Saturday, November 22, 7:59 am
It’s that time of year again – the Band Poinsettia Fundraiser! Every year we sell beautiful poinsettia plants for $15.00 each, and they’re available in three different colours: red, white and pink. Please consider purchasing a poinsettia for your family! Families can pay for their orders by cash and cheque, with cheques made payable to St. Michael School Band Parents Association. Orders are due by Monday, November 24. Thank you for your support.
The Alberta Math Curriculum has been updated for 2014. To review the changes please read the following documents:
Parent Clarification Math 2014 - this document summarizes the changes, for Parents, in regards to basic number facts for Grades 1-5
K-9 Math 2014 Update- this documents shows the updates to the Program of Studies, highlighted in yellow (this is not the complete Program of Studies).
For more information, please visit the Alberta Education Website (http://education.alberta.ca/teachers/program/math.aspx) - here you will find additional resources for both Students and Parents.
First Eucharist Registration is now online for St. Michael Catholic Community. Please go here http://tinyurl.com/m5nvoyg and register as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact Maureen Ross at the Parish Office at 4032490423 x 126.
St. Michael School is the only school in Calgary Catholic School District offering an International Baccalaureate Programme at both the Primary Years and Middle Years.
We are a dual track school, offering instruction in both French and English in our Junior High Years.
Please watch our video “St. Michael….A World of Learning” to learn more !
“This is truly an international school, open to all …., To that extent it truly mirrors society at large and prepares students to be good citizens as well as doing well academically.”
~Parent Feedback, St. Michael Satisfaction Survey 2012
Our Mission Statement:
St. Michael School is an inclusive Catholic community that encourages students to creatively inquire throughout the learning process.
We engage in experiences that inspire responsible and active global citizenship.
February was a busy month for students at St. Michael School. At the beginning of the month, Grade 9 students had a direct conversation with former Prime Minister, the Honorable Paul Martin, via Skype. The intention was to encourage and foster a deeper understanding of our government’s history and relationships with Aboriginal Peoples, as well as illuminate negative stereotypes. Mr. Martin provided powerful advice on how the students, as youth and future nation leaders, can improve fractured relationships. He said, “go home, talk to your parents, talk to your friends about the issues faced by first nations…educate others.”
The students prepared for their conversation with Mr. Martin through a poetry activity based on the book X, by Shane Rhodes. The students uncovered the meaning of the Numbered Treaties through eleven poems conceived from the text of official treaty documents. Students also had the opportunity to ask Rhodes how poetry, as a communication medium, could educate and inspire activism.
International Week focused on “Inspiring International Mindedness”. Through a variety of activities and presentations, students reflected on how they can engage in meaningful and responsible global citizenship. The week was a perfect blend of celebrating staff and students’ global activism, along with the exceptional work of individuals who are passionate about and knowledgeable in their respective fields of study. School-based initiatives were profiled through the Water Warrior Water Fountain retro-fit and the Grade 5 Adopt a Village – Free the Children projects.
Notable guest presenters included Giller Prize author Will Ferguson, scientist Peter Apell (Center for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology), youth activist Nicole M’Carthy and Polish youth dancers. Each guest offered insights and inspiration to students, our future global leaders, on how they can put their talents and interests into building a better world.
What is Resiliency? It is the ability to adapt to challenges that may cause stress, including tragedy, trauma, threats, setbacks and loss. By developing resilience, we are able to better manage stress or feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. The ability to work together and thrive despite these challenges arises from skills of resilience. St. Michael will be working with the Calgary Police as an S4 School: Stay smart, stay safe. Please open the brochure below put out by the Calgary Catholic School District. Creating Safe Resilient School Communities
The Calgary Catholic School District is launching a new Parent Portal for all schools starting November 4, 2013. Parents will have the quick and easy access to view:
- attendance records
- progress reports standards and comments
- school announcements
The Parent Portal is operated through PowerSchool, a web-based database application that facilitates student information management and communication among school administrators, teachers, parents, and students. It is easy to use and connects parents, students and schools with real-time information via the Internet. For junior high students, this supplements the use of D2L.
Benefits of the Parent View:
- School administrators, teachers, parents, and students can easily stay connected with each other
- Parents are able to review daily attendance and progress report results
- Parents are able to participate more fully in their student’s progress
Please note parents/guardians have the ability to create a single login for all students in the family even if they are attending different schools. Once the account is created, parents can manage account information, link any and all students to the account, and set email and notification preferences for each student linked to the account.
Open the Creating an Account documents here to get started. The parent view icon on the right side of the website home page will get you connected. Thank you for participating! ParentPortal_CreatingAccount