December, 2013 • Issue 4 • Volume 11
Calgary Science School
Principal’s Message November was an historic month for our school. As you are all hopefully aware, the Calgary Science School Board of Directors passed a motion at their November 19th meeting to change the name of the school to Connect Charter School. The change does not come into effect until January 1, 2014. After January 1, we will officially be using the name Connect Charter School, so don’t be surprised if you call the office and hear a new greeting from our wonderful office staff. Upon returning from the Christmas break, you will see a number of indications that we have a new moniker. We are also planning an official event in mid-February, at which point we will have finalized the transition to Connect Charter School. We will send out more information as the planning progresses. I am very excited about the name change and I wholeheartedly believe that the school has evolved beyond the name Calgary Science School. I have been a part of this school since the very beginning, from when it was called the Science Alberta School and shortly thereafter Calgary Science School. I have a tremendous respect for the
achievements we earned as a school community under the name Calgary Science School, and I will always respect that name. I also appreciate how far we have come since those early days and now I feel our name no longer fully represents our school community. The word Connect allows for many interpretations. Personally, I believe it represents the work we do in trying to connect students to the real world, how we are trying to connect teachers here to teachers in other schools to continue to develop our practice, and it represents the significance of everyone in our community feeling connected to each other. I encourage you to have a discussion around your dinner table about what the name means to you, so that the name will take on an increasing level of significance. I am sure that we will soon enough find that Connect Charter School is a name that better reflects who we are and what we are trying to do. Regards, Darrell Lonsberry
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transportation committee update DECEMBER 2013
in this issue Transportation Committee Update...............................................3 Fall Fundraising Update.....................................................................4 School Council Update .....................................................................4 The Best of CSS ....................................................................................5 Remembrance Day .........................................................................6-7 Fine Arts .................................................................................................8 Debate Team..........................................................................................9
Elective Insider............................................................................10 The Life of a Grade 4.................................................................11 Movember....................................................................................12 Crazy Creative Phys. Ed. Circus..............................................13 December Calendar..................................................................14 January Calendar.......................................................................15
Please remember that as winter is upon us, bus delays due to bad weather/traffic can occur. If you are interested in receiving transportation notifications sign up for Southland Transportation’s Parent Messaging System. Directions to sign up can be found at the bottom of the transportation page at http://www.calgaryscienceschool.com/transportation
With our unpredictable Calgary weather we want to send out a big thank you to all our CSS drivers. They do a fantastic job getting our students safely to school every day while faced with icy roads and traffic congestion. As we approach the Christmas season, consider taking this opportunity to let your bus driver know you appreciate his/her efforts … a simple Thank You/Seasons Greeting card can go a long way. Volunteers
Please be sure your children are dressed appropriately for the weather conditions (e.g. boots, hats, gloves, etc.).
Be prepared and have a back-up plan in place in case of bus delays.
Ensure your children are ready to board the bus before it pulls up to the assigned stop. Delays cause children at other stops down the line longer waits in the cold. Please be considerate!
Calling all parent volunteers!!! We still require a volunteer to take over Route 8. Please consider helping out and joining our transportation team. We will provide a “transportation buddy” to train and show you the ropes. Contact the office or send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Regards, Transportation Committee
CSS Fall Fundraising Update A big thank you to the CSS community for supporting the WestJet ticket raffle in October. We raised over $6500! Congratulations to Yvonne Conway who won the 2 tickets to anywhere WestJet flies! I’m sure they will be put to good use. We would like to thank Mr. Dan Charlesworth and WestJet for their donation. Mr. Charlesworth is a new CSS parent and a proud “WestJetter”. One of the requirements to access these tickets was that a WestJet employee needed to make the application. In addition, the employee must have volunteered with CSS. Thank you Dan! In addition to the raffle, we also held a “Funny Money Casino and Silent Auction” in October. Another big thank you to all the volunteers who gave their time at the event to bartend, sell tickets, etc. and to everyone who collected and donated
We would like begin this month with a special thank you to the teachers who have presented at our past few Council meetings. It is great to hear about the important aspects of their classes and wonderful to see so much enthusiasm from both the teachers and the parents who attend our meetings. We encourage everyone involved with a child at CSS to come and participate in these discussions. It is truly a great way to learn more about our school. Due to the Winter Break, there will not be a Council meeting in January, please join us again at one of our future meetings: February 4th, March 4th, May 6th (AGM) or June 3rd. All School
By, Anna V., Nicole P., and Danielle K.
items for the silent auction. The event was a great success and we raised over $4,000. This was our first silent auction and we learned a LOT! Michelle Black, another new CSS parent, shared her knowledge and time to make the silent auction part of the evening smooth and easy! I think most attendees had a great time and we look forward to holding this event again next year. If you have any comments or suggestions, please pass them on, we would appreciate the feedback. Finally, the Balzac Meat fundraiser in September was another success this year. Thank you to the volunteers who helped load the cars on September 24th. We had great weather and the line moved really quickly. Balzac Meats will be back in the Spring..... CSS School Council Fundraising Committee
School Council Update It is hard to believe December is upon us. The blizzard which Mother Nature has given us is a good reminder it is winter time. We hope everyone is staying safe and warm.
The Best Of CSS
Council meetings are held at 7:00pm in the Library.
This photo represents freedom
This past month has been an exciting adventure. We have done a lot of cool things. We decided to focus on what makes CSS unique out of all the schools in Calgary. To get more inspiration about what makes CSS unique we asked some staff members what they think is the best of CSS. We asked Mr. Petronech, Mr. Butterfield, Mr. McWilliam and Ms. Emin what they think the best of CSS is. When we interveiwed them, they all said that the freedom we have as students is remarkable. They added that with our freedom comes a lot of responsibility. Mr. McWilliam focused on how the school trusts its students with technology and even just walking in the halls without supervision. Ms. Emin explained more about how students take risks in their learning and the creativity of our work. Mr. Butterfield and Mr. Petronech explained that even though we all come from different communities and different cultures, we become one big family at CSS. Overall we learned that it’s not the knowledge we receive that builds CSS but the people in CSS.
Did you know that the CSS School Council has a website? You can get information about the School and Council activities, such as: a school calendar, important links and other information for current CSS families. It can be accessed through a link on the CSS website (calgaryscienceschool.com) or directly at https://sites.google.com/site/cssparentcouncil/ home. We are still in the process of adding to this resource and welcome feedback and suggestions. From all of us on the School Council, we wish you and your family a safe and happy winter break and look forward to seeing you in 2014. CSS School Council
Mr. McWilliam and Ms. Emin
This photo represents the freedom to express ourselves
Mr. Lonsberry, Mr. Petronech and Mr. Butterfield
Ms. James What does Remembrance Day mean to you?
Its a time to honour all those people that have fought for our country and freedom for us or others. Are you related or have you known anyone that has served our country? My grandpa did
By: Alexa R., Annalise H. and Dana C.
On November 7, 2013 we gathered to remember those who gave their lives for us and continue to do so. We gave thanks to those that made our lives free and we heard about the sacrifices that the soldiers gave for us. “It was very sad and touching that all the soldiers risked their lives to give us freedom,” stated grade 7 student Anna V. The band performed a very touching arrangement and the dance and drama students made a dance tribute to those who lost their lives.
Aaron - Grade 7 student What does Remembrance Day mean to you? I think Remembrance Day means remembering the soldiers that fought for our identity and security. Are you related or have you known anyone that has served our country? No Ms. Emin What does Remembrance Day mean to you? It’s a time to think about peace and the sacrifice that men and women made that allowed us to live in a peaceful country. Are you related or have you known anyone that has served our country? Yes, My great uncle and two of my uncles all died in war. Also my brother in law served in the Middle East for many years. Maren, Grade 9 student What does remembrance day mean to you? It means a day where we put others before ourselve. Are you related or have you known anyone that has served our country?
Fine Arts is a way to express yourself through dance, drama, and art. PVA is a great way to get students out of their chairs and learning in a different way. This term for art has been a successful term, from sculptures to painting. Some projects in art consisted of wire trees, leather masks, duct tape dress and charcoal drawings. All thanks to Ms Emin. Drama and dance is an expressive way to get your thoughts and feelings out there. This term Rachel and Lauren in grade 7
By Grace C.
gave a wonderful dance at the remembrance day ceremony and Grade 8’s and 9’s prepared for the PVA showcase. They couldn’t have done it without Mrs. Vercleyen’s help. Band is a way to express yourself through the sound of music. This term, the concert band students got to go on a wonderful overnight trip where they played music and had a great time. Band students have learned a lot and had a great time this term, owing big thanks to Mr. Bolen and Ms. Nesbitt.
Debate Team By Emily and Sarah “This is my first year in debate, but I have wanted to be in it since Grade 5!” Grade 7 student Amman excitedly stated. The debate team is for grades 7 to 9, and it runs from September until March. Mrs. Waite, a grade 9 teacher, leads the debate team and they meet every Thursday in Mrs. Waite’s room. In debate, you have a partner and together you get to go to different tournaments to debate your views on a topic. You and your partner can write two speeches, one for the resolution statement, and one against. You will have the opportunity to debate both sides of the topic and whoever makes the best argument, in the opinion of the judges, wins that round. In each speech you will have three pillars to support your statement. There are also impromptu tournaments, where debaters have no advanced knowledge of the topic. Then you have fifteen minutes to write a speech, with only a dictionary to help you in your research. 2 years ago, a CSS team made it to Nationals! In the last tournament the topic was ‘Be it resolved, that this house should punish bystanders for bullying.’ 6 CSS teams participated, and they each won 1 of their rounds. This was a fantastic result for CSS, especially since it was the first debate tournament for many students. “My first tournament was so exciting!” Amman remarked. Another tournament took place at the Calgary Science School on November 27th. The topic was ‘Be it resolved, this house should establish gender quotas for legislative assemblies.’ There are 50 students this year in debate, which is very exciting. 11 of the students are new to debate this year and are excited and ready to learn. The debate team is a great opportunity to learn skills that you can use throughout your life. It’s a wonderful learning experience and fulfills the school motto “It’s never just an ordinary day!”
To the left is a picture of the debate team. Mrs. Waite is in the second row on the right.
What is this Elective about? • In this Elective students get to share their amazing and innovatiive buisness ideas to the world. Elias, what is your buisness idea? • Home and custom spray painting. What inspired you? Elias 7.1 • During art class I was doing spray painting so I decided to do it for my uCreate project. Why are you doing this? • I thought it was a good idea because Ms. P told me that nobody has ever done art before.
As we’ve interviewed grade 4 students, we’ve come to a conclusion. Moving schools is hard. But these grade 4’s are battling it out by having fun and working together to expand their knowledge. We interviewed a girl named Sofia who brought up some interesting thoughts. “This school is immensely awesome and fun! The teachers are very nice!” she stated. This seemed very true! Almost none of the fourth graders said anything negative, which is amazing! I remember my first year in 4th grade. At first, I’m not going to lie, it was pretty rough. I didn’t know anybody and the work was tough. However, after a while I made friends, liked my teachers and loved the projects! Also, the Southern Alberta History Tour was just awesome! I’m not going to say that the electives were good because we didn’t have electives back then. Overall grade 4 is epic.
How much does it cost? • $50
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MOVEMBER!!! By: Tyra
CRAZY CREATIVE CIRCUS By: Tyra and Alexa S.
Movember is back! Movember is a month long event during November to raise awareness for men’s health issues, such as different cancers and mental health issues. During Movember, men around the world grow out their mustaches to raise money. Our great participants this year are Mr.Kutcher, Mr.Cadman, Mr.Dittmann, Mr.Lonsberry, Mr.Neufeld, Mr.Butterfield, Mr. Fawcett, Mr.Petronech, Mr. Bolen and Mr. McKenzie. 82.7% of the money raised for Movember goes to different men’s health programs. Canada is the top country when it comes to raising awareness and money. Go Canada Go!
Update: The CSS Movember team raised close to $2,500!! A new record high for our mustachioed crew!
The circus fever has spread school-wide, with our CSS Phys. Ed. students learning multiple skills and talents such as plate spinning, speed stacking, rope skipping, basketball skills, devil sticks, juggling, balance balls, soccer skills, stilts, hoola hoops, and diablo, to name just some. Mr. Schmeichel and Mrs.Bailey have made every student focus on one skill and get better and better over a period of 6 weeks. The students have a choice to work individually or in team skills. Students are also learning new ways to use the item that they focused on in gym class using their technology and classmates. Learning these skills improves students’ work ethic, helping them learn that no matter how many times you fail, practice makes perfect. Good luck CSS on your skills and thank you Mr. Schmeichel and Mrs. Bailey.
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Grade 8 telus spark field trip Winter Concert pd/planning 7:00-8:00 Pm day Fun Lunch CSS Gym no classes Extreme Pita grade 9 empowering minds 6:00 - 7:00 pm - library
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Snack Attack Christmas Cookie
School council 7:00-8:30 PM css Library
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GRADE 6 WINTER CAMP PARENT MEETING 6:30 - 8:30 PM
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peace festival begins
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Peace Festival Closing Assembly 1:00-3:00
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School Resumes Monday, January 6, 2014
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pd/planning day no classes
Fun Lunch COCO BROOKS
pd/planning day no classes
FUN LUNCH EXTREME PITA
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ipad for parents workshop 6:30 - 8:30 pm library
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Fun Lunch Mr. SUB
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Snack Attack vaccinations kernels popcorn grade 5 & some grade 9
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new parent orientation 6:30 - 8:00 pm
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new parent orientation 6:30 - 8:00 pm
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Fun Lunch mr. sub
The December 2013 issue of the Spectrum, the monthly newsletter of the Calgary Science School.