Sep 16
Sept 12

Hello SJAMMERS,

The school community is settling down to the new routines of the school year and students are feeling more comfortable finding their way in the new timetable, remembering their locker combinations and where their classes are.  We want to sincerely thank our wonderful students and families along with our awesome staff for their patience with the many changes that occur along with the adjustments
required for a successful start of a new school year.

Vaccinations

AHS is offering COVID-19 vaccinations to our students on September 18 at our school.  We need a minimum of 18 participants who have their parents / guardians written consent for AHS to proceed with this.  At this time, we do not have enough consents returned.  If you would like to have your student vaccinated please return the attached AHS Consent Form for COVID-19 In-School Immunization.pdf ​ by Wed, Sept 15 or the COVID-19 vaccination program will
be cancelled at SJAM.

Parking concerns

At this time of the year, we have a great deal of students getting dropped off on the side of our school on 64th Ave.  If you are going to be driving your child to SJAM we suggest you use the Murray Copot Arena just East of SJAM located at 6727
Centre St NW, Calgary.  This will reduce the congestion along our school and allow your child a healthy walk across the backfield and some fresh air prior to starting their day.  We
want to remind parents the staff parking lot is only to be used if you are parking in the visitor spots to come into the school, handicapped spots are reserved for those with the appropriate documentation. The staff parking lot should not be used as a drop off zone as there are safety concerns for staff and students. 

Diefenbaker’s student parking lot will be unavailable Monday, September 13, as the school is being used for the Federal Election Advance Poll Stations.  Please use another alternative unless you are there to vote. 

The Parking Authority will be patrolling along 64 AVE in the upcoming week to support traffic moving safely and smoothly in our area.

Bikes

Students are asked to please lock up your bikes if you are riding one to school.  We had someone from the surrounding community take one of the bikes from school property this week, which was not locked up.

Attendance and Lates

Students have been reminded that the school day starts at 8:20 and that the doors open for students 10 minutes before the start of the
day.  Students are expected to be in their classes by 8:20.  If your student is later than 8:30 they will need to stop in the front office to sign-in.  We appreciate the phone calls that have come in when your student will be absent or late with the reason. 
We also appreciate the calls letting the office know about appointment times during the day so that students can be signed out for when you pick the students up. 

Covid -19 updates

Parents and guardians received a message on Friday that starting on Monday, Sept. 13, schools will begin providing notifications when
families self-report an AHS-confirmed case of COVID-19 to their school. It is important that your child stay home when sick, but it is also important for them to attend school if they are feeling well. As close contacts are no longer required to isolate, if
you choose to keep your child at home, it will be marked as an unexcused absence.  If there is a 10 per cent or greater student absentee rate that includes similar symptoms, AHS may declare an outbreak. Families will be informed if an outbreak is declared at
their school and these notices will be posted to the school website.  To ensure you receive all the important updates and information from your school, please ensure your school(s) have your correct email address on file.
We hope you are having a relaxing and safe weekend,
Darren, Andrea & Cat


Sep 09
Sept 7

Hello SJAMMERS, 

 Our first week of classes was very exciting as we had over 750 adolescents energize the SJAM building with their enthusiasm!  Students were able to reconnect with peers and teachers along with making new relationships.  It was wonderful seeing our students engaged with events after school, as the Soccer and Cross Country team tryouts started.  
 
We have a tumbling timetable this year. For students to be successful in knowing their timetable they will need to memorize the order of their seven blocks (classes).  There are six periods every day from Monday - Thursday and four periods on Friday.  The blocks rotate daily in sequential order and will continue on to the next day.  If a day ends in block six, the next day will start in block seven and then the rotation from 1-7 will start over again.-

COVID UPDATE:
Students need to complete the COVID DAILY CHECKLIST . If students exhibit symptoms they are directed to stay home, seek health care advice as appropriate (e.g. call Health Link 811, or the primary health care practitioner, or 911 for emergency response), and complete the checklist before returning to school. Further information regarding CBE expectations and protocols can be found on the cbe webpage​

Lunchtime

We want to remind families that our  grade 7 students are expected to stay on campus during the entire lunch time. Students in Grade 8 or 9 are permitted to go off-campus to get their lunch.  For anyone leaving campus it is important to remember that lunch ends at 1:15 pm and to return in time for the start of afternoon classes. At this time microwaves are still not available due to COVID restrictions. 

School Council

The first School Council Meeting will be September 21, 2021. More details will follow closer to the date.  
 
Future School Council Meeting dates are: October 19, 2021, November 16, 2021, January 18, 2022, February 15, 2022, March 15, 2022, April 19, 2022, AGM May 17, 2022. Please mark your calendars.
 
We also have our first request for volunteers for our upcoming casino October 10th and 11th at Cash Casino – 4040 Blackfoot Trail SE.
 
 
Parking

Reminder to parents the student drop-off area is SouthEast of the school (along Field fence line). The staff parking lot is only to be used if you are parking in the visitor spots to come into the school, handicapped spots are reserved for those with the appropriate documentation. The staff parking lot should not be used as a drop off zone as there are safety concerns for staff and students.  
 
PE

We are excited to have a Mustang clothing store available for Mustang families to purchase both Mustang gym-strip and brand new Mustang hoodies (two different styles).  Please note the purchase of this online gym strip is NOT mandatory but the PE team wanted the students to have the opportunity to have some PE swag.  Also note that the online stores only open for a short period of time so please get your orders completed ASAP.   Please go to our SJAM Clothing Store to purchase your clothes.  Should you need further instructions on how to purchase these products please click here​.
Sorry for the delay in this week's WAG.  It was supposed to arrive on the weekend but there were technical difficulties. 

Darren, Andrea and Cat


Jun 28
June 27

Hello SJAMMERS,


Here is the last week at a glance for the 2020-2021 school year.  We are hoping that this has been a great year of learning and personal development for all our students. We know that this year has been a very different year than many were expecting or what has been experienced here in the past.  We truly appreciate all the great work students have accomplished and the support parents have given. Congratulations to our grade 9 class who will be moving on to high school.  In Friday’s Farewell Assembly Mr. Leavitt and Mr. Toews with farewell speeches, an amazing video of the students and teachers, and each grade 9 student was gifted with a book “The Three Questions” with personal messages from the staff.  Grade 9 students who did not receive this book can pick it up at the main office on Monday.

Final Report Cards are now available to view online through myCBE PowerSchool​. Paper copies are no longer distributed. If you are having difficulty viewing the report card please call the front office for assistance. 

Appeals day is Tuesday, June 29.  If you have questions about your child’s report card, you can contact your child’s classroom teacher between the hours of 8:30 and noon on Tuesday by calling the school or sending an email to the teacher.

Monday June 28th is the last day of school for students.   Dismissal is at noon. Students should come prepared to remove all of their personal belongings.  Anything left behind will be donated to Goodwill. 

Infinity Garden - We recognize that some families required greater clarity following Monday’s assembly.  In Friday’s assembly we made efforts to emphasize and remind students of saa’kokoto’s (Elder Randy Bottle) encouraging words that everyone is welcome in the garden.  The short assembly included the activity of planting sage seeds which will eventually be planted in the Infinity Garden, Medicine Wheel area. 
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Physical Education Classes / School Swag   An online store will be open until July 11th for students to purchase a brand new gym strip for the 2021-22 school year. It is not mandatory that students wear these shirts and shorts but we recognize that many students prefer to. Please note that students will have the choice to wear their own athletic clothing in place of our SJAM clothing for P.E. class. 
 
1. To access the Sir John A Macdonald Gym Clothing Store, please go to: https://beastinc.ca/
2. In the upper right corner, click on the “Find My Store”.
3. Choose Sir John A Macdonald School store.
4. If this is your first visit, you will be asked to Register. This ensures your security and privacy. 
5. Once you are in the store, select the product you would like information and product description of. Place your order and pay as per the instructions.
6. This online store closes July 11th. No orders will be accepted after midnight July 11th.
7. Product will be available to pick up from the School at the beginning of Sept. via the Phys Ed Dept.
 
COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Calgary Regional Consortium has some wonderful summer learning opportunities for parents and caregivers

Please checkout the poster
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 to contact Tannis and Christina from the City of Calgary to learn more about the Huntington Hills community.

Closer to Home  resources available to support families.

City of Calgary Supports for Individuals check out the many available resources for families. 

We hope you are having a terrific weekend and finding a place to cool down in the hot weather!
Darren, Andrea and Cat


Jun 21
June 20

​Hello SJAMMERS,

Happy Father’s Day to all fathers and father figures, past and present.  We would also like to acknowledge that today is the summer solstice, we hope you have been enjoying the activities and events that are happening around you.

We are entering the last full week of the school year.  A reminder that Monday is a full day and the following days are half days.  Students will be going through a modified schedule, which we have placed below:  

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Some housekeeping items to remember:

Students need to have all textbooks and library books returned to the Learning Commons. 
If your student borrowed a computer and has yet to return it, the computer needs to be returned to Mr. Bliss in the LC by this Monday (June 21, 2021). There will be a small reward for students who return their computer on Monday.
Students are reminded that appropriate and respectful clothing is still expected with the hot weather, and masks are still mandatory.
June is Indigenous History Month

Sunday, June 20th is Summer Solstice

Elder Randy Bottle (saa’kokoto) shared with us solstice is a time of renewal and connection. Many of us are looking forward to renewing our spirits this summer and making connections with family and friends after so much time with Covid-19 restrictions. Look for ways to connect to the land as well. 

Summer is a season of abundance. Flowers and plants are growing and we look forward to harvesting those vegetables and fruits we may be growing in our gardens. Elder saa’kokoto reminds us to “harvest life itself - the things we experience make us who we are.” 

So look to the east on Sunday, to greet the sun (Na’toosi) and allow gratitude to enter your thoughts for the summer gifts.  We encourage you to tweet a picture or a thought using the following hashtag #greetingnatoosi.

Monday, June 21st is National Indigenous Peoples Day

Interested in Exploring Historical Indigenous sites in Calgary?  Check out this interesting event​ 
COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Check out the many FREE available programs for all ages this summer through the City of Calgary at Summer City of Calgary Programs​​


Jun 14
June 13

Hello SJAMMERS.

We hope you are enjoying the green and blooming of flowers that have arrived from all the rain this past week and are looking forward to the warmth that has been forecasted for the week ahead. For many students, the countdown to the end of the year has begun with the promise of good weather.
June is Indigenous History Month
Award winning author, speaker and consultant, Monique Gray Smith​, released a video that may be useful for parents or guardians when taking up the discussion of residential schools. Monique has suggestions for the tender conversations in addition to strategies and lists of authors to read and/or listen to.
Monique notes “the strategies are not totally in-depth, but will guide steps forward. Sometimes the journey is not for us as Indigenous people to provide the light for all the paths, but to support the journey and guide people to light their own ways”. 
 
Calgary Public Library

Indigenous Storytime - Online
This fun and interactive Indigenous Family Storytime is available for all ages. You will read stories by Indigenous authors and  learn some rhymes and words.
When: Friday June 25th 10:30 – 11:00 am (space is limited). Register with your library card here.
 
Summer Solstice

Sunday June 20, 2021
Summer is a time when Grandfather Sun will soon travel to the most northernmost part of the sky giving us the longest day hour of the year. Indigenous People refer to this as Summer Solstice. Did you know that June is the month when we accumulate the most rain? This is also when the new moon arrives. It is a time of year that we look forward to green grass and abundant growth of our plant and new young animal relatives.
Celebrate with the Summer Solstice Festival where you will find a virtual POW WOW where drummers and dancers compete for prize money. Round one is from June 14-17th 2:00 10:00 am – 6:00 pm MST on the Social Distance Powwow Facebook group.  You can also try culinary workshops, creation (craft) workshops and an Indigenous marketplace
 
Flourishing Life

Guiding Principles of a Strengths-Based Approach:
All students are trying to do the best they can with what they have learned and experienced to date.
All students want to be successful, explore the world around them and contribute in positive ways.
Upcoming important dates
June is National Indigenous History Month and June 21 is National Indigenous People’s Day
June 22, 23, 24, 25 and 28 are all noon dismissal days.  June 28 is the last day of school for students.
 
COMMUNITY RESOURCES

"How good are you at problem solving? Want to compete in a unique challenge with a team of your friends to solve puzzles and win prizes?  
Register for the Sunshine Team Challenge, an online contest run by Sunshine Education for junior high students coming up on June 25, 4-7pm! The contest will have sections for math, science, and English language arts, with puzzle-style questions that will challenge your creativity and problem-solving skills. The contest is open to teams of 2-4 students in grades 7-9, and the team that collects the most points across all subjects will win some gift cards from Righteous Gelato!
This contest is hosted by Sunshine Education, a Calgary student-led non-profit that runs events for students to develop a love for learning. For more information on the contest and how to register, visit https://sunshine-education.com/events/.​ Register by June 19!"

We hope you had a great weekend.
Darren, Andrea, & Cat


Jun 07
June 6

Hello SJAMMERS,

This past week has been emotional for our staff and students at SJAM.  We would like to thank Kelly Hackman, our Indigenous Education Strategist who led us through some educational lessons and activities to honour all Indigenous Peoples who have been impacted by the Residential School System.   Hundreds of messages of hope and condolences from SJAM staff and students​ are attached to our fence.  If you would like to add a message from your family please email it to Kelly Hackman at klhackman@cbe.ab.ca or you are welcome to call her at 403-777-7670 ext 2048. The messages will remain for the duration of Indigenous History Month.
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Throughout the coming month, we will continue to discuss what actions students can take in support of the children, families and communities suffering this tragedy. Additionally, we encourage you to answer your child’s questions in an open and honest manner and within the context of your families' beliefs and values. As a school, and a member of the larger Calgary Board of Education community, we are committed to fostering a safe, caring, and welcoming learning environment for all students. We are also committed to acknowledging and supporting the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action for a better Canada for all of us.  If you want to know more about residential schools in Canada see the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation website here​.
Flourishing Life

Guiding Principles of a Strengths-Based Approach:

All students have unique strengths and the ability to thrive in successful ways.

It is the unique strengths of students that will determine their success and define who they are.



Student survey

SJAM School will be participating once again in an online school perception survey for students called the OurSCHOOL Student Survey. Please find the details of the survey implementation below:

Who: Grade 7,8,9

When: June 8,9/2021

Where: In school computer lab (HUB students online)

Why: to measure student engagement, increase student involvement & sense of belonging at school

 About the OurSCHOOL Student Survey:
●               Allows students to share their feedback anonymously on their experiences at school, school environment, and school improvement programs. 
●               Based on their feedback, students have the opportunity to be involved in action plans fostering increased student engagement
●               Participation in the survey is voluntary, however, all students are encouraged to participate.
●               The time required to complete the survey may vary, but it is designed to be completed in approximately 35-40 minutes.

 Survey measures include such topics as behaviours and attitudes linked to student success, emotional and social well-being and physical health. For more information about the OurSCHOOL Student Survey, please visit The Learning Bar’s website: www.thelearningbar.com.
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If you have questions or would like to request more information about SJAM’s upcoming implementation of the OurSCHOOL Student Survey, please contact Ryan MacLeod at rjmacleod@cbe.ab.ca 
Upcoming important dates

June is National Indigenous History Month and June 21 is National Indigenous People’s Day

June 22, 23, 24, 25 and 28 are all noon dismissal days.  June 28 is the last day of school for students.
COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Carya offers Financial Wellness services to Calgarians in either a one-on-one coaching session or in a group to:

-          Build practical money management skills
-          Improve savings habits
-          Increase financial knowledge
-          Build confidence and sense control over money
-          Grow assets

These services are offered at NO COST. 
We hope you are having a restful weekend,
Darren, Andrea & Cat


May 31
May 30

​Hello SJAMMERS,

It has been wonderful having students back in the building this week.  We are happy to report that the transition back to in-person school has been going well.  With the improvement in the weather and the end of the year coming quickly we are reminding students to continue being engaged in their learning. Teachers will continue to place classwork to d2L and put information about assessment into PowerSchool should you or your student need information.  

We would like to take this time to thank all those who returned the guitars and computers that were leant out, and remind if your student did borrow a computer or guitar for online learning can you please return the item to school if it hasn’t been returned already.  

With the weather ever changing we are reminding students to be prepared for the possibility of rain, sleet, and/or snow and that there is still the expectation that all students dress in a manner that is appropriate and respectful, as per CBE Administrative Regulation 6010​. Students are also reminded to be wearing their masks while in school.  
Grade 8 and 9 Options for 2021-2022

Grade 7 and 8 students are now able to select their options for next year.  An email has gone home with the information.  Your student will need to enter PowerSchool to make these selections: https://sis.cbe.ab.ca/public/home.html​  The ability to make selections will close on Friday June 4th, please remind your student to complete this during this week.
Grade 9 Farewell Video
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We have recently sent out an email to all grade 9 students with instructions on how they can be a part of a farewell video that we will be creating. It requests students to submit a short video of themselves that we will compile together and then share the finished video to the grade 9 student body through D2L at the end of the year. Please remind your child to check their CBE Gmail for the message, which you can also refer to for more details.
Flourishing Life

Guiding Principles of a Strengths-Based Approach:

Positive change occurs in the context of unconditional and authentic relationships.

What a student thinks about themselves is more important than what others might think.
National Census

You may have heard that the 2021 Census is underway. It has been a challenging year for families, and the census might seem like another thing on your busy to-do list. However, we would like to encourage you to complete your census, if you haven’t already done so. Census data helps governments at all levels plan for schools, transportation, community centres, libraries and recreational activities. Data from the 2021 Census will be even more crucial, because it will help to evaluate the impact of the pandemic and to better plan for the future. You can quickly and easily complete your census questionnaire at www.census.gc.ca using the access code you received in the mail. If you need assistance, or would like to have a paper (or alternate format) questionnaire, please call the Census Help Line at 1-855-340-2021. Thank you for doing your part to help plan for a better future for all Canadians. 
Upcoming Dates and Events

June 2: CBE and SJAM are supporting Alberta Red Shirt day.
“Red Shirt Day (for AccessAbility and Inclusion) is a day when people across Canada come together and wear red – in schools, workplaces and spaces everywhere in order to create a visible display of solidarity. By wearing red you will show your support for persons and families who are living with disabilities, celebrate the achievements of people living with disabilities, and pledge your commitment to help create a fully accessible and inclusive society that honours and values the contributions of people of all abilities in all aspects of life in Canada.” Red Shirt Day​

We would love your support in promoting AccessAbility and inclusion by asking school staff and students to wear red on June 2.
June is Indigenous History Month Across Canada, the month of June is recognized as Indigenous History Month – a time to recognize the contributions, history, and diversity of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples in Canada while acknowledging the incredible strength, vibrancy, and knowledge that lives in Indigenous communities and community members. Canada also recognizes June 21st specifically to be National Indigenous Peoples Day – a day for all peoples in Canada to celebrate and honour Indigenous Peoples. This day was symbolically chosen to land on or near the summer solstice because of the solstice’s significance to many Indigenous peoples. 
We hope you have had a great weekend.
Darren, Andrea & Cat​


May 25
May 24

​​Good afternoon SJAMMERS,

We are hoping that you have been enjoying the long weekend. We know the news that students are returning to in school learning is welcomed by some, but that there are some concerns for others. We are thrilled to have everyone back in the building on Tuesday! At SJAM, our staff is committed to continuing to work with students and families to ensure that learning is uninterrupted as much as possible and student safety is most important for the remainder of the year.
Thank you to everyone who responded to our School Development Plan.  We went from 3 responses to over 33 responses overnight.  We appreciate you taking the time to share your voice with us as it does make a difference in how we will approach our Plan for the next school year.  
If your student did borrow a computer or guitar for online learning can you please return it to the school this week. 
School Council

Our School Council AGM was held this past week. We are appreciative of the commitment of our executive over the past year.  A special thank you and appreciation goes to those who are leaving their roles - Jody C, Charlene B and Dionne T.  We still need some positions to be filled for next year’s council.  If you have any accounting experience please consider the treasurer position.  We also need a chair and vice chair (or 2 co-chairs) along with a secretary. Please send an email to sjam.council@gmail.com if you are interested in joining the school council executive.  Please see the following request from our co-chair Charlene B.
Yearbook Purchase Reminder

 We've got some great news. Our yearbook publisher has offered to provide us extra copies of the yearbook, beyond the number we committed to at the deadline in February. This means that you still have the opportunity to purchase your own copy of the 2021 SJAM Yearbook, if you were not able to already do so. Keep in mind that there are still limited copies and when we run out, that will be it, so take advantage of this opportunity before it's too late. In order to purchase your guaranteed copy, you will need to contact the office. 
Flourishing Life

Guiding Principles of a Strengths-Based Approach 
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A strength-based approach that begins with “what is right” about a person rather than “what is wrong”.
COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Carya is a community service organization that is previously known as Calgary Family Services.  They have supports for families in all of the ever-changing phases of parenthood.  If you need support, call their intake line at 403-205-5244 or visit their website​.

We hope you are enjoying your looong weekend! 
Darren, Andrea & Cat


May 17
May 14

Hello SJAMMERS,

We are pleased with how well students have been staying the course with attendance and work completion.  Based on today’s knowledge we have 1 more week of online learning. 
Next week is a short week for students. Teachers will be engaged in professional development on Friday, May 21.  There will be no school that day for students while teachers attend the moo’kaaksin PD day, which means knowledge gathering in Blackfoot. 

We also want to share that our Grade 8s and 9s will be completing a CBE School Survey on May 18th during either their Math or Science class.

We have decided to send this WAG out on Sunday at noon.  Please give us your feedback on this change to let us know about future WAG communication.  
School Council

Please join us virtually for our School Council AGM meeting on Tuesday, May 18 at 6:30pm using Microsoft Teams. Mr. Jones, our Learning Leader for Physical Education classes will be sharing information on what is happening at the school and updates within the program of studies. This is also a very important AGM meeting where we determine positions for the School Council and the Fund Raising (Parent) Society for the upcoming school year.  Please consider these as one of the most important ways you can make a meaningful difference in the lives of CBE students, by participating on school councils. By connecting students, schools and your community, school councils help nurture and inspire students to achieve their full potential.

If you were unable to attend our previous Council meetings this year and would like to receive an invite to access this meeting, please send an email to sjam.council@gmail.com.
Yearbook Purchase Reminder
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 We've got some great news. Our yearbook publisher has offered to provide us extra copies of the yearbook, beyond the number we committed to at the deadline in February. This means that you still have the opportunity to purchase your own copy of the 2021 SJAM Yearbook, if you were not able to already do so. Keep in mind that there are still limited copies and when we run out, that will be it, so take advantage of this opportunity before it's too late. In order to purchase your guaranteed copy, you will need to contact the office. 
Flourishing Life

Guiding Principles of a Strengths-Based Approach 
All students have unique strengths and the ability to thrive in successful ways.
What one focuses on (strengths or weaknesses) will become a student’s reality. 



We hope you are enjoying your weekend along with the wonderful weather. 
Darren, Andrea & Cat​


May 10
May 7

Hello SJAMMERs,

We had some beautiful weather this week and the grass is greener and growing because of the recent rain.  The Prairie Crocus (ki’piaapi in Blackfoot) has appeared on Nose Hill and people are even starting to mow their lawns in the surrounding Huntington Hills community - sure signs that spring has arrived!

At this point our students in the regular program will continue learning online at home until after the May long weekend, returning May 25.  Students in our ALP and TASC classes will resume with in-school learning and we welcome our PLP class back from their week of isolation on Monday.  It will be great to see their smiling faces again!  We wish all of the Mothers in the SJAM community a wonderful Mother’s Day and we hope you are all recognised by your families in a special and loving way.
 
School Development Plan Survey open

We know we make better decisions to support student learning when we build understanding and work together. That’s why we are sharing our school development plan and asking you to share your perspectives with us.  The survey is open from May 7 to May 21.

Please click here (link to survey) to complete the survey.  More information can be found on our website​
 
Grade 9 Math Opportunity - Get Ready for Grade 10 Math
 
Please view the opportunity presented to your grade 9 student in their math D2L shell.  Contact Mr. Bliss (rfbliss@cbe.ab.ca) to let him know if your student would like to register for this class.
 
School Council

School Council would like to let everyone know that the School Council Annual General Meeting is coming up on May 18, 2021 at 6:30. 
 
Upcoming Events and what has been happening around us
 
Next week there is EID al-Fatir, beginning May 12th at sunset.

Eid al-Fitr is an important Islamic holiday for our Muslim community.  This event marks the end of the blessed month of Ramadan. The exact dates of Ramadan change every year because the Islamic calendar is based on the cycles of the Moon. 
 
May is Asian Heritage Month

It is the time to celebrate and learn about the contributions of Asian-Canadians and people of Asian heritage from other countries. It is also the time to be extra proactive in learning about anti-Asian racism past and present. We all need to learn about how our past ties into our present. We would like to share some resources to help us do that:
Films about Asian Communities in Canada: Curated selection of films by the National Film Board of Canada
Great Reads to Combat Anti-Asian Racism: Books for children, teens, and adults at the Calgary Public Library
Events in Calgary: List of events hosted by the Asian Heritage Foundation
Events in Canada: List of events promoted by the CBC
Events in Asian Canadian History: Brief history of events in Canada. Canadian government website.
 
Reflecting on this week, we have been highlighting important dates in classes that have been acknowledged in Alberta as well as across Canada.  On May 5th, there was Hats on for Mental Health Day and also Red Dress Day.

On the first Wednesday in May, Albertans are invited to wear a hat to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health. With the challenges facing people during the pandemic a focus on mental health has become even more important. A couple of confidential supports that provide support and information  

Red Dress Day or the National Day of Awareness for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) and 2SLGBTQQIA was May 5th. Each year we honour those that are no longer with us by wearing a red dress, red shirt, or red ribbon. While there is not an exact number, thousands are presumed to have disappeared. Indigenous women account for 14% of female homicide victims despite making up only 5% of the population (Native Women’s Association of Canada, 2020). Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Women and Girls is available here

Learn how Red Dress Day began in this video by visual Métis artist Jamie Black.
 
COMMUNITY RESOURCES
 
YMCA is offering FREE Outdoor Youth Programs for children ages 10-15 - details are in the flyer.
 
The Good Food Box Program, (GFB) is a program under the Community Kitchen Program of Calgary whereby anyone can purchase boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables at an affordable price. The Good Food Box Program offers a Hands Up approach as opposed to a Hands-Out. We offer all Calgarians and those in the surrounding areas, sustainable access to nutritious boxes of fruits and vegetables at an affordable price.   Ordering details are available here.
 
Have a great weekend everyone!
Darren, Andrea & Cat​


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#Awesome! We see some beautiful #SJAMers in that bunch. ❤️ Thanks to all who volunteer their time and give their love to the beautification of #YYC. 👏🏽 https://t.co/EOWemXUqfS

#SJAM is so grateful to be a part of the #mookaaksin circle. ❤️ #WeAreCBE https://t.co/0nDasXTUVr

RT @yyCBEdu: It’s the last weekend to pre-register for yellow school bus transportation for next year. Please log into your My CBE/PowerSchool account to apply before Friday, May 31. https://t.co/5WKzXrGLt4 #yycbe #WeAreCBE https://t.co/kmFAYoncFg

Our #SJAM musicians rocked the house tonight with their amazing talents! Our conductor #MrsArmstrong was in fine form, like always! 👏🏽 ❤️ The music was so good that our Trustee @AltheaGAdams & principal #MsLori were up busting some old school #YMCA moves. 😎 Y-M-C-A 😎 #WeAreCBE https://t.co/vjjtZXkVH4

Our #SJAM Drama Production was a huge success last week! Thank you #MrLancaster for giving so much of yourself to #SJAM students. We ❤️ you and we are grateful for your teaching and coaching. #Bravo 👏🏽 #WeAreCBE #LostThenFound #DrJekyllsSecret https://t.co/PPYlMXdDyV