As we begin the month of December, we enter into a time noted
for its celebration of peace, harmony and generosity. Throughout this festive
season, we often consider how we can extend
our sense of community to others. At Annie Gale, our staff and students
have embarked on a challenge to raise food for others in need. We are asking our families to consider donating food for the Calgary Food
Bank. This food drive runs from November 27th until December 15th.
This drive will end with a “Pie in the Face” celebration at our school
assembly on December 21st. Like last year,
students will receive one ticket for every food donation they bring to school
or for every dollar they donate. Tickets will then be placed into teacher bags
for the chance to pie a teacher in the face at the assembly. Thanks
to all teachers who have graciously agreed to be part of this incentive as well
as the organizers at our school.
Music is an important part of the
holiday season. Our annual celebration of the arts and winter concert is a
great opportunity for our students to showcase the talents that they are
developing through our school’s music program. We invite all our parents and guardians to join us for our Fine Arts Celebration occurring the
evening of December 7th, beginning
at 6:00 pm. Come to our school
and enjoy the wonderful sounds of the holiday season while being entertained by
our Grade 6, 7, 8, and 9 Bands. Also
on display will be artefacts completed by our students in their Art and
At this time, we also wish to thank the many parents
who have heeded our expectations around drop off and pick up requirements for
students. Our school parking lot has become a much safer place for both staff
and students with the continued attention to the posted signage. We would like
to remind our families that this attention to safe and orderly drop off
routines now needs to be extended to the streets adjacent to the school. Making
U-turns and allowing students to get out of vehicles in the middle of the
street is not safe. The buses that pick up our students on a regular basis also
need access to the sidewalks for safe unloading and pick-up. Please consider
our students safety during this holiday season.
would also like to thank the many families who attended our Parent Teacher
Conferences in November. Our report cards reflecting progress in the core
discipline areas and complementary classes for the first term will be going
home on January 22nd, 2018. That week, parents can also schedule another
Parent Teacher Conferences during the evening of January 25th and
the morning of January 26th. If you have any questions about the
body of evidence teachers use to assess learning and the indicator scale used
to identify learning proficiency levels, please feel free to join us at our
School Council Meeting on December 18th beginning at 6:00 pm.
We also wish to remind our families that the last day
of classes for students before the winter break is December 21st. There
will be no school for students on December 8th, nor on December 22nd.
Our Traditional Learning Community (TLC) Open House will be held on Thursday,
January 11th beginning at 6:00 pm. The lottery for entry into this
program begins on January 22nd.
At this time, we
would like to wish all our families a safe and enjoyable holiday season and
extend joyful tidings for the New Year. We hope that this winter break provides
much opportunity for our students to spend time together, resting and relaxing
with their family and friends. We look forward to continuing to work together
to make a difference in our world in 2018.
As always, please
feel free to contact me at email@example.com or
403 777 – 7860 if you have any questions, concerns or celebrations you would
like to share.