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Principal's Message | November
The month of November brings us our annual Remembrance Day ceremony, parent-teacher interviews, Camp Caroline for grade 7s, skiing for grade 5s, dress for success day, and our annual band concert for grades 6-9 at the Jubilee Auditorium.
High school information sessions are beginning in November. Every student will be assigned to their designated school based on your residential address. The only exceptions being students who choose International Baccalaureate (Sir John Diefenbaker) or Advanced Placement (Crescent Heights). The school board has been very rigid about keeping students in their residential boundaries, so your choice is limited.
Students will explore careers during the month of November. The grade 9s will be going to SAIT for the day in the first week of November. On November 30th we will have a “Dress for Success” day for all students. We will be discussing how to apply for a job interview and how to come to dress appropriately for an interview. That would include dress pants, a shirt, tie, skirt, dress, suit, etc. This is a chance for parents to help students think about the importance of making a good first impression when they go for a job interview. The winners from each class will be taken to the Vietnamese Noodle House for lunch to practice good table manners as well. It was done a few years ago and it was very successful.
All students should have marks in Home logic at this point in every subject. If not, feel free to e-mail your child’s teacher. All the e-mails are on the back of every newsletter each month. We will be opening our conference booking manager at 6:00 AM on Friday, November 10th. It will close on Wednesday, November 15th at midnight. You will not be able to book on the day of the appointments (Thursday, November 16th from 1 – 6pm or Friday, November 17th from 8 to noon). If you are NOT going to make the 10 minute appointment, please e-mail the teachers and cancel. If your child is doing well and you have no concerns or questions, a quick e-mail to the teacher is sufficient. If the school has concerns, they will contact you about setting up a group interview with all the teachers.
Grade 7s are going to Camp Caroline for 3 days from Nov. 20th to the 22nd. This is a time of intense work on our repertoire for the band concert.
Grade 5s will be going to the Canada Olympic Park on the 27th and 28th. Forms will be going home shortly. We are only taking grade 5s this year.
Tickets will go on sale for our annual band concert in the month of November. Please feel free to invite as many friends and family as you wish. It’s nice for the students to play before a full house. Only grades 6 – 9 play at the Christmas concert. The 5s will be playing in the school gym on December 6th. More information will follow from the music teachers.
“Remembrance Day isn't just about war and those we've lost, but about ideals and what we stand for. It's about respecting our past and looking hopefully forward, and more than anything, thanking those who have served.” – huffington post 2014/11/11
Principal, Balmoral School