“April is a promise that May is bound to keep.” Hal Borland
Welcome back from Spring Break! I hope you all had a relaxing and rejuvenating week. Now is the push to the end of the year with Graduation just around the corner. Students, keep in close contact with your mentors and teachers to ensure that you are on top of your coursework as we do not want stress building into June. We are here to help you get to the finish line!
I would like to send the School Council, who funded our Super Cool Fun Day in March, a big thank you. Students did team building as a school, listened to a guest speaker and then chose afternoon activities including the Science Centre, The Zoo, bowling, Lloyd’s and Southland Leisure Centre. Thank you as well to Phil and Tanya for organizing the day and to all of the staff for supervising the students all over the city.
The date for Mayfest has changed a couple of times but we have now settled on Thursday, May 15th at 7 pm. We hope that the whole Alternative family can come celebrate our past, present and future. There will be a display focusing on our 40th anniversary, a silent auction, entertain-ment and refreshments. If you happen to have donations for our silent auction, please contact the school and we would be happy to accept your generous gift.
Through conversation with parents, staff and students, a decision has been made to change the structure of Camp Out effective for the 2014-15 school year. Instead of investing all of our money into one chunk of time at the beginning of the year, we are rather going to be more inclusive and spread those days out into four fun days throughout the year. With a continuous intake of students through the school year, this will give everyone a chance to be included in team-building activities. I support this change whole-heartedly and was most impressed with the positive feed-back from staff, parents and, especially, students.
As you have no doubt heard in the news, the CBE is facing a tough budget once again. The budget procedure for schools begins in earnest in late April. All decisions around staffing are made with student need in mind. Nancy is busy doing course requests for the 2014-15 school year. Once we know from the students which courses they need, we can make staffing decisions. Feel assured that we will do everything we need to do to provide students with an engaging, personalized, aca-demically-rigorous education.
As always, I am here if you have any questions. Please do not hesitate to contact me.
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