Dear Rideau Families
It is hard to believe that it is already November. The cold weather is settling in and we are going to have to demonstrate RAM Grit and dress for the weather. Boots and Snow pants are cool – even in grade 9!!! The guideline for weather with Calgary Board of Education is -20 degrees and we must factor in wind chill. Of course we also need to remember that the weather changes throughout the day so students must come prepared.
Junior High staff have worked to set up a lunch program which offers students a variety of experiences during the week. Students can make choices of where they would like to be but are not free to roam about during the lunch hour. Technology will be available in the learning commons two days while the other two days will be for exploring and building with maker space materials. We have dedicated a room as well for students who would like to do homework or read quietly. Other activities include Chess, Games, Art, WE Club, GSA club, Yoga, Knitting. These may change from time to time and new clubs may be added.
Elementary and Junior High students will be participating in PE at Repsol, Christ Church and Parkhill Soccer Association until winter break. Each venue offers a variety of experiences to our students. All of this takes additional planning and preparation by all of our staff. I am so appreciative of their endless commitment. When it is appropriate our teachers will book buses for these activities. There are times when students might walk. Student safety will always be at the forefront of our minds.
Our WE Scare Hunger Drive was very successful – thank you for thinking of others in our greater community who rely on us for support.
Thank you to all families in elementary who supported the classroom Halloween Celebrations. It was a great time for everyone.
Please encourage friends and neighbors to join us for our Open House on Thursday evening. We are proud of Rideau and want to encourage students to attend.
We are very fortunate to be sharing our Remembrance Day ceremony with Elbow Park Elementary School. Their generosity to invite us to join with them and have a real gym for our celebration is very kind. Our students will be attending on Friday November 10 at 9:30. Kindergarten, Grade 1 and 2 students will take a bus and all other students will walk. (weather permitting). We would love to have families join us; however, as we can all appreciate with two schools together, the space is very limited. We look forward to celebrations in our own gym and having families join us in the near future.
Do take time to drive by the Field of Crosses on Memorial Drive and help our children to understand the impact of war and the importance of acceptance and kindness. Consider taking in the Justice Film Festival http://www.justicefilmfestival.ca/.
Have a great week.