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Wednesday Principal Update - October 26

Dear DGS Families, 

  

We’re right in the middle of spirit week- students have been participating in activities organized by our Grade 9 Leadership Classes and we’re looking forward to two more days (Thursday and Monday) of camaraderie and fun. “Anything But a Backpack Day” was highly entertaining- we had everything from pots, pans, a crockpot, and beach bags to a wheelbarrow, soda stream, cat carriers, guitar cases and goalie equipment bags. It was a great day to spend with our students. 

Hallowe’en is on Monday. As with the past two years, students are able to wear costumes to school and Grade Teams will be planning grade-level appropriate learning activities for the day. Our guidelines around fancy dress are common sense: 

We ask that no one’s culture or faith is worn as a costume, and please leave weapon-style accessories at home. 

Weather & Time Outdoors 

With the change in weather, we want to remind all families that unless the temperatures dip below -20, the expectation is that all students go outside for at least half of their lunch hour. As such, we ask that students are prepared for the weather. We also will be outside for PE classes and will continue to be in the community, on the ridge, and at the pond with classes. As an example, Grade 7 Leadership has regularly been working at Cranston School and will need to be dressed to make the walk over. 

This is also a great time to remind families that soft entry starts at 8:00am year-round. We ask that students wait outside until this time, regardless of the weather. This is in place so that we are able to provide all of our students with appropriate supervision inside the school. This allows students 30 minutes before the start of the day to get themselves situated for learning. 

Veteran’s Food Drive 

Grade 8 Leadership is organizing a 2022 Veteran’s Food Bank Food Drive. Please help support our Veterans by donating items to the Veteran's Food Bank. Grade 8 Leadership students are working to support our local Legion by hosting a Food Bank Donation Program for Veterans. The program will run between November 1st and November 14th. Items will be collected by Homeroom teachers and there will be a competition between Homerooms to see which class can bring in the most donations. 

Demographic Verification Forms 

These forms are legally required to be completed each school year and are required to be submitted by October 31. If for some reason you are unable to complete this form, please contact the Office to make arrangements for assistance in completing this. We thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. 

Spectators at InterSchool Athletics  

Please note that our students are welcome to attend home games at Dr. George Stanley School. We have been delighted with our student crowd behaviour. We greatly appreciate having fans who are such a positive addition! For “Away” games, it is important that only student athletes are in attendance with coaches and parents.  

Away for the Day  

Students are doing a great job of leaving their mobile devices in their lockers. The expectation continues to be that phones are not in pockets, bags or with a student between 8:30-2:55, including lunch hour. We offer a wide array of spaces and activities for students to gather with friends, take a break from the action or get to know new people. Phones found on students will be returned through the main office.  

Forgot your Lunch?  

As a reminder, Skip the Dishes, Door Dash, etc, ordering and delivery are not welcome at Dr. George Stanley School. If a student is unable to retrieve a forgotten lunch from home, we do have emergency food in the main office and we are happy to help. We just aren’t resourced to manage additional deliveries in the main office, and we can’t be responsible for misdirected food. Orders will be returned to the delivering restaurant. Your help with this is greatly appreciated.  

Lunch Supervision Registration  

All grade 6 students that stay at school for lunch should be registered to do so via your MyCBE account. For more information: cbe.ab.ca/programs/noon-supervision/Pages/default.aspx  

Lost & Found  

Please encourage your child(ren) to check the Lost & Found often for any forgotten belongings. 

Volunteering  

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 

cbe.ab.ca/FormsManuals/ePIC-volunteer-information-takeaway.pdf 

policeinformationcheck.calgarypolice.ca/  

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 drgeorgestanley@cbe.ab.ca or dropped off at the main office. Thank you for helping us keep the students safe and healthy. 

cbe.ab.ca/FormsManuals/Student-Health-Plan.pdf 

cbe.ab.ca/FormsManuals/Student-Health-Emergency-Response-Protocol-Form.pdf  

Upcoming Dates:  

October 27 

  • Hallowe'en Spirit Activity: Your Best Hair Day & Door Decoration Judging 

October 28  

  • Professional Learning Day (no school for students)  

October 31  

  • Hallowe’en Spirit Activity: Wear your Costume 

November 10  

  • Remembrance Day Ceremony 10:45 am (format TBD)  

November 11  

  • Remembrance Day Observed (schools closed)  

 

As always, please feel free to contact me at csmalette@cbe.ab.ca OR 403 817 3556.   

Chantal Malette  

Principal, Dr. George Stanley School​

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