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.

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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!

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