Jan 17
January 16th, 2022

Hello CJP Families! 

We would like to welcome new families who joined us over the winter break. It is always nice to have new faces and new friends join our community.  This past week we also had a great opportunity to meet many, many new community families and prospective Montessori families. We are always energized by speaking about our amazing school and sharing stories of our amazing learning community.  You all make it easy to share great things about CJP.  With Kindergarten orientation opening on January 17 I am reminded of how quickly time passes for those already in our building and how exciting the unknown is for those starting their public school journey in September.  

This week we returned after an extended winter break. We all returned with a bit of hesitation and also the confidence in knowing CJP staff pivot quickly to continue to provide our learners and staff with the safest environment possible in the context of a pandemic. We can’t forget our community. Thank you for sending your children to us on a daily basis, trusting that we will do our very best to keep them safe. Thank you also for keeping your children at home when they are not well. Our community thanks everyone for being diligent in using the AHS Checklist daily, taking your child’s temperature daily, and for keeping your children home when they are feeling unwell. 

The facts for the first week of school in January 2022; The school no longer receives updates from Alberta Health when a child tests positive for covid. There continues to be some families who notify us that their child or a sibling in the family is positive. We are grateful to those who are diligent in following the guidelines from Alberta Health when their partially vaccinated child is a close contact or tests positive.  When you do this you are demonstrating your care for the larger community. For this – we all say thank you! Families have been quick to respond to our request to pick up their child when they are un-well.  

The reality, as a community, we are calm. We are diligent about sending our children with masks and reminding them to keep distance from others and wash hands (or sanitize) often.  At the time of writing this, we still have no idea when our masks and rapid tests will arrive. There are many schools in the NW that have not received their shipment. When they arrive, we will let you know. We are also painfully aware that Covid is in our community, in our school. With almost 600 children and adults in the building every day, it would be foolish to think we are free from Covid. When we look at attendance in some of our classes, or watch as some children leave the building feeling unwell – we know Omocron is present. Today our staff are strong, the virus has not yet affected them. We are hopeful this continues so as not to interrupt face to face learning.  We will be sharing more information at School Council this week should you like to hear more details about what is happening here at CJP. 

Different from this time last year, there is no stigma faced by those who test positive for Covid-19. I stand strong in my belief that our community understands no one seeks out Covid-19 and no one would try and inflict any harm to our community. I am so impressed with how supportive, kind and thoughtful our community has been in the days since our return to school. Thank you for your generosity, kindness and calm. Thank you for your kind words of support and your silent cheers of support as we continue to do all we can to keep our amazing community safe.  Yet again evidence that we are all in this together.  

Dr. Bettesworth and Ms. El-Geubaly ​

Nov 12
November 10th, 2021

Dear CJP Families, 

We are fast approaching one of the most important days of the year. A day to remember and reflect. A day to appreciate the men and women who currently serve to protect our great country. And a day to remember those in the past who went off to war on our behalf, many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice. A sacrifice meant to keep Canada strong and free. A sacrifice paid for with blood and tears. But how can I explain this to my school-age children? How can I impress upon them the importance of this very special day? I'll admit it's a difficult task, one I should attempt.  

Here are some of the things I do to help my children understand the importance of Remembrance Day. I talk with my children through the year, not just around Remembrance Day. Perhaps this is easier for us as we have Great Grandpa's war medals proudly on display in our library. This kind of discussion tends to be very short, simple and matter of fact with my 9-year-old, but as she gets older I can really start to share some hard truths with her. Truths like the fact that in many different wars over the years, men and women went off to war for Canada. They left their moms, dads, wives, husbands and, in some cases, kids to trudge off to war. They left the comfort of their home for the cold, wet trenches and left the calm of Canada for the constant fear of war elsewhere. These people were likely afraid. Very afraid. They were likely cold and hungry sometimes. They endured seeing friends die right next to them. They went to sleep each night not knowing if it would be their last. And they did all of this for us. For you and me and all of our fellow Canadians. And we should be grateful. Not just on Nov. 11 each year, but every day.  

For my children, I try to make things personal, when possible. I tell my children about a friend or relative who fought for our country. I have a cousin who was in the services for most of his adult life. We often share his stories, especially when we see him. I tell them about their dad's grandfather who served in the Second World War, leaving his wife and two young daughters at home. He missed the birth of his third daughter, and met her for the first time when she was four! Great Grandpa was trained as a tank mechanic and served in Germany, Italy, and France. He returned home to Canada, wounded from a gunshot to the leg. While Great Grandpa has been gone for many years, he is still regarded as a hero in our family. I try my best to explain why we fight wars. I try to explain to my kids that Canada might be a very different place if our soldiers had not joined forces with other countries to fight against evil. I talk about why wars, though awful, are sometimes necessary. Our country might not have remained a place where people could feel safe holding true to their culture, religion and beliefs. This country could possibly be under totally different rule today.  

It took our soldiers, fighting alongside the soldiers of other brave countries, to enable us to continue to be the "true north strong and free." And I am grateful. Sadly, war still exists and I think my children need to know this reality. I will be sure to let my children know that there are soldiers from Canada who are in the line of fire today. They are on peacekeeping missions or are in war torn areas and they are in danger. They are risking their lives even now on behalf of our country.  

Finally, we always attend a Remembrance Day Ceremony. The last few years we have attended ceremonies at either the Field of Crosses on Memorial Drive or the Military Museum. This year, we will watch a ceremony on line, there are many being shared in this format to keep us all distanced and safe. These ceremonies are an amazing opportunity for our children to see the enormity of this day, the impact, and that others also remember. When I am at a ceremony, perhaps even when I watch one on-line,  and the enormity of what's been done for us falls upon me, then sometimes there are tears. Embarrassing for you, my kids? Possibly. But I will never be sorry or ashamed for any single one of those tears. The soldiers who fought gave up so much more than tears. They gave their lives. Their last breath, their life's blood. Their families gave more tears than enough.  

Never forget, the peace and freedom we have in Canada, we owe to those who came before us. Those who bravely fought to make sure no one could take it from us. Thank a veteran today, thank a person in uniform today, thank a senior and let's be so grateful for all they've done, for their sacrifice for our great country. 

Lest we forget. 

Dr. Bettesworth ​

Oct 29
October 29th, 2021
​Dear CJP Families, 

To all of our Hallowe’en enthusiasts, enjoy your weekend of spooktacular events and festivities. Please be safe and make good choices. Also, please remember that school starts at 9:10AM on Monday.  Parents, your CJP team appreciate all students arriving at school on Monday with a healthy lunch and snack. Their bodies and brains work best when fueled with healthy food choices. Please leave the candy at home! 

Please note:  We will be sending out two weekly messages this afternoon. One will be immediately after the other. The two messages will be almost the same. If you don’t receive the second message you need to click on the link below and agree to accept commercial messages from CJP.  Most communication from School Council/ Parent Association is commercial as it includes fundraising initiatives. In the weeks to come we will be sharing information about such things as hot lunches/ Healthy Hunger...you don’t want to miss out on that opportunity because you haven’t signed up for commercial messages. A day without making a lunch for my family is a good day – don't forget to check that box to receive all of our messages. 


Oct 25
October 22nd, 2020

Hello CJP Families 

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce to you our newest member of the CJP family. Mrs. Jana El Guebaly (Mrs. El) is our new Assistant Principal! Mrs. El will officially join our team and meet your children on November 1st. She comes to us with a vast amount of experience as an AP as she is currently the AP at Belfast School in Calgary. Her skill set includes Art Centred learning, working with families and students with unique and special needs, and incredible classroom teaching expertise. Mrs. El is student centred and briming with energy and enthusiasm for teaching, learning and success for all students.  Mrs. El will make her CJP debut at the Parent Council meeting this Wednesday evening where she will take a bit of time to introduce herself to those in attendance. Please plan to join our School Principal and School Council Executive as we welcome Mrs. El to CJP this Wednesday at 7PM.   

Oct 09
October 8, 2021

Hello CJP Families,  

It is at Thanksgiving that we take time to reflect on what we are thankful for, I too, would like to take a moment to give thanks. I am grateful to be the principal at Captain John Palliser School and to have an opportunity to work alongside some of the very best students, families, educators and staff in Calgary!  It is a pleasure and honour every day! 
 I am thankful for our students. They come to class every day and put significant effort into becoming more skilled and knowledgeable citizens. They are open to new ideas, new concepts, and new experiences, and we learn from them every day. They come from different circumstances and backgrounds to learn and grow together. That process is not always easy, but they struggle through the difficult moments together, and they celebrate their successes together. I am proud of them and all they have endured and accomplished,  I consider myself lucky to lead their school. 
The parents at Captain John Palliser School are the most engaged and enthusiastic I have ever worked with. CJP would not be what it is without their support and the effective partnerships they have created with our staff. We only need to look at the great turn-out from our last School Council meeting to know how very engaged our families are.  The countless hours and incredible effort they are putting forward with our playground is amazing. Our School Council and our Parent Association are exceptional examples of the enthusiasm and effort evident in our parent community. Thank you for all you do every single day!   
What we do at Captain John Palliser School could never be achieved without the dedication of the staff behind the scenes. From our facility operator and cleaner to the amazing team in the office headed up by Ms. Kveps, our lunchroom supervisors and Library Assistant, the persistence and initiative they demonstrate is uncommon, and I appreciate their dedication to our community, their hard work and professionalism.  
I could not do what I do without the help of CJP’s Assistant Principal Helen Sharpe. Today was her last day with our team, she will be so missed. Her dedication to CJP is clear and her work has been essential in establishing the organizational culture, positive environment, and student-centered instructional program necessary for our students to grow and thrive, especially during the pandemic. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to have worked with and learned from her. Ms. Sharpe will be an amazing principal in her new school.  
And of course, the backbone of our organization – the teachers!  I want to extend a very special thank you to our Teachers, Education Assistants, and School Assistants. The teaching staff at CJP is tireless. They constantly challenge their students and themselves to reach higher and accomplish more. Everyday, I come to work I am renewed by their energy, their enthusiasm, and their willingness to try new things while remaining grounded in foundational teaching practices. Our teachers are continually adjusting their instruction to help each child reach his or her potential. So, to the Captain John Palliser Teaching team please accept my sincere gratitude and appreciation as I say thank you for your service; your service to our students, your service to our school and your service to our community.  
To all of our students, families and staff, I wish you a very meaningful Thanksgiving.  
Dr. Bettesworth​ ​

Oct 01
October 1, 2021
​Dear CJP families, 

This week marks the first time in Canada we have had a federally recognized day where Truth and Reconciliation was observed across our country. When I met this morning with teachers, I asked all of them, “What did you do?” and “What will you do moving forward?”  I would like to pose that same question to our community. Together we are all responsible for the children around us and their understanding and growth within the context of Truth and Reconciliation. What will we continue to do to ensure Truth and Reconciliation is an ongoing part of our daily conversation with our youth? What will you do to ensure that the children and families who sacrificed so much, even life, when forced to attend residential schools, are never forgotten. That their stories live on, because every single child does matter, they matter so very much. So, I ask again, of all CJP families, “What did you do yesterday to acknowledge Truth and Reconciliation and to deepen your learning and the learning  of your children?”  and  “What will you do moving forward?” 

Today, our school community spent the day with Darcy Turning Robe from Siksika Nation. Darcy, our Knowledge Keeper, lead a discussion about Truth and Reconciliation, residential schools, and then lead grade level round dances and then a whole school round dance. It was spectacular! Round dances are celebrations that signify fellowship, kindness, togetherness and respect. Today we learned about Round Dances a part of the indigenous culture of kindness, healing and celebration.  Check out the banner story, and our music section, for some pictures.

Today we were also fortunate to participate in a conversation with Misty, her daughter Elizabeth and her brother Tyler. All CJP students, including Elizabeth’s three lovely children, observed and listened as Elizabeth posed questions to her mom Misty about their family’s experiences with residential schools and how the family has coped and journeyed on since the children returned from residential school many years ago. Our biggest learning, while the children attended residential school a few generations ago, the impact and pain is still felt today. The emotional burden on the family still runs very deep. This lovely family, part of our CJP family, is brave and has courage. And, if you were ever of the mindset that residential schools affected families in far off places, now you know, residential school survivors are part of our CJP family. Thank you Misty, Elizabeth, and Tyler for sharing your very special and personal story with us today. 

I ask again to our CJP community - “What will you do moving forward?” 

Dr. Bettesworth and Ms. Sharpe 
Sep 27
September 24, 2021
Dear Families 

Thank you to all of the families who attended the Meet Admin and Meet the Teacher event on Thursday. It was amazing to see so many families connecting virtually with our CJP team. If you were unsuccessful in logging into your child’s Google Classroom via their @educbe.ca account, please connect with their classroom teacher for additional support. It is essential that all families know how to check information on the Google Classroom and everyone can access a Google Meet should we ever have a need to be back online.  

Your CJP Leadership Team

Sep 13
September 10, 2021

Dear CJP Families 

Dates to remember

Thursday September 16 – Individual Photo Day 

Thursday September 23 – Meet the Teacher 

Friday September 24 – Professional Development Day – CJP is open for staff, closed for students 

Thursday September 30 – National Truth and Reconciliation – A Day of Observance. CJP along with all schools in the Calgary Board of Education will be closed this day.  

Transportation/ Bus Families 

If your child is a regular bus rider and is not riding the bus home, please contact the school to let us know. When your child doesn’t show up for the bus at the end of the day and you don’t share the plan with us, we spend a great deal of time looking for them in the school, on the playground, and calling family members to find out where they are. All of this takes time and delays the departure of the bus. Kindly let the office know of changes to transportation.   

We will be asking all bus riding students to report to the bus driver if their parents meet them at school unexpectedly.  Our responsibility is to take bus attendance, know who is on the bus, and where all riders are. When students who are expected on the bus don’t arrive and we have no indication of any change we must proceed with a full missing student search. This takes time and most often results in finding the child left with their parent. Kindly call us if your plans change and you will be taking your child from the school grounds at the end of day. 

Forms and Family Homework 

Form: Transportation and Noon Supervision Plans – went home on Thursday September 9 (Friday, September 10 for AM kindergarten classes) please return this form with your child ASAP.  

There will be additional forms sent home in the days and weeks to come such as media consent and demographics.  

Family Homework

Please take the time to review these documents with your children. Teachers will be reviewing these in class as well. This link has access to the Student Code of Conduct and Student Dress Code: 

Sep 04
September 3, 2021

Hello CJP families, 
It has been an extraordinary first three days of school! We all love having our families back on the school grounds to greet in the morning and share stories with in the afternoon. What a difference that small change makes. (For those who are new to CBE – as a result of the pandemic families were not permitted on the school grounds last school year) These small changes are not to be taken for granted. These are the small things we have missed most during the pandemic. Thank you to all of the families who were diligent about both remembering and wearing your mask. Thank you to the parents who remained off of the school grounds when you forgot your mask.  We know student safety is also your top priority. Thank you for keeping our students, your children as the focus when entering the school grounds. It is appreciated by all. I would like to make a small request now that you are back on the school grounds. When the morning bell rings please kindly make your way off of the school grounds. This is the perfect indicator that it is time to start your day. Likewise, at the end of the day, please provide all classes and teachers space to continue to teach and interact with students by remaining on the periphery of the school grounds until the bell rings. All of our teachers are hoping to be outside more often this year, especially when the weather is beautiful.  We are hopeful to have the space and opportunity to continue our journey with Land Based Learning and Indigenous Ways of Knowing. Our teaching team considers our outdoor space to be an extension of their classroom and as such prefer the small audience of their learners. When teachers are ready for volunteers to be in their room, they will reach out for your participation at that time.   

We are hopeful, as every day passes, that we will get closer to experiencing some of the joys we used to have here at CJP. While the “Meet the Teacher” event will be virtual and parent teacher conferences will continue to use Microsoft Teams. You are our partners in the journey to educate our children. As such, we are hopeful Learning Celebrations, Book Fairs, Fun Lunches and social events will once again be on our calendar...I am holding out great hope for late in 2021 and 2022.  
Enjoy the last long weekend of summer! 
Dr. Bettesworth, Ms. Sharpe and the extraordinary team called CJP! 

Jun 27
Final Weekly Message for the 2020-2021 School Year
Hello CJP families 

This school year has been one for the record books. I must say, am happy it is almost over, I know the end is in sight, yet I know there will be more hurdles to leap over in the fall when the new school year begins. Without a doubt, the flexibility, compassion, and trust of our amazing CJP team, students and community members has ensured our continued success through the school year. We were faced with many positive covid cases, endless sanitization, countless messages home, isolation, at-home and in-person learning and following constantly changing health measures, and all of us on Team CJP persisted, finding new ways to make things better, safer, great!  We are all remaining optimistic and hopeful, for the fall of 2021 knowing, together we can manage anything that is thrown our way.  

Just like last week, June always brings both farewells and welcomes to our CJP team.  I believe Winnie the Pooh says it best:  "How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard". Today we say goodbye to many on our team. Their hard work, dedication, caring, and passion for children and education is evident in all they do! In addition to those who I mentioned last week, the following team members will be leaving CJP. Mrs. Halsall and Mrs. Wacker will both become part time Kindergarten teachers at separate schools here in the North West. Mrs. Komori, while we are trying our best to keep her here, will return to the sub list for the fall. Mrs. Patel will continue to be a Kindergarten teacher at a school closer to home.  

We are pleased to share; Ms. Gregan, formerly from Oakley School, will join our L&L program. Ms. Lloyd and Ms. Courtney will remain with us as part of our Montessori team and a familiar name, Ms. Stahl, will return to CJP to join our Montessori team. Any further updates to our team will be made in our welcome back message in the late summer.  

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our community for bringing their children to school (or the kitchen table) ready to learn and participate in school each day. To our staff, your dedication is so evident, thank you for always putting children first in all that you do. And to those who are always behind the scenes supporting and helping: our office staff, BSW, EAs, SAs, lunchroom supervisors, and facility team, thank you, your work does not go unnoticed. 

Yes, we do have one day of school left this school year. However, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you-to you, our community, for a wonderful school year. We appreciate that you shared your children with us each day. We are grateful it was you who joined us on this pandemic journey this year. You cared and you supported us – thank you! Enjoy your summer together and we look forward to welcoming everyone back into the school on Sept 1. 

Please plan to check your email on Monday August 30, when you will receive an email from your child's teacher introducing themselves and providing first day instructions. 

Our school event calendar, with any and all information that we have confirmed for next year, is on our website. Please record all the dates now for your consideration throughout out 2021-2022 school year. 

2021-2022 CJP 1-6 Calendar.pdf 

2021-2022 CJP K Calendar.pdf 

Enjoy your weekend!  See you all for our last school day of the 2020-2021 school year this Monday!

Dr. Bettesworth and Ms. Sharpe

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