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Signs of Spring

Happy March to all of our Families and Friends of Edgemont School
The first few months of 2020 have been busy at Edgemont. Through January and February students have been engaged in a variety of artist-in-residency opportunities including felting, photography and dance. These experiences help to make the long cold winter weeks engaging and memorable. As we approach March we are thankful for the signs of spring we see in our community and a return to more regular time spent outdoors. 

Winter Walks - Learning on the Land Inititative
Throughout the year Edgemont School students “learn-on-the-land” and are inspired by the lessons our natural environment offers; however there is no denying the power of spring to renew our energy and spirit! This month each classroom committed to taking winter walk and classroom connecting learning the outdoors. It has been exciting to see the Twitter posts from each of our classrooms celebrating both the warmer weather and fresh air opportunities to engage minds! We encourage all of our community to follow our classrooms on Twitter. Classroom accounts can be found by navigating to the classroom blogs page on this website. You can also follow the school account @Misspelled WordEdgemontCBE.

Play it Forward - Kindness Initiative
This past week our Student Spirit and Belonging Committee coordinated a week of kindness at Edgemont. During this week students collaborated with their buddy classes to create game cards that would be used a "Play It Forward" game. Cards were all individually created and decorated. Each card described a task to be completed by the receiver. Typical tasks included giving compliments, acts of service or sharing a game or a joke.  During game times and recesses, students exchanged game cards with each other and interacted with students both in their own classrooms and throughout the school. Cards changed hands several times as students continued to "play forward" chains of positive interactions. The focus on connecting with others and creating a positive culture in our school has been powerful! We look forward to building on the connections this week!

Spark - New School Program
I am excited to share a new program at Edgemont School - Spark! Spark is an exercise, stretch and relaxation program that is based mainly on the work of Dr. John Ratey.  Back in the fall, three of our staff visited Eric Harvey School to find out about their program. We are very grateful to the staff and administration of Eric Harvey School for their generosity in sharing their work with us. After visiting their school we developed a pilot program aimed at meeting the needs of our students at Misspelled WordEdgemont.We developed a program that follows a weekly schedule of fun dance games, fitness routines, relay activities to work on teamwork skills and games. Each session closes with a “cool-down” segment when SPARK students - practice breathing exercises and calm stretching.
The purpose of the program is to enhance students' learning. Research has identified strong links between learning and exercise, as well as the power to enhance student focus, memory and concentration.  In the pilot program we were able to serve 20 students and we have recently expanded the program offering to 40. Other plans include the purchase of stationary bikes to be used throughout the school and throughout the day! 
 
Student Learning Conferences
Later next month we look forward to meeting with parents to discuss student growth during our Student Learning Conferences. Achievement information shared in March is different from that shared in report cards. In January and June, teachers report student achievement in reference to the Alberta Program of Study, while conferences held in March are much more personalized. The focus of March conferences is to look closely at the individual growth students demonstrate compared to their own achievement earlier in the year.  It is important for students to be part of these conversations. Below are some suggestions to help your child reflect on their during learning conferences and throughout the year:
​Ask your child to explain what his or her goal is for their learning? For example: What is your goal for your writing? How will he or she know they've been successful? 
Ask your child to explain the criteria for their assignments. We know that students can be very successful if they understand the target they are aiming for. If neither you or your child understand the criteria, contact your child's teacher 
Be specific when giving your child feedback. Using the criteria as a guide, tell him what he did well and suggest improvements that are related to his or her goals.
Read your child's work out loud or have your child read his/her work to you.
​Wishing everyone in our community a happy and healthy spring!
Lori Holford ​Principal, Edgemont School


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RT @yyCBEdu: Today we sent an update to families about our planning for school re-entry this fall. We’ll provide more information as it becomes available so that families can begin their own planning for the new school year. https://t.co/EDeqRLIESx #yycbe #WeAreCBE https://t.co/rA1oTdgYXY

RT @EdgemontGr1: Happy Western Day! Thanks for dressing up with us today grade one's! If we don't see you tomorrow for office hours, have an amazing weekend! ☀️ #EdgemontStrong https://t.co/AJ1BVlDqP9

RT @UsihChristopher: Public education serves the common good. It starts with a conversation and willingness to listen with an open mind. A topic is deemed controversial insofar as we retreat in silence. Our commitment to serving all students (w/o exception) requires us to have “messy” conversations.

RT @EdgemontRM2LL: How will you connect with nature this weekend? Enjoy the beautiful warm days! I can’t wait to see you all at our class meeting on Monday at 9:30am! #EdgemontStrong @EdgemontCBE https://t.co/vHnT6T8QMW

RT @EdgemontPE: Please join me for today's Workout Wednesday as I narrate Kathy Beliveau's book, The Yoga Game. We will explore various ways to stretch and strengthen our bodies through fun riddles and connections to animals and nature! The illustrations are fantastic! https://t.co/z1s4KN4SWj

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Edgemont School

55 Edgevalley Cir NW Calgary, AB, T3A 4X1
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Principal
Ms Lori Holford
Assistant Principal
Mr Bill Quinney
Education Director
Mrs Prem Randhawa
Trustee
Althea Adams

School Information

Grades
K-05
Enrolment
683
Programs
Regular
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Morning Start
9:10 AM
Dismissal
3:50 PM
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