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Bulletin - Head of School's Message

Welcome back from the February break. I hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable week, whether you were away or spent it in Calgary enjoying a very welcome and wonderful breath of spring.

The next several weeks until “true” spring arrives in Calgary are going to be very busy, with the annual musical, parent-teacher interviews, and the spring and Easter breaks, followed very shortly thereafter by the Spring Benefit and then CFIS’s CAIS accreditation visit in mid-May. 

I recently read a blogpost by CAIS Executive Director Anne-Marie Kee, on a subject that resonated very strongly with me, since it encapsulated my thoughts on the important work of educating children that occurs every day at CFIS. I hope you will take a moment to read it as well:  
  
https://annemariekee.wordpress.com/2017/02/03/on-teaching-goodness/

I am so grateful to be part of the CFIS community, which “teaches goodness” by stressing the importance of inclusiveness, mutual and self-respect, and cultural peace and understanding. 

Sincerely,


Mme Margaret Dorrance
Head of School  

Dates to remember - School-wide

Spring break week - no school for students from March 27 to March 31 inclusive. 

Spring break week - no school for students from March 27 to March 31 inclusive. 

Spring break week - no school for students from March 27 to March 31 inclusive. 

Our optional regular summer uniform may be worn starting today. These are optional pieces, and it is not mandatory for parents to purchase these uniform options.

This is our optional spring photo day for all students. Students may dress in vesti-choix for spring.

Students who have not taken a formal uniform photo yet this year, should wear their formal clothes to school. They will take a photo and then change into their vesti-choix for another photo afterwards, if desired.

News - School-wide

We have several openings for students in kindergarten to Grade 6 in our before- and after-school programs. All available spots are five days per week. Families who are interested in these openings can contact Mme Susan Ammeter at sammeter@cfis.com. Please note that there are no before- and after-school openings for preschool and junior kindergarten students at this time. 

Thank you!

Parents have reported old calendar entries in their calendar feeds. We have looked into the online calendar and everything appears to be working correctly.

The likely reason for incorrect or missing entries is that your personal calendar settings are not configured to refresh that particular calendar feed on an hourly / daily basis.

It is important to note that with the exception of sporting events, which may be changed by external bodies, we endeavour to have all calendar...

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In a world surrounded by technology, we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly depend on understanding how technology works.

During Computer Science Education Week, curiosity and interest in computer programming will spread across Calgary French & International School. Students from kindergarten to Grade 12 will participate in the Hour of Code the week of December 5. Will we join the initiative by Computer...

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CFIS is offering the Bridging Bursaries Program again for the 2017/18 school year. The focus of our Bridging Bursary Program is specifically to support current CFIS families who are temporarily unable to afford the annual tuition for their child(ren).  

Online applications for these bursaries can be submitted in confidence through Apple Financial Services at https://applefinancialservices.ca/. There is a $100 application fee.

By Dennis Falconer, dfalconer@cfis.com

We love our active CFIS community, and balance our commitment to keeping students active and healthy with our duty of care in keeping them safe during the school day.

 

Once you pick up your children from the classroom and they are in your care, we ask that you guide them to continue this ethic of safety during the exciting after-school time.

You can help by taking action to:

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Help is needed in the library and with classroom books that need repair. There is enough work for 10 parents to help with this work. Please contact Mme Jillian Lee at jlee@cfis.com.

We would love to have some Spanish-speaking parents for Spanish! For the senior high, we would like:

  • Four parents who are willing to have a phone interview about their country of origin. This is for Grade 10.
  • Four parents (could be the same parents) willing to have a phone interview regarding their job: what are their duties, what did they have to study, does being multilingual help, what was their job interview like? This is for Grade 10.
  • A number of volunteers...
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Great news! Starting October 24, CFIS will now accept online bill payments from ATB.

Please contact Mme. Caitlyn Ducasse for more information at cducasse@cfis.com

Foothills Concert Band would like to extend an invitation to all members of the CFIS community. A Calgary tradition since 1968, the Calgary Foothills Concert Band is currently accepting new members in all sections. If you have wanted to dust off your trumpet or flute, or are ready to have fun creating music in a wonderful community, then it is a great time to join the Foothills Concert Band! 

Starting January 9, come by the CFIS band room on Monday nights at 7:30 p.m. to give us a try...

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Alberta Health Services has a number of great online resources for parents with children of all ages. Please see this link for their monthly PDF and other resources for children and teens.

http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/9539.asp

Thank you!

Please see this link for the 2016-17 annual calendar. This CFIS Society Board-approved calendar was emailed in early February. The PDF calendar can be found on our calendar page just below the menu on the right, year round. 

Dates to remember - Early childhood division

For this Spirit Day, all students from preschool to grade 6 are invited to reverse their clothes. However, regular uniform is required.

This UNESCO Showcase is an opportunity for the students to show their understanding of the history of the culturally-diverse Albertans who built our province. Formal uniform is required during the day for all students in preschool to Grade 6.​ Parents of Grade 4 students who cannot attend the evening event are welcome to attend the afternoon assembly. 

Last day for KG parents to bring April's Scholastic forms.

Dates to remember - Elementary division

Mme Dallaire's class will be going on a field trip in the morning.
Mme Solanki's class will be going on a field trip in the afternoon.
Formal uniform and a bagged lunch are required. Some activities will be outdoors so please ensure your child is dressed appropriately.
Please refer to the Gr 1 monthly newsletter for more details.​

Mme Ambroisine's class will be going on a field trip in the morning.
Mme Bourque's class will be going on a field trip in the afternoon.
Formal uniform and a bagged lunch are required. Some activities will be outdoors so please ensure your child is dressed appropriately.
Please refer to the Gr 1 monthly newsletter for more details.​

For this Spirit Day, all students from preschool to grade 6 are invited to reverse their clothes. However, regular uniform is required.

This UNESCO Showcase is an opportunity for the students to show their understanding of the history of the culturally-diverse Albertans who built our province. Formal uniform is required during the day for all students in preschool to Grade 6.​ Parents of Grade 4 students who cannot attend the evening event are welcome to attend the afternoon assembly. 

This UNESCO Showcase is an opportunity for Grade 4 students to show their historical understanding of the culturally-diverse Albertans who built our province. Parents and extended family are welcome in the evening. Formal uniform is required for our Grade 4 students.​

Please see your grade-specific curriculum newsletter for more information.

Students require formal uniform for this event. Please see your grade specific newsletter for details.

Students require formal uniform for this event. Please see your grade specific newsletter for details.

Dates to remember - Secondary division

Sr. High Team handball rom 5 - 6:15 pm in the secondary gym.practice in the secondary gym.

Gr. 9 team selections. Tournament format to determine which players will represent CFIS at Pre-Championship tournament or CISAA Championship tournament

Sr. High team selections. Tournament format to determine which players will represent CFIS at Pre-Championship tournament or CISAA Championship tournament

Following the third quarter learner profiles, parents are invited to meet with their child's teachers.

Gr. 7 team selections. Tournament format to determine which players will represent CFIS at Pre-Championship tournament or CISAA Championship tournament

Gr. 8 team selections. Tournament format to determine which players will represent CFIS at Pre-Championship tournament or CISAA Championship tournament

Sr. High pre-championship tournament at Calgary Academy from 3:45 - 5:30 pm.

 

Jr. high badminton team selections from 3:45 - 5 pm

News - Secondary division

Please check the link below if your child is participating in athletics. At times, the CISAA will change game times or locations with little notice. For more information, please contact your child's coach or Mme. Crandall at scrandall@cfis.com.

http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=isaajr