May 15
Principal's Weekly Message

 

 

“How do I use my resiliency to create sustainability for myself, my community, and the world?"

 

                                                                                                                        May 15th, 2022

 

Good morning to our Ian Bazalgette families today.  Happy Sunday to all of you and hope that you find some sunshine today. 

 

This past week we had two great fieldtrips with our grade 8 students and we have some more fieldtrips coming up this week that our other grade 8's are looking forward to.  It is great to be having our students exploring learning beyond the school walls again.

 

Our two badminton teams competed this week this week and it was also great to see our students compete.  They represented themselves and the school in amazing ways and we had several students place in the top 3 and perform at their very best.  Congratulations to all the players.

 

Our grade 7 community garden is well under way and we will see some more “growth" in that area this coming week.  We are really grateful to our community association for their openness and willingness to engage in this project.

 

We will have our first set of Provincial Achievement tests this week and we want to wish our grade 6 and 9 students all the best as they participate in this assessment. It will be exciting to see how they share their learning in this format.

 

I would like to continue to remind parents to keep June 9th from 5:30 – 8:00pm available as we will be hosting a Celebration of Learning event for our Ian Bazalgette Students.  We will also be using this evening to welcome in our next year grade 6's.  Learning that has taken place through the year will be celebrated and highlighted.  Please mark it on your calendar and plan on attending. The event is coming together as we made some more plans this past week.

 

Have a fabulous Sunday out there to our community.

 

Stay well.

 

Terry / Jamie-Dee

 

Important Upcoming Dates

May 20th – No school for students – Organizational Day

May 23rd – No school – Victoria Day

June 9th – Celebration of Learning 5:30 – 8:00pm

June 28th – Last day of school for students

 

 

Provincial Achievement Test Dates

 

Monday May 16th – ELA Part A 9:00am – 11:00am Grade 9

Monday May 16th – ELA Part A K&E 9:00am – 11:00am Grade 9

Wednesday May 18th ELA Part A 9:00am – 11:00am – Grade 6

Tuesday June 14th – ELA Part B 9:00 – 10:00am – Grade 6

Wednesday June 15th – Science 9:00am – 10:00am – Grade 6

Thursday June 16th – Social Studies 9:00am – 10:00am – Grade 6

Friday June 17th – Math Part A 9:00am – 9:20am – Grade 6

Monday June 20th – Math Part B 9:00am – 10:10am – Grade 6

Monday June 20th – Social Studies 9:00am – 10:10am Grade 9

Monday June 20th – Social Studies K&E 9:00am – 10:15am Grade 9

Wednesday June 22nd – Math Part B 9:00am – 10:15am Grade 9

Wednesday June 22nd – Math Part B K&E 9:00am – 10:15am Grade 9

Thursday June 23rd – English Language Arts Part B 9:00 – 10:15am Grade 9

Thursday June 23rd – English Language Arts Part B K&E 9:00 – 10:15am Grade 9

Friday June 24th – Science 9:00am – 10:15am Grade 9

Friday June 24th – Science K&E 9:00am – 10:15am Grade 9

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May 08
Principal's Weekly Message

 

 

“How do I use my resiliency to create sustainability for myself, my community, and the world?"

 

                                                                                                                        May 8th, 2022

 

Good morning to our Ian Bazalgette families today.  I would like to send a special Mother's Day wish to all our moms out there as well J. It has been a busy month at Ian Bazalgette as we make our way into May and the last stretch of learning this year. 

 

One area that is of interest right now is the upcoming Provincial Achievement Tests.  I have listed below the writing dates for each of our grade 6's and 9's.  Please have a look as we know these are dates that can bring on some added feelings for our students.  Parents who have questions about the Provincial Achievement Tests are encouraged to reach out to their homeroom teacher.

 

Students on the badminton team are competing at their divisional tournaments this coming week on Tuesday and Thursday.  They will be playing at Crescent Heights High School.  This past week in preparation for their tournament we took them to Repsol Sports Centre for a dual meet.  Our students did such an amazing job and we wish them luck at their divisional meet this week.

 

Our Grade 8's have a field trip coming up as well and we know our students will be excited to be out of the building learning beyond the school. Our grade 9's had chickens in their learning spaces this past week and I know they really made a difference to some of our students.  We even had our Kindergarten students from Valleyview come for a visit.  Our grade 7's have been busy creating their community garden across the street with some building taking place this week.

 

Just a reminder that for our lunchtime we are now having students head outside when the weather is appropriate.  Those students wishing to remain at school may do so as long as they are under the supervision of a teacher.  Our grade 6 students will continue to follow their normal routines. We will continue to work with students to reinforce the importance of getting back in time after lunch, and reminding students of their behavior out in the community is important.

 

This past Friday 23 of out students from grade 6 – 9 participated in the Eastside Dance Festival.  This is a festival that culminated with a dance performance at the University Theatre.  I had the privilege of attending and was so very impressed with our students and their performance.  It was such an amazing night of celebration of dance and I want to than Ms. Garden and her mom for supporting our students in such awesome waysJ.

 

I would like to invite parents to keep June 9th from 5:30 – 8:00pm available as we will be hosting a Celebration of Learning event for our Ian Bazalgette Students.  We will also be using this evening to welcome in our next year grade 6's.  Learning that has taken place through the year will be celebrated and highlighted.  Please mark it on your calendar and plan on attending.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a fabulous Sunday out there to our community.

 

Stay well.

 

Terry / Jamie-Dee

 

Important Upcoming Dates

May 20th – No school for students – Organizational Day

May 23rd – No school – Victoria Day

June 9th – Celebration of Learning 5:30 – 8:00pm

June 28th – Last day of school for students

 

Provincial Achievement Test Dates

 

Monday May 16th – ELA Part A 9:00am – 11:00am Grade 9

Monday May 16th – ELA Part A K&E 9:00am – 11:00am Grade 9

Wednesday May 18th ELA Part A 9:00am – 11:00am – Grade 6

Tuesday June 14th – ELA Part B 9:00 – 10:00am – Grade 6

Wednesday June 15th – Science 9:00am – 10:00am – Grade 6

Thursday June 16th – Social Studies 9:00am – 10:00am – Grade 6

Friday June 17th – Math Part A 9:00am – 9:20am – Grade 6

Monday June 20th – Math Part B 9:00am – 10:10am – Grade 6

Monday June 20th – Social Studies 9:00am – 10:10am Grade 9

Monday June 20th – Social Studies K&E 9:00am – 10:15am Grade 9

Wednesday June 22nd – Math Part B 9:00am – 10:15am Grade 9

Wednesday June 22nd – Math Part B K&E 9:00am – 10:15am Grade 9

Thursday June 23rd – English Language Arts Part B 9:00 – 10:15am Grade 9

Thursday June 23rd – English Language Arts Part B K&E 9:00 – 10:15am Grade 9

Friday June 24th – Science 9:00am – 10:15am Grade 9

Friday June 24th – Science K&E 9:00am – 10:15am Grade 9

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Apr 10
Principal's Weekly Message

 

 

“How do I use my resiliency to create sustainability for myself, my community, and the world?"

 

                                                                                                                        April 3rd, 2022

 

Good afternoon and Happy Sunday to our Ian Bazalgette community and families.  I hope this finds you relaxing and enjoying some Spring sunshine.

 

We had an exciting week as we welcomed back our students and staff from a Spring Break.  It was great to see all the faces again and be a part of the great energy back at Ian Bazalgette.  As the weather starts to turn we know that our students will be taking advantage of the time outside at lunchtime.  We will be reminding our students about the expectation of them returning to school on time at the end of lunch.  We have several students that head out to local businesses at lunch and are grateful they do this in respectful ways.  Please remind your child to ensure they are getting back on time as the afternoon classes start at 12:42pm.  Thank-you for your assistance on this.

 

Next week I will be sending out the last curriculum letter of the year as teachers came back and are spending time assessing where they want to go for the remainder of the year.  It is always exciting as we send this out and have some understanding of the learning for the next 2.5 months. 

 

Just a reminder that students do not have school this coming Friday and then next Monday will also be a day off as teachers participate in a system Professional Development Day. This underscores how quickly the learning will be taking place over the next few months.

 

Another sign of where we are at is Grade 9 Farewell.  The following is a message from the Grade 9 Team:

 

GRADE 9 FAREWELL FUNDRAISER

 

The grade 9 students have started a fundraising campaign to raise funds for their farewell celebration at the end of this school year. All grade 9 students are actively selling Coco Brooks and they are looking for your help. If you would like to place an order, all you need to do is follow the link provided and create an account or find a grade 9 student and ask them for their unique code/link. After your account is created, simply choose the items that you would like to purchase and proceed to checkout.  All items ordered will be delivered to the school on May 6th. 

 

https://fundraising.cocobrooks.com/invite/verify?code=hided-fowls

 

Thank you in advance for your support.

 

Some exciting news on the grade level front is that we have our grade 9's raising chickens over the next several weeks, our grade 7's are doing some amazing work on the community garden and our grade 6's are engaging in some outstanding work on their artefacts and drumming, our grade 8's will be heading out to Fish Creek soon on a field trip and we have some dancers heading out to U of C soon as well.  The badminton team is coming along nicely…the experiences many of our students are having is so amazing to watch and listen to daily J.

 

 

Have a fabulous Sunday out there to our community.

 

Stay well.

 

Terry / Jamie-Dee

 

Important Upcoming Dates

April 15th – No school – Good Friday

April 18th – No school for students – Professional Development Day

May 20th – No school for students – Organizational Day

May 23rd – No school – Victoria Day

June 28th – Last day of school for students​


Apr 03
Principal's Message

 

 

“How do I use my resiliency to create sustainability for myself, my community, and the world?"

 

                                                                                                                        April 3rd, 2022

 

Good morning and Happy Sunday to our Ian Bazalgette community and families.  I hope this finds you after a few weeks of a well-deserved break for everyone at school.

 

With the conclusion of Spring Break it marks the beginning of the last portion of the school year.  Before we know it we will be saying good-bye to our grade 9's and we will be welcoming in new grade 6's.  Teacher's have this on their mind as they know how quick this last phase of learning can happen.  We will be sharing out our last Curriculum letter of the year by Easter weekend. 

 

We want to share a friendly reminder while many of the COVID mitigations from a policy perspective have been reduced over the past several weeks we still want to ensure that we have a community that is healthy.  As such a reminder that if your child is showing symptoms they need to take appropriate steps up to including staying home for a few days until they are feeling better.  We appreciate your continued support in this as one aspect that we can hopefully take away from our experiences these last few years is that if you are not feeling well, stay home and help others stay healthy.

 

Have a fabulous Sunday out there to our community.

 

Stay well.

 

Terry / Jamie-Dee

 

Important Upcoming Dates

April 4th – Classes resume

April 15th – No school – Good Friday

April 18th – No school for students – Professional Development Day

May 20th – No school for students – Organizational Day

May 23rd – No school – Victoria Day

June 28th – Last day of school for students​


Mar 13
Principal's Message

“How do I use my resiliency to create sustainability for myself, my community, and the world?"

 

                                                                                                                        March 13th, 2022

 

Good morning and Happy Sunday to our Ian Bazalgette community and families.  I hope this finds you enjoying your start to Sunday with the clocks moved ahead and hopefully you can find some sunshine today.

 

This past Thursday and Friday we had our scheduled conferences.  I want to thank the many parents that connected with their child's teacher(s).  If you were not able to connect and would like to please know that you do not need to wait until conferences to arrange a time to discuss your child's progress.  These conversations are available at any time we can make arrangements with you to meet to discuss your child's progress; you do not need to wait for conferences to have these conversations. 

 

This past week we also sent home student work.  In that student work you should be able to have an understanding of some of the work that your child is entering into and how they are progressing.  We hope this has given you some valuable insights and helps with conversations at home as we know the partnership between the school and home is critical for student success. This coming week we will be working to have a nice transition into the two week Spring Break. 

 

I hope this finds you well on this Sunday morning.  This past week we were able to invite our new Director Mike Wilson into our school for the first time.  He was quite impressed with much of what he saw and what he heard from students and staff.  We know that we have much work to do in many ways, however it is also important to pause and remember there are many good things happening every day as well.

 

We are excited to share that interschool athletics is once again available for our students. Mr. Samson and Mr. Vlaar are running our Badminton Teams and they will be starting up as soon as we return from Spring Break.  If your child is interested in trying out please ensure they sign-up.  It will be great to once again see our students out there competing and showing off their skills. Try-outs include all our students from grades 6 – 9.

 

Ms Garden and the leadership students have a spirit week coming up this week, starting with PI Day tomorrow (3.14J)…followed by twin day and a few other fun days for our students.  It will be exciting to see what our students come up with J. 

 

Have a fabulous Sunday out there to our community.

 

Stay well.

 

Terry / Jamie-Dee

 

Important Upcoming Dates

March 18th – Last day of classes

March 19th – April 3rd – Spring Break

April 4th – Classes resume

April 15th – No school – Good Friday

April 18th – No school for students – Professional Development Day

May 20th – No school for students – Organizational Day

May 23rd – No school – Victoria Day

June 28th – Last day of school f​


Feb 27
Principal's Message

 

 

“How do I use my resiliency to create sustainability for myself, my community, and the world?"

 

                                                                                                                                                                                    February 27th, 2022

 

Good morning and Happy Sunday to our Ian Bazalgette community and families.  I hope this finds you well on this Sunday morning.  This past week we were able to invite our new Director Mike Wilson into our school for the first time.  He was quite impressed with much of what he saw and what he heard from students and staff.  We know that we have much work to do in many ways, however it is also important to pause and remember there are many good things happening every day as well.

 

Our students will be engaging in some self – reflection around a learning artefact that will be coming home next week.  All students will have a learning package coming home next week to you.  In the package you will see evidence of the learning your child is engaging in at school.  It will include the task description, the rubric, feedback and your child's voice in relation to the artefact.  We hope this gives you an opportunity to be connected to the learning that they are engaging in here at school.

 

We had our grade 6 drumming residency start-up this week.  It really was such a treat to watch our drumming artists come in and do a whole grade presentation to our grade 6's on Monday.  The energy and the enthusiasm that occurred in relation to that was really impressive.  Our grade 6 students have then identified that their desire to participate within a residency for the remainder of the year on Fridays.  We had over 60 grade 6 students identify their desire to participate.  We then had the first session this past Friday and the excitement that was in the room was again so very impressive.  The students will start to build drums next week and continue to learn about the story of the drums and song. 

 

Please look for an email out later this week in relation to the conferences that we have coming up March 10th and 11th.  We will be doing these in a TEAMS format again. 

 

Have a fabulous Sunday out there to our community.

 

Stay well.

 

Terry / Jamie-Dee

 

Important Upcoming Dates

March 10th – Conferences 4-8pm - Online

March 11th – No school for students – Conferences 8am-12pm - Online

March 18th – Last day of classes

March 19th – April 3rd – Spring Break

April 4th – Classes resume

April 15th – No school – Good Friday

April 18th – No school for students – Professional Development Day

May 20th – No school for students – Organizational Day

May 23rd – No school – Victoria Day

June 28th – Last day of school for students​


Feb 21
Principal's Message

 

 

“How do I use my resiliency to create sustainability for myself, my community, and the world?"

 

                                                                                                                                                                                    February 21st, 2022

 

Good morning and Happy Family Day Monday to our Ian Bazalgette community.  I hope this finds you on this holiday Monday enjoying the fresh snow and enjoying each other's company.  This past week we had Teacher's and Staff Association's Convention.  This is a time where we connect with our colleagues through the system and beyond to renew, connect and take the time to hear and develop some new perspectives in pursuit of constantly looking to improve our practice. I will be excited to connect with the Ian Bazalgette team this week to hear about their conferences and where we can move our work forward.

 

I am also attaching in this week's message the curriculum letters from the teams that is guiding the work from now until the March Break.  These are great ways for you to have some insight into the learning students are taking up. 

 

Over the next few weeks your child may be taking part in several surveys as we look to gain some insights into the work we are taking up.  It is information that guides our decisions as we look to plan already for the remainder of the year and into next year.  Grade 7 parents you will be receiving information about a survey from Alberta Education we kindly ask that if you have the time to complete that survey your perspective is also important for us.  It gives you an opportunity to tell us what is going well and areas that we can continue to improve upon.

Students and staff are welcome to wear pink shirts on Wednesday as an opportunity to highlight Anti Bullying Day.  We have made some strides in creating a safe environment and we know that we need to continue the conversation to continue to support students expereinces and create a postive safe learning environment for all.


Have a great Family Day Monday out there to our community.

 

Terry / Jamie-Dee

 

Important Upcoming Dates

​February 23rd - Pink Shirt Day

March 10th – Conferences 4-8pm - Online

March 11th – No school for students – Conferences 8am-12pm - Online

March 18th – Last day of classes

March 19th – April 3rd – Spring Break

April 4th – Classes resume

April 15th – No school – Good Friday

April 18th – No school for students – Professional Development Day

May 20th – No school for students – Organizational Day

May 23rd – No school – Victoria Day

June 28th – Last day of school for students


Feb 13
Principal's Message

 

 

“How do I use my resiliency to create sustainability for myself, my community, and the world?"

 

                                                                                                                                                                                    February 13th, 2022

 

 

Good morning to our Ian Bazalgette community.  I hope this finds you well on this Sunday morning.  This week we have a short one for students as we head into Teacher's Convention and then followed by Family Day next Monday.  We are looking forward to continuing some of the momentum that students have created last week as semester 2 is under way. 

 

We have a change in the masking policy starting tomorrow and we will strive to support all of our students as we make our way through this next step in responding to COVID. Whichever direction students choose to go in regards to wear a mask or not will be supported by staff. We will continue to have other mitigations in place in regards to continuing to ask students to use doors to enter at the start of day and at lunch.  Our grade 6 students will continue to have their lunch time as scheduled and we will continue to have hand sanitizing available to students.  I must again express my appreciation to our students, parents and our community in regards to the support we have felt in responding to the mask mandate over the past 18 months.  If you have any questions in regards to this shift do not hesitate to contact the school.

 

Over the past several weeks the staff through hearing stories from our students and input from our parents are engaging in a process to establish a “Ian Baz CARES Council".  It is modelled after the CBE CARES work and direction after a year and a half of public engagement.  We will be reaching out to students to hear their stories, their voices and their concerns in regards to their experiences at school.  It is our intent to embark on a journey where we can demonstrate that we can impact change for the good.  This will be hard work and it will involve many voices from students, parents, staff and other stakeholders to move this work forward, we are committed to making a difference.  If you would like to know more or be involved we will be discussing this more at our Parent Council Meeting next week February 22nd.

 

Have a great Sunday out there to our community.

 

 

Terry / Jamie-Dee

 

Important Upcoming Dates

February 17th – 18th – No school for students – Teacher's Convention

February 21st – No school – Family Day

March 10th – Conferences 4-8pm

March 11th – No school for students – Conferences 8am-12pm

March 18th – Last day of classes

March 19th – April 3rd – Spring Break

April 4th – Classes resume

April 15th – No school – Good Friday

April 18th – No school for students – Professional Development Day

May 20th – No school for students – Organizational Day

May 23rd – No school – Victoria Day

June 28th – Last day of school for students​


Feb 06
Principal's Message

 

 

“How do I use my resiliency to create sustainability for myself, my community, and the world?"

 

                                                                                                                                                                                    February 6th, 2022

 

 

Good morning to our Ian Bazalgette community.  I hope this finds you well on this Sunday morning.  This past week we started our semester #2 and with it came some changes for our students.  We had a week of good transition for many and we appreciated the manner in which our students adapted quickly to the new class schedule and lunch schedule.  We will continue to finalize student timetables this week where there were a few glitches and we appreciate our students being receptive that sometimes those fixes take a bit of time.

 

We will be welcoming back Mrs. Leaney tomorrow into our grade 7 team as our Math teacher.  It will be great to have her back at Ian Bazalgette.  Mrs. Geekie who was teaching in that math position will be staying with us and taking on a role with one of our grade 6 classes as their Math / Science teacher.  It is great that we get to keep Mrs. Geekie at Ian Bazalgette school and that she gets to continue to support students she knows really well.

 

Over the next few weeks you may hear your child talk about a student advisory group. Mrs. Peterson and I have been discussing this with students for a few months now.  It is time that we move forward with the next phase of this initiative.  This is something Mrs. Peterson and I started pre-pandemic and with all the restrictions and disruptions to learning these last several years it is time we come back to it.  Students will be able to meet with Mrs. Peterson and I on a weekly basis to discuss many topics that impact us all as we try and take some next steps in learning at Ian Bazalgette school.  I will share with you as we move along the various initiatives that arise. 

 

I would like to report back though on one initiative that came from our students prior to the winter break.  It involved the winter lights initiative.  Students from our leadership class reached out to the community to ask for light donations.  The community responded and we were able to create a light display both outside and inside the school.  Students were surveyed about the impact of those lights on their mood and their view of the school.  I am happy to report that over 70% of the students that responded (483 student responses) responded by saying that the lights both outside and inside helped their mood and made them feel happier.  They asked for more lights and had suggestions on how we could improve on this student lead initiative for next year.  We asked the students about spirit days and other special events and the students responded by asking for more of those days as they liked them.  When we receive this type of feedback from our students we know that we are heading in the right direction because we know that when students are connected to the school in a positive way that he academic success will increase.  We look forward to connecting with our students and developing more of these at Ian Bazalgette School.

 

 

 

Stay well to our Ian Bazalgette community.

 

Terry / Jamie-Dee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important Upcoming Dates

February 17th – 18th – No school for students – Teacher's Convention

February 21st – No school – Family Day

March 10th – Conferences 4-8pm

March 11th – No school for students – Conferences 8am-12pm

March 18th – Last day of classes

March 19th – April 3rd – Spring Break

April 4th – Classes resume

April 15th – No school – Good Friday

April 18th – No school for students – Professional Development Day

May 20th – No school for students – Organizational Day

May 23rd – No school – Victoria Day

June 28th – Last day of school for students

 

 

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