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October Principal Message

​September is already behind us and I find it hard to believe October has arrived and we are already a week into the month. Thank you to our School Council and the many volunteers for the fantastic Welcome Back Potluck BBQ. The weather this year was fantastic and we were able to be outdoors for this event. The BBQ was well attended and provided our Dr. Coffin community a chance to get together, meet new families, and reconnect after the summer break. 
When students return home at the end of the day parents often ask, what did you do in school today? I have heard that often the answer is ‘nothing, or, I don’t remember’. Our teachers try to support these conversations with the classroom blog, so that you have a glimpse into what students are doing over the course of the week. Mrs. Saunders at last month's School Council meeting shared some questions to ask your child, after school, to get a conversation started. I would like to share a few of these with you:
·         What was the best thing that happened at school today?
·         What was the hardest thing you had to do today?
·         What is the biggest difference between this year and last year?
·         What is your favorite time of day at school?
Our little school has donated over $1,200 to the Terry Fox Foundation through our Toonies for Terry fundraiser which our grade 5 and 6 students organized. Thank you to all the students for the posters, announcements, and daily collection and tally of our fundraising total.  On the grade 5 and 6 students behalf I want to extend a huge thank you to everyone for your support of this event
This year we will be continuing our work with Blackfoot Elder, Saakokoto (Randy Bottle). Under Saakokoto’s leadership, we will continue to build 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.  This year we will be focusing our work with Saakokoto on the history of Nose Hill and he will be leading us through several learning opportunities over the course of the year.
October is full of many activities and events I would like to draw to your attention. We held our first Sharing Get-Together lead by Mr. O’Reilly and our Kindergarten students on October 2. The School Council meeting takes place on October 8 at 7 pm in the Learning Commons.  Saakokoto will be with us on October 10 to begin our study of the land around us. October 11 is a Professional Learning Day for our teachers, and students do not attend school. Photo day is October 16 for our individual and class photos. Teachers and students invite everyone to school on the evening of October 16 for a Literacy evening from 5-7 PM. October treat day hosted by room 2 takes place on October 22. The swimming program begins for our students from grades 1-4 on October 24. The lessons will take place during the afternoons on October 24, 28, 30, November 4, 6, 13.  Our annual Halloween parade will take place on October 31 in the afternoon.  Fresh Air Fridays continue every Friday and as we have already experienced a few days of winter, we encourage students to dress appropriately for the changing Calgary weather.
Thank you for your continued support of teaching and learning at Dr. E. W. Coffin School.
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Dr. E.W. Coffin School

5615 Barrett Dr NW Calgary, AB, T2L 1W4
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