Mar 15
School Engagement Survey

Dear Altadore Families,

As a part of the CBE, we are collecting some information from you about your understanding of our school development plan, our school budget, and our school-based fees.

We held an online meeting on Wednesday, March 15 for parents where we provided some background information and answered questions. If you were unable to attend the meeting, you are able to access the PowerPoint presentation below. Of course, you are always able to contact us if you have any questions, require clarification, or would like more details.​

We hope to get your feedback as we begin our planning for the 2023-24 school year. You can do that by completing the following survey prior to March 28. That being said, we recommend completing it before Spring Break so that you don’t forget.​


School Planning Engagement - 2023- FULL.pptx


If you attended the presentation, please fill out the survey at the following link:

Feb 06
February Already!

Dear Altadore Families,

February already! It is so hard to believe the school year is half over. We have a very busy month - starting with a dance residency Monday morning.

We would like to say welcome to Cossette Mandin who will be teaching music for the next while.

Many of our students have a tradition of sharing valentines on February 14. We ask that families who choose to send valentines ensure that there is one for each student in the class. If you would like to send a treat or a piece of candy along with valentines, you may do so as long as they are individually wrapped and are labelled with the ingredients used. These treats will be sent home. Please do not send in any food to be shared during class time. Teachers will send more information home regarding any special activities happening during class that day.

February is Black History Month. Teachers will be looking to make connections between what they are doing in class, the history of Canada, and the current and past experience of Black people in Canada. We will also be highlighting literature by Black authors and illustrators and stories featuring Black characters.

As always, we are looking to highlight the different experiences and backgrounds of families who make up our school community. If you have any stories, experiences, or resources you would like to share, they would be most welcome. It is always our hope to mirror the lives of our students and to open windows that help us recognize and honour the rich variety of cultures present within our community.

Kelly Christopher, Principal

Mack Fraser, Assistant Principal​

Jan 27
My Last Update
Dear Altadore Families,
This is my last Altadore Weekly update admin message, and I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your amazing support. I have enjoyed my three and a half years here at Altadore: your children are kind, brilliant, and fun.
The teachers are hardworking, creative, and committed to their students. Our support staff are flexible and eager to help. Altadore is truly a special school and it is in large part because of our amazing parent community. The generosity you all show through donations, volunteer hours, and community service is
impressive; you really do make Altadore a school full of opportunities and enrichment. Thank you for all that you do!
I would also like to take a minute to thank Kelly for her mentorship. This was my second Assistant Principal position, and I learned so much from her that I will carry with me as I move into my own principalship. Kelly works so hard, cares so
deeply, is so committed, and puts in more hours than any administrator I’ve met.
I know Mack will continue to benefit from her leadership as much as I have.
Thank you once again for all of your encouragement and support. I have loved my time at Altadore, and although I am excited for this new chapter and role, I will greatly miss this school community.

- Meagan

Kelly Christopher Principal                                             
Assistant Principal  

Meagan Lundgren
Assistant Principal

Jan 24
Report Cards

Dear Altadore Families,

Report cards will be available to all families in MyCBE starting on January 30. More information on how to access them next week.

They will look a little different this year.. Here are some highlights of the changes:

  • This year, students will not receive a mark in the Results categories of citizenship, character, and personal development like they have in the past. This decision to remove the Results reporting for this year was primarily to decrease teacher workload as they focus on implementing new curriculum. We will continue to keep you informed about citizenship, character and personal development in the comment section of the report card
  • There are a reduced number of stems under each subject; these changes were made to align with the new provincial curriculum (some of which is being implemented this year, and some that is planned for future implementation)
  • The new curriculum in K-3 for English Language Arts and Literacy and Mathematics, and the new Physical Education and Wellness curriculum for K-6 have different outcomes than the previous one. If teachers feel this will impact your child's marks, they will let you know.

We work very hard to ensure there is ongoing communication about how your child is doing at school (work sent home, sharing nights, conferences, emails, etc.). We do not want anything on the report card to be a surprise to families.

If you have any questions about your child’s report card, please reach out to the classroom teacher. If you have any questions or we can help in any way, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Kelly Christopher Principal                                             
Assistant Principal  

Meagan Lundgren
Assistant Principal

Jan 16
Happy New Year

Dear Altadore Families,

Happy New Year! We hope you all had a wonderful break and had a chance to recharge! Kindergarten registration begins on Monday. More information is included below if you have younger siblings or know children in our area who may be attending kindergarten next year.

At our School Council meeting on Wednesday, we will be sharing information about the Provincial Achievement Tests our Grade 6 students wrote last spring, about how the upcoming report cards will be looking a little different, and about the math goal of our School Development Plan. The meeting will be held in the school library and childcare will be provided. In response to several requests, parents will also be able to listen in to the meeting online - although they will not be able to participate or comment.

If you have any questions or we can help in any way, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Kelly Christopher Principal                                             
Assistant Principal  

Meagan Lundgren
Assistant Principal

Dec 19
Battle of the Breakfast Cereals

Dear Altadore Families,

What a special time of year! With Spirit Week last week, Christmas Concerts this week, special activities with buddies and projects in classrooms, the school is abuzz with excitement! Spirit Week was a great success: we had so many festive outfits, hats, and hair; we had cozy pajamas and adorable stuffies, and students enjoyed carols at lunch. The week ended with the grand finale of the Battle of the Breakfast Cereals. The Pride Vibes club lined the halls with cereal boxes and we watched them fall like dominoes! We ended up collecting roughly 525 boxes of cereal for the Calgary Food Bank! Thank you so much to everyone who donated a box…or many boxes! It was hilarious to go into the Safeway in Marda Loop and hear, “You must be from Altadore School” when we purchased our boxes!

There is still time to help out the Calgary Food Bank this season. We will have monetary donation boxes at the Christmas Concerts each afternoon and evening. Our Grade 5 & 6 students will be accepting the cash donations on behalf of the Pride Vibes Club.

Speaking of the concerts, we are so excited to see all of you at the in-person concerts next week! Today, our illness absence rate was as low as it has been since Hallowe’en at 5.4%, which supports our decision to go ahead with in-person concerts. The students, staff, and especially Mr. Fraser, have been working very hard to prepare for these performances, and we can’t wait to share them with you!

Lastly, we wanted to let you know that this Weekly Update will be our last one until Sunday, January 15. We will send one after our first week back to school. We would like to wish our Altadore families a wonderful, restful winter break. We will see you in 2023.

Kelly Christopher                                Meagan Lundgren
Principal                                              Assistant Principal            




Dec 09
Christmas Activites

Dear Altadore Families,

We have just two weeks left of school before the winter break, and they are going to be busy! Our Pride Vibes club is continuing to fundraise for the Calgary Food Bank, our Grade 5/6 Leadership club is hosting a Spirit Week next week, our class buddies have been working on some neat projects together, and all of our students are rehearsing for our upcoming Christmas Concerts. To help parents stay on top of these events, we’ve summarized things for you:

  • Monday, December 12 - Spirit Week kicks off! Classes will decorate their doors for the season
  • Tuesday, December 13 - Ugly sweater/wear red & green day
  • Wednesday, December 14 - Festive hair/wild hair/festive hat day
  • Thursday, December 15 - Carols playing in the morning, at lunch, after school
  • Friday, December 16 - Pajama day (stuffies welcome!) and Battle of the Breakfast Cereals domino event (if you want to see our inspiration for this, check out this school's video)
  • Monday, December 19 - Grades 2 & 3 Christmas Concert (1:45 & 6:00)
  • Tuesday, December 20 - Kindergarten & Grade 1 Concert (1:45 & 6:00)
  • Wednesday, December 21 - Grades 4, 5 & 6 Concert (1:45 & 6:00)
  • Thursday, December 22 - School carolling & last day of classes

We know this is a busy time for families outside of school as well, so we want to take a moment to say thank you for supporting our school events and initiatives. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Kelly Christopher                                Meagan Lundgren
Principal                                              Assistant Principal            

Dec 05
Building the Understanding of Diversity

This year, our staff decided to focus on building the understanding of diversity within our school for the well-being goal of our School Development Plan. There are several reasons for this:

  • Although we score very high in belonging measures compared to other schools in Calgary, Alberta and Canada, we do have 15% - 20% of our students who do not consistently feel like they belong at school. This is often related to a sense of being “different” for one reason or another.
  • Our students are aware of different cultures, and believe that having different cultures is a good thing. At the same time, they are often not aware of their own culture.
  • When our students think of diversity, they often think diversity means culture. They tend not to think of diversity in relation learning differences, mental health challenges, physical disabilities, body size, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Our hope is to build student’s understanding of diversity, to celebrate the wide range of diversity that exists within our community, and to ensure everyone feels like they belong at Atladore. There are several ways we have started to build on these themes, including having classroom conversations, implementing learning tasks related to diversity, sharing literature that includes diverse characters, and recognizing a wider variety of cultural celebrations.

We would like to ask for your help! If you have any knowledge you would like to share, customs you would like to highlight, or something you think we are missing, please reach out to your child’s teacher or to one of us.

Thank you in advance.

Kelly Christopher Principal                                             
Assistant Principal  

Meagan Lundgren
Assistant Principal


Nov 21
Sharing Night

Dear Altadore Families,

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Sharing Night. There was a palpable sense of community and a welcome buzz in the air. It was wonderful to see how excited students were to show off their classrooms and their work.

Meagan Lundgren will be returning to work on Monday following her ankle surgery. She is so excited to be back! Her school bag has been packed for days. She has been dearly missed and definitely left some big shoes to fill. I hope you will all make a point of welcoming her back!

A huge thank you to Mack Fraser who has filled in as our Acting Assistant Principal for the last five weeks. I have truly enjoyed teaming with him and he has been a great help in the office! At the same time, I know that there are many, many students in our school who will be very, very happy to have him back teaching music full time.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Kelly Christopher Principal

Nov 15
Remembrance Day Assembly

Dear Altadore Families,

We had a very heartfelt and moving Remembrance Day assembly on Thursday. Our Grade 6’s did a wonderful job of making it meaningful for all of our students; conveying both the sacrifice soldiers made for all of us and how important it is to constantly work for peace. They shared many connections to Canadian veterans and war memorials in Altadore and Calgary. One of our favorite moments was when some of the Grade 6 and Kindergarten students shared their thoughts about peace. As always, the handbell performance was memorable. A huge congratulations to all of our students who listened so carefully during the performance and who treated the occasion with all the dignity and respect that we could ask for.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Kelly Christopher, Principal

Mack Fraser, Acting Assistant Principal


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