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KATHYRN KRONICLE

February 2019
PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Welcome to February, 

Each fall schools across Alberta are required to analyze data from the previous year and look for areas of strength and growth.  The analysis is done with staff, students and school council and a document called the School Annual Results Report (SARR) is then created.  While the SARR does become available on our website, the reality is that in our busy lives we often do not have time to read these dense documents.  In the interest of being as transparent as possible to our community I am including the Principal's Message, which summarizes the analysis of the SARR data.  I hope that you find it a worthwhile read and it gives insight into the direction of Kathyrn School.  

During the 2017/18 school year Kathyrn School began a process of reflection of what it means to be a Kodiak.  This process required all of us; staff, students and our community, to ask hard questions about the values and ideals that make us who we are and where we want to go. From this process came three guiding pillars or principles; Academics, Wellness and Community.  These pillars will be the foundation onto which we will develop expectations, philosophies and processes to guide us as we continue to strive to bring the most comprehensive educational experience to our students.  Kathyrn school will always be proud of its rich history but also looks forward to meeting the future needs of the young individuals that are growing and learning within our building.  By developing and analyzing feedback through the pillars of academics, wellness and community we are honoring our commitment to prepare our students for their future. 
 
Every spring, Alberta Education along with Rocky View Schools invites all stakeholders (parents/guardians, students and staff) to complete a set of surveys as one means to elicit valuable information about the direction of the school.  This information is collated and then in the fall we as a community begin the process of analyzing the results of that data. This year’s results clearly show that Kathyrn and its three foundational pillars are resonating with our stakeholders.  The overall message is one of positivity in both the Rocky View and Alberta Education surveys, with 16 out of 18 categories having Kathyrn School either statistically the same as last year or moving in a positive direction.  This certainly does not mean that we do not have areas of growth, but it does indicate that we as a school are going in the right direction. 
 
An overall analysis shows that many of the areas that were identified as opportunities for growth in the 2016/17 School Annual Results Report have seen significant improvements from last year.  With respect to parental involvement and communication the staff made a concerted effort to ensure that we put into place communication tools that clearly explained where students were in their academic journey.  Furthermore, we reaffirmed the history of Kathyrn being a school with close links to its community.  The result is that satisfaction rates went from 68.1% to 87.8% on the Alberta Education Accountability Pillar.  We view these results with pride but also with a continued commitment to make decisions that ensure that the school and home, work as seamlessly as possible to support our students.  A second area of focus from last year was around ensuring that we use instructional practices that help students to be successful in the future.  Once again, we showed significant improvement with overall satisfaction levels on both the Rocky View Schools and Alberta Education Surveys increasing by over 7%.  With academics being one of the foundational pillars we will continue to focus on developing well rounded instructional practices that help to prepare students. 
 
It is encouraging and exciting to see that when we as a staff and community focus on a goal we can and do find success.  The successful lessons and strategies we learned last year will be once again put into place as we continue to tackle areas of growth.  It is clear that we as a staff and as a broader community need to find ways to ensure that students feel respected by both their peers and adults.  We will continue to implement changes and programs that encourage students to celebrate and respect one another.  The revamping of the “Kodiak House Cup” is just one in a number of ways that we are highlighting all of the amazing “little things” that students do each day to make this building a better place.  Another area of focus is in regard to our Provincial Achievement Test (PAT) results.  While we recognize that PAT’s are just one of many ways that students demonstrate their knowledge, we do feel it is important that our students feel comfortable when put into these situations.  Kathyrn staff have already begun to make changes to our practice that do not take away from the hands-on multi-disciplinary learning that is happening but help our students to feel more comfortable with “traditional” test writing situations, which is still an important form of assessment.  
 
I am proud of what this “little” school accomplishes every day.  We are a school filled with dedicated staff, amazing families and students that are excited to make a difference.  The 2017/18 school year showed that we can and do make positive and productive change and will continue to do so in the future.  So, let’s celebrate what we have accomplished in the past, be proud of the now and look forward to a positive and productive future.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dave Banderk
Principal
IMPORTANT DATES
Feb. 11               - 100th Day of the School Year
Feb. 13               - School Council
Feb. 14               - Glenbow Museum (Gr. 3 & 4)
Feb. 14               - Valentine's Day Activities
Feb. 15 to 22      - No School
Feb. 27               - Telus Be Brave Anti-Bullying Hitman Hockey Game (Gr 5-8) 
Feb. 28               - Pink Shirt Day
March 4 to 8       - Spring Book Fair
March 4 to 8       - Term Exams (Gr 6 to 8) 
March 7              - 3-Way Conferences 
March 13            - School Council
March 18            - Professional Learning (No Classes) 
March 20 & 21   - Talent Show
March 26            - Active Living Day
March 29            - Report Cards 
INFORMATION FROM THE OFFICE
Please call the school office by 9:15 a.m. if your child is going to be absent from school. This is even more important when the weather is cold as we want to make sure that everyone gets to school safely each day.  
 
A reminder that milk orders can be placed at any time, but milk cards can not be issued unless the school cash receipt is returned. Alternatively, you can email Mrs. Hassett or Mrs. Kelk the school cash receipt number.

Did you know Kathyrn School has an outdoor collection bin for your bottles, cans and other beverage containers? Don’t feel like heading to the recycling depot? Donate your containers at the school bin instead!  Look for the blue bin at the south end of the parking lot- right by the tetherball pole! 

With the recent school closure due to cold weather still fresh in our memories it seems like a good time to repost the notification process during a temporary school closure.  This information letter was originally posted in the November newsletter.   
PINK SHIRT DAY

Thursday, February 28th is Pink Shirt Day. We encourage everyone to wear something pink to show that we are all working together to spread kindness and prevent bullying in our schools, in our communities and online. This year's Airdrie Boys and Girls Club slogan is "Colour the World with Kindness",  which was developed by our very own Kindness Club. To see more about its creation click on the following link from the Rocky View Weekly. (Pink Shirt Day Slogan)    

Pink Shirt Day is an annual event focused on working together to stand up for others, to celebrate individual differences, demonstrate empathy and compassion, and promote positive relationships. 

What is the story behind Pink Shirt Day? 

Pink Shirt Day began in 2007 with a grade 9 boy at Central Kings Rural High School, in the small community of Cambridge Nova Scotia. On his first day of school he was bullied for wearing a pink polo shirt. When two grade twelve boys, Travis Price and David Shephard, heard about the bullying they decided to take action. They responded by emailing classmates asking them to wear pink the next day. The two boys even purchased 50 pink shirts for anyone who didn’t own one. The next day there were dozens of students outfitted in pink creating a “sea of pink”. Pink Shirt Day is all about STANDING TOGETHER to stop bullying. 

ACTIVE LIVING DAY
Active Living day will occur on Tuesday, March 26th.  As was the case last year, this year's installment will include two potential options for the the grade 6,7, and 8 students.  The first is to spend the day skiing or snowboarding at Nakiska. Buses will be leaving the school at 6:30 a.m. All students will take part in a morning lesson that will be geared towards their level of experience. After the lessons students will be free to explore the hill. Rentals will be provided, however students wanting to bring their own gear may do so, but are responsible for its safety. Buses will be leaving the hill around 3:00 p.m. and should arrive back at the school around 5:00 p.m. The cost of skiing/snowboarding will be $90 per student.  

The second option will be open to all students in grades K-5 and grades 6-8 students who choose to not go to Nakiska.  Students will be travelling to the University of Calgary to participate in a number of stations. These stations include bouldering, zumba, squash and yoga. The cost of this event is will be $30 per student.

Information about this event has been sent home with your child. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to call the school.  
SNAP SHOTS AT KATHYRN
After a school wide plastering of walls and lockers with notes of kindness, the Kindness Club  displayed them for us to read! 
Grade 1 and 2 students starting the Words their Way program to learn patterns in words to improve spelling and reading. 
Beiseker School welcomed the Kathyrn Grade 8s for a visit. Combined with the Grade 8s from Beiseker, they will make up the class of 2023! Fun was had by all in our drama, shop and foods stations!
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Grade 8 students hard at work building hydraulic devices in Science 8.  Hands on learning at its best.  
SCHOOL COUNCIL
Our next School Council meeting will be held on Wednesday February 13th 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.  We encourage all of you to be there to help to ensure that Kathryn is the best it can be.  
UPCOMING PARENT SESSIONS AROUND ROCKY VIEW 
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 http://community.hmhc.ca/sessions/
 
Upcoming sessions include:
 
February 21st (6:30-8:30) Problem Behavior: Why Does It Happen and What To Do About (The Ability Hub, Calgary) 

Have you wondered why someone uses problem behavior, even when they "know better"? What motivates someone to use problem behavior? In this workshop, participants will learn: a)the simple reasons why people use problem behavior, how to determine why someone you know uses problem behavior, and a variety of practical strategies to promote the use of more positive behavior. This workshop will be useful for family, as well as professionals.

February 26th (6:30-8:30) Let's Talk Mindfulness (East Lake School, Calgary)

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.

February 26th (6:30 - 8:00) How to Successfully Negotiate the Seven Stages of the Stepfamily (Crowfoot Public Library) 

This presentation details the tools, techniques and strategies that are needed to guide a stepfamily from its early beginnings to becoming a successful, stable, and well functioning, cohesive family unit.

March 7th (6:30 - 8:30) Digital Dangers (Family Connections Parent Link Huntington Hills) 

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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