Thursday, December 19, 2013

Thursday December 19, 2017

We had an amazing last day of school for 2013! Thanks to everyone who participated in pyjama day - we had a blast! Thank you to the anonymous donor of the free Pizza Lunch!

If you are looking for things to do over the break, here are some suggestions.

1. Read - Raz Kids is a great tool for this, or reading books, magazines, even the paper will do the trick.  The Calgary Public Library is open during the holidays - it is a great place to visit and explore new types of text (and movies too!)
2. Cook - encourage students to read recipes for you and be involved in the cooking process. Encourage students to use their math skills to measure out exactly what you need for your meals!
3. Learning Links - to the right you will find a list of educational websites which students can visit at your discretion.

No school for students tomorrow.

Have a safe and happy holiday season! See you on January 6, 2014!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Wednesday December 18,2013

Reminder for Tomorrow!
PJ Day – You can wear appropriate pyjamas to school (clean and covered PJ’s please)
-you MUST wear snow pants if you wear PJ’s (or pants to put overtop for outdoors)
-you can bring a stuffie (not too big)
Pizza lunch –everyone gets a free pizza, juice and a bag of chips and you can stay at school for lunch.

Join your neighbours for some SKATING and hot chocolate!
When: Saturday, January 4th between 1:30pm and 3:30pm
Where: The skating rink in Vista Heights just North of Valleyview Road
Who: Anyone who likes to skate, or who likes hot chocolate, marshmallows and
visiting with neighbours.
For more information, please call the Crossroads
Community Association at (403) 277‐6201

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Tuesday December 17, 2013

Today we had the chance to sing together as a school! We sang Jingle Bells, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and Let it Snow! Ask your child to sing these songs with you.

Question of the day: What does compromise mean? Please discuss this concept with your child.

Reminder for Thursday, December 19th:
PJ Day – You can wear appropriate pyjamas to school (clean and covered PJ’s please)
-you MUST wear snow pants if you wear PJ’s (or pants to put overtop for outdoors)
-you can bring a stuffie (not too big)
Pizza lunch –everyone gets a free pizza, juice and a bag of chips and you can stay at school for lunch

Friday, December 13, 2013

Friday December 13, 2013

Please remember that all students are required to be in attendance for BOTH shows.

If you are unable to attend the evening performance, please drop your child off.
The doors open at 6:10pm.
They will meet in their classroom and wait for their performance time.
The entire show is expected to be finished by 7:15pm and all students can be picked up at their classroom.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Thursday December 12, 2013

Please note...
Gr. 2/3 Digital Champions Club is CANCELLED this Friday due to the QUEST Theatre performances.  Students will have the opportunity to share the Read + Write Gold program with classes next week.  Watch for new Digital Champion clubs beginning in January.

Here is some information that you will need to know for Friday
- Please bring your tickets as we will be collecting them at the door
- Doors will open at 6:10pm for the evening performance
- Students will gather in their classrooms with their classroom teachers
- The performance will take approximately 45 minutes (starting at 6:30pm)
- All students can be picked up from their individual classrooms after the presentation is complete.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wednesday December 11, 2013

Students are really excited about their roles and performances in their upcoming virtues play that they have been practicing with Lara from Quest Theater. Ask your child about their role and how they are expected to perform. We hope you got your tickets. Its going to be a great show.
Aside from performance practices, students enjoyed drawing Christmas symbols in Art and continued working on their  summaries from our Science unit on Plants.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tuesday December 10,2013

Purdy’s Chocolate Orders have arrived!
                -you can pick up your order from your child’s classroom
                -after the Quest performance on Friday, December 13th – is an ideal time!

Quest Theatre
Our students will share their work with their parents/guardians on Friday, December 13th at 1:30 and 6:30. Please check the yellow notice which came home yesterday as it outlines how to receive tickets for the performance.
Ticket requests must be submitted by tomorrow Wednesday, December 11.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Monday December 9, 2017

Quest Theatre!
Artists from Quest Theatre will be working with our staff and students to create a story about specific virtues this week. There will be an opportunity for our students to share their work with their parents/guardians on Friday, December 13th at 1:30 and 6:30. Please check the yellow notice which came home today as it outlines how to receive tickets for the performance.

Our class virtue is courage. Please discuss this virtue with your child. What is courage? What is an example of courage? Why is this virtue important?

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Wednesday December 4, 2013

Today's learning tasks: using badminton rackets and birdies in gym, writing Cinquain poems to go with our art, demonstrating place value with manipulatives in math, listening to Anabelle share her writing from her trip to Cuba, and paragraph writing in Science about plants.

Ask your child:
- what the difference is between 'badminton' and 'volleyball'
- to recite the numbers 1-10, colors  and greetings in French
- about our new virtue of the month "FAIRNESS".  How do they plan to model fairness?  What is the difference between fairness and equality.   Can they give you an example or 'fairness'?  'equality'?

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Tuesday December 3, 2013

Unfortunately, due to the weather, a number of students were absent today and missed out on
a fabulous presentation about flowers from Julie and Kayla, instructors from Kananaskis in the Classroom!

If your child was here today please ask what they learned and what their favourite part of this presentation was.

Parent Teacher Interviews/Student Led Conferences
It is very important that I have a chance to meet with you and your child regarding their learning thus far. Please visit the following link ( book a time to meet with me this Thursday evening or Friday morning. If you have any problems booking an appointment, please email me and I can help you.

Important Dates for December
December 5 & 6 - Parent Teacher Conferences
December 9 to 13 - Quest Theatre
December 13 - Quest Theatre Performances at 1:30 and 6:30
December 17 to 19 - Seasonal Singing
December 19 - Free Pizza Lunch for all and Pyjama Day *Last day of school for students*
January 6 - Students return to school from winter break

Mrs. Jackman

Monday, December 2, 2013

Monday December 2, 2013

Student Led Conferences
Please visit this webpage  to sign up for a time to visit with me this Thursday and Friday. If you have any difficulty booking a time, please feel free to email me and I can book it for you.

Photo Retakes
Retakes were sent home last week. Please note that all orders are due tomorrow.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Friday Nov.29,2013

Parent Teacher Conferences
Correction: In previous blogs I stated that the conferences were available to be booked, this was not the case. You will be able to book a conference time with me starting Saturday November 30, 2013. 

 You can find the link on our school website.

CP Holiday Train
Don’t miss Grammy award winning singer Sarah McLachlan performing at the annual CP Holiday Train at Anderson Station on Saturday December 7, 2013. This free concert will also feature The Tenors and Matt Dusk.
In support of the Calgary Food Bank and hosted by Peter Mansbridge, the event begins with the opening of the North Pole Station at 4:00 p.m. followed by the concert, which begins at 5:00 p.m.
Explore the North Pole Station and its family-oriented activities including Santa, ice carving and hot chocolate before the show begins.
Attendees are encouraged to take Calgary Transit to this event as parking is limited. The event is free, however attendees are asked to make a donation or bring non-perishable food items for the Calgary Food Bank.

For more information visit Canadian Pacific's Facebook Page.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Wednesday November 27, 2013

- Friday is Pita Lunch (orders should have been placed already)

- The University of Calgary will be presenting the solar car this Thursday (tomorrow) afternoon.  Please sign the release form and return tomorrow so your child can be photographed with the car.

Today's learning tasks:
Gym: Low organizational games focusing on listening and cooperating.
Art: Painting Alberta Landscapes with a focus on foreground, horizon, and background.
Math: Creating 3-digit numbers from the numbers 7,2,5 and placing them in order from greatest to least
Language Arts: Listening to student readers and providing feedbackScience: Exploring CBE Library and recording in our jot notebooks, 3 new facts about plants. 

Thursday November 28,2013

Today's learning tasks:
Physical Education: ball skills with paddle bats 
Language Arts: Fix It! Focus on capitalizing names and placesMath: Working on multiplication facts
Music: Playing recorders

Ask your child:
- what they thought about the solar car (No photos were taken after all)
- nightly reading, math facts 

- Tomorrow is Pita Lunch 
- a general use computer is located at Vista Heights school if parents should require access to submit online forms, etc. Please feel free to check-in at the front desk should you need to access this computer. 
- Save the Date! December 5th & 6th we will be hosting parent-teacher conferences. 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Monday November 25, 2013

Parent-Teacher Interviews and Student-Led Conferences are next week, Thursday, December 5 and Friday, December 6.  Please use the information coming home today to book an interview time online. For more information, visit the Vista Heights School home page.

Special Lunch
Last Day to order a Pita Lunch for  your child is Wednesday November 27,2013. 
Visit to place an order for your child.  If you do not have internet access at home, please feel free to visit the school to use one of our computers.
Please visit this website for more information and to create a new account for your child.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thursday November 21, 2013

Learning tasks:
- good game of volleyball with our Gr. 3/4 neighbours
- We know the rules and how to be the best learners we can be (Writing)
- "Learning Stations" on Alberta
- Music: new recorder song "looking down"

Ask your child:
- what they know about school rules and how they can demonstrate integrity through their learning
- about something they learned about Alberta today

- nightly reading and math facts

- no school tomorrow (System PD Day)
- does your child have a pair of earbuds to leave at school?

See you on Monday!
Bonne weekend!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tuesday November 19, 2013

Brrr! It sure has been cold outside these past few days. Too cold to be out outside for any length of time.  Parents, please do not send your child to school any earlier than 8:35 as there is no
supervision prior to this time. 
In our effort to decrease our environmental footprint, we will be using an online ordering process for our next "special lunch" day. Information was sent home today with your child on how to order
Please visit this website for more information and to create a new account for your child.
On our next "special lunch" day we will be having a Pita lunch - November 29 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Monday November 18, 2013

Today's learning tasks: cooperative tag games, evacuation chat with Mrs. Traquair, writing about lockdown practices, working on multiplication and addition in Math, listening to Anabelle read aloud, taking jot notes for Science from a video on plants.

Ask your child:
- how they demonstrated cooperative behavior today
- what to do in case of a "lockdown" or "evacuation"
- what they learned about plants today

- picture retakes TOMORROW (individual and class).  class photos are FREE
-no school on Friday (PD Day)

- nightly reading and math facts practice

Friday, November 15, 2013

Friday November 15, 2013

Please remind your child to bring their recorders back to school if they bring it home to practice.  We have music on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

School Photos
-retakes for school photos is on Tuesday November 19th
-Class pictures will also be taken on Tuesday, November 19th
-All students will be in the class photo and each student receives a FREE class picture

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thursday November 14, 2013

Learning activities: Gym-volleyball,Writing with the proper use of capitalization, recess, Math with a focus on multiplication, addition and subtraction  lunch, Individualized workbox activities, Social Studies- exploring the 6 natural regions of Alberta and Music

Ask your child:
  - what is most important about the Grasslands?                     
- to play "Hot Cross Buns" on their recorder for you

- nightly reading, math facts practice on line
- practice recorder

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wednesday November 13, 2013

Today we had the wonderful opportunity to visit the Epcor Centre to watch the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Please ask your child to share their paragraph writing about their experience today.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Tuesday November 12, 2013

Did you notice the interesting date today,11/12/13?.
Tomorrow is our field trip to attend a performance by The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra! Busses will leave promptly at 9:15 so please ensure your child, and you too if you are volunteering, are on time to school. We will be returning back to the school at 11:45 - just in time for lunch! Please review trip expectations with your child as we are representing Vista Heights School. Students are to remain seated and quiet on the bus and are to listen intently to the performance. Students will eat their snacks when we arrive back at school.

Today we had the opportunity to explore a very good web site about Alberta for our lessons in Social Studies. Ask your child to show you this site. 
Please email me at any time with any questions or concerns regarding your child at school. I welcome the communication.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Friday November 8, 2017

Please note: There is no school on Monday November 11th, due to Remembrance Day.

Our Purdy's Chocolate fundraiser is due Tuesday November 12 - please help support the school by purchasing chocolates for your family and loved ones. Money raised goes towards supporting the music and gym program at our school! All chocolates will be delivered the first/second week of December - Just in time for the holidays! Order today!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Thursday November 7, 2013

We are collecting non-perishable food items for the Veteran's Food Bank this week! If you are able to, please support this cause and send non-perishable food items to school - thank you to those families who have already donated!

Our Remembrance Day Assembly will be tomorrow, Friday November 8, at 10:45. Please invite your family members to attend! We will be collecting donations for poppies on Friday morning - all students will receive a poppy to wear for the assembly. For those students in Cubs or Brownies, please remember to wear your uniforms.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Wednesday November 6, 2013

We are still looking for volunteers to attend our field trip with us! If you have police clearance and are available to volunteer for the morning of November 13th, please indicate so on the field trip form or email me directly at - Thank you for your support!

Thank you to all parents who returned the field trip forms so quickly! We are still waiting on a few forms so if you have not signed the field trip form please do so as soon as possible. We need all field trip forms in by Friday November 8. The field trip will take place on Wednesday November 13th in the morning.
For more information on what we will see that day, please visit this link:

- No school November 11th for Remembrance Day
- Purdy forms are due November 12th
- Photo retakes will take place November 19th

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Tuesday November 5, 2013

Update from School Council

SUTP fundraiser update: we raised $850 which will be used to purchase new APPS for our iPods. Two families received “Toys R Us” gift cards for their incredible efforts to sell the most books.

Purdy’s Fundraiser is currently being held and due back by November 12th 
-delivery in the first week of December 
-prizes will be awarded to the top 2 sellers
-funds raised will be used for new gym and music equipment 

- Veteran Food Bank donations are being collected all week. If you can, please help support our veterans by donating non-perishable food items.
- Digital Champion Club will run this Friday for Grade 3 students who have registered.

Field Trip
-Notice coming home today for a field trip to Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra on Wednesday November, 13, 2013. Please return forms by Friday November 8, 2013.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Monday November 4th, 2013

We are collecting non-perishable food items for the Veteran's Food Bank this week! Please support this cause, and send non-perishable food items to school.

Our Remembrance Day Assembly will be on Friday November 8, at 10:45. Please invite your family members to attend! We will be collecting donations for poppies on Friday morning - all students will receive a poppy to wear for the assembly.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Thursday October 31, 2013

Due to the fact that there is no school for students tomorrow, school picture orders have been extended to Monday November 4th.
November newsletter coming home today with the oldest family member.
Have a safe and happy Halloween.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Wednesday October 30, 2013

Halloween parade tomorrow afternoon.
All picture orders are due tomorrow
No school on Friday.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tuesday October 29, 2013

Please see the very important notice Reporting Student Learning coming home with your child today.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Monday October 28,2013,

Halloween is coming quickly. Costumes can be worn in the afternoon only. There will be a costume parade in our gym on Thursday afternoon from approximately 1:15-1:45 with students stating one word descriptions of their costumes. For safety reasons, no masks or weapons allowed. Please do not bring any food or drinks for our afternoon Halloween related activities, we will be too busy to enjoy them.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Thursday October 24, 2013

Individual school photos are coming home today. Orders are due by November 1st.
See pink notice regarding donation of winter jackets.
Ask your child about their multiplication strategies.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Wednesday October 23, 2013

See the fundraising information coming home today.
The money ($7.00) for the purchase of recorders to be used in Music is due tomorrow.
Be sure to ask your child what they did for Art and/or Computers today.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tuesday October 22, 2013

This morning we practiced playing volleyball and found a new website to improve our French. We are all working hard on keeping our work organized. We are still learning new words. Ask me what I learned in French and how my day was.
Grade 3's have the opportunity to learn a new tech skill. See notice from the interested grade 3 students.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday October 18, 2013


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Wednesday October 16,2016

Vista Heights is looking for a new school logo. Students shared their ideas in class today and know that they can continue to work on their ideas at home too. Parents, please feel free to add your input as well. All logo work is due to our student voice reps by October 28, 2013.
We also worked on 3 digit addition in Math today. A great web site for extra practice on this math concept is on Learn Alberta/Math/PlaceValue.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Tuesday October 15, 2016

Everyone that was here looked really good for their pictures today. Many of our students were absent  celebrating Eid and will have to get their pictures taken in November.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Friday October 11, 2013

Our pizza lunch was delicious and everybody got exactly what they ordered.
It is a long weekend so please don't forget that it is picture day for individuals on Tuesday. Class pictures and retakes will be taken at a later date in November.
No school on Monday. Have a safe and thankful weekend together.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Thursday October 10, 2016

Tomorrow is the pizza lunch.
Did you choose your pose for picture day on Tuesday??

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Wednesday October 9,2013

Please see letter coming home today regarding the purchase of recorders for the Music program.
Ask your child what they created for their seed art today and why they think seeds are important.
There was no blog message yesterday.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Monday October 7,2013

Our gym is open!! It is really important that students wear runners in the gym.
Last day of pizza ordering is tomorrow.
Picture day notices coming home today.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Thursday October 3, 2013

Pizza orders are due on Monday.
Tomorrow teachers are students for Professional Development Day that means THERE IS NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS TOMORROW.
Students are back on Monday.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Wednesday October 2, 2013

Today we looked at the art of Henri Rousseau to inspire our own drawings of plants and vines.
Tomorrow is snack sale at recess.
We finished our day today talking about how and why plants are important to us.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

October 1, 2013

Today the oldest brother or sister will be bringing home the Vista Heights October calendar.
There will be a snack sale on Thursday October 3rd. During recess students can purchase frozen
yogurt for 50 cents.
There will also be a Pizza Day next Friday October 11. Order forms go home today and are due October 8.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Monday September 30, 2013

We raised $172.28 for the Terry Fox run.
Today we learned more about plants. Ask me what I know
 about stems, roots, and leaves.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Friday September 27, 2013

Terry Fox run was a success with all students participating to the best of their abilities. We will find out on Monday how much money we were able to donate to the Cancer Research Fund.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Thursday September 26, 2013

The students in room 3 have this to say about their field trip to Fish Creek...AMAZING, AWESOME FUN AND FAST!! Make sure that you ask your child about their day.
Terry Fox run is tomorrow at 9:30. Student Voice reps will collect money in each class that will go towards the cancer foundation.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Wednesday September 25, 2013

Tomorrow is our field trip to Fish Creek! :) We are learning about plants in the fall. 
Big thanks out to Jessica's mom who will be volunteering with us for the day.
Students have a picture sheet to share with you called "What To Bring". The weather is likely to be very cool so please keep that in mind as you go over the possibilities of what to wear and bring.
Keep those coins of courage coming. Terry Fox run is on Friday.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Monday September 23, 2016

We will be collecting coins for courage all this week for the Terry Fox Run this coming Friday.
SUTP is due tomorrow.
 Fish Creek field trip is on for this coming Thursday.
We planted crocus bulbs today that we hope to see poke up through the ground in the spring.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Thursday Sept. 19, 2013

Thanks to all the parents who returned the field trip notices today.
I am looking forward to meeting parents tonight and tomorrow to hear what they are going to say about their little student.
Due to conferences tomorrow there will be no school for students.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Wednesday Sept. 18,2013


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Tuesday Sept. 17, 2013

Parent Council tonight at 6:30.
During the meet the teacher conferences there will also be a Resource Fair to check out.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Monday Sept.16,2013

Remember, your voice counts on School Council. First meeting is Tuesday (tomorrow) September 17 at 6:30 pm.. On the agenda are updates from the principal and teachers, executive positions available, and more.
Also, did you sign up for meet the teacher? This happens on this coming  Thursday evening, and again
on Friday.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday Sept. 13, 2013

Today was our Virtues Activity Day. It was a fast day. We learned about honesty, integrity, fairness,  perseverance, respectfulness, and responsibility.
Coming home today are parent teacher conference information forms and info concerning lap top purchases through the CBE.
School Council is holding the first meeting on Tuesday September 17th at 6:30 p.m. PLEASE ATTEND.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Thursday Sept. 12, 2013

Coming home today is the student union ticket packs.
Tomorrow morning we are participating in different activities with a focus on virtues. Should be a great start to the day!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Wednesday Sept. 11, 2013

When you see "Ask me about.." its simply to be used as conversation starters about your childs day at school.
Sent home today were pamphlets regarding opportunities to register in various sports and city programs, as well as, information about accident coverage offered through the school board.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Tuesday Sept. 10,2013

Ask me what book I shared with a buddy today.
Ask me what province I will be studying in Social Studies.
Ask me about the relay races we did in Gym.
Ask me what I did in learning centers today.
Ask me how math went.
Another great day!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Friday, September 6, 2013

Friday September 6, 2013

There was no message yesterday because for some unknown reason I was not able to access the blog. Technology!?
Today your child will be bringing home a colored plastic folder which will contain school communications and any work they have completed. Only the oldest student in the school will be bringing home the newsletter.
Plastic folders need to come back.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Sept. 4
Today we had music first, then we went outside for gym because our gym floor is being replaced. Kira said we had a fantastic and fun day. Taha played lava tag outside with his friends. Madisen liked how she got to play instruments in music. Soon there will be recorders to play in music. We learned a little
bit more about each other by doing interviews.
September 3, 2013
                             WOW, this day just flew by. It was a great and amazing day. We saw familiar friends, and we met some new ones too. We worked on a getting to know each other scavenger hunt, we met our new music teacher, got our school supplies, and even did some math.

Friday, August 30, 2013


Welcome back to another year at Vista Heights School! Our first day of classes is Tuesday, September 3rd,  2013. All students will be meeting outside. Parents will find a picture and class list associated with each teacher.  Please let me know whether your child is staying for lunch and how they will be picked up at 3:10pm.

We look forward to a great first day and a fantastic year here at Vista Heights!

See you Tuesday,

Mrs. Jackman