Happy New Year (2022) to everyone! It will be great to see all of our students on Monday! With a brand new year comes a optimism that we will get through this pandemic this year. The resiliency and strength of our community of learners is amazing. For those of you who are struggling at this time of year, please reach out for support. The school has Joyce Perrin (student services) covering for Tracey Orr who is off for the month of January, but all of our staff are prepared to sit and listen to students who are needing some extra care and attention.
We are currently waiting for a few big announcements, like what is going on with athletics. The Calgary Middle School Amateur Athletics has not made any changes to date for our basketball season so we will be proceeding as planned unless we hear something different soon. While we cannot have spectators in the stands, we are working at live streaming the games so that fans can see our athletes representing Marshall Springs. All athletes should show up prepared to try out this week. We will continue to update our athletes as more information comes in.
We took the gift of time from our government and had the majority of our staff recertify in first aid. This will allow us to use our professional learning day at the end of January for improving teaching and learning at Marshall Springs.
I am sure you have heard the announcement from our Education Minister that schools are receiving masks and rapid antigen tests. At the moment we do not have these, they are scheduled to arrive at the end of next week. As soon as we have the masks and tests we will distribute them to families. The tests are for home use and cannot be used for the Restrictions Exemption Program. Please remember to do the daily health checklist and to not come to school if you have any symptoms.