It’s hard to believe that it is only September 23rd. There have already been so many exciting and engaging learning opportunities for our students. In classrooms, teachers have been working hard to get to know their students and to learn about their classroom profiles. This includes learning about student strengths, interests, areas for growth and learning styles. Of course this is our ongoing work but this information is critical to gather so that we can personalize the learning for each student. We have also been working hard to create learning environments where students feel welcomed, confident and are eager to take risks within their learning. We want to remind you of the important role that you play in your children’s education. Please be sure to attend our parent conferences on Oct. 2 and October 3rd. Should you wish to contact teachers prior to these conferences, please feel free to do so. You will find an updated email contact list for staff on our website.
School wide opportunities are also aplenty. Some student clubs are already up and running. These include: chess club, vocal ensemble, choir, spirit committee, anime club, jazz club, tech team club, intramurals and running club. It is never too late to get involved. Please encourage your son or daughter to step up and explore something new this year. We know that learners who are connected to the school feel more positive about their learning and often perform better in their studies.
We are also excited about the start of our athletics teams. Currently cross country running, volleyball and soccer are under way. Yesterday’s games were super exciting! The level of skill, teamwork and sportsmanship displayed by Coyote teams was impressive.
On Tuesday of this week we had our annual Terry Fox Assembly and Run. We were thrilled to have acclaimed Hip Hop Artist, Shaun Booth lead our assembly. Shaun talked about the lessons that we can learn from Terry Fox and other heroes. He reminded us of Terry’s message of hope and also of the way that we are making a difference in the fight against cancer. This assembly was particularly impacting as our own staff member, Alison James battles against cancer. Many of our staff and students dedicated their run to her. We will post our final fundraising tally after the money is counted.
Finally tonight is our first parent council meeting. We want to encourage you to please come out an support our parent council. This is an excellent opportunity to share you insights into how we are doing as a school and to discuss ways that we can improve. The meeting agenda is generally sent home via email and is also posted online. Meetings are held in the library and all are welcome. (Don’t worry you don’t have to sign up for a committee.)
We look forward to seeing you this evening or at our upcoming parent conferences.
Ms. Barry and Mr. Thompson