Principals Report January 2019
The second semester has started! It is hard to believe that we are half way through the school year. With the new semester comes a new timetable. The changes of timetable were made to accommodate the students’ learning needs. We wish all of our students the best with the course they are working on this term. Continued dedication and perseverance with school work will result in a successful term.
Alberta Education Accountability Pillar Survey
Alberta Education will be conducting the annual Accountability Pillar Survey from mid-January to the end of February. In January, parents of students in grade 4, 7 and 10 will receive a survey from Alberta Education. All parents will receive survey packages mailed from Alberta Education. The survey package includes:
a copy of the Education Minister’s Invest in the Future letter to parents;
a copy of the paper survey questionnaire (including a Random Access Code);
a postage-paid, pre-addressed return envelope (to be mailed directly to Alberta Education);
instructions for accessing the online survey; and
instructions for accessing the survey in other languages.
Parents are encouraged to complete the anonymous survey and return it to Alberta Education by Friday, Febru-ary 22 if a mail-in survey is being used. Parents wishing to complete the online survey application will have un-til Friday, March 8 to complete the survey. Students in Grades 4, 7 and 10 and all teachers will also have an op-portunity to complete an online survey at school. All of these surveys are anonymous and ask questions about experiences with our school.
All parents want to know that their children are receiving a quality education. A quality education helps all chil-dren make the most of their talents and abilities. As an annual check-up on the education system, The Accounta-bility Pillar provides an opportunity for Alberta Education and school authorities to ensure that we’re equipping students for success. Your participation in the survey helps, so we encourage you to return your survey promptly.
Survey results will be available to jurisdictions as part of their 3 Year Education Plan and Annual Education Re-sults Reports.
Pink T-Shirt Day
On Wednesday, February 27, schools from cross Canada will wear pink to support bully prevention awareness, education, and programs. This year’s Pink Shirt Day Alberta 2019 theme is centered on making an effort to “Choose Kindness” as a way to support bullying programs in schools and our community. Students and commu-nity members wanting to purchase a “Choose Kindness” shirts are welcome to send in their order and payment to the school office by Wednesday, February 6. In order to process an order, we must have a minimum of 20 or-ders. Please see the attached order form for sizing and prices. Cheques can be made payable to Thorhild Central School. Everyone is encouraged to wear pink on this day in support of the bullying prevention awareness cam-paign.
Welcome New Staff
Please join me in welcoming Miss Miranda From to the TCS family. Miss From will be teaching Grade K – 6 Health and Nutrition, Science 14/24, and K&E English 10-4. Miss From will have one period per day to provide Guidance Counseling supports. Students looking for assistance with graduation requirements or post-secondary planning can make an appointment to see Miss From.
We would also like to welcome Mrs. Kelly Feledichuk back to TCS. Mrs. Feledichuk was teaching at HAK last term and will be joining us for Semester Two. She will be teaching PE10, CALM, PE 7, High School and Junior High Cosmetology. Welcome back!
Dressing for the Weather
Students have been reminded that they need to ensure they are well prepared when riding on the school bus. There may be a time when a bus may have a mechanical issue causing students to be waiting on a cold bus. All riders are expected to have a winter jacket, mitts and toque as the minimum requirements. Having snow pants and boots would be ideal. Please ensure that your child has their winter wear with them before heading out to catch the bus.
Health and Nutrition
Miss From will be teaching a nutrition class to the Grade K – 6 students. Within the next couple of days, a schedule will be forwarded to all families indicating the dates that Miss From will be working with each class. During this time she will teach them about kitchen safety and sanitation, the new Canada Food Guide, selecting foods from the Most Often category, budgeting, and preparing a balanced lunch. The days your child is engaged in the Nutrition class will be a day that your child does not need to bring a lunch to school. They will require their mid-morning snack but a full lunch will be made available to them. This program will be funded through the Nutrition Grant that TCS has received from the Alberta Government to support K-6 students. Please watch for communication from Miss From on the upcoming schedule and proposed menu items.
Many activities will be keeping the students busy during the month of February. Hopefully the weather cooper-ates and provides your family to enjoy some winter fun. February 6th is the Winter Walk Day. Taking everyone outdoors to enjoy the crisp February air is just one easy way for families to get some exercise and enjoy each other’s company.
Principal Thorhild Central School (780) 398 3610