Good afternoon, Colonel Irvine School Community,
Wednesday we recognized Hats on for Mental Health Day and were pleased to see so many students wearing their hats. Mental Health Weel runs from May 2-8 and the CBE has put together resources for parents, students and teachers to promote positive mental health.
Wednesday, the AB government tested its emergency alert system. This test alert coincides with Emergency Preparedness Week, a national campaign that runs every year during the first week of May. Emergencies can happen at any time and without warning. The government of Canada has a Get Prepared website, to help you understand the risks in your area, create a household emergency plan and build an emergency kit. As a school we will be practicing a lockdown and three more fire drills before the end of the year to make sure students are prepared for emergencies at school.
Thursday marked Red Dress Day. According to CBC.ca, The REDress Project began more than a decade ago as an art installation by Métis artist Jaime Black. It featured a series of red dresses representing missing women who were victims of violence. Red Dress Day is now held annually to commemorate Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (from CBC). Students learned more about this day last Friday during our Indigenous block, and you will see their work up in front of the school shortly.
Both Grade 6 and Grade 9 students will be writing the ELA Part A Provincial Achievement Tests soon. Grade 6's had their practice test today. Please see further information below about the official test dates and times below.
We are working on creating our option class offerings for next year. Option classes that will run in the Fall are dependent on enough student interest and staffing. A stand-alone message will come out next week regarding the offerings.
Just a reminder as the weather changes, that the school dress code requires students to be dressed according to the school dress code. Please no hats on or hoodies up. We will frequently ask students, “Would you want to see a teacher in that?" if the answer is “no" they shouldn't be wearing it to school.
Some of you are aware that media was present at the school on Monday regarding a previous weekly message we sent home about staffing shortages. We were unaware that they would be present and apologize for any inconvenience or stress this may have caused the students and yourselves.
Thank you for your continued support.
Ms. Ko & Ms. Dalwood
Transportation Registration Starts Next Week
Yellow school bus registrations will launch on Wednesday, May 11. At that time, you may register using your MyCBE account.
Service levels for the 2022-23 school year will remain the same and we plan to resume charging fees at the same rates as this school year (prior to the refund).
If families are considering transportation services for the next school year, they must register by the deadline to ensure yellow school bus service for the first day of classes. There is no financial obligation for registration; families have until the fall to cancel without a fee.
The registration deadline for students to be included in route planning for the first day of school is Wednesday, June 8.
Dates to Remember:
May 10th – Parent Council 6:30
May 20th – Non-instruction day
May 23rd – Victoria Day – No school
June 13th – Routine vaccine catch up with previously approved consent forms
June 28th – Last day of School – All grades
June 29th – Non-Instruction Day – Appeals Day
June 30th – Non-Instruction Day
Next Meeting: CISC/CIPAA Meeting May 10th, 2022
Mark your calendars for next Tuesday, May 10th⋅6:30 – 8:00pm. Our CBE Trustee, Laura Hack, will be joining us to answer any questions from our school community. If possible, please email your questions in advance to email@example.com.
Motion: Approve up to $900 for year-end Staff Appreciation (60 staff @ $15 each)
Motion: Approve $500 for Grade 9 Farewell
Teacher's Report: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_7dNSyDfrDehKrFICY8LxijYra-daVCQ/view?usp=sharing
Principal's Report: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1C-e4XBoQbs6yWBeVTwX1Tq95Ee2Ls9c-/view?usp=sharing
Minutes from last meeting:
May Staff Appreciation sign-up (last one of the year):
Our final monthly staff appreciation treat day is next Friday! If you are able to contribute individual portions that is much appreciated! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0e44a5a922a5f58-2021225
To stay informed, please join our FB group: Colonel Irvine Parent Group - Calgary. The answer is “roadrunner"!
Any questions / comments / concerns? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
School Planning survey Results
Thank you to all the parents/guardians who completed our survey. We will use that information to help guide our school planning for the next school year.
In 2022 - 86 participants started the survey, 36 completed it
In 2021 - 11 participants started the survey and 8 completed it
**if you could please try to send smaller bills and change with students to pay for lunches that would be appreciated**
Monday – Grilled Bacon and Tomato Sandwich
Tuesday – Italian Meatball Subs
Wednesday – Beef and Mac bake
Thursday – Butter Chicken
English Language Arts Part A - Provincial Achievement Test
The Grade 9's will be writing the ELA Part A PAT on Monday, May 16th. The grade 6's will write on Wednesday, May 18th. Both will run from 9am-1pm. The exam is intended to take about two hours and all students are allowed to have double that time. We encourage students to bring snacks and drinks to the exam. If they usually buy lunch and need the whole time, buying lunch will not be an option, so they will need to pack a lunch. We will make sure that students get a break after the exam to eat their lunches.
Please be aware that in previous years we have had bikes stolen from the front of the school. There are bike racks in the courtyard of the school and we encourage students to lock up their bikes there.