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November 15
Nov 15, 2019

Dear families, 

This week has been a difficult one in education in Calgary and in the province. We are faced with many difficult decisions. Information regarding the CBE budget is on our main CBE web page. If you have immediate questions, this would be the best place to seek information to address those questions.  We received our school budget Thursday evening. We are in the process of examining and working through our budget.  At the current time, these are the things we know: 

  • We will always prioritize students over non-essential goods 

  • All non-essential spending at the school level has been frozen 

  • All families who currently use the yellow school bus will incur a fee for this service. If you are part of our community program and ride the yellow bus, you will be charged a fee for that service. This fee will likely show up on power school in January (more information regarding this is forthcoming from the CBE). If you are a Montessori family and already pay a fee for the yellow school bus your child rides, it is very likely this fee will increase as the subsidy for this service is decreasing.  This fee will be posted in power school. We are currently waiting for more information from the CBE on these fees.  

  • CJP is unable to subsidize field trips fees for families who are unable to pay or who opt out of paying. We will seek assistance from our Parent Association for some fees, however, our Parent Association is currently trying to raise funds for a playground and, like the school, has limited funds to support this.  If need be, we will cancel field trips in advance to avoid penalties and financial burdens to our families and the school. 

  • CJP has cancelled our winter curling and our lacrosse activities as this would be an additional $40 activity fee to all families. (In the past this used to be our swimming activity). This will be replaced with rocks and rings in the gym and snowshoeing. 

  • Our Art Felt residency, starting in February, will be fully funded by the Parent Association and is therefore going ahead. 

  • Families who might qualify for city/CBE based financial supports are encouraged to apply for the City of Calgary Fair Entry program. More information is available at: https://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/CNS/Pages/Neighbourhood-Services/Programs-and-services-for-low-income-calgarians.aspx 

  • We will continue to keep CJP staff and families informed of our next steps. 

All families are encouraged to come to our Parent Association meeting on Wednesday Nov 27th to learn more about how the budget will affect CJP, our staff, and our families.    

CJP will continue to provide great care, incredible learning opportunities, and a safe, caring, welcoming, and respectful place for all students. We appreciate the many kind words and continued support from our families. We will keep working together as a team to ensure that each student is receiving a quality education.  

Dr. Bettesworth and Ms. Sharpe 

November 08
November 8, 2019

We are fast approaching one of the most important days of the year. A day to remember and reflect. A day to appreciate the men and women who currently serve to protect our beautiful country. And a day to remember those in the past who went off to war on our behalf, many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice. A sacrifice meant to keep Canada strong and free. A sacrifice paid for with blood and tears. But how can I explain this to my school-age children? How can I impress upon them the importance of this very special day? I'll admit it's a difficult task, one I should attempt. 

Here are some of the things I do to help my children understand the importance of Remembrance Day. I talk with my children through the year, not just around Remembrance Day. Perhaps this is easier for us as we have Great Grandpa’s war medals proudly on display in our library. This kind of discussion tends to be very short, simple and matter of fact with my 7 year old, but as she gets older I can really start to share some hard truths with her. Truths like the fact that in many different wars over the years, men and women went off to war for Canada. They left their moms, dads, wives, husbands and, in some cases, kids to trudge off to war. They left the comfort of their home for the cold, wet trenches and left the calm of Canada for the constant fear of war elsewhere. These people were likely afraid. Very afraid. They were likely cold and hungry sometimes. They endured seeing friends die right next to them. They went to sleep each night not knowing if it would be their last. And they did all of this for us. For you and me and all of our fellow Canadians. And we should be grateful. Not just on Nov. 11 each year, but every day. 

For my children, I try to make things personal, when possible. I tell my children about a friend or relative who fought for our country. I have a cousin who was in the services for most of his adult life. We often share his stories, especially when we see him. I tell them about their dad’s grandfather who served in the Second World War, leaving his wife and two young daughters at home. He missed the birth of his third daughter, and met her for the first time when she was three! Great Grandpa was trained as a tank mechanic and served in Germany, Italy, and France. He returned home to Canada, wounded from a gunshot to the leg. While Great Grandpa has been gone for many years, he is still regarded as a hero in our family. I try my best to explain why we fight wars. I try to explain to my kids that Canada might be a very different place if our soldiers had not joined forces with other countries to fight against evil. I talk about why wars, though awful, are sometimes necessary. Our country might not have remained a place where people could feel safe holding true to their culture, religion and beliefs. This country could possibly be under totally different rule today. 

It took our soldiers, fighting alongside the soldiers of other brave countries, to enable us to continue to be the "true north strong and free." And I am grateful. Sadly, war still exists and I think my children need to know this reality. I will be sure to let my children know that there are soldiers from Canada who are in the line of fire today. They are on peacekeeping missions or are in war torn areas and they are in danger. They are risking their lives even now on behalf of our country. 

Finally, we always attend a Remembrance Day Ceremony. The last few years we have attended ceremonies at either the Field of Crosses on Memorial Drive or the Military Museum. This is an amazing opportunity for our children to see the enormity of this day, the impact, and that others also remember. When I am at a ceremony and the enormity of what's been done for us falls upon me, then sometimes there are tears. Embarrassing for you, my kids? Possibly. But I will never be sorry or ashamed for any single one of those tears. The soldiers who fought gave up so much more than tears. They gave their lives. Their last breath, their life's blood. Their families gave more tears than enough. 

Never forget, the peace and freedom we have in Canada, we owe to those who came before us. Those who bravely fought to make sure no one could take it from us. Thank a veteran today, thank a person in uniform today, thank a senior and let's be so grateful for all they've done, for their sacrifice for our great country. 

Lest we forget.
Dr. Bettesworth

October 13
October 11, 2019

Hello CJP Families,

It is at Thanksgiving that we take time to reflect on what we are thankful for, I too, would like to take a moment to give thanks. I am grateful to be the principal at Captain John Palliser School and to have an opportunity to work alongside of some of the very best students, families, educators and staff in Calgary!

First of all, I am thankful for our students. They come to class every day and put significant effort into becoming more skilled and knowledgeable citizens. They are open to new ideas, new concepts, and new experiences, and we learn from them every day. They come from different circumstances and backgrounds to learn and grow together. That process is not always easy, but they struggle through the difficult moments together, and they celebrate their successes together. I am proud of them, and I consider myself lucky to lead their school.

The parents at Captain John Palliser School are the most engaged and enthusiastic I have ever worked with. CJP would not be what it is without their support and the effective partnerships they have created with our staff. We only need to look at the great turn-out from our last School Council meeting to know how very engaged our families are. Our School Council and our Parent Association are exceptional examples of the enthusiasm and effort evident in our parent community. Thank you!

What we do at Captain John Palliser School could never be achieved without the dedication of the staff behind the scenes. From our facility operator and cleaner to the amazing team in the office headed up by Mrs. Arnason, our lunchroom supervisors and Library Assistant, the persistence and initiative they demonstrate is uncommon, and I appreciate their dedication and professionalism.

I could not do what I do without the help of CJP’s Assistant Principal Helen Sharpe. Her dedication to CJP is clear and her work is essential to establishing the organizational culture, positive environment, and student-centered instructional program necessary for our students to grow and thrive. I am grateful every day for the opportunity to work with and learn from her.

And of course, the backbone of our organization the teachers! I want to extend a very special thank you to our Teachers, Education Assistants, Behaviour Support Worker, and School Assistants. The teaching staff at CJP is tireless. They constantly challenge their students and themselves to reach higher and accomplish more. Every day I come to work I am renewed by their energy, their enthusiasm, and their willingness to try new things while remaining grounded in foundational teaching practices. Our teachers are continually adjusting their instruction to help each child reach his or her potential. So to the Captain John Palliser Teaching team please accept my sincere gratitude and appreciation as I say thank you for your service; your service to our students, your service to our school and your service to our community. To all of our students, families and staff, I wish you a very meaningful Thanksgiving.

Dr. Bettesworth 

October 04
Oct 4

Dear families, 

CJP teacher,  “I want to join you on your child’s team.  My role on the team will look different than yours, but, I want your child to succeed.” 

Working With Your Child’s Teacher, taken from The Learning Team Magazine, Fall 2019.  

Whether you are a parent of a child in school for the first time, or a seasoned “pro” in the system, meeting and working with the teachers can often cause feelings of stress and uncertainty. It may help to know that, quite often, many teachers feel the same way bout meeting and working with parents.  

A key point to remember is that you are a partner in your child’s education. The teacher needs – and wants- you to help make your child’s year great! Tips for a successful partnership: 

  • Tell your child you are working with the teacher – you are partners – to help them have a great school year; show your child this by being actively engaged.  

  • Share information, observations and perspectives about your child and family at meetings and throughout the year. 

  • Discuss ways to openly communicate (in person, phone, text, email, etc.) on a regular basis. 

  • Decide how you will inform the teacher about situations, circumstances and events that may change how your child behaves or learns. 

  • Express concerns directly to the involved individuals only, and always in a respectful manner, seeking a reasonable solution. 

  • Listen carefully to concerns and comments from your child or the teacher; ask questions until you completely understand the issues and expectations. 

  • Be positive about your child’s teacher, school and learning – especially in front of your child! 

  • Use your school council to learn more about the education team at your child’s school, and how all parents can contribute to the success of all students. 

As a parent, you have the right and responsibility to make informed decisions about the education of your child. Working closely as a partner with your child’s teacher and the whole school community will go a long way in helping you do this. 

Dr. Bettesworth and Ms. Sharpe 

September 27
Sept 27

Dear Families, 

Hope! We have all learned a little more about Terry Fox this week. Although he would not see himself as a hero, his determination and continued impact is remarkable and that story needs to be told and shared. Yesterday was our run and there were over 550 of us involved from Captain John Palliser – each remembering or thinking about someone who has faced the challenge of cancer. I am grateful for the energy, safety, kindness, for the sense of community, and for hope. May the research change the journey. Thank you for all who assisted and participated.  

School Council and Parent Association met this week – what an amazing turn out. The energy, enthusiasm and interest in the room was encouraging. I left the meeting energized at how parents took up the work, shared opinions and thoughts, got involved and are collaborating to ensure Captain John Palliser is an amazing place for our learners. Parent involvement is an integral part of our success. Thank you for being present and for your support and involvement! 

We sent out text messages this week. If you did not receive text messages from the school then you have not agreed to accept that form of communication. Please sign up at: http://calgary.schoolmessenger.com/cbe_subscribe If you have any questions please contact the school office.

Did you know the school website is updated almost daily with new information about the school? All of the information from our weekly bulletin can be found there. The minutes from school council are uploaded to the website. Interesting events from the school are posted there. Most importantly though, if we are unable to communicate with our families due to a technological glitch, almost always we are able to post valuable information on our website. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our website as it holds great information about all that is happening at CJP. http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/CaptainJohnPalliser/Pages/default.aspx 



September 06
Sept 6, 2019

Hello Captain John Palliser Families, 

Welcome back to school! I hope your summer vacation has been relaxing and filled with laughter and learning. Our year has started off with great excitement and anticipation of what is to come... 

As the principal of this amazing school, I feel honored and privileged to have the opportunity to work with such outstanding students, staff, parents and community members.  I feel so fortunate to be able to share my passion for public education with such a dedicated, supportive and hardworking group. I am confident that we will have a productive and enriching year as we continue our goal of developing safe, caring, welcoming and respectful learners prepared to access and contribute to the ever-changing world. 

A Greek philosopher wrote: Nothing endures but change.  Nowhere is this truer than in the field of education. Each school year brings new faces and ideas. We would like to extend a warm welcome to  our new families and staff who are sure to contribute in great ways to our learning community.  We look forward to meeting all parents at our welcome back picnic on September 20th.  There has also been great change both inside and outside the school building.  We have accessible entries to our school. This will be safer in the winter and more accessible for the entire community. Eventually there will be a handicap parking spot at the front of the building allowing easier access to the school for those with mobility limitations.  

We finished off our week with a great pep rally in the gym. We were NOISY and energy filled. Our goal was to be heard at Simon Fraser School and in the public library!  Our assembly included a great lesson about sticky words and kindness.  We shared the three greatest rules to follow in life:  1) Be Kind  2) Be Kind  3) Be Kind. This was followed by a great short activity about sticky words and toothpaste. Please be sure to ask your child about the toothpaste at today’s assembly and their learnings. For those student’s short on detail, there is a link to this presentation and the conversation that accompanies the presentation a little later in the weekly bulletin.  


We know this will be the best year ever. The energy and enthusiasm in the school is visible in all that the children and staff are doing. We look forward to formally welcoming all parents back to school at our Family Picnic on September 19th. 

Have a great weekend! 

Dr. Bettesworth and Ms. Sharpe 

July 02
June 27, 2019

Dear CJP Families,​

June often provides us with a chance to reflect on the year that is ending while at the same time it allows us to look forward to what is coming next. This year at CJP has been a busy one, filled with learning, growth, and building of relationships. We are so fortunate to have the families and students who enter our school every day; everything we plan, create, and dream about is for the kids. You make our work worthwhile, you give it purpose. Thank you for recognizing all that we do. 

June certainly ended our school year on a high note with the ME to WE Fair, Sports Day Magic Show, Stampede Breakfast, Patrollers Picnic, Volunteer Tea, New Student Orientation and of course countless fieldtrips. Next year will also be a busy year with Curling, Lacrosse, a fine arts residency in Felting, the Alberta Opera and many other amazing learning opportunities already scheduled.  

June also brings both farewells and welcomes to our team. 

I believe Winnie the Pooh says it best:  "How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard". Today we say goodbye to many on our team. Their hard work, dedication, caring, and passion for children and education is evident in all they do!  Mrs. Burrill, our amazing Educational Assistant is retiring. We know she will now be able to spend even more time with her amazing family and beautiful grandchildren!  Ms. Sue Elwood, one of our Lunch Room Supervisors will be moving to Brentwood school to do the same job. They are lucky to have her! Ms. Tang and Ms. Harvey have both completed their temporary contracts with us. We know they will be great additions to any school that is lucky enough to have them join their team. Ms. Humphrey has also finished her probationary contract with the CBE and will be returning to teach in the CBE, the location is yet to be determined.  Mrs. Taylor will be joining the teaching team at Piitoayis Family School.  This school has been on her bucket list of destinations to work, we are so pleased this was able to happen this year!  We wish each and everyone of our team who is leaving the very best on their journey. 

June is also a time to welcome people to our team.  We are so happy to welcome Ms. Wright to our school. She comes to us from Piitoayis Family School.  Ms. Rohrbacher and Mrs. Warkentin will remain at our school on a permanent basis. Both have accepted continuous contracts at CJP. We are fortunate to have Ms. Youngblood joining our teaching team with her first probationary contract.  Mrs. Watalla will be joining out team on a temporary contract until Mrs. O’Neill (nee Lamboo) returns in January. Ms. Stahl is joining us to fill Mrs. Breuer’s maternity position until January. We also are delighted to announce Max as a member of our teaching team.  Max is a certified medical service dog and will work alongside Mrs. Watalla.  We have been very fortunate to have service dogs in our school at a variety of times this year, we have never had the opportunity to welcome one to our staff full time. We are all very excited to welcome Max as our first ever 4-legged staff member! 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our parents for bringing their children to school ready to learn and participate in school each day. To our staff, your dedication is so evident, thank you for always putting children first in all that you do. And to those who are always behind the scenes supporting and helping: our office staff, BSW, EAs, SAs, lunchroom supervisors, and Mr. Lam, thank you, your work does not go unnoticed. It goes without saying, School Council, your leadership, partnership, and dedication to CJP are appreciated daily. Your continued involvement and support of teaching and learning help make CJP a great place to be. Thank you. 

Thank you for a wonderful school year. We appreciate that you shared your children with us each day. Enjoy your summer together and we look forward to welcoming everyone back into the school on Tuesday, Sept 3rd. 

Please plan to check your email on Friday August 30th, when you will receive an email from your child's teacher introducing themselves and providing first day instructions. 

Our school event calendar, with any and all information that we have confirmed for next year, is on our website. Please record all the dates now for your consideration throughout out 2019-2020 school year. 

Your CJP Administrative Team 
Leanne Bettesworth and Helen Sharpe 

June 21
June 21

Dear parents 

As we think about next week we know it will be a busy week filled with emotion and excitement. There are special activities planned for almost every single day. 

Please send your child dressed for the weather as many of our activities are planned for outside. We are hopeful the appropriate supplies will be sunscreen and a hat, but we also know this is out of our control. 

Thank you to all the parents who braved the torrential down pour and picked up their Co-op gift cards this morning. Report cards will come home next week as will the workbooks and supplies your child used all year. We hope you enjoy sharing these documents and evidence of learning with your child. 

If families know now that they will not be attending CJP in the fall, please ensure you share this information with us if you have not done so already. If your plans over the summer do change, please ensure you drop us a quick note via email so we are able to keep our class lists and student records up to date and send your information to the appropriate place so it is there when your child arrives.​

Your CJP Administrative Team
Leanne Bettesworth and Helen Sharpe

June 19
June 14

The school year has gone by so quickly, we are all sad to see it come to an end. It has been both a fun and rewarding year. All students have had great success, amazing learning opportunities and great social opportunities. As the year draws to a close, there is plenty of information regarding end of the year routines and information that needs to be shared. Please take a look below to see all of the ending of the year information for our community.   

This time of year, we also need to say thank you to the men in our lives; dad, granddad, uncle, care giver, friend! Thank you for all you do to enrich the lives of the children around you. Never doubt for a moment the impact you have in the lives of the children you interact with on a regular basis. Thank you for all you do to enrich the lives of our students. You are appreciated! Happy Father’s Day! 

May 31
May 31, 2019

This week we had the opportunity to celebrate some of the volunteers who have dedicated countless hours to CJP this school year. Thank you to all those that attended our annual volunteer tea, as well as to all adults who were unable to attend. We appreciate you and are thankful that we all work together each day to support our students.

Wednesday evening we welcomed students and parents who will be new to our building in September for the open house events. The positive energy was infectious. We remain focused on the last month of this school year, while also looking forward to the 2019-2020 school year.

Next week we know we will continue to receive support from our parent population to facilitate our Bike to School event on Tuesday, as well as for our 28th Annual Stampede Breakfast on Friday. All CJP staff will be wearing their supervision vests for easy identification, we look forward to enjoying some music, dancing, conversation, and food together. Yahoo!

Have a great weekend! 
Dr. Bettesworth and Ms. Sharpe 

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