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June 10
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
  • Lacrosse
  • 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!

 

May 13
Planning for Next Year

May has arrived and we have many successes to celebrate. It is at this time of year that we begin to look at planning for 2019-2020 school year. According to student projections for next year we will plan for approximately 590 plus students. Given this information we continue to address school organization and staffing. Student learning is our priority and we will continue to discuss with our staff the best way to effectively meet the needs of all students at Olympic Heights School. Conversations have already begun with staff and we will keep parents informed as decisions are made.

Is your family moving? If you know that your child(ren) will not be returning to Olympic Heights School in September 2019, please fill in the attached form of this newsletter and return to the office, or call the main office at 403 777 8370 to inform the school. Thank you for your cooperation – this makes our next year’s planning much easier. It is crucial that we have accurate counts for next year as our school organization – staffing and number of classrooms is based on these counts.

As June approaches teachers will come together to create classes for the next school year. Decisions of student placement are intentional and thoughtful. As a school we ask two questions:

  1. Under what conditions does this student learn best?
  2. From the teacher-classroom choices available for student placement next year, what is the best match for this student?

These decisions are made by your child’s current grade teacher, all the teachers from the subsequent grade, the administration team, curriculum specialists: Music, P.E., French, ELL, and the resource teacher. We take into consideration factors such as student’s cognitive ability, gender, social skills, key relationships, second language, special needs, learning styles, and community of residence. Each student also has an opportunity to list five friends they would prefer to have in their class. It is our guarantee that we match them with at least one of their friend choices.

If you have an educational or emotional concern about your child that you would like school administration to consider for your child’s placement next year, please write a letter or an email to Mr. Quon. These will be the only two criteria that will be used for special requests. Please do not request a specific teacher. Our intent is to place students in the most appropriate learning environment in which they will meet their best personal potential and achieve academic success.

We believe all our teachers are competent and truly care about the students. Teachers and staff are committed to ensuring that all students master their learning to their best potential, develop generosity and independence and work at making sure that everyone has a sense of belonging.

We have an upcoming Professional Development Day on May 16th and 17th. This day will be used to assess our School Development Plan from this year and to create a new School Development Plan for the 2019-2020 school year. Goals, Calendar and learning focus for the upcoming school year will also be addressed. We will also examine the work that teachers have done this year with Professional Learning Communities. The professional learning of teachers will be shared as they too have engaged in professional dialogue/learning regarding students’ work. Throughout the year teachers have participated in professional learning around making learning visible, high impact strategies for teaching Mathematics and Literacy, and effective assessment strategies. Professional learning sessions are guided by reviewing student work with the intent to direct instructional decisions and task design. Our staff will be sharing the results and impact that these conversations have had on their instructional practice with each other in the Professional Development Day. Thank you to our Learning Community for supporting our professional learning focus for this school year.

Lately we have dealt with a number of school situations involving physical and verbal altercations among students. Students are reminded to be generous with their words and actions and work hard to build a sense of belonging for everyone. Many of these altercations have involved students not keeping their hands, feet and objects to themselves. This is a school expectation that students keep their hands, feet, and objects to themselves and use their words to solve their conflicts in a positive way. Students have been taught in-class strategies such as an “I” message, how to deal with bullying, the difference between bullying and hurtful behaviours, the role of a bystander, and the difference between tattling and being a responsible citizen. We ask that our learning community continue to reinforce these expectations at home so that we build coherence between school and home. When students do make a bad choice/decision and are held accountable the school uses the “CBE Progressive Student Discipline Philosophy” as a guide to bring resolution to the problem. Please see attached. We want to thank our students, parents/guardians and staff for continuing to make Olympic Heights School a great place to learn and for the support given.

April 04
Welcome Back!

Welcome back! We hope everyone restful and rejuvenating Spring Break. As our students enter into the last few months of the school year, they are looking forward to continuing to explore the world around them and taking advantage of experiential learning opportunities in and around our local school community. As the weather improves, and the ice melts, our playground and fields become quite muddy and wet. It would be a good idea to send a change of clothes with your child to keep in their backpack so they can explore outside and still remain comfortable inside our building.

It’s that time of year again when we begin the process of planning for next year. Having an accurate idea of numbers of students helps the administration of the school to make good decisions about staffing for each classroom and plan appropriately for needed support. If you know that your child(ren) will not be returning to Olympic Heights School in September 2019, please indicate this on the form contained within this newsletter and return to the main office. You can also call or email the main office to inform them of your plans for next year. We appreciate your cooperation, as it makes next year’s planning much easier.

Thank you to all the students, parents, and guardians who attended the Student Led Conferences on March 21 and 22. Your attendance sends a strong message to your child that you value their education and are actively involved in their learning. It is wonderful to see the excitement in our students as they share snapshots of what they have been working so diligently on over the past several months.

There will be no school for students on Monday, April 22. This is a system-wide PD Day.

Olympic Heights School is once again looking forward to celebrating the support, contributions, talents, and generous gift of time our school volunteers have given this year with our annual “Volunteer Tea.” Please mark May 3rd at 9:15 am on your calendar, so you can participate in a morning of entertainment, goodies, and celebration. All school volunteers are welcome. We believe that when students, parents, and staff work together, student learning is enhanced and our school culture thrives. Thank you, volunteers!

Kindergarten Orientation – On Thursday, May 2 6:30-7:30 PM, for all new families for Kindergarten next year. New students for the 2019-2020 school year are invited to an orientation, where staff will present information to ensure your child has a successful first year in their education journey.

We are pleased to inform our learning community that Kids Zinc will continue to run a before and after school childcare program in the school next year just for Olympic Heights students. They are also extending their kindergarten program to include morning and afternoon care for the 2019-2020 school year.

Budgeting, staffing and plans for school organization for the 2019-2020 school year begins this month. As decisions are made we will keep everyone informed.

The Circle of Courage and Bullying Program continues to be reinforced with students to reduce the number of bullying incidents, teasing, harassment, physical and verbal aggression at school. Students continue to be taught to stand up to hurtful behaviors and bullying through an “I Message” and how to take an active role in making the school a positive learning community which creates a sense of belonging for all. We continue to encourage students and parents to keep the school informed when a bullying incident occurs. It is through this information that we can deal effectively and take action against those who bully others. Please do not hesitate to contact the school if your child is being bullied. We take these matters seriously and want to ensure that every student at Olympic Heights School feels safe and has a sense of belonging.

If a student is involved in bullying or hurtful behavior, he/she will go through a number of steps to help resolve the conflict. Once the student has worked with an adult through a problem solving process, the first step will be that the student goes home and explains what happened to his/her parent(s). The parent will then call the school the next day to confirm the conversation with their child. It is important that the child takes ownership for the behavior/poor choice. These important life skills are needed in order to be responsible, caring and productive citizens.

The goal is that students see this problem solving process as a learning experience. By going through this it teaches the students skills of empathy, respecting the feelings and rights of others, and accepting responsibility for their actions.

The hope for the future is when, “We all think, speak and act to make the school, community and world a better place to live.”

Each month we invite parents/guardians to attend the monthly School Council Meeting. Participants are able to give input, ask questions and share about the various school programs and activities which happen at Olympic Heights School. Council members get to know the school staff in a more interactive way and see the “systemic picture” of the school in addition to just their child’s grade level. We value the advice and opinions of our School Council as they guide our school decisions. In addition to this, the School Council sponsors, supports and runs a variety of activities throughout the year: organizing and coordinating a casino and other fund raising activities that supply our school with school resources that support student learning and increase student achievement. Knowing that it is difficult to attend every month we do want to encourage parents to attend whenever possible. Please plan to attend the next meeting on Thursday, April 18 at 6:30 pm in the Learning Plaza. The support and hard work of School Council is appreciated by the students, staff and parents of Olympic Heights School.

Olympic Heights School is a polling station for the Tuesday, April 16th Provincial Election. Please get out and vote.

Please add this date to your calendar. Our annual Pancake breakfast and is Friday, May 31, 2019. The Calgary Stampede could not accommodate us for our original date. This is gift each year and we always appreciate their generosity in providing this amazing opportunity for us.

Once again thank you to our students, parents/guardians and staff for continuing to make Olympic Heights School a great place to learn.

February 11
Assessment, Mental Health, Events

The month of January has gone by quickly. During this month, students and teachers focused on assessment in preparation for the first term report card. As set out in the Calgary Board of Education’s Three Year Plan framework, we continue to address how to differentiate learning for students so that they can personalize learning to meet their individual needs. When addressing effective assessment, Formative Assessment or Assessment for Learning has been proven to be critical for student success. Formative Assessment is a range of formal and informal assessment procedures employed by teachers during the learning process in order to modify teaching and learning activities to improve student achievement. It typically involves qualitative feedback (rather than scores) for both student and teacher that focuses on the details of content and performance. It is commonly contrasted with Summative Assessment, which seeks to monitor educational outcomes. Assessment is a central element in curriculum design: it is the critical link between learning outcomes, content and learning and teaching activities. Assessment not only gauges what students have learned; it also shapes how students approach learning. Often assessment is the first thing to be considered by students in planning their engagement with a topic. At Olympic Heights School it is important for all students to know how they learn best and to have a voice in the learning process.

Report cards went home on Thursday, January 31. Report Cards are one part of the assessment of your child’s learning. Assessment of student learning is a culmination of a variety of assessment strategies which include: teacher observations and anecdotal notes, student portfolios, reflective journals, tests, rubrics, student presentations/projects and student self-assessment. We know that when students are involved in their own assessment it provides them with descriptive and reflective feedback which has a powerful impact on individual student learning and achievement. Please take some time to sit down with your child to discuss the comments and assessment of learning. This is a great opportunity to review learning goals and talk about strategies and next steps.

At Olympic Heights School we continue to address mental health, stress, and anxiety in student learners. As a staff we seek to develop a deeper understanding of how mental health affects and impacts students. The belief is that students need explicit instruction which focuses on the social-emotional aspects of learning, which will result in improved academic learning. There is an understanding that students vary in regards to their social-emotional needs and what it takes to be successful in the classroom. It is important that our classrooms reflect social belonging and the emotional safety of all students. Moving forward, some of the areas that our staff and students continue to focus on include:

  • Recognizing and managing emotions – self-regulation, self-discipline, impulse control, and coping strategies for stress through mindfulness
  • Setting and working towards positive goals – goal-setting (academic and social-emotional)
  • Appreciating the perspective of others
  • Establishing and maintaining positive relationships with peers and adults
  • Making responsible decisions and choices
  • Handling interpersonal situations constructively
  • Seeing feedback as positive and growth-oriented
  • Developing self-awareness and the capacity to reflect on one’s feelings, values, and behaviours
  • Developing social awareness and the ability to view situations with respect through social and cultural norms of others and celebrating diversity

When students develop the knowledge and skills around positive mental health, they develop resiliency and the capacity to maintain a health well-being for life. Here are some ways to strengthen a child’s mental health.

Kindergarten Registration began Monday, January 11 and we have had a good response to registration. Please remember proof of your child’s name, date of birth and citizenship is required (i.e. birth certificate, passport, Canadian Citizenship Certificate) upon registration. You will also need to bring information that confirms your address. Children born on or before March 1, 2015 are eligible to register for the 2019-2020 school year. We are happy to answer any questions regarding instructional programming or the school community and welcome continued collaborative support from our caring Olympic Heights School families.

Calgary Teacher’s Convention is on February 14 and 15,, 2019. The theme for this year’s convention is “Sharing Ideas – Leading Learning”. Teachers value this time of professional learning and always come back feeling refreshed and renewed with innovative and practical ideas that will further engage their students. Our support staff will also be engaged in their own convention.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. This day is about celebrating relationships and showing those around us how much we care for them. It is always helpful to have conversations with children around building positive relationships and how these positive

We wish everyone a wonderful Family Day weekend. Enjoy the time off, be safe and create new memories with family and friends. School resumes Tuesday, February 19.

December 04
December 2018

December is once again upon us and Christmas and the winter break is just around the corner. This month is filled with lots of events, activities, and opportunities for students and families. Please see calendar on the school website.

At Christmas time everyone has opportunities both large and small to show kindness and generosity. It may be because we’re in the gift-giving mode that giving to others becomes so important at Christmas time. This is the time when we are more aware of our families, friends and communities. Whatever the reason, don’t let Christmas pass you by without showing kindness and generosity to someone less fortunate. Acts of kindness can include delivering gifts/hampers to a family in need, serving homeless families at a soup kitchen, allowing someone to go ahead of you in a lengthy line up, or just saying some kind words to a stranger. It is truly more important to give than to receive.

In the spirit of generosity and kindness, our learning community is involved in two service learning opportunities during the month of December. There is the Olympic Heights School “Mayors Food Bank Challenge” and the OHS “Christmas Hampers” for families less fortunate.

Through active citizenship and the spirit of generosity, students and families who are participating in our Christmas service learning opportunities are able to spread happiness, support and hope to individuals and families currently facing difficult circumstances in their lives at this time of year. Olympic Heights School is a very generous learning community who makes a difference in many people’s lives. Thank you to everyone for their support.
Thank you to all parents who have signed up and started to send in items for the Christmas Hampers. We appreciate your generous spirit at this time of year. Your support will make this holiday special for a number of families who will benefit from having some of their wants and needs take care of for them.

At the last School Council meeting we engaged parents in dialogue and conversation around School Development Planning. We shared our school results from last year’s Grade 6 Provincial Achievement Tests, CBE Student Survey, and Accountability Pillar as well as other learning data collected throughout the year. These results share a snapshot of the work that we are doing as part of our commitment to quality teaching and learning at Olympic Heights School. This data informs our next steps as we plan for and continue on in the 2018-19 school year. Our updated School Development plan sets goals and strategies for continuous improvement with a focus on mathematics and literacy. The following are the Theory of Action for teachers and Achievement Goals for students.

Theory of Action - Literacy: If Teachers employ high-impact instructional strategies and provide formative feedback in writing then Students will demonstrate improved skills in expository writing.

Theory of Action _ Mathematics: If Teachers employ high-impact instructional strategies and provide formative feedback in Mathematics then Students will demonstrate increased achievement in mathematical reasoning and problem solving.

Student achievement will increase in expository writing by utilizing formative feedback from teachers and peers.

Students will utilize formative feedback to increase their achievement when problem-solving and will be able to communicate of their reasoning for how they were able to reach a solution.

The school goal is to always increase student achievement by providing multiple opportunities for the students to engage in their learning. Student profiles are taken into account while designing instructional tasks which focuses on what learning outcomes and report card stems are to be assessed.

Student-Led Conferences for Kindergarten to Grade Six will be held on Thursday, December 6th, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM and Friday, December 7th from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Please note that Kindergarten Conferences will be held to discuss the EYE (Early Years) assessment. Please book a 15 minute time slot. Grades 1-6 will be Student Led and even though you book a specific time slot you may attend anytime during that hour. Grade 1-6 conferences are very flexible – we want all families to attend.

In addition, Kindergarten Conferences will also be held on Thursday, December 6th, from 8:30-11:30 am and 1:00-3:30 pm. Please note there are no Kindergarten classes on Thursday for Kindergarten and Friday for all students. Parents/Guardians will once again be able to book conferences online. We hope this makes booking conferences much simpler for our learning community. Please connect with this link to the booking through your “My CBE/PowerSchool” account. Log in and then click My CBE Apps and School Conference Booking.

Student Led Conferences is a time to listen and ask your child about their learning progress while your child shows you his/her learning in the various subject disciplines. Your child continues to set goals for learning, to learn about him/herself as a learner and to have a voice. You still have the opportunity to meet/talk with the teacher if needed. If you cannot make it to conferences or have any questions to further discuss your child’s learning progress do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.

In order to prepare students for conferences, teachers worked with students collaboratively to demonstrate their learning and student assessments. Teachers used a variety of assessment strategies to gather student data to accurately assess students. Some types of assessments are: rubrics, student documentation, informal/formal testing, student self-assessment/reflection and assessment of the student’s skills utilized in journals, problem based activities, projects and portfolios.

Parents/Guardians play a major role in supporting their child’s learning. Thank you for encouraging your child to finish homework, read daily, sign agenda, and reinforce school expectations that develop citizenship and character. With the home and the school working together, we will continue to see growth in student achievement and engagement.

In the spirit of generosity, we want to thank the School Council and the Special Events committee for the continuous support for student resources and for providing dinner and special treats for the staff for the upcoming Student Led Conferences. Thank you to our learning community. This is always so much appreciated.

To celebrate the festive season here are a number of exciting activities occurring in December. The Division 1 and 2 choirs are performing on Thursday, December 6 for our annual “Winter Concert” – Bake Sale to follow this performance, Pizza and Beverage Bar at Student Led Conferences, and carolling the last week of school. The SWAT team has also planned a number of fun spirit days for the month of December.

Thursday, December 13 – Candy Cane Day – Wear red and white
Friday, December 14 – Festive Hat Day
Thursday, December 20 – Holiday Sweater/Apparel Day
Friday, December 21 – Pyjama and Stuffy Day

The students and staff at Olympic Heights School have worked hard as a learning community this term and feel proud of their accomplishments. The learning environment at Olympic Heights School continues to be an exciting place where we see the possibilities in all students and challenge each student to do their best.

Please remember to join us for our school/special assemblies where students will have an opportunity to showcase their learning. Check agendas, calendar, and newsletters for information.

Make sure to follow our school Twitter account @ohscbe to keep up with some of the engaging activities in each classroom.

The last day of classes for this term is Thursday, December 21st which is a full day. Kindergarten morning and afternoon classes will dismiss at regular time. Report Cards will go out on Thursday, February 2.

In the spirit of generosity and belonging we want to thank our learning community for their kindness and generosity. We hope that you have the opportunity to spend time together as a family during the upcoming winter break. The entire Olympic Heights School Staff wishes all students and families a safe and relaxing holiday season filled with special memories. Students return to school on Tuesday, January 8.

October 04
October 2018

It seems that September has come and gone in a whirlwind. Students and staff have been very busy establishing and settling into routines, embarking on new and exciting learning opportunities and building community. As we begin a new year, we continue to revisit The Circle of Courage as a way of living and being at Olympic Heights School. Our goal is to encourage students to be independent learners who are generous with their words and actions, who develop a sense of belonging within our school community, and work to master skills that will they will carry with them throughout their lifetime.

  • We believe in engaging students in authentic challenging tasks, which foster creativity, problem solving, independence, resilience and high-level thinking.
  • We believe in developing global citizens by providing opportunities and experiences where students view themselves as agents of change who can make a difference.
  • We believe in creating a safe and caring learning community that promotes belonging, respect, empathy and social-emotional growth.

Thank you to all the parents/guardians who attended Parent-Teacher conferences. The purpose of the September conferences was to provide an opportunity for parents/guardians to inform the teacher about their child’s interests, strengths and areas for growth. This in turn, assisted teachers in gaining a holistic picture of their new learners.

Once again there will be two reporting periods and three opportunities to meet with teachers. The dates are as follows:

December 6 and 7, 2018 - First Student Led Conference
January 31, 2019 - First report card sent home
March 21 and 22, 2019 - Second Student Led Conference
June 26, 2019 - Second report card sent home

In addition to these above opportunities, teachers will communicate throughout the year about your child’s learning. This may happen through personal correspondence, face to face meetings, curricular updates, agendas, blogs, and Iris. If at any time you wish to initiate communication about your child’s progress, please make an appointment with your child’s teacher so that proper time and attention can be given to the conversation. Please refrain from catching teacher’s at the classroom without notice before or after school as this is a very busy time for both our staff and students.

The Calgary Board of Education Three Year Plan continues to be used as a framework to personalize learning for all students. In response to the CBE Three Plan, this year, staff will engage in Professional Learning Communities, which will focus on the CBE’s Literacy and Mathematics Strategy and Formative Assessment. Formative assessment is a high-impact strategy that allows all students the opportunity to learn from and improve their work throughout the learning process rather than waiting until a final product for assessment of student work. This “just in time” learning is beneficial for all students as they adapt their work in response to teacher and peer feedback. The goal of this work is to ensure students are able to articulate/represent what they know, how they know it, and what they need to learn next.

Students and staff continue to use IRIS as a tool to document student learning. This web-based teaching and learning application consists of student learning plans, learner profiles, resource library and teacher and administrator workspaces. IRIS brings together student voice, learning data, and best research to support teachers and administrators in making well-informed instructional decisions for each student. It also encourages students to build a better understanding of themselves as learners, which in turn helps to informed decisions about their own learning. IRIS allows students to use this data to set goals and collect artefacts of learning.

Olympic Heights staff continue to have conversations about how we ensure students make good choices, develop independence, show kindness, make a difference and develop citizenship that will help them be productive in an ever changing world in the future. The Comprehensive School Health Committee works in collaboration with staff and students to develop and engage in:

  • Healthy Eating
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Physical Activity
  • Positive Mental Health

Lastly we want to remind you that each grade in the school will have the opportunity to showcase their learning both through a Celebration of Learning evening and a School Assembly. These celebrations of learning and assemblies are important for building school community and an opportunity to showcase the important work that is taking place in classrooms throughout the school year. Please check agendas, our school calendar, and school magnet for information on each particular grade. We will have a Thanksgiving Assembly this Friday, October 5 at 10:30 hosted by the Grade 3 students. Also our Halloween Assembly – Wednesday, October 31 at 1:30 PM hosted by the Grade 4 students. In addition, students will participate in the annual Halloween Costume Parade beginning at 1:15 PM. The Remembrance Day Assembly will be on Friday, November 9th at 11:00 AM hosted by the Grade 5 students.

We want to thank our students, parents/guardians and staff for making Olympic Heights a great place to learn and for a wonderful start-up. If you have any questions with regards to the information in the October Newsletter please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or the administration.

June 06
June 2018

The final month of school has arrived swiftly. This is a month of reflection on the past school year as we take time to celebrate our many achievements. It has been an eventful, exciting and successful year for our students and our school learning community. 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. Our students, staff and families have proven their commitment to making the world a better place and making a difference to the larger community around them.

As the school year comes to an end and we are busy preparing for the 2018-2019 school year 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 Six students have prepared for and will be writing the 2018 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.

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 2018-2019 school year. The opportunity for teachers to move and explore new teaching opportunities both at 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. We may still have staff move as those dream teaching opportunities arise.

We also appreciate the support and all the work of School Council. Thank you to Kelly Hume and Lee Watmough 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. We look forward to working with all the members of School Council again next year. We also want to wish Lee Watmough co-chair, all the best as this is his final year at OHS.

During the school year the students have worked hard to be successful both academically and socially, worked to the best of their ability, have proven to be exceptional citizens and built upon their character to help make a difference in the world. The students here at Olympic Heights School continue to make us very proud.

Some of this year’s school highlights include:

  • Winter and Spring Choir Performances
  • WE Club
  • Adopting the 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, Kindergarten Gift of Caring Gardens
  • Cards for the seniors at Bethany Nursing Home
  • We Club Bake Sale
  • Knowledge and skill around the Indigenous ways of life – Elder Randy Bottleland walk
  • Open Minds School – Grade 5
  • Fundraising for Feeding Nunavut
  • Math Challenges and Number Talks
  • School Council – Teacher Grade Presentations
  • Grade Five Skiing
  • Handbells Club
  • Patrol celebrations
  • Rugby with the Rams
  • Elev8 Lacrosse
  • 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
  • Positive Mental Health and Mindfulness with our Comprehensive School Health Committee
  • Sports Day
  • Pancake Breakfast
  • Grade 6 Farewell
  • Sports Day

We have enjoyed working with our families and appreciate your 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.

The pancake breakfast to celebrate the success of the 2017-2018 school year turned out perfectly given the weather. We had just under 1200 people attend and good food was enjoyed by everyone. We want to thank the Calgary Stampede Community Special Events for supplying the pancakes and sausages and for cooking for everyone in the rain. Everyone enjoyed the Stampede mascots. We also want to thank the community Sobey’s for providing the bananas for this event. Sobey’s is very supportive of Olympic Heights. Thank you to the Olympic Heights staff for working hard to put on this event for our learning community. 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.​

Dave Quon, Principal
Tiffany Austin, Assistant Principal

May 03
May 2018

There are only two months left of the year and we have many successes to celebrate. It is also the time of year that we begin to look at planning for 2018-2019 school year.

According to student projections for next year we will plan for approximately 615 plus students. Given this information we continue to address school organization and staffing. Given our school budget for next year we are examining the best scenario given the number of students and staff. Given there have been some funding cuts for next year, we are looking at the best possibilities. Given the size of Olympic Heights this can present challenges and complexities for planning. As always, student learning is our priority and we will continue to discuss with our staff the best way to effectively meet the needs of all students at Olympic Heights School. Conversations have already begun with staff and we will keep parents informed as decisions are made.

Is your family moving? If you know that your child(ren) will not be returning to Olympic Heights School in September 2018, please fill in the attached form of this newsletter and return to the office, or call the main office at 403 777 8370 to inform the school. Thank you for your cooperation – this makes our next year’s planning much easier. It is crucial that we have accurate counts for next year as our school organization – staffing and number of classrooms is based on these counts.

As June approaches teachers will be coming together to create classes for the next school year. Decisions of student placement are intentional and thoughtful. As a school we ask two questions:

  1. Under what conditions does this student learn best?
  2. From the teacher-classroom choices available for student placement next year, what is the best match for this student?

These decisions are made by your child’s current grade teacher, all the teachers from the subsequent grade, the Administration Team, Curriculum Specialists: Music, P.E., French, ELL, and the Resource Teacher. We take into consideration factors such as student’s cognitive ability, gender, social skills, key relationships, second language, special needs, learning styles, and community of residence. Each student also has an opportunity to list five friends they would prefer to have in their class. It is our guarantee that we match them with at least one of their friend choices.

If you have an educational or emotional concern about your child that you would like School Administration to consider for your child’s placement next year, please write an email to Mr. Quon. These will be the only two criteria that will be used for special requests. Please do not request a specific teacher. Our intent is to place students in the most appropriate learning environment in which they will meet their best personal potential and achieve academic success.

We believe all our teachers are competent and truly care about the students. Teachers and staff are committed to ensure that all students master their learning to their best potential, develop generosity and independence and work at making sure that everyone has a sense of belonging.

We have an upcoming Professional Development Day on May 17th and 18th. This day will be used to assess our School Development Plan from this year and to create a new School Development Plan for the 2018-2019 school year. Goals, Calendar and learning focus for the upcoming school year will also be addressed. We will also examine the work that teachers have done this year with Professional Learning Communities. The professional learning of teachers will be shared as they too have engaged in professional dialogue/learning regarding students’ work. Throughout the year teachers have participated in professional learning around making learning visible, high impact strategies for teaching Mathematics and Literacy, and effective assessment strategies. Professional learning sessions are guided by reviewing student work with the intent to direct instructional decisions and task design. Our staff will be sharing the results and impact that these conversations have had on their instructional practice with each other in the upcoming Professional Development Day. Thank you to our Learning Community for supporting our professional learning focus for this school year.

We want to thank our students, parents/guardians and staff for continuing to make Olympic Heights School a great place to learn.

April 05
April 2018

Welcome back. We hope everyone had an enjoyable and restful Spring Break. The last three months of the school year will be busy with celebrations, school activities, winding the school year down and planning for next year.

We have begun the process of planning for next year. If you know that your child(ren) will not be returning to Olympic Heights School in September 2018, please indicate on the form contained within this newsletter. Please return forms to the office ASAP or you can call and inform the main office with your plans for next year. We appreciate your cooperation, as it makes next year’s planning much easier.

Student-Led Conferences will be held on Thursday April 19 from 5:00pm-8:00pm and Friday April 20 from 8:00am-12:00pm. Please be sure to book your conferences through your My CBE Account online on Monday April 16. Watch for specific information to be sent home next week.

We are pleased to inform our learning community that Kids Zinc will continue to run a pre and after school childcare program in the school next year just for Olympic Heights students. In addition, Kids Zinc runs a Kindergarten childcare program out of the Strathcona Community Center. This is great news knowing that childcare can be a challenge for families.

To ensure correct delivery of all school messages to you, please make sure that we have your correct contact phone numbers and let us know whenever your phone numbers or e-mail addresses change.

Thank you to our learning community for supporting our learners at Olympic Heights School. It is a true partnership.

An update for Dr. Roberta Bondar School is that they will be a Grades K-6 school next year. Grade 6 students attending Olympic Heights from Aspen Woods and Strathcona communities has come to an end due to the addition of Grade 6 at Dr. Roberta Bondar.

We are excited to have a new website for our school!

The website replaces our old school site. It has a different website address. We suggest you add the site to your Favourites list on your web browser, so it is easy to return to the site and see important updates.

The website will help you stay informed about school information and activities, and includes the features parents and schools asked for during engagements held by the Calgary Board of Education (CBE), including:

  • A mobile-friendly design, so you can easily read the website from a phone or tablet
  • Automatic translation (to any language supported by Google Translate)
  • School news, events and announcements, and contact information are all available on the home page
  • Consistent navigation and structure for every CBE school, which is especially helpful for parents with children attending multiple schools In the coming months, all CBE schools will receive a similar, upgraded website. We hope you find it helpful.

Kindergarten Orientation – 2016 - 2017 School Year

On Thursday, May 3th 6:30-7:30 PM, all new families for Kindergarten – 2018-2019 school year are invited to an orientation, where staff will present information to ensure your child has a successful year. Everything you wanted to know about Kindergarten at Olympic Heights School will be presented.

Olympic Heights School Patrollers

Patrols continue to do an outstanding job of keeping our learning community safe…in hail, rain, sleet or snow! You can help keep the patrols safe by watching for their signs, stopping well in front of the crosswalk, and proceeding with caution through the crosswalk. Congratulations and Thank You to Olympic Heights’ School Safety Patrols!

Lost and Found

Our lost and found bin always seems full. If you come to school for an event or to pick up your child, please take time to look through the lost and found.​

March 02
March Update

​Excerpted from our March Newsletter.

February was a busy month as students and staff enjoyed the Family Day weekend with their loved ones. School staff were also able to attend additional professional development to build knowledge and skills around teaching and learning during as part of the annual Calgary Teacher’s Convention. Our teachers and support staff have returned refreshed and inspired, equipped with many new ideas.

This month, Olympic Heights School would like to highlight another virtue from the Circle of Courage Independence. Fostering independence in young children is one of the most important life skills in building a strong foundation for later years. When students have a strong sense of independence they are confident and determined to reach high and achieve their goals. Independent children know how to problem-solve through life’s challenges and are able to manage big emotions in a sensible manner. They understand that setbacks are a natural and necessary part of learning and use mistakes as an opportunity to expand their horizons and grow from the lessons of experience.

As parents you can help to foster independence in your children in a number of ways:

  • Allow children to take ownership for their choices. If a child makes a mistake, allow them to learn from the natural consequences that result and make a plan for how to avoid similar situations in the future.
  • Focus on the lessons that can be learned in the midst of challenges. This will build selfconfidence and equip them with necessary skills to solve their own problems as they arise.
  • Allow children to work through big emotions without offering an easy solution. As parents we never want our children to suffer and as a result sometimes jump in to rescue them too soon. This robs children of the opportunity to solve the problem on their own and can lead to increased anxiety and a lack of confidence to manage similar situations in the future.
  • Provide opportunities for free play. Allow children to explore their surroundings, ask big questions, and experience unstructured time. We live in an over-scheduled world and sometimes forget the value of free play.
  • Capitalize on individual strengths. What makes your child’s heart sing? What unique talents and gifts do they bring to the world? Find ways for them to express themselves in a way that celebrates who they are as an individual. 

Thank you for continuing to work with our school staff to support our work in building independence both inside and outside of our school community.

At Olympic Heights School we are very fortunate to have a School Council of dedicated parents who continue to work with our staff to offer opportunities for students, funds to support teaching and learning, and provide feedback about the school experience from a parent’s perspective. We greatly value their time and commitment to attending our monthly meetings. Unfortunately, this past month we were unable to hold our most recent meeting due to low attendance. This meant that we were unable to approve much-needed funding to continue to support the work in our classrooms. We would like to strongly encourage parents to attend our next School Council meeting

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