Feb 18
February News

We greatly appreciate all the students who arrive for school on time. It is critically important for them to start their day on a positive note as the teachers give them information about the day’s expectations and help them to organize their day for learning. When a child is 15 minutes late, every day, they are missing 2,745 minutes or 45.75 hours of instruction. Even missing 5 minutes of instructional time every day adds up to a loss of 915 minutes or 15.25 hours over the course of the year. That is a significant loss of learning time! Alberta Education mandates all elementary students receive 950 hours of instruction and unfortunately, children are disadvantaged when they miss large amounts of time. Please help your children to ready themselves and get to school on time. We hope with your support, we can significantly decrease the number of students arriving late each morning.​

We have to love Calgary weather and the fact we live in a climate notorious for unpredictable changes! We would like to remind you to ensure your child is prepared for the sudden changes in weather by having a warm coat, hat, mitts, and boots with them when they come to school. When temperatures reach -20 Celsius or colder including the wind-chill factor, students will be kept inside for recess or lunch breaks. The -20 Celsius guideline is comparable to other school jurisdictions in Alberta and across Canada. However, we will run the “Polar Bear Club” for students who would like to brave the colder weather (max. -25 Celsius). This is voluntary, however they must be dressed for the cold with a warm jacket, snow pants, scarves, mitts, boots etc. We will go out for a short while (15 minutes), and at any time the students are cold, they will be able to come back into the school. Thank you to the Leadership Team and other staff members who are willing to supervise and join The Polar Bear Club! During the winter, roads may also be congested and slippery resulting in possible bus delays. Parents/guardians whose children take a yellow school bus can view the status of their bus on www.mybusstop.ca/login.aspx.

Until the end of February, Alberta Education will be conducting the annual Accountability Pillar Survey. In January, parents of students in grades 4, 7, and 10 will receive a survey from Alberta Education. In February, students in grades 4, 7, and 10, and all teachers will be completing their surveys online at school.  All surveys are anonymous and ask questions about experiences with the school. All parents/guardians receive the English version of the survey in the mail, but Alberta Education also provides it in Arabic, Blackfoot, Chinese, Cree, French, Korean, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog and Urdu. If you would prefer to respond to the survey in one of these languages, please let us know and a copy will be sent to you. 

It is very important that parents/guardians complete the survey and return it to Alberta Education. Alberta Education and the public use the results of the Accountability Pillar Survey to assess satisfaction with the quality of education in our schools. In addition, the Calgary Board of Education uses the information to improve teaching and learning for your children.  If you “Don’t Know” the answer to a particular question, please skip that question and go to the next one, otherwise your response will unintentionally count as a negative one. 

 Your voice matters. Your participation in the survey helps provide important information on the quality of education your child is receiving. Alberta Education and the Calgary Board of Education thank you for returning the parent Accountability Pillar Survey promptly. If you have questions, please contact us at the school.

 The Accountability Pillar uses a set of 16 indicators consisting of surveys of 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. Interested in the results? Look for them in school and the CBE 3-Year Education Plans and Annual Education Results Reports, posted on the website. 

 We are looking forward to seeing you soon in and around the school, at School Council, or during school events.  We look forward to our continued work together!​ 

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