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February 27
February 26, 2020

A Message from Ms. Gavan

Please note that from Wednesday, February 26th to spring break, I will be taking a leave of absence to recover from a surgical procedure. I know that amazing learning will continue to happen at Ron Southern during that time, and I look forward to hearing all about it and to seeing everyone again after spring break!

Calgary Food Bank Mayor’s Food Drive

During November and December; businesses, students and communities came together with Mayor Naheed Nenshi to help feed YYC. Thanks to the 2019 Holiday Food Drive initiative at Ron Southern School, our collection of 570 pounds of food and $40 in funds helped the Mayor’s 31st Annual Christmas Food Drive raise over $1.26 million dollars in food and funds. The Food Bank was able to distribute 8,030 Emergency Food Hampers, making the holiday season a little brighter and free of hunger for 20,064 Calgarians.​

February 11
Trailblazers Update - Feb 5

This Week’s Stories

Harold Panabaker School Open House – Thursday, February 27, 2020 – 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Please join us for Panabaker Open House. We look forward to welcoming our future Grade 7 students.

·         Our program will start with introductions and presentations in the Gymnasium at 6:30 PM.

·         This will be followed by time for our future students and their parents or guardians to tour the school. Our classrooms will be open, with students working on class tasks.

·         We will be available to answer all of your questions.

·         We are looking forward to seeing all of the excited young faces, all of whom will soon be Panthers.

 

Alberta Education Accountability Pillar Survey Information

Your voice matters. Alberta Education needs your opinion to help ensure every child is prepared for success. The Accountability Pillar Survey gives your school, your school authority and your provincial government important information about the quality of education your child is receiving. Results are used to find out what’s working and identify areas for improvement. Although some of the survey questions may not seem applicable to elementary school, as they pertain to high school, each of us has a role to play as we prepare our students for high school completion. The final date to complete the survey is February 28th.

Each year, the government sends surveys to teachers, students and their parents or guardians. The surveys gather feedback on the quality of education provided by school authorities and their schools. The surveys ask the same questions each year to make sure we measure how schools are performing over time.

Teachers and students complete surveys online. Parents receive a survey by mail and have the option to complete a paper or an online version. If parents have more than one student who will receive a survey, they will receive a separate survey for each child.

In public, separate and Francophone schools, students in Grades 4, 7 and 10, as well as their parents, receive surveys. In small schools such as ours (fewer than 120 students in Grades 4 to 12), the survey includes all students in Grades 4 and above, as well as their parents.All teachers receive the survey every year.

 

Grade 4/5/6 Outdoor Education Skiing Field Trip – March 6, 2020

We are happy to let our Grade 4/5/6 families know that the cancelled January 15 field trip to Canada Olympic Park has been rescheduled to March 6. All fees paid for the field trip have been applied to the rescheduled field trip. This field trip is a Friday, so dismissal for our Grade 4/5/6 students will change to 2:30 p.m. Please make arrangements to have younger siblings picked up at 12:00 noon as usual.

 


January 29
Update

Over the past few days, there has been a great deal of information in the news media regarding the coronavirus – a flu-like, respiratory virus.

 The CBE is in contact with Alberta Health Services. As with all matters of health, we take their direction on what to do in our schools. They are actively monitoring the situation and will respond effectively should there be any cases of the virus in Alberta. The overall risk to Albertans is considered by medical experts to remain low.

Given this information, the CBE is not asking students returning from China to remain home from school. We will continue to follow our standard processes for any illnesses in our schools.

We would like to remind families of good hygiene practices. Here are some of the recommended ways to avoid the spread of common viruses:

§  Make sure everyone in your household washes their hands with soap and water often.

§  Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.

§  Use a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw it away. If you don’t have one, sneeze into your sleeve.

§  Stay home if you’re sick. If your kids are sick, keep them home from school.

§  Clean and disinfect surfaces that are used often and shared by everyone in your home.

If you know individuals with specific concerns related to potential exposures or related symptoms, please advise them to call Health Link at 811 for assessment and health advice.

You can find more information related to the coronavirus on the Alberta Health Services and Government of Canada websites.​

January 24
Trailblazers Update - Jan 22

Dates to Remember

 

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Thursday, January 30

·         Fun Lunch - Subway

Friday, January 31

·         NON-INSTRUCTIONAL DAY – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

Friday, February 7

·         AM Kindergarten – 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

 

This Week’s Stories

It’s a Magic Planet

We are fortunate to have a digital video globe in our learning commons this week. It is an important learning tool that allows students to interact with a huge breadth of information about our world. Imagine you are looking at a globe, but instead of a printed map, it is alive - using animations, images and rich global media.

 

Accessing Your Child’s Online Report Card on the CBE Public Portal

As of Friday, you will be able to access your child’s report card from your MyCBE/PowerSchool account. Please reference the following document for instructions. https://www.cbe.ab.ca/support/Documents/MyCBE-accessing-online-report-card.pdf. If you need assistance setting up your MyCBE/PowerSchool account, please contact Mrs. MacKenzie in the school office at (403) 817-3576.

 

January 20 to 30 Leadership Schedule

 

Yearbook Orders

2019-20 Yearbooks can be ordered online for $20 from now through January 31st. Please visit https://ybpay.lifetouch.ca/ and enter yearbook ID 13802520 to order your book. Books will be delivered to students in the fall. We will forward books to new schools for students who change schools within the CBE. Students who are moving outside of the CBE can provide a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the office so we can mail the yearbook on.

 

2019-2020 Ron Southern Yearbook Cover Design Contest!

This year, students will have the opportunity to submit original designs for our yearbook cover.

All Designs must:

·         be on 8.5 x 11 paper, in portrait (vertical) format

·         be related to empathy and kindness

·         include our school’s name, “Ron Southern”

·         include the year “2019-2020”

·         have the student-artist’s name on the back

Entries are due to Ms. Gavan by Friday, February 7th. Leadership students will select the top 3 choices using the criteria above, and then all students will vote to determine the winner from those 3

 

Music Classes – Grade 4, 5, 6

Students in Grades 4, 5 and 6 are learning to play the recorder in music class. We encourage all students to have their own recorder to play in class and to practice with at home. Consistent home practice, in addition to our two music classes per week, allow students to quickly build their playing skills and confidence, and therefore to enjoy more success. We can purchase recorders on our students’ behalf for $8.00 including GST.

If you would like us to purchase a recorder on behalf of your child, please log into your MyCBE account. Under the Fees application, choose the ‘OPTIONAL FEES’ tab. There you can choose to purchase a recorder for your child. Alternatively, you can send cash or a cheque made out to Ron Southern School for that amount, along with the bottom portion of this form, to your child’s homeroom teacher no later than Thursday, January 30th. Please mark the cheque or cash with your child’s name.

 

Kindergarten Registration is Ongoing

Kindergarten registration for the 2020-2021 school year began on January 20th. Children can start kindergarten in the fall of 2020 if they turn 5 years old on or before Dec. 31, 2020. This change is the result of amendments to the School Act made by the provincial government in Dec. 2017 that requires a common age of entry for all Alberta school boards effective for the 2020-21 school year. If you are unsure whether or not your child is eligible to begin kindergarten in September, 2020, please use the C.B.E. Kindergarten Calculator.

There is no need to line up. Our school has the capacity for 600 students and we will be able to accommodate everyone. We extend a warm welcome to all of our new students. For more information about Kindergarten please visit http://www.cbe.ab.ca/programs/kindergarten.

We will make every effort to accommodate families with their choice of AM or PM, but are unable to guarantee that families will get their preference.   Please note that the final configuration and number of programs will be dependent on the number of registrations. ​ 

January 16
Safety

Dear Parents,

If I had the authority to issue traffic and/or parking violations I believe we could be an incredibly wealthy school. All kidding aside, my concern for the safety of our students is very real. I recognize the extreme cold has been difficult for all of us, especially at the school drop off and pick up times. Several parents are double parking and unsafely parking in the crosswalks. I believe it is a matter of time before one of our students or family members is hit by a car.

This year our school development goal around empathy asks each of our students to consider the feelings and/or perspective of others. As the adults in the building we don't always get it right. We do try and reflect on our actions in order to make our community safer, healthier and stronger. 

We have attempted to add school patrols to the crosswalk at the traffic circle, however the Calgary Police says this is not safe. We have purchased extra large pylons. We have added a 15 minute drop off time in the morning to allow staggered entry. Parents who choose to come 5-10 minutes after the bell at the end of the day can rest assured your child is welcome to stay in the warm entrances for up to 15 minutes  during these cold blue days if that alleviates some of the stress I know you are facing in this weather. 


December 18
Season's Greetings

It is hard to believe when we return in January we will be starting a new decade. Despite the challenges our system has faced this fall, we continue to focus on designing the best learning environment where each of our students knows their potential, thinks deeply and treats others with empathy.

I sincerely hope you will find time over the break to rest and enjoy loved ones. I am looking forward to spending holiday time with my family as I reflect on how truly fortunate I am.

As always, if you have questions, suggestions or concerns please contact me. I appreciate that although each of us may have our own beliefs and perspectives, we can come together with children at the center of our conversations.

Best Wishes,

Tori Healing​

December 12
Trailblazers Update - Dec 11

Dates to Remember

 

Thursday, December 12th

·         Cookie Dough Pick up between 2:15 and 3:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.

·         Winter Concert – K to 3 – 6:30 p.m.*doors will open at 6:15 p.m. and students should head to their classrooms. Admission by food donation for the Food Bank.

Friday, December 13th

·         12:00 p.m. dismissal for all students.

·         Last day to bring in food bank items.

·         AM Kindergarten – 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Monday, December 16th

·         Sweater Day

Tuesday, December 17th

·         Hat Day

Wednesday, December 18th

·         Matching Day

Thursday, December 19th

·         Fun Lunch (Panago)

·         Last Day of Classes before Winter Break – Dismissal at 2:30 p.m.

·         PJ Day

Friday, December 20th

·         NON-INSTRUCTION DAY – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

Monday, January 6th

·         Classes Resume

Thursday, January 16th – 6:15 p.m.

·         School Council and Parent Society Annual General Meeting

Friday, January 24th

·         Report Cards go Home

 

This Week’s Stories

 

Traffic/Explanation of Hug & Go Zone on Silverado Way SW

The Hug and Go Zone is an area on the north side of the school that enables you to drop your child off SAFELY and QUICKLY. The intention is that drivers do not wait in these zones so that traffic is streamlined and queues are minimised. It only takes a few inconsiderate drivers for the system to break down which can lead to frustration, delays and unsafe situations.

Remember:

·         Do not leave your vehicle unattended in the Hug & Go Zone.

·         Be efficient, if your child does not get in or out of the vehicle quickly you should leave. Students should have their bags easily accessible to them.

·         Stay in sequence. This means you should drive to the top of the zone, allowing vehicles following you to enter the zone in an orderly manner. We know many of you want to see your child enter the school. Your child enters the school at morning and lunch recess independently. If you drop them, drive away and the side door is locked, remind your child to go to the front door. We take attendance and follow up with parents to make sure students have arrived at school each day.

·         Please ensure children get in or out of the vehicle on the curb side.

·         Do not double park.

·         When crossing the road, use the crosswalk to set a good example for your child and the rest of the student population.

·         U turns in busy school zones put children at risk.

·         The Bus Zone is a no parking zone and vehicles can be ticketed.

·         The staff parking lot is NOT for parents to pick up or drop off children.

We want to ensure that no child is hit by a car and we ask that you take extra care when driving and parking around school zones. Together we can show respect and empathy.

 

Kindergarten Registration begins Monday, January 20, 2020

Kindergarten registration for the 2020-2021 school year begins on January 20th. Children can start kindergarten in the fall of 2020 if they turn 5 years old on or before Dec. 31, 2020. This change is the result of amendments to the School Act made by the provincial government in Dec. 2017 that requires a common age of entry for all Alberta school boards effective for the 2020-21 school year. If you are unsure whether or not your child is eligible to begin kindergarten in September, 2020, please use the C.B.E. Kindergarten Calculator.

There is no need to line up. Our school has the capacity for 600 students and we will be able to accommodate everyone. We extend a warm welcome to all of our new students. For more information about Kindergarten please visit http://www.cbe.ab.ca/programs/kindergarten.

We will make every effort to accommodate families with their choice of AM or PM, but are unable to guarantee that families will get their preference.   Please note that the final configuration and number of programs will be dependent on the number of registrations. 

 

Spirit week – the leadership group is leading the school in Spirit week from December 16th to 19th. We will carol in the gym on Tuesday Dec. 17th at 8:15 a.m. and Thursday Dec. 19th at 1:45 p.m.  On Wednesday, Dec. 18th we will have popcorn and watch some movie shorts related to our focus on empathy.

Staff and students are invited to participate in the following themes:

  • Monday Dec. 16th is sweater day
  • Tuesday Dec. 17th is hat day for students to wear santa hats, reindeer ears, elf hats etc.
  • Wed Dec. 18th is matching day, students can wear same colours, patterns, socks etc as friends
  • Thurs. Dec. 19th is PJ day

 

What is up with the Parent Society!

Monthly Meeting

We are all excited about the holiday season and looking forward to time with our families.   

There will NOT be a monthly meeting for December.  Please join us on Thursday Jan 16 when we will be holding our Annual General Meeting.

 

School Bottle Drive

Please save your Refundable$$ over the holidays.  We will hosting a Bottle Drive on Saturday January 11.  We will be using the school parking lot as the drop zone and will encourage our students to buddy up with friends to canvas the neighborhood.  It is also a great idea to ask your friends and family if they have items to contribute!  More details will be shared on our Facebook page and as we return to school in the new year!  

 

Cookie Dough Order Pick up

Our shipment will be arriving at the school on Thursday afternoon.  Families can pickup between 2:00 and 3:30 p.m.and at 6:15 p.m. during the  Winter Concert.  We do not have freezers to store orders so please make efforts to have your items picked up. 

 

Book Truck Update:

The Calgary Public Library books from the Book Truck were picked up today and the library will soon check the books in. The next book truck visit is next week, December 18, 2019, for Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 classes, weather permitting.

 

 

 

 

Learning Commons Book Recommendation

A Christmas Carol                                                                                                         By: Charles Dickens

                                                                                                                                        Illustrated by: P.J. Lynch The celebrated P.J. Lynch captures the spirit of Dickens's beloved tale in a richly illustrated unabridged edition.
The story of Ebenezer Scrooge opens on a Christmas Eve as cold as Scrooge's own heart. That night, he receives three ghostly visitors: the terrifying spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. Each takes him on a heart-stopping journey, yielding glimpses of Tiny Tim and Bob Cratchit, the horrifying spectres of Want and Ignorance, even Scrooge's painfully hopeful younger self. Will Scrooge's heart be opened? Can he reverse the miserable future he is forced to see? An unabridged edition gloriously illustrated by the award-winning P.J. Lynch, this story's message of love and goodwill, mercy and self-redemption resonates as keenly as ever.

Food Bank Drive – December 2nd to 12th

Students may bring non-perishable items from Dec 2-12 to their house group classroom. On Dec. 13 we will gather in our family groups to count, sort, compare, build etc. the items. We will be collecting donations as entry to our winter concert on Dec.12 at 6:30 p.m. as well.

 

Leadership Schedule

Our leadership students have started providing support in a variety of roles throughout our day. When we are able, we will post that schedule on the web page. In the meantime, we have attached a PDF of the schedule for next week (December 9th through 19th) to this Trailblazer Update. In compliance with privacy legislation, we have assigned each student a number so we can post the schedule publicly without names. Once the schedule is posted, you will just look for your child’s number to see their responsibilities for that week. Students are aware of their assigned numbers, and can also find them on the schedules posted on their classroom doors if they have forgotten.

 

Fun Lunch – December 19th, 2019 - Panago

This year’s fun lunches will be provided through Subway and Panago. Go to www.healthyhunger.ca and click “REGISTER STUDENT”. After your account is created, you will be able to view all up-coming Fun Lunches, place orders, and then pay for your orders online with Visa, MasterCard, or Interac Debit. Deadline for fun lunch orders is always the Friday before the Fun Lunch, but you can order Fun Lunch until the end of the school year all at once if you choose.​

December 04
Trailblazers Update - Dec 4, 2019

Dates to Remember

 

Friday, December 6th  

·         12:00 p.m. dismissal for all students

·         PM Kindergarten – 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

·         Popcorn orders go home

Thursday, December 12th

·         Winter Concert – K to 3 – 6:30 p.m *students should head to their classrooms for 6:15pm

Friday, December 13th

·         12:00 p.m. dismissal for all students

·         AM Kindergarten – 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

 

This Week’s Stories

 

Winter Concert and Carolling

In order to accommodate families as we continue to grow in population, our winter concert includes all students in kindergarten to grade 3. (Students in grade 4-6 are planning to showcase their learning in the spring).

Students will perform a rendition of the Nutcracker on Thursday, December 12 at 6:30 p.m. Please bring a food bank donation as admission to the concert. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. at which time students should go directly to their classroom. More information will be shared with each classroom.

If you are interested in helping School Council create some of the set/props, please email Lea MacKenzie at lamackenzie@cbe.ab.ca. Families are also welcome to join us in the gym for carolling on Tuesday, December 17 at 8:15 a.m. and Thursday, December 19 at 1:45 p.m.

 

Socktober is Over!

There is still time to donate socks! We will be delivering them next week. Mrs. Burton's 4/5 class and our Grade 1 Buddies in Mrs. Josza and Mrs. Tipper's class recognize that not everyone is as fortunate as we are and we want to help in many ways, however, we decided on one small thing that we can do in our school community to help. Students are encouraged to show kindness and empathy by bringing in NEW socks for people of all ages and sizes. If you would like to donate please send new socks in with your child. Thank you for your kindness and helping those in need.

 

Food Bank Drive – December 2nd to 12th

Students may bring non-perishable items from Dec 2-12 to their house group classroom. On Dec. 13 we will gather in our family groups to count, sort, compare, build etc. the items. We will be collecting donations as entry to our winter concert on Dec.12 at 6:30 p.m. as well.

 

Fun Lunch – December 19th, 2019 - Panago

This year’s fun lunches will be provided through Subway and Panago. Go to www.healthyhunger.ca and click “REGISTER STUDENT”. After your account is created, you will be able to view all up-coming Fun Lunches, place orders, and then pay for your orders online with Visa, MasterCard, or Interac Debit. Deadline for fun lunch orders is always the Friday before the Fun Lunch, but you can order Fun Lunch until the end of the school year all at once if you choose.

 

Leadership Schedule

Our leadership students have started providing support in a variety of roles throughout our day. When we are able, we will post that schedule on the web page. In the meantime, we have attached a PDF of the schedule for next week (December 9th through 19th) to this Trailblazer Update. In compliance with privacy legislation, we have assigned each student a number so we can post the schedule publicly without names. Once the schedule is posted, you will just look for your child’s number to see their responsibilities for that week. Students are aware of their assigned numbers, and can also find them on the schedules posted on their classroom doors if they have forgotten.

 

Learning Commons Book Recommendation

The Little Fir Tree                                                                                                  Author: Margaret Wise Brown

Once there was a tree that stood in a field away from the other trees. It longed to be part of the forest—or part of anything at all. After many lonely years, its dream came true. And the little fir tree's life changed forever!

They put golden tinsel on his branches
And golden bells
And green icicles
And silver stars.
And soon—o shining wonder—the little fir tree was . . .
 
A Christmas tree
 

Celebrate the true spirit of Christmas with heartwarming text by the author of Goodnight Moon and exquisite, glowing paintings by award-winning artist Jim LaMarche.

 

Traffic Safety

The Calgary Police Services are planning a traffic blitz around the school before winter break. They are planning to issue tickets to drivers who are violating traffic laws.​ 

November 28
Trailblazers Update - Nov 27

Dates to Remember

 

Friday, November 29th

·         12:00 p.m. dismissal for all students

·         AM Kindergarten – 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

·         Last day to return Popcorn Orders

Friday, December 6th  

·         12:00 p.m. dismissal for all students

·         PM Kindergarten – 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

·         Popcorn orders go home

 

This Week’s Stories

 

Winter Concert and Carolling

In order to accommodate families as we continue to grow in population, our winter concert includes all students in kindergarten to grade 3. (Students in grade 4-6 are planning to showcase their learning in the spring).

Students will perform a rendition of the Nutcracker on Thursday, December 12 at 6:30 p.m. Please bring a food bank donation as admission to the concert. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. at which time students should go directly to their classroom. More information will be shared with each classroom.

If you are interested in helping School Council create some of the set/props, please email Lea MacKenzie at lamackenzie@cbe.ab.ca. Families are also welcome to join us in the gym for carolling on Tuesday, December 17 at 8:15 a.m. and Thursday, December 19 at 1:45 p.m.

 

Family House Groups – November 29th

This week we will be discussing the Food Bank Food Drive.  There are videos below for your reference. Students may bring non-perishable items from Dec 2-12 to their house group classroom. On Dec. 13 we will gather in our family groups to count, sort, compare, build etc. the items. We will be collecting donations as entry to our winter concert on Dec.12 at 6:30 p.m. as well.

 

Outdoor Breaks at School

We recognize the value of outdoor breaks such as recess and lunch during the school day, however, when the weather is cold, outdoor breaks may not be a viable option. When temperatures reach -20 Celsius or colder including the wind-chill factor, it is recommended that students be kept inside for recess or lunch breaks. We call these ‘Blue Days’. The -20 Celsius guideline is comparable to other school jurisdictions in Alberta and across Canada.

Note | this temperature is provided as a guideline and may be adjusted for the school/activity.

 

Fun Lunch – December 19th, 2019 - Panago

This year’s fun lunches will be provided through Subway and Panago. Go to www.healthyhunger.ca and click “REGISTER STUDENT”. After your account is created, you will be able to view all up-coming Fun Lunches, place orders, and then pay for your orders online with Visa, MasterCard, or Interac Debit. Deadline for fun lunch orders is always the Friday before the Fun Lunch, but you can order Fun Lunch until the end of the school year all at once if you choose.

 

Leadership Schedule

Our leadership students have started providing support in a variety of roles throughout our day. When we are able, we will post that schedule on the web page. In the meantime, we have attached a PDF of the schedule for next week (December 2nd to 13th) to this Trailblazer Update. In compliance with privacy legislation, we have assigned each student a number so we can post the schedule publicly without names. Once the schedule is posted, you will just look for your child’s number to see their responsibilities for that week. Students are aware of their assigned numbers, and can also find them on the schedules posted on their classroom doors if they have forgotten.

 

Learning Commons Book Recommendation

Spencer’s New Pet                                                                                                     Author: Jessie Sima

From the creator of Not Quite Narwhal comes a classic tale of a boy and his dog—except in this unique story, one of them is a balloon!
When Spencer gets a new pet, he’s excited to do all the things that pets do—taking walks in the park, going to the vet, and attending parties together.

There’s just one hitch: Spencer’s new pet is a balloon.
And that means No. Sharp. Objects.
No drooling dogs at the park. No prickly porcupines at the vet. And absolutely no pinning tails on any donkeys!
Spencer’s New Pet is a story of pure fun about a boy, his dog, and a friendship that endures life’s sharpest...and most unexpected twists. 

 

All Call for Ice Packs

At Ron Southern we use ice packs for a variety of woes. These are frozen moistened sponges in Ziploc bags. If your child has accidentally brought any home, please return them to the school office. They are cleaned and refrozen for reuse.

 

Traffic Safety

The Calgary Police Services are planning a traffic blitz around the school before winter break. They are planning to issue tickets to drivers who are violating traffic laws.​ 

November 07
Trailblazers Update - Nov 6, 2019


This Week’s Stories

Volunteers Needed!

In light of the recent announcement of budget cuts within the C.B.E. and anticipated reductions in support, we are asking for parent volunteers to listen to students read and play educational games. We are grateful for any time you can spare – even 45 minutes per week. Please contact Mrs. MacKenzie in the school office at 403-817-3576 or lamackenzie@cbe.ab.ca if you can help. In order to volunteer, you must have a current C.B.E. police clearance, which Mrs. MacKenzie can also help you with. More information about impacts to the school will be forthcoming.

Traffic Safety

During the next two weeks, our leadership group is collecting traffic safety data in order to brainstorm solutions to the traffic stress many of our families face during pick up and drop off at school. Students will observe the roads around our school, tallying the following traffic safety concerns:

·         Jaywalking

·         Encouraging others to jaywalk

·         Walking between buses/cars

·         Not following parking lot rules

·         Students being dropped off or picked up in unsafe locations

·         Vehicles parking too close to a crosswalk

·         Completing a U – turn in a crosswalk

Once our data is collected we will bring it to school council and brainstorm solutions that are within our control. Together, we can help keep our school safe for everyone.

 

Working toward Empathy

Again this week many of our leadership students are volunteering during lunch recess to collect data regarding playground behaviours.  School recess is an unstructured setting, which provides students with opportunities to learn how to navigate social situations confidently. As much as we try to avoid conflict, it is a part of life. One of the first strategies we have identified involves students managing their own emotions, which can be strong and may lead to hurtful behaviours. Helping students learn simple calming strategies such as deep belly breathing or counting to 10 is an important part of the conflict resolution process.

 

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