Dec 13
The Week Ahead - December 13

Good Afternoon Colonel Irvine School Community. 

As we enter the last week of school before the winter break, a spirit week has been planned for our students. The themed ideas came from students. Each day will have a special theme starting with red and green day on Monday and ending with Pajama Day on Friday. More details are provided below. We encourage all our students to get involved with our spirit week, have some fun, and come together to build school spirit and community.  

We encourage all students to work hard this coming week to get all of their school work completed as we want students (and parents) to enjoy a mostly care-free winter break. As always, please reach out to your teachers/administration if you have any questions or concerns.  

Our first day back after the break is Tuesday, January 4th. If you are planning international travel over the Winter Break, students under 12 years of age MUST stay away from school for 14 calendar days from the return date of entry into Canada. Please note that travel restrictions are subject to change at any time. For all CBE travel related information please visit the  CBE website. 

We would also like to inform you that after the break, students will be receiving new timetables. Their courses and teachers will remain the same, however, the location of some classrooms may be different. We are doing this move at a natural break in the year and expect the move to benefit student learning. 

A reminder that we are collecting food for the annual Mayors Food Drive. We will collect non-perishable food donations starting on Monday and going until December 17th and appreciate anything you can donate. If you are in need of an emergency hamper please visit 

A reminder that more high school information continues to become available. Please see headings below. Students designated to Fowler and Diefenbaker will be going on tours at those schools on January 27th. If any student is designated to another school but interested in IB at Diefenbaker we can also take them on the Diefenbaker tour. Please email Nicole Dalwood (nadalwood@shaw.cato express interest in having your student attend the Dief tour for the IB programming.  

Lastly, we’d want to extend special thanks to our parents for providing us with a delicious lunch today. It was very much appreciated by all staff members.  

Thank you for your continued support. 

Ms. Ko and Ms. Dalwood  


Dates to Remember:  

Spirit Week: 

Monday – red and green day  

Tuesday – crazy hair day 

Wednesday – ugly holiday sweater day  

Thursday – twin/triplet day  

Friday – pajama day 

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

Tuesday, January 4, 2022 – Classes resume 

Covid-19 Safety Protocols 

Please remind your child(ren) that it is important for everyone to wear masks appropriately and to practice physical distancing whenever possible. Together, we can continue to keep each other and our school environment as safe as possible.  

Basketball tryouts and season information 

Basketball season of play is from January 4rd to March 19th.  Tryouts are happening the first week back from winter break. There will be at least 2 tryouts for each team before the team roster is posted.  Each team will have a game night and 2 practices each week.  Students in grade 7/8 are allowed to try out for the junior team.  Students in grade 8/9 are allowed to try out for the senior team.  Grade 6 students are not allowed to try out due to Covid cohorting restrictions. Sign-up sheet for the tryouts will be posted on the P.E. bulletin board next week (Dec. 13-Dec. 17).  

Cafeteria Menu:  

Monday – Italian Meatball Subs 

Tuesday – Assorted Pizzas 

Wednesday – Penne with Marinara Sauce 

Thursday – BBQ Beef Burgers and Fries 

Lifetouch Customer Care Contact:  

Questions about fall photos status, errors on your orders or how to place orders, please call our Lifetouch Customer Care line at 1.866.457.8212 

NEW Way of accessing your child’s images online:  

Lifetouch Photography is excited to announce the launch of a new way to access photos online.   

After much safety and security testing, Lifetouch developed a way for families to access their child’s photo using their student ID number.   

Here are the quick and easy steps to access photos online by using your child’s student ID number:  

  • Go to  

  • Click on “Student ID”  

  • Enter in your school's city, province and school name  

  • Then click the blue button “Continue”  

  • Enter in your child's full name, student ID number and the relationship to student  

  • Then click on the blue button “Find Student”  

  • Once the image of your student comes up, you can click on the blue button “Yes this is my student”  

  • From here you can go onto order from one of our many photo package offerings  

If you have any questions on this ordering process, please call the Lifetouch Customer Care Line at 1.866.457.8212  

Parents can still access their photos online by using their child’s portrait ID and access code. By enabling the option of using your child’s student ID number, gives people another way to access photos if they lose their proof sheet.   

High School Information 

Crescent School visit – January 10th at lunch, we will call students to the meeting 

Churchill School visit – January 12th at lunch, we will call students to meeting  

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– Monday January 17 

Bowness High School – January 18th, pre-recorded tour and live open house sessions in evening, links available day of on Bowness school website, a counsellour from their school will visit with students designated to Bowness at lunch on the 19th 

Forest Lawn Open House – Wednesday, January 19th 7-8pm, virtual tour to also be posted to their website early in the new year 

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

Diefenbaker - Thursday, January 27th – Diefenbaker General Open House, and in person student tour at Dief from 8:45-11am, permission forms to come 

Fowler - January 27th, parent night (about 6-8pm) and in-person student tours, 9am-2pm, we will send home permission forms shortly 

Western High School – counsellours from the school will be in contact via email to support transition 

School Council and Parent Associations Update: 

Opportunity: Staff Appreciation - Monthly Treat Days - first one Friday Dec. 17th! 

We would like to thank our tireless Irvine Teachers and Admin staff by providing treats and snacks once a month for the duration of the year.  For December, they can take treats home with them for the holidays!  Please sign up here: ​


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