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Wednesday Principal Update - November 2

Dear DGS Families, 

  

The week of Hallowe’en is half finished! We really enjoyed seeing how creative our students were with their costumes on Monday- we had some truly outstanding costumes come to school! Personal favourites included a scuba diver being hugged by an octopus, homemade Transformers and Master Chiefs, a very “punny” “Monkey Business” costume, detailed scarecrows, and a variety of inflatable costumes that always make me giggle to see going down the hallway. (If you haven’t ever had the joy of watching a 7-foot T-Rex square off with a giant shark playing one on one basketball, it’s fantastic). 

As we move into November, we have some significant learning opportunities coming up related to things in Canada’s history. November 8 is Indigenous Veteran’s Day. We hope students will be able to share their learnings with you next week. On November 10, our Grade 8 Leadership students will be leading us through a virtual Remembrance Day Ceremony that students will access from their classrooms with their homeroom teachers. Should you wish for your child to participate in an alternate activity during this time, please contact the main office. Our food drive for the Veteran’s Foodbank started on Tuesday- we want to thank all of our families who are choosing to participate. 

Veteran’s Food Drive  

Grade 8 Leadership is organizing a 2022 Veteran’s Food Bank Food Drive. Please help support our Veterans by donating items to the Veteran's Food Bank. Grade 8 Leadership students are working to support our local Legion by hosting a Food Bank Donation Program for Veterans. The program will run between November 1st and November 14th. Items will be collected by Homeroom teachers and there will be a competition between Homerooms to see which class can bring in the most donations. 

Food at lunch 

The last two years have taught us our students are capable of bringing their own lunches every day. We encourage families to check in with their child to ensure they have packed their lunch, or that they know their lunch has been ordered for them. The school has just a limited supply of emergency food on hand, and increasingly, students are approaching us for food, stating they have forgotten to pack their lunch. Snack items are always available through the servery. Recently, three types of buns have been added to the menu. Cheese, Ham and Cheese and Chocolate Chip buns are available daily for $2.00 each. Thank you for supporting your students with making good choices regarding food at lunch. 

Weather & Lunch Time Outdoors 

Families are reminded that students DO go outside every day at lunch unless the weather is colder than -20c. Being dressed appropriately for the weather is important in all seasons. We also will be outside for PE classes and will continue to be in the community, on the ridge, and at the pond with classes. As an example, Grade 7 Leadership has regularly been working at Cranston School and will need to be dressed to make the walk over. 

Also, we encourage all families to plan in advance to pick up students following afternoon extracurricular activities, especially as the weather becomes colder.

This is also a great time to remind families that soft entry starts at 8:00am year-round. We ask that students wait outside until this time, regardless of the weather. This is in place so that we are able to provide all of our students with appropriate supervision inside the school. This allows students 30 minutes before the start of the day to get themselves situated for learning. 

Go Nuts for Donuts

Parent Fundraising Society is happy to sponsor an opportunity to purchase Red and While Sprinkle Texas Donuts for delivery on Friday November 18. Ordering is active in Healthy Hunger now!

Lost & Found  

Please encourage your child(ren) to check the Lost & Found often for any forgotten belongings. There is a large quantity of items that have accumulated there. Any remaining items will be donated on November 10. 

Course Fee’s and Lunch Supervision Registration

We have received notice that the courses that have fees associated with them have been added to your account; fees are due when assigned. Also please note: all grade 6 students that stay at school for lunch should be registered to do so.

Fee's and registration can be found on your MyCBE account.

Demographic Verification Forms 

These forms are legally required to be completed each school year and were required to be submitted by October 31. If for some reason you have been unable to complete this form, please contact the Office to make arrangements for assistance in completing this. We thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. 

Upcoming Dates:  

November 10  

  • Remembrance Day Ceremony 10:45 am (format TBD)  

November 11  

  • Remembrance Day Observed (schools closed)  

November 15  

November 21 - 25 

  • Book Fair (In-person and online

November 24 

  • Parent Teacher Student Conferences (Virtual, 4:00pm-8:00pm

November 25 

  • Parent Teacher Student Conferences (Virtual, 8:00am-12:00pm(no school for students

November 29 

  • School Council and Parent Fundraising Society Meetings (7:00 in person, main office

December 15                 

  • Evening Performance of “Shuddersome Tales of Poe” 

December 22                 

  • Last Day of Classes before Winter Break (full day of school

January 9                          

  • Classes Resume 

 As always, please feel free to contact me at csmalette@cbe.ab.ca OR 403 817 3556.   

Chantal Malette  

Principal, Dr. George Stanley School​

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