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November 07
November 7, 2019

Principal’s Message

Hello SWL Families,

Our school Remembrance Day Assembly will take place tomorrow at 10:00 am and parents are welcome to attend.  This assembly is dedicated to those who gave their lives to protect our freedoms and safeguard democracy across the globe.  This provides you with an excellent opportunity to talk with your student about citizenship and the need to contribute in making our country and world a better place.  Students will remain silent during this assembly and are to arrive at school in formal uniform.  Special thanks to all the students who have put in considerable time and energy to prepare for this assembly and to Mr. Taylor, Ms. Palleschi and Ms. Rydahl for their tremendous work to prepare them.

Our SWL soccer teams managed to conclude the season with several games of play in spite of the early snowfall.  We are waiting to hear if our volleyball teams made the playoffs; the games have been very exciting!  I wanted to congratulate Ms. Elwenni and her Environmental Stewardship students for looking into providing our students with Eco-Friendly, Stainless Steel, SWL reusable water bottles. These students wrote grant proposals to various agencies and special recognition goes out to Shannel, Zartash, Krish and Jeet  for being the winning grant writers with The Educational Partnership Foundation. This Foundation has provided the school with $1000 to support our water bottle campaign and fund raising efforts to purchase a water bottle filling station.  I am very proud of these students and countless other students who take initiative to strengthen our school, our society and protect our planet. 

Our grade 6 and 7 students enjoyed a spooky and fun-filled Haunted House tour last week; thank you Leadership 9 and Mr. Cousin for scaring them and making the dance and move event so much fun.

A reminder that Monday is Remembrance Day and school is closed.  Parent-Student-Teacher conferences are scheduled for Nov. 20. and 21 and a notice will be sent home soon to let you know when our booking system will open.  We look forward to seeing you.

Enjoy the rest of your week, remember to have your son/daughter check the lost and found if they are missing items.

Sincerely Yours,
Mr. Martin​

October 17
October 17, 2019

Principal’s Message

I would like to thank the parents and volunteers who gave their time to support the grade 7 Calgary Open Minds field trips this week.  We would not be able to provide these important learning opportunities without your support.  Thanks so much for making this event possible for our grade 7 students.

Please remember to ensure your child eats breakfast so they are ready to learn and work hard.  The School Nurse was recently in the school speaking with students and most of them had not taken the time to eat breakfast.  Thank you for following up with this at home and ensuring your child has a healthy breakfast and lunch.

School Council Meeting is scheduled for October 29 and the Provincial Achievement Test Data and Accountability Pillar Results will be shared in my administrative report.  All parents are welcome to attend and I hope to see you there.  These results will also posted on the school website in early November.

A friendly reminder that parents picking up students are not to park in areas designated as no-parking zones.  These zones exist to ensure safety of students and staff.  Parents picking up students are expected to park in the cul-de-sac parking area located on 32 Street, directly beside the school.

Please never hesitate to contact your child’s teacher if you have questions or concerns.  PowerSchool is used to let you know your child’s grades and attendance, and teacher blogs (school website) let you know due dates for assignments.

Have a fantastic week, enjoy the fall weather.

Sincerely,
Mr. Martin​

October 03
October 3,2019

Hello SWL Students and Families,

SCHOOL SAFETY

Since we have implemented the Personal Electronic Device Policy, no invasions of privacy or inappropriate social media has been reported at the school! Yahoo!  It is fantastic to see students communicating with each other and focused on their lessons.  Thank you for supporting this policy!!  

The safety of all students and staff of Sir Wilfrid Laurier is of great importance. Our first fire drill was conducted in early September and a lockdown drill occurred last week. Our students and staff treat each drill as though it was the real thing and we ensure there is a high standard of behaviour and performance during those drills. Teachers keep class lists with them during all drills and attendance is always taken. Our School Resource Officer, Constable Jon Pierce and his colleagues participate on lockdown drills and their feedback on the drill was top notch; I was very pleased with student conduct and follow through.

PROVINCIAL ACHIEVEMENT TESTS (PATS)

In May and June of this year, Grade 6 and 9 students throughout the province will write Provincial Achievement Tests in language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.  Results from these tests will provide Alberta Education, school administrators, teachers, parents/guardians, students and the public with information about what students know and can do in relation to provincial standards at the end of Grade 6 and 9.

Provincial Achievement Tests are based on what students have been learning throughout the school year, so they will be marked by teachers before they are returned to Alberta Education in June. 

In the fall, an Individual Student Profile showing your child’s achievement test results will be sent to your child’s grade 7/10 school and will be then given to your child to take home to you.  This profile is prepared by Alberta Education after the marking and scoring of tests has been completed and the final scores are calculated; it will present your child’s performance on each test in relation to provincial standards. 

Reports that show how well our school’s students did as a group in relation to provincial standards, will be available at our school and on our school’s website in late October/early November.  Parents/Guardians are invited to our School Council Meeting on October 29 to discuss the results at that time.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or Ms. Jernigan.

STUDY HALL/ACADEMICS & SCHOOL CULTURE

Please remind your child that we have a STUDY HALL open at lunch Monday – Thursday.  Students are welcome to bring their lunch and can use computers and speak directly with a teacher if they need help.   

Special thanks to Education Matters for a $5000 grant last year to support health and wellness at Sir Wilfrid Laurier.  The “View from the Inside” project was powerful in building student self-esteem.

Band Clinics at the University of Calgary were a big hit with the kids and in spite of the rain and snow, our students hit the trail in support of the Terry Fox Run and Marathon of Hope.  Thanks Ms. Palleschi and Mr. Couper/Cousin.

Cross Country, Soccer and Volleyball games and practices continue----GO LIGHTNING! 

Final note:  Your kids should be reading for 20-30 minutes per day and we need to work harder on mental math skills this year.

Have a great week,

Mr. Martin/Ms. Jernigan​

September 26
September 26 2019

Hello SWL Families,

There is no school for students on Monday, September 30.  Tuesday, October 1 is the first day of the week, and therefore, it will be a formal uniform day.  In recognition of our work around Truth and Reconciliation, we ask students to wear their favourite shirt on Friday, October 4.  Along with wearing our favourite shirts, we will have an assembly led by our leadership students, focused on the significance of Orange Shirt Day.  We encourage you to learn more about the origins and importance of the Acknowledgement of the Land and Orange Shirt Day by visiting the following two links.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7re1r0FY-4Y

https://www.cbc.ca/kidscbc2/the-feed/what-is-orange-shirt-day

Respectfully,
Tiffany Jernigan

Assistant Principal​

September 19
September 18, 2019 Message

Principal’s Message

Hello SWL Families,

We look forward to seeing you at Meet the Teacher!  Ms. Jernigan and I will be in the front foyer at the start, so please say hello, grab a coffee and a cookie and touch base with us if you have any questions.  We will start at 6 pm, so please come on in and make your way to your child’s classrooms.   Most teachers will be located in their classrooms and look forward to meeting you alongside your child(ren). 

NOTE:  Grade 6 and 7 teachers have two short presentations times for parents
, please try to attend one of these sessions.   
6:10 & 6:30      Grade 6 Presentations in Gr. 6 classrooms
6:10 & 6:30      Grade 7 Presentations in Learning Commons
6:30                 PowerSchool Parent Tutorial- any parents wanting assistance in accessing PowerSchool or Teacher Blogs are welcome to meet with Ms. Rydahl in the Learning Commons for some help.


INTERNET SAFETY:  I strongly encourage parents/students to attend the Internet Safety Presentation hosted by Mr. Paul Davis, which starts immediately following Meet the Teacher at 7 pm in the school gymnasium.  I have had the privilege of hearing Paul speak and he provides very good information to parents on how to keep our kids safe and protected while on their electronic devices.

We are underway with 3 sports and so much more…some amazing auditions taking place this week for the school musical, Into the Woods…SWL has talent!!!
See you Thursday night,

Respectfully, 
Daryl Martin​
September 13
September 12, 2019 Message

Dress Code:

Just a reminder that students are to wear navy vest/cardigans and not green.
Shoes must be 100% black

Important Information:
Meet the Teacher will be from 6-7pm on Thursday, September 19. 

We invite you to stay after Meet the Teacher for a special guest speaker, Paul Davis on Internet Safety, sponsored by our School Council.

We encourage you to check teacher blogs.  You can find links on our school website:  http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/sirwilfridlaurier/teaching-learning/classes-departments/pages/default.aspx

Our annual Terry Fox Run will be held on Friday, September 27.  In support of cancer research we are having a casual day on Friday, September 13.  Students are to bring a toonie ($2) to participate.  Our goal is to raise $2500 this year; last year we raised $1,800.  Way to go Lightning!

We really look forward seeing you at Meet the Teacher next week.

Sincerely,

Daryl Martin                                                                Tiffany Jernigan
Principal                                                                      Assistant Principal​

September 09
Assistant Principal Message Sept. 5/19

Assistant Principal’s Message

I am extremely excited to be joining the SWL community.  The teachers have already begun to prepare many intellectually engaging opportunities for your children.  In the short time I have been here, I can already tell the staff pride themselves on providing students with a variety of experiential learning.  Field trips, guest speakers, and workshops all contribute to building your child’s understanding of the curricular outcomes outlined by the Alberta Program of Studies. 

In order to provide students field trip opportunities, we depend on the generosity of parents like you to volunteer your time.  There will be many different times throughout the year that we reach out to our parent/guardian community for volunteers.  If you think you are able to volunteer this year, you will need to complete the following steps:

  1.  Complete the Annual Volunteer Registration Form:
    https://www.cbe.ab.ca/FormsManuals/Annual-Volunteer-Registration-Form.pdf#search=volunteer
  1. Complete the Police Check process (if you have not done so at a previous date)
    https://policeinformationcheck.calgarypolice.ca/

 

A manual on how to complete a police check can be found at the following link:
https://www.calgary.ca/_layouts/cocis/DirectDownload.aspx?target=http%3a%2f%2fwww.calgary.ca%2fcps%2fDocuments%2fpolice-information-checks%2fApplicant%2520Instruction%2520Manual.pdf&noredirect=1&sf=1

It can take four weeks to process applications, therefore it would be beneficial if you completed it at the beginning of the school year, as volunteer opportunities are fast approaching.

At the CBE, and in particular at Sir Wilfrid Laurier, we appreciate and value the role parents/guardians play in enhancing our students’ educational experience.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact the school.

Sincerely,

Tiffany Jernigan
Assistant Principal​
August 29
Principal's Message August 29, 2019

Hello SWL Families and Students,

Welcome back to school!  I hope you had a wonderful summer vacation and your child is excited to return to school. I am pleased to announce the hire of an Assistant Principal, Ms. Tiffany Jernigan.  Ms. Jernigan brings a wealth of experience in math and science and a demonstrated track record of service to students.  Also joining us is Ms. Soraya Elwenni as grade 9 math/science Learning Leader.  New additions to our teaching faculty include Mr. Smith, grade 7 Humanities, Mr. Ng, grade 8 Humanities, and Ms. Orton, grade 6/7 Band/Physical Education.  

We look forward to welcoming our grade 6 students on Tuesday, September 3.  This ½ day is dedicated solely to our grade 6 students to help them feel comfortable in their new junior high school. Upon arrival to school, our grade 6 students can make their way to the school gymnasium where we will introduce them to their homeroom teacher.  They should be in formal uniform and bring a light snack.  Dismissal will be at 12:11 pm.

Wednesday, September 4 is solely for our grade 7-9 students.  This is also a ½ day, formal uniform and a light snack, please.  We will be reviewing key elements of the student code of conduct and the conditions for success during this time.  Grade 7-9 students will find homeroom lists located throughout the school and are to proceed to their designated homeroom prior to the warning bell at 8:25 am. 

Thursday, September 5 will be a full day of school for grades 6-9, informal uniform.  Supply lists are located on the school website.  http://school.cbe.ab.ca/School/Repository/SBAttachments/90e48d5a-c4b2-44af-b0ef-cfe62bf51fba_Grade7-9Suppliesforwebsite.pdf

On behalf of the faculty of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, welcome to an exciting year of challenge, growth and learning.  We are excited to teach and work with your children.  Please feel free to contact the school if you have any questions.

 

Sincerely Yours,

Daryl Martin
Principal

Please remember school starts at 8:25 am​

August 12
Principal's Message August 2019

​Dear SWL Parents and Students,


 

It is hard to believe we are at the mid-point of summer and back to school will quickly be upon us.  I wanted to send a quick note to inform our new grade 6 students that we are very excited to meet them on Tuesday, September 3!! This is an early dismissal day dedicated solely to our grade 6 students, giving them a much needed opportunity to learn about their new school and feel more comfortable in middle/junior high school.  On Wednesday, we will welcome our grade 7-9 students and get school started with some positive messaging around expectations and requirements for success.  Friday, September 5 is the first full day of classes for ALL grades.

 

If you have not ordered your uniform attire, please ensure you visits McCarthy’s or their website and place your order.  A reminder to our grade 6 families that middle school uniform requirement is Navy colour for cardigans and pants.

 

We will host a Meet the Teacher event on September 19 and School Council has generously sponsored renowned guest speaker, Paul Davis to address Internet Safety.  Mr. Davis will address the students during the day and will also host an evening speak for parents to conclude our Meet the Teacher evening.  I highly recommend you attend as misuse of Internet and Personal Electronic Devices far too common with young adolescents.


 

Until we meet in September, have fun and enjoy the sunJ


 

Sincerely Yours,

 

Mr. Daryl Martin

Principal

June 25
Summer Principal's Message

Dear SWL Students and Families,

We have come to the conclusion of our school year and I wish you and your children a wonderful summer vacation!  Report cards will go home on Thursday and thus far, I am quite pleased with the final examination scores I am hearing about.  Our students have worked hard and learned many lessons this year; they are young adolescents learning to find their way in an exciting and complex world.  As teachers, we find this period in their life to be so very exciting and my hope is your child is better, stronger and well equipped to face new challenges from their time at SWL.

Please remember to return overdue library and textbooks prior to report card day.  Students with overdue library and textbooks have been notified at school and by e-mail and payment for lost books can be made by cheque, cash or with Interac at the school.  Please contact the office if you have any concerns or questions.

We are sorry to say goodbye to Ms. Quinlan and Ms. Korman who will be moving to TB Riley Junior High in the fall.   We also say goodbye to Ms. Popp, Assistant Principal, and wish her the very best in her retirement. I am very thankful for their service to students.  Joining us from TB Riley Junior High is Ms. Soraya Elwenni who brings experience, expertise and a strong passion for math and science learning.  I am in the process of interviewing for an Assistant Principal and look forward to introducing him/her to you in the very near future.

Thank you for your tremendous support and for putting your trust in us in service to the education of your children.  It is an absolute pleasure to be the principal at Sir Wilfrid Laurier!

SWL students…enjoy your summer, play lots, read some books, drink slurpees, and bring your heart, your laughter and your enthusiasm back to school with you this fall.

Sincerely Yours,

Daryl Martin
Principal​

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