Transportation routes 2014-2015

busReminder to submit Transportation forms and Payment to the office before September 2nd . Registrations will not be processed without payment or a payment plan in place. School Office reopens on August 20th, 2014

Students will not be able to ride the bus without this completed and there may not be space available on the bus past the deadline.

You may check the CSSD website at http://www.cssd.ab.ca/default.asp?V_ITEM_ID=216 for updated bus routes which should be available in mid August.

Attention Grade 6 Students going into Junior High School…

Please be advised you must purchase your September bus pass before the first day of school, and show it to the bus driver on the first day of school.  If you don’t purchase it in time for the first day, the Transit bus drivers will expect you to pay cash for the bus ride – Thank you!

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2014-2015 Grade 7 Option Courses Selection

Students, please read carefully the instructions for choosing your options for next year.

Parents, please read the details below for how to sign up for options for the 2014-15 school year. Please note if your child is currently in grade 6, they use the grade 7 form.

For the 2014-15 School Year, St. Michael School will be changing how students select their option courses. As a way of reducing paper, students will be selecting their options online through the St. Michael website.  www.cssd.ab.ca/stmichael

On Monday June 16th at 5:00 pm, the students who are currently in Grade 6  will be able to select their options with the links below:

Grade 7 Option Course Descriptions

Grade 7 Option Selection Form

 

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Welcome to St. Michael School…A World of Learning

St. Michael School is the only school in Calgary Catholic School District offering an International Baccalaureate Programme at both the Primary Years and Middle Years.

We are a dual track school, offering instruction in both French and English in our Junior High Years.

 

Please  watch our video “St. Michael….A World of Learning” to learn more !

“This is truly an international school, open to all …., To that extent it truly mirrors society at large and prepares students to be good citizens as well as doing well academically.”

~Parent Feedback, St. Michael Satisfaction Survey 2012

Our Mission Statement:

     St. Michael School is an inclusive Catholic community that encourages students to creatively inquire throughout the learning process.

We engage in experiences that inspire responsible and active global citizenship.

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YEAR END PARENT SATISFACTION SURVEYS

Each year schools are asked to have their school community complete a satisfaction survey for parents and another for students. We would greatly appreciate you taking the time to complete the Parent Satisfaction Survey. Your input is highly valued and helps us with the development of school plans for next year.

To gather your feedback a survey has been created which can be accessed at:
http://tinyurl.com/ParentSurvey-CCSD

All parents are encouraged to complete it before the last day of school. Your responses will assist us in meeting our commitment to provide a quality Catholic education for all students. Thank you for your feedback!

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Join us for the District Run & Walk

Run&Walk_2014_Poster

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St. Michael School Skypes with Paul Martin and Celebrates International Week

International daysFebruary was a busy month for students at St. Michael School. At the beginning of the month, Grade 9 students had a direct conversation with former Prime Minister, the Honorable Paul Martin, via Skype. The intention was to encourage and foster a deeper understanding of our government’s history and relationships with Aboriginal Peoples, as well as illuminate negative stereotypes. Mr. Martin provided powerful advice on how the students, as youth and future nation leaders, can improve fractured relationships. He said, “go home, talk to your parents, talk to your friends about the issues faced by first nations…educate others.”

The students prepared for their conversation with Mr. Martin through a poetry activity Paul martinbased on the book X, by Shane Rhodes. The students uncovered the meaning of the Numbered Treaties through eleven poems conceived from the text of official treaty documents. Students also had the opportunity to ask Rhodes how poetry, as a communication medium, could educate and inspire activism.

International Week focused on “Inspiring International Mindedness”. Through a variety of activities and presentations, students reflected on how they can engage in meaningful and responsible global citizenship. The week was a perfect blend of celebrating staff and students’ global activism, along with the exceptional work of individuals who are passionate about and knowledgeable in their respective fields of study.  School-based initiatives were profiled through the Water Warrior Water Fountain retro-fit and the Grade 5 Adopt a Village – Free the Children projects.

Wil FergusonNotable guest presenters included Giller Prize author Will Ferguson, scientist Peter Apell (Center for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology), youth activist Nicole M’Carthy and Polish youth dancers. Each guest offered insights and inspiration to students, our future global leaders, on how they can put their talents and interests into building a better world.

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Building Student Resilience

Resilience_Brochure_Page_01What is Resiliency? It is the ability to adapt to challenges that may cause stress, including 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 and thrive despite these challenges arises from skills of resilience. St. Michael will be working with the Calgary Police as an S4 School: Stay smart, stay safe. Please open the brochure below put out by the Calgary Catholic School District.

Resilience_Brochure

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Parent View now available in POWERSCHOOL!

Dear Parents:

The Calgary Catholic School District is launching a new Parent Portal for all schools starting November 4, 2013. Parents will have the quick and easy access to view:

  • attendance records
  • progress reports standards and comments
  • school announcements

The Parent Portal is operated through PowerSchool, a web-based database application that facilitates student information management and communication among school administrators, teachers, parents, and students. It is easy to use and connects parents, students and schools with real-time information via the Internet. For junior high students, this supplements the use of D2L.

Benefits of the Parent View:

  • School administrators, teachers, parents, and students can easily stay connected with each other
  • Parents are able to review daily attendance and progress report results
  • Parents are able to participate more fully in their student’s progress

Please note parents/guardians have the ability to create a single login for all students in the family even if they are attending different schools. Once the account is created, parents can manage account information, link any and all students to the account, and set email and notification preferences for each student linked to the account.

Open  the Creating an Account documents here to get started. The parent view icon on the right side of the website home page will get you connected. Thank you for participating! ParentPortal_CreatingAccount

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Parent Engagement video

Thank you to all the parents who attend the School Council General meeting October 29th at Bishop Carroll. This was a great opportunity to network with other schools and learn about important topics in Education such as student resiliency, inspiring education, grant writing opporutnities, and how to engage the community in the School Council. Below is the video from our presentation on the research that supports successful students have involved parents! Below is also a list of dates for meeting this year, that ALL interested parents are able to attend.

 

School Council/Trustee Dates 2013-2014

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