Front Secretary- This was Ms. Herndier’ s last week at Glenbrook. She has been granted a position as Administrative Secretary at Alexander Ferguson School. We wish her all the best and will miss her terribly!
It has been very difficult finding someone to fill this position. Over the next few weeks you may hear new voices answering the phone as we will have temporary staff in this role over the next week until we are able to fill this position permanently. Thank you for your patience.
Renovations at Glenbrook- Beginning in mid- May, Glenbrook will be undergoing renovations to upgrade exterior doors. As part of this project, barrier free upgrades including ramps, railings and accessibility buttons will be added to the building as well as a line of sight camera at the front door. This project could take 4- 5 months. Thank you for your patience. As part of the renovation, there will be extra disposal bins and storage units on site. Please remind your child that these are private property; it is not only dangerous but also trespassing to be climbing on these items. Police have already been called by a neighbour due to students climbing on these or on the school roof after hours
WHATS HAPPENING AT GLENBROOK?
There is a saying that “A picture is worth a thousand words”, and we think that’s true! Please check out ourschool showcase
to find out more about what is happening in each classroom! This site is updated monthly
so that you can see the exciting learning that takes place at Glenbrook!
In addition to the weekly email, we also communicate with parents throughout monthly newsletter which includes the calendar for the month and CBE system message for parents. The Glenbrook School website is the repository of information about the school: http://schools.cbe.ab.ca/b122/
THIS WEEK AT GLENBROOK
May 2-6 Education Week- A time to acknowledge Glenbrook staff!
May 3-6 Grade 5/6 away at Outdoor School at YMCA Camp Chief Hector
May 3-6 No Patrols as grade 5 & 6 are away.
Wed. May 4 Alberta Hats on for Mental Health Day- Every one wear a hat!
Fri. May 6 Early dismissal- AM Kindergarten attends in morning
LEARNING MOMENTS- Helpful questions beyond ‘What did you do in school today?’
May 2-6 is Education Week in Alberta. The week offers principals, students, and parents a special opportunity to recognize the hard work teachers and school staff do all year long. Take the time to celebrate these real life superheroes. How can you express appreciation for a teacher or staff member who has supported, educated or inspired your child? Take the time with your child to write a short note of gratitude, your words will have a lasting impact!
Education Week is an ideal opportunity to have our children thank their hardworking and dedicated teachers and other school staff in a meaningful way. Secretaries, Facility Operators, School/ Education Assistants, Library Assistants, and of course, Teachers are real life superheroes. They educate, innovate, encourage and support. To get your child thinking about what to write, beyond a vague “Thanks for all you do”, ask your child:
• How does your teacher start the day at school?
• What makes him or her smile?
• What do you love most about your teacher?
• What do you look forward to most each week?
• What is a special memory you have of this school year?
• What other adults in the building are special to you? Why?
These questions should start a conversation, and then you can introduce the idea of having your child write a thank you. Here are some ideas:
- Draw & Label: Have them draw a picture of his or her teacher doing one of these things, and you can help them label or write what it is they are thankful for.
- Comic Strip: For some children, writing and illustrating a comic strip as a “thank you” is manageable, unintimidating, and crazy fun!
- Acrostic Poem: Acrostic poems are poems that begin each line with a letter of a certain word, name, or phrase. Encourage your child to write an acrostic poem for his or her teacher, using the teacher’s name, the word “teacher,” or some other relevant word. Acrostic poems are perfect for design and color, too. After your child finishes writing it, have him draw it on construction paper, adding designs, color, and flare!
-Mini Thank-You Story: Using the discussion that stems from the questions above, hand your child a few sheets of paper and encourage him or her to write a “thank-you story” to the teacher. Folding each paper in quarters will make smaller pages, which are less intimidating, and any teacher would love a mini “thank-you story” for Teacher Appreciation Day.
CLOTHING DRIVE - OPEN NOW until May 9!
Please bring in all your clothing and textiles, shoes, jackets, sheets and towels that you want to donate. Please bring your clean clothes in a garbage bag by the office and we will take it where it needs to go. Thank you for bringing your donations to our school!
PARENT EDUCATOR - MAY 5
We are having Jacqueline Green of the Great Parenting Show come in for a special event on May 5. For over 15 years, Jacqueline Green has been a parenting educator, coach and presenter. She speaks in schools and at conferences, and teaches classes online and off, on a wide-range of topics ranging from sibling rivalry, to dealing with behavior issues, to how to survive co-parenting challenges. As well, she hosts the Great Parenting Show, which she created in 2010, and which has tens of thousands of listeners from all over the world. She also draws on her experience as a public school board trustee and of course, as a mother of two teenage children poised to leave the nest. She is passionate about helping parents to regain their natural power to parent, so that family life becomes much less stressful, more successful and a source of joy. She is a very engaging and interactive speaker, author of the book, Strong Enough to Stay; Smart Enough to Go, and has been interviewed for various media ranging from Today’s Parent magazine, Huff Post Live and CTV. Watch for more information coming out soon!