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December 12
Season of Giving - Dec 13, 2018 

​Dear Families,

 

In these middle days of December our school is busy as we continue our daily learning while also preparing for our Season of Giving event.  Thanks so much for the great support we are receiving so far.  We have had many students and parents contacting us to ask about socks, cards and toy donations.  We are very hopeful that with our work at school and your efforts at home, our children will develop an increased understanding about gratitude, empathy and generosity - the gift of giving.  

 

In order for this event to be a success, we are providing a few FAQs:

 

Stuffing Socks

 - This year we are asking you to fill a sock at home and bring it to our Season of Giving (or send it to school ahead of time)

-  Socks go to Calgarians in need at the Drop in Centre, many of whom do not have a home of their own.

-  For more information, visit their website at https://www.calgarydropin.ca/

 

Cards

-  Families are invited to make a festive greeting card for an elderly Calgarian from your family…. decorate it, send a warm message from your family. 

-  Cards will go to Calgary Senior Citizens at Garrison Green Carewest 

-  For more information visit their website at  http://carewest.ca/dir/carewest-garrison-green/​


Toy Mountain

•  Families are invited to buy a new toy to donate to Toy Mountain

•  These toys go to children in and around the Calgary area who are staying at the  Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter

•  For more information about Toy Mountain, please see their website at https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/more/toy-mountain​


We welcome this opportunity to give and share our generosity with others, however we would not expect your family to donate to each of these organizations.  Please feel free to pick only those recipients that make the most sense for your family.

 

We look forward to welcoming you and your family at our Season of Giving on Thursday, Dec 13.  Our school will be open for the evening, but to minimize problems with parking and crowded hallways, we encourage you to arrive 15-30 minutes before your scheduled performance (see times below) and then to head home after that presentation to make room for the next grade.  Students are to go to their classroom 15 minutes prior to their performance time.  Parents with children in different grades are welcome to attend those performances.

 

Performance Times:

6:00 - Kindergarten / grade 1

6:30 – Mrs. Patrick’s class, grade 2 and grade 3

7:00 – grade 4 and grade 5

 

Should your family be unable to join us that evening, please feel to attend our Dress Rehearsals on Thursday afternoon in the gym.  Dress rehearsal times are as follows:

 

1:30- K-1

2:00 - Gr 2-3 +Mrs. Patricks class

2:30 - gr 4-5

 

Finally, we offer some activities around our school that your family is invited to participate in.  Specifically, we will have a photo booth where your family can dress up and use your own phone/camera to capture a memory of the evening.  We also offer an art walk where families can stroll through the school to view student created art work.  



J. Campbell
Principal
November 22
November Updates

Dear Families,

It was great to see so many Battalion Park families at our School Council Halloween Dance. With our smaller school this year we were able to host everyone in the gym – we even invited a few members from the Calgary Fire Department! Please join me in extending our gratitude to our many parent volunteers, and especially to the tireless efforts of our organizing committee. 


Remembrance Day Assembly / Grade 6 Celebration of Learning


Our grade six students have been engaged in learning about significant events, challenges, hardships, and successes from the wars in which Canadian men and women were involved. These students will be hosting one of our most important ceremonies of the year – Remembrance Day. Through poetry, creative writing, art and song our students strive to convey their learning in a meaningful way at our Remembrance Day Assembly. We invite parents to join us on November 9 at 10:30 am to celebrate this learning and recognize this special day.

Please note that the media has been invited to attend this public event. A form came to parents at the beginning of the year called, Consent for Use of Student Information by News Media and Outside Groups (Third Party) form. If the media requests to interview a student, we would only ask students who have this form signed. Should you have any concerns about the media's presence at our event, please notify us at the school office (403) 777-7187.


Learning Conferences


Teachers share student progress in a variety of formal and informal ways. Informally, teachers can use:

phone calls,

emails,

notes in agenda books,

work samples sent home, etc.

Formally, we:

invite parents/guardians and students to attend Learning Conferences (Sept, Nov, and Mar),

provide written report cards twice a year (Jan and June).


On November 22 and 23, we invite parents for another round of Learning Conferences at Battalion Park. Our first conferences in September were designed to connect the teacher-student-parent partnership and for us to learn more from you about your child. At our November conferences, teachers will provide parents and guardians with information to describe how their children are progressing in relation to the Alberta Education Programs of Study, particularly in literacy and math, as well as in Citizenship, Personal Development, and Character in and through Learning. Teachers will be prepared to share students' strengths as well as overall areas for growth and specific next steps in leaning. Parent participation in these conferences is highly valued as we work together to support learning. Parents can book their Learning Conference time in PowerSchool, starting at 8:00 am on Nov 15.


Thanks for your continued support. We look forward to seeing you at our Remembrance Day Ceremony and Learning Conferences!


J. Campbell

Principal

April 27
April Updates

Dear Parents

Thank you for your recent participation in Learning Conferences last week.  These events are important opportunities for teachers to provide updates on student learning progress. Many grades also use Learning Conferences or Celebrations of Learning for students to share their own learning. Reflection, self-assessment and goal setting are all important early steps towards student self-advocacy.  

In addition to our day-to-day work in classes, several events have been happening around our school.  Several grades have completed or have upcoming Residency experiences to augment their learning.  Grade six recently welcomed Mobile Escapes in to their classrooms.  After participating in some locked room challenges, students worked in groups to problem solve and create their own locked rooms.  While learning about the wetlands, grade five students worked with a visual artist, Michele Austen to practice several art techniques and then created some amazing watercolour art.  Kindergarten and grade two students invited Trickster Theatre to come in.  They worked together to use their imagination and creativity to write and perform plays based on Social Studies or Science topics.  Other grades will be working with a Residency in the near future.  More details will be provided on the News Stories section of our website.

We are most grateful to our eternally supportive parent group at School Council and Signal Hill School Enhancement Society for funding these residencies.  Some of the common characteristics of these Residency experiences include:

- High levels of student engagement

- Learning from an expert in their field of expertise

- Learning is unique and alternative ways

- Students experiencing new ways of learning

Parents may have heard through their children that we had a great assembly on Thursday, Apr 19. First, our Enviro Club shared ways to become a better friend to the environment – a very important message.  With the help of our young volunteers, students are becoming much better at using our refund, recycle and compost bins. Our next step will be to reduce the number of plastic utensils and Ziploc bags and increase the use of reusable containers. 

Secondly, we learned about an upcoming Talent Sharing at the school.  Students will have the opportunity to share a talent during music class and some may decide to audition to share at a whole school assembly.  

Thirdly, we drew names for students who have been raising money for Jump Rope for Heart.  We have raised approximately $7500 toward our goal of $8000!  Our community continues to prove that our students and their families want to make a difference.  We encourage students to complete their fund raising and return forms by Monday, April 30.   

Finally, we gave a heart-felt farewell to our Library Assistant, Mrs. Hall who has decided to retire and travel with her husband.  We extend our sincere thanks for many years of buying books that students love and turning them on to reading.  All the best in your travels, Mrs. Hall.

If you are in the school in the coming weeks, you will notice that our walls are getting some treatment.  Starting in the Mini, then in the Core, our walls are getting patched and painted!  The “New Battalion Park School” is starting to take shape!

Thank you to those parents who attended our School Council meeting on Wednesday, April 18.  These monthly meetings are open to all parents and provide an important means to find out about upcoming events and future directions for the school.  Each meeting typically involves asking parents for input in an aspect of our school.  Last month, parents provided input on when to have PD days and Learning Conferences next year.  This week, we asked parents to prioritize events at our school, which will help us shape future in school presenters, Residencies, etc. We hope to see you next month!


Regards,

J. Campbell


November 06
November Updates

It was great to see so many Battalion Park and Griffith Woods families at our School Council Halloween dances. This year we split the evening into two dances, Grade K-3 and Grade 4-6. As a result, more students were able to attend. Our gratitude extends to our many parent volunteers, and especially to the tireless efforts of our organizing committee. Rumour has it that one of our Grade 3 girls woke up on Saturday morning after the dance and asked when we would be having our next one! 

To students, we understand that social traditions, such as Halloween are fun, however at an adult level it is important that we recognize that these events connect us together and help us strengthen our community. With the opening of Griffith Woods School and all of the changes this brings, we have an opportunity to model strength, confidence and resiliency for our children. Through our talk and through our actions we can show our children that, regardless of the color of your school shirt, we still belong to a strong, supportive, and cohesive community. I have often said that one of Battalion Park School’s greatest advantages is the strong community of adults who support the growth of our children. Thanks for your Hawk Pride. 

Our Grade 6 students have been engaged in learning about significant events, challenges, hardships, and successes from the wars in which Canadian men and women were involved. These students will be hosting one of our most important ceremonies of the year – Remembrance Day. Through poetry, creative writing, art and song our students strive to convey their learning in a meaningful way at our Remembrance Day Assembly. 

We hope that all Grade 6 parents can join us on Nov. 9, 2017 to celebrate this learning and recognize this special day. In addition to our regular Communication folders, School Messenger emails have become one of our main tools that we use to communicate with you. 

Swim lessons have been a success for our Grade 1-3 students. Staff at the swimming pool have commented on how well our students listen and how open they are to feedback. 

Teachers communicate student learning in a variety of formal and informal ways. Informally, teachers can use phone calls, emails or send home student work to share learning progress. Formally, we also host Learning Conferences and send home report cards twice a year. On Nov. 16 and 17, 2017, we are inviting parents for another round of Learning Conferences at Battalion Park. Our first conferences in September were designed to connect the teacher-student-parent partnership and for us to learn more about your child.

At our November conferences, teachers will provide parents and guardians with information to describe how their children are progressing in relation to Alberta Education Programs of Study as well as Citizenship, Personal Development, and Character in and through Learning. 

Thanks for your continued support. 

See more in November Newsletter​

J. Campbell 
Principal​

 

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