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Weekly Message - September 29, 2022

​Dear Parents / Guardians,
It is always such a beautiful place in Varsity when the leaves begin to change as we move into fall. We are so lucky to have such mature trees and beautiful greenspaces in our local environment to enjoy on a daily basis. I have seen many classes over the past few weeks making their way outdoors to learn from the land, recognize its impact on their lives and better understand their impact on the land. Children have engaged in experiences with the land in many ways from running in the Terry Fox Run, enjoying lessons during Daily Physical Activity, sketching the natural environment while observing changes of the seasons, and/or by taking a close examination of the living plants within Marion's Meadow.
In this email…
-       Orange Shirt Day
-       International Walk to School Week
-       Jacket Racket Donations
-       Terry Fox
-       A Message from School Council…
o   Fun Lunch
o   ​Bottle Drive
Orange Shirt Day
Many students wore their orange shirts, clothing and accessorie​s today in recognition of the Sept. 30th National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. We encourage you to take a moment to speak to your child about their understanding with respect to this day and their in-class learning. You will have noticed that this week our teachers and parent volunteers assembled our Every Child Matters tile display along the Varsity Drive fence near Marion's Meadow. These tiles were created by last year's students and will remain on this fence as a reminder of our learning and growth as a school, community and country.
International Walk to School Week: October 3-6, 2022
Did you know that Canada held its first national Walk a Child to School Day in 1998 with participants from five provinces? Today, schools from all thirteen provinces and territories join millions of students worldwide as they walk to school during the first week of October.  This year, International Walk to School week is October 3-6, 2022. International Walk to School Day is Wednesday, October 5, 2022. We encourage all students and families to find creative ways to get active and if possible walk to school!
International Walk to School Week
Jacket Racket Donations
One of our goals at Marion Carson school is to build positive citizens of today and tomorrow that support people within our school community, within Calgary and globally. One of the initiatives that supports people closer to home occurs by supporting donations to the Jacket Racket campaign. This initiative will run this year from October 3rd to 31st.
We will be accepting winter jackets, snow pants, hats/toques and mittens. We kindly ask that donations that are collected be clean and in good condition (new or used). These donations will then be dropped off by our school at the Jacket Racket donation centre on your behalf, to be distributed to schools where there is a need.
We understand that there often may be a need for these items within our own school community. Should you be in need of such items, we would ask that you email your child's teacher directly, or the school office at before October 24th, 2022.
Terry Fox Update
Thank you to all families for their support with our Terry Fox campaign. When combining both the in-person and online totals, I am proud to share that we surpassed our goal of $1000 with a total of $1382.10. A great big thank you goes out to the students and staff who took the time to organize this event and visit classrooms to raise awareness.
A Message from School Council…
Fun Lunch
Marion Carson School and the Fun Lunch Committee Coordinator Janie Lam are very excited to announce the first Fun Lunch of the year which will occur on Friday October 14, 2022! Please note, that this Fun Lunch occurring on Friday, October 14 is being offered to Grade 1-6 classes and the Kindergarten class who attends on this day (in this case Ms. Freestone's Community English Kindergarten class). Other Fun Lunch dates are being planned throughout the year to include our other kindergarten classes within the school.
This Fun Lunch will be held in collaboration with the online program Healthy Hunger. This program has been used in the past years with great success! The funds gathered will be used to buy food for our teachers and staff as a token of our appreciation for all their hard work!
The restaurant providing for this school year's first Fun Lunch is Subway.
How to register
1. Go to the website -
a.     If you did not have an account in the past, create one and register your child(ren) under our school name and with their homeroom classroom.
b.     If you have been part of this program before, then you just have to log into your account and add your child(ren) under the current homeroom class for this year.
2. Once your child has been added, you can place an order for the upcoming fun lunchand
-       you must pay online to complete the order
-       You will get a confirmation email with your order total
The deadline to order is October 9, 2022 by midnight, no exceptions. In case of any problems with placing your order or payment issues, kindly reach out to Healthy Hunger.
Bottle Drive
School Council is holding a Bottle Drive on October 16, 2022.
Please drop off your can and bottle recycling at the Marion Carson School parking lot on Sunday October 16, 2022, between 9am-2pm. The council is looking for volunteers to take 2 hour shifts for this fundraiser. No police clearance required & it's a super easy way to get involved!
*To volunteer, SIGN UP HERE 
Upcoming Dates:​
Sept. 30: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – No school
October 3-6, October 11-12: In Line Skating continues
Oct. 4 and 11: Speed Skating for grade 5/6
Oct. 6: Quest Theatre “Hello Friend" in class performance
Oct. 7: Non-Instructional Day – No school for students
Oct. 10: Thanksgiving Day – No School
Oct. 14: Fun Lunch (Subway)
Oct. 19: School Council / Parent Association Meeting (7pm)
Mr. D. Turner
Principal, Marion Carson School

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Marion Carson School

5225 Varsity Dr NW Calgary, AB, T3A 1A7
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Dustin Turner
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Huong Ly
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Michael Nelson
Dana Downey

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