Feb 05
Winter is Here

“You Are Never Too Old To Set Another Goal Or To Dream A New Dream”. C.S. Lewis

Winter is here and February has been known to be a very cold month. We are strongly encouraging our students on a daily basis to wear their coats, hats, mitts and boots. It is important that the students dress warmly, as they will be expected to be outside until the entry bells ring (7:55 AM and 12:27 PM). We will post signs for a “Blue Dot Day” when the temperature is below -20 with the wind chill and students may come into the school.

We want to thank all the parents for taking their time to meet with our teachers virtually during the parent teacher conferences. We wish we could hold these interviews in person, but we really appreciate you working through all the technology requirements to have these important conversations. Report cards are going to be available for viewing on February 5 through your MyCBE/Powerschool account. If you do not have a Powerschool account please go to the CBE website www.cbe.ab.ca and follow the links to MyCBE/Powerschool to set up an account or contact the school for assistance. We can also print report cards upon request.

By working closely with CBE transportation, the City of Calgary, and our neighbouring school, Dr. Gordon Higgins, the decision has been made to move some of the buses that normally stop in front of Dr. Gordon Higgins. By moving these buses this will take significant pressure off of Rundlehill Drive traffic (back of our school). We believe that this move will create safer roads for our students. The buses will be moved to the side of Dr. Gordon Higgins along Rundleville Drive. Please continue to encourage your children to watch carefully when crossing the roads. We often see children running between parked cars, please remind them how dangerous this can be.

As an annual check-up on the education system, the Accountability Pillar provides an opportunity for Alberta Education and school authorities to ensure that we are equipping students for success. The Accountability Pillar uses a set of 16 indicators consisting of surveys for students, parents and teachers on various aspects of quality; student outcomes such as dropout and high school completion rates; and Provincial assessments of student learning. We will be sending out more information as we approach the survey.

In the month of January staff and students at Cecil Swanson continued our School Development Focus in Writing and Student Emotional Wellbeing by enhancing a positive culture that supports communication, connections, problem-solving, reasoning and visualization. In professional learning communities, teachers are continuing to come together to analyze student evidence and design the next best steps for their students. This last month we analyzed our writing task and engagement level of our students. We entered into professional conversation on strategies to creating more engagement during writing task.

Sincerely,

Mr. Adam Topp, Principal
Ms. Joan Murtagh, Assistant Principal


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