Jan 25
Principal's Message - January 25, 2022

​Greetings from Annie Gale School! 

It is surprising how quickly the last four and a half months have passed.  Students are about to complete the first semester and teachers are completing the last tasks related to sharing our report cards for the first half of the school year.  We are excited about what the second semester will bring and we are hopeful that Omicron's effect on us will come to an end quickly.

We have some changes to our staffing at the school.  Effective February 1, 2022, Dr. Beaton will be returning to work with her students.  As such, we are saying farewell to Mx. Gill who had been covering those classes.  We thank Mx. Gill for her support of our community and we look forward to welcoming Dr. Beaton back.

You may be aware of the operational pressures schools have faced since the beginning of January.  Annie Gale School is not immune to some of these difficulties.  We have had staff shortages each day since we returned to in-person learning and we expect this will continue for the near future.  What this means is that when a teacher is away on a given day, we may not have a guest teacher or substitute assigned to their schedule.  As a result, teachers who are present have been covering these classes.  For the teachers covering extra classes, it means that they often do not have lunch or a preparation period to plan or assess learning or to connect with parents or guardians.  For students this means that the guest teachers they are seeing each day may be different and consistency is difficult to achieve.  I thank students and teachers for being understanding and flexible at this time.  It is certainly not the norm, but we are asking much of those involved.  Keep in mind that if you want to connect with classroom teachers, their ability to respond immediately is limited right now—but that does not hinder their interest in connecting with you.

We are also closely monitoring student absences right now.  We remind parents and guardians to call the school to notify us if their child is ill or experiencing Covid symptoms.  We also want to ensure that students who are ill stay home from school.  There have been recent changes to the “Should I Go to School" checklist; you can access the most recent information here:  https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16998.aspx

Please consider attending an upcoming school council meeting.  Our council meetings this year are virtual and will offer you much information about the school and our work to support student learning.  The next virtual meeting is Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. 

Also, a reminder that Monday, January 31, 2022, is a non-instruction day and students will not be in session.  Most of our staff will be doing first aid training on that day.

I hope that you and your family stay safe and well.

Sincerely,

Tammy Quiring

Principal

 


Oct 07
September 2021 Welcome Message

Dear Annie Gale families:

 

It is with great pride that I send my first letter to the school community.  At the end of June, I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to continue to lead the great community at Annie Gale School as the new Principal.  I, and the new Assistant Principal, Ruth Papoff, worked throughout the summer to ready ourselves for the last week of August when we started our work with the staff, and to be ready for students' arrival on September 1.  And now it is hard to believe that one month has already passed!  We are pleased to say that start up went well and students and staff are settled into their routines.  We learned recently that Mrs. Hiscock will be moving to another school and we have chosen to have Ms. Giancarlo and Ms. Cunha share her role as Resource Teacher for the remainder of the year.  They will be giving up a few of their classes to our new hire, Ms. Courchesne.  She'll be starting with students after Thanksgiving.

 

It has been encouraging to see how excited staff and students are as the year has started.  Many clubs are up and running and more will be coming.  Students can listen to the announcements to hear about what is happening and how they can get involved in the school community.

 

I also would like to remind all families to read the CBE's Student Code of Conduct on our website. This important information will help you understand the expectations set out for your child(ren) as students of the Calgary Board of Education.

 

Last month we held our first School Council meeting of the year and I had a chance to meet and talk with a dedicated group of parents who want to be involved with the school on a deeper level.  I encourage you all to come out to our meetings on the third Wednesday of each month, starting at 6:30 p.m.  We will send information about the meetings the week of the meeting.  The School Council offers you an opportunity to talk with administration and learn directly about the decisions made which will affect your child's education and time at Annie Gale School.  In the short time I have been a part of the school community, parents and guardians have shared their appreciation for the school and the work of staff to support their child(ren).  I hope to continue to work to sustain those feelings of appreciation.

 

I started the year off with students by sharing some positive news about a significant purchase of fitness equipment to support the school.  This equipment will start arriving in the next few months and all students in the school will have a chance to utilize it.  For now, we will utilize the equipment on the stage, which has been serving as a flex space for physical education classes.  In the future, I hope to create a fully functional fitness centre in another part of the school, which will be a hub of activity and allow for improved use of all other indoor physical education facilities for our students.

Much of the interior of the school will be painted this year; look for the information letter that I will be sending your way to learn more.  It will outline the time frame, among other things.  We expect to have a new mural painted in the lunchroom as part of this project. 

 

Last week our students spent time learning and discussing the concept of Truth and Reconciliation, and our week culminated with a whole school virtual assembly in which we listened to music and reflected on the Seven Sacred Teachings.  I encourage you to ask your child about what they learned.  I reminded our school community on the following Monday that the concept that “every child matters" is not one to consider solely on Orange Shirt Day, but every day.  Students can demonstrate this belief by being kind to one another and supporting those in need. 

 

I ask all of you to help keep your children and all connected to the Annie Gale community safe—one way to do this is to use the daily health checks and to keep your child home if they are unwell.  I hope that you have a safe and restful Thanksgiving weekend.

 

Typically the first point of contact with the school should be the classroom teacher, so I encourage you to reach out to your child(ren)'s teachers at 403-777-7680.  If you have other questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at the school.  I look forward to working with you and your child(ren) as we strive to meet their learning needs.

 

Sincerely,

 

Tammy Quiring, Principal

403-777-7680

 

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Aug 29
Welcome Back!

Welcome back to a new school year, 2019-2020 and for those who are new, we are excited to have you join our school family. I trust everyone has had a magnificent summer break filled with lots of rest and opportunities to enjoy family and friends. The staff and I are looking forward to an exciting, productive and successful school year. We have a number of new teachers and support staff and are excited to have them join us at Annie Gale School.

While we were having a well-deserved break, many people have been very busy preparing the school for the new school year. I want to make a special thank you to Mr. Chang and the rest of the facilities staff. They have been hard at work maintaining the building, waxing the floors, and as usual, they have done an excellent job! Our school sparkles and we to try our best and keep it that way.

As teachers and support staff we look forward to educating your children, and appreciate that you are entrusting them in our care. This privilege, we accept with great responsibility. I believe that if the Annie Gale School staff, parent council and students work closely together to maintain open communication, we will continue to grow as a strong and vibrant learning community. We know that you, as parents and guardians, are your child’s first vital teacher and the interactions you have from spending time together, are significant in helping your child experience success. We look forward to seeing all our families at our ‘Meet-The-Teacher’ evening on September 19th @ 6:30 in the gym.

We will continue to use School Messenger to share information. Teachers will also continue to send out weekly School Messenger to parents.  In order to get these emails, text or voice messages you need to “opt-in”. Please visit our website on how to do this. Please look forward to receiving a welcome email from your child’s grade team that will provide further information about the upcoming year.

Again, we are excited about the new school year and all the awesome possibilities for learning, desiging, exploring and sharing together. See you Tuesday, September 3 at 7:45 AM.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or feedback.

Feb 21
OPEN HOUSE

​Please join us for our Open House on March 6, 2019 from 6:00 p.pm to 7:30 p.pm. We will start with introduction in the gym and from there you are welcome to tour the school and participate in all the activities we have planned. 

Jan 08
Welcome Back!

Happy New Year!

We had an amazing first four months of school. We ended our December with our Virtues Assembly and everyone's favorite; Pie the teacher in the face! Most of our teachers, myself included participated in this event. Students had to bring in a food donation if they wanted a chance to throw a pie at a teacher. Thank you to all of our students who brought in food donations. A great time was had by all!

Basketball has already begun! Tryouts for all our basketball teams started on Monday and teams will be set soon. Our first Home game is January 28th, come on out and cheer on our Junior Girls Team!

Monday, January 14th, is a non-instructional day. There is no school for students.

Teachers are extremely busy completing Report Cards this month. Report Cards will go home on Monday, January 28th.  Term 2, with new complimentary classes also begins on January 28th. 

January 29th and 30th is our Science Fair Showcase - more information will go home.

February 1st, is a non-instructional day. There is no school for students. February 14 and 15th is Teachers' Convention, there is no school for students. February 18th is Family Day - no school. Students can enjoy a long weekend!

March 1, we have our Area 4 Career and Technology Foundations Skills Showcase hosted by Nelson Mandela High School. We will have several students and teachers participate in this event and demonstrate their skills in cooking, construction and robotics.


We look forward​ to a new term!







Nov 02
Annie Gale Events

​We have had an exciting two months! 

Out first big school event was The Terry Fox Run. Our school raised over $1000.00 dollars! Thank you to our students and parents for your donations! Every dollar helps! Our Boys Soccer Team went undefeated, winning the championship! Congratulations to all of our coaches and soccer players. We also had our first Halloween Dance in a number of years! It was great to see all the teachers and students dress up in their costumes.  This year's Virtue theme is "Stronger Together" and our assembly for September and October focused on Reliability. Teachers plan activities and discussions around the virtue and at the end of two months we have a virtues celebration. The virtue for November and December is Generosity. The grade 6 and 7 band trips were a great success. The grade 8 band trip will be on November 14 - 16th. 

This month we will have our Remembrance Day assembly on Thursday, November 8, starting at 10:15 am. Parents are welcome to join us in recognizing the 100 year anniversary of the end of WWI. 

Please join us for our School Council on November 14th from 6:30 - 7:30. All parents are welcome!

Do not forget to book your Parent Teachers interviews on November 22 and 23


Sep 10
Welcome Back

​Welcome back to the new 2018-2019 school year at Annie Gale School.  I hope everyone has had a relaxing and enjoyable summer.  Teachers have been in planning, preparing, meeting and setting up their learning spaces for another exciting year!

Parents and guardians can access bell times and calendars through Annie Gale School home page on the CBE website.  Students received demographic and various forms required, in the first week of school. Please have them returned to their classroom teachers as soon as possible.

CBE is transitioning to a new student data management platform called Power School.  Class lists were created in mid-June to populate this new system.  If you access this program through CBE homepage it may display a homeroom and teacher designation from June last school year.  These preliminary lists are a continuous work in progress and may be incomplete due to increase enrollment or staffing changes that took place over the summer months.  We have been working to ensure all students are assigned to homeroom and complimentary classes. Students, this year, will have the opportunity to participate in 4 different complimentary classes over the year. Students will begin full schedules on Monday morning. 

This week teachers had the opportunity to get to know your children better and engaged all students through community building activities. We started the week with the question “Who are we?” Each homeroom class had to create a bulletin board answering this question.  Each board was a masterpiece, showcasing the students’ talents, creativity and inspiring thoughts about our community. The boards will be on display until after our first Parent conferences on September 20th and 21st. 

We are looking forward to a great year of learning, laughing and achieving in partnership with all of our Annie Gale School communities and parents.

Mar 09
Mar./Apr. 2018

I have had an amazing first week! I can’t thank the students, parents and staff enough for such a warm welcome to Annie Gale School. It has been wonderful getting to know the students, staff, parents and community members. I had the pleasure of attending my first Virtues Assembly in which we discussed perseverance and awards were given for academic achievement. This assembly also happened to coincide with Pink Shirt Day, an anti- bullying campaign. Students and staff shared poems, stories and videos about perseverance, respect and kindness.

Although spring is not far away it certainly still looks like winter out there! The days are getting warmer and longer and hopefully the cold days are behind us. Spring Break is right around the corner (March 26 – April 2) and this provides the ideal time to rejuvenate as we begin the last part of the school year. I look forward to meeting everyone at Conferences on April 9th and 20th.

I continue to look forward to working together to give our students the best opportunities in preparing them with a strong foundation for their future.  Much of a school’s success can only be achieved with the support of its parents. Whether serving on school council, volunteering on field trips, as guest presenters, concerts or supporting the many programs, parents’ efforts on behalf of the school and its students are highly appreciated. All parents are encouraged to take an active role in their child’s education in any of the many ways that are available to them. Your participation can only make Annie Gale School better! 

As principal, my door is always open and I welcome your contribution.  Please feel free to stop in or call to make an appointment to provide any suggestions, ideas or feedback that will help make the rest of the school year great. I am confident that open communication and working together to enhance your child’s educational experiences can make Annie Gale School an even better place for our students to learn and grow. 

Mrs. Tammy Jeffrey ​

Feb 13
February 2018

February is a time when we show how much we care for one another by performing random acts of kindness and extending heartfelt generosity to others. We hope all those in our school community will take an extra moment this month to demonstrate to our neighbours how much we care by respectfully dropping off students in the roads adjacent to our school and by picking up garbage as we walk to and from the school in the morning, at lunch, and after school.

These actions align with our continuing focus on responsibility this month, a celebration that will culminate with our Virtues Assembly on February 28, 2018. At this assembly, students will also receive certificates related to their efforts this past term, as detailed in the report cards sent home at the end of January. Parents and guardians are welcome to attend this assembly. The exact time that the assembly will begin will be sent out by School Messenger later this month.

We are also excited to report that students have been nominated by teachers and/or their classmates to act as representatives of their homeroom classes. These students will have the opportunity to meet with our admin team to discuss their views on school organization and complementary course selections. They also will represent Annie Gale School at the My World Conference on February 22. This “Empowering Voices” conference focusses on youth leadership and raising awareness about issues that others less fortunate than us face locally and globally. It provides students with the opportunity to hear and engage with high calibre presenters, speaking on local and global issues. Invited speakers to broaden perspectives on how best to empower voices include Michelle Thrush and Brian Keating. The goal of the conference is to empower our youth to make positive change in the world and to encourage a sense of community in their schools.

As many of you may be aware, Pink Shirt Day is celebrated nationally on February 28th to show that, as a society, we will not tolerate bullying. We are asking Annie Gale students to wear pink shirts on February 28th in support of the Canada wide anti-bullying campaigns and our own school’s efforts to make all feel welcome and respected. Our School Resource Officer, David Hayes, will also be joining us at the school this month to again talk to our students about respectful use of technology and how best to interact with others in responsible ways.

We hope all our families will also enjoy time together when celebrating Family Day, a holiday on February 19, which occurs after the Calgary Teachers Convention scheduled for February 15 and 16tthis month. Of course there will be no school for students on these days. We once again invite our parents and guardians to join us at our school council meeting scheduled for February 26 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.

As always, if you have any celebrations, questions, or concerns you wish to share, please feel free to contact me at the school. Enjoy the month!

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