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Bulletin - Head of School's Message

After two years of intensive groundwork, CFIS’s peer accreditation review is largely complete.  Representatives of Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) schools from across Canada, with expertise in both administrative and educational aspects of school operations, attended at CFIS this May. 

They thoroughly analyzed the documentation that had been compiled by CFIS staff to provide evidence of how CFIS meets the eleven CAIS standards.

Over the course of a three-day visit, the visiting committee developed recommendations and commendations based on both the documentation as well as on observations within the school and discussions with faculty, staff, and all members of the senior leadership team, as well as with a number of parents and alumni.  

Because CFIS faculty and staff had already conducted an in-depth and wide-ranging internal review in advance of the committee’s visit, we had a thorough idea of our strengths and areas of required growth. 

I am proud to report that the school received a significant number of commendations, largely focused on the learning environment, commitment to overall school improvement, and the implementation of the strategic plan.  

The visiting committee will be providing its written report to CAIS, and CFIS will receive the final version of the document in the summer. At that point, the senior leadership team and the CFIS Society’s Board of Directors will commence a review of the report and begin to give thought to how we can individually and collectively improve the school by addressing the specific recommendations which it will contain. 

The dedication to continuous improvement embodied by the ten members of the CAIS visiting committee was truly impressive. Their time and expertise was greatly appreciated, and supports CFIS as it strives to achieve its mission of developing each student’s individual and academic potential through full French immersion and an international focus in a rich and dynamic learning environment. CFIS’s membership in CAIS promotes a reflective and collaborative school improvement process, allows us to examine the school’s overall program and operations, provides validation of current programs and services, suggests areas of future growth and development, and provides our educators with valuable professional development and information about effective practices nationally and globally. It also assures CFIS parents that our school is focused on providing a safe and enriching learning environment while maintaining an efficient and effective operation, and provides the Society’s Board with an independent, non-governmental validation that the school they oversee is effectively delivering a quality educational experience to its students in a manner that is sustainable. 

I was deeply moved at the debriefing meeting when the CAIS coordinator shared that he believes that CFIS’s membership as a CAIS school will contribute positively to that organization. I shared this comment with faculty and staff at a brief meeting following the visiting committee’s departure, and they were equally impacted by this sentiment. 

I would like to thank the entire CFIS community – Board members, students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, and the senior leadership team – for their time and contribution to this undertaking. Working collaboratively resulted in a highly successful outcome for our school, and will contribute to the strength and permanence of our school.

Sincerely,


Mme Margaret Dorrance
Head of School  

Dates to remember - School-wide

The deadline to order grocery cards through the CFIS Grocery Card Program is 2:30 p.m. today.  

Students from preschool to Grade 12 are invited to be in vesti-choix for Pizza Day. Pizza and other items can be ordered in advance for full-day students only through secure.cfis.com. Ordering happens well in advance of Pizza Day, and late orders cannot be accommodated.

The school is closed today, for the Thanksgiving Day statutory holiday. 

News - School-wide

Please see a message below from one of our community partners and generous donor to our music program at CFIS, the Kinsmen Club of Calgary. 

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Each year the Kinsmen Club of Calgary has participated with the Field of Crosses project that was initiated by the late George Bittman, and Murray McCann.  The project consists of placing over 3,000 Crosses and Stars of David along Memorial Drive that have inscribed the names of those that have given their lives in the various...

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Parents have reported old calendar entries in their calendar feeds. We have looked into the online calendar and everything appears to be working correctly.

The likely reason for incorrect or missing entries is that your personal calendar settings are not configured to refresh that particular calendar feed on an hourly / daily basis.

It is important to note that with the exception of sporting events, which may be changed by external bodies, we endeavour to have all calendar...

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Please see the note below from MLI Homestay:

MLI Homestay is looking for amazing families in Calgary to host one female student from July 13-27 and another male student August 1st to 14th.

Reimbursement if you host for both groups is $1134. Students attend school Mon-Friday at the French Language school located at 700 77st SW. You must provide 3 meals and be willing to transport students to and from school. Carpooling is encouraged. If you are interested in becoming...

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We have several openings for students in kindergarten to Grade 6 in our before- and after-school programs. All available spots are five days per week. Families who are interested in these openings can contact Mme Susan Ammeter at sammeter@cfis.com. Please note that there are no before- and after-school openings for preschool and junior kindergarten students at this time. 

Thank you!

Foothills Concert Band would like to extend an invitation to all members of the CFIS community. A Calgary tradition since 1968, the Calgary Foothills Concert Band is currently accepting new members in all sections. If you have wanted to dust off your trumpet or flute, or are ready to have fun creating music in a wonderful community, then it is a great time to join the Foothills Concert Band! 

Starting January 9, come by the CFIS band room on Monday nights at 7:30 p.m. to give us a try...

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Help is needed in the library and with classroom books that need repair. There is enough work for 10 parents to help with this work. Please contact Mme Jillian Lee at jlee@cfis.com.

This CFIS Society Board-approved calendar is emailed to parents once it is approved. The PDF calendar can be found on our calendar page just below the menu on the right, year round. 

Please see this link for the 2017-18 annual calendar.

Please see this link for the 2016-17 annual calendar

Alberta Health Services has a number of great online resources for parents with children of all ages. Please see this link for their monthly PDF and other resources for children and teens.

http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/9539.asp

Thank you!

KidZone is open for the two PD Days in April as well!

 

Summer camp for kids in Calgary...

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Dates to remember - Early childhood division

JK classes CT (Classe Orange) and NS (Classe Bleu) are going on a field trip this morning.

 

Students are to be in formal uniform. 

All KG classes will be taking part in "Teachers' Pet" (an in-school event). 

 

Formal uniform is required. 

All KG classes will be taking part in a Terry Fox Run at a special start time (11 a.m.). Parents are welcome to meet at their child's KG classroom and join in. 

 

KG students are encouraged to wear vesti-sport on this day. 

Dates to remember - Elementary division

In-class presentation for 4NB. Formal uniform required.

School patroller training takes place today for those Grades 5 and 6 students who have already submitted their application forms. 

 

Patrol starts the first week of October. 

 

For further information, please contact Mme Camirand at ncamirand@cfis.com

Grade 2 classes SP and EM will be going on a field trip today.

 

Please ensure that your child is dressed in weather-appropriate vesti-choix.

In-class presentation for 4AD. Formal uniform required. 

In-class presentation for 4AG. Formal uniform required. 

Grades 1 to 12 students will be taking part in the Terry Fox Run today, at 2:30 p.m. (KG students will have their own Terry Fox Run, at 11 a.m.)

Terry Fox often said that it was youth who would carry forth his efforts and work toward a world without cancer. Millions of students across Canada take part in the Terry Fox School Run every year to raise funds for cancer research, making this one of the largest fundraising events in Canadian history, and one of the largest displays of solidarity this planet has ever seen! By participating, you will help share Terry’s example of courage, strength and hope.

Evening presentation of "Screenagers" movie, in the Elementary Gym, for Grades 6 to 12 students and parents. Start time still to be determined. 

For further details, please contact CFIS's Director of Educational Technology & Innovation Mme Alex Lianne Carter at acarter@cfis.com

Dates to remember - Secondary division

Golfers that qualify out of the CISAA and City Championships compete in Edmonton.

Game at Foundations for the Future (8710 Ancourt Rd. SE, Calgary, AB )

Students will meet in the secondary gym.

A detailed schedule with the times for each rehearsal will be emailed to families. For more information, please contact Señora Mendes at smendes@cfis.com

All Grade 8 students will be going on a field trip today. 

 

Please ensure that your child is dressed in weather-appropriate vesti-choix.

JK classes AT (Classe Rouge) and JB (Classe Violette) are going on a field trip this morning. 

 

Students are to be in formal uniform. 

All Grade 7 classes will be going on a field trip today.

 

Please ensure that your child is dressed in weather-appropriate vesti-choix.

Students will meet in the secondary gym.

Grades 1 to 12 students will be taking part in the Terry Fox Run today, at 2:30 p.m. (KG students will have their own Terry Fox Run, at 11 a.m.)

Terry Fox often said that it was youth who would carry forth his efforts and work toward a world without cancer. Millions of students across Canada take part in the Terry Fox School Run every year to raise funds for cancer research, making this one of the largest fundraising events in Canadian history, and one of the largest displays of solidarity this planet has ever seen! By participating, you will help share Terry’s example of courage, strength and hope.

Game times are depend on how the team progresses through the tournament.

First game at Menno Simons Christian School at 5 p.m.

 

A detailed schedule with the times for each rehearsal will be emailed to families. For more information, please contact Señora Mendes at smendes@cfis.com

Race at Canmore Park (NW)

Early dismissal from school at 3 p.m.

All Gr. 7 students will be going on a field trip today. Dress code is weather-appropriate vesti-choix.  

Game at Glenmore Christian School (16520 24 St. SW).

Game at Menno Simons Christian School (7000 Elkton Dr. SW).

Games at Calgary Academy (1677 93rd Street SW).

4 pm game vs Webber Academy

5 pm game vs Calgary Academy

Game at Clear Water Academy (2550 Dieppe Ave. SW).

4 pm game vs Rundle Academy

5 pm game vs Webber Academy

A detailed schedule with the times for each rehearsal will be emailed to families. For more information, please contact Señora Mendes at smendes@cfis.com

Game at Webber Academy (1515 - 93 St. SW).

Evening presentation of "Screenagers" movie, in the Elementary Gym, for Grades 6 to 12 students and parents. Start time still to be determined. 

For further details, please contact CFIS's Director of Educational Technology & Innovation Mme Alex Lianne Carter at acarter@cfis.com

News - Secondary division

Student Services will be offering after-school clinics for students twice a week starting September 19, 2017. 

Each Tuesday and Thursday the Student Services Room (Rm # 264) will be open from 3:30 – 4:30 for students to seek access to some additional assistance with a multitude of topics. Some of the topics are listed below:

·      How to organize notes.

·      How to organize notes for final exams.

·      How to complete large projects

·      How to use an...

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Please check the link below if your child is participating in athletics. At times, the CISAA will change game times or locations with little notice. For more information, please contact your child's coach or Mme. Crandall at scrandall@cfis.com.

http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=isaajr