We wish the Warriors good luck tomorrow at Optimist Park! See below for details:
Tuesday, October 6, 7:52 am
As noted during our Help Plan Our Future public participation events, and in previous postings on our district website, the new Calgary Catholic School in Aspen Woods had been scheduled to open for September 2016. As a result of a number of delays beyond our control, construction was not able to begin as soon as expected, and will likely begin later this fall. This has resulted in a delay in the opening date for the new school. A mid-year opening is not necessary, as there is room to accommodate students in existing schools (St. Joan of Arc, John Costello, St. Michael and St. Gregory). Because we are able to manage space constraints and current enrolments at existing schools throughout the 2016-2017 school year, the new Calgary Catholic school in Aspen Woods is now scheduled to open for September 2017. All current boundaries remain the same and boundary changes outlined in the Final Decision Letter – Aspen Woods School Boundary sent home in June will come into effect in September 2017. Kindergarten students residing in Cougar Ridge may still register at John Costello for the 2015-2016 school year as previously indicated in the June letter. This same offer will be extended to Kindergarten students residing in Cougar Ridge for the 2016-2017 school. Information on the Aspen Woods school can be found here: http://www.cssd.ab.ca/schools/aspen-woods/
Please see the companion document linked below for answers to frequently asked questions. FAQs September 1
Click here to open the District letter in regards to the community boundaries and designated schools for when the new Aspen Woods Elementary school opens. Letter Aspen Woods
A big thank you to two of our Gr. 7 students who took the time to nominate our outstanding Science teacher, Ms. Robertson, for this prestigious award. Ms. Robertson received a $500 prize to purchase materials for her classroom! The students wrote “She encouraged us to really take science seriously but also to be creative with it and to explore in depth, things that interest us. She takes a very hands on approach to teaching and allows us to learn from the mistakes we make in the process, to be innovative while still following rules and instructions and encourages us to communicate with our peers.” Well said ladies! Thank you to Vanessa and Matt for coming to present the award and honoring great work in education.
We are pleased to announce that our school has won the A+ for Energy competition! Our students will be involved in producing films on renewable energy and environmental sustainability! The funds will pay for technology and training sessions and will incorporate our Learning Commons area that the Library is transforming from. We are very excited to be part of this entrepreneurial and global citizen initiative!
On Wednesday, March 18th our Water Warriors will attend the CAWST summit to promote healthy water and conservation world wide. Check out last year’s event and our students at about 1:30 min!
At its core, Public Education is moral, visionary and transformative. At St. Michael School we share these core values as we work to empower youth while meeting cognitive, interpersonal and intrapersonal outcomes. This vision also promotes a sense of ethical citizenship which is vital for a strong democracy, the reduction of social inequality and poverty, the promotion of social inclusion and for collaboration with citizens across nations in addressing these global challenges.
St. Michael School supports many initiatives that foster attitudes, skills and knowledge which promote active ethical citizenship. First and foremost, we are a Catholic Community of Caring and through our monthly Buddy Group Activities we develop strong and respectful relationships among students and staff in the PYP and the MYP. In Grade 5, students spearhead a 6 month long celebration of learning project. This year the Grade 5’s collaboratively developed a sustainable resource development plan (water, forestry, energy, minerals, wildlife) though to 2050. The plan included the adoption of a panda, tiger and polar bear through the World Wildlife Fund, the purchasing of solar panel for a school through World Vision and a snack exchange at school to promote diversity and reducing food waste.
In the MYP Grade Nine students undertook Community Projects which focused on service learning. Projects included a read-a-thon to support Women for Women in Afghanistan as well as a permanent in school book exchange that not only promotes literacy but also a sharing economy. Our Water Warriors continue, after nine successful years, to raise awareness around issues of water consumption and distribution and our Leadership Option students promote school wide activism and involvement with organizations such as Amnesty International.
In February we celebrated International Mindedness and focused on the IB Learner Profile; “Principled”. For an afternoon students participated in interactive activities aimed at increasing their knowledge of global issues. Workshops challenged students to place themselves in the role of a Child Soldier, learn a new language (numbers in Mandarin), embrace cultural diversity, engage in mindfulness meditation and create an inclusive school art project that highlighted their cultural backgrounds.
It goes without saying that we are immensely proud of our students’ willingness to engage in meaningful opportunities that connect us universally and to tackle challenging world issues in a collaborative and creatively thoughtful way! At St. Michael School, we are not missing the beat on educating Global Leaders!
Thank you Mrs. Vecchio-Romano for capturing the many activities going on at our School! Enjoy!
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