Aug 31
Welcome Back to School

 

Dear Bishop Pinkham students and parents, 

 

We hope you have all had a restful summer! Here is some information for you as we get closer to the start of school. We are thrilled to welcome you back.  

 

The school office will be open Monday, August 29th at noon for registration and inquiries. Timetables will be given to students on their first day. Further information related to re-entry can be found on our website at this link https://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/bishoppinkham/registration/register/back-to-school/pages/default.aspx  

 

We are excited to welcome back all students on September 1st at 8 AM. Dismissal will be at 2:30 PM. Students will see teachers holding up signage at doors for their specific grades.  

 

For our students who are bussed, routes will not be posted online; individual stop information will be available to families who have pre-registered for transportation for the 2022-23 school year through MyCBE / PowerSchool. More bussing information can be found on the CBE Transportation page.   

 

We do not have a change in our school hours for 2022-23.  Mondays to Thursdays will run from 8 AM until 2:30 PM.  Every Friday will run from 8 AM until 12:30 PM.  

 

We will have our initial Meet the Teacher Evening on Thursday, September 22nd from 6-7:30 PM. There will be a notice sent home to remind parents as we get closer to the date.  

School Fees will be charged to families starting in October. Online fee payment is the simplest and most convenient way to pay school fees. Parents can use their online account to pay fees or apply for a waiver at: www.cbe.ab.ca/mycbe

You can find more information on the CBE school fees and waivers  page.  

 

That's it for now! I will be sending regular updates home via email/posted on the school website as the school year progresses. I look forward to meeting you in the near future. 

 

 

Take care and enjoy the last few days of summer! 

 

 

Rishma Hajee 

Principal | Bishop Pinkham School ​


Jun 15
Reflections on a year; time flies when you’re having fun.

We are approaching the year mark from when I was appointed the new principal at Bishop Pinkham School, and what a year it has been. I'm not so new anymore! Meeting and getting to know staff, students and families during a pandemic (while wearing masks) is not a typical experience when joining a school. We hit the ground running since September, and it seems like we haven't stopped. I can say with confidence that coming back to a school environment was definitely the right choice! Seeing student growth, laughter, and change makes this work so worthwhile. 

 

Schools are a micro version of our world and as we have come to see, the world can be a strained and challenging place. As in the greater community, times are challenging for our students. Junior High is one of the key developmental phases of their young lives. On her blog, Dr. Jody Carrington shares, “According to a 2021 surgeon general report, symptoms of depression and anxiety doubled in youth during the pandemic. Our emotions, our mental health, the way we process and acknowledge emotions in ourselves and in each other is critical right now – it's a matter of life and death…I love Adam Grant's reminder that many of our “best practices" were created for a world that no longer exists." Adults and children alike are learning to navigate a new normal.  

 

Our work in supporting students' academic achievement, emotional growth, and wellbeing has been seamless for many students, and sometimes an ongoing conversation for some; this is the work we do in meeting students where they are in their personal development as learners and members of our school community. We strive to do this with empathy and kindness.  

 

Albeit we are not yet out of the proverbial woods, we see many signs of success each day and on the horizon. We have returned to school sports and activities. We are able to welcome special guests and attend off site field trips. We have held a whole school assembly, in person, to come together as a community. Things are looking up for a return to what we consider “normal;" a new normal, recognizing that flexibility is key, and the one thing we can count on is change.  

 

We all have a role to play in this work; staff, students and families have a responsibility and role to play in contributing to a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment. Thank you for welcoming me so warmly, for your support and ongoing relationship with the school in helping navigate a challenging world, and carving out a new path. 

 

For those students and families leaving BP, I wish you success in your next schooling year.  

 

For those families remaining, you can expect to see school start up information delivered via email mid-August. If you have registered for yellow school bus transportation, the routes will be made available in August on or about the 29 or 30. The school will be closed at 1:00 PM on June 30, reopening at 1:00 PM on August 29. Please note that all school staff will be on holiday from July 1 to August 29.  

 

In the meantime, have a safe and restful summer, and we will see you on the first student day, September 1 at 8 AM.  

 

It's been an absolute pleasure to be a part of the BP community!  

 

Rishma Hajee 

Principal | Bishop Pinkham School ​

Feb 25
School Budget and Fees Presentation

​Presentation to School Council Feb 24.

Community engagement about school budget and fees

Feb 24 Presentation Template - School Planning Engagement - Winter 2022.pdf


Feb 09
Virtual Open House Presentations

Parent Presentation

BP Parent presentation 21-22 PDF.pdf

Late Immersion Presentation

BP Late Immersion 2021-22 PDF.pdf

Sep 10
Meet the Teacher Presentation

​​​Hello BP Families, 

Thank you all for attending our second ever virtual "Meet the Teacher" night on September 9th. Thank you for your patience as we grappled with some significant technical challenges and, as promised, please find the general presentation and teacher videos in the links below.

Note: Please click the "Read More" button to access live links to the presentation and the zip folder containing department/teacher videos.  

Meet the teacher pdf.pdf

OneDrive_1_9-10-2021.zip


Sep 02
Weekly Update for Bishop Pinkham | Sept 1st

Dear parents and guardians. 

We had a busy day and were thrilled to welcome Bishop Pinkham students back for a great year of learning. It's a wonderful sight to see the smiles and excitement on everyone's faces (yes, even through the masks). 

Each week, you will receive an email from me, similar to this one. It will contain all of the important information you need for the week ahead. These emails will also be archived on our school website https://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/bishoppinkham/Pages/default.aspx .  We also have a Twitter page where we will often post school goings-on and celebrations of learning. Please follow @BishopPinkham.  

On the first day of school, teachers spent time providing an overview to students around the COVID protocols that have been slightly changed from last school year, and reinforce those which still remain in place.  These protocols are in place for the month of September and will be re-assessed after being provided with additional AHS and CBE direction. These are the important details to be prepared for: 

  • Students and staff will wear masks, with the exception of CSSI students 
  • Students and staff will still be expected to use the daily checklist to identify if they should attend or stay home 
  • Hand hygiene, disinfecting shared equipment, and eating in designated cohorts (when indoors) will occur 
  • Homeroom cohorts will be in place for classes, and students will be able to move from class to class this year 
  • Using precautionary principles, the introduction of lockers/change rooms will be assessed at the end of September. Please have your student dress in comfortable clothing/appropriate footwear to be able to participate in physical activity. 
  • Gr. 7-9 enrichment classes, such as Band, Foods, Construction, Outdoor/Environmental Education, etc., will be re-introduced into the school schedule. We are aiming to introduce student choice back into enrichment as soon as possible as the public health situation will allow. 
  • There will be no unscheduled visitors to schools. 
  • As we continue to follow the Away for the Day mobile device policy, if students choose to being cell phones to school, they must be powered off and placed in their backpacks. There is a designated space for students to use their phones at lunch.  
  • We are a closed campus at lunch. Students who live in the walk zone may go home for lunch, and we ask that bussed students remain on campus for lunch.  

    We invite you to visit your child's D2L shell for their classes, which have the course outlines posted. On these outlines, you will see teacher contact information (also on our website) and suggested student supplies that you may wish to provide for your child. Teachers will post assignments, homework, and assessment information on D2L often. I encourage you to look at this site with your student on a regular basis.  

    For families who reference Power School (or the Power School app) to view classes and assigned teachers, please note that this information will become live on Sept. 1st. Marks for assessments will also be recorded on PowerSchool and updated every two weeks. Please have a look to keep updated on your child/ren(s) progress.  

    For our families who registered for CBE Transportation by the June 6th deadline, bus routes are now available through My CBE/Power School.  Families who have not registered yet may still do so; however, it may take six weeks to process registrations and be assigned a route. Families are responsible for transporting students while they wait to be added to a route. Please reference the CBE Bussing and Transportation page for all of your questions related to registration, routes, and frequently asked COVID-19 questions: 

    https://www.cbe.ab.ca/schools/busing-and-transportation/Pages/default.aspx 

    The My Bus Stop App code for Bishop Pinkham is CBE76VASIS. 

    To maintain student pedestrian safety, please do not drop off or pick up your child from the staff parking lot.  If dropping off, please do so across from the school on 63rd Avenue. The space in front of the school is for buses only. Please remind your student to always cross safely at a marked crosswalk. 

    A couple of key dates for you to remember and place on your calendar 
  • Sept 6- Labour Day- no school for students 
  • Sept 9- virtual meet the teacher; stay tuned for details 
  • Sept 13- picture day for students 
  • Sept 30- National Day for Truth and Reconciliation- no school for students 

    I wish you all a good evening as we ramp up for a year of meaningful learning opportunities. 

    Rishma Hajee 

    Principal | Bishop Pinkham School ​


Aug 26
Welcome Back to the 2021-2022 school year at Bishop Pinkham


Dear Bishop Pinkham students and parents, 

 

We hope you have all had a restful summer! Here is some information for you as we get closer to the start of school. We are thrilled to welcome you back.  

 

The school office is now open for parents and for student registration. Timetables will be given to students on their first day. Further information related to re-entry can be found on our website at this link https://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/bishoppinkham/about-us/news-centre/_layouts/15/ci/post.aspx?oaid=2d492ee4-ef66-40f9-bada-c1109fe7a706&oact=20001 

 

We are excited to welcome back all students on September 1st at 8 AM. Dismissal will be at 2:30 PM. Students will see teachers holding up signage at doors for their specific grades.  

 

For the students who are bussed, routes will not be posted online; individual stop information will be available to families who have pre-registered for transportation for the 2021-22 school year through MyCBE / PowerSchool. More bussing information can be found on the CBE Transportation page.   

 

We do not have a change in our school hours for 2021-22.  Mondays to Thursdays will run from 8 AM until 2:30 PM.  Every Friday will run from 8 AM until 12:00 PM.  

 

We will have our initial Meet the Teacher Evening on September 9th from 6-8 PM. There will be a notice sent home to remind parents as we get closer to the date. In keeping with Covid 19 protocols, this will be a virtual meet and greet.  

 

School Fees will be charged to families starting in October. Online fee payment is the simplest and most convenient way to pay school fees. Parents can use their online account to pay fees or apply for a waiver at: www.cbe.ab.ca/mycbe. 

You can find more information on the CBE school fees and waivers​ page.​​​​​​​ 


That’s it for now! I will be sending regular updates home via email/posted on the school website as the school year progresses. I look forward to meeting you in the near future. 

 

Take care and enjoy the last few days of summer! 

 

​Rishma Hajee 

Principal | Bishop Pinkham School 



Jun 02
June 1, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

It is with a great mix of emotions that I write to inform you that I have accepted the position of Principal at Branton School.

I feel so lucky that I have been given this wonderful experience to be Principal at Bishop Pinkham School.  Watching our students grow as learners and develop their independence has been a true pleasure and has inspired me both professionally and personally, as a father.  This year has been especially significant, as I have been so fortunate to experience the meaningful contributions that our students have made to our school community.  The principal position at Branton School is a unique opportunity that arose unexpectedly and it is because of this that I have made the decision to take advantage of this new leadership opportunity.

A strong Assistant Principal, four strong learning leaders, as well as the staff, currently support me in our work towards a shared vision of what Bishop Pinkham is, and will continue to be in the future.  This work is well established and will continue under the leadership of the next Principal.

I have found my time working with you and your children to be very rewarding and I feel so fortunate to have worked with such wonderful staff that supports our students' learning unconditionally.  I am grateful for the care and teamwork that I have found in our parent community, and am certain that this same level of support will be extended to the next Principal.

The Calgary Board of Education welcomes input from parents, staff and students. The interview process will involve other Directors and conclude with a recommendation made to our Chief Superintendent, Chris Usih, regarding the selection. 

In order to gather your input for the new principal at Bishop Pinkham School, Area 7 Education Director, David Dyck, would be pleased to receive feedback from the parents, staff and students of Bishop Pinkham school regarding the leadership attributes and programming you value. The survey results will be shared directly with the successful candidate to inform their entry plan as they transition into the school.  This online survey will also be available on the Bishop Pinkham school website until Tuesday, June 8

Our school leadership is strong and ready; this will be a very good time for the school to undergo this change in Principal leadership.  

Thank you again for your support over these past six years.

Sebastien Picard

Principal

Bishop Pinkham School

 


Sep 10
Welcome Back!

After months of virtual learning, we are back to school! We are doing our best to provide a safe and meaningful in-school experience for all our students. Our protocols for school re-entry have been guided by Alberta Health, Alberta Education and the CBE. Maintaining a safe school relies on everyone to do their part. I would like to acknowledge the work of all our BP staff who did all the extra steps to ensure a great and safe return to BP school.  All of our staff have taken Covid-19 training prior to starting back to work. More information regarding Covid-19 preparation is available on the CBE website www.cbe.ab.ca

To all of our new students, welcome to Bishop Pinkham School!  Our hope is that you will find ways to make positive contributions to our school. We look forward to learning more about you and with you as the year progresses. 

To our returning students, welcome back! We challenge you to continue to excel in your classes and to model the leadership and citizenship that will help make this another great school year at Bishop Pinkham. 

Some of our students are participating in Hub learning as at this time, it works better for them. We wish them continued success and happiness.

To all our BP students, we also want to provide throughout the 20-21 school year, multiple learning opportunities despite the more restrictive environment.

The community of educators at Bishop Pinkham strive to support each student in their learning journey to the best of their abilities. We want students to feel a sense of excitement and anticipation before each day begins, and to be active and engaged in their own learning throughout the day.

 

CBE schools are welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments where each child feels a sense of belonging. Even though we have more than 245 schools across the city, each one has developed a unique personality that focuses on the unique needs of its students and community.

 

Bishop Pinkham parents and guardians play a vital role in the ongoing learning, growth, and development of their child. On-going communication between home and school is vital and we encourage parents and guardians to contact the school and staff as needed. We welcome the opportunity to meet you, whether it is in the school, on the field or court, in the theatre, on the stage or wherever it is that we may find ourselves together. Please consider attending our School Council meetings, or attending school events that occur throughout the year. 

We look forward to working with you this year to help your student reach their potential! 

 

Sebastien Picard, Principal

Mathew Powter, Assistant Principal


Jun 30
Principal's Year End Message

June 2020

·         

·        Dear Bishop Pinkham Families,

Thank you for another wonderful and productive school year.  I can’t thank everyone enough for your endless hours of volunteering, reading, organizing, donating and doing whatever was necessary to support students—both at school and most recently as we transitioned to on-line learning.  Special thanks to our BPPA/Parent Council who, as usual, went above and beyond the call of duty to provide whatever was necessary to add to our students’ school experience.

That experience could not occur without the endless energy, skills and devotion of the Bishop Pinkham staff.  Thanks and well done to an incredible group of professionals.

A final word to Bishop Pinkham students:  Thank you for all your hard work throughout the school year.  I am so honored to be your principal; you make me proud to be a Bishop Pinkham Panther.  You keep me laughing and young at heart.  I am grateful for your joy, astute insights and amazing talents.  Best wishes to our graduating Grade 9’s, whom we will miss greatly—please come back and visit.  Everyone have a safe and happy summer break.

Until next school year, here’s wishing you love, laughter and learning.

Sebastien Picard

Principal

Bishop Pinkham School​

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