Sep 16
September 16, 2021

Good morning Sir Wilfrid Laurier parents:

Below you will see some important things to note:

September 23 – Terry Fox Run
September 24 – Non-Instructional Day – No School for Students
September 27 – Picture Day – Students Must be in Full Uniform
September 29 – Grade 6 Immunizations
September 30 –National Day for Truth and Reconciliation– No School

Principal's Message
Meet the Teacher:  Teachers have prepared video presentations to introduce themselves to you and provide a brief overview of the programs of study.  These will be posted on the school website on September 24.  Please know you can always contact the school or email your child's teachers if you have any questions or concerns.

Terry Fox Run:  Tomorrow, September 17 is the official launch of our Terry Fox Fundraiser in support of cancer research.  Students are encouraged to bring a Toonie for Terry and may wear casual wear for doing so.  We have a school goal to fundraise $2000 for cancer research and students were given information today as to how they can support.  Students who fundraise $25 or more before September 29  will be invited to a pizza lunch.  Students will also participate in a school run on September 23, so please ensure they wear athletic wear and bring a water bottle.  Go lightning!

Athletics is fully underway with soccer, cross country, and volleyball in full play; how wonderful to see our youth participating in sports and recreation again.  As well, we have started auditions for the school musical, choir, and lots of clubs…we encourage you child to try new activities and take risks.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Daryl Martin

Attendance Message
At SWL attendance is taken for each of the seven periods of the day.  If your child misses any part of a day or is late for a period you will now receive an attendance summary of all the periods not just the period missed.

The e-mail you will receive says, in part:

“This email is to inform you that your child, (Child's name), has been marked as absent or late for either part or the whole day on (Date). 

Below you will see some common attendance information:
 “P" before the name of the class that means the child was present for that class
“A" before the name of the class means the child was absent for the class
“AP" before the name of the class means the child is absent but a parent called
“L" before the name of the class means the child was late for the class
“FE" before the name of the class means the child was on a family holiday or event
“LVE" before the name of the class means the child left early

If you receive a call regarding your child's attendance, please check your PowerSchool account for detailed attendance information.  You can log in to your account at any time during the day to see the information as it is there once the teacher has submitted attendance each period of the day.

Athletics
Soccer

Practices
Girls – Tuesday/Thursday – 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Boys – Wednesday – 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Games
Girls
September 16, SWL at Peter Lougheed – 4:30 pm
September 22, Sir John A MacDonald at SWL – 4:30 pm
September 29, SWL at Clarence Sansom – 4:30 pm

Boys
September 23, Sir John A MacDonald at SWL – 4:30 pm
September 28, SWL at Clarence Sansom – 4:30

Volleyball Practices
Girls – Monday – 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm and Wednesday 7:30 am – 8:15 am
Boys – Tuesday/Thursday 7:30 am – 8:15 am

Season of Play

SoccerSeptember 1 – October 31
Girls – Mon/WedBoys –Tues/Thur
Cross CountrySeptember 1 – October 14
VolleyballSeptember 13 – November 21
Girls – Tues/ThursBoys – Mon/Wed
WrestlingNovember 8 – January 28
BasketballJanuary 3 – March 19
Girls – Mon/WedBoys – Tues/Thur
BadmintonApril 4 – May 22
Track & FieldApril 6 – June 10​​


Sep 07
September 3, 2021

Hello SWL Families,

We have had a great week at SWL reconnecting with returning students and meeting all of our new additions.  A gentle reminder to review the uniform guidelines and outfit your student for TLC.  Please see the attached link.

https://school-edit.cbe.ab.ca/school/SirWilfridLaurier/culture-environment/conduct/dress-code/Pages/default.aspx

UNIFORM UPDATE: Formal uniforms are to be worn EVERY Monday and Informal uniform from Tuesday to Friday.  Black shoes (dress or running) are required, as are Navy pants (not leggings). Please ensure you have proper uniform footwear and attire in place for Tuesday.

SCHOOL PROGRAMS AND BAND:  We are running a full complement of option programs, field trips, athletics, and the grade 7-9 Band program will include Violin, Jazz, Wind, Brass ensembles and General Music.  A  Instrument rental informational meeting will take place virtually on Microsoft Teams on the evening of September 8 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm and invites will be sent to you electronically from Ms. Tonn on Monday or Tuesday.  Please save the date and time if you have a student in grade 7-9.  We need instruments to be in students' hands by September 23 to get the Band program off to a great start! 

IMPORTANT FORMS:  If you have not returned demographic and any other forms (all on pink paper) to the school, please do so by Tuesday so that Mrs. Holland can update this important information. 

IMMUNIZATION FORMS:  Immunization forms must be returned to the office by first thing Friday morning (September 10).  AHS is only bringing enough doses to provide to students that have signed consents.  Students with late forms a will not be able to be immunized at this time.

Please contact the school if you have any questions or need support with uniforms and other school start up matters.

So many smiles this week and lots of excitement.  Thank you SWL teachers, parents and guardians for supporting a successful return to school.  We look forward to a great year ahead!

Have a fabulous long weekend. 

Sincerely,
Mr. Martin
Principal​


Jun 24
June 24, 2021

WE MADE IT!

This week students are finishing their final assessments and everyone is excited for summer break, including a very dedicated and hard working team of teachers.  This year has required students, families and staff to be adaptive and strong and our SWL community has been nothing short of amazing.  On behalf of the faculty, I extend sincere gratitude to all of you for your flexibility and support of education.  It is through our collective efforts that we are emerging from a year of uncertainty and hardship for so many.

We were able to find opportunities to have some fun during the warm spring days with our students, including a wildly entertaining talent show which made everyone's day.  Grade 9 students enjoyed themselves immensely during our grade 9 farewell celebration activities and the grade 6 -8 awards was another hi- light we celebrated this June.  Congratulations to our award recipients and to Ms. Fuchshuber, our amazing French teacher who is retiring and hanging up her chalk; we are really going to miss her and our grade 9 students as they embark on new adventures.  We are concluding the school year with a school wide cohort activity day on Monday! 

​Report cards are available through PowerSchool starting on Saturday, June 26.  Ms. Jernigan and I read all the report cards, nice work SWL students! 

Appeals Day is scheduled for June 29, please call the school or e-mail the teacher if you have a question about report card marks or comments and they will make themselves available to you on June 29 from 9 am – 12 pm.

I am still not yet in receipt of specific re-entry information for September.  At this point, we plan for a new school year with optimism and hope that we will be resuming activities and providing educational enhancements that we love and cherish in service to your children.

Happy Summer to a fabulous and caring school community.

Mr. Martin


Jun 04
June 4, 2021

​AHS COVID19 Rapid Testing at Sir Wilfrid Laurier School
On June 9, Alberta Health contractors will be performing COVID19 Rapid Testing for Grade 6 and 7 students at Sir Wilfrid Laurier School.  Today (Friday) your child will be bringing home an information package and consent form.

If you wish to have your child tested, sign the consent form and return it to the school on Monday, June 7.    Do not return the form if you do not give your consent.

Principal's Message
The summer weather has finally arrived and vaccination roll outs for Albertans aged 12 and over are going well.  As we see vaccination numbers increase, it gives a sign of hope and anticipation to bring back so much of the work and programming we enjoyed providing to our students before the pandemic. Thank you to our parents for getting student vaccinations booked as soon as possible.

Please remember to pack a water bottle,  a healthy lunch/snacks, and dress in clothing that is appropriate for school and warmer weather.

Congratulations to our Kiwanis Watch Award Winners who were recognized for being outstanding citizens,  and to Ariam who took first place in a province wide essay writing contest, and to Shaurya for placing in the top 50 students in a nation wide math contest.  So great to see our students excelling in citizenship and academics. 

We are preparing Awards Celebrations (tailored and modified due to COVID) and will provide a YouTube link on June 17 for the grade 9 Farewell and June 18 for grades 6-8.  Early Dismissal days that were scheduled in June will be used to assess students in ALL academic subjects. We have subscribed to exam bank and Solara for students who want to practice and study beforehand.

We have heavy hearts this week as we discuss and come to terms with the terrible discovery of the remains of 215 Indigenous children at a former residential school in Kamloops.  We support truth and reconciliation at SWL, and this week and throughout our time together at SWL, we will continue to build and bridge understanding and show solidarity with residential school survivors. 

We welcome our grade 8 and 9 students back to in-person learning on June 11.  Until then, be safe and be well.  Wishing you a lovely weekend.

 

Sincerely,
Mr. Martin
Principal


Apr 29
April 29, 2021

Hello SWL Families and Students,

ONLINE SCHOOL

Yesterday we received notice that our grade 7-9 students will continue to work online for an additional two weeks, resuming in-person learning on May 17.  Our grade six students will be returning to school on May 5 and we look forward to seeing them. 

Student attendance in online classes these past two weeks has been excellent, ranging at about 95%!  Thank you for supporting the continuation of learning by making sure your children attend school, get daily physical activity and show their faces and share their voices while working online.  It is so helpful and so important!  Good work SWL!  Our students continue to demonstrate resiliency and perseverance; so proud of them.

ENRICHMENT: EXAM BANK and SOLARA

With respect to learning, we have purchased exam bank which students are welcome to use to enrich their learning by way of extra practice.  Students can also use Solara which is a free online bank of questions to support extra practice.  To access these resource, please follow these links and instructions. 

Steps to Accessing Solaro 

Link to Solaro Access Instructions if you can't access the attachment:  https://school-edit.cbe.ab.ca/School/Repository/SBAttachments/097394b1-91dd-472b-8c73-5fcb08b6d75c_STEPSTOACCESSINGSOLARO(UsingCBEGmailAccount).pdf

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Congratulations to all of our grade 9 students for conducting thorough research and putting on some amazing presentations in support of a local charity as part of our Youth and Philanthropy Initiative.  The Children's Cottage Society team took first place and secured a contribution of $5000 to support this organization.  Congratulations to Yuvika, Divya and Tanishsa!  A special thank you as well to Akashdeep, Archana, Shaminder, and Hari for their willingness to be student judges.

We also had quite a few grade 7-9 students participate in a University of Calgary Math Challenge yesterday.  Nice work!

Stay safe and be well. 

Daryl Martin
Principal​


Apr 15
April 15, 2021

Hello SWL Families,

The Spring weather has arrived bringing some relief, warmth and joy during these difficult times.  Please make note of a few announcements for this week, the most important being the move to online learning for grades 7-12.

GRADE 7-12 ONLINE

If you have not heard the announcement from the provincial government, our students in grades 7-9 will move to online school effective Monday, April 19.  At this time, we have been told this is for a two week period. Please ensure your child takes home their belongings, including their violins.  Grade 7-9 students are to follow their timetables and attend classes virtually.  It is important we do not lose momentum in our learning so please discuss with your child that school assignments and work will continue as will grading and assessment.  Please contact the school or e-mail your child's teacher if you experience any difficulty accessing classes online or if you have any questions or need further support.  The school office remains open.

Grade  6 students will continue with in-person learning.  They are quite excited to have the whole school to themselvesJ

CBE BUDGET and FEES

If you are interested in contributing your voice to the CBE Budget and Fees, please access the survey through this URL:
https://sirwilfridlaurier.cbedialogue.com/en/projects/cbe-budget-survey-feedback/engagements/2021-22-school-budget-and-school-fees

ALBERTA EDUCATION ASSURANCE SURVEY

Grade 7 parents should have received access codes in the mail from Alberta Education.  We appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey as it provides valuable information to support our school program.  The survey closes April 23.  Please contact the school if you have not received a code.

SCHOOL EVENTS

Congratulations to our students who participated in the Young Writers' Conference and to our grade 9 students who put together some amazing presentations for our YPI project.  The Finals are tomorrow so stay tuned for notice of the winning team.  We are now moving forward with an essay writing contest.  Good luck, SWL students!

Final call for students to sign up for the virtual talent show.

These are challenging times as we pivot between in-person and online teaching and learning.  Your children are doing remarkably well and really showing us some solid academic growth.  I hope this helps ease your minds somewhat.  Thank you for your ongoing support of education as we continue to do our utmost to provide continuity, support and care. 

Enjoy the rest of your week.

 

Mr. Martin​


Apr 09
April 9, 2021

Hello SWL Families,

I hope you are staying well and safe during these unprecedented times.  School life and learning continues and we are excited about our Youth and Philanthropy Initiative happening next week and we also hope to see students participate in the SWL Virtual Talent Show.  Sign up for this event is underway.

We are looking at ways to celebrate student achievement in May and June and honour our departing grade 9 students. We will provide information on this in the coming weeks as we work with senior administration to ensure privacy concerns and other safety considerations are met.

We received this notice from the Centre for Newcomers yesterday and I wanted to share it with you in support of any newcomers in our SWL school community.

  • COVID-19 Support for Newcomer Families to Canada

The Centre for Newcomers recently received funding to support newcomer youths that have been impacted by COVID-19. The Centre for Newcomers can assist youth in the following ways:

  1. Financial support (food gift cards)
  2. Mental health support (counselling)
  3. Psychology Assessments

The Centre for Newcomers wants to reach newcomer youths who are at risk of hunger and mental health challenges due to the pandemic. Schools are welcome to provide the Centre for Newcomers contact information to families in order for the families to access this service.

Newcomer families who are in crisis can reach out to Ekene Balogun, Manager of the Youth Programs at 403-648-2232 or email at E.Balogun@centrefornewcomers.ca.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mr. Martin​


Mar 25
March 25, 2021

Hello SWL Families,

In response to a few phone calls today, please be advised that tomorrow, Friday, March 26 is a school day.

On behalf of the staff at Sir Wilfrid Laurier School I would like to wish our students and families the best of what Spring Break has to offer.  The students have done so well adjusting to a very different school year and it is my hope you will be able to celebrate with them next week.  Wearing masks for long periods of time, mandatory cohort groupings, facing forward, limited physical education opportunities, just to name a few, are a part of our current reality and we are mindful and appreciate how positive our students have been and how well they have adjusted to school during COVID.

We will celebrate tomorrow with a comfy clothing day, but make sure the clothing choices are warm and appropriate for school as we will be conducting wellness activities outside.  The weather is looking good!J

Students are reminded that they are still required to dress for school; ripped jeans and crop tops are not a part of school and active wear. 

Grade 7 parents and students will be asked to participate in the Alberta Education Quality Assurance Survey in the upcoming weeks.  The surveys were mailed out this week.  We greatly appreciate your feedback to support continuous improvement at SWL.  Please take a few minutes when you receive the survey to complete it.  If you are a grade 7 parent and you do not receive a copy of the survey, please contact the school following Spring Break and we will make sure you receive a copy.  Thank you in advance.

SWL students return to school on Wednesday, April 7. 

Have a wonderful week,  stay safe and have fun!

Kind Regards,
Mr. Martin​


Mar 10
Thursday March 10 2021

Hello SWL Families,

I hope this finds you well. A few important reminders.

  • A reminder that Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences are scheduled for Thursday and Friday of this week and you can book through your my CBE/PowerSchool account .  Here is the link  https://sis.cbe.ab.ca/public/.  It is important your child attend these conferences with a parent/guardian.  By middle/junior high school, a student should be an active participant in these conversations with teachers and parents.
  • Grade 9  Students:  Transfer requests for out of attendance area high schools, as well as expressions of interest for AP or IB are due on March 15.  Please ensure your child speaks with Mrs. Rydahl or Mrs. Jernigan by tomorrow, MARCH 11 if you need any help or support.  There are no extensions to this deadline.

I hope our families are keeping well and safe.  Enjoy your week-end and your time with SWL teachers during conference times.

Sincerely,

Daryl Martin


Feb 25
February 25, 2021

Hello SWL!

NON-INSTRUCTIONAL DAY: A reminder that tomorrow, (Friday, February 26) is a non-instruction day for SWL students. I hope the weather is warm and there will be outside play. Teachers will be reviewing report card data and  mid-year reading assessments tomorrow.  We will use the data to refine our targeted strategies to keep your child on a positive learning trajectory until end of year.  This is critical given that absenteeism rates are higher due to COVID and we have had to adjust teaching practice during a pandemic.

LEARNING: Congratulations to all the grade 8 and 9  students who wrote the nationally acclaimed and very challenging PASCAL math test this week!  Way to go! 

UNIFORM: A reminder to ensure students have  a crested uniform top, black/navy pants and either a SWL cardigan or SWL hoodie for school. No exceptions! Thank you!

COMMUNICATION: Parent/Student/Teacher conferences will be held virtually on March 11 and 12.  The school office will send a messenger when bookings upon up a week prior.  We had very good feedback using a virtual platform during the last round of interviews. 

COVID:  We had two confirmed cases dating to Feb 18 and 19.  Please ensure you continue to use the AHS screening tool and keep students at home who have any COVID related symptoms.  Parents who use private bus carriers are encouraged to make sure COVID transportation guidelines are being followed, including seating plans and communicating to your child that food and beverages are not permitted on busses.  Masks should always be worn and students should be seated in family groups as much as is possible.

SCHOOL/PARENT COUNCIL:  Thank you to our School Council Executive for supporting SWL in purchasing chrome books and i-pads for the upcoming school year. We need to decommission up to 120 old devices to keep our technology suite updated.

As always, I feel fortunate to work with such a fantastic school community.  Your support of our work to keep SWL safe and caring with a concerted learning focus is greatly appreciated.  Thank you parents and most important, a huge thank you to our students, many of whom have had to pivot to in-school and online learning one or more times in 2020-21.  Our students are doing a good job and we are proud of how well they are handling such a difficult time in our world.

Have a lovely weekend.
Mr. Martin​


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