Hello CJP Families,
It is at Thanksgiving that we take time to reflect on what we are thankful for, I too, would like to take a moment to give thanks. I am grateful to be the principal at Captain John Palliser School and to have an opportunity to work alongside some of the very best students, families, educators and staff in Calgary! It is a pleasure and honour every day!
I am thankful for our students. They come to class every day and put significant effort into becoming more skilled and knowledgeable citizens. They are open to new ideas, new concepts, and new experiences, and we learn from them every day. They come from different circumstances and backgrounds to learn and grow together. That process is not always easy, but they struggle through the difficult moments together, and they celebrate their successes together. I am proud of them and all they have endured and accomplished, I consider myself lucky to lead their school.
The parents at Captain John Palliser School are the most engaged and enthusiastic I have ever worked with. CJP would not be what it is without their support and the effective partnerships they have created with our staff. We only need to look at the great turn-out from our last School Council meeting to know how very engaged our families are. The countless hours and incredible effort they are putting forward with our playground is amazing. Our School Council and our Parent Association are exceptional examples of the enthusiasm and effort evident in our parent community. Thank you for all you do every single day!
What we do at Captain John Palliser School could never be achieved without the dedication of the staff behind the scenes. From our facility operator and cleaner to the amazing team in the office headed up by Ms. Kveps, our lunchroom supervisors and Library Assistant, the persistence and initiative they demonstrate is uncommon, and I appreciate their dedication to our community, their hard work and professionalism.
I could not do what I do without the help of CJP’s Assistant Principal Helen Sharpe. Today was her last day with our team, she will be so missed. Her dedication to CJP is clear and her work has been essential in establishing the organizational culture, positive environment, and student-centered instructional program necessary for our students to grow and thrive, especially during the pandemic. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to have worked with and learned from her. Ms. Sharpe will be an amazing principal in her new school.
And of course, the backbone of our organization – the teachers! I want to extend a very special thank you to our Teachers, Education Assistants, and School Assistants. The teaching staff at CJP is tireless. They constantly challenge their students and themselves to reach higher and accomplish more. Everyday, I come to work I am renewed by their energy, their enthusiasm, and their willingness to try new things while remaining grounded in foundational teaching practices. Our teachers are continually adjusting their instruction to help each child reach his or her potential. So, to the Captain John Palliser Teaching team please accept my sincere gratitude and appreciation as I say thank you for your service; your service to our students, your service to our school and your service to our community.
To all of our students, families and staff, I wish you a very meaningful Thanksgiving.
Dear CJP families,
This week marks the first time in Canada we have had a federally recognized day where Truth and Reconciliation was observed across our country. When I met this morning with teachers, I asked all of them, “What did you do?” and “What will you do moving forward?” I would like to pose that same question to our community. Together we are all responsible for the children around us and their understanding and growth within the context of Truth and Reconciliation. What will we continue to do to ensure Truth and Reconciliation is an ongoing part of our daily conversation with our youth? What will you do to ensure that the children and families who sacrificed so much, even life, when forced to attend residential schools, are never forgotten. That their stories live on, because every single child does matter, they matter so very much. So, I ask again, of all CJP families, “What did you do yesterday to acknowledge Truth and Reconciliation and to deepen your learning and the learning of your children?” and “What will you do moving forward?”
Today, our school community spent the day with Darcy Turning Robe from Siksika Nation. Darcy, our Knowledge Keeper, lead a discussion about Truth and Reconciliation, residential schools, and then lead grade level round dances and then a whole school round dance. It was spectacular! Round dances are celebrations that signify fellowship, kindness, togetherness and respect. Today we learned about Round Dances a part of the indigenous culture of kindness, healing and celebration. Check out the banner story, and our music section, for some pictures.
Today we were also fortunate to participate in a conversation with Misty, her daughter Elizabeth and her brother Tyler. All CJP students, including Elizabeth’s three lovely children, observed and listened as Elizabeth posed questions to her mom Misty about their family’s experiences with residential schools and how the family has coped and journeyed on since the children returned from residential school many years ago. Our biggest learning, while the children attended residential school a few generations ago, the impact and pain is still felt today. The emotional burden on the family still runs very deep. This lovely family, part of our CJP family, is brave and has courage. And, if you were ever of the mindset that residential schools affected families in far off places, now you know, residential school survivors are part of our CJP family. Thank you Misty, Elizabeth, and Tyler for sharing your very special and personal story with us today.
I ask again to our CJP community - “What will you do moving forward?”
Dr. Bettesworth and Ms. Sharpe
Thank you to all of the families who attended the Meet Admin and Meet the Teacher event on Thursday. It was amazing to see so many families connecting virtually with our CJP team. If you were unsuccessful in logging into your child’s Google Classroom via their @educbe.ca account, please connect with their classroom teacher for additional support. It is essential that all families know how to check information on the Google Classroom and everyone can access a Google Meet should we ever have a need to be back online.
Your CJP Leadership Team
Dear CJP Families
Thursday September 16 – Individual Photo Day
Thursday September 23 – Meet the Teacher
Friday September 24 – Professional Development Day – CJP is open for staff, closed for students
Thursday September 30 – National Truth and Reconciliation – A Day of Observance. CJP along with all schools in the Calgary Board of Education will be closed this day.
Transportation/ Bus Families
If your child is a regular bus rider and is not riding the bus home, please contact the school to let us know. When your child doesn’t show up for the bus at the end of the day and you don’t share the plan with us, we spend a great deal of time looking for them in the school, on the playground, and calling family members to find out where they are. All of this takes time and delays the departure of the bus. Kindly let the office know of changes to transportation.
We will be asking all bus riding students to report to the bus driver if their parents meet them at school unexpectedly. Our responsibility is to take bus attendance, know who is on the bus, and where all riders are. When students who are expected on the bus don’t arrive and we have no indication of any change we must proceed with a full missing student search. This takes time and most often results in finding the child left with their parent. Kindly call us if your plans change and you will be taking your child from the school grounds at the end of day.
Forms and Family Homework
Form: Transportation and Noon Supervision Plans – went home on Thursday September 9 (Friday, September 10 for AM kindergarten classes) please return this form with your child ASAP.
There will be additional forms sent home in the days and weeks to come such as media consent and demographics.
Please take the time to review these documents with your children. Teachers will be reviewing these in class as well. This link has access to the Student Code of Conduct and Student Dress Code:
Hello CJP families, We are hopeful, as every day passes, that we will get closer to experiencing some of the joys we used to have here at CJP. While the “Meet the Teacher” event will be virtual and parent teacher conferences will continue to use Microsoft Teams. You are our partners in the journey to educate our children. As such, we are hopeful Learning Celebrations, Book Fairs, Fun Lunches and social events will once again be on our calendar...I am holding out great hope for late in 2021 and 2022. Enjoy the last long weekend of summer! Dr. Bettesworth, Ms. Sharpe and the extraordinary team called CJP!
It has been an extraordinary first three days of school! We all love having our families back on the school grounds to greet in the morning and share stories with in the afternoon. What a difference that small change makes. (For those who are new to CBE – as a result of the pandemic families were not permitted on the school grounds last school year) These small changes are not to be taken for granted. These are the small things we have missed most during the pandemic. Thank you to all of the families who were diligent about both remembering and wearing your mask. Thank you to the parents who remained off of the school grounds when you forgot your mask. We know student safety is also your top priority. Thank you for keeping our students, your children as the focus when entering the school grounds. It is appreciated by all. I would like to make a small request now that you are back on the school grounds. When the morning bell rings please kindly make your way off of the school grounds. This is the perfect indicator that it is time to start your day. Likewise, at the end of the day, please provide all classes and teachers space to continue to teach and interact with students by remaining on the periphery of the school grounds until the bell rings. All of our teachers are hoping to be outside more often this year, especially when the weather is beautiful. We are hopeful to have the space and opportunity to continue our journey with Land Based Learning and Indigenous Ways of Knowing. Our teaching team considers our outdoor space to be an extension of their classroom and as such prefer the small audience of their learners. When teachers are ready for volunteers to be in their room, they will reach out for your participation at that time.
Hello CJP families
This school year has been one for the record books. I must say, am happy it is almost over, I know the end is in sight, yet I know there will be more hurdles to leap over in the fall when the new school year begins. Without a doubt, the flexibility, compassion, and trust of our amazing CJP team, students and community members has ensured our continued success through the school year. We were faced with many positive covid cases, endless sanitization, countless messages home, isolation, at-home and in-person learning and following constantly changing health measures, and all of us on Team CJP persisted, finding new ways to make things better, safer, great! We are all remaining optimistic and hopeful, for the fall of 2021 knowing, together we can manage anything that is thrown our way.
Just like last week, June always brings both farewells and welcomes to our CJP team. I believe Winnie the Pooh says it best: "How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard". Today we say goodbye to many on our team. Their hard work, dedication, caring, and passion for children and education is evident in all they do! In addition to those who I mentioned last week, the following team members will be leaving CJP. Mrs. Halsall and Mrs. Wacker will both become part time Kindergarten teachers at separate schools here in the North West. Mrs. Komori, while we are trying our best to keep her here, will return to the sub list for the fall. Mrs. Patel will continue to be a Kindergarten teacher at a school closer to home. We are pleased to share; Ms. Gregan, formerly from Oakley School, will join our L&L program. Ms. Lloyd and Ms. Courtney will remain with us as part of our Montessori team and a familiar name, Ms. Stahl, will return to CJP to join our Montessori team. Any further updates to our team will be made in our welcome back message in the late summer. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our community for bringing their children to school (or the kitchen table) ready to learn and participate in school each day. To our staff, your dedication is so evident, thank you for always putting children first in all that you do. And to those who are always behind the scenes supporting and helping: our office staff, BSW, EAs, SAs, lunchroom supervisors, and facility team, thank you, your work does not go unnoticed. Yes, we do have one day of school left this school year. However, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you-to you, our community, for a wonderful school year. We appreciate that you shared your children with us each day. We are grateful it was you who joined us on this pandemic journey this year. You cared and you supported us – thank you! Enjoy your summer together and we look forward to welcoming everyone back into the school on Sept 1. Please plan to check your email on Monday August 30, when you will receive an email from your child's teacher introducing themselves and providing first day instructions. Our school event calendar, with any and all information that we have confirmed for next year, is on our website. Please record all the dates now for your consideration throughout out 2021-2022 school year. 2021-2022 CJP 1-6 Calendar.pdf 2021-2022 CJP K Calendar.pdf Enjoy your weekend! See you all for our last school day of the 2020-2021 school year this Monday!Dr. Bettesworth and Ms. Sharpe
Dear Families, June always brings both farewells to our CJP team. This year, the farewells are particularly difficult. I believe Winnie the Pooh says it best: "How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard". Today we say goodbye to many on our team. Their hard work, dedication, caring, and passion for children and education is evident in all they do! Mrs. Hooper, our amazing grades 4,5,6 L&L Teacher will be leaving us here at CJP to move to a school a little closer to home. She will move to teaching refugee students in the CBE. How lucky they are to have her! Ms. Howard, our incredible grades 2 & 3 teacher, who has spent time in both our Montessori and Community programs has also moved to a school a little closer to home. She will be missed! Ms. Amanda, our incredible EA/ School Assistant and Lunchroom Supervisor will be returning home to Nova Scotia. She contributed to so many here at CJP. Although her time with us has been short, her impact has been huge. Ms. Lloyd, Mrs. Komori and Ms. Courtney are all on temporary contract with CJP and will leave us at the end of the school year. We value all you have done for our school and all of our community members! We wish all of you the very best in your next adventure. Be great in all you do, you will be missed. Dr. Bettesworth and Ms. Sharpe
Hello CJP Families
We hope you have a lovely weekend!
Yahoo! There were lots of cowfolk at CJP on Wednesday. We have 3 more Spirit days and one awareness day left in this school year. On Mondays and Wednesdays show your CJP spirit by wearing your CJP clothing or participating in the theme. See your child’s Google Classroom for more details information/ideas.
MONDAY June 14 – Sports Fan/Athlete day (rescheduled from June 2nd)
Wednesday June 16 – Dress in Tie Dye or Bright/Neon Colours Day
MONDAY June 21 – Wear your Orange – National Indigenous Peoples Day
Wednesday June 23 – Dress in Red and White for Canada Day
This has been a dark, heavy week in education and in Canada. Not because of pandemic, or budgets, or challenges in the classroom. Today and every day, forever, a part of our hearts are broken as we grieve for the 215 lives lost and unacknowledged for so very long. You will remember Darcy Turning Robe who spent a day online with our community just a few weeks ago. This week he shared with us that this day, learning of the lives lost, has been long anticipated in his family. His grandfather spoke of a day when all of Canada would remember the forgotten, when grief would spread across the country, when all people would begin to acknowledge the purpose of the residential school system. We can only imagine the grief and heartache of all our Indigenous families, neighbours, and community members as they watch our country finally awakening to, and understanding, the hurt that was done, denied, and unacknowledged for decades.
This week, we acknowledged this tremendous loss. This week, we imagine there will be many more stories of incredible and unthinkable tragedy. This week we at CJP apologized for the mistake made so many years ago. This week we offer our acknowledgement, our hearts, our apologies and our promises to learn, love, accept, grow, and never, ever forget.
Dr. Bettesworth and Ms. Sharpe
Hello CJP Families
We return to in person learning on Tuesday. I have received many concerned calls and e-mails from parents since the announcement for return to in person learning K-12. Know your concerns are echoed in the team here at CJP. Any decision a parent makes regarding their child attending or not attending in person classes is a personal decision and is the right decision for the family. If children are at home by choice, not due to health or isolation, this is an unexcused absence. However, this is a decision for a family to make, with all of the personal information the family has. How we record attendance should have little bearing on your decisions.
Before coming to school, it is expected that all families will take their child’s temperature and follow the Alberta health checklist for the pandemic. This expectation has been in place since the beginning of the school year and is likely to remain in effect for the full school year. We know, when we ask a class of children to raise their hands if their temperature has been taken, on a regular basis there are many who do not raise their hands. We are ever hopeful all families can follow this simple expectation in an effort to keep our entire school community safe.
While at school, if a child becomes unwell they will immediately be isolated and parents will be called to take them home. Children, once unwell are unable to return to school for at least 24 hours from when the symptoms subside.
While the health of most Albertan’s looks to be on the recovery, I am constantly reminded of the 550 students in the school, there are very few students who are old enough to receive a vaccine at CJP. This places all of us in the school in a very precarious situation. Our CJP team will make every effort to keep students and staff safe. We are ever hopeful our community of families will continue to do the same by staying home if you are unwell, being diligent about hand washing and temperature taking, and notifying the school as soon as possible if your child tests positive. We are all linked together, we are, without a doubt, in this together. Thank you for looking out for our community as well as your family – we are all safer for this.
Take good care,
Dr. Bettesworth and Ms. Sharpe
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