At Colonel Sanders School we are proud of our students' understanding of the importance of safety drills. It is always impressive to see our grade 1-4 students exiting the school in such a calm manner for our yearly fire drills. We have already completed our first two drills of the 2022-2023 school year and, as usual, the students demonstrated a high level of wisdom and respect!
We had the opportunity to welcome Frank Turning Robe to our school. He shared his experiences at Residential Schools with our students, as well as his perspective on building bridges with people and communities and his desire to focus on the positive. We learned about Frank Turning Robe's Truth, which enhances our study of our own personal Truths. Students were recognized at a Character Assembly for recognizing their Truth, as well as working toward and/or using strategies to support themselves in developing through their Truth.
As a staff we have been focused on the New Alberta Curriculum for English Language Arts and Literature, Mathematics, and Physical Education and Wellness. We are working on developing common understandings of how students will show what they know in reading, writing, and mathematics. This will enable us to be clear with our academic expectations for students and support clear communication of student progress to families.
We have several items coming up! Inculding Remembrance Day, Universal Children's Day and our second round of Learning Conferences.
Universal Children's Day is an opportunity for students and staff to wear traditional clothing to school to share a bit about their cultural background. It is a time to embrace each person for who they are and to build understanding, bridges and links with other cultures. This year the school, with the financial support of our School Council, is planning to host an Indigenous presentation which will include dancers and singers. We are in the final stages of the planning process! This will be an amazing day filled with learning and pride!
The first two days of the 2022-2023 School Year have been fantastic!! Yesterday, we met as an entire school to introduce new staff members and the Seven Sacred Teachings (Character Education in the TLC).
8:55-9:08am - School doors are monitored by staff
If your child comes after this time, they are to go to the main door.
9:10am - School officially starts
It is expected that students are seated and ready to learn at this time
Prompt, consistence attendance leads to students who know what to expect throughout the day. At times, students have appointments, please call the school and leave a message on the attendance line (403-777-6034 press 1) if your student will be late or absent. If your student will be picked up early, please write a message in the agenda.
We are looking forward to welcoming our students back to school on Thursday, September 1, 2022! Please check your email on Wednesday, August 31, 2022, as you will be receiving a message from your child's teacher welcoming you and them to the school. Please remember that September 1, 2022 will be a formal uniform day.
Today marks the end of the 2021-22 School Year. Colonel Sanders Staff would like to thank all families for their support throughout the year, as well as the kind words at the end of the school year. We would also like to thank School Council for the Dilly Bars for our Grade 4 Moving on Celebration, as well as the popsicles for Sports Day.
We are very excited to announce that Ms. Marek will be staying at Colonel Sanders School as a grade one teacher! We have a few teachers leaving our school in the upcoming year. Mrs. Leong, Mrs. Maronik, and Mrs. Gibson are all leaving our school, as well Mrs. McDonald's Learning Loss contract has also come to an end. Lastly, Mrs. Viani, our School Assistant, is also leaving our school. We wish them all well in the upcoming school year!!
Have a wonderful summer vacation and we look forward to seeing our returning and new students on Thursday, September 1, 2022 for the first day of the 2022-23 School Year!
On Thursday, June 9, 2022 we had a Welcome to TLC in-person session for all families who are new to TLC. The evening was a big success! We thank all of our new families who were able to attend this important evening.
What many families do not realize, is that as a school we have been working on the 2022-2023 school year for some time. We will be updating our website to provide families information about the upcoming school year.
Please take time to look at:
-Get Involved for School Council Meeting dates
-Lunchtime for Healthy Hunger Dates
-Program, Approach & Focus for Seven Sacred Teachers and some of the planned School Events
As a reminder, student supplies are provided by the school for students in grade 1-4. Families do not need to send pencils, paper, notebooks, etc to school.
Families do need to provide the following items:
-all black indoor shoes
-a school bag
-a plastic water bottle (with a straw is recommended)
-a lunch bag
PLEASE label all your student's items with their name. If the student's name is in the item we are able to provide it to them.
Students will also need a healthy snack and lunch each day.
We will be making changes to our lunchtime routine! We will now be having one lunch break which will run from 12:00-12:39. During this timeframe, half the school will be eating in their classrooms while the other half is playing outside; then we will switch at the halfway mark. This means that students will be playing with students in a new grade level (grade 1s and 3s will be playing together, and the grade 2s and 4s will be playing together). Students will also be able to select the location they wish to play in! Of course we will continue to have the required number of supervisors to support students in this new play adventure.
We would like to thank all Colonel Sanders families for their generous donations to the Mayor's Food Drive, we collected an amazing amount of food for the drive. The class who donated the most amount of food items and cash donations was able to select a special non-uniform day for their grade level. During the last week of school, prior to the winter break, the following grade levels participated in:
One of our grade one classes has decided to contact Mayor Gondek to ask if the Mayor could have a food drive in May to collect food for Eid al-Fitr. We wonder what the response will be...
At the beginning of the school year, our grade two and three teachers assessed their students using provincial assessments for literacy (letters, sounds, and words), as well as number concepts. Our school was provided funds to hire a teacher who will be supporting students, who based on these assessments, need additional support. This teacher will be in place until April 8, 2022. Our grade one teachers have completed their assessments of the grade one students using similar government assessments. We will let you know once we have information regarding possible fundings which may be provided.
We would like to thank School Council for their generosity in providing staff and students with: 100s pocket charts, a document camera, rolling carts to take outdoor play materials outside in a safe manner, lunch dinners for the two learning conferences for staff, and a Mathletics trial for all grade levels to participate in beginning in the 2022 calendar year. As well, we would like to thank all families who are able to join the School Council meetings, those who have taken on executive positions, and all . When we all work together, great things happen!
We would like to wish all Colonel Sanders families a safe and relaxing winter break filled with love and laughter!
Colonel Sanders Staff
The beginning of the school year always flies by!
We have already had our first Learning Conference, practiced three fire drills, and have had two Non-Instructional Days.
Non-Instructional days are those days that we meet as teachers to build our capacity within teaching and learning. Our first day was spent reflecting on data which showed how our students are doing in both literacy and mathematics. We then selected specific reading strategies which we could teach students, as well as specific teaching practices we would be using in our classrooms to positively impact student learning in mathematics. We also delved into the understandings of three English Language Learning Competencies (Vocabulary, Syntax, and Discourse) with in three areas of learning - reading, writing, and oral language. Our second Non-Instructional Day was focused on Indigenous learnings, in which we reflected on our selves, our students, and our next steps with our Call to Action including how our students are connecting with our land.
November brings another round of Learning Conferences, as well as another Non-Instructional Day. As staff we will be taking a course through the Alberta Teachers Associations (Let's Talk about Identity, Power, and Privilege), as well as focused time evaluating student writing samples using the English Language Learner Alberta Education Benchmarks.
We will have three special days in November:
November 8 – Indigenous Veteran's Day – Students will learn about this special day through announcements and singing
November 10 – Remembrance Day Virtual Assembly – Students will learn about Remembrance day through a Principal's Message, specific classrooms will be sharing their learning, and through song
November 19 – International Children's Day – students and staff will wearing clothing which reflects their cultural background
Another important day to look forward to is Learning Conferences #2, November 25 (4:15pm-8:00pm) and November 26 (8:30am-1:00pm). Calgary Police Services will also be in our building to support our first lockdown drill (SchoolMessenger to come).
We would like to thank all our families for all the work you do in support of your student's success at school!
Beginning on October 12, 2021, we will be moving to two lunch seatings. The schedule is below:
Grades 1 & 2 12:00-12:39 - Grade 1 eating first, Grade 2 playing first; then a switch
Grades 3 & 4 12:44-1:23 with Grade 3 eating first, Grade 4 playing first; then a switch
The end of day bell rings at 3:43pm, at this time students exit their classrooms and organize themselves for leaving the building (get their school bag, coat, outdoor shoes, etc). Once the class is ready to leave, students exit their grade level door.
Pick Up Students
For students who are picked up, they remain outside in the compound area (grade one and two students) or close to their grade level door (grade three and four students). Once the buses leave the school, staff gather students who are waiting either in the compound (ball wall area) or close to their grade level doors and bring them into the school. Once in the building we use the PowerSchool contact list to call families to let them know that their child has yet to be picked up.
For students who take the bus, teachers take students to their designated bus (using a list of designated bus routes) and watch their students board the bus.
Please feel free to call the school if you have any further questions.
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