Hello Wonderful Families,
"Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out." Robert Collier
We want to thank you for all you have done to support the students and G.W. Skene team here at the school. We have had a great year filled with lots of fun activities and events, and students have demonstrated great improvement!
It is that time of year when we say good-bye for now to some, and welcome to others.
We wish all the students and staff moving to new schools all the best on their new adventures.
We are excited to see the students back on August 10, 2022 for the first day of classes.
Have a wonderful summer break!
Happy New Year and Welcome Back!
We are very excited to see the students in person for learning! We hope everyone enjoyed some great family time and that you stayed healthy during the break.
We want to remind families to go through the recently updated AHS Daily Checklist every morning before your child leaves for school. Please carefully follow the AHS protocols and guidelines outlined. If you have questions, you can call the AHS Health Link by dialling 811.
Our school community thanks you for all you are doing to keep one another healthy and safe.
Looking forward to another great month of learning,
The first week of school has gone very well thanks to our amazing students and staff! A positive energy could be felt in the building along with a strong sense of optimism and excitement. Students demonstrated both generosity and mastery as they followed the protocols and routines in place to help keep one another healthy and safe. Some of these protocols include wearing masks, following the hallway signage, physical distancing and staying with class cohorts.
At G.W. Skene we are committed to fostering a safe, caring and welcoming school that supports all learners. This year we will continue to have a strong focus on building foundational skills in well-being, literacy and mathematics.
Our staff value our partnership with families. As the year progresses we will continue connecting with you to celebrate your child’s successes, and we will work together to address any areas where they are experiencing challenges.
Thank you again for all you do to support our learning community.
This is going to be a fantastic school year!
Hello Fabulous Families,
This is a bittersweet message. While we are very excited to head off into summer break, it is always hard to say “good-bye for now” to our friends.
Today, we enjoyed a very special year-end celebration assembly hosted by Mr. Trinh’s Grade 5 Hub students.
During the assembly, one of the students talked about her legacy this year. She shared, “I felt proud of helping everyone feel that there is a place for them here”.
Her comment really spoke to my heart.
This year the staff and students have really focused on making G.W. Skene school a safe, caring place where students have a strong sense of belonging. Many staff and students talked about the kindness and generosity displayed by our students this year. I can truly say that our school community has done a great job with this throughout the year, and I am so proud of everyone.
This is a special school, filled with special people!
Have a wonderful and fun summer. See you on August 17!
Happy Kindness Week!
It was truly a gift to see our students perform random acts of generosity and kindness across our school this week!
The week kicked off with a video of staff reading Carol McCloud’s book: Have You Filled A Bucket Today? After watching the video, the students brainstormed simple, small acts that they could do to make a positive difference and fill someone’s bucket.
Throughout the week, I saw students doing many generous things such as: holding open a door for a Lunch Supervisor, carrying books for a classmate, saying kind words to cheer up a sad friend and, inviting someone new to play at recess. One group of students wrote poems and made cards for Mr. Dang, our Facility Operator. They wanted to let him know how much they appreciate all he does each day to not only take care of our school, but to keep us healthy! They even made a crown for him to wear while they shared their gifts with him.
Today, each student wrote a special note “to a secret friend”. In the note they explained what kindness means to them, what it looks like, feels like and sounds like. They also described steps for making a new friend. At the end of the day each student gave their note to the “secret friend”. What the students’ did not know until the friend arrived, was that the “secret friend” was actually a special teddy bear donated to our school from the Calgary Hitman Teddy Bear Toss. The students were so excited to receive this gift and they were very appreciative of others’ acts of kindness and generosity. What an incredibly special week this has been. I am so proud to be the principal of such a caring and kind group of learners.
I was reminded again that our children often teach us how to love purely, how to give truly and how to forgive generously. May we all follow their wonderful example.
Dear G.W. Skene
We enjoyed seeing the students in their year-end class
meetings this week and it was especially fun to reflect on some of the great
learning that happened over the year during the Grade 5 Farewell. We
wish our Grade 5 students all the best in their new adventures in Middle
Below are a few important reminders to wrap up
the school year.
Families can access report cards online. Please see our school website
for more information: http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/GWSkene/about-us/news-centre/_layouts/15/ci/post.aspx?oaid=652e5a28-7842-4b51-a775-258d7a3c8ce7&oact=20001
All loaned devices should now be returned. Families will be asked to pay
for any lost or damaged items, including missing charging cords or power
blocks. Please take an extra look around to ensure all of these items
have been returned.
Last Chance to Pickup Student Items
Monday is the last chance for students to pick up learning supplies and
personal items including clothing and foot ware. All remaining items,
including those in our Lost and Found will be thrown away, recycled, shredded
or donated on June 30.
We are excited that Terra Xavier will be joining our teaching staff this
fall. In her current role as an Area Literacy Strategist, Ms. Xavier has
lead numerous professional development sessions for our staff and she has
worked with teachers and students in classrooms to further develop reading and
writing skills. We are very excited that she will be teaching with
us next year.
September School Start-up
To stay updated on information and plans regarding school start-up,
families are encouraged to check their email regularly during August. Information
will also be posted on our school website. School starts September 1, 2020.
The staff at G.W. Skene hope each of you has a
healthy, restful and fun summer break!
Dear G.W. Skene Families:
It is hard to believe we are down to our last week of
learning this school year. There have been many wonderful moments and
many unprecedented situations that we have pulled together to get
through. I want to express my heartfelt thanks to everyone – families,
students, and staff for your willingness to support one another, and for
all of your hard work. It has not been easy to learn how to move
learning from the classroom to our homes but you all should feel very proud of
your efforts and what was accomplished during this Global Pandemic. The
kindness and empathy we have shown one another, and our collective willingness
to work as a team has been so heart- warming and has taught us many
important lessons that we can carry forward into the future. Thank you
G.W. Skene Community!
We know you have many demands as
parents and we to thank you for taking time to help your children attend their
class meetings and engage in their learning activities. You are amazing for making this happen!
Monday, May 25 – School Council
Modified Calendar Change to Traditional
Calendar for 2020-2021
to the ongoing health risk of COVID-19, the Calgary Board of Education has made
the decision to move all modified calendar schools and programs to the
traditional calendar next
means our first scheduled day of classes will be Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020.
safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance, and we look
forward to welcoming back our students as soon as it is safe to do so. More
information about re-entry plans for the next school year will be provided
later this summer.
you for your understanding and patience as we work through the details. Please
see our school website for more information, including some frequently asked
School Council Meeting
We received feedback
from some families letting us know that a daytime meeting was tricky to
attend. We decided to move the School Council meeting to Monday, May
25. Every parent and
guardian is welcome to attend this important School Council meeting to hear
about our plans for the 2020-2021 school year and to provide their input and
Meeting: Monday, May 25 at 5:30 pm
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On Monday mornings,
staff will post the Weekly Plan and assignments in Google Classroom, on the Classwork page.
We continue to offer
a paper package for students who cannot participate in online learning.
Students can come to the school on Mondays to drop off their assignments from
the previous week, and to pick up their new package.
We Miss You!
Here is a link to a
special video prepared by the G.W. Skene staff for students and their families
to enjoy: https://youtu.be/k9Ul0Cltufc
"If you are trying to be
normal, you will never know how amazing you can be."
Happy March Family and Friends!
The students have been very busy since the Winter
Break. The whole student body
participated in skating lessons and built up endurance, learned skating skills
and a great time. Recently, students
enjoyed further developing their skills while working with the Alien In-line
program. It was fun and exciting to see
so many families join us for the Family Skate Night!
Pink Shirt Day and Kindness Activities
To build a stronger community and raise awareness
about behavior and impact, our grade 4/5 classes put on a wonderful assembly
connected to anti-bullying, and Pink Shirt Day.
The students spent many hours writing the script, practicing their parts
and they did a great job of performing at their assembly. The focus on caring for one another, and
being aware that our actions can be helpful or hurtful, was a powerful
Student Learning Conferences
At the end of March, we are looking forward to
meeting with families for conferences.
Attending these sessions is an important way for you to learn about, and
celebrate your child’s progress! We look forward to seeing you soon J.
Have a wonderful Spring Break!
Proud Principal, G.W. Skene School
Remembering at G.W. Skene: Last month the choir and grade four and five students created an
amazing Remembrance Ceremony to help us celebrate bravery and reflect on the
many men and woman who helped bring peace to our lives. I was so very proud
of all of the students who participated. Their songs uplifted our hearts;
their stories taught us values and their shadow puppet tableau helped us
understand and connect to the people and events of the past. We also are
appreciative of all the work behind the scene from our staff, especially Mr.
Fundraising Events: Our grade five students have been doing some special fundraising to
support two different charities: Inn From the Cold and Alberta Animal Rescue
Crew Society. We are so proud of all your hard work and generosity.
You help make Calgary an even better place to be!
We enjoyed sharing learning progress during conferences and seeing
so many families participate in the bowling and physical literacy activities
set-up in the gym.
This fall the staff have been setting goals for our School
Development Plan and are excited about our work to improve student mathematics,
reading and self-regulation skills.
On December 12th, we will be having a family
dance at our school. We look forward to visiting with you all and seeing
your fancy moves on the dance floor!
Christina Tuttle, Proud Principal
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