Sep 23
Sam Says: Week of September 26 – 30, 2022

Happy Friday Everyone! It was fantastic to see all our students and their families at our Meet the Teacher and Open House last night. Meet the Teacher is a great opportunity for teachers and parents/guardians to connect, put faces to names and begin the collaboration that will allow for the best possible support for our students. It was a pleasure for me to see many of you in the gym. One topic I covered quite quickly was how our work at the school aligns with the CBE's Three-Year Education Plan. I recommend that you look at the following documents that explain how we work towards three important outcomes identified in the Three-Year Plan: the Literacy Framework, the Mathematics Framework, and the Indigenous Education Holistic Lifelong Learning Framework. These documents describe the approaches and content that your child's teachers will use at school in these areas.  

Here are some of the items we would like to highlight this week: 

Orange Shirt Day 

Next Friday, September 30, is Canada's National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The purpose of this day is to commemorate the residential school experience, to witness and honour the healing journey of the survivors and their families, and to commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation. As stated above, this is an important part of our work with students in the CBE.  

At Sam Livingston, we ask that students wear orange shirts on Thursday, September 29. Students will participate in classroom activities throughout the week and attend an assembly on Thursday, September 29. 

More information is available here: https://nctr.ca/

Scholastic Book Orders 

I would like to thank Christine van Ringen-Oke, our Library Assistant, and Fran McIntyre, our Lead Lunch Supervisor, for their work organizing and running our Book Fair this week. If you would like to order, you may still do so here: https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5180103

Picture Day 

Picture Day is Tuesday, September 27 starting first thing in the morning. Each student will have three individual portraits taken, and an online order form will be sent home the same day. 

Volunteering 

Look for communication from your child's teacher, School Council and Sam Says, or check our website (Get Involved - Volunteer) for opportunities to volunteer. We currently are looking for volunteers for our Popcorn Days this year. Please sign up using this link

Important Dates 

Tuesday, September 27: Picture Day 
Thursday, September 29: Orange Shirt Day, assembly and classroom activities
Friday, September 30: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, School is Closed 
Wednesday, October 5: Popcorn Day
Wednesday, October 5: Running Club Meet at Sam Livingston after school (starts at 4:15 pm) 
Friday, October 7: System Professional Learning Indigenous Education Day, No School for Students 
Monday, October 10: Thanksgiving Day, School is Closed 
Tuesday, October 11: Lockdown Practice 
Wednesday, October 12: Fun Lunch 

 

It look like it's going to be a beautiful weekend! Enjoy!

Rayna Bergerman (Assistant Principal) 
Scott Fehr (Principal)


Sep 19
Sam Says: Week of September 19 - 23, 2022

Bon lundi à tous! It sure started to feel like fall this weekend! After the last 2.5 years, it is exciting to see school activities such as field trips and guest speakers become again part of our educational program. I would like to thank our teaching and support staff for the enthusiasm and effort to create the best experience possible for our students.  I would also like to acknowledge the importance of this day for Canadians as we pause to reflect on the life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Canada's Head of State.  

We would like to highlight these items this week: 

School Council Meeting Link & Sign Up 

  • ​Our first School Council and Parent Association meetings are tonight, September 19th at 6:00 pm. We will be joining virtually tonight at this link: 

Join the School Council Meeting 

  • Stay up to date with School Council initiatives, events and meetings! If you would like to receive our Parent School Council emails, please sign up by clicking the following link.  

 http://eepurl.com/dbZoxL 

Running Club 

The Running Club began Thursday September 15th and will run through October 31st, weather permitting. If the weather is not cooperating practices will be cancelled.  

There are meets planned for the Running Club during this Fall.  

  • Sam Livingston will host the first race on Wednesday, October 5th
  • Louis Riel will host on Wednesday, October 12th 
  • Woodbine will host Wednesday, October 19th 
  • Nellie McClung will host Wednesday, October 26th 

The meets all start at 4:30 and the walk through is at 4:15.   

If your child is interested in participating in the Running Club meets, please meet us at the locations indicated above on those dates. You do not have to attend all meets to be able to participate in the Running Club. You can still join any meet during the Fall. We are building a healthy community at Sam and we are glad to see students participate when they can. Please contact Mme Cristina if you have questions: cralberton@cbe.ab.ca 

Meet the Teacher 

We are excited to welcome you to the school between 5 and 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 22, 2022, to meet your child's teacher, see the school and participate in a few activities.  

  • Classrooms will be open from 5:00 to 7:00.  Teachers will be in their classrooms to meet you. It would be great to have your child introduce you to them so that they can get to know you and begin the important parent-teacher relationship.  It is important to note that if you would like to discuss your child's progress or if you have information that you would like to share about your child, this should be done in a separate meeting, phone call or email to the teacher.  You may drop in at any time between 5 and 7 p.m. 
  • You may have your child tour you around to see the rest of the school such as the Labo-Créo and the Music room. 
  • The school administration (Rayna and Scott) will host two sessions in the school gym to provide parents with general information about the school and answer questions.  The sessions will begin at 5:30 and 6:30 and last between 15 and 20 minutes. You are free to attend either session.  
  • Please visit the Scholastic book fair in the Labo-Créo. This is a great opportunity to buy books for your child, especially French ones. 
​​Volunteering ​

We welcome volunteers in the classroom, on field trips and with other tasks at school or at home. Certain activities or field trips would not be possible without the active participation of our volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Winter Peters at wdpeters@cbe.ab.ca or (403) 777-6890 in our main office to begin the process. For more information, please visit the school website: Volunteer.  

Dogs on School Property 

Parents, please refrain from bringing your dogs onto the school property, leashed or unleashed, at any time during the day.  The City of Calgary bylaw about dogs, states that Dogs are not allowed in: 

  • School grounds 
  • Playgrounds 
  • Sports fields  

Dogs are unpredictable and some of our students are afraid of them.  We ask that you comply so that we can provide the safest learning environment possible for our students. 

Traffic Safety 

We have already witnessed a few parents doing U-Turns in the crosswalk near the Big Toy playground, with a few people being just narrowly missed being struck by a vehicle. We cannot emphasize safety enough. We will be working in conjunction with our School Resource Officer to ensure safe and efficient traffic flow. 

  • Please do NOT rush or break traffic rules to ensure your students get to school on time. We would rather they arrive late, and safe. 
  • Please do NOT pull into the staff parking lot at any time. 

We encourage the community to call 311 and report any infractions. Student safety is paramount - always. 

Have a great week everyone, and please call or email if you have questions. 

Rayna Bergerman (Assistant Principal) 
Scott Fehr (Principal) 

Sep 12
Sam Says: Week of September 12 - 16, 2022

As another week begins, the energy and activity in the school is increasing as we continue to adjust to life as usualTeachers are planning field trips, extra-curricular activities and assemblies that are all exciting learning opportunities for our studentsWe will keep you informed of these activities so that you can attend, participate as a volunteer, or simply be aware of the events happening at school.  As the days went by last week, students got to know their classmates and their teachers, became more familiar with routines, and settled into the school year. We continued to adjust our routines and processes so that students were moving through the building efficiently and had time for their activities (including eating)


Here are some of the items we would like to highlight this week: 


Meet the Teacher 

We are excited to welcome you to the school between 5 and 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 22, 2022, to meet your child’s teacher, see the school and participate in a few activities.  

  • Classrooms will be open from 5:00 to 7:00Teachers will be in their classrooms to meet youIt would be great to have your child introduce you to them so that they can get to know you and begin the important parent-teacher relationshipIt is important to note that if you would like to discuss your child’s progress or have information that you would like to share about your child, this should be done in a separate meeting, phone call or email to the teacherYou may drop in at any time between 5 and 7 p.m.
  • You may have your child tour you around to see the rest of the school such as the Labo-Créo and the Music room.
  • The school administration (Rayna and Scott) will host two sessions in the school gym to provide parents with general information about the school and answer questionsThe sessions will begin at 5:30 and 6:30. and last between 15 and 20 minutes. You are free to attend either session
  • Please visit the Scholastic book fair in the Labo-Créo.  This is a great opportunity to buy books for your child, especially French ones.  

 

What to Bring, What not to Bring 

Students may bring a great attitude that will allow them to have a happy and productive day! We will provide all that is necessary for students to learn and be successful. 

We ask that students not bring toys or stuffies, including trading cards. If these are lost, students become sad, and it can be disruptive to everyone’s learningWhile we know that many students enjoy trading cards at home, they can be a source of conflict at school, and again, be disruptive to learning.  

 

Terry Fox Run  

We are excited to announce that our school will be proudly taking part in the 2022 Terry Fox School Run, scheduled to take place on Friday September 16th, 2022. This event will support cancer research while also building an incredible school spirit for our students. Let’s all show the great strength and resiliency of our school community with your support of one of our greatest Canadian heroes, Terry Fox.


Research Study 

Sam Livingston School has agreed to participate in a research project conducted by the University of Alberta for Alberta Education. The study consists of a research assistant from the University of Alberta administering a series of tests relating to literacy to six classes of Grade 1 – 3 studentsIf your childs class has been selected for the study, you will receive a letter from the researchers asking for your consent for your child to participateParticipation is strictly voluntary. 


Dogs on School Property 

Parents, please refrain from bringing your dogs onto the school property, leashed or unleashed, at any time during the dayThe City of Calgary bylaw about dogs, states that Dogs are not allowed in: 

  • School grounds 
  • Playgrounds 
  • Sports fields  

Dogs are unpredictable and some of our students are afraid of themWe ask that you comply so that we can provide the safest learning environment possible for our students. 


Traffic Safety 

We have already witnessed a few parents doing U-Turns in the crosswalk near the Big Toy playground, with a few people being just narrowly missed being struck by a vehicle. We cannot emphasize safety enough. We will be working in conjunction with our School Resource Officer to ensure safe and efficient traffic flow. 

  • Please do NOT rush or break traffic rules to ensure your students get to school on time. We would rather they arrive late, and safe. 
  • Please do NOT pull into the staff parking lot at any time. 

We encourage the community to call 311 and report any infractions. Student safety is paramount - always. 

We wish you all a great, hopefully not too smoky, week and please call or email if you have questions. 

 

Rayna Bergerman (Assistant Principal) 
Scott Fehr (Principal) 


Sep 08
Sam Says - Week of September 6 - 9, 2022

I would like to wish all our families a happy and productive start to the 2022/23 school year! We have opened our doors to students and parents alike, under sunny, late summer skies. The warmth outside has been reflected in the warmth inside as well, with smiling students and welcoming teachers. Learning is well underway, and we thank you for your early support in all ways. Thank you especially for your participation in the dismissal survey, this important information ensures that our students get back home to you safely, each day. 

Staff Changes 

I would like to welcome Carmen Quessy to our staff. Mme Carmen is an experienced francophone Education Assistant who comes to us from King George School. She joins Karine Bluteau as part of our student support team.  

It is a real pleasure for me to return as the Acting Principal. I will be here until December 23rd, 2022. Mme Dhar McKenty will return as Principal after the winter break. 

School Organization 

Our grade configuration is as follows: 

  • Kindergarten (4 classes) - Mme Long and Mme Willis 
  • Grade 1 (5 classes) - Mme Nadine, Mme Kayleigh, Mme Carolyne, Mme Sara, and Mme April 
  • Grade 2 (4 classes) - Mme Alex, Mme Danielle, Mme Cangemi and Mme Leithead 
  • Grade 3 (4 classes) - Mme Nathalie, Mme Suzanne, Mme Lisa, and Mme Stephanie 
  • Grade 4 (2 classes) - Mme Cristina and Mme Jennifer 

If you attended the School Council meeting in May, you may notice that we have had to add one Grade 1 class and remove one Grade 4 class. This became necessary as our enrolment numbers changed at the end of the summer. The result is that the Grade 4 classes are bigger than we would like (30 and 31 students in each class) while the Grade 1 classes are smaller than we had presented (classes of 19 and 20). This was a difficult decision for us to make, but in the end, we had to prioritize the heavy academic demands of Grade 1 students as they learn to speak, read, and write in French. We anticipate deploying a significant amount of Mme Carmen's time to supporting the Grade 4 classes. 

Daily Schedule 

Monday – Thursday  

Let me walk through a typical Sam Livingston day with you and comment where necessary. 

7:45       Outdoor supervision begins. This is five minutes earlier than last year. We believe this will reduce some of the traffic congestion around the school in the morning. Parents may drop off their students in the school yard after 7:45 and we will supervise them until entry at 7:58. ​

7:58       A bell will ring. Students may begin entering the school. Teachers will be at the doors to greet their students. It is not necessary for students to line up. If we see that there is congestion, we may ask students to line up in the future.  

8:00       A second bell will ring. Students finish entering the building. Teachers will close the doors shortly after 8:00 and begin instruction. If students arrive after the doors are closed, they must go around the school to the main doors and check in at the office. 

Throughout the morning and afternoon students receive instruction in the Alberta Programs of Study. This includes 60 minutes per day of Math, 30 minutes a day of Phys Ed and Wellness or physical activity and 30 minutes of Music (three times per week). 

10:00     A fifteen minute recess period begins. 

11:48     Lunch begins. Lunch is 46 minutes long. The length of lunch is determined by a few factors, including the requirement to provide 950 hours of instruction in 181 instructional days. We are also required to begin school at 8:00 a.m. and finish close to 2:30 p.m. because we have students that take the bus to school. We received permission to extend our afternoon dismissal to 2:34 p.m. so that we could add those four extra minutes to our lunch hour and maintain a 15-minute recess in the morning. At lunch, there are two 23-minute shifts. Grades 1 and 2 eat first and then play outside. Grade 3 and 4 students do the opposite. We are working hard to iron out transition issues at lunch so that students have the full 23 minutes to eat their lunch.

12:34     Afternoon instruction begins. 

2:34       Dismissal. Teachers hand Kindergarten, Grade 1, and Grade 2 students off to their parents or childcare providers. They also lead students to their buses at the front of the school.  

Grade 3 and 4 students may go to their buses or meet their caregivers on their own as soon as the teacher is confident they are able to do so.  

Friday  

  • School entry on Friday is the same as Monday to Thursday.  
  • Recess is not scheduled, so teachers take their students outside when they judge it is the right time.  
  • Dismissal is at 12:02 p.m. Teachers use the time after 12:02 for meetings and professional development. 

As we return to a normal life now that Covid restrictions have been lifted, we are continuing to adjust the organization of the school so that student health and learning is optimized. 

Food Choices and Birthdays 

As stated in the Calgary Board of Education's Administrative Regulation 3047 – Nutrition: The CBE supports access to healthy, nutritional food choices for students that are essential to establish an environment that is safe, caring, and conducive to effective learning by ... ensuring that good nutrition is promoted both in theory and in practice. 

In keeping with this, we encourage families to send healthy snacks and lunch items to school with their children. 

We strongly discourage parents from sending foods and beverages that contain common allergens such as peanuts and tree nuts. Some of our students will become deathly ill if they come into contact with these foods. 

Birthdays 

An important day for each of our students is the day that the class celebrates their birthday! We ask that families please refrain from sending food or other items from home to celebrate birthdays. Teachers may recognize birthdays in other ways. They will not distribute to the class food or other items from home as part of the celebration.  

Your child may distribute birthday invitations to other students in their class outside of class time. Teachers are not responsible for handing these out. We ask you to be sensitive to the feelings of all students in the class when supporting your child with this process.  

Noon Supervision 

Please remember to register for Noon Supervision in your MyCBEAccount. 

Attendance 

For any changes in attendance, arriving late or leaving early due to appointments  

  • Send an email to samlivingston@cbe.ab.ca as well as your child's teacher 
  • Whenever you are emailing the school, it is important to always put your child's first and last names, as well as the teacher's name in the subject line. Emails must be received before 1 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 11 a.m. Friday.

Medication 

If your child requires medication at school, please email mmchampagne@cbe.ab.ca or call Michelle at school 403-777-6890.  

Traffic Safety 

We have already witnessed a few parents doing U-Turns in the crosswalk near the Big Toy playground, with a few people being just narrowly missed being struck by a vehicle. We cannot emphasize safety enough. We will be working in conjunction with our School Resource Officer to ensure safe and efficient traffic flow. 

  • Please do NOT rush or break traffic rules to ensure your students get to school on time. We would rather they arrive late, and safe. 
  • Please do NOT pull into the staff parking lot at any time. 

Student safety is paramount. Always. 

We are looking forward to a great school year. Please do not hesitate to call or email the school if you have questions or concerns. 

Rayna Bergerman (Assistant Principal) 
Scott Fehr (Principal) 


Jun 21
Sam Says – Week of June 20th – 24th, 2022

Good evening and Happy Father's Day to all of our SAM Dads, and Dad-like figures in many roles!

We appreciate you!

IN THIS WEEK'S MESSAGE: IMPORTANT DATES | VOLUNTEERS NEEDED | LIBRARY BOOKS 

June 21st – National Indigenous Peoples Day 

June 24th – Grade 4 Farewell – Details to follow 

June 28th – Sports Day (Volunteers needed for AM only)   

June 28th - Last day of school for students - it is a full day of classes, until 2:30 pm 

June 27th – Sam Council Association Meeting @ 6:30 pm 

 Click here to join​​ 

June 28th - Report Cards available for viewing in PowerSchool (PM - after school) 

June 29th – Appeals Day / No School for Students    

June 30th – Non-Instructional Day / No School for Students 

 

URGENT!! 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – SPORTS DAY 

We are looking for volunteers to help us out with Sports Day on June 28th in the morning only. 

If you have a current police clearance and would like to join us, please email Michelle in the office (mmchampagne@cbe.ab.ca) to submit your name.  A classroom teacher will then reach out to you for further information. 

LIBRARY BOOKS 

We would like to remind parents that library books are due to be returned as soon as possible. Thank you for your support. Should you have any questions about this process please contact Mme Christine crvanringenoke@cbe.ab.ca  

Have a wonderful week!

Mme Rayna Bergerman

M. Scott Fehr​

Jun 13
Sam Says - Week of June 13 - 17, 2022

​Bonjour à toute notre famille de Sam Livinsgston! Nous vous souhaitons un bon lundi très mouillé!  

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As the school year nears its end, we would like to provide you with some important dates:

June 21st – National Indigenous Peoples Day. School is in session as usual.

June 24th – Grade 4 Farewell – Details to follow 

June 28th – Sports Day (Volunteers needed for AM only)   

June 28th - Last day of school for students - it is a full day of classes, until 2:30 pm 

June 28th - Report Cards available for viewing in PowerSchool (PM - after school) 

June 29th – Appeals Day / No school for students    

June 30th – Non-Instruction Day / No school for students 


And a few other things:

Lost"& We Found" Item 

Are you struggling to tell time and looking at a bare wrist?  A watch was found in the parking lot on Friday, June 10th.   Please call the office and describe the watch and we will be happy to return it to you. 

Key Communiqué for School Councils 

The latest edition of the Key Communiqué newsletter was emailed to the school council distribution list on Friday, May 27. Please ensure that your school council has received the newsletter. Link:  Key Communiqué - May 27, 2022 ​

Urgent!!  -  Volunteers Needed – Sports Day

We are looking for volunteers to help us out with Sports Day on June 28th in the morning only. If you have a current police clearance and would like to join us, please email Michelle in the office (mmchampagne@cbe.ab.ca) to submit your name.  A classroom teacher will then reach out to you for further information. 

 

Stay dry out there, it's sure to be a rainy one!  Wishing you a wonderful week!

Mme Rayna Bergerman​, M. Scott Fehr

May 02
Bonjour de M. Fehr

Bonjour Parents and Guardians, 

It is with great pleasure that I join the staff of École Sam Livingston as Acting Principal. I have worked in CBE language program schools for a good part of my career including French Immersion and Spanish Bilingual schools as both teacher and administrator. My background is French Language Arts and Social Studies although over the years I have had a significant involvement in implementing educational technology in schools and developing alternative programs to better meet student learning needs. I was principal of Westgate School for seven years before I retired in June, 2021.  I am looking forward to getting to know all the students and the Sam Livingston school community.  Please feel free to email (skfehr@cbe.ab.ca) or call (403-777-6890 ext. 2123).

Au plaisir de travailler avec vous,


Scott Fehr
Acting Principal, École Sam Livingston


Dec 17
Happy Holidays

Hello all,

This little note has two purposes…

Firstly – happy holidays to you all!  May the break allow you the opportunity to reconnect and find some calm.  It has been a pleasure working with you all.

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Secondly – I will be going on a PIF from January 2022 - December 2022, to be returning in January of 2023.  JF Belanger will have the privilege of working with this amazing community as acting principal.
His contact info is JFBelanger@cbe.ab.ca.

Mme Bergerman remains as the amazing assistant principal. She can also be contacted should you require.

Thank you all kindly.  Please take care and stay safe.

Mme Dhar McKenty


Aug 23
Welcome back!

Welcome back Sam Livingston Families!

We are so excited to be welcoming you back to another school year of French learning and culture!

 

We hope you all had a restful and rejuvenating summer. 

You will be receiving welcome emails from us over the next week, so please keep an eye on your email for this message.

It will include the following important information:

  • First day of school procedures: date, time and drop off and pick up information
  • Heath and safety protocols

 

We look forward to another successful year of learning and partnership.

 

Kind regards,

Mme Dhar McKenty and Mme Bergerman

​ 


Jun 28
We Made It!

​We wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for the support and co-operation you have provided this year.

We coud not have done it wihout you.
Please have a restful summer.

We will be sending out Fall information later this week.

​Mme Dhar McKenty and Mme Bergerman

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