Nov 23
Wednesday Principal Update - November 23

Dear DGS Families, 

  

We’re looking forward to connecting with you virtually tomorrow evening and Friday morning to talk about your adolescent’s progress, growth and achievement at school since September. A School Messenger with a Microsoft Teams Meeting link will be sent out today from the teachers that you have made a conference booking with. We can’t stress enough that while this is one scheduled opportunity for conversation, teachers are always happy to connect with you outside of their instructional times to talk about how your child is doing at school. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teachers should you have any questions or want to check-in. Student progress is also updated bi-weekly in all core Subject Areas in PowerSchool.  

  

Digital Citizenship and Social Media 

Students are becoming more and more aware of issues that can arise on social media. On some occasions an issue may occur outside of school hours on social media which then can spill over into the school and affect the day-to-day interactions of our students. One area of difficulty is student’s participation in Group Chats on platforms like Snapchat. Students can be invited into conversations which they don’t necessarily want to participate in. We would encourage parents to check in with their children around their social media use. Another great resource is our digital citizenship presentation which can help guide a conversation around digital citizenship. 

Book Fair 

Our book fair is up and running this week in our Learning Commons. Many students have had the opportunity to explore the fair. Parents are welcome to visit in person between 3:00pm and 4:00pm on Wednesday Nov 23. You can shop from hundreds of items either in-person or online through our Virtual Book Fair extension. Your purchases will help to earn new resources for our school. Classes will have scheduled times during the day for the students to visit the Book Fair and make purchases.  

Volunteers are needed to run this event, sign up here

  

Cold Weather Preparation 

With the onset of this cold weather, we want to make sure everyone has the same information around soft entry, lunchtime, etc. Soft Entry starts at 8:00. We do not open the doors before this time. As of 8:00, teachers are on supervision inside and outside of the building. At lunch, all students are expected to be outside for half of their lunchtime unless the temperature with windchill is colder than -20 degrees Celsius. Please ensure your child is dressed for the weather. We do provide outdoor supervision at lunchtime for students who are committed to being polar bears.  

Keeping Sick Students Home 

We continue to deal with a higher than is typical absence rate due to illness. We ask that if your child is sick, please keep them home from school, as we want to see all of our community make it through cold and flu season safely. Please continue to phone or email the school each day that your child will be absent, with the reason for the absence (examples: illness, medical appointment, etc.). Teachers will continue to post assignment basics in Google Classroom by 4:00 each day for students to access. 

Got Lunch? 

We remain a closed campus at lunchtime. We want to remind families that students need to bring their lunch or have it ordered through Healthy Hunger for distribution through the servery. We do have a variety of lower cost items for purchase at the server including Cheese Buns, Ham and Cheeses Buns, and Chocolate Chip Buns from Glamorgan Bakery. Hot water is available for soup through the servery. We are not able to provide access to microwaves for student use. As a reminder, we are not able to receive Skip the Dishes, Door Dash, Uber Eats, etc. in the main office. The driver will be asked to return the delivery to the restaurant.  

Course Fees and Lunch Supervision Registration 

We have received notice that the courses that have fees associated with them have been added to your account; fees are due when assigned. Also please note: all grade 6 students that stay at school for lunch should be registered to do so. 

Fees and registration can be found on your MyCBE account. 

Upcoming Dates:  

November 22 – 28 (revised

  • Book Fair (In-person and online

November 23 

  • Teachers email Microsoft Teams Links 

November 24 

  • Parent Teacher Student Conferences (Virtual, 4:00pm-8:00pm

November 25 

  • Parent Teacher Student Conferences (Virtual, 8:00am-1:00pm) (no school for students

November 29 

  • School Council and Parent Fundraising Society Meetings (7:00 in person, main office

December 15                 

  • Evening Performance of “Shuddersome Tales of Poe” 

December 22                 

  • Last Day of Classes before Winter Break (Full Day of School

January 9                          

  • Classes Resume 

 

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

Chantal Malette  

Principal, Dr. George Stanley School ​

Nov 16
Wednesday Principal Update - Nov. 16

Dear DGS Families, 

  

We’re looking forward to connecting with you virtually next Thursday evening and Friday morning to talk about your adolescent’s progress, growth and achievement at school since September. A SchoolMessenger with booking instructions will be sent out later this week. Conference Manager will open on Saturday morning for bookings. We can’t stress enough that this is only one of the ways available for scheduled conversation. Teachers are always happy to connect with you outside of their instructional times to talk about how your child is doing at school. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teachers should you have any questions or want to check-in. Student progress is also updated bi-weekly in all core Subject Areas in PowerSchool.  

Please see the attachment for more information regarding Virtual Conferences. 

November 2022 - Virtual Conferences Information Letter.pdf 

  

Book Fair 

We’re excited to announce that our Scholastic Book Fair is coming! There has been a change to the original dates, the book fair will now run November 22-28, 2022.  

You can shop from hundreds of items either in-person or online through our Virtual Book Fair extension. Your purchases will help to earn new resources for our school. Classes will have scheduled times during the day for the students to visit the Book Fair and make purchases. Parents are welcome to visit the Book Fair in-person between 3:00pm and 4:00pm on Wednesday November 23.  

Volunteers are needed to run this event, sign up here

  

Cold Weather Preparation 

With the onset of this cold weather, we want to make sure everyone has the same information around soft entry, lunchtime, etc. Soft Entry starts at 8:00. We do not open the doors before this time. As of 8:00, teachers are on supervision inside and outside of the building. At lunch, all students are expected to be outside for half of their lunchtime unless the temperature with windchill is colder than -20 degrees Celsius. Please ensure your child is dressed for the weather. We do provide outdoor supervision at lunchtime for students who are committed to being polar bears.  

Keeping Sick Students Home 

As you have now heard, we are dealing with a higher than typical absence rate due to illness. We ask that if your child is sick, please keep them home from school, as we want to see all of our community make it through cold and flu season safely. Please continue to phone or email the school each day that your child will be absent, with the reason for the absence (examples: illness, medical appointment, etc.). Teachers will continue to post assignment basics in Google Classroom by 4:00 each day for students to access. 

Got Lunch? 

We remain a closed campus at lunchtime. We want to remind families that students need to bring their lunch or have it ordered through Healthy Hunger for distribution through the servery. We do have a variety of lower cost items for purchase at the server including Cheese Buns, Ham and Cheeses Buns, and Chocolate Chip Buns from Glamorgan Bakery. Hot water is available for soup through the servery. We are not able to provide access to microwaves for student use. As a reminder, we are not able to receive Skip the Dishes, Door Dash, Uber Eats, etc. in the main office. The driver will be asked to return the delivery to the restaurant.  

Course Fees and Lunch Supervision Registration 

We have received notice that the courses that have fees associated with them have been added to your account; fees are due when assigned. Also please note: all grade 6 students that stay at school for lunch should be registered to do so. 

Fees and registration can be found on your MyCBE account. 

Upcoming Dates:  

November 18  

  • Texas Donut orders delivered 

November 19 

  • Conference Bookings Open (8:00am

November 22 – 28 (revised

  • Book Fair (In-person and online

November 23 

  • Conference Bookings Close (12:00pm)   

  • Teachers email Microsoft Teams Links 

November 24 

  • Parent Teacher Student Conferences (Virtual, 4:00pm-8:00pm

November 25 

  • Parent Teacher Student Conferences (Virtual, 8:00am-1:00pm) (no school for students

November 29 

  • School Council and Parent Fundraising Society Meetings (7:00 in person, main office

December 15                 

  • Evening Performance of “Shuddersome Tales of Poe” 

December 22                 

  • Last Day of Classes before Winter Break (Full Day of School

January 9                          

  • Classes Resume 

 

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

Chantal Malette  

Principal, Dr. George Stanley School

Nov 09
Wednesday Principal Update - November 9

Dear DGS Families, 

  

It’s COLD OUT THERE! (But I like it!) We’ve been having a great time during indoor lunch. Teachers have been setting up and hosting spaces for students to participate in different activities and students who want to go outside are enjoying the snow, movement break and incredibly fresh air. Teenagers have the uncanny ability to appear completely fine in a hoodie and sneakers- I always remind them that it’s a fine line between courage and, well, common sense.  

With the onset of this cold weather, we want to make sure everyone has the same information around soft entry, lunchtime, etc. Soft Entry starts at 8:00. We do not open the doors before this time. As of 8:00, teachers are on supervision inside and outside of the building. At lunch, all students are expected to be outside for half of their lunchtime unless the temperature with windchill is colder than -20 degrees Celsius. Please ensure your child is dressed for the weather. We do provide outdoor supervision at lunchtime for students who are committed to being polar bears. 

Yesterday, a group of our Grade 8’s were honoured to spend time with Elder Peter Weasel Moccasin and Paula Smith from the Kainai and Piikani First Nations. Elder Peter shared important stories and lessons from his lifetime and our students were encouraged to consider the worldview of our Blackfoot People on Treaty 7 Land. During our whole staff meeting later in the day, Paula helped us to contextualize both the lives of indigenous youth historically and in 2022. We want to thank them both for the gift of their time, their wisdom and conversations with us. 

Remembrance Day Ceremony 

On Thursday November 10 2022, our school will participate in a virtual Remembrance Day Ceremony prepared by our Grade 8 Leadership students. This ceremony will mark the contributions to peacekeeping efforts made by our Canadian service members, as well as consider the historical significance of symbols such as the poppy. If you do not wish for your child to participate in this ceremony, please let their homeroom teacher know and we will make other arrangements for them during this time. Our participation in the 2022 Veteran’s Food Drive will continue through until November 14, 2022. We want to thank our families for their support of this initiative. 

Lost & Found  

Please encourage your child(ren) to check the Lost & Found often for any forgotten belongings. There is a high number of items that have accumulated there. Any items remaining on November 10 will be donated. 

Go Nuts for Donuts 

Parent Fundraising Society is happy to sponsor an opportunity to purchase Red and While Sprinkle Texas Donuts for delivery on Friday November 18.

Course Fees and Lunch Supervision Registration 

We have received notice that the courses that have fees associated with them have been added to your account; fees are due when assigned. Also please note: all grade 6 students that stay at school for lunch should be registered to do so. 

Fees and registration can be found on your MyCBE account. 

Upcoming Dates:  

November 1 – 14 

  • 2022 Veterans Food Bank Food Drive 

November 10  

  • Remembrance Day Ceremony 10:45 am (virtual)  

  • Lost & Found items to be donated 

November 11  

  • Remembrance Day Observed (schools closed)  ​

November 15  

November 18  

  • Texas Donut orders delivered 

November 21 - 25 

  • Book Fair (In-person and online

November 24 

  • Parent Teacher Student Conferences (Virtual, 4:00pm-8:00pm

November 25 

  • Parent Teacher Student Conferences (Virtual, 8:00am-12:00pm) (no school for students

November 29 

  • School Council and Parent Fundraising Society Meetings (7:00 in person, main office

December 15                 

  • Evening Performance of “Shuddersome Tales of Poe” 

December 22                 

  • Last Day of Classes before Winter Break (Full Day of School

January 9                          

  • Classes Resume 

 

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

Chantal Malette  

Principal, Dr. George Stanley School ​

Nov 03
Wednesday Principal Update - November 2

Dear DGS Families, 

  

The week of Hallowe’en is half finished! We really enjoyed seeing how creative our students were with their costumes on Monday- we had some truly outstanding costumes come to school! Personal favourites included a scuba diver being hugged by an octopus, homemade Transformers and Master Chiefs, a very “punny” “Monkey Business” costume, detailed scarecrows, and a variety of inflatable costumes that always make me giggle to see going down the hallway. (If you haven’t ever had the joy of watching a 7-foot T-Rex square off with a giant shark playing one on one basketball, it’s fantastic). 

As we move into November, we have some significant learning opportunities coming up related to things in Canada’s history. November 8 is Indigenous Veteran’s Day. We hope students will be able to share their learnings with you next week. On November 10, our Grade 8 Leadership students will be leading us through a virtual Remembrance Day Ceremony that students will access from their classrooms with their homeroom teachers. Should you wish for your child to participate in an alternate activity during this time, please contact the main office. Our food drive for the Veteran’s Foodbank started on Tuesday- we want to thank all of our families who are choosing to participate. 

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. 

Food at lunch 

The last two years have taught us our students are capable of bringing their own lunches every day. We encourage families to check in with their child to ensure they have packed their lunch, or that they know their lunch has been ordered for them. The school has just a limited supply of emergency food on hand, and increasingly, students are approaching us for food, stating they have forgotten to pack their lunch. Snack items are always available through the servery. Recently, three types of buns have been added to the menu. Cheese, Ham and Cheese and Chocolate Chip buns are available daily for $2.00 each. Thank you for supporting your students with making good choices regarding food at lunch. 

Weather & Lunch Time Outdoors 

Families are reminded that students DO go outside every day at lunch unless the weather is colder than -20c. Being dressed appropriately for the weather is important in all seasons. 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. 

Also, we encourage all families to plan in advance to pick up students following afternoon extracurricular activities, especially as the weather becomes colder.

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. 

Go Nuts for Donuts

Parent Fundraising Society is happy to sponsor an opportunity to purchase Red and While Sprinkle Texas Donuts for delivery on Friday November 18. Ordering is active in Healthy Hunger now!

Lost & Found  

Please encourage your child(ren) to check the Lost & Found often for any forgotten belongings. There is a large quantity of items that have accumulated there. Any remaining items will be donated on November 10. 

Course Fee’s and Lunch Supervision Registration

We have received notice that the courses that have fees associated with them have been added to your account; fees are due when assigned. Also please note: all grade 6 students that stay at school for lunch should be registered to do so.

Fee's and registration can be found on your MyCBE account.

Demographic Verification Forms 

These forms are legally required to be completed each school year and were required to be submitted by October 31. If for some reason you have been 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. 

Upcoming Dates:  

November 10  

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

November 11  

  • Remembrance Day Observed (schools closed)  

November 15  

November 21 - 25 

  • Book Fair (In-person and online

November 24 

  • Parent Teacher Student Conferences (Virtual, 4:00pm-8:00pm

November 25 

  • Parent Teacher Student Conferences (Virtual, 8:00am-12:00pm(no school for students

November 29 

  • School Council and Parent Fundraising Society Meetings (7:00 in person, main office

December 15                 

  • Evening Performance of “Shuddersome Tales of Poe” 

December 22                 

  • Last Day of Classes before Winter Break (full day of school

January 9                          

  • Classes Resume 

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

Chantal Malette  

Principal, Dr. George Stanley School​

Oct 26
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​

Oct 19
Wednesday Principal Update - October 19

Dear DGS Families,

I don’t know about you, but I am definitely enjoying having our students in the building for their first full week since mid-September! Our students continue to be out in the community using land-based learning as a means to deepen their ties to our Science, Social Studies, PE and Health Programs of Study. Time spent in our community is always positive for us!

 

Planned Fire Drill

Today marks our second planned fire drill for the school year. Students did a good job of evacuating the building and carefully returning to class in a safe and orderly fashion.  Safety is always priority one!

Demographic Verification Forms

Gentle reminder to complete any outstanding forms. These are legally required to be completed annually.

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. 

IPP Communication 

By October 21, parents with students who have an IPP (Individual Program Plan) will have received the initial IPP and an invitation to discuss it with your child and their teacher(s). If, by that date, you have not received the IPP and/or an invitation to discuss it, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher or the main office. 

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 have a look through the lost & found items for anything that belongs to them; as we are seeing a growing number of items there. Thank you! 

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 24

  • Hallowe'en Spirit Activity: Decorate Paper Pumpkins with your Homeroom & Classroom Door Decorating with your Homeroom

October 25 

  • Picture Retake Day 
  • Hallowe'en Spirit Activity: Today- Anything But a Backpack & Classroom Door Decorating with your Homeroom
  • School Council and Parent Fundraising Society Meetings at 7:00pm (face to face- enter through main doors of school

October 26

  • Hallowe'en Spirit Activity: Pajama Day & Classroom Door Decorating with your Homeroom

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 for the Afternoon

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 SchoolCalgary Board of Education | www.cbe.ab.ca

Oct 12
Wednesday Princiapl Update - October 12

Dear DGS Families, 

  

It’s that time of the year when it’s cool in the morning and warm by noon. We are having a REAL autumn (and, because I’ve said that, it’s now going to snow!

  

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. 

  

Assessment Information In Power School 

The next release of assessment information related to student learning will occur on Friday October 14. Now is a great time to clarify what the information you see in PowerSchool means. The purpose of the assessment information in PowerSchool is to provide families with ongoing information as to how their student is demonstrating progress, growth and achievement toward attaining the intended learning goals, which represent outcomes from Programs of Study. This information is provided through both formative and summative practices. Formative assessment is learning information that is gathered frequently and on an ongoing basis during instruction. It is used by teachers to plan for instruction and additional assessments, and to monitor student progress so teachers can provide timely and actionable feedback to students. Summative assessment is gathered by teachers at the end of each learning cycle to verify to what extent students have achieved the intended learning goals. Summative assessment is used to make judgements about the quality of student learning as measured against established criteria to support the communication of information about achievement to students and families. Should you have any questions about the assessment information you see, please contact your child’s core teachers and they are happy to provide clarification and context. 

  

IPP Communication 

By October 21, parents with students who have an IPP (Individual Program Plan) will have received the initial IPP and an invitation to discuss it with your child and their teacher(s). If, by that date, you have not received the IPP and/or an invitation to discuss it, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher or the main office. 

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 have a look through the lost & found items for anything that belongs to them; as we are seeing a growing number of items there. Thank you! 

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 17 

October 25 

  • Picture Retake Day 

  • School Council and Parent Fundraising Society Meetings at 7:00pm (face to face- enter through main doors of school

October 28 

  • Professional Learning Day (no school for students

October 31 

  • Hallowe’en Activities- Students welcome to wear costumes in the afternoon, school wide activities (TBA

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 ​

Oct 05
Wednesday Principal Update - October 5

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! 

grownandflown.com/letter-from-teen-to-parents/?fbclid=IwAR1iueEPegDcr9dmL6uGfaSlupduWZGJwDoWvy3zS0Ab0E4_UrdUzhAWQos 

Staffing Updates 

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! 

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 7 

  • Professional Learning Day (no school for students) 

October 10 

  • Thanksgiving Day (schools closed) 

October 17 

October 25 

  • Picture Retake Day 

  • School Council and Parent Fundraising Society Meetings at 7:00pm (face to face- enter through main doors of school) 

October 28 

  • Professional Learning Day (no school for students) 

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

Chantal Malette  

Principal, Dr. George Stanley School ​


Sep 28
Principal Update - September 27

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. 

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: 

September 27 

  • School Council and Parent Fundraising Society Meetings at 7:00pm (face to face- enter through main doors of school)   

September 30 

  • National Truth and Reconciliation Day (schools closed

October 7 

  • Professional Learning Day (no school for students

October 10 

  • Thanksgiving Day (schools closed

October 17 

October 25 

  • Picture Retake Day 

  • School Council and Parent Fundraising Society Meetings at 7:00pm (face to face- enter through main doors of school

October 28 

  • Professional Learning Day (no school for students

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

Chantal Malette  

Principal, Dr. George Stanley School ​

Sep 21
Wednesday Principal Update - September 21

Dear DGS Families, 

It’s hard to believe, but we are now into our third full week of school! Students and teachers have made great use of learning opportunities using the natural spaces around our school. Students have spent time at the ridge and the ponds in Cranston as a means of connecting to the land where we gather, trees and forests, our interactions with ecosystems and learning about biodiversity. We are very fortunate to be in the middle of a community with so much natural space available. This week has also marked our Grade 8 students being able to participate in Riverwatch, an award-winning guided river experience on the Bow River. The purpose of Riverwatch is to explore a section of our local river during a 10 km raft float trip. Along the way, students make shoreline stops to perform water sampling and water quality testing above and below a wastewater treatment plant and use that data to understand the health of the local ecosystem. 

 

Learning Opportunities Related to September 30 National Day of Truth and Reconciliation 

During the week of September 26 to September 30, students will be participating in a variety of learning opportunities across all Grade Levels related to acknowledging and understanding our National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. Details will follow from classroom teachers related to specific learning activities at different grade levels.  Our students are invited to our Learning Commons to explore our updated collection of fiction and non-fiction resources related to Indigenous Learning, Indigenous Histories, Residential Schools and their survivors, and how we understand the world around us. Students and staff are encouraged to wear Orange on Thursday September 29. We look forward to sharing our learning from this week, as well as our ongoing work in this area, with you. 

 

Meet the Teacher Night 

Thank you all so much for the incredible support of our school community as we held Meet the Teacher Night as a more informal, family and community centered event. The feedback we have received so far is that the event was greatly appreciated, and families were excited for the opportunity to connect with teachers and with each other. Please know that you can reach out to your child’s teachers at any time for a more formal conversation about their progress, growth, and achievement. 
 

Student Assessment Information in PowerSchool 

Starting September 30, assessment information related to your student’s achievement in all core areas will be released for parents to view. This information will be released every two weeks in all core areas and will include a variety of formative (current learning, anecdotals, comments, ongoing) and summative (outcomes based, connected explicitly to report card stems and indicators, related to projects, larger assignments and tests) assessment information. Information related to exploratories and PE and Health will be released every six weeks. Our recommendation is to take the time every second weekend to review this information with your student- it won’t take more than a few minutes and will help to paint a more complete picture of how a student is progressing in different areas of study. This information can also form the basis for questions and conversations with teachers in the time leading up to formal Parent Teacher Student Conferences in late November. 

 

Safety at School 

Six times a year, we are required to complete Fire Drills with our students. Last Wednesday, we held our first Fire Drill of the year. It is clear that our students understand the importance of these events and we want to thank all of our students for being calm and careful in how they exit and return to the building. On Tuesday September 27, we will be joined by members of Calgary Police Service to complete a practice lock-down at our school. Please note that we do this in the spirit of safety and emergency preparedness. Students will be well looked after and teachers will take time the day before to review what’s required of students. We endeavor to complete these drills in a calm, caring fashion, and to attend to individual student needs in the moment. 

 

Skateboards and Scooters 

Our students are reminded that we are not equipped to store skateboards and scooters inside of the school, either in the office or classrooms. The options are to either use the locking skateboard and scooter racks outside of the building or leave these items at home. We are not able to provide locks through the office. 

 

Clubs and Athletics 

With the re-launch of both interschool athletics and extra-curricular activities such as clubs and rehearsals, we want to clarify where to go for information related to try-outs, games, club meetings and the like. All information related to these fantastic opportunities will be posted to our school website and updated regularly. Information for students and parents is located at: 

Lunch:  

The Servery is now open and lunches are available for order through Healthy Hunger. We have greatly enjoyed working with our students to set up lunchtime activities and quiet “chill out” spaces for students to enjoy. 

 

Mobile Devices:  

Students continue to participate fully in “Away for the Day.” We really appreciate parents and guardians supporting us in this endeavor.  It's been remarkable to watch students socialize more actively, engage in games, and avoid the pitfalls of technology distraction during class time. Families are reminded that they can always call the main office should they need to contact their child during the school day and there is a phone available in the main office for student use.  

 

Volunteers:   

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 

 

Upcoming Dates: 

  • September 23:             Organizational Day- No School for Students            

  • September 27:             School Council and Parent Fundraising Society Meeting 7:00 pm (Face to face- enter through main doors of school)  

  • September 30:             National Truth and Reconciliation Day (School Closed)  

  • October 7:                    Professional Learning Day (No School for Students)  

  • October 10:                  Thanksgiving Monday (School Closed)  

  • October 17:                  Grade 6 Vaccination 

  • October 25:                  Picture retake day 

  • October 25:                  School Council and Parent Fundraising Society Meeting 7:00 pm (Face to face- enter through main doors of school)  

  • October 28:                  Professional Learning Day (No school for students) 

 
 

As always, I am available via email at csmalette@cbe.ab.ca or at the school by telephone- 403 817 3556. 

 
 

Sincerely, 
 

Chantal Malette  

Principal, Dr. George Stanley School ​

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CBE parents/guardians, watch your inbox for a letter from the Minister of Education regarding access to in-person learning. https://t.co/A2tKoYIlih #yycbe https://t.co/y5pO4p5G2h

There are no classes for CBE students on Friday, Nov. 25, because it’s a system-wide non-instructional day. Have a great long weekend! #WeAreCBE https://t.co/dZCQzZ4rJA

Students at @WillowParkCBE worked with artist and author Vivek Shraya to create a short promotional video in connection to Vivek's new book – Revenge of the Racoons. Check it out: https://t.co/Ei06Ulk5tW #WeAreCBE

CBE parents/guardians, watch your inbox for information from the Chief and Senior Medical Officers of Health in Alberta about influenza circulating in the province & measures individuals can take to reduce the spread/lessen the impact in schools https://t.co/hETIuEDknh #yycbe https://t.co/S5AxW9QgXP

RT @elboyacbe: Math and art…a beautiful combination! #wearecbe@yyCBEduhttps://t.co/Ekakdzn9l9

RT @UsihChristopher: So pleased to engage with this inspiring group of young leaders! The 2022-23 Chief Superintendent Student Advisory Council represents high school students across #WeAreCBE. Thanks to staff advisors, school leaders, teachers, and Diversity&Inclusion for empowering student voice! https://t.co/CpbDDbpOxS

RT @AlbertaEd: Participate in an virtual online engagement session to share your views on career education programming for grades 7-12. + Tue, Nov. 22 from 6-8 pm + Tue, Nov. 29 from 6-8 pm + Francophone: Tue, Nov. 29 from 6-8 pm Register at https://t.co/ZSh3XODSRk https://t.co/z16xTIJE2b

RT @YourAlberta: Alberta’s Career Education Task Force is seeking input on grades 7-12 career education programming to build better connections between students and employers. Take the survey or attend an online or in-person session: https://t.co/V2TNm3FZTJ #abed. https://t.co/14scB7YXJh

RT @kinggeorgecbe: Students are celebrating Métis week by engaging in story and art. One of these art pieces will be part of a whole school collective.. stay tuned! #WeAreCBE @Indigenous_cbe https://t.co/F5pbdbnrIP

RT @CDNBlindHockey: Today we had 30 youth who are blind & or partially sighted from the @yyCBEdu take part in our Learn to Skate & Try Blind Hockey Field Trip Day Program. Thank you to @ABBlindSports for partnering together on this program & introducing these new participants to #Blind #Hockey https://t.co/HCo2tdPzmu