PowerSchool Portal and report cards

As we wrap up the end of the first high school quad, I’ll remind parents that we have our first reporting period also ending this week for the whole school. We are not sending out paper report cards this year and I’ll encourage you again to sign into the PowerSchool app to access your child’s evaluation up to this point of the year. It is one of the points in our Safe Schools Plan that we hope limits multiple contacts on items moving from school to home.

Signing up for and using the PowerSchool app is an easy process and gives you up to date results on any details that the teachers have entered for marks, comments, etc. Please contact your child’s teacher or the office for assistance to get started.

The PowerSchool portal will be closed four times this year after each quarter while teachers finalize grades. They will be opened again after about a week so parents and students can access the evaluations.

From the Office – October 2020

I’m one of those Saskatchewan boys who’s always looked forward to the winter season and the activities that come with the season. I’m sure it’s sledding that eventually gave me my current aches in my knees and I’ve fallen in love with staring down a hole in the ice waiting for a fish to bite. I still feel that way but the cold days seem to get to my core a little quicker and with more effect every year that passes. Maybe that’s why so many of us also seem to look forward to the warm days of spring. We always have something to look forward to. J

We continue to work on our new school habits as this fall continues. Students and staff have really done a fantastic job learning to work within the confines of cohorts, masks and sanitizing. I’m hoping that our efforts have contributed to the low numbers reported in the province up to this point this fall and I also hope that everyone is doing their part to keep our students and staff healthy. Parents, please continue to remind your students about healthy practices during this time and we’ll continue to do the same. Great job, Hanley School families!

You are all doing a great job also on keeping us in contact when you have a student at home this fall. Please continue to call/email/etc the office with the message of an appointment, cleared absence, or if someone is ill and not coming to school for those reasons. We really appreciate your efforts to keep up the communication.

There was some confusion about some dates this month because the division calendar changed earlier this year. Please be reminded that there is no school for students on Monday, Oct 26th while teachers have a prep day and start working on report cards and other teaching prep. Also, there is no school the Monday, Nov 2nd for students or teachers.

This week has been the scheduled Tri-Conferences evenings and we have had a great turn out even if that has had to be virtually online or by phone. Thank-you, families, for being open to our latest adjustment needed this fall and for engaging with teachers about your student’s learning. It’s such an important part of their success to know their parents have a vested interest in their progress. As I mentioned earlier this fall our report cards will not be sent home in a paper format until the end of June. Please access the PowerSchool parent app for access to your student’s progress. Mrs. Block will help you with that if you haven’t set up your access yet.

There still are the annual plans to wear costumes on Oct 30. Please continue to be thoughtful of our younger students when helping your students pick out a costume that can be worn to school. Masks for COVID will still need to be part of the day when students can’t be physically distanced.

That’s all from me for this month. Monthly newsletters will continue to be our routine. For further information and updates from the students and classrooms, check out our school website at http://blogs.spiritsd.ca/hanley/.  As always, Mr. Anderson and I would love to talk to you if you have time to give us a call. Take care and I’ll talk to you soon.

Sept 15 Update

Our start up this year has gone as planned but it’s not the regular year start up we’re used to. I have to say that students and parents are all doing surprisingly well given all the changes, and we’d like to express our thanks for the supportive messages and thoughts that have been sent our way. If you’re like many in allergy season, there is the question about how to handle that dilemma about the symptoms showing similarly to some COVID symptoms. I’ll paste below here what our school division is emphasizing and encourage you to call the office at our school if you have questions we can help answer.

Students with Allergies

We have been told our local Medical Health Officer that at the beginning of the school year, if a student displays the symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as listed in the COVID-19 Protocols for AP-432 Illness in Care, all steps in the policy should be followed beginning with the child staying at home, or if the child is at school, parents being contacted to pick up their child, and instructed to call 811 and follow the directions of the Health Officials.

The Health Official at 811 will ask the parent questions about their child’s symptoms, health history, recent activity, etc. to determine if testing is required. At times, parents may be communicating back to the school that 811 recommended their child did not need to be tested. This is not in contradiction with what we have been told by our MHO, as our instructions to parents should be consistent with “Call 811 and follow the directions of the Health Officials.”

If those steps are followed and when the student is cleared to return to school, please contact the school office first. Thank you again for your help.

Safe Schools Plan

Safe Schools Plans were uploaded today to school sites as they are completed. I’ve created a tab above for the webpage that will be used for any updates or other items related to our work on this part of the in-school education at Hanley.

Once again, thank you for your support as we all work through this together. The emails and phone calls we’ve all received have been totally appreciated. We want the best for your children as you do and that includes their safety as much as their education.

August 26 2020

Schools in the PSSD will start the first week of school with a “Soft Start” in efforts to help students and staff get used to some of the new routines in the school and classrooms. We have worked with Dundurn Elementary to make an alphabetical split that can be arranged for both schools and be similar for families. In the case of any student family members with different last names that cause a conflict, please contact your homeroom teacher to arrange.

Tuesday and Thursday, Sept 8 and 10, students in Hanley School with last names starting in letter A through K can attend school.
Wednesday and Friday, Sept 9 and 11, students in Hanley School with last names starting in letter L through Z can attend school.

Also for your information, Safe School plans are being reviewed by PSSD this week and then I will post those details on our school webpage by the end of the week.  

Lastly today – with families making decisions about what’s best for their students and variety of in-school attendance or Spirit eLearning options, there will be some class adjustments happen in the next couple weeks to keep class sizes similar for splits, etc. Thanks for your support as we adjust and change with current information.

August 12 2020

After a not-regular end to last school year, we’re moving ahead with plans for classes starting on September 1. Parents, please continue to check your email on file with the school for further updates and information details about new policies and practices that we’re putting into place to help keep all our students and our staff safe and healthy.

As always, I look forward to working with you all this year and also to the next time we can talk, although it might have to be through a mask. Please enjoy the rest of the summer days ahead of us all and we’ll see you soon.

Chris Tucker

March 30- April 1

Hello Hanley School Parents and Students. The events of the last couple weeks really are something new for all of us to deal with and make adjustments for going ahead with education this year. Please know that we are in the planning process for going ahead with the supplemental learning as described in Friday’s email to families from Prairie Spirit School Division. You can access it again here at the following link:


March 30 will have our school staff connecting as a group online to discuss what that looks like and how best to support our Sabers families at home with our students. That may look different at each home based on your needs and abilities and your resources. There will be some degrees of uncertainty on all of our parts at some point in the next few weeks and months but we will be doing everything we can to help with clarity there.

Starting Tuesday, school staff will reach out to make contact with our school families to check in and emphasize that we are here to support families – students AND parents. We’re looking forward to connecting with you in the upcoming days and weeks and checking how you’re doing. Every K-9 student will progress to the next grade and every grade 10-12 student already enrolled in a subject will receive that credit. All students will have opportunity to increase their understanding of the course content within the remaining time of this school year and high school students will also have an opportunity to improve their current mark. Teachers will connect with each home to discuss how that will look. What we can all be sure about this spring is that learning is everywhere and it will look very different than it does in a classroom.

As a line in the Supplemental Learning Plan states, we will “Continue to learn, connect and grow together!’

Province announces class suspensions effective March 20

Details of the Provincial Government’s Monday morning announcement to the province about plans to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to suspend school classes beginning March 20 are included in the following:

With the “winding down” of classes this week from March 17-19, the understanding is “This means that parents who are able to keep children home should do so immediately, with no absence or grade impacts. Parents with limited childcare options have a window to plan for class suspensions.” This is in the spirit of ‘flattening the curve’ and decreasing the risk of COVID-19 from spreading. If childcare or medical response needs to be arranged, they have three days to try and put that together.

We will continue to support our students and community as we progress through these uncertain times. Please know that as we move forward through this process you will continue to get information wit updates from Prairie Spirit School Division as it becomes available.