Life at GHE

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Be sure to check out our newest website feature called “Life at GHE” available in the main menu of our website.  In this area, our goal is to highlight the many examples of student learning in our school.  Check out some of the many projects currently underway.

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  • Parent Teacher Interviews

Report cards are being sent home today, Nov 30, 2015.  There are two early dismissal days this week to provide time for parent teacher interviews.  These take place on Wednesday and Thursday, December 3 and 4.  School is dismissed at 2:00 pm on both days.

  • GHE Christmas Craft Fair

The big news this week, in addition to communicating student learning, is our annual PAC Christmas Craft Fair.

GHE Christmas Craft Fair 2015

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GHE PAC Movie Night and Christmas Craft Fair

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Please join us for two upcoming events hosted by our GHE PAC!

  1. Movie Night – Friday November 27 @ 6:30pm 
  • This Friday is the PAC Movie Night. They will be showing “Minions” and for just $5.00 you get to watch the movie, popcorn, and a juice box. Doors open at 6:30pm and the movie starts at 7pm. Don’t forget to bring your pillow!!!

 

2.  Christmas Craft Fair – Thursday December 3rd @ 6:30pm.

GHE Christmas Craft Fair 2015

Revised School Calendar for 2015-2016

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Dear Parents,

Please find attached the Amended School Calendar that was referenced in yesterday’s letter from the superintendent of schools.

GHE Calendar 2015-2016 revised

Sincerely,

Paul Lorette

Principal

Letter from the Superintendent of Schools

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Please see below for a letter from our Superintendent, Ms. Lisa McCullough.

SD48 Curriculum Implementation Parent Letter

September/October 2015

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It is such a pleasure to be back to school and back to learning.  Our school has grown significantly from 335 students to 392 students.  A special welcome to our Kindergarten students and we hope that they are enjoying their first year of elementary school.

We are very excited about this year, particularly about our Pathways to Learning education plan and the learning that many of our staff will be doing in October around inquiry, purposeful and authentic learning.  Our maker space will be under construction the first week of October and we look forward to the adventures to come in this exciting new learning space in our school.

A big thank you to the PAC for their support and advice as we work to improve our opening procedures.  We know there are still areas to work on and we appreciate the feedback.  We hope you have a great fall season and look forward to communicating with you about the year ahead!

2015-2016 School Opening Information

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Dear Parents,
I hope that all of you had a safe and enjoyable summer.  We are all very excited to be coming back to school and welcoming your children back to a new year of learning.  This post contains some information updates for you in preparation for next week.  We are anticipating a total student population of 400 students, up from 335 last year.
 
School startup
The first day of school for grades 1-6 will be Tuesday, September 8 and students will attend from 8:55 am to 10:00 am.   During this hour, the PAC will be hosting a welcome tea for all parents.  Although our Kindergarten students will not be starting classes until the following week,  Kindergarten parents are welcome to come to the tea.
 
Wednesday will be a full day and students will be dismissed at 3:00 pm.  A reminder that our warning bell is at 8:50am. 
 
Students will return to their previous year’s teacher and any new grade 1-6 students to our school should report to the gymnasium where they will be welcomed and provided a temporary classroom to attend until Friday, Sept 11. 
 
Students will be placed in their new classrooms on Friday, September  11.  Similar to last year, we will send out another communication next week to help facilitate primary parents finding their children’s new classrooms at the end of the day on Friday.  Please note that we are not able to accept parent requests for classroom placement. 
 
Our recess bell schedule will change slightly and recess this year will be from 10:40 am to 10:55 am
 
Playground
As you know, our playground structure was damaged by a fire.  My latest information is that the playground reconstruction will likely be complete by mid to late October.  This is later than we hoped but the good news is that the playground will be brand new.   We will be planning to have an alternate location for our Kindergarten students with some play equipment available to them while the reconstruction takes place.  We appreciate your patience as we work to get this project completed for our students.
 
School Supplies
Based on feedback from parents, the school will be purchasing supplies on behalf of our Kindergarten to grade 3 students.  The teachers will make the supplies available to students.  The fees for the supplies are $35 for K/1 and $40 for 2/3. 
 
The intermediate supply list is attached for your information (Grade 4 5 6 Supply List). It is the same list for grades 4-6 and it will be the responsibility of families to purchase the supplies. 
 
Student Drop off and Pick Up
Parent parking is located in the top parking lot.  The lower parking lot is for staff only.  We anticipate that we will not have sufficient parking space at our school and so we will be asking parents to avoid parking in our parent parking lot as there are only about 25 parking stalls.  The lot cannot handle the volume in the morning or afternoon.  
 
If possible, please walk or bike to school with your children.  If this is not practical or possible, you will need to park on the street or use the student drop off loop.  There are no busses this year so movement through the loop should be a little more efficient.  Make sure you leave plenty of time so that you are not in a rush.  Being in a rush while dropping a student at school only leads to frustration.   
 
The student drop off loop in front of the school is for drop off and pick up only.  Vehicles CAN NOT be left unattended in the drop off loop.  We will place pylons to help mark no parking spots.  We appreciate your cooperation.
 
 
Thank you and see you soon!
 
Paul Lorette
Principal.

School Start Up

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Dear Families,

It is that time where we are all looking ahead to the start of a new school year.  Our school is anticipating significant growth this year, growing from 335 students to 400 students.  If you are new to our neighborhood and are considering enrolling at Garibaldi Highlands, please contact us at the school, beginning the week of  Monday, August 24.

Playground Update:

The school has been informed that the playground reconstruction should be completed by the end of September.  This is later than what we were hoping for and so staff will be planning alternative locations for Kindergarten and grade 1 outdoor play areas during this time.

Kindergarten Startup

Parents will be contacted in the next couple of weeks to arrange for an appointment to meet with Kindergarten teachers during the week of September 8.  Kindergarten children will have a gradual entry into school and will attend for one half day on September 14, and one half day on Sept 15.  Kindergarten students will begin full time on September 16.

PAC

The first PAC meeting of the school year is scheduled for September 16 at 7:00 PM.  All parents are a part of the PAC and we encourage you to attend to learn how you can help further support our school.

Scholastic book fair and meet the teacher

Our Scholastic book fair will begin on Sept 29 and our meet the teacher event will take place on Sept 30 at 6:30.  More information on these events will be sent home early in the school year.

Missoula Children’s Theatre

This year, our PAC is sponsoring Missoula Children’s Theatre.  This is an opportunity for our students to audition for a musical that will be produced and performed during the course of one week!  Auditions will be on Monday, Sept 21 and the performances will be on Friday evening, Sept 25 and Saturday afternoon, Sept 26.  Rehearsals take place after school and evenings during the week.  More information will be sent home early in the school year with details about the auditions, cost, and the production.