Oct 04
October 2021

Good afternoon Buffalo Rubbing Stone families,

I am always amazed by how quickly September flies by.  I treasure the first days of school as students find their way, get to know their teachers and classmates, and build the foundation of what will be a great school year.  Our first conferences of the year gave teachers the opportunity to get acquainted or reacquainted with parents and build the important parent-teacher partnership.  We know when parents are involved in their children's education, student achievement is enhanced.  As we head into October, teachers are determining student strengths and planning engaging ways to address curriculum.

This year, we are looking forward to building on the learning of last year.  We will continue our focus on writing and mathematics and we will be introducing a new program to support our youngest learners with beginning reading skills.  While our School Development Plan is a living document that is revisited throughout the school year, October is the month we consider the accomplishments of last year, determine our baseline data for the fall, and make plans for the school year ahead.  The School Development Plan will be a focus at our School Council Meeting on October 28.  We always appreciate hearing feedback from parents regarding the learning priorities we set.

As part of our learning and along the path of truth and reconciliation, this week we renamed our learning communities and began researching Alberta animals important in the Indigenous Community.  The classes in the east wing of the school (Ms. Shaw, Ms. Balcers, Ms. Dorsey, Ms. Hodgins, and Ms. Shephard) are the Eagles.  The classes in the south wing (Ms. McIsaac, Ms. Craig, Ms. Wong, Ms. Johnson, Ms. Ayerst, and Ms. Montgomery) are the Wolves.  The classes in the west wing (Ms. Scott, Ms. Koskimaki, Ms. Derby, Ms. Rojas, Ms. Sweet, and Ms. De Jesus) are the Beavers. And the classes in the central part and north wing of the school (Mr. Bent, Mr. McEachern, Ms. Kollee, Ms. Straiton, Ms. Boudreault, Ms. Gallant, Ms. Clark, Ms. Plimmer, and Ms. Melissa) are the Bears.  Of course, at Buffalo Rubbing Stone, we are all Buffaloes!!  This work is just beginning.  We are excited about our new community groups.

We're also excited about Spirit Wear!!  At the School Council and Parent Association Meetings last Tuesday, it was decided to offer spirit wear again this year.  We hope to have an announcement soon… stay tuned!

The COVID-19 pandemic response continues to guide many of our school protocols.  High impact risk mitigation strategies including mandatory masking, hand sanitizing, and respiratory etiquette, along with dedicated entry and exit doors, directional hallways, enhanced cleaning, and cohorting all contribute to our collective good health.  Our protocols continue to evolve at the direction of Alberta Health Services (AHS), Alberta Education, and the CBE.  New this week, AHS is asking schools to record specific symptoms of illness.  When your child is ill and unable to attend school, please include your child's symptoms when you call the office to report the absence.  This information will help AHS monitor trends and further mitigate risk.

Take good care,

​Allison E.G. Bobenic

 Principal


Jun 30
Farewell 2021

Good morning Buffalo Rubbing Stone families,

As we look at the 2020-2021 school year in the rear-view mirror, I hope there are many memories that make you smile and demonstrate our resilience as a school community.

Since bidding our students farewell on Monday at noon, teachers have reviewed the many accomplishments of the year and have already started planning for next year.  Among the identified accomplishments are increased student achievement in writing, and increased student perseverance and confidence.  These were the areas of focus in the first of three years in our School Development Plan.  We will continue this work next year, growing from the strong foundation laid this year.  We also have seen increased student achievement in mathematics.  The school investment in the MathUP curriculum resource and the BRS Parent Association investment in Mathletics have been important factors in student success (yes, the pun is intended!!)  Thank you to the BRS School Council and the BRSPA for your commitment to student success!

Since our farewells last Thursday, we have had two changes:  Mrs. Hill and her family are moving to Vancouver Island so we've had to say goodbye to her.  We thought we were saying goodbye to Mrs. Thompson but we have been able to hire her to continue with us next year. 

Saying goodbye is always hard and saying hello is always exciting.  To those of you leaving BRS, we will miss you and we wish you well.  We look forward to meeting new friends in the fall.

Thank you for a very memorable school year – the challenges presented by the pandemic were substantial yet we faced the challenges and experienced a successful school year because we have a strong learning community.  Students, I hope you've had a chance to reflect on your hard work and everything you've learned.  Please be certain to thank your parents for all they have done to support your learning – not just this year but every year.  Finally, I hope you feel proud of your accomplishments; I know your teachers, Mrs. Neufeld, and I are proud of you!  

Have a wonderful summer!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Bobenic​


Jun 03
June 2021

Good afternoon Buffalo Rubbing Stone families,

 

June is always an exciting month.  Tonight we will welcome our new kindergarten families at our annual Welcome to Kindergarten meeting.  Over the next few weeks, we will be finalizing and celebrating the important learning that has transpired this year.  On June 25, students will meet together online for our annual farewell assemblies.  The grade five farewell will be recorded and posted in the grade five google classrooms for parents to enjoy.  It will be available until June 30.  We hope to invite parents into the school again next year.

 

At the BRS School Council meeting last week, we shared the results of the School Budget and School Fees Survey and the School Development Plan Survey.  This information is posted in the sidebar of the BRS website School Council tab.  We also shared our anticipated 2021-2022 organization for learning.  It is as follows:

            Kindergarten – 4 classes of approximately 20 students each

            Grades 1&2 – 10 classes of approximately 21 students each

            Grades 3&4 – 10 classes of approximately 23 students each

            Grade 5 – 4 classes of approximately 27 students each

            EES – one class of approximately 9 students

 

At this time of year, there is a great deal of predicting that impacts our organization for learning.  Our student population in September will either confirm our predictions or require us to reorganize.  Families will receive a letter from their child(ren)'s teacher late in the afternoon on Tuesday, August 31 with information about where to meet on the first day of school.  Teaching assignments and class lists frequently change over the summer so no information is available before August 31. 

 

The 2021-2022 School year will begin on Wednesday, September 1.  Our 2021-2022 school calendar will be posted on the BRS website calendar tab in the next few days.  Our school hours will remain the same for students in grades one through five and for students in EES.  Kindergarten hours have been been adjusted by a few minutes (AM class: 8:00 – 10 51 am / PM class: 11:48 am – 2:40 pm)

 

Following the discovery of 215 lost lives at the former Kamloops Residential School, our students and staff have recommitted ourselves to learning and speaking the truth of residential schools and building understandings that lead to reconciliation.  With funding from the BRS Parent Association, we had purchased print resources that support this work.  The new books arrived last week and are already being used.  The Calgary Board of Education – Indigenous Education Team has provided schools with learning resources as well.  The Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 Calls to Action explicitly address our role as educators:  “63. We call upon the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada to maintain an annual commitment to Aboriginal education issues, including: i. Developing and implementing Kindergarten to Grade Twelve curriculum and learning resources on Aboriginal peoples in Canadian history, and the history and legacy of residential schools."  All year, we have infused Indigenous Ways of Knowing in all curricular areas, honouring our belief that we all have important contributions to make when building understandings of our world.  This work is ongoing as we endeavour to build relationships in a good way.

 

As we review the good work of this year and plan for what lies ahead next year, we are always grateful for our partnership with BRS parents.  We have much to accomplish in the next three weeks and look forward to sharing student achievement on report cards at the end of the month.

 

Take good care,

Allison E.G. Bobenic, Principal​


May 13
May 2021


Good morning Buffalo Rubbing Stone families,

I'm hearing from teachers that although they would prefer being at school with our students, they are very impressed with how much the students have progressed in their ability to learn online.  They are navigating Google Meets and Google Classroom well.  Often times students are helping their classmates with tech issues, just one more example of working together as a learning community.  The pandemic has necessitated new ways of learning.  Our students are learning to be flexible thinkers and to make changes quickly, to solve problems in new ways, to work together, and to keep themselves and each other safe.  They are resilient.  As they build new skills and use those skills to persevere and succeed, their confidence grows.  Increasing persistence and confidence is part of our School Development Plan (SDP).  Over the next week of online learning, I encourage you to step back and observe what your child(ren) are able to do in an online environment.  Then think back to March 2020 when in-school classes were cancelled.  Wow!!  We have all learned so much.  While I don't think any of us expected we would be managing the pandemic this long and while I certainly hope we are nearing its end, I think it's important to honour our accomplishments and determine what parts of this experience need to be maintained.  I'm looking forward to building a new post-pandemic normal!

The variety of online learning tools available to our students is a big advantage.  I know I've said it before, it bears repeating; thank you to the BRS School Council and the BRS Parent Association for supporting learning enhancements including Mathletics and Raz Kids.  These online tools are expensive.  We depend on parent fundraising to pay for them.  As these are annual subscriptions, they are avaible in the summer as well.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Budget and Fees Survey.  We will share the results at the BRS School Council Meeting on Thursday, May 27.  Thank you also to the people who have completed the BRS School Development Plan Survey; it will be open until next Thursday and its results will similarly be shared at the May School Council Meeting.  I deeply appreciate the opportunity to discuss ideas at our School Council and Parent Association meetings.  The surveys give all parents an opportunity to participate in the dialogue.  Following our conversation at the last meeting, the BRSSC has invited our CBE Trustee Althea Adams to join us on May 27.  If you have specific questions or issues you would like her to address, please email them to me before Thursday, May 20.  We hope you will join us on Microsoft Teams at 6:30 pm.

​Finally, at BRS we try to recognize events people in our community cherish. We have been privileged to share in the joy of Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas, Lunar New Year, Easter, and now we wish our community Eid Mubarak as many celebrate Eid Al-Fitr.  

Please continue reporting cases of COVID-19 to me.  Your information is used in confidence and helps us keep our community safe.  We miss you and we are hopeful that in-person learning will resume on Tuesday, May 25.

Take good care,

Allison E.G. Bobenic, Principal


Apr 07
April 2021
Good afternoon Buffalo Rubbing Stone families,

I hope our brighter, warmer mornings and sunnier days are indications of beautiful spring weather ahead.  It seems many people had a restful spring break and are ready to make the last three months of the school year great!  We always plan for linear growth in student learning yet we often see exponential growth at this time of year.  All the hard work of the fall and winter comes to fruition in April, May, and June.

This week, we are reminding our students of the COVID-19 protocols in place to keep themselves and each other safe.  Please remind your children of the following AHS/CBE/BRS rules:

  • Use the AHS COVID-19 Checklist every day before coming to school and access the CBE website for other COVID-19 information
  • Enter and exit the school from your designated door only
    • Main door – deJesus, Rojas, Derby, Dorsey, Hodgins
    • East door (Portables) – Shaw, Doucette, Kollee, McEachern
    • Compound door – Straiton, Gallant, Clark, Plimmer, Hill
    • Playground door – McIsaac, Craig, Thomson, Gibson, Shepard, Montgomery
  • Wash or sanitize your hands when entering or exiting the building or a room in the building
  • Wear your mask properly at all times (other than during masks breaks)
  • Avoid large groups and be physically distanced even when outside
  • The playground is closed for the 15 minutes before and after school and is open to BRS students only during school hours.

These personal health measures, along with our school and classroom safety protocols, are important ways for us to mitigate risk.

In the spring, we always begin planning for the fall.  BRS is closed to only those families who live in our attendance area.  If you have moved during the school year or you will be moving over the summer, we are pleased to support your transfer to your 2021-2022 designated school for September.  Please contact the office so we can start the process.  The more accurate our attendance numbers are, the better able we are to plan for next year.  Similarly, your new school wants to be ready for your child's arrival.  Transfers to CBe-learn must be submitted by Friday, April 23.  CBE transfer forms need to be signed by the principal so it's important to contact me in advance of the deadline, if you are considering CBe-learn for your child(ren).  BRS hub students will be automatically enrolled in BRS (or Captain Nichola Goddard for grade 6) for in-person learning in September, unless parents indicate otherwise.

Another element of planning is engaging parents in important conversations through online surveys and school council conversations.  The Alberta Assurance Survey (formerly the Accountability Pillar Survey) was sent by Alberta Education to parents of our grade four students in late March.  This survey elicits parent, student, and teacher perceptions of the education students receive at Buffalo Rubbing Stone School; it is specific to your experience with our school.  Responses range from “very satisfied" to “very dissatisfied."  One of the responses is “don't know."  “Don't know" counts as a negative response.  If you don't know but you don't want your response counted as negative, please use “not applicable" or leave the question blank.  Next week, I will be sending a School Budget and Fees Survey, again specific to our school.  We will discuss this survey at our BRS School Council meeting on Thursday, April 29.  We deeply appreciate the time you take to complete these surveys.  They provide an opportunity for you to share your thoughts and they inform our plans for next year.  Finally, we encourage all Albertans to examine the Alberta Education Draft Curriculum and provide feedback to the government at https://www.alberta.ca/curriculum-have-your-say.aspx.

Take good care,

​Allison E.G. Bobenic

Principal


Mar 01
March 2021

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Good afternoon Buffalo Rubbing Stone families,

Every year I am surprised by how quickly the next few months fly by.  It's lovely to be starting school in the daylight again and, even when we return to daylight saving time on March 14, we'll still see the morning sun before learning begins at 8:00 am.

While we have much yet to accomplish in this school year, we're already looking ahead to next year.  If you have moved during the year or you will be moving before school starts again in September, please let the office know so we can support your transfer to your new designated school.  Buffalo Rubbing Stone School is closed to only those students who live in our catchment.  If you are uncertain about our school boundaries, please refer to our School Profile.

We are getting ready for learning conferences on March 11 and 12.  Conferences will be hosted on Microsoft Teams.  Please book your conference in your MyCBE/PowerSchool account; the system will open at 8:00 am on Thursday, March 4.  Once you have booked your appointment, you will receive an emailed meeting invitation.  Please click the link to join the meeting at your conference time.  If you would prefer a phone call, please be in touch with your child's teacher and provide the phone number at which you'd like to be called.  In this case, please expect the call to come from a private number.  There will be no school for kindergarten students on Thursday, March 11 and no school for all students on Friday, March 12 to accommodate conferences.  Please remember to include your children in the conferences.  It is important for students to attend conferences with their parents to celebrate successes together and set goals together.  The CBE document How is My Child Doing in School? may be helpful as you consider what you hope to discuss with the teacher during conferences.  It's important that you are a partner in your child's education. 

Our School Development Plan goals of increasing organization in writing and increasing student confidence and persistence, along with our school-wide focus on problem solving in mathematics remain in the forefront of our professional conversations.  Teachers meet (online of course!) in small and large groups to discuss student learning, imbed research-based practices, and calibrate the expected proficiency levels of students in each grade.  Developing a common understanding of the expectations we have of student success at each grade level and leveraging the strengths of a team of teachers are two of the many benefits of our collegial meetings every Friday afternoon.

I never tire of thanking parents for all you do to support Buffalo Rubbing Stone School.  We miss seeing you at school and deeply value all you do to make BRS a great place to learn.  Thank you!

Take good care,

Allison E.G. Bobenic

Principal


Feb 01
February 2021


Good afternoon Buffalo Rubbing Stone families,

The first half of our year has ended.  Report cards will be available on your MyCBE / PowerSchool account on Friday. Please use the online browser, not the mobile app.  There will be access instructions in the Buffalo Bulletin on Thursday.  Report cards summarize each student's achievement so far.  The half-way point of the year is a good time to reflect on where we began, how far we've come, and the work we need to do to achieve our goals by the end of June.  Look for comments about strengths and next steps in learning.

Thank you to everyone who participated in Family Literacy Day.  One hundred-sixteen students commented on the books.  We've been excited to come together as a school community in new ways.  Each of the books connected to the Circle of Courage and the themes of belonging, generosity, independence, and mastery.  One student commented, Home is everywhere, it does not matter where you are, it is about the people you are with!!! We enjoyed listening to Mrs. Neufeld read this story! Thank you!" Another student said, “These stories connect to both generosity and belonging, out of the four major elements in the circle of courage. In the book "Home is a Window," the mother is very generous when helping her daughter clean up broken dishes, to kissing her goodnight. Meanwhile, in the other book "The Scarecrow", the scarecrow generously let the baby crows live in his heart, although his purpose is to scare them away. Not only do these books represent generosity, they represent another crucial part, BELONGING! The first book, (Home is a Window) they represent belonging by having a large feast with special people in their lives, that make them feel like they belong in a loving family. With the other book, (The Scarecrow) the scarecrow himself, specifically shows belonging towards the little baby crows, hiding them from predators and playing from dusk 'til dawn. Friends, even though they are different, making each feel that they belong no matter the circumstances."  Sharing books is such a joy!

This morning we welcomed 22 students returning to in-school learning from the hub. Additionally, over the past few weeks we've welcomed 11 new students to BRS.  We've been reviewing safety protocols in the classrooms and working together to mitigate risk. 

One area over which the staff and I have little control is traffic safety.  It is essential parents choose safety over convenience and set a good example for students.  Recently we have had a few close calls that are very alarming.  Please remember that the school parking lot is reserved for staff only.  Dropping off or picking up students in the staff parking lot is prohibited.  Similarly, stopping or parking in the bus zone or in a crosswalk, or dropping students off in the roadway without parking are all prohibited.  Annually, the Calgary Police Service monitors school traffic.  They work first to educate then to ticket drivers as necessary.  Since we have not yet been monitored, I anticipate we may see police presence soon.  The mornings are especially challenging as our small students can be difficult to see in the dark.  Please make traffic safety a priority to keep all our students safe.

Adjacent to our school property are stormwater ponds.  The City of Calgary reminds us that, “Storm ponds have an important job to do. They protect the community from flooding and clean storm water. Because of rapidly changing water levels and poor water quality, a storm pond should not be used for recreational purposes like wading or skating."  We remind everyone to stay away from the ponds.

As always, we remind all students and families that our weather at this time of year changes quickly and our pathways can be slippery.  Please take extra care and dress for the weather.

Take good care,

Allison E.G. Bobenic

Principal


Jan 05
January 2021

Good afternoon Buffalo Rubbing Stone families and Happy New Year,

By now all students will have completed their first day back to school while learning at home.  Teachers have prepared engaging learning tasks for students to complete both online and offline.  They are working hard to make the at home learning experience very worthwhile.  Age-appropriate independent work will be a focus as students set learning goals and work to achieve them.  If your child is having difficulty accessing the Google Meets, please email the teacher directly.  Attendance is taken during Google Meets; children not in attendance will be marked absent.  Please contact the school, as you usually would, if your child is ill and unable to attend school.

As we near the half-way point in the year, it is a good time to reflect on where we began, how far we've come, and the work we need to do to achieve our goals by the end of June.  Teachers are assessing the progress students have made since September and collecting evidence of learning to determine report card marks and comments.  Expect report cards to be issued on your MyCBE/PowerSchool account during the first week of February.

The Minister of Education confirmed on Monday afternoon that it is expected K-12 students who typically learn at school will return to in-person learning on January 11.  Students and families who have travelled outside Canada are legally required to follow all provincial and federal travel restrictions upon arrival.  If your family is participating in the International Border Testing Pilot Program, your children may not return to school until they have tested negative on a second test 6 or 7 days after your arrival.

If you are not enrolled in the pilot program, your child must: quarantine (isolate) for 14 days, monitor for symptoms, and get tested if any symptoms develop, then isolate for at least 10 additional days from the beginning of symptoms or until feeling well, whichever takes longer.  This means your child is unable to return to school for a minimum of 14 days after your return.

Kindergarten Registration begins on Monday, January 11.  At BRS, our kindergarten program serves only the students in our catchment.  Typically, our morning classes are oversubscribed necessitating a draw.  Registration in kindergarten is NOT first come first served.  If either the morning or afternoon classes are oversubscribed, complete registrations received on or before noon on February 9 will be included in the draw on February 10.  Families will be notified of their AM or PM designation by email on or before February 26.  If there are little ones in your neighbourhood ready to begin kindergarten in the fall, please have their parents go to our BRS website for the information and forms they need to register.

Thank you again to the BRS School Council for organizing spirit wear.  Hoodies, t-shirts, masks, ball caps, and sweat pants were delivered to families during the week of December 14.  On Fridays in January and February, we are going to show our school spirit by wearing our spirit wear or school colours as follows:

  • January 15 – yellow or BRS spirit wear
  • January 22 – red or BRS spirit wear
  • February 5 – black or BRS spirit wear
  • February 19 – white or BRS spirit wear
  • February 26 – yellow, red, black, white or BRS spirit wear


If you haven't yet had the opportunity to participate in our Winter Art Walk around the exterior of the school, the art is still on the windows for you to enjoy.  Be sure to collect the letter clues in each window to solve the puzzle!

Have a great week of learning at home.  We miss you and look forward to seeing everyone on January 11!

Take good care,

Allison E.G. Bobenic

Principal


Dec 01
December 2020

Good morning Buffalo Rubbing Stone families,

At the end of each month, I reflect on the successes of the previous month and I set short-term goals for the upcoming four weeks.  When I look back on November, the Remembrance Day observance stands out.  Our grade five students served well as MCs, all our students worked hard learning to sign the chorus for the song Highway of Heroes and creating beautiful art, some of our students presented In Flanders Fields, and many of our students wrote post cards to veterans thanking them for their service to our country.  Thinking about sacrifice in the context of 2020 made this year's Remembrance Day different than other years'.  I am always deeply grateful for the thoughtful work our teachers do, supporting student understanding of complex concepts.  Another celebration relates directly to the safety and security of everyone in our school.  We have completed the three fire drills and the one lockdown practice required before the end of December.  Our students know how to evacuate the building quickly and quietly.  They know to meet outside at their classroom muster point, regardless of what they were doing before the bell rang.  Similarly, they know how to keep themselves and each other safe in a lockdown.  Three members of the Calgary Police Service supported our lockdown practice last week.  They were very complimentary of how well the staff and students did exactly what was expected of them.  Learning these protocols are important elements of personal responsibility and citizenship.

Our 2019-2020 School Results Report and 2020-2021 School Development Plan are posted on our BRS website in the sidebar of the About Us > Our School tab.  Thank you to the Buffalo Rubbing Stone School Council for consulting on these documents.  They examine where we've been and set the path for where we're going.  The 2019-2020 Report to Parents on Fees is posted in the sidebar of the Registration > Fees tab.  Please direct any questions about these annual reports to Mrs. Bobenic or Mrs. Neufeld.  We are always pleased to discuss the accomplishments and goals of BRS!

One of our School Development Plan (SDP) goals is to increase student confidence and persistence in learning.  Teachers and students are focussing on short-term goal setting and goal achievement strategies because a key factor in building confidence is personal accomplishment.  We encourage all families to think about short-term goals that students can work toward at home and celebrate as a family when achieved.  Goals need to be challenging enough that they are worth pursuing, yet achievable within a short time period… once achieved, it's time for a new goal.  The habit of goal setting and achievement is a big contributor to confidence and persistence!

Thank you to the parents who have been attending our monthly BRS School Council and Parent Association meetings.  We appreciate the opportunity to share the work of the school with you and we value your feedback.  There's no meeting in December; we'll meet again on Thursday, January 21st.  We are very grateful for important conversations about learning at the council meetings and for the financial support of the parent association.  So far this year, the BRSPA has invested more than $22,500 in our students' education to support the following enhancements:  Mathletics, Raz Kids, Starfall, Imagine, classroom math manipulatives, Ozobot robots, and STEAM lab materials.  All our students and staff extend a big THANK YOU to the parents who make this exciting work possible!

We hear a lot about pandemic fatigue in the news.  Adults and children alike may need support for positive mental health and healthy eating.  Please read the story in our newsfeed that focuses on the Social-Emotional Health and Food Support available in the community.  We teach our students that asking for help is a sign of strength.  It's important that adults model seeking and accepting help when it's needed.  There's always an opportunity for the people needing help one day to be the people providing help another day.

Finally, during our last week of school before the winter break, December 14-18, we will celebrate Spirit Week.  There's something exciting each day.  Please go to our BRS online calendar for all the details!

That's all for now.  We'll see you and your children at conferences later this week.  We're excited to share the progress made so far this year.  Conversations between parents, students, and teachers are an important part of the learning process.

Take good care,

Allison E.G. Bobenic

Principal​


Nov 02
November 2020


Good afternoon Buffalo Rubbing Stone families,

I hope you're feeling rested following our annual extra hour of sleep when returning to standard time.  It's nice having a little extra daylight to see everyone's faces each morning!

As I think back on October, there's much to celebrate.  The weekly highlights from teachers shine a light on the important learning students are addressing in school.  A big part of our work has been determining student strengths and learning needs.  Teachers have used their assessment data and observations to identify the focus of our School Development Plan.  Mrs. Neufeld and I shared the introductory work with the school council a few weeks ago.  Thank you to the parents who attended the meeting and provided some feedback.  We will continue fine-tuning our plan over the next few weeks; it will be posted on our BRS website at the end of November.  Central to our work will be developing confidence and persistence in learning and organizing student thinking to improve writing.  We will also be focussing on complex problem solving in math.

Our Buffalo Rubbing Stone School Council (BRSSC) is busy planning this year's selection of spirit wear.  The product list includes t-shirts, hoodies, jackets, sweat pants, and masks printed with our BRS logo.  Expect an online order link in the Buffalo Bulletin later this week.  To receive information about ordering spirit wear, please be certain you subscribe for commercial messages.  Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) prohibits us from sending commercial messages without your subscription.  Thanks so much to the school council and the sub-committee of parents working to increase our sense of community with spirit wear!

Mr. Blais has been teaching at BRS since the school opened.  He has been appointed to a new role, Learning Technology Specialist, so he will be leaving BRS at the end of this week.  It's always hard to say goodbye; we will miss him.  Ms. Gill has been appointed as our new grade four hub teacher.  She will spend some time with the class later this week and will officially begin her teaching assignment on November 9th.

School assemblies remain an important part of the way we celebrate in community and share our learning.  On November 10th, we will host our annual Remembrance Day observance connecting our classrooms within the school electronically, as we did for Halloween.  Hub students will be part of the assembly in their Google classroom.  We do not have a way to include parents in this very important tradition.  We look forward to the opportunity to have everyone together in the gym, whenever that might be.

Last year, we were unable to have class photos taken due to class closure.  LifeTouch graciously produced class composite photos that will be distributed later this week or early next week.  Remember, individual photo retakes are tomorrow.  Please send a note or return the proofs indicating you want your child to have a retake.

That's all for now.  We're looking forward to a great month and planning to maximize the beautiful weather with lots of outdoor learning.

Take good care,

Allison E.G. Bobenic

Principal


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