Jan 30
Weekly Message

Weekly Message January 27  Chris Akkerman School

 

Important Dates to Remember: 

January 16 - Kindergarten lottery registration begins on-line (Please do not call the school) 

January 30 - Report Cards are available to all families via your mycbe account 

February 3 - Non-Instructional Day (No school for students) 

February 15 - TLC Lottery for 2023-24 school year 

February 16/17 - Teacher’s Convention (No school for students) 

 

Lunchroom Registration and Fees 

Every student at CAS remains at school for lunch. If you haven’t registered for lunchroom supervision, we will be registering you on Monday. All fees for lunchroom will be retroactive to the beginning of the school year. All families need to pay for the lunchroom supervision service. Currently only about 150 students have signed up for lunchroom supervision, yet we have 630 students who are here every day for lunch supervision. Kindly log into your mycbe account and register for lunchroom and pay for the service. Thank you. 

 

Math Games & Procedural Fluency 

The link below is a website developed by our very own Ms. Nelson! Within this website you will find math games and strategies that address both addition and subtraction. These strategies can be adapted from what is presented to make them relevant to younger children and older children. We hope you have fun exploring these great math strategies with your children. 

https://sites.google.com/educbe.ca/alternativestrategies/addition?authuser=0 

 

CBE Report Cards 

By the end of January, your child’s report card will be available to view in your MyCBE account. The report card is one of the ways teachers communicate how your child is progressing in their learning. Teachers may also communicate learning progress through parent/teacher conferences, your child’s daily work and assignments, and other ongoing communication with you. In October, families received communication (K-6 New Curriculum | Revised Report Card) about changes to this year’s report card, which included information about updated reporting Stems.  

What to Expect in Your Child’s Report Card  

This fall, the CBE began implementing new curriculum in Mathematics and English Language Arts and Literature (K-3) and Physical Education and Wellness (K-6). Some of the learning outcomes in the new curriculum are new or may have previously been taught in later grades.   

This means that students may be learning new curriculum without having had instruction in related outcomes in the previous grade and may see grades lower than what they might previously have achieved. This is to be expected whenever new curriculum is introduced. It may take more than one school year to build these foundational skills. While curriculum is grade-specific, many concepts are revisited each year, giving students the opportunity to build on their previous knowledge and achieve success.  

Teachers work to plan the delivery of curriculum content in ways that are engaging, creative and inspiring and will continue to respond to the needs of students as we work through this transition together. As always, if you have specific questions about your child’s learning please connect with their teacher. 

 

Assessment and Reporting 

All families should be able to log into their Power School account on Monday January 30th   to access your child’s January report card for 2022-2023 school year. As is always the case, we are hopeful you can provide us with a little bit of grace should things not go as planned when you log in. We are hopeful all will go smoothly. Should it not, know we will communicate with all families with next steps.  We all love technology best  when it works! 

We are hopeful all parents have had on-going opportunities to visit power school on their desktop computer.  The experience and information offered on a desktop computer is thought to be significantly different from the experience on your cell phone.  This year, teachers have spent a considerable amount of time sharing information about your child’s learning through Power School.  

Attendance:  Please note, on the report card, every day is marked as two distinct pieces. We have both an AM and a PM part to all days except Friday.  As such, your attendance will look like you have attended (or missed) many days. Please divide this attendance number in half for a better representation of the days present and away. 

Families will also notice, we are working towards being more “correct” in our word choice. As such, many teachers (not all) are using different pronouns than (he/she, him/her). Rather, teachers are using they, them, their. These changes are not errors but an effort at being more sensitive to our entire student population here at CAS. 

Attached here is a document shared widely within the CBE. CAS families are familiar with this document as we share it every year. This document assists us all in better understanding the indicators 1, 2, 3, 4 on our report card.   

Finally, at CAS we hope to be consistent within and across all grades in the writing of our report card. Below are terms we use when we are talking about student ability and achievement. When we use these indicator words we are matching them to the number listed at the top of the column. We share this to help families understand the thought we have put into assessment and reporting and to understand the subtleties between these words. This also allows us to be consistent within and across grades with the descriptors we use when speaking of a student’s achievement. 

Not Meeting 

Basic 

Good 

Excellent 

Not yet/Not yet meeting 

Met 

Below 

Adequate 

Adept 

Comprehensive 

Beginning 

Concrete/Concretely 

Capable 

Exemplary 

Insufficient 

Developing 

Clear 

Expert 

Limited 

Novice 

Competent 

Extensive 

Poor 

Partial 

Efficient 

Comprehensive 

Underdeveloped 

Simplistic 

Effective 

Insightful 

Vague 

Satisfactory 

In depth 

Mastery 

Proficient 

Perceptive 

Substantial 

Thorough 

Well-developed 

Well-reasoned 

 When you receive your child’s report card at the end of the month, if you do have any questions with what is recorded on the report card, please reach out to your child’s teacher. They know your child best as a learner and will be able to address any questions you might have.   

We hope you will celebrate the amazing achievement your child has made this term in learning as you explore all of the information shared in the report card. 



Jan 23
Weekly Message
Jan 23
Weekly Message

Weekly Message Chris Akkerman School
 

Important Dates to Remember: 

January 16 - Kindergarten lottery registration begins on-line (Please do not call the school) 

January 23 – Fun Lunch (you had to order by January 19th)  

January 26  - 6:30 PM Learning Commons -   School Council Meeting  - All welcome 

January 30 - Report Cards are available to all families via your mycbe account 

February 3 - Non-Instructional Day (No school for students) 

February 15 - TLC Lottery for 2023-24 school year 

February 16/17 - Teacher’s Convention (No school for students) 




Math Games & Procedural Fluency 

Once students have an understanding of the concepts of addition and subtraction or multiplication and division, it is time to start working on their automaticity (the speed they can recall facts). Math games are a fun and engaging way to memorize basic facts. Math games are also considered a more authentic learning opportunity than practicing flash cards. Here is a game that can be changed to work on specific skills and strategies: Snap with Cards 


School Council – Meets this Thursday evening. 6:30 in the CAS Learning Commons. 

We will be having a presentation on Math from our Math team at CAS, sharing updates on our School Development Plan, and discussing the $500 grant received by school council for parent engagement. THe best impact families can have on school is by participating in School Council. Your voice and your input is always welcome. Please consider joining this amazing group of parents as we make decisions that impact your child! 


Weather 

It looks to be getting colder as the week progresses. Please ensure your child arrives at school with a warm coat, snow pants, mitts, boots and a tuque. All children are outside several times a day. Everyone is outside until the temperature with wind chill drops below –20C.  


Assessment and Reporting 

All families should be able to log into their Power School account on Monday January 30th   to access your child’s January report card for 2022-2023 school year. As is always the case, we are hopeful you can provide us with a little bit of grace should things not go as planned when you log in. We are hopeful all will go smoothly. Should it not, know we will communicate with all families with next steps.  We all love technology best  when it works! 

We are hopeful all parents have had on-going opportunities to visit power school on their desktop computer.  The experience and information offered on a desktop computer is thought to be significantly different from the experience on your cell phone.  This year, teachers have spent a considerable amount of time sharing information about your child’s learning through Power School.  

Attendance:  Please note, on the report card, every day is marked as two distinct pieces. We have both an AM and a PM part to all days except Friday.  As such, your attendance will look like you have attended (or missed) many days. Please divide this attendance number in half for a better representation of the days present and away. 

Families will also notice, we are working towards being more “correct” in our word choice. As such, many teachers (not all) are using different pronouns than (he/she, him/her). Rather, teachers are using they, them, their. These changes are not errors but an effort at being more sensitive to our entire student population here at CAS. 

Attached here is a document shared widely within the CBE.  How is my child doing in school?   This document assists us all in better understanding the indicators 1, 2, 3, 4 on our report card.   

Finally, at CAS we hope to be consistent within and across all grades in the writing of our report card. Below are terms we use when we are talking about student ability and achievement. When we use these indicator words we are matching them to the number listed at the top of the column. We share this to help families understand the thought we have put into assessment and reporting and to understand the subtleties between these words. This also allows us to be consistent within and across grades with the descriptors we use when speaking of a student’s achievement. 

Not Meeting 

Basic 

Good 

Excellent 

Not yet/Not yet meeting 

Met 

Below 

Adequate 

Adept 

Comprehensive 

Beginning 

Concrete/Concretely 

Capable 

Exemplary 

Insufficient 

Developing 

Clear 

Expert 

Limited 

Novice 

Competent 

Extensive 

Poor 

Partial 

Efficient 

Comprehensive 

Underdeveloped 

Simplistic 

Effective 

Insightful 

Vague 

Satisfactory 

In depth 

Mastery 



Proficient 

Perceptive 



Substantial 




Thorough 




Well-developed 




Well-reasoned 


 When you receive your child’s report card at the end of the month, if you do have any questions with what is recorded on the report card, please reach out to your child’s teacher. They know your child best as a learner and will be able to address any questions you might have.   

We hope you will celebrate the amazing achievement your child has made this term in learning as you explore all of the information shared in the report card. 



Jan 16
Weekly Message

Hello Chris Akkerman Families; 

Welcome back to school after a lovely break. It is great to see the smiling faces of our amazing students. The energy and enthusiasm for learning filled the school this week. I know this term will be filled with amazing learning opportunities.  

This month looks to be a busy one for all. Across Calgary we are all preparing for the beginning of Kindergarten registration. For those families with a Kindergarten aged student, we look forward to seeing their application in shortly. As a family member of the TLC program. Kindly support and assist your friends and neighbours who are filling out registration forms for the first time. we know the process can be daunting. We appreciate the support you can offer to your neighbours, family, and friends.  

Dr. Bettesworth 

 

Fun Lunch – Papa Johns 

Orders need to be in by Wednesday, Janaury 18th. 

Please use your Healthy Hunger log in to make your order. 

Fun lunch is Monday, January 23. For those students in Kindergarten, you may order if you are attending on Monday. Those students who attend Tuesday will have an opportunity to participate in Fun Lunch next month. Kinder families, please do not order if it is not your day. Thank you! 

 

Lunch Supervision – Updates 

Did you know we take attendance every day at lunch time to maintain accurate information on who is attending and participating in lunch supervision. If you have never registered your student for lunch supervision and they are attending, then you need to register them ASAP. Even without registering your child, you will get a bill for the months you have attended. Please ensure you register soon as the fee will just continue to add up. Thank you. 

Plastic cutlery – we are slowly coming to the end of our packages of 5000 forks and spoons. When these disposable plastic utensils are gone, then we will not provide students with any utensils. Kindly send your child with their own set of cutlery. This is a far more environmental decision. When we run out, and your child forgets their utensils, we will have them wash their hands and use their hands to eat. I am certain they will not forget again. Soup can be drunk from a thermos. We simply will not have any more cutlery once it is gone.  

  

Student pick-up at the end of the day  

Please call the school or write in your agenda if your end of day plans change. We are only able to assist with end of day changes until 1:45 PM as we need time to notify teachers, record information on bus lists, and ensure your child is going where you expect. If you have not called or are unable to call by 1:45, kindly go to yruo child's bus and let the driver and attendance monitor know you are taking your child. Please ensure you let the driver and bus monitor know as we h old up 8 buses, 500+ students at Chris Akkerman along with the on time bus departure at Chief Justice, when we hold the buses up. ~1000 students across 2 schools can be held up because of one late student or one student who has been picked up by their parent and no one in the school was notified. Thank you for your help with this. 

Attendance 

If your child is unable to attend school, please ensure you call the office and leave a message on the phone before school starts in the morning. Please speak slowly and clearly. Some of the messages are unclear and this makes it difficult to confirm attendance Thank you for taking the time to slow your conversation down and speak clearly,  

Volunteer Clearance 

Did you know that coming to the office with your ID and receiving a letter from the office is only the very first step of many. Once you receive your letter from the CAS office: 

1.     Go to the local police station with 2 pieces of government ID 

2.     Fill out the paper work at the police station 

3.     When the approval letter arrives at our home, please bring it into the office so we can clear you and you can begin to volunteer for us.  

It is easiest to go to the police station. Of course there is the option to fill this out on like. The on-line process can be rather daunting.   

My CBE Account 

This weekend please take the time to log into your MYCBE account. Once in, please pay for your lunch supervision fees, incidental fees, transportation fees, fieldtrip fees, school supply fees and any other fees you might still have in this folder IE Recorder for Div 2.  

This is great practice for viewing report cards as that will occur at the end of the month on your MyCBE account.  

It is difficult at best for the office staff to support you with your account. There is a help line to call should you need support. Parent Account Help is 403-817-6373 and they are there to help you with your needs and are much more informed. 

 Here are a few tips if you need support with your MyCBE account: 

1.     Ask your children for support, especially if you have an older student. They are rarely afraid of technology or of breaking the on-line programs as we are. 

2.     Ask a trusted friend to help you. This person needs to be able to see your computer.  

3.     Ensure you have set up a parent account so you can; add your other children as needed, pay your school fees, view your children's report cards, book your parent conferences. 

4.     You can easily find out your username and reset your passwords by using the reset tool. ​


Jan 09
Chris Akkerman Weekly Message

Chris Akkerman Weekly Message - Happy New Year!

 

Important Dates  

January 9 - Classes resume - See you Monday!

January 12 - TLC Open House (for new families who wish to attend Chris Akkerman in the fall)   6:30 – 7:30 in the school gym. 

January 16 - Kindergarten lottery registration begins on-line (Please do not call the school) 

January 26  - 6:30 PM Learning Commons -   School Council Meeting  - All welcome 

January 30 - Report Cards are available to all families via your mycbe account 

February 3 - Non-Instructional Day (No school for students) 

February 15 - TLC Lottery for 2023-24 school year 

February 16/17 - Teacher's Convention (No school for students) 

 

Dear CAS Families 

Happy New Year Chris Akkerman Community! It is an honour and a privilege to work with our students, parent, staff, and the local community as a whole. Chris Akkerman School is a vibrant learning community with a strong and diverse student population. We are certain that CAS  will continue to provide our students with a safe, caring and productive learning environment in the new year. We wish to thank you for your continued support of our amazing school and all who thrive within it!

On behalf of the educational team here at CAS, we would like to wish all of our amazing families a Happy New Year. We hope the new year brings you joy, peace, great health and incredible learning opportunitites.  

Dr. Bettesworth 

Proud Principal of Chris Akkerman School 

 

January can bring cold weather

All students will be outside before school starts, morning recess, and lunch recess, every day. WE are only inside at break times when the weather drops below –20 with wind chill. Kindly remember to dress your child for the weather. Dressing for the weather includes warm boots (not rain boots or fashion boots) warm winter jacket, warm hat, mitts, and snow pants. Thank you for dressing your child for the weather! 

 

On-Line Screen Time Apps 

Recently a few families (3 CAS families in total) have inquired about our RAZ kids account and Mathletics. They shared their disappointment that Chris Akkerman School was not funding the school wide subscriptions to both RAZkids and Mathletics. These were two computer based programs paid for by CA School Council for our families to use at home. Combined, these programs cost our school council several thousand dollars for school wide licenses for both.  Sadly, we didn't have 50% participation in these two programs by our CAS families. This year, rather than encourage screen time and expensive programs, we would prefer to put books in the hands of students to advance their reading and provide families with math games to play to advance the procedural fluency of our students. Most Div 1 classes  have started a home reading program. If your child has not started bringing home books, they will soon in the new year. Our Div 2 students (Gr 4/5) should be bringing home library books/ chapter books on a regular basis to read for pleasure. We will begin to share a math games via the weekly message that you can play with the dice, cards, and markers that were sent home in the fall.  

If families are interested in computer-based programs, there are a few popular programs listed below. Some are free, some are free to access through the Calgary Public Library, and some have a monthly fee or annual subscription. Please do note, we cannot endorse any of these programs, but do know they are popular with many families. There is nothing more valuable than a parent reading with a child or a parent playing a math game with a child. We do understand though,  families are busy and may not have the time on a daily basis to sit down with their child. Please check these opportunities out if you are still looking for an on-line option for your child. 

Epic Books – Free to get one book per day or unlimited books for approximately $10.00/ month 

Tumble Books – Free with your Calgary Public Library Card 

Calgary Public Library – Free access to books and many resources 

XtraMath – Procedural Fluency Practice (Free) 

DuoLingo - English and French practice (Free) There are many languages available on this program 

Brain Pop and Brain Pop Jr (Free with your Calgary Public Library Card) or with a monthly fee on line 

Mathletics  - Fee based app available for all families 

IXL – Learning Website and App. Math and English  (Fee Based) 

Dream Box – Literacy and math (Fee based) 

http://www.childrenslibrary.org/ - International Children's Digital Library (free) 

https://www.starfall.com/h/ - Starfall – learn to read website (K-2) (free) 

https://www.abcya.com/ Gr k-6+ Literacy and more (Free and Fee based) 

Students and parents can access e-books and audiobooks at the Calgary Public Library.   

Here is the information to access online books and resources: 

Accessing eBooks through the Calgary Public Library 

https://calgary.overdrive.com/library/kids/ 

·       Students – CBE gmail address (educbe.ca) 

·       Student PIN – 1234567  

“How to" log in video https://youtu.be/d5Rc5mfCK8g 

  

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Dec 20
Weekly Message

Chris Akkerman Weekly Message

 

Dates to Remember

Dec 19 – FUN LUNCH!!   

Dec December 19 – 22 Winter festivities and celebrations all week. All classes will be sharing the plan, the clothing guidelines (Formal/ Informal/ School Spirit) and daily updates as the plans are different for divisions and grades.  Please check your child's agenda and Google Classroom for the most current update. 

Dec 22- Last day of classes in 2022 

January 9 Classes resume 

January 26  6:30 PM Learning Commons -   School Council Meeting  All welcome 

January 30 Report Cards are available to all families via your mycbe account 

 

Dear CAS Families, 

On Friday the gym and halls of the school were filled with the beautiful voices of our children. There is nothing more wonderful than children's voices. Students were so excited to see their parents in the audience and to preform for them. The paparazzi was out in full force. I am quite certain our students feel famous with all of the videos and cameras capturing every moment. The performances were outstanding. I am not certain what I loved more, the action song that had parents frantically following along to, the amazing flashlights in the dark, the beautiful song done with scarves, or making soup to song...memories to cherish forever! 

Thank you Ms. Costinak  and all of the amazing educators at CAS for all of your hard work putting this great musical celebration of learning together. We promise, this will not be the last musical celebration of learning in the year. Stay tunned for more information in the new year! 

 

Proud principal of Chris Akkerman School,

Dr. Bettesworth ​


Dec 05
Weekly Message

Chris Akkerman Weekly Message

 

Dates to Remember 

 

December 9     8:00-8:20 AM      Tuesday/ Thursday Kindergarten Music Celebration of Learning 

December 12 – Last day to order Fun Lunch! 

December 16    K-Gr 5    Music- Celebration of Learning 

December 19 – FUN LUNCH!! We will need 5 parent volunteers for this 

December 22- Last day of classes in 2022 

January 9 Classes resume 

January School Council Meeting 

 

Dear CAS Families 

On Thursday evening we hosted the first Microsoft TEAMS on-line School Council/ Parent Association meeting of the 2022-23 school year. Turn out from parents was great – we had 20 parents in attendance and 4 staff members present.  While attendance at an on-line meeting is easier at times, and our next meeting is planned for in person, it was still great to see so many families in attendance. We are hopeful the number in attendance only increases. We are so pleased with the families who consistently come to the meetings and are thrilled to see so many new families. We continue to encourage all families to join us in these very important meetings. 

School council approved funding for Carnival in the late winter, they also approved funds for a scanner in the Learning Commons so students will be able to check out and return their own books. The group present also had a great conversation about attendance, staff and student wellness and what is best for our students when it is so cold and they still need exercise and fresh air. One of the most important roles of school council is to work with the school leadership on funding purchases that will enhance the educational experience for all of our students and also discussing and problem-solving complex problems that fall outside of the teaching and learning piece but are still so important to the daily success of all our students. The school is grateful for the insight and perspective our school council is able to share to assist us in making great decisions for our learners.  

 

Fun Lunch – IS BACK!!! 

Please place your orders before December 12. If School Council is able to secure 5 volunteers to assist with fun lunch on a regular basis, then we will be able to have this opportunity more often for our students. All Fun Lunch volunteers do need a current police clearance. The time commitment is about an hour from about 10:30 – 11:30 on the day of the event. If you have a valid police clearance and wish to volunteer for Fun Lunch, please call Ms. Scherwitz in the main office and she will collect names for this volunteer opportunity.  

 

Well Being

The CBE's Well-Being team will host a free online session with the Community Health Promotion Services Team from Alberta Health Services on the topic of student mental health. You are invited to join the virtual session from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. You will be able to ask questions and hear from others with similar/different experiences, and resources will be shared. 

Understanding and Promoting Youth Mental Health for Families and Caregivers  
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022 
7:00 to 8:30 p.m. 

Sign Up Here

 

Polar Bear Club 

In January we will introduce the Polar Bear Club at Chris Akkerman School. This club is intended for days when the weather is beyond –20C and students still want to play outside at recess. When a child is properly dressed for the cold, the temperature will not make them sick. Viruses, such as rhinoviruses and influenza, cause colds and the flu, not the weather. Fresh air and exercise are healthy choices for their growing bodies.  

More information will come in the following weeks. 

 

 

Music Celebration of Learning 

Our musical celebration of learning, that was put on hold in October, will take place on Friday, December  9 and Friday, December 16, 2022. Please join us in the gym as our students share what they have been learning in music so far this year. Here are the times each class will perform: 

Friday, December 9   8:00-8:20 AM   Tuesday/ Thursday Kindergarten ONLY 

Friday, December 16 

8:00 Grade 3 

8:30 Grade 4 

9:00 Monday/Wednesday Kindergarten ONLY 

9:30 Grade 1 

10:00 Grade 2 

10:30 Grade 5 

Each grade presentation will be about 10-15 minutes in duration. The other 15 minutes will be used to transfer students/ parents in and out of the gymnasium. There will be benches, some chairs and standing room for parents to watch the brief presentation from each grade. The gym doors will close promptly at the start of each presentation to ensure our presenters are not interrupted or distracted. Please ensure you arrive on time.   Given our current state with illnesses in our school, our  team would greatly appreciate if adults would wear a mask when visiting the school during this presentation. No one wants to be sick for the holidays. Your consideration of this request would be very appreciated.   

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Nov 21
Weekly Message

Chris Akkerman Weekly Message Nov 18

 

Dates to Remember 

Conferences are open for booking: https://sis.cbe.ab.ca/public/ please use your mycbe account to sign in and access the booking system. 

Nov 22/23 (Afternoon) - Kindergarten Parent/Teacher conferences (On-Line) 

November 24/25  Parent/ Teacher Conferences  (On-Line) 

November 25   No school for students/ Parent-Teacher conferences (On-Line) 

December 1  6:30 School Council Meeting (This is likely to be an on-line meeting - TEAMs) 

December 9   8:00-8:20 AM  Tuesday/ Thursday Kindergarten Music - Celebration of Learning 

December 16   K-Gr 5 Music - Celebration of Learning

December 22 Last day of school before winter break 

 

The health of our school population 

As you may have heard in the news and from our weekly messages, there have been many absences due to illness recorded within the CBE. AHS is currently learning about the trends of respiratory illness in schools. One support they are asking for is the disclosure of respiratory symptoms (cough, sore throat, trouble breathing) when parents are reporting illness. If you are willing, when you call the absence line, it is appreciated if you mention that your child is away with respiratory symptoms (this is all the info we need).  We also respect medical privacy so if you are not comfortable disclosing that is not a problem. In the last week, we have had approximately 35 students daily with unexcused absences. We are hoping to reduce this number by learning why they are absent. We also have over 10% of our total school population away due to illness. AHS has been informed of our state of well-being at CAS. We continue to encourage all parents to keep their children home when they are unwell. We also respectfully request that parents pick their child up quickly if the school calls you to say they are unwell. No child wants to wait by the office when they are unwell. Thank you for your consideration and understanding. 

 

Parent/ Student/ Teacher Conferences 

Our booking system is open for parents to sign up for interviews. In an effort to reduce our exposure to germs, interviews will be online via TEAMs. All parents will receive a link to the meeting in their e-mail in advance of the interview. Please ensure you arrive to the TEAMs meeting on time and in a location that will allow you to hear the teacher and participate in the conversation. If you are a CBE employee, kindly log into your meeting on time, but not early as there is currently no waiting room for CBE employees.  

If you are unable to attend interviews during the time allotted, kindly connect with your classroom teacher to arrange a different time. 

 

Police Clearance 

We will have volunteer clearance appointments available in the school office on December 2 and 9.  These will be pre-booked appointments and will be the last opportunity before winter break to initiate the process.  The Calgary Police Information Check system is currently working on clearances from the beginning of November so clearances initiated from this point forward will not be cleared before winter break. 

If you would like to book a 10-minute appointment, please call the school office between 8:30 – 10:30 am Monday through Friday. Volunteer clearances must be initiated in person with a piece of government issued photo ID. 

Appointments are scheduled for: Friday, Dec 9 8:30 – 9:30 and Friday December 16  8:15 – 10:30  

If you need a police clearance completed in advance of these dates, please let Ms. Scherwitz know on the telephone. 

 

Music Celebration of Learning 

Our musical celebration of learning, that was put on hold in October, will take place on Friday, December 9 and Friday, December 16, 2022. Please join us in the gym as our students share what they have been learning in music so far this year. Here are the times each class will perform: 

Friday, December 9 8:00-8:20 AM Tuesday/ Thursday Kindergarten ONLY 

Friday, December 16 

8:00 Grade 3 

8:30 Grade 4 

9:00 Monday/Wednesday Kindergarten ONLY 

9:30 Grade 1 

10:00 Grade 2 

10:30 Grade 5 

Each grade presentation will be about 10-15 minutes in duration. The other 15 minutes will be used to transfer students/ parents in and out of the gymnasium. There will be benches, some chairs and standing room for parents to watch the brief presentation from each grade. The gym doors will close promptly at the start of each presentation to ensure our presenters are not interrupted or distracted. Please ensure you arrive on time.  Given our current state with illnesses in our school, our  team would greatly appreciate if adults would wear a mask when visiting the school during this presentation. No one wants to be sick for the holidays. Your consideration of this request would be very appreciated.  

 

Winter conditions 

Parents, it is cold and icy on our school grounds. The snow has been cleared as best as we can, given the present circumstances. Snow removal around our building is very difficult at best. We have put in a request to have snow fences installed. Given the ground is frozen, I suspect this may not happen.  

Like all congregated areas, parking lots, and playgrounds in Calgary – the ground is slippery and dangerous at Chris Akkerman School. Please walk carefully and remind your children to walk slowly and carefully at school. The current conditions are a reality in Calgary and will persist for many months. We appreciate your understanding and kindness towards our team as we also navigate these cold and slippery conditions alongside you and your children.  

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Nov 15
October Message

Dates to Remember 

September 28 – Terry Fox Run (Wear your Canada colours) 

September 29 – Orange Shirt Day  

September 29 – 6PM School Council Meeting at CAS 

September 30 – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – Schools Closed 

Oct 3 – Photo Day 

Oct 10 – Thanksgiving Day – Schools are closed 

October 27 – Celebration of Learning (PM) 

 

Dear CAS Families, 

Thank you for participating in our Fall Welcome Back Picnic. It was a perfect evening, the food trucks filled our bellies, the weather cooperated, we re-connected with friends from years past and everyone had a chance to come back into the building and see where the children spend their time. It was amazing to have our courtyard filled with so many families. I have never seen so many kids with huge Loli-Pops, the Candy Truck was a huge hit!  

There was an energy and enthusiasm in the hallways that has been missing for almost two years. The photo booth in the Learning Commons was a huge hit. I especially liked the photos of two families together. Stay tuned, the photos will be on display in the learning commons for our first school wide performance. We will have a Celebration of our Learning in late October. Make sure you have a peak at the photos then. On a personal note, thank you for your kind welcome. It was my greatest pleasure to say hello to so many families. It is lovely to see the parents and siblings of students I have gotten to know in the last few weeks. Your children are beautiful humans, with parents who are kind, thoughtful and so very gracious. Thank you for your warm welcome. I consider myself very lucky to be part of this amazing learning community. Thank you for making me feel so very welcome. 

We heard from many families that they valued the opportunity to come into the school and see where their children learn. Teachers are already busy planning the Celebration of Learning for October. During this celebration you will be welcomed into the classrooms to see the learning that is happening on a daily basis.  

We are ever hopeful we will be able to welcome our families into our school through the year to see all of the amazing things that are happening through the year. 

Dr. Bettesworth 

 

School Council – all parents are welcome! Thursday September 29 at 6PM. 

Please join myself, Ms. Bauman, and our dedicated School Council Executive this Thursday evening at 6PM here in the learning commons at CAS. The School Council Executive is looking for interested families to join them in filling some specific roles and duties. There is also a need for parents to attend the monthly meetings, share their ideas, and participate in the discussion of the evening. Every school council meeting beginning in October, teachers will present on a specific curricular area; literacy, math, well being, Indigenous Education and assessment.  Every meeting I will report out on our work in the School Development Plan. You do not need police clearance to be part of school council. 

School Council is able to affect change in the school, lead social events for families, provide funding to the school for residencies, equipment, and learning opportunities for our children. If you want to make things happen at CAS, or you want to be a decision maker on what exciting things we do at CAS, please come to our meeting on Thursday evening. We look forward to seeing you!  

 

Staffing Update at CAS 

We would like to wish Mrs. Patel, our Admin E Secretary, the very best. Her last day was Thursday of this past week. Mrs. Patel has accepted an E secretary position at a Middle School much closer to home.  

Mrs. Carah Scherwitz will be our new Admin E Secretary. Please join me in welcoming Mrs. Scherwitz to Chris Akkerman School. Mrs. Scherwitz comes to CAS from LeRoi Daniels school, the TLC school in the South of Calgary. She is very familiar with TLC having both worked in a TLC school and been a parent to two children who are now in a TLC Middle School. Welcome Mrs. Scherwitz.  

 

Transportation Update 

Please Note – at the time of writing this message and sending it off, there was no confirmed bus driver for “A” bus. Please check your MySchoolBus app to determine if there are any updates to A bus this morning. Please do NOT call the school as we do not receive bus updates, parents do receive updates through the MySchoolbus App. It “A” bus appears late it is strongly advised that parents drive their children to school. 

CAS families, we need your help with significant changes to the CAS services for transportation. All transportation inquiries must go to either Southland or the Transportation department in the CBE. Unfortunately, the office staff at CAS is unable to assist with bus stops, bus fees, bus stop changes, or registering for the bus. Families will need to use the information on their MyCBE account or connect directly with Southland. Sadly we are unable to provide any service related to bus stops and bus changes. Thank you for your understanding and for respecting this change. 

Service changes in the office: 

Please continue to leave attendance messageswhen calling the school. Messages will continue to be retrieved. We will not be answering the telephone in the morning as we do not have staff to answer the phone. All bussing inquiries must be made to Southland, not the school. The Southland phone number can be found in your MyCBE account 

In the afternoon, Chris Akkerman School Staff will stop taking calls for any changes to bussing at 1:30PM. We need to take this hour to make updates to our bus lits. 

In order to minimize numerous interruptions to your child’s classroom, we would appreciate some planning ahead between the parent and the student.  Please write your child a note so that they can show their teacher, bring it to the office, sign out and depart.  This also eliminates the need for a phone call to the attendance line for you. 

We understand that there are occasions where appointments come up last minute and, in this case, we are happy to help before 1:30 when you call the office. If you are unable to call the school before 1:30 please come and pick up your child at their bus, inform the bus driver of their plans and then leave the school. Letting your bus driver know of your change of plans ensures the school will not spend valuable time looking from your child. 

The school takes attendance for all students riding the bus. We expect all bus riding students to go directly to the bus upon dismissal at the end of the school day. Daily there are between 12 – 20 students in grades 2-5 who never make it to the bus. Most have a last-minute change at the end of the day and their parent comes to get them. CAS will no longer be calling Gr 2-5 families if their child isn’t on the bus. This delays the bus departure. If a child misses the bus, we will be calling parents to come and pick the child up. Thank you for your understanding and support. We greatly appreciate it when parents write a note at the beginning of the day for their child to share with their teacher – this is the best plan!  

Orange Shirt Day 

Friday, September 30 is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. It is a holiday recognizing the victims and survivors of the residential school system. On September 29, we will be honouring the experiences of Indigenous Peoples by wearing the colour orange. We will be making a commitment to recognize that every child matters.  All classes at Chris Akkerman will also be participating in an outdoor reading event intended to encourage and inform them of their connections to the land around them. 

Terry Fox Run 

September 28 all students will be participating in the Terry Fox run. Students can wear your Canada colours and their athletic wear on September 28, of course school uniforms are also a great choice. Students and staff will be participating in learning opportunities about Terry Fox in their classes. They will also all participate in our school Terry Fox Run. In your child’s Google Classroom there will be more information about this event and how to donate to a great charitable organization. 

 

     



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November Message

Dates to remember: 

November 10 – Photo Retakes   (Formal Uniform for re-takes please) 

November 10 – Remembrance Day Ceremony (Formal Uniforms) 

November 11 – Remembrance Day – Schools are closed 

Nov 22/23 (Afternoon) - Kindergarten Parent/Teacher conferences will begin 

November 24/25 - Parent/ Teacher/ Student Conferences  (In person and on-line) Booking will begin the third week of November – more info to come) 

November 25 – No school for students/ Parent-Teacher conferences 

 

 

Nov 10 – Photo Re-Takes/ Tuesday-Thursday Kindergarten Photos 

If you would like your child to have their photo re-taken please ensure they are wearing their formal uniform. Also, kindly let the teacher know of your wish for a retake by writing a note in the agenda. 

Thursday Kindergarten classes – please wear your formal uniform for class pictures. 

 

Volunteers Needed! 

Chris Akkerman school is looking for many parent volunteers to assist us! 

Our grade 3 classes are in jeopardy of losing their zoo school fieldtrip experience. This is an amazing field trip that includes a weeklong (5 day!) excursion to the zoo. Much of the cost of the trip is paid for by Corporate Calgary. Sadly, there are only 2 parents who have offered to volunteer. If you have your police clearance, kindly connect with the office to let us know if you are able to volunteer for a full day. You don’t have to have a child in the class to volunteer, you just need your police clearance completed. 

Zoo School Dates:  

November 28 – Dec 2 Ms. Bourne’s Class 

Dec 5 – 9 Ms Grant’s Class  

Our teaching team is looking for parents who would like to help us out by cutting paper, cutting laminating, creating literacy boards for our students etc. These are tasks we can send home with your child and you can return in a day or two after you have finished the work. You do not need a police clearance to finish this work.  Much of this work is needed to make our guided reading and literacy times more engaging for our learners. If you can assist us, please call the office and let us know.  

 

Dress for Success and Safety 

We had a blast of cold this week. This reminded all of us that cold winter days are upon us. At Chris Akkerman school, every child will be outside before the bell rings in the morning, at morning recess (15 minutes), and at lunch recess (~25 minutes) up to and including –20C (with wind chill). All classes will also be participating in land based learning outside weekly. Every student needs boots, snow pants, a snow jacket, tuque/ warm mitts (NOT dollar store mitts).  It is essential that all students arrive to school dressed to be outside.  Being outside up to and including -20C is a policy in CBE schools across the city.  

If you are unable to provide warm clothing for your family, kindly connect with your child’s teachers and we will assist.  Currently, the Good Will and Once Upon a Child have a good supply of gently used and very reasonably priced snow suits and winter boots for children.  

Children will be calling home on cold weather days if they don’t dress for the weather. Learning occurs both in the building and outside. Your child needs to be able to learn outside without worrying about the temperature.  Thank you for your understanding and support in ensuring all kids can learn and thrive at CAS!  

 



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Thank you volunteers for all your help in the 2019-2020 school year. The year would not have been the same without you. https://t.co/Pe1TYAYUV5

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