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Welcome Letter to Parents!

​Dear Parents, Students and Guardians,
Welcome back to school.  I read an article over the summer that recommended that taking time every day to show gratitude for those things that we are grateful for.  I’m sure I speak for all staff when I say that we are grateful to be a part of such a wonderful community of students, parents and staff – it’s an honour to walk alongside you and your child(ren) through their school learning journey. Starting from this position of gratitude, we are well positioned to enjoy the successes and to take on the challenges that face us on the road ahead.  
The following 6 updates are important as we begin our year.
1. One of our first challenges to this school year actually happened last spring, when our staff and School Council parents faced difficult decisions with respect to how we would staff our school for this school year.  As you may have heard in the media, schools are facing reductions in staffing as a result of the anticipated provincial budget.  We knew we would be receiving more students this year, however in order to keep our class sizes smaller, we eliminated our French as a Second Language program and we reduced our Physical Education/Health Specialist time.  While we value these courses for our students, French as a Second Language is not mandatory and we were providing students with more physical education and health than is required by Alberta Education, we opted to take this route to ensure our class sizes did not climb too high.  As this is a change for our school, I would be happy to discuss this with anyone who is interested.  I’m confident that we followed a thorough process and then made a difficult decision in the best interests of our students.
2. This year we have more students than were anticipated.  Despite the staffing reductions mentioned above, our afternoon Kindergarten class has 32 students and our grade 4 classes have 30 and 32 students.  As such, we are able to hire a new teacher who will be assigned to some of our grades with a higher number of students.  Currently, we are planning for the addition of this staff member; more information will be shared soon.  
3. We have had some exciting changes to our staff.  Mrs. Patrick taught grade ½ last year and this year she is teaching grade 2.  Mr. Boothman (formerly our Physical Education and Health teacher) is now teaching grade 3!  Miss van Ellenberg taught grade 4 last year and will be teaching grade 1 this year.  Finally, we welcome Mr. Clayton Bergman to our staff as one of our grade six teachers and a Learning Leader.  For a complete list of our staff, please consult our school website under the link, “About Us”.
4. It is our pleasure to announce a new key parent to our School Council.  Mrs. Jessica Moran is our new School Council Chairperson.  She, along with Vice-Chair Mr. Brent Bromley, will be working with Mrs. Adams and myself to organize the activities of our School Council this year.  Our first task was to welcome all of our new Kindergarten families to our school.  It’s great to see the vitality and fresh perspectives this group will bring to our community.  Through our conversations with these new families, we emphasized some key messages that are important for us all to hear.
• The “parent-advantage” is a real thing at Battalion Park School.  We are able to bring many extra activities and resources to our school because of our parents.  A reality, however, is that many of these activities are driven by a small number of parent volunteers.  In order for our school to keep this advantage, we need parents to be involved.  Throughout the year there will be several requests for help (Fun Lunches/Snacks, Welcome Back Picnic, Halloween Dance, attending monthly School council meetings, etc.).  Please consider being a community builder by becoming involved in these activities.
• Remember the “gratitude-attitude”.  Don’t keep your gratitude all bottled up.  Show your gratitude to the staff who work with our children every day.  Our staff thrive on those little notes, comments and emails that come from the heart.  I still have cherished notes from my first year teaching -  don’t do the math on how long ago that was!
5. On September 19 and 20 we have scheduled our first set of Learning Conferences.  This is an opportunity for parents to share their understandings of their children with the teacher.  Specific times for Kindergarten families and for Grade 1-6 are as follows:
Sept 19
9:00-12:00, 1:00-3:30, 4:45-8:15
Sept 20
Grade 1-6:
Sept 19
Sept 20
Note – there is no school for Kindergarten on Sept 19 and 20.  There is no school for grades 1-6 on Sept 20.
Finally, our Welcome Back to School Picnic is scheduled for Thursday, Sept 12, 5:30-7:30 pm in the West Field next to the Mini building.  If the weather is in-climate, we will re-schedule to Sept 26.  School Council needs a few volunteers for this event.  We hope to see you out there to meet your neighbors and celebrate our learning community.
Kind Regards,
Jeff Campbell

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369 Sienna Park Dr SW Calgary, AB, T3H 4S2
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Mr Jeff Campbell
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