Jun 24
Richmond School 2019-2020

This has been an exciting year of teaching and learning. We have also faced the challenges of these unprecedented times which resulted in a virtual learning environment.  It is important to acknowledge the work in the classrooms related to our literacy, numeracy and well being  goals of our School Development Plan. It is also important to recognize the hard work of the Richmond School Community, especially this spring when we quickly moved to the google classrooms. Thank you to our students, parents/guardians, grandparents and all staff members who supported student learning. We have worked together and in a partnership to ensure that learning in new ways was successful.  We have missed each and everyone of you and look forward to welcoming you back in the fall.

Stay safe and healthy this summer. 

Mary Ann Fullerton
Principal

Jun 03
We have had a very exciting and successful school year at Richmond School.

Throughout this year, we have continued to work together on the Calgary Board of Education’s Mathematics and Literacy strategies. These strategies are embedded into our School Development Plan. We are very proud of the achievements, progress and growth of all of our students! 

We were pleased to offer a number of events and activities at the school this year, including our recent volunteer tea, musical celebration assembly June 6, school leadership. We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to parents who served on the School Council this year. ​As we get closer to the end of the year we have some additional events and celebrations planned.

June 17 – 21 – week long Aussie Rules Football during regular gym times
Thursday June 21- Sports Day, our opening ceremony for all students will be at 9:00 AM. Our Grade 6 students will be helping to run the stations with support from teachers and volunteer parents.
Friday June 22 - Talent Show and Volunteer Appreciation.  Our talent show will begin at 10:00 AM.
Tuesday June 25 - Gr​ade 6 Farewell and Celebration at 2:00 PM. 
Wednesday, June 26 – Talent Show at1:00 PM
Wednesday June 26 - Last day of school. Report cards go home.​

Dec 10
December Update

Here we are again and December is upon us and with it comes all the excitement that the season brings. It is a busy time filled with the hustle and bustle of gift shopping for friends and family near and far. It means travelling to visit family or opening our homes to receive guests.

Trad​itions such as visiting Santa, singing carols and decorating our homes in beautiful lights is all part of the holiday celebrations. Life at school is also very busy.

We anticipate a wonderful performance on Thursday, December 20th and we are looking forward to our Holiday Lunch (supplied by our School Council & Association) that is taking place on Thursday December 13th. We are also working together to raise funds for our Holiday Baskets.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff, students and parents for their continued support. Our school is truly a community school and it is at this time of year when the closeness of friendship shines in our students` faces. The new-year will bring new learning experiences, new challenges and new fun.

I look forward to what lies ahead for us as a school community in 2019. I wish you all Peace, Joy, Hope and Happiness during this Holiday season and throughout the New Year.​

Duncan White - Principal

Oct 03
October Update
Welcome back to another great year at Richmond School!  We have many activities and initiatives planned that we believe enrich and engage our learning community.  An event we are very excited about is our Orange Shirt Day theme titled, “Around the Fire”.  This day promises to help build indigenous cultural awareness and friendship training through hip hop and traditional arts with Movement with a Message.

At this time a special welcome to families and children new to our school. The school’s population has grown beyond the projections with our Kindergarten program reaching new heights rarely seen in the past 20 years!  We know you will enjoy our Kindergarten through Grade Six learning environment.

Classes for the 2018-2019 school year were thoughtfully created by teachers last June and reviewed again in August. Teachers looked at special needs, gender, social groupings, friends, and learner profiles, while keeping the big picture in mind. Students are matched to teachers and classroom arrangements that will ensure they are successful learners.

We succeeded in the month of September to establish routines, review academic and behavioural expectations, assess students and build positive relationships so that our students and families feel a sense of belonging at Richmond School. Your child in grades 1-6 will bring home a daily communication journal or agenda each day. Please take time to review and discuss with your child. The purpose of the agenda is to help your child with organizational skills and to support communication between the home and Richmond School.

Additional teaching supports for students include education assistants, music specialist, and a school based Resource Teacher and Learning Leader to assist with diversity and resource support. This year we are very fortunate to be able to support literacy with greater intentionality through the provinces Classroom Improvement Fund.  Dr. Robin Parker will be working with grades 1-6 M-Th morning (and sometimes Friday) to support our balanced literacy approach.

We invite parents and volunteers to visit classrooms and help in the school, only after signing in at the office and receiving their visitor pass/nametag. Please contact your child’s teacher if you plan to volunteer at the school, and/or you would like to be a room parent volunteer. Volunteers are a crucial part of our school success. Visit our website here for more information about volunteers: http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/richmond/get-involved/volunteer/pages/default.aspx

Parents are welcome at our school at all times. Volunteers are greatly appreciated and allow for special relationships between parents, students and teachers. Please come in to the office to complete Security Clearance requirements, which are valid for five years with the CBE, and complete the annual volunteer form being sent home with our School Information
 
School Council

Wednesday, September 28th is our Community Potluck in the gym followed by the School Council Annual General Meeting (AGM) at 6:30 PM. All parents and students are welcome. Please watch for more information from the School Council.
 
Our first school council meeting is on Wednesday, October 3rd in the music room. We hope to see as many parents who wish to become more involved in supporting and making decisions for Richmond School.   Don't forget to consent to receive electronic communications from Parent Council and find out about events, fundraisers, volunteer opportunities and more!  Click on the link to provide your contact information and consent.  https://richmondschool.wufoo.com/forms/z6n0z7n1ml64sx/.

Any parent of a child attending Richmond School is a member of School Council. The Council is run by a board (elected for a one year term at the annual meeting), consisting of a Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Fundraiser. Committee Chairs and Coordinators, which include the Key Communicator, Special Events Coordinator, Casino Volunteer Coordinator, are generally responsible for attending meetings and sharing reports that pertain to their mandates. Council also includes the Principal, and throughout the year Teacher Grade Teams will present to the council.

School Council meetings offer you a firsthand opportunity to further understand and appreciate your child’s learning experience. Studies have shown that when parents are involved in the educational process, the child shows and increased appreciation for his/her learning and academic achievement. It is also a great way to meet other like-minded parents and grow with our learning community.  

We can’t wait to work with you!  Thanks for an awesome start to our year.

Sincerely,
Duncan White
Jun 26
Year End Message

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As we close out this school year and begin anew as Principal of Richmond School it has been great working closely with the many members of our school community. I have many people and groups to thank for making this year a great success. Richmond Childcare for their continued support of our program, Nurse Emmi for her support to help us to make healthy choices, and our incredible school council for graciously sponsoring many field trips, residencies, library resources, and special events. Additionally, we have had incredible support at a system level with tremendous professional learning and support from many area strategists and system specialists. I would also like to thank the many parents who have come to see me. These interactions with parents have helped me to have a good understanding of our parent body. This connection is very important to enable the school to meet the needs and aspirations of our families and students.

Most importantly our students have enjoyed another fabulous year. They have excelled in so many fields it is impossible to list them all. Many of our classrooms are celebrating their learning events in special ways this June, and I have enjoyed listening in awe as student achievements have been described. These achievements have been in their academic studies, sport, music, and the arts to name just a few and we are justly proud of all. We also learned about many new talents this year at our talent show last week, we do indeed have many courageous and talented students that attend Richmond.

Over the summer vacation I will be working with colleagues to put into place a smooth opening to the new academic year and setting the priorities to build upon the successes of the school so that we can improve still further. We should always seek to do better; to challenge ourselves and our students to set the highest standards and achieve our ambitious goals.

I would like to wish you all the very best for the summer vacation and look forward to welcoming you all back, refreshed, for what will be an exciting, new academic year.

Best regards,

Mr. Duncan White - Principal

Mr. White’s Top Five Summer Reads for Children:

  1. Elmore by Holly Hobbie
  2. Islandborn by Junot Díaz, illustrated by Leo Espinosa
  3. Savvy by Ingrid Law
  4. Love by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Loren Long
  5. And Then Comes Summer by Tom Brenner, illustrated by Jaime Kim
Apr 10
Swimming at Killarney Pool

This week students in Grades 3-6 will be swimming at Killarney Pool.  Did you know our bodies have to maintain a streamline, horizontal body position when we swim, so swimming regularly can help children develop and improve good balance. Once a child learns to swim, they may hop in a pool at any point in their life to get a low-risk, high-intensity workout.  We would also like to share this swim message too - click to read this tweet from @richlearningcbe: https://twitter.com/richlearningcbe/status/972194983456382977 


Apr 03
Conference Follow-up and Prepare for Daily Learning

Welcome Back! We do hope you all found some quality family time during this break and are enthusiastic to get back to school! We welcomed a great number of families at our March Student-Led Conferences. We hope that you were able to see that these conferences are an essential element of the assessment process that involve parents, and provide students with important learning opportunities. We look forward to your continued involvement. Additional meeting times may be arranged to accommodate private conversations if parents or teachers require. Personal conversations between teachers and parents are an important part of the relationships we value to support student learning.

As we return from a short break, this is a great time to revisit your child’s level of preparation for school on a daily basis. Our teachers expect students to be prepared daily for learning. Establishing regular daily home reading and/or homework routines at home is also an important tool to support your child’s success.

Nov 13
Nov./Dec. Update

​School Website 

Our school website has recently been given a complete refurbish and has lots of information about our school including upcoming events, student behaviour, the school calendar and even a school showcase. Be sure to mark our website address in your favourites (http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/richmond/). 

Twitter 

Please follow our school #richlearningcbe​ or @richlearningcbe. Here you will find pictures and various learning provocations that your child is involved. This has replaced blogs from previous years. You can also follow your child’s teacher by clicking on the Twitter link on our school website. 

School Messenger 

Be sure to sign up for school messenger - www.cbe.ab.ca/subscribe. This is the way teachers and administration communicate with families. We are being ever so mindful of photocoping and the excess use of paper so there will be limited paper copies of notices and news sent home. 

Volunteers 

Please take time to read our updated Volunteer Handbook attached to this newsletter. This is an important document for parents who are involved with volunteer opportunities at Richmond School. If you need help with your volunteer application, we are happy to support you in the office. Read on to learn about two other learning applications that Richmond School has invested in for the 2017-2018 school year. 

And finally a special invitation for all of our families to join us on the morning of Nov. 10 at 10:00 AM for our traditional Remembrance Day Assesmbly. We welcome a special guest from the Calgary Police Pipe Band. “Be kind, be thoughtful, be genuine, but most of all, be thankful.” Duncan White – Principal

See more in our November/December Newsletter​.

Sep 07
Welcome Back!

​“There is a difference between not knowing and not knowing yet.” 
Sheila Tobias 

Welcome back! We have had a really great start to our school year. 

This year we are excited about building community through literacy. This work will kick-off on September 21 during our Meet the Teacher Family Literacy Night. Several strategist and specialists from our system have been working with us to help make this an extra special event. Be sure to check out the resources we’ve posted on our website to help support your child in their literacy efforts.

Another school-wide lens that we will be focusing on this year is exploring math literacy. We have a group of teachers who attended our CBE math literacy workshops and we will be working with CBE’s math specialist throughout the year. We will continue to dive into Jo Boaler’s work with Mathematical Mindsets. Here are some parent resources: https://www.youcubed.org/resource/parent-resources/. 

During our first assembly we introduced our amazing staff and reviewed our Pillars of Care. This assembly also set the tone for the monthly assemblies to come. We were warmed by the presence of a small vibrant group of parents that attended. Many thanks! 

Leon Legothetis will kick off our Yurt Week- Sept. 25 -29. Kindness will be a theme that will flow through our classrooms this year – Leon will speak about his global initatives on spreading kindness – check him out on Twitter

Our Terry Fox run will culminate– Sept. 25 -29 – please be sure to come out and run! We will be starting with an assembly in the gym at 9:45AM and then out for our run. We will continue our tradition of bringing “Toonies for Terry”. Please feel free to join us as we support this important cause. 

Our Meet the Teacher night will be on Sept. 21, 2017. Make sure you are signed up to School Messenger​ as administration and teachers will be using messenger for communicating over the coming months. 

Regards, 
Duncan White - Principal

Jun 01
Have a Great Summer!

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” — William Arthur Ward

CBE Values:
Students come first
Learning is our central purpose
Public education serves the common good

As our Chief Superintendent, David Stevenson notes, our organization is strong and clear on its core purpose. We are recognized for our excellent results in student learning and our focus on continuous improvement. Together with families and students our staff play an important role in making the Calgary Board of Education a wonderful learning organization.

The number of staffing changes that occur each year is highly dependent on Alberta Education’s budget, the number of staff returning from leaves (medical, personal and maternity) as well as retirements. As a result of these factors, its been only in the past couple of years that teachers in the Calgary Board of Education have been able to apply for any classroom teaching jobs - with the exception of positions that opened as the result of several new schools opening. This year we will have “two open rounds of teaching postings” with each round offering an estimated 300 teaching positions and as a school board, we have experienced significant staffing changes throughout our system.

As discussed, there are a number of key factors impacting our budget for next year. The key factors include:

  • A reduction in the number of registrations at Richmond School
  • Reduced enrolment results in a reduced teaching staff – loss of an AssistantPrincipal when a school is under 10 teaching staff.
  • A reduction in English Language Learner (ELL) enrolment

Pending our final numbers on September 30th, our budget allows us to fund the following staff allocation for the fall of 2017.

  • 1 Principal
  • 1 Administrative Secretary
  • 9 Full time Teachers
  • 1 0.4 Music Teacher
  • 1 Behaviour Support Worker
  • 3 Educational Assistants (3 hours per day)
  • 1 ELL Assistant (3 hours/day)
  • 1 Library Assistant (3 hours/day)

The staffing process in all school boards can be complex. As a unionized environment, the CBE has a number of different processes in place to support teachers and support staff who hold a variety of different types of contracts. Sometimes this means that staff who do not have seniority may not necessarily be able to stay as part of a school community and should funding or student enrolment change in a school, this can further impact a school’s staffing complement. To add to this complexity, sometimes policies prevent us from sharing the sensitivities around this process directly and transparently with our school community.
Every employee plays an important role at Richmond School. We all contribute to student success, whether we work in the classroom or support the work of our schools and losing staff this year will notably have a significant impact on our community. Losing one member of our community can be like losing a family member.

It is difficult to be saying goodbye to our valued staff members that are leaving Richmond School at the end of this year. Their commitment to continuous improvement, constant focus on student success and dedication to public education are all qualities that the staff, parents and students of their new schools will treasure.

As you know, on Friday, June 23, 2017 we celebrated the staff and students that will be leaving us during our Grade Six Farewell assembly. It was our honour to pay tribute to our Assistant Principal, Mr. Kenneth Perrone. He has dedicated many years of service to Richmond School and we are better learning community because of his contributions. We wish Mr. Perrone all the best as he begins a new Assistant Principal position at Balmoral School.

According to student projections for next year we will plan for approximately 193 students. Given this information the following School Organization is planned for the 2017-2018 school year. See table below for our grade configuration and teacher teams.

Kindergarten - one morning class 
Mrs. Carol Craig will teach this morning Kindergarten class. Carol has many years of experience teaching Kindergarten. Mrs. Craig has developed methods to make her Kindergarten classrooms effective and fun, she was integral to the success of this past years program and looks forward to inspiring all K students to achieve great things!

Grade 1/2 - Three classrooms – Room 15, 16 and 10
Mrs. Birkholz, Mrs. Martin and Mrs. Ng – have been a spectacular teaching team for the past four months. Building on this awesome momentum seems only natural! We welcome Mrs. Martin back for the entire year! Grade three /four Two classrooms – Room 1 and 2 Mrs. Robin Parker and Mrs. Stacy Hutchens will be our newest teaching team for next year. This dynamite teacher team has already worked together on the Richmond School Admin team this past year and together have elevated our schools focus on student leadership agency, and the development of our maker space.

Grade 5/6 - Two classrooms – Room 4 and 5
Ms. Karen Alderson and Mrs. Shelley Jarvis – have made a terrific teacher team this past year and can’t wait to build upon their successes. This team knows and understands the importance of building a community of learners! Bridges - Grade four/five/six One Classroom – Room 3 Mrs. Despina Chrisohou – continues in this brilliantly complex role working to assist each student to achieve academic success and behavioural competence through personalized programming, parental involvement, and supported transitions to regular classrooms.

Key to providing our Richmond Students with a rewarding music program, we welcome the return of Mrs. Heather Skulski. Mrs. Skulski’s music program will include many opportunities to explore and discover the properties of sound through singing, moving, speech, playing instruments, listening, and manipulating sounds in various ways. We also look forward to Mrs. Skulski’s directed group musical experiences that integrate movement, music and speech. Through these great performances, Richmond students develop musical skills such as in-tune singing, keeping a steady beat, clapping rhythmic patterns and acquiring a repertoire of poems, songs and dances.

As this is our June and final newsletter message for for 2016-2017 I thought it would be relevant to innumerate a few of the ontological stances that have been foundational to my work as your Principal:

  1. All children arrive at school every day wanting to be their best selves.
  2. Behavior is a sign of an unmet need – let’s get curious about the motivation behind it.
  3. Schools need to be organized around the needs of the children – not the needs of the adults.
  4. Everyone wants to have a sense of value and belonging – the complicated part is that we all want to be valued for different things.
  5. Humans only go into conflict over things that are important to them – pay attention to what people will get upset or vocal about as it will give you clues as to what they value.

I know that the positive, student centered school climate we have created this year will continue and flourish for our 2017-2018 school year.

Have a wonderful summer filled with lots of learning, curiosity and discovery!

Sincerely,
Duncan White

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Teachers spent the day analyzing data and planning for our School Development Plan. https://t.co/mSugp9WC4N

Our Grade 3/4s were featured on Romero Britto’s Instagram! Check out their amazing self portraits! #WeAreCBE https://t.co/NFB8sqbDKM

RT @ELLcbe: So humbled and honoured to lead this ELL ATA Professional Learning Session. We and our teacher experts are building each others’ capacities by opening up our classrooms and sharing best practices. #wearecbe #ellcbe https://t.co/mbvfKxksdW

RT @duncwhite: Such a remarkable final day with the @richlearningcbe community. I am very grateful for my time at this incredible hidden gem! #richlearningcbe https://t.co/xFlUBE5Y9Z

RT @ELLcbe: Another thank you to our students @richlearningcbe @PLougheedCBE @GWGreyWolves @KenTayloryycbe for writing letters to welcome our new CBE students and families! We have hung them on the walls of the Kingsland Gym. #Wearecbe #ellcbe https://t.co/GbdZKerkep