Is there a Winter Olympic event that a Gator would excel at?

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There probably isn’t a lot of Winter Olympic events that Gators would do well at…I’m thinking luge and skeleton maybe but there are a number that are funny to think about – can you see a Gator in mixed curling? 🙂IMG_0338

If you are like most of our students and staff you have been engaged in the Winter Olympics from Pyeongchang of late. The Olympics are a culmination of preparation and training that is for many athletes a lifetime in the making. The Olympics are a global event where athletes compete against one another at one moment in time to see how they measure up. The reality is that in every Olympic competition athletes/teams achieve at a level that makes them happy, disappointed, or otherwise.

Recently, our students received a term one report card which may have elicited a similar response to these athletes feelings. A major difference for us is that our students have the opportunity to immediately work on what happens next. Our report cards are only a snapshot of where we are at and hopefully came with no surprises. We want to make sure that our Gators understand that we have the ability to be growing and improving in an ongoing way and that our learning, unlike a competition, is not final. If you have questions, concerns, or comments about the Report Card please reach out to your Gator’s teacher. We want to communicate with you in ongoing ways so that there is never surprises as to where students are at.

As always, there have been so many things going on in, and around, the Swamp and our students and staff continue to do things that are fun, engaging, and amazing!

Despite the rough patch of weather, our students have maintained a pretty sunny disposition that has made February wonderful.
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Our grade 5-8 students were fortunate to have a visit from Saskatchewan Roughrider, and Red Cross advocate, Dan Clark who was with us as part of the ongoing anti-bullying campaign. Dan’s presentation was part of the “Be Someone’s Hero,” work  that continues to point students towards healthy behaviours and relationships and culminates on February 28th with “Pink Day.” I would like to thank the “Shops on Hill,” for their sponsorship of thirty Pink Day t-shirts that were given away to our students throughout the presentation.

This past week has been staff appreciation week (“Inspiration through Learning”) and once again we are so thankful for the many ways that our SCC and community have demonstrated care and appreciation for us. It is truly a gift to be a part of this community and, as a staff, we are grateful to get to do what we do with our Gators.

Another really cool event that has occurred was our SCC hosting the Regina Public Schools adaptation of the “Blanket Exercise,” for the community. The evening was eye-opening and very informative to those who were able to participate.  I would encourage all of you if you have the opportunity to engage in a Blanket Exercise if you can.

If you are a regular follower of our webpage you may have noticed a new regularly updated story entitled, “Week at a Glance.” The story will highlight important events going on each week and is easily viewed on a smartphone. Thanks to Mr. Corbin at Janzen for the idea! I am sure you will find this useful and we will make every effort to update it each week moving forward.

We are going to be trying something new to offer periodic lunches to our students/staff through a company called Healthy Hunger. We have two lunches planned, one for March 16th – Subway and a second on April 20th – Pizza Hut. Be watching for an information letter in the days ahead…let me know if you have questions after you have read the letter.

Beginning tomorrow we are on the February break (Feb 16th-25th inclusive) and I hope that everyone enjoys the chance to rest up and recharge.

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:

  • Feb 19th-23rd – February Break – No school for students
  • Feb 26th – Argyle @ Grant Road Girls BBall
  • Feb 28th – Pink Day
  • Feb 28th – Grade 6 Safety Presentation
  • Feb 28th – Sheldon-Williams Open House for Grade 8’s 7pm
  • March 1st – Perry @ Argyle Girls Basketball
  • March 1st – Argyle @ Arcola Boys Basketball
  • March 5th – Grade 5/6 at Brier AM
  • March 5th – SCC Meeting 630pm
  • March 6th – Art Show Launch at Division Office
  • March 6th – 8th CREATE grade 5/6 PMs
  • March 8th – Hawrylak @ Argyle Boys Bball
  • March 8th – Ready @ Argyle Girls Bball
  • March 9th – PD/Staff Meeting –

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