Jun 30
End of Year Message

June 30, 2020 Message to the Community


At the end of each year, it is important to reflect on our work in order to appreciate how far we have come.  This practice also helps us guide our thinking into next school year.  We want to acknowledge that this year, due to Covid-19, has been very challenging to say the least.  We also want to acknowledge that before and during Covid-19, our school consistently worked towards the achievement of our School Development Plan (SDP) goals.  In 2019-20, our School Development Plan goals focused on Literacy, Math and Well-being.  Specifically, we worked towards the following goals:

·       Students will improve their achievement in reading comprehension skills;

·       Students will improve their achievement in mathematical computation and strategies in the area of subtraction, division and shape and space;

·       Students will improve their ability to effectively use self-regulation skills and increase their resiliency in learning.

This year we worked on:


·       high impact reading comprehension strategies (annotate text, make connections, ask questions, translate in their own words, make a prediction, and other strategies)

·       literacy activities targeting inference skills in reading comprehension;


·       high impact mathematical computation strategies (meaningful mathematical discussions, productive struggle and challenge, active participation in reasoning and sense-making, intentional learning progressions and connections, procedural fluency developed from conceptual understanding)

·       focus on mental math


·       weekly self-regulation for resilience skills building activities

We are proud of the work that our students, teachers, support and custodian staff, have done in the face of adversity.


Parent community and School Council:

While our staff and students worked hard towards the accomplishment of these goals, we want to acknowledge and thank our parent community who has been supporting our work and our students all year.  We want to recognize the work of our School Council and our Fundraising Parent Society.  We are very thankful for the support of our School Council, as they make a significant impact on student life and opportunities for further learning at school.  Our School Council is very welcoming and invites all parents wanting to make a difference in their child’s school life to join our School Council meetings.  More information is available on our website at: http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/bobedwards/get-involved/school-council/pages/default.aspx


As we moved into a traditional calendar, we want you to feel connected to your school throughout the summer and wanted to share some resources with you.

Here is a list of resources and links to support your wellbeing and your ongoing learning this summer:

Ongoing Learning:

In order to support your child's ongoing learning during the summer months, you can visit:

·       https://www.cbe.ab.ca/programs/curriculum/learning-at-home/Pages/default.aspx

·       https://calgarylibrary.ca/events-and-programs/ultimate-summer-challenge/


  • Call the Distress Centre: 403-266-HELP (4357)
  • Call ConnecTeen: Call (24/7): 403-264-8336, Text (daily): 587-333-2724 
  • Kids' Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868

·       Youth Programs, Community Services, Fair Entry Fee Assistance:

·       https://www.calgary.ca/SitePages/cocis/Scripts/SubCategory-YouthPrograms.aspx 

·       https://www.calgary.ca/SitePages/cocis/Scripts/SubCategory-CommunityServices.aspx

The City of Calgary - Community services subcategory

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·       https://www.calgary.ca/SitePages/cocis/Scripts/SubCategory-FairEntry-Grid.aspx


The Calgary Food Bank - Families needing urgent food support are to access help via Alberta 211. Food hampers can be requested from the Calgary Food Bank by calling 403-253-2055

Crisis Spport & Counselling for Children & Families.

COVID-19 Services Update: If you are experiencing difficulty getting through our phone lines, please email crtsupport@woodshomes.ca and someone will call you. Our e-therapy is also available at etherapy@woodshomes.ca.. Crisis and conflict are normal processes that everyone experiences at some point in their life.




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Immigrant Services Calgary

This May, we would like to recognize Volunteer of the Month Sandra Mabel Velandia Lopez. A long-time volunteer who was one of the first to help us with our Virtual Volunteer Programing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since 2015 Sandra has been an outstanding volunteer, helping out at Immigrant Services Calgary in a variety of different roles.



As well, attached to this message is an attachment from the Mustard Seed announcing the re-opening of their Neighbour Centre employment and advocacy services, and an attachment from Community iCooking: online family cooking classes in Marlborough.


Report Cards & Awards:

Report cards were made available online on June 26, 2020 on PowerSchool.  Parent and students can log in to PowerSchool and view the report card.  Last week, the PowerSchool system was overwhelmed and some families had trouble viewing their report cards. If you are having any difficulties accessing the report card, you can also view final marks and comments on PowerSchool by going to the Stems and Outcomes tab.

Academic, Athletic and Citizenship Awards information has been posted on our website.  Congratulations to all our awards recipients.

Re-Entry 2020-21:

We are working on a re-entry plan for the fall and are awaiting more information from the province.  We will be sending more information in August 2020. 

Please note that we are still accepting registrations for the 2020-21 school year.


We wish everyone a restful summer and we are very excited to see you all in the fall.


Martine Sawatzky

Principal, Bob Edwards School


Dec 04

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Feb 01
February Update

On behalf of our Bob Edwards’ school community, we would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year 2018!  

We had a very restful winter break and we are now ready to move in the second portion of our school year.  Many exciting activities are happening at Bob Edwards right now.  Our grade 9 students are currently getting ready to register to their designated High Schools in preparation for next year.  Our 2 main designated High Schools, Lester B. Pearson and Forest Lawn have worked cooperatively with us to ensure our students feel confident in their move for next year.  Before the break, they had the opportunity to go and visit the schools and both Lester B. Pearson staff and Forest Lawn staff came to Bob Edwards to provide important information for next year’s move.  Our students are excited about their prospects in both of these buildings and I hear a lot of excitement in the hallways about the many opportunities afforded at each of these schools.  Bob Edwards is looking forward to our continued partnership with both of these High Schools to ensure our students feel confident in this next step of their journey.
Before the winter break, our report cards went home.  If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s achievement, we highly recommend that you book an appointment for the upcoming parent teacher interviews.

On January 25 and 26, we will have our Parent-Teachers interviews, from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Thursday and from 8:30 AM to 12 PM on Friday morning.  This is an important time to ask questions and get a better understanding of where your child in his/her learning.  We want to partner with you in your child’s education and we really hope to see you there.
Our second semester started on January 15 which means that your child has a new set of exploratory courses.  Your child will have the same homeroom teacher and the same core teachers; however he/she will have new exploratory teacher(s).

This year, we have started a Student Advisory Council at Bob Edwards, where Ms. Reilly and I meet with a representative from every homeroom class once every month. It is important to note that a new representative is sent to this meeting every month and that attendance to this meeting is not linked to behavior or reward, this means that everyone is welcome to attend.  During these meetings, students are able to share with me what works for them (or not) as it relates to their learning, their peer interactions and their overall school experience. Ms. Reilly and I always look forward to these discussions as it provides us with insights on how to better engage our students.  I will be sharing this data with our Parent Council this spring.

Our School Council is working hard to support many opportunities for our students.  We have a small group of very dedicated parents and I would highly encourage you to attend and engage with our Parent Council as their work has a tremendous impact on our students’ experiences at Bob Edwards.

As a Bob Edwards team, we are ready and look forward to working side by side with you and your family in support of all of our students.

Martine Sawatzky
Principal, Bob Edwards School ​

Sep 05
September Update

​Bienvenue and Welcome to the 2017-18 school year. We are excited to welcome our new and returning families to Bob Edwards school. We had a smooth start up to the school year and our students are already hard at work and engaged in their learning. 

Currently we have approximately 340 students enrolled, which is in line with what was projected in the spring. We have new and returning staff this school year. Ms. Reilly will continue to assist me in her Assistant-Principal role. We would like to welcome our returning teaching staff to Bob Edwards (in alphabetical order): Ms. Amanwi, Ms. Cunha, Ms. Franks, Ms. Gamache, Mr. Grunewald, Ms. Haggar, Ms. Hakime, Ms. Johnson, Mr. Kolesnikov, Ms. Massey, Mr. Morgan, Ms. Murphy, Mr. Prouse, Ms. Riebot, Mr. Rigaa, Mr. Sproule. Please join me in welcoming our new P.E. and Athletics teacher, Mr. Bayer. 

Of course, our school benefits from a fantastic support staff team, which includes: Ms. Merkel and Ms. Pinkett (front office), Ms. Tang-Sakamoto (Education Assistant), Ms. Coutts (Behaviour Support Worker for The Class), Ms. Vienneau (cafeteria), new to us this year, Ms. Neufeld (Learning Commons) and our custodian team Mr. Wan and Mr. Banduyang. 

On September 21, we will have our Meet the Teachers evening, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. This is not Parent Teacher Interviews, but a chance to meet and get to know your student’s teachers and ask questions about their program. We believe that this is a very important day for us to welcome you in our school community. We will have refreshments and several important informational booths set up. We want to partner with you in your child’s education and we really hope to see you there. 

The Bob Edwards mascot is an Eagle, which is a symbol of strength, determination, dedication and fortitude. At Bob Edwards school, we have many programs to meet our students’ needs, whether your family is part of our French immersion, Regular English or our system class, everyone is a Bob Edwards Eagle. 

As a Bob Edwards team, we are ready and look forward to working side by side with you and your family in support of all of our students. 

Martine Sawatzky
Principal, Bob Edwards School

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