School Plan for Continuous Growth 2020-2023 (year 3)

School Mission: The mission of Edmonton Catholic Schools is to provide a Catholic education that inspires students to learn and that prepares them to live fully and to serve God in one another. At St. Monica School this is nurtured and lived in a loving, inclusive community where diversity is honoured and cherished. .
School Vision: Children will develop a sense of wonder and passion for inquiry, inspired by unique, authentic learning environments and experiences.
School Charism: At St. Monica School, we walk together to create a welcoming community living God’s love and compassion for all.

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 Re-engage families, parishes, and Catholic organizations to provide opportunities for growing in faith.
F.2 Understand that we are in a Catholic school as the result of Christ’s call and recognize ourselves as members of the Catholic Church.
Actions we will take
At St. Monica School, we create a welcoming environment by letting our light shine through the creation of a community where we share God’s love and compassion for all. By engaging children through prayer times, prayerful play, faith-based songs, opportunities to participate in environmental stewardship, and social justice projects we will bring our faith to life for our youngest learners. Providing children with developmentally appropriate faith activities and celebrations will continue to be a focus and will increase our children's understanding of God and the world around them. We will continue live our Catholic faith in our day-to-day interactions with staff through prayer times, faith-based celebrations, and building on our connections with one another. Sharing our Catholic faith with families and visitors will begin at the front entrance with our liturgical displays, developmentally appropriate literature, visuals, and prayerful play materials highlighting our Catholic faith throughout the year. We will continue to engage with St. Thomas More Catholic Church by inviting the parish staff (Priest, Deacons, and Pastoral Assistant), to visit our school and engage with staff and children in faith-based activities. Social Justice projects that bring an understanding of the needs of others will be shared in a developmentally appropriate manner for our children and will be ongoing throughout the year, helping to create a sense of compassion and love for all individuals. Through classroom and school newsletters, we will connect with our families, sharing classroom prayers, faith learning activities and classroom celebrations.
Performance Measures:
Our performance in this area will be evaluated using the following Local Measure:
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Catholic Identity.
  • Evidence of increased levels of classroom and staff faith-based learning activities permeated throughout the day/week identified through classroom observations
  • Increased faith-based posts on our social media pages and documentation throughout the school
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 main goal is to work with all stakeholders to ensure our children experience success, growth, and gain confidence throughout the school year. This will begin through relationships built on trust, understanding and respect thus creating strong connections within our staff, with our children, and their families. During planning and prep time, teachers, multi-disciplinary teams, and therapeutic assistants will participate in professional development opportunities focused on supporting the diverse needs of our children. Additionally, we will support our educational assistants in their learning through lunch and learn sessions connected to supporting our children. Learning together, as a staff, through various professional readings and resources will also create a solid understanding of how we can create student success for all learners. The knowledge we gain during these times will allow us to enrich our programming to meet the needs of our children more effectively and efficiently. Ongoing Collaborative Response Model meetings that include all school-based team members will continue to play a vital role in the implementation of strategies and best practices for student success. By employing the Collaborative Response Model, we will be able to respond and plan for the needs of all our children allowing us to be flexible and responsive in all ways. Providing opportunities for parent sessions, connected to strategies and best practices being used within the classroom, are important to build the home and school connection. These will be offered through a virtual platform to allow parents opportunities to participate on a consistent basis. Through robust conversation with parents, IPPs will continue to be reviewed, discussed and feedback implemented. We will continue to offer these meetings both virtually and in-person to accommodate parent schedules and availability.
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
  • Consistency of use of strategies within classroom, among staff and at home
  • Collaborative Response Meetings held twice, with additional CRMs occurring as required
  • IPP meetings occur 3 times per year
  • Parent participation
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.2 Develop, promote, and oversee the application of excellent professional practices consistent with the Teaching Quality Standard, Leadership Quality Standard, and Superintendent Leadership Quality Standard, all which guide and support student achievement.
E.3 Provide and engage in professional learning to enhance the level of subject matter, conceptual, and procedural knowledge expertise and competency.
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
At St. Monica, we work together to support one another in an open and collaborative manner, this makes for a positive working and learning environment. As a staff will continue to work on maintaining common goals for student success. This will be achieved through Collaborative Response Model meetings, professional learning, and ongoing staff dialogue. The Leadership Team (Admin, Learning Coach, and Inclusive [100 Voices] Consultant) will continue to support and encourage a variety of professional development opportunities, collaboration, and reflective practices to support current pedagogical thinking that will be incorporated within all classrooms. Professional learning opportunities will target literacy, numeracy, and the social and emotional well-being of our children. In addition, the Leadership Team will continue to encourage and support school staff to engage in PD that will support individual learning focuses. We will continue to make learning and the growth of our children visible through in-person and online platforms (Demonstration of Learning, Google Classrooms, SWAY, Teams meetings, etc.).
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
  • Parent participation
  • Documentation of learning present and visible, through a variety of platforms
  • Observations showing the growth and success of the children
Priority:  Building Our Future Together
We will engage in good stewardship of all resources through principled governance and engagement.
Key Strategies:
B.3 Ensure that resources are being used effectively and efficiently while providing flexibility for how schools and departments meet their unique needs.
B.4 Continue to nurture collaborations, relationships and partnerships to provide programs and services for students from Pre-K-12.
Actions we will take
As we continue to celebrate our future together, we will build on our understanding and acceptance of the cultures within our school community and our shared collective experiences. As a staff, we embrace collaborative practice, being flexible and responsive to the needs of all staff and children, and continually improving our authentic learning environments. We continue to build upon and use our outdoor loose parts as another opportunity to build problem solving skills, creativity, innovative, and imaginative play for our children. Maintaining defined learning spaces, both indoors and outside, will allow us to set up targeted, intentional learning opportunities where children can flow in and out of the classroom as needed. This will allow us to meet the emotional and physical needs of children in a proactive manner. Ensuring that our school environment is inclusive for all will continue to be a goal for us moving forward. Demonstration of Learning and IPP meetings are vital and will provide us with rich opportunities to celebrate the growth and success of our children with their families. We will welcome our families in a variety of ways as members of our St. Monica School community. We look forward to renewing our cooperative relationship with the St. Monica YMCA Daycare, continuing to build the connection we had already established prior to the Pandemic.
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
  • Student success within all learning environments
  • Continue to maintain the number of defined learning spaces within the school
  • Collaborative conversations with stakeholders and partners (e.g. YMCA, City of Edmonton)
November Review:
Growing in Faith – Our front entrance creates a welcoming and faith-based environment for all families and visitors who enter our school. Our classroom teams ensure that they highlight our Catholic faith in their classrooms through prayerful play and a space that displays the liturgical seasons. Carpet time provides opportunities for classroom teams to share stories about Jesus and engage children in developmentally appropriate prayers and songs. Student Success – This year our staff has had an opportunity to build on their knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices through our Thursday Breakfast Club PDs. These sessions are led by our MDT team who share their expertise with all staff. In addition to these opportunities, we are reading the book Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism by Barry M. Prizant, PHD. This book is providing us with great insights into how to best support children who are neurodiverse. Our Individual Program Plans and Demonstration of Learning, allow parents and teachers to connect and celebrate the learning gains the children have made since September. Excellent Place to Work and Learn – Through our PDs, book club and Collaborative Response Model meetings we are ensuring that we are working towards common goals and using common strategies with our children. Teachers are provided with weekly opportunities to collaborate, coming together to engage in professional dialogue and planning. Our school staff comes together each day to truly live the proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” This proverb and our Catholic faith guide each one of us to embrace all who enter our school as members of God’s family. Building our Future Together – Our sensory room, Wonder Space and gym provide us with continual opportunities to meet both the physical and emotional needs of the children in our school. We are constantly guided by the interests of our children when planning and reimaging these spaces. On Thursdays, our classroom teams and MDT collaborate so that we are remaining flexible and responsive to the needs of our children and staff. Through the Division’s Equity Diversity Inclusion and Anti-Racism training, we are growing together to gain a better understanding of the diverse cultures within our school and Division.
February Review: