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

School Mission: At Anne Fitzgerald School we grow together in a positive, nurturing environment so all can develop as holistic individuals in a Christ-centered learning environment. .
School Vision: At Anne Fitzgerald School our students will learn together, work together, and pray together in answering the call to a faith filled life of service
School Charism: Celebrating and promoting Catholic Education through our inclusive actions, tolerance, love and understanding.

Priority:  Growing in Faith
Our students and staff will learn and live the Word of God through worship, witness, and service.
Key Strategies:
F.3 Provide an excellent Catholic education that empowers students to discern current events from a Catholic worldview and to witness our faith to all.
F.4 Provide formation opportunities for students and staff that further their participation in our faith and enable them to discern the presence of God in their lives.
Actions we will take
The staff and students of Anne Fitzgerald are committed to the ECSD theme for 2022-2023, “Let your Light Shine Forth”. We are all called to live a life of love and kindness in our Anne Fitzgerald School Community, shining our light for others and striving to be a community of kindness. Our “bucket filler” incentive will become “rays of light” and we will encourage staff and students to spot rays of light in our everyday work and play at school. We will continue to gather in prayer and celebration and enjoy adding in person visits to St. John Bosco Parish. We will focus on how we see God’s light in one another, specifically focusing on multiculturalism and celebrating our diversity. Anne Fitzgerald’s staff and students will continue to nurture our home-school-parish connection by attending mass regularly, both in-person and online. We will assist the home-parish connection by communicating information regarding the sacraments. All classrooms will be encouraged to participate in a social justice project that is connected to their classroom learning.
Performance Measures:
Our performance in this area will be evaluated using the following Local Measure:
  • ECSD Assurance Survey of Theme - Catholic Identity.
Priority:  Student Success
Through a holistic approach, students will develop to their fullest potential through multiple pathways.
Key Strategies:
S.1 Identify and apply best practices for curriculum implementation to ensure student success.
S.2 Implement teaching and assessment practices to deepen students’ understanding and to increase ability to target teaching and improve learning.
S.5 Support student achievement by engaging in collaborative, whole school approaches to capacity building in First Nations, Métis and Inuit education.
S.6 Continue programs and enhanced academic and cultural supports for all students that lead to successful transitions and encourage life-long learning.
Actions we will take
The staff at Anne Fitzgerald are committed to student success and will continue to celebrate the diverse learning needs of each student. The staff is committed to creating a collaborative learning environment that discusses students’ emotional and learning needs and address their individual differences. Through Universal Design for learning (UDL), differentiated instruction and our Land Based Learning focus, we promote an engaging learning environment that students thrive in. We are committed to ongoing and regular assessment and reporting of student success and learning needs and will focus on feedback and growth mindset. As a staff, we will embrace the new curriculum and use it as a platform for exceptional teaching and learning. We will plan multicultural celebrations and events that highlight traditions and teachings from Indigenous and other cultures and host whole school events that allow students, staff, and families to learn and celebrate together. The staff of Anne Fitzgerald School is very committed Land Based Learning that honours the Indigenous culture and teaches the science units in a more hands on approach. We appreciate our beautiful surroundings of Hermitage Park and river valley to teach land-based concepts and are very excited to use our new outdoor classroom to support teaching and learning.
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.1 Ensure that all teachers and leaders have the acquired skills to meet the foundational knowledge of First Nations, Métis and Inuit standard as outlined in Alberta Education Teaching, Leadership, and Superintendent Leadership Quality Standards.
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.
E.7 Begin to implement the ECSD Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism Strategic Plan.
Actions we will take
Anne Fitzgerald’s staff is a committed professional learning community; we will continue to read Dr. Jody Carrington’s books, and discussing how we respond to students’ emotional, physical, psychological, and spiritual needs. We are also expanding our professional library with books and resources that help us appreciate Indigenous culture, trauma informed practice and physical literacy. We acknowledge the need for connection and reconnection and will develop this through whole school events, theme days, student leadership activities and cross graded curricular and buddy activities that are based on kindness and shining our light for others. Social Emotional learning will continue to be a focus and the impact that the pandemic has had on all of us; we will highlight whole school activities and events that have a multicultural focus, or a kindness/friendship focus and expose and engage students to activities that they may not have experienced. Trickster Theatre has been booked for January 2023 to have a weeklong drama residency focusing on Indigenous culture and our Land Based Learning program, and we will pursue bringing in a dance or drumming group as well. Additionally, we will increase the classroom libraries with books that honour and appreciate multiculturalism and diversity.
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
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.
B.3 Ensure that resources are being used effectively and efficiently while providing flexibility for how schools and departments meet their unique needs.
B.5 Ensure decisions are data-informed; enable best practice indicators and transparency to ensure continuous improvement.
Actions we will take
Anne Fitzgerald school is committed to providing all students the nutritional needs to be a successful student. We will continue to offer a meal program that provides breakfast, snack, and lunch to those families in need. These meals are provided through our partnerships with the ECSD foundation, PC Charity, Breakfast for Learning, the Edmonton Food Bank, Sobeys, and the Hope Mission. We will focus on social justice projects that build up resources for our food program or other food banks to give back to the community. We will also continue to nurture our partnership with St. John Bosco Parish and attend mass regularly (online or in-person) and promoting sacramental preparation. We will promote and encourage families to become active in the church and we will celebrate milestones as children become active in the parish. Through our Land Based Learning program, we will engage students in the Truth and Reconciliation call to action and empower them to shine their light forth each day.
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
November Review:
The students and staff at Anne Fitzgerald Catholic Elementary School are committed to shining their light each and every day at school. We celebrate acts of kindness and light at the end of each month by doing a draw for Pizza with the Principal; during the lunch, we discuss how to further spread kindness and light at our school. We congratulate the winners on a bulletin board in the hallway and on social media so that families can recognize the kind acts as well. We have had many reasons to gather and celebrate as a school family; the School Opening, Thanksgiving, Remembrance Day and First Advent celebrations were beautiful and inspiring and were followed up by social justice projects for the Terry Fox Foundation, the Food Bank and Anne Fitzgerald Meal Program. We also wrote postcards for soldiers and are currently writing Christmas Cards for seniors. The students have continued to Shine Their Light in the school in their cross graded groupings, named after the Seven Sacred Teachings. The groups have gathered to reflect on their symbol and name and it's meaning and will continue to gather throughout the year to learn and grow together. Academically, the classrooms are filled with students who are engaged and ready to learn. The meal program regularly provides breakfast, snack and lunch to all students, to ensure they are nourished and ready to participate in the day. Each classroom teacher has developed a UDL (Universal Design for Learning) project that supports all learners and promotes growth and strength as a learner. We have also focused on flexible seating arrangements in the classrooms that support different styles of learners. Our Land Based Learning program provides a physical literacy component to their week that focuses on science concepts and skills, Indigenous teachings and outdoor education. Finally, we have made time over the last few months to invite guests into the building that support our growth plan and student learning. The Earth Rangers presented a live animal demonstration that focused on positive, science-based information and the threats facing animals and the environment; students were engaged and enlightened. We also invited Cheryl from No More Excuses Fitness to dance with us for a whole day, sharing her talent in Zumba and pound exercise; all dances and songs were multicultural in nature and the students loved every minute! We have also had presentations from Darrin Park from the Terry Fox Foundation and Michelle and Tara from the Voices of Albertans with Disabilities to demonstrate to the students different perspectives and personal experiences.
February Review: