Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Fun Lunch Volunteers Needed!

We are having a fun lunch on June 3 for grades 1 - 4.  In order to facilitate this, we require two volunteers per class room (your child does not have to be in the class you are assigned to).  Volunteers are required to be at the school at 11:30 and should be done by 1:00.

Please contact Kerrie Somerville ( if you are able to volunteer.  Please use "Fun Lunch" in the subject line.  If you have already signed up to volunteer for this event there is no need to e-mail again.


Kerrie and Jenn
Volunteer Coordinators

Meeting Minutes

The minutes from the March MTSC and MTSPA meetings are now available.  You can also read the minutes from the Key Communicator Steering Committee meeting, held on March 19th.

Our next MTSC and MTSPA meetings are next week on May 31st, beginning at 6:30 pm.  As always, parents are encouraged to attend.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Playground Build Volunteer Sign-Up

The playground volunteer sign-up form is now available.  On the left-hand side of your screen, just under the picture of the school, you will find a link to the sign-up form.  Please note that one form is required for each volunteer, but multiple shifts can be selected on the form.  A huge thank you to the playground committee who has dedicated the better part of a year to this worthwhile project. 

Monday, May 17, 2010

CAPSC Meeting about Parent-School Communication

Here's a reminder about the next CAPSC meeting, from Madeleine Baerg, the Communications Coordinator for CAPSC:

Just a reminder that the next monthly meeting for the Calgary Association of Parents and School Councils (CAPSC) takes place on Wednesday May 19th, 2010.  We hope to see you at our last meeting of the school year!

This meeting is sure to be a useful one for all parents and school councils.  In addition to a short presentation from our CBE Board of Trustees liaison, we’ll be holding an interactive discussion forum on the topic of parent-school communication, and we’ll have an open-mic session for parents to discuss key issues of concern or interest.  

The meeting takes place in the library on the second floor of AE Cross Junior High School from 7:00-9:00 pm. All are invited.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Speeding in McKenzie Towne

As it has been a subject that has come up on more than one occasion at council and parent association meetings, I thought I'd pass along a link to the Speeding Survey that was recently completed in McKenzie Towne.  The survey was done at the request of the community liaison officer, Pete Barker and looked at traffic around Inverness Square and Elgin Park Road.  Click the link and sign in to the McKenzie Towne Connect site to read the report. 

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Key Communiqué

Please share the information you receive in these emails with your school councils and parent communities.

Next System Meeting Information:
Here are the details for the next System Information Session for Key Communicators and School Council Chairs. Please email me as soon as possible to confirm your attendance (and whether you are planning on attending in person, or through the webinar format).
When: Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Where: Sir Winston Churchill High School Theatre & broadcast through Elluminate (webinar). I will send out instructions and a link to the session soon.
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Topic: Personalized Learning in the CBE – In this meeting you will hear from and ask questions of a panel of principals and Dr. Ronna Mosher, Director, Curriculum & Design who will describe what personalization “looks like” in CBE Schools.
CBE in the News
Most of you have probably heard about CBE budget issues in the news recently. It is important for all parents to know that the budget is still under development and no final decisions have been made. The budget will be presented to the Board of Trustees at a public meeting on June 1, 2010. At that time, the Board will discuss how the CBE can best allocate funds for the coming year.
Don’t Miss Election 2010 Event May 12!
What could be more important than helping Calgary children achieve their highest personal potential? And what can you do about it?
Come out to find out how you can support public education.
Date: Wednesday May 12, 2010
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Place: CBE Education Centre (515 Macleod Trail SE)
The evening will include a lively and engaging debate between CBE students on the topic of mandatory voting and a panel discussion on why it’s important for Canadians to vote, featuring Licia Corbella, Editorial Page Editor, Calgary Herald and Vettivelu ( Nallai) Nallainayagam, Associate Professor, Mount Royal University. There will also be an opportunity to learn more about what it takes to be a trustee, tour the Boardroom and more.
To RSVP and find out more click here

Remaining 2010 Area Meeting Information:
Tuesday, May 11  6:30 – 8:30

                         Parkdale Centre 728 -32 St NW

    System & Area 1 StudentAccommodationSchool Fees
Key Communicator Information Sharing

June 9, 2010
Area V Office Haysboro Centre (1123 - 87 Avenue S.W.)
**(If you aren't sure which Area is yours, click here and scroll to the bottom of the page for a list of schools divided by Area)**

Scholarship Information:
May 30th is the deadline for this year’s EducationMatters scholarship applications. With a loving little nudge from you, your soon-to-be graduated teen could qualify for one or more student awards. Visit for more details or visit the CBE's webpage on scholarship information
Key Communiqué Archives:
If you missed (or misplaced) an issue of the Key Communiqué, or if you want to look back at past issues for reference, you can find them all archived here.

School Council Development:
School Council Development (SCD) provides workshops and resource materials to assist school councils.
School Council Development provides the following services:
  • Workshops for school councils anywhere in Alberta
  • Toll Free School Council Consultation Line - 1-800-661-3470
  • Instructor training to deliver workshops to school councils
  • Resource manual and materials for school council
CAPSC is Calgary’s city-wide, public school parent association.  CAPSC’s primary goal is to keep parents up to date and involved in their children’s education, and to help make individual school’s Parent Councils as effective as possible.  CAPSC provides parents with resources, learning and sharing opportunities. They represent parent concerns to the CBE and all levels of government.  For more information or to subscribe to their newsletter,
Contact Information

Katie Young, BPR

Communications Advisor

Calgary Board of Education


T (403) 294-8566 
F (403) 294-8172
515 Macleod Tr. SE
CalgaryAB T2G 2L9

We are always looking for ways to improve communication so if you have any suggestions or comments, please feel free to email them to me.

School Council
Website & Hotline:
The School Council website is a great resource for information.
Check it out at

Key Communicator and School Council Chair Hotline. at 403-294-8244.


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Dates to Remember

The calendar in the left column is maintained to let all parents know about upcoming meetings, events and activities happening in and around our school.  I'd like to make mention of a few upcoming meetings of which parents may want to be aware.

The fundraising committee is holding its next meeting on May 11th, beginning at 6:30 pm at the school.  They will be looking at possible grant applications as well as making plans for fundraising activities for next year.  If you'd like to become involved, please attend the meeting.

On May 12th, the CBE is hosting en event about how you can get involved in supporting public education during this fall's upcoming civic election.  The event takes place from 6-8pm at the CBE Education Centre.  Here's a link to their formal invitation to all parents. 

Also on May 12th, the playground committee is holding it's next meeting.  The meeting begins at 6:30 pm at the school.

On May 19th, CAPSC is holding its final meeting of the school year.  The primary topic at this meeting will be "Effective School Communication: what works, what doesn't, and how school councils can support school communication efforts".   There will be an open mic available for parents to share opinions or feedback about issues affecting their schools.  This meeting runs from 7-9 pm at AE Cross Junior High.

Please check our calendar often as we try to update it on a regular basis.