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Bulletin - Head of School's Message

Dear CFIS Families:

Over the past several weeks, I have sought input from faculty, staff and CFIS parents on the subject of CFIS’s international programming.

As a result of these discussions, I have compiled feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of our current programming in this area, and the opportunities and threats we may face as we move ahead to continue to build this important component of our program. My overarching aim with this undertaking is to ensure that in all CFIS divisions, there exists both a depth of meaning and an authenticity with regard to this aspect of our learning environment. 

Those of you with children in the Elementary Division are likely very familiar with CFIS’s robust participation in activities associated with UNESCO, as a member of the Associated Schools Project Network. UNESCO was introduced to CFIS in 2010, to foster an international perspective with all faculty and students. Seven years later, it is an integral component of a CFIS education. 

The four pillars of UNESCO serve as a framework for all aspects of the Elementary program, and UNESCO values are intentionally infused across the curriculum, thus enriching student learning and allowing them to make cross-curricular connections. UNESCO inspires students to take action via age-appropriate student-led charitable initiatives and advocacy campaigns. A UNESCO option course is also available for students in CFIS’s junior high, along with Model UN in Grade 9. 

CFIS applied to become a Round Square member school in the spring of 2017. I was very pleased to learn that our school was subsequently granted full member status with this organization nearly a year ahead of schedule. As a Round Square school, CFIS joins over 180 schools world-wide that focus on fostering the Round Square IDEALS, of Internationalism, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership and Service. Students in Grades 9 and up will specifically benefit from this membership. As an established global network, Round Square schools enrich students’ lives through student exchanges. Regional (North and South America) and international conferences provide students and faculty with an opportunity to discuss topics related to the Round Square IDEALS in a highly engaging and regionally relevant format. 

The concept of Round Square was conceived in the mid-1960s, based on the educational ideology of Kurt Hahn, whose philosophy was that students learn best by experiencing opportunities for personal leadership and seeing the results of their own actions. 

Round Square affiliation can impact students directly, and will enrich student learning. Member schools gain access to resources and an online platform. Extensive opportunities exist for collaboration between schools, including student and faculty exchanges, curriculum development, faculty development, sharing of best practices, programs for alumni, and service projects. CFIS’s administrators and faculty are keenly looking forward to working with and learning from their Round Square member school counterparts.

Our community will begin to host Round Square exchange students in the new year. Families interested in hosting are encouraged to contact our Round Square coordinator, Mme Chantalle Bourque, at 
cbourque@cfis.com.   

CFIS is on target to begin offering International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme courses to Grade 11 students in September 2019. Just as with Round Square and UNESCO, so much of CFIS’s enriched curriculum related to global learning and critical thinking is in alignment with the IB Diploma Programme. Two areas of study that are especially compelling for CFIS are IB’s focus on the approach to teaching, and the approach to learning. IB students are required to show their learning in ways that ensure they have truly engaged in the knowledge, and understand the content of what they’re learning. The learning environment at CFIS already closely aligns with key aspects of the IB Diploma Programme. Obtaining certification in this regard will allow CFIS students the opportunity to add this universally recognized designation to their Grade 12 diplomas. (All CFIS graduates will continue to also receive the Alberta high school diploma.)

As a long-term educator who has taught and administered all three IB programmes (Primary Years, Middle Years, and Diploma), I am very familiar with and passionate about the IB methodology, pedagogy, and student assessment. For me, the “magic” of IB is in how the students show their learning. Given our school’s already robust academic programs, which focus on inquiry and critical-thinking skills, and the school-wide focus on globally-minded values and an international mindset, I am confident that CFIS students will be highly successful in the IB Diploma Programme. 

Mme Margaret Dorrance
Head of School
Mdorrance@cfis.com

 

UNESCO’s four pillars of learning are fundamental principles
for reshaping education:

Learning to know: to provide the cognitive tools required to better comprehend the world and its complexities, and to provide an appropriate and adequate foundation for future learning.

Learning to do: to provide the skills that would enable individuals to effectively participate in the global economy and society.

Learning to be: to provide self analytical and social skills to enable individuals to develop to their fullest potential psycho-socially, affectively as well as physically, for an all-round ‘complete’ person.

Learning to live together: to expose individuals to the values implicit within human rights, democratic principles, intercultural understanding and respect and peace at all levels of society and human relationships to enable individuals and societies to live in peace and harmony.

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

Grocery card program: 

Pick-up in main office. 

Grocery cards delivered by "kiddie mail" are distributed to the classrooms in the afternoon on the Tuesday. In the event of field trips or student absences, a second delivery will be attempted on the Wednesday.

All students (Preschool through to Grade 12) are invited to wear a pink T-shirt today, instead of their regular uniform shirt. (Uniform pants, skirt or skort are required.)  

The idea behind Pink Shirt Day started in 2007, when students stood up to bullying of a student who wore a pink shirt to school, by all wearing pink shirts the next day. On February 28, 2018, we encourage everyone to practice kindness and wear pink to symbolize that you do not tolerate bullying. 

Students in Grades 1 through 6 will be taking part in a workshop on the subjects of healthy friendships and conflict resolution.  

Students in preschool, JK, and KG will be taking part in Friendship Day activities. The children will be participating in special activities around the themes of friendship and kindness. 

 

Grocery card program: 

Pick-up in main office. 

Grocery cards delivered by "kiddie mail" are distributed to the classrooms in the afternoon on the Tuesday. In the event of field trips or student absences, a second delivery will be attempted on the Wednesday.

Online cafeteria and pizza-lunch ordering for April 2018 opens at 9 a.m. today, and closes at 2:30 p.m. on March 16, 2018. 

Please pay special attention to your child's field trip(s), so as not to order when they are away from the school.

Late orders cannot be accommodated.

Place your orders at secure.cfis.com.

If you have any questions, please contact CFIS's Food Services Manager Tracy Nelson at tnelson@cfis.com.

News - School-wide

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

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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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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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!

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

The field trip that was scheduled for this morning, for the jaune, bleu and violet preschool and JK classes, has been cancelled. Regular uniform can be worn. 

PB's and GS's KG classes will be going on a field trip today. Weather-appropriate outdoor vesti-sport attire required. Please see the email from your child's teacher for more details. 

The field trip that was scheduled for this morning for the orange, rouge and vert preschool and JK classes has been cancelled. Therefore, students can wear regular uniform today, or participate in Pink T-Shirt Day. 

Formal uniform is required for all students in Preschool through to Grade 6, due to an open house for prospective CFIS parents. 

Dates to remember - Elementary division

AB's Grade 3 class is going on a field trip today. Formal uniform is required. 

CS's and DB's Grade 1 classes are going on a field trip today. Formal uniform is required. 

CT-D's Grade 3 class is going on a field trip today. Formal uniform is required. 

CS's Grade 3 class is going on a field trip today. Formal uniform is required. 

CK's Grade 3 class will be going on a field trip today. Formal uniform is required.  

Formal uniform is required for all students in Preschool through to Grade 6, due to an open house for prospective CFIS parents. 

In-class presentations for 4NB and 4AG. Formal uniform required. 

JB and AAH's Grade 1 classes are going on a field trip today. Formal uniform is required. Please provide a packed lunch that does not need to be reheated.

Grade 3 students in AB and CS's classes will be going on a field trip today. Formal uniform is required. 

In-class presentations for 4EF and 4AD. Formal uniform required. 

Students in CS's and DB's Grade 1 classes will be going on a field trip today. Formal uniform is required. 

Students in CT-D's and CK's Grade 3 classes will be going on a field trip today. Formal uniform is required. 

AA and JB's Grade 1 classes will be going on a field trip today. Formal uniform is required.

Please provide a packed lunch that does not need to be reheated.

All Grade 5 students will be going on a winter-activity field trip today.

Cold lunches are required. 

Skate guards MUST be used if your child is bringing his or her own equipment. (This is a bussing company policy.) 

CJ's and SC's Grade 5 students will be going on a field trip today. Formal uniform is required. 

Please provided a packed lunch that does not need to be reheated.

All Grade 6 students will be going on a band field trip this morning. Formal uniform is required. 

Dates to remember - Secondary division

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

Parent-teacher interviews this evening for parents of students in Grades 7 to 9. 

 

Additional date for parent-teacher interviews for students in Grades 7 to 9 is Feb. 22, 2018 (also 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) 

 

Information on booking these parent-teacher interviews will be forthcoming in early February. 

At Rundle Academy.

4330 - 16th. Street SW

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

The senior high phys. ed. class will be going on a sporting field trip this afternoon. 

Game time TBD based on final standings.

Boys could play at either 2:45 or at 6:30.

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

Players meet in the Secondary Gym.

 

Depending on March 1 results game will be played either at 4:30 or 5:30.

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

Players meet in the Secondary gym.

Results of previous matches will determine if the team plays that night.

All senior high phys. ed. students will be going on a sporting field trip today. 

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