Nov 29
The Week Ahead - November 29


Good Afternoon Colonel Irvine School Community. 

We would like to thank all of you who joined us for Parent-Student-Teacher Interviews this week. It was nice to connect with familiar faces and meet new ones. We look forward to continuing these conversations throughout the year. If you were not able to connect with the teachers and would still like to, please reach by email to the teachers. We would also like to thank those that joined us for the drop-in high school information sessions. If you were unable to join, we will be sending out a summary of the information we shared, as well as answers to frequently asked questions. Grade 9 parents can expect this at some point next week. 

With a Covid vaccine now being available, for the 5-12 year-old students, we are going to confirm that we will be returning to regular instrument play in the music classes following the holidays. This will hopefully provide enough time for those students that choose to get vaccinated to get their first (and hopefully second) vaccines ahead of the return to school on  Tuesday, Jan 4th. 

It is hard to believe that we are three weeks away from the Winter Break. As in previous Decembers, we will be participating in the annual Mayors Food Drive. We will collect non-perishable food donations between December 6th and December 17th and appreciate anything you can give. If you are in need an emergency hamper please visit https://www.calgaryfoodbank.com/needfood/ 

We are also excited to share that between the run, bubble tea and freezie sales, we have raised over $2200 for the Terry Fox Foundation. 

Thank you for your continued support, 

Ms. Ko and Ms. Dalwood 

 

Dates to Remember:  

Friday, December 03, 2021—AM Grade 7 Vaccine, catch ups 

Monday, December 6, 2021 – Semester 2 starts 

Friday, December 17, 2021 – Last day of school before winter break 

Tuesday, January 4, 2022 – Classes resume 

Cafeteria Menu:  

Monday – Potato and Chedder Perogies 

Tuesday – Ginger Fried Beef with Rice 

Wednesday – Beef and Mac Bake 

Thursday – Beef Tacos 

High School Transition Information: 

December 

Ernest Manning High School Virtual Open House will be posted on the school website on Thursday, December 2. Go to https://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/ErnestManning/Pages/default.aspx 

January 

Churchill Student Tours - Thursday, January, 6 – virtual (at this point)  

Churchill Open House– Thursday, January 13th - virtual open house (sorry link last week was incorrect, there is no link available yet) 

Churchill IB Open House (virtual) – Tuesday, January 18, 6pm  

Forest Lawn Open House – Wednesday, January 19th 7-8pm 

Thirsk – Wednesday, January 19th 7-8, student tour in person & evening open house 

Diefenbaker Thursday, January 27th – Diefenbaker General Open House 

 

School Council & Parent Associations Update 

Survey Results: Thanks for your feedback! 

  • Communication preferences: emails + Facebook group 
  • Meeting attendance: meeting dates/time are inconvenient; add reminders to FB group 
  • CISC focus areas: (1) advocating for parent perspectives / concerns; (2) sending out regular communications; (3) organizing staff appreciation; (4) supporting volunteer opportunities 
  •  Additional ideas: tutoring/mentoring; supporting sports teams; connect with school board trustee*; bringing in educational enhancements** 
  • *Our new trustee, Laura Hack, will be joining our May 10th meeting 
  • **CIPAA voted at our last meeting to support educational enhancements for CI for ~$30,000. 
  • CIPAA focus areas: (1) teaching/program resources; (2)  technology / workshops / option resources [3-way tie]; (3) field trips / library resources / phys. Ed resources [3-way tie]; (4) student events; (5) staff appreciation / extracurricular [2-way tie]; (6) band resources; (7) outdoor improvement. 
  • # of fundraisers / year: responses varied between 2-5 with highest at 3 



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