September 2018

Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year! 

We are excited to be starting another school year and to reconnect with our amazing community.  Each member of our school staff will do their best to create a culture where your children feel safe, cared for, and connected.  We value you as a partner in your child's education and will continue to strive to communicate with you in a proactive and open manner.  As an important member of our learning community we invite you to become involved in the school in whatever way that you can.  Please know that you are always welcome at Kathyrn. 

To our students: approach this year from a place of wonder, where learning is driven by curiosity, excitement, and exploration.  Have the courage to push yourself into situations that are unfamiliar and slightly uncomfortable at times, and know that we as the community will be there to support you. Treat everyone with respect and kindness, whether that is a fellow student, staff member, or parent volunteer.  By focusing on the foundational pillars of Academics, Wellness, and Community you can ensure that your time at Kathyrn is one that you will treasure for the rest of your life.  

So, let's begin another year of laughter, challenges, triumphs, and maybe a few tears and add another page onto the long history of Kathyrn School.  

Dave and Angela 


Sept. 20               - Welcome Back BBQ (4:30-7:30)
Sept. 21               - ZAP Safety Program Grade 4 and 5 (9:00-10:30)
Sept. 21               - Terry Fox Run (10:45 - 11:45) 
Sept. 24               - No School (Professional Learning Day)
Sept. 25               - Welcome Back Dance Grades 6 to 8 (12:40-2:40)
Oct. 4                  - School Pictures 
Oct. 5                  - No School (Professional Learning) 
Oct. 8                  - No School (Thanksgiving) 
Oct. 10                - School Council (7:00 pm)

Please call the school office by 9:15 am if your child is going to be absent from school.
Reminder to please call the school or write a note in your child’s agenda if they are being picked up afterschool and will not be riding the bus home.
Hot off the presses last year's Kindergarten created book.  If you are in the school drop by the office and take a look.  
Starting the 2018/19 school year off on the right foot!
Our first “Families” meeting of the year. Making card towers- written on the cards had to be a common characteristic shared by each member of the group
On November 3rd and 4th Kathyrn School is scheduled to once again volunteer at a Calgary Casino.  Given the popularity around volunteering at a Casino the typical wait time is every 3 years but the ~ $40,000 funds raised are critical to helping to fund various extras that our students enjoy while attending Kathyrn School. If you want a cash value on what your time is worth for each shift you volunteers it is about $1300… not bad for about 9 hours work! 
As our Nov 3 and 4 casino is quickly approaching at the Century Casino (1010 42 Ave SE, Calgary,)  any individual that is interested in volunteering should contact the school. You will then be provided with the volunteer schedule with open positions as well as applicable forms.

The following is a brief descriptions of the positions:
AM SHIFT – 9:45am to 7:00pm & PM SHIFT – 6:30pm to Close
* General Manager – Supervises and assists with all positions and personnel
* Banker – Over see’s the money
* Cashier #1 – Executes payouts to patrons from the cash cage
* Cashier #2 – Executes payouts to patrons from the cash cage
Chip Runner #1 – Delivers chips on the floor to designated locations (security escort
NIGHT SHIFT – 10:30pm to Close
Count room Personnel
*Count Room General Manager – Performs duties as required
*Count Room Supervisor – Over see’s the operations of the count room
Count Room Staff #1 – Money counting and other duties as required
Count Room Staff #2 – Money counting and other duties as required
Count Room Staff #3 – Money counting and other duties as required
These shifts and positions are the same for both the days we host the casino; therefore we require 30 volunteers total – 15 per day. 
Special Notes:
Training will be provided on site the day of the event.
Schedules are not flexible – you are expected to stay the entire shift.
As per our Casino Advisor “Every Position is Easy!!” so enjoy and have fun.
We will have the opportunity to enjoy a meal at the casino that is paid by the casino.

Thank you all for your help and time with this effort!
The Grade 6 student leaders are organizing a Terry Fox run/walk for Kathyrn school as a component of their option class. On Friday September 21, 2018 students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 will be participating in the event that will begin with a short assembly in the Gym at 10:45. Students will then proceed to the outdoor track and walk or run until 12:00 p.m..  The goal of the event is to raise awareness for cancer research.  Students are encouraged to bring a "Toonie for Terry" on the day of the run as a small donation to the cause.  Parents and family members or invited to come and participate.   

Hello all!  My name is Diane and I am very happy to be returning as your School Council Chair this year! Let me introduce the rest of the team: Wendy and Kora will be sharing the position of Secretary, Leah is the Treasurer and Tamara is Vice-Chair. I invite you to meet your council team next meeting which will be held October 10th at 7PM in the learning commons. We will have coffee ready for you!!

I just wanted to share with you a link (below) which explains what School Council is all about. This dedicated group of parents, staff, administrators, trustee and invited guests, are a very important part of the learning team in your child(ren) school life. School Council is one of the most effective way to be involved in the decisions making that affect our student’s learning by  being part of an advisory team to the Principal, Assistant Principle and school board. 

Every month we hear from our School Trustee Norma Lang. She shares with us what is happening behind the scene in the learning world and keeps us up to date.

And let’s be honest it some of the parents admit it’s a night off!!!  Whatever your reasons are Kathryn School Council is inclusive and welcomes everyone that want to be involved in their kid’s education.

A survey is being sent to you and I would invite you all to please take a moment to fill it out - there are only 9 questions and we would really appreciate your feedback to help us move forward.

Have a great school year and see you all October 10th.

Diane Courchesne :)   scroll down to “Popular Resources” then click on “School Council Resource Guide”  


In response to the growing number of food allergies and peanut allergies, Kathyrn School is a peanut aware building. The staff of Kathyrn School believes that with proper awareness and education we can help to reduce and prevent peanut reactions. Our plan continues to be centered on bringing awareness of the seriousness of these types of allergies.

As is present on our website “We ask that all students refrain from bringing peanut products to the school such as peanut butter, crackers with peanut butter, any candy that may have peanuts in them and of course peanuts themselves.”

In the case that your student has a peanut allergy, we ask that you please inform the school and make sure that not only does your child have their own epipen on their person, but that the front office also has an up to date epipen stored. Please be advised that your student should know/be familiar with when and how to use their epipens and ensure that you have made contact with their homeroom teacher to demonstrate how to use your student’s epipen.

a note from Calgary Reads
Community Education Services offers parent education sessions on a variety of topics at no cost. For more information about an upcoming session and to register, please visit
Upcoming sessions include:
September 20 2018 Concussions: 101 - Heading In The Right Direction (Cochrane)
"So what's the deal with concussions? It's just a little bump to the head.......right?"
Would you know what to look for if your kid sustained a concussion? Would you know what to do? Participants are provided with the most current information on the importance of recognizing and properly managing this invisible injury. Whether a parent, volunteer coach, athlete or health care professional... participants will leave feeling empowered in their ability recognize the signs and symptoms, and know what to do when a concussion is suspected. Further discussion surrounding resources and help available for those who are experiencing the long term effects of post-concussion syndrome.
October 16, 2018 Let’s Talk Mindfulness (Cochrane)
This session will outline and discuss the main concepts in mindfulness and how understanding the brain can improve self-regulation. Using a hands-on approach this session will teach skills related to these concepts. This session will discuss how the brain influences thinking, emotions and behaviour. Improved self-regulation can lead to better focus in school, better cooperation with others and improved self-awareness and self-control.
October 22, 2018 Cannabis: Legalization, Harms and Benefits (Airdrie)
This session will start by briefly reviewing the history of cannabis use. The session will discuss the reasons cannabis is being legalized and the prevalence of its use. The benefits and harms of cannabis will then be reviewed and guidelines for youth will be presented.
October 30, 2018 Cannabis: Legalization, Harms and Benefits (Chestermere)
This session will start by briefly reviewing the history of cannabis use. The session will discuss the reasons cannabis is being legalized and the prevalence of its use. The benefits and harms of cannabis will then be reviewed and guidelines for youth will be presented.
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