Jan 07
January Update: Happy New Year!


Happy New Year!  Welcome back!  Online learning is in full swing. It has been wonderful to see all of our students in their google meets and working hard in google classroom. We look forward to seeing our in-person students back at school on Monday, January 11, 2021.

 

Kindergarten Registration

During a health emergency when access to school buildings is being limited for everyone's safety, please follow the registration instructions outlined on the CBE website . There will be no in-person registrations during a Health Emergency. As much as possible registration will be completed electronically. Please contact our office if you have questions at (403)777-8560. Office hours are Monday – Thursday 8:00-2:30, Friday 8:00 – 1:00.

 

Return to School After International Travel 

Students and families who have travelled outside of Canada are legally required to follow all provincial and federal travel restrictions upon arrival.

 

If your family is participating in the International Border Testing Pilot Program, your child may not return to school until they have tested negative on a second test 6 or 7 days after your arrival. 

If you are not enrolled in the pilot program, your child must:

This means your child is unable to return to school for a minimum of 14 days after your return.

Hub

Families wishing to move from Hub online learning back to in-person instruction need to inform their school by the end of this week. Please complete a notice of intent using your MyCBE/PowerSchool account by noon on Friday, Jan. 8.  Please refer to the Hub Notice of Intent support page for step-by-step instructions. 

Students moving back to in-person instruction will begin at their schools on Monday, Feb. 1, 2020. You will receive more information regarding this transition from me on January 22.

 

Report Cards

This year the CBE will have consistent system-wide dates to issue report cards. All schools will release their report cards online the week of February 1-5, 2021. They will be available for viewing using your MyCBE / PowerSchool Account.  At Connaught we will send a paper copy of the report card home with in-person students on February 3rd.


Dec 16
December Recap

It has been a very interesting start to our 2020 – 2021 school year. We have worked hard as a community to keep each other safe by washing and sanitizing our hands often, wearing our masks, staying home when we're sick, isolating when we are a close contact and maintaining physical distance when possible.  Thank you to everyone for doing their part. The pandemic has also allowed us to get outside more often. Students spend time each day learning outside through gym, community walks, journaling, sit spots observing and reading on the lawn. Thank you to all for a great fall of learning. We are looking forward to a new year full of adventure and new opportunities.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

 Our community has been an incredible support this fall and I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the great work that has happened to support Connaught School:

·      Our Rotarian partners have provided lunch kits, water bottles, tablet and diapers to support those in need. We have begun an online reading program, where students read to a Rotarian using Microsoft Teams. We look forward to expanding this after the break.

·      Grace Church – They worked closely with I Can 4 Kids to provide food support to many families last spring, all through the summer and into the fall. They also provide cloth masks, diapers and gift cards.

·      I Can for Kids – Food supports

·      Staples – Downtown branch – Back packs and school supplies

·      Calgary Full Gospel Church – Back to school supply kits, Winter coats, boots, mitts and hats

·      Conoco Phillips – Funding to provide families with access to online reading through Raz-Kids

·      Education Matters – Grants supporting purchase of school supplies for at home learning, grocery gift cards and the Bob Bannerman grant to purchase library books.

·      West Springs School – Our ongoing partnership with West Springs school helps connect many of our families with household items and clothing as well as grocery gift cards.

·      Earl Gray School – Provided 250 pairs of waterproof mitts and gloves

·      The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth – Svitlana is our in-school settlement worker supporting our families to connect to community agencies.

·      Decidedly Jazz Dance (DJD) – provided online dance instruction videos for use in our physical education program after the break

·      Scientists in Schools – provided science kits and online workshops for every class

·      Constable Gary Burrows from the Calgary Police – Start Smart, Stay Safe (S4) program

·      Connaught School Council – Have honoured our staff with thoughtful notes of appreciation and coffee gift cards. Thank you!

 

Reminders:

  • Thursday, December 17, our school nurse, Mandy, will be in the building catching up on some vaccinations.  You will be notified if this impacts your child.
  • Thursday, December 17th is our last day of classes at Connaught. It is a full day.
  • No school on Friday for in-person or Hub
  • We will see you online starting January 4th. Teachers will be emailing the google meet schedule to parents. Please note they will be taking attendance twice a day.
  • January 8 (noon) is the last day for HUB families to declare they would like to move to in-person learning for the second half of the year.  Please use your Power School account to express this.

 

Have a safe and happy holiday season,

 

The Staff at Connaught School


Jun 02
Time to Get Outside!

We know many of you have been stuck indoors since March.  With Calgary slowly opening up, we would encourage you to get outside for some fresh air. Calgary has opened some roads to allow more space for social distancing.  Consider going for a walk early or late when it is less busy.  

Enjoy the next video in our "Staying Connected Collection": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0zmp7pus7c&feature=youtu.be where staff are sharing ways they are getting some fresh air while staying safe and social distancing. A huge thank you to our resident video editor, Ms. Corinne, for creating another beautiful video.

Ever Active Schools is supporting literacy on the move this spring with a "Trail Tales" project at Connaught School. Come for a walk on the sidewalk outside the school fences and you'll see the pages of the story "As Big as the Sky, as Tall as the Trees" written by Leah Yardley spread out for you to read as you stroll. The story will be put up this Thursday, June 4. The pages will be well spread out along the fence, there will be space to take it in safely with your families.

Please reach out to us if we can support your family in anyway during these unique times.  We are here to help. You can contact us by email or by phone between 8:00 and 2:30.

Enjoy some fresh air and stay safe,

Nicole Bezugley​

May 28
Dance! Dance! Dance!

Our next installment in our "staying connected" video series is ready!  A huge thank you to our very talented video editor, Ms.Corinne.  Thank you also to all of the families who participated.  We miss you all. It was so great to see you dancing and having fun. Check it out on our youtube page.

https://youtu.be/uMUiHzgqUb0

Keep smiling and dancing,


Apr 14
Smile

Hello Connaught Families,

The staff at Connaught have been missing you.  They are enjoying connecting with families in Google Meet and Google Classroom.  Please remember that if we can support you or your family in anyway to please reach out to us by phone or email.  We are here to help.

Enjoy our newest staff video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJKj5nvyGQI

Remember to pass on a smile!

Nicole Bezugley​
Sep 29
Welcome Back

​September has been a busy month at Connaught School.  We welcomed the following new people to our staff this fall:

  • ​Ms. Allie Collard - grade 1/2
  • Ms. Twila Johnson - grade 1/2
  • Mrs. Yassmeen Hammadeih - grade 3/4
  • Ms. Jacquelyn Rendle - teacher
  • Mrs. Shveta Narang - breakfast supervisor
  • Ms. Carli Plante - education assistant
We have also welcomed many new families with our student population now exceeding 400.  We are working hard to ensure our website is a source of communication for our families.  Please watch for new events and news stories on our homepage.  Check out our teaching and learning blogs where each grade team will share their curriculum updates.

May 02
Spring Update

Connaught continues to be a busy place full of fun and exciting learning opportunities.  We are trying hard to use our website to share these news stories with you.  Please visit our home page often at http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/Connaught/Pages/default.aspx to see what’s new.

 

Please check out the following links to read about:

 

Outdoor School http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/Connaught/about-us/news-centre/_layouts/15/ci/post.aspx?oaid=4af4880b-0e79-4aea-a725-eb1b33e58cf3&oact=20001

 

Spring In to Action BBQ and Games night http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/Connaught/about-us/news-centre/_layouts/15/ci/post.aspx?oaid=07218759-1d38-4cda-9582-d6ed13238cc2&oact=20001

 

Heart of the City Piano recital http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/Connaught/about-us/news-centre/_layouts/15/ci/post.aspx?oaid=1e078369-622b-408e-9264-5402cecf9aa0&oact=20001

 

Visits from our S4 officer http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/Connaught/about-us/news-centre/_layouts/15/ci/post.aspx?oaid=800454ff-67ab-445a-987b-073c2491271d&oact=20001


A reminder that we have a fabulous Little Free Library on our school grounds. You may take a book or leave a book for others to read. Remember ~ this is not a place to return school or library books!


Our Little Free Library is always looking for donations of children's books. Please leave your donation books in the Little Free Library, or if you have boxes of children's books, please contactlee.e.stanfield@gmail.com to arrange for pick up.​

Mar 22
Principal Message

Hello Connaught families.  I have been your new principal for five weeks now and I am loving every minute.  Thank you so much to all of the staff, parents and students for the warm welcome.  It is such a joy to walk through the halls and playground and have people stop and say hello and introduce themselves.  I have spent time in every classroom, reading, introducing myself with pictures and answering students’ many questions. I’m sure you have heard from your children that: my favourite colour is blue or purple; I love sailing, art and spending time with my family; and that I love adventure!

 

We need your help.  Our West field has become a dog park and not everyone is being responsible about picking up their dog poop.  For the next little while we will be locking the West gates overnight and on weekends. We hope this will help dog owners change their habits and use the nearby dog park instead.  If you see people with dogs on our school grounds please encourage them to leave or call 311 to report. It is illegal to have dogs on CBE property. Thanks for your help keeping our students play spaces clean and safe.

 

A friendly reminder that children should not be picked up in the parking lot. We are worried for the safety of students who are running between vehicles to get to theirs.

 

I wish you all a wonderful Spring Break full of the right mix of adventure, family, friends and fun.​

Oct 18
Oct. 2018

It is hard to believe it is October! September was full of learning, establishing routines, old and new friendships and developing a sense of our school community this year. The hallways, classrooms and school yard are full of engaged conversation, laughter and much curiosity.

This year, our School Development Plan will be focused again on math and literacy - specifically problem solving and reading. We are continuing our research partnership with the University of Calgary, and look forward to deepening our work together. Ms. Corinne, Mrs. O'Connor and Ms. Jaques will work flexibly within and amongst the classes to support our SDP work, as well as English Language Learning.

Thankfulness is on the mind's of many at this time of year. The Connaught School community is a special place, and I am ever grateful to the students, families and staff for making it so.

It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful. - David Steindl-Rast

Run Club/Cross Country

On Thursday, October 4 many of our run club students, along with Mrs. Clark, Ms. Kristy, Mr. T and Ms. Rae will be attending a Cross Country meet at Cecil Swanson School. We are excited to represent Connaught School!
Clothing Exchange

On Thursday, October 11 from 4:30 - 6:30pm Connaught School will be hosting a clothing exchange in the gym. Please bring some re-usable bags and fill them with as much as your family needs for just a twoonie! There will be baby through to adult clothing and other odds and ends available.

Scientists in School

We have had an incredible partnership with Scientists in School for the past three years. They have provided 2 workshops for every class, every year - that is a total of over 80 workshops!! On October 25, from 6:00-8:00pm we invite you and your family to 'get sciency' with us. Scientists with diverse expertise will be running a variety of experiments to enjoy.

Erica Rae

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