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Principal's Message

October 2018

​We would like to start by reflecting on a quote from Margaret Wheatley. “Determination, energy, and courage appear spontaneously when we care deeply about something. We take risks that are unimaginable in any other context” (Wheatley, 2005).  As we reflect on the month of September, our staff and students have shown their courage as they started a new school year.  Students are working with staff and parents to establish goals for the 2018-2019 school year and what strategies they will strengthen or develop as they move forward in their growth as individuals.  Thank you to all our parents who attended the Learning Conferences on September 20 and 21.  It was wonderful to meet and re-connect with many of our families.  We also appreciate the focused and open conversations around the success of students for this school year. 
The month of September has also been filled with many rich learning experiences to build success for all students at Hillhurst School.  The school wide inquiry question of “Change” has been embedded into our planning, instruction and assessment.  Each grade group team delved into their Alberta Program of Studies and created the following over-arching statement:
Kindergarten – We are learning and changing.
Grade 1/2 – When we change the way we think, the world changes with us. ​
Grade 3/4 – How can we make a positive change in the world around us?​
Grade 4/5 Gate – What is change and how do we navigate through it?
Grade 4/5, 5/6, 6 (Gate): Change – How do we make a difference?
This school year we are continuing with “Celebration of Learning” events. This is an opportunity for our students to share and celebrate their learning with you.  The format will vary, but the focus will remain on students communicating current learning with parents, as connected to the Alberta Program of Studies.  Below is a tentative schedule for these celebrations.  You will get a confirmed date and time from your child’s classroom teacher in their “Weekly Update” closer to the date.  “Celebration of Learning” events will be held at Hillhurst School from 6:00-7:00pm. 
Kindergarten, Grade 1/2 – April 17​
Grade 3/4 – January 23​
Grade 4/5, 5/6 - February 27​
Gate 4/5/6 - May 15
At each School Council Meeting, grade teams join to present and share some of the current learning in their classrooms.  The “Teacher Presentation” takes place at the start of the School Council Meeting.  Pl​ease see the schedule below for grade team presentations: 
October 10 – Ms. Torstensen, Ms. Watkins, Mr. Scott ​
January 16 – Ms. Housley, Ms. Underdahl, Ms. Yee, Ms. AuYeung​
February 13 – Ms. Mitchell, Ms. Hamilton​
March 13 – Mr. Kooperberg, Ms. Wong ​
April 10 – Ms. Klassen, Mr. Law, Ms. Hamir​
May 8 – Ms. Halper, Ms. Grainger, Ms. Ryan, Ms. Hamir ​
As a school this year, our School Development Plan will continue with a focus on Mathematics and extend into Writing. Further, we will be having a Story-telling Residency with Jeff Stockton.  Jeff Stockton worked with our staff and students for 2 days the previous school year and made a great lasting impression.  We are welcoming Jeff back for a 20 day residency and will be working towards a November performance that welcomes all parents/guardians into our school.  Please mark your calendars as the evening performance will be on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 6:00pm.
http://www.jeffstockton.ca/
We will continue to share updates with you in our monthly newsletter, at school council meetings and through weekly updates with the classroom teacher. 
Further, we will be updating our school website on a regular basis on with school events, pictures and student voice.  Please check the website below:
http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/Hillhurst/Pages/default.aspx
Please check the attached calendar for October School Events.    
Sincerely,
Prem Randhawa, Principal
Adam Topp, Assistant Principal
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Hillhurst School

1418 7 Ave NW Calgary, AB, T2N 0Z2
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School Contacts

Principal
Mrs Prem Randhawa
Assistant Principal
Mr Adam Topp
Area Director
Mr Calvin Davies
Trustee
Lisa Davis

School Information

Grades
K-06
Enrolment
293
Programs
Gifted & Talented Education (GATE) Regular
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School Hours

Morning Start
8:45 AM
Dismissal
3:20 PM
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