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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  

Board documents for upcoming AGMs and special meetings

Dear CFIS Parents: 

Please find below a number of documents related to the Annual General Meetings of the Calgary French & International School Society, Calgary International Language Foundation and the CFIS Endowment Society and the Special Meeting of the Endowment Society. All CFIS parents are members of all three organizations. 

Please click on the links to download the PDFs. 

AGM of the Calgary French & International School Society

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Dates to remember - School-wide

Please join us tonight in the Seed Cafeteria, for a parent information session regarding Elementary program for current CFIS families. 

 

 

All parents of CFIS students in preschool through to Grade 12 are members of the Calgary French & International School Society, the Calgary International Language Foundation, and the Calgary French & International School Endowment Society. These three organizations will be holding their Annual General Meetings starting at 6:30 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 29th. No RSVP is required. 

"Hour of Code" for CFIS parents of students in Preschool through to Grade 12, in the Marcel Tremblay Learning Resource Centre (Secondary Division library - second floor of north wing of school). 

 

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

"Hour of Code" for CFIS parents of students in Preschool through to Grade 12, in the Marcel Tremblay Learning Resource Centre (Secondary Division library - second floor of north wing of school). 

 

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

"Hour of Code" for CFIS parents of students in Preschool through to Grade 12, in the Marcel Tremblay Learning Resource Centre (Secondary Division library - second floor of north wing of school). 

 

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

News - School-wide

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!

The upcoming CFIS Book Fair is scheduled the week of November 21 in the Learning Commons. This one fundraiser supports over half of our annual budget for the library. 

We were very short on volunteers last year, so please know your help is needed in shifts in cash and customer service. Please click on this form to let the committee know your availability. 

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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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All parents, students and our extended community (over the age of 12) is invited to attend an evening to celebrate and showcase the stories of inspiring and ambitious female entrepreneurs.

"We know the names of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg. But what about the female entrepreneurs? What’s their story? From brand new startups to million dollar industries, it’s time we stop telling girls they can be anything they want to be and show them what it means to be a leader.”...

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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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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!

Dates to remember - Early childhood division

Student-led conferences THIS EVENING or TOMORROW for parents and students in Preschool to Grade 6.

(Students are to attend school all day today, in regular uniform, but are requested to wear formal uniform to their student-led conference.) 

 

There is NO school today for students (Pre-12), but there ARE Preschool to Grade 6 student-led conferences taking place throughout the day. (Student-led conferences are also taking place during the evening of Thurs., Nov. 23rd. Please select the date and time which works best for your family.)  

Students are requested to attend their student-led conference in formal uniform.  

 

The Grade 5 students are holding a bake sale today. Students in Kindergarten to Grade 6 are invited to bring small change to purchase these items. (Please do not send $10 or $20 bills with students if at all possible.)

The cost of items will be a maximum of $1 each. 

Preschool students in ME's and NG's classes will be going on a field trip this morning, returning at about 10:30 a.m. Regular uniform is required.

Two KG classes (CM and VK) will being going on field trips today. Formal uniform is required.   

Today is the deadline to re-enrol current Preschool, JK and KG students for the 2018-19 school year. 

 

Today is the deadline for KG Scholastic orders.

Two KG classes (GS and PB) will be going on field trips today. Formal uniform is required. 

Dates to remember - Elementary division

Student-led conferences THIS EVENING or TOMORROW for parents and students in Preschool to Grade 6.

(Students are to attend school all day today, in regular uniform, but are requested to wear formal uniform to their student-led conference.) 

 

There is NO school today for students (Pre-12), but there ARE Preschool to Grade 6 student-led conferences taking place throughout the day. (Student-led conferences are also taking place during the evening of Thurs., Nov. 23rd. Please select the date and time which works best for your family.)  

Students are requested to attend their student-led conference in formal uniform.  

 

Bake sale items are required for today's Grade 5 fundraising initiative. 

 

 

The Grade 5 students are holding a bake sale today. Students in Kindergarten to Grade 6 are invited to bring small change to purchase these items. (Please do not send $10 or $20 bills with students if at all possible.)

The cost of items will be a maximum of $1 each. 

Formal uniform and cold lunch required for students in Classes 5SC and 5CJ, due to field trip. 

Students in SC's and CJ's classes will be going on a field trip today. The bus leaves at 9 a.m. sharp, and will be back at 3 p.m. Formal uniform is required. 

Formal uniform and cold lunch required for students in Classes 5JS and 5DD, due to field trip. 

Dates to remember - Secondary division

No school today for students in Grades 7 to 12 - it is a professional development day for their teachers. 

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

Second round of immunizations for Grade 9 students. 

The senior high phys. ed. class is going on a field trip today. 

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

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

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

Students in the senior high P.E. option will be going on a sporting-activity field trip this afternoon. 

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