Good Morning Sir Winston Churchill School Community,
As we come to the end of the 2020 – 2021 School Year, I would be remiss if I didn’t take this opportunity to extend my gratitude to members of our school community. This past year has been rife with challenges that we have collectively worked together to overcome. Students, your cooperation, optimism and ability to adapt to changing circumstances was remarkable and greatly appreciated – well done and thank you! I want to also thank our families for their support, encouragement and understanding. There were certainly some stressful times and your consideration and patience was greatly appreciated. While there were frustrations, we were bound by common purpose – to keep everyone safe and to provide quality teaching and learning. While we are not perfect we can take some comfort in the fact that we want the same thing. Finally, I want to thank our staff. Our Facility Operators were tasked to maintain a clean, safe and functional working environment. Our Support and Office Staff maintained our routines as near to “normal” as possible given the situation. Our teaching faculty who navigated the “ups and downs” of online instruction and in person learning under less than ideal circumstances. I want to thank you all on behalf of our Admin Team. We are truly fortunate to work with such an exceptional school community – thank you one and all.
We are planning for, and hoping for a near to “normal” school start – up for the 2021 – 2022 school year. School Opening information is currently on our school website. We will provide you updates and information as to September start-up sometime in August. In the interim, we wish you all a relaxing and safe summer. We are looking forward to better days ahead.
Sincerely, the Administration of Sir Winston Churchill High School
Mr. Jayme McDonald Assistant Principal
Ms. Tammy Cave Assistant Principal
Ms. Cheryl McKelvie Assistant Principal
Mr. Arvin Rajan Principal
As we approach our Winter Break, I wanted to express my heartfelt wishes to all of you this Holiday Season. I know this will not be an easy break for many, but I hope you will find some joy and comfort from your family and friends. This will be an unusual Winter Break in many respects; however, we should remain thankful for the little things that we so often take for granted.
On behalf of the Staff of Sir Winston Churchill High School – Best of the Season to you all. We hope you all keep well and enjoy some well-deserved rest.
Mr. A. Rajan
Dear Parents and Students
Our school has been working hard to ensure Alberta Health Services (AHS) regulations and guidelines for schools are being closely followed. We have been working in consultation with an AHS inspector, who has been impressed with the safety measures at the school. We will continue to work closely with AHS, CBE and Alberta Education as new cases emerge to ensure that we are focussed on learning, while addressing the health and safety of our school community.
We have been impressed with our students; however, we understand that many of our students are experiencing COVID fatigue. Nevertheless, we must continue to follow the safety protocols – mask wearing, social distancing when possible, washing our hands frequently and sanitizing on a regular basis. We remain vigilant and continue to reinforce the importance of following the guidelines set forth by Alberta Health Services.
As of today, the majority of our students and staff who have been under mandatory isolation orders will be returning. As of October 23, 2020 – we have not had any additional reported cases of COVID-19. The school will remain under “watch".
As per Alberta Health Services direction, we must have 28 consecutive days without a positive case before the “watch" will be removed. From our communications with Alberta Health Services we understand that the transmissions have been coming from outside of our school.
We continue to ask for your support and cooperation. We ask all families to be diligent in following the safety protocols when not at school. As I continue to re-iterate, this is a collective responsibility and we must work together to keep one another safe.
I hope you all enjoy your weekend and keep safe.
Mr. A. Rajan
Good Morning Everyone
Mr. A. Rajan
As we wrap up this ‘very different’ (an understatement if there ever was one)
and challenging school year at Churchill, I wanted to reach out one last time this
term to send a warm farewell to our graduating class and their parents.
I also wanted to express my heartfelt thanks to everyone – students, parents,
teachers and admin – who have dug in and shifted quickly to continue with an
effective education program at Churchill, through our hugely changed
circumstances since March.
I trust we’ve all learned more about ourselves over the last few months, and
that we’ve all acquired new skills to help us navigate in a changed world going
forward. I’m especially hopeful that the solidarity, empathy, and willingness
to work as teams that everyone has displayed – whether we’re physically
together or not – stays with us all in the future.
This certainly won’t be the last challenge we’ll face as we move ahead in our
respective lives – I trust that these circumstances have made us all more
resilient and flexible in dealing with the different challenges as they
I have been impressed throughout this year by our students, staff, and admin,
and how they’ve all represented our Churchill community so well – thanks again
to everyone for all their patience and support.
I wish everyone a safe and peaceful summer.
Good Morning Everyone
As we move toward the end of our very
interesting, challenging, and, I trust for all of us, a ‘character building’
school year, I want to encourage everyone to push hard right to the end of
the term. Teachers and Admin staff continue to be here to support you in
these important last few days of the year – please continue to reach out to
any of us if you need help in any way.
A few notes as the days of our 2019-2020 school year wind
- A reminder to all students
that on-line classes will end on June 15, 2020
- Please remember to collect
your belongings from your lockers and such, and remember to call the
school ahead of time and arrange for a time to come and gather your
things. Please note that all textbooks have been taken from the
lockers and returned to the business office.
- Grade 12s have been provided
a schedule that details when they can come to Churchill to collect their
graduation certificates, caps and yearbooks, and to return their
textbooks. Please see your CBE educbe.ca email account for
- A ‘drive by’ textbook drop
off has been arranged for those grade 10 and grade 11 students who still
have theirs. Secured bins are located outside the front door and
the Phys Ed / Parking lot door and will be available from 9:00 am to
1:00 pm – June 15 to June 19 and June 22 to June 26.
- As items are returned and
processed, any possible refunds are being mailed out.
- Grade 10 and grade 11
students will receive their yearbooks in the fall
- While we are planning for the
2020 -2021 school year, students and families need to be aware that
there will most likely be some modifications to the start–up in the
fall. We will keep everyone up to date as plans and decisions for next year
are being made.
I want to thank everyone again for their
diligence and discipline through these challenging times – I’m impressed by
how quickly and effectively our students, teachers and staff have pivoted to
the new teaching model that the pandemic has forced on us, and trust that
we’ll all take positive lessons away from how adaptable we’ve proved to be,
lessons that will benefit us for the rest of our lives.
Have a great weekend, and be good to each
Mr. A Rajan
Good morning all, and Happy Grad
week to you!
We all know that this one is
different than any other Grad before, but it is certainly no less important.
Grad is a time to reflect on the past, and look forward to the future. As the
world begins to open up again, it’s important to note that the grads of 2020 –
possibly more so than any Grad class in recent history – have a critical part
to play in how the world resets after a major event like the pandemic. You are
in a unique and special position – I encourage you to take advantage of the
opportunity that is being afforded to you.
Just a couple of updates this
• A reminder:
there will be no classes on Friday May 29. Friday is Graduation Day, and
regardless of pandemic circumstances, we will recognize it as such
• On behalf of
the staff and faculty of Sir Winston Churchill High School, I want to
congratulate all of our graduates for a job very well done in trying
circumstances - congratulations to the Class of 2020!
Be strong, be proud, and be kind
to your self and those around you as we continue to make our way through these
challenging times – I hope and trust that I’ll see you all again soon.
Mr. A. Rajan
I’ve been thinking this week about what we may have gained, what we may have learned from the odd and disquieting circumstances under which we’re finishing up the school year at Churchill: I’m continuing to look for silver linings, and I hope you are too. One thing I’d like us all – students, parents, teachers and staff – to think about is what we’ve learned about ourselves over the last couple of months, and how we’re going to use what we’ve learned going forward, regardless of the road ahead. If we’ve learned to study and teach and communicate and engage in new and different ways, I hope we’ll all add all that to our arsenal of life skills in the months and years ahead.
A couple of administrative points for this week:
• Churchill admin staff is busily planning for the 2020 -2021 school year, and we’re planning with the assumption that we’ll have a ‘regular’ September start up. That said, we know that there will be some aspects of start up that certainly won’t be ‘normal’, and we want to assure students and families that, as the situation evolves and we learn more, we’ll keep you up to date on any changes to our school opening procedures.
• A video message will be sent to the Graduating Class of 2020 on May 29, 2020. The address will include our Valedictorian message as well as a message from your Churchill Administration.
As always, I want to encourage students to stay engaged with their learning as we move toward the end of this school year, and remind you that your teachers, Guidance staff and school administration are all here to support you.
Mr. A Rajan
Good morning all – I trust you’re all staying safe and well.
Thank you again for continuing to ‘dig in’ as we all work toward the end of this very unusual school year. As we look forward to summer and the slow opening up of our economy, I encourage you to continue to be careful with yourself and those around you, and also to try to make a deliberate effort to carry on with some of the ‘good habits’ – being more friendly and engaged, maybe getting closer to elderly relatives - you’ve developed during this time.
As usual, a few administrative items this week:
• We’re optimistic and hopeful that classes will resume in our building in September, and to that end we’re deep into the planning for the 2020 – 2021 school year that means plans and decisions about budgets, staffing, and timetabling and scheduling for our students. As always, there will be difficult decisions to make given our limited resources, but I want to ensure our Churchill students and families that we always try our very best to do what’s in the best interest of our students and their learning.
• A reminder to students that Fridays are scheduled for tutorials/instructional times, where students can get an extra help they need from their teachers. Teachers are available to help – I urge students to take this opportunity and get the additional support they may need.
• Our Guidance Counsellors are now scheduling meetings with students for next year. Students, if you haven’t submitted your course requests to our Guidance Counsellors, please ensure that you do so as soon as possible.
• Again and as always, I want to remind students and families that the staff at Sir Winston Churchill - Admin, Students Services, Teachers and Support Staff are still here and willing to support you should you need us – don’t hesitate to reach out.
Mr. A Rajan
Good day to all on this cool spring day – I think we’re all looking
forward to the greener and warmer days that will surely follow. While you’re
out enjoying the improving weather over the next few weeks, please continue to
follow the lead of our health care professionals: keep your distance and be
careful with yourself and those around you. The more we all do our part, the
sooner we’ll be able to get back together in our own building. The hard work
and support of everyone – students, teachers, and staff – as we move towards
the end of this very different school year continues to be very much
Notes for this week:
- Honour Role
certificates have been sent out. If you think you should have been
eligible and haven’t received one, please contact us at the school. As a
reminder, the criteria for the Honour Role is an 80% overall average,
and the criteria for Honours with Distinction is a 90% average.
- Students who
have applied for Returning Grade 12 status will be notified in the near
- A reminder:
teachers will be posting marks in PowerSchool – marks will be gathered to
provide a cumulative average. Your marks may fluctuate but please note that your June final mark cannot go below
the March 13thmarks that students have already received.
One last thing this week: along with our Churchill grads, students all
around the world will be graduating in the next few weeks. Former
President Barack Obama will deliver an hour-long televised prime-time
commencement address for the Class of 2020 on Saturday, May 16 – I suggest that
you might want to listen in.
Have a good weekend, and be safe.
Good day all – I trust that you’re all staying healthy and safe, and please know that you’re all on my mind, every day.
We know that taking classes on line, and not being with your friends and teachers and Churchill staff can be tough, but I’m encouraged by the hard work, resolve and positive messages that have been coming in – positive messages in a difficult week, a week where we also grieve with our fellow citizens in Nova Scotia.
To the positives for this week: a heartfelt and broad-reaching thank you to all of you for the work and diligence you’re putting in under these difficult circumstances, and a couple of specific thank you’s as well:
• Thanks to the Flames Foundation and the United Way, for their loan of Chromebooks to Churchill students who wouldn’t otherwise be able to get on line for class, and
• Thanks to ‘All In For Youth’ for the Superstore and Coop gift cards for families in need in our Churchill community.
And a couple of administrative points for the week:
• Administration and the Grad Committee teachers continue their work, and met this week to discuss how important it is - to honour, recognise and celebrate the Class of 2020, even in the difficult circumstances we find ourselves in: details will be coming out soon.
• Graduates will be receiving their certificates and their yearbooks this year, as well as a ‘Grad 2020 keepsake’ – after those costs, the balance of grad fees will be refunded.
• CBE online Summer School has been confirmed. Whether there will be face-to-face summer school classes this year has yet to be determined.
As I start to work on my Grad speech for the class of 2020, my mind turns to the positives that can and must arise from the challenges of the current circumstances. For example, please see the news story from our Leadership Class - Virtual Spirit Week! .
Talk to you all next week and, as always, please don’t hesitate to reach out – We Are Churchill!
Mr. A Rajan
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