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June 28
Summer 2019

​Hello Students, Parents & Guardians of Buchanan School,

On behalf of all the teachers and support staff I want to wish you all safe and restful summer. We will see you back on Tuesday September 3 at 9:00am. There is no breakfast program until Wednesday September 5th. 


Principal Jeff  

June 02
June 3-7

Dear parents and guardians this is Principal Jeff with your weekly update from Buchanan School. 

On Monday the SPED classes will be going on a community walk to Dairy Queen 9:45-10:45am. Our Area 2 director Darlene Unruh will be coming by for a visit and take a tour around the school. A small group of students will share with her our learning in mathematics this year.  

On Tuesday the track and field club will meet at lunch time. In the evening the parent association will have their annual AGM. This starts at 6pm in the library. All are welcome. 

On Wednesday the students and staff in room 4 will host visitors from the Leighton Arts Center "Art to Go" program. 

On Thursday classrooms 3 & 9 will have an in class reptile presentation in the afternoon. 

       Friday  there is no school for students as there is an organizational day for teachers. 

Thanks and have a great weekend. 

May 24
May 27 - 31

​Dear parents and guardians this is Principal Jeff with your weekly update from Buchanan School. 

On Monday the SPED classes will be going on a community walk to the Seniors Home 1-3pm.

On Wednesday all those requiring vaccinations will have a chance to get them. 

Thursday we will be having our Lockdown Practice at 1:30pm

In the evening there is the Welcome to Kindergarten Orientation 6-7pm

On Friday the Kindergarten class is off to DQ for hot eats and cool treats​

Thanks and have a great weekend. 

May 17
May 21 - May 24

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This is princpal Jeff with your weekly message for Buchanan School May 21 - 24. 

Tuesday and Wednesday are quite with no field trips or visiting programs. 

On Thursday the grade 2/3's and 3/4's are heading off to the zoo. Ms. Wong's class has a visitor from Mad Science in to talk about animals. 

Friday the School Council is putting on a special lunch for all the students. There is a jump rope for heart assembly for am kindergarten and our area director is coming for a visit. 

Happy Victoria Day to everyone on this long weekend. 

May 10
May 13 - 17

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This is princpal Jeff with your weekly message for Buchanan School. 

On Monday our grade 6's are on a field trip to the indoor climbing center. The Special Education Classes are heading out on a community walk to Tim Hortons.

On Tuesday at 6pm our School Council is meeting. This is the second last meeting of the school year. The meeting in June will be our Annual General Meeting. As always everyone is invited to attend. Mr. T will be our guest teacher sharing some insights into grades 3 & 4. 

On Wednesday the dental hygenist will be visiting the kindergarten and grade 1 classes. 

On Thursday the students will be putting on their spring concert and art walk. The evening performance will occur at 6:30pm. Students should be dropped off between 6:15 and 6:20. Gym doors will open at 6:15 for seating. After the performance is over parents are encouraged to tour around the school with their children on the art walk. 

There is no school for children on Friday. 

Have a great weekend Buchanan and to all the mothers, granmothers and guardians out there, enjoy your day on Sunday. 

April 26
April 26th

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As you have noticed, weekly updates will now be placed on our banner on our website. We will also be sending you a school messenger update every two weeks to remind you of upcoming events in our school.

On Monday, April 29th, we will be welcoming Ms. Julie Ramsay to Buchanan as our acting assistant principal while Tania Wong is on a leave of absence. Julie is a retired assistant principal from CBE and we look forward to inviting her into our school community.

Buchanan school was involved in a family math night this month where students and their families walked around the school solving math mysteries. It was a lot of fun for everyone. Because our school development plan focuses on math problem solving, you will see many bulletin boards and activities throughout the school focusing on many different math concepts through the lens of problem solving. You are welcome to come and see the work the students and staff have been working on with our math coach, Angela Harris. As I walk around the school and visit classrooms, it is evident that the children are engaged in math learning and having fun at the same time. We want students to engage in problems worth solving - problems that encourage thinking, perseverance, collaboration, and risk-taking.  We want them to have the experience of working at vertical, non-permanent surfaces, on rich tasks, and in collaboration with others - a few of the necessary elements for building a thinking classroom.

“Life is a math equation. In order to gain the most, you have to know how to convert negatives into positives.” – Anonymous


Mrs. Goldenberg​

April 01
Buchanan Bi-Weekly Update April 1 - 5 & April 8 - 12


Dear Parents and Guardians,

Here are your updates for the weeks of April 1 – 5 & April 8 – 12

Welcome back to school! Hopefully you all had a wonderful spring break; taking time to enjoy the first signs of spring. Thank you to all of the families who came out to our Student Led Conferences prior to spring break. It was wonderful to see the excitement throughout the building as the students and staff prepared for these conferences. As I walked around the classrooms, the music room, the gym and the Maker Space, it was evident the children were thrilled to share their learning with you. Thank you also for supporting our Book Fair. We now have $971.00 to put towards new books for our Learning Commons.

We would like to welcome Ms. Rachel Ott to room 9 as our temporary teacher who will be working with Ms. Klaire Smith as she continues to work towards a full recovery this year. We wish Mrs. Mui all the best as she resumes her role with CBE as a substitute teacher.

Room 10 (grade 3 and 4) along with our SKILL II classroom will be going to Aggie Days on Thursday, April 4th.

Please remember to complete the swim forms and provide payment by Monday, April 8th.

Save the Date

Math Night on Thursday, April 18th 6:30 – 7:30. Please save the date as we celebrate as a school community the exciting and wonderful world of math. The theme for the night will be “Escape Room Style” with a grand prize draw to win a $50 gift certificate to Master Mind Toys. More information to follow.


Wishing you a wonderful two weeks.

Mrs. Goldenberg

March 08
Buchanan Bi-Weekly Update March 11 - 15 & March 18 - 22

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Here are your updates for the weeks of March 11 – 15 and March 18 – 22

·          Please join us at the school on Thursday, March 14th for a parent presentation:

Is Your Child a Struggling Reader?

Presented by

Mrs. Carol Schmidt & Mrs. Sherry Goldenberg – Literacy Specialists

Are you looking for strategies to support your child as he/she is learning how to read? This presentation is not limited to only early readers because there are also strategies that older children can use that will help develop independent reading skills. Our presentation will be held at the school on Thursday March 14th from 5:30 – 6:30. It is important to know how many adults will be participating so please RSVP to sjgoldenberg@cbe.ab.ca.


·          Friday, March 15th is special lunch and kindergarten am.

·          Book Fair will be held in the school from Monday, March 18th through to Thursday, March 21st.

·          School Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 19th at 6:00pm. We hope to see you there.

·          Student Led Conferences will be held on Thursday, March 21st from 5:00 – 7:00 and Friday, March 22nd from 9:00 – 11:00. There is no school for students on the Friday. Please come with your child to see the teaching and learning that has been going in your child’s classroom.

·          Spring Break begins on March 25th. School re-opens on Monday, April 1st. Have a wonderful spring break!

Enjoy these next few weeks and have a wonderful spring break.

Mrs. Goldenberg​

February 28
Buchanan Bi-Weekly Update Feb. 25 - Mar. 1 and Mar. 4 - 8

​Dear Parents and Guardians,

Here are your updates for the weeks of Feb. 25 - March 1 and March 4 - March 8.

Thank you to everyone who organized and participated in our Pink Shirt Assembly on Feb. 27th. It was a huge success. It was a great day that also included the James Fowler Leadership Club supporting our students in the morning.

There is no school on Friday, March 1st for our PD day.

March 4th - Robotics Club at lunchtime

March 5th - Aquatics club and Leadership Club at lunchtime

March 6th - MIB (Make It Better) Club at lunchtime

March 7th - Safety Expo field trip for Rooms 8 and 9

March​ 7th - Vaccination follow up

March 8th - Kindergarten PM

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

Mrs.  Goldenberg

February 08
Buchanan Bi-Weekly Update Feb. 11-15 and Feb. 18-22

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Here are your updates for the weeks of Feb. 11-15 and Feb. 18-22

Please note that there is no school on February 14 or 15 due to Teachers’ Convention and no school on February 18 because of Family Day.

We would like to thank all the families who participated in our Science Night on Feb. 7th. We were thrilled to see so many families out. Congratulations to all the staff, students and parents who worked so hard to make the night so successful.

We are pleased to welcome to our school beginning on Monday, February 11th, Ms. Maddy Wong who will be teaching our grade 1 and 2 students in room 4.  We wish Mrs. Selena Wu well as she begins her leave prior to the birth of her baby.

School council meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 19th  at 6:00pm. We hope to see you there.

February 22nd is Kindergarten AM.

February 22nd is our spirit day. Stay tuned to your child’s agenda to hear how we will be celebrating spirit day. It is also a special lunch day.


Have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs. Goldenberg​

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