Mar 01
March 2022


Happy March Everyone!

As you are aware, Alberta entered Step 2 on March 1 (today). The following changes came into effect at that time:

·       Any remaining school requirements removed (for example: Kindergarten to grade 6 cohorting).

  • Youth screening activities for entertainment and sport activities removed.
  • Capacity on all large venues and entertainment venues lifted.
  • Restrictions lifted on interactive activities, table limits, liquor sales and closing times for bars, restaurants and other food serving businesses.
  • Indoor and outdoor social gathering limits lifted, including for all wedding and funeral events.
  • Mandatory work-from-home requirements lifted.
  • Provincial mask mandate lifted except:
    • on municipal and intra-provincial public transit for Albertans 13 and older
    • at AHS-operated and contracted facilities, and all continuing care settings

 

With regards to schools,

-       Masking is optional for students and staff

-       Students and adults must continue to follow Alberta Isolation and Quarantine requirements if testing positive for Covid 19 on PCR or Rapid Antigen Test

-       Students are asked to stay home if they are sick

-       Cohorting is no longer an expectation – students do not have designated play areas at recess and can play where they would like to play (supervision continues)

-       Sanitizing at entry ways not required

-       Students continue to be encouraged to wash their hands often especially before eating as a part of regular hygiene routines

-       Parents and visitors may come into the school (must continue to check in at the office)

 

In order to align with the recent lifting of provincial COVID restrictions in schools, parents will now have the option of attending a Student Learning Conference online OR in person next week.  For both types of conferences: Please proceed with using our online booking request form. When you book a conference on this page, you will automatically receive a Microsoft TEAMS link for an online conference. If you prefer an in-person conference instead, please book in the same way, and also contact the office to inform us that you will attend your child’s conference in person, so we know to expect you at school at your designated time.

 

We are working with our CBE team to ensure that we are rolling out any changes to our COVID protocols in a thoughtful manner. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or the main office and we will do our best to respond.

 

Report cards were available for viewing on February 1, 2022 on your PowerSchool account. Students receive a report card mid-way through the school year and at the end of the school year in June. We know it's important for parents to understand how their children are doing in school. This is one of the ways the school informs parents about their child's progress and achievement. A student's report card corresponds to ongoing assessment done by his or her teacher. Assessing a student's progress is one of the most important ways teachers support the continued learning of their students. It is recommended that you print a copy of the report card at home as it does get removed from your child's account and may not be accessible for parents after that time. If you haven’t already seen itI strongly encourage you to view your child’s report card before attending Student Learning Conferences this month.

We are also starting to make plans for staffing for next year and although we would love for all of our students to be staying with us next year, we know sometimes children will be changing schools for a variety of reasons. If you know your child will be attending another school next year, due to a move or any other reason, we would really appreciate it if you could let the office know by June 1st. This will ensure we have the transfer process done so student records are ready to go at the end of June to their new school. If you find out after this date, that is fine too…just give us a call in the office and let us know. As we approach the latter half of the school year, students in grade 4 have begun to think about the transition to grade 5. All grade 4 students are automatically reassigned and registered to Colonel Macleod School. If you would like your child to attend a different school for grade 5, then please follow the transfer process outlined on the CBE website CBE transfer process as soon as possible.

Our LOTTERY for the 2022/23 school year (for students who do not currently attend but want to attend Dr. J.K. Mulloy School next year) was held on February 16, 2022, and was witnessed by a member of our School Council. All “Expression of Interest” forms had to be received by noon on February 15, to be included in the lottery. Any registration packages received after 12:00pm on February 15th were & will continue to be added to the end of our call back list following the lottery. As we are currently over capacity, no grade 1 to 4 spots were vacant to be filled during our lottery this year. We know we have a lot of disappointed parents out there, and we want to assure everyone that we will continue to use our callback list to fill any new vacancies up until September 8, 2022 at which time our call back list will be dissolved.

There is a strong positive correlation between regular attendance and a student's success in school. Regular attendance at school maximizes student learning and success, as well as teaching children how to be part of a community and that school is a priority for your family. While it is recognized that enrichment activities or travel present unique learning opportunities for students, excessive or frequent absences can create gaps in student learning and social development. Consequently, it becomes the parent's responsibility to ensure their child is meeting learning expectations during extended absences; the school is unable to provide learning support (ie extra homework) while students are away on a family holiday.

If you are one of our families considering travel out of the country to visit friends or relatives for extended periods of time, please be sure to let the office know in advance of your trip. We will write a letter to document the absence in the student's file, and will update their attendance record.  These absences are recorded as “unexcused" in the student's attendance record. Should your extended absence coincide with the start of the school year, this can have an unexpected impact on your child's school placement. If a student does not arrive to school in September due to a family holiday, and will be returning at some point after September 30, 2022, the student may be withdrawn from Dr. J.K. Mulloy School.  Your family will be redirected to your designated school. You will be able to reapply to the TLC Program at Dr. J.K. Mulloy the following year. We know that many families book travel plans well in advance of their departure date, so we like to let families know this early on in the school year.

We know that our parents value our school uniform as an important part of the TLC program. We appreciate your commitment to ensuring your child arrives at school daily in the appropriate uniform. If you are not sure of the expectations, please refer to the TLC Uniform Requirements TLC Uniform Requirements We know that this has been a tough couple of years on some families financially, and if you need help to meet the uniform requirements, please contact the office to make an appointment with Ms. Lay or myself (Ms. Markovich) and we  will see what we can do to help you out.

The last day before Spring Break is Friday March 18, and classes will resume on Tuesday March 28, 2022! We hope you all enjoy a well-deserved break to spend some quality time with your families. This is an excellent time to have your children bring their indoor shoes (dress &/or gym) home to ensure that they still fit, as we know children typically have growth spurts throughout the school year and often need a new pair of shoes for their growing feet.

For Parents/Legal Guardians of Grade 4 students, by now you will have received a letter from Alberta Education regarding the Alberta Education Assurance (AEA) survey (which replaced the former Accountability Pillar Survey). Your letter contains a Random Access Code (RAC) for completing the survey online and instructions for accessing the survey in other languages. Completing the survey online is the quickest way for Alberta Education to receive a completed response. Families can still choose to complete the survey on paper by requesting a copy from the System Assurance Branch directly (see contact information in your letter), or by contacting your principal. This past 2 years have been unusual, as COVID-19 has brought new challenges, that is why it is more important than ever to hear from parents / legal guardians. Your voice will help shape the future of education in Alberta. Please complete the survey by April 23, 2022, and if you have any questions, please contact me.

Just a reminder that our School Council meeting will be moved to Thursday March 17 at 6:30pm, as Student Learning Conferences fall on the second Thursday of this month. Hope to see you there! We will continue to meet via TEAMs this month, and will let you know if we plan to move the meetings back to in-person.

 

Sincerely,

Anne Markovich

Principal

Dr. J.K. Mulloy School


Dec 03
December 2021


The cold, wet, winter weather seems to have arrived and seems to be sticking around this time! Just a reminder that all students go outside twice per day for a minimum of 15 minutes each time (longer for our lunch recess) and we do not have any supervision inside during these times. It is important that your child is dressed for the weather, so they are comfortable and able to enjoy this unstructured play time. As the weather can be unpredictable, it is a good idea to check the forecast each morning and send your child to school dressed for the expected low temperature or wet/cold weather. Having a hat or hood is very important, because body heat can be lost by an uncovered head in cold, windy weather. We also recommend dressing your child in layers, as this enables your child to remove a layer if they are too hot, or put on a layer if they are too cold. Please ensure all clothing items are labeled and we will work to get these pieces back to your child should they become lost.

As you are aware, over the past month we have continued to receive notification of positive cases in our school community. We thank all parents for continuing to ensure their child(ren) has a clean & dry mask to wear while they are here at school. To avoid an unnecessary trip to bring a mask to your child at school, we recommend that all students have a small baggie with 5 disposable or reusable masks labeled with their name, in their backpack in case they lose the mask they came to school with. Please ensure your child's mask fits your child's face as we are seeing many masks that have stretched or are too big and therefore not as effective to keep your child safe & healthy.

Drop off and pick up can be busy times around our school. In an effort to keep our students safe, please ensure that you are following the rules of the road regardless of if you are a pedestrian or a driver of a vehicle. Children do not perceive traffic like adults do, so extra caution is needed in and around playgrounds and schools. Remember that it is important to not double park or park facing the wrong direction as this is a dangerous practice especially near a school and could result in an expensive ticket! Please also consider using our 'drop off' location on 10th Street, just to the north of the parking lot, and remember that it is not too late to register for yellow school bus transportation!

We have just published our School Development Plan for this year and you can find a copy on our school's website. Our data has informed us that we should continue to focus on literacy, and more specifically building, and focusing on high impact speaking, reading & writing strategies this year.  We will also focus on helping our students communicate more clearly and efficiently when solving problems in mathematics. Our wellness goal will focus on helping students gain the skills & vocabulary to attempt to solve problems independently. We will share our plans at our next School Council Meeting on December 9 @ 6:30pm. All parents are automatically members of our School Council & Parent Enhancement Society and we encourage and welcome all parents to attend our monthly meetings and have a voice in what happens at our school! ​

Have a wonderful winter break and hopefully things will get back to normal in the New Year!

Anne Markovich

Principal

Dr. J.K. Mulloy School

 


Nov 01
November 2021

Principal Message

Thanks to all of our families who are accessing fee payments online through myCBE account, as your child's fees should be uploaded now. We are a cashless school, as it is a faster and more secure way for parents/guardians to make payments. If you ever have trouble accessing your account, please don't hesitate to call the office and we would be happy to help out.

Effective communication practices ensure that parents are regularly informed about how their child is doing at school. In addition to the report card, schools communicate with parents about student progress in a variety of ways, such as student learning conferences. Ongoing communication between teachers, students and parents informs and supports our students' learning. On Thursday, November 25th and Friday, November 26th we will be hosting our Student Learning Conferences (online) so there is no school for students on Friday of that week. Some other ways to learn how your child is doing are informal conversations with your child and your child's teachers, virtual celebrations of learning, student learning conferences, and online tools such as Google Classroom. Don't hesitate to contact your child's teacher if you are concerned about their progress between student learning conferences and/or report cards.

There is a strong positive correlation between regular attendance and a student's success in school. Regular attendance at school maximizes student learning and success, as well as teaching children how to be part of a community and that school is a priority for your family. While it is recognized that enrichment activities or travel present unique learning opportunities for students, excessive or frequent absences can create gaps in student learning and social development. Consequently, it becomes the parent's responsibility to ensure their child is meeting learning expectations during extended absences; the school is unable to provide learning support (ie extra homework) while students are away on a family holiday.

If you are one of our families considering travel out of the country to visit friends or relatives for extended periods of time, please be sure to let the office know in advance of your trip. We will write a letter to document the absence in the student's file, and will update their attendance record.  These absences are recorded as “unexcused" in the student's attendance record. Should your extended absence coincide with the start of the school year, this can have an unexpected impact on your child's school placement. As we are an alternative program, and have a large number of students wishing to attend, we must follow the CBE guidelines specific to the lottery process. If a student does not arrive to school in September due to a family holiday, and will be returning at some point after September 30, 2022, the student may be withdrawn from Dr. J.K. Mulloy School.  Your family will be redirected to your designated school. You will be able to reapply to the TLC Program at Dr. J.K. Mulloy the following year. We know that many families book travel plans well in advance of their departure date, so we like to let families know this early on in the school year.

We have been working on tweaking our safety measures and protocols as we strive to create and maintain structured and healthy environment in our school during this pandemic. We have noticed that our staggered entry from 8:55 is working to avoid congestion in the doorways and mudrooms. It has also been a great addition, as we are able to start teaching & learning right at 9:10, so it is very important that your child arrives to school on time. We also have implemented a lunchbreak where some students will play first, then come in to eat and some will eat first and then go out to play. These measures are added to help limit the number of students entering and exiting the building at one time.

Drop off and pick up can be busy times around our school. In an effort to keep our students safe, please ensure that you are following the rules of the road regardless of if you are a pedestrian or a driver of a vehicle. Children do not perceive traffic like adults do, so extra caution is needed in and around playgrounds and schools. Remember that it is important to not double park or park facing the wrong direction as this is a dangerous practice especially near a school and could result in an expensive ticket! Please also consider using our 'drop off' location on 10th Street, just to the north of the parking lot. Be careful NEVER to walk between parked buses as that is a very serious safety issue. Take the extra minute to cross at the corner. Remember to prioritize safety over convenience, and help students to learn this lesson as well.

We are proud to report that from our Terry Fox Run event, we were able to donate $ 6200 to the Terry Fox Foundation to fund cancer research this year, and now we have shifted our attention to helping our veterans. We will be collecting donations for the Veterans' Foodbank starting November 1st. If you are interested in donating items, please send in a non-perishable item with your child, to be donated on behalf of our school! On November 10, when we host our virtual Remembrance Day assembly, we also encourage your child to bring a quarter (25¢) to donate to the Poppy Fund. Through your generosity, the Legion helps Canada's Veterans and their families. All donations to the Poppy Fund are placed in trust to be used for the care and benevolent support of Veterans and their dependents.

There is no school on Thursday Nov. 11th as it is Remembrance Day, and Wednesday, November 10th is a formal uniform day, as we will have our Remembrance Assembly Day!

We are currently working on developing our School Development Plan for this year.  The data has informed us that we should to continue to focus on literacy, and more specifically building, and focusing on high impact speaking, reading & writing strategies this year.  We will also focus on helping our students communicate more clearly and efficiently when solving problems in mathematics. Our wellness goal will focus on helping students gain the skills & vocabulary to attempt to solve problems independently. We will share our plans at our next School Council Meeting on November 18 @ 6:30pm. All parents are automatically members of our School Council & Parent Enhancement Society and we encourage and welcome all parents to attend our monthly meetings and have a voice in what happens at our school!​

Anne Markovich

Principal


Oct 01
October 2021

October 2021

Principal Message
Thank you for attending our first virtual Student Learning Conferences (Meet the Teacher) in September! We were happy to see most of our families over the 2 days, but if you were unable to attend, please contact your child's teacher to arrange a meeting to share information about your child. We are happy to see that most of our families have become so proficient with Microsoft TEAMS, but hopefully we will be able to meet in person again soon!

We know that mask wearing and physical distancing are two effective measures to reduce transmission of COVID 19. We thank our students for remembering to bring their masks to school on a daily basis. Masks should be clean & dry, and the Alberta Health Mask Guidelines say to change masks when it becomes wet or dirty. Please remember that cloth reusable masks are meant to be washed regularly to ensure that your child remains as healthy as possible as we head into cold and flu season. To avoid an unnecessary trip to bring a mask to your child at school, we recommend that all students have a small baggie with 5 disposable masks labeled with their name, in their backpack in case the student loses the mask they came to school with. We also recommend labeling you child's masks as well as other uniform pieces, so that we can get items back to them should they end up in our lost and found.

Uniforms are an important part of the TLC program. We know that you may be experiencing some difficulty accessing uniform pieces in person at McCarthy Uniform store, and to date we have been understanding when students are missing an item. We have noticed lately an increase in students wearing items that are not a part of our uniform, such as solid blue tunics, leggings, sweat pants or polo shirts without a crest. Knowing that parents have made a choice to send their children to a TLC school with a uniform, we want to ensure that we aligning with TLC expectations so we will be tightening up this process and are now sending home uniform notices. Just a reminder that on formal days students are required to wear a plain, white, long, or short sleeve collared dress shirt under their plaid tunic or tucked into their blue dress pants. Students must also be wearing a crested green cardigan and any hair elastics or hair bands must be white, green, navy, TLC plaid or black. Also uniform shoes must be 100%black including any trim or stitching. Although Monday is a formal uniform day for all students, Tuesdays are formal days for our Tuesday/Thursday kindergarten students only.

We are so happy to see our students back at school after summer break. Our staff are working with our young students and giving lots of reminders of expectations around how we play and interact when in a larger group, as many students may have spent the past 19 months or so with only small family groups or cohorts. Our students seem very happy to see their old friends and make new friends too! If you ever have concerns about your child and how they are interacting with others while here at school, don't hesitate to contact your child's teacher to discuss your concerns, as we know that all of our students will most certainly require different levels of support when getting back in the swing of things.

As the cooler weather arrives in Calgary, please remember that students go outside at lunch and recess every day unless the temperature goes below -20 C, so they will need appropriate clothing. Weather in Calgary can be unpredictable, so please check the forecast and ensure that your child is prepared for the expected daily lows or a sudden change in temperature. This clothing needs to be labelled so that, if lost, we can help the students to find it again. If they do misplace an item, it helps to have them look as soon as possible, so please remind them to look the next day, and send off a quick email to their teacher so they can remind your child to look in the lost & found!

A special thanks to all parents who drive our students to school and are remembering that we need to model for them the virtues that we discuss in school. We need to show respect to our neighbours and our peace officers by abiding by the bylaws that prohibit blocking alleyways or parking in front of driveways and to model safe driving practices by avoiding reversing, and U turns in school zones and crosswalks.  We have had some concerns from our neighbours to the north & south of the school that their driveways are being blocked during drop off and pick up times. Please note that for student safety, the City of Calgary and Calgary Police Service will be increasing enforcement in school zones. You may have already seen them around or spoken to them. They will be using photo enforcement with regards to traffic bylaws in and around school zones. We also ask that parents and students use cross walks to get across the street and do not walk through our school parking lot. Please remember that we ALWAYS prioritize safety over convenience.  

If you would like to drop your child(ren) off, you can do so at the Student Drop and Go Zone, which is just past the designated bus zone (and driveway) just above the creative playground. As we strive to make things more efficient, we are just waiting for our signs to be delivered that will mark this new & improved student drop & go zone! There will be 2 signs to mark our Drop & Go Zone, which is designed for parents to drive up, and students to independently get out of the vehicle on the school side of the car. We have a staff member supervising this zone, to remind drivers to remain in their car to help keep student drop off as safe and efficient as possible. The drop & go zone will not be available for Kindergarten students, as parents must remain with them until their teacher greets them at their door. There is plenty of room to park on Hunterslea Crescent where there is a long stretch of sidewalk on the green space on the school side of the road. This will help minimize the disruption to our neighbours. Please also note that the gravel driveway by our outdoor classroom is a No Parking zone. It is necessary to keep this area open and accessible for emergency vehicles. Just a reminder that there is no student drop off or pick up in our staff parking lots, as this is a dangerous practice. We know that driving and parking around a school is a busy time, and we thank all parents who take the opportunity to drive and park safely and keep all of our students safe.

We held our first fire drill in September and our students and staff responded favourably! Our first lock down practice is scheduled in November with our School Resource Officer, Constable Kevin leading the drill. Student safety is a top priority and when we practice regularly, students become familiar with the routines. 

We had a good turn out for our first school council meeting held on TEAMS. Thank you to all who attended, and we hope to see even more at our next meeting on October 14 @ 6:30 pm. As you are a parent at this school, you are automatically a member of school council and we encourage you to join us and learn more about what is happening at the school. An extra special shout out to the amazing volunteers who helped out at our school's casino until the wee hours of the morning this week! All of our students benefit from the items & programs our School Enhancement Society funds from the casino as well as other fundraisers! A HUGE thank you to anyone who volunteered at the casino this month. We are so appreciative of everyone who gave up their time (and even sleep!) to help raise money for our school.​
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns!

Anne Markovich

Principal


Aug 27
September 2021

Welcome back to the 2021-22 school year!!

We hope you had a healthy and restful summer break and are refreshed and ready for the new school year! We are excited and can't wait to see all of our returning students, students returning from the Hub, as well as welcome back any newcomers to our wonderful school community!

We have had some staffing changes over the summer that we would like you to be aware of.  After a long, amazing career, Mr. Gord Martens has made the difficult decision to retire and we will certainly miss him around here! Mr. Andrew Little who taught kindergarten last year will be joining us to teach grade 2, so welcome back Mr. Little! Ms. Shae Frisby will be joining our kindergarten team this fall.

Mrs. Shaw (lunchroom) is leaving us, and Mrs.T retired from our lunchroom team after many years at DJKM. Mrs. Munro also made the difficult decision to retire from her role in the library.

Ms.Crystal Gleeson will be in during Ms. Eagen's leave, and Ms. Faryal Khan will be in for Ms. Petrie while she is on leave. Although we will miss all of our departing colleagues, we welcome our new arrivals. We also welcome Mrs. Tausif and Mrs. Kniss as well as welcoming back Ms. Holowchuck and Ms. Asad to lunchroom.

We know you may be wondering what has changed with regards to Covid, so here is a summary of Covid updates and reminders:

  • Students and staff will still be expected to use the daily checklist to identify if they should attend or stay home
  • Staying home when sick – students and staff who present with COVID-19 symptoms must stay at home until symptoms resolve
  • Proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of high traffic/touch areas
  • Enhanced ventilation in schools
  • Classroom cohorts in kindergarten to Grade 6
  • No unscheduled visitors, volunteers or external partners will be permitted in schools at the start of the school year
  • Public use or rentals of school facilities outside of school hours will be limited until January 2022

Some health restrictions will be lifted, including:

  • At the direction of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, schools will no longer inform close contacts of positive cases, but additional health measures may be implemented as the COVID-19 situation evolves, or if outbreaks occur
  • Lockers and change rooms can be used
  • Band and sports activities can proceed
  • Limited off-site activities will be allowed
  • Schools can be occupied for evening and weekend school activities

This is just an excerpt from the CBE Re-entry Information page…if you would like to see the entire back to school plan please visit the CBE Covid page [CBE%20School%20Re-entry%20Information]CBE School Re-entry Information

Although the first day of classes isn't until Wednesday September 1st, we wanted to send you a little information to help that day go smoothly for your child(ren).

  • The first day of school is a formal day! Please be sure to send your child in their formal uniform. After Wednesday, formal uniforms are to be worn every Monday, assembly days and any other “special" day that is communicated with you. Our website is kept up to date and formal days are also posted on the calendar. Your child will wear their formal or informal uniform every other day.
  • Children must wear masks on the school bus to and from school and are expected to wear them in the school. Please be sure to send your child with a mask, as well as a couple of extras (kept in a Ziploc bag in their backpack) in case something happens and they need to replace the one they were wearing. We prefer not to inconvenience you to bring a mask if they don't have one.
  • Please be sure to send your child(ren) with a lunch and multiple snacks as our students require healthy snacks to fuel their learning & playing. Just a reminder that we do not have food for children at the school and we will have call you to bring them food if they forget their snack or lunch.
  • Please send your child with appropriate outdoor clothing for the forecasted weather throughout the day. Students go outside every day (unless it's colder than -20 degrees Celsius) and it's important that they are prepared to do so, no matter what the crazy Calgary weather brings.
  • If your child takes the yellow school bus and you plan to pick them up at the end of the day, you must let the office know by 3pm and sign them out on the clipboard at the front door before you leave with them. We take bus attendance every day and if your child is not on the bus and not signed out, it delays all bus riders departure.
  • If your child is going to be absent, it is very important that you let us know. The absence line is 403-777-6640, ext. 1. Please leave a message, before 9:10am, with your child's name, teacher and their reason for absence. More information regarding attendance can be found on our website.

You should have received a welcoming email from your child's teacher by 3:30 on Friday August 27 (today). If you did not receive this email, first check your junk mail and all other email addresses that you might have on file with the school, but if you still can't find it, please contact the school during business hours (8:15am – 4:30pm Mondays-Thursdays & 8:15am – 3:45pm Fridays) on Monday and we will look into why.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. The office can be reached by email (Mrs. Van Oosten or Miss Judy) or by telephone (403-777-6640).

We look forward to seeing your children on Wednesday (or their staggered entry day if they are in kindergarten)!!

Anne Markovich

​ 

Jun 07
June 2021

​June 7, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

It is June already and summer is just around the corner!

School Council:

One of our upcoming events is our final School Council meeting of the year June 10 at 6:30pm via TEAMs. School council meets monthly to discuss ideas, issues and priorities at the school. The Council is an essential part of the success of our school and is one way that parents can stay informed and involved. All parents are welcome to attend any and all meetings. Some parents may only be able to attend occasional meetings and even attending one meeting a year is appreciated. There are key positions that are filled each year by parents who are willing to commit to attend most months. We are currently still looking for parent volunteers to fill these 2 positions on the council - Volunteer Coordinator and Fundraising Coordinator so if you are able to help out, please contact the school and we will forward your names to Elizabeth our School Council Chair.

The meetings themselves are typically informal and can be a great chance to meet other parents and provide valuable input to make Dr. J.K. Mulloy the best possible school. Over the past number of years we have had a small but dedicated team of parents who have filled all of these roles and provided great input and we would really like to thank them for all that they do for us!  As a school, we know how strongly parents and families value education and our school and we would ask that you consider if you can commit one hour a month to help Dr. J.K. Mulloy continue to be the fantastic school we want for our children. If you have any questions about the meetings or what would be required, please don't hesitate to contact the school and we will have Elizabeth contact you.​

Next Year

It is that time of year where we are eagerly anticipating many fun and exciting events for this school year and also starting to look ahead to the next school year.

Information about transportation registration for next year is available on the CBE transportation website, and the deadline for inclusion for first day of school service was Sunday June 6. Even if you missed this deadline, it is important that you pre-register as soon as possible, as it can take up to 6 weeks to process your transportation registration. It is also essential that your correct address is in our system in case of emergency. If you have moved over the course of the year, or know you will be moving before the start of the school year, please contact us in the office to ensure we have your current and correct address on file.

We are making plans for staffing for next year and although we would love for all of our students to be staying with us next year, we know sometimes children will be changing schools due to a variety of reasons. If you know your child will be attending another school next year, due to a move, or any other reason, we would really appreciate it if you could let the office know ASAP. This will ensure we have the transfer process completed, so student records are ready to go to their new school by the end of June. If you find out after this date, that's fine too. Just give us a call in the office and let us know. If you have applied for registration at a private or charter school but will not know if you have been accepted until closer to September, we would love to know that too.

This is also the time of year that we start considering class lists and student placement for next year. We appreciate the trust that parents place in us to choose the class and teacher that will best support their child's learning needs. We consider the needs of all of our students when we create class lists and we consider many factors when doing so. We strive for a balance of students in each class and try to fit students with classmates that will help them learn. We know that there may be times where parents have a particular wish for a learning environment for their student. If you have requested a specific learning environment for your child, we will consider the request before creating the class lists but cannot guarantee that we can accommodate it.

Kindergarten Orientation for the fall of 2021:

Kindergarten parents of children who were accepted into Dr. J.K. Mulloy for the fall of 2021, should have received a School Messenger message inviting them to our virtual information session to prepare for the fall. Due to ongoing Covid protocols at this time we are not able to host an in-person event this year. It is important that next year's kindergarten parents watch this pre-recorded session before attending the “live" question and answer period Thursday June 10th from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. This is a time to ask any general questions, if your family is new to the CBE Kindergarten program or TLC. If you have specific questions that are unique to your child's situation, these questions are better answered individually by contacting our office at 403-777-6640.

Upcoming dates:

As always, keep your eye on our website for important dates. The last day of uniforms is June 18. This allows for parents to replace outgrown items through our School Enhancement Society's used uniform swap/sale.  Report cards will be available online on the last day of school June 29, and if you have any questions teachers will be available via phone or TEAMs on June 30 from 9am to 2pm.

Our Hub teachers will be contacting their families to arrange for a way to say goodbye to their students on the last day of school, so keep an eye on your email for that. In-person students will of course have the opportunity to say goodbye in person as usual, and although we would normally have a short farewell for our departing grade 4 students, the teachers will make time for students to reflect on their time here at Dr. J.K. Mulloy. We are so very proud of the remarkable leaders that our grade 4 students have become. They have been fantastic role models for our younger students and we will certainly miss having them around next year! They are really a remarkable group of students and we wish them the best!

 

Preparing for the end of the year:

With all the back and forth between in-person and online learning this year, we ask that you please take an extra careful look around your house for any school owned items that may have inadvertently been missed when we returned to in-person in May. If you return these items to school via your child, it is a good idea to also send a message to your child's teacher so they can remind your child to check their backpack when they arrive at school.

This pandemic has made for an unusual school year and I thank you for your patience and understanding as we worked through all of the changes together!  We really do have the most amazing, dedicated parent group, and we appreciate all you have done to make this year a successful one despite the challenges!

I look forward to seeing you all in back at school the fall and hope you have a safe and relaxing summer! If your child is moving on from Dr. J.K. Mulloy, I wish you all the best in the future!

Anne Markovich

Principal

 

 

 

 


Apr 07
April 2021

Welcome back, I hope you had a restful break!

We are taking this opportunity to remind staff, students and parents of our increased COVID safety procedures & protocols. Some of these include increased hand washing and/or sanitizing, reminders to physical distancing as much as possible, and remaining with cohort groups whenever possible. Wearing nonsurgical medical masks has proven to be one of the most significant actions we can take to limit the spread of the virus to others as well as to protect ourselves from potentially catching the virus. As defined by AHS, non-medical face masks fit securely above the nose and below the mouth and allow for clear breathing. The information available to us can change (as we take our direction from Alberta Health), so please refer to Alberta Health website for the most up to date information about COVID in schools.


We are also starting to make plans for staffing for next year and although we would love for all of our students to be staying with us next year, we know sometimes children will be changing schools due to a variety of reasons. If you know your child will be attending another school next year, due to a move or any other reason, we would really appreciate it if you could let the office know by June 1st. This will ensure we have the transfer process done so student records are ready to go at the end of June to their new school. If you find out after this date, that is fine too…just give us a call in the office and let us know. 

This is also the time of year that we start considering class lists and student placement for next year. We appreciate the trust that parents place in us to choose the class and teacher that will best support their child's learning needs. We consider the needs of all of our students when we create classes and we consider many factors when doing so. We strive for a balance of students in each class and try to fit students with classmates that will help them learn. We know that there may be times where parents have a wish for a particular learning environment for their student. If you have a request for next year's placement that is based on the learning needs of your child and not a request for a particular teacher, please submit this request via email to myself at vamarkovich@cbe.ab.ca before June 1. We will consider the requests before creating the class lists but cannot guarantee that we can accommodate them all.

Thank you very much to our CBE Hub families for providing responses to our CBe-learn survey as we had 100% response rate! In March, we asked parents/guardians whether they were planning to request a transfer for their child(ren) to attend CBe-learn for next school year (2021-22) to learn online full-time. The survey responses do NOT determine where the students will attend school. However, the results are already helping CBE to gauge interest levels and plan for the year ahead. If a student is interested in transferring to CBe-learn for next year, the parent/guardian must submit a transfer request by Friday, April 23, 2021. If your child transfers to CBE learn they will no longer be a student in the TLC program at Dr. J.K. Mulloy.

Thank you to everyone who is modeling safety and respect in their “pick-up and drop-off" behaviours. Please drive with the safety of our students in mind. Our children are very careful observers and will imitate what they see adults doing! Walking through the parking lot is not permitted, even if children are accompanied by an adult. Please walk on the sidewalks at all times for safety! 

As we are largely a bussed school, the bus loading zone in front of the school is a No Stopping & a No Parking Zone. If you choose to park across from the school buses it is recommended that you escort your child across the road safely using the marked crosswalks. Please observe the parking bylaws by ensuring you are not parked or stopped on or within 5 metres of the crosswalks. Under no circumstances should a child be crossing in between the buses with, or without an adult. This is not only highly dangerous, it is also against the law. Please consider using our 'drop and go zone' at the top of the hill to the north of our parking lot.   

As the spring weather has arrived, please make sure that your child is dressed for the changing temperatures throughout the day. It is often still below zero in the mornings and each day for recess & lunch students are outside playing for 15 - 25 minutes. Dressing your child in layers is the best solution, as that way they are able to take off or put on a layer if they are too cold or too hot. Please take some time to label your child's uniform, as students often remove their cardigans or vests and if they are not labeled they can end up in our Lost & Found. Our students will be outside for recess even on rainy days, so if it expected to rain, please send your child to school in rubber boots and a rain jacket (& rain pants if they would like to play in the puddles & umbrellas are optional). 

For Parents/Legal Guardians of Grade 4 students, by now you will have received a letter from Alberta Education regarding the Alberta Education Assurance (AEA) survey (which replaces the former Accountability Pillar Survey). Your letter contains a Random Access Code (RAC) for completing the survey online and instructions for accessing the survey in other languages. Completing the survey online is the quickest way for Alberta Education to receive a completed response. Families can still choose to complete the survey on paper by requesting a copy from the System Assurance Branch directly (see contact information in your letter), or by contacting your principal. This year has been different. COVID-19 has meant new challenges. That is why it is more important than ever to hear from parents / legal guardians. Your voice will help shape the future of education in Alberta. If you have any questions, please contact the principal of your child's school. Please complete the survey by April 23, 2021.

 

Keep an eye on the calendar for special events that are happening at our school. Events such as virtual assemblies and spirit days will be posted on the school website.

 

Stay well,

Anne Markovich

Principal

Dr. J.K. Mulloy School


Feb 25
March 2021

As the days are getting longer and the warmer weather is just around the corner and I can't believe how the year is flying by!

Student Learning Conferences

It is almost time again for Student Learning Conferences, which will be online through Microsoft TEAMS on March 11 & 12 for all students (including Hub students) at Dr. J.K. Mulloy School. Bookings for Parent Teacher Conferences will open March 6th at 8:00am

The Calgary Board of Education uses your “My CBE Powerschool Account" to create an appointment with your child's teacher.  This is the same process you followed in previous years to create an appointment to see your child's teacher. If you are new to the CBE or need help to access your account, please follow the steps outlined below.  If you have been contacted by an interpreter, your conference will already have been booked for you for the time your interpreter discussed. From the Dr. J.K. Mulloy Website   https://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/DrJKMulloy/Pages/default.aspx scroll down to click on the blue MY CBE POWERSCHOOL ACCOUNT button on the bottom right or go directly to the site at https://sis.cbe.ab.ca/public/

Please ensure that you are using the same email you provided to the school when logging in to book your conference. 

CBE is using Microsoft Teams to host our conferences. As all Conferences are ONLINE only, we recommended that you download the free Microsoft TEAMS app on the machine or device you will be using for the conference, to ensure you can easily join the conference at your designated meeting time!

Although it is strongly encouraged, parents do not need to have MS Teams installed to view the conference.  Please save the invitation that is emailed to you and simply click the link a minute or two prior to your appointment. If you are experiencing difficulties connecting with your child's teacher, please don't hesitate to call the school and we will try our best to help you out!

CBE High School Engagement

Although your children who currently attend Dr. J.K. Mulloy are still in elementary school, we know that many of you have questions about High School designations & programs for your children. The CBE understands that it is important that students have access to quality learning opportunities across all our schools. About 90 per cent of CBE students are typically enrolled in the regular program, which is offered at all high schools. Although the TLC program is only offered from Kindergarten to Grade 9, students can also choose to enrol in academic enrichment and alternative programs offered at certain high schools. Our goal is to enable students to access a range of programming, while balancing enrolment at our high schools. CBE has been working to ensure that parents, students, staff and members of the public are informed and are asking for feedback on 2 scenarios presented Feb 22, 2021.  The High School Engagement Scenarios shared with the public can be found at https://www.cbe.ab.ca/news-centre/Pages/cbe-shares-high-school-engagement-scenarios-news-release.aspx There are many ways you can participate and share your feedback on the scenarios that were presented:

Online Survey – March 2 – 17

Idea Boards – March 1 -17

Virtual Sessions - March 2, 4, 8, 10

CBE values feedback and here is a short video https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh7wW-Vt6J_v0uD4ftUEwdA/videos available in 12 different languages that explains how important your opinions are, and how much we value your participation.

Spring Break

The last day before Spring Break is Friday March 26, and classes will resume on Tuesday April 6, 2021! We hope you all enjoy a well deserved break to spend some quality time with your families. This is an excellent time to have your children bring their indoor shoes (dress &/or gym) home to ensure that they still fit, as we know children typically have growth spurts throughout the school year and often need a new pair of shoes for their growing feet. It is an excellent time to have students take a look through our Lost & Found to reclaim any items that they may have lost or forgotten about. This is also a good time to check that your child's uniform pieces fit well and are labeled with their name. As you can imagine, 500 or so green cardigans can become easily mixed up especially when students warm up after exercising in the gym or out at recess. On any given day we typically see at least 10 unlabeled cardigans in our Lost & Found. As we know these are expensive uniform pieces, we make an effort to get them back to students but this is much more difficult if they are not clearly labeled.

We know that our parents value our school uniform as an important part of the TLC program. We appreciate your commitment to ensuring your child arrives at school daily in the appropriate uniform. If you are not sure of the expectations, please refer to the TLC Uniform Requirements https://www.cbe.ab.ca/programs/program-options/teaching-philosopy/Documents/Traditional-Learning-Centre-Uniform-Requirements.pdf  We know that this has been a tough year on some families financially, and if you need help to meet the uniform requirements, please contact the office to make an appointment with Ms. Lay or myself (Ms. Markovich) and we  will see what we can do to help you out.

2021-2022 Registrations for New Students

As you likely already know, our school typically has more registrations than spaces available and so our school holds a lottery for admission in February of each year. Our TLC lottery took place on February 10th and all families should have been notified either way by now. If you know families who applied and have not yet heard back from us yet, please encourage them to contact the office. Following the lottery, any new registrations received are added to the end of our callback lists.

Celebrations of Learning

Keep an eye on the school calendar on our school website to find out when your child's class will be hosting a virtual Celebration of Learning. These celebrations will be shared with our parents, and the rest of the classes like an assembly that we would typically host in a regular school year. These celebrations will take approximately 15 to 30 minutes and will only stay on our school's private YouTube channel for one week, before being removed. If you have any questions about your child's participation, please contact your child's teacher.

I hope you and your family have a safe and relaxing spring break!

Anne Markovich

Principal

Dr. J.K. Mulloy School

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Feb 01
February 2021



Welcome back to our Hub students who have chosen to return to in person learning at Dr. J.K. Mulloy - we look forward to new friendships that will be made at all grade levels. We will be providing 2 new reusable masks for students returning from the Hub their first day back. We recommend putting your child's name/Rm# on their masks.  Although we are providing 2 masks, we know that students require more for multiple reasons - please ensure masks fit your child's face as we are seeing many masks that are too big and therefore not as effective.  Please double check with your child and tighten any loose masks. We also suggest that you send 5 additional labeled masks in a Ziploc bag should their mask become soiled or lost. Additionally, teachers will be reviewing our Covid safety protocols for the benefit of all of our students, including the returning Hub students.

For any HUB students returning and planning on using the bus, please register for transportation, and if you have questions please call the office. Your child may not ride the bus until their transportation registration has been processed, and although this usually takes only 2 weeks it can take up to 6 weeks. For safety reasons, the bus driver cannot refuse children in the morning at their stop, but we are not able to allow any students who are not registered for the bus to board after school due to COVID restrictions. If you are driving your child, please follow all traffic laws and parking bylaws within the school zone, as we want to ensure everyone's safety.

Our LOTTERY for the 2021/22 school year (for students who do not currently attend but want to attend Dr. J.K. Mulloy School next year) will be held on February 10, 2021, and is supervised by a member of our School Council. All applications must be received by noon on February 9, to be included in the lottery. Any registration packages received after 12:00pm on February 9th will be added to the end of our call back list following the lottery.

As we approach the latter half of the school year, students in grade 4 have begun to think about the transition to grade 5. All grade 4 students are automatically reassigned and registered to Colonel Macloed. If you would like your child to attend a different school for grade 5, then please follow the transfer process outlined on the CBE website https://cbe.ab.ca/registration/registration/Pages/transferring-between-cbe-schools.aspx as soon as possible.

Report cards will be available for viewing on February 4, 2021. This is one of the ways the school informs parents about their child's progress and achievement.  We know it's important for parents to understand how their children are doing in school. Students receive a report card mid-way through the school year and at the end of the school year. A student's report card corresponds to ongoing assessment done by his/her teachers. Assessing a student's progress is one of the most important ways teachers support the continued learning of their students. First term Report Cards will be ready to be viewed on your PowerSchool account on Thursday February 4, 2021.  It is recommended that you print a copy of the report card at home as it does get removed from your child's account and may not be accessible for parents after that time. 

Our school has been selected by Alberta Education to participate in an international reading assessment program. PIRLS (Progress in International Literacy Study) is an educational assessment project sponsored by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). PIRLS is investigating Grade 4 students' achievement in reading literacy in over 60 educational systems around the world. It is designed to measure and interpret differences in the education systems of different countries in order to help improve the teaching and learning of reading worldwide. The assessment takes place every five years. Participation in PIRLS 2021 is particularly important this year as it offers Alberta a unique opportunity to assess the impact of COVID-19 on students' learning outcomes in early grades and compare it to other Canadian provinces and international participants. More information will follow closer to the actual assessment date.

This year with sudden shifts to online learning during this pandemic, the Calgary Public Library has launched a new pilot service called Borrow-A-Computer. This program pilot lets any valid Library card holder request a Chrome Book to use at home. Members can request a computer through the online catalogue and will receive the item through a holds process. Each device can be borrowed for up to eight weeks. 

Visit calgarylibrary.ca/borrow-a-computer to learn more.

As Valentine's Day approaches, we would like to provide some updates for our families. At Dr. J.K. Mulloy, we celebrate Valentine's Day as an opportunity to practice the virtues of friendship, kindness, caring, and generosity. We know students enjoy showing appreciation for their friends, and being appreciated in return. We plan to celebrate Valentines Day on Wednesday, February 10th. Unfortunately, with Covid restrictions this year, we will NOT be exchanging valentine's cards (or any other gifts) at school this year. Please do not plan on sending valentines (commercial or homemade) to school with your child this year. We know that exchanging valentines is important to students, and so teachers will plan different activities for that day to make it special for our students. It is also going to be Red, White, and Pink spirit day on Wednesday, February 10th. Students may choose to wear 'home clothes' that day in the colours of red, white, or pink, or they may wear their uniform if preferred. Please watch your email for any updates closer to February 10th. If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher or the office. ​

Sincerely,

Anne Markovich

 


Jan 05
January 2021


A huge thank you to our families who made time to meet with our teachers during our virtual student learning conferences in November! We thank you for your patience if you experienced any difficulty connecting with your child's teacher. If you were unable to connect, or if you have other concerns our teachers are happy to make arrangements to meet with you virtually any time to discuss your child's learning. We also really appreciate that so many of you have taken the time to join us for the monthly school council meetings. We are moving to use the Microsoft TEAMS application which you likely downloaded for your student learning conferences, for the next council meeting January 14 at 6:30pm. Keep an eye out for the School Messenger that will give you the link to join this school council meeting.

We continue working to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our staff & students. Our parent enhancement society has asked us to look into installing water bottle fillers for our students. We have received a quote and school council/parent enhancement society has approved the funding to proceed with 2 units, one upstairs and one downstairs. We look forward to providing an easier way for our students to fill their water bottles while at school.

As directed by our Premier, all school authorities are expected to offer at-home learning opportunities after the winter break. Here is some more information about K-6 At-Home Learning (Scenario 3) January 4 – 8, 2021:

Parent Information

Our teachers and staff have done an excellent job in supporting online transitions throughout the fall in response to positive COVID-19 cases. We are confident that all of our teachers will be able to move successfully to online learning Monday, Jan. 4. It is important to recognize however that this transition is not to remote emergency teaching like your child experienced last March to June. Rather, the goal is to provide temporary access to instruction and supports while our students are learning at home.

General Information

All school authorities are expected to offer at-home learning opportunities for their students.

* The Alberta Education 2020-21 School Re-Entry Plan provides expectations for the education system when moving to at-home learning for the 2020-21 school year based on the number of instructional hours. These instructional hours are minimums and the document states: “local school authorities have the flexibility to increase hours beyond these minimums." 

* Teachers of Grades 1-6 will continue to follow the Scope and Sequence documents.

* Students continue to be responsible for actively engaging in learning and diligently pursuing their education.

* School authorities, parents/guardians and students must continue to follow public current health measures.

Instructional expectations

 For elementary students (Grades K-6) who are taught by a generalist, the teacher will create specific, real-time instruction (synchronous mini-lessons for subject areas throughout the day/week) and opportunities for total class and small group instruction. Like face-to-face classroom instruction, there is no expectation that the teacher is online with their entire class for the full school day. Effective teaching and learning practices involve micro teaching, student practice and independent work (asynchronous) with support from the teacher in groups, whole class and individually.

* Unlike the spring, teachers will continue to meet the learning outcomes for all core subject areas and have specifically outlined instructional and student support opportunities.

* The class time may include mini lessons, small group teaching and/or responding to individual questions.

* Teachers may record direct teaching portions of their lessons. This will support those families that are sharing technology. The entire lesson will not be recorded.

* Teachers will continue assessing the progress of their students.

* Assessment will be ongoing throughout the at-home learning period.

Learning Blocks for Dr. J.K. Mulloy students:

Learning blocks will consist of synchronous / interactive lessons / mini lessons followed by teacher availability to support individuals and groups of students. Students will be expected to be online at the start of each learning block for the interactive portion of the lesson and attendance will be taken once in the morning and once in the afternoon. If your child is not present, they will be marked ABSENT - Unexcused. Teachers may use part of each block for small group support and instruction. Teachers may consider using recorded videos to support asynchronous learning opportunities.

Our teachers are expected to provide instruction or be available online support for 3 hours per day during regular school hours 9:10 am to 3:50 pm.

Here is what to expect during the first week back:

Dr. JK Mulloy – Daily Online School-Wide Learning Plan 
9:10 – 9:45Class meeting (Synchronous) – Set daily expectations (attendance)/LB #1
9:45 – 10:15Learning Block #1
10:15 – 10:45Learning Block #1
10:45 – 11:00Recess Break*
11:00 – 11:30Learning Block #2
11:30 – 12:00Learning Block #2
12:00 – 12:30Learning Block #2
12:30 – 1:15Lunch Break
1:15 – 1:45Independent Learning
1:45 – 2:15Independent Learning
2:15 – 2:45Afternoon check in (attendance)/Learning Block #3
2:45 – 3:15Learning Block #3
3:15 – 3:45Learning Block #3

 

We look forward to getting back to normal soon and appreciate all of your flexibility and support during these unprecedented times. If you have any questions about what learning will look like specifically for your child, please contact your child's teacher directly and if they can't answer your questions, they will forward it on to us! Ms, Lay, Mrs. Van Oosten, Ms. Judy and I will be working onsite during school hours for the Jan 4 to 8th week. 

Just a reminder to HUB students that if you are planning on returning to in person learning February 1, 2021 you must complete the form provided for you on your MYCBE/PowerSchool account by January 8, 2021.

We are still following AHS notification of positive Covid cases, so if your child receives a positive test result when classes resume in person, please contact the school so that we can send a pre-alert to notify possible close contacts at school and keep our community as safe as possible.​

I hope that you all have had a safe and restful winter break, and we can't wait to see your children again in person January 11, 2021!

Here is to a fresh new year!

Sincerely,

Anne Markovich

Principal

 


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