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June 2018

June is here! I am so excited to see the nine new aspen trees added to our Naturegrounds.  The students will be able to observe the young trees as they grow and mature over the years of their learning journey at Dr. Coffin. I would like to extend a huge thank you to the Environment committee and the team of volunteers who took time this weekend to dig the holes for the arrival of the trees.  As the trees mature they will provide much needed shade for visitors to our Naturegrounds and the playground space.
Students at all grade levels have shown steady progress in their academic learning over the past year. Our Grade 1 and 2 students presented a lively Learning Celebration last week, sharing with the audience snippets of the history of Nose Hill along with the animal research they had completed. When students present their learning in creative ways, it not only shows what they have learned, but also lets the students become performers and demonstrate their public speaking, dramatic, and musical talents as well. As I said that afternoon, “I’ve never been to a Broadway Production but I think our students’ performance was even better”. The Grade 3 and 4 students have gathered seeds from Whispering Woods and have been learning about the various ways seeds are dispersed in the environment. They have been busy planting and growing bean seeds in the Learning Commons. The students have continued to use their sketching tools to create detailed sketches of the seeds they have found. Our Grade 5 and 6 students have been hard at work completing their book club projects and sharing their family story of immigration in Social Studies. It is interesting to hear from the students the stories they have researched about how their families have arrived in Calgary. As I reflect on the learning and achievements of our students this year, I am reminded that learning is a journey and we hope that our students continue to grow and develop their skills to be life-long learners.  
June is a month full of events and activities for the students and staff.   Bike-to-School is tomorrow, June 5, and we will encourage students who are able to participate to ride their bikes to school. We will store bikes for the day in our gym.  Our Grade 1 and 2 classes will be off to Heritage Park on June 6 where they will make connections to their Social Studies learning outcomes. The swim program for our Grade 1 to 4 students begins on June 7 and will run until June 21. We will be looking for volunteers to help with the walk to and from Churchill pool as well as in the change rooms. If you are able to volunteer, please contact your child’s teacher. Our final School Council meeting for the 2017-2018 school year will be held on the evening of June 12 in the Learning Commons at 7 pm. Elections for the new executive will take place at this meeting.  Our Grade 6 students begin the stretch of writing their provincial achievement tests on June 14 beginning with Science, followed by Language Arts Part B on June 15, Math on June 18, and finish up on June 19 with Social Studies. I am sure they will all breathe a sigh of relief when they complete their last exam. We know our students have been studying and reviewing for these exams and will all do well. The Environment Team will host our final treat day on June 19. On June 22 we will have our school-wide Sports Day. Thank you in advance to all our volunteers for helping teachers to run stations and serve treats at the rest station. Our year-end assembly will be held on June 25 at 10:30 am. June 26 marks the final day of classes for our kindergarten students.  We say farewell to our wonderful group of Grade 6 students at the Grade 6 Farewell assembly on June 26. This special assembly for our Grade 6 students and their families will take place at 2 pm.  Mrs. Wilkens will welcome our upcoming kindergarten children for a one-hour classroom visit on June 27. The last day of classes for our Grade 1 to 6 students is June 27. Students will receive their report card at dismissal on June 27. June 28 is an Appeals day and June 29 is a non-instructional day and the final day of the 2017-2018 school year.
A reminder that the Leadership Link is located at the bottom of our Dr. E. W. Coffin webpage and provides you with information about the Calgary Board of Education.
Thank you for your continued support of the teaching and learning at Dr. E. W. Coffin School.
Together in education,

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5615 Barrett Dr NW Calgary, AB, T2L 1W4
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