We Remember and so much more!

In the last two weeks we have had many things happening here at the SWAMP (I’m going to see if this catches on – get it where Gators live – the swamp?).

As I type this our SCC is hosting a games night that has a great turnout and many smiling faces. Our SCC (school community council) is an amazing group of people from our community who are committed to helping make this an even better place and I am so thankful for their tireless work on our behalf.

 

The group meets monthly and welcome newcomers…more information is available on our website where they have a link that has a pile of information about the many endeavours they are a part of. Also on the site are their meeting minutes and strategic plan for the year and they can be found here. The SCC meets next on December 5th and they would love to see any new faces who have an interest in making Argyle even better!

On the 9th of November our students and staff put on a tremendous Remembrance Day Service that featured outstanding performances and tributes to the many people who have sacrificed to make this country great. Thanks to Mrs. Flaten-Orr, Mrs. Leupold and Ms. Mepham for their work in leading us in this regard. I have heard many comments about the respectful way all of our students carried themselves in that assembly and I am so very proud of our entire community for honouring this very important day in Canada and around the world.

Our Volleyball teams finished their seasons by winning both the girls and boys titles at the Perry Wrap-up Tournament. Way to go teams on a great year and thank you to Ms. Brady and Mr. Lamb for coaching our teams.

As a school and community we have spent a lot of time working on creating safe habits around our school on the playground and on our streets coming to, and from, school. Our SCC has been instrumental in getting a new crosswalk to assist in student safety and Cnst. Randall our SRO has been out and spoken to all of our classes about proper safety habits. We need your help to make this a safe place for all by creating and instilling safe habits as pedestrians and drivers around the school.
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I know for some of you the focus has created an inconvenience as we may have been doing things a certain way for some time but it is essential that we keep all of our students safe by reprogramming old habits where necessary! I know our students know what we are after so please ask them if you have any questions or concerns.

As always if you have questions, comments, or concerns drop me an email, give me a call, or stop by the school.
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Together We Are Better!

Argyle Logo_WebsiteOver the last two weeks we have seen many evidences to support the adage that “together we are better.” Research on group dynamics and communities is very clear that when we work together there is not just addition of efforts but multiplication. This is often referred to as “synergy” where our efforts have more value when combined with those of others than they ever would on their own. That is a lot of words to say that Argyle has some serious synergy going on – this community rocks.

Near the end of September our #TeamKaleb campaign wrapped up with staggering results. In just over two weeks this community raised over $5000 dollars to help one of our own. Your combined efforts are amazing and I am so thankful for you all and our staff who pulled together to make this campaign such a huge success.

Once again Halloween was front and centre on the minds of many of our students and we saw some great spirit at our SCC driven Family Dance, in students dressed in costume at school on the 31st, and another “thrilling” dance performance under the leadership of Mrs. Flaten-Orr. Thanks to all who participated!

staffWe are really focusing on student safety in, and around, our school and would really value your help in this regard. We have a new crosswalk across Lakeview Avenue on the corner of Kings Road and this requires all drivers to be very aware of the crosswalk, but also, the no stopping areas in front of the school. Stopping in these areas creates safety hazards for students and I know we would all feel terrible if one of our students was ever harmed due to our carelessness or laziness. We really appreciate your support in this important area of concern.
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As I sit here typing this on November 4th, with my office window open, I am reminded again how fortunate we all are to be a part of this tremendous community. I keep looking out my window and listening to our students joyously playing and I am thankful for all of you and the role you play in making this place “Argyle Awesome!”
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Some Important Upcoming Dates:

Nov 7 – SCC Meeting 630pm Library
Nov 9 – Remembrance Day Program 1045am
Nov 10 – PD/Staff Meeting – NO SCHOOL
Nov 18 – SCC Indoor Games Night
Nov 23-28 – Book Fair
Nov 23 – Social Media Workshop – details to follow
Nov 25 – Conference Day (24th also for Kindergartens)
Dec 2 – PD/Staff Meeting – NO SCHOOL
Dec 5 – SCC Meeting
Dec 7 – Winter Concert

What does it mean to be a community?

Argyle Logo_WebsiteWhat does it mean to be a community?

Well one thing it means is admitting when you mess up – it’s been a month since the last blog and that’s a mess up on my part…so my sincerest apologies Gator Community. I want to keep you in the loop as to what is going on at the “swamp” (that’s where Gators live right?) and to do that, we need more frequent communication. It’s been very busy around here which makes it hard to find time to blog – and yet, gives us so much to write about!!!

The end of September saw the launch of our school wide QSP Magazine Sale put on by our SCC (School Community Council). The magazine sale is the SCC biggest fundraiser and has enabled them to do, and support, many cool things going on around our school. Above, you can see Jeff (of “Wow Mom” fame in the jersey) in the photo from our launch on the left. In the photo to the right is SCC secretary and QSP chair, Lois Young-Hamel clowning around with yours truly during the presentation to our entire student body. The sale is technically over, however, you can visit our school website to get a link to the sale still.

Also, at the end of September the Gators raised money for and participated in the annual Terry Fox Run. Combined efforts with Gator Park daycare and our students helped raise just shy of $850 dollars for the Terry Fox foundation. We had a great day for the walk, even if we had to reschedule – many students pointed out that Terry wouldn’t have rescheduled and wanted to spend some time in the rain 🙂 proving once again Gators love the water.

Pictured in the photos on the right above are a couple of shots of Mr. Norman’s class who did a very cool trip near Avonlea as part of an Outdoor Education experience at the Badlands.

Orange Shirt Day was celebrated on September 30th and is a day that recognizes the legacy of harm caused by Residential Schools. As a school community, we are committed to working towards the reconciliation called for by Justice Murray Sinclair in the TRC Report, specifically, call to action #63 aimed at educators. This is reflected in our school LIP and a learning journey we, as a staff, are undergoing together.

Part of our Learning Journey involved our staff viewing the “RIIS from Amnesia” documentary with the director and producer of the film on our last PD day. RIIS is about the historic Regina Indian Industrial School and its current context.

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This past summer, one of our soon to be grade three students was diagnosed with leukemia. As a school community we have undertaken a #TeamKaleb campaign that began October 12th and that ends on the 28th to raise support for Kaleb and his family. In true Argyle fashion the campaign has been going awesome with students, staff, and community joining in to raise funds for this Gator family. In the photos below you can see some of the things that have gone on in the last two weeks. These include the “We are #TeamKaleb” Wall, Bracelet sales, and a movie night for our community. We look forward to being able to present our support to the family when our campaign closes.

Last week, was Education Week and we were so happy to have a number of events that supported the theme of “Celebrating Today. Preparing for Tomorrow.”

As part of the week, we presented our class of 2025 (that’s the Kinders) with Class shirts that, at least fashion wise, welcomed them to our community!

One day was a dress up day entitled, “Dress as your future self and we had some great fun with that.img_2147

Our last event was the return of “Books, Bagels, and Belonging” on Friday morning which saw a great turnout of students and families to read and have some breakfast together!

img_2156 For those of you who drive by Argyle regularly you may have noticed a change that has been in the works for a while. We now have a crosswalk that goes across Lakeview avenue from the corner of Kings Rd.. Please be conscious of our students as they use this new safety feature that our SCC has been pushing for for the last couple of years. Many thanks to our SCC for their ongoing efforts on behalf of our students and community.

You all know that this is a special place and I want to thank you all for what you do make this a community and for continually teaching us all what it looks like to be a part of the wonderful community that is Argyle.

At the end of the rainbow is our own little pot of gold 🙂

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Gators on the Go…and Go…and more Go still!

As we enter week three at Argyle the tremendous excitement of back to school has transitioned to the joyous routines of life in this community. Students and staff alike are settling into classroom routines and procedures. The typical buzz of activity continues to engulf our school and I could not be happier for it.

There have been a few changes in staff here at the school with the addition of Ms. Brady (grade 3), Ms. Burns (grade 3/4), Mme. Desnoyers (Core French), Ms. Palmer (Arts Ed. – day 1), Mr. So (EA), and Ms. Abuan (EA). We are so fortunate to continue to add staff who love our students and this place. Argyle is truly a special school!

You may have had conversation with Gator students since school start up where they have been able to teach you some things about the brain and/or they have a knowledge of some controlled breathing techniques. These two things are just a small part of a school wide focus on mindfulness and the ways it can positively impact student success at school that we are in the beginnings of undertaking.

This explanation of some key parts of the brain by one of our grade 2 students is pretty impressive 🙂

We had more than 50 runners represent our school at the Cross Country meet on September 14th with more than 20 of those qualifying for the City Final Meet on September 28th. Thanks to Mrs. Scott, Mr. Norman, Mrs. Pominville, Ms. Burns, and Mrs. Luba for your assistance in supporting this event.

Our Volleyball teams kick off their regular season next week and we are excited to see the Gators take a chomp out of their competition.

Another huge highlight of back to school was the annual SCC Potluck and Meet the Teacher night that we hosted on September 15th. We had over 200 people in our building continuing to build community and to share a wonderful meal.

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For all Gator events check out our school calendar located on the school website.

There are always a multitude of things going at Argyle so if you are looking for information please check out our internet presence  on twitter, facebook, this blog, and our school website. You are also always welcome to contact me and I would love to chat about all things Argyle.

You know that we are…and always will be…#GatorsOnTheGo

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We are so excited to connect with all of our new Gator community and our old friends who return. We will once again be #GatorsOnTheGo which means we will be action people…there is always much to see and do at this dynamic place.

As always thanks for your support and your care for our community.

Please see our web page story for the numerous ways you can connect with the Argyle Gator community.

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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

Heading towards the Home Stretch

Argyle Logo_WebsiteSorry for the delay in updating the blog…much has happened in the last few weeks here at Argyle and our time remaining promises to be just as full.
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  • Students and teachers have been busy completing assessments that will help us to look at  our LIP goals and to measure the growth we have seen. It is definitely a time for us to celebrate where we are at in comparison to where we’ve been. From my vantage point it is very exciting to see the substantial growth that has occurred for many of our students. This is a testament to the hard work of students, families, and our staff. Way to go Gators!
  • Speaking of successes worth celebrating, the Argyle Environmental Club has been in the news of late as they were once again victorious in the 25 Acts of Energy Conservation contest capturing the first prize acknowledgment and prize. 7Carla Beck, NDP MLA sent a congratulatory email to our school recognizing the outstanding job of our students and she also brought up the work of our students, staff, and community in the Legislature this week. The link to the Legislative video can be viewed here. Also, the Leader-Post wrote an article that captured the essence of the work of our Environmental Club under the wise tutelage of Mr. Norman. We are super proud of your project “We love our planet to the moon and back.”

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  • Our school based Track Meet was scheduled for May 31st but due to inclement weather we were forced to reschedule to our rain day which is Wednesday, June 8th at Sheldon Williams. If you can volunteer to help with this event please contact the main office. The multi-school track meet which our students can qualify for will be held at Douglas Park on June 21st. In preparation for these events our students have been participating in the Sask Athletics program Run, Jump, Throw, Wheel. Many thanks to our School Community Council (SCC) for supporting this outstanding undertaking.
  • The Gator Green Sox softball team has been training and playing games in the Regina Public School league. They have represented themselves and our community super well and have shown great growth in the short time they have been practicing and playing. It is so great to see the number of students we have involved in this activity under the coaching of Mr. Lamb and Mr. Norman.

  • 4The annual Argyle Carnival was put on by our Grade 8’s to support their “Farewell” on May 18th. A great time was had by students, staff, and families of our school community. Thank you to all who came out and supported our soon to be former Gators.5
  • Many thanks to Mrs. Smith, our Kindergarten teacher, for her work in hosting future Gators in the Kindergarten Family Orientation as well as the Student Orientation as well. We want all of our community to know what a welcoming and great place this is to be!!!
  • “Cougars in School” is a program run by the University of Regina Cougars Women’s Soccer team that will be Argyle on June 13th. The program is geared towards elementary aged students and we are very excited to be one of only four RPS selected to pilot the program. Cougars Coach Bob Maltman and some of his athletes will be at the school working with our students and staff over the course of the day and we look forward to this. Once again, thanks to the SCC for the financial backing required to bring the program into our community.
  • Our SCC is a tremendous group of people with our school who do many things to support our students and staff. Their most recent undertaking was a Bottle Drop thatenviro club bottle drop ran on May 28th with the assistance of our Environmental Club. The group raised just less than $900 in a few short hours and we are super thankful for their ongoing work. If you are interested in checking out the group their next meeting is Monday, June 6th at 630pm in the library.

    Some Upcoming Events (check with your sons and daughters for classroom specific activities):

    • June 6 – SCC Meeting 630pm
    • June 8 – School Track Meet
    • June 13 – Cougs in School Soccer
    • June 15 – Softball @ ARCOLA
    • June 15 – Art Club Exhibition & Variety Night 530pm
    • June 16 – Grade 8 Farewell Afternoon
    • June 17 – No School – Staff Meeting and PD
  • Thanks for all of your support of the Gator community. If you have any questions or concerns please contact me. Go Gators!