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Principal's Message

Dec. 9 - Hillhurst School Updated

​Dear Hillhurst Families,
As we approach Winter Break, I find myself reflecting on both how quickly this year has progressed, as well as how far students have come in their learning.  As I engage in chats with teachers, discussing student progress and next steps, I can confidently say that without exception, all students have demonstrated growth in some capacity.  What growth looks like varies of course, grade to grade, student to student. 
All Hillhurst staff are also constantly looking to improve and demonstrate personal and professional growth.  In continuation of our growth as teachers, we will be welcoming Adrienne Gear, renowned researcher on literacy, to work with our teaching staff on our January 6th Non-Instructional Day.  Our School Development Plan focus is: “If teachers design robust, responsive, engaging tasks grounded in a caring environment, then students will demonstrate an improved ability to write and problem-solve.”  There is a lot to consider in this statement, but know that care, writing, and problem-solving are at the core.  As such, Ms. Gear will be supporting us with her findings and strategies that relate to optimizing our writing techniques, in support of our school goals.  You can learn more about Ms. Gear and her reading and writing professional development at https://www.readingpowergear.com/.  Also, attached to this email you will find a .PDF sent to us by our Occupational Therapist, which offers information about supporting writing at home.
Finally, I realize that many people are awaiting word about the impact of the provincial budget on our school.  As you have no doubt been made aware via news outlets, budget allocations and understandings have been shifting regularly over the past couple weeks.  Know that as soon as I am able to report anything with “certainty” about impacts on Hillhurst School, I will do so.  I have been informed that information will be shared within the next couple days via email about the budget and its implications, so stay tuned.
A few reminders
Interviews, Report card dates:  Report Cards are scheduled to come home on Monday, December 16, 2019.  You can book an interview with your child’s teacher through the PowerSchool portal, at https://sis.cbe.ab.ca/public/ .  Bookings are on a first-come, first-served basis, and opens up online for booking effective Monday, December 16th, 2019 at 6:00pm.  Interviews are scheduled for almost all classes on the evening of Thursday, December 19th and the morning of Friday December 20th.
Fun Lunch:  A reminder that our next Fun Lunch is this Thursday, December 12th.
Grandfriends:  We were very happy to see the Grandfriends program continue last week.  Thank you to our School Council for your work in making this opportunity happen, in support of student learning and positive relationships.
Fill a sock campaign:  Thank you to all families who have sent in a sock for our “Fill a Sock” campaign; they will be delivered on December 20th to families and people in need.
Winter Break:  Reminder that students’ last day of school before Winter Break is Thursday, December 19, 2019.  School will resume for students on Tuesday, January 7th, 2020. 
 
Warmest wishes,
Ryan Turner
Acting Principal, Hillhurst School
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1418 7 Ave NW Calgary, AB, T2N 0Z2
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Mr Christopher Giffen
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Ms Karen Pope
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