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August 26
Welcome to Dr. Oakley School 2019-20

We hope that families all enjoyed a wonderful summer and are excited to embark on the new school year.  Some students are returning and others are joining us for the first time. Every school year is new and exciting and as we establish new teams we work very thoughtfully to create warm, welcoming, inspiring learning communities with the new configuration of students. Many of the activities and tasks are directed towards this goal to support students’ level of positive well-being and to inspire them to be greater risk takers in their learning.  

Throughout the school year we will continue to focus on this work through the Virtues Project.  The Virtues Project guides our practice in Character Education. The purpose is to help foster a culture of character where respect, patience, self-regulation, tolerance and joy for learning are among the virtues our children develop. The teachings of this project are integrated into all aspects of our school day. We have found that through careful and intentional work integrating virtues into the daily life of Dr. Oakley, we are not only supporting individual students to meet their potential but are developing an inclusive, supportive learning community for all. We will continue to update parents of our virtues project work through our school communication, assemblies and other various strategies.

As you are aware we provide very rich, intensive, literacy programming for our students. Literacy instruction is immersed across all curricular areas.  Mathematics instruction is also very intentional and explicit to support the unique learning needs of our students.   Our students are grouped according to grades in multi-aged configurations. Each grouping has approximately 20 students and two teachers. For an hour a day the grouping of students is supported by three teachers. Each of these learning teams is identified by a color (tan, teal, yellow, red, orange, purple, blue and green). To further support students we also have a mathematics/technology learning leader, two literacy learning leaders, a literacy support teacher and a physical education teacher.   

Within each learning community, students will be grouped in a flexible manner depending upon the learning activities and the needs of the students. Each student will have a ‘responsibility’ teacher who will have final responsibility for developing the student’s Individualized Program Plan (IPP). It is an expectation, however, that all teachers within the team have instructional responsibility for all students.


Within the student opening package you will find a variety of forms to be completed and returned to the school as soon as possible, including an optional milk program for any student that would like milk at lunch.  At this time we are not sending out any additional fee information as CBE is waiting on information from the Provincial Government.  This information will be shared with parents as soon as we receive it at the school.


We look so forward to working with you to help our Dr. Oakley Eagles soar to new heights in their learning.


Denise Nimmo

Proud Principal of Dr. Oakley School

June 18
Greetings from the Administration Team
Once again, the school year is quickly ending and sadly, we have to say farewell to our transitioning students who will be leaving Dr. Oakley. The last few weeks have flown by, as our students have been involved in writing Provincial Achievement Tests, participating in field trips, book swap, on-going school activities and year-end celebrations. Congratulations to all our students and families for raising over $7,500 for the Heart & Stroke Foundation through the Jump Rope for Heart campaign!

We would also like to congratulate all our students for their learning accomplishments this year. Dr. Oakley students are a very hard working group of young people who show incredible commitment to improving their literacy and technology skills. Their positive attitude towards learning and their enhanced literacy will lay the foundation for lifelong success. Almost half of our students start the school year as the ‘new kids on the block’, but now they have classrooms full of friends and a school that feels like home.

As we end our school year, 71 students will be leaving Dr. Oakley and returning to their community schools or program of choice. We will miss each of these students and their families, but are so proud of what these students have accomplished and feel confident that they will continue to be successful in their new schools.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our teachers and support staff. Their on-going dedication and commitment to working as a team helps to ensure success for every learner. The expertise, patience and commitment to excellence that they bring daily to the classroom, affect each student in many special ways.

The final day of school for students will be early dismissal (1:00 pm). The final day for all Dr. Oakley students will be Wednesday June 26 (dismissal 1:00 pm). We wish all our students and their families a very restful, safe summer and look forward to seeing our returning students on Thursday August 15. All school times will remain the same for next year. We have included a copy of next year’s calendar with this newsletter for our returning students.

February 19
January passed so quickly!

It is hard to believe that the month of January has passed by so quickly! Our classroom programs are very active centres of learning as we enter into the second half of the school year.

Our recent parent forum at the end of January was very well attended. Paige Feurer, a registered psychologist with the CBE, facilitated this workshop which was designed to provide parents with a better understanding of attention difficulties as well as attention assessment and intervention options. Our next parent forum scheduled is on Thursday February 28, 2019. The topic will be “Helping your Child to Cope with Stress & Worries”. For more information on this forum, please see page 2 of this newsletter.

Currently, teachers are engaged in preparing student IPPs which will be sent home on Thursday March 14. Teachers are also looking forward to our upcoming parent/student conferences that will be held on the evening of Thursday March 21 and during the day of Friday March 22 to have the opportunity to celebrate student successes and achievements. Conference can be booked using the online booking system starting Friday March 1. During these conferences, teachers will begin conversations with parents regarding upcoming student transitions for our second year students who will be leaving Dr. Oakley in June and returning to their community school or an alternative program. Transitions are a team process and will involve both parents and teachers to make decisions in the best interest of students. With this in mind, it is critical that we have the most up to date information regarding home addresses and phone numbers.

In closing, we are very thankful to all of our parents for your continued partnership in supporting your child’s learning at Dr. Oakley School.

December 06
December 2018/January 2019

As our Winter Break draws near, it is a time to reflect upon all of the care and support we have been given and received in our school community. It is also a time to celebrate our successes, contemplate new challenges and look forward to our future endeavours together. We would sincerely like to thank all our staff, students and parents for their dedication and hard work during the first four months of the school year. Purple Team was very proud to present this year's Remembrance Day assembly on November 9. The ceremony brought to light the challenges and sacrifices families make to ensure we live in an accepting and peaceful world. A member of the 2137 Calgary Highlanders Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps joined our service and played the Last Post and the Reveille. Our “Wall of Remembrance” allowed families to share photos and stories of family members who have served or are currently serving. The students and staff enjoyed reading the stories and sharing their history. Many thanks to families that sent in photos and stories and attended our assembly.

All students received their IPP and report card on Thursday November 29. Parent/student/teacher conferences will take place the evening of Thursday December 6 (3:40 – 8 pm) and the morning of Friday December 7 (8-1 pm). There is no school for students on Friday December 7. If you have not already made your 20 minute conference time, please log onto Power School and book a time with your child’s teachers. We will also be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair (downstairs in the Art Room) from Tuesday December 4 through to the end of conferences on December 7. Please feel free to stop by and see all the fabulous books available for purchase.

Each year we complete an Annual School Results Report. This report provides an overview of the 2017-2018 Provincial Achievement Test results, a Parent School Fees report and our School Development outcomes, measures and targets for this year. Our current years’ School Development Plan will be a continued focus on student achievement relating back to both math and reading goals. An overview of our progress around this work will be shared with parents at the January meeting. More detailed information is also be available on our school website.

As this is our newsletter for December and January, we would like to wish everyone a safe, peaceful and joyous holiday season and a Happy New Year!

We look forward to seeing all our students back at school on Tuesday January 8, 2018!

November 01
October/November 2018

As usual the first two and a half months of the school year have flown by! Our classroom programs and routines are now well established and running very smoothly. September conferences were well attended and teachers enjoyed meeting with parents and learning more about their students. Everyone has returned refreshed and recharged following our October break.

Since August many activities have contributed to our students' daily learning such as: field trips, parent-teacher conferences, monthly PPA meetings, ADmazing coupon book fundraiser, assemblies, intramurals, artist-in-residency, lunch time special interest clubs, Terry Fox Run, Orange Shirt day, Alien In-line skating and Family Fun Skate Night. The Family Skate Night was a great evening. It was wonderful to see so many students and parents enjoying this event. Everyone at Dr. Oakley is very appreciative of all our parents and volunteers for your time and commitment in supporting the work that is being done at Dr. Oakley. We couldn’t do this work without your support!

Our Principal, Ms. Catherine O’Brien-Cusano, will be returning from a leave on November 5. We are excited to have her back in our learning community. We have been very fortunate to have our Learning Leaders Ms. Terra Xavier, Ms. Denise Horne and Ms. Lisa Bryden assist in the office since August. We have so appreciated their leadership and initiative during these past two months. We would also like to extend a thank you to Ms. Leslie Steele who has been a part of the learning community at Dr. Oakley since September and will be moving on as we begin November. Thank you for your energy, time and flexibility. We were lucky to have you!

We would also like to extend our best wishes to Ms. Melissa Rowbotham who will be leaving Dr. Oakley School in November as Ms. Kayla Young will be returning from her maternity leave to join Ms. Janice Rye in Red Team. Thank you Ms. Rowbotham for all of your hard work, thoughtfulness and knowledge!

Purple Team will be hosting our Remembrance Day assembly starting at 10:30 AM on Friday November 9. All students will be receiving a poppy to wear for the assembly. If students wish they may bring in a donation for the Calgary Poppy Fund. All parents are welcome to attend. Student report cards and IPP’s will go home with all students on Thursday November 29. Parent/teacher/student conferences will take place the evening of Thursday December 6 and the morning of Friday December 7. Dr. Oakley has moved to an online process for booking all future conferences with teachers.

Please see the instructions on our Parent-Teacher Conferences page if you are unfamiliar with this process. Booking times will be available starting Friday November 23. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the office.

We would like to remind all our parents to please use the designated crosswalks when picking up and dropping off students. Our street is a very busy one and we have many busses at the start and end of each day. It is extremely unsafe to cross between the busses. Please set a good example for all our students!

Stephanie Jones
Acting Principal

September 04
Welcome Back!

Welcome back to our returning students and to our new Dr. Oakley students. The first weeks of school are an exciting time for students and staff. We have been busy getting to know each other, learning the routines of classes and just getting back in the groove after summer holidays. Everyone at Dr. Oakley is off to a great start!

This year we have 155 students, organized into 8 teaching and learning communities (colour teams) with two teachers. Each student will have a ‘responsibility’ teacher who will develop the student’s Individualized Program Plan (IPP) over the coming weeks. Although within the team both teachers have instructional responsibilities for all students in their learning communities. Students are fortunate to all be supported by our physical education teacher, Ms. Charlee Wray, Learning Leaders and an Educational Assistant, Ms. Arjeta Devolli.

Our Principal, Mrs. O’Brien-Cusano, will be away on a leave until October 1. During this time, I have been appointed Acting Principal of Dr. Oakley. We are very fortunate to have a incredibly strong Learning Leader team and Administration supporting the work in the office during this time.

We are very excited to welcome to our Dr. Oakley staff Ms. Marnee Somers, who will be teaching in Purple Team. Ms. Tammy Gregan (Teal Team) and Ms. Melissa Rowbotham (Red Team) have returned to Dr. Oakley this year while Ms. Carissa Kozelj and Ms. Kayla Young are on maternity leave. Ms. Monica Swityk (Yellow Team) has returned to our school to cover Ms. Gayle Reid’s medical leave.

We have had a great beginning to the new school year and look forward to continuing to work together.​ 

Stephanie Jones, Acting Principal


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