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Principal's Message | December

We are excited about our upcoming Winter Giving Faire. This event will be held on Thursday, December 7 at 6:15pm at the school. Families will have the opportunity to participate in making a variety of crafts together to donate to different organizations (Mustard Seed Shelter, Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter, Gilchrist Manor Senior’s Home) in our city. We want to help our students develop caring and empathy and the Winter Giving Faire is one of the opportunities we want to give to our students and families to think about others who may be less fortunate than ourselves. Watch for a paper invitation coming home soon with more details about the event.

If you can walk to school with your child, instead of driving, please choose to do so as this is a healthier choice to make and can also help reduce traffic issues at our school.

For the sake of our children, please choose safety over convenience, every time. Please be reminded that making a u-turn anywhere near the school is dangerous and illegal. The Calgary Police Service has been requested to monitor the street in front of our school to help deal with traffic issues. We have seen them several times in the last month at key times of the day. No one wants a ticket for a traffic violation but even more important is the safety of our children! Please keep our children in mind when driving near our school. The street in front of our school has a maximum speed limit of 30km/hour. Slow down, be patient and watch for school safety patrollers on duty and children crossing the street. Thank you!

HELP! Unfortunately, for the last 5 years Douglas Harkness School has not had a “Parent Society” fundraising group. Therefore, our school has been ineligible to apply for important fundraisers that almost all other Alberta public schools access through the AGLC. A Parent Society is a group of parents or community members, incorporated
under the Societies Act for the specific purpose of raising funds for the school. The Parent Society would have access to Casino fundraising opportunities which would benefit our schools and provide important extras for a school such as updated technology, physical education equipment, special fine arts residencies, etc. Our school is at a distinct disadvantage without access to opportunities for this type of fundraising.

We need a Parent Society and we are looking for parents who would be willing to make a commitment to work on forming a new Parent Society for Douglas Harkness School. If you would be able to help with this, or if you would like more information on what this entails and how you would be supported in this work, please let Ms. Devitt know.

Laura Devitt, Principal

Mary Miller, Assistant Principal