Newsletter | Winter 2019
Principal Message –
We’ve had many complaints
about dangerous traffic situations happening around our school where there
exists a strong potential for a student to get hurt. We consistently see parents
jay walking with their children, U-turns right in the middle of the street and
students cutting through the staff or community parking lots. I fear that at
some point this is going to result in serious injury. Please, please, please follow these safety
tips from AMA to keep our kids safe:
Extra Attention in Drop-Off
& Pick-Up Zones
and illegal U-turns. (Our police resource officer has informed us that any
U-turn within a playground or school zone is illegal.)
Avoid School Parking Lots
Poor visibility and cramped spaces make parking lots
dangerous for pedestrians. Please respect the ‘No Student Drop Off” signs in
our staff parking lot and encourage your kids to walk around, rather than cut
Point, Pause, Proceed at
Tell your children how to cross safely using the
Point, Pause, Proceed method, and then show them you
mean it by setting a good example. Use the crosswalk, cross at the corner, and
make eye contact with drivers. Make sure the vehicle stops before stepping off
School Bus Zones
Buses have big blind spots and poor manoeuvrability, which
is why we put the bus loading zones as close to the school as possible. Parking
in the bus zone, even for a few moments, just adds to the congestion.
Set a Respectful Example
We’ve all heard the expression “Do as I say, not as I do,”
but it’s time to start walking the talk in school zones. From obeying speed
limits and no parking zones, to hopping off our bikes at crosswalks, and making
eye contact with drivers, setting a good example teaches our children be safety
Technology Club Grant:
Have you ever had a conversation with your child that went something
You: What did you do at school today?
Then this newsletter is for you!
If you want to get your kids talking about school experiences, try
asking specific questions about some of the things that you, as a
Conscientious Newsletter Reader, now know will be happening at school!
Mrs. Michaud, our Grade 5/6 Technology Club was able to secure a financial
grant from Education Matters of $4118 dollars.
This grant has allowed our school to significantly upgrade our Robotics
Program. Grade 4-6 students in our
Technology Club are now able to work with Botley, Sphero, and Lego
Robotics. The students in this club are
working hard at understanding the coding language and design behind the new
devices and intend to share this learning with younger students.
February 21st at 10 AM, the Calgary Opera will be performing Nemorino
and the Magic Potion. This is a
fully staged production with keyboard accompaniment, sets and costumes. It will
be performed by the young professional singers of Calgary Opera’s Emerging
Artist Development Program. As always,
parents are welcome to join us to watch this performance.
the week of February 4th to
February 8th ask your kids how they did in Mission Impossible.
This obstacle course is something students look forward to every year and they
become very serious about setting goals to improve each time they enter the
course. Your kids will entertain you with stories about how well they did and
the strategies they used for getting further along the course.
Winter Walk Day
winter thousands of Albertans celebrate winter and walking by participating in
Winter Walk Day, which for Deer Run will be on Friday, February 22nd. Walking is great for health, the environment,
reducing traffic and building community. We will be encouraging our students to
dress warmly, get outside, and enjoy the fresh, crisp winter air with us.
Math Literacy Night
encouraged to join us for our first Math Literacy Night on May 9th.
Parents will be invited to
join students and teachers in math activities that will demonstrate how
automaticity goes beyond just memorizing basic facts.
SaturPLAY we enjoy breakfast together and then the whole family joins in for
active co-operative games; the dodge ball game called Fortress being key among
them! Watch for a notice coming home in late February for our next two
scheduled SaturPLAYs on March 9th and March 16th and
register early - these days fill up in a hurry!
Family Fun Night:
Council is busy planning another Family Fun night on April 12th.
This is a great opportunity to have an evening out with your family and
socialize with your neighbours. Watch for notices coming home to be sure not to
miss out on getting tickets at as premium rate.
you for your support of the five fund raising book fairs we have held over the
last two years. It has made a tremendous positive impact on the book choices
your children have in the library. $2,528 worth of books have been selected
from the cases at the fairs. An additional $4,216 earned was used to purchase
highly evaluated story and non-fiction books. Book selections are based on
student interest and to support the curriculum taught in the classroom.
these activities help build a strong Deer Run community and would not be
possible without the dedication, caring and extra effort provided by our staff,
School Council and volunteers. I am constantly amazed at the time and effort
individuals put in to making a difference in our school and I am extremely
grateful to be working with such an incredible group of people.
Accountability Pillar provides a new way for school authorities to measure
success, and assess progress towards meeting learning goals. Grade 4 students,
their parents and all teaching staff, will be provided with this survey to help
provide school authorities a wide range of data that shows how the school is performing.
Students will complete this survey online during school time and parents will
receive a paper copy of this survey through the mail. Please take the time to
complete this survey - the information we gain through a survey like this helps
us make informed decisions regarding needs and the future direction of our
is now on-going. We have received 30 registrations so far and look forward to
welcoming more families. If you are planning to register your child, please
bring your child's birth certificate and proof of address (e.g. Driver’s
License). Early registration is extremely helpful as we begin to plan our
staffing for the next school year.
PLEASE NOTE: AT MINUS 20 DEGREES
AND BELOW (including wind chill)
or if ROAD CONDITIONS ARE UNSAFE
there will be NO SCHOOL PATROLS ON DUTY!
School Patrol Times
Morning: 8:05 to
Lunch: 11:48 to
to 12:35 p.m.
After School: 3:00 to 3: 10
p.m. (Monday – Thursday)
to 12:40 pm (Friday)
Patrollers are reminded to
report to the patrol station by the office five minutes before their duties
During cold days when
patrols are not on duty administrators will do a sweep of the playground after the
bell, but please remind your kids to go around to the front door and ring the
bell if they find themselves locked out.