Here we are well into the school year. September rolled by very quickly as students began to settle into classes and school staff began to get to know their students and started the process of setting up curricular activities based on this years new group of learners. September carries all kinds of formalities that are must do's in schools such as our first fire drill, individual photos, and special lunch orders. One big responsibility for parents is to be sure that they have updated all of the clild's information on the parent connect site. Also in September we have our annual Terry Fox Run which was a big success and we thank all our grade 7's for their support and enthusiasm with this.
October saw our grade 7's head off to Camp Jubilee on the North Shores of Seymour Mountain. Students spent several days doing team building activities such as canoeing, high ropes, shelter building and rock climbing. After all the rain in September the students got some wonderful weather while away at camp. Also in October our annual Cross Country Challenge was held and as usual was a great success with 500 participants this year, our largest ever. The same week we had our Earthquake drill, another annual must do practice event. Parents please be sure you have all your Emergency release information updated.
Finally, last week was our P/T conferences, we saw a great turnout. Remember, educating your child is a joint effort as is illustrated in the following poem.
I dreamed I stood in a studio
And watched two sculptors there
The clay they used was a young child’s mind
And they fashioned it with care.
One was a teacher - the tools he used
Were books, music and art.
The other, a parent worked with guiding hands,
And a gentle, loving heart.
Day after day, the teacher worked with touch
That was deft and sure,
While the parent, standing by his side
Polished and smoothed it o’er.
And when at last their task was done,
They were proud of what they had wrought,
For the things they had molded into the child,
Could never be sold nor bought.
And both agreed they would have failed
If each had worked alone,
For behind the teacher stood the school
And behind the parent, the home.
……… author unknown
If you were unable to make a conference time with your child's teacher please do connect with them and set up an opportunity for some discussion around your child's progress.
Finally, last week we started our Sunshine Hills Half Marathon event. Over the next few weeks students will be running a half marathon and on November 23rd at 10 am will complete the last mile. Students will recieve a half marathon medal and t-shirt. Sample shirt sizes are at the school office now as are registration forms. Please get those back to the office by November 1st.
Our school organization for the 2013/2014 school year is now complete. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we worked through the organization process during the first week. Enrolment this year puts our school population at 568 students. Our staffing is now complete and students seem to have settled in nicely. Our first assembly held last week was a success and we were all reminded of expectations such as respect, safety and achieving our personal best.
We hope the transition back to school has been a relatively easy one for you. We are glad to see all those happy, smiling faces but know that getting into the new routines can be challenging for all of us, even the principal…
Our Cross Country practices started this morning with a great turnout of students. We will train each Tuesday and Thursday morning at 8:15 and be ready for our Cross Country run on Wednesday, October 16. Finally, our Stars of Reading Program will begin next week with notices to come home in the next few days. Remember that this is an important home activity - take the time to read as a family activity.
Welcome Back to a New School Year - 2013/14
Opening Tuesday, September 3, 2013 @ 9 a.m.
Please refer to our school web site for calendar, supply lists and other information.
All Returning Students:
Please Report To Last Years Classroom - In Session Until 12 noon
All students in Grades 1 to 7 who are New To The School:
Please Report To The Gym
All New Kindergarten Students:
Please Report To The Library - In session Until 9:45
Students do not need to bring all their school supplies on the first day. They should have a pencil box with things to write with and a snack.
As usual, 2013/14 classes will not be set until enrolment is finalized later in the week.