A Message from School Administration

 

Welcome to R.J. Hawkey!

Safe    Caring    Connected

These three words are extremely important at R.J. Hawkey and form the foundation of the work that we do with our students and families.  Building strong, healthy relationships with each other is the foundation of all our work at R.J.  Our staff welcome all students with open arms each morning and set the stage for learning by checking in with their students.  If students require some support when they arrive, we seek out resources to help them prepare for the day.

We are also working diligently to help students feel safe and cared for by helping students develop self-regulation skills so they can be successful in all areas of the school.  Intentional teaching in the areas of being calm and focused learners has been instrumental in this work and continues to be a focus in all classrooms.  Students are learning strategies to monitor their feelings, behaviours, and actions and are taught proactive ways to manage their social and emotional responses.

We also value the connections we have with our families and community.  Although things may look a little different this year and we may not be able to get together for some of the traditional activities we do at RJ, we will continue to reach out and stay connected with all of you through regular communication.  We will continue to keep you updated on student progress through our Parent Portal, and we will organize opportunities for us to sit down (face to face or virtually) to talk and discuss your child's progress and how we can best support their growth.

R.J. is a unique school as we offer 3 different programs within our school walls.  In addition to our regular K – 5 elementary program, we offer the K – 5 Airdrie Christian Program and have a Pre-School Intervention Program.  These  programs seamlessly flow together and create a rich learning environment.  We are extremely proud that we can offer these varied programs to our families.

Literacy has been a strong focus over the years at R.J. and we are pleased to be called a “Reading Place”.  Our partnership with Calgary Reads has developed a strong culture of reading and we are continuing to strengthen our instructional strategies in literacy to build on this success.  Numeracy is also an area that we are embarking on as a school and our staff will be learning and working together to collaboratively implement research informed practices around strong pedagogy.  We have a fabulous team of teachers and support staff who are committed to learning and growing each day!

We are extremely proud of being the Administrators at this wonderful school.

Jason Billings                           Lisa Guy

Principal                                   Assistant Principal

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