Jun 09

In June we have several special opportunities to be reflective of our commitment to ensuring safe and caring environments for everyone. As a staff, we attend to this in numerous ways. Our School Development Plan has a Well-Being goal that is centered on improving students’ sense of belonging at school. Our work with Zones of Regulation, Pillars of Care, school-wide storytelling, cross graded clubs, Celebrations of Learning, and Mental Health Literacy instruction are some of the ways this has been made visible to students. Staff have also implemented supportive structures and spent considerable time during professional learning days to improve professional practice with research-based strategies. 

We have adopted a holistic approach to meeting the needs of our students. We take wisdom from Indigenous ways of knowing to work collaboratively to implement structures that support and nurture the spirit, heart, body and mind of all students. June is National Indigenous History Month which reminds us to be reflective of the ways that Indigenous ways of being, belonging, doing and knowing have impacted the learning of our students. 

June also provides an opportunity for Celebrating Acceptance and Diversity this Pride Month. It reminds us that “Every student should have the opportunity to succeed personally and academically regardless of background, identity or personal circumstances.” We are committed to creating safe and caring communities for everyone, including our 2SLGBTQ+ youth. 

The richness of our learning community is due to the unique contributions of all who are a part of the Haultain Memorial community. We work diligently to promote acceptance, compassion and tolerance. This is a continual and evolving journey and like most journeys there are bumps in the road, detours and unexpected encounters. Despite this we feel proud of how our community of learners is growing and demonstrating leadership and character. A recent example was on June 7, Tourette Syndrome Awareness Day. Our school was as a sea of teal which created an incredibly moving visual representation of how we can come together to support each other. Thank you for being collaborative partners in nurturing our young citizens to embrace an inclusive and compassionate mindset.​

Apr 28
Celebrating Learning

On Tuesday we were excited to welcome families and friends to our Celebration of Learning! Our Kindergarten, Grade 1/2 and 2/3 classes beamed with pride as they shared the learning that is happening in their classroom communities. During the celebration, students talked about how everything is connected and showed how their learning connects to the four domains of the CBE’s Indigenous Education Holistic Lifelong Learning Framework. We wanted to share a few student examples from each of the four domains that were shared during the celebration:

Spirit (To Be):

  • “I have learned that I am important.”
  • “I have learned that we all have gifts.”

Heart (To Belong):

  • Symbols of belonging were woven throughout a collaborative art project showing our school.

Body (To Do):

  • Students made connections to the land, their senses and the four seasons.

Mind (To Know):
Though math challenges students learned about having a growth mindset.

  • “I have learned to always try again.”
  • “I have learned that I can believe in myself.”

Our next Celebrations of Learning are May 25 (Grades 3/4 and 4/5) and May 31 (Grades 5/6).

Apr 14
Sharing Back | School Planning

Thank you to everyone who participated in our school planning engagement. We know we make better decisions to support student learning when we build understanding and work together.

The feedback we received is compiled below and on our website under School Planning Engagement and will be thoughtfully considered in making decisions about school planning.

Mar 24
Spring Break

The staff at HMS would like to wish you all a relaxing and rejuvenating Spring Break. As we reflect on the year so far, we are proud that we have accomplished so much. Students have made great gains in their academic learning, teachers have embraced the opportunities of the learning outcomes in the new curriculum, and we are rebuilding our sense of community by enjoying clubs, buddy classes, field trips, fun lunches, assemblies, artists in residence, concerts, family evenings, and more! Looking forward there is still much to anticipate. We’ve got a continued focus on engaging and rigorous academic learning, the Minecraft Design Challenge for some of our students in higher grades, swimming and Alien Inline Skating, a new round of clubs, a few more field trips, Celebration of Learning assemblies, learning from the land in Fish Creek Park, Active Living Day, and our Grade 6 Farewell, to name a few. These last few months of school after the break always seem to go by at warp speed so I encourage us all to take time to slow down a little to appreciate where we have been and where we are headed.

Mar 13
Learn and Share | School Planning

We know we make better decisions to support student learning when we build understanding and work together. That’s why we’ll be sharing information about school planning and asking you to share your perspectives during the School Council Meeting on March 13, 2023.

During this engagement, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn About
    • School planning, which includes the school development plan, school budget and school fees
    • How the school development plan sets the overall focus and direction for a school to improve student learning outcomes
    • How the school budget provides funding to implement our school development plan
    • School fees and why they are necessary
  • Participate
    • Participate in our School Council Meeting on March 13, 2023, to learn more about school planning. There will be an opportunity to provide feedback at this meeting.
    • Share your perspectives through an online survey open from March 13 to March 24, 2023.

Watch this short video to learn about the planning work schools do to improve and support student learning.

We’ll send you a link to the survey, our school development plan and school budget and fees information when it’s available. We will also post it on our school website.

Feb 24
Connectedness at HMS

​​In the wake of Pink Shirt Day, I would like to take an opportunity to celebrate some of the amazing work being led by our HMS staff and community members to promote student connectedness in support of student well-being.

During class visits this last week I saw students engaged in lessons that not only empowered students to identify and prevent bullying, but also intentional activities designed to promote kindness, positive self-esteem and mental health awareness. Club Day on Tuesday highlighted cross-grade, whole school relationship-building and provided opportunities for many students to step into mentorship roles with students in younger grades. I saw numerous volunteers in the building this week supporting students in classrooms, pulling together a successful Fun Lunch, and even providing TLC to our indoor garden. Our Library Assistant, Mrs. Beauchamp has been processing and curating some wonderful new books handpicked by our Assistant principal, Mrs. Prangnell that highlight diversity and inclusiveness. Our Educational Assistants were not only supporting our students in developing academic skills, but also supporting students through self and co-regulation.

This is just a sample of the great work that happens every day here at HMS (I could go on for hours on this subject) and while I see examples like this regularly (not just on Pink Shirt Day) these acts are often uncelebrated and happen without public thanks or recognition. So, THANK YOU to everyone who contributes to the positive school culture that is a constant priority to all in this amazing HMS community! 

Feb 03
Get involved | Chinook Blast

​Our city has so many varied opportunities for community involvement. One of my favorites is Chinook Blast. If you haven't had the opportunity to experience this local festival I encourage you to check out the various activities in the coming weeks. This is one that my family attends each year. I have enjoyed watching the evolution of this event over the years and I'm so impressed at how inclusive it has become. There really is something for everyone, and even though my kids are grown we're still able to enjoy so many activities as a family. I'm planning to check out a few events this weekend, I hope you do too! 

What - Chinook Blast hits Calgary with a celebration of community, culture, and civic pride. The best local art, music, theatre, sport and recreation on display. 

When - January 27th to February 12th Where: Various Locations throughout Calgary 

Jan 27
Community Connections | Calgary Public Library Family Reading Kits

​Once again, one our amazing community organizations, the Calgary Public Library, has a new opportunity for community engagement with families. 

They have commenced a new initiative to promote families connecting together through reading, in support of the development of lifelong learning and strong literacy skills. Family Reading​ Kits are available now, through local branches, including the Fish Creek location just around the corner. 

I have included their community news story below, and I encourage you to visit their website for more details and links. 

Calgary Public Library is thrilled to announce the launch of Family Reading Kits, a new initiative aimed at helping families connect with one another and support lifelong learning, just in time for Family Literacy Day on January 27.

Library members can pick up one of five different kits, each featuring a different children's book on loan and an activity booklet, which is theirs to keep.

The kits cover a range of reading levels and the booklets include discussion questions, activities inspired by the book, digital resources, and more staff-recommended titles to encourage family reading.

The kits are available as of January 27 at six locations: Central, Crowfoot, Fish Creek, Nose Hill, Seton, and Shawnessy libraries. Family Reading Kits can also be downloaded and printed at home or at any Library location. Families are encouraged to try more than one kit.

Sarah Meilleur, CEO for Calgary Public Library, emphasizes the kits' ability to give families the tools to create the space needed to connect. “Reading as a family is a key way to support literacy at any age. These kits will help families foster a lifelong love of learning in their kids and also create space for important conversations about our world."

The Family Reading Kits feature a diverse selection of titles, including three grade-school books, one teen selection, and one picture book. This year's titles are:

  • New Kid by Jerry Craft
  • Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
  • Forest World by Margarita Engle
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty 

Selected based on their popularity and for the diverse viewpoints they provide, these titles appeal to all ages and provide opportunities for the whole family to connect. “Research shows that reading together benefits every member of the family, but as children learn to read independently, there are less opportunities to read with their caregivers and siblings, even though they may want to," says Kate Schutz, Service Design Lead, Calgary Public Library. “Family Reading Kits provide every member of the family with an opportunity to foster meaningful connections over a mutual love of reading."

“The questions and activities in the kit invite families to dive deeper into the book, making connections to themselves and the world around them, through fun, hands-on experiences designed for all ages and interests," says Schutz.

Learn more about the Family Reading Kits.

Jan 23
Community Connections Family Literacy Day

Friday, Jan. 27 is Family Literacy Day in Alberta! There are many ways in our community and beyond, to access activities to support literacy development. We would like invite you to celebrate with us this week by trying out some family literacy activities curated by the CBE Literacy Team.

Foundations Friday: Calgary Reads Foundation created this family-friendly video to introduce Scarborough’s Reading Rope. This video shares information on how we learn to read and ideas on how we can bring reading to life at home and school.

Sounds Good Saturday: Listening to podcasts and audiobooks builds vocabulary and background knowledge. They provide the opportunity to use our minds to visualize & organize what is going on while we are listening. Pop one on during lunch or in the car & enjoy!

Sunday Funday: Playing games together develops social skills, a sense of sequencing, & oral language. Card games, word games, and board games are a great way to spend the weekend, or anytime together.

Messaging Making Monday: Communicating through written messages is a gift we share with our children. Writing is our thoughts made visible to others. This can be done through writing and drawing, and is often most powerful when we combine them.

Talking Tuesday: Conversation is essential to literacy & critical thinking development. Embedding discussion into any of the week’s topics increases the potential for growth. Also, try to ask open- ended questions to deepen discussion.

Watching Wednesday: Viewing and listening are great ways to learn. Watching shows together can create opportunities for conversations and questions, as well as increase our vocabulary & understanding of topics and skills.

Thinking Thursday: Background knowledge is info that is already stored in our brains. It helps us make sense of what we read, see, & hear. Increasing it is one way to help expand our ability to read, write, & think. Fact-filled videos are one way to do this.

Family Literacy Day Friday: Today is officially Family Literacy Day! To celebrate let’s share any amazing books you have read (in class or at home) with a Tweeted book blurb, a conversation with a friend or at home tonight to help others in the #CBELiteracy community find their next great read. We would like to remind you that our Calgary Public Library is a tremendous resource to support all areas of literacy in our #WeAreCBE community! Check them out (online) for details.

Jan 13
The Magic of Storytelling | Jeff Stockton Save the Date
We are very fortunate to be hosting Jeff Stockton, Storyteller Artist in Residence for the next five weeks. This residency will support the storytelling process and oral language development. Oral language development is a foundational building block in overall literacy development and this residency will serve to support us in our literacy goal in our School Development Plan. Jeff will be working with classes on 5 separate days, culminating in an evening family event.

Jeff’s first day with us was January 12 and the students were absolutely spellbound by his stories and his captivating Celtic harp accompaniment. Storytelling holds a special power to transport us to different times and places and immerse us in unique multi-sensory experiences in our own minds as we conjure the sights, smells, sounds and sensations as the story-teller brings us along a journey of imagination. Jeff certainly holds this extraordinary super-power and we can’t wait to learn with him in the coming weeks.

Jeff is customizing an experience for Haultain Memorial School and we are excited to develop our own skills and learn how the adventure will unfold over the coming weeks. We are especially excited for our culminating Interactive Family Event where your child(ren) will lead your family through a one of a kind storytelling experience. We invite you to Save the Date:

When: February 9, 2023, 5:30 - 7:00
Where: Haultain Memorial School

We are grateful to the Haultain Memorial School Council and Parents Association for their generous donation to make this possible. This is an example of how your fundraising dollars supports our students.

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RT @WesternRedhawks: This past year, a committee of students has been hard at work gathering student voice and consulting with Elders and Knowledge Keepers in the planning of a garden in the courtyard area off of the main foyer. #wearecbe https://t.co/r5VyCRdCX9 https://t.co/CuBU8EuVan

LAST CHANCE to register for yellow school bus transportation. If you do not register by the June 11 deadline you will not be included in route planning for the fall and may be responsible for transportation for the first six weeks of school. https://t.co/EV8CAc6U9H #WeAreCBE https://t.co/wi3SDZ4VaI

Friday, June 9 is a system-wide non-instructional day so there are no classes for CBE students. Have a safe long weekend and stay cool! #WeAreCBE https://t.co/aZILp20jXS

RT @Miskanawah: A huge THANK YOU to the students of Forest Lawn High School for supporting our Indigenous children, youth and families to have FUN and POSITIVE learning experiences by donating 50 new backpacks. #miskanawah #YYC #ForestLawnHighSchool https://t.co/mgNkw7uns8