Oct 22
Weekly Message Oct. 22, 2022

FUNDRAISING CASINO: Our first school fundraising Casino since 2011 is happening on November 5th and 6th. Casino’s generate a lot of money for a school community to spend on new technology, materials, field trips and programs for our students at Douglas Harkness. BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP! In order to successfully complete the casino weekend, we need lots of volunteers. If you and/or a family member and/or friend are able to volunteer for a shift, please contact our school council at harknessparent@gmail.com as soon as possible. If we do not get enough volunteers we will lose this amazing opportunity to access these funds.

STAFFING UPDATE: There will be a staffing change in grade one/two beginning Monday October 24th. Due to increased enrollment, we have been able to hire an additional teacher. Ms. Dron will be phasing out her classroom duties over the next couple of weeks in order to provide targeted reading and math support to students across grades 1 to 4. Ms. Cariolato and Ms. Bains provide targeted reading and math support to students in grades 5 and 6 on Fridays. 

We have interviewed and hired a wonderful new teacher and would like to welcome Stacy Pickering to our grade 1/2 team. Stacy was a student teacher in our school last year in Ms. Dron’s grade 2 classroom so she is very familiar with our school community. She graduated from Ambrose University and is ready to begin her teaching career with us on Monday. We are so happy to have her back and are excited to be able to provide this additional, targeted reading and math support for our students! 

HALLOWEEN: The tradition of celebrating Halloween at Douglas Harkness School includes an opportunity for students to dress up in costumes, if they wish. This year, the day that children may dress up at school is Monday, October 31st. Students may wear their costumes for the entire day. If your child does not have a costume they can also wear black and/or orange if they would like. It is important that you consider the following when planning for your child’s Halloween costume:

  • Please leave costume props such as wands and weapons at home so that they don’t get lost, forgotten, or damaged at school

  • Please refrain from sending your child in a costume with a mask as we need to identify all the children in our learning community.

 Due to health precautions, allergies and dietary restrictions, please do not send treats from home for sharing on that day. Also, please do not send candy to school for your child’s snack or lunch on the days following Halloween. Sugar and learning don’t mix. Thank you for your help with this.

FAMILY LITERACY (reading) NIGHT AND FREE BOOK FAIR: We would like to invite families to join us at the school on the evening of Thursday November 3rd. Doors will be open between 4:30 and 6:00pm for you to visit different reading activity stations around the school with your child. We will also have a free used book fair in the gym that evening where you can take home a free book to enjoy with your family. The book fair will have books for children as well as books for adults. These books are being generously donated by other CBE schools and members of the wider Calgary community. 

WINTER IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER! We knew that the beautiful fall weather wouldn’t be around forever and that the snow would eventually fall. For many of our students, this weekend will be the first time they have ever seen snow!!! How exciting!!! If you need help with winter clothing for your child(ren) please let the office or your child’s teacher know. We have some used winter boots, snow pants, jackets, hats, and mitts in our community closet that we can send home with your child. 


Non Instructional Day (no school)

October 28th

Halloween Dress Up (optional)

October 31st

Douglas Harkness Casino

November 5th and 6th

Remembrance Day Assembly

November 10th at 10:30am

Remembrance Day (SCHOOL CLOSED)

November 11th

Photo retake day

November 17th

School Council Meeting

November 20th at 6:00pm 

Parent Teacher Interviews

November 24th (4:30pm-7:30pm)

Parent Teacher Interviews (no school)

November 25th (8:00am-1:00pm)



Mrs. George

Proud Principal, Douglas Harkness School​


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