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October 03
Fall Conferences

As we approach our first conferences of this school year, we will be changing our model slightly from previous years. We will be adding face-to-face conferences as a part of this event. These face-to-face meetings will be booked in through the MyConferences section of the MyCBE application. The schedule is as follows:

Elementary (1-6)

Thursday, October 10th

15:30-19:00 - Student Led Conferences 

Friday, October 11th

08:00 - 13:00 - Booked Face-to-Face Conferences


Junior High (7-9)

Thursday, October 10th

15:30 - 16:00 - Student Led Conferences 

16:00 - 16:25 - Grade Presentations

16:30 - 18:10 - Student Led Conferences ​

18:15 - 18:45 - Grade Presentations

18:45 - 19:00 - Conference Wrap-up

(You are invited to attend one of the two grade presentations)​

Friday, October 11th

08:00 - 13:00 - Booked Face-to-Face Conferences​

How to Book a School Conference

  1. Log-in to MyCBE / PowerSchool (www.cbe.ab.ca/mycbe ).
    If you do not have an account, follow the Create a MyCBE Account  instructions.
  2. Click on the My School Conferences icon.
  3. Click on the time slot that is available and convenient for you. Ensure pop-up windows are allowed.
  4. In the pop-up window, you will choose your child (you have the option to enter the student's name), the name of the parent / guardian is pre-filled, but can also be changed. 
You will need a MyCBE/PowerSchool Account to be able to book in conferences. If you have not created an account, please follow the instructions above. There will also be staff members available to help with the setting up of MyCBE/PowerSchool Accounts on Thursday evening. If you do not have access to the internet, please contact the teacher you are hoping to set-up a meeting with. 
September 04
September Update

This is the first week of September. It is hard to believe that school has been up and running for almost three weeks. Clubs have started, sports teams tryouts held, first soccer games played and plenty of academic work has begun! To say the school is full steam ahead is definitely an understatement!


On Thursday, 12 September 2019, the school will host its annual family BBQ. This is an informal event allowing families to connect with the school. Unlike in the past, money for food will not be collected in advance but rather, food will be paid for at the event. However, to ensure enough food, please complete and return your pre-order form to the school. Come out and learn what the school and school community are all about!

 

There have been a number of questions about school fees. Please be patient as the school doesn’t have current information right now. 2019-20 fees will be available in the fall of 2019, once the CBE budget is approved by Alberta Education. If you believe that you are eligible for a waiver, please visit https://www.cbe.ab.ca/registration/fees-and-waivers/Pages/Waivers.aspx for further information. In the mean time, I would encourage you to register for MyCBE/PowerSchool at https://sis.cbe.ab.ca/public/home.html if you have not done so already. 

 

Traffic safety is a huge issue and there have been far too many near misses involving our students. As in the past, the Calgary Police Service will actively enforce the traffic laws and regulations. Please do not stop or park in the no stopping zone on Martindale Boulevard to drop off students. Pedestrians have priority in crosswalks and you must stop for people crossing in a marked crosswalk. Do not drop off students in the parking lot. The parking lots are restricted to staff only and are not safe for dropping off your children.

 

I am excited for the school year to come - to watch the teaching and learning that occurs in each and every classroom and teaching space, to watch students work together and support each other, to see the smiles of success and celebrations of achievement reflect the excellence of the school. I am proud to be part of such a wonderful school community! ​

August 15
Welcome Back!

Welcome to Crossing Park School! Our school provides K – grade 6 educational services for half of Martindale and grade 7- grade 9 educational services to all of Martindale. Crossing Park is a large school with over 1150 students and 85 staff members. It has a diverse population, reflective of Canada, with many cultural, ethnic and language backgrounds represented. 

 

If you are new to Crossing Park, welcome to our school community! If you are returning, welcome back! I hope you all had a relaxing summer, are ready to return to school and are ready and excited to learn! 

 

At the end of the last school year, the decision was made to move away from “Leader In Me” (A Covey program) as it was no longer meeting the needs of the school in an effective way. This year will be a year of re-invention as we establish a new school culture that will emphasize the safety of students, respect for self and others, a growth mindset and the need to strive for excellence. This will be big work and students will play an important role in guiding this work forward.

 

I owe a big vote of thanks to our facility operators who have the building sparkling clean for the return of students. In a building as large as Crossing Park, this is not an easy task!

 

Traffic safety is a huge issue and there have been far too many near misses involving our students. As in the past, the Calgary Police Service and the Calgary Parking Authority will actively enforce the traffic laws and regulations. Please do not stop or park in the no stopping zone on Martindale Boulevard to drop off students. Pedestrians have priority in crosswalks and you must stop for people crossing in a marked crosswalk. Do not drop off students in the parking lot. The parking lots are restricted to staff only and are not safe for dropping off your children.

 

I am excited for the school year to come - to watch the teaching and learning that occurs in each and every classroom and teaching space, to watch students work together and support each other, to see the smiles of success and celebrations of achievement reflect the excellence of the school. I am proud to be part of such a wonderful school community!​

June 11
June Update

June is here! There is often a false assumption that schools “wind down” in June. After reviewing the June calendar at Crossing Park School, it is evident that there is no slowing down! Between field trips, sports days, talent shows and Provincial Achievement Tests, there is little time for rest.

 

It has been a busy year and, for our grade 9 students, June represents their last month at Crossing Park School. Some are looking forward to the challenges of high school; others are uncertain leaving their school home for up to ten years. Congratulations to the grade 9 class of 2019 and all the very best in high school.

 

June tends to the month when the weather improves and students are excited to be outdoors. However, it is also the time of year when the excitement of the outdoors gets in the way of being safe and watching for risks around them. Please remind your children to enjoy their time outdoors but to be safe.

 

A big thank you to our School Council! This group of parents meets monthly, speaks for the parent community, conducts our fundraising casino and actively supports the school. Thanks to their efforts, the school has access to funds that allow us to enrich the educational experiences of all students who attend Crossing Park.

 

I would like to thank the parents and community for all their support and understanding. Educating children is difficult work and is best accomplished when school and home work together. The result is the best education possible for all students. 


Celebrate your accomplishments. Learn from your mistakes. Challenge yourself always to improve. Never be satisfied with doing the minimum. You can succeed with a positive attitude, determination and effort. 

School is about students and learning. The mindset students have about learning will determine how successful they will be in school. The attitude students begin the school year with will determine what their school year will look like. Over the summer break, students are encouraged to think about themselves as learners and how best to create a mindset that will positively move them through the new school year.


I wish you all a great summer break and look forward to seeing you all for the 2019-2020 school year.  ​

May 02
May Update

If you have been following the news, you are aware that the Calgary Board of Education is awaiting the provincial budget. Once the budget is known, schools can move ahead on planning for the next year.


As a staff, and with input from school council and student voice, we began the process of looking at school culture. The underlying premises are school safety, student well-being, and encouraging students to strive for greater success in all areas of their lives. We expect students to be good to themselves, good to those around them as well as good to the community in which they live. Lofty goals but achievable with effort!


May also sees the arrival of next year’s kindergarten students for their orientation. There will be approximately 85 excited new faces joining the school in August. 


Thank you to all our students who continue to step up and take on leadership roles in the school. It is amazing to watch what you accomplish. You set a very positive example for your peers and for the younger students in the school. Well done!


May brings pleasant weather and, often, student minds drift to other things. It is not time to forget school, it is time to focus on ensuring that you finish the school year in the best possible way – use class time effectively, complete and submit assignments, and prepare for all tests and quizzes. Hard work at the end of a school year is the most effective way to prepare for the next year!​

March 04
March Update

March! And with luck, the weather will make a significant shift for the better as we move towards Spring Break. Despite the cold, the school is a hive of activity. Junior high basketball continues, clubs run and field trips that enhance classroom learning leave the building almost daily.

According to Environment Canada, Calgary’s February was the third coldest February on record with an average temperature of -18.7oC! Many students were unprepared for the cold and were not dressed appropriately for the weather. Please ensure that your child is dressed for conditions – especially boots, mitts and hats!

Stopping to drop students off in the parking lot off Martin Crossing Park and in front of the school continue to be concerning issues. Please do not drive into the parking lot to drop of students – the parking lot layout and staff arriving in the morning make this an unsafe drop off point. Calgary Police Service and the Calgary Parking Authority continue to monitor the road in front of the school. Please remember that Martindale Blvd in front of the school is a NO STOPPING zone except for school buses. The police have ticketed and will continue to ticket offending drivers.

As the Calgary Board of Education moves towards an “online environment” for fees, demographics and report cards, I would encourage all parents to create a parent account at https://sis.cbe.ab.ca/public/createaccounthelp.html as soon as possible. Support will be available to parents in creating their account at the next Student Led Conferences on Thursday, 18 April 2019.

The last day of classes prior to Spring Break is Thursday, 21 March 2019. Students return to classes on Monday, 08 April 2019. I hope all students will use this time to relax and return refreshed and ready to finish the last three months of the school year!​

January 31
February Update

It is now the beginning of February and the second half of the school year is well under way. It is truly amazing to how the time has flown since the winter holiday! The first formal set of report cards for the 2018-2019 school year were sent home in December and all stakeholders know where their child is sitting in relation to the learning outcomes of every course.


Road safety continues to be a serious concern. The number of near misses where students are at risk is alarming. Crosswalks are frequently blocked by parked or stopped vehicles and students are forced to walk around them to cross the street. This is highly risky and students suddenly appear with little time for drivers to react. Pedestrians have the priority in crosswalks. Parents and Guardians continue to disregard the signs in the school parking lots – Parking lots are not to be used for dropping off and picking up students. Calgary Parking Authority support has been requested to resolve this ongoing issue.


Our School Council continues to thrive. All parents are welcome to attend. It is a simple way to become more involved in the life of the school community as well as keeping up to date on what is new in the school and in the Calgary Board of Education.

On Monday, 14 January 2019, Kindergarten registration began throughout the Calgary Board of Education. If you have Kindergarten children who live in our area, please come and register them at the school between 0830hrs and 1400hrs daily. Registrations are ongoing.


During February, teachers participate in the annual Teachers’ Convention. This is an opportunity for all Calgary Board of Education teachers to attend sessions that allow them to improve their practice as well as explore new resources to support teaching and learning. Teachers’ Convention this year is held 14-15 February 2019. Reminder that Monday, 18 February 2019, is Family Day and there is no school.

I am often asked by parents what they can do to support their children and their learning. Ask your child what they learned in school not just how their day went. Talking about a student’s learning helps reinforce that learning! One of the most significant things you can do is encourage your children to read. Daily reading can have a huge impact on school success. It doesn’t matter what is read, it is reading that matters. If you do not have books at your child’s reading level, they can be signed out through the school library or the Calgary Public Library. Every child should be a reader!​

December 03
December Update

It is absolutely amazing to think that December is upon us. The year has flown quickly and so much has happened at the school that I am proud of. The grade 6 students who organized and led our truly meaningful Remembrance Day ceremonies and our leadership students who have organized a food drive to support the Veterans Food Bank are just two examples of the amazing amount of leadership demonstrated by our students is amazing!


There are so many clubs, sports and activities open to our students and it is exciting to watch them engaged and involved in more than just classroom activities. If your child claims they have nothing to do with their time, encourage them to join one of the many activities in the school.


For the first time in many years, the school will hold a Winter Concert on 19 December 2018. This will be an opportunity for the students in grades 1, 2 and 3 to celebrate the winter season.


December is a short month and Winter Break begins on 21 December 2018 at 1200Hrs. Classes will resume on Thursday, 10 January 2019.


As Canadians, we would like to assume that Christmas is a happy and joyful time for all. Sadly, this is far from the truth. Many families struggle throughout the year and the Christmas season is no different. It is a time for those who can to share with those who need our support. Citizenship is a significant focus of the Calgary Board of Education and our school. Supporting others is a way in which citizenship is demonstrated. No matter what you can do to help others at this time of year, please do so. Big or small, any support will make someone else’s life better.


December is a month of mixed emotions. Some look forward with excitement to the upcoming break, travel, visits and a departure from the regular routines of the school year. For others, it is a reminder of personal struggles, poverty and pain. It is not a time of joy and celebration. Take the time to remind your child/children that, perhaps more than any time of the year, it is the time to remember to be kind to everyone around you. It is the best gift to share!​

November 01
November Update

November already! Every year time seems to fly by faster and faster. As a school, we have survived Halloween and move forward into Remembrance Day – a time of year that holds much significance for me. As a veteran and a Canadian, I am aware of the significant sacrifices made by Canadians for Canada and the World throughout our nation’s history. It is not a pleasant story but it is part of our national identity. 

Throughout Canada’s existence, men and women have been involved in conflict around the world. Many were wounded, both physically and mentally, and thousands have sacrificed their lives for principles they were willing to die for. For most, these principles were not lofty or philosophical. They fought and died for, with and alongside their friends. They fought against some things and for others. They fought against tyranny and for peace. They fought against oppression and fought for freedom.

Whether in war, peacekeeping or peace operations, Canadians have claimed a place in world history. Canadians were there, gave their best, sometimes achieved their objectives and sometimes failed. Canada’s military has responded with their best to missions they have been committed to by their political masters. 

But sacrifice is not to be politicized. It should be remembered, honoured and reflected upon. November 11, Remembrance Day, is set aside as a day of national remembrance. However, the memories of sacrifice which have dotted the 148 years of Canadian history demand more than just one day. Each November 11 should serve as a reminder to Canadians to acknowledge and remember the sacrifice of those Canadians who were wounded or died in the service of our country and the world throughout the entire year.  

During November, take time to remember. Take time to visit the many sites in Calgary that honour the sacrifice of Canadians – statues, memorials and cenotaphs. Take time.

We Shall Keep The Faith

Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields,
Sleep sweet - to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the Faith
With All who died.

We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Fields.

And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We'll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.
In Flanders Fields we fought

~Moina Michael​

October 04
October Update

It is the first of October and school has been running for almost seven weeks! It is hard to believe that we less than one week away from the Fall Break. It has been a busy time – academic activities, sports, clubs and all the other happenings that make school a great place to be.


It is wonderful to see the students of the school live out the “Leader in Me” and demonstrate a growth mindset. It is amazing to watch students working together, watching out for one another and being responsible for themselves and their actions. These are important skills, not only in school, but in life as each student moves forward and finds their own direction and identity.


Crossing Park is an amazing school filled with excellent staff and wonderful students. It is paramount that the school be a safe and welcoming place where students want to be. You, as parents and family, can be a positive part of making the school safe.


·       Please enter the school through the main doors only (push the doorbell so the office can let you in);

·       Please sign in if you will be spending time in the building;

·       Please be polite and respectful so that you set a positive example for our students;

·       Please be responsible drivers – our biggest fear is having a student injured on the way to school or on the way home; and

·       Please remember not to use the school parking lots as drop off points for your children.


By doing these simple things, you are making a positive contribution to school safety. I would like to thank you, in advance, to your attention to these requests.


Fall Break runs the week of 08-19 October 2018. The school will be closed for that period.

Our first Student Led Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, 25 October 2018, between 3:30 and 7:00 pm. This is an opportunity for your child/children to show you what they are learning, how they are learning and the end products of their efforts. Please come and celebrate your child’s successes and challenges with them!


Parents are an important part of the school. In order to make School Council more accessible to parents, the next meeting will be held on Monday, 29 October 2018, beginning at 6:00pm. The meetings usually last about 30 minutes. Please come out! Your voice is important.

On behalf of the Crossing Park School family, I would like to thank you for your ongoing support of your children and the school. Family is an important part of a great school community! ​

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