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August 27
Welcome Back

I would like to welcome all of our students and their Families to Citadel Park School for the 2019-20 year. 

Thank you to everyone for my warm welcome to Citadel Park.  It is indeed an honour to return to a school that I believe is an outstanding learning environment.  During the month of September and October I look forward to building upon my understanding of the strengths and needs of our students and learn about what is happening in the classrooms. I plan to take an active role in planning and supporting instruction that is appropriate for every child, and will ensure that school time and resources are focused on student achievement.

Students will be coming home later this week with information packages.  Please return all necessary documents in the envelope provided.

For those of you, who are still struggling with registering for transportation, please see the website for instructions.  For more information and our alphanumeric code for Citadel, go here: http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/citadelpark/registration/getting-school/busing/Pages/default.aspx​

You can Register online today and download the new app to get school bus information at your fingertips!  All routes should be available to view by August 30, 2019.

Users can access MyBusStop online or on an iOs or Android device, the app is free of charge for all users who are registered for school bus transportation with the CBE.  We count on your participation to ensure that we can continue to offer this valuable service feature.

Our Meet the Teacher night is on Thursday and Friday, September 19th and 20th, 2019. 

The Citadel Park School Parent Council will be meeting on September 10, 2019 7:00 PM in the school learning commons.  This will be a particulary important meeting for myself and I look forward to meeting and working with you all.

Sincerely,

Duncan White

Principal​

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June 19
Year End Message

Dear Citadel Park School Families,

As the school year comes to a close, we take this time to reflect on just how much each and every one of your children have learned, grown and changed. Together as a school community we celebrate the wonderful school year we have had together. We truly appreciate our extremely dedicated and committed staff who make Citadel Park School all that it is. The partnership between school, parent, and student is so important. We would like to take this opportunity to personally thank each and every one of our parents for allowing us the privilege of working with your children and for your ongoing commitment and support of Citadel Park. Your children inspire us as educators each and every day. Together we’ve learned much and shared experiences that will long remain with us in the years to come. The memories created in elementary school are ones that will last a lifetime!

 

With the end of a school year, we already are busy making plans for the coming year. Our bells times for morning entry have changed slightly for next year. As well, after careful consideration and consultation with staff, we will be moving our recess back to the morning. 

2019-2020 School Bell Times

Monday – Thursday   Grade 1-4

9:08  Entry Bell

10:45 – 11:00 Recess

11:58 Morning Kindergarten Dismissal

12:10-1:00 Lunch Break (Gr. 1& 2 12:10-12:35, Gr. 3 & 4 12:35 – 1:00)

1:00 Re-entry Bell

3:50 Dismissal for all students

 

Friday  Grade 1 -4

9:08  Entry Bell

11:02 – 11:27 Lunch Gr. 1 & 2

11:27 – 11:45 Recess for all student

11:45 – 12:10 Lunch Gr. 3 & 4

1:20 End of School Day

 

Kindergarten Hours 

Monday - Thursday: AM Classes  9:10 – 11:58 and PM Class 1:00 – 3:50

Please note that Fridays will rotate between AM and PM classes. This information is shared on our school calendar and in the Kindergarten Welcome package.

With CBE staffing occurring late in June, we have a number of farewells to announce to our school community. Citadel Park School would like to say a very well-deserved thank-you and best wishes to Mrs. Kazmi who will be retiring at the end of June. Mrs. Kazmi has been with the CBE for over 25 years supporting many of our teachers and students throughout her years. Our staff and students would also like to thank Mrs. Joiner and Mrs. Millen for supporting our Grade 3 teachers and students, as well as Mrs. Kumar who has worked primarily in Room 13. We wish them all well as they continue on with their work as educational assistants within the CBE. We also would like to thank Miss Nurkowski, Miss Wong, Miss Faber and Miss Orton for all of their hard work and dedication with our students this year. They have all been on temporary contracts and will be seeking new positions in the fall. We wish all of them the very best as they continue on with their teaching careers. We wish Mrs. Schnell all the best as she moves into a part-time position at Marion Carson School.

With mixed emotions we say goodbye to Ms. Jackson after eleven years at Citadel Park School. Ms. Jackson has touched so many of our students over the years as she has greeted them with a warm smile each day and filled their hearts with the love of music. Ms. Jackson will be beginning the next step in her teaching career at Kenneth D. Taylor School in Evanston. Finally, we say a heartfelt good-bye to Mr. Faunt, who after nine years at Citadel Park School will be taking on a new Principal position at Kenneth D. Taylor School. He will be greatly missed by all!

The following are our grade teams for the 2019-2020 school year:

Grade 1:          Ms. Courtney McDonald         Grade 2:        Mrs. Jamie Murchison

                        Mrs. Angela Sterling                                     Mrs. Susan Quantz

                        Mrs. Dianna Teeple                                       Mrs. Sarah Slot

                        Ms. Loralee Martin          

                               

Grade 3:          Mr. Timothy Ulph                    Grade 4:         Mrs. Tracey Coutts                 

                       (Mrs. Aimee Edmunds)                                  Mrs. Laree Lake

                        Ms. Sara Kuczma                                          Mrs. Danielle Duncan

                        Ms. Nancy Marshall                                      Mrs. Sandy Hirl-Johnson  

     

Kindergarten:  Mrs. Jody Carnegie

                        Mrs. Melissa Tran

                        Mrs. Jane Stupak


Music:              Unknown at this time              P.E.                Mrs. Lisa Harvey

 

As in previous years, teachers will be calling families during the last three days in August to welcome students to their classrooms. The Kindergarten students have already been assigned to a staggered entry group. They will be meeting their Kindergarten teachers at the flag pole at the front of the school on their first day (either September 3 or September 4). Grade 1 to 4 students will meet their teachers in the field behind the school. Teachers will be holding up a sign with their name on it to indicate their meeting place. This will provide parents and students the opportunity to meet their new teachers together.

 

For our bussed students, bus maps will be available online or at the school by Wednesday, August 28, 2019. Current bus students are asked to keep their bus passes for next year, as these are multi-year passes. The system may charge families for replacement cards next year.

 

Please note that our school and office will be closing at 12:00 noon, Friday, June 28, 2019. The office will be re-opening at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 28, 2019. 

 

Our office will continue to use School Messenger to send out reminders and weekly information, however all events and our school calendar will be posted and updated regularly on the website.

Please visit our website at http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/CitadelPark/Pages/default.aspx

 

For those students and families moving on to other adventures, we will miss you.  You have made a difference during your time with us, and please know that Citadel Park will always be a place that you can call home.  Please keep in touch with us. For families that are registered to return for the next school year, we look forward to continuing to be a part of your child’s educational journey and we will see you in September.      

On behalf of the staff of Citadel Park School, we offer our warmest wishes to you for a restful and enjoyable summer.

 

Mrs. Michelle Ryskamp & Mr. Todd Faunt​

June 03
June 2019 Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As you may have heard or read in the local media recently, the Calgary Board of Education is facing a 40 million dollar budget deficit for the 2019-2020 school year.   Many schools in the CBE are facing reductions in staffing as a result.  We unfortunately are one of the schools that will be reducing staff for next year.  In the fall, we will be reducing Educational Assistant time by two 30 hour per week positions and one 15 hour per week position.  We will also be reducing teaching time by 1.7 full time equivalents, which will require reducing the current number of classrooms in grades 1 to 4 from 18 to 17 rooms.  Next year we are planning to have four Kindergarten classes, four grade 1 classes, three grade 2 classes, four grade 3 classes and four grade 4 classes.  Our projected class sizes for next year will be as follows:

Kindergarten:  19-20 students per class

Grade 1:          19-20 students per class

Grade2:           23-24 students per class

Grade 3:          21-22 students per class

Grade 4:          23-24 students per class

Teaching assignments for next year are yet to be finalized.  We anticipate that most teachers will continue with their current assignments; however some changes will need to be made. When teaching assignments are determined, we will communicate this through email later in June.  We understand that this can be stressful time for families and we will endeavour to communicate these decisions as soon as possible.  We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we adjust our staffing budget for next year.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Spring is a very busy time of year and it has brought many exciting experiences and events to Citadel Park School. May included a full calendar of events for both our staff and students. After weeks of rehearsal, the Kindergarten students and the students in grades 3 and 4 put on very successful spring concerts showcasing our music program.  The month of May also included our Global Day of Design, which involved the entire school with students creating numerous card building and design-based projects. Field trips that occurred this month included the Grade 2 trip to Ralph Klein Park and Grade 4 trip to the Shepard Landfill.  June will also be a busy month at Citadel Park School with various other field trips, celebrations of learning and school-wide events.

On June 7 we will be hosting our annual Volunteer Appreciation coffee party in honor of our wonderful volunteers who give of their time to support and enhance the educational experiences for both our students and staff at Citadel Park School.  Coffee and baked goods will be served along with entertainment provided by some of our Kindergarten, Grade One and Two students.  As the end of June approaches, we look forward to our traditional Sports Day planned for Friday, June 21 and our Year End Grade 4 Farewell Assembly scheduled for Wednesday, June 26th at 11:00 am. We welcome parent volunteers to assist with our Sports Day stations. Please go to the following link to sign-up:   https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4aaca629a5f58-sports2

If you have any further questions please contact Mrs. Harvey. We also invite our grade 4 families to join us for our Farewell Assembly.

Our final School Council Annual General Meeting will be on Tuesday, June 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Learning Commons. All parents are welcome to attend.

Regards,

Todd Faunt

Principal        ​​

May 01
May 2019 Principal's Message

On April 18, 2019, we held another very successful Citadel Park School Family Dance.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank our School Council who sponsored this event and all of the many volunteers who worked so hard to make this a successful evening.  A great time was had by all!

The month of May is a busy time at Citadel Park School, as we prepare for two concerts.  On May 2, our grade three and four students will be performing and showcasing their learning in the performing arts.  Drumming, singing, shadow puppetry and dancing will all be part of the program. This should be a very entertaining evening.  On May 30, our Kindergarten showcase concert will be held in the gym.  This concert celebrates the learning and accomplishments through song and poetry. This is a great opportunity for our youngest students to shine!

On May 6, Citadel Park School will once again be participating in the Global Day of Design.  What is the Global Day of Design all about?  On this day, students as encouraged to make, build, and tinker. The Global Day of Design is one-day that focuses on using the Design Thinking process in school. The goal for the Global Day of Design is to inspire a transformation in schools around the world to incorporate design thinking into everyday practice with our students from all levels, ages, and subjects.  Already, there are over 75,000 students signed up to participate from 600+ schools, in over 14 countries and four different continents for the 2019 Global Day of Design! We will spend the entire morning of Monday, May 6th designing and building. In the afternoon, the students will have an opportunity to visit other classrooms to see their creations.  We are looking forward to an exciting, creative and engaging day.

At our April School Council meeting, a presentation was given on the CBE’s budget process and how schools are funded within our system.  During the month of May, we will begin our spring staffing process.  We are currently projected to have 410 students attending our school for September 2019.  When we receive our school budget from the CBE, we will then make staffing decisions based on our fall projections.  At our June 11, 2019 School Council meeting , we will be sharing our staffing decisions for the upcoming school year. All interested parents are invited to attend, as this will also be the Annual General meeting and positions will need to be filled for our 2019-2020 School Council.

As mentioned in last month’s message, we will be creating class lists for next year’s grade one and three classes. Class list creation is an involved process that requires several meetings and thoughtful deliberations about student placement in classrooms.  A variety of factors are considered so that classes are well balanced to meet the needs of all of our students.  If there is information about your child that would be useful to us in making the best placement decision, please communicate this with your child’s teacher.  We would ask that if you have a classroom request for the coming school year, that you send it via email to Mr. Faunt at mtfaunt@cbe.ab.ca, no later than June 1, 2019.  In the past we have received very few requests as most parents rely on us to place their child in a classroom.  However, we do understand that in some circumstances, a parent may make a request for a particular teacher. Teacher requests must have an educational reason stated in the email.  Thank you for appreciating the complexities of creating class groupings.  A parent request may not be honoured if it creates an imbalance of student needs in our classrooms.  Requests for classroom placements will not be considered after June 1, 2019.

Finally, we would like to thank our volunteers from Costco. This group of dedicated individuals have been coming to our school every Wednesday afternoon since January working with a number of grade 2 students on improving early literacy skills.  Their last day will be at the end of the month and we are looking forward working with them next year.

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April 01
April 2019 Principal's Message

Thank you to the many families who attended our March Student-Led learning conferences. Student-led conferences have many benefits for both the students and parents. Students benefit by sharing the work they have produced, demonstrating problem solving strategies, communicating their understandings, and self-reflecting on their progress. Parents benefit by seeing their children as enthusiastic learners who are capable of communicating what they are doing and how well they are doing at school. Most important, parents have the opportunity to ask their children questions, provide lots of encouragement and positive feedback for their learning, hard word and effort. It was clear to see that our students were very excited to share their learning journey with their families.

With the arrival of April, we head into the final stretch of the school year.  Even as the weather continues to improve, we remind ourselves that there are still three busy learning-filled months of school left! Our amazing teaching staff continues to focus on and provide engaging learning experiences and projects that provide opportunities for our students to communicate and collaborate, be creative and design, solve problems, and think critically. We encourage you to visit the teacher blogs and talk to your child(ren) about school and the things he/she is learning this month.

April is also a month we begin planning for the coming school year. Citadel Park School staff will be creating class lists for next year’s grade one and three classrooms.  Students currently in grade one and three will continue to have the same teacher for grades two and four as we continue the practice of teachers looping with their students.  The exception to this is if the teacher is identified for layoff, transfers to another school, or retires.  Class list creation is an involved process that requires several meetings and thoughtful deliberations about student placement in classrooms.  A variety of factors are considered so that classes are well balanced to meet the needs of all of our students.  If there is information about your child that would be useful to us in making the best placement decision, please communicate with your child’s teacher.  We would ask that if you have a classroom request for the coming school year, that you send it via email to Mr. Faunt at mtfaunt@cbe.ab.ca, no later than June 1, 2019.  In the past we have received very few requests as most parents rely on us to place their child in a classroom.  However, we do understand that in some circumstances, a parent may make a request for a particular teacher. Teacher requests must have an educational reason stated in the email.  Thank you for appreciating the complexities of creating class groupings.  A parent request may not be honoured if it creates an imbalance of student needs in our classrooms.  Requests for classroom placements will not be considered after June 1th. 

 

Our School Council has been busy planning for our upcoming School Spring Family Dance scheduled for Thursday, April 18, 2018 from 6:00 -7:30. Ticket forms will come home with students in early April. Tickets will be $10 per family. In conjunction with our school family dance, we will also be running a Family Photo opportunity through Lifetouch photo. Proceeds from these photo sessions will go towards our Learning Commons fundraising. The school will send out further information through School Messenger with sign-up instructions, as this will all be done online through Lifetouch Photo.

 

We would once again like to remind our Citadel Park families about our concerns about traffic, parking and street crossing. We realize parking is at a premium and with the weather warming up, please consider walking or biking to and from school to help alleviate this issue.

 

Finally, we would like to welcome Ms. Orton to Citadel Park.  Ms. Orton will be teaching music to our afternoon kindergarten students as well as our grade 1 and 2 students.  Ms. Faber, who was teaching music, is now teaching in room 13, replacing Mrs. Teeple, who is on leave for the remainder of the school year.   

 

Thank you,

Mr. Faunt & Mrs. Ryskamp​

March 01
March 2019 - Principal's Message

February was “Friendship” month at Citadel Park School. We focused on acts of kindness by filling each other’s buckets.  During our morning announcements, grade four students from our leadership club read the story “Have You Filled a Bucket Today,” by Carol McCloud.  Each morning, the students read a part of the story and then gave suggestions on ways we can fill someone’s bucket at Citadel Park.  To fill someone’s’ bucket, a student could ask a classmate to play at recess, help them find a lost glove, give a compliment, smile or anything that would brighten classmates day.  Besides filling buckets, the students have also been learning a friendship dance that we will all be performing at our March 4th Friendship Assembly. 

Decidedly Jazz Dance studio was in our school for the last week in February teaching our students some of the basic moves in jazz dancing.  The students have combined the moves they have learned all week into a friendship dance that will be performed on mass at our Friendship Assembly on March 4th.  This dance will continue to be performed at future assemblies as a way to remind our school community about the importance of friendship.  We would like to thank the Citadel Park Parent Association and School Council for the funds and support of this project.

March will also be a busy month at Citadel Park School.  On March 5, Evergreen Theatre will be in our school performing a very creative version of the “Three Little Pigs” that relates to our science curriculum in designing and building structures.  Also this month, our grade three students will be going to the Bow Habitat Station.  Currently our grade 3 classes have been studying animal life cycles by observing trout in a classroom.  For the past few years, grade 3 students at Citadel Park School raise trout from an egg to a fry at school for release back into designated waterways in Alberta.  The eggs are provided to the school from the Bow Habitat Station as part of the FinS (Fish in Schools) program.  It is a fun and authentic experience for our students as they see our fish grow and learn how fish stocks are managed in Alberta. 

School Conferences are at the end of the month just before spring break.  Please watch for an email in the upcoming weeks on how to sign up for conferences.  Conferences will take place on March 21 in the evening and during the morning of March 22.

Finally, Spring Break begins on March 25 and students return to school on April 1.  I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Spring Break!      ​

January 31
​February 2019 – Principal’s Message

January 2019 has come and gone with a flurry of activity and learning. Grade 4’s are crafting math grids that uses their knowledge of basic facts, graphing and number sense. Very impressive! Grade 3’s are earnest in their reading choices and word work to further their love of books both as readers and as authors. Grade2’s are on an adventure in Social Studies, studying the Arctic and thinking like anthropologists. The Grade 1’s are following story patterns to extend their writing dexterity. Finally, our Kindergarten students are enjoying making groups of numbers, using the iPads to photograph and record their learning. One has to agree that Citadel Park School is a beehive of learning!!

Report cards are coming home today. Please take this opportunity to celebrate your child’s progress in learning. Read through the teacher comments and discuss areas for growth and next steps in your child’s learning for the coming term. We are very proud of your children and of the community of learners we have here at Citadel Park School. We are so looking forward to our continued learning journey throughout the rest of the school year.

Just a reminder that winter is still upon us and students need to come to school prepared for outside breaks.  Please ensure they have mittens, hats, boots, and a warm jacket.  CBE guidelines for activities encourage students to be outside until -20 C.  Please do not leave students at bus stops during inclement weather as the buses often are delayed due to road and traffic conditions. Students should not arrive at school before supervision begins at 8:55 AM and are to be picked up from school at 3:50 Monday to Thursday and 1:20 every Friday.

A friendly reminder that our Hug and Go Zone on Citadel Drive is in effect from 8:00 am until 9:30 AM. The purpose of the Hug and Go zone is to help reduce traffic congestion. To use the Hug and Go in the morning, parents are asked to pull up to the curb, drop off their child/ren and then pull out into traffic when safe to do so and drive away.  We ask that parents drop off their children after 8:55 AM when teachers are on supervision.   When picking up students, please wait by your vehicle and have your child meet you in the Hug and Go area. Cars are not to be left unattended when the Hug and Go is in effect. If everyone is able to follow the guidelines mentioned above, it will allow for a safe drop off and pick up for all of our students at Citadel Park School.   As parking is at a premium around our school(especially with the construction of the community center) before and after school, consider walking or plan for extra time to park further away from the school.

We would like to officially welcome Miss Wong who will be working with the Grade 4 team until the end of the school year as Mrs. Edmunds will be on leave. Mrs. Rauf is joining our Citadel Park staff as an educational assistant in our morning and afternoon Kindergarten classrooms. Mrs. Kumar has also joined our staff in December as an educational assistant who will continue to provide supports in both our grade 2 and 4 classrooms. As the month of January comes to a close, our staff and students would also like to thank Mrs. Matthews for her work with our students in music this year. We wish her well as she begins new adventures in her career outside of the CBE! As well, we welcome Ms. Faber as our part-time music teacher who will be working with our Kindergarten and grade 1 & 2 classes in the afternoons each day.  Finally, Mr. Todd Faunt, our school principal, will be coming off of leave. His first day back will be Monday, February 4, 2019. He is looking forward to coming back to Citadel Park School and getting back into the swing of things.

Some reminders for the month of February:

·         February 1: Non-instructional Day - No school for students

·         February 4-13: Mission Impossible set up in the gym for PE classes

·         February 14 & 15: Teachers’ Convention – No school for students

·         February 18: Family Day – No School for students

·         February 25-28: Decidedly Jazz Danceworks Residency for K-4 students in PE classes

Lois Reid, Acting Principal

Michelle Ryskamp, Assistant Principal​

January 07
January 2019 Principal's Message

Happy 2019! Welcome back students and families! We hope everyone had a fabulous break. It was wonderful to relax, recharge, and spend time with friends & family. We look forward to starting a new year with our students and can't wait to hear all about the exciting things they did over the break!

We were so proud of our grade 1 and 2 students who put on another marvelous winter concert, titled “The Big Chill”, on Thursday, December 13, 2017. We hope that our families enjoyed the show. We would like to thank our grade 1 and 2 team of teachers, Mrs. Harvey and Ms. Jackson for all of their hard work putting this production together. We clearly saw how much the students enjoyed the songs and performing for the audience.

Thank you to all our families who supported the School Council sponsored cookie dough fundraiser. We are looking forward to the additional resources and materials we will be able to purchase for our Learning Commons using the profits from this initiative.

At this time, we would like to make our Citadel Park School community aware that Mr. Faunt will continue to be on leave. In his absence, we welcome Lois Reid as our Acting Principal. Lois is a retired CBE principal who has taught students from Kindergarten to grade 6. She brings with her expertise as a specialist in resource, music and literacy. Lois is a great believer in empowering students through skill development, challenge and expression. We look forward to working and learning with Mrs. Reid until Mr. Faunt is able to return to work. Please feel free to contact Lois with any questions or concerns through the school office at 403-777-8063.

Please note that we have many items in our lost and found that have accumulated from September to December 2018. These items will be in the Conference Room until Thursday, January 10, 2019.  The left over items will be bagged up on Friday and donated to charity.  If you have any missing items, please come take a look before Friday.  Starting January 7, any new lost and found items will be placed in the Gathering Space.

If you have any younger children who will be entering Kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year, please be aware that Kindergarten registration begins on Monday, January 14, 2019. There will be a parent and student orientation later in the spring.

We would like to invite our parents to the January School Council meeting which has been moved to Tuesday, January 15,  2019 at 7:00 in our Learning Commons. We will be talking about some of the work that students have been engaged in over the past number of months in the Learning Commons.

Our first set of reports cards will be going home with students on Thursday, January 31, 2019. This report card is part of our on-going communication with parents about your child’s progress in learning. When the report cards arrive home, please take the time to review them with your child, to talk about areas of celebration, areas of continued growth, and areas where your child can set attainable goals for the coming months of the school year.

Other important dates to mark on your calendar:

Friday, January 11, 2019             - Non-instructional Day, No School for Students

Thursday, January 24,2019         - Fun Lunch: Subway

Monday, January 28, 2019          - Life Touch Group Class Photos

 

Sincerely,


Michelle Ryskamp

Assistant Principal

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

November 01
November 2018 Principal's Message

Dear Citadel Park School Families,

The month of November brings colder weather, our Remembrance Day Assembly, our Scholastic Book Fair and our November 22/ 23 School Conferences. We are most excited about starting November with our Citadel Park School Mobile Escape Residency.  Our grade 2, 3, & 4 students will be involved in this design challenge from November 2-9, 2018. The Mobile Escape team will then be back from November 26- 30 to work with our Kindergarten and Grade 1 students. A Mobile Escape Room Residency is an ambitious undertaking where students endeavour to complete their very own escape rooms inside the school. Here’s how it works:

PHASE 1: ACCLIMATION & INTRODUCTION

The vision is cast for the days ahead. Students engage Mobile Escape’s challenges as well as a maker space. This looks very similar to an in-class field trip. It helps level the playing field, giving everyone an escape room experience, as well as a chance to make puzzles, riddles and codes of their own.

PHASE 2: PLANNING & BLUEPRINTING

Students work together in groups to imagine what their own escape room might look like. Parameters often include: a story or theme, physical constraints, an inventory list, as well as lock and clue types. After creating a coherent blueprint, ideas are consolidated into a master escape room plan. At Citadel Park School, various classes will work collaboratively throughout the day to create two large escape rooms in our Gathering Space.

PHASE 3: CONSTRUCTION & ITERATION

Next, our students will work with the residency leaders to build the escape rooms! A complete escape room requires a variety of distinct but related disciplines. Students select how they can best contribute to the completion of the room – music team, prop team, multimedia team, puzzle team, etc. Problem solving, teamwork, collaboration and cooperation are emphasized in this phase as students work together with their various gifting. This will be a very busy time of creation and building with cardboard, tape, paint and other materials.

PHASE 4: THE SHOWCASE

During this final stage, loose ends are wrapped up. The master clue sheet is consolidated. The rooms are tested for difficulty level. Students are assigned to different time slots when they are able to host their own escape rooms. And finally it is time to showcase their work to other students, siblings, parents, and the school community. 

Our Grade 2, 3 & 4 students will showcase their work from 1:20 – 2:20 on Friday, November 9, 2018 in our school’s Gathering Space. If your child is a bus rider and you are planning to attend, please arrive at the school by 1:20. If parents are not here by this time, students will be sent home on the bus. We will have parents communicate their attendance in the student Learning Logs closer to the Showcase date.

We look forward to this experience, provided through funds raised by our Parent Association’s last casino. We are very thankful for this support as it allows both students and staff to be involved in a design and building related residency that aligns with the work we are doing in our Learning Commons and classrooms this year. Please follow our school Twitter account for updates throughout the residency.

 

Mr. Todd Faunt

Mrs. Michelle Ryskamp​

 

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