Oct 26
We Work Well Together

Dear CP Families, 

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the incredible job the staff have done this year in setting up safe and quality learning environments for their students. They have put in countless hours all with the goal of having a successful and welcoming entrance for their students.  

A huge thank you to our CP School Council who have continued to support our work by making sure students and staff are feeling safe.

Parents, and students you have been outstanding! Your patience, understanding and support are a crucial part to our success for the 20-21 school year.

Data that supports our positive start to the year includes the recent Parent Check-In survey that you were asked to complete.  Below are the results of the survey, which show your confidence in us.  Merci!  We are grateful for our partnership!

 

Along with a lot of positive comments, parents are interested in keeping the lines of communication open and want to ensure that homework is in place for their child when they are ill or in isolation.  In response to this feedback teachers are sending weekly or biweekly emails to parents detailing what has been recently taught.  Teachers are also working on establishing their online presence by showing students how to access learning content on D2L.  If you have questions about how to access the content online, please reach out to your child's teacher.

Just a few reminders:

  • The weather can be tricky so please be sure your child dresses appropriately for the conditions.
  • Send your child to school with 2 masks in case they lose one. 
  • We strongly request that parents and students use designated crosswalks to enter and exit the school, do not walk between parked vehicles and please observe the 30km/h Playground zone speed limit.  Ensure that if you are using the alley off 73 Ave, that you enter from the west end, creating a one-way traffic flow eastbound.
Aliki Avdicos & Dawn Poole
Leadership Team, Chinook Park School


Jun 24
June 2020

We have arrived to the end of a school year unlike any other!  The circumstances of the pandemic necessitated classes being cancelled and learning occurred remotely for almost 3 months!  Let’s celebrate that we made it, together!  Let’s celebrate the learning that occurred virtually.  We are proud of our students who demonstrated their resiliency with the support of their families.  

We would like to extend a special “shout out” to all of the volunteers who have supported student learning in so many different ways when classes were in session. 

 

We have an extraordinary staff at Chinook Park School who work so hard to help the students learn and succeed in everything they do.  It takes everyone working and learning together to make Chinook Park School a successful and positive learning community. 

 

Unlike other years, preparation for school re-entry is underway as we adapt and plan for an imminent “new normal” at Chinook Park School.  School organization and enrollment continue to fluctuate. Staff who will be returning are listed below without grade configurations, as it is highly likely that reorganization will occur once classes resume.

 

Families will be notified at the end of August via email from their child’s teacher regarding placement.

 

Confirmed Staff for 2020-21

 

Regular Program

Mr. Morand            Ms. Watson

Mrs. Mckenzie        Ms. Craig

Mr Brown              Mrs. Coulling

French Immersion Program

Mme Corine           Mme Katie                Mme French             Mme Sherry            

Mme Gina              Mme Wendy             Mme Annie 

Mme Isabelle         M. Hewitt                 Mme Karen​

           

CSSI – Communications Class

We said farewell to our CSSI students and staff as the program closed at Chinook Park and is now called Enhanced Educational Support (EES).  We wish our students all the very best as they transition to their new schools.  They will be missed!

Music

Ms. Bohan

 

We look forward to having the following support staff in the fall:


Administrative Assistants:          Mrs. Powell

Library:                                    Mrs. Higgins

Lead Lunch Supervisor:             Joyce Nisker

Lunchroom Supervisors:            Gay, Dean, Peggy, Tania, Roya, Maryam,  Rajdeep

Educational Assistants:              Mrs Nancy & Miss Janine

Facility Operators:                     Mr. Gurevitch & Ms. Lawine

 

We are fortunate to have these teachers and support staff who bring their gifts, talents and expertise to Chinook Park School.

 

Farewells

At this time we would like to recognize the following staff who are retiring:  Mme Brigitte & Mme Sylvie.  These ladies have each contributed over 30 years of teaching in French Immersion. Imagine all the students that they’ve touched, en français!   

 

Mr. Casali and Ms. Gordon have been instrumental in the success of their CSSI students.  We wish them best success!  Thank you to the Educational Assistants in CSSI for their remarkable work with our CSSI students.  Thank you to Shelley, Jayne, Natalia, Cheryl and Lauren!  It’s been a true team effort and they will be dearly missed. All of these teachers and support staff have truly made a difference in students’ lives. 


We wish Mme Taylor well and would like to thank her for her dedication to her students.  A couple of other teachers external to classrooms are Mme Lauren and Mme Sarah.  Both of them supported many students (& teachers) while learning occured online.  We are grateful for their service to our learning community.  Merci a vous tous!

 

We would like to wish everyone: the students, their families and our staff a summer filled with special memories and continued learning.  Have a safe and wonderful summer!

 

2020-21 School Re-Entry

Please access the main CBE website for up to date information about school re-entry, over the summer.

 

 

Bonnes Vacances!!!  Have a great summer!!!

 

Aliki Avdicos & Dawn Poole

Leadership Team, Chinook Park School

 

Feb 04
Our Students' Overall Well-Being

February holds another busy month of learning for our students.   In addition to academic engagement in classrooms, students will also be immersed in cultural appreciation of everything French during our French week celebrations.  The following week, students will have an opportunity to address their well-being by attending various sessions focused on physical, emotional and mental health at our annual Health Fair.  The sessions will incorporate stress management, positive self-talk, good nutrition, etc.  This year, we will be extending the idea of our Health Fair to include an evening for parents to support your child’s overall well-being.  This will be an interactive fair.  More details to follow.  Many conversations will continue to take place this month with students regarding Pink Shirt day & We Rise Above anti-bullying campaigns. 

This month Student Voice Council continues their mission to make a difference.  A campaign to support the Food Bank will launch on Thursday, February 6 and will continue until the 20 of February.  All students are encouraged to bring in non-perishable food items to support local families in need.  In addition to the food items, Student Voice Representatives brought forth the idea of supporting children on their birthdays with the help of the Food Bank’s Birthday Wish List.  We are hoping that each class will bring in items to complete at least 1 birthday bag.  Please see the link for more details:  http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/ChinookPark/about-us/news-centre/_layouts/15/ci/post.aspx?oaid=5a45d45a-3490-48d8-b3f4-8f10a3594acb&oact=20001.  The birthday bags and food items will be collected the last week of February.

As you can see, this month will be packed with engaging learning as well as many service opportunities for students to get involved and gain important life skills that will serve them and those around them well!

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any complements, questions or concerns.

Aliki Avdicos, Principal

alavdicos@cbe.ab.ca

Jan 14
Upcoming Events

Bonne heureuse année!  Happy new year to all our families!  We hope everyone enjoyed the break and time with loved ones.

We have a busy couple of months ahead and lots of opportunities for our students to look forward to, starting with in-line skating in January.  We are grateful to our School Council for sponsoring this physical activity for our students.  This month teachers are diligently working on student assessments for report cards; collecting a recent body of evidence that depicts the most current student learning.   To further support parents in understanding more about the assessment and reporting process, have a look at the new resources provided by the CBE which are posted in the Teaching and Learning tab of our school website.   This year we will be reducing our environmental footprint by having parents access their child’s report card digitally.  Should parents wish a printed copy of their child’s report card, please advise the office by January  28, 2020. 

Inclement Weather

Have you ever wondered what students do over the lunch hour when it’s bitterly cold outside? We aim to provide our students with a variety of activities over the lunch hour, such as gaga ball in the gym, reading & games in the library, arts/crafts, and movies.  On days when the weather is closer to -20C, we also offer students who are well dressed the option to play outside.

School Development Plan (SDP)

As the year progresses, so does our professional growth which contributes to the success of our SDP.  We are focussing on improving:

·       Literacy: comprehension through the disciplines (science/social studies)

·       Numeracy: patterns and relations

·       Wellness: respecting self, others and the environment.  Check out the visuals made by students to support our wellness initiative on the Student Voice bulletin board by the office.

As always, we are open to feedback and truly value our partnership!

Aliki Avdicos

alavdicos@cbe.ab.ca

Dec 06
Gratitude & Reflection!

Gratitude & Reflection!​

As the holiday season approaches, it is an ideal time to reflect on just how fortunate we are to be part of our Chinook Park learning community. We have healthy and happy students, generous parents and dedicated school staff who work together to provide quality education for all.  The most effective way to teach children to be responsible, caring and compassionate citizens is to model the behaviour ourselves.  Donating winter clothing to Jacket Racket and helping those less fortunate at the Mustard Seed are good initiatives for students to learn about empathy, generosity, kindness and compassion.  Please make some time in the coming week to work together with your child and fill these socks with love!

To celebrate the upcoming holiday season we will be singing carols in the gym on Dec. 17th at 1 pm and Dec. 19th at 10 am.  December 19th is also pyjama day!  Come to school dressed in your pyjamas. Parents are welcome to attend…in their pyjamas too!

2018-19 Achievement Results

At the November School Council Meeting, results from last year’s Accountability Pillar Survey and Provincial Achievement Test were shared.  We are pleased to report that our student achievement in the area of excellence increased across most subject areas, indicating our hard work and targeted instruction paid off!  New targets for 2020-21 were shared via the School Development Plan to ensure high quality programming for our students.

Kindergarten/Grade One Registration Information for 2020-21

The Kindergarten & Grade One Information Evening will be held on January 9 at 6:30 PM at Sundance School.  Representatives from 4 French Immersion schools in the SW will be in attendance:  Sundance, Chinook Park, Sam Livingston & Janet Johnstone. Registration for 2020-21 begins on Monday, January 20, 2020. 

Winter Holidays

In the spirit of generosity and collaboration, thank you to our dedicated staff and supportive parents for the amazing work you do for our students!  We wish everyone a wonderfully relaxing upcoming winter break.

Aliki Avdicos                    Dawn Poole

alavdicos@cbe.ab.ca       dmpoole@cbe.ab.ca

 

Nov 04
Assessment & Reporting

It was great to see such wonderful participation at our Great Pumpkin Carving contest last week. Thank you, parents, for making an effort to come during the Halloween parade.  It’s always special having parents in our building.  To this end, there will also be more opportunities in November for parents to engage in their child’s education.  The Remembrance Day assembly, Family Dance and Parent-Teacher Conferences are a few upcoming occasions that we hope parents can attend this month.

At the last School Council, parents learned about assessment practices that are continuously being refined within the CBE, were shown the new terminology for the 1 to 4 report card scale and were also informed that the math indicators on the report card have changed for the 2019/20 school year.  Examples of how a 1, 2, 3, & 4 are given to students in both math and language arts were shared, giving parents a more concrete idea on summative assessment.  Please visit the CBE website:

https://www.cbe.ab.ca/programs/curriculum/assessment-and-reporting/Pages/default.aspx for more information as well as supporting documents regarding assessment. 

The next School Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 20th at 6:30 in the library.  Come learn about our 2019/20 School Development Plan.  Provincial Achievement Test (PAT) data will also be shared.

As always, we’re grateful for our partnership with parents.  If you have any questions, comments or feedback, don’t hesitate to reach out to your child(ren)’s teacher or our Leadership Team.

Aliki Avdicos                          ​Dawn Poole

Prinicpal                                Assistant Principal

alavdicos@cbe.ab.ca              dmpoole@cbe.ab.ca

Oct 16
Professional Development Update

At last Friday’s non-instructional day, Chinook Park hosted 260 educators from over 10 CBE French Immersion schools.   Katy Arnett was the keynote speaker for the day and the main focus of her talk was inclusion in language learning.  This work is so relevant within our educational contexts where we are working to ensure complex learners experience success.  Simply put, these strategies are effective for all learners: those learning French, students who are English language learners, as well as students who are developing language skills.

 

Equity and inclusion continue to be hot topics in education.  At Chinook Park, our staff works hard to ensure that students have the opportunities, strategies and tools they need to be successful in their learning.   For example, some students require assistive technology, additional time, large print material, leveled text or adaptations, etc.  As educators we truly value our professional learning time together.Oct. 11 Non-Instructional Day.jpg

Sep 06
Welcome to a New Year of Learning
​Dear/Chers Parents,

Bienvenue à une autre année scolaire!  

Welcome to our returning and new families at CP! As the week comes to an end, I wanted to let you know that the first few days at Chinook Park have been smooth as the students are transitioning back into routines! 

Students are excited to learn and have been engaging in a variety of activities within the courtyard, collaborating with classmates and problem solving situations. Our staff have worked very hard to make sure that our school looks great and that we are ready to provide meaningful and engaging learning experiences for our students.   

To get in touch with your child’s classroom teacher, email is the preferred method of communication. Please see Our Staff page, for teacher names (with embedded email addresses).

Student Agendas

We will be using Student Agendas this year. Regrettably, they haven’t arrived yet but we have been assured they are on the way. In the meantime, our Student Handbook has been sent out and provides parents with important information about school protocols. It will also be included at the front of the Student Agenda, should you wish to review it with your child. 

NOTE: All the information in the handbook is available on our website. If you can't find what you're looking for, use the search tool located at the top of every page.

We are asking that both teachers and parents sign the agenda on a daily basis and use it as another communication tool. 

Parking

A huge thank you, un gros merci, to parents who are following our parking procedure:

  • west entrance off 73rd Ave. for one way back alley traffic flow to enable school side student drop off

  • No parking in the crosswalks  

  • No student drop-offs/pick-ups in the staff parking lot

This heightened awareness will increase and ensure our students’ safety. We appreciate your support!   

School Calendar

An updated version has been posted to our Calendar page. Note: some of our Kindergarten AM and PM Fridays have been updated on it. Please refer to this website for the most current infromation about our school.

School Information Package

A package is being sent home with students. Look for it in your child’s backpack. It contains forms that need to be completed and returned to school. Ensure you have subscribed to School Messenger if you would like to receive all school emails. Parents also need to have a My CBE/PowersSchool account set up, and the package contains information on how to create this.  

Save the date: Our annual Welcome Back BBQ, sponsored by School Council will be held on Sept. 17.   

Reminder: Early Dismissal 12:15 PM on Fridays for K to Grade 6. CSSI Early Dismissal 10:50 AM on Fridays. See our Contact Us​ page for scheduled bell times.

Keep an eye out for school happenings by checking this website from time to time.   

We look forward to a collaborative partnership with you as we nurture our students' unique talents and ensure their academic success.

Sincerely/Sincèrement,

Aliki Avdicos
Principal, 
Chinook Park School

Jun 26
What a wonderful year of learning and growing it has been!

Dear Parents,

What a wonderful year of learning and growing it has been here at Chinook Park. I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to get to know the students, the families and the staff here at this great place to learn.  Students impressed me on a daily basis with their joy of learning, their positive attitudes and their willingness to try to new things.  From field trips to the Calgary Reads House to the cafes and in class presentations that teachers planned to enrich their students' learning, I saw a world of growth and progress in the students.  Each student had successes over the past year that needs to be celebrated as we move into a time of rest and recuperation over the next 2 months. Enjoy the summer and benefit from the warm weather and long days to relax and rejuvenate. 

Looking to the fall, there are a few staff changes that I would like to share. We are not yet ready to share classroom teaching assignments as these may change in the new school year.  This has been an atypical year with the new government being elected late in the school year. There are still some unknown factors for us as school board. However, there are some teachers who will not be returning next year:

Mme Alecia Fraser, Ms. Amanda Gordon, Ms. Kristen Carlton, Ms. Alyssa Montefresco, Ms. Kim MacFarlane, Ms. Heather Waters and Ms. Amelia Hradsky.  We wish them all the best in their new schools.  Another staff member who will be leaving us is Mrs. Kim Jamieson-Hirst from the front office. All the best to Kim in her endeavours.  They will all be missed at Chinook Park.

Report cards will be sent home on Wednesday, June 26 with your child.  If your child will not be at school, please leave a self addressed stamped envelope at the main office or arrange to pick up the report card by noon on the 28th of June.
Lost and Found items will sorted and put on display until the 28th of June. Please come have look as all items will be donated after this time.

The last day of school for students is Wednesday, June 26. The office officially closes at noon on June 28, and will re-open on Wed, August 28 at 8:00AM. School for students will begin on Tuesday, Sept 3 (staggered entry Sept 3 and 4 for Kindergarten).  

Sanghamitra Dhar McKenty
Acting Principal

Apr 11
Welcome back after spring break!

We trust it was a restful and relaxing time with friends and family.  We are excited for the months ahead at Chinook Park School.  There is so much learning and exploring going on within the school walls and as on a variety of field trips.  Upcoming at the end of the month is the musical, where every Grade 3, 4, 5 and 6 students will participate in all aspects of putting on a musical performance from set design to acting.  Please see the news item for more information regarding dates, times and volunteer needs. 

We are planning for the next school year.  You may be wondering what is taken into account when planning and organizing for the upcoming school year? Students come first and remain at the heart of every decision that is made.  A factor that heavily influences the decisions are declining enrolment numbers in both programs. As a learning community, we value quality education and wish our students to be successful, well-rounded, contributing citizens.  We would like to invite our parents to the April 17 School Council meeting to hear more about school organization for the 2019-20 school year. 

Please do not hesitate to come see us with questions or concerns as they arise.

Kind regards,

Sanghamitra Dhar McKenty and Dawn Poole

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