Turner Valley School News: Happy New Year!

The ringing in of the New Year always gives us an opportunity to reflect on the previous years successes and also to look ahead as the future takes shape.

In looking back at 2014 the staff and students of TVS will take time to celebrate the growth we have made, especially in the area of literacy. Each day students have worked diligently toward improving specific areas of their reading. Intentional and targeted planning by classroom teachers along with the sustained efforts by parent volunteers has greatly supported student growth in this area. Moving ahead in 2015 we will continue to be very committed to our reading program as it provides the foundation for all further learning.

Developing a sense of community among our students is another commitment that we will continue developing in the New Year. In support of this we have created Tiger Den meetings for grades 4, 5 and 6. These meetings will provide students an opportunity to meet in cross graded groups to discuss their thoughts and ideas with teachers around how to further improve Turner Valley School. A second focus of these meetings will be to provide students with character education opportunities. Every student from grade 4 to 6 will be placed in one of four groups named after a type of tiger. These meetings will take place on Tuesday mornings from about 8:40 to 9:10. We encourage you to ask your child questions about how these meetings are going and topics that they
covered during this time.

2014 wrapped up on a busy note for Turner Valley School. First of all we would like to extend our gratitude to everyone who helped make our food drive such a great success. Over the course of two weeks our school was able to raise over 400 items for our local food bank. The 2014 version of our Christmas concert was also a great success. Congratulations to the students who worked so hard to put on a great performance. A very big thank you must go out to Mrs. Shuster and the rest of the staff for all of their efforts to make such a special evening. Also we want to thank all of the families and friends of our students for coming out and supporting our school community.

January will prove to be another exciting and busy month at TVS, Spring Theatre auditions are underway and anticipation is beginning to build for this year’s production. Grades 5 and 6 are headed out to Sandy McNabb on January 22 for a day of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Our grade 6 basketball team is also beginning their season with practices on Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school and games on January 15 (away game at Spitzee) and home games on January 20 and 29th. Come on out and support our Tigers. In addition to these events, we will also be hosting our annual Family Literacy Day on January 27. Our theme this year is a Day at the Beach so come dressed for the sun and ready to read, everyone is welcome! Finally we will continue recognizing our Tigers Wall of Fame students at our next assembly on January 30. This assembly will be hosted by grade 4 and will begin at 1:00pm.

Thank you again to all of the students and families for your continued commitment to sustaining learning, pride and joy in our school community.

Wishing you all the best in 2015,
James Holladay and Chase Ellis