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February 08
The Importance of The Arts

During this past week, students at EMJ had the opportunity to work with a professional drummer from One World Drumming. Students learned about the drums themselves, drum history, as well as various aspects of rhythm and technical proficiency.  This culminated in 2 school-wide performances this morning, where each student had the opportunity to perform what they had learned throughout the week for an audience.  This sort of experience is important for students, as it allows for a different type of learning experience that would not normally be available.  Experiences such as these are possible thanks to the work and support of our parent community, specifically our School Council, who work hard to raise funds to enrich the student experience at EMJ.  


Thanks to all of our parents, family members, and community members that were in attendance for one (or both) of our student performances.  We appreciate your support, not just of our students, but also of the school!

Upcoming Dates to Note:

February 11 and 12 – Curling - Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm - Babysitting is provided.

February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention - No school for students

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 19 – Grade 4 Artfelt Studio in-school field trip

February 21 - PLP and SKILL -field trip to COP

February 22 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

February 28 – Fun Lunch

January 31
Assessment and Reporting

One of the foundational elements of the elementary school experience is quality assessment and reporting.  At the end of January students at EMJ took home the first formal report card of the current school year, which is a culmination of months’ worth of work and gives a snapshot of how each student is doing.

Quality assessment does not occur in a single moment in time.  Rather, assessment is an ongoing, continual, fluid process that involves students along the way and encompasses continual feedback and coaching.  Ultimately, assessment has two goals:  1-to inform teaching, and provide a teacher with the data necessary to plan ahead and target specific areas of student need, and 2-specific, direct feedback for students that leads to improved learning.

In the school setting there are typically 2 types of assessment that are used: Summative assessment and formative assessment.  Summative assessment tends to be that which tells you about learning at a moment in time, sometimes at the end of a unit or focus of study.  This can often include a unit test, standardized test, or final project.  This is an assessment of learning, and shows what a student can do at a specific point in time.  Formative assessment is about ongoing, continual feedback that gives a student direction, and helps elicit improvement in a specific, targeted area.  Formative assessment identifies both a student’s strengths, as well as learning needs.  This coaching model sets children up for success by allowing a collaborative approach to closing the gap between the current and desired level of performance.  This type of assessment occurs throughout the day, and can be done in a variety of ways.  It can include verbal coaching, small group or one on one work, or written feedback.

If continual formative assessment is in place in the classroom, learning gaps in summative assessments are usually less pronounced.  Both forms of assessment work together and are essential for student success.​

January 25
January 25 Weekly Update

Physical literacy is the motivation, confidence, and knowledge to engage in physical activities for life. This includes movement within and outside of the classroom.  At school, physical literacy is evident in many of the things that we do, including physical games in the gym, outside activities, specific sport skills, recess time, and lunch time.  Physical literacy is key for brain development and lifelong health. Learners who are active find greater success at school, improving concentration and regulation.

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This month, we have been exploring concepts of balance, motion, and motor planning using the gymnastics equipment in the gym, with the Mission Impossible course coming up for students next week.

We have also added some “don’t walk in the hallways” movement decals in our front hallways. These encourage students to be on the move during transition times, and we have already seen a positive response from our students.

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For more information about physical literacy, please visit: http://sportforlife.ca/portfolio-view/developing-physical-literacy-a-guide-for-parents-of-children-ages-0-to-12/

Upcoming Dates to Note:


February 1 – No School - Day in lieu for Remembrance Day

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 6 - Winter Walk Day

February 4 - 8 One World Drum Residency

February 8 – One World Drum Assembly x2

February 11 and 12 – Curling - Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm

February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention - No school for student

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 19 – Grade 4 Artfelt Studio in-school field trip

February 21 - PLP and SKILL -field trip to COP

February 28 – Fun Lunch

January 18
January 18 Update

Extracurricular activities are a key part of engaging our students at EMJ. Every year, teachers take time outside of the classroom to provide additional opportunities for our students. These extracurricular activities go beyond what is provided in the classroom, often tying together student interests with the passions of teachers.  The skills learned in these activities can include sportsmanship, collaboration, teamwork, and of course technical skills in an area that students may not have the opportunity to explore within the classroom.  This year, a number of extracurricular opportunities have already been provided here at EMJ, including basketball, choir, handbells, Me to We, board games club, and get fit get moving club, among others.  There are a number of clubs that will be coming up in the next while for students to get excited about.  These include drawing club, origami, stretch and breathe yoga, coding, choir, drama, book club, badminton, and others still to be decided.  Our aim is to provide something for everyone!  We are also open to student suggestions, always looking for additional ways to support our kids.

Jan. 18 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

January 24– Fun Lunch

February 1– No School

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 6- Winter Walk Day

February 8– One world Drum Assembly x2

February 11– Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12– Rocks and Rings (Div 2)

February 12– School Council Meeting, 6:30pm

February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention

February 18– Family day – no school

February 19– Grade 4 Artfelt Studio in school field trip

February 28– Fun Lunch

January 11
January 11 update

Happy New Year EMJ families!


A new calendar year brings fresh opportunities and a chance to set personal goals for the year ahead of us. EMJ students have been reflecting on their academic achievements thus far and setting goals for their next best steps in learning. EMJ teachers have been working hard to assess students’ learning in anticipation of report cards that will come home at the end of January.   

January is a wonderful time of year to reflect on how you as parents and partners can positively impact your child’s learning journey. Regular conversations with your child about what they are learning at school helps you connect home and school, and also supports your child to review and practice what they have learned at school. By reading your child’s teacher’s weekly blog you can peek into their classroom and be able to ask your child specific questions connected to their learning at school.

January is also an opportunity to attend our next School Council meeting. We invite you to join us on Tuesday, January 15 at 6:30 pm in our school library, to collaborate on the many ways we can continue to make EMJ the best place to learn together. Child care is provided. We look forward to familiar and fresh faces to help us plan the next part of this school year.

A preview into just a few exciting happenings at EMJ in the new year include building up our Little Free Library to ensure all students have the opportunity for book ownership, new lunch hour clubs for students to extend their creative and physical skills, and a school-wide focus on developing gross motor skills through gymnastics and movement pathways in the hallways. We are excited for what 2019 will bring to us all!

Important Dates:

  • Jan. 7 – 31 Gymnastics Unit in Physical Education
  • Jan.  14 - Kindergarten registration opens
  • Jan.  15 - School Council Meeting, 6:30 pm
  • Jan. 18 - Last day to order Fun Lunch
  • Jan. 24 – Fun Lunch
  • Feb. 1 – No School
  • Feb. 4-8 – One World Drum Residency
  • Feb. 8 – One world Drum Assembly
  • February 11 and 12 – Rocks and Rings in Physical Education
  • February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm
  • February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention – NO SCHOOL for students
  • February 18 – Family day – no school
  • February 19 – Grade 4 Artfelt Studio in-school field trip
  • February 28 – Fun Lunch

December 14
December 14 Update

​This week was filled with excitement and anticipation, with opportunities to come together as a larger community. Yesterday we hosted our annual Winter Concert. Across the two shows, the student performers and Masters of Ceremony did an amazing job showcasing their musical skills including singing, handbells, and performing in front of a large audience. We are fortunate to have many talented students and staff, such as our music teacher Ms. Dafoe, who came together to create two amazing shows. Students who were not part of the Winter concert will have the opportunity to perform in May at our Spring concert.



The generosity of EMJ's community and the spirit of giving became visible through students' and families' participation in The Mayor's Annual Food DriveAdopt A Family and the Mustard Seed's Warm Feet for the Street campaigns. Thank you to our families for your generous donations that will help many of our fellow Calgarians this season.

Next week we look forward to enjoying more singing and seasonal activities together. On Tuesday, Wednesday and T​​hursday students will gather in the gymnasium for seasonal sing-alongs. In classes teachers have planned special read alouds and acitivies that will wrap up on Friday with our school-wide pajama day and breakfast.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

Dec. 17 - Vaccinations Opportunity #2

Dec. 17 to 20 - Seasonal Sing-Along in the Gym

Dec. 21 - Last day of classes before winter break

Dec. 22 to Jan. 4 - Winter Break - No School

Jan. 7th - Classes resume

Jan. 8 - School Council Meeting 6:30 pm - ALL WELCOME

Jan. 18 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

Jan. 24 - Fun Lunch

Feb. 1 - No School

December 08
December 7 Update

​What does it take to be a mathematician? One of EMJ's School Development Goals this year is to increase achievement in mathematics by improving how students represent and communicate mathematical understanding.

EMJ students are engaged in daily mathematical discussions to help them broaden their vocabulary and understanding about how to communicate and justify their thinking. Examples of activities students participate in daily include: math talks, math splats, problem solving discussions, and collaborating with peers to build and use targeted vocabulary word walls. 

EMJ's hallways and classroom walls have been thoughtfully designed to invite students to think and talk as mathematicians this year. The stairs provide visual reinforcement of basic facts learned and practiced in many classrooms. Charts in classrooms provide helpful sentence frames for students to use when sharing their thinking. Hallway bulliten boards and doorways invite students to think and talk about mathematics with their peers.


At home parents and family members are an important part of supporting students to speak and think like a mathematician. At dinner time, talk about real life mathematical concepts you come across as a family each day. Examples might include managing your families' calendar of events or budget, paying for items at the store, or baking together. Becoming a mathematician takes practice and also a community to practice with. We are excited to support our students to continue to grow as mathematicians this year!

November 30
November 30 Update

​We had a very busy week at EMJ, with so much going on!  Our grade 6 students spent most of the week at Outdoor School.  This was an opportunity for our students to experience learning in a completely different environment, and work closely with peers for extended periods of time.  The social, emotional, and academic learning from such an experiential week is far greater than what can be accomplished in a week in a typical classroom.  

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We had Andrew Schultz, meteorologist at Breakfast Television, come and talk to our grade 5's about weather this week.  Bringing in experts in a given field is always a great way to expand student learning about a particular topic.

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Finally, we ended the week with our annual gingerbread night.  This was an opportunity for families to come together in a community building event, A huge thanks to our School Council that put a great deal of time and effort into this wonderful event.  It was a great success!


Important Upcoming Dates:

December 7 – Non-Instructional day - NO STUDENTS

December 10 to 14 - Scholastic - All Welcome

December 13 – Winter Concert

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day for winter break

December 24 to January 4 – Winter Break

November 23
November 23 Update

Thank you to all of our families who participated in parent-teacher conferences this week!


Conferences are an opportunity to celebrate your child's progress and set future learning goals with your child's teacher. Building a strong connection between home and school is important to us. This relationship supports our students to achieve their learning goals and maximize their growth as learners.

As a school, EMJ's yearly learning goals are outlined in our School Development Plan​. For the 2018 – 2019 school year, students and teachers are focused on using high impact strategies, such as meaningful classroom discussions and self-assessment, to improve student achievement in reading and mathematics.

Playing games as a family is one way you can support your child’s developing math skills at home. Board games such as Monopoly, Yahzee, and Sequence are popular examples. Card and dice games are also fun ways to build and practice computational fluency.

You can support your child as a reader by reading to and with them on a daily basis. Talking with your child about the books they read at school each day and visiting the Calgary Public Library, are also ways to help your child develop as a reader. Calgary Board of Education students are eligible to sign up for a free library card which provides access to books, games and videos at the library, as well as a host of free online resources​.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

Nov. 26 - 29 - Grade 6 Outdoor School

Nov. 27 - Grade 5 Weather Presentation with Andrew Schultz

Nov. 29 - Gingerbread House Decorating Night

Nov. 29 – Fun Lunch (Simple Simon Pies)

Dec. 7 – Non-Instructional day – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

Dec. 11 – School Council – ALL PARENTS WECOME

Dec. 13 – Winter Concert​

Dec. 17 – Vaccinations #2

Dec. 21 – Last day of classes before winter break

​Dec. 24-Jan. 4 – Winter Break

November 16
November 16 Update

​At EMJ, we are consistently looking at different ways for our students to express their learning and understanding of different concepts and ideas.  Recently, through the support of our School Council, we have purchased a number of new whiteboard tables for our Learning Commons area.  These whiteboard tables allow our students to create, draw, plan, write, and collaborate together on a non-permanent surface, which can give reluctant writers the freedom to explore their thinking in a different way.  Just this past week, our grade 4 students spent some time exploring the concept of light using the tables, and the results are amazing.

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Teachers are consistently looking at different ways to allow students to show what they know.  We have also been using different vertical surfaces, individual whiteboards, as well as using bulletin boards as a way to showcase the learning process and intentions.  Please make sure you look at the wonderful work that is happening throughout our classrooms when you are in for conferences next week!

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