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June 23
Week of June 24

​As we prepare for our final week of this school year it is a time to reflect on our work together as an entire school community and to be grateful for the opportunities that we have had.  We are very proud of the accomplishments of our students academically and socially this school year.  Our students have engaged in exciting opporutnities and have taken risks as learners.  They have embraced technology and have made safe decisions as digital learners.  Rather than ban technology we have worked together to learn to use technology responsibly.  We have learned to understand when it helps and when it hinders. 

Our school has promoted team and leadership.  We have started to understand our role as teachers and learners, and as community members.  We also reached out beyond our community to our role as citizens of Calgary, Alberta, Canada and the World.

In all of this work we have focused on seeking understanding while we try to be free of judgment; learning to accept and build on one another's strengths while we reach out and support one another's weaknesses. 

Our diverse school coommunity is filled with care, compassion and kindness. 

We have spent 10 months together learning.  We have shared in each others' great days and our less pleasant ones always knowing the Rideau doors will be open to us each day. ( We will miss Mrs. Halford opening these doors for us).

We are appreciative of our parents and community who support us to do the work that we do and our teachers whose days reach far beyond the school day to mentor, coach, prepare, collaborate and learn so that our opportunities will prepare us for our future.

We are grateful to live Empathy, Open-Mindedness and Integrity at Rideau Park School.

Judi Hadden


June 09
Week of June 10

​We are down to our final weeks of this school year and we have a great deal of work to do to finish off with strength and determination.  The most important thing for all of us is healthy rest and nutrition.  If we keep our bodies healthy, our brains will not fail us.

Please check the school website and class blogs, D2L daily.  There is so much happening and we don't want anyone to miss out.

Parents are invited to join in on all of our special days and activities.  Please come by when convenient and please celebrate our year of work with us.

Time passes so quickly - I was amazed that Mrs. Halford has given 20 years to Rideau Park School.  That is a commitment that we must all cherish and celebrate.  To have someone so connected to our community and who cares so deeply about our community is very special.  I hope that everyone finds time to celebrate Mrs. Halford on June 19.

A school year is unlike any other experience.  We spend this intense time together -students and teachers- and then we come to a space of closer.  I hope that we can all find time for gratitude for the opportunity to be together, to learn, and to appreciate what we have collectively shared.

I hope that our month of June is one we can cherish.

Judi Hadden

May 26
May 27

​On Wednesday our School Council held its AGM for this year and held elections for the upcoming year.  I would like to acknowledge the work of the executive this past year.  These are volunteer hours and without this support, our school and ultimately our students would do with less.  We appreciate the contributions of all individuals on our School Council executive.  Thank you so much to those of you who are moving on to new opportunities and will not be members of the Council executive next year.  Your dedication is admirable and our school community thanks you for your time.  We welcome those members who are joining the executive and look forward to working together in the upcoming year.

SAFETY continues to be at the forefront of our work at Rideau Park School.  We need everyone to understand the liability involved when students wish to leave an event on their own or with another person.  We are responsible for our students and unless we have a specific notification from the parent, we are unable to release a child to anyone other than the designated parent. If you are planning for your child to leave an event with someone other than yourself, please email the school office and the teacher in charge of the event ahead of time to make us aware of these plans.  We keep these messages on file.  We are also unable to release your child from the school during the day without you coming in to pick them up.  I cannot be 100% sure that they are safe walking to meet you on Elbow Drive and I am responsible for your child.  Please help us to take  the important steps to keep our children safe.  If we knew that we would be facing accidents ahead of time, there would never be any accidents as we would be prepared for them.  We can't always predict what is ahead and must be safe.  Please make prearrangements, and please come into the school or event to pick up your child.  

May 20
May 20

​Wow our week last week was so fantastic.  The school musical was a great walk in history at Rideau. We all enjoyed looking back and learning about Rideau through the VCR and 8-Track Tape Player.  Looking back in the yearbooks was also fun and many Rideau community members commented on people that they knew who had also attended Rideau.  We are so rich in our history.  

We continue to build on this rich history with our current students, staff, parents, and volunteers.  This week our School Council invites all parents to the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday at 7:00 pm.  Our Chair Erin Kent will present an overview of the year, a new slate of council executive will be elected and the Parents' Association will also present on the year.  This is a great way to get involved in Rideau.  Our school relies on the everyday committees that our School Council provides.  

As well, Rideau welcomes new parents on Thursday evening.  We will be hosting a learning evening for all Grade 7 Parents.  This is a great time to welcome new parents to our school community and make new connections.  

The school continues to be very active as we celebrate our year of learning.  I personally have had a chance to take a look at our students' work on their first Provincial Achievement Exams and I am very proud of the work ethic of our students.  They are putting their heart into their work and digging deeply to articulate their learning. 

Our students are a reflection of all of us in the community.  Don't forget to sign up on the website for the volunteer tea.  We look forward to celebrating together.  

Thank you Everyone!

Judi Hadden


May 12
May 13

Dear Rideau Families:

May is the month when our work for the year comes together. We have developed strong community relationships, our students are proud of their learning accomplishments, and as we have grown as teachers and learners we are making deep connections between our curricular areas.  I was so proud of our students (all of them) last week.  We as a school came together to support the writing of Provincial Achievement Exams.  The students in Grade 6 and Grade 9 were diligent in their work. I truly believe that each student worked hard to demonstrate their very best work.  Students K-9 were respectful of this time and kept the learning environment focused.  Students were especially respectful during lunch time as the Grade 6 and 9 students continued to write.  Our Fun Lunch team of parents were so adaptable to support the environments as well.  I really appreciate the effort of our entire school to support one another and be so thoughtful to understand the importance of our academic work.  We are very fortunate to have the staff that we do at Rideau.  As we all worked together to support our students the sense of community once again flourished.

Thank you Everyone!

Judi Hadden


May 05
May 6

​Thank you to everyone who celebrated Rideau Park School and supported the Rideau Park Parents' Association on May 1.  As always our work together as a community is the essence of our students' success.  To honour the many ways that our parents give to Rideau Park, we invite everyone in our community to our Volunteer Tea.  Please see the website to RSVP on Eventbrite.  We look forward to seeing everyone in June.

Parents are encouraged to attend the School Council Annual General Meeting on May 22 at 7:00 pm.

This week we celebrate learning at Rideau through demonstrating our writing.  Students in Grade 6 and 9 will be writing Provincial Achievement Exams on Wednesday and Thursday.  This is a week for all of us at Rideau to pause and write, as our work is a collective of all of our years of writing.  Please help our students this week to be well rested and well nourished.  Healthy snacks and lunches as well as water are important to keep our brains alert and allow us to do our best work.

We begin to look to our last months of school.  All trips unitl the end of the year are on the calendar and all fees are in family accounts.  Please take time to look through to the end of the school year to see the many events, trips and celebrations happening at Rideau.

This is our final week of rehearsal before we present Rideau ReVue.  Staff and students have been workinig very hard to prepare for this presentation.  All students are required to be in attendance for the dress rehearsal on Monday afternoon during school hours.  We have guests visiting to see the show Tuesday afternoon ( a final rehearsal) and the Show Opens Tuesday Evening followed by a final performance Wednesday Evening.  It is very difficult to run rehearsals when students are absent.  Please help out the team by having students at school.  Please check class blogs for costumes for each grade level.  Tickets are available on Eventbrite - check the school website.

Looking forward to a warmer week.

Judi Hadden


April 28
April 29

Dear Rideau

We are very lucky to have such a terrific community at Rideau Park.  Our students (children) thrive because they are in an environment and culture of care.  Working together, teachers, parents, and students build our school culture and community to offer our students a program of excellence. 

Our Parents Association supported Rideau this past week by sponsoring Brian Keating - we had a great day deep in nature and understanding environmental impact.  They also provided the outstanding DJ's for our Spring has Sprung Dance.  Staff and students enjoyed both of these events.  Thank you to our RPSPA.

In the next week there are outstanding opportunities for all of us:

Monday - Kindergarten is going swimming this week - thank you parents for volunteering

             A Mock Debate presentation for our Junior High students to build on developing a Speech               and Debate Program at Rideau

Tuesday - Grade 6 Outdoor School Mandatory Parent meeting

Wednesday - Our Grade 7 & 8 students perform at Calgary Performing Arts Festival - please come                        watch us at Bella Theatre

                    CELEBRATE AND SUPPORT RIDEAU EVENING AT WURST - Get your tickets

Thursday - Track and Field Meet - (watch for details as this may change due to weather)                                 We need a lot of volunteers to make this happen

Friday -      Our Grade 9 and Jazz Band students perform at Calgary Performing Arts Festival -  please come and watch us at Bella Theatre

GRADE 6 AND 9 STUDENTS WRITE THEIR FIRST PAT EXAMS ON WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY MAY 8 AND 9 - Please make sure that they are in attendance well rested and well fed (they may bring healthy snacks).

Please regularly check the school calendar - It is busy at Rideau.

Looking forward to a great week!

Judi Hadden



April 22
April 22

​Dear Rideau Families:

As we prepare for the 2019-2020 school year, we invite our school community to engage in our planning processes for budget.  Please see the banner on our homepage for the budget presentation from our School Council meeting.

Ensuring an excellent staff and resources to support learning are key to our students' success.

Some of the planning for our upcoming school year is unclear however, we are making projections based on trends from previous years.  

We invite your input into this planning through the following survey​.  Please take time to complete the three questions as we work to continue improving learning at Rideau Park School.

Rideau is very busy as we move into our spring.  Please make sure to regularly check the calendar, help our students to be in attendance at musical rehearsals, athletic practices, as well as keeping up with their learning.  

Don't forget to support Rideau at our Parent Association Evening May 1.
Thank you,
Judi Hadden
April 14
April 15

Thank you to the volunteers who provided a delicious meal for all staff on Thursday and a wonderful breakfast on Friday.  Rideau Park Staff really appreciate your thoughtfulness.


Thank you to all families for your attendance at conferences.  The excitement of our students as they prepared to demonstrate their learning and speak to their accomplishments was very exciting.  When students are engaged in their learning process and feel safe to make mistakes and learn from them, we know that they are embracing their learning and becoming strong problem solvers. 


In the next couple of weeks, we have a guest visit from Dr. Brian Keating who will share his most recent nature encounters.  We are always honored that Dr. Keating is willing to share his knowledge and experience with us. 


The Spring Has Sprung Dance will be from 6:30 to 8:30 on April 25.  Tickets are available on Eventbrite.  Please see the Sunday April 14 Messenger message for the password to purchase tickets.


Our School Council meets on Wednesday April 17 at 7:00 pm. Discussions for the meeting will include 2019-2020 budget priorities, High School Engagement Opportunties for parents, 2019-2020 School Calendar as well as upcoming events at Rideau Park.  Please consider joining the meeting.​

Earl Grey School is hosting a Telus Wise presentation on Cyberbullyiing on April 23.  They have invited Rideau Park parents to attend.  

Holiday wishes to all families in the upcoming weeks.

Judi Hadden


April 07
April 8

​Dear Rideau Families:

As we prepare for the 2019 - 2020 School Year we engage in conversations about School Budget.  This year we have worked very hard with our entire school community to provide the best opportunities for our students and remain within the confines of a public school education budget.  We appreicate the effort that all of our families make to keep school fees paid.  This is very important because our shcool budget along with special program fees and field trips fees allow us to offer the programs that we do.  We do not have any surplus funds to account for unpaid fees and our Parent Association works to see that there is equity for all students but cannot assume the responsibility for unpaid fees. 

We maximize out school budget to provide the best staffing ratio possible to meet the needs of our school population.  I am always in awe of the actions of our school staff to put in the numerous hours that are demanded of a Kindergarten through Grade 9 School to include but not llimited to special events, clubs, athletics, music opportunities, overnight trips, STEM opportunities and preparing our Grade 9's for High School.  This is not to mention delivering a program of excellence each and everyday for our students.  

Our Parent Association is an invaluable resource to our School.  We are hoping that everyone can join in some way to support Rideau Park at the upcoming Celebration of Rideau Parent Evening.  http://bit.ly/RideauParkTickets​ (Copy the link and paste in your browser for tickets)

Thank you on behalf of all members of our community.

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