October 31st, 2017
As I get older, I feel that I’m sounding like a broken record, but I’ll say it again; this year is flying by. We’ve been so busy that the last two months have flown by.
In the last month, we have started our school wide STEM projects, our 5/6 ‘s have been involved in a lot of volleyball, Mrs. Boxma has had an 8 foot snake wrapped around her shoulders, and much much more. If you’d like to check out some of the activities that have happened over the past month, pictures are posted on our website at the end of each month. There are some good ones this month that I would encourage you to have a look at.
Looking ahead, we will host our second School Council meeting of the year at 7pm on November 7th. This meeting is open to all parents and the meetings are rather informal and good natured, however we do discuss meaningful issues related to our school. If you haven’t had a chance to attend one yet, I certainly invite you to come. I am sure you will feel welcome. This month we will be discussing our Annual Accountability Pillar Reports, our upcoming Education Plan, and getting parent feedback as to how we should best organize parent/teacher interviews.
Also in the coming month we will continue on with our STEM projects. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. These challenges will generally see students working together in small teams to build something or solve a specific problem. Also, on November 10th, we will host our monthly Maker Challenge- the Egg Drop Challenge. Thanks to Mrs. Boxma, we have been able to arrange a bucket/picker truck from ATCO to visit. This will allow us to test our “egg protectors” from heights as high as 30 feet!
This month will also see reports cards sent home on November 17th. There have been a few glitches in the computer system that we use to reproduce reports cards. While I am confident that we can have them worked out by the 17th, please let us know if you notice anything irregular. Parent Teacher interviews will take place the following Thursday, with the school being Closed on Friday, November 24th.
For other events happening this month, I will ask you to refer to the attached calendar on our website: botha.clearview.ab.ca . Also, to stay informed about your student’s work in class, please give Seesaw a try. It’s a simple app that allows students to document their work and share it with home. Also, Mrs. Maxwell and I each maintain websites that you can use to see what students are working on. Mrs. Maxwell’s can be found at bothagradethreefour.weebly.com/ and grade 5/6 can be found at mrflieger.weebly.com
Finally, with the colder weather upon us, I will ask parents for their help in ensuring that students are bringing their heavier coats to school. We have many students that are coming to school with hoodies on, that are finding it quite cold at recess. Unfortunately, sub zero temperatures are here, and coats are now appropriate.
All the best of in the month of November!