From the Office – January 2022

Well, I think I can speak for all of us here when I say it’s been an abnormal January to start the year off as far as school is concerned. That cold snap that pitted in with us in December managed to hang on through the Christmas break and keep it’s claws in us for the first week back to school, keeping buses from running and many students away from home. The latest round of COVID variant is also making this past week of school abnormal for classes and student progress as we near the end of this quad and semester one.

Parents, please push your students to help their teachers keep moving ahead in their courses by having them keep working on their school work while they are at home. Students have a year plan of course outcomes that teachers will be focusing on completing this year, and so teachers are posting assignments online for students who are missing school so they can work at home to keep caught up. Please have your students send in what they complete as it gets done, so there is understanding built up and checked. Teachers will assess that work sent in and provide students feedback as well including marks.

Not every home has an easy time in helping their students in this way and we know Google Classrooms and internet speeds don’t always work like we want them to. If that is an issue for your student, please have them contact the teacher, or parents are always invited to do the same.

The second quad as well as the first semester will finish at the end of January. Staff will have January 31  to grade final exams from the week before and mark assignments turned in by then, as well as prepare the grades on PowerSchool and prepare for the next quad. The parent/student view of PowerSchool will close January 24 and open again on Feb 1. That’s the start of the second semester and the third quad.

We’ve had nine recess days for the Cold Cats again and I don’t doubt some more might be still coming this winter. Let Mrs. Block know if you want to add your son/daughter to the list of students I’ll still take outside when the temperatures drop colder than minus 25 and indoor recesses take place.

PSSD will be sending out new surveys to parents, students and staff regarding block scheduling in quads as we were directed to do this year. Please take time to respond when you are able to as your responses have a definite impact on our timetabling and course selection for next year. The surveys should be shared in the near future.

That’s all for now.  For further information and updates from the students and classrooms, check out our school website at http://blogs.spiritsd.ca/hanley/.  As always, Mr. Hindmarsh and I would love to talk to you if you have time to send us a message or give us a call. We’ll talk to you soon.

From the Office – Dec 2021

We get to December and through the snow and chilly temperatures, we also get a chance to look back at our school year up to this point and search for ways to improve and also to celebrate. Those improvements and celebrations can take many forms, and the reality is we want our school to be a wonderful place for everyone. Our year has been another strange one with so many other pieces to consider, and I always appreciate your help and support with the day-to-day items and working with you on how best to support your student at our school. No school is perfect – there are just too many moving parts and personalities, but the important thing is the working together to do the best we can. I know your own lives are just as busy and sometimes just as difficult. Please remember that our job of helping your students learn the curriculums and be successful in those courses is always improved when we continue to work as a team of students, parents and school.

We used an online opportunity at the end of November for students in grades 11 and 12 to participate in a Career Fair of many colleges and universities. Access was online as is so much for details about those post-secondary schools. Transcripts of marks for applications are requested online as well from the Ministry of Education.

One of our continuing struggles this fall continues to be the COVID regulations and how best to keep student-teacher relationships strong at the same time. I think we are all longing for this to look different as soon as we’re told it can, but until that time we’re still expecting masks on everyone and used correctly. Please have a quick talk with your student about that and helping us with those expectations.

A big “way-to-go” to the SRC this fall for their work on making school fun for students! The Spirit Week plans, candygrams and the catered Christmas Lunch this week are examples of thinking outside the box to make things great! Thank-you parents for your support on this as well and for your donations to the Christmas lunch meal.

I know that students and staff and families are looking forward to the upcoming break and the chance for families to get together and celebrate with each other and find time from all the hustle and bustle of the year and our jobs to rest, relax, rejuvenate and be thankful of so many things. From my family to yours, have a Merry Christmas and and Happy New Year! That’s all for now.  For further information and updates from the students and classrooms, check out our school website at http://blogs.spiritsd.ca/hanley/.  As always, Mr. Hindmarsh and I would love to talk to you if you have time to send us a message or give us a call. We’ll talk to you soon.

2022 SCC Hanley Community Calendars are ready!

The 2022 Community Calendars are in and ready to be picked up at the school office. We’d like to thank everyone for your support of this project and fund raiser including all the advertisers and all the best in 2022! Thanks as well to the School Community Council members for your help in the work that goes into collecting the details that are included on the pages!

From the Office – Nov 2021

It seems like at least once each winter I find myself writing our newsletter message while we have a winter storm rolling outside. If you’ve had students in our school before this year, you know the next part of my message is going to remind families that adequate footwear and jackets and mitts and head coverings are important not only for recess time outside, but also includes for bus students in case of a bus breakdown on route.

Thank you for your emails of support and well wishes as we all move ahead this year. Staff continue to do an amazing job adjusting to this year’s restrictions and I know a lot of that is also due to the way our students take in stride the adjustments they have to make as well. We’ll continue to find ways to be creative in our planning for annual Hanley School events. We moved ahead with a Remembrance Program this year, and the grade 11 students did a wonderful job planning it for a separate elementary group in the gym followed by a second program of grades 7-12 students, separating the grade 7-8 students on the balcony and the grade 9-12 on the gym floor. Great job, Grade 11 and your teachers Mr. Hutchinson and his intern teacher Mr. Imes!

We were so happy around here this fall to plan and cheer on our extra-curricular programs as well! The SRC and School clubs as well as Cross-Country, junior and senior Volleyball and Football teams moved ahead this fall and the good feelings brought to our school this fall are making a big difference for the positive for everyone. We all hope that continues and we can plan for more of the same as the year moves ahead.  

With the current weather happening I’ll add here some details of the PSSD policy of bussing in cold weather – a combined temperature and wind chill that drops to minus 40 degrees at 6am will cancel buses for the morning run. That announcement can be made at https://www.spiritsd.ca/buses/  In previous years that would cancel the trips for the day – the new practice will be that if the temperature improves then the bus will run in the afternoon. Classes will never be cancelled on those days – the school is required to remain open for those students who do make it to school, including those whose parents drive them in. Class work will continue and students can look for online work posted by their teachers to keep up on those days.

I’ll offer the Cold Cats program for students again this year for students in grades K-7. Again, remember that this is an option on the indoor recess days for students who still want to go outside for some fresh air and outdoor play. I’ll be supervising them on those days on the playground. They can go back in when they get cold or once they’ve had enough, but it’s sure a great option for many of them to get some fresh air and exercise, even though its very cold. Please ensure those students are prepared with warm clothing and accessories so they can enjoy the recess – head and face coverings are a must. Call or email the school to sign up your Cold Cat student to be on our list. We even have long sleeve Cold Cats shirts for sale for $10!

The annual Christmas lunch and the Family Fun night will still need to be cancelled this year while the restrictions about large gatherings are still in place. That said I know that the staff will work on a few in-school ideas that will be done instead in December.

The Quad One classes are now completed for High School students and the first evaluation part of the year as well. We are not sending home paper copies of report cards again this year and I’ll direct you to the PowerSchool Parent app that will give you access to all the details of those marks and comments on the progress your children are making this year. Teachers are always reachable by email or phone calls at the school if you have questions or concerns on the details of the student progress reports.

That’s all for now.  For further information and updates from the students and classrooms, check out our school website at http://blogs.spiritsd.ca/hanley/.  As always, Mr. Hindmarsh and I would love to talk to you if you have time to send us a message or give us a call. We’ll talk to you soon.

From the Office – Oct 2021

What a great day it is today! I’m writing this as we get prepared to host another home football game and the hustle and bustle around the school on these days always makes for an exciting afternoon. We also have had some volleyball games schedule inside out school and ones that teams are travelling to. I’m constantly reminded how these extra-curricular offerings are so much valued by the students and are such a big part of our school. I hope we continue to be able to offer them without any interruption as the details out from the division continue to update us on their decisions and the directions from Health when a case comes up.

This week we have virtual TriConferences scheduled after school on Tuesday and Wednesday. Both evenings are opportunities for parents to connect with their child’s teacher(s) by phone call, Zoom call, Meet, or Teams etc. Many parents and teachers have contact with each other much before these times, but it’s our dedicated time scheduled to focus on the first six weeks and the progress or lack of progress and the behaviours and habits already in place that either we can encourage or hope to change before too much of the year or semester or quad has gone by.

This year we were directed to schedule classes by Quads again for the high school classes. That means that the end of quad one will be complete at November 10th and the second quad will start November 15.

The weather has taken a turn to fall temperatures. Please remind your students of that so they bring a warm jacket in the mornings for the playground. They might not need it by afterschool but it still is a good idea.

It’s a good practice to keep checking for the division emails that are sent out as it’s the best way for them to get details out to families about COVID and announcements as well as any school division policy changes. They will use the same email addresses on file through PowerSchool that we use for these school newsletters and other parent communications. We’ll continue to keep you up to date on happenings around the school this year and look forward to our year continuing the best we can under what restrictions we have. Thanks for your support again this year and for the various emails and other messages we’ve received thanking us for the part we play in keeping the school a safe healthy place for students to learn.

That’s all for now.  For further information and updates from the students and classrooms, check out our school website at http://blogs.spiritsd.ca/hanley/.  As always, Mr. Hindmarsh and I would love to talk to you if you have time to send us a message or give us a call. We’ll talk to you soon.

From the Office – Sept 2021

Well, it’s great to be back at school with our students and staff again and I know we’re all looking forward to as positive a year as we can create together with you, the parents and community.

We’ve got a good start going this fall and it’s been a delight to see the smiles on the faces and the students interacting at school this fall. We’ve done as much as we could in the first few weeks to take advantage of this time for the students to experience some of the normal pre-covid school events and opportunities that we thought was reasonable while still possible.

We did make a conscious effort to increase the sizes of the cohorts as we described the groups of students last year. We hope that helps the students in the school make interaction between some classes possible as it was the most difficult part to overcome for the students. We have had some sports teams start up again and to date, have hosted two football games and attended one volleyball tournament. Junior teams are also holding practices and our aim is to work on getting as many of those opportunities back for the students. It’s great to have this part of our school routines back and we hope to keep them going for as long as we can this year.

Today (Sept 14) we were directed to have the students start wearing masks while indoors again, and while I know that makes some parts more difficult, it’s a step made to help keep kids healthy and keep  it possible to have students all in the schools and that’s a shared responsibility for all of us. Parents, thank you for doing your part to support that and to encourage your students to be good role models for all of the grades younger than they are.

Like last year, please assess your child’s health before they head to school – if they are showing symptoms of COVID please keep them home for the day and check them again the following day before sending them to school. If students present symptoms at school, we have been directed to have you pick them up similar to last year with the reminder they aren’t to return until 24 hours after symptoms disappear. I understand how difficult that can be and the disruption for working parents. I appreciate the efforts you’ll make to keep our students healthy again this year.

Welcome to the new families and students who have joined our school this fall! We hope you find Hanley Composite School a warm, inviting and safe environment and invite you to contact your student’s teacher with your questions and concerns without waiting. Teachers have been encouraged to do the same thing. Our success in helping all students achieve to a high degree at school is best accomplished when we do that work together.

Welcome also to our new staff. Miss Junop is our new SERT teacher. Mrs. Mellquist is one of our support staff has joined us from Dundurn School. Mr. Hindmarsh is our new Vice Principal and is teaching some middle years courses.

Our calendar was changed at the end of August to include a day off for staff and students on Sept 30 for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Please consider how you can also use this day with your students to discuss the reason for the holiday – a day to honour survivors, families and communities, and to ensure the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of reconciliation.

Lastly before I wrap this up, I recognize that all schools are not perfect but should strive for improvements where we see a need to improve – as a staff we discussed a need to make some improvements with our own school environment. Some students from other years have expressed that they haven’t felt safe and welcome at our school and we want to change those perceptions so all students feel that Hanley School is a good place for learning in a positive environment for all. We hope you also support us in that area as we work on making it a great place for learning.

That’s all for now.  For further information and updates from the students and classrooms, check out our school website at http://blogs.spiritsd.ca/hanley/.  As always, Mr. Hindmarsh and I would love to talk to you if you have time to send us a message or give us a call. We’ll talk to you soon.

From the Office – June 2021

There are a number of milestones that we pass on the course of the year. Many of those milestones didn’t take place this year but as a staff we’re already looking forward to fall and a new school year that brings more of what we love and enjoy back to a day in classes and a year at Hanley Composite School. I write this knowing that we have the last half of June to fill with the remaining course outcomes and concepts left this year, and our gaze looks ahead to the new students and their next grade to work in and their next classroom to be a part of. Once again parents, I give you all my appreciation for the supports you’ve made sure your students had from home this year, and for working alongside us through a tough year for us all. My plan is to help the staff focus on what next fall looks like and I look forward to working with the students and families again on another school year.

As far as milestones go, we are forced to say good-bye to Mark Anderson this year as his retirement really does begin at the end of the month. Mr Anderson has been my admin partner for the last ten years and I’ve always looked forward to coming to school to work with him each day. The staff and students all would wish you much joy and happiness in the upcoming days ahead and we all wish you congratulations on a much deserved retirement after 32 years of teaching. Please don’t be a stranger, Mr Anderson. I know the elementary students would love to have a guest reader in any time you’re available!

As well, we have a few teachers who will be away next year on leaves. Mrs McCubbing and Mrs. Carpenter will be away for next year and are scheduled to return in 2022-23. Mrs Romanchuk is making a transfer to the South Corman Park School. We wish you all a good year next year! Mrs Romanchuk, we will miss your presence in the elementary end and on our staff. Ms Camryn Junop will be joining our staff for the 2021-22 school year as our new SERT while Mrs. Carpenter is away. Welcome Ms Junop! We will also welcome Mr Josh Hindmarsh to our school as our new vice-principal. Welcome Mr Hindmarsh!

We held our graduation program on June 11 and it was wonderful that the clouds parted to allow a time after the in gym program to take place outside with the graduates joining their parents. It was also really great to see the graduates could be part of a parade around the community after. We all hope you had an enjoyable weekend focused on celebrating this accomplishment of finishing high school. As I mentioned in my address, as graduates you will all be stronger and more resilient after this challenging year and we look forward to hearing about your life choices as time moves on.

Families, I look at the next couple weeks and I want to remind you that there are two days scheduled for exams as needed for courses on June 25 and 28. The last day for classes for all students is Monday, June 28 and I know that each of them deserve a great summer of both fun and relaxing too! Staff will be finishing up on June 29th and starting their also much deserved summer breaks. Fall of 2021 will have school start for students on Sept 1 2021. I’ll post online more details and dates this summer. If you have items of concern please contact me over the summer at my email address and I will always get back to you as soon as possible.

That’s all for now.  For further information and updates from the students and classrooms, check out our school website at http://blogs.spiritsd.ca/hanley/.  As always, Mr. Anderson and I would love to talk to you if you have time to send us a message or give us a call. We’ll talk to you soon.

From the Office – May 2021

We’re at the mid point in the month of May and making our plans for the remainder of the year. That means high school teachers completing their last quad courses, and all teachers planning on what last units need to be finished over the next six weeks.

Parents, you’ve done an awesome job of helping us keep a healthy school this year and we appreciate it. Continue your diligence of having students stay home if they aren’t feeling well or showing symptoms we’re all looking out for this year. We continue to do our sanitizing practices at school, mask use and reminding students to keep their distance from other cohorts at school, and will continue to do so until the end of June.

We all know that spring weather and sunny days means for a hot school. Please keep in mind that our student handbook has always mentioned dressing with modesty and that teachers will remind students about that and if they have an issue with it. Remind your student to be thoughtful about their clothing selections and their choices on what to wear for school. 

High school students have been looking at classes for next year, and we’re going to be juggling high school quad class schedules with semestered ones and K-8 three-term schedules. The school division asked for families to provide feedback this year on the quad scheduling and the positive responses have led to us planning it for next year again. I’m sure you’ll be surveyed again next year to confirm it’s the right direction for us to keep headed in and planning for.

Our school year ends at the end of June on Tuesday June 29 for staff. The last days for students is Monday, June 28th. Final exams for grades 10-12 will take place on June 25th or June 28th.

A reminder that it’s a long weekend ahead of us and there will be a no-school day on June 7 as well.

We say farewell to our head caretaker, Bob Moate, this month as Bob is retiring at the end of May. Congratulations, Bob! We’ll miss your conversations and your care of our school but we’re happy for your next step in life. Stop in for a visit and we’ll talk to you soon, Bob.

We’re plugging ahead into spring and getting closer to our next goal of finishing the year with everyone here. Thanks again for doing your part to help us with that. I don’t think I can say that enough.

That’s all for now.  For further information and updates from the students and classrooms, check out our school website at http://blogs.spiritsd.ca/hanley/.  As always, Mr. Anderson and I would love to talk to you if you have time to send us a message or give us a call. We’ll talk to you soon.

From the Office – April 2021

LOL this is one of those months where I seem to have jinxed my weather predictions no matter what I think is going to happen. I’m writing this at middle of April on a day when we had more snow flurries in the morning after a weekend that had almost plus twenty degrees and warm sun as well.

We have a last week of April ahead of us next week and another milestone this year that will be the end of the third quad. That mean final exams this week for Grades 11 and 12. That might not include your students, but it’s a big deal for us to get through another quarter of the year without a class having to stay away from school, especially at the end of the quad and the struggle of how to administer final exams.

Our next week therefore starts the last quarter of the year, and with it our push to get as many credits completed for high school students as we can and support them all through this year. Please continue to have those discussions with your students about planning for next year and what that looks like going forward. If I can help with that in some way, please let me know.

Our year normally ends with two months planned of field trips, special days and whatever learning can be packed into the last months, weeks, days, hours etc so that each class has a strong finish. We won’t have the field trips and the special days are looking differently, but what I can tell you is that the staff here is working to make this year as special as they can given where we’re at.

Please continue to do what you’re all doing to help keep these viruses out of the school. Again, I hope I’m not jinxing anything, but I know that a lot of our success for staying open and not having any classes close down, is due to your work with us. Keep up the work you’re doing with your students and also please keep them at home on those days that they show symptoms.

That’s all for now.  For further information and updates from the students and classrooms, check out our school website at http://blogs.spiritsd.ca/hanley/.  As always, Mr. Anderson and I would love to talk to you if you have time to send us a message or give us a call. We’ll talk to you soon.

From the Office – March 2021

This is a great month so far with the changes in weather we’ve been looking forward to. We always have some questions about how quickly the snow will melt and the water will drain through the school yard but with the sun and windy we’ve had it’s made good progress already. Thanks to BRP for the extra work scraping the snow by the building away from the school and for the drainage path they scraped for us as well!

That’s another reminder that we encourage elementary students to bring splash pants and some kind of boots to handle the wet yard and puddles until it dries up further. We’d like to keep as much of the mess outside the school as we can so caretakers can focus on the regular cleaning and sanitizing.

It’s a busy week again with the parent teacher student conferences on Wednesday night (5:00-7:30pm) and after school Thursday night (3:30-6:00pm) again by virtual means. A video call is preferred, but a voice call is also a wonderful chance to get parent, student and teacher together. What a great time to learn about how your students are doing and what wonderful learnings they’re involved in. Please keep in mind there is no school on Friday.

We’re about a month away from the end of the third quad. It will end a couple weeks after the Easter break and the final quad for the school will take us to June 29th. Thank you to everyone who answered the digital survey regarding the block system and the quads we had in place this year. We’ll receive some direction from the school division about how to proceed with planning for next year soon.

We had our presentation from Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship program and about fifteen students in grades 10-12 took part. Please remind your student if they did have interest in starting the program to see me and I’ll register them this spring.

We don’t have a firm start date yet, but we’re still on the renovation list for the elementary washroom area this spring. It will be a big noisy job I’m sure and we’ll need to funnel the students to other washroom areas during the construction period. We’re not strangers to construction after the huge renos we worked through about 7 years ago, but I’m sure we’ll have a few growing pains to work through. I’ll appreciate the patience and cooperation of the staff and students through that time when it arrives.

If you’re like me, you’re looking forward to lessening restrictions, less cases to be reported, less need to wear masks and socially distance, and looking forward to a much simpler time. Even the hustle and bustle of the regular year and the busy hallways and classes and school teams and busy life outside is what I’m looking forward to us all experiencing again one day soon. That doesn’t necessarily sound simpler than what we have now, but I feel it is what’s needed for so many of us.

That’s all for now.  For further information and updates from the students and classrooms, check out our school website at http://blogs.spiritsd.ca/hanley/.  As always, Mr. Anderson and I would love to talk to you if you have time to send us a message or give us a call. We’ll talk to you soon.