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October 10
Oct. 2018

Hello Earl Grey Families

“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.”
Henry Van Dyke

We at Earl Grey are very grateful for the support you as parents have shown the school. We are grateful for the dedicated and caring staff and are especially grateful for the wonderful students who come to Earl Grey each day. Being grateful has many of the similarities to the concept of resiliency.

Over the past twenty years as an educator, the stories that have fascinated me the most were about students who overcame tremendous odds to become successful in life. The reality that some students who experience family conflict, problems with friendships, bullying, and learning concerns manage to thrive, while others encounter great difficulty has fascinated researchers for some time. The ability for children to succeed in spite of challenges is called resiliency. Researchers have found the following five areas in a child’s life can make the difference whether they are resilient children or continually struggle:

  1. Autonomy - Students who are able to see that they have the power to learn and make age appropriate decisions about their lives tend to fair better than those who don’t.
  2. Sense of Purpose – Students who have goals and see the positive side of life where the glass is half full, not half empty tend to be more successful than those who have lost a sense of hope.
  3. Social Competence – Students who develop skills associated with cooperative learning and friendships tend to be more resilient than those who lack these skills.
  4. Problem Solving – Students who learn to think before acting are more likely to develop resiliency.
  5. Achievement Motivation – Students who don’t give up, but keep on trying no matter what are in good shape to face the challenges that life will bring their way.

Morrison, G., Allen, R. (2005). Promoting Student Resilience. Theory Into Practise, 46(2), 162-169.

At Earl Grey School we are striving to support your children in these five areas through our focus on The Leader In Me: Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. We encourage you to talk with your children on how these five areas relate to the seven habits. Together we will support our students to become resilient and well prepared for whatever the future may bring!

Happy Thanksgiving!

September 07
Welcome Back!

Welcome Back!

We are very pleased with the smooth start-up we have had. The first week is always busy with registrations, classroom organization and transportation challenges. Thank you to our staff for the extra time they have spent ensuring our school was well prepared for our first days.

We are very pleased with the staff we have in place for the upcoming school year. We would like to welcome Ms. Chrustie as our new grade 6 teacher. Mr. Bridges teaching assignment has changed this year as he takes on the role of our new Learning and Literacy Teacher.

As a school we will continue to live and celebrate the Seven Habits. The Leader in Me program also reminds us of the importance of mindfulness as a fundamental life skill. As students become aware of themselves and who they are as learners, they will become more competent at handling challenging situations, boost their confidence and self-esteem, and experience less stress. The Leader in Me program also compliments our Dare to Care anti bullying program. The strategies and teaching of both these programs will be emphasized throughout the school year. We encourage our families to have conversations about the values of these two programs bringing it to life at home as well as at school.

We have an exciting school year planned and there is much to look forward in the months ahead. Helping children grow into healthy, capable and caring individuals is rewarding work and the entire Earl Grey School staff is delighted to be working with your children.

Welcome back everyone!

Matt Lowe

 

August 31
Sept. 2018

Hello Earl Grey Families and Welcome back!

The school looks amazing, staff are organized and we are excited to welcome all of you back to school!  

Weather permitting, we will be gathering outside on the compound on Tuesday morning.  If raining, we will move to the gymnasium.  Teachers will be outside with class lists and grade markers for Kindergarten to grade six.  Students and families will gather as a class with each assigned teacher.  When the bell rings, teachers will organize students into classroom groups have students line up  and walk them to their rooms.

We welcome parents and guardians to gather in the courtyard or gymnasium (weather permitting) for coffee and tea after students have been settled in their classrooms.

We will be having our Welcome Back Assembly in the afternoon at 2:20 p.m. Parents are welcome to attend.

Parking

The safety of students is our top priority.
The parking lot is restricted for staff only from 8:10 a.m. to 3:35 p.m.
The best places to drop children off at school are as follows: Hillcrest Avenue- Kiss and Ride, Dorchester Avenue and Earl Grey Crescent.
Children are encouraged to use the Safety Patrols when crossing 8th  Street.
We thank everyone for your support and understanding. If you have other family members or caregivers dropping off or picking up students, please relay this information to them.

Some reminders about our first day:

  1. School begins at 8:30!
  2. Please make sure you have packed indoor running shoes, snack and lunch if your children eat at school.
  3. Teacher welcome letter will go home the first day.  A school package with all necessary forms will follow by end of week.
  4. Please visit our school website for all up to date back to school information.
  5. Our first School Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 12th at 6:30 p.m.  All parents welcome to attend.

 

June 22
June 2018

We are very proud of the accomplishment of our students throughout the 2017-2018 school year and this would not be possible without the continued support of the Earl Grey community.   Thank you to our volunteers for their support in the classrooms, EG Reading program, fundraising, during concerts, on fieldtrips and School Council.  Earl Grey has a vibrant learning community thanks to the collaboration between staff and families. 

Some of the HIGHLIGHTS this year include:

  • Dare to Care Program
  • Orange Shirt Day
  • Word Fest
  • Outdoor School at Camp Chief Hector
  • Choir Tours
  • Christmas Concert and THREE Spring Concerts
  • Leader in Me Assemblies
  • “We HEART Earl Grey” Fundraiser
  • Olympic Torch Relay
  • School Wide Science Fair
  • Calgary Youth Science Fair where students received the Life Science/Medical Award, Mathematical Elementary Award and 1st Place Medallion
  • Artist in Residency: Rebecca Ellison and Courtyard Mural Project
  • “2017 Alberta Landscape Award of Merit” for our New Courtyard Design
  • “Dance Strong” Residency Program
  • Music Monday with a special performance by Oscar Lopez
  • British Themed Courtyard Reveal and Family Dance
  • School Patrols received  “Gold” Safety Standard
  • Exceptional Grade 6 PAT Results

We are busy planning for next year with a continued commitment, in support of the Calgary Board of Education’s Three Year plan, to personalize learning and success for each student. 

Have a great summer and see you on Tuesday September 4.​

May 04
May 2018

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.”
Muhammad Ali

We here at Earl Grey wish to say “THANK YOU” to our parents and community for the numerous hours you have given to us. We will be having our Volunteer Tea on Wednesday, May 16, at 2:00 p.m. Invitations will be sent out shortly. We look forward to visiting with you and celebrating your commitment to our school.

Once again it is time to enter the season of Grade 6 Provincial Achievement Tests. While these tests provide useful data for school growth and development, they can be a source of stress for children. It is very normal for all children to experience some anxiety just before taking a test, but this anxiety usually fades once they actually start writing the test. For a small group of children the experience of preparing for and taking a test is a serious source of worry and stress that continues while they are writing the exam. If your child is showing signs of stress such as sleep problems and serious anxiety, please give us a call. We would love to help you support your child.

Children should be encouraged by the fact that Provincial Achievement Tests are important but do not affect report card marks or next year’s grade placement. Students are encouraged to study for provincial tests in small chunks rather than cramming the night before. Research shows that cramming is a less effective study technique than studying a little at a time for a number of weeks. Children writing tests will probably benefit more from a good night’s rest prior to the exam than by staying up late studying. A good breakfast will also go a long way toward helping them feel at their best during the test. Parents of grade six students can be aware of upcoming exams by checking the calendars included in the newsletter.

As a staff, we have been meeting to create an organizational structure for the 2018/2019 school year. Classroom placement is based upon the learning needs of all students. If you have a specific placement request for your child, please provide your educational rationale in writing addressed to administration.​

March 07
Traffic Safety

Dear Earl Grey Families,

The safety of our students is our top priority.

With this in mind, we will be making some significant changes to the access of our staff parking lot. Last week, we had a child coming within centimetres of being struck by a vehicle trying to park. The parking lot will now be restricted for staff only from 8:10 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. on school days starting Monday, March 5th. A physical barrier will be in place in front of the parking lot entrance during these times. We will also be having staff and parent volunteers at the entrance to remind drivers as to where they can drop children off safely.

The best places to drop children off as school are as follows: Hillcrest Avenue- Kiss and Ride, Dorchester Avenue and Earl Grey Crescent.

Dorchester Avenue will be reopened as of Monday, March 5th. Children are encouraged to use the Safety Patrols when crossing 8th Street.

We have also contacted the Calgary Board of Education and the City to request the no parking signs be removed on the east side of the school on Hillcrest Avenue (this was where the bus parking was located for Elbow Park School). Once these signs are removed, we will have more parking on Hillcrest Avenue.

We thank everyone for your support and understanding. If you have other family members or caregivers dropping off or picking up students, please relay this information to them.

Sincerely,

Matt Lowe, Principal​

February 20
February is shaping up to be an exciting month!

Families are invited to join us for our Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies on Friday February 9 at 8:30am.  We will begin with a TORCH run through the hallways while students cheer on the runners.  TWO class representatives will carry the School Torch and pass it “relay” style to the next classroom.  The TORCH RUN will end in the gym with a special Winter Olympics Opening Assembly.  We are fortunate to have Scott Davies, a 1994 USA Olympic Figure Skating and a 2010 Canadian Coach, share his personal Olympic experiences! Keep checking out front hallway for current Canadian Olympic Medal standings that students will update.  Families and students are invited to wear the colours of the country that they will be cheering for!

Our Science Fair will be held on Monday February 13 from 9 to 11:30.  All families are welcome to attend.   The top four projects from grades 5 and 6 will represent Earl Grey at the city wide fair to be held the weekend of April 13-14.  Thank you to our parents who signed up to be judges.  We are still in need of a few more, if you can support our science fair, please contact the office. 

Teacher Convention is held on February 15 and 16 followed by Family Day on February 19th, which means NO SCHOOL. We hope that you and your family will enjoy this long weekend for some family fun winter enjoyment!

We will be having or Open House on Thursday, February 23 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.  Our open house will be an opportunity for our students, parents and staff to showcase our school and the many exciting learning opportunities we offer.    Please share this invitation with your friends and neighbors as we would like to welcome many more families to our wonderful school!

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December 01
December Update

It’s Dec. 1st and you can already feel the anticipation of the holidays! It’s a joy listening to the students’ voices as they practice for our upcoming Christmas Concert: Celebrations Around the World. The school is starting to be decorated in festive artwork and many parent volunteers are helping with set designs, costuming and decorating the school.

At Earl Grey, December is truly a season of giving. Thank you to all who have picked up a Christmas Star from the office wall or contributed to our Christmas Star collection. These gifts and hampers will make Christmas much brighter for some of our Earl Grey families. We are asking to have the Christmas Star gifts dropped off at the school by Dec. 15th.

We will also be collecting for the Mayor’s 29th Annual Food Drive. Boxes will be located in the front hallway of the school. Non-perishable items can be dropped off for the next two weeks or on the evening of our concerts.

We are very fortunate as a school to have many parent and community members who have given us the gift of time through numerous volunteer hours. Our school council is comprised of an amazing group of parents. As a council they wish to grow and are asking for more parents to join them. Our next council meeting will be on January 16th at 12:45 p.m. Please join us!

We are also excited about our upcoming Art Residency in the New Year. At our last School Council meeting, parents decided on Rebecca Ellison as our Artist in Residence. The culmination of this residency will be a mural on the south wall of our Courtyard with contributions from all of our students. Please visit Rebecca Ellison website at: www.RadiantArt.ca to have a look at her artwork.

Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to extend our hope that the gift of the season warms your heart and bring you happiness. May all the joys of Christmas and of the holiday season be yours now and throughout the New Year!

Linda Dann, Donna Brown and Matt Lowe

 

 Matt Lowe, Principal

 
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