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February, 2019

​February 8 to March 8 2019 Principals Message
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From February – June 2018, Grade 5/6’s are receiving 60 minutes of additional minutes of instruction in Mathematics per week, aligned with the Program of Studies, as per one of the CBE Math Strategies approved by our Board of Trustees. Teachers assigned to these enrichment blocks, primarily taught on Fridays, will be working together during our professional learning time to design engaging Mathematical Problem Solving Activities. Parents can expect to see this new class appear in their child’s Power School schedule as ‘Enhancement’ and the teacher assigned to this Math course will be giving them a separate report card indicator mark in June, as based on their achievement on the hand-on learning tasks they will be engaging in each week.
The start of semester II also means the beginning of a transition time for our grade 9 students as they start to plan for their grade 10 year in a new learning community.  It is important for students to make a choice that works best for them as learners and if more information is required, they should see Mr. Perrone for support.
On Friday January 25th, we hosted Constable Tad Milmine as a guest speaker to Balmoral School.  He was at our school to share his unforgettable experience growing up as well as his powerful message that “Bullying Ends Here.”  Tad’s message has had a lasting effect on our students as we try to grow and come together as a community.  For more information, please visit https://www.bullyingendshere.ca/. 
Our four Balmoral Basketball teams are practicing hard and ready to engage in full, healthy and positive competition with the schools in our area.  Please see our calendar for a complete list of game dates and come out to cheer on our athletic students at various games at several different site.
Later in March, just prior to Spring Break, Parents will have an opportunity to meet with their child’s term II teachers in formal face-to-face interviews. In getting to know our Balmoral TLC families, I have become increasingly aware that many of our parents are both working full time, often long hours and may have other children attending other CBE sites around the city. This created a challenge during our November 2018 parent/teacher conferences, offered for one evening from 4:00-8:00pm where attendees were to pre-booking a meeting with two core subject teachers. In order to create additional spaces for term II interviews, I have adjusted our March interviews so that they are on two nights: Wednesday, March 20th and Thursday March 21st from 4:00-8:00pm. On line, booking, through the parent version of Power School, will open up in mid-March and an exact date will be shared in the Wednesday Weekly Email to parents. Then on Friday, March 22nd from 8:00-12:30pm, parents whose children who have adapted educational programming as detailed in their Individual Program Plan (IPP) will meet with the various teachers in 30-minute time slots. These meetings will be booked directly with the IPP teacher-coordinator at a time that works for all those required to attend.
Sincerely,
Liana Appelt, PhD​ 

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Balmoral School

220 16 Ave NW Calgary, AB, T2M 0H4
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School Contacts

Principal
Ms Liana Appelt
Assistant Principal
Mr Kenneth Perrone
Area Director
Ms Darlene Unruh
Trustee
Lisa Davis

School Information

Grades
05-09
Enrolment
607
Programs
Traditional Learning Centre (TLC)
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Morning Start
7:55 AM
Dismissal
2:30 PM
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