Sep 07
Welcome to CJFS!

Dear CJFS families,

Welcome back to all of our returning students and a warm and friendly welcome to our families new to Colonel J. Fred Scott School. We have had a wonderful start to the school year and it has been wonderful to see so many smiling faces!

I would like to express my gratitude for the trust you placed in us every day to care for and educate your children. It is a privilege to partner with you in helping students explore, learn and grow every day.

We are incredibly grateful for each of you and the time we will spend with you, and your children, over the coming school year. We are excited about all the new opportunities this next year will bring!


Mr. Scott Robinson


Jun 24
Year End Message from Colonel J. Fred Scott School

Hello CJFS Families!

Thanks to everyone for a great year at CJFS.  Although the 2020-2021 school year brought many unprecedented challenges, together, with the help of our school community, we navigated through the year learning new strategies and coming out strong and resilient.

We have a few final notes to wrap up the school year:

  1.  Please note that tomorrow, Friday, June 25 is the last day of classes for students. 
    • Classes are from 8:30 am – 12:05 pm.


  1. Report Cards: 
    • We will send home printed paper copies of report cards with students on their last day of school, tomorrow, June 25.
    • The report cards can also be viewed in your MyCBE / PowerSchool parent account at starting June 26..
    • After June 25, if you still require a paper copy, you are welcome to come to the school office on Monday, June 28 or Tuesday, June 29 from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm to pick it up.  Only parents or legal guardians are able to pick up report cards.
    • HUB Students:  Paper copies of report cards are not printed for HUB students unless requested.  Please call the school office to request a copy and they will be available for pick up on Monday, June 28 and Tuesday, June 29.


  1. First Day of School in September, 2021:
    • Grades 1 – 6:  A reminder that our first day of school is Wednesday, September 1, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm.  
    • Kindergarten:   Students will have a staggered entry for the first week of September.  Individual letters outlining dates and times have been sent home.
    • September calendar:  A link to the September, 2021 school calendar was sent home.  We will send home printed copies with any changes during the first week of school in September.


​​We wish everyone a safe, and well deserved, relaxing summer break.  We look forward to seeing everyone in the fall.



Scott Robinson, Principal

Chantal Petersen, Assistant Principal


Sep 09
September 2020 - Welcome Back!
 Hello CJFS Families!

We hope you all had a great “Back to School" week here at CJFS.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their participation and learning of our new safety protocols that have been implemented to keep our school safe.

Please note the following important information to review for our upcoming school year:


  • COVID-19 DAILY CHECKIST:  Please remember to use the COVID-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist and do not send your child(ren) to school if they are displaying any symptoms on this list.  This list was sent home in the Student Forms packages that went home last week and via email on August 31.  COVID-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist 
  • STUDENT FORM PACKAGES:  Our student forms packages went home last week.  Please complete all colored forms and return to school with your child(ren) next week.  It is important for us to have the most current information for your child(ren) and family on file at all times.
  • STUDENT HEALTH FORMS:  We have received a last minute change to our “Student Health Forms". 
      • Please dispose/recycle the yellow copy of the form (dated April 2014)
      • Please complete and return the purple form (dated August 2020)
  • SCHOOL INQUIRIES:  During this unusual school start-up, we encourage any inquiries be sent via email at  We need to minimize the number of people coming into the school to ensure the safety of all students and staff.
  • IN PERSON VISITS:  If you must visit the school office in person, please call to make an appointment.  Upon arrival for your appointment, ensure you utilize the hand sanitizer stations in the front foyer and wear a mask.
  • EARLY PICK UP:  If you need to pick up your child early from school, please call ahead to our school office so we can have your child ready for pick up.  We will have you come into our front foyer, sanitize and wear a mask in order to sign your child(ren) out for the day.
  • VOLUNTEERS:  We cannot have volunteers in the building for the 2020-2021 school year due to minimizing the number of people in the building.  If the volunteer protocol is reviewed and/or changed throughout the year, we will let families know.
  • LUNCHES and STUDENT ITEM DROP OFF:  Due to COVID protocols, we are unable to accept student items that are being dropped off at the school office including lunches, water bottles, masks, glasses, etc.  Please ensure your child(ren) brings all items they will need for the day when they leave home.  The school will accommodate child(ren)  with anything we are able to such as emergency lunch and snacks as well as disposable cups for water for that day.  You can notify us in advance by calling the school office if you have a situation your child(ren) requires assistance with.
  • LUNCH ROOM REGISTRATION:  Please register your child(ren)  on-line as soon as possible if your student is staying for lunch at school.  Fees cannot be paid until October 1, 2020.   
  • FEES:  You will be notified of school fees by October 1, 2020.  The are payable on-line through your MyCBE/PowerSchool Account.  No fees will be available to pay until October 1, 2020.  We are unable to accept cash or cheque.
  • MYCBE/POWER SCHOOL ACCOUNT:   If you have not already set up your MyCBE/PowerSchool account, you can do so at the following link:
  • ATTENDANCE LINE:  Please call the attendance line at 403-777-6710, option 1, or email if your student will be away from school.  Alberta Health Services has asked that we track why students are absent.  Please be specific as to why your child is absent.
  • WEBSITE:  Please visit our website for all of the most current information and calendar updates at

If you have any questions regarding any of this information, please contact our school office at 403-777-6710. 



​Scott Robinson (Principal)

Apr 23
Spring 2020 Message

Hello CJFS Families!​

I hope you and your family are keeping safe and well. We miss the students tremendously at CJFS!!

By now, all students have had access to Google Classroom for their daily school activities.  All classes have also had an opportunity to have a class meeting, where students and staff connect with each other through the video conferencing app of Google Meet. Teachers were thrilled with their first Google Meet   when they saw their students’ happy faces again!

Teachers are working very hard to organize ongoing on-line learning for students. This is a steep learning curve for everybody – students, parents and staff!!  We realize that learning on-line from home will place significant demands on families and we will do our best to make this work successfully for both students and their families.  We appreciate your understanding that we are all learning how to do this together. We are available every weekday to answer any questions you may have and support you in any way that we are able. Please do not hesitate to call the school at 403-777-6710 if needed. 

The spring weather is finally arriving!!!  With that, there is a temptation for students to play on our two school playgrounds. School playgrounds remain closed due to the social distancing expectations to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  We ask for your support to remain off of the school playground equipment until these areas are officially re-opened.


Thanks to the family that left the kind message on our playground!  We appreciate it! We miss you all too!

Scott Robinson


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Aug 26
Welcome Back!

Welcome to the 2019 – 2020 school year!  We are happy to welcome both our returning and our new families to Colonel J. Fred Scott School and we look forward to working closely with you and your children.  

Staff and students will begin the year by talking about how we can work together and to continue to make CJFS a great community of learning.  We would encourage all parents to talk about these ideas with your children and to review the opening pages of the Student Agenda to ensure you understand the foundations of our work at school. 

We have a wonderful staff at CJFS and are pleased to welcome new and returning staff.  Our work together has already been thought provoking and we are excited about this new school year.  This year, our staff will be:


Ms. Y. Atsin Lunchroom Supervisor                                  Mrs. S. Jabali, Kindergarten

Mr. M. Collins, PE Specialist                                             Ms. D. Klem, Grade 3-4

Ms. A. Coupland, Education Assistant                              Ms. D. Knust, Education Assistant       

Mrs. J. Duros, Facility Operator, afternoons                      Ms. B. Kolb, Grade 3-4, Learning Leader

Mrs. L. Deol, Lunchroom Supervisor                                 Ms. N. Lauchlan, Grade 1-2

Ms. E. Deschamps, Lunchroom Supervisor                       Mrs. C. Luzzi, Library Asst & Lunchrm

Mrs. A. Dhadda, Admin Secretary                                      Mrs. S. McLellan, Grade 3-4

Ms. A. Dixon, Grade 1-2                                                     Ms. V. Medford, Education Assistant

Mrs. J. Dixon, Grade 1-2                                                     Mrs. C. Petersen, Assistant Principal  

Mrs. L. Dryden, Grade 3-4                                                   Mr. S. Robinson, Principal  

Mrs. R. El-Haj-Ahmed, Lead Lunchroom Supervisor           Ms. K. Roeding, Grade 1-2

Ms. T. Engel, Diversity Learning Leader                              Mrs. C. Sasse, Resource

Mrs. K Eriksen 1-2, Learning Leader                                   Ms. K Schulhof, Grade 1-2

Ms. H. Exner, Grade 3-4                                                            Ms. S. Schumacher, Education Assist

Ms. L. Farley, Grade 1-2                                                      Ms. M. Serquina, Education Assistant

Mrs. M. Gawley, Bookkeeper                                               Ms. M. Shustack, Kindergarten             

Mrs. S. Grant, School Secretary                                          Mrs. T. Storrier, Grade 5-6

Ms. B. Greaves, Grade 3-4                                                  Ms. D. Taylor, Grade 5-6                      

Ms. S. Gulamhusein, Kindergarten, Learning Leader          Ms. M. Tran, Grade 5-6

Ms. J. Gunderson, Music Specialist                                     Mr. V. Thelmo, Facility Operator          

Mr. K. Higgins, Teacher Grade 5-6                                       Mrs. S. Warmerdam, Lunch Sup.

                                                                                              Ms. S. Yap, Grade 5-6


We look forward to seeing you soon. 

 Mr. Robinson, Mrs. Petersen & the CJFS Staff​​

Oct 29
Reporting to Parents at CJFS

Dear Families,

There are many ways a child’s progress is reported throughout the year.  In order to be sure that parents have a thorough understanding of student progress we have developed the following process:

Classroom Social Media accounts

There are many different ways to communicate to parents through social media in today’s world.  We have given the choice to teachers to communicate through either a classroom blog, Twitter or Instagram.  At least monthly, each teacher updates their blog, Twitter or Instagram accounts.  These accounts communicate what children are learning and how they are taking up the work in the classrooms.  Things you may see on these accounts are class projects, inquiries, homework, instructions, links to websites etc.  Please ask your child’s teacher for more information on subscribing to their classroom accounts

Parent, Student & Teacher Conferences

During these meetings, parents will talk about questions such as: 

·         What gains have students made over the past 3 months?

·         What gains have been made on the parent’s goals?  The student’s goals?  The IPP goals?

·         Are there new goals for the coming months?

·         What are the next steps for students and how will the student be supported?

·         How has your teacher-parent communication plan been working?

·         What were the results of the Kindergarten Eye Assessment?

First Report Cards

The written report card with comments will be sent home for parents to read.  It will support information shared in the conferences, as well as on-going Teacher & Parent communication.

Mathematics Celebration of Learning – all grades

This Celebration of Learning is designed to provide students with opportunities to share their mathematical learning with our families so that parents better understand the work students are engaged in and can see a wide variety of evidence of student learning.

Year End Celebration of Learning – all students

Our End of Year Celebration of Learning is a celebration of the Artist-in-Residence work taking the form of an art gallery where families can celebrate student success while learning more about art appreciation in school.



Principal, Colonel J. Fred Scott School

Sep 10
Welcome Back!

Welcome to the 2018 – 2019 school year!  We are happy to welcome both our returning and our new families to Colonel J. Fred Scott School and we look forward to working closely with you and your children.  We begin every year by reviewing our three pillars of respect:

  • We respect ourselves     
  • We respect each other    
  • We respect this place


Staff and students will begin the year by talking about how we can work together and to continue to make CJFS a great community of learning.  We would encourage all parents to talk about these ideas with your children and to review the opening pages of the Student Agenda to ensure you understand the foundations of our work at school. 


We have a wonderful staff at CJFS and are pleased to welcome new and returning staff.  Our work together has already been thought provoking and we are excited about this new school year.  Our staff this year will be:


Ms. Y. Atsin Lunchroom Supervisor                    Mrs. S. Jabali, Kindergarten

Ms. J. Bedi, ESL Assistant                                  Ms. D. Klem, Grade 3-4

Mr. M. Collins, PE Specialist                                Ms. D. Knust, Education Assistant       

Ms. A. Coupland, Education Assistant                 Ms. B. Kolb, Grade 3-4

Mrs. J. Duros, Part Time Cleaner                         Mrs. C. Luzzi, Library Assistant & Lunchroom Supv

Mrs. L. Deol, Lunchroom Supervisor                    Ms. L. MacPherson, Grade 5-6, Learning Leader

Ms. E. Deschamps, Lunchroom Supervisor         Mrs. S. McLellan, Grade 3-4

Mrs. A. Dhadda, Admin Secretary                        Ms. V. Medford, Education Assistant

Ms. A. Dixon, Grade 1-2                                       Mrs. D. Omar, Lunchroom Supervisor

Mrs. J. Dixon, Grade 1-2                                       Mr. S. Robinson, Principal  

Ms. S. Downing, Grade 1-2, Learning Leader       Ms. K. Roeding, Grade 1-2

Mrs. L. Dryden, Grade 3-4                                     Mrs. C. Sasse, Resource

Mrs. R. El-Haj-Ahmed, Lunchroom Supervisor      Ms. K Schulhof, Grade 1-2

Ms. T. Engel, Diversity                                            Ms. S. Scott, Grade 5-6

Mrs. K Eriksen 1-2, Learning Leader                      Ms. M. Serquina, Education Assistant

Ms. H. Exner, Grade 3-4                                             Ms. M. Shustack, Kindergarten

Ms. L. Farley, Grade 1-2                                         Mr. C. Southworth, Assistant Principal

Mrs. M. Gawley, Bookkeeper                                  Mrs. T. Storrier, Grade 5-6

Mrs. S. Grant, School Secretary                             Ms. D. Taylor, Grade 5-6

Ms. B. Greaves, Grade 3-4                                     Mr. V. Thelmo, Facility Operator

Ms. S. Gulamhusein, Kindergarten                         Mrs. S. Warmerdam, Lunchroom Supervisor

Ms. J. Gunderson, Music Specialist                        Ms. S. Yap, Grade 5-6

Mrs. P. Hergenhein, Lead Lunchroom Supervisor                                        


We know that school and families make the greatest impact on children’s lives when we work closely together to support learning and we encourage you to become actively involved in our school. In particular, we would like to invite you to attend School Council meetings on the third Thursday of each month, with our first meeting being Thursday, September 27 at 6:30pm in the Learning Commons – everyone is welcome!  

We would also encourage you to attend our Parent Teacher Conferences on September 20h and 21st so that you can help your child’s teacher better understand your child’s learning profile. To use the booking system, you must have a “My CBE Account” by registering at  This is the same account to register for noon supervision if your child is staying at school for lunch.  We are looking forward to a wonderful year at CJFS!



Scott, Chris & the CJFS Staff​

May 08
​The Importance of Oral Language
Every school has processes and traditions which are relatively unique to them. At CJFS we hold a meeting with each and every new family that comes into the school. This is one tradition that we are very proud of because it gives us a chance to meet and get to know each family.  During the meeting, parents are invited to share their future goals for their children. Responses we get often range from hoping their children become doctors, lawyers, engineers and artists to simply children who treat others with kindness and respect. Each response tells us about the love, care and hope that parents feel for their children, but also the importance families place on education and children’s success in school.
The teachers’ job is an awesome responsibility. Families trust us with the most precious thing in the world each and every day. For people to be successful in life we must all have strong literacy skills. Research has shown that the reading ability of a student at the end of grade one is predictive of how they will do in later school years.
In a world where information is everywhere and knowledge changes at light speed, we must raise children to adapt and learn on their own. Parents often ask how we can work together to set students up for success when, in many cases, parents may not have done well in school themselves, or are unsure of how to help their children.
The good news is that it actually is much easier than we might expect. It is true that we need to teach students how to figure out words, decode text and how to think and visualize while reading, but the most important element in literacy development for children is coming to love language and story.
Children who hear more language, whatever the language may be, learn more words and come to understand that language is how we communicate. From the time they are in the womb, to the late elementary years children learn to read and write quicker and easier because they have heard and used many of the words and ideas they encounter.
Oral language (listening and speaking) is the stepping stone to literacy. As students begin to read picture books, early reader books and novels, they make connections to the words and ideas they have heard and used orally. The more we talk, tell and share stories aloud, the more we set children up for success in all areas of future life.
So, what do parents of young children need to do to support their children with literacy? Simply talk to them, tell them stories and read to them from the earliest age possible. The more words and stories we share with children, the more value they place on those words and stories and the more they will want to learn to read themselves.
We can teach children all of the phonics rules and mechanics of reading, but the most powerful force for children learning to read is a love of language and a love of story. That is something we can all share in and enjoy. 

Mar 02
How Math Has Changed

Math in schools has changed quite a bit since I was a child. When I think of my youth in school learning math I think of worksheets. Page after page of worksheets. I think of homework where we practiced math computation skills with little or no context. And half of the time we spent in math class was dedicated to taking up the homework. But the most dreadful part was the math “word problem!”  Word problems like… 

“At 10:00 AM train A left the station and an hour later train B left the same station on a parallel track. If train A traveled at a constant speed of 60 miles per hour and train B at 80 miles per hour, then at what time did train B pass train A?”


“Al's father is 45. He is 15 years older than twice Al's age. How old is Al?” 

When we were young, we really didn’t care how old Al was or what time train A passed train B!!  And we would have many, many similar word problems that had no connection to any of us. To make matters worse, the teachers tried to confuse us with the language they used. They purposefully tried to trick us with words!

Today in schools, we teach math differently. Of course, the actual math is the same and the basics are the same. Teaching the foundations of math is still important, however we now use current brain research, current research on learning and we need to be aware that there are now computers in all schools and homes.  The way we teach math has evolved and students are being asked to think differently about mathematics. 

But this is all very confusing for parents who grew up in the age of ‘old math’. I often hear from parents who ask…

“I don’t understand the math they are doing in schools these days.” 

The job requirements in today’s world have changed dramatically over the years. Many of today’s jobs did not even exist when I was young. As such, the goals for our students in math have also changed. Instead of focusing mostly on computation, we are focusing on the understanding of math concepts and the ability to apply this understanding to real world situations. The Alberta Program of Studies states that the main goals for mathematical education are to prepare students to: 

  • use mathematics confidently to solve problems

  • communicate and reason mathematically

  • appreciate and value mathematics

  • make connections between mathematics and its applications

  • commit themselves to lifelong learning

  • become mathematically literate adults, using mathematics to contribute to society.

This is a very comprehensive list of goals. Not only do we teach the basics of math, but we also teach problem solving skills and communication skills, as well as help students to connect mathematical ideas to other concepts, use mental math, develop mathematical reasoning, and develop visualization skills. 

The biggest problem I hear from parents is that they don’t understand the different math strategies their children bring home from school.  Most parents were only taught one way to solve a math problem.  Many years ago, the teacher would teach the entire class only one way, but students are now learning many ways to solve the same problem. These aren’t different ‘tricks’ to solve a problem but different developmental strategies that fit the needs of each learner. 

Another question I hear from parents is…

“I don’t know how to help my child in Math.” 

We recognize that parents play an important role in shaping the way their children view learning. As a parent, you understand more than anyone else how your child learns and processes information. Instead of thinking about homework for your child in math, please consider:

  • Talk about math in a positive way. A positive attitude about math is infectious.

  • Encourage persistence. Some problems take time to solve.

  • Encourage your child to experiment with different approaches to mathematics. There is often more than one way to solve a math problem.

  • Encourage your child to talk about and show a math problem in a way that makes sense (i.e., draw a picture or use material like macaroni).

  • When your child is solving math problems ask questions such as: Why did you...?  What can you do next? Do you see any patterns?  Does the answer make sense? How do you know? This helps to encourage thinking about mathematics.

  • Connect math to everyday life and help your child understand how math influences them (i.e. shapes of traffic signs, walking distance to school, telling time).

  • Play family math games together that add excitement such as checkers, junior monopoly, math bingo and uno.

  • Computers + math = fun! There are great computer math games available on the internet that you can discover with your child.

  • Talk with your child’s teacher about difficulties he/she may be experiencing. When teachers and parents work together, children benefit

          Adapted from information provided by the Ontario Ministry of Education.

I would also encourage you to stay as informed as possible by reading our schools communication through our school/teacher blogs, twitter, newsletters and agendas. Also, please stay in constant communication with your child’s teacher to stay on top of what they are learning in Math. 

With regards to homework, the current research states that homework in elementary school does not improve academic achievement. That doesn’t mean that we need to get rid of homework completely, but we can improve it! According to research, five to ten minutes of homework has the same effect as one or two hours. We now realize that the worst thing you can do for homework is give students projects to do at home or have parents teach a new concept. Instead, the best homework is reinforcing something your child has already learned! ​


Scott Robinson, Principal

Colonel J. Fred Scott School


Feb 07
Math Tasks

As a school and as a system we are working on learning and developing ‘high impact math tasks.’ In other words, we are studying math lessons demonstrated by research to have the biggest impact on student learning. This year we are working on studying the latest research from John Hattie and Jo Boaler. 

Both of these authors have done extensive research in the area of high impact strategies.  Hattie’s research group conducted a study involving over three million students that fount some of the best strategies for learning.  These were then ranked for their effectiveness within his book Visible Learning For Mathematics.  These include teacher clarity (making sure students understand what and why they are learning), building good math tasks, student collaboration, direct instruction and effective assessment.

Math is an area of considerable stress and anxiety for many students.  Much of the research states that all students can and should do well in math if they have the right mindset to do so.  A mindset is a way of thinking that believes that we can be successful.  In many ways, it refers to the power of positive thinking and self-confidence, but it is more than that.  It is actually a way to believe we can accomplish our goals because we are able to grow and learn.  This idea is based in “brain plasticity,” that our brain can and will build new connections as we learn. 

In Jo Boaler’s book Mathematical Mindsets, she outlines the strategies, tasks and ideas that support students in building their growth mindsets in math.  These include mathematical growth mindset, flexibility in thinking, assessment and seeing the beauty in numbers. 

It is my hope, as we move through this work, that these ideas will be visible and evident throughout our school as this will show that it is truly having an effect on our school culture. 

-Mr. Scott Robinson


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