It is with mixed emotion we announce that Ms. Robin Halbert
will be leaving Briar Hill School at the end of December. Although we are sad to say goodbye, we are
filled with gratitude for having had the opportunity to share in a journey of
learning with such a remarkable educator. In her position as our Assistant
Principal, and throughout her teaching career, Robin has inspired and supported
students and colleagues to reach their best selves. Her unwavering belief in children as
curious, capable and wondrous citizens has been central to all of Robin’s
teaching and leadership roles. We know her love for education will continue as
she embarks on new adventures on the west coast. Please join me in
congratulating Robin on her 33 years of remarkable service to the Calgary Board
of Education. Robin, you leave an indelible mark on all of our hearts.
As we commence our holiday celebrations and look
toward the new year, it’s important to remember that the need for charitable
donations is constant, not seasonal. Consequently, I want to acknowledge all of
the giving that has happened, and continues to happen, at Briar Hill School
this year. To date, students and families have donated to the Canadian Cancer
Fund through the Terry Fox Run, supported our veterans through the Poppy Fund,
and collected winter clothing for families in need through our annual Jacket
Racket campaign. As part of our ongoing commitment to our “We Care” motto,
families are being invited to support the Calgary Food Bank during the months of December and
January. For the next two months, non-perishable food items and essential
baby/infant supplies will be collected inside the front entrance of our school.
In early February 2020 we will donate all items to the food bank.
Parents and guardians are reminded that our
first term report cards will be sent home this week. You will notice a few changes on your child's first report card, including
changes to the way in which Mathematics is reported. These changes are intended to more clearly
define student achievement in mathematics. A new parent resource called How is My Child
Doing in School provides detailed information about the many ways schools
communicate how and what your child is learning, and how student achievement is
communicated to you on report cards.
Parent-Teacher conferences are scheduled for the evening
afternoon/evening of December 12 and the morning of December 13. As was
previously communicated, conferences can be booked online through MyCBE/PowerSchool.
On December 17, all
children in grades K–6 will be attending the Alberta Theatre Project’s
performance of The Lion, the
Witch and the Wardrobe. Consent forms for
this trip were sent home the first week of December. Thanks go out to Briar
Hill School Council for generously funding this excursion.
As indicated on our 2019-20 school calendar, December
13, December 20 and January 6 are non-instruction days for students.
From all of Briar Hill
staff, we wish you a warm and relaxing holiday season, in the company of family