Aug 27
Staggered Entry Days and More

woodman-welcome.jpgDear Woodman Families:

I am excited to be reaching out to you. I trust that you are all well, and as hopeful as I am to be resuming classes again.  Although some Woodman families have elected to participate in hub learning for September – and will not be participating in face-to-face classes at this time - you are all still part of our Wolf Pack and will continue to receive weekly emails from the school. 

Over the summer months, you will likely have been keeping abreast of the national, provincial, and Calgary Board of Education (CBE) plans for a safe return to school. The CBE has been actively engaged with Alberta Education and Alberta Health Services to understand and execute the many new processes that are needed to set us up for a successful re-entry.  The final details of the Woodman re-entry plan will be circulated to parents on Friday, when we have all of the needed information to communicate with you. In the interim, I wish to share a few important points:

Please see our Back to School page for information on :

  • Staggered Entry Days ​
  • Busing & Transportation
  • School Supplies
  • Office Hours

​Thank you for your continued support, which has been keenly experienced through your emails, calls, and well wishes since the cancellation of face-to-face classes were first announced in March. We are a resilient school community and I know we will get through the next steps smoothly

Sincere regards,

Ms. Krickhan, on behalf of Woodman staff


Jun 30
2020 Year End Message

Dear Woodman Families:

We knew this year would be memorable – 2020 would be a milestone worth celebrating.  2020 est une année marquante qui vaut la peine d’être célébrer. 

 

We could not have imagined what unexpected turns the world and our school life would take.  With the pandemic requiring all schools to cancel face-to-face classes in the middle of March, teachers and students were all thrown into a tailspin.  Learning, as we had previously known it, had changed completely.  Suddenly, we needed to stay home all day, every day.  We needed to learn in front of a computer screen, perhaps happy to “see” each other but also not really feeling the connection that we do when we learn together in real time.  

 

We missed important milestones that we were looking forward to, like the Badminton and Track-and-Field Season, Band Festivals, the Quebec Trip, and the Gr. 9 Farewell.   We even missed out on Provincial Achievement Tests, in Gr. 6 and 9.  From March to June, we may have forgotten what it feels like to be in Physical Education or Options classes.  We might have done anything just to get up early again, pick up our old routines, and come back to school with our classmates and teachers.

 

This school year has ended in the most inexplicable way.  We have been challenged in our thinking and in our capacity to grow and learn.  Students, parents and teachers have all demonstrated exceptional fortitude.  Although physically distant, there is a palpable energy of commitment to, and pride in our school.  Now, we must all commit to safely exploring our province and our neighbourhoods throughout the beautiful summer months.  Doing so will restore us and also help reduce the impact of this world-wide pandemic, increasing the possibilities for a safe and happy return to school.


We are a Wolf Pack.  I am very lucky to be part of it.  Nous sommes une meute de loups dont je suis fière d'en faire partie.

 

With warmest regards,
 

Ms. Krickhan, Principal

Apr 24
​Principalship in the Time of COVID-19

Over the last 15 years in education, messaging has abounded on how we are preparing our students for an unknown future and how, in order to be prepared for the future, we must foster skills such as critical analysis, problem-solving and innovation. Likely, no one in education within the western hemisphere could have predicted to what a rapid extent this messaging would rest heavily not only on students’ shoulders, but also on the shoulders of educators and all those adults who work in schools. We didn’t expect this crisis and nor did we have time to plan for it.

Until now, we relied strongly on day-to-day interaction - in live time - to assess and make continual adjustments to the learning needs of students. We were fierce about establishing a classroom environment that ensured a safe space, trust and equity in order to encounter learning together, providing multiple entry points for each unique learner in the class. We were able to rely on one another as a larger school community to provide students needed change and a re-set in their day – whether within the classroom, Lunch Room, Foods Room, Learning Commons, gymnasium, or in the main office. We excelled at this. It was and continues to be our daily heartbeat. This heartbeat woke us up each morning and compelled us to enter the Woodman School building with renewed vigor in responding to our call to public education.

Today, as a professional learning community, Woodman School is seeking to find new ways of applying those values to a brand-new online learning environment - supporting one another, our families and, most importantly, our students. This environment is not one we are native to. In fact, many angles of it call into question our ability to teach and learn in the same way as we used to. Likely, we cannot and nor should we.

What are we seeking to accomplish, then? 

We are holding on, with heart and mind, to our relationships with students. We are nurturing that through virtual classes, individual, small group and large group online video-conversations. We are building confidence in students to be able to adapt and respond to a crisis. We are modelling for them how to learn new technological skillsets and how to show dignity around how to both fail and recover in that process. We are learning the needed balance between flexibility and accountability. We are promoting a shift from external to internal locus of control. We are exploring the difference between “school” and “the school of life”. And in the process, we are continually analyzing what the lagging academic skills may be, which will need to be more formally responded to once regular, face-to-face classes resume. However, now is not a time to forge ahead with traditional academic learning, summative assessment and reporting as we knew it only a short 38 days ago, when we last had face-to-face contact with our 500 adolescent learners. We will remind ourselves of that, and our students, as we continue in our present state.

We will come out of this with forever changed perspectives around the learning process, who owns the learning, and what really matters for optimal learning to occur.

Our Woodman parents have been key to forging a deep confidence in our collective ability to be able to come out of this stronger and with more positive energy than we ever had before. Thank you, parents, for your stamina in guiding your children at home and for being true partners in learning. Thank you, Wolves, for the lessons you are providing me with as your principal-in-times-of-COVID-19.

Sincerely,

Ms. Krickhan​

Jan 17
Accountability Pillar Survey

Dear Parents/Legal Guardians:

From mid-January to the end of February, Alberta Education will be conducting the annual Accountability Pillar Survey.  Before the end of January, parents/guardians of students in Grade 7 will receive their survey in the mail from Alberta Education.  The envelope includes a self-address return envelope; however, if it is simpler for families to return it directly to the school, we will mail the survey results back to Alberta Education on your behalf. During this same time period, students in Gr. 7 and all teachers will complete their surveys online at school, led by the school administration.

All surveys are anonymous and ask questions about experiences with our school.  All parents/guardians receive the English version of the survey in the mail. Alberta Education also provides the survey in Arabic, Blackfoot, Chinese, Cree, French, Korean, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog and Urdu.  If you would prefer to respond to the survey in one of these languages, please contact the main office for a hard copy.

The Accountability Pillar uses a set of 16 indicators consisting of surveys of students, parents/guardians and teachers on: various aspects of quality; student outcomes such as dropout and high school completion rates; and provincial assessments of student learning.  If you “Don’t Know” the answer to a particular question, please skip that question and go to the next one, unless you want your response to count as a negative one.  It is preferable that you not answer any question with “Don’t Know”.

It is very important that parents/guardians complete the survey and return it to Alberta Education. Alberta Education and the public use the results of the Accountability Pillar Survey to assess satisfaction with the quality of education in our schools.  In addition, the Calgary Board of Education uses the information to improve teaching and learning for your children. Survey results for 2019-2020 will be available to school authorities in May 2020, and will be reported publicly as part of their 3-Year Education Plans and Annual Education Results Reports.  As a point of reference, I am including the Woodman 2018-2019 Annual School Results Report to this email, which is also posted to the school website; it highlights the school’s successes and areas of identified growth last school year:

Your voice matters. Your participation in the survey helps provide important information on the quality of education your child is receiving.  At Woodman, we have approximately 155 Grade 7 families.  A strong survey sample is necessary in order to implement changes based on your input.  The Woodman staff, and particularly the Gr. 7 teaching team, takes our results based on parental input seriously.  We thank you for taking time to thoughtfully respond. 

Sincerely yours,

Ms. Krickhan, Principal

Dec 20
Concluding 2019 with Community Building Initiatives

Dear Parents/Legal Guardians:

We have concluded 2019 with some wonderful community building initiatives over the last days of school.  As a school, we:

  • Donated 495 socks for The Mustard Seed Stuff-a-Sock campaign
  • Collected $2055.00 for the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank
  • Collected 8 full, large boxes of non-perishable food items

In addition to taking care of the wider community, students and staff had an excellent time listening to the bands play, taking part in Wolf Pack challenges and celebrating together.  Thank you to our generous families for making the holiday bright at Woodman School.

Please note that My CBE/Power School will be unavailable from Dec. 20, 5:00 PM – Jan. 5, 2019, 11:59 PM for an important upgrade.  This includes attendance, assignments and grades, student fees and service registrations (transportation and noon supervision). 

The main office will be closed from Fri. Dec. 20, 12:00 PM to Mon. Jan. 6, 8:00 AM.  Regular classes resume on Mon. Jan. 6.

On behalf of the Woodman staff, I wish to express heartfelt gratitude for your ongoing support of our work in public education.  Together, we are raising a group of almost 500 adolescents with enormous potential.  I wish you and your loved ones a special time of celebration of all of the goodness in our lives and communities. 

Sincerely,

Ms. Krickhan, Principal

Sep 06
First Day

The first day of school remains an iconic experience.  We all have a memory of our own first days of school.  Everywhere and everyone – from news outlets, social media platforms, clothing shops and, yes, even internet and digital device providers – want to cash in on the family thrill of the return to classes.  

 

Every sector of the school system itself is pulsating with preparation – each education director, front office receptionist, psychologist, educational assistant and teacher – readies themselves for that first day in which we make contact with our students.    Late into the evening of the Labour Day weekend, members of the Woodman school staff were preparing last minute details to receive our remarkable 496 adolescent learners.  

 

And what a first day it was!  All of the efforts at readiness paid off.  Nervous smiles and trepidatious attempts to initiate friendships notwithstanding, it was the first positive step in the 180 school days of 2019-2020 that await us.  Resilience, curiosity in learning and self-discovery are built one conversation and one experience at a time.  Thank you for all of the efforts, seen and unseen, to have launched the school year at Woodman!   At Woodman, we are fully prepared to embrace our commitment to public education, and to the many educational experiences that will shape your child’s future.​


Sincerely,

Ms. Krickhan, Principal


Jul 02
Year-End

Dear Parents:/Legal Guardians:

At the close of the school year, I wish to commend our students, teachers, support staff and facility staff for ending so strongly, full of celebration of student achievement, and at the same time so ready for a needed summer holiday. 
Yesterday’s awards assemblies, followed by the electricity of receiving report cards, saying good-bye, and streaming out of the building reminded me of why working in a public school is as rewarding as it is. 

Following dismissal, our staff thoroughly enjoyed the festiveness of the staff luncheon that parent volunteers and the Woodman council executive organized for us.  The summer/beach motif was just what we need to help us shift our energy in a new direction for the next eight weeks.  We appreciate the efforts greatly.

Please take note of a few year-end reminders:

  • Everything that you need to know for the First Day of School on Tues. Sept. 3rd is posted to our website, at the following link:

http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/woodman/registration/register/back-to-school/Pages/default.aspx

  • For all 2019-2020 families, expect to receive an email from Woodman School at the end of August, with more details regarding the first day of classes.
  • If you are eligible by neighborhood or program to apply for CBE Yellow Schoolbus Service and have not already done so, you will not be assigned a designated bus stop for the first day of school.   Please log on to My CBE/PowerSchool account immediately.  Transportation fees apply and are payable online.  Bussing maps will be made available in late August through the following link:

www.cbe.ab.ca/busstop

  • Be aware that all Gr. 5-6 students in the CBE and who remain at school over lunch hour are eligible to apply for Noon Supervision services.  Registration and fees will be assigned centrally, through the My CBE/PowerSchool. 
  • Students who ordered the 2018-2019 Woodman Yearbook should be advised that yearbooks will arrive towards the end of September.  If you are leaving Woodman School, keep posted to our website, which will communicate when yearbooks will arrive and can be picked up from the main office.   Yearbooks for students who transferred to our two major feeder schools at Henry Wisewood and Dr, E.P. Scarlett will have their yearbooks sent over to the high schools for pick up there.
  • If your family plans have changed and you will be moving out of the neighborhood or changing schools, it is vitally important that you communicate this to the school.  Please email woodman@cbe.ab.ca, which will not be monitored until late August, but which, upon the main office re-opening, will assist us in making outstanding staffing decisions.  Student enrollment is the biggest indicator of funding, classroom composites and teaching assignments. 

Joining Woodman School as your principal, just a few short months ago, has been an exciting change in my professional trajectory.  I thank you for your warmth and welcoming disposition towards me and the principal role.  Ms. Bartlett, Assistant Principal, and I consider ourselves fortunate to be part of the Woodman Wolfpack!

Sincere regards,
Ms. Krickhan, Principal

Mar 06
March 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians:

I am thrilled to be joining the Ecole Woodman School community as your new principal.  I will officially assume the role on Mon. Feb. 25, 2019 and over the next two weeks will be working through a thoughtful transition plan together with my colleague, Mr. Whitbread.

I have been the school principal at Escuela Senator Patrick Burns School since 2013, which is a Gr. 6-9 middle school (Area II) with 645 students.  It has been a triple track program for much of my time there, hosting the English Regular Program, National Sport Academy and Spanish Bilingual program, and serving 60 NE/NW communities of Calgary.  Learning and leading in a dynamic environment of choice, promoting rich language learning opportunities and guiding adolescents during a sometimes-turbulent time in their lives has been one of the most satisfying periods in my career thus far.  I believe that transferrable experiences and ideas can occur between the SPB and Woodman campuses. I admire the cohesive community that Mr. Whitbread has helped create between the three programs at Woodman over the last two years.  Both he and I were featured in the CBE Dialogue series in October that highlight best practices for leading school communities housing multiple programs; to me, this is a serendipitous sign of the compatibility between leadership and school practices. 

Originally from Winnipeg, I managed to escape the cold winter weather to teach music in Mexico City; this turned into a ten-year stint of living and working in multiple educational settings of Mexico.  The decision to return to my country again, and to make my home in the Calgary Board of Education, was life-changing for my family and I. As a proud Canadian that heralds two official languages, my next professional goal includes learning to speak French.  I embrace with positive expectation the gift of learning yet another language together with the Gr. 7 students of the late French immersion program at Woodman.  Through study in the Certificate in French Language and Culture program at the University of Calgary, the next phase in my service to the CBE – and to all of you -  is indeed energizing.  

 I look forward to meeting the students, staff and parents of Woodman (and corresponding feeder schools) over the next few weeks.  Mr. Whitbread has invited me to attend the school council meeting on Feb. 19th and the Open House on Feb. 21st, where I will learn more about Woodman School's priorities and connect with you personally.

 Warmly yours (in spite of this cold stint),

 Marlene Krickhan​

Apr 20
Welcome to Our New Online Home

Hello and welcome to our new website!!

The change is part of a system-wide upgrade of all CBE school websites to a new standard. While any technology change takes some getting used to, we hope you'll appreciate the new features such as being able to view it on your smart phone, and being able to find anything on the site using the search tool at the top of the page.

I invite you to explore the pages and check back often for the most current information about Woodman School. You can also watch this space for periodic updates and announcements of school-wide importance. As always, should you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me anytime.​​

Darrin Whitbread

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RT @UsihChristopher: Important: Parents/guardians are required to assess students daily for symptoms of COVID-19 before the start of the school day using the daily screening questionnaire (checklist), available here: https://t.co/8Ma0f3SY62 Anyone who is experiencing symptoms cannot enter a school. https://t.co/YLWf6mf1iz

Students registered for hub online will receive an email by end of day Wednesday with a teacher introduction, info about how and where to log in and more. Check https://t.co/ee2XFbs1qB for more details. #cbehub #yycbe https://t.co/7MiZG7UAE0

Today is the first public Board meeting of the 2020-21 school year. We invite you to stream the meeting online starting at noon https://t.co/nvCl1fNgoJ #yycbe https://t.co/dNj3EMkOpC

The Ship to Shore program was piloted in three of our schools last year, connecting CBE students with the Royal Canadian Navy, HMCS Calgary and HMCS Tecumseh. https://t.co/SHtygBolKh #WeAreCBE @HMCSNCSMCalgary @RoyalCanNavy https://t.co/CCXMTngmgZ