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December 01
December 2017

“The things that excite you are not random. They are connected to your purpose. Follow them.”

November was filled with a great deal of excitement. Indeed, the month was chock-full of moments students will be sure to remember for years to come, including We Day, a surprise visit by Canadian Olympic athlete and classroom champion Marsha Hudey, a visit by CTV meteorologist Warren Dean, a week-long field trip to Arts Commons, an overnight adventure to the Royal Tyrrell Museum, and a field trip to explore the new exhibit at the Esker Foundation.

December promises to be just as exciting, filled with great opportunities for our students. For example, Miss Lemke’s class will be heading off for their Open Minds experience at Arts Commons, and Three Left Feet will be coming later in the month to work with the entire school to create a winter performance for the community, which is scheduled for Thursday, December 21 at 6:00pm.

There is also a great deal of excitement being generated through writers’ workshop, which started this month. Writers’ workshop provides opportunities for students to have voice and choice in their writing and receive ongoing, individualized, just-in-time feedback through teacher, peer and self-assessments based on clearly defined standards. With Miss Lackie joining our teaching team, we have been able to reduce the number of students in each writing group to further support student learning. Already we have seen this initiative produce tangible results for many of our students, which we are excited to share with you at school conferences this month.

Teachers have also been hard at work putting together a number of math games that you will be able to play with your child(ren) at home. All of these games are based on cards and dice and are designed to support you in helping your child to become confident and fluent in their basic math facts. We will be handing out free cards and dice to all families during conferences. These will be available in the gym, where Mr. Robertshaw and Miss Lackie will be to assist you in learning these games.

As you go through the newsletter, you will also discover a list of clubs teachers planning for students. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the teachers for all their hard work planning and implementing engaging lessons as well as going the extra mile in providing enrichment opportunities outside of the regular classroom.

The next few months are filled with adventure, and I am excited to continue to learn and grow together!

Chris Keuben
Principal, Colonel Walker School
403-777-6780
cjkeuben@cbe.ab.ca

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