We want to express our gratitude to all Griffith Woods families for your support, the positive ways you reach out to our staff and for your diligence around the necessary and important health measures needed to keep everyone as safe as possible. We truly are stronger together.
A sincere thank you to Ms. Nail and Mr. Rattan for their outstanding leadership with our virtual Remembrance Day assembly. We were so pleased to have so many join us from Hub online to make our community complete. Thank you to the following students and staff for their contributions to our assembly:
- Mia, for her important Acknowledgement to the Land
- Gemma and Emerson for their outstanding role as MCs
- Anna, Rojka, Shannon and Anita for gifting us with their beautiful music as a string quartet
- Ms. Fortin's grade 3 class for teaching us how to Sign Oh Canada
- Avery, Charlee, Kian and Rory for being brave and representing your class by reading your poems
- Bennett, Ava, Quinten, Ella and Zayn for showcasing their beautiful watercolour art and sharing important reflections about those who have served in the war
- To all grade groups for their stunning wreaths
- Mr. Downey and Ms. Hicks for supporting everything technical
We very much look forward to connecting with our at school parent community next week through our virtual parent teacher student conferences. Your child's teacher will be reaching out to you to confirm whether they will conduct conferences by phone or through using Microsoft TEAMs. The conference manager through your My CBE account opens this evening, Friday, November 13th at 6 pm and closes Wednesday, November 18th at 6 pm.
Conferences for our Hub online learners will be in December 3rd and 4th.
Thank you to all students and parents for their diligence with the health measures and guidelines, including the wearing of masks. Please make sure your child always has a few extra masks in their backpacks for instances where one gets dirty or lost during the day.
Griffith Woods School Band is holding its annual Purdy's Chocolates fundraiser, just in time for Christmas!
If you would like to support us through purchasing some very sweet Christmas gifts for your business, friends, family and yourself, please click the link below:
Upon clicking on the link, please enter your email and Join the Campaign, Register your information and Start Shopping.
Order Deadline is November 25, 2020 and pickup will be on December 11, 2020. Pick up this will be socially distanced and in compliance with AHS COVID 19 protocols either in Discovery Ridge or Springbank Hill.
Catalogues will also be sent out this week.
If you have any questions please contact Jodena at 403-835-7102.
Thank you to one of our parents, we were fortunate to watch the Lionheart Foundations Girl Power Hour. It featured two local psychologists sharing their expertise around youth, anxiety and Covid.
Follow-up from the event: The link to replay the event is GirlPowerHour2020. If you encounter difficulties connecting go to the Girl Power Hour 2020 web page, drop down the Menu and toggle 2020 Recording. You have the ability to fast forward to any portion you wish to replay – for instance the panel discussion on 'Kids and COVID – Anxiety Amped – How to Help' starts at 43:21.
'Best Parenting Tips in the Time of COVID' are attached from both Tasha and Danelle. In prior years parents often shared that they kept these in conspicuous places to help remind them of ways to contribute to having the healthiest kids possible. We also attach the Tasha 'Dear Mom & Dad Letter from a Child' that was part of Tasha's moving introductory remarks.Danelle's Best Parenting Tips in the Time of COVID.pdfDear Mom & Dad Letter from a Child - COVID.pdfTasha's Best Parenting Tips in the Time of COVID.pdf
Recommended Reading List
Anxious Child Anxious Parent - By Lyons & Wilson
This Too Shall Pass: Stories of Change, Crisis and Hopeful Beginnings - By Julia Samuel
Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions Into Adulthood - By Lisa Damour
The Power of Showing Up: How Parental Presence Shapes Who Our Kids Become and How Their Brains Get Wired - By Daniel J. Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson
7 Simple Steps to UNDERSTANDING YOUR TEENAGER (Just Kidding, That's Impossible) – By Danelle Spence
What To Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety, by Heubner & Matthews
The Story of the Oyster and the Butterfly: The Coronavirus and All the Parts of Me - By Ana M Gomez
What Do You Do With a Feeling? Your Guide To Becoming a Feelings Expert – By Tasha Belix
Yearbook Cover Contest Reminder
Calling all Griffith Woods students - entries for this year's Yearbook cover are due December 1. Please email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gratitude to Parent Council:
The Hub team teachers (also known amongst ourselves as the “Hub Club") would like to send you a very big and heartfelt thank you, for the amazing gifts of technology. We are all finding that these tools have truly changed our daily lives while teaching the Hub students, and has made the technology side of things so much better and easier to work with. It's made such a difference for us!
With all the changes and new learning we are experiencing, knowing that we have such immense support from our parent council makes us feel very lucky and grateful.
With sincere thanks,
Mr. Downey, Ms. Hicks and Mrs. Sawko
Hub Teaching Team at Griffith Woods