Parents, students, and community members,
What an exciting first month it’s been at Borden School! Our staff and students have already been engaged in an incredible variety of learning activities – the enthusiasm in our hallways has been infectious. I have heard many members of our school community comment on how fun, exciting, and positive the start of this year has been, a clear sign that Borden continues to be a great place to learn!
A big part of September at Borden School involves the start of the extra-curricular season. We have a senior girls’ volleyball team this year, a junior girls’ volleyball team, and a junior boys’ volleyball team. All three have traveled to games and been practicing hard this month – feel free to check the school calendar and attend some upcoming games, especially the senior girls’ home tournament on October 14th. Our cross country team has also been out running in Langham and Biggar – we once again have all grade 4 students participating, in addition to several others from grades 5-12. I am always proud of the dedication that Borden athletes give to teams at our school, and I know the learning that happens in these settings often transcends what is possible in other places.
Our SRC has also been busy planning activities for students in our school. They ran an incredibly successful Terry Fox Day on September 27th, raising over $700 for cancer research and involving the whole school in a fun-filled afternoon of activities. Several of our SRC members attended the Saskatchewan Student Leadership Conference in Tisdale on September 20-22 with Miss Gabora and Mrs. Dyck. They were outstanding representatives of our school, and were able to participate in some unique activities with young leaders from around the province. I want to thank our presidents, Kirsten, Natalie, and Rachel, for their commitment to developing a strong and inclusive SRC program.
The Borden School SCC also met this month – the minutes from this meeting are available on the school website. Although the SCC contributes significantly to school events and fundraising endeavors, they also create opportunities for collaborative learning to occur between students and community members. If you would like to become part of the SCC and participate in this kind of work, our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 17th at 5pm.
As the school year progresses, I want to emphasize that the most important focus of our school is on student learning. Our school goals, division goals, and individual goals are all aimed at improving the learning environment and providing students with the outstanding opportunities that they deserve. We invite parents to join us in this work, and take the time to be highly engaged in what your children are learning. Specifically, we ask parents to:
- Ask specific questions about what your child is learning in school – focus on a specific subject, topic, or teacher to help them strengthen the connections to what they have learned.
- Read with their children. We will be initiating an at-home reading program for several grades, but ask that all parents take time to promote reading outside of the classroom.
- Stay informed about student accomplishments and challenges. Even though teachers will communicate frequently with parents, do not hesitate to ask questions about your child’s learning or how to help them improve.
- Participate in school functions and activities, specifically during parent-teacher-conferences and SCC initiatives.
- Emphasize the need for respect. At the start of the year I spoke to students about respect being the most important thing in our building – we appreciate the support provided at home in helping us to encourage respectful behavior.
The big question that our school division is asking us to focus on this year is “How do you know?” This requires our teachers to think about things like “how do you know what a student has learned?” or “how do you know when a student is struggling?” When you’re talking to your child at home, feel free to think about these same questions.
Please continue to use the school website to stay up-to-date about things that are happening in our school, and do not hesitate to let me know if you have questions or concerns. It seems like September flew by, and I can’t wait to see what the next 9 months have in store!
Have a great October!
Mr. Mitch Luiten
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