National Music Centre

Field trip – Nov 10, 2017 – National Music Center

  • Gr. 2-5
  • Date: Friday, Nov. 10th
  • Time: 12:45-3:45pm
  • Address: 850-4 Street SE

National Music Centre – Card quest (Gr. 2-5)

With their trusty iPad map in hand, students are lured through the stages of Studio Bell- solving riddles, learning new skills, observing musical demonstrations, and testing their abilities. Each task they complete wins them a customized card, with pictures and descriptions. At the end of the day, take your card collection back to class and keep them as learning tools and as part of an interactive game.

Pre-registration is required. Program cost: $14.00/student – $5.00/adult

Register at:

Closed for Break – Oct 23-27

Phoenix will be closed next week from Oct 23-27 for Fall break!

See you all back online Oct 30 or onsite Oct 31!

Enjoy the last days of Fall!



Developmental Asset #6: Parental Involvement in Schooling

If you are a Phoenix family, this is part of your way of life. One of our core philosophies at Phoenix is that parents are the primary educators of their children. From Grade 7 on, students need to be given more opportunities to work independently, but that does not mean they can learn effectively without adult supervision. As the primary educators of your teens, you are the ones to hold them accountable, to make sure they are making progress, and to advocate for them when problems arise. Here are a few ways you can remain positively involved in the education of your adolescent.


  1. Instead of asking your teen whether they have finished their work, have them show you. You should be reviewing their work after every study session to make sure that the work is getting done and that progress is being made. If they are not making progress in a certain area, contact their Learning Coach. It is crucial to hold your teen accountable.


  1. Keep communication open with your child’s Learning Coach about deadlines and expectations. If you have a question or concern about your child’s learning, take initiative and get in touch with their Learning Coach to make a plan. Don’t just wait to hear from them.


  1. Find ways to spend time on site at Phoenix and be present for your child’s learning here. Consider volunteering with us or joining one of our clubs.


Search Institute has identified 40 building blocks of healthy development, known as Developmental Assets, that help adolescents to grow up healthy, caring, and responsible. Visit us here every Wednesday to read about different ways that you, your family, and your community can take action to help equip our young people develop resilience and achieve success in life.

Feast – Mad Scientists

Be sure to register for your spot at the Mad Scientist feast on Friday Oct 20 at NOON! Space is limited!

What are feasts important?

It is a chance for us to share what we’ve learned over the last 5 weeks of classes, it gives parents and grandparents a chance to be a part of the learning community and it brings closure to the theme.

It is also a chance to dress up, try some new food and socialize with your friends!

How do they work?

We have five (5) feasts a year. Feasts are our way of celebrating your child’s learning! Your kids get to share with you what they learned in the Creation Studio and make one last memory in it before the theme gets torn down and a new one is built. The fee ($10 pp) includes various theme-related crafts, a delicious meal, activities and prizes.  Come as a family and we will only charge you $40.00 for up to 6 people. (Mom, Dad and their kids!)


  • 12:00 PM – theme related crafts
  • 12:20 PM- program and gift basket draw
  • 12:25 PM – yummy lunch
  • 1:00 PM – activities and games related to theme
  • 1:30 PM – Clean up and head out!


 Feast Food

Feast Menus (subject to change): Please note: Specific dietary needs cannot be accommodated.  Mad Scientists – Oct 20 – Beaker Floats, DNA Pasta, Radioactive Pizza and Petri dish dessert

Changes to Home Ed for 2017

Today from Alberta Education:

“In October 2016, Alberta Education released the Standards for Home Education Reimbursement. This document was intended to assist school authorities in determining which parental expenses are eligible—and ineligible—for reimbursement on behalf of students in home education programs. When the Standards for Home Education Reimbursement was released, I committed that the department would continue to work with supervising school authorities and other stakeholders on this important issue.


Alberta Education has heard from several school authorities, stakeholders and parents over the past school year regarding home education reimbursements. This feedback has been valuable and has contributed to an updated version of the Standards for Home Education Reimbursement, effective September 1, 2017. The current version of the Standards for Home Education Reimbursement remains in place until August 31, 2017; therefore, all 2016/17 school year reimbursements must follow the original version of the Standards for Home Education Reimbursement.”


The updated version of the Standards for Home Education Reimbursement, along with a Summary of Significant Changes, is available on the Alberta Education website at

6 reasons to homeschool

Homeschooling is a term that applies to a wide variety of options. Here in Alberta it can mean anything from a home education program which a parent designs and implements to an online program that the school delivers or a Blend Ed program that is part online,  part at school, part in print and part in the community.

The reasons people homeschool are as diverse as the homeschooling options but here are six reasons people choose to homeschool.

  1. Advanced  extracurricular activities –  some students are engaged in hockey, dance and other semi professional activities that consume a huge amount of time. Homeschooling allows them to focus on their activities and still complete school.
  2. Family time –  Many people want to spend extra time with their children. Childhood seems to rush by so quickly!
  3. Strong values –  Homeschooling is an excellent way to instill strong morals and values. It is a way of life and children see those values being used each and every day.
  4. Academics – For many homeschoolers the current curriculum is not rigorous enough and as such they want a more academic program for their student.
  5. Special needs –  We see more and more families with students who have special needs choosing to homeschool.
  6. Freedom – Many families love the freedom of homeschooling. They are able to take vacations off-season, attend events and activities on their own time and be more in tune with their children’s physical needs.

6 great reasons to consider home-schooling your children next year! Please feel free to check out our Blend Ed program. You can also call and arrange a private tour of the school anytime we’re open over the summer months. Please see our school calendar for details of when we are open.

Our Blend Ed program might be just what you need to get started! It offers all kinds of support and guidance and includes all of the books, lessons and activities both onsite and out in the community (learning pathway) that your student will need to cover the entire Alberta Programs of Study.

Peru is Open!!

Come visit beautiful Peru! Your ChopShop Monkeys have done a splendid job of creating Machu Picchu, rain forest, market, Nazca Lines and the coast!

See you there!