The first term of school is fast coming to a close, our annual Holiday Concert has taken place. Soon progress reports will be going home and the community will be gathering for our annual Community Breakfast in support of school nutrition programs. The school year is flying by!
A big thank you goes out to all the staff who helped make our K to 5 Holiday Concert a big success. Our gym was filled for both the afternoon and the evening shows and a number of parents and grandparents expressed their gratitude for the students' fine performance. As principal, I get to accept the compliments on behalf of the school but I know that the real work was done by Mrs. Friesen in her selection of the concert, the teaching of the songs and the practicing of lines. She is not alone in the task with the middle years Art students preparing the backdrops, Mrs. Hagues accompanying the students on the piano and Mr. Whittom setting everything up and taking it all down. It is a lot of work putting the concert together but there is a real joy that comes when you see the children showcasing their talents and the community enjoying the presentation.
Teachers have been busy preparing our first set of progress reports and they should be printed and ready to go home on December 15th. We hope that the reports will provide parents with a realistic snap shot of student learning to this point in the year. Our next set of Tri-Conferences are scheduled for early February but should you have questions about the progress report, feel welcome to contact the teachers.
At Halloween I sent out a note about some changes to the school division's Food Safety Procedures. Since that time, some revisions to the procedures have been put in place that clarified many of the questions we had. The revised procedures have made things easier for schools while stressing the importance of appropriate food handing. The new safety procedures are available on the division's website at: https://www.pembinatrails.ca/WhatWeOffer/SafetyHealthandEnvironment/Health/FoodSafety/Pages/School-Requirements.aspx
I mention the Food Handling Procedures because of our upcoming Community Breakfast. It is with great pleasure that I announce Mr. Church, who annually caters our Meet the Teacher/Spaghetti dinner, has offered to cater our annual Community Breakfast. Not only has he offered to prepare the food, he has also successfully secured the donation of all he plans to cook. With the food being professionally prepared, we will once again be able to serve the community a wonderful breakfast for an excellent cause. What else could a school principal ask for? I look forward to assisting Mr. Church….and in not having to spend hours making pancakes with Mrs. Hawley and Mrs. Hagues! The breakfast costs $5.00 per person and we ask that you bring a box of cereal as a donation. Last year we raised over $800 and donated close to 100 boxes of cereal.
In other school news, we were excited to see our girls' grade 7 & 8 volleyball team win the divisional "Diggers" championship. The final was an exciting affair at Arthur A. Leach School. A very special thanks goes out to Mrs. King for an excellent job coaching. Thanks goes out as well to Mr. Johnson for his time and efforts with our grade 7 & 8 boys' team. While not as successful as the girls, the boys had an excellent season and we are very proud of their performance.
Basketball season is just gearing up and Ms. Opperman will be busy coaching our teams. We are thankful that her fractured ankle, which she got playing basketball, has healed to the point where she can put our teams through their paces. We are looking forward to an exciting season of basketball. Go Warriors!
Our WE team has been busy this past month supporting both the Salvation Army and the Christmas Cheer Board. All WE Team activities are student planned and organized and it is a pleasure to see our students take up the challenge to make a difference in our world.
On the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) front, we have received delivery of our eco-friendly lunch bags. Thanks to everyone who joined in and purchased these handy bags. Our other EDS news is that we have installed a new water fountain in our front hallway that enables students to fill their water bottles. The fountain includes a counter to keep track of the number of plastic water bottles we have not used by filling our own bottles. It is fun to hear the kids commenting on the ever increasing number.
As the school term comes to a close we are hopeful that all in our community with have an enjoyable Holiday season. I know the teachers and the students (not to mention one principal) are all looking forward to a little time off to celebrate the season. Happy Holidays and all the best in the New Year.