The school year is well under way and the students and staff continue to follow guidelines and protocols associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. I am very pleased with how the students have adjusted to the new routines and have been supportive of one another in following our safety steps. Hearing students check for washroom occupants, or remind their friends of the direction to travel in the halls, are daily occurrences and are conveyed with kindness and caring for each other.
Teaching and learning during a pandemic challenges all of us to look for new ways to do some of the things we plan for during the school year. This year’s Halloween activities took on a very different look and the day was one that students and staff all enjoyed. Thank you to our School Council for providing several pumpkins for each classroom. Everyone enjoyed starting the day with a pumpkin hunt in Whispering Woods. Once the pumpkins were found, classes used the pumpkins in a variety of ways. Predicting weight, estimating how many seeds were inside, and the circumference, were fun math activities students engaged in. Finishing the day with an outside costume parade was a great end to the day.
I am inspired by the continuous efforts of our students to come to school eager to learn, showing perseverance and determination when facing new and challenging tasks. The CBC Music Challenge has been one of the learning activities that students, and teachers, have had to adjust. Mr. O’Reilly has been working with the students to prepare for filming day on November 19. Having to maintain physical distance, practice in classrooms, and limits around singing and musical instruments, have been challenging to navigate, however the students have continued to practice their part for the Music Challenge submission. I am looking forward to listening to the final piece.
Our months are not nearly as busy as our pre-COVID days when our students were taking part in field trips, group projects and special events. Volunteers were frequent visitors in our school, supporting home reading, fun lunches and special activities. We miss you all and look forward to the time we can once again welcome you into the school to support the teaching and learning in our little school.
The school is quieter although there are a few events I wanted to highlight that have taken place, or are upcoming this month. On November 10, we held a virtual Remembrance Day assembly. Our grade five and six students with the support of Mr. O’ Reilly honored the men and women who have served Canada in times of war, military conflict and peace in a solemn and respectful ceremony. Our Kindergarten students concluded the assembly with a song about the poppy. We will be planning for more virtual assemblies and hope to invite families to attend assemblies, virtually of course, in the future.
Parent Teacher conferences are taking place virtually on November 19 and 20. These conferences are an opportunity to talk with the teacher about your child’s learning progress. Online conference bookings will open up on November 14 for parents to book their conference times with the teachers.
We will be holding a spirit day for everyone on November 25. This spirit day will give students, and staff, a small opportunity to don a favorite sport team jersey, their own jersey, or their Dr. Coffin hoodie or T-shirt, and come together as a learning community and show our spirit. We look forward to having a fun day to cheer!
I want to continue to extend my sincerest gratitude and the appreciation of our staff to all our families. Your ongoing support for the staff, and the teaching and learning that happens at Dr. E. W. Coffin School is truly cherished.
Take care and stay safe!
Together in Education,
October has arrived and although this past weekend brought colder weather and some snow, we have been very fortunate to have a nice fall with great weather for outdoor learning activities. Teaching and learning during a pandemic is very different and the opportunity to be outdoors is a welcomed part of the day. Now that the temperatures are colder, I want to encourage everyone to find those warm weather clothes and have them ready for your child to wear to school. Going outdoors is no longer just a Fresh Air Friday event and classes are extending their outdoor learning time throughout the week.
The gorgeous fall colours and warm temperatures have given classes a great opportunity to create some wonderful art pieces. Some of the classes have studied nature artist, Andy Goldsworthy, then created their own art pieces inspired by the work of this British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist. Our grade five and six classes have taken a hike up to Nose Hill and sketched a chosen scene. They are now following up in the classroom with watercolour paintings that are showing the beautiful fall colours. Dr. Coffin is full of great student artists!
This year has meant changes to our recycling and composting efforts in the school. Guidelines have made it difficult to continue our organics composting, however we are still recycling plastics, paper and cardboard and composting the paper towels used in the school. The Green Team is operating in a different way and with the support of each classroom, the team is able to collect these items weekly. The work of the Green Team aligns nicely with the curriculum study of Waste in our World and gives the students a better understanding of the importance of reducing our waste through composting and recycling. Thanks to our Green Team for helping to keep Dr. E. W. Coffin School environmentally aware and friendly!
Our annual Terry Fox Run this year was a little different than past years. We missed having our volunteer parents be part of the run and help our students with lap counting and cheers of encouragement. All our classes took time on September 18 to run in memory of Terry Fox and to support the Terry Fox Foundation. Donations were made online and our tiny school made a donation of $420.00 this year. Thank you to all who donated.
The month of October is half over as I finish up this message, however there are still events happening this month that I would like to share. Our S4 officer will be working with our grade five and six student in the coming weeks,talking about digital citizenship. This is a great topic especially because of the increased online presence that is part of our everyday lives these days. October 21 is “Take me Outside Day”. Dr. Coffin students go outside almost every day anyways and it seems funny for us to participate in a day that is something we do most days. It is the 10th anniversary of “Take me Outside Day” and will provide some added fun for our students. Halloween has always been a celebration at Dr. Coffin and we will do things differently this year to ensure we are following guidelines and keeping everyone safe. We will enjoy some Halloween fun on October 29. Students may wear a costume for the entire day if they would like and each classroom will be planning Halloween activities for students to engage in. A costume mask does not qualify for a proper face mask and students will still be expected to have a non-medical mask to wear while in the classroom and school. Check your child’s classroom stream for more details of the day’s events. October 30 is a professional development day and there will be no school for students this day.
During this unprecedented year, I want to extend my sincerest gratitude and the appreciation of our staff to all our families. Your support for the staff, and the teaching and learning that happens at Dr. E. W. Coffin School is truly cherished.
Take care and stay safe!
Together in education.
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!! I have to say that in all my years of learning and teaching the beginning of this school year is like no other year I have ever experienced as a student and as a teacher. Our first days of this year have been filled with new routines and protocols to ensure a safe learning environment for students and staff. I am pleased with the efforts our students and staff have been making to sanitize, wash hands, wear masks and physical distance. I would like to thank our families for the work that you have done at home to prepare your children for the return to school. Your support is greatly appreciated and it shows in the manners and behaviors we see in our students. Dr. Coffin continues to be a kind and caring place where everyone is able to learn together.
Our outdoor learning on Fresh Air Fridays, has now become every day outdoor learning. Our students already know to come dressed for the weather and heading outside for learning is a familiar activity for our students. Our younger grades have started an insect study, learning about some of the flying creatures in our Whispering Woods and Naturegrounds. The detailed paintings the students have done are amazing! The grade three and four students have been nature journaling, hunting for patterns in nature and identifying two meter distancing in various spots outside. They have also been doing some wasp evading! The grade five and six classes will be spending a lot of time in Whispering Woods over the next few weeks. The students have already identified their own nature space and have started studying the trees surrounding this special spot. The Whispering Woods is a great spot for the students to immerse themselves in the Trees and Forests unit! Mr. O'Reilly has been taking some of the music classes outside as well. The outdoors is a great place to be and we are so fortunate to have so many learning spaces within walking distance to our little school.
This year our annual Terry Fox Run will look a little different than in the past. The students have all been ‘training’ for the run and each class will take time on Friday, September 18 to run in memory of Terry Fox and in support of the Terry Fox Foundation. Please be sure to check the Google Classroom Stream for more information about the Terry Fox Run.
The first School Council meeting will be held on Tuesday September 15 at 7 pm. The meeting is being held virtually and all parents are invited to attend the meeting. Information about how to join the meeting was sent out in the School Council Message last week. A reminder that messages from School Council are sent to our school community through School Messenger on Wednesdays.
At Dr. E. W. Coffin, we try to keep families informed about the school calendar and the learning that takes place in our classrooms in several different ways. Monthly, my Principal Message will be posted to our webpage. I hope to share highlights of the work at Dr. E.W. Coffin through my messages. This year teachers will be using the Stream, within Google classroom to share classroom learning highlights and encourage dialogue at home about the learning that takes place in the classrooms. From the office, we send out weekly, “Worth Mentioning”. This message will contain key information as well as update you on events for the upcoming week. I encourage you to bookmark the school’s webpage and take time to log into the Stream with your child to keep informed about what is happening in their classroom.
Thank you for your support of teaching and learning at Dr. E. W. Coffin School. Take care, stay healthy and safe.
Together in education,
June 2020!! I am finding it crazy that we have arrived at the final month of the 2019-2020 school year.
The school has been empty since March 13, 2020 and our students have been learning remotely. The students and teachers have learned a new way of working together. Teaching and learning has continued for our students and I am so pleased with the support and engagement of our students and families. These are challenging times and I believe that we will get through this by working together, supporting one another, and taking one day at a time.
May and June are the months of the school year that planning for the next school year take place. This year that planning is taking on a very different feel. With the cancellation of classes in March and the worldwide pandemic still a part of our lives there are many questions to answer about what school reopening in the fall with look like. The Calgary Board of Education is gathering feedback from families about what school should look like when we open the doors to students again. I encourage all of you to take the time to fill out the survey.
Budget planning and fees considerations are another topic that make up part of our planning for the upcoming school year. I have put together a Budget and Fees presentation for your information along with a brief survey on these topics. I would appreciate your feedback. The survey is within the presentation. While viewing the presentation you will see the link for a short survey about the school budget and fees for the 2020-2021 school year.
Our School Council will be meeting this month in a remote, online environment on June 10, 2020. The invitation to join this virtual meeting has been sent to all families on June 3, 2020 in the School Council message. I will also be presenting the Budget and Fees Presentation at this virtual School Council meeting.
June is often a busy month at Dr. Coffin with many culminating events taking place. This year these events are not able to take place. We will miss many activities, for example: our time with Saakokoto; our year-end assemblies; our sports day; our environment treat day, just to name a few. Late May or early June our Grade 1 & 2 students, along with their teachers, would typically plant the gardens. Thanks to some wonderful volunteers, Ms. Boyer, Mrs. Hamby, and Mr. Pedenko the gardens were planted. We hope that with warm weather and a dedicated team of watering volunteers, the students will enjoy a harvest in the fall. With the cancellation of classes also came the cancellation of the Grade 6 Provincial Achievement Tests. I know our Grade 6 students may have had a little celebration about this missed opportunity; however, I do know that they would have done well. We usually say farewell in June to our Grade 6 students during a farewell assembly, recognizing these student and their time at Dr. E. W. Coffin. This year, however, we will connect virtually with these 18 Grade 6 students to celebrate their learning time at Dr. Coffin and to wish them well on their transition to junior high.
Thank you to everyone for your ongoing support. I feel blessed to work with the Dr. Coffin families and hope that you are managing through this unprecedented time.
Take care of yourselves, stay healthy and keep in touch.
Together in education, in a whole new way.
Welcome May! I hope that all our Dr. Coffin families are doing well and staying healthy. The last 6 weeks of school since our return have been very quiet in our little school. My usual routine of popping into classes, saying good morning and checking in with students and teachers as they start their day has halted. I find myself walking into classrooms wondering when the school will be filled again with students and all our staff. I have enjoyed the change of weather and the opportunity to get outside and see the signs of spring in our flowerbeds. The tulips and daffodils are blooming and I am hoping that soon the tree outside of my window will begin to bud.
All of us are working together in this on-going learning environment, and I believe we are doing our best to continue the learning opportunities for our students. School jurisdictions in Alberta have been given guidelines from Alberta Education that we provide ~5 hours of schoolwork per week focused mainly on literacy and math.
When we think about this new environment and the ask, of parents to take on this added task, I wanted to share some thoughts around the work that is now happening at home. The goal is always to move student learning forward-whether learning at school or at home. When teachers receive work in the classroom they do not always mark or correct the work. When a teacher can see where the misunderstanding occurs, they can give real-time feedback and support the students understanding. In the current remote learning environment, teachers do not have this opportunity to work with students in the same manner. When students submit work in a state of “perfection” or “finality,” teachers are not able to provide the kind of feedback a student needs to become more independent. So, how much and what support should you provide to your child at this time? Start by going over the learning plan each week with your child, check with them for understanding of the tasks they will be doing. Encourage your child to ask the teacher for clarification if they do not understand the tasks. Allow your child to work independently on the work, it is acceptable to allow your child to submit work that you know contains some errors. When engaged in writing tasks, it is important that students submit work as it is, with the mistakes intact so that we can see what they need to work on next.
At home, just like when they are at school, students need support and supervision when they are working in the digital world. Signing into Google Meet with their teacher and classmates is new and different for all of us. Remembering our digital citizenship guidelines continue to be important for all students to follow when working in the remote learning environment.
Most important is ongoing communication with your child’s teacher. We need to know how things are going, is the work manageable for your family during these times? Is there support you need from us? We are here to support families to work through the challenges this new learning environment is presenting.
May is the month that we recognize the efforts of the many volunteers we have at our school. Home reading, field trips, hot chocolate Fridays, Healthy Hunger lunches, School Council meetings and activities, are just some of the events that could not take place without our dedicated volunteers. A HUGE thank you to all of you, your hard work and dedication to the Dr. E. W. Coffin Community is truly appreciated.
Our School Council will be meeting this month in a remote, online environment on May 12. Please watch for the meeting agenda and information on how to join the meeting coming out in our School Council Message on May 6.
The current situation is unsettling to say the least. When things get overwhelming I encourage you to hit pause, take a deep breath and remember that during this time, your physical, mental and emotional health are most important.
Take care of yourselves, stay healthy and keep in touch.
Together in education, in a whole new way.
Hi Dr. Coffin Families,
Welcome back after a rather
unusual spring break for all of us. I hope everyone has remained healthy and
you have found creative ways to stay connected with family and friends. My
family has taken to video chat on a regular basis to stay connected and be able
to ‘see’ each other – a very different approach from our usual family
gatherings. I am working at school along with Mrs. Rennie
and Mr. Rozema. Teachers are working from home and are connecting with their
teaching teams to plan and design learning for our students.
Alberta Education has outlined
expectations for continued learning at home for all students. Teachers will
assign an average of five hours of work per student per week for students in
grades Kindergarten to grade 6. The content of this learning will focus on
language/literacy and mathematics/numeracy. Teachers may also incorporate science
and social studies through cross-curricular learning at the higher grades.
Thank you for your patience as we
work through some necessary planning in preparation for resuming learning
opportunities for our students. I understand there has been plenty of
uncertainty about what teaching and learning is going to look like moving
forward. The teachers will be connecting through email with all families before
the end of today to gather information for planning for learning in a different
way with our Dr. Coffin students.
Please know we will work together
to create a great learning environment for all our students. The health of your
family, both physical and mental, are most important and our school community
is here to support you. If you need our support, please reach out to your
teacher or myself.
March has arrived like a lamb and we have been enjoying some very mild spring like temperatures this week. Although we still have 4 months in this current school year, plans for next year have already started. Thank you to all the families who returned our Next Year planning sheets. This data helps us to begin the process of looking at class configuration for the upcoming school year.
Our students enjoyed the four-day in-line skating residency we had in the last week of February. This residency provided our students with an opportunity to learn how to in-line skate and it was amazing to see how quickly the students were able to master the skill and zip around the gym. One of our School Development Plan goals is focusing on student writing and we are fortunate to have storyteller and author, Karen Gummo working with our students through a writing residency. Ms. Gummo will spend several class blocks with each grade level introducing them to storytelling and weaving storytelling into ways students can use story to write. At the end of March, students will engage in a dance residency exploring simple movements from a variety of dance styles from around the world including Hip Hop, Urban, Ballroom, Bollywood, Lyrical, Jazz/Funk and more.
The safety of all students and staff of Dr. E. W. Coffin is of great importance. To that end, we continue to work to establish appropriate safety measures for the various situations that may occur and affect our staff and students. Fire drills are a long-standing expectation of everyone who congregates in a setting such as a school. We are required to have a minimum of six fire drills each school year. It is a reflection of the changes in our society that we must add variations to our safety drills. We held a practice drill known as a “lockdown” on March 5 with our School Resource Officer, Constable R. Valstar. The students responded well to the practice “lockdown” and demonstrated the expected behavior during this required drill.
Our March calendar is full of a variety of learning activities and field trips to enhance our learning at Dr. E. W. Coffin. Our grade 5/6 classes will be heading to Canada Olympic Park for three days of skiing and snowboarding on March 2, 3 and 9. Our grade 6 students will take a trip down to Simon Fraser on March 5 as they begin the process of transitioning to grade 7. Mr. Pedenko and Mrs. Saunders often collaborate with various faculties from the University of Calgary to enhance the learning of our grade 5/6 students. On March 6, they will have visitors from the math faculty presenting and working with the students. These opportunities provide students with rich learning opportunities. On March 10 we will hold our monthly School Council meeting at 7 pm in the Learning Commons. All parents are welcome to attend our School Council meetings. The staff will hold a curriculum night on March 12 from 5-7 PM with a focus on Math and Science. I invite you to come to this event and experience the curriculum through the student lens. The grade 5/6 classes are heading down to Simon Fraser to see their musical production of High School Musical on the morning of March 17. These opportunities are wonderful ways to build our community and give our older students a glimpse into the world of Junior High. Room 6 will host our treat day this month on the 17. March 19 is our last day of classes as students head off on spring break. Teachers will spend March 20 in professional learning meetings. Classes resume on Monday March 30 and the students will jump into a dance residency with PL3Y Education. Thank you to the Friends of Dr. E. W. Coffin for their support of our residencies.
Thank you to everyone for your continued support of teaching and learning at Dr. E. W. Coffin School.
Together in Education,
February seems to be flying by and after our cold days in January the chinook days have been a welcomed change. The local ground hog predicted an early spring for us however, I am sure that we will get another cold blast of winter before we see the blossoms of spring.
Reading is a life skill and Dr. E. W. Coffin students have many opportunities throughout the day to develop their reading ability. Thank you to the many volunteers who help with our Home Reading program with our grade one and two students. We continue to look for more volunteers to help with this program. Please call the office or contact Mrs. Hamby or Ms. Boyer if you are able to volunteer for the Home Reading program.
The students have been enjoying our gymnastics unit in their phys-ed classes this month. They have been learning about balance, body control and travelling across various pieces of equipment. The traverse wall has also been part of our phys-ed classes this month, and is a great activity for students to experience. The Canadian Climber is also part of this unit and the students all seem to like the opportunity to climb, that this equipment provides. We will wrap up the gymnastics unit with our Jungle obstacle course following the Family day holiday.
February is the shortest month of the year; however, at Dr. Coffin we have been busy. Our grade 1- 6 classes all went on a field trip to Mount Royal University and listened to the Royal Canadian Artillery Band in the Bella Concert hall. This was a wonderful trip and the students all seemed to enjoy the afternoon. Last week, we took time for a Winter Walk on Wednesday, February 5. This walk is an annual event, which encourages 15 minutes of walking outdoors. We record collectively the number of minutes we walked as a school. Our total for this year was approximately 2500 minutes of walking. Our School Science Fair took place on February 6 in the Learning Commons with 16 well-presented projects. Our visiting judges were very impressed by the work the students had done. We also enjoyed a Healthy Hunger lunch day on February 6 with Panago Pizza providing the lunch. Pizza is a favorite for the students! Teachers' Convention takes place on February 13 and 14 followed by Family Day on February 17. These are non-school days for students. On February 19, our grade 2/3 and 3/4 classes will head to Simon Fraser to celebrate My World Day with the students at Simon Fraser. On February 21, our Kindergarten students will celebrate their 100th day in school and enjoy a pancake breakfast creating 100 with a sausage and 2 pancakes on their plates. Students will be participating in an in-school residency with Alien In-line Skating starting February 24 until February 27. All classes will have several sessions in the gym learning how to in-line skate. Parent volunteers would be appreciated to help tie up skates, especially for our younger students. February 26 is Pink Shirt Day and we invite students to participate in this anti-bullying event and wear a pink shirt to school this day.
Thank you to everyone for your continued support of teaching and learning at Dr. E. W. Coffin School.
Together in Education,
Happy New Year and happy new decade to our Dr. E. W. Coffin families and I wish each and every one of you good health and happiness in 2020!
The New Year begins and with it comes new learning opportunities for the students at Dr. E. W. Coffin. Outdoor learning on Fresh Air Friday was hampered this week by the extremely cold temperatures however the cold temperatures provided our grades 5 and 6 classes a great opportunity to test their insulated containers. Students were tasked with designing an insulated container to prevent 250 mL of water from freezing. Working through the scientific method of hypothesis, procedure, observation, and conclusion the cold weather was just what the students needed to complete this experiment. The students did not seem to mind bundling up and going outside to test their containers. The whole school participated in an indoor body break of jogging, lunges, side shuffles, and jumping jacks to get our bodies moving and release some of that energy that has built up over the cold week. Looking ahead to next week, I am happy to see the temperatures are much warmer and students will get the outdoor breaks they enjoy, and need, during the school day.
Each year Alberta Education conducts the Accountability Pillar Survey from mid-January to the end of February. Alberta Education uses the Accountability Pillar as a way for school authorities to measure their success, and assess their progress towards meeting their learning goals.
The Accountability Pillar uses a set of 16 indicators consisting of: student outcomes such as dropout and high school completion rates; provincial assessments of student learning; and surveys of students, parents/guardians and teachers on various aspects of quality. Parents/Guardians of students in grade 4 to 6 should have received their survey in the mail from Alberta Education. Students in grade 4 to 6 and all teachers will complete their surveys online at school during the week of February 3-7. All surveys are anonymous and ask questions about experiences with Dr. E. W. Coffin School. The survey is not asking for feedback about Alberta Education and its policies; questions are in relationship to Dr. E. W. Coffin School only. Questions on the survey are accompanied by a scale of responses (e.g., Strongly Agree to Strongly Disagree, Very Satisfied to Very Dissatisfied). Each of these scales includes a Don’t Know choice. If you Don’t Know the answer to a particular question, please skip that question and go to the next one, unless you want your response to count as a negative one.
All parents/guardians receive the English version of the survey in the mail. Alberta Education also provides the survey in Arabic, Blackfoot, Chinese, Cree, French, Korean, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog and Urdu. If you would prefer to respond to the survey in one of these languages, please contact Mrs. Polski and a copy will be sent to you.
It is very important that parents/guardians complete the survey and return it to Alberta Education. Alberta Education and the public use the results of the Accountability Pillar Survey to assess satisfaction with the quality of education in our schools. In addition, the Calgary Board of Education uses the information to improve teaching and learning for our students.
Your voice matters. Your participation in the survey helps provide important information on the quality of education your child is receiving. Alberta Education and the Calgary Board of Education thank you for returning the parent Accountability Pillar Survey promptly. If you have questions, please contact the Mrs. Polski either by calling the office or through email. Dr. E. W. Coffin is a small school and we hope to have a large response to the Accountability Survey in order to inform our School Development Plan and future planning for our little school. If you have received the Accountability Survey, I encourage you to complete the survey and submit the survey back to the Alberta Government.
Interested in the results? Look for them in school and the CBE 3-Year Education Plans and Annual Education Results Reports, posted to the school’s and CBE’s websites by November 30 of every year.
Kindergarten registration for the 2020-2021 school year begins on January 20. We encourage families who will be registering their children for kindergarten to come into the school office and complete the registration process. Families who live outside of our designated area and currently have a child attending Dr. Coffin who have a sibling who will be age appropriate to start kindergarten, are also asked to come into the office and complete a registration form.
Report cards will be completed and sent out on January 30. There has been some slight adjustments to the report card descriptors and we will include an information sheet to help you better understand the report card achievement indicators. The written report card is the first formal report you will receive about your child’s academic progress. The purpose of formal communication, such as report cards, is to summarize and communicate individual student achievement in relation to the expectations of the Alberta Program of Studies.
January will be a busy month at Dr. E.W. Coffin School. There will be some new clubs starting for students to join. Mr. O’Reilly is continuing with his guitar club for students in grades 3 to 6, cup stacking for grade 3 and 4 students will start on Monday, January 20. Our Science fair students are continuing to work on their science projects on Wednesdays, in preparation for the Science Fair in early February. Games club for grades 1 to 3 students is also running on Wednesday at lunch. The School Council meeting was held on Tuesday January 14 in the Learning Commons. The meeting was well attended considering the very cold weather we have had. Healthy Hunger lunch is took place on Thursday, January 16 and Subway was the lunch provider for this month. Blackfoot Elder Saakokoto will be coming to visit with the students on January 16 and January 24 as we continue our studies of Indigenous culture. Treat day for this month, hosted by room 4 is taking place on January 21. Report cards come home on September 30.
As always, thank you for your continued support of the learning and teaching at Dr. E. W. Coffin.
Together in Education,
The hallways of Dr. E. W. Coffin are decorated and look very festive as we head into December and the holiday season. Thank you to our parent volunteers who took time to get us into the spirit of the season.
December is a month of giving and our Grade 5 and 6 students will coordinate an outreach project in support of the Drop-in Center. Dr. Coffin families are encouraged to participate in the fourth annual “Fill a Sock” campaign. Beginning on December 9 through to the 13, we will encourage students and their families to provide various items to “Fill a Sock”. The following types of donations for the socks include items such as: gloves, mitts, hats, lip balm, travel size toiletries (shampoos, lotions, etc.), cough drops, Tums, travel mugs, deodorant (non-alcohol based), brush and combs, socks chocolates and candy, gift cards such as McDonalds, or coffee cards. The Grade 5 and 6 students will take all donated items and will fill each pair of socks with the items collected With our support, we will ensure that some 1,200 people will wake up to a stocking by their bedside on Christmas morning.
Our School Development Plan and our Annual Results report are both posted to our school website. This year our School Development Plan (SDP) will focus on three areas for student achievement: Language Arts, Science and Well Being for Learning. Our specific goals will target student achievement in their ability to write to develop, organize, and express information and ideas, developing the skills to inquire and communicate their scientific understanding and the ability to make responsible decisions in their learning. You may access the SDP on our website from the About Us tab, under Our School, if you would like to learn more about our plans for this school year.
Before we know it 2020 will be here and we will begin registration for our Kindergarten program on January 20, 2020. At this time, it would be helpful for us to hear from families who have a child of Kindergarten age, who is eligible to start Kindergarten in September of 2020. Children can start kindergarten in the fall of 2020 if they turn 5 years old on or before December 31, 2020.This early conversation will help us in planning for our Kindergarten program in the fall.
December will be a busy month at Dr. E. W. Coffin with lots of events and activities taking place. Our grade three and four students in rooms 4 and 5 are off to the Glenbow Museum on December 9 and the grade two and three students in the Portable will be visiting the Glenbow Museum on December 11. The “Fill a Sock” campaign will run from December 9-13 and donations will be accepted in classrooms for the week. The School Council will be hosting the annual Festive Evening this year on December 12. This event is a wonderful opportunity for our school families to enjoy some festive music, share ethnic foods, and to come together as a community. Our Spirit Club students have planned a Polar Express spirit day on December 16.Students can wear their favorite festive sweater or pajamas to school for this fun filled day. We will be gathering together as a school on December 17, 18, and 19 at 9 am to sing carols in the Learning Commons. I invite our families to join us on these three days. Several clubs will continue during the month of December: Guitar club for Grade 3 to 6 students, Spirit Club, and Science Fair for Grade 5 and 6 students. The final day of classes before the winter break is December 19.
At this time, I would like to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season. May you enjoy time with family and friends.
Together in Education,
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