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February 18
Feb 13, 2020

My most favourite holiday of the year is Family Day. Not being born and raised Albertan, it was one of the easiest parts of Alberta culture for me to embrace when I arrived here. I can think of nothing better to celebrate than family. I believe the best part about family is the two distinct ways family is embraced by so many here in Alberta. Perhaps the way family is celebrated here in Alberta is because so many people who currently live in Alberta have migrated here from other parts of our wonderful country or even from far off countries. Family is, at it’s formal definition, those we are related to, our brothers, sisters, moms, dads, grandparents and extended relations. If we were to expand this definition just a little, in Alberta we often include the “family” we choose as part of our family. Those friends who become family by nature of their relationship with us. How often do you find yourself celebrating a birthday, Thanksgiving, Family Day and it is with those “friends” you hold near and dear to your heart. 

It is really beautiful how we have extended the definition of family in Alberta. Here in Alberta, we are almost three decades into celebrating Family Day. We do family really, really well! I hope you take time this chilly weekend to spend time with those you love. Time is such a precious gift. Our children benefit in great ways from our time. While there are plenty of benefits that can come from spending time and having more engaged, quality experiences with your family, here are a few thoughts about why it is important to spend quality time with family:
• Children feel important and loved...connected
• They have an opportunity to model their parents’ behavior.
• Parents can observe and learn about their child’s strengths and areas of growth, which helps them to better guide them.
• Children have a chance to voice their thoughts and feelings in a safe environment.
• Parents and children develop a stronger bond. 

We all hope you have a wonderful Family Day weekend with those you love and cherish. Stay warm. See you all on Tuesday morning. 

Dr. Bettesworth and Ms. Sharpe​

February 07
Feb 7, 2020

THANK YOU! This week I have been reminded of what a safe, caring, welcoming, and respectful community we have here at CJP. After sending out a whole school message on Wednesday I have received a number of positive affirmations related to everything that we do at CJP to help keep all students safe and ready to learn. You have filled my bucket, thank you!
I’m sure many of you are waiting for global and national updates. We too continue to listen and take our direction from AHS. You will have all received system messaging from CBE this afternoon related to the coronavirus and updated information. As shared, it is important to remember that we can still say that we do not have any suspected or confirmed cases in Alberta. This outbreak is concerning, we need to be careful, we also need to keep things in perspective. In a conversation with a child today we talked about how big the number 30,000 is, in relation to our CJP community number of 575. We then talked about how little the number 30,000 is, compared to the world’s population of 7,800,000,000. Perspective is important.
Another source, https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/, highlights that the number of people who have recovered from infection is almost triple the number who have not. In the days, months, weeks ahead there promises to be a great many more questions than answers. That’s what life is like! That is what we are working to prepare your children for, a life where they question, explore, and critically analyse all information, sources, concerns and opportunities, and then make an educated decision as to how to move forward. It’s ambitious, and attainable. Your children amaze us every day, as do you.
Thank you for being a part of the CJP community.
Have a fabulous weekend.
Helen Sharpe
CJP Admin Team​ 

January 30
January 31, 2020

Dear Families, 

January ended with a flurry of amazing activities. We have had report card sent home electronically this month, Gymnastics and Mission Impossible in the Gym, an extraordinary book fair all week, a well attended Celebration of Learning and an exceptional PEACE night event hosted by MAPSS and CJP Teachers presenting Dr. Kelly Moroz as our guest speaker.  Thank you for all the families who participated, who downloaded report cards, who attended the book fair, who patiently and inquisitively watched and participated in learning celebration activities, and for attending our PEACE night celebration. We appreciate the time you take to be part of our community.  

We also know, with February just days away, it will be just as busy and exciting. We are still looking for volunteers for our Art Felt residency – you do need a police record clearance - no experience required!  Please consider giving a bit of your time to help us out! 

Have a great weekend! 

Dr. Bettesworth and Ms. Sharpe 

January 24
Why Volunteer?

Like you, I am a parent of two children in elementary school. Also, like many of you, I work full time. Even though the demands on my time make me crazy busy, I never turn down the opportunity to volunteer in environments that involve my children. Many people volunteer for altruistic reasons and to simply give back to their community.  I have totally selfish reasons for wanting to volunteer. I volunteer so I can learn more about the kids my children call friends and the families where my children eventually ask to spend time on weekend playdates. I am the room parent for both of my kids. The time commitment is minimal yet I learn so much about their friends because I am afforded the privilege of communicating with all the families in a classroom.  I do similar tasks for Brownies and Girl Guides, the Ringette Association, Lacrosse, Dance and Theatre. Before I commit to a task, I seek out plenty of information regarding the time commitment and skill needed. Often, the organizations have plenty of small tasks I can contribute to in very meaningful ways. Aside from learning more about the communities my family associates with, I become a rock star to my kids for the contributions I make. Please consider taking a few hours of time to volunteer here at CJP – we would love to have you join our journey of educating CJP children.
Leanne Bettesworth

January 17
Jan 17, 2020

This week in Calgary is an exciting time for our student athletes. With Esso Golden Ring just starting today and the Esso Minor Hockey Week just wrapping up, we have many of our students at extraordinary sporting events through our city. I am often asked by families why I am such a huge supporter of team sport, why do I “LOVE” Ringette, why do I encourage families to seek out team sport for their children.  I would like to share this blog post as it sums up my thoughts perfectly. 
 "Why do you pay so much money for your kids to do all their sports”? 
Well I have a confession to make; I don't pay for my kids to do sports. Personally, I couldn't care less about what sport they do. 
So, if I am not paying for sports what am I paying for? 
- I pay for those moments when my kids become so tired they want to quit but  don't. 
- I pay for those days when my kids come home from school and are "too tired" to go to their training but they go anyway. 
- I pay for my kids to learn to be disciplined, focused and dedicated. 
- I pay for my kids to learn to take care of their body and equipment. 
- I pay for my kids to learn to work with others and to be good team mates, gracious in defeat and humble in success. 
- I pay for my kids to learn to deal with disappointment, when they don't get that placing or title they'd hoped for, but still they go back week after week giving it their best shot. 
- I pay for my kids to learn to make and accomplish goals. 
- I pay for my kids to respect, not only themselves, but other riders, officials and coaches. 
- I pay for my kids to learn that it takes hours and hours, years and years of hard work and practice to create a champion and that success does not happen overnight. 
- I pay for my kids to be proud of small achievements, and to work towards long term goals. 
- I pay for the opportunity my kids have and will have to make life-long friendships, create lifelong memories, to be as proud of their achievements as I am. 
- I pay so that my kids can be out on the track instead of in front of a screen... 
...I could go on but, to be short, I don't pay for sports; I pay for the opportunities that sports provides my kids with to develop attributes that will serve them well throughout their lives and give them the opportunity to bless the lives of others. From what I have seen so far I think it is a great investment!" 

For all our athletes at the rink this weekend, or on the slopes, in the gym, on the field, in the pool etc. continue to be great in all you do, have fun and enjoy. We look forward to hearing all about your achievements on Monday! 

January 13
January 10, 2020

Dear Families, 

Our message today will focus on very timely information regarding;  

  1. report cards that will be made available next week 
  2. changes and updates to our reporting process 
  3. our open house Thursday Jan 9th 

Report Cards will be made available to all families electronically through Power School next week. We will send out an e-mail and post on our website when they can be accessed. This will be the first-time report cards have been communicated and shared electronically by CJP. As with many firsts, there could be glitches, errors, and much patience required.  If you need assistance accessing your report card through Power School, please call the office, we are happy to try our very best to assist you. If you would like a paper copy of your report card, please make that request directly to your classroom teacher any time starting the third week of January (20). We will be sending paper copies home in June. The June report card will contain all the information from both reporting periods. 

Changes to your child’s report card Through the fall we have communicated many changes that you will notice on the report card. The most significant changes you will see are in math and with indicator numbers 1/2/3/4.  

The math stems on the report card have been updated to better reflect the learning outcomes covered in the Alberta Programs of Study. There is a new acronym NATR (Not Applicable This Report) that can be used only in math. Please see the attachment called K-9 Communication – Math Report Card Stems Revision. 

The CBE has revised and improved the way we use our Report Card Indicators. We will continue to use our indicator words at CJP.  

Report Card Indicator Words 

1 

2 

3 

4 

Below 

Adequate 

Articulate 

Comprehensive 

Beginning 

Basic 

Adept 

Confidently 

Insufficient 

Developing 

Capable 

Excellent 

Not yet met 

Met 

Not yet meeting 

Novice 

Clear  

Exceptional 

Not there 

Partial 

Competent 

Exemplary 

Limited 

Progressive/progressing 

Consistent 

Expert 

Poor 

Rudimentary 

Effective 

Extensive 

Undeveloped 

Simplistic/Simple 

Efficient 

Insightful 

Vague  

Sufficient 

Good 

Mastery 

  

  

In depth 

Outstanding 

  

  

Proficient 

Perceptive 

  

  

Substantial 

Skillful 

  

  

Thorough 

  

  

  

Well-developed 

  

  

  

Well-reasoned 

 

 

The most significant change with our indicator numbers are within the use of a “2”. Please explore the attachment called: How is My Child Doing in School.  This has a thorough explanation of how we now use our indicator numbers. 

All teachers have been sharing a body of evidence with families on a weekly basis this school year. A body of evidence is student work from the various subject areas your child is currently exploring. This can take a variety of formats. Some teachers share rubrics and assignments on their blog. Sometimes student work with teacher comments will go home for your review. Our older students bring tests home to have parents sign and students return. All classes use IRIS to share class work. The entire school shares the procedural fluency assessment twice each year. Our school wide celebration of learning always provides parents with examples of what students are doing in class. With the on-going effort to share a body of evidence related to the work your child is doing at school, parents are more informed of what their child is doing and how their child’s work meets, or does not yet meet, the widely held expectations for each grade. This current and on-going sharing has taken the place of many comments parents used to see on the report card.  

All students will receive literacy (reading and writing) and math comments on their report card. These comments will include what your child is able to do, their next right step, and how their learning is being supported in the classroom.  Please do not anticipate receiving comments in the other subject areas. 
 

The Montessori Open House was on Thursday. We had a huge number of very keen parents turn out to learn about CJP and the Montessori program. Many of our upper elementary students presented to parents and demonstrated their proficiency with the Montessori Materials. It was particularly rewarding to hear so many guest families share they have heard about CJP from friends and current families who are part of our community. Thank you for all you do to spread the news about how great CJP is! We will start accepting applications for the 2020/2021 school year on January 20. Last day to submit applications to our Montessori program, to be included in the lottery, is February 11 at noon. Our Lottery will be held on Wednesday February 12.  

Stay warm this weekend! 

Dr. Bettesworth and Ms. Sharpe 

December 20
Dec 20, 2019

Here we are again and December is upon us and with it comes all the excitement the season brings. It is a busy time filled with the hustle and bustle of gift shopping for friends and family near and far. It means travelling to visit family or opening our homes to receive guests. Traditions such as visiting Santa, lighting candles, singing carols, and decorating our homes in beautiful lights is all part of the holiday celebrations. 
Our days at CJP have also been very busy.  There have been in-class fieldtrips along with many who ventured out to exciting places in the city. We ended the month with carolling, card making, and a special movie treat.  As you can see, it has been busy lead up to the winter break. 
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff, students and parents for their continued support. The amount of donations we received for our makerspace activities this week was inspiration. Our school is truly a community school and it is at this time of year when the closeness of friendship shines in our students` faces.  Sadly, we must say good-bye to both Ms Stahl teaching grade 3 and Ms Le teaching grades 1 & 2. Both teachers have been an amazing part of our school community. It will be hard to say good-bye. We are hopeful to see you back at our school at some point and are equally as hopeful to hear about your new teaching adventures in the weeks and months to come.
The new-year will bring new learning experiences, new challenges and new fun.  We are happy to welcome back Mrs. Breuer to her grade 3 Montessori class and Mrs. O'Neill (Formerly Miss Lamboo) to her grades 1 & 2 class. We know there are many students, staff, and families excited to welcome you back to CJP and learn all about your growing families.
We look forward to what lies ahead for us as a school community in 2020. We wish you all Peace, Joy, Hope and Happiness during this Holiday season and throughout the New Year. 

Dr. Bettesworth and Ms. Sharpe 
Your Administrative Team 

December 20
Dec 13, 2019

Dear Families,

Thank you for your continued support and assistance this week. The last few weeks have been very difficult for all of us. Not knowing exactly how we will move forward and what that will look like has been a challenge for all of us. This week we received another budget for CJP which Ms. Sharpe and myself have been reviewing. We are hopeful this new budget will be more optimistic for teaching and learning within the school. We will update you further next week in the final Weekly Message of 2019.

Another huge thank you for all the families who sent in creative items for our holiday maker-space next week. Your contributions are so appreciated. You will see the results come home next week.

This week, CJP received notification from our Education Director that we would again be supporting the Edgemont community and Edgemont school by being their overflow school. This means, currently, Edgemont is capped and can take no more registrations. Any families who move into the Edgemont community with students in grades k-5 will be redirected to CJP. There is a letter on our website that has more specific information regarding call backs and lottery for these students. We are happy to add this topic to our agenda at school council in January so there is time to respond to all questions.

Next week promises to be an exciting and eventful week here at CJP. We are hopeful to see many families join us in our caroling and assembly. Volunteers are certainly welcome to assist with our holiday makerspace activity, please connect with your classroom teacher for times. All of our students have earned a movie treat this week because they are all extraordinary. Our Div. 1 students will be watching “Ugly Dolls”, our Div. 2 Students will be watching “Toy Story 4”. Movie day is Thursday, students are also encouraged to wear pajamas. If they choose to bring a stuffy please ensure it is clearly labelled. All week will be celebratory; if students have festive hats and clothing they should wear it!

Enjoy your weekend!
Dr. Bettesworth and Ms. Sharpe 

November 29
Nov 29, 2019

Good afternoon families,

I am often reminded by our amazing families about how far a gesture of gratitude and appreciation can go. Thank you to so many families who have been so very kind and generous to CJP over the last few weeks.  Amidst all the negative in social media, in our e-mails etc., we continue to receive some of the kindest and most supportive messages from our families. Thank you for taking the time to write down your thoughts and share with us. Your notes of positive praise, encouragement, and recognition are shared broadly amongst our team at CJP. They often give us the boost we need to smile larger, support more, and move forward.  

When budgets are tight and all families (including your CJP family) are asked to cut here, pinch there, hold back just a little longer, I look at the volunteers who contribute daily to our school. One parent so kindly pointed out to me “I may not have money to give, but I have time and am happy to give that”. We are supported in so many ways by volunteers, whether it is the middle school students (mostly but not always our graduates) who diligently arrive weekly on their early dismissal days to help out with technology, reading, cutting, bulletin boards etc. The hours and hours of those parents looking after all the fundraising initiatives from Co-Op gift cards, the book fair, spirit wear, Purdy’s...and the list goes on.  To those parents who support us in less visible roles like room parents, cutting out laminating in their homes, at the casino, and watching groups of children while other parents volunteer. Thank you. 

A huge thank you to those parents who remain positive and supportive through thick and thin. We appreciate those drop-off and pick-up parents who answer questions posed from other parents outside on the compound in such supportive and well-informed ways. Your positive contribution to our school culture and community does not go unnoticed.  

Lastly, to our School Council Executive and all those who participated in our meeting this past week. I walked away from our meeting feeling so well supported and understood by those who attended. I was encouraged by your willingness to support the school in what is a huge time of need. We appreciate your generosity of time and funds to assist us in continuing to provide excellence in education to all who attend CJP.  Thank you for attending the meeting this week, for asking such great clarifying questions, and for offering your support. The minutes of the meeting and all that was shared regarding the budget will be posted in the days to come.  

Enjoy your weekend. Stay Warm. 

Dr. Bettesworth and Ms. Sharpe 

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 

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