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!
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.