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The Week Ahead - January 16

Good afternoon Colonel Irvine School Community, 

Firstly, we'd like to welcome Ms. Alexis Smith to our school community. She will be supporting our students in the Student Success Centre while Ms. Hughson is on a leave. It was great to see students back at school this week. The warmer temperatures have made it nice for students to be outside again at lunchtime. We've had a fabulous turnout for badminton tryouts this week as well. It is so positive to see so many students wanting to be involved in school activities. We are also preparing for our Lunar New Year Celebration next week. Everyone is welcome to attend our evening celebration on January 19th. The official invitation is inserted below. 

Each year, the Lunar New Year celebration is organized by a committee of teachers and students for all students to enjoy and usually includes performances, a parade and food. Did you know that more than 2 billion of the world's 8 billion population will celebrate Lunar New Year? Countries that have public holidays during Lunar New Year include China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, South Korea, Malaysia, North Korea, Singapore and Brunei. 

Lunar New Year (also called the Spring Festival) typically begins with the new moon that occurs between the end of January and the end of February, and it lasts about 15 days, until the full moon arrives with the Festival of Lanterns. It is the most important festival in China. January 22, 2023 will be the first day of the Year of the Rabbit, which is the fourth of the 12-year cycle of animals in Chinese astrology. In China, the Rabbit is a symbol of longevity, peace, and prosperity in Chinese culture. 

This week has also been busy for other reasons too. Unfortunately, we had to deal with 2 social media concerns as it pertained to the safety of our school community. We ask that parents/guardians help us by monitoring the use of social media with their child. We will continue to educate and remind students at school about digital citizenship. Together we can help and guide our students to be responsible individuals. We've linked an article related to monitoring use of social media if you are interested in learning more. 

Did you know that an Arts-Centred Learning program is available at Sir John Franklin for Grades 7-9? If you are interested in this program for next year, they are holding an Open House February 2nd at 6:30pm. Please visit their website. 

As always, thank you for your continued support.  

Ms. Ko & Ms. Dalwood 

Lunar New Year Celebration Invitation  


Dates to Remember: 

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

Sunday, January 22 – Lunar New Year Day 

Monday, January 30 – Report Cards viewable – please print a copy for your records 

Friday, February 3 – Non-instruction day 

Thursday, February 16 and 17 – Teachers Convention 

Monday, February 20 – Family Day 

School Council 

Thank you!  

  • To everyone who was able to attend our meeting this week with guest CBE Trustee Laura Hack 
  • To everyone who was able to support the staff holiday gifts 
  • To everyone who filled out our survey -- summary to be shared next week 

    Stayed tuned: Upcoming opportunity 
  • To support the Lunar New Year celebration on Jan. 19th.  We'll share the request as soon as we have it! 

    Mark your calendars:   
  • Our next meeting is Tuesday, February 7th, at 6.30pm 
  • Our next CASINO will be in Q3/2023.  We'll share the date as soon as we have it (expected in March).  

    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 



    Quad meet at GP Vanier – Monday, January 16th @ 4:00 

    Final Divisional Meet – Monday, January 23rd @ the Genesis Centre – all day 


    Grade 9s are Monday from 3:15 - 5 pm 

    Grade 8s are Tuesday from 3:15 - 5 pm 

    Grade 7s are split into males at 3:15 - 4:15 pm, females at 4:15 - 5:15 pm. 


    Monday – Chicken Ranch Wraps 

    Tuesday – Beef Chili with Rice 

    Wednesday – Butter Chicken with Rice 

    Thursday – Assorted Pizzas 

    High School Information 

    Please note transfer requests are now available, this is all completed online. Transfer requests only need to be filled in if you are looking to move to a high school that you are not designated to. If you are planning on attending your designated Regular, AP or IB high school you do not need to fill out a transfer form. To determine your designated regular, AP or IB high school please search CBE Find A School and enter your address, filter it by regular, AP and IB programs. 

    High school tours for Dief, Fowler and Churchill will be January 26th. Permission forms will go home early next week. 

    James Fowler High School 

    January 26th, 2023: Grade 9 tours (daytime) and Open House (6-8pm) 

    Sir Winston Churchill Open House 

    Thursday, January 26, 2023, 6-7:30pm. 

    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 

    Information about the CBE's IB program can be found here: 


    Ms. Tamara Ulanicki 

    IB Coordinator - Dief 


    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 your student is attending, please arrange to get them to the tour and tell our office they will be absent. 

    Pearson High School 

    Hello Lester B. Pearson grade 9 feeder school students, 

     Lester B. Pearson High School values the unique strengths, backgrounds, and experiences of every student by providing courses and opportunities to meet all students' learning needs. At our school, we have both the International Baccalaureate Diploma as well as the Career Program International Baccalaureate programs. In addition, we have French IB, Knowledge and Employability, Culinary Arts, Construction and Pre-Engineering, a competitive athletics program, diverse clubs, to Unique Opportunities, including Dual Credit and Exploratory Programs. We also have programming for our English Language Learners, Access students, and Alternative Living Program students.   

     We look forward to meeting prospective students and their families on January 18th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. If you have any questions, please contact Lester B. Pearson High School at (403) 280-6565.  

    *** 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  tllock@cbe.ab.ca 

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

    Robert Thirsk High School 

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

    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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