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November 30
December 2018 Principal's Message

Amazing things are happening at Citadel Park School! We finished off the month of November with our Kindergarten and Grade 1 students showcasing their locked room creations. Our students had another great week with the Mobile Escape Team. We once again thank our Parent Association for supporting this residency experience for our students. 

As we continue our transition from Library to Learning Commons this year, students and teachers have been inquiring into how this space can become a resource to support student engagement, creativity, collaboration, and problem solving? This month, our Grade 4 students have taken the lead by beginning to design, organize and implement two areas in our Learning Commons- a math games area and a green screen studio.  Students in rooms 1 and 2 unpacked and organized all of our wonderful new math games, including writing out simplified instructions for our younger learners and rules for fair play.  Students in rooms 19 and 20 have begun to work on creating a green screen studio area where we can use this exciting technology to share learning in so many creative ways!  We look forward to each of our classes having an opportunity to design a space in our Learning Commons as the year progresses.

The countdown is on! December is a short but busy month at Citadel Park School. This month we continue to learn and celebrate together. In honour of the season, we will be holding our Grade 1 & 2 Winter Concert on Thursday, December 13th at 7:00 p.m. We hope to see many of you there!

It’s hard to believe that 2018 is almost over!  The staff at Citadel Park School work very hard to create a wonderful, collaborative, fun, and safe learning environment for our students.  As I walk through the classrooms and visit with students, I am amazed to see how much growth they have already made in the few months of the 2018-19 school year. Students are digging deep into topics and concepts, having authentic discussions with their peers, asking meaningful questions, and showing their learning in creative and varied ways.  They are becoming hard-working mathematicians, learning to persevere through challenging problems.  As writers, they are learning to create personal narratives, zooming in to provide interesting details and description in order to engage their readers. I can’t wait to see what our students will do in 2019! 

I also wanted to inform our school community that Mr. Faunt is currently on leave and will be away from the school until the New Year. If you have any questions, concerns or needs, please address those to me, Mrs. Michelle Ryskamp at mcryskamp@cbe.ab.ca or 403-777-8063.

With the busy holiday season approaching, it is an important time for us to stop, and take time to remember to be grateful for all of the people in our lives - our families, our friends, our neighbours. Don’t forget to take a minute amidst the hustle and bustle to enjoy each other.  From all of us at Citadel Park School, we wish you and your family, a beautiful and joyful holiday season and all the very best in 2019!  We look forward to seeing everyone again in January well rested and eager to get back to the amazing learning opportunities that are found here at Citadel Park School. Classes will resume in the New Year on Monday, January 7, 2019. 

Kind Regards,

Michelle Ryskamp

Citadel Park School Assistant Principal

Cherlynn Jackson

Citadel Park School Learning Leader

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