March 2019

Welcome to March!

The talk around the school this last month has been how many days in a row can we call an indoor recess before either the staff or the students revolt, my bet is the staff will snap first:).  We are all hoping that we will be able to spend the rest of this year outside during morning recess and at lunch.  

In the next few weeks staff will be preparing Term 2 Report Cards, which will be handed out to students on Friday, March 29th.  It is crucial to contact your child's teacher if you have questions or concerns about your child's progress.  We know that students are best supported and find the most success when the community and the school work together.  With tools such as Powerschool, Google Classrooms and class websites, Kathyrn staff are endeavouring to give up to date information on student progress during all times of the school year.  If you are having trouble accessing these on-line tools please do not hesitate to contact the office or your child's classroom teacher.  

As some of you may know I am expecting my first child in mid -April. While I am excited, I have also given a great deal of thought to parenting in the digital age. The realities facing today’s youth are different from those experienced when I was growing up. As parents (to be in my case) and educators (done this for a long time), we are tasked with the responsibility of guiding children/students to help them reach their full potential. At times, this is a daunting task.  However, what I’m sure of is that we all want our children/students to develop into healthy and reflective people. 

The article How to Raise a Happy Kid in the Digital Age (click on the link) featured on Common Sense Media’s website provides some wise advice that I found useful and hopefully you will too.  

I hope that you have an amazing March and I look forward to running into many of you as you "drop by" the school or volunteer at one of the events outlined in our newsletter.    
Dave Banderk
March 13            - School Council
March 18            - Professional Learning (No Classes) 
March 20 & 21   - Talent Show
March 22            - Reading Place (Grade 3 & 4) 
March 25            -Term 3 Begins
March 26            - Active Living Day
March 29            - Report Cards 

March 29            - Strathmore Choir (1:00-2:00)
April 10               - School Council
April 11               - Hot Lunch
April 19 to 29     - Spring Break 
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.

This year Kathyrn School promoted the ideals and messaging of kindness through various activities and events on February 27th and 28th.  On Wednesday, February 27th students in Grades 5 to 8 went to the TELUS BE BRAVE Anti-Bullying Hitman Game.  Over 16,000 Calgary and Area school kids visited the Scotiabank Saddledome to learn about the importance of acceptance and bullying prevention from guest speakers, concourse displays and in-game activities. We followed this up on Thursday, February 28th with a school-wide day encouraging 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 Pink Shirt day slogan: "Colour the World with Kindness", was developed by our very own Kindness Club. 

Kathyrn School will continue to encourage and support students that promote the ideals of cooperation and kindness. By working together as a community we can all help to ensure that our  community is one that accepts diversity and is empathetic to all its members.    

As had been previously noted through the newsletter and a permission letter, Active Living day will occur on Tuesday, March 26th.  While plans are well underway for Nakiska, we had a bit of a surprise change of plans occur last week for the Univeristy of Calgary option.  The university is currently in the middle of doing some renovations to its recreational facilities that were scheduled to be completed by early March.  However, we were informed that these renovations are behind schedule and will not be complete by March 26th (Active Living Days). This resulted in a flurry of phone calls to recreation centres in and around Calgary.  We are happy and relieved to let everyone know that we have found a replacement facility at the Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sport Centre in Cochrane.  Students will now be taking part in 30 minute session that include climbing, zumba, yoga and a fun and interactive bootcamp.  In addition, we have secured the use of their waterpark from 10:00 to 11:30. The use of the waterpark will require us to send home a new permission form that covers consent for the waterpark.  A positive to the change of venue is that instead of $30 we can now make the cost of the trip $15, we will begin the process of refunding families the difference in cost next week. 

If you have any questions or concerns please let us know and keep an "eye out" in the next few days for the new permission letter that will be coming home with your student.  
Five of our Grade 7 and 8 students had the opportunity to participate in Rocky View Schools Middle School Leadership Conference.  Students gained skills around developing positive school culture and had a bunch of fun in the process.  
So much fun at Rocky View Schools Battle of the Books! It was our first competition and we had two awesome battles with second place finishes! So proud of this crew!
Our occupational therapist doing a whole group lesson on the Zones of Regulation
Grade 3 & 4 students at Glenbow Museum exploring the Blackfoot way of life and the “newcomers” to our province.
February 11th was the 100th day of school for students this year.  Several classes celebrated the day with different activities.   
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 enhancing 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 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 March 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.  With the announcement of a boundary review for the Chestermere, Kathyrn and Indus areas your voice is needed even more  in helping to shape Kathyrn's 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:
March 20th (10:30-11:30) Self-Regulation: For You & Your Child (Alberta Children's Hospital, Theater) 

While being a parent or caregiver of children can be a joyous and awe-inspiring experience; it can also be frustrating! This session will help you understand what happens in your brain when we are under stress, and why self-regulation of our feelings and actions is essential to helping children learn this critical life skill. 

March 26th (6:30-8:30) Let’s Talk Mindfulness (A.E. Bowers Elementary School, Airdrie)

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.

April 2nd (6:30-8:30) Understanding Adolescent Stress and Anxiety (Manachaban Middle School, Cochrane)

A discussion on anxiety and stress in adolescents; what it is, what it may look like and how you can help your youth. This session will teach attendees strategies such as mindfulness and relaxation, and will also provide resources that can support caregivers and their youth.

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