Now that Spring has finally arrived, we will be shutting down the cafeteria at 12:10, asking and encouraging all of our students, from grades 5-9, to play outside. For some, it will be difficult to disconnect from their technology, but we are hopeful that a little vitamin D (with sunscreen and a hat), will do us all a little good ;)
What's happening on Earth Day in Calgary from Calgary Fun Magazine:
Green Calgary is once again selling its rain barrels and composters throughout the city. Over the years, they’ve sold thousands–which means that Calgarians have collected millions of litres of rainwater to use in their gardens and literally tonnes of organic waste has been broken down into healthy food for plants! From April until June, Green Calgary will be selling their rain barrels and composters at locations across the city. To find out where and when they will be, please see the Green Calgary page. As these often sell out quickly, you can also make a purchase through their website. All proceeds from the sales go back into local environmental initiatives.
The Calgary Zoo wants Calgarians to recycle their electronics rather than placing it in the garbage where it goes into a landfill. By encouraging people to safely recycle their electronics, the Calgary Zoo wishes to highlight the Earth Day theme that doing something small to help the environment can have a big impact. From April 20 – 22, 2018, people can bring in desktop computers, laptops, printers, televisions, and cell phones to the Zoo’s north parking lot from 9 am – 4 pm to the drop-off location in the Lion Lot. A 30 minute grace period for parking will be in effect so people can drop off their items. The Zoo will receive a small fee for the e-waste items which will be re-invested into its conservation and sustainability programs.
West Coast Kids is offering a place to recycle those old car seats and keep them out of the landfills. See here for more information.
If you want to diaper your baby using environmentally friendly cloth diapers but don’t know how to begin, then come out to the Great Cloth Diaper Exchange! The Calgary event is part of a global network of such events that are held every year as part of Earth Day. This year’s local change will take place at Mount Pleasant Community Hall, located at 602 22nd Avenue NW, Calgary, AB. There will be information stalls and experts will be on hand to answer all your questions. At 11:45 there will be a FREE workshop, “Cloth Diaper 101” and no registration is necessary. For more information, see our post.
One of my many keen parents noticed a possible conflict on May 1st. Students in grade 5 and students in grade 9 are scheduled for vaccinations that morning. Unfortunately, we also have a Badminton game on May 1st. In talking with our school nurse, students in grade 9 who are also in Badminton can choose to vaccinate in their opposite arm or they can reschedule for an alternative time in May, yet to be determined...
Calgary Transit Engagement
The City of Calgary is building new and improved Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes that will shape the way the broader transit network operates. As part of this project, Calgary Transit is reviewing dozens of existing bus routes to develop a more effective and efficient bus network in Calgary. This engagement will help Calgary Transit plan efficient bus routes that link to the new BRT routes. They would like to better understand community transit needs in the service areas so routes are efficient and get transit riders where they need to go. Learn more and provide your input to Calgary Transit at:https://engage.calgary.ca/busreview.
A huge congratulations to our RTA Science Fair representatives, who, in addition to their amazing work, took home some pretty shiny hardware!
Badminton Tryouts (Grades 7-9 only)
April 4: Badminton Tryouts: Gr. 7: 11:50AM – 12:30PM; Gr.8 3:30PM – 5:00PM
April 5: Badminton Tryouts: Gr. 9: 3:30PM – 5:00PM
April 9: Badminton Tryouts: Gr. 7: 3:30PM– 5:00PM
April 10: Badminton Tryouts: Gr. 8 & 9: 3:30PM– 5:00PM
April 11: Badminton Tryouts: Gr. 7 & 8: 3:30PM– 5:00PM
April 12: Badminton Tryouts: Gr. 8 & 9: 3:30PM– 5:00PM
Calgary Public Teachers is holding a symposium on Friday, April 13, 2018 entitled “The Global Math Wars: Calgary in the Crossfire?” The event offers a look into the math crisis myth and examines the impact of global standardized testing on teaching and learning in Calgary. Speakers at the event include Dr. Ronna Mosher (CBE), Dr. David Rutkowski (University of Oslo), and Dr. Lynn McGarvey (Vice-Dean, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta). Free tickets are available at http://MathWars.eventbrite.ca
As per the messenger that was sent out on Sunday, this is a very unique week at RTA:
Wed. - Early Dismissal - 12:30 PM
Wed. - Last day of class before Spring Break
Wed. - Parent Teacher Conferences - 2:00-8:00 PM
Thurs. - RTA Non-Instructional (no school at RTA)
Thurs. - Parent Teacher Conferences - 2:00-8:00 PM
Fri. - System Non-Instruction (no school)
Tuesday, April 3rd is the first day back after Spring Break.