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Principal’s Message – December 2016   arrow

Parents, students, and community members!

The holiday season is already in full swing, and I’m looking forward to the many activities that Christmas brings. Our K-4 students have already been to the Festival of Trees, and our K-8 students will be attending a production of Elf in Martensville. Especially exciting this year is our SCC Christmas Lunch on Wednesday, December 14 – for the first time this is a full K-12 event including a Christmas meal, sleigh rides with Ken Crush (our board member), and an afternoon of festive activities. In addition, our annual Christmas concert is on December 20, and will involve singers and actors from K-8. We’ll wrap it all up with the grad pancake breakfast and an afternoon of SRC-planned activities on the 21,st before heading off to spend almost two weeks with friends and family.

Another big part of the Christmas season at Borden School this year is our food and clothing drive – sponsored by the grade 7/8 class as part of their We Day service project. I want to thank Miss Fisher and her students for their commitment to helping local causes and the work that they put into planning this event.

I also want to thank the Borden School SRC for the leadership and dedication that they have shown over the past few months. They led an outstanding Halloween day, planned the junior volleyball pep rally, coordinated a bake sale, took ownership of the milk program, started attending SCC meetings, and continued to manage our SRC booth (including running the microwaves!). Our co-presidents, Rachel & Kirsten, along with the rest of the SRC (which has members from grades 5-11) are now coming up with some great ideas for holiday activities – I can’t wait to see what they think of!

With so many events and activities going on in our school, it is important that we don’t forget about all of the learning that occurs on a daily basis. Progress reports went out to families in November, providing parents and students with a brief glimpse into how students are doing in school this year. I encourage families to use these reports as one source of evidence about their child’s learning, but to make sure that they also explore FreshGrade posts, communicate regularly with teachers, and have daily discussions with students about the things that they are exploring at school. Our staff members are dedicated to the success of all students in our school, and are happy to share evidence of learning and to talk about challenges that students might be facing.

As usual, I encourage and appreciate the participation of parents and community members in the learning activities of our students. This might include attending extra-curricular activities, volunteering in classrooms, or participating in field trips. As a reminder, in order for parents to partake in most of these activities, we require a valid criminal record check to be brought to the school. This only needs to happen once – each year after the record check has been provided, parents only need to sign a declaration form stating that their criminal record information has not changed. I would recommend that all parents bring a criminal record check to the school in order to avoid running into issues with not being able to drive or supervise students.

Please continue to contact myself or the school with any questions or concerns that you might have. I hope that all families have a safe, happy, and relaxing Christmas break!

Mr. Mitch Luiten

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