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June 07
Thanks for making 2018-19 an Amazing School Year!

​As we head into June, on behalf of students and staff, we wish to thank you for all that you have done to make 2018-19 such an amazing school year! We still, however, have a month of learning, and appreciate how you continue to support students to be successful at school. Home routines, including set times for sleeping, are important. We also wish to thank you for calling the school when your child is going to be absent. Children being late or being picked up early also affects learning, both for your child as well as the learning of classmates, due to classroom interruptions. When we all stick to established practices, everything works like ‘clockwork’.

With fieldtrips and many end of year celebrations, I hope to have the opportunity to thank you personally for all that you do to make WOM ‘A Great Place to Grow’.

If our paths do not cross in June, please accept my thanks and best wishes for an amazing summer!​

May 06
We still have 1/5 of the school year left

While many feel summer is just around the corner, we still have 1/5 of the school year left, and we still have lots of good work left to do! Around this time of year, it seems as though the adults are getting tired, but students are still ‘rearing to go’…please know that you can count on all of us to ensure that only the very best learning experiences for children, right up to the last day of school, are planned for students. We know that we can count on you to ensure that children are present and on time, have had good night sleeps, and are ready to learn. It’s the charge to the finish!

Thank you to families for making the last month so rich! We have had many exciting and rich learning experiences, and are so grateful for the many ways parents have supported and volunteered. Fieldtrips and our Spring Musical “Lighten Up” are some examples of the many ways students, parents, and staff work together to ensure excellence and equity for all.

A big thank you to parents for supporting our Family Fun Night. I am certain that all can attest to the good time had by all. Our team of volunteers, led by Sara and Mia, once again, out did themselves for this community and fundraising event.

As we prepare for student parent teacher conferences for May 2 and 3, we look forward to welcoming parents to share in the outstanding learning experiences that students have had. Please be sure to check out our school wide landmarks project which connects mathematics and Spanish language and culture learning in authentic, inspiring, novel, and foundational ways.

See you during conferences!

March 04
Rich Learning & Opportunities

Happy March! While arguably another short month due to our upcoming Spring Break, it is a month of rich learning and opportunities for students. Please read further into the newsletter for information for upcoming events, as well as regular communications that come from the school and your child’s classroom teacher.

Many of you have heard that the principal of Senator Patrick Burns School, Directora Marlene Krickhan, will be moving to a new school. Sra Krickhan, to me, is both a valued colleague and the dearest of friends, and I have extended to her, on behalf of our community, our sincerest wishes for success at her new school. She has been instrumental in the development of Spanish bilingual program offerings in the CBE, and she and I have worked closely these past 5 years as our Spanish bilingual program at WOM grew. Strong things stay strong, and we know that SPB will continue to be an excellent choice for our students. Sra Krickhan has felt especially close to our community, and has written a message to our families. Please find this message in our newsletter.

We are pleased to share that a lottery was not required for people wishing to attend our school. While interest was high, and continues to be even after the deadline for application, we were able to offer placement for all eligible students who applied in advance of the deadline. Since the deadline passed, however, we have had more applications, for all grades. Just before winter break, all WOM families completed notices of intent, indicating whether or not they would be returning to WOM for 2019-20. If your plans have changed, and your child will be attending a new school in September, please advise the office ASAP.

Thank you for your flexibility in adjusting schedules to allow for changes in our student-parent-teacher conference schedule. It was wonderful to see so many families in our school, despite the cold weather. And, it was inspiring to observe students talk about themselves as learners- what their strengths are, what their next steps in learning are, and what they love most to do and learn about! Please remember that formal conferences are not meant to be the only times that parents and teachers talk about a student and their achievement. Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher…anytime!

In closing, I wish to share a ‘cerebral moment’ I had during our Motivational Magic assembly this week. Some of you may think it profound, others may think “doh ”. Throughout the presentation, the magician (Mr. Steve Harmer) kept asking students to the stage to be assistants. Towards the end, I thought “How does the presenter know how to pick the great kids?”. Then it dawned on me…they’ re all great kids! Thank you for gifting us with your fabulous children, each and every day!

Susan Coveyduck

February 04
Rich Learning at W.O. Mitchell

Hola familias,

It seems to be generally understood by Calgarians that January is the longest month of the year. That being said, it is hard to believe that we have come to the end of the month. And, as I reflect on the ‘month that was’, it is no surprise that the month felt like it flew by! More information about some of these exciting events are described further in our newsletter.

Even more interesting than the flurry of activity at our school is, in my opinion, the rich learning that is happening, every day, in each and every classroom. I know that parents are confident in the abilities of our staff to ensure success for all our students; we are grateful for that trust. As I visit classrooms, every day, it is my opinion that we are deserving of that trust. I marvel at the engaging and inspiring ways that teachers make curriculum come to life, and how they consider each child’s strengths and areas for growth within their designed instruction. Additionally, I see significant evidence of our actualization of our school development plan every day. I know you know we work with amazing students and our involved parent community works tirelessly in support of everything at our school. I trust that you also know that we have outstanding staff members supporting the academic and social growth of our students, and for that I am grateful, too!

Please read further into the newsletter for important information regarding registration, transitions to new schools, as well as school highlights, including updates on our math school development plan focus. There is also information about the Alberta Education Accountability Survey (a survey that grade 4 students and parents will complete); an important consideration is highlighted in yellow.

Susan Coveyduck
Principal/Directora

December 11
Where did 2018 Go!

Like most of you, I too am wondering where 2018 has gone! It seems like only yesterday we were welcoming students and families for the start of the school year, however, when we look at how much our students have grown, as learners and as people, it is clear that September came and went…a long time ago.

As we celebrate student achievement and growth, please be advised that your child will receive his or her first report card for the 2018-19 school year on Tuesday, December 18. Report cards are ‘summative assessment tools’, meaning that they are measures of your child’s achievements in relation to the Alberta Program of Studies thus far. They also connect to the CBE Board of Trustee’s Results Policies, which are clear directions defining student success. https://www.cbe.ab.ca/about-us/policies-and-regulations/Pages/Results-Policies.aspx . Please be advised that the date for dissemination of report cards is strategic- should you have questions, there are a few days in advance of the break for you to come and ask about them! We would appreciate the opportunity for you to express concerns in advance of the break.

November marked the completion of our annual School Development Plan outlining specific direction for instructional and achievement focus. We have two goals this year focusing on numeracy and literacy. This document, along with our Annual Report, which highlights our many achievements from the 2017-18 school year, can be found on our school website.

Registration for kindergarten and Grade 1 for our Spanish bilingual program begins on January 14. Applications for our Spanish bilingual program are being accepted from Monday, January 14 to Tuesday February 12 (12:00noon)

Our Open House will be Thursday, January 10, geared towards perspective families. We will be sending home a flyer for the open house to each family, and will be asking you to share this information with friends/family living within our catchment area who might be interested in their kindergarten or Grade 1 student attending our school. Alternatively, the flyer can be placed in your coffee shop, dentist office, etc. Thanks for your support. Please read further into this newsletter for more information.

Please be advised that, given program accommodation decisions last year:

  1. There will be no regular program at WO Mitchell School. All students wishing to access a regular program school experience, living in Silver Springs, are designated to Silver Springs School.
  2. Grade 5 will be the oldest grade. Current grade 5’s will be designated to Senator Patrick Burns School for Grade 6.
  3. Current Grade 6 students have been designated to their community schools. If another program is being sought (ex. French immersion), please contact the school for directions on how to register your child.
  4. Current Grade 5 students have been designated to Senator Patrick Burns School. If another program is being sought (ex. community school), please contact the school for directions on how to register your child.

On December 4, our Grade 5 students had the opportunity to experience ‘A day in the life at SPB’. Designated “Broncos” (SPB students) came to our school to explain what the day would be like. They gave us instructions to use public transportation and guided us in our excursion to SPB from our neighborhood. At SPB we were welcomed by staff and students. We were guided in tours around the school where we learned about the resources and the learning opportunities that a school like SPB has to offer. SPB and WOM students partnered up for activities and shared their experience in the Spanish Bilingual Program. The day was a success! We thank Principal Krickhan, the staff at SPB, and the students who gracefully hosted our visit. We would also like to thank our partners at Calgary Transit for their ongoing support as CBE students transition to public transportation, and in particular for their help for this fieldtrip.

We are excited to share two exciting residencies for students in January. On the first day back, we will be starting a Martial Arts residency in physical education. Funds to support this residency are provided by our School Council. This program will be offered bilingually. At the end of the month, we will welcome Trickster Theatre Company to offer the first part of our story telling residency. Our School Council as well as Alberta Foundation for the Arts are funding this project.

As we look towards the end of December, please accept my invitation to join us for our Carolling Concert, featuring our Grade 4-6 choir and handbells groups on December 12th. Sra Gray’s adult choir will also be part of this musical celebration. We will have two performances, one for the school at 2:00PM, and one for our community at 7:00PM. Families are welcome to attend both. Our Grade 1-2 Winter Concert will be on December 20th, again with shows at 2:00PM and 7:00PM. Doors for both evening concerts on December 12 and 20 will open at 6:30PM. I would like to recognize, in advance, the countless hours that our children have committed to bring these celebrations to you, and to their talented teachers who have worked with them to ensure their success. Thank you to our talented music teacher, Sra Gray, for her vision, talent, and dedication to our children and our school. These celebrations will be wonderful evenings of music and camaraderie.

On behalf of students and staff at WO Mitchell School, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! ! ¡Feliz Navidad y próspero año nuevo!

Susan Coveyduck
Principal/Directora

November 02
November 2018

It is hard to believe that the school year is 20% completed. While it seems like just yesterday we welcomed students and celebrated the start of a new school year, I marvel at how well our students have adjusted to a new year, a new grade, new routines…When I look at how much students have changed and learned since September, it is as though they have been at WOM for a very long time! We are all so proud of our students; for the people they are becoming and for the people they already are!

Celebrating students’ successes and reporting specific information about student achievement was the theme of our student-parent-teacher conferences this month. Thank you for your participation in our conferences. Our next significant reporting event will be the sharing of formal report cards. These will be sent home on Tuesday, December 18. While, at our school, we will have 5 significant reporting events spread out evenly over the school year (3 formal conferences and 2 report cards), parents are invited to contact teachers whenever questions arise. Our teachers are always available to parents. They are working very hard to stay connected, through their websites, class emails, and more personalized ways of communicating. I respectfully ask that you ‘meet them half way’; please contact them when you have questions or concerns, and please read their communications. Please remember that this year, each teacher is providing class updates every two weeks. They can be found on each teacher’s webpage, housed within our schools website.

Our school continues to be a dynamic learning environment, with many activities that support and enrich the learning and lives of our students. October and November continue to be a flurry of activity, including many field trips, class and group presentations, and opportunities for children to share all that they know and all that they can do. Be sure to mark your calendars for swimming (Grades 1-3) and our various Christmas celebrations; students are preparing to share their learning with you!

We also hope that you will consider joining us for our Remembrance Day Assembly, on November 9 at 11:00AM in our school gym. Our Division 2 Choir, will be singing Child of the World under the direction of Ms. Gardner. Children who belong to a service group and wear a uniform (ex. Members of the Girl Guides/Boy Scouts movements, Cadets) are also invited to play a special role as our school’s Colour Guard. Our school’s leadership committee will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Calgary Food Bank and guests for our Remembrance Day Assembly are most welcome to contribute.

Recognizing that parents also play a profoundly important role in our school, I wish to thank you for the many ways you make our school better! Thank you for all the ways you support your children; whether it is in the classroom or school volunteering. A very significant volunteering opportunity is coming up this month- our School Council Casino is by far their largest fundraiser and supports so many learning agendas at our school. Thank you to those who committed to working shifts!!!!

October 09
Oct. 2018

Dear Families,

As we look forward to this October, a highlight for me is Thanksgiving, and that gives me reason to think back on September, and the many things for which I am thankful. I am firstly thankful for the 471 remarkable children we welcomed back to school. I marvel at the ways in which they engage in their learning, the ways they show that they care about others, and the ways that they intentionally work to make WOM a ‘great place to grow’…for all!

I am also thankful for our involved parent community. The parents of WO Mitchell School embrace the notion that “it takes a team”, and are so supportive not only of their children, but of all children, our staff and our school. The many ways they work to enrich the learning and lives of our students, whether through volunteering, fundraising, ensuring children have the tools they need to learn, or through our School Council are so appreciated.

Finally, I am thankful for the 40 staff members who support all of our students. Mere words cannot describe how fortunate I feel to be the principal of a school where I have absolutely no doubt that every single employee, regardless of position, cares about our students, and are 100% committed to their success, as learners and as people.

There have also been some changes in support staff. We said good bye to Mrs. Jessa Rasko who was moved on to further her career, we thank her for all her valuable contributions to our school. We welcome Mrs. Victoria Bunes who has recently started working with our support staff. We also anticipate hiring one more person to complete the lunchroom team.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Susan Coveyduck, Principal/Directora
WO Mitchell School

September 06
Sept. 2018

Welcome to what promises to be an amazing school year!!! September highlights hope, optimism and excitement for all that can be, and we at WOM are most excited to welcome children and families to the start of a new school year. Teachers and support staff have been busily preparing classrooms, creating learning plans and setting goals to ensure ‘a most wonderful school start-up’. And today we welcomed back over 470 students who were excited to see old friends, make new friends, tell stories of summer adventures, and connect with our outstanding staff. There is so much to celebrate!

On behalf of WOM students and staff, and on behalf of the Calgary Board of Education, it is my sincerest pleasure to welcome new and returning students and families to WO Mitchell School. All will attest to how special this school is. As I begin my sixth year as this fabulous school’s principal, I confidently state that there is only one reason why this school is fabulous; it is the people connected to WOM that make it a “great place to grow”!

In addition to welcoming our students, we welcomed six new teachers who now also call WOM home. Some of our teachers also have new teaching assignments. More specific information about our new staff can be found later in the newsletter, but after our first few days together, I am excited about the energy, enthusiasm, expertise and commitment to student success that all bring to our learning community. I know that the network of adults who support our students is strengthened by their addition to our team.

In the spirit of ‘Welcome to WOM’, and in celebration of the start of the school year, please be sure to mark September 14th on your calendars. On that day, we will hold our 5th annual “Welcome Back Fiesta”, sponsored by our School Council; a continental breakfast (coffee, juice, fruit, pastries, etc.) and entertainment will be available from 7:30-9:00AM, at no cost to families. There will be prizes for children and visual displays. This will also be an opportunity for you to meet your child’s teacher and other members of our staff, if you have yet had the chance to do so. Parents have been planning this event all summer, and will certainly be an awesome way to start the new school year. Our now infamous ‘bottle trailer’ will also be on site; if you have recyclable bottles lying around your house, perhaps you might consider bringing them to support our School Council’s ongoing fundraising activities.

You have probably figured out already that our School Council plays an invaluable role in why our school is so fabulous. This dynamic group of parents, whose sole purpose is to support the learning experiences of students and provide advice to administration, meets monthly, on Monday evenings, at 7:00PM in the school learning commons. Our School Council co-chairs Mrs. Megan Thompson and Dr. Paul Alvez, run a tight and entertaining meeting . Please consider joining us at our first meeting, Monday, September 17, at 7:00PM.

Wishing you a most wonderful school year. And, we at WOM are most optimistic that it will be the ‘best school year ever’!

Susan Coveyduck
Directora/Principal, WO Mitchell School

June 04
June 2018

​As we head into June, on behalf of students and staff, we wish to thank you for all that you have done to make 2017-18 such an amazing school year! We still, however, have a month of learning, and appreciate how you continue to support students to be successful at school. Home routines, including set times for sleeping, are important. We also wish to thank you for calling the school when you child is going to be absent. Children being late or being picked up early also affects learning, both for your child as well as the learning of classmates, due to classroom interruptions. When we all stick to established practices, everything works like ‘clockwork’.

With fieldtrip and many end of year celebrations, I hope to have the opportunity to thank you personally for all that you do to make WOM ‘A Great Place to Grow’.​

May 15
May 2018

​While we still have over 7 weeks of learning, May often marks the time when we begin to reflect on the wonderful year that was. To that end, I wish to thank students, families and staff alike for the many ways they have contributed to the amazing things that happen at WOM, both in and outside of class. Gracias for our Kindergarten Celebration, “Gotta Be Jazz”, and ¿Qué Pasa?- "¿Qué pasa?" Xièxiè to those who lead and support in and outside of class fieldtrip- Danka those who support classroom learning experiences-Cпасибо to those who support the organization and facilitation of classroom and school processes. Shukran to our outstanding leadership and unconditional support of our School Council. Thank you, each and every one reading this message for the ways that you support our students and our school community, and how, regardless of situation or circumstance, you work to care for our students and community. To me, this is what makes our school community so special…all are committed to ensure the success of all.

On behalf of our School Council and our school, please accept our invitation to our Stampede Breakfast, on Wednesday May 16th, from 7:30-9:00AM​

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