November News

Meet your new GPA!

Thank-you to everyone who came out to our Annual General Meeting (AGM) in September, where we elected our new executive. The following people will serve in their positions for two years:

  • President: Sandy Dewald
  • Vice President: Leanne Stewart
  • Treasurer: Michelle Johnson
  • Secretaries: Sue McLarty & Brandi Dyck

We would like to extend a huge thank-you to our past President, Marilyn Oshry, for her service to the GATE Parent Association (GPA) over the last six – yes SIX – years! Marilyn continues to assist the new executive, and will continue to serve on our committees.

We also welcomed new volunteers to our Board, who will each serve a one-year term:

  • Casino Chair: Sofia Cao
  • General Fundraising Chair: Sherry Mah
  • Parent Education Chair: Priya Kharat

The position of Web Communications Chair is still vacant. If you have an interest in helping us to develop and maintain our website and social media presence, please contact us.

News and Events

Along with our AGM in September, we also had a parent and child information session on the topic of Social Dynamics. Thank-you to all who attended for your enthusiasm and participation!

Our new VP and Parent Education Chair are hard at work planning future education sessions. If you have ideas about topics you’d like to see covered, please let us know.

If you’re new to GATE and looking to connect with other GATE families, be sure to attend our events!


Curious about the GATE program or know someone who is? Attend an information night:

(Louis Riel and Henry Wise Wood)
Wednesday, November 1st – 6:30 pm
Henry Wise Wood High School
910 75th Ave SW, Calgary

(Hillhurst and Queen Elizabeth)
Thursday, November 2nd – 6:00 pm
Queen Elizabeth High School
512 – 18 Street NW, Calgary


Henry Wise Wood Senior High School

IB Information Night – November 2nd

  • 7:00 pm – main gym

Open House – December 7th

  • Grade 9 Tours – 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Open House – 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • GATE INFO – 7:15 pm – 7:45 pm in the library
  • IB INFO – 7:45 pm – 8:15 pm in the courtyard

Queen Elizabeth High School

High School Info


The CBE has hired a new gifted specialist. We extend our warmest welcome to Cathy Wiederick. Cathy has extensive experience in GATE schools, and we’re excited to have the opportunity to work with her. If you have questions about GATE, you can find answers as well as Cathy’s contact information here.


The GPA and Louis Riel School Council Purdys fundraiser was such a great success last Christmas, we’re doing it again! If your child attends Louis Riel School, stay tuned to your email for important ordering information and deadlines. Brochures will also be sent home in backpacks. If you’d like to volunteer to help with the fundraiser, please email us.

If you attend a GATE school other than Louis Riel, and your school is interested in doing a Purdys fundraiser with the GPA, please email us. We’d be happy to work with the school councils of our other GATE schools on a Purdys Christmas or Easter campaign.


Our GPA “Mentor Database”, created by GATE parent Toni, exists to provide powerful learning experiences and opportunities to bring working professionals into the classroom. If you have knowledge that you feel would benefit the classroom, please contact us to be added to our mentor database.

ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES is offering the following sessions which may be of interest to our members:

Nov 7 – Understanding ADHD and Strategies that Work
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Alberta Children’s Hospital – Theatre

Nov 8 – Boys and Girls Learn Differently: How Gender Differences Influence Learning and Behaviour
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Alberta Children’s Hospital – Theatre

Nov 9 – Not falling through the cracks – How Psychoeducational Assessments can help Foster Success!
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
South Health Campus Auditorium

Nov 15 – Eating Disorders, Body Image, & Youth
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Simon Fraser School

Nov 21 – Healthy Relationships: How parents can help their children create positive and healthy relationships
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Mitford School

Nov 21 – Understanding Childhood Stress and Anxiety
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
East Lake School

For details and full calendar, visit

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