Nov 25
Principal's Message - Nov. 25, 2022

Thank you very much to all parents / guardians who attended the Parent-Student-teacher Conferences yesterday and today. Having a large network of support for each and every student as they progress in their learning is one of the most important ways to help students both in their academics and in overall wellness. Please continue to communicate with your child's teacher regularly with any questions or clarification with respect to your child's learning.

 

1.     AHS Notice of Respiratory Illness Outbreak at Marion Carson School

Update: Our illness rates ended the week around 10%. Thank you for you for working together as a school community to support the safety of all people. Please remember to continue to keep you children home if sick, and follow all guidelines recommended by Alberta Health Services as noted in the notice of respiratory illness outbreak letter sent Nov. 15, 2022.

 

2.     Winter Celebration

We are currently planning our December 8th Whole School Winter Celebration. We will be having two events planned for that evening depending on your child's homeroom class. Students and families will be asked to come to either the 5:30pm or the 7:15pm performance. More information will be shared by your classroom teacher and Ms. Seto our Music Teacher in the near future through Google Classroom.

 

*Currently this concert is planned as an in-person event. We are currently monitoring our rate of student absence due to illness, and will consider moving this event to an online event if need be. We will communicate this decision if need be, otherwise families can prepare for an in-person event.

 

5:30pm performance (students arrive in class no later than 5:10pm)

Homeroom classes performing: Ms. Tsai – MA (Mon/Wed K), Ms. Freestone (EA K), Ms. Blair (1C), Ms. Campbell (1B), Mr. Ledene (2/3A), Ms. Lowe-Synnott (2C), Ms. Wang (4D), Ms. Schofield (4B), Ms. Hoglund (5A), Mr. Wiedener (6A).

 

7:15pm performance (students arrive in class no later than 6:55pm)

Homeroom classes performing: Ms. Tsai - MP (Tu/Th K), Ms. Wu (1D), Ms. Saretsky (1A), Ms. Buller/Ms. Schnell (2/3B), Ms. Keller (2/3C), Ms. Li (2D), Ms. Hay (4A), Ms. M. Zhang (3D), Ms. Eastly (3/4C), Ms. Hymers (5B), Ms. McGown (6B).

 

Sincerely,​
Mr. D. Turner

Principal, Marion Carson School

 

Upcoming Dates:

 

Dec. 8: Winter Celebration

Dec. 16: Fun Lunch (Papa John's Pizza)

Dec. 22: Last day of school before Winter Break

Dec. 23 – Jan. 8: Winter Break

Jan. 9: Classes resume

Jan. 18: Lunar New Year Celebration (K-4 Mandarin Bilingual Program)

Jan. 18: Celebration of Learning (K-6 Community English Program)


Nov 18
Principal's Message - Nov. 18, 2022


In This Message…

-       Student-Parent Teacher Conference booking system opens tomorrow

-       Safety Over Convenience

-       AHS Notice of Respiratory Illness Outbreak at Marion Carson School

-       Veterans Food Bank of Calgary Food Drive

-       Winter Celebration

-       School Council Meeting

 

1.     Student-Parent Teacher Conferences

Our Online Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences Booking System opens for bookings this Saturday Nov. 19th at 10am and closes Nov. 24 at 3pm. These conferences are an opportunity to connect regarding your child's progress while at school and one of the ways that Marion Carson School builds a strong network of support for student learning. It is important for all families to book an appointment with their child's teacher.

 

Appointment are occurring online on Microsoft TEAMS:

-       November 24th from 4:30pm – 8:00pm

-       November 25th from 8:00am – 1:30pm

 

How to book?

-       Conference sign-up occurs online through your child's MyCBE account.

-       For support on booking a conference, please see this Booking School Conferences Parent Guide.

 

*If you would like to request that your meeting be in-person, please book an appointment through conference manager as per normal. Once booked, you should then email your child's homeroom teacher requesting that their meeting be in person. Your child's teacher will then expect you in-person.

 

2.     Safety Over Convenience

I would like to once again thank all families who are paying close attention to student and adult safety during pick-up and drop-off times. While outdoors this week, I was able to connect with many parents who shared the same feelings and have noticed improvements in traffic flow and pedestrian safety. Please continue to be sure to use the crosswalks when crossing the road with or without your children and make note that there is no crosswalk directly coming from the path associated with our school playground or our main entry doors.

 

3.     AHS Notice of Respiratory Illness Outbreak at Marion Carson School

Some parents mentioned that they had difficulty opening the Alberta Health Services Notice of Respiratory Illness Outbreak at Marion Carson School letter that was sent November 15, 2022 and others stated that they had to click on the link twice for it to open properly. Please click here for a direct link to the letter on our school website.

Please also note that CBE is updating daily absence rates due to illness for schools at the following link on their website.

 

4.     Veterans Food Bank of Calgary Food Drive

Thank you to the Marion Carson School community for your generosity towards the Veterans Food Bank of Calgary. In total we were able to fill 7 boxes full of non-perishable items. Way to go Marion Carson!

 

5.     Winter Celebration

We are currently planning our December 8th Whole School Winter Celebration. We will be having two events planned for that evening depending on your child's homeroom class. Students and families will be asked to come to either the 5:30pm or the 7:15pm performance. More information will be shared by your classroom teacher and Ms. Seto our Music Teacher in the near future.

*Please note, that this event is planned to be in-person at this time, but we are closely monitoring our absence rates and outbreak status and will make a decision as to whether to keep this celebration in-person or move to an online format in the near future.

 

6.     School Council Meeting

Thank you to everyone who attended both online or in-person for our School Council / Parent Association Meeting this past Wednesday. We had our Director of Area 1 come to the meeting as well. Parents had the opportunity to ask to great questions with respect to Area supports, school programming and funding. Please see the minutes below for more detailed information.

-       2022 School Council and Parent Association Minutes (Nov 16 2022)

-       Next meeting: January 25, 2023 @ 7pm

 

Sincerely,​

Mr. D. Turner

Principal, Marion Carson School

 

Upcoming Dates:

 

Nov. 19: Conference Booking System opens at 10am (click here to book)

Nov. 24: Conference Booking System closes at 2pm

Nov. 24: Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences from 4:30pm – 8pm

Nov. 25: Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences from 8am – 1:30pm (no school for students)

Dec. 8: Winter Celebration (times TBD)

Dec. 16: Fun Lunch (Papa John's Pizza)

Dec. 22: last day of school before Winter Break

Dec. 23 – Jan. 8: Winter Break

Jan. 9: Classes resume



Nov 10
Principal's Message - Nov. 10, 2022

Dear Parents / Guardians,


With students and staff having no school on November 11, 2022, we held our Remembrance Day assembly this morning, led by our Grade 1 and 5 students from our Community English Program. We would like to thank our Grade 1 and Grade 5 Community English students and teachers, supported by many of our Grade 6 students, for leading the event with words and songs of remembrance through the virtue of courage.

1.     Food Drive – Veteran's Food Bank of Calgary

Thank you, Marion Carson community, for your generosity towards the Veteran's Food Bank of Calgary. We will continue to accept food bank items until Wednesday, November 16, 2022.

 

2.     Safety Video AMA Patrols

Please take the time to watch this 1 minute by video with your family created by AMA to support safety on our roads Serious Safety with the AMA School Safety Patrol.

 

3.     Fun Lunch - Friday, November 18, 2022

The next fun lunch of this school year, which is on November 18, 2022 with Mary Brown's, is now live on the healthy hunger website (https://healthyhunger.ca/). The deadline for ordering will be November 13, 2022 midnight! 

*Please note, Fun Lunch on Friday, November 18 is being offered to Grade 1- 6 classes and ONLY Mandarin Group A Kindergarten class as this is the only kindergarten class that will be in attendance over the nutrition break on that day.

Thank you for supporting this fund raiser throughout the school year. It shows the tremendous appreciation we have for our awesome teachers and staff. Thank you to Janie our Fun lunch Coordinator for organizing these events throughout the year.

 

4.     Staffing Updates:

We would like to welcome Mrs. Cole who will join our school in the Mandarin Bilingual Grade 4 classroom as of November 14th, 2022. Mrs. Cole will be sharing a homeroom with Mrs. Wang part time until the remainder of the year as we redeploy Mrs. Wang to support all K-4 Mandarin classrooms in literacy and numeracy.​

 

5.     School Council Casino

A special thank you to all people who volunteered for our casino event yesterday and who will be volunteering today and tonight. We appreciate all of your support. This event provides valuable resources to Marion Carson School students now and in the future.

 

6.     School Council Meeting

The Marion Carson School Council and Parent Association welcomes all parents/guardians to join us for our next meeting on Wednesday November 16th, 2022 at 7:00pm. The meeting will be occurring in a hybrid format both in our Library Learning Commons and online. We look forward to connecting with parents/guardians about our school community and initiatives. The Meeting Minutes from our previous meeting and our Agenda for the upcoming meeting are attached.

-       School Council and Parent Association Minutes (Oct 19 2022)

-       For more information or to join the School Council email list please contact mcschoolcouncil@gmail.com

Click here to join us at our next meeting on November 16th at 7pm online, or come to the Library Learning Commons in person.

Sincerely,

Mr. D. Turner

Principal, Marion Carson School

 

Upcoming Dates:

 

Nov. 11: Remembrance Day – No School

Nov. 17: School Council / Parent Association Meeting (7pm, format TBD)

Nov. 18: Fun Lunch (Mary Brown's Chicken)

Nov. 19: Conference Booking System opens at 10am

Nov. 24: Conference Booking System closes at 2pm

Nov. 24: Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences from 4:30pm – 8pm

Nov. 25: Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences from 8am – 1pm (no school for students)

Dec. 8: Winter Celebration (times TBD)

Dec. 16: Fun Lunch (Papa John's Pizza)

Dec. 22: last day of school before Winter Break

Dec. 23 – Jan. 8: Winter Break

Jan. 9: Classes resume


Nov 04
Principal's Message - Nov. 4, 2022

Dear Parents / Guardians,

 

Winter weather has arrived! It was wonderful seeing and hearing the joy and laughter that comes with a school field full of snow. We would like to thank all families for sending their children to school with warm clothing (winter jacket, toque, snow pants, gloves and boots) to ensure an enjoyable and safe experience during outdoor times. A reminder that students go outside multiple times throughout the day, and indoor recess only occurs when the temperature dips to -20 or lower.

 

Here are a few key messages

1.     Remembrance Day

Our Remembrance Day assembly will be led by our Grade 1 and Grade 5 students on November 10th at 10:30am. Parents from Grade 1 and Grade 5 to attend if able and willing. Please note that due to fire safety code we have to limit our parent viewing to the first 100 parents. Doors will open at 10:25am. If waiting outside, we ask that you please line up along the Main West Door sidewalk leading out towards Varsity Drive.

All students from K-6 are invited to wear service uniforms on this day should they participate in these after school activities (e.g. brownies, girl guides, cubs, etc.)

 

2.     Food Drive – Veteran's Food Bank of Calgary

We will be collecting food donations for the Veteran's Food Bank of Calgary from Nov. 7 to 10, 2022. They are accepting all food donations, but have stated that they are especially in need of the following: canned items, brown sugar, bread yeast, cereal, flour, mayonnaise, Kleenex, evaporated milk, juice, dishwasher soap, all-purpose cleaners, granola bars, laundry soaps, oils for cooking, crackers, rice, baking soda, pancake mix, ensure, garbage bags, tinfoil, men's underwear, salad dressing, plastic wrap, toilet paper, shower gel / shampoo.

 

3.     Fun Lunch- Friday, November 18, 2022

The next fun lunch of this school year, which is on November 18, 2022 with Mary Brown, is now live on the healthy hunger website (https://healthyhunger.ca/). The deadline for ordering will be November 13, 2022 midnight! 

*Please note, Fun Lunch on Friday, November 18 is being offered to Grade 1- 6 classes and ONLY Mandarin Group A Kindergarten class as this is the only kindergarten class that will be in attendance over the nutrition break on that day.

Thank you for supporting this fund raiser throughout the school year. It shows the tremendous appreciation we have for our awesome teachers and staff. Thank you to Janie our Fun lunch Coordinator for organizing these events throughout the year.

 

4.     Staffing Updates:

With increased enrolment at Marion Carson School, we have been able to add a teacher position to support student learning. We would like to welcome Mrs. Summer who started at Marion Carson this week in her teaching assignment as 0.5FTE K-6 Physical Education across both programs and 0.4FTE K-6 Community English Classroom Literacy/Numeracy Teacher.

 

We would also like to acknowledge and thank Ms. Edge (Grade 4) for supporting students in Grade 4 over the past 2 months. Ms. Edge has chosen to transition to another opportunity in her career. We welcome Mrs. Schofield to this Grade 4 classroom until the return of Mrs. Sheppard. Additionally, we would also like to thank Mrs. Ying's for her hard work and dedication to Grade 3 and 4 students, as her last day was on Thursday, November 3rd as we welcome back Mrs. Zheng who is returning to Marion Carson into her Grade 3 assignment.

 

5.     School Council Meeting

-       School Council and Parent Association Minutes (Oct 19 2022)

-       Next meeting: November 16th at 7pm in the Marion Carson Library Learning Commons.

 

Sincerely,

Mr. D. Turner

Principal, Marion Carson School

 

Upcoming Dates:

Nov. 9: Field Trip to Calgary Zoo (Kindergarten Community English AM and Kindergarten Mandarin Bilingual Group A)

Nov. 10: Remembrance Day Assembly

Nov. 11: Remembrance Day – No School

Nov. 17: School Council / Parent Association Meeting (7pm, format TBD)

Nov. 18: Fun Lunch (Mary Brown's Chicken)

Nov. 19: Conference Booking System opens at 10am

Nov. 24: Conference Booking System closes at 2pm

Nov. 24: Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences from 4:30pm – 8pm

Nov. 25: Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences from 8am – 1pm (no school for students)

Dec. 8: Winter Celebration (times TBD)

Dec. 16: Fun Lunch (Papa John's Pizza)

Dec. 22: last day of school before Winter Break​

Oct 28
Weekly Message - October 28, 2022

Dear Parents / Guardians,

 

Teachers spent their day today focussing on continued professional learning around the new curriculum. We worked together on tasks connected to the new curriculum, using thinking routines to support students in sharing their understanding, and formative assessments to identify next steps in learning. Teachers are exciting to bring this learning and the new ideas back to their classrooms to support students. This work will help us focus our School Development Plan goals in Literacy, Numeracy and Well-Being for learning throughout the year. 

Here are a few things to note…

1.     Jacket Racket

Monday, October 31st is the last day to donate your lightly used or new items for our Jacket Racket collection. Thank you very much for all the support received thus far. I know the families that receive these items will be very thankful.

2.     Hallowe'en Activities – October 31, 2022

Techers have communicated the various activities that may be occurring within their classrooms on this day. As a whole school, students will be engaging the following activities:

a)     Hallowe'en Dance (for students only) in the afternoon (thank you to School Council for providing a DJ and decorations)

b)    Pumpkinella: on October 31st families are invited to take to school a decorated or carved pumpkin to put on display in the Library Learning Commons.

  - Participating students should carry their pumpkin to and from school in a tear-proof bag.

  - If you would like to light up your pumpkin, please use a battery-operated tea light (no candles)

  - Please label your pumpkin with a permanent marker

  - All pumpkins not picked up by 4:15pm on October 31st will be composted

c)     Costumes: Students have the option to wear school appropriate costumes. Costumes that have fully covering masks, toy weapons, or that may scare students in our school community will be asked to be removed

  - Please note that costumes are optional. If your child(ren) will not be wearing a costume, they are welcome wear orange and/or black clothing, or dress as per a typical school day.

  - Your child's teacher will communicate when students will be invited to dress up in costumes should families choose.


Sincerely,

Mr. D. Turner

Principal, Marion Carson School


Oct 21
Weekly Message - October 21, 2022

Dear Parents / Guardians,

 

We have a very exciting week here at Marion Carson School. Our first learning celebration was held and was a huge success. Students in Grade 3 and 4 Mandarin Bilingual Program and Grade 4 Community English Program worked together to share their learnings since the start of the school year about the virtue of Truth. They shared learning surrounding the animal “Turtle" and their connection to the school-wide theme “I Belong". Our next whole school gathering is on November 10th with a focus on Remembrance Day and connections to the virtue “Courage". It was wonderful to have many parents back in the building for this performance. We will continue to invite parents/guardians who have children attending Marion Carson within the grades performing for any given learning celebration throughout the year. Teachers will communicate when your child's class is leading a celebration.

 

Here are a few things to note…

 

1.     Photo Retakes (if you missed retake day or are in Mandarin Bilingual Kindergarten):

Parents can book an appointment in the studio if they've missed retake day. Parents can go online at https://booknow.appointment-plus.com/1dqj327c/ to book an appointment. Choose 'Fall Individual' under the Session, and 'Calgary Studio - Fall' under Select School. The site will show available dates. Once you select a date, please follow the prompts to complete booking. A confirmation email will be sent once completed. Upcoming dates are October 22nd / 29th and November 12th / 19th.

 

2.     Jacket Racket

We are continuing to have families drop off lightly used or new items for our Jacket Racket collection. Thank you for your support. We will continue to collect items until October 31, 2022. Should your family be personally in need of such items, we would ask that you email your child's teacher directly, or the school office at MarionCarson@cbe.ab.ca. before October 24th, 2022.

 

3.     Hallowe'en Activities – October 31, 2022

Techers will be communicating the various activities that may be occurring within their classrooms on this day. As a whole school, students will be engaging the following activities:

a)     Hallowe'en Dance in the afternoon (thank you to School Council for providing a DJ and decorations)

b)    Pumpkinella: on October 31st families are invited to take to school a decorated or carved pumpkin to put on display in the Library Learning Commons.

 - Participating students should carry their pumpkin to and from school in a tear-proof bag.

 - Please label your pumpkin with a permanent marker

 - All pumpkins not picked up by 4pm on October 31st will be composted

c)     Costumes: Students have the option to wear school appropriate costumes. Costumes that have fully covering masks, toy weapons, or that may scare students in our school community will be asked to be removed

 - Please note that costumes are optional. If your child(ren) will not be wearing a costume, they are welcome wear orange and/or black clothing, or dress as per a typical school day.

 - Your child's teacher will communicate when students will be invited to dress up in costumes should families choose.

 

4.     Demographic Verification and In-School Forms:

As required by Alberta Education, each family must complete a demographic verification form online through your Parent MyCBE account (one per student). The deadline of September 26th has passed, and it is critical that this information be updated in case of emergency. Instructions for parents can be found at School Engage Quick Tips for Parents. Please also make note of the September 9th Weekly Message that was sent home with school-based forms requiring your attention. We ask that you ensure that all applicable forms are completed if you have not already done so. This includes forms such as the Admirable Use Policy for 2022-2023, or the Student Health Plan form. Please email your teacher, or contact the school office if you are unsure if you have completed certain forms.

 

5.     Casino Volunteers

o   Our School Council / Parent Association-led casino is quickly approaching, and we are still in need of 4 volunteers for November 9th and 10th! If not filed, then we lose this opportunity this year and in the future.

o   PLEASE USE THE SIGN-UP GENIUS LINK BELOW AND SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

o   Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Casino Coordinator Vanesse L. at vyloke@gmail.com

 

Sign-up Genius. CLICK HERE.


Sincerely,

Mr. D. Turner

Principal, Marion Carson School


Oct 14
Weekly Message - October 14, 2022

Dear Parents / Guardians,

As the weather changes, often so do some of our routines. We are all very A reminder to always choose safety over convenience when dropping off and picking up your child(ren). Here are some safety messages to keep in mind.

  1. School Safety

Traffic safety: 

Varsity Drive can be a very congested, high traffic and unpredictable space. Our patrollers have started monitoring the two crosswalks nearest our school on Varsity Drive NW this past week. This will continue throughout the school year to provide a safe space for students and their parents/guardians to cross. We ask parents to use these crosswalks with their children and avoid jaywalking to help ensure safety for all. We also ask that when using the hug and go along Varsity drive that you ensure that you are following the rules of the road such as parking with both wheels near the curb as to not block traffic, avoiding any U-turns, and not using the staff parking lot for pick-up and drop-off. If we all choose safety over convenience, we will help ensure a safe environment and experience for everyone and maintain the flow of traffic.


Before and After School Safety:

To support student safety as they enter the building during soft entry (8:55am to 9:10am), we have supervisors at both the East and West Doors. Please note that we do not provide supervision outdoors at this time in any other spaces other than the entryways. Please speak to your child(ren) about ensuring that they come immediately to the doors and enter the building when they arrive at school, and make their way into class for a safe, and calm start to the day. With the weather getting colder, students will notice that the doors are no longer propped open and they should try opening the door at this time. If the doors are locked (after 9:10am), then they should make their way to the Main West Doors to ring the buzzer for entry.

After school, we ask that a parent/guardian is at the school no later than the dismissal time if their child is pick-up. Especially with the upcoming changes in weather, students should not be left alone outdoors unsupervised. Please also discuss with your child that if an emergency occurs and their guardian is not able to be on time for pick-up (no parent present at dismissal), they are to walk to the Main West Doors and ring the doorbell to the school office to wait inside at which point Office Staff would contact parents.


Evacuation and Lockdown Safety:

Another safety aspect is when our school practices fire drills/evacuations several times in a year to ensure that students and staff know what to do in case of a real fire or emergency. In the same way that we practice a fire drill, our school will be practicing a “lockdown” at some point during the week of October 17th to 21st, 2022.  A lockdown is a period of time when all doors in our school are locked.  An external lockdown will prevent anyone from entering the school from the outside. An internal lockdown will prevent anyone from moving around the inside of the school. Practicing a lockdown is just like practicing a fire drill. In a fire drill, everyone has certain roles and responsibilities they must perform. It is the same for a lockdown situation.  

Teachers will review information with students prior to the actual practice lockdown.  It is the expectation of the school that students will follow all instructions and directions provided by school staff.  Please also take the time at home to review with your child the importance of practicing lockdowns and evacuations and to put them at ease that the school’s priority is always their safety.  

Please note that during this lockdown, our school’s police officer, Constable Mark, will be helping us with it to ensure that we are doing everything correctly.  

​​​​​​​

  1. School Photo Retakes:
    • Occurring on October 19, 2022
    • This is also Photo Day for Mandarin Bilingual Group A


  1. Jacket Racket

Thank you to those families that have dropped off some lightly used or new items for our Jacket Racket collection. We will continue to collect items until October 31, 2022. Should your family be personally in need of such items, we would ask that you email your child’s teacher directly, or the school office at MarionCarson@cbe.ab.ca. before October 24th, 2022.


A Message from School Council…


  1. School Council / Parent Association Meeting: ​​​​​​​Our next School Council/Parent Association meeting will be this Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 7pm. This meeting will be held in-person at Marion Carson School in the Library Learning Commons. All parents / guardians are welcome to attend.


  1. Casino Volunteers
    • Our School Council / Parent Association-led casino is quickly approaching, and we are still in need of many volunteers for November 9th and 10th! PLEASE USE THE SIGN-UP GENIUS LINK BELOW AND SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
    • Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Casino Coordinator Vanesse L. at vyloke@gmail.com


Sign-up Genius. CLICK HERE.


  1. Bottle Drive
  • School Council is holding their Bottle Drive this weekend
  • Please drop off your can and bottle recycling at the Marion Carson School parking lot this Sunday October 16, 2022, between 9am-2pm.

*To volunteer, SIGN UP HERE 


Sincerely,

Mr. D. Turner

Principal, Marion Carson Schoolk


Oct 07
Weekly Message - October 7, 2022

Dear Parents / Guardians,

 

I sincerely hope that as October has begun and we are past the 1-month mark of the school year your child has become more accustomed to the routines of a new grade-level, and for most, a new teacher as well.  By this point, routines are well-established, and expectations are clear, but a more trusting bond with their teacher and surrounding staff will also be emerging. 

Throughout the month of September, we as a school also work to set the stage for learning throughout the year, for both students and teachers. Though we are very fortunate to have quite robust expertise in our building, wherein teachers can learn from one another, we also engage in various other forms of professional development led by external providers.  Some examples of what some of our staff is exploring include:

  • Professional Learning Communities / Collaborative Response which are school-wide models for addressing students' individual needs that leverage collaborative structures and processes, data and evidence, and a continuum of supports to help all students succeed.
  • New Curriculum professional development. We are connecting with system experts and using our in-house leaders to build teacher capacity surrounding the new Alberta curriculum.
  • Multi-Cultural Perspectives and Learning: As a school we take pride in celebrating and learning about all cultures. This past month in particular, our Mandarin Bilingual Program students and teachers shared activities and learnings with the whole school focussed on the Mid-Autumn Festival. As teachers, we learned about the 7 Sacred Teachings. These learnings emphasize character education through Indigenous teaching and will be a continuous focus within our classrooms throughout the year as we building our understanding of our school-wide, yearlong focus statement “I Belong". Every 6-8 weeks throughout the year we will be having whole-school learning celebrations hosted by specific grade teams where our students and staff will come together to celebrate their learning related to the 7 Sacred Teachings. All students began the year with a focus on “Respect". In October, we are looking forward to having the Grade 3/4 students from both programs together host a celebration focussing on “Truth" and the Turtle.

Of course, these are only a few examples of what we are exploring, since many other new learning opportunities are also on the horizon.  Professional development that is undertaken is always with students at the forefront; what we learn aims to create more rich learning experiences for all Marion Carson School students.

 

Revised Report Card for 2022-23 School Year

You should have received email communication yesterday directly from the Calgary Board of Education regarding a revised report card for the 2022-23 school year. K-6 New Curriculum | Revised Report Card is a resource document outlining the changes in more detail. You can also visit the CBE's Assessment & Reporting page for more information.

Additional Resources 

 

Some Reminders / Upcoming Events…

 

Jacket Racket

-       Thank you to those families that have dropped off some lightly used or new items for our Jacket Racket collection. We will continue to collect items until October 31, 2022. Should your family be personally in need of such items, we would ask that you email your child's teacher directly, or the school office at MarionCarson@cbe.ab.ca. before October 24th, 2022.

 

Fun Lunch

-       Our first Fun Lunch of the year is occurring on October 14th, 2022. A reminder that the deadline to order is October 9, 2022 by midnight. Visit Healthyhunger.ca to place your child's order. This Fun Lunch is Subway and is available for grade 1-6 and Community English Kindergarten students.

-       Upcoming Fun Lunch Dates and Vendors:

​o   Friday, November 18, 2022- Mary Brown's Chicken

o   Friday, December 16, 2022- Papa John's Pizza

 

Bottle Drive

-       School Council is holding a Bottle Drive on October 16, 2022.

-       Please drop off your can and bottle recycling at the Marion Carson School parking lot on Sunday October 16, 2022, between 9am-2pm. The council is looking for volunteers to take 2 hour shifts for this fundraiser. No police clearance required & it's a super easy way to get involved!

-       *To volunteer, SIGN UP HERE 

 

Sincerely,

Mr. D. Turner

Principal, Marion Carson School

 

Upcoming Dates:

 

Oct. 10: Thanksgiving Day – No School

Oct. 11: Speed Skating continues for grade 5/6

Oct. 11-12: In Line Skating continues

Oct. 14: Fun Lunch (Subway)

Oct. 16: Bottle Drive

Oct. 19: School Council / Parent Association Meeting (7pm in-person at Marion Carson School)

Oct. 31: Last day to provide items for Jacket Racket

Oct. 31: Hallowe'en Festivities (more information to come)


Sep 29
Weekly Message - September 29, 2022

Dear Parents / Guardians,


It is always such a beautiful place in Varsity when the leaves begin to change as we move into fall. We are so lucky to have such mature trees and beautiful greenspaces in our local environment to enjoy on a daily basis. I have seen many classes over the past few weeks making their way outdoors to learn from the land, recognize its impact on their lives and better understand their impact on the land. Children have engaged in experiences with the land in many ways from running in the Terry Fox Run, enjoying lessons during Daily Physical Activity, sketching the natural environment while observing changes of the seasons, and/or by taking a close examination of the living plants within Marion's Meadow.

 

In this email…

-       Orange Shirt Day

-       International Walk to School Week

-       Jacket Racket Donations

-       Terry Fox

-       A Message from School Council…

o   Fun Lunch

o   ​Bottle Drive

 

Orange Shirt Day

 

Many students wore their orange shirts, clothing and accessorie​s today in recognition of the Sept. 30th National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. We encourage you to take a moment to speak to your child about their understanding with respect to this day and their in-class learning. You will have noticed that this week our teachers and parent volunteers assembled our Every Child Matters tile display along the Varsity Drive fence near Marion's Meadow. These tiles were created by last year's students and will remain on this fence as a reminder of our learning and growth as a school, community and country.

 

International Walk to School Week: October 3-6, 2022

 

Did you know that Canada held its first national Walk a Child to School Day in 1998 with participants from five provinces? Today, schools from all thirteen provinces and territories join millions of students worldwide as they walk to school during the first week of October.  This year, International Walk to School week is October 3-6, 2022. International Walk to School Day is Wednesday, October 5, 2022. We encourage all students and families to find creative ways to get active and if possible walk to school!

International Walk to School Week

 

Jacket Racket Donations

 

One of our goals at Marion Carson school is to build positive citizens of today and tomorrow that support people within our school community, within Calgary and globally. One of the initiatives that supports people closer to home occurs by supporting donations to the Jacket Racket campaign. This initiative will run this year from October 3rd to 31st.

We will be accepting winter jackets, snow pants, hats/toques and mittens. We kindly ask that donations that are collected be clean and in good condition (new or used). These donations will then be dropped off by our school at the Jacket Racket donation centre on your behalf, to be distributed to schools where there is a need.

We understand that there often may be a need for these items within our own school community. Should you be in need of such items, we would ask that you email your child's teacher directly, or the school office at MarionCarson@cbe.ab.ca. before October 24th, 2022.

 

Terry Fox Update

 

Thank you to all families for their support with our Terry Fox campaign. When combining both the in-person and online totals, I am proud to share that we surpassed our goal of $1000 with a total of $1382.10. A great big thank you goes out to the students and staff who took the time to organize this event and visit classrooms to raise awareness.

 

A Message from School Council…

 

Fun Lunch

 

Marion Carson School and the Fun Lunch Committee Coordinator Janie Lam are very excited to announce the first Fun Lunch of the year which will occur on Friday October 14, 2022! Please note, that this Fun Lunch occurring on Friday, October 14 is being offered to Grade 1-6 classes and the Kindergarten class who attends on this day (in this case Ms. Freestone's Community English Kindergarten class). Other Fun Lunch dates are being planned throughout the year to include our other kindergarten classes within the school.


This Fun Lunch will be held in collaboration with the online program Healthy Hunger. This program has been used in the past years with great success! The funds gathered will be used to buy food for our teachers and staff as a token of our appreciation for all their hard work!


The restaurant providing for this school year's first Fun Lunch is Subway.

 

How to register

1. Go to the website - www.healthyhunger.ca

a.     If you did not have an account in the past, create one and register your child(ren) under our school name and with their homeroom classroom.

b.     If you have been part of this program before, then you just have to log into your account and add your child(ren) under the current homeroom class for this year.


2. Once your child has been added, you can place an order for the upcoming fun lunch
and

-       you must pay online to complete the order

-       You will get a confirmation email with your order total


The deadline to order is October 9, 2022 by midnight, no exceptions. In case of any problems with placing your order or payment issues, kindly reach out to Healthy Hunger.

 

Bottle Drive

 

School Council is holding a Bottle Drive on October 16, 2022.

 

Please drop off your can and bottle recycling at the Marion Carson School parking lot on Sunday October 16, 2022, between 9am-2pm. The council is looking for volunteers to take 2 hour shifts for this fundraiser. No police clearance required & it's a super easy way to get involved!

*To volunteer, SIGN UP HERE 


Upcoming Dates:​

Sept. 30: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – No school

October 3-6, October 11-12: In Line Skating continues

Oct. 4 and 11: Speed Skating for grade 5/6

Oct. 6: Quest Theatre “Hello Friend" in class performance

Oct. 7: Non-Instructional Day – No school for students

Oct. 10: Thanksgiving Day – No School

Oct. 14: Fun Lunch (Subway)

Oct. 19: School Council / Parent Association Meeting (7pm)

​Sincerely,

Mr. D. Turner

Principal, Marion Carson School

Sep 23
September 23, 2022

It was amazing this week to begin to have families return to our building in person for the first time in a long time. Seeing the students share their school and learning environment with joy and pride is one of the great perks of working within a school. I would like to sincerely thank all families for dedicating the time to furthering their child’s learning experience by connecting with their teachers at conferences these past two days. If you did not have the opportunity or ability to attend a conference, we encourage you to email your child’s teacher to look into making a connection either in-person, or by phone by sending them an email directly to schedule a mutually agreed upon time.


Terry Fox

Thank you very much to all parents who came to cheer on or participate in our Terry Fox Run. Our students had a great experience, built some great citizenship skills in their fundraising efforts and learned about various character traits modelled by Terry Fox. The total funds raised continues to be counted and will be updated and shred with you once ready.


Orange Shirt Day

On September 29th, 2022 we will be participating in Orange Shirt day in recognition of the Sept. 30th National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Orange shirt day is a day in which schools across Canada recognize, and teach about the residential schools that occurred between 1931 and 1996. As this is a sensitive topic, the events of these schools are carefully discussed in an age and grade appropriate way.

The Orange Shirt movement began when former student Phyllis Webstad told her story of her first day at residential school when her shiny new orange shirt, bought by her grandmother, was taken from her as a six-year old girl when she began school at a residential school. September 30th has been chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools. This day is an opportunity to set the stage for reconciliation, and opens topics about creating a safe, caring, and welcoming environment for all students in schools.

Feel free take a few minutes on September 29th to talk with your child about what they learned throughout the week, the stories they may have read, and how this day is important. If you would like to learn more about Orange Shirt day please visit www.orangeshirtday.org.

If you would like your child to participate in Orange Shirt day please send them to school wearing an orange shirt, top, or outfit on September 29, 2022.

This day will be a very special event to highlight the importance of having safe, welcoming schools for everyone as a way to move forward with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Actions.

Important Dates​

Sept. 29: Orange Shirt Day

Sept. 30: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – No school

Sept. 26-29, October 3-6, October 11-12: In Line Skating continues

Oct. 4 and 11: Speed Skating for grade 5/6

Oct. 7: Non-Instructional Day – No school for students



Sincerely,

Mr. D. Turner

Principal, Marion Carson School​



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