Thursday, December 19, 2013

We know that the Weather Outside is frightful, but with one day of school left in 2013 we would ask that parents continue to be consciencous during drop-off and pick-up times.

Please do not block alleys or crosswalks to drop-off children.
A reminder from the school that the staff parking lot is also not to be used for drop-offs or pick-ups.

Parent Council is working with the City of Calgary to create a drop-off zone in front of the school and we are just waiting to here back from the planning department. 

We appreciate everyone's patience as we try to ameliorate the parking situation, in the meantime lets all work together to make all our children safe.

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Tomorrow is the last day of school before Winter break.

The McKenzie Towne School Parent Association wishes everyone a safe & happy holiday season.

All the best in 2014!

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McKenzie Towne Middle School

Monday, December 16, 2013

McKenzie Towne Needs a Middle School!

If we want our children to go to middle school in their own community and not bussed down the Deerfoot every day we need to act now.  CBE has changed their ranking system and we are moving down the list.  We need to write our MLA's, our school trustee and any other provincially elected representative you can think of.  We have been told that the amount of emails received really make a difference!

Email, Write a letter, Tweet!  Whatever method you choose, just do it!

CBE Office of the Chief Superintendent of Schools

School Trustee - Amber Stewart:

Minister of Education - The Honourable Mr. Jeff Johnson

Minister of Infrastructure - The Honourable Mr. Ric McIver

Friday, December 13, 2013

A huge thank you to Ms. Cotton and all the staff and parents involved in the Grade 1&2 Christmas concert last night.  It was wonderful!  What a bunch of talented students we have!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013




Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thank you to all who attended the School Council Meeting last night.

We learned all about the what the Grade 4's  are up to including their exciting "Fossiloligy" project.  Thank you to Mrs. Barr and Mrs. Kruger for their report.

Dr. Slatter and Mrs. Reichardt reported on all the "happenings" in the school.  The success of 3 Left Feet Dance Residency (Grades 3 & 4) and the Parent Night held last week.  They also informed us of some very useful resources available to students and parents of CBE students.  Please visit CBE's main website, under student link, then CORE Resources to gain access to these resources.  Thank you Dr. Slatter and Mrs. Reichardt for keeping us well informed!

A big HOORAY for all our little Ghosts and Goblins who went door to door collecting money for Habitat for Humanity.  The Committee gleefully announced that over $4,500.00 was raised in that Campaign!

The Habitat for Humanity Committee's next fundraiser will be at the Christmas Concert selling yummy cookies and hot chocolate.  Thank you to the Habitat for Humanity Committee for educating and inspiring our children to have a sense of "Community".

Monday, November 25, 2013


Come on out and see what's happening in your children's school.

Please click below to see the Agenda for tonight's meeting.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


McKenzie Towne School Parent Association has signed up for a "Dough Raiser" program with COBS Bread 130th Avenue SE location. This program enables us to raise money for our school throughout the year on purchases that many of us are already making!

All that you need to do is mention "McKenzie Towne School" each time you make a purchase at the 130th Ave location. COBS will automatically donate 5% of your purchase back to our school!
Feel free to tell your friends & neighbours too - any purchase made at this location is eligible for our program. You don't need to be a parent at our school.
Thank you for helping us making this program a success!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Parent Night - Monday, November 18, 2013

This week is National Bullying Awareness Week.

7pm Monday - The school is having a parent night to learn more about bullying.  See It, Address It, Change It:  A focus on bullying.  

Alberta School Council's Association is putting on a webcast tomorrow morning at 9:30 am to kick off the National Bullying Awareness Week and you are invited to participate in an interactive Bullying Prevention and Healthy Relationships Webcast hosted by Honourable Sandra Jansen, Associate Minister of Family and Community Safety.
Watch online: or 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Next School Council Meeting is November 25, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.

Come and find out what's going on in our school!


November 28, 2013

Fun lunch orders went home today.  Please have forms completed and returned by noon, Thursday, November 21, 2013.  No late orders will be accepted.

Friday, November 8, 2013

The Minister of Education invited Parent Council's to attend a teleconference on October 22, 2013.  In the teleconference, the Minister announced the task force initiative "Inspiring Education".  The task force's goal is to modernize education and educators to attain teaching excellence.  This task force is in the consultation process and all Albertans are invited to make recommendations to the Minister.  

To learn more about the Task Force or to sign up for a session please go to or click

The Halloween Party was a huge success!  Much fun was had by all, children and adults alike.  

This year there were games and activities in the common areas which allowed us to accommodate more families at the dance.  A big thank you to all the volunteers and to all who attended to help raise money for our school and for Habitat for Humanity.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Thank you to everyone who came to our second meeting of the 2013-2014 school year.  In the School Council meeting last night there are several highlights we wanted to share.  The results of the PAT scores were discussed in relation to MTS, the CBE and the Province.  This years results showed great improvement. To see the results click to be transferred to the CBE results webpage

In the Teachers Report,  Miss Young and Mrs. Kivi shared with us a video they created and shared with the school at the Grade 3 Assembly.  We were able to see some incredible art work along with being told what is being focused on in Social Studies and Science for the Grade 3 Students.

The Leadership Report expanded on the PAT results showing where our students excelled and where the focus will be next for MTS students.   Also of interest to parents will be that there will a new reporting process.  More details to come at a later date...
We are happy to report that our newly re-elected Mr. Shane Keating is looking into helping us obtain appropriate signage for the front of the school.  He will meet with the Parent Association to advise what the signage will look like.
The Parent Association had a fundraising update on the SUTP books - Thank you to everyone who bought, we have a few extra and will keep possibilities open for a few more days for those who still wish to purchase.... 
Our First Fun Lunch will happen Thursday November 21...details to follow in the near future.
The Halloween Dance is tomorrow evening, October 30.  It will be a fantastic, fun filled evening for families...please remember to bring your spare change for Habitat for Humanity!   

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

MTS Howlin' Halloween Dance Party

When:  Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Where:  McKenzie Towne School Gymnasium

Cost:  $10 per family

Bigger and Better than last year with tons of goulish games to add to the fun.  Also a 50/50 funraiser in support of MTS' Habitat for Humanity project.  So don't forget to bring your small change.

Please note due to fire regulations, tickets are limited.  First come, first serve basis.  Do not delay.  Fill out the form that came home in students' folders today and return with payment as soon as possible.  Order deadline is Monday, Oct 21, 2013 (or sooner if sold out).

If you have any questions on this event, please email

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

SUTP Book Order Deadline Nears - October 11th

This is your reminder to get your SUTP book orders sent in.  Half of every book sold comes directly to the school.  October 11 is the deadline. For all your out-of-town relatives we also have books/apps for Red Deer, Edmonton and Medicine Hat.

If you need an order form please click on the link to download it:  SUTP order form

Thank you to everyone for your orders.  The funds we receive from this fundraiser help your kids be able to learn in broader ways throughout the year, for example:  Quest Theatre & Three Left Feet Residencies, Library Books ... the list continues to grow and vary.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Make an Informed Decisions - Calgary Public School Trustee Candidate Forum

We'd like to thank the candidates in advance for their willingness to spend some time with McKenzie Towne School Parents to address our questions and our concerns. On Monday starting at 6:30 the Ward 12/14 Public School Trustee candidates have been invited to help you make an informed decision.  McKenzie Towne School and the Parents Association is not endorsing any of the candidates we are just trying to get information in your hands so you can make the best decision for your family and children.

Date: Monday, October 7,  2013


6:30 - 6:45 - Mr. A. Malik
7:50 - 7:05 - Ms. H. Mowat
7:10 - 7:25 - Ms. C. Steed
7:30 - 7:45 - Mr. T. Neuman
7:50 - 8:05 - Mr. G. Humphreys
8:10 - 8:25 - Ms. A. Stewart

Location: McKenzie Towne School
679 Prestwick Circle SE, Calgary, AB

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Meeting Reminder - First Council Meeting & AGM

McKenzie Towne School Council (MTSC) First Council Meeting - Monday, September 30th @ 6:30pm

McKenzie Towne School Parent Association Meeting (MTSPA) AGM - follows immediately after

Hard to believe Parent-Teacher Conferences are behind us and the first month of school is drawing to an end.  That means that it is time to get together the School Council and Parent Association.  Links to the agendas for both the First Council Meeting and the AGM can be found below.

We have a number of position being filled and if you are interested in joining the executive or vote on it and this years budget please ensure you join us for this meeting.  Normal business of the Teacher's and Leadership report will also go on.  This month's teachers are Mrs. Phelan, Ms. Youngstrom, and Mr. Webber and they will fill us in on how the year has kick off and where it is heading for their classes.  You can expect to find out more on this years enrolment, Habitat for Humanity initiatives and Safe & Caring Schools in Dr. Slater and Mrs. Reichardt's Leadership Report.

I mentioned that the terms for the executive are being renewed and those positions are:
Vice Chair
Key Communicator
Fundraising Director
Co-Volunteer Coordinator
Casino Director
We are always looking for new energy if you think one of these position might be a fit for you please contact me for more information or just join us on Monday to learn more.

More Important Dates:
October 7th
Parents in our community should mark Monday, October 7th on their calendar, starting at 6:30 we have invited Public School Trust candidates out to take questions from parents to help you make an informed decision.  McKenzie Towne School  and the Parents Association is not endorsing any of the candidates we are just trying to get information in your hands.

November 18th
Safe & Caring Schools will be at the school presenting November 18th more information will follow.

Looking forward to seeing you next week.
Sean Tyson
Chair | MTSC & MTSPA

Link to MTSC & MTSPA Agendas Monday September 30, 2013 - Click here
Link MTSPA 2013/2014 Budget Proposal and Recommendation
Link to Teaching in the 21st Century: Catching MTS Technology Resources Up

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Call for volunteers - Traffic Safety Week

We need a couple volunteers to help encourage street safety at Mckenzie Towne School in a fun way by reinforcing safe practices. If you have a few minutes to spare next week before or after school next week we are looking for a couple more volunteers for these times: Monday to Friday 8:00 - 8:25am and after school Tuesday 2:55 - 3:20pm and Friday 12 - 12:30pm  

We are running the Positive Pointers program during Calgary School Traffic Awareness Week, where volunteers will hand out "tickets" to people they see practising safe traffic or crossing habit, as seen below. The tickets can be completed and return to the school and entered into a draw. 

Please let Jenn at know which time (or times) you can spare a few minute to help encourage our school to set an example for our community. Jenn will answer any questions regarding the commitments and will brief the volunteers on their duties. 

Check out this link for tips to earn your tickets when manoeuvring around the school next week.

Monday, September 9, 2013

SUTP Time Again!

Last week the students were sent home with the SUTP Order forms.  This is an amazing fundraising opportunity for our school as we receive 50% of proceeds from every book sold.  In past years that has meant new computers, residencies like Alien In-line and new books for the learning commons.  So please sell as many as you can so we can continue to enrich the classrooms in our

This year the incentive is an ipod touch entry for every book sold.

Order forms are due back by October 11, 2013. You can send your order in at anytime. We return the envelope so when you get more you can resend it.

Thank you,

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Muffin Mixer Thursday Morning

Welcome back all you Parents of MTS!

Tomorrow, Thursday morning, is our 2nd annual Muffin Mixer for parents (and kids) to come visit 7:30-8:20. Come get to know some of the other parents who stand on the playground with you each morning.

Muffin Mixer
 Thursday Sept. 5, 2013

Dear Parent/Guardians,           

McKenzie Towne School parent council and staff would like to invite you to join us tomorrow morning from 7:30 am-8:20 am for our welcome back “Muffin Mixer”.  All parents and students are invited to join the staff on the northeast compound outside for baked goods from Cobb’s , Second Cup coffee and juice as we welcome everyone for the school year.  Feel free to introduce yourself to parent council, staff, and other parents as we have an informal gathering to answer questions, renew acquaintances and make new friends. Look forward to seeing you tomorrow morning.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

CBE Offers Families Special on Computers/Programs

Hope you are all having a great summer.

The CBE has posted a link for CBE families who are interested in purchasing computers or laptops or programs from their vendor.  These are the same products the CBE uses in the classroom. Just follow the link below to finds out more.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

No Transportation Thursday

The school sent this out earlier,but we wanted to make sure everyone got it.

There is no transportation on Thursday June 27, 2013.  If you cannot make it please call the school absence line to tell them your child will not be attending.

Thank you.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Helping Kids After A Natural Disaster

As kids sometimes it is difficult to express the feelings they have towards life events.  This article by the National Association of School Psychologists was written to help kids (and families) work through some of the chaos and emotions that happen after a natural disaster.  Please feel free to share with anyone you think may benefit from this.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

School Closure

If you are like the rest of us I am sure you have been glued to your TV for updates and to hear some good news coming out of the flood.  Nothing can be expressed that trully encompasses the tragedy many communities are facing right now.

In case you are not on Facebook or haven't heard the news we thought we would post an update.  Please follow this link to find out about the CBE's decision to close the schools until Thursday morning for a 1/2 day of classes.

Also a reminder Fun Lunch on Thursday is cancelled since students will be dismissed at lunch for the school year.

Thank you to everyone who has made 2012-2013 school year a success.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

MTSC and MTSPA Meeting Recap

Monday night was a full night of discussion.  It was one of those meetings you didn't want to miss.  Some of the topics discussed in the School Council included: Traffic updates and a Grade 4 graduation legacy project to continue into future years. There was also a presentation on the need for computers and added technology to bring MTS up to standards with the rest of the CBE.

Ms. Pollock and Ms. Kruger talked about the live creatures they are working with their students to raise. The grade 2's currently have 4 ducks they watched hatch and will raise for 3 weeks in their classroom.  The Grade 1's are raising butterflies.

The Leadership update included a breakdown of the classroom structure for next year.  They also discussed a new program MTS will be doing next year called Safe and Caring School. We were chosen for a 1 year scholarship with this program. It will involve staff resources, training and a parent event.

Teacher Appreciation will be on June 19th. There is also a Talent Show that afternoon.

MTSPA made many motions to fund various school projects including technology, beautification, and a free fun lunch.  June 20 will be the Stampede celebration with the Stampede crew coming out to teach line dancing. This includes pancakes done by the Batter Boys.  September 6, 2013 will be our muffin mixer for parents to meet up before classes start that first week of back to school.

Our Casino request for volunteers was very successful having all positions filled!!!!

Many of our School Council / Parent Association positions are coming open in September.  Please email any of us if you would like information on various positions.  The links are on the left hand side of our blog.  We will post a full list of positions at a later date.  The one position that really needs to be filled earlier is the Treasurer as there is some training that needs to happen.

Our June mtg has been suspended. So our next meeting will be the AGM on September 30, 2013

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Meeting Reminder, Monday night 6:30pm

Its going to be a busy night as the school year gets another month closer to winding down.  Come out and hear from Grade 1 and 2 teachers Mrs. Karmen Kruger and Ms. Kendra Pollock share classroom experiences.
Our leadership report will preview the school organization, talk about how MTS staff and students are paying forward, and let us know about a new program the school will be participating in to continue strengthening the nurturing nature of our school.
We will try to rap up spending for the year in order to start budgeting for the next, looking at how to use the fun lunch surplus and other loose ends.
Many positions on the council and parents association will be opening up as parents move to the middle school with their children or take on other challenges with the council and parents association.  This will be a great meeting to join and see what each of the positions are about. Being apart of this process is a great way to make change and support the things you happiest about at MTS.

Hope to see you there.

Sean Tyson
Chair | MTSC & MTSPA

Link to Monday, May 27, 2013 - MTSC & MTSPA Agenda

Friday, April 26, 2013

Please RSVP - David Thompson Middle School Presentation - Hosted by McKenzie Towne School Council

Parent Council would like to invite you to attend our next meeting this coming Monday (April 29th) at 6:30 pm. The administrative team from David Thompson Middle School will be giving a presentation on their middle school as well as answering questions our parent community has brought forward.  In order to plan for the evening please RSVP to if you are planning to attend. 

David Thompson Middle School Presentation and Q&A
Guest presenters: Mr. Bromhead, Principal & Mr. Baustad, Assistant Principal
Date: Monday, April 29th
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: McKenzie Towne School

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Sean Tyson 

Friday, March 22, 2013

March Meeting Recap

To kick off the MTS School Council Meeting we heard from Mrs. Phelan and Ms. Youngstrom about what our Grade 3 students are currently focusing on with regards to "The Elements of Story" and "Math in our World"!

Dr. Slater and Mrs. Reichardt shared some exciting updates with us! Our school now has a snow-blower in addition to our snow-removal tractor. This means that when there are heavy snowfalls Sandy will have an alternative to snow-removal over the tractor which gets repeatedly stuck in large depths of snow. Much of our snow removal still has to be done by hand so please be patient.

More exciting news!! Our school will be receiving it's final set of relocatables this year! They should be up and ready for use come September!

In preparation for Tony Bromhead, principal of David Thompson Middle School, coming to address our Parent Council next month there was much discussion about topics we would like him address. If you have comments you would like passed on please forward them to Jenn R. ( or Sean T. ( Mr. Bromhead will make a presentation and will also be prepared for a time of Q&A following, if you want to hear more about David Thompson Middle School please plan to attend our next meeting Monday, April 29th at 6:30 PM

Our Coco Brooks fundraiser will be ready to pick up soon! If you ordered pizzas please be prepared to pick them up April 9th between the hours of 6:30 - 8:00 in the teachers parking lot at the west end of the school. For food safety reasons we cannot have the frozen pizzas out of a freezer any longer than this time window and the MTSPA has no way of storing pizzas that are not picked up so please set a reminder.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Reminder - Council & Parent Assoc, Meeting Monday at 6:30pm

March meeting topics: Grade 3 teachers present, initial highlights of CBE Budget and expected impacts, and gathering parents' questions in advance of David Thompson presentation next month. 

Grade Three teachers presenting this month are Ms. Monica Youngstrom and Mrs. Jeanette Phelan.

Our leadership team will update us with CBEs initial reaction to the Provincial Budget.

Lastly there has been much discussion around the transition of MTS students to middle school.  To address parents’ question the principal of David Thompson, Mr. Tony Bromhead will be our special guest presenter at our council meeting on April 29th.  We would like Mr. Bromhead to focus his presentation on any question or concerns parents might have.  Therefore, please bring your questions to this Monday’s meeting so he has time to prepare April’s presentation focused on your questions. 

Thank you for your support of the Coco Brooks Fundraiser.

Link: Agenda MTSC & MTSPA Meeting March 18th

Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions for future meetings.

See you all soon,
Sean Tyson | Chair MTSC & MTSPA |

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Hear Ye Hear Ye....

Everyone please take note that this Friday, March 15 is the day to have your COCO BROOKS forms in.  There will be no extensions so make sure you get them in.

IMPORTANT: Make sure child's name and number are on forms. Many have come in without - this will make pick-up very hard for you.

Thank you all for your orders.  They really are great pizzas and help the school out tons.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Coco Brooks Is Coming!!!!

MTS favorite fundraiser Coco Brooks has finally arrived!  

The forms were sent home with your kids on Monday but we have all the information here in case you need it.  Please see the attached forms below for more information.

Forms must be in by Friday, March 15. Pick up of your pizzas will be Tuesday, April 9 from 6:30-8:00 in the Teacher's Parking Lot.

Monday, March 4, 2013

February Meeting Recap

During the MTS School Council Meeting Mrs. Thompson and Mr. Klassen gave a brief outline of what the students in Grade 4 are focusing on. They also discussed some things the grade 4's do to prepare for the transition into Middle School.

Dr. Slater and Ms. Reichart discussed new clubs starting up for students, Kindergarten enrollment and a dance residency for the end of May. The Apegga Science night happening on April 11 from 6-8 is a drop in environment so come when you can and stay as long as you want.

The City of Calgary is doing a Pilot Program for school bus zones.  Our Vice Chair has been in talks with the City about MTS being a great school to pilot with.  The outlook is positive but we need parents to contact the city encouraging them to use our school.

The Parent Council has decided to provide supper for the Teacher's / Staff during the upcoming Student Lead Conferences.  They also approved the request to support the dance residency in May. Our Fundraising Committee and our school families have done a spectacular job raising funds to support our school this year. They have another fundraiser starting this week with the extremely popular Coco Brooks Pizza.  Start loading up on your orders!

Our Treasurer position will be open come September. If you are interested in taking this position it is beneficial to you to contact her now to be orientated on what is involved.  If you want to know more about the position please contact Sherry at

Next meeting will be March 18 at 6:30-8:30.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Meeting Reminder - Monday 6:30p - Council & Parent Association

Join us Monday to hear first hand about grade 4 from Mr. Klasen and Mrs. Thompson's.  

Dr. Slater and Mrs. Reichardt will be presenting another residency opportunity for May/June that they would like to book for the student body and are looking for support from the Parent Association.  They will also share the results of a survey that the children took specific to citizenship as compared to students from across Canada.

An update will be provided on our next casino and fundraising activities. 

I would like to thank all those involve in putting together the Family Valentines Dance and those donations from family's and business to silent auction.  The night was a great success and enjoyed by all - Thank you.

Link: Agenda MTSC & MTSPA Meeting February 25th 

Please let me know if you have any question or suggestion for future meetings.

See you all soon,
Sean TysonChair MTSC & MTSPA |

Thursday, February 7, 2013

January 28, 2013 Meeting Recap

McKenzie Towne School Council and Parent Association has many positions opening up this year. Now is the time to come in and talk to the people leaving their positions to find out what they do.  Some positions - like Treasurer need to be orientated before they can fully take on the position.  Some of the positions projected for openings are Treasurer, President, Fundraising Director and possible others.  The Council Members sign up for 2 year terms.  Having been on the council now for almost 2 years I can speak honestly when I say it is the best way to find out what is happening in the school and we really do help guide where the school goes. Our School Leadership Team listens and this truly is a partnership. 

Thank you to Ms. Edey, Ms. Young and Mrs. Hull for discussing their classroom projects with us.  The Leadership Team provided and update on Trickster Theatre - we loved it!  They also discussed projected enrollment for our school.

The Parent Association discussed options for Fun Lunch next year.  The Fundraising Director updated us on fundraising initiatives from the past and for the rest of the year.  If any of you have Auction items to be donated for the Valentine's Dance please contact us so we can include you. (Sandy ( or Joanna (

Our next meeting will be held February 25, 2013 from 6:30-8:30

Monday, February 4, 2013

Silent Auction Reminder

Hey everyone I know this time of year can be a bit busy.  The Parent Council wants to remind you we are still collecting Auction Items for the Valentine's Dance coming up on February 13.  So if you have something you want to promote or donate please contact Sandy ( or Joanna ( as soon as possible this week.

Thank you to everyone who has supported this event in the past as well as this year.  Your items help us raise money for things like Trickster Theatre, Ipads, In-line Skating and much much more.  

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Meeting Reminder - Monday at 6:30pm

Come get an update on what is going on in grade one and three.  Our leadership team will share projected enrolment for 2013/14 as well as other things going on at the school.

Teachers presenting will be Ms. Edey, Mrs. Addison, Miss. Young and Mrs. Hull.

As we enter the second half of the school year think about getting involved with the executive as a number of position will be open as they are at the end of there term in September.  For example our Treasure will be leave as this is her daughter's last year at MTS. If you would like to find out more about these opportunities please let me know. Come and see what you can do for your kids.

As always if you have a topic you would like address at a future meeting please do not hesitate to leave me a note.

See you all soon,
Sean Tyson
Chair MTSC & MTSPA |

Link: MTSC & MTSPA Agenda for January 28th

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Silent Auction Items Needed

We are currently accepting items for the silent auction, held at the Valentine's Dance February 13. If you have a business you would like to promote or have any other items to donate, please contact or You may include brochures or business cards with your item(s). All proceeds go directly to support MTS.