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Year End Message

Another wonderful year of learning is nearing the end at our first full year in our building.  Many students and staff have learned a great deal at Dr. George Stanley School.
We have become acutely concerned about the mental health issues as a society.  Our observations of the level of smartphone use (which are basically mini-computers) throughout the school are matching research on addiction issues.  Although they have been used for academics and have provided entertainment at lunch, as well as our ongoing conversations with students around Digital Citizenship contracts, we still find phones can be an issue; especially with social media and impulsive decisions made by adolescent minds.
Dr. George Stanley has some specific plans going forward, one of which is a presentation by Paul David in January 2018.  This was the earliest time we could secure with him.  He does a presentation for parents as well, which will be advertised closer to that time. On numerous occasions, we have attempted to have CPS come and speak with larger groups of students, however as with everyone else pressing priorities continue to intervene.  It is our hope to have them speak to all students early in the fall.
For the 2018-19 school year will be requesting ALL students leave their phones in their lockers or in a secure place within the classroom.  The focus we want to emphasize is that school hours are for learning and when it is appropriate, the phones will be allowed for research or posting information on google docs, iris, etc.  This is very consistent with other schools in the CBE and supports student focus, conversations and developing interactive social skills.
It is everyone’s right to have access to a phone when necessary and with every right comes a responsibility.  In order to support students understanding what is responsible digital citizenship we will have phone access when appropriate.  Expectations placed on students are the same as with the adults.  Teachers should not be accessing their phones during class time and thus neither should students.  All emergencies go through the office and we will ensure students are available.  We realize this causes some anxiety for some families but it is our responsibility to maintain the learning environment.  
To quote our school resource officer: “providing students with a phone is like giving them a driver’s license before they have learned how to drive.”  The main source of our issues between students has stemmed from social media.  Our central question is: how are we protecting our children?  As a school, we don’t buy the smartphones or service contracts, but we will continue to provide students with information, expectations and consequences.  
Learning doesn’t stop once students leave school.  It continues on into the summer.  As a staff, we strongly recommend setting aside time for reading or working on something that is an area of growth for your child.  There are numerous resources on-line and book stores are full of practice opportunities.  The summer is a great opportunity to be active.  People should be getting exercise on a daily basis.  Summer allows for a great chance for less screen time and an opportunity to develop new habits and become someone who is physically fit, eating well and sleeping well.   We all want the same things for students in the end: safety, happiness, learning and maturing through challenges into the best people they can possibly be.
​Ms. Numan

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Dr. George Stanley School

585 Cranston Dr SE Calgary, AB, T3M 0J4
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Principal
Mrs Patty Numan
Assistant Principal
Mr Andrew Bews
Area Director
Mrs Sylvie Monfette
Trustee
Michael Bradshaw

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Grades
04-09
Enrolment
670
Programs
Regular
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Morning Start
8:30 AM
Dismissal
3:00 PM
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