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March 30
On-Line Learning Updates

On-line Learning Update

 

Hello SWL Families and Students,

I hope you are well and staying healthy during this difficult time for your family.  I hosted our first online meeting with teachers this morning and want to let you know where we are at in getting some work and activities to our students.

1. You should receive an e-mail or phone call from your child’s homeroom teacher today or tomorrow to say hello and gather some information.  The phone call may show up as an “unknown caller, blocked or private”, so please answer.

2. By Wednesday, April 1, there should be some work communicated to your child through existing teacher blogs, websites or any online classrooms that are already up and running.  Power School will still be used to communicate grades.

3. All online classrooms should be fully operational by Monday, April 6. (check blogs and teacher websites while classrooms are being constructed)

Here is a timetable of when students can expect to see lessons and activities loaded into online learning classrooms.   5 hours is allotted to Div. II (grade 6) and 10 hours for Div. III (grade 7-9)

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

DIV III 
(Grade 7-9)

ELA
(3 hours)

Math
(3 hours)

Social
(2 hours)

Science
(2 hours)

DIV II
​​​​​​​(Grade 6)

ELA
(1.5 hours)

Math
(1.5 hours)

Social
(1 hour)

Science
(1 hour)

Once the teachers build their online classrooms, they will include within them a schedule of when they will be holding tutorials and meeting times so that our students know how and when to access help and support.  Today, you will find attached some information on the use of Google Classroom, which you can review once you hear if your child will be using this online learning platform.

Communication for Parents on Google for School Messenger ​​​​​​​

Please continue to communicate with your child’s teachers via e-mail if you have any questions, comments or concerns about your child’s progress or the delivery of online learning and do not hesitate to contact school administration at any time.

We did not expect to be learning how to teach online, but, for sure, we will learn how to do so.  You matter to us!

Kind Regards,
Mr. Martin
Principal

March 17
March 16, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

With Spring Break approaching and  school closures in effect, we need your support in retrieving student and school belongings.  Parents and students will have the opportunity to enter the school to clean out lockers at the times listed below.  Students/families are expected to take home personal belongings and return any school property at that time.

This may include textbooks, classroom novels, library books, music books, and school owned musical instruments.  Please do a thorough search of your home prior to coming to school.  All basketball, volleyball and soccer players are reminded to return their jerseys at this time.

In order to comply with AHS guidelines around social distancing we are allocating the following time blocks for parents/students to clean out lockers.  If you or a family member has returned from International destinations on or after March 2,  or is experiencing any flu or cold like symptoms, please call the school to make alternative arrangements to retrieve school belongings at a later date.  Students on extended leave will also be provided alternate dates to retrieve and return property.

Locker Clean out Schedule and Times

Students with surnames A-K;  March 17,  8-11 am
Students with surnames L-Z,  March 17,    12-2 pm

Alternate Date

Students with surnames starting with L-Z, March 18, 8 – 11 am
Students with surnames starting with A-K, March 18, 12 -2 pm.

PLEASE ENSURE STUDENTS BRING A PLASTIC BAG FOR THEIR BELONGINGS ALSO CLEAN OUT HALLWAY AND PE LOCKERS AND RETURN BOOKS TO THE TABLES AND LEAVE LOCKS UNLOCKED ON THEIR LOCKERS

There will be tables set up in hallways for students to leave library books, class novels, music books, and locks textbooks.  Musical Instruments belonging to SWL should be returned to the rotunda.  Any instruments rented from Long and McQuade being stored at school need to retrieved and taken home until further notice.  Students are expected to empty their locker and leave the lock, unlocked and not closed, on their locker.

Field trips refunds will be mailed out to parents; all field trips are cancelled for the remainder of the year.  

Here is short checklist:

-return all books, jerseys and other materials to SWL
-retrieve personal belongings from hallway locker and your PE strip from locker room.
-visit band room and rotunda to return or retrieve instruments.

Please call the school if you have any questions or need to make alternate arrangements due to travel or presenting symptoms.  All other unclaimed student property will be disposed of on Friday, March 20 to allow facilities staff to disinfect key areas.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in support of student and staff health.  I will communicate plans around teaching and learning as soon as I know more.

 

Sincerely,

Mr. Martin
Principal

A Short Note from Mr. Taylor Regarding Into The Woods

Into the Woods Jr Cast: Dear students. Congratulations on your commitment and great achievement over the rehearsal process so far. We are keeping technical planning in place in case we are offered an opportunity to present the production. In the mean time, on behalf of all of the teachers involved we would like to thank you for the laughs and great experience seeing you grow into your parts. 

Glenn Taylor 
Teacher - Drama Humanities
Sir Wilfrid Laurier School
Calgary Board of Education | cbe.ab.ca 
t | 403-777-7370
c | 403-473-7885

Performance Postponed​
March 12
March 11, 2020

Dear SWL Families,

If you have not had an opportunity to read the CBE message sent yesterday regarding  COVID-19, please ensure you take a moment to do so.  Most important is to remind children to wash their hands frequently.  Remember:

  • If your child is sick, do not send them to school. Please call the school to report their absence.
  • If you or your child have symptoms such as fever, cough and difficulty breathing, have travelled outside Canada or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, stay home and call Health Link 811. 

Congratulations to our grade 9 students for completing the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative.  We are very proud of what you learned from this experience.  We had four finalist teams present on March 5 and the winning team representing the Canadian Legacy Project are Fiza, Amna, Aditi and Angela.  Fabulous!


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Basketball finals concluded and the senior boys’ team won!  City finals here we come!!  Congratulations to all our athletes and coaches for their hard work and dedication.

See you at conferences next week. Spring Break is fast approaching, the students are getting excited.

Mr. Martin
Principal​

February 20
February 20, 2020

Hello SWL Families,

Our learning lead teachers are currently reviewing semester 1 report card data and we have completed our second diagnostic measurement of reading comprehension to help guide our lesson planning for the remainder of the school year. This planning and data review ensures appropriate levels of rigour and a high standard of academic achievement.  Those students wanting a higher level of competition in mathematics will  be participating in the Pascal test next week.  Overall, we are very pleased with the level of student achievement demonstrated in semester 1.  A reminder to check teacher blogs and power school to stay informed as to how and what your child is doing in school.

We hope our increased presence and involvement in bus safety and behaviour is helping us support you and your child.  In addition, City of Calgary by-law officers are working with us and neighbouring schools to ensure we keep cross-walks clear and adhere to no parking signs.  Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our roads and pathways safe when school dismisses.  

Next week, our grade 9 students will present their research findings on a local charitable organization.  The finals will be on March 5 at 9 am and grade 9 parents are welcome to attend. Very exciting!  Another exciting event is our upcoming “Into the Woods” school musical performance…this is a must see  performance, so check out the link for ticket purchases on Eventbrite.  

Best of luck to our Band Wind Ensemble as they compete at festival today.

A big thank you to our parent volunteers who joined us to make activity day a reality.  All SWL students enjoyed a morning of wellness and recreation to celebrate report card distribution and the end of semester 1. 

The Basketball teams are doing fabulously,  boys remain undefeated.

Enjoy the rest of your week. A gentle reminder to grade 7 parents to complete the Accountability Pillar survey before the February 28 deadline.

Mr. Martin
Principal​

January 30
January 30, 2020

Hello SWL Families,

Students received their semester 2 timetables this week (lots of excitement as students start their new options) and report cards will be available on January 30 (a few worried faces in the hallways:))

Our TLC explicit citizenship teaching continues as part of our high standard for creating a safe, warm and caring school environment.   On Thursday,  grade 9 Drama students will be performing 1394, a play which directly addresses cyber bullying and online harassment.  The afternoon will offer wellness activities for students.  This day is being coordinated  by our student leadership team.  We are also pleased to be partnering with the Wellness Empowerment Program and AHS who will provide opportunities for student focus groups to promote self-esteem, confidence and improve friendship and social skills.

A SWL school wide mural painting challenge is underway to improve the look and feel of our hallways; students have brainstormed themes which will be portrayed artistically in the coming weeks.  Thank you students! This will be an exciting journey.

With respect to appropriate use of electronic devices, please know there are many Personal Electronic Device “PED” contracts available online that you can personalize and use with your child at home to help ensure they use their devices in a safe and caring manner.  Please also feel free to contact school administration at any time if you are looking for support and information on youth and PED usage.

Term 2 has officially started, making this the prefect time for our students to embrace new challenges and set some goals for the remainder of the school year.  I have provided a link to SOLARO, which provides online access to the KEY study guides for Math, Science, Social Studies and English Language Arts.  A great way to practice writing some Provincial Achievement Test questions. Solaro Digital "Key Study Guide" 

Activity Day on Feb. 7---AWESOME!!! Thanks for working with us to get your kids to some fun and exciting places in Calgary!

School Council is in need of used uniform items, especially navy cardigans and TLC ties,  that are in good condition to support our school community.  Any uniform items you no longer need can be dropped off to the main office

Enjoy your week-end.  Please let us know if you have any problems accessing your report card online -this is a first for us as a school district.

Mr. Martin​

January 09
January 9, 2020

Dear SWL Families,

Happy New Year!  I hope you had a relaxing and rejuvenating winter vacation.  The students returned to school ready to reconnect with their friends (talk, talk talk) and have transitioned well back into the rigour and joy of school days.  I commend the grade 9 students for their excellent demonstration of learning with the Winter Bazaar.  It proved there are many creative entrepreneurs at our school.  The students raised approximately $900 from this event which will go toward funding their grade 9 Farewell in June.  Nice work!

We still are in need of volunteers for Activity Day on February 7, 2020. If you are able to volunteer, please contact Ms. Love at ralove@cbe.ab.ca., or the school office if you need to secure or verify your volunteer clearance. This day provides an opportunity for 475 students to experience low cost recreational activities within the Calgary area and is a fantastic way to celebrate the end of semester 1 and promote the importance of leading an healthy lifestyle.

Parents of children in grade 7 should soon be in receipt of the Accountability Pillar Survey, which can be completed hard copy or online. We are pleased that improvements in all categories were noted in the 2019 report.  Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey as your opinions and voice help shape our strategic planning.  We value knowing your thoughts as to what we do well and where we can improve.

We are really excited about the band concert this Friday.  Lots of blaring trumpets in the hallways today!  Hope to see you there.  (formal uniform day for grades 6-8 and concert attire for grade 9)

Enjoy the rest of your week.  Stay warm.

Sincerely Yours,

Mr. Martin​

December 19
December 18, 2019

Dear SWL Families,

On behalf of  Sir Wilfrid Laurier School, I would like to wish you a wonderful holiday season and a fabulous start to 2020.  We hope you find time to enjoy the company of family and friends while on Winter Break.  It has been a very good semester and I am proud of the accomplishments of our students, particularly in continuing to meet high academic standards with notable improvement in care of self, others and our environment. 

The School Lunchbox Theatre raised $1120 to support the Mustard Seed Underwear Affair!!  Special thanks to Mrs. Cruz for donating lunch for the teachers and giving of her time to support this charitable event.  This week students have been building hampers to support those in need.  Our sister school, Simon Fraser Junior High, graciously contributed to this cause.  

We just received feedback on our waste reduction targets and we exceeded our goal of 0.06 yd3/student/month!  Nice work, SWL! Our recycling costs are now fully covered and school composting is in full swing.

As we move in January, 2020, I hope you are able to take some time to reflect and celebrate the growth and accomplishments of your children.  We are very proud of them! 

You can always follow SWL on twitter to see photos and current happenings in and around the school. Hope to see some of our grade 9 parents at the Winter Bazaar tomorrow.

Sincerely Yours,

Mr. Martin​

December 17
December 13 Principal's Message

Hello SWL Families,

Yesterday, many students participated in the annual SWL Lunchbox Theatre, enjoying a hot lunch and some remarkable student talent in support of the Calgary Mustard Seed Underwear Affair.  Outdoor Education students enjoyed snowshoeing and environmental studies at Pocaterra in Kananaskis, and we had two groups of students attend theatrical performances at Central Memorial High School and Father Lacombe.  We are busy winding up classroom activities in preparation for Winter Break and gearing up for the New Year.  Our student wrestlers have been to two competitive meets and grade 6 students enjoyed enriching their student of Forensics at Youthlink this week.

Our grade 9 students are currently working on a cross-curricular unit requiring them to design a business plan in social studies and apply their study of patterns and relations in mathematics, culminating in a Winter Bazaar on Thursday, December 19.  Parents are welcome to attend this event in the gymnasium.  The grade 9 student marketing team will send out a formal invitation and further information to our parents on Monday.

Have a great week-end,
Mr. Martin​

November 28
November 28, 2019

Principal’s Message

Hello SWL Community,

Winter weather has arrived so please remind your son/daughter to bundle up for school.  Parents of grade 9 students who are researching potential high school registration are encouraged to attend the Open Houses offered by all CBE high schools.  Please visit the CBE and SWL websites for upcoming dates and feel free to call our office if you have any questions.

Through casino and other fund raising events,  our School Council has supported your child this year with the following purchases:

  1. 50 % cost share with school for 32 MAC Computers- $22,000
  2. Wrestling Mat for Physical Education -$11,000
  3. Science Supplies so our students can do more laboratory work-$500
  4. Math Competition Materials-$300
  5. School Community Initiatives (art projects in halls, clubs and activities)- $1000
  6. Coverage of field trip transportation costs- approximately $5000 since September 2019.
  7. Organization of a used uniform sale to support our families experiencing financial difficulty.  (Started today!)

Without the support of parents who attend Council and volunteer their time, these valuable additions to your child’s education would not happen.  Only 3 parents attended the last meeting so my prediction is the dissolution of Council in future without more participation from parents moving forward.  A huge thank you to our parents who have given their time to volunteer for casino, field trips and other school events.  You make great things happen in educating our children.    The grade 6 classes will be attending Calgary Open Minds all of next week and it is our parent volunteers who made this possible.

Tomorrow, the teachers play the girls’ and boys’ volleyball teams to support school spirit in the first ever SWL Annual Sucker Challenge!!!  It is going to be a great way to end the weekJ

Enjoy your week-end,
Mr. Martin​
November 21
November 20, 2019

Budget Impact on SWL Staff and Students

 

Dear Parents,

The Oct. 24 provincial budget left the CBE with a $32 million shortfall. As this is a mid-year cut, the CBE must act quickly to present a balanced budget to the Board of Trustees before January 2020.

Complex decisions are being made in a short time frame to balance our budget. One of the most difficult decisions is to end full-year temporary teaching contracts at CBE schools. Temporary staff were informed today, and the cuts will be effective January 2, 2020.

This budget decision impacts our school; some of our students are in classrooms with temporary contract teachers. While this decision may impact your child in January, please know we will continue to support positive transitions and effective teaching and learning. Continuity of learning is important, and we are working to minimize disruption to the greatest extent possible.

We are in the midst of making several other decisions to cover our budget gap and will update you as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

Mr. Daryl Martin

Principal

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Delighted to have the underwear donation. @mustardseedyyc https://t.co/KrEriOzIGh

Students raised over $1100 for our underwear affair to support the Mustard Seed. Way to go SWL! Thank you to East Hills Costco for adding to our donation as well. https://t.co/KhXluMa71Z

RT @Tai1z: @swlcbe great fun at our sucker challenge volleyball game! https://t.co/ddOZJpiDCd

Our wonderful cast is excited to announce tickets go on sale for Into the Woods Jr. Tonight!! https://t.co/2383Zjn461