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It is important that you call the school if your child is going to be absent or arriving late. Please report all absences to the Attendance Line at 403-777-7280 ext 1. See more on our Attendance page.Please note absence calls received after 1pm may not be entered until the next day.
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Our school hours effective 9/1/2022 are as follows:
Monday - Thursday
8:20 AM - 11:50 AM 10:58 AM - 11:43 AM- Lunch [...]

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See ourClasses & Departmentspage for links to our teacher and/or classroom blogs.Teaching StaffName & Email  Phone Extension  Program | Subjects
Ms. Sherry Xu  7030  Mandarin | 6AMath, Science, Chinese LA
Ms. Janet Gaw  7028  Mandarin | 6B English LA, Social
Ms. Sunny Yang  7032  Mandarin |6C Math, Science, Chinese LA
Ms. Elly Yu  7003  Mandarin | 5A Math, Science, Chinese LA
Ms. Melanie Lee  7005  Mandarin | 5BEnglish [...]

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Summer Update and Reminders for Families | June 15, 2022

Dates to Remember


Principal's Message

The Week Ahead - September 26

​Good afternoon, Colonel Irvine School Community. Today was a non-instructional day for all of CBE’s schools. Our teachers worked in curricular groups and looked at Individual Program Plans and English Language Benchmarking. The non-instructional days provide our staff with time to collaborate with each other to best support teaching and learning.  
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 extremely fortunate to have a council to support our learning community. If you missed this meeting and are interested in participating this year, the next meeting will be Tuesday, October 11th. More details to come. 
We will be having a bubble tea fundraiser for Wednesday, September 28th. We are again partnering with Gong Cha (Country Hills and Marlborough location) to raise money for the Terry Fox Foundation (TFF). Students can purchase mango slush with pearls or a milk tea with pearls for $8. Please note that we will not be able to provide any refunds once the order is put through. All proceeds will go towards cancer research. Cancer has touched the lives of so many and we are proud to support this cause annually. This year we have a goal of raising $3000 for the TFF. Donations can also be made online at  Thank you to all the students who brought in a toonie and more for Terry yesterday. We are grateful for the generosity of our students and families. Together we can make a difference.  
On Thursday, September 29th we will be encouraging students to wear orange shirts to school. The official Orange Shirt Day this year is Friday, September 30th which is also the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Orange Shirt Day was created as an opportunity to reflect on the effects of residential schools and their legacy. As a school, on the 29th, we will be reflecting on the impacts of residential schools and engaging in learning and discussing the seven grandfather teachings as we reflect on the question posed by Elder Casey Eagle Speaker, “What is something you can do?” 
Thank you for your continued support.  
Ms. Ko & Ms. Dalwood 
Colonel Irvine Office Hours 
Monday - Thursday 
Please be aware phones are not monitored outside of these hours. Thank you for your understanding. 
School doors will open to students at 8:05am, 15 minutes prior to classes starting. Supervision is not available before this time so please keep that in mind when dropping off your children early, especially during inclement weather. 
Please also be aware that we do not require parents/guardians to come in and sign students out if they are leaving mid-day. You can just call or email us with the time and reason for the absence and then call and let us know when you are here (or ring the doorbell) and we will send them out.  
Teachers will not be able to return phone calls or email until the end of the day. If you need to get in touch with your student during the day, or if you will be picking up your student early, please contact the main office. Teachers may not see emails during class time.  
Dates to Remember 
Wednesday, Sept 28th – Bubble Tea Fundraiser - $8 Pre-orders on Mon/Tues 
Thursday, Sept 29th – Orange Shirt Day for our school 
Friday, September 30 – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – No School 
Monday, October 3 – Picture Day 
Tuesday, October 4 – OUR School survey – students complete in school 
Friday, October 7 – System PL Indigenous Education Day – Non-Instructional Day 
Monday, October 10 – Thanksgiving – No School  
Tuesday, October 11 – School Council Meeting @ 6:30 pm  
School Council 
Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for the joint AGM on Tuesday!  
And please join me in welcoming our 2022-2023 volunteers: 
CISC/CIPAA: CI School Council / Parent Advisory Association 
Chair: Kirsten Pugh 
Vice-Chair: Claire Kraatz 
Treasurer: Jennie Lee-Chan 
Secretaries: Cindy Cannady & Berney Joseph 
Casino Coordinators: Sarah Wong & Mark Tang 
CIBPA Liaison: Linda Liu/Annette Lovan 
Key Communicator: Erin Gagner 
Social Media Coordinator: Claire Kraatz 
Director: Vinna Vuong 
Event Coordinator(s): [vacant] 
Fundraising Coordinator(s): [vacant] 
CIBPA: CI Band Parent Association 
Chair: Linda Liu 
Vice-Chair: Annette Lovan 
Treasurer: Gord Mark 
Secretary: Amanda Au-Yeung 
Fundraising Coordinator: [vacant] 
Parent Volunteer Coordinator: [vacant] 
If anyone is interested in any of the vacant positions, please contact Kirsten ( or Linda (  Thanks in advance for considering volunteering! 
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  
Thursday, September 29th – season opener for the Boys Volleyball Team 
Jr Boys 4 pm – Home game vs Senator Patrick Burns 
Sr Boys 5 pm - Home game vs Senator Patrick Burns 
Soccer – 4:30 game times 
Boys – Home game – Mon. Sept 26, Away game @ SJAM on Wed. Sept. 28th  
Girls - Home game – Tues. Sept 27, Away game @ TBR on Thurs. Sept. 29th  
Cafeteria Menu 
The cafeteria is unable to make change for bills larger than $20 and prefers exact change. We are not set up for debit at this time.  
Cutlery is provided for students purchasing food from the cafeteria, if they are not purchasing food from the cafeteria, you need to pack cutlery for your student.  
Monday – BBQ Chicken Subs 
Tuesday – Beef Chili with Rice 
Wednesday – Chicken Fettucine 
Thursday – Butter Chicken with Rice 
Student Devices at School 
Please be reminded that cell phones are to be in lockers all day except for lunch time. Students may use their devices during their 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 as Colonel Irvine School will not be held responsible for lost or stolen devices. There is a school phone that students can use. 
Students will be asked to take their device to the office if they have it with them outside the lunch break. 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. If this continues, parents/guardians may be asked to pick up the device.  
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 8:00-8:25am 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 crosswalks by the school. Please DO NOT jaywalk across the street – this is both unsafe and illegal. 
Lock Bicycle in Courtyard to Prevent Theft 
We encourage students to use the bike rack in our courtyard. Unfortunately, we had a couple of bikes stolen several years ago from out front when bikes were locked on the front rails of the school.  
Gym Strip 
Irvine gym strips are for sale. T-shirts and shorts are $15 each and hoodies are $25 each. We encourage students to purchase Irvine gear as it promotes a sense of community. However, it is not mandatory. Students must change into physical activity appropriate clothing during Phys. Ed. Class. Families who want to purchase Irvine gym strips may get a form from the PE team and provide the appropriate payment amount. We do accept cash/cheques/online payment. If you choose to pay online, please provide a copy of the payment confirmation page. Thanks, and feel free to email any PE team members with questions.  
In case of bus delays after school, there is a student phone available in the hallway outside of the main office for students to reach you. Students will not be left unattended. This phone is unable to call long-distance phone numbers. Office phones are not monitored after 3:30pm. You should have a backup plan in place for when a bus is not available. 
MyBusStop App and 
It is linked to the bus’s GPS which allows for up-to-date tracking of the physical bus.  
This code will be required to sign up. CBEYI3VWMG – web browser 
You can sign up for email notifications!  This means timely updates, as soon as dispatch posts a delay.  This also applies to any updates for the delays. 
Our recommendation is that you utilize both systems. 
Technical support is available for both systems, please contact the support email for whichever system you are having issues with. 
When time allows the school will also send out a School Messenger with details. Please pay attention to the effected routes that will be mentioned in the message title. 
Student Handbook 
Available on the School Website 
Culture & Environment > Code of Conduct > Resources (lower right corner of webpage) 
Share Your Perspectives About the Possibility of Transitioning to the Traditional School Calendar within the CBE 
This fall, the CBE is gathering feedback on the possibility of transitioning modified-calendar schools to the traditional calendar. 
Over the years, changes to attendance areas and school programming have made maintaining two school calendars challenging for families and for CBE operations. Additionally, there are many benefits to operating on one school calendar. These include: 
Supporting equity by providing students with greater access to language and alternative programs that typically operate on the traditional calendar. 
Easing scheduling challenges resulting from some families having children attending schools operating on two different calendars. 
 Reducing operational challenges and improving efficiencies across the CBE. 
Learn more about these benefits and the factors that will be considered in decision-making by attending an in-person information session on Sept. 27 or a virtual information session on Sept. 29. Both sessions will provide an opportunity to get your questions answered and share your perspectives. 
We also invite you to share your perspectives about the possible transition to the traditional calendar in an online survey open from Sept. 30 to Oct. 19, 2022  
[Survey link will be sent out September 30] More information about this initiative is available here. 
Lifetouch Photography is excited to announce the launch of a new way to access photos online.  
After much safety and security testing, Lifetouch developed a way for families to access their child’s photo using their student ID number.  
Go to our website at, click on Student ID and follow the detailed instructions to view and order photos.    
If you have any questions on this ordering process, please call the Lifetouch Customer Care Line at 1.866.457.8212 or access the live chat on our website,  
Parents can still access their photos online by using their child’s portrait ID and access code. By enabling the option of using your child’s student ID number, it gives people another way to access photos if they lose their proof sheet. ​

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Colonel Irvine School

412 Northmount Dr NW Calgary, AB, T2K 3H6
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Bea Ko
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Nicole Dalwood
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