Clearview Kindergarten. Just a reminder, Kindergarten registrations have already opened. I encourage you to register early. In the fall, each child registered in Clearview kindergarten will get a complimentary Clearview kids T-shirt. We are so excited to see Clearview students next fall.
Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) and Occupational Therapist (OT) are positively impacting Clearview students and staff.
In fall 2020, Clearview hired our Speech-language pathologist (Jen Brown) and Occupational therapist (Alana Ell) to provide additional support for children and students from PreK (Start Right) to Grade 12. These two professionals are also training and equipping staff in each school to continue SLP and OT support between consultations. We strongly believe early intervention services can change a child's developmental path and improve outcomes for children, families, and communities. These school-age therapies also help all students meet their educational goals and help them achieve their highest level of independent functioning. We are incredibly excited to have these two professionals focussed on and dedicated to only Clearview students; the impact has been profound. It reminds us that We all belong. We all succeed.
Congratulations to our STAR Award Winners
The Clearview Star Award recognizes staff and community members who have made significant contributions to our school communities through volunteerism, as a community partner, or supported our schools at the school community level. The 2021 Award Winners are:
- Darren Fleishchhacker
- Ellyn Schaffner
- Eileen McComish
Congratulations, and thank you for all that you do!
Congratulations to our Christine Roland as our Edwin Parr Winner.
Christine is at Byemoor School teaching Kindergarten to Grade 9 in almost all subject areas. She will be moving to Zone 4 Edwin Parr competition. We wish her all the best in teaching for many years to come.
Spring Break - March 27 to April 5, 2021
Spring break is just around the corner, and although it will not be a year where we can travel, staying close to home will allow time for us to rest and relax. Enjoy your spring break!