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January 31
​February 2019 – Principal’s Message

January 2019 has come and gone with a flurry of activity and learning. Grade 4’s are crafting math grids that uses their knowledge of basic facts, graphing and number sense. Very impressive! Grade 3’s are earnest in their reading choices and word work to further their love of books both as readers and as authors. Grade2’s are on an adventure in Social Studies, studying the Arctic and thinking like anthropologists. The Grade 1’s are following story patterns to extend their writing dexterity. Finally, our Kindergarten students are enjoying making groups of numbers, using the iPads to photograph and record their learning. One has to agree that Citadel Park School is a beehive of learning!!

Report cards are coming home today. Please take this opportunity to celebrate your child’s progress in learning. Read through the teacher comments and discuss areas for growth and next steps in your child’s learning for the coming term. We are very proud of your children and of the community of learners we have here at Citadel Park School. We are so looking forward to our continued learning journey throughout the rest of the school year.

Just a reminder that winter is still upon us and students need to come to school prepared for outside breaks.  Please ensure they have mittens, hats, boots, and a warm jacket.  CBE guidelines for activities encourage students to be outside until -20 C.  Please do not leave students at bus stops during inclement weather as the buses often are delayed due to road and traffic conditions. Students should not arrive at school before supervision begins at 8:55 AM and are to be picked up from school at 3:50 Monday to Thursday and 1:20 every Friday.

A friendly reminder that our Hug and Go Zone on Citadel Drive is in effect from 8:00 am until 9:30 AM. The purpose of the Hug and Go zone is to help reduce traffic congestion. To use the Hug and Go in the morning, parents are asked to pull up to the curb, drop off their child/ren and then pull out into traffic when safe to do so and drive away.  We ask that parents drop off their children after 8:55 AM when teachers are on supervision.   When picking up students, please wait by your vehicle and have your child meet you in the Hug and Go area. Cars are not to be left unattended when the Hug and Go is in effect. If everyone is able to follow the guidelines mentioned above, it will allow for a safe drop off and pick up for all of our students at Citadel Park School.   As parking is at a premium around our school(especially with the construction of the community center) before and after school, consider walking or plan for extra time to park further away from the school.

We would like to officially welcome Miss Wong who will be working with the Grade 4 team until the end of the school year as Mrs. Edmunds will be on leave. Mrs. Rauf is joining our Citadel Park staff as an educational assistant in our morning and afternoon Kindergarten classrooms. Mrs. Kumar has also joined our staff in December as an educational assistant who will continue to provide supports in both our grade 2 and 4 classrooms. As the month of January comes to a close, our staff and students would also like to thank Mrs. Matthews for her work with our students in music this year. We wish her well as she begins new adventures in her career outside of the CBE! As well, we welcome Ms. Faber as our part-time music teacher who will be working with our Kindergarten and grade 1 & 2 classes in the afternoons each day.  Finally, Mr. Todd Faunt, our school principal, will be coming off of leave. His first day back will be Monday, February 4, 2019. He is looking forward to coming back to Citadel Park School and getting back into the swing of things.

Some reminders for the month of February:

·         February 1: Non-instructional Day - No school for students

·         February 4-13: Mission Impossible set up in the gym for PE classes

·         February 14 & 15: Teachers’ Convention – No school for students

·         February 18: Family Day – No School for students

·         February 25-28: Decidedly Jazz Danceworks Residency for K-4 students in PE classes

Lois Reid, Acting Principal

Michelle Ryskamp, Assistant Principal​


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