Chinook's Edge School Division

April News from the Principal

Good afternoon,

Just as April is a transition month in terms of seasons, it is also a transition in school planning. We are beginning to look at budgets and timetables for next year while at the same time beginning the last quarter of the current school year. Thank you to those grade parents who completed the government accountability survey, and to everyone who completed the surveys for École H.J. Cody school improvement. All of this data is helpful to celebrate successes as well as identifying areas of growth that we need to focus on in setting out plans for next year.

We continue to see improvements in the academic success of all of our students. Our literacy and numeracy teams have collected data that has demonstrated significant improvements in student learning. Through the feedback from our student focus groups and our staff, we have added priority blocks during our personalized learning time to balance the time teachers have guaranteed access to their students while still providing opportunities for students to choosing what class they need the most support in and take an active role in furthering their own learning.  

The 2017 Grad Class Wake A Thon was a huge success!  From the Scavenger Hunt to the Nerf War, to the Obstacle Course and the all night card games, the event was well attended by nearly 100 graduates and everyone had a wonderful time!  A special thank you to the parent volunteers, the teachers with the use of their classrooms and support, the organizing committee and The Priority One Nerf War team comprised of RCMP officers supporting our graduates.  We live in an awesome community!  In addition, the folks at Lockdown Rooms were gracious enough to provide a room and all the proceeds from donations was given to the Grad Class.  What amazing support!  

We want to thank all parents and guardians for all the support of the Spring Sing on April 5, 2017.  It was a wonderful evening as all of Sylvan Lake Chinook's Edge School choirs came together to perform.

The École H.J. Cody Drama Department would like to extend a huge thank you to the students, staff, parents, community members and businesses that made our production such a success. We would like to specifically thank the following local businesses for their generous contributions and support:

Boston Pizza Sylvan Lake sponsored our production by providing a 10% off discount to guests who had their ticket stub from viewing the play. They also donated a delicious supper for the cast party. Thank you to the team at Boston Pizza for ensuring quality meals for our cast and community!

Seabreeze Cleaners and Alterations donated over $500 worth of dry cleaning for the Drama department as many of our costumes in the play required delicate care. Seabreeze has generously donated their time helping the drama department for over five years! A huge thank you to Bryan Nucum and his team at SeaBreeze Cleaners and Alterations!

HJC athletics are continuing to excel and provide opportunities for our students to participate in extracurricular activities.  Boys and girls soccer is just getting started and our badminton season is in full swing. Beginning after the spring break track and field sign-up sheets will be posted and we will begin training shortly after. At the end of March, students from our archery team had a successful competition at Nationals in Edmonton.

April 11 at 6:30pm, Fox Run School is hosting a cyber-safety presentation in the Fine Arts center. The Saffron Center out of Edmonton is coming to speak on parent controls and raising healthy digital citizens. We encourage all of our parents to attend.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.



Mike Garrow