The first week of February is wrapping up and the weather is certainly reminding us that we are still in the middle of the winter season. This weekend and the upcoming week will test our stamina for cold temperatures. We may have a few days of indoor breaks however, I will offer up Polar Bear club for those students who want to bundle up and get some fresh air.
February is Friendship month at Dr. E. W. Coffin. As an entire school, we will be engaging in friendship activities and discussions throughout the month. This will include reading friendship stories, completing friendships activities and art projects, and developing our friendship skills through a variety of learning activities. Following Valentine’s Day, learning activities will focus on positive peer relationships and anti-bullying behaviors leading up to Pink Shirt Day on February 24. I encourage families to talk with your children about the conversations and learning activities that are taking place in their classrooms.
Thank you for the support from School Council and the Friends of Dr. Coffin who have provided the funds available for additional snow shoes to be purchased for the students. With all the snow that has been falling the snow shoes will be put to good use in the days to come. We will also be increasing our phys-ed equipment, math and science materials, and our Chromebook inventory through the financial support of the Friends of Dr. E. W. Coffin. These additional learning resources will be supportive of the learning in our classrooms. Student report cards were available for parent viewing on February 4.Our teachers continue to see improvement in the academic achievement of our students. Covid-19 protocols make group-learning tasks a challenge to plan for and therefore students are engaging in individual learning tasks to demonstrate their understanding of learning outcomes. The students are eager to learn and show what they know thruogh the learning tasks they undertake in the classrooms.
February is the shortest month of the year; however, at Dr. Coffin we will be busy. This past Wednesday, we took time for a Winter Walk. The weather was a little chillier than we have been having but the classes all found time in the day to bundle up and get outside. This walk is an annual event, which encourages 15 minutes of walking outdoors. Our classes will all be taking part in some Valentines fun over the next few days. Creating Valentine mailboxes will be one activity this year that all grades will enjoy. Covid-19 protocols require a carefully planned approach to some of the traditional Valentines Day fun. During this school year when so many things are not able to take place for our students, we hope that having some of these fun activates in a safe way keeps smiles on our students faces. Teachers' Convention takes place on February 11 and 12 followed by Family Day on February 15. These are non-school days for students. On February 17, our Kindergarten students will celebrate their 100th day in school. This is always a special day for our kindergarten students as they have learned about number sense and can show their understanding of 100 in many ways. February 24 is Pink Shirt Day and we will encourage students to participate in this anti-bullying event and wear a pink shirt to school.
As the second term of this school year begins, I want to express my deepest appreciation for your continued support of teaching and learning at Dr. E. W. Coffin School.
Take care and stay safe.
Together in Education,