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School Council February News

Hello Parents,
Please find attached the minutes of the January 2019 School Council meeting. Some highlights:
Grade 1 /2 teachers shared some excellent presentations, including video presentations of the math, literary and inquiry-based learning activities being undertaken with Grade 1 and 2 students.
There are some changes to the School Council meeting times and format. From March 2019, School Council meetings will be held on Thursdays [...]

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January School Council News

Parents of Capitol Hill School,
Happy new year from your school council, we wish only the best of health and joy for our school and
surrounding community. We are looking for a new Fun Lunch coordinator for 2019 to follow all the
great work and energy that Kerstin built in the past year. Let us know if you are interested and we can
discuss what is involved by emailing us at capitolhillschoolcouncil@gmail.com.Your school council Chair: [...]

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    Parent-Teacher Conferences

    “… this practice (Student-led conferences) is the biggest breakthrough in communicating about student achievement in the last century. When students are well prepared over an extended period to tell the story of their own success (or lack thereof), they seem to experience a fundamental shift in their internal sense of responsibility for that success. The pride in accomplishment that students feel when they have a positive story to tell and tell it well can be immensely motivational.” Rick Stiggins
    We are very excited to be hosting Student-Led conferences during our parent teacher interviews. In response to the parent survey from October 2018, 98% of parents stated that they “Understood and support the role that the Learning Conferences play to inform parents about their child’s achievement and progress.” Parents were also asked the question, “I would be interested in having my child participate more in the learning conferences by having a student-led format in which we have time to view and engage in a variety of learning tasks that can demonstrate my child’s understanding of concepts learned.” Of the 66 respondents who answered the question, 26% responded strongly agree, 35% responded agree, 33% responded disagree and 6% responded strongly disagree. As the November interviews were in the traditional parent teacher student learning conferences format of a formal sit-down interview with the teacher, we would like to
    honour the voices of the 61% of parents who are in favor of Student-led conference format. With effective structure and support, student-led conferences build motivation, clarity, self-direction, and critical thinking in students; and they also connect families deeply to the growth of their child and the work of the school.
    The purpose of student led conferences is to provide students with the opportunity to reflect on and demonstrate their learning. Student led conferences support all students to:
    Reflect on learning
    Extend learning
    Deepen their understanding of self as a learner
    Demonstrate independence in learning
    Be empowered
    Foster pride and development of ownership of personal learning goals and achievements.
    The role of the parent is to be an observer, a questioner and to provide feedback about your child’s learning. Some suggested questions are:
    Can you tell me more about …?
    How did you learn that …?
    What are you most proud of …?
    I can see improvement in …
    What did you find most challenging about …?
    It makes me proud of you by seeing …?
    How to Book Your Conference Time
    The conference will be block booked on the hour so that 4 families will be in the classroom at the same time. For example, book from 4 PM to 5 PM for your first child and then 5 PM to 6 PM for your second child. And then 6 PM to 7 PM for the third child
    During the conference, the role of the teacher is to connect with you and your child as you engage with your child in the various learning tasks that have been set up to share. If you have something of a sensitive nature you would like to discuss, we ask that you book a different time to meet with the teacher. Please email the teacher with information you would like to discuss in private.
    Learning tasks/stations will be set up and it will take a minimum of 45 minutes per child. Parents can of course stay the entire hour.
    More information coming out on Thursday, March 14 as a reminder before the booking system opens on Friday, March 15 at 10:00 AM.
    Benita Dalton, Principal

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    Capitol Hill School

    2210 18 St NW Calgary, AB, T2M 3T4
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    Principal
    Ms Benita Dalton
    Assistant Principal
    Mrs Monica Demuth
    Area Director
    Ms Darlene Unruh
    Trustee
    Lisa Davis

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