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September 13
Welcome Back

Dear CJM Families and Friends,

We hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer. We also hope you are relaxed, recharged and ready to start a new school year. We are so delighted that you are part of or amazing learning community. We welcome and value your positive energy and dedication to excellence in education, and we look forward to working with you and your children.

It’s going to be an incredible and productive school year. Our skilled and devoted staff is already planning and preparing for your child(ren). Our enthusiastic office and support staff team is registering new families, ordering needed materials and updating student files.

Our hard working and conscientious facility operators have spent the summer cleaning the whole school. And, our much-appreciated School Council is gearing up to welcoming families, providing volunteer opportunities, and offer other exciting events and programs at CJM. We are definitely a joyous and caring community with the common goal of nurturing responsible, caring students and promoting high-level learning.

Student Placement – A great deal of time, effort and thought has gone into the process of student placement for the 2019-2020 school year. Careful consideration was given to input from staff and families as well as student learning styles. Classroom have been balanced academically and socially. Our class lists are structured to provide equitable class sizes at each grade level. Moving students is difficult without causing imbalance and inequities.

Thank you so much for being positive with your child and helping them understand this. ALL of our staff works hard to make school a positive experience for ALL students.

Thank you to all who are helping prepare for the new school year. Your commitment to insuring that CJM remains a celebrated and successful school is awe-inspiring. Together, we know we will make this school year one of growth and achievement for all children.

 

Warmest Regards,

 

Princapal Bains, Assistant Principal Sarson

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December 17
Winter Break

Warmest Greetings for a Wonderful Holiday

Winter Break is around the corner. As we approach the end of the year, it is with great pride that we look back at what our students and staff have accomplished in just four months. Student learning continues to take center stage at CJM. Across all grades and subject areas students and teachers collaborate in the learning process through innovative teaching practices, feedback and student input into their learning and assessment.

Throughout the school year, the weekly CJM News will continue to communicate important information and dates for the upcoming months. Teacher Pages will also continue to address what’s new and happening in your child’s classroom.

As always, we invite you to become a member of our School Council. Please come and be a part of our community. Your voice, your ideas, your participation all help in achieving and supporting our School Development Plan.

Finally, we would like to wish our students, our parents, our staff and the community a happy holiday and a celebration filled with family and friends. It is moments like this, when we can pause, catch our breath and look back, that we realize how honored and fortunate we are to be a part of this community.

Best wishes for a safe, relaxing and peaceful holiday and a happy new year. 

Ms. Bains & Ms. Sarson 

Principal & Assistant Principal 

It is not beyond our power to create a world in which all children have access to a good education. Those who do not believe this have small imaginations.”​ - Nelson Mandela

December 06
Celebration of Learning at CJM

Updated: SAVE THE DATE!!! CELEBRATIONS OF LEARNING 2018-19

Here is the schedule for this year’s monthly celebrations of learning.  These will be held in the gymnasium.  AM Celebrations are at 10:30 AM and PM Celebrations are at 1:30 PM.  The event on April 18th is an evening event and all students and families are invited for that evening.

 

 

Month

Teachers

Thursday, November 1st PM

Wong, McLachlan,Crawford-Sera

 

Friday, November 9th AM (Remembrance Day)

TBD

Thursday, November 22 AM

Ronan, Neufeld, Sarjeant, McMillan

Thursday, December 20th PM

Auer (PM Kindergarten class) , Munday, Leung

 

***Thursday, February 7th   ​ ​AM

Herperger, Khan, Bath

 

Thursday, February 28th PM

Chan, Gill, Moir

 

Thursday, March 14th AM

Dang (AM Kindergarten class), Auer (AM Kindergarten class), Epp, Ubhi

 

Thursday, April 18th – Celebration of Learning Evening

ALL Attend

Thursday, May 16th PM

Barr, Kara, Dang (PM Kindergarten class)

 

Thursday, June 6th (Farewell/celebration)

Grade 5 TLC, Grade 6 Community Farewell

 

 

Please save the date for your child’s grade.  As you can see, we are combining both TLC and our Community classes together for these presentations.  

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November 28
School Council Meetings

School Development Plan 2018 - 2019. 

Each year our teaching staff is asked to align our school’s goals with the CBE’s Three-Year Education Plan.  We work in September and October looking through data and research, creating a year plan and focusing our professional learning as a staff.  We then spend the year putting in to practice our goals for student success and gathering evidence of these plans.  This year we will focus on three main goals:

1. Students’ overall skill in representing and communicating will improve.

2. Students’ overall conceptual understanding in all subject areas will improve.

3. Students’ overall sense of belonging will improve. 


We are specifically targeting mathematical conceptual understanding and writing in all subject areas, as well as continuing our work with oral language skills.  Our School Development Plan (SDP) is published on our website each year in Mid-November.  Please join us at our School Council meetings on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 for a presentations and evidence of student learning in relation to our SDP.​


NEW to CJM: SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING PRESENTATIONS 2018-19


This year at our School Council meetings we are going to provide a short presentation to highlight the learning occurring in specific grades.  We are hoping that this will encourage more parents to attend our meetings.  We would love to see more parents at our meetings, learning about the school, offering suggestions and asking questions. School Council Meetings are at 6:00PM in the Learning Commons.

 

Please save the date for your child’s grade.  As you can see, we are combining both TLC and our Community classes together for these presentations.  

 

Month

Teachers

Tuesday, Nov. 6

Learning Leaders (Ms. Moench, Ms. Clowes, Mr. Hartman, Ms. Wong)

Tuesday, Dec. 4

Grade 6 (Barr and Wong)

Tuesday, Jan. 8th

Grade 5 (Moir, Munday, Gill)

Tuesday, Feb. 5th

Grade 4 and Music (Layton, McMillan, Herperger, Epp)

Tuesday, March 5th

Grade 3 (Leung, Hubbs, Crawford-Sera, Bath)

Tuesday, April 2nd

Grade 2 (McLachlan, Ronan, Khan)

 

Tuesday, May 7th

Grade 1 (Chan, Ubhi, Neufeld, Kara)​

 

Tuesday, June 4th

 

Kindergarten (Auer, Dang)


Ms. Mona Bains & Ms. Andrea Sarson

Principal & Assistant Principal

November 19
Celebration of Learning at CJM

SAVE THE DATE!!! CELEBRATIONS OF LEARNING 2018-19

Here is the schedule for this year’s monthly celebrations of learning. These will be held in the gymnasium. AM Celebrations are at 10:30 AM and PM Celebrations are at 1:30 PM. The Celebration of Learning on April 18th is an evening event and all students and families are invited...stay-tuned.

Month

Teachers

Thursday, November 1st PM

Wong, McLachlan,Crawford-Sera

Friday, November 9th AM (Remembrance Day)

TBD

Thursday, November 22 AM

Ronan, Neufeld, Hubbs, McMillan

Thursday, December 20th PM

Auer (PM Kindergarten class) , Munday, Leung

Thursday, January 31st AM

Herperger, Khan, Bath

Thursday, February 28th PM

Chan, Gill, Moir

Thursday, March 14th AM

Dang (AM Kindergarten class), Auer (AM Kindergarten class), Epp, Ubhi

Thursday, April 18th – Celebration of Learning Evening

ALL Attend

Thursday, May 16th PM

Barr, Kara, Dang (PM Kindergarten class)

Thursday, June 6th (Farewell/celebration)

Grade 5 TLC, Grade 6 Community Farewell

***Please save the date for your child’s grade. As you can see, we are combining both TLC and our Community classes together for these presentations.​ 


Ms. Mona Bains & Ms. Andrea Sarson

Principal & Assistant Principal


October 12
CJM Message

It is hard to believe that we have been at school for five weeks already! Chief Justice Milvain School staff have been focusing on building flexible learning spaces in the classrooms, creating a sense of community and belonging with each and every student. Through a sense of belonging the staff are engaging students in meaningful learning experiences.

On September 20, we had our first Open House. It was wonderful to see so many families at the school. Parent and/or guardian input is critical when making educational programming decisions and we would love to have every family connect with their child’s teacher. If you were unable to attend the September Open House, the office staff can help to arrange an alternate time to communicate with your child’s teacher.

It is very important that we have clear communication between home and school. Teachers are using folders to send home information this year. We will not be using agendas. If you have an important note for the teacher, please put it in the folder that will go to and from school. We are also blogging as a way to share the learning in the classroom. We will continue to use SchoolMessenger to communicate school-wide information. Each week we have be sending out our CJM News through the SchoolMessenger. Additionally, please check the school website for important updates.

We are looking forward to continuing to build a sense of community at CJM! One of the ways we will be doing this is through monthly assemblies where the entire school community comes together to celebrate learning. Our first assembly with be on Thursday, November 1st in the afternoon. Stay tuned for more information.

Our first School Council and CJM’s Fundraising Society meeting is on Tuesday, November 6th at 6:00 pm in the Learning Commons. ALL parents are welcomed! This is a wonderful opportunity for you to meet other parents and find out how you can get involved in supporting CJM. This year we will be inviting teachers to present at these meetings so that you can get a snapshot of the learning happening in your child’s classroom.

School Council Meetings – 6:00PM in the Learning Commons

 

Month

Teachers

Tuesday, Nov. 6

Learning Leaders

Tuesday, Dec. 4

Grade 6 (Barr and Wong)

Tuesday, Jan. 8th

Grade 5 (Moir, Munday, Gill)

Tuesday, Feb. 5th

Grade 4 and Music (Layton, McMillan, Herperger, Epp)

Tuesday, March 5th

Grade 3 (Leung, Sarjeant, Crawford-Sera, Bath)

Tuesday, April 2nd

Grade 2 (McLachlan, Ronan, Khan)

Tuesday, May 7th

Grade 1 (Chan, Ubhi, Neufeld, Kara)

Tuesday, June 4th

Kindergarten (Auer, Dang)

 

Ms. Mona Bains & Ms. Andrea Sarson

Principal & Assistant Principal

 

“It is not beyond our power to create a world in which all children have access to a good education. Those who do not believe this have small imaginations.” – Nelson Mandela​ 

May 02
May 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians

I have had a wonderful first week! I can’t thank the students, parents and staff enough for such a warm welcome to Chief Justice Milvain School. It has been wonderful getting to know the students, staff, parents and community members. I am passionate about learning and I believe strongly that our work at Chief Justice Milvain School is to ensure the success of every student, every day, without exception. Together, our school will continue be a place of celebrated learning and exciting challenges to engage our entire school community. As principal, my door is always open and I welcome your contribution. Please feel free to call to make an appointment to provide any suggestions, ideas or feedback that will help make the rest of the school year great. #CJMRocks.

Sincerely, Mona Harswinder Bains, Principal​

March 19
April 2018 Update

​We are now at the end of another school term for this year. Our upcoming Student-Led (Parent-Teacher) Conferences will be the final scheduled ones for this term. Please plan to attend these on Thursday, March 22 and Friday, March 23. Teachers and Support Staff have worked hard to prepare hallway displays of students’ work. When you are here for conferences, please take time to look at these displays. Our students have been working very hard and have done some lovely work which they are proud to share with everyone. Please spend a few minutes and celebrate their successes. 

Sincerely,
Dr. David Lodhar, Principal

March 01
March 2018

There are many ways for teachers to engage students in meaningful learning experiences.  One of those ways is by hosting thoughtful conversations that inspire a sense of community. 

Each individual student benefits from a good conversation, situated in learning about something new and exciting.  When we share different experiences we discover our collective wisdom and we see how we can solve problems together. For these conversations to take place we have to practice several new behaviors. 

When students are participating in sharing circles they acknowledge one another as equals, they stay curious about the topic and each other, they recognize that listening is just as important as talking, and they slow down, think, and reflect. 

According to Margaret J. Wheatley, “…conversation is the natural way that humans think together.  Life doesn’t move in straight lines and neither does a good conversation.  What’s important is that everyone’s voice gets heard and that everyone feels invited into the conversation.”  Each child’s idea adds a different element.  We have to be willing to listen and to be curious about each diverse thought and in the end we might be surprised about how much we all share in common.

Pink Shirt Day aims to raise awareness about bullying.  It is a time for students to share, listen, think and reflect about what it means to be welcoming, caring, safe and respectful.  Ask your child about what they talked about today!  What did they learn? Who do they have a little bit more in common with?  How are they helping CJM to be a welcoming learning space for all students?

Sincerely,

Andrea Sarson
Assistant Principal

February 28
Retirement Announcement

Dear Parents/Guardians:

We are nicely settling into the second half of the school year. I hope you have taken time to review and discuss your child’s report card which you received recently. Please ensure you take time to celebrate your child’s progress and discuss the learning goals he/she has set for the remainder of the school year. Please contact the appropriate teacher if you have questions or matters you would like to discuss. You will not receive another report card until June and our next scheduled Parent-Teacher Conferences will not occur until March 22nd and 23rd.

We continue to be pleased with the fine effort we are seeing from our students. Please continue to support them with their learning. It is important that you discuss with your child the experiences he/she is having at school. It is valuable learning when children have opportunities to reflect on their experiences and to express how they personalize such experiences. Children appreciate it when important people like parents, take time and show interest in what they are doing at school.

Retirement Announcement

Dear Parents/Guardians: It is with mixed emotions that I must inform you of my decision to retire form the Calgary Board of Education at the end of March, 2018. I have spent 20 years of my career as a principal here at CJM. As I look back at my work here during those years, I feel a sense of satisfaction, joy and pride about what I have been a part of. I have had the privilege to work with many parents, students, community members and staff. In spite of the challenges we have encountered I feel a strong sense of success, growth and accomplishment. I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience here at CJM. I thank you for the appreciation, trust and respect you have always extended to me. You ought to be proud of your children, this school and the wonderful staff who continue to serve you and your children here. I encourage you to continue to be involved as you continue to support the new principal and the staff as they work with you and your children. Again, I thank you kindly for letting me be a part of the CJM School community. I wish each of you the best in the future. Sincerely,

Dr. David Lodhar, Principal​

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