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Principal Kohan

Welcome Back!

Welcome Back Everyone!

Well it is definitely hard to believe that the 2016-2017 is just around the corner! I hope you are all enjoying your time with family and feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. I am so excited to be leading the learning at Haysboro School once again. The start of a new year brings excitement and anticipation with new friends waiting to be made, old friendships reconnecting, teachers to meet, learning to experience and curiosity to be nurtured. We have many exciting learning opportunities in store this year for students. We look forward to making thinking visible through personalizing learning, authentic experiences, cultivating curiosity, engaging in complex thinking, exploring questions and continually challenging our students to be innovators of thinking and action.

We look forward to meeting you all on September 6th. Watch for our Welcome Back email for details.

Our office will be open for registrations starting August 29, 2016 at 8:30 am. Please contact us with any questions and look for weekly blog post updates on the “Principal Kohan” blog button on the Haysboro School homepage.

Follow me on Twitter: @PrincipalKohan 

Tracy Kohan, Principal

Note: We have a change in School Hours for the 2016-2017 School Year

Our School Hours are as follows:

Grades 1-6 8:45-3:30 Lunch 12:00-12:55

Early dismissal Fridays 8:45 - 12:52

Kindergarten 8:45-11:27





November 17 School Updates: Conferences, Principal Meeting Times, Spolumbo's Pick Up, Bully Awareness Week, Parenting Workshops
Conferences, Principal Meeting Times, Spolumbo's Pick Up, Bully Awareness Week, Parenting Workshops
Conference Reminder:
Reminder that Teacher Led Conferences are held this week.
Thursday, November 19th from 4:00pm-8:00pm
Friday, November 20th from 8:00am-1:00pm
**Please note we have early dismissal at 12:00pm on Thursday, November 19th. There is no school for students this afternoon.
Opportunity to meet with the Principal during Conferences:
Mrs. Kohan will be available in the Learning Commons Thursday, November 19 from 4:00-4:45pm.
Please join Mrs. Kohan for Coffee and Conversations in the Learning Commons beginning at 9:30 am on Friday, November 20th.
Spolumbo Sausage Pick Up:
Orders can be picked up on Thursday, November 19th from 11:00am - 5:00pm in the school Gym. 
Bully Awareness Week November 15-21:
Here are some resources to access to talk to your children in support of Bully Awareness Week:
Parenting Workshop:
Please see the flyer below (hard copy on our parent bulletin board) for information on upcoming parenting workshop:


Did You Know …..

CBE has a partnership with Hull Services and is offering a FREE early intervention parent education program and children’s social skills group!

8 week programs held in CBE schools across the city and

any family is welcome to attend.


The Community Parent Education Program (CPEP)


  • Provided by Hull Services , the leading social service agency in Alberta
  • Free to any interested parent , adult and/or caregiver and their children ages 5 to 12 years old
  • No referral or social service involvement needed
  • Runs once a week for 8 weeks from 630 to 830 pm
  • Provides a free social skills and problem solving group for 5 to 12 year olds at the same time
  • Research based program with evidence based outcomes


What do parents and children learn?

Relationship Building and Positive Behaviour

Reducing Conflict and Managing Transitions Successfully

Special Incentives and Collaborative Planning

Consequences for Serious Problems

Problem Solving Strategies


Please find the next program schedule attached, feel free to photocopy and/or email and distribute to any family or interested party. We welcome any school inquiries or questions you may have as well.

For inquiries, questions or to have schedules delivered to your school to distribute call CPEP at: 403-542-0870




Effective Parenting Course

The Community Parent Education Program (CPEP)



Location: Banting and Best Elementary

1819 66th Ave SE, Calgary, AB


Registration from Monday, October 5th, 2015 – Thursday, January 14th, 2016


All class participants must register for the course prior to attending.

Free children’s group for 5 to 12-year-olds included!


Class size is limited so register now for this FREE parenting course.




Parent Group:

Child Group:


January 7th, 2016

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Course information night. Meet the leaders and find out about the program

Meet the leaders and

play games


January 14th, 2016

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Relationship Building

How to listen


January 21st, 2016

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Planned Ignoring

How to do what is asked


January 28th, 2016

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Transitional Warnings and

When-Then Strategies

How to share your feelings


February 4th, 2016

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Planning Ahead

How to problem solve


February 10th, 2016

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Motivation Systems

How to calm down


February 18th, 2016

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Effective Consequences

What to do when things don’t go your way & Time-out


February 25th, 2015

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Problem Solving &


How to be a good friend & Graduation

November 17, 2015

Bully Awareness Week November 15-21:

“Start by doing what is necessary, then do what’s possible, suddenly you are doing the impossible.” (Francis of Assisi)

With Bully Awareness Week on our minds this week, Haysboro students in grades 3-6 had an opportunity to hear from a Guest Speaker who talked to us about his experiences growing up, being different than his peers and how this affected him. His overall message is one of hope and support. He spoke to students about the power of positive influence they had with each other and to remember that they all have the ability to make the world (theirs, their peers and the world as a whole) a better place. Our presenter asked Haysboro students to stand up and support one another, say no to being bullied and know that each and every one of them is special and that our difference make us unique. He asked students to be thoughtful of their comments and to look out for one another. Part of today’s message also relayed how we can be strong and stay strong … how we treat each other every day matters. We have amazing students a Haysboro School. We do have the power to make a difference and we will be celebrating the amazing things we do to for each other as the week continues on. We know that together we can make the impossible – possible.

Here are some resources to access to talk to your children in support of Bully Awareness Week:

November 9, 2015

Lest we forget ...

Please join us for our Remembrance Day Assembly Tuesday, November 10th at 10:30 am. Students have been working on ways we remember and will be sharing stories of war, peace, love and remembrance. Please note we will be taking donations for the Poppy Fund tomorrow.

Why Wear a Poppy? The symbol of the Poppy is one that evokes a multitude of memories in all of us young and old. As poppies littered the battle fields of war they became a symbol of the fighting our soldier endured and the hope for peace they all held onto. As they held this hope close to their hearts, we too hold this hope close to our hearts as we proudly wear this powerful symbol to show those who have fought, those who are fighting and those who are peace keeping that we continue carry the torch high and value the freedoms so many have risked everything for.

"And now the Torch and Poppy Red, we wear in honor of our dead…" -  Moina Michael

Thank you for your support on this very important day!

Haysboro School Featured

Check out our feature on CBE 182

Students Share ...

Intellectual Engagement – what does this really mean? Living in the discipline as Mathematicians, Scientist, Writers, Editors, Social Scientists, Anthropologists, Reporters… As a staff we are building our definition of this term through the experiences we have with our students daily. Here are some sound bytes of what Intellectual Engagement looked like at Haysboro School this week:

 Social Historians

“Mrs. Kohan, we had our Student vote – it was amazing I felt like a real voter! I can’t tell you who I voted for – you will have to wait till Monday!” “Who are you voting for? Do you know why? I can tell you about the party platforms.” “I’ve been talking with my Mom and Dad about this – I can’t wait to see what happens on Monday!”


“Do you know how many legs a spider has?” “Did you see how we found the pollen from the Sunflower? It blew away but we know where to find more!” “Look almost all of the flower buds are open! We have been watching them and talking about what will happen.”


“When we tallied up all of the different vegetables and we wondered how we could make some bigger carrots next year – did you know that there was one part of the garden that had too much water because one of the pipes broke? We think because it was too wet there and then the carrots didn’t grow as well as in the other part [of the garden bed]”


“ I like to draw because I can make it my own version of what I see – art makes me feel happy inside.” “We worked outside today – do you know how many changes are happening? The leaves, the grass, the trees … I wonder how many changes we will see when it snows?”

The more we engage our students as if they were ‘living’ in the disciplines/curricular areas the more authentic their learning will become. We have begun to dig deep into fostering student questions, wonder and curiosity. The excitement of our students is bubbling throughout our building!

Hope to see you all at School Council on Monday, October 19 at 7:00pm.




What are you thankful for?

This week at our Senior Leadership Meeting our Chief Superintendent, David Stevenson, asked us the question, “What are you thankful for? Timely with Thanksgiving weekend So I thought I would share a little "thankfulness" from around the school. This past week I participated in the Run For The Cure for the 10th year in a row. I am thankful that I was able to be a part of such an amazing cause, and extremely thankful that my two boys age 14 and 11 participated alongside me (pink tutus, pink wigs and all!). I am thankful that I have such an amazing family. I am also so thankful that I have the opportunity to be a part of the amazing community of Haysboro School. As a leader, I am thankful that I have the chance to learn and grow alongside an amazing staff and that I have been welcomed into such a supportive community. I am thankful for the opportunity to work with teachers and students and to see “light-bulb” moments on a regular basis as students build their understandings through real world experiences. This past week we were able to get our hands dirty (literally!) as we harvested the garden and we worked alongside an expert from the Calgary Zoo to learn about garden maintenance, help weed, and put our garden “to rest” for the winter. I am thankful for such thoughtful and big-hearted students who chose to plant root vegetables in the Dream Catcher garden for the purpose of donating fresh produce to the Calgary Food Bank. I wish we could have bottled the excitement from all of our Haysboro students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 as they took care and attention to remove their crops, count and sort all of the delicious looking produce. When Tony, the driver from the Calgary Food Bank, arrived he was amazed at the generosity and forward thinking of our students. We donated 53 Kg (117 lbs.) of fresh produce!

 Here is a snapshot of what Haysboro students are Thankful for:

“I am thankful for Gym everyday!” C Gr. 6

“I am thankful for all the tools that we get that other schools don’t have (like lots of new books, fun Teachers, fun Principal).” A Gr. 6

“I am thankful for Family.” J Gr. 4

“I am thankful for healthy food and water.” J Gr.4

“I am thankful for reading!” M Gr. 4

“I am thankful for my dog.” Gr. 2

“I am thankful for that I go to Haysboro because it is a really nice school – all the people and my friends.” M Gr. 1

“I am thankful for the art we do.” S Gr.3

“I am thankful for the time to draw.” A Gr. 3

“I am thankful that we just get to learn – so we are more intelligent and we can succeed in life.” J Gr. 5

 Thanks-GIVING is also a time to reflect on the opportunities we have but also to look forward to the opportunities that we might chose to take part in. So, I leave you this long weekend with a question to pass around the dinner table, the hockey rink, the football field, or wherever else you may end up …  What are YOU thankful for?

For harvest photos please check @PrincipalKohan on twitter (you do not need to have an account – just google twitter and search for me!)



What Did You Do At School Today?

“What Did You Do At School Today?”

This is the question we ask as parents that often give the answer, “not much”. If you are like me, you may follow up with the question, “What was your favourite part of the day?” This question is most frequently answered with, “Recess”.  During Parent-Led Conferences many of you wondered how you might be able to get more information about what is happening day to day in your child’s classroom. One way we will be supporting this from the school is through our classroom blogs. Another way is to know what questions to ask to be able to get beyond the standard response. One of the ways that research says we can ‘dig deeper’ is to follow up our initial question with “What makes you say that?” in place of using “Why”. When we frame the question in this way we uncover children’s thinking process and they describe what they see or know from the context of their work. It not only allows them an opportunity to invite their story but also their interpretation and encourages students to connect their learning. Another important aspect when we ask our children such questions is to provide enough wait time before they answer. A minimum of 3- 5 seconds is recommended of think time to trigger their internal processors. (My own children often say I ‘rapid fire’ my questions so this is definitely something I try to be mindful of). Other questions you can ask are:

  • What was the best thing that happened at school today? (What was the worst thing that happened at school today?)
  • If you could choose, who would you like to sit by in class? (Who would you NOT want to sit by in class? What makes you say that?)
  • If I called your teacher tonight, what would she tell me about you?
  • How did you help somebody today? How did somebody help you today?
  • Tell me one thing that you learned today.
  • When were you the happiest today?
  • What word did your teacher say most today?
  • What do you think you should do/learn more of at school?
  • What do you think you should do/learn less of at school?
  • Tell me something that made you laugh today.
  • Who is the funniest person in your class? Why is he/she so funny?
  •  If you got to be the teacher tomorrow, what would you do?
  • Tell me about three different times you used your pencil today at school.

Check out the full list as written in the article found at the link below:

It is ALL about the questions. Thank you for helping us build curiosity, creativity and innovation with your children.

Tracy Kohan, Principal

Look for weekly blog post updates from grade teams weekly on our “Blog” button or this week via email

or visual snapshots of learning please follow me on Twitter: @PrincipalKohan