We are all looking forward to an exciting start to a new school year. The first draft of class lists was emailed home in July and the finalized lists will be emailed out again this Friday. When students arrive on Tuesday, September 3,  teachers will be outside the buildings and in the hallways, ready to assist everyone in finding their way. Parents are welcome to accompany their children to their classrooms.

The elementary school doors will open at 8:10 am and classes begin at 8:30 am. The first day is a full day.

CLASS LISTS/WHICH CLASSROOM WILL BE MINE?

At the end of the year, teachers of each grade level meet to make a careful, initial division of classes. The teachers look for combinations of students who work well together, considering the best academic, social and emotional needs of each child. The first drafts of the class lists are then shared with teachers who have taught the students over the last number of years and the principal. This second level of discussion often produces some changes. The lists were then emailed home in early July. When the teachers return in late August, the lists are carefully reviewed once again. When everyone is satisfied that the wisest possible decisions have been made, the lists are finalized, emailed out to homes a second time. In cases when parents or students are disappointed, it will help to know how carefully these decisions have been made. The teachers and principals appreciate the support that parents show us in this area.

NO NUTS

REMINDER: At least one student has a serious nut allergy in both schools and for that student’s safety, ALL nut products must be kept at home. Please remember this as you do your back-to-school shopping.

ELEMENTARY BELL SCHEDULES

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

7:55 – 8:25 am Playground supervision begins
7:55 – 8:25 am Parking lot supervision
8:25 am Warning bell
8:30 am School begins
10:45 am Recess begins
10:58 am Warning bell
11:00 am Recess ends
12:30 – 1:15 pm Lunch break
12:40 pm Students may go outside
12:45 pm Students must go outside
1:10 pm Warning bell
1:15 pm Lunch break ends
2:45 pm Warning bell (clean up, update agendas/homework folders)
2:50 pm Dismissal
3:05  pm Parking lot supervision ends
(no supervision at the playground)

LATE START THURSDAY

7:40 – 8:25 am Supervision begins in the library
(please bring your child(ren) directly to the library and sign-in)
8:25 – 8:55 am Playground supervision begins
8:25 – 8:55 am  Parking lot supervision begins
8:55 am Warning bell
9:00 am School begins
10:45 am Recess begins
10:58 am Warning bell
11:00 am Recess ends
12:30 – 1:15 pm Lunch break
12:40 pm Students may go outside
12:45 pm Students must go outside
1:10 pm Warning bell
1:15  pm Lunch break ends
2:45 pm Warning bell (clean up, update agendas/homework folders)
2:50 pm Dismissal
3:05 pm Parking lot supervision ends (no supervision at the playground)

STAFFING UPDATES

Goodbyes: Nancy Humphries, Debbie Goertzen, Lori Hall, Victoria Butler, Brittany Beukens, Monique Weir, Karen Maza, Amy Braun (maternity leave), Crystal Barry (maternity leave)

Welcome New Staff: Krista Brandsma, Cheryl Mulder, Jessica de Haan (was on maternity Leave), Madison Funk, Alysa Foth, Melissa McLeod, Cathy Morandini, Ruth McKenzie, Hannah Veldman

SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST

Download a copy of the elementary school supply list.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Meet the Teacher Hot Dog BBQ: Thursday, September 12. The BBQ is from 5:30 – 6:30 pm followed by meeting the teachers in the classroom from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

Picture Day: Tuesday, September 17 and Wednesday, September 18.

Roy van Eerden, Principal – Elementary Campus