Gateway Gazette

Turner Valley School News: November Message

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Welcome to November! Autumn is continuing to hold off the snow but winter is just around the corner. As the mornings turn cool please remind your children to make sure that they are dressed appropriately for the weather.

After two months in classes students and teachers are fully involved in our school community on a number of different levels. Our TRIP time continues to be a major focus in our school as we work together to support reading improvement for all students. We are truly thankful for the help and support we receive from parents in this capacity. Whether volunteering in our Precision Reading program, or simply reading with your child at home, your efforts are essential to the growth of our young readers.

In addition to our academic work, many extracurricular programs are currently up and running. Students are participating in choir during lunch recess, archery club has had overwhelming participation and the grade 6 class has just begun their volleyball season. We would like to thank everyone that organized and participated in our fall dance on Oct 24. It was great to see so many families out busting a move.

Student led conferences are on now (November 4th, 5th and 6th). These conferences provide a vital opportunity for students to express their voice in terms of their learning. Throughout these conversations students will describe not only what they have learned, but also why and how they learned it. Also, and maybe most importantly, students will explain their level of understanding of concepts taught in class as well as the steps that they need to take in order to improve.

School council held their second meeting of the year on October 22. Some very exciting budget decisions were made that will have great benefits for all of our students. The next school council meeting will be held on November 19th at 6:30pm. All parents are welcome to attend the meetings and we encourage as many as possible to attend. School council meetings provide a great opportunity to have input into some of the decisions and initiatives that impact our school community.

Our Remembrance Day assembly will be held on November 7 at 10 am. This ceremony is an important part of our school and community culture. For the students and staff of Turner Valley School it is a time to reflect on what is truly important in our lives, and to give thanks to those who have sacrificed so much in order for us to live free and safe. Please feel free to join us in remembrance on November 7th.

Thank you again to everyone for all of your work in supporting our students in the classroom, the hallways, the playground and at home. Together we make Turner Valley school a great place to be.

Sincerely,

James Holladay and Chase Ellis

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