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 Hello January 2016

Welcome back to Sunshine Hills for Term 2.  Hoping that everyone had a wonderful holiday with family and friends and that 2016 is an amazing year for you.
Here are just a few reminders for the next few weeks:
    ✓    French Immersion Kindergarten Applications are now available at the office or can be downloaded from this site. Due date is Jan 29th at 4 pm. Download Application here
    ✓    French Immersion Kindergarten Parent info night is January 19th @ 6:30 pm @ Richardson Elementary
    ✓    French Immersion Grade 7 Info night January 14th @ 7 pm @ Burnsview (Library)
    ✓    English Grade 7 Info night @ Burnsview January 19th @ 6:45 pm Cafeteria
    ✓    Student Led Conferences January 28th - 2 pm dismissal


November News:

As we roll into November I am aware of how fast another school year is slipping by. October was a full and busy month here at SH beginning with the musical rock  band ‘Speed Control’ .  Speed Control Spent the day with us beginning with a performance that showcased the history of Canadian rock and roll and the artists behind some of the best Canadian songs since 1950. I could tell by the energy in our school gym that the students were pretty engaged. During the rest of the day the band went around to classes to ask students  about Sunshine Hills. After hearing all that classes had to say about the school the band worked with some of our older students to develop a song for our school. It was a very cool day which ended with an afternoon performance featuring the new Sunshine Hills song.
Here is the link to listen to our new Sunshine Hills Song:   OOOPS ...Coming Soon :)
We hope you enjoy it as much as the students and staff enjoyed making it along with the help of the Speed Control Band.
Early in the month our grade 7’s went to Camp Jubilee for an Outdoor Education experience. Other then the occasional downpour the students came home with smiling faces having had a great experience. Another big event that took place was our annual Cross Country Challenge. This year we had over 600 students from across the district join us which is our largest turnout in the 14 years of hosting the run. Congratulations to all our students who came out to practices and ran the event.  Special thanks to all our parent volunteers and we were especially pleased that event the weather cooperated.

The event was followed by our Parent / Teacher Conferences and we were appreciative of the great turn out. We value that parents understand the importance of the working relationship that happens between school and home in the positive development of children which is exemplified in the following poem:

Guiding Hand 
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 moulded 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


School Goals at Sunshine Hills
Over the past several years we at Sunshine Hills have been working on two very specific goals as part of our School Growth Plan. Here are our Ministry Goals:
Goal #1: To improve literacy skills of all students with an emphasis on early intervention.
1.    To reduce the total number of At-Risk students in Reading and Writing
2.    To have 95% of students meeting or exceeding expectations or receiving C or better in reading and writing on their June report card.  
Goal #2: To improve student achievement in the area of Social Responsibility.
To have 95% of students meeting expectations as measured by the Social Responsibility Performance Standards in the following areas: 
¬    Contributing to the classroom, school and global community
¬    Solving problems in peaceful ways
There are many more initiatives that have been happening at Sunshine Hills over the past years. More to come on these but they include:
Mind - Up -  lessons that offer easy strategies for helping students focus their attention, improve their self-regulation skills, build resilience to stress, and develop a positive mind-set in both school and life. (School Wide)

Daily 5 -   Daily 5 is a structure teachers and students will use in literacy instruction . Children will be busy completing meaningful literacy tasks. The choices will be:
    Read to self, Work on writing, Word Work, Listen to reading, Read to Someone   
Working with UBC on a research project around Social/Emotional Learning
 Math Instruction - with Carole Fullerton - Peer mentoring/ collaboration geared towards the new curriculum