Tuesday, February 28, 2017

March 2017 Trustee Greetings 

With spring approaching and the hours of daylight increasing, now is a good time to enjoy the outdoors and our natural environment. Did you know that our Board has five outdoor education centres, and students have opportunities to visit them and other outdoor learning spaces throughout their schooling? This is part of our commitment to giving students an opportunity to learn in and about the natural world. This learning supports students in gaining a deeper appreciation for nature and the importance of environmental sustainability.  

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 “Modelling continuous environmental sustainability” is one of the goals outlined in our Board of Trustees’ Multi-Year Plan. We believe that we all have a role to play in reducing waste and protecting our environment. Our students, staff members and families continue to show leadership when it comes to supporting student learning and initiatives to reduce our ecological footprint.

Spending time outside as a family also provides a great opportunity to support and enhance your child’s learning outside of school. Whether visiting a park or museum, reading with your child in your home language or asking questions about their day at school - know that there are many ways you can support their education and that you are making a difference.

I hope you all have a happy and safe March Break and enjoy the warmer weather ahead.


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Library/Learning Commons Connections

Scholastic Book Fair - Thank you to our families for your support of our Book Fair.  Sales of over $3000 resulted in almost $2000 in profits to add to our Library collection and resources for the whole school.  Congratulations to our prize winners Odin, Pavana, Kevin, Naureen and our grand prize winner Mavish who won $25 worth of purchases for herself and $25 in books for her grade 4/5 classroom!

Transition to a Library Commons - some of our new furniture has arrived!  This students are enjoying the flexible seating options of our new sofa benches.

Makerspaces - Our students continue to enjoy and explore with our makerspace materials.  Check out the lego maze and the lego pyramid under construction.  Just wait until they get their hands on the new marble runs purchased from Scholastic Book Fair Credits.


Spirit Days in February

Spirit Days help us come together as a school to have fun.  Our Spirit Committee has planned 2 spirit days for February.  On Tuesday, February 14th, in honour of Valentine's Day, we'll be wearing hearts and red and white.  Tuesday, February 28th, we'll all be dressing as our idols (real or fictional) for Idol Day.


#1 Awards in January

Here are our very CREATIVE #1 Award winners.  Thank you for using your gifts to make Fossil Hill a better place to be!  Our theme for February is "Confidence".

Monday, February 06, 2017

Adult Learning Classes in English, Math and Computers

Would you like to upgrade your skills in English, Math or Computers?  Are you seeking employment?  Applying for college, second career or an apprenticeship?

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Message from our Trustee

We are now halfway through the school year.  This is a good time to reflect on all that your child has learned and to look at setting goals for the rest of the school year.

Our Board believes that student well-being and achievement go hand-in-hand.  One of our goals set out in the Board of Trustees’ Multi-Year Plan is to “continuously increase student achievement and well-being through a culture of caring and learning.” 

The Ministry of Education has recently identified four priorities for well-being: positive mental health, safe and accepting schools, healthy schools, and equity and inclusive education.  As a Board of Trustees, we will continue to further work in all of these areas to support student well-being in line with these priorities.

There are many resources on the Board website to help support student well-being, including tips for talking about mental health, managing stress, packing healthy lunches and addressing incidents of bullying.

Creating a healthy, safe and welcoming learning environment is key to helping our students reach their full potential.  All of us have an important role to play in creating an environment that enables our students to thrive.


I wish you all the best for a healthy, happy and successful 2017. 

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