Monday, February 25, 2013


Haultain students begin in-line skating tomorrow.  Send your child to school with their helmet! They will be skating February 26th to the 28th and March 4th to the 6th!

Also, tomorrow is the deadline to order your Good Food Box from the Queensland Community Centre.  It is an excellent, inexpensive way to stock your fridge with wholesome produce! Drop by the community centre to place your order, or contact Amber at .

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Helicopter Parents Infiltrate College, the Workplace and Beyond

From an article in Global Calgary:

“If you’re doing your eight-year-old’s homework, you’re going to end up doing your 18-year-old’s work."

"From policing college grades to calling in sick for their adult children at work, helicopter parents are keeping a closer and closer cruising altitude over emerging adulthood – that post-high school period at which previous generations began fending for themselves. "

"...the phenomenon of coddled 20-somethings is 'the downstream result of our fertility decisions and economic issues.'"

"...older Gen X’ers waited to have kids due to delayed career starts and financial instability, and ultimately had fewer children – leaving them more time to obsess over the youths’ personal successes and failures."

"...helicopter parenting may be robbing young people 'of the experiences necessary to develop skills that are essential for success in marriage, careers and adult social interactions.'"

“What you have is a generation who expects their parents to do things for them. And they expect that because their parents have always done things for them.”
“I wonder what would happen if we all stopped pushing our kids to succeed and just let natural selection run its course? Sort of like the housing bubble: let the whole thing burst instead of running around to tutors, after school programs, language lessons, and lining up to register for sports programs.”

Read the full article here.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Alberta's Taxpaying Dollars


 With Alberta's budget being released next month, parents of school aged children may feel anxious about the future of public education.  The Calgary Herald's Licia Corbella wrote an interesting article about government spending on "unearned rewards" to health executives.  Where are our taxpaying dollars being spent?  Could the provincial government spend dollars in a better way to invest in our children's education?    

Monday, February 11, 2013

Doom and Gloom on March 7?

On March 7, Alberta's provincial budget will be released.  The Calgary Herald reported that the budget will see a 0.7 percent increase on program spending and a $300 million operational deficit.  The government has warned of a $6 billion shortfall on energy revenue because of over projected oil prices.

Read about this story in the Calgary Herald here.

According to a story in the Calgary Herald, some Albertans say it's time the public had a serious, engaged debate about what should happen next. They suggest that Albertans both today and tomorrow will pay the price for a lack of fiscal discipline if the government doesn't create a long-term plan.  The article suggests that overly optimistic choices by government about the potential for energy revenues  lent to over spending.  Albertans have wanted to "keep taxes low" but "increase our spending very quickly."  "Spending, it seemed, was what Albertans wanted."

Read more in the Calgary Herald, here.

So, with the potential doom and gloom quickly approaching on March 7, what does this mean for our children's education?  Is it as good as it gets?  Can education get better or will the budget make damaging cuts to the system?

Last week I attended a Calgary Board of Education Trustee Hosted Meeting for Area V, open to representatives of school councils.  The evening, hosted by trustees Pamela King and Pat Cochrane, was centred around an open discussion on two topics: "The Here and Now" and "How Do We Prepare Your Children For Their Future?"  The attendees were asked, as parents, what they held most sacred to them under the education system, what they could conceivably let go of and what ideas parents possibly had on how to optimize funding.  The conversation was held under the knowledge that on March 7, Provincial Budget Day, the Education Minister will be giving school boards "less hopeful" news.  Concepts of teaching children responsibility, creativity, communication, integrity and respect were also discussed at the meeting.  A key component of this discussion was centred around the notion of assessing children.

I personally found the evening to be engaging and an excellent opportunity to discuss education with other school councils in Calgary, as well as with the board of trustees.  Although the topics discussed were difficult, some common threads were agreed upon amongst the majority of those who attended the meeting.  Personalization of learning, core academics, respect, attention to diversity, creativity, resiliency to change and good quality teaching were the bottom line essentials of education to those that attended the meeting.

With that said, let's hope that on March 7 and the months thereafter, Alberta Education and the Calgary Board of Education will continue to deliver the essential education we expect our children have the right to.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Art Walk Tonight

Tonight is Haultain Memorial's first ever Art Walk!  Be sure to come by and have your child show you their masterpiece.  The event is an open house format and will be held between 6:30 and 7:30 pm tonight.  See you there!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Five Ways to Get Young Kids Off the Couch

Statistics Canada says almost a third of Canadian children are either overweight or obese.  An article from Global News suggest five ways to get young kids off the couch and moving:

1. Walk or bike to places you need to get to.
2. Put some upbeat music on and dance!
3. Go outside! Take your children to the park.
4. Create a safe place for kids to play in your own backyard.
5. Have your children play with other children the same age.

Check out the five ideas here at Global News.