Even with an extra day we have leaped through February and are staring the last four months of the school year right in the eye. What if March comes in like a Gator? What does that look like? I am sure we will find out…
February certainly brought with it many more awesome learning opportunities in, and around, our school and we are all continuing to learn and grow together. This month also included Staff Appreciation week and our School Community Council, and entire community, certainly made us feel appreciated with various daily treats and surprises for our staff. It is such a gift to have a community like ours and we, as a staff, really appreciate what you did for us. The photo at right is just one example of the ways that we were appreciated.
Another awesome event that happened in February was our school wide fundraiser entitled “Turn Type 1 into Type None”
The event kicked off with a school wide launch where we learned many facts about diabetes and had an awesome presentation by some members of our Gator Community. Over the course of the fundraiser t-shirts, headbands, and buttons were sold with proceeds going to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). It was so encouraging to see our students get behind this worthwhile cause that impacts students within our own building and beyond. Special thanks to Ms. Vonau for driving this initiative and for all of the work that went into planning and actualizing this undertaking. Also, special thanks to our own Lily Michelle who designed the swag and her family for producing the gear that was sold.
As a follow up, former Saskatchewan Roughrider John Chick did a safety presentation that
was sponsored by SGI to our student body. During his talk John also discussed diabetes and his experience living with the disease. Our students were an awesome audience for our guest and were very excited to be visited by this CFL superstar.
A major event in schools across our country is Pink Day which is a day that is intended to eradicate bullying. We are very thankful to the Red Cross who support this program and provided a rally for our senior students to attend at the U of R as well as resources which enabled our entire school to meaningfully discuss this very important issue. Mrs. Benoit, Mrs. Leupold, and their team of RespectED students led us in an assembly and some terrific follow up activities in classrooms which will hopefully allow us to continue to learn and grow together in this important area.
As a child, I distinctly remember having Dr. Seuss books read to me and I still find great joy in the stories and the wonderful language they include. We celebrated “Dr. Seuss Day” this month with a school wide dress up day, many classroom activities, a themed photo booth, and a “Cat in the Hat” type guest who read to most of our classes. As the guest, I had a lot of fun with our students who seem to enjoy “Green Eggs and Ham” almost as much as I do.
Our Gator basketball teams’ seasons are quickly drawing to a close. It has been very cool to see our student athletes improving and having fun through morning skill development, team practices and games, our co-ed 3 on 3 Friday league, as well as the 43rd Annual Basketball Beat which our girls were fortunate to participate in. Special thanks to our 45 committed athletes who have made the season a pleasure for Mr. Norman and me.
A very proud moment for our school occurred during the Beat when our girls were recognized with the Sportsmanship Award. They represented our school, community, and themselves amazingly well and had a lot of fun doing it. Way to go Gators!!! In the picture below are some of the girls and Mr. Norman after the closing exercises of the tournament.
A reminder of some upcoming important dates:
– March 4th PM – Carnaval School Wide Event
– March 7th 630pm SCC Meeting in the school library
– March 10th PD Day for Staff – No school
– March 11th Teacher Convention – No School
– March 16th Transition Activities for Grade 7/8 at Sheldon Williams Collegiate
– March 17th Progress Report #2 Issued
– March 21-24th Book Fair
– March 23rd 3 Way Conferences
– March 23rd Gator Gear Orders/Payments will be taken during Conferences at School
– March 25th-April 3rd Spring Break
As always, if you have any questions, comments, or thoughts to share please feel free to drop an email, a call, or stop by.