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Grade 1 & 2 Reorganization

Dear Parents/Guardians,
As a small school we can never precisely project where our student numbers will increase and decrease from one year to the next. This year we have welcomed several new families to our Dr. E. W. Coffin School. The number of students in our grade 1 and 2 grade configuration this year is high resulting in class sizes of 27 and 28 students. As a result of additional Classroom Improvement Funding, we have made the decision to reorganize our grade 1 and 2 students into three classrooms for the [...]

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Principal's Message

November 2017

​Our “little school on the hill” continues to be a hub of activity.
The cold, snowy weather that arrived on Friday reminds us all that dressing for Calgary's changing weather is so important. The students took a little longer on Friday to prepare for their outdoor learning; however, it was good to see how prepared they were to be outside. Our grade three and four classes began their work with CPAWS (Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society) and Green Calgary on November 4, and spent time outside observing and identifying signs of biodiversity. They also spent time indoors with the presenters and were taught ways of identifying various bird species. This is a new program called Young Citizen Scientists, which all of our classes will take part in over the course of the year, with a focus of learning about bird species and habitats in our surrounding natural spaces. This year we have also started work with Blackfoot Elder, Randy Bottle. Under Elder Bottle’s leadership we are building our knowledge and understanding of Blackfoot history, culture, and ways of knowing. Through this work we hope to learn more about our community and build deeper connections with the land.  Elder Randy Bottle has already been introduced in all the classrooms and will be leading us through several learning opportunities over the next few months.
November has started out as another busy month at Dr. Coffin. On November 1, sixteen of our We Club members, accompanied by Mrs. Saunders and Mr. Pedenko, attended the We Day event at the Saddledome.  On Saturday, November 4, four students from our Destination Conservation Club (DC) attended the ACEE (Alberta Council for Environmental Education) Conference and shared the successful, ‘one use snack wrapper’ project the school undertook last year, with other conference attendees. It was wonderful to see the students showcase the work they had done. Our Destination Conservation team will welcome other DC school teams to our school for a workshop on November 7.  Remembrance Day, November 11, falls on Saturday this year and we will hold our Remembrance Day assembly on November 10 beginning at 10:45 am. We welcome families to attend this assembly in remembrance of the veterans who have served our country. The School Council meeting will be held on November 14 at 7 pm in the Learning Commons.  All parents are encouraged to attend. This month I will share the results of our June 2017 Provincial Achievement Tests. Our second Face-to-Face conferences are booked for November 16 and 17. Online conference bookings will open up on November 11 for parents to book their conference times with the teachers. We will enjoy our second Fun Lunch of the year on November 23.  On November 28, Room 2 will host a treat day. Coffee and Conversation (C & C) is scheduled for November 30 at 2:30 pm in the staff room. C & C is an opportunity to meet with me, Mrs. Polski, and talk about topics of interest in the world of learning and teaching.
November marks the beginning of our club activities although several clubs are already up and running. Mr. O’Reilly has started up a Guitar Club for interested students. Mrs. Saunders and Mr. Pedenko have been supporting the We Club with grade five and six students. This group works on stewardship projects in support of local and global causes. They will be holding a food drive from November 8-15 in support of the Veterans Food Bank. Families are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items to this drive. Our Science Fair Club will start up this week for grade five and six students who have a love of science and will culminate with our annual Science Showcase in early February. Our Green Team has been up and running since September under the leadership of Mr. Pedenko and Ms. Cowdy. This group of dedicated students ensure we are all doing our best to compost, recycle, and reduce our global footprint. This group meets every Wednesday morning during recess to collect all the recycling in our school and prepare it for pick up by our recycling partner. Along with the Green Team we have a smaller environment-focused group, Destination Conservation, who work with Ms. Cowdy and take on identified environment projects. This year’s project will take on an energy focus with the hopes of reducing our energy consumption.  Thank you to the students and teachers for the effort you have put into these clubs.  
Our new webpage now contains a link to the monthly Leadership Link, which I have previously attached to my monthly messages, and I encourage you to locate this document on our Dr. Coffin webpage to keep informed of Calgary Board of Education news.
Thank you for your continued support of the learning and teaching at Dr. Coffin.
Together in Education,

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5615 Barrett Dr NW Calgary, AB, T2L 1W4
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