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Jan 07
Bienvenue 2021! Happy New Year!
It was so wonderful to see so many smiling faces enter the building yesterday.  Students were eager to share how they spent their two weeks at home and excited to reconnect with their friends and teachers.   

As we experience number fluctuations in attendance, due to the optional 2-week L@H and new registrations, we are adjusting our cohort groupings in order to keep grade level students together and also continue to comply with the provincial guidelines.   More information will be shared with you as numbers are confirmed and decisions are finalized.  

As physical education continues to be outdoors daily (weather permitting), we are very thankful for the unusually warm January temperature.  M. Labossière has been incredible at keeping students active and engaged outdoors.  It is critical that students have warm winter boots, snow pants and mittens and a toque with them every day.  We recommend at least 2 pairs of mittens in case they become too wet to keep hands warm.  Also, please ensure that your child’s name is written on clothing labels so that lost items can be returned.  

A friendly reminder that the report card viewing link will close on January 11th.  If you have not had a chance to view your child’s report card (grades 1-4 only), we encourage you to do so shortly.  

With COVID vaccines slowly being rolled out, we are hopeful that we will soon begin to return to “pre-COVID” type of activities at school.  While we patiently wait for it to be safe for the province to announce these changes, we will continue to be diligent with our safety measures at school and thank you for your support encouraging your child to wear a mask, wash their hands often and respect the 2m distancing. 

Tri-conferences will take place during the week of February 8th, starting with the Monday morning.  More information will be sent home via email in the near future.  

Wishing everyone a healthy January! 
Dec 07
December News

Happy December École Crane families,

Another beautifully mild day to start the week.  We have been so fortunate to have Mother Nature cooperate with us – outdoor physical education is so much more enjoyable when the temperatures are reasonable.  A special shout-out to M. Labossiere for the amazing work that he is doing keeping our students physically active and engaged outside each and every day.

We have noticed a considerable drop in student absences over the past couple of weeks.  Thank you for your help in keeping everyone healthy by following recommended health protocols (getting flu shots, mask-wearing, handwashing, and keeping your child home if there are any signs of illness).  As a community, we are all reaping the benefits of this increased diligence in safely practices. 

Our school's report cards will be available online for viewing on Thursday, December 10th for students in grades 1-4 (kindergarten students receive one report card in June).  It is a printable document if you wish to do so at home.  Teachers have spent much time (really since the first day of classes!) collecting data about your child to create a document that represents your child's learning and progress. As always, at any time throughout the school year, should you have any questions or concerns about your child's learning, please feel free to contact your child's teacher. Teachers are always pleased to discuss student learning and plans with you. 

The two-week winter break is fast approaching.  This is a well-deserved break for students and staff.  I am incredibly proud of how our school community has pulled together to work collaboratively during these most unusual times in order to maintain a safe, respectful, warm and welcoming learning environment for all.  Although 2020 has left us wishing for many things, we have so much to be thankful for. 

A reminder that there is no school on Friday, December 11th.   As announced last week, there will be no school on Monday, January 4th, 2021.  Our division has designated this day as our third staff professional development day, which was approved by Manitoba Education.

All staff will be ready and excited to welcome students back to classes on Tuesday, January 5th.  As per the email sent by the division last week, if you plan to select the 2-week temporary remote option for the first two weeks of January, please contact me by December 14th.   

The month of December also brings us closer to the holiday season for many of us.   On behalf of the staff, we thank you for your ongoing support during this last term and wish you a safe and enjoyable end to 2020, and health and prosperity for 2021!

On behalf of our entire school community, we thank everyone in advance for following public health orders as plans are made for the winter break.  It will be by each of us doing our part that we will get through this together.

Sep 15
Thrilled to be back!
We are only a week into the start of classes and our staff is so impressed with how well students are adapting to our new “norms” in the building due to COVID.  It is amazing how resilient children can be with the support of caring adults at home and at school.  Thank you for your continued support with reminders and encouragement for your child(ren). 
I know you have received this information a couple of times already, but I am posting here as well for easy reference:
Cohort Groupings: 
Cohort A – 1 Birouk/Briscese, 1/2 Gibson/Steadman, 1/2 Reis
Cohort B – 1/2 Lavoie, 2/3 Sutherland-Brown, 2/3 Lezlie
Cohort C – 2/3 Carolyne, 3/4 Josée, 4 Bureau
Kindergarten students will be their own cohort

Before school waiting areas: (supervision provided at 8:20 a.m.)
Kindergarten courtyard
     o Kindergarten students
East Side of Hardtop (play structure area)
     o Cohort A – 1 Birouk/Briscese, 1/2 Gibson/Steadman, 1/2 Reis
West Side of Hardtop (large basketball court area)
     o Cohort B – 1/2 Lavoie 2/3 Sutherland-Brown, 2/3 Carolyne
Dome and field areas
     o Cohort C – 2/3 Lezlie, 3/4 Josée, 4 Bureau

A friendly reminder to parents and guardian that when on school property, physical distancing of 2 metres from other families is required.  We thank you in advance for respecting these safety protocols in order to keep everyone safe. 

Despite the many changes that needed to happen in the building, we remain committed to providing a safe, warm and welcoming learning environment for each child.  We appreciate that you have entrusted your child(ren) in our care and we do not take this responsibility lightly.  

Be safe, be kind and be well.

Jul 16
Be well this summer!

​It has been an interesting end to the school year - one for the record books for sure. 

Although we don't yet know what the fall return will look like exactly, we know that our students are resilient and we will get through this together. While we wait for more information from the province, I hope that everyone is able to enjoy their summer with family and friends. 

Once there is more information to share, I will send it along to families in an email.

Please continue to take care, stay safe and be well.

May 20
We are in this together!

So much has happened since I last updated this blog in March!  It has now been 8 full weeks without students in our school due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  How we miss them dearly!   

This is an unprecedented time in education, and we are navigating new waters. COVID-19 has changed the face of educationRemote online learning and working at home is our new reality for the remainder of this school year. As we all adjust to this new way of learning, we need to remember to be patient and kind to ourselves and others.  

Teachers are working diligently to create meaningful remote learning experiences for your children. With the Home Learning function of Seesaw, this has been the main platform for teaching and learning.  Staff are now beginning to experiment with using Microsoft Teams for individual and small group learning and sharing.  We would like to thank you for your ongoing patience and flexibility as we do our best during these unusual times.   

Teachers will also continue to be in contact with you with updates and to let you know how things are going. If you have questions about pacing, the material your child is learning, or are unsure how to use the technology associated with some lessons, as always, please feel free to contact your child's teacher. We are all here to answer questions as best we can. At this point, there are still many more questions than answers. 

Please remember to check our Pembina Trails School Division website for the latest COVID-19 updates from the division and the province.  

It is lovely seeing you as Catou and I make our rounds throughout our (very large!) catchment areas.  I have been touched by the warm welcome and encouraging comments. 

I wish everyone continued health and happiness.  I look forward to seeing everyone back at school whenever that may happen.

Be well, 

Brenda Stewart

Mar 09
Hoping for an early spring!

February has come and gone in a heartbeat – always so many things to celebrate in this short month!  (Okay, it was a day longer this year!)

Thank you to Mme Steadman and Mme Sala for all the activities and guest readers during I Love to Read (and write and sing) week.  It is so wonderful to see the students so engaged in these activities offered by teachers. 

Thank you to our families for volunteering for our Festival du Voyageur activities last week.  The pancake snack is always greatly appreciated by students and staff.  Full bellies all around that day!

Our Scholasic Book Fair was a tremendous success this year.  Over $1000 was raised toward new books for the library.  Thank you to parents who purchased books for their child’s classroom library.  These purchases are much appreciated by students and teacher alike.  

Our Kindergarten Information Session was very well received.  We have 45 registrations to date, which means 2 classes of kinders for next year.  If you know of any children who should be attending kindergarten next year, please encourage their families to register soon – it helps enormously in case we need to hire another teacher for a third class.

Students filled 3 large bins (418 food items!) with donations of non-perishable food for Winnipeg Harvest.  Thank you for your generosity. 

2020/2021 intention forms were emailed home last month so families can confirm whether their child(ren) will return to Crane in the fall.  This information helps us plan for staffing and classroom configurations. 

As last year, we will no longer be accepting any Schools of Choice outside of PT school division.  SOC accepted within division will be very limited, if any, as well.  This is due to the growth of the FI program and schools needing to keep spaces open for catchment students. 

The grades 3 and 4 choirs performed wonderfully at the Winnipeg Music Festival on March 3rd and 4th.   Bravo les amis!  Thank you Mme Davey for your dedication to making this annual event such a success.

On March 13th, teachers will write the students' report cards for the second term. Over the past few months, teachers have been collecting a variety of evidence from each child.  This information will conveyed to you through the marks and comments in the report card.  Teachers strive to represent all aspects of student learning in one document, which is no small feat. The resulting report card is a snapshot of your child's progress, a moment in time in their development.  When report cards go live at the end of the month, please take a moment to celebrate the success and goal achieved thus far this year.

Jan 17
Bienvenue 2020!

Happy New Year to our École Crane family!  I hope that your winter break was filled with happiness and family time. 

The weather is keeping us on our toes these days!  Please remember to send your child with at least 2 pairs of mittens or gloves each day, as students go out three times each day when recess is outdoors.  It is also a good idea to keep a full change of clothes in your child's backpack, just in case. 

When the weather does turn frigid, please remember to listen for announcements about bus cancellations.  If the temperature drops to -45C (with wind chill), schools remain open but buses do not run.  If buses do not run in the morning, they do not run in the afternoon regardless of the temperature.  You may check our Twitter feed @EcoleCrane for these announcements.

Tri-conferences will be taking place at the end of the month.  The site is to book your tri-conference meeting with your child’s teacher(s) will be open on Monday, January 20th.  Tri-conferences will be held on January 30th from 3:30 – 8:00 pm and on January 31st from 8:30 – 11:30 am.  (Mme Châtel will also offer tri-conferences on January 29th from 3:30 - 6:15 pm in order to accommodate all students.)  We look forward to meeting with you.  

Here is the link  You will use the same username and password that you used to book the Strong Beginnings appointment, and your first term tri-conference. If you have any difficulties booking your appointment, please contact the office and we will be happy to assist you. 

Due to the limited number of spots for specialists teachers, we ask that if you met with Mme Davey and/or M. Labossiere during the fall tri-conferences, that you please allow other families the opportunity to book this term.

Please remember to check out our website regularly so that you can keep up to date with what is happening in and around our classrooms. 

Have a lovely January.  Keep warm!

Dec 10
Season's Greetings to all!

​Even the bitter cold doesn't damper the excitement in the air.  It is not hard to tell that winter break is fast approaching. 

Reports cards for students in grades 1- 4 will be available online as of midnight this evening.  Please click on the link below, or see the link on the bottom of the website to access your child's report card.

Please remember that report cards are a snapshot of your child's learning at this point in the year. Goal setting is an important component of our students' success and as students reflect on their accomplishments from the first term, it is important that we celebrate their learning and growth and to encourage them to strive to do their best in all of their academic and behavioural goals.

Our winter concert, Rêves et Berceuses will be next Monday, December 16th.  Please see the complete details on who performs when on the website calendar or feature story. 

As outdoor winter play often involves snow, please remember to pack an extra set of mittens in your child's backpack each day.  When the weather is -27 degrees Celcius or above, students go outside to play 3 times a day.  If your child is missing toques or mittens, please encourage them to look through our Lost and Found bins.  They are overflowing!

If you have an abundance of unworn mittens or socks at home, please consider sending some to school with your child to place on our Kindess Tree in the foyer.

If your child takes the school bus to school, please remember to check our website on days where it is particularly cold.  Buses will not operate when the actual temperature reaches or exceeds -35 or when the wind chill reaches -45.  If you have any concerns about getting your child safely to and from school, please keep them at home.

The week of December 16th will be Spirit Week for staff and students.  If your child would like to participate, please have them dress according to the following themes:

Monday, December 16th: Dress-up/Formal Day

Tuesday, December 17th: Festive/Santa Hat Day

Wednesday, December 18th: Holiday Sweater Day

Thursday, December 19th: Pajama Day

Friday, December 20th: Red and Green Day

We will be having our annual Red and Green assembly at 1:15 pm on Friday, December 20th.  We hope you are able to join us for this short, but festive, gathering.

On behalf of all of the staff at Ecole Crane, I would like to extend the warmest of holiday wishes to all.  Happy Kwanzaa,  Happy Hanukkah, and Merry Christmas from our family to yours.  

We look forward to a joyful and prosperous 2020!

Nov 05

​"The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled."  (Plutarch) 

Happy November!  The sun sure can be decieving!  The cold weather has certainly arrived.  We already have quite the collection of toques and mittens, among other items, in our Lost and Found, so please remind your child to have a look in the bin if they are missing items.  Although the days are getting shorter and cooler, we encourage you to continue to spend time outdoors with your child.   

October was a busy month for staff and students.  Many thanks to parents and students that were able to attend tri-conferences.  If you were unable to attend, please feel free to contact your child's teacher(s) to book an appointment to come in to discuss your child's progress.  First term report cards, for students in grades 1-4, are scheduled to be available for viewing on-line in just over a month.  Reminders and links to access the reports will be emailed home as time draws nearer.   

Looking at our November events, we would like to invite you to attend our Remembrance Day Assembly that will be held at 10:30 a.m. on November 8th in the gym.  There will not be classes on the 11th due to Remembrance Day, or on the 25th due to a divisional professional development day.  Photo retakes will be in the afternoon of the 13th.   Our Winter Concert will be on December 16th for our students in morning kindergarten, grade 1 classes and the grade 1/2 class, so please save the date!  A detailed information letter will be sent home shortly.  

Please note, throughout the school year, we will be conducting ten Fire Drills, two Lockdown Drills, and two Tornado Drills.  Teachers discuss the rationale and procedures with students prior to the drill, to ensure that our school community is prepared in the event of an emergency.  We have had 4 fire drills to date.

Have a wonderful month everyone!

Oct 05
Autumn has arrived!

​The cool weather of autumn has arrived more quickly than anticipated.  As the mornings are crisp, so begins the task of digging out the gloves and the toques for our Active Start morning walks.  Temperatures fluctuate greatly as the day progresses so please remember to send layers for your children so they can be comfortable throughout the day.  Splash pants and boots are also required items at this time of year. Being outside daily, even when the weather is cool and the ground is wet, is so important for children.  We hope you are able to enjoy the fresh air outside with your children in the late afternoons and the weekend. 

Thank you to all who came out to say hello at our "Open House" and to the families that attended our Grade 1 & 2 Literacy Evening.  It was lovely to have so many families join us for these events.  Attending events like this sends a powerful message to your child about the importance of the home and school community supporting each other.  As well, thank you to all students who attended our Strong Beginnings days. We appreciate the effort that it takes on the part of families to ensure that their children are able to participate in these worthwhile assessments.  These meetings provide essential information to teachers so they can better prepare their instruction and more clearly understand the learning needs and styles of their students. 

We will have our first Parent/Teacher/Student tri-conferences this week.  Please see our school calendar for details.  These conferences are very important in the development of relationships with families and the setting of learning goals for students. Your involvement and presence are important to your children, to the culture of our school and to the improvement in overall student achievement.  

Our SGTC Farm to School veggie fundraiser is underway.  Over the next few weeks I will be taking pictures of students gobbling up their veggies during the lunch hour to add to our "Veggie Wall of Fame" bulletin board outside the office. 

Please note, throughout the school year, we will be conducting ten Fire Drills, two Lockdown Drills, and two Tornado Drills.  Teachers discuss the rationale and procedures with students prior to the drill, to ensure that our students are prepared in the event of an emergency.  We have conducted 3 fire drills to date and the students have been exemplary in quickly exiting the building.

Allergy Aware reminder: We offer a safe, caring and inclusive environment by being "allergy aware". Peanuts, tree nuts, or any products containing peanuts/tree nuts should not be brought to school.  Individual classrooms may have students with additional allergies that may cause anaphylactic reactions.  Classroom teachers will share this information with families in the fall.  We appreciate your support with being "allergy aware".

Have a wonderful month of October! 

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