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
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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
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!
New Year! Welcome back to our school as we begin the second half of the year. We
hope you all were able to have a safe and peaceful holiday with family and
friends. 2018 looks to be another busy and exciting time at Annie Gale School.
ended the year, our band program, under the leadership of Mr. Osterreicher, presented
a delightful showcase of the work our students had been taking up in class.
Many remarked it was their best concert yet and were proud of the opportunities
they had to show the growth they had made in playing their instruments this
term. It is amazing to hear our musicians getting better and to see their
confidence grow every time they have the opportunity to perform.
band students also performed at our “Pie in the Face” charity event assembly.
This assembly acknowledged students who had been identified by their teachers
for their diligence around the ‘integrity’ virtue. Students also donated both
food and money to the Calgary Food Bank and, as a consequence of their
donation, earned the chance to throw a pie in the face of staff members at
Annie Gale. Thanks to Mrs. Hiscock and Mrs. Govind, in particular, for
overseeing this event.
is another busy month, full of opportunities for students at Annie Gale. Basketball
try-outs begin for senior boys’ and girls’ teams, grades 8 and 9, as well as
junior boys’ and girls’ teams, grades 6 and 7, in the first week back to
school. Students should check the bulletin board by the gym for try-out dates
and times. We also have a wrestling club starting up this month that will be
meeting after school. Although this is not a competitive team, it is a great opportunity
for interested students to learn the fundamentals of this sport. Thank you to
the numerous teachers for volunteering their time for these PE clubs and teams.
this month a number of extra-curricular clubs are starting up and / or
continuing from last term. These clubs include opportunities for students to
learn about chess, poetry and coding, to name a few. Students are expected to
listen to the daily announcements to find out details about where and when the clubs
are offered. A list of all extra-curricular activities operating at the school
between January and March will be posted on our website as well as throughout
the school. Work session dates and times are also posted in various locations
through the school. Teachers offer these sessions on a daily basis. Students
are able to use these sessions to catch up on unfinished work and to get help
from teachers if needed. Again, thank you to the many teachers who volunteer
their time for these gatherings.
that students have been preparing for over the past term is the Calgary Science
Fair. The first opportunity for the school to see the projects the students
have been working on will be January 17th and 18th.
Thanks to the coordination of this event by Mrs. Schultz, parents are also
welcome to come to the school to see the work, if interested,. The AGS Science
Fair displays will be open for viewing between10:15 am and 11:45 am on each of
these days. The projects that are ultimately chosen to represent the school at
the Calgary Science Fair in April will also be on display during our Parent
January 22nd, the first round of report cards will be sent home. These report
cards are a culmination of a variety of assessments that have been occurring
from September through to January. Teacher comments will be made for core
subjects, results statements and option courses. Parents are invited to discuss
their child’s report cards further at our conferences on the evening of
Thursday, January 25th between 3:30 pm and 8:00 pm and the morning
of January 26th between 8:00 am and 1:00 pm. IPPs will also be discussed
at this time.
Police Service continues to monitor the streets at entry and dismissal times.
Please avoid parking in areas which block driveways or crosswalks and ensure
that your child can safely get out of your car. Additionally dropping off or
picking up students in school parking lots is prohibited. We have had numerous
near misses in our parking lot this year. Please do not sacrifice other
students’ safety for your child’s convenience.
application packages for students interested in our TLC program are now
available in our office. Applications will be accepted beginning January 22nd
until February 13th at noon. The lottery for this program will be
held on February 14th. Details about this program will be posted on
our website. Thank you to the many parents and families for their generosity
this holiday season. We wish the best to you and your families in the New Year.
I am excited to be continuing as the Acting Principal at Annie Gale.
As we begin the month of December, we enter into a time noted
for its celebration of peace, harmony and generosity. Throughout this festive
season, we often consider how we can extend
our sense of community to others. At Annie Gale, our staff and students
have embarked on a challenge to raise food for others in need. We are asking our families to consider donating food for the Calgary Food
Bank. This food drive runs from November 27th until December 15th.
This drive will end with a “Pie in the Face” celebration at our school
assembly on December 21st. Like last year,
students will receive one ticket for every food donation they bring to school
or for every dollar they donate. Tickets will then be placed into teacher bags
for the chance to pie a teacher in the face at the assembly. Thanks
to all teachers who have graciously agreed to be part of this incentive as well
as the organizers at our school.
Music is an important part of the
holiday season. Our annual celebration of the arts and winter concert is a
great opportunity for our students to showcase the talents that they are
developing through our school’s music program. We invite all our parents and guardians to join us for our Fine Arts Celebration occurring the
evening of December 7th, beginning
at 6:00 pm. Come to our school
and enjoy the wonderful sounds of the holiday season while being entertained by
our Grade 6, 7, 8, and 9 Bands. Also
on display will be artefacts completed by our students in their Art and
At this time, we also wish to thank the many parents
who have heeded our expectations around drop off and pick up requirements for
students. Our school parking lot has become a much safer place for both staff
and students with the continued attention to the posted signage. We would like
to remind our families that this attention to safe and orderly drop off
routines now needs to be extended to the streets adjacent to the school. Making
U-turns and allowing students to get out of vehicles in the middle of the
street is not safe. The buses that pick up our students on a regular basis also
need access to the sidewalks for safe unloading and pick-up. Please consider
our students safety during this holiday season.
would also like to thank the many families who attended our Parent Teacher
Conferences in November. Our report cards reflecting progress in the core
discipline areas and complementary classes for the first term will be going
home on January 22nd, 2018. That week, parents can also schedule another
Parent Teacher Conferences during the evening of January 25th and
the morning of January 26th. If you have any questions about the
body of evidence teachers use to assess learning and the indicator scale used
to identify learning proficiency levels, please feel free to join us at our
School Council Meeting on December 18th beginning at 6:00 pm.
We also wish to remind our families that the last day
of classes for students before the winter break is December 21st. There
will be no school for students on December 8th, nor on December 22nd.
Our Traditional Learning Community (TLC) Open House will be held on Thursday,
January 11th beginning at 6:00 pm. The lottery for entry into this
program begins on January 22nd.
At this time, we
would like to wish all our families a safe and enjoyable holiday season and
extend joyful tidings for the New Year. We hope that this winter break provides
much opportunity for our students to spend time together, resting and relaxing
with their family and friends. We look forward to continuing to work together
to make a difference in our world in 2018.
As always, please
feel free to contact me at email@example.com or
403 777 – 7860 if you have any questions, concerns or celebrations you would
like to share.
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