Apr 08
Academic Success, Extracurricular Success and Ride of the Chiefs

We hope and trust that all our Diefenbaker Chiefs have had a wonderful week of rest during Spring Break! With the bright skies and the earlier sunrises, it might make it more difficult for our students to get to school on time, and tempting to be outdoors instead of studying. We have little over two months left of school, and much to do before we finish up this academic year.

Academic Success

We hope that you were able to see your child’s updated marks and teachers’ comments in PowerSchool in March. We had an outstanding turnout for our Parent/Teacher Interviews on March 21 and we very much appreciate all the important conversations about our students’ success that occurred during those meetings. These open and collaborative dialogues around your child’s academic abilities are most informative and help guide us all to the next steps in your child’s success. We also want to reinforce that with one final week in Term 3 and almost 10 weeks until final exams, attendance in the tutorials offered each morning from 8:10-8:50 am.; the free tutoring with RBC in Room 220 from 3:45pm., FLEX on Wednesdays from 10:16-11:00 am., all serve as extra opportunities for students to get extra help in their learning above and beyond during class-time.

Extracurricular Successes

Please take a moment to browse through the celebratory photos we have included in this newsletter as they highlight some of our exciting successes from February and March. Many of our Dief Chiefs go beyond academics to represent our school with their outstanding talents! Our choirs and bands have done exceptionally well as they competed with other high schools from around the city – their news is on pages 6-7. We also had two of our students compete in the Old’s College Fashion Institute’s Annual Paper Dress Competition where they placed 1st! Please find photos and more details on page 11. Our winter athletics finished up and our basketball teams and our wrestling students fought hard to make it to City Championships – we are very proud of all our athletes and recognize what endurance and commitment they gave! Congratulations to all of you!

Ride of the Chiefs’ Bike 4 Tykes Event

John G. Diefenbaker’s event in April is our 4th annual fundraising event Ride of the Chiefs Bike-A-Thon. Last year our community of Dief Chiefs raised close to $40,000 which was then donated to the worthy cause of Calgary’s Children’s Hospital. The Calgary Children’s has taken great care with many of our students over the years. Please take a moment and click on the link on page 9 of this newsletter to donate to this very worthy cause that benefits our entire community.

Happy Easter and let’s hope for few April showers!

Mike Bester


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