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Update on School Fees for 2017/2018 School Year!

This spring the Provincial Government introduced Bill 1 – An Act to Reduce School Fees. This new bill will have an impact on school and transportation fees across the province.

For the 2017-18 school year, the CBE Instructional Supplies and Materials fees will no longer be charged. Optional courses, educational enhancements, programs of choice, travel, and extra-curricular activities will still have associated fees.

The CBE fee schedule has been sent to Alberta Education for review and approval. We expect to have more information about fees and waivers later in the summer. We are committed to making that information available to our families as soon as it is available. Payment arrangement deadline will be the end of October.

Thank you for your understanding and patience with the different process this year.

Attention Students – taking courses at other educational institutions

It has come to our attention recently that there are a growing number of Pearson students who are taking courses with other educational institutions outside of the CBE. Examples of these institutions are Alberta Distance Learning Commission (ADLC), and Hope Christian School.

If you are one of these students, or know someone who is, please be aware of the following expectations:


  1. If a student is taking a grade 12 (30 level) course with an institution such as those above and they want to write their final exams for those courses as Pearson, those students will need to come to the main office ASAP to inform the office of your intentions so that we can discover how many extra spaces we will need to accommodate the demand.


There is a limit to the number of students that we can have writing exams at Pearson based on the number of actual seats that we have in the examination rooms, and the number of supervisors that we have. We also need to ensure that Alberta Education sends us enough exams to cover the number of students who will be here on exam day to write the exams.


  1. Students taking courses at these institutions also need to know that you are not permitted to use Pearson resources such as textbooks while registered in courses at other institutions. There are barely enough resources and textbooks for students at Pearson, that we can’t justify loaning out textbooks to students not in courses at our school.


  1. There have also been students who have been enrolled in classes at an outside institution as well as at Pearson. As the semester progresses, some students are withdrawing from their course at Pearson and then continuing to sit in the classroom at Pearson with their teachers. Teachers are not permitted to allow you to sit in their classes if you are not on their attendance list. Teachers cannot be made responsible for students not on their attendance list.


Graduation 2017: How can I earn the right to walk the stage?

Dear Grade 12 Patriots and their Families:

Graduation is a monumental occasion for our school community. Along with other high schools in Alberta, students earn the right to walk the stage by striving towards academic success. The following information appears on our website year round but it is timely for a refresher given deadlines are quickly approaching. Grade 12 Students who regularly attend homeroom (Success Connect) will have reviewed these expectations with their teachers as well.

LBP Grad 2017 Frequently Asked Questions

The goal of the Lester B. Pearson Staff is to have 100% of our students cross the stage during our ceremony when students are in Grade 12. In order to do so, students must meet or exceed graduation requirements established by Alberta Education. Our Student Services Team (Mr. Colvin, Ms. Olsen) will help students register in the correct courses. It is a student’s responsibility to successfully meet the course requirements to earn this privilege.

Students who do earn 100 or more credits, in the required courses, are granted the right to cross the stage in May AND have their graduation picture appear in the wall composite proudly displayed in our hallways. Some students do require additional time and may need to take additional courses through CBE Learn or Chinook Learning. ” High School Graduation” is attainable EVEN if students do not cross the stage during our ceremony.

What are the benefits of being on the Grade 12 “Ceremony Grad List”?
* I earn the right to walk the stage in May 2017.
* I will have my picture included in the yearbook and the wall composite.

How do I earn the right to be placed on the “Ceremony Grad List”?
I must prove I am able to earn a High School Diploma: 100 credit minimum including Grade 12 English, Grade 12 SS, Grade 11 Science, Grade 11 Math, CALM, PE 10, 10 option credits, four courses at the Grade 12 level. Students must show evidence they will PASS (+50%) these courses by Friday April 21st, 2017.
Or the Certificate of High School Achievement: 80 credit minimum open to students registered in K and E courses. Students must show evidence they will pass (+50%) in these courses by Friday April 21st, 2017.

What happens if I fail a diploma course in the first semester?
I can:
a. register in an online course and show proof I have completed at least 50% of the course and that I am passing by Friday April 21st (see Guidance Counselor for support); or
b. apply to rewrite the diploma exam through the Main Office (paperwork is available at the front desk). It is my responsibility to apply for a rewrite.

When must I prove to Student Services that I have completed at least half of my courses and that I am passing all of them?
Friday April 21st, 2017
Students registered in courses at Lester B. Pearson will have completed over half of the course; Counselors have computer access to LBP course marks. Students in on-line or alternate courses must make an appointment to submit proof they have completed 50% or more of the course; they must also show proof they are passing the class.

When will the final “Ceremony Grad List” be posted?
Friday April 28th, 2017

Can a student be removed from the “Ceremony Grad List”?
Yes. If a Grade 12 student shows a sharp decline in attendance and/or grades with marks falling below 50%, they will not be allowed to walk the stage in May. Administration will contact the student and their families.

Can a student be added to the final “Ceremony Grad List” after Friday April 28th?
No. This deadline is required so we can order grad gowns and print the Grad program. All High Schools have a deadline before the actual ceremony to accommodate logistic issues.

Questions? Please see…
Primary conversations –> Grade 12 teachers.

Students at risk of not being on the Grad List:
A – K: Mr. Colvin, Mr. Papp
K – Z: Ms. Olsen, Mr. Tuff

Can I graduate from High School even if I do not walk the stage in May?

Of course! Some students require additional time to meet graduation requirements.

Can I make an appointment with Mr. Thalheimer, my Principal, to request an “exception” or “appeal” my omission from the list?
No. Mr. Thalheimer fully supports the parameters established by Alberta Education. He does want every Grade 12 student to walk the stage in May. At the same time, Mr. Thalheimer recognizes this is a privilege students must earn by meeting or exceeding graduation requirements. The LBP Staff conscientiously works with students for three years to help our learners earn this recognition.

It is a student’s responsibility to check the “Ceremony Grad Lists”. They will be published several times during the year. See them posted outside of Student Services.

Thank-You to CTV News and Lisa Bowes, Sports Anchor/Reporter

Dear Patriots:

Lisa Bowes, CTV Sports Anchor and Reporter, has sent along a better version of our Sr. Boys winning the championship this past Saturday.

Please use this link, click on CTV news at 11:30 at the left of the page, and fast forward to the 19 minute mark after curling. This story was aired at 11:30 pm on Saturday March 11th:

or use this link: LBP Sr. Boys Win City Finals (fast forward 19 minutes in)

We extend our appreciation to CTV news and Lisa!

Congrats to our Pearson Patriot Athletes!

Happy Sunday:

It was an amazing weekend for PATRIOT sports!!!
Provincial Wrestlers: It is incredible to imagine we have so many athletes that excelled at the Provincial level. Please congratulate the following athletes, along with Mr. Sayer, the Head Coach:
Gold: Mohammad Qatanani, Celeste Diaz Acosta
Silver: Simran Dhaliwal
Fourth: Gloria Ng
Fifth: Mohamed Abassi
Sixth: Teghvir Sidhu and June Paw Eh

Photos of wrestlers to follow.

Division I Boys Basketball Finals: held at the Jack Simpson Gymnasium (U of C) on Saturday night. Bishop McNally were ahead most of the way leading by 10 points after the 3rd quarter. Our boys worked hard to close the gap with the following scores taking place:
3:59 remaining: 64-65 for McNally
2:34 remaining: tied 67-67
2:15 remaining: still tied 67-67
1:34 remaining: 72-67 for Pearson
1:17 remaining: 72-69 for Pearson
58.3 remaining: 74-69 for Pearson
31.8 remaining: still 74-70 for Pearson
28.7 remaining: 75-70 for Pearson
22.8 remaining: 75-73 for Pearson
The news article below shares that Bill Mitchell, at 37 years young, led the team as the Head Coach along with Morgan Fraser, DJ Whetton and Dean Haider.
Our excited players include:
1: Simar Bajwa
2: Joshua Valencia
3: Usman Fyisso
6: Imani Cross
8: Maninder Khosa
9: Ferdous Ahmadi
12: Jaskaran Atwal
13: Mobin Ali
20: Navdeep Bajwa
21: Iba (Ibrahima) Doumbouya
22: Zubeir Hussein
25: Jason Logoro
27: John Bosse
The team will be heading to provincials in Lethbridge this weekend.
This evening Ms. Hornby taped a news item on CTV news and uploaded it to You Tube; if a “better” version of this summary is available, please let her know (
So very proud to be a Patriot!!!