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The winter term of January to March is often regarded by teachers as the best part of the year.  It’s a solid three months where students can dive deeply into their learning and engage with their work.  This winter has been tough with a long stretch of blue days due to extremely cold weather.  Mr. V was able to take students outside for two snowshoeing lessons on the field in between wind gusts and temperature dips.  Teachers returned from Teacher’s Convention in February invigorated with fresh ideas and extra enthusiasm for their work. This momentum has carried us to the countdown to Spring Break.
We have had many off-site trips this term.  These trips always provide an extension to student learning that reaches beyond their classroom environment.  The following is a list of trips that our students have participated in since the start of January (don’t worry, if you don’t see your child’s class listed below there are many more trips planned for our students in the final three months of the year).
·        -All grade three classes went to the Calgary Tower
·        -All grade three and four students toured McKenzie Highlands School for an orientation
·       - All grade four classes went to the Be Brave Hitmen Game with a focus on Pink Shirt Day
·        -Mrs. Penner and Ms. Young’s classes attended Ralph Klein Park for three days as part of the Open Minds Alumni program
·        -All grade four classes visited the Glenbow Museum
·        -Two Grade two trips to the zoo were cancelled due to extreme weather (Mrs. Morris/ Mrs. Coleman & Mrs. Hansen/Ms. Shillington).  These trips are re-scheduled for May and there will be more information to come closer to the dates. 
Thank you to our school council for paying for the bussing for many of these trips.  Through fundraising efforts, our school council supports our residencies, purchases gym and music equipment, and pays for bussing for each class for one off-site excursion each year.  This helps to keep the cost down for many of our field trips.  School council has also covered the cost of all the bussing expenses for the Grade 3 and 4 swim program in April.  This incredible support has kept the swimming cost down to $45 per student (this covers six 30 minute sessions for each grade).
As a staffing update, we would like to inform you that Mrs. Tera McLean is our new Library Assistant.  Ms. Diane officially retired on February 28 and is very excited to begin her new travel adventures.  Mrs. McLean has worked closely with Ms. Diane over the years in the library and has been a consistent fixture within the space.  Having her take over the library has been very smooth and a natural fit for our school.  Mrs. McLean has been an active parent/volunteer/and Lunchroom Supervisor over the years.  We are very excited to have her permanently in the library!  Please watch the classroom blog section for a new feature- a library blog!
Another staffing note, Dr. Slater is on medical leave for shoulder surgery.  In her absence, I will be Acting Principal until her return.  The rest of the administrative team consists of Dr. Pletz, Mrs. Bitz, and Mrs. Braun.  We are working together while Dr. Slater is away to make sure that school runs smoothly.  Mrs. Braun is supporting in the office and with technology in classrooms while Ms. Stephanny Penfold takes on a temporary position in grade 1.  Ms. Penfold has worked in our school as a substitute teacher and is familiar with the students, staff and the community.  Welcome, Ms. Penfold!
Our Student-Led conferences are scheduled for Thursday, April 18.  Normally, these are scheduled on the days before Spring Break.  As a staff, we felt that spreading out our conferences would be more effective in sharing student learning with parents.  Our last set of conferences were in mid-January.  Moving our student-led conferences to April allows students a few more weeks to demonstrate growth before sharing their work with parents.  Each spring, staff work together to design the calendar for the next school year.  We discuss how to best set up reporting and assessment times with a focus on what is best for students. 
Spring break is quickly approaching!  The last day of classes will be Thursday, March 21 (regular dismissal day) and classes resume on Monday, April 1.  There is no school on Friday, March 22 as it is a non-instructional day.  Teachers will be sharing their math work with each other in mixed grade groups to gain a deeper pedagogical understanding of mathematical problem solving.  We will also spend time as a staff planning for next year.
As always, if you have any questions or comments, please contact the school.  Our website is a great source of information so please make sure to check it often!
Have a great spring break,
Mrs. Kivi

Acting Principal​

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