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For me it is a toss up as to which season I prefer more –  spring or fall.  There is such beauty in the colors of the two seasons whether it be the new spring green or the fall shades of red, orange, yellow and brown. I live on the West-side and everyday that I drive to school I am struck by the beauty of the fall trees draping over 12th Avenue.  The variety of colors bring to mind our Faith Theme for this year, Sharing our Bounty. The faith focus is to serve God by serving others. In doing this we are sharing the bounty of gifts that God has given us whether it be our time, treasures and/or talents. Each month we are challenging the students to find ways to serve others. The challenge for October is to develop the talent of kindness through caring for others.  At the assembly we watched a video All About Kindness that gave a variety of examples:  lending a hand, helping someone carry books, sharing with others, picking up something that has fallen, smiling and thanking parents for dinner.  Hopefully you will receive many thanks throughout the month.

If you are looking at ways to become involved in the life of the school, all parents are welcome to come out to a School Council meeting on October 16th at 6:30 pm in the library. It is a great way to find out more about what is happening at the school and gives you a chance to give input into decisions that occur at the school.  Each month we will be highlighting an area of the school that parents may want to learn more about.  This month we will be talking about the school’s Continuous Improvement Plan and discussing the goals of the school.

While sharing our bounty, a heart filled with gratitude allows us to share our gifts with others. In looking ahead to the calendar for this month and reflecting on the previous month, there are many activities and things to be grateful for where time and talents are being shared.

  1. Catholic Central Faith in Action students who are putting in 40 hours of volunteering organizing the gym equipment and other jobs around the school.
  2. Science Sizzle Club put on by the University of Lethbridge.
  3. Volleyball teams for our grades 5 and 6 students coached by Miss Nadeau, Miss Ingham and Mr. Cahoon.
  4. Snack Shack for offering healthy treats which is organized by Mrs. Nemecek.
  5. Luigi’s for once again providing pasta lunch and parent volunteers who help serve it
  6. Pulse for providing a faith retreat.
  7. The variety of fieldtrips organized by our teachers: Corn Maze, Helen Schuler Centre and Galt Museum.
  8. 6N for organizing our FCC Drive Away Hunger project.
  9. Learning about and becoming more aware about dyspraxia.
  10. The creativity of our students (and parents) involved in Crazy Hat Day. I’m looking forward to seeing the creations for the Turkey Trot and Halloween Costumes.
  11. School Council members who organize and all families who help to support the fundraising efforts which enhance the activities offered at the school.
  12. The amazing attendance numbers from September: 67% of students are at 100% attendance and 17% are between 90 – 99%.
  13. Attending mass each month with the Assumption community.

Finally, thank you for sharing your treasures, your children, with us. I am enjoying getting to know them and am starting to recognize some of them by name.  I am also grateful for the welcome I have been given from the school community.  I look forward to continue getting to know each and every one of you.  Please stop by and say hello at any time.  I would like to wish you a blessed Thanksgiving and safe travels!

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With our faith theme being “A Horizon of Hope” and trying to focus on an Attitude of Gratitude, we are trying to be thankful each and every day.  As we are approaching Thanksgiving I would like to thank the staff and parent/community volunteers who give of their own time to ensure that our students have the opportunity to develop their God-given talents. Students have the opportunity to participate in academic, artistic, athletic, cultural, and spiritual activities.  The following is a list of clubs and activities that I am grateful that we offer:

  • Basketball for grades 3-6 takes place in the winter and spring months.
  • Beading club grades 4-6 and 7-9. Students will learn multiple styles of beading and projects will be determined by skill level.
  • Book Club for both grades 3-6 and 7-9. Elementary meets Wednesdays at lunch and JH on Mondays after school once a month. Students who love reading should join the book club to spend time with others of the same interests, and expand the types of books they choose.
  • Choir for elementary students in grades 3-6 runs Tuesdays at lunch.
  • LSAA teams for our junior high students: cross country, volleyball, basketball, badminton, track and field.
  • LSAA scorekeeper. Our junior high students who want to support teams can come out and be scorekeepers for volleyball or basketball.
  • Me to We Club for junior high students. This is a social justice club that offers students the chance to make a difference in our world. It is designed to transform students into world changers one action and experience at a time. Better choices make a better world. This club meets at lunch time.
  • Spring Production for junior high students. Our students write the play, call the show in the booth, and can participate by acting, singing, dancing, or being a member of the backstage crew. Auditions start in October and rehearsals continue weekly until our Production in the first week of May.
  • Running Club for elementary students meets at lunch time on Tuesday and Thursday in the fall.
  • Scrapbooking club for students from grades 4-9. Students learn different techniques in a variety of projects.
  • Skating at Nicholas Sheran Arena takes place on Thursdays after school for all students and families from October – March. Helmets are required.

Also, if you have an idea for a new club, come talk to me as we are always changing what we do based on students’ interests.  I encourage students to come out and join in a club or an activity as it is a great way to not only develop your skills, but also to meet new people. When you leave your activity, don’t forget to say thanks to the volunteers who have made it possible for you to participate.

Pope Francis words for young people.

Pope Francis words for young people.

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