Jan 12
Happy New Year!

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“We are imperfect creatures. We are, that's what it is. But we should try reaching for the better you, the better me. There is pain and there is difficulties, and there is fears and all the kinds of things that we live with. But it is through them we have to reach. We have to reach out, not just to each other, but to the universe." ~ Sidney Poitier 

 

Dear Henry Wise Wood Students, Parent/Guardians, and Community, 

We wish you a very Happy New Year and welcome back! Much has changed since December 15 when I last wrote you, but what has not changed is that we are in this together, and we will continue to work together to support student learning. I have been so impressed with our students upon their return to in-person learning. They have been very attentive to masking and other health protocols, and are keen to finish the semester strong.

A reminder that if your student is experiencing even mild symptoms according to the updated Daily Checklist, please keep them home and complete a rapid test. We will be distributing masks and rapid tests as soon as we receive these supplies. 

We have received questions about online opportunities for students. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer the full learning experience online as well as in person. That being said, as they have been throughout the semester, teachers will post some materials on their D2L shells for self-exploration by students who are away.

You'll have received our email communication about the January schedule; please take a close look at all the detailed information it contains.  

  • ​Regular classes will be running Jan 10-19. This week is focused on meaningful learning activities for students and wrapping up essential assessments to complete the courses.  Attendance will be taken.
  • Any work completed during the credit recovery period Jan 20-25 will be no jeopardy. There will be no formal exam sitting.  

    Athletics is resuming this week with reduced spectators, only 1 parent/ guardian per athlete is now permitted. We know this is difficult and look forward to when things open up again.

    Stay safe and thank you for staying connected with us, 
     

    Aileen Smyth 
    Principal 


Dec 08
Caring For The Winter Break & Our Students
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Dear HWW Students, Families and Community, 

​“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others." ~ Booker T. Washington

On Friday we shared details by School Messenger about our upcoming Warrior Voice Café in our ongoing work to create our welcome, safe, caring and respectful school. Please review the message and encourage your child to sign up to attend. All voices are valued and welcome. We hear you, we care and we are listening.  

We will discuss the Warrior Voice Café as well as other important topics at our upcoming School Council meeting, taking place virtually at 6:30pm on Monday, December 13. Please click this link to join. 

We are pleased to attach and share our January final exam schedule. Please review with your student to ensure they are aware of when and where they will be sitting their exams. In the spirit of generosity, and in response to interrupted learning needs and to the Alberta Education decision to lower Diploma Exam weightings this year, we have reduced our January and June final exam weightings to 20% in all core subjects. Teachers will be working with students to ensure a balanced body of learning evidence is gathered.

Thank you to all the Drama students, Mr. McDonald, Ms. Tuttle and Ms. Wells for the outstanding Drama production this week!  It has truly been enlightening and great to see the artists of Wise Wood.  The production runs to December 10, 2021.  To get your tickets, contact Mr. McDonald @ mamcdonald@cbe.ab.ca.  

We are looking forward to the upcoming Band production on December 15 conducted by Ms. Natasha Mellish. All the HWW musicians are working hard to prepare for our first concert in 2 years.

In less joyous news, we are working closely with students about appropriate parking lot driving- including previous incidents of stunting. Our SRO has given out a number of warnings but after Winter Break it has been decided that tickets will be given for that behaviour which will cost $587 and 3 demerits. Please remind students to drive safely for the benefit of all. 

Have a lovely winter week! 

​Aileen Smyth 

Principal ​


Dec 02
Welcome December!

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Happy Hanukkah to all those celebrating.  Chag Sameach!

 

“The darkness of the whole world cannot swallow the glowing of a candle."  ~Robert Altinger

As December begins, we look forward to our upcoming events:

Athletics- December 1 marks the day for Exhibition Games for all of our basketball teams. Spectators will be limited to parents/ guardians & siblings. Games will be livestreamed.

Drama - This December the Henry Wise Wood Theatre Program is presenting an original presentation centered around the ideas of colonialization and residential schools on December 7 – 10 at 7:00 pm. Each performance will be limited to 1/3 of capacity so we are only selling 30 tickets per performance. The performances will take place in the drama room and the tickets are $10 each. The show will run approximately 35-45 minutes with time for discussion and questions afterwards. If you would like to reserve your tickets in advance please email Mr. McDonald at mamcdonald@cbe.ab.ca.  

December Concert -   Our Henry Wise Wood Music Program will be holding an in-person Band concert on Dec 15, at 7:00 pm in the school gym.  There will be limited seating, two tickets per Band student. We are not able to livestream the concert but will share a recording at a later date. This is a no-cost event but donations are welcome.  A list of items that are needed (gently used or new):

  • Jackets
  • Socks, Toques & Mittens
  • Warm Clothes, Hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, soap, deodorant, etc.), Canned Food, etc (non-perishable)

Donations will be distributed to various shelters such as Mustard Seed, Women's Shelter, and Inn From The Cold

Working Together - In follow up to last week's student walkout, we have had the opportunity for a number of excellent conversations with students. We are creating a school-wide opportunity for students to share their thoughts on how we continue to ensure a welcoming, safe, caring and respectful school environment for all of our Warriors. More information to come in our next Wednesday Warrior and in the School Council virtual meeting on December 13, 2021. We look forward to partnering with you as parents/guardians in this important work.

Eating Indoors- As more students are eating indoors with the colder weather, the Auxiliary gyms will be open for students to eat their lunches.  Please remind your students that they must be seated when their mask is off and eating, and to bring their own cutlery.  Garbage must be picked up and spills need to be cleaned up immediately.  

Happy December!

​Aileen Smyth

Principal 

 


Nov 24
Sweet November

Dear HWW Students, Parents/Guardians, and Community,

As we move into the winter season, our thoughts turn to giving back to the community. There are a number of initiatives through which students and families can contribute to our Wise Wood community. Christmas Support for Warrior Families in Need and Help Us Help those in Need have detailed information further on in the newsletter. 

​“Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour."                      ~John Boswell

Our basketball season begins December 1. There will be a parent/guardian meeting Saturday November 27 at the school gym or online Click here to join the meeting from 10-11:30am to answer all of your questions. Please see the letter coming home for details. 

HWW is looking forward to our upcoming Drama (December 7-10 ticketed event) and Music (December 15 ticketed event) performances.  There is more information available under The Arts.    

​Friday is a non-instructional day. Staff will be focusing on wellbeing for learning and building both staff and staff resiliency toolkits.  

Stay warm out there!

​Aileen Smyth 

Principal 


Nov 18
Metis Week

Dear HWW Students, Families, and Community Members, 

As the season turns, we are so grateful to have enjoyed a lovely extended Fall. Our thoughts now turn to the Winter season ahead and all the fun to be had on the land in the snow! 

For any families with incoming Grade 9s, our virtual Open House evenings are coming up soon. These will be held virtually on December 1 (complementary subjects) and December 2 (core subjects) evenings from 4-6:00pm. They will be followed by a Student Services drop in session from 6-6:30 for more detailed/student specific questions. More information and TEAMS links to come. You can select what sessions best fit your inquiry and your child's interests. We look forward to welcoming our new Warriors! 

This week we have been acknowledging Metis Week Nov. 15-19 and Louis Riel Day Nov. 16.  We thank each of our students for their respectful learning. 

“Life, without the dignity of an intelligent being, is not worth having." (Louis Riel) 

In other news, our Fall sports have wrapped up and our basketball season has begun, tryouts information has been posted to Instagram. Congrats to our Athletes and Coaches for a great season!​​

Christmas Support for Warrior Families in Need:

Due to Covid19 concerns/restrictions, our HWW Christmas drive is going to look similar to last year where we will not be collecting physical items.  We ask that if you would like to be a part of supporting some of our families this holiday that staff, students and families consider donating cash or gift cards for the following businesses:

  • Walmart
  • Superstore
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Canadian Tire
  • Chinook Centre
  • Southcentre Mall
  • Tim Hortons

    Any cash donations will be used to purchase gift cards for the locations listed above and will be presented to Wise Wood families with identified need this holiday season.

    Here is how you can help: Drop off a cash donation OR gift card donation in person to the main office in a labelled envelope by December 3, 2021.

Last but not least, this December the Henry Wise Wood Theatre Program is presenting an original presentation on December 7 – 10 at 7:00 pm. In person seating will be limited, and ticket information will be coming out shortly. Please contact Mr. McDonald at mamcdonald@cbe.ab.ca if you have any questions. ​

Aileen Smyth 

Principal 


Nov 10
Lest We Forget


Dear HWW Students, Families, and Community Members, 

This week as we honour Indigenous Veteran’s Day and Remembrance Day, we are so grateful to all of our Veterans and the freedoms for which they fought. We were very proud of our students in how they led and observed today’s Remembrance Day virtual Ceremony. 

Friday is a non-instructional day; staff will be gathered around our assessment practices and collaboratively moving forward in our School Development Plan focus on literacy, mathematics and wellbeing for learning.

Big congratulations to all of our Fall sports teams as they wrap up their seasons. We have been so pleased to cheer you on! Our Winter sports tryouts will be soon underway, stay tuned for details.

Our next School Council virtual meeting is Monday, November 15 at 6:30 pm. Please consider joining us.

We will be honouring Metis Week November 15-19 and will share more information about that in our next update.

With appreciation, and in Remembrance,

Aileen Smyth


Nov 03
November at a Glance

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“ In Flanders fields, the poppies blow,

between the crosses, row on row"

~John McCrae


Dear HWW Students, Families, and Community Members, 

​Next week we will honour Indigenous Veterans' Day and Remembrance Day. Students will be invited to participate in a virtual Remembrance Day Ceremony on November 10 as we honour and remember. We are grateful for all of the freedoms that we enjoy. 

PowerSchool grades will not be accessible from Nov 1-4 as teachers finalize report cards. Report cards will be live on November 9. Please contact the main office if you do not yet have PowerSchool access for your child. 

We would value your support in reminding students about effective use of technology.  We have seen some damage done to keyboards and computers in our labs. These technology items are so important to support student learning and we want them in the best condition for student use. Please remind your student to treat this technology as if it were their own and say something if damage is observed. 

It's hard to believe we are already in November and Term 2. Happy Diwali to those Staff, Students and Families celebrating the Festival of Lights tomorrow!

With appreciation,

Aileen Smyth 

Principal


Oct 28
Happy "Halloweek'

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Dear HWW Students, Families and Community Members,  

As we move towards the end of October, we have been enjoying some 'Halloweek' fun including Movie afternoons, pet costume competition, door decorating, scavenger hunt, and our upcoming annual Halloween costume parade on October 29. It is good to see students and staff laugh and enjoy, as we reconnect and continue to build our Warrior school culture.   

A few friendly reminders about some costume considerations: 

  • ​No Halloween masks- we need to see our students' faces...but regular masks to cover mouths are perfect! 
  • No weapons of any kind – guns, swords, etc. 
  • No costumes that are offensive 
  • Inappropriate slogans, symbols etc. 
  • Unsuitable Clothing – please follow the dress code. 

     “Each year, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere. He's gotta pick this one. He's got to. I don't see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one. You can look around and there's not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see."  

    (Charles M. Schultz) 

     As we prepare to share our Term 1 report cards, please note that there will be 'blackout dates' in PowerSchool between Nov 1-4 as teachers do their preparation. Report Cards go live on November 9; if you have questions, please reach out to teachers to have more detailed discussion about your student's learning and next steps. 

    In the world of Athletics, we have wrapped up our Cross Country and Soccer seasons very successfully. Volleyball and football continue this week.  Go, Warriors!  

    Have a safe and fun Halloween!  

    Aileen Smyth   
    Principal  


Oct 21
Indigenous Education

pumpkins.pngDear HWW Students, Families and Community Members,

On October 18, staff enjoyed an outstanding day of Professional Learning on Monday led by our CBE Indigenous Education Team, our Indigenous Strategist, Kathleen Wells, and our school-based professional learning team.

Our day began with an Acknowledgement of Land and words of wisdom from Elders.

We watched several virtual keynote speakers including:

  • Dr. Pamela Toulouse' invitation to consider what actions we take to create a holistic school-wide learning environment that supports all students? 
  • Tomas Jirousek led us through considering who is in our building and how do we honour where each are at, creating positive expectations for each learner. Tomas also discussed honouring the choice of Indigenous students to explore the rich educational system in their communities and that this is a valid way.

And, our Indigenous Strategist, Kathleen Wells, guided Staff in a rich conversation and Ted Talk from Rebecca Thomas about land-based learning and Etuaptmumk: Two Eyed Seeing. Land based learning is:

“to see from one eye with the strengths of Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing, and from the other eye with the strengths of Western knowledge and ways of knowing and learning to use both these eyes together, for the benefit of all" (Living Sky School Division Saskatchewan)

​We are excited to continue this work in creating inclusive spaces and the interweaving of indigenous ways of knowing and the Holistic Lifelong Learning Framework in our Wise Wood classrooms to impact student success for our Indigenous learners and all of our learners.

In other news, this week holds more outstanding Athletics! Our Cross Country team placed 1,3 and 9 in the Top 10 in the Province for Jr Girls. Our Soccer team took Silver in the City Finals! Congratulations to these teams for an excellent season. Volleyball and Football regularly scheduled season continues.

 We are so proud of all of our students, Go Warriors!

 

Aileen Smyth 

Principal 


Oct 13
Hello October

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Dear HWW Students, Families, and Community members,

 

Trusting that everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving long weekend! A big thank you to those parents/guardians who were able to attend virtual Parent Teacher Interviews last week. These conversations are so valuable in advancing student learning and establishing teaching next steps.

You will find important updates in this newsletter in relation to our upcoming:

  • Walk a Mile in Her Shoes awareness event 
  • Student Vote
  • Municipal Election
  • School Council AGM  

As the season changes, we are grateful to be working with our outstanding students and proud of the attitude of service to others that so many of our Warriors display on a daily basis.    

Have a wonderful week,

 

Aileen Smyth 

Principal 



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