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April 2018

It was good to see everyone back after spring break. With the departure of 150 Griffith Woods students we have gained a lot of space, at least in the short term and have fewer traffic issues. In the fall, Jennie Elliott School will become a congregated setting for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing classes from Queen Elizabeth and Stanley Jones schools. On the March 23 Non- Instructional Day we had the opportunity to learn about the DHH programs, meet staff members and tour them around our school. Some of our classrooms will be modified over the summer to make them appropriate for DHH students.
As mentioned previously, the CBE adjusted our hours for next year. Monday to Thursday school will operate from 9:05 a.m. - 3:40 p.m. and from 9:05 a.m. – 1:20 p.m. on Fridays. Aligning bell times and early dismissal times on Fridays results in significant savings in transportation costs for the CBE. The CBE is charged by our service providers for the use of each bus during a block of time. Maximizing the number of routes a bus can complete in this block of time, increases the cost effectiveness of transportation services. Aligning bell times allows a bus to run two, and in some cases three routes during each block of time. Because of these changes, the system will save $3.5 M in 2017-18 and an additional $1.5-2 M in the 2018-19 school year. Early dismissal Fridays will have implications for families and impact kindergarten classes. The plan for kindergarten will be presented at the orientation on May 24.
The recently released provincial budget demonstrates that the government continues to make public education a priority. Balancing that with the current fiscal reality in the province means that the CBE will have to make some tough, thoughtful decisions. The budget allows for enrolment growth but does not take things such as inflation into consideration. Thanks to the entire Jennie Elliott School community we have managed to adapt to on-going belt tightening since 2012. Our school population continues to grow, diversify and is becoming more complex. Despite the changing landscape we continue to excel in all accountability instruments including the Accountability Pillar Survey and provincial achievement tests. School resources are targeted to frontline service and we will do our best to provide excellent service to our students. Schools receive their 2018/19 budgets this month.
Organization for next year has already begun. Student placements are the responsibility of the school and take into consideration social groupings, special needs, programming, behaviour, gender, balanced classrooms, class size and available educational assistant support. We do our best to make optimal placements while keeping the big picture in mind. Teacher grade assignments are generally made in June once our staffing is complete. For these reasons we do not take individual teacher requests for upcoming school year. If you have something that you feel is important for us to consider during our planning please discuss it with your child’s teacher and put it in writing to Mr. Aylesworth before May 1.
We are still working on finding a replacement for Mrs. Billings who is now the administrative assistant at Banting and Best School. Thanks to lunchroom staff Mrs. Minions and Mrs. Kenny who are holding things together in the office. We are all experiencing a steep learning curve.
Chris Aylesworth, Principal caaylesworth@cbe.ab.ca​

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Jennie Elliott School

3031 Lindsay Dr SW Calgary, AB, T3E 6A9
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School Contacts

Principal
Mr Chris Aylesworth
Assistant Principal
Mr Simon Clarke
Assistant Principal
Mrs Hilary Wright
Area Director
Mr Calvin Davies
Trustee
Julie Hrdlicka

School Information

Grades
K-06
Enrolment
543
Programs
Regular
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School Hours

Morning Start
8:20 AM
Dismissal
2:45 PM
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