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February 2018

As we move into the second month of the New Year we have many wonderful learning opportunities ahead.  Maria Montessori was a huge advocate for taking learning beyond the classroom and at Killarney School, we align our practices with Dr. Montessori. We continue to provide students the chance to connect in many clubs currently being run by students, parents, and staff. Clubs are a wonderful way to encourage involvement in a fun and educational environment and offer students the chance to meet others with similar interests.  If you have a something you are passionate about and would like to organize a club but would like some guidance, please come see us! 

We greatly appreciate all the students who arrive for school on time.  It is important for them to start their day on a positive note as the teachers give them information about the day’s expectations and help them to organize their day for the work period.  When a child is 15 minutes late, every day, they are missing 2,745 minutes or 45.75 hours of instruction.  Even missing 5 minutes of instructional time every day adds up to a loss of 915 minutes or 15.25 hours over the course of the year.  That is a significant loss of learning time!  Alberta Education mandates all elementary students receive 950 hours of instruction and unfortunately, children are disadvantaged when they miss large amounts of time. Please help your child to ready themselves and get to school on time. We hope with your support, we can significantly decrease the number of students arriving late each morning.

We encourage outdoor experiences as part of our Montessori beliefs in connecting with our environment but we have to love Calgary weather and the fact we live in a climate notorious for unpredictable changes!  We would like to remind student to be prepared for the sudden changes in weather by having a warm coat, hat, mitts, and boots with them when they come to school.  When temperatures reach -20 Celsius or colder including the wind-chill factor, students will be kept inside for recess or lunch breaks. The -20 Celsius guideline is comparable to other school jurisdictions in Alberta and across Canada.  

This month brings an Olympic Spirit to Killarney!  With support from our Killarney Parent Council we will be learning about some of the participating countries and then hosting our own “Olympic day” on Feb. 14th.  The Olympics highlight not only excellence in sport but important values such as perseverance, resilience, and sportsmanship.  These key tenets of Olympians are what we encourage in our students and hope some important connections will be made as we celebrate this great event.

From January to the end of February, Alberta Education will be conducting the annual Accountability Pillar Survey.  In January, parents of students in grades 4, 7, and 10 will receive a survey from Alberta Education.  In February, students in grades 4, 7, and 10, and all teachers will be completing their surveys online at school. 

All surveys are anonymous and ask questions about experiences with the school.    If you would prefer to respond to the survey in another language, please let us know and a copy will be sent to you.

It is very important that parents/guardians of our Grade 4 students complete the survey and return it to Alberta Education.  Alberta Education and the public use the results of the Accountability Pillar Survey to assess satisfaction with the quality of education in our schools.  In addition, the Calgary Board of Education uses the information to improve teaching and learning for your children.

If you “Don’t Know” the answer to a particular question, please skip that question and go to the next one, unless you want your response to count as a negative one.

Your voice matters. Your participation in the survey helps provide important information on the quality of education your child is receiving. Alberta Education and the Calgary Board of Education thank you for returning the parent Accountability Pillar Survey promptly.  If you have questions, please contact us at the school.

We look forward to a month connecting kindness, Olympic spirit and values, and learning! You can keep up to date with our weekly updates sent via school messenger!

With kindness and gratitude,

Bonnie Caldwell and Christine McCrory​

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