Apr 06
Spring is Here!

March was another great month here at Emily Follensbee and we returned from spring break after a well-deserved rest! Earlier this month we were delighted to announce that Lanna Myers will be our new Assistant Principal and will start with us on June 1. Lanna has an amazing skill set and will be a wonderful addition to the Emily Follensbee Family. I also want to take this opportunity to thank Colleen Russell, Acting Assistant Principal, Darcy Allen, Acting Learning Leader, and Diana Kurila, our temporary Classroom Teacher for being willing to step up and support the school through this transition. 

It has been amazing to see the many signs of spring and students engaged in so many wonderful learning opportunities both indoors and out. Our classroom displays are alive and a testament to the amazing learning that is happening.  

April also sees Parents/Guardians receiving the Assurance Survey (formerly Accountability Pillar Survey) to provide feedback on your child's education. This year, we are asking Parents/Guardians of children who are in grades 4, 5, 6 & 7 at Emily Follensbee to participate in the survey. This year's survey is a pilot that will include questions measuring both the required Alberta Education Assurance Measures and the Accountability Pillar survey measures. Considering the unique circumstances of this school year, several items related to COVID-19 have been added to the end of the survey for the Ministry of Education to collect basic information about the student, parent, and teacher experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. I would like to encourage all parents to complete this survey as it provides the school with valuable information, please note that the survey closes on Friday, April 23. If you have questions about the survey, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Enjoy the warmer weather,

Jen​nifer Hart​


Mar 03
Gratitude

What a privilege it is to be writing my first Principal message to you as the newly appointed Principal of Emily Follensbee School.  Having had the opportunity to get to know our students, staff, and families over the last four years as the Assistant Principal has certainly been a highlight of my career. I am so honored and filled with gratitude to continue this work as the Principal of this amazing school. I want to take the time to thank everyone for their kind words, well wishes and congratulatory messages.  As I transition into my new role, please know how much I look forward to being able to continue to support and serve the students, families and staff of Emily Follensbee. If you ever have questions, comments or concerns please reach out to me at jmhart@cbe.ab.ca or through the school phone at 403-777-6980.

Staff and students are excited for the month of March with the promise of warmer weather and the glimpses of Spring that will be coming our way. All classrooms have been utilizing our outdoor space “Cliffside" and will be looking for more opportunities to explore outside as the month progresses. To support this exploration with their students and engage in their own learning opportunities teachers will participate in a professional learning opportunity with Christina Pickles. Christina is the owner and founder of Get Outside and Play, and has already supported staff to better understand children's development and learning in an outdoor setting. Our professional learning opportunity is scheduled for March 12 which is a non-instructional day for students. We also welcome Spring Break this month which takes place March 27 to April 5.

We are excited to welcome Colleen Russell, Learning Leader & Teacher, into the role of Acting Assistant Principal as we go through the process of hiring a permanent candidate. Colleen's willingness to step out of the classroom and into this leadership role has been a tremendous asset to supporting a smooth transition.

Again, I would like to express my sincerest gratitude for the opportunity to serve as Principal of this amazing school. I look forward to what I know will be a wonderful and exciting journey with all of you.​

With Gratitude,

Jennifer Hart

Jan 26
Principal Announcement

​It is with a great deal of consideration that I am informing the Emily Follensbee Community of my intention to retire as Principal of Emily Follensbee School effective February 15, 2021. I am going ahead with my retirement not due the fact that I have worked for the CBE for 35 years but as some you know, I was ill several years back and I am thinking that even though I feel great, I should not push my current envelope of wellness any further in a full time position. I also know in my heart that the school is ready for a new leader and the work of school development is ready to continue in so many positive ways with a new principal. 

Michelle Howell is our Area Director and she would like to engage all you in the process of providing feedback to her as she begins the process of short listing and interviewing for a qualified principal to lead your school community. ​We h ave posted a survey on our website so we encourage you to share your thoughts by this Friday, January 29, 2021.

All of that being said, I hope that I have been an engaged and positive leader in our school and to that end I would like to thank all of our students, their families, our staff, the CBE Community and our volunteers for supporting me in my time as your principal. I have enjoyed every minute at Emily Follensbee School!​

Most Respectfully,

Fred Bulloch, Principal

Jan 05
Welcome Back to 2021!

Welcome back! We hope that winter break provided everyone an opportunity to relax and enjoy some time for rejuvenation after such a crazy 2020! Our last week of school in December was filled with a lot of fun and holiday excitement. Students enjoyed our indoor winter wonderland complete with holiday characters and festive lights, as well as our outdoor classroom with fun activities. Classrooms “decked the halls" by participating in a “Best Decorated Door" contest where everyone won because they all looked so amazing! And finally, we started our winter break in style by wearing our comfiest and coziest pajamas on Pajama Day! We included a few photos from our fun at the end of this newsletter.

With 2020 behind us, we want to wish our EFS community all the very best for the new year ahead of us. We are looking forward to seeing what new and exciting learning adventures our students will have.​

Dec 02
Winter Break is Almost Here!

​We made it through 2020 and Winter Break is almost here! This past year has truly been one to remember! In many ways, it has been a memorable year because of the changes and challenges that everyone has endured. We have seen our community's ability to adapt and grow, be resilient, support each other and continue to show kindness despite the many challenges that the coronavirus pandemic has brought. We wish to acknowledge everyone's hard work, support and dedication throughout this year – we are extremely privileged to have such an amazing group of staff, students and families here at EFS!​

We know that the upcoming winter break may look different from years past due to the current health restrictions but we hope that you will find ways to safely connect with your loved ones. ​From our hearts to yours, we wish you all a safe, relaxing and happy winter break!

Oct 13
Giving Thanks

​We hope that everyone had a wonderful long weekend! Over the weekend, I had an opportunity to reflect on the start of this year and just how thankful we are for the families and staff that make up our school community. This year is definately not our typical start up but it has gone much smoother with the help of our staff and support from our families. Despite the challenges, our re-entry to 2020-21 has been a relatively uneventful one and we are happy to see the faces of our students back in the classroom. We have alot of be thankful for and so much of it has to do with every single one of you - thank you!

Aug 31
Welcome to the 2020-21 School Year!

​We have missed all of our students and staff, and we are looking forward to seeing everyone back at school!​ We understand that families may feel anxious about the start of classes during these unprecedented times. However, we want to assure everyone that we are doing our very best to ensure a safe and successful start to the school year for our students, staff and families. Last week, we sent out details of our EFS Re-Entry Plan to families via School Messenger. It can also be viewed under "Back to School Information" on our website under Registration. 

Welcome back!

Jun 10
June is Here!

It’s hard to believe that June is here and summer vacation is just around the corner! In recent months, our entire school community has engaged in learning how to adapt to at-home, online learning – and graduated with flying colours! We are so proud of all our students, parents and staff for their commitment and participation which made these last few months so successful! Our teachers and staff are missing these final weeks with students as we wrap up the school year as we feel we haven’t had an opportunity to fully celebrate all the successes of 2019-20. We are working on creating a virtual end-of-year/graduation ceremony for our students and families so that we can start summer vacation with a proper Emily Follensbee send-off!​

We want to express our heartfelt gratitude to our entire school community for all that you do on a daily basis! From students to staff, parents to service support professionals, volunteers and associates – you are what creates this caring community and keeps it going on a day-to-day basis. You are all amazing – thank you! We wish you all a relaxing, fun and safe summer holiday – see you in September!


Mar 20
Spring Break

We are a strong community and we will get through this together! ​It has been a trying and busy time in the last few weeks leading up to this much deserved break and we wish to let you all know that we are here to support you. It is understandable that many of us have questions and uncertainty with the developments of school closures and recent health concerns. During this time I wish to remind you to monitor your emails for important communication from our school and the Calgary Board of Education. In addition, please visit the CBE's main webpage at www.cbe.ab.ca for ongoing updates. We will continue to keep you up to date on any essential developments regarding student learning and school schedules. 

On behalf of everyone at Emily Follensbee, we wish you a safe, healthy and happy spring break!

Mar 06
School Planning

We are starting to meet with our specialists who help us with planning for students who are transitioning to new programs. These decisions will be based on balancing the available program spaces throughout the system and by offering new challenges to those students who would most benefit from a transition to a new program setting. Fred will be calling any families that will have a graduate from our program in the very shortly. As Christine Meikle is our biggest feeder school we always work closely with their team to ensure a smooth transition for our students.  

As we begin our planning for next year, please let us know if you are planning a move or will not be returning to Emily Follensbee next year.  As a staff, we put a great deal of time, effort and consideration into deciding on class configurations, and the staffing resources allocated for our various classes every school year.  We will be receiving our spring and will start the planning for the 2020-2021 school year. Remember, we are always open to hearing your ideas, concerns and questions. Drop in or call or email (dabulloch@cbe.ab.ca ) at any time.

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RT @UsihChristopher: We thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to make this learning shift for next week. While it is yet another significant change, we hope that it will serve to reduce the current learning disruptions that are continuing to occur in our schools. https://t.co/FOfXcybh91

Starting Monday, April 19 students in Grades 7-12 will transition to at-home learning for at least two weeks. https://t.co/JVJhOw8d8R #yycbe #WeAreCBE https://t.co/ZTbWWkZJLt

RT @DalhousieCBE: Social distancing requirements hampering reading buddies? No problem! Our @DalhousieCBE Gr 4/5 HUB students recorded read alouds for younger students to listen to. Authentic audience and sense of ownership and pride! #SomosDalhousie #WeAreCBE @yycbedu @CBElanguages https://t.co/XZZQyF2reX

Each year Alberta Education sends an important survey to parents/guardians of students in Grades 4, 7 and 10. The results are used to assess satisfaction with the quality of education & we use the information to improve teaching and learning. https://t.co/S1qsRKBerD #yycbe

RT @CrescentCowboys: Shout to our Drama Society for continuing to find ways to pivot! Their usual LunchBox theatre couldn’t happen in the same form this year, so they went digital!Today is our first student written and directed play-“Equilibrium” by Dua S, with actors Chiara C and Chris M #WeAreCBE https://t.co/w1sPPNG5pB