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Bulletin - Head of School's Message

After two years of intensive groundwork, CFIS’s peer accreditation review is largely complete.  Representatives of Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) schools from across Canada, with expertise in both administrative and educational aspects of school operations, attended at CFIS this May. 

They thoroughly analyzed the documentation that had been compiled by CFIS staff to provide evidence of how CFIS meets the eleven CAIS standards.

Over the course of a three-day visit, the visiting committee developed recommendations and commendations based on both the documentation as well as on observations within the school and discussions with faculty, staff, and all members of the senior leadership team, as well as with a number of parents and alumni.  

Because CFIS faculty and staff had already conducted an in-depth and wide-ranging internal review in advance of the committee’s visit, we had a thorough idea of our strengths and areas of required growth. 

I am proud to report that the school received a significant number of commendations, largely focused on the learning environment, commitment to overall school improvement, and the implementation of the strategic plan.  

The visiting committee will be providing its written report to CAIS, and CFIS will receive the final version of the document in the summer. At that point, the senior leadership team and the CFIS Society’s Board of Directors will commence a review of the report and begin to give thought to how we can individually and collectively improve the school by addressing the specific recommendations which it will contain. 

The dedication to continuous improvement embodied by the ten members of the CAIS visiting committee was truly impressive. Their time and expertise was greatly appreciated, and supports CFIS as it strives to achieve its mission of developing each student’s individual and academic potential through full French immersion and an international focus in a rich and dynamic learning environment. CFIS’s membership in CAIS promotes a reflective and collaborative school improvement process, allows us to examine the school’s overall program and operations, provides validation of current programs and services, suggests areas of future growth and development, and provides our educators with valuable professional development and information about effective practices nationally and globally. It also assures CFIS parents that our school is focused on providing a safe and enriching learning environment while maintaining an efficient and effective operation, and provides the Society’s Board with an independent, non-governmental validation that the school they oversee is effectively delivering a quality educational experience to its students in a manner that is sustainable. 

I was deeply moved at the debriefing meeting when the CAIS coordinator shared that he believes that CFIS’s membership as a CAIS school will contribute positively to that organization. I shared this comment with faculty and staff at a brief meeting following the visiting committee’s departure, and they were equally impacted by this sentiment. 

I would like to thank the entire CFIS community – Board members, students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, and the senior leadership team – for their time and contribution to this undertaking. Working collaboratively resulted in a highly successful outcome for our school, and will contribute to the strength and permanence of our school.

Sincerely,


Mme Margaret Dorrance
Head of School  

Board documents for upcoming AGMs and special meetings

Dear CFIS Parents: 

Please find below a number of documents related to the Annual General Meetings of the Calgary French & International School Society, Calgary International Language Foundation and the CFIS Endowment Society and the Special Meeting of the Endowment Society. All CFIS parents are members of all three organizations. 

Please click on the links to download the PDFs. 

AGM of the Calgary French & International School Society

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Dates to remember - School-wide

All students are required to wear formal uniform today due to an open house for prospective CFIS parents. Thank you!

Grocery card program: 

Pick-up in main office. 

Grocery cards delivered by "kiddie mail" are distributed to the classrooms in the afternoon on the Tuesday. In the event of field trips or student absences, a second delivery will be attempted on the Wednesday.

CFIS is holding an open house for prospective Elementary Division parents (preschool through to Grade 6). 

Please contact Director of Enrolment Mme Kathy Marinakos at kmarinakos@cfis.com for further information or to register for this event. 

 

Grocery card program: 

Pick-up in main office. 

Grocery cards delivered by "kiddie mail" are distributed to the classrooms in the afternoon on the Tuesday. In the event of field trips or student absences, a second delivery will be attempted on the Wednesday.

Grocery card program: 

Pick-up in main office. 

Grocery cards delivered by "kiddie mail" are distributed to the classrooms in the afternoon on the Tuesday. In the event of field trips or student absences, a second delivery will be attempted on the Wednesday.

Grocery card program: 

Pick-up in main office. 

Grocery cards delivered by "kiddie mail" are distributed to the classrooms in the afternoon on the Tuesday. In the event of field trips or student absences, a second delivery will be attempted on the Wednesday.

Special meeting of the CFIS Endowment Society (of which all CFIS parents are members), in the school's Seed Cafeteria.

For further details, please see email of October 28, 2017, from K. Nesbitt on behalf of Board Secretary J. Figures, or email jfigures@cfis.com for further information. 

Please join us tonight in the Seed Cafeteria, for a parent information session regarding Kindergarten and Grade 1 for current CFIS families. 

 

 

All parents of CFIS students in preschool through to Grade 12 are members of the Calgary French & International School Society, the Calgary International Language Foundation, and the Calgary French & International School Endowment Society. These three organizations will be holding their Annual General Meetings starting at 6:30 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 29th. No RSVP is required. 

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!

The upcoming CFIS Book Fair is scheduled the week of November 21 in the Learning Commons. This one fundraiser supports over half of our annual budget for the library. 

We were very short on volunteers last year, so please know your help is needed in shifts in cash and customer service. Please click on this form to let the committee know your availability. 

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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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All parents, students and our extended community (over the age of 12) is invited to attend an evening to celebrate and showcase the stories of inspiring and ambitious female entrepreneurs.

"We know the names of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg. But what about the female entrepreneurs? What’s their story? From brand new startups to million dollar industries, it’s time we stop telling girls they can be anything they want to be and show them what it means to be a leader.”...

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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.

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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This CFIS Society Board-approved calendar is emailed to parents once it is approved. The PDF calendar can be found on our calendar page just below the menu on the right, year round. 

Please see this link for the 2017-18 annual calendar.

Please see this link for the 2016-17 annual calendar

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!

Dates to remember - Early childhood division

Student-led conferences THIS EVENING or TOMORROW for parents and students in Preschool to Grade 6.

(Students are to attend school all day today, in regular uniform, but are requested to wear formal uniform to their student-led conference.) 

Information about booking a time slot for the student-led conferences will be provided in mid-November. 

Refreshments for all attendees will be available in the Seed Cafeteria.  

There is NO school today for students (Pre-12), but there ARE Preschool to Grade 6 student-led conferences taking place throughout the day. (Student-led conferences are also taking place during the evening of Thurs., Nov. 23rd. Please select the date and time which works best for your family.)  

Students are requested to attend their student-led conference in formal uniform.  

Refreshments will be available for all attendees in the Seed Cafeteria.

Information about booking a time slot for the student-led conferences will be provided in mid-November. 

 

The Grade 5 students are holding a bake sale today. Students in Kindergarten to Grade 6 are invited to bring small change to purchase these items. (Please do not send $10 or $20 bills with students if at all possible.)

The cost of items will be a maximum of $1 each. 

Students in ME's and NG's Preschool classes will be going on a field trip today. Regular uniform is required.

Dates to remember - Elementary division

In-class presentation for 4 AG. Formal uniform required. 

In-class presentation for 4AD. Formal uniform required. 

SC's and JS's Grade 5 classes are going on a field trip today. Formal uniform is required. 

In-class presentation for 4NB. Formal uniform required. 

In-class presentation for 4EF. Formal uniform required. 

CJ's and DD's Grade 5 classes are going on a field trip today. Formal uniform is required. 

Student-led conferences THIS EVENING or TOMORROW for parents and students in Preschool to Grade 6.

(Students are to attend school all day today, in regular uniform, but are requested to wear formal uniform to their student-led conference.) 

Information about booking a time slot for the student-led conferences will be provided in mid-November. 

Refreshments for all attendees will be available in the Seed Cafeteria.  

There is NO school today for students (Pre-12), but there ARE Preschool to Grade 6 student-led conferences taking place throughout the day. (Student-led conferences are also taking place during the evening of Thurs., Nov. 23rd. Please select the date and time which works best for your family.)  

Students are requested to attend their student-led conference in formal uniform.  

Refreshments will be available for all attendees in the Seed Cafeteria.

Information about booking a time slot for the student-led conferences will be provided in mid-November. 

 

Bake sale items are required for today's Grade 5 fundraising initiative. 

 

 

The Grade 5 students are holding a bake sale today. Students in Kindergarten to Grade 6 are invited to bring small change to purchase these items. (Please do not send $10 or $20 bills with students if at all possible.)

The cost of items will be a maximum of $1 each. 

Formal uniform and cold lunch required for students in Classes 5SC and 5CJ, due to field trip. 

Formal uniform and cold lunch required for students in Classes 5JS and 5DD, due to field trip. 

Dates to remember - Secondary division

The senior high phys. ed. class is going on a field trip today. 

A detailed schedule with the times for each rehearsal will be emailed to families. For more information, please contact Señora Mendes at smendes@cfis.com

At lunchtime today, 23 of CFIS's Secondary Division students will be taking part in the Waterloo Math Contest. 

Further details can be found at:

http://www.cemc.uwaterloo.ca/contests/csimc.html

A detailed schedule with the times for each rehearsal will be emailed to families. For more information, please contact Señora Mendes at smendes@cfis.com

No school today for students in Grades 7 to 12 - it is a professional development day for their teachers. 

A detailed schedule with the times for each rehearsal will be emailed to families. For more information, please contact Señora Mendes at smendes@cfis.com

Second round of immunizations for Grade 9 students. 

The senior high phys. ed. class is going on a field trip today. 

A detailed schedule with the times for each rehearsal will be emailed to families. For more information, please contact Señora Mendes at smendes@cfis.com

A detailed schedule with the times for each rehearsal will be emailed to families. For more information, please contact Señora Mendes at smendes@cfis.com

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