Over the last few weeks, there has been a lot of discussion and questions about the future of the French Immersion Program. Mme Garneau and I feel very blessed that the division is a strong supporter of French Immersion and we appreciate their support for growing the program. While change is never easy, these changes will allow French Immersion to grow in Sherwood Park and the added bonus is that many of our students will get to go to a beautiful new school that is closer to their home!
This past week, the board voted to cap the number of classes to 3 at each grade at École Campbelltown and 2 of each grade at the Wye Replacement School for the 2020/2021 school year. École Campbelltown has 24 classrooms plus 1 music room (15 classes on the main building and 10 portables). By having 3 classes at Campbelltown and 2 classes at the Wye Replacement School, we will be able to have 35 French Immersion classes in Sherwood which is an increase of 11 classes for the French Immersion program. As it stands right now, we already need to start capping the number of classes for next year as we have run out of space and are not able to add more classes than we currently have or even sustain what we currently have.
This plan will allow École Campbelltown to be “right sized” and will take some pressure off our facilities such as the gym, the library and the washrooms which were all built for a school of 270 students as opposed to the 570 students we currently have. Here is a look at our growth over the past 6 years. As it stands right now, we are looking at approximately the same number of students for next year that we have this year.
Please know that teachers will not be losing their jobs! Most teachers don’t get an opportunity to move to a new school to start a new culture and community and many of our teachers are already excited about new opportunities that might be at the new school. We will be working closely with HR to ensure that all teachers are in the perfect spot for both themselves and students.
Some parents have asked how students can be supported as they transition to the new school. There are 2 important areas of support.
- The best way for students to have a positive experience for a transition comes from positive parental support. If you are excited about the new school, they will be excited. And yes...you should definitely be excited about the new school! It will be the first school in Sherwood Park and the surrounding area that will not only have solar panels but that will also have a solar panel on the ground that students can use to learn about how the panels convert the sun’s energy to electricity. The school will not only be a beautiful facility, but it will have all of the latest technology for teacher and student use, classrooms and flex areas that lend themselves to student learning along with many options for student seating in classes to name just a few things. Wye School is doing some very unique things with literacy and this will also be true in the French Immersion program. Wye School has a teacher librarian (also unique to EIPS) who is already excitedly working on building a library that will be perfect for both the English and the French Immersion programs.
- The school team at Campbelltown will be working closely with the team at Wye School to ensure a smooth transition. We are looking at transition opportunities such as students being able to visit the new school and meet their teacher some time next spring along with other opportunities to interact with the staff and students from Wye School. The teams at both schools are very excited about this new opportunity. The admin teams are already working together to ensure that the amazing programs and French cultural activities that we have at Campbelltown will also be available to all the students at the new Wye School.
While we know that transitions can be difficult, Mme Garneau and I have been a part of many school transitions and the students are always resilient. It doesn’t take long before their new school community becomes their “home”.
Over the next few months, there will be opportunities for parents to give their feedback on things like boundary exemptions and grandfathering. If you have questions about the transition or the new school, we are always happy to answer any questions so please don’t hesitate to ask.
Working with you,
Mme Sauder & Mme Garneau
This week at CBN
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In March 2018, the Alberta government officially declared that March will now be “le mois de la francophonie”. As part of that, we are going to be participating in a Tintamarre as part of Carnaval on Friday, March 1. Students from gr. 1-6 will be walking to Festival Place to meet the students from the Francophone School. Together we will assemble at city hall (after walking through the streets making lots of noise...and with a little help from the RCMP!). The Franco-Albertain flag will be raised at city hall for the first time and the students will sing a song in French. If the weather is too cold, we have a plan B for Carnaval and we will not participate in the Tintamarre. We will send an email to all parents if we need to make changes for Friday.
Grade 4/5/6 Skiing
Unfortunately, the weather for Tuesday not looking good for skiing. We will decide on Monday if the trip will go ahead and we will email parents as soon as we have details. We will do our best to reschedule this trip providing there are dates available at the hill because so many schools have had to cancel over the past few weeks due to extreme cold.
This past week, our grade 4, 5 and 6 track teams competed in the Edmonton Journal Games. Mme Piper and Mme Rovensky were so proud of how the students represented our school! Thank you to Mme Piper and Mme Rovensky for all of your hard work with the team this year. Please note that track is now finished for the year.
WISEST Choices 2019 Conference University of Alberta
It was with great pleasure that I accompanied four École Campbelltown grade six girls to this year’s WISEST Conference at the University this past Tuesday, Feb. 19th . The conference was held for the most part in the beautiful, modern Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science.
We began the day with an inspirational lecture from Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour, famous Alberta scientist (she has a school in Edmonton named for her). Dr. Armour demonstrated a series of interesting chemical reactions from the front of the lecture hall. Next, students and teachers were led to their first activity. We went to the robotics lab, where students were led in a workshop to simulate NASA's Mars Exploration Rover. Later, we participated in a fun and informative oil spill lab. The girls really dug into that one! Finally we were assembled together again, and after listening to an interesting talk about Canadarm2, the Canadian robotic arm on the Space Station, each school team of four girls was sent to a new activity room to build their own version of such an arm, using limited materials. It was up to us to concoct a strong, flexible, functional “arm”, which would be judged according to its ability to lift marbles. The goal was to lift as many marbles as possible using our arm design. I am pleased to report that our group achieved the highest rating, lifting 92 marbles – where the second highest was 89. Bravo École Campbelltown!
The four students and I learned a lot and enjoyed this educational experience immensely! We are so grateful to have been given this opportunity, and would highly recommend the U of A Science programs and summer science camps to all who are interested. Mme Bishop has information on Science Summer Camps for all ages at the U of A if anyone is interested.
From the Office
We are grateful to all of the parents who have re-registered students for next year. The deadline to do so is Thursday, Feb. 28. After this time, Mme Vargas will need to contact families who haven’t re-registered so we appreciate your help in ensuring you have re-registered. If your family will be leaving Ecole Campbelltown or the division, we would request that you also fill out the re-registration form and indicate that you will be leaving. If you are asking for a boundary exemption, this must be done by February 28 as these requests will not be taken after this date. These numbers allow us to better plan for the fall so thank you in advance! Please note that Kindergarten registration remains open until the first day of school unless we meet our optimal enrollment which is quickly approaching.
I can not express how proud we are of the Grade 5 and 6 Leadership students who organized Random Acts of Kindness Week this week at school. Students created posters, made compliment boxes, organized a daily Random Acts of Kindness challenge and read books about kindness to the younger students. On Friday, Leadership students created quite the positive buzz around the school when they posted kind and encouraging notes on all of the students lockers. I encourage you to ask your child about the note that was written on their locker!
Random Acts of Kindness Week leads perfectly into Pink Shirt Day, which will take place on February 27th, 2019. Students, staff and families are encouraged to wear their pink shirts to show that they are ready to be an upstander and stand up to bullying.
Pink Day started in 2007, when a grade nine student in Cambridge, Nova Scotia was bullied by classmates for wearing a pink shirt to school. Taking notice, two students rallied their peers to send a message to the bullies. The next day, the halls were filled with students in pink T-shirts. Now the movement is worldwide, educating and inspiring others to stand together and take action against violence and bullying.
Their actions sparked a world-wide movement shedding light on the issues surrounding bullying and inspiring others to Be Someone’s Hero by speaking up when they see bullying happening. This year’s theme for Pink Shirt Day is Be Someone's Hero.
Check out the video here about how Pink Shirt Day began.