Jan 21
Welcome Back and Happy New Year

I know, I am a bit late with this, but better late than never. We are two week into 2022 and it has been a crazy start. We are happy to have students in the building, learning is taking place and everyone is mostly settled. We have had a fair number of both student and teacher absences, in many cases when a teacher is away there are no substitutes to cover so we are managing that internally. This places a strain on our human resources, but we believe that it is better to have students in classrooms rather than online. Please remember to let us know if your child is going to be away and if it is an illness, this just helps with our planning. 

We are hopeful that this pandemic is running its course so we can return to relative normal. Thanks to all of our families for your understanding around the Province's and CBE's mask wearing policies. If you could continue to support us by reminding your child to wear them properly we would greatly appreciate it. 

I believe the future looks bright and we will clear this pandemic soon, at least that is what I am hoping for. Having been in many schools I can assure you we have an amazing​ student population and an outstanding staff, everyone working hard everyday to make DMC great. Having said that, if you do have any questions or concerns, please give us a call or drop us an email.

All the best in 2022!​

Dec 17
Happy Holidays

Another calendar year has come and gone and we are heading into 2022! I want to take a moment to thank all of our families for their support and trust. Everyday the staff at DMC works hard to provide a safe and caring learning environment, it is not perfect, we have bumps, but we always strive to make things amazing for your children. We could not do what we do without your support. Thanks to all of you!

I hope all of our families have a safe and restful holiday season, that we all take time to reflect on the good things and be thankful for everything we have. Stay safe and we will see you 2022.

Jason​

Nov 30
It's Hard to be a Parent

​I was just reading an article that sums up what I as both a parent and educator have been struggling with for a long time. Kids are hard to raise in the best of times, and over the last few years it has not exactly been the best of times. How can we help get our kids back on track? At the school we focus on supporting students academic and emotional well-being, but the real impact will come from home. The changes parents make at home will support kids in all facets of their lives. Have a read, see you what you think, it changed my thinking on my parenting style. 

https://heavymetalgroup.com.au/resources/blog/a-silent-tragedy/

Oct 07
Giving Thanks

It seems like an odd think to think about as we contiue to battle with the pandemic, the need to wear masks and social distance, but there are many things to be thankful for. I hope that as you observe Thanksgiving this weekend you can look for reasons to celebrate and give thanks. We at DMC are thankful everyday for our students and the supportive, caring community we are part of. From all the staff at DMC, we wish everyone a safe and restful long weekend. ​

Sep 23
Skip the Depot

We have partnered with Skip the Depot to help you clean out your garages and basements. That's right, just follow this link and you can help the school and yourself. Your house gets tidier and the school has some money to spend on great stuff for students.​

We've partnered with SkipTheDepot!

What is SkipTheDepot? A door-to-door bottle collection service that makes refundable recycling and fundraising easier than 1,2,3
  1. Download the app and book a pickup using
  2. Place your bags outside
  3. Receive a refund or donate to us!
SkipTheDepot will allow everyone to donate directly to our organization with ease. Spread the word by sharing our SkipTheDepot posts on social media!

Sep 03
Welcome Back

The 2021-22 school is up and running. It has been a smooth transition back to learning and as I visited classrooms there was lots of excitement and some sleepy faces at the same time. It takes a few days to brush off the summer routine and get back into the school routine. We had all hoped that by now COVID would be a distant memory, but it continues to hang on, we are committed to making this a great year for our DMC families despite the ongoing pandemic issues. I would like to welcome all of our new students and staff to DMC and their families as we embark on the learning journey together. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at DMC if you have any questions, we would be happy to help. Two very important faces that are new in their roles are Karen Hunter, who takes over as our administrative assistant from Cheryl Boivi​n, we are happy to have Karen in the role. We also welcome Deb Mckee as our newest office support. These are the faces of DMC, the ones that greet everyone coming to the school. 

Lastly, thanks to all of our parents for your continued support, you are greatly appreciated.​

Jun 28
Time For a Break

Once again, thanks to all of our families for all of the support you have given us during this challenging year. We hope everyone has a restful summer, enjoys family and friends and comes back for an invigorated, hopefully normal school year. As a staff we are already planning for the return of lockers, sports, clubs and regular complimentary programming. We are hopeful that we will be able to offer a wide range of opportunities for all of our students again next year. It is, however, highly likely that we will be starting the year in a cohort model that can be gradually released as restriictions hopefully disappear. 

We wish you all the best over the summer and look forward to seeing everyone in the fall. To our departing grade 9's, we also wish you the best of luck as you move to high school.​

Jun 14
Summer Learning


It is hard to believe that June is almost over and summer is near. For those families looking to give their children a head start for September, the single best thing you can do is encourage reading. The Calgary Public Library has the Ultimate Summer Challenge underway, and looks like a great way to get kids reading.  Research has shown that reading will strengthen your brain, increase ability to empathize, build vocabulary, improve spelling, reduce stress, helps with a good nights sleep, helps alleviate depression symptoms, and could help you live longer. 

Another great way to support summer learning is through Kahn Academy. They have a multitude of free courses to keep kids thinking​ and fresh. Of course everyone needs a break, but a bit of reading and some math will help prevent summer learning loss. ​

May 20
Welcome Back

​They're back!

We are very excited to have the students return next week. If you borrowed a computer please bring it back ASAP as it takes some work to put the charging stations back together. We will move our lunch time back to normal starting Tuesday the 25th, a split lunch with grade 5 and 7 first and grade 6, 8 and 9 going the second session. 

We are close to the end of the year and will be working toward completing those final assignments and supporting students as they transition to the summer. It is essential that parents encourage thei​​​r children to read regularly this summer. Reading is the single most important thing they can do to support their learning.

Reading Stats and Facts:

  • “Extensive reading was linked to superior performance on measures of general knowledge, vocabulary, spelling, verbal fluency, and reading comprehension.” – Cunningham and Stanovich, 1998
  • “In one of the most extensive studies of reading yet conducted, Anderson, Wilson, and Fielding traced reading growth to reading and reading volume. They found that the amount of time students spent reading was the best predictor of reading achievement.” – Anderson, Wilson, and Fielding (1988)
  • “It is clear that reading early in life are critical factors in student success,” – Anthony W. Marx, president of the New York Public Library, New York Times (2015)
  • “Differences in volume of pleasure reading between good and poor readers is massive.” – Cunningham and Stanovich, 1998
  • “Differences in reading volume make an independent contribution to growth in reading and language skills.” –  Mol & Bus, 2011
  • “Research consistently shows strong correlation to reading & academic success at all ages” – National Center for Educational Statistics

Find some great books and read with them! Books make us smarter.


Apr 30
Online Learning Parent Tips

​We know that this is a stressful time for everyone, particularly our grade 7 to 9 families that are learning online. Here are some tips that may help you at home from the website Mindfuel:

1. Limit distractions and make sure the space is functional.

Removing distractions like other electronic devices and screens will go a long way in helping your child find success learning online. The space should be comfortable, well-lit and quiet to help your child concentrate.

2. Encourage regular breaks and stretching, and remember mental health is just as important as physical health.

It can be hard to stay focused when looking at a computer screen for a prolonged period of time, so make sure your child is taking frequent breaks throughout the day to rest their eyes and stretch their muscles. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused undue stress in all of our lives, so ensure your child is practicing healthy habits such as eating well and sticking to a regular bed time to help reduce this stress. Also, encourage your child to find healthy and positive ways to release their stress. This could look like taking time to play a game, diving into a new book, playing outside or finding other activities you can do together.

3. Stay in touch with your child’s teacher and class.

Though your child may be learning from home, it is still important to remember they are part of a class, with a teacher ready to support them as needed. Make a point of emailing your child’s teacher to ensure they’re staying on pace and encourage your child to schedule online study sessions with their friends to help keep their spirits up.

4. Allow for flexibility in your child’s learning schedule.

While they will still have set class times, the benefit of learning from home is that your child can take advantage of a flexible schedule when completing assignments. By allowing them to switch between topics and take them at their own pace, their odds of success will drastically increase. For example, they could focus better in the mornings, so that might be a good time to tackle the subjects they struggle with.

5. Setting goals and rewarding success goes a long way.

When it seems like isolation will never end, a good way to keep your child motivated is to find ways to reward them. Maybe they get some extra time on the computer if they complete their reading on time. Or they get to pick what the family will do together that evening since they did well on a quiz. Take the time to celebrate their successes, even the little ones, and you will notice a big difference in your child’s attitude towards school.

6. Find ways to do things together throughout the day.

If you’re also working from home, another benefit of distance learning is the increased quality time with your child. Plan to take your lunches together and check in with them on your coffee break. Your child will appreciate the company and it’s a good way to see how they are coping.

7. Take your child’s learning outside when possible.

While the delivery of their learning will be online when they are at home, you can find ways to supplement your student’s learning in the backyard or community in general. Maybe they’re learning about the lifecycle of a certain bug, so why not try to find one for yourself? If they are learning about shapes, see if any occur naturally in the area.

8. Incorporate regular classroom activities into your child’s day.

Children thrive on routine. Chances are there are regular activities your student’s teacher plans throughout the week. Maybe there’s a theme for certain days of the week, or a certain activity they do together such as reading a book chapter at the end of the day. You can ask your teacher if they have any recommendations to make your child’s at-home learning a little easier!

https://mindfuel.ca/2020/10/22/ten-tips-for-parents/​



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