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November 28
Thank you to all parents who were able to attend parent-teacher conferences.

Thank you to all parents who were able to attend parent-teacher conferences. We strive to work as a community and keep each other informed. Part of being informed is to access the online component of what the Calgary Board of Education has set up for parents. Through School Messenger we are able to send you email messages and text messages. This make great reminders of events that are coming up for you and your child. In the near future all report cards will be accessed on-line. We want you to be able to access your child’s information. All payments are accepted online. If you have not set up an account yet or have not signed up for the text messages please go to our website and you will find under More News a link that will take you to the location for getting an account.

The Grade 3/4 students had an opportunity to attend the festivities for the Grey Cup. This was a once in a life time experience for the students to see a sport that they might not have a lot of knowledge about and experience events around a celebration that is a part of Canadian culture. I heard students saying “Best field trip ever” and “That was so much fun!” Thank-you to all the volunteers that made this opportunity possible for our students.

Every school in Alberta publishes the goals that they are focussing on for the year. Visit our school website to see the goals we are focussing on for this year in our School Development Plan. We have three goals. The first one is reading for understanding, the second one is mathematical reasoning and the last one is helping students to improve their ability to engage in learning with confidence and persistence. Teachers meet weekly to plan, carry out and evaluate lessons that target these goals. Professional development for our staff is focussed around these goals. This information is shared at our School Council meetings. We encourage you to attend the School Council meetings so that you can be further informed about the work we do to help your child learn. The School Council meetings are held once a month on a Thursday night from 6:30-8:00.

Grant McPhail and Irene Masciuch

November 04
School Council

A big thank you to those parents that attended the School Council AGM on October 24. The following positions were filled at the Annual General Meeting of our School Council:

  • Chairperson: Rebecca Jameson
  • Vice Chair: Chris Dingman
  • Secretary: Jennifer Wall and Huyen Way
  • Treasurer: Lauren Rosin

School Parent Society/Association:

  • Chairperson: Rebecca Jameson
  • Vice Chair: Chris Dingman
  • Secretary: Jennifer Wall and Huyen Way
  • Treasurer: Lauren Rosin

We would like to thank these parents for their commitment to our school and students. All parents are welcome to our next meeting on November 15 at 6:30 pm in the multipurpose room. Future meeting dates can be found on our Calendar page.

October 01
Engaging Learning Tasks

Throughout the month of September, our teachers at Grant MacEwan have been hard at work creating engaging learning tasks for your children and getting to understand your child as a learner. Teachers have already organized guest speakers and field study opportunities to support student learning. Stay tuned for more information from your teachers. We are looking forward to an exciting month of learning in October.

Thanks to school council for organizing a fun lunch for our students as part of ongoing fundraising initiatives to support the construction of a new playground. Thanks to all parents who purchased coupon books to further support our fundraising efforts. Every little bit counts!

Sport Hub 

Grant MacEwan is pleased to be involved with Sport Hub again this year! Sport Hub is an organization that works in collaboration with the Calgary Board of Education, City of Calgary and local sport organizations. Sport Hub brings in expert coaches to provide a free, introductory and fun learning experience in a sport of their specialty. We will inform parents when these opportunities come up throughout the year.

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our Parent/Teacher/Student conferences. We had a good turnout from our families. It really helps the communication between parent and teacher when we can meet face to face. Please remember that you can also communicate through the student agendas. It is important to keep your email address up to date in the office for your access to MYCBE/POWERSCHOOL account. This is a great tool for booking conferences online and at your convenience.

November brings another round of Parent/Teacher/Student conferences so now is a good time to make sure you have your MYCBE/POWERSCHOOL​ account set up and ready to book.

Grant McPhail and Irene Masciuch

September 05
Student Success

The first couple weeks of school have now passed and we are off to a great start.  We are glad to welcome back staff, students and parents and we have all been sharing our summer adventure stories.  We would like to welcome our new families to Grant MacEwan School and wish them a successful transition into our school community. I would also like to thank the Grant MacEwan Learning Community for the warm welcome you have given me in my first three weeks at Grant MacEwan School. I have really enjoyed getting to know the students and staff and meeting parents.

At the start of a new school year it can be challenging to return to a regular routine.  We remind all families that students arriving late are missing valuable learning time.  Those few minutes add up over the course of the school year.  The interruption of students arriving late also interferes with the learning of other students.  Please read the start and end times on the left and help to ensure your child learns the importance and value of being on time.

How can parents play a role in student success

Studies show that children’s academic achievement is directly influenced by their parents’ involvement in their education. Here are some tips that will help you work together with your child and your child’s teacher to form a winning team.

A teacher’s expectation of parents

Students, teachers and parents all share responsibility in the education of a child. Here’s a minimum level of involvement most teachers expect of parents:

  • Help your child by developing a routine or specific time for homework when you are available to help or listen if needed. You are vital to your child’s success.
  • Ensure your child is at school on time, everyday possible. Arrange for vacations, trips etc., during days off.
  • Make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast each morning so they can function in class.
  • Make sure your child is getting 10-12 hours of sleep at night to support their growing body and mind.
  • Be a positive role model who shows interest in reading and learning new things.
  • Notify the teacher of any concerns or questions you have regarding their learning or treatment in school.
  • Limit screen time especially 1 hour before bedtime.

Questions to ask your child about their day

Get a sense of your child’s life at school by asking questions that elicit more than a one-word response. Try one of these conversation starters:

  • Tell me what the best part of your day was.
  • What was the hardest thing you had to do today?
  • Did any of your classmates do anything funny?
  • Tell me about what you read in class.
  • Who did you play with/hang out with today? What did you do?
  • What rules are different at school than they are at home? Do you think they are fair?
  • Who did you sit with at lunch?
  • Can you show me something you learned or did today?
  • What’s the biggest difference between this year and last year?

Source: www.thelearningcommunity.us

Looking forward to a great year!

Grant McPhail

August 15
Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year

Irene Masciuch and I would like to welcome all of our returning and new families to Grant MacEwan School for the 2019-2020 school year. We are looking forward to an exciting year of learning with your children. I am pleased to join the Grant MacEwan Learning Community and I am eager to meet all of our students and families. Please take the opportunity to introduce yourself to Irene and myself when you see us in and around the school.

We would like to welcome two new system classes to Grant MacEwan and look forward to working with these students. I also wanted to provide some information to you regarding the vandalism incident that happened in July. During the morning of July 9 2019, multiple intrusion alarms were received from Grant MacEwan School and Calgary Police and Fire were dispatched to the school. Some people gained access to the roof of the school and proceeded to damage the school. There was some smoke and water damage to the roof and two classrooms. Crews have been working all summer and I am pleased to report that all spaces in the school are clean and safe for your children to arrive on Thursday. You will notice a yellow fence and some scaffolding located on the southwest corner of the school.

This scaffolding will remain until the roof tiles are completely installed. All entrances and exits are accessible except the usual Kindergarten entrance. Kindergarten students will enter the school through the main front doors until construction is complete.

This is the first newsletter of the 2019-2020 school year. You are able to access our monthly newsletter on our website in the News Centre. Our newsletter will be posted on the website. Please take a few minutes to explore the Grant MacEwan website as it has been updated to be more user friendly with Google translation and mobile device compatible. Just a reminder that at Grant MacEwan School, anything that comes home on light yellow paper needs to be completed and returned to the teacher as soon as possible.

The students will be recording classroom information in their daily student agenda which is an important form of regular home-school information. Please be sure to read this information with your child and sign it each day. As parents, please use the agenda to communicate about your child with the classroom teacher. Looking forward to a great year.

Grant McPhail and Irene Masciuch

June 26
From the Current Principal and New Principal

It has been a pleasure to work with your children and you for the years that I have been at Grant MacEwan School. As you saw in the notice sent home, I have been in the teaching profession for 43 years. People have said to me that you know when it is time to retire. I know that it is now. I am ready to start the next chapter of my life and wish you and your children all the best wishes for the future.

Barb McPherson

Message from the New Principal,

I would like to thank Barb McPherson for her kindness and wisdom in transitioning me into the role of Principal of Grant MacEwan school for the 2019-20 school year. Barb leaves the learning community of Grant MacEwan in an excellent state to continue to support student success for all of our learners. I have very much appreciated the opportunity to be a part of the transition evenings for our new students entering our Bridges and Kindergarten programs for the first time. I enjoyed meeting some of our school council representatives and am excited to support the initiatives of revitalizing our playground and pursuing opportunities for student success. I have appreciated the opportunity to meet our facility operators, support staff, office staff, leadership team and teachers. I am excited to be joining the Grant MacEwan Team.

I am also eager to meet our students and parents in August and look forward to exciting times in learning and supporting success for all students. We will be sending a letter and messages to parents as soon as I have more information after our transition meetings with staff and Principal Barb McPherson. Enjoy the summer and we look forward to seeing you in August.

Grant McPhail

May 28
Class Lists for Next Year

On June 7, 2019 we as a staff will start the work on the class lists for the next school year. We use projected numbers to create tentative class lists for the next school year. Teachers meet in teams to place children into their next year classes. A great deal of time, thought and effort goes into designing class groupings and many factors are taken into account. Some of these factors include:

  • Special Learning Needs-We make an effort to ensure that students that need an individualized program are not all placed in one class. We try to cluster together small groups of children with similar learning needs.
  • Social Relationships-We explore options to separate children who have experienced conflict with each other or who are distractions from their work. It is our goal to ensure each student has someone they know in his/her class.
  • Challenging Behaviours – Those children who need extra assistance learning self-control or anger management are not grouped together in one class.
  • Academic Ability – We strive to provide for a wide range of ability levels in each class.
  • General Balance – When possible, we strive to have similar number of boys and girls in each class.
  • Class Size – Classes are created with class sizes as equitable as possible and as best as we can with class size targets set by the CBE and the Provincial Government.

Class lists are not completed until the start of the next school year, as there is always movement over the summer months. If there are any reasons, such as medical or academic, that you need us to be aware of for your child’s placement, please have it in writing to Ms. McPherson before June 7, 2019.

May 02
Next Couple of Months are Busy
The next couple of months are very busy at school. As the weather warms and days get longer, we know that students have a greater desire to play outside for longer periods of time. This is a great time for students to address any homework right after school and then they have a longer period of play in the evening. Making a plan to keep up with school assignments will help students stay current on their learning and enjoy our longer days. Although it stays light out longer, bedtime for students needs to be consistent so that they get the required 10-12 hours of sleep.​
February 25
How can parents play a role in school success?

Studies show that children’s academic achievement is directly influenced by their parents’ iInvolvement in their education. Here are some tips that will help you work together with your child and your child’s teacher to form a winning team.

A teacher’s expectation of parents

Students, teachers and parents all share responsibility in the education of a child. Here’s a minimum level of involvement most teachers expect of parents:

  • Help your child by developing a routine or specific time for homework when you are available to help or listen if needed. You are vital to your child’s success.
  • Ensure your child is at school on time, everyday possible. Arrange for vacations, trips etc., during days off.
  • Make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast each morning so they can function in class.
  • Make sure your child is getting 10-12 hours of sleep at night to support their growing body and mind.
  • Be a positive role model who shows interest in reading and learning new things.
  • Notify the teacher of any concerns or questions you have regarding their learning or treatment in school.
  • Limit screen time especially 1 hour before bedtime.

Questions to ask your child about their day

Get a sense of your child’s life at school by asking questions that elicit more than a one-word response. Try one of these conversation starters:

  • Tell me what the best part of your day was.
  • What was the hardest thing you had to do today?
  • Did any of your classmates do anything funny?
  • Tell me about what you read in class.
  • Who did you play with/hang out with today? What did you do?
  • What rules are different at school than they are at home? Do you think they are fair?
  • Who did you sit with at lunch?
  • Can you show me something you learned or did today?
  • What’s the biggest difference between this year and last year?

Source: www.thelearningcommunity.us

November 29
Dec. 2018

​It’s hard to believe the end of the calendar year is almost upon us. So many wonderful learning opportunities have already been happening at Grant MacEwan School with many more to come.

Student report cards will be sent home on December 21, so please watch for your child’s in their backpack. If you haven’t done so already, make sure you set up you CBE/PowerSchool account. Next school year report cards will be posted online through your account.​

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