School Plan for Continuous Growth 2020-2023 (year 2)

School Mission: The mission of St. Bernadette Catholic Elementary School, as a Christ-centered community, is to inspire all students to learn, to prepare them to live fully, and to serve God in one another. .
School Vision: St. Bernadette School shares the vision of Edmonton Catholic School District’s statement "Our students will learn together, work together and pray together in answering the call to a faith-filled life of service", and adds “As a school community, we celebrate the gift of every child, developing 21st century learning skills by integrating literacy and technology for inquiry.
School Charism: A family of faith and action, welcoming all in love and hope

Priority:  Growing in Faith
Our students and staff will learn and live the Word of God through worship, witness, and service.
Key Strategies:
F.1 Empower students and staff to express and share their gifts from God and explore the school’s charism and its importance.
Actions we will take
Our charism is "A family of faith and action, welcoming all in love and hope". Through reflective activities throughout the year on our school Charism and District Theme, students, parents and staff will come to know ways that their actions/gifts reflect being Catholic. We will capture our work on bulletin boards in the school, our picture database, and share via school Instagram/Facebook page and on our website.
Performance Measures:
Our performance in this area will be evaluated using the following Local Measure:
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Catholic Identity.
  • Website publications
  • Picture database
Priority:  Student Success
Through a holistic approach, students will develop to their fullest potential through multiple pathways.
Key Strategies:
S.2 Implement teaching and assessment practices to deepen students’ understanding and to increase ability to target teaching and improve learning.
S.4 Continue to support students’ diverse needs through best practice and responsive and flexible programming.
Actions we will take
Our focus in student learning will be Literacy and Numeracy. Through our Collaborative meetings with staff, parents, and district/government support team members, we will identify student needs and what instructional strategies/supports best support them. Through Staff Professional Development in Literacy and Numeracy, targeted instruction and practice in literacy and numeracy will occur. Staff Professional Development will also occur in Assessment practices in these targeted areas. Parent/guardian support will be offered for Powerschool throughout the year for access to ongoing reporting and assessment.
Performance Measures:
Our performance in this area will be measured using:
  • Alberta Education Assurance Measure of Student Learning (Provincial Achievement Tests and Diploma Exam Results)
  • Alberta Education Assurance Measure of High School Completion
  • Alberta Education Assurance Measure of Citizenship
  • Alberta Education Assurance Measure of Student Learning Engagement
  • Alberta Education Assurance Measure of Welcoming, Caring, Respectful and Safe Learning Environment
  • Alberta Education Assurance Measure of Access to Support and Services
Local Measures:
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Access to Help, Support and Resources
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Student Engagement
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Safe and Caring Learning Environment
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Foundational Knowledge about First Nations, Métis and Inuit
Priority:  An Excellent Place to Work and Learn
We will provide an optimal learning and working environment that fosters a culture of faith, trust, unity, inclusivity, confidence, respect, value and appreciation for one another.
Key Strategies:
E.6 Continue to create an excellent Catholic educational working environment through the provision of faith formation, health, and wellness opportunities and supports for all staff.
Actions we will take
Our focus will be on the Mental Health of our staff and students. Our staff and students will work collaboratively to increase their knowledge and skill in implementing social emotional learning and self-regulation strategies through the FOCUS resource. Our staff and students will work collaboratively to increase their knowledge and skill in Physical Literacy. Staff Professional Development will occur in these areas throughout the year. Our community will reflect this learning through language and strategies in use in our community. Bulletin boards/website/newsletters will share this language and these strategies.
Performance Measures:
Our performance in this area will be measured using:
  • Alberta Education Assurance Measure of Education Quality
Local Measures:
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Teaching and Assessment Practices
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Staff Engagement and Respect in the Workplace
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Overall Satisfaction with Edmonton Catholic Schools
  • Postings on Bulletin boards/website/newsletters.
Priority:  Building Our Future Together
We will engage in good stewardship of all resources through principled governance and engagement.
Key Strategies:
B.2 Continue to walk together recognizing the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Actions we will take
Our focus is for our staff and students to gain an understanding of the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Staff and students will participate in Indigenous learning and cultural experiences. This learning will be reflected through curricular outcomes and reported through Powerschool. Learning will also be reflected and posted through bulletin boards/website/newsletters. Through our Collaborative meetings with staff, parents, and district/government support team members, we will identify indigenous student needs and what instructional strategies/supports best support them.
Performance Measures:
Our performance in this area will also be measured using:
  • Alberta Education Assurance Measure of Parental Involvement and,
  • Alberta Education Assurance Measure of Budget-Actual Comparison
Local Measures:
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Parent/Guardian Involvement
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Implementing Frameworks and Procedures
  • Bulletin Board/website/newsletter postings.
November Review:
We share in virtual Liturgies as a school community, and each classroom has a Centre of Beauty devoted to our faith and recognizes the appropriate liturgical season. We carry out our school theme on a daily basis via the implementation of our school wide positive reinforcement program that acknowledges ways in which students act out God's message of love. This is displayed on a centrally located bulletin board. We share our successes and moments of faithful joy on our Social Media platforms. We have participated in Division and provincially mandated assessments to identify struggling learners in the areas of numeracy and literacy. A Literacy interventionist works daily on site to assist students in their supportive programming.Staff have participated in additional Division PD to empower them in their use of Power Teacher Pro. Physical Literacy and sensory regulation are ongoing areas of focus. Our Grade 1 class created a physical alphabet that is utilized by multiple classes. Our TA-OT has designed an extensive Movin' in the Hallways pathway throughout the building. On Mondays we engage in a school wide FOCUS sequence via announcements. We are creating an authentically and intentionally designed sensory space that will be accessible to any student in need. We have committed to ongoing growth in Truth and Reconciliation. Two staff members were gifted the ability to perform the smudge and we delivered individual smudging ceremonies in each classroom as part of our Orange Shirt Day. Additionally, each child and staff member created an orange bracelet with a symbolic knot to be worn in recognition and solidarity of OSD. We have partnered with Ben Calf Robe School to learn more about the Indigenous people and received a beautiful drumming performance live via microsoft TEAMS.
February Review:
We have continued to share in Virtual Liturgies and Celebrations. Our school wide reward system has become a central focus where members of our school family are able to celebrate one another's successes. We continue to participate in Division and provincial assessments in the areas of literacy and numeracy. Our Grade 1 students have received numeracy intervention. Our Grade 2 students have received numeracy intervention. Our Grade 3 students have received numeracy and literacy intervention. Staff have participated in Division PD in various areas, and staff specfic PD in mental health, numeracy and Power Teacher Pro. Many of our Division 2 students participate in a basketball club on Thursday mornings. We have gone on school wide community walk, and individual classrooms have gone on walks. As a school we have focused on connection to our community. Once a month a specific classroom takes on the coordination of Cards of Kindness and facilitates the creation of cards to be delivered to homes in our neighbourhood. This has been met with great appreciation by our neighbours and we have received phone calls, cards, letters and deliveries of gratitude. Our Grade 6 class shovels the walks of our senior neighbours and calls themselves the Snow Angels. We share what is happening via Social Media platforms in an ongoing effort to connect with families.