Hello Families, Hello Community,
We hope you are doing well and getting ready for restful break, family time, and a renewal as we begin a new year.
Please note the following announcements:
n Last week the entire student body travelled to Brackendale. We saw many eagles and even a couple of seals. One of the school’s aims is to teach stewardship of nature and this trip went a long way in connecting our students with the land. A very big Thank You / Hay chxw q'a to our PAC for funding the bus to take us there
n Jolene Andrews has been working with our students in creating cedar baskets. Thank you to Jolene for your expertise and for the cedar as the students learned this traditional skill. Please see our facebook and twitter pages for some photos.
n Thank you to the PAC for the funds and to Curtis Clearsky for the expertise. The school is making its own Teepee which, when completed, we can bring out for special celebrations. Please see our facebook or twitter pages for photos of it being made. There will also be photos on the PAC facebook page
n If you would like to see your child during the school day (e.g. drop of a lunch, pick up early) please check in with the teacher as you approach the classroom. Although your child knows you, other students may get worried with unknown adults entering the room. A friendly hello to the teacher will go a long way to make everyone feel safe and welcome.
Hampers (Tuesday / Wednesday)
n We are extremely grateful to the Cause We Care Foundation who have generously provided hampers to our community. We have one (1) hamper for every family. If you would like a hamper please come by the following times and either Scott Vandeloo or Dee Hughes-Slade will help you.
a. Tuesday 8:30 – 9:30 am
b. Tuesday 2:30 – 3:30 pm
c. Wednesday 8:30 – 9:30 am
d. Wednesday 2:30 – 3:30 pm
n Our students will be having a little concert on Wednesday at 2 pm. Everyone is welcome to join, listen, and maybe even sing along. A very special thank you to Jill from St. James Music for working with our students all year long to get their voices ready for this event.
Report Cards (Wednesday p.m.)
n Report Cards will be distributed to students in their classes on Wednesday afternoon. Please read them careful and make sure to look at the areas needing growth, and, very importantly, celebrate the success and good learning of your child in the last three months. If you have any questions regarding the report cards please feel free to talk to your teacher. We are partners with you in your child’s education and children always benefit when parents and school communicate.
Winter Solstice Celebration (Thursday December 17 5:00-7:00 pm)
n Please join us for a festive holiday meal, some local (parents/family/student) entertainment and a few celebrated guests (school board trustees, district staff, Elders) as we look forward to the winter solstice. If you would like to contribute a song or dance or story there will be an open mic throughout the evening. The festivities are from 5:00 – 7:00 pm in the lunchroom.
n Our last day of classes is December 18. The Aboriginal Focus School Macdonald Elementary will reopen on January 4th.
From the school staff to your homes we wish you a nice holiday and we look forward to a fantastic partnership with you and your children in 2016 at the Aboriginal Focus School Macdonald Elementary.