Not long after Mr. McKeown was appointed principal of Callingwood, he asked all staff to write to him about those things they cherished about Callingwood. When he turned these reflections into a Wordle, it was little surprise that the two of the words that turned up most frequently were “kids” and “love”. Basically, our goal here is simple. We want your kids to love coming to Callingwood. If we can achieve that goal, with the help of everyone in our Callingwood community, there is really nothing that we can’t accomplish. We have just recently upgraded our website to make it a more vital part of our public communication plan. Please take the time to explore the site and feel free to contact us anytime should you have any questions or comments.
Well, my friends, June is upon us and I don’t know that I could ever imagine a year that seemed so simultaneously extremely long and over in the blink of an eye. But, here we are in June with another great year behind us and another opportunity for our kids to relax and recharge ahead of us. I want to thank you for all the support and guidance you bring to your kids and our entire school community.
We have some big things on the horizon from a structural standpoint. Our front entrance is nearing completion with just our soft seating area and our Callingwood logo left to be installed. We will also about midway through work on a multi-use sensory room that should be ready for the beginning of next year. We’ll have four new portables coming our way early next year,as well, and I just learned that we’ll be getting a new gym floor. Thank you for your continued (and future!) patience as we engage in this work that will help make Callingwood an even more vibrant learning space for your students.
As you likely know, this has been a busy year not only for Callingwood, but for all of Edmonton Public as we get set to open up eleven new schools. Staffing this many schools has created an influx of postings throughout the district and we have seen a lot of staff moving locations and Callingwood is not immune to some change, including some of our long-serving staff. Here is an overview of the teachers and support staff who have accepted new positions:
Congratulations to Mrs. Orosz as she has accepted a kindergarten position at Brander Gardens school..
Congratulations to Mrs. Fedor who has accepted a full-time counseling position at Mary Butterworth Junior High School.
Congratulations to Ms. Chapman who has accepted a library technician position at Svend Hanson School.
Congratulations to Mrs. Brown who has accepted a kindergarten and literacy position at Donald R. Getty School.
Callingwood will also be getting two new administrators as Mr. Close has accepted an Assistant Principal position at Svend Hanson and I was just named as the new principal at S. Bruce Smith Junior High School. I’m sure I speak for all of those who are moving on to other challenges that we do so with a distinct sense of loss, as Callingwood is a truly special school community that has given to each of us every bit as much as we have given to it.
Your new principal for 2017-2018 will be Mr. Allan Henkelman, who comes to us from Ottwell Junior High School and your new assistant principal will be Mrs. Kristie Cheng who comes to us from Stratford school. We will get Mr. Henkelman and Mrs. Cheng over in the near future to start the transition process.
It has been an honor to serve as your principal and I’ll carry the lessons I learned here at Callingwood forward throughout my career.