Principal's Message for December 2017

Dear parents,


First of all, I want to thank everyone that came out to visit for parent/teacher interviews. The staff and I certainly appreciate your interest in student learning and it’s alway nice to get your input as well.

I’d also like to remind parents of Seesaw, the program that teaches are using to help students build their own portfolios and communicate student learning to you on an ongoing basis. While each class is using this tool a bit differently, it has shown itself to be another powerful tool for communication.

I also appreciate all of the interest in our month maker challenges.  It was very exciting last month to see all of the kids test their design with the help of the Atco bucket truck. I was really impressed that our student ingenuity allowed some eggs to survive a 60 foot drop. This month’s maker challenge is the milk carton boat. Challenge rules have been posted on our website. A plastic 2L container or 2L cardboard carton are both acceptable for this challenge.

In the past month, we have began our new milk program. This program is made available through a provincial grant and allows all students to have milk, each day, free of charge. We are hoping to be able to continue this program throughout the year.

This month our schedule will slow down a little bit as we prepare for our annual Christmas Concert.  Of note, this year we will also be offering a matinee Christmas concert in the afternoon. While it may not be as polished as our evening show, we are hoping that it be a helpful option for those parents with young children, parents who have more than one concert to attend and grandparents that are in similar situations. More information will follow with specifics about our Christmas Concert.

As of today, we will release our Annual Education Results Report. This functions as a bit of a year in review and outlines plans for improvement moving forward. This information will be posted on our website. I invite you to have a look and certainly contact me should you have any questions.  

Finally, The Botha School Society, which is still in its infancy is conducting its first fundraiser. The society will be selling Botha School cookbooks with family recipes from Botha students and staff. Cookbooks are available now at a cost of 20 dollars.  Please watch for the order form, going home today.

As always, I invite you to check out our website for news about dates and events. In addition, please see the attached calendar as well.

All the best in the coming month and a safe and Happy Holidays to your family,


Mike Flieger and the staff of Botha School