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April 01
Back from Spring Break

Hi Dr. Coffin Families,

Welcome back after a rather unusual spring break for all of us. I hope everyone has remained healthy and you have found creative ways to stay connected with family and friends. My family has taken to video chat on a regular basis to stay connected and be able to ‘see’ each other – a very different approach from our usual family gatherings.   I am working at school along with Mrs. Rennie and Mr. Rozema. Teachers are working from home and are connecting with their teaching teams to plan and design learning for our students.

Alberta Education has outlined expectations for continued learning at home for all students. Teachers will assign an average of five hours of work per student per week for students in grades Kindergarten to grade 6. The content of this learning will focus on language/literacy and mathematics/numeracy. Teachers may also incorporate science and social studies through cross-curricular learning at the higher grades.

Thank you for your patience as we work through some necessary planning in preparation for resuming learning opportunities for our students. I understand there has been plenty of uncertainty about what teaching and learning is going to look like moving forward. The teachers will be connecting through email with all families before the end of today to gather information for planning for learning in a different way with our Dr. Coffin students.

Please know we will work together to create a great learning environment for all our students. The health of your family, both physical and mental, are most important and our school community is here to support you. If you need our support, please reach out to your teacher or myself.

Stay healthy,

Cathy​

March 06
March Principal's Message

March has arrived like a lamb and we have been enjoying some very mild spring like temperatures this week. Although we still have 4 months in this current school year, plans for next year have already started. Thank you to all the families who returned our Next Year planning sheets. This data helps us to begin the process of looking at class configuration for the upcoming school year. 

Our students enjoyed the four-day in-line skating residency we had in the last week of February. This residency provided our students with an opportunity to learn how to in-line skate and it was amazing to see how quickly the students were able to master the skill and zip around the gym.   One of our School Development Plan goals is focusing on student writing and we are fortunate to have storyteller and author, Karen Gummo working with our students through a writing residency.  Ms. Gummo will spend several class blocks with each grade level introducing them to storytelling and weaving storytelling into ways students can use story to write. At the end of March, students will engage in a dance residency exploring simple movements from a variety of dance styles from around the world including Hip Hop, Urban, Ballroom, Bollywood, Lyrical, Jazz/Funk and more. 

The safety of all students and staff of Dr. E. W. Coffin is of great importance. To that end, we continue to work to establish appropriate safety measures for the various situations that may occur and affect our staff and students. Fire drills are a long-standing expectation of everyone who congregates in a setting such as a school. We are required to have a minimum of six fire drills each school year. It is a reflection of the changes in our society that we must add variations to our safety drills. We held a practice drill known as a “lockdown” on March 5 with our School Resource Officer, Constable R. Valstar.   The students responded well to the practice “lockdown” and demonstrated the expected behavior during this required drill.

Our March calendar is full of a variety of learning activities and field trips to enhance our learning at Dr. E. W. Coffin. Our grade 5/6 classes will be heading to Canada Olympic Park for three days of skiing and snowboarding on March 2, 3 and 9. Our grade 6 students will take a trip down to Simon Fraser on March 5 as they begin the process of transitioning to grade 7. Mr. Pedenko and Mrs. Saunders often collaborate with various faculties from the University of Calgary to enhance the learning of our grade 5/6 students. On March 6, they will have visitors from the math faculty presenting and working with the students. These opportunities provide students with rich learning opportunities. On March 10 we will hold our monthly School Council meeting at 7 pm in the Learning Commons. All parents are welcome to attend our School Council meetings. The staff will hold a curriculum night on March 12 from 5-7 PM with a focus on Math and Science. I invite you to come to this event and experience the curriculum through the student lens. The grade 5/6 classes are heading down to Simon Fraser to see their musical production of High School Musical on the morning of March 17. These opportunities are wonderful ways to build our community and give our older students a glimpse into the world of Junior High. Room 6 will host our treat day this month on the 17. March 19 is our last day of classes as students head off on spring break. Teachers will spend March 20 in professional learning meetings.  Classes resume on Monday March 30 and the students will jump into a dance residency with PL3Y Education. Thank you to the Friends of Dr. E. W. Coffin for their support of our residencies. 

Thank you to everyone for your continued support of teaching and learning at Dr. E. W. Coffin School.  

Together in Education,

Cathy


February 11
February Principal's Message

February seems to be flying by and after our cold days in January the chinook days have been a welcomed change. The local ground hog predicted an early spring for us however, I am sure that we will get another cold blast of winter before we see the blossoms of spring.

Reading is a life skill and Dr. E. W. Coffin students have many opportunities throughout the day to develop their reading ability.  Thank you to the many volunteers who help with our Home Reading program with our grade one and two students. We continue to look for more volunteers to help with this program. Please call the office or contact Mrs. Hamby or Ms. Boyer if you are able to volunteer for the Home Reading program. 

The students have been enjoying our gymnastics unit in their phys-ed classes this month. They have been learning about balance, body control and travelling across various pieces of equipment. The traverse wall has also been part of our phys-ed classes this month, and is a great activity for students to experience. The Canadian Climber is also part of this unit and the students all seem to like the opportunity to climb, that this equipment provides. We will wrap up the gymnastics unit with our Jungle obstacle course following the Family day holiday. 

February is the shortest month of the year; however, at Dr. Coffin we have been busy.  Our grade 1- 6 classes all went on a field trip to Mount Royal University and listened to the Royal Canadian Artillery Band in the Bella Concert hall. This was a wonderful trip and the students all seemed to enjoy the afternoon.  Last week, we took time for a Winter Walk on Wednesday, February 5. This walk is an annual event, which encourages 15 minutes of walking outdoors. We record collectively the number of minutes we walked as a school. Our total for this year was approximately 2500 minutes of walking.   Our School Science Fair took place on February 6 in the Learning Commons with 16 well-presented projects. Our visiting judges were very impressed by the work the students had done.  We also enjoyed a Healthy Hunger lunch day on February 6 with Panago Pizza providing the lunch. Pizza is a favorite for the students!   Teachers' Convention takes place on February 13 and 14 followed by Family Day on February 17. These are non-school days for students. On February 19, our grade 2/3 and 3/4 classes will head to Simon Fraser to celebrate My World Day with the students at Simon Fraser. On February 21, our Kindergarten students will celebrate their 100th day in school and enjoy a pancake breakfast creating 100 with a sausage and 2 pancakes on their plates.   Students will be participating in an in-school residency with Alien In-line Skating starting February 24 until February 27. All classes will have several sessions in the gym learning how to in-line skate. Parent volunteers would be appreciated to help tie up skates, especially for our younger students. February 26 is Pink Shirt Day and we invite students to participate in this anti-bullying event and wear a pink shirt to school this day.    

Thank you to everyone for your continued support of teaching and learning at Dr. E. W. Coffin School.  

Together in Education,

Cathy


January 17
January Principal's Message

Happy New Year and happy new decade to our Dr. E. W. Coffin families and I wish each and every one of you good health and happiness in 2020! 

The New Year begins and with it comes new learning opportunities for the students at Dr. E. W. Coffin.  Outdoor learning on Fresh Air Friday was hampered this week by the extremely cold temperatures however the cold temperatures provided our grades 5 and 6 classes a great opportunity to test their insulated containers. Students were tasked with designing an insulated container to prevent 250 mL of water from freezing. Working through the scientific method of hypothesis, procedure, observation, and conclusion the cold weather was just what the students needed to complete this experiment. The students did not seem to mind bundling up and going outside to test their containers. The whole school participated in an indoor body break of jogging, lunges, side shuffles, and jumping jacks to get our bodies moving and release some of that energy that has built up over the cold week. Looking ahead to next week, I am happy to see the temperatures are much warmer and students will get the outdoor breaks they enjoy, and need, during the school day. 

Each year Alberta Education conducts the Accountability Pillar Survey from mid-January to the end of February. Alberta Education uses the Accountability Pillar as a way for school authorities to measure their success, and assess their progress towards meeting their learning goals.  

The Accountability Pillar uses a set of 16 indicators consisting of: student outcomes such as dropout and high school completion rates; provincial assessments of student learning; and surveys of students, parents/guardians and teachers on various aspects of quality. Parents/Guardians of students in grade 4 to 6 should have received their survey in the mail from Alberta Education.  Students in grade 4 to 6 and all teachers will complete their surveys online at school during the week of February 3-7. All surveys are anonymous and ask questions about experiences with Dr. E. W. Coffin School.  The survey is not asking for feedback about Alberta Education and its policies; questions are in relationship to Dr. E. W. Coffin School only.  Questions on the survey are accompanied by a scale of responses (e.g., Strongly Agree to Strongly Disagree, Very Satisfied to Very Dissatisfied). Each of these scales includes a Don’t Know choice.  If you Don’t Know the answer to a particular question, please skip that question and go to the next one, unless you want your response to count as a negative one.

All parents/guardians receive the English version of the survey in the mail. Alberta Education also provides the survey in Arabic, Blackfoot, Chinese, Cree, French, Korean, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog and Urdu.  If you would prefer to respond to the survey in one of these languages, please contact Mrs. Polski and a copy will be sent to you. 

It is very important that parents/guardians complete the survey and return it to Alberta Education. Alberta Education and the public use the results of the Accountability Pillar Survey to assess satisfaction with the quality of education in our schools.  In addition, the Calgary Board of Education uses the information to improve teaching and learning for our students.

Your voice matters. Your participation in the survey helps provide important information on the quality of education your child is receiving. Alberta Education and the Calgary Board of Education thank you for returning the parent Accountability Pillar Survey promptly. If you have questions, please contact the Mrs. Polski either by calling the office or through email. Dr. E. W. Coffin is a small school and we hope to have a large response to the Accountability Survey in order to inform our School Development Plan and future planning for our little school. If you have received the Accountability Survey, I encourage you to complete the survey and submit the survey back to the Alberta Government. 

Interested in the results?  Look for them in school and the CBE 3-Year Education Plans and Annual Education Results Reports, posted to the school’s and CBE’s websites by November 30 of every year.

Kindergarten registration for the 2020-2021 school year begins on January 20. We encourage families who will be registering their children for kindergarten to come into the school office and complete the registration process.  Families who live outside of our designated area and currently have a child attending Dr. Coffin who have a sibling who will be age appropriate to start kindergarten, are also asked to come into the office and complete a registration form.  

Report cards will be completed and sent out on January 30. There has been some slight adjustments to the report card descriptors and we will include an information sheet to help you better understand the report card achievement indicators. The written report card is the first formal report you will receive about your child’s academic progress. 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.   

January will be a busy month at Dr. E.W. Coffin School. There will be some new clubs starting for students to join. Mr. O’Reilly is continuing with his guitar club for students in grades 3 to 6, cup stacking for grade 3 and 4 students will start on Monday, January 20. Our Science fair students are continuing to work on their science projects on Wednesdays, in preparation for the Science Fair in early February. Games club for grades 1 to 3 students is also running on Wednesday at lunch. The School Council meeting was held on Tuesday January 14 in the Learning Commons. The meeting was well attended considering the very cold weather we have had. Healthy Hunger lunch is took place on Thursday, January 16 and Subway was the lunch provider for this month. Blackfoot Elder Saakokoto will be coming to visit with the students on January 16 and January 24 as we continue our studies of Indigenous culture.    Treat day for this month, hosted by room 4 is taking place on January 21. Report cards come home on September 30. 

As always, thank you for your continued support of the learning and teaching at Dr. E. W. Coffin.

Together in Education, 

Cathy



December 09
December Principal Message

The hallways of Dr. E. W. Coffin are decorated and look very festive as we head into December and the holiday season. Thank you to our parent volunteers who took time to get us into the spirit of the season. 

December is a month of giving and our Grade 5 and 6 students will coordinate an outreach project in support of the Drop-in Center. Dr. Coffin families are encouraged to participate in the fourth annual “Fill a Sock” campaign. Beginning on December 9 through to the 13, we will encourage students and their families to provide various items to “Fill a Sock”. The following types of donations for the socks include items such as: gloves, mitts, hats, lip balm, travel size toiletries (shampoos, lotions, etc.), cough drops, Tums, travel mugs, deodorant (non-alcohol based), brush and combs, socks chocolates and candy, gift cards such as McDonalds, or coffee cards. The Grade 5 and 6 students will take all donated items and will fill each pair of socks with the items collected  With our support, we will ensure that some 1,200 people will wake up to a stocking by their bedside on Christmas morning.  

Our School Development Plan and our Annual Results report are both posted to our school website. This year our School Development Plan (SDP) will focus on three areas for student achievement: Language Arts, Science and Well Being for Learning. Our specific goals will target student achievement in their ability to write to develop, organize, and express information and ideas, developing the skills to inquire and communicate their scientific understanding and the ability to make responsible decisions in their learning. You may access the SDP on our website from the About Us tab, under Our School, if you would like to learn more about our plans for this school year. 

Before we know it 2020 will be here and we will begin registration for our Kindergarten program on January 20, 2020. At this time, it would be helpful for us to hear from families who have a child of Kindergarten age, who is eligible to start Kindergarten in September of 2020. Children can start kindergarten in the fall of 2020 if they turn 5 years old on or before December 31, 2020.This early conversation will help us in planning for our Kindergarten program in the fall. 

December will be a busy month at Dr. E. W. Coffin with lots of events and activities taking place. Our grade three and four students in rooms 4 and 5 are off to the Glenbow Museum on December 9 and the grade two and three students in the Portable will be visiting the Glenbow Museum on December 11.  The “Fill a Sock” campaign will run from December 9-13 and donations will be accepted in classrooms for the week. The School Council will be hosting the annual Festive Evening this year on December 12. This event is a wonderful opportunity for our school families to enjoy some festive music, share ethnic foods, and to come together as a community. Our Spirit Club students have planned a Polar Express spirit day on December 16.Students can wear their favorite festive sweater or pajamas to school for this fun filled day. We will be gathering together as a school on December 17, 18, and 19 at 9 am to sing carols in the Learning Commons. I invite our families to join us on these three days. Several clubs will continue during the month of December: Guitar club for Grade 3 to 6 students, Spirit Club, and Science Fair for Grade 5 and 6 students. The final day of classes before the winter break is December 19. 

At this time, I would like to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season. May you enjoy time with family and friends. 

Together in Education,

Cathy

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November 07
November Principal Message

​The school year is well under way and the students and staff have been engaged in a variety of learning tasks.   Thank you to all the families who attended our Literacy evening on October 16. Literacy is defined as the ability to communicate and make sense of our world. Literacy involves speaking, listening, reading, writing, spelling, and grammar knowledge. Our students have many opportunities to learn and build upon these skills each day. 

The weather is changing; however, the cold and snowy days do not impact our outdoor learning on Fresh Air Fridays. The students are coming to school well prepared and ready to be outdoors for a portion of their learning. Our youngest students in kindergarten continue to be ‘scientists’ and learn the skills of observation as they explore the outdoors. The grade one and two students had a successful harvest, from the Sun Circle gardens, and enjoyed many tasty treats during their baking days. These days were the envy of the rest of the school as we took in the wonderful aroma of carrot cookies, zucchini bread and potato soup.

School attendance is an important part of a child’s learning. Did you know by grade 3, students with regular attendance are more likely to read at grade level. By grade 6, regular attendance is a predictor of high school completion. By grade 9, regular attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than test scores. Students who attend daily are less likely to fall behind in school. Regular school attendance is an important life skill on the path to graduation and future employment.

November has started out as another busy month at Dr. E.W Coffin. The students in grades one to four are continuing with swimming at Sir Winston Churchill Pool on November 4, 6 and 13. Our grade five and six students are leading a food drive from November 4-8. Families are encouraged to send non-perishable food items to school in support of this community caring initiative.  Photo retakes with Lifetouch will occur on November 7 in the morning. If you are not happy with your child’s photo, you may have a retake done on this date.   Remembrance Day, November 11, falls on Monday this year and we will hold our Remembrance Day assembly on Friday, November 8, beginning at 10:45 AM. We welcome families to attend this assembly in remembrance of the veterans who have served our country. Our community police officer, Constable Rich will be visiting our kindergarten students on the morning of November 12.The School Council meeting is being held on November 12 at 7 pm in the Learning Commons.  All parents are encouraged to attend. This month I will share the results of our June 2019 Provincial Achievement Tests as well as our School Development Plan.  We will be hosting author Gordon McRae, on November 14 in the morning. We will enjoy our first Healthy Hunger lunch of the year on November 14 and Panago Pizza is the selected vendor for this month’s lunch. Our parent teacher conferences are scheduled for November 21 and 22. Online conference bookings will open up on November 16 for parents to book their conference times with the teachers. On November 19, room 3 will host a treat day. Many clubs kick into gear during the month of November. Clubs starting up or continuing this month include:  AV club, Warhammer club, Guitar club, and Science Fair club. 

As always, thank you for your continued support of the learning and teaching at Dr. Coffin.

Together in Education, 

Cathy


October 08
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.

Together in Education

Cathy​

September 10
September Principal Message

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!

Our first week back was a buzz of activity as students settled into their classrooms, met new friends, and learned the routines and expectations of their classrooms and the school.  We have welcomed 182 students to our little school and they all seem ready and excited to start the new school year. I appreciate the many parents who have stopped by the office to say hello and I enjoyed hearing about the summer adventures that many of the students shared in the first few days of school.

September 6 marked our first Fresh Air Friday and our classes were all outside reconnecting with the outdoor learning spaces in our community. We continue to build on outdoor learning experiences for our students. Research has shown that spending time in nature increases creativity, curiosity, and problem solving abilities.  Students should be arriving at school on Friday ready to spend time outdoors. This requires checking the weather for the day and sending students ready with the clothing they need to be outside.  The curriculum at all grade levels lends itself well to experience learning in an authentic environment which is one of the many reasons we dedicate our Fresh Air Fridays to outdoor learning tasks. Classes this year will engage in discipline-based inquiry projects linked to outcomes of the Social Studies or Science curriculum.

The school year begins and along with school events, I know that many community and extra curricular activities start up for out students. Family calendars become very busy, as all these activities get started. I encourage you to mark your calendars with some key school dates in September. Our first School Council meeting takes place in the Learning Commons on Tuesday, September 10 at 7 pm. All parents are members of the School Council and are invited to attend the meetings. The first event organized by our School Council is the annual Welcome Back BBQ on Thursday, September 12 from 5-7 pm. Notices and information about this event came home last week. This year we will be holding a Meet, Greet and Learn evening on September 19 from 5-7 PMThis evening will be a drop-in format for you to meet your child’s teacher, set learning goals, learn classroom routines, and see the learning your child has been engaged in during these first few weeks. The annual Scholastic Book Fair is at the school from September 16-20 in the Learning Commons and you are welcome to stop in and check out the book selections during the evening of September 19. Room 1 will host our first Treat day of the year on Tuesday, September 24. The school will run our Terry Fox Run on Friday September 27. Please join us for this special event and fund raiser for the Terry Fox Foundation. We will partner up with Millennium Kidz N’ Kare on September 27 with a Bike to School day. Students who would like to ride their bike to school will be able to store their bike in the gym rather than lock them outside. Bikes and helmets need to be labelled. Millennium will also be bringing in the Killadilla Food Truck and families are invited to purchase from the food truck if you would like. September 30 is Orange Shirt Day. Students will learn about this day in their classes and will be encouraged to wear an orange shirt on this day.

At Dr. E. W. Coffin, we try to keep families informed about the school calendar and the learning that takes place in our classrooms in several different ways.  Monthly, my Principal Message will be posted to our webpage. I hope to share highlights of the work at Dr. E.W. Coffin through my messages. Our teachers all use a class blog to encourage dialogue at home about the learning that takes place in the classrooms. Watch for Blog posts at least twice a week and families are encouraged to check the blog regularly for updates from the classroom. From the office, we send out weekly, “Worth Mentioning”. This message will contain key information as well as update you on events for the upcoming week.  Bookmark the school’s webpage and your child’s classroom blog to keep informed about what is happening at Dr. Coffin.

Thank you for your support of teaching and learning at Dr. E. W. Coffin School.

Cathy​

June 13
June Principal's Message


Wow, I cannot believe that it is June already and we are into our final month of the 2018-2019 school year! It seems like only yesterday we were welcoming our students back to school to start the year.

 

When I visit the classrooms each morning, I see so much growth in our students, and their abilities to manage their learning with great success. Students at all grade levels have shown steady progress in their academic learning.  Students continue to demonstrate increased confidence.  Our Grade 6 students will soon be heading off to junior high and I am confident that they are well prepared for what lies ahead.

 

We are looking forward to our final Fresh Air Fridays and hope that the weather cooperates so the Grade 1 and 2 students can get the garden beds planted. The Environment Committee will be organizing watering bees for both the gardens and the aspens for the summer months. Please watch for details of this opportunity coming out very soon. We have one more visit with Saakokoto and we want to enjoy our last visit with him up on Nose Hill. We are hopeful that he will be able to share more stories of the land as we continue to develop our understanding of Indigenous perspectives. We welcome families to join us on June 21 up on Nose Hill as we celebrate the summer solstice and our last Fresh air Friday of the 2018-2019 school year. 

 

June is a month full of events and activities for the students and staff.  Bike-to-School day took place yesterday, June 4, and we had many of our students in Kindergarten through Grade 4 ride their bikes to school. Our Grade 5 and 6 students headed off to Camp Chief Hector for four days of Outdoor School. They were certainly excited and maybe a little nervous to be heading out. Our Grade 6 students begin the stretch of writing their Provincial Achievement Tests (PAT) on June 11 beginning with Social Studies, followed by Math Part B on June 12, Language Arts Part B on June 13, and Math Part A on June 14, and will finish up on June 17 with Science. 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. Our final School Council meeting for the 2018-2019 school year is being held on the evening of June 11 in the Learning Commons at 6 pm. Elections for the new executive will take place at this meeting.  On Wednesday, June 12, our School Council Environment Committee will be hosting a Sun Circle Kick-off Event. This event will take place in the natural spaces surrounding Dr. Coffin and will include treats and activities such as a scavenger hunt, orienteering, and planting your own seeds from home will be part of the fun. The Environment Committee will host our final Treat Day on June 19. June 21 is our final Fresh Air Friday for the year and we will spend this morning, weather permitting, up on Nose Hill.  On June 24, we will have our school-wide Sports Day during the morning. 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 on June 25 in the morning and this day will mark 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 during the afternoon of June 25. 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 26 from 9 -10 am. The last day of classes for our Grade 1 to 6 students is June 26 and we will dismiss at 12:00 on this final day of classes. Students will receive their report card at dismissal on June 26.  


Thank you for your continued support of the teaching and learning at Dr. E. W. Coffin School.

Together in education,

Cathy

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May 06
May Principal's Message

Welcome May! As the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers”; however, I think a rewrite to “April snow storms bring more May snow” might be a more appropriate phrase given our recent weather.  The tulips and daffodils in the front flower beds had started to bloom but the snow this past weekend has set them back again. I am hopeful by the end of the week they will be back in full bloom.

The hedges and flower beds have been cleaned up and our Grade 5 and 6 students accumulated over six bags full of yard compost from the clean-up project. There is evidence of new growth coming back after all the cotoneaster bushes were cut down in the fall. The yard clean-up by our Grade 3 and 4 students also collected a large amount of recycling, compostable materials, and garbage. The students spent time sorting the collection and have completed a garbage audit that has identified the leading companies packaging that are contributing the most to our landfill. The follow-up to this activity may be letter writing to inform companies of their impact to our landfill based on our garbage audit.  Our Grade 1 and 2 students have spent time outside identifying signs of spring and found beautiful crocuses in Whispering Woods last Fresh Air Friday. The ant hill is a constant pile of movement and is capturing the attention of many students as the ants are emerging. With Calgary’s ever-changing weather, it is nice to see that it has not deterred our students from getting outdoors and making connections to the land around us.

May is that time in the school year where we have one foot in the current school year and one foot in planning for the next school year. The spring projected budget and subsequent staffing process is somewhat delayed this year due to the recent provincial election. At this time, we can confirm that we will continue to have our morning Kindergarten class and seven classes from Grades 1-6. Planning for next year and placing students in their respective learning communities is an important matter to which the staff will devote much thought and care. Many factors are considered in the process of class placement and include: learning needs and styles, social/emotional/behavioral needs, pupil-teacher ratio, and friendships.  

The events and activities planned in May will make for a busy month at Dr. E.W. Coffin.  Our Grade 1 and 2 classes welcomed Teacher’s Pet last Wednesday and Thursday. This in-school field trip provided our students with an opportunity to extend their learning of the Acadian community.  Run Club and Guitar Club continue this month and provide interested students with some extra-curricular activities over the lunch break.  May 7 marks the start of swimming lessons for our Grade 1 through 4 students. They will be walking to the Sir Winston Churchill Pool to take part in swimming lessons. The lessons take place on May 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, and 16 in the afternoons. Our Grade 6 students will write their first of six Provincial Achievement tests (PAT) on May 8. This first test is the Language Arts - Part A test and students will write a story and a newspaper article during a two-hour time period.  On May 14, we will hold our School Council Meeting at 7:30 pm in the Learning Commons. This meeting is starting slightly later to give parents who are involved with spring activities with their children time to attend the meeting afterwards. I encourage all parents to attend the Council meetings. We will honour our many volunteers at our annual Volunteer Tea on May 15 in the afternoon. There are so many volunteers supporting students and teachers in our little school and we want to take time to acknowledge all of the hours our volunteers put into making Dr. E. W. Coffin a great learning community. On May 16 our Grade 5 and 6 students will complete the Calgary Board of Education survey. This survey gives the school administration and the teachers valuable information to help guide our work in the school and continue to improve on the teaching and learning at Dr. E. W. Coffin School. May 17 is a non-instructional day, which means no school for students this day and an extra long weekend because of Victoria Day on Monday, May 20. Fun Lunch is taking place on May 23 with Panago providing the menu.  We will welcome our 2019-2020 kindergarten students and parents to an evening orientation on May 23 at 6 pm. On May 27 Lifetouch Photography will be here to take our whole school playground photo. This is an annual picture that we have taken and display in our hallways. These photos are often the pictures that returning students like to look at. On May 28 we will enjoy a Treat Day hosted by Room 7. Our kindergarten children will be taking a full-day field trip to the Calgary Zoo on May 29. This trip will extend their learning of plants and butterflies. Our Grade 5 and 6 students will have a guest speaker in their classes on May 29 as an extension to the Air and Aerodynamics Science unit. Wow! A busy month, for sure.

Thank you, as always, for your support of teaching and learning at our “little school on the hill”.

Together in Education,

Cathy​

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