Sep 14
Principals September Message

Welcome Parents and Guardians,

It is my honor to welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year at Nickle. To all of our returning students and families, welcome back. To our new students and families welcome to the Nickle school community. As many of you know, I joined the Nickle school community half way through last year and I am looking forward to beginning the school year with the students.

Once again, the start–up to the school year has been busy as we navigate the realities of COVID-19 and the various restrictions we have in place to prevent the spread and keep all our students and staff safe. This year grade 7-9 students are once again enrolled in option classes, grade 6-9 students have lockers and many students are moving from class to class rather then staying in one room the entire day. To help minimize the spread of COVID all staff and students and any visitors to the building need to wear a mask, we have hand sanitizers throughout the building and we have students using specific doors for entry and exits.

Over the first two days of the school year, I visited all the homerooms to deliver the same message about my vision for the school year. I want the Nickle School community to be a safe, kind and caring school community where all students can have a positive school experience. It is something that I can say, our school staff can say, but it is our students that help create that community. I challenge all students to help create this safe, kind and caring community.

At Nickle School, we have minimal fees; our primary fees are for field trips, athletics, for consumable supplies in Construction and Foods and for the rental of band equipment. If families have any question, regarding fees please reach out to their teachers or to the main office.

At Nickle School, our cell phone policy is basic; it is the expectation that students have their phones in their backpacks or their lockers unless their teachers are allowing them to use it for educational purposes. If a student is not compliant and is using their cellphone for non-educational purposes or their teacher has asked them to put it away and they refuse they will be required to turn their cell phone into the office.

Our main office staff includes myself, Dr. Munroe our Assistant Principal, Mrs. Frayne our resource teacher, Shelly Kolb our Secretary and Shari Mackenzie our Admin Secretary.

If you want to get involved at Nickle School please visit our school website and look under the get involved tab as there are links to School Council, Parent Society and Band Parents Association.

Once again, Welcome to the new school year.

Chad Flaman

Principal

Nickle School​


Jun 29
Last Announcements of the 2021-21 School Year

These are our last announcements of the 2020-21 school year, and this is the last day of classes. This was a very different year for schools and I am happy that we were able to complete the year with all our students in the building and even have a few year-end celebrations. The school will be closed for the summer and our office will reopen on August 27 at 9:00 am.

Community Supports over the summer: If you need support with meeting your family’s basic needs over the summer, please contact 211, a free and confidential community helpline made possible by the United Way of Calgary and Area. 211 is available 24/7 by phone, text, or online chat – you can dial 211, text “INFO” to 211, or visit, ab.211.ca to connect with someone who can help

I am completely grateful for the flexibility and nimbleness of our staff, parents, and students this past year. The whole school community was welcoming and supportive when I joined at the beginning of January and throughout the various movement from in person learning to online learning. At this time of the year, we also need to say farewell to students and teachers who are moving from our school community. Our Grade 9 students will be moving on to high school. We thank all of our Grade 9 students for their leadership, service, and the example they set for all of our Wildcats! We wish all of you the very best. A special thank you to our School Council and Parent Association for all your support this year.

We will be having a few staff members who are moving on from Nickle to new adventures.

  • Mr. Dave Jensen will be moving to Willow Park.
  • Mr. Andrew Phillips will be moving to Willow Park.
  • Ms. Megan Parkyn contract has ended.

I hope you will join me in wishing them all the best as they move forward and take all they have learned at Nickle and work to support other students who will need them as well! Thanks so much to each and all for your service, generosity and hard work in the name of supporting Nickle and student learning, and we will miss you!

2020-21 has literally been a year that I am sure none of us will ever forget! I am proud of the accomplishments and growth that Nickle and all of our students have made! Your students will receive a phone call of Introduction from their 2021-22 Homeroom Teachers on August 27, 2021. On behalf of all of our Nickle staff, we take this opportunity to offer our best wishes to all our families for an enjoyable summer break. In the fall, we will be doing a staggered entry: on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, only grade 5 and 6 students will attend, on Thursday September 2, 2021 only grade 7, 8, and 9 students will attend. All students will attend on Friday September 3.

Happy Summer!

Chad Flaman
Principal
Nickle School


Jan 26
Message from Principal Flaman

Dear Nickle School Parents and Guardians,


As the month of January ends, I wanted to send a quick message to the school community expressing how impressed I have been with the students at Nickle. Along with the Nickle staff, I wanted to communicate how happy we are to have students back in our building for in person learning, as the building is lit up with energy, which was sorely lacking during the at-home learning time.  Safety around COVID-19 continues to be at the forefront of safety procedures at our school, but has also become quite normalized for everyone, as these routines become part of a regular day for everyone.  We continue to thank you for your support, compassion and understanding relating to school and systemic changes in response to COVID-19.

Report cards will be available on Tuesday February 2, if you have any questions or concerns I encourage you to reach out to your students’ teacher. I strongly believe the best education for students occurs when families are working and communicating with their teachers to support student learning. If you have any general, questions or concerns please reach out to either Karena Munroe, our Assistant Principal, or myself.

Chad Flaman

Principal

 

 

Chad Flaman

Principal, Nickle School

ceflaman@cbe.ab.ca​


Dec 03
New Nickle School Principal

​Dear Parents and Guardians,

As you are aware, I am formally retiring from the Calgary Board of Education as of December 18, 2020. Over the past weeks, with the support of Mr. Martin Poirier, Educational Director for Area 6, the CBE has worked to fill this important role at Nickle School.

It is my pleasure to introduce Mr. Chad Flaman as the new Principal of Nickle School. He will take up this role as of January 4, 2021. Mr. Flaman is coming from Senator Patrick Burns School, where he presently is the Assistant Principal. We are very fortunate to have the next two weeks in which Mr. Flaman will be able to come in to our school to meet staff and students as he transitions to this new role.

Mr. Flaman's welcome and introduction letter to the Nickle School community was included in a SchoolMessenger sent to all families and can be found in the new item above.

Please join me in a warm welcome for Mr. Flaman!

Mike Jones
Princpal, Nickle School

Aug 31
Welcome to a New School Year at Nickle!

We are so excited to welcome our students to the 2020-2021 school year!

We are beginning our school year through a staggered entry approach, limiting the number of students entering the school over the first three days. The purpose of the plan is to allow us to ensure that we have the staff to be able to introduce students to the new reality of learning during Scenario 1.  For those registered for busing - buses will be running on their regular schedule.

We look forward to welcoming your child for full days (9:15 am to 3:55 pm), as indicated below: 

  • Tuesday September 1 – Grade 5 students ONLY
  • Wednesday, September 2 – Grade 6 and 7 students ONLY 
  • Thursday, September 3 – Grade 8 and 9 students ONLY
  •  Friday, September 4 – All students in attendance with the usual 1:10 pm dismissal.

From Tuesday, September 8 forward, all students will attend daily.

We want to thank the caring students, families and staff of Nickle School for all that they have done to prepare for a safe and positive return to learning!

Please click here for full details of our re-entry plan.

Apr 15
Tower Gardens

With the support of our School Council, just prior to the cancellation of classes we were able to purchase four wonderful Tower Gardens. Brydie Fee, our Science Learning Leader was instrumental in this work. We shared, a couple of weeks ago, the growth of those plants on our Science page. Click here to learn more and to see pictures from April 14!​

Apr 02
Online Begins!

​As I mentioned to families at the beginning of the week, this is a time of great change in learning for us. We are actually very excited about how the beginning week has enfolded so far. It is so important to remember that this is new to all of us; educators and learners alike, and we hope that we will see our beginning efforts blossom over the next weeks.

If you are struggling in any way to make sense of this new environment, do not hesitate to reach out for support to one of you child's teachers. As these first weeks are meant primarily to help us understand these new ways of connecting, it is a great time to learn with us.

Our Science Learning Leader, Ms. Fee has some exciting news about our new Garden Towers. Click here to learn more!

Mar 31
Online Learning at Nickle School

​For the next while, we will try to repeat our messages to the community right here at the Principal's message. On March 30, we sent the following message out to all families:

Dear Parents,

We truly hope that you have had a restful break in the past week and thank you for your ongoing patience and support as we navigate our new reality in online learning.

The CBE and our teachers have spent the past weeks creating programming opportunities that will be available online for our students.  Our teachers are taking up this work on a very steep learning curve to provide learning opportunities and activities that will begin in the next couple of days.

We have met with designated Team (Online) Lead Teachers this morning to firm up our organization around programming for your children and then subsequently met with all teachers. Attached you will find a schedule for this week’s learning and a second schedule which will repeat for the foreseeable future . This schedule takes into account the Alberta Government mandate for educational outcomes to be covered and the expected time that your child can expect to be engaged in learning:

Grades 4 – 6

  • Focus on language/literacy and mathematics/numeracy outcomes; opportunities to incorporate science and social studies outcomes through cross-curricular learning
  • Teachers will assign an average of five (5) hours of work per student per week

Grades 7 – 9

  • Focus on core mathematics, language/literacy, science and social studies
  • All option courses are now cancelled until further notice
  • Teachers will assign an average of 10 hours of work per student per week

The intent of the scheduled times is for teachers to be available for contact which may include video or chat sessions and to provide your child with structure around learning. Each block is one hour long and we anticipate that 50 minutes will be used for teaching and learning and 10 minutes for a much-needed break.

It is important to note that all Grade 5 and 6 students are required to engage in Mathematics (Numeracy) and Language Arts (Literacy) learning for a total of 5 hours per week or about 2.5 hours per course. Grade 7 to 9  are required to engage in Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Language Arts learning for a total of 10 hours per week or about 2.5 hours per course.

Timelines:

Teachers will be working hard today and on Tuesday doing two tasks:

  • Contacting you and your child to find out how you are doing and to communicate and answer questions about this new learning reality. This will include your child’s access to technology at home, including access to a computer and the internet. Teachers will begin by calling you first.
  • We are also making a plan to address the needs of students without these resources and to determine how to support students with paper packages.
  • Preparing learning online through Google Tools and D2L

We expect, as the March 29 to April 3 Schedule suggests, that on Wednesday and Thursday, students will be able to:

  • Test connections to the learning using D2L and Google tools
  • Become familiar with online learning routines and tools
  • Begin some review work

In the following week, we anticipate that online learning will be in full swing as is shown in our schedule for April 6 onward.

We are looking forward to working with you in this new way. Thank you for your support for your children and our staff!

Sincerely

Mike and Dean

Apr 11
Some Changes at Nickle!

​Parents and Guardians,

The Nickle staff have been having conversations during the past two months about middle level learners and their unique learning needs. This is an ongoing conversation which we continue to engage in. At this time, we would like to share a few changes that we will be implementing to support our students as a response to these conversations. The three changes listed below will be implemented as of tomorrow, Friday April 12. Our plan is to try out new ideas and ways of doing things over the next months to see how they support students and the larger Nickle community:

Teacher Advisory (TA) – students will meet each Friday for 30 minutes in their homeroom class to make connections to the curriculum and school related events, discuss issues and generally learn about themselves and Nickle as a learning community.

New Hat Policy – in recognizing student interest and after looking at hat policies in other schools, we have decided to do a trial run of students wearing toques, caps and hoods in school. Our primary focus will be on:
     Learning - hat use should not affect student learning.
     Safety - students must be identifiable

We would like to emphasize respect for self, others and this place as the premise for all school policies. Staff may feel that hats need to be removed either for learning reasons, safety reasons, due to improper use or during occasions such as Remembrance and the singing of our national anthem.

New Friday Timetableclick here to find a schedule of class times at Nickle. There is no change to Monday to Thursday times. On Friday, to accommodate our new TA time (above), we have chosen to use three regular length periods to best support learning.  

If you have any questions regarding any of these items, please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Mike

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