Jun 20
The Week Ahead - June 20

Good afternoon Colonel Irvine School Community,  

As we mentioned last week, this upcoming week is one of more PATs and end of year celebrations. At this point the weather looks positive for swimming. The students seem very excited, and we are happy they have this opportunity again. These activities are a chance for our students to represent our school and themselves in a positive light. It is a privilege for our students to be able to participate in all of the fun activities we have planned. If students do not follow the CBE Student Code of Conduct, then parents may be contacted, and alternative plans may be made for the student. If we have inclement weather, we run regular afternoon classes. 

Tuesday is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day to recognize and celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Metis Peoples. We have activities planned for our school community. Please read below for the walking trip details. 

We will continue as a school community, to commit to increasing our personal and professional knowledge of Indigenous Peoples, their history and contributions as well as the effects of treaties and residential schools through our Indigenous Block learning. We will build student and teacher capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy and mutual respect. We strive to strengthen Indigenous Education by weaving Indigenous ways of knowing in different curricular areas. In making our commitment, Call to Action #63 from the Truth and Reconciliation Report offered inspiration.  

Alberta Education is requiring school boards to roll out new provincial curriculum in September. For us as a Grade 5-9 school, the only new curriculum that applies to our students is the new Kindergarten to Grade 6 Physical Education and Wellness Curriculum. More information about the new curriculum will be shared in course outlines at the start of next year. 

We will be reminding students all week to start cleaning out their lockers and taking things home with them. We will be collecting locks on Friday this week and are hoping by this point that lockers are mostly cleaned out. If your student(s) is not here on Friday, they should clean out their locker ahead of that date. On the Friday afternoon, all locks will be removed so that we can start the cleaning process and begin getting lockers organized again for next year. We've set up a lost and found table in the foyer. We ask that students go through the table to locate lost items. Any items left over will be donated to those in need. Please ensure all library books are returned. If books are not returned, parents/guardians will see a fee for the book in Powerschool.   

Thank you for your continued support, we hope you have a nice weekend. 

Ms. Ko and Ms. Dalwood 

 

PAT Schedule: 

Monday, June 20 – Grade 9 Social Studies AND Gr 6 Math Part B 

Wednesday, June 22 – Gr 9 Math Part B 

Thursday, June 23 – Gr 9 ELA Part B 

Friday, June 24 – Gr 9 Science 

Please note, it is not possible to write exams ahead of these dates. 

Dates to Remember: 

June 23rd – Grade 9 trip to Rec Room 

June 27th – Grade 9 Farewell Ceremony 

June 28th – Last day of School – Awards ceremonies– Report Cards available online – BBQ lunch provided for all students 

June 29th – Non-Instruction Day – Appeals Day, 9am-12pm 

June 30th – Non-Instruction Day   

Lunchroom (last day of service is June 27) 

Monday – Grilled Cheese and Wicked Thai Soup 

Tuesday – Beef Chilli with Rice 

Wednesday – Spaghetti and Meat Sauce 

Thursday – Butter Chicken 

School Council & Parent Association: Weekly Message 

Year-End Staff Appreciation sign-up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0e44a5a922a5f58-2021226  

As we head into the homestretch of another year of school, we would like to do something to appreciate all our hardworking CI staff for adapting and persevering to provide our students with a quality education! CISC/CIPAA will be hosting an End of Year Luncheon & Raffle on June 29 for all our teachers and staff. This is our chance to celebrate and thank them for all that they've done to meet the ever-changing challenges this year.  We would also like to thank our hard-working bus drivers for making sure our children get to and from school safely all year.  While we won't be able to plan the usual party, we are still hoping to treat our staff to a scaled-down event with a lunch they can take away to eat and prizes for a raffle.  

We know it has been a tough year for many, so any contribution at all would be most appreciated!  Donation deadline is next Friday, June 24.  Thank you in advance for your part in celebrating the people who work so closely with your children year-round - our wonderful Irvine staff! 

Save the date: AGM Sept. 20, 2022 

Our next meeting will be the Annual General Meeting, where everyone has the opportunity to stand for election and vote for all positions. 

  • 2022/2023 vacancies: Vice-Chair*, Secretary*, Events Coordinator, Fundraising Coordinator 
  • Time commitments vary by role from ~2hrs/month to ~4hrs/month 
  • Role descriptions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/14zBLxJTj9aXAY8uqFDpweFZ7UfqFngI7LMEFfynEDxY/edit?usp=sharing  

    *Note: Vice-Chair & Secretary roles are mandatory per the School Act/School Council Regulation 113/2007; CISC/CIPAA cannot operate without volunteers in these positions. Thank you in advance for considering volunteering with CISC/CIPAA!   

    To stay informed, please join our FB group.  The process to join is simple and straightforward: 

    - Click the link to request to join: Colonel Irvine Parent Group - Calgary 

    - Answer the security question: "What is our school mascot?" The answer is “roadrunner" 

    - Agree to the group rules 

    Any questions / comments / concerns?  Contact us at colonelirvineschoolcouncil@gmail.com  

     

    Grade 5 to 9 field trip to Queens Park Village for Indigenous People's Day 

    Dear Parents/Guardians: 

    As part of Colonel Irvine's Indigenous education, the Grade 5 to 9 students will be walking to Queens Park Village to honour our ancestral lands through Indigenous storytelling and celebrate National Indigenous People's Day. This walk will take place on June 21, 2022, the date of National Indigenous People's Day. This walk to Queens Park Village will serve as a learning opportunity for all students and will be the last Indigenous education lesson for the 2021-22 school year. 

    The trip is scheduled during the following times: 

    Tuesday, June 21, 2022: Grades 5 and 6 students – Morning: depart Colonel Irvine at staggered times starting at 8:45am and returning before lunch by 11am / Afternoon: depart Colonel Irvine at staggered times starting at 11:40am and returning by 2:50pm 

    Tuesday, June21, 2022: Grades 7, 8, and 9 students – Morning: depart Colonel Irvine at staggered times starting at 8:45am and returning before lunch by 11:50am /  
    Afternoon: depart Colonel Irvine at staggered times starting at 12:30pm and returning by 2:50pm 

    Students will be supervised by their homeroom teachers for the full duration of the trip. There is no cost associated with this activity.  

    At Queens Park Village, students will participate in Indigenous storytelling, allowing for students to explore Indigenous worldviews through Indigenous ways of knowing, being, and doing. Students will pause at one of three check points and listen to an Indigenous story. 

    The walk is approximately 2 kilometres round trip so students need to dress for the weather (e.g. –jacket, hat, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes). Students should also bring a lightly packed backpack with a water bottle and snack. Potential hazards on this trip include crossing busy roads at controlled intersections, slips, trips or falls, and a potential encounter with wildlife such as a coyote or deer.  

    If you do NOT want your child to participate in this trip, please contact your child's homeroom teacher. 

    If you have any further questions regarding this trip, please contact me directly at mrlacuata@cbe.ab.ca or (403)777-7280 extension 5052.   

    Ms. Maegan Lacuata  

Indigenous Education Committee ​

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