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.
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.
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.
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.
The year is drawing to a close and I wanted to send along some information items for you as we head into the summer:
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.
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.
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!
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:
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.
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.
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.
It has been a very festive week at our school. Walking through the halls and visiting classrooms, the sights and smells of the holidays are everywhere and the children are working hard to prepare for their concerts next week. We had an excellent PAC meeting on Tuesday evening this week with some excellent discussion focusing on education and our PAC’s fundraising goals. PAC is a wonderful way to be involved in your child’s school. Also, congratulations to the PAC for another very successful Craft Fair. What a great family event. A big shout out to everyone who were able to help make it happen.
Our teachers and students have been working very had getting ready for our school Christmas concerts!
TUESDAY, DEC. 16th—Grade 2—6 students will present The Polar Express. There will be a dress rehearsal at 1:30 pm and an evening performance at 6:45 pm.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17th—Kindergarten and grade 1 students will have their concert. There will be a dress rehearsal at 1:30 pm and an evening concert at 6:45 pm.