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CBE Connections November News

November News

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Minecraft Level Up, Calgary!
Receives Minister’s Award for Municipal Excellence

In partnership with Microsoft and The City of Calgary, the CBE is proud to be the recipient of the Minister’s Award for Municipal Excellence in the Partnership category for Minecraft Level Up, Calgary! This initiative introduced innovative teaching methods to enrich learning and inspire creativity, problem solving and critical thinking in students. Stay tuned for Season 2!

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Stay Home if Sick

As we enter cold and flu season, it’s important for families to keep kids home if they are feeling unwell.

Learning is Happening Everywhere

Chris UsifSince joining the CBE four years ago, I have visited more than 140 schools. Being in schools enables me to observe effective instructional practices and the positive impact these practices have on student success. What strikes me most is students are continuing to learn, and learning is happening in and outside thousands of classrooms, on field trips and in communities across Calgary.

It is a great responsibility to deliver education to more than 130,000 students across the city and I thank you for entrusting your child’s education to the CBE.

I invite you to check out the rest of our website for the most up-to-date information, and as always, if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s learning, please connect with your school.

Christopher Usih, Chief Superintendent

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A World of Choice for your Child

Whether you have a child entering kindergarten, middle school or high school, it’s time for families to start thinking about choices for the 2023-24 school year. Our website is full of information about program choices and what schools are available based on your home address. Many schools are also hosting open houses to showcase the learning options available.

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Time to Apply for Scholarships Class of 2023

EducationMatters has three scholarships open for students:

  • Breakthrough Bursary Opportunity for New Immigrants (arrived in Canada within the last five years)
  • Laurie Sommerville Scholarship Award (for students in financial need)
  • Stampede Toyota Community Matters Scholarship (for any student residing in a NE community).
Apply Today
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ABEEL Sponsorship Awards

For any students in:

  • Nelson Mandela School
  • James Fowler School
  • Lester B. Pearson School
  • Forest Lawn School
  • Discovering Choices School
  • Jack James School
Check It Out
Winter Weather 
Be Prepared for Winter Weather

Families are reminded that extra caution should be taken during the winter months getting to and from school. CBE schools rarely close due to snow or cold temperatures. All children should be well prepared and dressed for the weather. Families should also ensure that they have back-up care arrangements if transportation is delayed.

Follow Your Path to Unique Opportunities

Unique Pathways is excited to announce applications are open for all Semester 2 Dual Credit and Exploratory Programs. High school students have the opportunity to pursue post-secondary learning or hands-on skills training while in school!
Apply by Nov. 18, 2022.

Board of Trustees Advocacy

Major Modernizations
New Schools

Did you know that the CBE welcomed an additional 5,800 students this year? That's enough to fill 10 elementary schools.

More than half of our 250 schools are over 50 years old and require upgrades to ensure students are learning in modern environments.

Learn More

Have Your Say
Provincial Budget

The Alberta government is asking Albertans to share their views and ideas for the next provincial budget.

Fill out an online survey and join telephone town halls with Finance Minister Travis Toews.

Share Your Voice

Dates of Significance

The CBE has recently launched a "dates of significance" calendar that identifies some of the significant days of recognition and celebration to the CBE community. 

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How Does My Child Learn To Read?

Ever wondered how young children learn how to read? Teachers use lots of different tools, including books that teach students how to decode letters to make words. Learn more by watching this video.

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CAREERS Skilled Trades & Internship Fair
High School Students & Parents Are Invited!

High school students and parents are invited to join a diverse group of employers at the CAREERS Skilled Trades and Internship Fair to learn about career opportunities in the skilled trades and related occupations.

When: Nov. 30, 2022
Time: 6-8 PM
Where: James Fowler High School

For School Councils

Engagement Event
Alberta School Councils' Association (ASCA)

When: Nov. 19, 2022
Time: 1- 4 PM
Where: Online

Engage with the ASCA Board of Directors on topics of importance to school councils and their communities: the current education environment, funding, curriculum, the Alberta School Council Engagement (ASCE) grant and more.

There is no cost to attend. 

Registration Closes: Saturday, Nov. 19 at 12 PM

Door prizes will be drawn for those attending the event!

Register Now

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Meeting Materials Posted

The Oct. 20, 2022 COSC meeting materials have been posted. Thank you to everyone who attended our first COSC meeting of the year! The meeting presentation and video are now available on our website.

Next Meeting: Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

Invites and meeting topics will be sent in advance.

Meeting Presentation & Video


The ASCA website offers a calendar of events including a variety of participation opportunities for school council members and/or parents. These include:

  • Workshops for school councils
  • Online sessions for parents regarding various health and educational issues
  • Event information for “special dates”.

Calendar of Events 

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