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Principal's Message

October 2017

“A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils.” Ever Garrison
October 5, 2017 is World Teacher’s Day. Since the start of this school year, the teachers have demonstrated their dedication, passion and their love for learning. They are working on developing and nurturing strong relationships with their students by being present in their work. As I greet the students in the morning, they are happy to be at Capitol Hill School. As we come together this fall, as a learning community, we are working on building optimum, safe and caring learning environments for all our students. Safe and caring schools is a timely topic for the Canadian Teachers Federation as this has been a focus during the month of September, as I have come to know the students and staff at Capitol Hill School. Another topic for World Teachers’ Day is Building Respect. This fall, we have been working on the Three Pillars of Care and the attributes of the Circle of Courage. The Three Pillars are: Respect for Self, Respect for Others and Respect for this Place. We have been having conversations in our classrooms and as a whole school about ways in which we work collaboratively to build a cohesive community where we all feel safe and valued. Please take the time to have a conversation with your children about the “Three Pillars of Care” and ways we can demonstrate this at Capitol Hill School.
Our school grounds are really beginning to take shape with the Naturalization Area and the Geodome development. In early October, all of the construction will be complete. Currently, we have beautiful green, lush grass and new trees that are lining the east and north sides of our school. The students are excited to see all the changes that have occurred. In classrooms, we will be having conversations about how we will care and nurture these beautiful spaces. We will be celebrating the grand opening of our Geodome with a community event on Thursday, October 12th at 6:30. All families are welcome to attend. The Geodome parts have been delivered and the construction will begin on Thursday, October 5 continuing into the long weekend. As the community has worked for so long, now we are seeing all the planning come into reality. All the work has brightened up our grounds into a welcoming space for learning.
The September conferences were an important part of working collaboratively with parents to set a positive direction for all our students at Capitol Hill School. It was wonderful to see so many people in attendance. I had the opportunity to meet several families over the two days. This was the first of our designated Student Learner Conferences. If you did not have the chance to make the conferences, please contact your child’s teacher to set up a time to meet.
This month marks a time for teacher’s professional learning. Our first early dismissal day is on October 6th and we will have two professional development days on October 16th and October 27th. These opportunities to work collectively as a staff and as a system allow our teachers to continue to grow and develop professionally. The early dismissal time is intentionally designed around the work of the Calgary Board of Education’s Three Year Plan specifically addressing “Personalization of Learning” and “Building Teacher Capacity.” This month we will examine and analyze student learning from a variety of data sources from the 2016 – 2017 school year that will inform our direction of the Capitol Hill’s 2017- 2018 School Development Plan. These designated days’ provide opportunities for professional and intellectual engagement, to share and develop standards of practice that are evidence informed, and educationally researched best practices. This will help us to set the direction to support our work in designing and assessing learning tasks that address Capitol Hill School students’ learning needs.
Thank you for the warm welcome I have received as I have had the opportunity to meet many of the families of Capitol Hill School. This month, Capitol Hill School will be represented by some of our grade 5/6 students at a Cross Country Run at Cecil Swanson. I wish them fast feet as they run their races. We will have an update in next month’s newsletter. Please read the calendar for upcoming events such as Movement with a Message. We will be having the residency running the last week of October and culminating with a family dance. Save the date of November 2 for the school’s evening performance in the gym. We will be sending home further information once we have met with the instructors and finalize how the evening performance will look. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Mrs. Demuth and myself at the school.
Sincerely, Benita Dalton

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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
Ms Trina Hurdman

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Grades
K-06
Enrolment
318
Programs
Regular
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Morning Start
8:30 AM
Dismissal
3:10 PM
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