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Sept. 2017

“You’re off to great places, today is your day, your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!” Dr. Seuss
On behalf of the entire Acadia School Staff, I would like to welcome everyone back to Acadia School for the 2017-2018 school year.  We have had a good first week of class and students and staff seem to be settling back into routine after a relaxing and hot summer holiday.
I must first of all say thank you to our amazing Facility Operator and cleaning staff this summer.  You will see the hard work they put into waxing our school floors, cleaning our carpets and dusting our shelves in addition to many other cleaning tasks.  We were also very fortunate to have had our gym floor refinished this summer.  I have been telling visitors to put their sunglasses on when they enter the gym as our new floor really shines!
For the safety and security of our students, you will note that we are now using our door security system at the main doors.  If you find the doors locked and require entry, please push the intercom buzzer and office staff will buzz you in. During our first week of school the door was very difficult to open but after some work on the door latch, it does now open freely. 
Listed below is our staff list for the 2017-2018 year:
Ms. Marianne Dyck
Kindergarten (am/pm)
Mrs. Donna Forsyth
Grade 1
Mrs. Gail Greenhough
Grade 1
Mrs. Jessica Oyelusi
Grade 1
Ms. Carol Stubbs
Grade 2
Mrs. Barbara Jemmott
Grade 2
Mrs. Angie Turk
Grade 3
Mrs. Erin Brown
Grade 3
Ms. Carly Thornton
Grade 4
Mrs. Sonya Bradley
Grade 4
Ms. Erin Purdy
Grade 5
Mrs. Natalya Veresovaya
Half time music
Ms. Krista Shepherd
Transition Class
Support Staff
Mrs. Hoang Tran
Kindergarten (am/pm)
Mrs. Dennine Garner
Grades 1 and 5
Mrs. Janet Smith
Grades 2 and 3
Mrs. Rita Wiese
Grade 4
Ms. Megan Pepper
Transition Class Support Staff
Ms. Alana Hauszner
Transition Class Support Staff
Mrs. Anita Watson
Library Assistant
Mrs. Carol Leslie
Lead Lunchroom Supervisor
Mrs. Jean McLeod
Lunchroom Supervisor
Ms. Sue Naylor
Lunchroom Supervisor
Mr. Ernest Zeng
Facility Operator
Ms. Rhodella Dingle
Part time Evening Cleaner
School Administration
Mrs. Lisa Bartel
Mrs. Tamra Wilcox
Assistant Principal
Mrs. Mary Jane Pinkett
Admin Secretary
You will note that there have been some changes and additions to our staff list.  We remain with morning and afternoon kindergarten classes taught by Ms. Dyck supported by Mrs. Tran.  To support our larger grade one numbers we have created a third grade one classroom taught by Mrs. Oyelusi, in room 19. The rest of our Grade 1 team consists of Mrs. Forsyth in room 3 and Mrs. Greenhough in room 5.  We remain at two classrooms in Grades 2 with Mrs. Stubbs and Mrs. Jemmott.  Mrs. Greenhough has moved from the Grade 3 team back to Grade 1 and Mrs. Brown will now be teaching Grade 3 in room 14 in addition to Mrs. Turk in room 13.  We are excited to keep Mrs. Thornton in Grade 4 and to replace Mrs. Olynik who retired in June, Mrs. Bradley will also be teaching Grade 4 in room 17.  Mrs. Purdy is currently teaching our grade five classroom with the full time support of Mrs. Garner one of our Educational Assistants. I would also like to welcome Mrs. Veresovaya who will be teaching music half time to all classes. 
There are many activities occurring in the month of September, the first being our Welcome Back Dinner hosted by our Acadia School Council.  This event will occur Thursday, September 14 from 4:30-6:30.  Teachers will be enjoying a delicious pizza dinner along with our Acadia families, so please feel free to introduce yourself to your child’s teacher that night.
Also, on Tuesday, September 12, all of our students and staff participated in the URStrong program where we worked on our Friendship skills. Make sure to ask your child what they learned about Healthy/Unhealthy friendships and how they can prevent Friendship Fires.  We will be having a parent evening as a follow up to this program sometime in October.  Watch for invitations to be sent home soon!  Thanks again to our School Council for bringing this program to Acadia School.
Thursday, September 21 from 4-8pm and Friday, September 22 from 8am-1pm will be parent teacher conferences.  Families will be able to book a conference time through their My CBE Account after 6:00 AM,  Sept 14th. We encourage all families to come out and meet their child’s teacher at these meetings so that in addition to meeting the teacher, you become aware of your child’s classroom routines and expectations.
Finally, from September 21-29, all Acadia students will be able to participate in the Alien Inline skate program which is paid for again by our amazing Acadia School Council group.  Watch for consent forms to be sent home soon if they have not already arrived at home.  On Thursday, September 28, families can come to Acadia School for a Family Inline Skating night in our gym.  Again, watch for information to come home.
As you can tell, Acadia School continues to be a busy, learning environment for our children.  We are also very supported by our Acadia School Council and we invite all parents to join us for our first School Council meeting on September 20 in the library at 6pm.  School Council is a great place to come to hear firsthand what is happening at your child’s school.
As always, feel free to contact myself, or Mrs. Tamra Wilcox, our new Assistant Principal at any time should you have any questions or concerns about what is happening at Acadia School.
Many thanks, Lisa Bartel                            Tamra Wilcox Principal                               Assistant Principal​

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