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March Principal's Message


March most definitely came in like a lion on Friday and I have to say that this winter has been one of our coldest for a while.  I am hopeful the month will go out like a lamb and when we return from our spring break we won’t see any more frigid temperatures and we will start to see signs of spring.
The students at Dr. E. W. Coffin continue to engage in their learning with energy and enthusiasm.  Our students in grades 1 and 2 have been learning about the Arctic and have taken advantage of the cold temperatures to create an ice village. They have been making observations of the ice structures and measuring how the temperatures outside affect the freezing and melting over time. This Arctic study has introduced the students to another region of Canada and they have been able to demonstrate their understanding of the differences of the various regions in our country. The grade 3 and 4 students have continued to develop their understanding of sound. They have been busy creating various musical instruments and were able to show what they had learned about sound through this building project. There was a real variety of musical instruments producing some very interesting sounds in the grade 3 and 4 classrooms. Our grade 5 and 6 students have been developing their mathematical reasoning skills through a variety of math games. Students have uncovered the math in games such as: Blokus, Machi Kori, Santorini, Rush Hour, Code Names, and Mancala to name a few. The students will soon be starting their study of Air and Aerodynamics and uncovering the answer to the   puzzling question, “how does a plane stay in the air?”
Our recent Math night was well attended and the feedback from our families would suggest that having more of these informal evenings would be welcomed. Parents were able to experience some of the math activities and learning tasks that their children engage in during their math lessons.  Students were able to lead their parents through activities and explain what they had been learning in a very hands-on manner. Our estimation station was a hit and there were many very close guesses of how many jujubes and chocolate eggs were in the containers. Thank you to the many families who attended this evening and a special thank you to our School Council who supported the event with additional funding for math games and math manipulatives for our classroom.
Students have several club opportunities during the month of March. Our Guitar clubs for grades 1-6 are running on Wednesday and Thursdays at lunch with Mr. O’Reilly. Mr. Pedenko is running Chess club for our grade 4, 5 and 6 students. Craft club is running on Thursdays at lunch for our grades 1, 2 and 3 students with Mrs. Hamby. Students are creating their own stuffed character during this craft time together. Our grade 6 students will take a trip down to Simon Fraser on March 7 as they begin the process of transitioning to grade 7. Although we still have four months remaining in this current school year, plans for next year have already begun.  On March 12 we will hold our monthly School Council meeting at 7 pm in the Learning Commons. I encourage all parents to attend our School Council meetings.  We will have a Fun Lunch on March 14 with the menu selection coming from Extreme Pita.  This month we will be welcoming four student teachers from the University of Calgary into our learning community beginning on March 18.  Our Parent Teacher Conferences take place on March 21 and 22. These conferences provide the opportunity for parents and students to sit down with the classroom teacher and discuss student learning goals and achievements at this point in the year.   March 21 is our last day of classes as student’s head off on spring break. I hope everyone has a wonderful spring break. Classes resume on   Monday, April 1.
As always, thank you for your continued support of the learning and teaching at Dr. E. W. Coffin.
Together in Education,
Cathy
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Dr. E.W. Coffin School

5615 Barrett Dr NW Calgary, AB, T2L 1W4
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Principal
Mrs Cathy Polski
Area Director
Miss Carrie Edwards
Trustee
Althea Adams

School Information

Grades
K-06
Enrolment
182
Programs
Regular
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Morning Start
8:40 AM
Dismissal
3:30 PM
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