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Principal's Message

June 11, 2021


Dear Banff Trail Families,
As we approach the end of the school year, I thought I would share with you some of what is happening around the building right now.  With just over 2 weeks left, all staff are working tirelessly on both year-end and school re-entry tasks.
For year-end tasks, our amazing Facility Operators are ensuring that routine work such as lawn mowing, sweeping the grounds for debris, and ensuring proper building sanitization occurs, for the safety of all.  They will then be looking to help with any classroom movement changes that will undoubtedly occur as we near the final days of June.  Our Support Staff also continue to ensure student safety and well-being occur, as students are much more excited to be outside again with the improved weather we have had.  Teachers are working diligently to compile summative assessments for students, as they stay at school late or continue their work at home to create report cards and Individual Program Plans that offer the best reflection possible of where children are in their learning journey, and insight into possible next steps.  Administration is helping teachers with the reporting process, handling a range of family movement (both new registrations and assisting families with moves to other catchment areas), and helping to work through coverage for the ongoing lack of substitute teacher availability.  Of course, there is much more happening in our daily work, but this is some of what is occurring in recent days.
Start-up work related to our return to school on September 1, 2021 is also at the forefront.  In many cases, this involves planning for multiple scenarios, as we continue to await re-entry protocol direction from Alberta Education.  For example, we are creating a schedule for our staff where they would be supervising during a common recess time (if students were to once again be allowed outside with a larger cohort than their classroom), while also determining what this would look like if existing or similar COVID-19 protocols were to remain.  Reflecting and noting of which lessons and processes were most impactful, and those that should be modified in an effort to improve our work with children, are also part of the year-end work that we do.  Staff also have the opportunity to explore other areas of career interest, as system-wide open job postings are currently available for all CBE employees (Support Staff, Teachers, and Administration).  Though we would be sad to see anyone go, we also encourage all staff to follow their passions!
I feel very fortunate to have such a committed, caring staff here at Banff Trail School.  Though much of my messaging this year has focused upon the provision of a safe and caring environment with quality learning experiences, I felt it worthwhile to offer a 'tip of the hat' to all the people here who work together in making this happen.  Thank you to the many, many parents who have written emails, collaborated with teachers in a positive and productive manner, and generally modelled a caring attitude towards all—it goes a long way towards making this a great place for staff as well.  If you have a moment to do so in the coming weeks, I would encourage you to send a quick message of appreciation to these hard-working people, who have experienced (like you) a year like no other, and done so with grace and love.
For your consideration:
Summer French Opportunities: The Alliance Francaise website has a number of opportunities available for students, as well as suggestions for what can be done to encourage ongoing French Language development over the summer.  Examine the “Cultural Activities" section for a calendar of possibilities, including French Story Time.  Note that there is a cost associated with membership.  Canadian Parents for French is another good resource; though you can purchase a paid membership there as well, they offer a spreadsheet of resources free of charge, most of which have no associated cost, divided into tabs (for parents, for students, for teachers, etc).
Registration Continues:  Please note that we continue to accept registrations for all students in our catchment area.  We have seen a drop in enrolment over the past month due primarily to movement outside of our catchment, which could also result in re-configuration of classes if the trend continues. Please do promote our great school and encourage others to consider enrolling their child in the French Immersion program at Banff Trail School; we will also be setting up some community signage for late June and end of August promoting our school and program.  Though we are closed over the summer months, registration can occur by June 30th, or when the school office is one again staffed (beginning approximately August 25th, 2021).
Bike to School Day: Thank you to everyone who participated in today's Bike-to-School day.  We counted over 160 bikes, not including parent-escort bicycles; it was great to see so many families using pedal power!  A big thank you to the volunteers who helped care for the bicycles all morning.
Upcoming Dates:
Wednesday, June 23: Grade 5 Farewell (internal—unfortunately, spectators still not permitted, but there are some fun events planned nonetheless!)
Thursday, June 24: Beach Day (Final Spirit Day of the year)
Friday, June 25: No Kindergarten classes (classes resume as per usual for June 28 & 29)
Saturday, June 26: Report Card viewing available through MyCBE/PowerSchool
Tuesday, June 29: Last day of school for students
Wednesday, June 30: Appeals Day (am)—No school for students
Wednesday, September 1, 2021—School resumes for students
 
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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Principal
Ryan Turner
Assistant Principal
Nancy Toy
Education Director
Chris Meaden
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Althea Adams

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Grades
K-05
Enrolment
331
Programs
Early French Immersion
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7:58 AM
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