Jun 16
Thursday, June 16, 2022

Good afternoon Sir Wilfrid Laurier parents/guardians:

Below you will see some important things to note:

June 17 – Grade 6 and 9 Math Part A PAT
June 17 – Locker Cleanout – All reading books and textbooks returned to library
June 17 – Last day of uniform requirement
June 20 – Athletic casual wear may be worn from now to end of year
June 20 – Grade 6 Math Part B PAT
June 20 – Social 9 PAT
June 20 – Grade 7 and 8 Social Exam
June 21 – Aboriginal Day Activities to be announced at a later date
June 22 – Grade 9 Math Part B PAT
June 22 – Grade 7 and 8 Math Exam
June 22 – Grade 6 Bowling Day
June 23 – Grade 9 ELA Part B PAT
June 23 – Grade 7 and 8 ELA Exam
June 23 – Grade 6 Swimming Day
June 23 – Last day Café Laurier is open
June 24 – Grade 9 Science PAT
June 24 – Grade 7 and 8 Science Exam
June 27 – SWL Sports/Activity Day and BBQ
June 28 – Last Day of Classes
June 28 – Grade 9 Calaway Park Farewell Activity
June 28 – Grade 6 Calgary Zoo
June 29 – Appeals Day – No School
June 30 – Non-Instructional Day – No School
September 1 – Return to School – First Day of Classes

Principal's Message
Hello SWL!

We are almost there! 

A few important reminders:

  • All library and textbooks need to be returned by Friday, June 17 to avoid a charge.  PDF copies of textbooks are available for exam preparation and exam bank is also an excellent study tool;
  • Locker clean out is tomorrow,  bring a plastic bag or two to carry home personal belongings;
  • Tomorrow is the last uniform day; students may wear casual starting Monday…they are to “dress for school", which means wearing clothes that allow them to play light sports, go for walks and uphold work place expectations;
  • Report Cards are issued online and will be available to view on June 28.   Parents and Guardians can log in to MyCBE to view student information, including report cards, comments from your child's teacher, assignments and grades, and attendance information. For best access to information, log in to the MyCBE Portal instead of using the PowerSchool App. Please contact the school if you need any help or support.

We have a few exciting field trips planned and a sports day to celebrate our year together…for next week, we stay the course and focus on exams and doing our best work.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mr. Martin​


Jun 02
June 2, 2022

Hello SWL School Community,

I hope you are enjoying the Spring weather.   A few announcements to share with you:

Ms. Tonn, our Band teacher, will be away for the remainder of the school year and sadly, we cannot proceed with the Band Concert and Student Recognition Assembly scheduled for June 10.  Please make note of this if you were planning to attend.  We are very fortunate to have Ms. McCartney covering for Ms. Tonn until the end of June and she will be doing smaller scale performances with the grade 8 and 9 Band students.

On June 9, the grade 8 band will perform their two favourite songs for our grade six students from 1:00 – 1:30 pm in the gym.  Grade 8 Band parents are welcome to attend this short performance.  From 2-3 pm, we will host a grade 7-9 Student Recognition Assembly to celebrate students who have demonstrated Citizenship and/or the pursuit of Physical Education, Band and French.  Parents of students being recognized will be contacted by a teacher and are invited for this portion of the assembly.

June 10 marks THE RETURN OF THE SWL TALENT SHOW!!  Grade 6/7 students will assemble from 9-10 and grade 8/9 from 11-12 in the gymnasium.  The grade 9 band is also going to perform a few of their favourite songs and parents of grade 9 band students or talent show participants are most welcome to attend one of these scheduled times if they wish.

Locker and Physical Education room clean out is scheduled for June 17 and this will be the last day of uniform requirements.  We will be moving into final exams.  Students are to dress for varying weather. Shoes and clothing choices should be comfortable, appropriate for school, and must ensure our students can exercise and pursue recreation after they finish their exams.   

All textbook and library books are due back to school on June 17.  PDF copies of textbook chapters and review materials for exams will be provided.  Please check around your home for books that belong to the school to avoid a replacement fee.

Final exams are fast approaching and students can practice using exam bank and reviewing class notes and assignments.   The exam bank link can be found below the exam schedule.

Mr. Smith and the Yearbook Club are finalizing the 2021-22 yearbooks and there are some amazing photos and memories captured. Purchase online and in the office at school for 30$.
Online website: https://ybpay.lifetouch.ca/
Yearbook code: 14489522

Have a wonderful weekend, please contact the school if you have any questions.

Mr. Martin
Principal​


Apr 13
April 13, 2022

Hello SWL Families,

On Thursday, April 21st all grade 6 and 9 students will have the opportunity to practice and prepare for the upcoming English Language Arts – Part A Written PAT exam.  The goal of this practice exam is to provide students the experience navigating the Quest A+ technology and a better understanding of the expectations with writing the ELA –Part A PAT.  Grade 6 students will be writing in the morning and grade 9 students will write after lunch.  If you have any questions about PATs please contact Tiffany Jernigan, Assistant Principal at tjjernigan@cbe.ab.ca

Our School Council has graciously funded a $1500 subscription to Exam Bank to support your child in preparing for exams.  This is a great example of why we need you to volunteer for our upcoming Casino on April 29th & 30th.  Please click the link below if you are able to donate your time as we have several spaces available.

Casino Volunteer link:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeUUMQICYFDHCiL6VGnRYSTpg_MgASgBhpb5dE9o2wtYxdXAg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Exam Bank link:  ExamBank

Matilda is coming to SWL.  Tickets can purchased through Eventbrite and at school on Mondays and Wednesday during lunch. 

Adult ticket price: $10

Child ticket price: $5

Eventbrite link:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/matilda-jr-tickets-306126501607

Have a wonderful long weekend.

Mr. Martin
Principal​


Mar 31
March 31, 2022

Hello SWL,

Welcome back to school! 

We have a School Council Meeting scheduled for Monday, April 4 at 6:00 pm virtually on Microsoft Teams.  All parents are welcome to attend. If you are interested, please send an e-mail to Ms. Jernigan at tjjernigan@cbe.ab.ca and she will send you a Teams Invite. 

Our Casino fundraiser is scheduled for Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 and we need at least 30-40 parent volunteers!  We usually earn about $65,000 and last year alone this purchased:

-$20,000 for computers/Chromebooks and a cart for student learning
-100+ new library books
-Club and Activities Supplies
-Musical Instruments
-Digital Displays in our hallways to celebrate life at SWL
-Sound Equipment for virtual assemblies
-Wrestling Mats and PE Equipment
-Grade 9 Farewell celebration and grade 6-9 awards
-Planetarium Day: Grade Six Science.

Currently, we need a lot of new games and supplies for our library, which is scheduled to reopen for students mid-April.

If we don't have volunteers, we will lose the casino.  Thank you in advance for signing up and making your child's school a better place to be.  Please use the following link to volunteer for a casino shift:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeUUMQICYFDHCiL6VGnRYSTpg_MgASgBhpb5dE9o2wtYxdXAg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Lastly, we have lots of exciting events scheduled in April to June so stay tuned.  With the lifting of many COVID restrictions, we are excited to bring back Awards celebrations, Band Concerts, Drama Performance,  Open Houses and much, much more.

Have a fantastic weekend, thank you for your continued support. 

Mr. Martin
Principal​


Feb 04
February 4, 2022

Hello SWL Families, 

We are looking forward to our upcoming School/Parent Council meeting on Monday, February 7 at 6:00 pm. All parents are welcome to attend, please contact Ms. Jernigan at tjjernigan@cbe.ab.ca if you would like to receive a Teams Invite.  Please do so before noon on Monday.   

A reminder to families that TLC students are required to be in their formal uniforms on Mondays and wear informal uniforms for the remainder of the week.  Leggings and track pants are not allowed, nor is black coloured attire.  Navy twill only, please. 

The CBE has created a school perception survey and we invite and welcome parents to complete it to inform our school and system.  You can access this survey starting on Monday, February 7 through the school website.  

We greatly enjoyed a school spirit and cultural day today in support of the Calgary Food Bank. Thank you for supporting our community and school!  

Enjoy your weekend  

Mr. Martin 
Principal 

Notes from Our Community Health Nurse 
Promote respect in February! Every February, students wear pink shirts (February 23) to collectively prevent bullying, show compassion, and encourage kindness. Here are some virtual training options to support their efforts: 

  • Feb. 9: Cyber safety 

    If interested, please click on the highlighted link for more information and online registration.  ​


Jan 03
January 3, 2022

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Dear SWL Families,

 

Welcome to 2022! I trust everyone had a relaxing winter break.

 

Following the provincial announcement of school closures last week, please note that the week of January 3 - 7 will be non-instructional. Students are on an extended winter break and will return to instruction January 10th.  

 

Families and students will not have access to the school building from Jan. 3 – 9.  Please phone (403-777-7370) or e-mail the main office if you have questions or need assistance. The school office is closed January 3 and office hours for the period Jan. 4 -7 will be 8:30 am – 3:15 pm.

 

These are challenging times for families and our thoughts are with you. We greatly look orward to a safe return to school.  

 

Sincerely Yours,

 

Mr. Martin

Principal


Dec 15
December 15, 2021

Thank you for your patience as we awaited the arrival of the SWL hoodie order.  They hoodies yesterday and were given to students today.  We raised approximately $600 last Friday to support families in our school community in need of essentials during these difficult times.  Nice work SWL! 

Friday is going to be very exciting with the first ever SWL virtual Pep Rally!  Students are encouraged to wear their house colours or an ugly sweater.  House colours are as follows:    Air is white, fire is red, earth is green, and water is blue.  Students who wear their house colours or an ugly sweater are welcome to wear casual pants and shoes.  Go SWL!!! 

We wish all of you a happy and joyous holiday season and best wishes for the New Year!  Thank you for your support of Sir Wilfrid Laurier School. 

Kind Regards, 

Daryl Martin 
Principal ​


Dec 09
December 9, 2021

The past year has been one of challenge and struggle for so many as we continue to navigate and support each other during a global pandemic.  As we enter into Winter Break and the holiday season, I would like to thank you for your tremendous support of our teachers and for the kindness and care you extend to Sir Wilfrid Laurier School.  I wish you joy, hope and prosperity in the New Year! 

Yesterday we delivered the gently used items so many of you provided to support those in need and we are asking students to contribute a small donation tomorrow (December 10) of $1-5 to go toward the purchase of necessities and gift cards to support families in our community. We have called a casual day tomorrow to support this charitable fundraiser.  

Next week we will have our first ever virtual PEP RALLY to introduce our athletic teams, clubs, and performing and fine arts students/staff  who make SWL a great place to work and learn.  Thank you to the leadership students and staff for designing a fun and entertaining conclusion to our first semester.  A big shout out to our school and parent council members for their participation and input at our meeting this past Monday.  

One more week until holidays J   Stay warm and have fun during Winter Break.   

Sincerely Yours, 

Daryl Martin 
Principal​


Nov 18
November 18, 2021

Hello SWL,

Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences will be virtual using Microsoft Teams. Parents are encouraged to check grades on PowerSchool before booking a conference as this helps determine which teachers you may want to see.  To be most effective, your student/child should attend the conference with you so that there is a clear understanding of what is going well and what areas can be improved upon.  A reminder to parents that teachers update a weekly blog to let you know what your child is working on and includes important test and assignment due dates.

See you virtually at conferences! We are looking forward to connecting with you.  If you have any problems or concerns, please contact the school office.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Mr. Martin
Principal​


Nov 09
November 9, 2021

Hello SWL Families,

Our Remembrance Day Assembly is scheduled for Wednesday, November 10. This is a formal assembly undertaken in every school in Canada providing a time to gather and honour those who served and paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.  Please ensure your student is in formal uniform for this assembly; this shows respect and demonstrates character and citizenship, the tenants of our TLC program. Thank you to the many teachers and students who put considerable thought and time into this assembly. Lest we Forget.

This is a very good time to check your child's grades in PowerSchool.  Teachers are finishing current units of study and summative grades are being entered.  Time remains for students who wish to demonstrate their understanding and improve their scores in advance of Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences scheduled for November 24-26.  We will host conferences virtually this year as per COVID guidelines and the positive feedback we received from parents.

Sadly, wrestling has been cancelled for the 2021-22 school year in response to COVID and the transmission risks associated with close contact and physical exertion.  Thank you to our athletic department who have decided to offer drop in basketball to keep our students healthy and active.  The school cafeteria is up and running and the vending machines are back in operation. Students are really enjoying an opportunity to buy healthy snacks and our famous lightning burgers (beef, veggie or chicken).   

Thank you to the parents who attended our first School/Parent Council Meeting in October.  Your work does a great deal to support our school community.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Mr. Martin​


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