Jun 27
The Week Ahead - The Week Ahead 27

Good afternoon Colonel Irvine School Community,   

This past week we had a variety of activities for our students. Tuesday, all students participated in a variety of events related to National Indigenous Peoples Day. The activities focused on Truth and Reconciliation and included storytelling and land-based learning. Unfortunately, due to the poor weather on Thursday, our grade 7's did not have a chance to go Highwood Pool. The weather did not impact the grade 9's time at the Rec Room. They had a blast, it had been their choice for an end of year trip as part of their Farewell celebrations. The gym was decorated last night for the Farewell ceremony. The students picked the theme “Under the Stars" and we are excited for them to see it. We look forward to hosting the Grade 9 students and their parents/guardians on Monday morning. 

We will wrap up the last day of school with our award assemblies and the distribution of yearbooks paired with activities with homeroom teachers.  

While the last day of school for students is Tuesday, June 28th. The school will remain open until Thursday, June 30th. During this time, we are tidying and moving classrooms, and preparing for the start-up in September. Wednesday, June 29th from 9am – noon is designated for appeals.  If you have questions or concerns about the final report card, please contact the teacher via email and they will coordinate a time to call parents/guardian back.  

Thank you for your continued support. 

Ms. Ko and Ms. Dalwood 

School Council Acknowledgements 

We would like to extend a heartfelt appreciation to our School Council. Thank you to all the parents/guardians who joined School Council meetings throughout the year. Your input and efforts help us build a better school community. We are so fortunate to have such supportive parents. We would like to also thank parent council and the other parents for their generosity towards our staff lunch next Wednesday. We are looking forward to this time together over a meal. A huge shout out to the School Council Executive Member team, listed below. Apologies if we have left anyone out as we know so many of our parents have supported us behind the scenes. If you are interested in getting involved next year, please attend the first School Council in the Fall. This will occur Tuesday, September 20th. More details to follow in September. 

Chairperson: Kirsten Pugh 

Vice – Chair: Windchill Ha 

Treasurer: Jennie Lee-Chan 

Secretary: Berney Joseph 

Social Media Coordinator: Claire Kraatz 

Events Coordinator: Amy Wong 

Casino Coordinator: Sarah Wong 

Key Communicator: Erin Gagner 

Directors: Janie Khuu, Vinna Vuong 

Dates to Remember: 

June 28th – Last day of School – Report Cards available online – BBQ (beef hotdogs, ice cream and juice box, veggie hotdogs are also an option for those that require it) 

June 29th – Non-Instruction Day – Appeals Day 9am-12pm 

June 30th – Non-Instruction Day   

Report Cards - viewing online 28th 

The Online Report Card is not available through the Mobile App.   

Online Report Card 

Online report cards will be enabled for viewing from June 28, 2022 (8 a.m.) to July 28, 2022 (8 a.m.). During this window, legal guardians / independent students are welcome to view report cards online.  

You can also view the report card information through a list view. While it will look different from a report card, the list of indicators (K - Gr. 9) / marks (Gr. 10-12) and report card comments are all the same as what you will see on the online report card. 

Lunchroom 

Monday – Assorted Pizzas ​

Jun 20
The Week Ahead - June 20

Good afternoon Colonel Irvine School Community,  

As we mentioned last week, this upcoming week is one of more PATs and end of year celebrations. At this point the weather looks positive for swimming. The students seem very excited, and we are happy they have this opportunity again. These activities are a chance for our students to represent our school and themselves in a positive light. It is a privilege for our students to be able to participate in all of the fun activities we have planned. If students do not follow the CBE Student Code of Conduct, then parents may be contacted, and alternative plans may be made for the student. If we have inclement weather, we run regular afternoon classes. 

Tuesday is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day to recognize and celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Metis Peoples. We have activities planned for our school community. Please read below for the walking trip details. 

We will continue as a school community, to commit to increasing our personal and professional knowledge of Indigenous Peoples, their history and contributions as well as the effects of treaties and residential schools through our Indigenous Block learning. We will build student and teacher capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy and mutual respect. We strive to strengthen Indigenous Education by weaving Indigenous ways of knowing in different curricular areas. In making our commitment, Call to Action #63 from the Truth and Reconciliation Report offered inspiration.  

Alberta Education is requiring school boards to roll out new provincial curriculum in September. For us as a Grade 5-9 school, the only new curriculum that applies to our students is the new Kindergarten to Grade 6 Physical Education and Wellness Curriculum. More information about the new curriculum will be shared in course outlines at the start of next year. 

We will be reminding students all week to start cleaning out their lockers and taking things home with them. We will be collecting locks on Friday this week and are hoping by this point that lockers are mostly cleaned out. If your student(s) is not here on Friday, they should clean out their locker ahead of that date. On the Friday afternoon, all locks will be removed so that we can start the cleaning process and begin getting lockers organized again for next year. We've set up a lost and found table in the foyer. We ask that students go through the table to locate lost items. Any items left over will be donated to those in need. Please ensure all library books are returned. If books are not returned, parents/guardians will see a fee for the book in Powerschool.   

Thank you for your continued support, we hope you have a nice weekend. 

Ms. Ko and Ms. Dalwood 

 

PAT Schedule: 

Monday, June 20 – Grade 9 Social Studies AND Gr 6 Math Part B 

Wednesday, June 22 – Gr 9 Math Part B 

Thursday, June 23 – Gr 9 ELA Part B 

Friday, June 24 – Gr 9 Science 

Please note, it is not possible to write exams ahead of these dates. 

Dates to Remember: 

June 23rd – Grade 9 trip to Rec Room 

June 27th – Grade 9 Farewell Ceremony 

June 28th – Last day of School – Awards ceremonies– Report Cards available online – BBQ lunch provided for all students 

June 29th – Non-Instruction Day – Appeals Day, 9am-12pm 

June 30th – Non-Instruction Day   

Lunchroom (last day of service is June 27) 

Monday – Grilled Cheese and Wicked Thai Soup 

Tuesday – Beef Chilli with Rice 

Wednesday – Spaghetti and Meat Sauce 

Thursday – Butter Chicken 

School Council & Parent Association: Weekly Message 

Year-End Staff Appreciation sign-up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0e44a5a922a5f58-2021226  

As we head into the homestretch of another year of school, we would like to do something to appreciate all our hardworking CI staff for adapting and persevering to provide our students with a quality education! CISC/CIPAA will be hosting an End of Year Luncheon & Raffle on June 29 for all our teachers and staff. This is our chance to celebrate and thank them for all that they've done to meet the ever-changing challenges this year.  We would also like to thank our hard-working bus drivers for making sure our children get to and from school safely all year.  While we won't be able to plan the usual party, we are still hoping to treat our staff to a scaled-down event with a lunch they can take away to eat and prizes for a raffle.  

We know it has been a tough year for many, so any contribution at all would be most appreciated!  Donation deadline is next Friday, June 24.  Thank you in advance for your part in celebrating the people who work so closely with your children year-round - our wonderful Irvine staff! 

Save the date: AGM Sept. 20, 2022 

Our next meeting will be the Annual General Meeting, where everyone has the opportunity to stand for election and vote for all positions. 

  • 2022/2023 vacancies: Vice-Chair*, Secretary*, Events Coordinator, Fundraising Coordinator 
  • Time commitments vary by role from ~2hrs/month to ~4hrs/month 
  • Role descriptions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/14zBLxJTj9aXAY8uqFDpweFZ7UfqFngI7LMEFfynEDxY/edit?usp=sharing  

    *Note: Vice-Chair & Secretary roles are mandatory per the School Act/School Council Regulation 113/2007; CISC/CIPAA cannot operate without volunteers in these positions. Thank you in advance for considering volunteering with CISC/CIPAA!   

    To stay informed, please join our FB group.  The process to join is simple and straightforward: 

    - Click the link to request to join: Colonel Irvine Parent Group - Calgary 

    - Answer the security question: "What is our school mascot?" The answer is “roadrunner" 

    - Agree to the group rules 

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

     

    Grade 5 to 9 field trip to Queens Park Village for Indigenous People's Day 

    Dear Parents/Guardians: 

    As part of Colonel Irvine's Indigenous education, the Grade 5 to 9 students will be walking to Queens Park Village to honour our ancestral lands through Indigenous storytelling and celebrate National Indigenous People's Day. This walk will take place on June 21, 2022, the date of National Indigenous People's Day. This walk to Queens Park Village will serve as a learning opportunity for all students and will be the last Indigenous education lesson for the 2021-22 school year. 

    The trip is scheduled during the following times: 

    Tuesday, June 21, 2022: Grades 5 and 6 students – Morning: depart Colonel Irvine at staggered times starting at 8:45am and returning before lunch by 11am / Afternoon: depart Colonel Irvine at staggered times starting at 11:40am and returning by 2:50pm 

    Tuesday, June21, 2022: Grades 7, 8, and 9 students – Morning: depart Colonel Irvine at staggered times starting at 8:45am and returning before lunch by 11:50am /  
    Afternoon: depart Colonel Irvine at staggered times starting at 12:30pm and returning by 2:50pm 

    Students will be supervised by their homeroom teachers for the full duration of the trip. There is no cost associated with this activity.  

    At Queens Park Village, students will participate in Indigenous storytelling, allowing for students to explore Indigenous worldviews through Indigenous ways of knowing, being, and doing. Students will pause at one of three check points and listen to an Indigenous story. 

    The walk is approximately 2 kilometres round trip so students need to dress for the weather (e.g. –jacket, hat, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes). Students should also bring a lightly packed backpack with a water bottle and snack. Potential hazards on this trip include crossing busy roads at controlled intersections, slips, trips or falls, and a potential encounter with wildlife such as a coyote or deer.  

    If you do NOT want your child to participate in this trip, please contact your child's homeroom teacher. 

    If you have any further questions regarding this trip, please contact me directly at mrlacuata@cbe.ab.ca or (403)777-7280 extension 5052.   

    Ms. Maegan Lacuata  

Indigenous Education Committee ​

Jun 13
The Week Ahead - June 13

Good afternoon, Colonel Irvine School Community,  

On Tuesday, over 100 track athletes went to the Foothills Athletic Park for the track and field meet. The team conducted themselves with great dignity and sportsmanship and we are proud of their efforts. We would like to thank all our Track and Field coaches and parent volunteers who helped at the Track meet. We are very fortunate to have a team of teachers who are also committed to coaching. 

Our last parent council meeting of the year was on Tuesday. We would like to thank the new parents that showed up and thank all parents who participated in School Council meetings throughout the year. A special thanks to our School Council executive who has worked tirelessly to give parents a voice in school decisions and raise funds to support student learning. We are grateful for all parents' support. 

This past week we also had our last fire drill of the year. All schools are required to practice six fire drills and two lockdowns every year, which we have now completed. 

Just another reminder that this coming Tuesday, the rest of Grade 6 PATs start, and on Friday the rest of the Grade 9 PATs begin. Please see the schedule below our message.  

As mentioned in our previous email, we are excited to be taking all the students swimming the week of the 20th to 24th. Permission forms have been sent home and the schedule is as follows: 

Grade 9 – Monday, June 20th PM 

Grade 5 and 6 – Tuesday, June 21, AM 

Grade 8 – Wednesday, June 22 PM 

Grade 7 – Thursday, June 23 PM 

Grade 5-8 students will also be participating in field trips to Confederation Park 

Grade 8 – Monday, June 20th 

Grade 7 – Wednesday, June 22nd 

Grade 5 and 6 – Wednesday, June 23rd 

These walking trips are close enough that separate permission forms are not required, we are required to provide 24-hour notice of these trips and will send out standalone messages as these trips approach.  

If your student is on an Individual Program Plan, these documents will be sent home this coming week. Please review, add comments if necessary, and sign and return as soon as possible. 

PAT Schedule: 

Tuesday, June 14 – Grade 6 ELA Part B 

Wednesday, June 15 – Grade 6 Science  

Thursday, June 16 – Grade 6 Social Studies 

Friday, June 17 – Grade 9 Math Part A AND Gr 6 Math Part A 

Monday, June 20 – Grade 9 Social Studies AND Gr 6 Math Part B 

Wednesday, June 22 – Gr 9 Math Part B 

Thursday, June 23 – Gr 9 ELA Part B 

Friday, June 24 – Gr 9 Science 

Please note, it is not possible to write exams ahead of these dates. 

Dates to Remember: 

June 13th – Routine vaccine catch up with previously approved consent forms 

June 23rd – Grade 9 farewell activity  

June 28th – Last day of School – Report Cards available online – BBQ lunch  

June 29th – Non-Instruction Day – Appeals Day 9-12 

June 30th – Non-Instruction Day   

Lunchroom- Last day of Cafeteria service will be on Monday, June 27th 

Monday – BBQ Ranch Wraps 

Tuesday – Ginger Beef with Rice 

Wednesday – Beef and Mac Bake 

Thursday – Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas 

Jun 03
The Week Ahead - June 6

We had a fun-filled activity morning. The weather co-operated and there was lots of fun and laughter for all the students. Thank you to our parent volunteers who helped the stations run smoothly. I am sure the students will have lots to share with you tonight about the different stations they were able to participate in. On that note I left my helmet at home, and although not required past the age of 18... I like to set a good example to the students. My apologies.  

Last night, many parents joined us for the music and band concerts. It was so lovely to see so many of you in person again and to display the learning these students have done over the past year (two in some cases). Special thanks to our band council members and our teachers Ms. Fenwick and Mr. Haller for their hard work. It was amazing to hear the wonderful sounds of music.  

We had another fire drill this week, this time during class change. Students did well and exited the building quickly and quietly. We have one more drill left this year. 

As we prepare for the upcoming Provincial Achievement Tests (Grade 6 and 9, schedule below) and end of year celebrations, we wanted to share more details about the end of the year. The last day of regular classes for the Grade 9’s will be June 19th. They still have full school days until the 29th, but the rest of the days will be writing and preparing for provincial achievement tests, finishing their option and PE classes, and participating in year-end activities.  

We are hoping to take all students swimming at the Highwood Pool the week of June 20th-24th. Each grade will go for one morning or afternoon. More information and forms will be shared through PE class. We are planning school-wide lessons and activities on Tuesday, June 21st to honour National Indigenous Peoples Day. The last day of school for students is Tuesday, June 28th. On this day, we will be holding our awards assemblies in the morning, having a BBQ for all students for lunch, distributing yearbooks and holding year end celebrations in homeroom classes. The day before, Monday, June 27th, is the grade 9 Farewell celebration. Due to the number of students and parents we need to host, we will be holding two ceremonies that day. We will be sending out a more detailed message to our grade 9 parents next week.  

If there are any parents interested in volunteering on June 7 at the Foothills Athletic Park for the track and field meet, please contact me at bsko@cbe.ab.ca. Sorry for the short notice, we were just assigned additional tasks we could use assistance with. 

Thank you for your continued support. 

Ms. Ko & Ms. Dalwood 

PAT Schedule: 

Tuesday, June 14 – Grade 6 ELA Part B 

Wednesday, June 15 – Grade 6 Science  

Thursday, June 16 – Grade 6 Social Studies 

Friday, June 17 – Grade 9 Math Part A AND Gr 6 Math Part A 

Monday, June 20 – Grade 9 Social Studies AND Gr 6 Math Part B 

Wednesday, June 22 – Gr 9 Math Part B 

Thursday, June 23 – Gr 9 ELA Part B 

Friday, June 24 – Gr 9 Science 

Please note, it is not possible to write exams ahead of these dates, as these are secure provincial exams and we cannot open them until the day of the actual exam. All exams start at 9am. 

Dates to Remember: 

June 7th – Track and field meet 

June 7th – Parent Council 6:30 

June 13th – Routine vaccine catch up with previously approved consent forms 

June 23rd – Grade 9 farewell activity - Rec Room 

June 27th – Grade 9 Farewell Ceremony & last day of cafeteria service  

June 28th – Last day of School – Report Cards available online - BBQ 

June 29th – Non-Instruction Day – Appeals Day 9am-noon 

June 30th – Non-Instruction Day   

School Council  

Final Meeting of the year! Please join us (virtually) on Tuesday at 6.30 in MS TeamsThe discussion will focus on planning for next year, so bring your ideas! 

Minutes: 

To stay informed, please join our FB groupThe process to join is simple and straightforward: 

- Click the link to request to join: Colonel Irvine Parent Group - Calgary 

- Answer the security question: "What is our school mascot?” The answer is “roadrunner" 

- Agree to the group rules 
Any questions / comments / concernsContact us at colonelirvineschoolcouncil@gmail.com 

Lunchroom 

Monday – Chicken Ranch Wraps 

Tuesday – Sweet and Sour Chicken 

Wednesday – Chicken Alfredo with Linguine 

Thursday – BBQ Burger with Fries 

Library Books 

All library books are due back on June 10th. 

Transportation Registration Deadline approaching 

Yellow school bus registrations launched on Wednesday, May 11. You may register using your MyCBE account. 

If families are considering transportation services for the next school year, they must register by the deadline to ensure yellow school bus service for the first day of classes. There is no financial obligation for registration; families have until the fall to cancel without a fee. 

The registration deadline is Wednesday, June 8. ​

May 30
The Week Ahead - May 30

This week all students that were here on Thursday completed the OUR SChool survey. We are looking forward to reviewing the results of the student voice in June. We also hosted several feeder school tours for our incoming grade 7 students next year. Thanks to all students who volunteered to help with these tours. We will be hosting a few more grade 6 and grade 4 tours in the coming weeks.  

Next week we are proud to be holding band concerts on Thursday. This will be our first concert in two years. Both students and staff are excited to hear the performances. Parents may use the staff parking lot that evening. Please do not use the parking lot at the strip mall. We want to be good neighbors for our community. As a reminder, Grade 5 & 6 Music students will be performing for their parents/guardians at 6pm for approximately an hour. The Grade 7-9 Band students will perform from 7:30pm-9pm. 

Next Friday is our sport activity day. Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering that day. Volunteers will be helping at various activity stations that morning. Thank you for your consideration. If you are interested, please email bsko@cbe.ab.ca

Have a great weekend and thank you for your continued support. Together we achieve more. 

Ms. Ko & Ms. Dalwood 

CISC/CIPAA school messenger 

Volunteer Opportunity: Stay tuned for a volunteer sign up link, coming on Monday, for CI's sport & activity day next Friday, June 3rd.  Volunteers will be stationed outdoors, and 6-10 volunteers are requested. 

Mark your calendar: Our final meeting of the year is coming up on June 7th, at 6:30pm.  Agenda, minutes, and meeting links will be sent out next week. 

To stay informed, please join our FB group: Colonel Irvine Parent Group - Calgary.  The answer is “roadrunner"! 

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

Provincial Achievement Test Schedule: 

Tuesday, June 14 – Grade 6 ELA Part B 

Wednesday, June 15 – Grade 6 Science  

Thursday, June 16 – Grade 6 Social Studies 

Friday, June 17 – Grade 9 Math Part A AND Gr 6 Math Part A 

Monday, June 20 – Grade 9 Social Studies AND Gr 6 Math Part B 

Wednesday, June 22 – Gr 9 Math Part B 

Thursday, June 23 – Gr 9 ELA Part B 

Friday, June 24 – Gr 9 Science 

Please note, it is not possible to write exams ahead of these dates. 

Dates to Remember: 

June 2nd – Band concert 6 

June 3rd – School Track Day 

June 7th – Track and field meet 

June 7th – Parent Council 6:30 

June 13th – Routine vaccine catch up with previously approved consent forms 

June 23rd – Grade 9 farewell activity  

June 28th – Last day of School – Report Cards available online - BBQ 

June 29th – Non-Instruction Day – Appeals Day 9-12 

June 30th – Non-Instruction Day   

Lunchroom ​

​Tuesday - Potato and Cheddar Perogies
Wednesday - Penne with Marinara Sauce

Thursday - Beef Tacos

Library Books 

All library books are due back on June 10th. 

Transportation Registration Has Started 

Yellow school bus registrations launched on Wednesday, May 11. You may register using your MyCBE account. 

Service levels for the 2022-23 school year will remain the same and we plan to resume charging fees at the same rates as this school year (prior to the refund). 

If families are considering transportation services for the next school year, they must register by the deadline to ensure yellow school bus service for the first day of classes. There is no financial obligation for registration; families have until the fall to cancel without a fee. 

The registration deadline for students to be included in route planning for the first day of school is Wednesday, June 8. 

Noon Hour Activity fee 

We have received some questions about the $30 noon hour activity fee. For your information, it pays for these items/activity (not supervision): 

School BBQ lunches – start/end of school year 

Sports equipment – for use during lunchtime 

Cold Treats 

Swimming – in June 

Benches/tables in lunchroom & gym

May 27
The Week Ahead - May 24

This past week our grade 6's and 9's wrote their ELA Part A Provincial Exams. For the most part, things went well. There were some province-wide issues with spell check functionality and CBE-wide printing issues for the Grade 9 PAT, these were sorted out for the Grade 6 PAT and teachers have been today aligning assessment practices and marking them. 

We were spoiled today by parents who brought in treats for staff. Thank you to Parent Council for organizing it and to all the generous parents/guardians who brought in snacks. There was so much we have set aside some of it for upcoming Fridays. 

Next week all students will be completing the OURSchool survey. This survey provides all our students with an opportunity to provide us feedback. These surveys provide us important information that will inform our planning next year. Grade 5's will give feedback on sense of belonging, positive relationships, anxiety and feeling safe at school. The Grade 6-9 survey covers all of the above, as well as depression, self-esteem, life satisfaction, general health, orientation to well-being, self-regulation and cultural awareness. Students will write the survey on the 26th and 27th during PE class time. 

We are also excited to confirm times for the Band Concert on June 2nd. Grade 5 & 6 Music students will be performing for their parents/guardians at 6pm for approximately an hour. The Grade 7-9 Band students will perform from 7:30pm-9pm. 

We also wanted to share preliminary information about the last two days of school. Monday, June 27th with be the Grade 9 Farewell, we will have two sittings as we cannot accommodate all parents and students in the gym at once. Tuesday, June 28th will be our Awards ceremony and end of year BBQ. As always, we will share more as we plan more. 

Have a great long weekend. 

Ms. Ko & Ms. Dalwood 

Transportation Registration Has Started 

Yellow school bus registrations launched on Wednesday, May 11. You may register using your MyCBE account. 

Service levels for the 2022-23 school year will remain the same and we plan to resume charging fees at the same rates as this school year (prior to the refund). 

If families are considering transportation services for the next school year, they must register by the deadline to ensure yellow school bus service for the first day of classes. There is no financial obligation for registration; families have until the fall to cancel without a fee. 

The registration deadline for students to be included in route planning for the first day of school is Wednesday, June 8. 

Dates to Remember: 

May 23rd – Victoria Day – No school 

June 2nd – Music Concert – evening (more info to come) 

June 3rd – In school track meet 

June 13th – Routine vaccine catch up with previously approved consent forms 

June 17-June 24 – Provincial Achievement Tests (PAT) 

June 21 – National Indigenous Peoples Day – no PATs 

June 27th – Grade 9 Farewell (more details to come) 

June 28th – Last day of School – All grades – Awards day and BBQ (more details to come) 

June 29th – Non-Instruction Day – Appeals Day 

June 30th – Non-Instruction Day   

School Council 

Thank you! To everyone who was able to volunteer at our casino back in March -- we have received the funds, and it's $62,635.39!  These funds will support learning enhancements for our students for the next two years.  This year, casino-raised funds paid for: guest speakers; math, science, literacy & option class learning enhancements such as ExamBank subscription, Gizmo subscription, BrainPop subscription, novels, and supplies. 

May Staff Appreciation sign-up: Thanks also to everyone who contributed to today's staff appreciation! 

To stay informed, please join our FB group: Colonel Irvine Parent Group - Calgary.  The answer is “roadrunner"! 

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

Lunchroom 

Monday – Closed  

Tuesday – Ginger Beef with Rice 

Wednesday – Beef Chili 

Thursday – Chicken Strips with Hashbrowns 

Noon Hour Activity fee 

We have received some questions about the $30 noon hour activity fee. For your information, it pays for these items/activity (not supervision): 

School BBQ lunches – start/end of school year 

Sports equipment – for use during lunchtime 

Cold Treats 

Swimming – in June 

Benches/tables in lunchroom & gym ​

May 16
The Week Ahead - May 16

Good afternoon, Colonel Irvine School Community, 

We can't believe that we are now in the middle of May. We are encouraging our students to make the days count rather than to count down days until the year is over. We are hoping that all students will continue to focus and work hard to finish off the year. We'd like to mention that teachers have noticed students are doing a better job of leaving their cell phones in their lockers this past week. Thank you to parents and guardians for helping us to give reminders to our students.  

We also had our second practice lockdown yesterday. Students and staff did a great job in following lockdown procedures, especially staying quiet. We will have some more practice fire drills coming up.  

For our PAT's on Monday (Grade 9) and Wednesday (Grade 6), students are allowed to bring a snack and drink with them to the exam. Please pack lunches as they may not be finished before the cafeteria closes. Students will have to leave all digital devices in their lockers as per Alberta Education rules. 

Just a reminder for students attending Colonel Irvine next year that you need to pick your course options. For our current grade 6's please return the forms to your homeroom teacher by Tuesday. For current grade 7's and 8's please fill in the Google form. This was sent as a separate messenger and will require the students email to access the form. 

Ms. Fenwick and Mr. Haller are busy preparing students to put on the Spring Band Concert on the evening of Thursday, June 2.  We look forward to seeing band parents this evening to celebrate their learning during this fantastic event. More details to come. 

Have a great weekend and thank you for your continued support. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us.  

Ms. Ko & Ms. Dalwood 

Transportation Registration Has Started 

Yellow school bus registrations launched on Wednesday, May 11. You may register using your MyCBE account. 

Please be aware there have been some IT errors with regular program students in Kincora and with all Mandarin Bilingual Program students. This is expected to be resolved by Monday at the latest. Please contact CBE transportation if you continue to have an issue after that.  

Service levels for the 2022-23 school year will remain the same and we plan to resume charging fees at the same rates as this school year (prior to the refund). 

If families are considering transportation services for the next school year, they must register by the deadline to ensure yellow school bus service for the first day of classes. There is no financial obligation for registration; families have until the fall to cancel without a fee. 

The registration deadline for students to be included in route planning for the first day of school is Wednesday, June 8. 

Dates to Remember: 

May 20th – Non-instruction day 

May 23rd – Victoria Day – No school 

June 2nd – Music Concert – evening (more info to come) 

June 13th – Routine vaccine catch up with previously approved consent forms 

June 28th – Last day of School – All grades 

June 29th – Non-Instruction Day – Appeals Day 

June 30th – Non-Instruction Day   

School Council 

Thank you! To everyone who was able to join us on Tuesday for the CISC/CIPAA meeting, and Q&A with CBE Trustee Laura Hack. 

May Staff Appreciation sign-up (last one of the year): 

Our final monthly staff appreciation treat day has been rescheduled to next Friday (May 20th) as we learned at the meeting last night that staff have more opportunity to enjoy the snacks on PD days.  If you are able to contribute individual portions that is much appreciated!  

Note: Next Friday is a PD day, so feel free to send your snacks in on Thursday the 19th. 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0e44a5a922a5f58-2021225  

To stay informed, please join our FB group: Colonel Irvine Parent Group - Calgary.  The answer is “roadrunner"! 

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

Lunchroom 

Monday – BBQ Chicken Subs 

Tuesday – Assorted Pizzas 

Wednesday – Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas 

Thursday – BBQ Burgers with Fries ​

May 09
The Week Ahead - May 9

Good afternoon, Colonel Irvine School Community, 

Wednesday we recognized Hats on for Mental Health Day and were pleased to see so many students wearing their hats. Mental Health Weel runs from May 2-8 and the CBE has put together resources for parents, students and teachers to promote positive mental health. 

Wednesday, the AB government tested its emergency alert system. This test alert coincides with Emergency Preparedness Week, a national campaign that runs every year during the first week of May. Emergencies can happen at any time and without warning. The government of Canada has a Get Prepared website, to help you understand the risks in your area, create a household emergency plan and build an emergency kit. As a school we will be practicing a lockdown and three more fire drills before the end of the year to make sure students are prepared for emergencies at school. 

Thursday marked Red Dress Day. According to CBC.ca, The REDress Project began more than a decade ago as an art installation by Métis artist Jaime Black. It featured a series of red dresses representing missing women who were victims of violence. Red Dress Day is now held annually to commemorate Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (from CBC). Students learned more about this day last Friday during our Indigenous block, and you will see their work up in front of the school shortly. 

Both Grade 6 and Grade 9 students will be writing the ELA Part A Provincial Achievement Tests soon. Grade 6's had their practice test today. Please see further information below about the official test dates and times below.  

We are working on creating our option class offerings for next year. Option classes that will run in the Fall are dependent on enough student interest and staffing. A stand-alone message will come out next week regarding the offerings.  

Just a reminder as the weather changes, that the school dress code requires students to be dressed according to the school dress code. Please no hats on or hoodies up. We will frequently ask students, “Would you want to see a teacher in that?" if the answer is “no" they shouldn't be wearing it to school. 

Some of you are aware that media was present at the school on Monday regarding a previous weekly message we sent home about staffing shortages. We were unaware that they would be present and apologize for any inconvenience or stress this may have caused the students and yourselves. 

Thank you for your continued support. 

Ms. Ko & Ms. Dalwood 

Transportation Registration Starts Next Week 

Yellow school bus registrations will launch on Wednesday, May 11. At that time, you may register using your MyCBE account. 

Service levels for the 2022-23 school year will remain the same and we plan to resume charging fees at the same rates as this school year (prior to the refund). 

If families are considering transportation services for the next school year, they must register by the deadline to ensure yellow school bus service for the first day of classes. There is no financial obligation for registration; families have until the fall to cancel without a fee. 

The registration deadline for students to be included in route planning for the first day of school is Wednesday, June 8. 

Dates to Remember: 

May 10th – Parent Council 6:30 

May 20th – Non-instruction day 

May 23rd – Victoria Day – No school 

June 13th – Routine vaccine catch up with previously approved consent forms 

June 28th – Last day of School – All grades 

June 29th – Non-Instruction Day – Appeals Day 

June 30th – Non-Instruction Day   

School Council 

Next Meeting: CISC/CIPAA Meeting May 10th, 2022 

Mark your calendars for next Tuesday, May 10th⋅6:30 – 8:00pm.  Our CBE Trustee, Laura Hack, will be joining us to answer any questions from our school community.  If possible, please email your questions in advance to colonelirvineschoolcouncil@gmail.com

Meeting Link: 

https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_MGE2NTlmZDgtNGRlYi00NGQzLTgxNWYtYzAxZTg4ZmYxN2Yx%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/1t5X91yJ23EprYr-18ibjpB2jlhCoFbmP/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=114425493513736378291&rtpof=true&sd=true  

Motion: Approve up to $900 for year-end Staff Appreciation (60 staff @ $15 each) 

Motion: Approve $500 for Grade 9 Farewell 

Teacher's Report: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_7dNSyDfrDehKrFICY8LxijYra-daVCQ/view?usp=sharing  

Principal's Report: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1C-e4XBoQbs6yWBeVTwX1Tq95Ee2Ls9c-/view?usp=sharing  

Minutes from last meeting: 

CISC: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1f-Lvum_6skag4Wh2VqRxpUIVyy2J_eaAPgkOOvPxxhM/edit?usp=sharing  

CIPAA: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1idzVMtN99V7_gaYzHyWcr8BJFsZCDdR_roLvAJ6hNXk/edit?usp=sharing  

May Staff Appreciation sign-up (last one of the year): 

Our final monthly staff appreciation treat day is next Friday!  If you are able to contribute individual portions that is much appreciated! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0e44a5a922a5f58-2021225  

To stay informed, please join our FB group: Colonel Irvine Parent Group - Calgary.  The answer is “roadrunner"! 

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

School Planning survey Results 

https://colonelirvine.cbedialogue.com/en/projects/2021-2022-school-year/engagement_reports/1 

Thank you to all the parents/guardians who completed our survey.  We will use that information to help guide our school planning for the next school year. 

In 2022 - 86 participants started the survey, 36 completed it 

In 2021 - 11 participants started the survey and 8 completed it  

Lunchroom 

**if you could please try to send smaller bills and change with students to pay for lunches that would be appreciated** 

Monday – Grilled Bacon and Tomato Sandwich 

Tuesday – Italian Meatball Subs 

Wednesday – Beef and Mac bake 

Thursday – Butter Chicken 

English Language Arts Part A - Provincial Achievement Test 

The Grade 9's will be writing the ELA Part A PAT on Monday, May 16th. The grade 6's will write on Wednesday, May 18th. Both will run from 9am-1pm. The exam is intended to take about two hours and all students are allowed to have double that time. We encourage students to bring snacks and drinks to the exam. If they usually buy lunch and need the whole time, buying lunch will not be an option, so they will need to pack a lunch. We will make sure that students get a break after the exam to eat their lunches.  

Bikes 

Please be aware that in previous years we have had bikes stolen from the front of the school. There are bike racks in the courtyard of the school and we encourage students to lock up their bikes there.​

May 02
The Week Ahead - May 2

Good afternoon, Colonel Irvine School Community,  

As we enter the month of May, we hope that you are all continuing to be well, staying healthy and connected. Our grade 5 students had their first field trip to Weaselhead Flats on Thursday. They had a fabulous and muddy day on their learning walk through Weaselhead. We would like to thank our parent volunteers for helping make this trip possible and for spending the time with students and teachers.  

We are also happy to share that we have not been short teaching staff since Wednesday of this week. We are hopeful that we are through the worst of the teacher illnesses and shortages. We have been extremely fortunate in the past two years to have guest teachers available to support student learning when we needed, the past three weeks have been the exception and not the norm. Absence Reporting can be found on CBE's website. https://cbe.ab.ca/about-us/school-culture-and-environment/health-and-wellness-in-school/Pages/absence-reporting.aspx 

Our grade 9's had their ELA Part A practice Provincial Achievement Test (PAT). The purpose of today was to give all students a chance to experience what the actual PAT will be like and to receive feedback on their writing. Students and teachers were able to familiarize themselves with the Quest A+ writing platform and we were able to identify some tech issues that we will work to rectify prior to the official PAT on Monday, May 16th. The Grade 6 students will have the practice PAT on Friday, May 6, with the official test taking place on Wednesday, May 18. 

Today, students participated in Indigenous block, if they weren't still writing the practice PAT. Today they started a project on Red Dresses. Please ask them what the Red Dress symbolizes. On May 5, we will put all the student work on display at the front of the school. 

As always, we hope you are doing well, and that you are enjoying the warmer weather. If you have any questions or concerns, please always reach out. 

Ms. Ko and Ms. Dalwood 

Dates to Remember: 

May 6th – Grade 6 Practice PAT 

May 10th – Parent Council 6:30 

May 20th – Non-instruction day 

May 23rd – Victoria Day – No school 

June 13th – Routine vaccine catch up with previously approved consent forms 

June 28th – Last day of School – All grades 

June 29th – Non-Instruction Day – Appeals Day 

June 30th – Non-Instruction Day   

School Council 

Opportunity: Q&A with CBE Trustee Laura Hack 

CBE Trustee Laura Hack will be attending our next meeting (May 10th, 2022) to answer any questions from our school community.  If possible, please email your questions in advance to kirsten.pugh@shaw.ca by next Friday (April 29th) so we can avoid that awkward silence ;) 

To stay informed, please join our FB group: Colonel Irvine Parent Group - Calgary.  The answer is “roadrunner", and you'll need to agree to the group rules to join. 

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

Stay safe and be well! 

Lunchroom ​

Monday – Potato and Cheddar Perogies 

Tuesday – Chicken Ranch Wraps 

Wednesday – Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce 

Thursday – Beef Tacos

  

Office 

A reminder to parents/guardians to always sign in with Administration while at the school and to remain in the office during school hours unless otherwise instructed. You may feel comfortable walking around, but it can be alarming to students to see strangers in the hallways without an ID tag. Thank you for your understanding. 

Apr 25
The Week Ahead - April 25

Good afternoon Colonel Irvine School Community, 

We'd like to thank parents and guardians who were able to meet with teachers this week. If you were unable to book interviews, we encourage you at any time to reach out to our teachers if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child's learning.  

As we enter the last week of April, we look forward to the remaining time we have with our students. The next two months will fly by. We are currently working on plans for our next school year. Thank you to all parents for returning their intent for next year's school survey. We will begin to look at staffing and class lists for next year. This planning process will continue into early September as we wait to see our final numbers when school starts again in the fall.  

Each year, teachers and our school leadership team work to balance classes that will ensure that all students' learning needs can be met. We collaborate and consider all that we know about students, including their learning needs, any special education needs or diagnoses they may have and learning partners that help them do their best learning (not necessarily their preferred friends). Current teachers who know students best will work in May and June to create class groupings for the following year, and then the school leadership will do a final review of these groupings. Finally, the school leadership team matches teachers to class groupings to ensure a learning environment where all students can thrive. Teachers begin each school year with a focus on well-being, working intentionally to get to know students and connect students with one another in service of creating a welcoming, caring, safe and respectful classroom community. 

If there is a specific need or challenge that you want us to be aware of because it may impact your child's learning, please email either Nicole Dalwood (Assistant Principal) nadalwood@cbe.ab.ca or Leah Hughson (Student Services/Resource) lehughson@cbe.ab.ca to share this with us. While we are not able to take requests for specific teachers, we are glad to know about your child's learning needs so we can set up class groupings accordingly. 

Information about the Math 15 prep course this summer for students headed to high school next year is available below. The process is different from previous years so please be sure to read through and let us know if you are interested in this for your student.  

Next Friday, April 29th, Grade 9 students will be writing a practice English Language Arts Part A practice exam. The purpose of this practice is to familiarize students with the online testing platform and provide feedback to them prior to the actual ELA Part A exam which is occurring Monday, May 16th. 

Thank you once again to parents for providing snacks for teachers today.We appreciate your support and generosity. 

Ms. Ko and Ms. Dalwood 

Dates to Remember: 

April 28th – Grade 5 full day Weasel head field trip 

April 29th – Grade 9 Practice PAT 

May 6th – Grade 6 Practice PAT 

May 10th – Parent Council 6:30 

May 20th – Non-instruction day 

May 23rd – Victoria Day – No school 

June 13th – Routine vaccine catch up with previously approved consent forms 

June 28th – Last day of School – All grades 

June 29th – Non-Instruction Day – Appeals Day 

June 30th – Non-Instruction Day   

School Council 

Opportunity: Q&A with CBE Trustee Laura Hack 

CBE Trustee Laura Hack will be attending our next meeting (May 10th, 2022) to answer any questions from our school community.  If possible, please email your questions in advance to kirsten.pugh@shaw.ca by next Friday (April 29th) so we can avoid that awkward silence ;) 

To stay informed, please join our FB group: Colonel Irvine Parent Group - Calgary.  The answer is “roadrunner", and you'll need to agree to the group rules to join. 

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

Stay safe and be well! 

Math 15 (High school math prep course) 

Mathematics 15 is a high school course designed to strengthen skills necessary for Mathematics 10C. The course is designed to enhance numeracy skills in students, develop their critical thinking and problem-solving abilities, and set them up for success in future courses in mathematics. It is appropriate for students who lack confidence or have gaps in their mathematical skills.  Students will receive three high school credits. 

  • Once again, Math 15 will only be offered online and is a three-credit course. 
  • Students will be enrolled in an Essentials course which will open mid-June and is highly recommended for students to be successful in Math 15 
  • The Math 15 course will open during the last week of June and no assessments will be accepted after July 26. The course ends on July 27. 
  • Due to budgetary restraints, space is limited, and schools will develop a list of all students interested and then we will prioritize those students that we think would benefit from it the most. We will submit the list for registration. Parents/guardians cannot register. If you are interested and can commit to the timelines outlined above for the course, please email Ms. Hughson (lehughson@cbe.ab.ca

    Lunchroom 

    Monday – Chicken Ranch Wraps 

    Tuesday – Italian Meatball Subs 

    Wednesday – Chicken Alfredo 

    Thursday – Assorted Pizzas 

    Should I Send my Child to School? 

    Families should complete the Alberta Health Daily Checklist prior to entering school daily. This checklist applies to all students from kindergarten to Grade 12, including high school students over 18. There is a separate checklist for adults. Both checklists are available through the link above. 

    If you answer Yes to any of the questions, your child must stay home. Follow the instructions on the checklist regarding when your child can return to school and if testing is required. 

    Volunteer Clearance 

    Please visit cbe.ab.ca/volunteer for information. 

    Prospective volunteers must first register as a volunteer at the school office with the completed form. School administrators will verify your identity with valid photo ID and register you in our volunteer database. You will then be provided with a letter enabling you to obtain a police information check from the Calgary Police Service (CPS). 

    The CPS has an online system, electronic Police Information Check (ePIC), which you will use to obtain your police check after you receive your CBE volunteer letter. If you are unable to complete the process online, you may visit a police information check location instead. 

    Your security clearance is valid for five years and the $15 cost is covered by the CBE. 

    Please note, prospective volunteers must reside in Canada for a full year before registering. Police clearances from countries other than Canada are not accepted. 

    Volunteer Registration 

    If you have current, valid volunteer clearance you will still need to complete the CBE volunteer registration form yearly. For example: if you completed this process at a previous school.  

    By completing the form, you agree to abide by the conditions that protect the safety, confidentiality and working environment of our schools. You also make a signed declaration with regard to criminal charges. 
  • Annual Volunteer Registration Form 
  • Volunteer | Administrative Regulation 5003 

    Extracurricular Opportunity 

    FREE LESSONS in Chinese Dragon Dance  不要錯過這 免費 學習中國舞龍的機會 

    @ Chinese Cultural Centre (197 , 1 Street  SW)  卡城中華文化中心 

    - Every Sunday 10 am - (Begins April24,2022) 

     REGISTRATION:  

    OPEN to the WHOLE FAMILY 

    Grandparents, Mom, Dad, Youth (15+) & Kids (5+) .  

    Dragon Dance, Exercise, instruments: Drums, Gong, Cymbals  

    大家一齊舞龍!青年, 儿童, 合家舞龍培训! 

    - Every Sunday 10 am  FREE WORKSHOP  

- @ Chinese Culture Centre 卡城华人文化中心 

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