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Principal's Message

September 23, 2022

Dear Banff Trail School Families,
I sincerely hope that as September has progressed, your child has become more accustomed to the routines of a new grade-level, and for most, a new teacher as well.  By this point, routines are well-established, and expectations are clear, but a more trusting bond with their teacher will also be emerging. 
September also sets the stage for learning throughout the year, for both students and teachers.  Though we are very fortunate to have quite robust expertise in our building, wherein teachers can learn from one another, we also engage in various other forms of professional development led by external providers.  Some examples of what some of our staff is exploring include:
Collaborative Response, which is a school-wide model for addressing students' individual needs that leverage collaborative structures and processes, data and evidence, and a continuum of supports to help all students succeed.
Math professional development. We are exploring some initial resources that could support the new K-3 math curriculum, as well as bringing in French-language math expertise (Renée Michaud) to help us to pose effective, purposeful questions with our students, in an effort to create opportunities for deep exploration of a range of mathematical concepts.
Indigenous perspectives and learning: Participating on a tour of our newly-established Alberta Children's Hospital Healing Gardens, led by Elder Georgina Bird.
Of course, these are only a few examples of what we are exploring, since many other new learning opportunities are also on the horizon.  Professional development that is undertaken is always with students at the forefront; what we learn aims to create more rich learning experiences for all Banff Trail School students.
As the year progresses, I encourage all families to also continually seek ways to broaden their child's understanding of themselves and our community, city, province, country and world.  This could include exploring our city's landmarks or watching documentaries or informational videos suitable for children (such as about financial literacy, nature, world events, the arts, etc).  Even simply picking a suitable 10-minute YouTube video to explore every couple weeks as a family could spur family discussions around appreciating multiple perspectives, learning about how things work, or discovering our passions, all while developing stronger critical thinking skills.
For Your Consideration:
Virtue Leaf Draw:  We continue to recognize students who show good character around our school by offering them Virtue Leaves (les feuilles de vertus).  Although we cannot notice and/or personally acknowledge all of the great things that our students do here each day, we certainly do appreciate these acts, both large and small, seen and unseen.  Thank you!   
Terry Fox Run:  Our Terry Fox Run will be held on Wednesday, September 28th.  Information about fundraising for this charity was shared with teachers this week, and should have also been shared with all families by this point.  Please connect with your child's teacher for more information.
Orange Shirt Day:  This coming week is National Week for Truth and Reconciliation, leading up to September 30th's National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.  Since the school is closed on September 30th, we will host our Orange Shirt Day on Thursday, September 29th (as previously announced).  If you do not have an orange shirt, wearing a favourite shirt of yours will also work for this Spirit Day!
Upcoming Dates:
Wednesday September 28: Terry Fox Day
Thursday September 29: Orange Shirt Day (Banff Trail School)
Friday September 30: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (School Closed)
Friday October 7: Non-Instructional Day (School Closed to students)
Monday October 10: Thanksgiving Day (School Closed)
Wednesday October 12: Photo Retakes Day
Wednesday October 19: School Council Meeting 6:30pm
Have a wonderful weekend,
Ryan Turner
Principal, Banff Trail School​

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Banff Trail School

3232 Cochrane Rd NW Calgary, AB, T2M 4J3
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Ryan Turner
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Nancy Toy
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Martine Sawatzky
Laura Hack

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