Jun 22
June 22 - Update

Principal's Message

I can’t believe this is our second last Trailblazer for the school year!  We are busy at Ron Southern winding up the school year and getting everything in place for the fall.  We are continuing with staffing this week and will communicate confirmed staff changes as well as a brief summery regarding fall start up in our final Trailblazer on Tuesday, June 28, 2022. Please take time to read the message below from our wonderful School Council/Parent Society.​

Jun 15
June 15 - Update

​​Principal's Message

Summer time is almost upon us and we are very busy engaging in creative learning tasks that are designed to support the foundational knowledge for the curriculum. On Friday, teachers will be reviewing their last learning sprints related to our school development plan goals in literacy, numeracy and well-being. We were very pleased this year to see student progress in all these areas. The focused work of the learning sprints allowed us to target our gaps and specific learning needs of our students. We are proud of our grade 6 students and their hard work in preparing and now writing their last five provincial achievement tests. As administrators, we are busy staffing a few of our open positions that we have for the 2022 – 23 school year. We will be communicating any staff changes in our final Trailblazer on Wednesday, June 29, 2022.

Jun 01
June 1 - Update

Principal’s Message

We know that families are busy and don’t always have time to read the Trailblazer in a thorough manner. Our aim is to create messaging that is concise and transparent that lets parents and guardians know and understand the reasons behind the decisions we are making at the school. Going forward the Principal’s message will be at the top of the Trailblazer, followed by other significant information and events in the school. “Dates to Remember” will be posted at the end of the Trailblazer.

For the past few weeks, we have been working on classroom organization. Without knowing our exact numbers and who all our students are for the 2022-23 school year, this work is our best predication at what would facilitate the most advantageous learning environment for our students. Through this process we asked ourselves:

- How can we leverage the various strengths of teachers as we re-organize our grades?

- How can we structure straight and split grades to support learning and heterogeneous/well-balanced classrooms?

- How can we keep class size low in our early grades?

Through the conversations we had with teachers, school council and the leadership team we arrived at the following tentative classroom organization:

- Two EES classes

- Three grade 1 classes

- Three grade 2 classes

- Two grade 3 classes with a 0.4 support teacher to allow for flexible grouping that supports literacy and numeracy

- Four grade 4/5 classes

- Two grade 6 classes

June is also a time where there is often movement of teachers as they may take opportunities to explore new schools, grades or career opportunities. We will communicate any staff changes by the end of the school year.

As a reminder, the Principal’s message is only a brief summary. School Council is an excellent way to receive more detailed information on the topics that are covered in the Principal’s message and a way to share your perspectives and contribute to these conversations.​

May 18
May 18 - Update

Principal’s Message

Thank you to our grade 5 /6 teachers (Ms. Burton, Mr. Wideman and Mr. Jozsa) who are offering a weekly prep class after school to assist our grade 6 students in preparing for the upcoming Provincial Achievement Tests.  This is not mandatory but we hope lots of our grade 6’s take advantage of this opportunity.   A reminder to all our families to save your bottles for the Ron Southern bottle drive on Saturday, May 28th.  Also, as the weather starts to warm up, please ensure you send you child(ren) to school with a hat, sunscreen and a water bottle. The sun can become very hot and we don’t have any shade on the playground.

May 12
May 11 - Update

Principal’s Message

We are excited to have our second official extra-curricular club that starts this week. Dr. Garg has organized a soccer intramural club for grade 4, 5 and 6 students, which will take place during lunch on Thursdays. The kids are excited to show off their team spirit and soccer skills. Tomorrow, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, is our in-person Kindergarten Orientation evening. We are looking forward to meeting our new families and students for the fall school year. Thank you to everyone who has responded to our Food Truck Social - fun family get-together. If the weather is not in our favour, we will move the socializing and eating indoors. Bring an umbrella as the food trucks will still be outside. If you have not yet responded, please use the following form.​

May 04
May 4 - Update

Principal’s Message

Thank you to all our families who have responded to the fun family get-together. If you have not yet responded, please use the following form. This form will help us in our logistics and planning.

We are excited to have our first official extra-curricular club that started this week. Baton club began on Monday and we had so much fun learning to twirl. Dr. Garg will also be starting a soccer intramural program during the lunch hour, which will be another wonderful opportunity for our students. So nice to begin to get back to more activities and a vibrant school after being so cautious during the last couple of years. Next week, we are looking forward to meeting parents and guardians for next year’s kindergarten cohort at our in-person Kindergarten Orientation Evening, which will take place on Thursday, May 12th from 6:00pm to 7:00pm.

Apr 27
April 27 - Update

Principal’s Message

As a follow-up fun family get-together on May 26th from 4pm - 6pm, we are asking families that are planning to attend to please fill out the following form. This form will help us in our logistics and planning. It will be so lovely to see our families face-to-face and experience an in-person family event.

As we are coming to the end of the school year, the grade 6 teachers and students have been working hard to prepare for the provincial achievement tests in language arts (reading and writing), mathematics, science, and social studies. To ensure student success, teachers are reviewing material, imparting exam strategies and running practice opportunities. This work is providing our students a valuable experience in how to write and prepare for standardized exams. We are proud of all their hard work and effort. Results from these tests will provide Alberta Education, school administrators, teachers, parents/guardians, students, and the public with information about what students know and can do in relation to provincial standards at the end of Grade 6. As these scores do not impact report card grades, they are not meant to be stressful, but rather serve as a valuable learning opportunity.

As we look ahead to next years projections, we are growing as a school! A big part of our growth is due to our budding kindergarten population. We are looking forward to meeting parents and gaurdians for next year’s kindergarten cohort at our in-person Kindergarten Orientation Evening, which will take place on Thursday, May 12th from 6:00pm to 7:00pm.

Apr 22
April 20 - Update

Principal’s Message 

Save the date! Ron Southern school will be hosting a fun family get-together on May 26th from 4pm - 6pm featuring a DJ, socializing and BYO games! Food trucks will also be available for those who are interested in purchasing food and treats. To help our planning, we will be sending a form out next week. It will be so lovely to see our families face-to-face and experience an in-person family event. ​

Apr 13
April 13 - Update

Principal’s Message

We are having our first in-person school council meeting in two years tonight! We are so excited to see our families. We are also offering an online version if you cannot attend in-person. The link to the meeting is under the What’s Up with Parent Society section of the Trailblazer. One of the benefits of attending school council meetings is that you are better able to understand how school decisions are made and the impact on student learning. At this council meeting we will be going over planning for next school year and how our decisions for the 2021-22 school year have impacted our students’ achievement in literacy and numeracy. As the weather improves and more of our students are using bikes and scooter, please remind them about road safety. We do ask that all scooters and bikes are walked once the students arrive on school property.​

Apr 06
April 6 - Update

Principal’s Message

Thank you to School Council for providing funding that allowed us to invite Paul Davis to give his presentation on “Social Networking Safety” for parents this week. We heard very positive feedback from our parent community who appreciated his practical tips and extensive knowledge related to internet safety. Our division II students also benefited from hearing his student presentation on internet safety and the benefits and challenges of social media. This is a very relevant topic that supports the ongoing work teachers do with students and their learning around digital citizenship.

As part of the School Development Plan, in addition to our literacy and numeracy goal, we also have a wellness goal. Our wellness goal is “percentage of students who feel they are respected by other students and treated well by other students will increase.” We are building on the great work we have already done on zones of regulation by beginning to implement a school wide problem-solving tool called “Reflection for Regulation.” This tool supports students in self-reflection, developing empathy for others and identifying strategies for problem solving. Also, a reminder that the results for the school planning engagement survey are on our website. We encourage all our parents to view the results.​

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