Sep 16
Wednesday Principal Update - Sept. 15

Dear DGS Families,


It’s hard to believe, but we are now into our third week of school! Students and teachers have made great use of natural space learning opportunities around our school. Students have spent time at the ridge and the ponds in Cranston as a means of connecting to the land where we gather, trees and forests, our interactions with ecosystems and learning about biodiversity. We are fortunate to be in the middle of community with so much natural space that we can thread into our programs and activities without going far.


Meet the Teacher Night

Tomorrow night is Meet the Teacher Night. This is intended as an informal 10 minute chat with your child(ren)’s teacher. More formal conversations take place in November and March. We also encourage regular and rich communication with your child’s teaching team. We are only a call or an email away! More information regarding the reporting of growth and achievement inside of PowerSchool will be available in the weeks to come. This is just one more way for families to understand how their students are progressing at school.


Fire Drill

This morning, we held our first prepared, practiced Fire Drill of the year. These drills are required of us 6 times a year, with the first one occurring before September 30. We work to prepare students and staff in case of emergency. Students were out and back into the building safely in under 10 minutes.


Clubs and Athletics

With the re-launch of both interschool athletics and extra-curricular activities such as clubs and rehearsals, we want to clarify where to go for information related to try-outs, games, club meetings and the like.  All information related to these fantastic opportunities will be posted to our school website and updated regularly.  Information for students and parents is located at:

https://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/DrGeorgeStanley/Pages/default.aspx (Revolving News Articles for Athletics)

https://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/drgeorgestanley/extracurricular/clubs/pages/default.aspx (Club Information)

 

Interschool Athletic Update RE: Indoor Spectators

Given the continued increases of COVID-19 cases in Calgary and the return of extra-curricular athletics, the CBE is taking a cautious approach to gatherings indoors that extend beyond the school student and staff population. We recognize the value families place on watching their child play. While spectators are allowed at outdoor venues, we are currently not allowing spectators at indoor extra-curricular events. There will be no indoor spectators permitted as volleyball begins its season of play. This will include parents, siblings and family members who have driven students to “away” games. No exceptions will be made.


Learning Opportunities Related to September 30 National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

During the week of September 27 to October 1, students will be participating in a variety of learning opportunities across all Grade Levels related to acknowledging and understanding our National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. Details will follow in the weeks to come. Our students are invited to our Learning Commons to explore our updated collection of fiction and non-fiction resources related to Indigenous Learning, Indigenous Histories, Residential Schools and their survivors and how we understand the world around us.


Exploratories

Exploratory Courses started this week. We worked hard to ensure students received up to 4 of their top 5 choices in exploratories, which were tabled based on student voice and choice.   We are pleased to announce that our Instrumental Music Program Grades 7-9 is now approximately 110 students strong. Clinics and rehearsal will start October 1, 2021. Our Construction, Foods, Art and Fashion Courses have the highest subscription rates. As such, we are not able to make changes to course registrations in exploratories. 


It’s important to remember that students will take two exploratories in Semester 1 and two exploratories in Semester 2, which makes up a maximum of 4 courses. This is the inaugural year of running a full exploratory program and we thank you for your patience while we sort through fees and course registrations.


Dress Code

Our standard of dress at DGS is simply to acknowledge that what families choose to allow students to wear is 100% up to them. Our one ask is for students to have footwear that is safe and appropriate during PE activities. The goal is for students to feel comfortable and cared for at school. A system-wide standard of dress that largely reflects this is under development.

Skateboards and Scooters 

Our students are reminded that we are not equipped to store skateboards and scooters inside of the school, either in the office or classrooms. The options are to either use the locking skateboard and scooter racks outside of the building, or leave these items at home. We are not able to provide locks through the office.

DGS SWAG

Our SWAG and Apparel Shop is now open through to September 30. 

Our online shop is located at https://drgeorgestanleyapparel.itemorder.com/  Orders are delivered directly to your home.

Masks

It is critical that students bring masks to school. There's an uptick on forgotten or lost and broken masks. Please send your child to school with extra masks for when losses and accidents happen.  

 

Upcoming Dates:

September 16:                 Meet the Teacher Night (Virtual, 5:00-8:00pm)

September 16:                 School Photos

September 17:                 Terry Fox Run

September 24:                 Organizational Day (No School for Students)

September 29:                 School Council and Parent Fundraising Society Meeting (Details to follow)

September 30:                 National Truth and Reconciliation Day (School Closed)

October 8:                        Professional Learning Day (No School for Students)

 

As always, I am available via email at csmalette@cbe.ab.ca or at the school by telephone- 403 817 3556.

Chantal Malette ​


Sep 09
Wednesday Principal Update - Sept. 8

Dear DGS Families,

It’s a big update this week filled with a plethora of reminders and due dates!


A number of forms have found their way home to you this week, including:

  • Demographic Confirmation and Update Forms (hard copy)
  • Student Health Plan (complete only if needed) (sent electronically)
  • Annual Interschool Athletic Authorization Form (hard copy)

We are aiming for all of these forms to be returned to homeroom teachers by Friday September 10, 2021.

 

Virtual Meet the Teacher Event

Thursday September 16 will be Meet the Teacher Night- it will be held virtually this year.  This event will run from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm with opportunities to chat with your child(ren)’s key teachers in 10 minute time slots. If you think you will need more time, please email the teacher directly to set up an alternate phone call or meeting. Bookings will open through School Conferences on Saturday, September 11 at 08:00am. We remain optimistic that our November Conferences will be held face-to-face.


Dress Code

Our standard of dress at DGS is simply to acknowledge that what families choose to allow students to wear is 100% up to them. Our one ask is for students to have on footwear that is safe during PE activities. The goal is for students to feel comfortable and cared for at school. A system-wide standard of dress that largely reflects this is under development.


Skateboards and Scooters

Our students are reminded that we are not equipped to store skateboards and scooters inside of the school, either in the office or classrooms. The options are to either use the locking skateboard and scooter racks outside of the building, or leave these items at home. Today was the last day we will be able to house skateboards and scooters.


DGS SWAG

Our SWAG and Apparel Shop is now open through to September 30.

Our online shop is located at https://drgeorgestanleyapparel.itemorder.com/  Orders are delivered directly to your home.


Masks

It is so, so important that students bring their own masks to school. We are noticing an uptick on forgotten or lost and broken masks. Please send your child to school with extra masks for when losses and accidents happen.


Upcoming Dates:

September 16:                 Meet the Teacher Night (Virtual, 5:00-8:00pm)

September 16:                 School Photos

September 17:                 Terry Fox Run

September 24:                 Organizational Day (No School for Students)

September 28:                 School Council and Parent Fundraising Society Meeting (Details to follow)

September 30:                 National Truth and Reconciliation Day (School Closed)


Thanks for all of your support with our school start up.


Sincerely,

Chantal Malette

Principal​



Sep 03
Wednesday Principal Update - Sept. 1

Dear DGS Families,

We did it! Welcome back to school!

Thank you so much for an amazing first day with students. My goal is always to send out weekly updates on Wednesdays, but we were having so much fun with students in classrooms that time got away from me.


Grade Teams:

I am happy to share our Grade Teams for the 2021-2022 School Year


Grade 6

Ms. Carrie Lyons- LL

Ms. Sarah Duhra

Ms. Anne Binks

Ms. Lorie Masur

Ms. Fiona Whitlie


Grade 7

Mr. Sanjay Bhandari- LL

Ms. Natasha Duffy- LL

Ms. Lindsay Hart

Ms. Bobby Ray Cody

Ms. Krysta Moore


Grade 8

Ms. Shannon Wolframe- LL

Mr. Michael Evans

Mr. Doug Buist

Mr. Garrett Klein

Ms. Kaja Hansen

Ms. Rebecca Brunsch


Grade 9

Ms. Kristina Bains- LL

Mr. Carman Portelli- LL

Mr. Braeden Elenko

Ms. Katherine Cardwell

Ms. Cassandra Stolz


PE

Ms. Sherri Collens

Mr. Spencer Hudson


Exploratories (Fine Arts and CTF)

Mr. Devon Berge- LL

Ms. Emily Thomas

Ms. Julia Viola


Student Services

Ms. Brenda Wright- LL


We look forward to serving your students and families this school year.

 


School Calendar:

2021-2022-Dr. George Stanley-Calendar.pdf 

 

School Forms:

Some School Forms that families have to fill out will be sent home with the students and others will be sent through Messenger, please make sure you have signed up to receive email. See link below.

http://calgary.schoolmessenger.com/cbe_subscribe

Please complete forms as soon as possible and return to the school.


InterSchool Athletics

The Annual Authorization for Athletics Try-outs forms will be provided to families this week. Forms must be returned with parent signatures before students can participate in try-outs and practices. Please note that as a result of cohorting requirements, Grade 6 students will not be able to participate in Fall Interschool Athletics


Grade 6 Run Club:  Ms. Lyons will be leading a Run Club – times and dates TBA. Students will be provided with information in their PE classes this week


Fall Sports:

Cross-Country: Meeting for all interested students Tuesday, September 7th at 3:05 in Aux Gym, First Practice Wednesday, September 8th at 3:05

 

Soccer: Both Boys & Girls teams will have a quick meeting Friday, September 3  in the Main Gym at 1:10pm

Boys try-out dates: Tuesday, September 7th ,  Wednesday, September 8th & Thursday, September 9th @ 3:05pm

Girls try-out dates: Tuesday, September 7th & Thursday, September 9th @ 3:05pm

Volleyball:  Try-outs will be the week of September 13th – details to follow


Bikes, Scooters, Skateboards

We love seeing students riding their bikes, scooters and skateboards to and from school. Please send your child with a sturdy lock to lock their bike, scooter or skateboard up each day. We have locking outdoor skateboard and scooter racks as we are trying to minimize the amount of “stuff” in classrooms. Families also need to provide their child with a helmet suitable to the activity. It’s also a good time to remind families to register your child’s bike at https://bikeindex.org/, which is used by CPS in the recovery of stolen bicycles. Should your child’s bike or other property be stolen from any location, report it online at https://www.calgary.ca/cps/report-a-crime.html.  Please note that the CBE is not responsible for theft or loss of personal property and use of bike and skateboard racks is at individual risk.


Soft Entry and Bell Times

Students are welcome at school beginning at 7:50 am. Supervision is provided for students in their classrooms until classes begin at 8:15am.


Bell Times:

Morning Classes Start                                   8:15 am

Lunch (Grade 7 and 9)                                  11:15 am

Lunch (Grade 6 and 8)                                  12:00 pm

Afternoon Classes Start (Grade 7 and 9)      11:55 am

Afternoon Classes Start (Grade 6 and 8)      12:40 pm

Dismissal (M-R)                                             2:55 am

Dismissal (F)                                                 11:55 am

 

Important Upcoming Dates:

September 3:           Deadline to return AHS Covid-19 Vaccination forms (if your child is participating)

September 3:            Deadline to return Annual Athletics Try Out Authorization Forms

September 6:            Labour Day (School Closed)

September 16:          Meet the Teacher Night (Virtual, details to follow)

September 16:          School Photos

September 17:          Terry Fox Run

September 24:          Organizational Day (No School for Students)

September 28:           School Council and Parent Fundraising Society Meeting (Details to follow)

September 30:            National Truth and Reconciliation Day (School Closed)

 

As always, I am available to answer questions- csmalette@cbe.ab.ca

 

Sincerely,

Chantal Malette​


Aug 26
Welcome Back!!!

Dear DGS Families,


We want to welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year. I hope your time together as families this summer has been restful, enjoyable, and filled with adventure.

On the afternoon of Monday August 30, please check School Messenger for information from your child’s teaching team. Homeroom teachers will be emailing families in their responsibility group to provide students with information as to who their key teachers are, as well as the classroom to go to first thing on Wednesday September 1. Your child’s key teacher(s) will work closely with you over the course of the school year.


Important Information for the First Days of School

The Main Office Re-Opens on Wednesday August 25, 2021.


Soft Entry: Doors are open for students each day at 7:50 am. Supervision is provided in classrooms. This time is intended for students to settle into their classrooms prior to the start of classes.

School Start Time: 8:15 am M-F

School End Time: 2:55 pm M-T, 11:55 am F

 

Doors:   Grade 6 and 7 students enter through the Main Doors of the school

              Grade 8 and 9 students enter through the student doors closest to the staff parking lot

 

Masking: 

The CBE has implemented a system wide K-12, adult inclusive mandate to wear a mask. As with last year, provisions for mask exemptions exist. Mask exemptions that were approved last year will be continued into September- we do ask that families who believe their child requires an exemption review the documentation located at https://cbe.ab.ca/about-us/school-culture-and-environment/health-and-wellness-in-school/Documents/COVID-19-Mask-Exemption-Students.pdf  This document contains links to both the AR on Student Health Services and the Student Health Plan. We ask that you provide your student with spare masks to keep at school in the event a mask is forgotten, breaks, or is lost over the course of the school day. We have a small number of emergency masks available in the main office.


Cohorting: 

In keeping with the current CBE mandate, Grade 6 students will be cohorted by homeroom. In order to best facilitate this, Exploratory Courses will now be offered to Grade 6’s on a wheel, by homeroom. Lunchtime Supervision for Grade 6 will be cohorted. There will be opportunities for Grade 6 students to purchase items from the canteen and participate in noon-hour activities in their cohorts. More information regarding the potential for Grade 6 students to participate in interschool athletics and clubs will be available during the first week of classes.


Closed Campus: 

Dr. George Stanley School will remain a CLOSED campus at lunchtime. Students will be able to purchase food from the canteen starting Tuesday September 7 and Health Hunger deliveries will start the week of September 20. Students who walk home for lunch must do so consistently, leave campus as soon as their lunch hour starts, return no more than 5 minutes before the start of afternoon classes and must sign in and out of the main office daily.


Exploratories: 

Exploratory courses will begin the week of September 13, 2021. This will allow for final adjustments to student numbers in Grades 7-9.


Extra-curricular Activities: 

Final format for extra-curricular activities is being formalized this week. Further information will be sent out the week of August 30, 2021. Pending approval of in-school volunteers, we do anticipate a need for one more Parent Volunteer Soccer Coach. The season runs from Sept 1- Oct 31. Please email Sherry Collens at slcollens@cbe.ab.ca if you are interested.


Lockers: 

Decisions regarding use of lockers specific to our site will be communicated to families in advance of September 1. While lockers are able to be accessed, many schools are considering alternatives to lockers.


Cell Phones: 

We will be implementing an “Away for the Day” Cell Phone plan for the 2021-2022 School Year. It’s time for a bit of a digital detox- for the month of September, all students phones will be put away at the start of the day and will be retrieved at 3:15 pm. This policy will be reviewed for October and may include student access to their phones over the lunch hour. If you need to contact your child during the day, please phone the school at 403 817 3556.

 

School Supplies:

Grade 6 students are provided with all basic learning materials. Please send your child with a backpack, lunch, water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray (if your family uses it) and masks.

Students in Grades 7-9 will be provided with a list of needed learning materials on September 1. Please note that teachers are very understanding of timelines and will not be making unrealistic demands of families related to specific items. If a student starts the year with a binder, lined paper, pens and pencils, subject dividers and a basic scientific calculator, they will be just fine. In addition, please send your child with a backpack, lunch, water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray (if your family uses it) and masks.

 

Weekly Principal Update: As with last year, I will be providing a weekly Wednesday Update for families. These updates will being on Wednesday September 1, 2021.

 

I hope this provides answers to some of the basic questions we know you have. If you have burning questions that are not answered in this first message, please email me at csmalette@cbe.ab.ca and I will answer them starting Wednesday August 25. Please enjoy the last 9 days of summer with your families!


Sincerely

Chantal Malette 

Principal, Dr. George Stanley School
Calgary Board of Education | www.cbe.ab.ca

t | 403.817.3556​


Jun 16
Wednesday Principal Update -- June 16

Dear Dr. George Stanley School,

Thanks for your continued support of our students and our school. The end of the year brings many exciting opportunities for our school community- a return to sports, activities and smaller outdoor gatherings beyond school. Students have been excited to share results of baseball games, hockey practices and dance competitions from this last weekend. We look forward to seeing what the Fall brings us with regard to interschool athletics, intramurals and student activities.

 Grade 9 Farewell

A detailed letter has gone home regarding this scaled back, virtual event for families. This information is also posted on our website.

 Exploratories

A parent letter has gone home to support students with registering for exploratories on June 21 and 22. Students currently in Hub or not attending face-to-face classes will complete an electronic version of their exploratory registration on those days.

 Back to School Information

Back to School Information will be published and sent to you via School Messenger in mid-to-late August. This will allow for us to apply the most up-to-date guidelines from the Province of Alberta, City of Calgary, and, ultimately, the Calgary Board of Education.

 UR Fundraising Pick-Up

Fundraiser Pick-Up will be in the school parking lot on Thursday, June 17 between 4:00 – 6:00 PM. Please note that unclaimed orders will be donated as, unfortunately, we do not have the option of storing the products.

 Report Cards

As with the January Report Card, the June Report Card release date has been set system-wide for the end of the year. Report Cards will be available as a PDF in PowerSchool effective Monday June 28, 2021.

 Yearbooks

Students who have pre-ordered and paid will receive their yearbooks on the last day of school, June 25. There will be some extras available on that day for first-come first-serve purchase. If your child would like one, please send them with $35 cash on June 25. If your child is unable to be here on June 25, the school office will accommodate pick-up until June 29.

 Covid-19 Rapid Testing at DGS

Voluntary rapid testing will take place at the school tomorrow. If you wish for your child to participate, please return the consent form tomorrow morning, if you have not done so already. As a reminder, you will not receive follow up on the tests unless the result is positive.

 Upcoming Dates:

June 17: Covid-19 Rapid Testing at DGS

June 17: Fundraiser Pick-Up at the school between 4:00 – 6:00 PM: Unclaimed orders will be donated

June 23: Parent Council and Fundraising Society Meeting at 7:00 PM

June 25: Grade 9 Virtual Farewell at 9:00 AM

June 25: Last day of classes

June 28: Report Cards available in PowerSchool

June 28: Appeals Day – No classes for students

June 29 and 30: Organizational Days – No classes for students

June 30: Order deadline for DGS Swag: https://drgstanleyspiritwear.itemorder.com/


Jun 10
Wednesday Principal Update -- June 9

Dear Dr. George Stanley School Families,

This morning, as I was watching the news, Elder Clarence Wolfleg (Elder Miiksika'am) spoke about receiving his Honorary Doctorate from Mount Royal University and his experiences as a residential school survivor. He said something that resonates deeply with me- “Take the good things from yesterday. Put them with the good things of today for a better tomorrow." Why is this so important? Our goal for the last two and a half weeks of classes is to create space each day for students to remember the good things from the day before, learn and grow a little today, and carve an excellent path for tomorrow. We are doing our level best to ensure your children leave the 2020-2021 as happy, safe, challenged, cared-for learners.

Course Exploratory Options for 2021-22 School Year

A big part of the Middle School experience is trying out new things! We are preparing for exploratories (options) as we speak. Please expect a School Messenger to come to you on the week of June 14th with a breakdown of the options. At that time, please review the options, and follow the instructions to help your child select their top choices. From there, we will be prepared to build these 2021-22 courses based on student demand. This means we cannot offer everything, but will offer courses with the most interest. We will do everything we can to make sure students get choices that they are most excited about. Please note, we will be prepared with a Plan-B "wheel" scenario, which gives students a short experience with all options in their homerooms (as we did this year) if Covid protocols remain stringent. If you have any questions, homeroom teachers and admin will be here to guide you and/or students in the process.

Covid-19 Rapid Testing

Voluntary rapid testing will take place at the school tomorrow. If you wish for your child to participate, please return the consent form tomorrow morning, if you have not done so already. As a reminder, you will not receive follow up on the tests unless the result is positive.

Grade 9 Farewell

Our virtual Grade 9 Farewell will be held on Friday, June 25 at 9:00am. Families will be provided with a viewing link. A formal program will be sent home the week before. Following the Farewell Ceremony and video, students will be participating in a variety of activities they have decided on in their homerooms.

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Our DGS Swag Spiritwear Store has re-opened due to popularity. The feedback has been fantastic and we are happy to announce that orders can be placed until June 30. 

Upcoming Dates:

June 10: Covid-19 Rapid Testing at DGS

June 17: Fundraiser Pick-Up at the school between 4:00 – 6:00 PM: Unclaimed orders will be donated

June 25: Grade 9 Virtual Farewell at 9:00 AM

June 25: Last day of classes

June 28: Appeals Day – No classes for students

June 29 and 30: Organizational Days – No classes for students

June 30: Order deadline for DGS Swag:

Chantal Malette 

Principal, Dr. George Stanley School
Calgary Board of Education | www.cbe.ab.ca
t | 403.817.3556​


Jun 09
Wednesday Principal Update -- June 2

​​​

Dear DGS Families,

This past Friday, Tk'emlúps te Secwe̓ pemc First Nation in Kamloops, B.C. announced the discovery of the remains of more than 215 children buried at the site of what was once a residential school. This news was a heartbreaking reminder of the trauma of residential schools, and the impact they still have on our indigenous people and our nation.

We must continue to take care of one another. To honour those children lost in Kamloops, flags at CBE schools continue to be flown at half mast.

DGS School wishes to formally pay respect to these children and all those who suffered trauma and harm at the former residential school in Kamloops. On Friday June 4, DGS staff and students are invited to wear orange as a small gesture of recognition and remembrance. Individual classes may also be exploring symbols and having conversations over the course of this week. We look forward to sharing student learnings, our conversations and our thoughts with you via social media next week. Teachers are carefully considering the sensitive nature of these topics and will approach the matter in a developmentally appropriate manner.

There cannot be reconciliation without truth and understanding. Our staff and students recognize the importance of having meaningful discussion about the effects of residential schools and the legacy they have left behind. You may wish to continue these conversations at home. The Indian Residential School Survivor Society (IRSSS) and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) have several resources on their site for families to learn more.

Please review this Principal's Letter to Community.

Course Options for 2021-22 School Year

A big part of the Middle School experience is trying out new things! We are preparing for exploratories (options) as we speak. Please expect a School Messenger to come to you on the week of June 14th with a breakdown of the options. At that time, please review the options, and follow the instructions to help your child select their top choices. From there, we will be prepared to build these 2021-22 courses based on student demand. This means we cannot offer everything, but will offer courses with the most interest. We will do everything we can to make sure students get choices that they are most excited about. Please note, we will be prepared with a "wheel" scenario, which gives students a short experience with all options in their homerooms (as we did this year) if Covid protocols remain stringent. If you have any questions, homeroom teachers and admin will be here to guide you and/or students in the process.

Outdoor Learning

We have been using out outdoor learning spaces as much as possible over the last week. Please consider sending your child with a hat, sunscreen and bug spray (if your family uses it), as well as their usual lunch, water bottle and face mask. We will be going outside every day at lunch, rain or shine!

Bikes, Scooters, Skateboards

We love seeing students riding their bikes, scooters and skateboards to and from school. Please send your child with a sturdy lock to lock their bike, scooter or skateboard up each day. We have locking outdoor skateboard and scooter racks as we are trying to minimize the amount of “stuff" in classrooms. Families also need to provide their child with a helmet suitable to the activity. It's also a good time to remind families to register your child's bike at https://bikeindex.org/, which is used by CPS in the recovery of stolen bicycles. Should your child's bike or other property be stolen from any location, report it online at https://www.calgary.ca/cps/report-a-crime.html.  Please note that the CBE is not responsible for theft or loss of personal property and use of bike and skateboard racks is at individual risk.

Masks: It is very important that students provide their OWN mask each day. 

Since returning from online learning, we have had to provide an unusually high number of masks to students who have forgotten or lost this essential itemPlease remind your child to put extra masks in their backpack. We really appreciate your parental eye on this.

Grade 9 Farewell

Our virtual Grade 9 Farewell will be held on Friday June 25 at 9:00am. Families will be provided with a viewing link. A formal program will be sent home the week before. Following the Farewell Ceremony and video, students will be participating in a variety of activities they have decided on in their homerooms.

Fundraiser is OPEN!

Please visit our UR Fundraising Store for a wide variety of bulk food options. Great for the upcoming BBQ and Camping Season. Orders close June 6, 2021.

https://www.urfundraising.com/dgs

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Our DGS Swag Spiritwear Store has re-opened due to popularity. The feedback has been fantastic and we are happy to announce that orders can be placed until June 30. The store can be accessed through this link: https://drgstanleyspiritwear.itemorder.com/

Upcoming Dates:

June 4: Orange Shirt Day in recognition of lives lost at Kamloops Residential School

June 6: Yellow School Bus registration deadline for 2021-22 through your MyCBe/PowerSchool account

June 6: Fundraiser Ordering closes (see above): Link: https://www.urfundraising.com/dgs

June 17: Fundraiser Pick-Up at the school between 4:00 – 6:00 PM: Unclaimed orders will be donated

June 25: Last day of classes -- Grade 9 Virtual Farewell at 9:00 AM

June 28: Appeals Day – No classes for students

June 29 and 30: Organizational Days – No classes for students

June 30: Order deadline for DGS Swag: Link https://drgstanleyspiritwear.itemorder.com/

Chantal Malette 

Principal, Dr. George Stanley School
Calgary Board of Education | www.cbe.ab.ca
t | 403.817.3556


May 27
Wednesday Principal Update - May 26

Dear Dr. George Stanley Families:


Welcome Back everyone!

Visiting classes Tuesday morning was a phenomenal way to get back into the swing of it. We have an action packed, safe, memory-making last 5 weeks of classes planned for your kiddos, and our teachers were excited to get going with it!

As we move through these last 5 weeks, we are utilizing the recommended guidelines from Alberta Health and the CBE. This includes ensuring all of our windows that can be opened are open during learning time and that we are utilizing our outdoor learning spaces as fully as possible. As such, now is a good time to consider sending your child with a hat, sunscreen and bug spray (if your family uses it), as well as their usual lunch, water bottle and face mask. We will be going outside every day at lunch, rain or shine!


Bikes, Scooters, Skateboards

We love seeing students riding their bikes, scooters and skateboards to and from school. Please send your child with a sturdy lock to lock their bike, scooter or skateboard up each day. We have locking outdoor skateboard and scooter racks as we are trying to minimize the amount of “stuff” in classrooms. Families also need to provide their child with a helmet suitable to the activity. It’s also a good time to remind families to register your child’s bike at https://bikeindex.org/, which is used by CPS in the recovery of stolen bicycles. Should your child’s bike or other property be stolen from any location, report it online at https://www.calgary.ca/cps/report-a-crime.html.  Please note that the CBE is not responsible for theft or loss of personal property and use of bike and skateboard racks is at individual risk.


Masks: It is very important that students provide their OWN mask each day. 

Since returning from on line learning, we have had to provide an unusually high number of masks to students who have forgotten or lost this essential itemPlease remind your child to put extra masks in their backpack. We really appreciate your parental eye on this.


Chromebooks

If you borrowed a computer for online learning, please return to the school tomorrow, May 27.


Closed Campus at Lunch

Our campus remains CLOSED at lunchtime. Students are not allowed to leave campus at lunch unless they are leaving with a parent. Please ensure your child has their lunch with them each day. We anticipate this will remain the case into the 2021-2022 school year. We will be re-opening the servery this Fall and restarting daily Healthy Hunger orders for all Grade levels.


Fundraiser is OPEN!

Please visit our UR Fundraising Store for a wide variety of bulk food options. Great for the upcoming BBQ and Camping Season. Orders close June 6, 2021.

https://www.urfundraising.com/dgs

 

Upcoming Dates:

May 26: School Council and Fundraising Society Meeting at 7:00 PM

May 31: CBE Transportation Design Contest deadline for submission

June 6: Yellow School Bus registration deadline for 2021-22 through your MyCBe/PowerSchool account

June 6: Fundraiser Ordering closes (see above)

June 17: Fundraiser Pick-Up between 4:00 – 6:00 PM: Unclaimed orders will be donated

June 25: Last day of classes

June 28: Appeals Day – No classes for students

June 29 and 30: Organizational Days – No classes for students​


May 20
Wednesday Principal Update - May 19

Dear Dr. George Stanley School Families,


The May Long Weekend is almost upon us. It’s Wednesday. I can see blue skies between the clouds. We miss your kiddos. I anticipate we will receive a clear message from the province today as to what school will look like for us as of May 25, 2021. Whatever the decision, please know that we will continue to work to help your children learn and be successful whatever the decision is.


In the Community:

I want to take a moment to give a shout out to an anonymous family of four in our community who spent part of their Saturday cleaning up litter on our school grounds. Whoever you are, we love your neon yellow shirts and your care for our backyard area.


In other news, our backyard area and school parking lot have been the site of quite a lot of “action” in the evenings and on the weekend. We are working with CPS, the City of Calgary and our partners at CCSD to ensure safe, open spaces in our community. There has been a recent uptick in graffiti, building vandalism, trees being injured to the point of needing replacement, smashed car windows in our parking lot and, perhaps most curiously, a refrigerator was dumped near the ball diamonds. We will always endeavour to respond to things occurring during our operational times. If you see illegal activity in progress during off-hours, please do not hesitate to contact CPS directly.


Transportation, Bussing, and Design Contest:

Transportation pre-registration is now open. Families who are eligible for yellow bus transportation and who think they may use the service need to pre-register through their MyCBE / PowerSchool by Sunday, June 6, 2021.  

Registrations will still be accepted after the deadline, however, processing times could be delayed up to 6 weeks at the beginning of the school year due to volume. Families will be responsible for transporting students while they wait to be added to a route.

Students’ ZPass cards are multi-year and we remind you to please keep them in a safe place over the summer to use in the fall.


ZPass Card Design Contest: Once again, CBE Transportation Services is hosting a contest for a winning design that will adorn the next annual ZPass card that all yellow school bus riders use every day. This contest is open to all CBE students (not just bus riders). The design guidelines are as follows:

Link: Transportation and Registration


Fundraising Society News:

The Flyer for our Spring “Stock Up For Summer” Fundraiser through UR Fundraising is attached here! Great for all your summer BBQ and Camping Needs! Ordering is open from May 20 to June 6.


Popcorn Pick Up:

If students have not yet picked up their popcorn from mid-April, we anticipate having it available for students in their homerooms if we all return May 25. It’s still fresh, we promise!


Upcoming Dates:

May 20: Fundraiser Ordering opens (Link: Stock Up For Summer Fundraiser)

May 21: Organizational Day -- No classes for students

May 24: School closed -- No classes for students

May 25: Return to in-person classes for all students

May 31: Design Contest deadline for submission (see above)

June 6: Yellow School Bus registration deadline for 2021-22 through your MyCBe/PowerSchool account

June 6: Fundraiser Ordering closes

June 17: Fundraiser Pick-Up between 4:00 – 6:00 PM: Unclaimed orders will be donated

June 25: Last day of classes

June 28: Appeals Day – No classes for students

June 29 and 30: Organizational Days – No classes for students

Please do not hesitate to contact the school or me at csmalette@cbe.ab.ca or 403-817-3556.


Sincerely,

Chantal Malette ​


May 13
Wednesday Principal Update - May 12

Dear Dr. George Stanley Families,

We want to thank all of our students and parents for the level of engagement you’ve shown during this session of online learning. I have really enjoyed dropping in to classes and being able to review the learning-from-home assignments students have created. PE has been particularly engaging, and the videos students have submitted as evidence of their learning have been phenomenal to watch. Whether it’s bike riding on the ridge, or running sprints with Mr. Bews, it’s been lovely to see our students engaging in the community. We really, really miss our students!


We know these conditions are less than ideal- thank you for taking the time with your kiddos to be their cheerleaders. Jokingly, I suggested we offer empty classrooms in our school as “parental retreat spaces.” Any takers? (In all seriousness, we are very aware of the extra stressors that come with online learning. If you need support, please call the school and we will be very happy to assist.)


Grade 9 Farewell

Our School Board has provided us with the following direction around Grade 9 Farewell Ceremonies:

In-person or live farewell ceremonies for elementary and middle/junior high schools will not be taking place in 2021. Rather, schools may consider virtual farewells.


We are in the midst of planning our virtual Grade 9 Farewell. We anticipate creating a video presentation and a school wide virtual assembly for Grade 9 students. We realize this is not the celebration everyone is used to, and we appreciate the importance of marking the end of middle school years. Our virtual celebration and in-class “good-bye” activities are tentatively scheduled for Friday, June 25.


Upcoming Dates

May 13: Order deadline for DGS Swag: Link https://drgstanleyspiritwear.itemorder.com/

May 21: Organizational Day -- No classes for students

May 24: School closed -- No classes for students

May 25: Return to in-person classes for all students

June 25: Last day of classes

June 28: Appeals Day – No classes for students

June 29 and 30: Organizational Day – No classes for students


As always, please do not hesitate to contact the school or me at csmalette@cbe.ab.ca or 403-817-3556.


Sincerely,

Chantal Malette ​


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