Jun 07
It Was a Year Like No Other

“Every task, goal, race and year comes to an end…therefore, make it a habit to always finish strong.” Gary Ryan Blair

It was a year like no other as we pushed through and persevered through this pandemic. Thank you to the parents/guardians, teachers, staff and students for having patience and understanding as we worked through the uncertainties of what this school year brought us. As teachers and students wind down for another school year, I am amazed at the learning opportunities that our students have experienced over the past nine months. The support of School Council and the support from many of you have given our children experiences that they will never forget.

Our Grade 6 students are getting excited about finishing their final month with us.

If you are moving out of the Rundle area and your child(ren) will not be attending Cecil Swanson next school year, please let us know by calling the school office at 403-777-6690 ext. 0. This information is necessary for planning and organizing for next year. It also helps make the transition to a new school a lot smoother. Thank you for your assistance.

In June, teachers will begin to prepare class lists for next year. Our classroom placement process is very thoughtful, and staff members consider many factors before using their professional judgement to build classrooms that best meet student needs. To foster quality teaching and learning environments, we create classrooms with: A heterogeneous mix of students (achievement, citizenship and personal development), gender balance, a balance of children requiring additional support (ie; special learning needs, English Language Learns, etc.) and positive social relationships for each child.

Thank you to our School Council! Our School Council has been supportive all year. With their support, we have been able to enrich the education of our students. Our last School Council meeting is Tuesday, June 7. Please note that many School Council Members will be leaving as their children on moving on to Grade 7. We would like to especially thank Rebecca Mansfield, Stephanie Cassell and Katrina Turner who have been on our School Council Executive for many years. Thank you so much for enhancing the educational experience at our school.

As the weather gets warmer, we sometimes see students who are dressed more for the beach than for school. Please remember that students are expected to dress modestly (no short shorts, extra short skirts, bare tummies or tops that do not cover the shoulders). Students still require proper footwear for physical education. If your child is inappropriately dressed, we may phone you to bring other clothes or we may provide a shirt to cover up.

We cannot thank you enough for your continued support and good will. We feel very fortunate to work with parents who are so deeply committed to supporting their children’s learning.

As we wind down to the end of June, we hope you and your family will have the opportunity to enjoy some lovely evenings together and we wish you all a safe and happy summer. The first day of school for the 2022/2023 school year will be Thursday, September 1, 2022, with a staggered entry for kindergarten on September 1 and 2.

Sincerely,

Adam Topp, Principal
Joan Murtagh, Assistant Principal


May 01
Spring is Here

Spring is here and now we are looking ahead to next year. The planning process is dependent upon some key factors: Financial Resources (Budget) given to each school to run smoothly and the projected number of students entering the building for the 2022-2023 school year. Thank you for all the parents that took time to share their feedback on the 2021-22 survey. The results of the survey have been posted on our website.

If you know that you will be moving, please contact the school by calling or emailing your homeroom teacher. Also, if you have any children born in 2017, please visit our website www.cbe.ab.ca/programs/kindergarten/Pages/default.aspx on how to register them for Kindergarten. Having a good idea of student population, allows us to plan classes and have less movement in the Fall.

In staffing news, we would like to welcome back Ms. Valz! Ms. Valz is very happy to return to Cecil Swanson after her maternity leave.

With the arrival of spring, many students will begin to ride their bikes and walk, to school. It takes a while to adjust to using “wheels” to ride to school, and gravel along the edges makes for slippery surfaces. Please be extra vigilant in watching for students and following all traffic and safety measures. Students who are bringing bikes to school are reminded to securely lock items to the appropriate rack in the playground and to wear an appropriate helmet. If your child chooses not to wear a helmet, we will be calling you to either pick up their bike/scooter or bring a helmet for them. Safety first.

Our next School Council meeting is on May 10, at 6:30 pm. This will be an in person meeting at School, we look forward to seeing you there.

Again thank you for your on-going support to our school community and of course your children’s’ success.

Sincerely,

Adam Topp, Principal
Joan Murtagh, Assistant Principal


Apr 05
We Are Now into April

Wow! We are now into April with a great deal of things on our minds. This is the time of year that considerable attention is placed on planning for next year. The Administrative Team is starting to make some plans for next year and making sure that we maintain the quality programming that you have become accustomed to. Sometime in April, we will be given our operating budget and the process will begin. We will be looking for feedback about next year priorities.

n behalf of the staff at Cecil Swanson I would like to thank all of you for your continued support in helping us meet the needs of your children. We cannot underestimate the difference it makes for students when parents are active participants in their child’s learning. It is also important that some have also communicated concerns or issues. We welcome the opportunity to improve upon what we do here, so if you have any questions or ideas, please never hesitate to contact the school.

Kindergarten Registration is open! We are really hoping to know all the new young Cecil Swanson students that will be joining us next year. If you have a child or know of a neighbour’s child that was born in 2017, please make sure you contact our office and register. You can visit: https://www.cbe.ab.ca/programs/kindergarten/Pages/default.aspx for more information or call our school at 403-777-6690.

Book Fair is coming! Starting Saturday April 2nd - Sunday April 10th students and families can shop online at the Book Fair at the link below. Starting Saturday, go to "Shop Now" to view and purchase books. You can still preview the Fair up to Saturday. Students will also have an opportunity to visit the book fair in person starting Tuesday April 5th- Friday April 8th. This will be students only. They can bring money to purchase books on their scheduled time, with a second scheduled time on Friday the 8th. Our library receives a percentage from each sale, for example, your $10.00 purchase puts $6.00 in books back into our school.
https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5163131

Lifetouch will be once again doing Spring photos of students if parents/guardians would like to have Spring photos of their students. Picture day is Monday, April 11th.  

We had another very successful two days of Learning Conferences in March that many parents/guardians took part in. Thank you to all of you who met virtually or in person, with teachers.

If you have recently changed your contact numbers, address or if you are moving in the next little while, it would be greatly appreciated if you would give us a call and share those changes with us. Also, we really would appreciate any new updates on your child’s medical status, which could impact their safety at school.

We hope you and your children had the opportunity to reenergize over Spring Break and prepare mentally for the final three months of school.

Sincerely,

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


Mar 03
Believe You Can and You’re Halfway There

Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” Theodore Roosevelt

Everyday we are so proud and impressed with the resiliency and flexibility of your children. Our entire Cecil Swanson staff thanks all the parents and caregivers that support our incredible students.

The virtual March Learning Conference is an opportunity for you to meet with your child’s teacher and discuss his/her progress and achievement in relation to the learner outcomes from the Programs of Study. These virtual Learning Conferences are focused on evidence of individual student learning (examples of student work, student reflections, etc.). You must have a MyCBE account to book a virtual conference. The MyCBE booking system will open up on March 3rd, 2022 at 8:00 am. Please use this system to book a Microsoft Teams meeting with your child’s teacher. We will be sending out additional instructions closer to the interview times.

We are so pleased to announce that our Jeff Stockton Residency has been a tremendous success. Jeff has been working will all the classes since the beginning of January and we are getting ready to celebrate our oral stories with you. The students will be recording their stories and posting them on their CBE Iris accounts. We will be sending instructions to parents so they will be able to view their child’s story at home. We would like to give a HUGE THANK YOU to our School Council for paying for this amazing residency.

If your child comes home and says to you that they do not have any homework, would you please ask them to show you their agenda. Some of our students do complete their assignments at school and some students need some extra time to finish at home. Our teachers also send out a weekly email which outlines how you can help at home.

On behalf of Cecil Swanson staff, we want to thank you for your continued support in helping your child, “Be the Best You Can Be” and we look forward to seeing you at our next virtual School Council Meeting, Tuesday March 1 at 6:30 pm.

Sincerely,

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


Feb 04
Believe in Yourself and All that You Are!

“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle”. Christian D. Larson

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 (8:05 AM and 12:38 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.

Report cards have been available for viewing on Tuesday, February 1 through your MyCBE / PowerSchool Account. If you do not have a PowerSchool account please go to MyCBE/Power​School to set up an account or contact the school for assistance. We can also print report cards upon request.  

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. This is a survey for all Grade 4 parents. We will be sending out more information as we approach the survey.

Thank you to all parents/guardians that were able to attend our School Council meeting on February 1. School Council is an excellent way to find our more about what is happening at our school. School Council is an important part of your child’s educational experience as they provide enrichment activities. Without our School Council will would not be able to have Jeff Stockton our resident artist. Our School council also raises funds so all of our field trips can be provided at a reduce cost to you. Thank you School Council! Our next meeting is on March 1 at 6:30 pm.

Sincerely,

Mr. Adam Topp, Principal
Ms. Terra Freek-Meehan, Acting Assistant Principal


Jan 17
Thanks for Contributing to the Cecil Swanson School Community

“We all get the exact same 365 days. They only difference is what we do with them.” Hillary DePiano

As we head into a new year, we would like to thank students, staff, and parents for contributing to the Cecil Swanson School community.  We are all so proud to be part of this amazing community.   It is apparent that the work we have done to make this happen successfully has had a positive impact on all of our students. We are really looking forward to the fantastic work that is yet to come.

Kindergarten registration for the 2022-2023 school year begins January 17.  Children must be at least five years old as of December 31 to start kindergarten in the fall of that kindergarten year. This means that a four-year old child may start kindergarten if they will turn five on or before December 31st of that school year. Please visit the CBE website on instructions on how to register your kindergarten student.  https://cbe.ab.ca/programs/kindergarten/Pages/default.aspx.

If you have friends or family that have children who are eligible for kindergarten please remind them to register.

Our next School Council is Tuesday, January 11 at 6:30pm. If you would like to attend this virtual meeting, please send an email to adtopp@cbe.ab.ca and we will send you the link.

Please remember to send your child to school with a mask. We have a limited supply in the office that we like to keep for emergencies only.

Please join me in congratulating Ms. Freek’s appointment to Acting Assistant Principal while Ms. Murtagh is away from the school. Ms. Freek brings an abundance of experience to this position and has been a staple to the Cecil Swanson community for 9 years.

Sincerely,

Mr. Adam Topp, Principal
Ms. Terra Freek, Acting Assistant Principal


Dec 02
December is a Busy Time of Year

Dear Parents/Guardians,

“There is no such thing as failure, only learning experiences”. Unknown

We can only imagine how busy you all are at this time of the year. We have the unique opportunity to work with your great children for a little less than seven hours a day. Thank you for working with them on being respectful, willing to learn new and exciting things, and willing to becoming strong independent thinkers. Together we will continue to work with your children to strive for excellence.

We would also like to take this opportunity to show our thanks to the School Council who has made valuable contributions to our common goal of student success. The School Council is happy to announce that they will be putting on our first fun lunch of the school year. School Council will be offering a cheese pizza fun lunch on December 8 to all our wonderful Cecil Swanson Students and there will be no charge to students for this cheese pizza lunch.

Our schools’ Annual Report, analysis of achievement test results, annual fee reporting and school development plan have been uploaded to our school website.  If you would like a hard copy of any of these documents, please come into the office and we can print you a copy.

Once again our parent-teacher conferences that were held last Thursday and Friday were a huge success. Thank you to all of the parents and guardians who connected with their student’s teacher.

We ask that parents/guardians please send their student to school with a mask. The school office has a limited supply of disposable masks for emergencies only.

We hope you will enjoy this holiday season with your family.  Play and read with your children. We will be looking forward to all of their smiling faces on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.

Respectfully, Adam Topp, Principal
Joan Murtagh, Assistant Principal


Nov 04
November is Here

“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says, I’m possible.”  Audrey Hepburn.

November is here and the weather is changing everyday.  Please remind your children to dress for the weather (hat, gloves, boots and a winter coat).  Our Lost and Found display area has started to fill up with some of these items.  If you feel your child has lost some clothing or a lunch kit(s), please have them check the Lost and Found area to see if they may be in there.

Parents thank you so much for supporting your child. With your continued support, working along side of us to support your child, we hope to see our students reaching their goals. We strongly believe that clear, honest and open communication makes strong partnerships. Every week our teachers send an email to keep you informed of the learning that is taking place at Cecil Swanson. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the school.

Please join us in congratulating Ms. Vuong on the arrival of her baby boy!!


Jun 14
It Was a Year Like No Other

​ “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt

It was a year like no other as we all pushed through and perservered through this Pandemic. Thank you to the parents/guardians, teachers, staff and students for having patience and understanding as we worked through the uncertainties of what this school year brought us. As teachers and students wind down for another school year, I am amazed at the learning opportunities that our students have experienced over the past nine months. The support of School Council and the support from many of you have given our children experiences that they will never forget.

Our Grade 6students are getting excited about finishing up their final month with us.

In June, teachers will begin to prepare class lists for next year. Our classroom placement process is very thoughtful, and staff members consider many factors before using their professional judgement to build classrooms that best meet student needs. To foster quality teaching and learning environments, we create classrooms with: A heterogeneous mix of students (achievement, citizenship and personal development), gender balance, a balance of children requiring additional support (i.e. special learning needs, English Language Learners, etc.) and positive social relationships for each child.

Occasionally, parents wish to provide additional information to us to consider during our placement process. If you have information that you believe is crucial to the learning needs of your child, I ask that you provide this information to myself, Mr. Adam Topp, in writing, by June 10th, 2021. Class placements will not always change as a result of this information, but they will always reflect our sincere interest in creating the best learning environment for all students.

At the end of the school year we will say good-bye to Mr. Barteski and Mrs. Harper, who will be moving onto another school for the 2021-2022 school year. It has been a pleasure having them teach at Cecil Swanson and we wish them the best in their new school. You will be missed.

As the weather gets warmer, we sometimes see students who are dressed more for the beach than for school. Please remember that students are expected to dress modestly (no short shorts, extra short skirts, bare tummies or tops that do not cover the shoulders). Students still require proper foot wear for physical education. If your child is inappropriately dressed, we may phone you to bring other clothes or we may provide a shirt to cover up.

We can’t thank you enough for your continued support and good will. We feel very fortunate to work with parents who are so deeply committed to supporting their children’s learning. Bouquets to you for modeling respect, responsibility, safety and kindness to our children.

As we wind down to the end of June, we hope you and your family will have the opportunity to enjoy some lovely evenings together and we wish you all a safe and happy summer. The first day of school for the 2021/2022 school year will be Wednesday, September 1, 2021.

Sincerely,

Adam Topp, Principal
Joan Murtagh, Assistant Principal

May 11
Planning for Next Year

Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today”. Malcom X

Spring is here and now we are looking ahead to next year. The planning process is dependent upon some key factors: Financial Resources (Budget) given to each school to run smoothly and the projected number of students entering the building for the 2021-2022 school year. Thank you for all the parents that took time to share their feedback on the 2021-22 survey. The results of the survey will be shared at School Council and on our website.

If you know that you will be moving, please contact the school by calling or emailing your homeroom teacher. Also, if you have any children born in 2016, please call and register them for Kindergarten. Having a good idea of student population, allows us to plan classes and have less movement in the Fall.

In staffing news, we would like to welcome back Ms. Brocke! Ms. Brocke is very happy to return to Cecil Swanson after her maternity leave. We would also like to thank Ms. Krygier for her amazing work with our Grade 3 classes. We would also like to say thank you to Ms. Stephanie Cassell for all of her work as Lunchroom Supervisor. Your dedication to our School Community will be missed.

With the arrival of spring, many students will begin to ride their bikes and walk, to school. It takes a while to adjust to using “wheels” to ride to school, and gravel along the edges makes for slippery surfaces. Please be extra vigilant in watching for students and following all traffic and safety measures. Students who are bringing bikes to school are reminded to securely lock items to the appropriate rack in the playground and to wear an appropriate helmet. If your child chooses not to wear a helmet, we will be calling you to either pick up their bike/scooter or bring a helmet for them. Safety first.

Our School Council virtual meeting is on May 4, at 6:30 pm. If you would like to join the Council, please email Adam Topp at adtopp@cbe.ab.ca and we will send you the link.

Again thank you for your on-going support to our school community and of course your children’s’ success.

 

Sincerely,

Adam Topp, Principal
Joan Murtagh, Assistant Principal


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