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What Makes a Professional a Professional?

Dear Parents of Maple Ridge School,
There is a great video on YouTube of professional driver breaking a world record for tight parallel parking. How did you do on the parallel parking portion of your driver’s test? If you are like me and you avoid parallel parking, you are probably far from being a professional driver.
What makes a professional, a professional? We all know that there is a vast difference between a professional chef and an amateur home cook. Many of us may dream of what our yard might look like if it was left in the hands of a professional landscaper. I’d like to think I can snap a great photograph until I compare it to professional photography and I realize, I am missing something.
I believe part of what sets a professional apart from others in a particular area is their understanding of the science and mechanics of their craft. This past week our students have had the privilege of learning the scientific basics of photography from a professional photographer. Our artist in residence has started meeting with all students, guiding them through basic photography skills. These skills will allow students to express their creativity, tell stories, and communicate their learning through visual imagery. These skills speak to our school values, provincial curriculum and our deeply held beliefs about learning.
Over the coming weeks, I encourage families to engage their children in conversations about what they are learning from our professional photographer and to have your child teach you some of the skills there are learning. The weather is warming up, it may be a fine time to explore a local park and do a photo scavenger hunt.
Finally, I want to say a huge thank you to our Parent Association for supporting and funding our artist in residence. These experiences are highly engaging for students and awaken skills our students may not have realized they were capable of achieving.
Sincerely,
Brad Emery Principal

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It was a #pinkshirt kind of day. Many of our students were engaged in fantastic conversations about the power of collective kindness. Way to go Maple Ridge! https://t.co/beX1EgXCyV

We are excited to have our Artist in Residence start today. All of our students will be engaged in photography projects. Lesson #1: The Science of Photography. Special thank you to our Parent Association for sponsoring this learning. https://t.co/4nTeAs1nxc

Our grade 1 students are learning about design thinking, problem solving and cause/effect through making #rubegoldberg machines. https://t.co/rWIJNiZeCS

We’ve translated our School Development Plan into student friendly language and posted it so students can take ownership for their learning and be part of the direction we are headed as a school. https://t.co/yLrjK0qWbT

It was our pleasure to be able to share our love for science based learning with all of you. We are all scientists! #WeAreCBE https://t.co/VgOqLB9uES

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Maple Ridge School

10203 Maplemont Rd SE Calgary, AB, T2J 1W3
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School Contacts

Principal
Mr Brad Emery
Assistant Principal
Ms Julie Ramsay
Education Director
Ann Ard
Trustee
Julie Hrdlicka

School Information

Grades
K-04
Enrolment
363
Programs
Science
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School Hours

Morning Start
8:55 AM
Dismissal
3:35 PM
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