Hello Cappy families!
We have had a busy couple of days here at Cappy, cleaning up our spaces, organizing our classrooms, and, doing our last days learning. We even managed to squeeze in our outdoor activities, originally planned for last Friday, but postponed due to rain. Our students had a wonderful time and again, special thanks to our teachers, Mr. Lam and our grade 5's for making this all possible.
During this year it has been so apparent that we have some of the kindest teachers and staff at Cappy. Each day our teachers and staff go above and beyond to make sure our students feel welcomed, safe, respected and cared for. These last years have been extra challenging, and yet through it all, our staff has remained positive and centered, always thinking about what is good for their community and their students.
Some highlights of the year shared by our staff:
- Our amazing new outdoor classroom!
- Going on field trips to the Zoo and Spark
- Studying the Seven Sacred Teachings
- Being able to work with other classes
- Our Food Truck community event
- Fun Week – making slime, dressing comfy, painting
- Being able to have an assembly – it was awesome to see all of our students together😊
- Outdoor activity day
As we wind up the year, I wanted to send a special thank you to you, our community, for your incredible support this year. As a first year principal, I felt very welcomed by you and have been lucky enough to meet many of you face-to-face and talk with you about your students, the school, and other things. We have been through yet another year of ongoing, and often last-minute, changes to Covid-19 restrictions and other changes. It's been a whirlwind, but through it all, I want to share that your students are so kind, resilient and willing to help in so many ways. This community, and our students, are truly special and I am so happy to be at Cappy Smart School.
I am very much looking forward to next school year, with what I hope to be some more returning to normal, more connecting community events, and seeing our students progress. We are also looking forward to offering more extra-curricular opportunities and clubs for our students to thrive even more.
We know there are students and families who will be leaving Cappy School. We will miss you, as you have been an important part of our community. I know that wherever you go, there are many opportunities for new learning as well. If you have not done so, please do let us know in the office if your child will not be returning, as this is an important part of our planning for next school year.
On that note, may you have an amazing summer and we will see your students August 15, 2022 for the next school year. I will be sending out a note to families
Rachel MacDonald, Principal
I am very excited to be at Cappy Smart School in the role of principal. My mission has always been to focus on working together to create joyful, welcoming, safe, and caring learning environments for each student. I will work alongside our community to ensure that our students continue to feel a sense of pride and belonging at Cappy Smart. I can already see how much incredible work has been done to support the students, staff, and community.
I have had the pleasure of serving CBE communities in various roles for over 20 years. Additionally, I am proud to share that all three of my own children have attended CBE schools, and my youngest son is set to graduate from grade 12 this upcoming school year! Our family strongly believes in the incredible power of public education, and I know firsthand that our CBE schools provide our children with diverse and purposeful learning experiences that help them thrive.
My first teaching role was nearby Cappy Smart, at Lester B. Pearson High School. From there I taught at two other high schools in our city, and then moved into a system specialist role, where I had the great fortune to work with many K to 12 schools in developing their literacy and learning goals. Also, I have been so fortunate to be the Assistant Principal at H.D. Cartwright school for over three years, which has been a joyful, caring community.
To ensure a smooth transition, I will be working closely with Mr. Bennett, Ms. Watkins and the school staff so that we honour the work that has been done to make Cappy Smart such a wonderful school community. I look forward to meeting you all in August!
Hello Cappy Smart Families!
I hope this message finds you all well and enjoying your summer break so far!
I am pleased to announce that Fiona Watkins will be joining us as Assistant Principal for the 2020-2021 school year. She brings a variety of experiences to the role that I'm sure will help her to be a strong addition to the Cappy Community. Please see her introduction letter below.
Have a wonderful day!
I am super excited to be joining the leadership team as an Assistant Principal at Cappy Smart school! I am coming to you from my most recent position as an Indigenous Education Learning Leader at Ranchlands School. I have worked as a teacher in Grades K through 8, as a PE Specialist and an English Language teacher as well as taught courses for beginning teachers at the university level. Education and learning is my passion! When I’m not at work I like to be outside, often in the mountains, cycling or skiing. I am also a Mom to two young adult men, that are starting to fly outside the home nest.
These are certainly strange times as we live through this Covid-19 pandemic and I hope you and your families are staying safe and healthy. I look forward to meeting all of you in person in the fall.
Hello Cappy Smart Families!
Well, it's June 30th and what a year it's been! I can't thank everyone enough for their support of our school and students throughout the year! We truly do have a special community!
I'd like to send a special thanks to the members of our School Council. Your dedication to all things Cappy Smart is incredible and your efforts make such a difference for our school. Thank you!
I have some year end information to share with you today:
- Ms. Woodward was on a temporary contract with us this year covering for Ms. Sibilo's leave. While we will miss her, we are happy to share that next year, she will be teaching just down the road at G.W. Skene. She has been a fabulous member of our staff and we wish her all the best!
- On the note of Ms. Sibilo, we are happy to share that she is planning her return for the beginning of next year and we are excited to have her back with us!
- As previously communicated, Mr. Nyrerod is moving on to be the Assistant Principal at Battalion Park School next year. He has been an incredible partner and leader within Cappy Smart, Area 3 and the CBE over his past 3 years here. We will miss his dedication, wisdom and sense of humor but also wish him well in his new school. I'm sure it will be a great move for him and Battalion Park School.
- We also have 3 new staff joining us that I am happy to share with you today. Ms. Huxtable will be joining us as a teacher next year and Ms. Shaukat and Ms. Kurta will be joining us in our new EES programs as Education Assistants. We are looking forward to having them join our wonderful community in September.
We have been working through the process to identify a new Assistant Principal. When that process is complete, I will send an email to the community with more information.
- A reminder to ensure that you are watching your email over the summer for information from the CBE regarding plans for return to school. These emails may come at various times but do note that they may not come until closer to the beginning of the school year which is Tuesday, September 1, 2020.
- There has also been a slight update to school bell times and Kindergarten for next year. Due to current enrollment, Kindergarten will operate in the afternoon only at this time. If our kindergarten enrollment increases to what we are expecting it to be in the fall, we will work with families to determine the best way to split into morning and afternoon groupings. Please note the new start and end times for Kindergarten in the link below. We are also making a slight adjustment to our lunch break, moving to 47 minutes from 50. Next year's bell times are available at the bottom of our school calendar on the school website or through the link below:
- Over the past several years we have had a tradition of mailing letters from teachers to their new students over the summer. However, as we are not sure which scenario the province will ask us to begin the year with, we can not confirm classes at this time and as a result, there will not be a letter in the mail this summer. Rest assured that we have been planning for a variety of scenarios and more will be communicated regarding school entry plans and class organization shortly before school begins. Please let your children know that we have been thinking about them and hope to see them all soon!
I want to extend my sincere gratitude to all of our students, parents and staff for an unusual but excellent year. I can think of many examples of kindness, perseverance and dedication to doing our best learning throughout 2019-2020. While the year ended with us all separated physically, do know that our staff think of and work for our families every day and we are looking forward to a fantastic 2020-2021 school year!
Be well and have a great summer!
Hello Cappy Smart Families,
We have had an increasing number of parents and community members come to us to discuss unsafe choices that are occurring in front of the school. The most frequent concern is parents and students jay walking (crossing the road when not in a crosswalk). This choice creates significant safety concerns for both our students and their parents. We have witnessed several incidents in the past few weeks where children have been narrowly missed by cars driving down the street.
We work hard to model and teach safe choices with our students. Please support the safety of your children by also modeling safe choices. Please use the crosswalks on either side of the school property or park your vehicle on the far side of the school playground where students can come to your vehicle without crossing the street.
Please help teach our children safe behavior by choosing safety over convenience every day.
Hello again Cappy Smart Families!
I hope this message finds you all enjoying the long weekend and that you are looking forward to the fall break this week. If your child is looking for something to do, encourage them to do some reading both with someone and on their own if they are able to read independently. Even 20 minutes a night would be beneficial.
I also would like to send out a huge thank you to all of the families and community organizations that supported our 3rd annual community potluck. It was a great to see so many of our families come together and the food was incredible! We're already looking forward to next year!
Stay tuned for information regarding community events throughout the year and please remember to check the classroom blogs weekly for information about what students are learning as well as what will be coming up in the near future.
Have a wonderful fall break!
Hello Cappy Smart Families!
A quick message tonight to say welcome to all of the families who have joined us over the past few weeks. It's been exciting to see our staff and students getting to know each other and the number of families that joined us for the open house was awesome!
After a bit of a technical hiccup, our website is nearly updated and you can find a copy of our current year calendar for download if you would like to have another copy at home or on your device. We are also starting up classroom blogs and they will be updated every week by staff and students. Please look at them regularly to stay up to date on what is happening in our classrooms! They will also have a translation button in the top corner to assist those that would rather read in another language. Information will be sent home with students as soon as the blogs are completed.
Have you been missing some of our emails? Please make sure that we have current contact information on file. Our email system uses the data that is set up in your child's profile. If you need to make any updates, please do so on the demographic forms that will be sent home if you didn't already look at them during the Open House. If there are any further changes, please contact Amanda in the office and she will update your file.
Thank you to all of the parents who signed up to get their volunteer clearance in the last few days! We are looking forward to having those completed and then working on ways to bring you in to support our staff and students in making each school day the best it can be!
Have a wonderful week!
Hello Cappy Smart families!
I hope this message finds you all well and having enjoyed your summer break!
We are back and our 2019-2020 year is underway. It has been a wonderful first few days getting to know all of our new students and see our returning students after the summer. If you're new to Cappy Smart, welcome and we look forward to getting to know you. If you were with us in the past, welcome back!
Our community is very pleased to welcome Ms. Coldbeck (Gr 3/4), Ms. McLeod (SKILL 1) and Ms. Woodward (Gr 1/2). Ms. Woodward will be with us while Ms. Sibilo is on leave. We are also in the process of hiring an additional lunch supervisor and will share more information when we have someone in place.
Please note that our Open House is Thursday, August 29, 2019 from 6-7 PM. Please come in to meet our new staff and have a some time to get to know your child's teacher for this year.
A reminder that the parking lots are for staff and CBE vehicles only as per the posted signage. We ask that you park in alternate locations so that our students are safe walking near our parking lots and across the driveways. Please help us prioritize student safety over convenience.
Students will be most successful when staff and families work together. Please do connect with teachers and office staff often, we are all part of the Cappy Smart community and we welcome your support.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Hello Cappy Smart families!
I would like to express my thanks to all of the students, staff and families of Cappy Smart School for making my first full year as your Principal, a wonderful one. It was a busy year full of learning, smiles and I hope, some good memories for all!
As we draw our year to a close, I would like to share some staffing changes that will be happening for the 2019-2020 school year. Departing our school for new opportunities are:
Ms. Baird (Deer Run school)
Ms. Wills (Nose Creek School)
Ms. Nicholls (System Literacy Strategist)
We wish them all well in their exciting new positions.
Also moving on from our community are Ms. McGarvey and Ms. Alicia who work in the Children's Village Program that will now be located at Buchannan school and Ms. Hari who has completed her contract supporting Ms. Sibilo's class while she was on leave. Best wishes to all as they move on into the 2019-2020 school year.
Joining us as a Learning Leader is Ms. Elizabeth Coldbeck. She joins us from West Dover school with a strong background in education. I would also like to welcome Ms. Kari MacLeod who will be joining us from Nose Creek School and will be teaching in our SKILL program. We are excited that they have chosen to share their expertise with the Cappy Smart Community
As we move into July, I would like to wish you all a safe and restful summer break and remind everyone who is returning to Cappy Smart that classes resume on August 15th, 2019.
Have a wonderful summer!
Hello Cappy Smart Families!
A few important dates for you to put on your calendars:
June 7th - Volunteer Tea from 10:00-11:00 am in the Learning Commons. If you have been involved in volunteering with us in any way this year, please join us for some refreshments and student presentations.
June 14 - Activity Day - Weather permitting, we will be outside for most of the morning taking part in a variety of activities supported by Leadership students form Dr. Egbert school. Please make sure that your children come to school dressed appropriately for the weather including a hat and sunscreen.
June 17-20 - Swimming - Permission forms will be coming home soon and we are still looking for additional volunteers to support this activity. Thank you to School Council for subsidizing the cost of this trip through their fundraising dollars and to Ms. Nicholls for organizing the schedule.
June 27 - Last day of classes and report card distribution.
Have a wonderful week!
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