Messages from CIS Principals 

Teachers and students from Nursery to Grade 2 have been very busy adapting to their new distance learning classrooms. There has been excitement, challenges, successes, sharing and lots of learning! As we all know, learning online is much different than learning in the classroom but we are committed to doing the best we can. Teachers are continuing to build their classroom communities and, depending on the year levels, posting videos of themselves reading books, giving instructions, singing, celebrating birthdays, promoting physical fitness, doing art, having morning meetings, and providing feedback on completed work. Live Zoom sessions are a great way for students to interact with each other and the teacher. We are happy that your children are on this learning journey with us! 

Ms. Karen Holmes

Nursery to Grade 2


All of the students and teachers, Grades 3 to 9, are adapting to the new reality of Distance Learning. There are many challenges associated with this transition for students, teachers and parents and we very much appreciate all that parents are doing to support their children as we work together to provide the very best educational opportunities available, regardless of the platform. Teachers are tracking closely the outcomes of our Accredited Alberta Education Curriculum, and are ensuring that all key concepts are thoroughly covered with their students. This diligence will give students all of the academic background necessary to move seamlessly through this world recognized curriculum. We are modifying our “at home” class schedules to reflect the increasing online and organizational skills of our students and will have a final schedule published this week. We know that students need independent work time and this will be balanced against video and live broadcasts in these schedules. There are many new skills being learned by our students that we know will benefit them when we return to the regular classroom setting. These are challenging and exciting times, and we are proud to support our students through them! 

Mr. Barry Squires

Grade 3 to Grade 9

Community Expectations

Students

Students are expected to: 

  • check their Seesaw or Google Classroom accounts for posted materials and live class times
  • attend live sessions on Zoom
  • engage daily with the materials posted online, attend live sessions, and complete tasks as instructed
  • wear their CIS shirts when online
  • complete a weekly reflection (Grades 3 to 9)

Teachers

Teachers have commited to: 

  • posting curriculum content on Seesaw and/or Google Classroom regularly, dependent upon grade level and needs of students
  • using Zoom as a live video web tool to host video conferences with the entire class in real-time 
  • hosting online office hours where they can be available for contact
  • ensuring quality, rigor and quantity of student work

Parents

We ask parents to support distance learning efforts by: 

  • checking Seesaw and/or Google Classroom regularly
  • supporting their children where required to access online materials and resources
  • ensuring that students are online for the scheduled live classes through Zoom
  • providing some basic supplies for their children to complete tasks

Seesaw (Nursery to Grade 5): Using this platform, teachers can provide students with feedback and send back work if there are corrections to be made. 

Google Classroom (Grade 5 to 9): This facilitates communication between teachers and students as well as streamlines educational workflow. It allows teachers to create classes, post assignments, organize folders, and view work in real-time. 

Attendance: Teachers track how many parents see posts on Seesaw and Google Classroom, and how many students completed activities. They also check in with families who did not join and help parents access Zoom if that is an issue.

Digital Eye Strain Prevention: Students will be required to spend much of their school day online. With this, we have to be mindful of digital eye strain. Many doctors recommend the “20-20-20 Rule”. Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something that is 20 feet away (about six meters).

Extra-Curricular Activities from Home 

ECAs are also an important part of educating a well-rounded student. Here are some ideas and resources for activities to keep children engaged and learning other skills while at home. 

ACTIVITIES GRADE
Indoor activities:

  • balloon hockey 
  • pom pom push
  • pom pom drop
  • straw threading
  • ring toss
  • golf tee hammering
  • ziploc finger painting
  • card slot drop
  • fun with cans
JK-SK
Kitchen tasks:

  • food preparation
  • cooking
JK-SK
Yoga for kids with animals SK-Gr.4
Cardio dance for family fun

(parents and children)

JK+
Zumba For Kids

Zumba® for Kids – “Papi” Jennifer Lopez

Zumba® for Kids – Minions

Zumber® for Kids – I Like to Move It

JK- Gr.4
Clay Art

Clay art for kids | How to Make a Clay Elephant 2

Clay art for kids | How to Make Sun with Clay

How to Make Clay Flower

Clay Art Ideas

JK-Gr.3
Hip hop teens beginner Gr.4+
Hip hop kids beginner SK-Gr.3
Hip hop parents & kids Gr.3+

Thank you for being part of this educational partnership. We can’t do it without you.