Jun 27
Principal's Weekly Message

 

 

How do we tell the story of resilience?

 

                                                                                                                                                                  June 26th, 2021

 

Good morning to the Ian Bazalgette families. 

 

Well here we are at the last parent message for the 2020-2021school year. I hope this finds you enjoying the weekend and the great weather that we deserve. It has been quite the year and one not to be forgotten.  As we took up the work in looking to tell the story of resilience, our community has certainly had to dig into the resilience bucket many many times. It goes without saying that our collective resilience has been tested time and time again this year as we responded to this pandemic and the consequences of it. As a society we are not out of it yet, but we are grateful for all the support, patience, words of encouragement and understanding you have had with us this year as we have attempted to deliver a meaningful year of learning for your child.  We know there has been impact and we know that the resilience of our students have been tested and reinforced. Our students can look back at this time in years to come and know their capacity to be resilient is there within and they can move forward with the conviction of knowing they can do it.

 

There are many activities of coming together and celebrating the year together planned for tomorrow. Some of those plans will be affected by the weather and the hot forecast that is predicted.  Students will be reminded to drink lots of water and may be outside for limited time.  Please help us by reminding them to drink water and if they have a hat to please bring it as these will help the students enjoy the activities much better. 

 

Report Cards this year will be available in the Online “MyCBE" portal.  Report cards are open for viewing by parents starting yesterday.  If you do not have the “MyCBE" app or have not signed up for it you are encouraged to do so.  We will have time on Tuesday June 29th from 8-12 if you need to connect with your child's teacher about any questions or concerns about their final assessment. 

 

The end of June come with many good-byes. Our first and most significant good-bye is with our grade 9's.  As they head off to high school, I want to wish them all success as they take the final stage of their time towards achieving a High School Diploma.  I am saddened as I have gotten to know our 9's as I would have liked.  Again one of the consequences of missing out visiting them often in class, seeing them in the halls, on sports teams, at clubs and most certainly without a mask. I know our teachers talk encouragingly of their knowledge, their compassion and their ability to be awesome in their learning.  I know through talking with several of our 9's they are also sad to be leaving Ian Bazalgette, but excited about what next year will hold.  We thank them and wish them all the best as they move on to grade 10.

 

Other moves will also be coming to us at Ian Bazalgette School.  We work in a profession that enables teachers and staff to have much choice in the profession. Over the years due to many circumstances many teachers while looking to develop their careers have not had the ability to look for a move as the system was not in a place to support those moves.  This year we have had opportunities as professionals to take up opportunities for growth as educators.  So, as a result we will be saying good-bye to a few staff members as they move beyond Ian Bazalgette to other opportunities. Ms. Ballentine, Ms. Bowman and Ms. Pham will all be moving next year to other CBE schools and I want to thank them as they take on new learning in their new schools. Mr. Rhodes is moving beyond the CBE to a new adventure and we wish him all the best at his new school next year. Ms. Wallace, Mr. Segovia, Mr. Giminez, Ms. May and Ms. Gill due to their contract status at this point will not be coming back to us at Ian Bazalgette, but we are hopeful they will continue to have opportunities to teach as we have come to appreciate what they have brought to us at Ian Bazalgette. We also said good-bye this past week to Ms. Winslow one of our EA's who has decided to take on retirement and all the enjoyment that brings with it.  As we head into next year we will assemble a great team to support some great teaching and learning for those returning to us. 

 

I want to close by thanking you for trusting us with your child every day, while we support them along this very important journey. Have an amazing summer, I hope our students enjoy the well-deserved break and come back to school fresh and ready in August.

 

Stay well.

 

 

Terry

 

Important Upcoming Dates

June 26th – Report Cards available online

June 28th – Last day of school for students

June 29th – Appeals Day

June 30th – Org Day

August 17th – First Day of school for 21-22 School Year​


Jun 19
Ian Bazalgette Parent Message

 

 

How do we tell the story of resilience?

 

                                                                                                                                                                  June 19th, 2021

 

Good morning to the Ian Bazalgette families. 

 

It has been a few weeks since an update has been sent out and I appreciate your patience with me as we make our way through June and all the exciting times that come with being in June under normal years.  I realized the other day this was the first June I have had with students in the building at Ian Bazalgette.  With this realization has come some leadership perspectives that will continue to inform us as to our next steps at Ian Bazalgette School.

 

We have so much to celebrate and so much to be proud of in our students and the learning they have taken up this year.  We also know that we have many areas that we will continue to look on to improve as we think about and make plans for the 21-22 school year. As we move to next year you will see some tweaks in our planning as they get firmed up.  In my message next week I will share some of the changes parents can anticipate for the 21-22 school year.

 

A few weeks ago the revelation of the discovery in Kamloops and the 215 souls that need to be remembered we know this has been impactful to our community and especially hard for our Indigenous community here at Ian Bazalgette and beyond.  As a school we have taken steps over the past few weeks to talk about discuss and help our Indigenous families along with help our students understand the critical nature of that discovery.  As a school community and along with the CBE we are committed to the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and we are striving to do our part in the reconciliation process through education.  This coming week we will be taking steps; starting with National Indigenous Peoples' Day on Monday and moving through the week with Indigenous Awareness Week we have learning that we have asked teachers to take up with students.  We understand that reconciliation is more than a day or a week and we are using these moments to highlight and to move forward collectively. 

 

 

Report Cards this year will be available in the Online “MyCBE" portal.  Report cards will be open for viewing by parents on Saturday June 26th.  If you do not have the “MyCBE" app or have not signed up for it you are encouraged to do so.  If you would like a paper copy of the report card we are asking you to email your child's homeroom teacher by Thursday June 24th so we may make arrangements for the printing of the report card. To sign up for the “My CBE" follow this link: https://sis.cbe.ab.ca/public/createaccounthelp.html if you are still having challenges please contact the school and we will assist.

 

We hope that you have a great weekend and Happy Father's Day to all the Father's out there J.

 

Stay well.

 

 

Terry

 

Important Upcoming Dates

June 26th – Report Cards available online

June 28th – Last day of school for students

June 29th – Appeals Day

June 30th – Org Day

August 17th – First Day of school for 21-22 School Year​


May 24
Principal's Weekly Message

 

 

How do we tell the story of resilience?

 

                                                                                                                                                                  May 24th, 2021

 

Good morning to the Ian Bazalgette families. 

 

I want to thank all of you for the tremendous support you have provided your children over the last several weeks as we shifted to online learning.  We will also appreciate your support again as we shift back to face to face learning. We will be spending time tomorrow morning reminding students of the protocols that are still in place.  This includes the cohorting and expectations for students to remain in their cohort. It also includes mask wearing sanitizing hands frequently, not sharing of food or resources. We still have the protocols in place in relation to close contacts and the response to close contacts and students that are positive.  As such we also want to remind parents and students that if students are not feeling well they should remain home until they are feeling better.  The self-screening questionnaire is still an expectation for students and staff to follow prior to coming to school. We know there will continue to be challenges and we are confident that through a collective effort we can all be back at school together.

 

We are welcoming in Nancy McCutcheon as Acting Assistant Principal until the end of the year.  Nancy is a retired Principal with tremendous experience within the CBE including her recent experience as Principal of Dr. Glady's Eggbert School.  She will be supporting students through the office until the end of June as Jamie-Dee will be remaining at her current school until the end of June and will join us in August. We will look to complete more staffing for next year in the month of June and I will keep the community updated as changes occur.

 

Just a reminder as stated below that we are back on the modified calendar and the first day of school for the 2021 – 2022 school year will be August 17th. Once our school calendar gets approved in June I will send that out so you can do planning for the next school year. 

 

Over the next two weeks, you may hear about your child being involved in a couple surveys.  We will be looking at gathering student voice and are interested in their opinions as we continue to make strides in the right direction to supporting your child here at Ian Bazalgette.  Their and your voice are a critical part of our decision-making process.

 

It will be an exciting day tomorrow as we see the students again, I hope everyone is able to dance around raindrops and enjoy this holiday Monday J.

 

Stay well.

 

 

Terry

 

Important Upcoming Dates

June 4th – Org Day

June 25th – Report Cards home

June 28th – Last day of school for students

June 29th – Appeals Day

June 30th – Org Day

August 17th – First Day of school for 21-22 School Year​


May 09
Principal's Weekly Message

How do we tell the story of resilience?

 

                                                                                                                                                                  May 9th, 2021

 

Good morning to the Ian Bazalgette families. 

 

I want to thank our community for your response to our shift to online learning and your patience with us as we continue to learn how we can continue to support students in their learning while they are at home. Students will continue to follow their regular school schedule and teachers will be available during that time to deliver and support learning for your child. If your child encounters any difficulties please have them or you please reach out to your child's homeroom teacher as the starting point to finding solutions.

 

During this time the school will remain open, but we continue to have limited support through the office.  If your call is not picked up please leave a message and we will endeavor to get back to you within 24hours. Emails also work well if a phone call is not possible.  Again, we appreciate your patience with us as we work through this.

 

 

Have a great Sunday out there and we hope our families are well as we continue to respond to this pandemic.

 

 

Terry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important Upcoming Dates

May 21st – Org Day

June 4th – Org Day

June 25th – Report Cards home

June 28th – Last day of school for students

June 29th – Appeals Day

June 30th – Org Day

August 17th – First Day of school for 21-22 School Year​​


May 02
Principal's Weekly Message

How do we tell the story of resilience?

 

                                                                                                                                                                  May 2nd, 2021

 

Good morning to the Ian Bazalgette families. 

 

I want to start this week with my appreciation of our communities' response from these last few weeks as we once again try and figure out how to continue the learning in the midst of this pandemic.  With the recent announcement of how learning will look for our grade 7-9 students we will continue to look at how learning will look for those students.  If you need any additional assistance that we may be able to support please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's homeroom or any teacher and we will do our best to help make adjustments.

 

Our grade 6's continue to attend to their learning in person and we want to try and keep our community safe so we continue to ask our parents and students to continue to be vigilant in ensuring students are responding appropriately in the community.  We will continue to look at reinforcing our expectations while at school to keep everyone safe. 

 

Our grade 6's this past week have been continuing their Artist in Residence with Jeff Stockton.  In speaking with the students and with the teachers it sounds as though there is a lot of excitement around Oral Storytelling and the work that Jeff is leading.  We are excited for this residency and look forward over the next several weeks as the students continue to invest in the residency.  We also have some exciting learning in the plans for our 6's coming up this week.

 

On Tuesday I will be attending our budget session for next year.  It will be a time where we declare our intentions for the start of the year and it can certainly be a challenging time, I am happy to share that we will be going in with some really great plans for learning for next year and the year is shaping up to be a great one.  We just need this pandemic to be under control so our full plans can be realized.

 

I want to thank those grade 7 parents who responded to the Assurance Survey that was sent out last month as part of the annual collection of feedback that will help continue to drive the school development plan.  This information is valuable as it helps give us information that we need to consider as we make the next right steps for learning at Ian Bazalgette.

 

Have an amazing Sunday out there and we hope our families are well as we continue to respond to this pandemic.

 

 

Terry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important Upcoming Dates

May 21st – Org Day

June 4th – Org Day

June 25th – Report Cards home

June 28th – Last day of school for students

June 29th – Appeals Day

June 30th – Org Day

August 17th – First Day of school for 21-22 School Year​


Apr 18
Principal's Weekly Message

 

 

How do we tell the story of resilience?

 

                                                                                                                                                                  April 18th, 2021

 

Good afternoon to the Ian Bazalgette families. 

 

I hope this finds you enjoying a cozy Sunday afternoon.  We were almost there into Spring with that amazing day yesterday.  Once again as we head into online learning for our grade 7-9 students we want to express our appreciation to the families for the adjustments this may mean for you to support your child in their learning.  We spent some time on Friday again preparing for this shift and hope our students are set-up in a good way as we begin again tomorrow.  As a reminder students' are expected to be online at the start and end of class.  If you get a phone call indicating that your child is absent please send that teacher a note of inquiry.  Teachers will be doing attendance and on occasion a student may not indicate they are online when a teacher calls upon them. For those students that require paper packages we will have them available starting Tuesday.

 

I have attached in this school messenger copies of the third term curriculum letters.  In them you will find the focus of the learning the grade team and teachers have in place for the final months of learning this year.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher.

 

We have continued this past week our conversations about our planning for next year.  A parent survey in regards to budget is on the Ian Bazalgette home page and would encourage parents to have their voices heard through that process. 

 

We are also reminding our grade 7 parents that you should have received information from Alberta Education about the Assurance Survey.  We are hopeful that parents would find some time to have their voice heard through that process as well.

 

Just a reminder as we head into next year that we are back on a modified calendar.  Once we have all our critical dates on it we will send a copy out to the community as we know many families are making plans and that information is part of their decision making.

 

Stay well Ian Bazalgette Families and have a great Sunday night, let's hope we don't have too much more snow and we can really welcome in Spring.

 

Terry and Lauren

 

 

Important Upcoming Dates

April 26th – PD Day

May 21st – Org Day

June 4th – Org Day

June 25th – Report Cards home

June 28th – Last day of school for students

June 29th – Appeals Day

June 30th – Org Day

August 17th – First Day of school for 21-22 School Year​


Apr 11
Principal's Weekly Message

 

 

How do we tell the story of resilience?

 

                                                                                                            April 11th, 2021

 

Good evening to the Ian Bazalgette families. 

 

I hope this finds you at the end of a nice weekend.  This past week we received or first look at the budget for the 21 – 22 school year.  You may have heard messages from the CBE involving the topic of equity funding as another layer of looking at how it distributes resources to schools across the city.  Over the next few days I will have a better sense of what the implications are for our school for the 21-22 school year and will have some more detailed information to share with our community. 

 

We are a school that will be growing next year in student population and as with growth come opportunities.  Staff will be looking at the implications this week and we will be able to share some of the initial iterations of school organization in the coming weeks.  The process to make these decisions comes quickly, but we have been preparing many scenarios over the past few weeks so we have some good thinking going into this process.

 

A survey will be coming out to parents later this week asking for your input to the budget for next year.  I would invite you to keep an eye out for that and provide any feedback you may have. Along with the budget survey the government has sent out an “Assurance Survey" link to all our grade 7 parents.  We encourage our grade 7 parents to participate in there and help celebrate some of the growth we have taken this year along with areas of continued growth. If you have any questions about that survey please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

 

I would like to share with those that are unaware that Mrs. Leaney had her child during Spring Break and we want to wish her all the very best as she and her son start that amazing journey.  She is happy to report they are both doing well and she misses her classes very much.

 

As with the new weather comes a few changes for us at lunch time.  We will be once again asking students to make their way outside for their lunch.  We have made accommodations in the gym for those in grade 7,8,9 who want to stay in but they must remain in their cohorts. Students not in their cohorts will be asked to head outside.  Our grade 6 students will continue to be supported in the Bistro and will have a switch halfway through lunch so they also get a break outside.  We will continue to encourage students to wear their masks when they are outside and in groups that are not their cohorts.  We are asking our parent community to reinforce this perspective with their child.  We know the variants of the COVID are far more infectious and the data appears to suggest that young people are more susceptible in comparison to the first version.  We have had no reports of community spread at Ian Bazalgette and we are hoping that can continue.

 

This week I will be also sending out the Curriculum Letters the Teams have been finishing this past week. These letters are for the 3rd Term of the year.  As I read through them I am excited by the learning that will take place over the next 11 weeks.  If you have any questions about that learning please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher for clarification.

 

Once again, the Youth Centers of Calgary will have its' presence in our community.  They have asked me to share this flyer out with our families.  Please pass it along to those that you may feel may benefit from these opportunities. 

 

Lastly, our grade 6's will be starting an Artist In Residency around “Oral Storytelling" and we are really excited to welcome in Jeff Stockton to be our guest Artist.  This will be an exciting time for the grade 6's and we will be looking forward to their “Storytelling" come June.

 

Stay well Ian Bazalgette Families and have a great Sunday night.

 

Terry and Lauren

 

 

Important Upcoming Dates

April 26th – PD Day

May 21st – Org Day

June 4th – Org Day

June 25th – Report Cards home

June 28th – Last day of school for students

June 29th – Appeals Day

June 30th – Org Day

August 17th – First Day of school for 21-22 School Year

 

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Apr 05
Principal's Weekly Message

 

 

How do we tell the story of resilience?

 

                                                                                                            April 5th, 2021

 

Good morning to the Ian Bazalgette families. 

 

I hope this finds our families enjoying some sunshine.  Staff and students have had this last week off to take a much-deserved break as we head into the last third of the school year.  I want to continue to thank our families for their support and know that it has been a challenging year that has still brought with it many amazing learning opportunities.  Teachers will be working on finalizing their plans for learning for the last third of the year this week. I will be sending those plans out to families next week.

 

Ms. Gill will be taking some time away from her classes and we want to wish her all the best as she is away.  In her place is Mr. Steffans and we know he will come in and do an amazing job teaching those grade 6's. 

 

Over the next week our grade 7 students will be participating in an Assurance Survey.  This survey is done annually with our grade 7 students and their parents.  We hope that our grade 7 parents will take the time to complete the survey that has come to you from the government.  It is a critical part of the data we look at when we make decisions about our next right steps in learning at Ian Bazalgette.

 

This Friday we will be receiving the first look at our budget for the 21-22 school year.  The Leadership Team at Ian Bazalgette will take some time to process what it will look like for our 21-22 school year.  Once we have some thinking in place we will be sure to look for parent input.  In saying this a survey will be open to receive parent feedback.  If you have any questions, concerns that you would like to seek clarification on please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

 

A short message this week as we get back into the learning this week.

 

Stay well Ian Bazalgette Families

 

Terry and Lauren

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important Upcoming Dates

April 6th – 1st Day back for students

April 26th – PD Day

May 21st – Org Day

June 4th – Org Day

June 25th – Report Cards home

June 28th – Last day of school for students

June 29th – Appeals Day

June 30th – Org Day

August 17th – First Day of school for 21-22 School Year

 

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Mar 14
Principal's Weekly Message

How do we tell the story of resilience?

 

                                                                                                            March 14th, 2021

 

Good morning to the Ian Bazalgette families. 

 

I hope this finds you with the anticipation of enjoying a beautiful Sunday out there.  This past Friday our teachers were able to spend considerable time focusing on what they will be sending home later this week.  We will be sending home learning artefacts that will give you an opportunity to see and celebrate the learning your child is entering into at Ian Bazalgette.  It will be a wonderful opportunity to sit down and see evidence of the learning and have some perspective on what the criteria is for success in the learning and then to see some of the direct feedback that your child receives so they know what they need to do next. Some work will come in pictures, some will be the actual work and some will be captured in the students IRIS profile.  As this is the first time we have collectively done this we hope it resonates and becomes a regular part of our practice in communicating with the home. It is also our intent for those that participate in the conferences next week for this artefact to be the cornerstone of the conversation.

 

Information on school conferences will come out later this week.  We will once again be hosting them in a distant format.  Parents will be able to schedule in a phone call or a “Team Meet" with your child's teacher(s). Please look for that information as we move towards next weekend.

 

Over the next two weeks we will also be wrapping up the 2nd semester curriculum letter as we prepare for the third semester of the year. These moments will give our teachers time to reflect and focus on what concepts they would like to address or re-address for the remainder of the year. We will be sharing out a new curriculum letter when we return from the Spring Break.

 

Our grade 7/8 team has had a staffing change as we say good bye for a while to Mrs. Leaney as she leaves us to go start her family any day now.  The grade 7's and 8's were certainly sad to see her go, but happy for her as she takes on this next step in life.  We wish her all the best and a healthy next step.  Taking up the work for Mrs. Leaney will be Mr. Gonzalo Segovia.  He was with us this past week and was able to connect with those classes and get a sense of the routines and the learning that was taking place.

 

Stay well out there to our Ian Bazalgette families J and have a great Sunday. Please remember to put those clocks ahead 1 hour J.

 

 

Terry and Lauren

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important Upcoming Dates

March 25th – Early Dismissal (Friday Schedule)

March 25th – Conferences 1pm – 8pm

March 26th – Organizational Day

March 29th – April 5th Spring Break

April 6th – 1st Day back for students

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Feb 21
Principal's Weekly Message

 

 

How do we tell the story of resilience?

 

                                                                                                            February 21st, 2021

 

Good morning to the Ian Bazalgette families. 

 

I hope this message finds you well this Sunday morning.

 

This past week we were able to get ourselves settled in as we make our way into a really time of learning between now and Spring Break. Mrs. Agnew and I are able to get into classrooms for a short period of time and we are excited by the learning we are seeing.  Our students are really engaging in some amazing ways.

 

Specifically, our grade 6's continue to look at how they can help their community by creating some proposals for community projects that will contribute to a resilient society.  To hear how our students are thinking about supporting many aspects of society through these proposals gives me smiles as I know they are demonstrating care and understanding for others.  Our grade 9's are dissecting their cow eyeballs this past week as they continue to understand the world through that investigative lens.  It is fascinating to watch with such care how they enter into that learning.  (With some squirming mixed in occasionally)

 

We have our projections for next year and it looks as though we will be growing in numbers here at Ian Bazalgette.  Currently we are at 567 students and for next year it looks like we will be over 600.  This is exciting for us as it brings with us resources and some possibilities to add more staffing to the school as we consider what learning will look like next year already.

 

We continue to thank our community for your support of keeping your child home if they are not feeling well and ensuring that we are all keeping strong with our mitigation strategies related to COVID.  We continue to encourage, reinforce our expectations for students around masking up and for sanitizing their hands.  We want to thank our families for their understanding as we support each other.

 

In the next few weeks you will receive a piece of student work with a rubric attached to it and some feedback.  We will be sending this home so you can have some understanding in regards to the learning your child is entering into and how they are performing.  This is part of our communication strategy with home and we hope it helps parents understand how their child is doing at school. Stay tuned for more on this.

 

Stay well out there to our Ian Bazalgette families J

 

 

Terry and Lauren

 

 

 

 

 

Important Upcoming Dates

March 12th – Professional Development Day (No School for Students)

March 25th – Early Dismissal (Friday Schedule)

March 25th – Conferences 1pm – 8pm

March 26th – Organizational Day

March 29th – April 5th Spring Break

April 6th – 1st Day back for students

 

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