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  • Kindergarten to Grade 6 Students Move to At-Home Learning

  • CBE Recognizes CMHA Mental Health Week 2021

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What is 'Being Human'?

Ultimately, What It Means to Be Human is less an answer than it is an invitation to a series of questions; questions about who and what we are as a species, as souls, and as nodes in a larger complex ecosystem of sentient beings.  For centuries humans have queried and written many articles and books on the topic of 'Being Human.'  Philosophers, Neuroscientists and Evolutionary Biologists have shared their perspectives on this insoluble and most fundamental inquiry of existence.  Whether the lens applies to animals or social stereotypes, one thing is certain: At a time when the need to celebrate both our shared humanity and our meaningful differences, the question of what makes us human, becomes not one of philosophy alone but also of politics, justice, identity, and every fiber of existence that lies between.
At West Dalhousie School our perspective on 'What It Means to Be Human' is centered around our Three Pillars of Care; Care for Yourself; Care for Others and Care For This Place. 
We see teaching as a human act rather than a technical one, and remember the importance of the relationships we nurture. Believing that children need to feel safe and cared for, we cultivate a sense of community. Believing that we often do our best learning when we have someone who will talk it over with us; we support dialogue in our classrooms and engage children in thoughtful conversation. We know that children also need to have voice in decisions about their learning and choice in how they will take it up.
We enable children to explore a topic in depth, to return to earlier topics, and to make connections in their learning in our classrooms and in their lives beyond our walls. We encourage our students to critically question their world. Remembering that as teachers and parents we offer models of adulthood to children, we show them that we, too are lifelong learners who still have many questions to ask. We recognize and model the importance of wonder and imagination.
Our Wellness, Weekly challenge the last month have been focused on caring for others and accepting their differences.  We have challenged students to be unique as individuals in their choices of who they want to be as a person, in their clothing, preferences, talents/gifts, perspectives, likes and dislikes.  We want students to think about thinking, to ponder on the past, present, and future and to make better decisions than our predecessors.  To fit in different racial, cultural, religious, and political groups but to be unique and special as a species. To accept others for who they are without judgement.  To treat others with respect.
At WDS we care for our students and staff by teaching and modelling respect, acceptance and care.  We provide intervention as needed for those that cannot understand these traits and at times administer consequences as required. In closing, I wish you a month of acceptance for all and thinking about what 'Being Human' means to you!
Maria SpagnoloPrincipalWest Dalhousie School

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Phew, what a week! Thank you to our amazing teachers and staff who’ve worked so hard to make the switch to at home learning. Thank you to students and families for your flexibility and patience. Have a great weekend and we’ll see you online on Monday. #WeAreCBE

Earlier today we shared information with our families about the move to at home learning on Friday, May 7. At this time, students are expected to return to in-class learning on Tuesday, May 25 #yycbe #WeAreCBE

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West Dalhousie School

6502 58 St NW Calgary, AB, T3A 2C8
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Maria Spagnolo
Assistant Principal
Divya Devender - Kraft
Education Director
Prem Randhawa
Althea Adams

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