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October 01
Fall is Here!
 

​It's hard to believe that September is behind us and we are starting October - Fall is here! September was a busy month with lots of fun activities, and students have now started to settle into their daily routines. 

We enjoyed an amazing fall afternoon for our annual Terry Fox Run, Walk & Roll. Thank you to everyone who put on a pair of sneakers to support this great cause and raise funds for the Terry Fox Foundation. We haven't completed a final tally of donations but I can tell you that it exceeds our original goal of $850!

As Thanksgiving and our Fall Break approaches, we want wish all of our families an enjoyable holiday and offer our thanks for your ongoing support that you give to Emily Follensbee School. We are very fortunate to have so many amazing people who help our students daily. It is truly a team effort here and we sincerely are grateful for each and everyone of you! 

August 22
Welcome to a New School Year!

We are excited to welcome back our students and families into the halls of Emily Follensbee! Summer was a great opportunity to relax and recharge, and we hope everyone enjoyed their break for some much deserved family time.

The year ahead is off to a great start with students enjoying the sunshine outside and getting settled into new schedules. We are planning for another year filled with learning, steps of success and of course - a lot of fun! ​

We want to remind families that it is important to ​review, fill in and return all forms that went home in the ​Student Welcome Packages. ​​We know that it seems like alot of paperwork, but we require these forms to be filled out every year to ensure your child's information is current.

Another important reminder, our first Parent-Teacher Learning Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, September 5 from 12:30 pm to 7:00 pm. This is an important opportunity for families to meet with their child's teacher to discuss the year ahead.

It is going to be a great year and we look forward to it. We want to remind everyone that if you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us!

April 15
Communication is the Key!
While our students and their families get to enjoy an extra long weekend (April 19, 22 & 23 - no classes), the staff from both Emily Follensbee School and Christine Meikle School will be participating in a 2-day workshop. This workshop will be facilitated​ by Linda Burkhart who is a well-known Teacher and Leader in the field of assistive technology, adaptive play and augmentative communication for children who face significant challenges. Linda has developed numerous adaptive equipment and strategies to support students, as well as authored a number of books which focus on the various areas of assistive technology and augmented/alternative communications.

We are excited to be continuing our own professional development in these areas so that we can extend new knowledge, strategies and technology to the students and families of Emily Follensbee. Communication is always the key!
 
March 20
Spring is Here!

​We are excited that Spring is finally here and those cold winter days are behind us! This school year is certainly passing quickly and we are starting on our final stretch of the last three (3) months of school already – it’s hard to believe!

With spring time comes the season of RAM and planning for next school year (2019-20). Our specialists who help us with planning for transitions tell us that the numbers of new students will be on the lower side for the Fall of 2019. Because of this we may be not be transitioning all of our grade 6, 7, 8 students to new programs. These decisions will be based on balancing the available program spaces throughout the system and by offering new challenges to those students who would most benefit from a transition to a new program setting. ​

We ask our families to please let us know if you are planning a move or will not be returning to Emily Follensbee next year.  As a staff, we put a great deal of time, effort and consideration into deciding on class configurations, and the staffing resources allocated for our various classes every school year.  We will be receiving our budget shortly and will start the planning for the 2019-2020 school year in April. Remember, we are always open to hearing your ideas, concerns and questions. ​Feel free to drop in, call us at 403-777-6980 or email me at dabulloch@cbe.ab.ca.

We hope you enjoy more sunshine and warmer weather!

January 10
Welcome to 2019

Welcome back! I hope that your winter break was a relaxing time filled with family and friends. We are looking forward what 2019 will bring to our students, families and our school. January will kick off the new year with some fun activities, Progress Reports and IPP's coming home, as well as Parent-Teacher Learning Conferences. We are excited to see what your child will achieve in the upcoming months!

Important Reminder | 2019 Accountability Pillar Survey

Each year Alberta Education conducts the ​Accountability Pillar Survey from mid-January to the end of February. Alberta Educations uses the Accountability Pillar as a way for school authorities to measure their success, and assess their progress towards meeting their learning goals. I encourage everyone to complete this survey when it arrives in the mail. The information that you provide is extremely important is the continuing development of programs.

If you would like to view the results of the 2017-18 Accountability Pillar Survey, please click here.​ You will find an informative summarization of the results under "School Development Plan Highlights".

December 04
December 2018

Dear Families of Emily Follensbee,

The holiday season is here and winter break is just around the corner! Both students and staff alike, have put forth so much effort from the start of the school year to engage, learn and grow. We have enjoyed every smile, every step and every moment your child has shared with us within these walls since the start of this school year. It is important that we continue to work together to ensure your child is happy, engaged and safe during their time with us. 

We are excited about the launch of our new website and hope that families will find it useful as a main source of information about school and CBE related news. We are particularly pleased that readers are able to translate our site in over 100 different languages using the google translate link which is located at the top of the web page. We will be posting our calendar, monthly newsletter and other school related information onto our new site so please check it out! 

As 2018 comes to a close, I want to take a moment to thank everyone for the continued support and dedication that helps build the spirit of our school community. On behalf of Emily Follensbee School, we wish you all a safe and enjoyable winter break and an amazing start to 2019! 

September 04
A New School Year

Welcome back to our returning families and welcome to our new students and their families. The 2018 – 2019 school year promises to be a great year with many new students to keep us on our toes! So many of our returning students look like they have grown 3-4 cm or more over the break! We have experienced a very positive start-up to the school year! We will miss Doreen Bowman and Jenny VandeSchoot who retired from the CBE in June but wish all the best in their well-deserved retirement. We are pleased to inform you that Colleen Bovaird has taken on a new challenge with the CBE at Christine Meikle. Sam Schillmiller has also left the EFS staff group and is embarking on a new challenge in the private sector. We will miss both Colleen and Sam but wish them the best in their in new positions. We are excited to welcome back Stephanie Braun from her maternity leave and Breton Bonner who will be taking over from Doreen as the teacher in that grouping. Amy Mann will also be returning in in the role of resource teacher working most specifically with students who benefit from extra vision therapy and oral language skill development. We have also welcomed Maya Leinweber who will be covering for Erin Hlynsky until she returns from her maternity leave in mid-September.

Many of you have told me that the transportation process has gone very well again this year and that your student is being picked up and is arriving at school as expected. For some of you there have been questions or concerns that we have been able to deal with at the school or in some cases you have connected with the CBE transportation department or your specific bus company or your driver. We continue to work together to support your children’s learning at Emily Follensbee. I would ask that you direct your questions or concerns through myself (dabulloch@cbe.ab.ca) at the school and then we can work to problem solve together. Please keep in mind that an address change for pick up and drop off either permanent or temporary is not an overnight process. Any changes in address must come through Alina (atnorgaard@cbe.ab.ca) and could be up to 3- 4 weeks to process before the bus company will be able to pick your student up.

 

 Fred Bulloch, Principal

 
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We’re doing important system maintenance that will make many of our websites unavailable for a short time this evening. The outage is planned for 8 – 10 pm https://t.co/URvTxvTG3i #yycbe #WeAreCBE https://t.co/L57aJqJGkJ

Earlier this week the talented students in the PVA Chamber Choir from @cmhsrams gave a delightful performance before the public board meeting #WeAreCBE https://t.co/q1kAYs8BYQ

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