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Principal's Message

January 2018

​Happy New Year!
I hope that you and your family enjoyed a relaxing and rejuvenating holiday break and I wish you a healthy and prosperous 2018.
January will be a busy month at Dr. E.W. Coffin School. For our second week back at school, our students will be engaged in drumming sessions with One World Drumming Company. We are looking forward to the therapeutic sounds coming from the music room during this one-week residency, which concludes on Friday, January 19 with a sharing performance at 11 am.  We say ‘thank you’ to our School Council for the funding they have provided to support this residency.
Kindergarten registration for the 2018-2019 schoolyear begins on January 22. We encourage families who will be registering their children for kindergarten to come into the school office and complete the registration.  Families who currently have a child attending Dr. Coffin who live outside of our designated area are encouraged to contact the office if they have a kindergarten-aged child who they plan to register for our kindergarten program. Knowing in advance of these children helps us to plan for the upcoming class.
Report cards will be completed and sent out on January 25. The written report card is the first formal report you will receive about your child’s academic achievements. The purpose of formal communication, such as report cards, is to summarize and communicate individual student achievement in relation to the expectations of the Alberta Program of Studies at a specific point in time.  The three face-to-face conferences during the school year, as well as emails, classroom blogs, student work samples, conversations, phone calls, etc., also provide parents with informal ways to gather information about how your child is doing. The purpose of ongoing communication with your child’s teacher is to support and improve student learning and to ensure teachers, students and families have a shared understanding of what the student knows and can do. I encourage you to use these various ways of communication to connect with your child’s teacher.  
There are many activities happening at Dr. E. W. Coffin during January. Science Fair and Guitar Club continue for students who have chosen to participate in these two clubs. On January 10 we will hold our second Coffin Cares Assembly. These assemblies are an opportunity for us to come together as a learning community and celebrate the many students who demonstrate our Dr. Coffin values of respect for self, others, and the environment.  The School Council meeting this month takes place on January 16 and I encourage all families to attend these meetings. They take place in our Learning Commons at 7 pm. Students will enjoy another Fun Lunch on January 18 with the menu coming from Tim Hortons, and lunches can be ordered through the Healthy Hunger website. Treat Day will be hosted by Room 3 on January 23. We will have a representative from Branton Junior High coming on January 24 to talk with our grade six students about the late French immersion program. I will host ‘Coffee and Conversation’ on January 25 at 2:30 pm in the staff room for parents who want to sit down and chat with me about matters of interest in the world of education.  It is hard to believe that our grade six students will begin to plan for their transition to junior high this month. Looking at the many opportunities available as students take that next step can be an exciting yet overwhelming time.  As mentioned earlier, report cards will be sent home on January 25. January 26 is a non-instructional day and teachers will be engaged in professional learning activities.  
Our new webpage now contains a link to the monthly Leadership Link and I encourage you to read this document to keep informed of Calgary Board of Education news.
Today when I greeted our students arriving in the Barrett Drive cul-de-sac it was wonderful to see their smiling faces and chat with them about their adventures during the winter break. My supervision each morning is one of my favorite times of day. Thank you, as always, for your support of teaching and learning at our “little school on the hill”.
Together in Education,

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Dr. E.W. Coffin School

5615 Barrett Dr NW Calgary, AB, T2L 1W4
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