May 10
May 7

Hello SJAMMERs,

We had some beautiful weather this week and the grass is greener and growing because of the recent rain.  The Prairie Crocus (ki’piaapi in Blackfoot) has appeared on Nose Hill and people are even starting to mow their lawns in the surrounding Huntington Hills community - sure signs that spring has arrived!

At this point our students in the regular program will continue learning online at home until after the May long weekend, returning May 25.  Students in our ALP and TASC classes will resume with in-school learning and we welcome our PLP class back from their week of isolation on Monday.  It will be great to see their smiling faces again!  We wish all of the Mothers in the SJAM community a wonderful Mother’s Day and we hope you are all recognised by your families in a special and loving way.
 
School Development Plan Survey open

We know we make better decisions to support student learning when we build understanding and work together. That’s why we are sharing our school development plan and asking you to share your perspectives with us.  The survey is open from May 7 to May 21.

Please click here (link to survey) to complete the survey.  More information can be found on our website​
 
Grade 9 Math Opportunity - Get Ready for Grade 10 Math
 
Please view the opportunity presented to your grade 9 student in their math D2L shell.  Contact Mr. Bliss (rfbliss@cbe.ab.ca) to let him know if your student would like to register for this class.
 
School Council

School Council would like to let everyone know that the School Council Annual General Meeting is coming up on May 18, 2021 at 6:30. 
 
Upcoming Events and what has been happening around us
 
Next week there is EID al-Fatir, beginning May 12th at sunset.

Eid al-Fitr is an important Islamic holiday for our Muslim community.  This event marks the end of the blessed month of Ramadan. The exact dates of Ramadan change every year because the Islamic calendar is based on the cycles of the Moon. 
 
May is Asian Heritage Month

It is the time to celebrate and learn about the contributions of Asian-Canadians and people of Asian heritage from other countries. It is also the time to be extra proactive in learning about anti-Asian racism past and present. We all need to learn about how our past ties into our present. We would like to share some resources to help us do that:
Films about Asian Communities in Canada: Curated selection of films by the National Film Board of Canada
Great Reads to Combat Anti-Asian Racism: Books for children, teens, and adults at the Calgary Public Library
Events in Calgary: List of events hosted by the Asian Heritage Foundation
Events in Canada: List of events promoted by the CBC
Events in Asian Canadian History: Brief history of events in Canada. Canadian government website.
 
Reflecting on this week, we have been highlighting important dates in classes that have been acknowledged in Alberta as well as across Canada.  On May 5th, there was Hats on for Mental Health Day and also Red Dress Day.

On the first Wednesday in May, Albertans are invited to wear a hat to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health. With the challenges facing people during the pandemic a focus on mental health has become even more important. A couple of confidential supports that provide support and information  

Red Dress Day or the National Day of Awareness for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) and 2SLGBTQQIA was May 5th. Each year we honour those that are no longer with us by wearing a red dress, red shirt, or red ribbon. While there is not an exact number, thousands are presumed to have disappeared. Indigenous women account for 14% of female homicide victims despite making up only 5% of the population (Native Women’s Association of Canada, 2020). Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Women and Girls is available here

Learn how Red Dress Day began in this video by visual Métis artist Jamie Black.
 
COMMUNITY RESOURCES
 
YMCA is offering FREE Outdoor Youth Programs for children ages 10-15 - details are in the flyer.
 
The Good Food Box Program, (GFB) is a program under the Community Kitchen Program of Calgary whereby anyone can purchase boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables at an affordable price. The Good Food Box Program offers a Hands Up approach as opposed to a Hands-Out. We offer all Calgarians and those in the surrounding areas, sustainable access to nutritious boxes of fruits and vegetables at an affordable price.   Ordering details are available here.
 
Have a great weekend everyone!
Darren, Andrea & Cat​


May 03
Apr 30

Hello SJAMMERs,

 
Staff and students have been busy interacting and learning over the past two weeks and are gearing up to continue with the online learning for the next two weeks. We are proud of the resilience and perseverance that the students are showing during this time of online learning. A reminder that attendance is taken at the beginning of every class and that students are to be engaged in class activities while online, check-ins with the teacher at the end of class are often required to ensure understanding.  Please reach out to your teacher if you have any questions or require any clarification.
 
We are looking forward to meeting our future grade 7 families at our Virtual Open House on Thursday, May 6 at 5:00 PM.

Thank you to all who participated in the Pipe Ceremony and Grandmother Tea Ceremony today. We trust you were able to take away some valuable teachings from the Elders and Knowledge Keepers.
 
Flourishing Life Spark terminology

Strengths-Based: An orientation and way of supporting others that focuses on innate strengths, capacity or resourcefulness and learning opportunities as opposed to weaknesses, failures and shortcomings.

Deficit-Based: An orientation and way of helping others by assessing and remediation of weaknesses or shortcomings in order to create normality or success.
 
School Council

School Council would  like to let everyone know that the School Council Annual General Meeting is coming up on May 18, 2021 at 6:30. 
 
COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Closer to Home is offering FREE Summer Camps for children ages 9-14 - details are in the flyer​.

We wish everyone well as we say goodbye to the month of April and welcome in the month of May. Have a great weekend!
Darren, Andrea and Cat


Apr 26
Apr 23

Hello SJAMMERs,

Thank you for your continued commitment to learning as we have completed our first of 2 weeks in the online environment.  We realise that most of our students prefer the face to face learning with their great teachers and we ask you to persevere and try your best online until you can come back to the building.  We do miss you all at the school!  

We were pleased to see that for most students the transition was a smooth one. We want to remind students that an online learning environment comes with certain responsibilities. It is important that we are considerate of everyone in the online classroom. At times words used, videos shared, and profile pictures selected have not demonstrated good judgement.  We want to ensure that everyone feels safe and respected. Please refer to the Digital Citizenship Expectations 

Important dates

Please remember that there are no classes on Monday, April 26th, 2021 as it is a PD day.

Flourishing Life Spark terminology

Resilience: The innate, self-writing capacity to draw upon one's personal and environmental strengths in ways that facilitates positive learning, personal growth, and competence to cope effectively with current and future life challenges.

Competence: The ability to do something successfully and efficiently.
 
School Council

School Council would like to let everyone know that the School Council Annual General Meeting is coming up on May 18, 2021 at 6:30.  Please see the letter​ for more information.
 
Calgary Police Services Feedback
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School Resource Officers (SROs) are law enforcement officers with the Calgary Police Service who are placed in elementary and secondary schools. To find out more about them, visit this website: https://www.calgary.ca/cps/youth-programs-and-resources/school-resources/school-resource-officers.html

You are invited to contribute your thoughts on the SRO program in a variety of ways:

- Interactive Virtual Events
o   Students and young people – Register here
o   Parents and Guardians – Register here
o   Teachers and school staff – Register here

- Online Engagement Portal
o   Online tools for students and young people – Register here​

​- Written Submissions
                        
o   Email - cpsengage@argylepr.com 

Your participation is important to helping us understand if the SRO program meets the needs of students and community.
If you have any questions or concerns about participating, please reach out to cpsengage@argylepr.com
 
COMMUNITY RESOURCES
 
Calgary Transit has indicated that April youth bus passes will be extended through the month of May in response to grades 7 - 12 moving to online learning.  More information is available at Calgary Transit

The Calgary Public Library will lend Chromebooks or laptops out for up to eight weeks.  Please see Calgary Library website link for more info.

Huntington Hills Community Association is offering youth Activity Camps this Summer.  Please see the poster​ for more details.
 
​Have a wonderful long weekend and try your best to get outside and endure the flurries, and the warmth that will arrive on Monday!  
Darren, Andrea and Cat​


Apr 19
Apr 16

Hello SJAMMERS

As you are likely aware we are shifting to Online At Home Learning on Monday, April 19th for our students in the regular program.   With the exception of our students in our 3 Special Education classes of ALP, PLP and TASC who will attend classes in the building as directed by Alberta Education, students and teachers will follow their current timetable by logging into their D2L course and participating in lessons.  The timetable can be found at this link​.  

As part of each class, there will be a live online connection at the beginning of the scheduled class (take attendance, state the learning intentions for the lesson, state the plan for the period) and a live wrap up conclusion to the class.  The class could include mini lessons, small group teaching and/or responding to individual questions.  We understand that there may be issues with all students logging into their class at the appropriate time and we are encouraging students and/or parents/guardians to connect with the specific teacher to let them know of any problems we can solve together. We want to stress that student attendance will be recorded every class as normal and assessment will be ongoing throughout the at-home learning period.  

Staff are in the school building this time and we are able to answer all of your questions so please reach out to us by email or phone (403) 777-7670.  

Technology Considerations 

We were able to provide loan computers for many of our families today.  Students that did NOT receive a computer but are still in need of technology should contact the school.

Important details re: borrowed technology:
Take care of equipment, the replacement cost is indicated on your agreement.
If your device came with a box, please return it in that box.
Keep your device charged.  If the device loses power then you will have to return to the school in order to get the device to work again.
Parent Technical Support    https://cbe.ab.ca/support/Pages/help.aspx ​
 
CBE Learn Deadline for 2021-22 

All parents and guardians are reminded that the date to transfer to CBe-learn (on-line classes) for next year is Friday, April 23.  A message went out today to all of our families with specifics on how to do this.

Alberta Education Survey

Parents/guardians of Grade 7 students are reminded that the survey deadline is Friday, April 23, 2021.  We are asking as many of our parents as possible to take the time to answer this survey.  Please remember that if you choose the answer “I don't know” it counts as a negative.  If you really “do not know” please leave it blank as a blank will not skew the results.

School Council 

Please join us virtually for our School Council meeting on Tuesday, April 20 at 6:30pm using Microsoft Teams. Ms. Hansen and Mr. Hoblak, our Learning Leaders for Humanities classes. They will be sharing information on what is happening at the school and updates within the program of studies. Whether you are in the HUB or have a student(s) face to face learning in the school, it is a great place to connect with other parents and find out what is happening at SJAM.
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If you were unable to attend our previous Council meetings this year and would like to receive an invite to access this meeting, please send an email to sjam.council@gmail.com.

School Council would also like to let everyone know that the School Council Annual General Meeting is coming up on May 18, 2021 at 6:30.  Please see the link​ for more information.

Earth Day

The event started in 1970 and takes place on April 22. The event’s purpose is to help support the earth from all the damage done by humans. About 1 BILLION people participate in this event every year so we from 8-4 challenge you to help the Earth in at least one way. It could be as simple as picking up garbage around your community, shortening showers, or making food in the house that requires no garbage. Climate change is rapidly increasing and each person can at least help out a little by reducing their consumption.

Flourishing Life Spark terminology

Aptitude: A natural ability and orientation to demonstrate certain skills, strengths, characteristics and a way of learning.

Transformation: A complete change in the appearance of character of something or someone, especially so that that thing or person is improved.
 
We know that this transition may be difficult for some of our community members but we encourage all of our students to do their best.  Take advantage of this on-line learning opportunity this month and embrace the challenge. 
 
Enjoy the beautufil weather today and tomorrow.
Darren, Andrea and Cat


Apr 12
Apr 9

​Hello SJAMMERS,

Hope you all had a wonderful spring break and spent some quality time outside with your friends and family.  Thanks to Ryan MacLeod, our Learning Leader and Math Coach who stepped into the office this past week to support students and staff as we had a week between one of our assistant principals saying goodbye and another saying hello.  We welcome Cat Gammell as she begins her SJAM journey on Monday, April 12. Please see the attached letter​ for Ms. Gammell’s letter of introduction.

Students will be working through some reflective questions using their Spark reports with their humanities teachers in the upcoming weeks.  This will be followed up through classroom discussions with all their teachers.  We look forward to our students recognizing how they can use their strengths in their learning along with focusing on an area to develop to be the best student they can be.

All parents and guardians are reminded that the date to transfer to CBe-learn (on-line classes) for next year is Friday, April 23.  A message went out today to all of our families with specifics on how to do this.  

Alberta Education Survey

Parents/guardians of Grade 7 students are reminded that the survey deadline is Friday, April 23, 2021.  We are asking as many of our parents as possible to take the time to answer this survey.  Please remember that if you choose the answer “I don't know” it counts as a negative.  If you really “do not know” please leave it blank as a blank will not skew the results.

Yearbook Purchase Update

 We've got some great news. Our yearbook publisher has offered to provide us extra copies of the yearbook, beyond the number we committed to at the deadline in February. This means that you still have the opportunity to purchase your own copy of the 2021 SJAM Yearbook, if you were not able to already do so. Keep in mind that there are still limited copies and when we run out, that will be it, so take advantage of this opportunity before it's too late. In order to purchase your guaranteed copy, you will need to pay with cheque or cash, in person, at the office. The cost is $35. First come, first serve.

Flourishing Life Spark terminology

Well-Being - A positive state of feeling content, healthy, empowered and prosperous. 

Mindset - An individual’s disposition, belief system, attitude and energy - their perspective of themselves and how they interpret the world around them.

Diversity at SJAM

We hope all of our families that celebrated Easter on spring break had a joyous celebration with their loved ones and friends.  We also want SJAMMERS to know that Ramadan begins April 13 and will last for a month.  We will be accommodating for their afternoon prayer in our Learning Commons so please contact the school if you have any questions or would like to participate.  Please also be on the lookout for the CBE Indigenous newsletter that Ms. Hackman will be sending out later this evening. 

Have a great weekend!
Darren & Andrea​


Apr 06
Mar 26

Hello SJAMMERS,​

Our new Assistant Principal Cat Gammell stopped by SJAM today and was introduced to all of our classes.  She is very excited to start on April 12th and we look forward to the awesome ideas she will bring to SJAM.

Thank you all who participated in our assembly this week.  We began with an acknowledgement of the land from one of our grade 9 leaders.  This was followed up with a review of the Covid-19 protocols and a reminder to not let our guards down as numbers are rising in Alberta schools.  Following this topic we gently reminded students of the SJAM dress code to ensure they were respectfully dressed for the spring weather.  We also spent some time discussing the importance of good digital citizenship and best practices when using Social Media.  (see the section below on our School Resource Officer’s Social Media presentation).  Mr. Hooper led the students in a reflection exercise. The students reflected on the 30 Flourishing Spark Strengths and predicted their top three.  Students then received a paper copy of their Spark Report that described their three Spark Strengths determined from the questionnaire they completed last month.  After spring break, we are going to help students better explore their strengths and set some new goals for the remainder of the year.  We concluded the assembly with a send off Good-bye song to Mr. Hooper and staff and students expressed their best wishes. 
  
Flourishing Life Spark terminology

This is a new category in the WAG where we plan on defining some Spark Terms for our SJAM community.

Flourishing - a heightened state of thriving, positive well-being and purposeful performance characterized by one’s growth aptitude, resilience capacity, strength-based competencies and sense of purpose. 

Competence - The ability to do something successfully and efficiently.

Social Media Presentation
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Our School Resource Officer, Constable Buchanan spent Friday morning with our Grade 7 classes presenting best practices of Social Media usage.  The Constable explained the impact the Criminal Code of Canada has on Social Media.  She started with the fact that no cell phone carriers give contracts to clients under 18 years of age so all of the students' cell phones were not their own but the property of their parents or guardian.  She also covered the fact that in the schools she is attached to, 90-95 % of all of the incidents deal with an aspect of social media.  Students discussed that a text does not include the tone or body language of the person who wrote it and the fact that miscommunication is at times a factor in a conflict.  The constable also explained that many future employers will be looking at your history in social media for background checks.   A student’s digital footprint, or a representation of who you are online, is an important and life long record of personal character and integrity. 

We are asking our parents for their support on behalf of our students.  As you are well aware, many of our students have access to technology that allow them to be connected online and that they like to spend a great deal of time on a variety of social media platforms.

The world of social media is complex and ever-evolving. The reality is that many kids who access social media will have several accounts across many different platforms   At the school, we teach students about being responsible and respectful citizens in all contexts (at school, in the community, at home and online). Although not all students are active on social media, the majority of them do have accounts on a number of various platforms (Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, etc…) and use them to interact with others. Unfortunately, we have been notified of some inappropriate online behaviours as of late and we are concerned about the types of conversations and negative interactions that have been reported by SJAM students. We are following up with individual students and families regarding these incidents.

We know that the majority of students maintain a respectful online presence and we appreciate their help in keeping SJAM a safe and caring school community. We strongly encourage all parents to be aware of and monitor their children’s online behavior. Please check in with your child to make sure you know which apps they are using, and talk with them about how to make sure their online interactions are positive.  We have provided some resources below for your reference.

Great Strategies for Parents re - Social Media & Screen Time

- No personal devices in the bedroom after 9 PM
- Limit screen time (gaming, social media, etc...)
- Talk to students about what they are doing online - have them show you.
- Set healthy boundaries 
- Hold kids capable of making good choices but also accountable if they are making poor choices
- Keep your communication line open with your child.  If your child is having a problem you are their best support (aka - problems are not solved in social media)

Protect Your Kids on Social Media


10 Reasons We Worry About Teens On Social Media


Alberta Education Survey

Reminder for all of our Grade 7 parents and guardians of the survey from Alberta Education that has been sent in the mail.  The survey deadline is Friday, April 23, 2021.  We are asking as many of our parents to take the time to answer this survey as possible.  Thank you!
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We encourage all SJAMMERS to get off your screens next week and get outside!  Nose Hill, as our Outdoor Ed students can attest, is a wonderful area to explore and it is only two blocks from the school.

Enjoy your spring break!  
Darren, Andrea and Chris​


Mar 22
Mar 19

Hello SJAMMERS,

It has now been one full year of Covid-19 restrictions that we are experiencing at SJAM.  We are aware of the fact that this has been a challenging year for many of our families and dealing with the new normal.  We shared at our school council this past week that the Covid numbers are rising again in Alberta schools and we cannot get complacent with our protocols.  We will be having an assembly next week prior to our spring break to remind our students of the importance of continuing our diligence of the Covid-19 safety measures we have in place.  At this same assembly we will also be saying good-bye to Mr. Hooper and recognise his great contributions to SJAM over his time here.  We should also have some information on our new Assistant Principal to share with the SJAM community by that time. The assembly will also roll out our plan for the Flourishing Life Questionnaire so we can have students continue working on their strengths to be the best students possible.

Alberta Education Survey

Parents/guardians of Grade 7 students will be mailed survey packages this week from Alberta Education. Included in each package will be a letter containing a RAC (Random access code) for accessing and completing the survey online.  The survey deadline is Friday, April 23, 2021.  We are asking as many of our parents to take the time to answer this survey as possible.  Accountability is very important because it helps ensure students receive the best possible education and succeed in school. 

Flourishing Life Questionnaire (FLQ)

Many of your students have completed the FLQ.  The questionnaire identifies a student’s specific strengths.  Our goal is to embrace a holistic approach to preparing students for academic and life success starts with the belief that all students have the essential strengths, core competencies and character traits to thrive when faced with adversity and opportunities to flourish. This strengths-based perspective engages and supports students in ways that invite a curious exploration of “what can be” based upon a clear set of values and attitudes. It replaces an emphasis on mitigating problems, vulnerabilities and deficits to one with a focus on “what is working” as the starting point for positive change that leads to school/life success and sustainable well-being.  We will be sharing this information with your students soon.  If your student did not complete the questionnaire, please contact your teacher and we will give you a consent form to participate.  

Online Learning Choice for Next year

Earlier this week all CBE families received a school message for the plan for the HUB for next school year 2021-2022.  For next year and beyond, we will offer the choice of full-time online learning for Grade 1 to 12 students through a centralized online school called CBe-learn.  Hub online learning will no longer be available. Please complete the online survey​ by the March 25 deadline of 4:00 pm.   The survey is about your current intention only. It does not determine where your child will attend school; however, your responses are very helpful.

Spring Break

Reminder that Spring Break will occur from March 29 - April 5.  Classes resume April 6. 
 
COMMUNITY RESOURCES

The Royal City Soccer Club, a registered non-profit organization, is excited to host our 29th annual summer soccer day camps to all children aged 5 to 13.  There are full day and morning sessions available during any of the weeks in July and August. Our program is designed to encourage and promote personal development, team building and life skills in a fun, safe and inclusive environment.  We have 12 locations across Calgary (details available on our website).  For any questions or to register visit our website at royalsoccer.com or contact us at 1-800-427-0536 or by email at info@royalsoccer.com.

Enjoy your wonderful weekend!
Darren, Andrea and Chris​


Mar 15
Mar 12

Hello SJAMMERS,

Thanks for all the parents and guardians who attended our scheduled PTC conferences this week.  We very much appreciate working together in a strong partnership as teachers and parents / guardians to create the best learning environment for our SJAMMERS.  We heard back from some of our families today on how great the conferences went and how they valued working with our great SJAM staff.  If you missed these conferences, please call the school or email the teachers to set something up.

School Council 

Please join us virtually for our School Council meeting on Tuesday, March 16 at 6:30pm using  Microsoft Teams. Ms. Beniuk, our Learning Leader for Complementary Option classes will be sharing information on what is happening at the school and updates within the program of studies. Whether you are in the HUB or have a student(s) face to face learning in the school, it is a great place to connect with other parents and find out what is happening at SJAM.

If you were unable to attend our previous Council meetings this year and would like to receive an invite to access this meeting, please send an email to sjam.council@gmail.com.
 
Spring break 

We have two more weeks until Spring Break.  Our Spring Break starts on March 29th until Monday, April 5.  Classes resume on Tuesday, April 6.
 
Time change

Please remember to switch your clocks ahead one hour this weekend.  Daylight Saving time changes officially at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 14.
 
COMMUNITY RESOURCES

There are weekly online sessions for male youth from 4:15 - 5:15 on Thursdays from April 1 to May 20.  See the poster below for details or call 403-543-0555 if you are interested in registering.

Boys Group poster 1.png

Enjoy the great weather this weekend!
Darren, Andrea and Chris


Mar 08
Mar 5

​​Hello SJAMMERS,

We welcomed back our grade seven homeroom that has been off on quarantine the past two weeks.  It was great to see their smiling faces return to SJAM and they were excited to see their friends and teachers face to face again.

We would like to announce that one of our Assistant Principals, Chris Hooper will be moving on to be the Principal at Dr. E.W. Coffin School after spring break. This will give us a couple weeks to find a replacement for his very large shoes as he has made a great difference here at SJAM along with his leadership regarding students and staff wellness.  Mr. Hooper you will be missed!

Please remember next week we have noon dismissal on Thursday, March 11 and a NID (no school) on Friday, March 12 for Parent Teacher Conferences.    

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher interviews will occur virtually next week from 3 - 8 pm on Thursday, March 11 evening and 9am - 1:30pm on Friday, March 12.  The opportunity to sign up for virtual interviews starts tomorrow, Saturday, March 13 at noon.  Students that are in the HUB have their own conference times and information was sent to them in a separate email.

All parents with children enrolled in the Calgary Board of Education schools have access to conferences. Parents must first create a new PowerSchool parent account to be able to use this CBE application and the guide link below.

Parents login: MyCBE | PowerSchool > myCBE Apps > my School Conferences (as shown below)
Guide: Parents can find support information (including user guides for booking a conference, joining a conference, and a quick reference guide) on the Technical Support for Students & Parents site, under MyCBE / PowerSchool - School Conferences.
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We have developed 3 separate conferences that you may sign up for:

1. Academics - these will be 10 minute interviews with your student’s SMath (Science & Math) and Humanities (Language Arts & Social Studies) combined.  See Chart below for the correct Homeroom selection 
2. PE / Options - these will be 5 minute interviews with your student’s option teacher.  Every student has 2 options per semester.
3. SPED - these will be 30 minute interviews with your student’s Special Education teacher in either ALP, PLP or TASC.
 
Name of HR (homeroom)
Humanities Teacher
SMath Teacher
ELL 71 / 81 / 91 
Mr. Langille
Ms. Hopley & Ms. MacGougan
HR 72 / 73 / 74
Mr. Crossman
Mrs. Greenham (Ferencik)
HR 75 / 76 / 77
Ms. MacPhee 
Ms. Hande
HR 82 / 83 / 84
Ms. Isackson
Ms. Champion
HR 85 / 86 / 87
Ms. Chan 
Mr. Wear
HR 88 / 98
Ms. Shulyakovskaya & Ms. Ralph
Ms. Sterling
HR 92 / 93 / 94 
Ms. Else 
Mr. Miller
HR 95 / 96 / 97
Mr. Hoblak
Mr. Leavitt
 
If you are having difficulty with the process of setting up your virtual interview please phone the office at 403-777-7670 for support.
 
YEARBOOK - attention Hub families

This is a request for our Hub students to share photos of themselves learning from home so we can include some in our yearbook. Currently, we have very few submitted and, specifically, we don't have any from our grade 8 students. If you are a grade 8 student and would like to be in the yearbook, submit a photo in the next week and it will likely make it in. Use this link​ to go to a Google Form to get more instructions and details and to submit your photos. It will require you to be logged into your CBE Google account.
 
COMMUNITY RESOURCES


Carya is a community service organization that is previously known as Calgary Family Services.  They have supports for families in all of the ever-changing phases of parenthood.  If you need support, call their intake line at 403-205-5244 or visit their website.
 
Enjoy your weekend!
Darren, Andrea & Chris​


Mar 01
Feb 24

Hello SJAMMERS,  

It is a relief that we are into much better weather this past week and we are heading into the month of March, the official start of spring that we are all looking forward to.  One highlight this week was the generosity of our Phys. Ed. students on their community walks.  Classes brought shovels with them and cleared sidewalks and driveways of our SJAM neighbours.  Mr. Jones reported on Tuesday:  ‘The kids got lots of "positive pushes" by homeowners coming out to thank the kids and even cars honking their horns as they drove by (in appreciation).”  

We want to remind everyone that Student / Parent / Teacher Interviews are upcoming on March 11 and 12.  These will be once again virtual in Microsoft Teams and information will be sent out next week on how to sign up for these conferences that will go live on Saturday, March 6 at noon.  If an interpreter is required for interviews please let our child’s teacher know.



Social Media issues - This past week we unfortunately had to deal with some serious online incidents that have had a significant negative impact on the wellbeing of many people at SJAM. Please be aware of your student’s online activities and monitor their social media accounts.  Please contact SJAM Administration if you have any questions or concerns.

Covid-19 Update - We still have one current, positive Covid case.  The students and staff from one of our Grade 7 homerooms will be returning from isolation on Friday, March 5 and we look forward to their return. 

Picking up and dropping off Students - The administration from our neighbour school, John G. Diefenbaker High School, has shared with us concerns of congestion.  There is a new traffic sign sign.png that has been posted at the north end of their parking lot. The congestion in the mornings and afternoons has made this parking exit a dangerous endeavour for many students and families.  In collaboration with their SRO and the City of Calgary this sign is a strategy to improve safety and traffic flow.  In the morning, many families drop their child off and then have been “stuck” trying to exit for quite some time.  In the afternoons, Calgary Transit buses obscure the road and there have had far too many close calls to count. Please adhere to this new traffic protocol, which is effective immediately.

High School Engagement - Please take note of the email that was sent out earlier this week from the CBE.  One change the CBE is seeking feedback on is whether to continue the IB (International Baccalaureate) program at our neighbour John G. Diefenbaker High School. Please share your voice!  You are welcome to share your feedback on possible scenarios in one of two ways: 
Virtual Sessions: March 3 and 12
Online Survey: March 2-17
Please see our high school engagement Insite page​ for more information on how you can participate.

Black History Month – SJAM students had the opportunity to view a spectacular video produced by Mr. Crossman that reflected on the importance of Black History Month.  The video captured reflections of individuals and emphasized the contributions of black people in society.  Two of SJAM’s very own grade 7 students made an appearance with some poetry.  

Professional Learning - Dr. Wayne Hammond presented the results on the Flourishing Life survey SJAM students participated in this week. Teachers are looking forward to delving further into the results and supporting our students through their strengths.  Teachers were involved in designing differentiated tasks for students along with First-Aid training

Powerschool APP - One issue that was brought up in our School Council this week was the limitations there are in the PowerSchool APP.  Please use a browser to log into PowerSchool to check the assessment of specific assignments your student has handed in and received feedback on.  The PowerSchool APP does not allow access to this data.  We want to remind parents and guardians to please be proactive and feel free to reach out to the teachers with any questions.  If you have any questions or concerns please do not wait for information until interviews or report cards to receive feedback from teachers.
 
COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Virtual Round Dance Feb. 27
Miskanawah is sponsoring their 15th Annual Round Dance tomorrow night. While attending virtually isn’t the same experience as being live it’s still an opportunity to gather together and share in this cultural gathering. If you have not had the pleasure of hearing MC Hal Eagletail  you will want to tune in.
The Round Dance will be streamed live on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @miskanawah from 6:00 – 9:30 pm on February 27th.

Greenview LEAD program for youth
City of Calgary AfterSchool Program
LEAD is a program to build leadership skills for students in Grades 6-9. Participating in the program will earn youth valuable skills and a certificate after 20 hours of volunteering/practicum.
Location: 6440 Centre St NE
Time: 4:30-6:30 pm January – May 27, 2021 (it’s not too late to register)
Dates: Monday and Wednesdays
Space is limited to ensure physical distancing.
Call or email ChiVi Truong at 403-476-7167 or chivi.truong@calgary.ca to complete a free registration.

Enjoy the great weather this weekend!
Darren, Andrea & Chris


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