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On behalf of all of us on School Council, we wanted to wish everyone a wonderful and safe holiday season and wish you all the best for 2019. We look forward to a new and exciting year at Sunalta School! As always, we would also like to thank everyone who has volunteered his or his time at the school to help make Sunalta a wonderful place to learn and grow. Let’s keep it up for 2019!
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Principal's Message

Learning is Active, Engaging and Social

At Sunalta School we believe learning is active, engaging, and social. Our students are encouraged to be engaged and be motivated in their learning, this supports their higher order, creative thinking skills. Students are most involved when they themselves are part of constructing meaning, not when teachers do it for them. By encouraging students to meet challenges creatively, collaborate, and apply critical thinking skills to real-world, unpredictable situations inside and outside of school, we prepare them for their future pursuits.
At Sunalta we believe that for students to be successful we need to address the whole child. We do that by providing interactive learning challenges. For example, we have a huge fort and castle being built in our grade six classrooms. Students are required to measure, work with angles, plan together and create structural strength. This work is far more interesting than rote work and requires students to be a real part of the process of learning. Our grade three students rode on carts around the school testing accessibility for people in wheelchairs and learned some of their math curriculum through the creation of chess boards. We caught our grade five classes learning about electricity by taking apart some old modems, dvd players and even an old electric car starter. Our school wide Learning Fair will involve so many of our students in deep thinking and resourceful problem solving.
Current, our whole school is involved in exploring the social studies and health curriculum through the creation of of three-dimensional masks, led by Xstine Cook and the artists of Calgary Animated Objects Society and financially supported by our Parent Council. Our students are exploring their identities as Canadians through an immersive process of introspection, reflection, family memory collection, and artistic creation. Sunalta students bravely undertook the challenge of having their faces cast with plaster bandages, with each unique form used as a base upon which students created their artistic masterpieces. We invited students to discover, through the ancient art of mask making, just how wild and varied Canadian identity can be when the masks are displayed at our school and at the Leighton Art Centre in the spring.
Speaking of questions, once again, from January to the end of February, Alberta Education will be conducting the annual Accountability Pillar Survey. Parents of students in Grades 4, 7 and 10 should receive a survey from Alberta Education. In February, students in grades 4 and all teachers will be completing their surveys online at school. All surveys are anonymous and ask questions about experiences with the school. In addition to English and French, the parent survey is available in Chinese, Punjabi, Arabic, Blackfoot, Cree, Korean, Spanish and Tagalog and Urdu.
It is very important that parents/guardians complete the survey and return it to Alberta Education. Alberta Education and the public use the results of the Accountability Pillar Survey to assess satisfaction with the quality of education in our schools. In addition, the Calgary Board of Education uses the information to improve teaching and learning for your children.
If you Don’t Know the answer to a particular question, please skip that question and go to the next one, unless you want your response to count as a negative one.
Your voice matters. Your participation in the survey helps provide important information on the quality of education your child is receiving at Sunalta School. Alberta Education and the Calgary Board of Education thank you for returning the parent Accountability Pillar Survey promptly. If you have questions, please contact me, Marie Bowen.
The Accountability Pillar uses a set of 16 indicators consisting of surveys of students, parents and teachers on various aspects of quality; student outcomes such as dropout and high school completion rates; and provincial assessments of student learning. Interested in the results? Look for them in school and the CBE 3-Year Education Plans and Annual Education Results Reports, posted in November 2017.
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Sunalta School

536 Sonora Ave SW Calgary, AB, T3C 2J9
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Ms Marie Bowen
Assistant Principal
Mrs Leanne Vieweger
Area Director
Mr Calvin Davies
Mr Richard Hehr

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3:20 PM
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