February 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 based 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.
Notable 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.
What 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.
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:
progress reports standards and comments
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
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.
ALL THURSDAYS ARE 12:02 P.M. DISMISSAL IN April
• April 15th: School council mtg at 6:45 p.m. in work rm
• April 16th: Gr. 8 Invention Convention at City Hall
• April 16th: Parent IB University 6:00 p.m. in rm. 107
• April 17th: Holy Thursday Liturgy 10:30 a.m.- NOON DISMISSAL
• April 17th: Gr. 6&7 Science Fair Finals
• April 18th: GOOD FRIDAY
• April 21st: Easter Monday
• April 22nd: Classes resume
• April 28th: Track & Field Starts
• April 29th-May 1: Gr. 7-9 Badminton City Finals
• April 30th: Class and Team Pictures taken
• May 1- Gr. 9 Badminton City Championship
• May 1&5- Alex Dental Health Bus visits PYP
• May 7: Gr. 7 Students to Royal Tyrell Museum
• May 7&8: Bugsy Malone Musical!!
• May 9: Kindergarten to Safety City
• May 9: Marian Liturgy at 10:30 a.m. in the gym
• May 12-23: Mission Impossible in the gym
• May 12: Gr. 9 ELA PAT 9-11 a.m.
• May 14: Gr. 6 ELA & Gr. 9 FLA PAT 9-11 a.m.
• May 16: PD DAY NO CLASSES
• May 19: VICTORIA DAY NO CLASSES
• May 20: School Council mtg at 6:45 p.m.
• May 29: AMP IT Street Festival 5-8 p.m.
• May 30: Gr. 8 to Calaway Park Science Day