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First Day, Grade 7, and Eye Exams

Back to school at CFIS

Dear Early Childhood Parents:

Last year, I began a new ritual of sending a quick note to all ECE parents on Friday of each week. My goal in doing so was to help you get to know me a little bit, to share the amazing things that happen in our building every day, and to pass on quality articles or links about child development and early learning. This weekly routine has proven me be one of my most favourite tasks. A Minute With Mme Amy is intended as a gift and a resource to you as parents of our youngest CFIS students; any important announcements or critical reminders will always be sent out in separate, clearly identified messages. Please enjoy, and if you have suggestions of topics that would interest you, please let me know!

The View From the First Floor (highlights from my week):

As an educator, the first day of school is almost as magical as Christmas for me. We spent last week working hard and preparing, but this building is just not the same without little feet and shining faces in the hallways. Even with a few tears (from children and parents!), the first day was full of joy and excitement.

Each day, I supervise our grade one students as they transition from lunch in the cafeteria to noon recess. This is a big change from their kindergarten routine of eating in their classrooms, and this year’s grade one cohort have managed it like champions. They are delighted with this new level of independence, and with finally being “big kids” who get to play on the big playground!

Yesterday, one of my own former kindergarten students, now a new Grade 7 student, stopped by my office to tell me how much she is enjoying her first few days of junior high. I think it is such a blessing to watch my previous students grow steadily more enthusiastic and poised about their own education, and it gives me peace of mind to know that my “littles” remain in such good hands throughout their academic careers.

Did you know….

That 80% of learning is visual, and one of the best things you can do to ensure your child’s success at school is to make an appointment for an eye exam? The Alberta Association of Optometrists recommends vision tests for all children beginning as young as 6 months of age. Children’s eye exams are free under Alberta Health Care. You can read more here:

Remember, you can keep up with all of the adventures in our early childhood division, by following @eceatCFIS on Instagram and Twitter. Feel free to forward this e-mail to grandparents, neighbours, or anyone who might enjoy it!

P.S. - We currently have room in our Before School program for all grade levels, and After School program for students in JK - Grade 6. We can accommodate both long-term registrations and occasional use. Please contact Susan Ammeter ( for more information.

Have a wonderful and relaxing weekend, and congratulations on completing the first week of school!

Warm wishes;