Principal's Message | February 2018
I want to thank the parents who came to our School Council and Parent Association meeting on
January 22. As usual, there are great discussions and parents are asking good questions. The topic
for this Council meeting was fees. We have made a conscious decision at the school to only charge
the fees that were essential and keep them at a minimum. Lunch supervision, transportation, and the
refundable security deposit are fees levied by the Calgary Board of Education to cover the costs of
running these programs. Any parents who are experiencing financial difficulties are able to apply for
waivers for the CBE mandated fees or speak with the principal around support. Parents are
encouraged to sign up for a MY CBE account to manage their payments. Please join us at the next
meeting on February 26 at 5:30 in the Staffroom.
We are in the process of beginning to think about next year. Students are being surveyed to
understand what they would like to see in exploratories, and we will use that information to guide our
planning for next year. Once we know our projections for next year, we will begin to look at how we
organize classes and schedules. Our goal is to have students choose options and have their
schedules before the end of the year.
Exciting projects are in the works. Students have asked for spaces to sit around the school. To that
end we have removed the Mustang Market and are waiting for the arrival of a new seating system for
the students. We are also in the planning stage of working with Construction and our Design course to
create other seating areas in the building. Another design project we are looking at is the creation of a
community garden in the courtyard. Some of our grade 8 students are now making weekly visits to the
Manor to play games with the seniors. Reader leaders are beginning a mentorship program with
Keeler School supporting young readers to learn stronger literacy skills. There is nothing better than
sharing a great book!
The math coaches worked with our Math teachers for a full day January 26th in support of our School
Development Plan and our work to improve math performance at Ernest Morrow. In addition our
Humanities teachers worked with TC2 from the Critical Thinking Consortium to support our students
in developing stronger critical thinking and problem solving skills.
There are many community groups who support our students at school. Carya is one of our key
partners. With Carya, we have a strong relationship with Starbright, Starburst, and Odyssey. There
have been some changes to the Starburst program to better meet the needs of the community.
Starburst will now have after school programming at Ernest Morrow every second week. The
schedule is available on our website, and students who participate should have the schedule each
month. Carya is excited about the new programming for Starburst as they will be opening a new
community program that will operate in Forest Lawn.
The February calendar is online and provides information for the month of February, including
extracurricular, games and programs.
I do want parents to know that we have great kids at Ernest Morrow and we continue to work towards
our goal of including students in the creation of a strong culture and a safe and caring workspace. Our
students continue to show they can rise to any challenge we present. We are so proud of them.
D. Sauverwald, Principal