What an exciting first two days we have had here at SPB. Hundreds of new students joined SPB for this year and we were delighted to finally welcome them in person. Students have now met their new teachers and classmates and have a general idea of where and when they need to go to for their classes. These changes and new experiences fill many with joy and excitement, for others this is stressful and exhausting. Both reactions are valid, and normalcy will start to settle in after a couple of weeks. These first weeks are important to build relationships and to get used to new circumstances. Change is the one constant that this generation will experience again and again, and we will do our best to support all our students to adapt.
We would like to invite you for a special presentation about social network safety and bullying with Paul Davis on Monday, September 11, 2023 at 6:30 pm at SPB. Mr. Davies will also give two presentations during the day for our students that morning next week.
Enjoy the long weekend.
Monday, September 4
No School – Labour Day
Tuesday, September 5
Wednesday, September 6
- Girls Soccer Interest Meeting in Room 7
- Boys Soccer Interest Meeting in the Gym
- Robotics Club field trip meeting in Room 35: due date for field trip forms
Thursday, September 7
- Cross Country Interest Meeting in the Gym
- Girls Soccer Tryouts (3:15 – 4:00)
Friday, September 8
Saturday, September 9
Mark your calendars: Monday, September 11, 6:30 pm at SPB
Bullying / Social Network Safety Presentation with Paul Davis
Please join us for a special presentation about social network safety and bullying with Paul Davis. Paul is renowned for his work around bullying prevention and making students and parents aware of safety issues when it comes to social media. Please check out Paul and his work here: https://socialnetworkingsafety.net/
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Bikes at SPB
To encourage students to bike to school and to have a safe place for them to park their bikes, we have made the inner courtyard available for bike storage. Students are allowed to enter the school building through the back door and push (not cycle) their bikes through the building into the inner courtyard. The bikes will need to be placed between the fence and the cafeteria wall. The bikes will not be accessible until the end of the day and no students are allowed in the bike storage area during the day.
This week was dedicated to Truth and Reconciliation at Senator Patrick Burns. The focus for this year was set by the CBE: Remembering the Lost Children. At SPB we approached this topic through a lens of empathy and understanding. Across the school, students engaged in meaningful lessons, conversations and reflections. Thursday was marked as Orange Shirt Day with a multitude of activities across the school, e.g. Indigenous Games in PE, making bannock in CTF, and students creating a artistic response which is currently on display in front of our school. Three of our classes were visited by Elder Ii'pum'saii'pi'aki, Barbara Scout, who is the great-grandmother of two of our students and herself a residential school survivor. Students in these classrooms were able to listen to a first-hand account about what it meant to lose one's name in residential school and simply becoming a number. We would like to thank Elder Ii'pum'saii'pi'aki, Barbara Scout, for spending the day with us and sharing her experiences and stories with some of our students
During the last week of the fundraiser (from September 25th to October 2nd) the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation will be DOUBLING all donations that are made to your school both in-store at your partner location(s) and online through our fundraising page:
Our Learning Commons display is off to an excellent start! This week, we had a number of book reviews completed and contributed by students. These reviews will be included in future weekly updates. Check back to see if your student's review gets posted! We also welcomed a number of donated books into the collection. We would like to thank all students and their families for their generous support!
Books students recommended (these are showcased in the Learning Commons) this week: Thone of Glass series (by Sarah J. Maas) and the Aru Shah series (by Roshani Chokshi)
This week we were proud to host our annual “Meet the Teacher Night” in person after two years of virtual events. It was a pleasure to meet so many parents and guardians who wanted to meet their child’s teachers and see the inside of the school (again). The slides from my presentation have been uploaded and can be accessed on our webpage.
Our students are excited about two new vending machines that allow them to buy CBE approved snacks and drinks during lunch and recess, as well as before and after school. The student council will decide how to best invest any profits of the sales in our school.
We are currently in the process of updating our old boiler and installing new brighter energy efficient LED lights in our school. This is an ongoing process that happens after school and during weekends. This will not interrupt any of our learning.
Furthermore, we are in the process of updating our website so it will become the place for you to find up-to-date information about out school.
Finally, the Parent Association had their AGM and voted for a new board. Thank you to our outgoing chair, Lisa Schaffer, and the incredible work she has done for our school. So many areas of our school have been updated and improved during her leadership and we are grateful for all her work.
Have a lovely weekend.
Thank you to all the parents and guardians who came to the Meet the Teacher Night yesterday evening. I am grateful for the huge turnout and the many conversations staff had.
The slides from last night's Meet the Teacher Night can be found here:
Meet the Teacher Night Sept 22-22.pdf
On Thursday, September 22, we will be hosting the SPB meet the teacher night. We are delighted to have the opportunity to host all of you back in person. If you're not able to attend in person, please use the links below to join virtually.
The night is meant for you to meet your child's teachers and to open the lines of communication early on. We recognize that many of you have children in multiple grades, so we have scheduled two identical rounds to allow families to meet with two grade teams in one night.
The layout of the night will be as follows:
6:00 PM - 6:15 PM Opening remarks from the principal
- All parents will meet in the gym
- All teachers in the gym
6:20 PM - 6:50 PM Round one
- Teachers will introduce themselves
- Discuss communication tools (share emails, remind parents to check PowerSchool, etc.)
- Any other topic you may want to bring up as a team
6:55 PM - 7:25 PM Round 2
** We have scheduled a 5-minute buffer to allow for transitions.
Thank you all for taking the time to join us!
During this week, we had lots of sport tryouts and the various sport teams are taking shape. Our Robotics team already attended the kick-off to their season at Telus Sparks last Saturday. I was lucky enough to be there in person to see so many excited students. I am especially proud that SPB will be entering an All-Girls Robotics Team to the competition. As far as I know this will be the only ALL-GIRLS middle school team in the province, definitely in Calgary. Our mixed team already has some sponsors but I was wondering if you have connections to any company or entrepreneur who would be proud to sponsor our all female team (including coaches). If this catches your interest – please contact me directly.
This Thursday, we look forward to welcoming you to SBP in person for our Meet the Teacher Night. This evening will be an opportunity for you to meet your child's teachers. This is NOT a formal parent-teacher conference for which you need to book an appointment. If you haven't done so, please state your preference (online or in person) in this questionnaire: https://forms.office.com/r/AeEyzEXXDT You will receive more details about the evening on Monday.
This week we celebrated Spirit Week to welcome all students to Senator Patrick Burns School. As staff we know of the importance of making connections to our SPB students and to give them time to connect to each other. Students all over the school were wearing SPB gear or the colour of their house team. The Pep Rally on Tuesday was another opportunity for students to enjoy their year groups and get to know new students. The students challenged my amazing AP Sra. Martinez and myself to a Tacco Challenge which I lost …. twice. Congratulations to Sra. Martinez for slapping my face and making me laugh that I spilled the water I was supposed to keep in my mouth. The students certainly enjoyed the moment – I myself not so much. Having food trucks outside our school is always a highlight for students and I was able to cool of with a lemonade myself.
Moving forward I would like to invite you to consider getting involved with our Parent Association. I would like to have more of you to work with me and my colleagues to make SPB the school you want it to be and to create more connections with the local community.
This week we were excited to welcome almost 150 grade 6 students to Senator Patrick Burns and welcomed back 600 more students in grades 7 – 9. That atmosphere of excitement around the start of a new academic year was palpable, and I had the pleasure of walking into many classrooms where students were getting to know their new classmates and teachers. We intentionally put emphasis on Orgullo Bronco Pride – reconnecting with the SPB Bronco Spirit and creating a sense of belonging. This theme will continue next week with our first Orgullo Bronco Pride Spirit week of the year. Students will be encouraged to wear their Bronco Gear or any shade of blue to show their belonging to SPB. If you have a look at our Instagram account @spbbroncos_cbe you will find a picture of all staff in their Bronco gear – we would love to see the whole school blue with proud Broncos.
With the increased numbers of students, we are experiencing higher classroom numbers. We have already hired amazing new Spanish speaking teachers to support all students.
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