I am so very excited to introduce you to Nootka’s new Principal, Ms. Elizabeth (Liz) Hayes-Brown. Ms Brown is a tremendous fit for Nootka! She holds degrees in Visual Arts and Fine Arts Education as well as Special Education. She is an experienced school administrator, coming to us from MacCorkindale School where she was Principal. Professionally, she loves arts education and Social Emotional Learning. Personally, she enjoys reading, shopping, hiking, golf, yoga…and Netflix (lol). Having worked with Liz, I have always enjoyed her joy of children and passion for learning, her positivity and optimism, her enthusiasm and happiness. I know you will welcome Ms Brown to Nootka as warmly as you welcomed me.
Dear Nootka families,
As of January 2018, I
will no longer be the Principal of Nootka School. On Monday evening, the VSB announced
my appointment as Director of Instruction—School Services. The
announcement coincides regrettably with my currently being away at a
pre-planned conference out of town followed by a short leave, but I’ll be back
on December 11. At this time, we are not sure who will be replacing me as
Principal but I know this process has already begun.
It has been my distinct pleasure and privilege to serve the
Nootka community these past 3 months and I feel very blessed to have been
assigned here even for a short period of time. Yours is a tremendous
community and you are all very fortunate to have such a dedicated, skillful and
professional staff working with your children. I want to thank you for
your support of the school and for the warm welcome you extended to me when I
came to Nootka—I am sure the new Principal will feel just as supported and
I look forward to thanking you all personally when I am
back at school.
In this issue:
- Reminders. No school: Nov 10, Nov 13, Dec 1
- Safe Arrival program at Nootka
- Kindergarten Registration
- Fine Arts progam application procedures
- School events: Remembrance Day assembly, Me 2 We food bank drive, Terry Fox run donations, Cross Country running season
- New reporting format
- Calendar of events (Nov and Dec)
- Community programs: S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Buddy Program, Collingwood Neighbourhood House
Volume 2 November 2017.pdf
The Meet the Teacher Night on September 21 featured the culmination of our "fun(d)raiser" in support of Horse Lake Elementary School outside of 100 Mile House, BC. It all started with a conversation among Nootka staff expressing interest in supporting people who were affected by the horrific interior wildfires this summer. This led to our identifying a school community that could use our support--Horse Lake Elementary, a school of 160 students. While the community may not have experienced much property or possession loss, the emotional toll was very significant and some of the families did suffer financially. We wanted to simply express to them our support and postive thoughts and to send them a little something that they might enjoy in some positive way. Well, true to Nootka form, our community rallied strong and in that one night, one PAC bakesale raised $535.00 to send to Horse Lake School! Prior to the Meet the Teacher fundraiser, students created two large bright and colourful banners with their own expressions of support that we are now sending north. And in addition to that, we are sending a 3 minute video clip that features everyone who was at the Meet the Teacher Night! As you can tell from the growing spontaneous applause in the video, our support was definitely heartfelt. It was a great way to start the year! Students learned how to be charitable and empathetic and how they can have a positive impact on others. Kids helping kids...What a wonderful life lesson! Thank you to everyone who helped out with this event.
Click for video: Thinking of Horse Lake School video
We hope you enjoy this month's newsletter and find it informational. It will be emailed out to families on Monday. Future issues will again be emailed home as well as posted to this website. Our hope is that families visit the school website regulary for updates, calendar dates, publications, etc.
Nootka Newsletter Volume 1 September 19 2017.pdf
In this issue:
- Staffing updates
- Meet the Teacher Night (Thursday, September 21) featuring a fun(d)raiser in support of a school community affected by this summer's wildfires.
- Forms & Fees information
- Library News
- Student Code of Conduct
- General Reminder about school practices and routines
- Allergy awareness
- Contacting staff
- Calendar of events/important dates