A wonderful wintry greeting to all our fabulous families!
As the cold settles in, the many things that are happening in our school are keeping us warm. First and foremost were the concerts that happened on Sunday and Thursday. I was so impressed by how the hard work all the students did paid off in their performances. Watching them was the perfect start to the holiday season. You certainly have some talented children! Also I wanted to give a huge thank you to all the hard work done by Mrs. Nauta on the K-4 concert, Mr. Korthuis with the band and choral groups and Mrs. Dees with our strings group. The depth of our fine arts programs is due in no small part to the effort of these teachers.
The rink is nearly in place due to the herculean efforts of Mr. Doerksen and his team of high school helpers. Though we will not be able to start using it before the break, everything will be in place during the Christmas holidays if your little ones need a skating lesson refresher.
We are wrapping up our reading challenge with the final totals coming in on Monday. I am excited to see who will get the pizza party on Tuesday. And if you are able to help me out by bringing pizza in from High River for lunchtime on Tuesday, please let myself or Mrs. Massey know on Monday.
We are all very excited to have a two week break to spend time with family and pursue different activities. During the break staff will be unavailable to respond to questions or concerns, but will be excited to hear from you in the new year. We will resume again on January 3rd and we also have a 5 day week that month (January 17-21). For our high school students it also means the end of some courses and exams are occurring then. Please check the school calendar sent by Mrs. Massey for the most up-to-date information on which exams are happening on what days.
We are accepting food and money donations for Food for Thought (here’s their website) up to Wednesday, December 15, next week. These items will help those families in High River and area who are struggling to make ends meet, and provide their children with meals while at school or at home during the break.
Locker clean up - students will be asked to clean up their lockers and taken any extra items home and remove science experiments before the break (ugh)
Ugly Christmas sweater day is on Wednesday, Dec 15th - wear an ugly Christmas sweater, or decorate one to look extra festive!
Class party day is happening on the last day, Thursday, December 16. I encourage you to check with your child’s homeroom teacher to be sure you have all the correct details for that day.
As this is the last weekly wrap up before the break, I wanted to wish you a blessing this Christmas season. The work God has done in bringing Jesus to us, teaching us about His Kingdom and saving us through His death all began with Jesus’ birth. Christmas is the beginning of that hope, and I pray you are all filled with hope in the coming days and weeks. For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given! Amen and Merry Christmas!
Quinn Barreth, Principal