Oct 14
October 2021 Gratitudes


Thank you to our facility operating team for keeping our school safe and clean. Their work is very much appreciated.

Thank you to Ms. Tracy and Ms. Taylor for all their hard work and support with family requests/questions.

Thank you to our School Council for continuing their work and for supporting Orange Shirt Day and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Every child matters!

Thank you to our Lunch Supervisors for all their work and keeping our schools a safe and clean place to have our lunch.

We continue our thanks with a shout out to the best staff ever! Thank you for your ongoing dedication to the students of CJM.

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

Sincerely,

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



Oct 14
October 2021 Update

Dear CJM Families & Friends,

 

Oki! (oh-gee: hello in Blackfoot)

 

The CBE's renewed Indigenous Education Strategy is guided by a Holistic Lifelong Learning Framework symbolized by the medicine wheel which represents a holistic approach to learning. This symbol is considered a universal symbol of connection, unity, harmony, and wholeness by many Indigenous Nations.

We are all on this learning journey together. Our goal is to embed Indigenous foundational knowledge within the K-6 curriculum in a thoughtful way that will support the learning of all our students.  We strive to incorporate multiple perspectives within the curriculum, so each student can see themselves reflected within it. All schools in the CBE have an important role to play in promoting an inclusive school climate and learning environment.

 

Wednesday, September 22nd was the Fall Equinox – “a time when daylight and nighttime share the sky equally." It was also Treaty 7 Day – the 144th anniversary of the signing of Treaty 7. The Sun and Moon's equality teaches us how to honour the treaty…by walking together in equal partnership" (CBE Indigenous Education Team). CJM friends have been embracing this change in season and listening to its teachings. What does this season tell us?

 

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30th was to commemorate the history and ongoing trauma caused by residential schools and to honour the survivors. “Reconciliation is about establishing and maintaining a mutually respectful relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in this country. In order for that to happen, there has to be awareness of the past, acknowledgement of the harm that has been inflicted, atonement for the causes, and action to change behavior. We are not there yet. The relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples is not a mutually respectful one. But we believe we can get there, and we believe we can maintain it." (Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada). During the week of September 27th, students participated in conversations and dialogues to start our understanding of Truth and Reconciliation. Our CJM friends and families showed their support by wearing orange all week. Thank you to our School Council for supporting “Every Child Matters." Our hope is that families took some time to reflect on September 30th.

 

CJM Friends will be learning and participating in the Walk for Wenjack during Secret Path Week: October 17-22: “Chanie was born January 19, 1954. He died October 22, 1966, near Redditt, Ontario. An Anishinaabe boy, at age 12, he ran away from his residential school and subsequently died from hunger and exposure to the weather. All Chanie wanted was to go home, which was over 600 km away in Ogoki Post on the Marten Falls First Nation reserve. His death sparked national attention and the first inquest into the treatment of Indigenous children in Canadian residential schools."

 

“WALK FOR WENJACK was inspired by the "Secret Path" story and Gord Downie's humility, sincerity, and determination to tell the story of all youths from the residential school era who never made it home, we've organized an annual experience called Walk For Wenjack to honour Chanie Wenjack and the thousands like him who never made it home."   https://walkforwenjack.ca/

 

On September 23rd, we had our first Meet the Teacher virtually on Teams. It was wonderful to see so many families join our teachers online. 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 attend the Teams meeting with your child's teacher, please email the teacher directly to connect. For more personal conversations about your child's specific needs, please contact the teacher to arrange a private phone call or meeting.

 

As students settle into routines and learning at CJM we want to ensure that each one understands their role at school and within the community. Teachers have reviewed the CBE Student Code of Conduct – AR 6005. The purpose of Administrative Regulation is:

  • To prompt positive learning environments for each student.
  • To help students learn how to develop empathy and become good citizens both within and outside the school community.
  • To meet the CBE's responsibility to provide students and staff with welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment that respects diversity ad fosters a sense of belonging for all members of our school community.
  • To outline the roles and expectations related to student conduct.
  • To explain the consequences when a student's disruptive behaviour negatively affects the learning environment.

     

    It is important that each family reviews the AR for their understanding and if there are any questions, please contact the school.

    https://www.cbe.ab.ca/GovernancePolicies/AR6005-Student-Code-of-Conduct.pdf

     

    To support communication between home and school, our teachers use Google Classroom.  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. Additionally, 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.

     

    Due to Covid-19 we are not able to offer in person School Council meetings at this time. We had our first School council meeting on September 15th, 2021, we met virtually on Teams. During this meeting our School Council members were determined. Congratulations to all of our new members and thank you to our returning members.
  • Amy Pianalto - Chair
  • Chandan Minhas - Vice Chair
  • Kayla Hynes - Secretary
  • Kal Sidhu - Treasurer 
  • Riffat Kassam – Fundraising
  • Communication – Vacant

Every parent or guardian is welcome to participate, whether that is taking on an important role or simply listening and sharing your voice. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

COVID-19 update: Families will have noticed that we have sent out a few COVID-19 notices this past week.  Though it may be distressing to receive such information, also know that we are thankful to those families for coming forward with this information to share with our community, since we are relying on this parental choice to better inform us all; our best wishes and thoughts are with those affected by this pandemic.

 

We are grateful for how well the students are learning and adhering to the continued safety protocols. They arrived with excitement and anticipation, and this has renewed our passion as their teachers. 

 

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!

 

Sincerely,

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


Sep 14
September 3 Update

D​ear CJM Friends and families, 

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome everyone back to school for the 2021-2022 school year! A big thank you goes out to everyone for their patience, flexibility, and understanding. These first few days back have been wonderful. We have listened to many stories and are inspired by the joy each student brings to CJM! 

As a school community, we understand that everyone has had a different experience when it comes to life during the pandemic. With this in mind, as we start the school year, we will continue to focus on student and staff well-being. Staff will be developing tasks in the classroom that promote classroom community, a sense of belonging, and focus on helping all students to integrate back into classroom routines. In addition, we will continue to listen to and support all of our students academically and social-emotionally. Trusting relationships are key to a successful year, and our staff will be working hard to establish this foundation. If there is anything you feel that your child’s teacher or the office should know, do not hesitate to reach out. 

Open and ongoing communication between home and school is another important component of success for students. The CJM Learning Community is extremely fortunate to have such committed and caring individuals, working together to provide quality learning and activities to meet the educational needs of all students. If you have any questions please feel free to contact your child’s teacher. Teachers will be providing weekly updates of learning on their Google Classroom digital platform. More information will be provided the following week. Our September Meet the Teacher will be virtual this year, with more information to come. 

A reminder that there is NO school on Monday, September 6, 2021. Have a wonderful long weekend! It’s going to be a beautiful year of learning! 

Respectfully, 

Ms. Calleigh Harder, AP and Ms. Mona Bains, Principal

Sep 14
August 31 - Welcome Back to School!

​Dear CJM Families & Friends, 

Welcome to another exciting school year at Chief Justice Milvain School! We are looking forward to welcoming our new and returning students. We hope your summer break offered you rest, growth, and renewal opportunities and was filled with all good things! 

It is a true privilege to be a part of a community where parents, teachers, and students care for each other and strive to build positive relationships that support academic success and social growth. We have a fantastic staff that is guided on the principle of doing what is best for students. The past year presented us with unimaginable challenges but also incredible opportunities for change. We are proud of our students, staff, parents, and community, who did an outstanding job keeping each other safe and ending the school year strong with many successes. 

As we return to school, please keep in mind that students and staff will continue to be required to wear masks similar to last year, until a decision to reduce restrictions has been made. We will continue to keep classes in cohorts to minimize contact between students as much as possible until such a time where it is safe to do otherwise. In the event that restrictions are changed, we will communicate the new policies and procedures with families. 

If you have questions about the upcoming school year please don't hesitate to contact the office. We would be happy to help and answer any questions you have. Office hours are 8:20am – 3:20pm. 

We are so excited to welcome our friends on Wednesday, September 1 st . Please note the following meeting places – weather permitting. 

  • Kindergarten: the back door/compound 
  • Grade 1: by the Big Toy playground (North) 
  • Grade 2: Back compound behind the school 
  • Grade 3: South compound by the portables 
  • Grade 4: South compound by the portables 
  • Grade 5: Soccer field 
  • Grade 6: Soccer field​

Teachers and staff will be outside to support our CJM Friends and families. Students coming on the bus will be supported by staff as well. 

A reminder our school hours have changed: Monday – Thursday 8:40 am to 3:20 pm and Friday 8:40 am to 12:20pm. Kindergarten hours Monday – Thursday 8:40 am to 11:30 am and 12:30 pm to 3:20 pm. 

A reminder that all students should come prepared on the first day of school with a backpack containing their indoor shoes, water bottle, snack and lunch and extra masks. 

TLC families, please remember that TLC students are expected to wear their formal uniform for the first day of school. If your uniform pieces have been backordered please ensure your child is wearing navy blue dress pants, a white dress shirt and black shoes. 

Thank you for your commitment to your child's education and safety, and for supporting Chief Justice Milvain School. We are going to have a beautiful year of learning! 

Sincerely, 

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

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!

Sincerely,

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!

Sincerely,

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.

    Sincerely,

    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. 

Sincerely, 

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.

Sincerely,

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


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