May 16
The Week Ahead - May 16

Good afternoon, Colonel Irvine School Community, 

We can't believe that we are now in the middle of May. We are encouraging our students to make the days count rather than to count down days until the year is over. We are hoping that all students will continue to focus and work hard to finish off the year. We'd like to mention that teachers have noticed students are doing a better job of leaving their cell phones in their lockers this past week. Thank you to parents and guardians for helping us to give reminders to our students.  

We also had our second practice lockdown yesterday. Students and staff did a great job in following lockdown procedures, especially staying quiet. We will have some more practice fire drills coming up.  

For our PAT's on Monday (Grade 9) and Wednesday (Grade 6), students are allowed to bring a snack and drink with them to the exam. Please pack lunches as they may not be finished before the cafeteria closes. Students will have to leave all digital devices in their lockers as per Alberta Education rules. 

Just a reminder for students attending Colonel Irvine next year that you need to pick your course options. For our current grade 6's please return the forms to your homeroom teacher by Tuesday. For current grade 7's and 8's please fill in the Google form. This was sent as a separate messenger and will require the students email to access the form. 

Ms. Fenwick and Mr. Haller are busy preparing students to put on the Spring Band Concert on the evening of Thursday, June 2.  We look forward to seeing band parents this evening to celebrate their learning during this fantastic event. More details to come. 

Have a great weekend and thank you for your continued support. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us.  

Ms. Ko & Ms. Dalwood 

Transportation Registration Has Started 

Yellow school bus registrations launched on Wednesday, May 11. You may register using your MyCBE account. 

Please be aware there have been some IT errors with regular program students in Kincora and with all Mandarin Bilingual Program students. This is expected to be resolved by Monday at the latest. Please contact CBE transportation if you continue to have an issue after that.  

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 20th – Non-instruction day 

May 23rd – Victoria Day – No school 

June 2nd – Music Concert – evening (more info to come) 

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   

School Council 

Thank you! To everyone who was able to join us on Tuesday for the CISC/CIPAA meeting, and Q&A with CBE Trustee Laura Hack. 

May Staff Appreciation sign-up (last one of the year): 

Our final monthly staff appreciation treat day has been rescheduled to next Friday (May 20th) as we learned at the meeting last night that staff have more opportunity to enjoy the snacks on PD days.  If you are able to contribute individual portions that is much appreciated!  

Note: Next Friday is a PD day, so feel free to send your snacks in on Thursday the 19th. 

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 colonelirvineschoolcouncil@gmail.com  

Lunchroom 

Monday – BBQ Chicken Subs 

Tuesday – Assorted Pizzas 

Wednesday – Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas 

Thursday – BBQ Burgers with Fries ​

May 09
The Week Ahead - May 9

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   

School Council 

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 colonelirvineschoolcouncil@gmail.com

Meeting Link: 

https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_MGE2NTlmZDgtNGRlYi00NGQzLTgxNWYtYzAxZTg4ZmYxN2Yx%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%2208231b34-0893-4763-9f08-a66d3bc3c4d7%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%227d292caf-5dc6-461a-80c6-17bc1ee6fbb3%22%7d  

Agenda: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1t5X91yJ23EprYr-18ibjpB2jlhCoFbmP/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=114425493513736378291&rtpof=true&sd=true  

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: 

CISC: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1f-Lvum_6skag4Wh2VqRxpUIVyy2J_eaAPgkOOvPxxhM/edit?usp=sharing  

CIPAA: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1idzVMtN99V7_gaYzHyWcr8BJFsZCDdR_roLvAJ6hNXk/edit?usp=sharing  

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 colonelirvineschoolcouncil@gmail.com  

School Planning survey Results 

https://colonelirvine.cbedialogue.com/en/projects/2021-2022-school-year/engagement_reports/1 

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  

Lunchroom 

**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.  

Bikes 

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.​

May 02
The Week Ahead - May 2

Good afternoon, Colonel Irvine School Community,  

As we enter the month of May, we hope that you are all continuing to be well, staying healthy and connected. Our grade 5 students had their first field trip to Weaselhead Flats on Thursday. They had a fabulous and muddy day on their learning walk through Weaselhead. We would like to thank our parent volunteers for helping make this trip possible and for spending the time with students and teachers.  

We are also happy to share that we have not been short teaching staff since Wednesday of this week. We are hopeful that we are through the worst of the teacher illnesses and shortages. We have been extremely fortunate in the past two years to have guest teachers available to support student learning when we needed, the past three weeks have been the exception and not the norm. Absence Reporting can be found on CBE's website. https://cbe.ab.ca/about-us/school-culture-and-environment/health-and-wellness-in-school/Pages/absence-reporting.aspx 

Our grade 9's had their ELA Part A practice Provincial Achievement Test (PAT). The purpose of today was to give all students a chance to experience what the actual PAT will be like and to receive feedback on their writing. Students and teachers were able to familiarize themselves with the Quest A+ writing platform and we were able to identify some tech issues that we will work to rectify prior to the official PAT on Monday, May 16th. The Grade 6 students will have the practice PAT on Friday, May 6, with the official test taking place on Wednesday, May 18. 

Today, students participated in Indigenous block, if they weren't still writing the practice PAT. Today they started a project on Red Dresses. Please ask them what the Red Dress symbolizes. On May 5, we will put all the student work on display at the front of the school. 

As always, we hope you are doing well, and that you are enjoying the warmer weather. If you have any questions or concerns, please always reach out. 

Ms. Ko and Ms. Dalwood 

Dates to Remember: 

May 6th – Grade 6 Practice PAT 

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   

School Council 

Opportunity: Q&A with CBE Trustee Laura Hack 

CBE Trustee Laura Hack will be attending our next meeting (May 10th, 2022) to answer any questions from our school community.  If possible, please email your questions in advance to kirsten.pugh@shaw.ca by next Friday (April 29th) so we can avoid that awkward silence ;) 

To stay informed, please join our FB group: Colonel Irvine Parent Group - Calgary.  The answer is “roadrunner", and you'll need to agree to the group rules to join. 

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

Stay safe and be well! 

Lunchroom ​

Monday – Potato and Cheddar Perogies 

Tuesday – Chicken Ranch Wraps 

Wednesday – Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce 

Thursday – Beef Tacos

  

Office 

A reminder to parents/guardians to always sign in with Administration while at the school and to remain in the office during school hours unless otherwise instructed. You may feel comfortable walking around, but it can be alarming to students to see strangers in the hallways without an ID tag. Thank you for your understanding. 

Apr 25
The Week Ahead - April 25

Good afternoon Colonel Irvine School Community, 

We'd like to thank parents and guardians who were able to meet with teachers this week. If you were unable to book interviews, we encourage you at any time to reach out to our teachers if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child's learning.  

As we enter the last week of April, we look forward to the remaining time we have with our students. The next two months will fly by. We are currently working on plans for our next school year. Thank you to all parents for returning their intent for next year's school survey. We will begin to look at staffing and class lists for next year. This planning process will continue into early September as we wait to see our final numbers when school starts again in the fall.  

Each year, teachers and our school leadership team work to balance classes that will ensure that all students' learning needs can be met. We collaborate and consider all that we know about students, including their learning needs, any special education needs or diagnoses they may have and learning partners that help them do their best learning (not necessarily their preferred friends). Current teachers who know students best will work in May and June to create class groupings for the following year, and then the school leadership will do a final review of these groupings. Finally, the school leadership team matches teachers to class groupings to ensure a learning environment where all students can thrive. Teachers begin each school year with a focus on well-being, working intentionally to get to know students and connect students with one another in service of creating a welcoming, caring, safe and respectful classroom community. 

If there is a specific need or challenge that you want us to be aware of because it may impact your child's learning, please email either Nicole Dalwood (Assistant Principal) nadalwood@cbe.ab.ca or Leah Hughson (Student Services/Resource) lehughson@cbe.ab.ca to share this with us. While we are not able to take requests for specific teachers, we are glad to know about your child's learning needs so we can set up class groupings accordingly. 

Information about the Math 15 prep course this summer for students headed to high school next year is available below. The process is different from previous years so please be sure to read through and let us know if you are interested in this for your student.  

Next Friday, April 29th, Grade 9 students will be writing a practice English Language Arts Part A practice exam. The purpose of this practice is to familiarize students with the online testing platform and provide feedback to them prior to the actual ELA Part A exam which is occurring Monday, May 16th. 

Thank you once again to parents for providing snacks for teachers today.We appreciate your support and generosity. 

Ms. Ko and Ms. Dalwood 

Dates to Remember: 

April 28th – Grade 5 full day Weasel head field trip 

April 29th – Grade 9 Practice PAT 

May 6th – Grade 6 Practice PAT 

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   

School Council 

Opportunity: Q&A with CBE Trustee Laura Hack 

CBE Trustee Laura Hack will be attending our next meeting (May 10th, 2022) to answer any questions from our school community.  If possible, please email your questions in advance to kirsten.pugh@shaw.ca by next Friday (April 29th) so we can avoid that awkward silence ;) 

To stay informed, please join our FB group: Colonel Irvine Parent Group - Calgary.  The answer is “roadrunner", and you'll need to agree to the group rules to join. 

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

Stay safe and be well! 

Math 15 (High school math prep course) 

Mathematics 15 is a high school course designed to strengthen skills necessary for Mathematics 10C. The course is designed to enhance numeracy skills in students, develop their critical thinking and problem-solving abilities, and set them up for success in future courses in mathematics. It is appropriate for students who lack confidence or have gaps in their mathematical skills.  Students will receive three high school credits. 

  • Once again, Math 15 will only be offered online and is a three-credit course. 
  • Students will be enrolled in an Essentials course which will open mid-June and is highly recommended for students to be successful in Math 15 
  • The Math 15 course will open during the last week of June and no assessments will be accepted after July 26. The course ends on July 27. 
  • Due to budgetary restraints, space is limited, and schools will develop a list of all students interested and then we will prioritize those students that we think would benefit from it the most. We will submit the list for registration. Parents/guardians cannot register. If you are interested and can commit to the timelines outlined above for the course, please email Ms. Hughson (lehughson@cbe.ab.ca

    Lunchroom 

    Monday – Chicken Ranch Wraps 

    Tuesday – Italian Meatball Subs 

    Wednesday – Chicken Alfredo 

    Thursday – Assorted Pizzas 

    Should I Send my Child to School? 

    Families should complete the Alberta Health Daily Checklist prior to entering school daily. This checklist applies to all students from kindergarten to Grade 12, including high school students over 18. There is a separate checklist for adults. Both checklists are available through the link above. 

    If you answer Yes to any of the questions, your child must stay home. Follow the instructions on the checklist regarding when your child can return to school and if testing is required. 

    Volunteer Clearance 

    Please visit cbe.ab.ca/volunteer for information. 

    Prospective volunteers must first register as a volunteer at the school office with the completed form. School administrators will verify your identity with valid photo ID and register you in our volunteer database. You will then be provided with a letter enabling you to obtain a police information check from the Calgary Police Service (CPS). 

    The CPS has an online system, electronic Police Information Check (ePIC), which you will use to obtain your police check after you receive your CBE volunteer letter. If you are unable to complete the process online, you may visit a police information check location instead. 

    Your security clearance is valid for five years and the $15 cost is covered by the CBE. 

    Please note, prospective volunteers must reside in Canada for a full year before registering. Police clearances from countries other than Canada are not accepted. 

    Volunteer Registration 

    If you have current, valid volunteer clearance you will still need to complete the CBE volunteer registration form yearly. For example: if you completed this process at a previous school.  

    By completing the form, you agree to abide by the conditions that protect the safety, confidentiality and working environment of our schools. You also make a signed declaration with regard to criminal charges. 
  • Annual Volunteer Registration Form 
  • Volunteer | Administrative Regulation 5003 

    Extracurricular Opportunity 

    FREE LESSONS in Chinese Dragon Dance  不要錯過這 免費 學習中國舞龍的機會 

    @ Chinese Cultural Centre (197 , 1 Street  SW)  卡城中華文化中心 

    - Every Sunday 10 am - (Begins April24,2022) 

     REGISTRATION:  

    OPEN to the WHOLE FAMILY 

    Grandparents, Mom, Dad, Youth (15+) & Kids (5+) .  

    Dragon Dance, Exercise, instruments: Drums, Gong, Cymbals  

    大家一齊舞龍!青年, 儿童, 合家舞龍培训! 

    - Every Sunday 10 am  FREE WORKSHOP  

- @ Chinese Culture Centre 卡城华人文化中心 

ONLINE REGISTRATION :  Email:  yycc.leo@gmail.com  

https://yyccleoteam.wixsite.com/signup/contact 

https://yyccleochinatown.wixsite.com/signup ​



Apr 19
The Week Ahead - April 19

Good afternoon Colonel Irvine School Community, 

Today, grade 9 students participated in the Junior Achievement (JA) session called Economics for Success. These sessions were put on by business community volunteers and we were fortunate to have their expertise and experience shared with our students. They completed many small activities in a work booklet, hopefully they bring it home to show to you. You could ask them based on the things they were interested in, what types of job were recommended for them. 

As we start to prepare for more field trips again, we will need volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, you will require current police clearance. If you already have police clearance with the CBE and are unsure if it is still valid, please email colonelirvine@cbe.ab.ca with your legal name and birth date and we can search our system and let you know. Please see below for more information.  

Our online conference booking system is open, please remember to book interviews if requested. As always, parents can book an appointment even if there are no concerns from teachers.  

We would like to inform you that we have been made aware of more incidents of students treating each other really disrespectfully over Discord, particularly at the Grade 5 and 6 level. Please make sure you are monitoring your students' use of online platforms for their safety. We will also work to support their understanding of the impacts of cyberbullying. 

As you celebrate this holiday weekend, please take care and stay healthy. Thank you for your continued support. 

Ms. Ko & Ms. Dalwood 

Dates to Remember: 

Thursday, April 14 - Online School Conference booking opens and will remain open until Friday, April 22 – Parents will receive an email before Thursday from teachers. 

Monday, April 18 – Non instructional day – staff will be at various locations throughout the city to participate in professional learning development 

Wednesday, April 20 – Grade 6 Vaccine 

Thursday, April 21 – Online School conferences 4-8 

Friday, April 22 – Online School conferences 12:40-3:40 

School Council 

Volunteers Needed: Monthly Staff Appreciation Sign-Up https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0E44A5A922A5F58-2021224 

We would like to thank our tireless Irvine Teachers and staff by providing treats and snacks once a month -- our next treat day is Friday, April 22.  If you are able to contribute individually packaged portions that is much appreciated!  

Events and Fundraising Positions 

Are you a person who loves to organize events?  Would you consider teaming up with another great parent?  Do you know someone who is good at raising money?  We need you! 

No experience necessary -- we're happy to train you!  We look forward to working with you!  Email Kirsten (chair, kirsten.pugh@shaw.ca) and/or Berney (secretary, colonelirvineschoolcouncil@gmail.com) with any questions or to volunteer! 

Opportunity: Alberta School Council sessions 

CIPAA approved a motion at our last meeting to spend the $500 Alberta Education grant on parent education & engagement sessions, hosted by the Alberta School Council Association. 

  • Once approved, register for your course 
  • CIPAA will submit payment on your behalf 
  • Following your attendance at the session (take notes!), you'll be asked to share what you learned either at an upcoming meeting or sending a written summary with the next school messenger 

    To stay informed, please join our FB group: Colonel Irvine Parent Group - Calgary.  The answer is “roadrunner", and you'll need to agree to the group rules to join. 

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

    Stay safe and be well! 

    Lunchroom 

    Monday – Closed  

    Tuesday – Grilled Bacon and Tomato Sandwich 

    Wednesday – Beef and Mac Bake 

    Thursday – Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas 

    Should I Send my Child to School? 

    Families should complete the Alberta Health Daily Checklist prior to entering school daily. This checklist applies to all students from kindergarten to Grade 12, including high school students over 18. There is a separate checklist for adults. Both checklists are available through the link above. 

    If you answer Yes to any of the questions, your child must stay home. Follow the instructions on the checklist regarding when your child can return to school and if testing is required. 

    Volunteer Clearance 

    Please visit cbe.ab.ca/volunteer for information. 

    Prospective volunteers must first register as a volunteer at the school office with the completed form. School administrators will verify your identity with valid photo ID and register you in our volunteer database. You will then be provided with a letter enabling you to obtain a police information check from the Calgary Police Service (CPS). 

    The CPS has an online system, electronic Police Information Check (ePIC), which you will use to obtain your police check after you receive your CBE volunteer letter. If you are unable to complete the process online, you may visit a police information check location instead. 

    Your security clearance is valid for five years and the $15 cost is covered by the CBE. 

    Please note, prospective volunteers must reside in Canada for a full year before registering. Police clearances from countries other than Canada are not accepted. 

    Volunteer Registration 

    If you have current, valid volunteer clearance you will still need to complete the CBE volunteer registration form yearly. For example: if you completed this process at a previous school.  

    By completing the form, you agree to abide by the conditions that protect the safety, confidentiality and working environment of our schools. You also make a signed declaration with regard to criminal charges. 

Volunteer | Administrative Regulation 5003


Apr 11
The Week Ahead - April 11

Good afternoon Colonel Irvine School Community, 

We had a great start to the month of April with our grade 6 students attending the YMCA outdoor school. By all accounts, the students had a fabulous time at the camp. So many commented on how delicious the camp food was and that they didn't want to leave the camp. We'd like to extend special thanks to our 2 parent volunteers, Ms. Dang and Ms.Situ-Hayes and our teachers, Ms. Imran, Ms. Borgeson, and Mr. Luu for attending camp with our students. Your time and commitment is very much appreciated and valued. Special thanks to Ms. Imran for organizing the trip for our students.  

We will be having our grade 9 students participate in the Junior Achievement (JA) session on Thursday, April 14. The session is called Economics for Success and students will work with volunteers from the local business community to understand the advantages of staying in school and achieving their goals. We would typically try to offer Junior Achievement sessions for all grades, but JA was not able to facilitate for all grades this year. We will pursue this opportunity for all students again next year. 

Our online conference booking system will be available starting next Thursday for parents to schedule appointments with teachers. All teachers will be sending messages to families regarding interviews. As always, parents can book an appointment even if there are no concerns from teachers.  

Thank again for parents for our treats today. We are very thankful for the kindness and generosity of our parent community.  

Thank you for your continued support. 

Ms. Ko & Ms. Dalwood 

Dates to Remember: 

Thursday, April 14th - Junior Achievement – Gr 9 

Online School Conference booking opens – Parents will receive an email before Thursday from teachers. 

Friday, April 15 – Good Friday – No school 

Monday, April 18 – Non instructional day 

Wednesday, April 20 – Grade 6 Vaccine 

Thursday, April 21 – Online School conferences 4-8 

Friday, April 22 – Online School conferences 12:45-3:45 

School Council  

Monthly Staff Appreciation Sign-Up  

We would like to thank our tireless Irvine Teachers and staff by providing treats and snacks once a month -- our next treat day is Friday, April 22.  If you are able to contribute individually packaged portions that is much appreciated!  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0E44A5A922A5F58-2021224 

THANK YOU for supporting our Purdy's Easter Fundraiser!   

With another successful campaign under our belts, we'd like to extend many thanks to everyone who ordered!  In fact, our orders came in a week early so we were able to distribute them to our CI families this past week. We are in the top bracket for sales, so the school will receive 25% of the order total raising just under $500!  THANK YOU! 

Opportunity: Alberta School Council sessions 

CIPAA approved a motion at our last meeting to spend the $500 Alberta Education grant on parent education & engagement sessions, hosted by the Alberta School Council Association. 

  • Once approved, register for your course 
  • CIPAA will submit payment on your behalf 
  • Following your attendance at the session (take notes!), you'll be asked to share what you learned either at an upcoming meeting or sending a written summary with the next school messenger 
    YOU could be our next Sign Up Genius Coordinator (or 2 people could be our Events Team!) 
    It takes a team effort and we can't do it without you!  We are looking for one or 2 people who would like to work together with us to coordinate our online Sign Ups and CISC/CIPAA events and activities. The time commitment is under 2 hrs / month to organize the monthly staff treat days, year-end staff appreciation, Gr. 9 farewell and other annual events. It's a great way to meet other parents, to learn more about what CISC/CIPAA does and what's going on at our school.  No experience necessary -- we're happy to train you!  We look forward to working with you!  Email Kirsten (chair, kirsten.pugh@shaw.ca) and/or Berney (secretary, colonelirvineschoolcouncil@gmail.com) with any questions or to volunteer!  
    To stay informed, please join our FB group: Colonel Irvine Parent Group - Calgary.  The answer is “roadrunner", and you'll need to agree to the group rules to join. 
    Any questions / comments / concerns?  Contact us at colonelirvineschoolcouncil@gmail.com  
    Stay safe and be well! 
    Badminton Try-out Dates and times 

    You will need to come to both tryouts for your grade (with the exception of grade 6s missing the first tryout day for Eco-school). If you are unable to make the dates or can only make it to one, please talk to one of the P.E. teachers. 
    Monday, April 4 Grade 6/7 3:15 - 5:00 

    Tuesday, April 5 Grade 8 3:15 - 5:00 

    Wednesday, April 6 Grade 9 3:15 - 5:00 

    Thursday, April 7 Grade 8 3:15 - 5:00 

    Monday, April 11 Grade 9 3:15 - 5:00 

    Tuesday, April 12 Grade 6/7 3:15 - 5:00 

    Please make sure you have rides and leave the school by 5:15 pm. 
    Lunchroom 

    Monday – Potato and Cheddar Perogies 

    Tuesday – BBQ Chicken Subs 

    Wednesday – Spaghetti and Meatballs 

    Thursday – Ginger Beef 
    Attendance 

    If your child will be missing school please leave a message on the attendance line prior to 9 am or email colonelirvine@cbe.ab.ca.  
    Should I Send my Child to School? 

    Families should complete the Alberta Health Daily Checklist prior to entering school daily. This checklist applies to all students from kindergarten to Grade 12, including high school students over 18. There is a separate checklist for adults. Both checklists are available through the link above. 

If you answer Yes to any of the questions, your child must stay home. Follow the instructions on the checklist regarding when your child can return to school and if testing is required.

Apr 01
The Week Ahead - April 4

Good afternoon Colonel Irvine School Community,   

Happy April Fool’s Day. We hope that everyone had a fun day and didn’t get “pranked” too badly.  

We’d like to thank everyone for helping us raise money for the Calgary Drop-In Centre. The dance, bubble tea fundraiser and the grade 6 store together raised $960. Thank you to our students, parents and staff for supporting us to build a stronger Calgary community. It is great to see the school community come together to support the larger community.  

As the spring weather improves, we’d like to remind our students of our dress code. A good question to ask your child is “Would you want to see one of your teachers in the outfit you have on? It is never a fun conversation to have when we ask our students to put more clothes on to cover up. Please refer to our student handbook for Colonel Irvine’s dress code. We’d like to thank you in advance for your support.  

Next week we have the unique opportunity of having Cello, our Area 2 service dog in the building. Cello will be here with our Area 2 strategist, Jessica Adams to build relationships with students and to provide additional support to students with anxiety. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. 

We’d also like to wish our grade 6 students, teachers and parent volunteers a great time at ECO school next week. 

With regards to academics, we are meeting today to discuss planning for the English Language Arts Part A Provincial exams for our Grade 6 and Grade 9 students. More details about a practice run-through and the actual exam will be shared next week. We also had math block today and students learned about buying a car. 

Have a great weekend and thank you for your continued support. 

Ms. Ko & Ms. Dalwood 

Badminton Try-out Dates and times 

You will need to come to both tryouts for your grade (with the exception of grade 6s missing the first tryout day for Eco-school). If you are unable to make the dates or can only make it to one, please talk to one of the P.E. teachers. 

 
Monday, April 4 Grade 6/7 3:15 - 5:00 

Tuesday, April 5 Grade 8 3:15 - 5:00 

Wednesday, April 6 Grade 9 3:15 - 5:00 

Thursday, April 7 Grade 8 3:15 - 5:00 

Monday, April 11 Grade 9 3:15 - 5:00 

Tuesday, April 12 Grade 6/7 3:15 - 5:00 

 
Please make sure you have rides and leave the school by 5:15 pm. 

Dates to Remember: 

April 4th Badminton  

Thursday, April 14th - Junior Achievement 

Friday, April 15 – Good Friday – No school 

Monday, April 18 – Non instructional day 

Lunchroom 

Monday – Italian Meatball Subs 

Tuesday – Beef Chili and Rice 

Wednesday – Penne with Marinara Sauce 

Thursday – Beef Tacos 

School Council 

Opportunity: Alberta School Council sessions 

CIPAA approved a motion at our last meeting to spend the $500 Alberta Education grant on parent education & engagement sessions, hosted by the Alberta School Council Association. 

  • Once approved, register for your course 

  • CIPAA will submit payment on your behalf 

  • Following your attendance at the session (take notes!), you’ll be asked to share what you learned either at an upcoming meeting or sending a written summary with the next school messenger 

To stay informed, please join our FB group: Colonel Irvine Parent Group - CalgaryThe answer is “roadrunner”, and you’ll need to agree to the group rules to join. 
Any questions / comments / concerns?  Contact us at colonelirvineschoolcouncil@gmail.com  

Ramadan – prayer space 

This year Ramadan falls between April 2 and May 2. If your student requires an accommodation to leave class for prayers, please email Ms. Dalwood at nadalwood@cbe.ab.ca so that we can plan a space for the appropriate number of students. If you have already notified me, students were informed today of the location and process. 

Lifting of COVID-19 Measures  

The Daily Health Checklist  remains in place and the mandatory requirements to isolate if someone has tested positive for COVID-19 have not changed. 

Volunteer Clearance 

Please visit cbe.ab.ca/volunteer for information. 

Prospective volunteers must first register as a volunteer at the school office with the completed form. School administrators will verify your identity with valid photo ID and register you in our volunteer database. You will then be provided with a letter enabling you to obtain a police information check from the Calgary Police Service (CPS). 

The CPS has an online system, electronic Police Information Check (ePIC), which you will use to obtain your police check after you receive your CBE volunteer letter. If you are unable to complete the process online, you may visit a police information check location instead. 

Your security clearance is valid for five years and the $15 cost is covered by the CBE. 

Please note, prospective volunteers must reside in Canada for a full year before registering. Police clearances from countries other than Canada are not accepted. 

Volunteer Registration 

If you have current, valid volunteer clearance you will still need to complete the CBE volunteer registration form yearly. For example: if you completed this process at a previous school.  

By completing the form, you agree to abide by the conditions that protect the safety, confidentiality and working environment of our schools. You also make a signed declaration with regard to criminal charges. 


Mar 28
The Week Ahead - March 28

Good evening Colonel Irvine School Community,

We hope everyone had a good spring break. This has been the first real break since Covid-19 started. It was nice being able to gather with family and friends again.

It's hard to believe that we are going into April. The next few months will be important as we finish up the year. There will be many more events in the latter part of the school year with the lifting of restrictions. We will share details as they are available.

As we are moving into the last few months of school, we'd like to ask parents to remind their child to keep their cell phones in their lockers during school hours, they may use them outside at lunch only. Students are not allowed to bring their phones to the washrooms. We don't want phones to be a distraction for students.  

Tomorrow will be Day 2 for our school and the start of new options for our grades 7-9 students. We will be handing out new timetables for students in homeroom. We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow.

Thank you for your continued support.

Ms. Ko & Ms. Dalwood ​

Dates to Remember:

Monday, March 28 – Trimester 3 begins

April 4th Badminton season can start, we will hold drop-in sessions the week back. More details in our message on the 28th.

Thursday, April 14th - Junior Achievement

Friday, April 15 – Good Friday – No school

Monday, April 18 – Non instructional day

Lunchroom

Monday – Grilled bacon and tomato sandwich

Tuesday – Chicken ranch wraps

Wednesday – Chicken and cheese quesadilla

Thursday – BBQ burgers with fries

Ramadan – prayer space?

This year Ramadan falls between April 2 and May 2. If your student requires an accommodation to leave class for prayers, please email Ms. Dalwood at nadalwood@cbe.ab.ca so that we can plan a space for the appropriate number of students.

Lifting of COVID-19 Measures

The Daily Health Checklist  remains in place and the mandatory requirements to isolate if someone has tested positive for COVID-19 have not changed.

2022-03-19 CISC/CIPAA school messenger

Purdy's Easter Fundraiser - LAST DAY MARCH 28th

Deadline to order is March 28thhttps://fundraising.purdys.com/1502646-93458

  • You'll need to either sign in (if returning customer) or join a campaign (if new customer)
  • Enter the campaign customer number: 62284

Easter catalogue: https://em.purdys.com/gnf/easter2022/2022_Easter_Catalogue_Fundraising.pdf

Orders will be sent home with students on April 14th.

Thanks to everyone who has already ordered!  We are in the top bracket for sales, so the school will receive 25% of the order total.

To stay informed, please join our FB group: Colonel Irvine Parent Group - Calgary.  The answer is “roadrunner", and you'll need to agree to the group rules to join.


Mar 28
The Week Ahead - March Break


Good afternoon Colonel Irvine School Community, ​

Firstly, we'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who volunteered for our school council's casino. Your time is very much valued and appreciated. It's so amazing to have such caring committed parents as part of our school community. Special thanks to Sarah Wong our casino fundraiser coordinator.  

Thank you also to our students and families for supporting our bubble tea fundraiser and dance. We also had a couple of parent volunteers who came in to help us with our class photos. Thank you to Ms. S. Mak and Ms. A. Lovan for helping us out. Together we get to build and foster a strong school community. 

Students were really engaged in activities such as construction, foods, board games today and our first of the school year dance was a big hit. We raised over $600 from the dance alone for the Drop-In Centre. We held locker cleanout, and the Grade 7-9's had Wellness and Indigenous block. In Wellness, we discussed what contributes to our identity. We discussed the identities of Race and Gender in more detail, with a focus on: “How do we create safe spaces for everyone?" Please ask students what are the many aspects of identity? We have asked for student feedback on aspects of identity that they want to learn more about in future lessons. 

We hope everyone is enjoying and taking advantage of the beautiful weather. It looks like we will continue to have pleasant weather next week. We hope families will get to spend some quality time with each other. Teachers will not assign any new work or assignments for students over the break. We want our students to be able to relax and enjoy the week off. Students should finish work that needs to be completed. On that note, you will not be receiving a weekly message from your teachers this week. Instead, it will be sent on Sunday, March 27th.  

We will be sending a more detailed message next week too. Again, we wish everyone a great Spring Break. 

Sincerely, 

Ms. Ko and Ms. Dalwood 

 

Dates to Remember:   

March 19-27 Spring Break –– School resumes on Monday, March 28th 

Monday, March 28 – Trimester 3 begins 

April 4th – Badminton season can start, we will hold drop-in sessions the week back. More details in our message on the 28th. 

Thursday, April 14th - Junior Achievement 

Friday, April 15 – Good Friday – No school 

Monday, April 18 – Non instruction day 

 

Ramadan prayer space during classes? 

If your student will need to leave classes for prayers during Ramadan, can you please email Ms. Dalwood (nadalwood@cbe.ab.ca) so that we can plan an appropriately sized space. Thank you! 

School Council 

THANK YOU to our Casino Volunteers!   

I am writing this in the volunteer lounge, and by the time this message is sent, we will have successfully completed our 2022 casino!  Huge shout-out to Sarah Wong for coordinating, and to everyone who volunteered!  We'll let everyone know the total raised when we receive it from AGLC. 

Opportunity: Alberta School Council sessions 

CIPAA approved a motion at our last meeting to spend the $500 Alberta Education grant on parent education & engagement sessions, hosted by the Alberta School Council Association. 

  • Once approved, register for your course 
  • CIPAA will submit payment on your behalf 
  • Following your attendance at the session (take notes!), you'll be asked to share what you learned either at an upcoming meeting or sending a written summary with the next school messenger 

    Purdy's Easter Fundraiser 

    Deadline to order is immediately after the break -- March 28th:  https://fundraising.purdys.com/1502646-93458  
  • You'll need to either sign in (if returning customer) or join a campaign (if new customer) 
  • Enter the campaign customer number: 62284 

    Easter catalogue: https://em.purdys.com/gnf/easter2022/2022_Easter_Catalogue_Fundraising.pdf  

    Orders will be sent home with students on April 14th. 

    Thanks to everyone who has already ordered!  We are in the top bracket for sales, so the school will receive 25% of the order total. 

    Still seeking: Event Coordinator (or 2 -- Events Team!) 
  • We're looking for a volunteer for Events Coordinator, with thanks to Manikanth Pulicheri for his contributions.  Time commitment is ~2 hrs / month, one for the meeting and one for coordinating the Sign Up Genius lists to organize parent contributions (e.g. for monthly staff treat days, Lunar New Year celebration, year-end staff appreciation, Gr. 9 farewell).  No experience necessary -- we're happy to train you!  Email Kirsten (chair, kirsten.pugh@shaw.ca) and/or Berney (secretary, colonelirvineschoolcouncil@gmail.com) with any questions or to volunteer! 
  • To stay informed, please join our FB group: Colonel Irvine Parent Group - Calgary.  The answer is “roadrunner", and you'll need to agree to the group rules to join. 

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

    Hope everyone has a safe and wonderful spring break! 



Mar 14
The Week Ahead - March 14

Good afternoon Colonel Irvine School Community, 

We would like to thank all parents that attended School Council this week. It was great to hear that so many parents/guardians have signed up to volunteer for the school casino, a few are still needed, see Parent Council section below. The casino fundraiser has the biggest impact of all fundraisers for our school. We are so fortunate to have parents, guardians and friends volunteer their time to support our school. We are very thankful for this support.  We would like to once again thank all parents that provided snacks for staff this Friday, we appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity. We also heard from parents that they would really like for more 'fun' things to be happening at school for students.  With the loosening of restrictions, we can offer some more activities for students. We will be holding an Activity Day on March 18th. We are also excited to be able to move forward with the badminton season after the break, more details to come. We have started planning for activities for the students at the end of the year and are meeting to organize our Grade 9 Farewell. 

As mentioned last week, we will be holding a bubble tea fundraiser on March 17th with all proceeds going to the Drop-In Centre. Unfortunately, we will not be able to do any refunds if your child is absent that day. Orders will be put through on Wednesday.  

Today during our non-instructional day many of our teachers are completing First Aid training and the rest are engaging in professional learning with respect to 1) Understanding Student Self-Harm and how to address and support students who are self-harming and 2) Learning about the Legislation around Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and the support and accommodations that schools can provide. 

Please note we have moved up the Parent Council portion of our newsletter, you will find the rest of our usual updates following their section.   

Thank you as always for your support. 

Ms. Ko and Ms. Dalwood 

Staffing Update: 

We are pleased to welcome Ms. Ly back to the building. To provide a smooth transition for students, she will resume teaching her classes after Spring Break. Ms. Caldwell will remain in the classroom until the break and will be supporting in the school after the break too. 

Ms. Gaw is away for short time. We will update 5A and 5B teachers about staffing next week. 

Dates to Remember: 

Tuesday, March 15th – Transfer deadline for high schools 

Wednesday, March 16th – Last day for School Planning Survey - The purpose of this survey is to gather feedback from parents on school planning, which includes the school development plan, school budget, and school fees. When students, staff and parents work closely together, students experience greater success. 

 https://colonelirvine.cbedialogue.com/en/projects/2021-2022-school-year/engagements/school-planning-survey-2022 

Thursday, March 17 – Class Photos – Bubble tea 

Spring Break – March 19-27 – School resumes on Monday, March 28th 

School Council 

THANK YOU to our Casino Volunteers!  A few more needed (Mar. 16/17): 

Thank you to everyone who has signed up!  We are just short a few more, mostly backup positions: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0E44A5A922A5F58-colonel2 

This is our BIGGEST fundraiser that covers student learning enhancement costs for 2+ years!  For only two days of volunteering at a casino, our school receives approx. $50,000-$70,000 for our efforts!  We hope you can support our school by volunteering for a shift...or two!  It's a lot of fun to meet and chat with other parents during your shift. 

There are several shifts over the two days so feel free to take on more than one shift.  Volunteers are not limited to just parents/guardians! Neighbours, relatives and friends are all welcome to support our school as a casino volunteer as well! 

Purdy's Easter Fundraiser 

Order here by March 28th:  https://fundraising.purdys.com/1502646-93458  

  • You'll need to either sign in (if returning customer) or join a campaign (if new customer) 
  • Enter the campaign customer number: 62284 

    Easter catalogue: https://em.purdys.com/gnf/easter2022/2022_Easter_Catalogue_Fundraising.pdf  

    Orders will be sent home with students on April 14th. 

    Seeking: Event Coordinator 

    We're looking for a volunteer for Events Coordinator, with thanks to Manikanth Pulicheri for his contributions.  Time commitment is ~2 hrs / month, one for the meeting and one for coordinating the Sign Up Genius lists to organize parent contributions (e.g. for monthly staff treat days, Lunar New Year celebration, year-end staff appreciation, Gr. 9 farewell).  No experience necessary -- we're happy to train you!  Email Kirsten (chair, kirsten.pugh@shaw.ca) and/or Berney (secretary, colonelirvineschoolcouncil@gmail.com) with any questions or to volunteer! 

    To stay informed, please join our FB group: Colonel Irvine Parent Group - Calgary.  The answer is “roadrunner", and you'll need to agree to the group rules to join. 

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

    Lunchroom 

    Monday – Italian Meatball Subs 

    Tuesday – Chili with Rice 

    Wednesday – Penne with Marinara Sauce 

    Thursday – Assorted Pizzas 

    Intent for next year Form 

    A reminder to our grade 5-8 parents to return this form that was due March 10th. This information is essential to our planning of our next school year. Please have your child return the form to the school. 

    Ramadan – prayer space? 

    This year Ramadan falls between April 2 and May 2. If your student requires an accommodation to leave class for prayers, please email Ms. Dalwood at nadalwood@cbe.ab.ca so that we can plan a space for the appropriate number of students. 

    Lifting of COVID-19 Measures  

    The Daily Health Checklist  remains in place and the mandatory requirements to isolate if someone has tested positive for COVID-19 have not changed.   

    Updated guidance documents 

    The province has updated its guidance for schools. You can find more information on the Alberta Education website. The 2021-22 Parent Guide has also been updated. 
  • While a number of health measures have been lifted, we will continue to take a measured approach while assessing the evolving public health direction, as well as any changes to government guidelines. Most immediately, we ask for your patience as we make adjustments to operations in our schools and workplaces.  While not required by students and staff to attend school or CBE work sites, we continue to strongly encourage vaccination for everyone eligible aged five years and up. 

    Grade 7 Parents ONLY– Alberta Assurance Survey 

    Hopefully, you have received your Random Access codes in the mail and been able to compete the survey. If you have not received your code, you can email EDC.SystemAssurance@gov.ab.ca with the following information: grade of student, school name, school authority name (3030) and ask for the code to be emailed to you. ​



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