It’s been cold this month. I do love that many of us use the term “brisk” when the temperature drops that low. I think it’s true that the cold weather in Saskatchewan brings us together – I find myself in conversations at the gas pumps with people I don’t know, talking about how cold it is and questioning when it’s gonna warm up.
Once again our Cold Cats club has a lot of names of K-7 students listed and I have about 12-15 students who will consistently head outside no matter what the temperature is. I will continue to run this as an option to staying inside – please make your own wishes known to your elementary students about if you’d like them to head outside. We don’t force students on the list outside if they want to remain indoors. That said if they intend on going out, please make sure they have warm clothes and understand they have to wear them.
Semester one exams start next Monday and many classes are reviewing and studying to prepare, especially in light of so many cancelled buses last week. Friday January 31st is the midway point of the year and a day for report cards to be prepared and planning to begin for Semester two. There are no classes on that day for all K-12 students. Semester two classes begin on Monday, February 3rd. Man, we’ve gotten here quickly again this year!
I want to encourage all grade 11 and 12 students who are interested to see me about finishing a Youth Apprenticeship Program. It sees students working through some simple apprenticeship assignments that will give them a step ahead of others who might be also looking to enter an apprenticeship agreement to start their career. It’s also important to note that we have had a few grade 12s already receive conditional acceptance to university programs starting in the fall. It’s an exciting time for them all as their life after grade 12 begins to take shape. I’ve also sent home information about a MyBlueprint website for grade 12s to check out that can also help steer them in the right direction if they’re unsure what to do. I encourage you to check out that website with them.
February break will start on Family Day, February 17th. The Grade 12 Work Experience Week 2 will take place following the break as we’ve had in practice for a few years.
The School Community Council would like me to mention that we still have copies of the Community Calendars available at the office that families ordered this fall. The cost remains at $10 each.
I was very proud of the school, SRC and community to see so much raised to donate clothes and food items to help those in need. What a great example for our students to see and witness the generosity and assistance for others.
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 drop by the office or give us a call. Take care and I’ll talk to you soon.