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Wednesday Principal Update - February 15

Dear Families, 


Today brings to a close the shortest week for students in any given school year. We hope that your family has the opportunity to regroup, relax, and recharge over Teacher’s Convention and the Family Day Long Weekend.  

This week, our Grade 9 students completed the bulk of their high school registration. The guidance counselors will be working with student registrations in the weeks to come around confirming student course selections into PowerSchool. Next week, we will be visiting both Cranston School and Sibylla Kiddle School to start the important process of getting to know our next year Grade 6 students.  

And finally, our school marks Pink Shirt Day on Wednesday February 22. The most important thing is for us to lift each other up every day, and not just when we wear a Pink Shirt. Our work at school remains to help students with developing and showing empathy toward one another and treating one another with respect. It’s our actions toward others that show and model healthy relationships, healthy self-esteem, and healthy ways of handling conflict. 

Stay Safe, Stay Off Storm Ponds  

It’s a great time of year to remind everyone to STAY OFF Cranston’s storm ponds. They might look like an inviting short cut or opportunity to slide around on the way home from school, but they are actually a little bit treacherous. Before heading outside to play this winter, The City of Calgary wants to remind all of us to be safe while enjoying winter walks and outdoor skating. The city of Calgary and community-designated outdoor skating rinks are open, offering fun, free skating for all skill levels. Rinks maintained by The City are checked daily for ice thickness and quality, and surfaces are flooded as needed to make sure they’re safe for skating. Prior to lacing up, it’s important to remember that not all ice surfaces are safe. While our community storm ponds may look inviting, the City of Calgary wants to remind us that recreational activities are not allowed on them. Storm ponds play an important role, providing protection from overland flooding while returning cleaner water back to the river, but they have hidden hazards that make them dangerous to people and pets. Rapidly changing water levels cause unstable air gaps and quickly changing depths. The ponds also have sediment and contaminants (e.g., bacteria, fertilizers, pesticides, vehicle fluids, metals and road salt) that are collected as water travels across properties, streets, and roads that can weaken the ice. That’s why it’s not safe to skate, walk or play on storm ponds. 

Upcoming Dates:       

February 16  

  • Teacher’s Convention (no school for students; school closed)  

February 17    

  • Teacher’s Convention (no school for students; school closed)  

February 20  

  • Family Day (no school for students; school closed)  

February 28 

  • School Council & Fundraising Society Meeting 

March 4 

  • Conference Manager Opens for Bookings 

March 9 

  • Parent Teacher Student Conferences (virtual

March 10 

  • Parent Teacher Student Conferences (virtual

  • Non-instruction Day (no school for students

March 21 

  • School Council & Fundraising Society Meeting   

March 27 – 31 

  • Spring Break (no school for students; school closed

April 7 

  • Good Friday (no school for students; school closed

April 10 

  • Non-instruction Day (no school for students

April 25 

  • School Council & Fundraising Society Meeting   

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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