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Principal's Message | November/December 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have had a busy few weeks since returning from Fall break and even with this winter weather upon us, itís hard to believe it is already November! We have a busy couple of months leading up to Winter break and lots to celebrate and share with you!

We are looking forward to recognizing Remembrance Day with an assembly this Friday at 10:45am. Students who are part of an organization like Cadets, Scouts, Guides etc. are welcome to wear their uniforms and will enter with the flag bearers. Parents and guests are very welcome to attend.

Classes have been hard at work and students are eager to share their learning with you at Parent Teacher Conferences on November 16th and 17th. This is an important chance to meet with the teacher and have your child share with you their work and their goals in advance of report cards. This year, report cards will come home before the winter break on December 21. The Thursday evening spots book up especially quickly so please mark your calendars as the booking system will open Friday, November 10 at 7pm.

Students in grades 3-6 will be performing in our Winter concert on December 7th. There will be two performances: one at 1pm and one at 6:30pm. Because of fire regulations, seating is limited and we will be sending home the ticket request forms at the end of November. Please make sure you send them back promptly to ensure you get a seat for the evening concert. We do not issue tickets for the afternoon performance, instead using first come first served for available seats. We typically have lots of room for the afternoon so please consider attending or inviting extended family to the afternoon show if possible. Students in Kindergarten to grade 2 will perform in the Spring concert.

As this winter weather settles in, we want to remind parents of the importance of setting an example for our students when negotiating traffic, both at the school and at our bus stops. With morning getting darker and roads getting slippery, it is especially important that we all take extra time and attention helping students crossing the streets. Please set the example by using the marked crosswalks at school and using the corners and crosswalks near the bus stops. If you choose to drive to the bus stop to drop off or pick up your children, please make sure you park safely and legally, rather than double parking or encouraging children to cross between parked cars. The safety of all our kids is worth the extra couple of minutes it might take.

We have some students setting a wonderful example for the whole school through their work with the Rundle Youth Leaders. This leadership group takes on many projects for our school and community and along the way, they develop tremendous leadership skills. They practice public speaking in their announcements and presentations. They develop their organizational skills and their time management when they plan their work and perhaps most importantly, they develop a passion for contributing to the community. Mrs. Dekoning and Ms. Kuiper were pleased to be able to take 15 of these leaders to the city WE day celebration on November 1. We were so proud of our students and the great work theyíve already done with the We Scare Hunger food bank drive.

Our next School Council meeting will be on November 20 at 6pm. We will be sharing our school development plan for this year and discussing priorities for this year. All parents are welcome, whether you have been to every meeting or never attended before. Please join us!

We are excited to welcome Mrs. Ireland to our team at Rundle. Mrs. Ireland is filling in as our Resource teacher while Ms. Derdall is temporarily filling another position. Ms. Derdall is planning to be back with us after winter break but in the meantime, we are thrilled to have Mrs. Ireland continuing the work!

As always, if you have any questions, celebrations or concerns, please donít hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,
Sue Rutherford