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Principal's Message | October

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

As we started the school year, working together and building community was certainly front of mind in our planning. The year started with our annual “muffin mixer” on the first day of school. This was followed up with a community day on September 12th. During the day, students had an opportunity to participate in a number of activities focussed on the importance of working together and culminated with a community barbeque, which was by all measures a huge success. I would like to thank all the parents and staff who contributed their time, energy and passion into it! The Terry Fox run provided another chance to come together as a community to support cancer research and celebrate a Canadian hero. It was so nice to see so many parents come out to show their support and cheer on our students. On September 20 and 21, our school hosted our first conferences of the year, which provided an excellent opportunity for students, parents and teachers to collaborate on setting goals and building an understanding of how we can work together to provide a personalized plan to help each student meet with success. In addition, school council held its first meeting on Wednesday, September 19, which was very well attended. The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss our vision for the school year. I truly appreciate all the feedback by parents and wish to express my appreciation for their ongoing commitment and passion for the school and the greater community.

As a community school, Colonel Walker is focussed on building authentic learning experiences that take advantage of the outstanding resources available in our neighbourhood. This year, we are looking forward to continuing our relationship with Bow Habitat Station, the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, the Inglewood Aquatic Centre, and The Esker Foundation. We are also excited to work this year with local organizations like Fort Calgary, The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Arts Commons, Royal Tyrell Museum, Camp Chief Hector as well as artists in residence, including Three Left Feet and local photographer Darryl Pollock.

I’m looking forward to continuing our work together!

Chris Keuben
Principal, Colonel Walker School