See you later Argyle Gators!

Argyle Logo_WebsiteWell this will be the last post on this blog before summer vacation and I cannot figure out where this school year went. It truly seems like days ago we ago gathered in the gymnasium and met for the first time and here we are done the year. I continue to be inspired by our community and the amazing people that make it up…students, parents, supports, teachers, and staff. This is a special place to be and it is obvious that we continue to be #GatorsOnTheGo !

In just over the last three weeks we have had many awesome events:
– we finished the Run, Jump, Throw, Wheel program
– we had our inter-school track meet at Sheldon Williams
– Gators Green Sox softball finished up
– we had classes participate in the Farewell to Mosaic Stadium and visit Government House
– we had an Arts Night where student work and talents were on display
– former Rider, Scott McHenry visited us as part of the Red Cross – Imagine No Bullying Campaign
– our SCC supported the Cougars in School soccer program that enabled our students to be coached by and participate with the U of R women’s soccer team in a day of activity
– over 70 students participated in an inra-school track meet with five other schools at Douglas Park
– on the last day of classes for students the many talents of Argyle were highlighted in a Talent Show that was inspiring.
– finally, our grade 8’s celebrated Farewell and we wish them well in the journey ahead.

It has been an amazing here year at Argyle and that is a byproduct of the work of our entire community. Thank you for caring about this place, but more importantly, for our students who receive the reward of working with all of you. The African proverb that it requires a village to raise a child rings true in my ears and heart. Go Gators – Always!
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Students return to school on Thursday, September 1st at 8:53am (our regular start time). We look forward to seeing all of our returning students at that time for our welcome back assembly where students will receive our message for the year and be assigned to their classrooms. I will not be maintaining regular office hours over the summer but will be in and out of the building and checking email regularly. Please email me if you have any questions or concerns at mick.panko@rbe.sk.ca.

Thank you all for the wonderful year!

Have a safe, relaxing, and restful summer.

Humbly yours,
Mick Panko, Principal

Gators Get Involved in Run Jump Throw

Saskatchewan Athletics promotes the sport of Track and Field through the development and maintenance of effective programs for youth. As part of our mandate, we are pleased to introduce “Run, Jump, Throw” to your school. The “Run, Jump, Throw” initiative is a National educational program developed from the legacy of the World Track and Field Championships that were held in Edmonton in 2001. In Saskatchewan the program is entering its eleventh consecutive year of operation. This year, your school is one of only 10 “Run, Jump, Throw” schools in Saskatoon and Regina to receive the program.

“Run, Jump, Throw” is aimed at the development of basic skills that can be used not only as a foundation for Track and Field but for virtually all other land based sports. The program is progressive, beginning with fundamental movement patterns and culminating with more advanced skill development. The teachers and students at your school will have an excellent opportunity to learn these skills in a fun way.

The 7-week program will run from April 27 to June 12. During this time, there will be two nationally trained “Run, Jump, Throw” instructors assigned to your school. Your child will receive instruction in ten different track and field event areas. In their final class, they will have a fun play day to reinforce the skills they have learned throughout the program. Based on the overwhelming positive feedback the program has received in the past, I am confident that your child will find the program to be very fun, inclusive, and beneficial to developing physical literacy.

Sincerely,

Sarah Junkin

Program Coordinator

Saskatchewan Athletics

Argyle School Gives Back!

Every year at this time our school focuses on generosity and helping others. In the past we have raised money for school supplies for children in Ethiopia, pennies for clean water in Haiti, shoes for children in Peru and money for the Saskatchewan Children’s Hospital.

This year our focus was to raise money for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of Regina in conjunction with Z99’s Radiothon…Saving Babies Lives. Although Regina has one of the best NICU’s in Canada, it is through the radiothon that critical life-saving equipment is purchased to make it a state-of-the-art and up-to-date facility.

On Friday, March 13th our school held a short assembly to kick-off this fundraising event and from March 16th through to March 19th  our students and staff collected money towards this important cause. For every $5.00 raised, a teddy bear was placed in the front hallway to track our progress.

We are very proud to announce that Argyle School students and families, along with involvement from our friends in Gator Park Co-operative Child Care Centre in four short days were able to raise $1105.50. WAY TO GO ARGYLE GATORS!!! We feel very fortunate to be a part of such a generous and caring community.

Thank you for your support and cooperation.

Mrs. Vonau, Mrs. Tsang & Mrs. Kowalyshyn

Cupcakes for Critters!

After having a presentation from the Regina Humane Society and learning all about the wonderful work that they do to help animals, the Grade 4, 4/5 and 5/6 students at Argyle School were inspired to leap into action. They wanted to do their part to help some of the animals at the shelter find their “fur-ever” homes. The students decided that participating in the National Cupcake Day fundraiser would be a profitable (and tasty) way to help. On February 12th, the air was filled with the sweet smell of cupcakes and caring. Students in all 3 classes generously donated a delicious assortment of cupcakes and invited all of the classes in the school to buy a cupcake for 50 cents. They had an overwhelming number of donations and purchases which resulted in a grand total of $520.00 being raised in just two days! In the spirit of true Gator Generosity, the money will be used to help sponsor the adoption of 3 cats and 2 dogs. The students and their teachers were very proud of the success of the fundraiser and thank everyone who participated!

Submitted by Mrs. Leupold, Mrs.Pominville and Mrs. Scott

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Argyle Gators Go Green!

25 Acts of Energy Conservation is a K to 12, province-wide action campaign that promotes energy conservation all school year, culminating in a month of daily activities between Earth Hour and Earth Day (March 23 to April 27).

Mr. Norman’s Grade 7/8 class has decided to become involved with the 25 Acts of Conservation campaign through an inquiry-based project centered around the essential question of “How does access to resources allow communities to remain the same or respond to change?

Students from Mr. Norman’s class have visited the various student grades in Argyle School to speak about the reasons “why” they are trying to preserve energy to save the environment and to raise awareness of its importance as well. The Grade 7/8 class is hoping the Argyle student body and their families will get involved in their efforts to make a positive change in the community.

How does it work, you ask? Each student in Argyle School has been given a Bingo card filled with various acts of conservation. Each completed Bingo card line gets your family entered into a draw for a $250.00 prize package. To receive an extra entry in the draw, send pictures via Twitter showing you or your family performing the various acts of conservation using the hashtag #25acts and mentioning @argyleschoolSK. All entries must be received by Monday, March 23rd with the draw for the prize pack taking place Wednesday, March 25th.

We want to thank our Grade 7/8 class and Mr. Norman for taking the initiative to get our school community involved in this very important initiative. Let’s work together in making our planet a better place to live!

Mr. McKeown

March Is Nutrition Month

This March, in support of the Dietitians of Canada, Argyle School is encouraging its students, parents, and school community to eat well in celebration of Nutrition Month 2015.

There is an abundance of information one can find on the importance and benefits of a healthy diet incorporated with daily physical activity. In the school context, good nutritional practices have proven to have a positive impact on such things as cognitive ability, concentration, activity levels, behavior and overall academic performance. Working with our children at a young age to develop strong nutritional habits will not only show improvements in well-being in the short-term but will have an influence on their long-term health as well.

This month Argyle School will be providing its students, parents, and school community with information that can help in maintaining a focus on healthy eating with children and how to include some of these ideas into your child’s daily routine. Please visit the Argyle School website http://argyle.rbe.sk.ca/ and view the links posted within the story March Is Nutrition Month to start integrating these ideas at home.

Mr. McKeown

Welcome Argyle Community!

With our first blog, we hope that all of our students, staff, and community enjoyed the February Break.

Our goal with our blog is to provide you with ongoing updates regarding school events, news, and celebrations. I personally will be discontinuing the Principal’s Message in our monthly newsletter and, in lieu, provide families an opportunity to stay connected to the school through reading our blog, visiting our school website (argyle.rbe.sk.ca), and following us on Twitter @argyleschoolSK

Please be sure to follow this blog so that you are provided with email notifications when something new has been posted.  Simply click the “Follow” button on the right side of your screen.

Mr. McKeown (Principal)