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Bulletin - Head of School's Message

Dear CFIS Families:

Over the past several weeks, I have sought input from faculty, staff and CFIS parents on the subject of CFIS’s international programming.

As a result of these discussions, I have compiled feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of our current programming in this area, and the opportunities and threats we may face as we move ahead to continue to build this important component of our program. My overarching aim with this undertaking is to ensure that in all CFIS divisions, there exists both a depth of meaning and an authenticity with regard to this aspect of our learning environment. 

Those of you with children in the Elementary Division are likely very familiar with CFIS’s robust participation in activities associated with UNESCO, as a member of the Associated Schools Project Network. UNESCO was introduced to CFIS in 2010, to foster an international perspective with all faculty and students. Seven years later, it is an integral component of a CFIS education. 

The four pillars of UNESCO serve as a framework for all aspects of the Elementary program, and UNESCO values are intentionally infused across the curriculum, thus enriching student learning and allowing them to make cross-curricular connections. UNESCO inspires students to take action via age-appropriate student-led charitable initiatives and advocacy campaigns. A UNESCO option course is also available for students in CFIS’s junior high, along with Model UN in Grade 9. 

CFIS applied to become a Round Square member school in the spring of 2017. I was very pleased to learn that our school was subsequently granted full member status with this organization nearly a year ahead of schedule. As a Round Square school, CFIS joins over 180 schools world-wide that focus on fostering the Round Square IDEALS, of Internationalism, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership and Service. Students in Grades 9 and up will specifically benefit from this membership. As an established global network, Round Square schools enrich students’ lives through student exchanges. Regional (North and South America) and international conferences provide students and faculty with an opportunity to discuss topics related to the Round Square IDEALS in a highly engaging and regionally relevant format. 

The concept of Round Square was conceived in the mid-1960s, based on the educational ideology of Kurt Hahn, whose philosophy was that students learn best by experiencing opportunities for personal leadership and seeing the results of their own actions. 

Round Square affiliation can impact students directly, and will enrich student learning. Member schools gain access to resources and an online platform. Extensive opportunities exist for collaboration between schools, including student and faculty exchanges, curriculum development, faculty development, sharing of best practices, programs for alumni, and service projects. CFIS’s administrators and faculty are keenly looking forward to working with and learning from their Round Square member school counterparts.

Our community will begin to host Round Square exchange students in the new year. Families interested in hosting are encouraged to contact our Round Square coordinator, Mme Chantalle Bourque, at 
cbourque@cfis.com.   

CFIS is on target to begin offering International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme courses to Grade 11 students in September 2019. Just as with Round Square and UNESCO, so much of CFIS’s enriched curriculum related to global learning and critical thinking is in alignment with the IB Diploma Programme. Two areas of study that are especially compelling for CFIS are IB’s focus on the approach to teaching, and the approach to learning. IB students are required to show their learning in ways that ensure they have truly engaged in the knowledge, and understand the content of what they’re learning. The learning environment at CFIS already closely aligns with key aspects of the IB Diploma Programme. Obtaining certification in this regard will allow CFIS students the opportunity to add this universally recognized designation to their Grade 12 diplomas. (All CFIS graduates will continue to also receive the Alberta high school diploma.)

As a long-term educator who has taught and administered all three IB programmes (Primary Years, Middle Years, and Diploma), I am very familiar with and passionate about the IB methodology, pedagogy, and student assessment. For me, the “magic” of IB is in how the students show their learning. Given our school’s already robust academic programs, which focus on inquiry and critical-thinking skills, and the school-wide focus on globally-minded values and an international mindset, I am confident that CFIS students will be highly successful in the IB Diploma Programme. 

Mme Margaret Dorrance
Head of School
Mdorrance@cfis.com

 

UNESCO’s four pillars of learning are fundamental principles
for reshaping education:

Learning to know: to provide the cognitive tools required to better comprehend the world and its complexities, and to provide an appropriate and adequate foundation for future learning.

Learning to do: to provide the skills that would enable individuals to effectively participate in the global economy and society.

Learning to be: to provide self analytical and social skills to enable individuals to develop to their fullest potential psycho-socially, affectively as well as physically, for an all-round ‘complete’ person.

Learning to live together: to expose individuals to the values implicit within human rights, democratic principles, intercultural understanding and respect and peace at all levels of society and human relationships to enable individuals and societies to live in peace and harmony.

Board documents for upcoming AGMs and special meetings

Annual General Meeting of the Calgary French & International School (CFIS) Society:

On Wednesday, 29th November, 2017, the following individuals were elected by the membership of the CFIS Society to the Board of Directors:

  • Curtis Cook (new)
  • Peter Forrester (re-elected)
  • Wellington Holbrook (new)
  • Dr. Katherine Mueller (new)
  • John Piasta (re-elected)
  • Gertrud Schneider Chary (re-elected)
  • Jamie Lynne Smith (new)
  • Joanne...
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Dates to remember - School-wide

Online cafeteria and pizza ordering for the month of February 2018 CLOSES at 2:30 p.m. today.

Place your orders at secure.cfis.com.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact CFIS's Food Services Manager Tracy Nelson directly at tnelson@cfis.com.

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.

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.

Head of School Mme Margaret Dorrance will be presenting to the parent community on the highlights of the 2016-17 school year. 

Please RSVP to Karen Nesbitt at knesbitt@cfis.com if you would like to attend. Thank you!

Students from preschool to Grade 12 are invited to be in vesti-choix for Pizza Day. Pizza and other items can be ordered in advance for full-day students only through secure.cfis.com. Ordering happens well in advance of Pizza Day, and late orders cannot be accommodated.
There is no school for students today.

All students in Preschool through to Grade 12 - EXCEPT for PB and GS's KG students - are required to wear formal uniform today, due to an open house for prospective CFIS families. Thank you! 

(Parents of students in PB's and GS's Kindergarten classes - your children get to wear vesti-choix today, due to their field trip.) 

Open house for CFIS's Elementary Division (Preschool to Grade 6).

For further information, or to register to attend, please contact Director of Enrolment Kathy Marinakos at kmarinakos@cfis.com.   

News - School-wide

Please contact Mme Crowley-Granger at mcrowley@cfis.com to donate your artificial Christmas tree. Thank you!

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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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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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

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!

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

CM and VK's Kindergarten classes will be going on a sporting-activity field trip today. Weather-appropriate and activity-appropriate vesti-choix is required. 

GS and PB's Kindergarten classes will be going on a sporting-activity field trip today. Weather-appropriate and activity-appropriate vesti-choix is required. 

All students from Preschool through to Grade 6 (with the exception of PB's and GS's KG students) are required to be in formal uniform today, due to a parent information session taking place in the morning. Thank you! 

 

 

GS and PB's Kindergarten classes will be going on a sporting-activity field trip today. Weather-appropriate and activity-appropriate vesti-choix is required. 

GS and PB's Kindergarten classes will be going on a sporting-activity field trip today. Weather-appropriate and activity-appropriate vesti-choix is required. 

(These two classes do NOT need to wear formal uniform today.) 

 

Dates to remember - Elementary division

Parent information session, in CFIS's Core Cafeteria, regarding CFIS's Secondary Division, for parents of students in Grades 5 to 11. 

For further details, please contact Director of Enrolment Kathy Marinakos at kmarinakos@cfis.com

All students from Preschool through to Grade 6 (with the exception of PB's and GS's KG students) are required to be in formal uniform today, due to a parent information session taking place in the morning. Thank you! 

 

 

Information session re CFIS's Elementary Division for parents of current CFIS students in Grades 1 through 4. 

(There will be an evening information session at 7 p.m. tonight if you are unable to attend the morning session.)

Information session in the Marcel Tremblay Learning Resource Centre (Secondary Division Library) re CFIS's Elementary Division for parents of current CFIS students in grades 1 through 4. 

(There is also a morning information session at 9 a.m. today if you are unable to attend the evening session.)

Grade 4 students in EF and AG's classes will be going on field trips today. Formal uniform is required. 

Grade 4 students in AD and NB's classes will be going on field trips today. Formal uniform is required. 

Today is the deadline to re-enrol current Grades 1 to 11 students for the 2018-19 school year.

The Grade 5 students in SC's and JD's classes will be going on a field trip today. Formal uniform is required. 

Dates to remember - Secondary division

Students will write final exams for Spanish 20 and Physique 20 today. 

Parent information session, in CFIS's Core Cafeteria, regarding CFIS's Secondary Division, for parents of students in Grades 5 to 11. 

For further details, please contact Director of Enrolment Kathy Marinakos at kmarinakos@cfis.com

Students will write final exams today in Math 10C and Math 20-1. 

Students will write final exams today for Etudes sociales 10-1, Biologie 20, and FLA 30-1 (Part B).

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

Against Foundations for the Future - South Campus

Game at Triinity Christian School

100 295 Midpark Way SE

All parents of Grade 9 students are invited to attend an information session regarding the upcoming Travel Studies trip. The meeting will take place in Room 171 (in CFIS's Secondary wing).

Senior high Phys. Ed. students will be going on an outdoor field trip this afternoon. Outdoor vesti-sport required. 

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

All Grade 7 BAND students will be taking part in a field trip that leaves from CFIS at 9 a.m. this morning (Fri., Jan. 26th) and returns at 5 p.m. tomorrow evening (Sat., Jan. 27th). 

Further details will be provided to Grade 7 band parents by "Mr. B."

Today is the deadline to re-enrol current Grades 1 to 11 students for the 2018-19 school year.

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 Clear Water Academy

2550 Dieppe Ave. SW

At Glenmore Christian School

16520 24 St. SW

 

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