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Ocotber News from the Principal

Good afternoon,

It is unbelievable that we are already over a month into the 2017-2018 school year. All of our extracurricular clubs, teams, rehearsals and events have begun and students have settled into their courses. Our staff has been busy building relationships, delivering curriculum, and providing feedback to our students in their courses. Please log into your parent portal on PowerSchool to monitor and gather information to support your students successes and areas of improvements. Mark your calendars for parent teacher interviews on the evening of November 2nd from 5:00-8:00 pm. Our grad committee will be hosting their bake sale in the common area and there will also be supper available offered for purchase at the “Kitchen Table”. Please see below some of the amazing events we have upcoming at École  H.J. Cody.

Academic Awards

École HJ Cody Academic Awards Ceremony that recognises deserving students for their dedication to school academics and our community is on November 17th at 7:00pm. Invitations will be coming out soon.

Counselor's Corner

It is never too soon to start thinking about graduation.  As we move towards the midpoint of the first semester, we need to start thinking about Diploma Exams and what we need to do to meet future goals.  We are implementing a new Application to Graduate and all graduates are meeting with Mr. Payne individually to set goals, determine needs for postsecondary, and make plans for the year after High School. The Application to Graduate must be completed with Mr. Payne before students are placed on the Grad List. Also, a  reminder to all Grade 12 students to bring in a front profile baby picture to the office.

Additionally, plans are underway to have all of our Grade 11 students attend a postsecondary institution in the second semester to help plan and look forward to possibilities in their futures.  The Universities of Alberta and Calgary, as well as RDC, Olds College, NAIT and SAIT will be visited by many of our Grade 11 Students in the spring.  Keep watch for further information.

In the meantime, Happy Autumn, Harvest and Halloween from The Counselling Department.

Annual Haunted House

Our Drama Class 20/30 and Technical Theatre class is about to begin work on this year's Haunted House Extravaganza! The students in grade 11 and 12, will determine the overarching theme, design, and characters that will live in the house for the weekend leading up to Halloween. The house will cost $3.00 per visit in order to cover the expenses of the house and to fund raise for the Drama Department. All are welcome, however, we ask that children under 8 are accompanied by an adult. The Haunted House will run for students only during the Halloween Dance on Oct 25th. It will then run as a community event on Oct 28th from 2pm - 6pm, October 30th from 4:00-7:00m pm and Oct. 31st from 4-6pm.


École H.J. Cody Choir competed against Lindsay Thurber and Hunting for the opportunity to perform with Foreigner tonight at the Centrium.  They were victorious and twenty five of our choir members will be performing on stage at the concert.

Christmas Musical

The Drama and Music Departments are deep into rehearsals for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical. This  two act comedy production is set in the 1960s and  tells the story of "The Horrible Herdman" children and their plot to take down the annual church Christmas pageant. There will be Christmas hams, jingle bells, candy cane sword fights, a rag tag group of Shepherds, and a couple of firemen to name a few highlights!   The story is heartwarming and funny and will open on December 8th and run through December 16th. Tickets will be on sale Oct. 25th at H.J. Cody School.

Remembrance Day

Our Remembrance Day Ceremony will be held on the morning of November 8th and we would like to invite any parents who are interested to attend the event. We will be having a Remembrance Day competition for art and writing that will be starting soon. Watch for more information in the next newsletter, and for more information, please contact Kelsey Wilson at kwilson@cesd73.ca.

French Immersion

On November 8, 14 École  H.J. Cody Lakers in French Immersion will be traveling to St. Tite, Quebec for a week-long exchange. We traveled to this same community in 2015, made amazing connections, and are returning with new students. Each student will be "twinned" with a student from St. Tite, and in March the twins will travel to Sylvan Lake.

Travel Club

The poinsettia sale! This is one of the BEST fundraisers for the Travel Club! Between October 12 and November 23, students traveling to Quebec, New York, Disneyland and other places will be selling poinsettias from the Ever-Green Greenhouse in Red Deer. The products are FANTASTIC, and range in price from $17-$40. To order a poinsettia, please contact Kelsey Wilson at kwilson@cesd73.ca or find a student fundraiser! Other sales by travel club include collecting bottles after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays, selling chocolate, and doing bottle drives.


There is a Rotary lunch with our Interacters on October 16th in the library and a pizza lunch is provided by the Rotary. A big thank you to all who brought coats in to donate towards our community's Coats For Kids program. Donations will continue to be accepted until the end of November.

Our annual Coins for Kids Fundraiser has begun. Change is collected to donate to the Christmas Bureau and our school uses this money to purchase Christmas gifts for students in grades 9-12 in our community whose families are financially stretched. We are collecting until November 8th.

Interact Club members will be going to WE Day on November 1st. Please check out We.org to see a short video. Interact meets on Mondays at lunch in the Home Ec Room and new members are always welcome.

Student Exchange Trip to Japan

Notre Dame High School has organized a student exchange trip to Japan in July, 2018 for high school students in central Alberta and there are still some spots available. This is an exciting and unique opportunity to be immersed into a different culture. The trip includes Disneyland Japan, Sea World, and various other cultural sites. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Linda Wagers:(403) 746-3474 or at lwagers@cesd73.ca

The Writers' Guild

This is a new club for any students who love to write, or students who would like to start writing creatively. Our first meeting will be on Thursday, October 19 in Ms. Wilson's room (Room 203) at lunch. For more information, please contact Kelsey Wilson at kwilson@cesd73.ca.

Thank you for all that you do to support École HJ Cody, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an email.

Kind Regards,


Mike Garrow