Sep 03
Re-Entry - September 2020

Dear Citadel Park Families

I am looking forward to welcoming our school community to the 2020-21 school year. I want to assure you we are doing everything possible to ensure the health and safety of all our community members.

As you are aware on July 21, Education Minister Adriana LaGrange announced that all schools across the province will return to classes under Scenario 1 – in-school classes resume (near normal with health measures). In response, plans are well underway in our school to welcome our community of students as we adhere to current health guidelines.

CBE's Scenario 1 Information can be found on our website and outlines the measures we are taking to provide for the health and safety of our students. Please refer to this document for detailed information on health measures, physical set-up of schools, cleaning of schools, daily operation of schools and transportation. The actions described in the document follow the guidelines provided by Alberta Education's K-12 School Re-entry COVID-19 information: Guidance for schools re-entry Scenario 1.  We continue to refine information in our re-entry planning based on provincial and CBE guidance.

​Please visit our school website for information on the actions and processes that are being applied to the specific context of our school.


In Partnership,

Duncan White, Principal


Jun 10
June Principal Message

​With only a few weeks left in the school year, it seems like a great time to thank many of the people and groups who have made this such a successful year at Citadel Park School.

I'd like to start with our staff, all of whom worked tirelessly this year to create positive, exciting and productive learning environments for our students.  Our teachers participated in an unprecedented number of professional development opportunities, and really pushed themselves to try new things in their classrooms.  Many of them were especially committed to changing the way that they teach and assess writing, which resulted in high levels of student engagement.  Our Education Assistants adapted to new roles with students in nearly all grades and also developed new and enriching programs to support our complex learners.  Without them, we would not have been able to offer nearly as many opportunities for students as we did.  Mrs Bouchart and Mrs Milne continued to run the central hub of our school, and I can't thank them both enough for all of the work and support that they have provided in the office.  Mrs Bouchart's work on the website has made it our primary way to communicate with parents and community members - this emphasis will continue next year as we work to decrease paper communication and encourage frequent visits to the site.  

Here's a quick glance at our staffing profile for the 2020-2021 school year:

Teaching Staff:

Kindergarten Team

Mrs Carnegie  (AM/PM program), Mrs Tran (Tues & Thurs program)

Grade 1 Team

Mrs Murchison, Mrs Quantz, Ms Slot, Mrs Duncan/Mrs Stupak

Grade 2 Team

Ms McDonald, Mrs Sterling, Mrs Teeple, New Hire

Grade 3 Team

Mrs Hirl-Johnson, Miss Martin, New Hire

Grade 4 Team

Ms Kuczma, Ms Marshall, Mr Ulph, Ms Edmunds

Phys Ed     Mrs Harvey

Music         Mrs Duncan


Support Staff:

Mrs Bouchart (Admin Secretary), Mrs Milne (School Secretary)

Education Assistants

Mrs Biberdorf, Mrs Buonomo, Mrs Pitonak, Ms Shirley (ELL Assistant)

Lunch Supervisors

Mrs Luthra (Lead Lunch), Mrs Dyck, Mrs Hui, Mrs Marr, Mrs Tytula

Librarian

New Hire


I want to send a special thanks to a staff member who took on a challenging role in our school this year as a Learning Leader, but will be continuing her journey as a grade 2 teacher in the fall. Ms McDonald became a huge contributor on our Administration team and we know she will experience continued great success as a grade 2 teacher.

I want to also extend a great big thank you and best wishes to three staff members, who after a significant number of years at Citadel Park School, have decided to retire.  They have worked hard to build their careers and can step back and appreciate how far they'be come.  Not only is it a time for reflection, it's also a time for them to look forward and spend time with the people they care about, doing the things they love.  Sending lots of positive vibes to Ms Tracey Coutts, Mrs Laree Lake and Mrs Bernardien Johnston.

Our School Council also deserves a big thank you for helping to provide our students with so many outstanding learning opportunities this year.  Their commitment to our school allowed us to purchase new technology and learning resources and welcome a variety of meaningful guest speakers into our building.  As students look back on all of the unique learning experiences that they had this year, I hope that they understand that many of them would have been impossible without the help and support of our Council.  Let us thank:

Heidi Lindgren         Interim Chair

Aimee Blasetti         Secretary

Kara Mah                Treasurer

Suzie Atherton        Fundraising Coordinator

Sabahat Quraishi    Fun Lunch Coordinator

Julia Dewolfe          Key Communicator

Michelle Singh        Volunteer Coordinator

My first year as principal at Citadel Park School would not have been nearly as interesting or as rewarding without the diverse students that make up our school.  I want to thank them for their dedication to learning, their willingness to accept feedback and their propensity for growth.  There is no doubt that we had our challenges along the way, but our students at Citadel Park are the kind of kids that all teachers and principals dream of working with throughout their career.  As another class of grade 4's leaves our school, we wish them the best and thank them for the distinct mark that they will leave on Citadel Park when they are gone.

Citadel Park has always been a community of learners, and next year, we will be creating conditions where students will be working together in new ways.  By considering more fluid and creative groupings, we feel confident we will be able to support these students and meet their specific learning needs.

There are many questions about returning in the fall.  We will continue to follow the directives from AHS, the Minister of Education and our Senior Leadership.  As we know more, we will share information with you.

Thanks and have a great June!  

Mr Duncan White



Feb 18
February News

We greatly appreciate all the students who arrive for school on time. It is critically important for them to start their day on a positive note as the teachers give them information about the day’s expectations and help them to organize their day for learning. When a child is 15 minutes late, every day, they are missing 2,745 minutes or 45.75 hours of instruction. Even missing 5 minutes of instructional time every day adds up to a loss of 915 minutes or 15.25 hours over the course of the year. That is a significant loss of learning time! Alberta Education mandates all elementary students receive 950 hours of instruction and unfortunately, children are disadvantaged when they miss large amounts of time. Please help your children to ready themselves and get to school on time. We hope with your support, we can significantly decrease the number of students arriving late each morning.​

We have to love Calgary weather and the fact we live in a climate notorious for unpredictable changes! We would like to remind you to ensure your child is prepared for the sudden changes in weather by having a warm coat, hat, mitts, and boots with them when they come to school. When temperatures reach -20 Celsius or colder including the wind-chill factor, students will be kept inside for recess or lunch breaks. The -20 Celsius guideline is comparable to other school jurisdictions in Alberta and across Canada. However, we will run the “Polar Bear Club” for students who would like to brave the colder weather (max. -25 Celsius). This is voluntary, however they must be dressed for the cold with a warm jacket, snow pants, scarves, mitts, boots etc. We will go out for a short while (15 minutes), and at any time the students are cold, they will be able to come back into the school. Thank you to the Leadership Team and other staff members who are willing to supervise and join The Polar Bear Club! During the winter, roads may also be congested and slippery resulting in possible bus delays. Parents/guardians whose children take a yellow school bus can view the status of their bus on www.mybusstop.ca/login.aspx.

Until the end of February, Alberta Education will be conducting the annual Accountability Pillar Survey. In January, parents of students in grades 4, 7, and 10 will receive a survey from Alberta Education. In February, students in grades 4, 7, and 10, and all teachers will be completing their surveys online at school.  All surveys are anonymous and ask questions about experiences with the school. All parents/guardians receive the English version of the survey in the mail, but Alberta Education also provides it in Arabic, Blackfoot, Chinese, Cree, French, Korean, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog and Urdu. If you would prefer to respond to the survey in one of these languages, please let us know and a copy will be sent to you. 

It is very important that parents/guardians complete the survey and return it to Alberta Education. Alberta Education and the public use the results of the Accountability Pillar Survey to assess satisfaction with the quality of education in our schools. In addition, the Calgary Board of Education uses the information to improve teaching and learning for your children.  If you “Don’t Know” the answer to a particular question, please skip that question and go to the next one, otherwise your response will unintentionally count as a negative one. 

 Your voice matters. Your participation in the survey helps provide important information on the quality of education your child is receiving. Alberta Education and the Calgary Board of Education thank you for returning the parent Accountability Pillar Survey promptly. If you have questions, please contact us at the school.

 The Accountability Pillar uses a set of 16 indicators consisting of surveys of students, parents and teachers on various aspects of quality; student outcomes such as dropout and high school completion rates; and provincial assessments of student learning. Interested in the results? Look for them in school and the CBE 3-Year Education Plans and Annual Education Results Reports, posted on the website. 

 We are looking forward to seeing you soon in and around the school, at School Council, or during school events.  We look forward to our continued work together!​ 

Nov 01
November News

October is already behind us and we find it hard to believe November has arrived! Thank you to our School Council and the many volunteers for their continued work to enhance learning and teaching at Citadel Park School.  

When students return home at the end of the day parents often ask, what did you do in school today? I have heard that often the answer is ‘nothing, or, I don’t remember’. Our teachers try to support these conversations with the classroom blog, so that you have a glimpse into what students are doing over the course of the week.  Here are some questions to ask your child, after school, to get a conversation started:

 

  • What was the best thing that happened at school today?
  • What was the hardest thing you had to do today?
  • What is the biggest difference between this year and last year?
  • What is your favorite time of day at school?


At our upcoming November School Council meeting on November 13, we will share our 2019-2020 School Development Plan.  We welcome all parents to this special opportunity to learn more about this important plan that we use to guide and focus our school towards student achievement and enhanced student learning.

Here is a glance at our goals for this year:

1.     Literacy Goal: Students will demonstrate growth in their ability to develop, organize and express information and ideas through narrative writing.

2.     Mathematics Goal: Students will demonstrate growth in their understanding of number.

3.     Wellness Goal: Students will show improved resilience by using self-regulation strategies.


Come join school council on Wednesday, November 13th.  Stand by for more information on how you can join this important meeting.  For the first time, our council is planning to offer this meeting through FaceBook Live.  


We are proud to announce that our little school has donated over $800 to the Terry Fox Foundation through our Toonies for Terry fundraiser.  Recently, the ADmazing Coupon Book Fundraiser raised over $2100, which is about $1000 less than in previous years.  The council will look at ways to promote this fundraiser next year or consider other options.  Over the next couple weeks, please watch for our School Council’s Cookie Dough Fundraiser.  This fundraiser promises to generate lots of smiles, awesome funds and impressive aromas in our kitchen’s!  Also, please watch for Citadel Park School T-Shirts this month. Some of the details we are working out are as follows:

  • $18.00 T-shirts
  • $25.00 Athletic T-Shirts
  • $30.00 Hoodies
  • Option to “pay it forward”
  • Purchases made online
  • “try on” sample sizes
  • All sizes will be made available
  • Looking for a parent with a graphic arts background



November is full of many learning activities and events we would like to draw to your attention.  Our Remembrance Day Assembly is scheduled for Friday, November 8th at 10:00.  Special thanks to Mrs. Coutts, Mrs. Lake and Mr. Kim for their planning and organization of this important assembly.  


Our Scholastic Book Fair starts on Wednesday, November 20th.  Students will be given the opportunity to peruse the books on display in advance.  Books will be ready for purchasing during our School Conferences. On Thursday and Friday November 21st and 22nd.  During this conference we will be providing a blended approach where each set of parents will have a dedicated meeting with their child’s teacher(s) and where a child will be invited to share learning artifacts.  Parents will be able to book conferences on Thursday, November 14th at 5:00PM.

 

Thank you for your continued support of teaching and learning at Citadel Park School.

 

Together in Education


Duncan and Michelle

Aug 27
Welcome Back

I would like to welcome all of our students and their Families to Citadel Park School for the 2019-20 year. 

Thank you to everyone for my warm welcome to Citadel Park.  It is indeed an honour to return to a school that I believe is an outstanding learning environment.  During the month of September and October I look forward to building upon my understanding of the strengths and needs of our students and learn about what is happening in the classrooms. I plan to take an active role in planning and supporting instruction that is appropriate for every child, and will ensure that school time and resources are focused on student achievement.

Students will be coming home later this week with information packages.  Please return all necessary documents in the envelope provided.

For those of you, who are still struggling with registering for transportation, please see the website for instructions.  For more information and our alphanumeric code for Citadel, go here: http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/citadelpark/registration/getting-school/busing/Pages/default.aspx​

You can Register online today and download the new app to get school bus information at your fingertips!  All routes should be available to view by August 30, 2019.

Users can access MyBusStop online or on an iOs or Android device, the app is free of charge for all users who are registered for school bus transportation with the CBE.  We count on your participation to ensure that we can continue to offer this valuable service feature.

Our Meet the Teacher night is on Thursday and Friday, September 19th and 20th, 2019. 

The Citadel Park School Parent Council will be meeting on September 10, 2019 7:00 PM in the school learning commons.  This will be a particulary important meeting for myself and I look forward to meeting and working with you all.

Sincerely,

Duncan White

Principal​

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Jun 19
Year End Message

Dear Citadel Park School Families,

As the school year comes to a close, we take this time to reflect on just how much each and every one of your children have learned, grown and changed. Together as a school community we celebrate the wonderful school year we have had together. We truly appreciate our extremely dedicated and committed staff who make Citadel Park School all that it is. The partnership between school, parent, and student is so important. We would like to take this opportunity to personally thank each and every one of our parents for allowing us the privilege of working with your children and for your ongoing commitment and support of Citadel Park. Your children inspire us as educators each and every day. Together we’ve learned much and shared experiences that will long remain with us in the years to come. The memories created in elementary school are ones that will last a lifetime!

 

With the end of a school year, we already are busy making plans for the coming year. Our bells times for morning entry have changed slightly for next year. As well, after careful consideration and consultation with staff, we will be moving our recess back to the morning. 

2019-2020 School Bell Times

Monday – Thursday   Grade 1-4

9:08  Entry Bell

10:45 – 11:00 Recess

11:58 Morning Kindergarten Dismissal

12:10-1:00 Lunch Break (Gr. 1& 2 12:10-12:35, Gr. 3 & 4 12:35 – 1:00)

1:00 Re-entry Bell

3:50 Dismissal for all students

 

Friday  Grade 1 -4

9:08  Entry Bell

11:02 – 11:27 Lunch Gr. 1 & 2

11:27 – 11:45 Recess for all student

11:45 – 12:10 Lunch Gr. 3 & 4

1:20 End of School Day

 

Kindergarten Hours 

Monday - Thursday: AM Classes  9:10 – 11:58 and PM Class 1:00 – 3:50

Please note that Fridays will rotate between AM and PM classes. This information is shared on our school calendar and in the Kindergarten Welcome package.

With CBE staffing occurring late in June, we have a number of farewells to announce to our school community. Citadel Park School would like to say a very well-deserved thank-you and best wishes to Mrs. Kazmi who will be retiring at the end of June. Mrs. Kazmi has been with the CBE for over 25 years supporting many of our teachers and students throughout her years. Our staff and students would also like to thank Mrs. Joiner and Mrs. Millen for supporting our Grade 3 teachers and students, as well as Mrs. Kumar who has worked primarily in Room 13. We wish them all well as they continue on with their work as educational assistants within the CBE. We also would like to thank Miss Nurkowski, Miss Wong, Miss Faber and Miss Orton for all of their hard work and dedication with our students this year. They have all been on temporary contracts and will be seeking new positions in the fall. We wish all of them the very best as they continue on with their teaching careers. We wish Mrs. Schnell all the best as she moves into a part-time position at Marion Carson School.

With mixed emotions we say goodbye to Ms. Jackson after eleven years at Citadel Park School. Ms. Jackson has touched so many of our students over the years as she has greeted them with a warm smile each day and filled their hearts with the love of music. Ms. Jackson will be beginning the next step in her teaching career at Kenneth D. Taylor School in Evanston. Finally, we say a heartfelt good-bye to Mr. Faunt, who after nine years at Citadel Park School will be taking on a new Principal position at Kenneth D. Taylor School. He will be greatly missed by all!

The following are our grade teams for the 2019-2020 school year:

Grade 1:          Ms. Courtney McDonald         Grade 2:        Mrs. Jamie Murchison

                        Mrs. Angela Sterling                                     Mrs. Susan Quantz

                        Mrs. Dianna Teeple                                       Mrs. Sarah Slot

                        Ms. Loralee Martin          

                               

Grade 3:          Mr. Timothy Ulph                    Grade 4:         Mrs. Tracey Coutts                 

                       (Mrs. Aimee Edmunds)                                  Mrs. Laree Lake

                        Ms. Sara Kuczma                                          Mrs. Danielle Duncan

                        Ms. Nancy Marshall                                      Mrs. Sandy Hirl-Johnson  

     

Kindergarten:  Mrs. Jody Carnegie

                        Mrs. Melissa Tran

                        Mrs. Jane Stupak


Music:              Unknown at this time              P.E.                Mrs. Lisa Harvey

 

As in previous years, teachers will be calling families during the last three days in August to welcome students to their classrooms. The Kindergarten students have already been assigned to a staggered entry group. They will be meeting their Kindergarten teachers at the flag pole at the front of the school on their first day (either September 3 or September 4). Grade 1 to 4 students will meet their teachers in the field behind the school. Teachers will be holding up a sign with their name on it to indicate their meeting place. This will provide parents and students the opportunity to meet their new teachers together.

 

For our bussed students, bus maps will be available online or at the school by Wednesday, August 28, 2019. Current bus students are asked to keep their bus passes for next year, as these are multi-year passes. The system may charge families for replacement cards next year.

 

Please note that our school and office will be closing at 12:00 noon, Friday, June 28, 2019. The office will be re-opening at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 28, 2019. 

 

Our office will continue to use School Messenger to send out reminders and weekly information, however all events and our school calendar will be posted and updated regularly on the website.

Please visit our website at http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/CitadelPark/Pages/default.aspx

 

For those students and families moving on to other adventures, we will miss you.  You have made a difference during your time with us, and please know that Citadel Park will always be a place that you can call home.  Please keep in touch with us. For families that are registered to return for the next school year, we look forward to continuing to be a part of your child’s educational journey and we will see you in September.      

On behalf of the staff of Citadel Park School, we offer our warmest wishes to you for a restful and enjoyable summer.

 

Mrs. Michelle Ryskamp & Mr. Todd Faunt​

Jun 03
June 2019 Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As you may have heard or read in the local media recently, the Calgary Board of Education is facing a 40 million dollar budget deficit for the 2019-2020 school year.   Many schools in the CBE are facing reductions in staffing as a result.  We unfortunately are one of the schools that will be reducing staff for next year.  In the fall, we will be reducing Educational Assistant time by two 30 hour per week positions and one 15 hour per week position.  We will also be reducing teaching time by 1.7 full time equivalents, which will require reducing the current number of classrooms in grades 1 to 4 from 18 to 17 rooms.  Next year we are planning to have four Kindergarten classes, four grade 1 classes, three grade 2 classes, four grade 3 classes and four grade 4 classes.  Our projected class sizes for next year will be as follows:

Kindergarten:  19-20 students per class

Grade 1:          19-20 students per class

Grade2:           23-24 students per class

Grade 3:          21-22 students per class

Grade 4:          23-24 students per class

Teaching assignments for next year are yet to be finalized.  We anticipate that most teachers will continue with their current assignments; however some changes will need to be made. When teaching assignments are determined, we will communicate this through email later in June.  We understand that this can be stressful time for families and we will endeavour to communicate these decisions as soon as possible.  We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we adjust our staffing budget for next year.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Spring is a very busy time of year and it has brought many exciting experiences and events to Citadel Park School. May included a full calendar of events for both our staff and students. After weeks of rehearsal, the Kindergarten students and the students in grades 3 and 4 put on very successful spring concerts showcasing our music program.  The month of May also included our Global Day of Design, which involved the entire school with students creating numerous card building and design-based projects. Field trips that occurred this month included the Grade 2 trip to Ralph Klein Park and Grade 4 trip to the Shepard Landfill.  June will also be a busy month at Citadel Park School with various other field trips, celebrations of learning and school-wide events.

On June 7 we will be hosting our annual Volunteer Appreciation coffee party in honor of our wonderful volunteers who give of their time to support and enhance the educational experiences for both our students and staff at Citadel Park School.  Coffee and baked goods will be served along with entertainment provided by some of our Kindergarten, Grade One and Two students.  As the end of June approaches, we look forward to our traditional Sports Day planned for Friday, June 21 and our Year End Grade 4 Farewell Assembly scheduled for Wednesday, June 26th at 11:00 am. We welcome parent volunteers to assist with our Sports Day stations. Please go to the following link to sign-up:   https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4aaca629a5f58-sports2

If you have any further questions please contact Mrs. Harvey. We also invite our grade 4 families to join us for our Farewell Assembly.

Our final School Council Annual General Meeting will be on Tuesday, June 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Learning Commons. All parents are welcome to attend.

Regards,

Todd Faunt

Principal        ​​

May 01
May 2019 Principal's Message

On April 18, 2019, we held another very successful Citadel Park School Family Dance.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank our School Council who sponsored this event and all of the many volunteers who worked so hard to make this a successful evening.  A great time was had by all!

The month of May is a busy time at Citadel Park School, as we prepare for two concerts.  On May 2, our grade three and four students will be performing and showcasing their learning in the performing arts.  Drumming, singing, shadow puppetry and dancing will all be part of the program. This should be a very entertaining evening.  On May 30, our Kindergarten showcase concert will be held in the gym.  This concert celebrates the learning and accomplishments through song and poetry. This is a great opportunity for our youngest students to shine!

On May 6, Citadel Park School will once again be participating in the Global Day of Design.  What is the Global Day of Design all about?  On this day, students as encouraged to make, build, and tinker. The Global Day of Design is one-day that focuses on using the Design Thinking process in school. The goal for the Global Day of Design is to inspire a transformation in schools around the world to incorporate design thinking into everyday practice with our students from all levels, ages, and subjects.  Already, there are over 75,000 students signed up to participate from 600+ schools, in over 14 countries and four different continents for the 2019 Global Day of Design! We will spend the entire morning of Monday, May 6th designing and building. In the afternoon, the students will have an opportunity to visit other classrooms to see their creations.  We are looking forward to an exciting, creative and engaging day.

At our April School Council meeting, a presentation was given on the CBE’s budget process and how schools are funded within our system.  During the month of May, we will begin our spring staffing process.  We are currently projected to have 410 students attending our school for September 2019.  When we receive our school budget from the CBE, we will then make staffing decisions based on our fall projections.  At our June 11, 2019 School Council meeting , we will be sharing our staffing decisions for the upcoming school year. All interested parents are invited to attend, as this will also be the Annual General meeting and positions will need to be filled for our 2019-2020 School Council.

As mentioned in last month’s message, we will be creating class lists for next year’s grade one and three classes. Class list creation is an involved process that requires several meetings and thoughtful deliberations about student placement in classrooms.  A variety of factors are considered so that classes are well balanced to meet the needs of all of our students.  If there is information about your child that would be useful to us in making the best placement decision, please communicate this with your child’s teacher.  We would ask that if you have a classroom request for the coming school year, that you send it via email to Mr. Faunt at mtfaunt@cbe.ab.ca, no later than June 1, 2019.  In the past we have received very few requests as most parents rely on us to place their child in a classroom.  However, we do understand that in some circumstances, a parent may make a request for a particular teacher. Teacher requests must have an educational reason stated in the email.  Thank you for appreciating the complexities of creating class groupings.  A parent request may not be honoured if it creates an imbalance of student needs in our classrooms.  Requests for classroom placements will not be considered after June 1, 2019.

Finally, we would like to thank our volunteers from Costco. This group of dedicated individuals have been coming to our school every Wednesday afternoon since January working with a number of grade 2 students on improving early literacy skills.  Their last day will be at the end of the month and we are looking forward working with them next year.

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Apr 01
April 2019 Principal's Message

Thank you to the many families who attended our March Student-Led learning conferences. Student-led conferences have many benefits for both the students and parents. Students benefit by sharing the work they have produced, demonstrating problem solving strategies, communicating their understandings, and self-reflecting on their progress. Parents benefit by seeing their children as enthusiastic learners who are capable of communicating what they are doing and how well they are doing at school. Most important, parents have the opportunity to ask their children questions, provide lots of encouragement and positive feedback for their learning, hard word and effort. It was clear to see that our students were very excited to share their learning journey with their families.

With the arrival of April, we head into the final stretch of the school year.  Even as the weather continues to improve, we remind ourselves that there are still three busy learning-filled months of school left! Our amazing teaching staff continues to focus on and provide engaging learning experiences and projects that provide opportunities for our students to communicate and collaborate, be creative and design, solve problems, and think critically. We encourage you to visit the teacher blogs and talk to your child(ren) about school and the things he/she is learning this month.

April is also a month we begin planning for the coming school year. Citadel Park School staff will be creating class lists for next year’s grade one and three classrooms.  Students currently in grade one and three will continue to have the same teacher for grades two and four as we continue the practice of teachers looping with their students.  The exception to this is if the teacher is identified for layoff, transfers to another school, or retires.  Class list creation is an involved process that requires several meetings and thoughtful deliberations about student placement in classrooms.  A variety of factors are considered so that classes are well balanced to meet the needs of all of our students.  If there is information about your child that would be useful to us in making the best placement decision, please communicate with your child’s teacher.  We would ask that if you have a classroom request for the coming school year, that you send it via email to Mr. Faunt at mtfaunt@cbe.ab.ca, no later than June 1, 2019.  In the past we have received very few requests as most parents rely on us to place their child in a classroom.  However, we do understand that in some circumstances, a parent may make a request for a particular teacher. Teacher requests must have an educational reason stated in the email.  Thank you for appreciating the complexities of creating class groupings.  A parent request may not be honoured if it creates an imbalance of student needs in our classrooms.  Requests for classroom placements will not be considered after June 1th. 

 

Our School Council has been busy planning for our upcoming School Spring Family Dance scheduled for Thursday, April 18, 2018 from 6:00 -7:30. Ticket forms will come home with students in early April. Tickets will be $10 per family. In conjunction with our school family dance, we will also be running a Family Photo opportunity through Lifetouch photo. Proceeds from these photo sessions will go towards our Learning Commons fundraising. The school will send out further information through School Messenger with sign-up instructions, as this will all be done online through Lifetouch Photo.

 

We would once again like to remind our Citadel Park families about our concerns about traffic, parking and street crossing. We realize parking is at a premium and with the weather warming up, please consider walking or biking to and from school to help alleviate this issue.

 

Finally, we would like to welcome Ms. Orton to Citadel Park.  Ms. Orton will be teaching music to our afternoon kindergarten students as well as our grade 1 and 2 students.  Ms. Faber, who was teaching music, is now teaching in room 13, replacing Mrs. Teeple, who is on leave for the remainder of the school year.   

 

Thank you,

Mr. Faunt & Mrs. Ryskamp​

Mar 01
March 2019 - Principal's Message

February was “Friendship” month at Citadel Park School. We focused on acts of kindness by filling each other’s buckets.  During our morning announcements, grade four students from our leadership club read the story “Have You Filled a Bucket Today,” by Carol McCloud.  Each morning, the students read a part of the story and then gave suggestions on ways we can fill someone’s bucket at Citadel Park.  To fill someone’s’ bucket, a student could ask a classmate to play at recess, help them find a lost glove, give a compliment, smile or anything that would brighten classmates day.  Besides filling buckets, the students have also been learning a friendship dance that we will all be performing at our March 4th Friendship Assembly. 

Decidedly Jazz Dance studio was in our school for the last week in February teaching our students some of the basic moves in jazz dancing.  The students have combined the moves they have learned all week into a friendship dance that will be performed on mass at our Friendship Assembly on March 4th.  This dance will continue to be performed at future assemblies as a way to remind our school community about the importance of friendship.  We would like to thank the Citadel Park Parent Association and School Council for the funds and support of this project.

March will also be a busy month at Citadel Park School.  On March 5, Evergreen Theatre will be in our school performing a very creative version of the “Three Little Pigs” that relates to our science curriculum in designing and building structures.  Also this month, our grade three students will be going to the Bow Habitat Station.  Currently our grade 3 classes have been studying animal life cycles by observing trout in a classroom.  For the past few years, grade 3 students at Citadel Park School raise trout from an egg to a fry at school for release back into designated waterways in Alberta.  The eggs are provided to the school from the Bow Habitat Station as part of the FinS (Fish in Schools) program.  It is a fun and authentic experience for our students as they see our fish grow and learn how fish stocks are managed in Alberta. 

School Conferences are at the end of the month just before spring break.  Please watch for an email in the upcoming weeks on how to sign up for conferences.  Conferences will take place on March 21 in the evening and during the morning of March 22.

Finally, Spring Break begins on March 25 and students return to school on April 1.  I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Spring Break!      ​

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