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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

February 21
Generosity

February has arrived! Family Day weekend is just around the corner and students are able to enjoy a six day break February 15–20 for the Calgary Board of Education Teacher’s Conventions, Family Day and a school-wide PD Day.

As a school we continue to build a positive learning community where everyone belongs. Many classes have engaged in discussion regarding ways to ensure everyone belongs at Olympic Heights School including:

  • Engaging in classroom activities
  • Sharing supplies with classmates
  • Asking others to play during breaks outside
  • Helping when someone is hurt
  • Demonstrating body language that is inviting to others
  • Asking good questions
  • Seeking understanding
  • Participating in school events
  • Active listening when others are speaking
  • Empathy towards others feelings and emotions

It is important to remember that in order to foster a sense of belonging there is a responsibility for each individual to develop a reciprocal relationship with others. In this relationship, students are open to being a part of a group and also willing to accept other individuals into the group. The spirit of “Generosity” is also alive and well at Olympic Heights School. Generosity can be found throughout the Olympic Heights Learning Community. So what does it mean to be generous?

Generosity:

The spirit of generosity calls on us to be giving towards others and towards the world. Whether it is a helping hand or offering to share through our kind words or actions everyone who is generous makes a difference in the world around them. Those who have a strong sense of "Generosity" are empathetic toward others and want to help others. They give of themselves or in some way. They truly have the "joy of giving", and feel fulfilled from helping others in need.

In the spirit of generosity a big thanks once again goes out to our Kiss and Drop volunteers for their tireless work every week, especially during inclement weather. Rain or shine they are out front greeting parents and students and ensuring a safe drop off and pick up for those in our school community. Also we want to thank parents volunteers who have made time in their busy schedule to volunteer for skating and other field trips, along with the group of volunteers who support our Brown Bag Lunch to ensure lunch is provided for students in need.

As we continue our learning journey together we will continue cultivating the spirits of “The Circle of Courage” - belonging, independence, generosity and mastery within our students.

During the last system CBE Professional Development Day, staff continued to focus on goals and action plans set by our School Development Plan. As a staff we continued to try new ways to engage in active learning through interactive math activities in Shape and Space. We also made connections to how students are able to develop number sense through each activity and how mathematical discourse enhances understanding. In Literacy we continue to focus on guided reading strategies to develop and enhance our literacy programs in each grade. By engaging students in small group discussions about literature, teachers are able to personalize and target specific reading strategies for each individual learner.

Additional professional development will take place at Teacher’s Convention on February 15th and 16th. In addition, our support staff will also be engaged in their own Support Staff Convention. Staff value this time of learning and always come back feeling refreshed and renewed with innovative, practical ideas that will further engage and support the students they work with.

Kindergarten Registration began, Monday, January 22nd. We are happy to answer any questions regarding instructional programming or the school community and welcome continued collaborative support from our caring Olympic Heights families. We are fortunate that Kidzinc and Heartland Agency also continues to offer a Before and After School program for Kindergarten students. Please contact them directly for registration dates and availability.

Many new students have registered during January. We welcome these families to our school and are honored to have them as part of our School Learning Community.

Lastly, we believe that it is important for students to begin their school day on time so that they are able to settle into morning routines effectively. In the past several weeks we have noticed a significant increase in the number of student arriving late to school. This causes a disruption to the learning environment for their classmates, teacher, and also the front office staff. We do understand that sometimes weather is a factor and recognize that unforeseen circumstances can lead to late arrival, however we hope to emphasize the importance of arriving punctually to minimize disruption to school routines.

Dave Quon, Prinicpal​

January 24
Happy New Year
From all the staff at Olympic Heights School we want to wish all of our families a Happy New Year. With each New Year, we are inspired to set goals and see the possibilities ahead of us. As a school we continually set goals and targets to provide the most enriching learning experiences for the students we have. This is accomplished by looking at possibilities, by being creative, by dreaming and imagining what can be, thinking outside the box, problem solving and striving to continue to make Olympic Heights School a great place to learn. We hope everyone had a restful and relaxing holiday. Our staff and students are looking forward to diving back into school routines and new learning activities.

As we reflect back on the month of December, Olympic Heights School community focused on Citizenship. Students demonstrated responsible citizenship by being informed and involved members in their local, national and global communities by continuing to develop an understanding of social responsibility. At this time students learned to contribute to the community through two service learning projects, collecting funds and food for the Calgary Food Bank and collecting items for Christmas hampers for families less fortunate. Through these projects students learned the importance of generosity for others and this was shown through everyone’s generous contributions to families in need over the Christmas Season. It was great to see firsthand, the success of this initiative from Olympic Heights School and the impact that it had for others. It created some good conversations for the students involved.

We want to once again extend a huge thank you to all who contributed to our Christmas Hamper initiative this year. With your support we were able to help eight families in need over the holiday season. Your kindness and generosity is greatly appreciated.

At Olympic Heights School we believe in continuing to nurture generosity and kindness in our school community. Healthy, safe, and caring social/physical environments support learning and contribute to the positive cognitive, emotional, social and physical development of children.

At Olympic Heights School we believe:
  • Students have inner strengths and gifts that support their capacity to initiate, direct, and sustain positive life decisions.
  • Student engagement and empowerment are critical for growth, development, and positive change.
  • Student’s relationships with adults and peers that contribute to psychological well-being are characterized by interactions that convey genuineness, empathy, unconditional caring an
  • To inspire students to achieve their best, it is essential that they be given the opportunity to take responsibility for and learn from their mistakes. This builds independence, resilience, and grit.
  • Students need to use their voice and words to express their feelings in a way that is both respectful and assertive.
  • Students are responsible for their choices. As influential adults, it is our job to provide guidance, support, and direction while upholding the student’s ability to take ownership for their actions, words, and decisions.
Ways parents can support children in taking ownership:
  • ​Allow children the opportunity to try to solve academic and social problems on their own before jumping in to help. Research shows they are less likely to develop independence if we jump to the rescue too quickly. When we do offer help, it is best to offer helpful hints and ask thought-provoking questions so the child is able to still carry the mental load of the task and think through a solution on their own.
  • When children make poor choices, allow them to feel the full range of emotions that are a result of these choices. These emotions help to build empathy for others and help to the capacity for more positive choices in the future. If children face consequences as a result of their choices, allow them to learn from this as well and take steps toward restitution. Avoid making excuses for a child’s poor choice which does not allow a child to accept responsibility. A child will continue to make poor choices if they feel they do not have to accept responsibility.
  • Reinforce that mistakes are a necessary part of learning. Acknowledging the mistake and taking steps to problem-solve a solution is an invaluable experience necessary to develop a growth mindset
  • Praise the process over the product. Often as adults we tend to focus on the final product rather than the amount of time, effort, and experience the student gained from the learning process. Emphasize the skills that were learned on the road to the final product and you will instil a greater sense of self-confidence in students.
  • Encourage children to take risks and try new things. Taking the safe route will not lead to significant personal growth. Trying something new, even if it doesn’t work out as planned is always worth the risk.
Thank you to all of our parents for making Student-Led Conferences on December 8 & 9 a success. We had 97% of our families in attendance. The students were excited to share with you the activities and projects they have been working on in class. We hope you found this time valuable and that it helped you to gain insight into the experience in the classroom so far this year.

Olympic Heights school continues to work, challenge, inspire and support students to learn and achieve their best potential as they make their hopes and dreams become reality through taking initiative and responsibility for their learning. 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 shapes how many students approach learning. Often assessment is the first thing to be considered by many 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 will be going home on Friday, February 2. 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 each of your children to discuss the comments and assessment of learning. This is a great opportunity to review learning goals for the duration of the school year and talk about strategies and next steps.

Kindergarten Registration begins, Monday, January 22th. 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 whose fifth birthday falls before March 1, 2014 are eligible to register for the 2017-2018 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.

The next School Council Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 18, at 6:30 p.m. Our new School Board Trustee, Lisa Davis will also be attending. This is great way for our families to stay connected and informed about what is happening at Olympic Heights School and the Calgary Board of Education.

On Friday, January 26th there is a system CBE Professional Development Day. No School for students.

We want to thank our learning community for continuing to make Olympic Heights a great place to learn.

Dave Quon, Prinicpal
 

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