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Welcome to the 2019-20 School Year!

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Principal's Message

June is the Month Where We reflect back on the school year and Celebrate our many Achievements

We are nearing the end of an exciting, eventful year. June is the month where we reflect back on the school year and celebrate our many achievements. Olympic Heights School is rich in culture, diversity and learning opportunities, and we are proud of our accomplishments this year. When reflecting on our instructional and external programs for students we strive to ensure that all students gain the following:
Academic Success - Each student will possess the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for academic success. Personal Development - Each student will possess the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to achieve personal highest potential. Citizenship - Each student will be a responsible citizen by being an informed and involved member in his or her local, national and global communities. Character - Each student will possess the character to do what is right, act morally with wisdom, and balance individual concerns with the rights and needs of others.
In the spirit of generosity, we would like to thank the students, parents/guardians and especially all of the volunteers who have supported student learning in so many different ways. We have a lot to be proud of this year. This year at Olympic Heights School current teaching and learning have evolved and connected around the work of the Calgary Board of Education’s Three Year Plan, the OHS School Development Plan and through the learning of staff on PD days and through Professional Learning Communities. Staff meetings and PLC meetings defined a common understanding and coherence around assessment, and the teaching of literacy and mathematics. This work has influenced student achievement and engagement in the classroom as demonstrated through evidence of student learning, artifacts and learning data collected.
The Circle of Courage continues to be an authentic tool for students to use in developing their character and global citizenship skills. Students used the skills and knowledge from the Circle of Courage to utilize in their everyday life at Olympic Heights School, in their homes and in their community. Using the “I” message also carried a powerful message in that we use words and not physical actions to solve conflicts. It has been a remarkable year as students and staff continued to build a sense of belonging for everyone, be generous with words and actions, work to make a difference in the world around us, develop student independence and master the skills, knowledge and attitudes at the students best learning and social potential. Our students, staff and families have proven their commitment to making the world a better place and making a difference to the people around them. We are proud of our learning community.
As the school year ends all grades, continue to participate in culminating projects and assessments. Students continue to be supported to evaluate their growth over the past year and look ahead to set learning goals for next year. Throughout June, teachers in all grades continue to assess student achievement. Students have also self-assessed their progress on a regular basis through rubrics, presentations of projects, written journal reflections and portfolios of their work. This comprehensive, on-going assessment is the best way to measure the overall growth in learning for each student. Students are learning to have a voice and advocate for themselves based on their understanding of themselves as learners.
During May and June, Grade 6 students have prepared for and will be writing the 2019 Provincial Achievement Tests. The Provincial Achievement Tests are written to measure the student’s best effort on each test on a specific day. It is one opportunity for students to show their knowledge and skills they have learned throughout the school year. We are proud of the academic, social and personal growth of these students. As we reflect, we look at what we have done, what we have remaining to do, as well as where we are going next year. Planning conversations continue to take place with staff students, and parents. School organization and staffing continues for the 2019-2020 school year. The opportunity for teachers to move and explore new teaching opportunities at both Olympic Heights School and the CBE is encouraged, as teachers reflect on their talents and gifts and apply them to possible new learning environments. When staffing a school, it is important to look at the gifts and talents of the teachers/staff and strategically and collaboratively match them to positions that will benefit the entire learning community. At this time, we have some internal changes happening where teachers/staff are choosing to teach and team in a different grade. Once finalized an updated school staff list will be included with the report card. This is due that staffing in the CBE is late and will not be completed until the last week of June. Due to the financial situation with the CBE, Olympic Heights has had to make some difficult decisions around staffing as the OHS 2019-2020 budget was cut and in addition, there has been a reduction in student enrolment for the 2019-2020 school year. To accommodate this, the reality is there will be less teachers next year. Gratitude to staff who have problem-solved and come up with best possibilities for staffing with minimal impact for student learning.
We also appreciate the support and all the work of School Council. Thank you to Kelly Hume and Katey Fok, co-chairs and their executive members, who truly make a difference at Olympic Heights School. Thank you to everyone else who attended council meetings, held different roles and worked so hard to support student learning. Students greatly benefited from our collaborative efforts because of School Council’s commitment and support. Our last School Council meeting will be on Thursday, June 13th at 6:30. Please join us for celebration of this year’s school year. Snacks and refreshments serve. We invite all parents to join us in September for our first meeting as we begin a new school year.
We look forward to working with all the members of School Council again next year. We have enjoyed working with our families and appreciated the encouraging comments and advocacy for the students and school. Working with many of you throughout the year along with your continued support for our students, makes Olympic Heights School an exceptional learning community.
Some of this year’s school highlights include:
Winter and Spring Choir Performances
WE Club
Circle of Courage as a way of living at OHS
Student Environmental Group
Daily Physical Education
Grade sponsored Assemblies
Learning Celebrations for all Grades
Student-Led Conferences
Inquiry School focus – “What is my Story”
Service Learning Initiatives – Terry Fox, Unicef’s Scare Hunger, Entrepreneurial Adventure Program – Homeless Shelter, Kindergarten Gift of Caring Gardens
Cards for the seniors at Bethany Nursing Home
Knowledge and skill around the Indigenous ways of life – Elder Randy Bottle - land walk and Jason Plain Eagle – Indigenous Games
Open Minds School – Grade 5
Fundraising for Feeding Nunavut
Grade Five Skiing
Handbells Club
Patrol celebrations
Rugby with the Rams
Swimming for K-2
Ice Skating at the Community Center for Grade 3 and 4
Alien In Line Skating
Outdoor School for Grade 6
Danceplay/Prestige Dance
Positive Mental Health and Mindfulness with our Comprehensive School Health Committee
Sports Day
Pancake Breakfast
Grade 6 Farewell
The pancake breakfast to celebrate the success of the 2018-2019 school year turned out perfectly given the weather and the smoke. We fed 1100 people and it was a wonderful turnout by students and families. We want to thank the Calgary Stampede Community Special Events for supplying the pancakes and sausages and for cooking for our community. Everyone enjoyed the Stampede mascots. We also want to thank Sobey’s for providing the bananas for this event. Thank you to the Olympic Heights staff for working hard to put on this event for our learning community and lastly to our students and families for making this event so successful.
As we move towards the end of the year, we would like to wish our Grade 6 students all the best as they move ahead into Grade Seven, many of whom who will be attending Vincent Massey School. On behalf of all our staff, we wish them much success and happiness for the future. Some of our families are also relocating. To everyone who are leaving, we bid each of you farewell with a deep sense of pride and affection. It takes everyone, working and learning together to make Olympic Heights School such a successful and excellent place to learn. We will continue to work together to reach new heights. Our Grade 6 Farewell Celebration: Thursday, June 20th – 10:00-11:00 followed by a luncheon and afternoon dance celebration.
For the 2019-2020 school year, Olympic Heights School is pleased to welcome a new system class added to our current enrolment. “The Class” is for eight students in Grades 4-6 who require targeted strategies to support their mental health. This is a new class to our school where students will be relocated from various schools throughout our city to attend. The program is supported by one teacher, an educational assistant and a lunchroom supervisor. Darci Fulton, CBE Behaviour Mental Health and Wellness Strategist, is presently involved in this transition and is supporting Olympic Heights School to plan for any building modifications and resources that may be required. In the Spirit of the “Circle of Courage”, we want to welcome this class to Olympic Heights School. Our school has a reputation for being a generous learning community where we create a sense of belonging for everyone.
Lastly, we want to thank the staff for their hard work and commitment to student learning, support for students, student advocacy, student clubs and programs and everything they do for the learning community at Olympic Heights School. We have an exceptional staff at Olympic Heights School. It takes everyone, working and learning together to make Olympic Heights School a successful and positive learning community. June is a time of celebration and mixed emotion as we end the school year. End of Year Celebration Assembly: Wednesday, June 26th – 9:30 -10:30 – Everybody welcome!

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