Dec 06
Wednesday Principal Update - December 6, 2023

Dear DGS Families, 

Somehow, it’s December, and this morning I just learned that the highest recorded December temperature in Calgary was 19.5 degrees Celsius on December 27 in 1999. Turns out we came close a few days in 2020 as well. While we aren’t quite there, it does feel a little bit like the forecast is invented and the seasons don’t matter. We’ve been taking advantage of this prairie gift to spend as much time outside with students as we possibly can. 

Thanks to all of you who have signed up for the DGS Parent Fundraising Society’s Casino at Deerfoot Inn and Casino this upcoming Saturday and Sunday. Through the generosity of our Parent Fundraising Society, we have been able to support the revamping of Exploratories like Environmental and Outdoor Education. Stay tuned to see all of the other programming changes coming to DGS! 

West Coast Sailing- Grade 9 SALTS Trip 

Application Packages for the Spring 2024 trip are now available from Mr. Buist’s classroom. The deadline to return packages to his classroom is the end of the day on Monday December 11. All applicants will be notified of their trip status (accepted or waitlisted) on Tuesday December 12.  

Deposit requests will be added to your MyCBE accounts by December 14 and the first deposit installment is due by Monday December 18. We appreciate that the turnaround is tight, and we are providing timelines and as much advance notice as possible. Full application selection processes are described in the applicant package.   

Holiday Fundraisers 

Grade 8 Leadership is organizing a Toy Mountain donation drive. The goal of this fundraising drive is to make holiday dreams come true for children by donating a new unwrapped toy, teen gift, gift card or cash donation. 

We are also collecting food donations for the Calgary Food Bank. Items on their Holiday Wish List include cereal, canned items (meat, veggies, beans, and pasta sauce), and baby formula. 

Fundraising will run from December 11th to 22nd @ the DGS front foyer. Cash donations should be left in the front office. 

Thank you in advance for your generosity and making the holidays brighter for Calgarians. 

Important Upcoming Dates 

Thursday December 7 

Friday December 8 

  • Non-Instructional Day (No School for Students) 

Saturday December 9-10 

  • Casino 

Monday December 11-22 

  • Toy Mountain and Calgary Food Bank Fundraiser 

Friday December 22 

  • Last day of classes before Winter Break 

Monday January 8, 2024 

  • First day of classes following Winter Break 

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

  

Chantal Malette  

Principal, Dr. George Stanley School ​


Nov 29
Wednesday Principal Update - November 29, 2023

Dear DGS Families, 

Last week was semi-finals and finals week in the land of Calgary Middle School Athletics Association basketball- all of our teams played great seasons and we want to congratulate our Senior Girls and Senior Boys Basketball Teams for their First-Place finishes in their Divisions! Yesterday, we hosted our Wrestling Quad Meet and we look forward to January, when Volleyball will begin. Our Musical is well underway, and we are currently planning our Grade 7 and 8/9 Concert evenings for the end of January. With 1/6 of our student population committed to instrumental music, we have a “good problem”- we have outgrown our ability to hold concerts that don’t require tickets for audience members- Ms. Thomas has shared information regarding this specifically with families of students in our music program.

 

West Coast Sailing- Grade 9 SALTS Trip 

Application Packages for the Spring 2024 trip will be available for pick up from Mr. Buist’s room at the end of the day on Friday December 1. The deadline to return packages to the main office is Monday December 11. All applicants will be notified of their trip status (accepted or waitlisted) on Tuesday December 12. Deposit requests will be added to your MyCBE accounts by December 14 and the first deposit instalment is due by Monday December 18. We appreciate that the turnaround is tight, and we are providing timelines and as much advance notice as possible. Full application selection processes are described in the applicant package. 

DGS Parent Fundraising Society    

We are very excited about ​​our upcoming Casino on December 9 and 10 at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino. We still require 4 more people to be able to cover our shifts. This is a high value fundraiser that has afforded our students access to additional chrome books, learning commons materials, and fieldtrip busses. Click here to volunteer!!   

2023 Casino Flyer.pdf 

Course Fees and Lunch Supervision Registration  

We have received notice that the courses that have fees associated with them have been added to your account; fees are due when assigned. Also please note: all grade 6 students that stay at school for lunch should be registered to do so.  

Fees and registration can be found on your MyCBE account. 

Demographic Verification Forms   

These forms are legally required to be completed EVERY school year. If for some reason you are unable to complete this form, please contact the Office to make arrangements for assistance in completing this. We thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. Click HERE to sign-in. 

Important Upcoming Dates 

Thursday December 7 

Friday December 8 

  • Non-Instructional Day (No School for Students

Friday December 22 

  • Last day of classes before Winter Break 

Monday January 8, 2024 

  • First day of classes following Winter Break 

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

  

Chantal Malette  

​Principal, Dr. George Stanley School ​


Nov 22
Wednesday Principal Update - November 22, 2023

Dear DGS Families, 

We’ve settled back into the groove after Fall Break, and we are looking forward to conversations about student progress, growth and achievement with families Thursday night and Friday during the day. All conferences are online via Microsoft Teams. We just want to remind families that ANYTIME is the right time to connect with your child’s teachers regarding their learning and we are always happy to sit down and discuss how things are going. We have provided our system Information Technology team with feedback both as to how the conference booking system responded to families and how the weekend system outage impacted accessibility. 

This week marks the conclusion of basketball season- all of our teams have played great seasons and our students from Grades 6-9 have represented DGS exceptionally well as both student athletes and spectators. We know this positive enthusiasm will carry over into Wrestling season, which is now underway. 

  

Traffic Safety on Cranston Drive 

Thank you all so much for trying so hard to be courteous and careful in our drop-off zone. Our one important request is that drivers observe the posted traffic control signs around our building, including the “No Stopping” signs that are placed 5 metres in front of each 4 Way Stop. We know that traffic is congested for two short periods of time over the day, and we know time can be tight, but parking LEGALLY a bit further away is so much safer (and so much easier to support) for our school busses, our students, and other drivers. 

DGS Parent Fundraising Society    

We are very excited about our upcoming Casino on December 9 and 10 at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino. We still require 4 more people to be able to cover our shifts. This is a high value fundraiser that has afforded our students access to additional chrome books, learning commons materials, and fieldtrip busses. Click here to volunteer!!   

2023 Casino Flyer.pdf  

Course Fees and Lunch Supervision Registration  

We have received notice that the courses that have fees associated with them have been added to your account; fees are due when assigned. Also please note: all grade 6 students that stay at school for lunch should be registered to do so.  

Fees and registration can be found on your MyCBE account. 

Demographic Verification Forms   

These forms are legally required to be completed EVERY school year. If for some reason you are unable to complete this form, please contact the Office to make arrangements for assistance in completing this. We thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. Click HERE to sign-in. 

Important Upcoming Dates 

Thursday November 23 

  • Parent Teacher Student Conferences (Virtual, 4:00pm-8:00pm

Friday November 24 

  • Parent Teacher Student Conferences (Virtual, 8:00am-12:00pm) (no school for students

Tuesday November 28 

  • School Council and Parent Fundraising Society Meeting (evening

Friday December 8 

  • Non-Instructional Day (No School for Students

Friday December 22 

  • Last day of classes before Winter Break 

Monday January 8, 2024 

  • First day of classes following Winter Break 

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

  

Chantal Malette  

Principal, Dr. George Stanley School ​


Nov 15
Wednesday Principal Update - November 15, 2023

Dear DGS Families, 

Welcome back from Fall Break- we look forward to three days of learning, and then a return to our regular routines. 

A week ago, we were so honoured to gather together and commemorate Remembrance Day. We want to thank Retired Major Linda Wright, Retired Lieutenant Colonel Rick Wright, and MP Tom Kmiec for sharing their wise words and their time with us. Our students did a brilliant job speaking and representing our school community. 

Last Thursday, our staff spent a day together with the work of Maatoomsii’Pookaiks- putting children FIRST.  We spent a lot of time talking about what lives in our hearts- culture, values, language, family, community, school, belonging and finding harmony with ourselves, others, and the world around us. Watching a former student speak on the high school student youth panel was so powerful- our youth are our greatest gift- we owe it to them to listen. We want to thank Kokum’s Bannock Kitchen as well- if you have not had the experience, we highly recommend it! 

We head into Basketball Semi-Finals next week- this is a good time to remind students that they are welcome to attend the first game that we host on November 21- it may or may not be DGS’s teams playing. We will not be able to admit students to later games, unless they attend with an adult who stays with them for the duration of the evening. This rule is consistent across all of our Division 7 Schools- should we play in other playoff games, spectators would need an adult to stay with them in order to attend, regardless of where the games are held. We want to thank all of our student for having been GREAT spectators this season- you are true sports FANS! 

Upcoming Parent Teacher Student Conferences 

Time has been set aside on the evening of Thursday November 23 and all day on Friday November 24 for Parent Teacher Student Conferences. A small group of teaching teams will be holding their conferences on the evening of Wednesday Nov 22 instead of on Thursday- if this is the case, it will pop up when you use Conference Manager. Please note that you MUST have your CBE account set up in order to book conferences- no bookings can be made through the main office at this time. All conferences will be held virtually this year- feedback from parents last year indicated that this allowed parents to book multiple conferences for multiple children, while minimizing disruption to evenings and work schedules. We have some families who have a student in each of our designated elementary, middle and high schools, and this model serves to maximize access for families. It also allows for more flexibility for our many families who also work in schools. We want you to know you are always welcome to start a conversation with your child’s teacher, whether it is October 1, November 20 or any other day of the year. Any time is the right time for a conversation with your child’s teacher about their progress, growth and achievement- simply reach out to your child’s teachers to arrange a conversation outside of Nov 23 and 24.

DGS Parent Fundraising Society    

We are very excited about our upcoming Casino on December 9 and 10 at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino. We currently require 4 more people to be able to cover our shifts. This is a high value fundraiser that has afforded our students access to additional chrome books, learning commons materials, and fieldtrip busses. Click here to volunteer!!   

2023 Casino Flyer.pdf  

Course Fees and Lunch Supervision Registration  

We have received notice that the courses that have fees associated with them have been added to your account; fees are due when assigned. Also please note: all grade 6 students that stay at school for lunch should be registered to do so.  

Fees and registration can be found on your MyCBE account. 

Demographic Verification Forms   

These forms are legally required to be completed EVERY school year. If for some reason you are unable to complete this form, please contact the Office to make arrangements for assistance in completing this. We thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. Click HERE to sign-in. 

Important Upcoming Dates 

Saturday November 18 

  • Conference Manager will Open for PTI bookings 

Tuesday November 21 

Thursday November 23 

  • Parent Teacher Student Conferences (Virtual, 4:00pm-8:00pm

Friday November 24 

  • Parent Teacher Student Conferences (Virtual, 8:30am-1:00pm) (no school for students

Tuesday November 28 

  • School Council and Parent Fundraising Society Meeting (evening

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

  

Chantal Malette  

Principal, Dr. George Stanley School ​


Nov 06
Monday Principal Update - November 6, 2023

Dear DGS Families, 

With this being a shortened week, I am sending our Principal’s Message early and will return to regular Wednesday updates on November 15, 2023. 

We look forward to a week of learning related to Remembrance Day, Indigenous Veterans Day, and for staff, a day of indigenous learning on Thursday named Maatoomsii’Pookaiks (Children First). 

Wednesday November 8 marks Indigenous Veteran’s Day and is our last day of classes before Remembrance Day, which is when ceremonies are traditionally held. Remembrance Day is particularly significant for me- I am the daughter and granddaughter of Canadian Armed Forces officers. I spent my early growing up years as what is lovingly referred to as a “military brat,” and spent time living in Churchill Manitoba (CFB Churchill) and in Penhold Alberta (CFB Penhold). My father was a Royal Canadian Signal Corps member, which meant he worked in the somewhat infamous “Diefenbunker.” I am personally grateful for the time he spent as a United Nations Peacekeeper in the 1970s. He taught me many lessons about the strength of empathy, the strength of listening carefully, and the power that comes from protecting the world for those you love. I understand conflict- conflict can be healthy- it creates dialogue, thoughtfulness and can plant seeds change. What I hope for is a world without violence, where nations experience the conditions to truly work with one another. What I hope for are equal human rights, access to agricultural and infrastructure technology, education for all, engineering, availability of medicine, access to diplomatic processes and an end to fighting. 

Wednesday’s ceremonies will mark the contributions to peacekeeping efforts made by our Canadian service members, as well as consider the historical significance of symbols such as the poppy. If you do not wish for your child to participate in this ceremony, please let their homeroom teacher know and we will make other arrangements for them during this time. 

Lost & Found   

Please encourage your child(ren) to check the Lost & Found this week for any forgotten belongings. There is a high number of items that have accumulated there. Any items remaining on November 8 will be donated. 

DGS Parent Fundraising Society    

We are very excited about our upcoming Casino on December 9 and 10 at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino. We currently require 4 more people to be able to cover our shifts. This is a high value fundraiser that has afforded our students access to additional chrome books, learning commons materials, and fieldtrip busses. Click here to volunteer!!   

2023 Casino Flyer.pdf  

Course Fees, Transportation and Lunch Supervision Registration  

We have received notice that the courses that have fees associated with them have been added to your account; as well as the fees for students registered to ride the bus. Fees are due when assigned. Also please note: all grade 6 students staying at school for lunch should be registered to do so.  

Fees and Service Registration can be found on your MyCBE account. 

Demographic Verification Forms   

These forms are legally required to be completed EVERY school year. If for some reason you are unable to complete this form, please contact the Office to make arrangements for assistance in completing this. We thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. Click HERE to sign-in. 

Important Upcoming Dates 

Wednesday November 8               

  • Remembrance Day Ceremonies  

  • Lost & Found being donated 

Thursday November 9                    

  • Non-Instructional Day (No School for Students)  

Friday November 10-14                 

  • Fall Break (School Closed)  

Saturday November 18 

  • Conference Manager will open for Parent Teacher Student Conference bookings 

Tuesday November 21 

Thursday November 23 

  • Parent Teacher Student Conferences (Virtual, 4:00pm-8:00pm

Friday November 24 

  • Parent Teacher Student Conferences (Virtual, 8:30am-1:00pm) (no school for students

Tuesday November 28 

  • School Council and Parent Fundraising Society Meeting (evening

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

  

Chantal Malette  

​Principal, Dr. George Stanley School ​


Nov 01
Wednesday Principal Update - November 1, 2023

Dear DGS Families, 

Last Friday, we spent time first thing in the morning with our Grade 9 students to learn about what they want to change regarding school culture at DGS. Students have told us that they love things like InterSchool Athletics, Staff v Student events, time spent outside together participating in Land Based Learning, our Music Program and our performance opportunities throughout the year. Students would like the opportunity to do more things together in whole Grade Groups and would like to think about our school’s larger identity in the community. They would like more opportunities to make meaningful contributions to Cranston, and we are listening to their voices. We are taking the time each Friday to meet with each Grade Level of Students and find out what really matters to them. Getting to watch a short basketball game between Grade 9 Teachers and the Senior Boys and Girls Basketball Teams sure didn’t hurt, either! Next up? Grade 8! 

Yesterday’s Hallowe’en activities went exceptionally well. It was a joyfully spooky day here at DGS! Our students are incredibly creative, enthusiastic and funny. From inflatable Santa, to Eminem, 6-foot home-made angel wings, and the most amazing Chainsaw costume, it was a feast for the eyes. We want to send a HUGE thank you to our Grade 8 Leadership students, Ms. Lyster, DJ Look and DJ Dyer. We really enjoyed bringing our students together and helping them to learn and grow socially. 

Tomorrow at 1:00pm (Nov 2), our students will participate in a School-wide Lockdown Practice. This means there will be a police presence around the building for approximately an hour. As always, I will send you a message once the lockdown is complete. We thank all of our students in advance for their careful engagement in this required activity. 

On Wednesday November 8, we are pleased to present face-to-face Remembrance Day Ceremonies. These are our first full Remembrance Day Ceremonies since 2019, and we are taking extra care to ensure high quality experiences for students and guests that day. 

We look forward to our Fall Break next week. Please remember that there are no classes for students starting Thursday November 9, and returning on Wednesday November 15, 2023. 

Grade 9 

For the first time in our school’s history, we are offering an opportunity for a Group of 28 Grade 9 students to learn to sail a tall ship. We have secured a vessel through SALTS (Sailing and Life Training Society) that will depart from Victoria harbour and sail to various areas up the coast and through the islands. For more information on the SALTS experience, please visit salts.ca 

WHO: 28 Grade Nine students, Mr. Buist & Ms. Malette 

WHAT: Sailing Trip 

WHEN: April 29th - May 3rd, 2024 

WHERE: Victoria, British Columbia 

As you can appreciate, the cost of this experience is significant, and comprehensive and totals haven’t been finalized at this stage of the planning process. If you would like more information about this trip, we will be hosting an informational session on Thursday, November 2nd from 6:30 - 7:30pm in the Learning Commons. While attendance at this meeting will serve as an expression of interest in the trip, it does not guarantee or secure a spot on this trip.  

Please join us if you’re interested in hearing more about this exciting opportunity. 

DGS Parent Fundraising Society    

We are very excited about our upcoming Casino on December 9 and 10 at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino. We currently require 7 more people to be able to cover our shifts. This is a high value fundraiser that has afforded our students access to additional chrome books, learning commons materials, and fieldtrip busses. Click here to volunteer!!   

2023 Casino Flyer.pdf  

Demographic Verification Forms   

There forms are legally required to be completed EVERY school year. If for some reason you are unable to complete this form, please contact the Office to make arrangements for assistance in completing this. We thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. Click HERE to sign-in. 

Grade 6 Students and Noon Hour Supervision   

All Grade 6 students who stay at DGS for lunch MUST be registered for noon supervision. We have two fabulous lunchroom supervisors who work with students daily. Students who go home every day at lunch must check out and sign back in. Grade 6 is the last year families pay the noon supervision fee. We provide additional supervision for ALL DGS students so they can enjoy a safe lunch break. Noon Supervision (and registration) information can be found here.     

Important Upcoming Dates 

Thursday November 2 

  • SALTS Informational Session for Grade 9 families 

Wednesday November 8               

  • Remembrance Day Ceremonies  

Thursday November 9                    

  • Non-Instructional Day (No School for Students)  

Friday November 10-14                 

  • Fall Break (School Closed)  

Tuesday November 21 

Thursday November 23 

  • Parent Teacher Student Conferences (Virtual, 4:00pm-8:00pm

Friday November 24 

  • Parent Teacher Student Conferences (Virtual, 8:00am-12:00pm) (no school for students

Tuesday November 28 

  • School Council and Parent Fundraising Society Meeting (evening

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

  

Chantal Malette  

Principal, Dr. George Stanley School ​


Oct 25
Wednesday Principal Update - October 25, 2023

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Dear DGS Families, 

  

On Friday, our staff spent the day re-igniting the work we did last year around Collaborative Response. During the 2022-2023 school year, we learned the process, practice the process and then enacted the process between January and June. We were able to hold 4 meetings in that timeframe and share and revisit approximately 20 different strategies across Grades and Disciplines. Collaborative Response is a way for teachers to meet productively about the strategies, supports, and structures that make schoolwork better for students. During these meetings, we celebrate the successes of our students since our last meeting, examine data related to what students are telling us about empathy and respect in our school, and then we consider the individual needs of students in their classroom groupings- when we think about student need, what we are really able to do is to collaborate around the “teacher moves” we can make to help students learn and grow. The “strategic” piece is that when we are generating strategies, we are really strategizing for more than just one learner- we are generating and sharing pedagogical ideas, practical routines, and resources that will likely benefit larger groups of students- it’s the notion that when you do something different for one learner, and then apply it to a larger group, you often are able to see growth and improvement across a wider cohort. We are passionate about making a difference in learning for your families. 

Hallowe’en at DGS 

On the afternoon of Tuesday October 31, all students at DGS will have an opportunity to participate in Hallowe’en themed activities of their choice. One time slot will be exclusively for Grade 6 and 7 students, and one time spot will be exclusively for Grade 8/9 students. This provides everyone with a safer, more comfortable experience with their peers. Students will be given the option of a 45-minute dance, cooking activity, a team video game “mini tournament,” organized games, crafts, board games and a few other little surprises. Once students have selected their activity, they need to stay in their area for the remainder of the time slot. This wellness and teambuilding time is brought to you by our Grade 8 Leadership students who are learning important skills about event planning, organizing humans and creating positive school culture. Students are welcome to wear a costume for the afternoon as well. Our regular student code of conduct is in effect. As with other years, our only asks are that someone else’s culture or religion is not worn as a costume, and new this year, we ask that props that represent weapons are left at home. In part, we want to ensure a safe environment in the main gym during the dance. Grades 6 and 7 will participate in their activities from 1:00-1:45 and Grades 8 and 9 will have their activities from 2:00-2:45pm. 

  

Traffic and Pedestrian Safety around our School 

Ww want to thank everyone for how well you have worked with us to ensure safety in our parent drop and pick up zone along Cranston Drive, as well as not stopping or parking in our Bus Zone on Cranston Road. This year, we have 6 full sized busses and one smaller bus that we are working with- your commitment to improved driver safety around our school has been very helpful. We are working with our students about ONLY crossing the roads at marked crosswalks. We need your help with this; please ensure that adults and students cross at the crosswalk and NOT in the middle of the road. 

  

Transportation Challenges 

We are aware that this week has brought challenges to our families who rely on charter transportation for their students before and after school. The transportation carriers are the only source of information to know if busses are running, are running late, or if alternate transportation arrangements (such as F bus students riding Bus A) have been made. We are often receiving information at the school at the same time as families. We make adjustments to routines such as morning attendance when we know we have busses that are en route, but will be late. Please remember that we are working with a 3rd party provider, and we are doing the best that we can to ensure safe experiences for students. 

Grade 9 

For the first time in our school’s history, we are offering an opportunity for a Group of 28 Grade 9 students to learn to sail a tall ship. We have secured a vessel through SALTS (Sailing and Life Training Society) that will depart from Victoria harbour and sail to various areas up the coast and through the islands. For more information on the SALTS experience, please visit salts.ca 

WHO: 28 Grade Nine students, Mr. Buist & Ms. Malette 

WHAT: Sailing Trip 

WHEN: April 29th - May 3rd, 2024 

WHERE: Victoria, British Columbia 

As you can appreciate, the cost of this experience is significant, and comprehensive totals haven’t been finalized at this stage of the planning process. If you would like more information about this trip, we will be hosting an informational session on Thursday, November 2nd from 6:30 - 7:30pm in the Learning Commons. While attendance at this meeting will serve as an expression of interest in the trip, it does not guarantee or secure a spot on this trip.  

Please join us if you’re interested in hearing more about this exciting opportunity. 

DGS Parent Fundraising Society    

We are very excited about our upcoming Casino on December 9 and 10 at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino. We currently require 11 more people to be able to cover our shifts. This is a high value fundraiser that has afforded our students access to additional chrome books, learning commons materials, and fieldtrip busses. Click here to volunteer!!   

2023 Casino Flyer.pdf  

Important Upcoming Dates 

Tuesday October 31                        

  • Hallowe’en   

Wednesday November 8               

  • Remembrance Day Ceremonies  

Thursday November 9                    

  • Non-Instructional Day (No School for Students)  

Friday November 10-14                 

  • Fall Break (School Closed)  

Tuesday November 21 

Thursday November 23 

  • Parent Teacher Student Conferences (Virtual, 4:00pm-8:00pm

Friday November 24 

  • Parent Teacher Student Conferences (Virtual, 8:00am-12:00pm) (no school for students

Tuesday November 28 

  • School Council and Parent Fundraising Society Meeting (evening

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

  

Chantal Malette  

Principal, Dr. George Stanley School ​


Oct 18
Wednesday Principal Update - October 18, 2023

Dear DGS Families, 

This Fall has been absolutely beautiful- the last one I remember like this was in my second year of Uni- which I have just now realized is 30 years ago… last year, we played soccer in snowstorms, this year, we are looking at 21-degree temperatures to end this week! We have been taking the time with our students to practice seeing things in a number of different ways in our natural spaces around DGS, which has been extra enjoyable because of the warm Autumn we are having. Students have taken the time to learn about carotenoids and anthocyanins, which contribute to the true Fall colours we are seeing this year. 

Emergency Preparedness  

Did you know that we are required to hold 6 Fire Drills and 2 Practice Lockdowns a year at DGS? Yesterday, we completed our second Fire Drill of the school year. In the weeks to come, teachers will review Lockdown procedures with students in anticipation of completing one of our required Practice Lockdowns in the first week of November. We endeavour to make these experiences as calm and well-organized as possible. 

Helping students predict and prepare for unforeseen events is a part of the CBE’s commitment to keeping students safe. I will always communicate with you immediately following practice lockdowns so that we do not create unnecessary stress in the community. 

Outdoor Preparedness 

As we head toward this change in weather, we just want to highlight a few things: 

  • We expect students to be dressed to be outdoors for a period of time every day. 

  • The doors to the school open at 8:00am, unless a student has rehearsals or practices that start earlier. We do not let students into the building earlier than 8:00am, regardless of the weather. This means being prepared to be outside until that time whether the temperature is -20 or it is raining. 

Lost and Never Found? 

Our Lost and Found Collection has begun to grow. Water bottles? Yep, we’ve got them. Expensive hoodies? They’re lovely. Single shoes? We don’t know how, but yes, those too! If your child is missing items, we ask that they have a look in our lost and found. We are not able to take classes to the Lost and Found, as it takes away from learning time. The Lost and Found is emptied and items sent for donation at the following points in the School Year: 

Fall Break (Nov 8

Winter Break (Dec 22

Teacher’s Convention (Feb 14

Spring Break (Mar 21

May Long Weekend (May 16

Year’s End (Jun 27

You are welcome to come in and have a peek if there are specific items you are looking for. 

DGS Parent Fundraising Society    

We are very excited about our upcoming Casino on December 9 and 10 at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino. We currently require 14 more people to be able to cover our shifts. This is a high value fundraiser that has afforded our students access to additional chrome books, learning commons materials, and fieldtrip busses. Click here to volunteer!!   

2023 Casino Flyer.pdf   

Demographic Verification Forms  

These forms are legally required to be completed EVERY school year. If for some reason you are unable to complete this form, please contact the Office to make arrangements for assistance in completing this. We thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. Click HERE to sign-in.

Student Health Updates  

It is important for the school to have the most up-to-date information regarding any of our students with medical conditions, taking medications, allergies, etc. This is not just for students that are new to Dr. George Stanley or to the CBE; these are for all students with medical conditions to complete EVERY school year.  

Please review the attachments, if this is applicable to your student, please complete the forms and return them to the school, via email drgeorgestanley@cbe.ab.ca or dropped off at the main office. Thank you for helping us keep the students safe and healthy. 

cbe.ab.ca/FormsManuals/Student-Health-Plan.pdf 

cbe.ab.ca/FormsManuals/Student-Health-Emergency-Response-Protocol-Form.pdf 

Grade 6 Students and Noon Hour Supervision    

All Grade 6 students who stay at DGS for lunch MUST be registered for noon supervision. We have two fabulous lunchroom supervisors who work with students daily. Students who go home every day at lunch must check out and sign back in. Grade 6 is the last year families pay the noon supervision fee. We provide additional supervision for ALL DGS students so they can enjoy a safe lunch break. Noon Supervision (and registration) information can be found here.    

Important Upcoming Dates 

Friday October 20                            

  • Non-Instructional Day (No School for Students)  

Tuesday October 24                        

  • Picture Retakes  

  • Grade 9 Vaccination Education                       

  • School Council and Parent Fundraising Society Meeting (evening)  

Tuesday October 31                        

  • Hallowe’en (activities TBA)  

Wednesday November 8               

  • Remembrance Day Ceremonies  

Thursday November 9                    

  • Non-Instructional Day (No School for Students)  

Friday November 10-14                 

  • Fall Break (School Closed)  

Tuesday November 21 

Thursday November 23 

  • Parent Teacher Student Conferences (Virtual, 4:00pm-8:00pm

Friday November 24 

  • Parent Teacher Student Conferences (Virtual, 8:00am-12:00pm) (no school for students

Tuesday November 28 

  • School Council and Parent Fundraising Society Meeting (evening

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

  

Chantal Malette  

Principal, Dr. George Stanley School ​


Oct 11
Wednesday Principal Update - October 11, 2023

Dear DGS Families, 

This week’s update is short and sweet, much like this week! 

We want to send the BIGGEST shout out to our students; they surpassed our $2000 goal in just ONE week for the Terry Fox Foundation. Congratulations to Mr. Murphy’s homeroom, who won a pizza party for being the top-fundraising homeroom. We can’t wait to see Mr. Murphy without his beard and Ms. Binks with red hair. Thank you to our students who contributed to a beautiful video about how their lives have been impacted by cancer. And a special thank-you to Ms. Thomas and our Jazz Band (Their new name is “ET and the Jazzercize”) who performed “Eye of the Tiger” to get us all moving out the door. Friday was pretty special at our school! 

  

DGS Parent Fundraising Society   

We are very excited about our upcoming Casino on December 9 and 10 at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino. We currently require 26 more people to be able to cover our shifts. This is a high value fundraiser that has afforded our students access to additional chrome books, learning commons materials, and fieldtrip busses. Click here to volunteer!!  

2023 Casino Flyer.pdf 

Reminder - Grade 6 Students and Noon Hour Supervision   

All Grade 6 students who stay at DGS for lunch MUST be registered for noon supervision. We have two fabulous lunchroom supervisors who work with students daily. Students who go home every day at lunch must check out and sign back in. Grade 6 is the last year families pay the noon supervision fee. We provide additional supervision for ALL DGS students so they can enjoy a safe lunch break. Noon Supervision (and registration) information can be found here.   

Important Upcoming Dates:   

Friday October 13                           

  • IPPs go home to families 

Friday October 20                           

  • Non-Instructional Day (No School for Students

Tuesday October 24                       

  • Picture Retakes 

Tuesday October 24                       

  • School Council and Parent Fundraising Society Meeting (evening

Tuesday October 31                       

  • Hallowe’en (activities TBA

Wednesday November 8              

  • Remembrance Day Ceremonies 

Thursday November 9                   

  • Non-Instructional Day (No School for Students

Friday November 10-14                

  • Fall Break (School Closed

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

  

Chantal Malette  

Principal, Dr. George Stanley School ​


Oct 04
Wednesday Principal Update - October 4, 2023

Dear DGS Families, 

Let’s talk school culture. Last week, I got to spend a lot of time with our InterSchool Athletic Teams. It’s been fascinating to watch our Boys and Girls Soccer teams learn to work together on the field. We have both players with a vast amount of club soccer experience AND students for whom this is their first time in an organized sport. The joy on these kids’ faces says a lot about the coaching they’re receiving and the experiences they are having with each other. We have some athletes involved in all three Fall Sports- next week, we have students who will run their final cross-country meet, play their third and fourth basketball games, have soccer practice and head into their next soccer games. These students are shaking it up! 

It's also club start up season at DGS. Currently, we are prepping for an earlier than previously organized musical season (we can’t wait to share what we will be performing), Jazz Band, a Knit and Crochet Club, Robotics and Coding Club, a GSA and we are hopeful our Chess Club will be off the ground shortly.  

  

Terry Fox Run  

Our Grade 7 and 8 Leadership Students are pleased to present this year’s Terry Fox Run. Our run will be held on the morning of Friday October 6, 2023. Our school-wide fundraising goal is $2000.00. If we start with every student and staff member bringing a toonie, we will be at just over $1400!!!! The top fundraising homeroom will be gifted a lunchtime pizza party. This is possible through an anonymous community donor. THANK YOU! Students will participate in the run during their typical Friday PLC Block that day. Winning homeroom will be announced on Tuesday October 9, with their party taking place on Thursday October 12. #tryforterry 

Bike Racks and Bike Seats 

We are not sure of the reason, but the last week has seen a rash of bike seat thefts from bike racks around our school and in our community. We are walking past the bike racks over the course of the day to try and better monitor the areas. We ask that students not rely on external cameras, as they aren’t always as informative as people think they may be. We know it is not intuitive to do, but we suggest that if your child’s bike seat has a quick release, that they bring it into the school and store it in their locker for the time being.    

Please Don’t Feed the Birds 

We are currently working on thinning out the seagulls who really enjoy their days in our backyard. Please take a moment and talk to your adolescents about NOT feeding the seagulls at lunch. We will be working with homerooms to go outside and use our “picker sticks” to make sure our outdoor spaces are less enticing to birds. 

Child and Youth Well-Being: A Webinar Series for Parents and Guardians  

Dear Parents / Guardians,   

The Calgary Board of Education invites all parents and guardians to join us in an online series focusing on child and youth well-being. These sessions will be hosted in partnership with experts from Alberta Health Services and will explore topics such as vaping, brain development, mental health, and sexual health.  

Click below to learn more:   

Child and Youth Well-Being:   

A Webinar Series for Parents and Guardians  

CBE educators believe that parents and guardians can inspire their kids to make healthy lifestyle choices and increase protective factors – in order to do so, they need the right tools and information.   Well-being is a precondition for learning. As our understanding of student well-being continues to evolve, it is important for those that support children and youth to stay up to date on the same information so everyone can support student success.   

The intention of the series is to advance student well-being by raising family and caregiver’s understanding of a variety of health-related topics.

Thank you for your time and consideration to join us. 

InterSchool Athletics Expectations 

Monday marked the beginning of our first indoor interschool athletics season of play for the year, and we are hosting games every night this week. Please note the following for all games played at Dr. George Stanley School: 

DGS Students: 

  • DGS students will be able to view the first home game (4:30pm start) without parent/guardian supervision. Students are to remain in the main gym watching the game. 

  • Once the first game is complete, school administration will help all DGS students without a parent/guardian leave the building. 

  • DGS students will need to be directly supervised by a parent/guardian if they would like to stay and/or return at any point after the first game is complete. 

  • DGS students are expected to be in the main gym watching the game(s) and supporting all players/coaches/referees/parents/guardians in a positive manner. Any student who is not meeting the CBE Student Code of Conduct will be escorted out of the gym and school and may lose future viewing privileges. 

  • Please note that DGS students should not attend games at any other school without a parent present. 

Students From Other Schools: 

  • Will not be admitted into the school, for any game(s), unless accompanied by a parent/guardian who stays for the duration of the time the student is in the building. 

  • Once teams from other schools have completed their games for the evening, all players must exit the building, unless accompanied by a parent/guardian who stays for the duration of the time the student is in the building. 

  • Student athletes who arrive before their coaches will be asked to wait at the tables in the main hall until their coach arrives. 

All Parents and Guardians: 

  • All parents/guardians are welcome to attend all games at DGS. 

  • Parents/guardians who bring family members under the age of 18 are expected to supervise their child(ren) in the main gym. 

  • All parents/guardians are expected to cheer/support all payers/coaches/referees/parents/guardians in a positive manner. 

  • If parents/guardians are engaging in any inappropriate behaviour directed towards players/coaches/referees/other parents/guardians/school staff or school administration, the game will be paused, and the parent/guardian will be asked to stop. If the inappropriate behaviour continues, the game will be stopped again and will not re-start until the parent/guardian leaves the gym and school property. If removed, the parent/guardian may lose future viewing privileges at DGS. 

Our main goal is to provide a safe and fun opportunity for students. 

  • The players are kids. 

  • The coaches are volunteers. 

  • The referees are human. 

Come Volunteer At DGS  

We welcome volunteers on field trips and with certain tasks at school or at home. Many activities or field trips would not be possible without the active participation of our volunteers. Follow this link for steps to volunteer with the CBE. As a CBE volunteer, you must have completed the Annual-Volunteer-Registration-Form.pdf and have a current police information check (PIC) to volunteer in the school CPS Vulnerable Police Information Check. If your PIC is not up to date you will need a volunteer letter. If you need to check if your clearance is still valid, please complete the registration form and send it to the office, so that we can look it up. 

New this school year: the fee for a Police Information Check is no longer paid for by the CBE. The cost is $21.25.   

Please note- from the CPIC website main page:  

"Processing: Police Information Checks are processed in date order. We are currently experiencing high volumes. We will not respond to status inquiries unless a full month has passed from the date your application was submitted. Once you have applied, please be sure to follow any further instructions you receive. Your patience is appreciated while we process your application. Results are available in your account for 60 days from completion. Please make sure you download and save a copy within this timeframe if desired. Your certificate will not be accessible in your account past 60 days, however will be accessible if saved to a personal desktop or folder. Applications will not be processed immediately or expedited. We process all applications in date order of being received." 

  

DGS Parent Fundraising Society  

We are very excited about our upcoming Casino on December 9 and 10 at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino. We need approximately 50 people to be able to cover our shifts. This is a high value fundraiser that has afforded our students access to additional chrome books, learning commons materials, and fieldtrip busses. Click here to volunteer!! 

Casino Flyer 2023.bmp 

Important Upcoming Dates:   

Thursday October 5                       

  • Grade 7 Band Clinic (afternoon

Friday October 6 

  • Deadline to return paper photo orders to the Office 

Monday October 9                         

  • Thanksgiving Monday (School Closed

Tuesday October 10 

Friday October 13                           

  • IPPs go home to families 

Friday October 20                           

  • Non-Instructional Day (No School for Students

Tuesday October 24                       

  • Picture Retakes 

Tuesday October 24                       

  • School Council and Parent Fundraising Society Meeting (evening

Tuesday October 31                       

  • Hallowe’en (activities TBA

Wednesday November 8              

  • Remembrance Day Ceremonies 

Thursday November 9                   

  • Non-Instructional Day (No School for Students

Friday November 10-14                

  • Fall Break (School Closed

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

 

 

Chantal Malette  

Principal, Dr. George Stanley Schoo​


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