Welcome to a new school year!
We are so thrilled to be welcoming our new and former families to in-person learning beginning Wednesday September 1, 2021. Our staff have been working diligently to prepare for their arrival.
By now you are likely aware of how the CBE is opening schools with a safe, welcoming and caring learning environment. To attend to the ongoing COVID pandemic, all CBE schools, including Citadel Park School, will be adhering to the following protocols:
- Masking will be required by all students, staff and visitors who enter our building.
- Students will be provided mask breaks throughout the day.
- Students will continue to be reminded of respiratory etiquette (i.e. cough into your sleeve)
- Cohorting of students (keeping select groups of students together) will continue. We are cohorting by both class and grade. Students will remain in cohorts for recess and lunch. We will be having only one morning recess this year.
- Separate doors for entry/exit for students to minimize cross cohorting.
- Floor decals and arrows to indicate flow of traffic within the school.
- Handwashing and/or hand sanitizing will be reinforced throughout the day. Students will wash/sanitize on the way into the school and during washroom breaks. Students will also be reminded to wash/sanitize before and after using shared materials (i.e. math manipulatives or a ball in physical education).
- High touch point cleaning (i.e. door handles, desks) will continue throughout the day.
- No unscheduled volunteers or visitors are allowed in the school at this time.
We recognize that our province has not mandated some of these protocols, however as a school board, this is the direction we are taking. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding as we believe these layers of mitigation help to keep your children safe. Our success in mitigating the spread of the virus during the last school year demonstrates that these measures work. Should you have any questions about the CBE COVID protocols, please visit the CBE Covid-19 Information. Subsequently, if you have questions specifically related to Citadel Park School protocols, please contact me at email@example.com
Speaking of safety, it’s that time of year again when we need to be mindful of our driving and parking habits to ensure all of our students arrive safely and depart safely from school each day. We understand that many parents want to ensure their child knows where to go in the first few days of school and we expect increased traffic flow around the school this coming week. Please pack your patience! School staff will be on supervision every school day beginning at 8:38am and will be visible by their neon vests. We encourage as many parents as possible to drop their students at the edge of the school grounds (once they become familiar with their entry doors) each day. Carrying one’s own backpack and finding their way to their doors is a big step towards independence! Similarly, at the end of the day, we encourage families to create a meeting spot at the edge of the school grounds to receive their child after school.
Of important note, we have made some changes within the school building to optimize student learning. This year, our Kindergarten classrooms are located at the south end of the building, meaning their exit is across from the community association parking lot. We ask families of older children to avoid this area as our kindergarten students must be delivered “hand to hand” to ensure safety. We know this is a significant change and we once again appreciate your understanding in making pick up and drop off time successful for all families.
Our class configurations for the coming year include:
- Four Kindergarten classes (2 am and 2 pm)
- NOTE: These students will have staggered entry (some students only come Wednesday this week and some students only come Thursday this week). More information will be forthcoming from your homeroom teacher.
- Three grade 1 classes
- Four grade 2 classes
- Four grade 3 classes
- Three grade 4 classes
Teachers will be contacting families by Tuesday afternoon to introduce themselves and provide first day of school information to their students and families. Additionally, we have assigned meeting spaces/entry doors for all grades as follows:
- Kindergarten students enter by Rooms 1 & 2, just off the community centre gravel lot.
- Grade 1 students will enter by the north doors, closest to Citadel Drive and the playground.
- Grade 2 students will enter at the back of the school at the doors adjacent to the compound area.
- Grade 3 students will enter at the back of the school at the doors between the gymnasium and the compound.
- Grade 4 students will enter the school by the portable classroom doors.
Again, there will be plenty of staff directing traffic, so if in doubt, just ask and we will happy to help.
There will be so much more to share in the coming days and weeks. Individual teacher communication as well as communicatons from the school will come via school messenger so please ensure you are checking your email regularly.
We wish everyone a restful last few days of summer holidays and look forward to seeing you Wednesday September 1 beginning at 8:38 am!
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.
Duncan White, Principal
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:
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
Mrs Bouchart (Admin Secretary), Mrs Milne (School Secretary)
Mrs Biberdorf, Mrs Buonomo, Mrs Pitonak, Ms Shirley (ELL Assistant)
Mrs Luthra (Lead Lunch), Mrs Dyck, Mrs Hui, Mrs Marr, Mrs Tytula
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
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
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
like to welcome all of our students and their Families to Citadel Park School
for the 2019-20 year.
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
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.
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.
the Teacher night is on Thursday and
Friday, September 19th and 20th, 2019.
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.
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!
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
Monday – Thursday Grade 1-4
9:08 Entry Bell
10:45 – 11:00 Recess
11:58 Morning Kindergarten
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
Friday Grade 1 -4
9:08 Entry Bell
11:02 – 11:27 Lunch Gr. 1
11:27 – 11:45 Recess for
11:45 – 12:10 Lunch Gr. 3
1:20 End of School Day
Monday - Thursday: AM
Classes 9:10 – 11:58 and PM Class 1:00 –
note that Fridays will rotate between AM and PM classes. This information is
shared on our school calendar and in the Kindergarten Welcome package.
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.
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!
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.
Mrs. Dianna Teeple Mrs. Sarah
Ms. Loralee Martin
Grade 3: Mr. Timothy Ulph Grade 4: Mrs.
(Mrs. Aimee Edmunds) Mrs. Laree
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.
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
Please visit our website
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
Michelle Ryskamp & Mr. Todd Faunt
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
students per class
1: 19-20 students
students per class
3: 21-22 students
4: 23-24 students
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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,
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.
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 email@example.com, 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.
& Mrs. Ryskamp
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