Thank you to all of you who came to pick up your child (ren) belongings last week. If for some reason you were not able to come by, please contact the office and we can set up a time for you to come this week.
It's hard to believe that this will be the last week of school for students! On Friday, June 26th, you will have access to your child (ren)’s report card. You will need to log into your CBE account to get access to the report card as we only print them for the Official Student Record. If you require a printed copy, please call the school this week and Jan will have it available for pick-up only on Friday June 26. Appeals Day will be on Monday June 29th from 8 am - 1 pm.
I encourage all parents to keep an eye on the news on August 1st as the Government of Alberta will announce their plan for school re-entry in September. Information about the re-entry scenarios can be found at: https://www.alberta.ca/k-to-12-school-re-entry-2020-21-school-year.aspx. Re-Entry decisions will also be posted on the CBE website.
To all our wonderful parents and family members who have volunteered their time to help support students and teachers at King George school, we say a big thank you. Although we are not able to have our annual Café Croissant this year to express our thanks, please know that the time and energy you put in to making King George School a wonderful place to learn and grow has not gone unnoticed. From being part of the Parent Reading Program and volunteering in classrooms, to helping out at school events, your time is truly appreciated and we value each and every single one of you. We hope that you have a wonderful summer and we look forward to working with you again in the fall.
June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day, a day to celebrate and recognize the heritage, diversity, and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. According to Government of Canada, “The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous peoples. Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs" (https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1100100013718/1534874583157). King George School is committed to learning about the contributions and diverse cultures of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples throughout the year. For more information on Indigenous Education in the CBE, please visit: https://cbe.ab.ca/news-centre/Pages/celebrating-national-indigenous-peoples-day-june-21-2020.aspx. We hope you enjoy celebrating the Summer Solstice!
Beach Week is next week! Your child can dress for the beach in their Meets. Some items they could wear include beach hats, sunglasses, summer shirts or dresses.
Summer comes and goes so fast! We hope that you will enjoy spending relaxing times with your family and friends. The staff joins us in wishing you all a fabulous summer! We are looking forward to seeing you all in September!
Madame Lucie & Madame Shafina
We hope that you had a nice week! Next week at King George School we will be asking students to participate in a "Message to the World" activity.
“We acknowledge that racism exists in society. As a learning organization, we have a responsibility to support our students and families as we learn to confront racism and disrupt old patterns of thought and behaviour. Working towards equality and a society free of prejudice and racism is work we must engage in together.” - Christopher Usih
Creating a society based on equality takes work and at King George School, we are committed to teaching virtues like understanding, acceptance, compassion, and kindness. However, despite all efforts, we know that it can still be difficult for kids to get along on the playground or in their communities, and children can be discriminated against based on their race, gender, appearance, ethnicity, abilities, and the list goes on. Change can only happen when we are aware of what’s going on, move from discussion to action, and truly work in partnership, regardless of our differences.
Next week, we’ve decided to launch a school-wide activity where students are encouraged to convey their thoughts about what they will do to make the world a better place. The “Message to the World” activity will be simple, and you/your child can choose to participate. Each student or family can create a message to the world that starts with “It’s a better world when I/we choose…(kindness, compassion, acceptance, etc.)”. This can be done in any creative way. For example, make a sign and take a picture of yourself holding this sign. Or, put together your message with a picture of your choice.
Students (with parent support) can share their picture on Twitter using the hashtags: #WeAreCBE #kgsbetterworld. If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can share your pictures with your child’s teacher and with permission, we will share on @kinggeorgecbe.
Our commitment at King George School will continue to focus on inclusion. We will always do our best to ensure students learn ways to recognize and appreciate diversity as a strength while working together in harmony.
To help with the conversations at home, we have created a list of resources that may interest you:
Upcoming Dates and Activities:
- Student Belongings Pick-Up is underway from June 15-19. Please log into your MyCBE account to book a time to collect all of your child's items, including personal items and academic assignments/portfolios.
- Grade 5 Families are invited to join us for a farewell on June 19th. Please log into your MyCBE account to book a time slot to say farewell.
- All borrowed Chromebooks must be returned to the school by Friday June 26th.
We wish you all a wonderful week! Stay safe.
Madame Lucie and Madame Shafina
If you have not signed up yet, please do so today!
Please help us plan yellow school bus routes for next year by pre-registering before June 14, 2020.
We know that there are many unknowns and we do not yet know what September will look like for return to school. We understand that you may not have finalized your decisions for September. However, if you do not pre-register by June 14, we will not include your address as bus routes are planned. It may take up to 4 weeks to add a bus stop for you, and congregated stop locations are only reviewed once per year. As a result, your stop location may be much further away from your home, as your address was not included in the route planning. There is no requirement to pay at the time of registration, and there is no financial penalty if you register for bus service and cancel before the cancellation deadline.
I hope that you all had a great week and that you are staying well and safe. June has come quickly and days are rolling even faster at this time of the year. Our teachers continue to work hard on their online teaching and are finalizing their assessment in order to complete their report cards. I hope that our students have had the chance to go out this week and enjoy the sunshine and warm weather.
Our administration team has been looking at our parent survey as well as working with our Kindergarten teachers to come to a decision about what Kindergarten will look like for September. Based on the recent survey results, parent feedback on preference between alternating days and half-days was very close, with alternating day results being slightly higher. It was a very difficult decision to take and we have given it a lot of thought before coming to the conclusion that it will be best for our students if we continue to offer half-day Kindergarten.
The COVID-19 has been a part of our rationale to offer the half-day program in the fall. With all of the uncertainties that we are facing with the re-entry at this time, we believe that our students would benefit from having the most opportunity to hear and practice French every day compared to 2 days/week. Having full day kindergarten would also mean having to acquire materials such as cots and other items and having to hire more lunchroom supervisors which we don't have the funds for. We will continue to have open conversations with our parents and will also welcome suggestions from our School Council. We are open to the idea for 2021-22 and will be giving it lots of thought during the upcoming year. Please note that our Kindergarten survey results will be posted on our website.
Important Dates and Reminders:
- Message from Transportation:
- We know that there are many unknowns and we do not yet know what September will look like for return to school. We understand that you may not have finalized your decisions for September. However, if you do not pre-register by June 14, we will not include your address as bus routes are planned. It may take up to 4 weeks to add a bus stop for you, and congregated stop locations are only reviewed once per year. As a result, your stop location may be much further away from your home, as your address was not included in the route planning. There is no requirement to pay at the time of registration, and there is no financial penalty if you register for bus service and cancel before the cancellation deadline.
- Please complete the Re-Entry Survey sent to all families by the CBE. This survey is important for us to make an informed decision about returning to school in the fall, pending Alberta Government/AHS decisions.
- Student Belongings Pick Up and Return of Borrowed Technology will be scheduled for the weeks of June 15 and June 22. Please look for an email with a link to sign up in the coming weeks.
Finally, next week is Bubble Gum Week! Your child can have fun with their bubbles (chewing gum or blowing soap bubbles) during the opening of Meets.
We thank you all for your continued support.
Madame Lucie and Madame Shafina
Isn't it nice to finally enjoy beautiful sunshine and warmth? I love seeing all of the green grass, trees and flowering fruit trees. Spring is a great renewal time for everything and everyone! I hope that you enjoyed this wonderful weekend with your families.
Our "Drive, Honk and Wave" Parade was a great success! Everybody enjoyed this special time to see each other in person while keeping their distance and following AHS recommendations.
Thank you for your patience with our surveys and for all of you who filled them up. This information is so important for us to organize our school for September return to classes. We will send you and our new Kindergarten families our decision about the Kindergarten organization for next year. We are giving it a lot of thought and want to be able to support our students and their families as well as we can.
The week of June 2 - 5 will be Literacy Week at King George School. Your child can dress up as their favourite book character while attending their Google Meets.
Please see our school website for the latest news about Brown Bagging 4 Calgary kids as they continue to offer support to our families in need by offering delivery. You can also find below a message from HOME COMMUNITY SERVICES.
Upcoming Events Include:
Monday June 1 - Non-Instructional Day (No school for students, Teachers are in PD); Teachers will not be available for Class Meets
Have a wonderful week!
Mme Lucie & Mme Shafina
HOME COMMUNITY SERVICES MESSAGE:
Closer to Home Community Services has been given funding to provide a provincial hub for North Central Calgary.
I would like to introduce ourselves. My name is Lisa Walker and I am the Parent Educator for the North Central Family Resource Network (FRN) located in Beddington. I have CC'd my coordinator Laura Nauta in this email.
As your school falls within our catchment area we would like to connect with you to learn about your community and share what our programming will be available to families.
We are currently relocating from SW Calgary to 176 Bedford Drive NE. We are reaching out to the community to get to know this area of the NW better.
The new FRN will be a one stop shop for families in North Central Calgary to access programs and support. Our programming will be an umbrella of support for families with children 18 years and under, using prevention and early intervention to increase caregiver capacity, increase social connections, support child development and well being.
Our catchment area is any community between Crowchild Trail and Deerfoot Trail, north of 16 Avenue.
While we are currently developing programs here are some areas we will be focused on:
-Early learning groups such as Mother Goose and play groups
-Youth social emotional education
-Indigenous and Newcomer supports
-Information and referrals
-Intensive in-home support and Home visitation
Our website is currently being updated and we are hoping to have it up and running soon. In the meantime, you can take a look at our Closer to Home agency website (which has other programming in addition to the Family Resource Network) at www.closertohome.com.
-- Please feel free to contact us as we would love to hear from you.
Closer To Home Community Services
Fax: (403) 246-6406
Address: 3-176 Bedford Dr. NE, Calgary, AB T3K 2M9
It’s with great excitement that I am writing to you as the newly appointed Principal of King George School. It is a real honour and privilege to become a part of King George School’s team and community.
I am coming to you with several years of experience as a leader in French Immersion. I have devoted my whole career as a French Immersion educator and taught from Kindergarten to Grade 9. I am very proud of the impact that I have had on so many students over the past 30 years.
I am looking forward to work with my new staff to continue to improve the success of each child at King George. I can’t wait to meet all of your children.
I am truly honoured to be given this opportunity and I am looking forward to meeting with you all very soon.
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