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School Council February Updates

h3>School Council Meeting - February 12, 2018 at 6:30 pm We welcome Katrin Franke to the School Council Executive team in the Secretary role! We are still seeking a Key Communicator, a liaison role between Capitol Hill School Council and the CBE, who will keep us informed about CBE news, events, learning opportunities, and general operational ongoings that require parent engagement. If you are interested in this role, please contact Linden Ache. We are launching our first fundraiser of the year with Indigo/Chapters. [...]

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School Council January Update

Happy cold start to the New Year! We hope the holidays were warm and fun-filled with family. The last half of the school year is on the way and it appears that Capitol Hill community and school is changing, bringing more residents and an upspring in our school's enrolment. With the announcement that Adventurers are ending their Kindergarten Enhancement program, whether you are affected or not by the decision, you may want to attend the school council meeting this Monday to better understand the reasoning behind the [...]

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    Connection & Trust within a Friendship & Community

    “‘We’ll be friends forever, won’t we Pooh?’ asked Piglet. ‘Even longer,” Pooh Answered.” – A.A. Milne Winnie-the-Pooh
    The “longer” than “forever” friendship stated by Winnie the Pooh and Piglet emphasizes the need for connection and trust within a friendship and community.
    February 1, 2018 is World Read Aloud Day. Every year, on World Read Aloud Day people all around the globe read aloud together and share stories to advocate for literacy as a human right that belongs to all people. Ask your child what book they listened to on this day. Take the time to share a special book at home with your children. You can start a new chapter book that you have started or an old time favorite and then have a conversation about the story. By sharing a story, we enter new worlds and learn new things.
    Starting in January, teachers have been learning about and deepening their understanding the Circle of Circle as a part of our Professional Development. “The Circle of Courage is a model of positive youth development that integrates Native American philosophies of child-rearing, the heritage of early pioneers in education and youth work, and contemporary resilience research. The Circle of Courage is based on four universal growth needs of all children: belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity.” As a part of our work with the students, we have been observing the students and their interactions that demonstrate these four growth needs. February is the month of kindness as it is a perfect way for us to demonstrate the concept of Belonging. The core value of Belonging is described by Anthopologist Ella Deloria as, “Be related, somehow, to everyone you know.” Treating others as kin forges powerful social bonds that draw all into relationships of respect. Acting kind towards others is the first and simple way to demonstrate belonging towards others.
    In recognition of kindness and February, Pink Shirt Day 2018 is on February 28th, and is an anti- bullying campaign that is was inspired by an act of kindness in Nova Scotia in 2007. Since then it has become a National and Global campaign recognizing the importance of raising awareness of bullying and it’s prevention. As a part of the campaign is for everyone to practice kindness throughout the year and wear pink on this day to symbolize that you do not tolerate bullying. This aligns with Capitol Hill’s work regarding the Circle of Courage Philosophy when working together as a community. The campaign slogan for 2018 is “Nice needs no Filter which is focusing in on cyber bullying. This also ties into our work of Digital Citizenship and how we are nice when using technology both at school and at home.
    Please look for a letter being sent home this month regarding Capitol Hill’s students Acceptable Use Policy regarding the use of technology in school that aligns with the CBE Administrative Regulation 1062 – Responsible Use of Electronic Information Resources.
    Not only are our students learning about global citizenship and kindness, but also the January to March time block generates significant learning opportunities and as educators, we often see tremendous growth in student learning. The growth is not limited to the students at this time, but also includes teachers. We are well aware of the co-relation between student learning and teacher professional development. I am impressed by Capitol Hill teachers who are dedicated to this very important condition for learning. Capitol Hill staff have made excellent use of professional learning time and have spent a significant amount of hours after work related to our School Development Plan (SDP) as we are attending to Students will improve reading comprehension of narrative text by creating “Learning Sprints” which are a focus of our early dismissal and after school Professional learning Community (PLC’s) work. On our Professional Development Day on January 26th, we renewed our commitment to the importance of documentation as a part of the Reggio Philosophy to demonstrate student learning. In addition, we collaborated with Sunalta School to learn about Math running records, that will support the work of our SDP and assessing our goal of Students will apply efficient computational strategies and use them correctly when solving mathematical problems. We will continue this work in the months ahead.
    From January to the end of February, Alberta Education will be conducting the annual Accountability Pillar Survey. All parents of grade 4, 7 and 11 students across the province are surveyed. Parents of Capitol Hill School students in Grade 4 will receive a survey from Alberta Education. Capitol Hill School students in grades 4-6 and all teachers will also be completing their surveys online at school. This is an important opportunity for parents, students and teachers to provide feedback regarding learning at Capitol Hill School. We would ask that all grade four parents to please respond as it provided valuable insights to our work. Last year, only six parents responded which was too small of a sample size and our results were inconsistent. I would like to extend an invitation to join us on Monday, February 12 for our School Council and CHEES meeting starting at 6:30. This month the grade 5/6 team will be presenting their classroom work. In addition, we will have our school nurse and guest coming to present on student health and wellness. More details about this presentation will be sent out via school messenger.
    Many classes have started to attend a variety of fieldtrips and in class learning opportunities that enhance the children’s education experience. Payment for these events can be made on line on our school site under My CBE Account. Please ensure that you have paid in a timely manner as you have indicated on the initial letter sent home. The cost for these opportunities includes all the children in the grade group as we have to submit this fee to Alberta Education for approval because of new legislation of Bill 1. It is assumed that all children as it is the Calgary Board of Education’s policy to not exclude students based on financial hardship.
    Benita Dalton Principal, Capitol Hill School​

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