Dear DGS Families,
Somehow, it’s almost the end of the first week in October. The weather is still beautiful, the sun is still shining, and we LOVE the work your students are taking up in their classes.
Truth and Reconciliation Work
Last week, students began the process of examining topics such as Treaties, Land Claims and Unceded Territories, Land and Culture, Residential Schools and their impact, as well as considering the actions and impact of indigenous songwriters, authors, doctors, scientists, politicians and youth who are making a difference all across Canada. We continue taking up this work in core classes and we want to thank our students for being thoughtful in their conversations, reflections and commitments to supporting learning and growing together.
This Friday, our staff will spend the day learning from Dr. James Makokis, leader of one of North America's most progressive family medical clinics serving both LGBTQIA2S+ and First Nation peoples from all over Canada. Our focus will then extend to the commitment we have made as a school to land based learning during the 2022-2023 school year, as well as working with the Witness Blanket, an interactive art exhibit out of the Canadian Human Rights Museum. Our work as a staff with the Witness Blanket is in concert with how our students have considered the piece of art and we are in the process of co-creating our reflections on it as a school community.
Crazy for GaGa Ball
We are so excited to announce that our long-awaited Gaga Ball Pit has been installed! We want to take this opportunity to thank our Parent Fundraising Society for their generous donations and fundraising efforts that have made it a reality. This has been a great addition to our Backyard, and it has been well used in the 5 short days we have had it.
WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?!
I want to share a blog article I read recently that really speaks to the storm going on in our adolescents’ hearts and minds. Teenagers are fascinating, loveable, complicated creatures- here’s a hint as to why that is, and what they might need from us!
Please join me in congratulating Shannon Wolframe, Learning Leader for Grade 8, who has been appointed Assistant Principal at Samuel W Shaw School. Shannon’s last day with us will be Friday October 14, 2022. Ms. Lindsey Hart will be taking on the role of Learning Leader for Grade 8 and Indigenous Learning. We will be welcoming Ms. Kelsey Anderson to our staff to teach Humanities to 8-1 and 8-2 for the duration of the year. She is an experienced teacher who has most recently taught Humanities at Mountain Park School.
We are also pleased to welcome Ms. Katelynn Dutton to our staff to teach Humanities and PE to 9-5, while Ms. Brunsch provides additional academic support to groups of grade 9 students at our school.
Lunch Supervision Registration
All grade 6 students that stay at school for lunch should be registered via your MyCBE account. For more information: cbe.ab.ca/programs/noon-supervision/Pages/default.aspx
Lost & Found
Please encourage your student to have a look through the lost & found for items that belong to them; as we are seeing a growing number of items there. Thank you!
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org OR 403 817 3556.
Principal, Dr. George Stanley School