Jun 26
Student Safety

I hope that all our families are staying safe and taking care of themselves during this very challenging time. With so much uncertainty about the upcoming school year, we all have many questions about what it will look like and how we will keep everyone safe. At this time, this is what I know: 

  1. The safety of our students is a top priority. School will start in September. (Some form or another)
  2. We will follow the guidelines set by the Alberta Health Minster and CBE.
  3. We will adapt, learn and we will get through this together. 

As we learn and plan, and more information becomes available in the coming weeks and months about how school will re-open, we will be sharing that plan with you. We will communicate via email so please make sure we have your correct email and contact information. Please pass this message onto other Cecil Swanson Families that are not getting the emails. Until we meet again, take care and stay safe. 

Mar 02
Student Learning Updates and Conferences

We are pleased to announce that Mrs. Paula Kersch will be joining our Cecil Swanson Staff as our Administration Secretary. Mrs. Kersch, comes to us with lots experience in administration both at schools and in industry. She has worked with students of all ages and is going to be a great asset to our school community. Mrs. Kersch’ s first day at Cecil Swanson will be Monday, March 2. Please feel free to stop by and introduce yourself and welcome Mrs. Kersch. Once again we would like to thank Mrs. Harper for her years of excellent service and dedication to our Cecil Swanson families.

On March 13, you will be receiving a Student Learning Update. This update will provide you with current strengths and next learning steps for your child. The March learning update will focus on Mathematics and English Language Arts. This update will also highlight the necessary conditions for success for your child.

In conjunction with the Student Learning Updates are March Learning Conferences. The March Conference is an opportunity for you to meet with your child’s teacher and discuss his/her progress and achievement in relation to the learner outcomes from the Programs of Study. These Learning Conferences are focused on evidence of individual student learning (examples of student work, student reflections, etc). The MyCBE booking system will open up on March 12, 2020 at 8:00 AM. Please use this system to book an appointment with your child’s teacher.

Congratulations and good luck to: Jacob (Grade 5), Angad (Grade 5), Simrit (Grade 5) and Samslehsa (Grade 6). Our finalists of our School Science Fair are polishing up their projects and preparing for their competition for the Calgary Youth Science Fair in April. A big thank you goes out to Ms. Vuong, Ms. Ford, Ms. Krygier, Ms. Valz, Ms. Putici, Ms. Peller, Ms. Belan and Ms. Liukaitis who organized another successful Science Fair this year.

If your child comes home and says to you that they do not have any home work, would you please ask them to show you their agenda. Some of our students do complete their assignments at school and some students need some extra time to finish at home. Our teachers send out a weekly email which outlines how you can help at home. The weekly email also outlines some “Ask Me About” topics. These topics provide you with information about what your child is currently learning. In addition, all students should be reading every night and our School Council has purchase Raz-Kids and Mathletics, which are on-line programs to help reinforce concepts taught at home.

On behalf of Cecil Swanson staff we want to thank you for your continued support in helping your child, “Be the Best You Can Be” and we look forward to seeing you at our next School Council Meeting, Tuesday March 3 at 6:30 PM.

Sincerely

Mr. Adam Topp, Principal
Ms. Joan Murtagh, Assistant Principal

Jan 28
Conferences

As we head into a new year, we would like to thank students, staff, and parents for contributing to the Cecil Swanson School Community. We are all so proud to be part of this amazing community. We have had an outstanding four months with many opportunities for our students to demonstrate their outstanding talents and passions. Thank you to all of the staff and parents who have made these opportunities possible. It is apparent that the work we have done to make this happen successfully has had a positive impact on all of our students. We are really looking forward to the fantastic work that is yet to come.

Thank you, all for attending our Festival of Festivals celebration that was held on Wednesday December 18th at 5:00 p.m. Our students worked extremely hard and were very excited to share their learning and performances with you. If you know of celebrations that have not yet been included in our Festival of Festivals, please let us know so we can include them in a future year.

If your child is part of the Lunch Bunch Program, would you please ask them if they are ready to start making their own lunches. We are noticing that some of our students are throwing away some of their lunches. When a student helps to make their own lunches they are more likely to finish them. Please be aware that our microwaves are only for re-heating food. We would like students to move towards having themos for warm food, as a safer and more efficient way of eating warm food.

Our Parent Teacher Conferences will be held this month. This is an excellent way to reinforce the connection between home and school. The conferences will be booked through an on-line system starting Thursday, January 23rd, at 8:00am. This can be booked through MyCBE/PowerSchool.

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be taking place the following dates and times January 30 4:00- 8:30 pm & January 31st 8:00-12:00 pm (No school for students on this day)

Many of our grade four to six students will be working on their unique and awesome Science Projects. Please help them to document their findings and feel free to guide them within reason. We really need them to learn from this experience. Remember guide them, please do not do the project. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Do you love Science? Then we would love to have you take part in our annual Science Fair as a volunteer judge. No prior experience is required, just an open mind and a willingness to ask questions. Thursday, February 6th, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Please contact the school if you are able to judge.

We wish you all Peace, Joy, Hope and Happiness during this Holiday season and throughout the New Year.

School starts again on Tuesday, January 7.

Sincerely

Mr. Adam Topp, Principal

Ms. Joan Murtagh, Assistant Principal​

Dec 18
December Update

​We can only imagine how busy you all are at this time of the year. We have the unique opportunity to work with your great children for a little less than seven hours a day. Thank you for working with them on being respectful, willing to learn new and exciting things, and willing to becoming strong independent thinkers. Together we will continue to work with your children to strive for excellence. 

Our next formal meeting together will be at the end of January 2020. Our teachers are looking forward to meeting with you and your child to discuss the progress your child has made. Thank you for supporting our school and your child’s learning opportunities. 

We would also like to take this opportunity to show our thanks to the School Council who have made valuable contributions to our common goal of student success. Our School Council worked passionately in the last three months to support our students in funding enriching opportunities for learning. Their school Winter Dance was a huge success as so many families enjoyed this great community building activity and got to show off their dance moves! Please accept our deepest gratitude as we say thank-you to each and every one of you! 

Our schools’ Annual Report, analysis of achievement test results, annual fee reporting and school development plan have been uploaded to our school website. If you would like a hard copy of any of these documents, please come into the office and we can print you a copy. 

On December 18, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. we will be holding our annual Festival of Festivals. This year each class with be given a festival to learn about and celebrate. Each class will perform a song or dance from that country. We will be sending out a more detailed schedule of events as we get closer to the day. Please save this date as we hope that all families are able to attend. 

Thank you to all the students and parents who were able to find a lost item in our Lost and Found table over the last three weeks. Please continue to look through to see if any of your child’s lost articles may be in there. Many items left over will be cleaned and given away to charity at the end of December. Please stop by anytime soon and look for items that may belong to your child. 

We hope you will enjoy this holiday season with your family and friends. Play and read with your children. We will be looking forward to all of their smiling faces on Tuesday, January 7, 2020. 

Respectfully, 

Adam Topp, Principal 
Joan Murtagh, Assistant Principal

Sep 03
Welcome Back to Another Excellent Year at Cecil Swanson School

Welcome back to another excellent year at Cecil Swanson School. The Student/Parent Handbook is a valuable source of information about school hours, behaviour expectations, student safety and general information. This year we are asking you to sign the various pages as you read it over with your child. This will be one more opportunity for your child to review our schools expectations.

Teachers are already hard at work preparing some really great lessons for our young learners. They have also started planning field trips and other special experiences for the 2019-2020 school year.

Thanks to all of you who had the opportunity to volunteer last year. Your support was greatly appreciated. This year we hope to have a field trip schedule for you by the end of October. We realize that it is difficult for many working parents to volunteer on short notice. It is our hope that by giving you this information in the fall you will be able to rearrange your work schedule to attend at least one field trip this year. And if you are really interested we could definitely use your help in our classrooms or the Library (The Learning Commons). We know that you are aware that this is a special time for children when their parents go with them to school events or participate in the classroom, so please think about it and hopefully you can spare a few hours.

School Council and the Cecil Swanson School Society provide important support to our school. It is an excellent way to be involved in your child’s school. The first meeting will be on September 10 at 6:30 pm in the school staffroom and the October meeting will be the General Elections. All parents are welcome! Please come and support your children’s school through School council.

We will have our first meet the teacher evening Thursday September 12 from 6:00 – 7:00. We encourage all parents to attend with their child. This is your opportunity to give us important information about your child. We all want to plan for the success of all of our children.

Next week a brown envelope with forms will be sent home with your child. Please check your childs’ back pack for these forms and return them as soon as possible to the school.

After school all children are to go home and check in with an adult before coming back to play in our creative playground. Only those students who are being supervised by an adult may stay and play. Children are not to arrive at school before 8:00 AM as there is no adult supervision available. Both of these measures are to ensure your child’s safety. If your children go home for lunch, they should not return to play until 12:33 PM. At that time, teachers and Lunch Supervisors are available to supervise them.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or the office.

Sincerely

Mr. Adam Topp, Principal​

Jun 04
Thank you so much for making this another successful year for our students and staff

Thank you so much for making this another successful year for our students and staff at Cecil Swanson. As teachers and students wind down for another school year, I am amazed at the learning opportunities that our students have experienced over the past nine months. The support of School Council and the support from many of you who have volunteered, have given our children experiences that they will never forget.

Our school community celebrated many very successful evening events this year including our Festival of Festivals, Family Movie Nights, Family Fun Night and Sporting events such as Cross-Country, Basketball and Soccer . Thank you to all the families that attended these evenings and celebrated your child’s time at school. I would also like to thank the school council for all of their work on these and other school events. It is a critical part of our community and I invite you to come out and join this group of hardworking, dedicated parents at our last meeting on Tuesday June 4, 2019 at 5:30 PM.

Our Grade 6 students are getting excitced about finishing up their final month with us. We will be having a special assembly on June 26 at 10:00 AM for us to say good-bye to them and any staff that may be leaving us. Please join us at this special assembly.

In June, teachers will begin to prepare class lists for next year. Our classroom placement process is very thoughtful, and staff members consider many factors before using their professional judgement to build classrooms that best meet student needs. To foster quality teaching and learning environments, we create classrooms with: A heterogeneous mix of students (achievement, citizenship and personal development), gender balance, a balance of children requiring additional support (i.e. special learning needs, English Language Learners, etc.) and positive social relationships for each child.

Occasionally, parents wish to provide additional information to us to consider during our placement process. If you have information that you believe is crucial to the learning needs of your child, I ask that you provide this information to myself, Mr. Sealy, in writing, by June 7, 2019. Class placements will not always change as a result of this information, but they will always reflect our sincere interest in creating the best learning environment for all students.

As the weather gets warmer, we sometimes see students who are dressed more for the beach than for school. Please remember that students are expected to dress modestly (no short shorts, extra short skirts, bare tummies or tops that do not cover the shoulders). Students still require proper foot wear for physical education. If your child is inappropriately dressed, we may phone you to bring other clothes or we may provide a shirt to cover up.

We can’t thank you enough for your continued support and good will. We feel very fortunate to work with parents who are so deeply committed to supporting their children’s learning. Bouquets to you for modeling respect, responsibility, safety and kindness to our children.

On that note, I want to thank you so much for allowing me to work with your great children for over 9 years. I have formally decided that it is time for me to retire from the Calgary Board of Education and of course, my second home Cecil Swanson School. I have had many excellent memories from this excellent school. I have enjoyed working with you to see how we could best meet the needs of your children. My last day will be on Wednesday June 26. I am hoping to give your new principal some time to settle in and prepare for Swanson’s next journey. I wish you all the best and I hope that you will continue to support your school community as you have for the nine great years that I have spent here. I need you to know that your excellent work at home, with your children, has not gone unnoticed. Our belief is that we need to continue to work together to guide your child in the right direction. Together we can help our children experience Success and help them develop into positive contributing citizens in our community.

As we wind down to the end of June, we hope you and your family will have the opportunity to enjoy some lovely evenings together and we wish you all a safe and happy summer. The first day of school will be Tuesday, September 3, 2019.

Sincerely,

Victor Sealy, Principal

May 01
Looking Ahead to Next Year

Spring is here and now we are looking ahead to next year. The planning process is dependent upon some key factors: Financial Resources (Budget) given to each school to run smoothly and the projected number of students entering the building for the 2019-2020 school year. We have been informed by our Board that we will need to be patient until our new provincial government gives us a new budget. And without a budget our Board cannot inform us if we have Full Day Kindergarten Program for the 2019-2020 school year at Cecil Swanson.

Thank you to those families who returned their forms as to whether or not their children will be returning back to Cecil Swanson. For those of you who said that you are moving, we now can help support you and your child for a successful transition into their new building. The more exact we can be with our estimates, the more effectively we can plan.

Thank you to Cecil Swanson School Council for their on-going support. Cecil Swanson School Council depends on parents stepping forward to take on roles and be involved. Come to the May School Council meeting on Tuesday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the staff room to be part of this great committee.

Severe Allergies

We have a number of students and staff with severe, life-threatening allergies. At Cecil Swanson School, we are an allergy-aware school, where we believe that education, combined with careful practice, is the safest way to protect students with allergies. We have spoken to our students and have sent home notices, please review with your child this extremely important request. On that same note, parents are asked to provide up-to-date medical information regarding their child’s allergies and or other medical conditions. Please update the office as soon as possible.

Safety Before Convenience - Traffic Concerns, esp. Rundlewood Drive

Please encourage students to exit vehicles safely, to cross the road in marked crosswalks. When driving, please observe speed limits and all traffic regulations. The Calgary Police Service and Calgary Parking Patrol have been active around the school, distributing tickets for infractions. The fines for these infractions range in cost from $178 to over $1500, depending on the offense. We have been especially aware of a number of parents who have been parking in the bus and handicap zones on the south side of the school along Rundlewood Drive. Please be aware that this area is being especially targeted for enforcement. Parking in these zones can be particularly expensive for fines.

With the arrival of spring, many students will begin to ride their bikes, to school. It takes a while to adjust to using “wheels” to ride to school, and gravel along the edges makes for slippery surfaces. Please be extra vigilant in watching for students and following all traffic and safety measures. Students who are bringing bikes to school are reminded to securely lock items to the appropriate rack in the playground and to wear an appropriate helmet. If your child chooses not to wear a helmet, we will be calling you to either pick up their bike/scooter or bring a helmet for them. Safety first.

Again thank you for your on-going support to our school community and of course your children’s’ success.

Sincerely

Mr. Victor Sealy, Principal

Mar 13
Looking Forward to Spring

The days are getting longer and students and staff are looking forward to the return of spring, the end of a long winter and a well-deserved break in four weeks is coming soon. But Calgary is so very unpredictable when it comes to weather. Even if the forecast is for warm weather, please make sure your children come to school prepared for colder weather.

Congratulations and good luck to: Kinda (Grade5), Alina (Grade 6), Annah (Grade 6) and Bevone (Grade 6). Our finalists of our School Science Fair are polishing up their projects and preparing for their competition for the Calgary Youth Science Fair in April. A big thank you goes out to Ms. Ford, Ms. Anna, Ms. Valz, Ms. Finch, Ms. Peller, Mrs. Inberg, Mrs. Belan, Mrs. Harper, Ms. Peltier, Ms. Vuong, who organized another successful Science Fair this year.

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If your child comes home and says to you that they do not have any home work, would you please ask them to show you their agenda. Some of our students do complete their assignments at school. A few of our students do have home work but are not motivated to complete it and would rather tell you that they do not have any work to do. Rest assured that all of our students are expected to read a book at their level for 30 minutes, they also can practice their writing skills by copying a short newspaper article or even a paragraph from their reading book. Some could also do some Mathematics if you so desire. We all know that a half - hour of practice will not harm them for life.

If you are having trouble registering and creating your MyCBE/PowerSchool​ account, please review the process listed in this newsletter. It has come to our attention that only 55% of families have an account. We are here to help in any way we can.

On behalf of Cecil Swanson staff we want to thank you for your continued support in helping your child, “Be the Best You Can Be” and we look forward to seeing you at our next School Council Meeting, Tuesday March 5 at 6:30 pm.

Sincerely 

Mr. Victor Sealy, Principal.

Feb 05
Winter is Still Here

Winter is still here and February has been known to be a very cold month. We are strongly encouraging our students on a daily basis to wear their coats, hats, mitts and boots. It is important that the students dress warmly, as they will be expected to be outside until the entry bells ring (8:10 AM and 12:48 PM). We will post signs for a “Blue Dot Day” when the temperature is below -20 with the wind chill and students may come into the school, waiting in the entrance ways until the bell rings.

As an annual check-up on the education system, the Accountability Pillar provides an opportunity for Alberta Education and school authorities to ensure that we are equipping students for success. The Accountability Pillar uses a set of 16 indicators consisting of surveys for students, parents and teachers on various aspects of quality; student outcomes such as dropout and high school completion rates; and provincial assessments of student learning. From January 24 to February 22, Alberta Education will be conducting the annual Accountability Pillar Survey. In January, Grade 4 parents will receive a survey from Alberta Education. (PLEASE mail back your Survey). In the first week of February, students in grades 4 and all teachers will be completing their surveys online at school. All surveys are anonymous and ask questions about experiences with the school. In addition to English and French, the parent survey is available in Chinese, Punjabi, Arabic, Blackfoot, Cree, Korean, Spanish and Tagalog. Please support your school by answering the questions and mailing back the survey. Last year we had six parents who did the survey. Three of the parents like our school and did mention one or two things that we needed to improve on. The other three parents did not like our school and gave us a poor rating. The general results are public knowledge. So if you want your voices to be heard please complete the survery. We need you to be honest with us so that we all can work toegether to improve our school. Thank you for listening.

Cell phones, iPods and laptops, social networking sites and instant messaging! How much do you know about how your child is accessing these tools? How ‘Web Aware’ is your family? This is the first generation to have the Internet as a regular part of their daily lives. As a community, we are working to promote responsible and ethical use of the digital tools we use. Continue the conversations at home about being Web Aware. We will also continue our classroom meetings with our students to talk about Responsible Digital Citizenship.

Thank you to all our parents, grandparents and guardians who are helping our Grade 4, 5 or 6 children in completing their Science Projects for the Science Fair which will be held on Feb. 7,2019 during the day for students and afternoon for parents or guardians from 1 to 2:30 pm. Being part of this great activity is one more way our children learn how to be inquisitive in a positive way and also learn how to be critical thinkers and problem-solvers. A big thank to Ms. Vuong and her crew of supporters (Ms.Ford, Ms. Valz, Mrs. Inberg, Ms. Peller, Ms. Krygier, Mrs. Liukaitis, Ms. Guy, Mrs. Finch, Mrs. Belan, Mrs. Skubovius, Mr. Barteski , Mrs. Freek-Meehan, Mrs. Whitehouse, Mrs. Murtagh and Ms. Peltier) for creating an amazing learning opportunity for our students.

Sincerely

Mr. Victor Sealy, Principal

Dec 20
Upcoming Next Year

Thank you, all for attending our Festival of Festivals celebration that was held on Wednesday December 19 at 5:30 p.m. Our students worked extremely hard and were very excited to share their learning and performances with you. We believe it is important to learn about the various countries, culturals and customs of the many communities represented in our school. Each year, we try to include different festivals from a list of 65 different countries that we have made. If you know of celebrations that have not yet been included in our Festival of Festivals, please let us know so we can include them in a future year.

If your child is part of the Lunch Bunch Program, would you please ask them if they are ready to start making their own lunches. We are noticing that some of our students are throwing away some of their lunches. The other minor concern is that some of our students are still bringing frozen meals to cook. These meals take at least 4 to 8 minutes to cook; when you have 60 students wanting to warm up their meals (less than 40 seconds) you can see why they may become a little frustrated waiting. If there is anything you can do at your end, it would be greatly appreciated.

Our Student Led Conferences will be held mid January. This is an excellent way to reinforce the connection between home and school. Students still have opportunities to catch up on some late work if they have not handed them in yet. If there is anything we can do to collectively support your child please contact us at your earliest convenience. The best way to communicate with your child’s teacher is through phone messages, email or notes written in your child’s agenda.

Thank you to all the students and parents who were able to find a lost item in our Lost and Found table over the last three weeks. Please continue to look through to see if any of your child’s lost articles may be in there. Any items left over will be cleaned and given away to charity during the second week of January.

Many of our Grade 4 to 6 students will be working on their unique and awesome Science Projects. Please help them to document their findings and feel free to guide them within reason. We really need them to learn from this experience. Remember guide them, please do not do the project. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Do you love Science? Then we would love to have you take part in our annual Science Fair as a volunteer judge. No prior experience is required, just an open mind and a willingness to ask questions. Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.

Our School will be hosting an Evening with Paul Davis who is an excellent resource for parents when it comes to Social Networking and Online Safety. If you are looking for strategies on how to make your children safe from Cyber Bullying and teach them the skills of staying safe with the cell phone and computers. He will be here on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 6PM in our Gym. Bring a friend.

We hope that your holidays will be full of relaxing and joyful times with family and friends. As there can be many pressures and expectations at this time of year, we ask you to pause and reflect on the many joys this past year has brought. It is important to remember that the most important memories we create at holiday times are those of being together with loved ones.

Rest, relax and enjoy your family ! School starts again on Monday, January 7.

Sincerely
Mr. Victor Sealy, Principal

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