Reminder 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.
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!
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:
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.
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!
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.
• June 24: JH Awards 6:30 p.m.
• June 25: JH ELA Exam 9-11 a.m. (JH 1/2 day)
• June 26: Gr. 1-9 FULL DAY- Gr. 7-9 Social Studies 9-11 a.m.
• June 26: Gr. 1-9 to St. Michael Parish at 1 p.m. for Year End Mass, return at 2:30 for Progress Report Distribution and Dismissal
• School Office reopens August 20th, 2014
• First day of school is Tuesday, September 2nd 2014