Jun 24
An Incredible Year

​Dear Families, 

What a year it has been! It is hard to believe that another school year is done. We are all ready for the summer break, but not without mentioning the big accomplishments that have been made by our students this year. At the start of the year, we committed to meeting all students where they were and helping them to take steps forward. I can say with confidence that all our students have taken steps forward and many students have made tremendous growth. Through our targeted interventions in grades 1-3, and the intentional placement of Targeted Intervention Teachers and Education Assistant's in classrooms, students have benefited from direct strategies for literacy and numeracy development. This is evident in their ability to solve complex problems in mathematics, and in their persuasive writing texts they have written over the year. Students are also speaking more in French and are developing their vocabulary. 

Our School Development Plan focused on:  

-Students improving in their persuasive writing 

-Increasing their understanding of shape and space concepts in mathematics 

-Students feel safe and happy at school.  

On our grade specific writing prompt administered in all classes in February and May, the number of students receiving 3's and 4's in writing increased by 24.3%. In Mathematics, the number of students receiving 3's and 4's in shape and space on the June report card increased by 3.4% since the last June report card. Also noteworthy is that the number of students who feel safe at school as measured by the OurSchool survey taken by grade 4 and 5 students increased by 1% over the year. 

As a school we also made a commitment to Truth and Reconciliation and our actions included working with Elders, learning from our Forest Garden, and weaving Indigenous ways of knowing in our learning. Over the year, we were lucky to work with Elder Pablo Russell in learning more about the Blackfoot culture through his stories. Students were engaged in singing songs and hearing more about Elder Pablo's traditions. Elder Pablo also worked with our students in naming one of our hallways. We are proud to have the following name for what was formerly known as the grade 4/5 hallway: Eagle's Nest Hall – pii' taa' pii – Nid d'aigle. 

Elder John Snow was with us on the National Indigenous Peoples' Day, and we learned so much from him about living in harmony, just like the trees, plants, and animals live together in the forest. 

We are all looking forward to a relaxing summer so we can rejuvenate and be ready for another wonderful year ahead. I want to thank all our staff, students, and community for their support and dedication to student learning. It truly takes a village to support each student every day. Enjoy the summer break and best wishes to all those students and families who will be in a new school next year. 

Sincerely, 

Shafina Dharamsi 

Principal, King George School 


Aug 23
Let the adventure begin!

​Dear Families,

We hope that your summer was relaxing and enjoyable, and that you were able to spend time doing what you love the most! We are energized and excited to start the 2021-2022 school year and look forward to working with your child(ren). 

One of our key priorities this year will be on wellness. Ensuring that students feel safe, cared for, and welcomed at school, and feel like they belong in their inclusive classrooms will be attended to as part of our daily routines. Student success is important to all of us at King George and we know that for students to be successful, they must ​have positive relationships and be able to have a voice in their learning. We will strive to offer entry points for all our learners into their learning and provide opportunities for students to share what's important to them in building a positive school climate.

As we shift our focus to a new school year, we will continue to support our students in building their knowledge and use of best literacy and numeracy strategies. We will focus on oral French production and encourage students to speak the language throughout the day so they can build their fluency. French language development will be emphasized across disciplines, including mathematics where students will engage in mathematical discussions to share their strategies and solutions to mathematical problems.

Indigenous Education will also be a priority for all of us in the CBE. Each school across the system committed to a Truth and Reconciliation Action for the 2021-2022 school year. At King George School we commit to strengthening Indigenous Education by weaving Indigenous ways of knowing through our curriculum and learning from our Forest Garden and Indigenous artists. We will begin this work immediately by learning from an Indigenous artist James Jones aka Notorious Cree, who will engage our students in a hoop dance performance followed by Indigenous teaching about traditions.

Looking ahead, we are eager to begin the learning adventures and support each child in their academic endeavours. We believe each child can be successful and we will work together to support our students in their learning. 

Sincerely,

Shafina Dharamsi

Principal, King George School​

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