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October 01
October 2018 Principal's Message

Happy Autumn! We have had a great first month of the school year and have welcomed a number of new staff members and many new students to Citadel Park School. Our enrolment for this year is slightly higher than projections from last June.  The largest increase in students was in the Kindergarten program.  We were projected for 62 students, but at the end of the month we have 76 students enrolled in our Kindergarten program.  With this increase, we were able to create a 4th classroom in the Kindergarten program.  With some families leaving our school community over the summer and new families arriving, we had an overall net increase of 8 students from our spring projections this fall.   This will allow us to hire additional staff during the month of October.  Working in collaboration with school staff, school administration will examine areas of need and hire accordingly.  We do not anticipate any reorganization of classrooms and any hiring will be in a role supporting existing classrooms. 

September ended with our annual Terry Fox run.  I would like to thank our grade 4 leadership students, Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Harvey for a great assembly and presentation to the school.  Unfortunately, the weather was not cooperative (a snow covered field) to have the run outside, but students were able to complete the run during their gym classes that day.  Mrs. Harvey and the leadership students will be calculating the total distance run that day by our students, as each student kept track of the number of laps they ran during class.  If we multiply that by the distance around the gym, we should be able to calculate the total number of kilometres our students ran that day.  The students will also be counting the number of toonies we collected for Terry.  We look forward to reporting these totals to our school community in early October.  Thank you to everyone that supported our Terry Fox run this year!

We are very excited to start the month of October with our Orange Shirt Day assembly.  Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation through education.  In preparation for the assembly, our grade four students have been exploring why we acknowledge the land at our assemblies and gatherings. In addition, they have worked on deconstructing the meaning of the Acknowledgement of the Land during their inquiry time in our Learning Hub.  Grade four students have also been studying the Blackfoot Nation and have been learning about Treaty 7.  We are looking forward to our grade four students leading us in learning about the importance of our shared history with First Nations peoples.       

We are looking forward to the month of October with our first Fun Lunch planned for Thursday October 17th and our annual Halloween festivities on Wednesday, October 31, 2018. We are also very excited to announce that we have confirmed a Mobile Escape residency during the month of November. The grade 2, 3 & 4 students will participate November 2, 5 - 9. The Kindergarten and grade 1’s will be participating November 24-28.​ 



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