A mild January and facility closures are the perfect excuse to get outside and do some hiking. The older boys took to the foothills and explored Heart Creek trail near Exshaw. Icier than expected conditions lead to us making a last minute change for the younger grades and they explored Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park near Cochrane.
WEEK AT A GLANCE
FRI. JAN. 22 – Action Friday: Gr. 7-11 Skating at Bowness; Gr. 1-6 Tobogganing at St. Andrew’s Park
Please ensure your son brings appropriate gear (skates, helmets, toboggans) and dresses for the weather.
MON. JAN. 25 – Healthy Hunger: the Lunch Lady
TUES. JAN. 26 – Townhall, Fun Lunch, non-uniform Day
TUES. JAN. 26 – Checkpoint Meeting Online Booking Opens
LOOKING FOR DONATIONS
We are in need of some clothing hangers. If you have some extra hangers – any type will do (plastic or metal) please send them to the school with your son or drop them off at the office. Thanks in advance.
Checkpoint Meetings: Feb. 9 & 10
We will hold our next round of Checkpoint Meetings on February 9 at 4:00pm – 8:00pm and February 10 at 8:00am – 4:00pm. This means that there is no school on Feb. 10 for students to accommodate the meetings. This is a change from the previously published calendar.
Checkpoint Meetings are an opportunity for parents and students to meet with teachers to discuss progress and address questions/concerns. This second checkpoint meeting will give you a chance to update your son’s Individualized Development/Program Plan. We strongly encourage one/both parents from each family to attend. Using the online software, Grades 1/2 and 10/11 should sign up with their Homeroom teacher. Grades 3-9 should sign up with their cohort team of teachers. Both of these teachers will be in the Checkpoint Meeting. Book online at nps.schoolsoft.com
Begins February 22
The Stock Market Game for grades 6-10 runs from February 22 to April 30. Student participation is now easier, more interactive and accessible. Personal finance and investment learning are combined with capital markets presentations, mini-video lessons, and an updated SMG app. This is our fifth year competing in SMG.
Teams will be picked in early February. Beginning with a virtual $100,000 opening account balance, students work together to create and manage a virtual investment portfolio of real world stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. Portfolios and rankings within our division are updated weekly. At the end of the game Financial Academy digital badges and Navigator Squad points will be awarded to participating students. Visit SMG website for more information.
PEP Hockey @ Outdoor Rink
Unless we send out a note indicating otherwise, the outdoor rink will be our hockey arena until the facility ban is lifted. Happy Skating!
Walks Around Calgary
Student Perspective By Riley Chapman
Are you looking to get outside and avoid video games?!? Here are some fantastic walks around Calgary to get you and your family out of the house.
- Edworthy Park
Edworthy Park has many pathways, and is not only for walking, but is also great for biking and rollerblading. Edworthy Park has over 5 KM of pathways and hiking trails! When I was younger, my family and I would go on a little hike down the dirt pathways. Last year, we had an Action Friday at Edworthy Park. We did an orienteering activity which was awesome.
- Nose Hill Park
Nose Hill Park is a beautiful park with over 60KM of pathways and trails, for hikers, bikers and runners. 52 KM of which are dirt and gravel, and an estimated 8 KM of asphalt. The views of downtown and the mountains from the top of this park are amazing.
- South Glenmore Park
I especially like this park because it has a lot of activities to do. There are 2 playgrounds, fire-pits and of course the Bow River. There are also so many pathways and trails to choose from. Lately, we have been doing a lot of hikes and walks for Action Fridays, and before the break, we went to this park. It’s a nice, big, family park! There is around 9-10 KM of hiking and walking trails around this park!
- Stanley Park
Just over the break, my family and I went around this park. It is a huge park and features Sandy beach and the Elbow River. My friends and I swam in the river and biked when we went to this park. Stanley Park has around 10 KM of trails and paths.
As you can see there are many parks in Calgary. Some I didn’t even include, like Fish Creek Park or Weaselhead Flats (which are both great parks and you should check them out). I hope this article helps you get out of the house!
Stay Tuned For My Next Article!
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Contact Mr. Fagan to get your books counted.
We have seen huge growth from all our athletes and are looking forward to our season-ending tournament on Friday, January 22, where all our athletes will get to compete to see which team comes out on top and which individual students walk away with some cool awards.
We will begin Floor Hockey sign-ups for students in Grades 3-11, for our next intramural and sports-based program. Floor Hockey will finish in a season-ending tournament with prizes and food for all our participants. The date will be announced based on the number of students who sign up and once we get all the participants finalized.
Calgary police to hand out ‘positive’ tickets to kids for good citizen behaviour
Calgary police officers who work with youth within the community, including schools, will hand out “positive tickets” to youth to reward them for positive behaviour.
Starting Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, coinciding with children returning to in-person learning at schools, youth will be rewarded by CPS officers if witnessed following COVID-19 protocols, being kind and upstanding citizens, or helping their community. Once issued, the tickets can be redeemed at a local Circle K convenience store for a free beverage.