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Weekly Message March 6

CAS Weekly Message March 5


Important Dates to Remember

March 1 – March 8 – On-line booking for Student Led Conferences Opened 6PM March 1 and closes at noon on March 8. Book through your mycbe account. 

March 6 – 9  Scholastic Book Fair  

March 9 – Student Led Conference (Registration to open March 1 6PM) 

March 9 – School Council (Learning Commons) 7PM 

March 10 – Professional Development Day (No school for students) 

March 25 – April 2   Spring Break – School is Closed 


School Spirit Day (Presented by the Grade 5 Leadership Students) 

March 3 – Casual Friday  (Wear your Chris Akkerman Cubs T-Shirt, Wear School colours, Wear your uniform) 

March 17 – St. Patrick's day. Wear green, wear what makes you feel lucky.  

March 24 – Twin and triplet day. Dress the same as a friend or a group of friends, wear your hair the same as a friend or group of friends, wear your uniform – just like all of your school friends! 


Dear Chris Akkerman Families 

Our French Festival, lead by Mme. Fontanne was a great success. Thank you Mme. Fontanne! Students participated in collaborative and cultural games in the gym. Ask them about the game with the ropes and ball, or about the chickens and eggs. Outside students were treated to “caban a sucre" maple syrup on a stick. While outside they also played Acadian games such as Tug-O-War, Sack Races, and a unique relay where they tied a sash around their waist and pulled a small log a short distance. Ask your child how the maple sugar treat tasted or how they made the treat. You might also want to ask them about the musical experience they had with Mme. Costinak, they played an instrument you could easily find in your kitchen. Again, another great cultural opportunity. The special events outside, in the gym, and in the music room were supplemented by some great classroom based activities for each grade as well. Ask your child about the beards.  

All students participated in the French festival, there was energy, enthusiasm and plenty of laughter as all of our community was given the opportunity to learn and participate in some great cultural events. Great fun and amazing learning was had by all. A huge should out to the incredible volunteers who assisted us, Mme. Fontanne and our first class CAS team who helped lead all of the fun French learning activities.  

Dr. Bettesworth 




We need parent volunteers!  

Thank you to all of the parents who came out to assist with the French Festival – you helped to make the day fantastic! 

Scholastic Book Fair –  March 6-10 We need parents to assist with this fundraising event. Several parents have signed up, we still need more help.  

We need a Book Fair Coordinator.  We can help you learn what needs to be done. A Book Fair Coordinator helps with set up, take down, advertising the event, organizing volunteers, collecting and counting all cash transactions.   

Parent Volunteers – We need parents to cover the following shifts at minimum 

Wednesday  7:30 – 2:30   (any amount of hours during this time is appreciated – police clearance required) 

Thursday  7:30 – 11:30 (any amount of hours during this time is appreciated – police clearance required) 

Thursday 2:00 – 3:45   (no police clearance is needed to assist with this time) 

Thursday  4:45 – 8:00   (no police clearance is needed to assist with this time) 

Friday  8:00 – 12:00  Take down and clean up (No police clearance is required to assist this date) 



Student Led Conferences 

On March 9 all parents are welcome to come with their child to experience a Student Led Conference. It is essential that your child is present for the conference.  Using your mycbe account, please sign-up for a 25-minute time slot. Sign-up for conferences began on March 1 at 6pm and will end on March 8 at noon.  

Kindergarten times slots on March 9:  2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, 6:30, 7:00 

Gr 1-5 time slots on March 9:  3:00, 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, 6:30, 7:00 

Kindergarten classes will have additional time slots to accommodate all of the kindergarten learners. Some kindergarten conference times will be during class time, while others will be later in the day. Thursday Kinders will be participating in special learning opportunities with our Music and French teachers while their classes are open for Student Led Conferences. 

Gr 1 – 5 families will have an opportunity to attend a conference immediately following student dismissal on Thursday or during the early evening on Thursday March 9. It will be important for all families to arrive on time for their conference as conference times will need to begin and end on time to accommodate all CAS families.  

 Children are preparing with their teachers  to share their current and most recent learning and next steps in learning in math, reading, and writing.  Many classrooms will also have health, science, social studies, and well bing activities available for your children to share with you. The music room will be open for your child to share what has been happening in music. French will be shared within some classes and in the Learning Commons for other classes.  

Before you attend Student Led Conferences, please ensure you have reviewed your child's report card on line. This is a great opportunity to reflect on the current learning discussed and shared in the report card, their next steps and best ways to support your student learner. It is also hoped you will see many curricular areas, not written about in the report card but where indicators of achievement were shared. If a picture is worth 1000 words, imagine what an experience is worth. We encourage all families to take this time to examine their child's work and how it relates to what was shared in the report card.  We encourage you to find their strengths and their personal areas of growth and celebrate this with your child.   

Parents, during the conference, you will be asked to provide your child with feedback that will include both celebrations of what your child has achieved and your greatest hopes for the remainder of the school year. 

Student Led Conferences are a wonderful opportunity for you to connect with your child about their learning. Please allow your child to take the lead and share with you. During Student Led Conferences there will be approximately 5-7 other families in your child's designated space also participating in this learning and celebratory opportunity.  This is the time to celebrate and acknowledge the hard work your child has done to date. This is not the time to conference with the teacher. If you have specific questions for the classroom teacher, please make an appointment with them for a telephone call, face to face meeting, or an on-line TEAMs meeting to discuss your child's learning.  Due to privacy, Student Led Conferences are not the time for specific discussions with your child's teacher.  Thank you for your understanding.  

Please note – the school office will be open to pay fees and begin your police clearance processes.  

The gym will be home to the Scholastic Book Fair – if we are able to secure enough parent volunteers. 

School Council will host a meeting in the Learning Commons beginning at 7PM 


Chris Akkerman School Engagement Opportunity 

Please provide us with feedback on the Chris Akkerman Budget, Fees,  and School Council.  There are about 8 questions on this survey. It shouldn't take longer than about 5 minutes to complete.  We are eager to hear what fieldtrip and residency opportunities families would like their child to participate in. We are also eager to hear what fees for fiend trips and activities should be set for next year.  We look forward to your feedback. 

The survey is currently open, it will close on March 15. 

***This is available in many languages. Please select the language that works for you in the top corner. Please forgive any language errors as the translation piece is not perfect.  

CAS School Engagement    (please use the link above or copy and paste this into your browser)


Alberta Education Assurance Survey  

Grade 4 families, each year Alberta Education conducts a survey and seeks your feedback. The Alberta Education Assurance Survey is now open. It will close later in March. Alberta Education uses the Assurance Survey as a way for school authorities to measure their success and assess their progress towards meeting their learning goals. Parents / Legal Guardians of children in grade 4 will receive their survey in the mail.   You are encouraged to complete the survey online. Students and all teachers will complete their surveys online at school. Your voice matters. Your participation in the survey helps provide important information on the quality of education your child is receiving. Alberta Education and Calgary Board of Education thank you for returning the parent Assurance Survey promptly. If you have questions or need a link to fill in the survey, please contact Ms Bauman at ​


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