Jun 30
June 30 End of Year Message

Dear CJM Families & Friends,

Wow! It is hard to believe that the 2020-21 school year is over. We want to thank you all for the support and patience shown these past 10 months. We had successes and some challenges, yet despite all, we continued the work that has to be done to ensure the safety and educational needs of all our students. There are countless people to whom we owe an expression of gratitude and hope that we continue working together in the coming years. An expression of special thanks goes to our School Council, who were supportive and continue to find time to do their best for CJM. Your presence and support make a much stronger working community supporting to achieve the school's goals and ensuring our students are our top priority.

We would like to thank our hard working and caring staff who have made a huge difference to our students. Their commitment is outstanding and our kids are the beneficiaries. Thank you for providing rich and engaging, well-rounded experiences for our kids and knowing that education is about wonder and fostering curiosity, along with development of social skills so needed to succeed. For these, and a thousand other things, we are truly grateful.

We have been so fortunate to have so many amazing staff at CJM this year. It is with a heavy heart that we say farewell...for now…to Ms. Sarah Chan, Ms. Liisha Hinder, Ms. Regan Crawford-Sera, Ms. Taylor Hubbs, Ms. Cathy Li, Ms. Kathy Kerr, Ms. Kaitlin Barr and Mr. Jared Peralta. We would also like to welcome Ms. Mandi Jones, Ms. Caitin Campbell, Mr. Chris Walcot, Mr. Colin Stack and Ms. Jessica Skall to CJM!

We look forward to seeing you on September 1, 2021. To those of who are leaving us for new places we wish you all the best!!

You can find a link to our next year's calendar on the Chief Justice Milvain School website and attached with this message. A reminder our school hours have changed: Monday – Thursday 8:40 am to 3:20 pm and Friday 8:40 am to 12:20pm.

In closing, we would like take this opportunity to congratulate all students at CJM School!  We wish you all a very happy, safe and enjoyable summer. Please be sure to take time as family to talk, play and READ together.

"I think that reconciliation begins with self. There is reconciling at different levels of our being, and it's not only until we connect with ourselves at those levels—whether it's emotionally, spiritually, physically or intellectually—that we can also move into other spaces of reconciliation." -Jackie Ottmann

Have a beautiful summer!


Ms. Bains, Principal & Ms. Harder, Assistant Principal​

May 31
June 1, 2021 Update

Dear CJM Families & Friends,

It was wonderful to welcome our CJM Friends back into the building. It is also amazing that we are now approaching June!

As we get ready to close out the 2020-21 school year, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all members of our learning community – students, staff and families for all your efforts and perseverance over the year. There have been many challenges, but there is also a great deal to be proud of.

Our students and teachers focused on building vocabulary understanding across all disciplines using two key strategies this year: SEEI and Generate, Sort, Connect, Elaborate. The school also focused on student's overall sense of competence, confidence and belonging as learners by engaging in the CBE Holistic Lifelong Learning Framework, The Seven Sacred Teachings and the Little Hummingbird. It has been a wonderful and thoughtful year of learning. Thank you to our families for taking the time to provide feedback on our School Development Plan goals for this year. The feedback has been posted on our school website under the About Us > Our School tab.

Report Cards – for the last reporting period of the year, all CBE schools will use the online version of the report card for parents/legal guardians.  The report card will be available to view/print through MyCBE/PowerSchool account.  Once logged in, you will see an additional tab titled 'Report Card' – select this tab to view the report card. We will notify families when the report card is available for viewing.

If you have not already set up a MyCBE/PowerSchool account you will need to do this.  Instructions can be found here MyCBE/PowerSchool

Transportation Pre-Registration Deadline is June 6

For 2021-22 school year, transportation service levels will remain the same and the proposed fees are lower than the current school year.

Pre-registration is available using MyCBE / PowerSchool. Families must register by June 6 for students to be added to routes for the start of the school year. Transportation continues to accept registrations after the deadline; however, students are added to the closest existing stop with available space. Processing times could be up to six weeks at the beginning of the school year due to volume.

With all the uncertainty families are currently facing, we want to assure families that there is no risk in pre-registering for transportation. If families think they may need transportation services for the next school year, please pre-register by the deadline.

Please note: If you're a family that is planning on moving out of our designated communities – Whitehorn, Carol Spring or Taradale (only TLC) please contact the office as you will be required to transfer to your designated school for community or TLC next year. We appreciate your continued support.

Our next School Council meeting is on Wednesday, June 16th; as with all School Council meetings this year, it will be held virtually, beginning at 6:00pm on Microsoft Teams. This will be our last meeting for the school year. We are excited to wrap-up and set goals for next year.

Monday, June 28 – Early Dismissal (1:00 pm) and last day of school.

Tuesday, June 29 – Appeals Day. Should you have questions of concerns about your child's report card – parents are invited to contact their child's teacher by e-mail.  All teachers will also be available from 8:00am – 12:00pm (noon) by e-mail on Appeals Day.

We look forward to the next 4 weeks of learning! We are so proud of our students and staff for all their hard work and perseverance!


Ms. Bains, Principal & Ms. Harder, Assistant Principal

May 04
May 1 Update

​Dear CJM Families & Friends Happy May! 

It is hard to believe, we only have eight weeks of school left and tons of work to still be completed! 

We are once again at that point in the year when we delve into planning for next year. This is the time when we consider placements for next year. We understand that is a decision of great importance, one that affects your child’s life at Chief Justice Milvain School. When making these important decisions, we want to consider all possible relevant information, so that placements will be made which will ensure the greatest possible learning for each child. To support this work classrooms will be focussing on transition plans for the next year in the following few weeks. Transition plans are a place for student voice. Each student at CJM will have an opportunity independently, or with support, to share their thoughts and ideas around the four main areas of the Holistic Lifelong Learning Framework. 

CJM families are encouraged to discuss the above areas with their child(ren) and support this work at the school. Transition plans are fluid and can be revised until June 2021. Your child’s transition plan can be viewed in Iris under “Learner Profile.” 

Please note: If you’re a family that is planning on moving out of our designated communities – Whitehorn, Coral Springs or Taradale (only TLC) please contact the office as you will be required to transfer to your designated school for community or TLC next year. We appreciate your continued support. 

May 3 -9 th marks Mental Health Awareness Week. Each day during the week, we will focus on various activities to help improve student well-being at CJM. To show support for mental health awareness, we would like to encourage everyone to find their favourite hat/toque and wear it on Wednesday, May 5 th . #GetReal https://mentalhealthweek.ca/ 

Our next School Council meeting is on Wednesday, May 26, 2021; as with all School Council meetings this year, it will be held virtually, beginning at 6:00pm on Teams. The Grade 3 Team will be presenting their learning journey this year. Looking forward to seeing and hearing all about our grade 3 Friends and their learning. 

We look forward to the next eight weeks of learning! We are so proud of our students and staff for all their hard work and perseverance! 

Sincerely, Ms. Bains, Principal & Ms. Harder, Assistant Principal

CJM Gratitude: 

Thank you to Ms. Katie McMillan for supporting our Music Program at CJM. She brings magic and joy to the learning! CJM appreciates your passion and dedication! 

Thank you to Ms. Manpreet Dhesi, Ms. Carol Zuckernick and Ms. Deb McMillan for sharing the learning that is occurring in Grade 4 at our school council meeting on April 28th. We look forward to seeing and hearing from the Grade 3 teachers on Wednesday, May 26th, 2021. 

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers in our school community! 

Thank you to all of our CJM families for their continued support, understanding and patience with the many uncertainties at school due to COVID-19.​

Apr 01
April 1, 2021 Update

Dear CJM Families & Friends

March 20th marked the Spring Equinox, a time for new beginnings. Students and staff have been reflecting.

“Circle teachings often connect the colour yellow to the East and the season of spring. These teachings differ between Indigenous cultures but one thing remains constant, that the bright yellow of the sun rises in the East each morning, bringing with it a new day and new possibilities. The season of spring is much the same - a time of new beginnings as life begins again for the plants and animals who have rested through the winter and are just awakening, and for the new babies who will be welcomed into the natural world. For us two legged beings, perhaps it is a time of awakening as well. The new season is an opportunity to move on from any darkness in our lives, and to embrace the light and new possibilities surrounding us."

~ CBE Indigenous Education, March 2021

Grade 4 families (HUB and in-person) will receive survey packages mailed from Alberta Education. The survey package includes:

  • a copy of the Education Minister's letter to parents;
  • a letter containing a Random-Access Code (RAC) for accessing the survey online; and
  • instructions for accessing the survey in other languages.

    Completing the survey online is the quickest way for Alberta Education to receive a completed response. We would appreciate your support with this survey!

    We are starting to look at school organization for next year: classroom organization, budget, fees, SDP and scheduling. For the 2021-22 school year our bell times will be changing to the following:

    Grades One – Six (1-6)
  • Monday – Thursday: 8:40am to 3:20pm
  • Friday: 8:40am to 12:20 pm

    Kindergarten times TBD based on instructional minutes and will be shared by June 2021.

    To support our next year planning, we are asking families to please inform us if they have moved or are planning on moving before September 2021 or if they are considering alternative programs of education for their children/students for September 2021.

    Our next School Council meeting is on Wednesday, April 28, 2021; as with all School Council meetings this year, it will be held virtually, beginning at 6:00pm on Teams.

    We hope everyone had a beautiful Spring Break. We are excited to move forward with our learning and embracing the opportunities to learn from our land – our outdoor space.


    Ms. Bains, Principal & Ms. Harder, Assistant Principal​

Feb 26
March 1 Update

​Dear CJM Families & Friends 

As educators we are responsible for building positive and productive relationships with students, parents/guardians, peers and others in the school and local community to support student learning. On Friday, February 26th we were honoured to have an opportunity to work with Elder Shirley Hill in our “Circle Friday” time. Please take some time to ask your child(ren) about their experience with Elder Shirley Hill. It was a beautiful and meaningful time spent on building relationships with our learning community, nature and ourselves. 

VIRTUAL Student Conferences 

  • Hub Conferences will be centrally organized by the CBE, and they will be sending information out about this process via email to parents. Hub student conferences will occur on March 11 and 12 throughout the CBE, with messaging forthcoming. Please contact your Hub teacher if you have any questions about this. 
  • In-person students will have their conferences on March 11 and 12 as well, details to follow in the coming weeks, but know that signup for virtual student conferences are scheduled to go live on Thursday, March 4 at 4:00 pm through PowerSchool. 

For your consideration: High School Scenarios Available Feb. 23 - The CBE has developed two scenarios to balance enrolment at CBE high schools. These scenarios will be available Feb. 23, 2021 and there will be opportunities to provide feedback March 1-17, 2021. Scenario development was guided by your feedback from fall 2019, CBE values and planning principles, available space and resources and other factors. The scenarios represent a responsible approach that anticipates limited space and resources into the future and allocates resources where they will have the most positive impact for students overall. The decision will be communicated by fall 2021, and changes will be implemented for the 2022-23 school year. Share your voice and learn more at cbe.ab.ca/highschoolengagement. 

Our next School Council meeting is on March 24, 2021; as with all School Council meetings this year, it will be held virtually, beginning at 6:00pm on Zoom. 

Hope you are enjoying the improved weather and longer daylight hours, as we are here at the school. 


Ms. Bains, Principal & Ms. Harder, Assistant Principal

Feb 01
February 1, 2021 Update

Dear CJM Families & Friends

As we welcome in February, we are also looking forward to the second half of the school year and the return of some of our hub learners to in person learning. It's amazing that the year is more than half over.

Parents and/or guardians will have access to Term 1 Report cards in PowerSchool on Friday, February 5, 2021. Please take the time to sit with your child and discuss their report card with them. As always, should you have any concerns regarding your child's report, we encourage you to get in touch with their classroom teacher. As we approach our learning with a Growth Mindset, the end of Term One is a fantastic opportunity for setting goals and self-reflection.

We have continued to focus on literacy and numeracy as part of our School Development Plan. Our staff have been working together during our professional learning days and Friday early dismissal times to design rich tasks and assessments focused on best practices to increase the opportunities for students to build their vocabulary understanding across all disciplines. We are very proud of the achievement and progress of all our students.

Soft entry is a wonderful way to start the school day as it reduces congestion at the doors, decreases lates and encourages learning to start at 9:10AM.  We have teachers on supervision both inside and outside from 8:55AM-9:10AM. 

We would like to remind parents to use the crosswalks and continue to obey traffic rules to keep all of our students safe. Please ensure that you are not making U-turns in the crosswalks or in the school zone. Student safety is a priority for us and we need your support to ensure the safest possible conditions for our students. We thank all of our parents, students and teachers for helping us keep our students safe throughout the year!

For February, we would like to focus on kindness and recognizing the acts of kindness that happen in our school. This will be documented by the office and we look forward to sharing this with you in our March CJM News. Acts of Kindness will be encouraged throughout the month of February.  We encourage everyone to explore the good and make Kindness part of CJM all the time.


Ms. Bains, Principal & Ms. Harder, Assistant Principal​

Jan 04
January 4 Update

Dear CJM Families & Friends

Happy New Years! We hope everyone had a beautiful holiday! We are looking forward to seeing all of our CJM friends online for the week of January 4 – 8th, 2021.

Online Learning January 4 – January 8, 2021

Students in kindergarten to Grade 6 will move to at-home learning January 4-8, 2021. Each teacher has updated their Google Classroom for learning and have shared the class schedule for the week of January 4-8.  Please see page 6 of the CJM News January 2021 for more information on how to connect to the Google Classroom platform.

HUB Online Learning – tech support and device

HUB online learning students – families will need to inform the school of your decision to return to in-person instruction by noon on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021.

  • If you would like your child to remain in Hub online learning – no action is required.
  • If you would like to move your child back to in-person learning – you will need to complete a notice of intent using your MyCBE/PowerSchool account. Please refer to the Hub Notice of Intent support page for step-by-step instructions.
  • If your child requires yellow school bus transportation, you must register by Jan 8 using your MyCBE/PowerSchool account. This will ensure your child is added to an existing route. Students registering after this date will not be able to ride the bus until they are added. This process can take up to four weeks.
  • Students moving back to in-person instruction will begin at their school on Monday, Feb. 1, 2020.

    Registration for Community and TLC Programs 2021-2022

    Before we know it, 2021 will be here. We will begin registration for our Kindergarten program on January 11, 2021. At this time, it would be helpful for us to hear from families who have a child of Kindergarten age, who is eligible to start Kindergarten in September of 2021. Please use the Calgary Board of Education's Kindergarten calculator located on the CBE website to see when your child is eligible to start kindergarten. These early conversations will help us in planning for our Kindergarten program in the fall. 


    CJM is also a Traditional Learning Centre (TLC). Registration for this program begins on January 11, 2021. How to Register:
  • Please view the TLC informational presentation on the Chief Justice Milvain website at https://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/ChiefJusticeMilvain/Pages/default.aspx
  • Only completed packages will be accepted once registration begins. Packages should be emailed to chiefjusticemilvain@cbe.ab.ca.
  • Packages must be received by Tuesday at noon of the week of Teacher's Convention (February 9, 2021). Note: Lottery draws will take place the following day.
  • For students that are new to the CBE and the student is not a Canadian Citizen, please note you must first attend the CBE Welcome Centre for an initial assessment prior to registering for an Alternative Program.


    Ms. Bains, Principal & Ms. Harder, Assistant Principal​

Dec 16
December 2020 Update

Dear CJM Families & Friends,

Winter Break is around the corner. As we approach the end of the year, it is with great pride that we look back at what our students and staff have accomplished in just four months during a paramedic. Student learning continues to take center stage at CJM and online. Across all grades and subject areas students and teachers collaborate in the learning process through innovative teaching practices, feedback and student input into their learning and assessment.  

Throughout the school year, the CJM News will continue to communicate important information and dates for the upcoming months. Google Classrooms will also continue to address what's new and happening in your child's classroom.  

As always, we invite you to become a member of our School Council. Please come and be a part of our community. Your voice, your ideas, your participation all help in achieving and supporting our School Development Plan.  

Each year our teaching staff is asked to align our school's goals with the CBE's Three-Year Education Plan. We work in September and October looking through data and research, creating a year plan and focusing our professional learning as a staff. We then spend the year putting in to practice our goals for student success and gathering evidence of these plans. This year our School Development Plan is organized to support student growth over three years. We will focus on two main goals over the next three years – 2020-21, 2021-22 and 2022-23.  

1. Student vocabulary understanding across all disciplines will improve.

2. Student overall sense of competence, confidence and belonging as learners will improve.  

We are specifically targeting vocabulary in all subject areas to support comprehension and building on understanding concepts. Our School Development Plan (SDP) is published on our website.  

Through student feedback we have learned that our CJM Friends truly miss “Circle Fridays." To support the well-being goal in our School Development Plan we have decided to adjust our Circle Fridays. Circle Fridays will start on December 11, 2020 with COVID-19 protocols.

There are many ways for teachers to engage students in meaningful learning experiences and creating a sense of belonging. One of those ways is by hosting Circle Fridays that allows for thoughtful conversations that inspire a sense of community. The students will not be mixed up from K to 6 this year but it is opportunity to build relationships and friendships with CJM Friends within their classroom and staff members once a week.

Each individual student benefits from a good conversation, situated in learning about something new and exciting. When we share different experiences, we discover our collective wisdom and we see how we can solve problems together. For these conversations to take place we have to practice several new behaviors.

When students are participating in sharing circles they acknowledge one another as equals, they stay curious about the topic and each other, they recognize that listening is just as important as talking, and they slow down, think, and reflect.

According to Margaret J. Wheatley, “…conversation is the natural way that humans think together. Life doesn't move in straight lines and neither does a good conversation. What's important is that everyone's voice gets heard and that everyone feels invited into the conversation."

Each child's idea adds a different element. We have to be willing to listen and to be curious about each diverse thought and in the end, we might be surprised about how much we all share in common.

Finally, we would like to wish our CJM Friends, our families, our staff and the community a safe happy holiday. It is moments like this, when we can pause, catch our breath and look back, that we realize how honored and fortunate we are to be a part of this community.  

Best wishes for a safe, relaxing and peaceful holiday and a happy new year.  


Ms. Bains, Principal & Ms. Harder, Assistant Principal​

Nov 02
November 2, 2020 - Update

Dear CJM Families & Friends,

On Remembrance Day, Canadians pause to honor the men and women who have served and continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict, and peace. More than 2,300,000 Canadians have served and more than 118,000 made the ultimate sacrifice.

The poppy is the symbol of Remembrance Day. In the run-up to Remembrance Day, replica poppies are sold by the Royal Canadian Legion to provide assistance to veterans.

The reason that the poppy is worn for Remembrance Day is due to a Canadian physician and poet who noticed how quickly poppies had grown over the graves of soldiers who had died during the Battle of Ypres. This symbolism of the blood-red flowers was beautifully captured by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae in his 1915 poem “In Flanders Fields." 

On Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 at 10:30AM we will be having our Remembrance Day virtual assembly with a moment of silence at 11:00AM. Thank you to Ms. Gill, Ms. Ubhi and Mr. Vuong's classes for hosting this assembly.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 there is no school for students and staff.

With everything changing so quickly in our world today, please check the CJM Website frequently for changes. We will also notify families via School Messenger.

We are here to support you should any questions or concerns arise; please feel free to call or email the school.  We are all in this together!

Welcome back everyone!


Ms. Bains, Principal & Ms. Harder, Assistant Principal​

Sep 30
October 2020 Update

Dear CJM Families & Friends,

It is hard to believe that we have been at school for five weeks already!

On September 24th and 25th, we had our first Meet the Teacher by phone. It was wonderful to see so many phone calls booked with the teachers K-6. Parent and/or guardian input is critical when making educational programming decisions and we would love to have every family connect with their child's teacher. If you were unable to book a phone call or connect with your child's teacher, please email the teacher directly and set up a time as soon as possible.

On Google Classroom teachers will post a message, pictures and other important information at the end of each week to provide families with an update of the learning in the classroom. We will continue to use School Messenger to communicate school-wide information. We have started to send out our CJM News through the School Messenger monthly. Additionally, please check the school website for important updates.

Homework (AR 3066)

“The Calgary Board of Education is desirous of promoting the development of good study habits. It believes that home study can contribute to this objective as well as to the reinforcement of learning. Two kinds of study are recognized, the completion of written or "hand-in" assignments, and the informal study of material related to the subjects under study in school. While the Board is anxious to promote the supportive role of the home in the child's education, it is anxious at the same time not to interfere with the child's pursuit of other wholesome non-school interests of educational, cultural, or recreational value.

The assignment of formal exercises for completion is the prerogative of the teacher, but every encouragement shall be given to pupils (and parents) to set aside some regular time each evening for home study.

The nature and amounts of home study recommended are as follows:

A. Division I: The motivation which comes from parental interest in children's school work can be valuable to a child. Parents and teachers should encourage children to read from books suggested by the school. Pressures can bring about negative results. No formal assignments shall be made, but from 5 to 10 minutes of systematic study per night is recommended.

B. Division II: Formal assignments may be given at the discretion of the teacher, particularly for pupils who need special attention or help, but in general, assignments should be of the reading or study type. Parents should be made aware of the teacher's general requirements with respect to home study, and the Board's expectations as set forth in section above, but no school requirement should exceed 20 minutes in length."

CJM teachers will be using Epic as the preferred Home Reading Program and supplemented through hard copy books from our Learning Commons and Guided Reading material.

Parent Council Meeting, Wednesday September 30 @ 6pm

Due to Covid-19 we are not able to offer in person meetings at this time. For our first council meeting, we will meet virtually on Google Meet. To attend on September 30th at 6:00pm, you will need to go to https://meet.google.com/. Once there, you will click “Join or start a meeting" Enter in the code: cjmschoolcouncil

Every parent or guardian is welcome to participate, whether that is taking on an important role or simply listening and sharing your voice. For the 2020-21 school year there are several key roles that we NEED filled in order for this important aspect of our school community to effectively run. We look forward to seeing you there!

Mask Care

How often should you clean your face mask or covering? You should clean your mask after every wearing. This reduces the risk of spreading the coronavirus or other germs.

  • Bandanas, face scarves and masks made of fabric, such as cotton, can be washed in your regular laundry using hot water.
  • Disposable, blue surgical masks cannot be laundered or cleaned and should be thrown away when it is visibly soiled or damaged.
  • After laundering your fabric masks, tumble dry them in the dryer on a high setting.
  • You might consider using a non-scented laundry detergent if you are sensitive to perfumes so it is easier to wear the masks.
  • You can also hand wash your mask, using hot, soapy water. Scrub the mask for at least 20 seconds, and dry them on high heat in the dryer.
  • Store clean masks in a clean place when you are not using them.

    We are optimistic with how well the students are learning and adhering to the safety protocols. They arrived with excitement and anticipation and this has renewed our passion as their teachers.  Over the next few weeks, we will review and reflect on what is going well and what we might revise to best support our students.

    We are here to support you should any questions or concerns arise; please feel free to call or email the school.  We are all in this together!


    Ms. Bains, Principal & Ms. Harder, Assistant Principal​

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