September 23, 2021

September 23, 2021

On Wednesday, students that are or will be taking the Art Option with Miss. McPeake had the opportunity to attend the Van Gogh exhibit at the BMO Centre. Beyond Van Gogh is an audiovisual experience that transforms the masterpieces of Van Gogh’s artwork into an immersive narrative of projections and sound choreographed to the space. Check out our Instagram post @northpointschoolforboys to see more pictures!



WEEK AT A GLANCE

FRI. Sept. 24 – Non-instructional Day – NO CLASSES

MON. Sept. 27 – Healthy Hunger: Subway

TUES. Sept. 28 – Townhall, dress down day (no dress code required), Fun Lunch

WED. – FRI. Sept. 29 – Oct. 1 – Retreats (see below))



Annual Retreats

September 29-October 1

Grade 7-8’s departing for Columbia Outdoor School at 8 am on Wednesday. Parents of bussing students will need to drop off their son(s) as this is before the regular busses get to the school.  

Grade 4-6  will arrive at the school via their regular school transportation and then leave for Goldeye at around 8:45 am.

High School students will also have a regular arrival time to school and depart for Mosquito Creek by 9 am.

All groups are targeting to be back at school by 2 pm on Friday afternoon. Parents can pick up their son early on Friday if they wish.

All three of these off-campus educational experiences require permission forms.  If you don’t have a copy, please contact your mentor teacher asap!


Grade 2/3 will start their Retreat after school on Thursday with a Camp-out at the School. This will include adventure, team building activities, Nerf gun fights, s’mores around a camp fire, glow-stick fun and a movie & popcorn on the BIG screen. If that isn’t enough fun, they grade 3/4s will have a sleepover in the gym on Thursday night. In the morning there will be a pancake breakfast! There will not be any school for the Kindergarten students on Friday.


High School Esports Team

North Point Navigators High School Esports Team officially starts on October 5th

Esports requires teamwork, communication, critical and strategic thinking, creativity, sportsmanship, and leadership — much like traditional sports. Players compete from their respective campus, supervised by Coach Fagan with special consideration for nutrition, health and character. All games offered to students for competition purposes are either rated “T for Teen” — games that are appropriate for students 13 years or older — or “E for Everyone” — games for all ages

Anyone interested in joining the team is required to sign up with Mr.Fagan by the end of next week, September 24th. The time commitment will be Wednesdays (Super Smash Ultimate) and Thursdays (Rocket League) from 4:00pm – 5:00pm at the high school campus. Grade 7/8’s can email Mr. Fagan if they are interested, and we may be able to expand to the middle school campus in the winter if there is significant interest. 

League Information can be found in this link: https://www.playvs.com/alberta

**Parent information can be found in the file attached


Photo Day

On Wednesday, October 6th, DHS School Photos will be here in the morning to take individual and class school photos. Please ensure your son has paid special attention to his hair that morning and that he is wearing his formal uniform of navy polo shirt and khaki pants. Photo order instructions will be sent home with your son after his picture has been taken.  


Checkpoint Meetings

WED. Oct. 6 @ 4pm-8pm & THURS. Oct. 7 @ 8am-4pm

The  Conference Manager by SchoolSoft is open for booking your Checkpoint Meeting. New families will need to set up an account here.

The first Checkpoint Meeting is a time to touch base with your child’s homeroom mentor teacher who will review and create your son’s Individualized Development Program (“IDP”) or Individualized Program Plan (“IPP”) with you. Families should book an appointment with their son’s homeroom teacher and the expectation is that the student will be present for the Checkpoint Meeting.


Standard Gr. 6 & Gr. 7 Follow-up Vaccinations

Our AHS public health nurse will be here on October 13 at 1:00pm to administer the standard Gr. 6 vaccinations. These are not COVID-19 vaccinations. An envelope with consent forms has been sent home with all Gr. 6 students. Please return them to Mr. Jackson at the main office as soon as possible.

For grade 7 students, last year, when in grade 6, they only received their first round of shots.  No consent forms needed as AHS has them from last spring.  For new students, your sons name will be in the AHS system from their previous school and they will reconcile with our class lists to determine their status.  

If you have any questions please call our school AHS Nurse,  Matt Brooks at 403-944-7332



Terry Fox Run

We had a beautiful day at Carburn Park for the Terry Fox run on Friday. Our students and their families raised $2,700.00 for the Terry Fox Foundation online. This is a true testament to the Resourcefulness and Relentlessness of our North Point community!


Theatre Lunch Club – Middle School Gr. 6-8

We’ve had some great interest and enthusiasm from some of our middle school boys around a new Theatre Lunch Club initiative. Check out this cool opportunity.  If your son would like to sign up, please have them check-in with Mr. Devost.  Mr. D has sent out an email already to parents of boys who have signed up to get permission to share their contact email with our outstanding guest instructor, Ms. Aliza Sarian.


SchoolCloud Accounts

K-5 progress reporting is done through clear and consistent communication between staff and parents with 3 official progress statements being sent home in line with our trimestered terms.

Grade 6-12 reporting is done on an ongoing Real Time basis whereby parents/students can log into their SchoolCloud accounts to get an update on grades and assignment completion anytime. SchoolCloud account activations have been sent out via email this week. If you did not receive your activation email or require further assistance, contact Mrs. Reimer

An official report card is printed and provided to parents at the end of June.



NAVIGATOR SQUAD POINTS

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Contact Mr. Fagan to get the books your son has read counted toward his Navigator Squads points.  Just send an email in or sign a note outlining how many pages the book had.  Points are not awarded for ‘pages within an unfinished book’ but rather only for the number of pages in a completed book!


September start up has hit us with the usual flurry of activity and the amazing weather has made for a great start. What an tremendous month in Athletics and PE with a dedicated group of students!

Cross Country Running

A focus on distance running in PE class and the 8AM Run Club on the elementary/middle school campus was helpful in preparing for the Terry Fox Run as well as the Cross Country season. This past week, several North Point athletes competed in the first race of the 2021 season. The 2KM course found over 200 athletes from across the city searching to reach for goals and discover personal bests.  Based on age category, all of our athletes finished in the top 30 with 4 earning a top 20 position and 2 athletes finishing in the top 10 ( 6th and 7th place finish)!

These races are open to all North Point students and all levels of experience.  We encourage any interested student athletes to join the next race as we all seek to set goals, become part of a team while supporting each other and getting a chance to exercise the 5R’s. There is one final race for Sr High next Tuesday, Sept 28th and the CISAA Jr High Championship on Monday, October 4th

To sign up, simply provide parent/guardian confirmation here:

Grade 10,11,12 – Cross Country Race #2 Sign Up – https://forms.gle/WqFT6qwS9Rw8WYwe7
Grade 6, 7, 8 – Cross Country Final Race Sign Up – https://forms.gle/og14d5MKp8Hz332Z6

School Volleyball

In Sr High, the volleyball season is in high gear and officially kicked off last night (Sept 22nd) with a match against the neighbouring JV Boys team at Clear Water Academy! Coach: Mr. Devost

The Grade 7/8 boys are excited to play in their first match tonight (Sept 23rd) at Tanbridge Academy! The league schedules is currently being completed and a complete season schedule released to families soon. Coaches: Miss. Works and Mr. Humeniuk

Golf

This past Wednesday, North Point students from both campuses who were interested in making an impact with their golfing skills, made the trek to Lil Devil golf course to play 9 holes. Coaches will be looking at the performances both on and off the course to help them select the roster for the CISAA Golf Championship (tentatively scheduled for Monday, October 4th). Coaches: Mr Hirtle (Richmond campus) or Mr Redick (Currie Campus).

Intramurals

At the Elementary/Middle school, we also have a lot of on-campus fun with regular intramurals scheduled during noon recess (Wednesdays: Volleyball (6,7,8), Thursday: Freezeball (Elementary), Tuesdays : Flag Football (Elementary) with more intramural offerings to come.

Physical Education Class (Elementary/Middle School) 

We have taken advantage of some wonderful Fall weather to enjoy some on campus distance running, grass volleyball, and (currently) ultimate in our 6, 7 and 8 classes, while we have had a focus on freezeball, soccer, and cooperative games such as dead ants, blob tag and chain tag in our K-5 PE classes.  

This is the time of year that we all notice the days getting shorter and with that comes cooler temperatures!  We want to remind all students to plan ahead and dress appropriately for what each day brings so that everyone can keep warm/comfortable and so we can still enjoy our PE classes and recess breaks outdoors.

Soccer Fundamentals with German Comacho – Calgary City FC, Soccer Coach

Over the past number of weeks, our Grade 3,4,5 and 6 students received some soccer support during our Physical Education.  Coach Comacho, an established local coach with a passion for developing grassroots soccer, offered his time and energy to introduce some basic skills and game play during a number of PE classes.  While he is currently on a trip South America visiting family and continuing his exploration in coaching, he will continue to support our North Point community in physical education classes and athletics programs (including offering the opportunity for after school and/or team play) when he returns.  

Coach Comacho bio