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November Principal’s Message

It is hard for me to believe that another month has flown by. The month began with the grade 3’s writing the Student Learning Assessments (SLA’s) and the school going to a concert by a Canadian band called Speed Control. In the middle of the month, two big saucer swings were installed and the students have had a great time playing on them. The month ended with Halloween Parties. It was a great month of fun and learning.

Mr. Barron, the new superintendent, sent us a YouTube video about a girl getting ready to take her first ski jump – I have included the link below. It shows that learning something new can be an exciting, challenging and occasionally terrifying adventure.  I really enjoyed the child’s reaction at the end when she has survived the ski jump. She is absolutely thrilled and has a real sense of accomplishment and pride. At Donalda School, we are trying to build learners who embrace and thrive on challenges. I encourage you this month to learn something new and begin the conversation with your child about the joys and frustrations of the process. Last winter, I learned how to do a 180 off jumps at Alliance Ski Hill and I had many of the same feelings as the girl in the YouTube video.

November looks to be another exciting month. On November 6th, Donalda School has its yearly awards night. I encourage all families to attend and I would like to send out a special invitation to families of new students.

Report Cards will go home on November 18th and Parent Teacher Interviews will be on November 20th. There will be no classes on November 10th (Day in Lieu for Interviews), 11th (Remembrance Day) and 12th (Professional Day). There are no early Mondays in November. School Council meeting will be at 3:45 pm on November 25th.

I would like to challenge the school this year to make 50 gift filled shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. If we reach this goal, we will have to come up with a great reward for the students. We are collecting shoeboxes on November 13th.

I have had questions about whether Donalda School is a Peanut Free School. When we went through the Medical Forms, we have no nut or peanut allergies, so students may bring peanut butter sandwiches for lunch.

I am looking forward to another great month!

Mark Siemens






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