Spring Break has just past and there
are only three months left of this school year.
Time has passed by so quickly and there is much to do!
Following Spring Break our students are actively involved in gymnastics
and dance. We are happy to have Rachel Black join us in this activity as
our physical education specialist for the remainder of the school year. She will be in our gym from Tuesday to
Thursday each week. It is very clear in
the Alberta Program of Studies that the goal of our “physical education program is to enable
individuals to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to lead an
active, healthy lifestyle.”
To further assist our physical literacy
goals, we have an artist from SoundKreations
joining us from April 23-26. The artist
will be teaching our students moves in hip hop dance. This will give students plenty of moves to
use for the Spring Fling Dance on April
26. We are looking forward to seeing
lots of families at the Spring Fling.
to Spring Break parents and teachers had an opportunity to attend parent - teacher conferences. We hope that all questions, concerns and
celebrations were covered in those meetings.
It was a pleasure to hear stories of success from families. As well I was encouraged by the goals and
plans made to further build on what has been learned so far this year. If you have further questions or were not
able to attend the conferences, please contact your child’s teacher to book an
time we are planning for next school year.
If you know your family will be
moving and have not let us know, please contact the school at your earliest
convenience so we can adjust as needed.
A smooth transition to a new school is important to your child’s success
in the coming school year. If we are
aware of your child’s move, we can ensure that the new school has files and any
pertinent information that is needed for a great start to a new school
I have been asked recently about
parent requests for their child’s
teacher for next year. Please note
that at this time we are believe many of our staff members will remain the
same, we are not certain all staff members will be staying and remain in the
same grade at Marion Carson School in the fall. Even though this may not be helpful in your
decision making, I will be taking written requests for teachers until June 1. After that date, we will be organizing classes
and requests will not be accepted. Please make sure that your request includes a
positive educational reason along with your choice of teacher. Be aware that requests are honoured if it is
seen to be in the best educational interest of the child. We do our best to balance the students in
classes in terms of ability, motivation, needs and compatibility. A request to have a child with another friend
or having the same teacher as an older sibling had in the past is not adequate.
Academic reasons are most
appreciated. When making class lists, we
do our best to make sure that each child is in a group that we feel they can
successfully achieve both academically and socially. Parents will know their child’s teacher for
next year in August when teacher communicate with families by phone, email or
On May 9 we
will be hosting our Kindergarten
Orientation at 7:00 p.m. We ask that
all families whose children will be kindergarten in 2019-20 have at least one
parent attend the Orientation. An email
has been sent out to all families to inform them of the event. We would request that children not join us
for this meeting as it tends to be a lot of information over an extended period
should know of a family whose child is ready for kindergarten and lives in
Varsity but have yet to register, please remind them to come to the school as
soon as possible to complete the registration
process. Please remember that all spots
in the Mandarin Bilingual program are full and we are contacting families on
the call-back list as spaces come available.
We would like to thank our parents for their volunteer support. We have many events all year that would be
difficult to hold if we did not have that involvement. Coming up this month is the Spring Fling. The Special Events Committee would love to
have as many volunteers as possible join in the setup, organizing and cleanup
of the event. A note will be sent home
soon to inform parents of the event and how they can help out. Again, we would like to thank for all volunteers
for their work in classrooms, for performances, in the office, at School
Council Meetings, in the library and on field trips! Your help at swimming has
been greatly appreciated! It is such a pleasure to have supportive parents.