Nov 02
November 2022

​November 2, 2022 

We are happy to see that our students are coming to school dressed for the ever changing weather in Calgary! Just a reminder that students will go outside every day unless the temperature drops to below -20 degrees Celsius! We know that the weather can be unpredictable, so please take a look at the forecast and dress your child in layers so they will be able to take off or put on a layer if need be.  

Here are some suggestions from the CBE website for families to help ensure that students are prepared for all weather conditions. 

  • Children should be well prepared and dressed for the weather. 

  • Children will find it easier to walk through the ice and snow when their school books and lunches are carried in a back pack. 

  • Children should not be left unattended at bus stops for any period of time, under any circumstances.  

  • Families should ensure that they have back-up care arrangements if transportation is delayed. Children should have a warm place to stay before and after school (i.e. with a neighbour or a nearby relative). 

During the winter, roads may also be congested and slippery resulting in possible traffic and bus delays. Unusually cold or stormy weather can result in buses being delayed. Unexpected mechanical problems with the bus may also occur more frequently at this time of year. Children should be dressed appropriately for the colder weather as buses may become cold quickly if the bus is not running. 

We know the bus driver shortage this school year has had a negative impact on many families. We anticipate the shortage will continue throughout the school year. While we are working with our transportation providers for solutions, the snow and colder weather will make getting to and from school more challenging. 

CBE Transportation does not adjust routes or bus stops due to weather conditions. 

There are a variety of ways transportation providers provide real time route information for families. Southland Transportation uses MyBusStop App and My School Bus Monitor for messages on delays, we recommend that all families with students riding the bus set up an account for the MyBusStop App. 

Now is the time to make sure that your MyCBE account is updated & working correctly, as this is where you will sign up for services like transportation or lunch supervision, pay fees & view your child’s report card. Parents are also required to update their demographics annually, even if there are no changes to information. You will continue to get reminders from our downtown office to complete these forms until they are completed and submitted. Thank you in advance for attending to this if you have not already! 

The next School Council meeting will be held this Thursday (tomorrow) at 6:30 pm, in the Learning Commons at the school. School Councils provide a means for members of the school community to consult with and provide advice to the principal and the school board. School councils were legislated in 1995 under Alberta's Education Act and are mandatory for all schools in the public education system, including charter schools. All parents who have children currently attending Dr. J.K. Mulloy are automatically members of our School Council, but we know that it can be difficult for some parents to attend an optional meeting in the evenings, especially because we do not provide childcare and typically children have trouble sitting quietly through such a long meeting after attending school all day. We would like to host at least one meeting here at the school so that parents can come and meet other parents who make time to attend & help make important decisions about how fund raising dollars are spent, as well as learning more about what is happening here at schoolIt is a great way to feel more connected to your child’s school. The two consecutive meetings (School Council & Program Enhancement Society) typically run about 2 hours total, and to encourage parents to attend, we will be holding a draw for a NEW uniform piece at each meeting this year.  

Our school Remembrance Day assembly will be held on Thursday, November 10 from 10:45-11:30 a.m.  Grade 1 classes will be presenting at the assemblyDue to capacity constraints in the gym, we are only able to invite families of grade 1 children to this assemblyAll students must wear their formal uniforms on this day.  The ONLY exception will be that students who are in sparks/brownies/guides or beavers/cubs/scouts may wear that uniform instead. Poppies will be distributed to students before the assembly and donations to the Poppy Fund will be accepted from November 7 – November 10Veterans Food Bank non-perishable food donations will be accepted from November 1 – November 10. Thank you to all of our families for taking good care of our veterans! With inflation rates so high right now, we know that many families are having to be careful with their money, so we really appreciate all of the kindness that our families are showing as our Veteran’s Food Bank boxes are filling up!   

We are also looking forward to our upcoming In Person Student Learning Conferences November 24 & 25.  Conference booking will open at 8 am on November 19. Please make time to log into your child’s MyCBE account before conferences to check for recent assessments published by your child’s teacher in English Language Arts and Math. You will have an opportunity to discuss these assessments at your child’s Student Learning Conference. To access your MyCBE account please watch this step by step tutorial here. Even if you book your Student Learning Conference for Friday, you are welcome to bring your family to school on Thursday evening from 6 to 8pm to participate in our Science Night! 

We are so fortunate to have been selected to host The APEGA Science Night by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta! A Science Night is an evening of fun, hands-on activities and demonstrations! These events are put together to enhance science concepts being learned by students in Grades 1 through 6, but are also a source of fun and interest to adults! We hope to see you then! 

 

Stay warm, 

Anne Markovich 

Principal  

Dr. J.K. Mulloy 

 

 

 


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