April 2019
I always look forward to April as you can start to see many signs of spring, whether it is the warmer weather, the re-appearance of birds like robins or the first shoots of green coming out.  The students are certainly appreciating the warmer weather and games of four square, wall ball and basketball are once again being played in the school yard.  The school is busy making plans for the last portion of the year and Rocky View Schools is beginning to put in place the four year divisional plan that begins next year.  The new divisional plan will focus around three overarching student goals which are as follows: 1) Connect to passions, interests and people, 2) Achieve their potential, and 3) Navigate successfully as global citizens.  It is reassuring to know that Kathyrn School through our dedicated and hard working staff are already addressing these skills everyday.  

Our Grade 8 students are also coming to the realization that they are in their last few months at Kathyrn School.  Plans are in place for their second visit to Beiseker Community School to pick options for next year.  In addition, discussions have started about Grade 8 Farewell and as we get closer to June this will certainly ramp up.  

With all this talk about the future I would be remise to not write about our very busy March.  We once again had another successful Active Living Days, that was made a little more exciting when one of the buses broke down on the way up the "Cochrane Hill". Staff and students did a great job adapting to the change of plan and everyone got home safe, if not a little bit late.  Students once again showed off their talents at the Kathyrn School talent show.  We had nearly 30 Acts this year, which is pretty amazing for our "little school".  A big thank you to our student leadership team that spent many hours getting the event prepared.  Our basketball teams also wrapped up another very successful year with both teams having undefeated seasons.  Grade 7 and 8 students are now getting ready for the divisional badminton tournament which is in mid-April.  

Finally, this year our spring break is scheduled from April 19th to the 29th.  Whether you are leaving the area or staying a little closer to home, I hope that you all have an enjoyable and restful spring break.  
Dave Banderk
April 10               - School Council
April 11               - Hot Lunch
April 12               - Staff vs Student Basketball Game 
April 15               - RVS Grade 8 Badminton Tournament
April 17               - RVS Grade 7 Badminton Tournament
April 18               - Earth Rangers (K-6) 
April 18               - Spring Fling Dance (K-8)
April 19 to 29      - Spring Break 
April 30               - Earth Day Celebration
May 1                 - Grade 8's at Beiseker (8:30- 11:00)
May 2                 - Hot Lunch
May 6                 - Grade 6 Provincial Achievement Test Part A (L.A. Written Portion)
May 9                 - Show Case of Learning (4:00-7:00)
May 10               - Walk-a-thon
June 10 to 12    - Grade 6 Outdoor School (Date Change)
Just a reminder to all parents when dropping off students in the morning or picking up students at the end of the day, please always drop off or pickup at the NORTH END of the school ONLY.  Students can then walk through the basketball court and into or out of the school.

The only vehicles stopping at the south end of the school must have a handicap tag or have prearranged with the school office.   This process is in place to ensure that buses are easily able to enter and exit the school grounds and limits the amount of traffic at the south end of the school.  Please note the traffic flow in the school roadway is one way from south to north.
We appreciate your help with this as the safety of the students is our first priority.  If you have any questions, please contact the office.
The 2017-2018 (last school year) Kathyrn School Yearbook is now at the printers and will be available for $25.00.  Class pictures, individual cameos, special events are all there from Grades K – 8 in a terrific 40 page full colour print booklet.
Please place your order through School Cash.
A number of years ago a decision was made to build an outdoor classroom at the north end of the school property.  The original project was very elaborate. However, during the building of the foundation unforeseen issues arose that required more funds than was expected to be used.  As a result the "cement pad", as it is now lovingly referred to, has stayed unfinished for over ten years.  We are now in a position to be able to have some completion to this project.  While the current plan is not as elaborate as the original, it will provide a sheltered location for students and staff to be able to work outside. In the picture and drawing below you can get an idea of the current proposal. The funds for this project are a combination of community donations "earmarked" for this project and the gracious support of the Kathyrn School Society, no instructional funds are being used to support the completion of this outdoor space.   We encourage any feedback that you may have as we are hoping to get this completed during the summer or fall of this year.      
           Shelter                                                                 Seating Arrangment
The Grade 6 Options class is taking on some additional leadership roles throughout the school. They have planned some fun spirit days for the rest of the school year. The dates are as follows: 
May 2: Jersey Day (Any team, any sport)
May 16: Retro Day (Dress up from the 70s or 80s)
May 30: Twin Day (Find a partner and dress the same)
June 13: Free Choice (Pick your favourite spirit day and show it off! Examples include: crazy hair, hat, pj, or any other fun theme)
Reminders will be posted around the school closer to each spirit day. The class with the highest percentage of participation will win a small prize. 
Another Active Living Days in the books.  Students were engaged in activities such as skiing/snowboarding, playing in the pool, doing some cross training, indoor rock climbing and zumba.  We had lots of tired but happy people at the end of the day.    
Grade 3 and 4 students spent a sunny warm March day exploring Calgary Reads' Reading Place and a nearby park and playground. Students came back with lots of stories and even more ideas about books to read. 
For the second year in a row students showed off their talents at the Kathyrn Talent show.  We saw singing, hockey skills, dancing, piano, lego, and a couple of comedy acts.  Wow we really do have amazing students!   
Our very own Joanne Kelk became a Canadian Citizen last month.  Whoop, Whoop.  Welcome to a really great club!!!
March 14th was "Pi Day" and Leadership Students wanted to celebrate by offering a piece of pie to all students and staff.  We also accepted donations, with all the money going to the Children’s Hospital. We ended up collecting $315 for the day!!  Well done Kathyrn School. 
In addition to being awarded an Environmental Ambassador by Fortis Alberta, we were are also given a $1000 grant to put towards an environmental project of our choosing.  We will be using the grant to put in flowers and a new vegetable garden. 
We invite you to take part in our annual Kathyrn School Walk-a-Thon on Friday, May 10th. The walkathon fundraiser began in 1984 and has raised over $500 000 to directly enhance the learning experience of Kathyrn students. While the route has changed over the years, there was a time that it went on the highway (those days are long gone), the spirit and enthusiasm for this Kathyrn institution has not waned.  The funds raised are used to support field trips, guest speakers, novel activities within the building, and resources that directly help students.  We would love for you to attend as a participant in the 10km walk or as a volunteer at one of our aid stations.   As this is a school sponsored event we are required to ensure that individuals over 18 have a current police check on file.  Please contact Mrs. Anderson at 403-935-4291 or email at for more information around how you can support the 35th annual Walk-A-Thon.
Image from last year's Walk-A-Thon
Our next School Council meeting will be held on Wednesday April 9th at 7:00 p.m. in the Kathyrn Learning Commons.  School Council plays a vital role in supporting the education of all our students and gives you an opportunity to have input into the School Education Plan, provide feedback on issues such as budget priorities, mission and vision.  Sharon Rhodes (RVS Director of Schools) and Colette Winters (RVS Director of Facility Planning) will be present at this meeting to answer questions about attendance boundary revisions in the future.  
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:

April 25 (6:30-8:30) ADHD is Awesome (Dalhousie School, Calgary) 

ADHD is often thought of in terms of its symptoms and associated problems. Unfortunately, a deficit-based approach, focusing on what is wrong, can be very impairing for children and their families. However, there are so many positive qualities of ADHD that need to be celebrated! In this session, you will learn about what ADHD is, why it is awesome, and how to capitalize on its assets to promote long-term success.

April 30 (6:30-8:30) Digital Dangers (Chestermere Municipal Office) 

With the rapid growth of technology and innovative new methods for communication, it has become an increasing challenge for parents and professionals to implement preventative strategies and effective intervention methods. In this session learn about cyberbullying and the law, dangers of social media, digital safety, sexting and internet luring and netiquette.

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