Happy New Year Gators

Thank you to all of the families who attended our Christmas concert and to the SCC for providing us with treats afterwards. A special thanks goes out to Mr. Norman who organized and planned the concert.
As I welcome a new year, I reflect on my four months at Argyle School. My first reflection is that I have not kept up with this blog!
Every student is a little puzzle and figuring out theses puzzles is the best part of my job. I have not solved every puzzle, yet.
I love that Argyle School is truly a neighbourhood school reflecting the values and personality of the neighborhood. I love that Argyle School has a dedicated SCC that is welcoming and responsive to the community it serves.
I am so lucky to work with a fantastic staff who really cares about the school, as evidenced by the extensive extracurricular activities offered and the respect and dedication they demonstrate every day.
As we begin 2019, I will continue to learn about Argyle School and the school community. The staff will continue with our school strategic plan, the SCC will continue to support school activities, we will continue to focus on the Attendance Matters campaign and reading and math instruction will continue be top priorities.
I will also continue to ask questions:
Are we making the most of the school day for every student?
Are we using technology responsibly and effectively?
Do our students understand about the TRC Calls to Action?
Do our new families feel welcomed?
Does every student have opportunities to shine?
Do parents know where to find information about how their children are doing at school?

Happy New Year Gators
K. Black

Thankful for Argyle School

Hello Gators,

Our first month at school was as busy as ever.  In 5 short weeks we had a backpack drop-off, participated in cross country, enjoyed our open house and pot luck supper, completed our first order of spirit wear, wrapped up our magazine school fund raiser, supported Orange Shirt Day, completed our Terry Fox walk and fundraiser,  started our girls and boys volleyball teams and enjoyed a few field trips.

As I sit in my peaceful office reflecting on the past month I can’t help but feel thankful for many reasons.  I am thankful for the amazing staff at Argyle.  In my career I worked with many staffs, and this staff is truly second to none.  Their willingness to support each other and volunteer for so many extra-curricular activities is commendable.

I am thankful for the students at Argyle who are respectful, hardworking and kind. I enjoy the hugs from the younger students and the high-fives from our seniors.  I am particularly happy that I am part of the senior leadership classes where I am teaching Mindfulness every week.

I am thankful for our Argyle parents. It is so obvious that you care deeply about your children and their education.  I enjoyed meeting many of you already and look forward to working with all of you.

I am thankful for the Argyle SCC.  What am amazing group!  They already planned our entire year of fundraising and support.  If any parents want to join us, please do!  Our meetings are posted on the school calendar on the website.

Finally, I am thankful that everyone has made me feel so welcome at Argyle.  Sure, I have made mistakes and I am doing some things differently, but I have felt nothing but support and encouragement from the staff, students, parents and SCC.  Argyle feels like home to me.

Should anyone ever wish to chat or have a question, please pop in or contact the school to set up an appointment.  I look forward to working for the Argyle community and continuing to make Argyle School a fantastic place to be.

Katherine Black

Back to School Gators, 2018-19

Welcome back to the Swamp!!

Mr. Panko, the principal of Argyle School for the past three years, has moved on to be the principal of Kitchener Community School. He was very sad to leave this amazing school; thankfully many of you had the opportunity to wish him well. I know that he will continue to be a great principal at Kitchener. Mr. Panko was a tremendous help to me as I prepared for my role as principal of Argyle.

I am very excited to be joining the Argyle staff. I have lived in this community for many years where my husband and I raised our two sons. I know firsthand what a wonderful community this is and the staff at Argyle is second to none. The entire Argyle staff is dedicated to your children’s’ ‘pursuit of success through the joy of learning.’

There are a few other changes in staff that deserve a warm welcome:

Morgan Herbison will be teaching grade 1

Renelle Simons will be teaching grade 2/3

Taylor Frei will be teaching in the Structured Learning Program

Dallas McPherson will be teaching E.A.L. (.3)

Michelle Tiloy will join our educational assistant team

We welcome two interns:

Anessa Eckert will be working with Mrs. Kowalyshyn and Mrs. Scott.

Taylor Gamtacy will be joining Mr. Norman.

On Wednesday, Aug 29 from 4:00 – 5:30 pm, students have the option of dropping off their backpack full of supplies.  Students will meet in the gymnasium and then they will be directed to their classroom where they can find their desk and meet their new teacher.

On Sept. 4, the first day of classes, our entire student body will meet in the gymnasium where I will introduce the staff. We will review the school motto, ‘pursuing success through the joy of learning’ as well as basic school expectations. Then our teachers will lead their students to class.

I look forward to working my hardest with the staff, students and the SCC to continue making Argyle School a wonderful place to learn and grow.

Feel free to contact me anytime via email at katherine.black@rbe.sk.ca or stop by the school.

Kathy Black

A fond farewell from the swamp!

The last month has been a busy one (as always) and there have been many awesome things happening here in the swamp. A pile of photos will need to do justice to the many  events that have gone on as words are not enough 🙂

Our band students concluded their year musically with performances at schools, tours, and a final concert to bring to a close a year of amazing improvement, achievement, and growth. There is not likely another group who’s progress is so publically on display as the band. Thank you to Ms. Stennes and Mrs. Gaparic-Block for your work with this group.

We’ve had a lot of giggles on top of our learning as students and staff were able to engage in events in and around our city. Please note that the Stanley Cup is slightly taller than Ms Evans and that yes that is Mr. Norman singing karaoke with the karaoke club near the bottom of this group of photos. Some of Ms Wilson’s class demonstrated skills on the alley’s, while a few of Mrs. Scott and Mrs. Kowalyshyn’s class sold freezies to help fight off the heat and humidity of the swamp.

Our spring sport season ended with our softball team having another great season and our school wide track meet qualifying a number of students to participate in our multi-school meet here in June. Thanks to the many volunteers we had out to help run the meet and big thanks to Ms Evans for her work in running the day. Great job to The Gator Green sox under the tutelage of Mr. Lamb, Mr. Norman, and the mascot Ms. Evans 🙂

Our end goal for all of our Gators is Farewell and this year’s event was amazing. The gymnasium was literally transformed into an “Enchanted Forest,” where our grade 8s walked down memory lane and were celebrated for the years that they have contributed to building our community here at Argyle.


As June winds down and the end of school is upon us, it is definitely a hard time of year in many ways. It is a time where we can look back fondly on another terrific year here at Argyle where we have seen tremendous growth and learning across our entire community. Collectively, we are richer for the experience of working together and investing in one another and in our greater community. It is also a time when we look ahead, we can see new challenges on the horizon, and new opportunities for all to continue to grow, learn, and change.

June is also a time where we say farewell to students and staff who will not return to Argyle in the fall. All of the best to our students who are not returning including our grade 8 class. A huge thank you to staff who are moving on to new opportunities as well including: Mr. N’koo (EA), Mr. Parker (EAL), Mr. Stoffel (Arts Ed), Ms Wilson (Gr 3/4), and Ms Mercado (EA). You have all made significant contributions to the betterment of our school and we thank you!

This will be my last post as your school principal. I, too, am moving on and I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for making the last three years some of the most memorable times of my teaching life. This is a community that cares about this place and the people in it. It has been an honour and a privilege to work with, and for, you. Argyle will always have a special place in my heart and you, the community, deserve the credit for helping to shape this place into the wonderful school it is. A huge thank you to our SCC for all you do to support Argyle and to make it the amazing place it is to work and learn for all of us day to day.IMG_1115We are going to try something new this year and have a window of time where students and parents can come in, drop off school supplies, and meet your teacher for the 2018-2019 school year. On Wednesday, August 29th, from 4:00-5:30 pm classrooms will be open and we encourage you to come by on that day to make our first official day, September 4th a little less hectic and stressful for all. 

Have a safe, restful, and relaxing summer Gators.

Fare thee well all!

May the 4th be with you and so much more…

IMG_0822It is unbelievable that we are approaching the last days of May. The force/4th was a strong one this year around the Swamp with none stronger than the indomitable Mr. Stoffel. The young Jedi Stoffel was quick to fall under the leadership of this old, wrinkled, green, Yoda Panko.


Ok, one of these photos was legit and the ears are legit on the other.
The last month was once again action packed and has set a course for our last month to finish off at warp speed as is always the case.

We have had many opportunities to see our Gators shine in the last month including on the stage with a number of band concerts and tours, at the Cup Stacking RBE championships, and even here in the Swamp as we hosted our annual Books Before Bedtime and Book Swap. Many thanks to our students, families and staff who have made all of these opportunities possible.

As mentioned previously, there are a number of things going on in the next month and we’d kindly ask you to note this document, our webpage where you can see a weekly at a glance, and our school calendar which can be found on the left side of the main page of the Argyle website as well.

Some Important Upcoming Dates:

May 22nd – Gr 3/4-6 RJTW – PM
May 22nd – Grade 6 Band Tour
May 23rd – Gr 7/8 RJTW – PM
May 23rd – Memorial Cup Grade 4-6 PM
May 23rd – Carnival 530-800pm (Everyone please try to come and support our Grade 8 farewell)
May 24th – Gr 3/4-6 RJTW – PM
May 24th – Year End Band Concert @ SW 630pm
May 29th – Kinder Parent Open House 4pm
May 30th – Gr 7/8 RJTW – PM
May 31st – New Kinder Student Visit 1045-1130am
May 31st – Booster Juice – Healthy Hunger Lunch
June 1st – Grade 4-8 Track Meet at Sheldon Williams ALL DAY
June 4th – SCC Meeting 630pm
June 5th – Track Meet Rain Day if necessary
June 5th – Ready @ Argyle Softball 4pm
June 14th – Cougs in School Soccer Grade 1-6
June 15th – Staff Meeting/PD – no School
June 19th – Multi-School Track Meet at Douglas Park for Qualifiers
June 21st – 1:30 – Grade 8 Farewell
June 22nd – DQ Healthy Hunger Lunch
June 22nd – SRO Visit 230pm – Football and Freezies in the park
June 27th – Grade 5-8 going to Evraz Park
June 28th – Last day for students.
June 28th – Report cards go home.  Dismissal at 2:30pm.

This is a list that will be added to as we go, but, at least gives you a place to start for planning purposes.

As always, I welcome your input, feedback, and thoughts. Please drop me an email at mick.panko@rbe.sk.ca, call our main office, or stop by and chat.

Also, a reminder to check out our other online platforms including our Facebook Page, our Twitter Feed, and our website.

What do April Flurries Bring?

As the end of April nears it is amazing to see the snow melting, the sun shining, and the temperatures finally rising. It was certainly an abnormal March and April from a weather perspective but hopefully we are on the sunny side of it now. With our spring break happening in the last month it feels like time has flown by and we are just around the corner to our busy homestretch of May and June.

Our Gator staff have continued to do all kinds of engaging and educational things with ours students and we continue to celebrate the many areas of growth and achievement in our school. While the weather has been unpredictable, we have continued to have a lot of fun doing all we do.

Recently, our basketball teams wrapped up their seasons and both of our teams had wonderful seasons. I am so thankful that our students receive the leadership and coaching they do from Mr. Norman (girls team) and Ms Yee (boys team). Our girls team finished second in the city in the ‘B’ league, while our boys had an undefeated season in the Rec division. Our Gators represented our school, each other, and themselves with terrific sportsmanship and class all season long.

The only downer of the season for our Gator hoopsters was the dirty shellacking they took at the hands of the combined team of School Resource Officers and Teachers in front of the entire school. Better luck next time Gators 🙂 Just kidding the Gator Swamp was rocking and lots of fun as the students, teachers, and SROs battled it out on court in tightly contested battle. Thanks to Ms. Evans for organizing this fun afternoon.

This community continues to understand and demonstrate the importance of caring for those in need. In light of the recent Humboldt Broncos bus tragedy we participated in Jersey Day and collected donations on one day to the tune of over $1100 that was donated via the Broncos GoFundMe campaign. Thank you all for helping to reinforce this valuable lesson of caring for community and those in need.

One of the issues that we, as educators, are faced with regularly is understanding the difference between giving all of our students what they need (equity) versus everyone receiving the same thing (equality). As we make decision every day about doing what is right, needed, and necessary for every Gator I thought this image would be helpful for all of us to think about. We want to do what is necessary for every student to be successful and I feel this image is helpful in understanding this important idea.

Many of you have participated in the Healthy Hunger lunches that have occurred at the school and we thank you for that. We are very happy with how they have gone overall but have a few wrinkles to work out. We have scheduled three more treats between now and the end of June for those of you who choose to participate:
– May 17th – Subway
– May 31st – Booster Juice (snack size smoothies)
– June 22nd – Dairy Queen (lunch and ice cream options)
If you haven’t yet signed up you can still do so at healthyhunger.ca

May and June are often two of our busiest months at school so I would encourage all of you to continue to use our website to keep up with all things going on Gator!

As always, I welcome your input, feedback, and thoughts. Please drop me an email at mick.panko@rbe.sk.ca, call our main office, or stop by and chat.

Also, a reminder to check out our other online platforms including our Facebook Page, our Twitter Feed, and our website.

Some important upcoming dates:

  • May 2nd – Robb Nash Show
  • May 3rd – Grade 7/8 RJTW Clinics
  • May 4th – Spirit Day TBA
  • May 7th – SCC Meeting
  • May 8th – RJTW Grade 4-6 pm
  • May 9th – Grade 7 Band Concert
  • May 9th – Grade 7 Band to Yorkton after concert
  • May 9th – RJTW Grade 7/8 pm
  • May 10th – Grade 8s Spartan in Training AM
  • May 10th – RJTW Grade 4-6 pm
  • May 11th – GGG School Dance PM
  • May 15th – RJTW Grade 4-6 pm
  • May 16-17th – Grade 8 Band Trip to Saskatoon
  • May 17th – RJTW Grade 4-6 pm
  • May 17th – Subway Lunch
  • May 18th – Staff Meeting/PD


Putting Spring on hold with snow, snow, and more snow!

Our school yard has once again taken on the familiar color of winter! The last few weeks have been filled with piles of the white stuff re-accumulating to assist in the spring formation of our actual Swamp. With the dump of snow it has been cool to see this community once again pull together to help each other out in many ways…I guess pulling and pushing in some cases with the number of cars we had stuck in, and around our school!

We have done as much as we can to keep ourselves moving, learning, and growing here at Argyle since our last blog…

A huge highlight for me, personally, was seeing our Gators rally together to raise money for the Z99 Radiothon in support of the NICU. In six short days our school collected over $1600 for this great cause that has impacted a number of our students and my own son. “Changing Babies’ Lives,” was a huge success and I would like to thank you all for your donations and support. Part of our campaign involved shaving my beard and head if student met some preset targets. We more than surpassed them because of this awesome community and I am now feeling the effects of snow and wind in a new and refreshing way.

A special thanks to Rylee Boutin and Colton Ahlquist for their help in taking the money to the radiothon and being “on air.” Also, a huge thanks to our Gator Gusto Group for the work they did in promoting, collecting, and counting. Finally, a gigantic shout out to Lois Young-Hamel, a parent, SCC member, and hair stylist by trade for your time and the “trim.” What a team!!!

Some of our students’ art work is being showcased at the division office and I would like to be able to show you the pieces that were selected for display.

Ms. Wilson’s class were the fortunate recipients of a visit from Saskatchewan Roughrider, Chad Owens. “The Flying Hawaiian,” spent the morning with our grade 3/4 class playing some games in the gym, doing some work in class, racing a student up and down the hallway, answering a multitude of questions, and posing for a pile of photos. Mr. Owens was a huge hit with our students, and staff alike. A few of the photos can be seen below.

Today is our second three way conference date of the year and I was once again reminded how awesome it is to have the support of families for our Gators who are growing and learning each, and every, day. Here are a few photos from our day including our amazing primary teachers.

I count myself so thankful for the opportunity to work here with amazing students, staff, and you – our community!

A staff member captured this moment that I feel captures what I would like for every Gator!!!
IMG_0560As we enter our spring break at the end of next week I am reminded again how fast time flies by when you are having fun.

As always, I welcome your input, feedback, and thoughts. Please drop me an email at mick.panko@rbe.sk.ca, call our main office, or stop by and chat.

Also, a reminder to check out our other online platforms including our Facebook Page, our Twitter Feed, and our website.

Some important upcoming dates:

  • March 27th – Grade 8 Farewell Photos
  • March 30th – No School – Beginning of Spring Break
  • April 9th – Classes Resume after Spring Break
  • April 9th – Create 5/6 PM
  • April 10th – SA Team Meeting
  • April 12th – Kinders and Grade 1 to Museum
  • April 16th – Create 5/6 PM
  • April 16th – SCC Meeting
  • April 17th – Principal’s Meeting
  • April 20th – Pizza Hut Lunch (Healthy Hunger website)