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January Principal's Message

​Happy New Year and happy new decade to our Dr. E. W. Coffin families and I wish each and every one of you good health and happiness in 2020! 
The New Year begins and with it comes new learning opportunities for the students at Dr. E. W. Coffin.  Outdoor learning on Fresh Air Friday was hampered this week by the extremely cold temperatures however the cold temperatures provided our grades 5 and 6 classes a great opportunity to test their insulated containers. Students were tasked with designing an insulated container to prevent 250 mL of water from freezing. Working through the scientific method of hypothesis, procedure, observation, and conclusion the cold weather was just what the students needed to complete this experiment. The students did not seem to mind bundling up and going outside to test their containers. The whole school participated in an indoor body break of jogging, lunges, side shuffles, and jumping jacks to get our bodies moving and release some of that energy that has built up over the cold week. Looking ahead to next week, I am happy to see the temperatures are much warmer and students will get the outdoor breaks they enjoy, and need, during the school day. 
Each year Alberta Education conducts the Accountability Pillar Survey from mid-January to the end of February. Alberta Education uses the Accountability Pillar as a way for school authorities to measure their success, and assess their progress towards meeting their learning goals.  
The Accountability Pillar uses a set of 16 indicators consisting of: student outcomes such as dropout and high school completion rates; provincial assessments of student learning; and surveys of students, parents/guardians and teachers on various aspects of quality. Parents/Guardians of students in grade 4 to 6 should have received their survey in the mail from Alberta Education.  Students in grade 4 to 6 and all teachers will complete their surveys online at school during the week of February 3-7. All surveys are anonymous and ask questions about experiences with Dr. E. W. Coffin School.  The survey is not asking for feedback about Alberta Education and its policies; questions are in relationship to Dr. E. W. Coffin School only.  Questions on the survey are accompanied by a scale of responses (e.g., Strongly Agree to Strongly Disagree, Very Satisfied to Very Dissatisfied). Each of these scales includes a Don’t Know choice.  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.
All parents/guardians receive the English version of the survey in the mail. Alberta Education also provides the survey in Arabic, Blackfoot, Chinese, Cree, French, Korean, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog and Urdu.  If you would prefer to respond to the survey in one of these languages, please contact Mrs. Polski and a copy will be sent to you. 
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 our students.
Your voice matters. Your participation in the survey helps provide important information on the quality of education your child is receiving. Alberta Education and the Calgary Board of Education thank you for returning the parent Accountability Pillar Survey promptly. If you have questions, please contact the Mrs. Polski either by calling the office or through email. Dr. E. W. Coffin is a small school and we hope to have a large response to the Accountability Survey in order to inform our School Development Plan and future planning for our little school. If you have received the Accountability Survey, I encourage you to complete the survey and submit the survey back to the Alberta Government. 
Interested in the results?  Look for them in school and the CBE 3-Year Education Plans and Annual Education Results Reports, posted to the school’s and CBE’s websites by November 30 of every year.
Kindergarten registration for the 2020-2021 school year begins on January 20. We encourage families who will be registering their children for kindergarten to come into the school office and complete the registration process.  Families who live outside of our designated area and currently have a child attending Dr. Coffin who have a sibling who will be age appropriate to start kindergarten, are also asked to come into the office and complete a registration form.  
Report cards will be completed and sent out on January 30. There has been some slight adjustments to the report card descriptors and we will include an information sheet to help you better understand the report card achievement indicators. The written report card is the first formal report you will receive about your child’s academic progress. The purpose of formal communication, such as report cards, is to summarize and communicate individual student achievement in relation to the expectations of the Alberta Program of Studies.   
January will be a busy month at Dr. E.W. Coffin School. There will be some new clubs starting for students to join. Mr. O’Reilly is continuing with his guitar club for students in grades 3 to 6, cup stacking for grade 3 and 4 students will start on Monday, January 20. Our Science fair students are continuing to work on their science projects on Wednesdays, in preparation for the Science Fair in early February. Games club for grades 1 to 3 students is also running on Wednesday at lunch. The School Council meeting was held on Tuesday January 14 in the Learning Commons. The meeting was well attended considering the very cold weather we have had. Healthy Hunger lunch is took place on Thursday, January 16 and Subway was the lunch provider for this month. Blackfoot Elder Saakokoto will be coming to visit with the students on January 16 and January 24 as we continue our studies of Indigenous culture.    Treat day for this month, hosted by room 4 is taking place on January 21. Report cards come home on September 30. 
As always, thank you for your continued support of the learning and teaching at Dr. E. W. Coffin.
Together in Education, 
Cathy


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Dr. E.W. Coffin School

5615 Barrett Dr NW Calgary, AB, T2L 1W4
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Principal
Mrs Cathy Polski
Education Director
Mrs Prem Randhawa
Trustee
Althea Adams

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Grades
K-06
Enrolment
182
Programs
Regular
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Morning Start
8:40 AM
Dismissal
3:30 PM
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