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.
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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.

Summer Information

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Dear Families,

The year is drawing to a close and I wanted to send along some information items for you as we head into the summer:

Playground

As you know, our playground structure was damaged by a fire.  At this time, the insurance company is conducting an evaluation on the structure to determine the best way to move forward.  As we receive information over the summer, we will update our website as to the status of the playground.

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.  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 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 Sept 11.

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.  It is the same list for grades 4-6 and it will be the responsibility of families to purchase the supplies.

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe summer holiday!

P. Lorette

Principal.

April, 2015

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April is shaping up to be a busy Month at our school.  This month, on April 22, come and join us for our annual Art Show.  Our gymnasium will become an art gallery from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  This annual event is a great opportunity to show of the wonderful artistic talents of our students.

Mrs. Galley’s class is transforming the Mike Weeks Trail into a wheelchair accessible trail to better reflect the inclusive nature of our school.  We are excited about this project.  The date has been changed to Monday, April 20.

As you may have read in a recent newsletter, our school is planning to build a Maker Space for September of 2015.  This will be a space where students can tinker with materials, simple electronics, robotics, etc and create and innovate.  Maker spaces in schools is a relatively new concept and I am attaching a couple of videos for you to get an idea of what they are all about.

Finally, an IB update for you.  I will be sending out an information package about the IB program to all parents and there will be an online survey using survey monkey to provide all parents an opportunity to give us some feedback.  We have also organized a tour of a public IB school in West Vancouver and will be able to take about 6 parents from our School planning council and PAC.  Our next information evening will be scheduled soon and we plan to have the parents who attend the tour, provide a description of the visit at the presentation.

Maker Space Videos:

March 2015

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Leading up to spring break, we are preparing to send home our March report cards and to welcome you to our Parent Teacher/Student Led Conferences.  As reported in the last newsletter, some of our staff are holding student led conferences which is a great way to involve students in presenting learning to parents.  If your child is involved in a student led conference and you would like to have an individual conference with your child’s teacher, please contact the teacher to make arrangements for an interview.

Our grade four students held a very successful First Nations Potlatch on Friday, March 13.  It was a great presentation of learning with singing, dancing, drumming and story telling.  Congratulations to our grade 4 students.

A reminder that early dismissal will be March 18 and 19 and the school closes for spring break on Friday, March 20.  School will re-open on Tuesday, April 7.

February, 2015

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Our school currently exploring the International Baccalaureate Program as a potential program direction for our school.  After our first successful parent information evening, we are planning a second for Thursday, March 5 at 7:00 PM.  We will explore the educational opportunities in the International Baccalaureate Program (Primary Years Program).  We have also added an information page to our website for you to review.

A big thank you to our PAC for sponsoring the “Askable Parent” workshop on reproductive health.  It was very well attended and proved to be quite entertaining as well as informative!

A reminder that we are currently accepting registrations for the 2015-2016 school year.

January 2015

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Note:  There was an error on our refrigerator magnets regarding spring break dates.  Please note that the last day of school before spring break is March 20, 2015 and schools will be closed until Tuesday, April 7 2015.

A big thank you to our PAC and to the almost 50 parents who came out on a rainy Thursday evening to learn about how to support numeracy learning for students.  The session with Carole Fullerton, sponsored by our PAC was fun, entertaining and loaded with great ideas to support student’s math learning.  It was so successful that we will likely do it again in the fall.  Be sure to check out Carole’s blog for information on how to support your child’s math learning

Kindergarten and Early Immersion Registration:

There will be an information session for parents who live in the Brackendale, Mamquam and Garibaldi Highlands Elementary communities at Garibaldi Highlands School on Wednesday, January 21 beginning at 7:00 in the multi purpose room.

Registration will open at 8:00 am on Tuesday, January 27.  Registration and Freedom of Information Forms (Form 1, Form 2, Form 3, Form 4) are available here for download.  Spaces in the immersion program are first come first serve and space may be limited.