Nov 26
November 26, 2021

Thank you to all the parents who were able to find time to join our school council and parent society meetings this week. There was great conversation, questions, and learning! We always appreciate opportunities to get to know and interact with our parent community. Thanks also to Ms. Degner for her informative presentation about how she is bringing writing alive in her classroom using Adrienne’s Gear Writing Power resource. Grade 5s and 6s have been focusing on making their writing interesting and clear. Ask them to tell you about something they have written, there are some AMAZING writers in our school. 

Please note: If you don’t receive the weekly message this week (Nov 26) you need to click on the link below and agree to accept commercial messages from AFS.  Most communication from School Council/ Parent Society is commercial as it includes fundraising initiatives. In recent weeks we have been sharing information about such things as Healthy Hunger, Fundscrip, Donut orders, picture orders, and our holiday giving campaign...we don’t want you to be missing out on information because you haven’t signed up for commercial messages. You need to sign up to receive messages with the same account that is attached to your child in powerschool for the system to work! Thank you. 
Thanks to all parents who contributed to the delicious pot luck for teaching staff on Thursday evening, it is greatly appreciated. We also enjoyed meeting with most parents over the past two days. For those of you that we weren’t able to connect with, we hope to be able to do so in the near future. Please reach out to your child’s teacher to find a time that will work to meet. 
Have a safe weekend. 
Your AFS leadership team, 
Helen Sharpe and Tianna Melnyk 
Nov 19
November 19, 2021
PRCs - do you have one? Do you know what they are?

Police Record Clearances (PRCs) are one requirement that all volunteers must meet in order to come into the school during regular school hours. As we gain clarity on other expectations, and begin to once again be able to participate in off site field trips we are hoping that we can engage more of our kindergarten/grade 1 and 2 parents in the PRC process. Without clearance we cannot allow parent volunteers into the school for field trips, fun lunch, class assistance, etc. 
So, what do you need to do? Paula (Ms. Aab) needs to get you set up with a letter from CBE. In order to generate this letter she needs to see your ID. Please email her: paaab@cbe.ab.ca to find a time that works for both you and her to come in and get the process started. Once you have the letter you will need some time to complete the application process online. Once the application has been reviewed by the Calgary Police Service you are then notified and need to share the results with the CBE. It's all done electronically now, and the cost is covered by the CBE. 

We are hoping that we will have a number of volunteers in the building during the last week of school, to assist in organizing the holiday giving donations, facilitate a holiday craft in our younger grades, and even help with some thematic decorating. There is still time to complete the PRC process prior to that last week of school, if you get started right away!

Thank you for your consideration and continued support.

Your AFS leadership team,
Helen Sharpe and Tianna Melnyk​



Nov 12
November 12, 2021

​Dear AFS families,

It has been a week of Remembrance. Your children shared thoughtful presentations on Wednesday that reflected their understanding of what Remembrance Day means to each of them. One example, from room 6, has been shared on the main page of the website. Enjoy. 
All Poppy proceeds go to our National Veterans while all pin proceeds ($275!!!) go to our neighbourhood veterans. Did you know we have a branch right here in our neighbourhood? Branch 289 Royal Canadian Legion Alberta NWT Command – 2828 28 St SW (Part of the Killarney Glengarry Community Centre). Thank you.

Our school casino is next week. Thank you to all who have already signed up to volunteer. There is 1 spot available, back up on the Tuesday, to whomever is available. We would really like it filled by end of day Friday, if you're available please sign up.​

Providing a safe, caring, welcoming and respectful school environment continues to be a priority, everyday. We appreciate your emails and communication when you hear something from your child that might not quite sound right. Clarifying is helpful, while understanding that a child's perspective is only one point of view. Thank you for being an intrigual part of the education process. 

As part of our continued focus on safety we will have our third fire drill practice next week. Students will be informed of the event so they can prepare and once again clear the building quickly and effeciently.

Have a safe weekend.
Your AFS Leadership team,
Helen Sharpe and Tianna Melnyk


Nov 05
November 5, 2021

​Dear AFS families,

WOW! A month has flown by, and what an amazing month it has been. The family at AFS is a strong and welcoming one, thank you for including me in your child's educational family.

On Tuesday Tianna and I had the opportunity to meet with some parents online for coffee and conversation. It was wonderful to be able to sit down with family members and engage in open conversation. I learned so much, and was also able to answer some questions. Kindergarten and grade 1 parents were wondering about where the washrooms as well as lost and found were located within the school, while grade 5 and 6 parents were wondering where we are in planning for skiing and/or camping trips this year. There continue to be so many questions that, in a non-covid impacted year, would have been answered while parents were in the building for conferences, assemblies, and regular meetings. Thank you to those parents who were able to make time to meet this week. We plan to have more meeting times, please watch the website for the December time. We hope to welcome even more parents then.

Further to that meeting, we have been able to locate the video that was created for kindergarten parents last year. This provides a small insight into the school, and has a greeting from Ms. Puglia, last year's kindergarten teacher. This year we have welcomed Ms. Weber to our kindergarten classroom, she's not in the video, but she is in the classroom everyday teaching our youngest learners. You'll find the video posted on the website sometime this weekend.

This coming Wednesday, all students will be participating in our Remembrance Day Assembly. Kindergarten students are not here in the mornings and as such will watch the video portion in the afternoon, all other students will follow the provincial mandates and participate in the morning, with the one minute of silence observed at 11am. We look forward to having a reflective week. 

We hope you all have an opportunity to take a look at the Fundscrip this weekend, you'll find the links on the website for purchasing through this program to support school council and AFS students. Use your extra hour well, as the clocks fall back this weekend!
Have a great weekend.

Your AFS leadership team,
Helen Sharpe and Tianna Melnyk


Oct 29
October 29, 2021

​Dear Families, 
What a great day at AFS, the enthusiasm and creativity of your children shone brightly today. Many teachers dressed up and educational fun was had by all. 
Next week we will practice our first lockdown of the year. Two SROs (School Resource Officers) will be on site to lead us through the process and support students in understanding the importance of being prepared.
On Tuesday morning we hope to meet up with many of you on our coffee and conversation teams meet. See you there.

Your AFS leadership team,
Ms. Helen Sharpe and Ms. Tianna Melnyk

Oct 22
Oct 22, 2021
​Dear families, 

This week at AFS I had the opportunity to spend many hours in classrooms with our division 2 students. As part of our SDP (School Development Plan) we have committed to participating in the OurSchool Survey in the fall and spring of this school year. ​The survey takes upwards of an hour to present and complete in each classroom. What a joy to be able to share time in each of the classrooms and get to know your children just a little bit better.

Sometime soon the results will be shared with us, and then with you at a school council meeting. This week, on Tuesday evening at our school council meeting, we will share information about our goals for this year. For the 2021-2022 school year all CBE schools will have 3 SDP goals; literacy, math, and well-being. If you'd like to know what we are focusing on, the data we used to decide what to focus on, and what we plan to do to improve, please stop in on Tuesday night to learn more.

If you'd like to see the SDP from last year, it's on the website! ​Look under About Us, Our School.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday night, welcoming your children on Monday, and seeing the costumes and excitement on Friday.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Your AFS administrative team,
Helen Sharpe and Tianna Melnyk

Oct 15
October 15, 2021
​Dear families,
What a great first week at Alex Ferguson! Thanks to each of you, and your children, for making me feel so welcome here. I have had an opportunity to meet a few of you, and many of your children; outside, in the hallways, taking picture, and when visiting classrooms. Each classroom has a teacher who is dedicated to engaging all their students in learning each and every day. I've witnessed all our support staff interacting positively with so many of our learners. I am so thankful to be a part of this learning community.
This Monday, October 18, staff will engage in the first annual CBE System Wide Professional Learning Day focused on Indigenous Education. We will have the opportunity to learn from Tomas Jirousak and Dr. Pamela Toulouse through keynote sessions pre-recorded for the CBE. In addition, we will be focusing on the Indigenous literacy resources we have recently purchased for our learning commons collection, generating purposeful tasks that we can implement in our classrooms to further all our learning.
Next week, on Tuesday, we will also have our second fire drill of the school year, the first for our kindergarten students! Kindergarten students practiced where to stand and how to exit the building safely today, they are prepared for the whole school event! 
Have you had a chance to check out this resource shared by our CPS SROs? (Calgary Police Service School Resource Officers). It is something that we review we our own children on an ongoing basis. For your consideration: https://www.calgary.ca/cps/community-programs-and-resources/crime-prevention/back-to-school-safety-tips.html  
Have a wonderful weekend, we look forward to seeing you online at our school council meeting next Tuesday, October 26 – mark your calendar now!
Your AFS Administrative Team,
Helen Sharpe and Tianna Melnyk



Oct 12
First Day

Dear Parents/ Guardians, students and community members,

What an amazing first day at AFS! Your children are so caring and welcoming, what a great place to be. I am truly honoured to be your “forever principal!" While it will take some time to do so, I am very much looking forward to meeting each and every one of you, through phone calls, emails, teams meets, and even in person.

I had the opportunity to be in all the classrooms today to meet all our students, start forming relationship, and begin to learn everyone's name, that too will take a while. The caring way they greeted me and included me in their learning was so welcoming.
Have a great night.

Helen Sharpe​


Sep 23
New Principal Survey - Your Input Requested

Thursday, September 23, 2021

 

Dear Staff and Parents/Guardians:

 

On behalf of the Calgary Board of Education, I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude for the leadership and service that Principal Hildegard Bensler has provided at Alexander Ferguson School.  I wish Principal Bensler all the best in her future endeavours.  I also want to express my thanks to the school community for their support during her absence from the school these past two years. 

 

I have valued Acting Principal Warmington's experience, leadership and insight as she has skillfully and strategically led the entire learning community forward at Alexander Ferguson School for the past few months. At this time, I am able to share that I am in the process of selecting a permanent principal for the school.

 

The CBE welcomes input from parents, students and staff and in order to inform the selection of a new principal for Alexander Ferguson School.  I would be pleased to receive input from staff, students and parents regarding the programming and leadership attributes you value.  Your input is taken into consideration as part of the hiring process of a new principal for Alexander Ferguson School.  An online survey will be available on the Alexander Ferguson school website until Tuesday, September 28.  Please provide your input using the following link: Alexander Ferguson Principal Survey

 

I will be interviewing candidates along with other Directors and will make a recommendation to our Chief Superintendent Chris Usih regarding a candidate.  Your confidential input is shared directly with the successful candidate to inform their entry plan as they transition into the school.

 

Thank you for taking time to share your feedback through the survey.

 

Keep well,

 

Lori Cooper

Education Director, Area 7

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Aug 26
Welcome Back to Alex Ferguson School for the 2021-2022 school year!

Our staff is excited to welcome back our students as well as welcome our new students and their families to our school community. One of the joys of a small school is that we are able to know each student and build strong nurturing relationships that enhance the teaching and learning process. Alex Ferguson School has a talented and dedicated staff that is committed to student success for every student every day.

After months of responding to the pandemic last school year, we are hopeful that as this school year progresses we will see a return to more normal ways of being at school.  That being said, CBE and Alex Ferguson School will continue with masking, cohorting, social distancing, and encouraging proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette. These measures will be reviewed, demonstrated, and modelled with each group of students over the first few days of school.

Maintaining a safe school relies on everyone doing their part. Our Facilities staff will continue to engage in enhanced cleaning and sanitizing throughout the school day as well as before and after school. Students will need to come to school with their masks which they wear when not seated in desks. The good news is that we will be able to welcome scheduled visitors, such as artists in residence and volunteers. Students will also be able to go on field trips providing the venue meets CBE's protocols. These are small steps toward normalcy and will enhance the opportunities for our students. More information regarding Covid -19 protocols is available on the CBE website www.cbe.ab.ca .

Our 2021-2022 learning journey begins with a sense of excitement and hopefulness. We look forward to seeing all our students on September 1st.

 Welcome everyone!

Sincerely,

Deb Warmington, Acting Principal


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