I am always amazed how busy a school gets as soon as the doors are open and the summer vacation comes to an end. The two weeks prior to the start of school there is a steady stream of teachers coming in and custodial staff doing the final touches as we all get ready for the opening day. During that time, the administration and office staff work on all the fine details that need to be in place for the school year to begin with the odd phone call or office drop in to change the pace. Then comes the big day everyone has been waiting for and very quickly the school moves from zero to sixty as we are launched into a new school year.
The return from holidays and the opening of the office had a similar flavor this year and the start of the year has seen things really start to hum. We had a wonderful beginning and it was wonderful to see so many parents out on the first school day. Special thanks to our Parent Council for providing coffee and treats in the library on the first morning so our parent community could gather, new parents could make connections and summer stories could be shared. Thanks as well to our parents for participating in our flag raising ceremony which annually kicks off our school year. Thanks also to the weather man for the sunny weather once again. We are on a ten year run, gathering in front of the school to raise the flag and celebrate the start of our school year.
For those parents who attended our June 30th Canada 150 celebrations you would have heard my story about having wanted to celebrate Canada's 100th birthday by going to Ottawa and Expo '67 as an elementary school student only to have my parents take the family to Spokane, Washington on the excuse we had to visit my oldest brother who was studying there. I am pleased to report that 50 years later Mrs. Burns and I made it to Ottawa on Canada Day to celebrate Canada's 150th on Parliament Hill…along with 400,000 of our fellow Canadians. After 2 ½ hours in line and a torrential rain storm, Mrs. Burns stated that she must really love me! I responded that is what happens when you marry a Canadian History teacher.
I was wondering a lot during August how our year would begin with combined classes, a few new staff members and no grade 9 students. I am pleased to report that we are off to an excellent start. The classrooms are busy and "on task" and the playground is a vibrant place with many new friendships being formed. Our Kindergarten is also a busy spot with 22 students making up our class this year. All in all we are off to a very good start to the school year.
A special thank you goes out to Leonard and Chantell Church and the Parent Council for feeding the community at our annual Spaghetti Dinner/Meet the Teacher evening. Once again this year the dinner was superb and helped set a wonderful tone for meeting the teachers and starting off the school year. I am always amazed at the efficiency and the food quality when Mr. Church caters an event!
On the sporting front, cross country running and volleyball season are underway. Let's hope that the weather is nice for all of our cross county meets that will be taking place over the next few weeks. A big thank you goes out to Mrs. Hawley for all her efforts coaching and organizing all our school's sporting events.
October will have a different start this year. Just before spring break is usually when Artists in the School occurs but this year because of scheduling we will be hosting Alicia Taylor, a Hoop Dancer. Students will showcase their learning for the rest of the school in the later afternoon on Friday, October 6th.
We ask parents to mark October 12th and 13th on their calendar as our first set of Tri Conferences will occur on those dates. Information regarding setting up a conference using our online scheduler will be out about a week before so watch for that email notice. We like to set conferences early in the year so the home can develop a positive working relationship with the school. We are looking forward to seeing the parent community out for conferences.
Our library will be holding its annual Book Fair in conjunction with our first set of conferences so know there will be many young readers hoping to add to their personal libraries during conference time.
We hope everyone involved with RWP has a great school year and we look forward to seeing the parent community out for conferences.