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June 17
Happy Fahter's Day and Thank You to Parents

Dear Parents,

Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads who are a part of our Altadore School Community! I hope you have all had a chance to create some wonderful memories today, as we have already had at our house. At school, we hear from your children each and everyday how important you are to them and how much they love you. As adults, we also know the vital role you play in guiding your children to grow and to learn! Thank you and congratulations!

I would also like to thank all of the parents who came out to hear more about our new school organization for next year and to ask questions. It is an honour and a pleasure to work in a community where everyone cares so much about our children and their learning. As a staff we are confident we are maximizing available resources in order to maximize the achievement, citizenship, character and personal development of our students and are happy to answer your questions. Finally, I would like to extend my personal thanks to each and every one of our teaches who came out last Tuesday to help with this presentation - especially as it came in the middle of a week they were busy writing report cards!

If you have any questions or if I can be of help in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kelly
Kelly Christopher
Principal, Altadore School
kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca

June 10
Owl's Nest Indigenous Name

On Monday, Saa’kokoto (Randy Bottle) gifted the Owl’s Nest with an additional Indigenous name which means Children of the Owl. As Blackfoot is almost completely an oral language, he is consulting with some other Elders to confirm the spelling of it. We will share it with you once we have it.

At the beginning of the ceremony, we announced to all of the students that Foster Garrison, our Grade 1 student who has been undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia, has finished all of his treatments. To mark this special occasion, he was given the honour of formally asking Saa’kokoto to name the Owl’s Nest with a Blackfoot name. After starting a smudge, Saa’kokoto spoke about the importance of name giving in the Blackfoot culture. It is how they acknowledge the land, as well as the beings of the land - the animals, the beings of the sky- the winged ones, as well as the beings of the water. He wanted to acknowledge the spirit of the land - the children of our school who use the space, as well as the owl for which it had already been named. Saa’kokoto explained how his culture sees the owl as very wise and a being that can see into the future. It is a messenger who tells us what we need to do to prepare for the next day and helps us to remember important things we need to do. It is also able to tell us about what to do to protect our children, our families and our community.

By granting the name Children of the Owl to our garden space, Saa’kokoto is following in the footsteps of his grandfather by teaching, singing an honour song, as well as by sharing ceremonies with us. It is a traditional way of leaving his way of life for future generations.

We are so very honoured and happy that he was willing to share this ceremony with us and are happy that he will come back to work with our students next year.

If you have any questions or I can be of help in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kelly
Kelly Christopher
Principal, Altadore School
kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca

May 27
Ceremony in the Owl's Nest

Dear Parents,

At 9:00 AM on Monday, June 3, we will be holding a special ceremony in our Owl’s Nest. At that time, Randy Bottle, the Indigenous elder we have been working with, will be granting the Owl’s Nest with a Blackfoot name. As a part of this celebration he will be conducting a smudging and explaining the purpose of smudging in the Blackfoot culture. After that, he will share the name he has chosen based on his knowledge of our school and how we use that space. In the past, CBE rooms, buildings and places have been granted Indigenous names, however we believe this is the first time this will be done with some CBE land. We believe this is a great honour.

Once the ceremony is over, we will enjoy some food that has been provided by parent volunteers and have some extra time to be outside and to enjoy our land both in the Owl’s Nest and on our field. All parents are welcome to join us! Please note that this ceremony will be happening outside - rain or shine! We will all need to come prepared to be outside for about 45 minutes.

On our calendar page, you will see our tentative calendar for next year. None of the bell times for Grades 1-6 have changed and you will be able to see some of the dates that have been reserved for the Christmas Concert, Grade 6 Provincial Achievement tests etc. TBD If you have any questions or I can be of help in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kelly Christopher
Principal, Altadore School
kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca

May 21
Volunteer Tea

Dear Parents,

I am so happy to be writing this to you as I sit in the sunshine on my back deck! I hope you are enjoying this long weekend as much as I am. I have three things for you this week. First of all, I would like to extend a personal invitation to all parents to come to our Volunteer Tea on Thursday! We believe all of you do extra things to make our school a special place and would love to have the chance to extend a personal thank you. More details are below and a quick email to your classroom teacher will work as an RSVP so we can plan for you.

Second, the rainy part of the school year is upon us. Please know that when it is raining outside we use our judgment as to when the students go outside at recess and lunch. If it is a drizzle or light rain, they will most likely go outside. If it is pouring or there is potential for lightning, we all stay indoors. It is really important children come prepared to be outside if there is a possibility of wet weather.

Finally, we received our budget allocations from the CBE late last week. We are working through all of the implications right now and I will keep you posted as we figure them out. For now, I would like to share that we do not think we will need to relocate part of our Learning Commons to the stage for the upcoming school year.

Have a great week! I hope to see many of you at the Volunteer Tea!

If you have any questions or I can be of help in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kelly Christopher
Principal, Altadore School
kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca

May 13
Happy Mother's Day

Dear Parents,

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms who are part of our Altadore School Community! Parenting can be many things - exhilarating, challenging, rewarding, exhausting, affirming, overwhelming, exciting - sometimes all at the same time! Just as it adds tremendous meaning to our lives, it also brings us some heartbreaking moments. I wish you all some happy and memorable moments today as you celebrate the vital role you play in helping your children to be all that they can be. Thank you to all of you!

Our Grade 5 students have already had their Spring Celebration. If you have a child in another grade, please take note of the upcoming dates in the sidebar. Depending on the grade, these celebrations can take a variety of forms - anything from a spring concert type celebrations to a dramatic presentation. There is always a performance aspect incorporated and it is connected to curriculum and what has been happening in class. More details will be sent out via SchoolMessenger by the classroom teachers.

Have a great week! If you have any questions or I can be of help in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kelly Christopher
Principal, Altadore School
kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca

May 06
Things are as Busy as Ever!

As we move into May, things are as busy as ever at Altadore!

Looking back, one of the themes of this week was democracy in action. Our Grade 6 students helped the grade ones conduct a school-wide vote on which of the five senses is the most important. This included many posters being put up around the school, although not at the voting station. There was also an identification check of all students before they were allowed to vote. Very professional!

Many of our Grade 6 students also took what they had been learning at school about the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms into account as they had discussions with their families about whether or not participate in a student-led provincial wide walkout. Although this was not a CBE sponsored or approved event, some did choose to take part and demonstrate in front of the school, while others did not. I was most impressed by the thoughtfulness and seriousness of our students as they researched and made their decisions, their conduct throughout the process, and the respect they offered to those with different opinions. It was truly an example of what democracy should look like!

Starting next week, each of our Grade 3 classes will be going to spend five days at City Hall School, learning much more about our Calgary, the downtown and the question of “What makes a vibrant community?” The grade ones will be tabulating the results of their referendum and will be going on a field trip to the National Sports Hall of Fame, and the kindergarten students will all be coming in the afternoon in order to go to swimming lessons. Final preparations for the Grade 3-4 Spring Concert are underway. The first of the Provincial Achievement Tests (Writing) will be written by our Grade 6 students on Wednesday morning.

We have also invited children who are registered with us for kindergarten next year to sign up for a visit the school on Tuesday or Wednesday morning.

Learning is ever active at Altadore! Our teachers work hard to make sure that what your children do in class is intellectually engaging, related to curriculum, and connected to the real world outside of school. For me, it is always a very exciting place to be!

Have a great week! If you have any questions or I can be of help in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kelly Christopher
Principal, Altadore School
kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca

April 29
Thanks for Participating in the Accommodation Process

I want to thank each and every one of you who participated in the accommodation process for Altadore School. The comments you made and the feedback you gave were all weighed and considered as the decision was made. As often happens, there were a whole variety of viewpoints and conflicting opinions. This decision does mean that there are a number of families who had been planning for their child to come to Altadore School who will now not be able to do so, including some who already have older siblings at the school. I ask you to keep them in mind as we move forward, as many of them are still in the midst of making some difficult decisions.

The next big steps for Altadore as we plan for next year are to look at staffing as well as how we will utilize the space around the school. The first step in this process is to compare what we know about which students will be coming next year to the projections the CBE has provided us. Most of you will remember us asking you about this at the last conferences, and now that we have an accommodation decision, we are confirming those who have registered for next year. The next step will be to look at staffing and how we will utilize the space we have around the school come September. Both of these decisions are reliant on the budget we get from the CBE. This has been delayed as the CBE budget is in turn dependent on how education will be funded by the provincial government.

As I have more information about our budget and how things will look next year, I will keep you posted.

If you have any questions or I can be of help in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kelly Christopher
Principal, Altadore School
kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca

April 22
Concept-Based Learning

Dear Parents,

I hope all of you who celebrate had a very Happy Easter! As mentioned last week, teachers are back at school today delving into concept based learning in a slightly new way and working at finding ways to incorporate some of the main ideas into some of their planning for the rest of the year. We will also be looking at learning some of the more technical aspects of best usage around some of our newer technologies. This week we have the first of our spring celebrations. Grade 5 students will be performing a Canada: The Musical on Thursday at 6:00 for their parents and invited guests.

If you have any questions or I can be of help in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kelly
Kelly Christopher
Principal, Altadore School
kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca

April 15
A Few Reminders

Dear Parents,

Good morning everyone! Just a few quick reminders from me this week!

  • There is no school for students on Friday or on Monday.
  • Monday, teachers will be in school digging into the idea of concept based teaching. The purpose of teaching in this way is for students to be able to connect more discrete facts and skills to larger concepts, making learning more meaningful and purposeful as well as engaging.
  • Please have a look at the openings for a variety of positions on School Council next year! School Council is an essential part of what makes Altadore such a great place to learn and grow. We need your help to continue this great work. Have a great long weekend!

If you have any questions or I can be of help in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kelly Christopher
Principal, Altadore School
kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca

April 08
A Wonderful Week!

Dear Parents,
We had a wonderful week back at school after Spring Break! There is a definite buzz and excitement in the building. Many of our Grade 5 and 6 students were gearing up for a multi school music extravaganza on Monday evening called Orff the Wall with extra rehearsals. We have also put some different colours floor tape out in the hallways in a variety of patterns, and the children are able to follow them or use them as inspiration to move through the hallways in different ways. This has been a great hit! It’s a little hard to visualize, but ask your child about it! They will be able to explain and demonstrate in ways I can’t in a newsletter!

Thanks to everyone who has made a special effort to ensure their children have been arriving at school on time! We have definitely noticed fewer lates this past week and we are really hoping it will continue! If you have any questions or I can be of help in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kelly Christopher
Principal, Altadore School
kdchristophe@cbe.ab.ca

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