Another year has come and
gone. September seems so long ago, when
we began our year. Yet, in the blink of
an eye, it is June and we have ended our school year. Each day of this year was graced with a gift
of one kind or another. Excitement about
new learning, laughter of students in the hallway, engaging conversations,
unexpected hugs, random acts of kindness.
Monterey Park School has received many gifts in the form of the support
of our School Council, our many volunteers, workshops, fieldtrips, in-line
skating, and the generosity of our families to support other members or our
community who are in need. We have much
to be grateful for and to celebrate!
On June 21 we celebrated our grade
6 students as they move on to the next chapter of their educational
journey. They have grown throughout the
year as individuals, learners, leaders and community members. Students explored the question ‘How do we
live together?’ throughout the year. The
Legacy Trip this year was comprised of 3 excursions to support this
learning. Students invited Mr. Hal
Eagletail to the school to address how the Tsui T'ina Nation governs, they then
toured Clagary's East Village to come to understand how decisions are made in an urban
environment, and completed their research by visiting the hamlet of
Rosebud. In Rosebud they met with local
governing officials and town historians.
We spent the later half of our
school year dwelling in story. First
with Bob Barton and then a number of different grades with Jeff Stockton. Both Bob and Jeff brought the power of oral
stories to our students and our work. We
were all inspired! We all know ‘that
moment, when literature becomes accessible and a door of the world
opens.’(Jane Yolen) That moment is what we aspired to for each of
our students this year.
Teachers shared the joy of reading daily
through picture books, fiction, poetry and non-fiction, offering the joy of
reading as just that, a joyful, precious gift. Volunteers
and lunch supervisors read daily with our Kindergartens and our Grade Ones
throughout the year to expand their experience with story. As author
Jane Yolen also states, “Stories pour into the hearts of children and
help make them what they become.”
Monterey Park students are readers! Take time this summer
to share the love of reading with your child. Let them choose the book
they most love to read to you.
Pick your favorite childhood book to read to them. Visit the public library. Celebrate your child as a reader and share the
love of reading in any language you choose!
It is with fondness and appreciation that we say farewell to some
staff members. Each has contributed
greatly to the learning environment and to the Monterey Park School
community. We send them off with all our
very best wishes.
- Ms. Hodgson announced her retirement
- Ms. Braaten will be taking a year off to travel and spend time in
different places in our beautiful country
- Ms. Ashby has accepted a position at Auburn Bay School
- Ms. Roger is moving into a System role as Indigenous Learning
- Ms. Retallack is the new teacher coordinator for City Hall School
– Chevron Open Minds
- Ms. McQueen, Ms. Scott, Ms. Wall, Ms. Innes, Ms. Murray and Ms.
Bohnert all joined us on temporary assignments.
We know they will find success within CBE
Families will be contacted in
late August by the school to advise students of their new teacher or their teacher to
welcome them to the new school year.
Thank you to
all our families for your continued support of your children in
learning. For following up on homework, reading nightly, communicating
with teachers and the school, participating in conferences, parent evenings,
School Council, fundraising and fun lunches. We couldn’t do it without
you. You, your children and your efforts on our community’s behalf are
appreciated. We look forward to our upcoming year with great excitement
and anticipation of all the possibilities yet imagined. Have a wonderful and safe summer break and we will see you again on September 3, 2019.