Principal’s Message: October 16 – 20, 2017

Principal’s Message: October 16 – 20, 2017
Posted on 01/09/2018

Dear Churchill Families,

It is hard to believe that we are mid-October already. I hope that everyone enjoyed some time with family during the recent long weekend. There are many wonderful things happening at Churchill and I am pleased to provide an update.

First –  a reminder to parents that it is crucial that you visit our office when you enter our school at all times, even if it is for a short while. If you need to drop something off for your child, please leave it at the office, and we will ensure that the item gets to where it needs to be. If children are coming late, parents of students in grades 1-6 are encouraged to say their goodbyes at the office and let their child proceed to class on their own. All visitors and volunteers should get a pass to wear when they sign in and it must be worn while they are in the school. We thank you for your cooperation.

We welcome Liza Hogel to the grade 1/2 position that was vacated when Zoe Robinson took a  teaching job at another school. Liza’s first day was this past Friday (the 13th no less!!) and she is quickly getting up to speed on her students.  I know you will join me in welcoming her to our fabulous community!

This week is Waste Reduction Week in Canada.  This is “a national environmental campaign that builds awareness around issues of sustainable and responsible consumption, encourages choice for more environmentally responsible products/services, and promotes actions that divert more waste from disposal and conserve natural resources.” For more information, please visit their site at Many thanks to Guylaine and the Eco-Club for taking the lead in modeling green practices at Churchill. So far they are planning waste-free Wednesday lunches, are tracking recycling practices in classrooms, and are raising awareness of our impact on our environment.

Next week we are hosting Be Your Best workshops for students in grades 1-6 on Monday and Tuesday. Two classes at a time will spend 60-90 minutes with facilitator Jennifer Laale as they explore character-building, self-esteem, positive communication and conflict resolution, anti-bullying messages, collaboration, and leadership through her Improve with Improv workshops. Jennifer’s work has had a positive impact on many schools in our board. See her workshop info here.

Monday, October 16th our students will be participating in the district cross-country meet. Many thanks to Shannon for her leadership, guidance, and training so that the students have this opportunity to challenge and improve their individual running skills, and to share their sportsmanship  and positive attitude with other schools in our board by cheering on their peers.

Many clubs are up and running, and the knitting club in particular could use some parent volunteers as it is very well attended. The club runs Fridays from 1:00pm-1:30pm. Please drop Heather Sommerville a line if you can help out.

Please note that the School Council (CASC) minutes are posted on this blog on the Council page. CASC meetings are every second Tuesday at 7pm in our staffroom. All families are welcome to join us. This year our co-chairs are Carol Ann Hartung and Emily Wills; Kate Rappoport is the Treasurer, and Kevin O’Donnell is the Secretary. As always we thank CASC and the rest of our parent community for their on-going support.

Please feel free to reach out to me should you have any questions, concerns, or feedback.

Take good care,


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