Dec 05
The Week Ahead - December 5

Good Afternoon Colonel Irvine School Community. Hard to believe that today is the last day of trimester one. Students will get their new timetables and start in their new option classes on Monday. Today, we had our monthly schoolwide Wellness lesson. Students are continuing to work learn about Social Emotional Learning (self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making. Students created and shared role plays of social problems that could occur at school, and then discussed and journalled about different ways to address these issues. 

We had our first practice lockdown yesterday with the support of Calgary Police Service and our School Resource Office. Students were informed in advance. For the most part it was very well done. Students must be sitting quietly on the floor, away from the door. We will have one more lockdown practice this year. 

Please help us to remind your child(ren) about our dress code. There should be no skin showing between shoulder height and mid-thigh. Please refer to our student handbook posted on the school website if you have any questions. Also, with the arrival of snow and cooler temperatures this week, we would like to remind you that the school doors do not open until 8:05am, and unless it is below –20C, students are expected to go outside for the last 20 minutes of lunch every day. Please make sure that they have appropriate clothing for the weather. If we can be of assistance with winter clothing, please let us know. 

Please make plans for your child(ren)'s pick-up before they come to school. It is extremely disruptive to learning if we need to call into classes. We cannot guarantee that we will get the message to them in time, or that they will hear it over the PA system at the end of the day.  

New designations for high schools were sent to parents this week. Please note the changes. There is nothing required of parents or guardians if their child attends the designated high school.  

A reminder that we will start collecting food for the annual Mayors Food Drive. We will collect non-perishable food donations starting on Monday and going until December 22nd and appreciate anything you can donate. If you are in need of an emergency hamper please visit 

Finally, Purdy chocolate orders went home with students this afternoon. Special thanks to school council for organizing this fundraiser for the school and in particular Ms. Pugh, Ms. Kratz and Ms. Lau. Please email if you have any questions about your order. 

Thank you for your continued support. 

Ms. Ko and Ms. Dalwood 

Dates to Remember:  

Monday December 5 – Trimester 2 Starts 

Tuesday December 6 – Vertigo Field Trip for Grade 8 students 

Wednesday December 7 – Vaccine catch ups for students with previously signed consent forms 

Wednesday December 14 – Colonel Irvine Winter Band Concert @ John Diefenbaker High school @ 6:30 pm 

Monday, December 19 – Junior Achievement Gr's 5-8, Career Exploration Grade 9's 

Thursday December 22 – Last Day of Classes  

Winter Break Friday December 23- Sunday January 8 

Monday January 9 - School Resumes 

School Council: 

MOTION: Staff Appreciation - Holiday Lunch 

Background: This is a line item on CIPAA's annual planning budget, but has not yet been voted on for the 2022-23 school year.  Colonel Irving Parent Advisory Association would like to support the school administration in organizing individually portioned lunches for a holiday staff appreciation event for all the teachers and staff. This would minimize food handling and is the best option in the current situation (covid + flu epidemic).  Based on the YE staff appreciation lunch, it is anticipated that the cost will be ~$20 per person. The school has confirmed that there are 57 staff members.  Funding for this event comes from the General account, whose current balance is ~$3,200.00.   

Motion: Approve up to $1,140 to sponsor Holiday staff appreciation lunch.  


Annual CISC/CIPAA Survey 

We want to hear from you!  Please take <5 minutes to fill out our annual survey.  Results will be shared at our January meeting. 


If approved, the lunch will be held on Dec. 16th. 

Stayed tuned:   

  • Our next meeting is Tuesday, January 10th, at 6.30pm with guest Laura Hack, our CBE Trustee 

    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 


    Don't forget to order this year's school pictures 

    Free shipping on your order of $29.99+ 

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    Cafeteria Menu:  

    Monday – BBQ Chicken Subs 

    Tuesday – Beef Chili with Rice  

    Wednesday – Penne with Marinara Sauce  

    Thursday – Chicken strips and hashbrowns  

    High School Information: 

    High School Transfers may be granted for Educational Program or Sequence of Courses Requests. A parent/legal guardian /independent student can request for a student to transfer to another CBE high school for the next school year for one of the following reasons: 
  • To enroll in an education program not offered at the student's designated school (e.g. International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme or Advanced Placement (AP) ; CBe-learn or 
  • To take a sequence of courses up to the 30-level that is not offered at the student's designated school (e.g. cosmetology, welding and fabrication, culinary arts, and auto mechanics). 

    You can only choose one program, or one sequence of courses, as the reason for your transfer request. Please note transfer requests are not available yet for Fall 2023. When they are we will link them in this section. 

    James Fowler High School 

    January 26th, 2023: Grade 9 tours and Open House (more details to come) 

    Sir Winston Churchill Open House 

    Thursday, January 26, 2023 more details to come. 

    John G. Diefenbaker High School International Baccalaureate Program 

    During these IB information sessions, we will talk about what the IB program is, what to expect and what you need to know about applying. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and to meet with some of our current students. 

    Wednesday, January 11, 2023 

     6:00–6:30: Mingle with current IB students in the foyer and ask them questions about their experience. 

     6:30-8:00: Presentation from the IB Coordinator 

    Bowness High School 

    Open House: January 17th, 6:30pm start. The details will be posted on their website. 

    Student Tour: January 17th, 9:30am-12:30pm, if you student is attending please make arrangements to get them to the tour and let our office know they will be absent. 

    Pearson High School 

    Open House: January 18, evening. More details to come. 

    *** The IB Career Program is now being offered at Lester B. Pearson High School. It is the only school in the city to offer this new program and the careers attached to it.  There are only 4 high schools in Canada to offer this program; therefore, it is open to the entire CBE high school population. We intake prospective grade 10 students into our Honours CTS Program and grade 11 students who want to apply directly into the IB-CP program. If you have any further questions, please contact Tammy Lock 

    Robert Thirsk High School 

    Open House (In-person) – Wednesday, January 18th from 6:30-8pm 

    Advanced Placement Info session (In-person) - December 13th 6:30-7:30pm 

    Open House (Virtual, if you missed in-person) - January 25th, link will be on Thirsk website 

    Student Tour – Wednesday, January 18th at 8:30am, student must arrange own transport 

    Forest Lawn High School 

    Open House: Thursday, January 25, check their website closer to date. 

    **Central Memorial High School** 

    Central Memorial High School hosts a thriving performing and visual arts program (PVA) that is open to CBE students across the city. Because it is a program of choice, students who are not designated to CMHS have the unique opportunity to apply and audition/interview for the program and then complete the CBE High School Transfer Request for 2023-2024.   

In this program, students have opportunities to complete 30+ high school fine arts credits through year-round specialized classes alongside like-minded students and faculty with artistic backgrounds. Not only can they focus on their arts learning every single day of high school, but they can also complete core classes, AP classes, languages and CTS courses here at Central Memorial.​


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