From the Principal
I must start by sending out a sincere and heartfelt, THANK YOU, to all of our students, parents and staff as we had such a great start up this school year in September. We already have a lot of great memories and I look forward to carrying this momentum forward.
In looking back on September, our opening welcome and open house BBQ was a huge success. It was such a pleasure meeting all the students with their moms and dads as they had big smiles on both occasions. I still can’t believe that we gave away over 450 hotdogs and still ran out!. This could not have been done without the help of our Glendale staff and Parent Association. I know from working with their leadership - both the Parent Association and School Council - would love to see more people participate if you are able. The meetings are scheduled for the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm in the Learning Commons.
Over the last few weeks (and looking ahead), GSTS has been a big supporter of fundraising and our Glendale community! We’ve had a great donation drive for our Terry Fox Run and I’m pleased to announce that we will be doing 3-draws for students being Principal for the Day (Grade 1-3, Grade 4-5, Grade 6-8)! Our ADmazing Coupon Book Parent Association fundraiser is going strong and I’d encourage all of our school community to take advantage of its discounts. They will be for sale until October 18, 2018. Lastly, GSTS Gladiators are responding to our communities need for food bank items and hosting its annual Food Drive from Oct 1-12th. We have partnered with the FCC (Farm Credit Canada) Drive Away Hunger Program! Students are encouraged to bring in non-perishables (such as canned or dry goods) or, if families prefer, they can make a small monetary contribution. Lots of classrooms have challenges going on, so be sure to ask your child, what’s going on!
October is already shaping up to be a busy month, so hold on! We are excited about our Parent Teacher Conferences (Oct 4), Fall Book Fair (Oct 15-19), (Middle School Retreats (TBD), Oral Health Services (Oct 24-26), Gladiator Awards (Oct 30), Halloween Parade (Oct 31) and our Volleyball athletic season, to name a few!!!
Lastly, as we enter the coldness of Winter, I can share via my own experiences (and encourage being proactive) that some children will try to entice their parents to let them stay home in the warm comforts of family. This is perfectly normal and should be expected. The cold, early morning routines and regular school requirements can feel like stress (acute stress - common stress) to children (from a mental wellness perspective - this is called mental distress) and is how we, as people, develop our character, resilience and coping strategies. As you are aware, this is stress that we’ve all experienced and is not negative in context. As parents, you can do a lot to help your children through these stressors - ensure they are getting adequate sleep, diet and physical exercise. Create meaningful moments where your children will feel loved and attention given. Lastly, talk through and reassure, that the stressors they are feeling are only temporary and they have the strength and grit to overcome them (They are GLADIATORS and have ARMOUR)!
To conclude, I wish you all the best and I hope to see lots of parents out to our School Council Meeting on Oct 16, 2018 - 7pm-8:30pm. Many cheers ahead.
Mr. Chris Turnbull