Jan 05
School Development Plan Update
​Happy New Year to everyone! Hope you all had a restful and healthy break. 

Did you know that each year, our school creates a School Development Plan with a focus on Literacy, Mathematics, and Well-being?

I am excited to share with you the focus of our school development plan for the year. At Cambrian Heights, we are committed to excellence in writing, math reasoning, and positive student interactions. You can read the full SDP on the Our School page, but a short summary is below.

To support our goal of excellence in writing, we will be implementing a number of strategies, including the "I do, We do, You do" model and small group writing conferences. We will also be providing documented, actionable feedback to help students improve their writing skills. An instructional focus this year is on Joyful and Disciplinary Literacy strategies to increase student enjoyment and engagement in writing. In addition, all students have completed a reading fluency screener to support the identification and implementation of intervention for those who may need additional support.

In the area of math reasoning, we will be focusing on visible success criteria and number talks to help students understand the underlying concepts and principles of math. Our goal is to foster a love of math in our students and to help them develop the critical thinking and problem-solving skills they will need to be successful in the future.

To support positive student interactions, we will be using the Peaceful Problem Solving rubric and organizing a variety of community-building events, including clubs, a school wide Dance-Off virtual competition, cross-grade buddy classes, and learning assemblies. Our aim is to create a positive and supportive school culture where all students feel valued and included.

I am confident that by focusing on these three areas, we can provide our students with the skills and support they need to succeed.

Thank you for your continued support and commitment to the success of our students! Please attend our school council meetings for further information on our SDP progress!

Kevin Whitton



Sep 08
Welcome Back!

​Dear Cambrian Heights School families, 

​Welcome back! What an exciting return to school it's been. We have welcomed many new staff and famlies, and our school community has grown to over 430 students! Can't wait to get to know everyone. 

It was wonderful to see so many families visiting at our Open House in August. We hope you'll be able to attend our Virtual Grade Team back-to-school information night on Thursday September 15. Please check the news story and your schoolmesenger account for your grade's time and Microsoft Teams Link. We'll also be looking forward to seeing you at our Parent-Teacher conferences on September 22/23, and at our first School Council meeting on Thursday September 29. 

If I haven't met you yet, please catch up with me in the school yard, office, or wherever and say hello!

Take care, 

Kevin Whitton

@MrWhitsClass (Promise to tweet more again this year!)

Jun 29
Have a Safe and Happy Summer!

​Dear families, 

What a year it has been! Thank you and congratulations to all of our staff and students on such a successful 2021-22 school year. I wish each and every one of you all the best in the future, and hope you have a wonderful summer break. 

Please keep an eye on your SchoolMessenger and our News Centre for information about our return in September. 

Have a wonderful summer, and see you in the fall!

Kevin Whitton



Aug 28
Welcome Back!

​Welcome to all new or returning Cambrian Heights School families!

​We are so excited to welcome you back beginning on September 1! Kindergarten, please remember you may have a different start date!

This year, we are welcoming new students, new staff, and welcoming back many students who learned online in the Hub last year. 

Our staff has begin the year with a focus on relationships and well-being. We appreciate that all of our students, staff, and families have had varied experiences over the past years, and we arrive with different feelings about back-to-school at this time. Our staff are collaborating to create a supportive, student-centred approach by reflecting on our CBE Holistic Lifelong Learning Framework and ho​w we can use it to create a learning environment that takes into account each student's spirit, heart, body, and mind. The learning framework reflects the holistic understanding that an individual learns by engaging and meeting the needs of all parts of one's self. It illustrates the cyclical and interconnected nature of learning. I'll look forward to sharing more about the framework, and how it has been developed over several years in collaboration with our Indigenous Elders, at an upcoming School Council meeting.

Please do ensure you have signed up for SchoolMessenger notifications, and have a look at the First Day of School​ news story ​​and the information on the Back to School​ ​​page as well. 

Please know that we are here to work with you to support your student's achievement and well-being in any way we can. Never hesitate to contact your child's teacher, our Assistant Principal Mrs. Laberee Lee, or me. We do better when we work together!

Thank you for the amazing support you provide to your child and our school! See you soon!

Kevin Whitton


Jun 28
We Made It!

​Dear Cambrian Heights School families, 

We did it! Thank you to staff, students, and families for your tireless support this year as we worked to make teaching and learning as 'normal' as we could - whether online or in-person. Great work everyone!

I hope you all have a restful summer, and have an opportunity to take the time to reflect and recharge. This has been a year like no other, and we appreciate that Covid has touched us all in different ways. Our staff appreciates the effort that our families made in the midst of trying to stay well, juggling schedules for student pick up, cohorting, providing masks, and so on. Thank you!

When we return in September, we hope that school looks much more like we are used to, but we must be mindful about our re-entry. At Cambrian Heights, September will be a month about well-being, relationships, and building community. We'll use this month to get to know our students' individual needs in a way that honours the experiences and challenges that each learner has gone through over the past year. This will allow our teachers to program 'just in time' supports for their learning. We know we our learners may have many different starting points in the fall, but we have confidence that with the correct supports, all students can and will be successful in their learning. 

Please have a look at our website and e-newsletter for back to school information. 

Thank you all once again for everything you do to make Cambrian Heights a great place to learn! Our staff has felt your support and appreciation all year long. 

​Have a safe and restful summer!



Mar 07
Safe and Caring Schools

​Dear Cambrian Heights School families, 

As in all CBE schools, at Cambrian Heights we continue to work daily to ensure that we have created a safe, caring learning environment that includes all of our diverse learners. You may already be aware of some of the school-wide learning we have undertaken through events such as Pink Shirt Day, Orange Shirt Day, Black History Month, and so on. We believe that the learning that takes place leading up to these days, and our actions following these days are critical to ensure that we maintain a focus on inclusion. 

Something I would like to ensure you are aware of is the work that we are undertaking to ensure that our day-to-day learning tasks and text selection promotes a similar vision of an inclusive learning environment. One of the guiding documents we access is the Alberta Education Guidelines for Recognizing Diversity and Promoting Respect Document.

This document outlines many considerations necessary when programming for students by inviting us to explore how the resources and experiences we bring to students may or may not contain implicit or explicit statements, bias, or stereotypes, and how the content of our instruction honours diversity. We realize we must, as educators, consider whether the use of a certain learning resource will ​help each student to build a positive self-image by nurturing a positive approach to similarities and differences in our human experiences. ​

The choice of instructional texts has been a particular focus for our staff recently. In this process, we consider an expanded definition of 'text', as below:

A text refers to any object or experience that readers, writers, listeners, speakers, viewers, and representers engage with to make sense of their world. Texts are more than oral, print, visual, digital, and multimedia resources; they also encompass cultural artifacts, encounters with the land, and everyday communications. (Draft Alberta Curriculum, ELA Subject Introduction, 2018)

When considering which texts we might engage in with students, teachers consider questions such as:

-What are the essential understandings to be developed with the text(s)?

-How are these essential understandings and the tasks taken up with the text(s) connected to the Alberta Programs of Studies?

-Will the text(s) engage readers, extend their understanding, and promote meaningful literacy experiences?

-Is the text(s) adaptable, inclusive and representative of different communities, perspectives, and positive reflections of identities?

-Have authentic authorship, connections to primary resources and contemporary issues been considered?

-Do the text(s) reflect Canadian content? Current content?

-What additional resources support a wider lens inquiring into this topic, concept, or time period?

It has been our experience that these guiding questions have prompted many meaningful discussions about our varied human experiences, viewpoints, and values. These conversations are critical for the success and well-being of our learners. 

As always, we welcome your feedback and perspectives, as​​ we believe an open dialogue helps us strengthen our learning community. 

Thank you for your ongoing support!

Take care, 

Kevin @MrWhitsclass​

Jan 11
A New Year

​Dear Cambrian Heights Families, 

​We hope you have had a restful break and are so looking forward to seeing our in-person learners back in the school on January 12! Hub families, welcome back as well!

At school, January is a time of new beginnings in a familiar place. We return to our work and learning refreshed and ready to continue. It is a wonderful moment to reflect as a community on the successes and challenges of the previous year, and to set direction and personal learning goals for the coming year. In doing so, I am once again humbled by the efforts and support of all members of our learning community under the most challenging of circumstances in 2020. Our staff have worked tirelessly to ensure the safety of students physically and emotionally, and we feel your support on a daily basis as we do so! We have all learned so much about ourselves during the past year, and have overcome so many obstacles. Let's ensure that we remind our children of this as well - that the positives in our lives far outweigh the negative. 

I would like to share with you a winter solstice teaching from one of our elders, saa'kokoto. The solstice is a time of many changes, and a time to be thankful for what has passed, and what is ahead. It is a time to plan our future, and to think of what is really important to us. At Cambrian Heights, we feel strongly our responsibility to support our community, and make a positive difference. We have shared saa'kokoto's message with our students, in particular his reminder to us that everyone can do something to make our community a good place to live - even you!  

Here's hoping that you and your family are walking into the new year with a good heart, a good mind, and to enjoy life. We will all be walking on green grass together soon. Please reach out to us if we can support you in any way. 

Take care, 




Nov 06
Thank You!

​Dear Cambrian Heights School Community, 

I would like to thank each and every member of our learning community for such a successful re-entry this fall. As we are into November, we can not express our gratitude enough for your support with the many changes to routines, ongoing updates to Covid screening documents, mid-day pickups and so on. We know that Scenario 1 is described as 'near normal conditions', yet we are aware that this normal is not nearly as near to normal as we would like. (That was quite a sentence, wasn't it?) Our staff has felt the amazing support and care that our families and students have extended toward us. Students are arriving on-time, prepared for learning, and are doing an amazing job keeping a bit of distance between one another - no small feat for young students! It means the world to us to know that we have the support of our community behind us, and that you are continuing to work with us. Only together will we find the calm at the end of this storm. 

This doesn't mean to say that the re-entry has been easy for any of us, by any means. Our teachers continue to work to support students with their well-being, to make social connections in a physically distanced environment, and to stay in touch with our families. We are finding that communication is a vital consideration right now, and we encourage all families to reach out to us with any questions, and if you are in need of support. Please be in close contact with your child's teacher and update them on any changes you see in terms of their well-being so that we can be aware and support them at school. 

Please continue to check the classroom blogs, and Google Classrooms if you are not at school. If you need any help accessing classroom tasks, or are wondering about how your child is progressing, do not hesitate to reach out to us. As well, our teachers are building out resources for home study and practice on their blogs or Google Classrooms. These are wonderful ways for families to support learning at home, so please let your child's teacher know if you aren't sure where you can find them. Exploring the Google Classroom, Blog, and your student's Iris profile are further ways that you can keep up to date with the teaching and learning happening at school. We'll also look forward to 'seeing you' virtually at our December conferences. 

​Once again, thank you for your amazing support of our staff. I am exceedingly proud of the efforts of families, students and staff members, who are continuing to learn and grow in the most challenging cirucumstances. 

Thank you!



Sep 02
Welcome Back!

​We are so excited to be welcoming many of you back to school this week! Our staff have been working tirelessly over the past few weeks to plan, organize, and ensure that we are doing everything we can to make our school as physically and mentally safe for everyone. Our first couple of days back have been a wonderful opportunity to practice new routines, and spend extra time getting to know each learner with fewer children in the classroom at once. The students have done an amazing job adjusting to new ways of entering and moving through the building!

We know you have many questions at this time, so our teachers will be reaching out to you via phone over the next few weeks. It will take a little while to get in touch with everyone this way, so in the meantime, please do use email to contact your child's teacher if there is something pressing you need to ask or discuss. As well, Mr. Eakins, Mrs. Boyce and I are available via telephone. I'll try to be outside around the bell times to chat if you like, as we are limiting the amount of people in the office for now. Thank you for your support encouraging children not to use the playground structure before and after school. Students are more than welcome to return to the playground later in the afternoon - we are simply hoping to limit groups gathering at the bell. 

Again, we can't thank you enough for the wonderful children you are sending to us this year, and for the opportunity to care for them as they return to learning in the classroom.

Please reach out to us if you need anything at all. 

-Kevin Whitton (@MrWhitsClass)

Jun 30
Summer Wishes

​Dear Cambrian Heights School families, 

As this year comes to a close, I would once again like to extend my sincere appreciation to all staff, students, and families for your ongoing support during a most challenging circumstance. It is only due to the efforts of everyone involved, that we have been able to continue learning from home, and we have worked as a team to support our students in their learning despite the challenges of COVID-19. I can not tell you enough how the kind words, thank you's, and well-wishes you provided to our staff this week have lifted their spirits at the end of this year. Thank you for thinking of us!! I wish you all a restful summer. Be well, try to enjoy the break, and spend time safely with those you care about.

We have one additional staffing update - best wishes and thank you to Bart Kwiatkowski, who has accepted a position at Capitol Hill School for September 2020. Thank you for your contributions, Bart! 

Please continue to consult our website and check your email over the summer for confirmation of return to school scenarios. Those of you new to Cambrian Heights, please take the time to watch the Kindergarten Orientation or Digital School Tours coming soon to our News Section. Our office will be closed over the summer and re-opens on August 27. We will communicate with you our plans for potential school visits at the end of August based on our return to school scenario. There is a great deal of planning underway to ensure we are prepared in any scenario! 

In closing, I would like to share with you all the text of a poem that I read at our virtual Grade 6 farewell, by a young poet, Mattie J Stepanek, from his work, Celebrate Through Heartsongs. It serves to remind us that in challenging times, we rise together by considering what is most important - what really matters. 

Take care, and thank you as always for your continued support!

-Kevin @MrWhitsClass

About Things That Matter

It matters that the world knows

We must celebrate the gift of life

Every day in some way, and

We must always remember

To play after every storm.

It matters that the world knows

All children are truly blessed

With the innocent gifts of gentleness,

Trust, and compassion, which

Should guide the wisdom of grown-ups.


It matters that the world knows

We each have a song in our heart

That can inspire us in good times and

Hard times if we take the time to listen.

It matters that the world knows

Our senses can help us discover

The hidden and non-hidden

Enchantment in life, if we use them fully.

It matters that the world knows

We must choose our words and wants

Carefully, or we could forever hurt others

With these most dangerous weapons.


It matters that the world knows

Strength and value of all things created

Must be measured by character and commitment

Rather than by might and wealth.

It matters that the world knows

We must heed the valuable lessons of

Everyday life, through the celebration of
Children and Heartsongs, sense and words,

Or we could lose in our journey to the future.


It matters that the world knows

A person by my name and being existed

With a strong spirit and an eternal mindset

To become a peacemaker for all,

By sharing the things that really matter.​

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