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There has been a heart-warming buzz of excitement at CFIS these past weeks in all areas of the school, with many varied activities at all levels, from skiing lessons for the younger students, to preparations for the musical in the Secondary Division, and open houses and assessments for new-to-CFIS students. 

On an administrative level, re-enrolment for the coming school year is now complete, with strong retention in all grades. I was especially pleased to learn that next year we will have two classes in Grade 10, with 27 students staying from Grade 9 and one new student.

Students on Pink Shirt DayI was also very gratified with the enthusiastic participation at two recent parent engagement sessions held at the end of February. The sessions focused on CFIS’s strategic direction, and more specifically, what to keep, stop, and start doing. (I must say that I was very pleased that there were very few items on the “stop” list!) I will be distilling the parent comments further, along with the results of the November parent engagement sessions on internationalism at CFIS, in the next weeks, and these will help to inform the school’s updated strategic plan which will guide our school in the coming years.

February also saw CFIS students and staff enthusiastically participate in Pink Shirt Day. There is an inspiring story behind this event. In 2007, a group of high-school boys in Nova Scotia all wore pink shirts to stand up for another young man, who had been bullied for wearing pink. At CFIS, our Elementary Division students took part in an assembly to learn about to learn about the importance of inclusivity, kindness, and acceptance. Educators in CFIS’s younger grades worked with the message of “friendship day”, to teach their students about being inclusive and kind to all, as an age-appropriate way to proactively prevent bullying.

Costa RicaOur school’s strong support of the message behind Pink Shirt Day is highly gratifying. I am also very proud of the fact that at CFIS, our educators focus on a daily basis on teaching the importance of empathy, which is the underlying value behind Pink Shirt Day, and an unspoken but key component of our school’s overarching mission of instilling a global mindset into CFIS students. Our educators teach their students about a wide variety of local, national and international initiatives: the importance of raising money for wells that provide water to people in far-off countries, service work through our Travel Studies program, and fundraising and “food-raising” for the Calgary Food Bank, to name a few. But much closer to home, the cultivation of empathy in our students, and the creation of a culture of kindness and caring, is just as important. At its simplest level, this is done by ensuring that our youngest students are kind to and inclusive of all classmates, and not just to those in their circle of friends. In the higher grades, teachers foster discussions with their students to explore other cultures’ similarities as well as their differences. As students enter into the Secondary Division, they are well prepared for Travel Studies service-oriented trips to connect with other cultures face-to-face. Not all families can afford to have their children travel abroad, but in the digital world in which we live, there are so many opportunities to connect with the world around us. Real connections with people in places that at first glance seem so different from Canada turns another a country’s name on a map into a collection of unique individuals with both differences and similarities, just as each one of our students and staff are both different from and similar to each other. Wearing a pink shirt symbolizes that the wearer will not tolerate bullying – of anyone, anywhere. As CFIS educators, we strive to ensure that our students take this message to heart, and practice it all year long.

Board documents for upcoming AGMs and special meetings

Annual General Meeting of the Calgary French & International School (CFIS) Society:

On Wednesday, 29th November, 2017, the following individuals were elected by the membership of the CFIS Society to the Board of Directors:

  • Curtis Cook (new)
  • Peter Forrester (re-elected)
  • Wellington Holbrook (new)
  • Dr. Katherine Mueller (new)
  • John Piasta (re-elected)
  • Gertrud Schneider Chary (re-elected)
  • Jamie Lynne Smith (new)
  • Joanne...
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Dates to remember - School-wide

All students (preschool through to Grade 12) can wear vesti-choix today.

News - School-wide

There are a number of volunteer positions at the school that are in need of your support: 

Cafeteria volunteers: We are in urgent need of cafeteria volunteers in both divisions. Helping out in the cafeteria is a wonderful way to keep in touch with your child, while helping the school. Please email Tnelson@cfis.com to discuss additional opportunities. 
Pizza Day: Pizza Day is in need of volunteers in many grades. Please contact...

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Please contact Mme Crowley-Granger at mcrowley@cfis.com to donate your artificial Christmas tree. Thank you!

The newly updated InSchoolwear website is up and running as of Thursday, February 1.  In order for parents to shop on the new...

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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.

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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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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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

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!

On April 17, 2018, at 6:30 p.m., the Community Education Service (CES) is hosting a free session on mental health literacy, at CFIS. The session will provide parents and guardians with an understanding of mental health, the mental disorders that commonly onset during the child and adolescent years, and available resources. 

If you would like to attend, please register at:

http://community.hmhc.ca/

CES provides parents/...

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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

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Dates to remember - Early childhood division

The theme for today's Spirit Day, for students in Preschool through to Grade 6, is "Beach Day". Students are allowed to wear "vesti-aloha", which can include one or several of the following accessories:

  • A Hawaiian shirt
  • A grass skirt
  • A lei (a Hawaiian flower necklace)
  • Bermuda shorts
  • A straw hat
  • Sunglasses 

(No flip-flops or swimsuits, please!)

Report cards issued today for students in Preschool through to Grade 6. 

(Report cards for students in the Secondary Division - Grades 7 to 12 - will be mailed to the student's address on record with the school in early July.)

 

Dates to remember - Elementary division

The theme for today's Spirit Day, for students in Preschool through to Grade 6, is "Beach Day". Students are allowed to wear "vesti-aloha", which can include one or several of the following accessories:

  • A Hawaiian shirt
  • A grass skirt
  • A lei (a Hawaiian flower necklace)
  • Bermuda shorts
  • A straw hat
  • Sunglasses 

(No flip-flops or swimsuits, please!)

The dismissal time will be at 11:30 a.m. today for students in preschool to Grade 9.

Report cards issued today for students in Preschool through to Grade 6. 

(Report cards for students in the Secondary Division - Grades 7 to 12 - will be mailed to the student's address on record with the school in early July.)

 

Dates to remember - Secondary division

The dismissal time will be at 11:30 a.m. today for students in preschool to Grade 9.
The dismissal time will be at 11:30 a.m. today for students in Grade 10 to 12.

Today is the last day of school for students in Grades 10 to 12. Vesti-choix can be worn. Students are dismissed at 11:30 a.m.

News - Secondary division

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