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May 28 - Update

 

Good afternoon Lamont Elementary families:

 

I hope all of you are doing well and staying healthy. As we embark on Week 8 of alternative learning, I want to provide you with a brief update about what to expect between now and the end of the school year.

LEARNING: 2019-20
As you know, Alberta Education has confirmed in-school classes are suspended for the remainder of the school year. As such, Lamont Elementary will continue to teach students through alternative instruction.

The last day of alternative instruction is June 19, 2020—no further lessons or posting of material will occur after this date. The following week, between June 22-26, the school will remain open for families to return borrowed materials and equipment and discuss last-minute questions about programming options and tentative plans for the 2020-21 school year. You will receive an email with some information about booking a time slot to come into the school on Wednesday, June 24 or Thursday, June 25. Your child’s teacher will be available to collect any borrowed items as well as to say a socially distanced and safe goodbye. We are asking that all borrowed items be returned including library books, textbooks and chrome books by the end of day on Thursday, June 25. If you do not have any borrowed items, you are still welcome to sign up for a time slot to come in and say goodbye. This of course, is optional! In the meantime, if you have any other questions or concerns, contact the school directly. Administration will do its best to answer your queries and provide further information. 

Additional Resources

EIPS has developed an Alternative Learning toolkit for families and students. The toolkit includes a series of frequently asked questions, various learning resources and supplemental lessons, and how-to tips to support student learning. It also lists mental health resources families can access to help navigate the pandemic.

EIPS Alternative Learning Toolkit

ASSESSMENT

While in-school classes are cancelled, students are still expected to continue with their studies, to the best of their ability. Next year, the subjects and courses students take will rely on the skills and knowledge developed this year. So, it’s important to keep up with the lessons offered through alternative learning. That said, all who were on track to progress to the next grade, before the cancellation of in-school classes, will do so.

Report Cards

Each student will receive an end-of-year report card directly on PowerSchool on June 26. The report card is slightly different from previous reporting periods. Instead of the CSL Report Card, students will receive a new report card, with final grades and comments directly on PowerSchool.

Assessing students in kindergarten to Grade 3:

  • For language arts and mathematics, students will receive a single, cumulative mark, using the CSL Achievement Scale, based on learning throughout the school year.
  • For science and social studies, students will receive a single, cumulative mark, using the CSL Achievement Scale, based on learning from the beginning of the school year to when in-school classes were suspended on March 15, 2020.
  • For all other subjects, students will not receive a mark.

Assessing students in grades 4 to 6:

  • For language arts, mathematics, science and social studies, students will receive a single, cumulative mark, using the CSL Achievement Scale, based on learning throughout the school year.
  • For all other subjects, students will not receive a mark.

SCHOOL FEES AND TRANSPORTATION FEES

EIPS is currently reviewing school fees and transportation fees for the 2019-20 school year. Once it’s determined the amounts owed back, families will see a credit on their child’s PowerSchool account under “fees.” For some families, the full credit will not appear until the end of the year—when all loaned materials are returned to the school, such as technology equipment and library books. Families can use the credit toward fees for the 2020-21 school year or request a refund.

STUDENT TRANSPORTATION

For families requiring Student Transportation services, make sure your child is registered so the Division can plan routes accordingly. Students who indicated needing transportation services through the Returning Student Registration Process are now registered. Families will receive tentative route schedules shortly.

For those students who didn’t indicate needing transportation service through the Returning Student Registration Process and want to now register, simply contact EIPS Student Transportation at 780-417-8151 or email st@eips.ca. For more information about EIPS Student Transportation visit eips.ca/transportation.

THANK YOU!
Lastly, on behalf of everyone at Lamont Elementary, we want to take a moment to thank students and their families for their efforts over the last few weeks, adapting to alternative instruction. We know it’s an adjustment for everyone. So, thank you for your patience, for your contribution and for your feedback.

Sincerely,

Judy Anderson
Principal

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