Oct 18
What's Up?

Dear Killarney Families,                                                                             October 19, 2020

What did the right eye say to the left eye?  - between us, something smells. Did you know we have a joke of the day during our morning announcements?  Student are encouraged to write their joke down, along with their name and room number and we eventually will share it!  Our morning announcements are one of the ways we connect as a whole school as it is a time when we hear what the highlights of the day will bring, anything upcoming, a joke of the day, a fun fact, birthdays, as well as thanks and gratitude. Again, students are welcome to give thanks and gratitude to anyone at the school they feel is deserving of the recognition.  We are very fortunate to have a roster of capable Upper Elementary students who volunteer to do the announcements for a week at a time.  We encourage you to ask your child about the morning announcements and what they enjoy or learn from them!

As the weather is beginning to shift into a more wintery mode we ask that you support getting your child to school on time. It is important for many reasons including when your child is late to arrive, they miss the important first minutes which allow them to regulate, calm, and prepare for day with their classmates. This small, but important factor supports emotional wellness through routines, preparedness, and socialization with the class community and sets your child up for success for the day! We all prefer to begin our day feeling capable and aware of what's going on so please set aside a few extra minutes to help your child arrive at school on time and ready to thrive.

You're invited to join the  Killarney Parent Council meeting Tuesday,  Oct.20 6:30 p.m, through Microsoft Teams
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We look forward to “seeing" you!

Our final sharing is in response to the requests from families on how Montessori can be supported at home. We will be speaking to some specific concepts during the KPC meeting's Montessori Moment, but we'd like to share a couple of the big ideas of Montessori that are applicable in any context.

Independence:  we are always working towards our childrens' independence – allowing children to achieve success using their skills and knowledge. This tenet of Montessori education is grounded in understanding it is human nature to want to feel empowered and one of the ways to achieve this is through knowing each of us have the capacity to problem solve and do things for ourselves. One of the most influential statements heard from a renowned child Psychologist was “what is the worst thing you can give your child?"  - everything. Allowing your child to experience setbacks, disappointments, discomfort, frustration, allows him/her/them to develop key skills and traits that support growing independence.

Focus:  another important quality to foster in children is their ability to pay attention to what is going on. With so many distractions in our world, focus is becoming more challenging to nurture. The need to practice focus is why many of our Montessori materials are made with glass and other fragile materials. The natural learning comes when the child lacks focus and breaks a material. We recognize why, clean up, and hopefully, learn from the moment of distraction. It is a true disservice to our children not to build their ability to attend to lessons and tasks without interruption and the reason for our 3 hour uninterrupted work period. One of the foundational lesson in K is to have children walk around the room with a glass ½ filled with water on a tray. We also know activities like this support slowing down and being aware in the moment and this is where we need to be for our brains to be in optimal learning capacity!

The greatest gifts we can give our children are the roots of responsibility and the wing of independence. – Maria Montessori

Peace and Gratitude,

Bonnie and Lucene



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Jan 05
January 2020

Principals’ message
 
We hope you all had a good winter break regardless of what you celebrated, did, or didn’t do!  Sometimes  just having a break from routines is the gift.
Routines are comforting, even crucial, to humans.  Take a moment to reflect on what routines you have in your day: getting up at a certain time, going through the same morning procedures, driving to work on the same route, etc.  We thrive with some consistency in our day.  Children are particularly sensitive to routines and any changes.  Does your child ever seem to be overly upset or just seem to be “different” when a change in a routine occurs?  Routines happen all around us in ways we often don’t even acknowledge. One annual occurrence that we as a school community recognize and honour is our winter solstice.
The winter solstice is the celebration of the return of the light.
 This is the time of year we focus on simplicity. When commercialism seems to be pushed just a little bit more, we instead look to tread lightly. It’s a time when Montessori Grace and Courtesy have an intent focus and when Peace Education is at the forefront. (Montessori Life, Dec 2016)
We were able to celebrate the Winter Solstice with the children prior to Dec. 21st and the significance in understanding and embracing this time is important for our physical, emotional and social wellness.  As the shortest day of the year occurs at one of the coldest times of year in our environment, our bodies respond to the shift.  Historically humans embraced winter solstice as a time to slow down, rejuvenate through rest, and spend precious time with loved ones.  Animals hibernate. Plants stop growing but continue to feed off food stores below the ground. There are many beautiful readings on the winter solstice and the key message is to allow what years of evolution cannot change.  It is a time to take a moment, be intentionally kind to others, and enjoy the winter months in whatever ways you can knowing our days are getting longer and the light and warmth will soon return!
A reminder that Kindergarten registration begins Jan 20th for Fall 2020.
 
With warmth and gratitude,
Bonnie and Rita
 
 
Nov 02
November 2019

Principals' message  
 
 
Believing the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow whatever path you choose.  - Steve Jobs 
 
 
The first months of the year are under our belt and we are settling into routines and deep learning.   
We are truly fortunate to have a strong partnership between home and school at our Montessori school as is evident in the beautiful materials, numerous field trips, artists in residences, and community building activities we have.  Trickster Theatre was a highlight to start our year and get those creative juices flowing and the many off site and in school field trips allow for a true integration of learning across our curriculum.  We thank our generous parents and parent council for supporting the Artists in Residence!  We also want to extend a heartfelt thank you for your generosity with the Annual Fundraising Campaign.  It was the most successful campaign yet and 100% of the proceeds will directly impact our children. 
 
Maria Montessori’s approach to education was grounded in offering children real-world learning.  She encouraged children to use glass objects to foster a mindful awareness of the fragile nature of our world.  Dr. Montessori also required learning materials be made from wood so children could feel the weight, the texture, and appreciate the beauty of the materials by connect with the natural world through its resources. Everything our children do is in support of learning and we live in a world which is truly AWE-some.   
Today we continue to offer ways for children to connect the dots as they become the leaders of tomorrow.  The focus of our work is in engaging the children to ask questions, be curious, and to identify their role and impact on the world around them.   
 
 
All children can engage in current event conversations on topics that are relevant, interesting and age appropriate.  Giving your children opportunities to be of service is important for their development.  Young children can help out at home and older children can also begin volunteering in their local communities.   The exposure to such experiences is how children will make sense of their world and feel connected to it.  It is through this relationship that children will grow their empathy.   
To insure we have a future we must educate our children to be Peace educators, stewards of our resources, collaborators, and have an attitude of gratitude.  Being with children inspires us to laugh, have wonders, and be kind every day!   
 
 
Stay informed through our Twitter   @killarneycbe  and our school messenger updates! 
 
 
With Gratitude, 
Bonnie Caldwell  
Rita Traxler 
 
 
 
 
Aug 22
An exciting year ahead

Principals’ message
September  2019
“Within the child lies the fate of the future.”- Maria Montessori
We welcome you to another school year! We extend open arms to the many new families joining our Killarney School community and look forward to some exciting experiences in the months ahead. 
The school will reopen Monday, August 26th and we welcome students back on Tuesday, September 3rd. Families are invited to come at 8:55 and join us for some treats and photo opportunities courtesy of our Killarney Parent Council.
We will begin our soft entry (south doors open @ 8:55) on Wednesday, Sept. 4th.
Rita and I participated in some Montessori learning this summer and felt inspired and humbled by the talents Maria Montessori had in her understanding of the potential of the child.  At Killarney we work towards development of the whole child through academic, leadership, health and well-being, and social development opportunities.  We know your children have the potential to be change agents for our future and we thank you for your belief in our Montessori program.
We do have a few changes for September as noted below:
Room 1 –Mrs. Legat                                      Gr. 1,2,3,
Room 2 – Mrs. Szeretva                                Gr. 1,2,3
Room 3 – Mrs. Laing-Chan/Ms. Cuvelier   Gr. 1,2,3
Room 4- Mrs. Bahl                                         Gr. 1,2,3
Room 5 –  Ms. Rycroft                                  Gr. 1,2,3
Room 6 – Mrs. Potekal                                  Gr. 1,2,3
Room 7 – Mrs. Lessard                                  Gr. 1,2,3
Room 8 am _ Mrs. Honing                             kindergarten
Room 8 pm – Ms. Skulski                              kindergarten
Room 9 am/pm- Mrs. Greening                  kindergarten                                                                                 
Room 10 – Ms. McBrien                               Gr. 1,2,3
Room 11 – Mrs. Neitz                                    Gr. 4,5
Room 12- Ms. Tolton                                    Gr. 4,5,6
Room 13 – Mrs. Reinhardt                             Gr. 4,5,6
Room 14 – Ms. Thiessen                Gr. 4,5,6
Room 17 – Mrs. Lister                                   Gr. 4,5,6
 
Music  – Mrs. Harvie
Learning Support  – Ms. Rita
French Support (Gr. 4,5,6) – Mrs. Reinhardt
 
Library – Mrs. Khan
 
Our 2019-20 Killarney calendar is available on our website so please remember to take a look at all the dates that lay ahead.
A reminder if you ordered a yearbook, it will be distributed sometime in the next few weeks.  This was to allow our June activities to be part of the yearbook. Families who have left Killarney will be contacted once the yearbooks have arrived.
See you on Tuesday, September 3rd!
With Peace and Gratitude,
Bonnie Caldwell and Rita Traxler
 
Jun 28
June 2019

Principals’ message

June 2019

“Change brings opportunity” – Anonymous

Another school year is nearing completion and as we reflect on the past 10 months there have been many changes.  This is a good thing.  Change is a part of life.  It is reality.  Change fosters growth.  Change is not comfortable but it is a gift that offers a chance to move beyond what we thought was possible.  We just have to see change through the lens of opportunity.

Humans are conditioned to appreciate structure and predictability yet as Maria Montessori states “growth is not a harmonious increase in size but a transformation” and we have all grown in some way this year.  It is crucial for childrens’ development to create structure and have boundaries yet allow for flexibility in their character.  Children who are given opportunities to encounter changes in their lives become more resilient and better able to navigate life’s curveballs. 

We have the good fortune to have a 3-year relationship with our students in classrooms and although the continuity can be a comfort it is also meant to foster the child’s ability to be independent.  The environment may be familiar but the role and expectations for the student changes every year.  There is no comfort in growth and there is no growth in comfort so let’s continue to embrace change as an opportunity!

We do have a few changes for September as noted below:

Room 1 –Mrs. Legat                                      Gr. 1,2,3,

Room 2 – Mrs. Szeretva                                Gr. 1,2,3

Room 3 – Mrs. Laing-Chan/Ms. Cuvelier   Gr. 1,2,3

Room 4- Mrs. Bahl                                         Gr. 1,2,3

Room 5 – * Ms. Merritt                                 Gr. 1,2,3

Room 6 – Mrs. Potekal                                  Gr. 1,2,3

Room 7 – *Ms. Hubbard                Gr. 1,2,3

Room 8 am _ Mrs. Honing                             kindergarten

Room 8 pm – Mrs. Squire                             kindergarten

Room 9 am/pm- Mrs. Greening                  kindergarten                                                                                 

Room 10 – Ms. McBrien                               Gr. 1,2,3

Room 11 – Mrs. Neitz                                    Gr. 4,5

Room 12- Ms. Tolton                                    Gr. 4,5,6

Room 13 – Mrs. Reinhardt                             Gr. 4,5,6

Room 14 – Ms. Thiessen                Gr. 4,5,6

Room 17 – Mrs. Lister                                   Gr. 4,5,6

 

Music  – Mrs. Harvie

Learning Support  – Ms. Rita

French Support (Gr. 4,5,6) – Mrs. Reinhardt

 

Library – Mrs. Khan

 

*denotes teacher currently on a leave

 

Our 2019-20 Killarney calendar is available on our website so please remember to take a look at all the dates that lay ahead.

If you ordered a yearbook, it will be distributed in the Fall.  This was to allow our June activities to be part of the yearbook. If your child is leaving Killarney, please ensure we have current information to contact you once the yearbooks have arrived.

We want to thank you for all the special things you do in partnership with the school to offer rich learning opportunities and caring community building experiences.  We are so deeply grateful to have such generous families at Killarney who are committed to our Montessori program. 

Wishes for a wonderful summer and we look forward to seeing you Tuesday, September 3!

With Peace and Gratitude,

Bonnie Caldwell and Rita Traxler

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Apr 15
April 2019

 
Teaching is the greatest of arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit”. -  John Steinbeck
 
The warmth has returned and brought that ever important sense of renewal and growth with it.  We have emerged from the darkest of days and are ready for the final few months of the school year. 
 
We are a culture of learning at Killarney and we take every opportunity to be curious and to create an environment that encourages risks, mistakes, and progress.  Every Friday afternoon, teachers meet to have conversations that foster their learning.  They share their vulnerability.  They give feedback for learning.  They ask questions that often can’t be answered.  They engage in a process that has great impact in the classroom.  They seek ways to develop the whole child and they care far deeper than anyone can really realize.  They are lifelong learners and are committed to the success of every child.  Every child, every day, no exceptions. 
 
We look forward to our April 22 professional learning day with our sister Montessori schools, Captain John Palliser and Lake Bonavista.  We will be engaging in learning from our land, each other, and connecting our Montessori practice to our curriculum.
 
Our students have many opportunities to shine and our Orff the Wall evening at the Jack Singer Concert Hall is one of the highlights of our year!  When we consider the real life applications to our curricular work it is events such as Orff the Wall that provide students with authentic learning.  These are truly the moments we remember.
 
This month we also bid our beloved Assistant Principal, Mrs. McCrory, farewell as she heads into a Principalship.  She has been a huge influence on our Killarney school community and will be greatly missed.  I think of all the times she could be found sitting and reading with a child in a quiet corner in the school. Her work with our Calgary Reads volunteers as well as our system resource supports has been a gift and will continue thanks to her diligence and organization.  Please be sure to stop by and wish her good luck before April 19th.
 
During our April Parent Council meeting we will share a bit about our budget and the process involved in allocating our funds to ensure the greatest opportunities for our students.  We will be asking for your feedback and wonders as we begin to make decisions for our 2019-20 school year. 
 
Our school community is strong because of the strength of our connections and we thank you for your belief and commitment to our Montessori program.  Wishing you all a warm, sunny April!
 
With gratitude,
Bonnie
Feb 19
Our Montessori Community

“The child who has felt a strong love for his surroundings and for all living creatures, who has discovered joy and enthusiasm in work, gives us reason to hope that humanity can develop in a new direction.”    

-       Maria Montessori

2019 at Killarney has begun in the best way possible; full of dreams, laughter, and learning.  It really is a special school and it is the people in it that make the difference.

We hope you had the opportunity to gain an understanding of who your child is in the classroom through the conferences and report cards.  We also hope you were able to celebrate the many highlights of your child’s school life as a leader, learner, performer, and friend.  There are so many pathways to success and each child follows a unique one. 

There are, as always, a plethora of activities and events in the months ahead.  We look forward to more clubs (parents are always welcome to help out or share a passion through a club), field trips, leadership opportunities, performances, and weekly celebrations of learning at our Killarney Connects Assemblies. 

We had an opportunity to showcase our school during our Open House/Discovery Night on Feb. 7th. Perspective families were invited to come out and hear what Killarney School is all about through the voices of parents, teachers, students and alumni.  They learned what makes Killarney different from other schools and how Montessori is not just a teaching methodology but a way of life for our school community. The highlight of the night is always the students who participated in the process by being our speakers, tour ambassadors, alumni, and classroom presenters.  It was a wonderful evening.

February also brings the Accountability Pillar Survey from Alberta Education.  Parents of Gr. 4,5,6 students, teachers and Gr. 4,5,6 students complete the survey which provides feedback to us so we can gain a greater awareness of our successes and our areas for growth.  We use the survey results to inform our next steps in how to improve the educational experience for our students. We encourage all Gr. 4,5,6 families to complete the survey by the deadline:  March 8th.  Students will do the survey at school. If you are a parent of a Gr. 4,5,6 student please email us if you have questions about the survey including how to access the parent questionnaire on line if you prefer this over the form mailed to you earlier this year.

A lottery for our incoming Kindergarten students was held on Feb. 13 and we look forward to welcoming new families to our school community.  We are also accepting registrations for students entering Gr. 1, 2, and 4 (new this year).

So as we move further into 2019 we hold great promise for the year ahead.  Our doors are always open for a visit whether it be to share a concern, ask a question, or just to say “Hi”.  Killarney School is our community and the beauty of our Montessori school is created by our sense of belonging, our care for each other, and the hope we hold for our future.

With gratitude,

           Bonnie Caldwell

           Christine McCrory​

Dec 07
The Gift of Generosity

Principals Message – December  2018

We have had a wonderful first term here at Killarney School!  Our days have been filled with so many learning experiences and we continue to make Joyful Connections.

Some upcoming highlights at Killarney include our Upper Elementary students attending the Nutcracker Ballet, A Gingerbread Holiday family night, and 2 spirit days:  Holiday Sweater Day and Pajama Day. 

Our focus virtue this month is Generosity and we felt it to be an appropriate one during this festive season.  We have a tremendously generous school community where parents, volunteers, and staff continually give the gift of their time which is the most valuable gift of all.  The many wonderful events, programs, and field trips would not be possible without the support of many and we are thankful.

We continually encourage a spirit of generosity in our Montessori classrooms through an understanding of others.  Children learn to think beyond themselves when they develop relationships with peers and adults. The joy of friendship fosters empathetic thinking as children recognize their own happiness can be grown through giving to someone else.  Generosity is not just a virtue but a way of being when a child exists in a community of care at home and school.

Ways we can support our children to grow as generous people include:

·        Allowing children to work through conflicts in a respectful, empathetic way  - how do you think the other person feels? What might be a good resolution that would be ok for both of you?

·        Setting limits - this is neither authoritarian or restrictive.  Being realistic and having children recognize there are boundaries is healthy and expected

·        Recognize when your child is generous with his/her time and feelings

·        Engage in conversations about how “giving to others” makes you feel inside

·        Be a model of a generosity

We want to wish you a very restful Winter break and hope you are able to enjoy the generous time with family and friends!

With Gratitude,

Bonnie Caldwell and Christine McCrory​

Oct 30
Attitude of Gratitude

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow” – Melody Beattie

 

It is the wise person who understands the power of gratitude.  We have been encouraging students to look and live beyond themselves and recognize their responsibility to make a positive impact on the people and world around them.  It truly is big work for our young learners! Our children live in a world so vastly different than when we were young yet so many similarities remain.  It is our hope that Killarney students have opportunities to grow their capacity to learn through working with others and developing healthy relationships that support their progress.

Gratitude has a strong presence in our Montessori classrooms. Beginning in Kindergarten, children learn about Grace and Courtesy which supports a positive social behaviour and helps children to develop how to work with others.  The 5 Great Lessons in the Elementary program highlight that someone or something worked very hard in the past to give us what we have today.  Our Upper Elementary students have the privilege to experience service work each month.  It brings us great pride to hear of their experiences and how their connections to our community bring authentic joy to their learning. Gratitude also fosters empathy and compassion for others as well as an appreciation for what others do for you.  There is much research that indicates an attitude of gratitude positively impacts our emotions and neuropathways leading to a decrease in depression and anxiety.  We are reminded of a quote from Oprah, “be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.  If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” 

Ways to encourage gratitude at home:

·        Model being thankful to others:  notes of thanks, common courtesies, and knowing small gestures go a long way.

·        Keeping a Gratitude Journal to record something to be thankful for each day

·        Asking your children one thing they are thankful for each day.  This builds an awareness of all the good in their world

·        Encourage your child to help out with chores both at home and for others

·        And most importantly, remember the best things in life….aren’t things!

Thank you for continuing to stay informed by reading our weekly updates and teacher blogs!

 

With gratitude,

Bonnie Caldwell and Christine McCrory

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Oct 01
Joyful Connections

“Everyone talks about peace, but no one educates for peace.  People educate for competition and this is the beginning of any war.  When we educate to cooperate and be in solidarity with one another, that day we will be educating for peace.”Dr. Maria Montessori

What a wonderful beginning to our 2018-19 school year!  We enjoyed many joyful connections through our welcome back events, field trips to Bar U Ranch and Weaselhead Flats, Killarney Connects assemblies, Parent/Teacher Conferences, Parent Council meetings, and our Terry Fox School run.  Learning at Killarney is rich and robust!

We will continue to connect with families in a variety of ways including teacher blogs, weekly updates, Twitter, and parent learning evenings as well as more family events and formal meetings.  We encourage you to stay informed and attend our monthly Killarney Parent Council meetings.  These meetings are a great way to know what is happening in the school and provide the opportunity for you to share your voice.  It is also a great way to meet other parents!  Each meeting includes what is happening in the featured classroom, and new this year will be a Montessori highlight as part of the Principals’ sharing. 

Our school focus is Joyful Connections as we hope to encourage a love of learning through meaningful connections.  For deep learning to happen we need  to connect with the work and with each other and understand the importance of cooperation and collaboration.  Learning can only happen when we are ready in mind, body, and soul and know that we can overcome the many challenges of learning by working together.  Learning is not easy but the rewards are immeasurable. What a gift it would be if all schools worldwide educated for peace!

We look forward to many joyful connections in the year ahead.

With gratitude,

Bonnie Caldwell and Christine McCrory

 


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