Dec 19
The Week Ahead - December 19

Good Afternoon Colonel Irvine School Community. Firstly, we'd like to thank the Colonel Irvine School Parent Advisory Association (CIPAA) for providing our staff with a delicious lunch today. We are so appreciative and thankful for the support of our School Council and CIPAA. We value the commitment that our parents have made to our school learning community. Together we make a wonderful team in supporting our students.  

It was great to see so many students participate in our theme/spirit days this week. A reminder for this coming week: 

Monday, December 19 – Irvine Gear  

Tuesday, December 20 – Plaid Day 

Wednesday, December 21 – Red and Green Day 

Thursday, December 22 – Holiday Sweater Day 

Wednesday evening was our first Winter Band Concert in several years, and the students put on a great show for our parents/families. We really appreciate the staff at John Diefenbaker High School for accommodating us and allowing our concert to take place there. Special thank you to Mr. Haller and Ms. MacDonald for making this evening such a huge success.  

Congratulations to our Roadrunner wrestlers for competing in their second meet last night. Thank you to all our athletes and to our coaches Mr. Chang and Mr. Chan. There next meet will be at GP Vanier on Jan. 16th.  

Monday morning will be hosting Junior Achievement workshops for our grade 5-8 students, and doing aptitude testing and career research with our Gr 9's. We ask that all grade 9 parents/guardians make sure that your Grade 9 student(s) know your email address for Monday. We will be asking them to email you the results of their aptitude tests and career research at the end of the morning on Monday. 

Lastly, we encourage all students to work hard this coming week to complete their schoolwork, as we want them (and parents/guardians) to enjoy a mostly school-free winter break. Humanities (ELA & Social) teachers need any work that is going to be reflected on the January report card to be handed in before students leave for the break. Math and Science teachers will accept work only until Friday, January 13. These deadlines are necessary to give teachers enough time to assess the work before the report cards are available online at the end of January. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about these dates.  

This coming week is the last chance to donate to the Food Bank. 

Thank you for your continued support. 

Ms. Ko and Ms. Dalwood  

For your Consideration 

Dates to Remember:  

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 

Tuesday, January 10th – School Council Meeting @ 6:30 

Thursday, January 19th – Lunar New Year Celebrations – Gr. 5-6 @ 5:45 – Gr. 7-9 @ 7:15 

School Council: 

Opportunity: Staff Appreciation - Staff Gifts 

CISC/CIPAA is also coordinating a gift exchange for our hard-working CI staff as we approach the winter break!  Unlike in elementary school, where your student typically only has one teacher, in middle school they have many!  The gift exchange is a way of collectively supporting all the staff, and is our chance to celebrate them and thank them for all that they've done so far this year!  

Sign up here: by Sunday, Dec. 18th 

Drop off at the school by Thursday Dec. 22nd 

Annual CISC/CIPAA Survey 

Thanks to everyone who has filled out the survey so far!  We want to hear from MORE of you!  Please take <5 minutes to fill out our annual survey.  Results will be shared at our January meeting. 

Extended! HAVE YOUR VOICE HEARD by Friday, Dec. 23rd:  

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 

    Badminton tryouts and season information 

    Badminton tryouts will begin the first week back from Winter Break (week of January 9th, 2023). The season will come to an end March 9th, 2023. Your child is expected to be available Monday -Thursday for 1 hour and 45min until positions are made. At that point, practices will be split between positions where practice time will be reduced to 1 hour. Please ensure your Annual Athletic Tryout Authorization forms are handed in prior the first tryout (date TBD). Forms were sent home in the information package at the start of the year.  

    Cafeteria Menu  

    Monday – Grilled Bacon and Tomato Sandwich 

    Tuesday – Ginger Beef 

    Wednesday – Beef and Mac Bake 

    Thursday – Assorted Pizzas 

    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 

    Open House (in-person): Wednesday, January 25, 6-7:30pm 

    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 (in-person): January 18, 6:30-8:00pm  

    Student Tour: January 18, 9-11am, make your own arrangements to get students to this 

    *** 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 

    Queen Elizabeth High School 

    Open House and tours will not be until near the end of the year. Check their website. 

    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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