Jan 16
Nurturing Virtues and Traits

Happy New Year, Chaparral Families and Friends! You are wished many blessings in the year ahead.

As a school community, we are celebrating a very productive fall session. I am very proud of the growth and success noted in both our students and staff. Chaparral School is indeed a place of learning for all!

On January 21, students will receive their first of two official report cards. This report card is considered a formal communication and documentation of a student’s summative achievement at this point in the school year. It provides teachers the opportunity to communicate to parents and students the most significant aspects of student achievement. Report cards are based on outcomes that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do according to the Alberta Programs of Studies. In the Calgary Board of Education, summative assessment indicators are also provided for Citizenship, Character and Personal Development (Results 3, 4 and 5). While the assessment of the results is separate from Academic Success, the way in which they are demonstrated and lived is always through the learning experience.

In the upcoming report cards, teachers will provide narrative comments to augment summative indicators. The purpose of the comment is to communicate additional information related to achievement, supports, and next steps. Families will note specific attention to feedback provided in the areas of literacy and mathematics. This focus is reflective of student achievement goals identified in our School Development Plan for 2018-19.

At Chaparral School we also are very intent on nurturing virtues and traits associated with Results 3, 4 and 5. This year, we adopted the Circle of Courage as a model through which we can understand and practice generosity, independence, mastery and belonging. It has been incredibly exciting to note students, staff and families express these ideals, reaching out to the broader community through donations to organizations like the Poppy Fund, the Calgary Food Bank and Inn from the Cold. For more on these initiatives please see, Generosity (pg. 3 & 4) and News from Grade 5 (pg. 14).

As a place of learning for all, we are also very proud to be mentoring five pre-service teachers. These students come to us from St. Mary’s University, the Werklund School of Education (University of Calgary), and Ambrose University. We are pleased to welcome the following student teachers:

  • Jessica Belanger – working with Andrea Buist Grade 2
  • Tammy McLaren – working with Kelly LeBlanc Grade 1
  • Ashley Bigelow – working with Lori Wilson Grade 1
  • Cassidy Mueller – working with Katie Keil Grade 2
  • Jeffrey Bennett – working with Tracy Behl Grade 4

With the start of the New Year, our school community is also very pleased to announce some changes in staffing:

Newly appointed:

  • Tammy Furgason – Lunch Supervisor
  • Greg Morrell – Facility Operator

Change of assignment:

  • Corinne Yee – Lead Lunch Supervisor

Each season at school brings unique highlights. At Chaparral, the period between Winter and Spring Break is a time when students make great gains in learning, often grasping concepts and skills that might have perplexed them just weeks before. The winter months are also a time when we intensify our focus on community building through various special events, celebrations and initiatives.

Once again, this year, teachers will be offering a variety of lunch clubs. The purpose of clubs is to provide students with an opportunity to work with different adults, meet new friends, and spend time in activities that they find enjoyable. More information regarding lunch clubs will be shared at the end of January. Clubs will run through February and into April.

On Monday February, 25, we will host the Quest Theatre group for We Are All Treaty People. Our school community is extremely grateful to the Chaparral Parent Association for funding this immersive and interactive experience that will inspire us to consider an enlightened and sustainable future for everyone – together. Following this, we will recognize Pink Shirt Day, through focusing on kindness as a way of mitigating cyberbullying. As stated on pinkshirtday.ca “Kindness requires no manipulation, no focusing on the negatives, and no filtering of yourself. It’s simply, truly nice. For social media users, we want them to THINK before the post. We want them to ask themselves if it is: True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary and KIND.”

As always, we strive to involve parents in all aspects of our school. We welcome your involvement in our learning and special events. Please connect with teachers, administrators, and our main office at any time.

Yours most sincerely,

Chris Buhler, Principal

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