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August 2014 Principalís Message

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you back from summer holidays, or if you are new to the school, to welcome you to Donalda School.  Hopefully, you had an enjoyable and memorable summer.

I am really excited about this school year. Donalda School has a rich history and is in the process of some major changes as the school moves forward.

We have two new teachers joining the team. Mrs. Teresa Andersson (tandersson@clearview.ab.ca) will be teaching the Gr. 1 and 2 students this year. I am also new this year and I look forward to teaching Gr. 5 and 6 Science and Math as well as Junior High Science. Along with the two new teachers, we have three teachers returning to Donalda School this year. Mrs. Kerry Petersen (khellebo-petersen@clearview.ab.ca) will be teaching Kindergarten and Gr. 5 and 6 Social. Miss. Amy Smith (asmith@clearview.ab.ca) will be teaching primarily the Gr. 3 and 4's and Mr. Don Seale (dseale@clearview.ab.ca) will be teaching Junior High Social and Language Arts.  Coralie Cherewko is also new this year and will be joining Shelia Norman and Laura Nelson as the schoolís educational assistants.

Over the past year, the Donalda community has been working hard to raise money for a new playground. On August 15, 16 and 17, parents, staff and students worked together to build a new playground. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who helped in the fundraising, planning and building of the playground. We look forward to the inspection being completed so that students can enjoy it.

After discussions with staff and some parents, Donalda School will be changing the bell schedule. Instead of two short 10-minute recess breaks, we are going to have one long 20-minute recess break. Along with a 25-minute lunch recess, we believe that this longer break will give students a better opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and use the new playground. You can see the new bell timetable and individual class schedules on the school website.  You will find the bell schedule under Our School and then Bells Schedule.  You will find the new class schedules under the Our School  then Class Schedules.  We have also put a note in the school news area to help you find these.

School will start on Tuesday, September 2nd for Grade 1 to 9 students. For Kindergarten students and parents, there is an opportunity to meet Mrs. Petersen on Tuesday, September 2nd from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Regular classes for the Kindergarten class begins on Thursday, September 4th. From September to January the Kindergartens will have class on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Starting in February, the Kindergarten students will have class on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

The playschool program will have a registration day on Wednesday, September 3rd from 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm.  Playschool will begin on Monday, September 8th and run on Mondays (12:15 pm - 2:15 pm) and Wednesdays (12:15 pm - 3:20 pm).  Coralie Cherewko will be teaching the playschool class.

As a school, we have created supply lists for the different grades. If you do not have a list, please see the school website or contact the school office.  On our website you will find these under Administration then Supply lists.  We have also put a not in the school news to help you find these.

All the grades will have school pictures on September 23rd.

Communication with parents will be one of my most important priorities as a Principal. I am hoping to accomplish this goal by keeping the school website as up to date as possible. Secondly, we are asking each homeroom teacher to establish an email list so that important information can be passed onto parents in a fast and reliable manner. Lastly, we will send print materials home with students in their individual backpacks.

I am looking forward to joining this community and working in Donalda School as we try to provide quality education in a caring environment. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call the school at (403) 883-2195 or email myself directly, msiemens@clearview.ab.ca


Mark Siemens






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