Aug 26
Welcome Back to Forest Lawn High School

Parent(s)/Guardian(s)

Good afternoon Titan Families and welcome back to the 2020-21 school year. We hope that, despite some challenging times, you were able to enjoy a safe and relaxing summer break.

School start-up will be much different this year for students, staff and parents. Our main priority for school start-up this year is to maintain the safety of staff and students while returning to school. We are currently finalizing some for the essential protocols and measures we need to ensure all staff and students are safe when returning to the classroom. 

Details of the protocols will be emailed and posted to our web-site at the end of the week. In the mean time we encourage you familiarize yourself with the current CBE Re-Entry Plan that can be found at https://cbe.ab.ca/about-us/school-culture-and-environment/health-and-wellness-in-school/Pages/coronavirus.aspx

As we prepare the school for reopening we do know some decisions which have been made by Alberta Education and/or the CBE for School re-entry.

  1. Wearing Masks - Staff and Students - (Mandatory) - the CBE is currently finalizing protocols for mask wearing.
  2. Consistent Health monitoring
  3. Frequent Hand Sanitizing (entering and leaving a classroom)
  4. Physical distancing (where possible)


Athletics

Connected to our school commitment to provide you information we wanted to provide you an update regarding fall high school athletics start dates. In consultation with high school principals, the Calgary Senior High School Athletic Association has decided to postpone the start of the high school fall schedule.  This decision will be re-evaluated on or before Oct. 1, 2020. 

This decision was made in keeping with the recommendations of the Alberta Government document Guidance for Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation - Stage 2, alongside the 2020-2021 School Re-entry Plan and the Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association document Re-Implementation of Sport in a School Setting

Supporting the return to in-person classes will take the collective support of school administrators, teachers, staff, students, parents/guardians along with government and Alberta Health Services (AHS). This will be the initial focus on behalf of our student athletes. 

Further information regarding this postponement can be found on the Calgary High School Athletic website. 

Schedule Changes

Due to COVID 19 safety protocols, we will not be having students do the historical line up into Student Services to arrange for timetable changes this fall.  We are providing the link below for students to request changes.  Changes can be made by Student Services without an appointment in many cases and students will be emailed through their CBEmail to indicate when changes have been made.  Students will also be able to see the changes in PowerSchool.  In extenuating circumstances where we need to communicate directly, we will either phone the student or our guidance secretary will call to set up an appointment time for the student to come in.  Thank you for your understanding.

Revised FLHS 2020 Timetable Change Request

Start Days

Currently we are organizing a staggered entry for our students. This will allow for an orderly orientation of students to the new realities, rules, practices and procedures of the school environment. A staggered start will also provide opportunities for ensuring students understanding of the importance of new safety practices and protocols and the importance of compliance, while ensuring sufficient physical distancing to ensure safety in the first few days of school. The following school staggered entry is as follows:

  • Tuesday - Thursday - 8:30 am - 3:13 pm
  • Friday - 8:30 am - 1:16 pm


Tuesday, Sept. 1 - Grade 10 only
Wednesday, Sept. 2 - Grade 11 only
Thursday, Sept. 3 - Grade 12 only
Friday, Sept. 4 - All grades regular schedule 

On behalf of all of the Titan Staff we look forward to seeing our students back at Forest Lawn High School next week!! 

Matt Fell,
Principal

Mar 09
Period 5 Added to Tuesday & Thursday

At Forest Lawn High School, we believe that regular attendance by our students is directly linked to an overall successful high school experience. The Alberta Education Act and the Calgary Board of Education’s Administrative Regulation 6020 – Attendance of Students, both reinforce the expectation that students should “attend school regularly and punctually." 

In addition to regular attendance and punctuality, students are expected to complete their assignments within their scheduled classes in order to be successful in high school. All students are expected to be present and engaged in their learning during scheduled class time and not disrupt the proceedings of the classroom. 

Should students demonstrate behaviours such as absences, punctuality, incomplete assignments, or disruptions to the classroom which may negatively impact student learning, teachers or administrators may assign students time after school on Tuesdays or Thursdays to make up missed time or assignments.

Beginning this week there will be a scheduled “Period 5” at the end of the day on Tuesday and Thursday in the learning commons from 3:30 – 4:30 pm to allow students to make up missed class time or assignments should they be assigned by their teacher or an administrator. Please contact Matt Fell in the main office if you have any questions.

If students require extra support in their courses they can still access our scheduled before and after school tutorials. Attached below is our schedule for individual teachers and departments.

Before and After School Tutorial Schedule​

Matt Fell, Principal
mcfell@cbe.ab.ca
403.272.6665

Nov 29
We are moving to an online format for distributing assessment reports

With a busy start to the year, we are already into the holiday season. We have changed the way we are distributing assessment reports, moving to an online format. Term 1 reports for all students were available in PowerSchool on November 8 and are still available online. Should you need some help in accessing the reports please contact the main office. Marks will be updated and available online on December 6, 2019. With only a few weeks left before the break and two week of classes after, it is important students stay on top of their courses and communicate with teachers to complete missed assignments. We have provided students with some flexible learning times throughout the semester so they are able to complete missed assignments, make up tests and connect with teachers.

Volleyball, football, girls’ soccer and cross-country athletic teams have now wrapped up their seasons. The swim team will compete in various events over the next couple of weeks to wrap their season up. Basketball and wrestling tryouts are now in full swing as we await the start of the season in December and the New Year. We are proud to be hosting the annual D4 Basketball tournament again this year for both of our senior teams December 5-7.

There are many amazing Fine Art events coming up in December. Our Dance program will be performing the Swan Lake Ballet in three evening performances; December 11, 12 and 13; all shows begin at 7pm. We will also be hosting a Fine Arts showcase including performances from our band, dance and drama classes and clubs on Thursday December 19, beginning at 7pm. We hope to see you out to enjoy these wonderful school events.

Finally, I would like to thank everyone for their continued efforts and support at Forest Lawn High School in making us a great community of learning. The Staff at Forest Lawn High School would like to wish you and your families a relaxing, restful and enjoyable holiday season!

Matt Fell
Principal

Oct 03
September is Already Over

​September is already over, and so are many of the great start-up events planned at our school. Events such as the Titan Spirit week and The Terry Fox Run have helped establish us as a true community school. It was with great pleasure that we met parents and guardians at the High School Orientation night and our other welcome back events. It is also my pleasure to welcome all of the new families to Forest Lawn High School.

Many of our clubs and teams are up and running including; Leadership, Math Tutoring, Ladies Soccer, Volleyball, Football and Cross-Country running. I would like to encourage our students to get involved with all of the wonderful extra-curricular activities offered at Forest Lawn High School.

Forest Lawn High School uses many different online resources such as MyCBE/PowerSchool, D2L, SchoolMessenger and website calendars to keep parents and guardians informed of their son or daughter’s progress and homework throughout the year. You can find links to all of these areas on our school home page​.

I would like to thank all of the parents who are involved in our school council and advisory association. We truly value all the time and effort that you donate to making Forest Lawn such a great school. Our next meeting for parents who would like to be involved in our school council and advisory association is Tuesday October 15, 2019.

I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving and hope you are able to spend quality time with family and friends during the holiday.

Matt Fell

Principal

Aug 15
We are excited for the 2019-20 school year!

I hope that this letter finds you rested and relaxed and I hope you have had the opportunity to spend time with those you love over the past several weeks. Although summer break is coming to an end soon, we are excited for the 2019-2020 school year and I hope each of you is as well. Along with our staff, I commit to you that we at FLHS will do our very best to provide every one of our students with opportunities and experiences to develop each student’s talents and potential. We are committed to supporting the learning and growth of all our Titans!

Communication is key in building positive relationships and this is the kind of relationship we want with each FLHS family. It is important that our families, along with our students, are well informed as to what is happening in our school. Whether new to FLHS or returning, I would like to draw your attention to our school website. It is a wealth of information and the first place you may want to consult to stay informed as to what is happening at the school. On the website you can click on “Back to School” to get important school start-up information, you can click on “My CBE / PowerSchool” to pay school fees, and you can check out all of the opportunities for you and your child/children at FLHS.

Communication and staying in touch with students and families is important to us. We will be emailing, texting and calling home more often to make sure you are aware of what is going on at the school. For us to be able to do this it is important that we have up to date information. If you have changed your phone number or address please call the school and update this information.

As per school fee changes that occurred last year, the CBE Instructional Supplies and Materials fees will again NOT be charged to families. Optional courses, educational enhancements, programs of choice, travel, and extra-curricular activities will still have associated fees. Payment arrangement deadline will be the end of October.

It is also important that students and parents share their voice with the school. I would encourage all students and parents to participate on School Council. This is a place where you can actively be a part of positive change at your school. The first School Council meeting/AGM is Tuesday, September 24th at 6:30. Please put this date on your calendar and join us here for some great conversations as we dream big dreams of how to improve schooling at FLHS.

Matt Fell

Jun 28
Forest Lawn Modernization Update

​Dear Parents and Guardians, 

The 2018-19 year is just ending and we are already looking forward to welcoming students in the fall. As you know, Forest Lawn High School has been going through a modernization this year, particularly in our Career and Technology (CTS) spaces and I’m excited to tell you that these spaces will be ready for students in September. 

This is what students can look forward to:
Automotive Mechanics / Heavy Equipment Shops and Integrated Classrooms: Three new mechanics shops with integrated classrooms and state of the art tools and equipment.
Carpentry Shop: New carpentry shop with the latest in tools and technology.
Fabrication / Welding Shop: A second new welding lab.
Band Room: A new dedicated space for the Forest Lawn High School band and choir.
Fitness Centre: New centrally located fitness centre.
Sports Medicine: New dedicated space for delivering on demand sports medicine. 

Our new learning spaces will give students the opportunity to gain knowledge and develop new skills in state-of-the-art facilities with professional level equipment. Everyone at Forest Lawn is very excited for the students and we can’t wait to see how learning in these new spaces will contribute to their success. 

I will send an update on Phase 2 of the modernization in the fall. Please contact me if you have any questions about the modernization. 

Kind Regards,
Matt Fell
Principal, Forest Lawn High School
t | 403-272-6665

May 02
May/June 2019

The end of the year is just around the corner already. It has been an amazing first semester as principal of Forest Lawn School. I have had the opportunity to observe the determination and dedication of all of our students and how this has allowed each of them to overcome a number of challenges and obstacles as they finish the year off. Each and every one of our students needs to be recognized for all of the strengths and talents they have. I would also like to recognize all of our students for the outstanding contributions they make to our school and community. I am humbled by the humanity displayed by our students on a daily basis.

At Forest Lawn High School, we are pleased to be able to offer a variety of different programs and unique learning opportunities for students. Teachers work diligently to provide these experiences for students to enhance the learning that is ongoing in the classrooms. A big thank you is extended to the Parent Council who, through their fundraising efforts, have provided many opportunities for our students to participate in offsite programs, clubs and teams.

As the 2018-19 school year comes to an end, we would like acknowledge the hard work of all of our grade 12 students who will be graduating as the Class of 2019 and be moving on to new work experiences and post secondary opportunities next year.

The staff at Forest Lawn High School would like to wish all of our families a strong final few months of school and a restful, relaxing and safe summer. We look forward to seeing many of you in the fall and wish all of our grade 12 families moving on, all of the best in their future endeavours.

As always, thank you for being an integral part in your child’s learning.

Sincerely,

Matt Fell, Principal

Feb 11
February/March 2019

​With  a busy first half of the year we have now completed semester 1. Report Cards for Semester 1 final grades will be distributed on February 8th. Later in March, semester 2 mid-term reports and student/parent/teacher interviews will take place. For more details on dates and times please visit our website at: http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/forestlawn/Pages/default.aspx  or look for our email notifications.

Basketball and wrestling athletic teams are now in mid season. Many of our students will participate in wrestling divisional finals in February to wrap up their season.  Badminton tryouts are now in full swing as we await the start of the season in February. We are excited about the many opportunities our students will have in the upcoming semester to demonstrate their unbelievable talents including our participation in the city music festival and various dance competitions.

Semester 2 will be busy at Forest Lawn as we begin the building phase of our modernization work.  Over the coming months contractors will be onsite working in designated areas of the school to rebuild our shops and some classrooms. We will be working extremely hard to minimize the disruption to our learning environments as these renovations take place. Please check our website for regular updates on our modernization project.

Our next School Council meeting is Tuesday, February 19th at 6:30pm and we encourage all parents to come out to support and learn more about the programs and activities at Forest Lawn High School.

Finally, I would like to thank everyone for their continued efforts and support at Forest Lawn High School in making us a truly great high school, offering diverse programs to meet all of our student’s needs. The Staff at Forest Lawn would like to wish you all a successful second half of the year in semester 2.


Sincerely,

Matt Fell, Principal



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Nov 30
New Principal

I am Matt Fell, and am honored to be taking on the role as Principal of Forest Lawn High School.  I look forward to meeting and working with students, staff and parents in the near future.  Forest Lawn is an amazing community school and I look forward to all of the potential we have to grow and learn together. 

In alignment with the CBE’s commitment to personalized learning, I believe in the uniqueness of each student.  In building a culture that promotes learning and acceptance, I believe school should be fun, fair, flexible and firm.  I encourage staff and students to take academic risks while working together in an inclusive and supportive environment. I am excited for the years ahead, and confident it will have its’ share of challenges and celebrations. 

I am in my 20th year as an educator with the CBE and have worked in a variety of diverse settings. This is my fourth year as Principal of H.D. Cartwright Junior high School in the community of Dalhousie. Prior to H.D. Cartwright School, I worked as an Assistant Principal at James Fowler High School for three years and Woods Homes Alternative setting for three. I was also fortunate to work in a system position at Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School, supporting youth who were at risk of not completing high school.

I am excited to collaborate with your current Principal, Nancy, over the next few weeks to continue the exciting work that has begun at Forest Lawn this year. I look forward to working with parents, students and staff to promote conditions for success for everyone.

​​Sincerely,

Matt Fell​, Principal

Nov 26
November/December 2018

We are quickly moving into the winter season…the school year seems to go by faster each year! We continue to be a busy learning community here at Forest Lawn High School. We’ve just finished our first term and parent-teacher interviews were a success. Thank you all for coming out and meeting with teachers and supporting your child’s learning. Your support is invaluable in our work with our students.

There will be many activities coming up in the next few weeks. Please join us in supporting our students in upcoming dance, music and theatre productions. These students are working hard to put on a great performance. We got a sneak peak of these productions at our Remembrance Day Ceremony earlier in the month. It was a wonderful tribute to those who fought for our freedom. We are proud to have so many greatly talented students at our school.

Fall athletics has wrapped up with all our volleyball, football, swim, soccer and cross country teams representing FLHS very well. We are proud of them! Our winter season is about to start, with basketball and wrestling tryouts both underway. We will be making some changes to our spectator policy for our winter season. A message has been sent out to students and to families around the changes. Student ID will be required and student athletes will be responsible for ensuring they get tickets from coaches for their family members to attend. We want to ensure that our games are safe, respectful and enjoyable for athletes, coaches, referees and spectators.

Next week will be our yearly Open House, if you have younger children in Grade 9 or family/friends that have Grade 9 students, please encourage them to come out and check out all that FLHS has to offer. Also, please stay tuned to our website for our January Exam schedule. The end of semester two will seem very quick once we return from Winter Break.

Finally, I want to thank you all for making me feel welcome at FLHS. I have enjoyed my time as principal but as promised, the process for selecting a new principal for FLHS is officially underway. Notification and a link to a feedback survey was sent out to families on behalf of the Area Director. The hope is to have a new principal in place when we return after the winter break, but most certainly at the latest for semester 2. As also mentioned earlier, I will continue to work with the new principal to ensure a smooth transition of leadership and success for students even in my official role as System Principal, Area 3. I continue to love this school and I hold a very special place in my heart for our students. I commit to ensuring that FLHS and its students receive the very best leadership, as they deserve nothing less. Best wishes to you and yours for the holidays and wishing you a wonderful 2019.

Nancy Lisi, Acting Principal

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