Sep 17
The Week Ahead - September 20

Good afternoon, Colonel Irvine School Community, 

It has been a busy and fun week here at CI. Soccer games have started, cross-country had its first meet, volleyball try-outs wrapped up. We had our first fire drill.  

We would like to thank all the parents that joined us for the virtual Parent Council/Band Council and Parent Advisory meeting on Tuesday evening. It was nice to see returning faces and to meet some new parents. We are very fortunate to have so many parents involved with School Council.  If you missed this meeting and are interested in participating this year, the next meeting will be Tuesday, October 12. 

All of our students listened to Paul Davis speak yesterday. Students also had opportunities to ask him questions. Thank you to all the parents who also attended the session yesterday evening as well. We hope all students and parents found the session informative and valuable. Special thanks to our Parent Advisory Council for making this possible for our school community.  

We had our first fire drill this week and it went smoothly. Students exited the building quickly and quietly and organized quickly on the field for attendance. We will have five more throughout the school year and 2 practice lockdowns. We will also make students aware of our first practice lockdown beforehand.  

Today was our first math block. This year students will be focusing on financial literacy. Today’s class was an introduction to the topic. 

Next week is another busy week.  We will have our virtual “bring your parents to school night” on Wednesday, September 22nd from 6:30 – 8:10 This is an opportunity for parents/guardians to meet their child’s teachers. Ms. Hughson will also be available to share about our Student Success Centre and answer any questions regarding English Language Learners and Individual Program Planning questions. Ms. Dalwood and I will also be available at the end of the night for any questionsWe will be following a regular day one schedule. We will be sending out a separate email with google meet links early next week. 

We will also bhaving our annual Terry Fox run on afternoon of Thursday, September 23rd We are encouraging each student to bring a toonie for cancer research. We hold this event and the Terry Fox Foundation near and close to our hearts as so many lives are affected by cancer every dayTogether we can make a difference. Please read more below for events next week to support our fundraising efforts. 

Thank you for your continued support. 

Ms. Ko and Ms. Dalwood 


Dates to Remember: 

Wednesday, September 22 – Online Meet the teacher 6:30 - 8:10pm (details below) 

Thursday, September 23 – Terry Fox Run - (in the afternoon for students) 

Friday, September 24 – Non-instruction Day 

Thursday, September 30 – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – No School  

Monday, October 4 – Picture Day  


Protocol Reminders 

  • For the most up to date CBE covid information, please visit: 

  • Please use the daily checklist with your child every day. This is for all staff and students. If you are sick, please do not come to school. It is important that everyone works together to keep each other healthy and safe. 

  • Students and staff must sanitize upon entry to entering any classroom. There are sanitizer stations at each entrance, classroom, or students can use their own sanitizer if they have some.  

  • Students should also sanitize their hands before leaving the school at the end of the day; either from their last class or where they exit the building.  

  • The sanitizer at school entrances and classrooms meet public health recommendations. Most classrooms also have a sink where students and staff can wash hands with soap and water. 

  • Student Entry Ways  

  • Grades 5 and 7A, 7B, 7D and 7E will use the main entrance by the northwest corner of the school 

  • Grade 6 and 7C and 7F will use the entrance by the cafeteria on the north side of the school off of Holmwood Ave NW 

  • Grades 8 and 9 use the entrance by the Learning Commons by the south west corner of the school. 

  • Student Pickup 

  • Please email with a reason and time of pickup if you will need to pick up your child during school hours.  

  • Once you have arrived at the school if you do not see your child waiting at the main door, please call the school. 



Currently we have 7 school teams running.  Spectators are allowed at outdoor events only at this time. All information below is posted on the athletics board outside of the gym.  

Please encourage your child to check for the most up to date information. 

Cross-country - Two more meets are scheduled for Tuesday, September 21 at Canmore Park and Monday, September 27 at Confederation Park. 

Soccer – Monday September 20 - Boys Soccer Practice 3:15-4:15 

Girls Soccer Home Game – CI vs GPV 

Thursday September 23 – Boys Soccer Home Game - CI vs GPV 

Girls Soccer Practice 3:20-4:30 

Volleyball - Girls games are on Tues/Thurs and Boys on Mon/Wed 

Meet the Teacher - Virtual “Bring your parent to school night” 

Homeroom teachers will be sending out a separate email with google meet links on Monday.  

Elections at CI on September 20 

We are a polling station for the federal election on Monday. Voters will be using the main entrance and gym. We will keep students away from these areas that day top limit interactions with other people. The washrooms by the main office will be closed to students that day to limit interaction with voters.   

Autumn Moon Festival 

This year, Mid-Autumn Festival is on Tuesday September 21st. It is one of the most important festivals in Chinese culture. On this day, the moon is at its roundest and brightest, symbolizing togetherness and reunion. People decorate their places with lanterns. Families get together to have dinner, appreciate the moon, and eat mooncakes. For those celebrating this festival, we wish you and your family a happy and safe Mid-Autumn Festival! 

Terry Fox Run 

Colonel Irvine School is proud to be participating in this year’s Terry Fox School Run. We are encouraging each student to bring a toonie to support the Terry Fox Foundation.  

  • Students are allowed to wear a hat if they donate $2 next week. Students wanting to participate need to come check in with the main office. 

  • Freezies will be available for a few more days next week for $1.  

  • All proceeds will go to the Terry Fox Foundation. 

This year parents/guardians can make donations online. Below is the information for our school. Let’s get our fundraising going and show everyone how we can “try like Terry”!  

Donate to: Together, we can all make a difference. #terryfoxschoolruns #tryliketerry @terryfoxfoundation 

We will also have a bubble tea fundraiser in October. More details to come. 

Cafeteria Menu: 

Monday – Potato and Cheddar Perogies 

Tuesday – Sweet and Sour Chicken with rice 

Wednesday – Assorted Pizzas 

Thursday – BBQ Beef Burger with Fries 

Emergency Lunches 

We’d like to thank Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids President’s Choice Children’s Charity for supplying us with funds to provide emergency lunches for students. Please share with your child that we do have emergency lunches available in the main office.  


Please contact CBE transportation at or 403-817-7433 with any bussing concerns. 

Southland Transportation 403-726-5963 

Bus Planner App code: CBE1JHGEEA 

Student Health Plan: 

Please ensure if there are any health concerns we are to be aware of regarding your child/children you fill out the following forms each year and submit back to the school.  

Student Health Emergency Response Protocol Form 

Student Health Plan 

These forms are available on the CBE website and can be located by searching for Student Health Form. A paper copy is available in the office if required. 

School Council: 

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us this week for our AGM!  We are very pleased to welcome our new Directors: 

  1. School Council/Parent Association (CISC/CIPAA) 

  1. Fundraising Coordinator - Musfeq Saleheen 

  1. Events Coordinator - Manny Pulicheri 

  1. Band Parent Association (CIBPA) 

  1. Secretary - Shahneem Mustaque 

  1. Fundraising Coordinator - vacant 

  1. Vice-Chair - Annette Lovan 

  1. Parent Volunteer Coordinator - vacant 

We hope that everyone found the parent education session with Paul Davis informative.  If you missed it, he is offering three additional sessions over the weekend, you can register here: 

Any questions?  Contact CISC/CIPAA at and CIBPA at  ​

Sep 17
The Week Ahead - September 13

Good afternoon Colonel Irvine School Community, 

We had a very busy week with the start of regular classes this past Tuesday.  We’d like to thank the students for their patience as we worked together to sort out missing option classes and balance class sizes. We will be continuing to load the rest of the option courses in the coming weeks. 

We have transitioned to a trimester for our options this year to ensure we have enough hours for each courseStudents will change their options 3 times. Regular program students will have 5 options and health during the option time block.  Mandarin Program students will have 2 options and health as Mandarin Language Arts is a compulsory course for our Mandarin Program students.  Next option change will be in December 

This year, our grades 5’s and 6’s will be dismissed 2 minutes earlier so they can exit the school first. If you are picking up your child, please remember not to park in the staff parking lot as it is a safety hazard for students and staff. We recommend that you have a designated meeting place for pick-ups.  

Please know if you are emailing or calling teachers during school hours, they will not be able to return or email you back until the end of the day. As always, if it is an emergency, you can reach the office.  

We are hopeful that your child is getting back into the routine of school. We know that working to develop good work habits, taking time to relax when we can, eating well and getting enough sleep are key factors in being successful. We look forward to a successful year of learning with your child. 

Thank you for your continued support. 

Ms. Ko and Ms. Dalwood 


Friday schedules 

Our early dismissal days have regular classes as well as Wellness, Indigenous and Math focused lessons. This year, Math block will be focused on financial literacy, Wellness will begin by addressing Bullying Awareness and then Mental Health and our Indigenous Block lessons will focus on the Calls to Action from the Truth  


Dates to Remember:  

Tuesday, September 14 – School Council AGM – 6:30 pm – Via Google Meets 

Thursday, September 16 – Social networking Safety 

For parents at 7pm, see more information below, you must register ahead of time. 

For students, during classes the same day. 

Wednesday, September 22 – Online Meet the teacher 6:30-8 

Friday, September 24 – Non-instruction Day 

Thursday, September 30 – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – No School 


Paul Davis – Social Networking 

You are invited to a Zoom Presentation with Paul Davis 

Topic: Online Safety, Social Media, Privacy, Cyberbullying & Image Sharing 

When: Sept 16, 2021 7:00 PM  
Register in advance (cut-off time is one hour before the start of the presentation) 


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the presentation with a log-in and passcode. 

Please confirm the spelling of your email when registering. 


We are so pleased to be able to offer sports again this year. Cross-country and soccer are already running with teams now made. Congratulations to all students who made the teams. 

Volleyball Tryouts are happening this coming week for Grade 7-9 students. Girls are Sept 14 and 16 and boys are September 13 and 15. All try-outs are after school. 

Cafeteria Menu: 

Monday – Grilled Cheese with thai chicken soup 

Tuesday – Beef Chili with rice 

Wednesday - Penne with Marinara Sauce 

Thursday - Chicken Strips with chunky hash browns 


Please contact CBE transportation at or 403-817-7433 with any bussing concerns. 

Southland Transportation 403-726-5963 

Bus Planner App code: CBE1JHGEEA 

School Council: 

We need you!  Please join the Colonel Irvine School Council (CISC), Colonel Irvine Parent Advisory Association (CIPAA), or Colonel Irvine Band Parent Association (CIBPA) this year.   

Our joint Annual General Meeting is next week, Tuesday, Sept. 14th [6:30-8:30pm] for all three Colonel Irvine School parent organizations.  If you are receiving this email, you’re already a member and are eligible to vote and volunteer!  We hope to “see” you there, and hope that you will join us in contributing to the success of our students and the CI roadrunner community! 

  1. MS Teams link [available at 6:25 on Tuesday, Sept. 14th]: Click here to join the meeting 

Open positions: 

  1. School Council (CISC) 

  1. Fundraising Coordinator 

  1. Events Coordinator 

  1. Band Parent Association (CIBPA) 

  1. Secretary 

  1. Fundraising Coordinator 

  1. Vice-Chair 

  1. Parent Volunteer Coordinator 

Any questions?  Contact CISC/CIPAA at and CIBPA at  ​

Sep 17
The Week Ahead - September 7

Good evening, Colonel Irvine School Community, 

We have always loved the first day of school and this year was no different. It was so good for all of us to see students and it was great to see their excitement and energy. We are confident that the students were most excited to see each other and our grade 7-9 students were happy that lockers were assigned. 

The students did a fabulous job remembering and following extra covid-19 rules and protocols for schools. We will be reminding them of these protocols often as we strive to follow the public health guidelines to keep each other safe. Please help us by reminding your child to remember their masks, sanitizing their hands and to physical distance whenever possible.  

We finished the week off with our welcome back BBQ. Students had a hot dog lunch with their peers from their homerooms. It was a terrific way to welcome our students back and an enjoyable way to start off the long weekend. We are still finalizing and balancing homeroom groupings and teachersWe would like to thank our parents/guardians for their patience. We hope to have everything settled by next week. We look forward to a new year of learning with our students and staff. 

Thank you for your continued support. 

Ms. Ko and Ms. Dalwood 

Staffing Updates: 

We are pleased to introduce to the new “Roadrunners” of our Colonel Irvine School family. Welcome to the following teachers: 

Mr. David Clarke – 7C Homeroom Teacher 

Ms. Marissa Fan – Mandarin Program Teacher 

Mr. Richard Haller – 8D Homeroom Teacher 

Ms. Mandy Hong – 9D Homeroom Teacher 

Ms. Mellissa Lee – 8B Homeroom Teacher 

Mr. Jeffrey Ray – 8F Homeroom Teacher 

A complete list of updated staff members will be available on the website by the end of next week 

Dates to Remember: 

Monday, September 7 – Labour Day - No school  

Monday, September 14th – School Council AGM – 6:30 pm – Via Google Meets 

Wednesday, September 22 – Online Meet the teacher 6:30-8 

Friday, September 24 – Non-instruction Day 

Thursday, September 30 – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – No School 


Protocol Reminders 

  • Students and staff must sanitize upon entry to entering any classroom. There are sanitizer stations at each entrance, classroom, or students can use their own sanitizer if they have some.  

  • Students should also sanitize their hands before leaving the school at the end of the day; either from their last class or where they exit the building.  

  • The sanitizer at school entrances and classrooms meet public health recommendations. Most classrooms also have a sink where students and staff can wash hands with soap and water. 

  • Student Entry Ways  

  • Grades 5 and 7A, 7B, 7D and 7E will use the main entrance by the northwest corner of the school 

  • Grade 6 and 7C and 7F will use the entrance by the cafeteria on the north side of the school off of Holmwood Ave NW 

  • Grades 8 and 9 use the entrance by the Learning Commons by the south west corner of the school. 

  • Student Pickup 

  • Please email with reason and time of pickup if you will need to pick up your child during school hours.  

  • Once you have arrived at the school if you do not see your child waiting at the main door, please call the school 

Designated Lunch Spaces 

  • Each homeroom will have a designated space to eat for each lunch. It is mainly split between the Cafeteria, Hallways, and the Main Gym. On certain days, particularly on colder weather days, homeroom classrooms and other spaces in the school may also be utilized.  

  • Students are given about 20 minutes to eat before they need to go outside for the balance of the lunch break. 

  • Students in grades 7-9 do have the option to go outside for the entirety of the lunch break. 

  • Once students are outside, they are not permitted to come back into the school until just before afternoon classes. Teacher supervisors will be outside the school. 

  • Reminder that phone use is only allowed outside during the lunch hour. 

Cohort Information 

  • Grade 5 and 6 students will remain in their Homeroom cohort in all classes, including Physical Education and music/band.   

  • Grade 7-9 students will be cohorted by grade. Complementary/options courses will be offered this year.  

  • We’ve tried our best to limit the number of times students need to be in the hallways for class change. 

Mask Suggestion 

  • All students and staff are required to wear a mask.  

  • Please consider sending extra masks in a Ziploc bag in your child’s backpack. This way they have a back-up plan if they forget theirs, get one dirty, have a bloody nose, lose one, etc.    


Student Devices at School 

  • Please be reminded that students who bring an electronic device to school are responsible for it. Colonel Irvine School will not be held responsible for lost or stolen devices. 

  • Cell phones are to be in lockers all day unless students want to use it outside during the lunch break. Students will not be allowed to use their phones inside the school during the day. We encourage students to leave cell phones at home.  

  • If students are using their cell phones or electronic devices inappropriately  

  • 1st time – teachers will give the student a warning and ask them to put their device away in their locker. 

  • 2nd time – student will be asked to take their device to the office. The office will put the device in the safe for the day and can be picked up by the student at the end of the day. An email will be sent home to notify parent/guardian 

  • 3rd time – students will be asked to take their device to the office. The device will stay in the office until parents/guardians make arrangements to pick up the device.  The device will not be returned to the student. 

Parking Reminders: 

  • Please do NOT use the bus lane in front of the school to drop students off or pick them up. Buses can arrive anywhere between 8-8:25am and parents parked in the bus lane often create an unsafe environment for students and other traffic, especially in the morning.  

  • If we see you doing this, we will ask you to move. 

  • Please help us make sure that students (or parents!) are using the marked cross walks by the school. Please DO NOT jaywalk across the street – this is both unsafe and illegal. 



  • We encourage students to use the bike rack in our courtyard.  Unfortunately, we had couple of bikes stolen last year when bikes were locked on the front rails of the school.  

Weekly Learning Updates 

  • Our weekly teacher learning updates will begin next Friday, September 10th Next weekteachers will get to know their students and parents/guardians will also be receiving an introduction letter or a video from your child’s teacher.  

School Supplies List Gr 7-9 

  • We will send out a list early next week with required supplies for these grades 

Social Networking and Internet Safety (Parent & Student sessions)-September 16 

  • Please see School council poster about this amazing opportunity. A link will be available in our next update. 

School Council 

Mark your calendars for our upcoming meetings & events: 

  1. Tuesday, Sept. 14th [6:30-8:30pm]: JOINT Virtual Annual General Meeting for Irvine parent organizations (CISC/CIPAA/CIBPA) 

  1. Vote and/or volunteer! CISC/CIPAA Roles & Duties 

  1. Special Resolution Meeting for CIBPA to approve updated bylaws 

  1. Thursday, Sept. 16th [7:00pm]: Parent Education Night with Paul Davis on internet safety.  Sessions for students (Gr. 5/6 and Gr. 7/8/9) with Paul will occur during the school day. 

We need you!  Please join the Colonel Irvine School Council (CISC), Colonel Irvine Parent Advisory Association (CIPAA), or Colonel Irvine Band Parent Association (CIBPA) this year.   

Open positions: 

  1. School Council (CISC) 

  1. Fundraising Coordinator 

  1. Events Coordinator 

  1. Band Parent Association (CIBPA) 

  1. Secretary 

  1. Fundraising Coordinator 

  1. Vice-Chair 

  1. Parent Volunteer Coordinator 

Any questions?  Contact CISC/CIPAA at and CIBPA at  ​

Sep 17
The Week Ahead - September 1

Dear Colonel Irvine School families, 

We look forward to welcoming our students to the 2021-2022 school year. We hope you had a nice and relaxing summer break.    

To assist in adjusting to new rules, practices and procedures our school will welcome students back on a staggered schedule.  The purpose of the schedule is: 

  • To ease the transition of students into school, 

  • To spend time with smaller groups familiarizing them with our school health measures, 

  • To facilitate physical distancing while teaching the protocols of our health measures. 

We are sharing the schedule with you now in order to aid in your planning as the start of the school year approaches.   


Staggered Entry Information - first days of school 

  • Wednesday, September 1: ONLY Grades 5, 6 and 7, 8:25am-3:06pm  

  • Thursday, September 2: All grades (5-9), 8:25am-3:06pm 

  • Friday, September 3: All grades (5-9), 8:25am-12:03pm  


Where to meet your homeroom teacher 


Wednesday, September 1 – Grade 5, 6 and 7 ONLY 


Grade 5’s and 7’s will enter through main doors 

  • Grade 5’s will go to gym to meet their teacher and head to class 

  • Grade 7’s will be brought into the building by their teachers (weather permitting) 

Grade 6’s will be met by their teacher at the appropriate entrance (see below) 


Thursday, September 2: all grades 


New grade 8 & 9 students to Colonel Irvine will meet in the main gym and we will help you find your homeroomsAll other students go directly to their homeroom.   


Friday, September 3: Early dismissal, like all Fridays at 12:03pm 


Entry Doors by Grade  

  • Please note that school doors will not be open until 8:10 am.   

  • Grade 5 and 7 will enter through the main school doors (doors face onto NorthmountDr)  

  • Grade 6 students will enter through the North side doors by the cafeteria (doors face onto Holmwood Ave, going toward Highwood School)    

  • Grade 8 and 9’s will enter through the doors by learning commons at the Southwest corner of the school (doors face onto NorthmountDr)  



Please note that lunch will be provided Wednesday (Grade 5-7) and Friday (all grades). Our cafeteria will be open Thursday for students to purchase lunch.  Microwaves will not be available at this time. More details about our daily lunch service will be available in future messages. 



If you are riding yellow busses to school, you should expect to be assigned to a seat. Please follow the instructions of the driver. Masks are required at all times on yellow busses. If you have not yet signed up for bussing and need to, this can be done online through your MyCBE/Powerschool account.  


Covid Protocols 

For detailed information regarding Covid protocols please visit the CBE Covid website.  Please remind students to have their mask on as they enter the building and to keep it on at all times, breaks can be requested. Frequent handwashing and physical distancing are also recommended. If students are sick, they are to stay home.  



This year we are able to assign lockers again. Grade 7-9 students will have their own lockers and locks are provided. Grade 5 and 6 students will have to keep their belongings in their classrooms.   


Homeroom Teachers 

You can expect a call from your student’s homeroom teacher on Monday or Tuesday for grade 5-7 homerooms and by Wednesday evening next week for Grade 8 and 9 students. If you are unavailable, we will leave a voicemail or send an email.  


Save the Date – Social Networking and Online Safety, Thursday, September 16  


Spend a virtual evening with Paul Davis and learn about Cyberbullying, Online Security, Image Sharing, Snapchat, Tiktok, Instagram, Smartphones and Digital Trails and how to help out students navigate this environment. This event is being but on by Parent Council and will be approximately an hour long and followed by a question period. Stay tuned for more details and the link to the event. 


Students will have virtual sessions with him during class that same day. 



Given the state of the public health situation, the Calgary Board of Education has decided to provide another opportunity for you to enrol your student in the centralized online school known as CBe-learn. 

Important: Transferring to CBe-learn is a commitment for the full 2021-2022 school year. It is not designed to allow for transitions to in-person learning at any point during the school year.  

CBe-learn registration is ending Sept. 2 at Noon, you can request a transfer to CBe-learn online school from the school your child is currently registered at. 


Colonel Irvine School Council 


We are truly fortunate to have a parent council that is supportive of our work. More parents are always welcome and it is even easier now that meetings are virtual. 


Please follow the link below to get more information about the work they do, upcoming meetings, and positions that need to be filled. 


We are excited to start a new school year. Thank you for your attention to these reminders and information. We look forward to seeing your students soon! 


Ms. Ko and Ms. Dalwood on behalf of all Colonel Irvine School staff ​

Feb 21
February 2020

I hope everyone had a wonderful Family Day weekend. Our winter break seems so long ago already. We have had a month of many exciting events and transitions. Starting with our feeder school tours for incoming grades 5 and 7 on January 15th. We followed up with an Open House that evening. This was an opportunity for our prospective students and families to visit our school community to meet teachers and see students in action. We had over 300 students and parents in attendance at the open house. If you missed this evening and have questions, please feel free to contact us.


We celebrated the Lunar New Year on January 23rd with a dragon and lion dance to bring in the year of the Rat. We had an afternoon of festivities for all students and an evening program to finish off the day of celebration. We had over 450 guests in attendance for our performance. We would like to thank all the parents and Colonel Irvine alumni who volunteered their time to help make the day so successful. We also thank our students for their energy and support. Thank you to our staff members who devoted their time into ensuring another successful Lunar New Year celebration. It was a collective effort from all with special thanks to Ms. Litchfield and Ms. Zhao.


Reports cards were distributed at the end of January and all students were asked to complete a Report Card reflection. Students were asked to see what they could do to achieve success at school. Both Mr. Bylsma and I are looking forward to reading their thoughts. We held our second rounds of student/parent interviews on February 6th and 7th. If you were not able to connect with teachers at that time, please call or email. Parents are encouraged to log into PowerSchool on a regular basis to ensure that they stay current on their child’s progress.


We are in the midst of helping our grade 9’s register for grade 10 courses for next year. It is a reminder for parents to ensure that high school transfer forms are due March 15 should they wish to transfer out of their designated high school.


Our basketball season is also underway with four teams shooting and defending strong. Colonel Irvine students are welcome to come and support our teams during our home games. A parent or adult supervisor must accompany any student wanting to support our teams at other schools. Our coaches are not able to supervise students while coaching at away games.


Pink Shirt Day is Feb. 26. Wearing pink demonstrates an understanding of the importance of promoting healthy relationships and actively working toward creating learning and work environments that are safe where bullying behaviours cannot exist. We encourage all students and staff to wear pink to support anti-bullying.


I am very pleased to share that Ms. Elkhatib had a baby boy January 22. Both Mom and baby are doing well. In her absence, I would like to welcome Ms. Kim Vo as the newest Roadrunner Staff member to Colonel Irvine School. We are delighted to have her join our school learning community.


Bea Ko


Dec 20
December 2019

Season’s greetings! We are entering into the holiday season and with that comes the excitement and anticipation of the festivities associated with it. For many people, the coming of a new year provides us with an occasion to slow down long enough to reflect upon and to be thankful for those things that are important and dear to us. It also affords us an opportunity to look ahead with a renewed sense of optimism and hope and to dream about what could be in the world. It is at this time of year, perhaps more so than at other times, when we recognize the positive difference that we can make in the lives of others through generosity, good citizenship and graciousness.

In the Colonel Irvine school community, citizenship is alive and well. Our students, parents and staff continue to be actively involved in contributing to the creation of a better local and global community. This year is no exception as again we continue to undertake charitable initiatives such as the Mayor’s Food Drive in the weeks leading up to our winter break. These initiatives speak to the consideration and compassion that our school community extends to others less fortunate. We also wrapped up our Terry Fox fundraiser and I am very happy to share that we exceeded our goal of $2500.  Many thanks to our Student Council team who spearheaded our fundraising activities.  

On another note, the first Parent-Student-Teacher Interviews were in November and many parents visited with their child’s teachers to help promote the process of effective communication between home and school. Parents are also encouraged to check Power School on a regular basis to ensure that they stay current on their child’s progress at school. As always, if you have questions regarding your child’s performance, please contact their teachers. Email addresses for all teachers can be found on the school web site at Since the beginning of the school year, staff has been engaged in the process of school development work. The most current version of our school development plan, with priorities for the school year, is posted for your perusal on the school web site. The School Results Report for last year (2018-19) is also posted on the school web site. If anyone would like to talk to me about either of these documents, feel free to contact me at the school.

At this time, I’d also like to share some fantastic news with our school community.  Both of our temporary teachers, Ms. Jenny Le and Mr. Nicholas Wright will be receiving probationary contracts and staying with us until the end of this school year. Thank you to our parents who were so supportive and rallied around our staff through this time of uncertainty.

I would also like to thank our staff for volunteering their time for our sport teams and clubs that we have at Colonel Irvine School. I am so proud to be part of our school learning community that actively engage students in so many different ways.  As 2019 draws to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many parents and community members that encourage and support our students and staff. The successes that students experience at Colonel Irvine would not be possible without your assistance and generosity. On behalf of all staff, I extend wishes to the entire school community for a wonderful winter break and a happy, prosperous and peaceful 2020. I hope that this holiday season will be a time of peace and good will and that you will have an opportunity to spend as much of it as possible with family and friends.

Thank you for your continued support of our school community.

Bea Ko​

Nov 15
November 2019

I’d like to thank all the parents who came out for our school council meeting on Tuesday, November 12th.  We went over 2 important things, one being our school development plan (SDP) which is will be posted to our school website and our budget. We are still working to finalize our budget this year. We will have more information in the next few weeks as the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) is looking at different ways to balance the 2019-2020 budget with the recent cutbacks from the provincial budget. The CBE will carefully review every option before finalizing our budget in an effort to minimize the impacts to student learning. Despite the changes we will have to make, our commitment to students and a strong public education system will not waiver.

School Development Plan (SDP):

The SDP was created through a collaborative effort by staff over the past couple of months during our early dismissal afternoons and non-instructional days. We analyzed our Provincial Achievement Test results, surveys and report card data to set goals and strategies for learning. Teachers will be using what research has shown are high impact teaching strategies to support student learning and achievement. Full details of our SDP can be found on our website on Novemer 30:

Our administrative team, comprised of our learning leaders, will monitor and re-visit our SDP throughout the school year. We will be using a learning cycle review process to action, review, and adjust instructional strategies as we work toward the SDP goals. We will continue to analyze schoolwork and gather feedback about student progress to assist in determining next steps for learning.

Progress Reports and Parent-Teacher Interviews:

Progress reports will be sent home for core classes only (ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies) on Friday, November 15th.

Our parent-teacher interviews will be on Wednesday/Thursday November 20/21 from 4:20-8:20pm and Friday, November 22 from 9am-12noon.   Please note we will also be offering an information session for grade 9 parents regarding high school programming and registration on the nights of the parent-teacher interviews:

·       6:30 pm on the Wed/Thurs and

·       10:30 am on the Friday

Interviews can be booked online starting at 4:00pm on Friday, November 15th.

Staff Update:

We are very pleased to welcome back Ms. Cherry Zhao returning from her parental leave.  We are delighted to have her rejoin our school learning community. We’d like to thank Ms. Sunny Yang for filling in for Ms. Zhao during her leave.


Good luck to all volleyball teams for making into playoffs. Junior girls will be playing at 4:00 pm at Senator Patrick Burns on Monday, November 18th while the Senior Girls will be playing at home again Sir John A Macdonald athletes. Both the girls’ matches are semi-finals. Both our Junior and Senior Boys are in the finals on Tuesday, November 19th. Senior Boys will be at Senator Patrick Burns and Juniors Boys will be playing at home. Come out and support our Roadrunners!!

If you have questions or concerns about our SDP or on any matter, please feel free to contact myself or Mr. Bylsma. 

Oct 07
October 2019

September was a busy month with many sport teams starting their season and activities at the school. We’ve had a great start and we’d like to th​ank all of our parents for allowing us to work with your children! We have an amazing learning community at Colonel Irvine School.


Students and staff alike have settled well and we have quickly been able to focus on the important work of teaching and learning. It is now one month into school and we trust that your child is continuing to learn and enjoy school. Communication is important to us. As always, you are welcome to contact your child’s teacher, and/or contact Mr. Bylsma, Assistant Principal at or myself, Ms. Ko, Principal at, or by phoning the office.


Thanks to all parents and students that attended “Meet the Teacher” night on September 18. The turnout was fabulous and confirms that parents in the Colonel Irvine community are committed to building a strong partnership with the school and their child’s teachers. We still have a couple of vacant spots on our School Council. Our next meeting is October 8th at 6:30pm. Thanks to our parents for filling in so many different roles. Should you wish to volunteer at the school, and you are most welcome, you will need a police volunteer security clearance and complete an annual volunteer form. Please come to the office to see our admin assistant Ms. J. Gale to complete these. We greatly appreciate all of the volunteer assistance we receive at Colonel Irvine!

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We held our annual Terry Fox in September with a pep rally organized by our Terry Fox committee of teachers that showcased the history of Terry Fox, his dream and our fundraiser.  Thanks to our Terry Fox committee for organizing our run and pep rally. We raised over $300 in one day through selling tape strips to make Mr. Cheema and Mr. Pich stick to the wall in our pep rally. It’s amazing to see everyone work together to support our cancer fundraiser.  We have raised about $8500 for the Terry Fox Foundation for the past 5 years through our fundraising initiatives. Our goal this year is $2500.00. Keep your ears open for more fundraising events.

Our professional development day on September 20th provided valuable time for our staff to collaborate and gather evidence of student learning. Time was also spent planning the strategies and goals for our students who are on Individual Program Plans (IPP’s) and English Language Learning (ELL) Benchmarks. Parents and guardians of students with an IPP should have been contacted by their child’s key IPP teacher. Please remember, do not hesitate to contact your child’s teachers if you have any queries regarding their educational progress. Teacher email and telephone voicemail information, as well as other useful educational and school-related information, can be found on the school webpage (


We joined other CBE schools, as well as people around the country in commemorating Orange Shirt Day on Monday, September 30. We held an assembly as a part of this commemoration as well as to let students know that we are connected with the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund as a Legacy School. You can find more about the Legacy School program at


Our first virtue for September, October and November is Belonging and our first Virtue assembly is on November 29th. These are wonderful celebrations and you are most welcome to attend. More information will be sent closer to the date regarding the times. The virtue program at Colonel Irvine includes a Health/Character block period every 2nd Friday that alternates with our Math Block on the other Fridays. Please talk to your child about their daily work in this area.




Ms. Bea Ko


Sep 03
September 2019

September 2019

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year. I hope that everyone had a terrific summer holiday and that all students and their families are ready for a successful start to this school year. The start of the school year is a busy and exciting time. As a staff, we are excited to be partners in students’ learning and education. We know that working to develop good work habits, taking time to relax when we can, eating well and getting enough sleep are key factors in being successful.

This message is intended to let parents know about staff changes from the last school year and upcoming events. Please feel free to contact the school if you have any questions.

Staff Updates

I am pleased to share several new talented staff members that are joining us this year.

Welcome to the following individuals that are new to Colonel Irvine School:

  • Ms. Sarah Scott – Science and Options
  • Mr. Scott Claiter - Humanities
  • Mr. Nicholas Wright – Humanities and Options


Returning to Colonel Irvine from parental leave:  

  • Ms. Leah Hughson – Learning Leader - Resource


First Day of School- Tuesday, September 3, 2019

First day of school for our grade 5, 6 & 7 students will be Tuesday, September 3. Lunch will be provided to students. We will be serving a hamburger, juice and bits and bites snacks for lunch. There is a vegetarian option for the burger. If your son/daughter has any other dietary restrictions, please have him/her pack their own lunch for that day.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

All students will be in.

Early Friday Dismissal Reminder

This is a reminder that on Fridays we will have early dismissals unless it is a non-instructional day or a statutory holiday. On Friday, September 6, 2019 there is a BBQ lunch for all students and staff at 11:00 am. We will be serving beef hotdogs and a juice box. A vegetarian option will be available. If your son/daughter has any other dietary restrictions, please have him/her pack their own snack for that morning.


Student options are manually timetabled to ensure students get most of their top choices. We then integrate those choices into the timetable each student receives. This is a front-end work intensive process but it does reduce the number of students requesting changes once they receive their timetable. If students have questions about the option classes they are scheduled in, they are encouraged to come to the office to speak with Mr. Bylsma or Ms. Ko.

School Council

The School Council is very active part of our school community. We’d like to extend an invitation to all parents who wish to join the School Council. Our first meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 10 at 6:30. We appreciate the time and dedication of our parents in supporting students, staff and our community. We encourage all parents/guardians to be involved in some capacity throughout the year. All positions for council are currently open and elections will be held at the first meeting of the year.

Meet the Teacher Evening

Parents are invited to “Meet the Teacher” Night Wednesday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m. This is your first opportunity to meet your child’s teachers and we look forward to seeing you there. We will also be offering help sessions for parents to navigate through Power School, a website to help parents/guardians to view and monitor student progress at the school. Please note that this is not a parent-teacher interview evening (November 20, 21 and the 22 will be our first parent-teacher interviews), but rather a chance for you to put faces to the names of your child’s teachers and to help in establishing strong communication connections between school and families.

Photo Day

Photo day will be on Thursday, September 19. All students will be required to take a photo for their School ID card.

Terry Fox Run

Our Terry Fox Run will be on Friday, September 27 in the morning. Fundraising activities will begin shortly and continue through the fall season as our school has committed to raising $2000 for the Terry Fox Foundation. Our students have always shown great leadership and effort in raising funds for charity. I believe that we will be able to achieve our goal of $2000. Together we can and do make a difference.​ 

Jun 28
June 2019

​It’s hard to believe that another school year has come and gone. We’ve had a great year with many things to be thankful for. Many highlights throughout the year that include our band concerts, winter movie night, sporting events and Lunar New Year Celebration to name a few. The one that stands out the most was celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day this year as a whole school community. We’d like to give special thanks to Sheena Breaker, Malcolm Cow, Ralph Weasel Fat and Becky Matiowsky for providing us guidance and support in making the day so successful. The day wouldn’t have been possible without their knowledge and guidance. 

I would like to thank parents, our educational partners, for all of their support. Parental support has in various ways contributed significantly towards making this year a successful one for students at Colonel Irvine School. Gratitude is extended to all parents and community members that volunteered their time and effort in support of students at school functions this year. Without your support, many of the special events would not be possible. Thank you to those volunteers who joined us for an appreciation lunch, realizing that was only a small fraction of our volunteers. We value and appreciate all of our volunteer’s time and commitment to our schools learning community.

Special thanks to members of this year’s School Council: Windchill Ha (Chairperson), Karen Charlton (Vice-Chair), Jenny Woo,  (Treasurer), Megan Limbird (Secretary), Annette Lovan (Sign-up Volunteer Coordinator), and Sarah Wong (Casino and Social Media Coordinator) Wendy Farrance (Band Liaison), Heather McRae (Key Communicator), Nora Low (Special Events Coordinator), Nathalie Callede (Fundraising Coordinator), Mearah Tong and Diane Myers (Auditors), Julie Wu and Tim Suddaby (Directors)  for their contributions. Your work has been invaluable to our school learning community. 

We will be having our first council meeting September 10, 2019 @ 6:30. School council will be holding an election at that time. Regardless of whether or not you aspire to one of these positions, your attendance and support in school matters would be greatly appreciated. Please join us!!

Staffing Updates

Dr. Ma has taught with the CBE for over 25 years, and has been a strong supporter and advocate of the Mandarin Program.  As one of the founding teachers of the Mandarin Program, Dr. Ma has decided to retire. He has reached this very important milestone, and will be embarking onto a new chapter in his life.  He has taught many students over the years and will be greatly missed by both students and staff. Thank you to his many years of service to the CBE and in particular the Mandarin Program. We wish him the very best and his Colonel Irvine family will miss him and his dumplings.

Ms. Ramona Cook has accepted a new position as an Indigenous Education Learning Leader for the next school year. We like to thank Ms. Cook for her service to Colonel Irvine School. Students, parents and staff will miss her and we wish her well with her future endeavors. 

We’d like to welcome Ms. Sarah Hills and Mr. Scott Claiter to Colonel Irvine School. They both come to us with a variety of experience and we are excited for them to join our family at Colonel Irvine School.  We will be finalizing staffing details in late August and early September. 

As the 2018-19 school year draws to close, I like to say a special farewell to all students, parents and staff. Changes are never easy but I hope that everyone will see opportunities within change. Whether you will be entering high school, going to another school or staying at Colonel Irvine, I hope that all of you will have a successful transition. 

Best wishes to all families for a great finish to the school year. 

Bea  Ko


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