Dear DGS Families,
The end of September is a funny time- families settle into school, work and extracurricular routines. It’s that time of year when we think critically about some of our more sombre events and lessons from Canada’s history and we continue to learn and grow as a country and a society.
Teachers have again been able to access the University of Manitoba’s National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Teachings and Learning Opportunities this week with students. This has provided students with perspectives related to Indigenous Language, Indigenous Story with author David Robertson and the opportunity to think about what we can do as Calgarians, Albertans and Canadians to further the work of truth and reconciliation in our country.
This week, students and staff are invited to wear orange and to work with their classes as we create a school-wide reflection wall related to the Canadian Human Right’s Museum’s Art Installation entitled “The Witness Blanket.” We look forward to sharing this work in the weeks to come.
PowerSchool Assessment and Reporting Information:
Starting on Friday September 30, assessment information for all core classes will be entered into PowerSchool for parents to view. This information may include a variety of assessment information including anecdotal information, summative assessment of student work that uses the 4, 3, 2, 1 indicators associated with report card stems and learner outcomes, and checklists of completed/submitted tasks. We ask that families set aside a bit of time on a regular basis to review and discuss this information with their students. School wide, the expectation is that teachers release this information for core classes every two weeks for parents to view and review. If you have any questions related to assessment and reporting for your student and their learning, please do not hesitate to connect with your child(ren)’s core teachers. We look forward to discussing your child’s progress, growth and achievement with you!
Practice Lockdown Drill:
Today, students participated in one of two emergency preparedness lockdown drills that we complete in concert with Calgary Police Service. We want to thank our community partners for working with us to maintain a safe learning environment.
All volunteers need current forms completed and Police Information Checks, which we are happy to help with in the main office. Please complete the attached Annual Volunteer Registration Form and read the attached information on Police Clearances.
Annual Volunteer Registration Form.pdf
Student Health Updates:
It is important for the school to have the most up-to-date information regarding any of our students with medical conditions, taking medications, allergies, etc. This is not just for students that are new to Dr. George Stanley or to the CBE; these are for all students with medical conditions to complete every school year.
Please review the attachments, if this is applicable to your student, please complete the forms and return them to the school, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped off at the main office. Thank you for helping us keep the students safe and healthy.
As always, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com OR 403 817 3556.
Principal, Dr. George Stanley School