Bullying | Connections | Curriculum Express for Parents | District Annual Education Results | District Annual Report | Flood 2013 | FOIP | Guide to Choosing a School | H1N1 Flu Virus | Hazing | Healthy Choices | Helping your child to succeed | HPV Vaccine | Human Sexuality Curriculum | Internet Safety | My Child’s Learning | Progress Support Documents | School Resource Officers | Social Justice | Student Resilience | Student Resiliency - Suicide | Tip Sheets | Cold Weather Policy | Volunteer Handbook | Winter Transportation
The care and safety of our children is a top priority of the Calgary Catholic School District. The district's goal is to create a safe and caring learning environment in which everyone belongs. Bullying is an issue the District takes very seriously. Collaboration among administration, staff, students and parents is key in helping achieve our goal of working to eradicate bullying from the school environment. Please click here to see CCSD's informational brochure on this topic.
This is a monthly newsletter published by the Calgary Catholic School District throughout the school year (January excluded). It features district news, important dates and other related information. Connections is typically sent home to parents with their child's school newsletters and is meant to be a tool to help connect individual school communities with the rest of the district. To access the most current issue, please click here.
Curriculum Express for Parents
This resource is created by Alberta Education to provide a short explanation of school and what students learn – for parents who are English language learners. They are available in English in general and Catholic versions for Kindergarten to Grade 3. Please click here to learn more
District Annual Education Results Report (AERR)
District results are published each year in accordance with Alberta Education requirements. Please view the 2012-2013 Annual Education Results Report for the complete report. To view a summary, please click here.
District Annual Report
Calgary Catholic School District's (CCSD) Annual Report shares with our stakeholders, Trustees, staff and parents an overview of CCSD's accomplishments during the 2012–2013 school year. Please view the 2012-2013 Annual Report for the complete report.
The end of the 2012-2013 school year was unprecedented and held many challenges and tribulations. The flooding of the Bow and Elbow Rivers caused widespread damage in Calgary and the surrounding areas. To minimize the strain on emergency services and infrastructure during this critical time, schools were closed and exams were rescheduled or cancelled. Through the devastation, our community pulled together to show support and compassion for one another. The Alberta Government is leading recovery efforts in areas of the province damaged by flooding and have put together a list of online resources supporting students, families and staff affected by flooding.
The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act strikes a balance between the public's right to know and the individual's right to privacy. CCSD distributes general information to parents at the beginning of every school year. It outlines the formal FOIP process and procedures to follow for individuals to access their own personal information, as well as the right to access other records in the custody and control of the Calgary Catholic School District. The District follows strict standards in the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information, as required by the FOIP Act. For more information, please click here.
Guide to Choosing a School
This document, created and published by the CCSD, provides an in-depth explanation of all our programs, as well as information like the specific programs offered at each school. Please click here to view the guide for the 2011-2012 school year.
H1N1 Flu Virus
Click here for information about H1N1 as well as the district's response in helping to prevent cases of it in our schools.
The care and safety of our children is a top priority of the Calgary Catholic School District. The District's goal is to create a safe and caring learning environment in which everyone belongs. Hazing is an issue the Calgary Catholic School District takes very seriously and does not tolerate. Hazing is a reality in our society and consequently in our schools. To successfully address the issue of hazing, the entire school community needs to be involved and share responsibility. CCSD has produced informational brochures on this issue for staff, students and parents.
Nutrition is important for growth, development, learning and activity. Children spend a large part of their day at school, where they are exposed to many influences when it comes to food choices. Healthy eating messages are reinforced when food served or sold in the school setting is consistent with classroom teachings. Our aim is to operate with school environments that support Healthy Choices for students.
The Calgary Catholic School District is committed to a holistic approach to building students’ knowledge about health. The Healthy Choices initiative supports students, parents and teachers and provides information that assists in making healthier choices. The District supports education about healthy choices that permeate curriculum and the culture in schools.
For more information about the District's initiative and for resources about nutrition and healthy eating, please click here.
Helping your child to succeed
The Calgary Catholic School District supports the role of parents as the primary educators of their children. Click here to see a presentation on, "The Parent's Role in Positively Impacting Student Achievement," from a Catholic Education perspective.
The HPV vaccine is currently a part of the regular in-school vaccination program at Calgary Catholic schools and will be provided to girls in grades 5 and 9 only upon receipt of written parental consent.
At the November 28, 2012 regularly scheduled public board meeting, the board of trustees approved the motion to allow the administration of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine by Alberta Health Services to students in our Catholic schools. This decision was reached after consideration of the feedback received from parents and the Catholic community in its consultation process and in recognizing parents as the primary educators of their children.
Human Sexuality Curriculum
The information on the teaching of human sexuality in Grades 4 - 6 and Grades 7 - 9 is available in the following handbooks. They are provided to assist you in talking with your child about sexuality issues and as information regarding the human sexuality curriculum.
Human Sexuality Parent Handbook Grades 4-6.pdf
Human Sexuality Parent Handbook Grades 7-9.pdf
The senior high human sexuality program outcomes are outlined in the following document: SrHigh_HumanSexuality_Outcomes.pdf
Working together, families can help ensure that the Internet is used appropriately as a valuable educational tool by our children. The Calgary Catholic School District works with staff to raise the profile of appropriate Internet use with students. Please click here for more information and resources.
My Child’s Learning: A Parent Resource is available to help parents better understand what their children are learning at school, how they might be assessed and what resources are available to help them learn. Developed in consultation with the Alberta School Councils’ Association, the Fédération des parents francophones de l'Alberta and with parents across the province, this resource provides information in plain language for every subject and grade level.
Alberta Education encourages school authorities and individual schools to highlight this resource on their websites. Complete with easy to use grade and subject summaries, as well as creating customized information printouts, this resource is intended help parents be more informed and involved in their child’s education.
My Child’s Learning is available in English at www.mychildslearning.alberta.ca and in French at www.apprentissagedemonenfant.alberta.ca.
Progress Support Documents
In the fall of 2012 the district implemented new progress reporting for grades 1-9. See the documents below to better understand the progress reports formerly known as report card
School Resource Officers
The Calgary Police Service, in partnership with the Calgary Board of Education and the Calgary Catholic School District, have 21 School Resource Officers (SROs) who work in junior and senior high schools. They help create a safe and healthy learning environment for our youth. As mentors and role models to the students, they are available to help teens with everyday problems they may face, such as peer pressure, drugs, bullying, youth gangs and property crimes. Sometimes just talking with an officer can help resolve a situation before it becomes a serious problem. If you would like to talk with a School Resource Officer, call 403-206-8349 or ask your school principal for more information.
Guidelines for School Service Learning Opportunities: Guided by the Social Teachings of the Church.
Local and National Organizations
We are all faced with challenges that affect us at some time in our lives. Resilience is the ability to adapt to these challenges that may include stress, tragedy, trauma, threats, setbacks and loss. By developing resilience, we are able to better manage stress or feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. The ability to work together, navigate resources and thrive despite these challenges arises from skills of resilience. For more information, view our resilience brochure.
Student Resiliency - Suicide
Community Resources for parents and students who are dealing with suicide:
• Canadian Mental Health www.cmha.ab.ca 403-297-1700
• Distress Center www.distresscentre.com main crisis:403-266-4357
• Kids helpline: 1-800-668-6868
• Access Mental Health: 403-943-1500
• Hospice Calgary (after suicide/grief care): 403-263-4525
• LivingWorks : www.Livingworks.net
• Centre for Suicide Prevention: http://suicideinfo.ca (403-249-3900)
The Calgary Catholic School District supports the role of parents as the primary educators of their children. In order to help parents fulfill this responsibility, we believe it is important to provide parents with tools and information that will facilitate them in making informed decisions regarding their children. Several tips sheets have been created to provide useful information and ideas to parents on a variety of important topics. Please click here to view them.
Cold Weather Policy
Catholic schools located within City of Calgary boundaries are always open regardless of weather conditions. Catholic Schools located in Airdrie, Cochrane or Chestermere may be closed based on weather conditions, as they serve a large number of rural students. Decisions on closures of schools in these areas will be made in conjunction with Rocky View School Division, which is also the transportation provider to students attending these schools. Any information regarding school closures will be communicated through the media and our website.
Cold weather or heavy snowfalls can result in bus schedules being unavoidably delayed. If children are not accompanied to the bus stop they must have a safe place to go if the bus does not arrive. Parents are responsible for their children until they get on the bus. Younger children should not be left unattended at the stop.
When temperatures drop below -18 Celsius, children are kept indoors during lunch hour and scheduled breaks.
The volunteer handbook is intended as a resource that schools may consult as they work with volunteers. The handbook, as a whole, reflects common beliefs, strategies, and procedures that apply to the general topic of school volunteerism. It reflects the unique aspect of Catholicity relevant to volunteers in Calgary Catholic schools.
Safety is of primary concern to everyone involved in the transportation of students. Although important at all times, safety takes on a new meaning during the winter months. All of our careful planning and detailed scheduling can be overturned by winter weather.
Buses can be delayed and sometimes even cancelled because of cold temperatures, icy roads and traffic problems. Parents and students are reminded that extra caution must be taken during the winter months.
Winter Transportation Tips