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November Principals Message

​Greetings to all members of the Senator Patrick Burns School community!  November is a busy time, full of great learning activities and important events.  I would like to expound on a few of these events.
Remeberance Day is the most somber, reflective event that we honor each school year.  It is a time for students to learn more about the meaning of the words service and sacrifice.  It is a time for students to learn about putting the needs of the many before the needs of the one.  It is a time for students to learn about some their fellow citizens that serve or have served Canada to provide the fundamental freedoms that every citizen can enjoy each day.  For Rememberance Day this year, we will be holding a somber ceremony for students on Friday, November 8th during the school day.  In addition to the lessons in citizenship, we will be teaching and modeling the value of reverence and respect.  As such, we encourage and support any students that wish to dress a bit more formally or dress in their military, scouting, or other cadet uniforms that they may have.  Rememberance Day music will be provided by many of our SPB students.  Due to our increasing numbers, this event will fill the gym with our student body.  Unfortunately, we will not have additional seats for parents to attend.  We encourage families to seek out some of the many other opportunities that Calgary provides to honor Rememberance Day as a family.
November is also a time for grade nine students to begin exploring options for high school.  We have invited some current IB high school students to come to SPB and share some information about the IB program.  This is a great way for students to learn first hand about what being an IB student means.  Current SPB students that are thinking about joining IB for grade 10 will have the option of attending their designated high school or their designated IB high school.  This will most likely be Sir Winston Churchill High School, John G. Diefenbaker High School or Lester B. Pearson high School.  In addition to information on IB, all grade nine students at SPB will have the opportunity to attend high school open houses.  I strongly encourage families to accompany their grade nine children as they explore the options, programs and hallways of their new high school settings for 2020-2021. Please check the respective high school websites for dates and additional information.
Finally, on November 20th, we will be providing an opportunity for all grade nine students to attend a Spanish Career Fair at the University of Calgary.  This field trip will allow students to make tangible links from their current Spanish language proficiency to exciting career and university options.  All grade nine students may find great value in this exercise as it may plant some important career seeds that may blossom into exciting career and university options for tomorrow.  Field trip forms will be going home with the students in the coming days.
If any parents have any questions about upcoming November events, please do not hesitate to reach out to me through email.  Additionally, if you see me in the mornings at the front of the school, please feel free to introduce yourself and shoot the breeze with me.  I always enjoy a good morning chat with the parents and guardians of such terrific students.
Until next month,
 Joel Leavitt​

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Senator Patrick Burns School

2155 Chilcotin Rd NW Calgary, AB, T2L 0X2
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Mr Joel Leavitt
Assistant Principal
Mr Chad Flaman
Education Director
Ms Chris Meaden
Althea Adams

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Regular Spanish Bilingual
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8:25 AM
2:55 PM
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