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Catching Up at a Busy Time

​​I am so pleased to be back online with the school community again!  Much has happened in the past couple of months and I would like to highlight a few of those in today’s message.
The start to the school year went very well and we had 523 students on Sept. 30.  We have 29 teaching staff, including administration and 7 educational support staff, with 26 homerooms. We are running a four-day timetable Monday to Thursday with Friday running outside of that. In the four-day cycle, classes have PE daily, music every other day, and library once per week. Literacy block is as follows from Monday to Thursday:
Grade 1&2 – 10 hours/week
Grade 3&4 – 8 hours/week
Grade 5&6 – 7 hours/week
With this year’s change in school hours, we will be running meetings and weekly professional development activities in the mornings. Tuesday mornings will be staff and professional learning community planning meetings on alternating days.  Friday mornings will be professional development time.
Our focus this year is on reading and we are part of the CBE Literacy Community of Practice.  We are stressing reading this year through an overarching question, “Where can reading take me?” Students have answered that question on cards that are posted in the hallway outside the gym. Their answers are very interesting and varied!
The month of October was a super busy one! Families that drop off and pick up their children at school will know that our Canada 150 Project is finally a reality.  We celebrated the project on Friday Oct. 20 with an assembly in the gym, followed by a ribbon cutting outside on the “rocks” at the start of recess.
We have truly brought a piece of Canadian nature into our schoolyard!  We have a small aspen grove, “foothills” to the west and small pieces of the Rocky Mountains themselves in the form of Rundle rock boulders in the number “150”.  We’ve also planted an additional 25 beautiful trees – Shubert Cherry, Burr Oak, Colorado Spruce and Trembling Aspen – all of them bigger than most of the deciduous trees in that area before. We did have to take out 8 flowering crabapple trees that were doing very poorly (one of them was only a three foot stump).
Finally, we now have three buddy benches near the playgrounds and students know they can go there to meet new friends or reconnect with old ones. I think parents will definitely appreciate the increased shade options next summer!
Swimming ran early this year and for two weeks students went to and from the Village Square Leisure Center all day for lessons. They were sure tired when the lessons came to an end on Friday the 27.  That of course was just in time to get excited about Halloween - students dressed up for the day and the school was full of zombies, princesses, pirates and superheroes! Even teachers got into the fun and dressed up as teams – we had Mr. S White and the Seven Dwarves in grades one and two; multiple versions of our own Mr. Murray in grade three; a chicken, an egg, a farmer and a chef in grade four; characters from Harry Potter in grade five; Batman and Superman in Grade six; and the Cat in the Hat with Thing 1 and Thing 2 in learning support. As students were entering the building that morning, one of the parents wished us luck as she watched the very excited students.
In November, we are looking forward to the following:
Remembrance Day Assembly on Nov. 10 at 10:30.
The fall session of clubs are up and running, including BOKS for grades one and two.
Picture Retake Day on Nov. 6.
Grade 3 students investigating the Fort Calgary Resource kit.
Grade 5 going to the Calgary Philharmonic on Nov. 18.
John Dunne presenting about the Arctic on Nov. 20 and a group of grade four students singing Christmas songs at the Hitmen game that evening.
On top of all the excitement and learning, teachers are also busy assessing and preparing reports. The kindergarten team has finished its Early Years Evaluations (EYE) and will be meeting with parents the week of Nov. 13 while teachers of students from grade one to six are already thinking about writing report cards, which will be coming home to families in early December.
Wow! That was a lot of catching up to do. Now that I’m back online, I’ll be able to start back in the routine of a weekly blog, sometimes more.
S. Zilke,Principal

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Annie Foote School

6320 Temple Dr NE Calgary, AB, T1Y 5V5
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Principal
Mrs Susanne Zilkie
Assistant Principal
Ms Deborah Sughrue
Area Director
Dr Dianne Yee
Trustee
Marilyn Dennis

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Grades
K-06
Enrolment
527
Programs
Regular
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Morning Start
9:10 AM
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3:45 PM
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