New Brighton School Council

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Recently, our school formed it’s school council.  This is a separate group of parents who act as an advisory group to the school.  While the school council may do some light fundraising to help support and build the school community, the majority of fundraising will still be done via our fundraising association.  Below is an explanation of the two groups and how they have different roles.  Three of our board members are also serving on the school council.

We look forward to working with the school council on helping to ensure we have the best school for our kids.  Please follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NBS.Council/ 

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First Day of School and Other School Info

 

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A back to school information letter and FAQs were sent out to New Brighton school parents today.  We have included a copy of those documents at the bottom of this posting.

Items of note are:

  • First day of school is SEPTEMBER 6.
  • First day of school for grades 1-4 will have the students brought into the gym (with any parents also interested in staying) where teachers and class lists will be presented
  • An open house and an unpack a box even is anticipated for August prior to the school opening
  • The new website for the school and updates on the school can be found at http://www.cbe.ab.ca/newbrighton 
  • Staggered entry times for the Kindergarten students can be found at the Back 2 School link below
  • Parents are asked to fill out the “Top 4 Things You Should Know About My Child” questionnaire at http://goo.gl/forms/ynSc0xooNv to help teachers get to know their child.
  • Parents are asked to fill out lunch registration forms ASAP to help with staffing for September.

Back 2 School – New Brighton 2016   

New Brighton Q and A June14

1st Class – After Class Registraton is Open

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Registration is now open for 1st Class – After Class before and after school care programs at both the New Brighton Clubhouse and at the New Brighton School.  Details on pricing, hours and programming can be found at www.1stclassafterclass.com.  Specific details on each program can be found via the links at the top of the page.  Note that there are separate  registration forms for each program.

Registration forms for the programs can be found on the website or directly via these links:

New Brighton Club After Class Registration: New Brighton Clubhouse After Class Program Registration

New Brighton School After Class Registration: New Brighton School After Class Program Registration

Recap – Grade 1-4 Info Session from May 26

Last night, principal Jeff Hutton and the staff from the New Brighton School held an information session for parents of the 2016/17 grades 1-4 students who will be attending the new school in the fall.  Below is a recap of some of the topics discussed for those who missed it:

In attendance:  Principal Jeff Hutton, Vice Principal Dayna McComish, Administration Secretary Angie Kulba, numerous teachers who have already been hired to work at the school, 1st Class – After Class (designated before and after school program to run out of the school), New Brighton Elementary Parent’s Association

The presentation made by Jeff Hutton can be found here: Presentation Grades 1-4

Points of Note:

School Opening Information:

  • Occupancy of school expected early to mid August
  • Open house will likely be held late August
  • School slated to start on September 6th
  • Unpack a Box evening for volunteer parents to come help unpack and set up the school  will occur in August as well.  Great opportunity for first glimpse of the school, meeting staff and other parents and helping ensure a speedy and effective start to the new school opening.

Communication:

  • Permanent school website will replace current temporary one around mid June.  Same web address will direct you to the new site.
  • Email and texting will likely be options for notifying parents of communications for the school once it opens.  Some emails will be automatic and some you will have to opt in by choice to receive notifications due to anti-spam laws
  • Teachers will have daily agendas, homework and communications via emails to parents

Staffing:

  • Miss Lysak hired as music specialist
  • Will be a physical education specialist hired in some capacity
  • Still hiring more staff, administration positions, lunch room supervisors
  • 3/4 of staff already hired.  The rest to be hired over next few weeks
  • Staff meetings are starting up

Student Transitioning:

  • Staff are being very careful to ensure the students know it will be similar to Acadia and other schools regarding learning programs and such.  New school building but otherwise will be very similar to their previous experiences with school.
  • Principal Hutton has been meeting and working with Acadia staff to help put students together that are friends/familiar so that familiar faces are together in classes to ease transition.  Class lists are not yet made up, however.
  • Principal Hutton has been meeting with Acadia grades 1-3 students to discuss what they would like to see, or see as important to them in their new school.
  • When parent’s decide on the details of where kids will be going for lunch (ie staying at school or going home) they are asked to communicate this to the students.  Don’t assume your children know, but rather communicate it clearly.  Students have been bussing to a school and are used to eating at the school for some time so may need additional reminders.  Parents and school staff will work together to understand where each student should be over lunch.  If there are any uncertainties, students will be kept at the school as a precaution.

School Class Size Expectations (tentative as registration is ongoing)

K     6 classes of 22 students each

1     4 classes of 20 students each

2     4 classes of 22 students each

3     3 classes of 22 students each

4     2 classes of 24 students each

TASC (specialized social skills with younger learners within community and from other areas in the deep SE corner)    1 class of 8-10 students

5     4 classes of 25 students each (consists of both New Brighton and Copperfield children and Dr. Martha Cohen staff and will leave school once new school opens (est. January 2017).

Next Steps for Parents

The parents of the New Brighton School students are asked to complete the steps in the following link as soon as possible to help ease the transitioning.

You only need to complete the CBE Account if you do not yet have one.  If you have one through another school within the CBE, you do not need to complete this step.

Parents are asked to complete the TOP 4 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT MY CHILD by JUNE 15.

LINK:  Next steps for Parents

Q&A From Parents 

Q: Will the soccer field behind the school be fenced in?

A: (JH) There will be no fences on the park side of the school.  This field will be used daily by the students and will be open for access to the school when walking through the park.

Q:Will there be additional transitioning help for students needing it that are coming from alternative schools?

A:  (JH)  If there are children that are coming from alternative schools that parents believe need additional transitioning help, please email the school at newbrighton@cbe.ab.ca.

Q:  When will we know the class lists?

A: (JH) Tentative class lists will be posted on the first day with the teachers waiting at the lists, as is standard with other CBE schools.  They are considered tentative because of ongoing registration and subsequent need to accomodate late registrations as well as any needs that may come up where it may be necessary or beneficial to move students around.  Expect to have students in permanent classes by 10-15 days in with no movement thereafter.  More info on the first day of school will be put on the website.

Q:  Can we please get more informaton on bussing?

A:  (JH) There will be no bussing for New Brighton School.

Q:  Can we get more information on school fees?

A:  (JH) School fees not set yet but typically run around $200 per year for lunch fees for those staying for lunch at the school.  Kindergarten fees are typically around $15 and cover all supplies.  Grades 1-4 typically around $35-40 for supplies.  There will be further discussions around a one time field trip fee upfront at the start of the year versus paying per trip, however this will only be for Kindergarden.  For grades 1-4 there is still too much uncertainty around how the field trips will look for the year so this will need to be done on a trip by trip basis.

Q:  Will there be a swimming program, considering the pools are so far away?

A:  (JH) We will definitely consider a swimming program but it is very difficult to get into the pools if you do not already have an ongoing program.  Chances of a K-4 full school swimming program is unlikely.

Q:  Will there be opportunities for programs (such as skating lessons) at the Resident’s Association Club House?

A:  We are discussing opportunities to utilize the facilities at the clubhouse.

Q:  When can we expect to see a playground?

A:  (JH) Playgrounds run around $200 000 to build.  Fundraising has been ongoing by the NBEPA who have currently raised around $10 000 in the last year.  There are also many grants available to them to help with funding.  Even if funds were available, however, the CBE typically waits one year after opening to assess where puddles form around the school as well as other issues to ensure that playgrounds are placed in ideal locations where there will not be any issues.  As such, there will not be a playground built in the first year.  There will be games, balls and other outdoor toys for the kids to use during recess and lunch breaks.  Staff will be on hand to work with the kids to teach them typical playground games such as four square etc…

(PH – Secretary NBEPA) Verified that Jeff’s assessment of cost and funds raised were correct.  Discussed the importance of volunteers helping with fundraisers and a key part in ensuring we have effective fundraisers and how it allows us to have both more and larger fundraisers that also speed up the process for us.  Typically we are looking for no more than 1-2 hours per event from a parent helper.  More people also means less time commitment.

Additonal Questions/Concerns

Best way to contact the school is currently via email at newbrighton@cbe.ab.ca.  You can request a phone back via email if you prefer to communicate that way.

 

 

 

 

Before and After School Care Options for New Brighton School

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Many of you have been wondering about before and after school care options for New Brighton School.  We now have two options to share with you:

1.  1st Class Preschool which operates out of the New Brighton Resident’s Association Clubhouse, will be offering before and after school care for K (pm only due to space limitations) to 4 classes attending the school.  Hours, pricing and registration information can be found at http://www.newbrighton-1stclasspreschool.com/1st-class-after-class.php.

2.  New Brighton Child Care (the big building down the street at corner of New Brighton Heath and New Brighton Drive) will also be offering before and after school care for K-4 students.  They are a licensed and soon to be accredited program.  They can be reached at 587-471-7735 and/or emailed at newbrightondaycare@gmail.com for more information.

New – Bell Times, Registration and Kindergarten

Principal Jeff Hutton has released some information regarding the school’s bell times, registration for students not currently attending Acadia school and Kindergarten classes.

Bell times will be 8:10 – 3:10pm.  These times are still tentative but should only change by a few minutes so they should allow parents to start planning any before and after school care.  Currently the only before and after school care that we are aware of is 1st Class Preschool at the clubhouse which is setting up before and after school care.

The school is now accepting registration for students not currently attending Acadia school.  Details can be found in the letter.

Please see the letter below for more details on the bell times, contact info for the school, registration and information on programming. NOTE:  there is an error on the document for the Friday dismissal time of the Kindergarten students.  It should read 11:45am, NOT 1:45.

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KINDERGARTEN:

The Kindergarten program has received too many AM and not enough PM requests.  They are hoping that some parents will consider moving to PM.  If this does not happen, they will need to have a draw to decide who attends AM and PM.  They will also be hosting a parent/guardian only open house on June 2 at 6:45pm at Acadia school for the Kindergarten parents.

More information on the Kindergarten orientation and the draw can be found in the letter below:

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This information as posted above is also available on the CBE website at:

http://www.cbe.ab.ca/schools/building-and-modernizing-schools/Pages/new-brighton-elementary.aspx

Dr. Martha Cohen Current Grade 3-4 Accomodation Invite

 This invitation was shared by the CBE regarding an invitation to discuss accomodations for the current grade 3s and 4s that will be attending Dr. Martha Cohen. Please consider attending. This would be a great opportunity for those of you who have expressed concerns about the kids not attending the K-4 school to discuss those concerns. Please be aware that Jeff Hutton is aware of our petition and we will be trying to connect with both him and Sydney Smith to discuss it prior to this meeting

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