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Principal's Message

Last Week of School

​Here we are folks! It's the last week of school and our students are only here for THREE more days!  This year has been a very full one, and we have watched your children grow both as individuals and as scholars.  It has been wonderful to be there for both!
With our Nolan Hills students moving to Belvedere Parkway, our school population is projected to be 400, which is much lower than the 520+ students that we currently have.  This, coupled with our current budget constraints, means that we have to say goodbye to many of our cherished staff.
Mrs. Hodgkinson will be leaving us at the end of this school year to explore the world! She plans to travel extensively for several months, but will be back at the beginning of February.​  We are still in the process of hiring a both a temporary replacement for her, as well as a part time C secretary for September.  We would like to thank Mrs. Miller, who has filled that position for several months.  We continue to staff for a part time music teacher, and a special education lunch room supervisor.
As you know, one of the people who is leaving is Mr. Todos, who has accepted a very important position as a System Assistant Principal in Inclusive Learning - his portfolio is called Welcome, Caring, Respectful and Safe Learning Environments (WeCaReS), and I honestly couldn't think of a more capable person for that role than Mr. T.  He will certainly be missed by all of us at Ranchlands!  We are currently interviewing for that position, and as soon as his successor is announced, I will advise families by email, and on our website.
There are several teachers who have decided that it was time for them to move on to new opportunities, and some of our newer teachers that I am certain will be moving on to another very lucky school next year.  These decisions about staffing are still being made within our system.
Mrs. Corscadden-Plett, who has been on family leave after the birth of her baby girl, has decided to spread her wings and move on to a new placement, hopefully in a very lucky special education class.
Mrs. Wilson is leaving us to spend more time with her family as she moves to a part time role as a kindergarten teacher at a French immersion school!  Bon chance, Madame!
Mrs. Burns has been granted a year long Professional Improvement Fellowship to pursue her Masters degree. She will return to a new school after her year is up, and they will be very lucky to have her.
Mr. Ellice will be leaving us this year, but whatever school he winds up at is going to have a GREAT PE program! This year he worked with Mr. T. on our Flag Football league, basketball, volleyball and bowling intramurals, to name a few.  He is leaving a huge hole as he leave us!
Mr. McClure is waiting to hear where he will end up next year, and that school will be lucky to have such a caring, dedicated educator join them. Mr. McClure took on several volunteer roles this year, including science olympics and recycling club, where he will be remembered for his short-lived modeling career at their assembly.
Ms. Chaperon has taught four grades in her two years at Ranchlands, and whatever grade and school she winds up in, she will make a huge difference in the lives of her students, and her new staff.
Mr. Avery has brought joy and fun to both our music and kindergarten programs this year.  Our of our students have learned from his passion for both music and for education of young learners.  Students have learned to recognize and create beats, sing, and play recorders, ukeleles, boom whackers, and their own bodies!
Ms. Barry joined our grade one-two teaching team this year and her joy in the work and in being with young children shone all year. Whether she winds up teaching very young, or older learners, she will make their learning fun and meaningful.
Ms. Kalmakoff joined us this year as part of our grade one-two teaching team and in addition to teaching her own class, she was a great support to the students in her partner class as they went through a year with many transitions.  Her fun ideas for learning and her sense of teamwork will make her a great addition to whatever school she winds up at.
Ms. Heemsbergen jumped in to take over a grade one-two class that had been through a lot of changes this year, and she helped students create a community of young learners. She didn't stop there, though, she also volunteered her talents to coach girls' volleyball and basketball. Her dedication to education and to children is obvious.
Ms. Drever joined our grade five-six team after our year had begun, but became a valued part of a caring and cohesive team of teachers. Students quickly learned that she could be trusted but also expected their best.  She will be missed.
Ms. Davidson was a valued part of our grade three-four team, teaming with Ms. Patel, and she quickly became a valued member of the larger grade team as well.  Ms. Davidson is always willing to take on something new, and while she will sure be missed by our staff and students,we know she will do well as she moves on to her next challenge.
We have two teachers who will remain on parental leaves as we begin next year - we look forward to welcoming back Ms. McNamee in January and Mrs. McWilliam at a later date.
We are also losing several of our support staff this year.  Please join us in wishing them well: Mrs. Chong - we will no longer have a lead lunch supervisor, and so we must say goodbye, although we know another school will be lucky to have her join their staff.
Mrs. Charman - we will no longer have a bussing assistant, and so sadly we must say goodbye and wish her well at her new school. She'll be missed in Kindergarten as well, since part of her assignment was to work with our youngest learners.
​Mrs. Narula - who joined us as English Language Learning Assistant just this year will be moving on to a new oportunity. In her short time here she helped many of our students and will be missed.
Mrs. Besler - who has joyfully worked both in our PLP class and with some of our medically fragile students, will leave a hole within our Education Assistants as she moves on to new challenges.
Mrs. Pauls - who works with our kindergarten students as an Early Childhood Practitioner.  This position is funded by the system, based on the needs of children in the kindergarten classroom.  Her cheery disposition and smile will be missed by little AND big people.
As you can see, our school is currently going through a great deal of transition. While we are losing many valued educators, friends and colleagues, we remain a very strong team that is dedicated to ensuring that our school remain as special as it is now, with student learning and well being at the core of everything we do.   We will be saying farewell to these staff members during a brief assembly prior to the beginning of our Sports Day on Wednesday morning.  Please join us!  If you can't make it for the morning, we look forward to seeing everyone at the Carnival in the afternoon!  ​Please note that the carnival will end at 3:30, and students will go back inside with their teachers where they will say goodbye and collect their report cards. Parents are invited to remain outside and visit, or help with clean up so that all students have the last few minutes to return to class and say goodbye to their friends. We are unable to provide report cards until students leave that day, so if you must remove your child before the end of the day, please leave a stamped, self-addressed envelope in the office so your child's report card can be mailed to you. As students continue to register for next year, we may need to reexamine the grade assignments of teachers and class assignments of students.  During the last three weekdays of August, your child can expect a phone call welcoming them back for another great year of learning.  Like this year, we plan to meet everyone out in our field on September 3, with balloons flying to help students find their way to their new teachers and classmates.  Please plan to come with your children, if you can, meet the staff and have a cup of coffee and a treat compliments of our amazing School Council.   In the meantime, take the summer to rest, read, play, and most of all, relax with your fantastic children.  We look forward to seeing them back in the fall.  To those moving on to new places, on behalf of the staff, I wish you great luck as you continue your learning journey!  You will be missed! Respectfully, Cheri Wickland, Principal

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610 Ranchlands Blvd NW Calgary, AB, T3G 2C5
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Mrs Cheri Wickland
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