Apr 03
Learning From Home

Dear Parents and Guardians of Peter Lougheed School, 

I hope this update finds you and your family safe and healthy.  We find ourselves in complex and challenging times.  This week, we are back as a staff putting plans in motion to connect with students and have them learn from home.  We know that this is going to be challenging on many fronts and want to underline the importance of connection and relationship.

This week, your family would have received phone calls from your child's homeroom teacher.  The purpose of that phone call was to touch base (check-in), gather some information on your home's ability to learn online and share about the online platform that students will be directed to use over the course of this emergency - world pandemic.   Teachers will be calling you from their home.  The call will come up as a Private or Anonymous caller.  If they are unable to connect with you over the phone, they will be emailing both yourself and your child (email will be sent to their CBE Student Email Account). 

Our goal was to have all these phone calls completed by the end of Tuesday, March 31.   We know that some of you are in various parts of the world and appreciate how you have been connecting with us via email, your child’s email and through your child’s BrightSpace courses.  We have had most of our students able to connect through their new online classroom.  We have also been working with families who do not have access to the internet and digital resources and helping them have print resources so that learning continues.

If your child has any personal belongings still at the school from their locker, they are welcome to come with an adult and pick them up.  They must be healthy to enter the school. 

Please make sure you are keeping informed about Alberta Education and CBE guidelines and expectations during this time. Our school website has updates posted regularly, but as well, you will be receiving system messages from the CBE to parents.

We know that this is troubling and uncertain times.  We need parents more than ever as partners in their child's education.  We appreciate that we have families in our community with several school-age children, in addition to college and university aged children. 

Everyone is being asked to continue their studies from home, away from their teachers.  It will be really important that you set up a work schedule with your child that makes sense and is doable for you and your family. 

Sharing resources, computers, tablets will all require understanding and patience.  Remember, our first priority right now is safety.  We all need to take responsibility in caring for each other, our families, our community and our world.

Take care everyone and thank you for all you support.

Mr. Choate & Mr. Parent

Dec 09
There is Much to Share from Peter Lougheed School

Dear Parents and Guardians of Peter Lougheed School:

There is much to share from Peter Lougheed School.  Firstly, I want to thank all our families who attended our November Learning Conferences held on Nov. 21 and 22nd.  Being involved in your child’s world is so important and will pay huge dividends to your relationship with them, their development as a person and specifically, to their success as a student.  As we approach the winter break, teachers are focusing their attention on the remaining learning time in Term 1.  In January, we will be publishing report cards to parents and students.  At Peter Lougheed School, our report cards are paperless!  To access your child’s report card you will need to a have a PowerSchool parent account.  Your PowerSchool account provides you with access to your child’s ongoing achievement in courses as well as their final marks and teacher comments at the end of Term 1 (January 25, 2020).   At this point, we have most families set up with an account.  Parents who do not have an account are welcome to come into the school office and get themselves set up.  We are also offering PowerSchool sign up support during Night of Explore on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019.

Parents and students have been reaching out to me communicating their concern and worry about the Provincial Education budget that was sent out to school districts on Oct. 24th.  This late arrival of a provincial budget has put all schools across the province into a mid-year adjustment.  This provincial budget involves significant cuts to the level of funding that schools are receiving.  Normally, we receive our provincial budget in February.  That allows schools to make plans for the following school year.  This school year, we received the provincial budget in October, which has forced us to make mid-school year adjustments.   Given the significant cuts, three weeks ago, CBE informed 300 temporary contract teachers that their current contracts would end January 2.  At Peter Lougheed School, we have 6 temporary contract teachers who received letters that their contracts will end on January 2nd.    As a staff we are very worried about the impact any loss of a teacher will have to the operation of our school and specifically to the welfare of our students.  Last week, the CBE was informed that there was additional money that could be used to help offset some of the cuts and loss of funding. At this point, we are waiting to receive an adjusted school budget.   Our priority is always to maintain a safe and effective learning environment within Peter Lougheed.  We will endeavor to support all members of our community as we make the adjustments we will need to make given our loss of funding.  We will communicate all changes/adjustments to you as soon as we receive our latest budget.

Read more about the latest budget developments from our Chief Superintendent:
https://www.cbe.ab.ca/news-centre/Pages/budget-update-statement-from-the-chief-superintendent.aspx

There are several documents that I would like to bring to your attention:

  • Peter Lougheed School Development Plan: Our School Development Plan (SDP) is a one-year plan that outlines our priorities and goals for the upcoming school year.  It is produced following extensive analysis and synthesis of our school data.
  • Peter Lougheed School Results Report: This is a document that summarizes our 2018-19 school year (last year).
  • Peter Lougheed 2018-19 Fees Report: This is a document that reports on Parent Fees for the 2018-19 school year.  You will note that we were in deficit for the amount of approx. $7 000.00 last year.  As a school we believe strongly that providing students with rich extracurricular experiences and superb curricular focused field trips are essential.  Each year we aim to balance our Fees over the course of a school year.  In years past, we have been able to absorb any deficits with provincial school funds and others sources, such as our recycling money.  Moving forward, we anticipate that we will no longer be able to absorb any deficits given our reduced funding models.  Therefore, we will be in positions that trips may be cancelled, example – Ski/Snowboard trip to Winsport.

Finally, I want to invite all of you to join us on Night of Explore, taking place on Wednesday, Dec. 18 The evening is open to all families of Peter Lougheed School students.  The purpose of the evening will be to share and explore exciting learning from our Fine Arts and Career and Technology Foundation courses.  The school will open its doors to families so that you have a taste for the excited learning going on in our Explore courses.  One of the highlights of the evening will be a presentation/performance taking place in our main gym.  We will send out an detailed invitation leading up to the event.

I wish you all the best as we enter into our Winter Break from school.  Thursday, Dec. 19 is our last day of classes for students.  Students will be returning to school on Tuesday, January 7, 2020.  I hope that your break is met with good health and memorable family time.  My wish is that you all disconnect from this digital world for some quality family time.  Play a board game, go for a family walk, cook a wonderful ‘slow’ meal that involves time and togetherness.

Take care,

Mr. Gord Choate

Sep 05
Welcome Back!

This is the end of our second day with students.  I must tell you how impressed I am with your children.   Our school has been extremely busy preparing for opening our new school year.  Since our office opened last week, we have faced a high volume of new student registrations.  I have several items that I would like to bring to your attention:

  • Peter Lougheed Open House
    • We are hosting an Open House to Peter Lougheed students and parents on Thursday, Sept. 19th (5pm to 8pm).  Please mark that date in your calendar.  This is a great opportunity for you to meet your child’s teachers and learn about their year ahead at Peter Lougheed School.
  • Student Enrollment and Classroom Organization
    • Our student enrollment as of today sits at approximately 960 students.  The distribution of students and classrooms per grade is:

Grade

Number of Students

Number of Classrooms

5

170

6

6

207

7

7

200

6

8

209

7

9

174

5


We are still following up with a few families to whom we understand may have moved over the summer, but are confident in our position that our student enrollment will remain significantly above our spring projections of 880.  Last week, when we saw enrollment increasing, we made the decision to add one additional Grade 8 class so that our total number of homerooms in our school is now 31.  The creation of an additional classroom has required us to make some re-arrangements to our Learning Commons space.  We now have a Grade 8 homeroom housed in the classroom that used to be our computer lab.  Our computer lab is now in our learning commons.  

Our school was originally outfitted to house 950 students when it opened in the fall of 2016.  While growth is always a ‘good’ problem to have, we understand that it will require us to respond in ways that will result in change to how we use and experience the building with students. We are up for this challenge as a school community!!  This increase will require all of us (students, parents and staff) to be community minded as we share the physical building we call Peter Lougheed School, but also our learning resources, and our public spaces in and around our school within the Saddleridge community. 

We will be monitoring our enrollment closely as we move into September and may adjust our organization again if warranted.   If you are new to our school, or need to read up on our programs, expectations, etc..  please take some time to learn more about our school by spending some time at our school website.

Looking forward to working with you this year as partners in your child’s public education!
Sincerely,

Mr. Choate, Principal 

Mr. Parent, Assistant Principal

Jun 03
June 2019 – Our Final Three Weeks

​Dear Parents and Guardians of Peter Lougheed School: 

It is hard to believe that our school year is almost complete!  As we close out our first year, there is so much to celebrate and gives thanks for!  I am so very proud of all the students and staff for leaning into the work of opening our amazing school, the Home of the THUNDER!  We have had an extremely successful year.  I am so proud of all of our students and staff.  I would like to bring your attention to the following important items:

1. Paperless Report Cards

On Wednesday, June 26th, students will be finishing their last school day of this school year.  Their Term 2 Report Cards will be available in PowerSchool on that day.  

Report cards will no longer be printed instead, parents will be able to access and review their child's academic progress and grades online with the PowerSchool parent portal.

A MyCBE / PowerSchool parent account will allow you to access a number of supported technologies and tools at the Calgary Board of Education, including:

  • Access to your children's academic information (schedule, grades and attendance)
  • Register for transportation and noon supervision
  • Pay fees online and request waivers
  • Book school conferences

Parents/guardians who have not yet registered or are unsure how to access MyCBE/PowerSchool, on the main page and navigate to the MyCBE / PowerSchool icon to learn more about creating, accessing and using your account.

Use MyCBE/PowerSchool to Access Attendance and Assignment Information for Students

https://cbe.ab.ca/support/Documents/MyCBE-K-9-Attendance-Assignment-Information.pdf

More information can be found here:

Peter Lougheed School Goes Paperless Reporting!!​


2. School Organization for 2019-20

Moving forward to next year, we are looking to have 30 homerooms with our Grade Classroom configuration being:

  • Grade 5 – 6 Homeroom Classes 
  • Grade 6 – 7 Homeroom Classes 
  • Grade 7 – 6 Homeroom Classes 
  • Grade 8 – 6 Homeroom Classes 
  • Grade 9 – 5 Homeroom Classes

This classroom configuration is based on our student projections for next year.  We are currently projected to have 880 students enrolled on our school in September.  If our enrollment is different (up or down), we may need to adjust accordingly in September.  


3. Home Alone Safety Course

The Calgary Bridge Foundation is offering a Home Alone Safety Course on Friday, June 21st.  This is a free course for students in Grade 5 & 6.  Registration forms went out in early June.  There is a limit of 20 students for registration.


4. Explore Option Courses

We will be having students finalize their explore option selections for next year in the next few weeks of June.  This is an opportunity for students to identify their top choices for explore courses.  We do our best to make sure students have at least of two of their top 4 choices.  


5. Big farewell to Mrs. Wagler

Finally, I wanted to inform you that we will be saying farewell to Mrs. Michelle Wagler, who is our school admin secretary here at Peter Lougheed School.  Mrs. Wagler has accepted a new position at Radisson Park School.  She will begin her new position on Monday, June 10th.   We are going to dearly miss Mrs. Wagler’s bright spirit, her laugh, and her dedication to all members of our community.  Please join me in wishing her all the best with her new position.   At this time, we are actively working through staffing processes to find a replacement for this position.  For the interim period in June, we will be welcoming back Mrs. Kathy McIntyre.  Mrs. McIntyre worked in our office as Admin Secretary when we opened the school in August of 2016.  She will be joining us on Wednesday, June 12th and will remain with us until the end of June.  

Wishing you all a safe, relaxing and family filled summer!!


Take care
Gord Choate​

Mar 13
Experiences at Peter Lougheed School

Dear Parents and Guardians of Peter Lougheed School

Peter Lougheed School continues to be engaged with a multitude of experiences, both within and beyond our school walls.  We are seven weeks into Term 2 and students are deep into experiencing rich and exciting opportunities in their learning.  With all the cold weather we have had over the past 6 weeks, I am pleased to say that we only needed to cancel three field trip experiences.  These were our ski-snow board field trips to Winsport as part of our phys. Ed. Program for Grades 7, 8 and 9.  We were able to re-schedule our Grade 9’s, but unfortunately our Grade 7’s and 8’s will need to wait another year.

We are so proud of our students who have been participating in our extra-curricular activities.  Whether it be our Robotics Club students participating in two Robotics events, or our CTF Showcase students immersing themselves into real life challenges in Fashion, Culinary Arts, Robotics, etc.. (both at Nelson Mandela High School), our positive Thunder spirit was on display as students represented themselves and our school with class and excellent character.

Our Thunder Basketball season is winding down over the next two weeks.  We have experienced great success on all 4 of our teams (Jr and Sr. Boys and Jr and Sr. Girls).  We have an amazing group of coaches who work with our student athletes to put competitive squads on the court.  There are so many lessons to be learned through team sports.  I admire all the coaches as they work with their young athletes to learn how to lose, win, support each other, and put forth their best effort in the spirit of the team.  They have had many early morning and late evening practices and competitive games and tournaments over the course of our season. Big thank you to all the parents who have driven our Thunder athletes and a huge shout out to all our coaches and student athletes. Way to go Thunder!

As we conclude our last week of March before Spring Break, I wanted to share the following events taking place at our school.

  • Wednesday, March 20
    • Parent Education Session: Supporting your child in Mathematics 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday, March 20          School Council Meeting 6:30 PM
  • Thursday, March 21              Peter Lougheed Lip Sync  2:00 PM
  • Thursday, March 21              Student Learning Conferences 5:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Thursday, March 21              Bamfield Parent Meeting 6:00 PM
  • Friday, March 22                  No Classes for Students
        • Student Learning Conferences 10 AM – 1:00 PM
  • March 23 – March 31            Spring Break – School Closed

 

I hope that our winter has finally decided to give us a break so that spring has a chance to take hold.  With the coming of warmer weather and longer daylight, I would expect that more students are walking to school.  I would strongly encourage your children to walk/ride their bikes with the coming of warmer days.  This is an excellent form of exercise for their body and brain, but it also takes a lot of pressure off our traffic volume around the school.   If you do drive your child to/from school, I strongly advise you to park down by the pond and have your child meet you there.  It’s a short walk for them and a wonderful place to wait if you do have to drive.

All the best,

Sincerely

Gord Choate
Principal

Jan 09
January 2019
Dear Parents and Guardians of Peter Lougheed School!

Happy New Year!  I hope that you and your family had opportunity over the break to rest, relax and enjoy some connected family time together!

Yesterday, January 8th, I was at Peter Lougheed School to share my ‘return’ news personally with each class.  I shared with students and staff that I will be returning to the school on Monday, January 14th.  I have been away from the school since October 12th.  I told students that I had something that doctors needed to fix with my heart and my medical team feels that I am strong enough to return to work as Principal at Peter Lougheed School.  I still have work to do regarding my recovery but feel optimistic and hopeful that I will continue to improve over the next months.  I have really missed the students and staff!

I would like to thank the whole school community for their caring thoughts and prayers during my time away.  Your emotional and spiritual support is appreciated beyond words.  I would also like to thank Mr. Parent and Mrs. Kaiserseder for all their care and hard work to keep our school moving forward during my time away.  Mrs. Kaiserseder’s last day will be on Friday, January 11th.  If you happen to be in the school, please feel free to say thank you to her!

Moving forward, January is an important month for our school.  January will mark the end of Term 1.  Teachers have been working hard with students to complete their studies in courses that are term based.  All courses will be receiving formal assessment and evaluation information at the end of January.  This will be coming home on January 25th in the form of a Term 1 Report Card.    Monday, January 28th, will mark the beginning of Term 2, which means that students will have their new option courses beginning on this date. 

I would also like to bring some important calendar changes to your attention.  Friday, Feb. 1st will be a non-instructional day for students and a holiday for our staff.  This day was to be a day set for conferences, but an agreement between the CBE and our staff associations created this day in lieu of Remembrance Day (November) whereby our staff did not receive a statutory holiday for this official day.  In the future, the CBE staff and students will have a statutory holiday in November aligned with Remembrance Day.

In terms of our school calendar, we have had to make some adjustments due to this change.  We will be moving our Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences to February 7th and 8th.  We will also be moving an early dismissal day.

Important Dates for Peter Lougheed Families:

  • Friday, January 25th – Term 1 Report Cards
  • Monday, January 28th – Term 2 Courses begin
  • Friday, February 1st – No Classes, School is Closed
  • Thursday, February 7th – Early Dismissal Day (9:10am – 12:10pm)
    • ​​Stude​nt-Parent-Teacher Conferences  (3:00-8:30pm)
  • Friday, February 8th – Early Dismissal Day (9:10am – 12:10pm)
    • Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences  (1:00-3:00pm)

Parents will be able to begin booking conferences on Wednesday, January 30th at 10:00am.  Our conference system will be open until Friday, February 8th. 

Sincerely
Gord Choate
Principal 

Oct 21
Oct 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians of Peter Lougheed School!

We have had a very successful start up this fall.  This year our enrollment has grown to 828 students.  This is an increase of 352 students over two years, since our opening in September of 2018.  While we did anticipate growth at the school, the rate of this increase was a surprise.   We have worked extremely hard at the school to hire staff and build a cohesive team so our students have success, learn and feel a deep sense of community at our middle school, THE Home of the Thunder! 

 This fall, we have welcomed 24 new staff members into our school.  Of these 24 positions, seventeen are teachers and seven are support staff positions.  A full list of our staff can be found at http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/peterlougheed/about-us/contact/staff/pages/default.aspx

 Student Enrollment and Classroom Organization

Our student enrollment as of today sits at 828 students.  The distribution of students and classrooms per grade is:

 

Grade

Number of Students

Number of Classrooms

5

182

8

6

170

6

7

180

6

8

153

5

9

143

5

 

Our staff is committed to creating academic excellence at Peter Lougheed School.  All staff bring compassion and unwavering dedication to creating the conditions for students to experience success.  At Peter Lougheed, we believe that children thrive when they feel the support of caring adults in an environment that invites them to take risks, try new opportunities, and challenge themselves in ways that enable them to discover their own identity and confidence as a young human being.  At our school, teachers will look for experiences beyond the classroom to make learning relevant, connected and inspiring.  Over the past few weeks, all our Grade 5’s have visited the OH Stampede Ranch in Longview, Alberta.  Whether bringing guests into our school like our School Resource Officer or having the Calgary Fire Department bring their Fire Safety Trailer to our school, we always seek out experiences to help students bring meaning to their academic learning. 

 

 At Peter Lougheed, we also provide students with over 51 extracurricular opportunities.  These range from our fully subscribed Athletic Sport Program, to a wide range of Clubs.  We encourage ALL students to get involved and have new experiences that are positive, supported and fun! 

I have two announcements to bring to your attention.  This year, we are fortunate to have two new partnerships.  Firstly, we are recipients of a Maker Space Grant, which has brought approximately $ 15 000 into our Learning Commons and school in general.  Maker Spaces allow for students and teacher to enter into the world of engineers, architects, technologists, project managers, construction workers, builders, etc... as they design, develop, prototype and evaluate their ideas in the practical and applied world of building things.   Secondly, we are fortunate to have created a partnership with a local company in Calgary, Velvet Energy.  Velvet Energy has approached our school to support our students having hands-on experiences beyond our school walls.  As a company, they are committed to help our school with field trips, both in terms of supporting us with some money, but also, and as importantly, providing us with some volunteers for some field trips this year. 

 Finally, I want to let parents know that they are always welcome at Peter Lougheed.  I understand and appreciate that your children might tell you that it is not cool to be seen at school, but know this, children feel good when their parents take a genuine and caring interest in their life.  I would like to remind parents that each of you is a member of our School Council.  We meet the third Wednesday of each month at 6:00pm.   Please come join us for a tea, coffee and learn more about your child’s school.

 

Sincerely


Gord Choate

Principal

Apr 18
April 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians of Peter Lougheed School;

This term, Peter Lougheed School continues to be engaged with a multitude of experiences, both within and beyond our school walls.  Last evening, students from Ms. DiMarino’s music class performed down at the 15th Annual ‘Orff the Wall’ concert in the Jack Singer Concert Hall.   Peter Lougheed School was one of 8 schools from across the city who performed to a sold out audience.   This is Peter Lougheed School’s first time performing in this event.  Our students, with the dedicated guidance of Ms. DiMarino, performed exceptionally well.  We were the first Middle School entry in this most exciting event.  This will hopefully be the first of many ‘Orff The Wall’ experiences Peter Lougheed students have!

Next week, our music program will experience a wonderful opportunity here at the school.  We will be blessed to have Roger, a master drummer from One World Drumming, in our school leading a Drumming Artist in Residency program.  This program will see students working closely with a musical artist alongside Ms. DiMarino’s music classes.  Students will have rich and deeply focused lessons which will end with a performance/showcase on Friday.  This program costs a lot of money and was made available through the Alberta Education’s Classroom Improvement Fund.  Ms. DiMarino applied for this grant $$ last fall!

On Sunday, April 22, we have students from Grade 9 travelling out to the British Columbia west coast to attend the Bamfield Marine Science Centre.  This five-day off-site experience will bring students into direct contact with real scientists as they learn about the marine ecology of the temperate rainforest.  This is our first Grade 9 west coast experience as a school.  We are joining students from Ted Harrison, Terry Fox and Tom Baines.  We believe that this experience will grow into a Thunder Tradition.  We value the experience as a significant and worthy one that supports and extends our vision as a school.

On Wednesday, May 2, Grade 8 students will be presenting their Prototype Projects down at the Telus Spark Centre.  This is an evening event that will see our students presenting their prototype projects along with other students from across the city.  This is a public event, whereby Peter Lougheed students will be showcasing their learning and themselves to parents, teachers and the general public.  Please feel free to come and support our Thunder scientists!!

Finally, I would like to thank all the parents who have informed the school of your plans for next year.  We received our school budget last Friday.  We are deep into the process of building our school organization for next year.  Our next year’s budget is based on a projection of student enrollment.  Currently, we anticipate that we will have approximately 850 students attending our school next year.  This would be a significant jump from our currently student population of 720.  The anticipated classroom configuration for next year will be 30 homeroom classes:

Grade 5 – 8 Classes
Grade 6 – 6 Classes
Grade 7  - 6 Classes
Grade 8 – 5 Classes
Grade 9 – 5 Classes

Our building was built to accommodate 960 students.  While we were anticipating growth in our opening years, the rate of growth is faster than was predicted.  For next year, we will have enough classroom spaces and lockers to receive our students.  We don’t anticipate having to fill any of our specialized program rooms with homerooms (eg. make art room a homeroom class).

Our growth will see us hiring more staff to support students and deliver program.  Over the next 6 weeks, we will be busy involved in staffing our school for the upcoming school year.  In addition to more students and staff, we understand that our growth will have an input on every component of our school.  One element that we have been working with Calgary City Police, Calgary Bylaw and CBE Transportation is how students are transported to/from school.  Next year, we anticipate that we may have up to 10 school buses servicing our school.  This will require additional school bus spaces along Saddletree Drive, which is the road that runs along the south side of our school.  Safety on our streets is all our responsibility and I wanted to let you know that we have been working with authorities to help us so that your children and you can feel safe on our streets.

Sincerely

Gord Choate
Principal

​ 

Dec 08
December 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians of Peter Lougheed School;

As we enter our last two weeks, I would like to thank our whole community for all their support this fall.  We have accomplished much as a school since September.   I am very proud of our staff and students.  Peter Lougheed students have had varied and wonderful experiences both within our school and during off-site activities (field trips) since beginning our school year last September.

One such experience is what students and staff had with Robb Nash on Tuesday of this last week.  Robb Nash is a talented musician who brings energy, music and his personal story to the stage to talk about difficult and very personal topics: suicide, self-harm (cutting), anxiety and mental health.  His band’s presentation is tailored perfectly for youth and adults.  He invited all of us to open up and have an honest and productive conversation about what is going on inside our emotional and mental landscapes.  While the topic is heavy, his presentation was delicately done with humor, great tunes, compassionate images and his personal story.  After the show, Rob invited any student who is struggling to come talk to him in our Learning Commons.  We had approximately 100 students wait to spend 5 – 10 minutes with Robb.  After the show, Robb Nash was joined with Colton’s mom, who was travelling with his show and who lost her son to suicide (her story was shared in one of his videos). 

The afternoon was very powerful.  As a staff, we prepared students prior to the presentation and allowed all students to de-brief with their homeroom teachers after the show.  Robb stayed until 5:45pm talking to students who wanted to connect with him personally.  Here’s another amazing part of the story, the Rob Nash Project is free for schools!!   As a school, we decided to donate $500 to his project.  Students were very receptive to the whole afternoon and have since been coming to us asking if we can get him back next year.

Learn more about Robb Nash at https://www.robbnash.com/

This is just one example of the work we do for students!   I would like to specifically thank all of our staff who have demonstrated a huge amount of flexibility, commitment and amazing skills in filling our school with heart, spirit and a passion.   They are an amazing group!!!

Updates at Peter Lougheed School you should be aware of:

  1. Friday, Dec. 8 – Professional Development Day for Staff (no school for students)
  2. Dec. 15, 16, 17  – Thunder Takedown Invitational  Wrestling Tournament
  3. Dec. 18  (7:00 – 8:30 PM) Peter Lougheed School  Fine Arts Winter Festival. ALL PARENTS WELCOME!
  4. Dec. 22 – Jan. 7 – Winter Break (No School – School is Closed for Holidays)
  5. Jan. 17 – School Council Meeting at 6:00pm
    • Teresa Martin – Principal of Nelson Mandela will be with us to connect and share important information regarding transitions for our Grade 9’s
  6. Jan. 24 –‘Choices’ – Evening presentation for parents and students with special guests Urick Manoo & Marcela Ezeta (Calgary Bridge Foundation)
  7. Jan. 25 - Term 1 Report Cards sent home

As we close out December, we are beginning to ramp up our transition work with the Grade 9 students to prepare them for High School.   Staff from Peter Lougheed will be meeting with staff from Nelson Mandela next week.  We will be taking students over to Nelson Mandela in January to tour the facility, meet key staff and learn about their upcoming journey between middle school and high school.  If you want to learn more,  please make sure to attend our School Council meeting on January 17th.

I hope that all of you have a restful and healthy winter break.  Wishing you safe travels and meaningful time with your family and loved ones. 

All the best,
Mr. Gord Choate ​

Nov 06
November 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians of Peter Lougheed School, 

Happy Halloween!!

Today, our school is full of excitement as we recognize Halloween 'Thunder Style'.  This morning, Grade 5 and 6 music classes will be presenting to students from Grades 5, 6 and 7!  We have also enjoyed the travelling through our Haunted House, which was created by students in our Fitness Centre.  This afternoon, we are holding a school spirit assembly, which will be following by some school spirit activities, including a Halloween Dance!  We have asked all students to bring in a toonie or a non-perishable food item as their entry ticket to the dance.  If you child did not bring in a donation or $2, they will still be allowed to enter the dance.  All we ask is that they DO bring in a donation by the end of this week.  All donations will be directed to support the Canadian Veterans.

Our Food Bank will be open to receiving donations until Nov. 10th.  We will be holding our Remembrance Day Assembly on Friday, November 10 at 10:30am.  All families are welcome to join us.

October has been an extremely busy and exciting month for students at our school.  We have had many many off-site opportunities for your children.  Students have experienced Stampede Ranch (near Nanton, Alberta), City Hall, SAIT (exploring Career Options), Nose Hill Park, Kananaskis (Trees and Forest) and many walking field trips to our outdoor Hugh A Bennett wetlands area.  Tomorrow, select students will be representing Peter Lougheed at the annual We Day held at the Saddledome.  This is a huge event that sparks off initiatives that aim to support community, local, national and global volunteer efforts.  All of this is in the spirit of caring for others and being responsible citizens.

October is also a time that schools receive their annual operational budget for the current school year.  Each spring, we do receive a tentative budget based on our projections, but it is not until we see the colours of fall in Calgary that we have our final budget.  This year, we saw more and more students arrive in September which has created an opportunity for us to bring additional resources to support student learning.  These resources come to us in the form of additional staff, but also in terms of additional learning resources.  These include:

Teaching Staff:

  • Additional phys ed teaching position.  This will bring support to our classes so that Module sizes are lower and resources are better distributed
  • Literacy specialist position.  This position will provide strategic literacy support across all grades for all students and teachers

Support Staff:

  • 20-hour educational assistant position.  This will bring our compliment of Educational Assistants (EA’s) to 4.  These positions provide support to our children who require and benefit from additional guidance in terms of all aspects of learning (social, emotional and academic).
  • Adding a 15-hour lead lunchroom position.  This position will coordinate our lunchroom program including the lead on our Thunder Café!
  • Hiring for an additional Lunchroom Supervisor to support the Lunchroom Program.In terms of staffing changes, we said goodbye to Amra Khurram a few weeks ago, who worked as a school assistant with our office team.  Amra was awarded a promotion, whereby she accepted a Secretary position at Roberta Bondar Elementary School.  
  • Looking forward into November, we want all parents to make sure they have Thursday, November 16th (evening) and Friday, November 17th booked in your calendars.  We will be hosting our Student-Parent-Teacher conferences.  Conferences will take place in the evening on Thursday after school and on Friday morning. I will be sending out a conference reminder as the date approaches with directions on how you can schedule a conference time with your child’s teacher using our online booking system!
  • In the lead up to that time, I will be sending out another email regarding interpreters.

 

Sincerely

Mr. Choate

 

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