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Message From Administration
We had great news for education announced last Thursday. The Provincial Government announced adjustments to the proposed funding cuts to the education budget. This is great news for schools and for Calgary Catholic. It means we will not have to make cuts that would have had a significant impact on programming.
Our District has worked very quickly reassessing the budget we put forward and were able to cancel many of the cuts that impacted schools. As a District we will now be fully funded for student growth which is great news in a district that could grow by 1200 new students next year. With John Costello being a restricted enrollment school we will only see minimal growth as some of our grades are already at capacity.
The change in funding that will have the greatest impact on John Costello has to do with the ability to work with our diverse learning students. This year we have had a full time Diverse Learning Teacher, Mrs. Bedford. In the initial planning with the proposed cuts it would have dropped to a halftime position. This role is very important to us as Mrs. Bedford is instrumental in the identification of student learning needs, providing assistance to staff and families by supporting learning and also works with individual students and small instructional groups helping them with their learning. This position has returned to a full time position and will benefit a number of our students and staff.
With the budget changes we are still working on staffing for schools. Once we progress further along the staffing process we will be providing parents with any changes that will impact John Costello School.
We are able to announce one change that will go into effect next year. Mrs. Nicholson our Vice Principal will be moving on to provide her talents to St. John Paul II School. Her understanding of elementary students and their needs will be a real benefit for her new school. I would like to thank her for her four years of service with John Costello School. Most recently her work with busing, school wide performance and our Library Commons have all added to making our school a great place to be.
Joining us as our Vice Principal will be Mrs. Denise Briggs. Mrs. Briggs is an experienced administrator with Calgary Catholic and has spent the majority of her career working with elementary students. She is very keen to join our team and has already attended a School Council meeting. We are confident she will be a great member of our team and help us in growing as a school community.
Congratulations to the Grade 5 and 6 students from John Costello school who participated in the Calgary Youth Science Fair at the Olympic Oval, April 17-18. There were over 1000 students and 800 projects there. We are so proud of you!
On September 29, 2014, we held our annual Terry Fox Run and continued our tradition of spelling out a word on the hill behind our school. We are in the second year of our faith theme from Micah 6:8, “Do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God.” We spelled out “BE KIND”. Click the photo to take a peek at the video!