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2017-2018 Newsletters

Principal's Message | March 2018

The virtue for the month if “Diligence”. Setting goals, persevering to the end and making corrections along the way all contribute to success. March 8th and 9th are parent interviews. This is a good time to check Home Logic and have a discussion with your child as to what they are going to do to finish well this year. There is still plenty of time. is the conference manager website to log into beginning Friday, March 2nd. It will remain open until Wednesday the 14th. If you just have a question for a teacher, consider e-mailing them rather than making multiple appointments. Teachers will get back to you quickly. Times are Thursday, March 8th from 1 to 6 pm and Friday, March 9th from 8 to Noon.

Beauty and the Beast” was a great success once again. Auditions began in September and teachers have worked during options, lunch hours and after school to make this possible. Many students return to Balmoral, having been in the musicals, and comment on what a profound impact that had on them. We are pleased to have such a strong fine arts department. Thank you to Ms. Ontko and Ms. Roefs for their ongoing dedication and commitment.

The Band program is also preparing for festivals and tours. The grade 8/9 ensemble will be going to Edmonton on March 13th and returning March 15th. Along with the festival, they have workshops planned at the University, and a tour of the Legislature. These trips are not optional; they form a critical piece in the development of the musicians. We appreciate parents who support the program by letting their children go with us. Those who stay behind do not make the same progress as those who participate. We are a community and part of that commitment is to send your child to all the educational opportunities that are planned for the program.

Grade 8s are going to either Vancouver or Alberta sites in May. The second payment of $250 was due the end of February. You can pay on line. Some grade 9s will be going to Vancouver as well, as that trip combines Band and geographical and historical sites. A comparison of the Indigenous peoples of BC and Alberta will be the focus of instruction when all the students return in May.

We will be saying good bye to Ms. Paul on Thursday, March 22nd during our student of the month assembly.  She has been with us for eleven years as one of our grade 5 teachers.  Many students have had an opportunity to be in her class.  We wish her all the best in retirement.  On Friday, March 23rd, the staff will be saying good bye with a send off and brunch, so the office will be closed.

Enjoy spring break.  It is both Passover and Good Friday.  Students will return in April 3 on the Tuesday at 11:00 AM for our final term of school.  By then the snow should be gone and tulips and daffodils may even be peeking through the soil.  Death and resurrection---the joy of spring.

Elaine Knudtson
Principal, Balmoral School
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