Jan 21
The Week Ahead - January 24

Good afternoon Colonel Irvine School Community, 

Firstly, we’d like to thank our parents for bringing us treats today. We know how busy everyone is and really appreciate parents making and taking the time to drop off treats and spoiling usIt was great for staff to be able to grab a snack throughout the day. We have amazing students and parents at Colonel IrvineWe are so proud to be a part of this school community. 

We will be entering our last week of Semester 1The month of January has beevery busy as we prepare report cardsLunar new year celebration and our virtual open house on February 2, We will also have our second round of interviews during the first week of February.  

The lesson for today's Wellness block for our Grade 7-9's was about identifying and dealing with stress. Students identified current stressors, took a Stress test to see if they had low, medium or high stress and then listened to a guided meditationTake some time to ask your child what some stressors they identified. What was their experience with meditation? 

Thank you for your continued support. Together we can make a difference in keeping each other and our learning environment safe.  

Ms. Ko & Ms. Dalwood 

 

Report Cards 

Report Cards will be available for viewing on Monday, January 31st through your parent MyCBE accountPlease see the following LINK for instructions on how to view report cards.  

Dates to Remember: 

Wednesday, January 26 – Lunar New Year Celebration  

Monday, January 31 – Non-instruction Day – No school for students 

Tuesday, February 1 – Lunar New Year Day 

Wednesday, February 2 – Grade 9 Vaccinations 

Wednesday, February 2 – 6:00 – 7:30 – Virtual Open House 

Wednesday, February 3 – Lunar New Year activities in the afternoon 

Wednesday, February 9 – 4-8 online School Conferences 

Thursday, February 10 – 4-8 online School Conferences 

Friday, February 11 – 12:50-3:20 online School Conferences 

Thursday, February 17 and Friday, February 18 – Teacher’s Convention - no school 

Monday, February 21 – Family Day – no School 

Covid Info 

New – Updated Provincial Guidelines 

The province has provided new guidance in its COVID-19 Information for K-12 Schools and School Buses document, Changes include: 

Alberta Health Daily Checklist – This document has been updated. Please ensure you review this each day to determine next steps if your child is feeling unwell and when they can return to school. 

New mask guidance – Families are still able to provide their own masks, but the government has updated its guidance. The guidance states: If non-medical masks are worn, they should be constructed of at least three layers: two of breathable, tightly woven fabric such as cotton, and an additional effective middle filter layer, such as non-woven polypropylene. 

Positive Case Notifications – This week the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw confirmed that AHS will no longer be able to support COVID-19 and respiratory illness outbreak management in schools. Schools will not be providing notifications of positive cases to families. Please continue to let your school know if your child will be absent for any reason through the normal process. We will continue to monitor student absentee rates. 

Medical Masks 

The medical grade masks that were provided by the government are available in each classroom, main office and at every entry point to the school in the morning.  For parents who’d prefer to have the allotted 20 masks, please bring a suitable Ziplock bag or container to hold the masks and we will hand them out as needed. See picture below.  

CBE Masks.jpg 

 

Lunar New Year update 

We will be having activities on the afternoon of February 3. We will be asking for some support from the parent council with our fortune treat. Please contact the parent council if you are interested in helping with this 

Lunchroom 

Monday – Grilled Bacon and Tomato Sandwich 

Tuesday – Assorted Pizzas 

Wednesday – Penne with Marinara Sauce 

Thursday – BBQ Beef Burgers with Fries 

High School Tours and Open Houses  

James Fowler – will create video tours and sessions and share when ready 

Diefenbaker – Open house January 27th7-8:30pm 

On Thursday, January 27th CLICK HERE TO JOIN our session or if that link doesn’t work, please check our website for an alternative link 

Churchill  - Student session at lunch rescheduled (sorry) to Thursday January 20th  

Aberhart – visit their website for videos and more information 

Forest Lawn - evening open house will also be Jan 27 at 7pm-8pm, visit website 

Bowness High School – No longer a ‘live’ Open House, they will post pre-recorded videos to their website sometime next week. Student orientation video is available here 

Jack James High School – Program of choice, requires transfer application. 

Queen Elizabeth - Here is a link to a student made video that shows you all of the great things about Queen Elizabeth High School. They are also hosting a Virtual Q and A on January 27th at 6:30pm. This Q & A will be hosted by the School’s Administration Team, and will answer parent generated questions about the school and the registration process, as well as some general information about High School. Please register in advance for this event and submit any questions you would like addressed. We look forward to meeting you virtually and sharing information about our school. 

High School Transfers 

The high school transfer process opens February 1 and closes March 15, 2022, for the 22-23 school year. This process will be online, a link will be available on the CBE website when the transfer process opens. Scroll down to High School Transfers. 

High School Course Pick Sheets  

On Monday, students designated to Fowler, Dief, Churchill and Queen Elizabeth will receive their course pick sheets. Students designated to Bowness, Aberhart, Thirsk and Manning have already received them. We are still waiting for Forest Lawn pick sheets. Pick sheets are due back to school on Friday, February 4th. We will not be putting course recommendations on these sheets. Course levels are for you to decide as a family. Typically, if a student is receiving 3’s and 4’s they would take the –1 courses and Science 10 and if they have 1’s and 2’s they would take the –2 courses and Science 14. All courses do not need to be at the same level. If you are unsure feel free to reach out to the teachers and ask their opinion. Marks will be available January 31. 

One on One Tutoring opportunity 

Stars for Scholarly Youth (SSY), is a free, student-run tutoring service based out of the University of Calgary. This service is provided by university student volunteers and our goal is to offer free, academic opportunities for underprivileged and vulnerable youth in grades 6-12 www.starsforshelteredyouth.com  

Need help with food? 

Check out Kin Market. A ‘Pay what you can’ market with fresh fruits, vegetables, bread, eggs and pantry items. Currently located within the Saddletowne and Shaughnessy YMCAs and offered once a week. Check out Kin Markets social media for upcoming dates and times. 

2021/2022 Yearbooks 

Yearbooks are now available to purchase online using your Parent PowerSchool account. The final day to buy yearbooks will be Friday, February 11. The cost is $35. 

At the main page after login at MYCBE PowerSchool, 

* select "Student Fees and Service Registration" at the left side column menu, closer to the bottom of the page, it will bring you to a new page 

select your child's name just below the CBE logo, 

* select "School Based Optional Fees" (you may need to scroll down a little bit to find this), then select “School Store Sale – Yearbook” to add to your cart, then pay.   

School Council 

Thanks to everyone who was able to contribute to the staff appreciation treat day today!   

We’re looking for a volunteer for Events Coordinator, with thanks to Manikanth Pulicheri for his contributions.  Time commitment is ~2 hrs / month, one for the meeting and one for coordinating the Sign Up Genius lists to organize parent contributions (e.g. for monthly staff treat days, Lunar New Year celebration, year-end staff appreciation, Gr. 9 farewell).  No experience necessary -- we’re happy to train you!  Email Kirsten (chair, kirsten.pugh@shaw.ca) and/or Berney (secretary, colonelirvineschoolcouncil@gmail.comwith any questions or to volunteer! 

Mark your calendars for our next meeting on Feb. 8th (the meetings are always the 2nd Tuesday of each month, at 6.30pm). 

To stay informed, please join our FB groupColonel Irvine Parent Group - Calgary.  The answer is “roadrunner”! 

Any questions / comments / concerns?  Contact us at colonelirvineschoolcouncil@gmail.com  ​


Jan 14
The Week Ahead - January 17

Good afternoon Colonel Irvine School Community, 

It was great to see students back at school this week. The warmer temperatures have made it nice for students to be outside again at lunchtime.  

We’d like to thank students for wearing their masks appropriately and asking for a new when needed. It’s great to see everyone doing their part to keep each other safe. 

This week’s math block lesson for Grades 7-9 was about investing. Ask them what they learned about stocks? How do stocks benefit a company? How do they benefit the investor? For the 5’s and 6’s it was about mortgages and rent. Ask them about the game they played. 

We are going to delay our Lunar New Year celebrations from January 26th to February 3rd, this will provide students with additional time to prepare as we lost a week of preparation to the extended break. New to the schoolEach year, the Lunar New Year celebration is organized by our Mandarin program teachers and students for all students to enjoy and usually includes performances, a parade and food. Did you know? Lunar New Year (also called the Spring Festival) typically begins with the new moon that occurs between the end of January and the end of February, and it lasts about 15 days, until the full moon arrives with the Festival of Lanterns. It is the most important festival in China. February 1, 2022 will be the first day of the Year of the Tiger, which is the second of the 12-year cycle of animals in Chinese astrology. In China, the Tiger is known as the king of all animals and the zodiac sign for a tiger is a symbol of strength, braveness, and exorcising evil. As with all celebrations of late, we will modify as needed to meet covid protocols. 

Thank you for your continued support. Together we can make a difference in keeping each other and our learning environment safe.  

Ms. Ko & Ms. Dalwood 

 

Dates to Remember: 

Wednesday, January 26 – Lunar New Year Celebration  

Monday, January 31 – Non-instruction Day – No school for students 

Tuesday, February 1 – Lunar New Year Day 

Wednesday, February 2 – Grade 9 Vaccinations 

Wednesday, February 2 – 6:00 – 7:30 – Virtual Open House 

Thursday, February 17 and Friday, February 18 – Teacher’s Convention  

Monday, February 21 – Family Day 

Covid Info 

New – Updated Provincial Guidelines 

The province has provided new guidance in its COVID-19 Information for K-12 Schools and School Buses document, Changes include: 

Alberta Health Daily Checklist – This document has been updated. Please ensure you review this each day to determine next steps if your child is feeling unwell and when they can return to school. 

New mask guidance – Families are still able to provide their own masks, but the government has updated its guidance. The guidance states: If non-medical masks are worn, they should be constructed of at least three layers: two of breathable, tightly woven fabric such as cotton, and an additional effective middle filter layer, such as non-woven polypropylene. 

Positive Case Notifications – This week the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw confirmed that AHS will no longer be able to support COVID-19 and respiratory illness outbreak management in schools. Schools will not be providing notifications of positive cases to families. Please continue to let your school know if your child will be absent for any reason through the normal process. We will continue to monitor student absentee rates. 

Medical Masks 

The medical grade masks that were provided by the government are available in each classroom, main office and at every entry point to the school in the morning.  For parents who’d prefer to have the allotted 20 masks, please bring a suitable Ziplock bag or container to hold the masks and we will hand them out as needed. See picture below.  

 CBE Masks.jpg

  

Basketball Update 

As mentioned in our earlier update this week, the basketball season is postponed at this point until at least January 28. At this point we can practice and scrimmage but should not be making cuts. We will keep you posted. In the meantime, we will continue to work on skill development for the students who wish to come out and play some basketball. 

Monday, January 17th Jr. Boys 3:15 – 4:15 Sr. Boys 4:15 – 5:30 

Tuesday, January 18th - Girls 3:15 – 5:00 

Wednesday, January 19th - Sr. Boys 3:15 – 4:15 Jr. Boys 4:15 – 5:30 

Thursday, January 20th Girls 3:15 – 5:00 

Lunchroom 

Monday – Potato and Cheddar Perogies 

Tuesday – Italian Meatball Subs 

Wednesday – Chicken Fettucine 

Thursday – Chicken and/or Cheese Quesadillas  

High School Tours and Open Houses 

The in-person student tours at Diefenbaker and Fowler have been cancelled. The virtual live open house evening event at Fowler is also cancelled. Instead, Fowler will post videos that you can watch, these will be available January 27th. Both schools will be sending us videos that we will watch with the students towards the end of January when they become available.  

James Fowler – will create video tours and sessions and share when ready 

Diefenbaker – Open house January 27th, more info to come 

Churchill  - Student session at lunch rescheduled (sorry) to Thursday January 20th  

Aberhart – visit their website for videos and more information 

Forest Lawn - evening open house will also be Jan 27 at 7pm-8pm, visit website 

Pearson – Virtual open house Jan 18. Video tours and more info available now.  

Bowness High School – No longer a ‘live’ Open House, they will post pre-recorded videos to their website sometime next week. Student orientation video is available here 

Thirsk – Virtual Open House, Wednesday, January 19th 7-8, see website 

Jack James High School – Program of choice, requires transfer application. 

High School Transfers 

The high school transfer process opens February 1 and closes March 152022 for the 22-23 school year. This process will be online and a link will be available on the website linked below when the transfer process opens. To find out more information please see this link. Scroll down to High School Transfers.  

 

Arts-Centred Learning Grade 5-9 for 2022-2023 

Sir John Franklin School is the north campus for the Arts-Centred Learning (ACL) alternative program. It is located in the northeast community of Mayland Heights and serves Grade 5-9 students in Areas 1, 2, and 3. They are holding a virtual open house January 17-February 15 Website 

School Council 

Thanks to everyone who was able to join us on Tuesday!  Mark your calendars for our next meeting on Feb. 8th (the meetings are always the 2nd Tuesday of each month, at 6.30pm). 

A bit of follow-up from the meeting: 

  • If families have extra KN95/N95 masks that they wish to donate for staff use, please feel free to send them in to the school in the short term.  The CBE will be providing these masks for staff, so this is just a stop-gap measure. 

  • We’re looking for a volunteer for Events Coordinator, with thanks to Manikanth Pulicheri for his contributions.  Time commitment is ~2 hrs / month, one for the meeting and one for coordinating the Sign Up Genius lists to organize parent contributions (e.g. for monthly staff treat days, Lunar New Year celebration, year-end staff appreciation, Gr. 9 farewell).  No experience necessary -- we’re happy to train you!  Email Kirsten (chair, kirsten.pugh@shaw.ca) and/or Berney (secretary, colonelirvineschoolcouncil@gmail.comwith any questions or to volunteer! 

  • Sign up & contribute to the January 21st treat day for staff!  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0e44a5a922a5f58-2021221  

  • Save the date for March 16/17 for our upcoming casino -- money from this two day volunteer event generates significant funds that CIPAA (Colonel Irvine Parent Advisory Association) is able to direct towards enhancements for student learning.  Go roadrunners! 

To stay informed, please join our FB groupColonel Irvine Parent Group - Calgary.  The answer is “roadrunner”! 

Any questions / comments / concerns?  Contact us at colonelirvineschoolcouncil@gmail.com


Jan 10
January 10

Good afternoon Colonel Irvine Community,

We are pleased to share that your child will be coming home with a rapid test kit today. More information about the tests, how to use them and what to do with the results are posted on the Alberta Government website, including videos about how to use the test and a fact sheet translated into multiple languages.

https://www.alberta.ca/rapid-testing-at-home.aspx

We will also have disposable medical-grade masks available to students at the school. Masks are available in all classrooms and the main office. Staff will be at the entrance of the school each morning with masks as well.

Effective today, we are not requiring students to change for physical education classes for the next 2 weeks. This will help to keep students more physically distanced. We will continue to monitor this and inform students when we will go back to using the change rooms.​

COVID-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklists  

  • It is strongly recommended that household contacts of positive COVID-19 cases who are not fully immunized, stay home for 14 days from the date of last household exposure.
  • Alberta Health guidance indicates that fully immunized individuals who experience "core symptoms" are required to isolate for 5 days from onset of symptoms or until symptoms resolve, whichever is longer AND must wear a mask for up to 5 days after their isolation period if you are outside of the home in a public place or otherwise in the company of other persons out of your household (no exceptions permitted).  Unfortunately, it is not operationally possible for us to accommodate students who require a private space to eat following isolation.  For this reason, we will apply the consistent use of a 10 day absence prior to return to school, for both immunized and non-immunized students.  AHS has recommended this as an acceptable approach for schools. 

No COVID-19 Notifications

  • At this time, no notifications will be sent by the school to families regarding reported results of rapid tests or PCR tests.
  • The prevalence of the Omicron variant is high and it should be assumed that exposures occur in all areas of the community, including at school.

Attendance

  • Students who are absent due to COVID-19 related symptoms and positive cases (regardless of variant) will be marked IL (illness).
  • Students whose parents indicate they are not attending because of concerns regarding the pandemic and the current state of the Omicron variant, will be marked OM (Omicron concerns).  

We'd like to thank parents/guardians for your patience as we navigate the current covid situation.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Ms. Ko and Ms. Dalwood


Jan 10
The Week Ahead - January 10

Happy New Year and Welcome Back!

Good afternoon Colonel Irvine School Community, 

We hope our students and families enjoyed the extended holiday break. We wish everyone a Happy New Year. As it is for most, we are looking forward to having a better, brighter and safer 2022.  

We will be expecting most of our students to return to school on Monday, January 10th. We will be following our regular bell schedule for classes in January:  

  • Mon/Wed will be Day 1 
  • Tues/Thurs will be Day 2. 

    All of us are very hopeful that case numbers throughout the province will start to come down. In times like these, we need to work together to keep each other safe.  

    Please remind your child(ren): 
  • to stay home when feeling unwell – please use the checklist 
  • to come to the office and call home if they are feeling unwell while at school. Students will be sent home if unwell.  
  • to wear masks appropriately over the nose 
  • practice physical distancing whenever possible, 
  • follow safety guidelines for movement in the building 
  • handwashing and hand sanitizing when appropriate 

    If your child is away from school for illness or isolation or any other reason, please inform the office either by email or phone.  There will be no online lessons available to students who are absent. Students can check D2L for homework and can email their teachers if they have any questions. 

    Thank you for your continued support. Together we can make a difference in keeping each other and our learning environment safe.  

    Ms. Ko & Ms. Dalwood 

    Updates: 

    Staffing update 

    We'd like to welcome Ms. Breanne Caldwell to our school community. She will be filling in for Ms. Cindy Ly who will be away temporarily.  

    Dates to Remember: 

    Tuesday, January 11 – Parent Council 6:30 

    Wednesday, January 26 – Lunar New Year Celebration  

    Monday, January 31 – Non-instruction Day – No school for students 

    Tuesday, February 1 – Lunar New Year Day 

    Wednesday, February 2 – Grade 9 Vaccinations 

    Thursday, February 17 and Friday, February 18 – Teacher's Convention  

    Monday, February 21 – Family Day 

    Lunchroom 

    Monday – Beef Chili with Rice 

    Tuesday – Chicken Ranch Wraps 

    Wednesday – Beef and Mac Bake 

    Thursday – Chicken Strips with Hashbrowns 

    Music 5/6 

    We will delay the playing of wind instruments for our grades 5/6 students until further notice. We've placed an order for ukuleles and teachers will introduce that when the shipment arrives. Thank you for your understanding as we continue to monitor the situation. We will notify parents of any changes. 

    Basketball Tryouts 

    As of today, we have been given the go ahead to continue with our basketball season. This might change depending on our Alberta government. Unfortunately, spectators are not allowed for games or practices. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate through these challenging times. 

    Mon. Jan 10th   Sr. Girls Tryout 3:15 – 4:15    Jr. Girls Tryout 4:15 – 5:30 

    Tues. Jan 11th Sr. Boys Tryout 3:15 – 4:15    Jr. Boys Tryout 4:15 – 5:30 

    Wed. Jan 12th Jr. Girls Tryout 3:15 – 4:15 Sr. Girls Tryout 4:15 – 5:30 

    Thurs. Jan13th Jr. Boys Tryout 3:15 – 4:15 Sr. Boys Tryout 4:15 – 5:30 

    Masks and Rapid Test Kits 

    The government will be providing medical-grade masks and rapid test kits for students and school-based staff. In the initial phase, staff will receive kits to test at home twice per week for 2.5 weeks. More information about the tests and what to do with the results are posted on the Alberta Government website, including a video about how to use the test and a fact sheet translated into multiple languages. 

    We expect that these supplies will arrive by the end of next week. Information about distribution will be sent once we receive the items.  

    Transportation 

    Yellow school bus service may also be impacted by last-minute staffing challenges due to illness. Buses may be delayed or unable to run for the day due to driver availability. If your child's bus is delayed, please check the CBE transportation website for more information. Families should also have back-up plans in place if school bus transportation is unavailable. 

    Stay Home if Feeling Unwell 

    Now, more than ever, it is important that anyone feeling unwell must stay at home. Students and staff must use the daily checklist to identify if they should attend or stay home. Staff should also continue to follow the Should I Go to Work Today flowchart. 

    Reporting Positive Cases 

    The COVID-19 positive case notification process has changed. Alberta Health Services will no longer support schools to inform close contacts or the school community of positive cases. Schools will continue to monitor school absenteeism due to illness.

    Prepare for Possible Shift to At-Home Learning 

    While maintaining in-person learning is a priority, schools are planning for potential transitions to at-home learning if required. 

    The decision to transition individual classes or grades to at-home learning will be based on staff availability and/or student absentee rates. All moves to at-home learning for entire schools or school authorities require approval or direction from the Minister of Education. Decisions to move individual classes or multiple classes within a school will be decided by CBE Administration. 

    We know the spread of COVID-19 has and will continue to impact staffing levels across the organization. Despite increasing our substitute teacher roster and continuously hiring new substitutes, we anticipate staffing challenges will occur. 

    School Council  

    Welcome 2022! 

    We hope everyone had a good break, and managed to stay warm!  We hope you can join us on Tuesday for our next meeting.  It's a great way to stay informed and engaged in our school community! 

    Meeting on Tuesday: 

    CISC/CIPAA Meeting January 11, 2022 

    Tuesday, January 11⋅6:30 – 8:00pm 

    https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_YzQ0NzdmZDUtNGZmNC00YjY4LTk4NjQtYjE5MzY3NDY3NDZh%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%2208231b34-0893-4763-9f08-a66d3bc3c4d7%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%227d292caf-5dc6-461a-80c6-17bc1ee6fbb3%22%7d 

    Agenda: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_HYDAFwh4MB6MmvREwuByuKYvHBIUU0_/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=114425493513736378291&rtpof=true&sd=true  

    Minutes from last meeting: 

    CISC: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1R-N4xYZRCN1g4pjngDC-UdUtc651EU84I2_bl5JZZ_c/edit?usp=sharing  

CIPAA: https://docs.google.com/document/d/11dCPPCE-qhk4dPVIhWCgcoZSQrNWjtuE9gYSL9O2XMc/edit?usp=sharing


Jan 04
The Week Ahead - January 4


Dear Parents and Guardians, due to the recent announcement from the Education Minister, winter break has been extended. Classes will resume for students on Monday, January 10, 2022. Please see the announcement on the government website.

Basketball try-outs were supposed to be this week and they are currently postponed.

As we receive more information we will continue to share with you.​


Dec 17
The Week Ahead - December 17

Good Afternoon Colonel Irvine School Community. 

Firstly, we’d like to thank the Colonel Irvine School Parent Advisory Association (CIPAA) for providing our staff with delicious treats todayWe are so appreciative and thankful for the support of our School Council, CIPAA and all our parents. We value the commitment that our parents have made to our school learning community. Together we make a wonderful team in supporting our students. 

It's also hard to believe that we’ve reached our winter break. We had a fun spirited last week of school. Lots of crazy hair, bad sweaters, matching twins, and pajamas today to end off our spirit week. As this calendar year ends, we think back on how each of us have been living, learning and working through these challenging times and how we’ve persevered. Reflecting on our school year so far, below are some highlights: 

September: 

  • Terry Fox Run - successful fundraising campaign 

  • The return of 7 sport teams for Colonel Irvine students 

  • Paul Davis online safety talk 

October: 

  • A VERY successful food drive for the Calgary Community Fridge - thank you for your generosity 

  • Walk for Wenjack – outdoor learning experience 

November: 

  • Virtual parent/teacher/student conferences 

  • Our virtual Remembrance Day Ceremony - we raised over $500 for the Poppy Fund 

  • Virtual guest speaker – Akeem Haynes  

  • Book Fair in person again 

December: 

  • Band Clinicians 

  • Annual Mayor’s Food Drive 

Our first day back after the break is Tuesday, January 4th. If you are planning international travel over the Winter Break, students under 12 years of age MUST stay away from school for 14 calendar days from the return date of entry into Canada. Please note that travel restrictions are subject to change at any time. For all CBE travel related information please visit the  CBE website. 

We will also review the covid situation in the new year regarding instrument play for our grade 5’s and 6’s. We’d like to thank our parents for their continued patience and understanding as we continue to monitor and navigate the ever-changing covid situation.  

We informed students yesterday of new homeroom locations. These will take effect after the break. Students will be receiving new timetables in homeroom their first day back. We made some changes to make transition times more efficient for both students and staff. Their courses, teachers and classmates will remain the same, however, the location of some classrooms may be different.  

On behalf of the staff at Colonel Irvine School, we want to express heartfelt best wishes to all of you. We wish everyone a wonderful holiday season as we say farewell to 2021We hope you will have a chance to gather safely with family and friends. May the coming New Year bring you all good health, joy, happiness, lots of laughter, and love. 

Thank you as always for your support. 

Ms. Ko and Ms. Dalwood 

 

Dates to Remember: 

Tuesday, January 11 – Parent Council 6:30 

Wednesday, January 26 – Lunar New Year Celebration 

Monday, January 31 – Non-instruction Day 

Tuesday, February 1 – Lunar New Year Day 

Wednesday, February 2 – Grade 9 Vaccinations 

Thursday, February 17 and Friday, February 18 – Teacher’s Convention  

Monday, February 21 – Family Day 

Basketball tryouts and season information 

Basketball season of play is from January 4rd to March 19thTryouts are happening the first week back from winter break. There will be at least 2 tryouts for each team before the team roster is posted.  Each team will have a game night and 2 practices each week.  Students in grade 7/8 are allowed to try out for the junior team.  Students in grade 8/9 are allowed to try out for the senior team.  Grade 6 students are not allowed to try out due to Covid cohorting restrictions. Sign-up sheets for the tryouts are posted on the P.E. bulletin board. 

High School Information 

Crescent School visit – January 10th at lunch, we will call students to the meeting 

Churchill School visit – January 12th at lunch, we will call students to the meeting  

Churchill Open House– Thursday, January 13th - virtual open house (there is no link available yet) 

Churchill IB Open House– Monday January 17 

Bowness High School – January 18th, pre-recorded tour and live open house sessions in evening, links available day of on Bowness school website, a counsellour from their school will visit with students designated to Bowness at lunch on the 19th 

Forest Lawn Open House – Wednesday, January 19th 7-8pm, virtual tour to also be posted to their website early in the new year 

Thirsk – Wednesday, January 19th 7-8, student tour in person & evening open house 

Diefenbaker - Thursday, January 27th – Diefenbaker General Open House, and in person student tour at Dief from 8:45-11am, permission forms will be distributed after the break 

Fowler - January 27th, parent night (about 6-8pm) and in-person student tours, 9am-2pm, we will send home permission forms will be handed out over the break 

Western High School – counsellours from the school will be in contact via email to support transition 

Pearson – individual meetings will be booked between the Pearson counsellours and students in January 

School Council 

Happy Holidays from all of us at CISC/CIPAA! 

Kirsten Pugh (Chair/President), Windchill Ha (Vice-Chair/Vice-President), Jennie Lee-Chan (Treasurer); Berney Joseph (Secretary); Sarah Wong (Casino Coordinator); Musfeq Saleheen (Fundraising Coordinator); Manikanth Pulicheri (Events Coordinator); Claire Kraatz (Social Media Coordinator); Linda Liu (CIBPA Liaison); Erin Gagner (Key Communicator); Janie Khuu & Vinna Vuong (Directors); Peter Cheung and Jason Ding (Auditors). 

See you in 2022!  Next meeting will be January 11th, 6.30-8pm. ​


Dec 13
The Week Ahead - December 13

Good Afternoon Colonel Irvine School Community. 

As we enter the last week of school before the winter break, a spirit week has been planned for our students. The themed ideas came from students. Each day will have a special theme starting with red and green day on Monday and ending with Pajama Day on Friday. More details are provided below. We encourage all our students to get involved with our spirit week, have some fun, and come together to build school spirit and community.  

We encourage all students to work hard this coming week to get all of their school work completed as we want students (and parents) to enjoy a mostly care-free winter break. As always, please reach out to your teachers/administration if you have any questions or concerns.  

Our first day back after the break is Tuesday, January 4th. If you are planning international travel over the Winter Break, students under 12 years of age MUST stay away from school for 14 calendar days from the return date of entry into Canada. Please note that travel restrictions are subject to change at any time. For all CBE travel related information please visit the  CBE website. 

We would also like to inform you that after the break, students will be receiving new timetables. Their courses and teachers will remain the same, however, the location of some classrooms may be different. We are doing this move at a natural break in the year and expect the move to benefit student learning. 

A reminder that we are collecting food for the annual Mayors Food Drive. We will collect non-perishable food donations starting on Monday and going until December 17th and appreciate anything you can donate. If you are in need of an emergency hamper please visit https://www.calgaryfoodbank.com/needfood/ 

A reminder that more high school information continues to become available. Please see headings below. Students designated to Fowler and Diefenbaker will be going on tours at those schools on January 27th. If any student is designated to another school but interested in IB at Diefenbaker we can also take them on the Diefenbaker tour. Please email Nicole Dalwood (nadalwood@shaw.cato express interest in having your student attend the Dief tour for the IB programming.  

Lastly, we’d want to extend special thanks to our parents for providing us with a delicious lunch today. It was very much appreciated by all staff members.  

Thank you for your continued support. 

Ms. Ko and Ms. Dalwood  

 

Dates to Remember:  

Spirit Week: 

Monday – red and green day  

Tuesday – crazy hair day 

Wednesday – ugly holiday sweater day  

Thursday – twin/triplet day  

Friday – pajama day 

Friday, December 17, 2021 – Last day of school before winter break 

Tuesday, January 4, 2022 – Classes resume 

Covid-19 Safety Protocols 

Please remind your child(ren) that it is important for everyone to wear masks appropriately and to practice physical distancing whenever possible. Together, we can continue to keep each other and our school environment as safe as possible.  

Basketball tryouts and season information 

Basketball season of play is from January 4rd to March 19th.  Tryouts are happening the first week back from winter break. There will be at least 2 tryouts for each team before the team roster is posted.  Each team will have a game night and 2 practices each week.  Students in grade 7/8 are allowed to try out for the junior team.  Students in grade 8/9 are allowed to try out for the senior team.  Grade 6 students are not allowed to try out due to Covid cohorting restrictions. Sign-up sheet for the tryouts will be posted on the P.E. bulletin board next week (Dec. 13-Dec. 17).  

Cafeteria Menu:  

Monday – Italian Meatball Subs 

Tuesday – Assorted Pizzas 

Wednesday – Penne with Marinara Sauce 

Thursday – BBQ Beef Burgers and Fries 

Lifetouch Customer Care Contact:  

Questions about fall photos status, errors on your orders or how to place orders, please call our Lifetouch Customer Care line at 1.866.457.8212 

NEW Way of accessing your child’s images online:  

Lifetouch Photography is excited to announce the launch of a new way to access photos online.   

After much safety and security testing, Lifetouch developed a way for families to access their child’s photo using their student ID number.   

Here are the quick and easy steps to access photos online by using your child’s student ID number:  

  • Go to mylifetouch.ca  

  • Click on “Student ID”  

  • Enter in your school's city, province and school name  

  • Then click the blue button “Continue”  

  • Enter in your child's full name, student ID number and the relationship to student  

  • Then click on the blue button “Find Student”  

  • Once the image of your student comes up, you can click on the blue button “Yes this is my student”  

  • From here you can go onto order from one of our many photo package offerings  

If you have any questions on this ordering process, please call the Lifetouch Customer Care Line at 1.866.457.8212  

Parents can still access their photos online by using their child’s portrait ID and access code. By enabling the option of using your child’s student ID number, gives people another way to access photos if they lose their proof sheet.   

High School Information 

Crescent School visit – January 10th at lunch, we will call students to the meeting 

Churchill School visit – January 12th at lunch, we will call students to meeting  

Churchill Open House– Thursday, January 13th - virtual open house (sorry link last week was incorrect, there is no link available yet) 

Churchill IB Open House– Monday January 17 

Bowness High School – January 18th, pre-recorded tour and live open house sessions in evening, links available day of on Bowness school website, a counsellour from their school will visit with students designated to Bowness at lunch on the 19th 

Forest Lawn Open House – Wednesday, January 19th 7-8pm, virtual tour to also be posted to their website early in the new year 

Thirsk – Wednesday, January 19th 7-8, student tour in person & evening open house 

Diefenbaker - Thursday, January 27th – Diefenbaker General Open House, and in person student tour at Dief from 8:45-11am, permission forms to come 

Fowler - January 27th, parent night (about 6-8pm) and in-person student tours, 9am-2pm, we will send home permission forms shortly 

Western High School – counsellours from the school will be in contact via email to support transition 

School Council and Parent Associations Update: 

Opportunity: Staff Appreciation - Monthly Treat Days - first one Friday Dec. 17th! 

We would like to thank our tireless Irvine Teachers and Admin staff by providing treats and snacks once a month for the duration of the year.  For December, they can take treats home with them for the holidays!  Please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0e44a5a922a5f58-202122 ​


Dec 13
The Week Ahead - December 6

Good Afternoon Colonel Irvine School Community. 

Hard to believe that today is the last day of trimester one. Students will get their new timetables and start in their new option classes on Monday morning in homeroom. Today we had our ‘biweekly’ Indigenous and Wellness lessons. Please ask your Grade 7-9 students about their favourite part of the video they watched in Wellness today. It was about overcoming adversity, so you can ask them what adversity they face and what strategies they have to overcome it. Grade 5/6 students had a Health lesson. 

With the arrival of snow and cooler temperatures this week, we would like to remind you that the school doors do not open until 8:10am, and students are expected to go outside for the last 20 minutes of lunch every day. Please make sure that they have appropriate clothing for the weather. If we can be of assistance with winter clothing, please let us know. 

Also, just a reminder that December 10th is now a regular school day. In the original CBE calendar for this year, it was scheduled as a Non-Instruction Day. This day was switched to September 30th  to observe National Truth and Reconciliation Day making December 10 a regular school day again. 

The last day of our bookfair was Monday and the excitement students had when visiting was wonderful. Thank you to Ms. Woodhouse and her team of helpers for making this possible for our students. 

A reminder that we will start collecting food for the annual Mayors Food Drive. We will collect non-perishable food donations starting on Monday and going until December 17th and appreciate anything you can donate. If you are in need of an emergency hamper please visit https://www.calgaryfoodbank.com/needfood/ 

Lastly, we’d like to ask you to remind your child(ren) about safety protocols for Covid-19. It is important for everyone to wear masks appropriately and to practice physical distancing whenever possible. Together, we can continue to keep each other and our school environment as safe as possible. 

Thank you for your continued support. 

Ms. Ko and Ms. Dalwood 

 

Dates to Remember:  

Monday, December 6, 2021 – Semester 2 starts 

Friday, December 17, 2021 – Last day of school before winter break 

Tuesday, January 4, 2022 – Classes resume 

Paul Davis Tech talk follow-up: 

Paul has shared a link for parents to explore with ideas about how to keep yourself and your kids safe online, as well as ideas about getting them interested in coding and blogging.  

Cafeteria Menu:  

Monday – Grilled Bacon and Tomato Sandwich  

Tuesday – Beef Chili with Rice  

Wednesday – Chicken Fettucine 

Thursday – Chicken and or Cheese Quesadillas  

High School Information: 

January 

Churchill Student Tours - Thursday, January, 6 – virtual (at this point)  

Churchill Open House– Thursday, January 13th - virtual open house (sorry link last week was incorrect, there is no link available yet) 

Churchill IB Open House (virtual) – Tuesday, January 18, 6pm  

Forest Lawn Open House – Wednesday, January 19th 7-8pm 

Thirsk – Wednesday, January 19th 7-8, student tour in person & evening open house 

Diefenbaker -Thursday, January 27th – Diefenbaker General Parent Open House and student tours during the day (we will bring students designated tDief and those interested in attending Dief for IB), more information after the break  

School Council and Parent Associations Update: 

Opportunity: Staff Appreciation - Monthly Treat Days - first one Friday Dec. 17th! 

We would like to thank our tireless Irvine Teachers and Admin staff by providing treats and snacks once a month for the duration of the year.  For December, they can take treats home with them for the holidays!  Please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0e44a5a922a5f58-202122  

MOTION: Staff Appreciation - Holiday Lunch 

Background: This is a line item on Colonel Irving Parent Advisory Association (CIPAA) annual planning budget, but has not yet been voted on for the 2021-22 school year.  Given Covid restrictions, CIPAA would like to support the school administration in organizing individually portioned lunches for a holiday staff appreciation event for all the teachers and staff.  This would minimize food handling and is the best option in the current situation.  Based on the 2020-21 YE staff appreciation lunch, it is anticipated that the cost will be ~$20 per person. The school has confirmed that there are 60 staff members.  Funding for this event comes from the General account, and will first use up the excess funds that were collected for the 2020-21 YE lunch.   

Motion:  Approve up to $1,200 to sponsor Holiday staff appreciation lunch (we will collect donations to support this request, and the CIPAA account will cover the amount that is outstanding). 

If approved, the lunch will be held on Dec. 10th. 

To stay informed, please join our FB groupColonel Irvine Parent Group - Calgary.  The answer is “roadrunner”! 

Any questions?  Contact CISC/CIPAA at colonelirvineschoolcouncil@gmail.com ​


Dec 03
The Week Ahead - December 3

Good Afternoon Colonel Irvine School Community. 

Hard to believe that today is the last day of trimester one. Students will get their new timetables and start in their new option classes on Monday morning in homeroom. Today we had our ‘biweekly’ Indigenous and Wellness lessons. Please ask your Grade 7-9 students about their favourite part of the video they watched in Wellness today. It was about overcoming adversity, so you can ask them what adversity they face and what strategies they have to overcome it. Grade 5/6 students had a Health lesson. 

With the arrival of snow and cooler temperatures this week, we would like to remind you that the school doors do not open until 8:10am, and students are expected to go outside for the last 20 minutes of lunch every day. Please make sure that they have appropriate clothing for the weather. If we can be of assistance with winter clothing, please let us know. 

Also, just a reminder that December 10th is now a regular school day. In the original CBE calendar for this year, it was scheduled as a Non-Instruction Day. This day was switched to September 30th  to observe National Truth and Reconciliation Day making December 10 a regular school day again. 

The last day of our bookfair was Monday and the excitement students had when visiting was wonderful. Thank you to Ms. Woodhouse and her team of helpers for making this possible for our students. 

A reminder that we will start collecting food for the annual Mayors Food Drive. We will collect non-perishable food donations starting on Monday and going until December 17th and appreciate anything you can donate. If you are in need of an emergency hamper please visit https://www.calgaryfoodbank.com/needfood/ 

Lastly, we’d like to ask you to remind your child(ren) about safety protocols for Covid-19. It is important for everyone to wear masks appropriately and to practice physical distancing whenever possible. Together, we can continue to keep each other and our school environment as safe as possible. 

Thank you for your continued support. 

Ms. Ko and Ms. Dalwood 

 

Dates to Remember:  

Monday, December 6, 2021 – Semester 2 starts 

Friday, December 17, 2021 – Last day of school before winter break 

Tuesday, January 4, 2022 – Classes resume 

Paul Davis Tech talk follow-up: 

Paul has shared a link for parents to explore with ideas about how to keep yourself and your kids safe online, as well as ideas about getting them interested in coding and blogging.  

Cafeteria Menu:  

Monday – Grilled Bacon and Tomato Sandwich  

Tuesday – Beef Chili with Rice  

Wednesday – Chicken Fettucine 

Thursday – Chicken and or Cheese Quesadillas  

High School Information: 

January 

Churchill Student Tours - Thursday, January, 6 – virtual (at this point)  

Churchill Open House– Thursday, January 13th - virtual open house (sorry link last week was incorrect, there is no link available yet) 

Churchill IB Open House (virtual) – Tuesday, January 18, 6pm  

Forest Lawn Open House – Wednesday, January 19th 7-8pm 

Thirsk – Wednesday, January 19th 7-8, student tour in person & evening open house 

Diefenbaker -Thursday, January 27th – Diefenbaker General Parent Open House and student tours during the day (we will bring students designated tDief and those interested in attending Dief for IB), more information after the break  

School Council and Parent Associations Update: 

Opportunity: Staff Appreciation - Monthly Treat Days - first one Friday Dec. 17th! 

We would like to thank our tireless Irvine Teachers and Admin staff by providing treats and snacks once a month for the duration of the year.  For December, they can take treats home with them for the holidays!  Please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0e44a5a922a5f58-202122  

MOTION: Staff Appreciation - Holiday Lunch 

Background: This is a line item on Colonel Irving Parent Advisory Association (CIPAA) annual planning budget, but has not yet been voted on for the 2021-22 school year.  Given Covid restrictions, CIPAA would like to support the school administration in organizing individually portioned lunches for a holiday staff appreciation event for all the teachers and staff.  This would minimize food handling and is the best option in the current situation.  Based on the 2020-21 YE staff appreciation lunch, it is anticipated that the cost will be ~$20 per person. The school has confirmed that there are 60 staff members.  Funding for this event comes from the General account, and will first use up the excess funds that were collected for the 2020-21 YE lunch.   

Motion:  Approve up to $1,200 to sponsor Holiday staff appreciation lunch (we will collect donations to support this request, and the CIPAA account will cover the amount that is outstanding). 

If approved, the lunch will be held on Dec. 10th. 

To stay informed, please join our FB groupColonel Irvine Parent Group - Calgary.  The answer is “roadrunner”! 

Any questions?  Contact CISC/CIPAA at colonelirvineschoolcouncil@gmail.com  ​


Nov 29
The Week Ahead - November 29


Good Afternoon Colonel Irvine School Community. 

We would like to thank all of you who joined us for Parent-Student-Teacher Interviews this week. It was nice to connect with familiar faces and meet new ones. We look forward to continuing these conversations throughout the year. If you were not able to connect with the teachers and would still like to, please reach by email to the teachers. We would also like to thank those that joined us for the drop-in high school information sessions. If you were unable to join, we will be sending out a summary of the information we shared, as well as answers to frequently asked questions. Grade 9 parents can expect this at some point next week. 

With a Covid vaccine now being available, for the 5-12 year-old students, we are going to confirm that we will be returning to regular instrument play in the music classes following the holidays. This will hopefully provide enough time for those students that choose to get vaccinated to get their first (and hopefully second) vaccines ahead of the return to school on  Tuesday, Jan 4th. 

It is hard to believe that we are three weeks away from the Winter Break. As in previous Decembers, we will be participating in the annual Mayors Food Drive. We will collect non-perishable food donations between December 6th and December 17th and appreciate anything you can give. If you are in need an emergency hamper please visit https://www.calgaryfoodbank.com/needfood/ 

We are also excited to share that between the run, bubble tea and freezie sales, we have raised over $2200 for the Terry Fox Foundation. 

Thank you for your continued support, 

Ms. Ko and Ms. Dalwood 

 

Dates to Remember:  

Friday, December 03, 2021—AM Grade 7 Vaccine, catch ups 

Monday, December 6, 2021 – Semester 2 starts 

Friday, December 17, 2021 – Last day of school before winter break 

Tuesday, January 4, 2022 – Classes resume 

Cafeteria Menu:  

Monday – Potato and Chedder Perogies 

Tuesday – Ginger Fried Beef with Rice 

Wednesday – Beef and Mac Bake 

Thursday – Beef Tacos 

High School Transition Information: 

December 

Ernest Manning High School Virtual Open House will be posted on the school website on Thursday, December 2. Go to https://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/ErnestManning/Pages/default.aspx 

January 

Churchill Student Tours - Thursday, January, 6 – virtual (at this point)  

Churchill Open House– Thursday, January 13th - virtual open house (sorry link last week was incorrect, there is no link available yet) 

Churchill IB Open House (virtual) – Tuesday, January 18, 6pm  

Forest Lawn Open House – Wednesday, January 19th 7-8pm 

Thirsk – Wednesday, January 19th 7-8, student tour in person & evening open house 

Diefenbaker Thursday, January 27th – Diefenbaker General Open House 

 

School Council & Parent Associations Update 

Survey Results: Thanks for your feedback! 

  • Communication preferences: emails + Facebook group 
  • Meeting attendance: meeting dates/time are inconvenient; add reminders to FB group 
  • CISC focus areas: (1) advocating for parent perspectives / concerns; (2) sending out regular communications; (3) organizing staff appreciation; (4) supporting volunteer opportunities 
  •  Additional ideas: tutoring/mentoring; supporting sports teams; connect with school board trustee*; bringing in educational enhancements** 
  • *Our new trustee, Laura Hack, will be joining our May 10th meeting 
  • **CIPAA voted at our last meeting to support educational enhancements for CI for ~$30,000. 
  • CIPAA focus areas: (1) teaching/program resources; (2)  technology / workshops / option resources [3-way tie]; (3) field trips / library resources / phys. Ed resources [3-way tie]; (4) student events; (5) staff appreciation / extracurricular [2-way tie]; (6) band resources; (7) outdoor improvement. 
  • # of fundraisers / year: responses varied between 2-5 with highest at 3 



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