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Fall 2019 Update

​As we enter this new school year, staff and students have settled into new routines, build community together, and embraced new learning challenges. At Olympic Heights, we continue to reinforce the virtues of the Circle of Courage as a way of living and being at Olympic Heights School. Our goal is to encourage students to be independent learners who are generous with their words and actions, who develop a sense of belonging within our school community, and work to master skills that will they will carry with them throughout their lifetime.        
Thank you to all the parents/guardians who attended Parent-Teacher conferences. The purpose of the September conferences is to provide an opportunity for parents/guardians to inform the teacher about their child’s interests, strengths and areas for growth. This in turn, assisted teachers in gaining a holistic picture of their new learners.​ 
In addition to Student-Led Conferences in December and March, teachers will communicate throughout the year about your child’s learning. This may happen through personal correspondence, face to face meetings, curricular updates, agendas, blogs, and Iris. If at any time you wish to initiate communication about your child’s progress, please make an appointment with your child’s teacher so that proper time and attention can be given to the conversation. Please refrain from catching teacher’s at the classroom without notice before or after school as this is a very busy time for both our staff and students. 
The Calgary Board of Education Three Year Plan continues to be used as a framework to personalize learning for all students. In response to the CBE Three Plan, this year, staff will engage in Professional Learning Communities, which we will focus on the CBE’s Literacy Strategy around the topic of writing. As new Assessment Documents have also been established in the CBE, staff continue to work through research-based strategies to document and assess up to date student data to inform next steps in learning. The goal of this work is to also ensure students why they are doing, what they are doing, when they are doing it.  
As students embark on another new year it is important that parents support the school in helping each student to build independence and resiliency skills. When a child makes a poor choice or it is imperative that they learn to live through the natural consequences and learn from their actions. As parents, sometimes our natural inclination is to jump in and protect them from any feelings of distress, however the research states that when this happens, the child internalizes the feeling that they are not capable of managing stress, and anxiety starts to manifest. Healthy children are able to learn and grow from their mistakes. Their mistakes fuel opportunities to make better choices in the future. When the opportunity to learn is taken away because someone else has solved their problem for them, then they are not able to experience the feelings of resiliency that comes from overcoming the problem.

Though it may seem like high school is far away from now for your child, the CBE is currently encouraging parents to engage with their initiative around High School Success through the Shaping the Future of CBE Schools webpage. With continuing growth in enrollment and many CBE high schools over capacity, the CBE is looking for input and creative problem-solving to meet the needs of students now, and in the future. Please visit the webpage for more information and to engage in in-person dialogue sessions for parents.   
Lastly, we want to remind you that each grade in our school will have the opportunity to showcase their learning both through a Celebration of Learning evening and a school assembly. These celebrations of learning and assemblies are important for building school community and an opportunity to showcase the important work that is taking place in classrooms throughout the school year. Please check agendas, our school calendar​ for information on each particular grade. 

We want to thank our students, parents/guardians and staff for making Olympic Heights a great place to learn and for a wonderful start-up. If you have any questions with regards to the information in the October Newsletter please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or the administration.

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Olympic Heights School

875 Strathcona Dr SW Calgary, AB, T3H 2Z7
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School Contacts

Principal
Mr Dave Quon
Assistant Principal
Ms Tiffany Austin
Education Director
Mrs Lori Cooper
Trustee
Lisa Davis

School Information

Grades
K-06
Enrolment
658
Programs
Regular
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School Hours

Morning Start
9:10 AM
Dismissal
3:50 PM
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