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Principal's Message

November, 26, 2021

​Dear Banff Trail School Families,
As we continue to see glimmers of hope in limiting the impact of COVID-19, I am reminded of the importance of partnerships in our lives.  In turn, I am thankful for the many partnerships that have been forged over the past year or so of my tenure at Banff Trail School.  We would not have been able to limit the class disruptions without our families also buying in to the importance of staying home when sick, getting tested when symptomatic, masking when on school grounds, and much more.  As another example, without our partners at Alberta Health Services, we would not be able to properly communicate potential exposures to families.  We all appreciate the care that you have modeled for your child or children, in working towards the safety of our whole community.
Partnerships have not only limited COVID-19 transmission, but also uplifted student learning.  With school learning conferences being held over the past couple days, there have been opportunities to engage in discourse that works towards optimal learning conditions.  Sometimes this is a teacher re-affirming what you suspected to be true, other times it can be leveraged to gain new understandings.  Sometimes it is a parent sharing further insight to help the teacher put a child's learning in context, or asking questions from the teacher that help offer direction as to how you might further support your child's development at home.  Remember that such partnerships are critical to the learning process, and when nurtured, result in a much more robust learning experience for everyone.  As I have mentioned in the past, communication need not only occur during learning conferences; feel free to contact your child's teacher any time.
We all look forward to a time, hopefully sooner rather than later, when we can safely gather together for special events at our school.  Residencies, musicals, assemblies, celebrations, recognitions, clubs and much more have all been put on hold to various extents (in many cases to avoid large gatherings and mixing of cohorts), and I am as eager as many of you to once again be able to gather and share in these important aspects of school.  In the meantime, I encourage you to keep connected to the school as you can, such as by attending School Council evenings, reading messages such as this one (or School Council's newsletter), or via communication with your child's teacher.  For example, if you are able to help with cutting, collating or other 'creating' at home, send a message to your child's teacher indicating your availability to do so; they may not need help in the next day or two, but you will have planted that important partnership seed for when the opportunity does present itself to the teacher. Or, if you are able to help at some point in the year with some gardening work on our school grounds, let our School Council know that you could be interested!  Every instance of communication or offer of assistance strengthens our school community bonds.
For your consideration:
Learning Disruption Funds: Our school has received additional funding from Alberta Education for students in Grades 1-3 who may require extra support in reading and mathematics. All Grade 2 and 3 students were assessed in September and this has helped inform where support is most needed. In January 2022, we will assess Grade 1 students and determine who else will benefit from this support.  In the coming weeks there will be some additions at the school as we add some time to an existing teacher's part-time position, and welcome a new, temporary staff member to our school. For our school, the following additions will occur:
M. Matthieu will be providing support to our students in Grade 2 each afternoon. This will not impact his morning Kindergarten class.
Newly hired Teacher Mme. Nicole Van Orman will support students in our grade 3/4 classrooms each morning.
These additions will commence next week, and are scheduled to be in place until the beginning of April.
Registration for 2022-23: Registrations will open for CBE schools, including Banff Trail School, on January 17, 2022.  The CBE is planning to begin to deploy online registrations in a phased approach using a platform called, “SchoolEngage".  Note, however, that we have been informed that registration for alternative programs, such as French Immersion, will only be available in hard copy/paper format for the coming registration period.  Registration information is found here, and Kindergarten-specific information can be found here.
Open House: As with every year, we will be hosting an Open House in January 2022, targeting prospective families who would be new to our community.  This often aligns very closely with the opening of registration for the following school year.  Open House has been set for Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 6:30 pm.   We are planning for this to be virtual in nature.  Further information will follow as it becomes available.
Spirit Day: Thank you to everyone who participated in Wednesday's Team Sport Spirit Day!  It was great to see the variety of sports and teams that are enjoyed by our students.  Our next Spirit Day will be Pyjama Day (a perennial favourite for just before the Winter Break!), and will take place on Thursday, December 16th.
Upcoming Dates:
Friday, December 17, 2021—Last Day of School before Winter Break
Saturday, December 18, 2021 to Monday, January 3, 2022 (INCLUSIVE)—Winter Break.  Important: there is NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY, JANUARY 3rd, 2022. 
Tuesday, January 4, 2022—School resumes
Monday, January 31, 2022—CBE Non-Instructional Day
​Have a wonderful weekend,
Ryan Turner
Principal, Banff Trail School

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3232 Cochrane Rd NW Calgary, AB, T2M 4J3
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