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Principal's Message

November 2017

It's hard to believe that November is here already. As a staff, we appreciate the opportunity to work with your children each day.
We have welcomed 2 new staff members to Acadia since school began: Lunchroom Supervisor Mrs. Sue Naylor and Grade 4 Teacher Ms. Julie Traveson. Both are welcome additions to our Acadia staff. Our staff are actively engaged in work within the CBE to enhance the quality of literacy instruction for students. We recognize that literacy is an integral part of our lives, even after we are students in school. Our work is focusing specifically on creating instructional practices that lead to better engagement and achievement in writing for our students here at Acadia.
With the arrival of 45 new Macbook Air laptops and a new cart of 5th generation iPads, Acadia is in the process of accommodating both Mac and PC platforms in the school. The new machines are readily used for project work in the classroom and by the Digital Champions Club of Grade 4/5 students which meet weekly until they showcase their technology projects in December. Grade 1 students have worked to explore the camera and Photo Booth on both the laptops and iPads as part of a writing task describing their appearance. Grade 5 students are working within collaborative Google environments, while other students are beginning the process of developing learning plans and profiles in IRIS, a CBE web-based tool. Connect with your classroom teacher to learn more about technology experiences connected to learning in the classroom.
In November, we host a Remembrance Day assembly as a reminder to all of us to focus our decisions and actions on peace and respect. This year, the assembly will be on Friday, November 10 at 10:30 AM. Parents and families, please join us for this special event commemorated with music and words from Acadia students. Afternoon Kindergarten students are welcome to join us accompanied by their parents for the duration of the assembly. Please look for dates of upcoming monthly assemblies at Acadia where we will showcase student learning and other school experiences. Families are always welcome to attend. Thanks to our Student Leadership Group who were showcased at the October assembly sharing messages from the UR Strong Friendship message we have adopted at the school, service opportunities like the Veterans’ Food Drive and the other helpful leadership opportunities they are currently working on.
A recent security event in the school community required staff to make contact with families during the school day through School Messenger and phone. It is important that all parents have subscribed to receive messages through School Messenger and that phone contacts are in-service and up to date. Please communicate this important information to the office immediately. Please subscribe to School Messenger through this link: http://www.cbe.ab.ca/news-centre/school-messages/Pages/default.aspx
Regular attendance at school is an integral part of a child’s educational experience and provides improved choices for the future. Did you know:
By Grade 3, students with regular attendance are more likely to read at grade level
By Grade 6, regular attendance is a predictor of high school completion
By Grade 9, regular attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than test scores
Concerns with attendance may indicate other challenges in a student’s life
Regular attendance at school is an important life skill on the path for future employment
The morning bell rings at 8:00 AM. Instruction begins soon after. Please ensure that students arrive at school on time. Late students must obtain a late slip from the office before going to class. Being late interrupts the learning for the late student and the class. Please arrive on time daily. Please help students arrive safely at school by parking outside the bus zone and staff parking lot, and using the designated cross walks.
Thank-you for the opportunity to share learning filled days with your children at Acadia, and for your continued support. As always, please contact the office with any questions or concerns.
Sincerely, Lisa Bartel, Principal
Tamra Wilcox Assistant Principal​

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Acadia School

9603 5 St SE Calgary, AB, T2J 1K4
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School Contacts

Principal
Mrs Lisa Bartel
Assistant Principal
Mrs Tamra Wilcox
Area Director
Mrs Sylvie Monfette
Trustee
Julie Hrdlicka

School Information

Grades
K-05
Enrolment
255
Programs
Regular
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School Hours

Morning Start
8:00 AM
Dismissal
2:40 PM
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