Sep 10
Meet the Teacher Presentation

​​​Hello BP Families, 

Thank you all for attending our second ever virtual "Meet the Teacher" night on September 9th. Thank you for your patience as we grappled with some significant technical challenges and, as promised, please find the general presentation and teacher videos in the links below.

Note: Please click the "Read More" button to access live links to the presentation and the zip folder containing department/teacher videos.  

Meet the teacher pdf.pdf

OneDrive_1_9-10-2021.zip


Sep 02
Weekly Update for Bishop Pinkham | Sept 1st

Dear parents and guardians. 

We had a busy day and were thrilled to welcome Bishop Pinkham students back for a great year of learning. It's a wonderful sight to see the smiles and excitement on everyone's faces (yes, even through the masks). 

Each week, you will receive an email from me, similar to this one. It will contain all of the important information you need for the week ahead. These emails will also be archived on our school website https://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/bishoppinkham/Pages/default.aspx .  We also have a Twitter page where we will often post school goings-on and celebrations of learning. Please follow @BishopPinkham.  

On the first day of school, teachers spent time providing an overview to students around the COVID protocols that have been slightly changed from last school year, and reinforce those which still remain in place.  These protocols are in place for the month of September and will be re-assessed after being provided with additional AHS and CBE direction. These are the important details to be prepared for: 

  • Students and staff will wear masks, with the exception of CSSI students 
  • Students and staff will still be expected to use the daily checklist to identify if they should attend or stay home 
  • Hand hygiene, disinfecting shared equipment, and eating in designated cohorts (when indoors) will occur 
  • Homeroom cohorts will be in place for classes, and students will be able to move from class to class this year 
  • Using precautionary principles, the introduction of lockers/change rooms will be assessed at the end of September. Please have your student dress in comfortable clothing/appropriate footwear to be able to participate in physical activity. 
  • Gr. 7-9 enrichment classes, such as Band, Foods, Construction, Outdoor/Environmental Education, etc., will be re-introduced into the school schedule. We are aiming to introduce student choice back into enrichment as soon as possible as the public health situation will allow. 
  • There will be no unscheduled visitors to schools. 
  • As we continue to follow the Away for the Day mobile device policy, if students choose to being cell phones to school, they must be powered off and placed in their backpacks. There is a designated space for students to use their phones at lunch.  
  • We are a closed campus at lunch. Students who live in the walk zone may go home for lunch, and we ask that bussed students remain on campus for lunch.  

    We invite you to visit your child's D2L shell for their classes, which have the course outlines posted. On these outlines, you will see teacher contact information (also on our website) and suggested student supplies that you may wish to provide for your child. Teachers will post assignments, homework, and assessment information on D2L often. I encourage you to look at this site with your student on a regular basis.  

    For families who reference Power School (or the Power School app) to view classes and assigned teachers, please note that this information will become live on Sept. 1st. Marks for assessments will also be recorded on PowerSchool and updated every two weeks. Please have a look to keep updated on your child/ren(s) progress.  

    For our families who registered for CBE Transportation by the June 6th deadline, bus routes are now available through My CBE/Power School.  Families who have not registered yet may still do so; however, it may take six weeks to process registrations and be assigned a route. Families are responsible for transporting students while they wait to be added to a route. Please reference the CBE Bussing and Transportation page for all of your questions related to registration, routes, and frequently asked COVID-19 questions: 

    https://www.cbe.ab.ca/schools/busing-and-transportation/Pages/default.aspx 

    The My Bus Stop App code for Bishop Pinkham is CBE76VASIS. 

    To maintain student pedestrian safety, please do not drop off or pick up your child from the staff parking lot.  If dropping off, please do so across from the school on 63rd Avenue. The space in front of the school is for buses only. Please remind your student to always cross safely at a marked crosswalk. 

    A couple of key dates for you to remember and place on your calendar 
  • Sept 6- Labour Day- no school for students 
  • Sept 9- virtual meet the teacher; stay tuned for details 
  • Sept 13- picture day for students 
  • Sept 30- National Day for Truth and Reconciliation- no school for students 

    I wish you all a good evening as we ramp up for a year of meaningful learning opportunities. 

    Rishma Hajee 

    Principal | Bishop Pinkham School ​


Aug 26
Welcome Back to the 2021-2022 school year at Bishop Pinkham


Dear Bishop Pinkham students and parents, 

 

We hope you have all had a restful summer! Here is some information for you as we get closer to the start of school. We are thrilled to welcome you back.  

 

The school office is now open for parents and for student registration. Timetables will be given to students on their first day. Further information related to re-entry can be found on our website at this link https://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/bishoppinkham/about-us/news-centre/_layouts/15/ci/post.aspx?oaid=2d492ee4-ef66-40f9-bada-c1109fe7a706&oact=20001 

 

We are excited to welcome back all students on September 1st at 8 AM. Dismissal will be at 2:30 PM. Students will see teachers holding up signage at doors for their specific grades.  

 

For the students who are bussed, routes will not be posted online; individual stop information will be available to families who have pre-registered for transportation for the 2021-22 school year through MyCBE / PowerSchool. More bussing information can be found on the CBE Transportation page.   

 

We do not have a change in our school hours for 2021-22.  Mondays to Thursdays will run from 8 AM until 2:30 PM.  Every Friday will run from 8 AM until 12:00 PM.  

 

We will have our initial Meet the Teacher Evening on September 9th from 6-8 PM. There will be a notice sent home to remind parents as we get closer to the date. In keeping with Covid 19 protocols, this will be a virtual meet and greet.  

 

School Fees will be charged to families starting in October. Online fee payment is the simplest and most convenient way to pay school fees. Parents can use their online account to pay fees or apply for a waiver at: www.cbe.ab.ca/mycbe. 

You can find more information on the CBE school fees and waivers​ page.​​​​​​​ 


That’s it for now! I will be sending regular updates home via email/posted on the school website as the school year progresses. I look forward to meeting you in the near future. 

 

Take care and enjoy the last few days of summer! 

 

​Rishma Hajee 

Principal | Bishop Pinkham School 



Jun 02
June 1, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

It is with a great mix of emotions that I write to inform you that I have accepted the position of Principal at Branton School.

I feel so lucky that I have been given this wonderful experience to be Principal at Bishop Pinkham School.  Watching our students grow as learners and develop their independence has been a true pleasure and has inspired me both professionally and personally, as a father.  This year has been especially significant, as I have been so fortunate to experience the meaningful contributions that our students have made to our school community.  The principal position at Branton School is a unique opportunity that arose unexpectedly and it is because of this that I have made the decision to take advantage of this new leadership opportunity.

A strong Assistant Principal, four strong learning leaders, as well as the staff, currently support me in our work towards a shared vision of what Bishop Pinkham is, and will continue to be in the future.  This work is well established and will continue under the leadership of the next Principal.

I have found my time working with you and your children to be very rewarding and I feel so fortunate to have worked with such wonderful staff that supports our students' learning unconditionally.  I am grateful for the care and teamwork that I have found in our parent community, and am certain that this same level of support will be extended to the next Principal.

The Calgary Board of Education welcomes input from parents, staff and students. The interview process will involve other Directors and conclude with a recommendation made to our Chief Superintendent, Chris Usih, regarding the selection. 

In order to gather your input for the new principal at Bishop Pinkham School, Area 7 Education Director, David Dyck, would be pleased to receive feedback from the parents, staff and students of Bishop Pinkham school regarding the leadership attributes and programming you value. The survey results will be shared directly with the successful candidate to inform their entry plan as they transition into the school.  This online survey will also be available on the Bishop Pinkham school website until Tuesday, June 8

Our school leadership is strong and ready; this will be a very good time for the school to undergo this change in Principal leadership.  

Thank you again for your support over these past six years.

Sebastien Picard

Principal

Bishop Pinkham School

 


Sep 10
Welcome Back!

After months of virtual learning, we are back to school! We are doing our best to provide a safe and meaningful in-school experience for all our students. Our protocols for school re-entry have been guided by Alberta Health, Alberta Education and the CBE. Maintaining a safe school relies on everyone to do their part. I would like to acknowledge the work of all our BP staff who did all the extra steps to ensure a great and safe return to BP school.  All of our staff have taken Covid-19 training prior to starting back to work. More information regarding Covid-19 preparation is available on the CBE website www.cbe.ab.ca

To all of our new students, welcome to Bishop Pinkham School!  Our hope is that you will find ways to make positive contributions to our school. We look forward to learning more about you and with you as the year progresses. 

To our returning students, welcome back! We challenge you to continue to excel in your classes and to model the leadership and citizenship that will help make this another great school year at Bishop Pinkham. 

Some of our students are participating in Hub learning as at this time, it works better for them. We wish them continued success and happiness.

To all our BP students, we also want to provide throughout the 20-21 school year, multiple learning opportunities despite the more restrictive environment.

The community of educators at Bishop Pinkham strive to support each student in their learning journey to the best of their abilities. We want students to feel a sense of excitement and anticipation before each day begins, and to be active and engaged in their own learning throughout the day.

 

CBE schools are welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments where each child feels a sense of belonging. Even though we have more than 245 schools across the city, each one has developed a unique personality that focuses on the unique needs of its students and community.

 

Bishop Pinkham parents and guardians play a vital role in the ongoing learning, growth, and development of their child. On-going communication between home and school is vital and we encourage parents and guardians to contact the school and staff as needed. We welcome the opportunity to meet you, whether it is in the school, on the field or court, in the theatre, on the stage or wherever it is that we may find ourselves together. Please consider attending our School Council meetings, or attending school events that occur throughout the year. 

We look forward to working with you this year to help your student reach their potential! 

 

Sebastien Picard, Principal

Mathew Powter, Assistant Principal


Jun 30
Principal's Year End Message

June 2020

·         

·        Dear Bishop Pinkham Families,

Thank you for another wonderful and productive school year.  I can’t thank everyone enough for your endless hours of volunteering, reading, organizing, donating and doing whatever was necessary to support students—both at school and most recently as we transitioned to on-line learning.  Special thanks to our BPPA/Parent Council who, as usual, went above and beyond the call of duty to provide whatever was necessary to add to our students’ school experience.

That experience could not occur without the endless energy, skills and devotion of the Bishop Pinkham staff.  Thanks and well done to an incredible group of professionals.

A final word to Bishop Pinkham students:  Thank you for all your hard work throughout the school year.  I am so honored to be your principal; you make me proud to be a Bishop Pinkham Panther.  You keep me laughing and young at heart.  I am grateful for your joy, astute insights and amazing talents.  Best wishes to our graduating Grade 9’s, whom we will miss greatly—please come back and visit.  Everyone have a safe and happy summer break.

Until next school year, here’s wishing you love, laughter and learning.

Sebastien Picard

Principal

Bishop Pinkham School​

Oct 21
Welcome Back

To all of our new students, welcome to Bishop Pinkham school! We encourage you to take full advantage of the opportunities that exist both in classrooms and our extra-curricular programs. Our hope is that you will find ways to make positive contributions to our school. We look forward to learning more about you and with you as the year progresses.


To our returning students, welcome back! We challenge you to continue to excel in your classes and to model the leadership and citizenship that will help make this another great school year at Bishop Pinkham.


The community of educators at Bishop Pinkham strive to support each student in their learning journey to the best of their abilities. We want students to feel a sense of excitement and anticipation before each day begins, and to be active and engaged in their own learning throughout the day.

CBE schools are welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments where each child feels a sense of belonging. Even though we have more than 245 schools across the city, each one has developed a unique personality that focuses on the unique needs of its students and community.


Bishop Pinkham parents and guardians play a vital role in the ongoing learning, growth, and development of their child. On-going communication between home and school is vital and we encourage parents and guardians to contact the school and staff as needed. We welcome the opportunity to meet you, whether it is in the school, on the field or court, in the theatre, on the stage or wherever it is that we may find ourselves together. Please consider attending our School Council meetings, or attending school events that occur throughout the year.


We look forward to working with you this year to help your student reach their potential!


Sebastien Picard, Principal

Mathew Powter, Assistant Principal​

Jun 25
Year End Principal Message

“It always seems impossible until it is done.” Nelson Mandella 

Shape 

Thank Yous 

As this 2018/2019 school year comes to an end, we would like to recognize our entire school community for their continued commitment to excellence: 

  • To our teachers and staff, thank you for all the work you put in day by day, and for the love, care and compassion you show your students; 

  • To our parents, thank you for your support and dedication to your children; 

  • To the School Council and the Bishop Pinkham Parent Association, thank you for helping us nurture student learning through fundraising and volunteering;  

  • And last but not least, to our students, thank you for your engagement and willingness to go the extra mile on your learning; we are very proud to have shared this journey with you. Big congratulations to all of you for a successful year, and to the grade 9 graduates. I’m confident we have prepared you well for the challenges that await you in High School, remember to always believe in yourself, be kind and shoot for the stars! 

  

Staff and Programming Changes  

This year we say farewell to 5 of our outstanding faculty members: Sr Toran, thank you for spearheading the Spanish program for the last 2 years, for sharing your expertise with us in PE and Comm Tech and for your wise partnership in our learning journey; Ms Richel, thank you for your commitment and support, you were a fantastic addition to our team in the short time you were with us!; Ms Munroe, thank you for your incredible dedication to our school community during the past 2 years, your professionalism and integrity did not go unnoticed!; Ms Corine congratulations on completing your EA academic certification, you were a great lunchroom supervisor and we know you’ll be an outstanding Educational Assistant; Ms Beniuk good luck in your new position we’re so grateful for your time with us and know you’ll just love teaching full-time art.   A fond farewell and best wishes in your next adventure. We will miss you all! 

  

We will welcome a new Assistant Principal, two new teacher team members, and a new Educational Assistance over the summer and will share that news with you when we have more information.   

 

For the upcoming school year, although Ms Holland and Mme Renee Leblanc will not be staffing the resource room, we will be keeping the space open, with a new EA joining Ms Belton in assisting students in their personalized learning.   

 

This year, as we say goodbye to our Grade 9 students, we also bid farewell to the last class of the Spanish program. Thank you to the International Spanish Academy for organizing our Spanish Grade 9 send-off, to the Grade 9 team for the Grade 9 Farewell activities, and all of our teachers for coordinating Indigenous Day and the last day awards ceremony.  We want to wish our Grade 9s the very best as they embark on their next learning journey in high school!    

 

Finally, since April we have been discussing the possibility of reconfiguring our grade 8 Late French Immersion classes to include some carefully chosen Continuous French students who would benefit from a shift and which would bring the class numbers across all Grade 8 French classes up to 28 students.  We will be going ahead with this change in the Fall. 


Important Dates for Next School Year  

The office will reopen on at noon on August 29th.  Teachers will return on August 28th for the first three days of meeting and organisational times in preparation for the school year. Grade 7 Student Orientation is on Tuesday, September 3rd from 8am-2:30. Students will be greeted with an assembly in the Gym and then will head off to their classes. We will welcome the rest of our students on Wednesday, September 4th at 8 am. Please view our website or the CBE website to get further information over the summer months.   

 

On behalf of the staff at Bishop Pinkham, we wish you a safe, peaceful, and enjoyable summer with family and friends. 

 

 

Les deseamos un verano fantástico! 

 

On vous souhaite un été fantastique! 

 

Much Love From,  

 

Mr Picard, and the entire Bishop Pinkham staff 

Go Panthers! 

 


Nov 19
Cold Hands, Warm Hearts

​"Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius." 

Pietro Aretino

We’ve had an absolutely beautiful fall academic quarter and are already welcoming the Winter Season! Where did the time go?

Looking to the month ahead we want to invite everyone to come to Celebrate Bishop Pinkham through the Arts on December 13th from 7-8:30 pm. Our students will be hosting an Art Market and a Band Concert that evening, and we look forward to seeing you there. 

Happenings

We would also like to extend a special invitation to you our Parent and Guardian community. We are looking for interested parents to partner with BP to strengthen and enrich our Open House program. Our open house will be held on January 17th at 6:00 PM and we’re asking interested parents to host a Parent Cafe in the Learning Commons from 7-8pm.  Please email kmmunroe@cbe.ab.ca if you can support that event. 

Thank you so much for all the parents who have already had chances to volunteer, at High school tours, field trips, picture days, and healthy hunger lunches. We truly appreciate all that you do! A special thanks go out to Carol Collinge, and our BPMPA executives for doing such an outstanding job organizing our fundraising initiatives this year, including a new Direct Donation Campaign with a December Launch date. Our next BPMPA meeting is January 24 where we expect to hear an update on this critical initiative after a very special Digital Citizenship Presentation by Constable Duchaney. January 24th we invite parents to attend a 6-7pm presentation, 7-7:30 parent council meeting, and  7:30-8 BPMPA. 

On that note, quick reminder to parents about Dwayne Peace’s parent session, which happens on Nov 29 at 6:30 where he will share the work he’s been doing with our student community through our Health and Wellness program. 

Highlights

Over the past few months, our school has been buzzing with activity.Grade 9s have been visiting High Schools and preparing for the transition to High School. Thanks to Ms Boutillier for all her support with this important work. 

Our Remembrance day assembly was very moving, and we ’re incredibly proud of our student leaders who spearheaded it. A special thank you to all the students who participated and to Mr Palkovitz, Mr Bane, Mr Holland, and Ms Easton who supported the students for this outstanding assembly. 

Other special thanks go to the students and teachers who made Halloween into the fun activity-filled afternoon it was complete with a student-run dance and haunted house! And to our Musicians who represented BP with Pride at the annual Western concert, well done! 

In athletics, we’ve reached the end of the Volleyball and Soccer seasons. We’re proud of all of our teams who have performed admirably this year. 

We want to extend a special thank you to all the parents who have booked meetings with teachers for our upcoming parent-teacher- interview conferences this week. We are looking forward to seeing many of you here this Thursday and Friday as teachers, students, and parents discuss learning and progress at this time.  

Thank you for reading this and as always, for everything you do to partner with Bishop Pinkham to support learning for your child. 


Kind regards, 


Sébastien Picard and Karena Munroe

Administration Team - Bishop Pinkham School​


Aug 28
Welcome Back

August 2018


Dear Parents/Guardians,


It is hard to believe that it is August already and that we are planning for the return of the students!  You may find the following information helpful in your preparations for September.


First Days            We will have a staggered start to the school year at Bishop Pinkham.  Grade 7 students begin Tuesday, September 4.  This is a full day; lunch will be provided to students.  After our youngest students have had the school to themselves for a day, we welcome all our students in grades 7-9 on Wednesday, September 5.  To support students transition back to school we have coordinated multiple activities to help students work together to create a strong and proud learning community together. Our school hours will be 8:00 – 2:30 Mondays through Thursdays and 8:00 – 12:00 on Fridays.


Transportation     On their first day, Grades 7 – 9 students will be assigned lockers.   Please note that at this time of year, class schedules are accessible throughout Power School but still changing frequently.  Students will receive a copy of their timetable and course outlines from each of their teachers.

  Students who will be riding the bus should have submitted a pre-registration to the CBE in June. Bus     routes and schedules for the 2018-19 school-year are posted on the CBE website at www.cbe.ab.ca/busstop 

Hard copies will be available in our school office on August 29. Buses will begin on Tuesday,     September 4.


School Calendar        A list of important school dates is found on our webpage http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/BishopPinkham/Pages/default.aspx. 



Meet the Administration       On September 20, we are holding a Meet the Administration and Meet the Teachers night

  & Meet the Teachers           as follows:


Meet the Administration from 6:00 – 6:30 pm, and

Meet the Teachers from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. 


This is an opportunity to hear about the school, ask questions, and participate in a discussion of your priorities for your child’s middle school experience. 


Fees            Fees information will be communicated during the first week back to school. Our office will be open on August 29.  Drop in or phone the school at 403-777-7840 [0] with any questions you may have. You are also welcome to direct questions to our school email address at bishoppinkham@cbe.ab.ca


We look forward to working with you this year in support of your child’s growth. You can find many documents on our school webpage at www.cbe.ab.ca/b645



Sincerely,


Sébastien Picard and Karena Munroe

Administration Team - Bishop Pinkham School​

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