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October 11
Fall Break

​Dear Keeler Parents and/or Guardians,


Just a reminder that we are on Fall Break from October 12th-20th with students returning to school on October 21st.

We also have our first learning conversations scheduled on Thursday October 24th from 1pm-8pm.  Reminders with a parent guide on how to book a learning conversation has been sent out via school messenger and class blogs.

Have a fantastic fall break!


Kenny Yeung

Principal  

October 02
September Message

Dear Keeler parents and/or guardians,

 

A reminder that after FALL BREAK:

  • Grade blogs will focus on classroom learning and updates (Will be updated weekly)
  • School messenger will contain information and reminders that impact (non-commercial messages ONLY)
  • School Twitter will be used to share learning, activities, events, etc at Keeler.
  • School website (updated daily) & principals message (monthly)

 

These forms of communication do not replace phone calls or face to face meetings. These are still important means of addressing concerns or questions you may have regarding your child. We encourage you to reach out to your classroom teacher should you require more personalized and specific communication.

 

With our modified calendar, by September’s end, we have already put in nearly seven weeks of learning with our students. The students and staff have been very engaged and we are off to a great start in our 2019-2020 school year. Our focus at Keeler School remains around student learning. Our students’ purpose for coming here is to learn. We learn not only in the classroom, but also in the hallway, the playground, the lunchroom, offsite and everywhere in between! We are about all learning! 

 

There has been so much going at Keeler already but a few highlights include our music therapy program with our EDC students, grade 3 & 5 fish creek field studies, Relay Education coming to work with our grade 4’s on wind turbines, Terry Fox run, Orange shirt day and the start of our Circle of Courage assembly’s.  Please go to your classroom blog and school twitter for more updates and stories:

 

http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/keeler/about-us/contact/staff/pages/default.aspx

 

https://twitter.com/KeelerSchool

 

 

Upcoming important dates:

 

October 10thFULL DAY OF SCHOOL

October 11th- Non-instructional day NO SCHOOL for STUDENTS

October 11th- October 20th: FALL Break

October 21st- First day of class after fall break

October 24th- Keeler’s Learning Conversations (3pm-8pm), School is done at 12:09

October 25th- Non-instructional day NO SCHOOL for STUDENTS

 

Sincerely,

 

Kenny Yeung

Principal

 

September 04
August Message

Thank you so much to the students, families and the whole Keeler community for welcoming me to such a wonderful learning community the past few weeks.  The energy and involvement of the community was in full display during our welcome back BBQ on August 29th where we had over 370 students/families/community members come out! Please check out the school twitter account if you missed the event.

 

With our modified calendar, by August’s end, we have already put in nearly two weeks of learning with our students. The students and staff have been very engaged and we are off to a great start in our 2019-2020 school year. Our focus at Keeler School remains around student learning, and our students’ purpose for coming here is to learn. We learn not only in the classroom, but also in the hallway, the playground, the lunchroom, and everywhere in between! We are about all learning! 

 

Just a reminder it is very important to check out our school website and classroom blogs daily, as we will be adding important dates and information throughout our school year to them.

 

Sincerely, 

 

Kenny Yeung 

Principal 

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August 15
Introduction

Keeler School Community,


I am thrilled to introduce myself as the new principal of Keeler School.  My name is Kenny Yeung and I am extremely honoured and excited to have the opportunity join the team at Keeler school.


I have worked for the Calgary Board of Education in a variety of positions from classroom teacher, PE teacher, to learning leader and most recently as Assistant Principal at Terry Fox school. Previous to Terry Fox, I worked for at Langevin Science school in a K-9 context and opened up Twelve Mile Coulee school. I can't wait to be part of the Keeler school community.


I look forward to working alongside you and the community to continue to collectively build Keeler to be an incredible school where students thrive intellectually, grow to be active and engaged citizens and learn to be kind, caring and empathetic individuals.


Enjoy the summer, I look forward to meeting each one of you and the students in August.

 

Sincerely,


Kenny Yeung

Principal​ 

September 06
Principal's Message  August - September 2018

Welcome Back!

We hope you have enjoyed a safe, restful and wonderful summer!  We were so happy to welcome students back. They all seemed so thrilled to be back at school and ready to learn!

We have new staff that we are please to introduce.  Anna Parkhurst is teaching our CSSI Class.  She comes to us with much experience and enthusiasm for working with students in specialized learning environments.  Also new to the CSSI team is educational assistant, Sarah Bel de Lescure  . Sarah did her practicum in the CSSI classroom two years ago and has been part of Keeler staff in other assignments. She will be a wonderful asset to the team. One more new member to this group is Norma Stoski, lunchroom assistant.

Also we welcome Rei Duncan – who will be teaching music to all classes and sharing one of the grade five classrooms with Ms. Toh.   She is along way from her original home of Australia – but is enjoying Calgary and brings many wonderful talents with her.

Welcome to Barry Marsh who is our speech language assistant in our E.D.C. Classroom this year.  She is a lovely addition to our youngest learners’ classroom team.

We are also thrilled to have Lali Garcia as a math coach and learning leader.  She will be working with us to provide support to enrich our math instruction, which is one area we will focus on in our School development plan this year.

Welcome to all of you – we know you will enjoy being part of the Keeler Cougar Family! 

Over the following few weeks teachers and students are working hard to establish respectful, safe and caring learning spaces.  We are hosting a drumming residency, thanks to the generosity of School Council! This experience with drumming supports our beliefs to work as a collective, communicative, inclusive community. Please join us at our weekly Monday morning assembly on September 17th to celebrate the students learning and drumming skills.

We had a wonderful turn out at our Welcome Back Barbecue and Meet the Teacher Evening! It was wonderful to see so many of our families!

We were fortunate to receive donations of backpacks for our students through corporate sponsorship. Thank you Telus and Staples! Students were thrilled to receive these and appreciated the generosity from others.

As well as mathematics we will continue out focus on literacy and developing a joy and love for reading and strong reading skills.  We have been fortunate to again receive a private sponsorship to support our partnership with Calgary Reads. They donated books for students, available at the barbecue for students to take home to home to add to their home libraries. They are also setting up a reading rally for our grade one and two students on September 25th.

Looking forward to a wonderful year ahead of learning and growing with all our Keeler Cougars!

In the Spirit of Generosity and Belonging,

Denise Nimmo

Principal

May 01
​Principal’s Message May 2018

May is here and it looks as if Spring may finally have arrived!  Students are so thrilled to have the opportunity to enjoy the sunshine at recess and to complete some of their learning opportunities.  On Friday, April 27th family groups had a lovely time celebrating and honoring Earth day by participating in a yard clean up. Students did an amazing job – and finished their project by enjoying freezies together.  Once a month students participate in their family group by working on projects together as one of the ways to focus on The Circle of Courage.  The Circle of Courage which guides our school community in the spirit of belonging, generosity, mastery and independence. Students and staff really look forward to this time as we work together across grade levels and develop our school spirit and develop a stronger school community.

On April 27th, your children brought home a copy of “I Can Statements” which reports their ongoing progress with literacy. Please take some time to celebrate with them their growth and discuss with them their next steps and goals for reading. This is part of our ongoing work of our school development plan, which focuses on literacy and improving enjoyment of reading and increasing achievement.

May and June are exciting months ahead with many scheduled events coming up. Please see the calendar of dates.  To name a few our volunteer tea is scheduled for  May 25th from 7:30 until 8:30.   

Keeler cougars are to be commended on their generosity over the past few months as they worked tirelessly fundraising for ARRCS.  The grade four team held bake and popcorn sales, which brought in $1500 for this wonderful organization.  Students were also heavily involved in mathematics and literacy through the planning and preparation of this ongoing project.  On April 30th ARRCS is visiting and the grade fours will be attending a field trip on May 2nd.  Keeler Cougars are demonstrating what wonderful global citizens they are. 

In the ongoing spirit of generosity and belonging

Denise Nimmo

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October 05
October/November Update

We have had an amazing start up! We would like to acknowledge and thank our wonderful school council for supporting our Hoop Residency. Beginning the school year with a whole school project that focused on inclusion and belonging was very empowering. 

Teddy Anderson is the Hoop Dancer who shared his talents and taught students how to dance. “Teddy’s intent is to spread the oneness of humanity through his hoops and teach the message of peace and unity of all Nations.” The Hoop Dancing is based on the Medicine Wheel, which aligns with our work at Keeler on The Circle of Courage. 

Our students worked tirelessly with Teddy to learn the various poses of Hoop Dancing. The difficulty of the moves progressed through out the grades. All students held up a beautiful medicine wheel that they created with their hoops at the end of their dance. This was extremely touching and moving.

Our students beautifully told their stories through dance to provide hope through their hearts for an amazing year at Keeler based on a strong community. As we go into fall break we would like to wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving and look forward to continuing our journey of learning and growing together following the holiday. 

Yours in the spirit of generosity and Belonging, 
Denise Nimmo

 

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